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Ballantine Trail #283Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2016
sbkelley
Hiking16.50 Miles 3,410 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   8 Hrs   50 Mns   2.11 mph
3,410 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
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Got an unexpected window to get out for a day, and took advantage! Made it all the way up to Rock Tank and a pretty substantial waterfall. In the shade, there was some ice on the rocks and even a couple frozen pools beneath the waterfall. The pools and polished rock at Rock Tank made the brush-bashing worth it: this is a very cool spot.

Lower section of the Ballantine in the boulders area is very scenic. Trail was a little faint past the dirt bike tracks, but not hard to follow. Made it to Boulder Flat and were all surprised to see a very strong flow there, which was the case all the way up Ballantine Canyon. The catclaw was as heinous as advertised here, and the manzanita up higher has definitely obscured parts of the track before Rock Tank. For the most part, though, you could tell where the trail went.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Ballantine Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Good flow first encountered at the Corral, and was the case all the way until the trail left the creek bed. With this next storm coming, should be the case for awhile
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