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Bear Canyon - Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ
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Bear Canyon - Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ 
Bear Canyon - Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking18.93 Miles 3,318 AEG
Hiking18.93 Miles   9 Hrs   25 Mns   2.32 mph
3,318 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Headed off to Cyle Kountry for some cooler temps and tall pines.
Temps on the day ranged from 71 to 91, The Coolest in the morning after the climb to General Spring Cabin. The warmest at the Railroad Tunnel in the late afternoon. It was in the 80's most of the day and perfect in the shade and with a breeze.

First time driving to the Washington Park TH and any vehicle could easily make it there.

Colonel Devin Trail #290, is as steep at the top as I remembered from doing AZT #27. We took a cool down snack break at the cabin and then headed SE through the woods to Bear Canyon Upper. I'd done this portion before. There are quite a few areas that the game have provided a nice path to follow. It's a lush area with tall cliff walls that is very picturesque. The places where the game had not left a trail was slow going and takes a toll on you. After 5+ miles we cut our track short and scrambled straight up and out of the the creek bed.

On to the ridge line, we ran across a long ago tree cleared roadbed, that made navigating the forest to FR719 a breeze.

Once on the Fred Haught Trail #141 it was clear sailing in the pines. Here we ran into HAZ Lurker Samantha, who gushed about the Web Site and an unlikely member. "Do you guys know AZChumley" :sl:

On the way down, we decided to check out the Railroad Tunnel Trail from the top. Neither of us had been on this section before. Some might want to use this as an alternate route to the top, as it is a less steep alternative.

On the way home, while gassing up, we ran into the before mentioned AZ-Chumley, one of his partners little Johnny 8K, Jackie who was watching after the Leemobile that had be commandeered, and Linda aka Lindaagm. Great to meet you. Be careful of the company you keep. :o
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Places to Filter

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Good, Clean, Cool flow. Yum

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Plenty in the area

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There waster in the Concrete Spring area (along with other stuff), but there are better sources in the area.

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