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Nelson - Willow - Verde Rim - Pine Flat Loop, AZ
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Nelson - Willow - Verde Rim - Pine Flat Loop, AZ 
Nelson - Willow - Verde Rim - Pine Flat Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 13 2020
joebartels
Hiking15.75 Miles 2,671 AEG
Hiking15.75 Miles   6 Hrs      2.68 mph
2,671 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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March through the Pines
Nelson up to then through Willow had us on the rim in cool morning temps. Those rim views always get your attention. That was the break.

Rim
Verde Rim Trail #161 was dandy. Realized this area features a lot of Arizona White Oak. Somewhere after Bishop back on Nelson brush encroaches. Then it hurts and route finding with frequent GPS verification is the game. We lucked out on the direction of travel, descending this crap is always easier. Most of the hell is chaparral. There is mean looking catclaw but you can typically favor pushing aside the live oak, sugar sumac, and mahogany.

Pine Flat Trail #165
Turning back to home on #165 it's still a little brushy. The worst scratchy stuff is over. The gamble oak leaves looked spanking neon green new and were velvet soft. We toured Sycamore proper, then an unnecessary pasture.

Flavored sugar pellets from taco-bandito hit the spot. Beehouse Canyon was stunning. The final strides on Nelson high banking Sycamore Creek are quintessential hiking.

Road
Wide-eyed alert in & out since others often ask. A little high clearance 2WD if dry. Stay out if muddy or forecasted rain. Good tires a bonus. A twenty-yard rocky stretch might pop tender street tires if you don't slowly crawl it. I wouldn't hesitate.

Synopsis
Great to babble with JJ. Getting back into hiking rhythm he opted low-key out of three suggestions. Nothing like taking a router to a sprint course, 0.5mph quicker than my recent hikes... lol My lackadaisical approach to planning put us through a cow pasture. The scratches will heal, hope my next hike here won't be through that brush. The final two furlongs ended in storybook cool mountain breezes.
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Off-n-On Western Wallflower, lots o'Verbena
A few small patches of Pink Phlox was the eye-catcher. Only a few were in prime. Most were wilted or unimpressive single blooms.
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