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West Middle Leonards Loop, AZ
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West Middle Leonards Loop, AZ 
West Middle Leonards Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2016
chumley
Hiking5.97 Miles 897 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.39 mph
897 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Of all the rim canyons I've previously explored, I had never ventured down any of the three Leonards. And for as nice as Knoll Lake is, it does tend to gather a crowd sometimes, so I decided to do a little exploring earlier in the day to let everybody else have time to leave. :)

It got borderline warm, but the hiking was interesting. Lots of water, green meadows, and variety. Not the most scenic of the canyons up here, but pretty cool nonetheless. I saw one elk, but it didn't stick around long enough to fill out the adoption paperwork I had with me. Also came within about 20 yards of a huge red-tailed hawk that was in the creek, before it flew away quite majestically.

Cut my route short instead of connecting the two canyons in a loop and headed back to camp for a mountain-breeze-assisted pine-shade nap. :zzz: Perfect. On the way home, I stopped at a viewpoint or two and hit up the Promontory tower at sunset. No reason to rush back to the heat at home!
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Promontory Lookout Tower
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Fire - Wildfire Sunset
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