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Lake Pocket Point, AZ
mini location map2015-10-01
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Lake Pocket Point, AZ 
Lake Pocket Point, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking3.60 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   1.33 mph
270 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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Spent most of the day exploring back roads that more or less parallel the northwest rim of Sycamore Canyon in the south region of Kaibab National Forest. As afternoon approached I was looking for a place to camp and after studying the map saw FR127 which went out on to an area of the Sycamore Canyon Rim called Lake Pocket. It looked interesting so off I went. FR127 was a long rough and rocky drive maybe not requiring four wheel drive but decent ground clearance and low range gears to crawl over the rough sections with out beating your vehicle or tires to death were essential. As I drove south the forest went from Ponderosa Pines to a mix of pine and juniper and then to mostly juniper with prickly pear and agave dotting the meadows of golden grass. FR127 ended on the rim of the canyon with some great views and I found a cubby hole in the brush under a large juniper tree to make camp out of the wind.

This area has a series of points like fingers on a hand jutting out into Sycamore Canyon. After setting up camp I headed off for a short hike to explore one of these points and hopefully get a view down into the canyon of the historic Taylor Cabin. I was concerned about route finding since there were no published trails. However a cow trail as well worn as most AZ hiking trails led me on a level contour around the side of Pocket Peak, across a saddle and out to the point with minimal elevation change. There was a nice view down into the canyon but Taylor Cabin was hidden behind a ridge. I would have liked to explore out on to another point possibly adding another 2 to 3 miles but was running out of day light so headed back to camp.

After dinner in camp I was sitting in my FJ reading a book about 2 hours after sunset when I saw headlights through the trees headed my way. I couldn't imagine driving that road in the dark, especially in a full sized pickup like this guy was driving. He drove straight up to the front of my FJ, no more than 20 feet away, with his high beams on. I was not particularly frightened since anybody crazy enough to drive out to this remote location couldn't be any crazier than me. I flashed the FJ's parking lights and he immediately dimmed his headlights, backed up, turned around and headed out of there. The next morning on the drive out I would see the pickup and a Jeep where they had set up camp about a half mile down the road.

I got up a little earlier than usual the next morning to catch the sunrise over the east rim of the canyon. A herd of elk could be heard bugling and chuckling to each other in the dense forest on the next point a short distance to the south. Made me wish I could stay here a couple more days but Mrs OH was expecting me back home by the end of the day.
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