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Avg Time One Way 8 hours
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Humphreys from Hart Prairie
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Prairie Home Companion
by Randal_Schulhauser

Likely In-Season!
Some History
Prior to relocating to Arizona about 3 years ago, I was a frequent visitor to the state on business. During one of these business trips, I was taken on a weekend trip up to Flagstaff to go mountain biking. I can vividly recall Mount Humphreys and following a little-traveled forest road through a mix of pine and aspen forests. I remember being told that the forest road was also a stagecoach route used to ferry tourist from Flagstaff to the lip of the Grand Canyon. I also remember being completely gassed struggling to get oxygen into the lungs due to the elevation gain and altitude! I don't know exactly the mountain bike route we took some 10 years ago, but piecing my memories together with some old photos, I'm convinced it was Hart Prairie Road (aka FR151).


Researching Hart Prairie, I discover that FR151 follows much of the original Moqui stagecoach route used to transport some of the first Grand Canyon tourists from the railhead at Flagstaff to the South Rim beginning in 1892. The stage charged a pricey $20 per passenger for the 12 hour trip. The stage ceased operation when the Grand Canyon Railway was constructed from Williams to the South Rim in 1901. Today the 75 mile route is a popular mountain biking challenge starting from Mars Hill in Flagstaff to Grandview Point at the South Rim. The route is also a proposed section of the Arizona Trail.

I find it interesting that the Coconino Cycling Club challenged the Moqui Stage Line to a race in 1897. The bikes completed the distance in 10 hours while the stage took its standard 12 hours. There are frequent charity events organized for present day bikers to complete the challenge. Reference Arizona Highways Magazine February 2005 issue for a complete story.

The Hike
I debated how best to present this "outdoor opportunity". I've mountain biked it, hiked various sections, and driven it end-to-end. Without an obvious answer, I will describe this historic, scenic, back-road route, as a shuttled mountain bike adventure.

At Mile 0.0 you can leave one of your shuttle vehicles at the trail head parking lot near the intersection of Hwy 180 and the southern entrance to FR151 (Lower Hart Prairie Road). You are at 7750 feet elevation... get ready for a steady grade uphill!

At Mile 1.0 you pass the 8000 foot contour as you wind your way through a ponderosa pine forest. There are a couple of deep rutted turns in this area with loose rocks. These could pose as a hazard to an unaware mountain biker (or frustrate some down-shifting maneuvers).

Near Mile 2.0 the road begins to level providing some of the first clear views of Mount Humphreys. FR9005L branches off to the left. Although we didn't explore this side forest road, my GPS map shows a "Crater Lake" about 0.65 miles along the road. Back on FR151, the clearing on the west side is Hart Prairie Tank. There are remains from an abandoned cattle operation along with some convenient logs to sit on and take a rest. You've gained about 500 feet of elevation in a little more than 2 miles.

At Mile 2.5 the forest will transition into a thick aspen grove. This area must be spectacular for fall colours! I'll have to pencil in a return visit for October next year...

Around Mile 3.0, while aspen dominates the forest to the west, on the east side pine forest seems to carpet the ground and most of the slopes of Mount Humphreys.

At Mile 3.4 the forest thins and open fields of tall grass begin to dominate the view. This is Hart Prairie. On the west side an old forest road has been blocked by a log fence. This is old FR9004L that traverses through a fine stand of aspen forest. There's parking at the trail head near the log fence. We explored this side trail for about half a mile turning back after hearing repeated gun fire from nearby elk hunters.

Continuing along FR151, near Mile 4.5 the Hochderffer Hills become visible to the north. The open fields of Hart Prairie are on both sides of the road. The fencing surrounding the prairie is unique and very photogenic.

At Mile 5.5 you will encounter the "Hart Prairie Preserve". The owners of the Homestead at Hart Prairie donated the property to the Nature Conservancy in 1994 when it was discovered that the area held thickets of globally rare Bebb willow trees. Although Hart Prairie has the largest Bebb willow community in North America, 95% of the willows are older than 80 years and regeneration by seed is not occurring. This puzzling situation is being studied by scientists from around the world. The Homestead was built in the 1870's and also served as a stagecoach stop on the route between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. The Mariposa Lodge and four additional cabins were added later and all the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Nature Conservancy offers free guided nature walks and photography workshops every Sunday from June to October. Note: no pets are allowed at the Preserve. Unfortunately the Preserve was closed for the season when we made this trek. We'll have to pencil this in too for that return visit next October!

Near Mile 5.9 you will circle around the base of Fern Mountain. Near the intersection of FR794, there is a marked trail on the east side of FR151 that will take you to the top of the mountain providing some panoramic views of Hart Prairie and Mount Humphreys. This half mile side trek climbs about 250 feet.

As you approach Mile 8.0 you will reach the junction of FR151 and FR627. Take FR627 about half a mile east to the Bismarck Lake Elk Preserve trail head. Follow the remains of an old Jeep trail in an easterly direction for about 1 mile while gaining about 250 feet in elevation. As you head uphill towards a grassy ledge, you will top out onto a sizeable meadow surrounded by aspen, fir, and pine. The meadow has a small body of water, just a few feet across, hardly worthy the designation of "lake". Listen for any bugling elk that make this primo habitat their home. Dawn or dusk is the optimum time to view elk near Bismarck Lake.

Return back to FR151 at Mile 10.8. You head north through the Hochderffer Hills. It's all downhill from here. At Mile 12.7 you pass FR418 and enter a burned area. This is a result of the 1996 Hochderffer Fire that consumed 17,000 acres of pristine forest. You can see aspen saplings beginning to regenerate the area. The road will rejoin Hwy 180 at Mile 14.3.

Summary
Hart Prairie is a potpourri of hiking and mountain biking options. Mix and match to suit your desire.

Hart Prairie Road - FR151 is 9.8 miles long traveling from the south TH at Hwy 180 near MM226 and connecting back to the north TH at Hwy 180 near MM235. Hart Prairie Tank to Crater Lake - Travel past FR151 MM2 and head west on FR9005L about 0.65 miles to the junction with FR9004L and Crater Lake.
Hart Prairie via FR9004L Road Closure - Travel past FR151 MM3 and head west on FR9004L to the road closure TH. The track will loop around joining FR9005L at Crater Lake and continuing on to Hwy 180.
Hart Prairie Preserve, Homestead, and Nature Conservancy - Located between MM4 and MM5 on FR151, the signed driveway continue north to a cluster of buildings within an aspen forest. The Nature Conservancy offers free guided nature walks and photography workshops every Sunday from June to October. Call 928-774-8892 for more information.
Fern Mountain Vista - Near FR151 MM5 take the signed foot path to the top of the hill.
Bismarck Lake Elk Preserve via FR627 - Travel past FR151 MM6 and head east on FR627 to the road closure TH. Continue east on the old road topping out at an open meadow containing Bismarck Lake.

There are additional intersecting forest roads along the route I haven't had a chance to explore. Some of these can be combined to create loop-back opportunities for endless variety. Enjoy!

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2006-11-29 Randal_Schulhauser

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    Hart Prairie Loop
    On Saturday, after a Friday afternoon and night of heavy rain and wind that shook the tent (camped along Freidlein Prairie Road), I went up to the upper Kachina TH (Lot 6 at Snowbowl). There are picnic tables and views directly across the road to the west from where I parked. I went over there to have a look, and liked the look of the grassy hill below to the west. So I worked out a partially off-trail loop route. Started out hiking down that hill just below the picnic tables. I soon ran into a small trail, which I followed for a while, but when it seemed to be forcing me too far to the south I struck out off-trail again for a while. Eventually I came to another trail that turned out to be the Arizona Trail (section 34c), which I followed south for a short way toward a dense stand of trees (Aspen Corner). I found the old closed road that is shown by a dotted red line on my map. The map is "Flagstaff Trails Map," Emmett Barks Cartography, 7th Ed. 2016. The closed "road" is now just a pair of tracks with lots of grasses in between, and the left track disappeared quickly after I turned west on the "road." This took me to Alfa Fia Tank, which was quite lovely. I tossed a rock into the center to test the depth, and the sound indicated the tank was at least 3 feet deep. The water looks great to drink (after filtering or other treatment, of course). There were bright blue dragonflies on the eastern bank, and wild irises on the western bank, though only one of the irises had bloomed. It would be worth checking this place out in another week or two, if you want to see wild irises blooming -- there were many buds. The western bank has a bench that someone made out of a log across two big rocks. While I sat there making notes, a group of small birds (maybe ducks? - they were awfully small, for ducks) began to swim across the tank. I had not seen them fly in. Maybe they live nearby. This area would be nice to camp at, if you were backpacking along the Arizona Trail -- less than a quarter mile detour off the AZT, and trees nearby to the south to provide you some privacy. (Have to camp at some distance from the water source, and the ground around those trees is where I'd look for a place.)

    Heading west-northwest from the tank, the old road becomes a much wider and more obvious line that you can envision used to be a road. On it I crossed a pipe that was partially buried but very visible where it crossed the old road, and I passed two groups of hikers who were headed uphill along the same path. It brings you out onto Hart Prairie Road (FR151) at a place where there is what looks like a chute for livestock, built of flat, planed boards. (Most wood fencing out there is made of round, stacked logs.) The chute was on my left, as I headed west. Turning right (north) and hiking along Hart Prairie Road, I came almost immediately to a sign for "Galinas Tank" on the west side of the road. I made the short detour, on a trail through tall grasses, to check out the tank, which had no water, only plants that like damp spots. Here there were two, 3-foot high mounds of dirt. I couldn't imagine what, or who, would have made these big piles of dirt -- I snapped a photo with my phone, and I will post a photo later, after I finish the trip I'm on and if I can figure out how to post a photoset from the phone. (I'm way behind most of the country on tech!)

    Back on Hart Prairie Road headed north, there was a sign for private land on the right side for a camp (its name is Camp Colton, if I recall right) owned by Flagstaff Unified School District. I had seen a few huge green tents from the abandoned road/trail, before I reached Hart Prairie Road, so I guess those were part of this camp. Continuing north along HP Road, I came to a red-dirt trail headed uphill to the west. I'm bad at estimating heights, but the hill looked about 40-50 feet high, and I took that detour to see what I could see. Nice views of the mtns to the west, which I'd been using for orientation during the off-trail portions of the hike. Also nice views east, to Humphreys and Agassiz. Could see rain falling on a couple of places to the south -- maybe raining in Sedona.

    Continuing north on HP Road, I passed mile post 4 and hiked what felt like another half mile or so, to a right turn on Road 9007T. This road is only 1/4 mile or less long, and it ends at a parking area big enough for several vehicles, with a sign that says "Fern Mountain Wildlife Area." The road is a dead end, but points you to the east in between two areas of private property, so you can do an off-trail hike east from road's end across Hart Prairie without trespassing. I hiked uphill across the grassy prairie to catch the Arizona Trail (34c) again, and close the loop that way. While I was on that off-trail part of my hike, I began to hear gunshots. Since there's a cell signal in that area I called 911 after the 5th bang, but the man who answered said it was "probably just someone target shooting," which is a legal activity in the National Forest in July, "as long as they're not shooting toward campsites." I was concerned since I was off-trail, that the shooter might assume he could shoot in my direction without hitting any people. But I could not be sure where exactly the shots came from, because I was hearing them echo off Humphreys -- the only thing I was sure of was that the shooter was somewhere between me (in the middle of Hart Prairie), and Snowbowl. Later I saw the man with the gun, and he was on the Arizona Trail, just hiking at that point, having fired off 15 rounds or so.

    I came into dense trees again, just before reaching the AZ Trail. Then I hiked south a couple miles along the AZ Trail (section 34c) until I reached Aspen Nature Trail, which I followed up (east) to the TH for Aspen Nature Trail, which is a very short walk from the TH where I'd left my car.

    I saw two white-tail deer after hearing the gunshots. One was headed north on Hart Prairie, across my path as I headed east off-trail, about to enter a stand of pines. The second bounded across the AZ Trail, in a section where the trail was in dense trees.

    Only a few steps south of where I hit the AZ Trail there was a sign, oriented toward people hiking north on the AZ Trail, about restoring the meadow character of Hart Prairie by removing conifers from some areas. The sign has photos that were taken from the same vantage point, toward Fern Mountain, one in the 1890s and the other in the 1980s, to show the conifers encroaching on the meadow.

    A great day. Some distant thunder, a bit of rain, a bit of drizzle, overcast all day, but no scary lightning to deal with. Absolutely lovely views, easy route-finding, a family in a car on Hart Prairie Road who stopped to ask me whether I was "stranded" because a storm was threatening to break.
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    I Hart to Hump
    I needed to get some altitude training/miles in and I'm not a fan of nooner monsoon storms on mountain peaks so I camped at Hart Prairie and set out for Humphreys at 4:45am on the AZT.

    Snowbowl at 5:30
    Saddle at 7:05
    Summit at 7:45.
    Snowbowl at 9:50
    Back at camp at 10:15.
    Woke up from nap... tbd. :zzz:

    I passed 10 people along the way and there was one on the summit when I arrived. Weather was perfect. Light breeze and no bugs.

    On my way down I passed 36 ascenders before getting to the saddle. From the saddle to Snowbowl I passed another 326 on their way up. :o Though probably 75% of them were on the top half as not too many probably started much after 8am.

    I really like starting at Hart Prairie. The extra couple of miles are scenic and there are always deer in the morning. Plus, it makes it a 4k hike that way. Which has always been super imortant to me! : rambo :
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    Humphreys from Hart Prairie
    I was camped in Hart Prairie and trying to decide what to do for my Sunday. Having camped two nights above 8000 feet I figured I was acclimated enough to attempt Humphreys. I estimated it would take me more than half an hour to drive to Snowbowl, so I decided to just start hiking from camp. Hart Prairie in the morning was peaceful and serene. I must have seen over 100 deer in several herds each counting in the dozens. :)

    Eventually I hit the AZT, and then the Nature Loop, though I cut a few of those useless switchbacks. The parking lot was busy, but the trail wasn't, which was nice. The register had 96 entries from Saturday. Presumably that would mean more than 300 people had hiked this trail the day before :o I was only the 8th entry at that point Sunday.

    I made great time up the mountain, getting from the trailhead to the summit in 2.5 hours. From the saddle to the summit and back I wore hat, gloves, and a windbreaker as there was a cool breeze. The clear skies of early morning had turned to ominous clouds and it snowed for a few minutes while I was on the summit. I absolutely love dramatic clouds. I had the peak to myself but didn't stay more than 10 minutes before heading back down.

    On the return trip, I took the higher traverse to the Agassiz Lodge where I was startled to find a line of people at least 200 deep waiting to ride the scenic chairlift. :o

    I followed the maintenance road that traverses the ski slopes to the maintenance yard and continued down the powerline road. From there I turned downhill on an old road cut until it met up with the Kachina Trail and then did a little off-trail exploring in some nice glades with plenty of aspen. My route brought me out at Aspen Corner which was in absolutely prime color, and apparently half the population of Flagstaff was there to enjoy it.

    I skipped the actual road/trail down Aspen Corner/Polar Aspen Alley to avoid the people and just dropped straight down toward camp below Alfa Fia for a fantastic day. There are some beautiful areas south of Snowbowl on the east side of the road, but it's easy to get caught in the wrong drainage too. There are a bunch of mountain bike paths too. I'd like to explore some of this area and get routes on a map as I'm sure there are some pretty good loops to be made in the shade of these pines and aspens.
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    What was supposed to be an overnight up on Rees got thwarted by bad weather. After carrying a fully loaded pack up to the Waterline trail, watching lightning flashes and listening to thunder clapping along the way, I checked the radar one last time and decided that to continue was not my idea of fun.

    Got back to the trailhead just as it started to rain. It lasted for two hours and I drove around and enjoyed the scenery from the dry and warm cab of my truck. Hindsight is 20/20, and it didn't look too bad on the east side of the peaks. Perhaps I should have stuck it out? Nah. I'm comfortable with the decision.

    Humphreys and Agassiz got hammered, resulting in a picturesque snowfall, while the lower elevations on that side of the world picked up a good accumulation of hail.

    I settled on a spot to camp in Hart Prairie just as the sun was setting providing a magical couple of minutes of post-storm light.

    This one's not going anywhere. It's still on my list to spend the night up there.
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    After work sunset hike up the small knoll adjacent to Michelbach Ranch. Beautiful light, clouds, colors and the views of the mountain ain't too bad either. The aspens look like they've leafed out pretty much all the way up the mountain and the grass seems to be greening up a bit more compared to a couple weeks ago.
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    Hart Prairie Wander via Aspen Corner
    Started at Aspen Corner around 11am and headed down to the AZT and headed north. It was warm initially but the clouds built up over the course of the hike so the second half was quite nice. I turned around at a really nice grove of aspens that was pleasantly mixed with a dense groundcover of bracken ferns. Spent a few minutes here taking photos as clouds passed in front of the sun. On the return I took a detour up the northern leg of the Aspen Loop, then off-trailed it through the meadows to get back to Aspen Corner, stopping to shoot butterfly-covered sneezeweed along the way. Great hike, got my aspen, fern, and wildflower fixes taken care of in one shot!

    Wildflowers
    Most widespread were the tiny white and yellow daisy types. Occasional lupine, locoweed, and sneezeweed.
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    The last morning of our work weekend at Hart Prairie with arizonahikers.com. We once again were treated to a wonderful breakfast casserole with sausage and fruit.

    Our task this day: the grey and red roads needed to be leveled. We gathered our various shapes of rakes and shovels and all managed to fit in the mule for the drive out to the road. My foot got a little wet as we went through the numerous water puddles but no worse for wear.

    Diane and Tracy worked on raking the red road while the rest of us started working on the grey road. Whew was that hard work as you're constantly bent over going up and down a road. I took a few breaks to photograph and video our work but other than that, I don't think we took a break at all. Last year Diane and Tracy did both roads by themselves. I don't know how they did that. They did say it took most of the day and I can see why. Our crew this day consisted of 5 of us all together.

    Once we were done with the roads, it was back to finish up the last of the chores. Mine was cleaning the outhouse. It's a very nice outhouse (composting toilets, tile, etc) with two sides. Then I loaded up Tonto as I needed to get back to start working on my mom's place readying it for sale. (and yes, over 5 weeks later we're still working on it with probaly another 3 weeks left)

    I took a few photos and some video on the way out, picked up some lunch and fuel in Flagstaff and hit the road. So much for getting back to work on my mom's place. I saw a sign that said slow traffic ahead in like 10 miles or so. Well it was more like "stopped" traffic for a span of 10 miles or more. 45 minutes I figured it took me to get thru that stretch.

    This is video from part of Work Day 1 and of our road work on Day 2 along with my drive from Hart Prairie. http://youtu.be/QoiX2v891yg?hd=1
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    We woke up to a very crispy morning but fortunately the fire was going good and strong in the Lodge as we had our coffee and breakfast. This would be our first morning casserole as we would get one tomorrow. Tracy and Diane made them and they sure were good along with sausage and fruit.

    After gathering our stuff and trying to delay the inevitable waiting for the temps to rise and the sun to shine through, we walked up to our work area. Neal gave us the skinny about the wood cutting area that had been set up by a local. He also told us a little of what the end goal was in restoring the meadow. It was fascinating really.

    All of us would be staying in the same area and working on the slash piles as well as picking up the rounds (This is when NoNot, BAB and Mazatzal could have really come in handy :) ). In the end, we found working all in one group most rewarding than breaking off into different chores as you could really see the results of your work. Plus our group was smaller than normal so this all-on effort seemed to work best. It also keeps you motivated when everyone is working hard together.

    This year proved a bit of a challenge because of the snow on the ground. Fortunately that would dissipate by the afternoon so you didn't need to worry about your footing. I do find when you are up in this altitude, it initially feels like you're working in slow motion. It's the strangest thing.

    We worked until 1:15 and then broke for lunch. We worked a couple more hours after lunch until our chain sawers had to leave as we had pretty much kept up with them all day. It was hard labor as it always is up here. Kerim, a new member of our group, was a machine :gun: out there. Usually Shawn fulfills that role so I'm glad Kerim could more or less fill in.

    I was tugging so hard on the branches to get them loose that one time I fell forward and one time I fell backward :oops: . Both times it was a soft landing so no damage done. Nonetheless, I came back a bit battered and bruised from wrestling with those branches.

    If you are a lurker on the arizonahikers.com website, this is an annual event. Please feel free to join us. It is hard work but the reward is well worth it.

    Here is some video: Part 1 of 2 - http://youtu.be/ksbHoVneASI?hd=1
    Part 2 of 2 includes part of Saturday and our Sunday road work and part of the drive off of Hart Prarie - http://youtu.be/QoiX2v891yg?hd=1
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    I think it was going to be cold for arizonahikers.com work weekend and it sure was Friday afternoon as I drove in. However, the scenery was simply magnificent and once again, the work weekend would supply me with more than enough fall color to make me smile from ear to ear :y: .

    I also took a couple movies to share with you in this 4 minute video: http://youtu.be/kc0yyrXnQ5E?hd=1

    It got down to freezing that nite so we stayed close by the fire in the main cabin until it was time to go to our designated sleeping quarters. That was a cold walk.

    I will be doing a separate report on the actual work weekend. Our work at Hart Prairie is always hard but it's always rewarding.
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    Though I worried about being gone two weekends in a row as we are in the midst of preparing my mom's house and stuff for storage and or liquidation, I made this commitment for the volunteer weekend some time ago and felt I should honor that commitment. So very guiltily, I drove up after market close on Friday afternoon.

    Neil had just posted pics on FB of snow :oplz: on the ground and the mountains. I was hoping that would be gone for the weekend. As I drove up of course, I could see the snow on the mountains and as I turned on to 151, the snow on the ground. When I first got out of Tonto at the stock chute on the east side of the road not too far from the Hart Prairie turn off, I about keeled over. Pumpkin it was colddddddddd :o .

    I filmed my drive in as the snow and fall colors were magnificent: http://youtu.be/kc0yyrXnQ5E?hd=1. I even caught a deer as he ran across the prairie :) . I unloaded my stuff at the usual cabin and then took Tonto over to the parking area. I shivered my way over to the main Lodge where I met up with the rest of the crew. The fire was on full burn and we had to keep it stoked as it was quite chilly. I had forgotten my long underwear so I was worried I would not be warm at nite. But this wasn't to be, thank goodness.

    It finally came time to shiver my way over to our cabin. First I had to stop at the very nice but extremely cold outhouse and then to the cabin. There is only a small heater in the whole cabin in the back room and that's where we slept. This little heater did manage to keep the chill off :thanx: .

    Over to the Lodge at 7AM, looked over at the cloud obscured mountains, enjoyed a big breakfast and then it was time to button up and start work. We would be working off the trees that had been downed earlier in the year with the goal to clean up as much of the area by building slash piles and carting away the rounds. Sure there was a little snow on the ground and a chill in the air but soon all of that dissipated along with the cloud cover of the mountain and then it was just a matter of building : rambo : strong slash piles and reinforcing others.

    This is rather tedious work as you pick up branches and logs and take them over to a pile, back and forth, back and forth. And sometimes the branches wouldn't cooperate so I ended up face down once and butt down once from my brute force :wlift: of trying to yank the branches free.

    We worked for a few hours, had lunch and then came out and started the process all over again. I did film and take a break now and then to go shoot some photos. The fall colors and snow together were just so much fun and now of course, the temp was delightful. Once our saw folks retired for the day, we pretty much had to do the same as we had caught up to the work they had done (sawing branches, logs and rounds).

    Back to the Lodge to celebrate with some good booze, a fire, a hardy meal and fun chatter among the volunteers. The evening was so much nicer that we all sat further from the fire. There was almost a sing fest but fortunately, that was short-lived. We had a Turkmenistan, Kerim who was volunteering with us; he was a machine and would be hiking Humphreys the next morning. And yes, some things did get lost in translation :lol: .
    Here is the video from our first day: http://youtu.be/ksbHoVneASI?hd=1

    Day Two is a short day but involved some very hard road work raking and shoveling and leveling. There were 5 of us that finished up that job. I'm glad the grey road wasn't any longer :sweat: . We also cleaned up our cabins and I cleaned up the outhouse while the rest did some of the other chores. Here is the video from more of the first day and finishing off with some of the road work we did (the before and after): http://youtu.be/QoiX2v891yg?hd=1

    This is what I wrote on the Hart Prairie Work Weekend Thread
    What a great weekend... as usual!
    You all work so hard and to tell you the truth; that's almost why I'm hesitant to come cuz I know you are gonna work my fingers to the bone :gun: ! You know you've had a good work weekend at Hart Prairie when your derriere is hurting and you're battered and bruised but are darn proud of it! :D


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    From Phoenix to FR151 South TH: Take I-17 north about 140 miles to Flagstaff. At the intersection with I-40, continue into Flagstaff following Hwy 89A (aka Milton Rd.). Drive about 2 miles to the intersection with Hwy 180 (aka Humphreys St.). Take Hwy 180 towards Grand Canyon and travel about 9 miles until you reach FR151 near mile marker 226. This is the FR151 South TH frequently referred to as Lower Hart Prairie Road.

    My GPS noted 170 miles traveled from my home in Ahwatukee to the FR151 south trail head parking. Travel time was just under 3 hours. GPS coordinates for south trail head are 35o 17.157'N, 111o 45.424'W.

    From Phoenix to FR151 North TH: From the south trail head, continue another 10 miles along Hwy 180 until you reach another intersection with FR151 near mile marker 235, about 3 miles past the Flagstaff Nordic Ski Center. This is the FR151 North TH frequently referred to as Upper Hart Prairie Road. GPS coordinates for north trail head are 35o 23.845'N, 111o 45.537'W.
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