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Sep 23 2022
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Humphreys - Fremont Loop, AZ 
Humphreys - Fremont Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking16.27 Miles 5,074 AEG
Hiking16.27 Miles   8 Hrs   32 Mns   2.49 mph
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Couldn't wait the few more weeks for fall and had to have a look for myself at the damage from the summer. Redrew a familiar loop to play within FS rules, avoiding lower Weatherford and Kachina east of the Spur Trail. The whole mountain is still green, except for upper IB, which is just starting to change. Might be back in a week or two; Inner Basin is staying open up from the Waterline junction.

Was hoping for a day of clouds what with the rain and the cool weather we've been having. Forecast called for fog early, and the plan was sealed. Ended up a near-perfect day. Humphreys 151 same as ever. Passed a half dozen groups from saddle and up, and then another half dozen from summit back to saddle. Lots of folks got up for a sunrise summit and missed out on the clouds.

I had upper Weatherford to myself, as well as everything from Humphreys Saddle to Kachina TH for that matter. Lots of traffic on 151 all day long. Low clouds and great visibility. The Ridge from Fremont Saddle was untouched. Clouds built around the summit as I climbed.

Fremont is the summit with the best view of the damage. From there it appeared that Doyle, Schultz Ridge, Fremont's E ridge to Doyle Saddle were burned entirely. The fire did an astonishingly thorough job. Weatherford Canyon below Doyle Saddle, and it's hard to say for sure, was burned about 95% through. The bottom near Schultz Tank seemed to be okay, but everything in between looked like Doyle's slopes apart from a patch or two. Schultz Peak looked similarly, with only a few areas spared.

After an hour, I headed down the SE ridge toward Kachina. That was burned except the highest reaches. In order to avoid the closure, I stuck to the S ridge which was rather clear and stable but very steep. Dense forest and good aspen stands lower down. Emptied into a meadow above Kachina and for the first time since the 2020 Snowbowl closure had that trail to myself.
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Apr 13 2022
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Woods - Willow Loop, AZ 
Woods - Willow Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking30.54 Miles 3,363 AEG
Hiking30.54 Miles   12 Hrs   22 Mns   2.81 mph
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Last year in April I looped Bear Canyon and Woods Canyon Lakes the day 300 opened, so I tried again this year a little earlier in the month and got to enjoy the having the Rim to myself until Willow Springs Lake. I tried this idea out in the summer last year but found the foliage along the creek, humidity and related slipperiness, and the many many mosquitoes too much to manage. This time of year conditions are pretty much perfect.

Sparing the well-reported, Woods Canyon was my favorite of the two. It starts grassy, flat, and open, and stays that way for a long while. Big pools of water, the water slow moving and glassy. Really dense forest of tall and diverse trees. The middle six or seven miles in the canyons between the lakes isn't so grassy and nice; that stretch is a long rock hop.

The rock hopping is harder in Willow Springs Canyon where deadfall is thrown into the mix. WSC cuts through a similar forest. The water moves a little quicker and doesn't pool as wide. WSC gets easier more suddenly than Woods. All the sudden it's off the rocks and onto a grassy trail. In the lower few miles passed a few sites with old irrigation tubing.

Climbed up to Willow Springs Lake around the dam and headed over to the Bike Loop. A trail winds around south of the lake often times right next to the 260. although the footbridges it crosses were on my map, the trail itself was not. Stopped a couple times at the lake to admire the peaceful scenery. The rest of the trip along the rimtop to Rim Vista was spent among some huge ponderosas.

Rim Vista at about sunset is the way to go. Saw the only people outside of Willow Springs Lake on Sinkhole. Heading in for a backpack. Saw lots of birds, some deer, an elk, and a small snake on the day. Repeating would probably start on top of the rim or shuttle.

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Mar 30 2022
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Gaddes - Burnt Loop, AZ 
Gaddes - Burnt Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking23.60 Miles 4,350 AEG
Hiking23.60 Miles   9 Hrs   44 Mns   2.87 mph
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Same idea as last summer with two basic goals: hike the length of Gaddes and Burnt Canyons and find a better route down from West Rim to Powerline. With the cold front coming and going the day before, it seemed like a good day for water in the creeks and clouds above and below View Point Trail. Ended up super good timing and maybe the best day I've spent on Mingus. Started at Mescal Tank with North Mingus.

North Mingus and View Point had been trimmed back since the summer, so rain and snow melt on the trailside brush was mostly a nonissue. A little muddy but nothing too bad. North Mingus a mix of forest and views. Clouds below to the north were even better once on View Point. Walked above, below, and inside them until topping out on Mingus.

Quarter inch of snow on top of Mingus Mountain that had mostly melted by sundown. Gaddes Canyon had a trickle in the snowy top of the trail and below the road on Black Canyon Trail. Once into Black and Burnt Canyons the flow picked up. Not too strong but more than a trickle. Clouds rolled overhead the whole way. Burnt canyon is mellow with a better and better forest heading up. The upper mile or two is picture perfect open ponderosa forest. The middle section had some smooth, rocky sections that are awesome with water flowing. The going is relatively easy the whole way, not much to maneuver around or bushwhack through.

Diverted from the end of Burnt Canyon up to the tank North of Kendall Peak. On the way noticed a pair of graves with a metal sign that read "Ram Dog" from which a grey collar hung. Walked the road with some corner cutting to Yaeger Cabin Trail. Passed the only person I saw all day on Yaeger Canyon and then commenced the mile or so roadwalk to Butterfly. Straight through the woods from Middle To West Rim and then over to the edge of the mountaintop.

I took a ridge NW off the very northern tip of the mountain. It was a way better track down than last time, and though a moderate bushwhack I was on Powerline in twenty minutes. On the way down enjoyed views of Humphreys and Sedona that shine in the last couple hours of the day. Straightforward trip back down. On the day saw the one person, two coyotes, a half dozen deer, and lion tracks near the upper Black Canyon TH and Mingus Lake.

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Mar 23 2022
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Hyde Mountain Loop, AZ 
Hyde Mountain Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking26.51 Miles 3,707 AEG
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Thinning operations are taking place SW of the Hyde Mountain area around Camp Wood and Yolo Ranch. Thinning will be taking place for approximately two months, with logging traffic on the road. The closure area will spread north as thinning continues into the slated 627 acres. From now until monsoon season, I would consult PNF on closure status for accessing Apache Creek Wilderness.

Wanted to remix a hike from last year to include Apache Creek from the springs down, as well as try out an alternative ending using an old ranching track and Dead Steer Basin Trail. Got going with Stringtown Wash heading toward Hyde Mountain.

Memories of Stringtown only a year old undersold. Tight walls and a bed of slick rock in the middle turns into relaxing open pine forest on the upper end. Good flow of water where it mattered, some of the way it was underground. Catching the trail on the upper end from the creek bed is tricky.

Hyde Mountain trail rocky and loose to hazy views. Almost no snow left on the shady slopes. Down 7up to Browns Spring and then up to the saddle and onto Pinetop Mountain. Followed the fenceline up and found a gate on top near the end of the road. Delighted by the big junipers and pines on top. Easy road walk to Apache Springs.

Apache Creek along the trail is easy going, defined by the grassy meadows, open pine forest, and lazy creek flow. From the springs to that point it's a gnarly canyon of granite boulders and outcroppings, forested but with healthy undergrowth. Can follow the water down except for in several spots where the water pours off and work-arounds are necessary. Some scrambling, light bushwhacking. The best of the creek is above the trail.

The Upper Graver Wash/Apache Creek jct is grassy and could be confusing heading up. Graver and the way down Apache Creek Trail is obvious. Decided not to cut it short and went all the way down to Graver, then walked the road back to Upper Graver TH. To the east there is a corral and an obvious trail. The trail leads down into Hyde Creek and dead ends at another corral. At that point I went over the ridge and into Dead Steer Basin, where I found the trail.

Dead Steer Basin Trail is an old double/OHV track. It is less pretty than the trail to Hyde Creek; it got burned over pretty bad. It's easy to follow and in good shape until the last creek crossing near where I picked it up. Once to the TH and FR95, the diversion started to make sense. The rest of the roadwalking back to Stringtown is through some awesome forest. The new sections and route finding made for a more engaging but difficult way to end.
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Mar 18 2022
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Mound Mountain Loop, AZ 
Mound Mountain Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking26.55 Miles 4,688 AEG
Hiking26.55 Miles   11 Hrs   33 Mns   2.64 mph
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Only ever been to the Eastern Superstitions once before when I made the trip a few years ago to Roger's Canyon Ruins. Figured with the roadwork now was the time to have a look at the greatest hits. Had a go at the Roger's Canyon - Frog Tanks - Reavis Loop but added Mound Mountain and circlestone. Started a quarter before sunrise with Roger's Canyon.

The road was nice enough to shave a half hour or more off previous trips to Roger's Trough. Roger's Canyon Trail was mostly spared from the fire, though erosion has taken care of portions. Damage is worst by the Reavis junction and gets better on the way down. Water flowing intermittently, stronger by the ruins and Angel Basin. Saw a couple folks who had spent the night near Angel Spring.

Frog Tanks Trail has disappeared in the riparian ares but is present for the climbing out. It travels through some pretty gnarly burn. Paradise Canyon was especially scorched. There was water mostly the whole way until the climb out. The most cat claw of the day was on that stretch.

Reavis Creek had good water the whole way. Burned more to the north than the south. Easy walking on the AZT along the meadows and through the pines.

Fireline slightly tricky to track around the creek crossing. The turn off for Circlestone is obvious. Circlestone is as cool as it gets for stacked rocks, enhanced significantly by the amazing location. Mound Mountain summit is pretty easily my favorite in the Superstitions I've been to so far. There's a little bit of a trail near the summit, limited bushwhack otherwise.

I took the NW ridge down to save miles, but it did nothing to save time. I started under the pines on the ridge before entering the drainage. Once into the burn, the ridge cleared up and the views widened, so it made sense to head up there. Descended into Log Trough Canyon and one of the most beautiful open pine forests I've been in. Overall the getting down was pretty rough.

Reavis south to the TH is burned closer it goes to the saddle, but where it's not it's exceptionally pretty. In my ignorance it was hard to believe it was the supes. AZT tread was, as usual, just about perfect. Passed three separate solo backpackers, no cars the at TH when I finished.
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Mar 09 2022
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Taylor Cabin Loop, AZ 
Taylor Cabin Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking24.62 Miles 4,419 AEG
Hiking24.62 Miles   10 Hrs   42 Mns   2.91 mph
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I wasn't going to do this loop again this year, but after hiking through the Rafael Fire scar on Yew Thicket Trail a month or so ago, I got nervous about the Taylor Cabin Trail. It's one of my favorites, and since I couldn't find anything out about the damage, I went to have a look, fire maps being as reliable as they are. It turned out both Taylor Cabin Trail and the cabin itself burned this summer, though neither is a total loss.

Casner Mountain Trail is the same as ever until the last few miles to the Taylor Cabin Trail TH. Efforts were made to confine the fire to Casner #8 and above Mooney Canyon in order to prevent the spread to Sedona. The fire didn't cross the road much except at the TH. Walking Casner it looked like while the fire had torched the north rim and Cedar Creek, much of the canyon bottom and forest North/East of Buck Ridge are still green.

The Taylor Cabin Trail TH was burned some. Not nearly as shady. TC Trail starts with some brief switchbacks onto a fairly epic ridgeline. The Canyon to the west and its pockets of fir and pine were completely destroyed. Maybe a half dozen left. From above, the side canyon to the East where TC descends looked burned but encouragingly green. The heavy rains that extinguished the fire caused serious erosion in the side canyon, and the TC Trail has a couple massive washouts. It has many more minor ones, and in general it is eroded and mostly missing. The summer rains widened the creek and filled it in with gravel and sand, and some of the slick rock features are buried. While the forest along the way was not burned completely, almost every tree was touched by fire. It's still a beautiful course but a more difficult one and not quite what it, up until very recently, was.

Sycamore Basin Trail is good from Packard Mesa to a mile or so east of the cabin, that is apart from the section where Dutch Kid now takes its place. This being the case, I rocked hopped down the creekbed. There was flood debris 6 feet up the sycamores. There was only one pool of green water in the shade of a cliff 30-40 minutes east of the cabin. The Cabin was burned by the juniper that hung over its north wall. It took out the wooden frame of the north window, as well as the cypress beams of the roof. The back half of the roof had collapsed, and the rest is on its way. Otherwise it had been cleaned up and emptied out since I was there last year. No water at the cabin, down on provisions. Met a couple guys who had hiked in for a two night trip from Parsons TH.

Dutch Kid was burned, but it was patchy and not too unlike in years past. Sycamore Basin and Dogie were as well, mostly by the junction. Overall the fire damage wasn't too severe. Taylor Cabin needs restoration desperately, but I'm sure it will get it. I thought the Great American Outdoors act or some legislation like it had it slated for some TLC. The real bummer is the damage to the Taylor Cabin Trail. The jewel of the wilderness area doesn't shine as brightly.
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Mar 02 2022
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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking20.10 Miles 7,232 AEG
Hiking20.10 Miles   12 Hrs   18 Mns   1.95 mph
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Had a few goals for the day:
- Get back on Mazatzal Peak
- Check out the snow melt in the drainage to the north
- Use the same drainage to get down to Barnhardt Canyon
- Ascend Peak 6768 from the south
Started at the Barnhardt TH at sunrise with one car already there. Went clockwise to keep most of the climbing out of the snow.

Followed basically the same track up Suicide Ridge as in 2020. It was much less of a bushwhack this time around, and I managed to avoid the worst of it. It is still as steep as ever to make the ridge. More and more snow climbing up, toward the bottom a few inches with drifts toward the top up to a foot deep. It started to get slippery as the sun got going overhead. Fifth summit and first time ever meeting folks on the mountain above the trail. Talked the mountains for a little and didn't see each other again until 9 hours later for a fireside beer back at the trailhead.

Visibility on top was great, the weather perfect. Sauntered over to Mazzy Peak's twin 7832. Had never made the effort before and now it's unskippable for me. Descended from that peak to the drainage through the forest which had a solid foot of snow nearly the whole way down. There's rocks and boulders hidden underneath and I got to sliding and falling a few times. Strongest flow of water there I've seen, but it was frankly dangerous descending through the steepest parts of the chute. It was covered in deep snow and very slippery to down climb through, especially not knowing what was underneath. The consolation prize was all the cascades and the big water fall up top.

Went straight past the trail and down, and along the way I passed Sandy Saddle Trail's old track, which is now non-existent around Casterson Seep. The drainage is the easiest way down there. After a couple more waterfalls, the canyon cliffs out, so I climbed to the east through bands on 5923. It pretty clear of brush, though tough climbing in the heat of the day. Got down to Barnhardt Canyon where only two massive pines remain.

Climbed through the grass up 6768. Easy to avoid bushwhacking, only a little scrambling, but it is super steep from that direction, short as it may be. Better on a weekend when there's an audience for the effort. Clear blue skies and a top tier view of Suicide Ridge. It's all so much closer together than it seems. Climbed up to 7571, which is a similar story for the terrain. Grassy, though not as steep. Nearing 7559 the snow deepened until it was six inches to a foot descending. Sliding on the snowy jasper is a hell of a workout.

Rock Creek had snow until after the falls. As good of a flow as I've seen there. Started to hustle, being back on trail. Ran out of water on Half Moon and it made for a long 4 miles. Got back with only ten minutes by headlamp.
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Feb 09 2022
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Yew - Lonesome - Henderson Loop, AZ 
Yew - Lonesome - Henderson Loop, AZ
 
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Got this idea from a post by @toddak in 2015. Probably better done from Henderson Flat, but that drive is long, so out and back Packard it was. Included the Packard Mesa Ruins. Went there first then counterclockwise around the loop. First trip back to Sycamore Canyon since the Rafael Fire, and I guess I was a year late doing this one.

Parsons TH at sunrise and hustled up to the ruins. Not a single etching to be found. The roof of the smaller dwelling has been stabilized with a modern support from inside. Haven't been to ruins on a hike that felt like anything more than a novelty, hard to oversell how nice the Packard Ruins are. Plus the views.

Took Sycamore Basin to the Yew Thicket turn off, which is obvious and signed. At first with the grass it looks like a cairn hunt, but it was in near-perfect shape. The grade is clear and there are frequent cairns as it climbs through a rainbow forest. It then enters the Rafael Fire perimeter near the top of the trail. The end of the climb has some deadfall that is tough to maneuver around, and the trail is eroded in a couple places, but it is still easy to follow. Once on top of the mesa it disappears in the ash. On top of the mesa, pretty much the entire way to Lonesome Pocket, the damage is extreme. In the very few patches of unburned forest the trail is cairned and the grade is clear. It is easy to navigate and hike cross country up on top because there is no brush and the ash is soft. The views are huge, but looking down Sycamore Canyon, in many places it is blackened and bare.

Went down Lonesome Pocket, which is also in the fire perimeter. It's rocky, loose, steep, but easy to follow. The junction with Sand Flat #60 is confusing and I ended up on that trail for a minute or two. Once to Henderson Flat I took a break and then tried to find the Henderson Trail. It was lost to the grass despite the new sign, so I went down the road and made a feeble attempt at finding it later on. Henderson Flat was burned except for the immediate area around the cabin and water catchment/tank. The Henderson Trail is in the burn area for a mile or two, so I had no luck and decided the shorten the trip with the road and cutting corners back to Packard Trail.
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Jan 11 2022
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Pine Mountain Loop, AZ 
Pine Mountain Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking19.50 Miles 4,500 AEG
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Finally got around to reaching Pine Mountain summit and completing the Ballantine Trail. Did it as a loop and checked off the rest of the 143 connector I hadn't done. Added in new ground east and south of Ballantine Cabin, and it ended up a day of new places in a familiar area, and my first trip back around since the Bush Fire.

Parked along the loop on 143 and started with the connector trail. It seemingly gets most of its traffic from dirt and mountain bikers heading to the cabin. For this it is easy to follow but eroded in the middle. Slippery with crushed granite. Clear water sliding over the sand in the many washes.

Over the ridge at Boulder Flat and to the Cabin. Went SE straight to the corral along the old ranching tracks. There are some cairns and the grade is there in places but it is a bushwhack with a healthy amount of catclaw. Breaked on a boulder and started the climb.

Ballantine Trail before the climb out of the Canyon to Rock Tank is almost entirely gone for the fire. Opted to stay in the mostly flat and sandy creek bed along the light flow of water. There was some quicksand, and I sank my leg in to my knee. It was fairly easy going and minimal bushwhacking. Where the trail still existed along/above the banks was obvious.

The trail for the climb out is in good shape, or at least it is easy to follow. The trail finds its way back to the creekbed shortly after Rock Tank. From Rock Tank to the saddle there was minimal fire damage. The trail from the Pine Connect #80 jct to the saddle is probably the most beautiful portion, as it climbs through the dense forest of old orange pines. It is very difficult to follow for this section, however. From top to bottom Ballantine has about as diverse of scenery of any trail I've been on.

From the saddle went up to the summit. Stayed farther north coming down and had an easier time in the open terrain under the pines. Way better views than expected. Four Peaks look much better from Pine Mountain than vice versa. Ballantine between the saddle and Cline TH is easy to follow but in appalling shape. Super eroded and slippery, a little overgrown. Roadwalked back and was passed by a few cars. Didn't see any hikers all day.

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North Fork Falls of Deadman CanyonPayson, AZ
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Hiking21.04 Miles 4,633 AEG
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Last hike of the year for me, and as I've done every year I've lived in Arizona, I went to the Mazatzals. The 6-12 inches of snow predicted for the range materialized into more like 1-3, so I opted for my gun-to-the-head favorite hike: the Deadman/Sandy Falls loop. Got going a little before sunrise and started with Barnhardt.

There was one inch of snow lower down that turned into 2 inches after the trail leveled off. The falls were running strong, and there were clouds above 6500 feet. Only one other person out who had camped at the leveling off 3.5 miles in. Heading up Barnhardt the winter storms grew until I was walking into them at the saddle and on MDT. Low visibility, super cold. Once around Chilson I got below the cloud layer and storms until I climbed up rock Creek.

Falls were running well, and there's a little more snow in the forecast. Good way to start the new year once the snow has had some time to melt. MDT was slushy before the falls and covered in dry powdery snow after. Clouds hung out at Rock Creek Saddle and around all the summits.

Rock Creek west of the saddle is a bushwhack until the trail widens half way up. Pushing through the snow-covered manzanita I got soaked from the waist down. Never been wetter on a hike I wasn't swimming. As I climbed up to the saddle and into the clouds the storm was a little stronger, harsher winds, colder temps, and light snow. I was shivering cold by the time I got up there and in my haste to get down got off trail a number of times. It's obvious when dry but under a couple inches of snow I had a little trouble.

Cruised Half Moon while I dried off and admired the clouds on the crest of the mazzies. Half moon can be confusing by Rock Creek because of all the cow trails. Only saw the one person, or at least their tent and footprints. Everywhere with water is running strong.
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Bluff - Picacho - Coffee Loop, AZ 
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Headed to the Supes for a handful of summits I'd stared at in the beginning of the year. Wanted to loop Bluff Spring Mountain with Coffee Flat Mountain. I included Picacho Butte because it's right there, along with Miners Summit since it's on the way. Got started from Peralta an hour before sunrise and headed to Bluff Spring Mountain.

Bluff Spring to Terrapin to SW ridge. Got through the cliffs with minimal scrambling and only a little brush to contend with. It was very steep, but sunrise views over Weaver's Needle distracted and slowed me down. Preferred that ridge to the Ely Anderson Trail. The ascent was a fun climb and ridge walk, the other was a rough descent down a drainage and around the mountain. The route is well cairned but the grade is only good lower down, up high it's lost to the grass.

Dutchman trail passed the only folks of the day. Walked around the grassy backside of Miners Summit and decided to go up. It's steep but short-lived. Down to the trail junction and up Whiskey Springs to the saddle. Then I started the part of the day I was most looking forward to, the Coffee Flat Mountain ridgeline. Started with peak 3748. The views up there were some best of the day. The ridgeline started open and grassy but there was some maneuvering around the rocky ridgetop at times. A little bushwhacking and slow travel. There are three big ascents once on the ridge. Two are on the way to 4562. They are steep but there's really no bushwhacking.

Skirted around 4562 and went for Picacho. Surprisingly awesome summit, despite the added climb. It was cool to look over all the places I had been on the trails that wind through the bottoms of the canyons and over the passes in the labyrinth of rock we call the supes. Got back up on the high ridgeline which was tough. Went back for the sections I skipped and carried on for Coffee Flat Mountain.

There is a little peak on the ridgeline I had to climb and bushwhack around, but otherwise it's pretty straightforward. The final push to the summit is open and doesn't take long. The top is wide and flat and without going to the sides pales in comparison to the ridgeline. Went down the north ridge which is steep and a bit of a climb but there's breaks in the cliffs , so there's nothing too crazy. Down the first drainage and to Red Tanks divide. Circled back on Red Tanks, Coffee Flat, and Dutchman. One of my favorite hikes I've done in the Superstitions but a lot for one day. The Coffee Flat ridge on its own is an undertaking.
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Dec 15 2021
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7388 - 7455 - North Peak Loop, AZ 
7388 - 7455 - North Peak Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking20.58 Miles 5,353 AEG
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Last week I hiked the crest of the Mazatzals from Rock Creek south to Peak 6768. I came back this week to complete the crest north from Rock Creek to North Peak. The forecast seemed favorable for some low clouds and good run off, and it ended up being one of the best days I've ever spent in the mountains.

Got started around sunrise. Pulled off and parked along the road since I'd be walking it at the end anyway. The roads to Rock Creek are nicer than the road to Barnhardt, but it'll take high clearance to cross the two creeks on 442 when running. Clouds were settled below the crest and made for a nice sunrise. I expected them to dissipate, but they grew larger throughout the day. I ended up walking through the clouds for an hour and a half up Rock Creek Trail until climbing above the falls. There was an inch or less of snow on the trail. Falls were running okay, and I would think Deadman and Sandy were the same and will be so for a few days. I left the trail at some point between the leveling off after the falls and the saddle above Hopi Spring.

First stop 7388. Snowy and slippery up to the summit but easy to avoid bushwhacking. Very steep. Perfect amount of snow for cushioning the downsteps, and it added to the impossible quiet. No register or benchmarks on the top. A worthy summit relative to the traffic. Solid panorama of the Eastern Mazzies and Pine Mtn, the Bradshaws, etc. off in the distance.

Down to the saddle between 7388 and 7455. Maybe better than either summit is the forest on the saddle between. The open pine forest on the cliffs at the top of Alder Creek is one of my favorite places in the Mazatzals I've been to. Climbing the ridge to 7455 is open with sparser pines. The summit is flat and forested except for the views west. The cliffside views along the ridge are awesome.

The forest thickens along the ridge until turning off for the descent to North Peak's southern saddle. It was an easy walk down through the oaks with no bushwhacking. Clouds were cycling around east of North Peak and persisted for the climb and my time at the summit, occasionally passing over west before dissipating. The climb up from the south is a moderate bushwhack and at some times unavoidable. The manzanita etc were covered in wet snow and I was soaking wet by the time I made the summit. No views east for the clouds, clear views north and west. Can't imagine a better day to be up there.

Down the north ridge and in my attempts to avoid the snow-covered brush I overshot the saddle/lookout. Headed back up the trail a shortways and then back down. North Peak Trail was covered in snow most of the way, but the sun had taken care of a lot of it. Trail's in great shape if a little slippery.

Long road walk back. Opted for 451 which is in serious disrepair in some spots. Reminded me of Pole Hollow with the new forest growing in. Circled back around with 414 and 442. Didn't see anyone all day. I did North Peak last year in a loop with Mazatzal Divide, North Peak, and Pole Hollow, but this was definitely the better route.

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Dec 07 2021
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7559 - 7571 - 6768 Loop, AZ 
7559 - 7571 - 6768 Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking23.25 Miles 5,860 AEG
Hiking23.25 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   2.75 mph
5,860 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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This was a trip four years in the making. Four years ago I first went up Barnhardt, and in my amazement I wondered among other things if it were possible to climb the mountain that looms over the canyon on its north side, Peak 6768. That one as well as the higher mountain 7571 that's connected to it and only comes into view higher up the trail. I couldn't find any reference to anyone summiting 6768, so I came up with this route. Looping around from Barnhardt on Half Moon and Rock Creek, I climbed the crest of the Mazatzals from more or less Rock Creek Falls to Sandy Saddle, topping the two summits on the way and out-and-backing 6768, before returning via Sandy Saddle, MDT, and Barnhardt.

Don't have much to report on Half Moon and Rock Creek other than to say the former is lost to the grass for some short distances at the moment that might be confusing, and latter is in absolutely perfect shape. I left Rock Creek where the trail switchbacks out of the creek a short distance above the falls. The way I came there was a little scrambling, and overall it was only a light bushwhack. It felt steep as anything. Following the eastern edge of the crest rewards with huge views down Rock Creek and up close views of the giant white cliff wall above. Once the terrain flattened out the route entered a cliffside forest of juniper and ponderosa pine. If i hadn't been looking at it off in the distance I'd have sworn I was on The Rim. 7559 is a forested summit but an interesting, untouched spot in the Mazzies.

The ridge walk to 7571 is open and awesome. Big views in every direction, leading to a jaw-dropping panorama from the summit. Really interesting angle on Mazatzal Peak, and much like from that summit most of the state is visible. It was the best peak of the day. Mine was the fourth entry in the register since it was placed 11 years ago.

Dropped 900ft and climbed back up 200 to gain 6768. No register, no benchmarks. It was as good as I had hoped. If you drop 200ft to the east like I didn't you can get a look down at lower Barnhardt. It was a really interesting view of the upper Barnhardt Trail and felt surprisingly close to the lookout/campsite across the canyon 3.5mi up Barnhardt Trail.

I climbed back up to 7571 for one last look and then down to Sandy Saddle. There are strips of grass between the manzanita and brush, so the climb down was pretty clear. It is prohibitively steep, however. Sandy Saddle Trail was around for a second or two at the saddle, and then I was in the creek most of the way. After trying the section from saddle to MDT, when I do this again I'd drop from 6768 to Sandy Saddle Trail around Casterson Seep. The conditions are even worse that way, but it's a lot shorter and is probably worth it despite the bushwhacking and rock hopping, and it looked like from the summit the last mile or so of Sandy Saddle by Barnhardt is still around.

Raced up MDT and down Barnhardt trying to beat the sunset. The Barnhardt washout is still there, though the rest of the trail is in tip-top shape. Didn't see anyone all day, but there was a car at the TH at the end. The road to the TH keeps getting rockier.
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Mostly all gone but it felt more like fall than winter. Lower Barnhardt only place still finishing up.

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Dec 01 2021
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Red Hills Loop, AZ 
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Hiking22.44 Miles 4,833 AEG
Hiking22.44 Miles   7 Hrs   57 Mns   3.35 mph
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For my first trip to Doll Baby TH, I chose the most popular loop and destination. I looped the full length of the Red Hills AZT section with Mazatzal Divide Trail, and visited the "Spanish Ruins" along its track. I did alter the loop slightly, making the trip down to the river via the LF East Verde Shortcut Trail instead of hiking the road to Bull Spring Trail. Started at 7am and went ccw.

Should have went a week earlier for the yellow sea of cottonwoods and sycamores around Doll Baby and along Bull Spring Trail. Better luck next year. Road walked to the ruins turnoff. The trail up to the clifftop is obvious, wide, well-cairned. I'd make the trip for the cliff overlook as soon as for the ruins, though they were more interesting than I expected. Nearly 6ft tall, lots of rooms, and killer views toward Doll Baby, North Peak, and Whiterock Mesa.

More road down to the river shortcut. The shortcut trail is marked with a giant cairn and some pink ribbons. At first the tread is appalling, but once down to the river it's sandy and soft. It saved a half mile plus the climb on the road up and down around Copper Mountain.

Connected the shortcut trail with five minutes of Saddle Ridge Trail before getting onto Bull Spring Trail. Good tread and a reasonable ~3kft climb up into the Mazzies. Seems like a bummer section through-hiking south. Connected with Brush Trail which was very scenic from the top of Bullfrog Canyon to the Red Hills Trail junction. Patches of conifers delight as the trail winds through the brushy burn area. No water at Brush Spring where the AZT signage ushers passers-by, but continuing west through the campsite there was some water trickling into clear pools in the creek below the spring. Views widen as the trail climbs to Red Hills.

Red Hills is the highlight stretch of the loop. Descends to the canyon bottom through an old, orange forest of ponderosa pines as nice as I've seen in the Mazzies. Interesting geology complements the forest well. There were some pools of stagnant water of varying quality in the tanks of the creek. I opted for the overlook once reaching the Mazatzal Divide Trail and headed the wrong way up that trail toward Knob Mountain for a view back over the the course of Red Hills.

Took a short break and then descended the northern end of MDT. It is the better route up or down compared to Bull Spring. The tread is smooth, the incline gentle, with better views off into the distance. Big views toward the Sierra Ancha, Deer Creek, and Tonto Basin. The views that way were pretty smokey, and over the course of the day it worked its way up around North Peak and into City Creek. Ended just as the smoke rolled through and didn't see anyone all day.
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The very end of fall in the Northern Mazzies


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Nov 01 2021
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Saddle Mountain Loop, AZ 
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Hiking15.79 Miles 4,251 AEG
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Had a go at Saddle Mountain from the Cross F Trailhead earlier in the year and returned for a shorter version of the loop starting at Peeley TH. Sort of a Cornucopia - Thicket Spring and Saddle Mountain Mine Tour Loops combo. Rested my hopes on the sycamores along 25A, and they ended up in the neighborhood of prime. Overall there was more fall color than expected. Got going not long after sunrise and went counterclockwise.

Cornucopia through Thicket Spring not too much fall color. Most of the oaks had dropped their leaves, but in McFarland Canyon near the Sheep Creek jct there was some yellow below the pines. Ascended Sheep Creek to Saddle Mountain Trail, which is my favorite of the bunch. It provides some of the best views of Pine Butte and the Peeley - Sheep ridgeline, and this time around I was surprised by the couple pockets of maples shining bright red.

Left the trail when it seemed the route up the ridge was clear enough. There are just about no good lines through the brush up Saddle Mountain for any sustained lengths. It's one of the rougher bushwhacks, or the roughest, compared to the other summits in that part of the Mazzies, but it is a short one. I think it's overall easier than North Peak, for instance, even if the going is slower. Great views all around but the pano is probably better from the tougher, shorter, southern summit.

Breaked in Potato Patch before setting off again down 91. Saw the only person of the day before heading down to the Sunflower Mine area, a lone backpacker who I thought might be hiking the AZT until I saw him when I was driving out around the 87/Ord turn off. The Mining road that connects 91 to 25A was maintained some this winter but is already in need of some more clearing. It is easy to follow, however.

Along the 25A to Cornucopia under the yellow sycamores. Water flowing down the whole way. No idea how or why anyone drives to the end. Up Cornucopia the leaves dulled as I climbed. Made it back to the TH and it was still empty.
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Peeley Road at peak, Thicket Spring leaves are gone, Saddle Mountain/Sheep Creek prime, 25a and Cornucopia few days past peak
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Oct 27 2021
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Pine - Turret Loop, AZ 
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Hiking22.54 Miles 5,119 AEG
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If fall's taught me one thing it's don't be an early bird because all you get is worms. Finally timed a fall trip right and got to see the Pine Mountain Wilderness in a full turn. From the lowest sycamore to the highest oak, along with the trees of Bishop and Sycamore Creeks, it was all at peak. Wanted to give the Pine Mountain - Verde Rim Loop a go for the color, and I couldn't help but stretch it out and add Turret Peak. 8 miles on the incomparable Verde Rim with two of the most scenic summits in central AZ, plus fall color all around the wilderness area, admittedly looks a lot better on paper. Not sure I'd ever do this again.

The drive in was an hour and half from the 17, about an hour of which was spent on the final road's last five miles. One creek crossing in Dugas. I'm more cowardly and strapped for cash than most drivers, but I would personally not chance it with mid-clearance or lower. Only people I saw all day were two pairs of hunters who were driving out as I was driving in.

Nelson through Willow Springs a near perfect turn of sycamore and oak, but the real show is on Pine Flat in Beehouse Canyon where the maples were astonishing. Every drainage on that side of the mountain was filled with yellow and red. Pine Mountain summit is as good as advertised. With the climb up Verde Rim 161, the whole experience is nearly as good as Mazzy Peak, with everything near and dear from the SF Peaks and higher mountains of Coconino/Kaibab to the local summits in the New River Mountains and Superstitions to the south on full display. The Mazzy views are as good as it gets outside the range.

Down the rim on 161 until it veers down the mountain, and I proceeded up the ridge. Lots of cattle out and about, and they have carved good trails down the Verde Rim for many stretches. Getting to Mockingbird Pass was the easiest of the off trail portions, and after that it is a significant bushwhack until bottoming out in Bishop Creek. South of the pass is a rocky ridge that can't be traversed. Bushwhacked along side it. After that it mellows out a little until Turret. Any drainage and nearly all ups/downs involved pushing through the brush/low trees, and in the grassier moments the terrain was littered with rocks of the wrong size. Climbed through the cliffs to get to Turret, and then up the slopes that are rocky, steep, and loose. Made my way around to a summit scramble. I do not know of a summit outside of the Mazzies that has a better view in Central AZ. For me, better than Pine Mountain. Between the two, it's like being at the center of it all.

1000ft bushwhacking down Turret over some frustrating mountainside to Bishop Creek. Bishop Creek was a full turn. Good cattle trails along the banks. Lots and lots of yellow. Got to the drainage that leads up to Buck Basin. Took the ridge instead of the creek. More bushwhacking around a broken ridgeline before the grass took over on the mountainside and the going got easier. Descended into Buck Basin after having worked my way above. First good trail since 161 honed into view. Half mile+ up to Nelson. Nelson until about a half mile or mile to Pine Flat is gone to the wilds, and ~7 miles off trail for the day turned into ~9. At that point, it was killer. Just wanted to put my head down.

At first Pine Flat Trail looks like it's a goner, but continuing through the overgrowth sure enough it's there. It comes and goes at times, but there are some ribbons in the trees and cairns on the ground. In Sycamore Creek the oaks were as good as it gets. It's a lovely stretch of trail, and I was glad I hadn't skipped it for Short Cut. After that it's through Pine Flat which could more accurately be called juniper flat, and then into Beehouse where the maples were nearly all a deep red. Stopped looking around much and focused on finishing before sunset. Made it back as the sun got to disappearing, but it was still light enough to see the road.
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Even turn just about everywhere, all drainages and sections of sycamore, oak, maple, etc were at peak. Very little green left, leaves starting to fall.
Oct 10 2021
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Knoll - Beaver Turkey Loop, AZ 
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Hiking23.01 Miles 4,132 AEG
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On the hunt for more fall color, and I'd never seen the Beaver Turkey Quiet Area make the change, so I looped a track around the ridge with a trip to Knoll Lake. Started at the Hatchery TH at sunrise.

Nobody on Babe Haught's tale of two trails. Rocky and steep turns into smooth descent after 300. The lake's dried up pretty far. With the water level pulled back there were some sandy beaches from which to watch the steam rise off the water while the sun got going. Saw the first people of the day, a camper down the SE leg and a couple folks who had paddled out and camped on the knoll. The few aspens there are were just starting to change around the lake.

Up from the lake with a brief trip in the uppermost parts of Gentry Canyon and then on to Gentry Spring. Mostly green until past Turkey Creek and into the quiet area. In BTQA the oaks are just about prime. The many aspens had mostly yet to change. Maples were about 50% green, 50% red, orange, or yellow. Mostly yellow. I'd think from now for about a week it's pretty much good to go. Wind's taking a lot of leaves down, but there's so much to see.

Found my way back to 300 passing Horseshoe Lake. Down Horton Springs, which was overgrown in some places. Didn't see anyone from Knoll Lake to Horton Spring, and then it got busy. Lots of campers by the spring and a few groups on Highline. Looks like just about nothing has turned below The Rim. Saw a few massive elk, but that was it for wildlife.
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Knoll Lake isolated, BTQA moderate/substantial, below The Rim faint traces

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Oct 07 2021
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Fremont Peak, AZ 
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Hiking14.04 Miles 4,051 AEG
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A friend and I went out and back, sort of, up Fremont to get a look over the fall color. South side of the mountain is dragging this year, so we started from Lockett and hoped the recent storm sped things up at least in the Inner Basin. Got going around 6am.

Passed a couple people straight away and then saw no one until coming back down the steeper parts of Inner Basin Trail. Never seen the IB switchbacks in full glow, wasn't the day for it. Upper IB is at peak. Not too much green left and not too many leaves on the ground.

Weatherford to Fremont (the upper) Saddle for the split ascent up the ridge. Made the summit below cloudy skies. Eventually they cleared and Inner Basin started to glow. The turn in IB is mostly just higher up, so all the nearest stands were shining. Three and a half hours on the summit soaking it in, tossed out any plans at adding anything else to the day.

Down toward Doyle Saddle and cut down a rock/ash slide to save a mile. Awesome views as the sun got low. Digging heels in could practically ski down the mountain.

Went a different way through IB. Took a use trail to the sort-of-secret meadow south of the trail. Better colors there than on the trail proper. Got down to the waterline jct and took it south through the yellow toward Sugarloaf. Got down too late and decided to skip the trip up.

40-60s, not too many people there even for a weekday. Lots of campers.
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Inner Basin peaking up top, starting down low, waterline green where it meets IB, peak south of IB
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Oct 03 2021
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Humphreys Loop, AZ 
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Hiking23.54 Miles 6,120 AEG
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I did this loop last fall without the summit, and it ended up being a nice early fall route connecting some of the earlier changing aspen patches in Inner Basin and along the northern part of Waterline Trail. Added the summit because I'd never heard of anyone going up, down, and around Humphreys, and it seemed like a neat idea. Fall's late on the mountain, and I was a few days early. Just about everywhere on the mountain is 2-5 days off trend.

Started at 5am and hiked for an hour by headlamp. Passed two groups coming down above the saddle. Nobody else until Fremont Saddle, and the day got very busy. Passed maybe 50 groups total. Lots of very friendly people out and about. Not too many aspens have turned yet around the mountain, but I stayed on the north side of Inner Basin using a couple roads and found enough color to satisfy. Waterline a mix. Lots of people out on Abineau - Bear Jaw. That loop is turning unusually late as well.

From the Waterline/Abineau junction I went over the ridge west of Abineau Canyon. It was cloudy and cold this time around, so I used the clearing that ends at the patch of rock fall. Maneuvered below as much as I could before going up. Had a much easier time avoiding bushwhacking, couldn't find a solution to how steep it is. Down White Horse Canyon, the upper parts of which are awesome. Views from Kendrick to Kayenta. Open forest and loose footing turns into a deadfall nightmare lower down. It isn't so bad in the canyon, but once circling around SW toward the AZT it is, well, super irritating. Eventually dumped into a long meadow that has a trail running from it's eastern end to Lew Tank and the AZT. Took that back around to the Snowbowl connector and back up to the TH.
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Snowbowl still green, Inner Basin just turning higher up, a week away lower down, Bear Jaw nearing peak, Abineau still mostly green, Waterline a mix
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Kendrick - Newman Loop, AZ 
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Kendrick's east slopes looked yellow a few days before, so I redid this hike from the summer hoping for a yellow tunnel of aspens in Bull Basin. Mountain's 5-7 days away but there was still something. Started at the th instead this time around 6am.

Road walk to the pass between Kendrick and Newman. Should have driven, not as bad as I remembered. Dozen elk and deer in the hills working up to the trail.

Good day for visibility on top. Looks like SF Peaks are just changing on the north side, not much by snowbowl. Quick break and down Bull Basin. Still a few trees down on the upper stretch. Aspen tunnels still largely green. Just turning lower down. That side of the mountain a smattering of reds, yellows, and mostly greens best appreciated from a distance, the trail passed through mostly green.

From BB TH past the tank to 8289, then through the meadows and along the edge of the woods. Peaceful walk, more and more wildlife. Up Pumpkin until it enters the forest and found a better route down this time. Straight down to the roads to Newman.

Started Newman the same but took a detour to avoid the deadfall lattice on the climb up. Enjoyed the meadowy rim views toward Kendrick and The Peaks. More elk and deer, they were pretty much everywhere.

High 20s to low 60s. Didn't see anyone. Snowy, cold forecast this week, hope the leaves hang on for a bit.
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Kendrick trail a week away, Bull Basin/Pumpkin few days
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