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Archive Integrity
Descriptions, photos and triplogs are the core content of the site. When posting these consider it as an archive like an old printed newspaper. The material is typically indexed on and off site and referenced by many. Time limits are imposed on deleting the core content to preserve the integrity of the site. Please refrain from posting material you do not want accessible forever. ie: while photos that include your boyfriend/girlfriend are acceptable you might think twice...

Members looking for company should use Partner Match, post in the Events forum or date a Wish (see Wish List).

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The entire United States is welcome to post. Simply switch the state to search for hikes in other states. States surrounding Arizona are gaining in popularity on site. If you wish to post outside the United States, Canada or Mexico you will need to post a generic triplog under the WW or World Wide state setting. On the same token several other outdoor related sports are supported including climbing, canyoneering & mountain biking to name a few.

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Find a hike
Use Find (upper left corner of the page) to find hikes. If you know what you are looking for use the A to Z index or the search at the top of the home page.

HAZ is short for Hike Arizona
HikeArizona.COM is the largest maintained collection of Hikes, GPS Routes, Photos & Triplogs. Data for other outdoor activities such as jogging, running, biking, horseback trail riding, backpacking, off-road 4x4 trips, climbing, kayaking, fishing, skiing, diving & canyoneering are welcome too! Although a majority of the data is for Arizona other US states are welcome. Outside of the U.S. is possible too via generic postings.

Visit our [ General Information Page ] for more information

By accessing Hike Arizona, you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. Hike Arizona may change these terms at any time without notice. False information, abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws in unacceptable to post. Information entered will be stored in a database. Hike Arizona shall not be held responsible for data compromised via hacking.


What is a description?
These are the core pages that describe hikes, canyoneering adventures or climbs.

How do I post a description?
Look for Post at the top of any page, click, then select Post Description.

What is Quick - Name and Coordinates Only?
This is a quick way to add a page not already on site so you may then post a triplog, photos, etc. to the page.

Quick or Full Detail?
Only post a Full Detail description if you have hiked it, know the statistics and have the patience to compose a description.

Acceptable Full Detail Descriptions
It takes time and creativity to post a quality description. Yours should be clear with complete details to complete the journey. An enticing story of your journey is optional. Anything less will not be posted.

Declined Reasons
Already posted, copyrighted material, vague, not helpful, incorrect, etc...

When will it post
Generally within 12-48 hours. If you are not notified in three days please contact the webmaster.

Home Page Exposure
If accepted it will post on the home page of HAZ. Members with the same state (ie: AZ) setting will see it.

The server sends out an automatic Notification when your description is posted.

Are photos required?

Grouped areas
Posting a descripton for an area such as the Grand Canyon or like is not permitted in Arizona.

Understand the difference between trails and hikes
  • Trails are typically numbered by the managing agency. Trails should typically be listed one-way as they are part of a network of trails where others can then create their own hikes.
  • Hikes are typically round-trip and often involve a loop multiple trails. An off-trail adventure would be a hike too.

One-way is the preferred listing for numbered trails. This allows members to post a triplog of a hike they designed and completed themselves. Upon posting the triplog under the first leg of the hike they link other legs involved.

GPS Routes

How do I post a GPS Route
Look for Post at the top of any page, click, then select Post GPS.

Nothing Works
Fear not! Attach the file to an E-Mail. Include which unit and software you are using. The webmaster will figure it out and get back to you.

Garmin: 60/76/eTrex pre 2010 Directions

HAZ to 60/76/eTrex
1) Download .gpx TRACK from HAZ to computer (or just OPEN .gdb if MapSource is open).
2) Connect the GPS Unit to the computer, turn it on, set it to "use with gps OFF" AND turn "TRACK LOGGING OFF"
3) Open the file just downloaded in MapSource (if .gpx)
4) Transfer it to the receiver.
5) Ensure that the TRACK is listed on the receiver and that is shows up on the map.
6) Turn the receiver off and disconnect.

500 Data Point Limit Work Around
4a) In MapSource, open the file, open the TRACK, then open Properties.
4b) Rename the TRACK as "ACTIVE LOG" without the "" of course.
5a) Rename the TRACK on the receiver, using the pop up key board (or whatever your device allows) if you want it renamed.

1) Drive to the TH. Turn the receiver on and clear anything showing in the statistics page. It is important that the correct "Trip Computer" page menu options are noted with a check mark prior-to "Trip Computer" page reset: Reset Trip Data, Reset Odometer, Reset Max Speed, Reset Elevation Data, Reset Max Elevation
2) Open the TRACK you loaded at home. Be sure TRACK logging is ON.
3) Start hiking. You should be laying a track in on top of or very near the track showing on the unit.
4) Return to TH. Turn tracking off.

60/76/eTrex to HAZ
1) Connect unit to computer, open MapSource, and transfer TRACKS to the computer.
2) It will likely download all the tracks on the unit. You may want to delete the one you downloaded from HAZ so you are working only with the one you created on the trail. Clean up any miscellaneous data points from lunch breaks, potty stops, getting lost, etc.
3) If it's a nice clean route better than what is on HAZ, upload it with witty comments and observations.

Additional 500 Point Notes
  • If the track being downloaded to the receiver is equal to or less than 500 points then it will download to the saved tracks memory file section on your receiver, then you can apply step 5a; IF the track being downloaded to the receiver is 501 points or larger then it will download to the receiver active log (having previously applied steps 4a & 4b)
  • When the downloaded track resides in the active log you cannot change the track color to be a different color from this same hike track you plan to later follow (ie, it is easier to follow a different color track on your screen). Use one of the two following options:
    • Save the file from the active log to the saved tracks file and understand that doing this will reduce the total file data points to a 500 point max limit in the saved tracks file but now you can change the file name and change the color of the track; Also, now that you have saved it in the saved tracks file, you can now go up to the active log file and clear it out
    • In the tools section of MapSource (at top of page), learn how to use the "Track Divide" tool. This way you learn how to take a 964 data point track (as an example) and make two track of it, both tracks being less than 500 data points. So when you download these from MapSource to your gps receiver both tracks go into the saved tracks section of your GPS. Now you can rename them and change the track color, but most importantly you retain the total number of 964 data points in the two tracks.

Garmin: Oregon/62/eTrex 2010 & Newer Directions
This is specifically for a Garmin Oregon, however it should work on all 2010 or newer Garmin Units.
No programs needed, just save directly to the unit. Think of it as a hard drive.

Setup > System > Interface ( be sure it is set to "Garmin Spanner" )

Start of hike: Setup > Reset ( now you need to reset 2 things )
- Reset Trip Data
- Clear Current Track

End of hike: Track Manager > Current Track > Save Track

Plug in USB
1)When you plug it in... a file browser of the unit pops up to a folder called "Garmin". This isn't it look to the left and select "Garmin Oregon". Then you should see "Garmin" & "Wherigo"

or perhaps...
You may get a popup dialog in Vista. Deny to scan the device. Then you get a list of choices. Select the yellow folder "Open folder to view files". Then you should see "Garmin" & "Wherigo"

2) Click and open the "Garmin" folder, then click and open the "GPX" folder.
Here is where you save GPX files from HAZ and can also upload to HAZ.

HAZ to GPS Unit
1) Save the .gpx file to the GPX folder in your device ( step by step directions )
1.5) MAC users
2) Navigate to "Track Manger"
3) Select Track, then you can "View Map", "Set Color" etc.

1) When you start your hike navigate to "Setup", select "Reset", reset trip data & clear current track
2) Hike
3) When you finish or between hikes navigate on your gps device to "Track Manager", select "Current Track" then "Save Track", then back to step #1 and reset

GPS Unit to HAZ - Windows
1) Plug gps receiver into USB
2) In GPS Upload click "Upload" then select "my device"
3) now you should see your file system of folders
4) open a folder called Garmin ( in Windows you may need to click on "Computer" to see attached USB drives )
4) open a folder called GPX
5) you should see your tracks, click one to upload
6) click "Post" in the upper right and follow through...

GPS Unit to HAZ - MAC
1) Plug gps receiver into USB & MAC
2) Wait until you see Garmin show up on desktop ( minimize all programs to see desktop )
3) In GPS Upload click "Upload" then select "my device"
4) now you should see your file system of folders
5) in the left column under DEVICES select GARMIN
6) open a folder called Garmin then a folder called GPX
7) you should see your tracks, click one to upload ( if you did not save it, it will be in a folder called Current )

Magellan MapSend Help
View Magellan MapSend Help on the HAZ Forum

GPS Route Editing

Change GPS Name
1 - go to the Routes tab on your profile
2 - click the information ( circle "i" ) icon on the route desired
3 - route information should popup
4 - click the settings icon to the right of the name
5 - change name as desired

GPS Routes that match a description on HAZ should be posted directly to the description page name. Custom GPS Routes that do not match a description on site, even if slightly altered should be posted as a "generic" then linked to appropriate descriptions if any.

If a route is not posting where you want it to then use "contact" at the bottom of the page to get help. Nothing on HAZ needs to be deleted and reposted to change a name.

Only GPS Routes set as an "Official Route" post to the homepage.

Change from or to Generic
see Change GPS Name just above. On step #5 you will either see the option you need as either Switch to Generic or Switch to Non-Generic

Delete GPS Route
GPS Routes may be deleted up to 5 days**. Delete is available in "Edit" mode. As an alternative there is an [x] next to the route name listed on the "Route" tab of your profile page. This option is not availabe if it's been declared an "Official Route" or has received comments.

** Routes should be reviewed before posting. Posting, deleting and reposting known as "top posting" is not tolerated. Example: if you make a mistake in naming then rename it, don't delete it. If you need help, contact the webmaster.

Edit Notes and/or Date
Look for a tiny gear icon next to the date while viewing the route on the map.

Edit Route
Several editing options are available in the upload screen before posting. Several editing options are available after posting.

Track can be deleted/renamed and waypoints may be deleted after posting too.

What is an Official Route
An Official Route follows a description page, matching the intended route. Once a route has been set as an "Official Route" it gains attention with a purple background on the description page. The route is featured on the description page map with springs near it's perimeter. The springs are then included in the print versions of the page.

Who sets Official Routes?
Description page authors, the webmaster and members of the GPS Admin team have the option to set/unset a (non-generic) route as an "Official Route". This option is found under the date/notes section.

- set Official Route

- unset Official Route


Official Routes Guidelines
Numbered or signed trails should be one-way unless a loop. "Official Routes" may be replaced if a better (newer does not constitute better) route is presented or the course has changed. In the notes section adding "follows designated route" on un-authored description pages will help the admin team recognize your route as a candidate for an "Official Route".


What is a photoset?
A photoset is a group of photos posted by one member for one trip.

Uploading Procedure
Click Post at the top of any page and select Post Photos. Now you are in the photo upload panel. Either select a description name or enter a generic name. Press the "Select" button to proceed. Now select photos from your device to upload. Repeat as needed. Please be patient during upload, it will take anywhere from a few seconds to a several minutes depending on your internet connection and the number of photos selected. Wait for the screen to refresh between each batch. Pay attention to the updated status at the top of the screen.

When will my photoset post?
Once you have uploaded all the photos for your photoset either click on the preview or finish button in the upload panel.
If you choose preview remember they have not posted until you click finish.

Anything over 980px (wide) x 700px (height) is welcome and will be resized automatically to fit the standard 1024 x 768 screen. The larger photo is always preserved and never altered. To view the larger photo look for View Original on the full sized photo page. If the photo was never resized it will read Viewing Original.

The universal Jpeg format commonly seen as .jpg is most common. .png & .gif are accepted too

How many photos may I post?
You decide!
4 is the minimum to poll on the home page.

Acceptable Photos
HAZ is rated PG-13. Most outdoor recreation related photos are accepted.

Declined Photos
Extremely poor quality photos such as cell phone photos will be deleted. Photos with off site web addresses or that HAZ deems to be luring viewers off site will be deleted. In addition HAZ reserves the right to remove any material on site without notice.

Adding photos to one of my Photosets?
Look for + Add in the lower left corner while viewing your photoset (thumbnail page).

Uploading Issues
If photos are too big you may have issues. Simply upload less at a time.

The acceptable format is .jpg, be sure .jpg is the format you are uploading.

If you are still having issues please contact the webmaster.

f stop, exposure, etc
Digital photos include camera settings, time and sometimes geolocation data in what is called the EXIF header. Processing software like Photoshop may not save EXIF if you create a new image and paste into it. Social sites like Facebook strip out EXIF. If the EXIF data is left intact then it will be displayed to the lower right of the photo. Once a photo is uploaded the data can not be changed. HAZ calculates out the 35mm equivalence of data.

Photo Editing

Photoset Date
While viewing the photoset ( thumbnail page ) click on the date to edit.

Name & Settings
While viewing the photoset ( thumbnail page ) look for the settings icon next to the state abbreviation.
[ see example ]

Rotate, Geocode & Delete
While viewing a full sized photo, look for the settings icon in upper left. Photos may be rotated, geocoded or deleted* for seven days after posting. *unless the photo has received likes or comments
[ see example ]

Rearrange Photo Order
Look for drag order in photo upload.
[ see example ]

Sort by Time
Look for the green menu button in photo upload.
[ see example ]

Hide one week
Click here to view general information. This feature is found when selecting a photoset name. You may change the status too. Look for the tiny pencil/edit icon in upper right of the photoset page (thumbnail page).

Geocode to a GPS Route
If you follow the posting order guidelines you will understand best. (route 1st, triplog 2nd, photoset 3rd using the naming scheme).

The following help screens should get you underway...
     • system recognizes you might have a match
     • first step on thumbnail screen
     • the fine details


What is a Triplog?
A triplog is a record of your hike or any PG-Rated outdoor sports activity. It may contain a journal, statistics and even private notes.

How do I post a Triplog?
Look for Post at the top of any page, click, then select Post Triplog.

Acceptable Material
HAZ is rated PG-13. The Triplog is to be used for logging actual hikes. It's not meant for back-n-forth conversation like a forum nor commenting on a description. If you have a question, something to add or respond to in a Triplog please use the Comment feature via links displayed under each logged trip.

Non Acceptable Material
Material deemed offensive will be dealt with on an individual basis. Which may include a total ban from the HAZ server. If you are unsure it's recommended you don't post or ask the webmaster before posting.

Help finding a Hike/Description!
If you are having trouble locating a hike think twice. Try the search box. A trail name may be used in lieu of a local popular name. Perhaps Mount, Mt, East, West and such precede the name or do not.

There is a privacy option when posting. Check the box Check to Hide when posting. Then your Triplog is only viewable by you.

Delay listing
Click here to view general information. This feature is found near the bottom of the triplog posting/editing screen when in edit).

Where does it go after I post.
If you post to a description listed in the A-Z index (preferred) it will post on that individual page.

If you type in a Generic Name it will post on your profile page. Generics will likely get lost in the mass of Triplogs unless you link descriptions. Triplogs automatically bind to photosets with a like name/date. Linked descriptions bind too.

Home Page Exposure
Robust Triplogs get the highest exposure listed on the top. Others are listed below, with the exception of really small worded entries.

Look for edit icon in the lower right corner of your triplog.

You may delete a Triplog within 14 days of posting. Look for the tiny purple Edit link in the lower right corner of your triplog. On the edit panel the delete button is in the lower right corner left of the Save button.

Forum - Formatting and Topic Types

What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML, offering great formatting control on particular objects in a post. For more information view these examples.

Can I use HTML?
No. It is not possible to post HTML on this website and have it rendered as HTML. Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using BBCode instead.

What are Smilies?
Smilies, or Emoticons, are small images which can be used to express a feeling using a short code, e.g. :) denotes happy, while :( denotes sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen in the posting form. Try not to overuse smilies, however, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may edit them out or remove the post altogether. The webmaster may also have set a limit to the number of smilies you may use within a post.

How do I show an image (avatar) along with my username?
Your may upload a profile photo in this panel.

What are locked topics?
Locked topics are topics where users can no longer reply and any poll it contained was automatically ended. Topics may be locked for many reasons and were set this way by either the forum moderator or webmaster. You may also be able to lock your own topics depending on the permissions you are granted by the webmaster.

What are topic icons?
Topic icons are author chosen images associated with posts to indicate their content. The ability to use topic icons depends on the permissions set by the webmaster.

Where are attachments allowed?
Only in posts to the HAZ Forum and Private Messages

What attachments are allowed on this site?
Common formats such as .jpg, .gif & .pdf are allowed. If the format you wish to upload is not supported then contact the webmaster for assistance.

How do I find all my attachments?
To find your list of attachments that you have uploaded, go to your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page) and follow the links to the attachments section.

Forum - Posting Issues

How do I post a topic in a forum?
To post a new topic in a forum, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message. A list of your permissions in each forum is available at the bottom of the forum and topic screens. Example: You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc.

How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are a board administrator or moderator, you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post by clicking the edit button for the relevant post, sometimes for only a limited time after the post was made. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic which lists the number of times you edited it along with the date and time. This will only appear if someone has made a reply; it will not appear if a moderator or administrator edited the post, though they may leave a note as to why they’ve edited the post at their own discretion. Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

How do I add a signature to my post?
To add a signature to a post you must first create one via your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page). Once created, you can check the Add signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate radio button in your profile. If you do so, you can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box within the posting form.

How do I create a poll?
When posting a new topic or editing the first post of a topic, click the “Poll creation” tab below the main posting form; if you cannot see this, you do not have appropriate permissions to create polls. Enter a title and at least two options in the appropriate fields, making sure each option is on a separate line in the text area. You can also set the number of options users may select during voting under “Options per user”, a time limit in days for the poll (0 for infinite duration) and lastly the option to allow users to amend their votes.

Why can’t I add more poll options?
The limit for poll options is set by the webmaster. If you feel you need to add more options to your poll then the allowed amount, contact the webmaster.

How do I edit or delete a poll?
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator or an administrator. To edit a poll, click to edit the first post in the topic; this always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote, users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if members have already placed votes, only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it. This prevents the poll’s options from being changed mid-way through a poll. Warning, when a poll questions are added/deleted all votes will be deleted.

Why can’t I access a forum?
Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post or perform another action you may need special permissions. Contact a moderator or the webmaster to grant you access.

Why can’t I add attachments?
Attachment permissions are granted on a per forum, per group, or per user basis. The webmaster may not have allowed attachments to be added for the specific forum you are posting in, or perhaps only certain groups can post attachments. Contact the webmaster if you are unsure about why you are unable to add attachments.

Why did I receive a warning?
Each board administrator has their own set of rules for their site. If you have broken a rule, you may be issued a warning. Please note that this is the board administrator’s decision, and the phpBB Group has nothing to do with the warnings on the given site. Contact the board administrator if you are unsure about why you were issued a warning.

How can I report posts to a moderator?
If the webmaster has allowed it, you should see a button for reporting posts next to the post you wish to report. Clicking this will walk you through the steps necessary to report the post.

What is the “Save” button for in topic posting?
This allows you to save passages to be completed and submitted at a later date. To reload a saved passage, visit the User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page).

Why does my post need to be approved?
The webmaster may have decided that posts in the forum you are posting to require review before submission. It is also possible that an administrator has placed you in a group of users whose posts require review before submission. Please contact the webmaster for further details.

How do I bump my topic?
By clicking the “Bump topic” link when you are viewing it, you can “bump” the topic to the top of the forum on the first page. However, if you do not see this, then topic bumping may be disabled or the time allowance between bumps has not yet been reached. It is also possible to bump the topic simply by replying to it, however, be sure to follow the site rules when doing so.

Forum - Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks

What is the difference between bookmarking and subscribing?
Bookmarking on the HAZ Forum is much like bookmarking in your web browser. You aren’t alerted when there’s an update, but you can come back to the topic later. Subscribing, however, will notify you when there is an update to the topic or forum on the site via your preferred method or methods.

How do I subscribe to specific forums or topics?
To subscribe to a specific forum, click the “Subscribe forum” link upon entering the forum. To subscribe to a topic, reply to the topic with the subscribe checkbox checked or click the “Subscribe topic” link within the topic itself.

How do I remove my subscriptions?
To remove your subscriptions, go to your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page) and follow the links to your subscriptions.

Friends and Foes

What are my Friends and Foes lists?
You can use these lists to organize other members of the site. Members added to your friends list will be listed within your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page) for quick access to see their online status and to send them private messages. Subject to template support, posts from these users may also be highlighted. If you add a user to your foes list, any posts they make will be hidden by default.

How can I add / remove users to my Friends or Foes list?
You can add users to your list in two ways. Within each user’s profile, there is a link to add them to your Friend list. Alternatively, from your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page), you can directly add users by entering their member name. You may also remove users from your list using the same page.

About Foes?
The Foe option only has advantages in the Forum or Private Messages. Future blocks may apply to photo rating, comments and such.

Login Issues

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Why can’t I login?
• (#1 Reason) Cookies must be enabled or you will continuously be logged out
• (#2 Reason) Recently requested passwords must be activated as stated in the e-mail
• (#3 Reason) Passwords are case sensitive
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How do I prevent my username appearing in the online user listings?
Within your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page), under “Website preferences”, you will find the option Hide your online status. Enable this option with Yes and you will only appear to the administrators, moderators and yourself. You will be counted as a hidden user.

I forgot my username!
Don’t panic! Visit the login page and click I forgot my password. Follow the instructions and you should be able to log in again shortly.

I’ve lost my password!
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I registered but cannot login!
First, check your username and password. Activated, either by yourself or by an administrator may be required before you can logon; this information was present during registration. If you were sent an e-mail, follow the instructions. If you did not receive an e-mail, you may have provided an incorrect e-mail address or the e-mail may have been picked up by a spam filer. If you are sure the e-mail address you provided is correct, try contacting an administrator.

I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!
Attempt to locate the e-mail sent to you when you first registered, check your username and password and try again. The password is case sensitive. If unsuccessful request a new password and be sure to activate it as described in the e-mail you receive.

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Private Messaging

I cannot send private messages!
There are three reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on, the webmaster has disabled private messaging for the entire site, or the webmaster has prevented you from sending messages. Contact a webmaster for more information.

I keep getting unwanted private messages!
You can block a user from sending you private messages by using message rules within your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page). If you are receiving abusive private messages from a particular user, inform a webmaster; they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages.

I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from someone on this site!
We are sorry to hear that. The e-mail form feature of this site includes safeguards to try and track users who send such posts, so e-mail the webmaster with a full copy of the e-mail you received. It is very important that this includes the headers that contain the details of the user that sent the e-mail. The webmaster can then take action.

Outbox Help
When something is in the "Outbox" it means the receiver has not opened it yet. Once they do then it will be in "Sent messages".

Registration Issues

Why do I need to register at all?
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Why can’t I register?
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Searching HAZ

How can I search the site by typing in text?
On the Home Page you will find a search box. This is not to be confused with the HAZ Forum which is not considered trail data.

Searching the Forums

How can I search a forum or forums?
Enter a search term in the search box located on the index, forum or topic pages. Advanced search can be accessed by clicking the “Advance Search” link which is available on all pages on the forum. How to access the search may depend on the style used.

Why does my search return no results?
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Why does my search return a blank page!?
Your search returned too many results for the webserver to handle. Use “Advanced search” and be more specific in the terms used and forums that are to be searched.

How do I search for members?
"Main" menu = > "Directory" then click the “Find a member” link.

How can I find my own posts and topics?
Go to profile then click "Forum Posts".

User Levels and Groups

Should I be concerned?
User levels and groups are really more behind the scenes type of operations to the site. Casual users can generally ignore this information.

What are Administrators?
Administrators are members assigned with the highest level of control over the entire site. These members can control all facets of site operation, including setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc., dependent upon the webmaster and what permissions he has given the other administrators. They may also have full moderator capabilities in all forums, depending on the settings put forth by the webmaster.

What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) who look after the forums from day to day. They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.

What are usergroups?
Usergroups are groups of users that divide the community into manageable sections webmasters can work with. Each user can belong to several groups and each group can be assigned individual permissions. This provides an easy way for administrators to change permissions for many users at once, such as changing moderator permissions or granting users access to a private forum.

Where are the usergroups and how do I join one?
You can view all usergroups via the “Usergroups” link within your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page). If you would like to join one, proceed by clicking the appropriate button. Not all groups have open access, however. Some may require approval to join, some may be closed and some may even have hidden memberships. If the group is open, you can join it by clicking the appropriate button. If a group requires approval to join you may request to join by clicking the appropriate button. The user group leader will need to approve your request and may ask why you want to join the group. Please do not harass a group leader if they reject your request; they will have their reasons.

How do I become a usergroup leader?
A usergroup leader is usually assigned when usergroups are initially created by a webmaster. If you are interested in creating a usergroup, your first point of contact should be an administrator; try sending a private message.

Why do some usergroups appear in a different color?
It is possible for the webmaster to assign a color to the members of a usergroup to make it easy to identify the members of this group.

What is a “Default usergroup”?
If you are a member of more than one usergroup, your default is used to determine which group color and group rank should be shown for you by default. The webmaster may grant you permission to change your default usergroup via your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page).

What is “The team” link?
This page provides you with a list of the webmaster and moderators and other details such as the forums they moderate.

User Preferences and settings

How do I change my settings?
If you are a registered user, all your settings are stored in the site database. To alter them, visit your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page). This system will allow you to change all your settings and preferences.

How do I change my password?
Members may change their password => Click Here

How do I change my e-mail address?
Members may change their e-mail address => Click Here

How do I change my username?
Members may change their username => Click Here

The times are not correct!
It is possible the time displayed is from a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, visit your User Control Panel (Edit via your Profile page) and change your timezone to match your particular area, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Please note that changing the timezone, like most settings, can only be done by registered users. If you are not registered, this is a good time to do so.

I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
If you are sure you have set the timezone and Summer Time/DST correctly and the time is still incorrect, then the time stored on the server clock is incorrect. Please notify an administrator to correct the problem. FYI, Arizona is timezone number 7.

My language is not in the list!
Nobody has translated this site into your language.

Profile Photo - How do I show an image below my username?
Upper right corner of any page, click the member menu icon then select avatar

What is my rank and how do I change it?
Years of studying the HAZ Force will answer this question best.

Video Tutorials

Search & Find Hikes

Post Description
Getting Started
Options Screen
Detail Screen
Getting Started

Route Manager
Create Track from Multiple Routes
Compute AEG for One-Way Track
Drag or Dock

Triplog Laps

Hide & Delay Triplogs

Wish List

What is a Wish List?
Members have the option to join a wish list for each hike. It helps you remember hikes you want to hike and possibly let others know what interest you most.

Where do I join a Wish List?
 • On Find (aka TrailDEX), far column
 • On MapDEX, click the hike, canyon or climb markers
 • On all description pages, lower section above directions

How do I join?
Choose Public to display your interest in finding a hiking partner or a group hike
   - If you select a date it will post on the Event Calendar too

Choose Private to simply note this as a future to-do hike

Choose Drop to delete yourself from this list

NOTE: If you join the public wish list you are requesting invitations

Where do I find my Wish List?
While viewing your profile, click the "Wishes" column.