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Old 06-17-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Eastern AZ - a year after the Wallow fire.

On May 29th of 2011, Arizona suffered the largest wildfire yet - the Wallow fire. When it was all said and done, the damage covered 522,642 acres in Arizona and 15,407 acres in N.M. Several towns were evacuated for quite some time including the town of Alpine for 22 days.

Some fellow inmates are planning on heading up that way for a camping trip and since I was going up several weeks in advance, I agreed to post a bit of a ride report.

My family and I spent a week in the Rainbow campground within the Big Lake recreation area and during that time, we covered a lot of ground checking out the fire damage from one year ago.

Signs in the headlights


Here's kind of an area map that shows the area and how much ground we covered while up there...


The first days adventures stayed pretty much local. We ran down to Mexican Hay lake to find that it now should be named Mexican Dried Up Mud Flats. Around the edges, this is what is looked like BEFORE THE FIRE LAST YEAR...


And here is that same gate AFTER THE FIRE THIS YEAR...


All over the place, you see signs like these warning of the danger of dead trees falling on your head...


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Old 06-18-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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One of our favorite places to go for a view is up the Sunrise ski lift to the top of Sunrise Peak at 10,640'.


Another place we like to go for a good view and a little hike is up to the top of the Big Lake fire lookout. There is always someone on duty and once you climb the stairwell and knock on the bottom door, the lookouts will let you up in and share all kinds of stories. Unfortunately, last year during the fire, the tower did not survive.
On the way up...


It's funny how some things survive the fire and others don't... such as the restroom...
Last year BEFORE...


And this year AFTER...


The vent pipe melted and leans to the left now but it is still intact.

The tower BEFORE...

and same shot AFTER...


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Old 06-18-2012, 11:35 AM   #3
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Another shot of the tower BEFORE...


And AFTER...


Anything that was up inside, fell to the ground below...


Looking down at the parking area from the tower BEFORE...


And AFTER...


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Old 06-18-2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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Even so, the plants are slowly starting to come back...




And just down the road, you'd never know the difference...
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:41 AM   #5
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Big Lake. 9,000'.


This area is a big money maker for summer tourism and they protected it with a ferocity.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:47 PM   #6
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One of the days, we took off south from Big Lake down towards the Black river and then out to Blue Vista scenic overlook. On the way down to the river, we found a herd of mountain goats...


They used to live in a canyon quite a ways away but the fire must have chased 'em here.

Blue Vista scenic overlook still had some pretty great views but there was evidence of the fire here as well. This picture was taken looking at a pretty fun stretch of highway on the Coronado trail...




Here is a closeup of the ridge trail we hiked out. There was no shade and it was pretty hot.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:53 PM   #7
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Finally for my fellow inmates that are headed up that way pretty soon, the Tal-wi-wi lodge is still intact and the area around still green.


As you head up the road towards Terry Flats and Escudilla Mountain, you pass by what used to be Halsey lake. Now, it's just Halsey Dried Up Mud Flats.


Most of the road up is pretty ravaged by fire...


But there are still some decent places to camp towards the top.


At nearly 10,000', Terry Flats...
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:57 PM   #8
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Finally, a few videos of some of the roads in the area around Big Lake. There's not much to hear but wind noise as a piece of my tape fell off covering the microphone. I also I'm not quite happy with my camera angle just yet. I think I need to bring it up about 1/2" so you can see a little more of the horizon and a little less of the road.


A couple of elk run across the road in front of me at 1:52 but they are really hard to see due to the tree shadows.






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Old 06-18-2012, 01:42 PM   #9
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Thanks for the report.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:28 PM   #10
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:13 PM   #11
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Nice and easy terrains thanks for z vids.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:09 PM   #12
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Yeh, I think all of the first vid and some of the second one were on an old rail line roadbed. Easy stuff... just the way I like it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:29 PM   #13
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Damn Klod, those comparison pics really bring it home...thanks for posting your report.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:49 PM   #14
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I rode down the 191 from Alpine to Clifton/Morenci just before the fire. It was beautiful. Your after pictures sure do show the damage. What a shame...

The good news is, it will grow back. I rode through where the Show Low fire had been a few years earlier. Trees were a little thinner but nice & green.

Thanks for the report.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:07 AM   #15
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Thanks for the RR DurtKlod! I finally made it back out to Arizona for a visit two weeks ago and was able to get up to Show Low and Greer for a visit one afternoon, albeit, without the motorcycle. I was hoping to get over to Alpine, but my travel companions were already spent. I have always loved the eastern part of Arizona and will be moving back eventually, fire damage or not. Your pictures took me to what I had missed out on this trip.

Thanks again.

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