|High Drew Woodsink Loop, AZ|
|High Drew Woodsink Loop, AZ|| |
High Drew Woodsink Loop, AZ
|Hiking||15.57 Miles|| 6 Hrs 32 Mns ||2.67 mph|
|2,173 ft AEG|| 42 Mns Break|
|I'd been looking to get up on the rim before the roads open and the hordes arrive to burn the place down. I put together a loop from the 260th with a handful of options once up on the plateau. We found an orphaned hiker thumbing it in Payson and decided he looked safe enough to give a ride to. Turns out he's a regular hiker here on the hazzerwebs. Good to put a few steps on the ground with the soaring Eagle again .|
We knocked off the Highline traverse in the cool morning air before climbing up Drew to the rim. It was delightfully quiet and peaceful. We headed down canyon toward the lake, encountering plenty of flowing water and some nice remnant snow in the shaded areas. We opted for the long way around the lake before heading down below the dam, which had a light flow of water running over it.
After heading down canyon a ways we climbed out and cut across toward the Sinkhole. This stretch has been thinned and even though it's been at least 5 years, it's still a rather unpleasant barren wasteland of stumps and leftover logging debris.
My first time taking the sinkhole down the hill, the top is nice but ends up traversing about a mile farther than seemed necessary. Possibly wouldn't have been a big deal had it not been so late into a big hike.
All in all, a great day and a wonderful loop to do in off-season when this otherwise busy area is more peaceful.