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

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, May 14th, 2019
Start: Brushy Mountain
End: CC Flat
Daily Distance: 18
Trip Distance: 338.0

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Mongollon Rim Trail Day 21

Another night around 35, colder than I thought before starting the trail.
We had another 8 or so miles on the White Mountain trail system and they
were excellent. Easy as can be with good tread and good walking. We ran
into 2 older guys out doing a little maintenance and tracking down 2
blowdowns to cut that I guess someone had reported. They asked what we were
doing so we told them about the MRT and they were pretty amazed and
interested so we pointed them to the website to see for themselves.

We exited the trails onto good dirt roads which we will mostly follow to
our next town, Greer. We mostly took short breaks except for one longer one
where I caught the last sunshine to give my sleeping bag a nice fluffing
up. Then the clouds came and we walked hoping to not get hit with the 40%
chance of rain. We were gradually climbing higher, now over 8,000' but it
felt much warmer than the last days of rains when it was in the 40s at
times. The rain came early but it generally was just spitting at us and not
doing too much. We walked dirt roads through these huge and amazing
meadows, really beautiful stuff and the trees were now mixed in with aspens
and firs. In the far distance of a meadow I could see a dozen or more elk
grazing. Sadly all of our wild horses are now gone. I don't really feel
like I'm in the White Mountains or any mountains although Heather says she
does. I feel like I'm more on a huge plateau like the Kaibab on the Arizona
Trail. There are a few nearby small volcanoes but otherwise this gradual
ascent doesn't seem very mountain like to me. Not that it matters. I'm
loving these huge meadows and I think I'll have more to come.

With our town timing we could only hike 18 again today and we ended up
camping at like 2:30. Heather told me rain was coming at 2:45 so I got us
to camp 15 minutes early. Unfortunately Wunderground isn't really that
accurate and it had already sprinkled on us and in camp it was sunny and
nice. Heather spent her long camp night reading from Kindle and I watched
TV, read and listened to music. We were at about 9,000' and a small
thunderstorm came as I drifted off to sleep 2 hours before hiker midnight
(7 pm!).

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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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