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12 by photographer avatarfriendofThundergod
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Escudilla TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2016
friendofThundergod
Hiking6.22 Miles 1,489 AEG
Hiking6.22 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   2.59 mph
1,489 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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After four days in the Blue Range with Mr. Blanco, we were ready for a change of pace. I decided on Escudilla, as it offered a chance for some slightly cooler temperatures, a new wilderness and a new peak. Escudilla had always been on my radar, but I had never committed to making a stop there on the way to, or from the Blue Range. However, on this occasion it seemed like the perfect way to end our trip. Route Scout continues to impress me and proved a very worthy app. once again, as with the first hint of 3G, I was able to download the route, read the description and then get driving directions to the TH.

I took the suggestion from the hike description's author and found us a very nice campsite not more than a mile or so from the trailhead. I watched an amazing sunset with Blanco over one of Escudilla's many large meadows, cooked some dinner and prepped a small pack for the next day's hike and the crashed to some great sleeping weather.

We got a nice early start, as is the norm with me and were on the trail hiking by about a quarter after five. The first mile of the trail is fantastic, as it takes you through a very nice stand of Aspen. The next mile is defined by Escudilla's very large meadows, or "bowls." The early morning views from here were great and there were some nice size herds of elk grazing, as we made our way by. The final mile is match stick alley and the devastation from the last major fire is clear. However, the trail was entirely free of deadfall, due to what looked like some relatively recent trail work. In fact, someone noted on June 6 that the trail had been cleared of deadfall. The register was full of comments about deadfall misery and downed trees galore up until the June 6 entry claiming the tail had been cleared. Score! Not only had I finally checked Escudilla off my list, but I seemed to have did it at the perfect time! Meanwhile, Blanco could have cared less about the cleared trail and was dedicating most of his energy to the large herds of elk we kept passing on the way up. At one point he got so mixed up with the elk, I though he was going to get trampled by some large bulls, but he seemed to know when it was the right time to call off the chase.

As expected, we had the summit to ourselves. The tower is fenced off, but the fencers conveniently left a small break in the fence large enough for most people, if that is your thing. After a short stay on the summit and maybe an IG post, we were off. Just after leaving the summit we ran into two hikers, the first we had seen after four days and somewhere around 60 miles of hiking and backpacking, can't beat that! The route down was fast and uneventful and even with really taking our time, we completed the entire hike in less than three hours.
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