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Jan 10 2020
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,178 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
1,178 ft AEG   2 Hrs   25 Mns Break
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After work hike from Catalina State Park to the Cargodera Spring area. Cargodera, Romero, and Sutherland creeks were flowing well. Lots of poppies sprouting along the trail.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Dec 31 2019
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Table Mountain - CatalinasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking6.40 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles
2,360 ft AEG
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Table Mountain northwest ridge: point 4579’

Hiked from Ram’s Field neighborhood on Oracle Road up the northwest ridge of Table Mountain. I followed a cairned climber’s route up to point 4579’, then turned south to follow the top of the shelf cliffs below Table Mountain’s northwestern face, where I halted my ascent at 4700’ due to time constraints. Great views from point 4579 of Table Mountain’s massive cliff walls, and the savagely rugged pinnacles of upper Alamo Canyon. I just love this part of Pusch Ridge. I was surprised to find a few tiny Hohokam (?) pottery sherds up so high on the mountain side. A memorable and enjoyable hike, with Table Mountain’s cliffs turning bright orange on the sunset descent.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Dec 07 2019
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Alamo Canyon-Ram's Gate loop, AZ 
Alamo Canyon-Ram's Gate loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking5.50 Miles 788 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   3.00 mph
788 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Did this as an easy clockwise loop using Alamo Canyon, the Pirate Fault corridor, Ram’s Gate canyon, and Canada del Oro floodplain. Sightings include a desert tortoise, Hohokam pottery sherds, grinding/mortar holes, and not a single petroglyph. Backyard desert hiking at its finest.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Dec 02 2019
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
 Routes 149
 Photos 5,534
 Triplogs 1,323

42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,137 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   3.37 mph
1,137 ft AEG
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Started from Saguaro picnic area at Lost Dutchman State Park, and went east up Treasure Loop. The sun was setting as I passed Praying Hands onto the north slope of Superstition Mountain, coloring the hills below with a brilliant red-orange hue. Made the turn at hill 3039 and dropped down to the foothills, pushing on into the growing darkness. Returned via Jacob’s Crosscut, never needing to use my headlamp. Great hike! The soil is saturated on the north slopes, so there might be a good wildflower (or weed) season in the spring.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Nov 08 2019
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Rice PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking9.40 Miles 3,375 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   2.70 mph
3,375 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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"Rice Peak via Peppersaucy"

The mountains were calling, so I happily ditched work on a Friday afternoon for something more important (hike time!). I parked amid amber-leaved sycamores near the springs in upper Peppersauce Wash and began hiking up a nameless side canyon I had hiked a week before. Passing the Three C Ranch Mine, I started hiking up Forest Road 4475 toward Rice Peak. Very green and woodsy in this area, reminiscent of the Mazatzals I thought. The road grew steadily steeper, more slippery, and scenic. On the northeast ridge I rounded the "back-through" switch back (the Chumley route? :o ), happy I had not decided to drive this road. The north slope of Rice Peak had a few pines and a pretty ravine with a dried out spring trough and a bit of fall color. Reaching the crest of Oracle Ridge, I turned south to follow Forest Road 4483/the Arizona Trail route, enjoying the incredible views around me as I sweated up the mountainside. The road reached a ridiculous level of steepness as I reached the summit of Rice Peak, where I stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the view and layer-up in the chilly, roaring wind. Descending the summit cone, I explored a bit more of Oracle Ridge before turning around to head back. I butt-surfed a time or two on the steep road on the way down, and stopped to explore the Three C Ranch Mine's tunnels as sunset arrived. My findings in the incline shafts included a rotted, half-eaten deer carcass, mud, and sketchy looking, possibly caved-in routes beyond the main entry level. Another tunnel held bats and a covering of small, crusty sulfur crystals. The last stretch down the nameless side canyon held a surprise deer encounter and the sweet blended smell of sycamore and wood smoke from a hunting camp. Ended the day by meeting my wife for Mexican food in Catalina, a great way to end an afternoon's adventure.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Oct 26 2019
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pioneer Trail #196Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,344 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
1,344 ft AEG
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Arriving in the Pinal Mountains, I drove up to Pioneer Pass, with the ghost town of Pioneer as my destination. Never having been down the south side of the Pinals, I rolled down the window to ask about road conditions from a trio parked at the Pioneer Trailhead. We instantly recognized each other: it was Joe, Bruce, and Karl :) ! Excited, I parked and we caught up for a bit before heading off in different directions. Great to see you guys! I descended the surprisingly well maintained FR 112 toward Pioneer Basin, and found a parking/turnaround spot on the hillside. Setting off on foot, I spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the site of Pioneer, a short-lived town that sprang up in 1882 around a few silver mines. The mines (mostly collapsed) are still there, but every trace of the town is gone, except for a few rock walls and rusty iron pipes buried in the area’s heavy growth of chaparral and cat claw thickets. There is a ranch house (posted private property) and a corral at the site of the old stamp mill, but little else to see. Nice to check this spot off of my list. As sunset arrived, I parted ways with the town’s moo-ing residents, and started back up the hill, taking a side excursion to an old chimney I had seen earlier. Back at my truck after dark, I voyaged north to Globe for the Ghosts of Globe tour, to continue the ghost-themed weekend.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Jul 15 2018
PrestonSands
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42 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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42 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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42 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
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42 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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42 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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42 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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42 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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42 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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42 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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42 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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42 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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42 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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Feb 21 2018
PrestonSands
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42 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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42 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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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
average hiking speed 2.88 mph
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