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Sycamore Rim Trail Day Hike
Williams
August 19, 2017
by Monika Hahues
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by Jim Buyens
waterfall
Chasing the Waterfall.

Unfortunately this year Jim could not join us for the 6th episode of “Chasing the Waterfall” since 2012.

But 12 hikers were up to the challenge and made their way up to Williams for another day of gorgeous hiking. Even the attacks of what seemed like myriads of mosquitoes once we started hiking did not dampen our spirits.

After conquering the steep climb to KA Hill, the hike continued on fairly level ground.

group
All together now, at the trailhead.
Mark, Michelle, Tom, Dave, Tammy, Li, Janet, Terri, Monika, Gabe, April
front: Rudy.
sign sign
Trails around here are well marked.
hikers
Where do we go from here?
sheep
Approaching the first waterhole we could not believe our eyes. As far as we could see —

Once we got fairly close to the sheep, we caught the attention of the sheep dogs. Instead of herding the sheep it felt like they started herding us away from them. After the sheep had passed us, they trotted away and paid us no more attention.

sheep
This must be sheep country.
black
Have you any wool?
dogs
We’ve really gone to the dogs.
dogs
Enough. Let’s get back to work.

We continued on to the pond and had to make the decision of either climb the rocks or go around the water and take a more gradual approach.

sign
Down from KA Hill.
water
We’re starting to see water by the trail.
minnows
Hmmm, they’re too small to eat.
water
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
pond
Any frogs in the pond?
rocks
Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.
narrows
Michelle crosses the narrows.
April
April finds the trail.

Either way worked and we all made it safely up to higher ground.

After about 4.6 miles we finally made it to the “waterfall”. By the time we got there, it was confirmed what we already figured out on our way there. Even though we had seen quite some water, there was no water flowing down the fall.

On our last hikes we usually stayed on the canyon site by the “waterfall” to have lunch. This time Dave pointed out that there is another canyon a short walk away. We went there and decided to take our lunch break there. As usual there were quite some climbers and this time even tightrope walkers.

sign
Pomeroy Tanks sign.
waterfall
OK, but where’s that waterfall?
canyon
Left side of the canyon.
canyon
Right side of the canyon.
confluence
Confluence of two canyons.

lunch break:
lunch
lunch lunch
water
Stepping stones.
cars
Made it back to East Trailhead.
fungus
Care for a fungus, anyone?
rock
The rock that was in Dave’s tire.
food
La Taverna. Yum!

Fueled up and rested, we finished the hike. 6 hours and almost 13 miles had passed when we got back to our dust-covered cars.

Before leaving the trailhead we had agreed to go into Flagstaff for dinner. Halfway back on the dirt road, Dave’s jeep got a flat tire. With Mark’s help, the tire was changed. After this misfortune his group decided to go directly back to Phoenix. The remaining eight of us enjoyed dinner at “La Taverna” before we headed back home.

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updated August 23, 2017