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Yankee - Crooks Cyn - Turkey Creek Fig 8 Loop, AZ
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Yankee - Crooks Cyn - Turkey Creek Fig 8 Loop, AZ 
Yankee - Crooks Cyn - Turkey Creek Fig 8 Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
Hiking18.18 Miles 3,323 AEG
Hiking18.18 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.53 mph
3,323 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
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The final few miles of the drive on S Breezy Pine Rd, aka FR261 to Five Corners, is loaded with pines along upper Big Bug Creek. The area has cattywampus patches of private land with a broad mix of cabin styles.

From Five Corners
We began hiking the continuation of FR261 up to where Dandrea Trail #285 crosses. Turned right/up on Dandrea. Bruce holds a stern grudge against Dandrea but handled the half-mile on it today like a veteran pro.

Yankee Doodle Trail #284
My 8th trip on a portion, the lower 1.4 miles has yet to see this cowboy. Years ago Bruce recorded a waypoint for a faint trail dropping west off Yankee Doodle Trail. We've seen the waypoint on several hikes since. It was my week to pick, so I created a Dandrea/Yankee lasso loop with what I could make out on satellite utilizing the use-trail and passing Palace Station since it's been years. He beat the shit out of my draft proposal and sent back a shockingly larger loop to finally put the doodle to rest. Woot woot. With my shorter option, an in-hike decision, and the unknown of the lower portion after the 2019 Cellar Fire, we both brought pants.

Bruce was rooting for my shorter option so we switched into pants and gave it a go. After about a quarter minute it was smooth sailing down the unknown. As reverse luck would have it, the questionable trail was nicer than the maintained Yankee Trail but I'll still give Dandrea the nod for the most excellent trail of the day. Fair is fair, I had to duck a foot under one tree and there was one bush on the use-trail.

Crooks Canyon
We hiked up Bodie Mine Rd, aka FR82, up Crooks Canyon to Palace Station. It's a pleasant stroll through tall pines to Palace Station.

Senator Highway, FR83 & FR706
Without stopping, we continued up FR83 and found a spot for lunch. Continuing we encountered a no trespassing sign on a gate. Being law-abiding citizens we turned around. After exploring options we headed back to the 9404V to 706 sign Bruce saw on the way up. The road was unpleasantly annoying with ankle buster rocks on steep slopes but it all worked out. We agreed, we got lucky switching to the shorter loop and brushed it off. The final road walk portion along Turkey Creek was nice and lush from recent rains with two large fields of small yellow Asteraceae.

Semi Grudge
The 18.61 parcel we almost encountered was legit. Here is the irritating part... The sign and gate are over 200 feet away from that parcel on the Yavapai County owned road. We could have easily bypassed the parcel in the forest but now we know for the future.
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Old Dandrea Ranch
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Isolated odds and ends of various stages of wildflowers. Two medium-sized fields with blanket coverage of small yellow Asteraceae.
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