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Oct 29 2016
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bassett Peak and B24 Wreck via Ash Creek, AZ 
Bassett Peak and B24 Wreck via Ash Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking11.95 Miles 3,389 AEG
Hiking11.95 Miles   6 Hrs   53 Mns   1.78 mph
3,389 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We changed the hike up to get to a place a little cooler with color.

First time in this area for me and it's some pretty country. A Pistachio grove, fields of Bright Red Chili Peppers, Tomatoes, Apples, Pears, Peaches and cotton were all passed on the drive in. On the turn off from the Sunset Loop to Ash Creek Rd, there were Campers / RV's all set up for deer hunting. We saw 3 hung up on the way in and at least six on the way out. We heard no shots all day.

JJ made the most of the available road getting to the TH. We only stopped once to move a boulder out of the way, with JJ trying to put his Cherokee through a slot the same width of the rock opening.

The hike is enjoyable through Ash Creek to Upper Ash Spring. There was plenty of color, but also plenty green. A week or 2 should make this perfect.

Making the climb out of the creek, the views started opening up. The Mt Graham area looms large behind a vast grassy area running to the base of it. It's a steady climb to the top, with just a few loose spots. The turn off The East Divide trail to get to the top is a bit thin, but it's been recently flagged it to top.

We headed down to to checkout B24 crash site from 1943. 12 tragically lost their lives here. It is steep and loose getting down to this site. There is quite a bit of debris scattered about.

After climbing back up to the trail, it was all downhill to the Trailhead.

I'm glad I was able to finally make it out to this one. It's been on the radar for quite awhile.

Thanks JJ for all the driving...

Great hiking with you and the Turtle again. Two Thumbs? up!
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Oct 29 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Bassett Peak and B24 Wreck via Ash Creek, AZ 
Bassett Peak and B24 Wreck via Ash Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking11.95 Miles 3,389 AEG
Hiking11.95 Miles   6 Hrs   53 Mns   1.78 mph
3,389 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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1st trip
JJ said he had an urge to do Ajo Peak so I jumped at the chance. It's in the 100 hikes book and I've been wanting to do it. This is the weekend Laurel was out of town so Hardy said he would join us :D . He also said it's to hot so we will do a different hike :o :scared: . Oh well, Ajo another time.... :) .
The drive in was an adventure and would be a no-go for the flying Focus. The fall colors were just starting but I like the tree canopy either way. The climb was a climb but shooting the bull with the boys eases the pain :) . Great views and some cool rock formations add to this "Fall color hike". Throw in a summit and it makes for a pretty nice hike. JJ suggested we do the Sunset Loop Drive on the way home. that was a good call also. Top it off with some good food in Globe and I'd say this trip was a winner. Thanks to JJ for driving and Bruce for dinner. Like HAZ :yr:
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Oct 30 2014
SkyIslander18
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49 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Sunset Loop Drive to Galiuro WildernessTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SkyIslander18
Scenic Drive39.70 Miles 1,057 AEG
Scenic Drive39.70 Miles
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1st trip
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Completed the entire loop on our drive in/out to hike Bassett Peak/Ash Creek.
My first time looping the area and I really enjoyed the grassland scenery.
On the morning drive in, we spotted 12 pronghorn antelope just off the road.
Wow ..... the Sulphur Springs Valley now has pronghorns!!!
:o 8)
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Nov 09 2012
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 09 2012
Randal_Schulhauser
Backpack17.55 Miles 2,750 AEG
Backpack17.55 Miles3 Days         
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Bassett Peak Tales 2012

3 days
607 miles
33 gallons of gasoline
266 digital images
Fall colours
"Robber" stellar jays
Clean, crisp mountain air (with just a hint of snow)
Unexpected solitude
No work distractions
Priceless!

The Plan => Friday 11/9 rendezvous at Einstein's Bagels in Ahwatukee AZ, truck pool, and hit the road to the Bassett Peak trail head at the end of FR660/Ash Creek Road to set up camp in the Galiuro Mountains to enjoy what many consider the best fall colours in Arizona.

I've been able to keep my 2012 quarterly wilderness adventures pretty much as planned; "Anza Borrego California Tales 2012" (check out => http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=18664 ), "Oregon Tales 2012" (check out => http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=20147 ), and Colorado Fall Colours 2012" (check out => http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=21834). Those 3 days crossed out on the November calendar to take in the Bassett Peak fall colours at Ash Spring were about to be tested...

Thursday started out with 6 adventurers ready and raring to go, by sundown there was only 1. Weather forecasts and other calamities took their toll. With Friday already booked off, I decided to roll the dice and use the Willcox Holiday Inn Express as basecamp with some adjusted plans;

A. Ahwatukee AZ - ground zero, home
B. Willcox AZ - basecamp at the Holiday Inn Express (check out => http://www.willcoxlodging.com/)
C. Fort Bowie National Historic Site - stop at the old fort (check out => http://www.nps.gov/fobo/index.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=934)
D. San Simon AZ - S. Noland Rd. turn-off to head south to Portal AZ and the South Fork of Cave Creek TH in Chiricahua National Monument
E. South Noland Road - note; signage is not "San Simon Road" as noted in HAZ write-ups
F. Foothills Road - turn-off to SE towards Portal AZ
G. Portal AZ - SE access to Chiricahua National Monument (check out => http://www.nps.gov/chir/index.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=27)
H. South Fork of Cave Creek TH - access at the South Fork picnic area (check out => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=509)
I. Forest Road 42 - up and over the Chiricahua Mountains (check out => http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coronado ... &actid=105)
J. Dos Cabezas AZ - a drive back to Willcox via SR186
K. Willcox AZ - basecamp at the local Holiday Inn Express (check out => http://www.willcoxlodging.com/)
L. Bassett Peak TH - end of the road for FR660/Ash Creek Road in the Galiuro Mountains (check out => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=252)
M. Tucson AZ - Sunday dinner with my youngest daughter, Tobyn
N. Ahwatukee AZ - home again...



DAY 1 - Friday 11/9
Ahwatukee AZ to Willcox AZ
185 miles
3 hrs 1 min 1-way per Google Maps

Hit the road for the Willcox AZ basecamp.



DAY 2 - Saturday 11/10
Willcox AZ to South Fork of Cave Creek Trail #243 via FOBO and FR42 to SR186
96 miles
3 hrs 34 min per Google Maps

I have never been to the Chiricahua Mountains before and thought I could take advantage of being in the vicinity. My home library contains the book "Cochise - the Life and Times of the Great Apache Chief" by ASU professor Peter Aleshire (check out => http://www.amazon.com/Cochise-Times-Gre ... 0471383635 ). Despite the literary criticism, I've always been intrigued by this book and the subject (an easier read about Cochise was authored by Dave Roberts). It's arguable that the existence of Fort Bowie can be attributed to Chief Cochise, so it was fitting to make the side trek. Upon entry to the site, I discover the cool nickname for Fort Bowie - FOBO, uttered by one of the staff (FOBO is now forever burned into my brain). A quick tour of FOBO Loop followed by a pondering about the location of the tent Cochise cut open to make his escape in 1861 (check out => http://www.nps.gov/fobo/historyculture/ ... elix-3.pdf ) during the "Bascom Affair". The low hanging clouds created a fittingly eerie FOBO atmosphere...

The main objective of the day was exploring South Fork of Cave Creek Trail #243 and the fall colours I've heard raves about from some HAZ trekkers and others (check out => http://www.dykinga.com/p947625174/h1be05152#h1be05152 and http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkmphoto50/6330187608/ ). Maple Camp would be the primary objective given some of the photos I've seen. I arrived at the picnic area at the end of South Fork Road noon-ish. A group of 3 hunters decked out in full camouflage were exiting the trail as I began my trek. They said they managed to get a single shot off during their morning hunt - I indicated I hoped to get considerably more (digital) shots off that afternoon... I arrived at the Maple Camp area wondering what all the fuss is about. Undeterred, I trekked another 2 miles or so upstream from the Burro Trail junction seeking fall colours. I have to agree with Letty's recent assessment (check out => http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=22250 ) and look forward to area recovery to its former blazing colours. I returned to the TH with just enough remaining daylight to spark-up the BBQ and grill a couple of burgs. To my complete surprise, I discovered a robbery in process - Stellar Jays landing on my picnic table and helping themselves to my Doritos - with me only an arm's length away!

I returned to my Willcox basecamp via Forest Road 42 up and over the Chiricahua Mountains to join up with SR186 near Dos Cabezas. When I packed up and left the South Fork picnic area my truck thermometer indicated it was 48degF. As I peaked-out along the Chiricahua ridgeline, my truck thermometer indicated it was a chilly 34degF!



DAY 3 - Sunday 11/10
Willcox AZ to Bassett Peak TH (Ash Creek Rd/FR660)
36 miles
1 hr 37 min per Google Maps

Sunday sunrise revealed a brilliant blue cloudless sky with snow visible on the highest mountain peaks. I slowly made my way to the trail head stopping many times to observe the various eye-candy (I still regret passing up the pumpkin field and failing to re-create the image captured by Derek von Briesen => http://www.pbase.com/sedonamemories/image/128206856 ) including snow on Mount Graham. As I turned onto FR660 near the intersection of Ash Creek Road and Sunset Loop, I was surprised to see nobody at the usually busy "hunter's meadow". Saw one group of campers at the large site as you exit the wash and another group at the almost-TH. I parked my truck here and discovered the campers were mostly from Mesa AZ. They indicated it had snowed overnight accompanied by some strong winds. Once on the trail, I was treated to a riot of colour (albeit a week past their prime). At Ash Spring, the aspen still had about half their leaves. Another one of the old growth aspen fell victim to the weekend winds - every time I've visited there's another old growth casualty. Without any new growth aspen, I wonder how many more years we'll have to enjoy this spectacular scene??? After capture my fill of fall colours, I packed up my gear with a dinner stop in Tucson visiting my daughter Tobyn.



And that's my Bassett Peak Tale 2012! Photos to follow...
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Nov 08 2010
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,750 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.23 mph
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Bassett Peak 2010

Had this weekend circled on the calendar for a couple of months to get my fall colours "fix". Using last year's trek for timing guidance (check out => http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=9403 and http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=9437 ), I booked off Monday 11/8 to compensate for 4 consecutive weekends with work intrusions (Future City Competition, Chest 2010, Heart Failure Society). Saturday booked for tailgating at the Coyotes-Penguins game (check out => http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=13114 ), and Sunday morning had Lynn committed to teaching Sunday School, so our earliest getaway was noon-ish on Sunday 11/7.

Packed up the F-150 with Lynn, Skippy, and Chryssie and made a stop at U of A with some Pei Wei takeaway visiting Tobyn at her condo. On the road to Willcox and checked into the local Holiday Inn Express and went on a reconnaissance mission of Willcox Playa (check out => http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation ... laya.shtml ). We will have to make a "serious" attempt to make it out to "Wings over Willcox" (check out => http://www.wingsoverwillcox.com/ ) January 12-16, 2011 this year...

Monday morning we were up at dawn's first light with the dogs demanding their breakfast and morning constitutional. We made it to the trail head about 8:30am without a person or vehicle in sight. Colours were substantial in the lower drainage, but nowhere near last year's showcase. Definitely a "wow-factor" once we made it to Ash Creek Spring where the aspen were at their peak!

First time "overnighting" with both dogs. Shih Tzu on the trail was interesting, Springer Spaniel had a blast (of course). 92 images on the 7D, 91 images on the Rebel XT - it's going to take a few days before I can review any of the photos... :D
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Nov 08 2009
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Sunset Loop Drive to Galiuro WildernessTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2009
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking1.50 Miles 1,057 AEG
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Galiuro's Revisited

Escape route on Sunday from the the Ash Creek Canyon/Bassett Peak photo orgy. Goofin' around with different HDR workflows leveraging CS3, QTPFSGUI, and EASYHDR.

http://www.arizonahikers.com/forum/view ... 0b1#102784 :sweat:

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=3221&p=27848&hilit=hdr+photography#p27848 :sweat:

Fall colours at Ash Creek, Oak Creek, High Creek, and along the washes near Bonita...
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Nov 07 2009
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,650 AEG
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A 3 day photo orgy soaking in the fall colours of Bassett Peak/Ash Creek Canyon. A detailed write-up will follow when I get the chance...

First trip to the Galiuro Wilderness. Also check out Sunset Loop photos posted under new Hike Description http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=9393 :)
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Nov 06 2009
Randal_Schulha
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Sunset Loop Drive to Galiuro WildernessTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,057 AEG
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Part of a 3-day weekend enjoying the fall colours in Ash Creek Canyon and Bassett Peak (check out http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=9403 ). First time visitor to the Galiuros. Fascinating bit of history around these parts... :)

Found a "gem" for historical reference http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=112737 :) :) Also check out http://www.foresthistory.org/ASPNET/Publications/region/3/coronado/galiuro_wilderness/sec1.aspx and step through the pages for more information. :) :) :)

Also made a stop at the nearby "Crop Circle Winery" but it was closed. :( Anybody know the story there? Victim of the economy??
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,750 AEG
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We started to hit the snow a bit above 6500'. There were a lot of animal tracks. On the final push to the summit we trudged up knee deep snow and I think we were following mountain lion tracks. Great peak.
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