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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
joebartels
Hiking21.25 Miles 5,054 AEG
Hiking21.25 Miles   9 Hrs   35 Mns   2.42 mph
5,054 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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The Kachina would be more enjoyable if you didn't have to constantly monitor foot placement. Hence why the Inner Basin Trail is the aspen hike winner in my book. Kachina ( bless you ) fights back hard with meadow madness. You immediately feel the sun charbroiling your pumpkin crossing meadows. One of the large meadows has a view of Humphreys that begs photo attention.

I enjoy the Weatherford for it's many personalities up to the best switchback of any trail I've hiked. The history of the Model T's crosses my mind over and over on each visit.

16 days ago jj and I ascended off trail over 4-8 ft snow from the Inner Basin. We were seriously concerned about frostbite on the return. The sun has done it's magic, just a few 4 foot drifts alongside the trail now.

Bruce took a nap at the saddle while I hit the summit. The out-n-back just carrying a small collapsible water bottle was dreamy. Shockingly a bug-less ascent, maybe due to later afternoon?

Bruce really knows how to power nap. He forgot his age and turned into a version of jlpbobwally. Like a kid in a stolen Ferrari he was passing with a heavy right foot. Nearly died laughing when he raced out into the rock field blowing a switchback after passing a couple at 5 mph. Heck, I'm no angel, been there done that... a couple times. The key is to pretend it's a switchback and just keep rolling straight back.

Even more shocking, he wanted to do another hike on the way home without any planning. Great day!
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