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Snowshed Basin Trail, AZ
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10 by photographer avatarmarkthurman53
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Snowshed Basin Trail, AZ 
Snowshed Basin Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2020
markthurman53
Hiking7.62 Miles 989 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.41 mph
989 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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Since it was a bit warm (Or I'm turning into a whimp), Rather than tackle the Snowshed Greenhouse Canyon Loop I decided to save that for a cooler day and instead did the lower Snowshed Trail, Snowshed Basin Trail and the lower part of the Herb Martyr Trail. I started at the Snowshed Basin connector Trail along FR42A .3 miles to the junction with the Snowshed Basin Trail and headed east toward the Snowshed Trail #246. I could not find the trailhead for the Snowshed trail along FR42 so I continued on the Snowshed trail down to its start point on FR 42. Now I know where it's at. I returned the way I came to the junction with the connector trail and continued west on the Snowshed Basin trail to the Herb Martyr Trail #247. I spent a little time at the Herb Martyr Junction trying to figure out how todays trail connects to yesterdays trail. On the return trip I stopped off at John Hands Falls which is about 100 yards off trail. This falls like the Herb Martyr Falls were once dams along Cave Creek but have since filled with gravel. The flow in Cave creek was slow especially for monsoon season (the one that bypassed us this year).

This is a fairly level trail with minor ups and downs. The majority of the AEG on this hike was along the lower section of the Snowshed Trail #246. I did see a King snake along the trail. It was a small one and I thought it might be a coral snake and since I can't remember how the rhyme goes I left it alone. When I got home I determined by the color bands that it was a a friend of Jack. Once again lots of friendly deer, it's like being in a national park. From the trailhead along FR 42A to the Herb Martyr trail is a nice walk and a good way to spend a couple of hours. Finished this hike around noon and time to head back to Tucson.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cave Creek Canyon Light flow Light flow
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