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Snoopy's Belly Loop, AZ
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Snoopy's Belly Loop, AZ 
Snoopy's Belly Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2018
Hiking6.53 Miles 1,136 AEG
Hiking6.53 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.16 mph
1,136 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
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We had planned this double (Snoopy and the Airport Loops - apropos since Snoopy was a dog pilot :lol: ) a few months back but the temps were too chilly and we did Bluff Springs Mountain instead. This time Kelly originally had other plans that didn't happen and I was more than glad to do this vs a very early morning city hike.

We started from Munds Wagon/Huckaby TH after paying our permit fee. The trail is pretty nice and gives you instant views as you come in and out of the trees You go over some drainages and before you know it, you're at the Broken Wheel TH. Wasn't quite what I had in mind but oh well. We checked it out and then headed back keeping an eye on HAZel for our off trail point. It took us a couple times but we finally found the correct exit. Don't do this at home; just do the out and back from the east side of Marg's Draw Trail.

We more or less found our way until the Witch took over for a short spell. It took us a bit to sweep her out of the picture and continue our way on this non-trail route altho we would see footsteps from time to time; could have been the Witch's as we would soon be walking thru stickery plants. After about 1/4 mile we thot, this is ridiculous but felt it would be just as brutal to go back to the trail so we kept going as surely this wouldn't last much longer. Needless to say we were grateful when we finally got to a big slap of bedrock with great 360 views. Whew! The route takes you to the southeast end of that bedrock before u-turning back north and closer to the foothills. Now this is more like it!

Oh and we finally remembered we're supposed to be looking for Snoopy's Belly (what it's called on the map but it's really Snoopy Rock I think). As we're heading along here we see a couple people up on a large ledge next to a boulder. We wonder what they're doing up there and how they got there. Soon enough we find a use trail; discuss whether or not to save it for another time and decided this was another time. So up we went and were pleasantly surprised to find a couple switchbacks and some short level parts that would eventually takes us out to that bench ledge where the boulder was. The other people were gone. We don't know how they hiked out from this area as we didn't see them. So there must be another access point.

The UP wasn't quite done yet so after a couple pictures we proceeded on; Kelly running point. Soon enough I hear a little yelp so I figure it must be pretty cool so I'm anxious to get to where she is altho I had to stop for one photo op. As I came to the top of the saddle and looked past the boulders I was pretty impressed but I didn't fully look over the boulders until I got the camera into movie mode so that when I turned, I think I swore at what I saw as it was unexpected :y: . And on top of that, you still had the views to each side of you so needless to say, a worthy destination.

We tried to see if there was a route somewhere around rather than the one we used to get here. I feared the route down would be a bit slippery. Well we couldn't find any other path from here when we were on the other side of the tall red rock formation (Snoopy) as it just dead-ended. So we went down the same way we came up and it wasn't as bad as I thot it would be. Whoever laid this out did a very good job considering the terrain.

Back at the main trail you hit some bedrock again and it eventually runs out so you end up more on a trail. As you get closer to Marg's Draw it's nice to look back at where you were and the rock outcroppings we had seen earlier this morning as now it was past noon as our excursion ended being longer than I thot. HAZel also decided to add two long lines so I ended up doing 11 miles in about 4 hours. I cleaned up the route the best I could. So glad that we decided next time was this time. And of course, we never realized we were at Snoopy's Belly (Snoopy Rock) until I got back and looked at the pictures. We both agreed it's a bit of a reach.

[ youtube video ] Part 1
[ youtube video ] Part 2
[ youtube video ] finally make it to Snoopy's Rock altho we have no idea
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Wildflowers Observation None
about 6 flowers including 3 itsy poppies.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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