|FR2752 McFadden Peak Loop, AZ|
|FR2752 McFadden Peak Loop, AZ|| |
FR2752 McFadden Peak Loop, AZ
|Hiking||10.10 Miles|| 4 Hrs 50 Mns ||2.16 mph|
|2,001 ft AEG|| 10 Mns Break||25 LBS Pack|
|With another weekend off coming up, Tracey had only a few stipulations:
1. Must be in the Sierra Ancha
2. Roughly a 10 mile hike each day
3. On-trail hiking
4. Trails we had not yet hiked
Hmmm, one at a time is no big deal, but all four? I had to put my thinking cap on for that one.
With some vague ideas from the last few times we camped out this way I threw together a few ideas on Route Manager, along with a couple back-ups (trails we had hiked before) and wonder of wonders, things worked out pretty well... 10.1 miles Saturday and 10.0 on Sunday. But I'm getting ahead of myself...
On the drive up Young Highway we stopped next to some hunters dressed in camo on ATV's and asked what season it was. The response was turkey season... and there are a lot of hunters up there, pointing in the general direction of Aztec Peak. Oh great!
Last year our camp was surrounded by hunters during elk season, so will we have the same thing to look forward to? Thankfully, although there certainly were a lot of people camping wherever they could along Workman Creek to Aztec Peak road, we got there early enough on Saturday to nab a great spot... conveniently small enough we'd be alone and a half-mile from the nearest neighbors.
Ok, the hike...
We parked a few hundred yards off Young highway on Forest Road 2752, which begins .6 mile north of McFadden Peak road. From there we followed the road all the way to Park Tank, taking a wide arc around the west side of McFadden Peak, crossing Turkey Creek along the way.
On the southward climb still on FR2752 we met a bow hunter on an ATV with a monstrous turkey laying across the front rack. He had bagged it by setting up well in advance, using a turkey-call but once or twice an hour, and simply waiting out the long hours until the turkey came to him. And what a tom it was! Tracey took a photo with her camera but I have yet to see it.
(I didn't have the presence of mind to do the same)
We continued on to Park Tank and a bit farther until connecting with Park McFadden Trail #55, which we would follow up to McFadden Peak. There was a ranger at the tower along with his wife, who apologized for not inviting us up as he was feeling ill, blurting out that his cancer had spread.
Not that we expected to go up the tower anyway... so we bid our condolences, took some photos and headed down the road to Young Highway. No more drama on the hike from the tower down to AZ 288 then along 288 to FR2752. Wow! I only goofed up by a little bit, going over the 10-mile stipulation by a mere 500 feet.
Sorry, just photos, no video today...