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Black Ridge Foothills, AZ
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14 by photographer avatarhikerdw
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Black Ridge Foothills, AZ 
Black Ridge Foothills, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
hikerdw
Hiking15.02 Miles 2,351 AEG
Hiking15.02 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.92 mph
2,351 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Time to check out a new area I had on my list. This area made my list after reading triplogs from members @topohiker and @Outlander several years back.

Parked at the large parking area across from the Cross F trail head and noticed the new fenced in camping area @mazatzal had mentioned in a recent triplog, looked nice. Only several vehicles parked so plenty of room.

Headed up FR393 and past the AZT trail junction, all new area from that point. Cool temps at the start but it warmed up very quickly. Because of the time of year, we made the early decision to stay on the two-track trails on this first trip. Even some of the two-track trails were overgrown with up to 2 feet of grass which makes you wonder what's slithering underneath :o Checked out several springs and corrals along the way and really enjoyed the mixed terrain, wildflowers, and views. Solitude was great as expected. There was a camp setup at Upper Alder Spring but saw no people, and we only passed one quad while walking FR393. Finished the loop via Trail 344/AZT.

Great day out exploring a new area. Will definitely return during cooler temps to explore more off trail in this area.
Fauna
Fauna
Jack Rabbit
Named place
Named place
Alder Spring Walnut Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of color along the way.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Alder Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Trough was full.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dry Lake Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper Alder Creek Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Heavy flow.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Walnut Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Spring was full and very lush.
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