Summer HAZFest 2017

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Start Date 2017-08-11
 
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chumley
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Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by chumley »

August 11-13, 2017
The requests keep coming ... so mark your calendar.

Location:
Williams, AZ
Within a couple miles of White Horse Lake southeast of Williams. Driving directions to the exact site are available later in this thread. Click here.
View/download a map of the location and the two best driving routes here: https://hikearizona.com/map.php?MY=30973&M=3

You may arrive or depart at anytime. Visit for an hour, stay for one night, or three. Whatever fits your schedule. It would be great to see familiar faces and be introduced to new ones.

Everybody is welcome. There are no restrictions.
But, please respect fellow attendees. I wouldn't personally bring children since we tend to stay up late and make a bit of noise. Dogs are welcomed as long as you can control them and they don't bother people or other dogs. Common sense things.

Disclaimer:
Nothing is provided. This is dispersed camping in the middle of a national forest. There are no restrooms, no water, nothing. Bring what you need. You are responsible for yourself. Bring your own food, shelter, etc. You are responsible for taking your own trash back home with you. There is no trash service here. Access is via a dirt road that is sedan accessible. High clearance is preferred, but not necessary, especially if you are accustomed to driving your vehicle on forest roads. If this isn't something you normally do, proceed at your own risk. I take no responsibility for your vehicle, the drive, or anything that happens to you or your property while getting to/from, or at HAZfest. You are on your own.

A fire will be built, maintained, and safely extinguished. Everything else is up to you.

Bonus: While there will be a bright sky as a result of the moon and monsoon clouds are always a possibility, Saturday night is the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, so a sky show is possible for those who venture away from the fire.

I hope to see you there!

Please post comments or questions in this thread, or PM me directly and I will gladly respond.

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Individual participants may schedule group hikes, drives, biking, fishing, kayaking, climbing, photography, etc. as daily activities, and then reconvene at camp with the larger group in the evening. Some of the known options nearby are listed below:
Hiking:
White Horse Lake Trail
Sycamore Rim Loop
Overland Historic Trail
Pomeroy Tanks
Scholz Lake
Summit Mountain
Davenport Hill
Dogtown Lake
Bill Williams Mountain (Benham Trail will be closest access)
Hell Canyon
Bear Canyon
Climbing at Paradise Forks and Priest Draw
Mountain biking on a variety of FS roads
Kayaking and fishing at White Horse, Dogtown, and Scholz Lakes
Wildlife viewing and photography all over including Garland Prairie and Sunflower Flat
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by RedRoxx44 »

Oh, I might be on my way back from high country backpack. Might be able to make this.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by JasonCleghorn »

Would be a good birthday present to myself... :)
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by GrottoGirl »

Might try to do a cave/pit/fissure in the area while out there!
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by Pivo »

I had forgotten about Bernie AKA MrBadBern, he's my old broken down GSD, so unless he goes to Rainbow Bridge I may not attend.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by chumley »

An update on location and nearby activities has now been added to the original post above.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by LindaAnn »

I should be able to make it up there on Saturday & Saturday night.
If it’s above freezing, it’s too hot.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by nikorock28 »

Any planned day hikes? I might join one.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

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nikorock28 wrote:Any planned day hikes?
I hope you're able to make it. It would be good to see you again.

I don't know of anything planned just yet, but I'm sure there will be several different groups heading out on some of the various options around there. Keep an eye as it gets closer, or just show up in camp Saturday morning and I'm sure you'll be able to find a hike with somebody. I suspect some will do shorter, easier hikes, while others will find something with more mileage and elevation.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by fan3992 »

can you jump in the lake?
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

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@fan3992
I don't know about Dogtown, but White Horse Lake does not allow swimming.

Depending on how much monsoon rain has fallen and how adventurous you are, there might be some small pools in the area that would be ok to swim in. https://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=441803
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by fan3992 »

look like that is good for dogs.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by nikorock28 »

@chumley
Thanks Chumley. If I am still at the canyon, I will make an appearance!
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by Tortoise_Hiker »

As I recall Dogtown is no swimming also.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by azbackpackr »

Swimming in Dogpatch Lake? Eeeyew....
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by fan3992 »

is it possible to trek in Sycamore canyon nearby the lake?
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

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@fan3992
I don't know for sure. It might be fun to explore. There's a side drainage that leads from the lake area to the bottom of Sycamore Canyon and it drops about 1000 feet in just under 2 miles. There's no trail, but on satellite I don't see any major obstacles (which doesn't mean there aren't any). Of course, in August, dropping down into the canyon might be warm, and unless there has been recent monsoon storm runoff, the bottom of the canyon will likely be dry. I would think that staying above the rim of Sycamore Canyon would result in more pleasant hiking at that time of year.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by fan3992 »

@chumley
Thanks. I saw the waterfall drop a lot.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Post by tdwood »

Hi All,

Happy to find this event here! Joined this forum a year ago when I became a member of the AZTA and promptly forgot about it. Wanting to widen my circle of hiking friends, so I hope to tag along with some of you on hikes up there during the event. Most of my hiking this year has been around my home trails around Phoenix Mountains with the occasional trip up to Flagstaff. I'm also interested in backpacking and trail maintenance. Until then, I'll keep hoping for rain and a merciful conclusion to the wildfire season. Looking forward to meeting everyone.
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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

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My other half and I are interested; can we be added to the 'interested' list? It would be fun to meet some of you all. I've explored around this area a little bit, ages ago; nice location. (I had a mountain lion sighting up there - it ran across a dirt road as I was driving!)
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