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Sycamore Trail #278
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2018-11-25  
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Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
 
Sycamore Trail #278Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack24.50 Miles 5,300 AEG
Backpack24.50 Miles4 Days         
5,300 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
First time in the Galiuros!

Sycamore canyon appears to be a trail the forest service no longer cares about as once you drop off the mesa it is pretty badly overgrown. Still I was able to find most of it, including a corral not shown on the map at the last crossing of Sycamore Canyon.

The Powers Garden Trail is in good shape other than one or two spots.

Visited Mailbox canyon where I slipped on some granite/moss and cracked my GPS. Wandered a little further up Mailbox following the trail, but after perhaps a mile I wasn't feeling it being any special and turned around, as I also wanted to give myself enough time to explore the ranch area of Powers Garden. It is reminiscent of the Tony Ranch in the Superstitions with the exception that the main building is still being fairly well maintained.

Nights were cold and a bit below freezing since the entire area is a cold sink for the air between East and West Divides.

Last day I took the Tortilla trail out, which is in pretty good shapre with just a little bushwhacking but more noticeable erosion problems in several areas.
Fauna
Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Wild Turkey
Meteorology
Meteorology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Autumn - Color Foliage
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Dry at Rattlesnake but small pools as you ascend, probably from recent rains.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mailbox Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Dry at Rattlesnake but a little surface water in pools, probably from recent rains

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Mud Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Hard to tell the flow amount, the area has been destroyed by cows.

dry Pipestem Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at the intersection with Rattlesnake

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Powers Garden Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
The entire creek was flowing well at this point, so impossible to know how much the spring itself is pumping out.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rattlesnake Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Water was intermittent, alternating between good surface flow and underground flow. It was roaring pretty well at maybe 600 gpm at the intersection with Sycamore canyon

dry South Field Canyon Dry Dry
dry at intersection with Rattlesnake

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sycamore Canyon Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
I'd estimate a quart per minute, light trickle coming from the small natural rock pool.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Sycamore Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Dry where you drop in. Surface water is random but by the end it is flowing 200 gpm.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Upper Sycamore Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
The giant swimming pool had a little bit of water in it but the plumbing is hosed up and the tanks are dry.
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