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Pine Canyon Trail #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 01 2017
AZBeaver
Backpack10.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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2,000 ft AEG33 LBS Pack
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Went backpacking on April Fool's Day with 9 (nine) other members of the Arizona Backpacking Club (ABC) this weekend taking on the Pine Canyon Trail near Pine and Strawberry, Arizona. We left cars at the Bearfoot Trail just east of the town of Strawberry and then carpooled and drove 10+ miles to the Pine Canyon TH. We went through a gate and parked 100+ yards beyond the gate. Everyone got their backpacks on and then it started snowing! We all said to ourselves.....APRIL FOOLS! Luckily, it only lasted about 30 minutes. There were 3 dogs on this trip. A Toy Poodle named PokaDot, a Cockapoo named Mazie and a Black Lab, named Bella. They were all awesome dogs and I’ll talk more about them later. (I love dogs although I don’t have any….). This backpacking trip is considered a beginners trip because it was actually a pretty easy hike for the most part—only 4 miles the first day and 6 miles the second day. The first day was all downhill. Downhill can be more challenging sometimes than uphill. My thighs were screaming as the trail was rather steep with loose rocks, climbing over many fallen trees across the trail, and some creek crossings. It gave me a great workout on the thighs! It was an absolutely beautiful hike and I loved it. We found a perfect camping spot just before the Girl Scout Camp (Camp Lo Mia) beyond the “Tiny Cave” for the ten of us near Pine Creek. The water was flowing wonderfully. We built a campfire and set up camp with plenty of room to spread out; filtered our water in the flowing Pine Creek, and had our dinners. Our trip leader, Wren, brought three chicken legs and asparagus and grilled them over the fire. Now that’s what I call a good backpacker’s meal! Sure beats my Ramen Noodles with dehydrated chicken! We sat around the campfire until around 9 p.m. and then all hit their sleeping bags. It got cold that night—down in the high 30’s and most had cold feet but all survived the night. (Those with dogs I think fared better because of the extra heat—hence the group ….”Three Dog Night.” We had a leisurely morning getting up around 7 a.m. Wren regenerated the camp fire because it was mighty cold. After breakfast, we broke camp and hit the trail at 9:30 a.m. and took the Bearfoot Trail for 6 miles. The trail was mostly uphill but wasn’t too steep. We reached end of Bearfoot Trail at our first parking spot where some left their cars. The drivers (me included) headed up Highway 87 to the northern parking area at the Pine Canyon TH and drove back down to the group near Strawberry. We all headed to “That Brewery” for lunch. All were pretty hungry. The food and beer were EXCELLENT! Had a nice drive back to Phoenix and called it a very successful and fun weekend!

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