I thought I would do a Cabin Loop up on the Rim. I bagged 3 of the 5 cabins in a 33 mile suffer fest that was quite the ride. A great overnighter.
somehow, on the 2007 AZT ride from Flagstaff to Phoenix, we missed this section of the AZT, instead bypassing it for dirt road. I think that was a mistake, either that, or it was not finished yet.
this drops down to East Clear Creek on the West side of the Blue Ridge Res. Very rocky and steep down to the creek. Then UP.
not much water over here. This was to change down the trail(s) a bit.
seems the pipe has a connection problem. This feeds the Morenci Mine.
this trail just goes like this for a while. sometimes I forgot I was in Arizona.
some really nice trail construction.
lots of fallen trees. everywhere.
cabin loop signage
cabin #1 - General Springs. This is the end of the AZT (also the Fred Haught Trail) for me on this day, it continues on down the rim, but I end up taking FR300 in lieu of the incredibly rocky and hard to follow General Crook Trail.
hit the road in very windy wind
down the Houston Brothers Trail. sublime. lots of roots, lots of fun.
an afternoon of reading before settling in for a night of wind and elk.
the ever reliable penny stove.
I need a new prescription
I drink a lot of water after learning how to control gout
the option point
I had read a bit about the Barbershop Trail, and here was my turn off if I wanted to give it a shot. I chose to stay on the Houston Brothers Trail. I am really glad I did.
my morning track
this area is really lush. My family is planning on backpacking in here this upcomming weekend. The trail goes along a drainage to the next cabin on the list.
Aspen Springs Cabin
The trail bombs right to the next structure on the list. My 2007 visit was not quite as warm as it was on this moring. I parked my bike and hung my pack in the same spot though. From here, I had another choice of where to go. I really wanted to check out the Blue Ridge Reservoir. So I did.
I saw on my Coconino Forest Map that a set of trails numbered “18” sat between me and various parts of the reservoir. So I found the dirt road to get me there and headed down in.
I signed in first
is that sign current?
oh well. down I go.
pretty steep downs
18C shows connecting to 18B.
they do connect if you happen to have a canoe
These people were good enough to ferry me across, saving me from climbing out several miles.
I want a canoe really bad now. The reservoir is serene and quite nice.
So getting the float got me back on track and back to the car at Rock Crossing campground area. I blame Kerouac for the long weekend in the woods. I would not have it any other way.