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Feb 16 2019
hikeaz
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 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Fraser - Randolph LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
hikeaz
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,175 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.43 mph
1,175 ft AEG
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It's been too long since I have visited this area.
Hiking clockwise, a couple in the group took loppers and hand clippers, but Fraser (Woodbury/Dripping Trails) did not need too awful much trimming - we still did some major preventive damage though. Then... off to the raging torrent that was/is Randolph Canyon. WOW! What a flow - it was awesome; Randolph along with about every side canyon was flowing - it was a sight to behold. We did considerable catclaw damage in this portion!
Then, just about when we had had enough of the wet-shoe, creek-cross mamba we arrived at the J.F. trail junction for the up-and-over back to Woodbury.

I would suggest a visit soon if you have ever wanted to hike this area; with all the water flow it is an oasis.
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Nov 10 2018
hikeaz
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 10 2018
hikeaz
Backpack6.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Backpack6.50 Miles2 Days         
1,000 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Took the creekbed for the upper section of the hike; water trickling/flowing in most of the slickrock sections - really beautiful!. Further on, easy bypass of the falls just to the right (LDC). Beautiful fall-emblazoned sycamore and cottonwood trees lined the creekbed all the way to Toney Ranch. Sunday morning dawned with some 'frost on the pumpkin', but warmed shortly. Retraced our steps back out on Sunday.

Notes: 342 Road (from FR 650) has a couple of rock ledges shortly before the saddle that may dissuade some stock vehicles - low range is near-mandatory for these ledges.
Manzanita and whatever those holly-looking bushes are are reclaiming the old 'trail', which when I hiked this 20 years ago was pretty decent, now it is nearly obscured. There was clear-sailing down the drainage, more so on the return, as I spent about an extra 1.5 hours with hand clippers on the way in, although nearly no catclaw! :y:
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Apr 09 2018
hikeaz
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Royal Arch RouteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 09 2018
hikeaz
Backpack35.00 Miles 8,000 AEG
Backpack35.00 Miles5 Days         
8,000 ft AEG
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Road: Road is dry and not too badly rutted! We were held up by the 1st Nation guys. $25 R/T.
Water: Pools, some holding quite a bit in the slickrock about 20 +/- minutes after entering the RA drainage from the Esplanade. No other water observed until shortly before RA.
Rappel site has new rigging (we down-climbed/handline).
Roaming around the EB shortcut? intersection with S. Bass trail I came across a gal I had not seen/spoken with in 13 years (Her 1st time in GC in 14 years!). What are the odds.
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Dec 16 2017
hikeaz
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Willow Springs Basin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
hikeaz
Hiking0.50 Miles 132 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles
132 ft AEG
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Beautiful overnight in the Goldfields.

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Basin Full -Pipe dripping, to small flow

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25% to 30% full
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Nov 18 2017
hikeaz
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 Tempe, AZ
Hog Heaven Trail - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2017
hikeaz
Hiking5.00 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.67 mph
450 ft AEG
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Although it is obviously a pretty well-used bike trail, the only other human was one trail-runner over the whole 5 mile loop (includes the 2 linked trails and hiking out-and-back to Chicken Point on the Broken Arrow Trail as well). Cemetery is an interesting stop-over with some older headstones, although the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition should invest in spell-check - as on a multitude of their expensive signs they have it marked as cemetary. :o igallery/image_page.php?id=5269
For an urban(ish) hike this little loop has some decent views.
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Nov 11 2017
hikeaz
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Oak Springs from Hardscrabble RdPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2017
hikeaz
Hiking7.00 Miles 552 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
552 ft AEG
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Hiked a bit of a "T" hike, starting at Hardscrabble down to Oak Spring then eastish on the Oak Trail #16 and headed down-and-back the Narrows about an hour each way and then over to the Pine T/H.
Leaves are about 3 weeks past prime but still colorful, especially the maples.
Saw Shawn R. and a couple of com-padres apparently scouting a trail re-route near the Narrows intersection. Also saw the AzT section steward out for a walk on the Oak Trail.
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Trough is full with flowing water.
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Oct 20 2017
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
High Creek Trail #290Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2017
hikeaz
Hiking1.56 Miles 1,264 AEG
Hiking1.56 Miles
1,264 ft AEG
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A bit early for the fall colors but there were a few pockets of oaks and maples that were vibrant. Trails are in good shape although some overgrowth on the eastern sections of Rattlesnake and some deadfall further down in the lower sections of Rattlesnake.
Beware if you are going to the shootout cabin; from the saddle down to the cabin...cat-claw abounds, in some areas two c.c. bushes on either side of the trail had intertwined themselves - hacking through will take some tenacity (and blood-letting).
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Water in both the 'inside' and 'outside' reservoirs.
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Aug 27 2017
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Cienega Spring Trail #145Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2017
hikeaz
Hiking3.20 Miles 807 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.92 mph
807 ft AEG
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Apt description... Done as a shuttle. North parking is at MP 288 of SR288. McFadden sign is small and nondescript, be alert.
Took a Geiger counter but was dismayed how few 'hot' rocks we found - even in/around the mines. :?
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Aug 26 2017
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 Tempe, AZ
Rim Trail #139 LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2017
hikeaz
Hiking9.78 Miles 1,029 AEG
Hiking9.78 Miles   5 Hrs      1.96 mph
1,029 ft AEG
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The Rim Trail 139 portion of this hike is not seeing much if any use. It seems in a few areas that the locust may be winning the fight - you will need tenacity to power through these few sections.
The grass is growing back after the fire... problem being is the grass is about 3' tall whereas the cairns are 2'.
But with those small whines out of the way, the hike has terrific views, wildflowers galore and solitude.
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Jul 26 2017
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 Tempe, AZ
Rainbow Hot Springs HikeSan Luis Valley, CO
San Luis Valley, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2017
hikeaz
Hiking9.40 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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Pleasant trail up through the woods to a scenic hot spring. Trail is nicely wooded although about 100% of the spruce were killed off by beetles a few years ago, so be prudent, especially if you camp near the springs*.--------------------- (* actually I would avoid it if you have loved ones).
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Jul 24 2017
hikeaz
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Conundrum CreekNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Backpack avatar Jul 24 2017
hikeaz
Backpack19.80 Miles 4,020 AEG
Backpack19.80 Miles
4,020 ft AEG
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Terrific backpacking trip up to the hot springs. (Note: These are the highest natural hot springs in North America) About every type of flower known to Colorado is blooming right now along this trail. Springs are about the perfect temp for me. Met a few other backpackers there - all-in-all a worthwhile trip with pretty camping and nearby peak-bagging opportunities.
Note: Heard but was unable to locate a moose (or mooses) in the tall, thick brush.
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Jul 15 2017
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Lost Man LakeNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2017
hikeaz
Hiking8.80 Miles
Hiking8.80 Miles
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Wonderful hike, albeit a bit busy for my taste (twas a weekend). It just happened to be in the right time slot as we were headed over Independence Pass that day.
Trail is in pretty good shape and hiking counter-clockwise from the eastern trailhead each of the first two lakes stays hidden until you crest the grade and then... BAM!- there it is. Grade of the hike is steady, nothing drastic. A+ for wild flowers and as most trails are in the area, a nice walk along a creek.
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Apr 29 2017
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 Tempe, AZ
First Water Lower Creek ShuttlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 29 2017
hikeaz
Canyoneering5.75 Miles 300 AEG
Canyoneering5.75 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Perfect day for this hike....mid 70's with a breeze and saw no one the whole way!
Note: Fox-tails are abundant - gaiters recommended.
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Mar 25 2017
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 Tempe, AZ
Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Mar 25 2017
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Hike & Climb6.20 Miles 2,343 AEG
Hike & Climb6.20 Miles   45 Hrs      0.14 mph
2,343 ft AEG
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I loved this hike. The dip down into/out of Chino Canyon is kind of a pain but the riparian oasis at the bottom makes it better. Terrific bomb rock near the summit made for confident scrambling, even for the less-experienced in our group. Saw no one all day, and it was a nice one. Recommended!
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Mar 04 2017
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 Tempe, AZ
Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
hikeaz
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,750 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.42 mph
2,750 ft AEG
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This sign now (3/'17) is mangled and near-illegible > hikearizona.com/t20 ... .jpg

What a terrific hike!
Whoever built this trail trail did a bomb job...VERY well-constructed. The brush is attempting to reclaim the trail (pumpkin, and here I am without my lopers!), but it is still very nice. With a couple of exceptions the grade is very manageable - I love the way the trail is routed as well.
Saw some plane wreckage on the slope north-west-ish of the peak and also a memorial about 1/4 mile down from the peak (north)just adjacent to the trail.
Some after-hike checking seems to indicate that the plane was/is a B24 Liberator; it seems all 11 on board perished when they overshot Tucson on a night-training mission. It appears that the memorial is disassociated from the wreckage.

For anyone familiar with the area, I have a question.... From what I could tell looking South-ish from the peak the trail seems to continue down and then along a ridgeback. On Caltopo the trail seems to merely end which seems doubtful to me. Can that be accurate? Or maybe it bears east over to Bear Canyon (npi) or SW to Jackson and is just a blank section on the map? [ gps route ]

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Flowing nicely in the creekbed and tank was full.

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Flowing nicely in the creekbed and tank was full.
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Feb 25 2017
hikeaz
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2017
hikeaz
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,812 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      2.00 mph
2,812 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Came armed with hand trimmers and lopers but there was little to do - although I did do some cat-claw eradication just to keep in shape for it.
Trails were awesome and water was flowing in every drainage of note - a beautiful time to do the hike. No trail sign at either end of the Paradise Trail, but it it pretty obvious.
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Jan 31 2017
hikeaz
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 Tempe, AZ
Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb6.20 Miles 2,343 AEG
Hike & Climb6.20 Miles
2,343 ft AEG
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Saw this interesting info... gvrhc.org/Library/A ... .pdf
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Jan 28 2017
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 Tempe, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2017
hikeaz
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   4 Hrs      1.30 mph
2,550 ft AEG
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Road from the south is high clearance but 4WD not required.
Busy day at QP for good reason... weather was impeccable!
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Oct 30 2016
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 Tempe, AZ
Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2016
hikeaz
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
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Coupled this loop with an additional out-and back two miles of the Four Springs Trail above Kent Spring.
Trails are in terrific condition and well-marked. I was interested to read while in Madera the history of 'Whiskey High Ball' Kent..... quite the fella and namesake of the spring.
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Oct 29 2016
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 Tempe, AZ
Super Trail #134Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
hikeaz
Hiking8.10 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles
4,050 ft AEG
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A wonderful loop up the Carrie Nation Trail, across Agua Caliente and down the Super Trail. Some of the upper trails are 'closed' due to bear activity, but of course the bears cannot read and we saw, count-em, FIVE on the upper section of the Super Trail between Josephine and Sprung Spring.
Trails are in pretty good shape although the Super is getting pretty beat-up by significant equine use.
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