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Sep 15 2012

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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Sycamore Canyon Loop-North, AZ 
Sycamore Canyon Loop-North, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2012
Hiking17.47 Miles 3,525 AEG
Hiking17.47 Miles   9 Hrs   51 Mns   2.08 mph
3,525 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
1st trip
We tried to do this hike last month, but were turned away because of muddy roads. On this return trip Wally decided to join Denny, Joe and myself. The Trip to this trailhead includes 22 miles of dirt off of I-17. If you like washboard roads, then FR 231 is for you.

It was a beautiful crisp clear morning with The temps on my Truck Thermometer getting down as low as 40 degrees on the way to the TH. We did a clockwise loop

- Hog Hill #133
Pleasant grade down to Winter Cabin

- Winter Cabin #70 (With a stop at Ott Lake)
This is a pretty area.
Interesting Cabin.
Spring is full of water.
Ott Lake is Dry.
Got to personally witness the Denny Rattlesnake dance. Hope to get it on camera some day.
It goes something like this:
"A high Pitched/Scared hoot, with both hands in the air, hopping on one foot in circles.
This trail gets steep dropping into Sycamore Canyon Basin.

- Sycamore Canyon Basin
There are some pretty views in the canyon, but I tired of the 5.8 mile rock hop.
Two more Blacktail Rattlers found down here

- Little Lookout Trail #6
Fill up at Geronimo Spring. The water is great.
Short Steep trail that climbs out of Sycamore Canyon. If you are trying to find this trail from down below, the trail head is easy to miss as it is blocked by a fallen tree.

- Kelsey Trail #3
Traverses across to Kelsey Spring

- Dorsey Spring Trail #7
The final push up to complete the loop

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Dorsey Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Clean Cool water coming from plastic Pipe.....

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Geronimo Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Clear cold water. Tastes great.

dry Little L O Spring Canyon Dry Dry
Looked for a bit, never found this one.

dry Ott Lake Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Winter Cabin Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
A few good size pools of clear water. There is a flow.
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
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average hiking speed 2.08 mph

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