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Feb 17 2020
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Wild Horse Trail, AZ 
Wild Horse Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.76 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking2.76 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   2.51 mph
250 ft AEG      2 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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A short out-and-back with Ray on a beautiful day! Life's good!
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Jan 30 2020
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69 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Mine Mountain via FR 1521, AZ 
Mine Mountain via FR 1521, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,499 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   1.99 mph
1,499 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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trixiec
Only 4 months since I was out here (bailing due to threatening weather and ailing knee) but over 5 years since Tracey had been so it was worth a trip.
In keeping with the prior two trips with Tracey we did not continue to the summit... no need, the views are enjoyment enough. We saw nothing new/unique so no photos this trip, although we both took home images in-the-mind.
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Dec 29 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Stewart Dam Petroglyphs, AZ 
Stewart Dam Petroglyphs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.70 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.03 mph
820 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Only two goals for today:
1. Add just enough AEG to take me over 300,000' for 2019
2. Take photos of the snow on Mt Ord, Boulder Mountain, Pine Mountain, Mine Mountain and Four Peaks
We accomplished both and got out of the area before getting run over by the constant and heavy traffic in both directions, made worse by the drivers paying too much attention to the scenery than the road.
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Dec 25 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes Peak 2316 Lasso, AZ 
Hawes Peak 2316 Lasso, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,385 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   1.88 mph
1,385 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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95% Off-Trail/in-the-rain.
About to hit my 1300 mile goal this was just another quick steep trip to close in on what may very likely may be my last 300k AEG year.
The temps may have been cool temps but due to the high humidity I was soaked through and through... my shirt alone weighed in with a pound of sweat!
Bring back 100°/10% humidity and I'll be happy.
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Dec 23 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Garden Valley from Horse Lot, AZ 
Garden Valley from Horse Lot, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.50 mph
700 ft AEG      8 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Horse lot, over the hill, past the corral, up to the intersection at the saddle (great view of Four Peaks), through Garden Valley, returning through 1st Water TH back to the horse lot.
Met some folks at the saddle who were led astray by the 'Hackberry Springs Trail' signs directing them toward Garden Valley instead of southwest toward First Water Creek. Good thing their (other website) app let them know once they were a quarter mile OFF the mapped trail.
It appears whoever is putting up the 'Hackberry Springs Trail' signs is NOT from the Forest Service. (Probably not authorized as well)
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Dec 22 2019
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69 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Hawes Peak 2316 Loop, AZ 
Hawes Peak 2316 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.80 Miles 1,365 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.07 mph
1,365 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Wide CCW 95% off-trail loop taking the super-nasty large-boulder ascent route. :sweat:
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Dec 12 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
AZT #8 Out-n-Back, AZ 
AZT #8 Out-n-Back, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.40 Miles 631 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.17 mph
631 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Neither of us was up to a planned 10 mile out-n-back so we figured we'd turn back at the 3 miles. We stopped for a short break just past 3 miles then took the 'mountain bike bypass' on the return leg. Just a teaser for a future AZT Passage #8 hike for Tracey.
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Dec 11 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Montezuma Pass to US/Mexico Border, AZ 
Montezuma Pass to US/Mexico Border, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.90 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.07 mph
978 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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After cutting our Brown Canyon hike short, a quick drive to Montezuma Pass and a quick hike to the border we were able to make it back an hour before sunset.
Another hike with nothing special, but at least it checked another AZT box for Tracey.
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Dec 11 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Brown Canyon Pomona Mine Trail, AZ 
Brown Canyon Pomona Mine Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.37 mph
1,150 ft AEG      10 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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After mid-30's overnight we weren't exactly fired up so we got a late start.
About halfway up the Pomona Mine Trail Tracey reminded me she still wanted to do the AZT #1 hike from Montezuma Pass to the US/Mexico Border.
Since if we didn't cut this hike short and really cruise back we would be hiking the return leg from the border near sunset, so we skipped the mine, turned back and made like JJ for the return trip.
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Dec 10 2019
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69 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Perimeter Trail #138Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.40 Miles 815 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   1.91 mph
815 ft AEG      10 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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After bailing on Reef Townsite we took a short break to catch our breath and did a quick out-n-back on the Perimeter Trail. Tracey saw two deer that I didn't on the way out, but we both saw a trio of deer in another area on the return leg.
Other than that... nothing special to talk about, just a few more miles for the day.
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Dec 10 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Carr Canyon Rd & Clark Spring Trail, AZ 
Carr Canyon Rd & Clark Spring Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,248 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.13 mph
1,248 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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The plan was to reach the Reef Townsite but whether due to altitude, cold or wind I just wasn't up to it so we bailed on that and instead did an out-n-back out to the ridge between Carr & Miller Canyons on the Clark Spring Trail.
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Dec 09 2019
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69 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Katchner Caverns Lasso Loop, AZ 
Katchner Caverns Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.80 Miles 989 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.18 mph
989 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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2nd day in a row & another AZT rain-out so with another short dry weather window we called another audible.
Met a retired couple from BC at the summit of 5078... they were just aboot to wrap up a wide 'American Loop' already having racked up 12,000 miles across Canada to Montreal, down the east coast and across the south.
Good thing I packed my paper-thin poncho as the rain arrived with a mile to go.
Again, nothing special... been there, done that, no need to return.
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Dec 08 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
San Pedro to Clanton Ranch Ruin, AZ 
San Pedro to Clanton Ranch Ruin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking7.10 Miles 499 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.49 mph
499 ft AEG      10 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Barley a 3-4 hour window forecast between rain showers so it was a last-minute plan.
Bad info meant starting in wrong place, so another adjustment.
No sign at the Clanton ruin spur so we missed that and had to backtrack.
Got wet passing through the tall grass across the trail.
Dark clouds approaching but since we were here, we did a quick loop through the interpretive Clovis site.
Rains hit as we returned to the car.
Kinda boring... but better than being cooped up in the AirBnB for the day.
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Dec 07 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
AZT #3 from Harshaw TH, AZ 
AZT #3 from Harshaw TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.60 Miles 1,908 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.22 mph
1,908 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Out & back from Harshaw TH. Nice weather, no wildlife, no humans, nothing special. Just adding a few more AZT miles for Tracey.
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Nov 27 2019
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Wild Horse High Horse Loop, AZ 
Wild Horse High Horse Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,038 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.69 mph
1,038 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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trixiec
Added debris to both ends of two illegal connectors between Wild & High Horse trails... hopefully the rain will obliterate to tire tracks.
Met a few bikers on Wild Horse and at least two dozen on High Horse.
One group included kids as young as 5 yrs old... Dad had taken wrong trail, didn't expect the technical stuff they turned back. Gave props to the youngest as he gamely tried to keep up... no joy there, as his face was devoid of emotion.
Still, it's great to see the kids out on the trails.
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Nov 07 2019
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69 male
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 Mesa, AZ
AZT#21 FR3529-1421-22 Loop, AZ 
AZT#21 FR3529-1421-22 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,470 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   2.43 mph
1,470 ft AEG      12 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Started with a plan to re-do a trip back in April 2013 when we were unable to accomplish the task due to a feisty rattlesnake coiled in the narrow entrance. Although I tried a number of things to get it to move either farther in or out so I could walk in, it simply refused to do anything but stay coiled and continued a furious rattle. Tracey wasn't too enthused about the whole thing so that was the end of that trip.
:stop:
Well, as usual, about 3 miles into the trip, when it was time to leave AZT #21 and head up the very rough and almost non-existent track to the mine, almost as one we both thought... ummm, not today.
[-(
And so, not having anything else mapped and being pretty sure sometime in the distant past the AZT used to follow a different route along FR 1452 & FR 1451 and ultimately hitting the old Boulder Trail #73, so we decided to keep going until we reached FR 3529, if it still existed. From there we would follow it north to FR 1451 then loop back to FR 22, and ultimately back to the Bushnell Tanks gate.

At about the 4-mile mark, without a GPS track we were beginning to wonder if enough of FR 3529 still existed to know when to turn. Well worry no more, another half-mile and we found it. After likely 10+ years of non-use and erosion, it was so rocky at times it was better simply to walk alongside. Just as we reached FR 1451 we say a couple with a side-by-side ATV... yup in an area which has been off-limits to anyone but the grazing lease-holder for a full 14 years!
:x
We had heard one shot about 45 minutes earlier so our first assumption was they were hunters, so I asked if they were hunters to which they said no, just spotting for deer. Although all we could see was a large binocular on a stand, I thought to myself... 'Spotting with a rifle, huh?' But, assuming they had a license to hunt deer I let that go. Then I asked if they had permission from the lease-holder to hunt here? He asked "why would I need that?" Well, because this whole area has been off-limits for 14 years.
:doh:
But further, being unaware of any illegal bypasses around the gate by the Beeline I asked how they got here. He said they came over Reno Pass. I asked how he got past the locked gate on FR 524 three miles on the OTHER side of Reno Pass. "There was room to squeeze the ATV through".
:stp:
Although again I held my tongue, I couldn't help but wonder... it's obvious the gate is locked for a reason so it's fine to drive around it? And we wonder why more and more areas are being closed off to the public.
:x
Then he said it was a real rough road to which I calmly responded, that's because it hasn't BEEN a road in 14 years. But whatever, we're outta here and we headed back to the car. Final note, we heard another shot about 20 minutes later, so I guess they must have had a binocular which fires bullets. Whatever...

Post-hike note:
I stopped in at the Mesa FS District office on the way home and found out there is a new Dispersed Recreation Program Manager who will be overseeing the hiking and ATV trails in the district. She will follow up and it appears may put a priority on stopping traffic into Bushnell area from the Tonto Basin side. Possibly the steel pipe fencing instead of the small boulders adjacent to the locked gate.
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Oct 27 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Round Valley to Ballantine Cabin, AZ 
Round Valley to Ballantine Cabin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
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Hiking8.20 Miles 2,272 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   1.24 mph
2,272 ft AEG      13 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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I wanted to return with my shears for some well-needed trail maintenance over the last .1 mile to the cabin, but for something new I decided to try a different route.

I knew there was an ATC trail between Round Valley and the Ballantine Cabin so I spent some time on Route Editor and using the Satellite view I mapped out the trail as best as I could.
It appeared to be slightly shorter and with less AEG than the route I took two days ago so I figured even with some trail maintenance it would take much longer. If only that were true... it turned out wrong on both counts!

I began just off Forest Road 1704 at Round Valley and followed the reasonably well-defined ATC trail. The first part was running through a pretty rocky wash but soon started to climb.
The second half-mile produced plenty of thorny bushes overlapping the trail and since I wasn't wearing full body armor like the ATC riders, if I couldn't handle a spot quickly with my hand clippers (my shears were in my pack... waiting for the maintenance at the cabin) I would take a short detour.

After a mile or so the trail began its first steep ascent... at the same time I wondered if this was a good idea after all. While the overall AEG wasn't quite as much as the Ballantine Trail, it came in MUCH steeper bits at a time.
I soon realized this was most likely a ONE-WAY ATC trail, and that one way was DOWN!

With many deep ruts in solid rock being narrower than my boots I was forced to climb alongside the trail almost as much as on it. Even in the very few areas the trail was mainly dirt it was easier to walk alongside than one foot in front of the other in the ruts.

To offset the additional pack weight of the shears I was carrying the same amount of food and water as I USED last trip (not what I had along), so before I was half-way to the cabin I was seriously thinking about turning around. Although I began 30 minutes earlier and it was cooler than two days prior, I was burning a lot more calories and was already close to halfway through my fluids.

Oh well, I'm here, I might as well continue... besides, if I'm that burned out by time I get there, I'll skip the trail maintenance and just head back.

Whatever, when I reached the cabin (via the ATC trail NOT the hiking trail) I took a quick lunch break and quickly began attacking the cat's-claw. But even with the shears it was very slow going and I spent close to an hour on the first hundred yards from the cabin. At that point I decided to leave any spots where one could just lean to one side or the other to avoid the thorny brush and just clean up the last 25 feet where the hiking trail leaves the ATC trail.

Once that was complete I figured I have the shears out, I might as well trim a few of the worst spots on the ATC trail where I had to take detours on the ascent. And of course, I got a bit carried away, which my biceps are feeling a day later.

Oh yeah, by spending two hours more on the trail and burning lot more energy I ran out of water with two miles to go... but it was all downhill, in which trying to keep from sliding down on the pea-gravel or the steep drops took more energy than the ascent.

But with plenty of sustenance at the car it was all good. But I've chalked that ATC trail up to:
Been there, done that, never again!
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Oct 25 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Ballantine Cabin Reverse Lasso, AZ 
Ballantine Cabin Reverse Lasso, AZ
 
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,755 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.06 mph
2,755 ft AEG      30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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First time out to the cabin in five years and it shows... the last .1 mile of the trail has been completely taken over by cat's-claw. All I had to fight through it was my hand clipper so it felt like an eternity before I reached the cabin.

After an extended lunch break I took the long way around to avoid the thorny mess.
(I'll return two days later with my shears for some well-needed trail maintenance.)
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Oct 15 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Little Saddle AZT #22 O&B, AZ 
Little Saddle AZT #22 O&B, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2019
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Hiking7.20 Miles 2,510 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.04 mph
2,510 ft AEG      30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Out & Back from the TH on old AZ 87 along Sycamore Creek.
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Oct 10 2019
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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2019
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Hiking11.40 Miles 1,172 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   5 Hrs   33 Mns   2.05 mph
1,172 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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Out-and-back to meet Tracey and her friend Sandy at the end of their 2-day AZT #30-#29 backpack.
I woke to a cool 34° at my campsite along FR 124C but it was 42° when I began and only 57° at the end... perfect for hiking!
Before I met them I encountered a large herd of elk led by a bull elk sporting a massive rack... possibly 16-points. Unfortunately I spent more time trying to count the points than turning my camera on and by then the herd was off into the trees.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Allan Lake Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
A half-dozen horses were drinking from it.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Van Deren Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Didn't see the actual spring but there were two separate marshy ponds with plenty of water.
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