Take care. Night 1 may be a bit hairy. Maybe desert dweller will pop up in this thread.
Karl Popper's "Paradox of Tolerance". If we tolerate intolerance, intolerance will flourish. In other words: if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually destroyed by the intolerant. Tolerating bigotry allows bigotry to spread. Exclusion isn't always a dirty word. Tell your local Nazi to F off today.
Post by desert dweller on Jul 16, 2016 8:44:59 GMT -8
Thanks for the tag, zeke.
wanderingwildcat, I backpacked the Huachucas long before the AzTrail was even conceived. It's a wonderful range to traverse. The last time I backpacked there was about 5 years ago when a friend asked me to join them on the first passage. I'd say that the decision to stay at the Parker Canyon campground is a good one. Things around the Border aren't too bad these days. But, being with others the first night may be prudent.
I'd like to join you on the hike partly because I'm always curious how the first place I ever overnighted is changing. But, September is already taken with the Pickin' in the Pines bluegrass festival in Flagstaff followed by a 15 mile segment of the AzTrail, just north of Flagstaff, right after the festival.
Have fun on the hike. And, if anyone who is reading this thread and is considering joining wanderingwildcat, I'd highly recommend the hike. A little side note. The highest point on the entire 820 mile length of the AzTrail is just 6 miles north of the Border. Miller Peak is at 9466 feet. The trail traverses the slopes of the peak at about 9200 feet. It's all down hill to Utah.
Do you have any recommendations for camping around the Canelo Hills area? I know it will have to be in the wild off the trail.
As far as places to camp on the sections between Parker Canyon Lake and Patagonia, there should be plenty of spots, off trail, for camping. The biggest issues I remembering having was, 1)Finding a flat spot and 2)That every flat spot I did find was carpeted with cow pies.
In fact, my trip report, presented on the forums 10 years ago or so, was titled Miles of Piles. Every place that looked inviting for a camp was nasty. The one flat spot I did find that was dung free was on a steep hill where someone carved a flat spot for a tank. It was too steep for cows to walk up.
The grass covered rolling hills are so unlike what the rest of the AzTrail looks like. I think you'll enjoy the hike. Water was hard to find. The couple of stock ponds I came across where stagnant. One surprise, though, was when I thought I found a working windmill. The blades were turning and the rod was going up and down. I headed over to it and saw that the rod wasn't connected to anything. But, the trough at the foot of the windmill had a float valve. When I lifted it, cool clear water began to come out. The rancher had put a submersible pump at the bottom the water shaft. It was solar powered.