|Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ|
|Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ|| |
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ
|Hiking||15.37 Miles|| 7 Hrs 28 Mns ||2.33 mph|
|3,034 ft AEG|| 52 Mns Break|
|Bruce and I have hiked a version of this three times previously. Kendall Peak, along the route, is among our favorite lunch break spots. We arrived at the apron parking along 89A at about 7:15 am. Karl squared away his pack setup, then we were on our way.|
Yaeger Canyon Trail #28
A brilliant breeze made the ~1450 ft ascent in the upper 50° morning feel effortless. Continued on FR 413 a little over 0.3-mi. Off-trail 0.5-mi with roaming over to #110, documenting Halvorsen's moist slop o'mud along the way for science.
Gaddes Canyon #110
Easily found the trail and descended the gem grade tread through pine rich views to its terminus at FR413. Crossed the road and continued a stone's throw off-trail into Burnt Canyon.
2.75 miles through the canyon is the slowest part of the day. Obstacles, skirting pools, and hopscotching granite with enough dead trees, pokey vegetation, and such to keep your concentration. Nothing to fear. Ideal temps with trophy breezes kept the high-pitched crying to record lows. When the going gets easy, it's almost time to jump ridge to Ash Creek.
After an easy 0.3-mi crossover of a tiny ridge, we followed a tributary 0.25-mi to Ash Canyon proper.
Ash Canyon Trail #539
Enjoyed this good trail 1.4-mi up. It crosses the creek several times. As usual, spotted occasional small pools of water.
The ascent never plays out the same because you encounter walls of manzanita. Believe we've only chosen unwisely once. Got lucky today. No matter how you hit it, the 400ft eastern ascent packs a punch in the final strides. According to Karl, lunch was on Marshall Peak. Whatever you call it, it's fab!
0.4-mi down the NW side to FR132 and follow 1.3-mi to Yeegurr(not Jäeger).
Little Yaeger Trail #533
This trail hikes itself, taking you on a joyride back to square one.
||Wildflowers Observation Light
Claret Cup Cactus. Rocky Mountain Iris, lots of shoots, only recall one bloom