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Supes New Years, AZ
mini location map2021-01-01
15 by photographer avatarBiFrost
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Supes New Years, AZ 
Supes New Years, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jan 01 2021
BiFrost
Backpack24.95 Miles 5,474 AEG
Backpack24.95 Miles3 Days         
5,474 ft AEG
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New Years in the Supes starting at Woodbury trailhead. Hiked in JF Trail up to Tortialla Pass. Took a break at the pass before dropping down to Angel Basin. Despite the fire trail is in good shape on the top part but once it drops into the canyon things get messy. Cat claw is especially bad in spots before Angel Basin. There was no one at the basin and also no water. Could have been some up Rogers Canyon but we didn't look. We then headed downstream to the Fish Creek confluence and again no water. Once at camp we dropped packs and continued down Fish Creek and after about 10 minutes found some small but quality pools to filter from. After filling up on water headed back to camp and settled in for the night.

Next day the goal was to continue hiking down Fish Creek to an exit spot. We were not sure if there would be any obstacles in Fish Creek but it was actually very easy canyon hike to the exit. At the exit it's about 400 feet elevation gain to the JF Trail and Hoolie Bacon junction. From there we hiked uphill on JF Trail which had considerable fire damage but still able to follow the trail. Ran into 2 couples from out of state backpacking and talked to them for a bit. Then continued on JF which eventually tops out at Tortilla Pass. Then we repeated a portion of the hike from the previous day. Going through Angel Basin again we ran into 3 backpackers that were planning to camp at the basin. We continued on to camp and another nice but colder night at camp.

In the morning I ventured up Rough Canyon about 1/4 mile and found some additional water pools at confluence of Fish Creek and Rough Canyon. After the short hike headed back to camp and we packed up to hike out. Pretty easy hike out being only about 8 miles. Although much of the Supes is burned seems like most of the foliage in the canyon bottom survived along with some of the camp spots.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rough Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Small Pools right at the confluence of Rough Canyon and Fish Creek.
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