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Baldy Horseshoe: the Buttercup Route, AZ
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Baldy Horseshoe: the Buttercup Route, AZ 
Baldy Horseshoe: the Buttercup Route, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 24 2014
slowandsteady
Hiking14.26 Miles 2,143 AEG
Hiking14.26 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   2.36 mph
2,143 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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There were multiple discussions about the weather but we decided to just go for it, and
thanks to Angela and some car tricks, we didn’t have to do the whole loop.

The first three miles were as promised, gradual and very scenic moving through the
meadows by the creek. Bruno was immediately showing us all up by running ahead and
running back. He just was not going to listen to nonsense on conserving energy.

The uphill portion began as we entered the woods. I thought the grade was gradual and
things didn’t get too difficult until reaching the downed trees. With the elevation at
around 10,000 feet, I would be completely winded by climbing over or under a tree.

At the intersection of East & West I opted to just start heading down. I chatted with
some backpackers and was mighty happy I only had to carry my day pack. I managed to
tear open the seat of my pants, sliding over a downed tree. I guess I should have crawled
under that one.

Going downhill, the chill set in, but there were light snow flurries and it made the scene
almost magical. In a few sections it felt like I was doing too much uphill on my downhill
trail. Arriving back at the meadow, there were a couple of elk on the far side.

I knew I was getting close to the trailhead when I started to see more people. The guys
caught up with me just before the parking lot. Bruno still had the energy to wag that tail!
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