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Morning Glory Yurt Bismark Lake, AZ
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Morning Glory Yurt Bismark Lake, AZ 
Morning Glory Yurt Bismark Lake, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 24 2017
BiFrost
Backpack15.94 Miles 2,098 AEG
Backpack15.94 Miles3 Days         
2,098 ft AEG
 
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We wanted to do some more snowshoeing so headed up to the Nordic Center outside Flagstaff. Reserved the Morning Glory Yurt which is the furthest backcountry yurt but still only 3 mile hike one way. With short snowshoe hike we were able to start late about 130 and still managed to get there by 4pm. Took Frank some time to get use to his hiking shoes but he seemed to get the idea and better than freezing paws.

Next day we headed over to Bismark Lake which is only about 3 miles from the yurt and also wanted to make the Arizona Trail junction as well. Checked out the AZT junction and then back to Bismark Lake for lunch break. Of course with temps below freezing all day the lake was frozen solid. Even the snow was somewhat frozen solid so on this hike we opted for micro spikes and left the snowshoes back at the yurt. Good choice as we really were not punching through the snow much. If staying at the yurt the Nordic Center requires using either snowshoes or skis for the trails to and from the yurt. However, once off their trails you can use spikes or whatever mode is best.

Back at the yurt I decided to check a couple of hills nearby the yurt. There are two hills and one has a park bench on top which provided the best sitting view of Humphreys and the ski area. Still wearing spikes the snow was still pretty firm despite warmer temps in the afternoon. But there was some snow expected that night and next day.

Sure enough in late afternoon the clouds rolled in and it started light snow. Overnight only about inch or two accumulation but made for nice hike out with fresh coat of snow and continued light snow. Good weekend for Frank and relaxing at the yurt!
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