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2016-07-16  
E Clear Creek - Horse Crossing - CC Cragin Dam, AZ
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E Clear Creek - Horse Crossing - CC Cragin Dam, AZ 
E Clear Creek - Horse Crossing - CC Cragin Dam, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2016
joebartels
Hiking17.60 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking17.60 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   2.51 mph
1,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Bruce threw this loop together. We parked in a lot near the confluence of ECC & Barbershop Canyon. Immediately got our feet wet crossing the creek. Then hiked almost 7 miles to Horse Crossing, crossing the creek a bunch. Usually a foot or two deep, once waist high. The cool water was simply enjoyable.

Only two blips of elevation you might very well miss if you sneezed. Lots of pines throughout the entire loop. Temps were nice in the shade and semi hot in the shade.

Headed to Moqui Lookout Tower. A FS guy stopped us mentioning the area was closed due to a suspicious package under the tower. The Dynamic Sweet-talking Duo babbled up a storm and we continued up the closed road. By the time we reached the tower the situation was resolved. A nice lady that has been working this tower for seventeen years showed up. She just wanted to eat lunch. However the Dynamic Sweet-talking Duo had us in the tower in under five minutes. I would have walked around the mountain but you know how these pesky goal oriented hikers roll.

Headed over and down to CC Cragin. Looked busy but only a dozen or two actually on the lake. The dam and spillway are interesting. Maybe they're all like this but I never noticed. The spillway vaults logs airborne then they crash down a series of choppy steps to break up.

2.5 more creek miles didn't sound great. The water crossings were so refreshing it went by quick.
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Nice tall summer yellow creek wildflowers typical here and WCC, some up to seven feet tall! Two stretches in the creek had heavy mint, which was scentrific! Lots of healthy Wild Bergamot throughout the creek portions.
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