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Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ
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Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ 
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2017
joebartels
Hiking22.00 Miles 5,600 AEG
Hiking22.00 Miles   13 Hrs   7 Mns   1.82 mph
5,600 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
Deadman Falls makes Bruce's eyes light up like a seven year old on Christmas. My memories had it as a power wow destination, just not in my top twenty favorites. Which is featured on profile pages as the heart icon. Bruce upped the ante with a loop-option and said Denny was interested in joining. Temps you dream about all summer sealed the deal, oh boy!

Barnhardt Trail #43
@The_N greeted us at the trailhead awaiting his backpacking party. The seep then Hawaiian Mist rolled off quick with Big Kahuna screaming hello soon after. The lackluster origin of those names is under the @Mr_Squishy, water is everywhere.

Per typical scenario the split second I blurt out an obscenity we stumbled upon human life in the middle of nowhere. We chatted with the cowboy camper ten feet from the trail then moved along. Continuing on we quarreled who was the most obscene. As much as I hate to bow to defeat it's impossible to top Bruce. There is undoubtedly a stone faced young lady near Long Canyon still clenching her husband's hand in terror from the words spewed from said froth of scum.

North Fork Falls of Deadman Canyon
Bruce is proud of his houdini route to the bottom of Deadman Creek to get under the falls. The approach was slow due to water flowing at a higher rate than usual. The payoff is a monster waterfall. Which in reality is a fraction of the main attraction. The journey is worthy to any explorer. Magic shows just weren't made for reruns.

Back up top Sandy Falls we met a nice group arriving to set up camp. Midway into Bruce's story about his childhood I threw out the silencer bomb "it's 1:30pm and we're only halfway". Perhaps a little overkill like pouring muriatic acid on a 7-Up stain. Yet he shut up mid sentence how he was the first child to wear Huggies and the world owes it to his pumpkin for the invention of the safety pin.

Rock Creek Trail #42
The westernmost half mile of Rock Creek Trail #42 is harsh. With gps and cairns under the manzanita it took 45 minutes to wade a half mile up to the ridge border for Yavapai and Gila counties. I stomped dozens and uprooted two for a good workout. A tree rooter is desperately needed. Six years ago @DarthStiller wrote
"The downhill portion to the MDT is overgrown with Manzanita, but it's still navigable. I kind of felt that the rockiness of the trail was more a hindrance to me than the overgrowth."
The rocks have been stabilized by a swath of 3-4 foot manzanita.

Rock Creek from the ridge down was fantastic. The creek and falls were roaring. We got to the bottom just before sundown.

Half Moon Trail #288 - Under a Full Moon!
I failed to put us on Half Moon twice so we gps'd a short distance until ribbons and cairns got our attention. With cairns, gps and pants we made it through fine. Blood likely makes an appearance if you take away any of those three. The easiest way to get this trail cleared is to dye Rock Creek blue and promote the heck out of it.

Great to feel tired again, thx guys!
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hints here and there

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Barnhardt Creek at Half Moon Trail Heavy flow Heavy flow
white caps like a river

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Heavy flow Heavy flow
spectacular, free admission to the show

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Center Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Good steady flow. I think Bruce filled up a quart and said it tasted good unfiltered. We saw spaceship sized cow patties ten minutes later...lol

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Chilson Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
too squishy to check the spring, the entire side of the mountain was oozing water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Deadman Canyon Falls - North Fork Heavy flow Heavy flow
about as good as it gets

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Garden Seep Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
More people probably see this seep than any other water in the Mazzies so I added it! Best flow I've seen, almost a creek.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hawaiian Mist Heavy flow Heavy flow
Dainty beast! Remember this isn't a niagara show off. There is more to life than volume.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lower Deadman Canyon Falls Heavy flow Heavy flow
this heavy hitter was swinging hard and cracking bats

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Rock Creek at Half Moon Trail Heavy flow Heavy flow
I got across the raging creek on a twin shaky scholarship. The gents in tow swallowed their pride and walked across.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Rock Creek Falls @ 6,100 Ft Heavy flow Heavy flow
If water is your game, then Rock Creek is your playground.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Sandy Saddle Falls Heavy flow Heavy flow
Everything looked beautiful!
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