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Phon D Coon Bluff Loop, AZ
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Phon D Coon Bluff Loop, AZ 
Phon D Coon Bluff Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2020
rayhuston
Hiking6.36 Miles 944 AEG
Hiking6.36 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.00 mph
944 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Mark and I were set to head to the Mazzies to check out a Swingset. An overnight low of 64 degrees made us consider a local hike instead. This little dandy was quite fun.

We started at the Phon D Sutton mid-mountain parking lot along the Bush Highway and proceeded west along the Coon Bluff Loop trail for a short distance. From there, we followed a loop Mark cobbled together from past hikes, which took us up and over most of the hills in the area while following a clockwise route. Not 10 minutes into the hike, I got my usual tumble and fall out of the way, stepping on what looked like a sturdy rock, only to have it work loose, and down I went onto my backside. Thankfully my water bladder was full and cushioned my fall, leaving me just a little embarrassed. :oops:

After dropping down into a wash that would connect us to the next hill, we ran into a snake wrangler from North Dakota, maybe down here to escape the cold front moving through that area. He wasn't having any luck. We surmised that the surprisingly cool weather may have had something to do with it.

We then hiked up and over the next hill down to the river, where we saw a couple of wild horses wading in the river before running into a couple of fishermen. Leaving the river and hiking up the next hill, we stopped for a few minutes on the ridge and watched folks on kayaks and paddle boards drifting down the river. As a group of paddle boarders passed by, a small group of wild horses set out across the river from the north. We stood and watched, letting a cool breeze wash over us. I was in no hurry to leave. It was just about perfect.

We headed down Coon Bluff towards the Coon Bluff recreation area before circling back and returning to the TH. Along the way we stopped at an old mine just up the hill. Nothing more than a big hole in the ground now.

The weather was about perfect. Nice and cool throughout. Maybe a tad humid, but no complaints here. It was a great day to be out.

Good seeing you again, Mark!
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