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Kendrick double, AZ
mini location map2022-10-09
8 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Kendrick double, AZ 
Kendrick double, AZ
 
Hiking17.11 Miles 4,864 AEG
Hiking17.11 Miles   9 Hrs   5 Mns   2.05 mph
4,864 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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We (Joe, Katie, and I) got started from the Kendrick trailhead around 0720. Temps were refreshing, breeze was light. Steady hike uphill while we chatted. It seemed to me that one lower portion of the trail was rockier than I remembered, but overall still in great shape.

Took a quick break at the cabin, then continued up to the summit. Took another break to enjoy the views. Crystal clear air today, no haze in any direction. There was a “you’re doing better than I expected” comment made, which was funny because I then made the assurance I would lower my performance back down to expectations on the second uphill.

After the summit, we headed down Pumpkin trail. Steep at the top, lots of grass obscuring the trail in places, but the nice views make up for it. All of the aspen are about prime right now, of which there are a lot more of them along this trail than I had realized. Saw one deer or elk off through the trees. There was one patch of deadfall lower down that hides the trail for a short stretch, it’s easy to get over/around, but you do have to search for the cairns. After that, Pumpkin opens up and is an easy walk down to the Connector trail.

East on Connector which is mostly easy walking, although a little vague in places. Quite a few flowers still blooming along the trail. Joe knew most of the varieties, or he’s an expert of making up plausible names on the fly, I sure wouldn’t know the difference. Had lunch not too far before reaching Bull Basin trail.

Headed up Bull Basin, which I really like now that most of the deadfall has been cleared. Excellent and plentiful aspen color along the trail, which was one of the highlights of the day. A summer and fall of traveling, eating, and drinking, combined with elevation caught up to me and I really felt like I was dragging on the uphill, my legs felt like lead. At least I slowed us down through the prettiest part of the trail. Saw a family of superhuman freaks run by, I was both impressed and wanted to knock one over. There’s a little bit of deadfall, mainly near the top, but easy to get over or around. We finally made it to the cabin, chatted with another trio of hikers for a few minutes, then headed down the main trail.

The final four miles were a relief and went by pretty quickly, and I think we finished up around 1630. Overall a great day and hike. Nice trails, good fall color, great views and clouds, and excellent company. The weather was about perfect for an October day—nobody froze, and nobody complained about being hot. Joe, good to see you again and catch up on things. Katie, good to hike with you again, and great job on your biggest hike to date.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Aspen are mostly around prime
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If it’s above freezing, it’s too hot.
 
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