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Coconino Rim - AZT #36Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
tibber
Hiking8.87 Miles 104 AEG
Hiking8.87 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.77 mph
104 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Southbound from FR 310. Tracy and Shawn were up the day before to do some sign work and we would be hiking by those today. Ambika and I glamped in Flagstaff. By the way we ate at My Pita Wrap and it was really good. We had breakfast early Sat AM at Basha's, picked up some ice and headed out for our two hour drive. Glad the semi-rollover accident was on the other side of I-40 as traffic, though moving, had been at a complete stop for awhile; it was backed up for several miles.

We topped off the fuel at Valle and then hit the Forest Roads to Moqui Station; however, along the way I missed a turn and we went on FR 320 a little too long and had the misfortune to see a horse trapped in a cattle guard on FR320/17 mile marker by Bucklar Landing Strip. We had to go back by the horse, which fortunately didn't get too upset, to get to the turn I missed. We discussed this situation that Shawn and Tracy had passed by earlier in the AM as well but they thought the horse was deceased. We left Ambika's vehicle at Moqui Station and went back to this scene and called 911. They got our coordinates and would be sending out animal control. Needless to say, we had this scene on our mind the entire hike.


We got started a little after 10, later than we had hoped and we knew it was going to be a warm one today. Fortunately, we had mapped this out so that it would truly be downhill all of the way to Moqui(e) Station from FR 310. Before you knew it we were at Russell Tank where we had encountered many more horses, very THIN horses. We had seen evidence of them being around with all of the HS on the trail, and groups of it right on the trail, like it was the community latrine area. The horses were beautiful except they were terribly thin. It distressed us actually. I have no idea if that's normal for up here but as a horsewoman, I can't imagine so. Anyway, we investigated the new sign, and even though it showed as level it seems to tilt a little. And as long as there was a nice restroom there, we obliged. There were a couple other people that were walking down at the other end of the tank. I guess this tank is stocked if it's deep enough but obviously not now.

We continued southward in Russell Wash on the old Moquie Stage route. It's pretty much a walk through the forest and today, thankfully, there was a good breeze for most of it. We stopped for lunch about the area where any shade along the trail stops. It was about this area that we switched to cattle. They looked in much better shape than the horses. We would see a grouping of three horses that started running our way; usually when horses do that it is because they expect food. We knew Ambika had an apple :) but they stopped and just watched us. From here we were pretty much into just getting it done mode. We crossed under the power lines and then thru a little more low forest before reaching our destination and a beer for me.

Now for the part we were dreading. I am not a religious person but I was hoping to God that horse would not be at the cattle guard. Needless to say we were so relieved when the horse wasn't there. We all gave thanks. Just up the road by the fence line we saw the dead horse; the vultures were already there. Whoever did the nasty deed, did well to move the horse so far from the cattle guard. There are many other horses in this area. They maybe should mark the cattle guard better. In all my days, I've never heard of a horse stuck in a cattle guard.

We headed back to the campsite at Grandview Tower; rested up a bit and while Tracy and Ambika stayed back in camp, I offered to be Shawn's assistant on some sign duty by Watson Tank. It took us a bit to get there and on the way, the truck got a bad flat tire (side wall blow out). Fortunately, he had all the tools and another tire so he changed it fairly quickly. Sadly he does a lot of that. He commented that he had mentioned to Tracy it might be time for new tires. We got to Watson Tank and took out the old bolts and replaced them and added signage to the other side at this road intersection.

We got back to camp and had dinner and then headed to Grandview Point for the sunset. Ambika and I hung around camp until 9:30 before heading to bed; we had internet access too. The wind was howling pretty good so I put in my ear plugs from Sperry Chalet and by gosh, they work great; except I feel very isolated when I can't hear.

We would hike the rest of the section from Grandview Tower to FR 310 on Sunday.

Video is pending. and here it is, I decreased the slide time so I was able to get both days all on one video including our time at Grandview Point [ youtube video ]
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Russell Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
could be 50-75% since I don't know what the normal level is.
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