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Mar 22 2021
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Greenback Peak 6535 from Dupont Cabin, AZ 
Greenback Peak 6535 from Dupont Cabin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2021
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Hiking5.20 Miles 1,357 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   1.05 mph
1,357 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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This day five of an eight day Vehicle Camping / Hike Exploration trip camping at Camp GH- Redman Mesa was our chosen day to summit off-trail Greenback Peak at 6535ft. Since our arrival on Thurs-4/18, the 4WD roads from our campsite area to historic Dupont Cabin had now dried-out enough from rains and snow earlier in the week.

This remote, interesting, historic, and very scenic 6535 feet peak summit that borders our Tonto National Forest- Salome Wilderness, first peeked my interest in April-2011 [ photo ] when HAZ-ssk44 (Eric) and I hiked the Dupont Rim deathmarch loop from Dupont Cabin.

With some minor exception to HAZ- @PrestonSands Official Gps Route, our todays hike in to summit was from the Dupont Cabin and on our return from the summit, we hiked a no longer used two track off of FR2731 (with some bushwhacking required), to safely complete (I was questioning [ photo ] ? ) a lollypop loop back to Dupont Cabin.

Happy to finally mark this remote summit off the "to do" list and to find out what all was up there which also included some outstanding near and distant Salome Wilderness and Sierra Ancha Wilderness views 👍
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Mar 21 2021
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Upr Indian Camp Canyon Crk Explore 1, AZ 
Upr Indian Camp Canyon Crk Explore 1, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
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Hiking2.70 Miles 207 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   0.98 mph
207 ft AEG
 
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This was Day 4 of 8 of Oregon_Hiker and my planned Vehicle Camping / Hike Explore trip to the remote and scenic Redman Mesa area which borders the Salome Wilderness in our vast Tonto National Forest.

Due to extremely wet (mud and snow) area road conditions on our arrival day 3/18/21, we decided to explore close to our camp for a few days to allow the roads to dry some for needed later in the week 4WDing to reach some planned, further away THs. We also needed to cancel one of our more challenging off-trail day hikes for the week due to earlier confirmed road access concerns, so this very pleasant, scenic, and easy to navigate unplanned "Upper Indian Camp Canyon Creek Hike" with some flowing water and interesting geology was a nice surprise :)
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Mar 20 2021
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J R Ranch Views from Buckaroo Flats, AZ 
J R Ranch Views from Buckaroo Flats, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
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Hiking0.50 Miles 55 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles   15 Hrs      0.03 mph
55 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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This was our scheduled drive and short off-trail exploratory view hike #2 on the third day of an eight day vehicle camping trip to the remote Redman Mesa area, eight miles drive in from the Young Highway- Hwy 288.

The historic and interesting [ J R Ranch - Copper Mtn 7.5 Topo ] property has intrigued Oregon_Hiker and myself ever since our first daytrip visit 11/26/2018 to this very remote, historic, and scenic area bordering the Salome Wilderness.

On our first week camping/hiking visit to this Redman Mesa area in April'19, we had many long distance views to the J R Property from the NE facing side, but not any close-up views (without zoom) from the NW facing side.

This day was our opportunity to solve that mystery and we did :)
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Mar 20 2021
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Middle Mtn Explore - NW Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Middle Mtn Explore - NW Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
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Hiking2.40 Miles 276 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.96 mph
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Including our arrival/vehicle camp setup day, this was Day 3 of our planned 8 day camp/hike explore trip return to
[ Camp Grasshopper- Redman Mesa- Sierra Ancha NW ] area, bordering the Salome Wilderness and NW Sierra Ancha.

This planned trip visit is an awesome, remote area to vehicle camp and explore in the AZ Springtime was our "Plan B" and not decided until mid-February'21. We followed the HAZ- National Weather Service Point Forecast daily for this area (at 5734ft elevation) into mid-March as our originally planned camp arrival dates were closer. It continued to be cold, wet, with wind and snow in the forecast for days right up to our two day delayed arrival date on Thurs-3/18.

Due to the area wetness on this second visit (first was April'19) and our need to do a lot more area 4WDing to reach our planned hike Parking and TH Starts, we really needed a few days for the roads to dry-out some, so we stayed relatively close to camp for our initial planned hikes on the first three days. I first needed a few easy, leg stretcher hikes anyway since I had basically done nothing for exercise since Dec'20 and that was minimal 8-[

Oregon_Hiker and I had two different relatively short driving hikes planned for this day. This first morning hike at Middle Mountain and off 4WD FR236 was to explore up an old Uranium Mining Road visible only on Google Earth, and most likely not known to many other area travelers.

It was just what I needed- remote, easy to navigate, short, and with scenic near and distant views, plus historical value :D
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Cataract Canyon Middle Mountain
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Mar 19 2021
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Cataract Canyon Views - FR486, AZ 
Cataract Canyon Views - FR486, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2021
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Hiking0.60 Miles 63 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   0.45 mph
63 ft AEG
 
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This remote, less visited [ Cataract Canyon ] is located in the North section of our Tonto National Forest, bordering the Salome Wilderness, 8+ miles in and off of Hwy288 (the Young Highway) requiring some roads with 4WD to access.

This was Oregon_Hiker and my first planned (day 2 of an ~8 day vehicle camping/hike exploration trip), a very short drive and off-trail hike from FR486 to a bluff / cliffs area to check-out the 8) views.
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Mar 18 2021
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Camp Grasshopper- Redman Mesa- Sierra Ancha NWGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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It had been a long ~six months since my last Camp Grasshopper Vehicle Camping / Hike Explore trip.

Originally, this early Spring'21 trip was planned for the remote Salome Wilderness - Thompson Mesa area at 4700ft elevation, but after a long day pre-trip 4WD in mid-February to confirm if we could safely drive out and back for a week period, it was decided we had better not risk it with my fully loaded and older 4-Runner :sweat: .

Our Plan B was to revisit for 7 nights / 8 days the even more remote, scenic, historic, and interesting Redman Mesa area (also bordering the Salome Wilderness, but from the north). For early Spring, this excellent Camp Grasshopper area (SW of Young, AZ, eight remote 4WD miles in off of Hwy 288) added an additional 1000ft camp elevation. This meant for me, colder nights/early mornings to prepare for with more risk of rain, muddy roads to drive, and possible snow. Mother Nature rules in our Wilderness and as it turned-out, she presented us with it all to include some beautiful hiking days as well.

This eight day trip included (for me) two full days of driving to/back home, Camp GH setup/teardown-pack which would allow me six days of area hike exploring and/or R&R Camp days which I also enjoy. Enjoyment of Camp GH cooking/cleaning was also a high priority for me, as always :D

On Oregon_Hiker and my first week trip visit here in April'19, we kind-of concluded that we had exhausted the local area of interesting off-trail hike exploring, but after some additional Google Earth viewing, we quickly came up with another full weeks worth of interesting, new areas (for us) to explore only requiring more 4WDing to reach our planned off-trail TH Starts.

Of the six full days I had available to hike-explore with Oregon_Hiker, I enjoyed staying in camp for a total of 2 days of the 6. One of the two was a bad weather day (for me) to include some cold on and off rain with snow showers at our 5733ft elevation campsite [ image ]

Larry and I had two "big bang" 4WDing and off-trail day hikes planned for this trip, the first of which we had 4WD clearance, safety issue concerns getting to the Park/TH Start, so we had to scrap that hike plan for now, but our second was a very rewarding and incredibly scenic, historic, PrestonSands'- :next: [ Greenback Peak ] We did a little different twist on the route to summit at 6535ft by beginning/ending our hike at the historic Dupont Cabin.

This trip we also had time to more fully explore and view and hike the lesser known and visited rugged and scenic Indian Camp Canyon Creek and on different days we enjoyed additional views from a new location of the very mysterious J R Ranch Complex- :next: [ J R Ranch - Copper Mtn 7.5 Topo ]

On exit day-3/25/21, our trip would not be complete without a celebration stop for lunch in Miami at [ image ] 👍
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Feb 19 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
4x4 Scenic Drive to Thompson Mesa- Salome Wild, AZ 
4x4 Scenic Drive to Thompson Mesa- Salome Wild, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Feb 19 2021
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4x4 Trip17.64 Miles 3,151 AEG
4x4 Trip17.64 Miles   13 Hrs   35 Mns   1.30 mph
3,151 ft AEG
 
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In March'08 and March'10 I visited this area for two very enjoyable long drive - dayhike trips to do the [ Boyer Cabin Trail #148 ] and the [ Boyer Ridge ] .

Oregon_Hiker and I had been planning over two prior months for another early Spring'21 seven to eight day vehicle camping / hike exploration trip back (a third visit for me - a first for O/H) to this Tonto National Forest scenic, remote, rugged, and historic ranching area which bordered the Salome Wilderness in the high foothills, northeast of Roosevelt Lake.

Since March'08, the drive out and back to this Thompson Mesa area had always been a challenging stock 4WD vehicle trip, but generally safely doable in a capable, stock 4WD Vehicle with quality off-road tires, high clearance, and with an experienced off-road driver behind the wheel.

After the recent completion of our two months of planning for this soon upcoming full week trip, Oregon_Hiker and I still had a few concerns related to road conditions and campsite location options. O/H was mostly concerned about road conditions and I was mostly concerned about locating a suitable enough new "Camp Grasshopper" location. Fortunately, we decided to first do this 2/19/21 long day out and back scouting trip and a very smart decision it was as after, we needed to cancel our plans for our upcoming full week trip to here [ photo ] :o

For the rest of our well documented day out, and before attempting this now serious 4WD day to Thompson Mesa, please read Oregon_Hiker [ Triplog ] with relative comments, photoset, and please review my posted Gps drive route above and linked here with important road, waypoint comments [ gps route ] .

In hindsight, the moral to this enjoyable but very challenging day is..
The First Rule of the Wilderness applies: NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING! :D

On our four+ hour drive back home, we took a welcomed break for dinner in Miami at the always satisfying [ image ] .
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Dec 14 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Western Sierra Ancha Foothills, AZ 
Western Sierra Ancha Foothills, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2020
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Hiking2.23 Miles 683 AEG
Hiking2.23 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   0.79 mph
683 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
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This large and remote Tonto National Forest area, NE of Roosevelt Lake and North of FR60 (A-Cross Road) that runs between the Sierra Ancha-Young Highway 288 and Pumpkin Center is known for its ranching history, ancient Native American history, some very challenging 4WD roads which provide a few official F/S trails with a huge amount of off-trail hike exploring available and very scenic driving if you are in the right 4WD vehicle.

Between early Spring of 2008 and Spring 2010 with HAZ-topohiker(Ken) and HAZ-ssk44 (Eric), I spent some very enjoyable time exploring in this area and had not been back since March-2010.

This long overdue return visit was prompted by Eric's early September'2020 interesting Google Earth find of another potential, lesser known, ancient Native American Ruin Site that had HAZ-Oregon_Hiker (Larry) and my name written all over it :) See our posted, geocoded photosets with captions for more details.

There are a couple of drive options North off of FR60 (A-Cross Road) to access this area where we needed to be. The access road we chose to drive in Larry's FJ Cruiser was FR97 with less off-road driving miles but requires a vehicle with high clearance, real 4WD (no Subaru's), off-road quality tires, and at least one locker recommended. The other driving option route North off of FR60 is to continue further NW on FR60 to intersect FR895 North (the scenic and historic Thompson Mesa Road). This FR895 drive option North to a second trailhead hiking option would require a capable 4WD, high clearance vehicle with quality off-road tires.

For anyone interested in visiting this remote, less visited hiking area, I spent some time on HAZ- Route Cloud editing all the recommended drive, hike, and key waypoint details. Here they are for just this hike: [ Western Sierra Ancha Foothills :: map ]

Also Note:
For the FR895 scenic and historic Thompson Mesa area drive, we have a HAZ Hike Guide for [ Boyer Cabin Trail #148 ] 👍 and [ Boyer Ridge ] 👍
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Nov 17 2020
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Byous ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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This was a planned just "Get-Out-Of-Dodge" day to relax some in the outdoors and to reminisce at one of my (for many years) most popular areas to vehicle group camp in the early Spring, Christmas, New Years, and off-trail hike explore. Through the years including this day trip , I have been here a total of 20 times :o
Lots of memories! [ photo ]

Unfortunately for hiking today, it was a mid-November record breaking heat day at the Byous Butte area. The whole area on the drive in is presently extremely dry with some previously torched areas which was very disappointing to see.

With the unseasonable hot temperatures today with full sun exposure, our off-trail, required route finding navigation skills to summit the first of three Byous Butte Saddles at 3333 feet lost it's appeal very quickly :(

So after a short .5 mile off-trail hike in and back to my old campsite area for better views of Byous Butte under a small, minimal shaded mesquite bush, BLK and I opted for lunch and more reminiscing of better times.
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Oct 05 2020
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West Bear Canyon (Minimal Autumn), AZ 
West Bear Canyon (Minimal Autumn), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2020
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Hiking2.40 Miles 240 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   2 Hrs      1.44 mph
240 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Well, HAZ @outdoor_lover did this same hike on 9/29 and reported back almost no Autumn Colors :( I was planning an 8 day / 7 night camping/hiking trip starting Wed-9/30 from a little further down FR300 and had planned one day to include this hike as one of my primary choices to score prime Big Tooth Maple colors.

So, being the over-the-top planner I am, I delayed my hike here almost a full week to hopefully assure :FG: Oh well, still a beautiful, peaceful, and enjoyable day and location to hike!
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Should be Prime Autumn Big Tooth Maple Colors ~from the week of 10/12-10/18
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Oct 05 2020
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Mogollon Rim Viewpoints Loop - via 300D-300LPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2020
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Hiking2.80 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs      1.40 mph
270 ft AEG
 
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On an 8 day / 7 night area vehicle camping and Autumn hiking trip, these two track roads and off-trail scenic Mogollon Rim Viewpoints hike, is an excellent add-on hike choice when also planning a dayhike to adjacent West Bear Canyon.

It should be noted that two track roads FR300D and FR300L that access this area from the intersection of FR300/FR398 are no longer legal to vehicle drive.
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Oct 04 2020
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GH C-Site to Merritt Draw Riparian-Merritt Spr, AZ 
GH C-Site to Merritt Draw Riparian-Merritt Spr, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2020
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Hiking2.10 Miles 238 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.40 mph
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MY third and short hike of a seven night / eight day Mogollon Rim Autumn Camping trip down FR139C. Hiking from my campsite, it's always a good choice on an extended week trip, to visit scenic and usually quiet, peaceful "Merritt Draw Riparian Area" to include a short hike to reliable, perennial Merritt Spring.

HAZ- blk and I hiked back to camp from Merritt Draw Riparian Area to be greeted by HAZ- Oregon_Hiker [ photo ] for some wild tales from his just completed over two weeks of adventures, hiking and vehicle camping in the Colorado high country in prime Autumn. He camped with us for 4days/3nights. We did two area day hikes together on 10/5 and we both exited for home on Wed-10/7/20.
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Merritt Draw Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
This visit, reliable, perennial Merritt Spring was actually more than dripping, was seeping outside of the Spring Box;
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Oct 03 2020
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Upper Bill McClintock Draw (Autumn Colors), AZ 
Upper Bill McClintock Draw (Autumn Colors), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
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:FG: We Scored Big Time :D
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Oct 03 2020
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Upper Buck Spring Canyon (Autumn Colors), AZ 
Upper Buck Spring Canyon (Autumn Colors), AZ
 
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Hiking0.90 Miles 98 AEG
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.. Sun 8) Required ..
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Sep 30 2020
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
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For me, like for many of us, it's been a long, hot, and sometimes frustrating Summer'20. I did manage to get-away back here in June of this year which was good, but my grand plans for a week trip back in August just did not allow.

I do enjoy our Autumn Season :FG: on the Mogollon Rim and during this season I have not camped here for a number of years. So, my next camping window plan was for this late September into the first week of October to hopefully take advantage of some Big Tooth Maple colors and some much cooler day-night-morning temperatures at 7400 to 7700ft.

My planned normal 3 hour & 15 minute, 126 mile drive-up on Wed-9/30 (for 7nts/8days stay) started a little "iffy":
(good thing I was on the road before 7am)
.. Lost 25 minutes being stopped by the Salt River Reservation Police for driving the wrong way in a construction zone and driving 37mph in a 25mph zone :sweat: .. fortunately, I scored only a warning ticket;
.. Lost 5 minutes on Hwy 87N to Payson due to construction at the Mount Ord area;
.. Lost 20 minutes North of Payson due to having to wait for the assigned ADOT Pilot car for the Hwy 87 one way lane Blacktopping all the way to Pine;
.. Knowing better with a HAZ forum topic posted on FR300 road maintenance, I decided to drive the Rim Road (FR300) for the needed 26 miles instead of continuing on Hwy 87N for the additional 18 miles to FR95 for the back way in (I drove about 10+ uneventful miles in on FR300 and suddenly met driving the opposite direction on a one way section, three HUGE semi-type gravel trucks :o Fortunately, I only had to back-up about 100 yards to connect with the intersection of FR141 (which I knew eventually connected with Hwy 87, but I had no idea of the extra mileage nor where on Hwy 87 it connected. As it turned-out, this FR300 mistake cost me one additional hour drive and an additional 35 miles to my campsite). I should have arrived at ~10am but did not arrive until after 11:30am. I finished putting-up Camp Grasshopper just before sunset :D

It was unseasonable warm for the first week of October at 7435ft elevation. The coolest night-early morning was 37F with most periods in the mid to low 40F. The days were unseasonable highs as well in the mid 70F to low 80F..more like early-mid June temps than early October but still beautiful and welcomed!

Also, I was pleased to have HAZ members and friends Oregon_Hiker and longtime hiker/camper/member, lurker blk join me for some days of this enjoyable 8 day stay. I/we did five short area hikes with two of which- Upper Bill McClintock Draw and Upper Buck Spring Canyon having extreme, prime Autumn Big Tooth Maple colors :FG:
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Upper Bill McClintock Draw, Upper Buck Spring Canyon, and End Section (from FR300)- Houston Brothers Trail;
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Jun 14 2020
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Merritt Draw Loop (Middle) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
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Hiking3.50 Miles 373 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.40 mph
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This was my last of two days hiking, of a planned 7night/8day (6/10 to 6/17) Vehicle Camping / R&R trip.

If already in the area or not, this is a very enjoyable, relaxing, scenic, easy to off-trail navigate, short loop hike (2 to 2.5hrs to complete). It includes hiking on some lesser-used open and closed to vehicle traffic Forest Road, an old Logging Road.

On this loop, hiking within the green, lush Middle Merritt Draw to view two of the three fenced-in Merritt Draw Riparian Areas. This hike goes by historic, Perennial, Merritt Spring Box Source, and also hikes by at least three other Middle Merritt Draw perennial, unnamed Spring sources. All Spring locations are waypoint detailed on this Hike Guide, "Official" posted Gps Route.

I hope my posted picset with detailed captions and tag notes will entice some to give this awesome hike, family friendly, a try! Lots of open space for the kid-O's to run and tire enough to almost guarantee a quieter drive home.. :rollH:
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Merritt Draw Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
Minimal water seepage present but within opening of old constructed cement Spring Box, enough water flow present to secure with a filter that has a longer tube.
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Jun 12 2020
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Lower Buck Spring from Cabins, AZ 
Lower Buck Spring from Cabins, AZ
 
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From a 7 night/8 day Mogollon Rim vehicle camping trip, R&R get away at 7435 feet, first hike day and number one of three short area hikes to check-out some local Perennial Springs.
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Lower Buck Spring

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Less than a Quart/minute flowing out, but under Spring Source "Cement Covering" is a full H2O catch basin.
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 Scottsdale, AZ
FR321A TH to Dane Spr to U-Bar 28 to Off-Trail, AZ 
FR321A TH to Dane Spr to U-Bar 28 to Off-Trail, AZ
 
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Hiking0.70 Miles 133 AEG
Hiking0.70 Miles   1 Hour      0.70 mph
133 ft AEG
 
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From a 7 night/8 day Mogollon Rim vehicle camping trip, R&R get away at 7435 feet, first hike day and number two of three short area hikes to check-out some local Perennial Springs.

This is the quick drive route way via the FR321A Parking/TH Start to access the U-Bar Tr 28 at Perennial Dane Spring above middle Dane Canyon. This short "out and back" hike goes to perennial Dane Spring, then continues a short distance past Dane Spring, ~.125 mile down the U-Bar Tr #28 to the recommended Off-Trail waypoint location to access a well established Elk Route to enter down into Dane Canyon Drainage.
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Dane Spring

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Gallon+ per minute
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FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr, AZ 
FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr, AZ
 
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Hiking2.90 Miles 315 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   3 Hrs      0.97 mph
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From a 7 night/8 day Mogollon Rim vehicle camping trip, R&R get away at 7435 feet, first hike day and number three of three short area hikes to check-out some local Perennial Springs.

At Perennial "Aspen Spring", this hike connects with Houston Brothers Trail #171 and continues up trail for ~1 mile to the recommended "off-trail" waypoint location (see my posted Gps Route) across Houston Draw for the short access to Perennial "McFarland Spring" and recommended Backpack Campsite area.

A very pleasant and scenic out and back short dayhike with history too!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Quart + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max McFarland Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
First time I have viewed this Perennial Spring with as much as a Gallon/minute flow.
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Jun 10 2020
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Car Camping8 Days         
 
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My overall favorite AZ area campsite to be during the Summer months of June-July-August. It had been a long overdue full year since my last planned Vehicle camping / hiking / R&R trip here.

Like for many of us, this past four months period, March'20 through June'20, has been a difficult period to go through with the AZ Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions/risks to deal with. During this period I also had a few planned and unplanned medical procedures, issues to recover from, so this planned 8day / 7night (6/10 to 6/17) trip back to a favorite place to unwind was high priority.

This June'20 week visit I decided to stay until the ice melted and/or the water ran out :) I was fortunate that Oregon_Hiker (Larry) surprised me with a three night visit and some extra ice and water to share upon his departure which would guarantee me at least my planned 8 days. We also hiked one day together to check out a number of the closer Cabin Loop area perennial springs. Another day I did one other recommended, nice, short, loop hike [ Merritt Draw Loop (Middle) - Mogollon Rim ] from camp and will soon post triplogs and picsets for all. Gps Routes have already been posted for these hike days 6/12 and 6/14.

I much enjoyed this long overdue week visit escape to 7435ft with enjoyable early morning temps from 40F to 54F and daytime temps never over 80F 👍 I did do just a little wilderness Camp GH cooking as well (see picset), which for me is always great therapy with my only disappointment being that my 8 days away here went way too fast.



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