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Hamburg-Pat Scott-Crest-Hamburg, AZ 
Hamburg-Pat Scott-Crest-Hamburg, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
Hiking12.12 Miles 3,664 AEG
Hiking12.12 Miles   8 Hrs   47 Mns   1.55 mph
3,664 ft AEG      57 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
Disclosure: I need to learn how to do a linked trail triplog.
Day three:
The Rumpshaker That Nearly Ended Me. 😖
Hamburg ➡️ Pat Scott➡️Crest (AZT)➡️Hamburg.
We entered the Conservancy and met with lovely volunteers who sized up our gear and visually gauged our abilities while offering suggestions for trails. Enter Jim, I think it was- a tall, lean, mustachioed man, fit despite his estimated early 70s, who must've deemed us suitable candidates for one of his favorite connecting loops. (I have since come to call Jim a masochist)
Hamburg Trail don't play and regardless of offering "stairs" (I counted over 100 wide-set steps) it is an up n up of loud, mouth-breathing proportions. Once we got to the lookout, we paused to catch our breath, only mildly impressed with said lookout that tourists usually turn back from, to head down. Sorry tourists. This isn't the payoff!
So into the Miller Peak Wilderness we went, entering a lush forest bedecked in lotsa bigtooth maples. Most were still green although a few Too Sooners were already showing off. We finally reached our first teensy creek crossing where a light cascade spilled into a small pool. We noted to hopefully return which we did, Day Four.
This would be the first of many crossings that during our visit were either dry or very low. However, it is apparent that some nice falls and abundant cascades could be present during spring melt and monsoon run off.
Along the ascent which seemingly never ends, during the gentler portions, we discovered many historical treasures! Mining equipment is all along trail sides and a titch off trail and we constantly marveled, "How in the hell did they______ !?" fill in the blank :next: get that here, survive flash floods, live here, have ample supplies and wait for it--HOW THE HELL DID THEY HAVE A BAR HERE!!!??? Yep. I discovered a pile of glass and photographed a few bottle bottoms as they appeared old. Post-hike research learnt us that there was actually a modest saloon (oxymoron?) here during the mining heyday.
Our next groovy discovery was a small hill dazzling in pointed quartz crystals and a few larger hunks of crystallized bedded rocks. This hike was generous indeed.
Oh my effing switchbacks of hell. Everytime you wished it was over it wasn't. Masochist Jim the Volunteer? I apologize for taking your name in vain. Often.
We fiiiiiiinally topped out, my partner likely 1,000% over my hikeplaining, "I though you said we were almost there!" and paused for a MUCH needed beer and food calories (pack weight explanation=🍺). Off to the AZT/Crest we went and I enjoyed the more 'restful' portion of this rump shaker. Lo an behold, bout the time we checked our daylight against the clock time and route scout for miles to go, we both received "Welcome to Mexico, international text rates apply" messages on our phones and that's when Route Scout took a nap (see route weirdness). Therefore our stats are inaccurate and I'm here to confirm that we did 187 miles RT and 9600aeg. 🤣 According to my legs and attitude anyway...
The views here, coming round the backside, are dope! Just goes on and on...(as does this farkachten hike 🤣)
Now for as much griping as I did going up, I'm always more a fan of the ups than the downs (nice metaphoric tie-in, ja?) because my knees despise steep descents. Alas, down was where the post hike rewards were- a steamy shower followed by wine in the room and a 'bed picnic' of leftovers from our previous night's Mexican food dinner, the leftover B&B breakfast I hoarded and a piece of pie left in the shared kitchen, by our hosts. So down we went, trekking poles offering some relief.
We arrived to the Conservancy after dark and had to gate jump to escape.
Our post workout dinner was an odd combination that was regardless, delicious and much needed after a day working for it. Sleep came easy.
Helluva loop for this kid. Y'all ballers would fare better than this novice trekker.
Glutton for Punishment Note: would do again. 😏
Wussy note: this was also our 3rd day of hiking so...
Can't get enough note: decided to add a 4th day, even though...
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
We were about 3 weeks too soon
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Asters, yellow daisy looking things, pretty!
"Cover the earth before it covers you"~Runes

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