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Nov 26 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking4.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
700 ft AEG
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Sutherland foothills-Romero Canyon mini-loop:

Followed Sutherland and Romero Canyon Loop trail to the wilderness boundary, then turned off on the Breccia Hill* route. Dropped down the rock ramp to the base of Breccia Hill, then followed the creek up into lower Romero Canyon’s box. Found some small, stagnant pools among the massive boulders in the canyon, and some ash trees turning gold. Big excitement for me was my second Coatimundi sighting ever. It was mummified, skeletal, and it’s head had come off (a Dumb and Dumber line came to mind), but I’m still counting it as a sighting. I’m looking forward to seeing water flowing through this area for some long awaited wallowing opportunities. Took the Romero Gateway* route across the flats back to Sutherland at the wilderness boundary, and followed Sutherland back to the trailhead. Fun afternoon mini-adventure.

*my names for unnamed routes
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Isolated ash trees turning yellow. Some minor sycamore color, too.

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A few small stagnant pools, but most of the canyon was bone dry.
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Nov 25 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Juniper Flats MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking3.25 Miles 822 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles
822 ft AEG
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Juniper Flats Mountain/Juniper benchmark 7110 peak: a short hike during our Bisbee day trip. The road out to Juniper Flats was better than I had remembered. Could’ve driven it, but the views are nice and so was the road hike. At the 3-way road junction, the main road out to the Flats was closed due to road construction. We took the far right fork to the radio tower summit, thankful for tiny patches of shade on a very warm autumn day. The vegetation looked very dry, even the agaves were withering. After peaking over the edge of the west summit, we took a spur road to its end at a campsite, and then began following a faint social trail further east. We went up and over a small false summit before reaching the 7110’ benchmark summit and register. Saw no one on our hike, as expected. The return hike was quick, and we were soon our way into Bisbee for afternoon fun.
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Nov 24 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 370 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
370 ft AEG
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Evening workout hike with Shauna. Did extra laps on the horse trail bypass and stairs for some cardio.
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Nov 15 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking3.35 Miles 977 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles
977 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Group hike with the work crew, first time on this trail for all of us. A bit warm today, and I was thankful for high clouds. Pretty much a straight forward hike after reading the hike description. The turnoff for the Wave Cave trail from Carney Springs Trail was marked with a huge rock pile. I was surprised at how big this alcove was. Very cool place.
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Nov 14 2017
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking2.60 Miles 267 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
267 ft AEG
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Quick loop after dark. Very quiet evening.
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Nov 12 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking4.20 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
650 ft AEG
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Sutherland-Romero extended loop. We saw at least 10 mortars/metates, numerous sherds, a broken arrowhead, a fox skeleton, and no water at all in Romero Canyon on our afternoon, off trail loop. Need rain!
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Nov 06 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking2.30 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
210 ft AEG
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Morning jog
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Nov 04 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking2.30 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
210 ft AEG
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Shauna and I on an evening loop.
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Nov 02 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Flagstaff North Urban TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
140 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Urban jog/speed hike up Milton from my hotel to downtown, and then back.
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Nov 01 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 370 AEG
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370 ft AEG
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Night hike after work under a bright moon. The evening rain on Oct 30 must have been significant, judging from the appearance of wet rivulets in the creek bottom and new erosion on the trails. Saw the mysterious basset hound walkers who never acknowledge me. Ever.
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Oct 27 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Linda Vista Trail - LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking2.00 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
450 ft AEG
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Morning loop before work. Nothing interesting.
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Oct 25 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking2.30 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
210 ft AEG
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Night hike. Saw a skunk.
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Oct 24 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking2.30 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
210 ft AEG
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Oct 22 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Swift Trail (State Hwy 366)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
Met up with Chad bright and early after another all-nighter working at the telescope on Mount Graham, and we started up the Swift Trail. The focus of the day was to tour the Pinalenos and see first hand the effects of the Frye Fire of June 2017. Our first stop of the day was at a small canyon that I had passed so many times without ever stopping to explore it. This little hidden gem was loaded with changing maples and flowing water.

As we passed the top end of the Shake Trail, we entered into the main burn area of the Frye Fire. Pitchfork Canyon looked like it had been skewered by the Devil’s flaming pitchfork. A mountain side of black sticks where a lush stand of mature firs had once provided dense shade. The Arrow Tree still stood.

Stop 2 was at Snow Flat. Most of this area had fared well, with the exception being the back road to Treasure Park (Treasure Park via Snow Flat hike is charcoal city). Hospital Flat had some damage but is still beautiful, I think.

Stop 3 was Grant Hill Trailhead. Grant Hill was almost entirely consumed in a crown fire. Hopefully aspens will thrive here in the coming decades, but it looks pretty bad right now, and the trail loops on it are closed for the foreseeable future. We talked with the Squirrel Girl here, and heard the latest Red Squirrel census, which was pretty grim (35 found during the post-fire count, I heard).

The Grant Creek area didn’t look too bad, with only moderate fire damage, as we approached Stop 4: Cunningham Campground, next to the western trailhead of the Cunningham Loop. We talked with some
Forest Service employees briefly, and checked out the the Grant Creek Trailhead before continuing on. The Moonshine Creek area fared well, with fall aspens and ferns adding some color.

The Fort Grant overlook revealed Grant Creek Canyon to have a mosaic burn pattern, with plenty of green forest left intact.

Approaching Columbine through the singed spruce-fir, we turned down Bible Camp Road toward the Deadman-Highline Trailhead. Bible Camp Road had seen mosaic burn, and while there was heavy damage in places, there were some patches of surviving spruce-fir. I knew that much of Deadman had been thoroughly torched, but I had hope that my trail sign might have survived. As we rounded the first corner of Deadman, there was the trail sign I had made in 2010, perfectly undamaged among burned logs. I couldn’t believe it, and it was one of the few sights that day that made me smile. I unbolted my soot-covered creation to bring it home, as Deadman-Highline, my favorite Pinaleno trail, will probably not ever reopen.

The next stop was one Chad and I were both apprehensive over: Columbine Corral/Ash Creek Trailhead. We had heard that Ash Creek and Webb Peak were severely burned and a sea of black sticks. Sadly, that was true. The jewel of the Pinalenos was completely devoid of green, save for some small aspen and raspberry sprouts in places. Heartbreaking. On to the next spot...

Soldier Creek Campground looked great, just like old times.

As we drove toward Chesley Flat across the black skeleton slopes of Webb Peak, we wondered if any of the top was untouched by this mega-fire. Fire damage beyond Chesley Flat was less severe, and finally ceased at the turnoff for Riggs Lake. There is some ground fire evidence on the east side of Riggs, but very minor. We walked around the lake on the Lakeshore Trail, finally able to see a healthy, familiar favorite.

We continued down the last mile plus of the Swift Trail through the unburned forests of old, to the Clark Peak Trailhead, where we started the CP Flat Loop hike. The west end of the Pinalenos was deserted and we enjoyed a great hike through the aspens and mixed conifer woodland.
The rugged cliffs of Grandview Peak above Hell’s Hole looked amazing with a small strip of golden aspens clinging precariously.

Making our way home, I pulled over at Chesley Flat to check out the upper end of the Blair Canyon Trail and the old “spooky woods” area. This area was on the edge of the Webb Peak inferno and sustained heavy but not total damage. Still some survivor trees, including the tumor tree, and the ancient Blair Canyon Trail sign.

We continued back down the mountain, discussing our findings and thoughts on the matter, and made one final stop at the upper Shake Trailhead to see trees caked in red retardant from the fire.

Back on the straightaway at the base of the Pinalenos, Chad headed for home, and I grabbed a sandwich at Mount Graham Market for dinner on the road to home.

A few observations, which are totally my opinion...
Most of the burn area, which includes the majority of the top of the Pinalenos, appeared to me to have about 50% tree mortality. Of that 50%, a large portion of these trees were covered in dead needles with no sign of green (heat scorched trees, rather than burn, maybe?). The most severe burn areas appeared to be Pitchfork Canyon, Grant Hill, Ash Creek, and Webb Peak. The least severe/most green areas appeared to be Snow Flat, the area north of Hospital Flat, and Grant Creek watershed. The top of Graham Ridge between Shannon Campground and the summit of Mount Graham was severely burned, with almost total tree mortality. Severe erosion scarred most of the drainages and creeks on top. I won’t discuss my personal feelings here, other than to say the burn was worse than I had feared. I still love the Pinalenos, and always will, but they sure do look rough right now. I might post a photo set.

Chad, thanks for another great adventure! Much better to see sights like this with a like-minded friend.
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Oct 19 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Running with wolves in Ramah NM, NM 
Running with wolves in Ramah NM, NM
 
Run/Jog avatar Oct 19 2017
PrestonSands
Run/Jog3.50 Miles 300 AEG
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300 ft AEG
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Trail jog up past the wolf sanctuary south of Ramah, while on a work retreat. The furry fellas do love to howl! Beautiful country.
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Oct 17 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking2.60 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
210 ft AEG
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Night hike after work. Came across 2 western diamondbacks within two minutes.
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Oct 16 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 610 AEG
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610 ft AEG
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After work exercise hike. Had a surprise buzz from a diamondback rattler, who was crawling under a rock to escape.
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Oct 15 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,041 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
2,041 ft AEG
 
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After waking up to warm sunlight flooding into my tent at the Icehouse Trailhead, I threw my pack together with thoughts of an Icehouse-Kellner loop and started down Icehouse Canyon Trail, into the golden aspens and chilly air. Morning light provided plenty of great photos of brilliant, backlit autumn maples, and I progressed slowly through the upper canyon. Farther down, I discovered what I believe may have been the old ice pond workers’ cabin site, uncovered by the Pinal Fire, complete with broken 1880’s beer bottle fragments. Came across a couple of new ice ponds that I had not seen before, as well.

Getting close to the Telephone Trail junction, I turned off on a side trail to the west to check out Fritzski’s “cave” mines. Could not find any information on these old mine tunnels, nor any sign of surface mineralization that would indicate what the miners might have been after. By the time I reached the second mine tunnel, I decided to off-trail-it up the western wall of Icehouse Canyon to hit the Kellner Canyon Trail at the 6600 foot contour. A few boulder mazes, scree slopes and nasty manzanita barriers later, I stumbled onto the freshly worked Kellner Canyon Trail, a veritable highway.

The majority of gambel oaks along Kellner were bright yellow and orange, with minimal burn damage to be seen. Had a fun deja vu moment approaching the Kellner Sawmill site that transported me back to my October 2010 hike here. I had forgotten how many old, rusted relics there were at the sawmill site, so I roamed around for a bit, taking in the scene. Upper Kellner Canyon proper was glowing with fall color.

The last leg of my loop took me down the Pinal Peak/651 Road back to the Icehouse Trailhead, with a short side hike on an unmarked road north of Signal Peak along the way. Hiked down the upper part of Telephone Ridge for a bit before calling it a day and driving home. I always enjoy me some Pinal time.
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Oct 14 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,645 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
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It had been awhile since I’d had some quality time with Globey, so after attending to business in town, I made the bumpy drive up to the top of Icehouse on a Saturday afternoon. The road was in good shape overall, with only a couple of post-fire washouts where the road had been rebuilt. This was my first visit to the Pinals following the Pinal Fire of May 2017, and I was quite interested in seeing how the mountains had fared. The forests on top were largely in great condition, and had come through the fire with a forest floor clean out, mostly. Nice to see. I started down Icehouse that afternoon with the intention of doing a loop back via Telephone Trail and Telephone Ridge, but the aspens and maples gave such a show that I just stayed in Icehouse, shooting photo after photo. With daylight running low, I climbed out of Icehouse and dropped into upper Sixshooter Canyon for a quick hike. Fall color looked great there too. I went as far as the Telephone Trail junction, and explored the old Bremen Sawmill Site. Darkness arrived quickly, so I returned to the upper trailhead, and drove down the mountain into Globe for dinner at La Casita. After grabbing some snacks for the next day, I drove back up to the top of the Pinals again and camped out at the upper Icehouse Trailhead.
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Oct 13 2017
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking2.30 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
210 ft AEG
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After work loop. Toasty, and still plenty of grasshoppers among the bushes.
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