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Into the Blue, AZ
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Into the Blue, AZ 
Into the Blue, AZ
 
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chumley
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A great two days spent exploring the lower Blue Range. This area is so very different from the higher elevations. The Blue and the tributaries that run into it feature so many unique features, incredible geology, plenty of water, and really endless exploring opportunities. We only spent two days here, but the opportunity exists for many, many more!

The Blue River Trail peters out after about a mile or so and it's easier to just find your own way than it is to find the old tread. Gaiters would have been really nice here since there were all kinds of pricklies that wanted to be in my shoes.

After setting up camp, I explored up through LBB, to White Rock, and then Dutch Blue. With about an hour of daylight remaining once back at camp, we headed for a Hannah Happy Hour, and enjoyed a few cold beers while soaking in some hot water. The dark trip back to camp was a highlight of the trip! :D

Tuesday we each went our own ways, and I opted to continue farther up into Hannah. I reached the last pool before the climb I wouldn't get past, and decided to skip the swim as it was chilly and rain was threatening all around. I found an exit and climbed up a few hundred feet to make a short bypass before dropping back down to the old corral.

From there I headed over the picturesque Salt Basin before dropping back down into the upper sections of Little Blue. It was a nice little morning hike before our afternoon hike back to the XXX Fritz.

I'm glad this area is as far from civilization as it is.
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Dry at the confluence, wet with deep swimmers up in the slot.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Dutch Blue Creek Light flow Light flow
A few spots where it goes underground, but otherwise nicely flowing.

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Hot!! Diversion channel allows visitors to control the temperature in the pool.

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Pleasantly warmer flow than the Little Blue!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Little Blue Creek Light flow Light flow
Some sections underground, but mostly clear surface water
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