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2019-11-07  
2014-01-13  
Mohawk-Pine-Strawberry #15, AZ
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Mohawk-Pine-Strawberry #15, AZ 
Mohawk-Pine-Strawberry #15, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2019
N8TRGRL
Hiking2.31 Miles 381 AEG
Hiking2.31 Miles      54 Mns   2.62 mph
381 ft AEG      1 Min Break3 LBS Pack
 
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I can't seem to get enough of this easy trail that links Hardscrabble in Pine to the 87 just a hair below Strawberry. I've done it countless times, each time taking either a different approach, doing shorter/longer pieces or making a change of direction. A favorite has been to take it from a neighborhood that accesses the Mohawk Trail which leads to the PS#15, towards Strawberry, then exiting onto a short stretch of the 87, which lo an behold! Just happens to take one right up the drive of and subsequently steps right into Bandits. Oddly, there's beer inside 🤔 (weird how that all works out) Then easily enough, after pancakes and beer (don't judge me, there are no rules) back over the highway and into the woods we go! The trail leads right back to the quaint lil community of Pine where the elk readily welcome you back off the trail. (Someone really needs to train them to have cold barley pops to pass out to thirsty hikers)
Ok. About the trail.
Super easy peasy. So much so, it beckons me to get my outta shape butt back on the mtb and give er a go. My fave sections of the PS on this particular, post-work, hurry-up-n-cram-one-in-before-dark shorty, would be the passage between a large boulder and a weathered, old, welcoming alligator juniper, where as you pass through, Pine opens up before you. I think it's a portal of some sort and not the 'portals' the fancy richies live in up on the hills 😆
The other eye candy was just a titch past its prime, a bit further up where a small side "canyon" aka seasonal downward wash, gives birth to flaming big tooth maples, amber gambel oaks and another fiery hued shrub. There's been wind up in this neck of the woods so most leaves have carpeted and the majority still trees are fading. But a minor jaunt off trail rewarded me so I could turn around pleased that I didn't miss the show entirely. It's been a glorious color show in Rim Country this season, making me wish wood cutting wasn't such a priority so I could get more miles of smiles and leaf peeping. But that's greedy because I've seen more this year and for that my stoke is high.
Should you choose to stroll this trail, there are many options making it anywhere from kid friendly by going up Mohawk to wherever to making it an all day affair by starting at Bandits for brekkie, hike to Hardscrabble, cross Hardscrabble to Oak Spring into Bear Cyn, left at AZT/Walnut, up n over, back out to 87, go left/north to THAT BREWERY and treat yasself to lunch (aka craft beer).
This idea came to me this evening as I finished up and it goes on my Hike-it List for Spring.
LMK if you do it before I so I can scope your stats. Cheers!🍺
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Faded, dropping, isolated patches in lower washes
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Very few, purple
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