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Feb 08 2020
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Willow - Massif - Salt - Dilemma - 2881 Loop, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking12.44 Miles 2,906 AEG
Hiking12.44 Miles   8 Hrs   3 Mns   1.78 mph
2,906 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
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Bruce elongated a route by @hikerdw with a side trip. We headed out with the wrestling fan Kacklepelli. To put it lightly it's a smorgasbord of views. From the makeshift trailhead we followed a powerline road that faded before passing over FR 1817. Then we were in the true origin of Willow Creek heading down.

Willow is never tough, never boring, good little workout. We were minutes from the sun the whole friggin way down. Guess who dressed lite...lol On the brightside(gasp), views popped often around the bends.

Canyon Lake Massif was the side trip. Chums has yet to chastise my naming of this little gem, borderline seal of approval! It's a treat at sunrise and sunset. Unfortunately an annoying glare in harsh light. Views down on Mormon Flat Dam stole the show in better light.

Next we took the lowest tributary of Willow to Willow proper and the final hurrah to the Salt River. Cool tickle once and appears to be very popular by an army of foot prints. A bunch of HAZ'r tracks on MapDEX too.

Up and out of Willow we scattered then I led to the horns of dilemma for lunch. Other than Black Glass Canyon I'm not a huge Goldfield fan. The Horns of Dilemma is a rock solid knockout punch. Intriguing in itself but listen kid, the views. The Four Peaks to the Rolls. A few hikes directly across the Salt I enjoy, notably for the debatable history.

After lunch Karl took the lead and it was like watching the old fern grow. Totally exaggerated because he dishes out the trash talk with the best of 'em. 2881 was on our route. There was mumble of side skirting the ascent until solid reasoning entered. Turned out to be a double false summit ascent. Easy peasy tiptoe around cholla otherwise.

Then I got a big ol' slice of humble pie descending the flipside. A steep descent down loose terrain through a never ending lightly scattered cholla mine field. The guys were extremely patient with my miserably slow three point crawl down. Got lucky without a single slip, which would have been an ugly mess.

We checked out a litchen plastered ridge then backtracked to FR 1817 then back to square one.

Synopsis
The net views are tough to beat. Thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend for the avid. Not itchin' to return for a few years. I would not bring a dog I loved on this hike. Any car can access.
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Willow - Massif - Salt - Dilemma - 2881 Loop, AZ 
Willow - Massif - Salt - Dilemma - 2881 Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking12.42 Miles 2,755 AEG
Hiking12.42 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   1.81 mph
2,755 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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It was my week to come up with a hike. I did not have much time, so I went to an area on Route Editor I have not been to before, clicked to find all the routes in the area, and cobbled together a route that fit the bill. The majority of the route was from @hikerdw (thanks) with a couple of twists.

We started at a large pull out directly across from Little Four Peaks. From here we jumped into Willow Creek. The geology is quite stunning down here. There were some pools and drops we had to bypass, all quite easy.

We jumped out of Willow Canyon on our way over to the Canyon Lake Massif. This is an old Jeep road for awhile until reaching the saddle, where a well defined use trail is apparent. It's beginning is steep, but short lived. Stay on the high trail to get over to the east side of the Massif.
You get a great overlook of the Mormon Flat Dam on the way [ youtube video ] ,
but the payoff is the views of Canyon Lake. [ youtube video ]

Next up, is to try and get to Salt Creek at the end of Willow Creek. I suggested a shortcut from the planned track, trying out a feeder canyon into Willow Canyon. It worked out great and by the footprints in it, it's kind of popular. We got to within 75' or so of the Salt River. We stopped when we got to an area with 40' boulders and a 40' drop. It looks like you could potentially get down there, but we had other places to try out.

Back up Willow Creek until the turn off to the Horns of Dilemma. (I wonder where that name came from) In spots there is a good use trail and it peters out in others. We took lunch at the north base of "The Horns" in the shade.

Next stop was Peak 2881. It's a teaser with a few false summits. More Great 360 views. Getting up from the west, was far easier and safer than our retreat to the east. Steep, loose and slow.

This was another very nice sample of the Eastern Goldfields.
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A couple of Blue Dicks here and there

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Pools the entire distance
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51 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Willow - Massif - Salt - Dilemma - 2881 Loop, AZ 
Willow - Massif - Salt - Dilemma - 2881 Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking12.42 Miles 2,755 AEG
Hiking12.42 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   1.81 mph
2,755 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
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Bruce put together a nice loop in the part of Goldfields I had not hiked before. It was mostly off trail so some tough miles but made up for it with the views. We started by hiking over to scenic overlook of Canyon Lake Massif. Took a break there for a few minutes before heading down towards the Salt River below the dam. We didn’t make it all the way to Salt River because difficult terrain but it was close enough for us.

Then we hiked up Willow Creek drainage up to the Horns of Dilemma where we had lunch and had great views of both Canyon Lake and Salt River below the dam. After lunch we continued in a southerly direction on a ridgeline which provided the best views of the day and some pleasant hiking. We took a break on Peak 2881 which I believe was the high point for the day. The only tricky part was coming off the peaks south slope which was loose scree mixed with cholla just for added sport factor. After that a bit more ridgeline and a drainage back to the vehicle.
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Dec 17 2016
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Willow Creek to Saguaro LakePhoenix, AZ
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arizona_water
Canyoneering2.70 Miles 392 AEG
Canyoneering2.70 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.28 mph
392 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I had a few hours set aside to hike on Saturday afternoon and I wanted to see if Friday's rains had created some surface flow in Willow Canyon. I think the name "Willow Creek" is just semantics. It's most always a dry canyon. So of course, there was not much surface water after the rain, but there were some small pools.

I had hoped to start hiking from the gate to Mormon Flat Dam, but there was a group of people shooting at the ridgeline. This made me really uncomfortable, so I turned around and parked at the intersection of the SRP Dam road and highway 88. I expected to have to bushwhack my way into Willow, but after following a jeep trail I noticed a clear-cut track headed north towards the bottom of the canyon. There were cairns marking this path, once you walk a few hundred meters past the jeep road. This was a pleasant surprise, and made the descent to the wash very quick and easy. This route continues to follow the canyon bottom, skirting the sides of the dry creek bed and crossing it several times. The entire time I heard gunshots from up canyon. This no longer bothered me, but I definitely was paying attention to my surroundings. My goal now was to find a route down to the river. The last 200 meters of Willow descend steeply to the river and there are a few sketchy down climbs. On the HAZ description for this hike, I didn't see any photos taken from the banks of the river. Now I know why. The last few down climbs are very steep, and I decided it wasn't worth the effort. There are great views of the river here, though!

On the return, I spent some considerable time trying to find an alternative route back around the cliff face of the river and hoped to meet up with the SRP road that way. This option quickly cliffs-out, and so then I tried to go up and over. This also proved to be too difficult (maybe if I hadn't sprained my ankle last week on a trail run :( ). I ended up walking back up Willow Canyon and exiting up the side canyon that leads directly to the SRP gate on the access road. Thankfully, the target practice party had ended and there was no one in sight. For some reason, I got this idea that I just had to see Mormon Flat Dam, so I walked through the open gate. But just as I passed by the NO TRESPASSING sign, an SRP truck drove around the corner and stopped me. Hmmm. Maybe some time in the future...

Willow Canyon is great. And the cairned route is really easy to follow.

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Several scattered small pools from recent precip.
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Dec 03 2016
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Willow-Horns-2881, AZ 
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Hiking8.09 Miles 1,944 AEG
Hiking8.09 Miles   6 Hrs      1.50 mph
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Wanted to check out the Goldfields Willow Creek so I threw a loop together that took us down the creek, across to the Horns of Dilemma, then back to the trailhead via Peak 2881. Not a bad loop if you enjoy canyon and off trail hiking. I wasn't sure what to expect from Willow Creek but we both really enjoyed it. The hiking was pretty easy and the routes around the 3 drop offs and the Narrows were straight forward, just remember right/right/left/right :) The hike across to the Horns was well marked where we had lunch. Now the tougher part of the hike started. We had hiked this 2 years ago which helped with the route finding. The cholla's were out in full force and both of us picked up several jumpers along the way. Luckily we both had long pants. The views on top of peak 2881 were fantastic. From the peak it was just a short way back to the Apache Gap TH. Great hike, great weather, solitude :y:

My posted route is pretty good with the exception of the exit off peak 2881. We elected to drop off the south side which was pretty steep and loose. Best to back track down to the north and then take the route around the east side of the peak.
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Quick in and out of Willow Creek via the Waterfall Trail. Creek was dry. Water in some of the big pools upstream. Heard, but never saw, a rattlesnake under some boulders. It started rattling, warning us to stay away. We heeded that suggestion.
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Canyoneering4.50 Miles 665 AEG
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A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Fun day, no others around.
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RickVincent
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Accessed the creek via the Waterfall trail further downstream. Traveled upstream towards a few pools. Still very light running water. Not much more than a trickle. Signs of some major flow through this area from the heavy rains less than two weeks earlier.
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Mar 02 2014
RickVincent
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Accessed the creek via the Waterfall Trail further downstream. Figured Willow would have some nice flow after the previous nights rain, and I wasn't disappointed. With everything being wet, colors were brilliant and the desert did not look thirsty anymore.
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Nov 17 2013
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RickVincent
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Wasn't sure where I wanted to go today. Jumped on the 88 and started driving. Decided to scout out this canyoneering hike I had heard about in the past. I hiked in pass the first 3 big drop-offs. I worked around most of them on the way down canyon, but found them quite easy to climb out of on the way back. Still, these climbs required some exposed moves, so caution and care should be exercised. I found myself traversing around the edges of pools to get to the pour-offs where I made my ascents. I imagine this wouldn't be quite as easy if water were flowing through here.

Today I kept it short, only going in about 0.6 miles. Yet another hike that I can add to my hikes close to home list (30 minutes or less from house to trailhead).
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Nov 17 2013
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RickVincent
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Again, not much of a hike...just scoping out the area. This time I drove further downstream and entered near the old corral which leads out towards a big waterfall. The waterfall was flowing, but not much beyond a trickle. I walked around up top then hiked down to the creek level and viewed the falls from below.
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Dec 04 2012
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Canyoneering1.36 Miles 665 AEG
Canyoneering1.36 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   1.12 mph
665 ft AEG   22 Hrs    Break
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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I just got an OHV permit for the Bulldog Canyon area so I wanted to check it out a bit more. As I researched the area, I came across the Willow Creek to Saguaro Lake description written a couple of years ago by AZLOT69. As I read the well written hike, I was thinking that there may be a bit of exaggeration, but it sounded exciting so I drove out along the Apache Trail to check it out.

I parked my truck at an old weathered corral (33deg 32.3913 by 111deg 27.1814) and followed a now closed 4WD trail down to a small wash (note: this is about at the half-way point of AZLOT69's hike description) Some debris on the brush in the wash indicated that there had been a good flow probably during the summer's monsoon season. This wash soon ended in a 30 foot, undercut, vertical washout that offered no direct way down. So I retraced my tracks and found a steep grade leading down to the main creek, now dry, where I could continue my hiking.

The canyon was so narrow in places that if I extended my arms, I could touch both walls. Lots of boulders to scramble on/over/around and pools of water to avoid, and before long, I encountered another blockage. This impass was in the form of a deep pool surrounded by steep, slick rock walls and again no direct way through.

OK.....AZLOT69 was accurate in his description, the hike does require a lot of up-and-around if you choose not to go the technical equipment route. I didn't have either the equipment or the time, so I returned to my truck. But this area looks like a lot of fun and I hope to return when I have the time to check it out further.

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There are several pools that are too deep to wade across unless prepared to get wet.
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Canyoneering4.50 Miles 665 AEG
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I saw only one diamondback rattlesnake on this hike, but last week on a previous hike close to this area, I saw 10 diamondbacks. I've noticed that a lot of the diamondbacks, and some of the desert black-tailed rattlesnakes, are thinner this year. Perhaps, the drought and higher winter temps are stressing them out. I haven't seen enough diamondbacks (I've seen roughly 25 this year) to suggest that there stress within the diamonback population. The one in the photoset looks thin to me and was not striking at all.
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A very interesting hike would be an apt description for this day's trek. I have often been intrigued by the Goldfield Mountains but thought they were just running areas for ATV's and Jeeps, and as it turns out, I was right. But I parked my truck at the Weavers Needle Vista parking area along the Apache Trail just a short distance from First Water Road to explore the area.

I got into my hiking gear, cleared the GPS and struck out, going North across Hwy 88 and into the dry wash. The immediate area was a series of horse trails, jeep/ATV tracks and some hikers boot prints. The wash was wide and ideal for walking with a mix of sand/gravel and stretches of solid rock. The Jeeps & ATV's seem to have little regard for the scenic area and are trying to climb every ledge and steep grade in sight (and it would only get worse further in) :gun: .

I decided to stay off the trails and stay in the wash, which proved to be the exciting part of the hike. Soon I was in a very narrow canyon area which had a white solid rock base, cut deep in places by the erosion effects of the water. Holes in this rock were filled with standing water from the last rains but were useful as steps to descend to the lower levels. A length of Galvanized pipe ran for a long distance along the West side of the wash that at one time carried water to Tanks further down the wash.

It wasn't long before the wash widened with a continuous sand/gravel base and a lot of dense green foliage dominated the sides. Further up, the mountains provided outstanding scenery with a lot of Saguaro and stands of Cholla dotting the sides. Slot canyons had been formed by the streams entering the wash and I investigated some of them and found them to be very interesting. One of these canyons had a drill rod stuck in the rock above a 15 foot falls.

As I continued on, the jeep/ATV trail joined and left the wash at several places, so there was a lot of traffic that ran the wash rather than the trails. I was beginning to see more plastic water bottles, plastic ATV parts, even a rider's glove littered the wash. At one place I came across some doggie poo in a zip-lock baggie (When dog poo will dry up in a couple of Arizona days, why would someone put it into a zip-lock bag to preserve it for a thousand years?) :yuck: .

I continued down the wash enjoying the quiet (the Jeeps & ATV's weren't running today) and the scenery. There were a lot of birds around and they seemed to pay little attention to my presence. At places the sides of the canyon closed in with cliffs towering high above making for some beautiful stretches of the hike. :)

When my GPS told me I reached the 5 mile mark, I had now overlapped the Willow Creek to Saguaro Lake posted hike. Along the West side of the wash, another canyon was showing itself and looked pretty tempting, but I was running low on time and put this in my memory banks for a future hike (coordinates 33-deg 32.448, 111-deg 28.948). So I reluctantly made an about face and headed back up the wash. :-({|=

When I got to the white rock area again, I had to climb up the rocks and in doing so, my new camera somehow slipped out if its bag and fell on the rocks, landing in the sand below. :o I can't repeat what I said then, :--: but after retrieving my camera, the lens cover had come off and the optional ND (neutral density) filter was cracked across its face ](*,) . Now I know why I bought a $25 screw in lens filter, that fracture could have been my $400 camera :doh: . Fortunately the camera still works and I was able to take some photos of fall foliage that still existed along the wash.

So I had an interesting day and an almost expensive lesson, but there's still hope for the regions within the Goldfield Mountains, if you can find the remote trails where the ATV's can't travel. :y:
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AzTEC
Canyoneering4.50 Miles 665 AEG
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Canyoneering7.60 Miles 950 AEG
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Hiked this as a loop going down Willow Creek to the Salt River just past Canyon Lake and the Mormon Dam and then hiked the road to Mormon Dam to route 88 (Apache Trail) and hiked it back to our car.

After the hike we drove to the restaurant at Canyon Lake and had their all-you-can-eat fish fry which they still serve every Friday - deeeeeeeeeeeeelicious.
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Canyoneering7.80 Miles 1,040 AEG
Canyoneering7.80 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   1.18 mph
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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For me it felt great to be back with some desert hiking again after another long Phoenix area summer. This was my first time hiking in our Goldfield Mountains and this completely off-trail, route finding creek/canyon hike was a good choice. Thanks AZLOT69 for your recent default GPS Route to follow which makes this one way 4+ mile creek/canyon hike a much more pleasant journey.

As my posted GPS Route and geocoded pic set shows, we elected to hike it as loop hike starting at the recommended "south" TH Parking off Hwy88 and continuing north to Willow Creek route end at the Saguaro Lake (Salt River Viewpoint), then a short one-eight mile backtracking to connect with an unnamed canyon drainage hiking east up this drainage to finally connect with the alternate "north" TH Parking at the Mormon Dam driveway/road. Then down this Morman Dam access road for .50mls to connect back with Hwy88 and then another 2.7mls up Hwy88 back to our "south" TH Parking Start.

Now having hiked this 2.7 mile section via Hwy88 back to our TH Start, I would not recommend it due to just too many blind road corners for oncoming traffic with a serious lack of walkway median to safely hike on. As described in the hike description, the best options for hiking this route are: "Shuttle, self shuttle with a bicycle, key exchange, or out and back".
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Oct 07 2010
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Willow Creek to Saguaro LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 07 2010
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Canyoneering9.00 Miles 1,142 AEG
Canyoneering9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
1,142 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
 
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Did this as an out and back to insure a good route track. Lots of water. No footprints, no garbage, no sign of others having been here, I love it.
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Jul 13 2010
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Willow Creek to Saguaro LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.50 Miles 665 AEG
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665 ft AEG
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I was going to hike First Water this day, but SAR was searching for some missing hikers, so I tried Willow Creek. I never made it to lake. If it weren't for the rattlers, I would not have enjoyed this hike. It's too sandy and not too exciting. I might think differently if I didn't get lost and found the lake
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Willow Creek to Saguaro LakePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,240 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs      1.85 mph
1,240 ft AEG
 
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Nice new years hike, threw in a couple renegade local peaks to boot.
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