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Big Bug Mesa to Grapevine Falls, AZ
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Big Bug Mesa to Grapevine Falls, AZ 
Big Bug Mesa to Grapevine Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2016
Peter_Medal
Hiking7.39 Miles 1,971 AEG
Hiking7.39 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   1.44 mph
1,971 ft AEG      30 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
From the TH; its 1.5 miles to the Grapevine Canyon TH (Trail #4). This unnamed jeep trail, we shall call Grapevine Creek Road should only be driven if you desire to have "AZ Pinstripes" on your rig. Ohh and High Profile Only. Its faster to trail run then drive in. The water was flowing all along Grapevine Creek. Loud actually. We could here the water from the road. From the Grapevine Canyon TH, embarked on Trail #4 for about 1/3 of a mile which then forked off "9434" on the left and "4" on the right. This would be our lasso loop junction, we will be returning down 4 from the Grapevine Falls.

Once on 9434, its a little tricky to find the east ridgeline summit trail to Big Bug Mesa, 9434 actually continues south.

Once on the ridgeline trail its a constant climb 1500' in elevation gain in 1.1 miles. Turn around often, views just keep getting better and better. Once above the forest tree line; the forest looks like an hour glass. Approaching summit you see the "Battleship Rock"... This was the fifth or sixth time I have summited up to Battleship and then usually banked west; northwest with a "freestyle drop" into Grapevine Canyon. There were lots of snow piles, particularly in shady "north face" areas. This trip, decided to make this excursion the "official" Big Bug Mesa 6906' summit bag with Grapevine Falls option. I continued West looking for the high point USGS 6906'. Traversed it for sure after the fact. After summitting, took off north and looked for a juicy entry into the canyon. A little down climbs here and there with lots of snow. Tried to maintain flanking the main drainage where the springs above the falls are. You can here the water flowing about 1/2 way down into the canyon drop. As always, water falls flowing, and water tasty, right from the tap. Forgot to bring some salad dressing for the wild water cress floating in the pools in and around the falls.

There is a path/trail on the north side of the Grapevine Creek which connects back on Trail #4. The heavy water flow was a real treat.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Grapevine Springs Quart per minute Quart per minute
i filled a 1/2 quart in about a minute.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Grapevine Waterfall Heavy flow Heavy flow
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"Before there was a trail..... there was no trail"
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