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Hannah Hot Springs and More, AZ
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Hannah Hot Springs and More, AZ 
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Backpack avatar Dec 23 2017
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We camped the night before our backpack at the XXX Ranch. As we drove in we thought we saw three bears down by the River. Hard to be certain but they were dark colored and there were three of them.

In the morning after delaying our escape from the tents until it warmed some (it was around 25 degrees that night) we set off along the Blue River. We made quick work of the hike and soon we were at the Little Blue.

I had forgotten how beautiful the Little Blue Creek is! Especially went we got to the Box. We hiked thru the box with knee to thigh high water. I wasn’t too worried about the cold since we were going to the hot springs before bed!

We established our camp at the hot springs. Pete and I took the upper spot and J&C took the lower. Josh made a plug for the tub and soon it was full again! Nothing like a hot springs on a cold winters day!

We had a nice fire to keep us warm during dinner and for some time afterwards.

With the cold weather we decided we’d not plan a specific departure and just go once we were ready. That turned out to be a good decision because it was cold and in all we ended up spending about 12 hrs in the tent. Then we went on an outing. There is a trail marked on the map that goes from the junction of the Little Blue and Dutch Blue up and over the ridge to the Blue. We tried to find evidence of the old trail but I couldn’t see a thing, which seems strange as there were lots of rocks and if someone was using it as a trail at one point you’d think some of the rocks would have been cleared. Anyway we gave up and went to check out the cabin and a section of Dutch Blue. That night we enjoyed the hot springs again.

On the way out in the morning we decided to check out the chest deep pool that I had forged on my last christmas trip to Hannah. We were not keen on hiking in wet clothes so we stripped down and waxed through. It was cold but not too bad. From there we hiked back to the truck so that we could find some Chinese for our Christmas dinner!

Great trip - even with the cold!
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