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Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking Nov 30 2008
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,245 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,245 ft AEG
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Mountaineering Delight...

While on an elk hunting trip with a good friend of mine I decided to hike the Bixler Saddle Trail #72. I wasn't personally hunting on this trip. I came up to camp and help out. Thanksgiving morning I woke up to find three inches of fresh fallen snow in my camp.

My hike day was on Saturday. Rather than hike to the fire tower and back, I added a bit of a twist to the trip. Where the Bixler trail tops out on the second high saddle, I hiked cross-country along a rugged spine ridge to the Southwest for my return route. Towards the end of the ridge I dropped back onto FR45 and hiked the road back up to the trailhead. To say that my cross-country return route was difficult would be an understatement. Between the steep rugged rock outcroppings, extremely thick oak brush, and of course the added bonus of four to six inches of snow, it was definitely interesting to say the least. With that being said, it was an absolute blast! I truly live for that kind of stuff! The Bixler Saddle Trail is a great hike on a normal day, but with the fresh snow it was simply amazing. Definitely better than I expected. The Bill Williams mountain trails are deserted this time a year which makes for wonderfull solitude. The only tracks in the snow along the trail besides my own were from elk.

ISAIAH 6:2-3 / MATTHEW 11:28-30
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