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Upper F.S. Wilderness Exploration, AZ
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Upper F.S. Wilderness Exploration, AZ 
Upper F.S. Wilderness Exploration, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking14.13 Miles 2,108 AEG
Hiking14.13 Miles   8 Hrs   6 Mns   2.07 mph
2,108 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break40 LBS Pack
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Used the expressway to get down into the goods and headed up stream via the Mail Trail for awhile and then branched off from there.
Just as a began to roam, look up and around I thought how perfect of a canyon this would be for signs of the ancients and it wasn’t more than a few minutes after when I started to see sherds and worked stone everywhere.
Put my pack down and put some miles in looping up and down into the many side canyons and beautiful wide open flatlands that are covertly guarded by very harsh thickets of brush.
I attempted to follow the extremely vague and dare I even say the word “trail”
that continues upstream along the very old cowboy fence but after being only being able to take so much catsclaw and bushwhacking masochism I soon retreated back to the easier but still labor intensive boulder hop wading method.
I was under .89 miles to the confluence I’ve been so eager to get to but got sidetracked with all of the cool stuff along the way and realized I just need to backpack down here as it’s the only way to really enjoy and explore this massive wondrous canyon.
As I was heading back west I took yet another different rough ridge and bench overlooking the creek and caught a good enough sight to determine what I’m almost certain was the hind end of a lion.
I’ve seen many animals scamper away in the AZ widlerness but that rope like panther tail was very distinct and enough to get my to unholster my pistol for a little while. :sweat:
All in all it was a ruggedly beautiful day with views and sights that were earned with a solid dose of sweat, grit and a dash of blood.
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