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Sep 22 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2018
joebartels
Hiking14.70 Miles 2,158 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   2.22 mph
2,158 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Annual Apple Report
Impressive bumper crop!

Notes to self since I just lost the attention of 99%.
85 degrees driving in from Hewitt to the rise. Then a welcoming 75 at Roger's TH.

Rogers Canyon Trail #110
Naggy catclaw is pleasantly absent compared to memory.

109 to Reavis Saddle
Fair, could use a clip. Pinball wizards will dodge and twist without skipping a beat.

Saddle to Valley
Solo in one of my favorite stretches of forest I slow poked it. Explored a bit and dabbled in nuisance locust maintenance. Precursor Autumn breezes were as good as life gets.

Reavis Valley
Heading in the pear trees were loaded. Chutney scat was loaded with clues and the orchard a bountiful fruit symphony.

Road
I'm probably overly sensitive. Just had some welding this week on my lca that was replaced a year ago and something still isn't quite right. Naturally the road seemed worse than ever. Probably par but I wouldn't suggest it for the family sedan. The lower creek crossings where actually as good as ever. Just bumpy as hell overall. The dip of concern IMO in the final 3 miles to Roger's seems deeper cut than normal. That said, it's doable.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Light flow Light flow
nice and clear

dry Reavis Saddle Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Failed to find. No sign of water.
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Sep 15 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
Hiking17.16 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   2.39 mph
4,194 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Mount Davis
55 degrees to start. Hit it brute force based on some of Peter's routes. Liked it more than anticipated. A touch brushy the final tenth of a mile. I'd do this approach over and over, great pines.

Mount Union
Never tops any favorite lists in my book. Bruce likes it. Over the years the gift of gab eagle has managed to turn a lookout we couldn't get invited up into a lookout we can barely leave without a seven hour chat. Okay... it was only thirteen minutes, nine seconds. While not my thing it was cool, breezy & refreshing!

Mount Tritle
This is in my top ten least favorite peaks. However I'm really digging the descents. Once again we medalled in the riddle down tritle on a Peter route. The forest heading down is among the nicest stands not too far from the valley. Pinals give you oaks and maples. Here it's pines galore with spruce accents. Real or not, they're nice.

The final hundred yards down is steep with two obstacles. Little concern for most, not the wisest choice for myself but it worked out. Bonus on the road back over near Hassayampa Lake was a competitive Boxelder going yellow for the Autumn Molecule Dance.

Isabella Trail #377
Out-n-back to Spruce Lookout. Looks like some work crews had a busy summer. Slash piles galore are waiting for burn off. Karl chatted with Sara in the lookout. Solid little easy ascender in the pines.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
one [ Boxelder ] as noted above

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hassayampa Falls Heavy flow Heavy flow
the private lake looked full... not open to the public
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Sep 08 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Nelson - Verde Rim - Salt Flat Loop, AZ 
Nelson - Verde Rim - Salt Flat Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2018
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Hiking14.05 Miles 3,054 AEG
Hiking14.05 Miles   7 Hrs   58 Mns   2.21 mph
3,054 ft AEG   1 Hour   37 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Reverse of a Jun 08 2013 trip.

Nelson Trail #159
The most enjoyable portion of the day. Cooler in the morning. Sycamore Creek was running fair for a good stretch.

Verde Rim Trail #161
Love the Mazzie + Superstition views. Too warm and humid.

Salt Flat Trail #71
Purposely put this at the end because it's a steep ascent. Done, prefer ascending.

Pine Mountain Verde Rim Loop
Just realized how much I admire this little masterpiece.

Synopsis
Great to hike with other kids in the HAZ neighborhood. Nothing was screaming killer hike with summer temps holding. Always a good hike out in this area. Need to let the drive fade out of memory then hit this in autumn for a change next time.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
no need to falsely trigger the maps
one shrub in the canyon, possibly dying from heat but it was the show
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Wildflowers Observation Light
mostly light, richards geranium, paintbrush and a few others I forget
small swaths of yellows
caltrop lined some of the drive over from I-17

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Little Mesa Tanks 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Sep 02 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Pie Pie Circumference, AZ 
Pie Pie Circumference, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2018
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Hiking7.50 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.02 mph
3,000 ft AEG      12 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
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Hit a lap, then planned to hit up SoMo. The oddest thing happened. It was so pleasant & breezy I opted for another summit and the lonely circumference.

The regulars typically leave on holiday weekends. Yesterday was newbie city but regulars dotted the trail today along with a few I haven't seen all summer.

The ridiculous pack weight was a frozen quart of water. I have a lasso loop at SoMo where I can consume the quart, cache the bottle and pick it up on the return. Had to lug the bottle today. If I think ahead I pre cache it or do another summit lap pickup.

Only a runner plus 2-3 on the Circumference. Which is in very good condition. Creosote have been yellow since the valley got rain over a month ago. Unexpectedly saw a plant with two red blooms. Probably globe mallow. Too far off trail to check out.

The breeze and regulars made the hike dandy.
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Aug 27 2018
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   1.48 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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After a quicker than avg and recently rare second lap yesterday I let the pendulum swing wide. Tried minimizing sweat with a crawl pace. Sorta worked to the half, sponge by summit. After a sweat evap break I stayed cozy dry heading down. Woulda been another typical ambient swimmer sans breeze. Far from busy yet gradually increasing, prob 30-40 cars.
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Aug 25 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Lakes Tour, AZ 
Prescott Lakes Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
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Hiking21.16 Miles 3,454 AEG
Hiking21.16 Miles   9 Hrs      2.48 mph
3,454 ft AEG      29 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
A Bruce loop I wasn't crazy about heading in due to the humidity. Several motorcycle groups at the trailhead. Friendly, never saw any on our hike. #9854 was sweet for a half mile. Juniper blah took over and AS EXPECTED it was muggy sweat city heading up to #62.

The SW portion of #62 we hiked is pretty nice. Good pines, nice views. Luckily we took a break at 5 miles. Then strolled down to Goldwater Lake for a quick peek. Back on loop we closed in on the high point in an active thunderstorm. Great to see rain for change. Unfortunately it postponed lunch until 17.7 miles and mentally checked out.

The shortest lunch in memory apparently did the trick. The rest of the hike was dog gone enjoyable I tell ya. After an 18 year hiatus I returned to #311. It's changed big time. Signage threw me off a tad. Back home I attached the FS PDF to the description. Perhaps it's changed. It is or was a loop according to the 2014 FS document. Easy to follow regardless.

After a sweat bath and a storm that lingered for never ending renditions of Crystal blue persuasion this hike ended (hallelujah) as a winner.
Flora
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Western Dayflower
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
substantial areas of smaller species, moderate overall with good variety

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Deer Lick Spring Dripping Dripping
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout 100% based on trickling creek right now.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lynx Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
Overflowing, plenty even for notoriously large honkin' groups.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Smith Ravine Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Hell it is pouring rain right now, just look up and say ahhh!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper Goldwater Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
Always a solid player, never left thirsty.
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Aug 18 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Rim #139 - Murphy #141 - Abbey's #151 Loop, AZ 
Rim #139 - Murphy #141 - Abbey's #151 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2018
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Hiking12.80 Miles 2,526 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   2.14 mph
2,526 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
If you enjoy blackberry torture this is the hike for you! Mid to low 70's was the bait. Held like a champ with humidity that would make Louisiana blush.

Rim Trail #139 drops from a 4 to a 3. New Mexico Locust among other skin irritating brush consumes several miles. Murphy Ranch Trail #141 wasn't better. I just like it too much to drop a star.

We lunched just outside the ranch. Kids appeared to be having a grand ol' time yet struggled to fly a kite in the field. Cut the hike short since annoying outweighed enjoyable. Thunderstorms forming nearby made that choice easier too.

Heading down Abbey's Way Trail #151 was torture. The blackberry never let up.

On the brightside we only crossed paths with a few downed trees all day. Pants would have worked wonders.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Sunflowers are out in force
Scarlet Creeper
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Aug 11 2018
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole, AZ 
Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2018
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Hiking18.00 Miles 2,074 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles
2,074 ft AEG      40 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Highline Trail #31 ~ 260 TH to Drew
The nicest forested 4.3 mile section of #31.

Drew Trail #291
Always a sweet lil ascent.

Aspen Trail #411
Pleasant, nothing to write your congressman or home about.

Carr Trail #414
Don't blink or you'll miss it. Similar named TH and peak in the Ancha, historical?

General Crook Trail #140
Bruce suckered me on this one again. He gloated by messaging and disrespectfully waking up Denny. Later, on another crook segment, Bruce called his brother and told me my phone was ringing.

Woods Canyon Lake Trail
Snazzy lake action. Did my best to annoy Bruce humming the theme song from Meatballs.

Woods Canyon
Creeks, aka wet slip hazzards have mostly been avoided for a solid year. Least favorite segment of this loop for my lack of balance/vision. Most would enjoy and find it easy.

Rim Lake Vista Trail #622
Still an underrated winner. Hwy buzzing rips the britches off the purist so it's just you and team selfie. Felt like an earth shattering 7 sentence description in '97 when I wrote it up. Low and behold it didn't render me a legend in dominica so I passed the member driven baton on six years ago.

Military Sinkhole Trail #179
A first for me. Wow. Unexpected tight forest throughout. Now my second favorite rim connector after [ West Webber Trail #228 ]

Synopsis
Enjoyed this loop much more than anticipated. Probably shouldn't have weezled outta past loops, just figured it was a cabin(cough) moguled yawner.
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Vintage Hikers
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Notably Brown Eyed Susan's & Mexican Silene
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
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no wonder the project will take a year, hundreds of trees have tags :o
[ photo ]
...most are twigs

tortoise went on a group hike
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Aug 06 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
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After years of talk it appears the parking update is underway. [ photo ]

It was 105 degrees at 11am. Toasty for the first day back to school!
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Aug 04 2018
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Kachina - Weatherford - Humphreys Loop, AZ 
Kachina - Weatherford - Humphreys Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
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Hiking20.53 Miles 4,484 AEG
Hiking20.53 Miles   10 Hrs      2.23 mph
4,484 ft AEG      47 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Kachina Trail #150
Excited the first time I hiked it. Great for loops & Autumn. Otherwise I'm not a huge fan.

Weatherford Canyon Loop
Intense, near and dear stroll through aspens. Loved it and will include it when possible. High canopy due to dense trees might not be the best aspen autumn foliage show. Certainly worthy to pencil in once. A few trees to climb over should keep the riff raff out.

Weatherford Trail #102
We both struggled more than the good ol' days. 3 or 4 breaks before the real Doyle Saddle. More hikers than I've ever seen before Doyle. The stretch to #151 is still a solid favorite.

Humphreys Summit Trail #151
Eerie ghost town, just sad. We decided early on to abort the summit stretch due to pace.

Synopsis
Yellow truck, primrose, hollow log... check! Perfect Weather save a touch warm in the canyon. Made an effort to consistently drink and snack throughout the hike. Ten miles on a quart at 100 degrees doesn't phase me. Bad experiences at altitude are etched in my mind. Hydrating paid off the next morning. Woke up energized and pounded out a good ol' fashion horribly crowded urban hike... there's no place like home.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
An isolated instance of Sulphur Buckwheat on Kachina #151. The eye catcher was Golden-Beard Penstemon.

Parry's Primrose is a stinky staple of upper Weatherford. While the purple has wilted down you can still fondle the respiratory screamer via gentle rancid drifts.

Sneezeweed or yellow coneflower dying off in occasional small scattered areas. Spotted a few yellow columbine in the upper switchbacks of #151. New Mexico Vervain dabbled in the short stretch across snowbowl among substantial Silverstem Lupine!
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Jul 28 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Reverse Lasso Goat Loop from Holbert, AZ 
Reverse Lasso Goat Loop from Holbert, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2018
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Hiking10.21 Miles 2,187 AEG
Hiking10.21 Miles   4 Hrs   51 Mns   2.44 mph
2,187 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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1st trip
6:40 a.m. Young energetic gal in the new ranger hut waved me in. Not the South Mountain I'm used to, willing to adapt.

6:47 a.m. Rocks fly by two minutes into the hike. Bob is nowhere near. Keep moving, ask questions later...lol

7:30 a.m. Back on Ranger after exploring washes for 30 minutes.

7:55 a.m. Saw 3' slender stripe stake. Seems I see a snake in these high rolling bajada washes in about 1 out of 3 hikes.

8:20 a.m. Conquered Goat Hill via the KISS route. The Mini Goat Mother Lode seemed unwise after last week's tumble on National.

9:45 a.m. Departing 25 minute break in shady alcove on National overlooking the SoMo Inner Basin as @black_toes calls it. Nothing beats a dry shirt!

10:56 a.m. Creosote is blooming minutes below Duck Rock. Noticed the same driving into the park along with some yellow flowers.

11:18 a.m. Stopped to admire the rock pour off you can see from Central that I've explored a couple times. Realized the furnace was no longer having mercy even in the shade breaks. Only a 100゚too.

11:35 a.m. Fini. Relaxing stroll for the loop save a brisk pace the last half mile.

Passed 7 hikers. 3 in the short stretch from the CCC Hut to Telegraph. No bikers. Took 1.5 qrts agua, forced the last sip in the final steps.
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Jul 27 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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It's that timayear when we realize days are getting shorter. Albeit 3 months until assured victory, we lightly rejoice in knowing the odds are sliding to favorable.

The power of positive thinking worked for once. An outstanding breeze kept sweating like a pig* down a touch.

Today I learned on HAZ
* from a smelting pig iron which sweats as it cools
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Jul 26 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      52 Mns   2.54 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Groupapelli made a singular appearance in the house of pain :y:
After passing, people were being nice saying hello left and right :-k
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Jul 21 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pie & Kiwanis - Holbert Loop, AZ 
Pie & Kiwanis - Holbert Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2018
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Hiking9.40 Miles 2,544 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.45 mph
2,544 ft AEG
 
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Piestewa
Morning storm swept diagonally across the valley. At 5am it was 90 degrees, at 6am it was 80. The cool weather scared off the crowds. Slightly eerie when more show up for the daily furnace foray. Tarantula, scorpion, light sprinkles and a dreamy breeze, nuff said.

Kiwanis - Holbert Loop
The best urban loop in the valley never disappoints. Muggy as the light storms were long gone. Whoppin' total of 6 hikers. 3 on Kiwanis, 1 on National & 2 on Holbert. Enjoyed the National stretch most. Saw a fox on mid-upper Holbert then another dashing across the parking lot.
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Jul 16 2018
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48 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
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Weather service said temp 91, feels like 95...
Um no, it felt like swimming.
Breezeless vapor drift dizzied nearby electrons.

pipe down, it is the dog days of summer
*July 3 to August 11
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Jul 14 2018
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Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking16.17 Miles 4,348 AEG
Hiking16.17 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   2.35 mph
4,348 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
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July isn't prime. Storms everywhere else added appeal... clouds!

Tradition requires a car guess competition for this trailhead. Typically I lose. Today my guess of 2 beat the counter "less than". 6 cars @ the TH seemed crazy for July. 1 mtn biker tackled two laps. The balance was small groups of 1-2 runners descending. Muy gusto amigos!

Schweddy ascent. Reasonable with clouds. Light breezes were few and far between.

Took a nice easy off trail jaunt to the east heading up where Bruce explored solo years ago. Views over Pumpkin Center and Tonto Basin made me realize the population down there is more than I assumed.

Sun busted out just as we arrived at the peak, luckily not a minute sooner. Circled the facilities and headed down. Overall more enjoyable than anticipated. Realized a favorite of mine, Arizona Cypress, is represented well on this hike!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
tiny to microscopic
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Gold Digger - Two Spot - Woody LO Loop, AZ 
Gold Digger - Two Spot - Woody LO Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2018
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Hiking7.23 Miles 959 AEG
Hiking7.23 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.48 mph
959 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Never gave this area west of the 89A turnoff much thought. Which is practically a suburb of Flagstaff. [ SW of Flagstaff Loop Trail :: map ]

Two Spot Trail
After a quick 0.35 miles up hang a left on Gold Digger Trail.

Scenic Lookout
Interesting 300 foot trail exactly 1 mile up Gold Digger. The lookout is scenic and a military grade bench to boot. More thought and $$ invested than remotely expected.

Aspen Grove Ramada
Odd to stumble upon this modern and well built structure. Woody Mountain road is 315 feet away but there isn't a use trail to connect and that road rarely gets used. Bruce pondered some ol' gold digger club being involved.

Woody Lookout - 1.9 mi RT
Worthy little destination once 1.5 miles up Gold Digger. Once again something isn't kosher in Coconino. Nice modern deadbolted outhouse for the lookout is vented for a burrito club. Whereas Kendrick 18 miles NNW has been stinking for a decade. The western two thirds of Kendrick is Kaibab NF, perhaps that explains.

Two Spot Trail
After an easy 2.4 miles down Gold Digger we strolled just over a mile on Two Spot. Roger's Lake was dry. Looks 4-20 feet deep is the limit of this oversized pond. Intense interpretive signs, plaques and displays at the trailhead.

Synopsis
Big pine hikes are fun. A great low key option for someone getting into hiking or interested in a forest hike. The gold diggers certainly left a mark. Someone loves(d) this area and it shows. If you hike for likes this isn't for you.
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Woody Mountain Fire Lookout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Gold Digger Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

dry Rogers Lake Dry Dry
no water skiing unless you BYOW
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O'Leary PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.21 Miles 2,209 AEG
Hiking10.21 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.63 mph
2,209 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
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Syllabus
If not the most popular road walk in Arizona it's definitely in the top twenty. For decades the interest level to do this hike teeter tottered on... I want to / not today. It doesn't make Warren's 100 Hikes in AZ. He leans heavy on Mount Lemmon and the Chiricahua range. Don't get me wrong, the legend did a fine job biting a mean cookie! For this area he choose Lenox Crater. I haven't tiptoed up that cinder slope yet, it certainly looks to have merit.

Tiffany... we're not alone
Bruce made a parking space happen. The parking area isn't large. Probably suffices. Nearby closures due to lack of rain has everyone exploring new horizons. Which corralled us too... lol

Ten minutes up the road three things became crystal clear
- Parking could be ten times larger and this hike wouldn't come close to Piestewa/Camelback busy
- Serious pine trees and nearby views erode any boring road preconceived notions
- This is not a cool, escape the desert heat hike on this toasty day

Saddle Up
The grade to the saddle is forgiving. It picks up a notch from there to the lookout. Did I mention the heat?

Runners and mountain bikers had a fair presence. Everyone was spunky friendly. After Bruce visited the fire lookout we headed for the actual peak. Had my doubts if I was up for the terrain. Turned out to be easier than anticipated. Solid ground must be near as you don't sink and slide much.

After nine? months without a raindrop on a hike, thunder started cracking the whip just as we arrived to the summit. Our planned break turned into a prolife skedaddle!

We had drizzle to fierce sprinkles heading down. Apparently Elvis left the mountain as the parking area was a ghost town upon return.

Synopsis
The itch has been scratched. Fairly dormant now on the return horizon. The pines and views are worthy. Cooler temps... I'd do it again.
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East Pinals Loop, AZ 
East Pinals Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2018
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Hiking18.31 Miles 5,236 AEG
Hiking18.31 Miles   9 Hrs   27 Mns   2.20 mph
5,236 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
East Mountain Trail #214
The lower access isn't winning any awards. The upper trailhead and top quarter mile are blah. The core delivers. Fabulous distant views through tall pines. Low expectations transitioned to wows throughout. Per usual @PrestonSands wrote a nice description. Apparently this trail has received well deserved maintenance since 2006. If hiking the Pinals out of Autumn foliage, this will be on my radar.

Pioneer Trail #196
This trail has received serious trail maintenance since 2013. Great trail. Signage still says Squaw Spring 196. FS website still calling it Pioneer Trail 196.

Ferndell Trail #204
Year 'round winner, worthy for any loop.

Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
Bruce noticed the upper end was remarkably groomed and cut well into the slope. He's always correct. We passed a group of 9 ACE workers tackling multiple areas. New large aluminum water trough built to last installed over a half mile north of Telephone junction. No fire damage in the top mile or so. The torching builds down to Telephone junction. All traveled fine. No trees to climb over on any of our loop today, just easily stepped over a couple.

Telephone Trail #192 - Pinal
Icehouse side is torched for the most part. Views over to Kellner and down Icehouse are torched. Sixshooter side pines are mostly intact with some mixed burn. Trail itself is in decent condition.

Six Shooter Trail #197
Always a winner. We thought the 3/4 mile to Ferndale sign was missing a solid mile. Perhap a quarter mile short, the steep grade just feels like an extra mile...lol

Better than anticipated multiple loop. We lucked out on temps averaging 5 degrees cooler than normal. 5k loops this close to the Sonoran Skillet in late June are likely not this nice.
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