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8 by photographer avatarte_wa
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Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2016
te_wa
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles
1,183 ft AEG
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t'was my 3rd backpacking trip, and my 1rst solo backpack - sycamore rim loop. i decided after 17 years i'd go check out the area once more. kinda romantic, i guess.
anyway, saw some things that i did not notice before.. or don't remember, but most of the scenery seemed familiar. for instance, i wanted to go up to one of the tanks to re-visit that tiny aspen "grove?" that hugged the southwest bank of tank # 4 (i'll call it) which has seemingly died, the old trees are lifeless but have now entered the circle, as juvenile 7' aspens are springing up amongst their corpses full of shimmering pride.

i also don't recall seeing so much trail exposed to interesting views, so that was a nice touch.. as if it were my fist time.
round the bend i found a nice stand of ponderosa trapped on a knoll between baby-creeks at the last, northernmost pond. fire out, hammock up, eyes shut. took the road back to the car, as i can't say climbing knob hill was interesting enough. ended with a home-brewed oatmeal stout before i had a quick snack, looked around, and headed home.

*there were some water holes and trickles in both shallow canyons along the rim trail. double tanks has a few clear pools.
*the strangest sound i've ever heard in 18 years of backpacking: something was coming up canyon near start of the hike, just before the old sawmill. sounded like a million angry hornets, and i had to stop in my tracks to figure out where it was coming from, and how fast. it was way too fast for any natural produced sound.. but in a few seconds i saw a tiny buzz-saw quadcopter screaming down canyon when it formed a well-controlled loose turn around me nearly at 100' high. SO... i think using a drone w/ a camera might just be the newest, bestest way to search for big game during hunting season. or, google maps has stepped up their game!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
very few gamble oaks are turning. maybe two weeks' will peak.
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