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San Francisco Peaks - AZT #34Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2018
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Hiking6.67 Miles 43 AEG
Hiking6.67 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.46 mph
43 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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FR 418 northbound to FR 523. Today we would get up, have a quick breakfast and head to our northbound ending point of June 29, 2013 :o . At that time, it was just a hike of the month with Arizona Hikers that all four of us happened to go together on with Linda and Michelle but it still counts as Arizona Trail miles for us as a crew. We knew the forecast called for rain around 1PM with clouds coming in at 10AM so we wanted to get a good start.

We were at the TH and hiking around 7:15 AM. Little did we know we would be in for such a treat as we headed down a fern filled trail into the aspen forest.

Once we got past the camping areas, it was just mostly us out there. Surprisingly this hike does lose quite a bit of elevation as you walk in and out of the forest with lots of lupine throughout. There were other flowers too but for this part, it was all about the lupine. Across through the clearings you could see the White Horse Hills. You hike a bit on a road as you get more into the forest and the aspen trees disappear. It was great to see the far reaching meadows; especially with as green as it was.

You hike and cross over a very smooth drainage from time to time as well. As you look left across Kendrick Park you can see Kendrick Peak but not for a very long period of time. According to Shawn this now road was just a trail but it looks more like a road now. As we approached Kelly Tank, we saw the perfect place for an Arizona Trail gate that could prevent motorized entry which is indicated on the carsonite sign, at least from this side. There seemed to be quite a bit of activity at the Kelly Tank area. From here you can look across the meadows of the White Horse Hills all the way to the top of several of the SF Peaks :) . We took a break on the cache box.

The last part of the hike was actually quite a bit different from the first part as we were now more in the open forest area and hiked between the forests. We hiked near the road for awhile before veering back into the forest. Along here we saw even more different flora including a big bunch of sunflowers covering a little of the hillside that had lots of downed logs. In this one little area, Ambika counted fifteen different wildflowers. Needless to say, this was our group photo op with the sunflowers; they always bring such joy for some reason.

And after this, we were in get 'er done mode but still stopped to look at different wildflowers that would appear. I don't recall that we saw any other hikers this day or on day one. We did see a vehicle parked at the Cedar Ranch TH on day one and two. We did see some hikers go past our campsite on day two with their dog but not backpackers.

We got back to camp and packed up in a bit of a hurry as it was thundering. I was really quite hungry but apparently I was not going to be able to do anything about that until Shawn's truck was loaded with all of our gear. We drove back to FR 418 and while the girls unloaded mine and Ambika's stuff, Shawn went out to look for some longer aspen logs to use for Arizona Trail Days at Flagstaff the following weekend. It did start to rain so we got done just in time. We stopped and had Thai at Flagstaff and then Ambika and I headed down the I-17 for the four hour drive to my house. Yes, it's normally under two hours but it's a holiday weekend. I wonder what time the traffic let up.

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PS. I've been working with PlantSnap via uploaded photos rather than on the trail. I've met with some modicum of success but not enough to warrant buying it yet. I think I will make a point of using it on the trail to see if I meet with better results. PlantSnap is very particular about the photograph you take or upload for identification purposes. I had more success with wildflowersearch.org where you can input coordinates and it gives you plants found in the area, in this case, Coconino County. They also have specific areas/parks such as Wupatki. I use it for my Glacier Park flower IDs. However, with wildflowersearch.org, I wish it had an option for a leaf type as it only has leaf arrangement options.
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