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San Francisco Peaks - AZT #34Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2018
azbackpackr
Hiking8.00 Miles 569 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   1.92 mph
569 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Starting at what my friend calls Aspen Corner on Snowbowl Road, we followed Arizona Trail Passage #34 to the Bismarck Lake trail, and then on to the "lake." A gorgeous day, with big puffy clouds, but mostly sunny. In the afternoon there was a bit of thunderstorm activity in the distance, mostly to the north. We saw several deer. It's still very green, and there were a lot of different kinds of wildflowers. In the aspen groves we found some yellow leaves on the ground but couldn't see any on the trees--they still look green. Only a couple more weeks of summer remain in this high country. After that there will be the season of smelly old dead leaves, followed by the Siberia-like winter season. But I won't be around this area to suffer that. I'm no masochist!

My GPS showed we hiked 9 miles, but it has been off for a long time. His showed what is more likely to be correct: 8+ miles. The distressing thing is that lately my GPS is showing high, but posting very low. It posted as 7.02. From other accounts, that's about a mile too low, so I am going to change the value. Also, the rest time never agrees even remotely from the screen to the posting. It's usually off by about an hour. I guess I should think about getting a new GPS.

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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
A few bright yellow aspen leaves on the ground, but not seen on the trees.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Quite a few species. I labeled the ones I knew, or just learned.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bismarck Lake 1-25% full 1-25% full
This is a lake?
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