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Connector Trail #80 - 9 members in 38 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 07 2021
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
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toddak
Hiking17.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   9 Hrs      1.89 mph
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Kendrick looks to be enjoying a solid monsoon, lots of new lush vegetation to help stabilize the burn zones. The CT, fully refreshed just 2 years ago, is now mostly overgrown. Bull Spring is actually a spring (but I'd still have to be parched to consider drinking it). Several dozen downed trees around the loop, most of them not hard to get around.
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about 6" deep in pool, pretty clear, steady outflow
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LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Kendrick double, AZ 
Kendrick double, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking16.90 Miles 4,812 AEG
Hiking16.90 Miles   9 Hrs   26 Mns   1.97 mph
4,812 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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Started at 0615 to temps in the 30’s. Unfortunately, that did not last long and it warmed up quickly. Up Kendrick, taking a snack break at the cabin and another at the lookout. Down Pumpkin, which is as steep as ever, and vague in a few places, especially around the deadfall. Took the Connector over to Bull Basin and up that. Deadfall has been significantly cleared, but there is still some to deal with, maybe 12-18 trees. Nothing terrible, but just enough to be an annoyance. Definitely warm on the way up Bull Basin, but an occasional breeze helped. Easy four miles back down Kendrick to finish out the hike. Didn’t see many people, but did see one trail runner three times, which is also how many times he climbed Kendrick today. Finished just after 1530 with temps in the low 80’s. Not a single cloud in the sky all day, and smoke from the Slate Fire was never an issue.
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Small pool, very light flow. Enough if you were really thirsty.
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 Fountain Hills,
Bull Pumpkin Loop, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking11.20 Miles 3,176 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.54 mph
3,176 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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I have been wanting to hike the Bull Basin-Pumpkin loop up to Kendrick Peak, and decided to finally go for it. I have hiked up to Kendrick several times, but always on the "standard" out-and-back route from the Kendrick TH.

We started from the Pumpkin TH and did the loop clockwise. FR 171 was in good shape, and a sedan could drive on it. However, I think that you would at least need an SUV to drive the last mile on the road that goes to the TH.

I enjoyed this hike much more than going out-and-back on the Kendrick Peak Trail. There were probably half a dozen downed trees going up on the Bull Basin Trail, but it wasn't too bad. There were a few stretches of snow on the Bull Basin Trail, but I never put my microspikes on. There were also a few downed trees on the descent on the Pumpkin Trail, but it wasn't too deal with them. We saw 3-4 elk on the descent, but that was it for wildlife.

There was lots of sun exposure on the hike, and I was glad that we had cloud cover for most of the hike. I don't think that I would want to do this hike on a hot, sunny day.

This hike is a keeper in my book, and I would definitely do it again.
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Aug 22 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pumpkin Trail #39Flagstaff, AZ
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emilystardust
Hiking10.30 Miles 2,874 AEG
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We got caught in a painful hailstorm on the way out, but the trails were clear of trees and obstacles.
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toddak
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 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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toddak
Hiking17.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   9 Hrs      1.89 mph
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LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kendrick Peak - Hill 8289, AZ 
Kendrick Peak - Hill 8289, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2020
LJW
Hiking20.10 Miles 5,366 AEG
Hiking20.10 Miles   7 Hrs   17 Mns   3.08 mph
5,366 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Last August I gave the Kendrick Loop a go and found myself most curious about the Northern or back side of Kendrick. A hill that is seen on Connector caught my eye. Between the trail and the hill, Hill 8289, patchy ponderosa canopies and fire-cleared meadows beckon ventures out into the easy-going terrain. Thought I'd add 8289 and extend the loop through Bull Basin.

To do this loop right, best to start at Bull Basin TH. Cuts 8mi off the route and you don't have to climb Kendrick twice (+/- 2400 aeg). I wasn't sure if my car could make it, though what I walked was smooth as pavement. I started at Kendrick TH around 5:15. Road in is smooth, FR171 is rocky but good for low clearance. Wildflowers beginning to bloom on Kendrick but need some rain. Trail was smooth as any.

Summit in no time, didn't hang around. Lightning forecasts have a way of being wrong in the high mountains during the summer, although they were right this time. Down Pumpkin, which is my favorite trail on the loop. Shady and windy. Pumpkin had good wildflowers at times as well. Really puts on a show come summer rain, not there yet.

Took connector around to the pass where the trail enters Bull Basin. Went up the ridge. Doing this again I'll head back a little west into the clearing where it's prettiest and doesn't do so much upping and downing. The ridge is separated from 8289 by a drainage with a road in it. Crossed the road and worked up a few hundred feet to the summit. Lots of deer, sparse pine cover, and beautiful meadows. Top of the hill is a meadow flanked by forest on all sides but the north.

On the map there is a road to the north. Didn't go that way because I wasn't sure if the road still exists (pretty sure it does), didn't want to bite off more than I could chew, and the slopes to the south have the best views of Kendrick and Bull Basin. Back tracked to the road I crossed. When I went to follow the road through Bull Basin, turned out it's the private property of the owners of Bull Basin Ranch. Cut through the forest just north of Bull Basin Tank and caught the road to Bull Basin TH.

Lots of elk between the pines. Bull Basin Trail has been cleaned up a lot since last summer. Only about a half dozen trees down. It gets hot on that trail without the conifers of old. Pretty sun exposed until the trail enters the young aspens. Obsidian big and small everywhere you look. On top by the cabin, where the trail suffered the worst damage, it is now clear and well cairned.

Only saw four groups on the hike. Twice by the cabin and on the way down Kendrick. Temps 50s-80s. Doing this again, if sticking with the Kendrick TH, it might be fun and/or brutal to add East Newman and/or Newman Hill. They wouldn't be enough on their own driving from Phoenix and probably wouldn't be enough to keep a traveler from making it back.
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Kendrick and Pumpkin. Not too long now

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May 27 2020
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Pumpkin Trail #39Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2020
Jim_H
Hiking11.10 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.30 mph
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On my last hike up Humphrey's Peak I looked over at Kendrick and thought, "I should hike that again". I don't need another Humphrey summit, and I haven't been here in nearly a decade. I also wanted to inspect the June 2017 burn.

It is a mixed bag. I'm not thrilled with the wilderness overall, and if the FS fenced the top to exclude elk herbivory and planted spruce and fir seedlings as has been done on High Peak in the Pinalenos, and as is done for aspen around the forest, the top might look a lot better and recover faster. The elk eat almost everything and given that these animals are not a native animal.....wilderness. A different subspecies was in the region, but so were predators like wolves, and there were no game tanks. Point? Kendrick Wilderness is nothing more than a name and lip service that makes ignorant visitors feel warm and fuzzy while doing nothing for the spirit of the meaning of the word.

The grassy and brushy slopes, some improved, mostly just a lot of open country where Meadow Larks can be heard. The upper Bull Basin is doing well. The lower slopes along the connector are totally bare.

Nice hike overall. Great weather made me feel like I was in Utah. Cool and dry.

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More of a seep, but substantial.
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Nov 16 2019
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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toddak
Hiking18.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   8 Hrs      2.25 mph
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Standard lasso, went clockwise. Connector has been completely groomed and refreshed, sweet! Bull Basin is also clear and finished, with a short re-route near the top to avoid most of the hardest hit burn zone, also sweet! Huge props to the trail crews for their massive efforts :y:

There are already some newly-fallen trees on the route (several low on Kendrick, several around the mid-point of Pumpkin, 1 near the top of Bull Basin) - hopefully some periodic crosscutting will get done to help preserve the current GREAT condition of these trails.
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joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kendrick - Pumpkin - Bull Basin Loop, AZ 
Kendrick - Pumpkin - Bull Basin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2019
joebartels
Hiking17.63 Miles 4,949 AEG
Hiking17.63 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.22 mph
4,949 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Passed hundreds of mtn bikes after turning off SR180. Apparently the Barn Burner Race was in full swing!

Not many vee-hicles(ode to rizzo) at Kendrick Trailhead, maybe a dozen. Interestingly we passed and helloed more heading up than ever. Hikers, newbies, dog walkers, a large group with a good mix of ages and personalities, plus five runners including the famous lacey___jo and Rachel!

After several CCW loops Suburuce wanted more elevation early on so we summited then went CW down Pumpkin. We continued to pass more than anticipated. All seemed to be doing an out-n-back or a midway-up-n-back. One guy mentioned Sheepherders Cabin. I wasn't paying enough attention if he was referring to the summit saddle cabin. At any rate, that term caught my attention.

Bruce wanted to lunch further in than usual as he recalled a nice group of trees we breaked at with Karl last year. It sort of worked out as he described. Except we passed the area he pointed out along the way. Nevertheless he picked a seemingly decent spot. Neither of us found a comfy seat. It was good to rest regardless. At one point I had a dozen large ants crawling on me. Exhausted from previous whining, I sucked it up. Figured if gummo purposely picks up scary looking bugs I could survive ants. Only three bites, all when I was flicking 'em off.

We did not see anyone along the connector trail. Flags were faded, still helped navigate. Two washed out areas had dicing footing. Glad to be going CW since I have better balance to catch a fall on my right. Noted a little bit of foxtail. Not dry enough for pure hell. Prickly plants loaded my socks with scratchies. Nothing remotely irritating like foxtails.

Heading up Bull Basin Trail was a dream compared to last year. ACE teams have worked miracles on a majority of the trail. Notably 90% of the worst log jams. A few good sized jams still need to be tackled. With lots of traffic having passed through now the easiest route over is easy to decipher.

Fun Facts - Venus is always brighter than all other planets or stars (except the Sun) as seen from Earth.
This brings joy to my little shriveled up black heart. A vicious doubter argued like a hungry wolf. In the end I got lucky...

Good hike, Kendrick always delivers.

dry Bull Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Sep 07 2019
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Kendrick - Pumpkin - Bull Basin Loop, AZ 
Kendrick - Pumpkin - Bull Basin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.02 Miles 5,012 AEG
Hiking18.02 Miles   9 Hrs   10 Mns   2.19 mph
5,012 ft AEG      57 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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The drive in was slowed by the Barnburner MTB race going the opposite direction than we were going. I was yelled at a few times for my 3mph pace for kicking up dust. The bikes were kicking up more dust than I was. There was easily 300 bikes that passed us.

This loop was a summer staple for us. The last time though in 2018, it was a total cluster of downed tree on the Bull Basin Trail. Knowing they would never put out the manpower to clear the more than 300 downed trees, I'd written this one off for any future attempts.

Flash forward a year. Going CW around this loop.

Kendrick Peak Trail is still one of the best tracks in the state.

Pumpkin Trail is showing the effects of past fires, but is flagged for what appears to be future work.
We saw more than 5 friendly groups on this trail. The most people I've ever seen on it.
Big views for this trail!

Connector Trail This trail is best followed with a GPS Track. It is flagged, but most of the flags are shorter the the grass.
This is usually the hottest part of this loop being totally exposed.

Bull Basin Trail This trail from the Connector Trail to the top was a minefield of fallen trees last year. Recent August triplogs from @toddak and @LJW gave us hope. Holy crap have the ACE crew been busy. We did not see them on this day, but the cuts on trees were very recent, tools were still out there, so they are still busy at work on this. I'm guessing they are about 85% done with this trail. The worse part, as of this triplog, is the torched section just NW of the cabin.

Jupiter – reigns supreme in the September 2019 night sky. That’s because Venus is sitting close to the glare of sunset all month, leaving dazzling Jupiter to rule the night. Jupiter pops out at dusk – brighter than any star – and stays out until late night. Not sure which one is Jupiter? See the moon in Jupiter’s vicinity for several days, centered on or near September 5. Or just look along the path the sun travels during the day – the ecliptic – for the brightest starlike object you can see. That’ll be Jupiter.
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LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2019
LJW
Hiking17.41 Miles 4,968 AEG
Hiking17.41 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   3.03 mph
4,968 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Started around 6, no cars at the trailhead. Took the loop clockwise starting with a summit of Kendrick.

Made it to the summit to find the LO unoccupied and locked. Doesn't take much from the views though as they're best off to the West away from the Mountain and LO.

Pumpkin was my favorite trail of the day. Descends quickly down the West ridge from the peak. Great views and progressively better wildflowers until the lower sections where they were in full bloom. Trail is faint in spots but route finding is not an issue.

Connector Trail is full of wildflowers and their fragrance. Trail is mostly overgrown. Orange flags cairn the trail, but they're often no taller than the surrounding grass and flowers. Route finding is easier once in Bull Basin where giant cairns dot the trail. Connector slides down toward Bull Basin Mesa and Dry Lake before entering Bull Basin. Quiet, low traffic, with great scenery in this area.

Bull Basin is a mess. Lower sections are nice, but the middle section has significant deadfall. 8-10 FS workers were cutting the trees and clearing the trail. Toward the top Bull Basin enters a serious burn area. Trail is more or less gone. Lots of charcoaled trees to climb over or work around. Because of this traffic is low.

Kendrick Peak Trail is entirely through intact forest, the rest of the loop is through burn areas. Lots of wildflowers and deadfall. Post-fire erosion has pulled a ton of obsidian to the surface on Bull Basin.

Saw two groups of hikers, one by the cabin the other on the way up Kendrick while I headed down.
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Heavy on Connector/Lower Pumpkin, moderate on Kendrick/Bull Basin.
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Aug 24 2019
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
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toddak
Hiking20.00 Miles 5,500 AEG
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Back for another counter-clockwise loop. Two years since the 2017 Boundary Fire devastated areas of the mountain, and new vegetation is thriving in the burn zones as nature does her thing to soften the scars and begin the recovery.

On the way down Bull Basin I met a crew of 9 Conservation Corps workers doing a beautiful job grooming and refreshing the trail, and they said that a crosscut crew will be coming through soon to take care of the numerous downed trees :y:. The full length of the Connector has been flagged, hopefully that means it is also scheduled for maintenance. Upper Pumpkin also had some flagged sections. So awesome that these trails aren't going to be abandoned!
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joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kendrick - Bull Basin - Pumpkin Loop, AZ 
Kendrick - Bull Basin - Pumpkin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
joebartels
Hiking17.18 Miles 4,864 AEG
Hiking17.18 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   2.56 mph
4,864 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
Kendrick Peak Trail #22
Still one of the easiest ascending treads in AZ. Fire damage is notable if you concentrate on it. On route to the trailhead and on this trail most of the burned trees still had green crowns. Expected worse, plenty of untorched forest remains.

Bull Basin Trail #40
Perhaps a hundred plus trees to crawl over. It's tidy mess. Travel is just slow and tedious not horrible as other burn areas I've been through in other areas. Personally I would descend it again. Forget ascending until serious trail maintenance.

Connector Trail #80
Albeit semi moonscape in areas this trail gets a bump up from 2 to 3 for myself. Views are easier to appreciate now that the prickly shrub is all gone. Route finding still demands your attention in areas. Enough pine covered islands/stretches to enjoy a lunch break.

Pumpkin Trail #39
Aside from a little more route finding in the mid-lower section, same tree cover and tread as years past.

Synopsis
Busier than ever with lots of nearby areas closed due to dry conditions. Piestewa Peak is still busier in 100+ temps... Humphreys if open would have five times the visitors so enough with the I don't have the most popular part of the wilderness all to myself in prime season sniffle syndrome.
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Light for most of the loop. Lower mountain ridges of the Pumkin Trail are a blanket of lupine.
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Jun 23 2018
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Kendrick Bull Pumpkin, AZ 
Kendrick Bull Pumpkin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking16.66 Miles 3,543 AEG
Hiking16.66 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   2.47 mph
3,543 ft AEG      52 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Because of all of the closures, this was the most cars I've seen at the Kendrick TH. Luckily, this did not equate to jammed trails, as there is plenty of room out there.

Kendrick Peak Trail #22 is a jem. Great shape, nice gain and great views. Only slightly noticeable fire damage.

The Bull Basin Trail #40 took the brunt of the fire damage from the last couple of fires up there. Starting from right behind the cabin at the saddle, some places look like a moonscape. There is one 200 yard section up top, through the non-existent Bull Spring, that a GPS is you main means of finding the trail. Even with this devastation, you can't beat some of the views up top. This trail is really needed to make this wonderful loop happen. I'm guessing we went up, under and/or around, 200 or so trees on the length of this trail getting to the Connector Trail. With all the trees down, I find it unlikely the FS would bring in hand saws to clear this wilderness trail. I for one, would not mind giving the FS special dispensation to use chainsaws in cases like this. I know the purists will yell at me for this, but I can't ask FS workers to do what what I wouldn't/couldn't do.

The lower sections of Bull Basin Trail and the Connector Trail #80, are wide open and exposed. It provides an eerily picturesque landscape.

Having accidentally drained my backpack's bladder at lunch and not feeling the best, I split from Joe and Karl at the Connector/Pumpkin intersection, They went up and I went downhill on the Pumpkin Trail #39. This is the first time I'd been on this portion of the trail. It's actually quite nice and just as steep as the upper portion. I always thought this trail got it's name from the steepness of it. I was wrong [ photo ] .

Taking some FR's back, I met Joe, then Karl back at the TH. An enjoyable day.


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dry Bull Spring Dry Dry
Since the Boundry fire, this may now be gone..

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Jun 23 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kendrick - Bull Basin - Pumpkin Loop, AZ 
Kendrick - Bull Basin - Pumpkin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
BiFrost
Hiking17.18 Miles 4,864 AEG
Hiking17.18 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   2.56 mph
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Joe and Bruce pretty much covered everything. But had not hiked here since the last fire and was suprised by all the new downfall. Lots of work to be done on the Bull Basin Trail.
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 Avondale,Az
Pumpkin Trail #39Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2018
Stoic
Hiking10.84 Miles 3,146 AEG
Hiking10.84 Miles   14 Hrs   10 Mns   1.33 mph
3,146 ft AEG   6 Hrs    Break
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1st trip
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Mistakes where made...
1st mistake, I downloaded a GPS track from a non-haz site. I ended up hiking down into a ravine.
2nd mistake, I didn't bring as much water as I thought. I always carry over a gallon of water,when Im with my dogs. I brought about 1/2 that.
3rd mistake, I didn't use sunscreen. I started off wearing a jacket, so I didn't think twice about putting any on.

It was around 11:30am, when I realized I was very low on water and already sunburned. I was three miles from my truck, hiking in wide open country. I hiked one more mile, then hid behind a rock for 6+ hours. Once the sun was almost down, I started hiking out. Over all it was a great hiking experience , as long as I learn from my mistakes.
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Sep 29 2017
toddak
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Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
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toddak
Hiking22.00 Miles 5,500 AEG
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I had to go check out the damage caused by the Boundary Fire in June on Kendrick Mountain, home to one of my very favorite loop hikes. I went counter clockwise from the Kendrick trail head, with side out-and-backs to the Bull Basin and Pumpkin trail heads.

Heading up Kendrick Trail it looks like there's a few fresh burn areas in the lower and middle sections, but this area has burned before so its hard to be sure. As you approach the Lookout Cabin saddle there's clearly some recent burn areas along the ridge.

Continuing past the Lookout Cabin and heading down Bull Basin Trail, you soon reach an area of utter devastation. What used to be some of the most mature pines on the mountain have been reduced to charred matchsticks, many of them on the ground. The trail is non-existent, and even the soil looks like it has been sterilized by the heat. At one point I just stood there and cried. Fortunately the worst damage extends only a few hundred yards, and then the trail continues down through stands of young aspen that survived. There are dozens of old downed trees across the trail among the aspens. Further down and on towards Bull Basin trail head is now a patchwork of mostly low-intensity burn zones among surviving forest.

The Connector Trail was never in very good condition before the fire, and its worse now with lots of erosion from post-fire monsoon rains. Lupine and a few other plants look like they're thriving in the ash-enriched soil, and they are overgrowing the trail in places. Still, there's lots of cairns to help keep on track.

The first mile of the Pumpkin Trail is now among mostly burned pines, all they way up to the ridge. Up higher the trail goes through a large stand of young aspens that did not survive. Further up used to be a beautiful mix of thick pine, aspen and grassy meadows as you climb to the summit. It is now a patchwork of around 50/50 burned/untouched.

In terms of the trails themselves, Kendrick had no significant fire damage, and some work has recently been done clearing downed trees on upper Pumpkin, so apparently those will be maintained. I can't imagine anyone investing any money trying to clear and restore the Bull Basin or Connector trails.

So overall a pretty depressing day. It seems that the few areas that survived the 2000 Pumpkin Fire have now been mostly lost. But fire is a part of wilderness, and I will keep coming back and watching how the mountain slowly but surely recovers.

Nice to meet HAZ member mt98dew doing the same loop in the opposite direction. He passed me on the climb up Kendrick, we crossed paths at the Pumpkin/Connector junction, and we met again going back down Kendrick and hiked the last couple miles together. I'm pretty sure that qualifies him as a hiking partner.
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Hiking11.46 Miles 3,155 AEG
Hiking11.46 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   2.28 mph
3,155 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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Set out to summit Kendrick via the Bull Basin Trail, returning via Pumpkin, two trails I had not previously hiked.

The lower parts were great, but this winter has taken a toll, and the deadfall at the top of Bull Basin was tiring. At around 9700 feet we hit snow, and it looked as if it was going to be pretty solid the rest of the way to the cabin due to the sheltered north-facing slope.

I informed the others that I would be leaving the trail and heading directly up to the ridge where there would be no snow to contend with, clearly giving them the option to follow or continue on the snowy trail. Everybody decided to follow me.

The ridge is a complete disaster area. There was very little snow, but the zig-zag puzzle created by life-size lincoln logs made for a very arduous journey to the cabin. The 4-foot snow drifts on the trail would not have been better. But I had no idea of the mess on top of the ridge. Oh well!

The tower was staffed last weekend and this weekend due to the high winds. Oh yeah. It was windy! Generally sustained from 25-30, with gusts over 40. Pretty sure we got a couple spots over 50 crossing the shallow saddles on the way down.

The top of Pumpkin has also suffered a lot of winter deadfall, but after a mile or so it was much smoother sailing.

I really liked these two trails and the loop in general. A little saw work is in order, but that's what the FS is for, amiright?
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
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Hiking11.31 Miles 3,147 AEG
Hiking11.31 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   2.36 mph
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We (5 people, 4 dogs) started out from the Pumpkin trailhead at 9:00. We headed up Pumpkin about a mile, then took the connector trail east to Bull Basin. There were a few spots of water along the connector, but I have no idea how long that water sticks around. Walking through the old burn area affords some great views of Kendrick and the surrounding area.

We headed up Bull Basin, which was quite pretty. As we gained elevation, the deadfall became more prevalent. If the trail was clear, it would be a very pleasant hike, but the negotiation over the trees was work at times. Lily wasn't at the top of her game today, so Kyle turned back with her about 2/3 of the way up. Looking back, I think maybe Kyle knew what was ahead on the trail, because he picked the perfect time to turn around :lol:

As the snow and deadfall increased, Chumley decided to take a detour up to the ridge, and for some reason, we all decided to follow him. The next hour was basically a maze of fallen trees until we reached the cabin. It really wasn't anything too terrible, but was tedious, with a lot of zigzagging around. It was a relief to reach the clearing around the cabin and return to a regular trail.

We headed up to the summit, took a lunch break, and chatted with the lookout up in the fire tower. After that, we headed down Pumpkin. The top part had a lot more fallen trees than last year, but once we got past that, the trail was great. Pumpkin is my favorite trail on Kendrick since I think it has the best views. And, for once, I didn't miss the turn on the trail I always miss, so I was happy about that. It was windy all day, but I think the gusts were the worst along Pumpkin. Great weather though, and it was nice to be cold at times.
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Nice day. Lily has been having some health problems so I turned around 4 miles in-- didn't want to overdo it.
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