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Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ
mini location map2021-05-22
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Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ 
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2021
joebartels
Hiking17.01 Miles 2,444 AEG
Hiking17.01 Miles   8 Hrs   6 Mns   2.41 mph
2,444 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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The rarely used #63 trailhead was full of party recreationalist bypassing paying and cutting off a half-mile for the wet beaver attraction. #63 ascends immediately outta the starting gate, so they don't dare "explore" it far.

Near the top, we witnessed a first; juniper foliage. Unfortunately, brittle dry and giving their life in return for the intriguing morning light color.

The first 3 miles are enjoyable. Miles 3 thru 8 would kill a Y Bar hater. It's a route-finding adventure through ankle buster rock fields. I'm not a fan of pants, but when Bruce questioned the presence of foxtails, I was scared to wear shorts. The nice thing about wearing pants is hiking 4x4 style. The excitement of jumping in live oak wears off quickly, but it sure was good for morale.

Never-ending gale-force wind in my eye along with the terrain/pants-getup was making this semi-exhausting as far flat trails go. This is our third foray, but I couldn't recommend this loop to anybody. Deadwood - Walker Basin Loop just south might be a real horror story but I'd rather hike it than be a pseudo explorer.

Descending #13, you go down some excellent Coconino steps and then a tiny stretch of Coconino sand. Getting back from the Crack, we passed four groups playing music. One of the three was horrible song selection. Overall, it seemed par for course if not better. On my first visit here over two decades ago, it was a trash n toilet paper wasteland. This might be the case next week, but it was virtually trash-free today.

The wind brought uncharacteristically cool weather for late May. Walking home hours later my feet were still wet as the sun was setting. I was shivering but figure that won't happen for another six months in the valley of the admirable sun.
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