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Jul 02 2021
Vashti
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Siyeh PassNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2021
Vashti
Hiking9.97 Miles 2,430 AEG
Hiking9.97 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.04 mph
2,430 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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Siyeh Pass (pronounced Sigh-YEE) is an amazing hike! I am glad that it opened up prior to our leaving Glacier National Park. A few days previously, the trail was closed due to high angle snow (snow on trails crossing steep ridges). The 100F heat wave this past week helped melt the snow earlier than is usual. It made for a miserable week of hiking, but at least some more trails were open due to snow melting away.

We started the trail from Siyeh Bend later in the day after having to move our campsite again in the morning (campsite reservations sell out in 5 minutes, so you get what you can, but it is a pain to keep moving your tent every day or so within the same Campground!). The upside to leaving later is that we then had the trail to ourselves for the entire way back from Siyeh Pass. And given Northern summer daylight until 930p,it is doable.

The trail starts off by a roaring glacial creek before heading into the forest. After a couple of miles, you are into a beautiful meadow complete with melting snow drifts and mini lakes. A second large river is near the Piegan Pass/Siyeh Junction at which you bear right. A third raging river must be fiorded (no bridge, but plenty of rocks available for hopping, or shallow enough to walk through if desired) before heading up the 18 switchbacks before the pass. As you go up it gets windier and windier, especially once you are above the treeline. The switchbacks are mainly a thin trail crossing a steep slope full of loose rock. It seems endless with the wind blowing ceaselessly, but eventually you round a corner and have some protection from the wind. The views get more spectacular the higher you go up. Views of surrounding glacial mountains, large snowbanks, and cerulean lakes. As you go higher, you can see the next valley over. After rounding the corner, you are a short distance from Siyeh Pass where there is a flat area with a giant rock pile, phenomenal views, and several snow banks. Still quite windy, but so beautiful. We were lucky enough to have the area to ourselves!! :)

You can continue on to Sunrift Gorge 5.6 miles away, or head back to Siyeh Bend which is what we did as we didn't set up a car shuttle.

Amazing and well worth the hike! This is my favorite hike of those I did this visit to the park! :) The trail is full of wildflowers of every size and color below the treeline.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Baring Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow

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Jul 01 2021
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Avalanche Lake GNPWestern, MT
Western, MT
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2021
Vashti
Hiking6.09 Miles 1,471 AEG
Hiking6.09 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   2.00 mph
1,471 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
 
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Enjoyable hike to Avalanche Lake. Lots of shade in the first part of the hike (Trail of the Cedars). Great view of the thundering waterfall right as trail of the cedars ends and avalanche trail begins. The trail is an easy grade and ends at Avalanche Lake where there are wooden log benches and lots of people. If you don't like people, this isn't the hike for you. We got the last parking space in the parking area at 7a.

We continued to the start of the lake where the trail ends. You can cross to the other side where the lake is narrow, if desired. The water is frigid, but beautiful and clear blue.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Avalanche Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow

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Jun 30 2021
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Quartz Lakes LoopWestern, MT
Western, MT
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2021
Vashti
Hiking13.49 Miles 2,890 AEG
Hiking13.49 Miles   8 Hrs   2 Mns   2.12 mph
2,890 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
 
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This hike involved driving 1.5 hours from the Fish Creek camp ground. 1 hour for the distance, and 30 minutes due to crappy road quality and/or twisty, hilly goodness. Regardless, it was a bit of an adventure to get to the trail head at Bowman lake.

The trail starts at bowman lake and heads off into the forest. Very shortly there is a bridged river crossing followed by an old patrol cabin. The first trail Junction is soon after. We should have went right to go counter clockwise around the loop to do the unshaded, exposed climbs and descents in the morning when it was cool, but instead we did the loop clockwise and spent the morning in the shade instead. Oh well! It wouldn't have mattered so much if it wasn't a heat wave when we were there with 100F Temps!! The trail ascends the ridge through thick forest with lush undergrowth, complete with multitudes of mosquitoes! :/. The result was that we wore pants and long sleeves despite the heat. :/. Still the Vermin attacked us!! Boo. Anyway, the lush green made up for the evil mosquitoes. So beautiful! The trail is easy to follow, and it is the only one around. It did feel like a bit of a bushwhack at times given the abundant plants pressing into the trail space. After 5.6 miles of trail in the lush forest, we emerged at the Quartz lake Campground. We saw one group of 6 backpackers coming back to the TH from the CG. That's it! Amazing considering the sheer amount of people in GNP and on the more accessible trails. This lack of people truly made this trail worth the drive time! Upon arrival at Quartz Lake (where back country CG is located, maybe 6 small sites), we were the only ones there! The lake is beautiful and serene. We loved the remoteness and solitude. We took off our shoes and waded in the frigid water, on the smooth rock beach. The water is so cold that it numbs your feet in no time. Even the mosquitoes didn't take away from the beauty of this area. ❤️ We had a leisurely lunch on the beach.

We departed from Quartz Lake CG to lower Quartz Lake CG a few miles away through lush forests and another bridge crossing, this time over middle Quartz Lake. We saw two more people backpacking from lower Quartz Lake to the TH. The 3 miles passed swiftly, and we arrived at lower QuartzLakeCG. As it was later in the morning, more people were about. 3 backpackers and a family of 4 with small kids (troopers to make it over that incline... They were young kids!). We stopped for a pit stop (both Quartz Lake and lower Quartz Lake CGs have a single pit toilet each, latched from the outside as well as inside to deter bear entry) and a quick snack. We departed shortly to head out on the last 3ish miles of our loop hike. We crossed the bridged river and slowly started our way up. This is the part we should have done in the morning... 1 mile straight up relentlessly with no shade. In the afternoon heat during a heat wave... Yay! But we made it one foot in front of the other, through the forest but with no coverage. Finally at the top, it starts almost immediately down for 2 miles straight down but with a slightly more gentle slope and some shade coverage. After those 2 miles going down in the forest, we meet back up at the trail junction, and passed by the patrol Cabin again. We were in the home stretch to the car! :) 13.5 miles. We were soaked from the heat, but it was a delightful hike in the wilderness with relatively few people and lots of gorgeous scenery, especially the Quartz lake beach.

We saw no bears, but we did have bear spray as is recommended by the NP. We tried to make a good amount of noise as we hiked, too.

After your hike, be sure to stop in the tiny town of Polebridge at the Mercantile where they have a delightful bakery serving freshbread and pastries! The huckleberry bears claw and chocolate-filled poppy bread are amazing!!
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Jun 29 2021
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St Mary Falls - GNPNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2021
Vashti
Hiking4.27 Miles 678 AEG
Hiking4.27 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.27 mph
678 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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We did this as a quick hike on our drive day from Many Glacier to Fish Creek. Parking can be a challenge, thus we ended up at Sunrift Gorge which was nice as then we saw Baring Falls as well as St. Mary's Falls. In 20/20 hindsight, I should have pushed for us to go to Virginia Falls, as well, but some in our group were worn out after the half marathon run a few days previously together with daily hiking.

Lots of people on the trail, as expected. Pretty hot with no shade (dang heat wave!!),but still a quick and enjoyable hike. I loved the volume of water at St. Mary's Falls. Very impressive! :).
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Baring Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow

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Jun 28 2021
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Grinnell Glacier-High Lake Viewpoint TRNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2021
Vashti
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,532 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   2.05 mph
1,532 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break
 
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We were only able to go partially up to Grinnell Glacier as the trail was closed for high angle snow. It was still beautiful! There are great views of Grinnell lake below, and also of swiftcurrent and Josephine lakes along the way. Once you start climbing, the trail is fully exposed, which is great for views, but not so great during a heat wave in full sun! :O

This is a very popular and congested trail. If you want solitude, this is not your place. It's like hiking Camelback or the popular south mountain trails. Lots of traffic.

We did get to see two grizzlies playing in a snow fiend one ridge over from where the trail was closed, so that was delightful! :)

We didn't head out to grinnel lake, but our friends saw a black bear on the trail on the way there. We took the alternate route around swiftcurrent lake (swiftcurrent nature trail) on the way back to the trail head. The best part about that was seeing the majestic Many Glacier Lodge. :)
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Jun 27 2021
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Ptarmigan TunnelNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2021
Vashti
Hiking11.53 Miles 2,629 AEG
Hiking11.53 Miles   6 Hrs   38 Mns   2.12 mph
2,629 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
 
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A very enjoyable hike to Ptarmigan tunnel despite the door to the tunnel being closed due to snow on the other side of the tunnel per the ranger. There were quite a bit of people until the Junction with iceberg lake trail. Apparently iceberg lake is the more popular option which was fine as it made for an uncongested hike!! :)

There was some snow on the trail, but not too much. There were three large drifts past the lake on the way up to the tunnel.

At the lake, we saw multiple small marmots, 2 very large marmots, and a number of bighorn sheep. Lots and lots of wildflowers, especially in the first few miles of the trail in the open area with full sun.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Iceberg Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow

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Mar 08 2021
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Antelope Canyon via Lake PowellNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Kayak avatar Mar 08 2021
Vashti
Kayak4.57 Miles 617 AEG
Kayak4.57 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.45 mph
617 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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We used Lake Powell Paddleboards to rent our kayaks. I like that they deliver the kayaks to the boat ramp on antelope point. We stopped in the store in Page at 8a to check in and get our life vests and map. We had an 830a departure time from antelope point

The weather this morning was great, it cleared up to be a sunny and warm morning after starting off very cloudy and cold. My kids and I had two double kayaks which worked out perfectly. They told us it would take us 30 minutes to go the first mile to the mouth of antelope canyon, and another hour to paddle in the 2 miles to the beach. The water was calm and we paddled the 3 miles in about an hour. We pulled out kayaks onto shore and got ready to hike in.

I had planned to wear hiking boots. I brought them for us, but we ended up just staying in our boat shoes. I wore keen sandals and my kids had on crocs. The way is sandy and easy for the most part. A few rocks here and there. We made it to the fork, took a break, and went a little further on to the right. Sadly, my hiking buddies were not as enthusiastic about hiking as I am!! 😬🙄 We turned around and headed back to the kayaks. Antelope canyon is nice, but sadly there is a ton of graffiti on the walls. It is shameful. :(

We loaded into our kayaks and headed back. The wind pushed up to about 20mph,and I will say that the paddling got to be rough, especially the last mile. It was literally no fun! Very exhausting, though we still made reasonably good time. Carrying the double kayaks up the sandy hill to the ramp was tough, too. Still easier to carry with two people than trying to roll it up on its wheel.

We still managed to see quite a few people, even on a Monday. It got to be more hectic in the afternoon vs. the morning. I can't imagine what it must look like on the weekends!
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Feb 27 2021
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Rock Creek Trail #195 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
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Hiking7.31 Miles 1,016 AEG
Hiking7.31 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.28 mph
1,016 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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This is the best decommissioned trail I've ever seen! Seriously, I think this trail is in better shape than some of the maintained trails! Very easy to follow. Not much cat's claw at all. Marked by a plethora of cairns (big, huge ones at that!) and starting at the rock creek turnoff, the trail is also marked by blue tape.

We pulled out of Gilbert at about 815a and made it to the Pinto Mine turnoff from US60 in about an hour. It then took us about 35 minutes to drive to the Miles TH. We were in a subaru, so not true 4WD or super high clearance, but it did the job. There were some ugly looking deep ruts here and there, and some rocky areas,but we managed to get there okay. In fact, while I would have been happier in a Jeep Wrangler, I would not have wanted to be in an F150 given how narrow the road is past the iron bridge. Signs are posted, so you are definitely warned. Single lane road, beware! Primitive unmaintained road ahead! Steep, mountainous curves ahead! You definitely cannot say you haven't been warned!! 🤣😂 I guess that is why the first TH (Pinto Creek TH) to Haunted Canyon is full of cars, and there were no cars at any of the other THs! I actually think the section of road just before the Pinto Creek TH is worse than anything past the iron bridge. There were sketchy parts, but doable. The hands-down worst section came at the very end, past the sign which helpfully reads "end of 279" but then the road continues for a very short length to the Miles TH. But you know you are almost there. You can see the corral. We had to park by the corral entrance and walk the remaining few steps to the TH due to a gigantic puddle that spanned road. There was no possibility of avoiding it in the car, so we figured it was better to walk the last bit.

This trail is super easy to our turn around point which was the 1909 corral described in the book Superstition Wilderness Trails East. I have been wanting to hike Rock Creek for a while, and I was not disappointed! This area is so beautiful, just as I expected based on hiking in the haunted canyon area. The hike is not physically challenging, with little elevation gain. It was enjoyable to mosey along in the trees with good company on a sunny day. ❤️

The waterfall was a mere drip, but still interesting to observe. The corral is half a mile down and relatively easy to spot. I took way points for both on my route. I had read on one of the previous trip logs that the way got tougher after the water fall, but this was not the case today. Smooth sailing the entire way to the corral!

There was ice on the puddle-pond when we started hiking, but it was melted by our return. There was still iced-over puddles in the shadows by the water fall on our way back to the car.

Saw lots of birds at the puddle-pond, about 30 of them! Quite a few looked like robins. And on the drive out, we saw a couple of stellars jays. During the hike, I saw a few lizards and a lone chipmunk.

There was no one at the Miles TH upon our arrival, and no one there when we returned. Just as we were about to drive away, an off road golf cart showed up. I've never seen such a thing before. I asked if they passed anyone on the drive in, as I wanted to know what we were in for on the drive out. They said they saw no one, and indeed driving back we saw no one until just before the Iron Bridge and the perilous ways are coming signs. There was a single quad and a side by side.

After our hike, we checked out the barn structure which is full of bullet holes. Especially odd is the face high on the metal barn made from shooting. Strange.

I have never been to the Miles TH before today, and I was surprised at how big the area is with so much space for camping.

Such a beautiful area!! I can't wait to go back, but since I am an off road wuss, I will have to recover for a bit before going on that single lane road with nasty dropoffs! ;O
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Feb 13 2021
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Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
Vashti
Hiking8.02 Miles 3,387 AEG
Hiking8.02 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.30 mph
3,387 ft AEG   2 Hrs   32 Mns Break
 
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Headed out to 5057 via hiero TH despite a very windy forecast. This is my first trip to 5057,and it was already postponed once this year, and I was unwilling to postpone it again. I'm glad we went, but I also think the hike would have been much more enjoyable without escalating winds as the day wore on. The canyon was a bit like a wind tunnel, and upon reaching the Ridgeline, it was wicked windy and cold! We stopped for a break there, and after a bit I vacated my rock seat with a view for a rock wind break for warmth instead!

We made good time to the Petroglyphs, as expected. There were 8 million people on the trail, also as expected. After a quick stop at the petroglyphs (some in our group of 7 had never been here before), we headed up towards the Ridgeline. Thankfully, there was no one but us. Glorious!! Such beautiful views during the climb up. Plenty of well-placed cairns around, and the trail is relatively defined. The only place we didn't love was the section of loose rocks (shale?) that was steep. Luckily it wasn't too long of a distance, and then the trail was less exposed and more firm. Plus, after the shale field, the distance to the Ridgeline is short, yay!

After a quick snack, we headed off to 5057. As we headed off, we started seeing people. Quite a lot of people, in fact. More than I would have expected for the Ridgeline. We scrambled up the short climb (a small challenge for some in our group who are not very accustomed to non-groomed trail hiking), and soon enough we were at the turn off for 5057. When I did the Ridgeline previously, we were a bit tired and not interested in doing 5057,so this was new territory for me. It is a pleasant path up to the summit. Easy to follow and very easy to walk up requiring only a bit of handholds right at the very top. Our group of 7 joined the couple that came up hiero to the Ridgeline right as we did. Soon after another couple joined us on the summit. It's rather a small area for so many people. Everyone signed the register which is getting full. I did enjoy the hikearizona.com sticker on the box. :). While we had some food and enjoyed the fantastic views, I noticed a helicopter over by flat iron. A hiker we encountered later on the hike back told us there was a rescue, which my Mom later confirmed that she saw it on the news. :( The wind was going pretty good, but still the summit is such a wonderful spot! :). We discussed if we would go back the way we came, or go down the balanced rock loop. I wasn't sure about the climb. I've hiked some with this group, but not on anything difficult. Everyone wanted new terrain, so we decided we would check it out, and if it looked like something people didn't want to do, then we would go back the way we came. We headed off to start our trek back, and saw a group of 5 coming up the way we wanted to go down. In asking them how it went, they said it was awful with no trail and very steep and scary. That they wouldn't want to go down that way. Well... I didn't want to risk leading people on a route that meant they would never want to hike with me again, so we played it safe and went back down the way we came - across the Ridgeline and down hieroglyphic canyon. It was pretty much smooth sailing the entire way. We met quite a lot of hikers going the other way. Probably 6 groups including one with young kids (11 years old - impressive? I don't think my 10 yo would like this hike, lol!). Due to the amount of hikers we had to wait 10 minutes to climb down the scramble section on the Ridgeline. A Ridgeline bottleneck, I guess.

Nothing of note really on the way back. We took a slightly different route through the shale field which was better. And at least the wind was cut down some as we got off the Ridgeline, but it still remained windy the entire way down. The skies did clear up to a vibrant blue which was nicer than the dull gray we had going up the canyon in the morning (though the shade was appreciated during our relentless climb up! :D).

A great hike!! :). Next time I will try the balanced rock ascent.

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Feb 07 2021
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Camp Creek FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
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Hiking3.00 Miles 553 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.09 mph
553 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Lots of cars at the TH and lots of people on the trail and at the waterfall. I needed a short hike for my kids (sadly, they do not enjoy hiking), and this one fit the bill. Lots of families with very small kids on the trail. The waterfall was flowing well. Despite all the people, it is a beautiful area.

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Jan 30 2021
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Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2021
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Hiking6.23 Miles 2,172 AEG
Hiking6.23 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   1.53 mph
2,172 ft AEG   1 Hour   51 Mns Break
 
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The original plan was to go on Treasure Loop to Canyon of the Waterfalls, up to the saddle and dropping down into siphon draw. Instead, due to a fun boondoggle up to an alcove up on the Ridge, we only went to first water creek falls and then headed back to complete the rest of the Treasure Loop. I was with two people new to off trail adventures, so it made for some slow going, but we still had a good time. I think they enjoyed the climbing and lack of people. :)

We started at 8 am from the Cholla lot in Lost Dutchman (friend has a pass, yippee!), and there was no one around. It was a chill 45F out. Even after our boondoggle, we still saw relatively few people headed out to first water creek falls, which was flowing. On the way back, once we got on the main trail heading back, we started to pick up a lot of people. By praying hands, there were tons of people as is expected on an easier trail in the superstitions on a Saturday.

This is my first time to first water creek falls. I wanted to wait until we had some rain, so I would be able to see it flowing. It wasn't a deluge, but it was a steady medium flow.

A great day with friends, perfect weather, and amazing views of snowy 4 Peaks with fog lifting throughout the day. There were also 5 rock climbers climbing praying hands which was fun to watch. A magical day! :)
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Steady flow. Good size pool.
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Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / ScottPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
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Hiking6.82 Miles 1,591 AEG
Hiking6.82 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   1.99 mph
1,591 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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What a magnificent day for a hike!! I really enjoyed this loop. Ok, well maybe not being run over by 57 mtn bikes on Desert Classic, but the rest of it!! :). And I guess on Desert Classic, it is to be expected.

Parked on Kachina in the neighborhood. In one of 3 spots in a very small parking zone. Every place else is signed no parking. But I guess they don't enforce it because when I came off the trail, there were cars all over the place, right next to the no parking signs. I went through the access which is currently a lot for sale, so I guess it won't be an access for long. :/. There was another access a few houses down to the east. Posted with big no trespassing signs. Not sure what that is about.

Anyway, I took Desert Classic over to Old Man/Corona de Loma Trail. As soon as I was on that trail, a majority of the people went away (yay!!). There were a few couples hiking here and there, but not too crowded. Near the top of the Ridge, I turned off onto Guadalupe /midlife crisis trail. This trail is fantastic! My favorite trail in S mountain! :) I think I saw maybe 3 people total on the section of the trail I hiked. How fantastic is that? Only 3 people on a S mtn trail on a Saturday morning. Simply amazing. And I loved the Big Rocks! Such fun to climb over. And lots of great views, too. Soon enough, I turned off and down onto Young Man trail. I am definitely glad that I chose to do this loop clockwise. I think young man is much easier to go down than Old man would have been with all the loose gravel and stones. After a quick descent, it was back to Desert Classic with an exit at the water Tank.

A fantastic way to spend my day. :)
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Tom's Thumb TH to Sunrise THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2021
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Hiking15.37 Miles 2,709 AEG
Hiking15.37 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   2.28 mph
2,709 ft AEG      49 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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This route is an alternate route to go from Tom's Thumb Trailhead to Sunrise TH as compared to what is listed in this guide. It takes many trails. It is a long distance to walk for not amazing rewards, in my opinion, but I was along for the hike planned by friends training for R2R, so that is a reason to do this hike. Otherwise, I think it would be more enjoyable to split it up into different loops versus slogging through.

My favorite trail out of those traversed was by far east end with its beautiful views and complete lack of traffic. After starting on Tom's Thumb with all the crowds, it was so nice to go on east end with nobody. Windmill and Coachwhip went quickly with little elevation change and also very little crowding. Dixie Mine and Sonoran had more traffic already, and Promenade was full of people. Most people were gone when we headed on the Andrews Kinsey connector, with us only seeing a few small groups. The crowds returned in full force when we hit the Sunrise trail, and continued for the duration to the Sunrise TH.

It was a beautiful day for a hike! A bit cooler than I expected which was nice.

We did a shuttle for this hike leaving one car at Sunrise TH (which I didn't realize only opened at 702a. We were there at 645a and had to wait along with 6 other cars.) and one car at Tom's Thumb TH.
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Dec 26 2020
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Picacho Mountains Petroglyph SitesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2020
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I tried to go visit this site, but alas 1.5 miles from the TH, the road got a little sketchy for the likes of my minivan... 😪😪😪 I was seriously bummed, but turning around beats getting stuck in a sandy deep water rut like an idiot. Oh, well. Some day soon I'll upgrade my car to allow for better access to remote areas. Any decent truck or SUV would have made it just fine. The road was good until that point.
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Dec 20 2020
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Lost Goldmine - Shaka CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2020
Vashti
Hiking3.66 Miles 647 AEG
Hiking3.66 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.31 mph
647 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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So excited to see something new! :) Yesterday, I was perusing HAZ looking for which hike I might want to do in the Supes. I was considering going up to Dacite mesa, but my hiking buddy balked at the incline on Carney springs, and we didn't want to face the crowds on Peralta. So instead we opted for short and sweet.

There were a million people on the wave cave trail, as usual. We thought about heading over there after Shaka cave, but the sheer number of people turned us off. :/. Better to do wave not on a weekend.

Shaka cave was excellent. Great view of the surrounding area and the Carney springs trail. And best of all... No people! Not a one! We saw only 3 people on Carney Springs Trail coming down. A few groups on Lost Goldmine trail, not too bad. It was a beautiful day for a hike!!

There are a number of trails as you get up near the cave. It was very easy to follow the one main trail to the cave initially from Carney Springs. Only nearer to the Cave was there lots of trails around. Still,Easy enough to find.

So glad to have a quick hike and a picnic on this most beautiful day!!

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Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2020
Vashti
Hiking9.88 Miles 2,158 AEG
Hiking9.88 Miles   4 Hrs   53 Mns   2.30 mph
2,158 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Crazy amount of people at the Gateway Trailhead. Absolutely crazy!! It was like a black Friday sale or something. :/ the good news is we lost all the people as soon as we passed the Junction for the gateway loop. It was a beautiful day to be hiking, with light clouds and a soft breeze. Good views of Tom's Thumb, 4 Peaks, weavers needle, the fountain in fountain hills and more.

We did the loop clockwise which I recommend. I would not have been happy hiking up the steep trail up to Bell Pass. It was steep going down, but still better than going up on my opinion! :)

A great hike! :)
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Oct 24 2020
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Garden Valley - Hackberry LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
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Hiking5.78 Miles 942 AEG
Hiking5.78 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   2.39 mph
942 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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We were supposed to do the black Mesa loop, but the burn areas were so sad looking, that we opted to change course last minute and do the Hackberry Springs - Garden Valley loop instead, based on feedback from the Ranger who was posted in the parking lot for first water trailhead. He stated most of the superstitions were burned, but the Hackberry area was not, so our minds were made up! Hackberry was as beautiful as always, but no water anywhere. We did see a lone coyote walking on trail at garden Mesa before the the turn off to the Hackberry area. We also saw a family of quail. ❤️😊 After crossing garden Mesa and heading down to the Hackberry Springs area, we stepped over a tiny baby rattlesnake snake napping in the middle of the trail. I'm so glad i didn't step on him! He was so cute! He didn't even move, so the others went around him.

As compared to the official route for this hike, I prefer to follow the cairned crossing across the wash and head up the ridge to catch the horse trail up on the ridge that heads toward the horse lot. The posted route has you go in the wash, through the high canyon walls, and then bear right into that canyon, and up the ridge to catch the same trail. Using the cairn-marked crossing and going up the ridge before going through the high canyon walls is easier, but both routes get you to the same place.

The connector trail from the horse lot to first water trail head is sad and burned, as is the area from first water to second water ranch ruins. It gets a little better from there, with patchy burn areas. It's just hard to see the supes so burned out! :(. So glad that Hackberry remains intact! ❤️
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Peek-a-boo GulchSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2020
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Hiking4.72 Miles 857 AEG
Hiking4.72 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   2.04 mph
857 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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This was a fantastic hike! We really enjoyed it. I took my kids, and my youngest was a bit scared at the first climb up at peek-a-boo (about 20 feet). But we gave him a little boost, and he was fine. There are some footholds carved into the upclimb, which is helpful. We enjoyed the beautiful colors and the peek-a-boo arches. So fun and easy! And DRY! Unlike Zebra and tunnel slots that we visited a few days before!! We went through peekaboo, up, out, and across over to the back opening of Spooky. Spooky is much narrower than peekaboo, for an extended period of time, which I didn't mind, but my kids didn't love, surprisingly. The colors are not as pretty, but I still enjoyed it. There were a few obstacles, but there were ropes in place, and nothing was too difficult. 2 adults with 3 kids, we managed to get everyone through okay. I would think if you are thick in the middle, this slot would not be as enjoyable! :O

I wonder, based on the gps routes I downloaded for this hike, if the trailhead moved further away. The trailhead I went to was brand new and beautiful with a fancy sign and new vault toilets. As a Result, the hike was longer than posted. It posed no issues for adults, but the kids complained at the extra mile or so. It's an easy level hike from the trail head to the cairn marking the descent down to the canyon floor. One thing that is neat is that you can see both peekaboo and Spooky from above from the trail, so that was super cool. You can see people coming and going into the canyons.

The connector trail between peekaboo and spooky is sandy, but easy to follow. The connector isn't long, and soon there is a big sandy hill that descends down to spooky.

I wish we could have also visited nearby brimstone, but unfortunately time did not allow. I would definitely go back, do peekaboo, spooky, and brimstone! :)

So much fun!!
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Lower Calf Creek FallsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
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Hiking7.38 Miles 1,697 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.11 mph
1,697 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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Midmorning start at Lower Calf Creek falls. The parking lot and overflow were packed, as expected. Luckily, we were able to take a spot for 4WD only cars, one of the last remaining spots. We paid our $5 for day use parking, put the ticket stub on the dash, and started our hike (along with a hundred other people). It was pretty hot out, mid eighties, but cooler than Phoenix, so there is that!

The trail is well used, wide and easy to follow. Calf creek is always on your right on the way to the falls, and is usually in site. The canyon walls have many colors, and are reminiscent of oak creek canyon. After hiking further in, there is a lot of vegetation and big trees (boxelders). 3 miles later, you can hear the falls and it comes into view. Very beautiful! Considering the number of people on the trail, coming and going, there wasn't as many people at the falls as I thought. There is a beautiful pool of crystal clear greenish water at the base of the falls, but it is arctic temperature, so there wasn't much swimming going on!! A few brave folks went in the for a quick dip and then swiftly receded to dry on the sunny bank.

We stayed an hour or so and then headed back. An uneventful hike out. My youngest did almost the entire hike out in bare feet. A majority of the trail is sandy which can make for slow going. The trail only gets rockier closer to the trailhead.

There are sign posts along the way which correspond to a free interpretive guide which you can get at the visitor center or at the trail register. The coolest marker was #8 which showcased pictographs of three trapezoidal people on the wall across the canyon. Very cool! :)
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Zebra and Tunnel SlotsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2020
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Hiking7.45 Miles 623 AEG
Hiking7.45 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.33 mph
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Nice hike out to Zebra & Tunnel Slot canyons. Despite the trail being unmarked and unsigned, it is very well traveled and easy to follow. The trailhead (also unmarked) is 12 miles from UT-12. You pass a cattle guard, park in a large gravel lot on the right, and cross the street to hike. There is a sign that collecting is not allowed and a warning sign about extreme temperatures and needing at least 4L of water per person. The trail is usually next to the wash, though you could walk in the wash itself if you desire, but the wash is sandier and harder to walk in. There is a movable gate that that you pass. You can go around it or through it. I'm not sure what its purpose is. At about the 2 mile point, you return to the wash and make your way into the canyon. After a short distance you come upon zebra Slot. Unfortunately, it was full of water today. About waist deep for someone 5'10". A number of people turned around and some went in. The water was numbingly cold. Anymore, I prefer to wear a wetsuit to take on water that cold. Otherwise, I shiver severely and don't enjoy myself. :( my oldest son did go in. After zebra, we headed over to tunnel. You head out the way you came in, and then once in the wash, you bear left and follow the canyon wall for about a half mile or so. You can walk in the wash (Harris wash) or take a well-worn trail near it. It's all desert hiking with pretty views of multicolored moonscape rocks. There are a few cairns marking the left turn into tunnel slot. Otherwise, it would be easy to miss. There is lots of vegetation, and the slot itself is set a little ways back. You walk a bit in the wash, and then the tunnel slot appears as a dark hole in the wall at the end of the canyon. This, too, was full of water, and it looked deep! None of us went in. We didn't see anyone at tunnel slot, whereas there were quite a few people at zebra Slot. Probably less people because you are taking a 5 mile hike to zebra and adding on tunnel slot makes it almost 8 miles. Which can be a long time in the hot sun. It is full exposure with little to no shade the entire hike. Despite this, we had a lot of fun. From tunnel, we retraced our steps back to car.

One cool thing we saw was a plethora of moqui marbles, both whole and in halves. So neat! We left everything for the next folks to enjoy! :)
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