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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16
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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 02 2018
ttretta
Backpack24.67 Miles 4,850 AEG
Backpack24.67 Miles   12 Hrs      2.06 mph
4,850 ft AEG
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Finally able to get back on the trail and chip away at NOBO sections and get 16 done. I had previously done 17 as a there-and-back, due to lack of ride availability, but did it again with this one. Wasn't sure were to leave my Blubaru near the start as there was some construction at the intersection of Riverside and the hwy where they built a new bridge, so parked in the dirt next to the road, just west of the building there. Checked out the old bridge and started my journey. Visited the tribute to the Gila River section, and carried on. I ran into 2 thru hikers and one cyclist on the first day. Stopped at the Gila River right where the trail turns north at Rincon Road and loaded up with as much as my tummy could carry. My Sawyer squeeze was able to clear out the water just fine. I packed 6 liters, knowing water sources were tight on this section, but didn't want to miss an opportunity to camel up. Made 18 miles in 9.5 hours, so set up camp at the wash at mile 281.4. Heard another hiker go through as I was holed up in my tent that night and saw probably 5 more the next day. The AZT is becoming very popular! Hit the trail early the next morning for the long uphill climb and admired the beauty of the desert. There was a downed saguaro that blocked the trail but I failed to note exactly where. I'm guessing around mile 283 or 284. I finished out sections 16 and 17 in 9.5 hours. Since I've already posted a section 17 trip log, I won't again, but of note - I didn't realize they moved the water cache box from the start of section 17 to the intersection at FR4, but it was full of probably 20 gallons. Last log I read was 10/28 and it was empty then, so thank you to the angel who stocked it!
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