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9.66 mi • 2,039 ft aeg
Nutt Benchmark
This hike was to the Nutt Benchmark (elevation of 5,216 feet and prominence of 1,776 feet), which is not too far from Kingman.

I started and ended the hike at Sitgreaves Pass.

There was no trail at the parking lot, and it took me a minute or two to figure out that I needed to go up an embankment to start the hike. There was no trail to follow, although there were numerous burro trails and/or social trails to follow along the way.

The route involved going NE for about 4 miles to get around a deep canyon that prevented a more direct route to the summit. Once past the canyon, I went NW up a ridge to get to the summit.

The route finding was not the easiest that I have ever done, and for most of the way there was lots of ankle busting lava rock to deal with. There were hardly any stretches on the hike where I was moving at a normal hiking pace. There were a couple of long stretches on the hike where there was a decent trail to follow, but on other stretches I was going from one burro trail to another. I found the route finding more difficult on the way back, and I got off-course a few times; however, with the help of a GPS I was able to get back on track.

The climb and scramble up to the summit was kinda fun. From a distance it looked like it could be interesting, but I kept the ascent to class 1.

Early on in the hike I heard a few wild burros, and then saw 3 of them on top of a ridgeline to the east. These burros seem more reclusive than the burros around Lake Pleasant.

At the summit I located the benchmark and 2 reference marks. However, the summit register log is either no longer there or someone did a good job of hiding it.

With all of the lava rock to hike through, this hike was definitely type 2 fun. I was cussing the trail by the time that I got to the summit, but the views up there were really, really nice so I got to thinking that the hike wasn't so bad afterall. Then the trail was something of a suckfest on the way back, so by the time that I got to the TH I was telling myself that this hike was a DNR. However, now I am sitting here thinking of what I would do differently if I do the hike again!
23 mi • 0 ft aeg
Friend wanted to backpack to the river.
I wanted to go state into Granite Rapid for the first time since I almost drowned in it back in 2016.

Permit was easy enough to get. One night at Granite, the next night at Monument.
Easy hike down, my friend was exhausted and passed out pretty quickly.
We ran into Rob aka Wilderness Vagabond down at Granite, funny because we also ran into him on Kendrick Peak a few months back. Small hiking world.

The next day we spent almost the whole day at the rapid basking in the sun, climbing and exploring the schist and granite pinnacles in the area.

And NPS river trip rolled up to do some work on the willows and tamarisk by the boaters camp, turns out I knew a couple of them so we went to say hi. Showed my friend their boats and got some photos with friends.

Friend napped again, I basked in the sun near the rapid reading a book. We moved our camp up to Monument Creek that afternoon. A small bird hung out and basically joined us in the tent. It must've been habituated since hatching. Sheesh.

Cold night at Monument. Salt seeps on the Tapeats were cool. Heard a rockfall down canyon, sounded like a car backfiring.

Hiked out at 5am on the last day so I could make it to work on time.thst afternoon.

Great hike. Felt empowered to stare into Granite again. Next time I'll see her from behind a set of oars.
30 mi • 7,500 ft aeg
Made a trip out to Grapevine to scout the redwall route that Harvey describes. Overall, a very enjoyable trip! In addition to the beaten path we visited the river via old grandview and the narrows below the tonto crossing.

Day 1: we got a cold and early start down Grandview. There is snow and ice to the coconino already. At horseshoe mesa we encountered a large group also heading to Grapevine - that surprised me. We were quite far ahead of them when we reached the old grandview cairn and dropped our heavy packs.

The lower section of grandview is in great shape for being so obscure! It's well cairned and follows a very natural break through the tapeats. It seemed illogical to go over the first saddle in the basement rocks but it was clearly indicated. Down here we had a great view upriver and at the pouroffs in Cottonwood. We saw rafts floating all in a line down the river - reminded me of ducklings. The trail braids a bit before crossing a ridge and heading down a narrow chute. I wouldn't have gone here without indication - it looks so improbable. Then over another small saddle and down a long ravine to the river. Some loose footing but nowhere that feels like you're about to fall over a cliff. We had a short break at the river and the return hike was faster than the way down. On the way up I bonked my head on an overhanging branch... guess I shouldn't wear baseball caps in places like this (it isn't the first time). I'm fine, though!

We hiked the rest of the way in to the camps on the eastern arm of Grapevine. Turns out the big group are high schoolers on a school trip doing a big section of Tonto. At camp we had mice coming under the vestibule (we were snacking in the tent). This was not pleasant but stopped (I think) after we hung the food. A bit surprising as I thought this was an unpopular camp.

Day 2: we had a leisurely morning before starting up Grapevine. The tapeats narrows are beautiful! We could follow the creek for almost a mile before a chockstone and some falls forced us out of the bed. It's easy to find the exit. We were able to drop back in and easily follow the creek for a while in the shale too. We found some stone structures around here... 2 circles about knee-high and maybe 10ft in diameter. Not sure what they're from.

The cottonwoods were turning in the creek and beautiful. But the going got very slow when we encountered Grapevine's namesake. We stuck to low game trails which weren't great. Around here we found a dead ram with big horns. The creekbed clears up again near the redwall. Below the fall we easily located the redwall route on the east side. We ascended a boulder field to the amphitheater then circled around to our approach. I scrambled high enough to look over the fall - maybe 1/3 of the way up. But I'd left my pack below and wasn't in the mood to scramble all the way up then back down without a spotter. On the way down I took a wrong turn and ended up downclimbing while straddling an agave. Not my happiest moment. There was a bit of a game trail on the talus here and the scrambling was probably class 3 so I definitely want to return and connect to the trail above.

On our hike back down we followed a ridge west of the creek to avoid the grapevine tangles and other vegetation. Game trails and footing were much better here. Back at camp, we explored the tapeats narrows below Tonto. My friend climbed up the pouroff into the west arm of grapevine but I'm not much of a climber and I couldn't get up.

Day 3: another relatively late start. Clouds started rolling in and making pretty light when we were in Cottonwood. As we ascended we watched snow start to fall below the north rim. We got flurries then were briefly enveloped in gentle snow above the coconino. On the rim I watched the clouds part to the west. There was a little bit of a cloud inversion, which I've been wanting to see in the canyon for ages. What a gorgeous finale to the weekend.
0.7 mi • 353 ft aeg
This was my 4th day of day of a 4-day trip day hiking wilderness areas in western AZ. I had planned a climb all the way to the summit of Mt. Wilson. I drove all the way to the trailhead in my Jeep Cherokee. That road is definitely 4x4. Put it in rear locker a few times on the road.

When I arrived at the trailhead the night before my hike, it was pretty windy, something I hadn’t anticipated. I checked the forecast for the next day. Not good; I wouldn’t be summiting tomorrow. In the morning, I checked again, barely tolerable at first light, and it was forecast to go to steady 30 mph by 10 am, and possibly higher by the afternoon.

I headed up the ridge until the sun just started hitting the faraway peaks, and sat and took pictures until I got too cold. Then it was back to the car, and back to Phoenix.
5.4 mi • 1,016 ft aeg
I followed azbackpackr’s 12/10/2017 route (GPS :: Mount Nutt Wilderness Area) toward the Nutt Benchmark 5216’, hoping to get to that summit as well. Although the trail is heavily used by burros, and not much by people, it is clear that someone marked much of it with large cairns and even trimmed a bush or two along the way. The initial climb up out of Sitgreaves Pass is not marked, but there is one good social trail up to the mesa. Then for the most part, the trail is clear and well marked, except when it just totally disappears.

In the end, I did not make it to the summit. I was slowed down by routefinding and I think the continuous looks down into Cottonwood Canyon and up to the unnamed pyramid-shaped peak got to me. The views the whole way are spectacular, though, and I eventually decided I had enough pictures.

There is a great lunch spot and turnaround point at a saddle marked with a giant stone X, as though for a helicopter landing point.

A nice feature of this hike is that this is a wilderness you can get to by paved road. It would be great if someone completed a guide to the summit. I didn't qualify, since I only made it part way.

I heard--but never saw--lots of burros, and my footprints on the way in were overrun by burro prints by the time I came out.
28 mi • 7,500 ft aeg
Made a lovely overnight on the Escalante route last weekend! I love this area and particularly wanted to camp on Escalante beach someday. Happy to say, sections that made me nervous on previous trips didn't phase me at all on this one - I guess exposure to exposure helps!

I started down Tanner at sunrise on Saturday. I saw much fewer people than usual - only two parties all the way along Tanner and the beach. One woman told me about her trip down the Cardenas route to the hilltop ruin and now I'm itching to try it. I had a short break at the boater camp at Cardenas, which is pretty nice. Then I made my way up into that big drainage in the Hatakai shale.

My feet were sore from sidehilling by the time I reached the ridge leading into Escalante cr. I love the view from there - such contrast up and downstream. I was making good time so I took another break when I reached the Escalante creekbed. There I met a couple more hikers who I'd end up sharing the beach with. I left before them and had a pleasant hour before sunset to stretch on the beach and play in the sand. There's a nice little bay below Escalante which I was attracted to before. The sunset was excellent for canyon bottom sunsets - big pink and orange clouds.

I had a warm enough campsite (far back from the river) that my body didn't complain about an early start. Nevertheless, I lingered to eat breakfast on the beach again. On my way along the top of 75 mile creek I looked for possible entry points before the main break in the shinumo. I thought I found a few and confirmed that they looked viable from below - two across from each other just after entering the drainage, and one ramp to the east further down. I also thought I found an old hole from prospectors along the rim.

I met a group on the 75 mile beach who had camped at the bottom of the unnamed (hatakai traverse) drainage. They were only hiking to hance rapids that day and I was envious of the time they could take. I followed the river-level route over the Papago (it's faster and easier than the trail) then had an easy time climbing the wall and locating the upper break where I've gotten stuck before. On my way down the slide I heard voices and I was confused because I didn't think the group was that close behind me... lo and behold, another group was coming up the slide! We communicated to avoid dropping rocks on one another.

As I arrived at Hance rapid, boaters pulled in to scout. I filtered water and snacked and spent enough time on the beach for the 75m group to catch me and watch the rafters run the rapid. Then the slog up New Hance... I was definitely gassed last time I did this because it was hard but not ridiculous. I also did a better job staying on the main trail - last time, I was scrambling up a wash in the supai following cairns. I really want to hike up red canyon sometime. I saw deer trails above the tapeats crossing the saddle towards mineral canyon and there were golden cottonwoods in the creek.

I met two groups of hikers on my way out. The second were also hiking out when I passed them in the coconino - I think they weren't amused by their friend/ leader saying this route was "fine". I met their TL waiting with a car and he said he'd been denied a permit to do Escalante over 2 nights. I said a light pack helped (I maxed out at 20-22lbs with 3L water) and the office knows me.

All in all, a fantastic weekend! I biked back to Lipan Point and arrived to catch sunset.
35 mi • 8,000 ft aeg
Rain two weeks before, provided lots of pools after dropping into the drainage at the Esplanade Route junction (36.16399, -112.43436). Pools continued through Royal Arch Creek. Did not do 'ledge of death' and took bypass. Looking at ledge route from the other side, it appears a boulder has fallen just past the ledge. Not sure if it is obstructing the route or not. Some pools nearing the Royal Arch required bypasses or swimming. Campsites at arch high on East and West walls. Rappel was a mess of anchors and ropes left behind. Removed old webbing and 1 rope before building new anchor. Pools too salty at 36.20404, -112.42526. Campsites high against wall before dropping into Garnett Canyon. Large pools in Garnett. Tonto mostly dry, a few small pools along the way (did not test for salinity). Overall loop and South Bass were thick with brush. Wash outs along Tonto and South Bass. Would recommend wagbags for camping in Royal Arch Drainage and light weight gloves for protection from rocks while rock hopping for hours. The drive is still closed.
0 mi • 0 ft aeg
We got a permit for the North Bass Trail. I have been wanting to hike this for years. I finally talked my hiking partner Scott into going. We originally had planned on fours days in the canyon but a snow storm was heading our way and I had a tire issue. We made it down to Shinumo creek on day one. The posts prior to mine are very accurate on the trail description. I recommend taking the Tonto Plateau down and the narrows up. We originally were going to spent day 2 exploring and hike out days 3 and 4. After readjusting our plans several times we decided to head back and camp above the Redwall traverse. We got there and decided to hike out and camp at the car. Towards the top it got really windy and cold. A storm was on its way. The hike out kicked our butts but I was impressed we hiked all the way out in a day. We were able to drive out before the storm hit and I got my tire changed in St George. A great trip even though it was cut short. Next time I want to explore down to the river.
1.2 mi • 150 ft aeg
Popped by Pipe Springs National monument on the way to our main destination. We hiked the ridge trail, which was short/easy and didn’t have great views..nice to stretch the legs though. Next we toured the Windsor Castle and saw the spring. We checked out some cabin ruins and even learned that they had a 38 year old cow there! Also stopped by the museum on the way out.

I enjoyed the history and think it’s worth a quick stop on your way to another destination.
43.69 mi • 10,811 ft aeg
Boucher Hermit
9L put together a plan and secured the necessary permits and whatnot a few months ago. Something came up at the last minute and he had to bail, but as good friends must, we happily carried on without him! In fact, I've adopted Ryan as my new 9L-replacement figure. He even drives! :)

We set out from the valley Thursday morning for the drive to the canyon and set foot on trail before noon. Ryan hadn't been to Dripping Springs before so I made sure we took that short side-trip. A ranger was day-hiking the route and I was happy to have our permit checked along the way.

Once on Boucher we encountered nobody else until settling in at camp. Along the way, we took the side trip to Whites Butte. It was the 4th Grand Canyon Summit I'd done that FOTG hadn't :o , and my 8th overall. This one is 100% worth the price of admission, assuming you're already walking by it for some other reason.

There was a lone hiker at Boucher when we arrived and we set up camp and got chores done before darkness set in. It was COLD! There's something about the temperature extremes at the beginning of a new season, and combined with the lack of cold-cutting warmth of a fire, it was sleeping bag time by 7pm. My thermometer showed the low to have dropped to 38 ... exactly as forecast. But it felt like 18 when sitting out under the stars.

Friday we headed five miles across the Tonto to Slate Creek where we had intended to explore downstream to Crystal Rapid. Just before reaching the drainage we encountered our only other hiker on the day — it was Dave1 :sweat: — who informed us that he had not found any water there. The Colorado was muddy and I was counting on something in Slate and didn't fully load up before leaving Boucher, so with no extra water we wouldn't be able to make the full 15 mile day plan.

Nonetheless, we continued on and found the route down into Slate and were relieved to find numerous, large, clear, and cold pools in the bedrock narrows. After a few minutes of filtering and topping off, we set off downstream. A few minutes later Ryan let out a blood-curdling scream (possible exaggeration) as he sipped from his bladder and learned that our life-saving water would plummet to the bottom of the Great Salt Lake. I subsequently dipped my tongue in a few other pools to find the same result. As neither of us now had any drinkable water, we turned around and headed back to Boucher, appreciative of the cool weather and light breeze.

All rehydrated there, we took a leisurely trip down to Boucher Rapid before heading back up to camp as daylight waned. It was somewhat warmer, but we still sat in sleeping bags in camp. The low showed 42.

Saturday we made the short trip across the Tonto over to Hermit Creek. We arrived before anyone else and secured the penthouse spot in the overhung cliff band. Despite my plans for OnlyFans stardom in the open air toilet there, I was surprised to find a pfancy new solar facility! A two-holer with all the amenities one could ever imagine to find at such a remote camp including doors and a roof! I wonder if other high-use canyon campsites have upgraded facilities too? If nothing else, the legacy of the last administration should include this pristine poo'er thanks to the GAOA!

Afternoon took us down Hermit to the river ... truly one of the little gem hikes the canyon has to offer. My OnlyFans must not be the only talent I have because I was successful like no other trip before when mooching a beer from the rafters scoping the rapid. And with that, Ryan and I carried 8 of the best canned macro-swill one could hope for back to camp to share with five ladies who had arrived while we were gone. Of course they were asleep before it got dark, so we shared with the grungy hippie from Flagstaff instead. ](*,) It was noticeably warmer, both in the evening and overnight, dropping only to 46.

The five ladies quietly departed for the rim at 3:45am (hoping to beat the heat!?) while Ryan and I waited until a little bit after 9 :lol: . We placed a friendly wager on if we would pass them on the way out, but despite making it back up before 1pm, we could not make up the 5-hour head-start they had on us.

Ice cream cookie sandwiches are a requirement for any hike that ends at Hermit's Rest, and we cursed 9L's name the whole way home, wondering what kind of person makes a permit plan that ends on a Sunday necessitating a post-trip drive on I-17? In the end, I didn't care, because I wasn't driving! What a game changer! :lol:

Deets
Thursday to Boucher: 11.28mi, 1684aeg, 5:42
Friday to Slate: 10.85mi, 2034aeg, 4:40
Friday River: 4.28mi, 579aeg, 2:22
Saturday to Hermit: 5.43mi, 1029aeg, 2:16
Saturday to River: 4.74mi, 799aeg, 3:38
Sunday to Rim: 7.96mi, 4569aeg, 3:51
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