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Lower Merritt Loop - FR 139C, AZ
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Lower Merritt Loop - FR 139C, AZ 
Lower Merritt Loop - FR 139C, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2016
tibber
Hiking5.50 Miles 515 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
515 ft AEG
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Kelly met me at my house around 11 and we headed north to the cool weather country but not before enduring a whole lot of traffic on the 17; which seemed odd for this time of day.

After arriving at Camp Grasshopper Site 3 via a slight detour on 139A, Kelly wanted to do a little hike so we chose the Lower Merritt Loop and hiked down the road to the gully where you hang a left. We found a VV sign and took a pic to add to the HAZ collection. This little gully which is also an old road (veers to the west) is covered in what looks like little clover shaped ground cover; pretty cool. The skies were dark thru here but then lightened up as we rounded the corner to head up the loop as you follow the old grass-covered forest road. We did take a tour up to where it looked like there might be a spring. It was a pretty area.
As we got further up the road the thunder began to rumble and got more frequent the further we walked so we opted to skip the riparian area and head up to the ridge and back to camp. Kelly got way ahead so she missed out on the raspberry bush where we attacked it like a bunch of hungry bears (the darker colored raspberries were the sweetest).

After visiting for a bit at camp we decided to take a road walk up 139C as Kelly wasn't happy with the couple miles we did. Grasshopper joined us and instead of turning left at the clover covered road we continued straight (north). It was a nice hike with the sunlight dancing thru the tall trees of the forest on each side of us. We checked out an aspen candy section where Hank decided to turn around. Kelly and I continued on for a bit but then it started to get a little chillier and the road was a little wetter. It was also getting darker and since we didn't want to get back to camp after dark, we turned around.

A nice beginning to a very nice weekend! :) Video - https://youtu.be/vy ... MiN4

Camp Grasshopper: https://youtu.be/6l ... VZOQ
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