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mini location map2016-07-02
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Spruce-Davis-Union-Tritle Shuttle, AZ 
Spruce-Davis-Union-Tritle Shuttle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking18.47 Miles 4,718 AEG
Hiking18.47 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   2.16 mph
4,718 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Up at 4am I checked the radar and Prescott what getting nailed with a heavy thunderstorm.
I knew it would be a humid one. Temps on the day ranged from 62 to 78. Not bad for a July.

Ray was our shuttle commander today. He dropped us at the Groom Creek TH. Clockwise on the Groom Creek #307 up to Spruce Mountain, we stopped at the Fire Lookout. Red is gone and Suzie is back in the tower. All the windows were open and the hummingbirds were flying feeder to feeder through the tower.

On to Isabella #377 and down to Potato Patch.

Dandrea #285 is my least favorite in this loop. A group of hikers pointed out the best example I've seen of an Arrastra, which made this trail a plus this time.

The off trail to Mount Davis is always a worthy track. Some really good views.
Video from the Top of Mount Davis :next: https://youtu.be/UJ ... HT8Y

Next it was off to Mount Union to visit with John for a bit before lunch on the Helipad.

The planned route had to be adjusted after we ran into some Private Property. This is the first time I'd taken FR52B to the top of Mount Tritle. A worthy route with some nice views. We searched for the Summit Register with zero luck.
We meddled with the Peter Medal route off the north side. This route was a super highway for about half the way down. After that, not so much. Finally in the Hassayampa, travel was much easier.

Our shuttle driver picked us up while walking on...Walker Road. Thanks Ray!
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Arrastra
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Arrastra Dandrea Spring
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Arrastra Dandrea Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty to filter from

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hassayampa Falls Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hassayampa Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
Lots of water behind a fence
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