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New Cottonview, AZ
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New Cottonview, AZ 
New Cottonview, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 15 2020
chumley
Backpack25.78 Miles 6,907 AEG
Backpack25.78 Miles3 Days         
6,907 ft AEG
 
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Fun weekend in the canyon. The others started while I set up the shuttle. The snow on the top slowed us down a bit, but otherwise was a great trip down. I forgot how rough things were above the redwall.

Kyle did his best 9L and got to camp ahead of another group to assure the prime campsite. Sadly the mice did not come out and entertain us.

Sunday we had a big day over to Cottonwood. I had found a new route to the Tonto from the end of the beach. I think this is the official route and the higher routes have developed over time. Satellite shows a spider web of options. I liked this way, great views over the beach. Took an hourlong lunch at Hance Creek just as it was getting a little bit warm. High clouds filtered the sun for a very pleasant trip around the horseshoe.

We were alone at Cottonwood and enjoyed a great spot along the creek. Karl and I ventured downstream as far as we could. I knew there were bypasses necessary to get to the river, but was surprised how far we got before getting stopped. No time to do bypasses, so we headed back to camp.

Monday we hiked out, witnessing the damage from last fall's fire in the Cottonwood drainage. The upper campsites are charred. I'm not sure if the cottonwoods survived. We can hope.

The climb to the mesa was rough. I wasn't ready for that grade so early in the day! After that Grandview is awesome. I was surprised that we hit solid snow at 5,600ft and was happy to have decided to carry traction. There were stretches that I think might have been impossible without it.

Passed a LEO ranger who checked our permit! I love it when they're out on the trails!

Got to snooze on the way home because Karl drove! Woot! Thanks! :)
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