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Holdout Black Rock Loop, AZ
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Holdout Black Rock Loop, AZ 
Holdout Black Rock Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 30 2015
BiFrost
Backpack25.91 Miles 3,873 AEG
Backpack25.91 Miles3 Days         
3,873 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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chumley
clairebear
John9L
nonot
slowandsteady
Great long weekend in the Santa Teresa's exploring Holdout and Black Rock Canyons. We started on the Klondkye side driving up an old two track to forest boundary. From there it was up the Reef Tank Trail over the divide that drops into upper Holdout Canyon. Once in upper Holdout the views of the pinnacles and granite rock slabs as well as range high point Cottonwood Mtn and Pinnacle ridge were awesome! We continued down Holdout in some light rain following the GET blue ribbons occasionally crossing Holdout Creek which had decent water. Eventually we made it down to the Holdout-Black Rock confluence and found a camp spot arriving just before sunset.

Next day we headed out on day hike up Fisher Canyon to explore more of the GET section. We briefly continued up Fisher Canyon leaving the GET but found the cats claw and deteriorating trail conditions more than we wanted to slog through. We turned around and hiked back to the GET exploring more of that section before heading back to camp. We only hiked about 4 miles total that morning but it was slow going particularly in Fisher Canyon although the water was nice to see.

Back at camp we took a short break and then headed our for second day hike this time back up Holdout and dropping into the creek 2 miles upstream from the confluence. The goal was to explore Holdout Creek since the trail goes around this entire section. We were not disappointed as this section had the nicest rock formations and pools in the entire range. Towards the bottom there is a 1/4 mile section where the creek goes under house sized boulders creating caverns, pools, and waterfalls. Chumley volunteered to carry my day pack while I climbed and waded through the pools eventually navigating to the end. Holdout Creek was definitely the highlight of the weekend.

After exploring Holdout we headed back to camp to spend another relaxing night around the fire. We also linked up with Nonot who hiked in that day and joined up that night. Next day we hiked out and up Black Rock Canyon which was very nice walk in the creek bottom. Very easy walking despite no trail and just following the creek for 4.5 miles. Then we hit an old road/trail which also was easy walking and great views on the ridgeline above Black Rock Canyon. Eventually we passed by Reef Tank completing our loop and back out to the vehicles. Thanks for organizing the trip Chums :D
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