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Aug 17 2013

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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Arrastra Pine Dandrea Yankee Loop, AZ 
Arrastra Pine Dandrea Yankee Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2013
Hiking25.00 Miles 5,150 AEG
Hiking25.00 Miles   12 Hrs      2.38 mph
5,150 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
1st trip
Summer double-feature mega-hit. Sit right back and you'll hear a tale of a Classic Bradshaw Loop. It started at the confluence of Arrastra & Turkey creeks.

Within minutes a cozy old homestead set the character for our first leg of the hike, complete with a rare Arizona cellar. We followed the better than anticipated Arrastra Creek Trail #275 alongside Turkey Creek. At 5k the forest and ambiance has a Reavis Ranch Valley feel... trade sycamores for cottonwoods & apples for grapes.

Onto Pine Flat Connector Trail #9275 we found out this loop had more promise. We worked our way up Pine Creek Trail #289 around the eye-candy of 6,809. Dreamland changed faces. The lack of perennial water or absence of designer enameled publications to throw your money at may leave some running back crying. I found it wildly intriguing looking forward to each step.

The skillet started to simmer on the ascent. A front rolling over Mount Union dared battle against the mighty sonoran heat bubble. Finally around 6,800 feet the front started to win. We got much needed relief from the blazing August sun.

39 years ago I was stung by a bee and knocked off my tricycle. Lucky until crossing paths with a tree swarming with bees today. In a dull effort to impress Chris and Joel ( local bee haters ) with a video I was stung a couple times on the back of my Never thought much of bees until the pain surfaced... intense for maybe fifteen minutes.

Upper Yankee Doodle Trail #284 is pure paradise in tall pines with far reaching views. Our tiptoe through Eden was rudely interrupted. 5 hours of erratic lightning rattled our nerves. Rain pounded us wave after vicious wave. At times it felt like we were dancing in a blender.

If you enjoy the finer hikes in life this one delivers.
Named place
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Longfellow Ridge Pine Mountain
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Wildflowers Observation Light
lots of Purple Nightshade at our trailhead
- joe
average hiking speed 2.38 mph

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