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Oct 18 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
LOST - Canyon SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.55 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking4.55 Miles
720 ft AEG
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Sunset hike with Shauna and Lola dog. Nice to see a few locals out hiking the trail, too. I love watching the setting sun turn the cliffs of Queen Creek bright orange.
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Oct 17 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Weatherford Trail #102Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,568 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   3.17 mph
1,568 ft AEG
 
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Starting from Freidlein Prairie Road trailhead, which was nearly full. A surprising number of other hikers and trail runners out today. Turned around at the 10,100 foot contour due to time. Crazy to be at this elevation in October in just shorts and t-shirt. Good cardio workout.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Oct 16 2020
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Weatherford Trail #102Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.00 Miles 755 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
755 ft AEG
 
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Evening workout hike with Shauna and Lola dog, starting from Freidlein Prairie Road trailhead. Only saw a few people, but plenty of aspen gold. We turned around at the 9400 foot contour after the sun had set. The road to Freidlein trailhead had one particularly rutted spot a couple miles in from Snowbowl Road that might be difficult without high clearance.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Oct 15 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Kachina Trail #150Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 491 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
491 ft AEG
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Evening hike starting at Snowbowl with Shauna, Chad, and Lola dog. Made it as far as the south slopes of Agassiz where we turned around. Beautiful sunset, but my mind kept wandering to the Horse Fire, whose plume south of Prescott I could occasionally see through the tree cover. Made it back as darkness set in. Super dusty on Kachina Trail right now, like walking through brown talcum powder. Chocolate legs and chocolate boogers all-around.
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Oct 14 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Inner Basin Cirque HikeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   2.76 mph
2,900 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I decided on a mid-week trip to the Inner Basin to hopefully avoid the crowds, but no luck. The drive to the trailhead was a disaster of cars trying to pass each other on a road that was thoroughly torn up from excessive traffic. Managed to find the last parking spot, and immediately left the crowded trailhead behind for some off-trail crowd-avoidance before following the Inner Basin Road. Once on the cirque road, I had total solitude among the spruce-fir and aspen like I had hoped for. This really is a beautiful hike, with occasional views of the surrounding peaks. The volcanic vent cliff above Bear Paw spring was quite impressive and imposing. Very cool looking up at Humphreys on the upper end of this hike. Took the lower Inner Basin Trail down, enjoying the ridiculous display of aspen gold. Great trail, great scenery.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Lots of aspens changing, but the peak color is past.
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Oct 13 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Abineau Trail #127Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,990 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.62 mph
1,990 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Evening hike up my favorite half of the Abineau-Bear Jaw loop, 10 years (can’t believe it’s been that long) after hiking it with Joe, Jake, and Liz. Still as beautiful as I remembered. Followed Waterline Road for a bit looking for a good sunset shot, and then came down Abineau in the dark. Trail and the road to the trailhead were both in great shape.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Oct 12 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Veit Springs Trail aka Lamar Haines LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking3.20 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Multi-loop evening hike on Veit Springs Trail. Checked out the rock art and the old spring house nearby. Always a fun shorty hike when in the area.
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Oct 11 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking8.30 Miles 1,679 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.77 mph
1,679 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I had never done this hike and had no idea what to expect. One other car was at the trailhead, and the scenery started out prettier than I expected, with colorful fall oaks and white firs. Got some good cardio in while charging up the ridge, enjoying the Christmas-tree-like firs the whole way. Heard a lone elk bugling at the top among the changing aspens. Followed the road to the communication towers, then off-trailed it to the mountain’s high point, where I was the first person to sign the register in 3 years. Found a nice view of the San Francisco Peaks nearby. I then continued on along some ancient logging roads to the north end of the mountain, encountering plenty of trees with bear scratches among the thick forest. It was getting late, so I retraced my route and headed back down, and was able to catch sunset while overlooking the lake. Great hike; definitely exceeded my expectations.
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Oct 10 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pine Canyon Trail #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
1,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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Quick workout hike on the way to Flagstaff. Started at the upper trailhead on the Rim and dropped down the switchbacks to the floor of Pine Canyon. Back the same way.
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Oct 09 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
LOST - Canyon SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.55 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking4.55 Miles
720 ft AEG
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Sunset hike up to the tunnel and back.
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Oct 04 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Handies PeakWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking6.50 Miles 2,850 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
2,850 ft AEG
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ryan321
Colorado 14ers trip 2020, hike 1 of 3.

Having traveled from our campsite near Potato Lake (Purgatory) that morning, my brother Ryan and I took my 4Runner over the always-exciting, tire-chewing Cinnamon Pass, and then down the other side into American Basin. I parked partway up the trailhead road, and we set off on foot for Handies. The green vegetation of summer had given way to the browns of autumn, yet the mountain air and sunshine felt pretty nice for an October afternoon. The half dozen or so other hikers only slightly outnumbered the marmots we encountered, sunning themselves on a boulder. A few elusive pikas greeted us from the talus. We stopped to check out Sloan Lake, with its frigid blue-green water beneath a snow-smattered cliff face, before making the lung-taxing final ascent to the summit. This was my brother’s first 14k foot summit, and an exciting moment to share with him. After admiring the view and taking lots of photos, we began our descent as the wind howled and the sun sank close to the jagged western horizon. The sunset was amazing, as a red ball dipped below the ridge. The last couple of miles to the truck was by headlamp, with a number of reflective deer eyes catching the light. Back at the truck, we sat inside and enjoyed Mountain House dinners while watching the stars. Our goal for the night was a campsite near Lake City, and it was a long drive over rough roads before we were finally able to crawl into our tents.
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Sep 05 2020
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mount DavisPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,030 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,030 ft AEG
 
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Weekend hike with Ryan and Shauna. A big tree has fallen across the arrastra, making it difficult to see.
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Aug 22 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Escudilla TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,666 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   3.05 mph
1,666 ft AEG
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After camping out in Alpine for the night, I had time to knock out one hike before a long drive back to Tucson. Escudilla it would be, and my first time on this trail since the Wallow Fire nuked the mountain in 2011. Nice to see some old survivor aspens on the lower portions. The burned aspen sections had thousands of saplings rising from the destruction, as well as delicious raspberries. The summit plateau was sad to see, with little tree regrowth occurring. Reminded me of the summit of Mount Graham. Still a great place to be and still beautiful in its own way, just not the Escudilla of fond memories with Joe and Nick. Checked out the fire tower ruins, and thought that the fire must have been pretty intense to blow out all of the glass and incinerate the tower’s floor. Passed a few other groups coming up on my descent under a few growing puffball clouds, then started the long drive home to Tucson via the Coronado Trail.
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Aug 20 2020
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Country Club Trail #632Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking3.20 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.20 mph
450 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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I had never heard of this trail, but was working in the area and it had a little summit to hike to, so why not? The trail was an old road among the pines and volcanic rocks, and I saw no one. Made the summit of Pat Mullen Mountain at dusk, where an unseen bobcat was screaming maybe 100 feet away. Interesting. Hiked back the way I had come in the dark, and had dinner on the patio at El Patron. Fun way to wrap up a long day at the Pinetop office.
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Aug 15 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Crest Trail #144 - Santa Rita MtnsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking12.60 Miles 4,370 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   7 Hrs      2.26 mph
4,370 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
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1st trip
Hitting the road at sunrise in Oro Valley, I started hiking with scores of others by 7:30 am. I left Super Trail and the crowds for the pipeline connector route, and pushed on to Sylvester Spring, where I splashed cool water on my face on the already warm “excessive heat warning” morning. No water at Kent Spring, but a little in the creek nearby.

Next up was the Four Springs Trail, where mountain peaks peeped through the coniferous cover on a stairway to the sky. A real treat for the “sky island” lover. Oak-scrubby in a few spots, but a relative highway.

Crossing the ridge into Florida Canyon, I felt the full force of the sun as countless bees hovered over the parched and minimal summer wildflowers. I imagine the fir forest in this area was once shady and beautiful. I stopped here in the welcome shade of the Armour Spring boulder to top off on water. A stick carefully wedged into the spring crevice yielded a liter after about 10 minutes, while a squirrel attempted to make off with my cracker wrapper. The rugged topography of McCleary Peak framed a classic sky island view of the Rincons as I continued on to the Crest Trail.

The sun showed no mercy along the Crest Trail on the upper reaches of Cave Creek. The air was still and shimmered from reflected heat on the pale rock. The view here was amazing, with every mountain range to the New Mexico border visible. A wildflower patch in the saddle south of peak 8853 and a cool patch of forest beyond were a welcome sight. Upper Gardner Canyon’s trail-side grove of mini-aspens and the in-your-face view of Mount Wrightson were cool. I stopped for a lunch break under a little pine near the high point of the Crest Trail and considered by water supply. Probably not wise to make a side trip to Wrightson’s summit, I thought. Next trip.

The solitude of the previous several hours ended as I started descending Old Baldy Trail, but it was not crowded. Bellows Spring had enough water in the basin for me to get my hat and shirt wet.

At Josephine Saddle I opted to continue west a bit on Agua Caliente Trail and descend Carrie Nation to avoid the crowds. This was my first time on upper Carrie Nation, and it was steep! I was happy to reach the Carrie Nation Mine, as was my knee. I soaked myself in the chilly mine tunnel water and then continued down to the Madera trailhead in comfort.

Although toasty at times, it was great to finally hike the Four Springs and Crest trails, something I’d been wanting to do for years. Beautifully rugged and forested country.
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Very light trickle out of rock, took me 10 minutes to collect a quart of water.

dry Bellows Spring Dry Dry
One drop every few seconds, essentially dry. Some water in collection basin though.
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Jul 10 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.55 mph
3,313 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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First time up Humphreys in a few years; great to revisit the roof of AZ! Not as many hikers as I would’ve guessed (but it was Friday). Saw a couple of tiny patches of snow in the cirques, some tiny tundra flowers, and only a couple of dinguses playing external speakers. Absolutely perfect weather on the summit: no wind, some puffy clouds, few bugs, and a sun dog overhead. The first monsoon clouds I’d seen this summer were brewing on the way down. Caught an aspen root on the way down that took me down (no witnesses to that :D ). Moved as fast as I could: 2 hr 15 min up; 1hr 46 min down. Great day!
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Jul 03 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.25 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles
555 ft AEG
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Started just before sunset at Camino de Oeste trailhead. Went south on Yetman, east on Bowen, up and around on Hidden Valley past Starr Pass resort, then back on Bowen and Yetman for a lasso loop. Saw a couple of deer and probably 10 others hiking. Missing my nightly rattlesnake hikes at Catalina State Park.
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Jun 21 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Vault Mine - Josephine Saddle LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,675 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.40 mph
2,675 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I started this hike with no particular destination in mind, just wanting to be in the cool high country. Hiking up Old Baldy, I stumbled onto a mid-sized black bear halfway to Josephine Saddle. The bear seemed unconcerned by my presence, so I took a few photos and then urged it on. The bear continued up the trail with me following behind at a distance, until a descending group finally sent it off trail, huffing in protest. I continued up Old Baldy trail a while past Josephine, then came back and turned onto Agua Caliente. Took a short break at the aspen corner before continuing on to Agua Caliente Saddle. Sunset sent me back down Vault Mine trail toward Madera Canyon. Almost back to the trailhead, a loud crash from a treetop caught my attention in the growing darkness, and I could just make out two big black paws gripping and then sliding down a big sycamore tree. Bear sighting number 2 for the day. A great afternoon indeed.
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Jun 19 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.25 Miles 537 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.19 mph
537 ft AEG
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After work workout hike from the trailhead on Camino de Oeste. Started on Yetman, then up Bowen, past Starr Pass resort, up Hidden Canyon, then back on Bowen and Yetman. Saguaro fruit was ripe and falling all over the trails. Saw a few others out hiking, but not too crowded. Saw some nice new trail network map signs at the junctions. North end of Yetman looks to have had a very slight re-routing recently (maybe to avoid crossing private property). Essentially the same route as it used to be though. Very thankful to have the Tucson Mountains to hike in since the Catalinas are completely closed off right now due to the Bighorn Fire.
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Jun 15 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Aspen Nature LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking3.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Evening hike with Shauna from Aspen Corner, north on the AZT, around Aspen Loop, and the lower end of Humphreys Peak Trail and back. My first time on this route, and it did not disappoint. Beautiful, tall aspens, bracken ferns, and some bristlecone pines mixed in with meadows and distant views. A little chilly in the sunset breeze which was super nice. Freshly dismembered ponderosa pines lay scattered across upper Hart Prairie, victims of a meadow restoration effort to remove pine encroachment. Great sunset, too.
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