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Kendrick Peak - Hill 8289, AZ
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Kendrick Peak - Hill 8289, AZ 
Kendrick Peak - Hill 8289, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2020
Hiking20.10 Miles 5,366 AEG
Hiking20.10 Miles   7 Hrs   17 Mns   3.08 mph
5,366 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
1st trip
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Last August I gave the Kendrick Loop a go and found myself most curious about the Northern or back side of Kendrick. A hill that is seen on Connector caught my eye. Between the trail and the hill, Hill 8289, patchy ponderosa canopies and fire-cleared meadows beckon ventures out into the easy-going terrain. Thought I'd add 8289 and extend the loop through Bull Basin.

To do this loop right, best to start at Bull Basin TH. Cuts 8mi off the route and you don't have to climb Kendrick twice (+/- 2400 aeg). I wasn't sure if my car could make it, though what I walked was smooth as pavement. I started at Kendrick TH around 5:15. Road in is smooth, FR171 is rocky but good for low clearance. Wildflowers beginning to bloom on Kendrick but need some rain. Trail was smooth as any.

Summit in no time, didn't hang around. Lightning forecasts have a way of being wrong in the high mountains during the summer, although they were right this time. Down Pumpkin, which is my favorite trail on the loop. Shady and windy. Pumpkin had good wildflowers at times as well. Really puts on a show come summer rain, not there yet.

Took connector around to the pass where the trail enters Bull Basin. Went up the ridge. Doing this again I'll head back a little west into the clearing where it's prettiest and doesn't do so much upping and downing. The ridge is separated from 8289 by a drainage with a road in it. Crossed the road and worked up a few hundred feet to the summit. Lots of deer, sparse pine cover, and beautiful meadows. Top of the hill is a meadow flanked by forest on all sides but the north.

On the map there is a road to the north. Didn't go that way because I wasn't sure if the road still exists (pretty sure it does), didn't want to bite off more than I could chew, and the slopes to the south have the best views of Kendrick and Bull Basin. Back tracked to the road I crossed. When I went to follow the road through Bull Basin, turned out it's the private property of the owners of Bull Basin Ranch. Cut through the forest just north of Bull Basin Tank and caught the road to Bull Basin TH.

Lots of elk between the pines. Bull Basin Trail has been cleaned up a lot since last summer. Only about a half dozen trees down. It gets hot on that trail without the conifers of old. Pretty sun exposed until the trail enters the young aspens. Obsidian big and small everywhere you look. On top by the cabin, where the trail suffered the worst damage, it is now clear and well cairned.

Only saw four groups on the hike. Twice by the cabin and on the way down Kendrick. Temps 50s-80s. Doing this again, if sticking with the Kendrick TH, it might be fun and/or brutal to add East Newman and/or Newman Hill. They wouldn't be enough on their own driving from Phoenix and probably wouldn't be enough to keep a traveler from making it back.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Kendrick and Pumpkin. Not too long now

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bull Basin Tanks 1-25% full 1-25% full
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