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Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2012
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,644 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   2.20 mph
2,644 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
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Needed to get in some elevation hiking in preparation for GNP hike to Sperry Chalet this August. This was a good hike for that as the elevation and gain would be somewhat similar (altho a few miles and gain short). So after a cold and restless nite in the tent at our camping spot off of 171 and 9300k, 9 of us plus the two dogs set out UP the trail.

I was pleased that there was more shade than I thot there would be. There was the exposed areas but at this time in the morning, it was pleasant enough. Heidi and Alisha headed on up ahead while part of the gang with the dogs stopped along the way. I kept moving as I wanted to make sure I could tackle this mountain. I hiked alone for most of the hike which on the way up is fine as I can push myself at my pace, or not :lol: but on the way down, I do like the company as it makes the hike go faster.

Scout kept me company so I would pick a time point or after a long switchback to see how I was doing. Of course, the higher I got, the slower I hiked and the heavier my legs felt but for the most part, I kept plugging along. Eventually the nice wide trail narrows and you have to pay more attention to where you are walking. There was only one tree across the trail that you had to go over twice as it was across a switchback.

I thot part of the group would catch me and occasionally I would hear some dogs bark but that never happened. I did stop for a couple minutes a couple times to eat my banana and other than that and taking some pics, I kept moving. I kept hoping I could make the Cabin by 12:30, then noon, then realized I was going to make it pretty soon arriving around 11:15. How about that! For me, not bad.

I spent about 15 minutes in the cabin area (ate my mango tango nut mix) thinking maybe the group would show up. Alas, I decided it was time to go up to the tower. I had heard the trail was steep but not a big deal as it wasn't long. I ran into Alisha and Heidi as they were heading down the trail and they told me they laid with their backs down on the helipad and it sounded like the ocean. Well that was definitely motivation to keep me moving up the hill :gun: . The views as you head up the trail to the tower are really spectacular :y: . And before you know it, you're there.

I went right over to the edge of the helipad, laid my pack down and then laid with my back down on the warm cement and listened as the wind gusts sounded like the ocean. It was so COOL!!! As much as I would have liked to continue enjoying that moment, I felt I should be upright looking at the views before me including Sitgreaves & Bill Williams Mtn and the North Rim. After eating another snack, yes Bruce... Another snack, I headed up the tower. It was REALLY windy up there on the south side but on the east side, it wasn't bad and I had great views of O'Leary and the SF Peaks with some wispy clouds above. I went into the tower as I just wanted to verify where Slate and Red Mtns were and they weren't where I thot so I was glad I asked.

Now it was time to make my way back down this big ole mountain. I stopped at the cabin to see if anyone had seen the group with the dogs on their way up. One hiker said she had seen them stopped on the trail about a mile down having lunch. So off I went in the the hopes of catching them so that I could hike down with them. And as I passed other folks coming up I would always ask about the group with the dogs. I was probably about a mile and 1/2 down when a couple told me they were about a mile from me so I knew I wouldn't catch them :cry: . But then this also meant, I better hustle if I didn't want them to have to wait too long for me.

I went as fast as my legs and poles would take me with an occasional stop for some photo ops. Sometimes my legs would hike faster than I thot as not only is this a gradual and relentless uphill grade, it is the same in reverse. About 3/4 of the way down, I just had to stop as my legs, quads in particular, were saying "Tibber, give it a rest already ;) !". So I stopped and sat down on a rock for a few minutes before barreling on down the mountain. I was so glad this was a nice trail as flashes of that awful Humphrey's tree roots came to mind.

This is a great trail and when you're hiking up 2600 feet, I was grateful! Quads are sore which made it difficult getting up and down the stairs in my house but that's a small price to pay for a great day on the trail and a fun camping weekend with HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMPING: fun companions and conversation, good beer from Todd's home brews, delicious Huckletinis, fresh tomatoes and computers :-s (cucumbers, it's a short story), and breakfast on the grill by Linda and Trish.

Video includes camping festivities as well as the hike:

PS Not sure why Scout says 9.29 miles but when I load up the route it says 8.82. So I split the difference and went with 9 miles.
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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