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Kachina Trail #150Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2013
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Hiking6.43 Miles 1,021 AEG
Hiking6.43 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   2.43 mph
1,021 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Trying to get in a little work before Kelly makes me tackle Bill Williams on the 3rd. I asked slowandsteady AKA Kathy to join me as I like to have company on these longer hikes even though I did hike it by myself last year. Thankfully she agreed. The weather forecast was all over the board but unfortunately, you just have to hope for the best.

Apparently it had rained good the day before but the trail was in pretty good condition. However, the Kachina trail crew could take a lesson :wrt: from the good folks at Glacier Park about how to keep those little tree stubs from not sticking straight up on the trail for us to have to constantly watch out for. There was a newer dead fall as you get going on the trail but everyone has created a path around it.

The temps and skies stayed nice for a good part of the hike. We enjoyed the splendor of the ferns and the majesty of the aspen :DANCE: though the light kind of sucked at this time in the AM. I did end up, however, taking lots of movies as it was beautiful to hike through. We took note of various things along the trail whether it be a large-trunked tree, a boulder stopped midway on top of another rock, the very tall lupine in places, the bird that sounded like we should be in a jungle :o as we waited for a monkey to fly by and the cute little squirrel chomping on a pine cone practically twice its size. We decided the squirrel was trying to get down to the seeds as we later picked up a chewed up pine cone.

And then there would be moments of thunder as we headed thru yet another fern field toward blue sky. I turned around and to the west could see two swaths of rain, the first light but the second very heavy. We kept going for a piece and once again came to another clearing and when I looked back the rain was getting closer. We were a little past 1/2 way to the bottom when I called it :( because of rain.

Not more than 5 minutes later we donned our rain gear for the hike back to the TH and about 10 minutes later, the rain started coming down pretty hard. It lightened a little as we got closer to the TH. I did stop to pull out my brimmed hat to put under my hood. This worked better to keep the rain from dropping off the hood onto my face. And though I was protected under my rain coat, I felt very wet and have decided that it is better to have a long-sleeve shirt under the jacket to keep that "wet" feeling off of my skin.

We did encounter a few hikers on our way back; none seem too bothered by the rain. Once back at Tonto where it continued to rain lightly, I decided we should go over to the Humphrey's lot to eat lunch with a view :) . It was quite nice especially after the rain finally quit. I put some engine coolant in Tonto and we decided to head over to Buffalo Park for the second hike. However, we ended up doing something else. See my next triplog.

Video 1 - hiking on the Kachina Trail thru the massive amount of ferns and groups of aspen:
http://youtu.be/Cm916hZ1Jfo
Video 2 - continuing our hike on the Kachina Trail with a stop to watch a squirrel chowing down up in the tree: http://youtu.be/trB20aw2Y0c
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