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Tip of the day

Understand and protect your sleeping bag's temperature rating! 
Remember, these are low-end, assisted ratings. 

1) You will need an insulated sleeping pad and some clothing layers to keep comfortable down to your bag's temperature rating.

2) Learn how to properly close and cinch your bag around your body to retain heat.

3) Store your bag by hanging it  - not crammed in the stuff sack. This keeps the fill from getting compressed and losing its insulating power.



Featured Trail

Huckaby Trail - Arizona

Rating: Moderate

This trail, constructed in 1998, is never far from the sights and sounds of Sedona. It is a pretty trail which offers a variety of views. It can be hiked from the Schnebly Hill trailhead (as described herein) or from Midgely Bridge. The trail is nearly level for 1/8 mile. The Margs Draw trail forks off to the left. Huckaby continues ahead and soon descends rather steeply, crosses Bear Wallow Wash, then ascends moderately over the next 1/2 mile. It tops out on a ridge and winds on level ground with nice views over Oak Creek and uptown Sedona to many of the familiar red rock formations of the area.

At the 1 mile point, the trail curves around the top of Mitten Ridge with Steamboat Rock, Wilson Mountain and Midgely Bridge coming into view beyond the creek below. Then, it begins a moderate descent over the next 1/2 mile to the floodplain of Oak Creek. the trail goes north beside the creek for 1/2 mile in the partial shade of the riparian trees.

At 2 miles, opposite the north end of Midgely Bridge, the trail crosses a branch of the creek which requires wading or boulder hopping. Do not cross if the water is high. The trail continues north for 0.2 miles, then another boulder hop of the west branch is needed. The trail now climbs moderately over switchbacks, passes beneath Midgely Bridge, and ends at the parking area at the north end of the bridge. The trails is mostly unshaded except along the creek and can be hot in summer. Return by the same route or do one way in either direction with arranged transportation.

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