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105 triplogs

Apr 30 2006
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Boyce ThompsonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2006
Nan
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.20 mph
100 ft AEG
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I took the high trail; P & D & Bailey the Brindle Boxer took the low trail.
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Apr 22 2006
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Cholla Mountain Loop from Brown's Ranch THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2006
Nan
Hiking8.20 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.82 mph
400 ft AEG
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Flora
Flora
Ocotillo
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Apr 16 2006
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Bluff Spring Loop & Weaver's ViewPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2006
Nan
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   1.36 mph
2,250 ft AEG
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Set out to go clockwise on Bluff Springs and loop back around to the TH on Dutchman, but I wound up on a poorly-marked and rapidly vanishing trail that dead-ended in an impenetrable bosque. This before I even hit the Terrepin junction. Back in the parking lot I compared notes with another party and discovered there was a wash I was suppoed to go down, not across - d'oh! (There were cairns in each direction.)

Well, next time I'll know better. :roll:
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Mar 17 2006
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2006
Nan
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.00 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Did this as a day hike with the Desert Botanical Garden. About half the group elected to go back by the Cave Trail, everyone else backtracked down the Peralta. It was cool to see the rock formations from the other side, and also to look down into Barks Canyon.
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Feb 25 2006
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2006
Nan
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.78 mph
800 ft AEG
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Busy, busy! I even met people at the top of Pass Mountain, where I had my lunch. Wonderful view of the haze covering the entire Valley, even off to the southeast. Met several parties on the way back down who were trying the "unmaintained" section of the trail for the first time.
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Jan 29 2006
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2006
Nan
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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I tried this route counter-clockwise this time for a change. You have the sun in your eyes less, but the scenery's not quite as good from this angle. (going north-south on the Black Mesa Trail segment you get a lot of varying perspectives on Weaver's Needle.)
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Nov 26 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Canyon Lake TH to Peralta TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2005
Nan
Hiking14.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   10 Hrs   50 Mns   1.29 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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Don't underestimate the time it takes to drop a car at Canyon Lake and shuttle to the Peralta trailhead, or the time to bushwhack, rockscramble and cairn-spot your way through the southern half of the Boulder Canyon trail. It was after eight when my intrepid party of three left the trailhead, and we finished the last 2 to 2-1/2 miles in the dark.

Probably the best part of the trail for me was between Fremont Saddle and the Dutchman-Boulder Canyon junction. There's a lot of interesting geology and it must be awesome in spring, judging from the amount of globe mallow and other spring-flowering plants I saw. The Peralta trail passes through an area that was hit by fire long enough ago that the burnt skeletons of plants have healthy green growth shooting out of their bases.

We lost light south of the Boulder Canyon-Second Water junction, just as we gained the first saddle where you can see the Lake. Managing the rest of the twisty trail with nothing but two headlamps was an adventure I don't want to repeat. The three of us decided to come back to Canyon Lake some other time, just so we can actually see the last few miles we hiked!
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Nov 20 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Treasure Loop Trail #56Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2005
Nan
Hiking2.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.92 mph
500 ft AEG
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Quick leg-stretcher after a group hike got cancelled. Got started shortly after 9:00; it was still chilly. Though there was a group of schoolkids on the trail they were taking it the opposite direction. There was a feeding area at the parking lot well-populated with birds including quail. A few mintes from the trailhead I spotted a deer in a nearby gully.
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Nov 12 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2005
Nan
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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What a glorious day for hiking! I got started at 7:30; there was a party who'd camped at the trailhead overnight, standing around in their hooded sweatjackets. I didn't see too many people on the Second Water-Black Mesa leg of the trail, just one other hiker and a jogger :o running the trail widdershins. About halfway back the Dutchman trail it turned into a virtual rush hour of hikers heading the opposite direction - this would've been about noonish.

More of those tubular orange flowers in the washes, lots of butterflies, and a cardinal. A black crested bird that Birds of Arizona Field Guide calls a phainopepia was rather bold, coming back to pose for photos when I whistled at him. He probably thought my accent was terrible!
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Nov 05 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2005
Nan
Hiking9.50 Miles 368 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.46 mph
368 ft AEG
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This was an advance scouting expedition for a planned Peralta-to-Canyon Lake trek later in the year. Started about 7:45; took Second Water trail to the end, then turned south on Boulder Canyon trail. I lost the trail almost immediately and spent about an hour an a quarter scrambling along the river bed - wonder why the call this "Boulder" Canyon? :D I found a shady spot for lunch near some of the orange tubular flowers (justicia?) that were everywhere, and enjoyed the company of flocks of butterflies. Heading back north the cairns were easier to sight for some reason, and I got back on the proper BC trail, which was pretty overgrown in places - I'm talking acacia trees!
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Oct 22 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2005
Nan
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,366 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,366 ft AEG
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Went up to the Saddle and back. Nice weather day, but without too much traffic on the Trail. I stupidly left my socks at home :oops: , so I had grit in my shoes and half a dozen hot spots on my feet all the way down... not too pleasant.
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Oct 01 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Thumb Butte 315 317 316, AZ 
Thumb Butte 315 317 316, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2005
Nan
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
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I thought I'd check these trails out. since no-one had written them up yet and I had some hours to kill before the Prescott Folk Festival kicked off. I made a loop, starting on TR315, turning west where it ends at 317, and taking 316 back to the parking lot. The 2 miles is an estimate. This makes for a pleasant nature walk without much elevation gain but a wide variety of plant and animal life. All the trail intersections are well-marked.

TR315 starts from the east end of the parking lot, behind the Host's campsite, or you can take a flight of stairs and a little-worn track across to the trail. The trail ascends gradually, past the round aluminum (?) watertower that it's named for, followed by a great view of some expensive houses. Suburbia falls behind once you reach TR317 and turn east. The trail follows along a small ridge. This day I could see smoke gathering in the depression between the ridge and Thumb Butte. I startled a deer, which politely waited while I fished my camera out, posed nicely, then went sproinging off down the hill! The Host later said it was probably driven over by the fires to the west - source of the smoke that I saw. Coming back down TR316, the pine spars, victims of the bark beetle, were more in evidence. Woodpeckers and huge black crows were busily hammering them. TR316 drops you back in the parking lot across from one of the restrooms, a few hundred feet from where you started.

Footnote:The trail marked as TR316A on the map is 389 on the trail markers.
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Oct 01 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2005
Nan
Hiking1.70 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.28 mph
600 ft AEG
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Yeah, there's nothing like a good stiff incline to remind you how out-of-shape you can get in two months! Hiked this clockwise. Smoky day, thanks to some wildfires burning off to the west. I always wonder if the people who live in that cul-de-sac realize hikers can look straight down into their livingrooms?
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Sep 23 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2005
Nan
Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   1.75 mph
800 ft AEG
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Just went to the cave and back; humidity was ridiculous. A good number of hummingbirds zooming around the overhang, and a single hawk.
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Jul 15 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Hackberry Spring from Horse LotPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2005
Nan
Hiking2.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   3 Hrs      0.83 mph
200 ft AEG
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Did this as a guided walk with Desert Botanical Garden.
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Jul 03 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Montezuma WellCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2005
Nan
Hiking0.30 Miles
Hiking0.30 Miles   1 Hour      0.30 mph
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Hadn't been here in a few years, so I stopped on my way back from the Canyon.
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Jul 02 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2005
Nan
Hiking9.20 Miles 4,320 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   1.25 mph
4,320 ft AEG
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Got a late-ish start, leaving the trailhead around 6:30, but still early enough there weren't too many people on the trail and I could see (and hear!) a bit of wildlife. I went down to Indian Gardens and back with the side trip to Plateau Point (logged separately).
Fauna
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Bighorn Sheep
Geology
Geology
Kaibab Formation
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Jul 02 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Plateau PointNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2005
Nan
Hiking1.60 Miles 165 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   0.96 mph
165 ft AEG
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I added this onto a Rim-Indian Gardens-Rim hike. It was probably a bit too much for July, since there's not a stick of shade and it meant starting back up in the afternoon, but I've been wanting to see what was at the end of this plateau ever since I first saw the trail from the Rim. Hey, there's a river down there!
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Jul 01 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Cathedral Rock Trail #170 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2005
Nan
Hiking1.40 Miles 608 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   1.29 mph
608 ft AEG
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Fun climbing up, then sliding down, but those rock handholds can get awfully hot this time of year!
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May 08 2005
Nan
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58 female
 Joined Apr 05 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2005
Nan
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   1.55 mph
800 ft AEG
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My first time all the way to the summit - nothing but beetles and butterflies for company at the top. Probably a more impressive view when it isn't so hazy.
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