I'm not even gonna try to properly log the scenic drive, tours & hikes that we cussed, laughed, & made it through today. Just going to list the facts & sequence the best I can remember -
Myself, Lauren, Addie & Bianca traveling in a borrowed van.
Black Jack Overlook
Leopold Vista Historical Monument
Catwalk NRT (the Catwalk is destroyed)
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ram
Chase Creek Historic District
Freeport-McMoran Copper Mine
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ewes
Chase Creek Overlook
Big Tree Trail
After spending half the day in Morenci taking care of some business, I had a few afternoon hours left for a short hike. Drove through the mine and up the Coronado Trail stopping at Sardine Saddle and first hiked the very short out-n-back Big Tree trail. Cool little trail that took me down to the enormious AZ Cypress tree that in 1988 was recognized as the largest reported of it's species growing in the US! I then crossed the highway and got on the H L Canyon trail with just enough time to take it down to the Frye trail junction before returning back. What a scenic trail just the first mile of this one is and I will be back in autumn (should look awesome) to complete the entire loop! Headed back home to Safford as big storm clouds developed all over the county and after returning home and unloading the truck of hiking gear, I packed it back up with storm chasing gear and headed out .....
After missing out on a trip to the Sierra Ancha the day before due to vehicle problems, I just had to get out and do something. I had seen this trail on the Apache Sitgreaves website and thought it might be something interesting to see. So I headed up the Coronado Trail with the intention of hiking the Fry and Big Tree Trails, then biking back to my truck. The steep Fry Trail was covered in 8 inches of ice for what appeared to be several miles, so I chose the Big Tree Trail instead. It was an enjoyable little hike. The Big Tree is a BEAST! Nothing went as planned this weekend, but at least I got to do something fun.
"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
average hiking speed 1.53 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.