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The Pocket-Fossil Springs Wilderness, AZ
mini location map2017-12-16
7 by photographer avatarMountainMatt
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The Pocket-Fossil Springs Wilderness, AZ 
The Pocket-Fossil Springs Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
MountainMatt
Hiking6.31 Miles 702 AEG
Hiking6.31 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   2.58 mph
702 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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The Pocket is a remote mesa with an additional shelf section of ponderosa pine, hearty juniper and at its western most tip an open flatland area.

It resides in the Fossil Springs Wilderness and boasts some dynamic sweeping views of Calf Pen and Sandrock Canyon depending on what side you're on.

The hearty 4x4 road abruptly ends 1/4 mile earlier than marked on topo but I loved it because it keeps the lazy ones away.
From there experienced route finding will certainly help out because since it becomes a bit vague but there is definitely a marked trail that leads down to "The Pocket".

The 600ft drop with a shining sun was awesome, it had to be a solid 15° warmer than my starting point near a frozen cattle tank in the dense pine forest.

Basked in the sun and took a wannabe nap and then made a loop to be able to see Sandrock Canyon and then returned to the vista I found earlier that boasted the best views of Calf Pen for some windy sunset photos.

Made it back to the truck just before complete darkness greeted with 37° temperatures.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Lingering maples high up in the remote nooks on the cliffsides of Calf Pen Canyon.
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