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Veit Springs Trail aka Lamar Haines Loop
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Veit Springs Trail aka Lamar Haines LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2015
black_toes
Hiking1.77 Miles 304 AEG
Hiking1.77 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   2.36 mph
304 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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By accident we ended up on this this trail mentioned recently in the Arizona Republic. We had headed up the Snow Bowl road looking for a short hike in pines and aspen with little elevation gain. MJ had a strained calf, and I wasn't up to par myself, perhaps feeling the blahs of strolling around on much higher ground than usual, now on this trail at 8,600' el. The hike proved near-perfect for our requirements. It wasn't until we parked and walked inside the TH gate that we learned the name of the trail.

Having read many of the 33 triplogs on this site a day later, I conclude most hikers choose to do this trail in the fall when the aspen leaves have dug into their magical paint boxes. And certainly there are plenty of aspen along the wide path. But we found here in mid-summer the colors just as beautiful with many different varieties of wildflowers. Reds, yellow, purples, pick your color, they're all here. The small turn-in parking lot was nearly full when we arrived. Saw a dozen or more hikers along the loop. Most were families with small children and some with dogs. In fact about half way along the trail, a hound came up from behind us, sniffed our feet and took off on the run ahead. Likely separated from its owner. Hope it was not abandoned.

Enjoyed the hike and the exercise on an overnight in Flag, trading in the triple-digit temps in Phoenix for those in the low 80s and, along this trail, the 70s. Well worth the extravagance.
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