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Dogie Trail #116Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2016
chumley
Hiking10.83 Miles 2,052 AEG
Hiking10.83 Miles   6 Hrs   9 Mns   2.15 mph
2,052 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
 
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This ended up being a nice day hike with a big heavy backpack! :lol:

The plan was an overnight at Taylor Cabin. I knew the Verde River had flashed to 3000cfs after the storm on December 23rd, and I had seen a great photo of a waterfall at Paradise Forks, so I knew Sycamore had been running a week before. But the flow had dropped to 100cfs, and there's no way to know how much of that was from upstream on the Verde, and how much of that was being added by Sycamore Creek. Either way, I figured 100 was a very manageable flow, and it would be nice to visit Taylor Cabin when there was no concern about water!

It rained much of the way on the drive up in the morning. The road was muddy but the rain stopped by the time we started hiking. We heard the sound of water from quite a distance, and it was nice to finally get to a point where the river came into view. And yes, river would be the best word for it. I spied some areas of slower moving water and felt reasonable about finding a way across, but that feeling became more and more uneasy as we approached the crossing.

Not to be turned around without a fight, I grabbed my hiking poles and ventured out into the chilly water in just my underwear but didn't get more than 3 feet out before the water was chest deep and I couldn't touch bottom with my poles. :o I explored upstream to seek a better crossing spot and concluded what I already knew ... it just wasn't going to happen. (Note to self: off-trail exploration in the desert wearing just boxer shorts is hazardous : rambo : ).

Back at the trail, we discussed our options and decided to head back to the car. The sun teased for a bit and then the rain began again with about a mile to go.

I had carried a couple of New Year's beers all day, and I enjoyed one back at the trailhead. I kept the champagne for later though!

(I checked the gauge once I had service again, and the Verde had flashed earlier that morning and was running at 1800cfs. The Paulden gauge showed no change all week, so I'm guessing that the bulk of the flow was out of Sycamore Canyon).
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Cedar Creek was raging, and adding very nice runoff into Sycamore Creek.

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In flood. Crossing was impossible. A minimum of 6 feet deep, swift current, and 30 to 50 feet across. Verde gauge near Clarkdale showed 1800cfs.

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