Mile 429, the Mazatzals

Whipped. Beat. Exhausted. Dog-tired.

Beat down in the Mazatzals

I don’t think I’ve ever done a harder day of hiking. The 3600 foot climb up from the Verde River was hard of course. Hard is fine. What made it brutal was the rough trail, its steepness its roughness its utter shadelessness and its lack of water. Only 15 miles but I’m beat.

Dinosaur bones on Whiterock Mesa

The East Verde River at LF Ranch