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New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 8:21 am
by hikeaz
The Arizona Trail Association, Coconino County and Babbitt Ranches are excited to announce an exciting new trail project that will greatly enhance the Arizona National Scenic Trail across the CO Bar Ranch (Passage 35). An agreement has been developed between the three parties to allow construction of approximately 11 miles of trail between Tub Ranch and the Kaibab National Forest boundary. This will replace 14 miles of ranch roads with sustainable singletrack, making the journey across this vast expanse a lot more enjoyable.

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 10:28 am
by markthurman53
@hikeaz
That will be nice, that ranch road was a real sleeper.

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 12:21 pm
by garyc57
@markthurman53
That may be true, but it beats sitting in my cubicle!

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 12:35 pm
by markthurman53
@garyc57
Any hike no matter how bad is better than that.

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 1:51 pm
by big_load
Good!

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 7:06 pm
by toddak
Oh sure, right after I do the 1-star road walk...

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 7:18 pm
by Tortoise_Hiker
This was Bruce’s least favorite I believe.🤔😁 Maybe we can get a redo out of him.

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 7:56 pm
by rcorfman
But will we still get to see the horses at Tub Ranch?

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 8:08 pm
by The_Eagle
@toddak
You rated it that high?
@Tortoise_Hiker
Only if you do it with me....meet you up there

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 9:51 pm
by BobP
That section was one on my least favorite.

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 05 2018 9:57 pm
by big_load
BobP wrote:That section was one on my least favorite.
I wouldn't be surprised if that were unanimous. Even my non-HAZ hiking buddies talk about it.

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 06 2018 8:53 am
by rcorfman
BobP wrote:That section was one on my least favorite.
Because of the dirth of water or because it is two track? Will moving from the road really make much of a difference out there?

Oh pumpkin, why is "dirth," being marked by the spell checker?

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 06 2018 9:07 am
by azbackpackr
@rcorfman
Maybe, just maybe because you misspelled it? It's "dearth."

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 06 2018 10:01 am
by chumley
I really can't figure out why anybody is really even a little bit excited about this.

Artist's rendering of new trail:

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 06 2018 10:12 am
by rcorfman
@chumley
Nice! That was my thoughts exactly though the thought was lost from my dearth of spelling prowess. :?

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 06 2018 11:03 am
by big_load
chumley wrote:I really can't figure out why anybody is really even a little bit excited about this.

Artist's rendering of new trail:
It looks like a 50% improvement.

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 06 2018 11:27 am
by chumley
@rcorfman well i apparently can't spell babbitt so...

@big_load :sweat:

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 06 2018 11:30 am
by azbackpackr
@rcorfman
And I've been so good lately! Haven't been bugging people about "it's" or "lightening," etc. etc. But you gave me an "in" to correct your spelling! It just warmed the cockles of my heart!

As for the trail, I'm with Chums. Meh.

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 06 2018 1:11 pm
by LindaAnn
@chumley You can’t spell Salomon either 😉

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

Posted: Dec 06 2018 4:46 pm
by Sredfield
Our Section Hiking crew enjoyed the wide open spaces on Babbitt Ranch, one track or two. The views of Humphrey's to the south are not seen anywhere else, and the day we hiked it the clouds were quite impressive.

There are no bad parts of the AZT!