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Picture Canyon Loop counterclockwise, AZ
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Picture Canyon Loop counterclockwise, AZ 
Picture Canyon Loop counterclockwise, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2021
Hiking3.94 Miles 421 AEG
Hiking3.94 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.34 mph
421 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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Writing this 8-27-2021 for another hike I did on 7-29 following the Fatman's Loop. I was staying at the KOA so this was very convenient. I went counterclockwise. It was slightly humid still but little elevation change so not a big deal. I also did this hike last year with Ambika and Guru. I remember that on the north side it wasn't well marked but that has changed and it's easier to find your way. This route mostly follows the Tom Moody Loop.

The sky was a little volatile looking at times but I stayed dry throughout. The first stop is the reclamation pond but not much action here. I enjoyed some wildflowers as I made my way to my next stop at the old railroad bridge remnants (still amazed at the size of a couple of the timbers) and waterfall area. The waterfall was flowing nicely so I tested out my slo-mo on my phone. I saw a few people here.

As I went around the corner I could hear the water still so I checked to see if there was any visual and there wasn't. I continued on my way into the forest and over to the bridge over the Rio de Flag where some Orange Skimmers entertained me. I tried the Pro Video on my phone but the zoom results were so-so. I looked over the PictureGlyphs and once again tried the zoom function of my Pro Video of my phone. That seemed to look better on the glyphs than the Skimmer. I made my way around the northeast side and headed west.

I saw and heard a bird of prey as I hiked around the corner. I encountered two ladies that saw the same. They asked me to take their picture and they also commented on the humidity. I continued on the north side through the forest that provided some shade. I wanted to take a little nap but decided to go on since I only had less than a couple miles left. On this side of the trail you will see several former off-shoots but they are covered with some debris now and there are still occasional red tags on the trees directing you.

There are a couple different intersections including the one with the AZT and a crossover trail. Also, as you continue, there are two different trails but they take you to the same main trail. I encountered two more hikers here and another on the way out. When I got back to the TH it was packed with cars.

Here are a couple videos to go along with the hike. As usual, when I'm alone, I talk a lot... I know, shocking :stop:
Part 1 [ youtube video ]
Part 2 [ youtube video ]

WATCH: 3.8 miles with avg bpm 130, max 154 (24% at max Level 5, 39% at anaerobic Level 4, 37% at aerobic Level 3) burning 774 calories. Starting temp 75.1 degrees and 44% humidity finishing at 12:20 PM
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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