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2017-05-13  
Bullpumpkin, AZ
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Bullpumpkin, AZ 
Bullpumpkin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 13 2017
chumley
Hiking11.46 Miles 3,155 AEG
Hiking11.46 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   2.28 mph
3,155 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
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Set out to summit Kendrick via the Bull Basin Trail, returning via Pumpkin, two trails I had not previously hiked.

The lower parts were great, but this winter has taken a toll, and the deadfall at the top of Bull Basin was tiring. At around 9700 feet we hit snow, and it looked as if it was going to be pretty solid the rest of the way to the cabin due to the sheltered north-facing slope.

I informed the others that I would be leaving the trail and heading directly up to the ridge where there would be no snow to contend with, clearly giving them the option to follow or continue on the snowy trail. Everybody decided to follow me.

The ridge is a complete disaster area. There was very little snow, but the zig-zag puzzle created by life-size lincoln logs made for a very arduous journey to the cabin. The 4-foot snow drifts on the trail would not have been better. But I had no idea of the mess on top of the ridge. Oh well!

The tower was staffed last weekend and this weekend due to the high winds. Oh yeah. It was windy! Generally sustained from 25-30, with gusts over 40. Pretty sure we got a couple spots over 50 crossing the shallow saddles on the way down.

The top of Pumpkin has also suffered a lot of winter deadfall, but after a mile or so it was much smoother sailing.

I really liked these two trails and the loop in general. A little saw work is in order, but that's what the FS is for, amiright?
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