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Jul 15 2018
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
 Routes 149
 Photos 5,534
 Triplogs 1,317

41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sunset Trail #90 - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.20 Miles 372 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
372 ft AEG
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Swampy afternoon on a trail swamped with hikers. Started at the east trailhead, went west to Sabino Creek, admired all of the water pouring off of the cliffs and side drainages, and then hiked back to our start point.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Jun 28 2018
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mount Sneffels via Yankee Boy BasinSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking5.50 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
2,400 ft AEG
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My wife dropped me off en-route to Ouray on the nice portion of Yankee Boy Basin Road, and I managed to hitchhike a bit further. Thanks Mick! Loads of flowers under a very warm and sunny sky as I walked up the road portion. The scree slope on the way to the saddle was not as bad as I had remembered, mostly because I stuck to the boulders on the west side. Watched rockfall from the southwest ridge from hikers; looked a bit sketchy where they were at. Their dislodged boulders looked like bombs going off as they hit a snow patch below.

Felt great to get out of the wind going up the almost snow-free Lavender Col/standard route. Ran into a few others coming down in that area. The V-notch was more intimidating than I had remembered. I had read online that the bottom step had rolled off the mountain or something in recent years. I’m not a climber, class 3 is my comfort limit, so I ended up wedging a new rock step into a strategic spot halfway up the V-notch for my own peace of mind. Much better after that. Made the summit a few minutes later, and had the place to myself.

As I descended, smoke from the 416 Fire changed direction and began to envelop the entire area, turning the sun deep orange, and at one point, blocking it out entirely. An invisible marmot whistled at me from Blue Lakes Trail, and the wind nearly knocked me down a few times. Enjoyed shooting some wildflower photos along the road through Yankee Boy. Struck up a conversation with a fellow hiker on the road, and hitched a ride a second time back to my waiting wife at the Imogene Pass junction. Had dinner in Ouray and spent some time soaking in the hot springs there. Great day, and great to visit old Sneffleupagus again!
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
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May 14 2018
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
 Routes 149
 Photos 5,534
 Triplogs 1,317

41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Jud Wiebe TrailWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar May 14 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,544 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,544 ft AEG
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After work hike, going clockwise. A few flowers were out, aspens just starting to leaf out, and trail was totally dry. Cornet Creek was raging with snowmelt. Passed a jogger while walking with my normal Bigfoot stride. Great hike, only saw a few other people.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
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Mar 14 2018
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
 Routes 149
 Photos 5,534
 Triplogs 1,317

41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking1.50 Miles 1,010 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
1,010 ft AEG
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Sunset hike on the way home from a BLM conference in Phoenix. Made it to the saddle in time for a great sunset. Got a few nice sunset photos while trying to stay upright in a very strong wind.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Mar 06 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 422 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
422 ft AEG
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After work sunset hike to the big sloping rock in the creek bed and back.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Mar 05 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 411 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
411 ft AEG
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Loop plus a side trip to the top of Breccia Hill.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Mar 04 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 04 2018
PrestonSands
Canyoneering5.60 Miles 980 AEG
Canyoneering5.60 Miles
980 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
I - Short 1-2 hours
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Afternoon adventure to check out a portion of Romero Creek I had not explored before. Plenty of boulder hopping, minor scrambling and avoiding temptation of swimming in cold water pools. Looking forward to going back for a swim on a warmer day.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
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Feb 28 2018
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 310 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
310 ft AEG
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Evening hike up Sutherland and back. Cool moonrise over snow-encrusted Mount Lemmon summit on the drive on the drive in, and a good sunset photo of snowy Table Mountain. Heard a Great Horned owl hooting away on the hike in, and a pack of coyotes burst into yipping right next to me as I hiked back in the moonlight. I love having this hike so close to my house.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
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Feb 25 2018
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 313 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
313 ft AEG
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Romero Loop with a side hike to my favorite spot. So nice to see Sutherland Creek flowing again!
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
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Feb 24 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mount BallardTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking2.75 Miles 833 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles
833 ft AEG
 
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Short afternoon hike with my wife while visiting Bisbee for the day. Ventured up the ridge for a bit after hiking the old road in Banning Canyon. Was still fighting a nasty cold, so an easy hike was in order. The vegetation along Ballard’s Ridge is coming back nicely where it had burned a few years back. Always a fun hike on Ballard, even if you don’t make the summit.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
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Feb 22 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mescal Trail #547Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking4.15 Miles 783 AEG
Hiking4.15 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.93 mph
783 ft AEG
 
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Parked at the forest boundary pull off on 89A, and dropped into Meacal Gulch to follow the Mescal Trail on a cold and windy afternoon. Saw all of my familiar favorites, such as the ancient spring trough, the cave that isn’t, the wall of mystery, the Jerome wagon road ruts, and more. If only these hills could speak. Spooked a couple of deer as I turned onto the Bug Hollow Trail. Plenty of cat and bear sign along old Buggy. Just north of the junction with the Powerline Trail, the Bug Hollow Trail has seen a reroute and some fine trail work since my last hike on it in 2013. Thanks to whomever did that. Bug Hollow is first class now, and is even signed at its north end in Mescal Gulch. Great to hike in one of my favorite areas again, even with a nasty head cold. I do love me some Jerome hiking.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Feb 22 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road #503APrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking1.30 Miles 230 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles
230 ft AEG
 
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This was a re-exploration of the west end of the wagon road among the tall pines. Was a bit disturbed to see an abandoned, dead dog while off-trailing from 89A to the canyon bottom. Made my way through a locust thicket to the old stone corral along the wagon road, and then on to the cabin site where I suspect wagon trains may have had an overnight stop. All kinds of smashed beer bottles and whiskey flasks at that spot. 1890’s drunken revelry. Hiked back to my truck after my visit, and then drove on to Mescal Gulch for a nice evening loop hike.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Feb 21 2018
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Flume Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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I took it upon myself to organize my company’s Prescott retreat hike, and Flume Trail sounded like a winner to all involved. Our group of five hiked from Granite Dells Road to the base of Watson Dam, where we climbed up to the top on a fun little boulder scramble route. Came back down and then continued on to Watson Lake. With a group photo taken, we made the short hike back to the work truck and back to Camp Pinerock.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Feb 20 2018
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Aspen Creek Trail #48Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking2.00 Miles 422 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
422 ft AEG
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1st trip
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A work retreat in Prescott called for an evening hike just up the road, so off I went. Managed to get stuck in the mud and ice while turning around on Copper Basin Road. After getting myself free (thanks for the boyhood lesson, dad!), I only had a short window. Hiked up snowy Aspen Creek Trail onto Wolverton ridge to watch the sunset, and then headed back down and into town. Short, but nice to get out and move after a day full of indoor meetings. Nice to see some wooden trail signs on the route now.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Feb 18 2018
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking4.40 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
1,921 ft AEG
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First time hiking Picketpost in 10 years, and it didn’t disappoint. Started up the trail on Sunday morning with the beginning of a cold, and felt sluggish. Talked with a nice couple from Georgia just before negotiating the first wall, which was sketchier than I had remembered. Going up the chute on Picketpost Mountain itself was very enjoyable, with just enough scrambling to make it exciting. Made the top in one hour and twenty minutes, and took a short break to enjoy the view. How someone managed to haul a wrought-iron bench, even though it was in pieces, up there, I don’t know. The hike down went quickly, and I passed quite a number of hikers heading up. Headed to Globe afterward for some antiquing, and then on to the Gila River for some exploration on the way home.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Feb 17 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Stoneman GradeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.25 Miles 709 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles
709 ft AEG
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Late afternoon hike up to an abandoned mine below Silver King. Did a bit of panning in Comstock Wash on the way back. Found nothing of interest, but then again the novelty of panning wears off after about an hour for me. Capped off my adventure with a night hike to the Silver King Cemetery, which was a bit unsettling, but memorable. Camped out afterwards at my old favorite Superior overlook site.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Feb 11 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
270 ft AEG
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Afternoon shorty up to the nearly dried out pool that is my favorite local refuge.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Feb 03 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
1,440 ft AEG
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Chapman
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Chapman was back in town from Missouri for the weekend, so Jason, John, Tim, Javan and myself had a mini-high school reunion in the Superstitions, by hiking up to Fremont Saddle, like old times. Even though we started at first light, the trailhead parking lot was rapidly filling up. A dry and warm winter had left Peralta Canyon bone dry, and the Dudleya succulents among the rocks were withered. The five of us climbed up among the rocks above Fremont Saddle for a nice, long catch-up session. The hordes of hikers were out and coming up the canyon as we made our way back down. So nice to still be able to hike with lifelong friends.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Jan 28 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   3.55 mph
1,125 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Superstition Weekend day 2:

I arrived at First Water Trailhead mid-afternoon and started off to Garden Valley. I had hoped to surprise Chad at his backpacking site, but got too late of a start. A bit warm out for January. Stopped to check out the ruin mound in Garden Valley, and made my turn onto Black Mesa Trail. Nice steady, sweaty climb through the hot basalt country to the summit, then down the scenic east side to Yellow Peak, with a perfect view of Weavers Needle on the O’Grady Canyon descent. The interior valley on the ascent to Parker Pass was Superstition gold to me, with high bluffs above and no sign of anyone else. Ended up passing a number of folks on the last leg to First Water, and struck up a conversation with a friendly Englishman at the trailhead. Came to the unfortunate realization afterwards that longer hikes in Chacos aggravate my tendinitis. Other than that, perfect hike.
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Jan 27 2018
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,802 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   3.29 mph
1,802 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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After a good night’s sleep beneath a gnarled ironwood, I rolled into the always busy Peralta Trailhead, and started east on the Dutchman’s Trail. Barks Canyon and the other wash crossings were bone dry, and the vegetation looked parched and brown. I’ve never seen the Superstitions this dry (or warm) during the winter. I was pouring sweat as I barreled past Miners Needle and up to the Whiskey Spring Trail junction, where the last of the hikers vanished. The sugar sumac trees at Crystal Spring were a welcome, inviting sight, taking me back to youthful backpacking trips. I took a break in the refreshing shade at Bluff Spring, where cool water was trickling out of the spring pipe. Very pleasant. Saw a small amount of standing water in the Barks Canyon crossing on Bluff Springs Trail. Post hike evening included making dinner at Lost Dutchman State Park at sunset, and camping back on the road to Peralta for another superstition hike on Sunday.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bluff Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Steady trickle from the spring pipe.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
average hiking speed 2.93 mph
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