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JF-Randolph-RedTanks&Bacon, AZ
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JF-Randolph-RedTanks&Bacon, AZ 
JF-Randolph-RedTanks&Bacon, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 12 2019
Backpack28.00 Miles
Backpack28.00 Miles3 Days         
40 LBS Pack
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1st trip
We headed out on Friday afternoon for two nights in the Supes. The plan was to loop from Tortilla Pass trailhead through Woodbury, and then back up Red Tanks/Hoolie Bacon. We parked at the road since we only brought the Suby. Next time we're bringing the Jeep and saving 6 miles. We can pack more booze that way. We were not sure of the water situation in the high country so we packed in extra. We hit first water at Clover Spring, pools in the drainage, but did not go to the actual spring. We camped up high for the night, right before you drop down to the Rogers Trough intersection. This section of the trail is mostly overgrown and full of ankle cactus. You can say that for pretty much the entire loop. Lots of loose rock to make it interesting.

The next morning we made our way down the JF to Randolph Canyon and it was flowing strong. It looked too inviting so we decided to take the canyon route instead of the Woodbury/Coffee Flat cow pattie. Typical canyon/water hike, loose rock, deep sand, wet feet and thorns. But it was beautiful and a highlight of the trip. My back and knees disagree though. We hit Red Tanks and started the slog up the hill. Red Tanks is beautiful but its always a test. We made it up, over, and down into the Labarge basin. The water was flowing nicely on the way down, but dried up to just random pools by the time we got to the camp spots. I recommend topping off earlier. We filled up and headed up Hoolie Bacon for about a mile to the summit before Horse Camp Basin and camped there for the night.

Up early the next morning and headed into Horse Camp Basin. Pools at many of the creek crossings there. Lots of camp sites as well. We headed the rest of the way out, up and down for a bit and then through the Tortilla Creek valley; a thankful rest on our knees and back. Plenty of water flow as well. We finished the road hike out and headed for some breakfast.

We'll try and add the pics later. Get out while the water is good.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Desert Mariposa Lily, Poppies, Desert Chircory, Hedgehog Cactus, Blackfoot Daisy, Spreading Fleabane, Brittle Bush, and a few Evening Primrose.
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