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Twin Peaks #240 - Castle Creek #239 Loop, AZ
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Twin Peaks #240 - Castle Creek #239 Loop, AZ 
Twin Peaks #240 - Castle Creek #239 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2018
joebartels
Hiking12.47 Miles 3,374 AEG
Hiking12.47 Miles   9 Hrs   28 Mns   1.48 mph
3,374 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
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Twin Peaks Trail #240
Upper 2 miles are fantastic. Thru mile 4 is decent trail with outstanding views. The bottom 4 miles is the current worst catclaw massacre search and find trail(cough) in Arizona I'm aware exists.

Castle Creek Trail #239
In 2010 & 2013 this trail was cleared just enough to make it enjoyable. Now it is a route finding hunt with lots of unpleasant catclaw and some shrub. Not a nightmare like #240, still too much pain for most. The upper most 0.25 mile is pure heaven with a great trail winding through tall skinny pines.

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Friends don't let friends hike these two trails. Yet alone suggest and pressure those working Friday night shifts with phrases like come on man, bros before pillows...gasp

Twin Peaks was my second worst catclaw story for 8 years. Sandals through pre groomed [ Half Moon Trail #288 ] was the first. I was blind. Unprepared is not a parallel comparison. #240 wins the honors. I never want to experience it again... until the next time
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