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Sep 09 2019
nonot
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Willow Crossing #38Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2019
nonot
Hiking2.18 Miles 321 AEG
Hiking2.18 Miles
321 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Aug 25 2019
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Willie White Trail #113Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2019
nonot
Hiking16.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   8 Hrs      2.06 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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ATVs own these trails, not the best for hiking.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mauldin Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Willie White Canyon Light flow Light flow
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Jul 21 2019
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Rim Trail #139 - Sierra AnchaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2019
nonot
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
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Joined Grasshopper and Oregon Hiker for some nice camping weather in the Sierra Anchas. There are some overgrown sections but most of this trail is wide open due to the coon creek fire. New Mexican locust presents a problem on 3 occasions. Some ripe raspberries on the Parker Creek trail eased the pain. Heavy wildflower activity near the road but reduced to near zero in the burn scar.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

dry Armor Corral Spring Dry Dry
Dry where the trail crosses, did not attempt the bushwhack of perhaps a hundred yards to check out the true source.

dry Hunt Spring Dry Dry
I'm pretty sure this isn't accessible from the trail, the slickrock section I could make out in the chasm was dry.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Trailside Spring Dripping Dripping
Ground was damp in the area, had trouble locating the actual spring.
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Jul 21 2019
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Murphy Peak and 7662, AZ 
Murphy Peak and 7662, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2019
nonot
Hiking3.00 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
350 ft AEG
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A nice stroll up to Murphy Peak and the 7662 highpoint along the way. Not much elevation but a nice breeze helped since there was also little shade.
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Jun 09 2019
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Middle Fork Trail #157Southwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Backpack avatar Jun 09 2019
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Backpack70.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Backpack70.00 Miles
4,500 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Prehike-the drive to the Willow Creek area took me down some new roads, including the drive down NM28, which is signed for high clearance only. It is impressive the amount of erosion control and new bridges they had to build from the big flash floods. Cars should drive around and take the smoother roads from Reserve.

I nabbed the last spot at the Ken Lilley campground (4 spots, one is kinda exposed) for the night to rest up. The Willow Creek Campground is closed, which I think means the restrooms are locked, as there were people still camping there?

Hike- drove to the Gilita TH (the picnic grounds are closed but there is room for parking for a few vehicles. I set down the Middle Fork trail. The area has not received any maintenance since perhaps a decade, though someone did put green surveyor flagging along the route, for about the first two miles. It is around then that flash floods had wiped out what remains of the trail for the next 3 miles, but the canyon is easily traveled by staying to the inside bends of the river, and crossing often. There are many nice meadows and some trees remain, though in areas the fires burned all the way down to the river. With about 1.5 miles left to reach the snow lake trail, the middle fork trail begins to reappear and is easily followed (with some pink surveyor tapes) til you reach the CDT. From there the next several miles are in great shape. There are several expansive grassy meadows and some debris piles from the flash flood the size of small houses. I find a nice campsite for the afternoon along the river.

The next day I continue downriver and take the Trotter trail up onto Johnson Mesa, with good trails allowing me to reach Clear creek, a reliable water source, a little after noon, and I check out the clear creek trail (Old maps, and HAZ, call it the Pine Flat Trail?). As predicted, a bit of rain and thunder appears. I dayhike up to Marrs spring and am unimpressed by the spring, but the creek is very nice.

Next day I start off by taking the Trotter trail to Chicken Coop. Chicken coop is a wonderful trail, going through old growth pine forests and meadows, though the creeks in this area are already dry this early in the summer season. At the end I reach Prior Cabin, and there is some light flow of water in the canyon. Having been here before, I was glad to find water as it can be dry. I head over to the Woodland Park trail 12, and hike past Woodland Park Tank, and see a male bear, very healthy with shiny black coat. The encounter is very healthy and soon he is running away from the trail to get away from the annoying human. I decide to press on for another mile rather than camp close to the tank and risk encountering him again.

Next day I take the Lilley Park Trail (HAZ and old maps call this the Woodland Park Trail 164), and pass by Big Bear tank (dry). This area is more desertified than the rest of the park, and is also recovering from wildfire. I reach Big Bear Trail and go through Big Bear Canyon, then finish the day by taking all the switchbacks down into the Meadows area of the Middle Fork. The area seemed a little different than I remember - and I wonder if the flash flood altered where the reasonable campsites were.

The next day I wake up to overcast skies and cooler temperatures. This was not in line with the weather forecast and it seems like a storm is trying to push in. This spurred all the flies to bite and draw blood and this proved to be incredibly annoying throughout the entire day. Because of the cooler temps though I decide to press on and do my plan for the day and most of the next day today. The trail sections that were in the floodplains were destroyed by the 2015 (?) flash flood and the new trail that replaces it varies in quality. The first 2 miles were the most problematic as you go though the narrowest part of the canyon. But even having to walk the rip-rap by the river, it isn't too bad. The trail does get faint though and at times there are multiple new trails competing to win out. When I pass the homestead drop-in area I take a break for lunch. The next section I think is the best part of the middle fork, and the next few miles I go slowly savoring the scenery. I eventually find excellent trails (2 - one on each side of the river) once past flying V canyon, and complete the main loop of my figure 8 camping at the trotter trail intersection.

For my last day I head upriver and climb up the Iron Creek trail. Once up on top of the mesa, the trail disappears and you are free to roam the forest for about the next 2 miles. After this the faintest path begins to appear, and doesn't really turn into a trail until you are about 2 miles from the West Fork. There is a nice meadow you have to go through, and then you reach the burn scar of the Whitewater-Baldy Fire. But from here the hiking is easy and I reach the West Fork trail and take it back to the road. A short road-walk completes the loop.
Fauna
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Black Bear
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dry Big Bear Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at Big Bear Trail xing

dry Big Bear Tank Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Canyon Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Very light trickle at intersection with middle fork gila river

dry Chicken Coop Canyon Dry Dry
Dry along Chicken Coop trail

dry Clayton Creek Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Clear Creek Light flow Light flow
light flow at intersection with Trotter. Surface water becomes intermittent as you head upcanyon.

dry Flying V Canyon Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Iron Creek Medium flow Medium flow
good flow coming down iron creek

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Iron Creek Lake 26-50% full 26-50% full

dry Lilley Canyon Dry Dry


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lower Marrs Spring Dripping Dripping
Hard to tell but assume this is the pool in the rivulet of the meadow.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Marrs Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Light flow, there are two springs in the area.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Middle Fork Gila River Medium flow Medium flow


dry No Name Canyon Dry Dry


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Prior Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Light flow in lower section by cabin


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Upper Marrs Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Light flow, there are two springs in the area.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Willow Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Very nice flow down Willow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Woodland Park Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
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May 03 2019
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Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 03 2019
nonot
Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Perfect conditions.
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Feb 16 2019
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Zigzag CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Feb 16 2019
nonot
Canyoneering1.25 Miles 100 AEG
Canyoneering1.25 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Not much of a canyon but a nice rappel down a waterfall:

R1=90 ft to alcove
R2=200+ ft (with 200 ft rope you have to do a bit of a downclimb)
R3=50-60 ft
R4=120 ft approx

Nice to see some friends I haven't seen in awhile, though my canyoneering skills are beyond rusty.
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Nov 25 2018
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Sycamore Trail #278Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 25 2018
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Backpack24.50 Miles 5,300 AEG
Backpack24.50 Miles4 Days         
5,300 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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First time in the Galiuros!

Sycamore canyon appears to be a trail the forest service no longer cares about as once you drop off the mesa it is pretty badly overgrown. Still I was able to find most of it, including a corral not shown on the map at the last crossing of Sycamore Canyon.

The Powers Garden Trail is in good shape other than one or two spots.

Visited Mailbox canyon where I slipped on some granite/moss and cracked my GPS. Wandered a little further up Mailbox following the trail, but after perhaps a mile I wasn't feeling it being any special and turned around, as I also wanted to give myself enough time to explore the ranch area of Powers Garden. It is reminiscent of the Tony Ranch in the Superstitions with the exception that the main building is still being fairly well maintained.

Nights were cold and a bit below freezing since the entire area is a cold sink for the air between East and West Divides.

Last day I took the Tortilla trail out, which is in pretty good shapre with just a little bushwhacking but more noticeable erosion problems in several areas.
Fauna
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Wild Turkey
Meteorology
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Dry at Rattlesnake but small pools as you ascend, probably from recent rains.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mailbox Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Dry at Rattlesnake but a little surface water in pools, probably from recent rains

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Mud Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Hard to tell the flow amount, the area has been destroyed by cows.

dry Pipestem Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at the intersection with Rattlesnake

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Powers Garden Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
The entire creek was flowing well at this point, so impossible to know how much the spring itself is pumping out.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rattlesnake Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Water was intermittent, alternating between good surface flow and underground flow. It was roaring pretty well at maybe 600 gpm at the intersection with Sycamore canyon

dry South Field Canyon Dry Dry
dry at intersection with Rattlesnake

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sycamore Canyon Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
I'd estimate a quart per minute, light trickle coming from the small natural rock pool.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Sycamore Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Dry where you drop in. Surface water is random but by the end it is flowing 200 gpm.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Upper Sycamore Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
The giant swimming pool had a little bit of water in it but the plumbing is hosed up and the tanks are dry.
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Nov 18 2018
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White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2018
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Hiking8.00 Miles 500 AEG
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500 ft AEG
 
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Checked out all 5 trails. Alkali Flats was probably the best once you got away from the tourists.
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Aug 06 2018
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Dog Lake / Lembert DomeSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2018
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Hiking8.70 Miles 1,660 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles
1,660 ft AEG
 
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Went back to bag Lembert Dome on my last day in the park. The climb to the actual summit is a bit of class 2.
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Jul 31 2018
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Murphy Creek Trail to Polly Dome LakeSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Backpack avatar Jul 31 2018
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Backpack59.62 Miles 14,741 AEG
Backpack59.62 Miles7 Days         
14,741 ft AEG
 
1st trip
With the Ferguson Fire ongoing, conditions were not optimal for this trip, but it kept most of the people away, so for the first 4 days I felt I had the entire backcountry to myself. I met more bears than people until reaching Glen Aulin.

Day 1: Starting at Tenaya Lake, I headed up Grant Creek Trail, and then over Tuolumne Peak pass into the South Fork of Cathedral Creek. It was a struggle to adjust to the elevation and the weight of all the food and water also slowed me down. Unable to find a trail report on these areas, I ended up carrying way more water than needed. The tarns near 10000 ft were still flowing, and the South Fork was flowing beautifully. I ended up camping out near a granite slickrock cascade in a beautiful area of this fork of Cathedral Creek. The trail routing was fantastic and I was constantly amazed how they had routed the trail.

Day 2: An early climb out of the canyon to beat the heat on a smokey morning, and then onto the Ten Lakes Basin. This area seemed peaceful, and I passed several ponds and eventually reached the main lake, though I couldn't even see to the other side or to the pass in front of me. Over the pass I go, where I encounter a butterfly migration, then down the trail and towards White Wolf. I setup camp the legal distance short of Lukens Lake junction.

Day 3: I pass the turnoff to White Wolf Lodge and head down the steep trail into Pate Valley. The smoke limited visibility to less than a quarter mile all day, so I couldn't see Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and couldn't even see the river until I reached the bottom. The park service reports the bridge over the Tuolumne River destroyed, but there are still 3 timbers left, and good balance will get you across just fine. Based on the trail conditions it looks like they are running horse pack trains down there brining down materials to begin to rebuild it next year. I continue up river and find a great campsite. Unfortunately for me, right at dusk a large bear comes wandering in within 70 yards, and I yell to scare it away. Stood guard for an hour with no sign of it returning, but didn't get much sleep that night as the slightest noise had me wondering if it returned.

Day 4: I wake up after what little sleep I got and find my bear barrel untouched (Yosemite requires food canisters - neither hanging nor sacks are permitted). I walk upriver admiring the creek, and small cascades, before I reach the bypass around Muir Gorge. The waterfalls and sheer walls make the trail detour quite high, much higher than anticipated. But soon enough I am past it and continuing upriver. I pass a small juveline bear, which was an obvious problem bear, based both on its behavior and the obvious tags hanging from both ears. The skies begin to clear slightly and I am able to admire Waterwheel Falls, Le Conte, and California Falls before finding a small campsite late in the evening. I was quite tired from all the elevation gain and fell right asleep.

Day 5: When eating breakfast, a bear strolls up the trail about 10 yards from me, and surprised I yell at it. Turns out to be momma bear, because there is a tiny little furball following her around. They both pick up the pace and luckily don't appear to want any of my cereal. A little bit more climbing, and I enter the flat expanse of the river leading to Glen Aulin. After a short day I setup camp, explore the waterfalls above the camp, and generally relax all day reading a book, watching all the people come and go. The camp has tents for rent, as well as a backpacker campground with 30 sites, running potable water, and the composting toilets, like you find at Indian Gardens, as it is one of the High Sierra Camps.

Day 6: A short 8 miles and a little bit uphill to reach May Lake, the 2nd and last High Sierra Camp I will visit. The place it lightly populated and I generally laze around, watching some people fish.

Day 7: Smokey morning, so I head downhill back to Tenaya Lake and walk along the road and several trails to reach my vehicle.

Fauna
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max California Falls Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cathedral Creek Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Conness Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Le Conte Falls Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 May Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 McGee Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Morrison Creek Light flow Light flow

dry Murphy Creek Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Register Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Return Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max South Fork Cathedral Creek Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Ten Lakes 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Tenaya Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Tuolumne Falls Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Waterwheel Falls Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max White Cascade Medium flow Medium flow
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Jul 30 2018
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Dog Lake / Lembert DomeSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2018
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Hiking2.50 Miles 760 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
760 ft AEG
 
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Dog Lake only, thunderstorm rolling in kept me off the dome.
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Jul 30 2018
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Elizabeth Lake TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2018
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Hiking5.00 Miles 828 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
828 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Nice lake, a bit smokey due to the Ferguson Fire.
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Jul 15 2018
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Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2018
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Hiking20.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking20.00 Miles
2,600 ft AEG
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1st trip
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So many elk!

dry Hay Meadow Tank Dry Dry

dry Kenneth Tank Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sheepherder Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Perhaps half full, appears to be the only reasonably reliable source of water in the area.

dry Waldroup Tank Dry Dry
The big tank was dry, there is a smaller tank just to the east that had some yucky water.
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Jun 25 2018
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Blue Crossing CampgroundAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2018
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Hiking35.17 Miles 7,090 AEG
Hiking35.17 Miles
7,090 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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It was far too hot to be enjoyable, but I was looking to do some heat training hikes so this fit the bill. I would not recommend this time of year to visit the Blue, it was 90 degrees by 9:30 AM and stayed at least that hot until 7 PM each day.

It is quite the drought, and the Blue River itself dries up before reaching Sawmill trailhead.

Highlight was seeing a bear on day 3. Saw dozens of elk and deer, because of the dry conditions I think they are all getting driven down into the Blue River valley in search of water.

Day 1: Up S Canyon, along Cow Flat, down Lanphier
Day 2: Tutt Creek and a bit of Foote Creek
Day 3: Up Largo, to WS Lake to get tot the top of Bear Mtn, down Sawmill

The forest service appears to take trail maintenance seriously, though there are some newish fallen trees. The worst is the middle part of Sawmill trail, where it is heavily eroded before reaching telephone ridge, and the trail is also getting eaten by brush.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few prickly poppies

dry A Spring Dry Dry
Dry in the area

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Muddy ground here, but it was wet


dry Cow Flat Spring Dry Dry

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The spring catchment was full, though it was muddy.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Foote Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Middle Foote Creek was dry at Tutt Creek Trail intersection, but was trickles and pools the next mile upstream

dry Franz Spring Dry Dry

dry Indian Canyon Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Lanphier Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
The lower 2 miles of Lanphier had good flow, the upper part of the canyon was dry

dry Largo Creek Dry Dry

dry Maple Spring Dry Dry


dry S Canyon Dry Dry

dry Tutt Creek Dry Dry

dry Whoa Canyon Dry Dry
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Hell's Gate Trail #37Payson, AZ
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Went down Hellsgate via the Young side. The roads to the trailhead are not great, but also aren't the worst I've ever driven. Definitely 4wd though.

Surprisingly despite what I imagine is almost no visitation, this side of the trail is in pristine shape the first 2 miles, likely due to well thought out construction. The last half mile to the creek suffers from erosion and overgrown bushes. Also, the trail stays high on ledges, where HAZbot suggests it goes down the main drainage. This was much easier than anticipated and I was happy with the way my trip had started.

I was surprised to find 15 cows grazing in Haigler creek around the Tonto intersection. I thought grazing was illegal in a wilderness area in the protected riparian areas. They sure made a mess of things as all the campsites have been filled with cowpies. They were very annoying and one might have a leg injury but it was hard to tell.

The next day I headed up Haigler, I made maybe 2ish miles in 6 hours. It sure is beautiful but all the swimming and head-high poison ivy on the brief respites from swimming really slowed me down. Worried about making my planned exit spot I scoped out a doable exit route and cut short my day, deciding to leave the rest of my trip for another time. I discovered my drybag leaked which left me in a sticky situation with a soaked sleeping bag. Luckily it doesn't get that cold down there and I had enough other stuff that was able to dry out before nightfall to get through the night relatively comfortably.

Last day I climbed and bushwhacked my way back to the road. Smartest decision I made the whole trip was to start the bushwhack climbing before sunrise to take advantage of the shade. Not a route I would recommend but it did get me back.

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a tiny bit of green disgusting water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Haigler Creek Medium flow Medium flow
600 cfm estimated

dry Hell Tank Dry Dry
I didn't see any water in this area of the drainage, but the map suggests this is way up the side of the canyon. I didn't leave the trail to investigate.



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Lime Creek Cabin - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
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Nice area to visit. Thanks to OregonHiker and Chumley especially for sharing their trips.

It appears there was a moderate landslide in upper Lime Creek in November 2017 where a 100 ft cliff collapsed into the creekbed (about 2 miles north of the ranch). My estimate of the time is based on the appearance of the stuff that got crushed. Also, there are brand new fences and fouled springs throughout upper Lime Creek, likely the result of some land deal with local ranchers.

The cabin is OK. Looks like it dates to 1945-1950 or so. Wasn't a permanent residence though since it lacks a stove/chimney. Probably just a place for the cowboys to sleep. Disappointingly, the creek is not really flowing, just a small quarter mile section or though where the trail crosses.

Rain throughout most of Saturday was mildly problematic but it seemed to keep all the people else away. Maybe even the wildlife too as I saw only one small deer all weekend.

Sunday it was dry so that was nice for a change. Found a bit of snow hiding in the shady spots on the ridge on the way back, and the Mazzies in the distance had quite the dusting.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lime Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
3-5 gallons/minute.

dry Professor Creek Dry Dry
Dry at Lime Creek intersection
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Making progress on the AZ Trail.

dry Kelly Tank Dry Dry
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Christmas Tree Trail #160Flagstaff, AZ
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Wow, fall temperatures hit Flagstaff hard. I think it was 25 degrees cooler than the last visit just 2-3 weeks back. Nighttime temps dropped below freezing if you factor in the windchill. It made for nice hiking weather though during the day. Finished hiking tonight at 40 degrees right at sunset. Glad to finally have thawed out again.

Got AZT#32 wrapped up and a good start on #34.
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Canyon Creek - Tonto NFPayson, AZ
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This is a peaceful creek that flows through some fairly pristine parts of the forest that has generally nicely recovered from the Rodeo-Chedeski fire. The small waterfalls were a nice find, the meadows were full of flowers, and the elk trails connected together fairly nicely. Saw a few deer, but all the trout seem quite small. The weather was nice, just getting hot enough to make swimming in the cool creek more desirable. Other than the leeches, it went off pretty much flawlessly.

We took a different route on the way out, avoiding most of the people cramming into this place on the holiday weekend.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Mule Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Quite a lot of flow coming down mule creek.

dry Valentine Canyon Dry Dry
Appeared to be dry at the mouth, and a bit upcanyon that we explored.
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