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Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ
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Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ 
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
joebartels
Hiking18.41 Miles 3,514 AEG
Hiking18.41 Miles   8 Hrs   29 Mns   2.47 mph
3,514 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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I took my own advice from last year to utilize an established trail in this mini figure-eight loop. Then I gambled on switching the direction of travel. It's a rare treat going against the grain with such success. The light followed us nearly throughout the day. The foliage symphony crested on one of my favorite trails.

North Mingus Trail #105
We descended since Denny snubbed us. Two short maple pockets with fair color.

Bug Hollow Trail #548 & Upper Mescal Trail #550
Oaks were turning, but I enjoy these anytime. Horseshoe Bend hikers(cough) would call these yawners.

Middle Trail #537
We adjusted the planned route to include the half we never previously hiked. It's an old road in a forest of dense slender pines. Most of which appear to be tagged for thinning. I appreciate dominant pine stretches more in the summer but liked the change of scenery today.

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
I'm a huge fan of oaks and this trail. After years of dreaming about Gaddes' prime foliage potential, it was incredible. Probably as good as I'll ever experience.

Coleman Trail #108
We usually descend this to get it over with, with less effort. Rocky up top and blazing sun exposure on the slope are the gripes. Even ascending, this was more enjoyable than usual. Time to let go of the old grudge when the slope was a brushy nuisance.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Extreme oaks in areas if instamaple opioids haven't hazed your perception of Autumn.
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