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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
joebartels
Hiking18.42 Miles 3,677 AEG
Hiking18.42 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   2.22 mph
3,677 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Weatherford Canyon Loop
This gem has had dead brush at the beginning for years now. It's not posted closed. Probably to keep the #102 traffic on course. Yet wouldn't surprise me if there was a save the aspen bark beetle group. This dense stand of thin Aspens is best experienced.

#102
We met a couple guys at "a" saddle with a controversial name before heading up to Doyle Peak. They recognized Bruce and mentioned we crossed paths on our Sept 7th Kendrick Loop!

Doyle
Sub peaks are about as exciting as a pudding jerky. Bruce took a stab at this one years ago while I took a nap at the saddle. Heading up is steep. The chance of sliding back is certainly present. It's not horrible. Maybe 20 ft max without a stable rock or tree limb to grab for balance. I was surprised at the presence of a wicked thorn bush. Looked like it would eat cat claw. No trouble avoiding, just seemed odd for 11,000 ft.

Gotta say, this sub peak is pretty sweet. The view of Humphrey's is the fab dark red and black view you get along upper Weatherford. The bonus is an overview of Volcano National Monument. The icing is the peak itself.

Drop to Waterline Road
Complained enough about it on the hike. No need to beat that drum again. Deep crunchy Aspen leaves was a first for myself. Bruce got the Explorer bug trying a new route down from 11060. His motivation to pave paradise fell short of putting up a parking lot. In the end he hit the high note and it worked out.

Waterline Road
Excellent tread. The tunnel was 10.24 billion times more exciting than anticipated. Even after hearing about it every ten minutes for 8.5 hours.

Synopsis
Great hike to Doyle.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Substantial through Weatherford Canyon. The Inner Basin looked like last week was prime, likely due to recent freezing.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
4-6 isolated specimens
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