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Jun 17 2016
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Highline Trail #47 - Apache SitgreavesAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 17 2016
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Backpack17.11 Miles 3,785 AEG
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After exploring Hagan Canyon trail, I headed north up 191 to the Strayhorse campground and the trailhead for my overnight backpack. My destination was the Chitty Falls area. I had been there before and while the falls are not spectacular, there is a very nice campsite near them and I had remembered thinking how nice of a spot it would be for an over-nighter last year. I was also interested in hiking the rest of Chitty Creek and Salthouse Trail #18, which I still need to get into HAZ. At Strayhorse I double checked my gear, cooked up a brat and had some cream of wheat for an early lunch and then hit the trail.

As expected it was very warm and Blanco and I did not get much relief until about half way down the Salthouse Trail. The Highline Trail is rather exposed, especially with a couple of major burn areas in the first two miles, so we were happy to get off it and on to some new trail. Salthouse went pretty quick and it was not horrible, but not overly impressive either. In fact, it was even a slight drag because it was cluttered up with cattle. I guess I must have missed grazing season the last time I was there, because both Salt and Chitty were being pretty heavily grazed. Luckily there were not many cattle around the falls and my campsite, however, they still greatly diminished the two trails for me. I still managed to enjoy my superb site located just south of the falls and high on the creek bank.

We only covered about 17 miles on Friday, but the heat had Mr. Blanco and I beat and we were both in bed before the sun completely fell. We got an early start on day two in order to beat the worst of the morning heat and leave time for an afternoon day hike somewhere in the higher elevations of the Blue Range. We reached the trailhead at about 0930 on Saturday.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Chitty Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Creek is flowing nicely the entire length of the canyon

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Chitty Creek Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Creek is flowing nicely the entire length of trail
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