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VOAZ TwoBit Loop, AZ
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VOAZ TwoBit Loop, AZ 
VOAZ TwoBit Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2016
Hiking6.46 Miles 1,465 AEG
Hiking6.46 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.32 mph
1,465 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
1st trip
I drew up a route on Friday at work for my hiking day. I decided to try Karl's route: [ gps route ] with a little variation as I was coming from the 40th St TH. Initially I was going to do the Peak first but thot it was a tad too warm so I started c-clockwise instead following the east side of the wash. I should have taken a right as the wash ended but stayed on the trail to the 100. I got a little confused as by that time my route wasn't matching up (cuz I missed that right) so I continued on my merry way thinking I knew where to hook up with the VOAZ anyway.

I muddled west on the 100 looking for that trail that would take me up a tier. I finally got that (and boy has part of that washed out) and then continued west. I could see the VOAZ above me but where is the turn to get on it? and then I couldn't see the VOAZ anymore so thot maybe I miscalculated but figured I could find the Irregular and come around the backside to the junction and then hit it that way. But alas, the junction finally appeared and I made the u-turn onto the VOAZ. What a wonderful trail this is :DANCE: . I sure enjoyed it.

Came to the three trails junction and went down part of the Nature Trail and then back to where the other trails would have taken me and continued east to hook up with LV Yates. It seems they've done some trail work though the trails aren't well marked. There are some interpretive signs out here and I think it would be better served with a map and you are here. Nonetheless I meandered toward Trail 8 and checked RouteScout to make sure I was pretty much on track until I hit the 8. I liked this part too.

Still was debating with myself about giving the Peak a go. I came up over the hill heading north and felt good, the temp seems to have moderated so why not. I wasn't sure where the turn was and just as I thot I better check RouteScout, yep here it is. Wow, this isn't easy plus you can barely see a route. I would wander off a couple times and then find it again. Didn't realize how straight up it was but then again, this is Karl's route :sweat: . There used to be an easier crossover route which I would find later so I will try that one next time (I waypointed it on my route).

I finally reached the trail to 2429 and barely hesitated to tackle it. The temp seems to have moderated so up I went. It's still a tough climb but I slowly continued up and made it to the saddle where I took the trail to the north and came up the peak from the back side. It at least gave me a break from all that climbing. Needless to say when I got to TwoBit's top I was pretty darned proud of myself. I've always wanted to to this peak at the end of my hike rather than the beginning and for once, I finally accomplished that task.

On the way down, a very young hiker that was half-way running up the peak told me to not think about it as he saw me trying to find footing coming down from the Peak. I thot to myself, "easy for you to say". And then of course he passed me on the way down and said something like, "you've got plenty of room" as he was passing on a wider section of the hike down. If he only knew how much I would like to be able to hike like him.

Anyway, it was a glorious day to be out and a pretty darn good hike for me; especially coming practically straight up that Peak (and I didn't take one break except to take the 360 video). :D
Here is a very short 1 minute video from the top: ... OK0M
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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