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Cash! Did It Rule The Market In 2021?

(Published on - 12/21/2021 4:53:24 PM)

A lot of people look forward to the new year because it’s like starting a new chapter in a book. You’re about to finish one chapter and — on New Year’s Day — you’ll be eager to begin another.

Looking at it another way, that new chapter is full of blank pages – ready for you to write your own story.

In fact, you may have several hopes and dreams for 2022 and maybe some ambitious goals, too. Whatever your plans, we want you to know that you can reach out to us anytime you need real estate advice or help.

We will also continue to keep you up-to-date on the latest real estate news and insights. So, anytime you have questions, contact us. We can get you the answers you need.

If we don’t get a chance to chat before the year’s end, let me take this opportunity to say, “Thank you for the privilege of staying in touch with you. The blank pages of your 2022 chapter await. We hope you fill them with wonderful experiences!”

 

A Quick Market Note...

These days most conversations about Real Estate involve the topic of how much cash has entered the market over the last 18 months.  With very low days on market and homes getting snatched up in 48 hours or less, many felt that it started to dominate. 

Below is a chart noting the percentage of cash sales recorded in the MLS for Northern Arizona Association of Realtors.

   

As of December 9th there were a total of 2278 home sales and of those 27.35% closed with cash.  Yes, the market has been competitive but we expected these numbers to be much higher.  Hang in there with us, buying a home is entirely possible and we're here to make it happen. 

 

About the Authors:

Renee Gaun * Jeff Ross
Your 1st Choice in Real Estate®
Your Team for Success

928-606-6232 Renee
Homes@ReneeGaun.com

928-607-5556  Jeff
Jeff@AllFlagstaffHomes.com
www.AllFlagstaffHomes.com

 

15 E. Cherry Ave
Flagstaff, AZ. 86001


What Is The Silver Lining In Housing And Why Could It Go Away?

(Published on - 11/19/2021 3:52:24 PM)

Eventually, just about all homeowners get to the point where they think about moving. Some want to upsize, some want to downsize, while others just want a change.

No matter what the motivation, the decision isn’t always an easy one. There may be many reasons why it makes sense to stay with your current property. At the same time, there may be other compelling reasons to sell and find your next dream home.

Fortunately, you don’t have to make that decision alone.

As your real estate agents, We are always available when you have questions or need advice regarding home ownership. In fact, We are there when our clients need us even if it’s months or years before or after a transaction.

So, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. You don’t have to be serious about selling your home to talk to us. Even if you’re at the “wondering about it” stage, We are here to help.

A Brief Update to our Current Real Estate Market

In a Real Estate Market we currently have, it is extremely difficult to spin a positive for all sides. 
In this case, the positives are all on the Sellers side in one of, if not the best market for a seller to make the decision to sell.

Here is what the market is like in a nutshell

  • We have fewer homes on the market, as Renee researched yesterday, less than 40 homes under $1mil in price
    • There should be 300-400 hundred homes.
  • Homes coming to the market are 13% few over the past 3 months compared to the prior year
  • Sold listings are down 8.5% for the year and double digit % decreases over the past 4  months
  • Median price for homes in Flagstaff when grouping all home types together is $499,500, upwards of $300.00 sq. ft.
    • Single family homes have reached a median $605,000 +21.1%

None of this is sustaining, but to be honest, we do not know what the future holds.

On the Buyers Side, it is difficult at best.
It is time to Buckle-up, Hang-in there, and Call Us. There are few if any that understand the current market better.
If you need a home today,
First, call your lender, find out what your Lender limits are and also determine your personal limits, and then stick with them.

Once you have that, reach out to us and we will work as hard as ever to find you that home that fits.
If that home is not our there today, we will be upfront and honest with you.

On top of that, our job is to control the enthusiasm  once we find the right home. The final offer price is one you must be comfortable with. If you get the home great, and if you do not, you know you gave it your all and time to walk away.

 

Renee and I, thought we would invite one of the top lenders in Flagstaff, Chris Hallows with Wallick & Volk Mortgage to give us some insight into the direction the current home mortgage rates are trending and how this affects us in today's aggressive housing market.

 

Change Coming for the Housing Market Silver Lining

By Chris Hallows, Branch Manager at Wallick & Volk Mortgage

Many of you reading this hopefully have enjoyed historically low rates on either a purchase or a refinance within the last 24 months.


With rates in the 2’s and 3’s, we barely even remember the last two decades - National 30 yr fixed rate average from 2000-2010 was 6.29% and from 2010 up to 2020 was 4.09%. It is no secret that these rates exist due to billions of dollars of market subsidies as directed by the 2020 Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020.

This has truly made interest rates the silver lining in a very aggressively price appreciating market. However, this ‘new normal’ is not here to stay and we shouldn’t take that for granted. That silver lining is already under pressure as the FED announced in its meeting earlier this month that they are officially tapering this expenditure and this at a time with heavy inflation readings. Less subsidy and fear of inflation will likely drive interest rates up. Experts predict an overall increase in the next 12 months of around .375% but we could certainly experience some volatility in getting there. 

While we may not be in the “6’s” anytime soon it is a good reminder to make best use of the terms available in market and let your friends and neighbors know that while that house price may knock them off their feet, at least their rate will pick them back up for now!


Click on this to get a more in depth  reporting of  Mortgages in Todays Housing Market.

NMLS 306345 | AZ MLO 0914354 | BK 0018295 | Corp NMLS 2973 Equal Housing Lender

 

 

Jeff Ross * Renee Gaun
Your 1st Choice in Real Estate®
Your Team for Success

928-607-5556  Jeff
Jeff@AllFlagstaffHomes.com
928-606-6232 Renee
Homes@ReneeGaun.com
www.AllFlagstaffHomes.com

 

15 E. Cherry Ave
Flagstaff, AZ. 86001

 

 


Flagstaff, A 9 Month Review of Our Housing Market

(Published on - 10/20/2021 4:23:27 PM)

How often has someone asked you about a particular professional or a service company? For example, they may have asked, “Do you know a good tree trimming service?” or “Can you recommend a great accountant?”

Chances are you’ve been asked plenty of times over the years.

The reason is obvious. Most people would prefer to work with a professional or company that a friend or neighbor has endorsed. That’s why they ask for recommendations!

With that in mind, when you get asked, and you do not have anyone in mind, never hesitate in reaching out to us, we have a very extensive list of service providers.
Better yet if you get asked  “Do you know a great real estate agent?” We hope you’ll offer our names. If you do, We promise to provide that person with the very best service — as we do all our clients.

If the opportunity comes up and you do recommend us, please let us know. We will want to thank you personally for the referral.

Before jumping into Real Estate;

Sue and I had a great trip overseas spending a combined little over 3 weeks in Albania's UNESCO region  with Rivers, Valleys and Gorges, a side trip into North Macedonia, then down to Greece to the Peloponnese Peninsula Region.

This was a self guided bike trip organized by a company called BikeTours.com. This was our 5th ride with them, having ridden in past years  to Portugal, Czech Republic, Italy-Slovenia-Croatia, and lastly this ride. Most rides have been just Sue and I, though a couple of the earlier rides we rode with another Flagstaff couple.
The Tour company planned out the route, taking care of accommodations and moving our main luggage from town to town. Our job was to enjoy ride, 'smell the roses' so to speak, take in what the country side offers with its sites and wonderful people and food.

From the Flights over and back, the people in both countries and the daily bike rides, all went smooth. Not to say we took the current Covid situation lightly, but with proper planning and being careful in crowds, we had few if any issues. 
Most of the days were out riding by ourselves , totaling right around 450 miles in the two countries, and then all the walking through the small towns we got to stay in, the time was superb. 

The scenario  in both countries was similar, we flew into  Albania and spent two days explore their capital city of Tirana, then biked for 9 days, taking layover days to explore some of the smaller areas in more depth. Then flew down to Athens Greece took a few days there, then down to the Peloponnese  region to bike 7 days plus layover days there. At the end of this portion of the trip we stayed in a little town called Nafplio for 4 day to explore the surrounding areas and what Greece is all about, that was a treat in itself. 

Our Trip offered so much to talk about we could only include a snippet of the areas we toured for this issue.

A close friend gave us this quote when we moved toward retirement that we thought was very appropriate as we head in that direction.

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open"
Jawaharlal Nehru

So with that said, and as you get this, I am up in Moab Utah,  mountain biking for the week with my Sons family including our two granddaughters:), and Sue is down in Houston at the International Quilt Fair.

Now back to Real Estate;

2021 has been an interesting year in Real Estate, and you have heard a lot of stories.

In this article, we will cover some of the facts of Real Estate in North Arizona, and will include the combined communities of Flagstaff, Bellemont, Parks, Williams, and Munds Park. 
If for any reason you would like just the area you live in, please just reach out to one of us and we can pull what you are looking to see.
To help gauge the numbers better we will break into Single Family, Condominium, Townhomes, Manufactured and then a total of All.

For starters last month we talked about the number of signs you see as you tour each neighborhood. 
You may ask, why are we not seeing that home?
Though we will not break it down as we did last month, we will give you two total numbers.
As you are driving around today, you may see as many as 577 signs on homes throughout the above-mentioned areas. 
After taking out the homes that are under contract in one fashion or another, which accounts for approximately 76% of the homes you see signed, which means there are only 138 homes left that are actually active ready for that right buyer.

Single Family homes, there are 101 homes available.
Condominium, there are 8 homes available.
Townhomes, there are 7 homes available.
Manufactured, there are 18 homes available.   

With all this said, the availability has not increased as we have moved through the year.
On average we have sold 197 homes of all types, monthly thru September. We have a total of 138 homes currently available on the market, meaning we have less than 1 month supply of homes on the market.  
We have mentioned before that the experts in Real Estate say a 6-month supply is a healthy market, anything less and it is considered a seller’s market, anything more and a buyer’s market.

Let’s move over to Number of Sales and Median Sales prices this year.

Overall, through the first 9 months of the year, our Median sales prices for all home types and the areas mentioned above, have climbed 23%, from a median price of $406,500 to a median price of $500,000.
We will break this down just a little, still in the 5 communities as mentioned above, but broken down by Home Type.

Single Family Homes  Sales are down -6.7% for the year, while Median prices have risen to $575,000 a 25.0% increase.
Condominium  Sales are down -5.8% for the year, while Median prices have risen to $279,000 a 26.8% increase.
Townhome Sales are down -12.3% for the year, while Median prices have risen to $419,725 a 17.2% increase.
Manufactured home Sales are up 7.3% for the year, while Median prices have risen to $310,000 a 21.6% increase.

Since Flagstaff and Single-family homes is the largest category, thought we would give you those figures.
In Flagstaff through September,  the Median Sales Price of a single-family home is $600,000, rising 22%, though 8.2% fewer homes have sold.

You are hearing a lot of numbers out there and probably most can be justified, depending on the areas they are looking at and if they are including all types of homes. The key is asking what those numbers include to know how accurate they are as an overall picture.

Our goal here was to give you a broad and accurate overview of the Flagstaff and the surrounding communities.
Either Renée or I can pull an individual area for you pretty quickly, so if you have a particular area you are interested in, never hesitate to reach out.

As a summary:

As we move through the rest of the year, the key factor will be the availability of homes on the market.
That number will more than likely drop, but then so will the number of buyers. Winter can be a good time to be looking to buy since you normally do not have as many Buyers to compete with.  On the same side of the coin, with the low inventory of homes, we are in an excellent time to sell your home.

We hope this helps, and as you have questions about your home and if it is a good time to sell, or on the buyer’s side of the equation, how can you navigate this market to get the best outcome for you and your family.
Please Never Hesitate to reach out.

About the Authors:

 

Jeff Ross * Renee Gaun
Your 1st Choice in Real Estate®
Your Team for Success

928-607-5556  Jeff
Jeff@AllFlagstaffHomes.com
928-606-6232 Renee
Homes@ReneeGaun.com
www.AllFlagstaffHomes.com

 

15 E. Cherry Ave
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For Sale Signs, Are There Really That Many Homes on the Market?

(Published on - 9/7/2021 6:45:26 PM)

We hope the Summer has been treating you and your family well.

As you have read in the past, Sue and I are slowly moving toward retirement, well Sue is there, but over the next two years I will be transitioning out of Real Estate and letting Renee take the reins.
No worries though, you are not quite done with me yet. I will be here for your needs and you will be hearing from me in the coming newsletters.
Of course, both Renee and I will always be here to help with your Real Estate needs. 

As our first step moving toward retirement, Sue and I will be traveling in September. Fortunately, we have close friends that will be staying at our home and watching our precious two cats and the flowers and gardens.
During this time away, we will be biking in Albania and Greece and hope to fill you in when our October newsletter come out.
So until then….

In regard to Real Estate.
As both Renee and I take our clients around to look at homes, we inevitable get asked
‘Why we are not showing all the homes that have signs on them?’

This is such a great question, we wanted to bring to light the reasons for driving past those homes.

The first reason is that when showing our clients homes, we know what price range and features the clients are looking for and if the homes do not fit. There is no reason to both take the time of the Client to see a home that does not fit their needs, along with rearranging the homeowners schedule for a home that will not fit our clients.

Secondly,
In today’s market, homes are not staying active very long,
When we say ‘Active’, it means the home is available for sale and not under contract.
Once the home goes under contract, the signs will stay up for as long as 45 days. Few agents put sign riders on them saying they are under contract; they want to keep the interest up just in case the home falls out of contract.
We have a chart below that will show at the time we pulled the figures,
only 22% of the homes that have signs on them are still active and waiting for that buyer to come and view the home.
The remainder are under contract, and basically off the market.
Could they come back? It is possible, but in today’s hot real estate market, this is unlikely.

So bottom line,

As you are driving around you will see a lot of signs on homes, but only about 22% or so percent of those homes are active and waiting for that right buyer to come and see them. Then depending on the Buyers needs, only a percent of that 22% may fit.
That is where Renee and I come into play, sorting though the homes to find the ones that fit your needs, and also still active and allowing showings.

I hope this helps solve part of the mystery of your question, why not that one?

Have a great end of your summer and early fall and we will be back to you next month.

Renee and Jeff

 

  Total Signs Up Active homes Home signed, but under Contract
Railroad Springs 12 2 10
Presidio 17 3 14
Boulder Pointe 5 1 4
Pine Canyon 27 7 20
University Heights 8 3 5
Foxglenn general area 13 2 11
Elk Run/ Continental General area 42 13 29
Sunnyside 8 2 6
Swiss Manor and below Mt Elden 3 1 2
Ponderosa Trails 8 0 8
Doney Park, General area 74 22 52
Ft Valley/Baderville 5 4 1
Kachina/Mountainaire 23 3 20
Timber Sky 39 0 39
Pondersoa Parkway Condos 26 2 24
       
Total in all of Flagstaff 459 102 357
% of homes that have signs that are ACTIVE   22.22%  
       


 

 

Jeff Ross * Renee Gaun
Your 1st Choice in Real Estate®
Your Team for Success

928-607-5556  Jeff
Jeff@AllFlagstaffHomes.com
928-606-6232 Renee
Homes@ReneeGaun.com
www.AllFlagstaffHomes.com

 

15 E. Cherry Ave
Flagstaff, AZ. 86001


6 Month Flagstaff Housing Review & Hiking the Colorado Chicago Basin

(Published on - 7/23/2021 4:58:41 PM)

In the days before the internet, when people were looking for a professional – a contractor, for example – they would often ask a friend or neighbor, “Do you know a good Plumber?”

Well, guess what? The same thing still happens today! It’s just done a little differently. These days, people often ask for recommendations online, such as on their community’s Facebook page.

However it’s done, the intention is obvious. People prefer to work with professionals who are recommended. That definitely includes real estate professionals.

In our business, we work hard to be the kind of trusted real estate professionals that clients rely on to help sell their property, find their next home, and make the entire process go smoothly. In addition, we stay in touch long-term to be an ongoing resource of information and advice.

In fact, that’s one of the reasons we send you this informative e-newsletter.

So, if friends or neighbors ask for a real estate agent recommendation, we hope you’ll feel comfortable giving them our names. We’d really appreciate your support!

Renee and Jeff

 

Strong Home Sales in 2021 - 6 Month Housing Review

The below data was pulled on July 21st and as expected the strong 2020 market has carried through to 2021. 

We have sold 9.7% more homes this year than the year prior.  Flagstaff's Median Sales Price jumped from $413,459 to $515,000, an increase of 24.6%.  Number of new listings is up 5% but one of the most drastic data points and what fuels the misconception of fewer homes available is the decrease in Days on Market.  The average Days on Market in 2020 was 107 and with a decrease of 40.2% that puts the average Days on Market in 2021 at only 64. 

The Absorption Rate currently sits at 1.68% which means we have less than a 2 months supply of homes available.  As we have mentioned in previous updates the Real Estate experts say that a 6 month supply is ideal, any less indicates a Seller's Market, any more indicates a Buyer's Market.  

  

 

Hiking into the Chicago Basin outside of Durango Colorado

What an adventure we had planned as we head up to Durango Colorado, spending 7 days in the vast Weminuche Wilderness. At 499,771 acres, the Weminuche Wilderness isthe largest wilderness area in Colorado, and as a comparison,  ¾ the size of Rhode Island.
After talking to many locals, the general thought is leave the ‘E’ off the end when you pronounce the Weminuche(whem-a-nooch).
The trip started months ahead of time, with planning the route, the timing when we wanted to get into Chicago Basin, preparing the meals for every day, doing some dehydrating of assorted things, and of course picking up the first mornings Breakfast and that evening’s dinner, which I cover more later.

Once we finally got started on Sunday morning, the 5 plus hour drive up was uneventful, we got to Durango midafternoon, giving us time to explore the downtown.

Our first Day

Up early today, we car camped last night at the end of Vallecito Lake, wanted to be on the trail by 7. 
For Breakfast, out of the cooler before we started our hike, I had the traditional Flagstaff Best Breakfast Burro from the Dog Haus, a great way to start this adventure. 

The overall plan, we will hike up the Vallecito River, to Johnson Creek, over Columbine Pass (12,665ft) to the eastern edge of Chicago Basin, then west out through the basin to the Animas River and back to Durango.
This is the seldom taken route into Chicago Basin and when I say seldom, we saw no one for the first 3 ½ days.
Most will come in on the west side riding the Silverton-Durango Railway up the Animus River to a spot the train lets off at times over 50 hikers a day, so they can scramble as fast as they can into Chicago Basin to find camp sites. We chose not to be in that race up into the basin, so came in the longer, harder, better route from the East.

We knew that the Train let hikers off at 11:00 every morning and will take those hikers at least 2 hours to get into the basin. So our plan was to get into the Eastern edge of the Basin by 1:00 on Wednesday Day 3, just in case it was hard to find a great camp spot. 

The days started out nice, sunny, not a cloud in the sky. Trail conditions were excellent all day as we hike along the Vallecito River gently climbed from 7900 feet to our camp spot at Deadhorse Creek at 9,100 feet. 
The treat of the hike, we did not have to carry gallon+ of water which would have added 8.32 lbs. of weight to our pack. Instead, as we crossed little creeks and such, I got out my BeFree Water Filter I would highly recommend for any hikes. 

Throughout the day we passed through meadows of flowers, Jack and Rob stopped to fish, though not successfully I might add.
Close to camp we had to navigate an approximate 100 ft river crossing of the Vallecito River. We are in the wilderness now and when that bridge was washed out a few years back, since in the wilderness it could not be rebuilt. 
Was a sketchy crossing but with hiking poles to help braced against the current we made it safe, though a little wet
Exciting way to end the day, shortly after the crossing we found a great level spot to camp for the night. Tonight, for me was the Pizza I mentioned above, traditionally I take 4-5 piece of NiMarcos Pizza I get the day before our hike, cool, wrap and put in the top of my pack. Pretty hard to smash cold pizza any more than it already is, and gosh, was a treat out on the trail??

Our Second Day,

Once again it was a nice casual hike all the way to the Johnson Creek trail junction, fortunately the trail Bridge was still up and a good place to fish, both Jack and Rob were successful. From that point it was a steady climb to 11,069 feet. The trail maintenance of this section was not as good, seemed like every time we turned around, we were climbing over downed trees, this section did not appear to have much use. This was the second day we have not seen a single other person on the trail. 
We arrived early afternoon into Crystal Valley at 11,600 ft., the last possible camp before tackling Columbine Pass at 12,665 ft tomorrow.

Perfect camp sight and came with two, very welcoming Marmots.
We have never seen Marmots that do not duck and hide at any sound or people. More than likely, we are the first they have seen since sometime last year.  Because of the river crossing and the miles to get into Chicago Basin, I would venture to say this little valley gets little to no other hikers thru it. These two marmots had mischievousness on their minds, trying to get into Deb’s pack with me waving a hiking pole at them, then trying to eat at Jack's hat hanging on his hiking pole, or getting into Robs stuff when he had his back turned.  They were super cute with big fluffy tails wagging back and forth when they waddled away, but soon to return. 

My tent, they stayed away from, maybe my secret deterrent from critters, Cat Hair. I brush the cats and bring some of their hair with me in the pack on each adventure, tends to work, so far??

Day 3

This is the day we head up and over Columbine pass and into the eastern edge of Chicago Basin. The first 2 miles is a steady climb up to the pass at 12,665 ft, after passing Columbine Lake. The plan was to fish at the lake, but alas, frozen over, with just a smidgen of water at the edge, but again, no success on the fishing front, but the beauty of the area was breath taking,

As we crested the pass, we ran into difficulties. A major section of the trail was still snow covered. Taking the leading we each talked about the best was to get across, then tackled each section.
Slow and smooth with poles in hand we trudged through the snow as best as we could, careful not to misstep.
As we entered into Chicago Basin, we found a super camp site at the far eastern side of the Basin. 
After hiking at elevation, having some challenging trail issues, camp was a welcome site. this will be our camp for 2 nights as we explore and fish Chicago Basin. 

What we found out was hardly anyone from the Basin comes to this end. This was a planned layover day and for the next two days, we only saw 2 couples stop by in their exploration of our side of the basin.
The History of Chicago Basin stretches back prior to 1877, it is better described in the link I attached. The Durango Herald talked about the mining claims in the area  in an article early this year. 'Mining claims in Weminuche Wilderness protected from development'

Day 4

This is a layover day in the splendor of the Chicago Basin. Today we head up to Twin Lakes, elevation 12,655 ft, to hopefully do some fishing.
Today's treat was seeing our first Mountain Goats, a small herd or family of 6. Not afraid of us one bit. They followed us as we climbed the trail, but broke off at about 12,000 ft. 
As we crested into the Twin Lakes Basin, we found the lakes were still iced over or 90% or so, we tried to fish in the few open spots with no luck. 
Instead, we explored the high mountain basin, had some lunch and circled around and back to camp some 7 hours later.
Jack stayed at camp for the day, we found when we got back, another small family of goats came to visit him. One particular mama goat, we named Gertrude, was in love with Rob and his tent, so they had a sparring match for a while.  Rob not wanting the added attention, but 'Gertrude the Goat' could not get enough of Rob, not sure what happened after we all hit the sack.

Day 5

As we headed out of Chicago basin, we realized how fortunate we were to have come into the Basin from the east,

Today we head out after our 2-day layover in Chicago Basin, and what a treat it has been. We did discover that our camp site at the very far Eastern end of the Basin was by far the best in all of Chicago Basin for a couple reasons; by far better views, closer access to water and over the 2 days, only 2 other couples walked by. 
We had our end of the Basin to ourselves and the goats of course.

As we hiked down and out of the basin, we passed many hikers coming up from the train, along with that, a lot of this trail had not been cleared of log fall, so up and over fallen trees was the norm for the day.
As we headed out, a storm was brewing in the Basin and found out later that inch size hail hit most of those left camping.
But that was behind us, tonight we are camping on the bank of the Animas River.

Day 6

As we left our first night on the Animas River, we realize that our timing for this trip was the best. So far, our camp sites have been the very best, only one camp site did we see others. 
The hike down the river was uneventful, pretty level, very lush in some areas and at times could see and hear the Silverton-Durango Train as it passed on the other side of the river. We tried fishing in a few spots, but with no luck. 
This is a short day on the trail, our goal today is to enjoy the river, hike 6 miles or so to the confluence of the Animas River and Crescent Creek.

Got in to camp early found a great camp site right by the bridge that will take us over the Animas since at this point it is a fully fledge river, and not possible to wade across.
Before dinner, we all tried our fishing on Crescent Creek, everyone caught something, but that was about it. This was not the best fishing trip,

Day 7

Up early today, this is our last day on the trail. The trail out was gentle uphill, through the Crescent Creek canyon, with the creek falling further and further below us. The closer we got to our takeout point and vehicle, the more folks we started to see,
The last 2 miles or so of our adventure was obviously a popular spot for day hiking. We saw more and more hikers the closer we got to the trailhead. Most that wanted to talk were amazed we started our trip way over at the Vallecito River Trail Head and came as far as we had and more to the point, spent 7 days out hiking and camping. To some this was not on the bucket list to do, but with that said, they were out in the open air doing the day hike and that is a positive.

We are back to the takeout spot mid-morning, cleaned up some, then had to go pick up Robs vehicle. This was not a loop, so took two vehicles, maybe 1+ hour drive time between start point to where we ended the adventure.

We had heard that Chicago Basin was a must-see adventure to take, and we proved that right. We took a chance going in from the Vallecito Creek Trail head and it paid off in huge dividends; in the sights we got to see, the serene wilderness, the lack of other hikers’ day after day, and the quality of camp sites as a group were as good as we have ever had.
The only thing missing was good fishing, but all the others make up for this in Spades.


An adventure above most others we have done, and one for the books.

 

Jeff Ross * Renee Gaun
Your 1st Choice in Real Estate®
Your Team for Success

928-607-5556  Jeff
Jeff@AllFlagstaffHomes.com
928-606-6232 Renee
Homes@ReneeGaun.com
www.AllFlagstaffHomes.com

 

15 E. Cherry Ave
Flagstaff, AZ. 86001

 



 


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