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Black Canyon - Cottonwood, AZ
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Black Canyon - Cottonwood, AZ 
Black Canyon - Cottonwood, AZ
 
Hiking8.45 Miles 1,851 AEG
Hiking8.45 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   1.87 mph
1,851 ft AEG   2 Hrs   31 Mns Break
 
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Summer weather is here, so we decided to explore a new area that possibly had some swimming holes and waterfalls. Started around noon. Temp was 86°.

After about 0.25 miles, we crossed a wash and began a steady but mild ascent over the next 2.5 miles on the hills that overlook the canyon. The views of the rolling hills were pleasant. The red rock of Sedona and the San Francisco Peaks were visible to the north. There were some pretty overlooks along the way.

At 3.3 miles there was a well-defined trail to the left that we followed down into the canyon. It began as a mild descent but soon became a little rougher, with steep descents, loose rocks, and thorny plants along the side that tried to snag anyone who slipped. As we approached the bottom of the canyon, the temps cooled and the views were amazing. The creek was just a trickle at the bottom, but the trail continued south, then crossed the creek, climbed over a ridge, and descended to the good part.

We reached a small clearing alongside a swimming hole, and met a gentleman named Ted who had a campsite set up there. He has been camping there frequently since 2004, and we were the first people he has ever seen down in this canyon. We explored the area. There are multiple swimming holes, up to 6 feet deep, all very cold. There were 3 waterfalls and 1 cascade within a 150 meter span, ranging from 3 to 12 feet high. There were frogs everywhere, and their vocalizations filled the canyon. We spent a couple hours exploring, climbing, posing, relaxing, and napping. The trail continued further south through the canyon, but we had to head back home. The ascent out of the canyon was quick and easy. The sun was blazing once we were out of the canyon. We returned to the car without incident.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few wildflowers scattered along the trail
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