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Scramble-ish hike in wash on the east side

I posted this some weeks back and then got sick. Hopefully this time will go better. The east side up near the base of mt lemmon has some great washes. The one I'm planning to visit is here, at the green arrow (ignore the red A),-110.713896&num=1&t=h&z=17

I haven't been here yet this year, so I don't quite know what the terrain will be like. I can just about guarantee that it will be rough, so sturdy shoes are a must, and i *strongly* recommend long pants and long sleeves. Every time I've been through here the plants end up keeping part of me with them. A lot of the terrain is sandy and rocky. This is not a trail, and some of it will require scrambling. It is very seldom traveled, so you will get to see some beautiful scenery here. Steep canyon walls and nice little pools are frequent sights.

I don't know how far we will go on this hike. It is possible that with all the rain from the winter, we may not be able to get very far. If things turn out that way, we'll do what we can to still make a nice afternoon of it. Most likely, though, we will go for about four or five hours total. It is tough to move very quickly on this terrain, so the distance will probably be only about four or five miles tops.

Please bring plenty of water - weather report now only calls for 79 degrees on Saturday, but Search and Rescue has already been off to a busy season this year. I recommend three liters, just to be on the safe side. We will also take a break at some point for lunch, so bring something substantial to eat as well. Sun protection - hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc - is also a great idea.

Anything else? Feel free to ask, and see you then!

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  • Karen C.

    Phillip, thank you for an amazing hike. The "scramble" up the wash was absolutely incredible. I loved the water and the spectacular canyons walls - gorgeous colors, and the weather was perfect. Hope to do it again soon!

    March 23, 2013

  • Philip M.

    What a great hike! It was absolutely beautiful, with some amazing pools to rest our tired feet in.

    March 23, 2013

  • Janet (.

    Sorry, something has come up.

    March 22, 2013

  • SaMaNtHa

    Wait, I do have work that day. Damn, cos it looks fun.!

    March 20, 2013

  • SaMaNtHa

    I'll go if I don't have work saturday. I'll know tomorrow.

    March 20, 2013

  • Bruce

    Duane was in Agua Caliente Canyon yesterday, and judging from his Facebook photos, the slight flow of water won't affect you at all. You'll love it -- The Agua Caliente/La Milagrosa loop is one of my favorite scrambles. 5 hours should be enough to go up Agua Caliente, and return down La Milagrosa. Although route finding will definitely slow you down if you haven't been there before. Have fun!

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Philip - this is the Agua Caliente/Milagrosa canyon area. I led a hike there in January (through Alt Hiking). Milagrosa is the northern canyon, Agua Caliente the southern one. LaFong is also familiar with this area. I can't go, but have fun!

    March 18, 2013

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