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Weatherford Canyon LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2020
tibber
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,232 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,232 ft AEG
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Thot we'd dust off our backpacks to see if they still worked and headed up to Weatherford Canyon TH at Schultz Tank. RouteScout and my phone are barely talking to each other anymore so I used Ambika's route; therefore not sure of time and photo tagging will be slightly off as well.

We had a good breakfast at the Crown Railroad Cafe before heading out. It was only 1/2 hour drive from where we were staying. I tried to set up our hikes all for the east side of town and that worked well. We were lucky to find two parking spots right next to each other in a crowded lot. I think we got started around 9:45. On this section getting up to the junction we ran into several hikers. We would actually encounter quite a few people but it was spread out for the most part.

Once we hit the aspen it was a real treat as we continued our upward hiking to the meadow which seemed to flatten out for a bit before continuing up a little more in elevation. The views were outstanding from the meadow as we could see far to the southwest over to the flat-topped buttes. We could also see the burn area around Elden to the south and Schultz to the NE. I always prefer meadows over forests except in the fall of course. We came to another junction that has access to the SW trails. Might be interesting to check that out?

We reached the Kachina Wilderness sign where you continue on what appears to be part of the old road thru some of the pine forest. We stopped at the junction box for a quick second and then continued to an aspen corner where there was a man and his two dogs. We started to go up again but I thot we were supposed to be done with the UP part. As we rounded the corner Ambika checked RS and discovered we had blown by our turn. I believe Pam did the same thing so we headed back and just to the south of the box you head down the hill near where there are branches laid across part of the trail.

Once you get a little further in the canyon, there are more than a few obstacles to get around or over for about 1/2 mile or less. But there are more than just a few. We haven't hiked an obstacle course, let alone been out on the trails for awhile, so this tested us a bit :lol: . All survived. It's quite amazing to be in such a thick forest of aspen on a non-maintained trail as we had to navigate this little used path.

We finally came out of it after enjoying the ferns and the sounds of the quaking aspen above us. We took a quick break altho I had nothing to snack on :o ; I thot I did but... Next we came to an area that had an aspen trunk crash so that was interesting. We also found remnants from the old red clay pipe casing and from here you could see where they had spread branches across the road to get here. I saw about 1/2 dozen of the birds with the blue and rust (Bunting?) but just couldn't get a good picture. Good thing @outdoorlover covers birds for us.

We finished off the last of the aspen and were soon back where we started. It was getting a tad warmer but still a lovely day for a leisurely hike in the mountains. We were going to picnic by the lake but it really seemed too hot so we opted to go back to town, have an early dinner and then go to Buffalo Park.

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[ youtube video ] includes Buffalo Park
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Yarrow among some others I didn't post.
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