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Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop, AZ
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Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop, AZ 
Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking24.12 Miles 5,036 AEG
Hiking24.12 Miles   10 Hrs   53 Mns   2.44 mph
5,036 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
It'd been 5 years since I'd hiked from this TH, except as we started hiking, I realized the TH was all new, which should add 1.5 miles RT to the hike. I say should, because as we'd find later the start of this hike has been completely changed, with no indication what-so-ever at the TH.

We followed the road until, things just didn't seem right. I think the old trail took a left at the "ground under repair" signage that we'd passed. To get back on track, after a brief discussion concerning the flora, we opted to go cross country. It was slow going, but we made our way back on trail.

*** Note *** to start on the new trail, either download the new official Black Canyon Trail #114, or walk through the Road Closed sign, and take a 90 degree turn to the left.

The Black Canyon Trail #114 is not a drop dead gorgeous trail, but it's a steady climb, with some big views of the Cottonwood and Sedona areas on a nice trail. Other than a 1/2 mile section, just east of the ridge that drops into the pine valley (my favorite section), this is a superhighway. It puts a smile on your face, when there's an 8' wide swath taken out of a manzanita grove.

The Coleman Trail #108 gets you to the top quickly and is in great shape. We ate an abbreviated lunch up top, because (finally) it was cold!

After a stop at the closed Mingus Lookout, it was the Gaddes Canyon #110 to the Gaddes #9037. We were hoping for a bit of color, brown is a color and it carpeted the forest floor. Not the color we were hoping for.

Continuing our way down, back on the Black Canyon Trail, Route Scout yelled at us for being off trail (Pinned To function can be a life saver!). We were on a perfectly good trail, so we were a bit confused. We back tracked 100' to where the track said we went wrong. Ahh Ha, the old trail was cleverly blocked off and we'd not even noticed.

We followed the new reroute directly to the truck.
Enjoyable hike with peerrfect weather...
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Dry Lake Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Muddy Tank water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Gaddes Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Plenty of filterable water from previous rains

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Gaddes Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Fenced in and sealed
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