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Deer Creek - Gold Ridge Loop, AZ
mini location map2016-04-17
9 by photographer avatarThe_N
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Deer Creek - Gold Ridge Loop, AZ 
Deer Creek - Gold Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2016
The_N
Hiking19.81 Miles 3,742 AEG
Hiking19.81 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   2.70 mph
3,742 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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1st trip
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I've had this loop stashed in my back pocket for just the right day and today I was in the mood for it. Weather was great, mid to high 60s and sunny with a steady breeze. I started up Deer Creek knowing it was going to get brushy but was surprised at how quickly it happened. The vegetation here sure does grow fast. Many of the huge cairns along the creek were already hidden. I lost the 'trail' a few times but quickly corrected myself each time. It truly is a beautiful area this time of year. Tons of wildflowers/flowering shrubs, green vegetation and plenty of running water. About 6 miles up the creek gets very scenic with a series of cascades into deeper pools. Topped out at Peeley TH where I scarfed down a snack and started footing it down the road while enjoying the views. At the 3348 / 201 junction I caught up with 2 gentlemen doing the exact same loop but weren't quite sure where to find Gold Ridge Trail so we finished out the loop together. All of us definitely enjoyed Gold Ridge. Air quality has improved and the views were awesome. Roosevelt looked particularly clear today. There are a couple of pockets of manzanita that have grown right on the trail but it's a highway compared to Deer Creek. Overall I got exactly what I expected out of this hike and had some good company for the last 7 miles.
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Mazatzal Wilderness
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Deer Creek / Canyon - Mazatzal Wilderness Medium flow Medium flow
Light to medium. Even dry in a few spots before returning.
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