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May 18 2019
Grimey
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 18 2019
Grimey
Backpack44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Backpack44.50 Miles   17 Hrs      2.62 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Not sure if this should be posted as 2 trips or just 1?

Overnight trip South Kaibab :next: North Kaibab on Saturday, North Kaibab :next: Bright Angel on Sunday. 8.5 hours each way, although I did move a bit more leisurely on Saturday.

Great weather on Saturday, clear and perfect temps. Sunday was a little different, not bad per se, but not as nice as Saturday. Overcast and cool until the river, really nice actually and at least I wasn't roasting in the Box. At around Phantom Ranch, the wind started whipping, blowing a lot of sand into my face. Light sprinkles until Indian Garden when a steady drizzle started coming down. For these reasons, I just powered on to the top instead of taking a nice lunch break along the way. The rim was socked in from around 3 mile rest house, so no views to speak of at that point. And it was coooold up top, 39 degrees and raining.

Of course the trails were packed on Saturday, the 5 AM hiker express bus was standing room only with R2R runners. First weekend where the North Rim is open, it's to be expected. Trail runners... I don't get it. I know, hike your own hike, but why are they mostly all so rude? Whatever.

Overall a great, albeit quick, weekend.

Water is running everywhere. S. Kaibab is dry of course but no issues from there, and of course most of the taps are on.
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Jun 29 2018
Grimey
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 Routes 3
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Tanque Verde to Manning CampTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 29 2018
Grimey
Backpack15.90 Miles 6,975 AEG
Backpack15.90 Miles   8 Hrs      1.99 mph
6,975 ft AEG
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Quick overnight at Manning Camp. Quite a hike getting up there, but once there, it was all worth it. Cool mountain air, cold water in the pools, and aside from the ranger and a couple of park employees, had the place to myself. Saw some monsoon activity building to the east, and heard the thunder, but alas, no rain ever came.

Wish I had been able to stay another night, but couldn't. Maybe next time. Hoofed it back down the same way I came - considerably faster going down! :)
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Manning Camp Spring Dripping Dripping
Plenty of nice cold water in the pools.
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Dec 21 2017
Grimey
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 Routes 3
 Photos 430
 Triplogs 20

51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Canyon - AZT #18Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2017
Grimey
Hiking8.00 Miles
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.29 mph
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Nice day for a stroll. Just a quick out-and-back on the AZT. Didn't see anyone else out there. Trail is in great shape.
Flora
Flora
Arizona Sycamore
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Oct 07 2017
Grimey
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 Routes 3
 Photos 430
 Triplogs 20

51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2017
Grimey
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,053 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,053 ft AEG
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Easy walk w/ the Mrs. Days don't get much better than this for hiking in the Sedona area.
Fauna
Fauna
Steller's Jay
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Probably a week or two away from really nice color.
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May 20 2017
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 Routes 3
 Photos 430
 Triplogs 20

51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Alamo Canyon - AZT #17Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2017
Grimey
Hiking22.42 Miles 2,829 AEG
Hiking22.42 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   5.25 mph
2,829 ft AEG
 
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First time in this area. Classic Sonoran Desert landscape. Trail was in great shape. I only saw 2 people the whole time, in the last mile of the trip.
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May 20 2015
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Whitewater BaldySouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar May 20 2015
Grimey
Hiking10.86 Miles 2,028 AEG
Hiking10.86 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   4.23 mph
2,028 ft AEG
 
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On a whim decided to head over to NM to check out the Gila NF. Ran/hiked this trail in the "original" Wilderness, the Gila. Overall a very enjoyable hike for someone looking to get away from people. I did not go up to the top of the Whitewater bald itself because there was a lot of snow patches near the top making movement slow, and also because I came upon some fresh-ish cougar scat and decided to turn around lest I become a hungry cat's lunch. Actually I was heading up on the trail beyond Hummingbird Saddle, which circles around the peak but doesn't go up top - my mistake, I wouldn't have gotten to the top even had I kept going.

The area of this trail was burned quite extensively since the last triplogs were posted. This from the nearly 300,000 acre Whitewater-Baldy fire of 2012. Some new growth of aspens (6ft - 8ft or so, small) are beginning to grow, and there are patches of still living pines. I would say 80-90% of the trail encompasses burned area. The upside, if you could call it that, is that you have decent views in all directions for much of the trail, and on a cold morning like today you get some sun exposure to warm you.

The trail itself is in really decent shape, there has been a lot of maintenance on it. The ranger in Glenwood made it sound like it was in bad shape with fallen trees and such, and the sign at the trailhead also warns that the trail is not maintained and may be diffcult to find. Nothing could be further from the truth - the trail has had extensive maintenance done, logs cut and signs replaced, etc and is in very good shape. No trouble finding the trail at all.

Oddly with all the treefall I couldn't find any of the plane wreckage. I though it would be well exposed... :?
Meteorology
Meteorology
Fire Burn Area & Recovery
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Jan 25 2015
Grimey
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2015
Grimey
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
2,550 ft AEG
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I've taken enough photos of the Estrellas from South Mountain/Ahwatukee, I decided I may as well hike up there. The hike itself is nice, the trail is decent and the views are very good. A LOT of "up". It was pretty windy today which was kind of unwelcome as much of the climb is fairly exposed.

I came in from the south and left via the north; I prefer the south. I would say either way requires high clearance and better yet 4WD, but there was a Nissan Murano at the trail head when I came down (with some really questionable street tires to boot), so maybe there is some route in that doesn't require high clearance. And if you are looking to add some cheap pin striping to your ride, this is a good option.

Overall, my thoughts are this: nice trail, really good work out that I wouldn't want to do every weekend (I'm not a peak bagger), but is definitely worth doing at least once. The real problem is getting there is somewhat of a slog. On balance I don't think the payoff is worth the drive.
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Jan 01 2015
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration, AZ 
4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2015
Grimey
Hiking
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HAZ - Event
Barrett
BobP
Charger55
Dave1
desert_boonie
joebartels
johnlp
JuanJaimeiii
Nightstalker
Oregon_Hiker
outdoor_lover
PatrickL
RowdyandMe
Nice hike, a good climb but not too long as to be tedious. Great views from the top. A nice bunch of people most of whom I met for the first time. Thanks Outdoor Lover for organizing this.

Happy New Year HAZ!
Flora
Flora
Teddy Bear Cholla
Named place
Named place
Margies Peak Maricopa Mountains
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Sep 21 2014
Grimey
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2014
Grimey
Hiking1.00 Miles 640 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   0.67 mph
640 ft AEG
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Took my wife on a nice hike to West Clear Creek via Maxwell Trail #37. Nice views, not too strenuous up or down. Would like to camp down there someday.

The drive in was pretty hairy, due to yesterday's rains. Several spots where a fear of bogging down in the mud crept into my mind.
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Sep 14 2014
Grimey
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Whiskey Spring Trail #238Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2014
Grimey
Hiking11.32 Miles 2,333 AEG
Hiking11.32 Miles
2,333 ft AEG
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Whiskey Springs was my destination. Unfortunately I turned around about 300 feet too soon. :) Next time maybe I will need download the map to my HAZ Tracks app. Nice day for a hike and the trail is in good condition. No other people seen except for a few at the Peralta trailhead. This is a typical/average Superstitions hike, nothing special really, for the Superstitions, but enjoyable. I was glad to find I wasn't struggling on the hills, which means I may actually be getting back in shape.
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Barks Canyon
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Sep 01 2014
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2014
Grimey
Hiking5.72 Miles
Hiking5.72 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.75 mph
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Needed a close-to-home hike. I have not taken the Bursera trail all the way to the western end before. Nice trail for a "training" type of hike, some good up-and-down sections; nothing spectacular view-wise but relatively secluded. Parts of the trail appears to have been washed out from recent rains.
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Aug 24 2014
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2014
Grimey
Hiking4.75 Miles
Hiking4.75 Miles   2 Hrs      2.38 mph
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Great place for some off trail exploring. Not much going on there today due to the heat, but I will definitely return when the weather is better and spend more time exploring. Lots of solitude. Facilities are nice for being as seemingly off-the-beaten-path as it is; a few camping spots with picnic tables and a pit toilet at the trail head.
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Aug 10 2014
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2014
Grimey
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.85 mph
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Made a last minute decision to get a permit and hike Aravaipa this morning. Very interesting hike, and a great area. I will have to plan for a longer trip as I only went as far as Javelina Canyon. The water was great for keeping a summer hike in the "comfortable" zone. The water was relatively cool and never more than knee high, mostly ankle deep. That said, the trails showed recent evidence of people slogging through the mud so I think I was lucky with my choice of day. As I write this the evening of my hike, Aravaipa is getting pounded with another monsoon storm.
Flora
Flora
Sacred Datura
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Mar 30 2014
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 Routes 3
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sears Point Petroglyph SitesSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2014
Grimey
Hiking1.45 Miles 95 AEG
Hiking1.45 Miles   2 Hrs      0.73 mph
95 ft AEG
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What a great place. Pretty much just as it has been for hundreds of years, you can really try to put yourself in the mindset of the people who made these petroglyphs.

Not another soul in sight. If the sign in sheet were to be believed, I was the first person to visit in 2+ weeks. Recent boot tracks, however, tell a different tale.
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Mar 15 2014
Grimey
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Ballantine Cabin & CorralPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2014
Grimey
Hiking11.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.20 mph
2,600 ft AEG
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First time doing this hike. GPSJoe's posted GPS track helped immensely in navigating the connection after the corral; the trail in that part fades in and out. Otherwise the trail was in great shape. It gets a little rocky climbing through the boulders but nothing too difficult. There was plenty of clear running water in Pine Creek and Camp Creek.

The weather was perfect for hiking. I didn't see any other people all day until I was nearing the trailhead on my return, which surprised me because I always assumed this was a busy trail being so accessible.
Fauna
Fauna
Rock Squirrel
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Plenty of various small flowers.
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Feb 02 2014
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Table Top TrailSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2014
Grimey
Hiking7.56 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking7.56 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   2.10 mph
2,133 ft AEG
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I have been wanting to do this hike for awhile, but could never get anyone to go with me. I can see Table Top Mountain from South Mountain which I hike often, and I always tell myself I need to get up there. Finally just did it by myself and I am glad I did. This is actually a really great hike. It has a nice mix of decent scenery, some elevation gain so you get to work a little, and great solitude. In fact I had the whole mountain to myself this day. The trail itself is really great, not too rocky, and whoever laid it out did a good job picking a route. The fairy dusters were blooming which gave a nice perfume scent to the air. Really the first half of the hike is like walking in a (desert) garden. The second half going up the mountain is steep but not terrible, especially considering the great condition of the trail. The descent is solid, you can really move well without worrying about slipping, except for a couple small spots.

Even the drive in is kind of nice; once you turn off Vekol Road, it is classic Sonoran desert scenery. I will make sure I bring out of towners back here for sure. It is definitely off the beaten path, but offers a similar desert experience as the Superstitions without the winter crowds - on a much smaller scale of course.
Fauna
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Wild horse
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A few small single purple flowers, and some yellow bunches of flowers - not brittlebrush though; and a lot of fairy dusters.
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Jan 30 2014
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2014
Grimey
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   1.55 mph
1,180 ft AEG
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Finally did this, just to say I did it. Had a couple of hours to kill while in the area. Nice city hike for workout purposes only. Crowded, of course.
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Dec 29 2013
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Coffee Flat Trail #108Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2013
Grimey
Hiking9.60 Miles
Hiking9.60 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   2.59 mph
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Took a solo hike out to Coffee Flat, starting at Peralta TH and turned around just before "Reeds Water". Nice hike, not too strenuous, nice views. There is a large fairly recent burn area just past the Dutchman Trail turnoff that extends almost out to Coffee Flat, where most of the desert brush is dead.
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Aug 11 2013
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2013
Grimey
Hiking3.30 Miles 920 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
920 ft AEG
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This was a nice hike, nothing spectacular view-wise from the Gaddes Cyn Two Trail (#9037), but "pleasant" overall. I actually went left at Gaddes Trail #110 and finished up on FR 413 back to my truck. The views were better from the Gaddes #110 and the FR. There was a bit of water near the top of the trail, but none most of the way down. Did not see a single other hiker, but a lot of campers along FR 413.

Trail conditions are good, there were signs of recent maintenance - freshly cut fallen logs and some water/erosion diversion cuts. Weather was nice, 60-75 degrees and shady, vs. 100+ in Phoenix.
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Jul 13 2013
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2013
Grimey
Hiking5.10 Miles
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs      1.70 mph
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Completed this hike from the Petersen trail head (AKA Abbey Way TH.) There are some trees down across the trail in the Coon Creek fire area, but they are easily traversed. The route is easy to follow with only slight overgrowth of some kind on thorny weeds - legs got a few scratches. The 3 hours total that it took involved quite a bit of stopping for photos and some lounging around on the top, as well as the requisite climbing of the fire tower. Total "moving" time according to my GPS was 2:15.

FR 487 is open all the way to the top of Aztec Peak. While it is arguably passable by passenger car, there are a few rough spots mainly near Workman Creek Falls where I would personally be very reluctant to drive a passenger car. FR 288 is paved to FR 487 except for a few sections of gravel.

This is a really great hike; not overly strenuous, outstanding views and a great break from the desert heat. The drive up is nice, too.
Culture
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Wooden Dwelling
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