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Aug 11 2020
SkyIslander18
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Grant Hill LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2020
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Hiking6.30 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles
550 ft AEG
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Clockwise outer loop.
Could not locate the last outer loop trail so I backtracked and completed a lasso loop.
Much thanks to the organization or person who is keeping these trails alive with the clearing and cairn building.
This hiking complex is getting very difficult to follow in many places due to all the new aspens and undergrowth since the burn. It will be an ongoing struggle for years to come keeping some of these trails from being reclaimed.

Had a good afternoon hike, saw lots of deer including 2 fawns one of which ran down to me in confusion before running back up the hill to mother ... cool!
Cloudy skies, cool weather & with some challenging trail puzzles : rambo :
:D
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Aug 10 2020
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Gila Box RNCATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Swimming avatar Aug 10 2020
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Swimming
Swimming   3 Hrs      0.00 mph
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Arrived at Gila Box to see that the Gila River was just one big chocolate milk swimming pool :o :D
They have that river stopped or diverted just as it leaves Gila Box before entering Safford.
I wished I had brought my kayak, you could paddle up & down that barely flowing river right now.
Hiked down to my usual spot at high noon for some vitamin D and swimming.
Always a little spooky swimming in deep brown river water, something like a river shark brushed along my leg :scared:
:)
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Aug 04 2020
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Cunningham Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking7.25 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Hiked the lower trail adding the Swift Trail for a loop.
This is the best way to see Cunningham now IMO.
:)
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Jul 27 2020
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Ladybug Peak from Turkey Flat THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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From Turkey Flat up to the T
A little ways up Ladybug Trail, a little ways down.
Overcast with thunder the entire late afternoon.
So many people now always on the mountain ... it sucks!
I'm ready for fall already,
:FG:
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Jul 20 2020
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Discovery ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking2.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Evening park stroll.
Bunnies, quail & turtles ... oh my
:)
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Jul 13 2020
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Twilight Road to Heliograph, AZ 
Twilight Road to Heliograph, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking3.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
250 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Twilight Road to the Heliograph Peak lookout.
Back to Twilight CG for a short day camp.
:)
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Jul 06 2020
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Grant Hill LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking4.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
300 ft AEG
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With Snow Flat closed because of logging I had to go with Plan B ... and I had no Plan B.
Threw together a loop I have though about for some time using a little of all the linked trails starting from Grant Hill. It worked out great and I got to see some new forest never seen.
Wildlife was great today - Chased 4 turkeys across Hospital Flat then had a family of skunks follow me down Grant Hill a few yards away and in turn I then followed them for about 100 yards, one of the coolest animal experiences I've ever had!
One white tail doe on the drive home ... almost forgot, another Red squirrel encounter.
:D
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Jun 29 2020
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 Small Town USA
Gila Box RNCATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking2.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Hiking stats from today and last weeks trip.
:D
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Jun 29 2020
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50 male
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 Small Town USA
Gila Box RNCATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SkyIslander18
Swimming
Swimming
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Had such a good time swimming the Gila last week, I went back out for another.
:yes:
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Jun 22 2020
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50 male
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Gila Box RNCATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SkyIslander18
Swimming
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Putting this under swimming as that was the main objective today.
I did hike to a couple different swim holes and a bit of the Cottonwood trail, but soaking in the Gila was the pleasure today on this 100+ sunny day.
Farmers have now taken about all the Gila's water along Safford so Gila Box is where to find it now.
Parked at Riverview and hiked down to "Castle Rock" were the water flow was perfect, some deep pools to soak in with just enough flow to keep it cool, but not sweep you away.
While soaking I saw a - flycatcher, robin, harris hawk, heron & several vultures high above.
Nice break from the norm today!
:D
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Jun 15 2020
SkyIslander18
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Grant Hill LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking4.20 Miles 485 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
485 ft AEG
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The fact is I still love this hill, it's burnt bad, but I love hiking it's many loops.

Highlights - Ferns, young aspens, grasses, butterflies & bear sign everywhere.
Also, someone or FS has been doing trail work, it needs a lot more so to not be lost forever, but good on this!
Perfect high country temps, the overlooks are still amazing & there is some good green trees patches left.

Lowlights - Lots of burn and way too many new aspens growing on the trail.

Ended the hike with a rare Mt Graham squirrel pic ... cool
Good hike, just wish it was more like the old days :(
:)
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Jun 08 2020
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Noon Creek LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking2.40 Miles 450 AEG
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Just the first half of the loop to the upper crossing and back.
Low flow now, but pools are full and there were lots of columbine flowers.
Also took a short hike down the canyon to the "slabs".
Quick stop on the way back down at the Noon Creek Picnic Area to find out that the Picnic Area is now Noon Creek Campgrounds (another new pay site - $15/$30)
I'm sure there will be a fee soon just to drive up the Swift Trail ..... :pk:
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Jun 01 2020
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 Joined Sep 29 2004
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Discovery ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking3.00 Miles 100 AEG
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Hello Discovery, it's been 4 months.
Very pleasant evening stroll through the park.
Lots of bunnies & quail.
Good sunset 7/10
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May 25 2020
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 Joined Sep 29 2004
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Noon Creek Ridge Trail #318Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking3.50 Miles 600 AEG
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Picked a trail that I was sure wound not have any of the holiday crowds on it ... and picked well.
Up Ridge :next: down Cutoff :next: Swift Trail back for the loop.
Ridge - Green with great over there views.
Cuttoff - Short & sweet, a gem with flowers and cacti.
Swift Trail - On my toes with all the holiday traffic zipping down.
Loved my choice today!
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May 18 2020
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 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
High Peak Road #507Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking4.50 Miles 800 AEG
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800 ft AEG
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Up High Peak :next: Down Big Creek :next: Swift Trail back to the start.
Great day for a hike up high, temps were in the low 70's
Lot of burn on this loop, but a lot of new aspens to ease the hurt.
I saw Lee's foot prints and paw prints all over this one :)

On the hike back I saw that the new pay stations are up at Treasure Park and other campgrounds,
What was a free to $10 campground is now a $25 to $50 (each additional vehicle $5) campground.
That's quite a price hike IMO ... especially for a mountain range that was recently hit hard with fire.
Let the dispersed camping & trashing begin ...
:(
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Lots of yellow on the trails
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May 11 2020
SkyIslander18
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Twilight Road, AZ 
Twilight Road, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 11 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking2.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Went up for a few hours today mainly to break in some new shoes.
Hiked, walked, climbed, tree hopped & hammock hung around Twilight and the cabin area.
Nice temps in the pines ... Good time and no blisters.
- all campgrounds & picnic areas are still closed -
:)
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May 04 2020
SkyIslander18
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking4.75 Miles 1,130 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles
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Oooooh Helio, This one will always be a Pinaleno favorite and a staple to my yearly hiking diet!
I chose the rare clockwise direction because others were going up counter ... antisocial today.
This will always be a wonderful trail to me, but with the Frye fire aftermath it is in need of much help that I worry will never come (Shannon to Helio segment).
After my hike, I spent a couple of hours at Shannon with a meal & hammock nap. Shannon looks good!
Very slow wildlife day, only a lone Garter snake along Shannon Creek was spotted.
Perfect temps up high, great day on Graham.
:D
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Heliograph Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Flowing as well as I've ever seen it.
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Apr 27 2020
SkyIslander18
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 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Turkey Flat Trail #330Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking1.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Up Turkey Flat and a bit of the Ladybug Trail west.
Always a beautiful trail and as a bonus I met another hiker.
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Apr 20 2020
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Jacobson SawmillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking2.00 Miles 150 AEG
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Down to the sawmill and back ... beautiful down there with some good flowing water.
On the return trip I encountered a nude man at the Cluff Dairy site ... conversation with 2x the social distancing guidelines were enforced!
I then poked around the Arcadia CG area for an hour before leaving.
It's crazy up there, all the developed sites are closed, but more people than ever are using the mountain right now.
:)
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Apr 13 2020
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 Small Town USA
Arcadia Nature TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2020
SkyIslander18
Hiking1.50 Miles 200 AEG
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200 ft AEG
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Nature trail and just a bit up Arcadia #328
Wet Canyon was flowing strong.
Arcadia up to Wet Canyon just beautiful!
Sat at my perch on the Nature Trail for an hour camp.
All the developed sites on the mountain are now closed.
:)
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