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Lane Mtn - Milk Ranch - Willow Springs Loop, AZ
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Lane Mtn - Milk Ranch - Willow Springs Loop, AZ 
Lane Mtn - Milk Ranch - Willow Springs Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2014
joebartels
Hiking21.00 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   2.21 mph
4,800 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Carried 5 quarts, consumed all. Slightly shocked I had ice after almost 12 hour of hiking. My ultralight pack isn't well insulated. It typically melts the frozen solid three quart bladder in four hours when it's hot. Maybe got to 90 degrees which is about the limit for Bruce. We took more breaks than usual. Which is a-okay by me!

This is our 3rd varied loop with the Lane Mountain Trail. I'm a fan of the area due to the views and close proximity to the Valley. Most would prefer this loop in March or November temps verse June. While I don't seek the solitude of most it does make you think.

Lane Mountain Trail #233
Good shape. Plastic pipe that followed the trail last year is now gone.

Willow Springs Trail #236
Slightly overgrown. Despite dozens of catclaw gauntlets I didn't get any notable scratches. Did use my umbrella to work through some of the turnstiles.
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Wooden Dwelling
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Wildflowers Observation Light
most notably was some penstemon in the corral at Milk Ranch

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lane Spring Dripping Dripping
Bruce said it looked good to filter and a nice trickle at the source. At the defunct trough it was a drip or a two a minute so go back to the source. It is not a bushwhack. It is located on a wall around bushes to the right.

dry Lion Spring Dry Dry
We still haven't crawled through the brush to see if there is a spring box in the overgrowth. Dry at the trail, it's supposed to be pretty close.

dry Mormon Tank Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sullivan Spring Dripping Dripping
Trickle, small catch takes a few minutes to find. Looked like a fair reliable source based on one major rain spell 4 months ago.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Spring Dripping Dripping
Bruce said it was disgusting and looked like animals dug for it. He filtered a quart. It looked horrible and smelled worse than an overrun Forest Service outhouse.
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