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Two Bar Ridge Scout, AZ
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Two Bar Ridge Scout, AZ 
Two Bar Ridge Scout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2018
writelots
Hiking13.75 Miles 2,682 AEG
Hiking13.75 Miles   8 Hrs   26 Mns   1.95 mph
2,682 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Zach, Roger and I set up a car shuttle and hiked Two Bar Ridge to scout it for our upcoming Volunteer Vacation on the AZT in March. I'd hiked the whole passage with Roger back in 2016, but there's a big difference between trying to get through and scouting work projects, and besides, who wants to pass up a chance to hike in the Supes on a beautiful day?!

We drove in to the Upper Campaign Trailhead to leave the first shuttle vehicle there. It seemed like a no-brainer. Hiking out to the Reavis Mt. School made much more sense as it's an extra 1000' lower than the Two Bar trailhead to the north. We walked in and talked with Peter Bigfoot at the school for a bit - what a magic place the homestead is! They were trimming the early budding peaches. Then we drove out and did some exploring in the slot canyon beside the road. We didn't go far, and neither did the narrows, but it was pretty to sit beside a flowing creek. Then we drove up to the trailhead up on the flanks of Pinon Mountain and made our camp. Yup. That gnarly, loose, steep road. Gawd forbid you meet someone coming the other way!

What a lovely night! It was windy in the evening, then quiet enough to fool me into setting up in my hammock. About 1:30am the wind picked up again, strong enough to blow my hammock around and keep me up. So I ended up on the ground. Not happy there.

The hike was tough but as beautiful as I remember. That ridge may be some poorly designed trail, but the vistas make you forget the pain. Well, until you're doing that 1000' "dip" into the upper reaches of Pine Creek. That could piss most anyone off.

We hadn't noticed the ruins along that steep descent on the north side of the canyon before. Anyone have any clues on that? Sheep corrals? Cowboy camp? older? Didn't find anything obvious here on HAZ.

My HAZ tracks is eating battery (or something else is) 'cause my phone ran out of juice even with a battery backup refresh before we made it back to the school. Guess I'll have to figure that out if I'm going to continue to use the phone for scouting. Luckily Zach had a dedicated GPS for saving waypoints for the purpose of our work events.

If you want to come work on that trail and make it beeeeeutiful, give me a shout! It's going to be a lot of work, but in a setting like that it'll be magic!
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