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West Fork Black River - Burro Mtn Loop, AZ
mini location map2020-08-22
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West Fork Black River - Burro Mtn Loop, AZ 
West Fork Black River - Burro Mtn Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.57 Miles 1,077 AEG
Hiking5.57 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   1.19 mph
1,077 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
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This hike out of my camp on FR402 took me south west down to the West Fork Black River which I followed north west up the forested canyon to the border fence of the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. The river is a small scenic stream a little too wide to jump across. It leads to a beautiful meadow at the border fence. At the border I roughly followed the fence north up a side drainage of the canyon to a huge meadow. That meadow which extends to the Mt Baldy Wilderness to the west has some great dispersed campsites which are widely known. That attracts lots of folks on weekends creating sort of a wild west atmosphere with ATVs and motor bikes buzzing all over while target shooters make it sound like a war zone including fully automatic gunfire. It was fairly quite on this late Saturday morning but then the target shooting started up. I followed an ATV/4x4 track over the high point of Baldy Mtn stopping at the peak for a lunch time snack while the sound of automatic gunfire kept me hunkered down just below the peak. The sound of gunfire was coming from the direction of the appropriately named Buckshot Spring. From Baldy peak the 4x4 track led me down its south west side to FR402 and back to my camp.
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