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Apr 19 2019
alexofaz
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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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We started on passage 33 south of the logging detour, hiked out to Marshall lake trailhead then back up passage 31 as we began a 2 & 1/2 day Flagstaff Loop on the Arizona Trail. Day 2 we pressed onto Mary's Cafe on 89, try the Navajo Taco, where we stopped for dinner, then backtracked to a nice camp spot for the evening. The next morning we again stopped at Mary's Cafe, for breakfast this time, and closed the final miles of our loop. Even though day 3 was half the miles of the first two days the combination of a determined headwind and logging reroute leading us along the path of a gas pipeline made it the most challenging/unfun of the trip.
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Oct 15 2018
corwinwilkins
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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Was supposed to be part of a 54 mile AZT 31-33 loop but rain and near freezing temps made us bail after completing 33 and the southern tip of 31 to Marshall Lake TH. Kinda neat trail and the reroute through Flagstaff is fun. Especially snagging a hot coffee in those low temps. It's also jarring to go from the quiet of the wilderness to the bustle of Flagstaff and the traffic of cars and trains.
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May 05 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Nov 24 2017
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Little Elden-Elysian Buttress, AZ 
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Hiking3.34 Miles 873 AEG
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I've stared at the North Eastern side of Elden my entire life and the sheer cliffs visible from many miles away have always sparked my curiosity.
72° on Black Friday in Flagstaff was definitely not what I expected, tank tops and shorts were the attire as nothing but sun beamed on my dog and I the entire morning.

There is a nice climbers spur trail that basically leads straight to the face of Elysian but the only downside is the area is practically a barren wasteland and I could not find any shade to save my life.
If I didn't have my furry piglet of a dog with me it would have been no problem but boxers don't do well in direct sunlight while gaining hundreds of feet so I stopped just short of the buttress.

Once back on the AZ trail is where the healthy forest appears again and the day was much more relaxing.

Fun little walk to burn of the turkey.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
Oaks would have been nice for this area but it's way past prime.
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Sep 28 2017
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Marshall Lake to Fisher PointFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking14.58 Miles 1,220 AEG
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This was me & my wife’s third annual Flagstaff fall colors romantic getaway weekend. The past two years, I’ve done a shorter hike the Thursday we arrive in in town. Last year, I hiked Colton Crater. A month ago, hiking Sandy Canyon, I had skipped climbing to the top of Fisher Point — which overlooks the intersection of Sandy Canyon, Walnut Canyon and Skunk Canyon — due to being wore out from too much bushwhacking. Eventually, I settled on hiking from Marshall Lake to the Flagstaff Sam’s Club, via Fisher Point, on Arizona Trail passage’s #31 and #33. For some reason, I thought a twelve mile hike would be a good ‘warmup’. :?

At the Arizona Trail trailhead on the southwest ‘shore’ of dry Marshall Lake, my wife spotted several used tampons. Eww! ‘Leave no trace’ would never have been so appreciated. :o

It was an easy walk across Anderson Mesa. Just before Marshall Mesa Tank, a large fallen tree blocks the trail. There is already a use trail around it. Not sure if it is scheduled for removal?

The ‘descent’ to the tank is only 200 ft., and the ‘climb’ back out only 100 ft., so it seemed a bit fussy to me for it to have something like 10 switchbacks. The odd number of switchbacks would be a theme all the next four miles to the rim of Sandy Canyon. The switchbacks add unnecessary, and unexpected, distance to Arizona Trail #31. (A trail sign at Marshall Lake says it is 5.7 miles to the base of Fisher Point: It is now actually 7.4 miles.) Nonetheless, it is a pleasant stroll.

On the descent to Sandy Canyon, I narrowly avoided squishing a tarantula. I hate spiders. They scare me. But for some reason, tarantulas don’t bother me near as much. Maybe because they look like furry, eight-legged, puppies?

Atop Fisher Point, I couldn’t see much to the north, but could see for miles south, including Mormon Mountain. I took more photos & video at Fisher Point than anywhere else on my hike, but I never felt like I quite ‘got’ the feel of the area. After the photogasm, I took a twenty minute break for lunch, relaxing in the shade, enjoying the views.

After descending back to the canyon floor, I headed up AZT #33 towards Flagstaff. Like Sandy Canyon — if you are not bushwhacking! ;-) — Skunk Canyon is a narrow, but grassy-bottomed terrain feature. Arizona Trail #33 very gradually heads up 1.75 miles to the Flagstaff Loop Trail. Only 200 yds. further, the trail turns east through an ungated fence unto an old forest road.

The next 1.5 miles, to the Rio de Flag — yes, that is its name — wetlands, is also on old jeep trail, through the same grassy terrain with plenty of shade trees that typified the first 12.5 miles of my hike.

Just after my final break, with about 1.5 miles to go, I heard something over my shoulder. I looked back to see a toothless, woolen-capped, homeless guy riding a mountain bike out of a trailless draw. We exchanged greetings, and off he peddled towards town. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was for supplies, and he was wild camping up that draw.

At the Rio de Flag wet lands, the Arizona Trail #33 turns to pavement, heading under I-40, past the Rio de Flag Reclamation Facility, to the Sam’s Club parking lot, where my patient wife was waiting for me.

Rather than continue sidewalk hiking, we headed off to check in at The Inn at 410 on Leroux, before heading downtown for a (literally) steaming hot post-hike feast at Na-D-Li Korean on San Francisco St. :y:

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Mostly pine & evergreen along AZT #31 and AZT #33.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Not much left, not even Sandy Canyon, which was awash in blooms only a month ago.

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Entire catchment area not full, but the main / fenced sink looked close to full.
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Sep 03 2017
Thoreau
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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Thoreau
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Schultz/AZT segment, return loop via rocky moto
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Jul 01 2017
toddak
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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Counter-clockwise loop to pick up sections of 3 AZT passages. From Buffalo Park: south on #33 > east on #31 > west on #32 to Sandy Seep trailhead. Bike shuttle between start / finish.
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Oct 29 2016
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Door to Door Flagstaff, AZ 
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We fulfilled a long-time goal by going backpacking this weekend without ever getting into our car or any other vehicle.

On Saturday morning, we walked a couple of miles from our house to the Flagstaff Loop Trail, took the loop trail to the intersection with AZT #33, hiked down to Fisher Point, and then north on AZT passage 31 to a nice spot overlooking Walnut Canyon. It probably hit 35 overnight, which was a little cold for my "32-degree" summer bag (currently more like 40 degrees), but the stars were fantastic. That you can see the milky way a couple of miles outside of Flagstaff is just amazing.

The next morning, we went a mile or so cross country to pick up the loop trail and took that all the way back home. We probably saw 20 elk, including a huge male. There's no hunting north/west of Walnut Canyon, and I'm sure the elk are smart enough to know this--you don't see them in this area in the spring or summer.

This was a super pleasant, ridiculously easy trip, with great weather, lots of big trees, and hardly any people--just a few bikers on the loop trail. We already scouted out a better campsite for our next door-to-door trip up here.

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I'm not sure what "Dry Tank" is, but there's a guzzler just west of this location, south of the Loop Trail (and perfectly visible from the trail). Water was very cloudy--we didn't take any. But the tank was mostly full.

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Plenty of water, and pretty clear except for the floaties. It tasted like flowers (maybe because of all the bees in the water?) but was totally drinkable.

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Just a muddy spot.
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Jul 02 2016
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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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sandyfortner
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Although this isn't part of the 800 miles, I want to do the "whole" trail, so split this up into 2 days while in Flag. Since my passage 37 plans had changed the day before, I wound up hanging out in Flag with friends - not a bad gig! Sat. afternoon looked pretty good so we did the south end of this passage as an out-and-back. Missed the turn at the water treatment pond so cut across the hill to catch the trail. On the way back we could see that it is clearly signed where the AZT passage meets the FUTS, but earlier, standing at the junction, the wrong path looked like the only path, with the short trail around the pond looking like a dead-end. Came across several bikers and a few hikers. Trail is easy to follow and good tread. We hiked out to the Fisher Point area where the resupply trail links to Passage 32 and turned around and headed back to the car. Sunday morning we drove up to Schultz Pass, connected to the resupply trail and hiked it SOBO through Buffalo Park. Absolutely beautiful area! Again. lots of bikers but the trail is well-shared. We came across columbine in the higher elevations - such a treat! There is an area with several foundations, steps, and other man-made features. A sign tells not to carry anything off, but unfortunately does not give any history as to what these relics are remains of.

As a resupply route, this is a great way to go. When you come NOBO to Butler Ave, Motel 6 is to your right, Whole Foods and REI to your left, and you pass a grocery store before heading through Buffalo Park and on up to Schultz. But - this is FLAG. It's almost mandatory to go into downtown and enjoy the area, including the MANY breweries!! I rather think it is just as easy to do passages 32 and 34. When you approach Sandy Seep on passage 32 you are approx. 1 mile from a bus stop that will take you all around Flag or you can go caddy-corner to the gas station and call a cab from there. Seems that this would cause less cement walking if you plan a zero day in downtown. But, for sure, both options give you a chance to resupply in Flag and both are just wonderful trails!! Pics may, or may not follow if I can get my computer to talk to my phone ever again! Ugh. ](*,)
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Columbine, Indian Paintbrush, Lupine, and other misc. flowers
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Jun 01 2016
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
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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Sep 12 2015
sirena
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Arizona Trail Day - Flagstaff, AZ 
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Arizona Trail Celebration Weekend in Flagstaff!

This year, we had a full weekend of events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dale Shewalter's first hike from Mexico to Utah! I gave a talk on Friday that was very well attended, the big Trail Day event on Saturday in Buffalo Park, and on Sunday the Arizona premiere of the movie Unbranded about four men who rode mustangs from Mexico to Canada.

It was a super-fun weekend and the weather was just about perfect. A great time spent talking trail and getting people inspired to get out there!
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Sep 01 2015
War247
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Walnut Canyon - AZT #31Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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I got dropped off on Frontage Rd. Off I-40. The weather was beautiful just having come from Phoenix, where it wasn't so nice :) A lot of wildflowers in the meadow south of the I-40 before entering the trees. A nice breeze picked up as I crossed Old Walnut Canyon Road just north of Walnut Canyon National Monument. I camped a ways off the Road the second time the trail crosses it. The weather reports I had been reading all the way up being dropped off indicated decent weather, but there was a pretty good storm that night.

Packed up in the morning and followed the trail south of Walnut Canyon Rd. It had rained a lot the night before and the trail was VERY muddy. Other than being wet from the rain the trail was in great condition and very easy to follow, I stopped for lunch at the Fisher Point overlook. Hearing thunder in the distance It was time to continue on. Managed to make it into Flagstaff before the rain hit.

I didn't see any water right off the trail, but I didn't exactly go looking for it. I packed plenty.
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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
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We hope you enjoy our Housholder Family adventure hiking the 800 mile Arizona Trail from Sonora Mexico to the Utah state-line. We are hiking it together as a family attempting to finish 20 to 30 miles each month; normally taking a two truck shuttle and usually camping overnight for free along the way in our RV trailer (Boondocking).

Our third segment is the Flagstaff direct supply route AZT section # 33. First of all, we enjoyed a fantastic and FREE RV Boondocking camp for 8 days near Route 66 with our Arizona State Trust land access permit. The spot rests up a small hill on State Trust Land near an old cinder pit off Route 66 very near the start of AZT # 32 trail where it crosses Forest Service Road 791. There were fantastic views from the top of the hill next to our camp that stretched into Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks....I included pictures with GPS directions in this triplog.

AZT # 33 starts below beautiful Fisher Point. We used Forest Service Road 301 which branches off the Walnut Canyon 303 to make our way by truck out to the somewhat remote Fisher Point trail-head. The trail gently slops and switchbacks down to the floor of Walnut Canyon with nice views northwest towards Flagstaff! We started around 8:30 AM and had lots of shade along the downhill route. On the floor of Walnut we took many pictures of the wave rocks and enjoyed the first cave with its cool shade :) After some snacks we set out in search of "Tibber's Cave", which all 5 of us could not find? Hey Tibber any more clues? We then hiked up Walnut Canyon to a discriptive sign and found a smaller second cave on the south wall. The kids had great fun searching and hunting but were a little bummed they didn't find the gem!

Day One: Starting out on the AZT # 33 in a northwesterly direction towards Flagstaff was flat and enjoyably easy going. The noon day sun was our only concern. We had lots of water with us and made the most of shady snack breaks. There were plenty mountain bikers we would yell out "Biker!" So that the kids would step aside. Many of these mountain biking trails converged at a crossing where we rested enjoying lunch at. Shortly after wards the trail did a big "Zig Zag" due east then back due north. The San Francisco Peaks and mount Elden were now visible and getting closer. The trail started up hill gently then sharply downhill towards the confluence with the Rio de Flag River (water treatment plant) where ducks were swimming to great us! Interstate 40 passed high overhead and paved sections of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System started. The kids enjoyed their tunnel echos underneath the freeway and started getting hungry after passing the Taco Bell and all out "HAngry" along Route 66 where we neared the Dog Haus and our car shuttle with Grandma. It was 2:30 PM and we couldn't treat Grandma to Hot Dogs, so we made hast to Brandy's Restaurant (Breakfast and Bakery) which was featured on the Food Network with host Guy Fieri: foodnetwork.com/res ... html Grandma and our HAngry kids absolutely loved the comfort food and I scarfed down my Giant Guacamole Apple-wood Bacon Cheeseburger! Brandy's is a stones throw from Buffalo Park, super close to this AZT hike....please note they close early around 3:00 PM on Saturdays and sadly just breakfast and lunch menu. The "to die for" dinners are gone, but not forgotten!

Day One Total Miles 7

Day two: We started with a car shuttle downhill near the Dog Haus, where there is a Fry's and another grocery store to stock up on all sorts of trail treats and mixes, Beef Jerky fresh fruit, energy bars, plus other delicious eats for the thru backpackers! Our other car was shuttled to Buffalo Park where we started by taking pictures with the Buffalo and at the memorial tribute to Dale Shewalter Flagstaff teacher and AZ Trail Dreamer who put his plans to action in the early 1980's so that we might enjoy the fruits of his lifelong labor! Thank You Very Much Dale :y: The memorial sign and resting bench is located due east of the entrance gate as the AZT winds around the large water tank.

We enjoyed our easy two mile hike downhill from the memorial as it joined Turquoise St. Passed the YMCA a and transitioned into Switzer Canyon. The abundance of wild game we saw along the way to the Dog Haus were quite impressive. I remember they were called some exotic names like Mercedes, Tacomas, Avalanches and Buicks!

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Day 3 From Buffalo Park to Schultz Creek Trailhead. August 22, 2015:

We arrived in Flag at 12 noon, first hitting our favorite Crystal Creek Sandwich Co. for some delicious eats. We love the Grand Rapids and have been coming here for the past 24 years! Our goal was to enjoy lunch at the shaded Dale Shewalter Memorial in Buffalo Park, before we hit the open trail. Second we had to park our car shuttle at the Schultz Creek Trailhead, then we made our way over to Buffalo Park. After scarfing down our Grand Rapids under the shady tree by the memorial we hit the trail around 2:00 PM. Buffalo Park was soon behind us and the pine trees became our companions the rest of the way! The kids enjoyed some boulder hopping literally, and we made it in no time to the junction with the Elden Peak Lookout Forest Service Road. This marked the halfway point and the kids once more were climbing all over the huge granite boulders. The Rocky Ridge Trail is rightfully named for it's many, many rocks and beautiful scenery. We could see far off into the distance, including the NAU Sky-dome in Flagstaff. This was the most beautiful section of the trail from Buffalo Park to Schultz Creek. In no time at all we arrived at our truck shuttle waiting for us at Schultz Creek Trailhead and after logging another 5 enjoyable miles on the AZT, we drove back to Buffalo Park then headed out for a delicious dinner at the Arizona Highways Best Restaurant 2013 issue, award winning eatery Pizzicletta! After grabbing some great to go dinner eats we made our way to one of our favorite FREE Camping/Boondocking spots which was thankfully unoccupied and enjoyed the award winning pizza besides our campfire.



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Day 4 AZT #34 start to Schultz Creek Trailhead (Downhill) August 23, 2015: We jumped into our trucks and drove around the north east side where the AZT 32 trail follows the 556 Mount Elden Springs Forest Service Road. As we arrived at Schultz Tank Trailhead there were a hundreds of mountain bikers having a race on the AZT 32 section luckily, because we were set to hike the rest of AZT 33 which was the other way! The thunder clouds were building as we parked our truck at the Schultz Creek Trailhead and made our way back up to the AZT 33 ending point as it crossed the Schultz Creek dirt road where we parked the other truck. There is nearby room for 4 vehicles. Two at the trail crossing and two just a bit further north of the crossing. The thunder clouds rumbled and then started an hour long downpour that we waited out safely inside our truck. Then things quieted down enough with just some intermittent sprinkles which enabled us to hit the remaining 4 easy trail miles down hill all the way back to where our other truck was at the Schultz Creek Trailhead. This was our first section of Aspen mixed with pine trees and it was thoroughly soaked from the 10 o'clock thunderstorm. The kids were great spirits along the way and the storms helped to clear out only the die hard mountain bikers and few hikers we passed along the trail. All together these 4 miles were hiked downhill in just around 2 hours which was very good for us! Ending the AZT section 33 and sending us off to the Flagstaff Train Station for a tailgate party! WOHOO!!!
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Jul 04 2015
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Walnut Canyon - AZT #31Flagstaff, AZ
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Happy 4th of July!

Our next adventure on the Arizona Trail is segment # 31 Starting from Marshall Lake to Walnut Canyon including Fisher Point located in the cooler Coconino National Forest at 7000 feet near Flagstaff.

The best thing about the AZT is you can either hike the entire length of 800 miles in order or pick and choose from the 44 or so segments, as to which trail is best for the current time of year! Since this is our second hike on the AZT we decided to keep cool on the 4th of July in the beautiful pines south east of Flagstaff.

The night before our planned hike of 13 miles, there was a huge down pouring of rain at our Boondocking base camp east of Walnut Canyon National Monument's access road. The previous nights rain made for slow going and very muddy shoes, at least one inch at a time was sticking to every step along the Marshall Lake route towards Walnut Canyon and our car shuttle at the 303 Trail-head. This slowed our times but the kids had fun slogging along. No worries as the sunny day started to quickly dry out the trail and we were on our way!

It is hard to judge how many miles the kids can hike as this was only our second time out, so we ended up slowing the pace down, enjoying lunch along the eastern rim of Walnut Canyon taking it easy before descending down to the canyon floor. Upon arrival to the canyon bottom hikers are treated to a brilliant red rock view of the canyon's walls including a mini alcove or shaded cave! We took lots of family pictures here including a couple panoramas and chatted with six other hikers that made their way in from the closer Canyon Vista Campground and the Sandy's Canyon access trails. The beautiful "Red Rocks" are roughly 5 miles from the Marshall Lake Trail-head.

Since the kids wanted to see the 4th of July fireworks that evening in Flagstaff....Canyon Vista Campground was our "bug out alternative" and we took it as the going was too slow earlier back at Marshall Lake with the mud bogging in the first few miles (our other choice was to hike out Fisher Point but we would have had to hike by night to make it back to the car shuttle at the 303). It is always good to have a back up plan and we enjoyed the hike up Sandy's Canyon access and finished the day with roughly 8 miles logged. We were proud of our kiddos for their endurance and had a great time telling stories and singing songs along the way. Also a big shout out of thanks to a friendly camper staying at Canyon Vista, who helped shuttle me back to our car at Marshall Lake TH.

The next few days we were able to enjoy exploring around the 303 and hiking out to beautiful Fisher Point and the following week we made the trek from Fisher Point into Flagstaff along the AZT section #33. Completing what we would have originally planned for.

Hope you all enjoy the photos.
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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
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Starting from Canyon Vista CG parking area we headed out at 7am. Brisk morning picking up and following the Sandys Canyon Trail which would take us down to junction with AZT. It's just under 2 miles to the AZT junction and then another 3/4 mile to where the Flagstaff AZT #33 section begins. There is a junction at the head of Walnut Canyon and the trail to Fisher Point but we took the left fork heading up Skunk Canyon towards Flagstaff. It's several miles to the Flagstaff city limits but eventually the trail arrives at Rio de Flag and a small pond and the I-40 underpass. This is were the urban trail begins taking us through Flagstaff along Butler Ave and over to Santa Fe Ave. Different to hike through town but interesting to see. After leaving the main part of Flag the trail crosses Buffalo Park before heading into the foothills of Mount Elden. The trail traverses the foothills and over to Schultz Creek Trail where it goes up canyon for the last 3 miles to end of the section. Lots of mountain bikers all day long but Schultz Creek Trail had by far the most.
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We felt the need to do #33 and #32 because it has an official AZT number and we wanna get 100% completion on profile.php?u=57660&ID=5

It was kind of fun to walk into town, we were actually asked directions by people in an RV, so we must have blended in as locals out for a stroll.
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Flagstaff - AZT #33Flagstaff, AZ
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Arizona Trail Trek

After a wonderful time on the Women's Backpacking trip, the next day I led a group of folks on a hike from Sandy's Canyon into Flagstaff. It was so exciting for me to reach Flagstaff on foot- it's like my second home! The river company I work for in the summertime, Arizona River Runners, is based out of Flag and I spend quite a bit of time there.

We had a great time on the hike into town and reached Flagstaff around noon. My dad met me and after lunch, took me up to Schultz Pass so that I could hike the remainder of the passage and connect my steps back into Flagstaff. I took a solemn break at the Dale Shewalter memorial and thanked him for his vision of this fantastic trail that connects the state. My friend and co-worker on the river Chelsea was waiting for me at Buffalo Park in the evening and we met some other river folk for dinner.

The next day, my husband Brian drove up to Flagstaff to see me and I got to relax a bit before the Gateway Community Event at Wanderlust Brewing Company. What a wonderful event! The place was packed, the weather was perfect for the patio, and the Diamond Down String Band provided tunes for people to dance to. I was honored that members of the Shewalter family attended the event. It just so happened that the event fell on Dale Shewalter's birthday, totally unplanned but a fantastic coincidence.

Unfortunately, about 20 minutes before the end of the event, I started to feel sick. Even had to go throw up a couple times before the night was over (and I don't even drink!). It ended up being a total pukefest back at the hotel that lasted all night long.

The next morning, Brian did all he could to help me out. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to hike the 10 miles I had scheduled- I was so weak and still felt sick. Thankfully by the afternoon, I was feeling somewhat human and had Brian drop me off at Snowbowl to hike down to Schultz Pass. I got it done, but hiking is no fun at all when you're tired and have to stop to throw up. In the evening, Brian helped me pack for the next passages. I was so glad that he was there to take care of me and that I hadn't gotten sick when solo deep in the wilderness.

In the morning, I felt a million times better and one of the ladies from the Women's trip, Anne McGuffey, came to pick me up to take me to Snowbowl to continue north. She's planning on a future thru-hike and was excited to see parts of the trail she hadn't seen before while running support for me. She dropped me off around 10:30 and we planned on meeting at Kelly Tank in the afternoon.

This is one of the parts of the trail that wasn't complete when I hiked it in 2008 and the end result is gorgeous!! Winding trail through aspen glades, views of the Peaks and fancy signs telling me I have less than 200 miles until Utah.

I reached FR 418 and realized that I'd lost my hiking poles! Shoot. Back up the trail I went and thankfully they were less than 15 minutes away. The Peaks got farther away and I entered the White Horse Hills, covered in downed burned trees but still attractive.

Anne was waiting for me at dry Kelly Tank and we took a lunch break with the sound of mooing cows. We planned on meeting for camp off of FR 416 near Missouri Bill Hill. The remainder of the day was spent hiking on FR 416, a rocky two-track road.

I reached a gate on the west side of Missouri Bill Hill and could see the next passage through the Babbitt Ranch to the north. I got to the base of the hill and started to look for Anne's car. No Anne. My feet were pretty tired by this time, I'd already gone 21 miles. I tried to call, but there was no cell reception. Only thing to do is keep hiking. I figured she was just down the road, but it was a tense couple of miles until I found her camp right before dark. My longest day yet- 23 miles since 10:30.

The next day was spent traversing the Babbitt Ranch- a landscape like no other on the AZT. The "trail" is actually on a series of ranch roads. It is generally a windy area, but on this day there was a red flag warning on top of it- gale force winds all day long.

I reached Tub Ranch and saw an antelope dash off and a group of horses milling about. Strangely, I saw no cows the entire day.

The Peaks receded into the distance and I hiked the dusty, windy road. Anne ended up leapfrogging with me the rest of the day, since she could drive the trail. It was great to have her support and I ended up hiking through the whole ranch in one 22-mile day. It was also helpful to have her around because so many of the water sources I'd normally have relied on were dry. We camped at the Kaibab Forest Boundary.

The next day Anne left and I backpacked the rest of the way to the Grandview Lookout Tower south of the Grand Canyon. My feet were pretty sore from the previous two days and I was happy to be back on singletrack again. Not a fan of roadwalking.

The trail pleasantly wound through the pinyon and juniper, I skipped the side-trip to Moqui Stage Station as I'd seen the ruins in 2009. I reached Russell Tank, also dry this year. Thankfully a generous trail steward had cached me some water nearby.

After Russell Tank, the trail reached the Coconino Rim and began heading west. I got my first glimpse of the Grand Canyon and it literally stopped me in my tracks. I could see the white Coconino cliffbands and the forested North Rim. Giddy with excitement, I had a little on-trail celebration at seeing my favorite place. Soon enough I'd be hiking through.

I found a spot to camp and then the next morning hiked the rest of the way to Grandview. I climbed the lookout tower (scary but great views!) and then my friend Tom came and got me. Later, I met Levi, the videographer, at the Grand Canyon so that we could shoot some footage. Good thing we didn't wait for the following day- smoke from the Slide Fire in Sedona had completely obliterated the view.

The next day I hiked from Grandview to the South Kaibab Trailhead. It was a little anticlimactic because the day was hazy and my view was filled with smoke from the Slide Fire.
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AZT #33 Buffalo Park to Schultz Pass, AZ 
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One way hike from Buffalo Park to Schultz Pass along the Oldham, Rock Ridge and Schultz Creek Trails. These trails are heavily used and are therefore easy to follow and in good shape. Very scenic the whole way. About 2 miles in from buffalo Park along the Oldham Trail, make sure you take the left trail, this bypasses the Oldham trail that starts to climb, and heads directly to the Mount Eldon Road and the Rocky Ridge Trail. I don't remember seeing a sign here. At 7.5 miles in from Buffalo Park the Arizona Trail splits off to the west to Meet up with the Equestrian Bypass trail.
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AZT #33 Fisher Point to Flagstaff, AZ 
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This was part of a two day hike to Walnut Canyon from Flagstaff to the Equestrian Bypass Trail of the Arizona Trail to Hwy 89A and then back to Flagstaff. From my hotel in Flagstaff along Hwy 89A and 4th Ave, I hiked to where the trail crosses the track at Ponderosa and from there followed the trail to Walnut Canyon. There are trail markers along the roads to direct hikers all the way to through Flagstaff. The trail Crosses Rio De Flag immediately south of the interstate with a slight uphill grade toward a low ridge (150 feet) before heading down Skunk Canyon to Walnut Canyon. The trail is easy to follow and passes through a Ponderosa pine forest all the way.
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