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Little Wolf - Pine Creek - Grapevine Loop, AZ
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Little Wolf - Pine Creek - Grapevine Loop, AZ 
Little Wolf - Pine Creek - Grapevine Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
BiFrost
Hiking16.32 Miles 3,867 AEG
Hiking16.32 Miles   10 Hrs   24 Mns   1.81 mph
3,867 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
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Joe and Bruce had hiked this same loop in 2013 but it's changed a lot since the fire that pretty much took out 80% of the route. We had various conditions from road hike, trail, bad trail, and no trail. The no trail was particularly rough with very thick Manzanita and scrub Oak that took us awhile to negotiate. However, to counter the tough sections we took some nice breaks in the sections that survived the burn. There are some good stands of ponderosa still left especially on Big Bug Mesa and the area around Seaton Spring where we had lunch.

Near the end of the hike we dropped off Big Bug Mesa and did more off trail down to Grapevine Spring. It was steep down to the spring but not the thick brush we encountered earlier in the hike. Again some of the ponderosa forest survived above the spring and made for a decent hike. The spring had good water with decent pools along the creek. From here it was probably best trail of the day for the last 2 miles back to the vehicles.
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