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Buck30 - Mogollon Rim Trail Journal - 2019

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

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, May 21st, 2019
Start: Blue River
End: Auger Cabin
Daily Distance: 18
Trip Distance: 470.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 235
Journal Visits: 7,615
Guestbook Views: 82
Guestbook Entrys: 3

Mongollon Rim Trail Day 28

We went to sleep to several more hours of light rain. The forecast was for
0.07" all day. It rained way more than that. We woke to only partly sunny
skies and still cold. We were hoping for full sun as we walked several more
miles on the dirt road and then climbed 2,100' up a canyon on excellent
trail, even fresh cut blowdowns. When the sun was out it felt nice and warm
and when the clouds came over and the wind blew it felt freezing making it
hard to climb comfortably. We did catch a nice break nearing the top with
long sun and dried out our tents and sleeping bags from getting pretty wet
overnight with condensation. Over the top we descended first on rocky trail
and then a sweet easy downhill and flat through a great ponderosa forest
although there were tons of weird little ponderosas too.

After a short break we walked through a cool narrows through Little Blue
Creek and then climbed a little and used all our senses to follow a vague
trail up high again where we saw a sign noting the New Mexico border was
only 6 miles away even though we have another full day! But that's OK. This
area of the Blue Mountain primitive area is really cool. It's basically a
wilderness area before wilderness was a thing.

The best views of the day we descending off the ridge on a rocky trail and
then picking up a vague trail along another ridge which views in all
directions. It was really a great scene. We needed to descent off this
ridge down to Auger Canyon and lost the trail pretty quickly. We kinda just
headed down and as it flattened out and picked up a wide path littered with
my arch nemesis the growing low to the ground prickly pear. I tried to
navigate and also not get another needle embedded in my toe. We made it to
the canyon and pools of water and had a nice surprise with the old cabin
which was in pretty good shape. It looks like maybe an outfitter or someone
upkeeps it a bit and left 2 dozen cans of food. We each had a can of beef
ravioli which was very exciting and split a can of fruit cocktail for
desert. Luxurious! We do have to carry the cans out but it was worth it. We
decided to sleep on the cabin floor to have a warmer night maybe.

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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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