Arizona Trail Passage 15
This section between Kelvin and Oracle is suppose to be some of the hottest and driest on the Arizona Trail. Our water reports listed a few stock tanks and water caches as the only places to get water--there were no natural sources. When I emailed the passage steward, he said not to rely on either the stock tanks or caches, to bring all the water we'd need. But how could we do that when we were backpacking through? And then, signs at the entrance to this passage warned about taking water from stock tanks.
|Doesn't this make you feel welcome.|
(EDIT-later I was told that hikers can take water as long as they are respectful of the ranchers, take only what they need, and follow LNT principles. Phew!)
|Cowpies and barbed wire fences.|
|We decided to skip this water source, but it was a good sign it had water.|
|Good water at Ripley Wash.|
|All this water is going to be heavy.|
|Is this really a national scenic trail?|
In retrospect, we wished we had trusted that there would be water out there and not to had to carry so much. But then again, it was safest to carry extra. I updated the water reports, so hopefully, other hikers won't have as much uncertainty as we had, and will be able to carry less water.
|At least I found a spot for my hammock for the night.|