User
Pass
help
Destination
Sycamore Canyon - Bushnell to Round Valley
19 Photosets
2014-05-10  
2014-05-10  
2014-05-10  
2014-05-10  
2014-04-19  
2014-03-30  
2013-11-26  
2013-03-30  
2013-03-17  
2013-03-03  
2013-02-17  
2013-02-10  
2013-01-05  
2012-04-08  
2012-03-31  
2011-06-04  
2010-04-24  
2010-03-13  
2007-01-21  

Sycamore Canyon - Bushnell to Round Valley, AZ
2011-06-0424 by
 
page   1   2
Payson, AZ
 
Canyoneering7.30 Miles   7 Hrs       1.04 mph
1,000 ft AEG   
1C III
No Routes
Linked  None
Partners None
14+ Mile Bike and Hike

This took much longer than I expected. With no available hiking partners, I ended up parking my van at Round Valley around 5:50am, unloaded my mountain bike, and started pedaling my way up towards Bushnell Tanks. What I didn't anticipate was the 1100 foot climb in elevation. I'm a hiker, not a cyclist.

The first 5 miles of the bike ride was a killer. I had to get off the bike and rest a couple of times. Luckily, the last mile or so is on a gentle downhill that leads right to the turnoff at Bushnell. I went around the barracade and rode down an additional half mile down to a trailhead. I started the hike down Sycamore at 7am sharp.

This hike is a bushwhacking, boulder hopping adventure. Beautiful pockets of slick granite are spread out along the route. A little under half-way in I experienced a painful leg cramp in my thigh above the knee. I massaged it a bit and continued on. Then my other leg started to cramp. What is going on? I continued on and soon the cramping moved to my calf on one leg and then the other. I've never experienced this kind of cramping on a hike, and assume it must have had something to do with the biking. The cramps really made the boulder hopping a challenge. Soon I found myself swimming through pools instead of climbing around them. It was easier, and actually, quite refreshing.

My cautious pace turned this into a much longer hike than anticipated. My plan to be back by 11am became 12pm, then 1pm, then 2pm. Ultimately, I reached the vehicle, drove up to retrieve my bike at Bushnell and then headed back to the valley. Didn't make it home until 3pm.
Wildflowers Observation Light
_____________________
This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Link Print 
Author
Rick Vincent's

188 Photosets
  2011-11-01
  2011-10-19
  2011-10-15
  2011-10-08
  2011-10-08
  2011-09-26
  2011-09-26
  2011-09-25
  2011-09-24
  2011-09-04
  2011-09-03
  2011-08-13
  2011-08-07
  2011-07-31
  2011-07-23
  2011-07-19
  2011-07-02
  2011-06-28
  2011-06-25
  2011-06-04
Page: 1 ... 3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8,  9,  10    


HAZ Tracks
record and follow hiking routes
Hike Arizona is member driven as seen above!     Support or

HAZ was created for the love of hiking. Donations keep it online and fund development for future generations.
enjoy hiking & enjoy life


1,000+ downloads


About Books FAQ Go Mobile Shop © 2014 HAZ


Havasu Canyon Trail - Sep 15 2014
I was watching the helicopter make multi-drops of people and supplies when, at one point, a stray horse wandered into the landing field (the gate was open). The guys unloading the supplies chased it around the field until it went back out the gate. Then as it was running up the main drag, another resident must have thought it got loose so he shooed it back into another open gate and back into the field. So now these guys are chasing it around the field again but this time they start pelting it with rocks. The horse was panicking and didn't know where to go. Rocks were being hurled at it from all directions. He ended up falling down after a really hard rock hit and it looked like he broke...
[ read all ]


Mobile Version