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Visually Impaired Native American Loop, AZ
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Visually Impaired Native American Loop, AZ 
Visually Impaired Native American Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2018
Hiking17.37 Miles 3,119 AEG
Hiking17.37 Miles   9 Hrs   36 Mns   2.12 mph
3,119 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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Joes week to pick and he gave me 3 choices.

I think he was a bit surprised when I responded back with a completed track for him.
Back to show the Bradshaws some more love. This full trail has been on my radar since JJ and I teased the eastern portion of this in 2014. We got just past Shady Dell on our Senator Highway sampler day.

We entered the Bradshaws via FR67 out of Mayer. The road is in great shape. The Senator Highway, for the 6.5 miles we were on it, was also in good shape. This was my first time on FR67, since the Goodwin Fire from June/July of last year, burned 28,500 acres. It looks like a moonscape in many areas mainly north of FR67 and East of FR52 (Senator Hwy)

We started our hike 6.5 miles south of FR67 on the Senator. There is a parking area with signs for the Tuscumbia Trail #215, but nothing for the Blind Indian #211. The #211 starts on the west side of FR52, just to the south of the drainage. It will be obvious when you see it. Happily, some motorcycle traffic has been able to keep parts of this trail alive. It is in decent shape all the way to the Shady Dell area 1.4 miles into the hike. Two buildings still stand, one in much better shape than the other. There is a well out front, complete with a 50' rope and a gatorade bottle.

When JJ and I did our abbreviated lasso loop out here, I was trying to confirm the actual location of the trail that made its way west. Since that time, I'd traced out the actual trail using HAZ's Sat maps and Route Editor.

Climbing out of the North Fork of Blind Indian Creek, the trail is steep and rutted. This route is required for the cycles/bikes to bypass a couple of 15' dryfalls in the BI creek bed. 5 miles and 1300' of AEG later, you are back down in the creek bed. There is a hint of catclaw in this section (actually much more than a hint) so wear long shirt and pants. Most won't like this section because of the growth, but the views are great. Navigation is no problem whatsoever.

Back in BI Creek, the travel is easy and picturesque. Getting out of the exciting stuff and traveling across flatter sections, we chose to turn around a mile short of the western (Lower) Trailhead.

We took the Creekbed all the way back to the truck. It is some of the easiest creekbed walking I've done. There were only two areas we had to climb around prior to getting back to the Shady Dell area.

There still some more trails out there we need to find/confirm/hike.

Phrase of the day.
Not sure what type of bird that is... It's too big to be a little bird
Named place
Named place
Barrel Spring Butler Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Barrel Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Spring source has plenty of cold water above Barrel and concrete catchment.

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Fiberglass tub downhill from spring source, 50' from creek.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Shady Dell Well 76-100% full 76-100% full
Water is 50' down. As of 3/24/2018, there was a rope with a gatorade bottle attached. Water in the bottle when I pulled it up was a tad muddy

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Towers Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Various pools with a bit of a flow
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