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2022-08-22  
Fort Knox Circumference, AZ
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Fort Knox Circumference, AZ 
Fort Knox Circumference, AZ
 
Hiking15.29 Miles 3,007 AEG
Hiking15.29 Miles   10 Hrs   21 Mns   1.76 mph
3,007 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Started from the Woodbury Trailhead for a change of perspective. The initial 110-ft hill isn't luring Reavis/Roger ruins destination hikers claiming they have an interest in the journey. If it wasn't for the JF/Woodbury sign you wouldn't know Woodbury existed.

Walking through the moisture-enriched morning grass had me thinking Gortex shoes might be preferred but I felt like I was going above and beyond wearing a long sleeve shirt coupled with pants for the hecklers. Grass is hiding the hint of rarely used trail. Sparse and avoidable catclaw on Woodbury heading east to 172A. Remarkable terrain but the drive negates this as a reasonable dayhike in itself. I passed some of the most sacred datura on earth according to the Wyatt Earp diaries.

Taking a final turn to Rogers, I noticed the elevation was 4,809 ft after a 1500-foot ascent. Due to relentless sweating, I was ready for a few gravity miles. It was a hallmark moment too with the cry of a Red-tailed Hawk soaring overhead.

Rogers Canyon Trail #110
The first ~mile of Rogers jungle is still impressive a week later. There were several light rainfalls in the past week but none of the creeks were flowing today. Pants and a long sleeve shirt really are nice for plowing through the vegetation. ...that may have been the breeze speaking, I hate pants.

Rogers from the Reavis junction to Angel Basin had a healthy scattering of sunflower stalks. I took a stab at the intervals of trail along the creek several times. For the majority, the trail has been abandoned. There are a couple of short segments but ya gotta work for 'em.

The Angel Basin vicinity was a mess of catclaw as expected. Just before reaching Angel Spring, I realized I was wasting energy on the wrong catclaw... lol.

Finding #110 propper for the first quarter-mile out of the basin was difficult to find even with GPS and key cairns. Two of the cairns were spot on but it seemed impossible to go 5-10 feet until thinking outside of the box. This was semi-expected because I recall having trouble here on a Tule to Peralta dayhike in 2010.

The eye-opener was only two semi-quick miles in the remaining six. We were hauling ass in 2010 so I didn't get to absorb the area. At a crawl-pace, I found the distance views, and new to me geology to be worthy of more trips (with loppers).

JF Trail #106
Knee-high grass with lots of catclaw.

Warning
This loop in its current condition will be cursed by most.

Fauna
No snakes, thankfully. The largest group of swallowtail butterflies I've ever seen, scattered admirals and a couple checkered. One greater roadrunner and just one white-tailed deer. Scared up flocks of birds out of the grass in the morning stretch and the late afternoon. Some were quail, no clue about the majority.

FS172 to Woodbury Trailhead
From the 172A split is flat/quick after the initial creek crossing and rutted hill.

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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
lots of sunflower stalks en route to Angel Basin, primrose, daisies, verbena

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Roger's Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
two tiny pools
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