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Nov 17 2018
joebartels
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis - Pine Creek Loop, AZ 
Reavis - Pine Creek Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2018
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Hiking17.23 Miles 3,754 AEG
Hiking17.23 Miles   8 Hrs   59 Mns   2.10 mph
3,754 ft AEG      47 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Back to Reavis after a two week hiatus. Upper Pine Creek has been on my someday list since the 20th century. Karl was game, perfect weather sealed the deal.

Shockingly, only two small camps in Reavis Valley.

Found a strong second favorite Superstition pine forest today! Skinny ponderosa? along the aptly named Pine Creek make a nice canopy for over a half mile. Offtrail and the non-pool sustainable creek will keep the riff raff out.

Descending Pine Creek on the return turned out to be the right choice. The middle mile is a mild mess. Easy down, would be more effort ascending against the grain. Lower half~mi to Gap Trail sports a few slender pools. A game trail high banks the east for portions.

Definitely prefer Gap Trail ascending. Loose marble rock footing consumes my concentration descending in a few stretches.

Chatted with a hunter back at square one. Rare hike in pants was a good choice.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Sycamores don't get much foliage attention. Seemed fair two weeks ago, expected it to be game over by now. Turned out to be darn near peak. Extreme for a little stretch of Campaign Creek. Nice where Gap #117 crosses Reavis Creek too. Pear tree was on the tail swing.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
same Gooding's Verbena and 2 isolated sprigs of Indian Paintbrush witnessed 2 weeks ago holding strong

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

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 light flow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Pool at crossing, better than two weeks ago

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reevis School Springs Quart per minute Quart per minute
Interesting name Eagle_Nut choose. Anypoo, per usual a reliable source. Trail is still a muddy mess at the seep.
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Nov 11 2018
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Taylor Cabin via Dogie Trail - Sycamore CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2018
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Hiking19.48 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking19.48 Miles   7 Hrs   54 Mns   2.84 mph
3,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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Second trip to the cabin was better than memory served on the first. Casner looming overhead on the hike out was intimidating until I realized the top of Dogie is much lower... lol

Met a guy from Tennessee in a Civic at the trailhead. He just finished a two day loop with Winter Cabin and Casner. Not a fan of trail maintenance or signage from Sycamore up to Casner. Scouting hunters that were also runners reported seeing 27 deer.

Road is obviously doable in a Civic. That said it'll rattle your world regardless of what you drive.

Chilly day beats the oven of summer. Great to see everyone and finally meet Alex after all these years!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Not along trail, distance views.
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Nov 10 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ 
White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2018
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Hiking14.50 Miles 3,148 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   1.67 mph
3,148 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Bruce modified his 2016 masterpiece loop after I got the White Canyon bug. Passed a couple hunter camps heading in. Near record October rainfall has [ Turpentine Bush ] dotting the entire area with yellow!

4 miles went by quick. Then the guys worked overtime scouting routes I could handle. Karl rolling 55%-Genius 45%-Luck deciphered a route up a steep wall skirting disneyland terrain to freedom.

Small pools of water and narrow passages is the obstacle course in a nutshell. We had a longer than typical break then another where Karl went for a swim... seriously. Opted to show Karl the bat cave.

Route finding and such ate up the clock. We latched on to the new mission... tackle 6+ miles in 3 hours before natural light gave way to a dark chilly night. Karl picked up the pace and it panned out.

I've avoided creeks and canyons since my left arm and hand can no longer catch a fall or balance quick. It went about as expected. This type of hike takes a lot more energy. Started eating more 2 days ahead of the hike and easily consumed 3 times the calories vs 14.5 miles on trail. Fine for half. Then went from dragging to virtual zombie. Held back on aspirin and 5hr knockoff until the final few miles. Zapped back to life, the sun dropped, slow terrain gave way to virtual highway fields and wide flat draws. Love this place. Zero hikers encountered. Typical for the trailless remote backcountry.
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Nov 09 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Gear Tracker Test #3. Woot woot, it's kinna working.
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Nov 08 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Gear Tracker Test #2. No one can see it =)
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Nov 07 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Worked on a new Gear Tracking feature for over two weeks for a nagging member I couldn't shake. With 3.5 hrs before I need to wake up, finally have an alpha version rolling :y:
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Nov 06 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Fringe of the holiday season. The 17th Amendment gets a workout today. The state legislature no longer elects senators. Now the ol' playground game on an elevated level.
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Nov 05 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Old Summit lot blacktop and ramada are gone now. A temporary reroute is in place
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Nov 04 2018
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2018
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,960 AEG
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1,960 ft AEG1 LBS Pack
 
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beautiful day, wish I had time for more
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Nov 03 2018
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
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Hiking17.33 Miles 3,646 AEG
Hiking17.33 Miles   9 Hrs   19 Mns   2.07 mph
3,646 ft AEG      56 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
Campaign Trail #256
Springs area just past the school is a muddy tiptoe. Otherwise excellent condition compared to yesteryear. You might miss a creek crossing but nothing of concern. Very few catclaw nags.

Fireline Trail #118
Memory had this trail in better condition. Campaign to top is mild overgrown. Circlestone turnoff to Reavis Creek is fab save the one standard rutted hill. We passed a group of 3, 1 guy then a group of 7ish. All inquired about circlestone.

Reavis Ranch Trail #109
Been a while since I've passed through when it's a popular destination. Perhaps 25-60+. 5 weeks after my bumper crop report there are still enough apples in the trees for a small army. Plenty easily accessible too. Low hanging, shake a branch, limbs that have busted from weight pressure... you name it. Tasty treats galore, come get 'em!

Reavis Gap Trail #117
A little naggy catclaw, nothing bad. Per usual, steep grades east of the saddle.

FR449A
As good of condition as ever. What happened to the large stretches of deep sand?
High clearance + AWD / 4WD or a driver with a clue still required for the steep climb out.

Synopsis
Loved it! Hope to return and experience Autumn Fest at Reavis forever!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Sycamores thru Campaign are moderate. Majority of the balance is light. First I recall the Pear Trees in foliage.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
The big fields of daisies are off season. 5-8 miles was constant small yellows. Gooding's Verbena dabbled several areas. 2 isolated sprigs of Indian Paintbrush.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Light flow Light flow
light clear flow, easy to cross

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
spotty pools, no flow
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Nov 02 2018
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Nov 01 2018
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48 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2018
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Hiking4.40 Miles 2,360 AEG
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November is taking off with fabulous weather.

Got the Tailing Four O'clock wildflower photo I spaced a couple days ago.

On a late morning lap they had half the summit trailhead asphalt ripped out.

Evening lap had few regulars I know. A good dozen or two had halloween costumes. Seemed odd for Nov 1st, perhaps I'm outta the loop... again!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
tailing four o'clock
creosote is blooms are nice & abundant here and at SoMo
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Oct 31 2018
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
26 Post, AZ 
26 Post, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2018
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Almost cold at 6:20am turned out to be outstanding. Landed back at square one. A familiar square.
Expected forgettable. Found a new perspective.
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Oct 30 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Possibly the nicest weather all year with a fabulous Autumn breeze :y:

Saw a wildflower. Intended to photograph heading back. Got sidetracked in chit chat. Turned around to go get the photo. Realized I'll probably hike this trail again!

Creosote is flowering. While it can flower year 'round, it's not common looking back at posted photos.
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Oct 29 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Construction started on the summit parking lot today so I felt obligated to stop by. Kinna like the first day back in August on the Apache lot... just putting up safety fences and such.
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Oct 28 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Circ Ruth Mohave Loop, AZ 
Piestewa Circ Ruth Mohave Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2018
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Hiking9.11 Miles 2,814 AEG
Hiking9.11 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.45 mph
2,814 ft AEG      15 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Aside from the summit the grade is moderate. This loop hits all my favorites. Which includes the summit, west & north circ, #1C, #1B & Ruth out to Quartz and back to Mohave.

The 1.3 mi alternative (#1C-#1A-#1B) vs the standard circ is the highlight of the park. Everything is green but VOAZ #1B is borderline tropical now.

Prob time to check out the billion other trails in the other valley parks & preserves. Yeah we'll see.
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Oct 27 2018
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Pinal 4X Light, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
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Hiking18.43 Miles 5,425 AEG
Hiking18.43 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.23 mph
5,425 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
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1st trip
Ray planted the seed and we were off to the foliage 500!

2011-2014 [ Pinal Mountains 4X Super Loop ] was the staple of my life. 2015 & 2017 were a bust. 2016 was a light 2X. Bruce threw together a nice M Loop and I was excited with multiple alarms set to wake up.

On a rare wait for Bruce at the meetup I was ready to roll for a change. Opened his back door to throw in my pack. A stranger on the seat scared me good. Hi Bob...lol

Six Shooter Trail #197
Started east on the lower lateral that drags on the descents. Seemed nicer in the shade as the sun held below the ridge. Light running water in the creeks and a newfound waterfall was a bonus. Upper foliage was prime!

Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
Per usual the Autumn show gets intense. Instead of the badass 23.8mi/6.7k 4X, Bruce cut out the bottom of Ice & Telephone. Which is near perfect as the bottom of these trails aren't on any favorite lists.

Telephone Trail #192 - Pinal
Took the slightly higher unofficial/older? crossover to #192. Bob brought a whine jacket and preached woes to the absent choir. The superstar of yesteryear was on his biggest hike of the year. It's still one steep lackluster ascent. Despite all his rage, Bobbie Rocket naturally lead throughout. Good times.

Kellner Canyon Trail #242
Still love the top half of this neglected stepchild that receives 1/4th the triplogs of Six Shooter. Oak foliage was perfect for the few that enjoy like myself. Still pay the piper on the bottom half praying for it to end.

Synopsis
Needed a great Autumn hike. Pinals delivered! Prob cut out Telephone and just re-enjoy Ice next round or mix it up with East Mountain Trail for a change. The @te_wa mobile was the lone occupant back at the trailhead. It closes at sundown so others likely passed through all day. Great to hike with Bob.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Hit it, starting NOW!

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A first for myself seeing and hearing a light flow. Oct was wetter than average for many areas but I didn't realize the Pinals got any . Might be special during snowmelt early spring.
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Oct 26 2018
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.20 Miles 1,960 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.08 mph
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Headed in earlier than usual for the summit. A few Fridays ago I switched from a standard neon to a black shirt by chance. Passing remarks rolled in from folks that never acknowledge me. Back to neon today to appease the hecklers... lol

Nice temps so I decided to go check out Ruth for a change. The guide for [ Mohave - Ruth Hamilton Loop ] is spot on but I really enjoyed the clockwise version more than anticipated. Just one hiker on Ruth, a doz on Quartz &
five on the Mohaves. More small town friendly vs that horrible summit trail. Always say I need to hit this more. Rarely do but have a feeling I might walk the talk. Everything is green.

While VOAZ is my fav, there are several stretches on this loop where you are surrounded by mountains with no hint of city. Of course then you walk beside a neighborhood and give back all the serenity... lol
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
One nice Wild Geranium or similar. Kicking myself for not taking a photo as none have been posted in the Valley.
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Oct 25 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Oct 25 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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hughmid up
peacocked the ridgeline to dry off
shuffled back into reality
attempted to say hello to a few I don't know heading down
got a return hello on the first
cut my losses and held...lol
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Oct 24 2018
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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