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Bring a Kid Backpacking II: Off trail, Blue Ridge Dam to Kinder Crossing

Since Sycamore Canyon was so easy I figure we'd go a little wilder this time.

This will be an easy off-trail backpack where we'll walk in and near the cool waters and tall pines of East Clear Creek up in the Mogollon Rim high country. 

We'll head up Friday after work and camp in the pines near the trail-head. I plan on going earlier and securing as many campsites as we will need at Rock Crossing Campground (it's first come, first served.)

On Saturday morning, we'll head to the Blue Ridge Reservoir dam and drop 200' into the narrow canyon before heading downstream. The route will involve walking near and wading in the creek and on a faint use trail on the banks. The goal is to reach Kinder Crossing and camp there that night(~6 miles). However, the countryside permits us to be able to camp earlier if the off-trail hiking proves to be especially tiring for the kids.

On Sunday, we'll backtrack the way we came.  We'll be out in time for lunch in Pine before we head back.

Temperatures during the day will be moderate but it will get cool at night. Average elevation will be approx. 6.500'.

I'd like to keep the ages of the minors between 10-17. If you want to bring a child younger than that we'll have to talk about it. 

I'm going to autowaitlist everyone and approve individually. If you weren't on my last family trip I will need to talk to you prior to approving your RSVP.   It's a safety thing. Just want to make sure that if I don't already know you we aren't creating a potential problem.

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  • Jama

    Another great trip! Beautiful area and great company. I really appreciate how relaxed and flexible Corwin is. Made it so enjoyable!

    October 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You'll make me blush... Thank you so much for coming! Hopefully we can do another one soon. And I'm still working on that other trip we all talked about...

      October 14, 2013

  • ROXY

    Corwin, thank you for leading such a great trip. We really enjoyed see all the smile including the little guys. This was a special backpacking experience.

    October 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for coming! It was great to see you guys and to meet Tim. I hope we can all do another in a few months.

      October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That was some big fun for a little trip! I really appreciate everyone's participation; you guys made the trip spectacular. We had cold and terrain a lot of adult backpackers wouldn't touch and the kids hammered through like pros! Bravo! Can't wait to do another one of these.

    October 14, 2013

  • Jama

    Is anyone else meeting at the carpool spot? I am going by there so can but I will skip it if no one else is going to be there.

    October 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Johnny messaged me he won't be going, so I'd skip the carpool location.

      October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be pitching an orange flag just off the road where we'll be camping tomorrow. Don't want anyone missing us if they arrive at night!

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we bring our dog on this one? He's a real people person. If not, no problem.

    October 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hate saying so, but no. Sorry Tim. You'll want to keep an eye out for some of the dog-friendly trips some of the other organizers are planning.

      October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a quick check: who is planning on meeting at the carpool location vs. just going to the campsite?

    October 9, 2013

    • ROXY

      Me and my plus 2 will be leaving Tucson at 5. Won't make 6 o'clock meet up. Plan on meeting at camp Friday night. Jonny unless you want to meet after 6?

      October 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm coming from Prescott so I'll go straight to the campsite.

      October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I posted the route on hikearizona.com if you want to print out a map (Something I always highly recommend) or download a .gpx file for your gps. http://hikearizona.com/gps=25044

    October 9, 2013

  • Fan

    Sorry. Doctor said " No hiking".

    October 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm actually shocked you're listening to such sound advice. Take care of yourself!

      October 8, 2013

    • Fan

      On the medication now. have to take care and then can hike later.

      October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is will be cold at night (forecast is calling for mid 30's) and midday temps in the high 70's. Please dress and gear out accordingly.

    I will be leaving early on Friday to secure a camping area so we aren't trying to do it at night. Hence, I'll not be at the carpool location. I'll leave a big marker just off the road 751 so you will be sure where I am.

    Cellular coverage is spotty up there but texts should get through. My cell is 6o275oo791. Call, text, or email me with any questions or concerns.

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Because of the issues the federal shutdown has already caused I took a trip up to the site to make sure we are good to go. Bad news: Rock crossing campground is closed. As are the pit toilets everywhere.

    Good news: road 751 is still open and since it's a NFS road we will camp dispersed along it instead.

    Here's a gmaps link for directions from the carpool location to the site: http://goo.gl/maps/vYwjx
    If you are not going to meet at the carpool location and go there directly you can amend the starting point to customize.

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got excited for the trip and then realized we have plans for that week-end. Hopefully, there will be another trip soon that we could attend.

    August 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Of course. Probably in December.

      1 · August 23, 2013

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