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Garfias - Horse Creek - Burro Flat Loop, AZ
mini location map2019-01-19
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Garfias - Horse Creek - Burro Flat Loop, AZ 
Garfias - Horse Creek - Burro Flat Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
joebartels
Hiking12.14 Miles 1,804 AEG
Hiking12.14 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   2.07 mph
1,804 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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First west side approach for myself into the Hells Canyon Wilderness. The short jeep-trail road to Horse Creek trailhead has fine pea sized gravel that might challenge a motion shy novice. I've changed a couple trailheads over here from
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry
to
High Clearance possible when dry
Experienced won't have trouble. That said most of the western drive and the majority of this hike had no cell reception... unless guaranteed dry, stay out without 4WD is the wise choice

Cedar Basin loaded with a few gnarly junipers is an interesting low hilly landscape.

Decked out in summer gear with a forecast of 70 I paid the freezer piper until we found sun at 9am : (
Someday I'll step up my emoji presence like the young guns Denny & Preston =)

Garfias is a cool roll. We almost connected to a previous trip.
Horse Creek is easier. Less immediate geology, nice low mountains surround. Aka block the friggen sun!
3125, 3184 & 3235 look worthy as a modified metal route in mind now.
Burro Flats was okay.
Jeep road back included a dozen+ convoy atvs.

Fanny packed like most cooler hikes now. Carried 68oz h20, consumed 38oz. Sub 50 temps Bruce's back was sweating an outline to his pack.

We drove out on the East. Great shape, no sand/gavel issues, sedan access all the way to the resort.
Named place
Named place
Burro Flats Horse Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Light
as in very light
the entire hike was over 2400 ft elevation... maybe too cold for a couple more weeks
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