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Walker Basin Trail #136 - 4 members in 18 triplogs have rated this an average 2.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 04 2020
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39 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Santa Ritas mega loop, AZ 
Santa Ritas mega loop, AZ
 
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ShatteredArmTriplogs 198
Run/Jog26.51 Miles 7,083 AEG
Run/Jog26.51 Miles   9 Hrs   7 Mns   2.92 mph
7,083 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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A friend in Tuscon invited me out to do a big route in the Santa Ritas that involved three of the only trails in the Santa Ritas I haven't completed yet, so I couldn't say no. One of these, Four Springs Trail, was particularly high on my list.

We started up from Bog Springs (safely distanced, of course). Lots of hikers, even above Kent Springs where the trail is no longer "official". The trail is still in really good shape. The six miles or so to the top was a serious grind. Topped off our water with some nice cold snowmelt near Armour Spring (the spring itself was just a drip), and continued up the Crest.

Being at the high point felt good, something like 8 miles and 4,500 feet of climbing later...

Once on Super Trail, some actual consistent running was possible, and we made good time down to Walker Basin Trail via Gardner Canyon. GC was not in terrible shape, just a bit overgrown in places. Couple pieces of migrant garbage.

Along Walker Basin, we found a side drainage with good flow, so I decided to top off my water here, not knowing what the water situation in Temporal Gulch would be... There would be 2-3 other flowing creeks before we even got to TG trail...

Temporal Gulch actually had good water, and some nice pools that I really wanted to just stop and swim in, but there are some signs of cattle in the area. This was an unexpectedly pleasant part of the route, despite the climbing and the fact that I was already totally wrecked. Lots of shade and vegetation in there, and in the upper half, pine trees.

Once up above Josephine Canyon, the trail levels out. Stopped at McBeth Spring for one last fill. The rest of the day was unremarkable, although I never thought it was possible for me to go that slow down Old Baldy...

This was a great loop, but easily the most challenging route I've done in probably six months.

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Little pool with seepage under a rock. Good flow in the drainage to the east (but not much snow left).
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Some water in the box.

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No water in the spring box, but lots in the canyon next to it.

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Moderate flow coming out of the pipe.

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Creek is flowing.
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39 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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ShatteredArmTriplogs 198
Run/Jog24.40 Miles 3,916 AEG
Run/Jog24.40 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   3.62 mph
3,916 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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AZT Passage 4 was the first one I did solo. Drove to Patagonia, with an arrangement to get picked up by my sister at the end of the passage. The first half (or more) of the passage is just on Temporal Canyon Road - pretty lame, views are OK, but it's graded forest road. When I did it, part of the road was closed due to an environmental cleanup project, so I had to do a very worthwhile diversion along jeep roads and cow paths. They should make this a permanent part of the trail, because it's more interesting than forest road.

After rejoining the road, the climb steepened a little bit, and I was pretty done with it by the time I got to Walker Basin TH. There was shade and water there, so it was nice.

Took a nice long break at the high point, at the junction where AZT starts heading down into Casa Blanca Canyon. Texted my sister with an ETA. Stopped and filled up my water at the creek crossing. This was really a beautiful little canyon, with some worthwhile views as it contoured away from the creek.

Once hitting Gardner Canyon Road, I was back in familiar territory (from the Old Pueblo races). Pushed through the last few miles, think it was worse than it was when I was finishing up the 50 miler.

Hard to say whether this segment is awesome or totally sucks, depends on whether you're talking about the road or trail part. North of Walker Basin TH it's pretty great.
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Sep 12 2015
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47 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Wrightson via Temporal Gulch, AZ 
Wrightson via Temporal Gulch, AZ
 
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RedwallNHopsTriplogs 1,355
Hiking17.45 Miles 5,060 AEG
Hiking17.45 Miles
5,060 ft AEG
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What an awesome way to do Wrightson. Great to hike with the Phoenix guys as well!
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49 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ 
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ
 
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking18.44 Miles 5,280 AEG
Hiking18.44 Miles   9 Hrs   31 Mns   2.57 mph
5,280 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break
 
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Great to meet some of the Tucson HAZ crew! And a fantastic hike too! Thanks for putting it together Belinda! :app:

Temporal Gulch was great ... a very nice and consistent ascent though slightly overgrown which required steady attention to the route, especially closer to the beginning.

The summit was nice as always, and it was a nice surprise to see rwstorm had made the hike to meet us!

The cloudy skies on the way down made some of the exposed areas much less warm than they might have been had it been sunny, which ended up making the weather on this day about as perfect as it could be.

Entertaining conversation and amusement followed us all day long. Thanks all! :lol:

For some reason my garage smells like something died. Not sure why. :o
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Clear water in the spring box

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Plenty of clear water in the spring box

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Beautiful crystal, clear, delicious water in the spring box

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A little flow at trail crossing with small pools

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Water flowing over the dam, but otherwise filled in above the dam. But stream flow was plentiful and pools in bedrock above the tank

dry Wrightson Spring Dry Dry
Just some surface moisture. No possibility of collecting it
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Sep 12 2015
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ 
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2015
The_EagleTriplogs 1,939
Hiking17.70 Miles 5,227 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
5,227 ft AEG   1 Hour   54 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Prison Stories, Goat Stories, Dead Cows, Poop, Wild Flowers, Surprise Guests, White Men in White Face.... this hike had it all.

Belinda posted a Wrightson loop, climbing from the east. I'd never done it from the east. Chums and
Joe Joe were a go, so we met up with the Chummobile at 4am for the drive to meet up w/ the Tucson crew at 6am.

Into Patagonia and then the drive on AZT #4 to our TH. Other than the stinky dead cow we had to drive OVER, the drive was uneventful.

Temporal Gulch Trail #595 Was a bit thin in spots and is a steady climb to Josephine Saddle. The views just kept getting better. We made a stop at McBeth Spring to sample the agua.

At the Old Baldy Trail #372 we saw the first of the masses coming up and down from the Summit. Ran into and SkyIslandHiker on his way down from his 300th? summit.

We enjoyed a break and lunch at the top with our surprise guest Randy. The first time I did Wrightson, it was in a group w/ Randy the speed demon. Great seeing him again.

It's all downhill from here Gardner Canyon #143, to Walker Basin #136. The views are easier to enjoy going downhill not staring at you feet. We all took an extended break while Joel read the newspaper.

The hill dropping into Upper Walker Tank was brutally rocky/steep.. we should have taken the AZT reroute instead of "The Road"

Thanks for settin' this one up Belinda! Good to finally meet you, Joel, Mark and Mike...

Hard to believe that the Cow smelled worse on the way out.. :o
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Plenty of of clear cool water in the concrete catchment, north from the large visable container

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Plenty of of clear cool water in the concrete catchment

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Plenty of of clear cool water in the concrete catchment

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Plenty of filterable water. Nice pools upstream.
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Sep 12 2015
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47 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ 
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ
 
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GrottoGirlTriplogs 1,452
Hiking17.45 Miles 5,060 AEG
Hiking17.45 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.84 mph
5,060 ft AEG
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1st trip
I wanted to do a long day hike that I hadn't done before, so I got out my maps and books and finally settled on checking out the Santa Rita's from the backside. I decided to post an event on HAZ since I don't do that too often. And I'm glad I did as we got to meet three of our 'friends' we've seen lurking on HAZ!

The day started out pretty benign. We met up flawlessly and caravanned down to Patagonia. That's when things got interesting on the way to the trailhead we saw Chumley pause for a minute before driving over a 'log'. Soon we saw that it wasn't a log. He proceeded to drive around as much of a dead cow as he could. Then we had to follow. Ugh! Even after all the creek crossings there was still some smell left behind.

The beginning of the trail was more of a suggestion then a trail. With all the greenery we managed to keep losing it. Clues like backpacks and jackets left behind helped us navigate and sometimes helped us get off trail. However, it wasn't a problem as 5 of the 7 had either Route Scout or Garmins; not that they were needed since the trail followed Temporal Gulch.

The flowing Temporal Gulch was a beautiful site. I didn't take pictures as the patchy shade wouldn't have done it justice. As we rose in elevation we got views of our objective, Mt Wrightson, as it majestically towered above us. I enjoyed seeing it from a new direction!

We found that McBeth's spring was flowing. Everyone had a good laugh contemplating the name of the spring. Maybe there had been a scholarly miner who loved to read?

At Josephine's saddle we joined the steady flow of hikers to the top. We all went at our own pace for this section of the trail. When I got to Baldy saddle I was greeted by the awesome patches of showy golden eyes. Not the best flower display in the range (Armour Spring to Pine Saddle gets that title, in my opinion) but very nice.

At the top we found Randy. I hadn't seen him in years and it was nice to say hi.

On the way down, we topped up water at Baldy Spring. I was pleased to see the ponderosa pines on the Gardner Canyon trail were almost all taller than me! Soon this will be a nice shady trek. I was excited to get to the junction that leads to Walker Basin. New trail again! The first part was still a burn area however we did get to some areas of nice trees. The drainages were flowing with water from the monsoons.

We found Walker Tank ( a silted in dam), however, above it we located some pool, definitely worth the diversion!

The hardest part of the day was walking the road. Luckily, the views of the Patagonia mountains and all around were awesome.

On the way out, Mark decided to test out his 4x4 capabilities. The smell was HORRID! That will be something we talk about for a long time...

Pizza and drinks at the Velvet Elvis was wonderful!

It was awesome hiking with the PHX HAZ crew! We will have to do it again someday.
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 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ 
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ
 
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PivoTriplogs 3,829
Hiking17.45 Miles 5,060 AEG
Hiking17.45 Miles   9 Hrs   27 Mns   2.48 mph
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1st trip
This is now my favorite route up Old Baldy. The drive in from Patagonia is beautiful, I will definitely be returning after spotting some great campsites to spend a weekend.
Plenty of water along the trails, lush green slopes and canyons after a generous monsoon in the range. Nice wildflower displays, and great company. Good to meet the folks from the Phoenix area too.

Dinner was at Patagonia's Velvet Elvis.
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ 
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ
 
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joebartelsTriplogs 5,289
Hiking17.35 Miles 5,060 AEG
Hiking17.35 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   2.43 mph
5,060 ft AEG   2 Hrs   25 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Our first obstacle was getting around a half decomposed cow on FR72 that would make a skunk blush. Most of the stank washed off the trucks passing through a few running ravines. Just enough lingered at the trailhead to get us hungry for the trail.

We lost the trail a few times in the lower creek shared segment of #595. Nothing of concern, follow the creek when in doubt. The upper part is nice. Friendly brush is nearby most of the way. Weather was nice throughout the day. From Josephine Saddle to the summit we had a steady flow of company on trail.

My favorite part of the hike was from Baldy Saddle heading down Gardner Canyon #143. Views, perfectly scattered pines and clouds cranked out a nice symphony.

Walker Basin Trail #136 was the get us back leg. Two sacred pools above the dam were neat. FR72 to complete the loop.

A pleasure to hike with this fine group. Mike was a little shy but opened up after five seconds. Met Bill Bens out playing in his backyard! Randy hit the big peak in the sky again and joined us for lunch too.

carried 4 qts, consumed 2.8
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None really. A little precursor to Autumn near McBeth. Large swaths of ferns all browned up now. The ravine is a tucked in pocket.
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Several large blankets of yellow covering slopes. A few nice individual varieties.
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 Phoenix,AZ
Big Casa Blanca-Cave Canyon Loop, AZ 
Big Casa Blanca-Cave Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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slowandsteadyTriplogs 694
Hiking18.72 Miles 5,008 AEG
Hiking18.72 Miles   10 Hrs   24 Mns   2.10 mph
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1st trip
We only saw 7 other hikers and they were all between Baldy Saddle and the Summit!
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Big Casa Blanca-Cave Canyon Loop, AZ 
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BiFrostTriplogs 1,070
Hiking18.72 Miles 5,008 AEG
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1st trip
We drove up Friday night before the hike to car camp off Hwy 83 a mile or so on FS dirt road. Within 5 minutes of parking Border Patrol was there checking on us. He said sheriff saw a vehicle pull off the road and called it in thinking we might be a pickup vehicle for illegals. Told the BP we were car camping for the night and he left. At least we had great lighting show to enjoy some beverages.

Next morning we started at the Cave Canyon trailhead taking the Link trail over to AZT Santa Rita passage. From there followed AZT to junction with Walker Basin Trail which we ascended all the way to Super Trail. Kept an eye on the thunder clouds forming over Wrightson but they always moved off the top. We reached Baldy Saddle and headed up the final climb with the weather still cooperating. Once on top it was mostly clear while 4 thunderstorms raged around the peak so we had great break on top and even time for summit brew :D

Headed back down from the summit and past Baldy Saddle on the Crest Trail towards Florida Saddle. Whereas all the other trails were in good condition this trail needed some work with over growth, dead fall, and fire damage. Once down off the upper section the trail goes out of the burn and is decent rest of the way. It finally rained some at the end after threatening all day but not bad with only light rain. With the recent summer rains most of the creeks and drainages had water. Cave, Big Casa Blanca and Gardner all had very strong flow so despite the hot humid conditions finding water was never an issue.
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bone dry

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pipe was dripping but the tank was full with clear water. However, just below the spring nearby Big Casa Blanca Creek was flowing nicely from recent summer rains

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great water from recent summer rains
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Nov 15 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
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BobPTriplogs 2,617
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Another section crossed off the list. I still have 8 or 9 more. The weather was perfect. Thanks for driving us JJ and thanks for the ice cream Laz.
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
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Bob had done the first part of AZT #4 so we recruited a buddy with a vehicle better than a Ford to help us :roll: Thanks JJ!

We parked after driving in about 8.5 miles and continued up to the high point of this section at about 6300’ - cool area with a few ponderosas and nice views. From there we descended down to the water system that carried water 8+ miles to Greaterville - fascinating stuff! Finally descended down into Gardner Canyon - lots of nice car camping sites down there with a few in use. Saw 5 deer in Gardner and we got to use two new gates less than a week old :lol: Thanks Shawn

This section was better than I expected I didn’t know all the detail on the mining history and the flora was nice and varied across the elevation change.

JJ picked us up at Apache Springs not long after we arrived. We stopped for Tacos in Tucson (thanks Bob) and DQ in Casa Grande ;) A grand day out on the AZ Trail - thanks guys :y:
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 Chandler, AZ
FR 72 to Balday Saddle, AZ 
FR 72 to Balday Saddle, AZ
 
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JuanJaimeiiiTriplogs 1,938
Hiking16.66 Miles 4,428 AEG
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Bob and Richard are continuing their efforts on completing the Arizona Trail. I offered to help with shuttle service where I could. Today they worked on Passage 4. I started off the first few miles with them down FR72 and then I took the Walker Basin Trail over to the Gardner Canyon Trail. My plan was to go as far as I could towards Mt. Wrightson and still get back to pick them on at the end of section 4 by 3:30.

I made it as far as Baldy Saddle and the clock ran out. Would have love to have gone the extra .9 miles up to Wrightson but it just wasn't in the cards today. Either way while they did their business I had an enjoyable hike as well. At Baldy Saddle I met a couple guys from Tucson. They were heading down and wanted to know if the Super Trail would get them back to Madera Canyon. They had come up Old Baldy. I hiked back down the Super with them for a short ways and then it was back to Walker Basin for me.

Once back at the Cherokee I circled back thru Sonoita and then over to Gardner Canyon. I arrived at 3:33pm to find the Gents waiting for me. I believe they were there less than a half hour so our plan worked out pretty well.

Thanks for the Tacos in Tucson Bob. Thanks for the Cherry Dipped Cone in Casa Grande Richard. Good times!
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Sep 30 2014
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 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Gardner Canyon and Walker Basin Trail, AZ 
Gardner Canyon and Walker Basin Trail, AZ
 
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markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking12.90 Miles 3,637 AEG
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Gardner canyon Trail starts at the end of Gardner canyon road, which is in Cave Creek. The trail crosses the ridge between Cave Creek and Gardner Canyon, follows the creek for about a half mile then becomes a ridge trail as it follows along the ridge to the south of Gardner Creek until it connects with the Baldy Super Trail. This portion of the hike is 4.5 miles and is a 2728 foot climb. The East side of mount Wrightson is scarred from the Florida fire in 2005 but appear to be recovering nicely with lots of new pines.

I actually hiked up to the junction of the Walker Basin Trail, took that trail south to Walker Pass, where I turned around and headed back to the Gardner Canyon Trail and up to Baldy Super Trail before heading back. The Walker Basin Trail stays pretty level with only a 250 foot drop as you approach Big Casa Blanca Creek and regains the drop when you approach Walker Pass. Big Casa Blanca Creek is rather interesting because of the large logs that are jammed in the creek bed. Must be a lot of water coming down this creek. Good trail almost year around, (check snow levels), I prefer Fall to Spring because it is a Southeast exposure and gets lots of sun.
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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiiiTriplogs 1,938
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AZT 4 N2S

Making my way down the final stretch. This morning I drove down to the Trailhead in Gardner Canyon and left my Jeep and started out heading south. I had already made arrangements with Gerry (Owner of Stage Stop Inn in Patagonia) to stay at his Hotel. He would also help me with retrieving my Jeep. We did this before on my previous journey from south to north. He will also be taking the Cherokee down to Parker Canyon Lake tomorrow as I do sections 3 and 2.

The weather was perfect today and I saw several deer along the way. Passing Mt. Wrightson made me think that Nick and I still need to hike it from Gardner Canyon. We have been talking about it for awhile. I can tell just by looking that it will be an awesome hike!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Started out at a little before 6am and headed out from the Stage Stop Inn Motel. I passed the Post Office and was on my way. In reading the trail description it says take a left in a quarter mile from the post office on Temporal Canyon Road. I was looking for this but it is actually 1st Ave. I went on down past the school to see if there was a Temporal Canyon Rd but there isn't. I turned back and that's when I saw the AZT sign pointing down 1st Ave. As it would turn out 1st and TCR are basically one in the same.

The first half of this hike is okay but mainly follows that above mentioned road. Then when it reaches the Walker Basin Trailhead it gets real good. From here it takes a single track up and over a saddle with killer views of Mt. Wrightson and of Josephine.

From there it is pretty much downhill all the way. You pass several interpretive signs detailing the area's history with an old gold mining operation and it's water flume. Very interesting indeed. When I finished the hike I took my car up to Kentucky Camp which was the Headquarters for the mining operation and checked things out. It was later sold to an attorney for back taxes. He called the area Greaterville. Kentucky Camp is currently under renovation by the forest service and one of the homes can be rented out for stay. It also falls along section 5 of the Arizona Trail and there is running water and bathrooms.

The second half of this hike was spectacular and the history lesson was a bonus. Temps were hot but bearable. This hike and the previous days hike put me over the halfway mark on the Arizona Trail south to north journey! Woo Hoo!
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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The_EagleTriplogs 1,939
Hiking22.30 Miles 3,870 AEG
Hiking22.30 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   2.43 mph
3,870 ft AEG
 
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Back on the AZT with The Funky Bunch and our Southern Corespondent, Ram. I was wishing Nick could make this one, maybe next time.

This hike started a whirlwind, little sleep weekend, with two trips to the southern hemisphere. I'm sure that's where Patagonia is.

Denny got us on track right off the bat on this one, and made sure we stayed on the sidewalk for the first 1/4 mile or so. The route finding got continually tougher on this one. Luckily we had all 5 GPS's loaded with a traced track and just barely made the first turn on 1st street. We no longer had a sidewalk here, so we bushwhacked on the side of the pavement. The Border Patrol passed us twice, I'm guessing to make sure we were not lost.
Two lanes, to Dirt, to Single track, and ultimately to a well worn trail....Yea!

All kidding aside, the views were top notch, the history plaques were interesting, and the weather was just about perfect throughout this hike. I love the Grasses and rolling hills out there.

Denny, Thanks for driving. Ram, Thanks for helping set up the shuttle (I'll tell Nick you made him proud), and Dave thanks for the interesting "Fast Food".

As always, Joe kept things light and airy and was generally committed to making this an a safe event. He whined very little today.

20 Passages now completed!!
The Green in the map below is completed, Red is yet to do.

http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=183815
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Anaconda Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
There was water running in the area of the spring. Never saw the actual source.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tunnel Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Metal Container was full. The water looked good
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Mar 12 2011
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 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking22.57 Miles 3,932 AEG
Hiking22.57 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.47 mph
3,932 ft AEG
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Another good segment, and a good workout. We decided to take on #4, since Nick could join us there in "baja Arizona".

We checked out a couple of the many mines on this trail, and with a series of historic plaques learned about the history of mining for gold in the Santa Ritas. This one saved up much of the AEG in one big spot in the middle, about half of the total AEG for the day. By the time we peaked out at 6,500 feet I think we were all thinking, "finally!"

Needed to hurry back, so we thought we'd stop in at Wendy's for a little "fast food" on the way. Not so fast. After waiting a long time to be waited on, then we waited even longer to get the food, only for Bruce to get the wrong burger and me to get a fish sandwich instead of a chicken sandwich. The guy next to us got his burger raw, and another guy, well, he ended up with a chicken sandwich he didn't want (yes, he had ordered a fish sandwich ;) ). It took us so long to get some quick food to eat in the car on the way home, that we actually could have just eaten in a quicker sit-down restaurant, but oh well, funny experience :D

On the long ride home, we were entertained and privileged to meet ... live, in person ... Joe Osteen. His best line: "If you get to know Joe, your heart will be filled with happiness." We couldn't stop laughing. :sl:

I tell you, hanging out with these guys never disappoints! Neither does the AZT.
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