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Asbestos Zimmerman, AZ
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Asbestos Zimmerman, AZ 
Asbestos Zimmerman, AZ
 
Hiking8.05 Miles 2,513 AEG
Hiking8.05 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.00 mph
2,513 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
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9L has been pushing to do Asbestos for about a decade. I never understood why as it looked mostly meh everytime I drove by and it had never made any sense to add on to another planned hike while I was out that way. So when he mentioned it as an option for today I agreed with some reluctant apathy.

Needless to say, this one exceeded my low expectations by leaps and bounds. I think Zimm is a one and done ... the reward isn't worth the extra effort. Unlike Asbestos.

I didn't realize that the 2016 Juniper Fire had so thoroughly charred the Pocket Creek drainage. It's matchsticks in here. I'm also not sure when FR489 got to be such a rough route. It seems that post-fire deadfall and flooding has pushed it beyond the reach of FS repair, but I got the impression that it was already a serious jeep trail even before then.

We had great weather, poofy clouds, cool breezes, great views, and somehow no known snake encounters despite bushwhacking through desert scrub, tall grass, and mine tunnels. I'll do this one again sometime.
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