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Hike For January 18: Stephen Reed's Old Road Between The Corrals
Above The Research Station And Paradise.

Meet at the Silver Peak Trailhead at 9:00 am

Pat Owens 557-7722 rodeonm@vtc.net

Carol Simon 558-2433 casimon@vtc.net

Jonathan Patt558-0152 jonathanpatt@gmail.com

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Following a small rainstorm the day before which cleared the air and freshened everything, thirteen hikers met at the Silver Peak Trailhead before hiking up the South Fork Trail, quickly moving up the canyon in order to stay warm in the cold early morning air. Before very long, we made it to the Burro Trail junction, where we started to see evidence of the recent work done on the trail by an Arizona Conservation Corps trail crew to repair damage from Hurricane Odile.

For the next approximately mile and a half, up to just past the famous South Fork apple tree, we enjoyed multiple new reroutes around the heavily flood damaged sections of the canyon, as well as other nicely refurbished sections of trail. The lighting on the canyon walls was perfect as we got further up the canyon, and we had to stop to admire the views as we climbed above the trees a few times, looking north towards Portal Peak and south towards Finnicum Peak, its top just visible above the ridgeline in the distance.

After reaching the end of the maintained section of trail, we went a short distance further in search of sunlight and had lunch. From here, most started to make their way back down the canyon, though several continued another half mile or so to see how the trail looked once it enters the chute, leaving the South Fork drainage and starting its climb towards Sentinel and Finnicum. We didn't make it far up here before the trail disappeared and we headed back, catching up with most of the others around the Burro Trail. The full hike was a little over 8 miles.

Thank you to the Forest Service and AZCC for continuing the restoration of the South Fork Trail—if you haven't gotten a chance to check it out for yourself yet, be sure to do so! As of now, the first 3.6 miles of the South Fork Trail are in excellent condition.

Next Thursday, January 18, we will hike Stephen Reed's old road between the corrals above the Research Station and Paradise. Meet at the Silver Peak Trailhead at 9 AM before driving to the corrals.

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