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The next day we began by hiking over to the Smokey Creek Trail to explore the wash that runs below Goat Mountain. After a couple of hours of easy hiking we reached Mesa Bonita Spring... There is another small seep, Goat Mountain Spring, a short ways upstream but not much running water. There is a huge boulder in the wash just past this that makes an interesting shelter as it leans up against the side of the canyon. Once past the boulder the canyon walls started to get shorter and eventually the wash opened up as we were heading back up towards Blue Creek. There was no water past Goat Mountain Spring. Just as we were about to reach the low point between the Goat Mountain wash and the Blue Creek drainage the wash became totally choked by vegetation. So we climbed out on the left side and once at the top of the ridge we could see the ranch house in the distance. So then it took probably 45 minutes to get back to our car.
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