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Woodchute - Martin Canyon LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2018
Hiking9.42 Miles 1,896 AEG
Hiking9.42 Miles   6 Hrs   39 Mns   1.82 mph
1,896 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break
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wanted to get up in the high country for some hiking to obviously avoid the Phx heat. Spotted this on HAZ somewhere; maybe kingsnake's trip report. Anyway, we verified temps and agreed it looked like a good idea. After reading several trip reports, we also agreed doing the Martin Canyon part in the morning would be best to take advantage of the cooler temps as once we were on top, we would be there for the rest of our hike.

The hike on the Forest Road was a nice way to get my hiking legs moving again. The down sections were slippery in a few spots but not bad. And you do seem like you go down and down for a long time. Once you're down and as you hike through what you think are the dry creeks at the bottom, you actually seem like you're going even lower. Hiking on the rocky creek beds, though pretty, is not necessarily too fun because of the rocks but it doesn't go on too long. We appreciated the shadiness down here as we plugged along through several of these sections.

The turn to the cut-off trail is easily missed but we caught it right away and started heading up the long hill. I got my poles out as I knew this would be grueling for me and it was, mostly because I haven't done any substantial elevation for two months. It was quite the struggle but fortunately there were good views and occasional shade and a nice breeze. I knew I had no choice but to continue up the side of the mountain and the grade for the most part was not bad; especially if you were in regular hiking shape. I rested quite a bit here and there all the way to the top; like I said it was a struggle but a necessary one. Somewhere along the way I developed a high side-ache that really never went away until I could start breathing normally.

We had lunch at the intersection with the Woodchute and Kelly did her best to persuade me to get up on the mountain. It was 1/2 of Shaw Butte so I thot it best to give it a try. Altho about 1/2 way up this continual up-grade I hit the oven and that was miserable. I would look forward to each little piece of shade and finally the trail turned and I knew I would soon be on top. As we hiked along I was getting even more tired though and we came to this nice shady spot and I told the girls to go on without me to the summit. Fortunately, this was right at the area where you need to cross-country over to the summit so it worked out well. I had only 3 hours sleep the nite before so I immediately crashed for about 10 minutes until the flies started to bug me.

It had been almost an hour and I was concerned so I texted the girls to see if they were okay and it just so happened they were just reaching my nap site. They told of their travails trying to find the summit and just about when Kelly was going to throw in the towel, they found it after walking right by it a couple times. It was discussed about going to the view point but I was just not up for that so we headed back.

Down thru the oven we went over that rocky trail to the junction. As we made our way between and alongside the mountains we were afforded great views toward red rock country. It was a bit hazy though so not the best photo op. Then we were on a ridge and you could see east and west. The trail was pretty nice by now too. I did spot a couple lizards, one who was doing his bathroom business which I documented. I didn't realize at the time that's what it was doing.

Eventually you get back into the forest for the rest of the hike to the Trailhead. The shade was nice along with the occasional breeze. Great to hike with Kelly and glad Mary Jo got to come as they pretty much stayed together way ahead of me which I like cuz then it takes the pressure off of me trying to get to Kelly and for Kelly to have to stop and wait too much. Anyway, it was a nice hike. No video from the hike but if you don't want to go thru withdrawals :lol: , here is a home movie video from a 1964 rainstorm (cloudburst type of thing) that sent torrents of water by my house and our neighborhood into the downtown: [ youtube video ]
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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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