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Kendrick - Bull - Pumpkin Loop, AZ
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Kendrick - Bull - Pumpkin Loop, AZ 
Kendrick - Bull - Pumpkin Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2012
Hiking17.40 Miles 4,900 AEG
Hiking17.40 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   2.41 mph
4,900 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
Scenic hike to the high country.

We decided to do this loop CCW starting at the Kendrick TH, so we could go down the Bull Basin Trail. There was rumored "Tons" of downfall, which is much easier to attack in the down direction. We met Don from Arizona Outdoor and Travel Club (AOTC). He was hiking ahead of a slower group and doing a little Recon down the Bull Basin Trail for a future hike. We chatted for a bit and then he went back up to meet his group. Don gave me encouragement, having just turned 70, and as spry as a teenager. Shut up Joe. The rumored downfall on the Bull Basin lasted about a 1/4 mile and was not hard to negotiate. After that, there was evidence of fresh cuts of downfall all the way out of the Kendrick Wilderness.

We chased up a family of grouse on the way down with mom and 5 or so young'uns. Also once in the old burn area, a nice herd of Elk, with 2 pretty good sized Bull's, validating the Bull Basin name sake.

Temps warmed up a bit but from the Bull Basin Trail, to the Connector Trail, to the beginning of the Pumpkin trail, it was flattish, so not that bad.

I believe the Pumpkin trail gets it's name from the way it kicks your pumpkin... and it did. The bottom of this one starts in the old burn area, so there was not much cover. You slowly get into new growth Aspens, and the into to the taller conifers, affording some shade. The shade was welcome, but and escalator would have been more welcome.

We took a brief break at the top and I went in to chat w/ the people manning the lookout. This lookout is manned 7 days a week. On the weekends it is by volunteers that rotate the duty. The gentleman I talked to did it once a month on Saturdays and Sundays.

We gathered our cached Gatorade and started the trek back to out vehicle. We passed 2 groups of backpackers, 7 people in all, that were planning on camping on top. Two of them, were only half way up and struggling mightily with their over burdened packs.

The JBF ranged from a low of 2-3 on the drive in, to a needle pegging 11 going up pumpkin.
Joe taught me some of the finer uses of an Autoclave :o . I never would have thought :-k
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