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Aug 16 2020
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Carr PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2020
Timknorr
Hiking5.95 Miles 2,513 AEG
Hiking5.95 Miles
2,513 ft AEG
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First time up that gravel "road" into the Huachucas. We left for Carr peak around 9am. Its a climb but not overly difficult. Almost stepped on a Black-Tailed rattle snake. Used my GoPro selfie stick to get some close up shots. We noticed a fire near Ramsey Peak. Hopefully the rains which quench that fire.
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Jul 17 2020
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Temporal Gulch Trail #595Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2020
Timknorr
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,369 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.82 mph
2,369 ft AEG
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After seeing @Gummo 's photoset of his Temporal Gulch adventure I knew I had to check it out. I started at about 5:30am at Madera Canyon with the plan of going up the Old Baldy Trail to Josephine Saddle and then down the Temporal Gulch Trail for about 2 miles. About 20 minutes into the hike I heard the unmistakable call of the Elegant Trogon. About 10 minutes later I lucked out and the guy flew into view and perched on a dead stump about 50ft away. Just close enough to get a super pixilated iPhone pic for proof. I heard two more further up the trail, just before the landscape turns to pine forest, but they were further up the mountain side and hidden from view.

I hit my 5 mile mark just shy of 3 hours into my hike, right at the part where the trail winds around the south western slope of Josephine Peak. I wish I could have kept going, but I was due back in phoenix by 1:30pm. I turned around and headed back. Heard some thunder on the way back, but it looked like any rain would wait until the afternoon.
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Josephine Saddle

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Spring was full with a steady drip flowing into the tank.
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Jun 21 2020
Timknorr
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 Photos 730
 Triplogs 26

34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2020
Timknorr
Hiking10.40 Miles 4,043 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles
4,043 ft AEG
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It had been a few years since I had trekked up Old Baldy. Somehow it seemed easier than previous times, probably because we hit the trail at 6:30am and were in the shade almost the entire way up to the saddle. Its was very smokey with Lemmon on fire and winds blowing south.
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HAZ - Selfie
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Aug 31 2019
Timknorr
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 Photos 730
 Triplogs 26

34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 31 2019
Timknorr
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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The Creek was really flowing from rains the night before. It looked like flowing hot chocolate. The current was also more powerful than usual. With the muddy water we were unable to filter our water. If anyone has advice on how to filter muddy water please let me know. We were going to push on and had enough water for one night, but around 1pm we were woken from our midday nap with the sound of thunder. That was the nail in the coffin. Good thing too because a few hours after we left we watched a massive front roll right over the canyon and the NWS issue hail warnings for Aravaipa wilderness. I hope the other 3 groups who passed our camps survived the storm.
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Dec 22 2016
Timknorr
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 Triplogs 26

34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino DamTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2016
Timknorr
Hiking3.00 Miles 10 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
10 ft AEG
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Went out to Sabino Canyon after a night of rain. Completely worth it! So much water flowing through the canyon. The crossing to Bear Canyon was unpassable with the amount of water cascading across the bridge. It was awesome!
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Nov 11 2016
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass THSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2016
Timknorr
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,136 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,136 ft AEG
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After many attempts to obtain permits, my name was finally selected by the BLM lottery. It turned out to be the perfect day and time of year. The hike is not marked but the wayfinding is pretty straight forward. Lots of sand to trek through, I can see why they don't recommend doing this in the summer. The wait was completely worth it. The rock formations are something so alien you are constantly in awe. I can not recommend this hike enough!
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Common Raven
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Mar 21 2015
Timknorr
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 Photos 730
 Triplogs 26

34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2015
Timknorr
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
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Started at the Gateway Center and hiked up to Tom's Thumb. It was pretty crowded until you pass the Gateway loop turnoff. There were not a lot of people on the way up or on the way back but there was probably around 20 people hanging around Tom's Thumb. Its a great hike with some good views from the top. I saw few small lizards, a male cardinal, and some white tail deer.
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Mar 20 2015
Timknorr
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 Photos 730
 Triplogs 26

34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Mormon Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2015
Timknorr
Hiking4.00 Miles 754 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.60 mph
754 ft AEG
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Took my first hike this year in the South Mountains. Went up the Mormon trail then around Hidden Valley. It was a busy day on the trail and the parking lot was full by the time I headed back down around 10am. No Lizards or snakes, a few woodpeckers were out and some chipmunks. Overall a very pleasant hike.
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Sep 21 2014
Timknorr
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 Triplogs 26

34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino Canyon Trail #23Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2014
Timknorr
Hiking2.65 Miles 859 AEG
Hiking2.65 Miles
859 ft AEG
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Went on a hike to Sabino Canyon during a visit to Tucson. It was sunny day after some of the heavy mid-July rains. The water level was high enough that my friends and I went swimming in some pools and by the dam. Lots of people out and about with all the rainfall. Nearly stepped on a Tiger Rattlesnake, found a desert tortoise (my first spotting at Sabino) and some other interesting fauna. The canyon was perfect.
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Sep 06 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Papago Buttes - Papago ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2014
Timknorr
Hiking4.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
100 ft AEG
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I decided to head out to the Papago Buttes to watch the Haboob come in. It was a neat experience to see it slowly swallow up Phoenix. I left the top of the butte and headed down a little too late, the sky was already orange and dusty by the time I reached my car. Overall awesome experience.
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Papago Park
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Haboob
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Aug 24 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Papago Buttes - Papago ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2014
Timknorr
Hiking4.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
100 ft AEG
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I haven't been able to get out and do a lot of hiking lately, so I figured why not spend the evening scrambling around Papago Park. I was rewarded with a pair of beautiful owls who watched observantly as I risked my life scrambling up the side of a sheer face to get that perfect picture. It was definitely worth it. I wonder if these are the same guys some of you other HAZ phoenicians have been spotting?
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Sunset
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Aug 16 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Ventana Canyon Trail #98Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2014
Timknorr
Hiking5.25 Miles 3,452 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles
3,452 ft AEG
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I was visiting Tucson and my friend and I decided to check out Ventana Canyon. It had rained the previous night but apparently not in the frontal range of the Catalinas as the Canyon had no sign of water....very unfortunate. The canyon was look very green from the monsoon rains and we only passes a few hikers. Overall it wasn't the best experience, but hey, not every hike can be amazing.
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Jul 16 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2014
Timknorr
Hiking4.40 Miles 838 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
838 ft AEG
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Recently I moved from Tucson to Phoenix to begin teaching 3rd grade in the Creighton district. This was the welcome to Phoenix hike I threw for myself, and surprisingly it ended up being much better than expected. Of course I am one to judge a hike more by the amount of fauna I discover along the way, than the vistas or terrain. With that said I was expecting some whiptails and the occasional dove but to my amazement I ended up seeing tons of lizards with colors and patterns I'd never seen in Tucson, I nearly stepped on a desert tortoise, and I finished the hike slightly happier about the fact that I had to leave Sabino Canyon and the Catalinas behind. I know I will miss the complexity of the sky islands, but am excited for this new chapter in my life.

If anyone has any recommendations for the phoenix area I'd greatly appreciate it. I'd prefer wildlife and seclusion on my hikes, but am not opposed to a good summit or breath taking vista.
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Jul 04 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino Canyon RoadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2014
Timknorr
Hiking7.40 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles
800 ft AEG
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What is more American than our wonderful preserved wilderness? So for the 4th of July my buddy Ezra and I hiked around Sabino Canyon looking for wildlife and secretly hoping for some flash floods. We started out hiking towards Bear canyon then cut over to the dam. From there we hiked on the eastern side of Sabino creek. There we found a Tiger rattlesnake just of the path and tons of Earless lizards. After connecting with Sabino we found a pond where there was at least 16 Sonoran Toads...most of which were mating. Near this pond we discovered our 2nd Tiger rattlesnake. We then followed the road back to the visitor center. Crossing the road near Tram stop #1 was a Western Diamond back. There were a few other people observing. It is a pretty awesome sight.

Beautiful sunset with a rainbow to the east. Only a few drops of rain and some thunder (although that could have been the echoes of fireworks). What a great way to spend the holiday!

To fully appreciate the photoset you should look at the pictures in their original size.
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Rainbow Sunset
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Jun 22 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino DamTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2014
Timknorr
Hiking3.00 Miles 10 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
10 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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After the US conceded a last minute goal, diminishing any hope of automatically qualifying for the round of 16 at the World Cup....I needed to get out. I've been wanting to go walk the Sabino road and hike near the dam area at night for a while. With the current drought I knew I'd be hard pressed to find any signs of life.

I didn't actually find the first rattle snake of the evening. A young boy on his biked yelled out "Rattle Snake!" His mom probably jumped about 2 feet in the air. I naturally ran over to see what kind/size. It was a beautiful Western Diamondback who was not paying any of us the slightest bit of attention. He gave a few quick rattles as he slithered down the embankment. I followed a good distance back and captured a few good pictures as he slithered on. I didn't find the 2nd rattle snake either. I met a German snake enthusiast who was excitedly snapping away at a bush. I knew he must have found something and introduced myself. He had found a Tiger Rattlesnake curled up behind a rock. I mentioned that I was out looking for wildlife. Immediately he invited me to join him in finding more snakes. He was vacationing in Tucson to photograph and observe rattle snakes. I learned so much as we talked throughout the hike. I finally found another Tiger who was curled up on a rock. He did not rattle once as we approached and began taking photographs.

Unfortunately we did not find another snake that evening.
Overall, it was a great hike with some great finds.
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May 31 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2014
Timknorr
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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I was in Phoenix visiting my GF, so I decided to get up early and hike Camelback. Erin came with. We hit the trail head around 7:30 and it was already in the high 80s. Because its saturday the trail was super packed with the whole spectrum of hikers. Military guys charging up the hill to small children with worried moms. I'm used to the lonely treks through the Catalinas, and not navigating crowded trails. We made decent time and reached the summit in about 45minutes. It was probably in the mid 90s by the time we hit the top. We took some pictures and headed back down.

Tons of Chuckwallas were out. I also saw a chipmunk and some kind of snake...most likely a gopher.

Overall it was a good climb to the summit, but too crowded.
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May 27 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Box Camp Trail #22Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2014
Timknorr
Hiking6.10 Miles 4,314 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles
4,314 ft AEG
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I revisited the vista above box camp trail with my buddy Ezra. Breathtaking views of so many of the Tucson area mountain ranges. We hiked up to the top of the vista and ate lunch, snapped some photos, then grudgingly returned to the car. The views are simply majestic.
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Claret Cup Cactus
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Flying Knorr X
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Cathedral Rock
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May 25 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Box Spring Trail #22ATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2014
Timknorr
Hiking0.80 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles
900 ft AEG
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Feeling adventurous and with the temperatures in Tucson soaring into the high 90s, I ventured to Box Canyon near the top of Mt. Lemmon. I had been reading some triplogs about Brinkley point and the Box spring 22A trail and decided I would try and explore the area.

Due to high winds and the condition of the trail that leads to box spring I abandoned my attempt to visit the spring or drop down into Upper Sabino Canyon. I also was rethinking my bushwack to Brinkly Point. There are too many dead trees and with no hiking partner the risks were just not worth it.

On my way back to the parking lot I decided I would venture off the trail and check out the top of some unmarked peak above box camp trail. The decision paid off as this high point yields an amazing vista that includes the Rincons, Santa Ritas, Tucson mountains, and distant silhouettes of the Baboquivari mountains. The peak looks down Upper Sabino Canyon and Cathedral rock dominates the view West. To your North West are the steep southern slopes of Mt. Lemmon.

It was a fantastic vista and only about a mile from the trail head.
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Feb 22 2014
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Ventana Canyon Trail #98Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2014
Timknorr
Hiking5.25 Miles 3,452 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles
3,452 ft AEG
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Decided it would be a beautiful day for a hike up Ventana canyon. I biked to the trailhead and then started up. I decided I would go past the pools to the tree line about 4 miles up the trail. The first two miles was pretty crowded with a variety of hikers. I saw a couple bright red cardinals in the riparian areas (or maybe it was just the same guy). He was singing quite loud which made him easier to spot.

Once I made it too the pools I didn't see anyone around. I hiked around to the right and looked over the edge down the falls to the pool below. Water level was pretty low, probably due to the lack of rain and snow this winter.

I continued up the trail about another mile and a half and saw many lizards, butterflies (including a couple of swallowtails), and a few other insects. A nice breeze helped make it the perfect day. On the way back I passed a guy who had a camp site set up past the pools. I heard him first and thought maybe it was a bighorn sheep.

Overall a great day! :D
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Nov 09 2013
Timknorr
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34 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Seven CataractsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 09 2013
Timknorr
Canyoneering2.50 Miles 600 AEG
Canyoneering2.50 Miles   5 Hrs      0.50 mph
600 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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This a fantastic series of rappels down some sheer waterfalls. All the anchors were in good condition and it was nice that there was only a trickle of water. I would imagine there being a lot more difficulty when there is a solid flow of water down the canyon.

We started at Windy Vista and hiked out past the bathrooms along the ridge following some social trails. We then bushwhacked straight down the north slop until we reached willow canyon. and followed this along until the first rappel.

Some people I've read choose the first two rappels as one, but there are a lot of boulders and trees to snag your rope, so we found it worth the extra few minutes to do this stage as two rappels. The second anchor is between the canyon and a boulder. Its a little slippery even with a trickle of water. We then did the next three rappels with the last one being the big one which seems to go straight down into that big pool (which you can see from the seven cataracts vista off the highway) We are able to scramble along the wall and avoid getting wet.

Overall this is a fantastic trip and was fairly easy with a lack of water. I recommend you try this during one of Tucson's droughts as you will avoid getting wet and slipping on your decent.

After the 5th rappel, to the east of the pool is a visible trail. Follow that along until it dips you into bear canyon and then from there its a scramble up to the highway. This was probably the most difficult part of the day.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to do a little "off-trail" canyoneering.
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Very light trickle of water from pool to pool.
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