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Kachina - Weatherford Loop, AZ
mini location map2016-06-18
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Kachina - Weatherford Loop, AZ 
Kachina - Weatherford Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking19.11 Miles 4,022 AEG
Hiking19.11 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   2.37 mph
4,022 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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This hike was Plan A for a couple of weeks ago. Plan A was saved for today, because of snow on the Weatherford Trail.

We arrived around 8am to Humphreys parking lot, which was close to 90% full. It appeared that there would be a constant line of ants marching to the peak.

We on the other hand were starting on the Kachina trail. There were only 3 or 4 cars in this lot, so we have much more solitude and would hit the summit trail later in the day after the crowds had thinned.

The Kachina Trail always amazes me. There's always more up and down than I remember, but he changing views make this a winner. Meadows, Peak, Aspens, Pines and big views.

The Weatherford Trail from Kachina to Doyle Saddle drags a bit some times, but the views make up for it. The 3.5 miles from Doyle Saddle to the Humphreys Saddle is probably one of my favorite sections of trail in the state. It just has that "FEEL".

There were some typical crowds at the Humphrey Saddle, but I'm sure it was way down from earlier in the day. I chilled at the saddle while Joe went for his 3rd summit in 4 weeks to the AZ top Spot.

The trip down the Summit Trail to the TH was the typical root skipping slog. Not my favorite trail, but it completes the loop. back to the trail head.

The weather on the day was nice in the shade and when the wind was blowing.
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