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Oct 23 2020
derpsquad
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31 male
 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Gila River Mainstem Loop, AZ 
Gila River Mainstem Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 23 2020
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Backpack42.00 Miles
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Day 1) Roughly 15 miles up the Gila River from the end of Turkey Creek road. Beautiful fall colors. Camped on the river near Sheep Spring Canyon

Day 2) Another 5 or so miles down the Gila then headed up Granny mtn trail to Miller cabin. Good elevation gain leaving the river and fantastic views of the valley and colors from above. Went down to Turkey Creek and hiked another 3 or so miles until we found water.

Day 3) Hiked down Turkey Creek to it's intersection with Skeleton canyon where we made camp. Definately my favoroite day - Turkey Creek is just beautiful. Decent trail conditions in here. Deteriorates a bit a mile before Corral spring cyn but nothing to crazy. Went up to soak in the hot spring for 3-4 hours.

Day 4) Down Turkey Creek to the truck.

Great fall trip! Gila never disappoints.
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May 01 2020
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31 male
 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Blue Range SE Loop, AZ 
Blue Range SE Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 01 2020
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Backpack45.00 Miles
Backpack45.00 Miles3 Days         
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Made the long drive to Horse Canyon TH on Thursday arriving around 9pm. The last 3-4 miles of the road are rough. I would recommend high clearance 4wd or at least AT tires on 2wd high clearance. XXX ranch is super cool. You can stay in it you want but we opted for tents.

Day 1:
Went up the Blue River for 10.6 miles. Pretty incredible hike with tons of birds some narrows and a very intact ranch in the middle of nowhere. There is a trail up to Little Dutch Blue (which leads to Hannah hot springs) after that it deteriorates. It's pretty easy going regardless, no serious bushwhacking. Started the ascent up Cow Flat trail. The first mile or so up Ladrone Canyon is a really pretty riparian area with flowing water and wild flowers everywhere. After that it is completely exposed until Bear Valley. Very hot and tough climb to do in the late afternoon. Good views though. It is clear that a lot of people camp at Bear Valley. It is very pretty but the amount of trash around was a little off putting.

Day 2:
Head down Little Blue in the morning. The first 3 miles are in the canyon with flowing water and good shade. This area reminds me a lot of Gila. You climb out of the canyon to get onto Alma mesa which has incredible views of the Blues. Would be very hot up here midday. Met up with Alma TH then took off up Winter trail. I could find zero information on this trail so we were definitely hoping for the best. It was actually very well maintained in most parts. Only lost it once or twice. This is very exposed as well. Another hot day climbing in and out of very interesting sandstone drainages. BEWARE - when you get to Winter Cabin Spring DO NOT take the trail up out of Auguer Creek (as indicated on the map) to Little Dutch Blue Trail. It is not there anymore. We spent 2 hours bushwhacking up that mountain just to go down the other side. Stay in Auger creek and you will meet up with the Little Dutch Blue Trail at Auguer Creek Spring. After that ordeal, we headed into the Dutch Canyon Narrows which were the highlight of the trip for me. Rolled into camp around 6pm at the confluence of Little Dutch Blue and Hannah Creek. Set up shop and went up to Hannah Hot Springs for a well needed night time soak. Its so hot! You really need to jump in and out of the creek to be able to handle it for long.

Day 3:
Headed down Little Dutch Blue to the Blue River then back to the vehicle.
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Apr 15 2020
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31 male
 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Gila Wilderness Loop, NM 
Gila Wilderness Loop, NM
 
Backpack avatar Apr 15 2020
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Backpack55.00 Miles
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Day 1: Granny Mtn 160 :next: Miller Springs 159 :next: Turkey Creek 155
Granny Mtn trl was beat up from rain and horses which made it tough to walk through but route finding was no problem. Lunch at Miller Cabin which is in great shape and locked up. Cool spring here too. Crossed over to Turkey Creek trl on Miller Springs trl. Headed up turkey for a mile or so and made camp on the creek.

Day 2: Turkey Creek 155 :next: Upper Mogollon Creek 177
Turkey creek was in great shape and so pretty with flowing water the whole way up. There are maybe 2 spots where the trail is washed out when you start climbing up out of the canyon - not too bad though. Mogollon creek was my favorite. There's no trail but it's easy moving through the canyon. Crazy being in a such a deep canyon at 8k feet. Water everywhere. Camped at the intersection of sycamore trail (signed as Turnbo canyon).

Day 3: Sycamore 158 :next: Turkey 155 :next: West fork 151 :next: Woodland park 164
Super cold morning heading up sycamore trail (Turnbo canyon). In good shape. Saw a bunch of Elk right when we got to Mckenna park. Mckenna park was gorgeous as per usual. Had lunch at White creek cabin then headed down the west fork to hells hole. The water was running crazy fast which made stream crossing a challenge. Not to mention it was ice cold. 2 crossing in a row and I couldn't feel my legs. Up out of west fork at Hells Hole to Woodland Park. Woodland park to Bear Canyon where we listened to frogs nonstop for 8 hours. It got to be a little much trying to sleep...

Day 4: Little bear 164 back to the truck.
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Feb 27 2020
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31 male
 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Tanner to Grandview GC, AZ 
Tanner to Grandview GC, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 27 2020
derpsquad
Backpack30.00 Miles 9,400 AEG
Backpack30.00 Miles5 Days         
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Day 1: Tanner to Cardenas Creek
Ice down Tanner for the first mile. Good thing we all had microspikes. Super steep trail with beautiful views all the way down to the river. Pretty good campsites at Tanner beach and a vault toilet. We filled water and pushed on to the beach at Cardenas creek for the night. Could definitely see running into a large river trip here but there is a lot of room.

Day 2: Cardenas Creek
Chilled at the beach all day. I have to give a shout out to Water Wizard flocculant. Just a few drops from an eye dropper bottle flocculates all the silt in under 5 minutes. Much easier than alum. Saw two small rafting trips float by. Two guys hopped out and gave us beer which was awesome.

Day 3: Escalante Route, Cardenas to Hance Rapids
What an adventure this trail is. Every corner provides a different perspective of the Colorado. Highlight of the trip for sure. Seventy-five mile canyon was pretty special. The Papago Wall and Slide aren't that bad at all.

Day 4: Tonto Trail, Hance Rapids to Hance Creek
Pretty decent elevation gain but nothing too crazy. Good views from the Tonto plateau. Hance creek is a special place to camp with clear, running water. I could see it being popular when in season. Up to now, we only saw a solo hiker and a group of three.

Day 5: Hance Creek to Grandview
This is quite the climb but you are rewarded with excellent views of the canyon the whole way up. About a mile from the TH we started to run into a few people.

Overall, I was surprised by the solitude - is it always like this in the winter? Can't wait to explore more of the GC - anyone have some more routes they could recommend?
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Feb 15 2020
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31 male
 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Box & Martinez Canyon 4x4, AZ 
Box & Martinez Canyon 4x4, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Feb 15 2020
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Drove in on Cottonwood Canyon and made our first stop at Ajax mine. Took an unnamed road to check out Myers and Herring mine in Box Canyon. Box Canyon rd to Martinez Canyon rd. Hiked to Martinez mine and looped around Columbia and Silverbell mine (linked guide). Camped in a super cool spot off Martinez canyon rd.

Drove out Box Canyon rd to Price Rd and back to Florence.

Pretty crowded area on the weekends but there's so much to explore. Easy to get away from the crowds if you stay away from the hot spots or hike.
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Feb 01 2020
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31 male
 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Supes Ridgeline Loop, AZ 
Supes Ridgeline Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 01 2020
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Backpack25.00 Miles 4,480 AEG
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Started up to the Ridgeline from Carney Springs TH. Major elevation gain for the first 3 miles. Ridgeline trail to Flatiron is in good shape and easy to follow. There a 3 technical spots with a little climbing but nothing too crazy. Spectacular views the entire time.

Dropped down to Massacre Falls on a super steep and sketchy use trail. Cairns generally keep you on the right track but many are superfluous and some are poorly placed. Took an off trail route over to Peralta Trail which was quite the bushwhack but I suppose that was expected. Dutchman Trail to East Boulder Canyon for the night - love spending the night in this little canyon.

Peralta trail out in the morning and some road walking back to the truck.

Water: First Water Creek - flowing, O' Grady Canyon - flowing, East Boulder Canyon - flowing , Peralta Canyon - small pools
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Jan 18 2020
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31 male
 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Cottonwood Mountain Trail #66 - Santa TeresasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 18 2020
derpsquad
Backpack15.00 Miles 2,297 AEG
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There's a few good campsites on 677 if you like to sleep near the TH the night before. You'll need a 4x4 for the last mile or so.

Overnight into the Santa Teresas. Good trail conditions up Cottonwood Mountain. Some route finding over to the peak but nothing too crazy. Beautiful 360 views up top! 2-8" of patchy snow above 6k' on the Eastern slopes made route finding a little tough making our way towards Fourmile Spring. Awesome pine area with a couple gushing waterfalls.

Just before Fourmile Spring to just before the decent to Kane Spring the trail is completely overgrown with Manzanita. It's easy to follow but be prepared to be pushing through bushes for a couple miles. Decent to Kane Spring is pretty easy going, just watch out for some tricky switchbacks.

Kane Spring would be a great place to camp if it were not completely destroyed by cattle activity. There was 20+ cows when we got there. We were forced to sleep in a uncomfortable spot but it wasn't covered in feces so a win there I guess. Back out the way we came in the next day.

Use the Grand Enchantment #8 GPS route - it's dead on. The Official Route in the Guide is not accurate.
Flowing water in every drainage this time of year. Kane Spring is dry.
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Nov 16 2019
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31 male
 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Redfield Canyon, AZ 
Redfield Canyon, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 16 2019
derpsquad
Backpack12.00 Miles
Backpack12.00 Miles2 Days         
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Friday: Car camped at Jackson Cabin. Cool spot, beautiful drive.

Saturday: Hiked down Jackson Canyon to Redfield Canyon and took Redfield Canyon to Swamp Springs Canyon where we set up camp. Redfield is slow moving, all off trail but extremely pretty - good fall colors. Tons of water in Redfield starting around Sycamore Canyon down. Two kind of sketchy scrambles but nothing the dog couldn't handle. Day hiked to Hope Jones Cabin which is super cool just wish we could have seen it before the vandalism.

Sunday: Hiked out Redfield the way we came in.
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Sep 20 2019
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31 male
 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Gila Wilderness Loop, NM 
Gila Wilderness Loop, NM
 
Backpack avatar Sep 20 2019
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Backpack60.00 Miles
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Day 1

Started at Woody's Corral and headed up Granny Mtn 160 which is quite exposed but has excellent views looking South into the Gila. Once on Little Creek 161, the ponderosas come out and provide shade through the whole canyon. Tons of wildflowers and knee high bright green grass from the recent monsoons. It's an relaxing, level, and beautiful stroll. Intermittent water through Litte Creek. We set up camp at a great site near the spring at the intersection of Turkey Creek 155 and Little Creek 161 and hiked up to Granite peak which has fantastic 360 views of the wilderness.

Day 2

Started up Turkey Creek 155 which was flowing pretty good until the climb over the Diablo Mtns. Great views on top of the Diablos. McKenna Park is like walking through a fairy tale. Pretty hard not to have a smile plastered across your face for 7 miles with wildflowers up to our waist, wide open meadows, and old growth ponderosas providing shade through the entire park. What a beautiful place. Dropped into West Fork at the White Creek Administrative Site and had lunch next to the river. About a dozen switchbacks later on Trotter 30 and we were out of the canyon up on the mesa. Lilley Park was another highlight and definitely worth a visit. Water at Lilley Park spring. Planned on camping off Chicken Coop 29 but the creek was dry so we pressed onto Prior Cabin which typically has reliable water (it did). Saw a herd of 20+ Elk in Chicken Coop.

Day 3

After about 3 miles on Prior Creek 156 some pretty incredible views of the middle fork emerge which are worth a moment of reflection. This is shortly followed by a steep drop down to Middle Fork 157. After all the monsoon rains the canyon was blooming with life (more than usual). We strolled down to Jordan Hot Springs and soaked for hours. Awesome place to camp especially after a couple of big days.

Day 4

Continued down the beautiful Middle Fork 157 which had some recent trail work to Little Bear 729 which turns into a pretty cool slot canyon. Back to the truck before noon and off to Tucson.
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May 24 2019
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 Joined Sep 09 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area TrailsSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Backpack avatar May 24 2019
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Backpack45.00 Miles
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FR 150 (Star Road) is decently graded and any high clearance could make it. A sedan if your willing to take a little bit of beating. Parked the truck at Diamond Creek 40 Trailhead and walked the road south down to South Diamond Creek Trail 68 where we began our hike.

68 was intermittent to non-existent for the first 7 miles up until it's intersection with Meown trail 707. However, route finding was simple by following near the creek through an open field of knee high grass and large ponderosas. There is no water until about a mile from the intersection with 707.

At the intersection with 707 we continued east down 68. The trail is well maintained through here and is a stroll crossing the now flowing creek dozens of times. There are tons of beautiful meadows with ample camping opportunities, however, established campsites are rare. You can tell this area rarely sees people. Lots of elk sightings through here. We camped at the intersection with Burnt Canyon 69 at a nice established campsite with water nearby. We took a planned zero the next day to enjoy the scenery, catch up with old friends, and drink whiskey.

Despite the burn, 69 is in great shape and has water flowing throughout. We chugged water and filled up before leaving the canyon as we knew we would not see water on the Black Range Crest 74. It's a steady climb out of the canyon but the views at the top make it all worth while. Diamond peak has incredible views of the surrounding ranges but really the entire time on 74 is jaw-dropping. We stopped for lunch just south of Fisherman Canyon just as some intermittent hail and strong winds started rolling through. The plan was to camp near Chloride creek just off 74 but someone on the team sprained their ankle so we made some adjustments to the trip. We took everything out of her bag, taped her up, gave her a heavy dose of vitamin I, and lent her some poles. We went down Fisherman Canyon which was in good shape and gorgeous to Diamond Creek 40. 40 is pretty tight with ample creek crossings up until its intersection with Caledonia 42. Again, established campsites are pretty much non-existent through here. We camped in a massive open meadow about 2 miles west of 42. Water the whole way down 40 up until Caves Well and the trail is in good shape. Despite the views on 74, this canyon was the highlight of the trip for me.

Short hike down 40 to Caves Well where we would camp our last night. Beautiful old cowboy camp with water nearby.

Another short hike back to the truck, fixed a slow leak in a tire, and headed out for the 6hr drive back to Tucson. Incredible area with so much wildlife and only saw two folks the whole time on the CDT which hits 74. If you're looking for solitude, Aldo Leopold has plenty of it.

Resources:
http://www.simblissity.net/get_route_description.shtml (segment 23 and 24)
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 587323.pdf
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