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Oct 20 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2001
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Hiking4.80 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   0.90 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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Oct 08 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2001
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.46 mph
1,020 ft AEG
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Oct 03 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Meridian TH to Pass Saddle, AZ 
Meridian TH to Pass Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2001
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Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   0.92 mph
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Sep 29 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2001
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Hiking1.70 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   1 Hour      1.70 mph
600 ft AEG
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 1,275 AEG
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1,275 ft AEG
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This is my preferred Camelback hike for two reasons.
1. fewer people
2. dogs are allowed on the trail

Parking sucks!
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 1,300 AEG
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1,300 ft AEG
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Everyone loves this hike for a reason. Not only is it a challenging hike and a spectacular workout, the views are amazing. This is a popular hike with non-hikers. I think I have done it about 100 times, and each time I am amazed that I enjoy it as much as the first time. This is not a hike for people lacking a level of fitness. And, without wanting to sound shallow, this is a great people watching hike. Enjoy - ck1
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 2,780 AEG
Hiking
2,780 ft AEG
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I have done this hike enough times to make the following recommendations and not feel as thought I am speaking out of turn:
1. Unless you are a truly experienced hiker, don't consider doing this hike alone
2. Don't bring small dogs on this hike, you will carry them more than they will walk
3. If you stop at the waterfall, you miss the reason(s) to do the hike
4. In the summer, start early, the mountains block the sun well
5. Yes, it looks like you could slide on your butt on the slick rock part when hiking down. Don't do it. My brother didn't listen. Can you say "rock burn"
6. Take the correct canyon, or your day will be much longer than you expected.
7. This is considered by many to be the toughest hike in the Valley for a reason.

Have fun, this is a fantastic hike! - ck1
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 588 AEG
Hiking
588 ft AEG
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This is a great trail for

1.) out of state visitors

2.) less than 'fit' hikers. I have taken both on this trail and all enjoyed. Enjoy - ck1
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking3.60 Miles 1,102 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,102 ft AEG
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I think this trail is listed in the Sups guide as Massacre Grounds, but regardless, this is a fun hike. This is a classic Sups hike in my opinion. It frustrated me to no end the first time I attempted it. We started in the late afternoon and hit the area with all the cairns just before dusk. We made the mistake of heading left rather than right. We spent a good ½ hour playing "where is the cairn?" and ran out of light. Flashlights aided the hike out, however we still almost stepped on a coiled sleeping rattlesnake.

Attempt number two yielded the same result. We could not locate the actual Massacre Grounds. This area, reported to be the site of, yep, a massacre, eluded us again.

On the third attempt, we actually paid attention to what we were doing and arrived with NO PROBLEMS at the Massacre Grounds. The area, really just a high cliff, is interesting because you don't expect the cliff. If you head straight to the falls, you can see the cliff forming to the left, however if you bear left of the falls, you end up on the top of the cliff. It's a great place to watch a storm form out to the Northwest. Enjoy - ck1
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 1,366 AEG
Hiking
1,366 ft AEG
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Great Hike! Please be aware that trailhead crime occurs at this trailhead. It is accessible (now more than ever) to vandals and thieves. The Forest Service regularly experiences crime at this trailhead. Don't leave valuable in view. Use your trunk!
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 1,200 AEG
Hiking
1,200 ft AEG
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The MCSO Mountain Rescue Team uses this trail to test recruits. It is listed in a book of the easiest day hikes in Phoenix. It is not necessarily easy for everyone. Know your ability level. Oh, and dogs are not allowed. Enjoy - ck1
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 800 AEG
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800 ft AEG
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Wind Cave trail is a hike I do fairly regularly; I live a few miles to the South. The trail itself is well maintained. I would consider the hike "uneventful". Be aware that in the Spring, the cave becomes a sort of hanging garden, and is home to about 2 zillion bees. The buzz is audible as you approach.

Regarding the off-trail hiking to the summit. I have done so via both options. Option 1 is to proceed past the defaced sign and around to the summit. Option 2 is to proceed through the cave continuing at the same (approx.) elevation until it becomes obvious as to how to proceed up. Option 1 is much more efficient way to summit. Option 2 puts the hiker at greater risk of injury. I encourage anyone attempting either option to stay within your ability levels. Although it is somewhat easy to hike up, coming back down can result in loose rock falling to the trail below. If you hike option 2, please know that you are directly above the trail when you are scrambling. Rocks you dislodge and send tumbling land ON THE TRAIL. Or in the case of the woman on whom I performed 1st aid, the rocks can land ON ANOTHER HIKER! - Enjoy - ck1
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 200 AEG
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200 ft AEG
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I concur with all the positive comments regarding this hike. I do, however, offer a suggestion. Venture onto this trail on an "off" day. Avoid the weekends and holidays. A clear winter day is wonderful. Don't venture too deep if there is even a slight chance of rain. This is a wonderful hike best enjoyed without the usual weekend crowds. Enjoy-ck1
***ADD ON*** I'll second that and add the early the better. Arrive at the crack of dawn and those tourist are still sleeping in their $200 - $500 rooms. If you go early, dress in layers. - joe
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Vultee Arch Trail #22Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 300 AEG
Hiking
300 ft AEG
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I found this hike to be enjoyable, but more for the trail than the view. We rode our mountain bikes to the trailhead and locked them up. I found the trail to seem greater in length than indicated, but attribute that to fatigue from the bike ride. The day was overcast and drizzling, perfect for hiking. Upon reaching the arch viewing area, we explored options to reach the arch. None seemed appropriate to take. I tend to not want to add to the problem of people creating their own trails. If anyone can provide some insight into the actual arch access trail, I would be interested.

I too found the arch less than awe-inspiring.
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Cookstove Trail #143Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 700 AEG
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700 ft AEG
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This is a great short hike; especially if you are camping at Pine Flats! I have gone up and down this one a few times, basically each time we camp at Pine Flats. It is not overly hard or long, but the views are tremendous. Plus, once you reach the top, exploring on the rim can be quite fun. We spent a good hour or so just wandering around a bit. While sitting and enjoying a delicious Cookies n' Cream Cliff Bar, we were joined by a gathering of deer. We sat for a good long while watching the 6 deer graze and run about. Something scared them off, and so we headed down. This is an easy hike that is rather enjoyable. Enjoy - ck1
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Sep 25 2001
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 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 3,313 AEG
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This is a true mountain hike! My wife Pat, dog Buffett and I drove up from Mesa one day this past summer and hit the trailhead about 9:30. We pulled a classic move, eating a small breakfast in the car and then sustaining our energy on Cliff Bars and granola during the hike. I would advise a more substantial carbo load prior to this hike. The trail reminded me of hikes in Colorado! Excellent trail the entire way, easy to follow. The wind was strong, but not devastating once we cleared treeline. We took a long breather at the saddle, hidden from the wind, then I pushed on to the summit. Pat and Buffett had had enough. It took me about an hour and a half to summit and return to the saddle - this at a more than moderate pace.

The excitement began on the descent. If you remember, there was a forest fire in the San Francisco Peaks this past summer - it made the cover of the Republic. Well, this was the day of the fire. As we headed down, we began to hear low flying planes, but were unable to see them. We did, however, see what at first appeared to be low-level clouds. The sky was cobalt blue, with no fronts on the horizon, so we found this a bit odd. We quickly realized that these low-level clouds were not clouds but smoke. I can't say that we panicked, but I will say we were a bit concerned. I began thinking about a Dateline NBC episode about the forest fire in Montana that killed the smokejumpers a few years back. As we decreased our elevation, we began to see the planes we had been hearing. When we hit the trailhead, we dispensed with the relaxing and milling about that usually occurs at the end of our big hikes. On the access road, we were stopped by a sheriff's deputy and questioned about who was on the mountain, what we saw, etc. Heading back into Flag, we pulled over at that viewing area just down the road from the Snowbowl road and were awestruck by the scene. It looked exactly like the picture on the cover of the Republic the next day.

Regardless, this is a great hike!
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Sep 25 2001
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 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 4,595 AEG
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4,595 ft AEG
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This is an excellent hike by all standards! The views are spectacular. I generally prefer to take Kaibab down and Bright Angel up, but it is a great hike in either direction. I would also recommend taking trekking poles for the downhill. The pounding on the knees is more profound on Kaibab than on Bright Angel. Enjoy - ck1
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Sep 25 2001
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 4,320 AEG
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4,320 ft AEG
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I have done this hike more than a few times. The last was with my wife during our Spring Break (we are teachers). If you are planning a backpacking trip into the Canyon, and have never done so before, take Bright Angel down. Although Kaibab is more interesting, you have the option of spending the night at the Bright Angel campground. Of course, you have to reserve a spot well in advance. By stopping ½ way down (or up) you get to explore an area you might otherwise just walk past. Plus, isn't that the point of backpacking? To stop and smell the roses - or in this case the cottonwood trees. The hike itself is not treacherous or technical. In most places the trail is wide and very easy to navigate. I usually take my trekking poles to relieve the pounding on my knees on the downhill. Oh, and don't be fooled when you hit the river on the way down...you still have a bit to go before the bridge. Enjoy - ck1
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Sep 25 2001
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 Mesa, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2001
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Hiking 1,586 AEG
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1,586 ft AEG
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The Granite Mountain hike was wonderful. We had a great day. Although there were tons of people during the 1st mile, the numbers dropped as the miles increased (always the case). There were a more than a few trail runners. I am always impressed with these people. I can trail run on (fairly) level terrain or on downhills, but not on an uphill like this hike.

After a short lunch break at the saddle, we continued on and within about 100yds, just after the very impressive huge tree at the switchback, we encountered a rather large rattler. Startled the crap out of me. It was mesmerizing to watch it cross the trail. Any time I encounter a snake on the trail, I am always startled at first, then just transfixed by it.

The summit was worth the effort. Down was pretty uneventful. It really was a great hike. We followed your advice and looped around the road and tested our new camp chairs by the lake - there is a little spot at the far end of the parking lot perfect for 2 people and a dog.

An early dinner at the Tecate Grill and then home to Mesa. It was a satisfying way to spend a day
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Sep 16 2001
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46 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2001
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Hiking6.90 Miles 1,586 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   6 Hrs      1.15 mph
1,586 ft AEG
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