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2020-08-01  
Sandy-Heart-Sunset-Brookbank-Lookout-, AZ
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Sandy-Heart-Sunset-Brookbank-Lookout-, AZ 
Sandy-Heart-Sunset-Brookbank-Lookout-, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking18.57 Miles 4,084 AEG
Hiking18.57 Miles   7 Hrs   21 Mns   2.81 mph
4,084 ft AEG      44 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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We started from the Sandy Seep TH to stay away from the more popular Elden Lookout TH.

Temps were in the 60's to start. I planned the loop to be CCW to get the exposed climb up the Heart Trail out of the way early. We were lucky enough to have cloud cover for the majority of the day, including this climb. About 1/2 way up the heart trail, we began noticing a new trail veering off from the Heart Trail. This ended up being a longer, more gradual reroute to the top. We ran into @hikerdw (David) and his son Ryan on their way down. Great to meet you guys!

Where the Heart Trail meets the Sunset trail, you begin seeing the devastation from the Museum fire. There were pockets and areas of green, but large areas of moonscape also.

Both Oldham #1 and Upper Oldham Trails are closed because of fire damage/washouts. So we hiked the road to the top. The road has also seen a lot of washout repair.

The Lunch spot, had a view off the rim to the east. The Virga, was no longer Virga out there.

We bailed on going to the top of Elden as the thunder cracked above and the rain and wind kicked in. It felt good to feel cold. The rain only lasted for 10-15 minutes.

We met the masses once at the Elden Lookout Trail until turning on Fatmans loop. From there we powered on the Christmas Tree Trail, with one more brief rain on the way back.

On the way home on I-17, we saw the Pig Fire and the 20 or so vehicles of firefighters trying to put it out.
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