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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 26 2017
The_N
Canyoneering16.27 Miles 3,209 AEG
Canyoneering16.27 Miles   9 Hrs   46 Mns   1.87 mph
3,209 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
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WillieNelsonCT
New HAZ member and Connecticut transplant, Willie, had been wanting to see the Hanging Gardens. After a few failed attempts on his own, we were able to meet up this weekend and make a run. I told him we'd just park and walk the road that he's had trouble with. We did just that. After a nice little stroll, we were at the canyon and heading down. We were the first hikers of the day to enter the canyon. That first swimmer was chilly and shaded. No sunshine until after the White Box. Swimming/floating through that narrow canyon is my favorite part of the trek. Wading through the shallow parts, over slimey boulders that aren't visible through the water, was not. Upon reaching the Gardens, Willie was in awe and we didn't see anyone else until 30mins later when a group of 4 showed up, followed by 2 ladies and 3 large dogs. Willie sprained an ankle the night before and revealed a baseball sized mass of swollen, purple ankle before we departed. We took a slightly drier route back, which basically means navigating through ivy. We must've passed 14 people heading to the Gardens on our way out. The weather was perfect. We had sunshine for the swimming sections, then cloud cover for the climb back out of the canyon, which was over rather quickly. Willie sat down to assess his injury. We still had 5 miles left, I told him it was more like 3, then we pushed on. Walking that road allows you to see how littered with car parts it really is. This was certainly a fun little trek.
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