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Grant Creek Goudy Ridge Loop, AZ
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Grant Creek Goudy Ridge Loop, AZ 
Grant Creek Goudy Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2015
joebartels
Hiking15.50 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.89 mph
4,300 ft AEG      8 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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jj said something to the effect last week, "you always wear that white high school shirt". I glanced over and mentioned, "you always wear that same soccer shirt with the seventies style stripes".

By chance? Both in bright new happy shirts we headed to the Grant Creek trailhead. Passing through Fort Grant ( prison, if you are not familiar ) we missed a turn. Spotted a guy that appeared eager to help, so we asked for directions. I think Mr Personality played a guard in Cool Hand Luke. His directions were spot on questionable. With a 50/50 chance we took the wrong option and drove by him a second time... with twice the pride.

10% chance of rain jumped to 50% unexpectedly overnight. Everything around us came up 70% so we stuck to the plan. From a makeshift parking space near the #310, we headed up towards #305, which is among my all time favorites. Not only a great trail, a trail I've shared with great friends over the years. Clear and present mosquitos annoyed a bit but never drew first blood.

jj went down in history transferring a track between two fenix watches out of a controlled lab environment via bluetooth. It only took 40 minutes and five or six tries...lol

#305 has not changed over the eight years I've hiked it a few times. A good trail with very minor brush nuisance along the way and easy to follow. Per usual we used Preston's short cut across Moonshine Creek, which is a tiny off trail segment to save a little road walk. We were soaked in sweat by the time we reached the Swift Hwy ( actually, more like thirty minutes into the hike ). The stroll along the tree lined hwy at 70 degrees was relaxing therapy. It was cool to see a couple families checking out the Post Creek waterfalls & Soldier Campgrounds.

Storms looked mean and approaching quick. jj flipped an amex card to decide on cutting Ash Creek waterfall overlook out of our loop. My hands were getting cold so I was glad it landed on "forget it" tails.

#310 offers great views. It didn't seem as overgrown as memory served. Just a little grassy in areas. No screams in the shower and a quick shin check reveals no abuse. Next time I think it would be ideal to ascend this and enjoy the pine stroll down #305.

Carried 4 quarts, consumed 1.5. Shockingly still a bit frozen 17 hours after packing in the morning too.
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western wallflowers, yellow droopy asterthingys up top, a red species new to me that I'll have to look at the photos to determine
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