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Garfias - Horse Creek - Burro Flat Loop, AZ
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Garfias - Horse Creek - Burro Flat Loop, AZ 
Garfias - Horse Creek - Burro Flat Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking12.12 Miles 2,084 AEG
Hiking12.12 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   1.99 mph
2,084 ft AEG      53 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
The drive to the northernmost BLM TH (Garfias Wash Trailhead) can be made by a HC 2x4 Vehicle.

We did a CW loop, started in the 30's in Garfias Wash. There was frost on the rocks in the Wash (or snow as Jow called it).

We sampled a bit of Hell Canyon until retreating out to Horse Creek.... Joe was on a mission to find sun. We gather back up in the area on the well (First Sunny area) and hit Horse Spring to check it out. Next we turned to the SE to head across Burro Flats, complete with 4 Burros.

For me, the best part of this hike is in the Burro Spring Area. Cool geology with Peak 3465 being right there.

I'd drawn this track up years ago, in an attempt to sample what we'd done so far today, but mainly get up to Mills benchmark, Frustrum 18 and finally strike Pikes Peak (AZ) off my list. We made it off trail just short of halfway there distance wise, but the amount of remaining side hill walking would not have been conducive to my ankle. Karl and I sampled Peak 3019 while we were there and It'll have to be another day.

We passed through the other 2 BLM TH's out here on the way back. Burro Spring and Horse Creek.

The philosophical discussions going on all day between Joe and Karl kept me on my toes. By the end of the day, with all the facts presented to Joe, Karl had Joe believing he was in new person. Scary that one man can adjust another mans outlook, that quickly. I believe the generous presentation of Karl's favorite hiking snack food to Joe, was the turning point in making him turn a new corner in his life.

Only a few Poppies seen.

No Yellow Billed Sap Suckers were seen on the day.
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Wildflowers Observation Light

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Burro Spring Dripping Dripping
Pools in the area

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horse Creek Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
Muddy, Muddy, Muddy

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Spring Dripping Dripping
Pools in the area also plenty of sign of Bovine activity. Filter wisely
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