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Ol' Blue - Kentuck - Sycamore Boogaloop, AZ
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Ol' Blue - Kentuck - Sycamore Boogaloop, AZ 
Ol' Blue - Kentuck - Sycamore Boogaloop, AZ
Hiking15.08 Miles 3,726 AEG
Hiking15.08 Miles   10 Hrs   40 Mns   1.65 mph
3,726 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
1st trip
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After rock bottom expectations, Camp Creek was very nice with yellow Autumn accents of ash? and cottonwoods. May never return but it was a solid 4 of 5 on this day.

Maricopa Trail has a decent tread. Did not expect to like this trail either. Outstanding views through easy roller coaster desert, 4 of 5 for me in beautiful weather. Keep in mind I like the desert. Minor nuisance gripe on mis-aligned pin latch gates instead of easy auto latches. Unexpected cool pinon tree on this trail that wraps around through South Mountain.

We took a break before heading off trail up to Kentuck. Killer views absorbed. Heading up was easier than anticipated. Shorts were fine. Bruce possibly found the burial site of chief whooping cough. Soon after I stumbled across some ruins. Buckwheat was rocking the blooms heading up. Spanky was nowhere to be found and I stole the chief comment from the man himself.

Took a short break up at Buford Teeee Justice Peak to read previous triplogs. Fliver set us clear. Yet we failed to find the rod-stub with makeshift protractors, pendulums and dowsing rods. We're not worthy and I could almost hear Tibber yelling at me to get off the phone.

By lucky chance I put pants on for the descent from Kentuck to Sycamore Creek/Canyon. Specifically choose Sycamore to mix up what others tackled. Anticipations included a nice satellite view of shade trees and two springs. Hate to give away the secret details but I don't think Bruce enjoyed the trees. Lopez Spring area was dry.

A medium to large hawk that looked like a wide bowling pin perched above screamed repeatedly. The drawn-out echo-scream was like somebody yelling yellow yellow. Pretty sure it was a red-tailed hawk after youtube research.

Water surfaced and flowed lightly for a good stretch. The canyon took on a Mazzie feel in rock hues. Sycamore spring vicinity had cool and challenging areas. With Sycamore Creek/Canyon tackled we were happy to get back on the Maricopa Trail for an easy 1.5 miles.

Daylight was slipping away as we stumbled upon a gripping issue. My planned route might not be legal yet alone feasible. Steep it was. Extra-eight-mile, ten-o-clock option B wasn't happening until plan A got a chance. We got lucky. Nice views of the thundergod rock before the hwy walk back to square one. Good to get beat up again for a change. Not enough light/time to revisit Sears Kay propper. Take away a couple miles of challenge it was a damn good hike IMHO.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
loved the yellows, most would be disappointed
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
the isolated party never stopped

dry Lopez Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout No sign of spring or water. A quarter mile back there was a light flow, small pools.

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout No clue on the spring but the creek was flowing good since just passed dry Lopez spring.
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