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Mormon Lake - AZT #30, AZ
2010-09-1011 by
 
Camp Verde, AZ
 
Hiking33.18 Miles   11 Hrs   52 Mns    2.80 mph
2,065 ft AEG   
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As of completing this segment, I have now hiked from Pine to Flagstaff!! Woohoo! 121 miles, 14,000 feet elevation gain for that stretch.

Surprisingly slow day for elk. I arrived at the north TH at 5am to wait for Bruce, and heard them bugleing like crazy (unless, in retrospect, it was hunters making bugle calls). Didn't see a single elk all day, though we did see a wolf harassing some cows. Did also see a few horned lizards that were molting, see pics.

Every time I have done an AZT segment (6 completed so far) I have looked for a cactus; sometimes it's easier than others! A couple of segments (including this one) at such high elevation, it was doubtful...but so far I have managed to find one each time. This time, I managed to find 3 little prickly pear. On the Walnut Canyon section just north of this one, I found 3 little prickly pear on an overlook of the canyon, as well.

There are two sections of this trail where you walk alongside an abandoned railroad used for hauling lumber out of the area. All that is left are old wood rail beams, and a spike here and there. Three signs along the trail in different spots tell some of the story; the railroad ran for 3 hears I think (1924-27), before it was disassembled, the metal taken and the wood beams left. This lumber company I guess hauled lumber out of the area via different means until 1966.

We did a supplies cache off Lake Mary Road where the AZT crosses it about 2/3 of the way in. It was a little hard to find, especially just before daylight, but Bruce found it by the GPS coordinate. I also cached a pair of clean socks and a pair lowtop shoes for the final 10 miles, WOW did that make a difference. That plus the Maximum Strength 5-hour energy boost, and I could have taken off like a shot...but I didn't, I held back this time. I didn't have a GPS with me this time, plus Bruce and I were the only two doing the hike, so it just made sense.

We actually topped the time of "Hare and the Tortoise" by a half hour! (You can guess who those two are.) That was our goal, and we made it easily, even though our weather wasn't quite as hot as when they did it.

Thanks Bruce for another great hike ... always a pleasure with the eagle!
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