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High Creek-Holdout Spring, AZ
mini location map2019-11-16
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High Creek-Holdout Spring, AZ 
High Creek-Holdout Spring, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 16 2019
BiFrost
Backpack19.55 Miles 5,507 AEG
Backpack19.55 Miles2 Days         
5,507 ft AEG
 
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Nice weekend in the Galiuros starting from High Creek Trailhead. We drove down Friday night meeting Belinda and the group from Tucson at the trailhead. Next morning we headed up High Creek Trail which is old road at first then becomes single track. Some fall color in the lower canyon but it was past prime. Eventually we made it to the East Divide Trail junction where most of us dropped packs and day hiked over to Sunset Peak. It’s about 4 miles round trip with really nice views on the summit. A short rock scramble was necessary but nothing too challenging. We also discovered a great collection of lady bugs near the summit coating the trees and rocks. Spent about 25 minute break on the summit before heading back.

At the junction we grabbed the backpacks and made our way over the divide following the East Divide Trail to the junction with Holdout Spring. The sign says 3.3 miles to the spring from the junction and it drops about 1400 feet. More fall color that was past prime but still scenic as we cruised through the canyon to the spring. It didn’t take long to make the spring and find our camp spot for the night. Cool area with plenty of tent spots and a good fire ring. After setting up camp everyone ventured to the spring to filter.

The spring is in great shape with very clear water in the rock basin. Some on HAZ may not even filter the water but we all did. Also, near the camp is a rock cave that has been carved out and what is the water source for the spring. We checked that out before walking back to camp and settling down for the night.

Next morning we had a leisurely start before returning the same way we hiked in. The light was better for the remaining fall color so we stopped more for pics. Despite that we still made it back to the trailhead by 1pm. Then went to Wilcox for some eats and tried a new steakhouse just off the I-10. It was surprisingly good!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Past prime but still a nice show of maples.
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