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Bixler Saddle Trail #72Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2012
joebartels
Hiking4.00 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.00 mph
750 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break20 LBS Pack
 
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We did an out-n-back on the upper portion of Bixler from the top starting down Bill Williams Mtn Trail. Temps on Perkinsville Rd dipped to 33 just as we turned off onto FS 111. There must have been an angel as ten minutes later up the mountain road it was twenty degrees warmer.

I was slowing Pam down taking photos nearly every other step. The two best oak packed switchbacks in Arizona are as good as I remembered. The upper is longer with a couple rock slides. The lower is a dense canopy of oaks. I enjoyed twenty glorious minutes in the oak lightbox.

We took the long way home via Ash Fork. I thought there might be some magnificent wildflower fields. That never panned out but I enjoyed the distant views. Next we opted to drive over Mingus to see if the ravines were being christened by Autumn. The lower cottonwoods are hinting leaf suicide and we did find an elusive field of wildflowers.

Up top I wanted to check out conditions from the hang glider launch area. Since I haven't driven to it in over 15 years I forgot the directions. We made it to Mingus Lake. That seemed all new to me so we turned around. Doh! it was just down the road...lol

We continued on through Jerome. Pam treated to linner at the Haunted Hamburger. Tasty, the views are sweet and it was season appropriate for my favorite month of the year.

I'm sure Pam will have the full version with dried grapes, a coot that was a hoot and how she tried to go to Los Angeles on the Hualapai plan. Great day, thanks Pam!
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