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15 by photographer avatarMike_Fels
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Pine Mountain Verde Rim LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2013
Mike_Fels
Hiking12.02 Miles 2,058 AEG
Hiking12.02 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   2.36 mph
2,058 ft AEG   2 Hrs   28 Mns Break
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We got to the trailhead about 8:15am. The sun still hadn't reached the trailhead so it was quite chilly standing there while everyone got ready. There were several hunters(?) camped in the TH area. We appeared to be the only hikers. It ended up that we had the whole trail to ourselves.

I enjoyed the trail as it was veiled by the trees with just enough sun penetrating to keep the area from being dark. The trail was blanketed in most of the areas by a layer of leaves resulting in a satisfying crunching sound as we walked by. Which was then augmented by Angela crushing pinecones.:)

The maple and oak trees appeared to be about in the peak of their color. The reds of the maples just jumped out ahead beside the trail. For some reason every time we passes a maple tree Angela and Kathy seemed to disappear for awhile. I was surprised that the ground was covered in many areas with acorns, but only one squirrel was sighed. No signs of eaten acorns were noticed. What's up with that?

Did have one unfortunate event, while moving into position to take a picture with camera in one hand and sunglasses in the other my feet got tangled in the undergrowth. Luckily only my sunglasses and dignity were damaged.

There wasn't a lot of water in the creek. Most of what there was came from Nelson Place Spring, which was flowing very nicely.

Just as we had resigned ourselves to the complete lack of wildlife, on the way back behind a small stand of red sumac just off the trail was the biggest black bull I've seen. Angela informed us that he was an angus. My only comfort was that he thought he was hiding from us behind the sumac.

Many thanks to Karl for driving us to the TH including the "beautiful" Forest Road 68. The road had a lot to be improved, but the views were spectacular.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

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Very good flow.
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