Dates Hiked: March 4-5, 2015 (Days 2-3)
Passage 16: Gila River Canyons
-Tonto National Forest Boundary to Kelvin Bridge
-Elevation: Low Point 1,643′, High Point 3,700′
Today was full of surprises.
Natural water was more scarce in this passage until we came to the mighty Gila River.
Our senses were on high alert for desert defenses!
Sometimes wishes come true. In this case, we’d heard that Old Time Pizza in Kelvin had hiker-friendly owners. We had cell signal when we reached the Kelvin bridge and since it never hurts to ask, we were rewarded with pizza, soda, water and ICE CREAM delivered to the trail. Thank you to our special trail angels who drove 12 miles round trip to fuel our souls!
Sharing the Trail:
I lost my notes for this section, but if I remember correctly, we didn’t see anyone while hiking this passage. However, while at Kelvin Bridge, we met several people. One couple had hiked another passage and were checking out this passage for a future hike. Another was on a reconnaissance mission for a hike she was leading in the near future, and yet another wanted photos of the lowest spot on the AZT. Of course, we met Gary and his son from Old Time Pizza, who not only brought us food and a couple gallons of water, but they also took our garbage. Truly, the trail provides!
Tips and Resources:
- Link to my other Arizona Trail (AZT) posts
- Rambling Hemlock (aka Joan)
- Arizona Trail Association
- Fred Gaudet’s Water Report
- Umbrella and Mariposa Pack Links
- Disclaimer: As a Gossamer Gear Ambassador, I was gifted the pack, but paid for all the rest of my gear
- In Kelvin, AZ
- Food – Old Time Pizza – Gary & Lorraine, 520-363-5523