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AZT 17b hike in for Trail Maintenance by ABC, AZ
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AZT 17b hike in for Trail Maintenance by ABC, AZ 
AZT 17b hike in for Trail Maintenance by ABC, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2016
Hiking7.94 Miles 1,560 AEG
Hiking7.94 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.08 mph
1,560 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Met up with Wendy and some of the AZT work crew plus a Four-Wheeling support group at Picketpost TH. I was running a tad late because I couldn't find a sandwich and then I wasn't sure I had my boots. The Four-Wheeling group besides carrying tools and food and water in for us also carried my tent and clothes so this event started out pretty good that morning.

We had one beginner backpacker with us and another beginner trail worker along with Corwin and Roger and Mike as we headed to FR4 where our campsite would be. It was a nice morning as we hiked in the shade of Picketpost. Apparently I was the only one of our group that had been up Picketpost so we had to stop a couple times as they wanted to know the way up.

The trail goes up and down and around various drainages along the way. The usual suspects of bad trail were still giving trouble and we documented some of those for the 17b trail steward. Wendy is a co-steward on this part of the passage too. There was also trimming that needed to be done but for the most part, the trail was in pretty good shape.

I forgot how long the one hill is but it's so gradual you hardly notice. We had to wait up a few times for the beginner but I remember those days myself... only 6 years ago. You hike your way around that mountain and then contour around a couple more including a false saddle before the last saddle above the campsite. The horse back riders caught up below the first false saddle. Yes, we even had some horse support for this 17a Trail Maintenance event.

As I came up the last hill toward camp I encountered a dozen horse back riders going the opposite way so I had to step aside. The four-wheelers had come and gone. Mike and Adam and Corwin had their tents already set up. Me, I just wanted my beer and sandwich so I plopped myself down in the shade and proceeded to enjoy. Pretty soon Wendy and Sandy came back as they had been out marking the trail already. It took the 4-wheel trucks about an hour and 1/2 to get to the site. I still prefer hiking to it. Would have been here sooner myself but I hung back with Roger as he helped Jocelyn make the hike.

Once I finished up, Wendy gathered everyone for a tool lesson and then we went out on the trail to do some trimming and grubbing for about an hour before returning. We all had separate dinners and enjoyed the Super Moon rising over the mountain. That darn moon stayed out late too.

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Part 3 - (finishing hike in and afternoon work session and at camp including Super Moon)
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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