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Yankee - Crooks Cyn - Turkey Creek Fig 8 Loop, AZ
mini location map2021-09-04
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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
The_Eagle
Hiking18.45 Miles 3,529 AEG
Hiking18.45 Miles   8 Hrs   7 Mns   2.55 mph
3,529 ft AEG      53 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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It'd had been more than 10 years since we'd been on Poland Junction/S. Breezy Pines road. Up to the community of Breezy Pines, this road is in great shape. after that, it's in good shape and passable by any 2wd vehicle at least to five Corners. This is where we parked and started.

Nice temps to start, which were welcome, as we completed our steepest climb of the day to Mt Union up my favorite Dandtra Trail. It's not that there are not good views or tall pines, it's just that the ankle busting rocks get tiresome.

We bypassed visiting John in the tower, as we were on a planned longer day. That planned longer day was scrapped as the temps warmed up and the planned breezes never materialized. On Longfellow Ridge and the Yankee Doodle Trail we decided to hit a use trail I'd noticed and waypointed on a previous hike. This cut about 6 miles off our loop. It drops down the west side of the ridge to Crooks Canyon and the little used FR-82. This use trail was in better shape than most of the trails we were on this day.

The creek in Crooks Canyon was running for the majority of the length we hiked. We did pass a guy that had the generator and vacuum going, looking for gold. He never saw us.

At the historic Palace Station, we headed uphill to meet FR83. After a lunch, we headed for the shortcut planned across Turkey Creek. The short cut didn't pan out as we hit a gated/signed private property area and were forced to retreat or be prosecuted.

On the hike back to the vehicle, we passed the old Dandria Ranch area which had one of the largest blackberry patches I believe I've seen. They were still a week plus from being ripe.

The only downside on this hike, was the constant attack of gnats. I spit out a dozen, swallowed and snorted a few.
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