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Sep 18 2019
MountainMatt
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 Guides 3
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 Photos 2,714
 Triplogs 435

27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Calf Pen Canyon Rim, AZ 
Calf Pen Canyon Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking4.33 Miles 957 AEG
Hiking4.33 Miles
957 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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Quick little stroll exploring the southern rim of this massive, beautiful and rugged canyon.
Came across two bulls within forty yards before they trotted away, them and many other bulls spent the evening screaming and bugling which is always a treat to experience this time of year.
Hiked down to a sweet little cliff overlook and watched the setting sun glow and dance off the near vertical southern walls of “The Pocket”.
Bear and panther scat all around as it is prime country for them but no visual sightings.
Made it back to the truck just after dark and even threw on a long sleeve shirt with refreshingly crisp fall air abound.
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Sep 13 2019
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Unit 4A Elk Hunt, AZ 
Unit 4A Elk Hunt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking5.61 Miles 548 AEG
Hiking5.61 Miles
548 ft AEG65 LBS Pack
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Came out to the middle portion of the unit to help a friend out with a cow elk hunt and a good excuse to hike around an area I’ve always wanted to check out.
He successfully harvested his animal by around 6:30am, I arrived shortly after and helped him load it in the truck after he gutted it as instead of field butchering he took it to his game processor back in town.
After that I made a nice loop hike throughout the countless overgrown draws and drainages which were very arid and dry which makes the nearby water tanks and big canyons great congregating area for all types of animals.
Found a nice little old deadhead underneath some small dead pines and soon afterwards a solid horn followed by a live bull and a few cow elk and calfs that scurried away.
Days are still a tad warm but the mornings and evenings have the invigorating crisp cool air of Autumn up here in the high country.
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Sep 06 2019
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Chavez Pass, AZ 
Chavez Pass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking4.84 Miles 884 AEG
Hiking4.84 Miles
884 ft AEG50 LBS Pack
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Finally made the trip out to this awesome section of land and site after many hikes in the nearby Jacks Canyon area.
The drive itself was half the adventure as it was all new country for me and the wide open expanse of mass amounts of land was a breath of fresh air.
Parked at the old US Agriculture sign for the ruins and made my way up the gentle hilltop and explored around for awhile in the exposed sun.
The biggest surprise of the day was not the sheer amount of pottery or petroglyphs but rather the most random amount of healthy flowing water in Chavez Pass!
I’m still trying to figure if it was from record snowmelt or just one of the richest wells and aquifers I’ve ever encountered as the only thing feeding the particular drainage that resembled a healthy creek is a small game tank up above.
This is the first time out of all the ancient Indian Ruins I’ve visited where a present day reliable water source was within a true easy reach/walk, other than that I’m always perplexed and amazed on how these civilization had access to water without long travel or a rough rugged trek down and up some god forsaken canyon.
My grandparents informed me that the Chavez Pass area and the roads around it were used in bush plane drug smuggling operations back in the 1980’s which just added to the mystique of visiting this already appealing historic area.
One of many trips to come for this region as there is just way too much to see and discover out there.
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Old Rusty Stuff
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Sep 06 2019
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Strawberry/Hardscrabble/PC Rim, AZ 
Strawberry/Hardscrabble/PC Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking13.72 Miles 3,073 AEG
Hiking13.72 Miles
3,073 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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A few quick post work evening hikes conveniently combined into one triplog with the intention to spark a creative and doable day hike loop idea of the area.

S-Berry Mountain has solid cliffs, alcoves and caves along the east, signs of the ancients along the southern foothills and has many easy points of summit entry from the west and north.
Hardscrabble Mesa holds solid amounts of wildlife year round and practically endless amounts of exploratory opportunities as the land is vast and options are endless.
And last but certainly not least the Pine Creek Canyon Rim is tough to access for the good portions of it but the views and discoveries are more than well worth the price of admission.
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Aug 31 2019
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Tonto Natural BridgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking50.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
Hiking50.00 Miles
10,000 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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I’ve been meaning to finish a few descriptions for the three remaining “trails” at TNB but none of them are even truly worthy of a legitmate HAZ description and can be simply and more efficiently summarized in one triplog.

Ana Mae Trail
A quick and easy 500ft long dirt switchback trail that leads down to the canyon bottom and connects with Pine Creek Trail which at the point becomes an easy undevolped boulder hop either downstream towards the natural bridge or upstream to the start of the PC TH.

Waterfall Trail
Short steep railroad tie stair path leading down to a dead end metal platform surrounded by rich amounts of lush green vegetation, natural spring water and caves that overlook Pine Creek from above.

Gowan Trail
At almost a 1/2 mile and a decent little drop it’s the only route besides Pine Creek worthy of the name “trail” at TNB.
Typically this is the easiest way underneath the natural bridge but with the observation deck being closed the only attraction down Gowan besides the scenery and the grove of giant old growth Arizona Cypress at the bottom is the best legal swimming pool in park.
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Perennial flow and big pools make this particular slice of Pine Creek a true gem!
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Aug 30 2019
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking6.22 Miles 543 AEG
Hiking6.22 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   1.76 mph
543 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break55 LBS Pack
 
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A return back to an area I had some good luck with and found rather pleasant.
Without shade the sun is brutal out here but fortunately a half hour into our hike the nearby monsoon storm clouds blocked out the sun entirely for the majority of the afternoon.
Never figured I’d to run into anything spectacular in terms or ruins or lithics in this specific spot as I feel and know the bulk of it is located north towards the Chavez Pass region and so forth but I did finally find small amounts of pottery sherds and other bits of worked stone.
Very quiet area out here and even though there is truly endless amounts of cedar flats to walk I’m always eagerly wondering what’s around the next opening or patch of trees.
Great walk and leg stretcher in the woods.
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Aug 27 2019
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Maverick Canyon - Merritt Draw LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking5.66 Miles 946 AEG
Hiking5.66 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.99 mph
946 ft AEG      34 Mns Break45 LBS Pack
 
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Quick little late afternoon exploration in a slightly different part of good Ol’ Maverick.
I’ve hiked all in and around the Merrit/Maverick area over the years and have always came across something of interest whether it be wildlife or water.
Made a retreat back to the truck when I first started due to uncomfortably close lightning strikes but after it dispersed it was perfect hiking weather.
On the way out of the canyon around 7pm I encountered a very healthy lone coyote that still has me questioning whether it could have been a rare Mexican Gray Wolf as the face was so much larger and rounded off than the typical yotes I always see.
Although unlikely it’s not impossible as I have a friend with crystal clear game trail photos of a wolf near Heber and I’ve heard of various reports of them throughout the rim and as far west as the Miller Canyon area.
I just saw some old photos of the high country jaguars taken by hunter Terry Penrod back in the 1960’s near Big Lake along with a few other cats on the Fort Apache Reservation which just gives fuel to my imagination that there could be a wolf or two out roaming the woods of Rim Country.

And not to forget the very real “Mogollon Monster” ;)
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No real flow besides in a few spots but plenty of great pools for drinking.
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Aug 24 2019
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
WCC Rim Walk, AZ 
WCC Rim Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking6.34 Miles 728 AEG
Hiking6.34 Miles
728 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Little afternoon stroll with a friend starting near Calloway Butte to explore the vast amounts of land around the WCC Rim.
We both split up and I immediately headed north for a particular ridge and he did more of an east and west hike while we communicated on our radios.
I bumped a couple bull elk that I was fortunate to get a glimpse of as they ran away with big fresh hard horns that appeared to be shed of all their summer velvet.
So many little sub draws, canyons and nooks to explore so I attempted to grid and cover as much areas as possible.
As I was in blue hot sunny skies my friend two miles south was in the heart of a dark random passing storm and got a solid dose of short lived rain along with closeby lightnining.
On my way back I came across three coues bucks with two of them being absolute studs sporting solid velvet racks, still growing might I add which is always cool to see.
Nothing particularly amazing but as always a great and blessed time out in the woods.
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Aug 22 2019
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Fred-General-Turkey, AZ 
Fred-General-Turkey, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking4.54 Miles 849 AEG
Hiking4.54 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   1.97 mph
849 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Quick little evening stroll in a very familiar area taking a different path.
General Springs Canyon below the Fred Haught confluence was the highlight of the day with big pools and scenic stretches.
Bounced up to Turkey Pen Ridge to check out the land and was greeted with great views and prefect cell service which can be tough once back in these random spots unless of course you find a solid high point.
No wildlife but as usual no people and just nothing but peace and quiet in the high country.
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Aug 21 2019
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
WCC Ruins, AZ 
WCC Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking9.34 Miles 1,145 AEG
Hiking9.34 Miles
1,145 ft AEG65 LBS Pack
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Left the dog at home, packed extra water and braved the heat all day exploring an area I’ve been really wanting to dive into ever since my grandparents told me old stories about the land.
Came across three coues deer fawns and a doe early into the hike which is always a spectacle to see since the young deer are no bigger than a small dog, real life “Bambi”.
Made it the target area after a lot of zig zag meandering and hiked the sweet ridge that led up to the unique flat pennisula overlooking the canyon.
Sure enough when up top I was greeted with the awesome sight of about eight separate rock wall rooms, most of which were completely dilapidated to the point only the perimeter is visible but one still had walls nearly four feet high.
On the way back I bumped a herd of elk that I only caught a glimpse of, shortly after that spooked a solid bull that ran off and just moments after that walked up on a sweet bull deadhead that was the icing on the already great day in the backcountry!
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Aug 16 2019
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Sacred Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Sacred Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking
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Extensive research and a solid trial and error scouting trip finally led to a sacred seldom seen site that has been on my mind for many years.
We camped relatively nearby the night before to get a early start knowing heat would be a factor as a lot of the hike is exposed both in terms of lack of shade and the many precipices.
After a fun and spicy off trail excursion we caught sight of the majestic dwelling and from there on out I was in complete shock and awe as out of all the sites I’ve been to this may be the most incredible for many different reasons from location, preservation, etc..
On our way out of the canyon I unknowingly walked by a rattlesnake, Beth came second and got the warning rattle on a thin ledge with a sheer drop on one side and the snake and cacti on the other but thankfully no harm was done.
A true fulfilling experience having the privilege to witness such an amazing place so we celebrated by eating four year old Bessie the grass fed Verde Valley cow that happened to be the special burger at “That Brewery” Friday night.
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Aug 15 2019
MountainMatt
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27 male
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 Arizona
East Clear Creek, AZ 
East Clear Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking4.68 Miles 966 AEG
Hiking4.68 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.59 mph
966 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break45 LBS Pack
 
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Another easy ECC exploration utilizing another random but specific ridge entry in and out of the canyon with some friends and our dogs.
Out of all the summer trips there this year this particular stretch of creek is hands down my favorite so far.
Football field size swimming pools, sandy beaches and dense greenery were the theme of the day.
I have always been interested in this unique cove on the west side of the creek and finally made it there and walked around the lone pinnacle of rock and came across a couple old camps sites and numerous intriguing caves and alcoves up above that I did not check out.
With no cloud cover days have been toasty and arid feeling as ever up in Rim Country so we waited until the sun dropped over the ridge around 5:30pm to make our way out of the canyon.
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Aug 09 2019
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 Arizona
Victorine Crossing #101Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking3.25 Miles 736 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   1.32 mph
736 ft AEG      59 Mns Break45 LBS Pack
 
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A fun and easy little afternoon reuniting with an old friend and our pups to relax and enjoy a mellow but satisfying hike.
Overcast all day turned into a little bit of rainfall but other than that it was just cloud cover and sprinkles.
Very nice to see the healthy perennial pools in this section of Leonard, as with many of these Mogollon canyons don’t knock them until you hike them, as they may lack any visible surface water for miles but then you turn a bend and all of a sudden you have an aquatic paradise with fifty yard long pools with lightly flowing water in between.
The dogs loved the easy terrain as did we and enjoyed the well groomed trail on our way down and made a slight off trail detour on the way up for additional views and finds.
Capped off with a solid dinner at Pine Deli since OCI is far too busy with flatlanders on the weekend to even attempt going to these days.
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Aug 08 2019
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking9.54 Miles 1,070 AEG
Hiking9.54 Miles
1,070 ft AEG55 LBS Pack
 
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A hot shadeless day of exploring the massive amounts of pristine wildlife land in and around Jacks Canyon.
Started a few miles north of the dry Dogie Tank and hiked around as much as I could but had to keep taking breaks for my dog to cool off as it was just airidly warm with not a lick of water to cool off in.
Lots of natural roofs and alcoves line the crest of the canyons edge making for all sorts of eye catching little areas to explore.
Still a few spots I want to check out in this area but after that I would love to head further downstream near the Chavez Pass region as I feel like there is a lot of interesting things to be discovered around there.
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Aug 05 2019
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 Arizona
Oak Spring Trail #16Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking4.41 Miles 388 AEG
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388 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Quick little rainy day evening stroll originally hoping to harvest some berries but other than a handful of goods the local thicket surprisingly doesn’t seem like it will produce any fruit this year.
Made our way to one of our favorite “ponds” and found some cool stuff along the way and was treated with a pink pastel sunset on the way out with a little bit of sprinkling rain.

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Aug 02 2019
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 Arizona
Horse Crossing Trail #20 - East AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking4.22 Miles 812 AEG
Hiking4.22 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   1.36 mph
812 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break45 LBS Pack
 
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A nice and easy day with a friend and the pups enjoying a groomed trail and exploring another new stretch of ECC.
Once down in the canyon the trail pretty much disappears due to the incredibly dense green vegetation and abundance of water which made walking directly in the creek itself the best method of travel.
Had to take cover in a Coconino sandstone alcove to take refuge from the storm, nothing crazy just a solid half hour of decent precipitation with nearby lightning.
Instead of the out and back we proceeded to a nice horseshoe bend with a sweet ridge that looked doable on topo, quick scan with the binos and the top cliff band made me leery but a nice game path easily weaved through all of it and we were back on top in a jiffy.
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Jul 25 2019
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27 male
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 Arizona
Wilbur CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking8.08 Miles 912 AEG
Hiking8.08 Miles
912 ft AEG55 LBS Pack
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Fun afternoon in some new-ish country and as usual complete solitude.
Dropped inside Wilbur from the east came out the west and looped around back to my truck.
Going to be spending a lot more time out here in the near future without a doubt, lots of “project hikes” in mind.

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Jul 24 2019
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 Arizona
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking9.38 Miles 1,011 AEG
Hiking9.38 Miles
1,011 ft AEG55 LBS Pack
 
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Although the typed directions for the climbers paradise is correct, the “Google Drive” is set on a two track off of FR 9731 seven miles south of the actual “Jacks Canyon Climber Campground and Trailhead.
I always knew about the mixup but saw this as a great area to explore and nice drop in point into JC where it is more forested and seemed like a great area for wildlife.
The old two track runs all the way out the western edge of a little peninsula and from there it is an easy and gradual couple hundred feet to the canyon bottom.
My dog and I spent the majority of the day along the rim and foothills up top but did go down into the canyon both upstream and downstream to check it out.
It only actually rained for about a half hour but other than that it was intermittent sprinkling followed up by sunshine and peace.
Lots of land to be explored out here in this great area.
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Jul 23 2019
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 Arizona
Oak Spring Trail #16Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking5.91 Miles 714 AEG
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714 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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What was supposed to be a short berry harvesting walk turned into a solid little afternoon loop across interesting and familiar terrain.
Plentiful amounts of worked stone and a couple metate encountered but no ruins or petroglyphs this trip.
Boggy hot all day long in relentless sunshine as the flirtatious monsoon storm stayed and loomed over the Mogollon Rim and unfortunately never came south.
I still want to hike up to the nearby 6107’ “Oak Springs Tower” one of these days as the view of it from the south just beckons for it and I’ve came across all sorts of neat stuff around it’s perimeter.
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Jul 22 2019
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 Arizona
Kinder - ECC - Yeager, AZ 
Kinder - ECC - Yeager, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2019
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Hiking7.68 Miles 1,586 AEG
Hiking7.68 Miles   7 Hrs   27 Mns   1.55 mph
1,586 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
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What better what to spend a Monday than inside a great Rim Country canyon during the official start of monsoon season!
Honestly thought lower Yeager was going to be a waterpark because the portion of it I completed a few miles upstream a couple weeks ago had flowing water and countless large perennial pools one could only dream of but instead the lower portion of YC was waterless but still very scenic and narrow.
Believe we both saw our first Mexican spotted owl and later Buford bumped a big bull elk in the bottom of Yeager that ran up a near vertical canyon wall within seconds, always humbling to see the power and grace of those beasts.
We returned to ECC, enjoyed the slip and slide and swam (leeches included) until the flirt of a thunderstorm rolled over which also brought in the smoke from the nearby Hart fire.
Great day of solitude in a place that I’ve kind of avoided for its popularity but certainly eager to explore more.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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