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Potato - Poverty and ECC, AZ
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Potato - Poverty and ECC, AZ 
Potato - Poverty and ECC, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking20.16 Miles 1,593 AEG
Hiking20.16 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.55 mph
1,593 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
I needed a leg stretcher in the cool air. I also wanted to check out a few areas I'd not been to before.

I started in the Potato Lake area. I got there early before the busy Labor Day weekend boating traffic showed up. It is a cute little lake that was glass-like when I got there.

Next, I headed for the Dry Lake area, going cross country cross country and using FR's. Dry Lake was not dry, but it's nothing I'd filter from either. Next, a fun, pretty, steepish downhill to the Kinder spring area. In the middle of this open meadow area, was a metal catchment, with some beautifully cool, clear, clean water. Probably piped from Kinder Spring.

On the way to get into East Clear Creek, I stopped at Sherman Tank. I expected something impressive with a name like that, but it was anything but.

I jumped into East Clear Creek at Jones Crossing. Some of the easiest Rim canyon walking I've done. Two miles of mostly well worn game trails until I climbed out, up a canyon that was mostly clear, then up to McCarthy Ridge. I Ran into a hunter scouting for turkey and deer.

The next part was my only concern on what I'd drawn up. I had to drop back down into East Clear Creek and the Topo lines were tight. The first 200' down were not bad, but then I got cliffed out. So I followed a well used game trail that lead me safely, albeit steeply, to the canyon floor. Those elk always know the way. Looking back up to what I'd just come down, I never would have picked that as an UP route.

Another 6ish miles in East Clear Creek on mostly easy walking, until the canyon closed up and I jumped out.
There was an interesting cave area that I checked out also during this section.

I didn't expect to have the rim to myself. There were quite a few people/campers enjoying the long weekend. When I was off the forest roads, I saw no one.

Saw 11 elk in 2 groups.
I also saw a squirrel with cheeks so full of nuts, that he almost tripped on them while running.

Great weather....
Fauna
Fauna
Tarantula Hawk
Named place
Named place
Dry Lake Potato Lake

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dry Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
Not dry, but ugly looking water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Kinder Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Some of the best looking spring water I've seen. In a metal catchment, piped to an opening in the middle of the field

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Potato Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
Looked pretty full
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