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Crest Trail - Barfoot Park to Fly's Peak, AZ
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Crest Trail - Barfoot Park to Fly's Peak, AZ 
Crest Trail - Barfoot Park to Fly's Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2020
writelots
Hiking9.81 Miles 2,659 AEG
Hiking9.81 Miles   5 Hrs   34 Mns   1.89 mph
2,659 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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We were camped at Barfoot Park and I wanted to spend some time on the Crest Trail. This was my third trip up in the Cherry-cows this year, and the first significant amount of time spent there since the big fire. It's amazing to watch the landscape recover, to see which slopes are going to return to mixed conifer and which seem to be losing their pines in favor of the oaks and scrub. It's a study in what will be happening to all of our Sky Islands as climate change, drought and fire reshape the environment.

The hike was pleasant. The 74 degree temps were such a relief from the heat in Tucson. The only recommendation I would have for my fellow hikers is to take the time to stop and listen to the birds and smell the rich assortment of wildflowers. This is an amazingly complex ecosystem, and being a part of it is like magic.
Flora
Flora
Autumn Sage
Fauna
Fauna
Ladybug beetle
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of the summer perennials were in bloom, especially the hummingbird attractors.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Barfoot Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Mostly mud lower in Barfoot Park, but a steady flow.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hillside Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Nice trickle out of the spring itself and about 6" of water in the cement trough
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