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Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2019
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Hiking5.10 Miles 680 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
680 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Well this would be a big day for the Arizona Trail Section Crew. Not the hike itself but its conclusion. Once again we glamped at the North Place and were treated to a french toast casserole for breakfast. We set up our fairly easy shuttle this time starting at where we ended during last year's Arizona Trail in a Day. We had already completed the bulk of this passage back in 2017. We had planned on doing this last part the day after AZT in a Day but the weather forced us to cancel.

From the AZT 28 TH, we head to the NE toward our AZT Super Gate before we start veering to the NW. The hike stays flat for most of this with little ups and downs and the trail is in nice shape. We once again walked through what we assume was controlled burn as the bottom of the trees were naked but still had its canopy. We came to Hay Meadow Tank where a lot of cattle had gathered to the south. They were quite talkative.

In one section we would come across a multitude of Carsonites thus we called it Carsonite Lane and a meadow of Deers Ears. Eventually you drop down into Jack's Canyon and walk at its bottom for awhile before traversing a couple drainages and make your way out. And for us, the end at FR 82. We touched the new AZT Gate which wasn't there a couple years ago. Now we could link up Passages 20 through to part of Passage 35 :y: . It only took six years :lol:, but it's done. Our AZT in a Day Passage goal this year will be to complete the rest of Passage 35.

We've done around 566 miles (around 70%) and still have tough mountain ranges (Supes, Rincons, Huachucas) and a canyon to get thru. Don't know if I will participate in some of those bigger elevation gains. Based on my calculations we have about 225 miles left. We hope to knock out about 40 of those miles Aug 29-Sep 2 up on the N Kaibab Plateau via car camping in-between.

Here is some videos from our hiking:
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Hay Meadow Tank
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Wildflowers Observation Light

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hay Meadow Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
yucky looking though as the cattle were right there and probably been drinking out of it so it looked real muddy.
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