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mini location map2020-01-11
8 by photographer avatarchumley
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Devils, AZ 
Devils, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
chumley
Hiking8.79 Miles 2,231 AEG
Hiking8.79 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.78 mph
2,231 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
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We had a few options in mind but chose to head straight for the pools. Encountered 3 jeeps out having fun that included a lady who literally could not comprehend that we were able to walk here without riding in a vehicle. Needless to say, we more than doubled their speed.

On the descent, we got buzzed by a fighter jet about 300 feet agl, well below that surrounding terrain. It did some very sharp maneuvers, and there's little doubt in my mind that the pilot had us in view. It was the by far the coolest of the jet encounters I've had on my Arizona hikes.

The pools were beautiful. There's plenty of water and had it been just a touch warmer - or had there been sun in the bottom of the canyon - I would have considered a swim. Maybe next time.

Not sure why I hadn't done this before, but I'd definitely like to come back again.

We spent the night at Oak Flat. It took me a while to find enough dead trees to gather the firewood necessary to keep a big group satisfactorily warm for the evening!
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