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Dec 07 2005
dabreeze
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65 male
 Joined Sep 15 2004
 Sedona, AZ
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2005
dabreeze
Hiking21.00 Miles 2,496 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles
2,496 ft AEG
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finally made the journey to the land of blue-green waters. oh my! ancestral home of the havasupai (meaning literally 'people of the blue-green waters'), this 2000' deep side canyon in the western grand canyon, famous for its calcium carbonate enriched blue-green water, its stunning waterfalls, & the innumberable small falls & pouroffs, is a photographer's paradise.

going in off-season, fellow sedona photographer Ian Whitehead (see his exquisite work here: http://www.ian-whitehead.com) & I found an almost empty campground below havasu falls, the last of the beautiful fall colors, some very cold nights, and a variety of wonderful lighting conditions. we hiked 28 miles in four days and only just scratched the surface of all the incredible photo opportunities to be had in this lush grand canyon shangri-la.

for those of you interested, i'm in the early stages of planning a five day/four night HAVASU CANYON PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION/WORKSHOP for the middle of march (trees fully green but still a few weeks before the springtime deluge of visitors). Unlike our recent trip, the WORKSHOP will take full advantage of the transportation amenities offered by the havasupai: helicopter ride in/out, mules to pack all gear to & from campground. there'll still be plenty of hiking to maximize photo opportunities but it will be much easier and more efficient!

drop me an email if you're interested in participating (mailto:dvbdigital@esedona.net) and i'll send you info on logistics & price.

meanwhile, enjoy the pix!

more here: http://www.pbase.com/sedonamemories/p_xcv
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Jun 16 2005
dabreeze
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65 male
 Joined Sep 15 2004
 Sedona, AZ
West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2005
dabreeze
Hiking11.00 Miles 2,822 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
2,822 ft AEG
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West Clear Creek Trail 17 provides the only marked and maintained access into the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. From its upper terminus, at Bald Hill, the route drops 1,800 feet down a steep, talus-strewn slope from a high plateau of pinyon-juniper forests to the canyon floor. It's a chore just going down.

Once at West Clear Creek, one has a choice of proceeding either direction. Upstream, the drainage leads into the deep, narrow gorge which the medium-sized creek has cut into the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. It's a canyoneer's paradise, often described as one of the most remote & rugged canyons in all the southwest! I can say without reservation, it's one of the most isolated hiking experience I've ever had.

Imagine, just minutes after running thru various emergency procedures should something happen (i.e. a rattlesnake bite), coming within 3' of a large, previously warming himself but now very aggressive mojave green rattler in a patch of early morning sun in the middle of the trail!!

Before ever seeing it, I instinctively jumped 4' off the trail in response to its warning rattle. Thank God my directional hearing is still pretty good, as I was safely distant when I finally spied all 4' & six rattles of the critter coiled on the trail ready to strike!! Needless to say we were both a bit shook and took great care from then on to carefully scan the trail for any signs of aggressive pit vipers!!

The creek itself is tremendously arduous hiking, either wading over treacherous, slippery & moss-covered rocks & boulders or swimming long stretches of icy cold water (in mid-april when we did this hike) up to twelve feet deep. In either direction from where Trail 17 meets the creek are found numerous clear, secluded pools, slickrock water slides, and tree-shaded riparian areas tucked between red rock canyon walls composed of the Supai sandstone for which red rock country is famous.

Finally, after too little time in the drainage itself taking pix, my hiking partner Herman & I began climbing the steep trail back to the truck. We both experienced great difficulty getting up the 2,000' ascent and agreed this trail ranks as one of the tougher (and more beautiful) hikes we've ever experienced.

for more pix, go to http://www.pbase.com/sedonamemories and check the west clear creek gallery . . .
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May 19 2005
dabreeze
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65 male
 Joined Sep 15 2004
 Sedona, AZ
Secret Canyon Trail #121Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2005
dabreeze
Hiking12.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles3 Days         
400 ft AEG
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Just got back from a three day backpack (first time solo) in Secret Canyon, an awesome trail in the backcountry of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness Area. Isolation, beauty, red rock galore, running water, reflecting pools, ponderosa pines, sycamores, Arizona maples, bigtooth maples, not to mention all the glorious sounds of nature.

Best of all . . . I saw 3 people in 3 days!! It was so utterly beautiful, so powerful, quiet, & peaceful, so magical & mystical as to be spiritual and transcendent!! Very similar in ways to West Fork but with a wilder feel.

Lots of water still available for filtering. Good campsites in hidden spots so keep your eyes peeled up and down stream at creek crossings. Water temps and depths are perfect for creek trompin' in search of photo opps.

Beware of poison ivy everywhere: fully mature, shiny & new, lots of bare branches with micro leaves that will get ya too. If it's sandy and near a creek crossing, keep your eye out.

Note too lots of bugs. Flies, gnats, and toward dusk and near the creek, no shortage of mosquitoes. 25% DEEt was invaluable.

Check here for trip pix: http://www.pbase.com/sedonamemories/p_lxxxvi

For lots more Sedona: http://www.pbase.com/sedonamemories/root&page=all
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