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Get Up New River Mesa, AZ
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Get Up New River Mesa, AZ 
Get Up New River Mesa, AZ
Hiking11.28 Miles 2,405 AEG
Hiking11.28 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   1.92 mph
2,405 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
1st trip
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After being out in the area last Sunday, I decided to come out again today and find the last two geocaches I have to find in this area of Tonto NF.

I started at the parking area at the forest boundary at the end of 20th St. then followed the rocky road up Cline Creek as far as practical on my way to Board Spring where the first cache is hidden. I had some confusion about 2 miles out where the road crosses Cline Creek. I missed the turn and after a short bit realized I was on the wrong road and turned around. Eventually I got back on track. When I reached an old metal tank that is no longer functional, I dropped into Cline Creek and followed it until I reached the spring. There was a lot of branches across the creek just before the spring, but it was easy to get through. The spring is easy to spot as the south slope is wet and muddy. Find a way up the bank and the spring is right there. There are, if I remember right, 4 old rusted through troughs in the area. A bit up and to the left is an old tree stand with the geocache just below. There are some old rusted pipes along with a newer PVC pipe where it would be easy to collect water from. Just that one pipe was probably flowing a half gallon a minute.

From Board Spring, I headed back down the creek a bit before heading north and up to New River Mesa, where the other cache is. The climb was okay most of the time. It was steep at the start and then leveled out for awhile where it got the steepest in the last push to the mesa. The biggest problem with the ascent (and descent) was working through all the brush. There was quite a lot of staghorn cholla to navigate along with prickly pear and more, oh my. There was a lot of stopping and deciding which way to go next. That was fine as it gave me opportunity to catch my breath and ease my pulse. There was a fair bit of hand over hand climbing at the end, but there was never any exposure that made me nervous or worried about falling.

Once on the mesa, I was within the burn zone from last September's River Fire. The area I was at didn't appear to have burned too hot. The grass and small cactus were burned, but there were several trees that still had green along with new growth. The cache was actually over the edge a bit and away from the burn area.

Going down was, interesting. I like to keep my shoes loose but had to stop to tighten the laces. Shoes where my feet don't slip around so much on the steep grade would have been nice. I never have a problem with that on trails, but on this slope it was an issue.

Near the base of the steep part, I heard a noise, then shortly after, a large herd of javelina busted out all over the place. There was at least two dozen of them and several ran above me and others below me. They went all over and so for the next several minutes, I was in the midst of them and all their huffing. They'll huff so they know where each other are. My phone was stowed in my pack and I didn't feel like getting it out, so I didn't get any pictures of them.

I went through some areas where it appeared the rocks were tumbled walls from old ruins. I didn't stop to verify that was the case, though I know the area was inhabited as there is a large fortress on top of a mountain I walked by (easily seen from satellite view) and hill below that with many petroglyphs on it.

Somewhere after I was back on the road, I lost my food bag. I went to eat another bar and it was gone. My pack's pocket is shredded and it fell out somewhere. I was pretty hungry the last hour of my walk and I don't like leaving things. I'll have to get out my needle and thread.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Board Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Safe with gallon per minute, probably more. PVC pipe available with steady stream.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cline Well 76-100% full 76-100% full
I didn't check the tank, but the trough was full
Go find a LonelyCache

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