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Vineyard Trail #131, AZ
2010-04-0315 by
Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking Apr 03 2010
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.07 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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1st trip
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An adventure I will never forget, testing my resolve since I was determined to hike the entire length. Vineyard Trail felt like a few separate hikes, distinct different sections, but common was the wild flavor which appealed to me very much. The trail was overgrown in many areas or just marked by cairns, especially in the last mile and a half along the ridge. The awesome views were a constant as well, you are treated to different panoramas to enjoy. Skirting the side of Vineyard Mountain afforded the first view of Four Peaks and then about twenty feet ahead of me something joined the trail. Gila Monster. He decided to use the trail in the same direction as me, plodding ahead very slowly. As I followed him a few minutes he turned to look at me. Having taken ample pictures I detoured around him giving a wide berth. There was a fairly good growth of wildflowers throughout, as I traversed the talus section of the trail there were bees swarming all around, right where I needed to go. Something else for me to think about but I made it through this very overgrown area without incident. Hiking along the next area I came to the forest road which connected to the final ridge section of the trail. Finally made it to Mills Ridge TH and enjoyed the views and a short rest before heading back. There were plenty of times I could hear something rustling under bushes right next to the trail and after I passed the talus area I got a pretty good scare. Laying stretched out on the trail was a snake, I came close to stepping on him. Quickly I realized it wasn't a rattler and just as quickly he started to make his way off the trail. I was able to get only one pic, havn't uploaded it yet, hope it's decent. This fellow was three or so feet long with black and gold bands. Wonder what species? The rest of the way my senses were more attuned to anything else I might encounter. I saw not one hiker on the trail, folks are missing out on a great trip. After this I had planned to hike the 2.4 miles r/t to Tonto Narrows. Completing the short drive north to Gisela I was surprised to find the access gate locked with a sign and some info slips inside a mailbox. Due to a variety of concerns access is not available here. Very disappointing. Checking the FS map I didn't see trails other than some that would involve a whole lot of bushwacking. Still like to get in there one day...
Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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