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Tortilla Mountains - AZT #15
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Tortilla Mountains - AZT #15Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 12 2019
ttretta
Backpack28.57 Miles 2,448 AEG
Backpack28.57 Miles   13 Hrs      2.20 mph
2,448 ft AEG
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Got a late start, so hit the trail at 8:30. Nice, rolling trails and no traffic except a few hunters on SUV's. The trail was nicely marked with posts and cairns. Came across several abandoned mines and a weird section where black and white PVC pipes stuck out of the ground about 6 inches, spaced a foot and a half or so apart. The newly created reroute of part of the trail had me a bit worried that I missed a turn, but it connected to the trail at a gate. The app and the maps don't quite match up yet. Otherwise, just a quiet trip.

Found water at the tank on the east side of Ripsey wash at mile 253, so loaded up, and found a campsite near the tall walls on that side. Good thing as a storm rolled in and the wind picked up with a steady sprinkle all night. The walls kept the wind down a bit. Packed up in the rain in the dark and hit the trail a little after 6 a.m. Finding my way in the wash in the dark was a challenge, but followed the reflective signs and made it to the Big Hill. A lot of recent horse traffic on the trail apparently right after it rained chewed this section up a bit. Finished the day in 5 hours, with my husband waiting with a beer and oreos. Doesn't get much better than that! Headed to Old Time Pizza in Kearny for some yum grub.

Dropped 3 gallons back at the Freeman Road trailhead and took home a couple of empties. Probably 7 full gallons and many partial jugs in there.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Ripsey Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Trough was half full and pipe had a fast drip. Clear water
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