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Mount Catherine 7358 - Mazatzal
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Mount Catherine 7358 - MazatzalPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking15.15 Miles 3,176 AEG
Hiking15.15 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.47 mph
3,176 ft AEG      22 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
1st trip
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Saturday two summits in the Mazatzal Mountains clocking around 15 miles mostly AZT. First Mount Peeley, which I’ve done and then “Catherine” 7358 the prize of the day. It was a wonderful mostly 60s slightly cloudy breezy day. Traffic was light driving in and we left out of Mt. Peeley TH around 8am. Nobody else at TH but one car at return. Passed two thru-hikers on the AZT for the day. It was 6 ½ hours of fun during perfect time of year.

I noticed isolated wildflowers still here and some fall color. Should be really popping in a couple weeks. The ground was damp in places with canopy cover but no standing pools of water. Not sure when the last rain was. Took a different route from HAZ route for 7358, went a longer way around but would have been just as easy or easier going the shorter way. Summit visibility was not great, which is usual I suppose.

Didn’t see any deer or larger animals on the day, but may be due to bigger group than I usually hike with here. Lots of trail chatter. Insects were light. Noticed a few familiar HAZ peeps on the Peeley summit log. Didn’t see summit marker, log, and didn’t search hard for the Catherine 7358 top log. No arrowheads or artifacts visibly scattered about @wallyfrack. Overall, I didn’t take as many photos as usual, but enough to get the idea of the beauty here this time of year. Hung out up top and had a bite before a quick trip back. Tail conditions were really good as expected on the National trail. Probably will be heading back soon with a couple friends for more fun.
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