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West Cabin Loop, AZ
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West Cabin Loop, AZ 
West Cabin Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2016
Hiking19.20 Miles 2,202 AEG
Hiking19.20 Miles
2,202 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
1st trip
So who hikes 19.2 miles with a sore back? This guy... Actually felt better today. I bought some good inserts for my Moabs and it seemed to help. Slept on my side last night with a pillow between my knees. Seemed to help too.

About the hike... I've been daydreaming about the Rim and Cabin Loop for a while. With plenty of free time I made my way up.

This will perhaps be my first and only Cabin Loop since I suffer from IVTS (Inferior Vehicle Trail Syndrome). Some of you would take a used Yugo to Crown King, but not me... Rim Rd in a Nissan Maxima was a bit much, LOL. Ruts, pits, potholes.

The first 2/3 of Fred Haught is really really nice. Loved it. The last third was OK. I had thought about turning around at Pinchot Cabin to save 5-6 miles but I had the scene from Shawshank Redemption in my head where Andy asks Red "If you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further..."

Houston Brothers is much more up and down than Fred Haught but not nearly as scenic. Still a great trail. The last few miles on the Rim Rd were a slog but, hey you gotta get back to the car!

Overall the Rim is a beautiful area. I already miss it...

@Chumley running water and evergreens.
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