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Weatherford - Doyle - Waterline Loop, AZ
mini location map2019-10-12
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Weatherford - Doyle - Waterline Loop, AZ 
Weatherford - Doyle - Waterline Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking19.17 Miles 3,640 AEG
Hiking19.17 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   2.20 mph
3,640 ft AEG      50 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Up North to chase color.

We had no interest in fighting parking at the Lockett Meadow TH.

I'd never been to the top of Doyle to pay a visit to the cabin, so I cobbled together this loop.

Weatherford Canyon
This was a last second change and should be the "go to" way to get to the top during peeping season. It bypasses a portion of the Weatherford proper trail, but surrounds you in aspens. If you just want to sample the colors, do the short loop that is published on site

Weatherford Trail
This one never disappoints. Not only up close views of the colors, but of the color off in the distance also.

Doyle Peak
It's a steep little climb from the saddle for an old guy like me. The climb is about 500' in .3 of a mile.
The cabin has seen recent renovation. Views from our lunch spot were top notch, albeit a tad chili.

Descending to the east to 11045 was pretty easy through the forest. From 11045 to 11060 was slower going with the rock hopping and stayed that way until we hit the trees again. Plenty of areas of Aspen and seems to be a remote area that holds quite a few elk.

Waterline Trail
This road is popular with the Mountain Bikers for accessing the IB. We saw quite a few. Evidence of the past fire here, places quite the scar on a large area of this part of the hike. I'd been wanting to visit the area on topos marked as "Tunnel". That itch has been scratched. I built it up all day for Joe, he was not disappointed.

I drove in from 89 from the east, instead of coming in from 180 to get to the Shultz Pass TH. This way in is tons smoother and takes a few less minutes.

Temps ranged from perfect, to cool, with the breeze.
Culture
Culture
Ghost? Wooden Dwelling
Meteorology
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Aspens were on fire. Should be good for another week without a freeze.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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