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Oak Fire Hike 2-Galiuro, AZ
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Oak Fire Hike 2-Galiuro, AZ 
Oak Fire Hike 2-Galiuro, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2014
RedRoxx44
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Last hike before the "change"---I went to document more on the fire but I am so glad I did this hike. I got to the High Creek TH early, enjoying the drive in the mature oak tree tunnel, and negotiating the jeep road to within 10 min walk of the wilderness boundary. It was cool and the drainage still cloaked in shadows. I walked the quiet trail, a few birdsongs, the vivid green of some maples, and the thick coating of oak and ash leaves softening the trail. It turned steeply upward to connect to the East Divide trail, and the sun found me there. It was still very comfortable. It was so nice to hike on a trail with no black sticks, no burn and still shady spots courtesy of mature trees. This trail is very rocky and in spots open, because in these mountains, mostly desert, the canopy is in the canyons, where the meager water and shelter nourishes the growth.
The views were tremendous as usual. A plaintive cry from a raptor made me feel sad, and as I approached the boundary closure I was able to get some pictures of flame and smoke, and some bare areas on the southern side of Kennedy peak, which is mostly scrub on that side anyway. I hope the big stand of Douglas firs and large ponderosa pine survive in Douglas canyon, as the spots of fire were approaching it.

The views from here show lots of scrub brush but lots of rock too, natural fire breaks. Now that the fire is established and the forest service has it, I wonder how much is being propagated versus natural progression. I envisioned all the places I have been
here, and hope to see it all again. I took pics looking down into the head of Rattlesnake, at the few Aspen trees that have made their place there, so odd to see in a low drainage, and me up on high. Heat was building and the walk back still enjoyable, and I savored it.

I drove out then went over the Deer Creek Th which is a command center of sorts. I wanted to see what the thick stand of trees on the north side of Kennedy Peak looked like. It was too smoky to see anything. There was a hot spot just above the Deer creek ranch. A caravan of vehicles were leaving as I approached so I pulled over and the lead person rolled down his window. He asked who I was and I asked "are you going to wrap the buildings at the Garden"---to which I was told yes and the Shootout cabin and ball mill area. He also told me it wasn't as bad as it looked and to give it a few years. He also noted they would be pushing farther south the closure boundary.

Only until I see it myself after all this will I believe, and have some reassurance.
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