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Jul 16 2021
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 Jackson, CA
Babbitt Ranch - AZT #35Flagstaff, AZ
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Went to check out the new Babbitt Ranch re-route with an out-and-back mountain bike ride. Its not a 5-star trail in its own right but compared to the old road walk it definitely is! Fun ride - smooth, mostly flat and always gently twisting and turning to keep it interesting, nice ride-overs at a couple of fence crossings. Two large downed trees across the trail - one about a half mile south and another about a half mile north of the "wildlife waterer" sign (its easy to get around them).

The Happy Jack, Alder Ridge and Babbitt re-routes are all beautifully conceived and built, definitely major improvements. Looking forward to Temporal Gulch!
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Thanks to Kelly for the deadfall report on this passage, and passage 37. We ventured up and got them all until the next one falls. Finished cutting the last one about 6 PM, while the Slate fire burned a few miles south. Not wanting to think about that all night we went back up into the pine trees to camp. NOAA had said temps in the mid-50's overnight, but the car thermometer said 37, which synced with our experience in camp. So 4:00 AM we're up and heading south.

Regardless, another fine day on the AZT.
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Azt #35 #36 & #37, AZ 
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I have been looking at doing these three AZT segments since I finished the San Francisco Peaks segment last October. Finally got a volunteer to shuttle us from the Canyon to Cedar Ranch trailhead, at the beginning of the Babbit Ranch AZT segment.

We left Phoenix at 0400 Sunday morning with the goal of caching water at two locations and hiking up Red Butte as well. Mission accomplished. Joe K, from work, picked us up at the Canyon and shuttled us back to the beginning of our journey AZT #35. Thanks Joe!

The first day, beginning at 1400, we hiked 4 miles to Tub Ranch and water. From there we decided to push on to get ahead of schedule. We hiked uphill another 4 miles or so and set up camp for the night. The clouds put on an amazing show for us. This part of the AZT is a little bleak but definitely has it's own beauty.

Got up early and hit the trail the second day before 0630. Wide open spaces, clean air, no people, and no noise. Good stuff. As we made our way north some clouds moved in providing much appreciated shade. We hiked 4 miles past the end of segment #35 at Moqui Stage Station to our first water cache. We rested, cooked dinner, then decided to keep hiking to stay ahead of schedule avoiding a killer last day. Soon we started seeing enormous piles of horse poop in the trail. Then as we reached Russel Tank we saw 30+ wild horses and the poop made sense- more than one horse made the piles. It was getting late so we made haste to get past the tank and all the horse activity to find a camp site. About this time Kelly announced she had a large blister on the ball of her foot. We found a pretty nice camp site for the night.

Day three we were up early again hoping Kelly could continue hiking with a nasty blister. Our options were not good if she couldn't. The tread was pretty forgiving which helped a lot. Beautiful hiking through ponderosa forest all the way to Grandview Tower and the end of the second segment (#36). We climbed the tower and checked out the excellent views. Our second water cache was a little past the tower and we made our way there arriving before noon. Discussing out options, we decided to load up on water and push on as we far as we could so we would have a manageable last day. Hiking the whole last segment (23.5 miles) and driving home didn't strike us as very appealing. We hiked on in the afternoon warmth taking several breaks and a mile wrong turn. We walked right by a carsonite sign off a forest road. Oops. Eventually we found a great camp site less than five miles from Tusayan. Another 20+ mile day in the books.

Final day our plan was to leave camp at 0615 and pick up enough water in Tusayan at 0800 when the general store opens to complete our trek. Only 13 miles to go! Shortly after leaving Tusayan the trail becomes a paved pathway then you enter the national park. Before too long we were at the edge of the canyon and our finishing point at the South Kaibab trail head. Kelly got a couple of tourists to take our picture signifying the end of a most excellent adventure.

We completed our journey in less than three full days and did not see another hiker the whole way, not counting tourists the last quarter mile. Kelly really toughed it out hiking over thirty miles with a huge blister on her foot. First multi-day backpack in forever. Good times. Thanks Kelly! :)
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john had these three passages on his list for awhile
his co-worker kindly agreed to shuttle us, so the trip was on

sunday was a long day, leaving town around 0400
first we cached three gallons of water at forest road 320 where it crosses the trail north of moqui trailhead
hiked red butte on the way back to 180
drove into grand canyon national park and cached three gallons near grandview lookout
the park was an absolute zoo on memorial day weekend
we had lunch and grabbed dinner to go at the general store, then met our shuttle driver at the visitor center
joe dropped us off at cedar ranch trailhead around 1400
we hiked four miles to tub ranch, where we took a long break and filled up on water
decided to go another few miles with heavy packs stopping just before the turn onto single track
found a nice campsite and enjoyed sweeping views and cloud action before turning in

set out monday on the newer singletrack
had some cloud cover and even a thunderclap (not my favorite thing)
this trail is not the most scenic, especially the road walk
pretty exposed with little vegetation until further north
we made it to moqui and checked out the stage station
one passage down
went another four miles to our water cache, took a long dinner break and continued on
passed through the russell tank area and saw probably 30-40 feral horses going down to the tank for a drink
this was an odd area, and we wanted to get away from the horses before camping
found a nice enough campsite along russell wash

up before sunrise tuesday, we packed up and continued north
this passage was my favorite of the trip
singletrack through ponderosa pine, beautiful terrain
arrived at grandview lookout for another passage done
went up on the tower, which was closed, and had nice views of the north rim
got to our water cache and took a snack break
we had an ongoing discussion about how far we would try to get, with the goal a shorter finish on wednesday
ended up with another ten miles, taking breaks along the way
we also missed a turn, and it cost us two miles, uphill on the return in the sun ](*,)
found a good campsite only 4.5 miles from tusayan
another nice section in the pines, even the parts on two track

up early again on wednesday with only 13 miles to go
easy walk into tusayan, where we got a gallon of water for the finish
shortly after that point, the trail is mostly on bike paths
finished up at south kaibab amid hordes of tourists, got a photo and jumped on the orange bus
found my car and hit the road
had lunch in williams, gas in bellmont and were home late afternoon

notes:
somewhere around moqui, i developed a hot spot on the ball of my foot, which bothered me quite a bit the rest of the hike
we were happy with our water cache placements and the mileage we did each day, setting us up for an easy finish
water is heavy, even with an ultralight kit :sweat:
we did not see one hiker the entire trip, not counting the finish near south kaibab
saw three mountain bikers on babbitt ranch, one of them bikepacking
this was our longest backpack to date and we both felt it was a success
afternoons were mid 80s with occasional cloud cover, nights relatively warm between 50 and 60 degrees
great to get three more segments done :)
i've really enjoyed doing these with john, especially the backpacking
there's nothing like that first cup of coffee before sunrise, or kicking back in camp in the evening after a good long hike
thanks john, great trip!
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I'm continuing my project of trying to section hike the AZT. Much of Passages 42 and 43 (From UT to Jacob Lake) are closed due to fire activity, so I'm leaving those final two passages for the spring/summer of 2021. This report will be succinct.

Day 1. Light day with a late start and early camp. There is substantial historical fire damage (I'm not educated enough to know how much of the damage was from clear cutting). I was just glad to be on the trail.

Day 2. Made a big push to complete Passage #41 and #40, camping about 1/2 mile from the park boundary. It was one of my top ten favorite days hiking. After leaving behind burn/clear cut, I got to enjoy fall color, lovely forest, meadows, etc. Although I may have just hit it at the right time of year, Passage #40 is easily one my of favorite AZT Passages.

Day 3. Woke up to a frozen water bottle and proceeded into Passage #39 (GCNP North Rim). After kicking around the North Rim for a bit, I hiked down to Cottonwood Campground. Hiking Rim to Rim in the past, I'd never thought much of the campground. How wrong I was! Tastefully located with excellent spacing between sites, I'm looking forward to going back.

Day 4. Had an alpine start to avoid too warm a hike up the South Kaibab trail, given that it's so sun exposed beginning at the Tonto. I was sad to miss as much of the Canyon interior as I did, but I'd gotten my fill a few weeks before, and wanted to make sure I was safe. After a successful resupply at the very friendly post office, I walked into Tusayan for a late lunch. The trail to Tusayan is on a bike path and is no fun at all. After some beer and vittles, I hiked out of Tusayan a few miles before collapsing.

Day 5. AZT #36 is just too pretty. I hadn't registered how many GC views it provides. The Grandview Tower was well worth the stop (along with cached water). I tuckered out near Moqui Stage Station, wanting to get some rest before a big push across Babbitt Ranch.

Day 6. AZT #35 was a study in contrasts. The ATA appears to have completed some amazing re-routes that have eliminated historical road walks (only a few miles of road remain). They did a great job - the trail is very well done. But Passage 35 is still exposed and dry as all get out. I spent most of it hiding under my umbrella and mumbling. Were it not for Tub Ranch, where there is a critical water source, I think I'd have cried. I also fell in love with the local dog. After a brief road walk out to the Coconino NF boundary, I crashed, glad the day was over. Beautiful trail, but that's tough country to love.

Day 7. AZT #34 is famous, and rightly so. The San Francisco Peaks are a real treat. I could hike that Passage over and over. If you were in the area and saw some strange dude hugging a pine tree, it wasn't me. I swear. I crashed out a few miles past Alfa Fia tank (is a tank really a tank without cow dung all over?). Alfa Fia itself was crowded with hikers out to see the sunset. The energy was great.

Day 8. I've got lots of love for the ATA and there are major limits on where trail can be sited, but I am not a fan of the Flagstaff urban bypass route. The first stretch you're in significant competition with mountain bikers who really really really want you to get out of the way. The second stretch, there's a fair bit of uphill, which was a bit of a bummer given that all I had on my mind was a shower, pizza and beer. But I finally got my whiney self to a motel, where I accomplished all three. To glorious excess.

As a parting note, the trip would not have been nearly as fun were it not for the dedicated ATA volunteers who provided water caches at critical points along the trail. Manna from heaven. Interestingly, during my week on trail, I only encountered three NOBO and no SOBO backpackers (other than within the GC), so the SOBO flow was not substantial enough for me to overtake/be overtaken by anyone else. Not sure if that's par for the course or whether COVID and fires have done their number on trail volumes.

I'm looking forward to Passages 42 and 43 next year and really hope that in the next ~6-7 years I'm able to find time to do the whole trail as a thru-hike. Thank you ATA!
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The start of a 3 section NOBO trip began with sleeping in the bed of my truck at the Cedar Ranch trailhead the night before.
There was so much traffic on FR 417, I had to drive back east of the road a bit to park. Began the hike at 5:30 a.m., and 6 vehicles passed me on Cedar Ranch road before I even got to Tub Ranch. Thankfully I brought a mask to block some dust. There were 3 SOBO PCT refugees camped next to the road near Tub Ranch, and plenty of water in the large metal trough. Hiked about 17 miles in, spent the night, and carried on. It was dry and hot, and the single track prior to Lockwood tank felt like walking through the Sahara desert at times! Tub Ranch was the last water to be seen until Moqui Stage Station.
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We made a very warm excursion to the Babbitt Ranch passage this weekend to install signs and bike rollovers on the new route. The route is nearly complete, this iteration of it anyway, more to come in time. It's not officially open but most of it is usable for bikes and pedestrians now. Equestrian gates are yet to be installed.

We installed two bike rollovers and three signs. I'm pretty sure the temperature was well above 90--a little warm for trail work. We spent the night and Tracy got some great photos of the comet.
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We car camped halfway up this passage and took 2 day hikes to do each half, finishing at Moqui Stage Station for a dark and dusty exit. It got cold, but nestled in a bunch of down, up off the ground was quite comfortable. Noted the places where the reroute was going to go. No wildlife sightings to note. Pretty monotonous roadwalk. Nice to have company to make the miles go.
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AZT in A Day. Our mission: Section 71 which I just realized I named backwards so I'll fix that as we hiked it northbound. Southbound would have been better for the views. This hike was a road walk. We drove it first after dropping Shawn's truck at the Boundary. Tracy and I thot we would be taking FR 301 but Shawn said we basically would drive the route we would be hiking. That drive was a little rough in spots as Ambika's truck slowly ambled to the Powerlines.

We got the group photo at the Powerlines before heading northbound for about ten miles starting around 10:26ish. Then we would shuttle back and get Ambika's vehicle and then shuttle back up to Moqui Station to set up camp. But.......... more on that later.

The Golden Rabbitbrush was in abundance as it covered the prairie with occasional bouts of a tree showing up, somewhat like what you envision in Africa. Some of the Rabbitbrush in this area had little white balls. I picked one off to discover a seedhead and later I picked another to discover it was starting to fluff out into a puff ball. The whole hike had Rabbitbrush in various stages and a lot of it.

And then there was a short almost encounter with a cow/calf as they made their mad dash to get away from the people in green and white tee shirts. Around 12:15 and five miles later... Shawn didn't believe we had actually gone five miles in 1:45. He said, "you mean 3 miles"; no Shawn, we did 5. So then the discussion became, if we keep this up, can we just finish that last 5 and not have to camp in the cold (low 30s). We felt pretty confident that we could but would wait to reassesses at the Boundary. So after a short lunch, we mounted up again. We did run into some thru hikers and Shawn gave them the heads up about the new trail on the new, just completed Happy Jack section.

A little later we would see a Veteran tagged vehicle but he (sitting in the vehicle) didn't say hello until we were passed him a piece. And then around Lockwood Tank, two bike riders would go by and one only said, "on your left" and the other said nada. Friendly bunch. Down a little further on the road we saw a bunch of Blue Jays dancing around but never lighting enough to get a photo. This was the second Blue Jay 'hood we had passed through today, one while driving and the other hiking. And at 2:24 we were done with our AZT in A Day and had already made plans a couple miles back to continue.

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Part 2 of our day. We had not planned to do this but rather to get our vehicles and set up camp at Moqui Station. It was going to be a cold evening so in light of a fast pace for us in finishing Powerlines to Boundary, we opted to get 'er done. Shawn and Tracy took the truck from the Boundary to Moqui Station and Ambika and I just kept hiking north. We would do a key swap in-between, of course, so that I could drive the truck back to Boundary.

This time, the trail was all off the road and this time it was mostly through the trees. There really wasn't a lot to see and the terrain didn't vary much along the way. It was a narrow rut for the first part of it so that wasn't too much fun; especially cuz I could feel a blister forming on my outer back foot. But nonetheless, we powered ahead except for a 5 minute break for Ambika to down some food. I did a lot of narration on the video to pass the time. I also gathered in my mind that we should meet Shawn and Tracy around the 3 mile mark which we did, right on the button. That's when you know your hiking partners pretty well.

With two more miles to go it was one foot in front of the other. We finally were within site of the end via a wide open area that was sure pretty. At the end of the trail, we hung a left and headed for the Station to get the truck. As we were getting ready to head out another hiker rolls in and come to find out he was gimping and was wanting a ride to Flagstaff. We explained our shuttling situation and invited him to come aboard. He was a thru-hiker that had started at the northern terminus Oct 2nd or 4th. Brian had already hiked from the southern terminus to Oracle.

But now the fun time, driving Shawn's truck. There was a cool sand pile of a road for a bit that I got to shimmy through and before you knew it, we were at the Boundary. We rearranged the truck a bit for our shuttle with the additional passenger. Soon, Shawn and Tracy appeared and I gave them the skinny on our new hiker.

So we gathered up and headed back down the way we had driven-hiked-and now driven again to the Powerlines where we picked up Ambika's vehicle before heading on the road out to the 180. The Hunter Moon was up and showing off big time so we did have to stop a few times to try and get a photo. The dust was lying low so we got a couple shots of that as Shawn was ahead of us. In this part of the video, the guitar music is by our own: HAZ's LosDosSloFolks. I think you'll be impressed. And remember there is quite a bit of narration on the hiking part of the video as I was killing time.

We tried to find a hotel in Flagstaff for Brian but there was nothing doing. So he decided to go with Plan B and catch the 1 AM bus to Holbrook so we dropped him at the bus station. Brian is from Alpine. We assume he finally made it home safely.

We've now completed Sections 20 thru 37 for 345.9 miles. We have completed 33 of 42 Passages (600 miles).


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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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[ checklist ] Horse Lake Russell Tank
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
a few wild flowers on the San Francisco Peaks #34 section. Lupine, Indian Paint Brush, Globe Mallow and others

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

dry Anderson Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

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

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

dry Kelly Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

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

dry Marshall Mesa Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

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

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

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

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

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

dry Skunk Canyon Dry Dry
no water in the canyon

dry Upper Ten X Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

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

dry Watson Tank Dry Dry
completely dry
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Jul 29 2019
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 Peoria, Az
Babbitt Ranch - AZT #35Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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alexofazTriplogs 46
Hiking25.60 Miles 1,078 AEG
Hiking25.60 Miles   11 Hrs      2.93 mph
1,078 ft AEG   2 Hrs   15 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
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What a road! Long, hot, windy and dry.
Heat exhaustion knocked me down about 2 miles from the end.
I paced myself poorly and suffered the consequences.
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Jul 28 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Babbitt Ranch - AZT #35Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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corwinwilkinsTriplogs 43
Hiking25.60 Miles 1,078 AEG
Hiking25.60 Miles   11 Hrs   54 Mns   2.65 mph
1,078 ft AEG   2 Hrs   15 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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Did as a carcamp/dayhike with Arizona Backpacking Club. Eh, it's mostly road. Did run in to the AZT trail workers that were about fixing that by cutting new trail but too late for me.
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Jul 20 2019
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 Jackson, CA
AZT #35 trail work, AZ 
AZT #35 trail work, AZ
 
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toddakTriplogs 490
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Two-day AZT trail work event on the Babbitt Ranch re-route, getting the route off the ranch roads and on to new singletrack. The mini-dozer had made the initial cut, so the 30 volunteers (Day 1) and 15 volunteers (Day 2) pulled the dirt back on to the trail, separated out the grass and large rocks and smooth finished the surface. All together we finished out 1.75 miles. Pretty warm out there but the breeze kept it tolerable, and since most of us volunteers aren't used to hard outdoor labor, trail boss Wendy kept the work days fairly short.
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Oct 26 2018
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 Jackson, CA
Coconino Rim - AZT #36Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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toddakTriplogs 490
Backpack43.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Strapped on the house and went SOBO to close my last remaining AZT gap between Roosevelt Lake and the UT border. Segment #36 is pleasant. Camped a few miles south of Moqui stage station and got serenaded all night by bugling elk, such strange sounds. Segment #35 isn't so pleasant, but the weather was good and views of the snow-capped Peaks helped pass the time.

Shuttle was provided by one of the Flagstaff-based Trail Angels listed on the AZT website. He rearranged his schedule to accommodate mine, used his Parks Pass at the GC entrance station, got me to the trailhead early and wouldn't even accept any gas money - thank you Brian!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Russell Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
lots of fairly clear water in this very large tank
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 Mesa, AZ
Babbitt Ranch - AZT #35Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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garyc57Triplogs 103
Hiking9.85 Miles 408 AEG
Hiking9.85 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   3.11 mph
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"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Robert Burns :(

The original plan was to hike two and half days, hiking all of AZT #35 Babbitt Ranch and #36 Coconino Rim. My sweetheart would drive the Suburban, carrying all the food and water, with a bed made up in the back. I would hike along behind, slack-packing. (free-packing?)

We were going to leave six gallons of water in the cache at the trailhead, but then I remembered it was October. "They're just going to freeze is a week or two, anyway," I said to myself. There was already plenty of water (and beer :-$ ), so I only left two, marked "Public use", taking an empty with us.

The first half-day was great hiking weather - a nice breeze, a bit cold, but hey! when one is hiking along, one warms up quickly.

The road was damp from the recent rains, so it made nice walking. It was especially nice when passing vehicles didn't raise a dust cloud!

About 2-3 miles in, we passed a Japanese fellow hiking southbound, carrying a HUGE backpack. He spoke very little English, but mentioned a big thunderstorm a day or two ago. I turned and pointed to Humphreys Peak, and said, "Snow." He looked a little dismayed.

](*,) Put the phones in airplane mode! ](*,)

The road was nice, well marked with AZT carsonites. We booked right along. As it was nearing sunset, we started looking for a place to pull off to the side of the road, and park for the night. We found a nice spot near an unnamed tank, where the road goes under some power lines.

The sunset was beautiful, marred only by the power lines. We ate dinner, and then settled down for "...a long winter's nap." :zzz:

About an hour and a half later, I woke to my hip hurting. The futon was kinda thin, and these old bones need lots of padding. "We" rolled over (there is no "I" in that tiny space), and tried going back to sleep. No luck. I laid there for an hour or so, until the other hip started hurting, and gave up trying to sleep. We discussed the plans we had, and what our options were, pros and cons. I finally decided to throw in the towel. We drove back home, sorry to have missed a couple of days of beautiful weather, and wonderful hiking. Next time, we'll take more padding!
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Babbitt Ranch - AZT #35Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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tibberTriplogs 1,276
Hiking9.92 Miles 364 AEG
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After many emails of planning our AZT three-day weekend of hiking/car camping for the Arizona Trail Section Crew we finally met up at the Cedar Ranch TH and took Shawn's truck up to the Powerlines where we would begin this 10 mile journey for Day One. On the way in, Google was calling Forest Road FIR; I got a big kick out of that. At least Hazel knows FR means Forest Road or at least FR.

As we started hiking Shawn informed us we should have no problem making 3 MPH. Uh, no, I don't think so but we'll definitely be able to make good time as it's mostly down hill and flat. This is an all road-walk but I like those so that I can "walk and gawk"; altho there's not a lot to gawk at but you do get some nice views once in awhile. Today it was particularly beautiful as everything was quite green from the recent moisture the area has received.

As you start heading Southeast you have nice views of Mesa Butte to your left. It stayed pretty sunny at the beginning but that would change as we got nearer to Tub Ranch. You do get one gate on this hike and it's just not the Arizona Trail unless you have to open/close a gate. The view from the hill there overlooking the vast prairie is pretty spectacular with it being so green right now. Here are your two switchbacks as you drop into the valley. Well it's not really a switchback but I thot it was funny when Shawn called it that.

You semi-circle around the ranch and continue onto the main road coming in and out. (It appears this road (if you follow it east and not north) goes all the way to Hwy 89 by Hank's Trading Post.) Here we would start to see some occasional wildflowers. We crossed the cattle guard and decided to have lunch when we could find some rocks to sit on. In a short time we found four in a row and that's where we sat below the rock shelf bluff. We could see rain showers here and there but our view was mostly to the east. So I tried out my new "Peakfinder" app that Wendy and I had discovered when in Glacier Park. I somehow figured it out and "wha la" we could now name all the hills and peaks in our view. And there's quite a few named features out there.

We continued on our hike below layers of an almost black cloud wondering if the rain was going to avoid us. We saw it on our drive in but felt like we were out-hiking it so to speak. Well it did try to sputter so we geared up; well I did with my umbrella and the others had jackets and/or umbrella. But you know how it goes sometimes; the spitting rain only lasted a short time.

We could see Cedar Ranch from quite a distance and as always, it seemed longer to get there than it should. There was a tank off to our west and some cattle. And we had seen up to about 1/2 dozen vehicles during this ten mile stretch. An advantage to hiking this southbound is you have nice views of the SF Peaks and we also got a couple good glances at Red Mountain in the distance. Every once in awhile the light would shine on it just right so I would zoom in to get a closer look. It's such a beautiful mountain.

We felt very good that we were able to get our first day hiked without getting wet. It was a beautiful day for taking pictures and I have to say I got some good ones. If it hadn't been for the cool sky, I would not have taken as many as I did and really, it wasn't much for normal Tibbermode.

We then drove our vehicles back to Hwy 180 and onto FR 523 where I had spotted a possible campsite near the AZT. Well we found one but it wasn't the one I had thot. However, it turned out to be a pretty good spot although, more traffic than we would have liked; surprisingly so really. There were quite a few people camping near FR 523.

We made our dinners and even got to have a fire. I tried my new Big Agnes lights in the tent and they are pretty cool. The highlight of the evening was watching Shawn and Tracy tackling a Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler once again. On one of our other car camping ventures, it got burned a little on the top so they went to great lengths to make sure that didn't happen. I don't think it's supposed to take two hours to bake the Cobbler :lol: but it finally got done, more or less; so out came the whip cream and we all indulged ourselves.


Video 1 - Powerlines southbound to lunch place south of Tub Ranch [ youtube video ]
Video 2 - south of Tub Ranch southbound to Cedar TH and Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler making [ youtube video ]
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