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Feb 07 2009
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 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.40 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   4 Hrs      1.35 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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I got a late start, almost 4pm, but no worries - I brought the flashlight. I got to the 5024' summit a bit before 6pm. As always, it took almost as long to go down as it did to go up.
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Jan 31 2009
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Mount Ajo PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2009
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Hiking9.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.59 mph
2,800 ft AEG
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This was my first hike of the new year. The last mile north along the ridgeline seemed to last forever. Views were obscured by smoke from a fire reported to be in Avra Valley on the other side of the res. Good hike except the scree and dirt covered area on a 30 degree slope a bit east of Bull Pasture. That stuff is very slick.
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May 31 2008
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Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   0.74 mph
500 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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This was a simple canyoneering trip with Dana, Brian and Tim. We had plans to go through the canyon twice, but the big line at the rappel spot was the chokepoint. The trip through the canyon was very straightforward, a bunch of rock hopping and a waterslide for the kids. When we got to the final drop, there were about ten people ahead of us, and another ten behind us by the time we got down. The water is only down a foot or two from high water right now, leaving at least twenty feet of depth to jump into. The lowest point to launch from is 25 feet up, just below the rappel spot that's off the waterfall. Since we all brought our harnesses, it would have been less fulfilling to jump, so we waited our turn for an hour. The young woman just before me went down right into the waterfall flow, which is still flowing very decently. It was her first rappel ever, and she panicked halfway down and got into a vertical position, getting pummeled and drenched. For a couple of minutes, she just hung on for dear life. Someone in her party had to climb down the rope and help her out. He was strong, so he climbed right back up the rope when he was done. That all looked like fun, so I chose the waterfall route rather than the boring dry route. Halfway down, I found out why the girl got into a frenzy when I took a faceful of water but did not panic since my foot was partially lodged in the back crevice/crack behind the waterfall, I made sure it stayed there until I could work my way down with the next foot. At the bottom, I found the ledge to the right of the falls, so I didn't have to untie from the harness while floating - I just stepped to the side when I saw the ledge coming. On the last day of May, the water was 70+ degrees most of the way (no wetsuit required), and I only got cold because I waited so long for my turn to rappel and the sun went down below the canyon wall. Next time, I'm jumping. Note to beginners: if you can't jump off a rock 25 feet high or if you forget your harness and rope to rappel, then this trip isn't for you.
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Aug 18 2007
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 Mesa, AZ
Brown's Peak Loop via Alder SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2007
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Hiking7.00 Miles 3,301 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   12 Hrs      0.58 mph
3,301 ft AEG
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I was reviewing some other trip logs in this area, and realized that I already have traversed all but a very tiny portion of this trip in one day. However, I did the loop in the counterclockwise direction, since it was an aborted Motherlode attempt. After peak #2, I realized that 90 degrees is still hot when you're out there all afternoon, even if it is 108 in Phoenix. Yes, I gave up again. So I went down to the drainage running north and south. This drainage/gully lies just to the east of the Peaks, and someone had helpfully cairned the drainage, as if you could get lost going up that thing. When I got to the top ridgeline that connects Brown's Peak with Alder Saddle, I saw how high up Brown's was, and figured Alder Saddle must be easier. Darkness was looming, but the sun had taken its toll on me, so a couple of hours later, I made it to the saddle, and the trail appeared from out of nowhere, just as my topo map guaranteed it would with the reassuring label "pack trail". I was really tired, but glad to be on the trail again, and another three slow hours down trail #130 got me back to my car. Someone may claim that there is a trail between Brown's and Alder Saddle, but you have to make your own trail the entire way. You know the drill - go through the chaparral and dead manzanita, around the pine trees and cactus, and don't forget your body armor.
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Jul 07 2007
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Tonto NarrowsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2007
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Hiking4.20 Miles 135 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   4 Hrs      1.05 mph
135 ft AEG
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I left the trailhead at 9:30am on a Saturday, and there were already plenty of people when I got to the narrows. I took a jump in, then headed upstream in a leisurely fashion. I decided to swim every long pool, both up and back, even though there were some workarounds available for a few of them. I turned around a bit before I got to Soldier Camp Creek. The water was warm when I started, but got way too hot by the time I got back, with some areas near 90 degrees. The interesting thing about the creek is that there's a layer of warm water about 2 1/2 to 3 feet thick above the cooler water, which felt like about 70 degrees. So if you jump cliffs, you feel the cool water once you are far enough into the water. On my way out at the narrows, I saw a crazy drunk Payson teen jump from 40 feet with a flip included. All things considered, he didn't do too bad. His friends stopped calling him names questioning his masculinity after that jump. I brought my dry bag, but the camera still got wet, so I may have to change brands. The camera works fine now.
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Jul 06 2007
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 Mesa, AZ
Woods Canyon Lake Trail - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2007
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Hiking5.50 Miles
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This was about the easiest five mile hike I've ever been on. I was in the area to see pine trees, so I took advantage. The sky was overcast with the first monsoon rains of the season just finishing. The trail is almost flat, except for a few boulders you have to hop up and down onto. So many twists and turns just to go around the lake, and I almost wanted to swim across the lake just to get it over with. But no swimming allowed, 'cuz the game and fish people pay a lot to get fish in those lakes and to get people to rent rowboats. I'm envious because I wish I had the trail in my backyard so it could be my new running trail.
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Jul 06 2007
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 Mesa, AZ
Christopher Creek GorgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2007
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Hiking1.60 Miles 200 AEG
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200 ft AEG
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I did nothing more than go down to the bottom of the gorge from the highway, but it was fun enough. Everyone seems to park right in front of the first No Parking sign as you head east on the 260. Coming from the east going west, that same spot is in the middle of a row of no parking signs. As soon as I got out of my car, I got drenched by a downpour for about ten minutes. It was Friday, but three groups were coming back up in the rain. I took a look at the first swimhole at the Box and got in. The water was warm, at least 78 degrees. Then I took a few pictures and went back up, since I didn't bring my technical gear.
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May 27 2006
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Red Mountain AKA Gunsite ButtePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2006
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I'll start the log by mentioning that I'm still not sure if it's "legal" to climb Red Mountain, since it's on the SRPMIC. Last year, their website just said that the Mountain is a preserve area. Now it's devoid of useful information. Since I've done some running on the reservation as well, I know about all the green signs that tell you "No Trespassing or Dumping" anytime you stray more than five feet from the main road and onto a side road. I decided that it's not legal to park on the res, and not worth it anyway. That leaves a couple of options for parking - 1) the first recreation area ($6 day use fee) as you go north on Power Rd and it turns into the Bush Highway, or 2) somewhere on the federally owned canal complex zone at the top of the hill right before the recreation area (free). It should be noted here that none of the canal banks or National Forest lands are on reservation property. A potential third option would be the Taco Bell on Shea Blvd, followed by a hike down the canal.

I tried this trip on Memorial Day weekend 2006. I parked in the $6 rec area. Since I didn't want to get wet, I went downstream a quarter mile from the dam, where there is a wide unpaved car/bike crossing available when it's not wet season. This area makes a good loop if you're a mountain biker. There's a dotted red line on this 12MB map made by Maricopa County that shows the dam as the end of a trail, but you could continue it along the Arizona Canal if you cross the river to the north bank. Once across the north bank, hikers will need to stay on the south side of the canal for a half mile until the bridge crossing, where a roadway follows north. This road is seldom used, and you can take a road heading east. If you go off the roadway, the terrain is passable, but it's also a giant cholla garden. Somewhere around here, you go over the underground canal. After going generally east and a little north for about a mile, and crossing some ravines, I came to the base of some buttes in front (to the south) of the main mountain. I went up into the saddle and came back down into a basin of sorts. In the basin across the drainage at the bottom, the trail up to the top can be found, although it takes a bit of imagination to stay on the trail for a while, since it's not marked and is very faint. The trail continues up and straight toward the summit, while staying to the right of a deep canyon. After going northeast for a bit, there's a draw going up from southeast to northwest. Going up the draw, the trail becomes more defined and after another 400 ft climb, you get to another saddle and can see the summit to the north. The trail is very defined at this point and goes NE before switching back NW. Near the top, you get a couple of ten-foot scrambles. Finally, you're just a few feet from the top on a mini-peak next to the actual peak which lies north. Unfortunately, there is a fifty foot canyon between the two mini-peaks. Fortunately, the canyon can be navigated by going down and back up. Unfortunately, when you get to the higher island, you see that it's a giant chimney-shaped rock forty feet high with sheer walls and there is no way to summit, at least no way that I saw. I didn't circle fully around the rock, so maybe there's another way. I was a little disappointed falling just a few feet short of the high summit, but it was right before sunset.

I found that the easiest way back to my car was the way I came, but not before finding a lot of ways that didn't work. At first, it looks like you can follow the drainage in the basin between the butte and the mountain all the way down to the southeast. But then it gets harder. And then there's a forty foot drop right before a fifty foot rise right before a 200-foot drop at the end. You can go around the 40 and 50 foot areas, but you'll turn around and go right over the west ridge when you see the big drop, just like I did. I also had plans to cross the river to get back to my car, but it was cool water and the air temperature wasn't much higher since the nighttime river area temps are 15 degrees cooler than the city. So after the water got to my waist and kept getting higher before I was even halfway across, I gave up and went the 4-5 miles around instead of making the straight shot across the river. At least I scared a couple of javelinas into the river. It was comical seeing the huge clumsy splash they made.

All in all, it was enjoyable for a while, before the long boring walk home back around the dam. I left the light at home, in order to travel unseen, but that led to picking up a few more chollas than I wanted to. The needles look so straight but they're so barbed.

I don't think it's illegal being on the reservation, since they don't have any problem letting you into Casino Arizona, and I've been running through the middle a few times as well. I didn't even cross any fences to get to the summit. However, if you're a law enforcement officer, I made the whole story up :wink: , so don't come looking for me!
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Oct 09 2004
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 Mesa, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2004
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Hiking9.00 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.13 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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With Matt and Tom, we got started at 10:30am and did some easy climbing until the no camping sign. Tom was a bit sick, but he stuck with it, even though it took him two hours from saddle to summit. The summit was a balmy 50 degrees by midafternoon, but the wind was heavy, cold, and biting. If you're good, you can get behind a rock shelter on the summit and still be in the sun!! We got down just after sunset to see deer playing in Hart Prarie.
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Oct 02 2004
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Romero Canyon PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2004
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Hiking6.00 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.25 mph
980 ft AEG
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On the way home to visit family, I stopped off by myself to see if there is water in the desert. Following the instructions of a man named Doll, I hiked for 45 minutes, went north 500 vertical feet down a gully, and saw running water and a 50 foot waterfall, with a man and two boys camping at the bottom. Before I approached the falls, I went downstream about a half mile and saw a couple of small pools. Then I came back upstream, skirted the falls and the campers by going up the ridge to the right, and continued upstream another mile or so until I found "Romero Pools" and a single older gentleman waiting there. The pools turned out to be mere puddles, not even enough to bathe in, so it must be out of season. It was only 90 degrees, so it didn't feel hot at all. I went home the traditional way, entirely on the trail, and the return trip was 50 minutes. Some of the prickly bushes have yellow leaves now in October. I think that might qualify as "fall colors."
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Sep 25 2004
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Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2004
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Hiking12.50 Miles 3,760 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   1.50 mph
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I did this one with Stu, Tom, and Matt. Yes, we were the group of four people that Pumpkinpatch noted. We got to the trailhead around 10:30am and started up the trail. A bit after noon, a bunch of clouds had formed and we got some rain and light hail. The sun broke out before we made it up to the peak. There were a few yellow fall aspens, and a few red maples, and with the rain it was cool and humid, just heavenly. The peak was nice, with buildings and huge antennas everywhere. I can neither confirm nor deny this, but I hear that the views are astounding from the top of those antennas, and they're easy to climb, too (so I hear :wink: )We took the telephone trail back down and once we got out of the pines, and past the manzanita chute, we turned down through the gate as well, when we probably should have gone straight down (we think). So on the way back down, we got to the junction of the Icehouse Canyon trail and the Six Shooter Canyon trail according to the sign. But we didn't pass the area on the way up. It was all so puzzling :?: After that point, the trail was a wide old road, with black water pipes along the side of the road, and then we got close to the trailhead and took a few more trails. At least when you get close, all roads lead to the trailhead, and we got back at about the time when we would have needed to pull out our flashlights. It's not as fulfilling as it would have been if there were no alternate way to the top by car, and if there were no noisy kids at the campground. But at less that two hours from Phoenix, it's worth an autumn visit.
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Sep 18 2004
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Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2004
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Hiking10.20 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   6 Hrs      1.70 mph
2,250 ft AEG
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With Stuart, Tom, and Matt, we started at about 10am, had lunch in the shade of one of the radio tower buildings, and went home. Even walking, the concrete is hard on the knees and shins. I forgot the sunscreen and burned badly. Just our luck, about an hour after we finished, there was a huge downpour. McDowell Mountain is close by and could be more fun than "hiking" the road to Thompson Peak.
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Aug 14 2004
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North Wilson Mountain Trail #123Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2004
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Hiking10.00 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.90 mph
2,200 ft AEG
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I went with Stuart on a Saturday, and the weather was reasonable for August. Highs in the 80s, and no clouds in sight. When we got to the tool shed at the top, we turned left first, and tried to go to the edge to look down, but there were no obvious vantage points. We saw a few large logs that had been burned by bonfire campers. We also saw a baby deer. Then we went back and passed the shed again, and started on the "Wilson Mountain National Recreation Trail." Wilson Mt. is just a giant plateau of a mountain, and is very flat on top for miles at a constant elevation of about 7100'. When it got boring and seemed like it would never end, we turned back. On the way down to the trail junction, we ran into a rattlesnake on the path. The hillside is extremely brushy there, so the trail was the best option. So we waited for the rattlesnake to move, but it just coiled up and started rattling. After a few minutes, it gave up rattling, and we found a 15' stick and encouraged it to move off the path, which it did to the uphill side. We then ran right by it and continued on. We only saw a few hikers on the north side trail, and two backpackers near the top.
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Jul 17 2004
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2004
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Hiking10.00 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   3.75 mph
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I started from 105th St & McKellips, which can be accessed off Crismon Rd, so I wouldn't have to pay the $5 fee at Usery or the $1 fee at Crismon/McKellips. I crossed the levee and went on to the Noso Trail on my way to the main trail. Maricopa County Parks has a nice map, complete with contours. It was one hot Saturday, and almost no clouds. I stopped at the water fountain at the Wind Cave trailhead, and then proceeded eight more miles in 105 degree heat. My water was warm enough to be undrinkable towards the end, but I found that even hot water cools the body off when the wind comes. There was one biker on the trail near the trailhead, but nobody else. I can't recommend this hike to anyone in the summer, but it would make a great October-March hike.
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Jun 05 2004
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Weatherford Trail #102Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking8.70 Miles 4,609 AEG
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I did this as a shuttle hike with two others. We started at 8am at the Schultz tank trailhead and it was already about 55 degrees. There was still a treacherous stretch of snow right before the Agazziz/Humphreys saddle, about 150 yards that could only be walked straight through. The ridge was at about a 30 degree angle, and the drifts averaged two feet. Other than that, only 50 foot stretches of snow after Fremont saddle, all easy to navigate. I summited Humphreys, which was snow-free from the saddle, and we got down to Snow Bowl to our waiting car at 5pm. Aside from the snow in June, the mostly road bed trail is one of the easiest high-elevation trails that I've ever seen. The trip was extremely hot for such high elevation, mid 70s at least. I lost several pounds of water and got a nice sunburn too.
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May 22 2004
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking9.40 Miles 3,313 AEG
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This hike was a training for Mt Whitney in July. I went during the heat of the day. It got to at least 50 degrees at the saddle, but the wind was cold. After going on the ridgeline to the summit and back, the saddle felt comfortable on the lee side, even with just one long sleeved shirt. The wind chill at the summit was below 30 by 5pm, so I didn't even take a picture up there this time.
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May 14 2004
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Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2004
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Hiking5.00 Miles 760 AEG
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760 ft AEG
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I did this one alone with my mountain bike from the Washington Park trailhead. There is a creek near the trailhead, and there were little water runoffs that crossed the trail in May. The bike wasn't the greatest idea, since I did a lot of uphill walking with it. After the turnoff to the tunnel, I gave up and just parked it since it was a Friday and nobody was on the trail. After I saw the tunnel, which was a refreshing 50 degrees inside, I hiked off trail to the top of the rim and Forest Road 300 (the Rim Road). Then I went back to the General Springs trailhead, down to the tunnel turnoff to get my bike, and then the fun began. I managed to avoid wiping out entirely, but I rode the brake a lot. I did the two miles back in record time. The tunnel trail stops at the Highline trail, which runs right past the trailhead in two directions and doesn't look much friendlier for bicycles. Bikes are allowed, though.
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May 14 2004
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Ellison Creek CascadesPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2004
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Hiking0.90 Miles 75 AEG
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This one counts as a destination trip rather than a hike, since it's so short. On a Friday in May, the water was yellowish, and I jumped into the deepest part of the pool. The water temp was at least 60 degrees. But I carried the hint of a foul odor with me for a while. The little falls were pretty, and it's too bad I didn't bring my camera.
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May 05 2004
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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2004
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Hiking3.30 Miles 1,359 AEG
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I did this one on a weeknight to see if it had a chance of replacing Papago Park as my regular running trail. It has no chance, but the views on the backside were nice, like being in a wilderness canyon. Not a soul was seen after branching off from the summit trail. The switchbacks are rocky, and mostly unsafe for jogging in the dark without a light. It seemed like a ton of bike trails connect from the back (but no bikes allowed on this one), but it was too hard to see well in the dark.
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May 01 2004
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Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.20 Miles 1,887 AEG
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I was visiting my parents in Tucson, just looking to bag a peak. The sun was brutal today, but only 85 degrees today. Near the top was windy. Just a few people on the trail in the afternoon.

12:10 Trailhead
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