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Reynolds to Aztec, AZ
mini location map2016-11-05
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Reynolds to Aztec, AZ 
Reynolds to Aztec, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
chumley
Hiking10.76 Miles 2,723 AEG
Hiking10.76 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   2.53 mph
2,723 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Originally I was hoping to catch some fall colors since they typically seem to linger in Reynolds Creek much longer than I would think based on the elevation. But after midweek rain, I was pretty confident that there wouldn't be much left. Sure enough most of the leaves were on the ground making a carpeted forest of rain-soaked foliage.

My second priority was to see the effects of the Juniper fire, and for that I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The Reynolds Creek drainage was almost entirely affected only by low-intensity ground fire. In many areas I would think that fire managers actually would have hoped for more burning as there is still quite a bit of fuel to burn. There were some small pockets of crown burn, but they were quite limited in this area. (Looked like the Parker Creek drainage was not spared this fate). I'd still like to see the FS post a burn severity map, but I wasn't able to find one online.

Weather was perfect in the 40s to start, 60s by the end of the day. The trail conditions were generally excellent, which was a surprise to me given the potential for fire erosion. The exception being the trail section above Pueblo Canyon from the Center Mtn trail up the switchbacks to the 7400 foot contour. There were spots here where post-fire erosion has destroyed any former trail tread. It's a short section though and not difficult to travel without the trail. (While this section is on topo maps, it is not a signed or named trail, so it's possible that it will not be repaired/maintained).

Turned out to be a pretty good day. It's nice to hike at elevation at this time of year to actually feel like it's autumn!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Mostly on the ground after rainy weather. Poison Ivy looked best!

dry Knoles Hole Spring Dry Dry
Didn't find the spring. No visible surface water in the area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reynolds Creek Falls - Sierra Ancha Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max The Switchbacks Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Didn't see a spring ... but the creek was flowing lightly here
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