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Happy Jack Four Tanks Tour, AZ
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Happy Jack Four Tanks Tour, AZ 
Happy Jack Four Tanks Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.30 Miles 317 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.21 mph
317 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
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Due to our rain-forced change of plans over the previous two days we knew we wouldn't complete our last un-hiked 4 miles of AZT #28 on this trip.

Yup, even after our sixth trip to the area since 2014, hiking and/or biking more than 60 miles of the 30-mile passage, covering a 1-mile bit four times and a half-mile bit SIX times, we STILL have the 4 miles from Foot-In-Tree Tank to Dave's Tank of AZT #28 yet to complete.
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That meant today would be a gimme... we'll take whatever comes to mind:
1. A quick bag of Peak 7810 in Happy Jack Quad
2. A two-hour counter-clockwise "square" loop hike, visiting four tanks along the way.

We DID make an attempt to drive farther along Forest Road 93/93K to get close enough to Foot-In-Tree Tank to polish off the last 4 miles but even two days after the deluge there were too many mud-bogs in the road so we just stopped, took a glance at the FS Topo map on my tablet, noted the four tanks in close proximity and decided on a CCW dot-to-dot hike.

The hike provided little of note, just the tanks (Sheepherder, Homestead, In Between & Kenneth) and maybe two-dozen head of cattle. Kind of weird with the cattle traveling in the opposite direction as us between tanks. When we first met them they were coming toward us from Sheep Herder Tank and later we met them just before reaching Kenneth Tank along our last side of the square-loop.

On the drive out after the hike, not wishing to go back out through the rocky/muddy section of FR 93 again we took a chance on saving a mile of driving by following FR 93H back out to FR 211. Although successful in avoiding any further mud-bogs, it was far rougher than FR 93... at least four times we had to bypass boulders and/or fallen trees to get by. Between the mud and the rough and rocky roads, the new Pro-Comp A/T tires got their work out.

On the drive home, just south of Payson we saw a towering plume of smoke to the SE, which at first guess I pegged it as somewhere behind Sheep Basin Mountain which once we got home and I checked on Inciweb, proved to be the true. It was the "Hidden Fire" in the Chalk Mountain/Skunk Tank Canyon area, which from the angle we viewed it from AZ 87 was right on. I believe it was named "Hidden Fire" because from where it was reported (Punkin' Center/Tonto Basin area) it was hidden from direct view by the ridge north from Juniper Mountain.
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