West Clear Creek-Arizona
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Scott Jones
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West Clear Creek-Arizona on 08/03/2007 19:52:55 MDT Print View

Have done some reading on this hike and am planning on trying it. A lot of wading and swimming involved. I read it takes two to four days depending on your physical condition. Has anyone here ever done the hike and how hard did you think it was?

Andrew Richard
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Locale: The Desert
wcc on 08/03/2007 23:54:57 MDT Print View

do you plan on dropping in at Willow Valley and going down to Bull Pen?
That is a great route and will take 2 solid days for an experienced canyoneer. You can shorten the trip by dropping in at Calloway or Maxwell and coming out of Blodgett Basin off of FR142a. Make sure to spend a little time at Hanging Gardens.

Scott Jones
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West Clear Creek-Arizona on 08/04/2007 23:45:05 MDT Print View

I have seen pictures of the Hanging Gardens and I would love to see them. I especially want to swim the "White Box" and the "Red Box".

If I was to go in the last week of May or first week of June, what would I expect weather wise? What kind of pack did you use and what did you do to keep water out of it or at least your gear dry?

What other gear would you recommend for this kind of trip?

Andrew Richard
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Locale: The Desert
timeframe on 08/05/2007 10:03:01 MDT Print View

If you go in the May/June timeslot the water will be very cold. Early July might be better, you can see more details and trip reports left by others more experienced in this area than myself at hikearizonadotcom. Click on the alphabet header for Willow Valley, West Clear creek, Maxwell Trail, Blodgett Basin, and you will get any info you need. Yes, a dry bag or liner is a must. There are numerous swims. Also when on HAZ, look at the Devil's Canyon hike. Its a must!

Scott Jones
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West Clear Creek-Arizona on 08/06/2007 19:50:08 MDT Print View

So a wetsuit would be a good idea at the end of May or First week of June?

How cold does it get at night?