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Jun 27 2020
adv_trev
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 Guides 1
 Routes 13
 Photos 488
 Triplogs 36

42 male
 Joined Oct 01 2005
 Queen Creek, AZ
Hot Springs CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 27 2020
adv_trev
Canyoneering9.65 Miles 869 AEG
Canyoneering9.65 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.32 mph
869 ft AEG      7 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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So, apparently this trail is closes? I wasn't sure till we finished. I couldn't imagine why. I know the ranch is closed. The amount of wildlife we saw in this candy was incredible. We saw deer, turkey, skunk, mearns, fish, coati's, and lion tracks. That turkey was following us around. She probably got 5 feet from my brother. The deer was eating right next to her before we showed up. The skunk was foraging it didn't even hear us walk up on it. Once it finally saw us it postured and even did a mini charge. It's pretty cool. Then it just walked off. At the end of the hike we came up on a pack of coati's. They were climbing their trees like a bunch of monkeys. Guess it's the closest thing we'll ever have the monkeys. It was a pretty successful adventure in my books.
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Jun 02 2012
boydstowe
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 Routes 4
 Photos 76
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52 male
 Joined Mar 28 2011
 Oro Valley, Az
Hot Springs CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 02 2012
boydstowe
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 623 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.61 mph
623 ft AEG   2 Hrs   10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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Hike this on Saturday with two meetup groups. The SAAC and X-Hiking.

There wasn't a lot of water and it's a little too hot for this hike at this time of the year. The slot canyon part still has water up to your knees, but not much deeper. We did see a few neat things though:

On the way down the canyon we spooked a pack of mature javelina. The must not have heard or smelled us as we were right on top of them before they moved.

We watched an eagle make off with a snake! You could see the snake twisting to try and get at the eagle, but he would drop it and re-grab it in mid air. Later we walked up on the eagle down in the creek bed.

The neatest thing happened during lunch. It took off my shoes and dangled my feet in the pool while eating. Suddenly I felt light touches on my feet and legs. When I looked down there were little fish picking at my legs and feet! I've heard of this in spas, but never seen it in nature before... FREE PEDICURE!! :y:
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Aug 08 2010
RedRoxx44
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 Guides 5
 Photos 21,119
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female
 Joined Feb 15 2003
 outside, anywher
Hot Springs CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 08 2010
RedRoxx44
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 623 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles
623 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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Really nice day, hot but not too much for this trek. Desert is draped in green velvet right now--so beautiful. Road to Muleshoe was rough last bit, due to rocks strewn about in the wash crossings.
Not sure of mileage as we went in at Bass Canyon. The conservancy has established a cute little trail in the canyon, easy to follow. Green and lush canopy, huge cottonwoods and sycamores throughout both canyons. Bit of a muddy bushwack as things had recently flashed, and it was humid. Nice to hike by a stream with a fair volume. Hot Springs canyon has no trail to follow. It is a bit of a slog to where the canyon starts to rock up. The initial small narrows had some nice swimming, but are completely avoidable by scrambling around on either side. The canyon opens and closes. Persist, the nicest short narrows are not far. A little swimming here also although most of it just chest deep wading on me. Brian didn't want to get wet and stayed dry the whole time. Charlie the city dog had a tough day, enjoyed the swimming, not the obedience training, and slept the whole way home.
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May 17 2009
cwhalvor
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 Photos 16
 Triplogs 3

40 male
 Joined Jun 29 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Hot Springs CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2009
cwhalvor
Hiking12.00 Miles 623 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
623 ft AEG
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Wonderful hike. There was water almost the whole trip, at times meaning wading through the water above the knee. A couple deeper spots great for swimming. The canyon also had great wildlife: many snakes, including a beautiful diamondback; deer; a pack of about two dozen coatis; and javelinas.
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Mar 27 2008
Caballero
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37 male
 Joined Feb 27 2008
 Tucson,AZ
Hot Springs CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 27 2008
Caballero
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 623 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles
623 ft AEG
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May 27 2007
cyn
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 Photos 132
 Triplogs 131

female
 Joined Aug 13 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
Hot Springs CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2007
cyn
Hiking8.00 Miles 623 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
623 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Apr 25 2007
NORTEXIV
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 Triplogs 6

34 male
 Joined Apr 03 2007
 Tucson, AZ
Hot Springs CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2007
NORTEXIV
Hiking16.00 Miles 623 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.29 mph
623 ft AEG
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May 16 2005
Lizard
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 Guides 15
 Photos 403
 Triplogs 17

41 male
 Joined Feb 05 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Hot Springs CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2005
Lizard
Hiking12.00 Miles 623 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
623 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiked down Hot Springs Canyon yesterday for the second time. I think now that my trip last year was a bit of an anomoly. Tyler Williams says that "you never need to get more than your ankles wet during a traverse of Hot Springs Canyon." Last year several areas had waist deep wades, and one section even had a required swim. This year, The water was never more than shin-deep. However the distance between the high water mark and the waterline was about the same. I believe that last year, I must have hiked the canyon right after it had been scoured out by a flash flood. Many of the deep holes I hiked last year where filled with sand this year.

I hiked down to the "best slot" in the description, then beyond to see if there were more narrows to be found. I got about a mile below the narrows, but there were no more narrow sections to be found. The hike was still very enjoyable however. There were a lot of animals about. I saw 3 deer, and nearly stepped on an evil-looking black rattlesnake.
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