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Sep 14 2014
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Merritt Spring Trail #9Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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John9L
Hiking1.08 Miles 144 AEG
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chumley
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We did another short and easy hike to a viewpoint up above Merritt Spring. We hiked roughly a half mile up the trail to the high point. Once there we all enjoyed the views and pointed out the landmarks off in the distance. Afterward we hiked back to the trailhead and checked out the Merritt Spring area.
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Sep 14 2014
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Merritt Spring Trail #9Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2014
chumley
Hiking0.98 Miles 138 AEG
Hiking0.98 Miles      30 Mns   2.80 mph
138 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Quick trip to the high point on the Merritt Spring trail to check out the views over the Santa Maria Mountains.
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Sep 14 2014
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Merritt Spring Trail #9Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2014
tibber
Hiking0.98 Miles 138 AEG
Hiking0.98 Miles      30 Mns   2.80 mph
138 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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this was our last jaunt of the day; only 1/4 mile and up 100 feet or something like that. OOPS. Anyway, I left my pack and just brot the camera. You get a lot of bang for the buck for skirting up the mountainside. The views on top are quite expansive :DANCE: . We figured there must have been a fire in the area years ago because of the thickness of the bushes and no trees to speak of except for the ones we had passed on the lower side.

The trail was wide enough for ATVs and Chumley pointed out that with them coming thru, they at least keep the trail open; never thot of that before. Anyway, I took a zoomed 360 video. We next headed down to Merritt Spring enclosure which was like a little small pasture. Nothing to really see here.

Back to Camp Wood HAZfest to finish packing up and have a beer and a snack.
And here is the 5:11 minute video: http://youtu.be/tciYTv7-vwY

On the drive back to the highway there are some great vistas from the dirt road. I had to stop a couple times to grab a photo or two. And you would think that if I'm going to get a rock to my window it would be here but no, it was on the stinkin' pavement. All the 13 years I had Tonto the windshield got smacked 3 times but never a crack (I always tended to the hits) but Tonto Jr seems to be jinxed. The rock hit the driver's side and cracked almost 1/2 way across :x . If there is going to be something on the road to hit or run over or fly over and hit Jr it does (like when I was going by a semi on the 101 and it blew a tire, part of it that hit Tonto Jr, SHEESH!).
Fortunately or unfortunately I pay high insurance premiums and replacement did not cost any additional funds.
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Aug 24 2014
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Merritt Cottonwood Loop, AZ 
Merritt Cottonwood Loop, AZ
 
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chumley
Hiking4.84 Miles 622 AEG
Hiking4.84 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.99 mph
622 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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After a long hike Saturday, I wanted to get a few easier miles in to start Sunday before doing a little Hazfest reconnaissance. This short loop that linked two trails with a short road hike between them looked great.

I was absolutely stunned at the unending views from the high points on Merritt Spring Trail. It might have helped that the weather was perfect, with puffy white clouds dotting the sky, and providing frequent relief from the sun. This would be an oven on a sunny summer afternoon.

On 705 I took the road less traveled to be closer to the pines in the creek bottom and it turned out to be a bad move. Stick to the road for quicker moving and comfortable non-soccer-ball-rocks under your feet.

Passed by a couple of other trail junctions I'd like to explore in the future before visiting the old Cement Trough Spring. Nice old stone spring box here that isn't in use anymore.

Took Cottonwood Mountain #8 back up to CR68. I saw a deer, and with the bow season having just started, I caught a glimpse of three hunters that were following it. I was in full bumblebob gear, but somehow managed to walk to within 3 feet of the hunters unseen and unheard. I apologetically asked if I had interfered with their hunt, and only then realized that they had not seen the deer that I had seen -- when all were in my view at the same time! I had to laugh at their ineptitude. These three were decked out head to toe in camouflage, including full face masks! I'm pretty sure I know who went home empty handed!

Oh anyway, amusing end to an easy loop. I was back at the trailhead a few minutes later!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cement Trough Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Historical stone springbox is dry, but modern box is full of water and had a light flow.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
This is just a seep with some muddy pools of water in the grass. Historical locations have dried up and it appears the water now surfaces in different spots than in years past. All within a 100 yard radius.
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