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Jan 01 2015
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Weaver's Needle CrosscutPhoenix, AZ
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Walking in a Winter Wonderland! Western Supes in snow – can it get any better - sharing the experience with a great group of friends. What an incredible start to the New Year. :)
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Dec 11 2014
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Peralta Trail #102Phoenix, AZ
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I haven’t posted in a while, but wanted to share this as I know there are a lot of Supes and wildlife lovers on this site.

So… it’s 4:15 PM and I am taking my last break on the Peralta trail before heading to the TH before it gets dark. I am eating my Kind bar and taking in the soft lighting on the Needle when I hear some rustling on the rocks up the canyon directly behind me. The trail doesn’t go that way, but perhaps it is a hiker returning to the trail from an off-trail excursion. Hearing it again I look up and catch a glance of a dark color moving through the vegetation, but couldn’t identify it as a hiker or animal. As it continues to get closer it’s getting late so I decide to pack up, get out my camera, and see what shows up – hiker or animal. When it’s about 30 yards out or so I can hear that it’s multiple animals. They are vocalizing, but not a sound I am familiar with. ??? I am standing with the camera at the ready when the first visual appears – two periscoping tails (could only see the tails) rising above the brush! Coatis!!! For the next 10 minutes they (perhaps a dozen of them) would pass through 10 yards to my left as I take several pics. What an amazing wildlife encounter with a band of coatimundis that for the most part had no idea I was there! I love the Supes!!!! : )
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Dec 28 2013
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Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
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In Memoriam of Fallen Superstition Saguaros: Over the past decade-plus of hiking in the Superstition Wilderness I have had the pleasure of repeat visits to several giant saguaros that have brought great joy to my heart.

Battleship Mountain may be my favorite hike in the Supes. Two hikes back, we discovered the big saguaro on the approach (Boulder trail) had fallen. Then recently saw the pics of the Big 50+ on the Dutchman’s dying (went to say goodbye a few weeks ago) – get out there to see it before it falls, already lost several arms. This past Saturday I decided to do my to Aylor’s Arch Loop and visit probably my favorite “big guy” on the way back, it is above Dead Woman’s Cave on Black Mesa (you can see it from the Dutchman’s trail). It’s been a few years and I felt I needed a big saguaro experience after the sadness of Big 50+. We’ll, it too has fallen! We still have the one out at Reed’s Water on Coffee flat trail, although it is choked in vegetation and a different experience – also looking very tired. ??? Sad to see these massive saguaros falling – they have brought great joy to many over the years.

So… of these four friends, two have fallen, one is deteriorating quickly, and the other is likely on its “downside.” Has me contemplating my own mortality as a hiker and as a man, as no-body hikes forever or gets out of here alive. Thankfully I am not this body (although I believe I am)! I am grateful to these gentle giants for sharing this journey with me, as well as the many hiking friends over the years who shared in the experience - it’s certainly been my pleasure. I’ll look for the reflections of those fallen in the many saguaros still standing to bring beauty to the eye of the Superstition hiker! : )

Thanks for indulging me in my expression of gratitude as I pay tribute to the mighty saguaro. Hope you enjoy the photos. Photo captions tell dates and more of the story.

Peace,
Darrell
Flora
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May 25 2013
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Salt Trail Canyon to LCR GorgeNortheast, AZ
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Back for another Memorial Weekend. Mainly to make it to Blue Springs and back - had to abort last time (see 5/22/09 triplog). Day 1: From Salt Trail TH - down and over to Big Canyon (canyoneering) to LCRG. Day 2: hike to Blue Springs and tube back. Day 3: out Salt Trail (canyoneering through ST Canyon on way out). Beautiful weekend! : )
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Apr 13 2013
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Hot / Jacks LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2013
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Triplog/ photoset from original hike discription, with optional side trip to Munds Mountain scenic overlook.
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Jan 27 2011
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Fish Creek PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2011
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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From the parking spot we went up the slope, through the saddle, and down into the canyon. Then, we headed downstream through the canyon with some bushwhacking, a lot of rock-hopping, and many down-climbs. For us, one down-climb required a little webbing assist for a handhold, and skirted one rappel on canyon left. Once at bottom of canyon walked road back to car. Other that than the road walk, this is all off-trail with a fair amount of down-climbing through large boulders. If you are not skilled at down-climbing or don't enjoy off-trail, this may not be the adventure you are looking for. Although not the technical adventure I was holding for, still a great day in a beautiful little canyon with a wonderful friend - what more could one ask for?! : )
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Nov 27 2010
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Tule to PeraltaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2010
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Hiking38.30 Miles 7,262 AEG
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Hiked from one end of the Supes Wilderness to the other on a "dayhike" with a few guys from HAZ. Did the 38.3 mile/ 7,262' AEC hike in just over 17 hours. We started in the dark at 12:10 am and finished at 5:20 pm. Thanks to Joe for organizing, Wally for driving, Jon for trail conversation and Slawa for dropping me off and picking me up. Great hike! : )
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Oct 28 2010
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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
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Went up for the fall color change, which is a little later than normal this year. One of my favorite places in the state - always magical! : )
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Oct 27 2010
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Oct 27 2010
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Hiking1.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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22:02 up (cut 40 secs)
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Oct 24 2010
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Brushy Hollow, AZ 
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Canyoneering4.50 Miles 1,100 AEG
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Off-Trail - Canyoneering: Did an exploratory canyoneering trip through Brushy Hollow Canyon across from Jakes Corner and into the backcountry. Roads are 4x4, stock high-clearance and some paint striping - but not too bad overall. The canyon itself was fairly nice with little to no brush - with a name like Brushy Hollow I was a little concerned ; ) Only one rappel though of about 70', but several nice downclimbs through water-sculpted bedrock. Took the Mail Trail back to the top of canyon (this seems to be a horse trail now and was nice to have in place) and then cut across back to Dead Boy Point (see pic #1) and the car. Pizza at Big Daddy's in Tonto Basin - awesome pizza! Great day! : ) A one-and-done for me though, but can check it off my exploratory map list. Thanks to ssk44 (Eric) for beta on the road access and conditions! : )
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Oct 20 2010
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"... if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau

The weather is finally cooling off here in Phx. A local hiking goal that I desire to and will reach is making the summit of Squaw Peak in less than 20 minutes sometime this season. I am in pretty good shape right now, but will have taken it up a notch when I accomplish this. I give thanks, and so it is! : )

The journey begins: today I made it up in 22:42
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Oct 09 2010
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Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking avatar Oct 09 2010
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Hiking22.00 Miles 4,300 AEG
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After having completed R2R2R a couple weeks ago I thought I would take advantage of being in great shape and do the Hermit-Tonto-Boucher loop (with a jaunt down to Boucher Creek for water). What a great loop and the perfect size for a big daylight hours hike.
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Sep 25 2010
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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking44.50 Miles 10,280 AEG
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Having done many variations of R2R over the years, never thought I wanted to do a R2R2R straight through... until this year. So, started training over a few months and dropped about 25 pounds. The first 17 hours were awesome - the last 3 brutal (my body was seriously wanting sleep). I am thinking this is a one-and-done for me, but you never know! ; )
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Sep 18 2010
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Blue Springs - LCR GorgeNortheast, AZ
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Hiking2.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
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Yesterday we scrambled down the high wall of the Little Colorado River Gorge to Blue Spings at the river. This is a remote region on the Navajo reservation just outside Grand Canyon National Park. There isn't a trail just a cairned route and requires a lot of scrambling, some with exposure - not for the casual hiker. The area above Blue is still flowing from the monsoon so the water is currently muddy. The road in is long and requires HC 4x4 - I hit bottom many times. Quite the adventure! Heading back in 2 weeks for a through trip on the river so hold for no more rain so the upper flow stops and the blue water re-emerges. : )
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Sep 16 2010
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Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking23.60 Miles 5,803 AEG
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Pinal Mountains 4X Super-Hike (The whole enchilada)! : )

This is a nice "big" hike encompassing all 4 of the main trails (Six-shooter, Icehouse, Telephone, and Kellner) on the NE slopes of Pinal Mountains. Combined 23.6 Miles/ 5,803' AEC - today's total trail time 8:56.

This was my last "big" training hike for the upcoming RX3 hike and I wanted to simulate that as close as I could so I started at the top of the mtn making the hike down, up, down, and finishing up (like RX3). Nice drive up the mtn, enjoying the distant views with the cool mtn air rolling through the open windows and sunroof as I listen to the latest Daughtry CD - life is good! I choose the Six-Shooter (SS) TH as my starting point/car park. The temp is a nice 68 degrees at nearly 10:30 am (got a late start but hope to complete before dark).

Official start 10:22 am and I am heading down SS trail. It's in good condition and several creek crossings that help cool my body - I utilize on my first refuel break (1.5 hour intervals as I will do on RX3 -hydration and fuel/energy are even more critical on extreme hikes). I reach the CCC TH at 12:16 and it's much warmer of course in the lower elevations. First of four legs complete I now head up Icehouse for the hottest leg (2) on the open lower slopes and reach the top at 2:10 and back to car by 2:21 to refill the 100 oz camelback bladder. The GPS shows the first loop was 10.9 Miles and 3,066' AEC.

I head back down at 2:33 on SS to reach Telephone for leg 3 back down the mountain. Looking back, I found this trail to be my favorite and also found myself singing the old ELO song Telephone Line ("Hello... How are you?") as I took-in all this trail had to offer me - good stuff ; ). Side note: I ordered ELO's Greatest Hits so I can listen to some hiking, psyching rock on the drive up next time! : ) Anyway, I reached the bottom of Telephone and the start of leg 4, Kellner at 4:30 - (first a small section of Icehouse to reach Kellner). About halfway up Kellner I hear something scurrying through the forest and see a couple black bears, a sow and her yearling cub - very cool! : ).

I barely got out before dark, reaching the top of Kellner at 6:39 and back at the car by 7:18. The second loop was 12.7 Miles and 2,749' AEC. The heat took a little out of me and making the last leg uphill did as well - but overall felt pretty good. Great trail system and excellent for EC training. RX3 here I come! : )

In gratitude and give thanks to those who created this trail system, to Joe for the site and making this info easily available, to Fritzski for the write-ups and bringing these hikes to our attention, and to all who contributed excellent Triplogs to share their experience with us. Thanks everyone! : )
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Sep 11 2010
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Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2010
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Hiking31.00 Miles 8,216 AEG
Hiking31.00 Miles   9 Hrs   57 Mns   3.12 mph
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Did a double as a training hike for RX3 in two weeks. Felt good, best training hike so far for me - just under 10 hours total (including breaks). One more big training this Thurs on the Peaks (supposed to open the trails closed from fire), before the BIG ONE! : )
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Oct 24 2009
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Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.45 Miles 5,001 AEG
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I have been wanting to scramble to all four summits of Four Peaks in a day for several years, yesterday it was accomplished. We completed the 9.5 mile/ 5,000’ accumulated elevation change scramble in about 10 Hours, arriving back at the TH in time to enjoy an ice-cold, celebratory Four Peaks Kilt Lifter brew before heading down the mountain back to the valley. My thanks to Bill, Gary and Steve for sharing in this very challenging adventure with me. And thanks those who have gone before me - your trip logs were very helpful, and to those who offered advice on my recent Forum post. Love HikeArizona.COM! : )

GPS: 9.45 miles/ 5,001' AEC
Time: 10hrs 11min (8:25 hike/scramble, 1:46 rest)

5:30 Fountain Hills McDs
7:00 TH/Start
7:43 Brown's Saddle
8:18 Mine Gate
9:16 Peak 4 (left 9:35)
9:55 Saddle 3-4
10:53 Peak 3 (left 11:13)
12:08 Saddle 2-3 (left 12:23)
1:45 Peak 2 (left 2:14)
3:30 Peak 1 (left 3:53)
4:26 Brown's Saddle
5:11 TH (Kilt Lifter time! : )
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Sep 19 2009
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Sundance CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Gathered some canyoneering friends for a "Daily Double" up on the Rim. This was the first canyon of the day, later going through Bear (Cassidy) Canyon. What a great day of canyoneering with friends. I am grateful! : )

Canyoneering is becoming much more popular and many canyons, such as these two, were never in a book or on a big site such as this one. In years past I have never seen another group in either of these canyons - today we heard or saw four different groups. I have also noticed a recent increase in canyoneering incidents/accidents and have heard some unbelievable storys from experienced canyoneerers who have recently come across ill-prepared "canyoneerers" who were an accident just waiting to happen. Enjoy the canyons and have fun, but I would caution you to get some proper training - please be safe - canyoneering is a lot more than just rappelling on a hike.
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Sep 19 2009
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Bear Canyon - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
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Gathered some canyoneering friends for a "Daily Double" up on the Rim. This was the second canyon of the day, earlier going through Sundance Canyon. What a great day of canyoneering with friends. I am grateful! : )

Canyoneering is becoming much more popular and many canyons, such as these two, were never in a book or on a big site such as this one. In years past I have never seen another group in either of these canyons - today we heard or saw four different groups. I have also noticed a recent increase in canyoneering incidents/accidents and have heard some unbelievable storys from experienced canyoneerers who have recently come across ill-prepared "canyoneerers" who were an accident just waiting to happen. Enjoy the canyons and have fun, but I would caution you to get some proper training - please be safe - canyoneering is a lot more than just rappelling on a hike.
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Aug 22 2009
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Pacheta FallsAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 850 AEG
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After having found this place several years ago from a pic in AZ Highways (prior to directions being posted on the Web), I have wanted to return and hike through the canyon to the Black River and up a fisherman's route. I did what I set out to do, but the main falls is by far the most spectacular feature in the canyon and is extremely easy to reach after the long drive - about 6 hours from Phx. Hiking down canyon is very choked with vegetation until passing the tributary with the first side drainage on the left. I would recommend an out-and-back down to the second falls, which is only a couple hundred yards (very slow going) downstream once in the canyon. Thanks to Slawa, Kathleen and Gary for joining me in experiencing this amazing place! : )
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