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Jun 25 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Crossing CampgroundAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2018
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Hiking35.17 Miles 7,090 AEG
Hiking35.17 Miles
7,090 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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1st trip
It was far too hot to be enjoyable, but I was looking to do some heat training hikes so this fit the bill. I would not recommend this time of year to visit the Blue, it was 90 degrees by 9:30 AM and stayed at least that hot until 7 PM each day.

It is quite the drought, and the Blue River itself dries up before reaching Sawmill trailhead.

Highlight was seeing a bear on day 3. Saw dozens of elk and deer, because of the dry conditions I think they are all getting driven down into the Blue River valley in search of water.

Day 1: Up S Canyon, along Cow Flat, down Lanphier
Day 2: Tutt Creek and a bit of Foote Creek
Day 3: Up Largo, to WS Lake to get tot the top of Bear Mtn, down Sawmill

The forest service appears to take trail maintenance seriously, though there are some newish fallen trees. The worst is the middle part of Sawmill trail, where it is heavily eroded before reaching telephone ridge, and the trail is also getting eaten by brush.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few prickly poppies

dry A Spring Dry Dry
Dry in the area

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cashier Spring Dripping Dripping
Muddy ground here, but it was wet


dry Cow Flat Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Dutch Oven Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
The spring catchment was full, though it was muddy.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Foote Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Middle Foote Creek was dry at Tutt Creek Trail intersection, but was trickles and pools the next mile upstream

dry Franz Spring Dry Dry

dry Indian Canyon Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Lanphier Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
The lower 2 miles of Lanphier had good flow, the upper part of the canyon was dry

dry Largo Creek Dry Dry

dry Maple Spring Dry Dry


dry S Canyon Dry Dry

dry Tutt Creek Dry Dry

dry Whoa Canyon Dry Dry
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May 29 2016
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S Canyon #53Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiking2.21 Miles 478 AEG
Hiking2.21 Miles
478 ft AEG
 
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After finishing up our three day backpack in the Eastern Blue Range at the Lamphier Canyon trailhead, Karl and I checked out a mile of S Canyon trail while John and Chumley enjoyed a beverage.

The section near the Blue River was nice and also the only water you will encounter on the hike according to two backpackers who we met on the trail. There are some great views of the Blue and the surrounding ranches as you climb, but it's a warm trail. Conditions for the rest of trail were reported as rugged but easy to follow. The first mile of trail was great, but it would be hard to pass up Lamphier in lieu of this trail in my opinion.
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S Canyon #53Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2016
BiFrostTriplogs 1,068
Hiking2.21 Miles 478 AEG
Hiking2.21 Miles   1 Hour      2.21 mph
478 ft AEG
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Joined FOTG for a quick recon of S Canyon Trail after our Bear Mountain Loop. We wanted to check out a mile or so with first 1/2 mile along the Blue River before it heads up the ridgeline. We ran into some backpackers who came down the trail and gave us the scoop on conditions.
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