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Mar 05 2019
CannondaleKid
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68 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Overnight Backpack Test, AZ 
Overnight Backpack Test, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 05 2019
CannondaleKid
Backpack3.00 Miles 130 AEG
Backpack3.00 Miles2 Days         
130 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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Short overnight for 2 tests:
#1 Tracey's new backpack = Worked great! :y:
#2 Can I sleep on the ground again = Not yet, even with two inflatable pads ](*,)
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Feb 27 2019
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68 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Sycamore Creek ATV/4x4 Loop, AZ 
Sycamore Creek ATV/4x4 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,499 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.24 mph
1,499 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Tracey wasn't about to accompany me when I did a lasso loop out here in mid-July of 2017 when it hit 105°. But with an anticipated high a full 35° LESS, I figured this would be the perfect time for bringing Tracey along. We made just one adjustment... flip-flopping the lasso loop so we wouldn't have to fight/drive through all the ATV's/4x4's to where I began the hike in 2017.

So, this time we started from the ATV parking area just west of AZ 87, headed south on an as yet unauthorized ATV/4x4 trail until the first intersection, which is where the beginning of our loop part began. We turned right to avoid the oncoming ATV/4x4 traffic approaching from our left.

Thankfully we were just fast enough we were already onto an old pack trail before they reached us. By doing so, we would hike the loop counter-clockwise.

I tried numerous times along the way to get just the right photo of Four Peaks to the east as well as Sycamore Creek to the west but for some reason my camera was acting weird and the photos seemed either washed out or too dark. I deleted most of them, only posting the least-bad of the batch.
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Feb 26 2019
CannondaleKid
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68 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Needle Vista Hackberry Loop, AZ 
Needle Vista Hackberry Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,605 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   1.95 mph
1,605 ft AEG      10 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Between rough road and all the photo-tourists we chose Needle Vista instead of First Water. With only one car in the lot we chose well.

We began along the well-defined trail but in a constant search for the best photo-op viewpoint we soon left the trail and followed a route leading from one high-point to another, and another, eventually dropping onto the drainage/horse trail from Horse Staging to First Water Creek.

After crossing the creek decided on doing the loop counter-clockwise. We took the out-and-back side-trip to the mine. I had a flashlight this trip but Tracey wasn't having any of going into the mine so we just turned around and headed back, stopping for our lunch break along the way.

A few precarious creek crossings but neither of us got wet so no worries there. For the return leg we climbed westward up the horse trail, took a right at the fence and pretty much followed the trail all the way back to Needle Vista.

Somebody has been installing fresh Hackberry Spring Trail signs all willy-nilly... and they make no sense at all. We passed three separate intersections, each sporting signs showing the trail coming from our left and turning toward us, heading east.
#1. If we turned left at the first sign, we would never reach #2.
#2. If we continued past #1 and turned at #2, we would never reach #3.
#3. Only if we continued past #1 & #2 would we reach the third "Hackberry Spring Trail" intersection.
So which is correct? #1, #2 or #3? Or NONE of them?
Now we had our own route and we don't need no signs, but for folks not sure of where they are going... well I guess that's what provides job security for the S&R folks.
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Feb 14 2019
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68 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Peak 2563 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad, AZ 
Peak 2563 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.80 Miles 1,011 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   1.28 mph
1,011 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Planned to hit Peaks 2563, 2460 & 2881 but cut it short after 2563 when the rain started.
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Feb 12 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Pirate High Horse Loop, AZ 
Pirate High Horse Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,765 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   2.32 mph
1,765 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Out along the pirate trail and back on High Horse.
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Feb 10 2019
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68 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Documenting Trail Construction, AZ 
Documenting Trail Construction, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.50 Miles 1,992 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   1.88 mph
1,992 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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I planned to scale Peak 2303 early then spend the morning glassing the area in hopes of catching sight of game. So I bundled up for the chilly morning and filled my pack with everything I might need to stay comfortable.

That plan lasted just long enough to encounter more illegal mountain-bike trail construction. It was obvious it had been done yesterday so for the second Saturday in a row someone was actively working on the trail.

Last Saturday one man had completed .3 mile when I caught him red-handed and he stopped. But now a week later, some distance farther west a full 1.2 miles of trail was constructed. This did not include the rest of the 3.25 miles which have already been marked off. So with 1.5 miles already done, if this keeps up the whole 3.25 miles will be completed before the end of the month.

So instead of a 'lazy' morning of observation it became a morning of photo and video documentation, all of which has been forwarded to the Forest Service. As a result I will accompany Forest Service staff for an on-site inspection early in the week.

Unfortunately, no matter whether those responsible will be stopped from further construction, what has already been completed simply cannot be undone.
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Feb 09 2019
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Idaho Bulldog Loop, AZ 
Idaho Bulldog Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,145 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   1.83 mph
1,145 ft AEG      5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Thought about hitting up The Mask again but got side-tracked by movement of what appeared to be a good-sized animal (not human anyway) up near the Ironwood Ridgeline so I just had to check it out. Whatever it was went over the southern saddle and down toward the SW. Not wishing to keep following it, I wandered around just long enough to get hungry so I stopped for a quick PB & J before heading back down, taking a wide clockwise loop before crossing the trail which led back to the Idaho TH.
You may note, I said crossing the trail, not following it. I didn't want to follow the wash all the way back so I took the longer scenic route... as in, I saw plenty of up-close scenery as I dropped down and climbed out of each drainage long the way.
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Feb 08 2019
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Peak 2311 Loop, AZ 
Peak 2311 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.90 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   1.98 mph
814 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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CCW loop, returned on-and-off the downhill bike trails.
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Feb 07 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Stewart Mountain Dam PetroglyphsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.20 Miles 659 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   1.86 mph
659 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Started along Bush Highway, followed the horse trail to the petroglyphs and view over the dam. Headed back on a route up and over the top, stopped for a short PB-and-J snack with a direct sight-line to the petroglyph on a large boulder. Dropped down to Bush Highway, crossed it and followed the old road to the piles of blue-gray boulders then looped clockwise around the small peaks and back to the car.
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Feb 06 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
East Goldfields Loop, AZ 
East Goldfields Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,404 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.30 mph
1,404 ft AEG      5 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Quick loop on a brisk & breezy day with crisp clean air.

The only thing of note during the hike was Tracey testing out her Sawyer water filter in preparation for an upcoming backpacking trip.
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Feb 05 2019
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Stinger Trail Filming, AZ 
Stinger Trail Filming, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.70 Miles 919 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   3.23 mph
919 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Filmed the Stinger Trail while mapping the official GPS route for the Guide. I ended up with over 40 minutes of GoPro video. Not sure yet how I will split up the videos before posting.

Following the trail clockwise, it starts off easy on a steady downhill, then quite technical, medium, technical again, a flat section, then a long steady uphill to the east end.

I've ridden the eastern section of Stinger in the opposite direction, which is a blast, but I will want to ride the western section clockwise.
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Feb 03 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Documenting Trail Construction, AZ 
Documenting Trail Construction, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.30 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.28 mph
814 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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Documented the .3 mile of trail construction done yesterday as well as 3/4 mile of the 'ribboned' proposed route with 40 minutes of GoPro video and 58 photos, which I have turned over to the Forest Service for further action.
(I will not post photos or video publicly until/unless the Forest Service has issues with me doing so.)
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Feb 02 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Wild Horse Wandering, AZ 
Wild Horse Wandering, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.30 Miles 574 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   1.42 mph
574 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Checking to see if any trail work has been started on another illegal 'ribboned' route.

Sure enough... I met a guy who had already constructed .3 mile of trail. I asked if he was doing Forest Service authorized tail construction. After hemming & hawing a bit I realized neither a yes or no answer was forthcoming. (Which of course I knew meant NO!)
](*,)
When I asked which group or organization he was doing the trail work for he responded with "I don't think I want to answer that." Alrighty then.
[-(
After a 25 minute chat about a myriad of topics, I recommended he stop doing the work and contact the Forest Service office on Monday to find out for sure if the work is authorized. If it is not? Well, stop doing it!
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Feb 01 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
CCW Black Mesa Loop, AZ 
CCW Black Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,434 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs      2.48 mph
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Took our time getting started, leaving First Water TH at 9:17. (Surprised there was only 6 other vehicles in the lot)
Did the loop my favorite direction, CCW and added a bit of extra rambling along the way. We met/passed 22 other hikers in total. Back to First Water at exactly 1:17 pm.

Taking a look at the log book entries, Tracey noticed an entry by a Charles Miller leaving about 15 minutes before us with a group size of 45!? We wondered if it had been a misprint? After all, there were two FS uniformed volunteers at the TH, surely they would have said something.

Oh well, I'm just going to leave it as no further comment and hope others will do as well. :-$
Otherwise, head back over to the Wilderness Group Size Limit thread.
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Jan 31 2019
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Granite Mineshaft Twisted Sister, AZ 
Granite Mineshaft Twisted Sister, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.90 Miles 948 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.18 mph
948 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Short out-and-back.
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Jan 30 2019
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State Trust Land Loop, AZ 
State Trust Land Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2019
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,168 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   1.45 mph
1,168 ft AEG      10 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Returning to the area where we encountered mule deer and a herd of bighorn sheep 2-1/2 years ago.
Even adding a few more high points I had no luck with deer or bighorn this trip.

While on one steep & rocky slope I heard someone call out to me. It was a bow hunter who had been glassing the area. I changed course and headed over to his perch and we chatted for 10 minutes or so. His dad was out in the low area hoping to find or scare up a deer.

I pointed to the peak I was headed to and asked if I could help him by taking a specific route. We decided on a route in which I would clear a long wash first, then go through a brushy area where deer may be bedded down. I didn't scare up any deer, but at least I cleared that area so his dad could concentrate elsewhere.

After taking a quick lunch break on the final peak I planned to descend by the same route as before when Tracey was with me. But today, wait a minute... I don't know about this! I absolutely could not believe (or remember) following that route back down. We had to have slid off a number of 6-10' boulders to have followed that route.

Needless to say, this soon after back surgery (and being solo) I was not about to engage in any gymnastics this trip and settled for the safety of the long and winding route.

Although a cool day it was very humid so I felt uncomfortably warm the whole trip.

I took a longer driving route after the hike, picking up a huge dose of fresh Arizona pinstripes along the way.
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Jan 29 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
CW Scorpion Plus Loop, AZ 
CW Scorpion Plus Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 29 2019
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking5.90 Miles 555 AEG
Mtn Biking5.90 Miles      54 Mns   6.56 mph
555 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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My first ride since back surgery. The steady uphill from Bush was pretty rough on the knees but easing up on the pace and they were fine. Gotta love it north-bound on the east segment of the not-fully completed Stinger Trail... barely had to pedal for more than 100 feet on the mile-long downhill run to Scorpion Alley.

The ride felt so good I have a feeling my hiking stats are gonna suffer at the expense of my mountain biking stats for 2019. No matter, at least I'll be doing a more of both this year.
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Jan 28 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Lone Mountain Plus, AZ 
Lone Mountain Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.60 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles      59 Mns   2.64 mph
1,060 ft AEG
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Usual
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Jan 27 2019
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68 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
FR172B Dripping Springs Woodbury Loop, AZ 
FR172B Dripping Springs Woodbury Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,902 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.07 mph
1,902 ft AEG      10 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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The original plan was to climb Peak 3635 just off the Woodbury Trail then explore some mines in the other direction.
That plan only lasted 2 miles at the point we would need to leave the trail and begin the ascent. Neither one of us liked the look of any of the possible routes I had mapped out, at which point Tracey asked have we ever hiked to Dripping Springs from Woodbury. We had not, so we continued on to Dripping Springs, enjoying the quiet broken only by chirping of various birds.

We took a short break at the springs then headed back along the Coffee Flat and Woodbury Trails. Shortly before reaching the JF Trail intersection we encountered a spike buck white-tail(?) just staring at us. The left 'spike' was barely a half-inch long and the right maybe an inch. It kept an eye on us until we were out-of-sight.

Eventually we crossed the JF Trail and continued east to pay a visit to a few old mines. Since we had no planned on the out-and-back to Dripping Springs, by time we reached the first mine and found little of interest, we decided to skip the 1+ mile to the next one. Rather than returning on the Woodbury Trail to JF Trail and back to the TH, we climbed to the top of the ridge, scaled the fence then took a decidedly rough off-trail route back to the TH.

Good thing we started early as the vehicle traffic on FR 172 was already getting crazy, so we returned following the wash back to Hewitt road. By then the ATV traffic on Hewitt road was absolutely nuts, but I guess that's to be expected on a winter weekend.

So, between the 4x4/ATV traffic and the upcoming Renaissance Fair, we won't be going out this way except on weekdays.
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Jan 26 2019
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East Goldfields Loop, AZ 
East Goldfields Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,657 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.26 mph
1,657 ft AEG      10 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Tracey wanted 10 miles and surprisingly enough just taking random turns on various trails we ended up just shy of that goal. I believe we would have hit 10 miles on-the-nose if we hadn't cut off part of one arc so we check out an area up a very tight wash where we had seen a group of five 4x4's, and sure enough they had just blazed another 200 yards up where I had never seen vehicles before.

Speaking of vehicles... Again we saw rock crawler tracks which I'm sure go from Cottonwood Spring all the way through to Willow Springs. They weren't really anything I didn't already expect, but we found tracks going a good mile farther west than I'd ever seen before. But what can we expect... the lock had been cut off the chain on the Apache Trail FR 1356 gate so anyone could drive in without a permit.

The only 'wildlife' encounter was a small male phainopepla which we had fun dueling whistles with it.

Overall a great day for hiking... perfect temps and clear skies.
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