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Fred Haught Trail #141Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking14.30 Miles 2,139 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   2.50 mph
2,139 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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My first time up in this area, and I kept thinking, "Why didn't I come up here sooner?". One of the answers to that question is the fire from last month. I had first thought of making a trip here last month, literally 2 days before the fire up here started. Luckily, the damage that we saw wasn't too bad. Hoping the other trails in the Cabin Loop that got hit has similar slight damage. :pray:

The initial weather was cool, shady and breezy. The perfect contrast to the heat and humidity in Phoenix the last 2 months. It's obvious that a lot of rain has been hitting here with how green it was everywhere and how damp the ground was. :DANCE:

Just past the junction with the AZT, we found another junction for going to the Fred Haught Cabin, which would have added one mile to our hike total. Andy wanted to know if I was interested. I said let's wait and see on our way back how the weather holds out. :scared:

At the Pinchot Cabin we had lunch and enjoyed the views for about 20 minutes. 8) The water in the streams there is much clearer than at the start of the Fred Haught Trail, where it's very murky and kind of a grey/bluish color. I'm thinking that the recent fire might be washing some ash into that area.

During lunch we saw the first clouds. By the time we started the hike back, the blue skies were gone. About two miles in on the way back, we heard the first rolling thunder. The forecast said thunderstorms likely after 11am. It hit at 11:49am. The one time the weather forecast is dead on and it's the day you really need it not be very accurate. Wonderful. :|

It was pretty much a unanimous decision that the Fred Haught Cabin side trip would not happen today. as we approached the junction for that, the rain and the rolling thunder were both very steady. Maybe another time. :lone:

My last 3 miles I turned on the jets and booked back. my timing most of the day was 23-26 minutes per miles. I upped it to 19 minutes per miles before the last mile where I dropped to 22. The rain wasn't too bad, enough to get you soaked after 2 hours, but never a real downpour. Either way, it was nice to be soaked not by your own sweat for a change. :)

got back to the car without incident. The last mile the rain mostly quit, but the thunder did not. :scared: There were even a few instances of flashes being seen, although it didn't seem like any strikes hit very close to us.

On the way back down the Beeline, we had about a 30 minute delay at the lane restriction. About what I had figured, so not too bad in that regard.

thanks to Wally and Andy for making the trip on this one and risking their lives as well.
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