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Schultz Loop, AZ
mini location map2021-09-24
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Schultz Loop, AZ 
Schultz Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2021
jtaylor
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,460 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles
1,460 ft AEG
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First leg of a quick hiking/overland trip with Meia the dog. Plan A was to finally do more than 2 miles of Weatherford, but Schultz Pass Rd was closed. Turned out to be a blessing in disguise: Parked at the blockade on Elden Lookout Rd and jumped on to Brookbank somewhat aimlessly. That trail was depressingly washed-out and charred until the first saddle. Then it was paradise and solitude. Ate lunch to the sound of elk bugling (probably actually hunters calling) and used Verizon's double-edged sword of a network to find Tibber's Schultz Loop track. Sounded like a good plan to me! The road closure provided great quiet and solitude along the Schultz Creek Trail, which is exactly what I was after for this trip.

By the time we reached Rocky Ridge, Meia and I were questioning our wisdom. Turns out laying off hiking for a summer isn't great for endurance. No matter and no tears - we pushed on to the truck still happy as clams. Meia tried to pass out in the middle of the street but I roused her for a pint at Historic. Both energized after that, we trucked over the beautiful 89A to Groom Creek where we happily shared a rotisserie chicken before passing out in the back of the 4Runner. A perfect day. Part 2 of the adventure to follow!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Tons of lupine!
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