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Mineral Creek, AZ
mini location map2018-01-06
6 by photographer avatarMountainMatt
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Mineral Creek, AZ 
Mineral Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2018
MountainMatt
Hiking11.63 Miles 1,227 AEG
Hiking11.63 Miles   7 Hrs   42 Mns   1.97 mph
1,227 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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I haven't had a good solid adventure trip in awhile so I needed to make it a good one and decided to finally go for a place that's been on the list for quite some time.

Friday night I finally bought a portable car jump starter/ compressor and it ended up being the best purchase I've made in a very long time.
I made a quick stop in the Pinals on the way to MC and upon return to my vehicle the battery for whatever reason was dead, a literal 30 second procedure with my new toy and Ol' Betsy was running strong like the reliable workhorse she is!

Temperatures at my hikes starting point were downright prefect and continued to be idyllic the remainder of the day.
I knew water would be at a lower flow than normal for this time but was aware of the powerful perennial springs that give life to this treasure year round.

I'll leave the commentary at minimum but the narrows, scenery and flora of this place are something out of a nature lovers dream.
Managed to keep the feet comfortable and dry the entire time with a bit of effort and but would be easier to just splash on through the creek bed.

My dog Payton and I have never been truly separated in the hundreds
of our remote backcountry adventures but I had my first true scare just before the sunset.
She was in the lead as usual and my friend and were having a conversation just feet behind her in a narrow stretch of canyon and out of nowhere she was just gone!
I dropped my camera and pack and started sprinting as a caught the glimpse of a herd of cattle ahead.
All hell seemed to break loose as the herd split and ran up incredibly steep drainges on opposite sides of the canyon.
Massive rocks and boulders were crashing down on each side and all I saw was cattle but no Payton as I frantically screamed her name at the top of my lungs!
The noise came to a halt and cattle went out of sight as I pursued up a drainage, my friend yelled back saying he could hear Payton breathing, sure enough I turn around and see little miss chunky butt trotting to us from down canyon.
The five minute event felt like an eternity and was the biggest relief to be reunited with my buddy.

The rest of the hike out was in the dark under perfect temperatures with Payton securely on a leash and harness attached directly to the stomach strap of my pack :sweat: .
Definitely got my first adventure fix of 2018 and even found a nice deer shed as a bonus on the way out to top off a great day.
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