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Oct 10 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking11.40 Miles 1,172 AEG
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Out-and-back to meet Tracey and her friend Sandy at the end of their 2-day AZT #30-#29 backpack.
I woke to a cool 34° at my campsite along FR 124C but it was 42° when I began and only 57° at the end... perfect for hiking!
Before I met them I encountered a large herd of elk led by a bull elk sporting a massive rack... possibly 16-points. Unfortunately I spent more time trying to count the points than turning my camera on and by then the herd was off into the trees.

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A half-dozen horses were drinking from it.

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Didn't see the actual spring but there were two separate marshy ponds with plenty of water.
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Aug 31 2019
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
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

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water looked decent but I didn't need to filter

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completely dry

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great source of water. Clear, cold and plenty of water in the creek and spring

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plenty of clear water but there was some cow activity. Still we filtered 4 liters

dry Kelly Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

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tank looked decent from a distance and definitely had water but we didn't need any

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completely dry

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small puddle and would only filter if desperate

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pipe was dripping water but it was good quality

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water was good but difficult to reach unless you don't mind wading through the marshy edge

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lots of water

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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

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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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Aug 24 2019
bretinthewild
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32 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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bretinthewild
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,095 AEG
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Did a portion of the AZT #29 to escape the heat. Nice stroll through the pines. Parked off 90N and hiked to the lookout on Lake View Trail and back. Interesting history with the old logging railroad.
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Jun 09 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking16.87 Miles 843 AEG
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Lovely little trail! A friend requested a "non-death march" hike :lol: for her birthday and we thought this one fit that description perfectly. Fast hike with minimal elevation. Some mileage was involved and I appreciated that. Plus we made it a little longer by heading out in the opposite direction haa. Didn't run into many other hikers - maybe four total? Mormon Lake isn't visible from the trail but it looked nice driving by to drop the 2nd vehicle.
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Aug 12 2018
corwinwilkins
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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corwinwilkins
Hiking14.80 Miles 1,095 AEG
Hiking14.80 Miles   5 Hrs      3.70 mph
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Originally was going to do 29&30 together as an overnighter, but sketchy weather made us decide to just to 29 as a dayhike and go home. Great trip, very easy terrain, very pleasant to hike through the woods.
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Aug 12 2018
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 Peoria, Az
Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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alexofaz
Hiking14.80 Miles 1,095 AEG
Hiking14.80 Miles   5 Hrs      2.96 mph
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We blasted this one out on a rare clear day.
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May 18 2018
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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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kingsnake
Hiking15.66 Miles 1,074 AEG
Hiking15.66 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.98 mph
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Despite being slightly ahead of the curve for my 50 monthly miles, this week I was looking for a longer hike in a cooler clime. Hiking Arizona Trail segment #29, just west of Mormon Lake in the Coconino National Forest, is what I came up with.

The Coconino National Forest is under Stage II fire restrictions — no campfires or smoking in the open — but I was unaffected as I neither camp nor smoke. While I was doing the hike, the Forest Service actually closed several areas in the CNF, including Mormon Mountain, the east slope of which AZT #29 passes through. 🚫🔥

Rather than take AZ-87 through the Payson traffic jam, then get stuck behind slow people on the two lanes north of Pine and Strawberry, I followed Google Maps’ recommendation to take I-17 north, then cut across on Stoneman Lake Rd. / FR 213. Rather than taking nearly three hours, I made it to the Arizona Trail’s Allan Lake trailhead in one hour, 45 minutes!

Overall, there were not many flowers on Arizona Trail #29. The southern third of the hike, was almost all dandelions. The middle third there were a few more species, but still mostly yellow flowers. The northern third had the most variety, with some brilliant claret cup and a huge patch of spreadfruit goldenbanner.

The only grab & stabs I saw, besides a few small cacti, was about a 200 yard wide patch on Mount Nestor’s north slope. Those were tall, brittle, vines with rose bush-type thorns, rather than catclaw. Take care to avoid involuntary blood donation, as the AZT passes right through the middle of the patch.

Arizona Trail #29 is always well-defined. Plus, there are plenty of AZT signs to show you the way. Cairns can be a useful tool, but here they are totally unnecessary. It appears a particularly strong microburst may have blown a few of them over. 😇

I did not drink much water, so I did not need to refill. But at Double Springs Campground there was a tap running out of the ground. There was no “non-potable” sign, so I figured what the heck and opened the spigot. I was expecting clear, cool, tasty well water. Instead, what I got was so cloudy it was gross. 🤢

I poured the water out. I carry bottles, and had several more waters, a couple of Gatorade G2s, and a trail beer (Peroni), so I was good.👍

I took my second break at Double Springs Campground site #14, which was where I saw all the spreadfruit goldenbanner flowers. Verizon reception at Double Springs was only 0-1 bars. I was barely able to get a text out to my wife, telling her I would soon be at Mayflower Spring for pickup.

Going to be tough finding a decent hike this week, in moderate temps, with all the closures ... 🤔

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Mostly dandelions in the southern third. Tons of Spreadfruit Goldenbanner in Double Springs CG site #14. Brilliant claret cup in final miles. But overall, light coverage.
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May 06 2018
ultrazona
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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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ultrazona
Mtn Biking14.80 Miles 1,095 AEG
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Apr 14 2018
Mudhole
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 Peoria, AZ
Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Mudhole
Backpack16.88 Miles 1,181 AEG
Backpack16.88 Miles2 Days         
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Taking a new hiking friend out for their first passage of the Arizona Trail, we did an easy one as a gear shakedown. Passage 29 is a great day hike, but we broke it into 2 days so that my partner could do a full camp setup to prepare for future passages.

Day 1 was a very easy 5 miles to a cattle tank that had some really murky water. Luckily we packed in plenty of clean water and it lasted us until Navajo Spring the next day where we filtered plenty of water for the rest of day 2.

Day 2 was about 11 miles to the northern trailhead. This was a great little section with rolling ridges and full tree coverage. A few windows in the trees allowed partial views of Mormon Lake to the north. Tons of elk and deer scattered along this section, and the mining history is fascinating. No big climbs at all, and we found water at Navajo Spring and also at one of the campgrounds before the finish.
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Sep 26 2017
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Hiking14.80 Miles 1,095 AEG
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I have on my bucket list to complete the AZT so I had to start somewhere and this was it. I was hiking North to South but actually ended up starting 2 miles North of the actual trailhead. The random directions of unmarked right turn about 3 mi. down the road led to the trail but I think is was the last two miles of section #30. No biggie. Started hiking about 11AM, ran into a nice couple of ladies and their dog about 1/2 a mile in. Ran into another nice lady and her dog after crossing through one of the campgrounds. And that would be the last human I saw for the next three days. Section #29 was a beautiful hike. Stopped by Navajo Spring and topped off one of my water bottles. Good, clear water. I literally filled it up at the faucet. Strange. I did filter it through my Sawyer. Filled up again at Van Deren Spring. The water was surrounded by reeds so I had to wade in a little. As a result the water had a good amount of gunk in it but tasted ok through the Sawyer inline. I ended up hiking about 12.5 miles the first day and finished it up the next morning. Thanks for a great start.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Navajo Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Once I found the literal faucet it filled my 1L bottles relatively quickly. Water was clear.

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Water in both the lower and upper tanks. Surrounded by reeds so it required getting the feet wet. Not sure of the fill rate as I just dunked my bottles. Water was a little chunky but filtered just fine
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Jul 15 2017
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
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toddak
Hiking21.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
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NOBO, Allen Lake to Pinegrove
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Jun 25 2017
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Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
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writelots
Backpack42.90 Miles 2,600 AEG
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Did a quickie last minute type backpack on the Happy Jack and Mormon Lake Passages as part of our efforts to plan work events in the area. We've gotten 2 grants that will allow us to move lots of the trail that's currently on old forest roads off the road and onto brand-new single track. Exciting! After three days of walking through the pondorosa (pondo, pondo, pondo, pondo) my feet were a little flatter and my appreciation for the desert was heightened. I love the forest - but give me the sweeping views across barren peaks any day!

The trip was made easier by arranging for trading-shuttles with my co-worker and fellow trail nerd, Zach McDonald. He rode both passages on his mountain bike in 1 day. Can't say that sounds fun, but it is more efficient for scouting a long, flat passage!

We found water in nearly every tank even though it was a hot June. Overall the trail is very easy to follow, well marked and clear tread. The gnarly places were few, but there's clearly some work to be done on maintaining the existing single-track as well as building new. I thought the Mormon Lake passage was prettier - with more meadows and occasional glimpses out of the trees. Finished up the trip with a big dinner at the Mormon Lake Lodge.

This was the final trip for my trusty Warbonnet Blackbird hammock. I ordered a new one, though...seven tough years is a GREAT run!
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Pine Spring

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Clear and cool - tempting for a swim!

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Murky and green

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Beautiful and clear!

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A little more murky

dry Waldroup Tank Dry Dry

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Jun 02 2017
kaiboxer
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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kaiboxer
Backpack21.00 Miles
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This hike was great, but a little warm doing it in July. We started at the Gooseberry springs trail head around 11 am with the plan of getting to Navajo Springs (~8 miles) for the night and to refill water. Nice WARM hike to the spring, very little water at the spring, just a drip out of the pipe that took us an hour to fill 3 gallons of water. We went back up the trail about 500 feet to an established camp off the trail in a meadow and spent the night. Fire restrictions were in place, so the night sky was Really clear.

Day two we got a late start on the morning, and headed down to the Lodge to get water instead of waiting the hour at the spring again. We happened to catch the Fourth of July parade on July 1st at 11 am. After a short break in town, we angled back to the trail and continued on to Dairy Springs Campground where when refilling our water we decided we stay at the campground and take advantage of unlimited water, a picnic table, and vault toilets for the night ($20).

On the trail by 8:30 am and done at the Pine Grove Campground TH before 11:30 am. Very nice end to the hike, very level and mostly downhill for the last 7 miles.

Note: The Mormon Lake Loop of the AZ Trail now ends at Mayflower Springs (most have missed them) and much of the last 7 miles was on what is now the Anderson Mesa Passage of the AZ Trail.
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Jul 23 2016
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screeslider5267
Hiking14.80 Miles 1,095 AEG
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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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Jul 21 2016
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2 of us had planned to backpack this, but with the weather moving in each afternoon, decided to car camp each day instead. Made it up to passage 30 around 9ish on Thursday. By the time we accepted that backpacking would probably subject us to lightning each day, and then sorted out what we could get done that day, it was 10:30. We left a vehicle at Double Springs CG and drove up to Weiner Springs Rd. and knocked out that 5+miles, arriving at our vehicle MINUTES before the sky let loose!! As we pulled out on Lake Mary Rd., we saw a guy and his dog - with no rain protection - standing under a tree. Swung around and picked them up. The guy was grateful but the dog was ecstatic!! Took them down by their camp and waited for the rain to let up before letting them go on their way. To save time and dealing with wet gear, we both decided to sleep in our vehicles in a nice camping spot just up the road from Weiner Springs trail junction. Up at 4:30 the next morning and headed to Marshall Lake. Hit the trail SOBO at 6 am. Had a beautiful day hiking back to Weiner Springs junction. Quite surprised and pleased to see most of the earthen tanks full or at least with accessible water. Lots of cows along the mesa but the tanks didn't look too awfully awful. Saw a post-looking structure off trail and had to go look at what it was. Still don't know, but as soon as I trekked over to check it out, realized it was the same tube / plastic bag collection post that Tibber had queried about in her previous post. Enjoyed seeing the old railroad remains and reading the interpretive signs. It's nice to have some information when one comes across old or abandoned relics. A few sprinkles caught us before we made it back to the vehicle, but nothing much - certainly not like the day before! Retrieved our other vehicle from Marshall Lake and headed to Flag to gas up, have some yummy food and wander around REI before heading out to camp at Gooseberry TH. We were joined by another hiker who drove MILES and arrived around 11:30 pm, just to get up at 4:30 and hit the trail!! Wow! Saturday morning the 3 of us drove up to Double Springs CG and hiked SOBO back to Gooseberry, heading out at 5:30. Another beautiful morning! On the way we saw elk and deer. Saw 1 turkey on the trail, horseback riders, hikers and bikers. Easily made it back to the vehicles before the afternoon storms and decided to save the planned backpack of Happy Jack for another time when we would not have to worry about lightning.
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Some areas were lighter than others. Lupine, Indian Paintbrush and many others out.

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Maybe more water than that. Healthy stand of pond reeds surround much of the tank, hiding actual water levels, but definitely accessible water.

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2 water sources side by side. Larger one that is fenced has accessible water but is low. Still, water could be retrieved. Smaller one next to it that isn't fenced was probably 25 - 50% full.

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Didn't hike over to edge, but had visible and accessible water - even if it meant wet feet to get it.
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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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AZT #30 Dairy Springs to Mormon Cany Tank, AZ 
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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
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Had a bit of a late start when I was dropped off at Gooseberry Springs TH Saturday morning at 8:30. Stopped at Navajo Springs for a water break. There was a very smelly dead rodent right next to the water spigot, and a dead bird near it. That worried me a bit as to the quality of the water, but had faith in my trusty sawyer mini. That was a really beautiful spot. Hiked to Double Springs campground when the sky opened up and dumped hail for a couple of minutes. Broke out the trekking umbrella to continue on to Dairy Springs, but it didn't rain again until Saturday night, after I set up my campsite there. I was a bit surprised they charge the full $18 for a walk-in campsite there, thinking they may give hikers a break (silly me). But it was a pleasant night there. Packed up my wet tent and started off at 6 am. I looked for Mayflower Spring, but couldn't find it. I seem to have a knack for missing water sources. The highlight of the trip was the logging railroad remnants. I thoroughly enjoyed that. Then to the uneventful trek across Anderson Mesa, which was extremely windy, followed by the pleasant Horse Lake. I was hoping to finish out the hike by 5:00, so didn't spend any time there. Perkins telescope was a treat - hadn't seen that before. Ran into two men on horseback coming southbound, but other than that, didn't see any other people on the trail, except a few day hikers near Pine Grove Campground. Got to Marshall Lake trailhead by 4:30. Was a slow tough day dealing with some hip issues, but overall a very pleasant trip.
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AZT: Mormon Lake to Utah, AZ 
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I'm not even sure how to approach a trip log of this magnitude, so I'll try to keep it short and focus on the highlights/lowlights.

The hike took place between May 31st and June 16th. We had 2 zero days (one in Flagstaff, one in Tusayan), and one "nero" out of Tusayan. We averaged 25 - 30 miles a day, except for in the Grand Canyon. This trip started out with a few hiccups (feet, gear, fires, heat...) but after Tusayan we had the kinks worked out and I felt like a well oiled long distance hiking machine.

Hightlights

Humphrey's Summit Side Trip
We decided to include a side trip to Humphrey's Peak. It was a great way to escape the hottest part of the first weekend and let things cool down below 9000ft, even if the summit was swarming with gnats and people. :) On the way back down, I met @joebartels and @the_eagle. Very cool! Nice to have met you both!

Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim was AMAZING. The scenery had my jaw on the ground nearly the entire time! I was extremely nervous about doing this passage in June and thought it was nearly impossible to score walk-in permits, but the stars aligned and we had no issues grabbing permits for both campgrounds.

We did it over 3 days to beat the heat, camping at Bright Angel and Cottonwood campgrounds, moving only between the hours of 5am - 9am. Soaking in Bright Angel Creek made the heat tolerable, and it was a nice change of pace compared to the 25 - 30 mile days we were doing above the rims.

One of the rangers issuing the permits gave us some dire warnings about "130 degrees in the sun", and how "nobody has fun down there this time of year." I even asked him about soaking in the creek to ward off the heat and he made it sound like it was only mildly effective. Contrary to what he said, it probably never got above 105 in the sun and sitting in the creek was actually extremely relaxing.

We took the short side trip to Ribbon Falls and it was totally worth it. What a neat little oasis in the canyon! We saw a beaver in the creek between Bright Angel and Cottonwood campgrounds, I never expected to see that.

The climb out of the Canyon from Cottonwood to the North Rim was well graded, and we topped out in about 2 hours 45 mins.

There is definitely a lot more Grand Canyon hiking in my future come fall/winter/spring.

North Rim + Kaibab Plateau
It was so nice to get a break from the hot temperatures when we topped out on the North Rim. They didn't last for long, though. As soon as we were back down around 7000 ft it was getting warm again.

The aspen and fir lined meadows were also a nice change of scenery. Easy going, dreamy hiking. It was also cool starting the day at Cottonwood and within a few hours being in a drastically different environment.

We ran out of food just before highway 89A, so we went in to Jacob Lake for a small resupply and also had a great breakfast at the restaurant. We probably had less than 2000 calories per day from the North Rim to Jacob Lake, needless to say the hiker hunger was strong when we reached Jacob Lake.

Finishing the AZT
Damn did it feel good. :)


Lowlights

Feet Issues
On day one I had a nasty blister form on the bottom of my foot due to AZ rocks tearing up the tread on my one month old Altra shoes. When we reached Flagstaff I initially tried to remedy the problem by buying thicker insoles (SuperFeet) for my shoes and taping up my foot with climbing tape. I was apprehensive about getting new shoes because I've always had issues with breaking in new shoes, even trail runners. The tape and thicker insoles worked for about half of a day. I think the tape actually might have made matters worse. I decided the next day after leaving Flag to hitch back into town from Snowbowl Rd in order to pop the blister and let it heal with a zero day. We got a ride by the first vehicle that I thumbed!

Popping the blister and staying off of it for a day helped, but after our Humphrey Summit and a couple more days of hiking the blister was back with a vengeance by the time we reached the Babbit Ranch passage. I was very nervous about going forward from Babbit Ranch because it would mean committing to about 60 miles before any relief in Tusayan. I nearly walked out to the highway from the TH and called for pickup. But after sleeping on it, I sucked it up and continued. Eventually, after hiking on it for another 40 miles, it stopped hurting so much.

When we reached Tusayan I decided to bite the bullet and take a shuttle back to Flagstaff to get some new shoes. I bought some Brooks Cascadia 11's, swapped out the insoles with the SuperFeet I bought, and never had a single foot issue the rest of the trip. :)

Gear Issues
Sleeping pad got punctured and I lost my sunglasses the very first night. These items were replaced on the first visit to REI in Flag. Somewhere along the way, the "stay bar" in my backpack ripped through the bottom of my pack again and went missing.

Fires
The nearby fires on the rim made the miles into Flagstaff smokey. It was particularly bad on the second day when we woke up at the Horse Mesa Trailhead with thick smoke to hike through til Marshall Lake. Those were some lightheaded, oxygen deprived miles.

Heat
When I planned this trip, I expected the highs to be in the high 70s to low 80s, actual highs were in the high 80s to low 90s for the entire trip, expect for the North Rim and Kaibab Plateau South & Central passages. As expected, it reached low triple digits in the Grand Canyon. We combated the heat by taking a long 2 hour break during the hottest part of the day under a cedar or pine. If there was a good enough breeze, usually we could still hike in the heat. We were also consuming up to 2 gallons of water a day.

Final AZT Thoughts

In my opinion, the Grand Canyon takes the cake for the most scenic passage of the trail. That being said, I believe that below the Mogollon Rim the AZT is way more scenic per-mile than on top of the plateau. It's easy to keep motivated below the Rim when you're getting drowned in gorgeous wide open views in every direction, and hard to keep motivated above the Rim when all you're seeing most of the day is the next ponderosa or ceder 10 yards ahead of you. Just my opinion, though.

AZ rocks with eat up your shoes.

If I was to ever attempt a thru-hike of the trail, I would most likely start in the early fall and head south. The terminus in Utah isn't a terrible place to end, but Miller Peak and Mexico would have been a much grander ending.
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"nuther gate, this one in the right-of-way fence on the east side of Lake Mary Road. Same basic drill but with winter added in. We'll go back when the snow is gone for a few finishing touches.
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