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Midnight Mesa Loop (Mazzies) over Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 08 2015 8:37 pm
by nonot
Greetings Friends,

I am putting together a plan to backpack in the western Mazzies over Thanksgiving break. Right now the loose plan is to start on Thanksgiving day itself (Thursday) and going through the weekend, finishing Sunday afternoon. It will be a loop or lasso loop. However, I haven't yet picked out the loop I want to do, so if it turns out to be a 3 day loop I may start the day after thanksgiving.

If you are interested, feel free to sign up, or else even if not, feel free to offer suggestions of loops that are 3-4 days, as I am not that familiar with this area.

PM for carpool details if you want to coordinate on a ride.

Re: Western Mazatzal Backpack over Thanksgiving break

Posted: Nov 08 2015 9:13 pm
by mazatzal
@nonot
I have a friend coming into town so I can't go.
nonot wrote:feel free to offer suggestions
Midnight mesa loop is really cool http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=16104

Re: Western Mazatzal Backpack over Thanksgiving break

Posted: Nov 09 2015 5:09 pm
by _-_
@nonot
Now this is after you eat right? And are you taking leftovers for your trip? :lol:

Re: Western Mazatzal Backpack over Thanksgiving break

Posted: Nov 10 2015 1:27 am
by nonot
@Widowmaker
Well, the midnight mesa loop looks like it would be a three day trip, so starting at Friday morning rather than Thursday morning.

I may need to pester mazatzal to reveal details of the awesome campsite near Mountain Spring.

Re: Western Mazatzal Backpack over Thanksgiving break

Posted: Nov 10 2015 7:47 am
by mazatzal
Just above the spring box and visible on satellite view.

Re: Midnight Mesa Loop (Mazzies) over Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 15 2015 7:02 pm
by nonot
I like the Midnight Mesa Loop suggestion. Undecided on whether to start on Thursday or Friday. So if anyone attending has family plans on Thursday let me know.

Re: Midnight Mesa Loop (Mazzies) over Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 17 2015 11:16 am
by fan3992
Hi Nonot, are you still going this backpack?

Re: Midnight Mesa Loop (Mazzies) over Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 17 2015 6:51 pm
by nonot
Yes, the plan is the Midnight Mesa Loop, starting either Thursday (thanksgiving) or Friday (day after thanksgiving) for 3 days, 2 nights.

If you have no preference, I would like to start on Thursday.

Re: Midnight Mesa Loop (Mazzies) over Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 18 2015 9:32 am
by fan3992
How about start on Friday? that way I can stay with my family on Thursday.

Re: Midnight Mesa Loop (Mazzies) over Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 18 2015 9:50 am
by chumley
Isn't the whole point of backpacking on Thanksgiving to get away from family? ;)

Re: Midnight Mesa Loop (Mazzies) over Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 18 2015 10:58 am
by fan3992
I wish I could. need three more years when he is old enough or doesn't need me anymore. sad!

Re: Midnight Mesa Loop (Mazzies) over Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 18 2015 7:30 pm
by nonot
The start date of this trip has been changed to Friday, watch out for consumers on the hunt for crazy black friday deals.

Re: Western Mazatzal Backpack over Thanksgiving break

Posted: Nov 18 2015 9:36 pm
by fan3992
nonot wrote:@Widowmaker
Well, the midnight mesa loop looks like it would be a three day trip, so starting at Friday morning rather than Thursday morning.

I may need to pester mazatzal to reveal details of the awesome campsite near Mountain Spring.

Mountain spring has nice camping site with water. I did this one last year. that is farthest I went on this loop from sheep bridge. And I also did portion of Midnight mesa TH to Willow spring TH. this portion of trail is very hard to follow, falling trees are everywhere.

Re: Midnight Mesa Loop (Mazzies) over Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 22 2015 12:36 pm
by te_wa
i may jump in on this, if Friday start is good for all. i've got the kitchen pass, and that's a good start. ;)