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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 28 2020
trekkin_gecko
Backpack38.08 Miles 1,715 AEG
Backpack38.08 Miles2 Days         
1,715 ft AEG
 
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our fourth out and back of an azt passage, this time anderson mesa
kind of a stretch to call this a backpack
with high winds forecast, we didn't know how it would play out

day 1
decided to day hike the longer portion from horse lake trailhead
got going around 0645
the trail begins on a dirt road, eventually curving around horse lake
a few miles of single track through juniper, a few pines and open meadows
windy, but not as bad as we thought it might be
nice view of lake mary at one point
passed prime lake, lowell observatory and then a slight drop to marshall lake
took a break at seven miles and with seven to go
pretty enough open terrain, but even though little elevation gain, the trail was rocky and demanded attention to footing
should have been an easy long hike, but i was glad to be done with this part
drove over to ashurst lake just for fun, then back to the lower parking area off lake mary road
after a break, we hiked the little piece up to horse lake trailhead
backpacked the other direction about a mile and a half where we set up camp and cooked dinner in very windy conditions
counts as a backpack, right?

day 2
got a decent start for us after breakfast and coffee
this southern portion of the segment was very nice
good trail, a mix of pine and oak trees, a few meadows, easy grade
the old railroad bed was interesting, too
we checked out mayflower spring where we took a break
found railroad tank on the way back
packed up and out with much lighter packs
decided to drive back through payson in order to have lunch at the thai restaurant and see the bush fire damage
another good trip with john - thanks!

random thoughts:
i was pessimistic about the high wind forecast, but hiking and setting up camp were not a problem
even slept decently, although the winds never died down - didn't get that cold overnight
hauling all that water for a dry camp is not fun
we could have filtered from railroad tank
tested some gear, added a helinox zero chair, brought a little less of everything else
glad we did the less attractive and longer portion of the trail the first day
Meteorology
Meteorology
Fire Burn Area & Recovery

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Lake 1-25% full 1-25% full
you would have to go through mud to filter here

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Lake Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mayflower Spring Dripping Dripping
barely dripping, could filter in a pinch

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mormon Canyon Tank One 1-25% full 1-25% full
nasty

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Prime Lake 26-50% full 26-50% full
a little hard to access, but there was water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Railroad Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
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