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John Hands & Herb Martyr, AZ
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John Hands & Herb Martyr, AZ 
John Hands & Herb Martyr, AZ
 
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A side road that turns off FR 42 in Cave Creek Canyon at the Southwest Research Station heads to two very old recreation sites dating back to the CCC days of the 1930's. The first one you encounter is John Hands Campground. I camped there once back in the early 1990's, when there still were picnic tables and a toilet there. These were removed in 2008 according to the sign. Primitive camping is still allowed (pack it in, pack it out). When I was there Saturday it was very busy and made me think the Forest Service really should put a modern toilet there at a minimum. The volunteer at the Portal Ranger Station agreed with that. There is a nice little waterfall area by the campground along Cave Creek. At the end of the road is the Herb Martyr Campground, where Cima Creek enters Cave Creek just above the old dam. Again, old facilities that really have some charm to them. Herb Martyr reminds me of one of my favorites: Sycamore Campground on the other side of the mountain along West Turkey Creek. At least in the case of Herb Martyr, a modern toilet building is in place. This is a nice primitive CG (pack it in, pack it out) with access to various trails.

water flowing over the old dam: [ youtube video ]
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