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Aug 24 2012
imike
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 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Switchback TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2012
imike
Hiking4.40 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
560 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Jan 04 2012
imike
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 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Grand View Trail #130Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2012
imike
Hiking7.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
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logged in some trails on the way up to the first Wednesday volunteer day at the Senior Center in Cloudcroft... Unchip really excited to discover Bridal Veil falls over in Fresnal Canyon!

Interesting to note: Salado Canyon: the Rails to Trails Association has completed the trail work up canyon to Bridal Veil Falls, and the work is in play to continue the route on up canyon to connect with Grandview. In addition, the Fresnal Canyon road has been paved all the way up to High Rolls! This will likely mean more traffic on the trails, but it also means bike riders traversing up or down the mountain from Cloudcroft, have a great bypass route, sans cars for the most part, and major time scenic! It cuts off over half of the hiway miles, bringing you into hiway 82 around mile post 8.
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Apr 30 2011
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
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 Photos 10,998
 Triplogs 1,253

44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Turkey Creek Trail #34Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2011
GrottoGirl
Hiking12.94 Miles 4,825 AEG
Hiking12.94 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   1.40 mph
4,825 ft AEG3 Days   14 Hrs    Break35 LBS Pack
 
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This is actually part of a two-day backpack, I split it into two trip logs because I wanted to keep track of monthly mileage.

Last weekend we did Rincon Peak, which got us into a mood to explore more of the Rincons. Plus what a better way to follow-up one tough hike than with a tough backpack!

We car camped at the trailhead on Friday night so that we wouldn't have to get up really early to start hiking. In the morning we were greeted by a few turkeys - which is appropriate since the Trail is called Turkey Creek. The first half of this hike is in juniper/grasslands and a burn area with scrub oak and manzanita. Therefore, it can be quite hot. We lucked out because it was windy this weekend which kept the heat at bay.

The first 1.5 miles is on a jeep road which has several steep sections as well as uneven tracks which means we didn't want to take our Outback on it. Instead we hiked. Once the road ended we headed off on the trail which followed a ridge line and the skirted around a hill to the Saguaro National Park boundary (3 miles). After another quarter to half mile, we signed the Park registry and then started the steep ascent. For about another mile, we were in the old burn area, so we didn't want to take a break. We waited until we finally reached some tall trees and then we rested for a bit. From there it wasn't too far to Mud Hole Spring, which surprisingly had about an 1-2 inches of water in the catchment. From there it is a very long and steep 1 (or 1.2) miles to Deer Head Spring through juniper and pine forest. Deer Head Spring did not have any standing water. There was no catchment, which might explain why there wasn't any standing water. The ground was slightly wet. From there it was just a little bit up to the Deer Head Springs Trail which we took to the cut-off for Spud Rock Springs Campground.

Spud Rock Springs Campground is one of my favorite in the Rincons. Both times we've stayed here we haven't encountered other humans. Campsite #1 is great for larger parties. However, it is close to the toilets. The old one is still in operation, while the new one might be ready to go if you don't mind exposing yourself to your companions. This particular site has many nice flat areas and you could easily get far enough away from the toilets to enjoy the peacefulness of the campsite. The other two sites are near to the spring but the do not have many flat areas. The Spud Rock Spring catchment did have water in it - about 12 inches.

After we assembled our camp, we decided to for-go lounging around camp. Instead, we did a loop day-hike going up the Switchback trail to the Fire Loop trail. From there we took the shortest route to Manning Camp. We saw a few deer near the pond and then later they were in the mule corral. We took some time to play with the rope swing. From there we headed over to the Devil's Bathtub. This was the lowest I had ever seen the water and we actually could really make out why it has it's name. There is a tinaja which is as large as a bathtub, but it's right on the edge of a cliff. You'd be playing with the Devil if you decided to take a dip. From the Devil's Bathtub, we continued on taking the shortest routes to Spud Rock Campground.

As we approached camp, we found several colonies of Tent Caterpillars in which the caterpillars were actually outside of their tents. The larvae of the tent caterpillars construct silken tents on branches that are used for shelter and molting during the daytime. At night, caterpillars feed outside of the tents. Source: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/resources/health/field-guide/fid/tent-caterpillar.shtml

We did finally get to lounge around camp. We made our dinner - mine was a burrito filled with rehydrated carnitas and veggies. Yum!

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in Southern Arizona!
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The ground is wet but there is no standing water.

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Water is present but not much flow over the edge.

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It's impossible to say exactly how much water is coming out of the earth - however, it was at about 12 inches which concurs with reports the NPS had from mid-March and April 21.
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Apr 30 2011
RedwallNHops
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 Guides 1
 Routes 7
 Photos 237
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44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Turkey Creek Trail #34Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2011
RedwallNHops
Hiking12.94 Miles 4,825 AEG
Hiking12.94 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   1.40 mph
4,825 ft AEG3 Days   14 Hrs    Break
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Jul 19 2009
imike
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 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Switchback TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2009
imike
Hiking13.40 Miles 2,560 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   3.85 mph
2,560 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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May 24 2009
imike
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 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Switchback TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar May 24 2009
imike
Hiking3.40 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles      51 Mns   4.00 mph
300 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
36 degrees out this morning... same four elk still grazing above the Village...
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May 24 2009
imike
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 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Old Cloudcroft Hiway Trail #5002Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar May 24 2009
imike
Hiking3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles      40 Mns   4.50 mph
500 ft AEG
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just the upper half today
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May 05 2009
imike
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 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Switchback TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar May 05 2009
imike
Hiking8.60 Miles 1,660 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   3.31 mph
1,660 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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hiked down the mountain to the trailhead, and back up through Bailey Canyon
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average hiking speed 1.4 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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