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West Clear Creek - Calloway to Tule, AZ
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West Clear Creek - Calloway to Tule, AZ 
West Clear Creek - Calloway to Tule, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Jun 28 2018
survivordude
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After weeks of planning our last trip to WCC, this one was a last minute idea. Went with my long lost brothers again, and this time their Tio/ Nino. Turns out all 4 of us are Godfathers, so queue the theme music. Started at the 142B turn off and walked the road down to the Calloway Trail. This section of the canyon is a lot different than the lower sections, as the walls are considerably taller and there is much more vegetation. Lots of flowers, ferns, and.. foliage, very beautiful! About 1/4 mile downstream there was a note on a rock that was addressed to 'Eric' dated 6/22 that said his Mom was looking for him. :-k I wanted to push for the Gardens in one day but the Don's pace was a lot slower than expected so we only got to the Tule Canyon drop in. This section was extremely slow going anyway because there were about 8 or so long swimmers and even more sections where you have to go right through the creek in knee/waist deep water and the algae covered boulders were ruthlessly unforgiving. I lost count how many times I fell. "Don't Trust that Rock" reemerged as a top hit. After it became apparent we would not reach the Gardens in one day, we decided to push for the powerlines where I knew we would find a campsite, as there are several drop in points nearby. One spot was littered with trash. Another spot we found Eric's wallet.. The plot thickens.. This section was extremely slow, slippery, and difficult. There were powerlines above us for over an hour and a half. Made a nice camp near the creek instead of up on the ledge. Very decent trail leading back up to the top. Had a nice cross country trek back to the road saving several miles back to the Jeep. Great team for this trip and Nino really impressed the way he hung in there.
Only a few several mile stretches of this place that I haven't been yet.. and still a few months of summer to go!
Eric!! Your Mom is looking for you!!
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