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Mar 28 2020
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Ocotillo Sidewinder Ridgeback, AZ 
Ocotillo Sidewinder Ridgeback, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
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Hiking4.99 Miles 761 AEG
Hiking4.99 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   3.15 mph
761 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Wanted to get in a decent hike with some sort of elevation this weekend but where to go to avoid the overfull parking lots and trails :-k .  I was going to do the Phx Preserve Loop off of 38th St but I feared I might not be able to find a place to park.  Second choice was Go John again as it wasn't crowded at all last weekend.  But then for some reason, I came up with the Phx Sonoran Preserve as they have ample parking.

I was able to find a place to park and started hiking counter-clockwise via the VC that was quite crowded.  I headed up the trail grabbing some photos and a couple movies.  There were more people than I would have liked but thankfully the wildflowers made up for it.  I was on the north end of the Ocotillo part when I discovered my memory card was full :o .  So I had to delete some pictures from a previous hike... at least I  hoped that was what I was deleting as I really couldn't see the small screen that well.  I was already operating on a low battery.  Shame on me for not checking both before I left the house.  Lesson learned!

Anyway, the moment I left that part of my loop I didn't see anyone for a couple miles until I got to the top of Ridgeback where the throngs began.  The flowers didn't start again until I started up and alongside the Sidewinder Trail.  The poppies were backlit by the sun so that was pretty.  The poppy field that I saw on the south side of the hill a month ago weren't there anymore but when I looked left (south) there were fields of Owl Clover, bright, beautiful pinks :y: .  I hoped my photos would show you what I saw and for the most part they did.  Just think, all those people over on Ocotillo Trail would never see this beautiful scene.  I walked by it as I made my u-turn.  Some of the Owl Clover I passed a month ago was still blooming too.  

And now it was time to tackle the hill which is about 1/2 mile.  I realized what a great grade it was.  Of course, the temp was nice at 69 so I think that makes a big difference for me.  I even decided to tackle the Peak and that's where I encountered a couple families who had come up from the other side.  I actually was pretty impressed and told one younger kid to be nice to his sister (he was yelling at her) and then congratulated them both on getting up that hill.  They said thank you; how cute! 

I headed right down without stopping and encountered quite a few more people including more families.  One kid was showing off by running up the hill; as the rest of the family came up I chuckled of course; as did they because I called him a "showoff".  The wildflowers and views here are quite nice.  I tried to keep up a good pace as I headed down the side of the mountain and back to the main trail where I continued to encounter more people including additional families and of course, the bikers again.

It was a great afternoon.  I got done much sooner than I expected.  I guess when I can't film, I can really pick up my pace and that makes a lot bigger difference than I realize.  I got back to Tonto Jr and grabbed my last bottle of huckleberry lager beer :( (I now have 7 cans left), my mixed Chex and my car visor and sat down to enjoy this weather and the view.  I hoped when I saw my pictures that the Owl Clover would show up and it did.  My plan is to come back Monday after work and re-hike it including shooting video; I just can't help myself :stop: .
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Owl Clover
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Lupine, Brittlebush, Buckhorn Cholla, Poppies
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Mar 26 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout literally, AZ 
Lookout literally, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2020
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Hiking3.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   1.43 mph
700 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Distance/AEG is a guess. Took my new hat out for a stroll after work. And, yes, it's a long report for a short hike but for the second time in a row, I had a little drama and Todd loves drama.

I had to park down the hill but no big deal other than I had to approach my selected route from a different angle. It was nice to have to walk up the hills as once again, I fear my already lack of elevation prowess is very rusty. It was going to be a very busy trail today. The Brittlebush was brilliant and it appears our baby Brittlebush have all blossomed even if they’re a little smaller in stature. The hillsides were bathed in golden yellow, so pretty.

I wrapped around the east side of the mountain and decided to head down to hook up with Joe’s new hike guide, the Lookout Connector. I only took a small piece of it before rejoining the main trail. Continued to encounter hikers about every five minutes and Route Scout proceeded to act up for most of the rest of the trip. Of course, I had the radio going and was using the camera so I fear it was just too much for Kemosabe.

I worked my way around the south side continuing to be exposed to the brilliant Brittlebush. It was truly stunning; I think mostly because the light was slightly filtered with the light clouds dancing around in the sky. I also noticed that I could see that side hill trail that goes up Shaw Butte; have never noticed that before.
I made my way around the western humps and met a new young dog and her owner. I visited with them for a moment. I think the young dog thot I was a bear despite my assurances :lol: . As I rounded the north end, I encountered a couple with a man holding a baby in front of him freestyle.

Today instead of heading back to the TH I decided to hike the east side of the western humps as it has a nice little incline. This is when Kemosabe totally gave up the ghost so I was on my own, no Route Scout, no pictures. There were a couple fellas climbing/belaying the middle hump of Lookout. I could hear them clearly as I made my way to the Summit Trail which I had decided to climb to the Saddle.

Along the summit trail I encountered some female hikers that were going up an area that had little rock barriers across and I tried to educate them nicely that the rocks were there to keep them from using those old use trails. She was a bit snotty about it and asked if I was a ranger and how long had I been hiking there. I tried to politely explain and then continued on my way to the saddle.

The trail was busy coming and going. Once back down to the areas where the rock barriers were disintegrating, I decided I would try to build them up. I had time to kill as I had gotten an early start. So I spent an hour on it :sweat: . During that time one couple proceeded to step over one of the barriers I had just finished and I told him not to do that and why. At the time I was trying to move a big rock in another section and the female came over and offered to help as she thot the three of us could move it but it was just too heavy.

A few other couples went by and thanked me and mentioned the other hikers that just don’t understand or don’t care about where they hike. But then that first gal came by and ridiculed me and told me she would speak to the ranger and the ranger would tell me I didn’t need to re-build those rock barriers. That’s the second mom in the last two times that I’ve been up there that’s been so rude.

Every time I would think I was done I would see another area that needed work and then I stood there for a few minutes to see how the hikers treated it. One guy just stepped right over the barriers and had no clue as did another hiker. I fear that was an hour wasted ](*,) . Part of the problem is with the flora that is so tall it kind of covers being able to see where that nice large curve is in the trail.

However, I am going to send an email to the Preserve caretakers and suggest they put some little signs up or they’re never going to get those areas refurbished; especially now. The areas they have put the little rock barriers are pretty steep and the trail is now a nice switchback that people can’t seem to stay on and it’s only a couple feet from these short three steep and narrow sections. I should have taken a picture. Oh well.

I had planned only a little over an hour on the trail and ended being there for over two. People were still coming in droves and it was around 5:15. Very scary to me! I understand, but still scary. I wonder if we can get Seniors hiking hours like they do in the grocery stores :)
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mostly brittlebush but I did see one barrel cactus with a little bloom
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Mar 24 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2020
tibber
Hiking6.07 Miles 732 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.43 mph
732 ft AEG
 
Thx for reminders from Richard and Bruce, and since the wildflower season is still active, I went to NE Scottsdale after work. The traffic is such a breeze now so it makes these distant trailheads fast to get to but even better, I get home quicker as well after without starving.

This is my first visit to the revitalized TH and it looks pretty impressive. Trying to figure out where the trail now starts was a bit interesting and after I got by the buildings, I actually ended up going left at a new intersection vs right so I had to backtrack a bit. I already knew it wasn’t going to be as spectacular out here due to no poppy sightings on the drive in and from all the foxtail grass that was inundating the ground.

Nonetheless, it’s a nice hike no matter what; gotta love these Cadillac trails :) . And yes, we were a Cadillac family growing up. I used to drive a ’63 caddy in high school (in the early 70s), called her Bertha. Anyway, I digress. I continued on thru the always cool yucca section, then the big boulder section and then around to the south and west of Granite Mountain. The intersection with one of the trails where there was an abundance of flowers last year was void. However, on the north side of the trail there was a nice grouping of the usual suspects though not as overwhelming as last year.

As I continued on, I was still impressed with the grand mixture of the golden-yellow blooms of the Brittlebush and the intense red of the Chuparosa. It really was stunning 8) . That lasted for quite awhile and on both sides of the trail too. And as with most wildflower hikes, it’s much more impressive in person as it’s hard to photograph. I feel the movies, this year, are a much better reflection of the landscape.

And as was mentioned in previous trip logs this year, most of the flora is on this SE section of the Loop. The color seems to stop rather abruptly but that’s a good thing as I’m also trying to get in a good hike which is hard to do when there’s non-stop distractions. This west section has its own beauty too and you have nice views of the mountains across the way (Brown).
I would see occasional wildflowers such as lupine and poppies, some in big patches. The poppies were mostly far away but the lupine was closer to the trail.

As I rounded this back section, I was surprised to encounter an elderly couple. They didn’t seem the type that could handle a 6-mile loop. We made some comment about the birds don’t have the virus but recollected they had caused it in the past. They got off the trail quite a bit, I guess trying to keep their distance; if I had known I would have extended that courtesy but it’s not seemed to be an issue in all the hiking I’ve been doing the last ten days.

I continued on my merry way still bringing out the camera from time to time. Sadly, Route Scout pulled its “I’m not going to work for awhile so maybe you should consider investing in a separate GPS device” routine; but hopefully when I replace my phone, that won't be an issue. It worked fine the last two hikes. I’m wondering if I could find a cheap apple phone to use for Route Scout? Oh well. I have finally made it to the north side now and kept my eye out for that beautiful crested saguaro. Maybe someday I’ll extend my hike and go visit it.

Not much in the way of wildflowers over here really and that’s normally the case although the usual areas where I remember seeing them last year, I saw them this year. I made somewhat decent time here as I made my way east. I got some nice clear views of the Mazzies (zoomed view in movie mode) and I zoomed in for a couple photos of the dam and water behind it :D .

Up the little hill with a neat view to the Four Peaks I encountered a few bicyclers here before continuing on my way for the last mile or so. The Brittlebush are pretty on this section and it’s also in the shade a bit. There were some nice stances of lupine. Heading south you get nice views of the Supes too so I did a little zoom action between saguaros and such. Would love to go out in the western Supes again but the traffic is just too scary right now. So I’ll just have to enjoy from afar or watch some of my videos.

Once again, the color dries up a bit here but you still have stately saguaros and of course Granite Mountain. I would encounter about ½ dozen hikers as I made my way back to Bootlegger Trail and the TH. The light has changed a bit so the scenery is a little different. I thot it was interesting that the last few wildflower hikes I had done there was so much Globe Chamomile taking up valuable landscape and here it was the Foxtail Grass; either way, it’s too bad but what can you do? It does look like they are going to do some kind of trim work around the trailhead area to remove some dead trees.

A nice hike everyone can enjoy. There were at least a dozen bikers on the trail and maybe two dozen hikers which I thot was light compared to what I thot there would be. And every time I hike in this area, I think what fun it would be to ride a bike here. I didn’t think I would take that much video, as I have awesome video from last year (see the trip report https://hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&ZTN=19207&UID=11058) but I did.

Video 1 - [ youtube video ]
Video 2 - [ youtube video ]
Video 3 - [ youtube video ]
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Fiddleneck, 1 Xmas Cholla, Lupine, Poppies, Cane Cholla, Lavendar, Heliotrope, Chia, Globe Mallow, Banana Yucca
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Mar 17 2020
tibber
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 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2020
tibber
Hiking4.95 Miles 836 AEG
Hiking4.95 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.27 mph
836 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Happy St Patty's Day to me! It's Wildflower Hunting season and I suspected this Loop would have some of what I was looking for. It did not disappoint but I have to say, shooting it was difficult in many cases between struggling with the light and the larger patches and intermittent patches of flowers. The back-lighting on some of the flowers was just awesome but it didn't shoot that well and in fact, sometimes the really low light shot better as far as color. So I was disappointed in a lot of my photos.

Driving there after work was a breeze of course. The last time I was here I had my first Tonto so I reminisced a bit about that. I can't remember that parking lot being so nice since I was last here January 2014. The trail is in great condition and nicer than I remember as well. There were intermittent people the whole way. I filmed quite a bit which I'm glad I did as the filmed part turned out nicer in some cases.

The pictures will tell more of this story but I can tell you, by the time I was done with two miles my finger was already sore :lol: and I wondered if I'd ever get back to the trail head before dark. I don't recall ever seeing this much wildflowers along a trail and on both sides. Besides the blooming Brittlebushes there was lots of Lupine and soon lots and lots of Owl Clover and then finally, some bigger patches of poppies. But wait, there's more, the teddy cholla forests are simply overwhelming in a few areas and in fact, cover hillsides. So between all that and dancing with the light, the first two miles were exhausting... in a very good way. I felt really lucky; after all, it is St Patty's Day and I'm a lot more Irish than I knew growing up (my mom's side).

Alas, I continued on this beautiful trail soaking it all in with my eyes dashing side to side and sharing it with my adoring youtube public😏, acting giddy at times at my good fortune. I wasn't alone in that regard as a few others had commented about their picture taking too. Finally it was time to head up the hill which wasn't bad at all. In fact the uphill is really a very nice grade. As I rounded the corner and hit the shade I thot the flower shooting wouldn't be as good but it was. The yellows and purples were much more intense. As I looked over to the east at the valley floor it looks like it's covered in Globe Chamomile, though lovely to look at, it's a shame how much it is taking over the landscape. This was also the case on the west side on the other side of the freeway. I got pictures of both sides.

So up the hills and around the mountains I went still enjoying almost every minute as the flora displays never gave me a break. The air was clean and fresh as I finally hit the intersection to take me back down to the Trailhead. I had one more stop to make and that was to check in on the resident owl. This owl looks much more comfortable than the one in the ledge above our office... except when it rains, then my owl wins out.
FYI, my momma owl was not here when I came in this AM but the baby is.

Anyway, there might be a week left of this display as I may have hit peak. I do think that as long as these temps hold, the wildflowers will continue to show off.

Part 1: [ youtube video ] from the TH to the big wash
Part 2: [ youtube video ] still on the west side
Part 3: [ youtube video ] from the NW corner to the east side saddle
Part 4: [ youtube video ] from about the east side saddle to the TH incl owl
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Fauna
Great Horned Owl
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme
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Mar 15 2020
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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
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Hiking5.80 Miles 1,192 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   1.51 mph
1,192 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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Ambika wanted to do the hike to the Falls as she thot she had never been and Pam had never been. Come to find out, about 2 miles into the hike I said to Ambika, “You’ve done this hike. You did it with Susan.” After she pondered that for a moment, she kind of remembered (Jan 2016). I told her that was the hike that someone came up to her and asked if she was the one in the videos they had seen.

We were going to make a loop out of it and go down the First Water Tributary. Finding parking was the first challenge at around 8:30 after we set up a shuttle at the Horse Lot. But we were able to squeeze in at the end of the lot.
The first part of the hike is always so pretty as you traverse the desert floor looking toward the landscape that surrounds you near and far. This section, before you cross the fence, is delightful with all the desert flora, mostly cactus.

Just where you go thru the gate there is a deep ditch that it looks the trail maneuvers across a couple different ways. As you head south, the shadow covered the rock outcropping faces to the east but the sun did light up the Brittlebush and cactus below so we were able to shoot some pictures. We made it to the first saddle and noticed someone had defaced some of the rocks east off the trail with some sort of blue paint.

It was a bit humid this morning and I seemed to be struggling :sweat: a bit so I pulled out my poles. Besides, I needed a bit of an arm workout anyway. Of course, you head downhill and cross some water here and there before heading up the first little hill to the flat area where I found Ambika talking with Jamie from AZ Highways. It is here where we found out our workshop scheduled for mid-April had been canceled :( .

We hiked a little further to the next bedrock and I had decided I really didn’t want to go any further but after a few minutes rest, Ambika more or less shamed me into continuing. By this time the parade was in full force, it really was something I had heard about but now I was seeing it with my own eyes :o . We got up that last hill thru a lot of the jojoba which is pretty thick in this area to the top of the next hill. A couple young boys passed me by and exclaimed to each other, “Look at these beautiful views”. That made me smile!

One fellow in his hurry to get to the falls about pushed me out of his way as I had paused to take a quick picture. He said “excuse me” but didn’t give me time to get out of the way before he bulled his way past me. He could learn from the little ones to enjoy the beauty rather than just getting there.

Just before the Falls I pulled over to a nice viewpoint where I could take my photos and videos. Ambika and Pam continued to the falls with the rest of the throngs of people. I think after about 15 minutes they came back by and we headed on down trying to avoid the traffic. We paused at the bedrock area as we ran into another AZ Highways participant, we had done the river trip with in May 2017. We visited for a while. In the distance I saw a bi-plane and then a smoke plume that was coming out of the airplane. I got a couple pics of the smoke plume but it didn’t come out very well. Also, I didn’t realize I had hit Peaking on my camera :doh: so my zoom photos struggled for the rest of the day.

I had decided earlier that I wasn’t up for the hike down the tributary. It looked way too lush and I feared the water might present a bit of a challenge in getting around based on the water we had crossed today. There are a couple pool areas that had limited areas to make your way past and I really didn’t want to do any wading today.

Not too far from here we pulled over to have a snack where there is another trail that goes to the NW. I followed it for a bit but it petered out (FYI: The earliest known use of peter as a verb meaning dwindle relates to the mining industry in the USA in the mid 19th century). However, three other hikers had used it but by the time I decided to follow it, they were gone. I don’t know if this trail wraps around or what it does :-k .

Some horseback riders came by and I sure didn’t think that was going to be a good mix with all of the other people on the trail. I hope that all went well. There seemed a slight lull in traffic but then soon again, the peoples would start coming again; many not prepared for the constant uphill they would be hiking. We saw that several turned around, the ones with families.

We did spot this really cool thistle with a beautifully colored bloom and bees, so we hung here for a bit. The rest of the hike was pretty and uneventful other than more people. We were glad we finally got back to our vehicles. We had made the decision to eat at Mammoth Steakhouse since it would be outdoors. My steak was so-so. I was a little disappointed. But the Prickly Pear Margarita hit the spot.

Part 1 - [ youtube video ] to past the first drainages
Part 2 - [ youtube video ] drainage to Falls and back to bedrock area
Part 3 - [ youtube video ] bedrock area to TH
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Mar 08 2020
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6L Ranch from Spur Cross, AZ 
6L Ranch from Spur Cross, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2020
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Hiking11.00 Miles 690 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.57 mph
690 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Well the others covered this hike as well as I could. It was great to hike with Brian and Kai, hadn't hiked with Brian for a very long time. Nice to hike with the Greg, Kathy and Pam again as well. Here are the links to their wonderful triplogs:
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I'm not sure what more I can add but maybe some of what I considered the highlights:

First, of course, was the black water blob: Kai. Such a joy to watch an animal in their element. I got lots of video.

Second, the sky for most of the day was a fun element to add to our very photographic day. The clouds changed often and quickly. There was plenty of water and flora to keep us entertained, thus hard to want to move at a fast pace. When you have additional eyes, you get to see additional things.

Third, the creek crossings (18 of them) were much more numerous then I remember but when you are crossing a normally dry creek, the crossings would probably seem less. Greg walked across them like it 'twas nothing while the rest of us were more methodical in trying to find our way across; especially some of the wider crossings. I was trying to get across without pulling out my poles but alas, I would eventually have to give in; especially after I fell getting out of the creek I had just crossed. Bruised my knee and shin pretty bad but all is recuperating slowly.
It's a little tricky once you come to one of the last crossings before the creek as there is no trail. You have to look for a ribbon on a tree to see where the trail starts up again.

Fourth, it was interesting to wander around the ranch. Those rock walls are impressive for their width and that they are still so intact. It's hard to believe they ran cattle out here. Just taking that road in would have been a difficult trip let alone hauling cattle. It would have been frightening when that creek raged if you were living there too; wondering if it was going to break through the rock walls. And then the opposite, hoping they would have enough water when the creek wasn't running at all. That little water tank doesn't seem too sufficient to supply very much water for a very long period of time.
I'll have to go back and read some of the other trip logs of folks that have come through here to see what they thought.

Fifth, hanging out on the creek at the top of the ranch was nice even though the weather was a bit threatening. We got to see the end of New River Mesa as it curved to the east.

We did get to see Fauna: a Cardinal, a snake and new to me, a Merlin and a few ducks. We did get to see lots of Flora including three species, one a juniper-like tree and two other plants that I will try and Rx plus one of those orange fungi-like plant covers. Many trees were just starting to softly leaf out and there were many different types too including some stately sycamores that had not started leafing out just yet. The star, however, were the Saguaro forests across the way and when the light would hit just right, it was really quite something. I bet we saw thousands of saguaros today.

Needless to say I shot a whole lot of video and that really tells the story of our beautiful day on the trail. I have included some of the pictures from my fellow hikers as well as some music of our very own HAZ's LosDosSloFolks. I think these videos turned out particularly nice, a lot of it due to the light.
To the Ranch:
[ youtube video ] to Cave Creek double crossing at the road
[ youtube video ] creek to starting up FR48
[ youtube video ] to the Petroglyphs
[ youtube video ] to the Ranch

At the Ranch and back to the TH
[ youtube video ] at and around the ranch including the creek north of the ranch
[ youtube video ] from the ranch heading back (to the fiberglass on the rock/cat tails, includes Pam's video at a crossing)
[ youtube video ] continuing on the trail and then the old road
[ youtube video ] from the old road, Metate Trail and a slo mo twice of Greg getting on a bridge, plus some LosDosSloFolks guitar music
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Mar 04 2020
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Lost Old Jeep Ringtail, AZ 
Lost Old Jeep Ringtail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2020
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Hiking4.24 Miles 508 AEG
Hiking4.24 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.68 mph
508 ft AEG
 
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Wanted to do a quick hike after work that might have some wildflowers. Was originally thinking Dixie Loop off the 17 but decided I hadn't been out in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve area for a while and it was closer; even though I dread the drive back to my house.

It was a lovely day. They've paved the first part to the Interpretive area but the rest of the trail is a typical trail; a very nice trail. As I headed up Lost Dog a couple told me there was a rattler ahead but I never did see it which I'm fine with. However, I have to say, I stayed in the middle of the trail for the most part, ha! The Brittlebush was ablaze in gold and very full. The chollas were also glowing via the back-lighting provided by the sun. And it is green out here. Going through the washes is where most of the color was with the yellow of the Brittlebush clashing with the red of the Chuparosa.

I came to the Old Jeep Trail where I headed east. You can see a good part of this trail ahead as it is still pretty wide. I encountered a couple people here but that was pretty much it until I got up to the Ringtail where I encountered a few more. The Old Jeep dips through a couple more washes and some of the trail in and out has some ruts. I stopped by the chuparosa I remembered as it's always a stand-out and this time the bees thot so too.

I should mention that for a lot of the way there were smatterings of lupine on both sides of the trail but not in the bunches that make for a good photograph so it was a struggle to try and document that. However, the Brittlebush and Chollas make up for that in spades. As you top out after the last dip you can see to the east side and Sunrise Peak. It all looks so incredibly green.

Ringtail is always a fun little bit of elevation as the flora mixes with the shale-like rock. Here again you top out to a nice 360 vista before doing a zig and zag as you head west and then south back to link up with Lost Dog. Once on Lost Dog you head east and start to encounter a few more people. I don't know if I'll get back here again before the end of spring but I would be curious to see if they get any more blooming flora.

I had to add the missing track and paste the other two tracks together as RS glitched after a couple miles or so. Hopefully when I get my new phone, that won't be an issue anymore. It's been working so well except these last few times. And the drive home was dreadfully slow, an extra 15 minutes.

Here are a couple videos (a little more narration than usual as I was hiking alone😉):
Part 1 Lost and part of Old Jeep [ youtube video ]
Part 2 Old Jeep, Ringtail back to TH [ youtube video ]
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Mar 01 2020
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Bulldog Canyon - Blue Ridge Loop, AZ 
Bulldog Canyon - Blue Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
tibber
Hiking6.50 Miles 835 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   1.90 mph
835 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
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I thot this would be a good introductory hike to the Goldfields for LosDosSloFolks. I texted Kelly to see if she might also be interested since we were going on a Sunday and she joined us; though I didn’t tell Cathy and Greg. And Kelly invited John which was a surprise to me. I knew it was going to be a good day!

First part of the hike is a road walk which is not so bad as the scenery, once you get past the campers, is nice and it is a great way to warm up while walking and gawking. I had way-pointed the entry wash as it’s easy to walk by; been there, done that. It’s a pretty wash to walk through and there are various points of interest along the way including some very full cholla and some nice-looking saguaros🌵. Today we even tried one of the trails that went up and off to the SW so we took that to see where it went which was just to a saddle with some nice views.

Next was through a small triangular pour over before encountering another trail that veered to the NW. Not sure where that one goes but you can see the FR in the distance. I imagine it follows the wash westerly. We, however, hang a bit of a right and as you meet up with the wash again you hang a left (west) and then a right (north) up to Cyclops, formerly the Mask :( . It’s a steep and rocky climb but short and the reward is certainly worth it. We paid our respects and then enjoyed mulling around this area taking pictures of one another.

A couple hikers we saw down in the wash had now made their way up there and were still taking pictures once we had hiked back to the wash and were headed east. The trail goes in and out and along this wash and it’s easy enough hiking either. I like the trail better as the sand gets annoying quickly. Kelly and John had ventured ahead and we got distracted by a little arch and alcove in a big boulder before catching up with them.

We stayed on the trail and they eventually joined us before we hiked in the wash for a while. They got ahead again and I saw a trail that veered up to the right and decided we would take that. It started veering a little too far to the right but I knew a road was not too far away so we just continued and then the trail straightened out after gaining some more elevation. I like it up here rather than in the wash as the views are much better :) .

Next, we hit the road and hiked on that for a bit before making a right (south) turn to head up to the Blue Ridge. There is a little elevation gain here and as you get higher the views become more intense. I think this is an old road that is pretty rugged now but not too bad. Once you gain the top the 300-degree views are impressive especially with the Western Supes to the east and south, the Four Peaks to the east and the Goldfield Mountains behind (north).

It definitely got windier on top. The group split here checking out different things; Kelly, the Creighton 🏀game. It’s fun to wander as you continue to veer left (east) to make your way around. You can continue straight and down the hill but we were parked at Bulldog Canyon TH so we headed west thru a little valley and then up and around and down the steep side going north. They have done some re-routing here as now instead of going straight down a very slippery part of the trail you zig/zag a tad down some bedrock.

Before we knew it Kelly and John were out of site again until we spotted them heading up the other side of the ravine toward the cave/alcove we had all seen earlier. They seemed so minuscule over there as they made quick work up the side. They scared up an owl that Kelly got a great picture of and I did my best putting the zoom feature to work. Hate to miss out on that kind of action. They were up and down fairly quickly and we met up with them at the bottom of the hill and finished off the hike as a group. Still lots of cool scenery to observe as we followed a very faint trail to the parking lot.

We finished off the festivities with a little beer🍺 before parting ways. It was a wonderful day for a hike with a decent temperature and a nice breeze for most of it. Can’t really ask for better other than a little less of the wind when we were atop things.

I just recently completed the videos from my hike of this loop in Dec 2015 as I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted the pictures either. Both are now up and it will be interesting to see what differences there are. I can guarantee you one thing, both videos and pictures from these hikes are with beautiful scenery and beautiful people.


Three part video - each contains music from our very own HAZ's LosDosSloFolks and some of the pictures from them and John and Kelly:
Part 1 [ youtube video ]
Part 2 [ youtube video ]
Part 3 [ youtube video ]
PS Route Scout went kaflooey at about the 1/2 way point and I had to restart. So I pasted the two routes together.
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a few poppies and smattering of the usual suspects
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Feb 29 2020
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Lookout Circle and Snake Protection, AZ 
Lookout Circle and Snake Protection, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
tibber
Hiking3.44 Miles 567 AEG
Hiking3.44 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.68 mph
567 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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What was just going to be a Brittlebush sunshine day turned into snake protection duty. I was just hiking my way around the western humps taking photos of the brilliant Brittlebush when this gal passed me with her unleashed dog. The dog did not mind that well but she didn't care. We encountered probably 1/2 dozen hikers but she didn't care. Well this would only be the start of my ire with her.

When I approached the western saddle she was stopped and I said "a snake" and she said "yes". I saw that it was a gopher snake that was a little annoyed by the sudden attention it was getting as this is a busy intersection. She said she was keeping an eye on it so her son could come get it and study it as that was a project he had. I told her it was illegal to take the snake just like that dog not being on a leash. She said that was my problem. She was calling her son as I left. I encountered some other hikers and said I didn't think it was legal for them to try and take the snake out of the Preserve. I should have put my foot down and encourage the snake to take off but I didn't.

All the way around the mountain I felt like I let that snake down. Now mind you, I am not an animal extremist (after all I'm the daughter of a rancher and have killed my share of snakes on the ranch); but this perturbed me and I felt I didn't do all that I should have to protect that snake. The last few weeks I've had to protect our office owl from the gardeners, the painters, the roofers, window washers and people and their dogs and now, I let this snake down :( . I kept wishing BobP or Kelly were around so they could run back and tell her she was in the wrong. I hiked on and got back to the TH hoping maybe they would be there so I could get a picture but they weren't.

I headed back up the mountain and asked some hikers if she was still there and they said she was so I continued to the western saddle. I wasn't feeling real great at this point, but I pushed on. I bet you she was surprised when I rounded that corner. I told her it just wasn't right that they were going to take the snake. I took her picture (she says, "why are you taking my picture?" and I told her I was going to put it up on Facebook) and then went toward her to try and find the snake so that I could scare it off. I think it was hiding in some rocks as I couldn't find it. Pretty soon, below us, her son approached with a really big pretty dog. He said he had a permit and that he was just going to study it. I asked to see the permit and he said I wasn't a ranger which I agreed but I was going to call the Ranger's office as I was pretty sure what he was doing was illegal.

She left the site and they hiked back down to their neighborhood. I got someone on the line who referred me to Phx City Parks which of course, aren't open. I found another number for the Preserve Ranger's Office and called and left a message. Somehow the Phx City Parks texted me the rules and regs and it is considered vandalism to take any reptile from the Preserve https://phoenix.municipal.codes/CC/24-37. So I was glad I was right about that at least. I was concerned that the snake might have babies and the son said it wasn't the season for that but I do believe it is mating season as I've seen a couple snake-mating videos posted lately.

I stayed up there until they were out of sight and back in their neighborhood. That's all that I could do to protect this snake from ending up as a research project. It's been a rough month having to protect the owl at work from all that lurks in a corporate office environment and now a gopher snake. As I approached the TH once again I think I may have found my volunteer job if they need volunteer stewards in this Preserve, I guess that would best be a job for the Tibbernator :lol: . All I need is a badge :) and maybe I'll get some respect when I try to throw my weight around.

Interestingly enough, there is a small sign posted on the way up to the summit asking for volunteer trail workers as they appear to be doing more work in that section. Retirement can't come soon enough for me!
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the usual suspects: Brittlebush, Scorpionweed, Popcorn Flower, Fiddleneck
some London Rocket (surprised there isn't more)
Two Rock Daisy clusters
Two poppies
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Feb 25 2020
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O R S A - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ 
O R S A - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2020
tibber
Hiking4.48 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking4.48 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.83 mph
550 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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After work I wanted to see some wildflowers and based on a few HAZ trip logs, this seemed like the area to visit. I had a feeling the poppies were probably still wet and maybe a little cold from the previous day's rain but I went anyway. This is the first time I've hiked here in a clockwise direction. It's definitely easier because you get the hill/mountain 1953 out of the way right off the bat. It's really a very nice grade and pretty decent views as you make your way up. Today it was pretty windy; especially at the top.

There were plenty of wildflowers; even if the poppies were still fluted. There was lots of Phacelia Distans and Lupine providing for the purple colors today. I felt like I made good time on the hill; only encountered a few hikers. Also caught a hawk in flight (video only). As I hiked on the ridge there was a nice patch of poppies but they weren't open either. I continued down the hill and across the way I could see a hillside of open poppies so I was excited to see that up close. But before that, as I hit the bottom of the hill, I saw LOTS of Owl Clover and on both sides of the trail. Don't know that I've ever seen so much. They seemed a little scrawny but en masse, they were sure pretty. It's always hard to photograph flowers like this so low to the ground and somewhat spread out.

There was quite a bit of Desert Trumpet. I don't know about the rest of you but it seems like there is quite a bit of that this year. I rounded the corner and headed up the Sidewinder as the poppy population definitely increased and since it had been warmed by the sun almost all day; I did get a bit of a show. The poppies make such nice ground cover to show off the cactus🌵. As I looked back at the hills across the valley I appreciated the soft green grassy look it provided. I think I encountered a few people here and that was it for the day. Because it was getting late, I didn't complete the Sidewinder hike around the eastern mountain and took the Apache Wash Trail back to Tonto Jr.

A couple videos to enjoy the views and wildflowers:
[ youtube video ]
[ youtube video ]
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I suppose it really could be substantial if the poppies had all been open.
Lots of tall Fiddleneck.
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Feb 23 2020
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Happy Hour Ridge Loop, AZ 
Happy Hour Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
tibber
Hiking2.40 Miles 258 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles      52 Mns   3.06 mph
258 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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This was actually Plan C.
From 38th St TH. It was actually a bit nippy out for my mid afternoon hike. When the sun was out it was fine. Still on the last stages of recovery from my cold; was still sneezing a bit on the 24th. Can't wait for this to be over so I can rebuild my strength; I have been going to gym classes though.

The trail was nice from the inch of rain it got the previous day. I had a more ambitious hike (well for me anyway :lol: ) in mind but went with this instead. The light was dancing all around me as I skirted the south flanks of Happy Hour Ridge. The brittle bush was a hardy bloomer even though there really isn't that much out here.

I was pleased to spot some Lupine and a few Poppies, some Fiddleneck and Desert Hyacinth (Bluedicks). I had brot my camera with me so I decided to take some photos of the start of the flower show. The trail is in good shape all the way around. I only encountered about a dozen people for the day and many dogs. There were a couple horse back riders out and they were leading another unsaddled horse; not sure what that was about.

On the way back on the north side I saw another trail to maybe get this route up to 3 miles for my lazy days. Need to get a little more elevation on it next time. Hopefully this weekend I'll be back to the Goldfields to pay my respects to The Mask.
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mostly smatterings: Brittlebush, Lupine, Fiddleneck, Scorpionweed
a few: poppies, Desert Hyacinth, Popcorn Flower
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Feb 16 2020
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2020
tibber
Hiking2.83 Miles 451 AEG
Hiking2.83 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.88 mph
451 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Day 9 of cold. Went out to Lookout again and did the loop clockwise. Had to park below again as lot was full. Probably two dozen folks on the trail. 90% on the hellos.

However, a very sad encounter with a girl I've known since I came to the Valley in 1981. We worked together at the Biltmore and she was a roommate for a little while. She said she had a sad personal thing happen. I asked her if she wanted to share and she told me her 27 year old son had committed suicide a couple days ago. Of course I couldn't hug her since I have this stupid cold. Such a sad thing; they didn't really see it coming. He had just had a successful art show in Miami, FL. I feel so terribly sad for her. I thot she held up really well when she told me about it.

I finished the loop around the western humps but felt a little tired. I did see a few more Desert Hyacinth (Bluedicks) and quite a bit more Scorpionweed and that little white one that looks like the popcorn flower. The desert brittlebush flowers seemed a real bright yellow this morning but I was going a different direction and maybe that's why.

I wish this cold would show some sign of abatement.
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Brittlebush, Scorpionweed, Desert Hyacinth (bluedicks), Rock Daisies, some African Daisies, TONS of Fiddleneck.
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Feb 15 2020
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
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Hiking2.62 Miles 352 AEG
Hiking2.62 Miles      58 Mns   2.76 mph
352 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Day 8 of my cold. I just can't stand it so last nite I took two laps around our complex and this morning part of a loop around Lookout. They say this cold can last up to two weeks. Can't remember ever having this bad of a cold for this long.

Parked down the road as lot was full. Left my keys on the car hood but realized I was without them fairly soon so went back. Walked the lower north circumference and then up the east side of the western humps and back to the regular circumference side. Little flowers are blooming pretty prolifically especially Fiddleneck. There were several brittle bush in full bloom as well.

80% on hellos, two very distinctly looked away to avoid it. Probably a dozen people on the trail. Nice weather for sure. Took some pictures of the pretty flowers. Tomorrow I'll try again. I had hoped to be able to up my game by tomorrow but am still a little weak. I don't feel like the hiking effects my cold other than my breathing.
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Fiddleneck, Scorpion Weed, Desert Hyacinth (Bluedicks), Brittlebush
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Feb 02 2020
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Metate Jewel Dragonfly, AZ 
Metate Jewel Dragonfly, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2020
tibber
Hiking5.08 Miles 314 AEG
Hiking5.08 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   2.24 mph
314 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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a former high school class mate was in town and she likes to hike. Last time she was here I took her out to the Supes as that was nearer to where she was staying. This time she was on the west side. She had commented that she's really getting to like the desert cactus so I thot something up at Spur Cross would be ideal.

But first I had Wendy look at my yard so that she can give me some ideas as to what to do with it for the next 15 years and then we had lunch at Manuels. Wendy had hiked in Sikkim and Debbie in Nepal so I got to listen to them compare notes. That was great fun. I also got to ask Debbie more about her Olympic Trial Running back in the 80s. from an article this week in
https://www.havredailynews.com/story/20 ... 2VSXxrXGkg:
With the 1984 Olympics came the first opportunity for women to compete in the international spectacle. All eyes were on the trials marathon for women and the women did not disappoint.
Tom and Debbie made U.S. racing history when they each qualified for the '84 Olympic trials, his race held in Buffalo, New York, and hers in Olympia, Washington. That feat was duplicated for just the second time for the 2016 trials, but neither of those siblings rose to the calibre of the Raunigs. A third brother and sister pair recently qualified for the 2020 trials, too.
It's really quite the story.

Oh, the hike. So we headed up to Spur Cross with her dog Duke along as well. I was worried that it might be a little warm based on the forecast and that we had such a late start but we got lucky and the temp couldn't have been nicer. The first part of this hike is the road walk but it gave Debbie a chance to see the lay of the land with Skull Mesa ahead and Elephant Mountain to the west. We dropped down to the Creek which would amaze me all day by the amount of water; the most I've ever seen when hiking out there.

And then it was back up to the Metate Trail, the land of the giant saguaros. We spotted some mallards down in the creek and some deep pools as we continued west. We admired these giants and she was glad to see a metate. We got the requisite standing next to a saguaro shot which isn't easy here among these tall saguaros. We took the Towhee Trail as well since I hadn't been on it in some time.

We stopped at the Oasis and checked out the Ironwoods across the way. Next we stopped at the ranch building foundations area to look around a bit. As I tried to remember my history of the area and the owner and the plane accident (I had forgotten that technically we were walking on the runway and that the plane parked where the oasis is https://www.facebook.com/pg/SpurCrossRa ... 5149755412), I took her to the pool and spa foundations. We headed back to the trailhead as I decided to cut off the Tortuga/Spur Cross part as it would be getting late by the time we got over to Dragonfly Trail.

We then walked over to the Jewel of the Creek Trail (I'm still surprised no one, including myself, has done a hike description). We went down and to the north, crossed the creek to the other side (don't think I've done that side before) and headed toward the Dragonfly Trail. Of course, at every water crossing or pool I would have to comment about there being so much water; I'm sure Debbie, who resides in the western part of Montana, doesn't fully get how giddy we get about all this water that would probably be pretty normal to her. Now on the Dragonfly Trail I showed her how wide and high all the old debris gets after a big rain swells the creek. We passed the mine adit as we continued our southward trek to Cave Creek Lake which did not disappoint. The plank crossing here was the finest I've seen out there too.

And now it was a u-turn and up the hill where I showed her some of the old mining stuff. It finally warmed up as the breeze had stopped. We headed back down to the creek and then up and out and back to Tonto Jr where we got go enjoy a now rare-to-be beverage: Huckleberry Wheat Lager as Great Northern Brewery. Fortunately I still had some of my stash from cousin Connie and shared it with my fellow Montanan.
They http://www.greatnorthernbrewing.com/ lost their lease as their building was sold. A couple side notes: my dad owned part of that building for a tiny bit in the early 1980s when it was the Cadillac Hotel and Hanging Tree Bar (where I hung out before or after on the day I got married; don't remember now :lol: ) And another tie, is the woman that sold it was married to a fellow Havreite (a divorce thing :( ). Anyway, it is in a prime location in downtown Whitefish and a beautiful building.
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Cag Shot
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Feb 01 2020
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
tibber
Hiking2.54 Miles 386 AEG
Hiking2.54 Miles      51 Mns   2.99 mph
386 ft AEG
 
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I did this hike after the annual ATA (Arizona Trail Association) meeting at the Desert Botanical Garden; the meeting was packed. DARWIN was there. I got to visit with him for around 15 minutes. It was great! The meeting was good too. Great food for lunch. The ATA has really come so far in the short time I've been involved.

Don't know how to sync elevation from Save/Share... therefore that elev profile is wrong. I wasn't in airplane mode because I was listening to the radio. 100% on the hellos and happy hellos too; oh even got an "hola". Probably saw a dozen hikers. Was surprised to see so many new wildflowers including fiddleneck. It was just a tad warm.
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lots fiddleneck, popcorn, scorpion, 1 desert hyacinth (blue dick)
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Jan 25 2020
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First Water TH to Canyon LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
tibber
Hiking8.43 Miles 1,327 AEG
Hiking8.43 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.82 mph
1,327 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
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Tibber, Tibber, Tibber - how did the trip report get so long :stop: Pam invited us to do this trip. It is one of my favorite hikes and forgetting about the Hill, I had other plans but changed them. I invited a few other folks and Ambika also decided to join us. This would be Cathy's first exposure to hiking in the Supes and considering she is a native, it's about time. However, this time would only be a short but memorable time. Hopefully her next foray into the Supes will be much more rewarding.

I saw the forecast for a high of 68 but I think it was warmer than that. And apparently Cathy noticed it too as her apparently overdressed body said no more as we got near Garden Valley. After some discussion, she, under Ambika's watchful eye, headed back to the TH with Ambika. That was so Ambika-like to offer to go back with her :app:

The temp felt great as we headed across Garden Valley as there was a great breeze. Going between the mesas, while beautiful, is always a bit challenging with the super rocky trail so you have to pay attention to where you're walking... smack toward Geronimo's Head.

As we headed down the hill there were a few more of those Supes Steps. They sure are nice but some are already in disrepair. As we headed down the side of Second Water Canyon you could see some pools of water but not really hear any water until further down. There was a discussion as to whether this was Second Water Canyon and I opted for "dial a friend", where's Wally? Well it is Second Water Canyon. It's not nearly as brushy as you get closer to the bottom and most of the bamboo or reeds that used to encroach on the trail, don't encroach anymore. Many of the small trees seem to be missing. I did review my video from 2016 and it was indeed a lot brushier back then.

As we got to the place where you crossover to the southside, the trail seems to have disappeared or we missed it. We ended up below the big rock where there is a campsite. It looks like there was a trail going up to it from the west side but we ended up going down the creek a bit and made a two tier climb back up to the trail. I should have followed it back to see where it came up at unless it doesn't come up there anymore. Based on old tracks, it looks like the trail jigs instead of jags in that area.

Getting closer to the junction is always such a site to behold with Battleship looming high above. And then you hear the water and see the water. We took a few photos here before hiking over to Boulder Creek that runs below the Paint Mine where we had our snack. I ate almost my whole snack too. That "hill" always put the fear of God in me as when I did it the first time, I didn't think I was ever going to get out of La Barge Canyon.

At the Indian Paint Mine (known as that since 1911) we encountered some horseback riders from IL and AL. We visited for a short time. They really had some nice looking horses. Whenever I get to be near horses, it's like being a teenager and at the ranch again. I feel peace. Anyway, we walked around a bit as this was Greg and Pam's first visit. (from Boulder Canyon Hike Desc: The pit that they extracted red clay to make their paints and pottery is still apparent, and the nearby "furnace" area is still discernible.) FYI I found quite a bit more info about the mine and this area in Jack and Elizabeth's book: Superstitions Wilderness Trails West.

We continued on the crossover to LaBarge and Greg's, "can you believe this?" intensified as he was awestruck by the Superstition Mountain Wilderness we were traversing. It made me realize how lucky I have been to do even the limited amount of hiking here. And now he can appreciate why Wally can never get enough. La Barge Creek pool below the red-tinted rock had a nice amount of water in it too. But now, it was time to hike out of here and meet our nemesis head on.

I was surprised how many hikers we saw today and that would continue as we grew closer to the Hill. I wasn't sure how I would do as my confidence has come back somewhat. However, by the time I was done with the hike; I wasn't sure if I really wanted to do this one again. :lol: . Nonetheless, I forced my way up with four 60 second stops to find air. I think I only took two pictures on the way up.

I couldn't wait to find a place to rest my laurels once on top but there's not really any good place to sit. I found a place further up the trail with a view of the lake. I texted Ambika to let her know I was on the "hill" and the others were about ten minutes behind me. I sent her a photo. I was now rested and went back to see where the other two were and they were just coming atop. They walked around to get those requisite photos of the view before we began again to get over across the way. We encountered a few hikers and dogs on this portion of the trip.

The rock scenery is so pretty through this little section. And as you round the last section via a little switchback, it afforded the chance to catch a couple pictures of Greg and Pam across the way. Then as I headed up the last little bit before that saddle I spotted three singular poppies so had to stop to get the picture. Interesting that this day on HAZ, several others got first poppy of the season pictures too.

It was nice to finally hit the shade and see the beautiful Canyon Lake and dam and vista beyond. I hiked for a bit to the next side of the hill and waited in the shade for the other two and filmed them for a bit before continuing on to the top of the last little hill. I wandered around here to wait for the others and got hit with the dreaded, "will you take my picture?". Since I said "no" last weekend I reluctantly agreed. I waited for the others to get up but they were observing the mighty fine scenery so I took off down the endless hill to finally arrive at Tonto Jr.

By the time I had changed my shoes and fixed my hair and was walking to the cantina, they showed up. That was fast, and come to find out they took the steep shortcut! We had a lovely dinner at Well Done Grill (what a stupid name) but the place seems cleaner, the service was much friendlier and the food was pretty good. It was nice to see the sun slowly making the water glow gold as we made our way back to our cars for the drive home.

There are 4 videos for this trip. I'm glad I film as much as I do as in this case as I was able to look back on the 2016 video thru Second Water Canyon to see how much it's changed as far as the vegetation and it's changed quite a bit in the lower part.
Video 1 from TH thru Garden Valley - [ youtube video ] tossed in some music by HAZ's LosDosSloFolks to start
Video 2 from Second Water Canyon to Paint Mine - [ youtube video ]
Video 3 Paint Mine to slightly past the hill [ youtube video ]
Video 4 Past the hill to Canyon Lake and some time at the Lake [ youtube video ]
Fauna
Fauna
Mallard Duck
Named place
Named place
Boulder Creek - Superstition WA
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one very healthy and blooming lavendar plant
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Jan 19 2020
tibber
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San Tan Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2020
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Hiking7.89 Miles 681 AEG
Hiking7.89 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   3.00 mph
681 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
I was at Cousin Connie's overnite as Ambika and I had hiked Garden-Hackberry Loop the day before and since I was in the area, it's nice to visit with Connie in San Tan Valley. It's a long way to San Tan Valley. After she fed me an Eggs Benedict breakfast and we visited more, I drove the 20 minutes to the Regional Park. I asked the Ranger which way would be best to do the loop and she said left. The parking lot was pretty full but that didn't surprise me for a late Sunday AM. I got started later than I wanted.

This area is very deserty with hills here and there. The saguaros were fat and happy and entertained me with their different shapes. There was lots of creosote and Ironwood trees with the usual smattering of cholla and some octotillo. The trail is definitely very nice and well groomed. As I went up and down the hill though, you could see the rain had worked its magic as there were a few ruts.

Once over the hill you have views to the Picacho Mtns (Newman Peak and Picacho Peak), even thru the haze. So I did some zooming here. I wouldn't see as many people on the back side of this loop but I did see a Crested Saguaro, a coyote and a couple lizards. Most hikers did say hello but there's always those few that have hearing problems I guess. For this part of the hike you go up and down via washes which is a nice change for my hip flexors. I was curious to see whether we would go up toward a saddle I could see in the little mountains to the north of me or if we would continue around. The trail goes around.

As I came up another hill I got the views west to more of the San Tan Mountains and you stay closer to a wash so it was brushier. And then there would be another hill you would come over to get a good view NW to Phx including Camelback and the Phx preserve mountains. It's really quite something to look over the desert covered with brush and saguaros to loads of houses and then run right into those various mountains (Camelback, Phx Preserve, etc).

Heading north down the hill now the trail widens once again. I could also see what I thot were roads on the mountains ahead of me but would learn, those were the Goldmines and those were trails. A little while later I got the Arizona Trail treatment as the trail swerves pretty far west and north before turning east. I actually had to check RouteScout to make sure I was correct and didn't miss a turn. Here is the area I thot I saw a fox but after looking at the picture of my fluffy coyote I had taken earlier, I'm not so sure it was a fox. I tried to follow it for a bit but it got into some trees on the hillside and I lost site of it.

I had gotten hungry a little earlier but that feeling had passed so I continued as the trail finally veered more NE now. There were still smatterings of people and bike riders but never really too bad for the whole hike except closer to the TH. I'm still going up and down the washes altho they seem a little deeper on this north section. I bypassed the junction to the Goldmine Trail that gains pretty steady elevation from what I could see; looked like fun but not today.

As I got closer to the end I wish I had brot a beer but I didn't. And then when I get toward the TH there apparently are two little trails to take to the parking lot (one I had taken this AM) but I took the wrong one that took me to the top of the parking lot; I was parked at the bottom. At this stage, that seemed a bit of an annoyance. However, this is the first time I've ever completed nearly an 8 mile hike without taking a break.

I was walking past the horse trailers and I saw this one had a step for this gal to mount the horse but the horse was havin' none of that :lol: . I changed shoes and drank a pineapple coconut water so that would have to suffice in light of no beer; altho I said, "if there is a brewery somewhere along the way, I'm pulling over to drink and eat". But alas there wasn't. It was mid-afternoon and now was the time for the long drive home. Did you know there is a Gateway Freeway? I didn't either until I was more or less on it and then picked the wrong side of the fork and ended up taking the 202 to the 101 instead of the 202 to the 60. No big deal really as it probably made a 5 minute difference.

One thing to note as well, there are other trails intersecting through out so lots of variations can be done.
Here is part 1 of my heavily narrated video, this is what happens when I hike by myself sometimes. It is a two-parter.
[ youtube video ]
Part 2 after a couple technical issues: [ youtube video ]
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Saguaro - Crested
Culture
Culture
HAZ Food
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one blooming brittle bush
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Jan 18 2020
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Garden Valley - Hackberry LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
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Hiking5.84 Miles 641 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   2.07 mph
641 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
What to do, what to do. Then Ambika called as she just realized it was a 3 day weekend. I had two choices in mind and we went with this one as I was going to go to cousin Connie's later and then Ambika decided we should have lunch with Trish as well. So after meeting up at Q-T off of Idaho, we headed via the lumpy road to the Horse Lot at First Water. However, we would discover that there was plenty of parking at First Water even at 9:30 in the AM. I was quite surprised by that.

Anyway, we geared up and took the connector trail to the main TH. It was a bit nippy with the wind blowing but once we headed on down the trail, it seemed to subside so we took off our vests. This first part of the trail is so pretty. We encountered a few hikers here both coming and going. At First Water Creek there were still a few pools of water and it was running. At the second creek crossing there was also quite a bit of water before you head up the hill to Garden Valley. The trail previous to the creek was very hard. The backlighting made the grasses real pretty.

We encountered a few backpackers as we started heading north. One of them commented about it being chilly; Thus validating my decision not to backpack with ABC this weekend. As you approach the top of the hill to Garden Valley there are now stone steps including some cobblestone :o . Oh my, what is our western Superstition Wilderness coming to? I'm sure it helps mostly for the downside and erosion. They were nicely done.

We looked toward the arch further north as we headed east to the heart of the Valley. The scenery is very nice thru here and as you turn north again. We did come upon the muddy section that was still somewhat muddy but it was easy to go around. I've been up here when that wasn't the case. The horses make pot holes through this. As we reached the furthest side of the valley the scenery is more intense with the lichen covered rockery and it's more brushy and cactusey. Speaking of saguaros, fat and sassy they seem to be. We didn't see any hikers during our hike through the Valley. The view to the beautiful little Four Peaks at the top of the hill makes for some awesome pictures. :)

And then down the hill we went. There has been some trail adjustment since I was last here in Dec 2016, ironically with Ambika. We encountered a few hikers and their dogs here but no one else until we passed a campsite down at First Water. The view to the Mazzies and the Four Peaks are the eye catchers on this trek down to First Water. We could smell the campfire smoke as we approached and wondered how well the fires would be put out down here.

We found a couple places to get down to the creek which still had quite a few big pools and lots of running water; always fun to enjoy the look and sound. And that big boulder that stands up in the middle of the creek still impresses me. As we got closer to Hackberry Spring we encountered some horseback riders. The horses were none too keen on crossing this part of the rocky/watery creek and it was a tad slippery for them.

And from here on out, there were a lot more people. We continued up the creek toward the ranch still encountering a lot of water considering how long it had been since our last rain. A couple of those drainages between the slabs had to be pretty full and hard to traverse a couple weeks ago. We still had to skirt pretty high in one section. But it was pretty awesome nonetheless. We passed by the ranch, sorry to see that the windmill's top is no longer attached.

As we approached the Horselot a small gaggle of girls asked us what was best to do that would be a short hike. So we suggested they take the connector trail to the main TH and then start heading down the trail and just go so far for an hour or so and come back. (Hopefully they would remember which way was back). Makes you wonder how many other people just come out here with no idea and wing it. Hope they had fun.

First Water to north Garden Valley [ youtube video ]
Garden Valley to Hackberry Spring [ youtube video ]
Hackberry Spring area to ranch road [ youtube video ]
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Fauna
Phainopepla
Culture
Culture
Military Aircraft
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Jan 11 2020
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Slummin' with the SloFolks, AZ 
Slummin' with the SloFolks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
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Hiking8.28 Miles 684 AEG
Hiking8.28 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.03 mph
684 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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Got a chance to slum with Greg and Cathy to check out their unique way of getting to the GoJohn area of Cave Creek. I met them at their house, got a short tour (what a great house and location with Black Mountain as your backyard) and then loaded up in their ride. Greg dropped us below a little hill across Cave Creek Rd (Surrey Hills TH) that we would hike from and he would meet us coming off of the P.A. Seitts trailhead. This was all new to me so I was excited to see their route. Sadly they are building a lot of modern houses at the start of this multi-trail TH.

We headed west and hooked up with Greg not too far from the eastern part of the Slate Trail (I had no idea it came clear over here). Our first detour was the Louis Menk Overlook that is a little hill where the trail loops you around for some very nice 360 views and includes a couple benches. The view east is of the Surrey Hills, to the north is Spur Cross, to the west CCRP and south is the cityscape in the far distance.

Our next detour would be to the old Cave Creek Cemetery grounds. There is a marker there with a tall saguaro behind it. It's a very flat and somewhat less brushy area. There is an old telephone line nearby. We commented about being able to call home or some such thing.

We went back to the Slate Trail and took it to cross the creek. They said the creek was way down but you can see how high it was with the debris caught in the dilapidated Salt Cedar bushes. Once across the creek is the start of the loop and we headed NE near the river on the unmarked Military Trail. Greg shared with me some of the history of the area in regard to the route the military on horseback took via the wagons which would have to go around this area rather than thru it. Before we turned to the NW, we looked back at the remaining color on the trees along Cave Creek and at a couple greens of the Rancho Manana Golfcourse as well as their palm trees. Greg tells me it is the 5th green that we can see so well on the side of a hill.

The trail is very nice as we continued on our way. I noticed some stacked rocks that looked like it might have been from an old mine. They had not seen that before so we went and investigated. It was obviously filled in where the adit might have been. A little further down the trail you can see a new house going up to the north which totally spoils the view of course; such a shame. I see there is also another house out there altho you couldn't see it that well from the trail.

Eventually we continued up the long hill to reach the junction with the Quartz Trail where we took a break. We also encountered a bike rider here and two horseback riders. Next up would be to hike north to hook up with the GoJohn Trail as our goal today was 7-8 miles. We noticed a lot of brittlebush ground cover on the mountain as we hiked on its side over to GoJohn. We ran into a few more hikers before we reached the GoJohn.

On the GoJohn Trail, it wasn't too busy as we headed up and down the hill to the junction with the Jaspar Trail. Along the way we noticed some pretty-colored rockery and also caught a cactus wren going off rather loudly. I filmed it and Cathy commented they sound like a car having trouble getting started. Finally the wren quit yelling as her mate finally joined on the top of the saguaro.

Meanwhile, Greg was waiting for us at the Jaspar Trail which we used to join up with the Quartz/Slate Trail as we would swing back to the east. The Quartz/Slate Trail has some nice cactus along the way and we encountered a hiker we had seen earlier who was looping the other way. We passed by the intersection with the Quartz Trail and just a tad later the Flume Trail and continued on the Slate Trail which was covered for much of the way in Greg's favorite PHYLLITE. It is such fascinating material and when you're with the King of Phyllite, it gets noticed and appreciated much more.

Along this part of the Slate Trail there is a nice stance of saguaros right next to the trail and of course, on the hillsides. Eventually the Slate takes you back to the junction to where you started the loop just before crossing Cave Creek. Once again, it was amazing to see how high and wide the debris had gotten. And now at this point, I'm hiking for a TontoRita which Greg had told me about a few miles back. We take the exit off the Slate Trail to the PA Seitts TH on E Cloud Road.

After a quick stop at their house to change shoes/shirts we headed to Tonto Grill. Luckily we got a good table inside the bar and it was 25% off so even better. And yes, the TontoRita lived up to its name.Thank you for the company, hike and dinner; can't get much better than that. We walked over to the Half Way House to check it out. Greg recommends and you can sit and watch the golfers tee off. We finished off the day with coffee at their very nice abode before they finally sent me on my way home.

PS. On behalf of all of us hikers, thx to these two for helping to pay the taxes for many years to buy a lot of this preserve. It certainly was a worthwhile cause.

Here are two videos from our journey around Cave Creek Recreation Park and past its east boundary. All of the music is provided by HAZ's LosDosSloFolks:

Video 1 from Surrey Hills via Slate to Quartz junction:
[ youtube video ]
Video 2 from Quartz junction to Go John to Jaspar and on Slate... if it would ever upload. It's failed three times which is frustrating because then I have to figure out where the glitch is. ](*,) 1-19-2020 after a couple different tries, we now have success [ youtube video ]
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Phyllite
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brittlebush ground cover.
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Jan 04 2020
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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
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Hiking5.20 Miles 964 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.81 mph
964 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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...am still working at putting away Xmas decor that took me three weeks to put up so I didn't have a lot of time for a hike far away.

When I got to the lot at the VC it was pretty packed but the trail was not too bad or as bad as I feared. Today it was counter-clockwise. I felt I did that elevation to Bart's Benchmark fairly easily so I was hoping this would feel the same and it pretty much did. But since I haven't done anything sizeable lately, I was a little tired toward the end.

The London Rocket in one of the washes was already waist-high and there was lots of it sprouting alongside some of the trail on the way up to the Butte. I also hit the west tower hill. The trail was in good shape except for a couple little blowouts on the south-side hill. The ocotillo on this hill was also leafed out.

As I neared the VC I saw a large group coming back and fortunately I got ahead of them to finish off the hike. Didn't get a lot of hellos today but some people did manage to respond back.

Now back to finishing off the videos from HAZ's New Year's hike. I think it's turning out well. Oh, and complete taking down all the Xmas decor. I already had to throw some stuff out as it just won't last another season :lol: . I was going to organize all that I have but I'll do that next season when I have more time. I know TMI.
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