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City Creek Loop, AZ 
City Creek Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2017
jacobemerick
Hiking18.41 Miles 4,297 AEG
Hiking18.41 Miles   8 Hrs   48 Mns   2.53 mph
4,297 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Snuck out from fatherly duties to knock out a quick loop in the Mazzies. Yay for ditching responsibilities!

Pole Hollow Canyon
As far as connectors go, this one is solid. An old two-track runs along the length of the wash, so there's always the choice between walking the sandy/gravel creekbed or overgrown road. There is plenty of deadfall so I switched between the two frequently. Not sure how much foot traffic this gets, as I didn't see any recent tracks yet there were a few paths trod around some of deadfall. Anyways, water was flowing from the spring. Once I passed that things dried up.

North Peak Trail
Is way more enjoyable than I thought it would be. The first mile played in and out of Mineral Creek and then the climb hit. Steep enough to get the heart pounding, short enough to not outlive its welcome. And big views the whole way - not quite Rock Creek level, but close. Above the climb has been recently trimmed, sometime in the last year or so, and I didn't have any difficulty until the camp on 6178. Manzanita and deadfall took over the path, and while someone had tied pretty pink markers along the path and even knocked down a few bushes, I still lost it and wandered aimlessly in the wash for a bit. Had to use GPS to get back and make it to The Park relatively unbloodied.

Pete's Pond makes for a great lunch spot. Although it has a game cam now, so I guess no midnight skinny dipping for the campers.

Mazatzal Divide Trail
Bumped into the first (and only other) hiker of the day near Wet Bottom on my way out of Pete's Pond. Then it was solo hiking up a new stretch of the Mazzie Divide for me, up and down and up and down. It was a fun, if somewhat tiring, journey to and over Knob Mountain. Every creek crossing was flowing which was pretty cool. Oh, and that cluster of pines just south of Knob was clutch. The descent after AZT fork was gentle enough to only tweak my knee a half-dozen times and long enough to get a bit tedious near the end.

On an aside, used a new piece of equipment this hike: inReach Explorer+. Wife and I have been discussing me using a satellite communicator after an incident in early '16, and with some of my planned outings this year she finally put the foot down. It performed well for communication, so-so as a GPS tracker. Had hooked Route Scout as a backup and it worked admirably. As it usually does.

Mazatzal Miles: 59/274 (21.5%)
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Pete's Pond

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Mineral Creek Medium flow Medium flow

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Pete's Pond 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pole Hollow Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max SE 5395 Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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