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Dry Lake ECC McCarthy Ridge Loop, AZ
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Dry Lake ECC McCarthy Ridge Loop, AZ 
Dry Lake ECC McCarthy Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking20.08 Miles 2,566 AEG
Hiking20.08 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   2.74 mph
2,566 ft AEG      13 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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In the mid 60s to start at Dry Lake, clouds and breeze in the afternoon kept it nice.
This entire hike was off trail, game trail, creek bed and/or forest road.

Starting at Dry Lake, The burn from the May Coldwater fire burn was noticeable. Throughout the loop, there were scattered burned areas from this fire that burned more that 16000 acres.

I entered East Clear Creek at Jones Crossing and started hiking to Blue Ridge Reservoir. The hiking in ECC is some of the easiest Creek bed walking you can get. Once past the intersection with the AZT I kept walking to try to get to where the reservoir begins. When I got to the area that smelled like a peat bog, I know I was close. I started seeing hints of the reservoir, but I was past my turn around time and it was getting pretty muddy.

Passing the AZT on my way back, I saw the only hikers on the day. There were 2 groups crossing ECC as I approached.

I climbed out of the canyon and up to McCarthy Ridge. There I followed some FR's until having to drop back into ECC. I followed the same track as last time to get into ECC get through the cliffs. The Elk know how to get down.

I stopped at the cave for a short break while it was sprinkling out.

My only slight concern for the route I'd drawn, was my planned exit from the canyon. Once again, follow the game trail. Only after getting into to it a bit, I noticed evidence of retaining walls and blazes / old paint on trees. My the elk are handy up here. What was planned to be a steep exit, was a nice gentle marked old trail.

Plenty of groups camping enjoying the Labor Day weekend
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