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Jan 21 2017
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Cottonwood Creek - Hells Canyon WildernessPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 21 2017
JoelHazelton
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Camped along Cow Creek Road, near the banks of French Creek, and hiked out Cottonwood Creek with a return on the Walking Jim Trail in the dark. French Creek was flooding a thin film of silty water over the road when we set up camp, and Cottonwood Creek was flowing strong as well. Beautiful time to be out there - easy hiking no matter how you choose to tackle the creek (trail or creek walking), perfect shallow flow that my dog loved splashing around in, and chilly but reasonable temps. Had a nice fire that night while listening to people drive up hills nearby. Those people came to the campsite next to us as we were going to bed. Obviously they were loud, though there was no shooting so that was nice. Around midnight we were jolted awake by loud country music as they started up their trucks and left. The rest of the night's soundtrack consisted of braying donkeys and howling coyotes. Next morning I made another foray into Cottonwood Creek for sunrise. Creek was about half of the flow and made keeping my feet dry very easy. Upon returning to camp, I saw that French Creek was totally dry.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Dec 02 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Highways Gallery Prints, AZ 
Arizona Highways Gallery Prints, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2016
JoelHazelton
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It is an incredible honor to have 17 of my best photos hanging as beautiful metal prints in the Arizona Highways Gift Shop Gallery, located at their headquarters at 2039 W. Lewis Avenue, Phoenix. All photos are for sale and will be hanging from December 1st through the end of January. Hours are 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri. Come stop by if you have a chance!
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Oct 23 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Tanque Verde Ridge TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2016
JoelHazelton
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles
2,600 ft AEG
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Hot! Started in the low 90s on a pretty tough climb up onto the ridge. After a few miles the grade somewhat levels out, but the shindaggers come into play. Once above 4500 or so the breeze picked up and the temps cooled a bit, hike became very pleasant. My goal was about 10-12 miles, turned around at 4.6 because of time. In spite of the clear, sunny forecast, I witnessed and photographed an incredible, stormy sunset from the ridge. Beautiful area, have at least one more trip planned in the Rincons in the near future.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Sep 10 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Ash Creek Trail #307Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 10 2016
JoelHazelton
Backpack6.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
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1,300 ft AEG
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Amazing backpacking trip with Kristen. Opted for the bypass which is now the main trail (don't believe this was the case last time I was here), as I wasn't sure of the condition of the trail near slickrock, especially with the volume of water flowing through the creek after Newton (which was the whole point of the trip). Plenty of water after 6" rain earlier last week. Various observations indicated the water had been quite a bit higher recently, which isn't surprising. We set up camp just above the fork near the falls lookout point. The campsite I used to use is now full of cut logs and stumps from trail maintenance. I guess they figure a flat spot next to the trail is better to store that stuff than kicking it down the mountain. Or maybe they wanted to decommission the only semi-established little campsite in the area. Regardless, we made do nearby and obviously made sure to LNT. Scrambled to a viewpoint for both sunset and sunrise. Such a photogenic waterfall when it's running strong. Long drive for a single night but totally worth it when conditions are that perfect.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Aug 07 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Prime and Vail LakesFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2016
JoelHazelton
Hiking2.00 Miles 50 AEG
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Afternoon trip to Flagstaff. Prime Lake looking beautiful. I didn't realize that area (outside the fence around Prime Lake) was open to vehicles. A handful of people car camping in the area. Lake was full of leeches. All over anything that was submerged. Something to keep in mind..
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Jul 31 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Sierra Prieta TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2016
JoelHazelton
Hiking1.00 Miles 100 AEG
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100 ft AEG
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Hung out with the parental units and their friends at their house in Prescott Saturday night. Passed out at a nearby campsite a couple miles up Copper Basin Rd from their house. Reluctantly rolled out of the back of my car Sunday morning and did a sunrise hike up Sierra Prieta trail. Not long, just far enough for some nice views and to get a feel for the area. Fun weekend in Prescott.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Jun 25 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Haigler Creek Hellsgate WildernessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 25 2016
JoelHazelton
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles2 Days         
3,500 ft AEG
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MountainMatt
The perfect adventure. Great company, remote wilderness, running water, mandatory swimmers (my favorite), occasional misery but all around fun. Chumley and Matt covered all the key points. This was my 6th time to Haigler and I can't wait for 6 more. Incredible section of Arizona.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Jun 11 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Woodchute Trail #102Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2016
JoelHazelton
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,665 AEG
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Last minute backpacking trip. I seriously love the Woodchute Mountain area. Everyone flocks to nearby Mingus Mountain, leaving this easily accessible forested mesa with stunning views pretty much vacant. The other thing I notice is people tend to do the Martin Canyon loop and never bother to summit Woodchute. It is definitely worth the 400 foot climb from the Martin Canyon junction to the top of Woodchute. Healthy ponderosa forest, flat groomed trail, and incredible views if you do a quick jaunt off trail to either side of the mountain. We camped about 50 feet below the summit, in a nice clearing just off the trail. Only problem with this trip is packing in all your water, but it's only about 4 miles each direction so it's tolerable.
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Beautiful display of flowers on the exposed ridge through the first 1-1.5 mile of trail. Drying out and heating up, so they'll probably be dead in a week or two, until monsoon picks up.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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May 28 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Canyon Creek - Tonto NFPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2016
JoelHazelton
Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Relaxing Memorial Day weekend overnighter. Such an easy hike and so few people, even on a popular weekend. About a half mile from camp, while I was setting up photos and Kristen was reading, Cholla started barking like crazy and took off downstream. We quickly noticed a black bear and her cub standing on a ledge 20 feet above the creek, about 100 feet away. Fortunately Cholla only went to the edge of the creek to yell at the bears to go away. Once they turned around and left (which took a concerning 5+ seconds before they reacted) she retreated back to us. Needless to say, all of our smellables got hung far away from camp that evening. Canyon Creek is beautiful through the grassy meadows near the campgrounds, but is even better downstream once it enters the canyon.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Jan 30 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Horse Camp Seep - MazatzalsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 30 2016
JoelHazelton
Backpack19.30 Miles 3,754 AEG
Backpack19.30 Miles
3,754 ft AEG
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Incredible backpacking trip, and one I want to repeat this year. Snow made it an extra challenge. I'm not a fan of Barnhardt between Big Kahuna and the Divide - it just seems to go on forever, plus that's where most of the snow and brush resides right now. Otherwise, the hike was exceedingly pleasant, perfect campsite, and obviously the main attraction spilling into Deadman Canyon was awesome. Some slow creep from the tripod plate not being screwed tightly enough on my camera resulted in some photos being less than optimal sharpness. Bummer after all the work to get there, but it gives me a reason to go back.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Jan 23 2016
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Ancha Falls, AZ 
Ancha Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2016
JoelHazelton
Hiking2.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Jonnybackpack
One of the most perfect waterfalls I've visited in Arizona. It's secluded location, fairly rugged access, and the fact that it seldom runs with this level of flow just added to the beauty. Always fun to hike with Todd, a treat to have Jon along again. It's awesome when we can work our schedules out like that. After filling up a memory card with photos of an incredible desert waterfall, a couple beers and some jokes and I was in a happy place that's difficult to achieve with the daily grind of real life. Hoping to get there again someday soon. Maybe a spring backpack to North Fork Deadman :)
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Dec 26 2015
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 26 2015
JoelHazelton
Canyoneering2.00 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering2.00 Miles
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Sierra Ancha has gotten some of the best rain in the state over the past week or two, so I headed to Parker Canyon to check the flow and see what kind of waterfalls I could check out without technical gear or getting too wet. Turns out there was a ton of water, but I wasn't prepared for what would be needed to explore that canyon. Followed the creek for a ways, then when it got too risky I climbed out and photographed sunset from the edge. Camped a very cold night near the Parker Creek trailhead.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Dec 12 2015
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 12 2015
JoelHazelton
Backpack4.00 Miles 1,921 AEG
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Quick overnight up Picketpost Mountain. Soaking wet on the hike up, then the rain thankfully ceased once I hit the top. Set up camp on peak 4281, which is the farthest west summit. There is a small clearing and fire ring right next to the edge. I wandered a bit, photographed sunset, then quickly turned in. It was freezing cold and everything too wet for a fire. No tent, but I brought a tarp to cover me in case it rained, which it did at one point during the night, probably for about 30 minutes. I woke up at one point feeling quite refreshed, thinking maybe it was 3-4 am. Checked my watch and it was 12 am ](*,) . I eventually wandered and took some night shots until I got too cold, then I turned back in and slept until 6:30 am, when I was up for a clear, uneventful sunrise. Overall I was warm and cozy overnight in spite of my lack of tent. Hiked down around 9:30 am. Short, pleasant trip.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Dec 12 2015
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
The SpineGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2015
JoelHazelton
Hiking1.50 Miles 250 AEG
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Parked at the corral where there was a rancher working on the concrete tank, loaded up my overnight gear and set off to camp on top of The Spine. After about .75 mile hiking down the wash, I ran into a private property, no trespassing sign, hung by Asarco. It was on a fence that was strung across the wash and appeared to stretch in both directions for a long way. Is it possible this land was recently acquired, or had been private but was recently put to use and fenced off? Regardless, I turned around and headed to Picketpost instead. I'm interested if anyone knows anything about this. I don't recall anything about this in prior triplogs, and I'm fairly certain I was on track.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Nov 21 2015
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Ramsey Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2015
JoelHazelton
Hiking2.10 Miles 700 AEG
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Spent a couple days wandering around Ramsey Canyon. Car camped in Miller Canyon. Definitely a pleasant way to spend a weekend. Makes me wish I lived in Tucson.
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Jul 17 2015
JoelHazelton
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jul 17 2015
JoelHazelton
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Relatively short, hot backpack into the Painted Desert area of Petrified Forest. The first half of Saturday was fairly cool, then the after got hot, then the night was windy and rainy. Morning was gorgeous but humid. I'd go back next weekend if it wasn't going to be in the 90s. Beautiful area worthy of weeks of exploration. If only there was water out there.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Jun 20 2015
JoelHazelton
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 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2015
JoelHazelton
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
1,874 ft AEG
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Visited See Canyon the past couple weekends. More water than I expected. What a great area, like Horton Creek without the crowds, just how Joe describes.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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May 30 2015
JoelHazelton
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 Triplogs 406

32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Haigler Creek Hellsgate WildernessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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JoelHazelton
Canyoneering3.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Absolutely idyllic. Haigler is amazing.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Jan 24 2015
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 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Topock Gorge Backpacking, CA 
Topock Gorge Backpacking, CA
 
Backpack avatar Jan 24 2015
JoelHazelton
Backpack19.00 Miles
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I’ve had this trip in the works for a while now with L.A. based photographer Steve Sieren. We both have been incredibly intrigued with the area, and it’s about the same distance for both of us to drive. We finally made it work this weekend.

The trip began with a late evening departure from Phoenix. I planned to camp all the way up by Needles, but I was tired by the time I hit Parker, so I opted to pull off the road and pass out early. Because of this slight setback, we started about 2 hours later than hoped on Saturday morning, about 10AM.
We started just south of the I-40, west of the Colorado River. The first obstacle was circumventing whatever sort of industrial plant sits there and blocks decent river access from the west. In and out of a couple canyons and we were at the river. Another short bushwhack and canyon traverse and we’ve made it past the gaging station. From there it was a solid mile of sandy beach walking (1 step forward, half step back) until the tamarisk forest forced us back into the desert. This is where the fun began. It was constant ups and downs as we bisected canyon, after canyon, after canyon, after canyon, after canyon. On the map it looks like you can just go farther inland and, in theory, find the ridge/peak where these canyons originate and just go over that, but in practice it doesn’t work that well. You’re dealing with constant ups and downs no matter what you do. Eventually we topped out on a mesa above Mojave Wash with beautiful views of the river and the needles. From there it was down into the wash, a bit of tamarisk fighting, then easy wash walking for a short while. After 5-10 minutes we hit a 20 foot dryfall, appeared to be 5.5-5.6 with a few large albeit sloped holds. Steve was game to free climb it and pull our packs up on a handline he brought, but I’m a bit more paranoid. Knowing we were eventually going to need to climb out of Mojave Wash anyway, I opted for an early departure from the wash to avoid the free climb. We backtracked about a minute and found a great canyon with some class 3 scrambling that took us up to the ridge above the wash.

Once out of Mojave Wash, the rugged terrain really forces you inland. This is where it gets awesome. We climbed high above the surrounding desert as we followed burro trails over ridges and through mountain passes. We could always see the tops of the needles, but every once in a while we’d reach the head of a canyon that offered a view all the way down to the river – these views were simply amazing. The landscape looks like a piece of paper that had been crumpled up and then spread out again. After route-finding our way over a couple high passes (relatively speaking – we were never over 1,200 feet or so), it was time to descend back down to river level. We crossed several more ravines en-route, and finally hit the major wash that flows around the “elbow”.
Knowing we were going to camp in this area (outside of the wilderness boundary, of course), our next task was to find water access. One would think that accessing water wouldn’t be a problem when you’re ½ mile from the 5th longest river in the US. Surprisingly, it’s rather stressful. Every single delta is choked in by massive, seemingly impenetrable forests of tamarisk (side note- this also makes landing a boat on most shores likely very tricky). First we headed over to Devils Elbow and found wall-to-wall tamarisk with no decent way around. We turned around and hiked another mile to the next access point north. Same deal with the tamarisk, except that there were a series of hilly peninsulas jutting out to the south of the mouth of the wash that we could access on game trails. We climbed the peninsulas one at a time, and each one got us slightly closer to the water. Finally on the 3rd or 4th one I spotted a scramble that would get us right to the water’s edge. Thank goodness. We purified about 6 liters of water then backtracked to find a place to camp.

After setting up camp it was time to find photos. By then it was 5pm AZ time – so only about an hour before sunset and 30 minutes before the good light – so we were in a bit of a crunch to get to a good spot. Steve had scouted out a great viewpoint via Google earth, so that was our goal. As expected, we ran into sheer cliffs and tamarisk forests when trying to access that viewpoint. We backtracked a bit to find a better ravine up out of the canyon, and immediately ran into an upset burro. Definitely enough to make us uncomfortable. While it was keeping its distance (probably 150 feet), it kept running ahead of us, then turning and staring us down and snorting. It did not look like it was going to relent. We both had big rocks in our hands just in case. Fortunately, we ended up finding a doable ravine, so we scrambled up that and left the burro down below. After shooting through the evening, we climbed down in the dark, encountered no burros waiting for us at the bottom, and had a peaceful walk back to camp and a few beers before passing out to sleep.

The next morning we were up for sunrise where we photographed another clear sky. We were packed up and out of camp by 10AM. The hike out was almost as much of a route-finding challenge as the hike in, plus hotter than the day before, and we were out by 4:30pm.

This is a wild, rugged, unforgiving, and beautiful area. While most people access it via boat, I believe on foot is the best way to enjoy the scenery. I spent time both in the high country above the river and the low country at the river, and the landscape is far more striking from above. Now that I have more of an understanding of the area, I can’t wait to get back.
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"Arizona is the land of contrast... You can go from Minnesota to California in a matter of minutes, then have Mexican food that night." -Jack Dykinga

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Dec 13 2014
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32 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 13 2014
JoelHazelton
Backpack14.80 Miles 2,748 AEG
Backpack14.80 Miles2 Days         
2,748 ft AEG
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Overnight backpack in perfect weather. Drizzled through Saturday morning and just a bit in the afternoon. Hiked the loop clockwise. Lower Barks had large pools of water, and there was a small flow over the slickrock area near the Terrapin junction. Terrapin Trail was overgrown in spots between Terrapin saddle and Dutchman. Fortunately catsclaw wasn't too bad, but patches of scrub oak were 7+ feet tall and took over a couple short stretches of the trail. Needle canyon had pools but no flow. Set up camp about halfway between Marsh Valley and Charlebois at a perfect site next to LaBarge Creek. Awesome display of fall colors right next to our campsite. That evening some gnarly storm clouds rolled in and provided a decent lightning show to the east, though we didn't get any rain over our campsite. It was too wet for a fire, so we retreated early at 6:30pm, though I was awake by 10pm. Took advantage of my insomnia and clear skies, and messed around with night photography. Not as cold as expected, and I went back to bed around midnight..

Up for sunrise Sunday morning, more clear skies. Slow morning enjoying fall colors, and we were packed up and out of camp by about 10am. Dog was working the pitiful looks as we packed up, as she desperately wanted to stay in the tent on top of my sleeping bag. Not too long after we started hiking, we passed a group who had camped at Charlebois, who said they got hail the evening before. Kinda cool, I guess the storm materialized for them. LaBarge had several sections with beautiful fall colors. Dry in some spots, pools and trickles in others. Really healthy flow in LaBarge near the confluence with Music Canyon. Dutchman was a breeze. Bluff Springs trail between Crystal Spring and Barks Canyon was probably the prettiest stretch of trail through the whole trip. Kristen's knee started giving issues as we dropped into Barks Canyon from Bluff Springs, and got progressively worse from there. A few painkillers later and we were moving pretty slowly back down cardiac hill back to the trailhead. In spite of injuries, a great trip!
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