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Casner Damifino Hangover Schnebly Hill Loop, AZ
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Casner Damifino Hangover Schnebly Hill Loop, AZ 
Casner Damifino Hangover Schnebly Hill Loop, AZ
 
Hiking14.46 Miles 3,011 AEG
Hiking14.46 Miles   7 Hrs   59 Mns   2.17 mph
3,011 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
 
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From Schnebly Hill Vista we headed out on Casner Canyon Trail #11 at 55°. This is among the most under-hiked trail with stunning views. 1,500 ft elevation drop does not lure out-n-back hikers and looping options are not easy.

Reaching Oak Creek, the majesty of this loop hits another high note. Damifino Trail heads up before the creek. It is blocked off because it is not an official trail. Damfino Canyon (minus the first i) is further south of Mitten Ridge.

Heading up starts rough. Then it is a nice stroll above Grasshopper Point. Two daisy-chained red rock ascents a bit later pushed my limits of balance. Then it's on to the prize Hangover Trail. Despite whining about overcrowding since I started HAZ, we encounter just one guy on the north, a couple rounding the mitten, and a few more down into Bear Wallow Canyon.

We merged into Munds Wagon Trail #78 and took Schnebly Hill Trail #158 up the rim. These two trails will rate low for most. Bruce had his heart set on lunch at the Munds - Jack Canyon saddle. There is not a great lunch spot so we returned a bit to a more seemingly comfortable spot under the pines. Souvenir bug bites surfaced a day later from sitting in the pine needles.

Random bird sample picked up: Bewick's Wren, a Western Wood-pewee, and Geen-tailed Tohwee. Never heard of any but they were all in the fauna label index.

Synopsis
Under 2 miles in, it felt like I was on pace to edge 1,000 photos. If you can fend off Carpal Tibber Syndrome and can negotiate steep scrambling on sandstone this is a dandy loop. Passed under two dozen hikers, more out-n-about in the distance. Two helicopter tours above, and four jeep tours along Schnebly.
 Flora
 Flora [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Arizona Cypress
 Named place
 Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Munds Mountain
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

dry Casner Canyon Dry Dry
Casner was dry except for small undesirable puddles.
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