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Ochoa Point - Cliff
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2022-03-05  
2022-03-05  
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Ochoa Point - CliffNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack22.50 Miles 7,655 AEG
Backpack22.50 Miles3 Days         
7,655 ft AEG
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Another great trip in the canyon which was almost derailed because of weather. Saturday morning we headed down Tanner Trail at about 10am with clouds building. We had some periods of rain and snow on the descent but still had some sun down to the river. At our packraft crossing point a rain squall moved through so we waited it out. It was a good call because then the sun came out and we had a beautiful crossing over to Basalt Canyon. We setup camp and settled in for the night which was early because the rain started about 730 and continued through the night.

Next morning the snow had dropped into the canyon but still above our camp. We packed up for the day hike up to Ochoa Point. The original goal was also Apollo and Venus but with the weather and snow higher up we opted for only Ochoa Point and took our time exploring a cave in the area. Overall great day hike with some sporty climbs on the route. When looking at the route up it seemed somewhat impossible but the route somehow goes up a steep drainage to achieve the main ridgeline.

After the hike returned to camp and had relatively good night until about 430am. The rain started and continued for about 2 hours which made for soggy packing up. Crossing was good with no issues and the rain managed to hold off for several hours until we were above the redwall on Tanner Trail. However, at the beginning of the final climb around 75 Mile Canyon divide the snow really started to dump. It dumped the entire way up the climb with snow up to about 8 to 10 inches deep by the time we reached the rim. Definitely the most snow I've experienced hiking out of the canyon. However, it made for some spectacular scenery despite the weather challenges.
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