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Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 25 2017
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Backpack42.90 Miles 2,600 AEG
Backpack42.90 Miles3 Days         
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Did a quickie last minute type backpack on the Happy Jack and Mormon Lake Passages as part of our efforts to plan work events in the area. We've gotten 2 grants that will allow us to move lots of the trail that's currently on old forest roads off the road and onto brand-new single track. Exciting! After three days of walking through the pondorosa (pondo, pondo, pondo, pondo) my feet were a little flatter and my appreciation for the desert was heightened. I love the forest - but give me the sweeping views across barren peaks any day!

The trip was made easier by arranging for trading-shuttles with my co-worker and fellow trail nerd, Zach McDonald. He rode both passages on his mountain bike in 1 day. Can't say that sounds fun, but it is more efficient for scouting a long, flat passage!

We found water in nearly every tank even though it was a hot June. Overall the trail is very easy to follow, well marked and clear tread. The gnarly places were few, but there's clearly some work to be done on maintaining the existing single-track as well as building new. I thought the Mormon Lake passage was prettier - with more meadows and occasional glimpses out of the trees. Finished up the trip with a big dinner at the Mormon Lake Lodge.

This was the final trip for my trusty Warbonnet Blackbird hammock. I ordered a new one, though...seven tough years is a GREAT run!
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Pine Spring

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Clear and cool - tempting for a swim!

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Murky and green

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Beautiful and clear!

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A little more murky

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