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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2020
garyc57
Hiking6.68 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking6.68 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.25 mph
520 ft AEG      36 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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I was looking for a hike to get out of the heat. So I decided to hike parts the Segment 33 (Flagstaff) of the AZT.

I have no desire to hike the "in town" part of Segment 33, so my Trail Angel Extraordinaire, dropped me off on Babbitt Drive, and I started hiking south. She drove around to Canyon Vista Campground, and started hiking north to meet me.

The trail was nice, the day was... not too hot, and I was on the AZT! Doesn't get much better than that. I did see a lot of the result of the forest thinning project. Things like drag mark on the ground where the trees were piled up and tiny branches scattered across a large area.

About 1.75 miles in, where the trail makes an eastward turn (travelling south), off to the west I could see and hear some machinery mulching up branches from the thinning project. Kinda noisy, and not real pleasant for hiking. But, on the other hand, I suppose that's better than a forest fire!

Apparently, not much rain recently. In some spots, the dusty dirt was a couple inches thick on the trail.

Once I was out of the Flagstaff area, there was nobody on the trail. I pretty much had the trail to myself. I did pass a cyclist, who kindly stopped, got off the trail, and waited for me to pass.

At the southern end of the segment, where it joins Segment 31 (Walnut Canyon), I met up with my sweetheart. She'd hiked in about 2.8 miles to meet me. Out and back, she did about 5.6 miles! WOW!

Once on Segment 31, and then on to the Sandy Canyon trail to the Canyon Vista Campground, we met LOTS of people. All were friendly, while we shared trail conditions.

Another great day on the AZT!
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