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Horton Spring - Turkey - Beaver - Babe Haught, AZ
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Horton Spring - Turkey - Beaver - Babe Haught, AZ 
Horton Spring - Turkey - Beaver - Babe Haught, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking17.73 Miles 3,731 AEG
Hiking17.73 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   1.99 mph
3,731 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Peepin' 2018 - Part2

We started at the Hatchery TH and rode the 4 mile Highline #31 rollercoaster, east to the eerily empty Horton Springs area.

Up the unmarked, less popular, steep but easy to follow, Hortons Springs Trail #292. Great views on the way up.

Using previous routes from Chums and Mountain Matt, we continued on the other side of FR 300, in the Turkey Beaver Ridge area, hittin' peepin' spots along the way. Looks like the reds are probably another week away, but we still hit substantial color.

At one point I spotted 2 bears in an opening. I tried to get Joes attention, but he was busy checking for hits on his Tinder account. Feelin' all excited, we started climbing a ridge that looked like it was a latrine for a Bear convention. Shortly after Joe got my attention as I jumped a Bear, 40 yds ahead of me. He ran and the turned and stood on his hind paws, looking at us. Not 5 minutes later, I spotted 2 more bear. Using the wind as our cover, we moved closer. They did not spot us for more than 5 minutes.

Video of Bear with Joe trying to get it to smile.
[ youtube video ]

In a small side canyon of Turkey Creek, in the middle of nowhere, sittin on top of a rock, we ran into fellow HAZzer, Ron Adcock @Digital_Sherpa. Nice to meet you! Hope you got some good shots you can share.

I always try my best to get Joe on the General Crook Trail whenever possible, knowing how much he appreciates it. After a stop at the GD Bantz gravesite (minus part of the vandalized headstone) we hit the Babe Haught #143, down to the truck.

Chilly and windy on the day, the breaks were few to stay warm. Could have used gloves at times.

On the day, 5 Bear, 3 Elk, 2 Deer, numerous squirrels gathering their nuts
Fauna
Fauna
Black Bear Elk
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Tonto Creek - Mogollon Rim
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Maybe a week away for the real deep reds, some aspen were green, some were void of leaves. Maples were the same way. plenty of leaves blanketed the ground.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dick Williams Creek @ Highline #31 Medium flow Medium flow
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Horton Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Tonto Creek - Mogollon Rim Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Tonto Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Turkey Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
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