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Rock Crossing Trail #18C - Blue Ridge
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Rock Crossing Trail #18C - Blue RidgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 18 2018
Backpack19.40 Miles
Backpack19.40 Miles
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Launched again from Washington Park at 7AM. Colonel Devin creek, I mean trail, was very wet. Lots of water of course all along Fred Haught. The falls were running nicely. Only one wet foot crossing a few miles in. Clouds began building as I left FR 95 onto 139. Smooth trac all the rest of the way keeping left at the split. Nice trail leading down to an empty lake. Both Bear Canyon and General Springs creeks were flowing clear but strong. There are two nice camp sites, I chose the first one as it was closer to the nice little cave, I was thinking about lightning. The other spot was a bit further down, probably a better spot with no rain. With no lake here I was able to cross the creek with ease and explore some other really nice camp sites further downstream. You could easily continue on the Rock Crossing B trail if you wanted. Waited out a 2 hour storm in a small cave, then set up camp. No more rain after 4PM.
Camp fire was made possible by lots of tinder hiding inside all of the numerous caves that are everywhere around here. I counted 5 in just my short time exploring around. Super quiet down there, except for the car alarm in the distance at around 9PM? Serious fog set in overnight and lingered during my hike out. Smooth sailing all the way, very few people out. Ran into Kyle and Lily again, who had hiked up from Washington Park also, twice in three weeks. Saw a rattlesnake along the new section of trail at the first bridge crossing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bear Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Strong flow but can jump across.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 East Verde River @ Highline Heavy flow Heavy flow
Water all over up and down the Colonel Devin trail.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Fred Haught Canyon Light flow Light flow
Good clear flow coming from the old cabin site.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max General Springs Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Strong clear flow but can jump across.
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