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Apr 17 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Orme Road to General Crook / SR169 - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2021
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Hiking13.80 Miles 1,320 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   3.16 mph
1,320 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Double track and smooth for 98%... it's a road the entire way. Two forgettable loose inclines and a few minutes in a deep sand creekbed round out the horror stories.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the cool kids were gone by the fourth lap. Knowing I was a prime candidate for the United Senior Cramp Dancers, I threw in the towel and called it a day.
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Lime Creek Cabin - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2021
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Hiking10.62 Miles 2,617 AEG
Hiking10.62 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   2.24 mph
2,617 ft AEG   1 Hour   57 Mns Break
 
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Bruce slapped together a gnarly loop back in 2013. Being so close to home and not in the Superstitions I gripped up a storm until we hiked it. Tables turned and I've been itching to get back out here for the past year. Better yet, holiday-group-hiker jlp was joining!

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

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

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

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

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

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lime Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Based on creek flow
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2021
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Hiking4.60 Miles 1,367 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles
1,367 ft AEG
 
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Spring-fling 2021 is revving up!

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

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

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

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

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

It would appear Bob has been working overtime. The final ~four miles, the semi-challenging navigational segment, on the south side of the loop is cairned very well.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro
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Red Mountain Sweat Peak
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a lackluster instance of Indian paintbrush & 3 Wiry Lotus
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Skull Mesa - Mattys Fork Loop, AZ 
Skull Mesa - Mattys Fork Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
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Hiking19.06 Miles 3,156 AEG
Hiking19.06 Miles   10 Hrs   1 Min   2.18 mph
3,156 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
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I picked a loop Bruce had us on six years ago. More so for a step up in recent efforts to miles/aeg with some off-trail. In hindsight, it's crystal clear why Bruce chose the loop weeks after legend HAZ'r Oregon_Hiker toured with FOTG. Semi surprised Bruce was game as it would be pushing the envelope of time with my lackluster options of getting to-fro. I just made damn sure I was ready for a full day, right down to bringing a rare notable size lunch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expected a low 3 of 5-star hike overall. Moments of high-4 will net at least one return. Perhaps shoved aside due to two less than stellar Usery hikes eons ago. A dandy 80 photo urban-fringe hike on this day.
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Creosote Bush
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Malpais Hills Santan Mountain
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BCT - Antelope Hill to Old Sycamore Rd, AZ 
BCT - Antelope Hill to Old Sycamore Rd, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
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Hiking18.00 Miles 1,882 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.73 mph
1,882 ft AEG      34 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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The gameplan was to start at Big Bug Trailhead and hike south to FR259 then back. Expectations were low with an open mind.

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

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

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

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

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

I was a little draggy towards the end. Lack of distance hiking and the wind was wearing me down or perhaps a certain eagle rebuffing break suggestions until 9.4412 miles. No need to play Clue. It was me with the lead pipe at the trailhead, and all that remained was a pile of feathers... a great hike!
Geology
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Unidentified Geology

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Dripping Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Forget dripping this is more in tune with a mini oasis
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Skyline Regional Ramble, AZ 
Skyline Regional Ramble, AZ
 
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Hiking15.80 Miles 3,486 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.60 mph
3,486 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
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We did a near reverse of the grand tour loop I hiked with Linda and Denny in March 2019. The park was just over half full based on parking. It didn't pick up much throughout the day either. A fair percentage did the mut on a rope polka dance. Maybe two? mountain bikers and just a couple of low-key runners. Music sharing? was limited to one guy we figured we'd breeze by but he held well to a saddle. Everything still feels perfect in this park. West-Cali-Valley never disappoints. The unique Estrella view along with intriguing western views are worthy alone.
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Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ 
Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking18.20 Miles 2,941 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   2.50 mph
2,941 ft AEG      48 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Expectations for Mule Deer Trail were ultra-low on the foothill location. Odds of enjoyment bottomed out upon visual realization... 50 acres torched by a wildfire earlier this year on May 21st. Turned out to be a pleasant surprise on a relaxing sunrise stroll with cool views, friendly fellow hikers, one-stalker, and a delightful tread to boot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despite rare visits for such a nearby option, the White Tanks never disappoint.
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Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 26 2020
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Hiking12.15 Miles 3,615 AEG
Hiking12.15 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.92 mph
3,615 ft AEG      27 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
 
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Took advantage of an invite to Lp-Trekkin-Turtle's annual Turkey Trot. I layered up for the sub fifty arctic temps. Down to standard desert attire in a couple of miles. Exceptional company and postcard weather made this year better than anticipated.

The desert seemed greener heading east, and the skies were deep blue heading back west. Distant mountain ranges cast a nice allure. Enough time for a slice of Pie on the way home.
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Nov 07 2020
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Ben Avery - Arches - Indian Spring Petroglyphs, AZ 
Ben Avery - Arches - Indian Spring Petroglyphs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2020
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Hiking12.03 Miles 1,222 AEG
Hiking12.03 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.34 mph
1,222 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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A parliament of owls continuously moving forward in the trenched ravine was probably a once in a lifetime experience. No photographic evidence of the group so I'm skeptical myself.

As learned with BobP, sweet-talking the cholla is key for desert off-trail. No clue if verbal respect helps you focus, but it's proven.

Fantastic Sonoran exploring.
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Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ 
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ
 
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Hiking18.41 Miles 3,514 AEG
Hiking18.41 Miles   8 Hrs   29 Mns   2.47 mph
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I took my own advice from last year to utilize an established trail in this mini figure-eight loop. Then I gambled on switching the direction of travel. It's a rare treat going against the grain with such success. The light followed us nearly throughout the day. The foliage symphony crested on one of my favorite trails.

North Mingus Trail #105
We descended since Denny snubbed us. Two short maple pockets with fair color.

Bug Hollow Trail #548 & Upper Mescal Trail #550
Oaks were turning, but I enjoy these anytime. Horseshoe Bend hikers(cough) would call these yawners.

Middle Trail #537
We adjusted the planned route to include the half we never previously hiked. It's an old road in a forest of dense slender pines. Most of which appear to be tagged for thinning. I appreciate dominant pine stretches more in the summer but liked the change of scenery today.

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
I'm a huge fan of oaks and this trail. After years of dreaming about Gaddes' prime foliage potential, it was incredible. Probably as good as I'll ever experience.

Coleman Trail #108
We usually descend this to get it over with, with less effort. Rocky up top and blazing sun exposure on the slope are the gripes. Even ascending, this was more enjoyable than usual. Time to let go of the old grudge when the slope was a brushy nuisance.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Extreme oaks in areas if instamaple opioids haven't hazed your perception of Autumn.
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Cutting through the alfalfa field to catch the first bus, is quickest, but I needed a variety. Tried going along the cornfields a couple of times. It's borderline cold at 5 am because the city doesn't wrap around tight. I had to nix that after a couple of times as the only resident has a fierce dog. If Cujo clears the fence, it's bye-bye life.

I have occasionally been catching a ride to skip two buses to the promised land. Re-incorporated mini culture walks that the peanut gallery laughed off. The bungalow neighborhoods downtown Glendale are among my favorite hoods, but it took some trial and error to fine-tune. Slight variations make huge differences on the perimeter. One morning was scarier than walking through south-central on a Friday night.

Apparently, I'm behind on the times. Halloween yard decorations seem to be on the rise. Then again, I missed a lot driving the main streets vs. weaving through the culture. A far cry from the best Halloween ever in Pender, Nebraska, but the occasional seasonal spirit is cool. A nice variety of creative flair too vs. store-bought props. The intriguing part is that several are likely never seen by anyone other than the owners, visitors, and me.

Eyes will roll, but I like it! Returning, I noticed the Glendale Glitter lights went up.

Oh yeah, another trivial lap on Piestewa to boot. Perfect weather, perfect hellos*, planets aligned, and I cranked out my best ascent in eons. Paid the Piper too, burnt my lungs... lol
*smidgen quicker, rapid fire hellos

Passed a guy wearing a Vans shirt, sitting ON a wall! Held back on trying to be witty(yes, a first). I didn't have a clue what the "Off the Wall" slogan meant until I googled it & I don't want to scare off anyone.
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ 
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
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Hiking16.70 Miles 2,977 AEG
Hiking16.70 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.46 mph
2,977 ft AEG      45 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Shortly after noon on Friday, I got the FS News Release declaring a 100 vehicle limit for Lockett Meadow. With a hike from Inner Basin already planned, we decided to take our chances. If plan-A failed, other hikes in the area would suffice.

The road into Lockett Meadow was busy. A 4WD pickup leading a chain of sedans was hell-bent on keeping us all well-below the suggested speed limit. Cars leaving wasn't promising. The crawl-pace helped build anticipation, increase safety, or prime an excellent backcountry brawl. Parking at Lockett was not limited. Snagging a spot seemed impossible, but Bruce is a pro at squeezing into tight spots. The road never caught my attention until riding in a car. I'm not sure if @louie can negotiate the road or park his 25ft'r. FS says, not recommended. It would seem unwise during Autumnfest, if squeamish, or most importantly, not dry.

We had storybook weather for most of the hike. Autumn color was popping early on then waivered greener up though the nicest aspen-switchbacks in Arizona. Prime-season-hikers loaded the area with little kids, dogs, and hellos. A pinch of avid-to-experienced mini-groups were led with laser vision and grump-charm. Carpooling maximized, the least common denominator was solo hikers, notably sans kiddo/mutt.

We decided to switch up the planned off-trail Rees - Abineau Peaks Lasso Loop for accessible trails. 2020 has delivered the most scratchless hikes ever. Winning! Waterline Road was the most striking color. No oaks, but cooling-down weather, foliage, and company made for a great hike!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Autumn Foliage was fabulous. Color was best along Waterline Road.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
The October wildflower show is light, still impressive a hint exists.
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Oaks and Willows - Juniper Mesa - Bull Spring, AZ 
Oaks and Willows - Juniper Mesa - Bull Spring, AZ
 
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Hiking15.06 Miles 2,327 AEG
Hiking15.06 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.28 mph
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The scenery on the drive in still intrigues. The hard-packed road continues to be well maintained for quick travel in any vehicle.

Oaks and Willows Trail #3
Small ankle buster rocks will have the Y-Bar-Haters ranting. A half-mile up, it's wide open, no shade, and dotted with Junipers. Occasional cairns grace the route, in case you can't find the obvious trail. Pretty blue skies to the Northwest brought an ounce of joy to the wildfire-pandemic world. Ray noted several bear scat piles in the first mile and figured they feast on the abundant juniper berries when ripe. Google confirmed black bears do indeed consume juniper berries, learned something new!

1.25 miles up, the big daddy pines put cozy back in play. The refreshing morning weather included hints of cool. Several log pole waterbars still flaunt the green sealant. For your safety, I checked the FS Maintenance Manual. All seemed kosher and to spec. Logs used for waterbars need to be peeled (or treated with preservative), extended at least 12 inches into the bank, staked or anchored, and mostly buried.

Juniper Mesa Trail #20
Unexpectedly stumbled upon the origin of Autumn. The trail is a smidgin faint in areas. Not a single downed tree to negotiate all day. Views off the rim are several miles in, but you can sneak a peak with little effort at a few points. 7.35-miles into our hike we had route finding issues. In hindsight probably more waited-too-long for a break... lol

Bull Spring Trail #100
Heading down the Bull Spring Trail is an eye-opener. It's steep and loaded with ankle buster grapefruit-size rocks galore. They thinned out after a tenth of a mile down. A half-mile down, it gets better. It transitions from rocky, to a slide, to a decent steep trail, to relaxing moderate. Ray said it best... Bull Spring Trail comes in for a soft landing!

Synopsis
Today I enjoyed ascending Oaks and Willows Trail. The most anticipated Juniper Mesa Trail was okay heading out. After a break and returning with the occasional cloud cover, it was better. Descending Bull Spring brought back more memories of the trail and the best continuous distant views.

If you're looking for a short hike, the first quarter-mile up #3 packs a get-outta-phoenix forest rejuvenation. In the slim chance in hell I review old notes, consider an eastern loop with the other trails.

Great hike, every time.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
between light and moderate, unexpectedly moderate if in a few thickets
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Hutch Mtn Loop via Old-n-New AZT 28, AZ 
Hutch Mtn Loop via Old-n-New AZT 28, AZ
 
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Hiking18.69 Miles 2,227 AEG
Hiking18.69 Miles   8 Hrs   1 Min   2.72 mph
2,227 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Catclaw and wicked-AEG free, this hike loaded with pines seemed like a good choice in the continuing record heat. Occasional cloud cover and breezes helped. Hutch Lookout is the highlight most seek. Albeit half forest roads, I enjoyed the loop once. Pines and oaks are the show. The area was busy as expected for Labor Day weekend.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Beautiful looking tank

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Look bone dry from a hundred yards away

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Actually looked a little clear

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Looks like 10%
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Humphreys Shuttle - Lockett Meadow to SnowbowlFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking13.38 Miles 3,567 AEG
Hiking13.38 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.24 mph
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Interested in a smaller hike, Ray offered to shuttle a more relaxed weather hike! Humphreys is a must-hike ritual of summer.

Half of the summit parking lot is ribboned-off no entry. The right side was a third full. Heading up, skies were hazy. Perfect temps and a light breeze put the 40% chance of thunderstorms to rest. I brought an umbrella, a raincoat, and hand warmers because this one time with Wally was a numbing experience.

Passing over Philomena below, I said hello to the spring few visit. On that note, I stumbled and threw the tester RS iPhone across the sharp-edged volcanic boulders. Not a scratch, and it still recorded a perfect track while Android coughed up loogies.

Not a hint of snow on the Weatherford switchback. Boo, hoo. Passing Fredoylemont Saddle, I love the character-rich pine-lined trail. Yeah, it's just a crappy old road, but it's an enjoyable and memorable experience. I met up with Ray just before the Inner Basin junction. We had a nice hike out.

I witnessed among the lightest hiker traffic I recall on #151 and #29 trails. Average turnout is the new normal! The road to Lockett Meadow is the standard no-concern condition unless bringing the weekend lowrider.
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