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San Francisco Peaks - AZT #34Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2018
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Hiking10.05 Miles 1,092 AEG
Hiking10.05 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.58 mph
1,092 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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South bound from Cedar Ranch TH: Day Two of our three-day weekend started off with a drive back to Cedar Ranch TH where we would then hike back to our campsite at FR 523. Once again, we're talking "road walk" and another ten miles to go. And once again on the drive in we could see rain afar and hoped it would dance anywhere but on us. We started hiking southeast toward the hills ahead. About a mile in we came to the first gate. Once through there we saw where a tree shredding machine had obliterated the hillside for at least a mile or more. I can't remember what Shawn said was the reason for that. Also on the road as you go over the hill, it was interesting to see the cow trail created on the road. We only saw a few cattle though. We also saw a huge rock cairn hill in the distance to the north.

Once over the hill we made our way by another hill to our right before changing to FR 416 which would be our way back to the campsite. But first, we did have to go over a bigger hill so I got out my trekking poles. It wasn't a big hill but the trekking poles help me go a bit faster; plus I like the arm workout I think I get from using them. It really didn't take too long to get up the hill. The view back to the prairie was quite beautiful as well. We took a break after going through the fence as there was a nice log to sit on. We tried Wendy's new snack that I liked in Glacier, goat cheese on crackers. I don't normally like goat cheese but this combo really works.

From here we continued on the road with Missouri Bill Hill on our eastern flank. We enjoyed our views toward the SF Peaks and could see a big storm dumping a whole bunch of something. It was quite the sight really and kept our attention for the rest of our hike. Once again we were hoping the rain would dance around us but that would not be the case. With about two miles to go the rain started to fall. We geared up and continued on. We encountered four people leisurely hiking along with their two dogs who apparently didn't seem to mind the rain. We would see their truck up a little ways later. That rain was now turning into hail; that's when I'm really glad I have an umbrella. I don't recall any lightning nor hearing much in the way of thunder. However, I think there were two storms that collided over us.

The trail was starting to run with water in some places and got muddy in others. We all kept trudging along because what else can one do. I did start to get a little chilly as I didn't put on my jacket. I was also dealing with blisters on the side of my feet so this was not helping. About a third of a mile from camp the rain started to let up. I had hoped that would be the case. We put up Shawn and Tracy's awning to cover us even though for the most part the main rain had stopped.

I had started to eat my lunch but then asked Tracy and Shawn about theirs. They apparently had their lunch ingredients in the truck back at Cedar Ranch TH. Once I realized that, as they didn't say anything, I quit eating and we headed back to get their truck. During that time I was able to get internet access and check out the forecast for the rest of the day and for tomorrow. We formulated our plan for tomorrow's hike based on that forecast which pretty well lived up to what it said.

It got cold off and on at camp but we still managed to have our Mexican feast including Ambika's fresh guac and chips, Tracy's soft tacos with wonderful veggie filling (see photo at end of photoset), and my four bean balsamic salad. We also had some margaritas I made altho I had a bit too much Cointreau so they were sipping margaritas rather than drinking margaritas :D .


Part 1 [ youtube video ] Cedar Ranch TH to just past Missouri Bill Hill Saddle area
Part 2 [ youtube video ] from Missouri Bill Hill area to campsite at FR 523 including hail/rain storm
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