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Apr 22 2017
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Aspen Peak - Hualapai MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2017
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Hiking5.46 Miles 1,707 AEG
Hiking5.46 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.28 mph
1,707 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Aspen Peak was surprisingly awesome. The ponderosa forests and giant boulders that you pass through give this hike a really unique feel. The views are impressive and trail is well marked and easy to follow. The trail does technically end before the true summit. However, it is easy to see a social trail that continues up from the bench that marks the end of the maintained trail. The last scramble to the top was enjoyable. I would highly recommend this hike to anyone travelling on the 93 or the 40, looking for a break.
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Apr 19 2017
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Needle Rock Recreation AreaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2017
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Hiking1.03 Miles 36 AEG
Hiking1.03 Miles      16 Mns   3.86 mph
36 ft AEG
 
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I had to be in N Scottsdale for work this week, so I took the opportunity to checkout a part of the Verde River that I've never seen before. I only had an hour, so it was a brief walk, but very cool to see the high-ish water levels. I didn't see a single vehicle in the parking area. Must be the weekday! I've heard this area can get crowded on the weekends.

I expected to see a snake or other wildlife, but all I saw were some happy squirrels :)
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Apr 15 2017
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Waldron - Dripping Springs - Silver Bell LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2017
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Hiking10.54 Miles 2,394 AEG
Hiking10.54 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   2.07 mph
2,394 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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After reading about this loop in Bifrost's recent trip report, I decided it would make for a good car-camp-and-hike kind of weekend.

We had a group of eight who met up late on Friday night, and camped off of FR328. We left early Saturday morning for the trailhead. The Waldron Trail was my favorite part of this loop. Due to the nature of NPS fee-free day, and a weekend, Hermit Trail had a lot of traffic. But since this loop only follows Hermit for less than a mile, the crowded feeling did not detract from an enjoyable hike.

We continued on to Dripping Springs. I had never been here before, and I guess it's worth seeing once. Several people in our group filled up their bottles here. I'm not a proponent of drinking untreated spring water, especially after running environmental samples myself at a genomics lab when I was a grad student at NAU. The reality is that there are pathogens present in surface water that are also found in groundwater/spring water. Another way to say this is: there's no such things as "clean" drinkable water found in the environment. Can you drink it and not get sick? Sure! happens all the time. But personally, I prefer to not take the chance.
:wrt:


Anywayyyy. Climbing out of the canyon via Silver Bell was great. I love the solitude and primitive feel that this trail offers. Once we were back on the rim, it was a 4+ mile walk along the park boundary road (and some other decommissioned jeep tracks). This would have been moderately enjoyable, had we not just hiked in the Grand Canyon a couple miles prior. It's hard to measure up to those views. So that made the road walk less enjoyable. Also, there was incessant noise from the hundreds of sight-seeing helicopters that flew overhead. We counted one every 3 minutes. That was a little frustrating. But overall, great hike. One that I likely won't do again, because there are too many other hikes in this area that I still have to try.

Finally, I would like to note that this loop would best be enjoyed clockwise. We went counter clockwise, and so you get the road and helicopter miles for the last 80-90 minutes on your way back to the TH. Why not knock this part out first, early in the morning before the air traffic gets bad?

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hehe

dry Horsethief Tank Dry Dry
So dry
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Apr 08 2017
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Hackberry Spring from Horse LotPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2017
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Hiking4.64 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking4.64 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.25 mph
460 ft AEG
 
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Ben and I put together an early-morning hike through Hackberry and down First Water Canyon. I was happy to see so much water still flowing upstream (and downstream) of the spring. I had never hiked in this area before, but the geology along First Water Canyon was beautiful. I feel like I've driven much further to see stuff like this in other parts of the state. But the portions of the surface flows here probably won't last long.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cholla Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

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Great surface flows between Hackberry Spring and the confluence with Canyon Lake

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Lots of water, but moving slowly.
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Mar 25 2017
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Aspen Nature LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
XC Skiing avatar Mar 25 2017
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XC Skiing1.71 Miles 386 AEG
XC Skiing1.71 Miles      42 Mns   2.44 mph
386 ft AEG
 
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After snowshoeing up the Dutchman Glade route in the morning, I wanted to take advantage of being on the mountain. I miss my pines and snow.

This is my new favorite place to cross-country ski in northern AZ. I didn't realize how gentle the slopes are below the Snow Bowl parking lot, but there are many rolling hills and opportunities for Nordic skiing. I'm glad I got to experience this before the snow is gone.

On my way down the hill, I heard a familiar sound. Part of Hart Prairie Creek is exposed below 8,800ft. It's really amazing to see the surface water break through the deep snow pack that surrounds it. This was definitely the highlight of this particular loop, but I will be back next year to connect with the AZT and several of the other features this area has to offer.

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The was that flows into this creek is running strong. Surface water breaks the snow surface at just around 8,800ft
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Mar 25 2017
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Lake Mary Rd, AZ 
Lake Mary Rd, AZ
 
Scenic Drive avatar Mar 25 2017
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On my way back from Flagstaff last weekend, I took my favorite route home. I used to drive Lake Mary Road often when on my way south to visit family in Phoenix. The extra 55 minutes is worth it.

Mormon Lake is full. I had hoped to glimpse a view of the Peaks, but they were under cloud cover (as they were earlier this morning). There was a heard of elk crossing the road just north of Happy Jack. I counted 9!

Fulton Canyon and Willow Valley (WCC Headwaters) were flowing really well!

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Snow on the banks. Flowing nicely under the highway.
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Mar 25 2017
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Humphreys Summit via Dutchman GladeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Snowshoeing avatar Mar 25 2017
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Snowshoeing5.34 Miles 2,859 AEG
Snowshoeing5.34 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.10 mph
2,859 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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Great time on the mountain, snowshoeing with a friend from flagstaff. Our goal was the Humphrey's Ridgeline. My friend was feeling some elevation effects and the weather was getting bad, so we turned back around 12,000ft. Still an awesome hike with the recent snow storm that provided 8" of fresh powder two days ago. It was wind-packed and in excellent condition by Saturday morning.

I left Phoenix at 2:30a.m. and got to Snowbowl in record time. We left the parking area at 5:35a.m., just in time to catch an amazing sunrise. We were back at the lodge for an après–ski by 11:30
I'm looking forward to my next time on the Peaks in snow.
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Mar 19 2017
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Bell Trail #13Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2017
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Hiking2.35 Miles 139 AEG
Hiking2.35 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.04 mph
139 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
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Just looking for a place to cool off on the way back to the Valley. I had forgotten how many private property signs there were along the first mile of Bell Trail. Anyway, the red sandstone benches are perfect for lounging and having a picnic. :D
Water levels were high and there were several pools that were too deep to wade, so we swam.
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Mar 18 2017
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Rim Trail - Hermit's Rest to VillageNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2017
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Hiking2.41 Miles 447 AEG
Hiking2.41 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   2.73 mph
447 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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We had some friends in town from Kansas City who had never been to the Canyon before. After spending the morning in Flagstaff, we headed north and were able to pickup the last available campsite at Mather (more comfortable for the out-of-towners than forest road camping :( ).

We did a short stroll along the Rim Trail to Hopi Point in the afternoon. I had never been on this (mostly) paved trail before. I had tempered my expectations, knowing we would be walking between large tour groups and not have much solitude. I was wrong though. The views were, of course, amazing. And that overcame any problems I had with the lack of solitude. It doesn't really matter that you're on a paved highway with minimal elevation change because...you're at the frickin' GC.

The Rim Trail provides a walk along memory lane: from the first time ever visiting the canyon to the first long backpacking trip below the rim.
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Mar 11 2017
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Pomeroy TanksFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
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Hiking0.90 Miles
Hiking0.90 Miles      25 Mns   2.16 mph
 
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Quick stop at Pomeroy tanks. Isham Spring Canyon was flowing big through the tanks, to the point where you could barely identify the pools. I had never been here before, but this is a really great area that I will be returning to this summer to escape the Sonoran Desert.

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Sycamore Falls headwaters!

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Most of the tanks are under the stream flow of Isham Spring Canyon (high runoff was making the tanks difficult to identify)
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Mar 11 2017
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Paradise Forks, AZ 
Paradise Forks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
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Hiking1.00 Miles 237 AEG
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Spring runoff goes a long way in northern AZ...before it hits those alluvial basins in central AZ ;)
I was really happy to see this area flowing for the first time. We spent some time relaxing and listening to the sound of the water. There was only one other group the whole time we were here, on a Saturday!

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Mar 11 2017
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XC Ski FR 794, AZ 
XC Ski FR 794, AZ
 
XC Skiing avatar Mar 11 2017
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XC Skiing1.32 Miles 122 AEG
XC Skiing1.32 Miles      46 Mns   1.72 mph
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We were in Flagstaff for the weekend and I was hoping to find some decent snow on which to cross-country ski. After enjoying a few turns at Aspen Corner, we drove up the 180. There's almost no snow left near highway 180, but we found some patches of snow on FR794. It worked out to ski for a little over a mile before the patches got too thin. The views of the peaks were great. Anytime spent on the skis is always worth the effort, no matter how short the trek!
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Mar 05 2017
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Stringtown Wash, AZ 
Stringtown Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
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We stopped here on the way back from Upper Burro Creek Canyon. This is a great place to relax and have lunch if you're driving down Campwood Road. Stringtown Wash was flowing as well as any ephemeral stream in the area from recent snow melt. The water plus the granite structures make this area impressive and perfect for relaxing in the pines after a long weekend of bushwacking.
Pics are geo-tagged :)

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Looked like a perennial stream! Even though it's only ephemeral...
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Mar 04 2017
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Upper Burro Creek CanyonPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 04 2017
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Canyoneering7.27 Miles 2,323 AEG
Canyoneering7.27 Miles   8 Hrs   28 Mns   1.00 mph
2,323 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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I am going to break this triplog up into three parts:
1) access
2) the hike
3) recommendations

Access
The majority of the drive to get to Upper Burro Creek Canyon (UBCC) is on either private or state-leased land. It is imperative that you research land-ownership and understand which roads you should or should not take before attempting this journey. Since I posted a few of these photos on instagram this week, I've been receiving messages from many people asking about how the heck I got permission to enter and cross private land. The short answer is: I did not get permission. I also did not ask. I talked to someone who works at AZ state lands, and they told me that as long as I stayed on main roads through leased lands, I would be fine. As for private land, I had read that most gates in this area would be unlocked. I discovered that there's actually a registry with free permits that you place in your vehicle on the first unmarked jeep road you cross, heading north on Halfway House road. See my photo set for more details. Seeing that this permit system is done in agreement with the private land owners and with the AZGFS allowed me to finally breath a sigh of relief. I knew that continuing north on these ranch/jeep tracks would eventually get us to a section of BLM land, where we would leave our vehicle and eventually spend the night.

Our road route:
From Bagdad, take Lindahl Rd, which becomes Campwood Road (County Rd. 68, aka FR 21) north and east. After about 19 miles, turn NW onto Halfway House Rd. After 3 miles, take a jeep track that heads NE (this is where you will find the registry, which is visible from Halfway House Rd). Continue north on this for one mile. you will reach a junction with FR 21a. Turn right onto FR 21a (and of course, there are no signs out here, good luck!). Stay on FR21a east for one mile. There will be a jeep track headed north. follow this for about .5 mile where you will pass through a fence. You are now on BLM land. continue for another .5 mile to another junction. From here, turn left and head N-NW. You will eventually descend down to Winter Camp Tank. Turn right at the SW side of the tank and follow the track to the NW side of the lake. Follow this track for another two miles. We parked on a flat area just off the jeep track, but if you continue .2 mile, you will be back on private land so make sure you have some points saved in your GPS. This section is part of the Baca Float. And I just always feel more comfortable camping on public over private land, if I have a choice. The last 10 miles out to the UBCC mesa is a high clearance 4x4low rock crawl through deep mud (may be dry in early summer). The road was so bad that I couldn't even take photos while we were driving because I was bouncing around the whole time. I know Outlander did this in 2x4 high clearance, but the roads were likely dry in June!

We returned by FR 21a east, crossed through YOLO ranch, and took Campwood Road back to Prescott. This route also has deep ruts and lots of mud and terrible road conditions, once you leave Campwood Road. The views you get on the drive alone is worth the trip.

NOTE: Please be respectful of private property. Close gates behind you, don't drive off the jeep tracks, etc.

Look at any map and you will see how remote that Upper Burro Creek Canyon appears. Almost no maintained roads or residential building for miles and miles. It appears to be absolute wilderness (not by legal definition, but more by ambiance). However, this was not the case. I was surprised to see not one, but three small ranch planes fly over us. There was a plane either visible or audible the entire time we were hiking. This took away from the remote feel of the area. Perhaps these planes were Baca Float/ORO Ranch patrol planes, but there's no evidence for or against this.


Hike
We car-camped on Friday night at Nelson Mesa -- a small section of BLM land just a few miles NE of Bagdad on Lindahl/Campwood Rd. We left the next morning at 6:30 a.m. and arrived at our parking spot on the UBCC mesa at 11:00 a.m. I had mapped out a route that was similar to the upper portion of Outlander's original loop that had first put UBCC on the map for me. I had whittled his route down to an 11 mile loop that would be doable as a long day hike, preventing us from carrying overnight packs. What I failed to realize was that Outlander's exit point on a cattle/jeep track was the key to exiting UBCC without doing a 1/2mph bushwhack up and over the 1000ft canyon walls. As for entering the canyon, after two failed attempts, the third attempt to enter Pine Creek Canyon proved successful. The bushwhacking down the hill was tough going. Because of our false starts, it was 3:00p.m. when we arrived at the creek. Sunset was at 6:30p.m., and we knew we had a long way to go.

The plan quickly changed to hiking to the confluence with Burro Creek, and then continuing downstream until we could find a break in the upper canyon cliffs. We were hoping for a wash or drainage to follow back up to the rim and avoid plowing through an uphill wall of brush. While the change of plan was all good and fine, we did have to cut our side trip to Pine Creek Falls (see the "recommendations" section below for a future planned tour of that area). Upon arriving at the bottom of the canyon, we had a sense of urgency to continue downstream and identify an exit point before we ran out of daylight. This urgency was driven not only by the hour of the day, but mostly by the looming uphill bushwhack over the cliffs - a challenge in daylight, but more unappealing by headlamp in the dark.

We found an ephemeral creek drainage downstream from the confluence of Pine and Burro Creeks and began climbing up. We had picked a point on the rim to aim for, knowing that there was an impassable dry fall on this drainage, further up hill by the rim. About halfway up the canyon wall, we left the drainage to make a more direct path to the break in the upper cliffs. This proved to be the slowest and least enjoyable portion of the hike as we forced our bodies through walls of agave, manzanita, and other thorny-plants. This was exhausting, and we had already warn ourselves out with the attempts to get into the canyon.

We made it to the top of the rim right at 6:50p.m. - last light. We hiked the remaining 1.5 miles in the dark back to the car along an old jeep route on the mesa. All said and done, we enjoyed our shortened route, and false starts along the rim did give us incredible views of Pine Creek Falls. The geology along UBC is incredible and stunning. I can't wait for my next trip back!


Recommendations
The majority of our time was used in finding the best way into and out of the canyon, and then bushwhacking to make those routes happen.
It would have been nice to have more time for exploring within the canyon. Next time we do this, we will be entering Pine Creek Canyon from the wash that descends gently north of "Mikes tank." This cuts off about 30+ minutes of driving and creates certainty in descending to the canyon floor. Then we will follow Pine Creek to Burro Creek, and exit Burro further south, where Outlander did in 2011. This route would allow for exploring north into Deep Canyon. We would then camp on the rim and make the 6 mile trek across the mesa and back to the vehicle on the final day.
To achieve this very long first day, it would be necessary to begin very early in the morning. This may require spending Friday night off of Campwood Road, on the Prescott NF side. The drive is a little bit longer coming from Prescott, but Co. Rd 68 is in great condition. You could easily get to the start of the hike in 2.5 hours from the Prescott NF boundary, and start hiking earlier.

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Mar 02 2017
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Ord and Sycamore, AZ 
Ord and Sycamore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2017
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Early morning drive up to Ord. I have been looking at the snow cover satellite images for a few weeks, and I wanted to ground-truth if there was actually snow on the summit. There were a few melted drifts, but it was mostly dry. I crossed the 87 on FR 626 and drove down to Sycamore Creek. All of the washes were flowing well (see photo set).

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Many of the nearby washes were flowing well, causing Sycamore Creek to swell.
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Feb 25 2017
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Camp Creek FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.77 mph
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After seeing this completely dry in late October, it was redeeming to see big flows at the falls and in the wash! I'm not sure how far the surface flow extends right now, but I assume Camp Creek is flowing all the way to the Verde. See it while it lasts. :)

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Trickles of surface water on and off down Blue Wash. Camp Creek is 8-10 feet across at the Blue Wash confluence.

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Feb 13 2017
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2017
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Hiking6.47 Miles 1,780 AEG
Hiking6.47 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   3.29 mph
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This past weekend I was diagnosed with strep throat. The doctor said I couldn't return to work until Tuesday. I woke up Monday morning feeling revived and decided to make the most of a sick-day. Inspired by the Eagle and the one and only Joe Bartels, I headed off to the Barnhardt trail to see Big Kahuna Falls.

This was my first hike in the Mazatzals, ever. Turns out I went to the right place at the right time. This trail is graded rather gently and the elevation gain felt easy. I also can not believe how much water there was, everywhere you look. I could hear Barnhardt Creek flowing within the first half mile of hiking from the TH. I'm assuming that there's no surface water anywhere around here come late June.

I had to hurry back on the descent because I had one more stop to make on my day off! (see General Crook XC ski)
This was a great first taste of the Mazatzals! I will definitely be back.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Medium flow Medium flow
It was flowing strong in the Eagle's photos from 2/11/17

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General Crook Trail #140 - Apache SitgreavesNFPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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XC Skiing0.97 Miles 31 AEG
XC Skiing0.97 Miles      23 Mns   2.53 mph
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After the Barnhardt Trail in the morning, I only had time for a brief stop to check out the snow conditions on the Rim. I knew that this was likely the last time I would get to use my XC skis for the season, so I went for about a mile through patchy, melting snow :(

The good part: One of the unnamed ephemeral streams that flows into Gordon Canyon Creek was overflowing with water! It was a beautiful sight that reminded me a lot of Pine Top and the White Mountains. It was warm at 53 degrees, so it's no wonder the snow is melting away. It's always a joy see snow and smell the pines in the high country. And at a warm 53 degrees, who wouldn't want that? :)
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Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog3.71 Miles 277 AEG
Run/Jog3.71 Miles      49 Mns   4.54 mph
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After work Trail run - turned hike. Cave creek was raging. So cool!
Crossing cave creek is not possible without getting your feet wet. The water is cold, but not too bad. Several of the eastern side canyons have some small flows that confluence with Cave Creek about 1.5 miles upstream of the parking area.

I looked for a dry fall I had seen on the topo but I forgot to preload the map and there's wasn't any cell reception, so I just explored along the creek for awhile. It started raining as I ran back to the trailhead at sunset.

This was my first time to Spur Cross, and I definitely plan on returning!

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Nice consistent flow. The snow and rain last weekend certainly helped out.

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Looking good!
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Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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XC Skiing5.17 Miles 744 AEG
XC Skiing5.17 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.79 mph
744 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Note: this gps track and report is essentially a winter/snow route alternative for approaching and descending to Wolf Creek Falls.

SNOW :y: I wished we had frozen hydrologic events like this more often. After watching the radar all day on Friday, I made the drive up to Prescott with intent of checking at Wolf Creek Falls and then cross country skiing around some of the local FS roads. This was my first time ever going to Prescott, let alone Prescott National Forest. As I drove through the community of Groom Creek, I quickly realized that the Senator Highway's paved segment ends at the turn off for Wolf Creek Road. There were at least 10 inches of snow that had fallen the night before sealing off access to me and my subaru. This was a surprise to me. I had expected to drive the access road all the way to the trailhead for Wolf Creek Falls. I quickly changed plans, parked on the side of the road where the snow-plow had cleared a turn-around area and whipped out the cross country skis! On my way down wolf creek road, I noticed the Hassayampa flowing above the snow level.

As exciting as it is to think about the huge melt/run-off this snow will create, much of it will simply infiltrate local aquifers and not actually make it all the way to the Colorado River. But the lower Hassayampa should be absolutely fun to explore later in the Spring! I stopped once along the road to check out a small cascade and the location reminded me of the many great waterfall captures by @mountainmatt

When I got to the junction for the Falls Trailhead, I assumed I would have to take the skis off and do some walking in my ski boots. But the old road is wide and tree-free, so I just kept on skiing. I eventually reached the final drop down to the water fall, where I did take the skis off and climb down snow-covered boulders to reach my destination. The falls were flowing pretty well. It is facing south and the sun had done some work on the snow cover around the cascade. This is a cool spot. It was great to have it all to myself. yay winter!

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