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Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2017
sandyfortner
Hiking15.40 Miles
Hiking15.40 Miles   8 Hrs      1.93 mph
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We had originally planned this as an easy backpack, but the question of water and cold temps helped us to change our minds. We car camped at the Pine TH Friday night, shuttled a vehicle to General Springs early Saturday, then headed to Blue Ridge TH. We started hiking at 8:40. It was windy and cold!! 26 degrees at the TH. Since this is a pretty easy trail, we moved out and tried to warm up. Took a couple nice breaks during the day when we found nice, sunny spots. Did some trail clean up at the TH on the road to Blue Ridge Reservoir. Some yahoos had left alcohol bottles, beer bottles, cups, etc. strewn all around the parking pullout. Luckily I had shoved 3 trash bags in my pack since it had rained the day before and I wasn't trusting that the weather was going to be clear. We filled 2 of the bags and a husband of one of my friends met us and took the trash away. All day we enjoyed the cooler temps but kept gushing about the fact that we were NOT going to sleep out in that COLD! :D We were surprised that we saw no wild life all day. The trail is good and VERY well marked. Love the new pass thru gates - 2 different types and both worked great. Made it to the vehicles at 4:15, just as the shadows were making the trail pretty cold again.
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