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Groom Creek-Davis-Union, AZ
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Groom Creek-Davis-Union, AZ 
Groom Creek-Davis-Union, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking16.29 Miles 3,743 AEG
Hiking16.29 Miles   7 Hrs   35 Mns   2.36 mph
3,743 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I woke up and read a text from Ray saying he woke up late and would be there in 15 minutes. My alarm never went off, I got ready in 15 minutes and was there 45 minutes late. Hopefully not an omen for the day.

Temps were 70 at the start and 73 to finish, with the mid 60's in the middle. Cloudy most of the day, with some sun and got a light rain for 15 minutes at the end. Pretty lucky all-in-all with nastier weather all around us. Muggy was the theme for the day.

We started clockwise on the Groom creek Loop #307. This is a steady climb and we decided to take the shortcut trail at the 2 mile mark to cut across to Isabella. It'd been 7 years since I'd been on this one. It's easy to follow, but since it's not an official trail, none of the dead fall is removed. No problems getting around it at all.

Right at the Isabella Trail turn, Ray spotted a Rafter of 3 hens and a dozen or more poults. I don't think I'd seen poults before in the wild.

Down the Isabella Trail #377 and the walk through Potato Patch, we tried to guess which house was Peter's.

I've never cared much for the climb up the Dandrea #285. It's rocky and loose.

At the saddle we made our turn to get to the off trail portion up to Mt Davis. I love the views up the top of the rocky outcropping. The Peak Register IS gone. It's not where it used to be and we checked other spots with no luck.

Next I made my way over to Mt. Union to visit with the lookout, John and get some scoop on the Goodwin Fire. The fire never got any closer than 4.5 miles from the tower. He said a couple of Forest Service workers called it in and it was not visible to him for another 1/2 hour. You could see some scarring from up there where it crossed Big Bug Mesa, but the majority of the burn was farther east.
He had some dispatch personnel come up in the tower while I was there, so I let them go about their business.

We went back the way we came and then completed the Groom Creek loop. It'd been awhile since I'd be on this section. Quite enjoyable. We kicked up a small buck still in velvet to close out the hike.

Enjoyable hike. Good to hike w/Ray again. Thanks for driving.
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Spring box has water in it but it could be from previous nights and rains.
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