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Squaw Peak Loop-with Goat Spring, AZ
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Squaw Peak Loop-with Goat Spring, AZ 
Squaw Peak Loop-with Goat Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking18.58 Miles 4,239 AEG
Hiking18.58 Miles   9 Hrs   40 Mns   2.14 mph
4,239 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Joe hikes Squaw Peak quite often.
So when it finally got cool enough for me to give it a try, I had a loop all drawn up.
Little did I know this wasn't the same Squaw Peak the Joey's been doing. ](*,) He said his is now called Piestewa Peak...

We parked just off of 574, not knowing what the road in would be like.
The road walk to the Goat Spring Trail was the warmest part of the day. Temps got close to 80 with none of the predicted wind or clouds. The rest of the day it was in the 70's, but very humid.

We got to the Goat Springs Trail #352 and started making our way up canyon. The trail was in decent shape with only mild overgrowth in places. Shorts all the way, with very few scratches on the day. The Goat Spring area, as well as a few others areas in the canyon, were thick and lush, but never a problem to get through. The canyon did narrow the closer we got to the top, but it was just some sweet mild bouldering, all the way to the top. We hit about 4 or so dry falls, the tallest about 30', that were fun climbs. I really enjoyed this canyon. An hour later these dry falls, were probably water falls.

Up top and out of the canyon, we got a reprieve from the climb. Instead we had 1-1/2 hours of a steady rain, turning our trail runners into trail weights.

The rain stopped just in time for us to find a cabin that I'd spotted on GE. It has sign of recent roof work, but the rest of it was kinda trashy.

We ate lunch with a view of our peak in sight. It ended up being an easier traverse across the mesa than I'd feared. Finally up top, there were great views to the North and East. We'd talked about climbing this one for three years and finally did. We rejoiced as a couple of ORV's drove up... Cheaters...

On the way down, Joe almost stepped on a 4' Gopher Snake that he never saw stretched across our path. This was the second snake on the day he almost stepped on and did not see. The first slithered right between his legs as he was walking.

Good to get this one done. but there is still unfinished business out there....

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Arnold Mesa Tank Hells Hole Tank
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Arnold Mesa Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
Full of muddy cow water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Goat Camp Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Did not see the source, but there was plenty of pooling in the area.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hells Hole Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
Full of muddy cow water
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