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Sep 16 2010
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Black River - MainstemAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Backpack5.00 Miles 900 AEG
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Headed out of the heat of Tucson and up to the cool breezes and weather of the white mtns. Long drive in to where we parked our trucks high up on a ridge and then grabbed our packs and headed down the ridge. Once we reached the bottom of the ridge we had lost close to 1300 ft, now we just followed the dry creek bed about a quarter of a mile out to the river where we crossed and then headed down river about a mile or so until we found a suitable place to pitch camp and call it home for the next 4 days. Plenty of great fishing the entire time, probably close to 80+ fish over the 5 days consisting of mostly rainbows, some browns, and quite a few small mouth. Saw plenty of white tail deer, heard some bull elk bugling, 2 bear, and a couple of bald eagle. Saw 1 other person out the entire time we were out there and both of us were very very surprised to see another person in the area.
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Nov 30 2009
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South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 4,790 AEG
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Hiked down South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and stayed in a cabin that night. Hiked out the next morning up Bright Angel trail as it was raining on us which eventually changed to snow as I reached the top of the trail.
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Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking9.60 Miles 4,380 AEG
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Great trail!
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Oct 24 2009
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Gila Cliff DwellingsSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2009
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Hiking1.00 Miles 180 AEG
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Camped out at little scorpion campground Friday night and awoke Saturday morning to a fly covered with frost! No wonder all I did was shiver and toss and turn all night, even though I was in a Big Agnes Crater 15* down bag and wearing capilene 3 pants and a merino wool midweight top. At one point during the night I got up and put on my montbell down jacket and then climbed back into the bag, still was miserable and cold the rest of the night. Took a short to the cliff dwellings and did the tour. They have volunteers at the dwellings you can walk inside and tell you all about them. Definitely worth checking out and the drive up from Silver city provides some spectacular views!
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Oct 24 2009
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Jordan Hot Springs - GilaSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
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Backpack14.00 Miles 850 AEG
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After checking out the Gila cliff dwellings we headed to the TJ corral TH where I had to make a mad scramble through my pack and make sure I didn't forget anything. Yup we're good to go, so threw the pack on the back and off we hiked eagerly anticipating the amazing scenery we were about to witness. Some uphill on the way towards the canyon, enough to get me huffin and let me know I was alive and kickin! As soon as the trail descends down into the canyon is where I was just totally amazed and could not stop staring up at the canyon walls. I could have spent hours just walking through there and taking pictures and climbing some walls to check stuff out, but I was with a group and they were very eager to get to the hot springs. Once we reached the middle fork we took a lunch break and then changed into sandals with neoprene socks for the rest of the hike to the hot springs as there are about 15 river crossings. We reached the hot springs somewhere around 3pm and I was a little bummed to find out there was already a camp there but we hiked up to the hot springs and there was not a soul in sight. We went 1 crossing up from the hot springs and immediately went to dropping the packs and quickly setting up my tent and sleeping pad and bag. Once that was done, off the the hot springs to soak and stayed for about an hour. Went back to camp and collected some fire wood, had some drink, and then cooked me up a tasty meal of a spam single and cup of noodle chicken flavor washed down with a couple of fiber 1 bars. Headed back up to hot springs to soak again a little after dark.

Had another restless nights sleep due to being cold and just being a crappy sleeper in general. Got up around 7am and immediately headed to the hot spring to enjoy a nice warm soak mesmerized by the steam rising off the warm water, soaked for about an hour and then headed back to camp to break stuff down and pack up and head out.

On the way through Silver City we attempted to stop at a couple of places to eat and we had bad luck, either they were all closed and 1 place told us they just sat of bunch of ppl and didn't have room for our party of 8. So we ate at some truck stop subway in Lordsburg.
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Oct 16 2009
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Black River, AZ 
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Drove up to the Black River for a short backpacking and fishing trip. Got to our destination friday around 3pm which left us just enough time to grab our gear, hike down the ridge we parked on and on the trail to the river. Once we reached the river we hiked down river for about 20 minutes before we found a nice level spot shaded by tree's with a nice view down to the river. Got maybe 20 minutes of fishing in before it got dark, and we landed trout between the 2 of us. Had a nice fire that night since it was rather cold and it was a miserable miserable night for me. I brought a lafuma 40* down bag and had base layers to sleep in and I was still cold, about 2am I couldnt take it anymore and got up and put on my down jacket and then climbed back into the bag....long miserable cold night!

Saturday morning I was up by 6am and immediately got a fire going, boiled up some water for tasty instant coffee and then we headed off down river around 8am. Long story short.....lots of beautiful scenery with the leaves changing color, and the fishing was phenomenal as well. 23 trout were caught through out the day, most being anywhere from 14" - 18". I also caught 6 small mouth, with 1 being the biggest small mouth I have ever seen caught in that river. I had to play him for a good 5 minutes before he would even stop taking my line out. When I finally did land him, holy mother of jesus....he had to have weighed easily 7lbs! That catch made my day and I really dont remember anything all too exciting after that rush. We decided to head back towards camp and since I was soo cold and miserable the night before, we would just pack up camp and hike out to out vehicles and then head off to a different area of the river where it is accessible by vehicle, plus I had a much much warmer sleeping bag in my truck.

That night was spent much farther down river where you can easily drive a vehicle right up to the river. Not a cloud in the sky all night as we enjoyed the bright stars that were practically in our face. I decided to just sleep in the bed of my truck that night since there were no clouds anywhere. Well around 2am I was awoken by rain drops hitting my face and I could see clouds and lightening off to the north. I prayed it would silently pass us and I went back to sleep. Woke up around 6am still dry...we headed off to the river and did some ok fishing. Caught about 16 between the 2 of us on Sunday and before long we packed up and then hit the road for home.
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Oct 01 2009
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Departed Tucson Thursday and headed for the Black River to do some camping, fishing, and hiking. Arrived at our destination around 10pm with a nearly full moon providing enough moonlight to set up camp with no need for headlamps or flashlights. Hit the sleeping bag a little before 1am and then was up promptly at 6am. Cooked up some good eats and we grabbed our poles and other gear and headed out on the trail hiking up river to do some good fishing.

Friday we spent all day hiking and fishing and caught several fish, all trout as the water was cooling off significantly. Most trout caught were smallish measuring between 8 - 12in. Just after lunch I hooked into a monster and fought it for a few minutes and he was tuckered out so I was able to safely land the fish, measured him up and just under 20"...pretty good sized rainbow. I put him on a stringer and we decided to head down river back towards camp and stop and fish a few holes on the way. First hole we stopped at I tied my stringer with the big rainbow to a tree and kept hooking into fish after fish. I caught a decent sized 14" trout I wanted to keep, walked over to the stringer to untie it and put the new guy on....well my monster still had fight left in him and he took off swimming with my stringer. Before I could comprehend what was happening all I saw was the tail end of my yellow stringer swiftly moving off into deeper water and I was not about to lose that nice fish so I dove in after the stringer.....wrong move. The water was soo cold I immediately came up out of breathe and got outta that cold cold water. At least we got a picture of the fish so I can prove it was not a "fish" story. Got back to camp that night and cooked up some good eats, had a nice camp fire, talked about the Big One that got away, enjoyed the beautiful moonlight, and we were serenaded to sleep that night by a nearby owl. Woke up around midnight to hear raindrops falling on the tent...WTF there was no rainfall in the forecast, but it quickly passed after about 10 minutes.

Woke up Saturday and did plenty of fishing, but no catching. That night had a good camp fire, some good eats, a few good laughs about the fish that got away still....

Sunday we headed out to the camp we used last time and found a cardboard sign posted on a tree about mountain lion activity very near the camp, guess it was a good thing we camped some where else this time. Did some fishing and caught a few. Headed back to camp around 4:30 to break camp, pack up and head out.
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Sep 11 2009
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Verde River packraft, AZ 
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I was bored surfing the net Thursday night when I checked the flow for the Verde and noticed it had peaked at nearly 700cfs on Sept 6th but as of Sept10th it was reading only 170cfs at Camp Verde. I quickly shot an email to a friend who lives in Payson to see if she would drive me down to the river Friday on the north end of Fossil Creek road where I would hike in to the river, and then drive down to Childs RAP on Sunday to pick me up and she was all for it. I quickly shot off another email to a friend from Phx who packrafts but she was already planning and packing for an upcoming packraft in Montana, so it looks like its just me but I figured that would be the case since it was a very last minute decision/trip.

I left Tucson around 7am Friday and made it to Payson around 10:20 or so. Grabbed some eats, filled up the gas tank, and called my friend to meet up with her for the drive to the river. With the drive from Payson, some dilly dallying, exploring a few trails off of Fossil Creek road, and my hike from where I was dropped off down to the river....I didn't actually make it to the river until 3pm. I had my packraft inflated and all set and was on the water by 3:30. I floated leisurely for a little while and before I knew it the pre-falls was upon me. I easily lined my packraft through the pre-falls on river left and then portaged Verde falls. I floated through a pretty cool part of the canyon where walls tower above you on both sides and soon I came upon the No Stop zone for the bald eagles but it was past the closure dates so I was safe to pull in and stop. I looked around for about 35 minutes or so and didn't spot an eagle but figured I would make camp there for the night so I spread my stuff out and had my tent pitched and soon after I heard rumbling in the distance with some fierce dark looking clouds rolling towards me. About 40 minutes later the rain came and it came HARD and it also hailed for a little while, the storm passed after about 30 - 40 minutes. I climbed outta my stuffy tent to a deafening roar, sounded like a freight train, and I immediately though in my head FLASH FLOOD!!! So I frantically tear down my wet tent with everything in it and am trying to move stuff to higher ground when I look up river about 100 feet and there was a small side canyon with a humongous water fall flowing from the rains that just came and that's where the loud roar was coming from. I felt better but still moved camp to higher ground. Didn't get much sleep that night at all.
I was up Saturday morning by 5:30am. I had some eats, packed my stuff up and was on the river by 7:30. Floated for about 30 minutes or so and hit an awesome little drop that definitely helped me have a bowel movement. As I float around the corner I see a guy washing dishes in the river so I paddle over to talk to him. 3 guys all in canoe's put in at Beasley RAP Friday and taking out at Childs RAP Sunday. They damaged 1 of the canoe's at the pre-falls but were able to continue on with it, and honestly when I got done with the trip I just didn't understand how those guys run that in canoe's. Anyways......I float on and just enjoy the scenery and the solitude. As I came around 1 corner I disturbed a bald eagle and he took off flapping those humongous wings making the most awesome sound and making it look so effortless and gracefull. About 5 minutes down the way I saw a group of 7 or 8 female bald eagles just circling overhead, man that was just cool. Soon I would stop for lunch where I ate a few snack bars and also enjoyed a fat green burrito in this amazing and beautiful scenery. I pushed off and continued on paddling and soon came to a section of the river where I must have disturbed a couple of either river otters or muskrats (don't know if either are in AZ?) and they kept curiously bobbing out of the water an dmaking lots of noise and swimming all around my packraft. They continued doing this for about 200 feet following me down river...I must admit that was pretty damn cool. Soon I looked at my GPS and I figured WOW at this rate I will be at Childs RAP today. So I had a decision to make.....1) find a place soon and camp for the night and make a leisurely short paddle for Sunday OR 2)paddle to Childs RAP and camp for the night and wait for ride on Sunday OR 3)paddle to Childs RAP and hope I could snag a ride out to Payson with someone, anyone. I paddled and paddled and soon came to the Verde Hot springs where I stopped for a soak. There was a couple there with their 2 young daughters and that was it. We talked for a while, they asked about my trip and where I was going and soon enough I had secured a ride back to Payson with them. They soaked for a while and I took off for Childs so I could take out and pack everything up. Soon we were off headed back to Payson. I got dropped off in town where I made a phone call for my friend to come pick me up. I grabbed some eats and then headed out on the road back to Tucson.

Great little 2 - 3 day trip. Definitely some hairy drops in there. In 1 braided section I got pushed into the reeds and flipped my packraft, luckily held onto paddle and was able to grab my raft just as it was being taken away by the current. I had to wind up lining my raft through the rest of that little braided section, that gave me a damn good scare. The water was pretty nasty since it was monsoon runoff. I was able to filter about 2 liters before my filter got clogged, had to clean it...and it still didn't work all that great, not to mention the water had a weird taste to it as well but I didn't get sick.
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Took a drive up to the Black River to do some fishing, hiking, and camping. Departed Tucson around 10 a.m. on Friday the 28th and due to road construction on 77 we had to detour at Winkleman through Superior and then to Globe. We made a pit stop Express Stop to gas up, drain some stuff, buy permits and beer. Off again, we head east where we leave the hardball and on to the freshly graded dirt road for a few miles, and then to the rough stuff. We arrived at our destination around 4:15 p.m. with enough sun to choose a spectacular camp site with a great view down river, set up everything, gather some firewood, and hit the little pool by our camp and pulled out 3 small rainbow trout. The moon was pretty spectacular that night with lots of stars to be seen everywhere. Once the camp fire started to fizzle out I took my chair and walked down river a couple hundred feet and parked it...where I sat and stared at the stars in amazement for about 20 minutes. Soon I was awoken in my chair by the river about 300 feet from camp by a curious skunk who was bravely sniffing my hands on the arm rest of my chair. I was able to escape back to camp without being sprayed or followed, where I promptly crawled into my tent and drifted off to sleep again.


Woke up Saturday morning around 6 a.m. and no sooner did I sit down with a cup of coffee, I saw a couple of turkeys sneak down a ridge and down to the river very close to our camp. Cooked up some good eats and then packed my stuff I needed for the day and headed off to hike up river about 3 hours to my favorite pool. About 2 hours into our hike I found a small trail that led off the main trail and it headed up the ridge at an angle. We followed that trail up the ridge and boy am I glad we did. After 5 minutes on that trail we came upon a very large pine tree that had just snapped about 10 to 12 feet up from the base of the tree and fell pointed up ridge. There were large splinters from this violent fall had been thrown everywhere. This was a very fresh snap and fall as there was sap all over the splinters and the area where the tree snapped. We spent about an hour there climbing around on the tree and taking pictures and then geared up again and pounded out that last hour to our favorite fishing spot. Got to our pool around noon and sat down and had snack and filtered some water. Then on to the fishing....first cast small hit and lost worm, 2nd cast nothing, 3 cast got snagged and when pulling free from the snag my pole snapped 1 eye up from the handle. Had to share a fishing pole with my buddy for the rest of the day as I had a spare but it was back at camp. Fished the rest of the day slowly heading downriver and pulling several very nice sized small mouth out. They were hitting hard and were feasting on crawdads. Got back to the truck around 5 p.m. and on the short 10 - 15 min drive back to camp on the 4wd trail we stopped here and there to fill the bed of the truck with wood. Had a nice fire that night and some good eats too!

Woke up Sunday around 6 a.m. again and it was kinda cloudy. We cooked up breakfast and packed our daypacks up and headed out around 9 a.m. to the end of the 4wd trail. Hiked about an hour and 20 mins out and hit a few pools and pulled out quite a few nice sized smallies again. Put one on the stringer and he was condemned to death row for later that night. We started seeing some grey stuff overhead and then hearing some enormous thunder. Storm was upon us soo fast we barely had time to put our rain jackets on. We figured it might pass after 20 or 30 so we found a nice dry spot under a couple tree's and parked it enjoying natures entertainment. After about 45 the rain didnt let up so we snagged our prisoner from death row and headed on the trail back to the truck. Arrived back at camp after a nice 15 min drive back to camp with the rain still falling on us. Rained on us for about an hour after getting to camp and then it was time to go down to the river and fillet up our prisoner. We fried up some breaded bass chunks and then topped them with a squeeze of lemon and wow was it tasty. Had a nice fire that night and the moon came out again and was a pretty nice sight.

Monday we slowly broke camp, fished a little bit up and down river from camp till about 10 a.m. and then packed stuff up and headed towards home. Had to detour through Globe, Miami, Superior, and then to Winkleman and then to Tucson.

A fun trip overall.
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Mar 12 2009
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Verde River Kayak - Childs to Sheep Brdg, AZ 
Verde River Kayak - Childs to Sheep Brdg, AZ
 
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Trip report written by Tom who organized this trip for us.


Jason, Carol and I watched Sandy drive away from Childs river access at 9 o'clock. (It's hard to find a woman as good as Sandy. She left work a little early to drive us up into the "high-country" and back down to the Verde river on a Thursday night. She stayed in a hotel before returning to work on Friday. The kids were on spring break at Grandma's and Grandpa's in Scottsdale, so they deserve some thanks, too.)

Why would she do this endure so much on a week-night? I've wanted to run the wilderness section of the Verde for years. It's 35 miles of river without a road. 35 miles of canyons and saguaros. 35 miles of heaven on earth. More than 10 years of wondering what's down in that gorge left me expecting fern-draped waterfalls, wild young virgins, and trees loaded with filet mignon ripe for the pickin. She loves me. That's why she did it.

Childs river access has a hot spring, and that attracts all kinds of freaks. We spread out our sleeping bags to ACDC, dozed off to Jimmy Hendrix, and were awakened by techno-music and Chinese conservations. (????!) That died off and we fell back to sleep. Then I heard someone pull the rope on a chainsaw. Couldn't be. No-one would fire up a chainsaw in a campground at 1:00 AM. He pulled again and it fired-up. WTF. That dude must've been cold because he cut wood for a good 45 minutes. It sounded like a Husqvarna with a 24" bar, and I figured he was tweaking on meth, so I stayed in my sack.

The next morning, Jason cooked some eggs with peppers, onions & sausage, we loaded our boats and shoved off. It's worth mentioning that I had the biggest boat. I'm sure my boat endowment insinuates something, but their little Alpacka rafts are pretty cool. They only weigh 5 pounds so they can be packed into the back-country to otherwise inaccessible water. They're basically miniature whitewater rafts designed so your butt sits near the back and your feet are at the front. A velcro'd-on spray deck prevents the raft from swamping out in rapids.

I never spotted any wild virgins, nor did I pick any meat from a tree, but the Verde exceeded my expectations. Reality's like that. Dark clouds blew in that afternoon, and I cooked New-York-Strip over a campfire in wind and light rain. Steak out camping is hard to beat. Before that, we navigated a couple class-3 rapids. One was a narrow bend around a stick with a hole at the end. The other was a complete surprise. I nice pour-over into some rolling waves and into a hole...dropping about 12 feet in the process!

The next day I watched Carol drop into a nasty current with cat-tail hanging over the river on the right. The current went under the stalks, and she fought-like-hell to keep her paddle moving in spite of the vegetation. Screw that. I skirted the shallows and shot into the eddy on the left. After turning my boat back down-stream, Carol made an obvious "flipping" signal. I turned around to see Jason swimming. Now's the point where I mention that the Verde is fed by snow-melt from the San Francisco peaks around Flagstaff.

We camped one more night, and the last day was short. We made it to Sheep's bridge before noon and waited for Sandy to arrive. That's right! Not only did she drop us off, but she also drove more than 6 hours round-trip on Arizona dirt roads to pick us up on Sunday. I'm not sure how I'll repay her, but I'll think of something.
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Great little hike that leads to a 18 - 22ft cascading waterfall. Had the canyon to myself for the entire 3 hours I was there. As someone else posted, I found two different rock paintings on the same large rock that appear to have been there for a few years. Sat and cooked up lunch at the falls and relaxed for a while.
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