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Old Smokey - Tunnel Spring Loop, AZ
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Old Smokey - Tunnel Spring Loop, AZ 
Old Smokey - Tunnel Spring Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2016
joebartels
Hiking12.65 Miles 3,556 AEG
Hiking12.65 Miles   7 Hrs   28 Mns   1.86 mph
3,556 ft AEG      39 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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The CHUMS trip to the KofA Cabana last March was an eye opener so I was eager to return. I paid more attention to the drive in. It's aggressive. The last mile would be wise to have 4wd high clearance. jj stopped near the parking and we were both shocked he was stuck. Apparently the front passenger worked into a campfire ring. The bigger rocks kept that tire in place and the others dug in the small loose gravel without momentum. Easily moved the fire ring rocks, just odd.

A printed map or a working phone would be great for this type of off-trail hike. The extent of my planning blows. Basically... what time do we meet. So we spent more time figuring out the route on Fenix than needed. It works great when you keep moving, not so much for slow off trail.

Old Smokey was great again. JJ read the register notes aloud as did CHUMS. I could probably recite 'em now.
- Possible 1st summit 1982 ( ish )
- UofA Ramblers, 12 days after 1st possible summit...lol

Somehow forgot about the scree getting up Smokey, ugg. The descent down pastel hill still fascinates. Cloudy most of the day, pleasant temps and a breeze made the hike enjoyable throughout.

The majority of the hike is to/from Tunnel Spring. The off trail is mostly brush free, or at least that is what I told myself. Still is but boy my shins took a beating. Tunnel Spring must be witnessed to understand the lure. Once again, I'm not a fan of getting down with the slimy mud. jj avoided it easily whereas I looked like a two year old that jumped in it. The aggressive hike out didn't seem so bad this round, the continuous breeze probably helped.

Love this loop, next time something else =)

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 De La Ossa Well 76-100% full 76-100% full
full, thin scum layer on top

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 High Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
full, thin scum layer on top

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tunnel Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Big tank is full, little is empty. Evidence of Big Horn shows they jump up into the tunnel.
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