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Deep Creek Trail #128 - 4 members in 10 triplogs have rated this an average 2.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 21 2019
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Deep Creek Trail #128Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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CannondaleKid
Hiking7.60 Miles 2,434 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   1.60 mph
2,434 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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While it would have been great to reach the Moody Point ruins, but due to lingering physical issues coupled with a later start than planned, the anticipated 12-mile round-trip was no longer a reasonable to expectation. So we decided we would see how it goes and turn back when it felt right.

Nothing to speak of other than ups-and-downs with plenty of loose rocks... enough hazards to spend more time looking at the ground than the scenery. But with my camera fluctuating wildly again on exposures most of the photos were washed out anyway.

Our turn-around point was decided more by hunger than anything else. And once we finished our early lunch, neither of us cared to continue to turning around was easily decided.

After the hike we headed back to what we had planned for our two-night campsite. At the site we soon felt there was no point in attempting to set up our tents due the the extreme windy conditions and an a split-second we began the drive down to lower elevations and/or a more protected site. Ultimately we would camp near the Tule Canyon trailhead, thus no trying to figure out where we would hike tomorrow.
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Ridge Tank

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Ridge Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
Plenty of water, tan in color.
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Mar 03 2019
friendofThunde
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 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
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Cherry Creek is impassable by vehicle at the pavement crossing. Luckily, I am good at finding plan Bs. The upper Ancha got a ton of snow and its still lingering on the side roads. Nobody has made it past Workman falls by vehicle and road is a little dicey with snow right now. Everything is flowing and flowing hard.
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Apr 21 2018
friendofThunde
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 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Deep Creek Trail #128Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
friendofThundergod
Hiking12.16 Miles 3,184 AEG
Hiking12.16 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   2.25 mph
3,184 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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The last time I was in this area, I spotted the Moody Point ruins from a distance, however, there was not enough time to scramble over to them and check them out. I was finally able to make it over there today. I drove up on Friday and got to the trailhead late, but the goal was to start as early as possible to beat the heat and I would rather drive a little into the night than get up at 3:30 in the morning to drive to a hike. With the advantage of sleeping at the trailhead, we were able to start at 6 on the dot and I was able to sleep in past five.

The hike to the off trail traverse to the ruins went by pretty quickly, but the traverse was a little more tedious than I expected and it seemed to have taken longer than it should of. But it may have just felt longer because of the direct sunlight that baked us along the south facing route. The ruins were pretty impressive in my opinion and they had some interesting and unique qualities, but I kept my tour brief, so I could get Cup back to the car before the trail really heated up. The hike back was a little warm, but the cool breeze mitigated that a little. I carried a ton of water and even cached some on the way in because I was worried about the heat, but it ended up staying just cool enough for Cup and we were back at the car a little after 12 and that was even after several rolling shade breaks for Cup along the way.

I had hoped to link up with Larry and some HAZers after my hike, but they were on another hike and not expecting to finish until around five, so I headed back to Phoenix. I planned on exploring another site in the area, but I was just happy to get a tough 12 miles out of Cup and did not want to push it, so as with most of my hikes out here, I will probably return.

Bear Sighting

I saw a bear on the drive in. It was probably close to five miles in on FR 203. I know they frequent the desert, but this was my first sighting at that low of an elevation, so I found it kind of cool, as I am not accustomed to seeing them with saguaros. Had I not spent the first ten seconds telling myself it was a cow, I could have got a great picture!
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Apr 21 2018
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bull Canyon Rim Hike, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   1.54 mph
1,750 ft AEG   3 Hrs   16 Mns Break
 
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Sierra Ancha Wilderness - Bull Canyon Trailhead
(trail start at the end of FR203A)

Ref: Oregon_Hiker trip log summary & picset- :next: [ triplog ]

All was going as planned hiking in this very scenic, historic, off trail area until I started through a heavy bushwhack, dense vegetation area going in and up the Bull Canyon Ridgeline. In the process of getting through this short but difficult section, my beloved camera (a Canon SX700 HS) with three full, previous days of hikes and camp pics on the SD Card somehow fell out of my camera's Lowepro holder :cry:

I have posted my GPS Hike Route above and here [ gps route ] , edited for correctness, with all key waypoints which also includes two(2) waypoints for my hike route section "Start Search" and "End Search" where, within this hiking section, my lost camera should reside:

Hiking in "Start" Camera Search: N33.77786° W110.86363°
Hiking in "End" Camera Search: N33.77871° W110.86276°

If any qualified HAZer(s) has an interest in planning to do this remote, mostly off-trail hike, I would much appreciate you downloading my Gps Route, closely following it (the going in "search" route section is more important to closely follow), keeping a lookout 8-[ for my lost Canon camera.

Thank you!
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Mar 03 2018
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friendofThundergod
Hiking12.31 Miles 2,940 AEG
Hiking12.31 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   2.03 mph
2,940 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
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Larry knows I can't turn down a good ruin lead, so when he told me that @ssk44 had found one on a rugged mountain top in the Sierra Ancha, I was game, (after demanding naming rights of course). I finally got to checking out that ruin today with @carriejane.

This was my first time in this area of the Sierra Ancha and I left a little more intrigued and eager to come back. The route to the ruins was the best of times and the worst of times. However, for an off trail route in the Sierra Ancha, I thought it wasn't that bad. Although, @carriejane would certainly disagree with that assertion. In fact, I may owe her a trip to the Canyon for dragging her through this one today. The ruins were just one rectangular structure, but with nicely defined and generally well stacked rock wall, maybe arm-pit high. Moody Point Trail kind of sucks, but Deep Creek offered some decent views, no water, but oddly enough a little snow. Nice to channel my inner catclaw lovera little today, its been awhile. Sorry for dragging you on this one @carriejane and thanks for waiting with the pups while I checked it out!

Oh and let's call it Bull Canyon Lookout.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Never Go Dry Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Never goes dry my @$$ more mud than water
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Jan 25 2015
trekkin_gecko
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Upper Deep CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,050 AEG
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got to tag along with the boys on this interesting and scenic piece of the sierra anchas
rocky drive to bull canyon trailhead, with a stop at an overlook into the coon creek ruins
took deep creek trail, then off trail across a mesa, which featured a tank and a corral
then along an old mining road to the two donna lee uranium mines
both shafts seemed in good condition
went in about 15 feet, but a funny smell and a lot of flies didn't entice me to go in further
on the way back, dropped into deep creek on a nice set of switchbacks
went down canyon about a quarter mile, where we found a 50+ foot dropoff with a small waterfall and a good sized pool at the bottom
no way to get down it without gear
found webbing anchored around big rocks with rap rings so someone has done it
had lunch here and had to be content with looking down deep creek canyon at the spires and hoodoos
it would be way cool to go down there
headed back up and out
very nice day for this, in january no less
had fun exploring with some pretty good guys
nice to meet varmit (tim) :) and see the others again
thanks for including me in this one!
now i have about a dozen more hikes to put on the list ;)
will adjust stats when other tracks are posted
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Jan 25 2015
Oregon_Hiker
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 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Upper Deep CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.90 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   5 Hrs      0.98 mph
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This was a repeat of a hike I did back in April, 2013, into Deep Creek Canyon above where it dumps in to Bull Canyon. This time I brought 5 friends thanks to Grasshopper's hike planning. The drive up FR203A to the Bull Canyon Th can be a little frightening if you have a fear of heights and meet another vehicle coming the opposite direction. But I just kept reminding myself that this was nothing compared to the time I rode out of Miles TH in the Superstitions with friendofThunderGod at the wheel. We stopped at an overlook off of FR203A on the way to the Bull Canyon TH to take a look at the Coon Creek Ruins far below and enjoy the views. Then it was on to the trailhead. It was a short hike along Deep Creek Trail #128 to the start of the off trail section of this hike. We stopped by Mesa Tank which was lower than it had been in April, 2013. It appears to be on its way to filling up with sediment and becoming a marsh. Then on to the picturesque ancient corral. This area is still being actively used for cattle ranching which helps keep trails open through the patches of brush on the mesa.

On our way down a side ravine on the old mining road we were treated to the view of a large troop of Coatimundi on the opposite wall of the cliff sided ravine. There were at least a dozen but maybe as many as 20. They were tightly bunched together when I first spotted them with all there faces pointed towards us staring at us across the ravine. The white markings around their eyes really stood out in the bright morning sun and looked like they were all wearing white goggles. It was this feature that first caught my eye. As I fumbled to get my camera out of its case they started to move off in single file following a tiny ledge in the cliff and then started to scatter with some continuing along the ledge and others climbing up the hillside. This was the highlight of the hike for me because it was my first ever sighting of Coatimundi.

We continued along the old mining road to see the two Donna Lee uranium adits then took a side trip down the bottom of the canyon on the way back. I hadn't ventured more than a 100 yds down the canyon bottom on my last trip and hoped we could make it through the deep slotted section of the canyon visible below the second adit. Unfortunately we didn't get very far before being stopped by a high pour off that could only be down climbed by rappelling - something I prefer to leave to the Canyoneering folks who have obviously been here before based on the webbing left wrapped around large rocks at the top.

On the return hike I separated from the group and took a "short cut" up to the mesa to explore another area on the way back. Didn't find much, just a lot of brush which I was able to negotiate by following cow footprints left when it was muddy. I knew they were probably heading for the tank and would know the best way to get through the brush. I did cross the top end of a drainage with patches of water pooled in the slick rock. This drainage becomes quite large turning into a small canyon which enters Bull Canyon just above Deep Creek. A place to explore next time. After a couple of "What's that over there" side trips I made it back to the trailhead just a few minutes behind the rest of the group.
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Jan 25 2015
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 Joined Apr 28 2008
 Tempe, AZ
Coon Creek Ruins Overlook via FR3368Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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varmit
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles 820 AEG
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.00 mph
820 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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This was a great hike for my first triplog post! I was really happy to be a part of this fantastic outing in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness with Grasshopper, Oregon Hiker, trekkin gecko, mnlumberjack and minermike.

This very remote and scenic area has a lot to offer with sweeping views of Cherry Creek and rugged depths of Deep Creek in addition to some old abandoned uranium mines. There was a lot of evidence of deer, javalina and coyote that frequent the area. Our off trail route covered a variety of terrain with patches of thick brush, manzanita, catclaw and loose shale rock in many places. Deep Creek had pools of water scattered along the exposed bedrock.

We were lucky enough to see a band of perhaps a dozen Coatimundi along the opposite canyon side while traversing our way down into Deep Creek. Some in our group were faster on the camera than others...you'll notice I do not have a photo of the band!

This was my first time into this beautiful area but it will not be my last. There is a lot more to explore out there.. :)
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Jan 25 2015
Grasshopper
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Upper Deep CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2015
Grasshopper
Hiking5.10 Miles 794 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   1.53 mph
794 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
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I had previously entered this hike on my HAZ "wish list" back in April'13, shortly after Oregon Hiker wrote-up this mostly off-trail hike which goes in from the Bull Canyon TH at the end of FR203A. I had been awaiting a good opportunity to plan this hike as a group hike to introduce others to another most interesting area of our Sierra Ancha Wilderness with 1950's uranium mining, old ranching history, as well as a very scenic, rugged upper section of Deep Creek Canyon to visit.

Mnlumberjack's winter escape (from MN) back to his second home here in Arizona along with an earlier discussion with Jack regarding us getting together again, prompted me to begin the initial planning back in early Jan'15 for this group hike. With six of us interested in going, it became more of a logistics issue for carpooling / driving and the need to select a satisfactory date all six of us were available..then there was the needed cooperation of Mother Nature in our AZ Winter month hiking at a altitude range of around 5000 feet. :sweat:

All the logistics and our needed cooperation with Mother Nature worked out well and from reading the others trip logs, I do believe we six had a rewarding and fun day.. I know I did! :D

Jack- good to visit with you again and thanks for driving the required second vehicle;
Larry- a bonus having you, the author of this Upper Deep Creek hike & thanks for also driving;
Kelly- always enjoyable to have you join-in;
Tim- nice to have met your acquaintance back in mid-Dec'14 & thanks for joining us on this one;
Mike- nice to meet you and welcome to our amAZing state;
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Nov 22 2008
Grasshopper
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Moody Point Ruins via Deep Creek TR#128Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2008
Grasshopper
Hiking12.80 Miles 3,927 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   7 Hrs   25 Mns   1.73 mph
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This seldom mentioned and hiked Sierra Ancha Wilderness- Deep Creek TR#128 provides a 3rd way to access the ~700 year old Salado Cliff Dwelling/Ruins Site up from the Moody Point TR#140. As I discussed in my HAZ hike description for this in and out hike, I do believe this 5 mile(one way) trail provides a better option than hiking to these ruins from either the north TH access at the Workman's Creek area via the Moody Point TR or the south TH access at the Leisure TH(off Cherry Creek RD-FR203) via the Moody Point Trail.

Depending on your interests and hiking level, this day hike would be a nice drive and day outing just hiking in 5 miles on the cairned, easy to follow and scenic Deep Creek TR to its intersection with the Moody Point TR(at 5450ft), then returning back to your beginning TH start at the remote Bull Canyon TH(at 4825ft).

For those wanting more of a hiking challenge with additional payoffs for more effort required, then consider doing this entire 6.4ml one way route via an interesting and challenging route-finding hike (with ?trail? overgrowth) by continuing down the Moody Point Trail and up to this ancient cliff dwelling site. This complete 12.8ml R/T hike will assure you a real workout with only +722ft of elevation gain, but with enough trail and off trail "ups and downs" to tally an AEG of 3927ft..see this hike description's "elevation profile" for what your body will surely confirm :sweat: and still a very enjoyable and rewarding hike!

Just wish I could find a way to entice more of you into experiencing our wonderful Sierra Ancha Wilderness trails! Ken and I have one more published S/A trail hike to have finally completed them all over a past 3.5 year effort. Maybe after final completion, a celebration dinner at Joe and Preston's favorite-Chalo's La Casa Reynoso in Globe, or Al's favorite- Guayo's El Rey in Miami.. :DANCE:
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