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Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ
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Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ 
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking17.70 Miles 5,227 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
5,227 ft AEG   1 Hour   54 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Prison Stories, Goat Stories, Dead Cows, Poop, Wild Flowers, Surprise Guests, White Men in White Face.... this hike had it all.

Belinda posted a Wrightson loop, climbing from the east. I'd never done it from the east. Chums and
Joe Joe were a go, so we met up with the Chummobile at 4am for the drive to meet up w/ the Tucson crew at 6am.

Into Patagonia and then the drive on AZT #4 to our TH. Other than the stinky dead cow we had to drive OVER, the drive was uneventful.

Temporal Gulch Trail #595 Was a bit thin in spots and is a steady climb to Josephine Saddle. The views just kept getting better. We made a stop at McBeth Spring to sample the agua.

At the Old Baldy Trail #372 we saw the first of the masses coming up and down from the Summit. Ran into and SkyIslandHiker on his way down from his 300th? summit.

We enjoyed a break and lunch at the top with our surprise guest Randy. The first time I did Wrightson, it was in a group w/ Randy the speed demon. Great seeing him again.

It's all downhill from here Gardner Canyon #143, to Walker Basin #136. The views are easier to enjoy going downhill not staring at you feet. We all took an extended break while Joel read the newspaper.

The hill dropping into Upper Walker Tank was brutally rocky/steep.. we should have taken the AZT reroute instead of "The Road"

Thanks for settin' this one up Belinda! Good to finally meet you, Joel, Mark and Mike...

Hard to believe that the Cow smelled worse on the way out.. :o
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Baldy Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty of of clear cool water in the concrete catchment, north from the large visable container

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty of of clear cool water in the concrete catchment

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max McBeth Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty of of clear cool water in the concrete catchment

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Upper Walker Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Plenty of filterable water. Nice pools upstream.
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