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May 27 2016
BiFrost
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Mtn Loop - Blue RangeAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar May 27 2016
BiFrost
Backpack42.49 Miles 7,974 AEG
Backpack42.49 Miles3 Days         
7,974 ft AEG
 
FOTG offered up 3 day backpacking in the Primitive Blue Range for Memorial Day Weekend so naturally I was ready to see the Blue again. I've been to this area before but always up for more as this area has always been one of my favorites.

Day 1 was the most difficult with the majority of elevation in the first 6 miles with heavy packs. We started from Lanphier TH, then up Largo Canyon to Telephone Ridge and dropped our packs 1/4 mile from Bear Mountain and then hit the summit. The summit is scenic with cabin and tower however the tower does not have great views which is blocked by trees. Guessing the trees have just grown over time and blocked the view. We enjoyed the summit and then headed back down to our packs and eventually into Bear Valley where we found a cool camp spot. Arriving camp fairly early we had time to day hike about 2.5 miles down Little Blue Creek. As mentioned in the others triplogs it's lush, with intermittent flowing creek and cool rocky spires. It was out and back so we had time to really check out the canyon before returning to camp.

Day 2 we decided to hike over to Franz Spring/Cabin and setup camp. We got to Franz early hoping to be the first and we were. Setup camp near the cabin and then packed up for a 15 mile day hike. The day hike was lasso loop over to Hinkle Spring, then Tigre Rim and loop back to Bonanza Bill trail to Franz Cabin. The loop was a bit hot and dry with only water at Hinkle Spring in 15 miles. Blanco was definitely glad for the day hike to be over. Back at camp we settled in but had to share the camp with a somewhat noisy group of 10+ that had rolled in while we were on our day hike.

Day 3 we just had a short mostly downhill 6 miles out to the TH at Lanphier so light work for this group. Very surprised to see several large groups either camping or on their way into the Blue. FOTG did some research and found that backpacker magazine had published a recent article for this exact area and also Arizona Highways had one around the same time. Having been to the Blue many times in the past 15 years I've never seen so many people at such a remote TH as Lanphier so I can only assume this was the reason. Regardless we had a great 3 days in the Blue!!
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Dutch Oven Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bear Valley Cabin Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
water in the creek near the corral

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pipe dripping clear water

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lots of seeps with filter options

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full tub of clear water

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clear tub to filter from

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good spring flow into Lanphier Canyon confluence

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good flow for about 3 miles in the creek

dry Uee Spring Dry Dry

dry Yam Canyon Dry Dry
mostly dry but did see one small pool if needed water
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Jul 18 2015
friendofThunde
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37 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Bonanza Bill Trail #23Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 18 2015
friendofThundergod
Backpack26.37 Miles 4,519 AEG
Backpack26.37 Miles
4,519 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I really liked the setting of the Mark's Cabin/Franz Spring area that I had came across during my Bear Mountain loop the previous day. After hearing that its guest would be leaving, I decided to make it my backpack destination via the Bonanza Bill Trail #23. I moved my car camp destination from Sawmill Trail #39 to Bonanza Bill Trail #23. I stayed in the somewhat established camping area about 25 feet inside the New Mexico border.

I planned to hike into Franz Spring relatively early and then complete an afternoon day hike after some rest and getting settled in. Although the cabin was locked, the porch would provide a nice covered area in the event some torrential rain rolled through. There was also a nice Army cot on the porch and I could have totally pictured myself just sleeping on that under the porch. However, when I got there Terry was still there. We chatted for a long time and he told me several cool things about the area including the locations of some Indian ruins on the other side of the Blue. He was planning on staying there one more night and I kind of had my heart set on my own site and some solitude, so I decided to just push on and make a loop utilizing WS Lake Trail #54 and the southern section of Bonanza Bill Trail that I had yet to cover.

WS Lake Trail was in great shape, however, Bonanza Bill's southern half was downright miserable at times. There was: nearly no water, Devil's Monument was a bust and between erosion, dead fall and route finding the trail was never easy going. I kept thinking how sad it was that I added like 12 miles to my day and risked stormy weather all to avoid sharing a campsite. I did see another bear on the New Mexico side of Bonanza Bill and there were at times some breathtaking views, however, overall this was a somewhat unpleasant portion of my day and probably trip for that matter.

I camped at Hinkle Spring and decided to hike Tige Rim Trail back the next day. I set up camp very fast trying to beat a storm that never came. There was a period of lightning and thunder, but I was already in my tent. I found counting the seconds between flashes and booms to be similar to counting sheep and somewhat therapeutic. I fell asleep probably not too long after it got dark. It rained pretty hard for about a half hour during the early morning, but had stopped by the time I got out of bed and was sunny for most of the hike out. Tige Rim offered perhaps some of the best views of the trip and was generally a nice trail one that continued to get nicer as you neared its intersection with Bonanza Bill.
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dry Devil Spring Dry Dry

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Water in creek bed, not much, but light trickle can be tough to reach steep walls..

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A light trickle/seep near spring feeding a couple of mud puddles.

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Muddy water, good for dogs and livestock.
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May 26 2013
BiFrost
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Tige Rim Bonanza Bill Loop, AZ 
Tige Rim Bonanza Bill Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2013
BiFrost
Hiking12.15 Miles 2,128 AEG
Hiking12.15 Miles   7 Hrs      2.31 mph
2,128 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
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The second day hike of the road trip weekend was a loop on the Tige Rim Trail and Bonanza Bill Trail. The hike starts at the state line of Arizona and New Mexico but we soon followed the trail into New Mexico to see Tige Rim. The rim runs along the east side of the Blue Wilderness with great views of the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. Also had the luck of seeing a bull Elk along the rim that was surprised to see us.

Eventually we made our way over to the Tige Rim and Bonanza Bill trail junction back into Arizona. About a mile down from the junction we came across some cool limestone rock formations that popped up out of nowhere. Interesting formations considering the surrounding terrain shows no signs of limestone so we hiked around awhile and checked it out.

After exploring we headed down to Hinkle Spring and a canyon narrows that was also the result of limestone. There was just enough water to pump if you are in need or camping in the area. We had a nice break at Hinkle Spring before heading back to the TH and another relaxing car camp spot :)
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Small pools of water good for water pump.
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May 26 2013
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 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Tige Rim Bonanza Bill Loop AZ, AZ 
Tige Rim Bonanza Bill Loop AZ, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2013
slowandsteady
Hiking12.15 Miles 2,128 AEG
Hiking12.15 Miles   7 Hrs      2.31 mph
2,128 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
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We did a clockwise loop headed up to Tige Rim First then down to Hinkle Spring.

We were strolling along chatting and a bull elk must have been checking out something really interesting because he didn't even flinch. Even when I was yell whispering "Karl, LOOK!" Finally, he noticed me taking pictures and off he went.

We saw a couple completing a three day backpack. They were the first hikers, and only hikers, we saw all weekend so we chatted a bit. I think they were a little embarrassed to hear we were going to day hike what had taken them three days. BUT, slow is relative!
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