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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)
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The hike was great. The water flowed from klon@$!*% to mammoth, so we were hiking up stream, but that was not a problem at all. We saw tons of wild life. Owls, deer, turtles, and big horn sheep. I would recommend this hike to everybody. Also fair warning to all future hikers, a good portion of the hike is in the water, which is pretty much ankle deep anyways, so plan accordingly.
Excellent hike from the West Entrance. Wear trail shoes or a sturdy old pair of sneakers because you are in and out of the creek which, BTW. never fails to give sandals the opportunity to fill up with rocks. Cold night's in January, but the short day heats up the canyon decently enough. Most of the side canyons are impassable to all unless bouldering is your thing, otherwise Hell's Hole is the side canyon you can't miss. Don't forget to check out the spring as it begins to narrow into a slot canyon. PLenty of tracks but no sightings (Javelina, racoon, mountiain lion and coyote or fox). Bird watchers don't forget your binoculars, numerous predatory birds you can spot.
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