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Oct 18 2014
bendorbreak
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39 female
 Joined Nov 19 2012
 Prescott, AZ
Apache Creek Trail #9905Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2014
bendorbreak
Hiking6.00 Miles 612 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
612 ft AEG
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1st trip
Hiked a portion of this trail in conjunction with Upper and Lower Graver Wash Trails.

We started off at Lower Graver Wash Trail #9904 in the early afternoon. The trail was well marked with lots of cairns along the way. It was a bit rocky along the way but a nice easy trail that wound mostly downhill. After a mile we crossed Apache Creek and started onto Apache Creek Trail #9905. This trail seems to be a cow trail, and we were hiking behind a herd that kept running just a little ways ahead of us and stopping. It was rather amusing... except for the big bull that kept looking at us!! We stayed on this trail for only a couple miles and camped for the night just past the junction to Upper Graver Wash Trail #9906. In the morning we woke up and hiked out trail #9906 to FR95B, which we took back to our vehicle near the Trail for Lower Graver Wash. This was a pretty trail with water available along the way. Will probably do more hiking in this area, as there was much more to see. This time was a quick overnight, as it was my 9 year olds first time backpacking.
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There were still a few trees changing, but many had lost leaves already.
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Sep 13 2014
friendofThunde
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 Guides 18
 Routes 280
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37 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Apache Creek Trail #9905Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2014
friendofThundergod
Hiking12.74 Miles 2,172 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.54 mph
2,172 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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1st trip
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chumley
John9L
SpiderLegs
te_wa
tibber
A nice group hike on the second day of HAZ Fest. I was able to add some new hiking partners to my list and revisited a great swimming hole discovered on a previous hike with Bruce. We got rained on pretty good and did lose a Tibber momentarily, however, everyone was safely back at camp enjoying the festivities by night fall.
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Sep 13 2014
SpiderLegs
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52 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Apache Creek Trail #9905Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2014
SpiderLegs
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,172 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs      2.17 mph
2,172 ft AEG
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1st trip
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friendofThundergod
John9L
te_wa
tibber
HAZFest started off with some quick re-navigation out of town on Friday afternoon. Heading up I-17 and right around the Cactus exit the traffic report said that the freeway is closed up near Bumblebee for an accident. So told my co-pilot what do we want to do? Thought about going up and hoping for the best until we heard it was a motorcycle crash. Had about 5 minutes to make a decision and then Detour Dan said that the only way anyone is going north tonight is to head to Wickenburg and take the back way into Prescott. So what would have been a three hour trip turned into a 4 hour trip. Luckily we were the first car to take the detour and pretty much had no traffic to deal with up the climbs to Yarnell and near Wilhoit.

This was the hike of choice at HAZFest this year and it was a good one. Thanks to Chumley for suggesting the route and dropping us off at the beginning of the hike at the trailhead to Upper Graver Wash. First part of the route had us hiking through some rather gentle terrain and along Apache Creek. As Chumley put it, while you might not always be hiking in the shade, you are never more than a few feet from it.

About halfway through the hike it was time to go off trail and explore the swimming hole. Worked our way up the creek bed and the bushwacking wasn't too bad. Found the beach and swimming hole and stopped for our lunch. Grabbed a bite to eat and jumped into the water, took a few laps around the hole and came back to dry off. Then worked our way back to the main trail.

This is when things started to get interesting. Tibber mentioned the incoming clouds and how it might be nice to have a little cloud cover to hike under. She got her wish and the clouds rolled in along with huge raindrops, thunder & lightning. The next hour of the hike went through some beautiful country, but I was too cold and wet to really pay much attention. Nobody in our group seemed to pack rain gear so all of us were in the same boat. (However as a quick aside, guess I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed. When I unpacked my day pack to throw out on my porch to dry out I noticed that I did indeed have my heavy duty rainjacket stuffed at the bottom of my pack. Put it in my pack last month to do Humphrey's Peak and never took it out.)

One of the highlights of the trip was watching Lee's dogs Cupcake & Blanco providing us with amusement as they chased deer, squirrels, cows and other assorted wildlife. My current dog is pushing 15 years old and her hiking days are long over. So it was fun to have dogs tagging along with our group.

Last highlight of the trip was meeting up with Chumley and an ice chest of beer. Hiked the last half mile or so back into camp along with John with a cool malted beverage in my hand.

Overall a great area to explore and can't wait to go back up there.
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Sep 13 2014
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Apache Creek Trail #9905Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2014
John9L
Hiking13.14 Miles 1,417 AEG
Hiking13.14 Miles
1,417 ft AEG
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1st trip
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chumley
friendofThundergod
SpiderLegs
te_wa
tibber
While attending HAZfest a group of six of us made a hike through the Apache Creek Wilderness. This is such a beautiful area and very enjoyable hiking! Along our trek we stopped by the swim hole and then continued south. About a mile later the skies opened up and the temps dropped. We continued hiking in the rain and made the most of it. The scary part was the thunder and lightning. It was too close for comfort! Luckily the weather lasted about an hour. We continued on and noticed the ground was dry. Soon after we reached the cars and then walked the last mile back to camp which didn’t receive any rain. This was a nice hike and a good group.
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