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Tour de Forest Lakes, AZ
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Tour de Forest Lakes, AZ 
Tour de Forest Lakes, AZ
 
Hiking21.00 Miles
Hiking21.00 Miles
15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Day 1:
Aspen/General Crook/208
I started from Carr Lake TH and took Aspen/General Crook/FR208 to head over to Bear Lake. It was a pleasant and easy hike although I was slightly disappointed that a trail called Aspen trail didn't really have many Aspens. I made it to Bear Lake early and hung out watching people fishing and just generally enjoying the nice weather and some foliage before heading out and camping nearby.

Day 2:
208/General Crook/Aspen/Carr Lake/Woods Canyon
My goal today was to make my way over to the dainage southeast of Woods Canyon lake (outside the border of the recreation area) where I was meeting up with a buddy. This involved some backtracking from the previous day but the weather was quite nice and the hiking quite easy. Most of the trails that Carr Lake system are really just abandoned forest roads. Again, disappointed that there were maybe two Aspens on all of Aspen. They were quite pretty when I saw them though. Eventually I made it to Woods Canyon and took the northern path around the lake. I've avoided this in the past (if you've read previously triplogs, you'll understand I'm not much of a people person) but it was relatively free of them today and really is quite a scenic area; made me realize I really should've brought my fishing pole. Eventually made camp and enjoyed the perks of backpacking near a store: I roasted the hot dogs I bought there and washed it down with a nice cold adult beverage before the rain came in. It started raining at some point, and I retreated into my hammock where I quickly fell asleep to the sound of it hitting my tarp, which it would keep doing all night.

Day 3:
My buddy had parked much closer than Carr Lake TH where my car was which was fantastic as the morning was 40 degrees and wet wet wet. I had forgotten to bring my gloves with me so as I was tearing everything down and packing it (which really meant just stuffing it haphazardly in my bag) my hands were freezing. We packed up quickly, though, and a short jaunt later were at his car for a lift back to mine. The drive back down was nice and foggy, which I always enjoy. Stopped by Common Grounds in Payson for a hot cuppa before heading home, ending a great little trip.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
The Aspens I saw were a pretty yellow but most everything else was brown/had dropped at this point
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