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Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2017
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Hiking12.50 Miles 841 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.31 mph
841 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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FR82 to junction with 93A (south to north):
The Arizona Trail Section Crew drove up Saturday to find a camping place off of 93 and 93F as a middle point near Gonzales Tank to continue working on this section as day hikes. Fortunately the fire that had started was on the other side of FR 3 and to the south of us. Coming thru that area the smoke was heavy and thick but it stayed south of us for the weekend. The evening fare consisted of a try at apple cobbler in a dutch oven. It turned out pretty good but the biscuit part got a little burnt on top. The apples, however, were cooked perfectly.

After a somewhat chilly nite we woke up to a chilly morning but Shawn's famous pancakes were on the grill and as usual they did not disappoint. We enjoyed them with fresh fruit and maple syrup before our drive to FR 82 where we would start our supposedly 10 mile hike. None of us are in the great hiking shape to say the least.


Just off FR 82 you have to pass thru a slightly difficult gate. Well apparently there are user gate issues on the AZT so we attempted to film how to close a hard gate. Not sure it was a great production but I haven't reviewed the video yet. And then we were off hiking thru the forest off and on for most of the day. We did pass by a very interesting sinkhole so we checked it out. The area of trail/road we had been hiking on and would hike on for about 1/2-3/4 of a miles was covered in the same sort of rock as the sinkhole. At first we thot maybe someone had placed the rock there for the road but we don't think so as it went on for so long.

Most of this hike is road hiking but I don't mind it so much. There is talk of re-routing to get it off the road but it sees so limited traffic... we saw 3 vehicles the whole time, that I don't see the need to take the time, energy and money just for the sake of getting off the road. Now if there's something more scenic to see then maybe so. Today we also noticed for a few miles that water had been running as there was a wide swath of debris on both sides of the road; must have been some pretty impressive flow.

The other highlights for the day was Sheepherder's and Kenneth Tanks, both full of water and very scenic. We took our lunch break between 6 and 7 miles (don't remember precisely). So you see, Shawn's pancakes stay with you a long time and I only had one; imagine if I had two. As a crew, on the flats we hike around 25 minutes per mile. But this was the longest morning miles we had hiked before a break that I can recall.

After lunch, it started to warm up pretty good but supposedly we only had a little over 3 miles to go. There was a change of plan as we skirted our way up and way around Gonzales Tank rather than over to it and back to camp. We ended up hiking an additional couple miles of the Arizona Trail before hitting up with 93A junction and then heading off of the AZT and on to the road to take us back to camp.

Well Ambika had a gimpy ankle and we hadn't hiked much mileage so at the 12 mile mark just past Gonzales Tank, Shawn hiked back to camp and brot a vehicle to fetch us at Willow Valley for the last 2 1/2 miles. However, I think I would have rather walked as it was quite difficult to drink my huckleberry beer :lol: while Shawn maneuvered the vehicle on this awful road back to camp. Needless to say, we were glad when all the jiggling stopped and we could just take our shoes off and relax. And tomorrow we get to hike from Pine Springs to here (north to south).

Pictures are done, video in production. And shockingly, I didn't even go thru 1 battery in both days of hiking!

82 north toward Gonzales Tank:
Part 1 - [ youtube video ]
Part 2 - [ youtube video ]
South from Pine Springs to Gonzales Tank - [ youtube video ]
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Gonzales Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Kenneth Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Sheepherder Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full

dry Waldroup Tank Dry Dry
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