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Salt Flat - Verde Rim - Nelson - Loop, AZ
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Salt Flat - Verde Rim - Nelson - Loop, AZ 
Salt Flat - Verde Rim - Nelson - Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking18.87 Miles 3,955 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   10 Hrs   27 Mns   2.25 mph
3,955 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
A little over 3 years since I was up around the Pine Mountain Wilderness. I enjoy this area.

Decided to Loop up some trails I had not been on before, and hit the Rim for the views.

Started by trying to find the Salt Flat Trail #71. The TH sign points left to nowhere. We were able to stumble on the steep loose grade about 50 yds up the hill. This climb is not Dog Friendly (or Joe Friendly for that matter). This trail meets up with a little used FR up top of Little Mesa, and takes you past Little Mesa Tanks.

The route we were shooting for, had us following a FR over to FR68 to check out where Dugas Road (FR68) drops off the Rim and makes the 6 mile trip to the Verde River.

The next plan was to try and get down the Cold Water Trail #37 from the South. We'd come in from the North last year and did not hit this portion of the so called trail. Better judgement prevailed and we nixed this 3 mile portion of the hike.

Back to pick up the Verde Rim Trail #161. Here you get some of the best views around for the 7+ miles you are on the this trail. About half way across, we simultaneously spot some sort of snake quickly climbing a tree. We both looked for him in the 12' tree, but could not find him. A few minutes later he was going from tree to tree at lightning speed! We never even got close to a photo of it. This snake was about the diameter of a thumb and about 3' long.

A short side trip up Pine Mountain and we decided to have lunch up top. Gnats and Ladybugs made it less than relaxing. The farther south you get past the Pine Mountain Trail #14, the more obtuse the trail gets.

Now we start picking up some welcome shade on the Nelson Trail #159. With basically all the climbing done for the day, we are on the home stretch.

On the Nelson Trail, closer to the TH, we spent lots of time taking pictures around the old "Nelson Place".

It's quite lush in this area.

I got to experience my first flat on a hike, and the 13 year old spare tire, that was used for the first time, worked admirably. My PFinder now has new rubber around and is ready go 'splorin' some more.

Video Fodder === :next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ39KtQAo0E

dry Beehouse Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at the intersection with the Nelson Trail

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Little Mesa Tanks 51-75% full 51-75% full
Filterable water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Nelson Place Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Lots of areas to filter here.
There is water that comes out of the ground and follows a small trough.
Ultimately pools into Sycamore Creek. Water in Sycamore appears to be perennial.

dry Willow Spring Dry Dry
Walked around the location in an attempt to find. No sign of a spring and it was dry in the area.
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