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Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2014
BiFrost
Hiking31.36 Miles 2,456 AEG
Hiking31.36 Miles   12 Hrs   3 Mns   2.97 mph
2,456 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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The goal for the day was Happy Jack AZT #29 as a thru hike. First we had to set up the shuttle which took extra time so got started late about 830. This section of AZT is easy by most standards with much of it consisting of old roads. There were some interesting sections along the way...lots of ponderosa pines, meadows, gates, and tanks. At the 20 mile point we took an extended break at Pine Spring...very nice meadow around the spring. There is a tank area and a concrete spring box in the meadow. When we got to the spring box there was a small bird trapped in the thick green algae water. Looked like it's wing was broken but scooped it out and put it on the grass. To our surprise within 20 minutes it had hopped up on a post, dried off and flew away. After the break we continued on and finished up just as it was getting dark. The highlight was Pine Spring area and the numerous meadow crossing thru out the hike. Also water can be tough but the best sources on this day were Pine Spring and Bargaman Park Tank. There were many other tanks along the way and given a rainy year could work as well.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bargaman Park Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
Best tank on the entire AZT #29. Would not hesitate to filter from this tank.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hay Meadow Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
not much water...mostly mud

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Maxie Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Marginal looking water at best. Only filter if in serious need.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Pine Spring Dripping Dripping
Some pooling in various spots around the meadow. Concrete spring box had clear water despite the algae mixed in.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Shuffs Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Marginal looking water at best. Only filter if in serious need.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Wild Horse Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Not the best but could work in a pinch.
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