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Camp Oregon Hiker - Cold Spring Canyon, AZ
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Camp Oregon Hiker - Cold Spring Canyon, AZ 
Camp Oregon Hiker - Cold Spring Canyon, AZ
 
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It was the last night of my 4-night 5-day camping trip to the middle Cherry Creek Canyon area of the Sierra Ancha. I decided to move my camp from Camp Grasshopper down to a camp site on the side of FR203 in the bottom of Cold Spring Canyon. (See the geocode of the first photo for the exact camp location.) The Camp Grasshopper location [ description ] is my preferred campsite for this area of Cherry Creek Canyon. However its exposure on a ridge top just wasn't the place to be with high wind gusts and possible thunderstorms in the forecast for that night and the next day. The camp site in CS Canyon does not have the sweeping views directly from camp or the solitude of the camp GH site. However on the positive side, it is a short walk to the trail head for the CS Canyon, Pueblo Canyon and Coopers Fork cliff dwelling trails and has several level spots for tents tucked away under oak trees out of sight of the road. Parking space is limited with room for 2 cars. Moving the fire pit might make room for a 3rd car. Although near the bottom of the canyon it is high enough to avoid exposure to flash floods. There are also great views up Cold Spring Canyon just a short walk up the road. Of course one final plus was that Grasshopper hadn't already given his name to this site. :)

After spending 3 nights on a ridge top with wide open views both up and down Cherry Creek Canyon, this site made me feel a little claustrophobic. However late in the afternoon when some high gusts of wind came up I was happy to have the protection of the canyon walls and the surrounding forest of oak trees. I got my FJ leveled with the help of the abundant flat stones at this site and then set up the kitchen tarp which attaches to the back of the FJ. I was ready for rain. Dinner was OH's special hot dog sandwich, corn on the cob and a cabbage, tomato, bell pepper salad. The rain didn't really start to come down until I was tucked away in the sleeping quarters in the back of my FJ. The next morning dawned with clear blue sky dotted with cotton ball cloud puffs. The rain had just been enough to clear the air and settle the dust on the road. I started to make breakfast but realized that I was missing a good morning photo opportunity so grabbed a camera and walked up the road for some views of the canyon. After a leisurely breakfast I packed up camp and headed for home with a rare dust free drive on FR203 all the way to it's southern end at HW288.
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