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Mogollon Rim Trail
Heading out to the Mogollon Rim Trail (MRT) tomorrow. For some reason I’ve been loath to start a new journal. Not really sure why, I think as each year goes by I get more and more tired of putting my stuff in the public eye but then I still like writing something every night and I like providing helpful info to other hikers so I guess I’ll give it a go. But at least for this first entry I’m going to be lazy about it.
Here’s how I ended up on the MRT:
Here’s a summary of what the MRT is from its creator, Blisterfree:
And my short summary is it’s a 500 mile trail running southeast across Arizona generally following the Mogollon Rim. The trail was created by Blisterfree and Treehugger. Blisterfree is the creator of the most excellent Grand Enchantment Trail which I hiked in 2014. To attest to how much faith I have in Blisterfree, when plans changed and things were chaotic as I was leaving San Diego for the Desert Trail (see journal link above) and Heather and I were brainstorming what the hell we were going to do, our plan came together and the MRT was the first trail. I knew of the MRT but frankly hadn’t paid much attention as I knew I couldn’t hike such a great trail without Heather (I'm only allowed to hike the eastern half of the North Country Trail without her!) and she was indefinitely tied up. So I agreed to hike it knowing very little other than Blisterfree created it. For the next week I thought the trail was in New Mexico. Yes, I didn’t actually know what state the MRT was in. Thankfully we booked plane tickets to Phoenix and not Albuquerque.
We fly to Arizona tomorrow and should be walking a few miles by late afternoon. My #1 goal for this trail is to pronounce and spell Mogollon properly the whole way.
The Mogollon Rim Trail
The Mogollon Rim Trail is a 500 mile route across Arizona primarily following the Mogollon Rim, an escarpment dividing the high Colorado plateau to the north and the subtropical desert and basin ranges to the south. This spectacular and rugged route crosses four national forests and the largest ponderosa pine forest in the worldmrt
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