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Rainbow Valley, AZ
mini location map2013-07-22
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Rainbow Valley, AZ 
Rainbow Valley, AZ
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   3.50 mph
1,000 ft AEG      30 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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The mission was to take a pack goat to the Estrella Mountain Wilderness for a test hike.

My goat is a Nubian wether, and rather scrawny, not great pack goat material at all. The bigger, milk goats make the best packers, and the rule of thumb is a goat can pack a quarter of its body weight up to 15 miles a day. I bought him as a nuisance goat back in 2011 at the height of the neighborhood noise wars, where he did a commendable job bawling non-stop for months on end. He has since grown up to become a lean, mean, weed eating machine.

The hike was an impromptu 6 mile wander across Rainbow Valley from East Tank to the Estrella Mountains. I had the goat on a lead rope and made sure he understood the pecking order: people lead and goats follow. He was nervous much of the hike because this was his first trip away from home. Scared goats are well behaved goats, and Newbie did not engage in any mischief on this outing. He stayed clear of the cholla and was no trouble whatsoever; especially once we got into the mountains.

Goats love mountains and have a natural climbing ability, which will only get better with more time in the field. No falls, no rock slides, no problems. He got an ‘A’ grade on his first day in school.

Rainbow Valley is very flat and easy on the feet, making travel at a double quick pace a viable option. We did about a mile of cross country running on the return leg to get some cardio in. The goat kept up just fine, barely breaking a sweat. Running cross country is much more fun than pounding the pavement in the city, in my opinion. It did not hurt that Monday was one of those rare overcast days in July, with temps in the low 90’s. Just stay clear of the prairie dog mounds and underground burrows, as they sometimes collapse underfoot.

We will try something a bit more ambitious next time.
 Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Domestic Goat
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 Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  East Tank  Rainbow Valley
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[ checklist ]  Sunset

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max East Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
This tank is usually dry. A functioning water well and tank is 100 yards to the NW. The local ranchers keep the water trough and tank full at all times for their cattle and area wildlife.
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