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Azt #2 & #3, AZ
mini location map2020-11-15
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Azt #2 & #3, AZ 
Azt #2 & #3, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 15 2020
trekkin_gecko
Backpack30.20 Miles 3,800 AEG
Backpack30.20 Miles2 Days         
3,800 ft AEG
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1st trip
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two day backpack of azt passages two and three
john and i utilized ken's shuttle service to go from patagonia to parker canyon lake

day one:
got going around 0815 sunday morning
canelo hills east was scenic with rolling hills, distant mountain views and a variety of trees
we stopped for a coffee break about halfway to canelo pass
think we saw three thru-hikers on this part
public water was available at the trailhead, so we grabbed a couple of liters
after a short break, we continued on canelo hills west, intending to filter at down under tank and then find a place to camp
the trail is nice for a couple miles, then catclaw encroaches on the trail and covers the hillsides
several miles of this passage were not very pretty
went on to the cott enclosed area, and got four liters from the spigot before the solar powered pump stopped working due to lack of sun
between lack of appealing campsites and not having quite enough water, we continued on to red bank well, which had good water amid a lot of cows
found a campsite just after that, leaving us with about half an hour to set up
the stars were unbelievable without any moonlight, and even the milky way was visible
temps dropped quickly, so we settle into our tents early
my coffee filter had ice crystals on it in the morning :o
survived the night in my 30 degree bag, wearing a short sleeve, long sleeve, fleece, puffy and beanie
could use some base layer pants under my nylon ones
good learning experience - always like to practice backpacking

day two:
coffee and oatmeal, packed up and set out around 0715
cold in the drainage, and still not very nice trail
things warmed up and the scenery improved after a couple of miles
good views of red mountain and the santa ritas at times
saw a few thru-hikers and three day hikers
dropped down to harshaw road
not the most exciting finish, but at least there wasn't much traffic
finished up and headed for the cafe in sonoita
good green chile burger and sweet potato fries - highly recommended :)

i like the shorter second days
new gear for this trip included a smart wool beanie and a mont bell wind shirt
nice to get a couple more passages done
thanks john, another great trip!

*route scout mileage seemed a little high again, so i'm using stats from guthooks and the haz description page
there has been a slight reroute on passage #3 and the official route is just a bit off

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cott Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
pump is solar powered
no sun = no water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Down Under Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
good enough water
cows trample around the edges

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Parker Canyon Creek @ AZT 2 Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Parker Canyon Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
just a guess, i don't know how full it should be
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