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Bear Canyon-Houston Draw, AZ
mini location map2018-07-21
6 by photographer avatarMountainMatt
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Bear Canyon-Houston Draw, AZ 
Bear Canyon-Houston Draw, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2018
MountainMatt
Hiking7.04 Miles 962 AEG
Hiking7.04 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.69 mph
962 ft AEG      55 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Took some very good friends up to the rim for their first time!
I could have went for the typical Horton, See Spring or Waterwheel but you know me better than that.

Instead I took the ladies off trail to perhaps my new favorite part of BC as water and scenery was in great abundance throughout our day.
Lots of deadfall here and there but nothing too crazy and with no complaints and all smiles from the crew we continued to push on through chest high ferns and a decent amount of wildflowers.

It was ladies day in the canyon as Rae found her first elk shed, Danyra found deer jaw bones and they both found a very fresh cow elk kill all of which I walked right by :sweat:
It was nice to have another couple set of eyes and but even better to see the pure joy of discovery watching close friends find backcountry treasure.

Stopped at Pinchot Cabin for lunch and then walked up Houston to discover 20-25 of what I assume was Boy Scouts enjoying an easy overnighter.
The remainder of the hike was an easy stroll back to the truck followed by a great dinner in Pine.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

dry Aspen Spring Dry Dry
No water from or near the spring.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bear Canyon Light flow Light flow
Typical intermittent flow but with some great reliable even swimable pools.

dry Houston Draw Head Dry Dry
Dry in all the area Houston Draw we traveled besides near or below Pinchot Springs.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pinchot Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Great flow at the springs and it’s currently a healthy mountain stream in that general vicinity right now.
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