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Adieu to Lookout Water Tank, AZ
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Adieu to Lookout Water Tank, AZ 
Adieu to Lookout Water Tank, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2019
Hiking2.07 Miles 627 AEG
Hiking2.07 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   1.97 mph
627 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
1st trip
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Wasn't at all what I planned in my head the evening before. As I was driving up to the TH on 16th Street my mouth dropped open.... WHAT the... the water tank; what's happening? I immediately walked up to the fence to read about the demolition order and then proceeded to walk up and around the fence to try and get better pictures. I was sad. I would have been totally stunned to come here after it was completely gone. For some reason, I was extremely moved by this turn of events. I have been hiking here for so many years. The first photos I found was on a hike with my brother Wayne and his daughter Mia in 2004. I think maybe the reason I found this so sad is I grew up near a very large water tank in Havre so perhaps it reminded me of that.

Anyway, I ended up navigating over to the part of the path that goes steeply up to the little mesa, saddle below Lookout Summit and headed over on another trail west toward the summit trail. Well then I saw another steep trail that would take me up another tier except it didn't turn where I thot it might so I had to climb up another little level figuring I could cross-country over to the Summit Trail. Well there was a slightly worn area so I was able to head over to the Summit Trail after going up even more. And though I hadn't planned any real elevation for the day, I was so close to the summit I went up to it.

The views up top were so clear and I could still see snow on the Mazzies. The lighting was interesting today as well. Now to head down which I absolutely dread cuz it's a little tricky. Once almost down I crossed over toward the western humps and headed north when I heard the coyotes. They were loud and were howling from their normal area down by the houses at the north end of the Park. I filmed the sound and tho it was a little windy, with the high pass filter I could separate the coyote sound. I took a few more steps and the howling started but this time from behind me below the rappelling mountain. They were apparently communicating with the coyotes below. I could see other hikers and everyone had stopped to listen.

I took the trail all the way down to the houses near the area where maybe the coyotes had been as there is a little wash down there but no sign of them. I headed back up to the TH and got a few more pictures of the deconstructed water tank. It will be different hiking there for quite awhile for me. @BobP did you know about this?

Anyway, here is a video I put together. I couldn't find any images of the water tank here on HAZ so I had to rely on Satellite photos and one picture from Yelp. [ youtube video ]
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usual suspects: brittlebush, a little scorpionweed, a few poppies, rock daisies, some London Rocket, a few lupine
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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