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7 by photographer avatarBoothroyd
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Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2017
Boothroyd
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.47 mph
1,183 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Sorry to see about Joe's misfortune. I sincerely hope that he recovers soon and well. The sheep were down on Garland Prairie, so didn't need to contend with them, their poop, accompanying flies, gnats and sheep dogs. They've trampled the west side of KA Hill to the point of making it hard see the trail in places. Look for the cairns and log cut outs for guidance. Thankfully, I was able to run my dog most of the way off-leash and with no complications. While crossing Fire Road 139, I encountered a morbidly obese couple riding in a side-by-side ATV. I waved and smiled . . . they scowled at me and gunned their engine. Spotted a few mule deer does, and 3 osprey near Pomeroy Tanks. Was hoping to see a heron, too, but the osprey were very cool. Lots of dragon flies, those marvels of aeronautical engineering. Water was flowing, though not much going over Sycamore Falls. If one were to backpack through, there would be filterable water to choose from -- some better than others. Saw a couple of rock climbers at Sycamore Falls speed climbing one of the cracks. Pretty fun to watch . . . my rock climbing days are long over. A flock of vultures was hovering over the canyon area past the falls. One buzzed about 10 feet over my head and spooked me a little. The trails were quite muddy from the recent monsoons and accumulated mud on the soles of my boots made for slippery walking in the rocky places. Glad I had a trekking pole. The afternoon storm was rolling in just as I hit the Dow Springs area. I started early and got over KA Hill at the beginning. Not a big fan of being on the high point during a thunderstorm. As I neared my trail head, just past the Sawmill Site, I heard a cacophony of firearms maybe a couple of hundred yards away, which quickened my pace out of the area. Overall, a nice hike on a beautiful day.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Saw a few penstemmons, some purple daisies, the occasional thistle, and a couple of century plants blooming. Poison ivy in the wetter drainages.
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