Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Upper Lake Mary Kayak
when August 14, 2023 Monday
where Upper Lake Mary SE of Flagstaff
the kayak     This will be the Arizona Trailblazers first kayak to the Lake Marys. With such a wet winter the Lake Marys are full, an unusual sight in recent years. We will take advantage and paddle the narrow 5 mile long Upper Lake Mary set among ponderosa pines and meadows. Upper Lake Mary is the largest of the twin Lake Marys at 450 acres when full.
    Starting from Narrows Boat Launch near the middle of the lake, we’ll head left and explore the SE section of this narrow lake. Making a loop along the shoreline we will then take lunch break at the Narrows Picnic Area in grove of trees with picnic tables and restrooms. After break we will paddle the other half of lake heading right to explore the NW section and dam area. Expect to see herons and possibly osprey and eagles diving for fish. As this is high country be prepared for strong hot sun, rain showers and changing temperatures.
    Starting from the narrows allows paddling a figure-8 with halfway point for lunch being picnic area near our cars, available if weather turns unfavorable. After kayaking join me at a restaurant in Flagstaff if desire, before driving back to the valley.
•  Life Jacket and whistle
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch and snacks
•  Rain poncho
•  Camera
•  Change of dry clothes
distance 8 - 10 miles
time 4-5 hours, depending on how many times we stop
EC no elevation change
elevation 7,000 feet
type Figure 8
starting at Lake Mary Narrows Boat Launch and Picnic Area.
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a kayaker.
dogs allowed no
cost Entrance fee $10 per vehicle, national/senior passes not accepted.
Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
leader    You must email the leader to confirm.
meet 9:00 AM at the Lake Mary Narrows Boat Launch ramp.
•  Take I-17 North from Phoenix, just before I-40 junction take Lake Mary Road exit heading right/East.
Continue for 13 miles past the Lower Lake Mary and Upper Lake Mary Boat Launches.
Turn right/South at Lake Mary NARROWS Boat Launch and Picnic Area.
Pay fee and meet at boat launch.
Restrooms and picnic tables nearby.

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