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Jul 29 2021
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2021
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Hiking2.03 Miles 946 AEG
Hiking2.03 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.26 mph
946 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Heading up, I heard the faint sound of a familiar voice from yesteryear hollering from below. Low and behold, Bobby Rocket Feet has returned from the Grizzly Adams cinder hills.

I dragged him was honored to have the legend accompany me to the half before he needed to take an important business call.

It's been 6-12 months since I've hit up the late morning time slot. It was overcast and breezy today, but these ol' dawgs are among the toughest around. John said a storm was possible, so I cut it short before the horse rails. It only sprinkled, but I was excited to get back down cause Bob offered lunch! Passed a guy that resembled Gary Busey.

Anyhow, since Bob offered... I chose Ruth's Chris and invited everyone on the mountain. Good to see Bob; he hasn't changed much. A little whiney'rrr and a smidgen slower, but it looked like he wanted to crawl faster.
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Jul 23 2021
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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2021
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Hiking3.98 Miles 1,198 AEG
Hiking3.98 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.06 mph
1,198 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Yet another mid-70°s July Valley of the Sun day-hike in the books.

An unfathomed 20-foot section of mud on the way down the switchbacks from the summit trail. I've seen them doing work this summer in that area. Guessing the 2-3 inch layer was washed over vs unpacked new trail.

When I got to the Northwest saddle I realized they must have done a pretty good job on trail maintenance. I didn't even notice that area with a high+low option.

The red needle cactus really pop in the wet contrast, never realized so many exist. Resurrection plant on the micro-environment north slope was fluffed up.

By the Northeast corner the rain picked up but the Doves kept picking at the semi-green saguaro fruit.

It was 74° when I started the stroll, got up to 78°, finished at 73°. Drizzle for 50% of the hike.
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Jul 21 2021
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Pima Wash Loop from 46th St TH, AZ 
Pima Wash Loop from 46th St TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2021
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Hiking6.14 Miles 716 AEG
Hiking6.14 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.17 mph
716 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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My first foray into the terminus of the Guadalupe Range Foothills. In fear of being bored silly on the lowest end, I elected clockwise to get it over with asap. The broad dome wafer-type rock in the 46-48th street parallel vicinity is the same as the upper Guadalupe Range. There are lesser similarities in the Gila Range, but only one other place away from SoMo, I recall, and I forget where now.

NE Pima Canyon Loop
You can hear the trail begging mountain bikers to ride the easy to moderate tread if you listen carefully. Semi intriguing once but most suitable for nearby residents. At 1.25 mi, I passed the first hiker.

2.53 miles, the death star completely thawed my 32oz uninsulated bottle of solid ice. It's a good thing I prehydrated summer Sonoran style because I was sweating something fierce doing virtually nothing.

Only passed about a dozen hikers. Fear not, I wore a HAZ shirt that was legible from outer space since I figured I wouldn't be shaking hands and kissing babies in ghost land with school out of session.

I took RS notes to write up Pima Wash Trail.

The ribbon of the trail down Javelina pretty much hikes itself. The temperature was nice with a thin cloud layer, which helped make up for the lack of exciting in-season crowds. Self-entertainment included beating my empty water bottle against my head like a drum and singing to keep the vocal cords in tune.

Fauna
Two groups of quail
Dozen scattered rabbits
One roadrunner
One horny toad
One quick Godzilla-sized chuckwalla
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Jun 19 2021
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Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop, AZ 
Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
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Hiking17.02 Miles 4,957 AEG
Hiking17.02 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   2.41 mph
4,957 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
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Bruce had an unexpecting opening, so I checked quick feasible options. Temps of northern staple options were not looking great. The base of Elden 90, Weatherford 85, Kendrick & Sitgreaves 87, Wilson 105. The top of Mingus 88, Wilson & Casner 100. In the words of the famous Fraley... yikes. I pitched a nice Humphreys out-n-back via Weatherford with 67 temps in the upper stretch. The_give me heat or give me death_Eagle opted for whatever on Elden. I held back on suggesting Humphreys via Lookout Trail #4 and went with this seemingly sensible loop.

Due to wildfire smoke haze, we couldn't make out the iconic San Francisco Peaks until close to Flagstaff. It looked like the smoke ceiling was about 300 feet above Elden. We got a spot at the full TH as one left as we arrived.

The ascent up Elden is typically one of my favorite stretches of the loop. Not so much this round with temps that resembled Piestewa in May. Bruce requested a few mini-breaks heading up, so we didn't run out of sweat too quick.

Heading down the lookout road on the flipside was lined with incredibly fragrant Cliff Wood's Rose.

Noticed several isolated [ Yellow Columbine ] on Sunset Trail and some smaller species on Oldham. It seemed odd, scattered away from its typical perennial water source habitat.

Saw three [ Mule Deer ] along Oldham Trail #1. Then a large patch of [ Indian Paintbrush ] near Schultz Tank; old man eagle eye said he saw a few patches earlier too.

There is a fair amount of burn areas; most are mixed with healthy pines. The exception is a half-mile annihilated stretch north of Heart Trail #103.

We continued to see scattered Columbine. One species of wildflower seems to thrive each year. Two years ago, owl clover was everywhere. I would never have guessed Columbine to be widespread without a major water source, but it is lightly scattered for several miles.

The other oddity was the lack of hikers anywhere except the initial ascent up Elden, one group on Oldham, a family of three doing a Snowbowl-to-Elden shuttle run, and maybe two isolated hikers. The upper trails were 95+% mtn bike tracks, hiker footprints were rare. Wild savers pretending to be hikers were absent.

The hike eased into afternoon sprinkles and refreshing breezes!
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Jun 05 2021
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Highline - Horton Springs Trail - Babe Loop, AZ 
Highline - Horton Springs Trail - Babe Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2021
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Hiking11.48 Miles 2,336 AEG
Hiking11.48 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.42 mph
2,336 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
 
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T'was a nice morning breeze strolling across Highline Trail from the Hatchery to Horton Spring. We stopped near Horton Spring for a break before ascending Horton Springs Trail to the rim. Bruce went to wet his sweat rag or such and I hopped a barbed-wire fence to go for a pee. I just missed the clearance over the fence. Three inches of duct tape would have saved the day but I did not come prepared. By chance on the side of my knee and just before the major knee-flexing ascent.

The intermittent sprinkler made a mess and figured it would be wise to cut the hike short. Bruce did a shorter loop than planned while I did the shortest option walking FR300 over to Babe Haught. I took a thirty-minute break when he left, thinking it might dry up as it didn't seep if I didn't move. Got lucky, zero blood loss thereon.

Several folks were camping along FR300. Generally wimpy setups. Nothing camp grasshopper caliber. I didn't wait long at the planned junction meetup before Bruce arrived for lunch. It warmed up moments off the edge of the rim heading down. Took it easy heading down. Perhaps over cautious but it was a nice little loop otherwise.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Dick Williams Creek @ Highline #31 Heavy flow Heavy flow
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Clear and running well!

dry Tonto Tank Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Bring your own water
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May 22 2021
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Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ 
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2021
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Hiking17.01 Miles 2,444 AEG
Hiking17.01 Miles   8 Hrs   6 Mns   2.41 mph
2,444 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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The rarely used #63 trailhead was full of party recreationalist bypassing paying and cutting off a half-mile for the wet beaver attraction. #63 ascends immediately outta the starting gate, so they don't dare "explore" it far.

Near the top, we witnessed a first; juniper foliage. Unfortunately, brittle dry and giving their life in return for the intriguing morning light color.

The first 3 miles are enjoyable. Miles 3 thru 8 would kill a Y Bar hater. It's a route-finding adventure through ankle buster rock fields. I'm not a fan of pants, but when Bruce questioned the presence of foxtails, I was scared to wear shorts. The nice thing about wearing pants is hiking 4x4 style. The excitement of jumping in live oak wears off quickly, but it sure was good for morale.

Never-ending gale-force wind in my eye along with the terrain/pants-getup was making this semi-exhausting as far flat trails go. This is our third foray, but I couldn't recommend this loop to anybody. Deadwood - Walker Basin Loop just south might be a real horror story but I'd rather hike it than be a pseudo explorer.

Descending #13, you go down some excellent Coconino steps and then a tiny stretch of Coconino sand. Getting back from the Crack, we passed four groups playing music. One of the three was horrible song selection. Overall, it seemed par for course if not better. On my first visit here over two decades ago, it was a trash n toilet paper wasteland. This might be the case next week, but it was virtually trash-free today.

The wind brought uncharacteristically cool weather for late May. Walking home hours later my feet were still wet as the sun was setting. I was shivering but figure that won't happen for another six months in the valley of the admirable sun.
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Algonquin - Horsethief Cyn - Twin Peaks Loop, AZ 
Algonquin - Horsethief Cyn - Twin Peaks Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 01 2021
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Hiking17.63 Miles 4,316 AEG
Hiking17.63 Miles   9 Hrs   54 Mns   2.06 mph
4,316 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
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Algonquin Trail #225
Top of trail is a semi-washed out luge, not a concern for most. Approaching Poland Creek is starting to get catclaw naggy for about a mile, but still avoidable. Foxtails in various stages look to be a mini nightmare in about a month.

Horsethief Canyon Trail #30
Heading up, we quickly rejoiced that a maintenance crew brushed since our last visit. They took care of the big annoyances, probably as much as the rarely utilized trail will get. It still sports unfavorable grades, loose footing, little shade, and no world-class waterfalls, but I'm a fan.

Twin Peaks Trail #240
The upper portion we hiked is fabulous compared to yesteryear. Cut diameters along the trail range from two to three inches, clearly neglected for many moons. Tread would be considered rough by most. The route wasn't apparent for one fifty-yard stretch. Doubt they worked the lower trail, or it'd be near 5of5 for me.

Waypoints
Collected several* to finetune the Popup Map layout. Getting closer to the future intended functionality for RS Trip Notes.
*points of interest to myself, not helpful like the famous eagle/grasshopper waypoints.

Day in Review
Better than anticipated. Water in the creeks was lifting. Woke up at 4:18 am. Ran out of water about 4:45 pm, with a couple of miles to go. Home 11:40 pm. Cleaned up, hydrated, and coded 'til 2 am. Slept to 4:30 am for another day.
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Expected reflection of the dry conditions. Kinna needed a breather year after back-to-back super bloom years that previously only surfaced once or twice in a decade. Most notable was a droopy patch of Colorado Four O'Clock in the A.M. rejuvenated well past four o'clock!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Eagle Pond - CC Wilderness 76-100% full 76-100% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Looked full to me

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Poland Creek - Algonquin Trail Light flow Light flow
Light flow in the A.M.
Trickle in the P.M.
Clear and inviting.
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Apr 17 2021
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Orme Road to General Crook / SR169 - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2021
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Hiking13.80 Miles 1,320 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   3.16 mph
1,320 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Double track and smooth for 98%... it's a road the entire way. Two forgettable loose inclines and a few minutes in a deep sand creekbed round out the horror stories.

The hills remind me of hiking in the foothills around Hemet California. Here, pinion pines dot the wavy hills. Some areas are a sea of loose catclaw but none infiltrate the ten-foot-wide path.

Aside from the southern end of the BCT and this current northern end; I'd recommend the BCT to hikers that have conquered the top hundred az hikes looking to expand their horizons. In theory, the BCT will someday continue to Williams.

Bruce and I have completed from the south end to what is currently signed as the north end. I'm sure the story continues. Notably, as Bruce was saying "we did it" with a quick holler from Chris "no ya haven't"... lol

With lack of documentation by the BCT, who knows. We have not hiked the Copper Mountain Loop by the BCT. It looks cool and I'll hike it, likewise for future segments. But I don't dock brownie points for AZT'rs that ignore the equestrian/bike options, hiking segments out of order, without a kitchen sink strapped to your back, and yadda yadda yadda.

Whether or not the segment today was finished or even tackled correctly is TBD too, the last BCT sign I recall was looking for a lunch spot off-the-road at 9.9-mi as noted by the yellow flag waypoint on my route.

Nevertheless, good times today with Gordie, Vern & Chris!
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Cienega Tank
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One instance of Indian paintbrush, scattered hints of itty bitties
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Apr 03 2021
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Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ 
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2021
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Hiking19.22 Miles 3,024 AEG
Hiking19.22 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   2.68 mph
3,024 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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FR419 is rockier than I recalled; scattered rock is virtually cemented into a firm base. The mud rutted section further in was dry. That said, any vehicle except low-riders sportin' bicycle tires can probably negotiate the current dry road. A few car/RV campers out along the road but not overrun, and the trailhead was only 2/3 full @ 8:50 am.

Barnhart starts rocky, but it smooths out within the first mile, and I didn't notice it on the return. Regardless, the first mile or mile-n-half seemed a lot nicer than memory served, trees galore.

We crossed paths with the Kactus Kickers hiking group and met @Hiking_Fool! There was a small group at Big Kahuna. A couple of thru-hikers on the divide. Overall, maybe two dozen hikers all day; expected more.

The lowest flow we've seen at the falls. I'd guestimate it peaked ten days prior. The hike piques my interest regardless of the behemoth waterfalls. The Mazzie Skylounge looks like a worthy bushwhack for the someday list.

It was a great day weather/company wise. Discovered a pinhole two-thirds from the top of my water bladder ten minutes from home in the morning, so I ran out of water with three miles to go. No biggie, just ironic hiking with Wally since he's one of two I know that prefers a container... lol
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Parry's Agave
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Kentuck Mountain Saint Clair Peak

dry Garden Seep Dry Dry
First I recall this one being dry. It was like going back home for Christmas only to realize someone swiped the Christmas Tree.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Lower Deadman Canyon Falls Light flow Light flow
a few gallons per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sandy Saddle Falls Light flow Light flow
a few gallons per minute
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Mar 27 2021
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Big Bug TH to Russian Well - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking15.85 Miles 1,752 AEG
Hiking15.85 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   3.03 mph
1,752 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Prologue
Nobody is more excited to check off the BCT as done than this cowboy, so it was good to scratch off another segment. Now having hiked most and with a clue, I understand the reasoning behind mt98dew & topohiker's overlapping guide pages. For starters, BCT details from the BCT were never precise. Not a blow to any, nice details in the guides with little to go on. I respect and appreciate 'em all, including the BCT that has a great multi-use trail continuing north.

As with every hike on the BCT, I head in with ultra-low expectations. None have been horrible. A couple of segments have been rehike worthy!

Hike
Windy 2021 forged on. Chris n Wally joined in to make the short shuttle. In a nutshell, it's a relaxing lowkey rolling hill hike on a good trail for the most part. Likewise, a perfect chatting trail to catch up for 20 months with Wally and 28 months with Chris.

We hiked 10.8 miles to Russian Well for lunch, which is the ruins of a pioneer-ish rock-house, a functional windmill, and a corral. Soon after, the trail crosses into the Prescott National Forest. We stumbled upon recent major mini-dozer work. An anticipated 2.5 miles to go had 1.3 miles of additional switchbacks for 3.8 miles.

Synopsis
I re-read and considered merging mt98dew & topohiker guides and adding a little to make it "Big Bug to Orme Rd". Both have nice details. Holding off for now until I've hiked the next segment. It was great to see Chris and Wally. It was ironic/cool to chat good times about hikes with Brian, get home and see he hiked a lower segment to the south today. Thanks to Chris for going outta the way to the west siiide to pick me up, in the mornin' with Wally.
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Stoddard Mine Tri-Metals Mine
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easily countable but did not count
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Mar 20 2021
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking10.04 Miles 4,719 AEG
Hiking10.04 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.13 mph
4,719 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Roughly 90 days to the potentially hottest day of the year. Time to get the muscles cookin' for Ovenfest '21.

I've plumped up 25 lbs since last summer, so I'm easing back into it to be safe. No twenty lb pack and a far cry from 110°.

Nary a wildflower to be seen, save a hint roadside from that one time it rained since last spring. Nobody appeared upset, but maybe they were holding back. I'm tickled not to be itching for the first time in 3 years!

Heading up the second, I wasn't sure if I would make it to the half; I was going so slow. Got lucky when one of the cool n speedy regulars whizzed past. Poof, I found a stride.

By the third lap, a half dozen semi-regular avid exercisers were on trail. First thought through my mind was, oh crap, I'm going to get destroyed. Second thought was, shut up, you big cry baby. Realized I wasn't drinking enough water, so I took a break at the bottom of the third and propped my legs up for over 5 minutes.

All the cool kids were gone by the fourth lap. Knowing I was a prime candidate for the United Senior Cramp Dancers, I threw in the towel and called it a day.
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Lime Creek Cabin - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking10.62 Miles 2,617 AEG
Hiking10.62 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   2.24 mph
2,617 ft AEG   1 Hour   57 Mns Break
 
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Bruce slapped together a gnarly loop back in 2013. Being so close to home and not in the Superstitions I gripped up a storm until we hiked it. Tables turned and I've been itching to get back out here for the past year. Better yet, holiday-group-hiker jlp was joining!

Bruce's subi got a passing grade for the drive in with stock-ply tires. The hike to the saddle is cake considering all. From the saddle heading down, mountain views are damn sweet. However, you spend a large slice of the descent keeping a constant eye on the rocky footing. The lower third is naggy thorn bush. Nothing dense. I'm grateful a trail exists. Desirable trails attract undesirables anyhow, perhaps this oughta be the new standard. =)

Lime Creek is a refreshingly welcome change of pace. Ribbons everywhere and GPS may help. Good ol' Wally radar feeling out the terrain probably nets quicker likewise results.

We stopped to investigate water coming down the ravine from Lime Spring. I snapped a couple of photos and headed to the cabin. Took me ten minutes to realize I was alone... lol Headed back and saw they dropped packs to go check out the source. I started up, then decided it might be wise to stay put. So I had an early lunch, sang 99 bottles, and wrote a book. Freebie breaks rock! I smelled a skunk at 9:50 am, luckily it passed almost as quickly as it arrived. Later, they confirmed similar so it was probably a mile from either of us. pur360solutions dot com says we badass humans can detect 'em up to 3 nautical miles(3.45 mi).

Bruce wanted to show John the inscription wall. After two-geeks gone wild simmered down, we returned to the cabin for lunch. The hike out with two weeks of winter before spring starts was the warmest it's been this year. A fabulous breeze made it ten times more enjoyable than descending.

Synopsis
I packed for twice the hike because I didn't grasp the plan. Albeit abbreviated vs 2013, still a gem of an area and a great day.
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1 wiry lotus, 1 4-large-petal yellow something, 1 Henbit deadnettle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lime Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Based on creek flow
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.60 Miles 1,367 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles
1,367 ft AEG
 
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Spring-fling 2021 is revving up!

The mean girls were talking smack about lazy-ass Alex. In other trail news, 'tis the season to bring a date, and boy howdy it's painful to witness the cringe-worthy fumbles. Add in, one oddity of The Doors blasting from the Drake crowd.

The icing on the cake was leaving. One of the geezers pushing 90 was driving away at maybe 1-mph in his shiny sports car. Eons ago I met him on his downswing but he was still squeaking out three laps a day on Camelback. Gotta respect. If I had his history, I'd go a half-mile an hour slower.
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Feb 20 2021
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Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking12.50 Miles 2,232 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   2.05 mph
2,232 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
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Team Grandpa allowed me into the club, sans credentials. The first 1.5 miles were cold without a golden ray of sun. Shockingly noticed tiny clear water pools, glorified puddles, in the creekbed of Cottonwood Creek. Walkin' Jim is aptly named on the north side of the loop we hiked in on, gaining a whopping 150-ft in 1.5 miles.

About a third of this hike is in the Hells Canyon Wilderness. While I never lose sleep over the area, it always leaves me thinking, "that was pretty cool". Being the closest wilderness to home, it loses brownie points right outta the starting gate. There's just some sick reset to life by getting further away and punishing your muscles silly. Overkill on the build-up, but damn, the topography out here intrigues.

Around 3 miles in the tread would be considered mild rocky by anti-Y-Bar strollers. Bruce and I hiked this last April at the tail end of a super bloom, where I wrote, "By two and a half miles in there was Owl Clover at least every two yards". Since so little rain has occurred since then, I anticipated a total letdown. It was not a letdown, but I was perplexed why. The difference was half of that hike was needle-sharp foxtail torture, trying to snag Mill & Pikes peaks. Without further ado, short-n-boring trail hikes slathered in olive drab are my new favorites! Well... in perfect weather, with decent company anyhow.

After last week's hit lunch, I brought half an Italian wrap for an early lunch at Peak 3465. More of a chore vs. the savory smoked-chicken bacon wrap last week.

It would appear Bob has been working overtime. The final ~four miles, the semi-challenging navigational segment, on the south side of the loop is cairned very well.
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a lackluster instance of Indian paintbrush & 3 Wiry Lotus
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Skull Mesa - Mattys Fork Loop, AZ 
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Hiking19.06 Miles 3,156 AEG
Hiking19.06 Miles   10 Hrs   1 Min   2.18 mph
3,156 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
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I picked a loop Bruce had us on six years ago. More so for a step up in recent efforts to miles/aeg with some off-trail. In hindsight, it's crystal clear why Bruce chose the loop weeks after legend HAZ'r Oregon_Hiker toured with FOTG. Semi surprised Bruce was game as it would be pushing the envelope of time with my lackluster options of getting to-fro. I just made damn sure I was ready for a full day, right down to bringing a rare notable size lunch.

Went from sweating, shedding layers getting to the event to layers back on for a borderline cold start. Bruce paid our dues at the hut. I took advantage of the porta-potty station with nicer facilities than Oscar Taylor's at the Biltmore, where I bussed famous folks tables cringing when they asked "where is the restroom", and we were underway.

Off the road(cough trail), we encountered a nice looking welcome(?) sign neither of us could read without specs and continued up Inspiration Ridge to #247. #248 obviously needs a much better Official Route on HAZ for the lower portion alone. Midway up, I had to get rid of a layer before unnecessary sweat took hold. #248 ascends Skull Mesa, crosses, and then descends down to meet up with #247 again. #1 copout from 5-15 yr noncontributing HAZ members trying to weasel by without contributing squat back... all the good stuff is taken. God forbid exploring included the thousands of rarely-used unpublished Guide pages on HAZ that are nice at sunset, blah blah blah. #248 is still available, and it's far from the exception. Off rant. Unlikely... somebody has to fill in for CDK!

The route of #248 across Skull Mesa is highly questionable. I've been here twice at least, and that's the best I can offer. We went off-trail down the origin of Mattys Creek. With nice weather, scattered clouds, relatively easy progress, and a couple of cool areas of rock then trees... this might be the nearest slice of paradise to home.

We had lunch in Mattys Creek, played around with styrofoam light chalk, limestone, or something white.

Bruce was excited about the cabin. It was a gander. Then we opted to try and avoid Mattys Creek taking a trace of a pack trail out. Glad we took a stab, maybe another in the future. That said, the creek is much easier and less painful in shorts.

I was a touch concerned Bruce wanted to skip #4 out for an adventure. This area is not crystal clear to me, and I was in good hands. It was fab, and we even got a stroll in on Metate and Towhee. Super easy, but fond memories make 'em a winner.

After seeing nary a soul since the first quarter-mile, we saw quite a few horses, a couple of hikers, and one mtn biker that appeared to be heading out to bike-camp.
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San Tan Loop Tour, AZ 
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Hiking15.17 Miles 1,810 AEG
Hiking15.17 Miles   5 Hrs   38 Mns   3.05 mph
1,810 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Headed out on a short leg of Goldmine Trail to begin our lasso loop. The small crowd of big-booty hikers included Olympic stretched spandex. 0.2 miles in we took a right on Dynamite Trail and parted ways with the herd.

O.2 to 1.7 mi we traded the lead with a friendly mountain biker duo that took several breather-breaks. Easy-grade mountain biking in my opinion but I think they were in the sprout-a-lung stage.

At 1.7 mi we crested the highpoint of Dynamite Trail. Perhaps a nice out-n-back for a shorter hike. A sharp left begins descending and parts way with the urban feel.

2.65 mi - reached the desert floor. Turned right for 2.25 miles through the western heart of the odd-layout San Tan Trail. Not the most appealing pre-hike stretch in mapping. That said, the hike was increasingly getting my attention. Notably Malapais Hills. Unexpected Superstition-esque wham-bam pizzaz Geronimo-Malapais(by chance) look vs hills from our angle.

4.9 mi - turned right onto Malapais Trail. The anticipated leg of the hike for myself. My attention-rise was fading slowly in the wash like the sand through time.

8.0 mi the_eagle_god granted a pre-twelve-mile break! Hopped outta the wash for views. Kinna ho-hum kicking off the break. Cheetos, a @Ladyeagle brownie(thx!), and a cloud increased enthusiasm.

8.25 mi - what I was dreading to be a never-ending wash crested to a flipside wash. Puffy cloud explosion was underway and the choir was hitting a few of the high notes. Albeit far far away, we were rooting-on the tibbernator to net a few clouds in her KofA Kabana Workshop. However, that may have been a yesterday event in hindsight.

9.2 mi - back on the odd U shaped San Tan Trail. We crossed paths with more hikers/bikers along the next 3 miles to the main East entrance. Restrooms are a notch below Tom's Thumb or new Phx Parks class but not bad. Bruce insisted we honor lord Denny with a trip through the turtle?tortoise habit. Nicely done, albeit seemingly an unlikely perennial cascading water habit in the greater Sonoran Desert.

12.85 mi - totally unexpected second break before ticking off another ten miles. Shriveled up and black but proved he has a heart!

Pleasant and unexpected change of terrain continuing too. The bulk of the hike until now was anybody could bike if desired. Passed one of those "extreme blah blah trail" ahead signs. Yeah right. I've read the little Peoria-park signs that cried wolf to various overkill degrees. It's a good thing we've been on a few hikes and a damn good thing we didn't escort grandma out onto the 40° grade. Culture shock from the rest of the park but a cool twist! The footing is semi sketchy on the north grade.

◇◇ The gist of the range in review since it was previously a mystery for myself ◇◇
Santan Mountain - NW. Signature blop of a mountain. Out of the park.
Goldmine Mountain - NNE. Linear split ridge. Imagine hiked most based on access and lack of entrance gate.
Malapais Hills - South. Multi ridged eye candy. No access. Gasp.
Valley - Center. Majority of trails. Better than anticipated 360° views.

Parking - Overflowing. Fee to be legal is cash envelope. Electric tender would seemingly net more use.
Activity - Diversified cultures and skill levels, hikers and mountain bikers alike.
Signage - better than average. Every turn and the potential wrong-turn in the washes have carsonite signage.
Flora - better than anticipated desert varieties. A step up from White Tanks which I figure resemble how SoMo once looked before the human-kind invasion.
Fauna - one bunny, occasional bird calls throughout.

Expected a low 3 of 5-star hike overall. Moments of high-4 will net at least one return. Perhaps shoved aside due to two less than stellar Usery hikes eons ago. A dandy 80 photo urban-fringe hike on this day.
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BCT - Antelope Hill to Old Sycamore Rd, AZ 
BCT - Antelope Hill to Old Sycamore Rd, AZ
 
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Hiking18.00 Miles 1,882 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.73 mph
1,882 ft AEG      34 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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The gameplan was to start at Big Bug Trailhead and hike south to FR259 then back. Expectations were low with an open mind.

The first mile is a steady 110 ft ascent, which prepares you for a similar 120 ft ascent by 2.2 miles. The trail is an old forest road that is well-groomed and smooth. 3.75 to 4.75 is the relentless 200 ft crux. In retrospect, it's clear why the 1-to-5 ratings average low. With the entire Bradshaw range filling western views, a cool morning, increasing wind on our backs, and my first non-urban hike in nine weeks, I was thinking three-star delivering four-star.

Around 5.75 miles we reached Corral on topo. No clue about the corral. What draws attention is a windmill and water tank. Albeit missing two blades, the windmill was spinning, and the pump rod was in motion. Bruce tapped on the sealed water tank. It didn't sound full nor empty. Guessing it wasn't pumping water. The Aermotor windmills always intrigue me, so I was curious about what these types of windmills are called. American windmill or multi-bladed windpump seems to be the answer. Albeit far from efficient, they still get the job done when needed.

We forged on past two dandy break spots to the end of the segment. Returned to the edge of an intriguing cliff edged canyon home to [ Dripping Spring ] for lunch, aka break #1. The geology is Sedona-esque, complete with a tiny pillar. After lunch, we headed down an old road that deteriorated to a semi-steep watch-your-step path. Several various aged piping and a hint of water in a creekbed had curiosity on high alert. An enclosed water tank sounded like it had an internal waterfall. We explored back through the mammoth cottonwoods in search of the source. We threw in the towel when bushwhacking increased quicker than success-rate dwindled. Heading back, I pitched the suggestion for a quick exit, then barely negotiated a class 3 10-foot wall twisting up a crumbly crevis, but it worked out.

Bruce's idea to check out the spring was by far the highlight and totally unexpected. Returning to the trailhead in a headwind lost my loving feeling for the first few previously-enjoyed miles.

Bruce wanted to complete the HAZ segment, which continues north of Big Bug TH under SR69, then 0.7 miles to Old Sycamore Rd. Perhaps written before Big Bug TH was a good choice. The tempest tunnel, pleasant senior ladies on horseback, and dry cracking earth going out of control were the mini highlights on that short out-n-back. Old Sycamore Rd has no-parking signage, but the last two lines of MEWhiteman's guide say we can park very nearby for the next segment. The current BCT is almost in the books, but Denny gets another opportunity to join!

I was a little draggy towards the end. Lack of distance hiking and the wind was wearing me down or perhaps a certain eagle rebuffing break suggestions until 9.4412 miles. No need to play Clue. It was me with the lead pipe at the trailhead, and all that remained was a pile of feathers... a great hike!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Dripping Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Forget dripping this is more in tune with a mini oasis
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Skyline Regional Ramble, AZ 
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Hiking15.80 Miles 3,486 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.60 mph
3,486 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
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We did a near reverse of the grand tour loop I hiked with Linda and Denny in March 2019. The park was just over half full based on parking. It didn't pick up much throughout the day either. A fair percentage did the mut on a rope polka dance. Maybe two? mountain bikers and just a couple of low-key runners. Music sharing? was limited to one guy we figured we'd breeze by but he held well to a saddle. Everything still feels perfect in this park. West-Cali-Valley never disappoints. The unique Estrella view along with intriguing western views are worthy alone.
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Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ 
Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking18.20 Miles 2,941 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   2.50 mph
2,941 ft AEG      48 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Expectations for Mule Deer Trail were ultra-low on the foothill location. Odds of enjoyment bottomed out upon visual realization... 50 acres torched by a wildfire earlier this year on May 21st. Turned out to be a pleasant surprise on a relaxing sunrise stroll with cool views, friendly fellow hikers, one-stalker, and a delightful tread to boot.

The Bajada Trail was considerably nicer than anticipated too. Nice washes, trees, saguaros... then again, it was morning light laced with cool jazz temps, so let's not get carried away. Bruce corrected my rookie Okie fumble pronouncing bajada. I appreciate it in hindsight, flipped my frown, and added a helper to the top of the related guide pages for the next guy.

Heading up Goat Camp Trail is a medium never-let-up grade. Cool massive boulders in an intriguing pocket of Sonoran love is cool being so close to the city. Tread in the upper reaches is y-bar ankle busters, so it's likely deemed horrible by some on the surface. No biggie ascending. Total misnomer, we did not observe any goats camping or any goats period... alas.

Goat Canyon had me at hello, views casting from upper Goat seals my four-of-five ranking for Goat Camp Trail. An abundance of dry grass in the entire range is an unavoidable nail in the Sonoran coffin, so enjoy before forever changed.

Bruce re-suggested Barry Goldwater Peak. With time and resources, it seemed worthy. We settled on halfway, saving the elusive western views for another day. Instead, we admired the 270-degree views from the old purple-dashed jeep trail on topo. That musta been one gnarly pioneer ride.

We set 3032 as the target for a lunch break but mutually settled on a nearby unofficial 2974 sub-highpoint. Back on trail we crossed paths with Betty Boop and company, took a wrong turn, and passed Betty backtracking.

I sincerely enjoyed all of the above. That said, the dryfall in Ford Canyon is the most spectacular impact most will remember.

Despite rare visits for such a nearby option, the White Tanks never disappoint.
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Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking12.15 Miles 3,615 AEG
Hiking12.15 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.92 mph
3,615 ft AEG      27 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
 
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Took advantage of an invite to Lp-Trekkin-Turtle's annual Turkey Trot. I layered up for the sub fifty arctic temps. Down to standard desert attire in a couple of miles. Exceptional company and postcard weather made this year better than anticipated.

The desert seemed greener heading east, and the skies were deep blue heading back west. Distant mountain ranges cast a nice allure. Enough time for a slice of Pie on the way home.
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