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Bronco Butte-China Wall-Rackensack, AZ
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Bronco Butte-China Wall-Rackensack, AZ 
Bronco Butte-China Wall-Rackensack, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking13.40 Miles 2,711 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.05 mph
2,711 ft AEG      20 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I needed this one to complete all the Seven Springs / Spur Cross Trails. I'd driven by the Bronco Trailhead dozens of times without stopping.

On the agenda the 2nd Bronco Butte of the month, China Wall and some 'splorin'. Since I prefer Loops to OaB's, toss in Rackensack Canyon, which looked interesting.

Ray and I started just before first light on a chilly, breezy, crisp, clear morning. We were on Bronco #245 for a bit over 3 miles before turning off on an old unsigned, cairned route to China Wall then Bronco Butte.

China Wall is an interesting geologic feature. We followed along the top of the wall until we got to the area of the plane wreckage. Most of the 2011 wreckage has been removed. We made our way to Peak 4600 to check out the views to the west. This is a good vantage point to take in the overview of the Seven Springs, Spur Cross areas.

From here, Bronco Butte was just a short climb. Here you have 360 views of the area. Snow Covered Mazzy's to the East, Supes to the SE, McDowells, Camelback, Squaw to the Southish, Snow covered Bradshaws to the WNW.

We opted for the shorter route off Bronco Butte to Rackensack. Ray led us down, following some game trails into the canyon. It worked out well.

Rackensack was an easy follow for the most part. Water was running for the majority of the length of it, with even some interesting cascades. Towards the end, we skirted some Private property. There were indications of recent, but not current activity.

We improvised our route up and out of the canyon back to the Bronco Trail.

We only saw 2 hikers all day, one with a golf club :doh:

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Head of Rackensack Springs Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Hard to tell where the source was with all the recent rains

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Jack Springs Dripping Dripping
Mainly muddy in overgrown bushy area
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