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Aztec peak via Parker Creek Trail, AZ
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Aztec peak via Parker Creek Trail, AZ 
Aztec peak via Parker Creek Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2015
The_Dude
Hiking14.81 Miles 4,096 AEG
Hiking14.81 Miles   8 Hrs   38 Mns   2.38 mph
4,096 ft AEG   2 Hrs   25 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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Great hike for my first trip to the Sierra Anchas. We had plans of getting in a nice long day hike and then camping out, so we made the drive up tot he TH, and then carried on a bit further to look for a good camping spot. We checked out the Rose Creek campground, and there were about 20 cars so we looked elsewhere. We found a nice spot about a quarter mile up the road for the TH and got our tents set up to claim the spot. We got started hiking about 10, a bit later than hoped for but still not too bad. Parker Canyon had some nice tree cover and good scenery, although there were a few patches of poison ivy to work our way around. It is a good solid push up to about 7000' once you get up on the ridge. We took a snack break here, and then continued on to the Carr TH. from here, we walked the road north a bit to the Abbey's Way trail. This came with much anticipation, I have been an Abbey fan for quite a long time so it is nice to enjoy a little history. Trail 151 was about how I expected it: crooked, brush choked, and having some fantastic views at the end. Aztec Peak made the effort all worth it (never mind that you can drive up, that is cheating), the fire tower was closed, but I went up as high as I could for some photos and the view. We took a nice lunch break over at the Flintstone Furniture, this was a really nice touch and a great spot to eat lunch. We had plans of doing the loop with the Rim trail, but it was already 3:30 and I did not want to be hiking by headlamp and trying to avoid poison ivy and such. We decided to make a small loop with the forest road, hiked that around back to the Carr TH and then Parker Creek back to the truck. I will say as far as road walks go, this is about as good as it gets. As we were getting back close to the truck we came to the conclusion that we were going to skip the camp to sleep in our own beds, getting back early so I could watch the Cardinals game on Sunday was a plus too...We packed up our tents by the truck headlights and were on the road by 7:30. Once we got back in to Phoenix we crashed my friend's 40th birthday party for a celebratory beer with a couple pretty stinky guys. Got to see quite a bit of wildlife on this one, we saw 4 owls, a skunk, a deer, lots of squirrels, and at least 4 snakes on the road on the way out. Loved this trip, definitely on the return radar!
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A few spotty wildflowers, but not too much...
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