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Upper F.S. Wilderness Exploration 2, AZ
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Upper F.S. Wilderness Exploration 2, AZ 
Upper F.S. Wilderness Exploration 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking13.26 Miles 1,855 AEG
Hiking13.26 Miles
1,855 ft AEG50 LBS Pack
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Listening to my legendary neighbors many epic old time stories, he told me about a metal ladder propped against a cliff wall he spotted with his binoculars, there was never any confirmation of living accommodations sighted but the information shared was enough to inspire a trip down into the belly of the beast.
Started on a peninsula of Nash Point and worked our way down the ridge making decent progress until hitting absolute relentless amounts of old growth manzanita and shrub live oak but this was expected so we powered through it to the next level.
I wanted to stay out of the side canyons and drainages as much as possible as I’m aware how nasty they can be out here but after completing the majority of the descent we took a small drainage the rest of the way that worked out as a great passageway which was also freshly used by a big bear.
We came directly into a nice mile stretch of upper Fossil that had solid clear flowing water and pools but other than that the majority of it was dry but did have plenty of intermittent pools to be found.
Never made it to our target area after considerable time attempting to visually confirm a site with binoculars but as with the last time down here there was plenty of evidence of ancient civilization habitation to be encountered.
It wasn’t planned originally but during our rough descent I decided instead of heading back out that way came we would just work our way downstream and then head out the superhighway trail which worked out perfectly, topped off with getting picked up at the trailhead by a friend.
Started around 9am and finished around 8pm with sore bodies and satisfied spirits. : rambo :
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