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City Creek TH to Pete's Pond loop, AZ
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City Creek TH to Pete's Pond loop, AZ 
City Creek TH to Pete's Pond loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking17.88 Miles 4,218 AEG
Hiking17.88 Miles   10 Hrs   16 Mns   2.08 mph
4,218 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Driving in, I noticed the development at the end of the pavement, where the two covered arenas are, were up for sale.
HAZ retreat? https://www.landwatch.com/Gila-County-A ... /326742102

First time hiking from the City Creek TH. Guess I never realized this is where the northern terminus for the MDT #23 was. The trail is a steady climb for 6 miles but in great shape. Great views all around. At the top, back on the AZT again after passing the Red Hills trail. We rollercoastered southbound on the MDT to the intersection with North Peak Trail. We passed and talked to one AZT'er going Northbound from San Diego. His shoes did not look like he was going to make it much farther, but he was not concerned.

My goal for the day was hitting some new trails, as well as a stop at Pete's Pond. We went off trail westish at the the North Peak Trail junction, and made our way to Petes Pond. (Who is this Pete Guy?) . Petes was a great place for lunch as long as you don't mind being photographed by the two game cameras that are there.

After Lunch we headed down the North Peak trail. As others have noted (which I read after the hike) the western .5 - .75 miles of this trail are hard to follow in spots. a GPS track is great to keep you in the vicinity of the "Trail". Once you drop off the top, the route finding is a piece of cake. It is a steep loose bugger in many spots.

just North of the Mineral Creel TH we followed an old two track/creek bed in Pole Hollow Canyon. This was the gem of the day.

It's obvious is gets traffic from both game and humans and at one time was cleared, cutting out some of the bends in the canyon.
All of the human sign was within 1-2 miles of the Northern TH.

Great weather on the day.

Fauna on the day
1 Elk, 1 Deer, 4 javelina, 1 squirrel, 1 Teva.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mineral Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Creek flowing below spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pete's Pond 51-75% full 51-75% full
Plenty to filter from

dry Pole Hollow Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Dry in creek. Too thick to check out spring area

dry SE 5395 Spring Dry Dry
Nothing in the area of the trail
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