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Mingus North - Mint Julep Loop IV, AZ
mini location map2022-04-30
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Mingus North - Mint Julep Loop IV, AZ 
Mingus North - Mint Julep Loop IV, AZ
 
Hiking16.74 Miles 2,907 AEG
Hiking16.74 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.30 mph
2,907 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
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Bruce opted for the fourth running of the North Mingus circuit loop I created in 2012. Which he fine-tuned many moons ago through a hollow with towering pines over an understory of oak bliss.

The solo choir of a spotted towhee was loud in the cool morning mountain air. The road walk portions through the pines were filled with dandelions and evidence of thrifty bears.

The hint of use-trail we bridge #549-to-#105 has a slight autumn crunch covered in pine needles sprinkled with sap.

Encountered a cordial couple walking their poodle in the final half-furlong. Rare for us not to offend someone along the hike by swearing like gangsters but these trails rate low in trendsetting circles.

Synopsis
Another solid day hike from chilly to borderline whining temps. Originally hiked from the bottom clockwise, we wised up to CCW but started higher. CCW from the bottom might be a better use of natural shade and energy. Retiring my "Salmon Speed Cross 5 2021 - Pair 2" after a lousy 400 miles tracked. Tread is gone. Snug slippers now... lol
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Cliff Fendlerbush was most prominent but purists deduct brownie points for shrubs, occasional good swaths of verbena on the north half, hints of Indian paintbrush, isolated Spreading Phlox, perhaps Packera quercetorum too
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