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Chasm Creek area dayhikes with camping option

On Saturday. at 8 a.m., assemble at W. Walmart parking lot (lower corner) and drive through Camp Verde, taking the last right turn before the Verde RIver--Salt Mine Road. About a dozen miles---go to the Chasm Creek Trail and hike in a few hundred yards---to the nicest part. Then, back about 3 miles to a rough dirt road---about 2.2 miles to the trailhead for Goat Camp Spring Trail and hellhole Trail. Those wishing to camp--the best area is about 1 mile in---a few dozen steps beyond the marker for Hellhole Trail. Dayhikes can be done from here. Those not wishing to camp can go beyond to the Goat Camp Spring area or on the Hellhole Trail. Perhaps you will find the old moonshine jug. Gas: $8. There is very little up and down until the one mile point---then, a lot of uphill. All on a trail of the Cedar Bench Wilderness.

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  • Robert B.

    I don't know Peter! Perhaps they are still planning to come but the system dropped them from the attending list as it did you. I had trouble listing photographs to my last hike---it listed photos that I did not downloaded incl. photographs of items I sold on ebay months ago. And, it ignored photos I did download to my hike.

    With no idea who is going, whether they are there for overnight or dayhiking, whether they are driving high clearance or not---no plans can be made until assembly time.

    I am going to lunch---then heading home to get packed---no computer access there. Thank goodness!!!!!!!!

    I am not going to worry---just show up and take it from there!

    February 15, 2013

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    A former member

    What happened? The 4 attending went down to 1 (just U Robert) - I even had to RSVP again.....

    February 15, 2013

  • Robert B.

    Hi Peter. We have 4 people going on this hike from the Flagstaff Hiking Club Meetup posting. Except for you and me----no one else has announced their plans---as to whether they are dayhiking or camping. Whether they have high clearance vehicles or not. We can make no plans until they arrive (or not) at the assembly point. I doubt we will get an early start. Not a very streamline way of doing things.

    February 15, 2013

  • Robert B.

    Yes Peter. I had a +40 degrees North Face s.b. at Wet Beaver Creek. Tommorow I will have a brand new +20 degrees Wiggys weighing twice as much. If anyone wants to use a nice Coleman Featherlite stove and is willing to carry it in---plus fuel I will provide that---and, I will bring it to the assembly point. Otherwise, my 1 oz. alcohol stove for MY use. A person in Utah wanted to know our exact plans and then fly here---but, until people show up in the parking lot---we can't make any plans--we are NOW mostly a (new-to-the-club group of strangers posting notes via bulletin board. You are the only one I KNOW who has a high clearance vehicle who will be there. Thank you. I wish I knew how many days you will camp. I will bring my car so I can leave after 2 nights. With three new-to you dayhikes up there---you may wish to stay a day or two longer. I will have computer access until I go home in the early afternoon. So far, no one else has communicated that they are staying overnight.

    February 15, 2013

  • Robert B.

    Hi Peter,

    We will go up Chasm Creek for a couple hundred yards---without risking getting wet feet.

    Then, we will go to the TH for the backpack.

    There will be 40-60 feet of muddy walking below a seep---I will carry plastic shopping bags to keep mud off my booots going in and out.

    Otherwise, not much chance of wet boots unless you are careless crossing the creek that is our water supply.

    I am planning on two nights camping as I have seen most of what I want in the area.

    There are three good dayhike routes from the camping area---you might want to plan an extra day or two for those.

    I plan to bring my car so I can leave at my own convenience---as we did at Wet Beaver Creek.


    February 14, 2013

  • Robert B.

    In answer to questions so far, Peter Kiefer is planning on camping. I am depending on him because he has a RAV4 and will have no trouble driving to the TH. If I drive my own car---and no one can carry me up to the TH, I will walk the last mile or two---mufflers used to be cheap---but, I knocked off my old mufflet several months ago on a club hike and don't want to risk destroying its $$$replacement. I believe ASNAU rents camping gear on campus--you will need ground insulation too---such as a foam pad. One piece of gear I recommend is two plastic shopping bags. There is a place where a seep above the trail makes the trail muddy. I tie the bags over my boots for those two dozen steps. The camping area---either a wide spot on the trail or on boulders above the streambed, is a mile from the TH. I will use a Hennessey Assymetric hammock, myself. There is a really good trail in the first mile which becomes a bit brushy in other places. In places---you can see it used to be a road.

    February 12, 2013

  • Robert B.

    For more about the main part of this hike---go to:

    February 11, 2013

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