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Dec 26 2016
Al_HikesAZ
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cochise Stronghold CampgroundTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Cochise Stronghold Campground
Driving in on Ironwood presents the full panorama of the Dragoons. I stopped at the Interpretative sign then continued on. There was one little fork in the road. The main road went left, I went right (I'm just a Road less Travelled kind of guy :y: ). I ended up in the “dispersed camping” area outside of the Cochise Stronghold Campground. There were numerous RVs and trailers. Camping here is free but you don’t have picnic tables – so bring your own. I had a nice talk with some women from Colorado who were staying for two weeks. There must be 2 dozen places to camp.

I got back on the main road and followed it into the campground. As you enter the campground you have to stop and go to an interpretative sign with an envelope box and a payment box. If you have a National Park Service Pass, Golden Eagle Pass, Coronado Forest Service Pass, etc, enter your Pass # and it is $5 per night. If you don’t have a pass it is $10 per night. There was no one in the Campground. Each campground has access to the Outhouse near the trail, a picnic bench, fire pit and a sorry excuse for a BBQ.

I chose Campsite 7. Mostly because it was in the sun and the snow was melting. (Did I mention that it was cold just after Christmas). And it is close to the trail. These campsites are close together. Later in the day a family of Norwegians chose #8. Eynar and his sons Odin, Paul, and Ian (named after Ian Paice of Deep Purple :o), (I was afraid to ask who Odin was named after) They had a Norwegian Sami Indigenous TeePee tent - way cool. They were expert fire builders. I am fearless but they scared me with how they were splitting kindling with a hatchet in the dark. But they each had 10 fingers as best I could tell so I couldn't say anything. They stayed up talking around the fire. Didn’t bother me since I don’t speak Norwegian.

A Santa Claus looking pilgrim pulled up in a Pickup/trailer combination and camped near the group site. His generator bothered the Norwegians but not me. I could hear the stream under the bridge tonight from my campsite.

I would camp here again if there were only a couple of groups. Otherwise I might consider bringing a table and camping out in the dispersed camping. :M2C:
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
SNOW For Christmas. The Alligator Junipers were nicely green.

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Lots of snow melt. Looked like it might be fun for skinny deeping WAIT WHAT I ain't no Polar Bear.
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Dec 26 2016
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cochise Stronghold Trail #279Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
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Hiking4.70 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   3 Hrs      2.35 mph
1,100 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
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Walking in a Winter Wonderland. This will be one of my most memorable hikes.

On Christmas Eve & Christmas morning, the Cochise Stronghold Campground had 3-4” of snow and the trail at higher elevations had a little bit more. Christmas Day the temps got up into the mid-40s so the snow started to melt. Overnight it froze.

Campground: I got to the campground around 10:00 on the 26th and was greeted by snow/ice accumulations and the sound of running water from the ice melt. I had my ice scraper so I quickly got the campground squared away.
What a great day and what great memories. See my triplog about the campground.

The trail was a combination of slush, ice, and snow. Temperatures rose into the low 50’s during the day so there was a lot of melt and streams and trails were running with water. Snow was melting and falling out of the trees. This was a target rich environment for photos so I was often stopping to take photos. I was using my new Sony alpha6000. It will take some getting used to with the screen and the lenses. Layering was difficult. It was tough to get the right layers so I was often either too hot or too cold and had to stop and adjust. Not many people had hiked very far on the trail. In some places, I started to think that I wish I had my Kahtoola Microspikes for the ice. As I got closer to Half Moon Tank the trail I started wishing I had worn my Sorel snow boots and not my Lowa desert boots. Looking at the trail from the Dam to the Divide, I decided to turn back.
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Halfmoon Tank
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Jul 28 2015
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Woods Canyon Lake Trail - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2015
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Hiking3.90 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.90 mph
300 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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My wife has been in remission for 4 years last week. So I am getting a looser leash. I decided to go to Woods Canyon Lake since I haven't been there in 40 years. I arrived at 0830. Parking was full at the lake and around the General Store so I went to the overflow lot about 1/4 mile away. I set off counterclockwise. The lake was busy but it could handle hiking. There were only 2 other hikers on the trail with me. Temps were in the 80's. The trail is well marked with blue blazes on the trees. But it was not the walk in the park that I expected. There is some up and down. And I twisted my ankle about 1 1/4 hour into the hike. I could not comprehend the HAZ estimate of 3 hours. So I expected to hike out then turn around and hike it back. But with the twisted ankle I only did it one way and then looked for other hikes in the area. I did hike the Military sinkhole trail. I will post there - without linking since I don't care about my stats. And I hiked some General Crook Trail.

If you go up here, get here early. The lake can handle crowds but it runs out of parking. You can rent kayaks for $15/hour and 2 person Kayaks and stand up paddleboards and boats. I would take my family up here for a nice trip. The fishing looked great but I can't vouch for the catching.

All of the campgrounds were full. I think they fill up Thursday. I think people send someone up here to reserve a spot and then come up on Friday night.
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Jul 28 2015
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Military Sinkhole Trail #179Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2015
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Hiking2.25 Miles 1,045 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles   1 Hour      2.25 mph
1,045 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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I had no idea what to expect. I think I expected more. There is no way that 1,045 AEG is correct. This is like 345 AEG.

The first time I was here I was hiking the Derrick - Horton Loop. So I spent 15 minutes, did not see what I was expecting and turned around.

The next time I had some time so I hiked across 300, down the canyon slope, across the canyon, up the other side and did not see a sinkhole like I expected so I turned around.

This time I had time. So I parked, crossed 300 and hiked down the canyon. I crossed the canyon and hiked up the other side. I still did not see the sinkhole. So I hiked to the end of the trail where it met the General Crook trail. I still didn't see a sinkhole. So I hiked east on the General Crook trail. And I still didn't see a sinkhole. So I hiked backed the way I came.

I was hiking back to the Trailhead and as I walked down into the canyon I thought. OMG - THIS IS THE SINKHOLE. I looked around and I saw that this wasn't a canyon. I went up all around. I wondered what military significance this might have. I am still perplexed. But at least I know that I have been to the Military Sinkhole 3 times. This is very deceptive. :) And not particularly impressive. Sorry.

The best part of this trail is the Military Sinkhole Vista Trail on the Rim at the Trailhead. That is a 4, the trail is a 2.
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Apr 17 2015
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Daisy Mountain - AnthemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2015
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Hiking6.21 Miles 1,546 AEG
Hiking6.21 Miles   4 Hrs      1.91 mph
1,546 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Parking sucks. I'm glad it was a weekday and not a weekend so I was lucky to get one of maybe three spaces by the Park. I met up with a couple - Lee & Leigh from Woodbridge VA. They were so freaked out by the parking that they parked at the ACE Hardware Store which adds at least a mile each way on Anthem streets to this hike.

Weather was still seasonally cool. I am so glad I had the HAZ description. There are a few junctions where the trail is counter-intuitive. The more used trails are likely mountain bike trails. The trails does get steeper and sketchier as you climb. The first saddle has some awesome views. Went up to the peak and poked around. Lee & Leigh motivated me to start the traverse to the Flag Peak. So we went down from this peak and traversed to a false peak. This was only my second hike after 80 days sitting at a desk for tax season, and "Discretion being the better part of valor" I stopped at this false peak and validated Leigh stopping with me since her feet were hurting. Lee humped it to the Flag Peak. He is a retired US Army LT COL and former Provost at Fort Meade. Some people here on HAZ have probably stayed in those accommodations. I have never seen Shangri-La Resort from this perspective. Definitely not worth hauling a spotting scope up for any closer views.

Leigh found a driver and a 5 wood just east of the mountain bike bench turn around. We could not even speculate how they got there. We took them back to the ACE Hardware Store and put them by the bike racks. We hope they get stolen there and recycled through Craigslist.
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Old Glory
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Daisy Mountain
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few degraded cactus blooms. Nothing to write home about.
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Apr 16 2015
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2015
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Hiking9.00 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.25 mph
820 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Tax season is over so I am getting back into hiking. I like the Cave Creek #4. The weather was very nice. I started seeing a few desert Mariposa Lilies and between the first crossing and the second crossing they were very prolific - I would say hundreds of them. Fortunately for me but unfortunately for photography, the wind was very breezy today. I was saddened by the destruction around the Crested Saguaro. Looks like a lot of photographers are working their way up the hill to the northwest of the Crested Saguaro and creating a trail of sorts to get the iconic photo looking back southeast and downhill. Looks like we are loving it to death. This will alter the water runoff pattern for this Saguaro's roots and disrupt it and maybe even kill it. I met USFS District Director Louise Gordon(?) on my way out. She asked if I was birding and that distracted me into a conversation about all the invasive grass growing on this trail and what a fire danger that represented. I wish I had told her to put up "Area under Revegetation - so not enter" signs around the Crested Saguaro. As soon as I finish my triplogs I am going to write her a heartfelt plea to help save this priceless treasure. I made it to the Skunk Tank junction but was not motivated enough to attempt the loop so I turned around and hiked back.

Wow have I been away this long? I see we have a new thing about dogs. IMHO Dogs are ok in the first 2 or 3 miles along the creek before the first crossing. Dogs are not advised between the first crossing and second crossing but could do ok. Dogs are not advised after the second crossing.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of desert Mariposa Lilies surprised me. Mostly between the first and second crossings. Moderate for wildflowers today. I think this is getting to the end of the season and the start of the cactus flower season. Lots of butterflies today. Pipevine swallowtails, Tiger Swallowtails, numerous fritaleries and metalmarks.
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Nov 30 2014
Al_HikesAZ
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Peak 2429 - Phoenix PreservesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2014
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Hiking2.50 Miles 924 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.00 mph
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I am blaming my performance today on the extra slices of pumpkin pie and the extra glasses of Tattinger's on Thanksgiving. I can remember 30 years ago and 30 lbs ago when I could go up and down in less than an hour without breaking s sweat and without being winded. Now these little 30 something (and 40 something and 50 something) babes go running past me and saying 'You're doing great old man, you are almost there". I feel like stabbing them in their cute little glutes with my hiking poles. Except some of them don't have any glutes. How is that possible? Oh well, I am still glad that at my age I can still get it up and down without any pharmaceutical enhancement. :y: Does Ibuprofen count?
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Nov 29 2014
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Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2014
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Hiking5.40 Miles 1,260 AEG
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Had to show some of my badassery today and kick two motorbikers off the trail. This is a non-motorized trail!!! : rambo : had some help from 3 bicylists or I might not have been so brave. 5 horses on the trail. 3 lost Canadians from Toronto. Helped them with mapreading and gave them some water. :A1:

About 3/4 mile from finishing I came across 3 women on horseback enjoying the overlook past the bench. I remarked: 'you are the best looking gang of desperados I have ever seen".
the youngest was early 30s wearing a pink TCU shirt and the oldest was late 40's.
the oldest one looked at my pack, poles and GPS and remarked: 'You are the best equipped hiker I have ever seen'. I told her 'The best part of my equipment is hidden in my pants". I thought I was referring to the keys to my Toyota 4Runner but I can see now how she could have misinterpreted my comment. She asked if I wanted to go for drinks and dancing after I had showered and shaved. I told her that I was married for 34 years and hoped to get to 35 years or I would gladly accept her invitation. She is probably so heartbroken and so jealous of my wife. Some hikes are a lot more fun than others. :y:

Had lunch in New River - chefs salad with grilled chicken at the Bare Buns Café. 8-[
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Nov 14 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 14 2014
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Canyoneering24.00 Miles 400 AEG
Canyoneering24.00 Miles3 Days         
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From East. Camped at Kurt's corral. With Eric (Morel). Saw lots of wildlife, including two encounters with Coatis #coatimundis :GB: from under 15' both east and west of Horse Camp. The spring in Hells Hole canyon was really springing. Might be my imagination but Aravaipa creek seems to be channeling deeper (like an irrigation ditch) and not as wide. Hiked almost to west entrance and back to the corral. I tried a Salmon with Pesto, it was superb. I tried an egg white omelette, it was like cardboard. It needed more butter and bacon but that probably defeats the reason for eating eggwhites. :sl:

Introduced Eric to Guayo's El Rey in Miami on the way home. Muy Bueno. :y:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hells Half Acre Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
most I've seen. big pool in front I have photos but my computer is packed as my wife is remodeling our double wide.
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Jun 28 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2014
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Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   3.00 mph
380 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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OK Full Disclosure. I have recommended this hike to out of town friends, but I have never hiked it. They have consistently thanked me for the recommendation. So today I was going to head north to Prescott, but pumpkin happens. So about 1030 I figured, it's hot and this is not a hard hike - why don't I see what it is really like.

It is actually a very nice introductory hike to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. I see why they like it. It is not spectacular. But it meanders, has a little bit of "roller coastering" through some arroyos without any really hard climbs and has a very nice pay off at the Taliesen overlook. The trail isn't "too rocky" so out-of-towners hiking this in tennis shoes won't be in too much hurt. When the temperature is cooler this could be a very pleasant stroll. Today with the high temps I had it all to myself so I saw numerous doves and gila woodpeckers snacking on Saguaro fruit. If out of towners ask me to hike this with them in season I will do it gladly. Wish I had brought my Pentax dSLR with my 300mm lens to zoom in on that house at Taliesen.

Some barrel cactus in bloom today.
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Jun 21 2014
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Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2014
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.33 mph
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Partial out and back today. It was warmer than I had expected so I cut it short. I'll be back in the fall when the weather is cooler.
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Jun 14 2014
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Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2014
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Hiking5.64 Miles 1,398 AEG
Hiking5.64 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.26 mph
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Traihead is very nice. Decided to do a different training hike today instead of my usual Peak 2429 at 40th & Shea.
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Aug 15 2013
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San Juan Mountains Institute Nature Walk, CO 
San Juan Mountains Institute Nature Walk, CO
 
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Went on vacation with my wife to Durango. Our first time to Durango so lots of sightseeing and not a lot of hiking. Lunch at the Cypress Café then to Gardenswarz Outdoors on Main. I bought Hiking Trails of Southern Colorado by Paul Pixler http://hikearizona.com/books.php?STu=6&C=1 and I bought the Durango Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map by Latitude 40 http://hikearizona.com/books.php?ID=1230&STu=6 I give the book 4 1/2 stars and the map 5 stars.

We were guests of a friend who owns a place at Durango Mountain Resort. So this was our base of operations.

The San Juan Mountains Institute http://www.mountainstudies.org/ provides free Nature Tours from Durango Mountain Resort. Five of us and two docents on this hike. We took the ski lift up to the top and began our nature walk. This is monsoon season so wildflowers and mushrooms everywhere. We hiked for about 2 hours – so we probably covered just over a mile. This was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. My wife and our friend wanted to do this hike, otherwise I probably would not have done it. But I am glad that I did and I would do it again.
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Aug 14 2013
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Spud Lake Trail #661 - Potato LakeSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2013
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Hiking2.80 Miles 439 AEG
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Went on vacation with my wife to Durango. Our first time to Durango so lots of sightseeing and not a lot of hiking. Lunch at the Cypress Café then to Gardenswarz Outdoors on Main. I bought Hiking Trails of Southern Colorado by Paul Pixler http://hikearizona.com/books.php?STu=6&C=1 and I bought the Durango Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map by Latitude 40 http://hikearizona.com/books.php?ID=1230&STu=6 I give the book 4 1/2 stars and the map 5 stars.

We were guests of a friend who owns a place at Durango Mountain Resort. So this was our base of operations.

I had a list of several hikes. But our friend mentioned that she would like to hike to Spud Lake. She used to hike this often with her children and late husband. She had memories of her husband teaching the kids how to skip stones across the lake. She hadn’t hiked in Durango since her husband – Gary Bird – was killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. So Spud Lake it was.

The road in is an adventure. Open range so we had a wait for some cattle to move across the road. Nice little hike, not much AEG. Lots of beaver activity. I saw the ripples of a beaver, but did not quite see the beaver. This is monsoon season so some threatening clouds and a brief drizzle. Lots of mushrooms at this time of year. Lots of families at the lake. Donna prayed and meditated while I walked around the lake. A boy and his father were fishing. They had caught some brook trout and one small rainbow. As we were hiking out, two birders motioned for us to be quiet and handed us the binoculars and showed us where to look to see a moose. We waited for between 5 -10 minutes but it was bedded down for the afternoon just lazily munching on greens. They have been reintroduced to the Weminuche and are apparently doing well. But locals were impressed that we had seen one.
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Aug 11 2013
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Purgatory Trail #511Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2013
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Hiking8.20 Miles 1,079 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.52 mph
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Went on vacation with my wife to Durango. Our first time to Durango so lots of sightseeing and not a lot of hiking. Lunch at the Cypress Café then to Gardenswarz Outdoors on Main. I bought Hiking Trails of Southern Colorado by Paul Pixler http://hikearizona.com/books.php?STu=6&C=1 and I bought the Durango Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map by Latitude 40 http://hikearizona.com/books.php?ID=1230&STu=6. I give the book 4 1/2 stars and the map 5 stars.

We were guests of a friend who owns a place at Durango Mountain Resort at the Purgatory Ski Area. So DMR was our base of operations.

I hiked out the front door and across the road to Purgatory Trail #511 which basically follows Purgatory Creek down to Cascade Creek. A pleasant enough trail. Drops down a series of switchbacks. Some AEG but not difficult. Lots of mushrooms at this time of year. This was monsoon season so lots of afternoon thunderstorms. The weather reminded me of Flagstaff. Some pleasant little waterfalls.
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Apr 27 2013
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Windy Hill CampgroundGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Car Camping1.00 Miles 200 AEG
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From Campsite 20 I followed the trail to a nice bench facing east where you can watch the sunrise if you wake up it odark30 (I was a little late). Then down some "stairs". I walked out through reeds to the lake. Saw some areas in the reeds where mule deer must have bedded down. Either mule deer or some really large redneck beer drinkers. Touched the Roosevelt Lake Water and headed back up to wake my fellow campers #slackers
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Cemetery Trail #255Globe, AZ
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Hiking0.25 Miles 25 AEG
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I was at a camping outing for the Temple Chai Mens' Club at Windy Hill Campground for Lag B'Omer. They wanted some hikes. I chose this hike for the older, less fit men from Superstition Wilderness Trails East by Carlson & Stewart page 100. The Trailhead is just across Highway 88 from the Roosevelt Lake Visitors' Center. Enter the Lakeview Trailer Park and take first right within about 100' of the highway. The cacti and some wildflowers were blooming. We found the gravesite of Moses - Moses Murphy that is. Not really a hike but interesting and fun. It is on the way from the TH to the Thompson Trail #121 (Superstition Wilderness Trails East) page 102

I am tired and sore as I write this so bear with me if I have to come back and edit it. #TGFM&Ms - thank God for M&Ms (Motrin & Move Free).
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Unique weekend with the Temple Chai Mens' Club for Lag B'Omer and a מְדוּרָה at Windy Hill Campground. They wanted a hike so I chose this one from Superstition Wilderness Trails East by Carlson & Stewart page 102, We went first to the Roosevelt Lake Cemetery. Then up to Thompson Trail 121. The trail has some nice up and down - mostly up - with scree. At a pass about 1/2 way into the hike you can see the bridge. One hiker turned back to go to the Visitor Center and meet us later. From the pass you have a steep downhill. Great views. You hit a small clearing with a stock tank. Then a small uphill for great views of the Bridge. Then downhill to the metal gate. Two of our remaining 6 hikers seemed to be struggling, so instead of going back by the trail we crossed the road on AZ 88 and hiked the road back to the Visitor Center. Not much traffic today. I would have preferred going back on the trail but discretion is the better part of valor. Got everyone home safe & sound and not much worse for wear. My ego suffered a little bruise - I was looking back and checking on visuals on everyone when I was gravitationally challenged.

Lots of cacti flowering and lots of wildflowers today so my rating will probably be higher than most.
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Tonto National Monument - Upper DwellingsGlobe, AZ
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Hiking3.10 Miles 603 AEG
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I had a unique opportunity so I took it. The Temple Chai Mens' Club was having a camping trip to Windy Hill campground for Lag B'Omer with our Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin. I called and got a spot on the hike to the Upper Campgrounds. Ranger Janet Lemon really grilled me to see if I could hike 3 1/2 miles and 750' AEG - glad I could still pass the interrogation.

Arrived at 0930 and checked in. Went to the Ramada and waited. Seven people in our group - a Dad, Mom and two teenage girls from Highland HS and a mid-70's couple from Liverpool. You could sort of tell they were European by their polished leather hiking boots. We waited for some no shows and departed at 1010. Led by Volunteer "Ranger" Wil Moore from Mesa. I asked and he is not related to Les Moore from Tombstone. Tomorrow is the last hike of the season. They close it down for summer. Wil stopped often to explain history and botany. We had a nice give and take and I learned a few things. I love a hike when I learn something. I can now tell a male jojoba plant from a female jojoba plant.

The cliff dwellings are well preserved. Great to have details pointed out and explained.

Wil told me that around St. Patrick's day the Monument has an "Open hike" day. For that weekend you can hike in anytime from park opening to closing without the guided tour. And he told me that there are special "photography" tours run by a professional photographer at various times during the season for a nominal $3 per person fee.

After the Upper hike I went to the lower Cliff Dwellings. The Lower Hike is actually more cardio - or maybe I pushed it harder.

After the Lower Ruins I went to Windy Hill campground to scout and secure a spot for our Mens' Group camping trip.
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Hiking0.90 Miles 431 AEG
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I had a unique opportunity so I took it. The Temple Chai Mens' Club was having a camping trip to Windy Hill campground for Lag B'Omer.

After my trip to the Upper Ruins, I went to the Lower Ruins. Very nice trail. Paved and lots of descriptive things and lots of places to stop and rest. This hike was actually more cardio than the Upper Ruins trail but that might be because I was pushing it at a faster rate. I passed numerous out of shape folks hiking up this trail.

Aftet the Upper Ruins, this place was a disappointment. I am glad that I did not make this trip just for these Ruins. Hard to get photos with all the tourons in the way.

Rushed back down and on to the Windy Hill campground to find sites for my Temple Group.
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