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Arnett Creek - CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2020
tibber
Hiking6.87 Miles 581 AEG
Hiking6.87 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.36 mph
581 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Saw a FB post that the Arboretum was getting very colorful so I went for the autumn double. I opted for the Canyon first because the sun is finicky with Picketpost and creates shade rather quickly, thus muting the fall colors. I bandaged up my heels and headed on my way.

I came across relatively new trail that takes you up and over to the left toward Arnett Canyon. The distant view at the top before you descend is pretty outstanding. I couldn't really see the burn area that well in the Montana Mountain area. I went thru the gate, past the little dam and to the first of many dry creek crossings. Needless to say, it was a lot easier hike this year since there wasn't any water to negotiate. Last year, Kelly had to throw a couple rocks out so that we could get across the first crossing. Little did we know we would be having to get creative to get across the water in the creek.

Eventually I would come upon some yellow-leaved trees and even some rust and chartreuse colors too. As I worked my way further east there would be more trees, thus more color. The sun seemed harsh in some areas so I was disappointed in some of the photos. I wasn't initially going to take any movies but how could I not :stop: . I would hear some saws running and ran into Jonathan Patt, the Volunteer Coordinator for www.wildarizona.org. I asked him if he knew Shawn and he did, of course. He tried to recruit me for trail work right then and there :lol: or at least for this weekend's event of eradicating oleanders and tamarisk. This weekend they're moving brush they've cut and applying the herbicide. It takes a couple applications.

And then I was on my merry way enjoying the contrast of the desert canyon on my left and the trees and creek on my right. I came upon one area that I thot was close to the confluence with Telegraph but I was still about 1/2 mile short of the end where I did encounter a large group of senior hikers getting ready to head back. The areas of the creek were quite full with color. :FG: During a moment of incredible beauty I found myself saying "Take that 2020!". I have to say, my phone took some incredible video through here. I really like how well it does with filming. The colors are plenty saturated and crisp and the stabilizer works almost perfectly.

On the way back I thot I would eventually catch the big group but they took a detour so I ended up ahead of them. I was glad I wouldn't have to deal with getting around them. I ran into several horseback groups and maybe 3 other hikers. One thing about the horses trodding through here, it seems to be turning some of the trail into sand. Otherwise the trail is in good shape with such a variety of things to see. There are two trails that offshoot from this that take you over to Perlite Road but then what? It does look like you could make a loop and come back into the canyon. I'll have to see if I can map it.

The last 1/2 mile is the "hike for beer" so it went by fairly quickly. I ate my lunch, took a short nap, and then headed for the Arboretum. The windmill was running so I stopped and filmed that for a bit.

Three videos for you; mostly heading east and a little bit heading back. Like I said, the quality is quite good, especially in the creek area with the trees. I tried some new music with the first two and as always, when I hike by myself, there is a bit more narration than normal. HOWEVER, after watching them on my tv, the color is too saturated. So I need to tone it down.

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Watch: 6.45 miles in 3:02:53 at 2.1 avg MPH. Burned 1029 calories, 69.8 degrees at 12:56PM, 14% humidity
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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