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Holdout Black Rock Loop, AZ
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Holdout Black Rock Loop, AZ 
Holdout Black Rock Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 24 2019
chumley
Backpack23.08 Miles 3,669 AEG
Backpack23.08 Miles2 Days         
3,669 ft AEG
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Decided to visit this little gem again in springtime.

I wore gaiters, but somehow forgot about all the catclaw. Pants might be advisable unless somebody gets out there and cleans it up a bit.

Water flow looked similar to last fall after the October rains. Plentiful. I thought it was flowing about the same until I dropped into the rabbit hole at the top of the chute and quickly discovered it was significantly higher flowing in the narrows. This thwarted my efforts to run the whole thing, but we managed to dip down into a couple of my favorite spots to play.

Black Rock was flowing nicely all the way to the climb out, including a couple of the side drainages. But I doubt I'll ever see it flowing as high as last October in a steady rain.

The ruts in the road to Reef Tank have been cleaned up a bit, and there was an FJ and an F150 with street tires camping there. That was a bit of a surprise. We didn't see the campers. We did encounter another hiker on the loop who looked like he had probably just disposed of a body. He was from Tennessee of all places. And of course we followed in the footprints of the grotto norb group all weekend, without realizing it was them until getting back to town Sunday night.

Always a good one!
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