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Mormon Battalion Trail - Christmas CampPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2011
Woodsnative
Hiking11.00 Miles 373 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.83 mph
373 ft AEG
 
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What did you do on 11-11-11? Thanks to our Veterans I had the day off, so I hit the trail with a Boy Scout troop from Gilbert. They were all age 11, hiked 11 miles, and did it on 11-11-11.
We started out near the Shawmut area (bend in highway 238) and headed north for 2 miles of cross-country. On this section we took some time to practice our map reading and route finding skills. At the Happy Camp cistern we took a break before heading east over Butterfield Pass. I started out very tired and practically fell asleep at the cistern; -but that was all I needed and I felt much better after that. In reality, most everyone in the group had their own moment of tiredness somewhere along the way.
Once we got onto the eastern section of this hike, we relied on satellite pictures of the area to help find the little-used or overgrown sections of the trail.

In the end, it was a long hike but a great accomplishment for a group who had never hiked so far in their lives. Lucky for us, all the camp gear was waiting for us at trail's end.
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