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2020-08-30  
JWP Trail - AZT 33, AZ
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JWP Trail - AZT 33, AZ 
JWP Trail - AZT 33, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2020
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Hiking7.41 Miles 681 AEG
Hiking7.41 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   3.07 mph
681 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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After an hour or so of research of trails near the area where we were staying (off of Old Lake Mary Rd, near the 17), I finally decided to see if I could get to the Fisher Point Jct off of the AZT from the JWP Trail. The family got packed up and everyone went there separate ways around 9:30.

The GPS wanted to take me to the Sandy's Canyon TH but I knew, based on the map, I wanted to start near here so I turned left instead of right. The TH I chose was actually just below the house altho I thot it was further away. There were only a couple vehicles in the lot. It is the TH near Coconino Community College at the Jct with S Lone Tree Rd and E. JW Powell Blvd. So I checked out the large trail sign to verify I would be going the right way to my destination. I went under the underpass but you can actually bypass that by going up east of the parking lot.

I was on my way on the JWP Trail https://www.flagstaff.az.gov/1799/JWP-Trail which is really just walking along a boulevard near a housing area. (Check out the link for all of the trails in the FUTS system and more to come). This was a good time of year for that as there were all sorts of wildflowers blooming. Along the way I stopped someone to verify that I would encounter the jct with Fisher Point and he said I would and that there was a sign. There were a few others out and several bike riders. I finally made it to the jct and there is indeed a sign.

You turn east on the city Fisher Point Trail and head on down the road at the back side of the housing area; lovely houses by the way that are spaced out nicely. I believe it is part of the Pine Canyon Club complex and golf course. There were some more wildflowers to enjoy as you make your way to real trail and into the Coconino Forest and AZT 33. The trail conditions instantly change. I encountered a few people coming back here and there and during this part of the hike, a few bike riders as well.

I thot it would only be a couple miles to the junction but it ended up being further than I thot. It's hard to read maps on your cellphone. I thot when I came around each corner I would come to the clearing where the junction was but that didn't quite happen. I kept saying one more mile and I'm turning but I ended up hiking almost 4 miles to get there. It was a pretty hike along here with wildflowers and scenery to keep me entertained. The temperature was pleasant as well and of course, it was so green. The trail is nice. There are several trails that intersect along the way so you have to be somewhat mindful and watch for the AZT stickers.

I was happy to finally make the junction at the end of Skunk Canyon and enjoy the beautiful vista toward Fisher Point. It really is a nice point of interest to enjoy. There were a few people here and there too and some more wildflowers. After taking some pictures with my new phone, I turned around and headed back up the Canyon and past Fay Canyon. Somewhere along here I pulled over and took a 5 minute nap as I knew I needed some sort of break since I hadn't hike-hiked in a while. When I got up I realized I was a tad hungry too. Fortunately I had a little granola bar in my waist pack so that could hold me until lunch.

I would still encounter bike riders along the way and an occasional hiker too; maybe 1/2 dozen on my way back. I noticed additional wildflowers and also the weather was starting to change rather dramatically as the thunder burst through the air and the clouds were more thick now. I can't remember now if I had my umbrella with me but I picked up the pace a little as I still had a couple miles to finish.

I made it back to the jct with JWP Trail Boulevard and it was pretty much downhill from there. Once again there were several bunches of wildflowers along the way that would distract me. I really hadn't planned on this long of hike as I wanted to beat the Sunday I-17 traffic but it was too late now as they say. As I got closer to the TH I could see I could take the trail directly into the parking lot and not have to use the underpass and since it was spitting rain now, I chose that option. And just as I got in my car, that rain let loose. How's that for timing :) ! And once again, like Thursday, the rain would stop pretty quickly.

Now it was a matter of finding lunch somewhere before I started my long drive home as I would hit an hour delay in a 10 mile stretch; fortunately, it wasn't quite as hot this summer day.

Here is a video from the hike [ youtube video ] .
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Mexican Hats, Golden Eyes and Rods, a few I couldn't ID (the white daisy-like one could have been Boltonia)
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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