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2017-05-15  
AT #42 Winter Road to Government Reservoir, AZ
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AT #42 Winter Road to Government Reservoir, AZ 
AT #42 Winter Road to Government Reservoir, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 15 2017
markthurman53
Hiking17.40 Miles 1,038 AEG
Hiking17.40 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   3.15 mph
1,038 ft AEG      54 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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This is the first day of a 6 day hiking adventure to finish up the Arizona Trail. I completed most of the trails North of the Grand Canyon last year and on this trip I will mop up the ones I didn't do. The trail head for this hike is along Winter Road and can be reached via the House Rock Valley road from either Hwy 89 in Utah or 89A in Arizona. The road is in good condition as long as it's dry. If it is wet I would come in from the south, going north to Hwy 89 can be a challenge if not impossible when wet. Winter road is in fair condition and is doable with a medium clearance street car if you are careful.

The trail from Winter Road south is in good condition and is easy walking. I averaged 3 miles per hour, which is fairly fast for a trail. Not a lot of variation in scenery along this trail but not boring either. The trail follows Orderville Canyon most of the way until Government Reservoir where the trail follows a small canyon to the East of Orderville Canyon and eventually onto the ridge. From my turn around point I returned the way I came. I was suppose to do the first three miles of Arizona Trail 43, Buckskin Mountain also today (making it a 20 mile day)but I was falling asleep while walking back, my brain kept going to sleep. I drove all night from Tucson and started hiking immediately when I arrived and was pushing 36 hours without sleep. I will have to finish AT 43 on another day.

Met two other people (each on their own) just finishing up the Arizona Trail (Through Hikers). This is the time of year where all these through hikers are just finishing.
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