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Pumpkin Trail #39Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2020
Hiking11.10 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.30 mph
3,100 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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On my last hike up Humphrey's Peak I looked over at Kendrick and thought, "I should hike that again". I don't need another Humphrey summit, and I haven't been here in nearly a decade. I also wanted to inspect the June 2017 burn.

It is a mixed bag. I'm not thrilled with the wilderness overall, and if the FS fenced the top to exclude elk herbivory and planted spruce and fir seedlings as has been done on High Peak in the Pinalenos, and as is done for aspen around the forest, the top might look a lot better and recover faster. The elk eat almost everything and given that these animals are not a native animal.....wilderness. A different subspecies was in the region, but so were predators like wolves, and there were no game tanks. Point? Kendrick Wilderness is nothing more than a name and lip service that makes ignorant visitors feel warm and fuzzy while doing nothing for the spirit of the meaning of the word.

The grassy and brushy slopes, some improved, mostly just a lot of open country where Meadow Larks can be heard. The upper Bull Basin is doing well. The lower slopes along the connector are totally bare.

Nice hike overall. Great weather made me feel like I was in Utah. Cool and dry.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bull Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
More of a seep, but substantial.
I await my deprogramming, my master.
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