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Humphreys Over-n-Back to the Bus Stop, AZ
mini location map2022-10-13
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Humphreys Over-n-Back to the Bus Stop, AZ 
Humphreys Over-n-Back to the Bus Stop, AZ
 
Hiking17.07 Miles 4,944 AEG
Hiking17.07 Miles   9 Hrs   26 Mns   1.88 mph
4,944 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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The_Retired_Eagle and I did an over and back to the bus stop. Perhaps an emergency storm shelter but we've always called it the bus stop. The trailhead was maybe half full on this Thursday will autumn in full swing.

Aspen in the lower meadow blazed yellow from bottom to top. Entering the tree cover somebody had to pee(could have been me). Lost track of the eagle until 2.65 mi up. Altitude or something hit me good. I was finding it hard to move quicker than a four-eyed snail by the time we got to the saddle.

Figured I'd reevaluate before heading down at the Weatherford / Inner Basin junction but missed that and kept going. We lunched near the bus stop. One couple came up from below and took a break in a nearby field but that was it for hikers down below. Aspen foliage was past prime, a nice deeper color, and most of the leaves intact. There was one small patch in prime but it all looked better from back up at the saddle.

Inner Basin Trail below the switchbacks to the bus stop seemed ridiculously rocky heading down, yet easier to negotiate on the return ascending.

Two aspirin, half of a bagel sandwich, good company, or all of the above and I felt fine heading back.

Bruce met and chatted with Craig Romano on the upper Weatherford switchbacks after saying hi to him earlier in the day. He has written almost three dozen books, found @ https://craigromano.com

Returning across the ski slope meadow it was packed with sunset explorers and the trailhead was full. Turned out to be a really nice day with perfect weather. By lucky circumstance, I experienced and later figured out a major bug in Route Scout that caused it to lock up on boot and was impossible for those experiencing the issue to submit a debug report. Should have an update out in days.

The opportunity to hike three favorites up north in five days is most appreciated: thx to all!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Extreme below ski lifts at snowbowl. Several days past prime in Inner Basin
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few dandelions that nobody seeks
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