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Hutch Mountain Loop via Old-n-New AZT 28, AZ
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Hutch Mountain Loop via Old-n-New AZT 28, AZ 
Hutch Mountain Loop via Old-n-New AZT 28, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2020
rayhuston
Hiking18.56 Miles 1,870 AEG
Hiking18.56 Miles   7 Hrs   58 Mns   2.65 mph
1,870 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
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I hooked up with Joe and Bruce for a stellar hike in the pines up in the Happy Jack area. The plan was for Joe and Bruce to hike the entirety of the hike we all posted. I was going to tag along for the Hutch Mountain Lookout and maybe a mile or two more before turning around. In reality, though, I felt I could do this and brought enough food and water to give myself a fair chance.

Other than the trip up to the lookout, the hike was pretty flat. Just good, easy walking with ample opportunity to chat throughout. The first part of the hike was mostly through a disbursed camping area along forest roads with ATV's scurrying about. The next nine miles or so was along single track trails. We had the place to ourselves, with the exception of a lone mountain biker and later a backpacker taking a break along the new AZT reroute. The reroute, by the way, is a nice section of trail. A very nice job by the AZT crews. Not a lot of distant views along the way, but I'm happy just looking at the pines. The best views were found at the top of the steps of the lookout tower, where you pretty much have 360 degree views of the area.

We were expecting a nice breeze to offset the mid 80's temps, but breeze was spotty at best. We did have some cloud cover that shielded us from the hot sun. For a short time, we thought we might get some rain. A few rumbles of thunder and dark skies to the east looked promising. I only received about a quarter inch of rain during monsoon season where I live, so I was ready to get wet. Alas, it didn't happen.

This ended up being my longest hike of the year by about eight miles. I was exhausted at the end, but felt quite good about making it all the way. Of course, the HAZ version of Comedy Central always inspire me to do more when I'm hiking with them. :y:

Joe and Bruce, it's always a pleasure!
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