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Whiskey Spring Trail #238Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2015
wallyfrack
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,514 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.26 mph
2,514 ft AEG
 
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By chance I had the day off and went for a hike to Whiskey Spring with Greg, Jack & Steve. On the way we stopped by the wreck site of the Fleet Model 7 biplane (aka Fawn) which crash February 21, 1942. I thought they already knew the location but they only knew the general area and had never before located the actual crash site. Steve told Jack & Greg I knew where it was. (no pressure.) I said I found some stamped aluminum that is too light to be from a chair, tent or frame pack but had no other proof. We went to the site and everyone agreed the aluminum seemed odd. We looked further and soon Greg was pulling up pieces of glass (flat, no radius), a metal tube, a plastic cone and a fabric strip. We found some more aluminum and as we were going to start off again I found the airplane tire under a bush. This was the clue from the article that was missing. While putting the tire pieces back under the tree, Steve also found some leather material. We could not identify what it may have been but were confident that the leather was from the plane. After comparing the photo to the location, we found the saguaro from 50 years ago is still there as well as the rocks on the hill. After leaving the crash site, we went on to Whiskey Spring. There is water present at the spring (and a trail camera in the tree above it) but there is also water in the creek which may be better. We hiked up above the spring to Prince Albert saddle and had lunch. Steve pointed out "jar of nails" cave on Coffee Flat Mountain before we hiked back down to the trail. Jack & Steve decided to try short cut canyon from Whiskey Spring trail to the Dutchman trail. I hiked with Greg along the trail and we met them by the waterfall on Dutchman trail. We were told the short cut saves about 10 minutes but it's slow going where it narrows so not a great time saver. The post hike meeting was at Village Inn (Wednesday is free pie day).
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