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Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2015
tibber
Hiking3.55 Miles 405 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   1.57 mph
405 ft AEG
 
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Bridge to FR 341...so to finish our day of hiking, Shawn came up with the idea of hiking to FR 341 to cut into some miles of the AZT Passage 19. Smart thinkin' there. We finished off the very scenic southern portion (Vineyard Trail) of AZT Passage 20 and were now at the bridge. I was excited about walking across the bridge so pretty much filmed the entire walk. From there you go past the turn on the Apache Trail 88 and you soon see one of those nice Arizona Trail signs just off to the right.

It was starting to warm up a bit and of course, we had to tackle this hill up to a saddle. Fortunately and true to form, there were some nice switchbacks involved. From the saddle you are afforded some nice views of Roosevelt Lake and the bridge and mountains. We continued on our way and Shawn was doing his usual trail work when he went to kick off a rock only to quickly realize it was a gila monster :o ; not a very big one but just the same, we're glad he didn't give it a whack with that big old boot. Tracy and Ambika got some good pictures but mine were a big fail. However, it was cool to see a gila just like everyone else it seems lately.

Shortly after getting down into a valley Shawn finally got to use his saw so while he was doing that, we decided this was as good a place for a break as anywhere. Shawn completed the job of getting a tree off the trail. We then came upon a full trough that is unfortunately broken; missing pin. The water was very clear though not very cold. Now it was time to go up and around and via a mountainside where we finally came within view of the Manufactured Home Park, we'd had a passing glimpse earlier. So we started the seemingly endless up hike :sweat: toward Tonto Jr. And it was a bit rocky here at times as well.

We encountered two thru hikers, they look beat, who wanted to know where they could get a hamburger as they thot the marina would be not too far from here. We weren't sure if the Marina had a restaurant. (After reviewing, it looks like the Marina does have a restaurant/store just to the other side of the highway below the manufactured home park.) I offered to take them if they wanted to hike back up to the vehicle with us but they continued on their way. I hope they were able to find what they were looking for which included a place to put their tent for the nite.

Finally we got sight of Tonto Jr and knew the beer and chips were moments away. We shuttled over to pick up Shawn's truck and then stopped for dinner at Big Daddy's. There seemed to be a shortage of help but eventually we got our pizza and were good to go for our drive back to the Valley. And if we ever get to the two-day BP of AZT #19, at least it is more manageable now in two days.

Yes, of course I have video and yes I know, the FR title is wrong on the video, sorry about that:
includes the walk across the bridge - [ youtube video ] ...
the last couple miles - [ youtube video ] ...
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