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Hunter Creek - Bear Flat - Gordon Canyon Loop, AZ
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Hunter Creek - Bear Flat - Gordon Canyon Loop, AZ 
Hunter Creek - Bear Flat - Gordon Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
joebartels
Hiking22.05 Miles 3,727 AEG
Hiking22.05 Miles   10 Hrs   25 Mns   2.34 mph
3,727 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Hunter Creek 8am
A pleasant area with nice tall pines and marshy meadows. The squishy areas will probably dry up soon. Follow the creek best you can. There is an intermittent use trail. We headed west and took what we got. We hopped several fences along the trickling creek. Didn't see much in terms of falls. Either a small cascade or I missed it. Nice break spot in the cascade/falls area. The highest forecasted high for our loop was 82 degrees. 75 at the start erased hope for a cool spring hike.

Christopher Mountain 9am
We ascended off trail straight up Christopher Mountain. It's steep and loose for a couple hundred feet, then gets reasonable quick. Shockingly not a whimper out of the eagle. Views open up to the rim a little ways up. We took forest roads to the west end of the mountain. I had an off trail track to descend a ridge to #178. We lucked out and found a nice unsigned trail! The upper third was wide, raked and dreamy. Then it's more what you'd expect from a less used trail. Still mighty fine.

Bear Flat Trail #178 Noon
Essentially a forest road through the pines. I enjoyed it. Just as it was getting toasty unexpected storms rolled in and saved the day. It sprinkled on occasion but never let loose. The east trailhead is unsigned. Unless you reside in the large metropolis of Pleasant Valley ( Young ) this is the middle of nowhere for most.

Gordon Canyon 3pm
A good two miles separated us from Gordon Falls. I anticipated this to be slow travel. A couple use trails, narrow canyon pine views and Gordon Falls made this the highlight of the day. Most will access Gordon Falls from the north. Which is a solid 3 out 5 in my book. It is nice, easy and good for those that enjoy a less meaty bone.

carried 4 quarts, 6oz leaked out of cheap hundred dollar pack, ran out with a half mile to go
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
lots of lupine in a couple areas, isolated paintbrush, tiny whites and yellows

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Gordon Creek Falls Light flow Light flow
not much flow, enough to enjoy!
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