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Nov 21 2020
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
trekkin_gecko
Hiking22.88 Miles 3,779 AEG
Hiking22.88 Miles   8 Hrs   51 Mns   2.88 mph
3,779 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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conditions looked perfect for a dayhike of azt passage #4 saturday
utilized ken's shuttle service again, setting out from patagona around 0730
chilly temps, but soon enough shed layers on the uphill road walk
the road wasn't that bad, good scenery and smooth sailing to start with
once the road narrowed and dropped into temporal gulch, it was more interesting
took a break around the ten mile point
solid uphill to the saddle on walker canyon trail, then a welcome descent on chinaman trail
these were very nice trails, and we enjoyed the pine trees and views of wrightson up close
passed bear spring, where john filtered a liter and we took another break
eventually the terrain changed back to grasslands, with interesting scenery along gardner canyon
passed tunnel spring and the beginning of the pipeline
finished up around 1620
i was about a quart low at this point and it took me awhile to rehydrate - note to self :?
good hike, especially the half on actual trails
it's been fun doing these passages with john, and hopefully one more before i get busy at work in december
thanks, lp!
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a pool down lower, which was fouled with cow poop

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upper pool was full of good water
tank was full with spigot dripping, but water looked murkier there

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covered in algae - ick

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john said there was water inside

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Nov 21 2020
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 chandler,az
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking22.88 Miles 3,779 AEG
Hiking22.88 Miles   8 Hrs   51 Mns   2.88 mph
3,779 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
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Kelly and I decided this AZT segment could be done as a long day hike. We got a shuttle ride from the end of the segment on Gardner Canyon Road to the beginning in Patagonia where we started our hike.
Kelly mentioned a road walk to begin the hike, but I had no idea it would last for 3 hours! The scenery was interesting enough that it passed by relatively quick.
Lots of sycamore and cottonwoods once we reached Temporal Gulch. No water right now as expected with the continued dry spell.
Once we entered the Mount Wrightson Wilderness, the landscape is heavily wooded with oaks and evergreens. Very pleasant hiking. We saw a bird that looked like a grouse run off the trail into the brush. Descending next to Bear spring that has clear water. Filtered water there and had snacks.
The final few miles are back down into grasslands and oaks on good tread.
Good to finish another AZT segment. Fun hike. Thanks Kelly! :)
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 Green Valley AZ
Chinaman Trail Loop, AZ 
Chinaman Trail Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking10.00 Miles 1,120 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.67 mph
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Temperature when I started out from Tunnel Springs was in the low 50's and overcast. With the wind I really needed a long sleeve shirt and pants. My Whippet wore his jacket on the whole trip. There were a few intermittent sprinkles but nothing that required my rain shell. I finished the hike to Bear Springs fairly quickly so I decided to continue on and make a loop of it.

The hike to Bear Springs along the Chinaman Trail #137 was easy. There is no reason for rest breaks on this trail. Since the trail is part of the Arizona National Trail, it is well maintained. The net elevation gain is very slight, maybe a 100 feet. Bear Springs is well marked. It is about 100 yards after you start uphill, just after a stream crossing.

The extension to the Chinaman trail from Bear Springs to Walker Canyon Trail Junction took some effort but not too much. The elevation gain was 800 - 900 feet over a mile and a half. Once again, trail conditions were excellent.

The Walker Canyon Trail conditions are not so good but still very passable. This is not surprising since I heard it is "closed" since the forest fire came through years ago. Some helpful folks put some trail markers (piled rocks) in some spots. You shouldn't have any problems finding your way. There are some downed trees across the trail and those dammed thorn bushes make life rough on people with short pants. The pines are recovering; in time they will shade the thorn bushes out. The erosion is not bad at all. Parts of this trail are made up of loose rock which is hard on my feet. It is a 500 feet gain of elevation over 2.3 miles.

From there it's all downhill. This portion of the Gardner Canyon #143 trail continues to be rocky. It has a few trees but is definitely a maintained trail. Once you leave the wilderness area, you hit the old trail head which is a fence gate. From there you walk down an overgrowing road which has been closed for quite a while until you hit the new trail head. From there it is a 1 mile walk down FR 785 to Tunnel Springs.

It was a nice trip. I did see signs of bear, coyote, and bobcat. Remember I'm 60 and overweight. If I can do this hike, so can you.

Oh one more thing. Ignore the description on the Coronado Forest sight. It was written before the Arizona Trail and consequently has you scrambling across country. ](*,)
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ 
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2015
The_Eagle
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
 
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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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Nov 15 2014
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking13.10 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.54 mph
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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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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
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Hiking13.10 Miles 2,250 AEG
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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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 Tucson, AZ
AZT Passages 4-5, AZ 
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Backpack avatar Mar 21 2014
writelots
Backpack20.43 Miles 3,119 AEG
Backpack20.43 Miles1 Day   6 Hrs   6 Mns   
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It was my hope from the very beginning that I’d be able to share a bit of the glory and adventure of Sirena’s through hike on the AZT. The fact that I am insanely envious barely plays into it at all (wink). So, when my schedule shifted about a bit and opened up an opportunity for me to not only join her for Passage 4 but to take her family camping afterwards in my travel trailer, King Gilbert, I was ecstatic! An overnight on the AZT…with my celebrity friend…just the two of us and the foothills of the Santa Rita mountains on one of the most beautiful weekends of the year? Oh yeah. I’m in!

Passage 4 of the AZT follows the Temporal Canyon Road in Patagonia for the first 13 miles. For most through-hikers, road walks are similar to unwanted chores: often necessary, rarely enjoyed. Sirena had taken care of the first 7 miles of the road walk the day before to speed things up, so we had only about 6 miles to go before we truly got off into the wilds. Luckily, even road walking in this area can be scenic and rewarding. Winding through the oak forests and over the pools of Temporal Gulch wasn’t such a horrible chore at all – and the terrain offered enough distraction to keep us contented as we hoofed along.

Throughout our walk on the road, we were amazed at the amount of water that we were finding. The spring boxes were full, and there was often a slow trickle in the bottom of the canyon. Although it has been an unusually dry (and warm) winter and early spring in southern Arizona, it seems that a few well-timed storms have really helped out these riparian areas. It’s unlikely that the pools will remain long without more moisture coming from the sky and soon – but it was a real treat to know that we would not have to worry about running dry on this particular piece of trail.

Once we turned off onto the Walker Basin trail and got back to our preferred single-track hiking, the mountains rewarded us with even better vistas and diversity. Mt. Wrightson, the highest mountain in the Santa Rita range, is topped by Baldy Peak at 9,453 ft. This barren, granite summit presides over the entire range like a patriarch, and it’s steep wooded flanks have always called to those seeking solitude and adventure. Both Sirena and I have visited the summit on multiple occasions – but somehow it’s even more impressive to see the mountain this way – wandering about at it’s base staring up. Although the Arizona Trail does not climb to the top of this range as it does with the Rincons and the Santa Ritas further north, it does provide hikers with an intimate experience with Wrightson just the same.

16 miles into Passage 4 (9 for us today), we arrived at Bear Spring. Our initial plans were to camp near the spring, as Sirena had often wanted to but schedule often didn’t permit. The spring is a beautiful spot – cold, clear water from the tank and a sycamore-studded stream babbling just down the hill in Big Casa Blanca Canyon. There were some ideal tent sites near the creek, and plenty of trees for my hammock. We took our hiking shoes off and dunked our feet in the icy creek, filtered and drank our fill of the delicious water and considered our options. It was still early in the day, with hours until sunset, and our feet now felt refreshed and ready to go again. We decided that while the spring was an ideal spot, we’d take our chances on the trail ahead and keep moving just a little while longer. Besides - we knew there was a group of high-school students hiking the opposite direction who were supposed to be staying at Bear Spring as well that night, and we really didn't want to be all settled in when they crashed (if they were coming).

Luckily, we found them just a few hundred yards down the trail, camped in a large spot beside the creek. Now we knew where they were, we could camp in confidence that we'd not be disturbed by "eager young minds" that night.

Beginning at Bear Spring, the trail follows a historic drainage feature called a “flume”. This ditch was dug into the mountainside in the early 1900′s as a part of an effort to provide water to a gold mining operation in nearby Kentucky Gulch. Water from Bear Spring was diverted into the flume and ran in the ditch for 2 1/2 nearly level miles to the next improvement at Tunnel Spring. Because of this historic engineering effort, the trail feels almost dead-flat, and contours high above the steep floor of Big Casa Blanca canyon. At one point, Sirena began telling me, it’s supposed to duck through a hole in the rock – but she missed the spot back in 2008 by accidentally taking the bypass built for equestrian use. She was just finishing the story when we came around a corner and found the “hole-in-the-wall” – a small tunnel through the conglomerate rock that makes up the canyon walls. Her excitement made passing up the Bear Spring camp 100% worthwhile!

As the sun got lower in the sky, we began to look for a spot to camp. Since the trail is carved into the mountainside, we started to scan the ridges and slopes that ran perpendicular to the trail for a spot. I spotted a faint foot-path heading off onto one such ridge, and we followed it out to one of the finest campsites we could have hoped for. A small fire ring, cleared spots for ground sleepers, trees for hammocks and drop-dead amazing views to the south, west and east. We arrived just in time to settle in before the evening light show started, then made ourselves a modest fire and ate Thai green curry chicken and rice by its glow. For girls like Sirena and I, it simply does not get any better.

The next morning we didn’t get an early start (which is SO typical of us!), but we were on the trail in plenty of time to cover the 10 miles remaining to our base at Kentucky Camp. We had more historic flume hiking ahead, followed by a series of small ups and downs along the historic water system, and ending with a short but wearing road walk from Kentucky Camp to my trailer just down the road. We were low on food (Sirena’s finally got a through hiker’s appetite), and eager to get back before her family arrived at camp. Never the less, we hardly hurried. The trail is just too much fun to rush!

By the time we caught sight of Kentucky Camp, we were hungry and a little tired in the feet - ready to kick back and relax. It was good that from the same ridge where we first spotted the buildings, we could also see King Gilbert - full of food and promising sandals and chairs. We were on a mission!

Seeing her family's reaction to my choice of campsite was hilarious. It was a busy weekend in the grasslands, and the larger, more established sites had already been taken when I arrived Thursday night. However, I picked out a spot on a ridge with 365degree views - but no existing fire ring or bare dirt. Where do we camp? Where do we make a fire? I lead them through the steps of building the fire ring and that process stamped down the tallest grasses immediately around the trailer. By sunset, they were as in love with the spot as Sirena and I had been. Just took a little "getting used to" the Arizona way of things ;)

I took my hammock down the hill to the nearest copse of trees for my hang that night and slept with a contented smile. What a great weekend on the Arizona Trail!
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One spot of poppies, blue dicks scattered, cacti looking like they're starting to bud out.

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Pool full and clear with a little alge

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Beautiful water!

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 Tucson, Arizona
AZT #4 Temporal Canyon to Walker Basin, AZ 
AZT #4 Temporal Canyon to Walker Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2013
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Hiking12.80 Miles 2,270 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   2.78 mph
2,270 ft AEG      31 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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This is a portion of the Arizona Trail #4 From Temporal Canyon Gulch to Walker Basin. I have been calling this Temporal Canyon but it is actually temporal Gulch. I have to ask again what determines if it's a gulch or a canyon, Gulch sounds like some place you might get robbed or shot in (by the looks of the sign in Walker Basin maybe it should be Gulch). There was water along the trail at Anaconda Spring (didn't look to appetizing) and at Walker Basin Tanks. The trail follows a jeep trail the whole way to Walker Basin and becomes a trail from Walker basin to Walker Pass. The elevation gain is all from South to North travel. Really nice Southern views of Josephine Peak and Mount Wrightson. There are numerous mines along this trail.
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 Chandler, AZ
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
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Hiking22.14 Miles 2,848 AEG
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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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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
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Hiking22.30 Miles 3,870 AEG
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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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 Tucson, AZ
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
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Hiking22.57 Miles 3,932 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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Mar 12 2011
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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
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Hiking22.30 Miles 3,870 AEG
Hiking22.30 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   2.43 mph
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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.

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There was water running in the area of the spring. Never saw the actual source.

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Metal Container was full. The water looked good
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