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13 by photographer avatarLJW
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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 11 2021
LJW
Canyoneering15.27 Miles 2,736 AEG
Canyoneering15.27 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   2.42 mph
2,736 ft AEG   2 Hrs   15 Mns Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
 
1st trip
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Stormy morning but my brother was only in town for a few days and the forecast was only getting worse. Decided to have a go figuring we could make the garden before the rain and bail out via the east ridge of Meadow Canyon if needed. Ended up doing exactly that. Started from just off 260 at 5:30.

Road walked as far as possible since I knew I wouldn't get far and why spoil a road like that by driving it? Awesome morning for clouds if inauspicious. Muddy roads down to Cash Tank. The trail from there is wide, clear, well cairned. A little sketchy toward the bottom being so slippery from the rain.

Made the canyon bottom and got to work destroying an old pair of boots and lounging on the water. Water was just right and at a decent level. It's been well covered but damn what a stretch of canyon. Sun came out from White Box and lasted until Hanging Garden as the clouds built.

Had a break and the rain started to fall. Lasted about a half hour but was enough to drop the air temp and make the cold spring water extra crisp. Ultimately decided not to chance the storms in or above the canyon and to not head back upstream. Any other day it's a no-brainer, we were happy to have gotten one run at it before the rain.

Kept down stream through another pool until a faint trail appeared on the left. To start it was incredibly steep. Had to climb through some brush in the cliff bands, but once a few hundred feet up it was clear and not much of a bushwack. Toward the top found the use trail and some cairns.

Pretty soon walking the roads first thunder of the day. Sky was pretty dark. Made it to the car and hung out for a few minutes before a downpour started that went on and on. Ended up good timing and we were happy we hadn't taken the extra time to head back up the canyon. Didn't see anyone all day, but there were some tire grooves on the roads to Cash Tank when we walked back.
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