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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Apr 23, 2019
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, May 13th, 2019
Start: Powerline cut
End: Brushy Mountain
Daily Distance: 18
Trip Distance: 320.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 110
Journal Visits: 2,890
Guestbook Views: 57
Guestbook Entrys: 3

Mongollon Rim Trail Day 21

We woke to sunny skies and soaking wet sleeping bags from condensation. The
morning was a disaster. The powerline road we were in was nothing but
sticky mud. We could barely walk again. Heather's shoes are the worst. She
has these giant lug treads on the bottom so no matter how much mud you
scraps off there is still a layer embedded on the bottom. She's also not
very good at scraping the mud off whereas I try to walk on rocks and scrape
as I go. But I still had tons of mud too so I wasn't that good. After the
road we got on trail and it was even worse. We were heading to the Ice Cave
and the trail was a smooth slick trail of nothing but mud. It was
impossible to walk on. And then on 8' of either side of the trail was torn
up completely by horses so we couldn't even walk on the side. Eventually
the horses stopped avoiding the trail and then the trail was completely
destroyed. So then we just walked cross country next to the trail, it was
easier.

The Ice Cave was a disappointing little lava tube fenced in. We took a
break just past it and after walking 15 minutes arrived back at the Osprey
connector trail sign which was weird since we had passed that on the way
up. Dammit! We got turned around on break and somehow walked the wrong way.
We don't think we actually just walked the wrong way but instead got fooled
on a connector trail, still dumb on our part. That was an extra half hour,
oh well.

Back on trail it slowly got better as we climbed Blue Ridge Mountain to
the point by the afternoon it was nice again. We had a beautifully sunny
day and then the trail was just this easy going dry trail through ponderosa
forest. We climbed a few small mountains and late in the day just had a
sublime flat and dry walk. It felt like it had been a few days since we had
good weather and good trail.

Water was pretty good too including a nice trick tank which is a wildlife
tank where they lay down a large square of concrete that funnels rain into
a small concrete tank. Very good water for thirsty hikers too.

We've now got a few easy days as we couldn't figure out a way to get to the
next town in and out without rushing and hiking a lot of miles in the day
in. So instead we will just do 18 miles a day for 3 days and then on the
4th day just have a couple miles to town. As opposed to trying to get in
and out on the third day after a full day of hiking which is always
stressful.

We were camped by 4:30 and even were able to cowboy camp for the first time
in days. Heather wore just her baselayer shirt to hike for the first time
in a week. MRT weather generally not great lately!

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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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