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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2020
neight33
Hiking12.34 Miles 740 AEG
Hiking12.34 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   2.03 mph
740 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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Wow. What a long, memorable day! We left the house shortly after 5am and drove to Gooseberry Springs Trailhead near Payson, AZ in the Coconino National Forest. We started hiking around 8:45am. The day was sunny with cool mountain breezes and temps in the 50s. The shade was a little chilly, but the sun had it warmed up by noon.
Our hiking group was me, Gary, his son Spencer and cute little daughter Avi, and Darlene. Rhelda (Gary's wife) joined us a few miles from the end after dropping us off and parking the car at Double Springs Campground. Oh, and we can't forget Gary's loyal dog Ember.
Heading north from Gooseberry Springs, the trail was easy walking on pine needles through thin pine trees. We went through several gates and over the highway. We saw cows, deer, elk, bikers, and only a couple other hikers. Since it was "AZT in a day", I thought we would have seen more. The beautiful Fall colors were abundant and I even got "hit" by falling pine needles a couple of times.
The last mile was a bit rocky and difficult to navigate as the trail followed a dry stream. The only usable water I saw was a small stream at the end at Double Springs Campground. Our group got a little separated according the hiking speed. Spencer and Avi finished first and waited for an hour before Darlene and I arrived at 3:30pm. Gary and Rhelda soon followed 10 minutes later. We were all tired and stiff from the long hike but felt very accomplished.
We finally arrived back home well after dark, making the entire trip from before-sunup to after-sundown. I thoroughly enjoyed the hike and spending time with family!
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