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Aspen Nature LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
XC Skiing avatar Mar 25 2017
arizona_water
XC Skiing1.71 Miles 386 AEG
XC Skiing1.71 Miles      42 Mns   2.44 mph
386 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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After snowshoeing up the Dutchman Glade route in the morning, I wanted to take advantage of being on the mountain. I miss my pines and snow.

This is my new favorite place to cross-country ski in northern AZ. I didn't realize how gentle the slopes are below the Snow Bowl parking lot, but there are many rolling hills and opportunities for Nordic skiing. I'm glad I got to experience this before the snow is gone.

On my way down the hill, I heard a familiar sound. Part of Hart Prairie Creek is exposed below 8,800ft. It's really amazing to see the surface water break through the deep snow pack that surrounds it. This was definitely the highlight of this particular loop, but I will be back next year to connect with the AZT and several of the other features this area has to offer.

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The was that flows into this creek is running strong. Surface water breaks the snow surface at just around 8,800ft
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