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Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking12.40 Miles 1,248 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   8 Hrs   46 Mns   1.41 mph
1,248 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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Needed to escape the Phoenix heat and see some green so escaped to the Kaibab National Forest along the upper end of Sycamore Canyon for three nights of camping and hiking. The first two nights I camped at the end of Forest Road 56 at the trail head for the Sycamore Canyon Vista Point, one of four trail heads providing access to different sections of the Sycamore Rim Trail. It was a pleasantly warm evening making a couple of cold beers most enjoyable while cooking a dinner of bacon wrapped fried pork chop, crispy brown fried potatoes and a fresh cabbage salad. With that type of camping meal it's no wonder my 3 year old grandson recently observed that I looked pregnant. :oops:

The next morning I started off from camp to hike the Sycamore Canyon Rim Loop Trail. The trail is in good shape with lots of views along the canyon rim. My favorite sections were along the upper end of Sycamore Canyon near Dow Spring with many lily pad covered pools of water along the stream bed and the section down Isham Spring Canyon with the string of natural Pomeroy Tanks. The views across Garland Prairie towards the Kachina Peaks from the top of KA Hill was another favorite trail section.

Descending the west side of KA Hill I encountered a large logging operation. It was obviously not a normal logging operation which raised my curiosity so I flagged down a Forest Service employee as he drove by to ask him some questions. It turns out that this was more of a tree thinning operation than a traditional logging operation and is part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. More info is available here http://www.fs.usda.gov.... The logs and associated debris were being sorted into three stacks. One stack of log sections large enough for lumber, another stack of smaller log sections for the chip mills, and a third pile of limbs and small trees for composting. All debris was being removed from the forest and the trees cut close to the ground so finished areas would quickly recover to being a prairie with scattered trees. I suspect that within one to two years the thinned area will look quite natural.

I got back to camp just before sunset having taken my time to ponder the beauties of nature and a 30 minute informative talk with the Forest Service guy.
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