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Pumphouse Wash (Lower)Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Sep 28 2019
Hike & Climb5.20 Miles 966 AEG
Hike & Climb5.20 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   1.00 mph
966 ft AEG
 • Boulder
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One to Many...

The one decision, where to hike was easy. The many decisions--navigating the boulders took a bit more thinking.

The weather was beautiful, drifting clouds and light breezes. Prior rainfall filled the many canyon tubs and rock catchments-- adding to the interest without limiting us in any way. There are trip logs detailing swimming and other water maneuvers during various times of the year. We did not confront any difficult water workarounds during our hike.

We helped each other through the keyhole opening in the eight foot wall. I guess some hikers, with better "free solo" skills, may be able to grab and hold and hoist their way through on their own. I recommend the friend help method as these "cliffhanger" moments strengthen the bond between friends and make great video moments as well.

After the keyhole climb through, the upcoming sandstone ledges offered plenty of get-by over the collected water to continue through this remarkable wash.

A couple of hawks overhead and tadpoles in the water was the extent of the wildlife. A few flowers and yes, the turn of leaves along the route added to the beauty.

One other hiker (well, you could tell by his outfit he was a climber) in five hours of hiking. On our return, we heard voices echoing down from nearby rappelling. We were not reacquainted to further sounds of civilization until the turn to the exit and the noise from cars crossing the bridge signaled the end of the hike.

In reading this trip log, I feel I have not said enough about the boulder and rock hopping. It is start to finish. Unrelenting really. Also, not sure if there is a way to automatically insert the flood warning with steep canyon walls, so I am compelled to add it here.

We completed the HAZ official route plus a tad further but not much— recording our hike at around 5 miles. Plan on an hour per mile and perhaps longer for other navigation and photo stops.

If you have one day and if not many, but a few good friends to join you, this hike is a worthy venture to add to the list.
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