Mud

  • AZT 2020 Day 22, March 30, Monday
  • Start mile 483.8 in General Springs Canyon (passage27mile2.6)
  • End mile 514.7 near Wild Horse Tank (passage28mile18)
  • Miles walked: 30.9

In the early morning the ground is frozen, so any patches of mud in the trail are not a problem to walk on.

Further away from the Rim the terrain becomes more flat, in pine forest, with no views of distant mountains.

Later in the morning the mud on the trail becomes pretty challenging, slowing walking, too big in extent to walk around on dryer ground. Sorry, no photos, it just does not show well on camera.

Around mid-day, just past Hwy 87, the terrain changes to dryer ground, with fewer creeks and canyons. Dirt tanks start appearing as water sources for cattle, though no cows are present this early in the season, with grass barely starting to show any green sprouts.

Once the trees thin enough to see, but not photograph, distant views. Few mountains can be seen to the west, mostly just wide mesas.

As the trail get dryer, the mud becomes sticky, like clay, but is certainly easier to walk on. The route seems slightly downhill, and I can stretch legs and make some miles.

I do not see any human today, but do pass a tent just before I stop to camp.

Author: Jim, Sagebrush

Jim (trail-name Sagebrush) codes audio software for Windows, Linux, Android, and embedded systems. When not working at sagebrush.com, he enjoys backpacking, which this blog is about.

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