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A hiker explores the trails near the San Francisco Peaks on an inclement day. (Ted Johnson/PV Public Library)

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Weather can sometimes steal the views of a hike
Checking out the fall colors near the Peaks

Tune in on your next hike with all your senses so you don’t miss something grand and that’s important. This experience was thrust upon me on the first day of fall, as I set out on a 20-mile loop trail on the southwest side of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. Beginning at the Snow Bowl, my goal was to hike east on the Summit Trail (Tr. 151) to the notch at timberline, then circle around to the south on the Weatherford Trail (Tr. 102) and return to the trailhead via the Kachina Trail (Tr. 150). I knew the weather was questionable but was hoping for some clearing as I proceeded. Hikes don’t always go as planned, however.

By Ted Johnson October 5, 2016
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