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Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
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Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.56 Miles 778 AEG
Hiking10.56 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.72 mph
778 ft AEG      10 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Linda and I hiked about ten and a half miles for the Friday morning hike in MMRP.

Starting from the Horse Staging Area, we walked across the road to the competitive track area. We hiked the Technical Loop until it branched off to the Long Loop. We followed the Long Loop for a short ways and then turned into a narrow, but mostly brush-free wash. This wash fed into a very wide wash, the Stoneman/Pemberton Wash. We followed Stoneman west and then northwest, crossing the Long Loop. We continued in Stoneman for a while and then took a large feeder wash to the left. This wash crossed Pemberton - we stayed in the wash. We eventually exited the wash and noticed some canyon walls not far away. We found ourselves at the top of a small canyon which was fed by at least two drainages at the top. We looked at both of these drainages, but the way down was too steep to do without a rope; even with a rope, it's very loose. We found another nearby wash and started heading back, eventually reaching Pemberton.

We saw that the "pond" was nearby and went to look at it. It has water in it and is (slowly) being fed by a nearby
well/spring. It's not especially full, but the water level is higher than the last time I visited.

We made our way back to Stoneman/Pemberton Wash and took the service road back to the Sport Loop. We finished by going the "wrong way" on the Sport Loop.

We saw a bunch a quail and even an owl at one point.

The ground was soft from recent rain, but the trails were in surprisingly good shape. There was some erosion on the big hill (descent) after topping out on T-Bone ridge; it's fairly significant rut, perhaps six to eight inches deep in some spots. That said, I don't think it's be especially hard to avoid the rut when mountain biking.
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