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Red Hills - AZT #24Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 30 2010
azdesertfather
Backpack17.64 Miles 3,279 AEG
Backpack17.64 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.14 mph
3,279 ft AEG
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DAY 2 of our two-day backpack on the AZT from Mt. Peeley TH to Doll Baby TH continues ...

Started the morning heading back south from the Park to Wet Bottom Creek to filter some water. Water wasn't flowing, but there were a few puddles in rock beds that met the need. We had better luck on our trip about 3/4 mile after we turned off the Mazatzal Divide Trail onto the Red Hills Trail (just north of Knob Mountain). The streams weren't running, but lots of nice, clean puddles in rock beds.

As we headed out of The Park, we noticed a full setup of another person on the AZT, looked like a hunter's setup with tent, tarps, food in a heavy duty container in the trees, shovels, etc.

We had lunch on Bullfrog Ridge in a saddle with pines before heading down a few switchbacks down Bull Spring Trail. It's fairly steep, I was glad we were going the AZT from south to north and could descend this. We went down 2,000 ft in 3 miles. I took off down the mountain to get all the descent over with, and met the guys at the turnoff off the AZT back to Doll Baby TH. The ascent back up to Doll Baby was 600 easy gradual feet of gain, but by the time we topped out at a gate about a mile from the trailhead we were all so gassed after 40 miles that no one was willing to take the side trail off to the ruins there. We just kept walking down toward the car, looking at the rock cliff for the ruins. I think I saw them, but I wasn't sure and figured I'd save it for some other adventurer to photograph it!

In our two-day journey through the remote Mazatzal Wilderness, we never saw a single other person from the moment we set off on the trail, on either segment.

After getting out we sprayed ourselves down with cheap deodorant so we could stand to sit next to each other, and headed down to Payson for a well-deserved Mexican fiesta.
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