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Nov 01 2010
gpsjoe
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 Mesa, AZ
Davey Gowan LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2010
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Hiking5.30 Miles 1,600 AEG
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In October, 2003 (before the Willow Creek fire) I hiked a 17 mile loop from the Deer Creek trailhead off highway 87 and recorded a GPS track for that hike. Good thing because we needed it to follow the mysterious Davey Gowan trail which has received no maintenance in recent history and the trail signs have been taken down as well. The trail is overgrown, eroded and difficult to follow. Some drainage crossings are challenging because parts of the trail have been washed away.

Fortunately, Hank (Grasshopper) wanted to tag the trail with pink ribbon tape and he did that very well. So now hikers should be able follow the trail by hiking from ribbon to ribbon knowing that they are off trail if they don't see the next ribbon after 100 feet or so.

The Davey Gowan trail is for advanced hikers with masochistic tendencies. You will bushwhack and maybe draw a little blood. You also might fall a few times hopefully not off the mountain. If that sort of hike interests you then go for it.
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Oct 28 2010
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McFadden Horse TrailGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2010
gpsjoe
Hiking11.30 Miles 2,630 AEG
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Went in 6 uranium mines while hiking the McFadden Horse trail to some very scenic overlooks. Pictures are posted for one of the 6. The others are similar. Finished with a drive to the Lucky Strike trailhead which is also a scenic overlook. Dinner in Globe after the hike. Another great day on the trails.
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Oct 24 2010
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Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2010
gpsjoe
Hiking12.40 Miles 3,760 AEG
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Perfect weather day - sunny but cool. Starting about 8:00 AM we went from the CCC trailhead up the Telephone trail which had been totally cleared and is in great shape. Telephone gets morning shade as the sun rises from the east. We picked up the Icehouse Canyon trail at the intersection and took it to the road which we followed to Signal Peak. Nice to meet HAZ hikers WallyFrack and Tortoise Hiker on the road to Signal - HAZ rocks.

We took the Sixshooter trail back to the trialhead. There is some great fall color on the upper part of Sixshooter and I posted some pictures of that. This is not yet peak fall color on Sixshooter. I expect it will peak sometime between one and two weeks from now so this is a good time to plan a hike there.
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Oct 22 2010
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Willow Creek to Saguaro LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 22 2010
gpsjoe
Canyoneering7.60 Miles 950 AEG
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Hiked this as a loop going down Willow Creek to the Salt River just past Canyon Lake and the Mormon Dam and then hiked the road to Mormon Dam to route 88 (Apache Trail) and hiked it back to our car.

After the hike we drove to the restaurant at Canyon Lake and had their all-you-can-eat fish fry which they still serve every Friday - deeeeeeeeeeeeelicious.
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Oct 09 2010
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Bearpaw Rock & Pete Mountain LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2010
gpsjoe
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,052 AEG
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Frick and Jeff really Naleyed this one. Without the excellent hike description I would have no idea this route even existed. It uses official and non-official trails as well as an overgrown use trail to Bear Paw Rock and Pete's Mountain. And calling that part a "use" trail is a bit of a stretch.

I did the hike as it was described and enjoyed it very much. Along the way there are two mines plus plenty of great views of Madera Canyon, Mount Hopkins and the uppermost structure of the Whipple Telescope installation as well as the southern view down rattlesnake canyon and to Nogales and into Mexico. There is also a sign in register on top of Pete's Mountain.

All trails are very good or excellent except for the 1.8 mile roundtrip to Pete's Mountain starting from Aqua Caliente Saddle. This use trail was difficult for me. There is a use trail most of the way but it is overgrown and some bushwhacking is required. It will challenge your trial finding and keeping abilities but experienced hikers should be able to do it.

Returning from Pete's about 1.3 miles past the intersection of the Vault & Aqua Caliente Trails there is an unsigned & unofficial trail that is visible if you are alert (I was looking for it and found it easily enough). This trail goes down to the Carrie Nation mine site. A GPS track has been submitted and if preloaded on your GPS will show that intersection clearly. It should also be uselful for the round trip to Pete's from Aqua Caliente saddle.

Added Oct 11, 2010
Sometimes you learn stuff after a hike. Seeing the telescope on top of Mount Hopkins prompted me to do some internet searches and here is what I found. The FLWO complex has a visitor center and Forest Service picnic area which can be visited by anyone. Visitor center info is at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/facilities/f ... enter.html.

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) - the complex on Mount Hopkins.

6.5-meter Multi-Mirror Telescope (MMT) - the visible structure on top of Mount Hopkins.

Overview with links http://www.sao.arizona.edu/FLWO/whipple.html

Directions from Tucson (paved road all the way):
Drive south on Interstate 19 to exit 56 (Canoa). At the bottom of the exit ramp, take second right at roundabout and continue around until you can drive under the freeway to the frontage road on the east side. Turn right and drive south three miles to Elephant Head Road. Turn left and drive east, crossing the Santa Cruz River on Elephant Head Bridge. One mile east of the river, turn right on Mount Hopkins Road. Drive southeast about seven miles to the Observatory Office (end of pavement).
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Oct 02 2010
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Upper Buck Spring Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2010
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Hiking6.50 Miles 470 AEG
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My second jaunt in this easy going most beautiful area with some great hiking companions.
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Oct 01 2010
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Barbershop Cyn & Dane Cyn - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Canyoneering11.00 Miles 1,783 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles
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It is always a good day on the Mogollon Rim. This was a walk through Barbershop and Dane canyons with a small part on the official Barbershop trail. It is combination of off trail, use trail and animal trails, but relatively easy for this type of hike. The canyons still have some water and more is on the way as the winter season sets in.
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Sep 24 2010
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Clayton Peak Loop, UT 
Clayton Peak Loop, UT
 
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2010
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Hiking5.60 Miles 2,500 AEG
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My last hiking day in Utah on this trip and I wanted something easy. I found the Clayton Peak hike in one of my Utah books. It goes south from Guardsman Pass to Clayton Peak in 1.1 miles and a little over 1,000 feet elevation gain. Too easy so I decided to go further. Not the best idea since there was no trail. I created a loop but the off trail was difficult and I had to deal with a high grade down climb and lots of hiking over boulder fields below. But I made a 5.6 mile loop that I would not do again. No special reason to go past Clayton Peak except to get in trouble.
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Sep 23 2010
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Mount TimpanogosMountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2010
gpsjoe
Hiking15.90 Miles 5,430 AEG
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Mount Timpanogos is said to be the most popular hiking trail system in the entire Salt Lake region. It is usually hiked from one of two trails: Aspen Grove or Timpooneke. Of course you could set up a shuttle if you wanted to do both. I did want to do both but had no shuttle arranged. So I did it anyway betting that I could hitch a ride back after the hike and fortunately I did quickly find a kind young Salt Lake man who gave me a ride.

I chose to start from on the Aspen Grove trail, hike to the summit and return on Timpooneke trail. I started from the Aspen Grove trailhead which is about 500 feet lower than Timpooneke. After struggling for a few minutes to get out of the starting gate at the trailhead (it is poorly signed), I got on the correct trail and navigation after the beginning is not a problem. You start with an early morning steep climb of 3,100 feet before reach the saddle visible from the trailhead. There the trail levels a bit but continues to climb another 500 feet or so before becoming steep once again for the final 1,200 feet to the summit at 11,749 feet.

Along the way you pass waterfalls, two lakes one of which is Emerald Lake at the base of a glacier. There is a shelter near there as well. There is also a shelter on the summit and the first sight of that comes before Emerald Lake when you are about 1,700 feet below it and looking at a vertical wall. The hike continues west past the vertical wall to approach from the other side where it is possible to hike up at sensible hiking grades.

Before reaching the summit you hike to a saddle and a ridgeline with amazing views of the entire Salt Lake and Salt Lake and nearby cities. A small amount of stand up rock climbing is involved in the final climb but the trail is very well designed and not too hard for most able hikers. After reaching the summit there are spectacular 360 degree views.

The climb back down and return trip on the Timpooneke trail also produces some great views but not quite as many when compared to coming up the Aspen Grove trail. When given a choice I always select to hike steep grades up and less steep grades down. Coming down steep grades is not my cup of tea. Such is the choice here. Aspen Grove is steep and Timpooneke is not. You can do some of your fastest hiking coming down Timpooneke and that would not be possible on Aspen Grove.

I have submitted 2 tracks for this hike. One is the hike I actually did and the other is the hike I would do when I do it again (and I will). The revision is a trail just past Emerald Lake that cuts 1.8 miles off the hike I did. That 1.8 miles has no value added so nothing is lost by going the shorter route. Not sure how I missed that trail but I did not see it for sure. The 0.8 mile piece I inserted in the recommended track came from a lollipop hike (I think part of it is called the Glacier route) that is posted on the Backpacker Magazine website at http://bp2.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip ... pId=247932

This looks like a quality track to me and I just cut out part of it that I would want to use in my route next time. I hiked 15.9 miles and the recommended route is 14.1 miles. But to that I might add a trip to an historic B-25 wreck site which involves an extra mile or so roundtrip.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures. BTW, this is a 5 star hike.
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Sep 22 2010
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Lake Mary TrailSalt Lake, UT
Salt Lake, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2010
gpsjoe
Hiking3.30 Miles 950 AEG
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It was Wednesday, September 22, 2010 and the weather forecast was not good this day. There was a significant chance of rain and wind. My plan was to hike a 10 mile loop that would pass lakes Dog, Mary, Catherine, Twin Lakes and Silver Lake on a hike starting from the Lake Mary trailhead at the Brighton Ski resort. That plan was cut short after I reached Lake Mary and it started to rain. By the time I got half way back the rain turned into a significant hail storm so I'm glad I did turn back at that point. Ended the day with a 3.3 mile hike.

The good part about this day is the forecast for Thursday was spectacular with totally clear weather and cooler temps. And this was the day I planned on doing the feature hike of the week, the big Cahuna, Mount Timpanogos (or simply Timp as the locals would call it).
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Sep 21 2010
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Guardsman Pass & More, UT 
Guardsman Pass & More, UT
 
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2010
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Hiking4.10 Miles 2,500 AEG
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On Tuesday, September 21, 2010 I drove from Park City (where I was staying) to Guardsman Pass. The trailhead at the Pass accesses trails on both the North and South sides. This trailhead is very popular mainly with mountain bikers and is very active 7 days a week and even at night. I passed it at 7:00 PM one evening and saw a group of bikers just going in equipped with head lights.

On this day I did two small hikes on what I call the Guardsman hike and drive. The first hike was 1.8 miles on the trails going north from Guardsman Pass. There are some spectacular views from the top of the mountain there including some of a Ski Patrol shack, a chair lift that appears only there to get Ski Patrol to the top of the mountain when it is snowed in and a catwalk that goes from the shack to a viewpoint looking to the west side of the mountain. An interesting setup.

I then drove down Pine Canyon which overlooks the small town of Midway, Utah with some stops along the way including a 2.3 mile hike on a 4WD dirt road. Pine Canyon was full of fall reds on this day and that is what captured my interest. The 2.3 mile hike was intended to get up close and personal with the fall reds along the way. The pictures tell the rest of that story.
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Sep 20 2010
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Amethyst Lake TrailMountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2010
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Hiking13.80 Miles 2,537 AEG
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I meandered a bit to make this 13.2 mile hike into 13.8 miles. Another beautiful day. The Christmas Meadows trailhead is far away from civilization so I had it all to myself on a Monday in late September. Driving back 47 miles on route 150 is open range for cattle and there were many (one group was about 20 in size) just wandering on the highway. That was fun. Drove slowly through the groups without using my horn and they very nicely gave me a lane - sometimes on the left side of the road.
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Sep 19 2010
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Desolation Lake TrailSalt Lake, UT
Salt Lake, UT
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Hiking10.50 Miles 3,230 AEG
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This is a 10.5 mile true loop (no stem) going up the Mill D North Fork trail to Dog Lake and circling it then going on to Desolation lake also circling it the up the Spine (all of these are popular biking trail) the going down the mountain on the steep Bear Trap Fork trail to the highway and 1.6 miles back to the starting and ending point of the hike.

It was Sunday, the weather was perfect and I had some company on the trails including a fair number of bikers. But I must say that Northern Utah is spectacular in this late September time period. See the pictures and the track. They say everything.
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Sep 13 2010
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Falls Trail LollipopPoconos/Endless Mtns, PA
Poconos/Endless Mtns, PA
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2010
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
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I was born and raised in a city near Wilkes-Barre PA and wanted to attend my 50th high school reunion on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. But round trip from AZ made it questionable. So I added a 3 day stay with my sister on the New Jersey shore followed by the reunion and this hike.

I would not have known about it except it was written up as a reader's choice hike in Backpacker Magazine several months ago. Twenty-one waterfalls, that is mind blowing. So I had to do it. Sunday or Monday was the possibilities since my flight back from Philly was Tuesday. On Sunday it was totally cloudy with drizzling rain all day. I drove to the trailhead and there was total fog and about 20 cars there. Pictures would not be possible on this day. Amazingly the weekend warriors were still doing the hike in the drizzle. I postponed till Monday and had a great weather day and only a few other hikers. On Sunday I was able to drive up to Lake Jean and see the campsites, cabins and Park office where I picked up the free map and guide.

There are two more accesses to the Falls Trail from the top but my sense is the Route 118 trailhead from the bottom is the better way to go.

This is one beautiful hike. The trails are well marked and easy to follow. Nobody gets lost there. It is good to have the free map since there are several trail intersections along the way and the map will make the correct one quite clear.

Beware of rocks that are slippery when wet. First hand I learned that my Arizona based judgment does not apply there and I got a little wet at the first waterfall. I was aggressive about getting good position for photos and that can be hazardous to your health. Over the years Ricketts Glen has had its share of injuries and a few fatalities as well. Remember the wet rocks can be as slippery as a sheet of ice.

An outstanding hike.
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Sep 09 2010
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North Jersey CoastJersey Shore, NJ
Jersey Shore, NJ
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This is a walk in the morning on the boards in Point Pleasant, New Jersey at Jenkinsons Beach. It only looks like this after Labor Day. They still start schools there the day after Labor Day. I spent 3 days with my sister on this east coast trip.
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Aug 27 2010
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Lost Man LakeNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
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Our last hike on our two week trip was an easy walk to Lost Man Lake ending at a great viewpoint. This hike was from the Upper TH at 11,500. There is a lower TH about 4 miles down route 82 at about 10,600 feet and the hike can be done as a shuttle or loop if you are willing to hike the road. We went out and back about 3 miles each way to a viewpoint shortly past Lost Man Lake. The first three photos were taken on the drive to the TH through Independence Pass.

This is the end of a great 2 week trip with 1 week in Taos NM and a second week near Buena Vista CO. On the drive back home we drove through Ouray and had lunch in Silverton at Grumpy's, a great place. We continued on to Durango. Ouray to Durango is one super scenic drive. Highly recommended.
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Mount Elbert via Black Cloud TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2010
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Hiking11.00 Miles 5,300 AEG
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Mount Elbert is 14,433 feet above sea level making it the highest peak in Colorado and the second highest in the U. S. (Excluding Alaska). The highest peak in the U. S. is Mount Whitney in California - just 62 feet higher than Elbert.

Yet Elbert is far from the most difficult because of the Class 1 trails that go up. There are the North and South trailheads which are the most popular and then there is the Black Cloud TH which is known to be more difficult and challenging and gets very little traffic as a result.

I hiked from the North TH twice before, once with Sun_Hiker. She had Black Cloud on her wish list. She is a faster hike than me and we are thinking of nominating her to be the next Wonder Woman. I agreed to put Black Cloud on the list and put it on last because I thought this would be the toughest of all we did. And Black Cloud delivered. It was our toughest.

From the TH you just go straight up, no fooling around. You do 3,700 feet in the first 3.3 miles for an average grade of 22 percent but the final ascent is more like 40 percent. Very steep. Then you hike on a ridgeline the last 2.2 miles going up and down many peaks (including Little Elbert where there is an ammo box for sign in) so at the end of the day you do about 5,300 feet of elevation.

We were lucky. Often clouds role in sometime after noon and folks abort the hike at that point. We had great weather all day so time was not an issue on this one. After lots of fun on the summit we headed back. I am not sure which was harder, going up or coming down the steep grades. I ended up on my butt at least 3 times but that is the price you pay for such joy.

For Hank, this was his first ascent of Elbert and we took him up the hard way.

BUT WE DID IT - Sun_Hiker about 1.5 to 2 hours ahead of us. I told you she was Wonder Woman.
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Aug 25 2010
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Ptarmigan LakeSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Hiking6.60 Miles 1,472 AEG
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Ptarmigan Lake is an easy going hike with super great views throughout and we caught a perfect weather day as well. Did this one to rest between Shavano the day before and Elbert the day after.
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Aug 24 2010
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Mount ShavanoSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Hiking9.00 Miles 4,570 AEG
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Mount Shavano is 14,229 feet above sea level and this was the target today. Simple enough - just do 4.5 miles and 4,500 feet of elevation and you are there.

It was raining and foggy at the start and there were plenty of cars at the TH that got started before us. I have seen a lot of Colorado weather in July and August and in the 7 years I have visited there I have never seen an all day rain. Weather systems move through there fairly rapidly. So we ventured on in the early morning rain and fog. As the day went on several of the early starters passed us coming back without reaching the summit complaining about wind, rain, snow and hail at higher elevations. Did that deter us? Hell no, we are HAZ hikers after all.

Bottom line is we were rewarded greatly for our later start and our perseverance. The strange weather system eventually put us in clear weather at the summit about 1,000 feet or so above the clouds. Now that is a trip. We got to take pictures from above the clouds. I love it.
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Aug 23 2010
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Arkansas River Loop from K-Bar-S CabinSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Hiking5.30 Miles 568 AEG
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Having done Antero the day before we needed a day off. So Hank and I walked out the door of our ranch and hiked down the Arkansas River crossing it on a railroad bridge after a couple miles and hiked back on the other side of the river to a private foot bridge leading into Nathrop, CO where we were staying in our riverfront cabin. The pictures will tell the rest of the story.

Last May I made the reservations for our trip. Searching the internet I came across this website. http://www.riverfrontcabin.com/ I was blown away by the description and had to book it. The only week I could get was August 21 to 28 so I took it and booked Taos the week before (reservations are easy to get at Taos since they run at 10 to 20 percent of capacity during the summer and they are happy to get anyone there). With such a wonderful description on the website I have to say that the place exceeded all of my expectations so I would recommend this place whole heartedly but early booking is a must. This is a Mom and Pop operation and Karen Strother was a delight to deal with.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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