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Posted: 06/15/16 09:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I scouted around the Apache NF in east Arizona for back/bad roads, mountain peaks, valleys, and several of the rivers that originate and/or flow through the area.
A more extensive report, with more and larger pictures is on my web site at http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/E%20Az/index.html . I appreciate the people who take the time to put extensive TR's here, but it's really quit tedious. And since there is a recommended max width, why isn't that set as default???

Here's the general area:
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River flows are as follows:
Little Colorado -> Colorado
Black + White form the Salt
Blue -> San Francisco -> Gila
Anything left of the Salt -> Gila (west of Phoenix)
Gila -> Colorado (at Yuma)

Hurricane Pass West, Mt Graham, ~8600 ft.
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Near the fire lookout tower
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Next stop was the Gila River, in about the middle of the Gila Box Riparian area.
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This was via an ominous sounding 'road' off of the Black Hills Back Country Byway -- which is a nice easy drive for a passenger car when dry.
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The reason it's called Deadman Canyon, no doubt --
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I made it to the river, but not before clearing some overhanging limbs with a portable sawzall, and not without some leg damage from fighting through the **** Tamarisk. (details on web site)
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It's a nice looking area, but not my best move. 111 when I got there at 1:30, going up, and alive with bugs. Finally down to 80 inside by 11:00 pm. Plus mayor battles with Tamarisk to get to the river.
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A lost critter, between Rt 191 and the Morenci mine, on my way to higher ground.
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Amidst the Ponderosa - near the Black River. 30+ degrees cooler than yesterday.
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The Black River. I know -- having grown up near the Missouri River, this is a stream to many.
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West Fork, Little Colorado River -- near Mt Baldy.
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Far as I can tell, this the highest point (just under 10000ft) on any part of the LCR that is accessible by any trail. So I call this the origin of the LCR.
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My favorite kind of trail (not really)-- gets harder the farther one goes. From here it gets steeper, rockier, incredible amount of deadfall, and thousands of sharp snags trying to punch a hole in a leg with every step. Another couple of miles, and I gave up.
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First look at the Blue River. This is really pretty meager, even for a 'stream'.
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Nice place to camp, though.
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Flood stage on the Blue River --
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Couple of hazy pictures of the Blue Wilderness.
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Near the Blue River again, farther south and much lower elevation.
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A little 'wetter'
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The San Francisco River north of Clifton.
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And back to the Gila River, at the west end of the Gila Box -- after some of the worst 'road' I've ever driven.
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And finally, from the other side of the river, by the 'preferred' (eg, paved road) approach.
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Thanks for looking. I hope you enjoyed it.


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Posted: 06/15/16 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Excellent trip report. Love that area of the West.

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Thanks for Sharing!!! Gets me excited for our planned SW trip next year.


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Posted: 06/15/16 10:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Goes into the TR file for later this year when we meet up with our daughter in Prescott.





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Posted: 06/15/16 12:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good inspiration for us back roads folks. Thanks!

Sometimes trip themes seem to develop spontaneously. I remember taking trips to the Black River, Red River, Blue River. And then there was my "things in a row" trip - ducks, farm sheds, orchards, etc.


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Posted: 06/15/16 02:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like you had alot of fun, despite the heat~


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Posted: 06/15/16 02:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for posting this excellent tr. That's an area I hope to explore in a year or two.


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Posted: 06/15/16 06:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice trip report and your photos are great. Thanks for sharing.


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That definitely wets the a petite for exploring! Thanks for posting.

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Posted: 06/15/16 10:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice trip report. I have been to most of those places but not as far as you on some of those trails, need snake chaps to get through some of that.
I guess that fella was standing next to the road waiting to see the new Ram 3500.


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