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Myrtle - Knoll Lake - Babe Haught Loop, AZ
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Myrtle - Knoll Lake - Babe Haught Loop, AZ 
Myrtle - Knoll Lake - Babe Haught Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2015
joebartels
Hiking21.00 Miles 4,150 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   10 Hrs   36 Mns   2.25 mph
4,150 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
From the Hatchery Trail on FR289 we toured west on Highline Trail #31. It starts off Sedonesque. Remember to bring your route finding awareness for a few hiccups along the way. After 2 miles the joyous Sedona motif gives way and the tread turns to old school Y-Bar in the Mazzies... ankle buster blah. I'm now even more impressed with Boone's 2011 10 hour Zane Grey 50 Mile Endurance Race.

Myrtle Trail #30 is statistically similar to the best damn mountain on planet earth, Squaw Peak. We lost the trail once but found it quick. This was through a large stretch of waist high grass. Reminded me of the turf at Bay Meadows around '91. I liked this trail and would guess most are not so fond.

Up on the rim we figured the grunt work was done and moseyed off trail through the pines. Bruce plotted out a whiplash roller coaster ride across the ravines. Grossly over exaggerated but we did revise the gameplan upon realization time was slipping away.

Knoll is a gem, almost as nice as the fond memories I have of Bear Lake. We enjoyed a late 3pm lunch then worked over to Babe Haught #143 based on Dave's butter knife sharp knowledge. Weather was fairly nice all day. It crossed over to fabulous after lunch. Descending #143 felt steep but seems to be a better maintained trail than Myrtle Trail #30 or Horton Springs Trail #292 ( not to be confused with the popular CREEK trail #285 ).
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Most exciting was before the hike along SR260, dense fields of Mexican Hat Ratibida columnifera.
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