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Sycamore Creek ATC Trails, AZ
mini location map2019-05-12
15 by photographer avatarCannondaleKid
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Sycamore Creek ATC Trails, AZ 
Sycamore Creek ATC Trails, AZ
 
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,562 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   2.37 mph
1,562 ft AEG      12 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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When I did roughly the same hike a year ago the temp reached 98°, but with the weather staying reasonably cool I figured Tracey could handle this hike even with a late start. Thanks to the dark clouds moving in near the end of the hike the temperature stayed a full 25° cooler than last year.
:DANCE:
Last year Sycamore Creek was bone-dry so I was able to do a full loop last year, unfortunately, there was enough flow in a few key spots so we had to back-track several times, making the hike end up as a lasso-loop.

Not too big a deal except the part we had to retrace was a lot of steep ups-and-downs in deep ruts of loose pea-gravel, which is Tracey's second biggest nemesis behind fox-tails... thankfully by staying ON-trail they weren't an issue today.
:y:
The only wildlife were reptiles... literally hundreds of common lizards, one patch-nosed snake (which stayed motionless except for a wisp of the tongue even when I touched its nose) and a similarly motionless horned lizard.

While the patch-nosed snake was alive-and-well, the horned lizard was a bit worse-for-wear. It was alive but had been run over by a motorcycle and appeared unable to move and was baking in the sun.
:cry:
Tracey had never seen the petroglyphs up the hill from where we parked so at the end of the hike we scooted the hundred yards uphill for a quick look. With a rain squall fast approaching and the fact I had taken petroglyph photos last year, I didn't take the time to take any this trip. Luckily the rain held off until we were driving away.
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