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Less Snowbabe, AZ
mini location map2019-01-19
15 by photographer avatarOdinWiski
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Less Snowbabe, AZ 
Less Snowbabe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
Hiking9.15 Miles 2,035 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.80 mph
2,035 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
Having seen Chumley's snowbabe photosets, we wanted to play in the snow a bit too. A friend of ours came along. I wasn't sure whether we'd have much snow left below and on the rim because of the warm weather and lack of new snowfall in Payson last week. When we got to the Hatchery, there was barely any sign of snow and we could only see some lingering snow on the west facing side of the rim from below. So we left our snowshoes in the truck.

There pretty much wasn't any snow left on the climb up the rim until the trail started leveling out. On either side of 300 there was probably less than a foot and once we dropped down in the valley, there was probably about 2 feet of snow. But the trail blazed by Chumley made it fairly easy without any flotation, coupled with the fact that the snow was more packed down now. We did post-hole some as we were nearing the lake. The accumulation on the lake had melted away quite a bit from the warm weather. Could still see clearly the tracks Chumley left. Saw one other person on 300 who made his own trail up from the Hatchery and went down on Babe Haught. Wish there had been a lot more snow, but it was a beautiful day to hike in with great visibility.
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