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Parker - Abbey - Murphy - Rim Loop, AZ
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Parker - Abbey - Murphy - Rim Loop, AZ 
Parker - Abbey - Murphy - Rim Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking19.20 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking19.20 Miles   9 Hrs   16 Mns   2.39 mph
4,400 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Ray had never been to the Sierra Ancha's and I had a hankerin' get back to the Parker Creek Canyon Trail #160 to see is we could scare up any color what-so-ever. I also wanted to check out the part of the Rim trail that I hadn't be on yet from the Murphy Ranch area.

The climb up Parker is a steady 2000' climb in 3 miles to get to the saddle. You climb through Sycamores, then some conifers, Maples and Aspen. We were lucky enough to have some of the Fall Rainbow left to accent the climb up. I really love the feel of this trail, even without the added color.

While on the Abby Way Trail #151 I wanted to check out the old Peterson Ranch area, to see what was left. There are some sizable flat open areas that appear to have supported the ranch, but nothing of substance was found. Like a couple of shrews, Joe and Ray followed me on the “shortcut” back to the Abby Way Trail (don’t take the shortcut)

Making our way up to Aztek Peak, we paused to take in the Flintstone furniture (Note to self, bring cards next time).

A short Road walk got us over the Old Murphy Ranch area. All was quiet at the ranch, but the aspens were in their richest golden form. We hopped on the Murphy Ranch Trail #141. This trail is slightly overgrown, but not bad at all. We took lunch on this trail and enjoyed the perfect temps and the vast views to the east.

I always enjoy the Rim Trail #139 for the views, but it does seem to drag on and had some patches of ankle busters. One such ankle buster took me down for a few minutes, my ankle is still swollen today, but surprisingly, it does not hurt.

The hike back down the Parker Creek Trail was just as enjoyable! We had absolutely perfect weather and surprising great color for this hike. Thanks for driving Ray, hope you enjoyed your first foray into the Sierra Ancha’s


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Some pools and running water in the lower elevations

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Some pools and running water in the lower elevations
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