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Aug 01 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Brookbank - Christmas Tree Loop via Sandy Seep, AZ 
Brookbank - Christmas Tree Loop via Sandy Seep, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2020
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Hiking18.25 Miles 4,136 AEG
Hiking18.25 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   2.53 mph
4,136 ft AEG      53 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Started cool and refreshing on the Sandy Seep Trail #129. Then it was humid blah ascending Heart Trail #103. Which currently two criscrossing trails as it has been rerouted to an easier grade. We held to the old ankle buster route. Currently no typical signs of stay-off such as rock lined junctions, dead limbs over the old, signage, etc. In the upper portion we got lucky meeting David and Ryan!

Took a 5-minute break at the top. Even though the area is burned it is currently an intriguing color scheme and eerie spectacle. Descending was refreshingly cool!

In the burn area where Upper Oldham splits off, noticed 3ft saplings. Guessing planted? being only one year since the Museum Fire. Quick search results say 1-2 ft growth per year. Couldn't find if they grow faster when they're young, just that the taproots grow quickly. Natural or not, should help prevent erosion.

Back on Sunset Trail #23 we lunched overlooking the east. Several groups of mountain bikers paused briefly at the nearby junction. Various skills and ages, all friendly. Light sprinkles were cool for a while. Almost chili for ten seconds. No record crowds on any of the trails. Busiest on lower Elden and Fatmans.

Nice mix of trees on Christmas Tree Trail #160. Not blah as I remembered so I bumped from a 2 to 3-of-5.

Synopsis
Minus the road walk due to Oldham trail closures it is a "nice" 18 mi / 4k option. Bruce negotiated some wacky traffic well, to and fro. Outta nowhere cutoff four times. The later two at once from both sides but lighter FU worthy vs the individual previous two.
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Jul 31 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2020
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Hiking5.60 Miles 1,420 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles
1,420 ft AEG
 
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Itty bitty personal best, most AEG in July at 64.6k. Lacks luster vs 2012 June 76.3k but this was all Piestewa. Pulled up the reins at the end so I have a chance to beat it... lol

It was typically more comfortable midday vs morning. The morning shade and banter are bonuses but it's enjoyably drier edging noon. Evenings are the best as the air is dry and the sun fades but I only got in a few.
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Jul 25 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2020
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Hiking15.00 Miles 5,900 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.17 mph
5,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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82° & Georgia nightmare humidity to start with 20lb pack.
Lap 1) Scenery was off the charts, flying ants swarming summit.

2) 88° Sauna, busy. Descents in the summer are typically enjoyable but the humidity is killing that euphoria.

3) 92° The humidity & flying ants surrendered to the death star, crowds are gone, nice breeze, break in the shade at the top. 12:30 pm 97° bottom of third, 18 cars.

4) Crawled up, 99° at the top, breezy, dead tired

5) Realized I could save three hours in getting home if I hurried! Cranked up passing hikers galore. On the way down cramps hollered back from the abrupt change in pace. With plenty of time to spare I took care of the cramp dance. Passed the Saturday-Sith on the way down... such an odd choice of attire for the weather, yet consistent mid-afternoon on Saturdays. Finished 3:46 pm, 104°

The Blinking Blue Light
Past few weeks I occasionally noticed a slow blue flash in the lower right of my readers. Typically went away quickly so I never gave it much thought. Waiting outside it suddenly changed to constant, so I googled. Top results, a warning sign the retina is tearing, on route to detaching. Scary since my right eye doesn't blink. So I'm reading success rates, recovery time that includes up to 14 days with your face down, costs, panicking, praying, searching the sky for satellites with blue lazers, etc. Major Tom ended and I came back down to earth. My wireless earbuds have an itty bitty oddly-slow-blinking light-emitting diode.
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Jul 18 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2020
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Hiking17.00 Miles 5,900 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   9 Hrs   20 Mns   1.82 mph
5,900 ft AEG13 LBS Pack
 
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7:40 a.m. start. Late due to a face mask quarrel on the bus. So we all waited for the Police while giving the perpetrator the stinkeye. Forgot my backup battery but after 2,900 trips, several multiple laps, I was confident in finding the route.

Last week's 5 in the Fryer went well except for being toast. I was up hydrating, nourishing, and stretching until 3 a.m. My estimated fluid intake from pre-hike to sleep was 9.6 quarts.

This week I bumped up the gameplan from surviving to enjoyable. In addition to my 100oz bladder and multiple 20oz adds, I power hydrated twice by drinking 40 ounces of water before the 3rd & 4th laps. Instead of mimicking a lunch break, I balanced a few bites throughout the hike as eating more in the heat would be begging for trouble. Felt much better post-hike-overnight. Included in stats is walking several flat miles after, which may have helped. Cooler, only topped out at 109° vs 116° last Saturday.
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2020
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Hiking15.00 Miles 5,900 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   2.12 mph
5,900 ft AEG   2 Hrs   6 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Warning Way TMI and don't do this in July, go hike somewhere cooler.

A few punch out 3 laps in under 2 hours on a daily basis, others hit two in 1.5. I'm just your Average Joe so here is a slice of my life at 50.

95° with humidity around 30% to start, aka miserable. Brought ice and mostly sugarfree electrolytes for five laps. Pipe dream goal carrying weight. I've only knocked out a few quintuples in August carrying 1 lb. My fanny pack limit is three laps / 6 lbs. On the bright side, my CamelBak Franconia LR 24 100 OZ is seriously more comfortable than the weighted fanny pack. Started with 13 lbs (120oz ice + 5.2 lb pack). Works because Piestewa has a cold filtered water station to increase the volume and consume between laps. Which is tasteless and cold all day vs the multiple water fountains that taste like tap water and are barely cool when it's over 90-ish°.

Latched on and defeated more speed in the first than wise. Total waste of resources. One hell of a mental boost. The past few years I thought it was cool to ascend eating a dry bagel. Since early June, I've been eating healthier than ever since Del Taco would be a pain to get to by bus. Figured why not make the best of the situation and load up on fruit and a ridiculous amount of veggies. So I've been eating my favorite seasonal cherries on the way up. None to be found on the last shopping trip so today a banana filled the gap heading up the first lap. Past the half on the second was an Apple. Spicolli wouldn't eat this crap but I hear the 80s are dead.

The park was loaded more than anticipated. The pack draws attention. The encouraging comments from the regulars were a mental boost. That Apple was cold stored next to my ice water! Since I was sweating like a waterfall the gross in thought but salty Apple was bomb diggity.

Tried a Mazama water pressure pump today. It's a bit more complex vs the Ergodyne I've used for three years due to lack of right side facial nerves. The Ergodyne works well for a few months, then drips when the bladder is full the first hour of a hike. Before ordering Ergodynes in quantity figured I'd try the only other option I could find. The Mazama has a cradle for the bulb pump to point up, which is the bite valve end of the hose. It worked much quieter but the extra tubbing meant three pumps of hot water. It can be set up inline. Which I plan to do now that I know it works, just didn't want to make the permanent change until I knew it worked.

9:30 a.m., 99°
Heading down the second lap felt like a ghost town, the park was thinning out quick. The case of bananas guy must only be weekdays but the drummer dude was fluting and beating his drum. Took a 15-minute break after the second to raise my legs due to mini calve cramps.

Well-rested speedsters were out on the third. Had to let them fly by unchecked because I'm neither quick nor on a two-lap mission. The no-frill laps are a little boring so I learned how to Dougie from a couple of flex gen z's.

At 2.5 laps, a regular with a half-hour lead carrying zero weight quit at three. Which sucked because I prefer to have a heat-tolerant buddy if anything goes awry. Figured out the trick to chapstick in high temps last year. The key to opening is to slowly twist the cap up or the suction destroys the whole tube. Took a shaded break at the top of the third, 106°. Finishing up the third, parking was down to 20 cars. Respectable for noon. Took a break to hydrate and prop the legs up. 108° heading up the 4th. No chat heading up. Just dazed hikers that shouldn't be out. Kettle Black, right! 109° degrees at the top. Took a five-minute break in a sliver of shade, getting pretty freaking tired. Took a chance on eating a lemon protein bar to see if it would hold descending.

One guy asked me twice within a 30-second conversation if I was okay. Realized later he probably thought I was delirious when I responded... great, on my fourth lap. Felt good enough to boogie down. As much as I wanted to get down and ask that guy how he's feeling, I resisted taking it easy for a possible fifth.

113° n breezy.
The fifth was easier than the second or third, dry heat beats humidity any day. Took a short break standing under a sliver of shade before the final 0.25 crawl to the summit. Realized my phone got too hot and turned off all the apps. Typical. Route Scout works like a charm and Samsung glitched me.

Halfway down the fifth decided to check my messages at one of the cement/rock benches. At 115° it was screaming hot, luckily no witnesses to my yelp. By far my slowest quintuple but it all worked out, added unrecorded walking to/from the bus to stats. A guy dropped his Glock exiting the bus, imagine I didn't smell like a bouquet of roses in passing and may have startled the poor guy.
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Jul 09 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2020
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Hiking9.50 Miles 3,733 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.31 mph
3,733 ft AEG      40 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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First triple before noon by bus. Considerably more difficult in July than I would have assumed before attempting. Ultimately I had to learn the hard way on new to me variables. In the end I'm wiser. Stats include walking to/from park, buses and trains. Four laps is within reach. My favorite five in August hurts thinking about it but a good motivator.
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Jun 27 2020
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Sitgreaves MountainFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2020
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Hiking10.26 Miles 2,512 AEG
Hiking10.26 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   1.75 mph
2,512 ft AEG   1 Hour   59 Mns Break
 
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Sitgreaves has been considered many times. Bruce planned it in a multi-hike day years ago that didn't pan out. Choosing off-trail when nearby and previously enjoyed Northern AZ peaks have trails makes Sitgreaves tough to consider for the drive.

Flash forward to 2020, the need for something worthy, car-accessible, and nothing crazy for the balance of the group. Boy howdy did I ever biff that part. @ShatteredArm recently posted a low clearance option. Looking back I got excited about access and skimmed the well-written details.

Following his route, it started in a nicer than anticipated forest up an increasing grade forest road. The road got comically steep but the footing was good enough along the sides in the worse spots. Then we got to a point where we needed to head straight up off-trail. The initial group resistance was light. It started off steep through the forest. Then it got seriously steep. We had plenty of time for breaks galore so we took several on the ascent.

0.4 miles to the peak it is ridiculously steep. My legs felt great like I was stretching them for the first time. Perhaps I got lucky but I had no issues with footing. A forward fall was maybe three feet. I would do this ascent again in a heartbeat if dry. My joy was not shared so I was glad when it was over to calm everyone's nerves.

The summit is nice but far from the highlight for me. After the group gathered we descended a short way east to a saddle. I was outvoted to include the planned peak ESE that added 180-ft. Descending the north ravine starts out in the nicest slender tall and dense Aspen forest I recall anywhere.

Weather was great, angels were singing and I thought I might get to hike with Denny again. Back to that skimmed part above... We followed ShatteredArm's route which skirted the flank of the west ridge. Round two of being outvoted we got off the slope and down into the ravine. This was the worst part for me but seemingly acceptable for Bruce and Denny. It's crawling over never-ending forest debris of fallen crisscrossed trees. The dangerous part is the jagged broken limbs(swords) that would be a horrific nightmare with a fall.

We got out of that onto the slope when it opened up. The trade-off was traveling borderline scree. As with the initial ascent, I moved easily and felt safe. Being the only one finding it suitable I was glad when it was over.

ShatteredArm mentioned crossing 5000 little ridges getting back. Denny was hurting miles ago from lack of sleep, too intense of a hike, and was toast by this point. We lucked out on taking a chance on an unknown nearby road. Denny was able to rest while Bruce and I continued on then drove back. Bugs didn't let him sleep and he was dehydrated but it all worked out.

I added a pinch of history to the guide page.
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Jun 13 2020
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Buck - Clover - Ponderosa - Davenport - Dog, AZ 
Buck - Clover - Ponderosa - Davenport - Dog, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2020
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Hiking12.94 Miles 2,199 AEG
Hiking12.94 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.26 mph
2,199 ft AEG      5 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Buckskinner
Quickly enter Pines. Mountain bike friendly tread in dense inspiring pines for a good half-mile. Reminded me more of Big Bear than anything Arizona. Then realized the between the pines fill was oak trees. It might be pretty in Autumn.

Plastic chevrons in the trees but the trail is easy to follow. Pine cover thinned further in, still nice.

Clover Springs
The pines were back in full force with lots of oak between. The Bill Williams leg was nicer than I recall. A half-furlong stretch is kinna steep.

We got this hike done by 7:45 a.m. Denny panicked the entire hike we'd miss the 8 a.m. Bill Williams Mountain Watershed closure. Apparently an annual dillybob unless the area is deemed moist.

Ponderosa Trail
A bunch of Ponderosa Pines, thick needle footing. Semi-questionable route finding. Short lil' lasso loop for the curious.

Davenport
After a little bit of a climb you level out and it's Pines everywhere with small tickets of Oak.

The lower trail to roughly a quarter-mile before the road is very mountain bike friendly. Minor ankle buster rocks in the 1.25-1.6 mile vicinity. There is a gate just above the road.

Most of the grade on Davenport appears to be after you cross the road. Which is worthy because the views start to open up.

The clickety-clack of grasshoppers among the pines was intense for a half-mile.

Descending we checked out a little knoll. Soon after we encountered the first of two small groups of hikers.

Deer ears, phlox, Antelope horns, Penstemon. I find pocket lint more exciting than cactus blooms. Denny pointed out a Claret Cup blooming. Interesting because they mass bloomed in the desert in May and now they're hitting at 7,000-feet.

Dogtown Lake
Very windy. Most shore fishing I've ever seen but I don't frequent fishing hotspots. We started over the dam. The footing required some attention along the shore.

Synopsis
Hiked in tevas. Typically easy grades, more ankle buster rocks than most would enjoy in sandals. Collected data to square up five guide pages, chewed the fat, ground the gristle, and almost held with turbo turtle.

The 5th Annual Williams Historic Route 66 Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show was just gearing up before our first hike. It was in full swing heading home.
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Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2020
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Hiking15.59 Miles 3,071 AEG
Hiking15.59 Miles   7 Hrs   53 Mns   2.24 mph
3,071 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
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Vicinity History
Mingus was named after the owner of the Mingus ranch. The ranch grew about 15 acres of potatoes without irrigation. In 1922 Mingus was a pimple on a flea receiving just $9k for highway roads. Whereas Senator & Yarnell received $150 & 145k. Heck, even Fossil received $50k!

Summer recreation became popular with Arizonians around 1924. Prescott to Jerome was SR79 in 1927. This was the first state HWY to utilize a pavement layer in 1936. Trucks continuously added material into a hopper. If I understand correctly, the old way piled asphalt on one side then a grader set the road. Which blocked traffic and made it impossible to take cookies to the inlaws. No clue what the hurry was as the first chocolate chip cookie wasn't invented until 1937. The highway made for a nice trip for racing pigeon fanciers to launch from the top of Mingus. In 1941, this segment of SR79 changed to US89A.

Yeager Canyon Trail #28
Ears chili from the breeze in June! The 1,300-foot ascent is moderate with the switchbacks. We continued on FS413. Left off-trail dipping through the origin of Burnt Canyon then merged into Gaddes.

Gaddes Canyon #110
We cut in @ 1-mile. Both Gaddes Canyon trails are high in my favorites. I have only hiked the southern 1.5-miles of #110 a few times. It always seems special. Antelope horns and rattlesnake weed by the #110 Road Junction

Burnt Canyon
Temps started to get a little warm. It didn't feel like it was February anymore. WTH, mid-70s! Bruce saw at least 3 mulies run through the woods. Nice pine views through Burnt Canyon. The canyon transitioned from a downhill stroll to easy canyoneering.

Ash Canyon Trail #539
Off-trail over from Burnt Canyon featured nice quartz up to basketball size. Vicinity, logistics, and minor route-finding keep this nice trail a virtual secret.

Kendall Peak
Heading up I questioned if we really needed to do this damn peak again. It is a little bit of a bushwhack in areas. Not bad overall. Very negotiable if you're not in the lead...lol The answer holds at yes. A break under the giant juniper is fab.

Synopsis
Almost forfeited with an issue driving up. Bruce suggested we continue with the hike. Turned out to be one of the most delightful hikes ever! June is my second favorite month. When it's dry, the euphoria reminds me of Autumn as a kid.

Driving home the issue escalated, so I got a lift from Bloody Basin Rd. Ramifications on the horizon are bleak, staying positive. Perhaps February for a second favorite month, June seems to be out for blood in recent years... lol
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Light overall. One or more short stubby fields of daisies.
Albeit past bloom, the largest field of Rocky Mountain Iris I've witnessed.
Antelope horns and rattlesnake weed by the Trail #110 / Road Junction.

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May 30 2020
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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
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Hiking7.72 Miles 2,005 AEG
Hiking7.72 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.96 mph
2,005 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
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The final 0.5-mi road(FR9123J) had some rocks that might cut tender tires depending on luck & driver. That said, the trailhead was loaded with small-medium clearance SUVs.

Had this one planned, but it was reassuring @Ashleyannmarie posted a triplog with details about minimal and negotiable snow. Tackled Bear Jaw first for a change.

Warmer than anticipated to start. Semi busy TH to 2.55-miles. Friendly banter by all with the exception of a high school-aged couple which I'm sure translated me as older than dead. Comfortably cooler passing the first aspens. Heading up through soft needle pines was dandy.

On the Waterline Road approaching Abineau, a series of snowdrifts were on the mountainside. Not in the way and likely gone in days.

I passed two guys with an unleashed dog that was mildly concerning. Staying calm, and saying hello worked per usual.

The upper Abineau junction is still a worthy pause to admire Humphreys. Passed a few solo hikers heading down Abineau. Lower Bear Jaw was by far the highest concentration of hikers. With a packed parking lot, guess I started just as the final morning crowd returned.

Minus mid-to-lower Abineau, great cell coverage in great temps. You know the important things! It was a gusty afternoon but only heard the wind through the Pines and Aspens. Which was forecasted and why I choose this wind-block hike second after a warmer forecast at O'Leary.

There were three stretches of snow in upper Abineau no worse than 100 ft. Probably gone in a week. Under half a doz easy to negotiate trees over the trail.

Synopsis
Bear Jaw is a nice hike. Abineau is the show.
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O'Leary PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
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Hiking10.31 Miles 2,299 AEG
Hiking10.31 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   3.05 mph
2,299 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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I did not have a burning desire to return here but it worked out well with another hike in the area.

The tiny parking lot was full but I anticipated seriously overflowing @ 8am. Then again it seemed oddly warm driving up in 77° looking at Humphrey's at the end of May.

Cheery lady at the lookout tower let us know that it was closed to visitors and suggested some lookout options. The views over the National Monument are pretty sweet! Nice patterns of rock on the mountains.

Yesterday morning hiking down Piestewa I was chittin' n chatting about how it was the coolest 111 degrees day ever... well at 10 am anyhow. Turn the record over dawg, this was the hottest Flagstaff hike I remember. It isn't even summer yet!

Unfortunately Bruce had tire trouble on the road in. Which is typically sedan friendly, he just got unlucky.

Synopsis
Not my favorite hike. Like any hike, it's a good hike with good company.
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Carr - Miller - Pat Scott Loop, AZ 
Carr - Miller - Pat Scott Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2020
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Hiking19.12 Miles 5,002 AEG
Hiking19.12 Miles   7 Hrs   19 Mns   2.67 mph
5,002 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Plethora of deer ears underway. New Mexico Locust is blooming, some 50 ft trees too.

Initial climb up sweaty, bridge walk over delightful. Then heading up Miller was a half-mile cloud of dense gnats.

Upper Pat Scott is among the nicest stretches of trail in AZ. Passing below Hamburg it's more Pinal fab.

FR 368/Carr Canyon Road
Heading up the road looked pretty gnarly at one turn in the zig-zag switchbacks. My thought was I couldn't recommend a stock tire sedan or low clearance. Returning I didn't notice that crater dip or it was easier to get around than previously thought. JJ still thought little sharp rocks in the upper portion might not be good for stock sedan tires.
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2020
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Hiking5.86 Miles 1,339 AEG
Hiking5.86 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.75 mph
1,339 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Hikers swarming Piestewa outnumbered the gnats so I headed to South Mountain. Greeted to a friggen silent Sunday. Holbert is the obvious choice and there is no lack of parking. New detailed trail signage on the first post. Then stickers on several more for a sponsored adopt a trail segment.

Holy crap, they fixed the trail through the Box Canyon ravine. For decades they've half-assed it around a shortcut, leaving the shortcut lure. Looks solid, time will tell if it can hold in this hood.

Totally different vibe* here today. Shocking Telegraph-Esque hellos across the flats. Hands down the busiest I've ever seen Holbert. I've rarely enjoyed the lower section prior, today I was almost sad it went so quick. Cool and a Breezy 80° at 8:30 am with a series of 111° highs just 4 days away likely weighed heavily on the turnout too.
* term skyrocketed 1988-2007

It was a sweatbox grinding up the canyon. The hello's tapered off. Upper Holbert highlands was refreshingly breezy for undoubtedly the last pleasant spring temps in the valley.

They're rebuilding Holbert Lookout. Odds seem high it'll get destroyed but you can't change the culture without trying.

At the top of Holbert I jumped on the Maricopa Trail, I mean the Sun Circle Trail, I mean the National Trail to a high point with nice views of the Four Peaks, the valley and Piestewa. Checked back at home for the highest point on National. There are 3 spots around 2440 ft. A 2440 blip just west of Holbert and 2 blips west of Telegraph. As suspected the high point is near radio ridge, around 2500 ft.

Returned as an out-n-back. Brittlebush is going trademark, one brush will send rattle shivers down your spine. The volume of large groups starting after 11 a.m. was impressive.
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Homestead Trail #305Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking15.19 Miles 1,611 AEG
Hiking15.19 Miles   6 Hrs   8 Mns   2.66 mph
1,611 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Low-key out-n-back that included one of my favorite stretches of trail along the east side of Lynx Lake. Plenty of Gambel Oak for Trail #305 to be in the Autumn mix if you enjoy oaks in foliage. #305 lacks distant views but you do get pines all the way, typically a bunch. Used mostly by mountain bikers the tread is typically a three-foot-wide ribbon of smooth. That said there were maybe ten mountain bikers all day.

Lynx Lake was fab as always. Perfect temps and breeze except for the final two miles. Which then featured nice deep blue skies with light scattered clouds.

Bruce parted ways near the end to experience a hike I published 20 years ago. Nice'a the turtle to pop outta hiding and join in. I look forward to you joining in on the next 5k aeg catclaw revenge hike!
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Nelson - Willow - Verde Rim - Pine Flat Loop, AZ 
Nelson - Willow - Verde Rim - Pine Flat Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking15.75 Miles 2,671 AEG
Hiking15.75 Miles   6 Hrs      2.68 mph
2,671 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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March through the Pines
Nelson up to then through Willow had us on the rim in cool morning temps. Those rim views always get your attention. That was the break.

Rim
Verde Rim Trail #161 was dandy. Realized this area features a lot of Arizona White Oak. Somewhere after Bishop back on Nelson brush encroaches. Then it hurts and route finding with frequent GPS verification is the game. We lucked out on the direction of travel, descending this crap is always easier. Most of the hell is chaparral. There is mean looking catclaw but you can typically favor pushing aside the live oak, sugar sumac, and mahogany.

Pine Flat Trail #165
Turning back to home on #165 it's still a little brushy. The worst scratchy stuff is over. The gamble oak leaves looked spanking neon green new and were velvet soft. We toured Sycamore proper, then an unnecessary pasture.

Flavored sugar pellets from taco-bandito hit the spot. Beehouse Canyon was stunning. The final strides on Nelson high banking Sycamore Creek are quintessential hiking.

Road
Wide-eyed alert in & out since others often ask. A little high clearance 2WD if dry. Stay out if muddy or forecasted rain. Good tires a bonus. A twenty-yard rocky stretch might pop tender street tires if you don't slowly crawl it. I wouldn't hesitate.

Synopsis
Great to babble with JJ. Getting back into hiking rhythm he opted low-key out of three suggestions. Nothing like taking a router to a sprint course, 0.5mph quicker than my recent hikes... lol My lackadaisical approach to planning put us through a cow pasture. The scratches will heal, hope my next hike here won't be through that brush. The final two furlongs ended in storybook cool mountain breezes.
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Off-n-On Western Wallflower, lots o'Verbena
A few small patches of Pink Phlox was the eye-catcher. Only a few were in prime. Most were wilted or unimpressive single blooms.
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Davis - Moscow - 7675 - Union - Spruce Lode, AZ 
Davis - Moscow - 7675 - Union - Spruce Lode, AZ
 
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Hiking15.77 Miles 3,987 AEG
Hiking15.77 Miles   8 Hrs   18 Mns   2.17 mph
3,987 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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Davis
We walked Poachers Row from Isabella Trailhead nestled in the sine-wave tall-pined forest dotted with cabins. Off-trail to Davis we took one ridge north from our 2018 ascent. It seemed less painful. Overlapping on satellite we simply tiptoed the thorn-scrub laterally vs vertically so the footing was sure. Appears almost avoidable with pre-hike satellite planning.

Moscow
John at the fire tower lookout has recommended Moscow Peak many times. Past core-summer hikes were not optimal temps for off-trail exploring. On a whim, today was the day. It appears a motorcycle recently summited. There is evidence of old trail work in two short stretches. Moscow is a worthy destination compared to the joke known as Trittle. That said, French Alps peak baggers will yawn and pout in their superior mindset.

7675
If OHV ankle-buster rock-lined trails leave a bad taste in your mouth then add this overpass to your spice rack.

Spruce
After a socially distanced tailgating luncheon under Peter's neighborhood pines at Isabella TH we headed up.
ELO claims it's Groos. I'll tell you once more before I write anymore, don't bring me down... SPRUCE!

Mid to upper Isabella might be the nicest groomed forest trail near Phoenix. After Spruce we utilized a trail that cuts off the lower loop. There are twin truss log posts at the signless junction where this trail turns off Groom Creek Loop Trail #307. FS Topo shows this trail originating north off FR 9404X. I'm guessing decommissioned since PNF notoriously bows to locals. Old deadfall and light brush is not a deterrent. The old trail is loaded with oaks between the pines.

Synopsis
We'va historically saved Union to escape 110 temps in the Sonoran Skillet but it's nice in prime season too. Now that the area has been infiltrated by road haters seeking short skirts and high peaks we found some new peaks to bag.
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A little lupine that looks happy that it grew up in a pine forest.
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Phx Preserves Napping Rally, AZ 
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Hiking16.09 Miles 4,665 AEG
Hiking16.09 Miles   10 Hrs   49 Mns   2.03 mph
4,665 ft AEG   2 Hrs   54 Mns Break
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With upper 90 degree temps under a week away figured best enjoy the freak cool day. Before global cooling the latest poppies survived around the central valley was April 15th. Still a couple on Mojave and a smattering on Ruth. Lots of dogs out on the trails. Just one leashed cat. Somebody hung a teddy bear in a tree. It's in good condition so I'd guess lost or symbolic. Windy on the summit. The exciting annual gnats may have arrived. Not sure. Some micro-sized narrow fly landed often despite the wind on a break. Eradicated a serious shellacked rock disease near Dreamy.
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Still moderate wildflowers. The feel is light as the green background hue has dried brown. Everything will dry up by next weekend based on the forecast.
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Walkin/Big Jim - 3465 - Mill - Jeep Jeep Loop, AZ 
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Hiking17.69 Miles 3,354 AEG
Hiking17.69 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   2.03 mph
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By two and a half miles in there was Owl Clover at least every two yards. Often fields. In retrospect, the only voids were the peaks and spotty above 2,500 ft.

The hike along Walkin' Jim Loop Trail then Big Jim Trail to 3,465 and back down was storybook. The off-trail hike to Mill started as a light bushwhack and avoiding cactus with sure footing. Foxtail we'd seen along the on-trail hike was now our world.

We headed up to Mill from the Pikes-Mill Saddle. Mill ends through a cholla minefield the final 50-100 yards. Mill, aka Cholla Ball Peak, is not a comfortable break spot with unfriendlies and jagged rock. Recharging with a lunchbreak was necessary and this was the best option. It is a nice spot to admire the intense terrain views with a nice backdrop of a lake in a desert. Defoxtailification surrounded by the bastards paid off in three glorious steps back to the cholla minefield.

We squabbled over the planned continuation to Pikes, then agreed to abort directly down to the beautiful jeep road. In figuring out the route we seriously irritated a hawk. It kept circling and divebombing Bruce from behind. He was a good sport offering his life as I failed to video the situation. With video off, the mock speed cluster of atoms left a lasting impression diving through two saguaros.

Off-trail down to the jeep road was dicey. Loose terrain had a joy factor of clueless footing through knee-deep grass loaded with various undesirables. Luckily no hidden striking snakes.

Returned on jeep roads back to the southern leg of Walkin' Jim Loop Trail. A mile after talking about Bob and the remarkable condition of the trail we met Bob raking the trail.
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Every Wildflower I've seen this year, typically intense.
Owl Clover and Lupine are current standouts. Possibly peaking right. Possibly fading quick, depending on that fat ol' sun.
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Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ 
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Hiking16.13 Miles 3,243 AEG
Hiking16.13 Miles   10 Hrs   19 Mns   2.00 mph
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Bruce put this together in a flash. Having lightly pondered Apache Peak for many years I was in on that alone. Didn't know much about Elephant other than it didn't hold my interest. First I've been through New River. Unexpected agriculture parcels. Overall nicer than I figured. Still unsure I just looked at the boundary. Basically, I-17 to SR 51 & Carefree Hwy to Table Mesa Rd. Upper thirties to start late March seemed low as we'll be flirting with ninety degrees soon.

Apache was steeper than expected. Having learned on the hike in we had a large chunk of off-trail ahead I waited below the summit when it got uncomfortable. Most won't have an issue. Distant views are better than average.

Heading over to Elephant through more off-trail than anticipated I started having doubts. Without much reviewing I had visions of Sonoran Preserves bulldozed trails. 5 miles further North, boy I looked this hike over well... lol

This was more reminiscent of tackling Horse Mesa across to Bronco Butte. A big boy workout. Heading up wasn't encouraging either. We both failed miserably at throwing in the towel. Perfect weather, wildflowers galore and desire to get in a good full-day hike lured enough to where it would be ridiculous to turn around vs making it happen.

Lunch on Elephant Mountain 3,926 was darn nice. Cardinals Stadium to Weaver's Needle and beyond. Descending East after lunch made two things crystal clear. Cool terrain, for once I found Spur Cross vicinity intriguing. On the flip side, there will be no return since my balance requires safer footing.

8 easy miles back to square one on easy trail was mind-numbing at first. Turned out fine. Still not itching to go back. Definitely a great nearby full-day hike!

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owl clover was intense in areas, short and tiny in between, seriously 40% of the hike was through owl clover

NOTABLE FLORA
fiddleneck - some huge, waded through 4 ft blades of painless grass for a short segment, poppies above 3,200 ft heading up Elephant, primrose, chia, buckwheat, desert globemallow, desert marigold, narrow-leaved popcorn flower, desert chicory, saguaros galore, indian paintbrush, desert lavender, larkspur, phlox, stinknet* galore
* changed from globe chamomile since HAZ uses the USDA listings as much as possible
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking13.37 Miles 6,268 AEG
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Interesting full day of people watching. Several slippery steps until about 1pm. With all the rain, water is still slowly seeping in areas. Heard the screams of a red tailed hawk in the morning.

A mother kept hollering ahead to her son Brighton but I don't think Brighton was interested in hiking with mom. Gotta say, the Mickey Mouse afro dew is pretty tight. Some of the wicked wobbly feet are painful just to see. Two gentleman massaging each other's bare backs on one of the upper slab rest spots had me searching for a new temporary HAZ office.

One of the busiest days I recall. Notably Milwaukee Brewers fans. Later learned there were slipping boulder issues or such at Camelback. Not sure if it was partially closed or what but it was great to see and chat with a few regulars from that hood I haven't seen in years. Hello'd nearly every regular here throughout the day. Only three hit more than one lap. Understandable, it was gridlock a couple times. More so around noon then late afternoon.

Generally stay away from my truck between laps when it's so busy cause it's a constant "hey are you leaving" battle with the desperate parking circus. Yet, needed to charge my phone cuz I was slow poking and HAZing all day. While waiting an FU fight broke out 5 ft behind my truck, six lives were almost lost over a parking space. Yawner compared to the west side, I had a good nap.

The flat sunglasses are kinna cool, seem to be about 1 out 4 for those wearing sunglasses.

If Hanson's Mesa has been picked over I'm guessing there is little on this trail to cause pause. Kid you not, guy on all fours examining a rock on the trail in the first switchback just before the first bench. Impressive, twenty backed up BOTH directions and nobody hollered one obscenity.

Okay got it, the Mickey Mouse hairdo is not limited to afros but it does always go with the flat sunglasses. We need a petition, men against men in print leggings. Maybe six groups with music today, no rap =(

Heading down my fifth a mother says do you want Daddy to carry you. Raised my hand. Shockingly not one dog all day. The A frame signs in the middle of the trail worked today.

Still have the water irony at the restrooms. Faucets at the community sink run hot water often because they need a $0.20 spring? to turn off without being pulled up. Yet rarely a toilet flushed with the popular "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down".

Good day slow poking. Dried out my socks and feet between laps since it's not hot out. Sorta jetted up the first quarter on the fifth with two determined. That was it for the real excitement. Almost opted for a sixth. Chickened out cuz then ya gotta do seven to beat it. Hit the grocery store tonight. Forget tp, 70% of the huge store is empty. Dang it, I didn't get the stockpiling memo.
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Mostly brittlebush, yet even that is better on nearby Mohave.
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