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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2016
Hiking33.40 Miles
Hiking33.40 Miles
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2 of us had planned to backpack this, but with the weather moving in each afternoon, decided to car camp each day instead. Made it up to passage 30 around 9ish on Thursday. By the time we accepted that backpacking would probably subject us to lightning each day, and then sorted out what we could get done that day, it was 10:30. We left a vehicle at Double Springs CG and drove up to Weiner Springs Rd. and knocked out that 5+miles, arriving at our vehicle MINUTES before the sky let loose!! As we pulled out on Lake Mary Rd., we saw a guy and his dog - with no rain protection - standing under a tree. Swung around and picked them up. The guy was grateful but the dog was ecstatic!! Took them down by their camp and waited for the rain to let up before letting them go on their way. To save time and dealing with wet gear, we both decided to sleep in our vehicles in a nice camping spot just up the road from Weiner Springs trail junction. Up at 4:30 the next morning and headed to Marshall Lake. Hit the trail SOBO at 6 am. Had a beautiful day hiking back to Weiner Springs junction. Quite surprised and pleased to see most of the earthen tanks full or at least with accessible water. Lots of cows along the mesa but the tanks didn't look too awfully awful. Saw a post-looking structure off trail and had to go look at what it was. Still don't know, but as soon as I trekked over to check it out, realized it was the same tube / plastic bag collection post that Tibber had queried about in her previous post. Enjoyed seeing the old railroad remains and reading the interpretive signs. It's nice to have some information when one comes across old or abandoned relics. A few sprinkles caught us before we made it back to the vehicle, but nothing much - certainly not like the day before! Retrieved our other vehicle from Marshall Lake and headed to Flag to gas up, have some yummy food and wander around REI before heading out to camp at Gooseberry TH. We were joined by another hiker who drove MILES and arrived around 11:30 pm, just to get up at 4:30 and hit the trail!! Wow! Saturday morning the 3 of us drove up to Double Springs CG and hiked SOBO back to Gooseberry, heading out at 5:30. Another beautiful morning! On the way we saw elk and deer. Saw 1 turkey on the trail, horseback riders, hikers and bikers. Easily made it back to the vehicles before the afternoon storms and decided to save the planned backpack of Happy Jack for another time when we would not have to worry about lightning.
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Some areas were lighter than others. Lupine, Indian Paintbrush and many others out.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Allan Lake Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Maybe more water than that. Healthy stand of pond reeds surround much of the tank, hiding actual water levels, but definitely accessible water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Lake 1-25% full 1-25% full
2 water sources side by side. Larger one that is fenced has accessible water but is low. Still, water could be retrieved. Smaller one next to it that isn't fenced was probably 25 - 50% full.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mormon Canyon Tank One 26-50% full 26-50% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Prime Lake 1-25% full 1-25% full
Didn't hike over to edge, but had visible and accessible water - even if it meant wet feet to get it.
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