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Prime and Vail LakesFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2009
JoelHazelton
Hiking5.50 Miles 50 AEG
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After spending a couple days in the Mazatzals I drove up to Flagstaff Tuesday evening. I arrived at the trailhead for Prime and Vail Lakes and had just enough time to get out to Prime Lake for sunset, which was quite pretty. Finding a place to car camp that night was a disaster since Coconino NF has closed every single road in the area until they dry out. I thought I found an open forest road and camped that night only to wake up the next morning and saw I was on couple hundred yards away from a house :sweat:

I went back on Wednesday afternoon to Prime and Vail Lakes and hiked the loop. Finished the loop up in the late afternoon, sat at my truck and had a beer and some trail mix, then headed back to the lookout for sunset. The sunset was covered by clouds and therefore uneventful for nice light, but still better than nothing.

I was going to camp that night at the trailhead, but decided I was tired of cold weather after I was in my sleeping bag and headed home on a whim with thoughts of hitting up the Superstitions the following day. The desert is better than the high country ;)

Prime and Vail Lakes are incredibly beautiful and I will undoubtedly be back during monsoon season for clouds and flowers.
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