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Pine Mountain 6814 Lasso Loop, AZ
mini location map2020-04-22
14 by photographer avatarDixieFlyer
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Pine Mountain 6814 Lasso Loop, AZ 
Pine Mountain 6814 Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,939 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.32 mph
1,939 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Pine Mountain 6814 has been on my radar screen for a while, mainly because it is a wilderness high point and a P2K peak, meaning that it has 2,000' or more of topographic prominence. With the temperatures starting to heat up in the valley, I figured that today would be a good day to go check out this area.

I had read trip reports that indicated that FR 68 wasn't exactly a super highway, so my expectations for conditions of the road were pretty low. While the road was pretty rough, it wasn't as bad as I feared -- I took it slow in a number of places, but made it to the TH without incident. You would definitely need a HCV to navigate this road, and I think that you'd also want a 4WD vehicle. I imagine that it took me a little over an hour to get from I-17 to the TH.

This turned out to be a cool hike: I did a CCW lasso loop hike. From the TH I took the Nelson Trail for about 3 miles; then took the Pine Mountain Trail to the Verde Rim Trail; then took the Willow Springs Trail back to the Nelson Trail; then took the Nelson Trail back to the TH. While on the Verde Rim Trail I took a short off-trail jaunt to the Pine Mountain Summit.

I enjoyed the hike -- there was a creek with water flowing alongside most of the Nelson Trail. Most of the hike was beneath some large trees, which provided some filtered shade from the sun. There were some nice views as I gained elevation, and the views at the summit were definitely nice.

I imagine that I will do this hike again, probably in the fall. Perhaps by then my selective memory will have kicked in and I will have forgotten about how rough FR 68 is.

I saw no other hikers on the trail, so social distancing was not an issue.
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There was not much in the wildflower department today: a few gooding's verbena and western wallflower was about it
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