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Cottonwood Trail #120Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2021
00blackout
Hiking7.40 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   1.83 mph
978 ft AEG
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Debated on where to hike yesterday, so ended up driving to the far eastern Superstitions (surprising I know lol) to hike a trail I have not done yet. Headed out towards Roosevelt and up 83 to the upper terminus of the Cottonwood Trail. With the Woodbury fire in 2019 and the lack of rain lately, I didn't have high expectations for this hike, however it was definitely better then I expected. I hiked this high to low, however, I think next time it would be better to get the uphill out of the way first when I'm not so tired. Initial half mile is open burnt fields of brush that used to be here. After that you enter the beginning of the canyon following the creek (which was completely dry here). I took a few minutes to look for Cottonwood Spring which I did not find and continued on. A little more then a mile in, the scenery completely changes to huge canopies of cottonwood trees (I guess that's where it gets it's name) and other riparian brush including a short stint of either blackberry or raspberry bush. The creek now had a nice flow with some pretty decent looking pools for a good portion of the way. An awesome area that was untouched by the fire! The canyon opens back up and takes you to a corral with a water tank and trough that were both full of water (and bees). Had lunch there (did not hike the road down to the Frazier TH) and started the hike back which was all uphill, although a slow grade up. Since this is part of the AZT it is clear of brush, full of cairns; in general really easy to follow. Came across a couple of back packers on the way out and that was it for the day. The list of trails in the Superstitions I have not done yet continues to get smaller and smaller. :y:

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Creek Light flow Light flow
About a half mile past Cottonwood Spring. Flow continues till almost the corral, periodically going underground.
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