Dates Hiked: March 10, 2015 (Day 8)
Passage 13: Oracle
-Tiger Mine Road to American Flag Road
-Elevation: Low Point 3,993′, High Point 4,432′
In the world of long-distance hiking, NERO and ZERO days are key to recovery, resupply and continued forward progress. ZERO days are when NO hiking is done; it’s a complete day of R&R. We took one ZERO day during this 300-mile section. NERO days are considered low mileage days with some time spent for R&R. On both 3/9 and 3/10, we hiked 8 miles leaving us many hours for chores, refueling and time in the recovery position.
With Marney’s generous offer to provide transportation to and from the Passage 13 trailheads, we were able to day hike this section sans heavy backpacks (aka Slack Packing). My body was happy for the break and I loved the free-spirited feeling of freedom. Talk about a bounce in my step!
After a week on the trail, it was time to reevaluate the contents of our packs, especially given our heavy water weight.
Sharing the Trail:
- We saw one other group of day hikers.
Tips and Resources:
- Link to my other Arizona Trail (AZT) posts
- Rambling Hemlock (aka Joan)
- Arizona Trail Association
- Fred Gaudet’s Water Report
- Umbrella and Mariposa Pack Links
- Disclaimer: As a Gossamer Gear Ambassador, I was gifted the pack, but paid for all the rest of my gear
- In Oracle, AZ
- Lodging – Chalet Village Motel – Marney (520-896-9171, 520-904-2122 cell)
- Food – Both within an easy walk of the Chalet, reasonable prices, quality and service.
- De Marco’s Pizzeria & Italian
- Casa Rivera’s Taco Express
- Post Office – Lori the Post Master was very hiker friendly, even providing a little extra TLC when we stopped by to mail out our resupply packages, even going to a nearby PO to retrieve additional regional flat rate boxes. There is a trail register at the post office.