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East Fork Black River Explore, AZ
mini location map2016-07-15
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East Fork Black River Explore, AZ 
East Fork Black River Explore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2016
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.40 Miles 557 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.16 mph
557 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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This was my second day hike of a 4-day/5-night car camping trip in the White Mountains. After camping the first night and going on a day hike on the south boundary of the Mount Baldy Wilderness I was ready to find a less populated area. So I drove to FR586 which follows a ridge line between the East Fork Black River Canyon and Boneyard Creek Canyon roughly 12 miles east of the Mt Baldy Wilderness. This area would be a little warmer since it is about 1000 ft lower than the Mount Baldy Wilderness area. However I'll gladly take a 5 deg increase in temps to get away from the hordes. It was a good choice. I would see very few people over the next 3 days in this scenic canyon country.

After finding a campsite about 200 ft off of FR586 with a nice view northwest towards the East Fork Black River Canyon, I settled in for the night. The next morning I started hiking off-trail across the grass covered plateau that borders the river canyon. I was about a 100 yds from camp when I heard a hound baying as if it was hot on the trail of some critter. Looking back at camp I saw two large dogs running past my camp but never saw a human with them. They disappeared into the woods and I continued on my hike. The next day I would encounter a local on an ATV who told me he had a similar experience but was able to round up the dogs and call the phone number on their tags. Turns out, the dogs were wearing radio collars with gps locators. The owner told him to set them free, he lets them run loose and tracks them down using the gps tracker when he needs them or they tree something. Two hikers I encountered in Boneyard Canyon 2 days later told me of a similar experience.

It was a pleasant hike dropping in and out of the canyon twice to follow scenic sections of the canyon bottom. There are no hiking trails in this area and I didn't see another person during the hike. As noon approached it was getting a little too warm for hiking so I headed back to camp and read a book in the shade for the remainder of the afternoon.
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