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epolomsk
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4/3/2021
epolomsk
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Thursday april 1, completed 3rd crossing,box canyon,hidden spring,santa rosa, nicholias loop.
Went down nicholias.
Done this loop twice before.
Driest i have ever seen it.
Siphoned waterfrom a fist sized puddle atbox!

Shocked to see 2 backpacks at Stifferino spring
Near the martinez canyon trail.
Have never encountered anyone there on previoys trips.

Is this route advertized somewhere?

Becz, also encountered 2 ppl heading up box to hidden.
Very nice,butVERY unprepared.
4pm, and they had mistaken boulder alley at 3rd crossing for box canyon and thot they wete gonna get to hidden that day!
Later met them at the saddle above box on the old indian trail; they had again hotten turned around and thot they were looming at rockhouse canyon,vut were actually viewing santa catarina from afar.

They thought they were only 1 hr from Hidden (with backpacks)
And had no idea how little water there was there.

Seemingly no maps..yikes. fortunately they turned around from this life threatening plan.

Nicholias cottonwoods lovely and leafing out,
The route down nicholias was sadly very overgrown with tumbled cairns (fixed a few)

Hard, but great trip.
Zero wildowers except very few in box canyon.

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rockhopper
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4/6/2021
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dsefcik wrote:
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Interesting seeing the other hikers out there. Actually kinda nice if your soloing.

Gary and I were out there from Thurs-Thurs that week and we only saw a single hiker on day 1 that was coming back from the lower rock houses. I looked out into the valley every day and never saw anyone, even at the top of the santa rosa ridgeline, I am surprised someone saw our packs. There were a lot of footprints in the main wash to the cottonwoods via the dry fall...many footprints.



Epolo, Daren and Gary,

I was out hiking the on the east side of the Santa Rosas on the other side of Rabbit a few days before you guys. Going thru photos to post.
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dsefcik
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4/4/2021
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Those were our packs at Stifferino, we day hiked the ridgeline that day and came back down near the old village. Gary and I backpacked for 7 days last week out there, sounds like you back tracked our route. Will post a TR hopefully this week.


Hidden spring had maybe a dixie cup of water, would never depend on that water.

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4/5/2021
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rockhopper wrote:
Interesting seeing the other hikers out there. Actually kinda nice if your soloing.

Gary and I were out there from Thurs-Thurs that week and we only saw a single hiker on day 1 that was coming back from the lower rock houses. I looked out into the valley every day and never saw anyone, even at the top of the santa rosa ridgeline, I am surprised someone saw our packs. There were a lot of footprints in the main wash to the cottonwoods via the dry fall...many footprints.

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4/5/2021
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epolomsk wrote:
Thursday april 1, completed 3rd crossing,box canyon,hidden spring,santa rosa, nicholias loop.
Went down nicholias.
Done this loop twice before.

I am not quite visualizing your loop, can you share more info or a map? You started at 3rd crossing, went over box to hidden spring, up to stiffereno, over to nicholias, down dry fall, back down rhc to hidden spring and then back over to box/3rd crossing?

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tekewin
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4/6/2021
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I am really unfamiliar with the route you took. Could you please post a map of your route? Sounds like a big day.
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epolomsk
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4/7/2021
epolomsk
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quick video of siphoning water at Hidden Spring
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UxLnfsf937nROnSDV1UHt7jqWWWbuWOd/view?usp=sharing

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"Except you are kindred with those who have speech with great spaces,
and the Four Winds of the Earth, and the infinite arch of God's sky,
you shall not have understanding of the Desert's lure. ...

If you love the Desert and live in it, and lie awake at night under its
low-hanging stars, you know you are a part of the pulse-beat of the Universe,
and you feel the swing of the spheres through space, and you hear through
the silence the voice of God speaking".

Idah Meacham Strobridge in Sagebrush Trilogy
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