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Kachina Trail #150Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2014
tibber
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,653 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.83 mph
1,653 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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Needing to get in some hiking before my trip to Glacier Park this weekend and this trail fits the bill for some practice and some altitude and of course cooler temperatures. Ambika decided to join me as she wanted to get out in the fresh air and work on re-setting her body clock after returning from Europe.

We hit the trail around 10:15. We were instantly rewarded with some nice wildflowers as you step down onto the trail. And the wonderful scenery continued the entire time we were on the trail :DANCE: . The most outstanding item, other than the aspens were the ferns. Lots and lots and lots more ferns... mostly big ferns and tall ferns and meadows full of ferns as far as the eye could see sometimes.

Every once in awhile when I would turn around to check on Ambika, I couldn't even see her because she was still making her way through the tall ferns. This hike is full of little ups and downs the whole way, coming and going. We did decide that it indeed seemed easier going back up for some reason. Just before lunch, I was making my way up a shaded hill above a drainage when one of the roots didn't let go of my foot and I crashed to the ground :o . Fortunately I was going slightly up hill so I didn't have as far to fall. I did bang up my knee pretty good so the downhills were a little tough at times for the rest of the hike.

We stopped off by a little aspen grove for our lunch break around 12:30. I had a lovely view of the meadow and the mountains as I leaned my back against an aspen tree trunk. Newly refreshed it was time to continue the last 1 1/2 mile or so.... though I wouldn't know because Scout II would not find satellites. This is the same issue that happened with my Etrex. What is up with this? I think my chip set is broken again :tt: . Guess I'll have to ship it off to Garmin this time. It's only 7 months old.

Anyway, I figured we would get to the bottom by 2:15 and we were there around 2:05. Soon we came upon the pretty dead fall section that was laced with ferns and lupine scattered around the fallen white trunked trees. We then went thru some forest and then down into the last fern meadow; the tallest fern field yet. These ferns were as tall as me. I remarked back to Ambika, "going in", as it felt like you were entering a tunnel.

At the junction (end of the line) we found a few folks here and had our picture taken next to the new Kachina Wilderness sign and then took their picture telling them it might be posted at the Arizona Wilderness Brewery. Ambika decided we needed a break before heading back. And then it was up through the ferns, the forest, the deadfall, the aspen grove and across the meadow in and out of forest from time to time. The humidity came and went the entire day and when the sun came out, it got pretty darn hot :sweat: .

We encountered quite a few people on the trail. One guy thot he could do the Weatherford Loop, I think we encountered him around 4:00. I told him I thot not (didn't look like he was in that good of shape and maybe didn't have enough water). I told them to pick a time frame and turn around. Any loop options at this time of the day was too late and way too long. Also, apparently there is a turn around point (some sort of trail) for folks as well. We saw the trail that has a log across it; apparently at the 2.7 mile mark from the upper TH.

We took a couple 15 minute breaks on the way back up. The sun came in and out but one time, it was like it was in the evening as this forested section was really dark (you know around that grotto/cave-like area). The birds were singing quite a bit on the last mile and 1/2 or so too so that was nice.

I had a good hike as I'm a little tentative since my See-Drew debacle. My ear still wants to plug up but the breathing seemed to be back to normal and no side-ache this time. I kept a pretty good pace and then would wait for Ambika to come in sight (she hasn't been hiking for a month and seemed to struggle with the altitude and humidity). My biggest hike at Glacier Park will only be around 10-11 miles with not much elevation so I should be good to go.

Oh, it was one of those almost picture perfect days as nearly every shot I took turned out pretty darn good. I watched my videos from my previous hikes of this trail (2013, 2012) and they really are quite nice if I do say so myself ;) . Anyway, I have 3 videos going down and 4 coming up this time. If you don't like FERNS, these videos are NOT for you :lol: .

Going down:
http://youtu.be/xAGkdvtS2E8
http://youtu.be/FD4CFvK06lM
http://youtu.be/XeryCiOCRLI

Going up:
http://youtu.be/ylWMDLtrmV8
http://youtu.be/k9ri3bFUjmo
http://youtu.be/h7OOftrOijo
http://youtu.be/2F9FOtdvzcc
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