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CHUMS Summer HAZfest 2013, AZ
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CHUMS Summer HAZfest 2013, AZ 
CHUMS Summer HAZfest 2013, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2013
beterarcher
Hiking5.63 Miles 127 AEG
Hiking5.63 Miles
127 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Partners 34 partners
HAZ - Event
Alex
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I didn't want to bite off too much of a hike while at HAZfest because I hadn't hiked in several months so I decided to keep it to relatively flat ground. After I set up my camp, I pulled out my GPS and started looking at forest roads and found a nice looking route around Wild Bill Hill. I started off by heading North from camp through the pasture, past the west slope of Wild Bill until I came to a ranch gate. Just past the gate I found Fr61 at which I turned East. This part of my hike took me through some fairly lush forest. There were a few very old Ponderosa Pines peaking out above the younger trees. I also saw quite a few different types of wildflowers and some bright orange mushrooms. The pastures along this side of Wild Bill offered some great views. I followed Fr61 until the junction with Fr171 then turned South. There wasn't much traffic since it was a Friday morning. It was nice because I didn't have to breath much dust. I noticed a road labeled "unpaved road" on my GPS that looked like a faster way back to camp. After a little research at home I discovered this "road" to be the Historic Beal Wagon Road. It appeared that there would be only about a quarter mile of bush whacking to reach a section of the Beal Wagon Road that would take me almost directly to camp so I headed off 171 toward the West. I arrived at where the road was supposed to be and there was no sign of a road ever having gone through this area. I had to hop three fences on the way back to camp. Just after hopping the first fence, I looked up and saw a small herd of Elk running almost right at me. I froze, stuck my hand in my pocket where I had my camera and turned it on. I pulled it out just in time to get two mediocre shots of two Elk cows. There were a total of eight, six cows and two yearling calves. The quarter mile bushwhack turned out to be a two mile slog through ankle twisting rock and knee high prairie grass strewn terrain. I ended up with a blister on both heals. I guess I need to get out more to toughen up the feet. http://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=2928
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