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2020-10-28  
Pining for Oak Spring, AZ
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Pining for Oak Spring, AZ 
Pining for Oak Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,963 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   2.73 mph
1,963 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was driving through Pine on my way to the Grand Canyon, and decided to stop and do this hike since I was in the area. The Oak Spring Trail got on my radar screen after reading a triplog that @hikerdw posted the other day.

Starting from the Pine TH I took the Oak Spring Trail to Oak Spring. Then I went north to Hardscrabble Mesa Rd, aka FR 428. From there I reversed course and went back to the TH.

I really enjoyed the hike. I wish that I had more time and I would have done the loop around Hardscrabble Mesa that @hikerdw did on his hike.

There were quite a few big tooth maples with some showy fall color in the stretch between Oak Spring and Hardscrabble Mesa Rd. The maple trees weren't real big, but the color was quite nice.

I did not see any wildlife, but I did see some bear scat in the middle of the Oak Spring Trail.

I will have to add this hike to my fall foliage rotation. It might be a nice spring hike also if there was water in the creek, but the creek was as dry as a bone on this day.
Flora
Flora
Bigtooth Maple
Named place
Named place
Bradshaw Tank
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Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
There were some colorful big tooth maples from Oak Spring north toward Hardscrabble Rd

dry Bear Canyon Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bradshaw Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
It looks like cattle frequent this tank, so I don't think that I would want to drink out of it

dry Oak Spring Dry Dry
I did not see any water anywhere
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