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Pocket Creek, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 06 2017
rwstorm
Hiking2.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Time for a quick trip to the Sierra Ancha. One of the things I wanted to do was document some of the old hydrological sites (stream gauges) that date back to the establishment of the Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest in 1932. First stop on the way up to Aztec Peak was Pocket Creek. Last time I drove up FR 489 to the asbestos mines was 2005. It was a relatively easy drive then, but triplogs posted here since indicate a tougher go. My goal today was just to hike to the stream gauge about a mile in. I parked at a spot a little ways in from the highway turnoff and headed up. The road really has deteriorated a lot past the concrete foundations (since I was last here 12 years ago). I can't say what the road is like above the gauging station, but I'm sure conditions are pretty bad following last year's Juniper Fire. The road may even be impassible at some point. Bottom line: better to head up to the mines as a hike vs drive. :sweat:
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