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Aug 31 2019
BiFrost
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AZT South Rim GC to Gooseberry TH, AZ 
AZT South Rim GC to Gooseberry TH, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Backpack157.27 Miles 18,635 AEG
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Started this trip with setting up the car shuttle. Friend of ours meet us at the Gooseberry Trailhead on Lake Mary Road on Saturday morning. From there we drove to Tusayan to begin the hike.

Day 1 – First day was really not part of the backpack and we did this as a day hike. From Tusayan we took the shuttle bus into the park Grand Canyon Visitor Center and then another bus to South Kaibab Trailhead. Then day hiked south bound on the AZT towards Tusayan. The trail has been rerouted since we hiked it 2015 to mostly paved track and none of us really liked the new track. I’m assuming it was done to take the trail closer to Mather Campground for easier camping options but the pavement makes it a tourist trail when it used to be a real dirt hiking trail through some nice ponderosa forest. Regardless we followed the new route into Tusayan and our camp for the night a hotel in Tusayan. Yep rough first night on the trail :lol:

Day 2 – We left the hotel before 6 and went across the street to get coffee :) Said goodbye to our shuttle friend and hopped on the AZT where we left off the previous day. We hiked south bound towards Grandview Tower. About 4 miles from the tower where the trail jumps on dirt road a car passed by that looked like a rental. About 20 minutes later we were taking a break at Watson Tank and they came back. French tourists looking for highway 64 and the way to Monument Valley. I just told them to return to Tusayan and stay on pavement. Eventually made it to Grandview Tower and took a break. After that we had about 6 miles to camp but stopped to filter water at a wildlife tank just before camp. Nice camp spot on the Coconino Rim with good views!

Day 3 – Started the day still on the Coconino Rim section with good views to the east. The trail eventually leaves the rim and we headed for Russell Tank. Unfortunately, the lack of water on the next section Babbitt Ranch made it necessary to carry enough water to make the next reliable source at Tub Ranch Tank about 30 miles away and we also needed enough for camp that night. I filtered about 10 liters for next section from Russell Tank but of course that made our packs really heavy. We continued south to Moqui Station and started the Babbitt Ranch section. About 5 miles into Babbitt Ranch we jumped off the current route and looked for the new section that is under construction. We found the pink flagging tape that marks the route which we followed for about a mile before finding camp for the night in pinyon pine and juniper trees.

Day 4 – We continued to follow the ribbons the next morning for another 3 miles on the still to be completed trail. It was time consuming but fun to follow the ribbons and see how the trail was being routed. The ribbon route eventually links up to partially completed section about 5.6 miles in legnth. We hiked that section which is mostly finished except for final touches. That led to the next section which is completed trail about 4.5 miles in length but the trail will not be open until all new trail is completed. We followed this section until reaching the current track where I looked for the next section. I found the pink ribbons marking the route but we were running short on water and it was really hot so we followed the current AZT to Tub Ranch Tank about 4 miles away. At Tub Ranch Tank we used an AZT provided rope and bucket [ photo ] to scoop water from the tank enough for camp that night if needed. However, up the trail at the junction of Babbitt Ranch and the next section there was a water cache full with public water. Many thanks to the volunteers who stock these water cache boxes!! We continued down trail for another 2 miles before finding a place to camp for the night.

Day 5 – Next day it was nice to be heading back up into the ponderosa pines and towards the San Francisco Peaks. Of course, we had several miles to the mountain but it was a nice hike leading up to it. Just before Kelly Tank we passed a group day hiking north bound. The last person in the group was a woman who asked us if we were hiking the whole Arizona Trail. We said only 8 days from Grand Canyon to Gooseberry trailhead. Turns out she was Senator Martha McSally. Thankfully we did not talk about politics and rather had a great conversation about the AZT. She is currently section hiking the trail and we talked about the trail and favorite sections. Shortly after that conversation we reached another water cache box full of public water. Again thanks to the volunteers who stock these caches. We stocked up on more water and headed up into the peaks. Storm clouds started to rumble and eventually we had a few hours of rain and hail. Nothing crazy but we did get wet and the temps dropped. We made camp a few miles past Alfia Tank as the rain stopped for the day.

Day 6 – In the morning our objective was to follow the AZT Urban route into Flagstaff. Before the trip I knew that part of the trail was closed but hoped maybe they reopened it. We hiked south bound across the Snow Bowl road and then to the Urban route junction. Once on the Urban route we continued to Schultz Creek trail head to find that yes the route was closed. It was clearly blocked so we made the decision to bypass the last 7 miles into Flagstaff. Fortunately, we were able to use Lyft to make the Holiday Inn our stay for the night just off the AZT. Must say it was a sweet luxury after five days on the trail.

Day 7 – All rested up we left the hotel at 645 and being only 3 blocks from the Urban AZT we were on the trail quickly. We passed under the I-40 and back into the forest south of Flagstaff. Good trail out of town so it was fast progress. Really nice trail between Walnut Canyon and start of Anderson Mesa with some new trail since we hiked it in 2015. We passed Anderson Mesa trailhead and then continued to the rim overlooking Upper Lake Mary for lunch break. After lunch we had a long slog across Anderson Mesa with a stop at Horse Lake for our main water source of the day and camp that night. From Horse Lake we hiked across Lake Mary Road and to a cool area called the Railroad Grade. It’s an old railroad that was constructed for the timber industry in the 1920’s but is also a great area to camp.

Day 8 – Last day on the trail we just needed to make Gooseberry trailhead about 20 miles. We finished up the Railroad Grade and hiked the lower slopes of Mormon Mountain above Mormon Lake. Our water source for the day was Double Springs. Really good water source and we had a short rain shower roll through while filtering water. After that we continued the last 12 miles with mostly good single track and fortunate to see a large 20 plus heard of elk cruising through the forest. We finished up before 5pm and happy to be done with a long portion of the AZT!
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a few wild flowers on the San Francisco Peaks #34 section. Lupine, Indian Paint Brush, Globe Mallow and others

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Alfa Fia Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
water looked decent but I didn't need to filter

dry Anderson Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Double Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
great source of water. Clear, cold and plenty of water in the creek and spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horse Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
plenty of clear water but there was some cow activity. Still we filtered 4 liters

dry Kelly Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lost Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
tank looked decent from a distance and definitely had water but we didn't need any

dry Marshall Mesa Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mayflower Spring Dripping Dripping
small puddle and would only filter if desperate

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Navajo Spring Dripping Dripping
pipe was dripping water but it was good quality

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Prime Lake 26-50% full 26-50% full
water was good but difficult to reach unless you don't mind wading through the marshy edge

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Russell Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
lots of water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Russell Water Storage Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
there was about 3 inches of water in the metal tank with the lid. But would only use if really needed it

dry Skunk Canyon Dry Dry
no water in the canyon

dry Upper Ten X Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Van Deren Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water was actually a small pond. It looked like decent quality but didn't need any

dry Watson Tank Dry Dry
completely dry
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Jul 12 2019
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
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A group of 8-10 continued work on Happy Jack Single Track project and split into two groups:

Day one: Group 1 installed gates "1-3” and group 2 installed 2 emblem signs and a water source near Daves Tank and an emblem sign near FR93/93J junction.

Day two: Group 1 installed gates “4-6” and group 2 installed water source signs at Foot in tree tank and Homestead tank. Later in the afternoon a group of 5 installed an emblem sign near Wild Horse tank.

Saw two elk and two young deer. Just like last week access to these locations is along some gnarly roads :lol:

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Daves Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Foot in Tree Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
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Sep 05 2018
corwinwilkins
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49 male
 Joined Jul 30 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Backpack17.80 Miles 703 AEG
Backpack17.80 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   3.96 mph
703 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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Did as a beginner overnighter for the club even though we could have all done it as a day hike. It's flat, pretty views and forced me to look up the NPOI when I got back as I'd never heard of it. On to 31-33!
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Backpack17.80 Miles 703 AEG
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The passages between happyjack and flagstaff are beautiful rolling woodland with meadows, rain and mud. We saw geese and heard elk.
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May 16 2018
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Mormon Lake North - AZT #30, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 16 2018
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Hiking2.34 Miles 181 AEG
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This passage is no longer called "Anderson Mesa." Someone needs to go in and change it. It's still Passage #30, but is called Mormon Lake North. Mormon Lake South is also Passage #30. I hiked just a wee bit of the north end of it, and also about 5 minutes onto Passage #31.

I had a short amount of time, and not a lot of energy, and just wanted to see what was up in this area. Somehow I thought that where I started was part of #31, but when I got to the big sign closer to Marshall Lake I realized my mistake. I do have the guidebook, but I didn't look in it before leaving home.

I took a photo of yet another vandalized AZT sign. Why do they hate us so? If Shawn reads this, easy to tell where it is from my photo. @sredfield


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May 06 2018
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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May 05 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking10.73 Miles 232 AEG
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Marshall Lake to Mormon Canyon Tank Jamboree Parking area. It's gonna be a big weekend for us as we will be connecting most of Segment 28 and Segments 29-34, almost 100 miles worth of trail. Today we would finish off Anderson Mesa #30, tomorrow Walnut Canyon #31. We got to stay at the North Place Friday nite. We opened up "Like a Ball and Chain" wine we had tried when we were in Sonoita a few months back. Saturday morning at the North Place means Shawn's pancakes and this time with LOTS of bacon. I just got my heart tests back and after the Dr. said something about the heart of an 18-year old; I was good to go so a big plate of bacon seemed the appropriate celebration :) .

We drove the hour 20 minutes to leave Tonto Jr. at Mormon Canyon Tank jamboree parking. We parked there as Shawn wasn't sure if parking near the tank itself would be clear underground for parking due to fire restrictions. We would see later that we would have been fine to park at the tank off of FR 129A. We then headed to Marshall Lake TH to start our hike.

We set off southbound past Prime Lake (my brother and I had hiked here in 09-2008 when it was surrounded by yellow flowers [ photoset ] ), where we took a few pictures or more. From there you can also see the observatory and we also would take occasional glances toward the snow topped San Francisco Peaks. The weather was lovely with a nice breeze for most of our hike. The trail conditions were very good. Soon we would get a view from the Mesa down to Upper Lake Mary. After some pictures, we continued on the trail occasionally serenaded by various birds and some flyovers.

At the junction with the Lake View Campground Connector Trail, we took a detour to go inspect the stone work Tracy and Shawn had done as part of a volunteer work event about a month ago. I'd say they did a great job, it looks pretty good and is standing up well, no stone wobbles. This seemed like a good place for lunch so Shawn found us some nice flat rocks to sit on below some trees with a view to the Lake.

Our excitement for the day was Horse Lake where Tracy and I thot we saw a cow across the Lake. Ambika thot it was some sort of kiosk until as we rounded the Lake and got closer it was a mooooving sign and as we got even closer the moooving sign also had a calf. They seemed to have been separated from the rest of the herd though we didn't see any other cattle up here. The Lake is pretty good-sized.

Once past the Lake it was a road walk for a few miles. There are many little roads in here so you need to pay attention altho I don't think you would get too far away from 129A. Once we got to Mormon Canyon Tank One we walked a little distance further south on the road before cutting across about 1/2 mile to where Tonto Jr was parked at a sand pit area. (Oh, while we were traversing to find our way, Shawn pointed out where we would be heading twice like between those two trees ahead so that we wouldn't end up walking in circles or anything. That is a great tip if you're lost; especially if you're not in the clearest of landscapes and though this was pretty open, I just thot that is a great way to keep going in the right direction and more straightly.)

Because we got done earlier than we thot, we decided to set up tomorrow morning's shuttle. We had intended on just leaving Shawn's truck at Marshall Lake and hike up to it from Sandy's Canyon. So we got Shawn's truck with the intent to leave it at Sandy's Canyon/AZT TH off Lake Mary Road, however, there are signs posted for no overnite parking so we had to park at the TH lot at Canyon Vista Campground. We had an early dinner at Mormon Lake Lodge before driving back to Pine for the nite. We had some ice cream and then a little "Like a Ball and Chain" wine to finish off our nite.

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Part 1 [ youtube video ] from North TH southbound
Part 2 [ youtube video ] to Horse Lake
Part 3 [ youtube video ] from Horse Lake to Mormon Canyon Tank and Jubilee parking lot.
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Wildflowers Observation None
one set of blooming claret cup cactus, lots of little belly flower phlox

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horse Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
not sure what full looks like so I'm guessing at what it is.

dry Horse Tank Dry Dry
from the trail it looked recently dry

dry Lost Tank Dry Dry
from our observation point but we didn't go over and check it out.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mormon Canyon Tank One 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Prime Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
not sure what full is so I'm guestimating here.
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Sep 30 2017
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking17.80 Miles 703 AEG
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Even though I did this passage when it was part of Mormon Lake I figured it was a great weekend to take the time and do an easy-peasy backpack trip. Talked a friend into going along, and since we were only aiming for 10ish miles on Saturday, we left Mayflower Springs, NOBO, at 9:00 a.m. Ran into a couple of section hikers right under the Pine Grove CG entrance who verified that there was water up on the mesa. Took a leisurely pace and a nice break at the top of the mesa. The 1st tank listed on the app was a mud hole, but shortly after we came upon another tank, not listed, with good water. Didn't need any and too soon to camp, so we went on. Came to Horse Lake tank where I had planned to get water and camp somewhere in the area. Both tanks were FULL of cows! The tank that is open had 1 bull and several cows - I told my friend, "No worries, the other one is fenced - it'll be great!". Oh no! That water had bulls - HUGE bulls, big bulls, cows, more bulls. YIKES! We didn't even walk the section between the cattle guard and fence that runs inside the paddock - we bushwacked through the rocks, juniper, under a fence and went around. In reality, that fence is about as useful as a tent is against a bear. If any of those bulls were annoyed by us, the fence wasn't stopping them. Still, we could see no reason to tempt fate and enter their paddock. So, I knew that there would be at least 1 more good tank, but by the time we got to it, we would be so close to the vehicle that we were debating whether to stay out the night - we had hauled a full pack - or just push on through. Well, we got to the tank which had cows merrily coming and going - and "going". Never mind. No reason to filter THAT water when we could make the vehicle before dark and head back to a refrigerator full of beer! So, our leisurely backpack because a 17.8 mile day hike with full packs. But, made it to the vehicle at exactly 6, after stopping to visit with a SOBO thru-hiker and providing him with info and water so that he could make it to the non-cowy tank. Saw a pretty good herd of elk just before the observatory area and also ran into a total of 11 bikers, 3 trucks with fire wood, a couple ATVs of hunters and a hunter staking out the good tank. Beautiful day, great trail. The road section is not so great, but it doesn't last long. Views from the mesa were fantastic!
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Jul 14 2017
toddak
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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NOBO, Pinegrove to Sandy's Canyon
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Jul 03 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking7.80 Miles 703 AEG
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Did the first seven miles of this trail to get to our second parked car. Interesting old trail tracks along the way.
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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Wound up sleeping in cars rather than setting up tents since it was wet and rainy, especially toward the end of the day. Started Thursday with just 2 of us and ended with 3 of us on Saturday. Started the first day at Double Springs CG and did 5+ miles from Weiner Springs Rd. finishing just as the torrent began. Got to help out a guy and his dog who got seriously caught in that downpour. Slept that night in cars again near Weiner Springs trail junction...the mosquitos were oppressive. Up at 4:30 the next morning and hit the trail SOBO by 6 am., traveling Marshall Lake back to Weiner Springs junction. Ran across what must have been a pack of Boy Scouts carrying massive amounts of gear and dangling gallons of water jugs from their packs. I had my bright orange rain poncho on because rain had started to pick up just a bit beyond light sprinkle -- and I looked like a big ol' pumpkin. Last night, car camped at Gooseberry TH and met a new hiking buddy who traveled from Tucson late the night before. Saturday morning the 3 of us drove up to Double Springs CG and hiked SOBO back to Gooseberry.
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking11.16 Miles 760 AEG
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Dairy Springs to Mormon Canyon Tank. Was supposed to be a backpack of AZT 28 but other plans got in the way so this was Plan B. We shuttled to Mormon Canyon Tank to leave Tonto Jr on 129A and took Shawn's truck to Dairy Springs Campground TH where we started.

After about 3/4 mile of a slight climb you get from the TH parking to the AZT 30 and for us we turned right (NW) to head on down the trail. We walked thru lots of forest and thru lots of gates and Shawn sawed through 12 logs (some requiring two cuts). The girls assisted and did some sawing and helped to move the logs off the trail. I brot out the umbrella to provide the person sawing (mostly Shawn of course) some shade. Shawn thot this was a little much but we insisted ;) .

The trail seems to be in very nice shape and not much in the way of elevation change. Following and some times walking on the railroad grade is pretty cool. There are still many old wooden tree ties and many spikes still tucked into them. You can see where the bridges were. The rock-piled grade was quite impressive.

Part of the trail past the Horse Lake TH actually has gravel on it as you climb up to the Mesa. The road walk to the Tank is pretty too because of the wide open views. It was a very nice day as the breezes kept up for most of our hike. We took two 10 minute breaks after lunch for the last 5 1/2 miles. We saw two bikers at the beginning of our trek, another hiker about 1/4 of the way and two horse back riders where we had stopped for lunch. Now all we have left is from Mormon Canyon Tank to Marshall Lake and we'll finish off Passage 30.

On our way back to pick up Shawn's truck, we stopped at Horse Lake TH along 82E (which is not at Horse Lake) to do our 22 push-ups (support https://www.22kill.com) and recruited Tracy for the cause (we made Shawn film it). Ambika joined me the night before. We finished off our day with an early dinner at Mormon Canyon Lodge.

The video lighting will probably not be the best thru the forest as the pictures were a bit of a struggle to edit out the white out areas (HATE that!).
Arizona Trail Passage 30 – from Dairy Springs northbound, a lot of sawing going on [ youtube video ]
Part 2: [ youtube video ] to the rock railroad grade
Part 3: [ youtube video ]
Part 4: [ youtube video ] from the meadow to the tank
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Jul 04 2016
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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Arizona Trail Segment Hike - Anderson Mesa # 30 - July 4th and 5th, 2015 - Milepost 554 to 564

We had a great time on this visit setting up camp just off the Ashurst Lake road past the 129 turnoff which is really close to the Horse Lake and Anderson Mesa Trailhead. From our fantastic camp at the Gravel Pits off the 9480 Road, we day hiked around exploring the area all the way up to Horse Lake and towards Lakeview Campground overlooking Upper Lake Mary then back, before making our way into Flagstaff for 4th of July Fireworks!

The next day was the best! Our family took off from Marshall Lake TH south towards Lakeview Campground and the brand new spur trail that leads downhill from the rim to Lakeview Campground! This trip was fantastic because WE TOTALLY LUCKED OUT!

The Housholder Family Hikers enjoyed an awesome, open-dome tour of Lowell Observatory's 72 inch / 1.82 meter Perkins Telescope thanks to Mr. Ralph Nye "The Telescope Guy!"

Luck was on our side as we were hiking segment 30 of the Arizona Trail from Marshall Lake southeast of Flagstaff towards Lakeview Campground's brand new access route, which passes the observatory's array high atop Anderson Mesa, when we met Ralph who was finishing some routine maintenance. He was generous enough to let us in and gave us a "custom-deluxe" tour of two scopes including the giant Perkins!

Thak You BIG-TIME Ralph!

Yeah! What an awesome opportunity we had to see these giant telescopes up close and personal. After the visit with Ralph we headed further south on the AZT 30 past the Prime Lake Refuge and onto the edge of Anderson Mesa looking down towards Upper Lake Mary and our first sight of Mormon Mountain in the far distance, near Mormon Lake which this passage 30 is named after. It was an impressive lunch time viewpoint, that we enjoyed lots! Treking on we passed over 100 cows grazing and through a few fenced and gated ranch boarders,there was little shade along this stretch of Anderson Mesa. In no time at all we arrived at the AZT Milepost Marker UTAH 243 and MEXICO 558. This marker was real close to the brand new trail down off Anderson Mesa switchbacking into Lakeview Campground. What a nice trail this was full of great scenery and rugged canyonesque feel as we made our way downtown towards the campground. The only thing we did not like was they did not let any AZT hikers park their cars in the campground without paying for a space overnight, which added another half mile to our day's journey making our way across the street from the Lakeview Campground entrance, next to Lake Mary.

Totals official miles for the two days were 10 but we hiked a few more from the out and back and the new route down to Lakeview Campground which was also a highlight because the trail was so well constructed!

Next time out we will be hiking South from the Horse Lake TH towards Mormon Lake! In due time we will connect a segment from Pine up to Blue Ridge Reservoir that we have also been working on!
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Jun 12 2016
ttretta
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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Backpack17.80 Miles 703 AEG
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I completed this passage back in June combined with Mormon Lake. The mileage was different then, so it lost my triplog. But I got er done, and don't want to lose credit for it!!
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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking34.42 Miles 1,789 AEG
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Early start to get this hike in with shuttle added. We left a vehicle at Marshall Lake end point and then drove to the southern end Mormon Lake AZT #30 at Gooseberry turnoff. Finally off and hiking at 715 and within the first mile we made a mistake missing a turn and adding an extra mile to the hike. Back on track we kept a quick pace as small arms fire echoed throughout the forest. This continued for about first 6 or 7 miles until we were closer to south side of Mormon Lake. Once the trail gets closer to Mormon Lake it moves away from Lake Mary Road and traverses the west side of the lake.

First break at mile 13 near Double Springs campground recharging a bit before continuing the west side traverse. As we hiked around to north side of the lake things start to open up with some nice meadows. Around mile 18 we came across the old railroad grade which was apparently in operation from 1923 to 1927. Besides the meadows we thought this was the coolest part of this AZT section.

At mile 23 the trail crosses back over to the east side of Lake Mary Road and then immediately climbs up on Anderson Mesa. Once on top the trail joins a road which it follows for 4.5 miles. We were able to knock out these miles pretty quickly before it turns back to single track at mile 28. We made mile 31 by sunset and took one last break before finishing the last 3 miles. Had to hike last 30 minutes in the dark but not bad considering the mileage. Definitely one of the easier sections of AZT with the middle section from about mile 14 to mile 23 being the most interesting.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horse Lake 1-25% full 1-25% full
looked like decent water for filtering
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AZT #30 Pine Grove Hill to Horse Lake, AZ 
AZT #30 Pine Grove Hill to Horse Lake, AZ
 
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Hiking22.00 Miles 1,392 AEG
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This hike started at Lake Mary road at Forest Road 82 (Pickett Lake) and heads north to 2 miles north of Horse Lake, returns to start point and heads south to near Pine Grove Hill. Probably some of the easiest walking on the Arizona Trail (at least those to the south). Don't know how I accumulated an AEG of 1392 (even though this is round trip), must of been a lot of little peaks and valleys. The trail is characterized by large open areas that accumulate water from winter snows and inhibit tree growth (that's my guess). Very level walking with great views of San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. The second part of the day, South along the trail from Lake Mary road the trail follows along Ponderosa Pine forests and the last 2 miles along an old logging train bed. Very interesting and scenic hike.
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AZT #30 Horse Lake to Walnut Creek, AZ 
AZT #30 Horse Lake to Walnut Creek, AZ
 
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Hiking21.20 Miles 2,008 AEG
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Marshall Lake north to Walnut Canyon and return to Marshall Lake, South to 2 miles north of Horse lake and return to Marshall Lake. Very scenic hike to Walnut Canyon with great views of San Francisco Peak. There was no water in Walnut Creek. Most of the elevation change on this hike was along this portion of the trail, dropping from Marshall Mesa (150) and again dropping into Walnut Canyon (550). On the section of the hike south of Marshall Lake on Anderson Mesa the elevation doesn't change more than 20 or 30 feet. Great views from Anderson Mesa of Upper and Lower Lake Mary and Mormon Mountain. If I was doing through hiking on the Arizona Trail I can see how a 25 to 30 mile day could be done along this section. I normally limit my days to 16 to 20 when doing multiple day hikes Caring a pack (I ain't no spring chicken anymore).
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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
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Car Camping33.40 Miles 1,240 AEG
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Tom & I hiked Passage 30 this weekend. We did it as three consecutive dayhikes, car camping each night in between. A friend of Tom's, Cathy, joined us for Sat & Sun. We had hoped dayhiking with lighter weights would allow us to hike farther each day, making the last day a short one. It didn't work out that way. To get to Saturday's end point required a 4 mile drive on a rough dirt road, FR129A, with a lot of rocks sticking up to manuver our vehicles around. It was very slow, and after driving to the planned endpoint, we decided we didn't want to drive that road 4 additional times. So we camped near Horse Lake Trailhead and hiked 10.5 instead of 6.5 miles the last day. By car camping we didn't need to worry about water and got to try out some new gear.

Friday - hiked from Gooseberry Springs Trailhead to FR240. It was a nice pine forest. We saw some elk in the distance and some logging activity. There were a couple of plaques along the trail with some history of the logging done in the area 100 years ago. There was also the remains of a railway bed used for transporting logs out and tourist in, on weekends. We had considered camping at Double Springs Campground, which appeared fairly nice when we passed through, but we were concerned with the noise on the weekend and extra charges for additional cars, etc. We camped at a spot along FR240 instead. 13.1 miles, 628' aeg

Saturday - hiked from FR240 to 1.5 miles beyond Horse Lake Trailhead. This was pretty easy hiking, partly in pine forest and some in more open areas. The trail followed the old logging railroad bed for miles. Wonder what it looked like 100 years ago. We originally planned to hike 4 miles on FR129A on Saturday, but after driving there in the morning we shortened it to 1.5 miles. We camped .5 miles from Horse Lake TH on FR129A. 11.4 miles, 460' aeg

Sunday - hiked from Horse Lake TH to Marshall Lake Trailhead. We figured we could hike as fast as we could drive on FR129A so we parked at the trailhead and hiked 1.5 of the miles we hiked on Saturday in addition to the other 9. It was a mesa with lots of open space and very flat, much of it on two track trail. Well maybe not quite as fast, but the three of us did maintain a 3.5 mph moving average which isn't bad for someone like me with short legs. 10.8 miles, 150' aeg

We're now over 40% of the trail done, 327 miles. If we stick to our plan, we'll be over 400 miles in a couple more months.
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Hiking33.40 Miles 1,934 AEG
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met up with bobby rocket feet to hike section 30 of the azt.

drove up friday night and stayed in flagstaff. met bob at 4:30 and we set up shuttle number 1. due to questionable forecast we opted to set up a series of shorter shuttles for this hike so we didn't get caught in a bad monsoon 15 miles from the car. we did the first segment to double springs campground and started hiking at sunrise - it was a gorgeous morning walking through the pine forest and we made great time. along the way 9 male elk walked across the trail right in front of us. :)

at the cg, we decided on shuttle 2 at horse lake trailhead and then we'd see how the weather was. again, a very nice segment through the trees then some open meadows. we stopped for lunch at the trailhead and decided the weather looked reasonable enough to go for the full segment. the last stretch involved more dirt road walking but is still pleasant and i was surprised at how good i was feeling. as we got about 4 miles from the end, the weather started turning pretty fast and we could see rain falling over where we had been earlier in the day. the thunder and lightning started gaining on us fast and we kicked it into high gear. soon enough the storm was directly over head and for the first time in my life, the fillings in my teeth started hurting and buzzing...scared the absolute crap out of me but only lasted a few minutes. it rained for a few and then the storm just kept on going and we finished in relative solitude.

overall this was an amazing hike; the scenery, the forest, the weather, the views of the lakes, a great buddy to hike with. one of my recent favorites. :y:
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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking33.18 Miles 2,065 AEG
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My longest Hike to date! 33+ miles in less than 12 hours! We had a couple of side trips that kicked up the mileage a bit, but the track I post will be corrected to show 100% AZT #30.

I saw 2 elk on the way in to set up the north shuttle. When I got out of the car at the Marshall Lake TH, it sounded like a concert in the woods with all the Bugling.

Off to the Allan Lake TH and to start a bit after 6am. The weather was perfect for this hike. We started off in the low 30's with a little frost on the ground. The were lots of bow hunters in the woods today. We only saw 8 or so during the hike, but there were trucks and campers all over. The hike was pretty uneventful. Not a lot of elevation gain made the 33+ miles more bearable.

We took a brief break at the Double Springs campground to take on a bit of water and then were off.

We picked a spot at the half way point for lunch that looked like it was out of the Sound of Music. It was a large meadow NE of Mormon Mountain that was absolutely plastered with a carpet of yellow flowers.

The next stop was our cache spot where the trail crossed Lake Mary road. The last little climb for the day from the cached spot took us up onto Anderson Mesa. This mesa is mostly unprotected, so we were glad the temps were only around 70. This is a 10 mile walk that takes you past a few tanks, Horse Lake, Prime Lake, Lowell Observatory, a sweet view of Lake Mary, and then makes the final drop to he TH at Marshall Lake.

I'm glad to have the longest Passage of the AZ Trail complete. 7 Passages and 151 miles complete now. I've completed a section from south of Pine to Flagstaff and 23 miles from the Mexican border north.
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