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Nov 08 2016
Fritzski
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 Gilbert, AZ
Barks Lower Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles 900 AEG
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90F in the valley today. A little on the warm side for a Supes hike. But after a long hot summer, you can't let a beautiful day slip by. Chose a less strenuous type hike and I and the pups enjoyed it very much :)
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Apr 01 2008
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Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking9.40 Miles 3,760 AEG
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Actually had to hike over some snow near the top! I wonder how deep the snow must have been to still be up there on Apr 1st. Needless to say, the creek was still flowing vigorously.

Many downed trees across the trail. My guess is the beetle infested trees are finally all coming down. The good news is the remaining trees look very healthy with very few brown ones to be seen.

Started from the bridge/road which I recommend. Great hike for warmer days. At 80F in the valley, I was comfortable at the bottom and definitely chilly at the top. Rusty's new little sister Penny (6 mo old Jack Russell) came with us on her second hike and did awesome! I've determined that the rock scrambling skills are genetic to the breed:>)

This is definitely one of my favorite "close to the valley" hikes. Just non-stop gorgeous.
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Feb 24 2008
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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking6.60 Miles 3,408 AEG
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This area is like the Bermuda Triangle to me! I've been through this area about five times or so over the years, but the trail between West Boulder Saddle and the climb to the peak just plays games with my head. I've never been on a section of trail that looks so different from one direction to the other. After an epic adventure some years ago departing the trail while returning from the Three Sisters, I was heartened by the freeway-like trail and numerous cairns, but paranoidally still taking many backshot views along the way with the certain intent of a stress free return. The return was indeed uneventful, but I still found myself questioning it the entire way. arrrgh!

My dog Rusty is 9 years old this month and has put on a pound or two (no doubt due to our lack of regular hiking), but he's still an awesome hiking partner and we had a great day. Our first visit to the true peak, as we bypassed it doing the Ridgeline some years ago.
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Feb 23 2007
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Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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Could have filed this under Dacite Mesa or Dacite Loop also.

Started from new (as of summer '06) Carney Springs parking area which is now right at the old turnoff on Peralta Rd. This adds a boring .6mi to any hike originating there. At least the area isn't trashed out any more.

Fairly heavy sleet falling on the climb up to W. Boulder Saddle. From there headed east to fork in creek bed at dead tree where route to Fremont Saddle heads NE and my route to the Roost headed SE. Pleasant well cairned stroll up to the high point of the valley floor next to what some refer to as the chiminaya. This was a popular rock climbing area back in the 80s and last year I did a fabulous climb up the prominent crack on the N side of the largest spire right behind the chiminaya. Climbers refer to the tower as the Crass Spire and the valley area as Smeltzer Canyon (very unofficial names I'm sure). In any event I find this whole area to be particularly beautiful and fun to explore.

Getting down to the Roost in a direct line involved a bit of bushwhacking and boulder hopping, but on the way out you can easily spot clear routes on the NE side. I found the Roost to be a bit less than I expected. Some graffiti with suspect dates and features that I've seen matched in other Supes locations.

Headed up out of the Roost bearing east along nice smooth terrain following cairns and wondering where they'd lead. Came to a great spot overlooking Peralta Canyon from the top of the hoodoos along the ridge. Stared straight across into Geronimo Cave. Was surprised again the find bolted rock climbing routes here so far from the known areas.

Headed back up to the top of the ridge and turned north along the base of the top tier of hoodoos. Easy hiking brought me closer to Fremont Saddle via the climbing area called Land of Nod (in those top hoodoos), then down through Zonerland which is a nice opening from the top down to the Peralta Trail prior to the Saddle.

Proceeded down Peralta to the parking lot and continued on the road to Carney parking for a 6mi loop. Geat hike!
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Feb 23 2007
Fritzski
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Due to popular demand, I'm posting the late Steve Creager's nice Hog Cyn history as a trip log for all to access. Enjoy!

I hope everything is okay out your way. We haven't been in touch for a long time. I thought about you the other day and thought I'd drop you a line soon. But, then I saw your post on the LDM forum about Hog Canyon. So, I thought I'd send you something. Though, it is probably not anything you haven't seen or read somewhere before. But, you can use anything below as you see fit.

Hog Canyon, though off the beaten path, has an interesting significance. This being an association with several "clues" to the location of the Lost Dutchman Mine (or a lost "Peralta" mine - assuming the two could be one and the same). One clue first surfaced in print in a newspaper article written by P.C. Bicknell that appeared in the "San Francisco Chronicle" in January 1895. The article stated that Jacob Waltz obtained his mine from the Peralta family and their instructions to get to the mine included going into the Superstition Mountains by taking "the first ravine or canyon east from the west side of the range on the south side..."

Many Dutch Hunters over the years have interpreted this to equate to what is now referred to as Hog Canyon. It was perhaps Jim Bark who first saw the significance of the canyon, though maybe ignorant of the "clue" per se. In the early 1890s after Jacob Waltz's death, Jim Bark encounter Rhiney Petrasch and Julia Thomas near the Superstitions. They were two of the earliest searchers of the mine. Bark supposedly traced back their wagon wheel tracks. He was surprised how far up a particular rough canyon they had been able to travel. Over the years there have been Dutch Hunters who have equated this canyon to Hog Canyon.

Bark was also to have journeyed up Hog Canyon and over Superstition Mountain itself. In the process he discovered what he believed to be a Spanish or Mexican "monumented trail." Coincidently the Bicknell article of Jan. 1895 also mentioned a monumented trail that Waltz followed to his mine. However, there are many others who believe that the "first canyon, south side..." clue actually refers to what is now Peralta Canyon. Being vague, the clue is of course debatable.

Around 1911 or 1912 newspaper editor Thomas Weedin made contact with Bark and Simms Ely. He told a tale of a dying prospector stumbling into the camp of his friend's, John Walker. The dying man had a map to a mine. The man died and the map disappeared, but later Weedin gave a copy "drawn from memory" to Bark and Ely. Whether the event actually happened or not we will never know. But, Bark and Ely assumed the dying man of the story to be a partner to Jacob Waltz and thus put credence into the memory drawn map given to them.

Surprisingly - or maybe not surprisingly - the map in question had a similar "clue" or instruction on it as appeared in the Bicknell article. The map stated to take the "first gulch or canyon on the south side east from the west end..." It is no wonder that Bark put significance on the supposed monumented trail going up Hog Canyon and into the Superstitions proper. However, was there really a dying man? Was there a map? Or did Weedin make it up?

In recent history the late Dutch Hunter and researcher, Monty Edwards, was able to find remains of the monumented trail in question. This led from the desert floor south of the range and up into Hog Canyon. There it led Edwards over Superstition Mountain and then down. From there, the monuments and trail disappeared. Today, some of the monuments might still exist. But no doubt would be hard to find. It certainly makes Hog Canyon one of the more interesting places in the range.

Anyway, if any of the helps, I am glad.

Take care and I will email again soon and fill you in on what's been going on.

Best regards,

Steve Creager
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Feb 24 2006
Fritzski
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Dacite Super LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking6.80 Miles 2,395 AEG
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Did the short loop counterclockwise. Departed Peralta Tr prior to saddle up into climbing area called Zonerland. Climbed there then proceeded up over ridge and down into valley for another climb on a large spire. From there proceeded down head of W Boulder Cyn over to W Boulder Saddle, down to Carney Spgs, and over to Peralta on the Lost Goldmine Tr.
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Oct 17 2005
Fritzski
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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2005
Fritzski
Hiking3.50 Miles 700 AEG
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From parking area did the most direct route to the ridge line which was straight west to a saddle low point. Open bush wasn't bad. A nice trail is accessed at top heading south to the Thumb. Did two very classic Phx area rock climbs. Weather was cloudy and breezy making for great conditions.

Got a very early start which was fortuitous. Right when we got back down to the car at 3PM, a violent storm hit. We wondered about a couple we had seen hiking up the ridge when we were descending??
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Apr 03 2005
Fritzski
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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.50 Miles 700 AEG
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When hiking up the ravine, the large granite wall dominating the slope up to the right is called Gardner's Wall. It is actually below Tom's Thumb which remains out of sight up on top of the ridge.

Did a couple classic climbs on Gardner's Wall a few seasons ago, finishing the second one rather late. Upon finishing the rappel to the bottom of the wall, we could not manage to pull the rope back down. It was hopelesssly snagged. The only choice was to descend back down to the ravine trail, continue to hike up the ravine to access the steep use trail to the top of the ridge, and hike over to access the top of the wall. All this as darkness was beginning to close in.

At the top of the wall I belayed my partner down about 30' where he extricated his rope from being jammed in a small crack and climbed back up to the top.

The down hike/scramble back down to the ravine was our last gasp of light and the ravine trail was descended in total darkness. It was so dark that night I was worried we wouldn't be able to spot my Jeep. Pretty hairy experience overall and always carried a headlamp in my climbing pack after that.

Actually the worst part was dealing with my frantic wife after finally getting in cell phone range and checking in at about 10PM! :>)
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Dec 09 2004
Fritzski
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Brown's CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2004
Fritzski
Hiking9.60 Miles 2,115 AEG
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This was a really great hike. Lots of "lunar landscape" type stuff along the way. The canyon itself is really awesome. Like a Garden of Eden where you enter, just a little too crowded. Just south of the cave(NOT!) it opens up nicely and begs to be further explored.

I would guess the cave, or probably more appropriately the mine shaft was dynamited shut quite a while ago. We only learned about that fact the day before we went.

I'm just not sure about Joe's idea of a "really good trail":o That's how he sold the idea. I should have considered this came from a guy who probably hasn't done an on-trail hike in about a year!

We joked about the fact that there always seems to be a cairn where the trail is obvious, but never where you need them. All joking aside, those cairns were absolutely essential even with GPS. The trail is so unused that it really isn't so overgrown as just faded out. It seems to be a very old trail with ancient FS water diverters here and there, and many nice 2' tall cairns that are sometimes completely engulfed by a bush and very hard to spot.

The 4X4 drive in doesn't seem so bad, but getting back out will test your metal - and your vehicle's!
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Nov 30 2004
Fritzski
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,130 AEG
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Although this canyon doesn't have near the profusion of glyphs that can be found in Hieroglyphic Canyon, I'm thinking most, if not all are probably authentic. In Hieroglyphic it has now become almost impossible to discern the authentic from the graffitti.

Looking closely, there were a couple signs of corruption. A person had put their name and date (1984?) in small letters on one rock and someone else apparently came by later and tried to scratch it off. Almost makes it look worse - a little brown spray paint would be better(its what the FS uses). Also one matrix/maze-looking pictograph looked like someone had tried to retrace over part of it.

A very old fire pit at the top of the saddle - other than that no sign of recent human visitation.
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Oct 26 2004
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Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2004
Fritzski
Hiking9.40 Miles 3,760 AEG
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This is really a very nice trail, and the whole north side of the mountain is surprisingly lush and beautiful.

The one downside is the confusing network of forest roads, trailheads, and trails can make it a real challenge to get where you want to go. It doesn't surprise me at all when I read the recurring theme of confusion in many of the trip reports. I'm trying to familiarize myself with the area enough that I can maybe help shed a little light on some of this here, and hopefully more in the future as I get the chance.

First, there is another route to the trailheads that avoids going through town and is also the way to go if you want to drive to the mountaintop trailheads and campgrounds. At the Hwy60/SR188 intersection just past Miami, take a right on Russell Rd and then another right shortly thereafter to stay on it. Follow this till it becomes dirt and FR55. Continue uphill to a signed intersection with FR651 and go left to stay on FR55/Kellner Cyn Rd. Follow this east (pavement again) to a stop sign and go right on Icehouse/FR112. Follow this to the signed left turn into the CCC Rec Site/TH 192/197/FR112B.

This trailhead actually serves trails 192,197,198 and 242. Sixshooter/197 starts at the far east end of the large parking lot. Another possible TH for 197 is where it crosses FR112 about a mile in to the hike. To get there, just remain on FR112 till you cross the small bridge over the Sixshooter Canyon drainage. Look very carefully for where the unsigned trail crosses the road just past the bridge and park in a nearby pullout.

The actual total distance of this trail from the CCC TH to Ferndell is about 6mi. It breaks down roughly as follows: CCC to FR112 = 1mi, FR112 to Tr192 intersection = 4mi, and Tr192 to Ferndell = 1mi. The elevation gain is actually just under 3000' (haven't yet determined total accumulated gain).

The trail actually breaks up into five distinct sections: The first is the mile long section of manzanita/juniper scrub from the CCC TH to FR112.

The second section follows the canyon creek drainages upward, crossing from side to side through a lush riparian habitat.

The third section follows a beautifully smooth needle and leaf covered trail as it climbs steeply up the left slope away from the canyon to the top of the ridge through large pines and oaks.

The fourth section levels, descends, and levels again along an abandoned jeep trail that brings you to the Telephone Tr(192) intersection and the ruins.

The fifth and final section climbs quite steeply up through more pines to the Ferndell spring.

Also this: both the narrative above, and the book Hiking Central AZ (Kieffer) mention a "staying right at a fork at .8mi" even though the two descriptions start at different trailheads??? Anyway, I was not able to locate such a fork anywhere. The trail is very straightforward all the way with very few intersections: (intersect w/ Tr190 @.25mi - go R, cross FR112 @1mi, and intersect with Tr192 @5mi - go L)
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Apr 08 2004
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Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking5.80 Miles 700 AEG
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Beautiful day and lots of water. Rusty and I went up to the point under the high cave. Would love to go all the way thru sometime. Got nice and wet - felt great. Fun figuring out the route finding puzzles. Definitely favors the right side going in.
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Mar 24 2004
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Pumphouse Wash (Lower)Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking4.20 Miles 370 AEG
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Went climbing at the Overlook right off the highway. Beautiful day, awesome views, and killer cracks! Rusty was a little pistol, guarding our gear with Jack Russel tenacity against any evil interloper while Bruce and I were up on the wall. Does anybody know if they make Prozac for dogs?
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Mar 10 2004
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Cathedral Rock Trail #170 - SedonaSedona, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking1.40 Miles 608 AEG
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Climbed the sandstone pinnacle formation known as The Mace. This is probably the best known climb in all of Arizona. It's part of the Cathedral formation standing out on the east side in the shape of a giant club. At 300' high it takes 5 pitches of climbing to get to the top - the last one being over the impossible looking gap between it and its lower neighbor to the left.

There were three of us with the youngest climber being 47 years old. Our leader was Manny Rangle, a long time prolific AZ first ascenter.

It was my first time on desert sandstone and a definite learning experience. The views from the top were breathtaking with black stormclouds on the horizon contrasting with the setting sun on the red rock. Fantastic day!
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Oct 07 2003
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Lost Goldmine Trail - Cloudview to LG THPhoenix, AZ
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Fritzski
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My first hike! (In about 8 months anyway!) Just got my second hip replacement 8 weeks ago and it felt great to get out and try it out. Looking for a nice easy flat trail, I decided to do the western section of the Lost Goldmine that I had never gotten to before. Overcast and cool, it was very quiet and pieceful. Lots of mule deer.

Best part though is no ill effects!! This new hip is like a Ferrari compared to the old clunker I've had in my left side for 19 years. Getting close to an upgrade I think. :?:
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Jul 31 2003
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Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking1.70 Miles 600 AEG
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Pleasant paved trail offering two sides of a loop to the summit saddle. The left side is rather steep and a little strenuous with a heavy load.

The Butte as a rock climbing destination was a bit of a disappointment. Hoping mainly for a good place to climb and escape the valley heat on a day trip. Due to the area being closed much of the year for falcon nesting and being a generally substandard crag, the lack of climbers has left no real approach trails amongst the plethora of cacti and other obnoxious bush guarding against any unsuspecting intruders.
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Feb 27 2003
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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking5.00 Miles 588 AEG
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Went up to the pools today while scouting out an obscure, but well regarded rock climb called "Vertigo Spire". After all the prodigious rainfall we've had as of late, I was anticipating a little "white water" through those cascades. But lo and behold it was nothing more than a trickle through stagnant pools. I'm assuming this is because the ground has been so bone dry for so long, that it is still just soaking up the rain like a sponge with little of it running off. This is definitely good for the soil and plants, but I sure miss the aesthetic beaty of all those washes running like I remember in times past.
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Nov 25 2002
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Peter's CavePhoenix, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking7.00 Miles 500 AEG
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This hike was much more rugged than I had anticipated. Planned to proceed south about 4.5 miles to Pistol Canyon and back, but lost my motivation at about 3.5 miles. The terrain is unrelenting rock/boulder hopping from start to finish. Don't plan on doing a whole lot better than about 1 mph.

Just past Peters Cave, Carlson mentions some dicey scrambling up along the right side to get around the slot pools. He didn't mention that after that you need to then go up on the left bank for an equally exposed scramble.

Slightly futher there is a second cave also with the remains of a wall and has a small tunnel dug into the back of it.

At about 2.5 miles is the first break and logical point to attempt a crossing over to Tortilla. Due to the extremely tight terrain I could not verify the difficulty of such an endevour. I'll suffice it to say, the bush choked ravines, scree & boulder slopes, and cliffy terraces had "nastiness" written all over them.
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Sep 20 2002
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Devil's Canyon HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,093 AEG
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Sep 07 2002
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Woodchute Trail #102Prescott, AZ
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Fritzski
Hiking8.30 Miles 741 AEG
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This is a very pleasant hike originating from a trailhead situated right in the fabulous little campground of Potato Patch. It is very shaded for much of its length and is good for kids in that they can turn around at any point.

The toughest part of the hike is the rather steep and consistent climb up from Woodchute Tank to the top of mesa forming Woodchute Mountain.

I decided to take a detour to the true summit of the mountain and in the process discovered that the trail allignment depicted on the topo is somewhat in error in that area. The actual allignment of the trail basically follows the eastern edge of the flat area on the top so you are quite a bit further from the true summit when you are abeam it than the topo shows. The upshot is that the forest is so thin and clear up there that the best way to get to or from the summit is via a direct route once you are on the top area.

I got absolutely pounded by heavy rain on the return trip which was physically miserable, but mentally wonderful to see the forest soak up that drought breaking rain.
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