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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2011
The_Eagle
Hiking19.60 Miles 2,772 AEG
Hiking19.60 Miles   7 Hrs   48 Mns   3.14 mph
2,772 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break17 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We had debates on whether or not this passage was going to/needed to be done. In my opinion, it had a number, it had to be done.

The drop into Sandy's Canyon was, as always, gorgeous.... as well as the hike through the meadow at the bottom to Walnut Canyon. I remember this area as being one of my favorites so far on the AZT.

I agree that hiking on sidewalks is not really my idea of a good hike, but the city portion was memorable none the less. The gang found all sorts of new props in the "Big City" to play with. Joe even found some new hiking partners for future trips.

http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=195537

Once we started getting away from the pavement and close to the halfway point around Buffalo Park, some goof ball remembered that they had left the keys for the Car at the North TH, in the Car at the South TH. No one else so far has named this numb skull, so I'll keep it that way also.

After lunch in Buffalo Park we discussed our options. Joe, being the trooper he is, never once complained, or squawked (no really!) and offered to go back through his favorite portion of the trail (on the pavement) to retrieve the car and keys. He met up with us at Shultz Tank, fast asleep, dreaming of sugar plumbs and cross walks.

The hike through the flat, but interesting Buffalo Park and back into the hills and green trees was a treat. It's understandable that we saw more hikers, runners and bike riders on this AZT Passage, than any other to date.

Thanks guys for another great AZT walkabout. Thanks again Joe!
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