Early start to get this hike in with shuttle added. We left a vehicle at Marshall Lake end point and then drove to the southern end Mormon Lake AZT #30 at Gooseberry turnoff. Finally off and hiking at 715 and within the first mile we made a mistake missing a turn and adding an extra mile to the hike. Back on track we kept a quick pace as small arms fire echoed throughout the forest. This continued for about first 6 or 7 miles until we were closer to south side of Mormon Lake. Once the trail gets closer to Mormon Lake it moves away from Lake Mary Road and traverses the west side of the lake.
First break at mile 13 near Double Springs campground recharging a bit before continuing the west side traverse. As we hiked around to north side of the lake things start to open up with some nice meadows. Around mile 18 we came across the old railroad grade which was apparently in operation from 1923 to 1927. Besides the meadows we thought this was the coolest part of this AZT section.
At mile 23 the trail crosses back over to the east side of Lake Mary Road and then immediately climbs up on Anderson Mesa. Once on top the trail joins a road which it follows for 4.5 miles. We were able to knock out these miles pretty quickly before it turns back to single track at mile 28. We made mile 31 by sunset and took one last break before finishing the last 3 miles. Had to hike last 30 minutes in the dark but not bad considering the mileage. Definitely one of the easier sections of AZT with the middle section from about mile 14 to mile 23 being the most interesting.