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Apr 23 2019
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Castle Creek Trail #239Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2019
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Hiking12.95 Miles 2,553 AEG
Hiking12.95 Miles   10 Hrs   31 Mns   1.78 mph
2,553 ft AEG   3 Hrs   14 Mns Break
 
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Asked a couple diehards to help tackle the worst 4 miles of catclaw in Arizona I know about. Quick responses, as figured, no dice. Threw the offer up on my profile and the Wish List a couple times. To my surprise a triangular headed arthropod with bulging eyes was game.

Game Plan
Drive to within 2.5 miles of Castle Creek Trail and walk the road up due to a narrow ledge @mt98dew and I stopped before in 2013. Didn't make it that far which extended the road walk to 4.75 miles.

Then 1.35 miles on Castle Creek Trail #239 to my beloved Twin Peaks Trail #240. Hoped to tackle 1.8 miles. Did not expect to get to the worst 2.1 miles of catclaw's malicious revenge on mankind.

We cleared 0.7 miles of light catclaw/brush on #239. Plus 0.7 miles of semi wicked catclaw. All said and done we made it 0.2 miles onto lower Twin Peaks Trail. Route Scout called out the stats for mile seven... 4h 17m. After some healing I'll be back, probably alone... lol

Mantis was rock solid, not one whimper.
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light dark gold poppies, more lupine, short span of dense owl clover

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better than expected

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barely got across on the rock hop boogie
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ 
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
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Hiking17.03 Miles 3,220 AEG
Hiking17.03 Miles   7 Hrs   53 Mns   2.61 mph
3,220 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
1st trip
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Bruce put together this loop with a couple options. Only 3 hikers heading up Thumb Butte. Which seemed extremely light for 7:30 am on a very nice April Saturday morning.

Butte Creek was running light. Which apparently starts down in the neighborhood. Potts Creek Trail #327 zigs around following Butte Creek for a good stretch but no named place on topo that I could figure out for the name Potts. Fabulous hike through the pines.

Then on an FS road before what the FS declares as Sierra Prieta Trail #366. Not sure but looks like the intriguing detailed guide Preston wrote from a book reference is outdated or the book never had a firm grip on it.

The short FS designated #366 is pretty sweet. We took a break at my request. Lots of mtn bikers out riding this segment. Nearly all acknowledged us and kept us informed of pack traffic. No race #s so maybe practicing for the end of month Whiskey 50 Mountain Bike Race?

Sierra Prieta Overlook wasn't a refueling/aid station either. Graffiti central is covered up. After a short peek of the views we continued on FS373 just under a half mile.

Turned onto West Spruce Trail #264. Hiked the subtle rollercoaster with another granted break request. Then over to the base of West Spruce Mountain for lunch. The energy infused eagle darted up to the peak while I enjoyed a nice break. Several friendly ATV riders went through the gate below my perch.

Just 2 hikers on #264 heading back. Passing a large ant hill I almost gave the colony some of my water. As we all know ants don't have lungs. They may have wicked some up but figured I best not interfere. Lessons learned from a failed ant farm in '79... enough said.

The hike down Miller Creek proper was cool. A trail. Semi primitive to the surrounding network of Thumb Butte area trails. Passing numbered dispersed camping sites The_Angel_Eagle lent his phone to a camper that couldn't get a T-Mobile signal.

Finished out along old familiar favs to wrap up the outstanding mid sixties gift of temps throughout the hike.
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 Phoenix, AZ
JF Trail to Tortilla PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
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Hiking18.95 Miles 3,115 AEG
Hiking18.95 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   2.29 mph
3,115 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
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Bruce suggested JF as an out-n-back for years. Only familiar with the NW and SE ends I quickly changed the conversation.

2017
2017 wrote:Bruce suggested JefF out-n-back. Meh... do I know you? He came back with this loop...
A hardy loop I, I... I enjoyed. Unexpectedly found out views along the 2 miles NW of Tortilla Pass were as good as my favorites.

2019
Apprehensively suggested this 19 mi out-n-back that includes 3.1 mi along FR213. Expected the verbal whip. Nice guy responded okay let's do it.

Hike
The road walk is what is. Senic, still a road. Kudos to thurman for hitting it twice in 7 days, my inspiration for a revisit.

A quarter mile or more of JF #106 is ankle buster rocks. They don't phase me, just a heads up for Y-Bar haters. After bonkers abundant Scorpionweed around the Valley it was a pleasant surprise to see abundant Wild Heliotrope. Which is blue, lacks scorpion curl and rancid drift.

We took a stab at the 0.2 mi offtrail adventure to Clover Spring. Seriously, who doesn't love a good spring hunt. Beats the hell out of hunting down geotrash. Threw in the towel after two yards nagged by catclaw. Further reading at home... Out of 7 reports, maybe 1 made the journey to check it. Catclaw was not horrible, just a great excuse to move on.

A mile or two of trail with painful looking vegetation on both sides keeps the mini prayers rolling. From the eagle's nest on is 2.3 sweet scenic miles. Also the middle of nowhere so there is minor near and dear vegetation dodging. Not a deterrent in my opinion. Love the nearby and distant mountains, this is Arizona!

Small pools near the origin of Tortilla Creek. Lunched at Tortilla Saddle. Nice views.

Nothing overly exciting on the return. I need to bust out bigger hikes. This easy out-n-back was stinging more than it should midway back.

A rattlesnake outta nowhere on trail-left took a strike and missed me. Jumping back to the right Bruce screamed. Scared me good. First I've jumped mid jump. No photo, no proof... I know the rules. Figured it was best to not press my luck. Forever etched in my mind in slow motion like a scene from the matrix. Rattle, calm jump, figure eight twisting pretzel mid air, scream from behind, mid air compounded fear jump, thoat of beast, world's largest snake hovering back, beast landed, slithered into brush. Got lucky.

Wrap
1st hike in about six months carrying a camelbak again. Consumed 3.3 quarts. Love the fanny pack but need more water as it warms up. 614 miles on Salomon Yellow Wings Flyte 2 - 2018, thinking 700 easy. Sure I just jinxed it.
Bruce keeps asking for the term for an arch entrance to a ranch. Looked. I'm going with Ranch Entrance. A guy in a forum suggest Ranch Head Gate. Never heard that nor 1 matching google image. Related but a "headgate" is a framework designed to hold still the heads of cattle for various procedures.
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Lots of Wild Heliotrope and small daisy types. Fair variety of others.

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pools seen from far above
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Kiwanis, AZ 
Piestewa Kiwanis, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2019
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Hiking5.37 Miles 2,066 AEG
Hiking5.37 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.09 mph
2,066 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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Included SoMo curious on the jungle @ Kiwanis

Holy schnikes. The difference in 2 weeks is what I expected in 6. With the exception on brittlebush and a few little flowers the jungle has dried out. Asian mustard among others have a dried crackle passing by since they encroached the lower trail. Which has the unmistakable shriek of a rattlesnake. Then came the real mccoy. A little rattler tucked under one of the steps. This lil' guy was shaking up a storm. Put a waypoint in RS and built a cairn so I'd be aware on the return.

One of the nature sounds on RS split statics is a rattler. Gets me unexpected on occasion. Just knew RS/Rattle-Snake gods were gonna mess with me. Luckily the trail was busier upon return. While I've stepped on a couple & over a few, they don't usually haunt me. Figured I'd share the love on this guy hiding under a step on the trail to make your next peaceful hike a joy. On the brightside I have a nice new copyright free audio clip.

Kinna liking the gear tracker...
Salomon Yellow Wings Flyte 2 - 2018 566.3 miles
Only ballpark tracked prior and figured 500 miles a pair.
600 is better. Every hundred miles knocks off 3 cents a mile.
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Notably Kiwanis brittlebush on it's third wave since November.
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2019
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Hiking13.48 Miles 3,730 AEG
Hiking13.48 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   1.84 mph
3,730 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Only my second loop with Gold Ridge Trail #47. I'm getting why gave this 4 out of 5 stars in 2009. The masses will nitpic lack of switchbacks. A moderate badass ridge IMO that needs to be in the mix no less than bi-annual.

Heading up Gold Ridge we were pleasantly surprised to see and walk through dense poppies you only see mid way up. Up is the wise choice for footing. The patch of pines near the top before FR3348 is bomb diggity. Need to plan on that for future break spots.

South Fork Deer Creek #46 is cool and has received noticeable maintenance! Still needs a lot of work. I wouldn't hesitate to hike it again and again. That said I prefer [ Deer Creek Trail #45 ]

March 30th 2019 8:30 a.m. Bruce declared every living plant has a flower.
Note: get Angiosperm Kokopelli a bouquet of spruce, fern, moss and liverwort!
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South Fork Tank
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Mountain sides plastered in poppies on a few occasions. Bruce shed the poppy blinders repeatedly mentioning the most diverse variety he recalled.

Extreme
[ Narrow-Leaved Popcorn Flower ]
[ Blue Dicks ]
[ Desert/Mojave ceanothus ]
desert see-uh-no-thus was a wonderful fragrance all day

Substantial
[ Filaree ]
[ Owl Clover ]
[ Fiddleneck ]
[ Mexican Gold Poppy ]
Notably several of the deeper robust yellow. Thought Desert Poppies, no dice.

Moderate
[ Asian Mustard ]
[ Draba ]
[ Common Dandelion ]

Light
[ Indian Paintbrush ]
[ Purple Loco ]
[ Western Wallflower ]

Isolated
[ Desert Marigold ]
[ White Primrose ]
[ Doubting Mariposa Lily ]

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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2019
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Hiking2.60 Miles 1,233 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   1.90 mph
1,233 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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After nine months they're finally assembling the bridge.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2019
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Hiking5.09 Miles 1,501 AEG
Hiking5.09 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.00 mph
1,501 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Apparently I've been living under a rock. Must be the last hurrah of spring training. Busy as ever. Cars well past Camelback. Groups galore. Christmas break would be moderate compared to this slow conga line. Planned on the over-n-back but that just wasn't happening in the usual lofty three hours. More reminiscent of Disneyland or the beach.
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the middle straight away has so much [ Emorys Rock Daisy ] a hedge trimmer would come in handy
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 Phoenix, AZ
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ 
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
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Hiking16.94 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking16.94 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   1.98 mph
2,500 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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Up Long Canyon Trail #63
Thought it would be nice to tackle this one in enjoyable weather pre gnat invasion. The tread and route finding have changed the tune of #63 from the lullaby Ksorensen experienced in 2004. Nothing terrible, just demands your constant attention for the later 3 if not 5 miles. Breaks on the edge of the canyon would probably enhance the experience.

Junipers appeared as green as ever. Bomber cairns keep the course. As plentiful as they are twice as many would be needed to suit the occasional hiker. Bruce did a stellar job spotting shear cut branches to decipher the route at times.

Long Canyon may be interesting but you only see it at the upper shallow origin where you cross the namesake then a tributary branch.

Down Bell Trail #13
The top is a nice double track road that gives way to a cairn hunt to the tip of the peninsula mesa. Where a sign warns you about lack of use. For counter clockwise hikers the back should read congratulations, you made it. From here down the cairn hunt is over. Switchbacks down into Wet Beaver Canyon is my favorite part of the loop.

Lower Bell is a classic Arizona hike. The twist today involved four or five swift creek crossings. We aced 'em all, aka got lucky! Only 8 hikers from the Crack back to square one.

Synopsis
I'll hike this loop or a variation of it again but get the feeling it might be solo...lol
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Roundup Basin Tank
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dozen varieties
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 Phoenix, AZ
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ 
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2019
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Hiking14.54 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking14.54 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   2.82 mph
3,400 ft AEG      13 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Skyline is a network of short trails. You can create your own loops or dabble the low hanging fruit. Linda put together a loop. I studied it for hours if not microseconds. Seriously though, I've heard a steady positive reception on Skyline for years.

With portions of 11 trails in this loop, Javelina and Pyrite got my attention most. Weather was darn near perfect through out and I imagine the happy green vegetation is in prime. This loop is a consistent roller coaster and I really liked it overall. Keep in mind I enjoy SoMo, Piestewa-Mojave and other valley loops too.

Just one Luke AFB jet overhead. More intriguing than annoying. The helicopters around Sedona & GC don't really bother me either but I guess there's a pinch of coolness about a screaming eagle.

Granite or Chuckwalla on the return had a shocking amount of [ Dodder ] for at least a half mile. This parasite slowly kills the host plant. In this case creosote, brittlebush and everything in its path. It was even draped over patches of lupine.

Synopsis
Left with a better impression than anticipated. Like many valley mountain parks, solid in-season hiking. Nearby Estrella Park is flat and lifeless if you seek a mellow stoll. Doubtful I'll break away from my Valley favs but it's nice to have the option. Great to hike with the native local kids. No closed road signage.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ 
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2019
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Hiking5.74 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking5.74 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.17 mph
1,200 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Puffy clouds where out so it seemed like a good opportunity to try out a xmas present of clip on lenses for my phone. Clouds were gone upon arrival. Parked between Kiwanis & Piedres Grande. Also needed to test RS iOS 5.2.0 for a third hike. Did my best to mossy* about to trick iOS into straight lining. No dice for the third time in a row, keeps working. Doubting the little fix until a longer hike with a break but it's 3 for 3.

*Utilized my Shuttermoon Pro Lenses within steps.

Mid week and it's warming up so the number of hikers were scarce to light.

Construction at Telegraph is moving along possibly slower that Piestewa. However it was just 4 workers... 3 supervising 1. Heading back up Telegraph my hammy was screaming like a whining turtle. Pain is a frame of mind but a group was progressively gaining. It all worked out, didn't even hear 'em after the brutal flat sidewalk of death.

Impressed with the macro and circ polarizer. The wide angle is weak and I don't get the lure of fish eye. Changing is a hassle but would be easier for superstars with excellent vision and hand skills.
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Holding, except the Brittlebush is dying out for round two. Majority of poppies are on Los Lomitas from Piedras Grandes to Ranger. Nothing new along Kiwanis. Not much along Telegraph.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ 
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
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Hiking18.95 Miles 3,539 AEG
Hiking18.95 Miles   9 Hrs   49 Mns   2.24 mph
3,539 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Early birds stopped in last week for the trickle show. We came for the main event of mass snowmelt. Albeit windy, excellent temps. Worked our way past a waterfall some surfer wannabe dubbed Big Kahuna 21 years ago on St Patty's Day. We passed more hikers past the falls than I ever recall.

Lunched between the falls which Bruce repeatedly noted among the best lunch spots. I'll squeak it into the top 50, maybe 25. Trails were progressively muddy as the death star worked it's magic.

Great hike. One of Bruce's favs.
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Pieloop, AZ 
Pieloop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
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Hiking5.53 Miles 1,443 AEG
Hiking5.53 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.26 mph
1,443 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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I just walked a mile to the park and Nikki drives right up and parks... lol

Rancid drift is strong on the west side of the circ which I noted a couple months ago too.

Down on Piestewa Basin Trail #1D, cool breeze. Everything is green, heaven esque.

A lot of people out in the Irregular Link vicinity. Far from crowded. Cool to see the rarely used gems getting attention.

Changing back to sandals realized this was my first hike without insoles. Forgot to put them back in yesterday after shaking out pebbles. Always wondered if the 1/16? inch thing was necessary. Probably, but I didn't notice a difference. Perhaps on rougher terrain the foot might slide around. Then again I like my Salomons for their tight yet comfortable fit.
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Dismal compared to SoMo. Interesting as the north stretch of the circ was a great wildflower show back in the late 90's.
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Piestewa & SoMo Loop, AZ 
Piestewa & SoMo Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
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Hiking10.95 Miles 2,870 AEG
Hiking10.95 Miles   5 Hrs   8 Mns   2.27 mph
2,870 ft AEG      18 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
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The racing team was a bust so I headed out on my own at a sensible pace.

Piestewa was uneventful. Road to Kiwanis was closed for a biking event. Decided on a Holbert - Kiwanis loop.

Crew of workers midway up Holbert evaluating what would take a day's work since they can't use dynamite. There is absolutely nothing in need of attention on this trail but I kept my mouth shut out of respect.

Brittlebush was the most showy heading up. A berber of Scorpionweed and 2.8 billion Emory's Rock Daisies are thriving among fiddleneck and Asian mustard.

Wretched sewer drift at the Holbert restrooms. Same tijuana blanket/jewelry market that's been going on for years. My fav upper Holbert past the road is a jungle of weeds in areas.

Smattering pockets, hillsides and coves of poppies on the National Trail.

Bring a machete for lower Kiwanis, the weeds are out of control.

Hundreds of screaming fast bikers wisping through Piedras Grandes, no wushing tortoises.

Danza is the boss but Judith is a light show of poppies.
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.45 Miles 3,593 AEG
Hiking7.45 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   2.46 mph
3,593 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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After yesterday's stroll either needed to reduce caloric intake or get off the one lap bandwagon. Great to see the mountain busy again for a change. Slug paced construction nearly wiped out the crowds. Almost forced me to go to Camelback for a good ol' fashion urban crowd.

New gazelle in the second with the grace and speed of boone.
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North Maricopa Mountains Loop, AZ 
North Maricopa Mountains Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
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Hiking15.83 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking15.83 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   3.02 mph
1,200 ft AEG      27 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Aromatic creosote upon arrival. Imagine walking 2 miles to South Mountain. Then walking around the front Ma Ha Tuak Range. That pretty much sums up this hike.

Definite signs of atv/cycle tracks on trail, which is a sand wash, at times. Perhaps why the southern and east access has been closed. Assumed illegal trafficking but maybe it's off road activity. Sonoran National Monument signage driving in was sparkly new so maybe they're just working on that or all of the above.

Blanco chased rabbits and repeatedly smoked the 4.31 second 40-yard best @ Combine 2019... with occasional front paw cholla needles!

The hike was "nice" in fabulous weather. It's close to home and I love the Sonoran Desert. That said, enough of Margies Cove unless Sheep Mountain is in the mix.

It was great to meet Mark and see fellow HAZ'rs, sorry it was the most forgettable hike ever...lol

Drive
Road in has a high center and occasional deep cut ravine crossings. Used the BLM directions heading in. Tried the Google directions out. A hundred yard stretch of cobblestone consistency deep rocks suck you in like quicksand on the overpass. Wouldn't suggest without 4WD. Enjoyed the sharp ridged mountains, then realized it's what makes up Margies Peak.
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Poppies not as bountiful as BiEagle'17. Clouds reduced petal spread potential too.
Moapa Bladderpod throughout - same mustard covering SoMo
Narrow-Leaved Popcorn Flower throughout - need to verify in photos

Moderate: Lupine, Scorpionweed*, Emory's Rock Daisy, Desert Globe Mallow

Light: chia, fiddleneck

Isolated: Buckwheat, Asian Mustard, Globe chamomile, African Daisies, Ocotillo

* I personally verified the high lift stench comparable to onion-b.o.-toejam. Chums verified he enjoyed it or something like that =)

dry Hazen Well Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Assumed dry, bullet holes in tank, no water anywhere
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Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking15.29 Miles 2,673 AEG
Hiking15.29 Miles   8 Hrs   34 Mns   1.95 mph
2,673 ft AEG      44 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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It'd be tough to find somebody that hates snow more than this cowboy. Opportunity knocked. Oh what the hell let's ride this bull.

Crossed Peralta creek without issue, I've seen it worse. Just chilly heading up Bluff Spring cardiac hill. We took it easy so we didn't bust a sweat, then freeze.

Followed huge paw prints joking that it could be a mountain lion. Five minutes later Bruce mentioned, you know there's no other prints along with the monster paw prints... uh, good point!

Got real at Barks Creek. I took a step, slipped, found myself hugging a boulder like a tripod mid creek. Staying dry wasn't an option. Bruce was game to keep going. That we did with wet feet for the rest of the hike.

I was determined to see how far I could go without screaming my head off like a two year old. The option never crossed my mind that it might just be enjoyable. Just a badass456 memorable hike the rest of the way, whodathunk.

Originally planned on hiking up Bluff Spring Mountain to Hidden Valley. Nixed that idea well before the junction, then when we got there I was seriously game to do it. We probably made the right decision and skipped it.

Passed 12-16 on our loop. All ages, solo hikers, runners, backpackers, social media like hunters. Stunning Winter Wonderland views around each corner. Crunchy snow, wet snow, the trail was a creek for large portions too.

We opted to take coffee flat trail over to Dripping Springs. Lunched at Reeds water. Decided to check out the Red Rock in Randolph Canyon. Turned out to be a really short trip, Randolph was raging like a river.

Barkley Basin back to the trailhead is one of my least favorite stretches in the supes. Pretty darn scenic surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

I'll be the first to admit, slightly bewildered this didn't turn into a scream-fest for moi. This was my week to pick. Home run. No pressure on the eagle, just setting the bar for the rest of the year.
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Miners Needle
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A few freezing poppies on occasion, brittlebush, Asian mustard, blue dicks

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Not quite there yet but I'm pretty sure based on the roar of the river where I'm at right now

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout We're going to assume considering it's surrounded by Lake
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.53 Miles 1,195 AEG
Hiking2.53 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.20 mph
1,195 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Day 438, Fri 9:46 am
Swim Fest II - Cloudy Boogaloo
In a 37° drizzly cloud. Slowest I've ever seen on Fri.
Busier at noon in June, because it's more enjoyable.

Quarter mi from peak
Don't know about Cloud 9 but it's definitely a cloud. Unbelievable it's not snowing.
Just got passed by positive Penelope. It's just so beautiful out... blow!

Horse Rail
It's snowing. What's the procedure... drop tuck and roll? Lasted 5 minutes. Despite despising cold & snow, damn special for upper central Phoenix Arizona. My third sonoran blizzard on this fabulous peak.

Down past Camelback Bench
Guy running down holding a huge six foot cross over his head playing loud music. Nice guy. Didn't respond to SpiderLegs. These kids don't listen to good rap but at least it wasn't country.

Quarter to go...
Hint of blue sky, birds are singing/chirping seriously loud.

Leaving
3 min deluge. Played that right, aka got lucky!
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Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking10.18 Miles 1,232 AEG
Hiking10.18 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.50 mph
1,232 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Jr ranger recertification, aka ridiculous cold pre sunrise hike with a slow poke. Per usual, glad I joined. Doubtful I'll hike it otherwise. Intriguing areas. The layout is starting to gel after the second round now. Almost have the radio relays down... 77034561122 ( just make it up ) whereas out on the farm as a kid it was easier to decipher unit x to base x.

At least 70% just out walking their dog. Most on leash. Those that didn't got a respectful chat that gets the point across. My approach is a little more direct. Hands up or put a leash on the dog. In all fairness I was wired after watching Colors last night... to prepare for the hike.
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shockingly little compared to Pie & SoMo
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Hackberry - Prospector - Baby Willow Loop, AZ 
Hackberry - Prospector - Baby Willow Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking17.54 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking17.54 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
2,650 ft AEG      12 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Bruce opted for three low key loops.

1) Hackberry Spring Loop
You can polish off this little gem in several ways. Appears some are adamant in declaring a portion as official Hackberry Spring Trail. Signage is nice. Not convinced it's official. No trail number, pressed/treated 4x4 posts, two signs on each posts, no mention on the FS site.

We explored a couple extra areas... babbling not paying attention.

2) Prospectors Trail #57
B and I have needed this trail to finish off the [ Area Leaderboard: Superstition Wilderness Trails ]
Worked it into a Praying Hands Loop from Crosscut TH.

Expected it to be the least desirable. Think it easily tops Lost Goldmine Trail #60. There are no bad trails in the Supes, some just seriously rock.

My first hike around the Praying Hands. As expected, tourist city. Unanticipated... wow, been missing out.

3) Baby Willow Loop
High yield adventure to mileage.

Synopsis
Darn near perfect puffy cloud blue skies at times made this collection of little hikes outstanding for stretches.
D, thx for the Bama pie!

Note, you can almost combine our 1st & 3rd hike w/ [ Needle Double Vista ]
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hackberry Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Spring Dripping Dripping
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Ford - Willow - Mesquite Loop & Waterfall, AZ 
Ford - Willow - Mesquite Loop & Waterfall, AZ
 
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Hiking13.17 Miles 2,019 AEG
Hiking13.17 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.42 mph
2,019 ft AEG      23 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
1st trip
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Entrance station lady was a bubbly delight.

Ford Canyon
Enjoyed the stroller portion below Waddell for the first time. I'm a desert enthusiast so YMMV

Going around the dry fall in Ford Canyon was more involved than memory served. It's been 18 years since I went up & 7 since descending with the world famous @fricknaley

Willow Canyon
Lots of Asian mustard. Must be tasty, later on we passed a group of horses eating in up!

Early lunch on boulders near the lower pool at Willow Springs.

Waterfall Trail
OMG Becky, rap guys' girlfriends to families galore!

Got to admit, this hike on this trail, today, was an experience.
Bruce elbowed past the crowd while I patiently waited in a short line to get to the moist waterfall.

The wide sidewalk back down would be one hell of a skateboard ride with a boombox and Spideylegs in tow!

Synopsis
Per usual, once I get into a White Tanks hike I enjoy it. Interesting to see the urban & agriculture change west of the 101 I never see.
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Willow Spring - White Tanks
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Poppies the masses seek are substantial mid Mesquite.

Light to moderate on Ford & Willow.
Waterfall Trail is isolated.

Asian Mustard, Brittlebush, Buckwheat, Desert Globe Mallow, Goldeneye, Coulter's Lupine, Canyon Ragweed, Out Clover, Gooding Verbena, Tamarisk, Wiry Lotus

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max White Tanks Falls Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
several ounces per minute

dry Willow Spring - White Tanks Dry Dry
spring is dry
the two nearby pools were +50% full
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