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Badger - Baby - Agua Fria Loop, AZ
mini location map2016-12-29
11 by photographer avatarThe_N
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Badger - Baby - Agua Fria Loop, AZ 
Badger - Baby - Agua Fria Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
The_N
Hiking9.21 Miles 1,156 AEG
Hiking9.21 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.15 mph
1,156 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Took Rosie out to one of my old stomping grounds from when I first got into hiking. It's been a while since my last visit. There was water flowing down Badger Springs Wash. We reached the Agua Fria and went up canyon. There was a good flow of water throughout. Following the river it was mud slogging and boulder hopping almost the entire time. Those two elements combined can be tricky. Pretty much all of the fall leaves are gone now. Tons of small patches of snow tucked away in the shade. Rosie had a blast splashing around all day. We made a side trip into Baby Canyon. The trickiest part was crossing a huge field of quick sand and small streams just to get to the mouth of Baby Cyn. I almost lost both shoes. This canyon is much more narrow with towering, vertical cliff faces. We heard a rock avalanche just before the powerlines and froze dead in our tracks. Looked up on the cliff and saw the back end of a mountain lion as it clawed it's way up and over the cliffs. I stood in amazement of the athletic feat. Then a couple minutes more to see if maybe I could catch another glimpse. This was the first lion sighting of my hiking career. I'll admit, I looked back over my shoulder a couple of times after. We reached our turn around point and headed back. On the return through Baby Cyn I noticed most of the boulders were lit up with petroglyphs. To reach the TH we took the old 4WD road up and out of the canyon. Saw 2 mule deer, a flock of ducks, 3 hawks, a falcon and the cat. Didn't see another person all day.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
A few remnants scattered throughout.

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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Badger Spring Wash Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Per the usual.

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Mostly pools. Clean and clear.
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