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AZT #30 Fisher Point to Hwy 89A, AZ
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AZT #30 Fisher Point to Hwy 89A, AZ 
AZT #30 Fisher Point to Hwy 89A, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jun 22 2013
markthurman53
Backpack19.40 Miles 1,654 AEG
Backpack19.40 Miles   27 Hrs   10 Mns   2.92 mph
1,654 ft AEG   20 Hrs   31 Mns Break50 LBS Pack
 
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This was a 2 day backpack trip starting in Flagstaff and hiking to Fisher Point and hiking along the Arizona trail to Hwy 89A and returning to Flagstaff. This is a write up of the portion from Fisher Point to Hwy 89A. The hike from Walnut Canyon to Fisher Point is the only real noticeable elevation gain (400 feet), the other elevation gain is gradual over the next 19 miles. There was water at a water catch basement along the trail prior to the old Walnut Canyon Monument Road and at Rio De Flag. I used my UV water purifier for the first time at the water catch basement, it really looked like it would need it since every animal around would be in and drinking from it. I'm still alive so I guess it worked, seemed like some kind of magic or mystical ritual, put water in the bottle, turn it on and a purple glow begins and 30 seconds later fresh water. Hiking from the Border to this point along the Arizona trail, usually single day hikes, I have not had to purify any of the water I collected (that's me not advise to others), so I was interested in how this purifier works. I took a lunch break near the Old Walnut Canyon Monument Road and then continued on to Interstate 40 where I would camp for the night (19 mile day from Flagstaff). The trail along this stretch is in good condition and fairly easy walking.

The next morning I crossed the Interstate and train tunnels and headed for Hwy 89A and back to my hotel in Flagstaff. Today the trail shifts direction and instead of heading away from Flagstaff now heads directly toward Mount Eldon north of Flagstaff. The trail follows just north of the Freeway and the train tracks until you get to Rain Valley where it takes a more northwest direction to the north of Sheep Hill were it crosses Highway 89A. Great views of Mount Eldon from the East and a pleasant change from the dry Plateau when you come to the Rio De Flag. No problems with following the trail it is in good condition. This is called the Equestrian Bypass trail because it bypasses Flagstaff for those doing the Arizona Trail on Horseback. Those wishing to go into Flagstaff would take the left turn at Fisher Point that leads into Flagstaff.
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