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Reverse Babe, AZ
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Reverse Babe, AZ 
Reverse Babe, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2013
chumley
Hiking11.10 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.66 mph
3,500 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
1st trip
Wow. I forgot about the random route-finding on the rim-section of this trail. I think only Queensland can claim larger Cairns!

I did learn that there are two designations for Babe Haught. On the Tonto NF from the hatchery to FR300 is Babe Haught #43. But from FR300 to Knoll Lake it is on the Coconino NF and designated Babe Haught #88.

I started from near the Knoll Lake campground and had to work hard on off-trail traversing several drainages that feed the lake. All were wet and running after this summer's impressive rain totals. I even found a nice cascade and pool that I presume is nearly always dry.

Once at the head of the lake, a large cairn and well-traveled path leads to the south and is generally easy to follow along the creek. Cairns mark the climb up out of the drainage and from here route-finding is like playing connect-the-dots with the cairns. There is no obvious use path. Strangely, the half-mile closest to FR300 has actual trail markers posted to trees. But they do not exist on the trail closer to the lake.

The #43 portion of the trail south of FR300 is similarly difficult to follow until it reaches the edge of the rim, where the route becomes obvious, if not somewhat overgrown. With the planned destination of the hatchery, I was annoyed that the trail continues for over half a mile farther down canyon before meeting up with the trailhead parking.

On the way back I skipped the lower portion and hiked off-trail around the employee housing and more or less straight up a small drainage to intersect the trail, cutting a mile off my return hike.

Thunder rumbled, but I only encountered a few raindrops as I climbed the rim. Cruising back toward the lake, it was evident that it had rained heavily here while I was making my way up. There was even evidence it had hailed. Typical summer storms in Arizona's high country.

By the time I got back, I ran into a group of campers who I knew were planning on being there that night. I went out on the lake for an hour or so before settling back down for a beverage and dinner at camp, completing a pretty awesome day!
Meteorology
Meteorology
Hail

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Knoll Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
Surprisingly still about 5-feet below full, despite the very wet monsoon.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Tonto Creek - Mogollon Rim Medium flow Medium flow
Nice and clear.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Tonto Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
Loaded with summer rains!
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