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Sep 20 2008

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 Phoenix and Pine
Oak Springs from Hardscrabble RdPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2008
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
200 ft AEG
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I actually did this hike in reverse starting at the Pine Trailhead and ending at Hardscrabble Road since it is closer to our little cabin from there.
I got on the Oak Spring Trail #16 around 7:00 am and was delighted with the quiet, peaceful trek after crossing Highway 87 / Beeline. When I reached Bradshaw Meadow, I was greeted by 15 or 20 Turkey Buzzards in the dead Pine trees there making me wonder what I was getting myself into, but, they just leisurly flew away as I passed beneath them. As I hiked above the Narrows, I started seeing evidence of the neighborhood Elk and I did see a White Tail that was way too fast for me and my camera.
I stopped at a high point lookout that gave me a nice view of the spring below, one I had not seen before. After a break at the nearby geocache, I found some fantastic wild Columbine flowers growing in the spring that was running nicely after a recent rain.
I started my way up and out on Walnut Trail #251 which is one my favorite trails in Pine stopping only to munch on a wild apple off of a creekside tree.
In all, this was a very enjoyable hike for me with lots of diverse scenery and just the right mix of strenuous and leisure hiking. :D
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average hiking speed 1.33 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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