Arrived Friday Night and camped in 35 degree weather in my 40 degree sleeping bag.
JJiii met us at the camp at 7am and we drove down to AZT 40 using the Forrest Roads, since the gate on 67 was still closed at Jacobs lake. The Forrest Roads are in great shape.
We hit the Trailhead and started our journey. It never ceases to amaze me of the uniqueness of the AZT and of the Great State we live in. Meadows, between Ponderosa, Birch, and a babbling creek... mmmm peaceful.
A couple of miles in we (The Slackpackers) hiked briefly with a women that had started this portion of the AZT in Tucson on March 15th. Fireweed was planning on completing on May 15th. You go Girl.
This passage of the AZT was unlike any of the others. I really enjoyed the meadows and the Views from the East Rim. Water was plentiful along this section.
The last mile or so got into the burn zone from the Warm Fire in 2006.
Fauna spotted on this day and the next.
1 - Porcupine
1 - Turkey
300+ Mule Deer
The first burger on the Campfire cleaned the teeth. The second well.... IMO was much better