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.