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Sep 17 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Mormon Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2020
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Hiking2.50 Miles 754 AEG
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754 ft AEG
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Out in the sunset heat. I think this was my first time hiking at SoMo since July when I hiked the Holbert.
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Sep 13 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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The sunset was another impressive smoke induced deep red.
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Sep 12 2020
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Rim Trail - Mather Point to Pipe Crk OverlookNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
Jim_H
Hiking1.20 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles
50 ft AEG
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Visitor center to the Kaibab TH, then the bus to Yaki, and back to the visitor center. It is now paved to the Kaibab TH. Really nice day, which was why I wanted to come to the park. I would have come here more this summer, and would in the future, were it not so far from home.
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Sep 11 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Cardenas ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2020
Jim_H
Hiking6.50 Miles 2,757 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.63 mph
2,757 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Seeking to redeem my Park Pass which expires at the end of the month and I only used here last year, I found this an acceptable short hike. The high altitude smoke rolled in for this day, but not the day before or after, and made the views lousy, but I had a taste of a GC summit. This summit is rather popular. It was OK, and it makes for a decent half day hike, but there is little life down here, and I have long since learned I enjoy observing the view from the rim, preferably with a flock of chick-a-dees and titmice nearby.

GCNP may be open, but it is a weird experience with how empty it is, and how few services there are. The park service is taking advantage of this and is doing road maintenance out east, and everything past Moran Point was closed for work, but the main road was open so I could park off of it. After I finished, I had Lipan Point to myself for a while, which was nice, and rare. All alone, for 15 minutes, and no one else ever came.

Orange and Red buses are running, but not blue. Maswick and El Tovar are open, but nothing else. El Tovar has full menu, I believe, but there was a 100 minute wait Friday night at 6:30. Maswik had Pizza, Burgers, and Mexican, but no real food; no pot roast type of stuff. The visitor center is closed, and most outdoor water taps I saw are closed. The campground is open, but the showers are closed for the season, if they ever really opened as the website was saying they were pre-labor day. Still, the canyon was fine and the views enjoyable as always.
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Sep 06 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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1,180 ft AEG
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Out before the heat really built up, but still too hot to be enjoyable. I didn't hike much in town since June as a result of the extreme and unrelenting aberrant heat this summer, so aside from a few out of town hikes, I didn't do much. Now I'm out of shape and I felt it in my legs the day after Humphrey and basically did this hoping I can return to where I was. My legs felt this, though. I no longer care about AEG or Stats, but I want stay in shape and be able to go hike Humphrey or Montezuma Sleeping, or any "serious" hike.
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Sep 03 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2020
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.05 mph
3,313 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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The mostly-from-California-smoke filled skies seem to have cleared out over the weekend and air quality and visibility have greatly improved. Late on the 2nd, I looked at the forecast for the Peaks. It was incredible! June temperatures with an Autumn wind forecast (nothing) and yet the sun is now weaker (so less UV) and despite it being dry again, there has been recent rain so it wouldn't be a dust fest. No storm chances and a low dew point, too? Near failure of the monsoon aside, a forecast like this in early September is just phenomenal. I couldn't have designed better hiking weather or conditions!

I didn't get to Utah this summer thanks mostly to the nasty smoke in August, but it was nice to have that sort of dry summer weather typical of the region. Actually, stopping in the aspen on my way down I felt a little like I was on one of the plateaus in south-central Utah. It was nice.

Yes, the appearance of herbaceous plants on the mountain is indicative of a dry summer, but there is some green in the lower slope grasses. I did observe some soil moisture, and there was no powdery June dust on the trail. I didn't notice any early leaf change in the aspen, but for the 3rd day of September the Alpine Avens shows more red than I would have expected. In fact, tundra color likely will peak in the next week. Most don't care about tundra color. Sennecio didn't grow much this summer, but there were some small ones with flowers in a few spots. Most aren't into that, either.

Hermit Thrush are gone or silent, but being a Thursday with few hikers out, the forest was still quiet enough to enjoy the year round bird sounds; chick-a-dees, Clark's Nutcrackers, Ravens, Robins in the aspen, and in the tundra where there was a rare wind and moisture free day in summer with few humans, the sounds of birds flapping their wings as I approached. It reminded me of an October hike, but far warmer and nicer.

I spent almost 90 minutes soaking in a very pleasant 117th summit with only 2 or 3 other men, all enjoying an exceptionally rare 1st summit. I'm pretty happy I waited to come back, as long range visibility was great. There were no annoying June gnats, and yet it was almost calm on top, too. I was actually in a T-shirt for most of my time, too.

Expect crowds for the holiday weekend if you hike this. Traffic was already up driving north yesterday morning. I guess with 113 forecast for Phoenix the next few days, even crowds here are worth enduring for conditions such as I had.
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Aug 24 2020
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2020
Jim_H
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.26 mph
2,500 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Clockwise loop similar to what I snowshoed in November, except I went east on 300 to the Horton Springs Trail, and then back on the Highlife trail. Easier in summer, but far prettier in Winter. All the trails and roads I hiked are in good shape. Not much to say about this.

No smoke on the hike, but visibility was terrible from the smoke. Had some rain, too. Awesome cicadas in the cottonwoods in Payson and Star Valley. There is no BBQ that I saw in either town, and the Circle K disappointed me by having nasty weird injected sausages, but no hot dogs. I just ate steak, at home, instead. It was a NY Strip, which is oaky, but not great. I should have defrosted the Rib-eye.
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Aug 21 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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1,180 ft AEG
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If it was over 100 degrees, I couldn't really tell. Sure was humid, though.
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Aug 18 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,422 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.16 mph
2,422 ft AEG
 
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Is this really 5.4 miles, now? Huh? Well, I feel I had a respectable time, 1:15 each way, and I felt good going up.

Elden was about all time would allow, and it probably worked out well as the sky continues to be hazy with smoke limiting distance views, the alpine tundra plants on Humphrey look dry in photos, and it's been weeks since rain so #151 is probably pretty dry. I really enjoyed this, too.

Dry on Elden, too, with lots of early leaf abscission in many of the more sensitive plants, oaks, some aspen, and some of the currents. I don't think this area got any real rain this summer. The lack of rain did help keep trail erosion down, though. There really has been a lot of trail erosion since 2010.

The young Douglas firs look good up above 9,000'. I remember when they were tiny.
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Aug 09 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pioneer Trail #196Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2020
Jim_H
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.74 mph
3,100 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Two dry summers in a row meant I went out to do this with a zero percent chance of storms and no rain gear. Didn't need it, either, not even close. If anything, it was hot, 93 at the trailhead at 5:15, and warm most of the hike. You can tell the mountain has had barely any rain, as everything looks dry. Lots of dry plants on the Pioneer, and on top trees are losing leaves. Usually it is wet about now.

Up Pioneer, skipped Pinal Peak both times, down Ferndell to Six Shooter, which I took to the Telephone Trail, and once I got to the ridge I turned up that. Partly, because I didn't feel like losing any more elevation, and partly because I thought the trail was higher up, not slightly below. I then went up the ridge to Signal Peak. Someone was playing Peter and the Wolf by flute in the tower, as well as a few other things. I saw no wolves, or bears, FYI. After the brief segments of the Pipeline and Middle trails, I stopped at the exotic trees and the hummingbird feeder collection. The trees are losing leaves due to drought, but are fine. There are fewer hummingbird feeders, and I only saw two birds. Nothing like last July when there were dozens of birds, it seemed. I then went back down the Pioneer. Nice views from the Baldy in the White Mountains, to the Catalinas and Rincons.

Not enough decent routes for me to use or piece together, so I added the AEG from the Pioneer and the Telephone Ridge up to Signal Peak. Might have lost some from the Pipeline and Middle. Miles, is a safe guess.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Squaw Spring Dripping Dripping
Nasty!
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Aug 02 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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1,180 ft AEG
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Caught an incredibly deep red sunset through all the smoke of the Apple fire, and then an interesting fairly deep red moon rise.
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Jul 29 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Mohave - Ruth Hamilton LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2020
Jim_H
Hiking3.00 Miles 760 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
760 ft AEG
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First log for this, but I know I did it once before. Oh, well.

Hot. Really hot, but this was better than a SoMo hike or Pie Peak. The best part of this hike is gawking at the ostentatious houses to the SW. One is very clearly abandoned and the pool is empty. Sure, this area might seem like a nice spot, but I wouldn't want to live on the south slope of a black rock mountain. It probably gets over 130 degrees out there when the weather is going to be like it was yesterday all the way through to Saturday; 114 to 117 degrees. Plus, no soil and no flood irrigation, so you have to spend a fortune on water to attempt to make a livable habitat. Maybe they're so rich, they build an indoor dog toilet area? Ha!
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Jul 26 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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Last year, by this time I was falling into hiking the Mormon Loop quite a bit. I'm sick of that one, and the next closest hike is this, which is OK. It really is necessary to have somewhere to go that is not a long drive and where you can log some miles to stay in shape for the hikes you actually want to hike (not this).
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Jul 25 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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1,180 ft AEG
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The curious situation of just enough rain falling last night to wash whatever nastiness was left on the rocks near the trail into big puddles so that it smells a lot like that mule stopping spot on the Bright Angel. Otherwise, despite being out at noon, it was very humid but not hot. Actually, I liked it.
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Jul 22 2020
Jim_H
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Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2020
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Hiking9.25 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.91 mph
2,650 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Did an Elden-Heart Loop, which was OK. Gloomy and stormy around, so I didn't try to do the little bear.

The Heart is being rebuilt, or is having a horse trail built along it. There are now multiple paths.

Lots of aspen coming up in the burn near the trail. Should be thick in a few years.

Sure hope the Tonto opens up soon. I would like to go to the Pinals, or maybe the Ancha.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Jul 14 2020
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
General Crook Trail #130 - Coconino NFCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2020
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Hiking10.90 Miles 1,540 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.42 mph
1,540 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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This was not the hike I had planned on, but I guess it was sort of the hike I needed, since I enjoy seeing bears and elk, and eating berries. Not at all like the Babe Haught, or other trails I would normally hike, but I found it to be pretty enjoyable.

With the Tonto closed options are slim, more so with the Catalina closure. I had my car washed the day before and didn't want it to get dusty, and so I wanted something with paved access. Parking off 87 this hike has that. I parked and started from Baker Tank. I still wanted a view, so I set a goal of the Rim.

The "V" metallic blazes are in need of replacement for a lot of this hike. Some are embedded in the trees and others are covered by vegetation. I heard reports of trail work further east, so maybe they will get here later this summer.

Berries
Very flavorful, but dry and seedy blackberries are abundant from FR 300 east to around Baker Butte. I ate and enjoyed many. Not sure, but they will probably be gone in a week or two.

Road Walk
The trail for most of the eastern third of what I hiked, which was to the view just past the FR 300/308 junction, is on the road. Pass through or press on for the view, but I wouldn't do that section again. Everything west of there is pretty easy to follow if you see the metal Vs, and there isn't much overgrowth of the locust or blackberry cane.

Cuddly Bears!
The highlight was my bear sighting, my first in heading towards 2 years. Hiking through a locust patch I heard a commotion in front of me and then saw the first cub run across the trail and climb a tree. I saw a dark mass I figured was the mother and started to make loud noises to get her attention to make myself obvious. Bears usually run away, but I'm not stupid and didn't see any reason to be stealthy and find myself between the mother and cub. The mother came out on the trail and stood up to look at me. It then just sort of hung out for a while and walked away, but never went far since her cub was up in a tree. I backed off and took some pictures of the cub, which down climbed and ran to his mother. Reunited and feeling so good, the pair took off into the forest. I decided to proceed down the trail and spotted the pair looking at me next to a tree. I think the cub climbed up first, and the mother followed, so still with my camera in hand, I zoomed in and documented the mother and child reunion, which was only a motion away. Mom seemed distant and distracted, and like most ladies, was not interested in me staring at her. I then heard the noises being made by a second cub, which was in a tree just to my left and about 25 to 30 feet up. I captured an image of this little guy, lest my recount be labeled pure fiction, and then packed up and left.

I felt bad, bears are people, too! Or, something. Either way, I don't see any reason to unnecessarily stress a family of animals. I was back at my car in less than 10 minutes, and maybe only 5, believe it or not.
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Jul 09 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2020
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles
3,313 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Really windy, especially above treeline. Very nice day and not crowded. Alone on the summit for almost the first 10 minutes for summit #116.
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Jul 08 2020
Jim_H
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Mormon Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Very hot, but the cicadas are starting.
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Jun 30 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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1,180 ft AEG
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Jun 24 2020
Jim_H
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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2020
Jim_H
Hiking7.35 Miles 1,937 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.32 mph
1,937 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break10 LBS Pack
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Not a super exciting hike, but there were Hermit Thrushes! Crowded, too, which surprised me. Only a little windy, and I am actively seeking to avoid wind on the Peaks, these days. Still some tiny patches of snow near the trail. Looked a little for the plane crash, but saw nothing and it isn't that interesting to me. Maybe it is up in the dense trees above the avalanche area? I was last up here close to 5 years ago. That nearly 5 years went fast, and I didn't miss this, so it will probably be at least another 5 years.
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