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Kachina Trail #150Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2016
Hiking11.08 Miles 1,860 AEG
Hiking11.08 Miles   6 Hrs   28 Mns   2.12 mph
1,860 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Needed to get a hike in to try and stay in some semblance of hiking shape. This hike is always a good one for that. The drive up the traffic was quite reasonable for a Sunday on a 3-day holiday weekend. I passed by the Bug Mesa fire area. The freeway made a nice fire break and the fire burned to the border of Cordes Junction. Outside of Flagstaff were some neon pink signs indicating a fire area; thot that was an interesting choice in color. The lot to the end of the Kachina Trail has been leveled and is quite nice now.

I started the hike around 9:45. It would be a beautiful day weather-wise and temperatures were even better when the sun ducked behind the clouds for a good portion of the hike which really helped with the movies. I have filmed this and taken photos pretty thoroughly now but I still took a lot of video as this new camera just rocks when it comes to stabilization. And this time I added my pics in with the videos, thus making them longer than normal. I've been using the Windows 10 photo editing programs for quick editing and other than my toning down the highlights too far sometimes, it really works well.

There were ferns right off the bat and they kept coming and getting bigger and lusher. I continued to be amazed and even more amazed as I worked my way down the trail. I still noticed the same things I always notice like the different trees or boulders or roots. And the white bark of the aspen really stood out from the vibrant fern covered forest floor :D . The trail still goes up and down and up and down all the way to the bottom. There were quite a few people in the morning (including several runners) but not so many when I came back up. As usual I tried to anticipate where the trail went next as it comes in and out of the forested sections.

Of course the views back toward the mountains is always impressive too especially as you look over the meadowy grass. That grass is a little course so I'm glad it didn't last long. You eventually arrive at Fern Field. In fact, I didn't even see a hiker coming because the ferns hid them. Here is a less than 3 minute video I took with Kemosabe that shows the field and walking thru the ferns: ... zRLA

I always like the match stix area altho I thot I might see more lupine but didn't. And then after the five mile mark you come to the tallest and thickest of the ferns. They are so thick they are laying over the trail so you can't see it and sometimes your feet get somewhat entangled. Finally I made it to the other side. A backpacker was passing by headed to the Weatherford for the first time so I suggested he try out the Doyle Saddle for his overnite camping.

I had a little lunch and then did my 22 pushups that ended up being 44 because I wanted the video to show the mountain in the background. Here is the video and I don't want to hear anything from the peanut gallery :stop: ... akto support (my long lost but now found cousin got me started on this). Oh if any of you want to volunteer to do the challenge 22 push ups for 22 days, PM me - I have 17 days left.

And now, it was time to return and up through the thick ferns I went. The grade going back up is not bad at all and of course with the scenery still capturing my attention, it made the hike seem to go a little faster. I wasn't awwwwhhhing as much now but still found the scenery inspiring. I would encounter a few hikers coming down and two people did pass me. We all ended up missing the turn at this one boulder section where it looks like you go straight but you actually curve to the right. That is the way I was going but the others had gone straight so I thot maybe that was correct but it wasn't. Curious as to where that leads though....

About mile 10, I was done... well my legs were. I kept drinking more water and had a little snack cuz I think my legs were hungry. At the wilderness sign, I ran into one of our Lifetime Group Fitness instructors and her family. I'm sure I looked a fright by this time as I was pretty drained but it was sure fun to run into her. Also, when I was at the other end, one of the other instructors (she's also my workout partner) was on the upper part of the trail as we were Facebooking (yes, there was internet access at the eastern TH) during my lunch break.

So a good day! The drive back was pretty good too. The pics are edited and movies are in production. However, I think a lot of the pics I've taken from my previous trips here on HAZ are sufficient and so are the movies but why should that stop me from posting more ;) :lol: .

Here are the videos and they were tough to edit due to the lighting conditions. The first two I chose not to use youtube's stabilizer because of the light flickering:
Part 1 - ... kKzk
Part 2 - ... j6Gs
here is a stabilized version of part 2 if you care to compare - ... r7Ro
Part 3, it's getting prettier - ... jntY
Part 4 - ... EWu0
Part 5 - the ferns did indeed get taller toward the bottom, starting back up ... akmQ
Part 6 - ... Om58
Part 7 - still beautiful ... cVWg
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Ferns were substantial!!! Scattered lupine, a few mariposa lilys, some paintbrush.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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