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Memorial Mica, AZ
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Memorial Mica, AZ 
Memorial Mica, AZ
 
Backpack34.34 Miles 8,952 AEG
Backpack34.34 Miles3 Days         
8,952 ft AEG
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Great weekend in the Rincons on a holiday weekend. Car camped the night before and made it to Manning Camp via Turkey Creek Trail pretty early. Surprised we didn't see any other hikers or backpackers. The NPS crew was at Manning Camp but that was it. Then in the afternoon we day hiked to Spud Rock taking a break in windy conditions but still nice. Then a quick stop by Mica Mountain high point on the way back to camp.

Relaxing night around camp with Kathy, Chumley, 9L, Chris and Sam so a good group to spend in this awesome sky island! Next morning slow rolled it out of camp and did about 9 mile loop on top. First over to North Slope hitting Mica Secondary viewpoint taking a short break. Then continued on to Italian Spring and up the trail towards Reef Rock. At Reef Rock we took our lunch break and really enjoyed the spot and views. My personal favorite for views on the mountain with the Galiuros, San Pedro Valley and everything eastside as well as Rincon Peak to the south. Finishing up we headed downtrail passed Manhead and then took an off trail drainage route to Devils Bathtub. Unfortunately no water to speak of in the drainage but still some fun downclimbs. On the way back to camp Chumley and I split and hiked off trail up the drainage that flows out of Manning Camp. Best water on the mountain for sure with a few good pools for a swim.

Back at camp made a short trip over to Helens Dome before sunset. Really can't get to the summit without ropes so Chumley and I opted for the secondary high point which was a solid backup plan. After that another great night in camp.

Next morning we hiked out slightly different route than hiking in with some new trail but still exited Turkey Creek trail for the last 6 miles. Awesome to hike in the Rincons again with a great group!
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