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U - Bar Trail #28
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U - Bar Trail #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 06 2010
PrestonSands
Backpack10.50 Miles 1,429 AEG
Backpack10.50 Miles
1,429 ft AEG
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John, Jason, Gary and I meet in Payson on Friday morning, and head for the Rim. We start at the south end of the U-Bar Trail and make our way north, finding a nice campsite in a canyon bottom by early afternoon. We set up camp, and engage in laziness. I wallow in the chilly waters of the creek, totally at peace, watching the interplay of tiny fish and water spiders around me. Being an easy backpacking trip, we have brought all we wanted. Evening arrives, we start a fire, and the other guys grill steaks and corn on the cob. I find a sandstone griddle, and cook quesadillas for us. Darkness sets in, and a thunderstorm approaches. Lightning crashes multiple times on the ridge above us, and we crawl into our tents to avoid the rain. It ends a bit later, and we're off to bed after fine star gazing.

Saturday morning greets us with a blanket of low, dark clouds, and drizzling rain, which intensifies and persists as the day wears on. Abandoning our plans to hike to Pinchot Cabin, Jason and I take a shorter hike up the trail. Returning to our soaking wet camp, we all decide to take Gary up on his offer to let us spend the night in his cabin on the Rim if the rain doesn't let up. It doesn't, so Jason and I hike out, and shuttle our vehicles around to a closer access point. Upon returning to our campsite late that afternoon, though, the skies begin to clear, and we decide to stay the night. We enjoy a much less elaborate meal that evening while drying out around the camp fire. A strong thunderstorm rolls in just before midnight for good measure, and we drift off to sleep during yet another round of heavy rain.

Sunday morning we stuff our wet gear into our backpacks, and make the easy hike out to our vehicles. The sky is sunny, and remains rain free for the rest of the day. That figures. :lol: Despite the rain, it was a fun hike and memorable campout with great friends.
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