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Forest Road 3686 Loop, AZ
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Forest Road 3686 Loop, AZ 
Forest Road 3686 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,116 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.02 mph
1,116 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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How do we handle two somewhat opposing requirements?
#1. Tracey needed miles and elevation gain as prep for a 3-day AZT backpack
#2. After a 10-day layoff I needed to ease back into hiking without aggravating the lower back issues

First off, Tracey was thinking Slate Creek to Mt Ord but I knew that was out for me, and she didn't want to hike alone... you know, there may be bears about and she still has a bit of PTSD from our black bear encounter last year.

Here's a thought... how about we drive a mile or so up to a 'saddle' on Forest Road 626 and Tracey does an up-and-back hike on FR 626 while I do some wandering out-and-back on 5098 ridge? Yup, I think that'll work.

And how well did it work?
#1. Tracey ends up with an 8-mile/2400' AEG up-and-back hike along the road
#2. I VERY quickly got bored of the ridge wandering so I thought I'd check out Forest Road 3686, figuring it won't be too rough on me, I'll just walk down a little ways...
:-$
Yeah right... as usual, the farther down I went the more interesting things got, so I ended up doing almost the exact opposite as Tracey, a down-and-up as opposed to her up-and-down albeit with almost exactly half her stats.

I ended up eating lunch underneath a bridge over AZ 87, where I found a fenced path for game to cross under the highway headed toward Iron Dike.

It turned out to be a reasonable workout for both us on a perfect day for hiking. Tracey even had the opportunity to meet the couple who owns the green-roof cabin 500' north of FR 626 opposite of where FR 1688 heads south toward Little Ord.
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