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Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road #503A - 6 members in 19 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 14 2019
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Mingus Inner Basin, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking18.10 Miles 3,722 AEG
Hiking18.10 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.37 mph
3,722 ft AEG      35 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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A return to the Mingus area for cooler temps.
This hike features tall pines, decent trail and some off trail. A start in the 60's was perfect.

There was some smoke in the area in the AM, that dissipated in the afternoon.

Goal on this loop, was to try and find a way down from the dead end of the Powerline Trail. I'd seen on satellite, what appeared to be undocumented sections of a trail. Bingo, we found it and it was a much easier way down than the Ravine. Next time, I need to find where this goes up to? This is an old trail with great tread. I'd love to know the history of this one.

Now on the Mescal Gulch-Hull Canyon Trail, this one is fading away on the south side of the ridge. The steep north side of the ridge, has seen some recent and welcome love, all the way to Walnut Spring.

Out of the tree cover for the most part, we followed the old Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road, back to the TH.

A couple miles from the finish, some poor sole had lost a tire (not wheel) on his Silverado, and wound up 10' down/off the trail.

A good day for wildlife. 2 miles in, 3 deer with the buck still in velvet. 3 miles in, a dozen turkey lazily sauntered away from us. 12 miles in by Walnut Spring, a couple of Javelina.

The rain held off until the drive home.
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Sep 14 2019
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus North - Mint Julep Loop III, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking17.70 Miles 3,283 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.31 mph
3,283 ft AEG      33 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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A good loop that few will try. Other Mingus loops rank higher. This one has plenty of character. I'd guess 40% or more is along or under tree cover. Most will leave with memories of pines. Gamble Oak has a solid presence for autumn foliage opportunity.

1 hour in we passed a rafter of turkey hens. Neither of us captured one for the annual 4-H county fair exhibit.

#550, #549 and west #503A offer pleasant hiking. Best-of destination slayers might ponder if options run low.

In addition to countless redos we have a reason to try and loop up Mingus. However, no trace on satellite. FR500E needs to be utilized in a Woodchute Loop too.
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Feb 22 2018
PrestonSands
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road #503APrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking1.30 Miles 230 AEG
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This was a re-exploration of the west end of the wagon road among the tall pines. Was a bit disturbed to see an abandoned, dead dog while off-trailing from 89A to the canyon bottom. Made my way through a locust thicket to the old stone corral along the wagon road, and then on to the cabin site where I suspect wagon trains may have had an overnight stop. All kinds of smashed beer bottles and whiskey flasks at that spot. 1890’s drunken revelry. Hiked back to my truck after my visit, and then drove on to Mescal Gulch for a nice evening loop hike.
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Jul 12 2017
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Black Hills Loop, AZ 
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kingsnake
Hiking10.85 Miles 1,823 AEG
Hiking10.85 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   2.11 mph
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1st trip
I started my hike from rge Prescott National Forest sign at the large pullout on the west side of AZ-89A, opposite Mescal Tank. I headed east on the jeep trail, through some nice shade. This, and all jeep trails, foot trails and cross country, throughout my loop, showed ample evidence of recent heavy rain. Some jeep trails appeared to have channelized runoff, with downslope sand patterns, and shifted small accumulations of dead grass. On flatter parts of the jeep trails, the ruts were either muddy or still held water. Off trail, the soil was quite loose, with even large rocks poor candidates for a solid foot hold.

A half mile into the hike, on the south side of the trail, there are the ruins of a stone-walled building. Just past the ruins is Mescal Spring. There is a dry spring box, and the springs are fenced off. I always wondered why some springs are fenced, and today the reason finally occured to me: So that animals would not pollute the water, at its source, with their droppings. I may be off base, but it makes sense.

A half mile up FR 338, hidden back in the tree line, I checked out the small graveyard. There are three anonymous graves there, although apparently one cross once had the name “C. Jones” on it ( apcrp.org/MESCAL_GU ... .htm ).There is a collapsed mine shaft not far away, so perhaps it is a miner & his family?

Back in Mescal Gulch, the path up the ridge looked, to me, less like an MTB path than a Roman footpath, with a (now scattered) rock surface and rocks lining much of the sides. An obvious old road crossed the path halfway up the ridge.

On a clear day -- there was a lot of wildfire smoke in the Verde Valley -- the view from the ridge top would have been nice, but I could still cealry see the Verde Central Shaft and Jerome High School.

I could not find a path south off the ridge top, so I bushwhacked. Despite the lack of manzanita and cat claw, it was still slow going. It took me 15 minutes to go 250 yds. and descend 150 ft., until I bumped across a powerline right-of-way, where I was able to pick up a defined foot path. At the bottom of the ridge, in Hull Canyon, the trail splits. Going right would take you to the Jerome waterworks; I went left up a wash.

Up the wash, I found an old mine. The oddest part, at the collapsed shaft, was all the firm yellow foam laying about. It looks like the miners used it to keep pipes and posts in place.

At first, I thought the Jerome municipal water tank was the most massive cattle tank I had ever seen. I also took a look at the chlorine purification plant. (When I was in the Army, I was in Civil Affairs, so we got to tour waterworks and sewage plants, which was fascinating.) Heading out to AZ-89A, it appears I may have been on mining company land. :-$ In my defense, there was no fence or sign of any sort the way I came in, over the ridge.

Nearly noon, I was ready to call it a day, but couldn't get ahold of my wife for pickup, so trudged onward, up the old FR 503A wagon road. I got to the top of the climb, near the intersection of FR 500E, where I took an extended break. Unfortunately, I did not bring lunch, or even an energy bar. (I was expecting to be in Jerome drinking beer at lunch time.) As much as I like salt & vinegar chips, they are a poor source of energy.

After that I ground out the miles to Hull Canyon, where the shade was welcome. Heavy clouds and drizzle also brought some relief. The best part of the hike is through the trees from Hull Canyon back to AZ-89A, mostly through forest. Just before the highway was the one of the coolest cairns I’ve ever seen: A finely balanced single rock-wide tower. I’m surprised wind hadn’t blown it over!

An out & back hike from the Mescal Tank trailhead, up FR 503A direct to Hull Canyon — the opposite of the direction I travelled — would be a great six mile, 900 AEG, walk in the woods.

Hike Video, Pt. 1: [ youtube video ] : cemetery, ruins, ridge, mine
Hike Video, Pt. 2: [ youtube video ] : waterworks, FR 503A, Hull Canyon
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Jun 04 2017
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Mescal Trail #547Prescott, AZ
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paco14
Hiking4.32 Miles 659 AEG
Hiking4.32 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   1.98 mph
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Hey, this was pretty cool. Pulled off the highway without really knowing what was there and just followed what was in front of us. There's an old rusted car that apparently rolled off the road decades ago right as you start. Nice mix of tall pines and shade in the trees on the way up Mescal, with some evidence of the logging/mining history of the area. Then a nice descent down Bug Hollow, warm but way better than the valley. Didn't see anybody else, just one other car at the trailhead, wasn't there when we got back.
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PrestonSands
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Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road #503APrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking7.00 Miles 810 AEG
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My dad and I set off from the southern end of 503A on a mild late summer's morning, intending to do this and Section House as a shuttle. I performed tour guide duty, pointing out items of historical note along the way. My dad and I don't get to roam the hills together too often, so this adventure was a special one. Jerome adventures on my birthday have been a tradition for almost 30 years now.

FR 503A and 500E were two of my most favorite hikes during my Prescott days, and it felt great to revisit these areas. The hills were green and the ruts were muddy from ample summer rains. Nice patches of paintbrush flowers in places. There is a new and elaborate wildlife water cache basin around the midway point of 503A. We capped off our adventure by meeting the rest of the family in Jerome for lunch at Hilltop Deli, some town exploration, and a visit to the Jerome State Historic Park. A great Sands family adventure.
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May 22 2015
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 Mesa,AZ
Mingus North Loop, AZ 
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Hiking17.09 Miles 3,099 AEG
Hiking17.09 Miles   7 Hrs   24 Mns   2.52 mph
3,099 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We pretty much followed the route posted by Joe and the Eagle, with just slight changes. This is a great loop, although we did find ourselves on the wrong side of a No Trespassing area.

We did find the HikeArizona.com logo placed along the route so if there is a prize for that let me know how I collect it :D
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May 02 2015
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Mingus North - Sands Mint Julep Loop II, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking15.94 Miles 3,398 AEG
Hiking15.94 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.52 mph
3,398 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Returned to this classic I threw together and Bruce streamlined in 2012. Temps forecasted around 71 degrees held well. It had it's warm moments in the sun. Ultimately big fluffy clouds made the day. I love this mountain and the variety it offers.

Bruce suggested we flip the direction of travel to ccw. That decision along with a pinch of experience put this hike into the virtual breeze category.

The Powerline Trail #549 has been seriously cleared so that was a nice surprise. Our little off trail jaunt over Mescal Ridge ( no name really ) was perfected today. Last time we found partial use-trails on each side. Today we scored use-trails the entire way!

Down in Hull Canyon, near Walnut Spring, Bruce slipped and gashed his finger. Luckily he survived applying pressure and setting a makeshift bandage. Next found a nice spot to lunch near an old city of Jerome tank.

All and all a pleasant day hike. Instead of bushwhacking a few areas we danced around the mahogany demons unscathed. We left in what sounded like a motorcycle rally. Which seems typical for weekend afternoons on Mingus.
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Cliff-Rose and yellow flowered bush dominated the upper end of #503A, lupine, skyrocket, thistle & paintbrush
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May 02 2015
The_Eagle
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Mingus North - Inner Basin, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking16.89 Miles 3,473 AEG
Hiking16.89 Miles   7 Hrs   17 Mns   2.61 mph
3,473 ft AEG      48 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
A redux of a hike we did almost 3 years ago. Going CCW this time made the off trail a much easier downhill. With the added bonus of finding a use trail to replace a thick bushwhack.

Old 503a extension > Mescal > Bug Hollow > Off Trail to Upper Mescal > Powerline > Off trail to North Mingus > FR > Old MTB trail > J-P Wagon Road

May the Weather stay like this the rest of the year, for this couple welterweights. It was perfect on the day. Clouds and brief very light sprinkles kept the temps down.

Bug Hollow and Upper Mescal are the highlights on the day for the thick tree cover. (Best viewed in the Autumn). The recently cleared Powerline trail does yield some big views to the north, past Sedona and to "The Peaks", Bill Williams, Sitgreaves and Kendrick.
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Apr 04 2015
PrestonSands
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road #503APrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 747 AEG
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Hiked the eastern end from the Jerome Grande Mine out to the Section House trail to enjoy the view among the agaves. Found a gastropod fossil in the Redwall Limestone.
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Jul 24 2013
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Hiking2.50 Miles 501 AEG
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An evening of off trail exploring along the Jerome wagon road route... I located the route of the old aerial tramway (like a ski lift with buckets instead of chairs) that ran from the United Verde Mine (the big open pit) at Jerome over to the western side of Mingus Mountain during the early 1890's. Rotted wooden poles with numerous bolts and hardware attached, along with spilled coke (which the tram hauled) seemed to indicate that this was indeed the tram route. Down in a lush canyon bottom, noise from a tree caught my attention, where I noticed 3 owls looking down at me. I cautiously approached, hoping they wouldn't fly away, and almost stepped on a coiled (apparently sleeping) rattlesnake. The owls allowed me to come reasonably close, never flying. We exchanged hoots upon parting. Hiking out of the canyon, I came across a small plane wreck, something I did not expect. Found a date of 8-1-59 on a wheel. Not too far from it was a more recently wrecked truck. I emerged from the canyon at dusk, scratched, filthy, and itchy. A satisfying adventure it was.
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Hiking4.00 Miles 922 AEG
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Evening exercise on the east end of the trail. Partook in a bit of rock hounding, roamed through a forest of century plant stalks, and watched the sunset paint the rocks of Sycamore Canyon and Sedona orange before turning around on the Section House trail. A fulfilling outing with great music.
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Sep 08 2012
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The_Eagle
Hiking17.01 Miles 4,405 AEG
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First, Thanks to Preston for collecting all the GPS Data in this area.
Second, Thanks to Joe for taking the time to paste together all of Preston's tracks into a loop in the area.
My only contribution was coming up with a route that took us off of the planned 2.25 mile road walk on the busy, twisty turny 89a that the original route had us doing.
I found a way, but it appears there is a better choice (Better = Trail vs. no Trail)

We started by caching at the 7 mile mark, avoiding carrying some weight up the steepest portion of the hike.

We parked off 89a and made the clockwise Loop of #503A > Off trail > FR338 > #105 > Off trail > #548 > # 550 > Off Trail > #548 > #547 > Off trail.

While not overly spectacular, each of these sections offered unique views, From the almsost Irish like countryside on the North Side of the #503A, to the Pinal feel of #547 and #548.

My favorite was #548 - Bug Hollow, for the views.

Saw a lot of Pronghorn on the Drive in, and out on this day.
Saw one doe that did not care if we were around on the Mescal Trail and
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joebartels
Hiking16.85 Miles 3,150 AEG
Hiking16.85 Miles   10 Hrs   8 Mns   2.22 mph
3,150 ft AEG   2 Hrs   33 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
I threw together a collage of Preston Sands(aka "the yeti") routes with a new feature on MapDEX called Plot Routes in View. Bruce worked it a little to eliminate a 2.5mi segment on the paved highway.

The alarm tortured the ear drums mid coma. The decision came quick... screw Piestewa, I'm sleeping. Ah back to dreamla... wait a minute, this is big hike day... let's go!

With a forecasted high of 75 and 50% rain my concern was warmth so in went the umbrella, pants and long sleeve shirt.

Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road #503A
Our journey was a descent. It was pleasant, enjoyable and very nice views along the way. The bottom end is steepish. I prefer other hikes in the area more.

Off Trail
From our low point on 89A we headed up a road then off-trailed through the undesirable for under a half mile. Luckily we merged into some sort of unknown trail.

North Mingus Trail #105
We took the 105 for about 2.1mi. I prefer the upper stretches of the 105 but it was nince to finally see this end too.

Off Trail 2
Next we followed Preston's previous 600ft off-trail route up a ravine to Powerline Trail #549. It wasn't too brushy yet once cured my curiosity.

Powerline Trail #549
This old jeep road has twenty year old pines reclaiming the road. It's a little brushy but nothing bad. The views are most enjoyable. If this was better maintained and had a non-off-trail looping option I'd give it a 4 out of 5. As is I went with a 3 and figure most causal hikers would prefer to avoid.

Bug Hollow Trail #548
We strolled in glee on a segment of Bug Hollow. The oaks give this one a nice crisp flavor most should enjoy.

Upper Mescal Trail #550
This one has a very nice segment in a ravine and a short jaunt across. It also has a drab treeless segment with highway noise.

Off Trail 3
This was a painless jaunt to hook back up with Bug Hollow. Right next to the highway it was loaded with litter.

Mescal Trail #547
We took this down to almost complete our loop. I was very impressed, it reminded me of the Pinals. We were descending with the added bonus of late afternoon shade from the mountain... so that probably played into my impression.

Off Trail 4
Just a short quarter mile on an old jeep road to complete the loop. Old 1930-1950s car in the drainage.

Synopsis
I don't even know what this word means. Randal uses it at the end of his triplogs so it's gotta be cool. Preston's Mint Julep Loop was fun to learn up on Mingus. 548 is a definite game player come Autumn. 503A is one-and-done for me. The others are toying with my emotions.
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Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road #503APrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking3.60 Miles 740 AEG
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Up the east side of FR 503A and onto the Section House Trail/road. Stopped at the north side of point 6872', then hiked back the same way. Had great views of the entire Verde Valley and snowy Woodchute Mountain directly above the road.
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Nov 15 2011
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Hiking8.20 Miles 1,344 AEG
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After 20 years of wondering exactly where the route of the wagon road went (and locating part of the route and a few old hand forged nails on my 14th birthday trip to Jerome), I found a 1905 topo map of the area with the route on it. 8) Now I was anxious to explore...

With a cool, autumn day off from work, I started from the south end of FR 503A, just above Mescal Gulch. A little over a mile later and I was on the old wagon road route. The fall scenery, views, and the answer to an old question combined to make this a memorable outing.

I ended up doing a loop by taking Highway 89A back, as the hour had grown late. The highway doesn't really have a shoulder in most places, so there was quite a bit of guardrail hopping as cars went flying past me.

I enjoyed the route and the scenery. The history just added to the experience.
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Nov 14 2011
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PrestonSands
Hiking1.40 Miles 392 AEG
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Lunch break quickie on the east end.
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Nov 02 2011
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PrestonSands
Hiking2.10 Miles 511 AEG
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Hiked the east end from highway 89A up to a nice hilltop overlook of the UVCC open pit. Cool limestone country, reminiscent of the Dragoons.
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road #503APrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2011
PrestonSands
Hiking1.80 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles      35 Mns   3.09 mph
420 ft AEG
 
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Lunch break hike in Mescal Gulch. Checked out an old limestone quarry near the highway and picked some chokecherries.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
average hiking speed 2.31 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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