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Jun 06 2015
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
The Juniper Loop, AZ 
The Juniper Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2015
joebartels
Hiking23.73 Miles 3,325 AEG
Hiking23.73 Miles   10 Hrs   16 Mns   2.56 mph
3,325 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Bull Spring Trail #100
Looked recently maintained two years ago. Still has that same high pro glow now. A decent trail with nice trees and views.

Juniper Mesa Trail #20
Highlight of the wilderness. Majestic ponderosas with occasional rim view options. Jump the fence a time or two for the good life. This isn't a well maintained trail for princesses out strolling for knights.

Trail #9124 - Prescott NF
Bruce and I have hit this road/trail twice with his southern off-trail canyon option. This time we accessed descending which made it fairly easy. Off-trail was gentle brushy, only one scratch wearing shorts.

Old Military Trail #1
We hiked 50%. The west end. Trouble finding it for 0.8mi from FS7. In review I can make out a bit more but not all on satellite. Hope to do the eastern end someday to complete the trail. Mainly junipers with some nice alligator junipers on occasion. Little shade on trail, available often for breaks. Typical bone dry juniper land feeling.

Missed the last western mile of #1 I had drawn up from FS Topo. The missed segment is an old 4wd road, it can be traced.

Trail #9853 - Prescott NF
Kinna like rolling the dice in wheat germ. Trail barely exists. Cairns on occasion. Pasture... moo

Oaks and Willows Trail #3
Descended this time. A bit steep in the upper end. Several of us slid a time or two catching ourselves without falling.

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Alligator Juniper
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Happy Camp Tank
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nothing stood out
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Jun 06 2015
BiFrost
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
The Juniper Loop, AZ 
The Juniper Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2015
BiFrost
Hiking23.73 Miles 3,325 AEG
Hiking23.73 Miles   10 Hrs   16 Mns   2.56 mph
3,325 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
First time on Juniper Mesa...good hiking crew to explore this area. Joe and Bruce put the loop together with some route finding and off trail sections but not too bad without trail. Typical juniper country with some Ponderosa's mixed in. Highlight was definitely the rim off the south and southeast side of Juniper Mesa. We didn't see anyone all day just some cows, elk, and what we think was javalina. Definitely more to explore out in this seemingly little used area.
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Jun 06 2015
The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Juniper - Happy Camp - Miltary Loop, AZ 
Juniper - Happy Camp - Miltary Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking23.83 Miles 3,283 AEG
Hiking23.83 Miles   10 Hrs   17 Mns   2.61 mph
3,283 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Out to the Juniper Mesa Wilderness again to check out some new areas.

We attacked this in a CCW direction this time.

Bull Spring #100 is in great shape. This trail's views get better the higher you climb. Juniper Mesa #20 yields some spectacular views if you make your way out to the edge. I really want to complete the eastern portion of this trail, over to Juniper Spring. This is really the jewel of this hike.

Joe took us down the off trail portion instead of up like we did last time. Much easier in this direction meeting up with Trail #9124.

Next we planned to hit the Old Military Trail #1 about in the middle and hike it North to it's northern terminus at Happy Camp. This trail's been on my "To Do" list for awhile now. We were unable to find where the trail anywhere near where the Topo maps show it off of FR7. After heading in the general direction of Happy Camp, we stumbled across the trail, fairly well worn, cairned and blazed. I need to get back there and see how far off the TOPO trace it is from the actual trail going to the south.

At the Happy Camp area, we ate out lunch and relaxed for a bit. We had a bit of a road walk to hit our next "Trail" Happy Camp Trail #9853 I'm sure is there, but with recent and current bovine activity, there's trails everywhere. We pretty much stuck to the Topo trace on the map to get us back.

Oaks and Willows Trail #3 was a bit steep and loose dropping off the ridge, but leveled out to a nice grade and became tree covered further on down.
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plenty of cows around this muddy mess.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Happy Camp Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Two tanks, both with water. Plenty of animal activity would keep me from filtering here unless absolutely needed.

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Metal trough appeared full.

dry Pine Flat Tank Dry Dry
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Jun 06 2015
Dave1
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Juniper - Happy Camp - Miltary Loop, AZ 
Juniper - Happy Camp - Miltary Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2015
Dave1
Hiking23.83 Miles 3,283 AEG
Hiking23.83 Miles   10 Hrs   17 Mns   2.61 mph
3,283 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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1st trip
Started out as a pretty nice hike. Turned into a slog as we search for the military trail and the temps rose. Spotted a javelina along the way and some massive mountain lion scat. The ride home sucked as a rabbit decided to commit suicide by 4Runner and I was the driver. These guys seemed to get some kind of sick enjoyment out of it though. I felt shitty for the rest of the day. Williamson is a pretty nice area. If I was rich :-k ... Thanks for driving, Karl.

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