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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
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Hiking9.48 Miles 1,640 AEG
Hiking9.48 Miles   6 Hrs   16 Mns   2.11 mph
1,640 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break
 
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Geronimo to Pine TH Whoo hoo, AZT Weekend AND we get to finish the section. Last year, we had to abort the previous mission due to a sick team member 5-3-2015. Ambika and I drove up to Pine TH for the 9AM shuttle. We took Shawn's truck to Geronimo TH where we would leave it for the nite.

It was a bit warmer than I would have liked and there was a bit more uphill than I would have liked but we were hiking the AZT once again. It starts out pretty nice as you make your way in the E Webber Creek area. And then the up and downs, more up than down, begins. Of course, once you got UP the views opened so that you could see far and wide. And a breeze seemed to ensue as well. A little over an hour later, Shawn had his saw out so that he could clear some dead fall. Today there wouldn't be too much of that and the one last deadfall, we decided it was safer to leave it in place [ photo ] .

Today, I decided I would be the water witch for our AZT Section Crew so every time we stopped I would be a good witch and say "DRINK". Ambika said she preferred water ambassador but I think witch carries a more meaningful message. I've just read so much about dehydrated hikers that I decided my mission was to make sure we wouldn't be one of those. That and I didn't want to have to drag Shawn anywhere ;) . Shawn decided Route Scout should put out a reminder from time to time as well; something along the lines, "if you don't want someone to have to drag your pumpkin off the trail, DRINK".

The manzanita was in various stages of bloom so that was a fun distraction. We also stumbled upon some Arizona Cypress from time to time altho we had to google it later to make sure that's what we saw. Wendy is the one that taught me about Arizona Cypress. It only appears in limited places in the US and Mexico so it's a treat to get to see it in various stages as well [ photo ] .

The biggest event of the day was getting to open a section of the Arizona Trail so we got to block off the old section and put ONE cairn with a big cap at the new turn [ photo ] . From here it was a sweet highway for a couple miles and Shawn got to admire the fruits of his and other workers labors [ photo ] . Trust me, this section is just so very nice it could spoil you; especially when you see what the old trail looked like which you get to see from time to time. We blocked off another old section where the Donovan Trail comes into play. We picked up the remaining 10 stakes along the way.

As we got closer to the section I worked on Oct 3rd, 2015 I kept an eye out for the cactus I had protected with a ring of rocks and lo and behold, it and the little wall were still there :) . We adjusted the rocks so they weren't quite as close to the cactus and even put some water on it. So when you pass Tibber's Cactus, give it a little drink. I'll put a picture up later.

From there it was just a matter of finishing off the last mile or so. Oh, one other thing I forgot to mention... as when you hike with the AZT chief steward, you learn about the different methods of preventing erosion: The newest thing I saw was the ditch/dam building in certain areas, especially on hills. So when you are walking on a higher section of the trail, you may notice little drainage ditches with dams [ photo ] . I also have pics and video of that.

It was a good day on the Arizona Trail but now it was time to go "Up North" for homemade pizza, beer and wine. The next morning, we would do it all over again but from Washington Park.

FYI I have created Playlists for my videos. So you can go to my Playlists to see videos from various places I've hiked like the Superstitions, Glacier Park, Grand Canyon and in this case Arizona Trail: https://www.youtube.co... hopefully that link will work.

first 2 1/2 miles - [ youtube video ]
next 1 1/2 miles - [ youtube video ]
next 1 1/2 miles - [ youtube video ]
next mile including opening the new part of the trail - [ youtube video ]
next mile or so - [ youtube video ]
last couple miles to Pine TH - [ youtube video ]
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