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Parker Abby Lasso loop, AZ
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Parker Abby Lasso loop, AZ 
Parker Abby Lasso loop, AZ
 
Hiking15.48 Miles 3,782 AEG
Hiking15.48 Miles   8 Hrs   48 Mns   1.97 mph
3,782 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
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Parker Creek Trail #160
Parker starts out a little difficult to find from the trailhead. You’re gonna want a long sleeve shirt and full-length pants right away. There is some catclaw in the first half mile but it isn’t too bad.

There was a gallon per minute flow in Parker creek near the gauge/dam thingy but it was dry for the most part with minimal pools. Poison ivy is abundant in areas and nose high in a couple of places. If you've built up a resistance to urushiol oil, come check it out in a week or two. It ought to be really pretty as it turns colors.

There is a little bit of raspberry and Live Oak in the mix but tall grass is the most annoying part in the canyon. Notably descending because you step on one area and then almost trip on it with the other foot.

Near 6896 on topo, sleuth_eagle noticed an old signpost and tread heading up towards Carr Peak. There is a dashed trail on topo that peters out in the saddle between Carr Mountain and Carr Peak. Just our local backpacking admirer @azlaurie with a track over to Rock Spring.

Parker is worst heading over from the top of the canyon to FR 487. Higher density bushwacking and the trail has an annoying cross slope in areas. In addition to the 2016 Juniper Fire, this area was hit by the 2000 Coon Creek Fire.

FR 487
We had five vehicles pass us on our walk up and saw one parked. Planned on lunch up at the Flintstone pad but there were two large families with a lot of kids. It looked like they were having a lot of fun so we just moved on a little further.

Abbey’s Way
The tread is no joy but the new tunnel through the vegetation is super nice! We got shade for large stretches down.

We checked out the apple orchard but it appears the blossoms must’ve frozen this year because there were no apples. Almost back on the trail, I tripped on some barbed wire hidden in the grass and saved the fall with my face... lol

Return
Minus another but less severe fall, the hike down Parker was better than up. Gravity and a righteous breeze made it easier.

Synopsis
Despite a sprained finger and a busted lip, it was great to get back out to the Sierra Ancha!

76-second [ youtube video ] #160
Short [ youtube video ] #151
 Fauna
 Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Fungus Beetle
 Named place
 Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Aztec Peak  Aztec Peak Fire Lookout
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Small fields of yellow daisies, bushy Indian paintbrush and a few various isolated varieties

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max South Fork Parker Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Overall appeared dry from above with occasional pools. There was a gallon+ per minute flow near the water gauge station thingy, where there is a concrete walled canal and a small wooden structure.

dry Upper South Fork Parker Creek Dry Dry
Saw (very)occasional pools from above.
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