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7 by photographer avatarcharlieaz
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Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2015
charlieaz
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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This looked to be a good hike to get my winter hiking gear figured out and in order. I started the hike right off Mormon Lake Road because the entrance to the trailhead was buried in snow, although it appeared a 4x4 drove up the road sometime the day before. Problem is I’m still driving the Corolla. I geared up and hiked to the trailhead (extra 0.1 miles whoopty doo) at about 8:30 am. Temperature was 24 F. From the trailhead I could barely make out the trail because of the snow. There was about 4 inches here. Good thing I brought my GPS. I ended up referencing it quite a bit along the way just to be sure I was on-trail. After about 1 mile of hiking, I was down to my base layer and sweating pretty good. At about 2 miles the temperature was rising and melting snow was starting to drip from the trees. This is where I crossed fresh bear tracks in the snow. It kinda creeped me out a bit being all alone. At this point the snow was about 6-8 inches. At 3 miles I finally reached the road and found that the jeep had been all the way to the top. What a relief to follow the tire tracks instead of plowing through nearly a foot of snow by then. At the towers I turned left and added another 0.2 miles to the trip to reach the true summit. I played radio for a while and then started hearing something crashing by the towers. Of course my mind instantly thought of a bear tearing into a garbage dumpster I hadn’t noticed, or a big 8 point bull elk catching his antlers in the trees . . . again it was a little unsettling. After I finished with the radio I packed things up and headed back. I stopped right under the towers and heard that noise again, which turned out to be ice falling from the top hitting the mast as it melted and fall to the ground . . . whew. No GPS need on the way back. Somebody left footprints that lead all the way back to the Corolla. Temps at this point were really melting the snow and it almost felt like I was in a light rain storm with all the drips from the trees. Great fun! I didn’t even gat eat’n by a baaar haha.
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