Marble-Cottonwood (side slot) lollipop loop Nov 17-19,2019

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John Morrow
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Marble-Cottonwood (side slot) lollipop loop Nov 17-19,2019

Post by John Morrow » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:38 am

A three day backpack with good water at Dead Horsre Canyon Spring and Upper Cottonwood Spring. Both had a flow for yards.
We chose to modify the standard loop in order to add some challenge and uncertainty but mostly to avoid road hiking of lower Cottonwood Canyon. Thus, we went up Marble Canyon and over to the side canyon described in Michel Digonnet's book. Then we did a loop of the slot, Upper Cottonwood Canyon, and back down to Deadhorse Canyon spring. Day 3 we returned down Marble Canyon. Kimberly's Jeep Rincon got us to the wilderness boundary TH in Marble Canyon. We explored a couple of side canyons in Marble as well.
Great trip!

Day 1:

Up Marble:


ImageDSC02057 (2) by John Morrow, on Flickr

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Side canyons:


ImageDSC02140 by John Morrow, on Flickr

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day 2:

Down Cottonwood side slot:


ImageDSC02180 (2) by John Morrow, on Flickr

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The impasse requiring bypass:


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Backing out to bypass and descending:

ImageDSC02223 (2) by John Morrow, on Flickr

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Descending the Digonnet bypass, loose!:



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Attempt upcanyon to impasse:


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(stopped)


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Into and moving up Cottonwood to camp 2:


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Day 3, back over to Marble:


ImageDSC02271 by John Morrow, on Flickr

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Marble 4 narrows exploration:


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3rd narrows and out:


ImageDSC02316 by John Morrow, on Flickr

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Re: Marble-Cottonwood (side slot) lollipop loop Nov 17-19,2019

Post by TrailHound » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:42 am

Fantastic pictures, wow, what a trip! Thank you for posting.

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Re: Marble-Cottonwood (side slot) lollipop loop Nov 17-19,2019

Post by MidwestDesertRat » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:59 pm

Your photos are fantastic! Sounds like a really nice hike!

I do have 2 questions for you.

1. In the main Marble side canyon, were there many narrows after the dry fall? That dry fall looked relatively easy to go up when I was there but it was hot and I was low on water so I turned around. I believe this would be the side canyon you enter if you go the opposite direction of the arrow at the faded Goldbelt sign if my recollection is correct.

2. What did you think of the Marble 4th narrows? I see you only have a few photos of them so I am curious of your thoughts. I am considering that as a day hike at some point.

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Re: Marble-Cottonwood (side slot) lollipop loop Nov 17-19,2019

Post by John Morrow » Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:42 pm

Hi Midwest Desert Rat,
1. I believe we made it through any more potential narrows as the terrain seemed to back off and leave the limestone. I am confident it goes. I wanted to scout for the potential to access Sand Flat from this side canyon someday.

2. It was my 2nd visit to the 4th narrows. The banded limestone impressed me more the first time. We went well beyond the narrows because I was convinced we hadn't seen the best yet, but we had. The bands are neat but it is my least favorite in the Marble system. Could not find any rock art there. If you can get to the wilderness boundary TH then it is worth the trip. I consider it as a loop return from Sand Flat but did not confirm the springs. Not enough time or energy.
John

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Re: Marble-Cottonwood (side slot) lollipop loop Nov 17-19,2019

Post by Sparky of SoCal » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:18 am

Great pictures, thanks

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