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Mar 22 2013
Randal_Schulhauser
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61 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - S/R Cyn Wilderness (FR346)Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 22 2013
Randal_Schulhauser
Backpack20.52 Miles 3,122 AEG
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Camp Grasshopper Mar2013 - Salt River Canyon Wilderness


4 day weekend booked months in advance
Yotes hockey tailgating "bookends" Thursday & Monday evening
Salt River Canyon Wilderness "mystery areas"
Off-trail hiking, ruins, 4WD trekking, canyoneering
Arizona "pin striping" my F-150
Talking to "real" cowboys
363 images on XT and 7D
Sleeping in back cab of my F-150
Black Jack Wash to Salt River (Jump-Off Canyon) http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17417
Black Mountain 4515 Ruins http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17632
Black Jack Mountains to Upper Hess Canyon http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17633
Hess Canyon to Salt River http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17086
Another "Camp Grasshopper"
Priceless!


Having missed the past two "Camp Grasshoppers", I couldn't risk a strike three caught looking! So I booked a four day weekend at the beginning of the New Year, pushed off any potential conflicts (including my Yotes obligations) and assured Hank that I'd be there! Exploring the unknowns of the Salt River Canyon Wilderness only made it all the more sweet => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17600


Friday 3/22 - After Thursday night tail-gating at the Canucks/Yotes game, packed up the F-150 and headed towards the corrals near Clay Springs in the White Ledges of the Salt River Canyon Wilderness. Following Hank's detailed instructions;

Drive 80.7 miles east from Ahwatukee to Globe via Hwy60.

Drive 16.3 miles north from Globe on Hwy60 to FR303 intersection (by Jones Water Campgrounds).

Drive 2.6 miles northwest on FR303 to FR645 intersection.

Drive 4.86 miles west and north on FR645 to FR346 intersection (pass thru 1 ranch gate).

Drive 3.34 miles north on FR346 to corrals at Clay Spring (pass thru 2 ranch gates).

I arrived at the corrals about 2:30-ish that afternoon to find 3 vehicles, lots of camping gear, but no hikers => http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=325870 . With a positive ID on the official "Grasshopper" Jeep, I scouted out something approximating level ground and set up my base camp. After a beverage and snack I decided to climb up the White Ledges and checkout the local views. From this high vantage I could make out some familiar sights - Aztec Peak, Four Peaks, Cherry Creek basin, the Sierra Anchas and something unfamiliar - the roaring rapids of the Salt River in Jump-Off Canyon and the remnants of Quartzite Falls just beyond => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqtJ_5sIc9Y and http://www.americanwhitewater.org/conte ... #rapid1887 and http://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/16/us/8- ... izona.html . As the shadows began to stretch longer, I could hear voices back at the corral area and decided to trek back to camp. Arriving at camp I recognized some familiar faces - Hank (aka Grasshopper), Randy (aka RWStorm), and someone new - Larry (aka Oregon Hiker). As day light disappeared, my stomach sent out distinctive clues that it was BBQ time => http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=325871 . Steak with corn-on-the-cob and an appropriate Four Peaks Kilt Lifter to cleanse the pallet were on the menu. Camp Grasshopper called it a night at about 10:30pm and I crawled into the back of my Crew Cab serenaded by a couple of owls. 5.06 miles logged Friday on iPhone Trimble Outdoors Navigator app.


Saturday 3/23 - Black Mountain Ruins and 4WD trek to Upper Hess Canyon testing Randy's Tacoma and driving skills! Heading back to our Clay Spring camp at the end of FR346 we encountered the "real cowboys". Marlboro Man informed us that we may have some cattle running through our camp having moved 7 cows into our section. After a short break back at the camp (sans cows), Randy guided me down Black Jack Wash to Salt River (Jump-Off Canyon). This was the hi-lite of the weekend! Had an opportunity to see 3 rafts and about 6 kayakers run the rapids above Quartzite Falls... 3.82 miles logged Saturday on iPhone Trimble Outdoors Navigator app.


Sunday 2/24 - The Camp Grasshoppers broke camp 9-ish to meet up with Pam (aka Outdoor Lover) and Kelly (aka Trekkin Gecko) ready to explore Hess Canyon... Some cool wildlife encounters that day - long eared owls, head butting big horn sheep, a swarm of bees on the move and horned toads. Must say that the marble finish along Hess Canyon make this an unexpected gem. 11.64 miles logged Sunday on iPhone Trimble Outdoors Navigator app pretty much matched my FitBit.


Excellent time at another Camp Grasshopper! Special thanks to Hank, Randy, Larry, Pam, and Kelly for the good company. I was surprised by the 3-day/2-night weekend mileage at 20.52 miles logged (5.06+3.82+11.64). Photos (363 images to sort through - yikes!) to be posted when I get the chance...
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Mar 22 2013
Grasshopper
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75 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Perennial Clay Spring Area, AZ 
Perennial Clay Spring Area, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2013
Grasshopper
Hiking0.40 Miles
Hiking0.40 Miles      30 Mns   0.80 mph
 
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From Camp Grasshopper - S/R Cyn Wilderness(FR346) , a short .20 mile one way hike to what appears to be perennial Clay Spring (please see posted 3/22/13 geocoded picset with captions).
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Clay Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Clay Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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Mar 21 2013
rwstorm
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72 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - S/R Cyn Wilderness (FR346)Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Mar 21 2013
rwstorm
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Randal_Schulhauser
I got an invite to camp and hike with Grasshopper in an area I had never been and I jumped at the opportunity! :) I arrived at camp about 2:30 Thursday afternoon while he and Larry were out doing a tough bushwhack. Planned on staying two nights, but extended it to three and did most of the hikes. The downside to this camping area is that it has virtually no shade or level spots. It is quite a dramatic steep drop down to the end of FR346, which I really enjoyed! What you see before your eyes as you approach is pretty awesome. You are close to the Salt River and there is a nice easy way to get there from camp. I went to the river Friday with Hank and Larry, and again Saturday with Randal. At night we were treated to the sound of owls, as they seem to be plentiful around there. 8) I got treated to a steak and corn on the cob by Randal Friday night, then Hank shared linguini and meatballs with salad Saturday night! :thanx: Such a deal! :D I provided pots of my high octane coffee in the morning. This was a very enjoyable campout with excellent company. It was good meeting Larry and seeing Randal again. Lots of work goes into executing these type of events. Thank you for the invite and hospitality Hank! :)
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Mar 20 2013
Oregon_Hiker
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74 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - S/R Cyn Wilderness (FR346)Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Oregon_Hiker
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rwstorm
Another successful campout with the Grasshopper. I drove into camp on the first day, Wed. Mar 20 at mid afternoon after taking my time to enjoy the views on the way down the long steep 4x4 road to the camp location at the Clay Spring corrals. Hank was in the middle of setting up his camp against the east side of the corral fence. The camp site has a great view of the Sierra Ancha mountains through a v-shaped slot to the north as well as the white ledges, a slab of white rock (granite?) tilted at 60 deg, which extends east to west for many miles passing within a 100 yards of our camp. Although there were many open spaces to park there was a shortage of level spots where a tent could be set up. I sleep in the back of my Toyota FJ so got it level with rocks under the downhill tires and I was set for the week.

RWStorm would join us Thurs afternoon for a 2 night stay which stretched to 3 nights partly due to the generosity of Hank's camp kitchen. Randal S. joined us Friday afternoon and stayed for two nights. Trekkin Gecko and Outdoor Lover joined us Sunday for a day hike down Hess Canyon. Hank and I stayed through the following Monday. We did several hikes originating out of our camp and drove to two other locations. There was much to explore in this area but there are no developed trails, just a few 4x4 roads and cow trails. Hank and I had some pre-planned gps tracks traced out on Google Earth and on Garmin mapsource which helped us find our way. Hank had also done some exploratory planning hikes back in Feb and RedRoxx44 was a valuable source of info on the area. It was a fantastic 6 days with perfect weather, meeting new HAZ friends, and hiking in awesome scenery. Thank you, Hank, for setting this up and making it a success with your usual detailed planning.
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Mar 20 2013
Grasshopper
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75 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - S/R Cyn Wilderness (FR346)Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Mar 20 2013
Grasshopper
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Finally, after four months of planning, mapping/documenting/hiking the surrounding areas, and two camp area trip visits- 1st on 11/20/12, and a 2nd final confirming scouting trip on 2/18/13, it was time to begin my one week get ready & setup for this much anticipated Spring'13 (5 night-6 day) "Camp Grasshopper - Salt River Canyon Wilderness" Car Camp at the perennial Clay Spring area :y:

I was so excited about camping, off-trail hiking, and wanting to share this awesome location-scenery area that I almost posted this outing as an open event on HAZ. It is a good thing that I did not do so as my 2/18 scouting trip would confirm that a number of my personal invitees would not be able to attend due mostly to my confirming on 2/18, a limited number of level campsites available, and a serious need for a 4WD vehicle to exit from camp UP FR346. After my apologies to those who could not join us for this first time extended visit, those of us noted above all who had 4WD vehicles proceeded to make our overnight and day plans. Outdoor Lover and trekkin gecko would fortunately be able to drive-in to the TH Start for our last full day outing on Sunday-3/24.

On most of my previously planned spring-summer-fall extended 5 night/6 day Car Camping-Hiking trips I usually set aside significant time for cooking nice dinners/breakfasts, relaxing around camp, and just basically doing nothing but enjoying Mother Nature at its remote best. This first time visit to this most awesome area just did not allow for such. There is just so much awesomeness to explore that we were moving every day and it was fun :D .

This trip was a huge success and I would like to encourage all who enjoy an area such as this to consider a visit. Just from the campsite area alone at the end of FR346, are two now confirmed and HAZ documented excellent off-trail hikes: Blackjack Wash to Salt River and Lower Yankee Joe Canyon Loop .

I believe Oregon Hiker summed it up best- "It was a fantastic 6 days with perfect weather, meeting new HAZ friends, and hiking in awesome scenery." Thank you all for joining me!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Clay Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Only a .20 mile hike up the wash drainage from FR346 end, this apparent perennial spring is piped from its spring source to an old cement trough which provides a viable, free-flowing water source for treating and/or filtering.
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Feb 18 2013
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Blackjack Wash to Salt River - SRC WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2013
Grasshopper
Hiking1.00 Miles 345 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.00 mph
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This remote eastern section of our Tonto National Forest north of Globe, AZ, bordering & within the Salt River Canyon Wilderness has a whole lot going on.

Since Nov'12 and over the past four months to date, I've had an awesome time exploring some of this area with our HAZ- Oregon Hiker(Larry), BEEBEE(Brian), and mnlumberjack(Jack). With their help (which also includes our Redroxx44..Letty in the wings :) , it has been very rewarding for me to document some of our last four month day trip explorations now as new HAZ "off trail" hike and scenic drive descriptions for others qualified to hopefully consider and also enjoy. Thank you all !!

These now include (with more to hopefully be issued at a later date):
Salt River Canyon Wild - FR303 367 645 346.. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17099
Hess Canyon to Salt River - SRC Wilderness.. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17086
Blackjack Wash to Salt River - SRC Wild .. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17417
Haystack Butte - 5741 feet.. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17544
Camp Grasshopper - S/R Cyn Wild (FR346).. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17600

For this "Blackjack Wash to Salt River" hike, Larry and I had originally viewed a possible hike route on various topos and Google Earth. We both came up with different preferred TH Starting locations for a planned route. On 12/17/12 Brian and I successfully hiked my exploratory route out and back. Afterwards however, I was not satisfied with this route and later defaulted to Larry's route for any future attempts. Then on 1/12/13, Letty and Brian camped at FR346 end-Clay Spring area (now HAZ published above as "Camp Grasshopper" :) ). They hiked a different canyon area on 1/13 but prior-to their PM departure, Letty noticed a possible shorter off-trail route starting across from http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=317943 their campsite area. Knowing that I was planning a revisit, Letty shared her thoughts with me and the rest is history.. she was right-on!

Jack and I planned our scouting trip back out here this day 2/18/13 to accomplish a number of things, but one important task of which was to blaze (with loppers) a new off-trail route from FR346 end at Clay Spring to the majestic Salt River viewpoint area at Blackjack Wash lower end.. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=317950 ..Mission accomplished & documented :DANCE:
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Jump-Off Canyon White Ledges
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