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2019-06-08  
Vine Fossil Nash Loop, AZ
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Vine Fossil Nash Loop, AZ 
Vine Fossil Nash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2019
chumley
Hiking14.42 Miles 2,918 AEG
Hiking14.42 Miles   9 Hrs   51 Mns   1.62 mph
2,918 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
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Joe has been itching to visit Nash Point since it was renamed in 2005 for the winner of the NBA's MVP award that year. Finally, Bruce was able to draw up a route to hit this remote peak. And off we went!

Outlander didn't reply to my PM queries asking how challenging the route would be, but we decided to descend Vine Canyon anyway. It took us almost twice as long to descend as it had taken him to climb up it. Oh well. I spotted one of the bears he assured we would see, though I didn't get a photo as his butt ran down canyon ahead of us, so I'm told it doesn't count.

Sometime around 2pm and 20% of our planned mileage complete we decided to sit down and have lunch.

There was water along the entire hike from Vine to Calf Pen to Fossil and the springs when of course the flow increased significantly (There might have been less flow in Vine if the irrigation tubing had been diverting all of it, but alas, it was broken in several spots). A handful of bikinis, uh, I mean people, were lounging at the dam site, but for the most part the area was relatively quiet. After a few swims we headed up the main trail before turning off and making our way up the steep climb to Nash Point.

Joe decided he didn't care about Nash anymore (something about him being a soccer commentator now?), so we cut 45 minutes off the day and headed back to the truck.

Bruce was trying to lure us back to his cabin "for a drink", but all kinds of alarm bells went off and I was able to avert whatever that would have lead to!

Fun loop. Rugged terrain. A little bit warm on the climb out. Some poison ivy. Something that I was allergic to destroyed me for an hour or two. Otherwise great company and nice to cover some new terrain.
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