Sun-Bathed Arizona Trail Section Taxes Veteran Hiker

Payson Roundup

Connie Cockrell

Sometimes a hike leader needs to check out a hike before deciding if it’s appropriate for the hiking group. May, Friday the 13th, was just such a day. I had been wondering why we never did the Arizona Trail from the Pine Trailhead to Oak Springs. It seemed like a no-brainer — lots of parking at the Pine Trailhead and a trail to a known location using a trail different from our usual route off of Pine’s Hardscrabble Road that led us down Oak Creek Canyon. We decided to check it out.

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