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Tule Rim Trail #162 - 2 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 16 2019
mgiowa
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58 male
 Joined May 05 2019
 Tucson
Oxbow - Cold Springs - Tule Rim Loop, AZ 
Oxbow - Cold Springs - Tule Rim Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2019
mgiowa
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The_Eagle summary is closer to what I experienced then the topohiker summary...without the app, and even with it, many areas are extremely difficult to find/follow. I have map/compass but without the app I would have struggled to make it out without a couple more days of choosing bearings and trying to follow them with all the bushwacking necessary.

At one point I just went down to the creek bed and boulder hopped it since I could not find the trail paralleling it. At the point the trail crossed the creek bed the trail still was not visible!

There had been no recent trail maintenance.

This is not an easygoing, enjoyable, even moderate backpacking trip.  It is frustrating, challenging and difficult.  Valley views are great....saw no one in my 2nites/3days...makes sense since the_eagle post was 7 years ago.

Water was available in Horse Tank(and other tanks) at the SW Oxbow TH and pools in the creek bed.

A bear went by my campsite night 1.
Saw white tailed deer.
Sep 22 2012
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
ColdWater 27 / Tule 162 / Oxbow 163 Loop, AZ 
ColdWater 27 / Tule 162 / Oxbow 163 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2012
joebartels
Hiking16.17 Miles 4,314 AEG
Hiking16.17 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   1.89 mph
4,314 ft AEG   2 Hrs   56 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Cold Water Trail #27
Steep at the bottom with loose footing. Junipers dominate. Good distant views. Not difficult to follow if you pay attention. We didn't and paid dearly. Foxtails are a hearty nuisance.

Tule Rim Trail #162
Cold Water Spring area is a surprising oasis. Turn around and save your sanity. The rest of the trail is a bushwhack and difficult to follow. Non existent in areas. Excellent views. Pants required.

Oxbow Trail #163
The top has a cool area at a tributary to the origin of Gap Creek. Great views. Majority of "trail" is a cairn hunt through cow pastures.

Chalk Tank Trail #506
"looked" semi promising, may take a few years to forget and forgive this area for a looksee

Synopsis
Cold Water oasis is sweet. Lunch views rocked. Top of Gap Creek is intriguing. The rest is hellish. Understand why it's rarely visited due to lack of use and maintenance. Distant views are good to excellent throughout. I just couldn't recommend to anyone. Nice to see a new area. Happy to have experienced, no desire to return.
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Coanbru Seep Cold Water Spring
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cold Water Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
excellent clean flow
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Sep 22 2012
The_Eagle
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Cold Water-Tule-Oxbow Loop, AZ 
Cold Water-Tule-Oxbow Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking15.89 Miles 4,493 AEG
Hiking15.89 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   1.81 mph
4,493 ft AEG   2 Hrs   43 Mns Break17.5 LBS Pack
 
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This hike is not for 98% of you out there.
It's not because of the views, they were expansive.
It's not because of the potential to see wildlife, there was sign of Bear, Deer and Elk everywhere. It was not because there was nothing to discover, the Cold Water Spring Area was sweet as was the Gap Creek water fall area.

It was the torture this jaunt put you through. For you 2% out there that are masochists, highly recommended! The trails are faint at best, non-existent in MANY areas. They are steep , rocky, loose, overgrown, blood robbing, clothes ripping, and patience testing. A copy of the GPS track I published for this loop will keep you from getting lost.

It's sad that although I could rate these trails close to a 4 in spots, for the views, the work you have to put in just does not justify the effort.

Other than wildlife, this area has not seen any traffic in years. All in All, I'm glad I did it, it was my first time back in this area to the end of Salt Mine Road.

Another word to the wise, when you are driving in, and get to the area where you have to go through a gate with a sign that says "No turn around" Park right there. If you don't believe the sign (Like me), you will reach a locked gate for the Brown Springs Ranch. From this point you will have to back down a steep loose gravel road. We parked above the warning sign before the gate to the ranch and had a note on my truck saying I was parked on private property. There were no signs indicating that.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Brown Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Located on Private Property. Since it's a working Ranch and the Ranch's Namesake, I'm guessing it flows pretty well.

dry Cedar Spring Dry Dry
If there was a spring in this overgrown area, it was dry.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cold Water Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
20' x 20' of cold clear water. Clear off the upper layer algae to get to the water.


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Oct 11 1992
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cold Water Trail #27Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 1992
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,510 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
2,510 ft AEG
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Out n back on Cold Water and Tule to check out Cedar Bench. Cold Water Spring was very vibrant.
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