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Oct 12 2019
mazatzal
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Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
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Hiking14.11 Miles 1,266 AEG
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AZT-in-a-day. Five of us did section 27a (#54 on the AZT-in-a-day list),
We pulled three deadfall off the trail (completely clear and in good shape)
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Jul 29 2019
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Second chore of the day, replacing the trail sign at General Springs. We replaced the register box and message board a few weeks ago. The rain held off until we finished.
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Jul 27 2019
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East Miller AZT Loop, AZ 
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Hiking25.27 Miles 2,868 AEG
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I call the rim east of General Springs "kyleland". In the past year or so, it seems that west of there should be called "prestonland" given @kingsnake 's plan to hike all these rim canyons.

I was planning to put together a route that let me meet up with two different groups of people who I knew were backpacking separate trips. I was hoping to avoid the cabin loop, and was able to put together a route that covered all new hiking terrain for me.

We started at General Springs and took Crook to the west before dropping into Crackerbox Canyon heading upstream before crossing over to West Miller. We followed this downstream 7 miles before hopping out of the canyon and taking AZT27 back to General Springs. Sunday we resumed where we left off following the canyon north for the final 4 miles to East Clear Creek. Again, we used AZT27 to return back to our starting point.

It was nice to cover the full length of East Miller/Miller to the AZT crossing at the top of CC Cragin. And I had never hiked that section of AZT north of Fred Haught, so that was nice too. Gotta get Shawn out there to build some singletrack and get the route off the boring road! ;)

Miller was diverse over the 11+ miles. I'd definitely make a loop that drops in there again though.

[I wasn't sure what kind of water we would find. Historical satellite photos show that spring and fall can have much more water in some sections of the canyon than we encountered. But I think it could be drier in early summer pre-monsoon some years too. This year featured an especially wet winter, and though monsoon rains had not yet started to drain into the canyon, I think some of the residual winter moisture made it somewhat wetter than the driest it might get. Some times of year this might be require a lot of wading. This weekend it was possible to keep your feet dry, but sometimes just easier not to.]
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Jun 29 2019
Sredfield
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Sredfield
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Our AZT section hiking crew did a remnant hike today from General Springs to FR123A. We had the privilege of clearing 5-6 deadfall, and extinguishing an abandoned fire in the little rock fireplace in Box Canyon, maybe 2.5 miles into the hike. How can anyone in AZ not be sensitive to fire after the news of the last 2 weeks? We should not be surprised though, at Gen Springs there was a multi-tent camp down the trail, past the cabin and "Road Closed" sign, next to the exclosure fence. So it goes . . .

Lots of ferns, some water in the drainage, and plenty of tall pines.
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Jun 29 2019
tibber
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tibber
Hiking6.59 Miles 669 AEG
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a big weekend for us as we are connecting a whole lot of miles from Passage 20 to part of Passage 35. We got to stay at the North Place which is always a great place to spend part of our glamping for the weekend. We are looking forward to seeing Tracy's bear pictures framed the next time we come up...
We didn't have to get started early either which is nice. One of the highlights is always the PANCAKES!

It's now been a couple weeks since this hike and I just got back from 10 days in Montana and a whirlwind at my house so my memory is not the best. I think I'm just going to tell my story via pictures and videos. I do know I was very happy to finally get to hike the Fred Haught Trail that so many people have raved about in the past. It lived up to its reputation. The trail appears to be in great shape too.

We did do tree removal. Well actually Shawn did the bulk of it.

Highlights: the beautiful forested terrain, ferns, and the water of course
Lowlights: the still burning campfire [ youtube video ] and the temp got a bit warm toward the end of the hike.

Videos will usually include ferns, and more ferns, tree removal, water:
Part 1 [ youtube video ]
Part 2 [ youtube video ] (including the campfire put out)
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Jun 29 2019
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Hiking6.59 Miles 669 AEG
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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
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I had never done any full passages on the Arizona Trail, so I jumped at the chance to go on this trip. This was a much longer backpack than I am used to, but I am happy to report I survived and didn't struggle too much. The weather was perfect for this area over the weekend. There was a little snow still up in the General Springs cabin area, but nothing unmanageable. Water pretty much everywhere in abundance.
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Oct 24 2018
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mazatzal
Hiking5.20 Miles 420 AEG
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Three of us went to Blue Ridge AZT #27 and cleared 10+ deadfall.

Only saw 3 people, 1 thru biker from Australia who started in Denver :o He was having serious problems with mud along the northern part of AZT. His bike was caked in mud. Also met a couple doing a backpack of the cabin loop.

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Oct 06 2018
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mazatzal
Hiking6.67 Miles 557 AEG
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Signed up for segment 27a for AZT IN A DAY. In talking with Shawn I found out the section hiking crew had signed up for 27b. We were trying to help with vehicle logistics and in the end they helped us more than we helped them but we did help a little: I drove Shawn’s truck back from the end of 27a (start of 27b) to the start of 27a and they picked it up from there.

The creek was flowing nicely from all the rain and the trail was in a good shape. There were a few deadfall but all were easy to navigate around and I dragged a couple that could be easily moved off the trail.
(Most deadfall are between mile 1.4 and 2.2, second area at top of climb)

We met another couple who were hiking southbound and then we saw them again later on when they were going back to get their shuttle vehicle and this time we figured out we were both doing AZT IN A DAY.

Stopped by That Brewery for a beer afterwards but missed seeing the section hiking crew and toddak.
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Oct 06 2018
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Hiking8.91 Miles 894 AEG
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Tracy and Shawn had set up the shuttle the night before so thank you to them plus we got to stay at their place on Friday nite where we enjoyed a little wine. We had hoped to hike to the truck on Sunday but the weather forecast caused us to just do the hike for Saturday so we would have to sadly unwind the shuttle for what would have been the perfect shuttle for a two day hike :( . But at least @mazatzal saved us a few miles as they were hiking the bottom part of Passage 27 and would drive Shawn's truck back to the TH at General Springs cabin.

Arizona Trail in A Day finally arrived but not before we got some of Shawn's homemade pancakes and homemade prickly pear syrup. NOW I'm ready.
I really looked forward to this one as I have seen so many pictures and trip reports and there's just something about the allure of Clear Creek even tho it's dry most of the time. We got started around 8:30 I think. We took some pre-hike photos in our matching shirts and hats and headed up the road that had pretty good forest on both sides. We noticed the prescribed burn areas and stopped at a pond alongside the road for a piece and then continued to where we think there should be a fancy Arizona Trail gate before the descent to E Clear Creek.

This is a beautiful descent thru the forest as you can see the creek area below and the forest wall on the other side. The trail is in pretty good shape considering how steep it is in parts and with all the rain so kudos to the trail maintenance crew. I was delighted to be able to hear water when I was about half-way down and then at the bottom, we found quite a bit of water in the creek. We would have to detour upstream a bit to find a crossing to avoid getting our feet wet. We admired the area for a bit before we headed UP the 505 foot hill in less than a mile.

You pass through the fairly open forest and the trail elevation seems pretty gradual. I found I was making pretty good time as it would also level out just a tad here and there. It was a lovely day temperature wise as the clouds started to roll in. We took a short break half way up before finishing it off. I seemed to recall there was another up somewhere along our route but there really wasn't.

You get brief views across the way but it is limited. There is one area where we stopped for a photo op including a sit-down so that was fun. Our view was to the southeast. We continued on our way past some beautiful junipers and then to the intersection with Rock Crossing; another one of those areas I've heard about. Wish we would have had time to check it out. We checked in at the register next to FR 751. After that we were treated to a beautiful meadow with what I think was Purple Lovegrass. I also spotted an Abert's Squirrel that I filmed for a bit. There were a few pretty wildflowers here too.

We took our snack break around the 5 1/2 mile mark. I was trying out some pumpkin goat cheese to go with the Wheat Thins and grapes. I probably wouldn't buy the pumpkin goat cheese again. From here it was 3 miles to the TH as we passed alongside a bit of a rim where you could look to the northwest before coming to the area we worked on only a year ago for an ATA event. I thot it had been two years but it was just last summer. The trail work we did is holding up really well. We reminisced about the event and Tracy and I showed off our work on one particular area to Ambika. We passed thru the new 1/2 circle gate, paid our moos to the cattle and passed by a couple of the campgrounds. We saw a funky tree and later some cows over by a tank.

We did do two bits of trail work including taking down a large tree trunk that was hanging over the trail. We basically had to swing it to get it to fall and then Shawn decides we can move it to the side of the trail. Well actually HE can move it as we weren't much help though we tried. The second piece of work is where we nature littered up a trail that had been created when a downed tree was in the way.

And now to unwind the shuttle. FR 300 is not in good shape so we weren't too thrilled about having to ride it three times in eight hours. However, it is a beautiful drive especially on a day like today with the foreboding clouds. There were quite a few people out camping and one wedding. We did see some elk as well including one beauty.

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Oct 06 2018
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Hiking8.91 Miles 894 AEG
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Hiking16.40 Miles 1,794 AEG
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In July 2017 Wally, Andy and I hiked the Fred Haught Trail up to the Pinchot Cabin and back. On the way back we got caught in a lightning storm and skipped taking the short side trip to the illustrious Fred Haught Cabin. Last November, Wally and I hiked an 8 mile section of the AZT #27 from the north, starting at SR87. That left a little gap of the AZT adjacent to the Fred Haught Trail that I didn't hike. So for this trip, we started again at General Springs and headed north to where we stopped last November.

Being that it's officially fall in AZ, the temperature in the morning was a little brisk. No color in the trees, although most of trees we saw were pines. The ferns have died, so they're brown. There was some other plant on the ground that was red, not sure what that was. I never noticed that in the summer, so I'm thinking they turn color also?

I really enjoy this area of AZ. Not alot of elevation gain walking through the pines, but we kind of made up for it with the length of the hike. The weather was perfect, including really clear air that enabled you to see very far. We noticed that part more on the ride home. I'm not gung ho on getting all the AZT hiked, but I would like to explore more of the next section up to Happy Jack and further up to Flag.

Route Scout glitched out on me again at the 3 mile mark and would't record until I checked the screen. After that it was ok, but i have a straight line in my track along one section.

Saw 3 whitetail bucks in the morning along FR300, and also 2 elk cows. The glare in the morning light made driving FR300 a challenge in spots. In the afternoon, we think we spotted where the ATV accident occurred last weekend along FR300. Looks like some freshly burnt brush there as well as a sharp bend in the road by a cliff.
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Jul 21 2018
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Hiking13.04 Miles 1,412 AEG
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The Battle of Big Dry Wash took place on July 17, 1882, on the edge of a small canyon above East Clear Creek. There, five troops, plus indian scouts, of the 3rd and 6th Cavalry Regiments fought a band of about 60 White Mountain Apache led by Na-tio-tish. I’ve had the Big Dry Wash battlefield in my to-do list for a half dozen years.

The first 3.3 miles of Arizona Trail Segment #27 cover the exact same 3.3 miles as the General Springs & Fred Haught Canyon loop I hiked two months ago ( [ photoset ] ). The recent heavy rainfall — Flagstaff set a one week record of 11.22″ — meant General Springs Canyon was very green. The ferns took full advantage of the bonus moisture, and there was some increase in flowers. Despite all the rain, the creek had no flow and even smaller pools than before. The trail surface was firm & dry.

I hiked as fast as I could, because I knew further heavy rain was very likely. The most tiring part, though, was getting up & down a couple dozen times for flower shots. I took my first break just after AZT #27 splits left from the Cabin Loop. 🌸

The climb from General Springs Canyon up to FR 9709J is a switchbacked 250 ft. in 0.4 miles. It was immediately obvious there were fewer flowers. (That would remain so all the way to Rock Crossing Campground.)

At 6.9 miles, AZT #27 begins following FR 123A. If you wish to visit the battlefield, without bushwhacking, it is a 3.3 mile out & back along FR 123E to Battle of Big Dry Wash memorial.

Instead, I continued along FR 123A to the world’s grossest cattle tank. I mean, seriously, it looked like a Superfund site. Just past the tank, is supposedly the intersection of FR 9707W. It may not look like there is a forest road there, but there is. Or was. There is no longer a tread, but if you pay close attention, you can see where the ground was levelled and brush cleared. 🧐

I followed ‘forest road’ 9709W for a third of a mile, before turning east down a mild drainage to just below Battleground Tank. The wash — which I assume is the “Big Dry Wash” in Major Evans’s AAR (after action review) — is easy travel, with no water, few rocks, and no grab & stabs. I worked my way along the contour line on the wash’s east slope until I emerged at FR 123E, just above the Battle of Big Dry Wash memorial.

On the front of the memorial is a summary of the battle, and on the back is a list of all the United States Army’s participants by troop, rank & name. Some of the abbreviations are obvious, like “PVT”, but some less so: “TRPT” is trumpeter, “WAG” is wagoneer, “SADD” is saddler, “FARR” is farrier and “BLKSM” is blacksmith. “CPL Tom” (no last name) is famous Old West scout & bounty hunter Tom Horn. Other than Na-tio-tish, the Apache warriors are not named, or known.

I was intending to eat lunch at the battlefield memorial but the sky was getting very dark. There was thunder, and several nearby lightning strikes. Just like in 1882. I decided it best to bail with a quickness. ⛈

I made my way back over the old Apache positions, down into the wash, then cut back up another drainage towards FR 123A. I had to low crawl two barbwire fences, but luckily the bottom strand on both was unbarbed. (Which is actually recommended to avoid harming small critters.)

Back on trail, FR 123A came to a quick end before Arizona Trail Segment #27, began descending to East Clear Creek. Knowing the climb ahead of me, I took another break despite the dark clouds. Luckily, so far, all bark and no bite.

From East Clear Creek — which is bone dry at that point, upstream of Blue Ridge Reservoir — it is a 500 ft. climb in 0.7 miles to the top of the canyon. It may not seem like much — indeed, it’s the same as North Mountain in Phoenix — but I was already drained. It wasn’t so much muscular, as aerobic. I took standup breathers every hundred yards all the way up.

From the top of the canyon, AZT #27 continues east for .75 miles to a split. The Arizona Trail splits right; not sure where left goes. Maybe 200 yds. further east is another split. If you are thru-hiking the Arizona Trail, go left. After a final five minute sit down break, per the sign, I went right to Rock Crossing Campground, which was only another third of a mile. I was that exhausted.

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Recent heavy rain has brought out a good variety of flowers, but not a great quantity. Surprised to find almost no molds or mushrooms.
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Jul 19 2018
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Took the daughter and the dog for a hike away from the heat up on the rim. I prefer to take the trail up the rim from Washington Park to get the workout, but as soon as we get on the top and to the 300, she remarked on how we should have drove up instead! :sl: Dog is still getting used to hiking, being on a leash, listening to commands, not pooping in the car on the ride up, normal puppy stuff. We hiked about 3 miles in, had lunch and turned around. Very humid but surprisingly very little water even after it rained 2 days ago.
Stopped at Water Wheel on the way back to check out the damage from last years flooding. Still a lot of debris all over. some 10-20 ft high. Water was all very muddy in this area. The memorials were touching and a tragic to think about.
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With temperatures soaring in Phoenix, I headed north to the Mogollon Rim. At 7500 ft., the Rim is 500 ft. higher than even Flagstaff. At 62°, and breezy, it was twenty cooler than Phoenix when I started hiking at 8:30 a.m.

Before I started hiking, my wife and I checked out the General Springs Cabin. (I parked just across FR 705, so she could check it out as well.) Despite being maintained for “your heritage”, no one is actually allowed to use it, and it is full of rat 💩. And probably hantavirus.

The General Springs Canyon creek was spotted with small pools, but had minimal flow. For some reason, there is a metal tube fence around the creek for a few hundred yards north of General Springs Cabin. 🤔

On my way north, I heard a helicopter. It was probably dipping at Blue Ridge Reservoir to fight the still smoldering 16,000 acre Tinder Fire.

At Fred Haught Spring, the Cabin Loop continues north. I turned south towards Fred Haught Cabin.

Just as I entered the wash, I spotted a couple of backpacks nestled under the shelf, out of sight of the trail. I figured it was for the folks I saw sign in the trail register the day before me, and a minute later I saw them emerge from the woods with their two dogs. (One friendly, the other a bit wary.) We chatted for a minute, them mentioning Fred Haught Canyon gets pretty congested above his cabin. I replied that I like beating brush. (A bit of a stretch, but that is what I was there for. 😉)

As I headed south up Fred Haught Canyon, it definitely tightened up, but never to the extant of East Miller Canyon. There were more pools, but still nothing one could wade in. Most obstacles were easily avoided. The only slight delay was caused by a 15 ft. pour. Younger, more agile, hikers could scramble up it’s slippery face, but it took me a few minutes to figure a safer old guy way around it. 👴🏻

I took two short breaks in Fred Haught Canyon, munching gorp and my usual salt & vinegar ships. The difference in air pressure from Phoenix had the unopened chip near to bursting. Both breaks, I sat up against a pine tree, and watched the tree tops rustle in the breeze. I could have spent hours sitting there, but my wife was expecting me back at General Springs Cabin.

When I got to the Mogollon Rim, the wind was howling. I guessed at least 60 mph, and I was not wrong. (I checked the weather after I got home and winds all across northern Arizona were over 50 mph.) The canyon really focused and accelerated the wind as it blew up slope from Washington Park. It was so windy, I couldn’t hold my camera steady and was nearly blown off my feet. No lie.

Back at General Springs, I kissed my wife, rehydrated, and then we headed back to AZ-87. Since it was mid-afternoon, we decided to stop at the first restaurant we saw in Strawberry. It turned out to be “Bandits”, a year old western-themed joint. The burgers were good and the coleslaw excellent. 👍👍

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49 male
 Joined Jul 30 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 24 2018
corwinwilkins
Backpack15.40 Miles
Backpack15.40 Miles   6 Hrs      5.13 mph
   3 Hrs    Break25 LBS Pack
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Very Cold at start of day and windy later on. Great trail though, moved over the plateau and down to Washington park in short order.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 General Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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Dec 31 2017
ultrazona
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32 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 31 2017
ultrazona
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles
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Finishing up remaining miles of segment by bike.
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Nov 18 2017
sandyfortner
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64 female
 Joined Mar 16 2009
 apache junction,
Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2017
sandyfortner
Hiking15.40 Miles
Hiking15.40 Miles   8 Hrs      1.93 mph
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We had originally planned this as an easy backpack, but the question of water and cold temps helped us to change our minds. We car camped at the Pine TH Friday night, shuttled a vehicle to General Springs early Saturday, then headed to Blue Ridge TH. We started hiking at 8:40. It was windy and cold!! 26 degrees at the TH. Since this is a pretty easy trail, we moved out and tried to warm up. Took a couple nice breaks during the day when we found nice, sunny spots. Did some trail clean up at the TH on the road to Blue Ridge Reservoir. Some yahoos had left alcohol bottles, beer bottles, cups, etc. strewn all around the parking pullout. Luckily I had shoved 3 trash bags in my pack since it had rained the day before and I wasn't trusting that the weather was going to be clear. We filled 2 of the bags and a husband of one of my friends met us and took the trash away. All day we enjoyed the cooler temps but kept gushing about the fact that we were NOT going to sleep out in that COLD! :D We were surprised that we saw no wild life all day. The trail is good and VERY well marked. Love the new pass thru gates - 2 different types and both worked great. Made it to the vehicles at 4:15, just as the shadows were making the trail pretty cold again.
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Nov 18 2017
screeslider526
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68 female
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2017
screeslider5267
Hiking15.40 Miles
Hiking15.40 Miles
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sandyfortner
Car camped at the Pine TH Friday night, shuttled a vehicle to General Springs early Saturday, then headed to Blue Ridge TH (26 degrees). We started hiking at 8:40. It was windy and cold!! Tried to keep moving especially in the morning when we were up higher. Not much in the way of nasty climbs to tackle, so just enjoyed the stroll. Took a couple nice breaks during the day when we found nice, sunny spots. There was some nasty trash left strewn all over the TH on the road to Blue Ridge Reservoir. Alcohol bottles, beer bottles, cups, even toilet paper, etc. all around the parking pullout. One hiking buddy had 3 trash bags in her pack and we filled 2 of them. The other buddy's husband who had been meeting us on the various road crossings took the trash down to Pine and was allowed to dispose of it there. Saw the new pass thru gates. Made it to the vehicles at 4:15, just as the shadows were making the trail pretty cold again. Had some supper and spent another cold night car camping. Got up early in the morning -- got some coffee and a pastry and set off for home.
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Nov 10 2017
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking16.00 Miles 2,071 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   2.34 mph
2,071 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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I had Friday off for Veterans' Day so I decided to take advantage and do a hike up north. Wally was also up for it even though he thinks he did it before with Joe, Denny and Bruce on their AZT segment mission.

Wally, Andy and I did the southernmost segment of this passage last July as part of the Cabin Loop. This is one of the few segments that seems to be able to be done as dayhikes from either direction, so I decided to start from the north TH and hike it SOBO to about the halfway mark.

We noticed some frost on the grass on our drive up and expected colder temps than we actually got. It was a bit chilly at first, but quickly warmed up from the sun hitting us and the exertion. Pretty much all of this hike is thru ponderosa pines. There is one section where the pines are kind of shorter, so maybe there was a fire 20-30 year ago? Only two spots where there are some views. First is after you make the climb upon the mesa, you can see north to Flagstaff. The second is right before you descend into the valley/river crossing downstream of the reservoir.

On our way back Wally made note of a 3 mile stretch just south of the mesa ascent that seems to be graveled with non-native material. Once he pointed it out, it really did stand out. Not sure what it was for, probably erosion control. I didn't make the hike any easier or more difficult. It almost looked decorative.

On our way in as we approached the Blue Ridge Campground, there were signs for the Horse Bypass. It wasn't labeled well enough whether or not this was a bypass for the AZT or just the campground. We decided to start to hike thru the campground and I noticed on the GPS mapping that the trail was nowhere near us. We decided to bushwhack directly to the trail, and soon I heard buzzing near my ears. I thought it was bees, but now I think it was wasps. As we approached the trail, which is actually a jeep road, a barbed wire fence became visible. the wasps buzzing around me went away for a bit, but soon came back. As I was making my way over the fence, pushing the top barbed wire down to give proper safe crotch clearance, the wasps were again buzzing near my ears. I made it over the fence without incident, only 100+ yards later to feel a sting on my belly just above my waist. Apparently one hung on and climbed under my clothes. to make it worse, a half mile later, after the climb up on the mesa during the comfortable flat hike, I felt a second sting under my clothes on my back just above my waist. Still dealing with two very itchy welts today. Oh well.

during this entire 16 mile hike, I saw no other souls than Wally. Saw 2 trucks parks at campgrounds and road crossings, but no people or moving vehicles. Very nice to spend the entire day walking thru windy, peaceful pines. We made better time than I expected and made it home before sundown.
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