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May 19 2012
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Kaibab Plateau North - AZT #42Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2012
fricknaley
Hiking16.55 Miles 994 AEG
Hiking16.55 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   3.06 mph
994 ft AEG      30 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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my first hike with the full crew since october :o . man i missed a lot. dumb work ;)

started off in a great forest and gradually transitioned into juniper country. it was nice catching up with the eagle, the tortoise and joey gumdrop. also met and hiked with Ben, a friend of bob's and an all around nice guy. jj3 fits in like a glove with this crew.

saw our buddies through hiking the AZT a couple times.
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May 19 2012
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
AZT 42 & 43, AZ 
AZT 42 & 43, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 19 2012
joebartels
Hiking27.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking27.40 Miles   9 Hrs   53 Mns   3.11 mph
1,500 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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For Dave, Denny and Bruce this was the grand finale! It ended well too.

Two years ago Denny asked if I'd be interested in hiking some of the Arizona Trail segments with him on Fridays. At that time casual trail hiking was not my peak interest as off-trail suited me fine. Yet the opportunity to see parts of Arizona I'd only heard about was too good to pass up.

After two or three segments Dave and Bruce were tagging along. Nick joined for most of the southern passages. Wally joined in on a couple as did Bob on one segment too! jj3 got the AZT Bug after nearly knocking out 100 Hikes in AZ.

Kaibab Plateau North - AZT #42
#42 starts out in a beautiful and mature pine forest. There were dozen(s) of trees with the brown metal squirrel signs "Wildlife Tree - Do not cut" right next to each other. I've only seen these on rare occasions in the past. Perhaps they needed to use the rest as the pine forest was coming to an end?

The cool pines continued on for the majority of nine miles until we reached Summit Valley. This valley is chock full of 2-4 foot chapparel as far as you can see. It's stunted pine type trunk with sage type leaves that are very fragrant when picked. The first thought that ran through my mind was okay the good stuff is over to the border. Seconds later I noticed the far distance cliffs. They appeared far away in Utah yet I was excited to experience the transition.

The trail hugs the eastern edge of Summit Valley. At 11.7 miles it crosses a meadow break in the junipers. Just as the junipers pick up again at 11.9 miles we met two thru hikers enjoying the shade of a juniper. We lunched on the flip side of another meadow at 13.9mi

At 14.4mi you leave Summit Valley and get into increasingly intense junipers. These have more presence than what you find from Prescott to Sedona and provide slivers of shade along the way. Which was appreciated as the temps were on the rise. Dave took on the roll of master of ceremonies for an excellent round of Arizona Trail trivia.

At 16.4 the final segment greeted.

Buckskin Mountain - AZT #43
My expectations were rock bottom for this segment. I never got much chance to wine. It stays on the eastern side of the plateau. Yet not so far as to endure the wrath of the countless ravines that make up the eastern flank of the mysteriously enchanting Kaibab Plateau.

The going is easy. You enter a subtle ravine at 6.2mi. It matures a little. Then out of nowhere you enter unexpected life in North Larkum Canyon! This shallow ravine digs in a little. Turns. Cuts. Without explanation a band of baby soft oak leaves brush you in passing. Okay that was a fluke, right. Minutes later you are bushwhacking through a short fifty foot section. I almost fear mentioning it as "maintenance" may ruin this slice of life.

At 7.4mi I almost wept as the trail left North Larkum. The tear didn't build up enough mass to part before I laid my eyes on the western flank of the Paria Canyon Vermilion Cliffs. I've driven House Rock several times and I've been to the Wave but this cool overhead view was new to me!

Grand Finale (for the three amigos, I still have some to do)
Ben was on his longest hike ever and likely at a quicker pace too. He did very well and I'm glad he was able to join.

The group broke up a couple miles before Larkum. Dave was kind enough to wait and finish with Bruce and Denny. The final hundred yards seemed to go in slow motion. I doubt a screaming mountain lion could have captured the attention of those three fixated on the moment at hand. Congratulations Dave, Denny and Bruce! Thank you to all for allowing me to join on this incredible journey.

And to Denny, what can I say. Those pearly white legs, that mustache and all... just stop it. Thank you for everything!

oh btw... a little present to the three amigos so you don't forgot me off the trail
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May 19 2012
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
AZT 42 & 43, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 19 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking27.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking27.40 Miles   9 Hrs   53 Mns   3.07 mph
1,500 ft AEG      57 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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AZT #42
This one starts 2.5 miles eastish of Jacobs Lake right at the intersection of 89a and FR205.

We had the largest group for any of the Arizona Trail Passages on hand today. Seven screwball hikers.

The Core Four, made up of Joe Denny, and Dave and myself.
Nick, who started started with us at AZT#1 back in August of 2010 and has done quite a few with us.
John who started in April of this year and who I thought might finish before us.
And Ben, who had helped Mike Armstrong (the blind AZT hiker) who needed the passages north of the Canyon.

You get a bit of elevation gain in the first 1.5 miles and then it's gently downhill for awhile.

Single track through more pines crossing Forest Roads every now and then. A perfect morning all around. You get a few views through the Forrest cover into Orderville canyon and then later on Summit Valley. 16.5 miles from the start you are at Old Arizona Road (FR6493).
This marks the end of AZT 42, and the old familiar metal Arizona sign, marks the final passage of the AZT, Buckskin Mountain - AZT #43.

AZT#43
I had low expectations for this passage. The one thing I've learned while hiking from Mexico to Utah, is that this great state does not disappoint. Every single passage, but maybe one, had at least one thing that made the entire hike worth it.

This one was the views to the east to Coyote Buttes once you got out of the larger scrub and started the drop down to the Border. Wow, the pictures I took don't even come close to doing it justice.

The Downside to this passage for me... there is nothing definitive to let you know you are done. Draw me a line or show me a Utah border sign.

The AZT....Done?

I entered this day with mixed emotions. Happy that I accomplished something I never even dreamed of doing, let alone completing, and at the same time, sad that its done. I've seen a lot of this state since starting. Places I never even dreamed of going. I've made some real good friends. What a great group of guys.

None of this could have happened without the help of all involved. There were some hairy shuttle set ups at weird hours, by people I didn't even know. I don't even want to begin to think how many miles we put on vehicles. Thanks to all that helped make this possible!

By my count:
43 - AZT Passages Completed
809.4 - AZT Miles Completed
853 - Total miles completed in hiking the AZT
130,925' - Accumulated Elevation Gain (AEG)

7/23/2010 - First Passage AZT #27 Highline
5/19/2012 - Last Passage AZT #43 Buckskin Mountain
666 Days - to complete from Start to finish
41 - Days of Hiking
352 Hours and 10 minutes - of Hiking
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May 19 2012
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
AZT 42 & 43, AZ 
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking27.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking27.40 Miles   9 Hrs   53 Mns   3.07 mph
1,500 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
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Joined the boys on what would be the last of their journey on the AZT for three of these fine (and I use the term loosely) men. It was a real treat for me to listen to their stories and recollections as we made our way towards the Utah border.

My journey is just beginning, a couple others are somewhere in the middle, but one thing is for sure, we all had the same goal in mind. Making it on foot from Mexico to Utah via the Arizona Trail!

Congratulations Bruce, Denny and Dave for a Huge accomplishment. The hike is only half the battle, the set up and logistics are the other half. Very impressive Gents! Very impressive!
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May 19 2012
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 Mesa, AZ
AZT 42 & 43, AZ 
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking27.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking27.40 Miles   9 Hrs   53 Mns   2.77 mph
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My last two sections to finish the AZT.We might as well do them both together.(sorry feet)Joe and I did our first section(AZT#31)June 18th 2010 with Grace helping with the shuttle.We were hooked.Right away Hazers started offering to help.HAZ ROCKS!Grace helped with many more as did some kind family members.Before long Bruce and Dave were hooked.Then Nick.Even Wally joined in on a couple as did Bob.Thanks to everyone and anyone that helped in any way!
#42 We had a big group on this one.Seven counting Ben.This is a nice stroll through the pines.We did not see any water on this one.We did see a couple through-hikers that Dave and Nick had met already.The asked about water sources and as you would expect from HAZERS we told them we didn't know of any but they were welcome to a couple quarts of ours.They were ok but just wondering for later.Nice hike and lots of great conversation.
#43 From Pines to Juniper and lots of some sort of sage or something.There was even some OAK thrown in.The conversation got better and better.To reminisce about the AZT hikes and then have Dave do the AZT trivia was so fitting!After that the group spread out and we all did some self reflecting.No parade at the end but the views of the red cliffs weren't to shabby!
From there John and Ben helped us find a camping spot then wen't on to there next adventure.
What a fitting camp spot to spend with the crew that did the majority of the sections with me.The views of the cliffs with the sun setting,and then the amount of stars were absolutely amazing.I could not have done it without all of you.Thanks gentlemen for the lasting(i hope :) )friendships and the amazing adventure!!You all rock! :D :y:
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Oct 29 2011
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 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Kaibab Plateau North - AZT #42Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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BobP
Hiking32.90 Miles 1,760 AEG
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I usually like to start early on a hike over 25 miles. I woke up any 330am and the temp was my daughters age and she's still a teenager. I sat there and decided I'd wait an hour. Then at 6am I decided I'd drive to Jacob's Lake for breakfast.

Hiking on....I started at 7am and it was 23 degrees. Its funny I was shaking and thought of Joe on Cactus to Clouds. It was freakin cold walking thru the pine forest. I jumped a couple of deer but later would run into the motherlode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRM_zJ0mcUM

It was a variety of pines until I dropped down to Goverment Reservoir and the shrubs. The hike back all I could think of was the soup I would prepare for lunch....and so concludes the first portion of this hike....18.4 miles of the 32.9

Part 2 started after lunch and a drive back to Goverment Reservoir. This portion of the hike was almost totally flat walking thru pines with shrub meadows mixed in. I fixed 2 gates and 3 or 4 signs. The after glow from the sunset was topnotch. Except for about 30 some odd miles...I've hiked from Sunflower to Utah.
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May 03 2008
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Kaibab Plateau Central - AZT #41Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking8.50 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   3 Hrs      2.83 mph
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Highway 67 was closed so we took some Forest Roads to FR421 and found the start of the Telephone Hill section just off of SR67. Came back on FR205 and found out that the section from FR421 to FR205 - the Crane Lake section - is still closed because of the damage from the Warm Fire in 2006 and the danger from falling trees. From the looks of things, I doubt that this stretch will open before May 2009 if by then. We saw lots of mule deer and a Merriam's turkey. This was bowhunting season for turkey in this unit.

We started at FR205. This is a very pleasant hike in the Ponderosa Pines. We hiked a little slower and were rewarded with a couple of sightings of resident mule deer and a Kaibab squirrel. After a couple of miles the trail follows an old unused two-track road. Not much elevation change. As we got within view of the 89A trailhead, we lost the trail a little but just kept going and found it again.
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May 02 2008
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Hiking17.00 Miles 1,114 AEG
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There are parts of the Arizona Trail that are scenic and stunning. There are other parts that are connectors. This stretch is more like a connector. Heading north from 89A you start out in a nice Ponderosa forest. After a couple of miles this transitions to a Pinyon-Juniper habitat. Then you are in a sage meadow on an old unused two-track road. Lots of rusted cans, probably from cowboy & ranching days before LNT. Saw lots of jackrabbits. Great mule deer country and we saw signs of mule deer but they appeared to have migrated north to Utah already. Not much AEG on this section, just a nice long trek. We saw what we think were abandoned badger dens and an unidentified skull that we think is either bobcat or badger.
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Buckskin Mountain - AZT #43Northwest, AZ
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Hiking10.80 Miles 2,127 AEG
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This is the northernmost section of the Arizona Trail. It starts in the middle of nowhere just off Houserock Road at the Utah border. Very nice trailhead. The sign-in sheet had maybe 10 people a week from all over the world. But I think most just do an out-and-back or just sign the register. The trail starts climbing on some well-constructed and well-engineered switchbacks. Once up on the Kaibab Plateau you are in a Pinyon-juniper habitat that heads generally south to Winter Road. There is a nice campsite just west of the Winter Road Trailhead. We had packed light expecting nighttime temperatures in the upper 30's. It hit the low(low) 20's so we were cold.
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