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Walnut Meadow Loop, AZ
mini location map2017-07-24
15 by photographer avatarblack_toes
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Walnut Meadow Loop, AZ 
Walnut Meadow Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2017
black_toes
Hiking5.40 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles
150 ft AEG
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I call this the Default Trail for those who have gone to Flag and for some reason, say injury or bad weather, are looking for a safe walk or bike ride in the woods. Walnut Meadow is a 3.9 mile loop in the southwestern part of the Campbell Mesa Trail System E of town. We tacked on extra mileage by taking a half-mile connector to the Arizona Trail at the bottom of the loop. We also counted the round-trip from the parking lot on a slightly-inclined service road to the TH and trail register.

Our original plan to do Schultz Creek fell through the previous day when heavy rain, thunder and lightning struck early and stayed late. Not forgotten was the recent tragedy of flash flooding near Payson.

Our amble along the gently undulating Walnut Meadow trail was enhanced by wildflowers and a predominance of the orange Indian Paintbrush. We counted more than 20 different species/varieties of blooms. The recent heavy rains left numerous, but easily evaded pools on the near rockless path. Saw numerous bluebirds flitting about in the forest of Ponderosa. No, not Steller's Jays. There are also some small Gambel Oak and Cedar. Found no good vistas, and only a peek at cloud-covered Elden through the pines. The San Francisco Peaks were hidden all day by heavy cloud. Had lunch about halfway out on a fallen log and sawed-off stumps. Saw only three humans all day on the loop, all bikers. This is only one of five trails on Campbell Mesa, and the second longest.
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