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Holdout Black Rock Loop, AZ
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Holdout Black Rock Loop, AZ 
Holdout Black Rock Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 07 2018
chumley
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After a perfect trifecta of issues that thwarted another plan, this was part 1 of our last minute revision. You just can't go wrong here, and I can't believe it took me three years to return.

Note to self: gaiters ](*,)

On Reef and Holdout most of the ribbons are long gone, I saw maybe half a dozen remnants clinging to life. Rare cairns are a treat though we certainly managed to get off track a handful of times. Black Rock is easy creek hiking, though the turn to leave the canyon can be missed.

We camped higher up to be closer to the creek. Pat and I ran the chute first while the others set up camp, and it was so much fun, we hiked back up and ran it again! I took the first leap of faith off the last waterfall into the darkness below. The pool ended up being over my head, and after swimming out to the other end I decided it would be a good time to put things in my drybag! :sweat: Many photographs were taken in this unique geologic wonderland.

It must have been the noise that four people tend to make, but I am absolutely shocked we didn't see either a bear or mountain lion, as the prints in the sand all along the creek near our camp were plentiful. The weather provided some great cloud drama in the morning and I hiked up canyon into the heart of Lower Holdout in search of Crows Nest Spring, but came up empty. Not even a sign of something that might have once existed there. Luckily the scenery here was more than worth the effort!

We hiked out in a steady rain as the cold front pushed through. Black Rock swelled with flow from the runoff, which made this even more fun than normal. As darkness fell we were treated to the spectacle of the SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg illuminating the moonless night sky. :D
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