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Escondido-Pemberton-Shallmo Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ
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Escondido-Pemberton-Shallmo Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Escondido-Pemberton-Shallmo Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.08 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking10.08 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   3.23 mph
600 ft AEG      4 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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A late afternoon & early evening hike in MMRP...

Starting from the Four Peaks Trailhead, I did a loop comprising the Escondido, Pemberton, and Shallmo Wash trails.

These trails have each seen significant erosion due to the rains of Monday and Tuesday. I encountered two mountain bikers - each indicated that riding was significantly more difficult than normal. One of them said, "I picked the wrong day to do this." Riding difficulty was likely due to both the soft conditions as well as erosion. Normally, I can ride these trails without putting a foot down; had I ridden today, I think I would have had to get off my bike at least half a dozen times.

The Escondido Trail has sections of difficulty where it crosses washes, but there are also sections with ruts in the middle of the trail.

The section of Pemberton that I hiked was probably affected the least, but there's a minor wash near the Trailhead Staging Area which caused me to lose the trail for a short ways. I'm very familiar with these trails - I don't think that this has happened before, well not on the Pemberton anyways.

Shallmo Wash Trail is possibly the most damaged of the trails I hiked. There are sections which run along the top of the bank of Shallmo Wash. There were at least two spots where perhaps half the width of the trail has been washed away.

There were also some muddy and slippery sections. My feet almost slid out from under me in one such section on the Escondido Trail.
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