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Alp - High Ridge - Cactus Nectar, AZ
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Alp - High Ridge - Cactus Nectar, AZ 
Alp - High Ridge - Cactus Nectar, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2020
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Hiking5.30 Miles 1,418 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.27 mph
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After hiking the High Ridge/Alp D' Huez loop clockwise a few days ago it sounded like something Tracey wanted to check out when she had her next day off. So that's what we did.

For something different (for me anyway) we hiked it in the 'preferred' (by bikers) CCW direction. Although it wasn't near as busy as last Friday, there was still just enough bike traffic we stayed alert to approaching bikers. And just as I did the other day, we encountered at least one which I knew was an e-bike, and one other I wasn't positive so didn't say anything to him.

However, the second time we were passed by the e-biker who I DID mention it was not legal on Hawes Trails, he stopped to 'clue me in on e-bikes' and went on to say his E-bike is a Class 1, so he CAN ride on these trails. I wasn't going to spoil the day for either of us so I just let it go and told him to have a nice ride.

E-BIKE FYI: At present the Forest Service does NOT authorize ANY motorized vehicles of any kind on ANY trails in the Hawes Trail System. And yes, E-bikes and pedal-assist bikes are considered 'motorized vehicles' by the FS.

Anyway, we continued on our way down the High Ridge Trail, meeting two solo hikers on their ascent and being passed by a dozen bikers on their descent. Once back to the intersection at the 'bottom' of the High Ridge Trail, we saw work had already started on the new "Cactus Nectar Trail" and decided to see how far it was already done. About a half-mile out, we came across the 'trail closed, under construction" sign and not a hundred yards farther the CAT mini-excavator was in action. I climbed up the slope a bot for a better view, took a few photos and filmed a short video of the CAT in full swing.

After that we did a bit of off-trail ups-and-downs before hitting the Wild Horse Trail back to the car.

Interesting side note... on the "Hawes Trail System Master Development Plan Approved Map 10/20/2020" half of the loop is labeled Alp D' Huez, named after the regular Tour De France ascent ending at an Alpine ski village. However... everything must be Americanized rather stick with the spirit of the original: Alpe d'Huez /rant over
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