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19 triplogs
Aug 03 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking4.94 Miles 1,359 AEG
Hiking4.94 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.12 mph
1,359 ft AEG
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Circumference plus summit. 90 degrees feels good at 6am. Suprised how many people don't carry water.
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Jul 18 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Weatherford Trail #102Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking17.40 Miles 4,609 AEG
Hiking17.40 Miles   7 Hrs      2.49 mph
4,609 ft AEG
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Had not hiked for about 2 months and really felt it on this one. Very glad weather chased us off the Humphrey saddle as my legs were spent. Great views on this trail, I'll be back to do some loops i.e. Weatherford/Humphrey/Kachina. The long gentle grade is a bit monotonous but the views really make up for it.
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Jun 01 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking19.20 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking19.20 Miles
4,300 ft AEG
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The trail directions are spot on, we didn't read them carefully enough. One note to future hikers: Facing South at what is marked Aspen Saddle below Chiricahua Peak, the Crest Trail splits into two. One route goes East of the peak and the other West (the route you should be taking back past Mormon Ridge trail). We took the Eastern route and missed a clearly marked spur trail to Monte Vista, which looks to be +/- 1 mile from the Aspen Saddle. This is what we missed in the directions after Chiricahua Peak: "Head back down the way you came, and go back along the Chiricahua Crest trail back to your intersection with the Mormon Ridge. Now continue south on the Crest Trail....."

The Chiricahuas are fantastic and I fully agree that it's one of the best for warm weather hiking. Stay off the Eastern Side of the range as many of the trails are being used by drug smugglers and coyotes with "High Value Non-Mexican Aliens" heading up to Portal. Our misadventure took us down Price canyon which AHOTE already described. I can't believe RedRoxx44 was backpacking alone down this trail.

Many thanks to Jim Fusco (sp?) and the entire Cochise County Search & Rescue team. I'm glad we didn't take them away from helping someone in real danger. Many thanks also to the folks at Price Canyon Ranch. They could not have been more hospitable. What a beautiful place.

If you are going to go down the wrong side of a mountain along a drug and alien smuggling route, you may as well stumble into a high end Dude Ranch that serves you drinks while you wait for Search and Rescue to give you a lift. Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat!! :o
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May 24 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking11.10 Miles 3,223 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.96 mph
3,223 ft AEG
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Started from Horseshoe trail at the Health Club. Wow, this has to be one of the best trails in Metro Phoenix. Great views, no crowds, distance and elevation gain. Where else can you get 3000 ft. + AEG besides the Supes in the Metro area? Caught a nice cool cloudy day, won't see that again for a while. Only ran into a few mountain bikers, a few seemed peeved about having to brake. The switchbacks after the spring were surprisingly steep. What a great climb to the top.

Going by the signed mileage I get 11.1 miles RT for this hike. .7 on Horseshoe, .75 from Horseshoe/Gateway junction to Gateway loop/start of Windgate, 1.1 miles to Tom's Thumb turn off, 3 miles to Tomb's Thumb.
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May 16 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking25.30 Miles 7,500 AEG
Hiking25.30 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   2.20 mph
7,500 ft AEG
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Let's just say that mid May and above normal temps do not provide the ideal conditions for crossing the Tonto. We were in the sun from Cathedral Stairs until Indian Garden. Our group of 3 stopped in each canyon to catch a bit of shade and refuel. Thankfully there was just enough of a breeze to counter some of the heat. When there was no breeze you could feel the heat radiating from the ground. I carried 8 liters of water and glad I did as one in our group carried only 4 w/o electrolyte solution. He was dehydrated and showing some signs of heat stress by the time we reached Horn Creek. The extra water was worth every mile of effort required to carry it.

Hermit's was crowded to Santa Maria Spring. Group of 50 or so hikers raising money for Lymphoma research and lot's of backpackers heading up from Hermit Camp. I could have done w/o the constant helicopter noise coming down Hermit's.

Incredible views of the canyon and inner gorge on this hike. Next time during cooler weather I'll have to go down to the river. In the heat of the day looking at the inner gorge it's not hard to imagine this is what hell may look like if a river ran through it.

Although I asked myself many times during the hike why I was doing this, now that I'm rested I'm already thinking about my next canyon hike.
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May 12 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking4.89 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking4.89 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.40 mph
2,360 ft AEG
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Getting hotter. Did a double, started early. Saw an older lady who easily did 3 trips up.
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May 09 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking12.89 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking12.89 Miles   5 Hrs      2.58 mph
2,300 ft AEG
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Great to get out of the heat(already). Bright blue skies and green forest. Not the hardest hike but still a good workout and well worth the drive.
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Apr 29 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking4.80 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.55 mph
2,360 ft AEG
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Not a bad day, breeze was nice. Another cardio maintenance hike, did a double. Met a 21 year old guy guy at the top who ran up in 17 mins. Those days are gone for me...
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Apr 19 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
North Wilson Mountain Trail #123Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking7.60 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.03 mph
2,200 ft AEG
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Always love this hike. Views are great, look North to Mt Humphrey, South to Sedona. I think it's one of the more scenic hikes in AZ. Much prefer the North trail as there is less traffic, shade and better views on the way up.
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Apr 17 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   1.85 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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What a great day, weather was perfect, almost too cool at the top. Trying to enjoy this great weather while it lasts. Only saw about 6 hikers today, not that many for a bluebird day. Missed the Brittle Bush blooming by about 2 weeks.
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Apr 14 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking4.80 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.13 mph
2,360 ft AEG
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Did a double today. Legs were like lead both trips up.
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Apr 05 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Canyon Lake TH to Peralta TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking14.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   2.07 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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Started at Peralta. This is a great hike for viewing the heart of the Superstitions. Great views of the Ridgeline, Weaver's Needle, Battleship Mtn. I could do without the section from Dutchman to 2nd water. The rock hopping and creek bed crossing is a little tedious. All in all a great hike. Our key swap group saw bighorns on the way out. Very lucky, nice pics Kevin. What is the AEG for Peralta to Canyon Lake?
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Jan 17 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,967 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   4 Hrs      2.78 mph
1,967 ft AEG
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Did the loop starting from Horshoe trail to Wingate & Bell passes back down and across Gateway saddle to starting point. This has to be one of the best local hikes in the valley. The desert is actually thriving with healthy saguaro, cholla, octotillo, etc. Much different than the scragly vegetation present in so many Phoenix urban hikes. Reminds me of the lower portions of the Catalina foothills in Tucson. Views are great from both sides of the mountain.

For a longer version of a Camleback or Piestewa type workout, start at Horshoe and hike to Windgate pass and back for a 7.8 mile hike, 1360 EG. Or, start at the levee trail and go up to Bell Pass and back for a 6.4 mile trip, 1522 EG. Thanks again to Crzy4AZ for the detailed stats and map of this area.
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Jan 14 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking12.00 Miles 1,967 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   3 Hrs      4.00 mph
1,967 ft AEG
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Crzy4AZ, just a few corrections on your excellent map. Point dd (104th St lot) is the Quartz trail, which then intersects with the Paradise trail. Paradise intersects with the Levee trail at point bb and then with the Gateway loop at point K. Point L does not exist. It is 2.5 miles from the 104th st lot to the intersection with the Gateway loop (Point K). After hiking from dd to Windgate Pass and back yesterday, I double checked your map against the interactve map on the Mcdowell Conservancy page to verify. So it looks to me as if line dd to point L should be deleted.

I have not hiked in this area for about 6 years or so. I forgot how beautiful it was. Started late (from 104th st lot) so I hiked up to Windgate Pass and back. If you are going to do the loop hike I would start at Point A or at the start of the Levee trail. Bit of a waste of time starting from the 104th st lot (Quartz trail). Next time I'll do the loop. If you are burned out on Piestawa and Camelback I highly recommend this area. The Desert is beautiful and the views are excellent. Trail is in great shape, some good steep picthes and you can trail run quite a bit.
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Jan 08 2009
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2009
dan.anderson
Hiking4.94 Miles 1,359 AEG
Hiking4.94 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   4.78 mph
1,359 ft AEG
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Not sure why more people don't hike this trail. AHOTE should mix this in instead of the summit trail all the time. When you add the summit to the loop it's great training prep for longer trips or just to avoid being inside the gym. I will be swapping this trail out as a training tool for the Wingate Bell Pass loop in the McDowells. That trail has less ankle folding rocks, AEG is about 1900, scenery is awesome and for me location is just as convenient.
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Dec 13 2008
dan.anderson
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52 male
 Joined Jan 19 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2008
dan.anderson
Hiking11.50 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.73 mph
4,480 ft AEG
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Keep forgeting to post these hikes. Still have not decided which direction I like best. Once you've gained the ridgeline from Siphon Draw almost seems downhill. I guess it comes down to which is easier on my ageing knees. Just have to keep doing it I guess!
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Dec 06 2008
dan.anderson
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52 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Mazatzal Peak LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2008
dan.anderson
Hiking15.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   9 Hrs      1.67 mph
2,400 ft AEG
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Dayhiked Maz Peak loop coming up Barnhardt and down Y-Bar. Y-bar was very difficult to follow between the Maz Divide trail junction at Windsor Saddle and Cactus Saddle. The trail dissappears regularly and cairns were hard to spot. Past Cactus Saddle the trail is non-existent in places for about 2 miles as you follow flagging over dead trees and steep declines. Make sure to wear pants on Y-bar and the Divide trail to the Barnhardt junction. I could navigate more easily next time but the poor trail conditions don't warrant a return trip. If you are going to do this loop I would go up Y-bar and down Barnhardt. 15.2 miles per GPS, with 2-3 tenths of wandering looking for the trail!
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Oct 04 2008
dan.anderson
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52 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2008
dan.anderson
Hiking24.00 Miles 10,280 AEG
Hiking24.00 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.82 mph
10,280 ft AEG
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South to North. Perfect weather, little bit of rain and clouds made for nice cool temps through the box. Light traffic on trail. Passing rain clouds made for some great pic's coming into Cottonwood, but my shutter was stuck half closed. Rain jacket was like a sauna, next time buying the $1 plastic poncho. I like going South to North best. Less crowded, alpine forest and there is nothing like have that post hike cold beer on the deck of the lodge. Have not convinced myself R-R-R is a good idea. We'll see.
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Aug 15 2008
dan.anderson
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52 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2008
dan.anderson
Hiking24.00 Miles 10,280 AEG
Hiking24.00 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   2.29 mph
10,280 ft AEG
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North to South. Raging thunderstorms at the N. Rim finally passed as we started this "Moonlight" rim to rim hike. Guess what, when the moon isn't out it's really dark in the canyon. Was still pretty cool coming down the N. Rim looking over the sides of the steep canyon walls partially lit by the moonlight. Cottonwood to Phantom was very dark, but it was still better to keep the headlamp off. Ran into 3 totally exhausted and severely blistered guys at Phantom regretting their decision to do R-R-R. Finally got some full moonlight taking a break at Indian Gardens. Didn't see a sole there, which was a bit surreal since it's always so crowded. Got one decent sunrise shot! Think I'll stick to day time hiking, miss the scenery.
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