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Wildcat - Pinto - Campaign Loop, AZ
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Wildcat - Pinto - Campaign Loop, AZ 
Wildcat - Pinto - Campaign Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking18.47 Miles 3,420 AEG
Hiking18.47 Miles   10 Hrs   7 Mns   2.08 mph
3,420 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Wildcat Canyon has been on my radar for quite some time. The Miles Trailhead is just a tad over 100 miles from my house, so I like to make it worth the trip and find some other new areas to hit while out there. The decommissioned Pinto Peak #213 fit the bill for a loop. FOTG had already done this loop a few times so I didn't even need to draw up a track.

A 7:15a 40ish degree start started us past the ranch building and a guy curled up next to a fire.

Wildcat Canyon Trail
To the first saddle, the trail is pretty straight forward. From this saddle, down to the wash area has a few areas that are thin and prickly, but quite doable. In the canyon travel is easy. we missed one of the bypasses that horse travel took, leaving the creek, when we dealt with getting around an exploring bovine. Staying in the creek bed was NP.

On the Cuff Button #276 for 2.5 miles is mainly old FR 305.

Decommissioned Pinto Peak Trail #213 follows a 2 track to the Wilderness boundary. It's an easy walk through some interesting territory. The Mormon Corral had all sorts of water. There were 3 full troughs and a 200-300 gallon metal tank that was 2/3rds full. After the Wilderness boundary,the trail gets thinner in some spots, but does come back if you have the GPS track. As FOTG mentioned the only catclaw section, is in the last 1/2 mile or so before reaching Campaign.

The Campaign Trail #256 is cleared and 6' wide in spots all the way south to the Fireline trail. After here, there is less than a mile section that needs some love. The rest of the trail down to West Pinto, is decent with some nice views, We even saw some poppies.

On the roller coaster of the West Pinto #212, just 2.5 miles back to the TH.

Weather was just about perfect on this one.
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Bear Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Saw some small poppies, lupine.

dry Bear Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Burro Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
The area has scattered water that has been fouled by bovine activity.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Flat Rock Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Their is a Corral downstream from this location which I believe this is piped to. The was a large container and a trough full of water.

dry Mountain Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Musk Hog Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Clear and cool in the trough downstream in the coral

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max West Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Pools in the area
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