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Reynolds - Aztec - Center Mtn Loop, AZ
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Reynolds - Aztec - Center Mtn Loop, AZ 
Reynolds - Aztec - Center Mtn Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.84 Miles 3,715 AEG
Hiking16.84 Miles   8 Hrs   17 Mns   2.30 mph
3,715 ft AEG      57 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Loves me some Ancha

Reynolds Creek Trail #150
The beginning of this one was in better shape than the last time we were on this. I think the bovine in the area have helped. Karl and I took a short side trip to check out the scenic falls.

Just shy of the western intersection with the Center Mountain Trail, I heard a noise down in the creek bed. A cow elk became our guest for the next 5 or so minutes. She was somewhat distressed and confused. I said "Hey" and quickly ducked behind a tree to keep from getting trampled. She turned, and ran past Joe, almost running over him. We left the area, thinking she was either sick or protecting an unseen young-un'.

Video :next: [ youtube video ]

Past the intersection, the maple color started. It lasted pretty vividly for a mile or so up the canyon. It will probably peak this week.

We took advantage of the Flintstone recliners on Aztec, for a comfortable lunch.

Murphy Mountain Viewpoints

Next off to 7662' for upper views of the Murphy Ranch, Murphy Peak, and then the steep scamper back down to Reynolds Creek #150.

Unnamed Connector
This connector is/was a trail at one time. There is a sign at the southern intersection with Reynolds Creek #150, but it does not mention this trail. It's thin, but with a track loaded, no problem to follow. There are some good views off the rim on this one.

Center Mountain #142
A steady climb to more great views.

Luck Strike #144
Ditto on the views, the low sun and long shadows were a plus.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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Plenty of cool clear water

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Water pooled in the area. Not sure of exact location of the source
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