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2017-07-22  
2017-07-22  
AZT26-27-GenSprgCyn-Battle of BigDryWash, AZ
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14 by photographer avatarThe_Eagle
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AZT26-27-GenSprgCyn-Battle of BigDryWash, AZ 
AZT26-27-GenSprgCyn-Battle of BigDryWash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking24.92 Miles 3,717 AEG
Hiking24.92 Miles   10 Hrs   2 Mns   2.72 mph
3,717 ft AEG      52 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We had 2 goals on the day. First, check out the new reroute of what was AZT-27, now AZT-26 - Highline. Second, I've seen the indication on TOPO maps forever, of the location of the actual Battle of the Big Dry Wash, just south of the Blue Ridge Reservoir. I've been curious and could find no GPS Tracks or Geocoded photos.

At Washington Park there were no indications of a reroute so we started up the existing trail/road, thinking that we'd find it on the way up. We made it to General Springs Cabin without finding the reroute. :(

It's always a pleasant hike along the Fred Haught Trail leaving the cabin. We were on the trail until it left General Springs Canyon and then followed the canyon. The 4 miles in the canyon slowed the pace a bit, but was not all that bad. Plenty of pretty areas and pools of water.

During lunch we decided to jump out and head over to the Historical Marker. The marker was a well built two sided monument with the description of the battle and names of all the Calvary involved. Interesting place to visit if you are in the area.

From here it was off trail to pick up the AZT just south of Blue Ridge. Once again a pleasant roller coaster back to the Cabin.

Down the rim again we stumbled on an unmarked trail taking off to the SE. We decided to take this hoping it was the reroute. Ding, Ding, Ding.... This reroute is much, much nicer than the road. You hang close to the East Verde and in the vegetation.

Perfect temps and weather all day, cloudy with only threats of storms.

Until signage is in place, for those looking for the very welcome reroute of the Highline 26 at Washington Park. Once at the Washington Park trailhead continue east through the parking lot on the Highline Trail (maybe 100yds) until the unmarked left turn. You are now on the reroute.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max East Verde River - Source Light flow Light flow
There are 3 areas that cross the trail to filter from.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Verde River @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Well Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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