username
X
password
register
for free!
help
show related photosets
mini location map2019-04-25
12 by photographer avatarjtaylor
photographer avatar
 
Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 25 2019
jtaylor
Backpack6.00 Miles 1,280 AEG
Backpack6.00 Miles
1,280 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
PrestonSands
John flew out to do what has become an annual trip among high school buddies. We had several options on the table but West Clear Creek won-out with the high temps. I was worried about crowds, but the early season, Thursday start, and washed-out roads all gave us the canyon mostly to ourselves. The winter flooding wreaked havoc on the area but left quality campsites with plentiful firewood. And the pools were deep and ice cold and navigation was a little easier without the overgrowth (yet).

We stayed down from Thursday through Saturday afternoon, and then recharged in Prescott via Mexican food and warm showers and beds. Then John and I ran down the hill to get him to the airport. Preston - ever the adventurer - continued on for some more exploring.

One major concern: There was one party who left a smoldering campfire at the base of Tramway Saturday morning, including a log with heated embers outside the fire ring. It was a windy day and it could have been disastrous had we not found it and drowned it. I'm mentioning this in the hopes that - in a world of seven degrees of separation - someone might know these guys and educate them. It was a group of seven high school or college age kids, male and female, party name was Osborne(?) per the registry. They came and left via Maxwell between Friday afternoon (4/26) and Saturday morning (4/27). They drove a blue-grey, early-model Ford Escape. Looking for education; not retribution. We could have lost a treasure.
_____________________
“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
1 archive
HAZ Member
jtaylor's
145 Photosets

  2019-12-22
  2019-11-22
  2019-11-09
  2019-11-01
  2019-10-18
  2019-10-11
  2019-09-27
  2019-09-08
  2019-08-09
  2019-08-02
  2019-07-25
  2019-07-09
  2019-06-21
  2019-04-25
  2019-04-06
  2019-04-05
  2019-03-22
  2019-03-19
  2019-03-10
  2019-02-24
1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8  
helpcommentissue

end of page marker