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Yankee Doodle Eastern Loop, AZ
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Yankee Doodle Eastern Loop, AZ 
Yankee Doodle Eastern Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2014
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Hiking20.03 Miles 4,548 AEG
Hiking20.03 Miles   9 Hrs   52 Mns   2.32 mph
4,548 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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One day Bruce hopes to have his own HAZ Forum thread. In preparation for his political run he took me through Mayer over to the Senator Hwy to Mt Union bringing the campaign home through Congress.

We began our hike from the Senator Hwy & Turkey Creek. Over to and up FS 84. In just under a mile and half was the coolest part of the hike, Camp Helaman. It happens to be on Turkey Creek like the old defunct ranch we found last year at the Arrastra/Turkey confluence. Camp Helaman is still active.

Keegan Trail #91 branches off to the NW, we continued north on the road up to what mytopo calls 289. Slightly questionable being a mile west of it's namesake. More so as it splits four ways from atop a mesa...

Continued on 9404W. Which we should have stayed on until 9404V. Instead Bruce took me on a side trip through a very nice parcel. Albeit quaint my rural okie conscious was screaming unfavorable odds on leaving alive. We made do, aka lucked out.

Passed up the old removed Dandrea Ranch as we did last year. This year continuing on Dandrea Trail #285 which mytopo calls 284 so who knows. Eventually we did pick up 284 and followed it around to Pine Mountain where we got pounded by rain last year. Storms churned this year too but held off until Pine Mountain. Showers were not as fierce this year. In addition we both had umbrellas to keep our core temps in check.

Plans changed a bit. We backtracked to a bail option Bruce planned. After a thorny fifteen minutes we stumbled onto a nice single track that lead us down from Longfellow Ridge to the Senator Hwy. Bruce saw this on satellite. Not sure if it's named but it is very nice.

The I-17 was closed so we rerouted through Yarnell. Aside from Helaman this was the highlight of the day since I've never traveled the White Spar Highway. Peeples Valley and Yarnell are righteously swank!
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