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Section Hiking the Arizona Trail, Passages 2&3, Canelo Hills East and West

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  • Not everybody can commit to a big thru-hike, but by completing section of a large trail in smaller bites you can still hike the entire trail.

    This trip ties two of the passages of the AZT together and runs from Parker Canyon Lake to Patagonia in the southern reaches of the state.

    We will take at least two vehicles and setup the shuttle Friday night at Patagonia while camping that night at Parker Lake. The trip will encompass 31 miles over Saturday and Sunday with moderate terrain. We'll be hiking this like any thru-hike; start early and hike late to eat up miles instead of blistering speed.

    Hope to see you there - corwin

    *This isn't a beginner hike, please honestly evaluate your skills and gear before signing up!

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  • Fan

    How about new year weekend? I have 4 days off.

    December 14, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can't do that; I've got prior commitments.

      December 14, 2012

  • Fan

    How about new year weekend? I have 4 days off.

    December 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been keeping an eye on the weather all week dreading what I saw this morning. At 0311 the National weather service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for precisely the area we would be travelling with low temperatures(highs in the 40's), high winds(24-34 mph), and precipitation in the form of rain, sleet and snow.

    These are perfect conditions to induce hypothermia with even the best gear and I'm not having anyone get hurt, especially right before the holidays.

    That said, I'm going to cancel this trip and re-post it for January.

    Here's the link: http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=AZZ513&warncounty=AZC003&firewxzone=AZZ148&local_place1=11+Miles+SSW+Fort+Huachuca+AZ&product1=Hazardous+Weather+Outlook

    December 14, 2012

  • mustafa z.

    Hi Corwin!
    What time are we going to leave Friday
    Let me know i can get ready.

    December 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      How does 3 pm work for you?

      December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just finished talking to the Marshall's office in Patagonia and we can leave the shuttle vehicle in front of their office while we are hiking (probably doesn't hurt for it to be safe there either). Travis had talked about bringing a smaller vehicle to save on gas so I'm thinking we will leave his ride in Patagonia and we'll all pile into my Tacoma for the trip to the trail-head. I'll hopefully be leaving early enough to cache the water at the split and be back to meet you guys. It sounds like the town of Patagonia shuts down kind of early, so if I can't find an eatery that's open late enough I'll try to give you guys a heads up so you can grab a meal en route. Travis - Here's your coordinates: 31°32'30.65"N by 110°45'3.46"W That's the dirt lot behind the post office where the passage ends. I'll email you my mobile number.

    I was planning on caching a gallon per person and an extra for meals that night. Does that sound about right for everyone?

    December 11, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll also be taking care of the arrangements for the campsite at Parker Lake.

      December 11, 2012

    • Fan

      That will be enough for me. thanks so much Corwin.

      December 11, 2012

  • Fan

    Hi Travis, can I ride with you? I knew you will bring two dogs, but I live in Chandler,it Is very close where you are. If you have room, please let me know. Thanks.

    November 27, 2012

    • Fan

      What time are we going to leave and where do you want me to meet you?

      December 8, 2012

    • Travis G.

      I am going to get out of work around 4pm on Friday, So lets plan on meeting at 5, I work out in East Mesa so the 60 or 202 is the same for me so you pick the meet up spot

      December 11, 2012

  • Fan

    Yes.

    December 9, 2012

  • Fan

    I will bring my GPS but no paper map.

    December 1, 2012

    • Fan

      I don't have it.

      December 2, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Have you gotten the coordinates to load into your GPS for the two passages?

      December 9, 2012

  • Fan

    I can leave early.

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone up for starting earlier on Friday? I put 6pm as a baseline since most everybody works a 5 day workweek. I work four 10s so I'm off on fridays and if we leave earlier it might help with caching water etc.

    I could also go ahead and meet you guys in patagonia having already cached water for us at Canelo Pass.

    December 2, 2012

  • Fan

    I can't make the meeting due to I have kid at home. My only concern is water supply. Is there any creak along the trail? I knew most of azt without of water.

    November 28, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I sent an email to the stewards for those legs and I'll relay back what information they provide.

      December 1, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      From the Passage #2 Steward: "There is water at the creek crossing two miles into Seg. 2 from the South ( Easiest direction, less climbing ) Then a dirt tank off the trail a bit a mile further. After that it is dry for many miles. There is likely muddy water in the dirt tank in Pauline Canyon ( 9 miles in ). There is likely not water in Middle canyon, so no matter what you are likely to want water at the Canelo Pass trailhead. It's only 3 miles off the pavement on your way to Parker Lake, well worth the detour to have abundant clean water there. The Cott tank water supply ( spigot ) is 5-6 miles into segment three. Fill up there and drink heavily. While you may find water in the troughs at red bank well ( 9 miles ) and in red rock creek near the end, they would both need to be filtered, the spigot does not. "

      December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is everybody good with putting their maps, gps routes, or whatever together? I usually put my own together in both paper and electronic forms and I can forward them if needed.

    December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you can make the Monthly meeting in DEC we can more quickly get a game plan together but I'll be posting maps, routes, and the broad strokes of the plan. I'm pretty flexible on most things and willing to consider your input on alternatives for anything I might suggest. Look for the update on or about Friday.

    November 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not opposed to a dog on a non-beginner trip provided it is well behaved. A lot of people think their dogs are well behaved until they get them out on the trail and then the animal becomes a liability. Be honest in your assessment. You typed "they". How many dogs are we talking about?

    November 16, 2012

    • Travis G.

      Corwin, I will be one of the shuttle vechicles, no problem. Thanks for being flexible. The dogs are good. I am not expecting to see anyone on this trail except ourselves. My 2013 goal is to do the entire AZ trail. I might or might not count this hike toward that goal. How much of the trail have you done?

      November 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I haven't done any of it. I wanted to start with Passage #1 and work them in order but we kind of missed the window to attempt that one (the weather on miller can be ugly right now). I plan on posting on trip per month, and working them in order as long as weather permits. I want to always be getting 2-3 passages at a time, depending on length of each and difficulty. Some, like the Sups #19 are 30 miles just by themselves.

      November 19, 2012

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