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Kachina - Weatherford - Humphreys Loop, AZ
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Kachina - Weatherford - Humphreys Loop, AZ 
Kachina - Weatherford - Humphreys Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
joebartels
Hiking20.53 Miles 4,484 AEG
Hiking20.53 Miles   10 Hrs      2.23 mph
4,484 ft AEG      47 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Kachina Trail #150
Excited the first time I hiked it. Great for loops & Autumn. Otherwise I'm not a huge fan.

Weatherford Canyon Loop
Intense, near and dear stroll through aspens. Loved it and will include it when possible. High canopy due to dense trees might not be the best aspen autumn foliage show. Certainly worthy to pencil in once. A few trees to climb over should keep the riff raff out.

Weatherford Trail #102
We both struggled more than the good ol' days. 3 or 4 breaks before the real Doyle Saddle. More hikers than I've ever seen before Doyle. The stretch to #151 is still a solid favorite.

Humphreys Summit Trail #151
Eerie ghost town, just sad. We decided early on to abort the summit stretch due to pace.

Synopsis
Yellow truck, primrose, hollow log... check! Perfect Weather save a touch warm in the canyon. Made an effort to consistently drink and snack throughout the hike. Ten miles on a quart at 100 degrees doesn't phase me. Bad experiences at altitude are etched in my mind. Hydrating paid off the next morning. Woke up energized and pounded out a good ol' fashion horribly crowded urban hike... there's no place like home.
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An isolated instance of Sulphur Buckwheat on Kachina #151. The eye catcher was Golden-Beard Penstemon.

Parry's Primrose is a stinky staple of upper Weatherford. While the purple has wilted down you can still fondle the respiratory screamer via gentle rancid drifts.

Sneezeweed or yellow coneflower dying off in occasional small scattered areas. Spotted a few yellow columbine in the upper switchbacks of #151. New Mexico Vervain dabbled in the short stretch across snowbowl among substantial Silverstem Lupine!
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