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Apr 23 2006
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66 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Boyce ThompsonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2006
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I wanted to get out there later in the day so that I could get good pics not knowing that BT closed at 5. Anyway, as always a great hike and so many pictures to take in spite of the early closing time.

I happen to know the former curator fomr 1948-62 and he had given us a little tour last year so it means so much more to see all of the plant life. He is responsible for a lot of these tall trees that were planted from seed. He is still excited to see the fruits of his labor 50 years later. I'd say he must have immense patience to plant some of those trees from seed.

I got a spectacular picture of a Northern Cardinal among many other photos. The IRIS were in full bloom and absolutely wonderful. But I love all the cactus too. Needless to say, they had to kick me out but I was still able to get my fair share of pics in 2 hrs.
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Apr 19 2006
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66 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2006
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Hiking3.00 Miles 319 AEG
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A few wildflowers (took a picture of the few bloomers incl globe mallow and gold coin) were out along with some cute bunnies. Not many folks on the trail. Weather was wonderful (mid 80s). The trail seems in great shape. I took most of my pictures going and then headed back straight without taking too many photos..
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Mar 15 2006
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66 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2006
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Hiking3.00 Miles 319 AEG
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Great hike today but no wildflowers. You could see the snow on the Four Peaks and surrounding mountains but there was such a haze there wasn't any point in taking photographs. First time I've hiked Pinn Peak and not taken a picture. No critters either and very few birds. Met a couple dozen hikers on the trail which seems to be in quite good shape.
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Feb 25 2006
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2006
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I actually did this hike in 3.5 hrs including stopping for lots of photos and a 10 min. lunch at Cave Creek. I followed Trish's directions and didn't take one wrong turn but I did appreciate the rock cairn with a rock pointing the direction by the white rock area.

It is a nice hike with lots to see but I definitely think it's better to start clock-wise as Trish had suggested. That trail over to Elephant Mtn looked barely used for sure. I did run into a couple people on the trial and a couple people on horseback as far as the Rondo rock turn off.

It is still so suprising to see Cave Creek running after not having rain for so long. But when it does run fuller it looks like it can be ferocious by the looks of the folded over brush. I wonder what it's normal depth is as it's a good thing there are big boulders in several areas to cross.

Instead of taking the Spur Cross Trail all the way back I switched over to Metate as I had been on it the weekend before. It's a sahauro forrest and provides some nice shade for that last bit of the hike.
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Feb 18 2006
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Spur Cross TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2006
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SPUR CROSS looping back on METATE: I made a wrong turn right off the bat :? (turned right at the picnic area) and climbed a small hill; soon realized there really wasn't much of a trail or tracks and came back down and headed up the Spur Cross Trail (an old jeep road) until you come to Cave Creek.

I wanted to hook up with the Metate but apparently didn't see the sign so went across Cave Creek and travelled a little further north on Spur Cross. When I realized I wasn't turning west; I figured I must have missed the turn so I hiked back to Cave Creek, went up the hill and saw the sign for the Metate Trail.

The Metate Trail takes you above Cave Creek, through some larger brush and some gigantic sahuaros that provide much needed shade. You can also do a quick detour on the Towhee Trail that takes you closed to Cave Creek and then back up to the Metate. The colors are so shocking with the sycamore trees dotted here and there. The trail had quite a few hikers and horseback riders on it at different intervals. It's about a 2.5 mile hike or so; however for me this day it probably was over 3 miles. :lol:
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Feb 12 2006
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Overton Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2006
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This was my first venture to the Cave Creek Trail system. It was a great hike with several ups and downs but nothing major. I hiked clockwise. I want to do the Go John but I like to try out a smaller hike first so that I can get the lay of the land. This is a quick hike; I'll get it down to 1:15 hike time or less when I don't take as many pics; maybe even less.
The trail is well marked. I didn't run into but about 5 other hikers. This was on a Sunday afternoon; weather was perfect! I remember pausing as I couldn't get over how quiet it was...
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Feb 05 2006
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 Phoenix, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2006
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I hadn't tried this hike in some time and in fact, last year, my friend and I only made it a little more than 1/2 way. I have only hiked Cholla Trail twice and this was my third time. I did make it but whew, there's quite a bit of climbing. I'm always glad for the chair rail supplied by mother nature for part of that.
I did, however, lose my expensive camera battery; well, I really didn't lose it, I went to change it and I guess I was a little too close to the edge and when I dropped it, it headed right for a ledge :twisted: . I can see but can't quite get to it. Oh well, it made for a fast hike down since I couldn't take pics anymore.
I hooked up with some people from MT, where I used to live, and so it made for great conversation to make up for the $50 battery. But, it only cost $30 when you order it online; thank goodness.
It's a tough hike and one I would only want to do once a year I think.
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Jan 28 2006
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2006
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Hiking2.40 Miles 1,200 AEG
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I've actually hiked Squaw Peak several times. I took lots of photos as this was my first of this year. It seems like they've made some improvements.
I actually photographed my first road runner. This is always a good hike. I spent 15 mins on top; lots of hikers out (2pm - 4:15ish).
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Dec 26 2005
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66 female
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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2005
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,366 AEG
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I've also done this hike a couple times but my brother was down visiting from Dillon, CO so I wanted him to check it out. There were 4 of us on the hike, 3 with cameras and 1 with a camcorder. As usual, it is a great hike but longer than you think if you're just a casual hiker. We had a 20 min. or so lunch on top of a big rock and enjoyed the awesome view. As my other brother said, this hike is great the moment you start. It's always rewarding.

I also took my brother over to the east side of Fremont Saddle so that you could see the 4 Peaks. It was a great day for the hike; and no one slipped or fell - in our family, everyone usually takes their turn :wink: . There were quite a few hikers on the trail & we had to park at the ancillary parking lot. We hiked from about 12:15 or so.
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Jul 14 2005
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Saint Mary Falls and Virginia Falls TRNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2005
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from the Sunpoint Trailhead we hiked past St Mary Falls to Virginia Falls. Many, including almost us, have mistook the smaller falls on your way to Virginia Falls (past St Mary Falls) as Virginia Falls but Virginia Falls is almost 100 ft tall. Still the beauty of these smaller cascades (I believe they are called Smaller Virginia Falls) with a wonderful mountain back drop is great for your first taste of Virginia Falls. And per a normal falls destination hike, as you get closer the sound gets louder. The anticipation is just a killer cuz you think any minute now you're going to round a corner to see it.
It was a glorious morning for the hike and Virginia Falls didn't let us down. We hiked around the area, including some boulder hopping and did some exploring and enjoyed the beautfiful colors of Virginia creek bed and the Falls from different angles.
It is a relatively easy trail and there are at least two other trails you can take from there... I think they are the trail to Gunsight Pass and Red Eagle Mountain.
By the way, Glacier has a new Shuttle system as of 2007 and it stops almost everywhere so there are no worries about having two vehicles if you want to do longer one way hikes.
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Jul 13 2005
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Saint Mary Falls and Virginia Falls TRNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2005
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Hiking3.20 Miles 350 AEG
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My brother and I took the St Mary Boat ride to Baring Falls where the Naturalist than took us to St Mary Falls. It is a fairly easy trail and the Naturalist talked about the flora and geology of the park. We did see one huckleberry bush (I and the bears love huckleberrys) but it didn't have any berrys. The hike is in shade most of the way.

As you round a corner you can hear the roar of the Falls and though they aren't tall the sound and amount of water is voluminous. St Mary Falls actually comes out of two different chutes into a creek that leads to St Mary Lake. One can't get over the turquoise hue and the little rainbow where the falls hits the creek.

You have the option here to make a quick trip to Virginia Falls but we decided to wait until the day we would be leaving the park as we had made plans to take a horseback ride in Many Glacier plus a trip on the Going to the Sun Road.
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Jul 12 2005
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Going-to-the-Sun-RoadNorth Central, MT
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Since Hank went to the trouble of posting the GTTSR description, I thot I would post my trip and pictures. In the pictures, you will be able to see the scene in 2005 and in some cases, I will show you the picture from this year which is almost 3 yrs to the date.

We were staying at the KOA in my brother's "Big Rig" motor home at St Mary's and had to rent a suburban so as to accomodate my niece's baby seat, two moms, my brother and his wife and me. We drove the road both ways, going from the east side and turning around just after heading down on the west side. We got out quite a bit as there is just so much to take in. It's nice that no one on this road is in a hurry so the traffic, though somewhat plentiful, is polite.

It was an absolutely glorious day with lots of wildflowers in bloom and some mountain goats out and about. We did get out at the Visitors Center at Logan Pass and spend 1/2 hour or so. We were lucky to find parking as it is very crowded mid day. The glacier lillys were amazing.

This drive is a "must do" if you get near Glacier Park. I always take it even if it's slightly out of the way as I am going from Kalispell to the east side or visa versa.
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Jul 11 2005
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Avalanche Lake GNPWestern, MT
Western, MT
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2005
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Hiking5.00 Miles 505 AEG
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After ending up parking at the Avalanche Campground due to being in a 33ft motor home, we headed on to the Trail of the Cedars. When we got to the gorge, we left my mother, and my in-laws and niece behind and headed up the Avalanche Lake Trail.
The weather was grand though slightly overcast. The gorge itself is just incredible with that blue glacial water rushing through. The colors of it and around it are so intense. The trail is fun as it winds through the forest and along the rushing creek for a piece. The lighting sprang in and around the forest showing off its green floor dashed with bits of color here and there.
The anticipation of the lake makes the hike seem longer as you work your way until you can see out of the top of the forest, first to the left and then eventually a sneak preview in front. When the trees clear from view, the magnificence of our earth is never grander... well it is in many other areas of Glacier National Park (GNP)and elsewhere, but for this moment it was stunning.
We spent about 20 minutes taking in the view and another hiker offered to take our picture which was very nice so that we didn't have to set up the timer on the camera. There were quite a few other people at the lake and along the trail but who can blame them.
We tried to pick up the pace on the way back but that's really hard for me when I have a camera in my hand. We did see a deer on the way back.
Unfortunately, part of the Trail of the Cedars was blocked off so we had to retrace our steps once we made it back to the gorge area.
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Apr 20 2005
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Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2005
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Hiking3.50 Miles 319 AEG
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Oh I had to get up there one more time to see what wildflowers were still standing. I wasn't disappointed and there was a full moon too.
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Apr 03 2005
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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2005
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,366 AEG
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Once again, a great hike but we did encounter a racoon-tailed snake that really didn't want to move so that we could get by. This is the first time I've encountered a snake in the 4 yrs or so that I've been hiking. Fortunately, the snake decided that since we all outnumbered him, he would go back to his hiding place. Now, every time I go by that area; I'm lookin' for it.
This was a great hike for lots of wildflowers. I don't know how many pics I took but I couldn't get enough. It's been such a fabulous year for wildflowers! :)
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Mar 21 2005
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Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Had to go up before the Rocky Pte trip and get some more photos of the wildflowers. All I can say is WOW!! also got some more bunny shots & misc. bird photos too. Ain't life grand :)
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Mar 18 2005
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Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
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Ran into some bunny rabbits and got some good photos for my Easter card e-mails. Oh, and several hummingbird photos too.... oh yes, and some wildflowers.
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Mar 13 2005
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Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2005
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Hiking3.90 Miles 1,113 AEG
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This was a great hike with all the wildflowers in full bloom. But I tell you, it looks all fake... you know the green carpet effect in the desert. When I send the pics to people they ask me if I've colorized them and I say, no - that's the rain.
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Feb 27 2005
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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,366 AEG
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I had to drive through water 5 times just to get to the trailhead. But you know what that means. I'm going to find running water on the hike and indeed I did. There's something about running into water in the desert; it's such a joyful moment. I'm not sure why it took so long since I didn't take a lot of pics. Oh well.
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Feb 05 2005
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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
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This was an off and on again day for the weather. I hiked with my brother and 3 members of his family. 3 of us had cameras and we had some great subjects; both with them and Mother Nature. It was pretty windy at Fremont Saddle so we didn't hang around too long. Plus, I forgot the sandwiches :cry: .
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