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Bear Mtn Loop - Blue RangeAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
uphill_junkie
Hiking19.56 Miles 4,257 AEG
Hiking19.56 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   2.51 mph
4,257 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
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1st trip
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So since I had a diverse crowd with me, and never having been to the area before, I relied on some awesome beta from fellow HAZer FOTG who's been to the area before. He was SO kind to draw me up some tracks on the map to give us options (thank you Lee!!!) So that morning, based on who was going, and what time it was that we'd be starting (and looking at JJ's times and worrying :lol:), we decided on the middle loop of about 13ish mis., but we'd end up cutting off 2 miles of road walking between THs due to Kathy and Frank hiking from Sawmill.

Well, OOPS, we all passed the junction of where we should've turned off and would have done the 13ish loop, and assumed we went up Lanphier (which I was glad, as that was my favorite part of the hike - that canyon was green and lush and gorgeous!!) It turns out that was the big loop that Karl and I secretly wanted to do, but knew the others wouldn't want to. {have to lay it on Karl though, since he's Karl the Compass ;)}

Oh well, I guess I got my birthday wish of doing a long hike, although I felt really badly for the rest of the crew who either wasn't expecting that kind of mileage/AEG or just plain was in pain and HATED it (I won't mention any names Mark, don't worry!) Poor guy.

Tugger, on the other hand, was a TOTAL trooper!!!!!!! Man, he didn't complain once, not once! I love my amazing, athletic, awesome dog! :wlift:

Afterward, drinking beer and wine in the parking lot, and back at camp was worth all the pain and suffering (for me, of putting up with poor Mark, ha!) Then we got a treat of a thunderstorm while cooking/eating dinner - wahoo! :y:

Thanks guys for a fun weekend and a great first exposure to the BRW & PA. I definitely want to go back!
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