|Hiking||17.20 Miles|| 8 Hrs ||2.37 mph|
|4,560 ft AEG|| 45 Mns Break||12 LBS Pack|
|After all these years i finally hiked the Kendrick loop and man it was worth the wait. |
ideal, perfect conditions all day with big fluffy clouds and pleasant breezes made for picturesque scenery from start to finish.
i hit the trail about 9:15 after uneventful drive up from oro valley. it has been, i believe, 19 years since i stepped foot on kendrick. dear lord, don't let it be that long again. what a delightful trail all the way up. saw runners and hikers predictably. nice assortment of flowers and colors mixed in with the green.
the upper stretch of bull basin is predictable faint and you have to work around and over downed trees for maybe the first mile or so. then you get into the aspens. open views all along and i really enjoyed this trail more than expected. did not see a soul.
connector is faint but not hard to follow. i rather liked this trail, not really knowing what to expect. hugely open scenery the whole way. again, saw nobody
once hitting pumpkin, i stopped under the little cluster of remaining trees near the junction for a leisurely (for me) lunch with tremendous views. after that it was time for the smack down given by the second ascent of kendrick of the day. moved slow, but steadily and rather enjoyed the grind. i loved the pumpkin trail and all if had to offer.
checked out the summit before heading back down kendrick in absolutely wonderful later afternoon sunshine
this is one of my faves in the state for sure