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2019-10-05  
Snowslide - Fremont - Doyle, AZ
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Snowslide - Fremont - Doyle, AZ 
Snowslide - Fremont - Doyle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2019
chumley
Hiking12.63 Miles 4,532 AEG
Hiking12.63 Miles   8 Hrs   43 Mns   1.76 mph
4,532 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
1st trip
Got started early to get past the green and into the gold by the time the sun cast the first light into the basin.

I left Joel to photo things and opted to continue up Snowslide Canyon, which I had not previously done. I was pleasantly surprised to hike along a flowing creek above the spring, enjoying the rare treat of listening to cascading water running in the basin.

From the spring I made a beeline to the first Weatherford switchback where I encountered an enormous and majestic elk buck hiking the trail just below treeline. I headed down to Doyle Saddle and then up to Fremont Peak. The old register is gone, and the new one was placed just this year. It was windy on the summit so I sheltered behind the rock wall for a bit and enjoyed the views. I spotted a group of 12 camped 1,100 feet below me at Fremont Saddle but they were gone before I got there. At this point I was pretty tired and it was a slow climb up to Doyle where I took another nice break. Somebody had placed a homemade flag up there which I dismantled and carried down with me.

Doyle is such a scenic peak, and the views along the ridge on the way down were a highlight today. Despite 9 hours of hiking in one of the premier fall hiking locations in the state, I didn't see HAZ members Nightstalker, Kingsnake, or caragruey -- in fact, I encountered exactly zero other hikers until I was back at the parking lot at the end of my hike! :y:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Still early below the waterline road with mostly green aspens. Higher up some patches approaching prime. Virtually no leaves have fallen yet. The next week will provide excellent color and the beginnings of some good litter on the ground.
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