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Geronimo-Turkey-West Webber, AZ 
Geronimo-Turkey-West Webber, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2018
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Hiking10.88 Miles 2,388 AEG
Hiking10.88 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   2.22 mph
2,388 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break26 LBS Pack
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My wife and I were joined by two friends for a Sunday hike in Rim country.

Starting from the Geronimo Trailhead, we hiked Geronimo #240, Turkey Trail #217, FS 218 (atop Milk Ranch Point), West Webber #228, and back on Geronimo.

We saw lots of folks camping near FS 440 as we drove out. We also saw lots of folks camping on top of the rim. We saw two young girls driving/riding a quad and heard a bunch of shooting nearby. (This was on top of the rim.)

Thankfully, the actual trails were a lot quieter and more peaceful, though we could still hear occasional shooting in the distance. The trails that we hiked were all in good condition, though there was some deadfall that we had to cross or walk around in a few places. Nothing too hard.

We might have gotten slightly off route while getting to the start of Turkey Trail #217. There was a sign for Turkey Spring and a somewhat less distinct trail which I figured led to the spring. However, staying on what appeared to be the better defined track showed something of deviation from the GPS track that I had loaded up. It turned out that the road/trail that I was on eventually intersected the Turkey Trail, so all was well.

Actually, there seem to be a few other "extra" trails in that area.

On the way down on the Webber Trail, we encountered a fork. The left fork looked better; the right fork had a sign which mentioned "BSA rim something" - I don't remember the exact wording. I followed the left fork for a short ways, but my GPS watch showed that that we were getting off track. (I do think it would have worked out just fine though.) Anyway, we ended up on the BSA trail - I really liked it. It had just enough growth that I had to occasionally look to see where to go next. At one point we came to a "bridge" across a ravine which consisted of four wooden planks. It didn't look especially safe, but I walked across it anyway. The span I chose didn't creak at all and ended up being sturdier than I expected. It would have been possible to cross here by descending 8-10 feet down into the ravine and then up the other side, but it was steep and walking across the planks ended up being oh so much easier.
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