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New Highline/AZT, AZ 
New Highline/AZT, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
Sredfield
Hiking18.40 Miles
Hiking18.40 Miles
 
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The AZT Section Crew took two leisurely days on the Highline this weekend. The trail was beautiful, weather was fine but no one would have wanted it any warmer, there was a pretty consistent gentle breeze and frequent shade. The group managed to rough it on the overnight with few complaints.

Once you get into trail work you are never just a tourist or a hiker, so there was an abundance of focus on the trail conditions. It was easy in some places to see the history of the Highline, said to originally be a wagon route between the ranches which are now recreation subdivisions. Often the trail was on bench wide enough to have carried a road. Other places, perhaps from previous reroutes, the trail is narrow single-track. The realignment completed in 2013 (?) just west of Bray Creek looks like it has been there for decades, holding up well and it keeps you away from the grand daddy of washouts. The segment just east of Geronimo is looking great, as well it should since a youth crew from Flagstaff is the steward. Drainage aren't just cleaned; they are paved.

Angela and Ambika both had Route Scout going, at full volume. Sounded like a crowd back there sometimes.

Angela was very good about reminding everyone to drink water. At one stop we decided this was something that could be delegated to Route Scout, and some interesting variations to the reminder were discussed. Option A could be just a gentle reminder, "Drink some water, dear." Option B could be a little more forceful, "Take a drink, I ain't hauling your dehydrated pumpkin outta here." The full-bio option could delve into other measures, including the frequency and color of elimination, which maybe we'll leave to the imagination for now.

We had permission to open the new route up the hill from Pine TH. Several organizations have partnered to build this, and it was nearly complete last year but for the last ~half mile. That was completed April 26 by a mechanized crew so we pulled back the brush that was blocking the new route so it is now open. The contractor did an incredible job, especially through the boulders. All that is left is to disperse the brush piles and maybe narrow the tread a bit is a few places. REI staff and other volunteers are getting after that June 4.
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