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New Cottonview, AZ 
New Cottonview, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 15 2020
BiFrost
Backpack25.78 Miles 6,907 AEG
Backpack25.78 Miles3 Days         
6,907 ft AEG
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Another great weekend in the canyon! Initially the weather forecast was questionable but as the trip got closer it turned to near perfect conditions. We hiked in New Hance Trail around noon while Chumley setup the car shuttle for us and later caught up part way down the trail. New Hance is tough and reminded me a lot of Boucher's descent but still spectacular. The red wall break was awesome, with a nice ramp down to Red Canyon and last two miles hiking in the wash to the river. Arriving at the river Kyle was down first and snagged the primo camp spot for us to enjoy for the night.

Next day we had our longest day about 12 miles but it was mostly on the Tonto Trail so easy hiking compared to New Hance. First mile of trail was the most scenic as we hiked along the river and then above it with great views. Eventually the trail gets up on the Tonto layer and does what the Tonto does going in and out of each drainage. However, relatively easy miles over to Hance Creek where we took extended break. Good water in Hance Creek where we filtered a couple liters. After lunch it was 5 miles to Cottonwood Camp and last nights camp.

Kyle and Chumley arrived at Cottonwood and got a really nice spot again. After initial setup Chumley and I wend down Cottonwood Creek to explore. There are some good narrows downstream and we continued until hitting a pour off which we didn't want to hike around. So we headed back to camp and enjoyed another pleasant night around camp!

Next morning we only had 5 miles to hike out but of course it's all uphill. Still not that bad a hike with snow and microspikes needed for the top 1.5 miles of trail to Grandview. Very scenic with the snow and Grandview itself always has great views and cool switchbacks in the last 1/2 mile. Another great hike....thanks to Chumley for getting the permits!!
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