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Aspen Nature LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2020
outdoor_lover
Hiking2.30 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Hike 3 of 3. My new Hiking Shoes drew this Hike. They're actually approach shoes. Beefier than Trail Runners, but still a low cut and not as beefy as my Backpacking Boots.

NOTE: This Hike has changed from the original Description and the Route. The Stem of the Lollipop is a bit longer now. There are now 3 new layers of Parking Lot where the original Switchbacks used to be. They were the access and the stem of the lollipop. No more. You take the Humphreys Trail to a turnoff and go through an Aspen Forest before crossing the big meadow to the original loop. This may affect the Arizona Trail Access as well. @sredfield The changes took me by surprise, but I had seen the turn off of Humphreys a few weeks ago, so I knew to start there. They have closed the Switchback section completely at the other end. Most of them are obliterated anyway and I doubt that they will open that section again.

Honestly, having done the new section and the old section now, the new section with the Aspen Forest is much nicer. You just get a small sample of Aspen via the old loop. Now you get a nice stroll through them for almost half the hike. It was a great way to wrap up the day.

Shoes need better insoles for sure. And along with my new Trail Runners, La Sportivas are very narrow, so it's going to take a bit for my feet to get used to them again. No Blisters for the day though, so I'm happy with my choices.
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The Meadow is full of Purple between the Lupine and another tall purple stalky flower that is seriously stealing the show. Paintbrush is trying. Some yellow and white scattered. Once out of the meadow, flowers are almost in the Light range especially on the Loop itself. No Sunflowers on any of my Hikes, I'm surprised since they are nuts in the median of I-17.
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