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Oct 11 2015
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Powers Divide S.Field Loop, AZ 
Powers Divide S.Field Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2015
chumley
Hiking14.48 Miles 3,211 AEG
Hiking14.48 Miles   7 Hrs   56 Mns   2.39 mph
3,211 ft AEG   1 Hour   53 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Day hike loop from Powers Garden to the shootout cabin and mine, with the return trip along the West Divide Trail.

Powers 96 was in fine shape, especially upstream of Corral canyon which was the source of a recent flood. South of Corral, there is no sign at all of the 2014 Oak Fire down in the valley. Once reaching the saddle and the Divide trail junction the trail down to the cabin is overgrown with catclaw. I'd say this trail should be cleared, but I suspect the FS is perfectly happy making it a pain to get to. And I'm actually ok with that. It's neat to see the cabin, having only scraped the surface of the history there. I'll have to watch Powers War again now that I've been there. I'm sure some of it will make more sense now.

We took a lunch break there and continued down the road to the mine where I was quick to voice my disapproval of the lack OSHA safety protocols in place. :o

On the way back, FOTG, LP, and Steady headed their own way while Karl and Pat and I decided to take the ridge back.

Like the other trails we hiked in the Galiuros, West Divide 289 is overgrown and involves some good bushwhacking, but isn't really too tough. The views were great, and a nice breeze kept the warm and largely shadeless route quite pleasant.

When we arrived at the first option to drop back to the garden, we opted to continue. The first trail is signed as Field Canyon 294, but I believe it is actually called Tent Lookout 294.

From this junction north on West Divide 289 we encountered the nicest trail conditions of the weekend. The ACC trail crew had been clearing this section and it was an absolute dream :y: . Almost too good to be true! --And soon enough, in fact, too good to be true! We reached the end of where the trail had been cleared, and we were faced with about a mile of the worst trail of the weekend. The only good thing is there was no manzanita and no catclaw, but it was otherwise a linebacker's worth of pushing through trees, bushes, and branches. Crawling was a regular part of getting through. ](*,)

Finally we reached the junction with the trail that drops into South Field Canyon. The Divide Trail north of this point was clear again, as was the trail that we followed downhill. Despite the flowing water all over the east side of the Galiuros, we were surprised that this canyon was bone dry. Nonetheless, it was a scenic canyon and a pleasant hike. The trail deteriorated and fell into what seems to be a common state for trails out here ... overgrown.

One short climb up a ridge brought us to the junction of the lower end of the signed Field Canyon 294 trail that we had bypassed up top earlier. Before heading back to camp we decided to check out the Powers Spring area, which was an amazing narrows of rocks and flowing water.

This was a great day hike loop from the garden. It'll be great once the final northern section of the Divide trail is cleared.
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dry Field Canyon Spring Dry Dry
No sign of a spring here. Entire canyon was dry.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Rattlesnake Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Didn't find spring source. Water flowing in the creek. Water also in tank at junction with Powers Cabin trail just upstream from here.
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Oct 09 2015
BiFrost
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Powers GardenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 09 2015
BiFrost
Backpack36.75 Miles 8,118 AEG
Backpack36.75 Miles2 Days   6 Hrs   12 Mns   
8,118 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Great weekend in the Galiuros with awesome group. We hiked in on the East Divide Trail and did a drive by of Kennedy Peak. The peak had great views but the East Divide Trail as others have mentioned was in rough shape from recent heavy rains and major erosion on the steep slopes resulting from fire damage. Much of the trail on the slopes either side of the peak were completely washed out so it was slow going. Once down in Rattlesnake Canyon the trail improved and easy walking to Powers Garden.

After relaxing night of hanging out by the fire with the group we headed out on various day hiking adventures. Chumley, Johnlp, Patrick, Lee, Kathy and I headed for Powers Garden and Mine to check it out. Very cool cabin and mine with the history making it even more interesting. We spent some time exploring the mine checking out the old mining relics of the past and the impressive tunnel.

Hiking back from the mine we split up on the West Divide Saddle with Chumley, Patrick and I heading up West Divide Trail towards Grassy Peak. The goal was to hike West Divide Trail and check out South Field Canyon. West Divide Trail was fairly easy to follow despite being overgrown because it was on top of the ridgeline. Near the end of the ridgeline we found some areas that had been trail cleared by trail crew who just happened to be in Powers that weekend. Once off the ridgeline we headed down South Field Canyon and back to Powers Garden for another relaxing evening around the fire. That night the trail crew stopped by and we had the opportunity to chat and thank them for all their hard work.

Next morning headed out Tortilla Trail which is in much better shape than the East Divide Trail. Great wide expanse views on the way out...best views of the Galiuros range and surrounding ranges of the weekend.
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Mar 21 2014
GrottoGirl
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Powers Garden Loop and Rhodes Peak, AZ 
Powers Garden Loop and Rhodes Peak, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 21 2014
GrottoGirl
Backpack32.57 Miles 9,326 AEG
Backpack32.57 Miles3 Days         
9,326 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
On Friday, we hiked into Powers Garden via the Tortilla trail. We arrived at the Garden and found a couple of groups already there. So, we found a nice quiet site tucked out of the way, yet still close to water. That night, we started in on the two boxes of TJ style Oreos Joel and I had brought. We had a nice juniper fragrant fire and then retired near backpacker's midnight.

Saturday we got started about 8 AM and headed up to the junction with the South Field Canyon trail and the Tent Lookout Trail (which appeared to be labeled the Field Canyon trail). Joel and I had a disagreement about which way to go. I had downloaded hazbot tracks therefore I wanted to take the South Field Canyon trail. I was overruled because the South Field Canyon trail was not really labeled and the other trail would be along a ridge line so there wouldn't be any significant elevation loss. So off we went along the Tent Lookout Trail to the East Divide Trail. Along the trail was a bit overgrown but we didn't think anything about it. When we left the Old Tent Lookout site, we had a hard time keeping on the trail. We spent a lot of time getting ourselves back to the trail just to lose it again. Basically, there isn't a trail left unless you call a trail bed that you would have to crawl along in order to stay on route a trail. Yet, I still haven't met a bushwhack I did not like. The challenge of trying to stay on track is always one I'll try even if I fail many times. Finally, we hit the junction with the South Field Canyon Trail. I had a moment of satisfaction to hear Joel tell me that I had been right. In all I won - no matter what - since I like bushwhacks and I also like to be right in the end! From the junction we followed a well defined trail up to the ridge. From there we followed really large cairns for a couple miles. Not much of a trail was defined between the cairns but the travel was relatively easy. Finally we approached Rhodes peak. By looking at the map and the terain it looked like an approach from the trail up the end of the peak would be the best, but we wanted to see what else the peak had to offer. We waited until the trail almost started to drop elevation and then we made our push. Along the way we got a great view down into the San Pedro Valley and a canyon descending from our ridge called Buck Canyon that had amazing cliffs. It was a nice scramble to the top through some volcanic welded tuff. The views from the top were stunning in all directions. We sat and enjoyed our lunch and debated our options. Originally we were going to do a big loop encompassing Pipestem canyon, however the bushwhack took up a lot of valuable time. We decided to return the way we came but head down South Field Canyon. South Fiel Canyon was delightful. One memory that will stick with me for a while is the amount of older growth junipers and ponderosa pines. One Ponderosa filled the air with butterscotch fumes that were abosolutely delicious! Close to the bottom of the canyon was a dam that had been slitted in. I was still amazing to see the masonary work.

We returned to camp and was joined by UpHill Junkie and partner. They struggled with filtering the water that comes from Powers Garden Spring. The Spring itself was the lowest I've seen it. There was barely two pools of water with a mineral blue tinge. The pipe near our camp delivered about 1 liter in less than a minute, if you let the pipe full between collections. Joel and I have mostly given up filtering which we fully appreciate whenever we watch our friends filter water for more than an hour!

In the morning, we had a late departure time of 9 AM set, but we left a bit earlier as everyone was ready. We made sure everyone made the turn off the Rattlesnake Canyon trail. The climb up Corral Canyon was steady. We had a stop at Corral Springs. After the spring we started to get views of the East Divide and Rhodes Peak. Nothing is more satisfying then identifying where you recently hiked. We took another break at the saddle and then started the long descent back to the car. Luckily the terrain was varied. We saw a couple of really cool dikes. This trip probably is a geologists dream!
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Powers Garden Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Corral Spring Dripping Dripping
Few tiny pools

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Field Canyon Spring Dripping Dripping
Tiny catchment had water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Canyon Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
I didn't look in the tank but there was water. The cows were near.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mud Spring Dripping Dripping
Enough for dog water :)

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Powers Garden Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
At the pipe midway to the cabins. The spring had two pools. Neater level was a lot lower than normal.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max South Field Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Saw a couple pools in the canyon...
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Mar 21 2014
uphill_junkie
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Powers Garden Loop and Rhodes Peak, AZ 
Powers Garden Loop and Rhodes Peak, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 21 2014
uphill_junkie
Backpack20.00 Miles 5,500 AEG
Backpack20.00 Miles3 Days         
5,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
I'm being lazy and piggy backing off Belinda's report. :-) I didn't do the loop hike, so I'm guesstimating the elevation and mileage.

I couldn't take Friday off work, so Tugger and Mark and I decided to meet those guys down there on Saturday. We got a crack of noon start, so didn't get down to camp until about 4:30ish. We needed to pump water, so we did that right after setting up camp. Took almost 2 hours to pump 12 liters!! =-O The algae kept clogging the filter, and every bottle, Mark had to take it apart and scrub it! What a pain! So finally we got back into camp to enjoy dinner and Belinda's awesome fire skills. :-)

I honestly felt like we were in the Mazzies! It's basically the same kind of terrain, the same elevation and the same scenery. Some of the trails were pretty rough, and poor little guy Tuggie was probably wishing for a doggie spa. :-) We got rattled at once on Sat and once on Sunday. All our dogs (feet included :-)) were toast when we finished Sunday. Mark and I enjoyed a couple cold brewskis at the trailhead while Tug enjoyed a soft bed inside the jeep. He wouldn't walk the whole next day! :-( (he was mostly milking it ;-))
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Mar 21 2014
RedwallNHops
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 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Powers Garden Loop and Rhodes Peak, AZ 
Powers Garden Loop and Rhodes Peak, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 21 2014
RedwallNHops
Backpack32.57 Miles 9,326 AEG
Backpack32.57 Miles3 Days         
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1st trip
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