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Forest Road 1903 Loop, AZ
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Forest Road 1903 Loop, AZ 
Forest Road 1903 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2015
CannondaleKid
Hiking10.70 Miles 3,960 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.21 mph
3,960 ft AEG      15 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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No plans until 30 minutes before, and they were thrown together so fast I wasn't sure where I'd begin or end, just the general vicinity... looking down over what may be a 500' mountain of tailings in 20-30 years.

Once on Forest Road 1904, I just drove until reaching a spot in the shade in a wash which up to my intended turn-around point would give me an 8-mile round-trip with maybe 2500' AEG. Which it was very close to, but I didn't turn around where I had planned.

Shortly before I reached the turn-around point I saw a white tailed deer grazing nonchalantly about a hundred yards away and prepared for photos &and/or a video... shortened up my poles so they wouldn't hit anything, took out my camera and secured the lens cap so it would swing, turned on the camera and advanced slowly and carefully. With the wind in my favor I figured I could get pretty close if I was quiet enough, which I was all the way to within a hundred feet... when the deer perks up to the sound of an ATV approaching from behind me and high-tails it away.
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At least I got one photo and a bit of shaky video. Oh well.

On the plus side, I had a nice chat with the two men in the ATV, the result of which would be my added distance and elevation gain. They knew the point where I planned on turning back and we both agreed the 'road' farther north was quite nasty... as in STEEP with loose rocks.
:scared:
The reason why I didn't try driving it with my Samurai 4 years ago or the Jeep over two years ago.

Anyway, I continued farther, probably more to see how they fared driving down and back than just hiking new ground to me. Now that I've hiked it down and up I think I'll be back to try driving the route all the way out to what the ATV driver told me looked like some kind of dam. (I'm guessing a simple earthen dam by the looks of the satellite view)

I explored a dry wash before turning back for the long 1,000 foot climb back to my originally planned turn-around spot. Once up to the highest point of the hike I had the choice to return along FR1903 the way I had come, or go east a little bit and follow a long descending-slope ridge down to the wash I was parked in.

Easy choice... the cross-country hard way, of course. And by doing so I scared up a pair of white tailed deer, adding enough video to the earlier short one for a 1 minute-plus video.
:y:
Although it's getting warmer as I drop in elevation the high when I reach the Jeep is only 95°, well short of the triple-digits forecast.

I bit off about as much AEG as I care for in one day, but feel no ill effects today... actually even better.
:y:

One composite video:
Two white tailed deer encounters
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