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A.B. Young Trail #100Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2013
cindyl
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,002 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
2,002 ft AEG
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"is something wrong?" he asked, "you're just walking by all these penstemons!" "yes," i replied, "something is wrong. it's too hot." it was about noon when we started hiking up the trail and the sun was unrelenting in its heat. southpawaz reminded me that it would be cooler farther up, so i passed by those penstemons until the trip down, when the trail was shaded.

the lookout structure looked like it had been refurbished, inside and out. there was a couple from flagstaff who had been there before that pointed out the new stairs. the fire lookout guy, ed piper, said the beds and the kitchen had been redone, too. ed and his dog chelsea had just been on since monday this season. his wife works at turkey butte (how convenient). they have a trailer that they share that is parked near turkey butte and he makes the trek to their home away from home every night. ed has been doing this for 10 years (his wife since 1991), and he had been a wildland firefighter before that. both him and his wife are retired school teachers from flagstaff.

looking at his osborne fire finder, and his view, i was in awe of how many manned fire lookout structures there are in this area (and how many i have yet to visit!).

the hike up the AB Young trail was brutal starting so late (i only counted 30 switchbacks) and i really didn't care for all of the road noise. however, the destination made up for it.
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so many penstemons!
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There are just two switchbacks left. And another half-mile to the destination...
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