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Little Yaeger Canyon - 3 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 09 2018
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
joebartels
Hiking15.76 Miles 3,944 AEG
Hiking15.76 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.10 mph
3,944 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Yeager Canyon Trail #28
6 years since Bruce and I hiked this one. The trail is very well maintained.

Gaddes Canyon Trail Two (Old) (added 2020-02-11)
Based on comments in nonot's [ Triplog ] we hiked or paralleled this mythical 2 mile out-n-back. For sleuths' sake of ever figuring it out I moved the trailhead from FR501A to trail 502 which hikebot does have a track posted based on gov gis data.

Gaddes Canyon #110
Short leg to make the loop work. Never tire of this one.

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
Long standing fav, prefer up. Dry, no wildflowers.

Black Canyon Trail #114
Almost felt like cheating since we just hiked the nicest upper end. Columbine patch. Box Elders stood out with their bright translucent green leaves.

Offtrail Black & Burnt Canyons
1.5 mi portion we did on a 17 mi loop Aug `14. The most notable pools of water all day. Bring your own, this canyon travels easy from all the cow trails-of-use.

Ash Canyon Trail #539
Only 1.5 mi, perhaps the best part of it too.

Yeager Cabin Trail #111
Whopping 0.5mi of this gem. 9Lee linking at it's best!

Little Yaeger Canyon
Looked forward to this the most as somehow it never made the mix. Heading in I couldn't figure why Preston mentioned...
Reversing your route back down Little Yaeger Canyon is the most difficult option.
Crystal clear now. I barely made it down with lots of help. The sword was double edged as the guys spent the previous hour suggesting changing this final leg to a nearby trail... lol
I'd still go up this canyon since I forgot to keep an eye out for the Aspens. Forget descending until memory fades!

Synopsis
Enjoyed the loop once. Not itchin to do it again. Mingus is my fav so neva say never but I'd reverse it. Good to see Chums jump in on this one. 18% of the hike was breaks =)
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One Columbine patch and a fair amount of raspberry in two canyons.
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Jun 09 2018
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
chumley
Hiking17.19 Miles 4,375 AEG
Hiking17.19 Miles   9 Hrs   7 Mns   2.18 mph
4,375 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break
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1st trip
For some reason, I had never once dipped my hiking wick into any of the trails on Mingus Mountain, so this looked like a good introduction and an excuse to get to cooler elevations without driving too far.

The sun made it a bit warm toward the end, but the trails were great, and the off-trail sections were mostly manageable too! A patch of poison ivy made me do a few ballerina steps of avoidance.

Deliverance Cabin was one of the most rugged I've seen, and in an odd location. Whoever built it was apparently not a fan of being found. The way down was an improvisational mess. We enjoyed finding the old trail tread on the way back up.

The high point on the day was Kendall Peak, which somebody promised me was a unique and a peak. It's a good thing somebody added it about 6 minutes ago as a cya. :)

Little Yeager turned into a bit of an adventure in the heat of the afternoon sun, but despite slow travel, it was actually a nice change of pace to add to the mix for the day.

I'll have to explore some more of this little mountain sometime!

I ran circles around the other two, racking up a few extra miles and elevation too. :sweat:
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Kendall Peak
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Jun 09 2018
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking15.74 Miles 4,046 AEG
Hiking15.74 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.06 mph
4,046 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Joe had us up in the Mingus area again to hit some old favorites, look for some stuff and hit some new areas.

We started on the well groomed 1500' climb up Yeager Canyon Trail. Once up top, on FR9003P we stumbled onto the remains of an old cabin structure. Pipe in the structure, suggested there might be a spring in the area. After a bit of a search, we have a new named spring.

Next, the adventure of finding a way off the rim. Chums found us a break in wall to get down to our next search. Geronimo's cabin had been on my list since @PrestonSands was there years ago. This is a place that you could walk right past, if you were not within 50' of it. Gernomio's Cabin was built by Geronimo Pena. He worked as a woodcutter for 37 years, supplying the community of Jerome with firewood. Born in 1877, he passed away in the cabin in 1957 of heart disease. His boots are still supposed to be there, but I did not notice them.

Leaving the cabin we found an old use trail. We lost it and found again, along with the remnants of another unmarked near dry spring.

Back on the familiar Gaddes Canyon #110, Gaddes #9037 and Black Canyon #110, we turned into Black Canyon/Burnt Canyon. Bovine traffic made our travel much easier.

Next up was Ash Canyon #539. We found a shady spot for lunch, before heading up to Kendall Peak.
It was a bit of a huffer for me on that climb in the heat. The views are totally worth it.

We finished off the hike exploring the off trail Little Yaeger Canyon. Slow and brushy in spots, with a few down climbs that we practiced Safety First.

Good times, Thanks for driving Chums, great hiking with you again.
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Chums Spring
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Pooling in the area of the spring

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Bovine in the area make the numerous pools a must filter

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Filterable water to be had

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Water below the spring in Ash Canyon tells me it's flowing.

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Pools to be found off and on.
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PrestonSands
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Little Yaeger CanyonPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 18 2012
PrestonSands
Canyoneering4.25 Miles 1,212 AEG
Canyoneering4.25 Miles
1,212 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
I - Short 1-2 hours
 
1st trip
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I pulled up to the Little Yeager Trailhead on Highway 89A after work and decided to check out Little Yaeger Canyon itself, drawn in by its limestone cliffs and the possibility of a waterfall. I passed a few small falls, then scrambled up the canyon side to the base of the limestone cliffs to look for caves. None found.

The sun was setting, so I dropped back into the canyon and continued following it up. I soon entered a very pretty area filled with maple thickets and a few aspens. Rocky canyon walls rose high above to the south. If the growing darkness hadn't spurred me on, I would have lingered a bit in that area. Nearing the route of the Yeager Cabin Trail, I hiked out of Little Yaeger Canyon and followed the trail back in the quickly fading dusk (I'm not a fan of off-trail hiking in the dark unless I've done that route before).

The upper part of Little Yaeger Canyon, above the 6400 foot contour, is a very pretty and secluded area. It could be very colorful when autumn rolls around...
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