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Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2012
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking29.48 Miles 2,526 AEG
Hiking29.48 Miles   7 Hrs   42 Mns   3.83 mph
2,526 ft AEG
 
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AZT 29 N2S. Headed up to the southern terminus of AZT 29 this morning. I didn't get there until a little after 10. I made a sign that said "Lake Mary Road" and went out to 87 and started hitchhiking. In 20 minutes only 3 cars had passed by and no takers. Change of plans. I saw some tents about 4 miles down the road with human activity. Time to head that way. It was a camp set up for a group of guys hunting Elk. I talked one of the guys into taking me up to the north end of this passage with the help of a couple Jacksons. He followed me back to where I would end and then took me up to the trailhead. Side note Lake Mary road is getting a new top so be prepared for a slow go right now.

11:15am and I was off for my 30 mile hike. Kind of a late start but I wasn't going to give up. The hike and the day were great. I saw one Antelope Buck and a couple Elk Bucks with HUGE antlers. Very cool.

As I was heading south and approaching the end the sun started to set. Then there was a sign taking me off the road and up a small berm. Hmmmm, I don't remember this from the last time I was here going the other direction. There were AZT signs nailed to the trees every so often and there were rock cairns but there wasn't a trail. No I wasn't off trail Richard! There just wasn't a path yet, or at least if there was one it was overgrown. I am going with no trail and this is going to be part of the effort to get the trail off the road. Then in a short bit the trail or lack thereof dropped into Jacks Canyon. Awesome!

Once the sun set the moon came up and a coyote was howling off in the distance. Man that hike through Jacks Canyon on the way out was beautiful. Also lots of flowers and all the tanks had water but they were dirty.

Great hike!

Thank you shout out goes to "Junior" from Dallas Texas for giving me a lift 35 miles up the road.
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