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Highline: Washington Park to Hatchery, AZ
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Highline: Washington Park to Hatchery, AZ 
Highline: Washington Park to Hatchery, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2016
The_N
Hiking16.60 Miles 3,476 AEG
Hiking16.60 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   2.75 mph
3,476 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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Decided last minute to hike this stretch of Highline with Rosie. Now the longest hike of her young career. Weather was absolutely gorgeous as I had anticipated. The direct sun exposure was not Rosie's favorite part so we took breathers in the shade throughout the day. At Bonita Creek we followed the recently cleared trail to the spring and topped off our water supply while briefly snacking. Truly one of my favorite areas on the rim. We spooked a lone whitetail on our return to Highline. The rest of the trek was uneventful. Enjoyed the rim views and patches of fall colors. Route finding gets interesting around the Pyle Ranch area but any fears of losing the trail can be put to rest now. Even through the chest - high grass areas there is still a trail, numerous cairns, white diamonds, ribbons and pieces of reflective tape wrapped around manzanita branches. The ferns that dominate around Ellison Creek have all died down, making route finding easier through there. Rosie had plenty of interaction with cattle today, but behaved. We spooked a bull elk and watched as it ran to sanctuary atop Roberts Mesa. Shortly after, we encounter a young man out hunting, followed by his grandfather near the Hatchery TH. This was the only human contact all day. Hiking this stretch seemed more scenic going east than it did west. Only downside is saving the rocky stuff for the end when feet/legs are tired. Overall, a very enjoyable day on the rim. Stats include several small side trips for photo ops and finding water for the pooch.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bonita Creek @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow
Good flow throughout. Excellent water at the spring.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Dude Creek @ Highline Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Ellison Creek @ Highline Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Perley Creek @ Highline Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

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