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Whitlow & Tule Canyons Loop, AZ
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Whitlow & Tule Canyons Loop, AZ 
Whitlow & Tule Canyons Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.90 Miles 1,736 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   1.72 mph
1,736 ft AEG      27 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Take #2:
Tracey liked the photos from my hike just before the rain over the weekend, so it was time for a reprise. We hoped to encounter more running water but were a bit disappointed... yes there was a little more along with s few bigger pools but nothing like we expected.

We followed roughly the same route up Whitlow Canyon and up & over the ridge, then changed the route by following cow-paths north up & over a smaller ridge and following a wide arc west into Tule Canyon, where we stopped for lunch.

From there we turned east to climb out of Tule Canyon, up & over the ridge and down the other side, which was another feeder which would lead us back into Tule Canyon again. After reconnecting with Tule Creek we crossed it and explored rugged alcoves and caves among an area of huge boulders. From there the return trip was a straight shot on cow-paths along Tule Creek.

For wildlife we encountered a pair of deer as we crossed over the saddle west of Whitlow Canyon and later on another pair two canyons and a few miles west.

We encountered cows but no calves on the Whitlow side, but west of the gate the majority were mother-and-calf pairs with a bull or two thrown in.

The forecast called for it to be overcast but the skies cleared early on and it warmed up. A good breeze every once in a while kept it from feeling too warm, so we had a very enjoyable hike. With still more to explore, we'll be back.
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