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Hike to Dripping Springs, AZ
mini location map2022-12-23
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Hike to Dripping Springs, AZ 
Hike to Dripping Springs, AZ
 
Hiking14.48 Miles 1,907 AEG
Hiking14.48 Miles   6 Hrs   13 Mns   2.43 mph
1,907 ft AEG      15 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
 
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First time hiking out to Dripping Springs via Dutchman and then Coffee Flat. Parked at Peralta at about 7:15am... half a dozen cars at most on a Friday morning. Chilly start at about 41degrees but peaked at almost 70 by 2pm. Hike almost 3 miles to where Dutchman turns North past Miners Needle, this is where Coffee Flat trail starts and the first few miles of CF are pretty much the same as Dutchman. However, once you drop into Randolph Canyon at Reeds water, the entire hike changes as you enter the riparian zone. And WOW, all that blessed water! The creek was running all the way from Reeds water to Frasier Canyon and the junction with Red Tanks trail. This was my target turn around point and what a nice spot. Frasier canyon is just beautiful, especially was all this extra water flowing through it. I did notice Dripping Springs was, err... dripping. Not sure how reliable that source usually is, but would take quite a bit of patience to gather a few liters from here. After some R&R, turned around and headed for home. 15 mile day... more than I am used to and my legs are feeling it tonight!
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