|Brookbank - Christmas Tree Loop via Sandy Seep, AZ|
|Brookbank - Christmas Tree Loop via Sandy Seep, AZ|| |
Brookbank - Christmas Tree Loop via Sandy Seep, AZ
|Hiking||18.25 Miles|| 8 Hrs 5 Mns ||2.53 mph|
|4,136 ft AEG|| 53 Mns Break||20 LBS Pack|
|Started cool and refreshing on the Sandy Seep Trail #129. Then it was humid blah ascending Heart Trail #103. Which currently two criscrossing trails as it has been rerouted to an easier grade. We held to the old ankle buster route. Currently no typical signs of stay-off such as rock lined junctions, dead limbs over the old, signage, etc. In the upper portion we got lucky meeting David and Ryan!|
Took a 5-minute break at the top. Even though the area is burned it is currently an intriguing color scheme and eerie spectacle. Descending was refreshingly cool!
In the burn area where Upper Oldham splits off, noticed 3ft saplings. Guessing planted? being only one year since the Museum Fire. Quick search results say 1-2 ft growth per year. Couldn't find if they grow faster when they're young, just that the taproots grow quickly. Natural or not, should help prevent erosion.
Back on Sunset Trail #23 we lunched overlooking the east. Several groups of mountain bikers paused briefly at the nearby junction. Various skills and ages, all friendly. Light sprinkles were cool for a while. Almost chili for ten seconds. No record crowds on any of the trails. Busiest on lower Elden and Fatmans.
Nice mix of trees on Christmas Tree Trail #160. Not blah as I remembered so I bumped from a 2 to 3-of-5.
Minus the road walk due to Oldham trail closures it is a "nice" 18 mi / 4k option. Bruce negotiated some wacky traffic well, to and fro. Outta nowhere cutoff four times. The later two at once from both sides but lighter FU worthy vs the individual previous two.
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