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2012-09-29  
Elden Super 8 Loop, AZ
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Elden Super 8 Loop, AZ 
Elden Super 8 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking19.96 Miles 5,220 AEG
Hiking19.96 Miles   10 Hrs   28 Mns   2.38 mph
5,220 ft AEG   2 Hrs   5 Mns Break16.5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I've tried to get Joe to do this one before, but there was no interest.

This week I gave him 2 choices, one I knew he was not ready to do, and this one.
Good thing he said no in the past. This is a real nice hike most of the year, but when you hit the colors the way we did..... BAM!

I was not expecting a lot from this loop, thinking the burned area, would be expansive and ugly. The old burned area actually gave the hike some interesting expansive views and was not as large as expected. Lots-o-Pines, Oaks and Golden Aspens throughout.

On the Sunset Trail squirrels and birds were busy reading themselves for winter. We also saw 2 rafters of Turkeys, 14 total Turkeys. The weather was perfect on this day starting in the high 40's at the TH and never getting over 75ish. The majority of the hike was in cloud cover and scattered sprinkles.

The trails at the lower elevations seem to et quite a bit of traffic, especially Fatmans Loop Trail. I can actually see why it is so popular. Not that long, a bit of elevation, nice layout and pretty views.

Expected JBF, based on comments first thing out of his truck, were expected to be off the chart. Ended up being not that bad...
Fauna
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Abert's Squirrel
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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