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Crack in the Mountain TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2016
azbackpackr
Hiking6.56 Miles 1,212 AEG
Hiking6.56 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   1.98 mph
1,212 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
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This was a fun loop hike. I went with a local group, which I've always found is a good way to learn new trails and routes. Going hiking with 16 people is not my idea of a wilderness experience, but it was fun getting acquainted with them--very nice group. We went down "SARA's Crack," as it is known locally. (Nobody actually calls it "Crack in Mountain" except the City government.) Before I forget, "SARA" stands for "Special Activities and Recreation Area."

The Crack had water in it from recent rains. Several of us had brought sandals. It took a bit of negotiating to get 16 people of varying physical abilities through it, but everyone made it. At one point there is a rope. At another point there is a sort of dicey move to avoid a pool. Then there is the unavoidable pool. The water was only about knee deep, but very chilly. Then on down the wash we went, and quickly reached the lake. I had been to this part of the lake before in my kayak. Gorgeous area!

We made a loop hike, and also got some nice AEG by taking a different path on the way back which led us to the top of a hill where there is a picnic table. There is a well-beaten trail to this hill, and another equally good trail leading down and back to the original wash.
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