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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2018
Hiking10.73 Miles 232 AEG
Hiking10.73 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.68 mph
232 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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Marshall Lake to Mormon Canyon Tank Jamboree Parking area. It's gonna be a big weekend for us as we will be connecting most of Segment 28 and Segments 29-34, almost 100 miles worth of trail. Today we would finish off Anderson Mesa #30, tomorrow Walnut Canyon #31. We got to stay at the North Place Friday nite. We opened up "Like a Ball and Chain" wine we had tried when we were in Sonoita a few months back. Saturday morning at the North Place means Shawn's pancakes and this time with LOTS of bacon. I just got my heart tests back and after the Dr. said something about the heart of an 18-year old; I was good to go so a big plate of bacon seemed the appropriate celebration :) .

We drove the hour 20 minutes to leave Tonto Jr. at Mormon Canyon Tank jamboree parking. We parked there as Shawn wasn't sure if parking near the tank itself would be clear underground for parking due to fire restrictions. We would see later that we would have been fine to park at the tank off of FR 129A. We then headed to Marshall Lake TH to start our hike.

We set off southbound past Prime Lake (my brother and I had hiked here in 09-2008 when it was surrounded by yellow flowers [ photoset ] ), where we took a few pictures or more. From there you can also see the observatory and we also would take occasional glances toward the snow topped San Francisco Peaks. The weather was lovely with a nice breeze for most of our hike. The trail conditions were very good. Soon we would get a view from the Mesa down to Upper Lake Mary. After some pictures, we continued on the trail occasionally serenaded by various birds and some flyovers.

At the junction with the Lake View Campground Connector Trail, we took a detour to go inspect the stone work Tracy and Shawn had done as part of a volunteer work event about a month ago. I'd say they did a great job, it looks pretty good and is standing up well, no stone wobbles. This seemed like a good place for lunch so Shawn found us some nice flat rocks to sit on below some trees with a view to the Lake.

Our excitement for the day was Horse Lake where Tracy and I thot we saw a cow across the Lake. Ambika thot it was some sort of kiosk until as we rounded the Lake and got closer it was a mooooving sign and as we got even closer the moooving sign also had a calf. They seemed to have been separated from the rest of the herd though we didn't see any other cattle up here. The Lake is pretty good-sized.

Once past the Lake it was a road walk for a few miles. There are many little roads in here so you need to pay attention altho I don't think you would get too far away from 129A. Once we got to Mormon Canyon Tank One we walked a little distance further south on the road before cutting across about 1/2 mile to where Tonto Jr was parked at a sand pit area. (Oh, while we were traversing to find our way, Shawn pointed out where we would be heading twice like between those two trees ahead so that we wouldn't end up walking in circles or anything. That is a great tip if you're lost; especially if you're not in the clearest of landscapes and though this was pretty open, I just thot that is a great way to keep going in the right direction and more straightly.)

Because we got done earlier than we thot, we decided to set up tomorrow morning's shuttle. We had intended on just leaving Shawn's truck at Marshall Lake and hike up to it from Sandy's Canyon. So we got Shawn's truck with the intent to leave it at Sandy's Canyon/AZT TH off Lake Mary Road, however, there are signs posted for no overnite parking so we had to park at the TH lot at Canyon Vista Campground. We had an early dinner at Mormon Lake Lodge before driving back to Pine for the nite. We had some ice cream and then a little "Like a Ball and Chain" wine to finish off our nite.

Part 1 [ youtube video ] from North TH southbound
Part 2 [ youtube video ] to Horse Lake
Part 3 [ youtube video ] from Horse Lake to Mormon Canyon Tank and Jubilee parking lot.
Claret Cup Cactus
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Wildflowers Observation None
one set of blooming claret cup cactus, lots of little belly flower phlox

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horse Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
not sure what full looks like so I'm guessing at what it is.

dry Horse Tank Dry Dry
from the trail it looked recently dry

dry Lost Tank Dry Dry
from our observation point but we didn't go over and check it out.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mormon Canyon Tank One 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Prime Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
not sure what full is so I'm guestimating here.
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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