We find ourselves where we left off in the last blog. Mile 20: Kelly Tank. The site of the first relay exchange.
The Arizona Trail reenters the ponderosa forest and then begins a 13-mile long, 1,400' gentle descent to Cedar Ranch.
Soft forested single track en route.
Leaving the pine forests behind and descending towards the juniper grasslands indicative of northern Arizona (~mile 28).
Looking back and south towards the San Francisco Peaks (~mile 30).
The Arizona Trail trailhead at Cedar Ranch. (mile 33.5).
A view north across Babbitt Ranches from Cedar Ranch. (photo by Fred Gaudet).
Welcome to Babbitt Ranch. (photo by Neil Weintraub)
The wide open expanses offered by Babbitt Ranches. (photo by Larry Simkins)
Passing by the occasional cinder cone. (photo by Larry Simkins)
An Arizona Trail marker in Babbitt Ranch.
As you pass through Babbitt Ranches, you'll catch site of horses... (photo by Fred Gaudet)
...both mama cow and calf...
A typical ranch watering hole: Lockwood Tank (~mile 51).
The Babbitt Ranches-Kaibab National Forest Boundary aid station location. (~mile 53). Here the Arizona Trail leaves the dirt roads it traversed through Babbitt Ranch and returns to forested single-track.
Passing thorough more frequent pinion-juniper stands on the way to Moqui Stage Station.
Moqui Stage Station aid station, mile 59.
The old well at Moqui. (photo by Fred Gaudet)
Mmmm...an impromptu "aid station?"
Stay tuned for Miles 58 to 81...coming soon.