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2016-07-16  
ECC Blue Ridge to Horse Crossing Loop, AZ
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ECC Blue Ridge to Horse Crossing Loop, AZ 
ECC Blue Ridge to Horse Crossing Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2016
chumley
Hiking17.66 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking17.66 Miles   8 Hrs   39 Mns   2.60 mph
1,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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Two hours of breaks. That was the theme today. ;)

I agree with Joel's description: the section of ECC from 95 to Kinder is probably the most scenic. We were able to bypass the swimmer on the cliffs on the left. Surprisingly there was nobody at Kinder. Or Horse. Though we spotted two people down that way later after we had climbed out of the canyon and were taking another break.

We hit the Pokéstop at Moqui and enjoyed some suspicious lunch from Joe's duffel but were disappointed to find somebody had molested the disc at the old Blue Ridge tower site. Skirted private property down to the lake. It looked super busy, but it appeared most people didn't venture past the boat ramp, with only 5-6 watercraft between there and the dam.

Speaking of the dam. Damn! Hadn't ever been down below it before and it's impressive. The flow in ECC downstream is the result of a single 3" pipe. Probably a required output as part of the SRP agreement. Luckily ECC has numerous seeps and springs along the way that slowly add more flow. The first half mile from the dam is an unpleasant bouldery mess. It gets better/typical after that.

Nice to cover a 10-mile stretch in the creek today. Thanks to Eagle for drawing it up and driving, and to Joe for sitting in back. :)
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max CC Cragin Reservoir 26-50% full 26-50% full
44% full. Elev 6680, about 30 feet below full pool
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