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Apr 07 2012

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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Casner-Taylor-Dutch-Sycamore-Dogie Loop, AZ 
Casner-Taylor-Dutch-Sycamore-Dogie Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2012
Hiking22.87 Miles 5,200 AEG
Hiking22.87 Miles   12 Hrs   6 Mns   2.27 mph
5,200 ft AEG   2 Hrs   2 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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This is good loop. Glad I finally got to tackle it after knowing about it for so long. Casner seems under rated to me. The best views of the loop are from the top in my opinion. The sweetest part of the hike is going down Taylor through the thick forest. A lot of dead fall, luckily it's relatively easy to get over. The worst part is from when Taylor enters the creek over to a quarter mile before reaching the cabin. Either friendly or lazy backpackers have left over ten bottles of used coleman fuel in the cabin cabinet. Overall it's a cool little area and well maintained. The most enjoyable part of the loop was on the short Dutch Kid Tank Trail #54.

Believe the only water seen all day was in the creek about a mile ENE of the cabin near-ish 34.996719, -111.973172. Personally I wouldn't count on water down there much ever.

Our temps ranged from 43 to maybe 75. Any warmer at the bottom would have been hot. The rocks radiate the heat back with such little shade.

Wildflowers: one sprig of blue dicks, wallflowers on a couple occasions, indian paintbrush maybe a dozen times and a few other varieties I'm unsure of on the identification

First serious hike now 16 days after the foot injury. At times it wasn't too bad, at times it was quite painful. Obviously not the wisest choice yet I have no regrets.
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