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Geronimo Cabin - Kendall Peak, AZ
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Geronimo Cabin - Kendall Peak, AZ 
Geronimo Cabin - Kendall Peak, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2020
Hiking21.49 Miles 4,242 AEG
Hiking21.49 Miles   7 Hrs   51 Mns   3.03 mph
4,242 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Back to Mingus for what ended up being one of my favorite hikes of the year. Re-trod some of my favorite old ground on the north side of the loop and borrowed the southern half from HAZ. Originally drew up and hiked a similar loop a month ago, but if I'm remembering right I have @joebartels @The_Eagle and @chumley to thank for the route from Black Canyon to Kendall Peak.

Started at the #533 trailhead (pulloff) off 89a around 6am and went clockwise. Shady until onto Mingus proper on Yaeger Canyon. Alien sunrise through the atmospheric smoke. Orange to rose gold to plain white. Beat back the strength of the sun, and it was cool all day, although it made for weird lighting for snapping pictures.

Road walk to Butterfly. Cut up from the road and walked the stretch of Butterfly that runs adjacent to it. Took that to Middle trail. Two of my favorites on Mingus, but the dense pine forest is marked for clearing. Probably for the best. Walked the woods to the hangliding pad and had a look out through the haze.

More roads to Mingus Lake. Quick break, then through the woods up to the lookout. There was a ranger there walking toward the gate. Said good morning from behind, and he seemed quite unhappy to see me. Turns out the LO area is closed off for the duration of the pandemic. Ended up a real cordial conversation and a nice on-the-feet-break. John and I talked Mingus and firefighting and agreed not to forget what day it was and then went our separate ways.

Gaddes Canyon, up and over the ridge into the Geronimo drainage. Lots of trails to work with getting down. Trail from the drainage all the way to the cabin, and judging by the stonework, spring box, and metal trash, it might be one of Pena's himself. Good amount of catclaw. Cabin is really neat. There's some boots in the cabin that, whether or not they're legit, are in about two dozen shredded pieces.

Back up then down Gaddes Two. Another Mingus favorite. Rest of the loop is pretty much through open ponderosa pine forest that is almost impossible not to love. Black Canyon and Burnt Canyon route goes off trail. Open canyon floor and decent game/use trails make for really easy going travel. Feels far away, apart from the planes and sounds of distant motors. Lots of bear scat and some water in Burnt Canyon. Nice time of year for it with the canyon so lush and green.

Ash Canyon more delightful forest. Up to Kendall Peak which is more of the same only you're going up. To whomever lost their green HikeArizona hat on Kendall Peak's eastern ridge, I found it if you want it back. Views from the top not bad. Prescott ranges. Disturbed a couple hunters who were hanging around near the summit. Whoops. Down the ridge to the road and over another ridge to cut corners and get in on even more pine forest. From there, uneventful but beautiful road walk to Little Yaeger, which is probably best on a mountain bike.

Only saw the three people on the day. Similar trail use on a weekend, but the road traffic goes up. Temperatures never hit 80. Nice way to hold over until fall.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Burnt Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Butterfly Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

dry Gaddes Canyon Dry Dry

dry Gaddes Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Mingus Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
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