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Elden Super Loop, AZ
mini location map2012-09-29
4 by photographer avatarjoebartels
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Elden Super Loop, AZ 
Elden Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2012
joebartels
Hiking19.80 Miles 5,115 AEG
Hiking19.80 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   2.35 mph
5,115 ft AEG   2 Hrs   5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Elden Lookout Trail #4
Hands down the highlight of the day for myself. I'd hike this often if I lived in the area. The grade is fair until the upper end when it digs in more. We must have hit this in prime as Autumn was awesome!

Sunset Trail #23 - Flagstaff
Enjoyed all of this one though nothing to write home about. The upper portion felt like we were in an elevated park setting. Took me a while to convince Bruce that this was popular with mountain bikers... until it turned into a mtn bike freeway.

Little Gnarly
Totally dude. Really more pleasant than anything. We missed a turn and spent a little more time in the area under light sprinkles.

Brookbank Trail #2
The portion we hiked was descending Elden. Spectacular tree filtered views make this one pretty nice. We lunched two thirds of the way down. Not much in the flat ground department but it was 1pm and BWF(Bruce whine factor) historically peaks when his tummy rumbles.

Oldham Trail #1
We started on the segment (3.25mi from Buffalo Park) that hugs FS#577. I enjoyed the forest away from the road. There are a couple wicked mountain bike ramps that rival the Pinals. A half mile later it turns right into a nice pleasant ascent through dense forest.

Heart Trail #103
Imagine I'd hit this up as a late afternoon hike in the summer if I lived in the area. Pretty sweet views. You are on your own if you seek any shade.

Christmas Tree Trail
Probably wouldn't hit this up on any regular basis. Yet fair if you lived in the adjoining neighborhoods.

Fatmans Loop Trail #25
Bruce was a little weary about tagging this one on. Glad we did as I enjoyed it. This was the busiest trail with a variety of groups from all walks of life. Yet no where near Squaw Peak busy.

Synopsis
I've avoided these trails with a passion. Boy was I missing out. I anticipated freezing and it was never cold. The weather all day was very nice with a dark cloud hovering overhead, sprinkling on occasion. The old fire probably made the views on top better than anything else so scratch that off any concern lists. Yesterday I felt feverish and almost canceled. Today I felt great. Sweatless 5k loop, Bruce tied together another winner.

Wildflowers
Spotty throughout and fair in areas. The drive up from the valley was spectacular from the Verde Valley up to Flag.

Autumn Observation
Get your pumpkin out here if you love foliage. The top at the lookout tower is hitting right now! It will probably peak within the next week. It tappers off the lower you go. There is lingering green in the upper too. By the time they turn I think the existing yellows will die off so Substantial seems appropriate. Way more oaks than I anticipated.
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Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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