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Chums Pine Mtn Verde Rim Loop, AZ
mini location map2013-09-07
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Chums Pine Mtn Verde Rim Loop, AZ 
Chums Pine Mtn Verde Rim Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2013
joebartels
Hiking14.80 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking14.80 Miles   7 Hrs      2.65 mph
2,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
CHUMS copied a Coanbru hike and invited his closest thirty eight thousand friends. Three showed up and all seemed good until someone mentioned I'd be the... hem cough, navigator. I have the eyesight of a bat and the awareness of a sleeping cow away from a computer screen. Luckily CHUMS didn't need any help from moi.

Talk of muddied roads had us on alert. The slip-n-slide attraction never panned out. There is a half-mile to mile section of road that lacks gravel. You can make out ruts when the water gods blessed the region. Interestingly over a dozen horses was our mane roadblock heading in.

68 degrees greeted us at our 8am trailhead rendezvous. Off we strolled like a herd of turtles. I quote CHUMS after ten minutes "this is going to be one long hike at this pace". Let's understand the situation. The beginning of the trail is among the nicer segments so cameras were clicking. Honestly though... CHUMS had a liver pickling party to attend for one midget squirrel said evening.

Clouds kept the sun at bay. Temps were pleasant near or below 80 for most of the hike. Sprinkles teased and breezes pleased. Mike's famous whistling water jug was in thought collecting mode most of the day.

There isn't much burn noticed on this loop. Locust wants blood in the old burn areas. Shorts and short sleeves served me fine. Bruce and I found the SW end of Verde Rim #161 a cairn hunt last time. Amazingly it's been clipped and seemed like a decent trail now three months later.

The CHUMS wagon gravy train decided to ( aka missed the turn ) head out west further on Nelson #159. It looked like we would knock off some elevation, add some views and only tag on an extra mile so west it was. #159 was nice save one pocket ravine contour south of 5972 where we had to make do for a tenth of a mile.

Mike kept asking about a peak in the distance, Turret Peak? Little did he know we came within a half mile of "Mikes Spring"! We brought the stage coach home on Pine Flat #165. I have to say this turned out to be a pretty nice well rounded loop.

It was great to meet and hike with Dave ( partner #100 for this cowboy ). This was one of his longest day hikes. Despite a Pam certified kitchen sink pack he was always near and cheery. Being his first hike I laid off on the old jokes even though he was a sixties child and way older than us young chaps.

Hit a huge I-17 backup on the way home. CHUMS is no timid line dancer and took us off into BLM fantasy-land to kill time and gain ground. Fun day, thanks everyone.
Flora
Flora
Gambel Oak
Culture
Culture
Corral
Named place
Named place
Nelson Place Spring
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
Hint of poison ivy turning in one creek bed, not enough to gain a rating yet. Our loop was loaded with small to medium oaks. While CHUMS bashed the brilliance capability of oaks I've witnessed the power of Mingus... so to each his own!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Beehouse Canyon Light flow Light flow
churnin like a chipmunk

dry Bishop Spring Dry Dry
we did not go down to Bishop Spring, the canyon above was dry as far as we could see

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Nelson Place Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
purrin like a kitten
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