South Fork of Cave Creek, Chiricahua Wilderness, Arizona  (October 28, 2012)
      17nov12
We spent a few days in Arizona while on a recent road trip to the southwest corner of the United States.    The main goal of the trip was to visit friends Jon and Mary and to see their new place in Portal, Arizona.   I was also anxious to sample some of the hiking that Jon had talked about.    Shortly after arriving Jon and I did a short hike near their house, but we really wanted to do something more, something with more substance.    Jon picked the Cave Creek area as a good one to sample and I concurred.    He and Mary had hiked here and I was interested in seeing the country.  

Click here to see a map of the area.    Clearly, it's not casual country.
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A short drive from Jon and Mary's house put us near the canyons.

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Our destination was the South Fork of Cave Creek on the trail headed toward Sentinel Peak.

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The trail started off near a creek bed, but there was initially no water in the creek.    Later we found this area with flowing water.

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But the water soon disappeared.

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What?   Wildflowers?    It's almost November.

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I wonder what's up there?

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Again, some water.

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Always lots of rock above us.

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Winter is coming.

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A little waterfall and a pool.   The water was surprisingly cool.

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A burned tree.   While there was considerable evidence of the major fire that went through the area a year ago, I was impressed at how little damage had been done.

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We continued hiking for a while after this fork in the trail.   However, the girls had made dinner plans, so we had to eventually turn around.

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Overall, a most enjoyable hike, one that was very different from the usual ones I take.   We figured we covered 6 or 7 miles with an elevation gain of 1500 ft, according to the GPS receiver.