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Feb 09 2020
jacobemerick
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35 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Byous Butte to Hidden SpringsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
jacobemerick
Hiking1.37 Miles 332 AEG
Hiking1.37 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   0.87 mph
332 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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After a fantastic night under the practically-full moon at Camp Grasshopper - Byous Butte, the kids and I headed over to Hidden Spring for a morning hike. Decided to take an adventurous route and soon paid for it. Getting up over that saddle with all the current growth, with the 5yo yelping that every other green thing was poking him, took a mixture of patience, promises, and threats. Eventually we pulled over and saw the steep drop down to the spring, forcing me to change tactics. Ended up ferrying the kiddos down a few dozen yards at a time, first a carry for the 2yo, followed by coaching/assistance for the 5yo and 6yo. When we finally reached the flowing spring and easy rock-hop down to FR172 it felt like a bonafied manicured trail. After that long three hours, I decided Elephant Arch can wait for a future visit.
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Negro Head Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Negro Head Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty of flow at the source, pools and trickle most of the way down to FR172.
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Apr 18 2010
johnr1
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73 male
 Joined Dec 22 2007
 tempe, az
Byous Butte to Hidden SpringsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2010
johnr1
Hiking1.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour      1.00 mph
500 ft AEG
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Short morning walk to the rock walls just north of the trail head. Bouldered/scrambled a half dozen routes with some interesting problems including one broad face with nice holds. However, solid holds were the exception and every rock seemed more than willing to flake off and head down the slope to the water. Good practice testing each hold and making sure I never was depending on only a single hold :scared:

Returned down the wash that passes the campsite and forms the first part of the Butte trail. I found a weep that might be considered a spring a ways up stream.
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Apr 16 2010
johnr1
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73 male
 Joined Dec 22 2007
 tempe, az
Byous Butte to Hidden SpringsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2010
johnr1
Hiking2.50 Miles 711 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   1.63 mph
711 ft AEG
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This was a wander in the general area of Grasshopper flats looking for interesting bouldering and scrambling. I went north from the Byous trail head stopping to scramble on an interesting wall before going over the top into the canyon with the hidden spring. Water flow was pretty minimal but definitely a bit of stream.

I went down the stream to the south crossing the FR and scaling the wall out of the wash to head up the hill south of the trail head. There were a few short scrambles on the south side of the summit but just south there was a lone butte with a fun to climb chimney.

From here I went down to Hewett creek to wade in the cool water and wash up before returning the Grasshopper flats cafe for lunch. The lunch time entertainment consisted of the largest and angriest Diamondback I have ever seen :sweat: - and I am a native of Arizona so this was not the first :) After ice water Hank finished cooking lunch about 3 feet from this fellow, we chased him off to a dense mesquite where he noisily sulked for the next hour. He was a dandy specimen and it is nice to see that they are still able to grow old (10-14 rattles, but who was counting) with all the people traveling the FR out there.
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Nov 15 2009
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Byous Butte to Hidden SpringsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2009
AZLOT69
Hiking3.00 Miles 372 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour      3.00 mph
372 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Did the grasshopper route and beyond determined to make a loop out of it. Returned the way I came. 40 degrees at the start. Long sleeves and pants really helped on my bushwhacking.
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Negro Head Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Negro Head Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Nice steady,clean looking flow
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Jan 02 2009
Grasshopper
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75 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Byous Butte to Hidden SpringsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2009
Grasshopper
Hiking1.60 Miles 372 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour      1.60 mph
372 ft AEG
 
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This short, easy, and partly "off trail" hike starts at the Byous Butte primitive campsite area TH (see pic set & hike descriptions) and proceeds up FR172 then off trail through a wash/drainage for a short distance to what I have named as "Hidden Springs". After just posting the GPS Route for this new hike description, I noticed that the HAZ- MY TOPO Map has it labeled as "Canyon Springs" and as "Negro Head Spring" (which was not noted on my Mapsource & TOPO! map software). Anyway, this small perennial springs serves as a welcomed lifeline for the local area wildlife during our dry and hot months of the year and is also a nice little hike to consider when in the area!
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Negro Head Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Negro Head Spring Dripping Dripping
This is a perennial spring with water seeps and small pooling;
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