Big two day backpack. Started Saturday morning at the Gordon Hirabayashi trailhead on AZT segment #11 and finished at the American Flag trailhead at the end of AZT segment #12 Sunday afternoon.
A lot of beautiful scenery and a lot of burn. I prefer to focus on the good. Even in the worst burn areas there were wildflowers and signs of regrowth especially oaks.
We camped by Lemmon Creek in the Wilderness of Rocks the first night. There were enough pine needles covering the charcoal from the fire to make our campsite pleasant. Most of this area survived the fire pretty well. The top half of Romero canyon burned pretty hot. Not much left.
Sunday morning we left camp bound for Summerhaven and segment 12. Lots of nice scenery through here. Once on Oracle Ridge #12 the burn returned. The top half of this segment got hit hard by the fire, but again regrowth is already starting.
All through both segments there was a nice scattering of wildflowers. More than expected. We didn't see a lot of wildlife though I almost stepped on a coati sleeping on the side of the trail a ways above Hutch's Pool.
The bottom half of Oracle Ridge is in good shape and the last few miles were on smooth tread.
Tough but rewarding two days. We pushed pretty hard for a couple of boomers. Good times. Thanks Kelly.