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Knoll - Beaver Turkey Loop, AZ
mini location map2021-10-10
15 by photographer avatarLJW
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Knoll - Beaver Turkey Loop, AZ 
Knoll - Beaver Turkey Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2021
LJW
Hiking23.01 Miles 4,132 AEG
Hiking23.01 Miles   8 Hrs   37 Mns   2.93 mph
4,132 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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On the hunt for more fall color, and I'd never seen the Beaver Turkey Quiet Area make the change, so I looped a track around the ridge with a trip to Knoll Lake. Started at the Hatchery TH at sunrise.

Nobody on Babe Haught's tale of two trails. Rocky and steep turns into smooth descent after 300. The lake's dried up pretty far. With the water level pulled back there were some sandy beaches from which to watch the steam rise off the water while the sun got going. Saw the first people of the day, a camper down the SE leg and a couple folks who had paddled out and camped on the knoll. The few aspens there are were just starting to change around the lake.

Up from the lake with a brief trip in the uppermost parts of Gentry Canyon and then on to Gentry Spring. Mostly green until past Turkey Creek and into the quiet area. In BTQA the oaks are just about prime. The many aspens had mostly yet to change. Maples were about 50% green, 50% red, orange, or yellow. Mostly yellow. I'd think from now for about a week it's pretty much good to go. Wind's taking a lot of leaves down, but there's so much to see.

Found my way back to 300 passing Horseshoe Lake. Down Horton Springs, which was overgrown in some places. Didn't see anyone from Knoll Lake to Horton Spring, and then it got busy. Lots of campers by the spring and a few groups on Highline. Looks like just about nothing has turned below The Rim. Saw a few massive elk, but that was it for wildlife.
Meteorology
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Knoll Lake isolated, BTQA moderate/substantial, below The Rim faint traces

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dick Williams Creek @ Highline #31 Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horseshoe Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Tonto Creek - Mogollon Rim Medium flow Medium flow
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