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2020-06-27  
Locust, AZ
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Locust, AZ 
Locust, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2020
chumley
Hiking11.66 Miles 2,374 AEG
Hiking11.66 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.68 mph
2,374 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
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Well this one was an unexpected adventure.

151 was cleared of the deadfall we had to navigate the last time here. But now it was largely overgrown with NM Locust and raspberries (a little early on 151 yet). It was hiking in a tunnel from above the orchard to halfway up the switchbacks.

The road to Murph was the clearest stretch of the day. 141 had seen some work at some point but was also largely a locust tunnel. Cuts were not limited to legs as thorns reached 8 feet high. Glasses or goggles would have helped and blood was drawn from head to toe. The raspberries on 141 and 139 were closer to ripe. Blackberries here too.

Not surprisingly, plenty of sign of bear, though no sightings. Just a couple of deer along the way. The overlooks were a bit warm in the sun today, but still nice. And the rocky exposure was locust-free! :y: Next up we hit a drainage full of unavoidable poison ivy which was an unexpected surprise.

The climb up 139 to the road was half locust and half sun-blasted. It was nice to top out and get a quarter mile of lovely grassy shade forest. Quick work back down the road to the truck.

I'd do this one again after a good trimming. Or maybe in cooler weather when pants and long sleeves make more sense.

Don't know if @beebee is out this weekend but there was a group on the peak participating in "field day", a global radio event this weekend. They make connections with others as far as Europe and Australia. Cool stuff I guess.
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