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Jan 10 2016
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
First Water Trail Head, AZ 
First Water Trail Head, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2016
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Hiking6.00 Miles 485 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
485 ft AEG
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First Water
Unnamed trail towards Hackberry Springs
Unnamed trail that cuts down to the stables / Hackberry Trail
Hackberry trail back to First Water

All trail head parking areas except the Horse lot were at or near capacity today but despite that I only ran into a 1/2 dozen groups. The mud pit on the trail heading east from Garden Valley toward Hackberry should be avoided, I took a wide arch on the south side. Additional note the trail towards Hackberry and shortcut trail I took are rocky and can be rough on the ankles which was the deciding factor to skip Hackberry and take the shortest to complete my hike. First Water was still running at a low level, easy to cross without getting your feet wet. (Distance is a guess)
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Jan 03 2010
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2010
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Hiking5.15 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.29 mph
700 ft AEG
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Popular trail this Saturday, lots of friendly fellow hikers on the trail. Went counter clockwise.
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Jun 09 2008
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2008
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Hiking9.90 Miles 1,120 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles
1,120 ft AEG
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Apr 28 2008
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Park Creek FallsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2008
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,716 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
2,716 ft AEG
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Trail appears to be seldom traveled and was slightly difficult to follow at times. Wildfower's were abundant and varied, I had not previously seen some of the varieties in the lower desert. Didn't make it all the way to the falls but would reccomend this hike after rain or snow melt, got close enough to see there was only trickle of water.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Mar 23 2008
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2008
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Hiking6.20 Miles 1,985 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   3 Hrs      2.07 mph
1,985 ft AEG
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Nice hike, but the wildflowers were not there. Hiked Go John yesterday and comparatively speaking Go John was amazing and in full bloom, Picacho looked like it would mid summer but I saw evidence of the bloom so it's probably too late to see the famed glory of the fields out here.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Mar 22 2008
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2008
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Hiking5.40 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.16 mph
1,260 ft AEG
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Have not been on this trail since it has been vastly improved, intstead of a rocky Jeep trail to start or finish the hike the trail is nicely graded with a few switchbacks. Parking lots were filling up but there's enough trail to allow quite times in between freindly greetings.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Feb 02 2008
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2008
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Hiking5.50 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.44 mph
600 ft AEG
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Parking lot was packed but the loop hike was not bad only ran into a few fellow hikers. On the way back down from the loop I saw in the distance a pack of (10-15) javelinas which was interesting in ten years of hiking I've never seen them before.
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Dec 15 2007
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2007
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,275 ft AEG
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I do not recall the last time that the visibility was this great, I could clearly see snow remaining on the four peaks.
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Dec 11 2007
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
First Water TH to Canyon LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2007
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Hiking7.30 Miles 1,589 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles
1,589 ft AEG
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On Sunday I did a hybrid version of this hike from the 'Horse Trailer' parking lot there is a old jeep road that you can head north on for a few minutes and if you look towards your right there are several opportunites to switch over to a single track/horse trail that follows a wash down to First Water Creek which was flowing at a decent rate. Follwed the creek for a mile or so, climbed to a high view point and figured any further and I would be getting wet. Headed back towards garden valley and followed a ?cow? path cross trail towards the first water parking lot then another ?cow? trail back to the car.
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Dec 02 2007
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Fossil Springs Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2007
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Hiking8.75 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles
1,785 ft AEG
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Late start at 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon after the recent heavy rain, the main road was in great condition but the short leg from the road to the trail parking was not passable in a car or any other low clearance vehicle. Bit surprised (but probably should not have been) to find ice and snow (AZ version of snow, what others would likely call hail) on the shaded portions of the trail. I'd like to say I made it half way down b/f turning around but that may be optimistic..regardless this is a great hike and I am looking forward to returning with the proper clothing and gear...shorts and a two tee shirts was not one of my more well thought through ways of staying warm.
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Nov 28 2007
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2007
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.86 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Shaved a few minutes of my recent average time, working towards beating 30 minutes on the way up, probably could have dropped a minute or two more if I had not had to stop several times to pick up trash...why do people think it is ok to discard plastic bottles and food wrappers anywhere but into a trash can?
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Nov 24 2007
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2007
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Hiking2.40 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.80 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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Nov 24 2007
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2007
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.57 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Feeling motivated I decided to hike Cholla after Piestawa and was surprised to find the I knocked a few minutes off my average time.
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Nov 16 2007
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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2007
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Hiking5.40 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   4 Hrs      1.35 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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Tough hike but well worth the effort, views are unsurpassed.
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Nov 14 2007
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2007
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.40 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Nov 12 2007
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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2007
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Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.97 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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The city of Phoenix was holding an event hiking event and were shuttling people between local hikes which added to the usual crowd...however everyone seemed to enjoying the experience and sharing stories of their favorite hike. Despite the crowd only had to wait 10 minutes for parking at 10:00 am.
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Nov 04 2007
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2007
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Oct 14 2007
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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Tortilla Creek - Lower LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2007
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Hiking3.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
700 ft AEG
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Scrambled a few miles through the rock strewn creek bed, hike is low on the reward to effort scale but will come back to when the creek is running to give it a second chance.
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Sep 22 2007
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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Elephant Mountain Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2007
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Hiking7.80 Miles 855 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   3 Hrs      2.60 mph
855 ft AEG
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Looks like there have been many improvements to the trail lately good hike, a bit elevation so you get a workout and if you do the full loop once you get off of EM the spur cross trail would be a terrific running trail for those so inclined.
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Feb 17 2007
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 Triplogs 30

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 Joined Mar 17 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2007
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.12 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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In respect to parking I spoke with a PV officer who indicated that if you park on the East side of Invergordon you are less likely to get a ticket (for questionable parking) as that it is in the Phoenix jurisdiction and they rarely patrol this street. Not sure if it's Phoenix or Scottsdale but the PV officer who was handing out tickets on the West side had no issue with me parking on the East side as it was out of his jurisdiction.
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