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Tunnel Spring Trail, AZ
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Tunnel Spring Trail, AZ 
Tunnel Spring Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2021
markthurman53
Hiking7.53 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking7.53 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.07 mph
460 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Ginny and I did a portion of the Arizona Trail along the Chinaman Trail. We started at Tunnel Spring in Gardner Canyon and hiked to Bear Spring in Big Casa Blanca Canyon, returning the way we came. This is a nice level hike with the exception of the very first part where you hike up over a hill as you leave Garner canyon and hike to the tunnel, about 100 feet. The next bit of climb is to Bear Spring which is about another 100 feet. All along the trail are views to to East of the Whetstone, Mustang and Chiricahua Mountains. To the west looming high up are Mount Wrightson and Josephine Peak. Big Casa Blanca Canyon where the canal ends is quite impressive with the large rock outcrops on the south side of the canyon. Bear Spring is about a quarter mile up trail from where the Chinaman Trail crosses Big Casa Blanca Creek and the canal ends, There is a sign posted along the trail. The spring box is about 30 yards downhill from the trail, follow the user path to the spring. There was about a quart per minute flow into the tank. The only other water seen along the trail was in the tunnel at the start of the hike and at the trail head in Gardner Canyon.

The road conditions to the trail Head were good, reachable by any high clearance vehicle. There was one other couple at the trail head doing the same trail we were doing. It is archery deer season so there were other vehicles along the Gardner Canyon Road.

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

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tunnel Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Coming from pipe alongside the trough in Gardner Canyon.
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