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Chums Pine Mtn Verde Rim Loop, AZ
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Chums Pine Mtn Verde Rim Loop, AZ 
Chums Pine Mtn Verde Rim Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2013
chumley
Hiking14.65 Miles 2,927 AEG
Hiking14.65 Miles   7 Hrs      2.62 mph
2,927 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Perfect weather day on Pine Mtn. Temps in the mid 70s. Cloudy. Occasional light sprinkles. Never enough to even put on a hat. Unfortunately, the views were obscured by the weather. The moisture really cut down on how far you could see. The SF Peaks were barely visible, with 4 Peaks, Weavers Needle, and the Flat Iron, also pretty tough to make out in the gray skies.

This area is really nice, with some great creek-side drainages filled with oaks and other shady trees. Up on top, Pine Mtn has some typical Ponderosa, and you also quickly drop into high-desert scrub and brush.

There's a grove of Aspen along the Willow Springs trail that is the lowest I've seen in Arizona ... 5800 feet. That was a real surprise! We made a wrong turn and discovered that Bishop Creek canyon and the South Prong of Sycamore Creek canyons are pretty cool, and might be worth further exploration in the proper weather.

Plenty of signs of cattle (including a couple of sightings), and some bear poo, but otherwise not much in the way of wildlife sightings. That's typical for a group of four though. We just made too much noise along the way!

There's a lot of trails up here, and most are well marked. But it's good to keep an eye on your map or GPS or both.

It was great to meet a couple of new faces.
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