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Nov 12 2016
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Pocket Trail #38Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
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Hiking32.45 Miles 6,741 AEG
Hiking32.45 Miles   15 Hrs      2.50 mph
6,741 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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I started out by the 76 Ranch. You need to call ahead to get permission and the gate code. Along the way I stopped at the Dead boy point, brushy tank and the Solder camp creek.
The last third mile of this hike makes this the most strenuous hike I’ve done in a long time(maybe ever). The steepness and the loose ground almost made me turn around numerous times, but the sight of the Tonto creek snaking around the canyon walls made me continue. I was sliding down with every foot step. In fact I sat down to assess the situation and still slide down! I found a drainage to west (left) and took that down. I had to deal with brushes in the drainage and rock scrambling, but I made it down. It took me almost an hour to drop into the Tonto. I didn’t see any evidence of the Pocket Trail crossing the Tonto, nor is it on the Topo maps.

Going up was a lot easier than expected. It took me about 40 minutes to climb the 800 feet. I did take numerous picture ‘breaks’ going back up.

I didn’t see any people the entire day. The super-moon guided me all the way back to the Jeep. Awesome views within the Tonto’s version of the Grand Canyon and a moonlight hike out. :y:

The high temp was 74 , low was 40 and the average for the day was 60.
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May 02 2015
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Bear Flat Trail #178 - Tonto NFPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking29.99 Miles 5,619 AEG
Hiking29.99 Miles   14 Hrs   29 Mns   2.63 mph
5,619 ft AEG   3 Hrs   5 Mns Break
 
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Fan's never been to the Bear Flats area so we did a tour of the area. We started at the Tonto creek and crossed over at the bridge.

We took the Bear Flats trail to the Big Ridge trail. It was warmer than Fan likes, so she stopped at the salt Canyon. The creek was dry. I continued following the Big Ridge across the canyon and it ended at the Wilderness boundary. I followed a couple of game / rancher trails. I came across a neat water collection device. The views are great from this area. At one point your looking down at the Hell's Gate area. You can see the canyons that hold the Tonto and the Haigler creeks meet.

When I returned to Salt Canyon, Fan had found a big pool of water so we could top off our water supply :y: .
As we got close to the TH, it started to sprinkle on us. The morning was coolish with overcast.
As we got to the sun exposed section of Big Ridge, the clouds lifted and it got toasty.
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Apr 25 2015
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Brown's CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2015
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Hiking25.32 Miles 4,829 AEG
Hiking25.32 Miles   14 Hrs   40 Mns   2.43 mph
4,829 ft AEG   4 Hrs   15 Mns Break
 
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Fan and I went from the Cottonwood TH to Browns Cave.

Lower Soldier Trail
It took a minute to figure the start of the trail, but once we did there was cairns to lead you all the way to FR401.
Along the way to the Cane's spring TH, we stopped at the shack.

Alder Creek Trail
The trail started out as an old road and was very easy to follow. When the trail hit the Long canyon, we stayed in the canyon
until the trail pulled away. Then we bushwhacked over the trail. There been some recent trail maintenance until you hit the
Crabtree cabin. It took us a couple of minutes to figure out how to get to the cabin. There was a sign-in board at the cabin.
Fan & I were the first people to represent HAZ. There was quite a bit of Crabtree relatives visiting the cabin.
The route finding was a little more challenging past the cabin.

The Jungle aka "Brown Cave"
We lost the trail as we approached the descent into Alder Creek. We found two stone walls leading down to the creek.
Then we had to fight the jungle to get to the Creek. When got the creek Fan was done. The plan was to
go to the Cave then have lunch at the river /lake. Fan didn't want the fight anymore jungle, so I went on alone.

Beyond the jungle
I pushed through the jungle and walked right past Brown's Cave and continued on down the creek. For a stretch the water went underground.
I made to the 10 foot waterfall then stopped. The sky clouded up and the wind started to blow.
It looked like the 20% chance of rain was going to hit. I didn't have any Jedi masters to talk me into
climb down and up the waterfalls, so I turned around.

The trip back
The temps dropped fast as we headed back. This time we took the trail instead of going in Long creek.
The trail was easy to follow and mostly free of vegetation. As we started to climb out, the rain started.
It poured pretty hard for about 10 minutes, then it backed off. It rained for the last 4 hours of the hike.
We made it to the shed at Cane's Spring in time to put on the headlamps. We took FR401 all the way back to the Jeep.
Along the we saw an abandoned quad-runner. As we approached the Jeep the rain started to dump on us.

The road out
I was concerned about driving out with 4+ hours of rain. The road was slick but I didn't have any major issues getting out.
The Jeep did fishtailed in a couple of spots.


](*,) Items that are MIA in the Jungle ](*,)
- HAZ-tracks android phone (good thing it was only $29.99)
- gators
- GPS Lithium ION rechargeable battery

This is a cool area to explorer. The terrain is slow moving and you should have a GPS route to get to alder creek.
I had long pants with gators and the a couple of Foxtails still managed to get in my socks!

I want to go back to take Long canyon to the river.
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Apr 18 2015
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Mesquite wash to Mud Springs, AZ 
Mesquite wash to Mud Springs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2015
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Hiking34.36 Miles 4,217 AEG
Hiking34.36 Miles   13 Hrs   40 Mns   2.90 mph
4,217 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
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I went from the Mesquite wash to the Mud Springs TH. Along the way I stopped at the Cline TH to check out the Picadilla creek.
It was flowing about 1/2 what it was from 2 weeks ago. I also checked out the Tejanas spring.

The temps were perfect all day long. The morning was cool and when the heat settled in, I was up higher up.
There was a lot more people camping by the mesquite wash than last time.
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Apr 11 2015
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Mesquite wash to Log Corral Wash, AZ 
Mesquite wash to Log Corral Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2015
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Hiking31.78 Miles 4,766 AEG
Hiking31.78 Miles   14 Hrs   45 Mns   2.69 mph
4,766 ft AEG   2 Hrs   55 Mns Break
 
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Fan & I explored further out of the Mesquite wash area. The Sycamore creek water levels were lower than last time, but we still have to route around a couple of deeper crossings.
This time I was able to connect the Mesquite wash to Log Corral trail/wash :y: . We took FR160 to FR1062. There the road turned into a single track that went down a canyon.
Then we came out on an abandoned road that lead me to Cottonwood basin / corral. Here the old road turns into a single track trail.
The single track leads you to a wash that dumps out at the log corral trail.

The following springs were dry: Rock Spring
Sandstone Spring
Yellow Jacket Spring.

I couldn't find the Yellow Jacket spring but that may have been because I left my yellow jacket at home! :lol:



Fan & I discussed how the water was at the wrong place on this hike. We had water at the beginning/ending of hike, not in the middle where we wanted it.

:SB: Four Sand rails stopped and asked how to get to the Sunflower Mercury mine. I told them they couldn't from where we were. I'm amazed how people can go out ATV-ing without knowing where there going or have a map/GPS.

I brought 7 liters of fluids and finished all 7 liters by the time we hit the jeep.
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Apr 04 2015
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Mesquite Wash to Mine Mountain & Cline Cabin, AZ 
Mesquite Wash to Mine Mountain & Cline Cabin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2015
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Hiking32.69 Miles 4,330 AEG
Hiking32.69 Miles   13 Hrs   40 Mns   2.82 mph
4,330 ft AEG   2 Hrs   5 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to stay closer to home, but not be in the heat of the day so I hiked from Mesquite Wash to the Cline cabin TH.

Along the way I went to Mine Mountain, but never did find the mine. I saw a rattle snake and not one but TWO :y: :y: Gila monsters! That was the first time a saw two Gila monsters in one day. As I returned to FR143 I saw a black cat like animal the size of a bobcat run across the road and dove into the bushes.

The Picadilla creek a nice flow to it. It was the only running water I saw all day.
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Mar 31 2015
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Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2015
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Hiking29.34 Miles 6,083 AEG
Hiking29.34 Miles   14 Hrs   15 Mns   2.71 mph
6,083 ft AEG   3 Hrs   25 Mns Break
 
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I started at the Gordon Hirabayashi Trailhead and had lunch at the Mt. Lemmon trail intersection. I went up Mt. Lemmon trail until I got above 7,000 feet and the winds made me cold, so I turned around. On the way back I checked out the Sabino canyon trail.
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Mar 21 2015
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Great Western Trail, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 21 2015
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Hiking32.66 Miles 2,218 AEG
Hiking32.66 Miles   13 Hrs   50 Mns   2.90 mph
2,218 ft AEG   2 Hrs   35 Mns Break
 
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My goal was to explore the Cottonwood basin/find the Sandstone spring and see if I could connect to the Log Corral trail. I started out at the Mesquite Wash exit off the bee-line. The 1st three Sycamore creek crossings were deeper than usual but cross-able. The fourth crossing was about 2 feet deep and 100 feet wide. I didn't have my water shoes, so improvised Plan B.

I've always wondered about the Great West Trail across the beeline from the Mesquite wash, so I crossed under the overpass and made my way to FR11. I took FR11 to the north where it ended at the Dos S Ranch. The ranch is private property and was recently for sale. I headed back on FR11 to the Four Peaks road and went up to the Ballantine Connector trail.

It was a fun to explore in a new area.
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Mar 14 2015
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Trans Mazatzal East to West, AZ 
Trans Mazatzal East to West, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
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Hiking23.59 Miles 4,297 AEG
Hiking23.59 Miles   14 Hrs   30 Mns   1.94 mph
4,297 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break
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Fan, Bruce & I started on the Barnhard TH as Karl, JJ & Joe started at the Davenport TH. The South fork of the Deadman’s creek was flowing pretty good. We meet the other party a little past the creek. The next three miles had route finding and guessing. The views are awesome in the area! We took a late lunch at the club cabin and filtered some water.

We saw two rattle snakes about a .25 mile apart. These may be the same two that the east bound guys saw. We also saw a fox as the sun dropped.

Big thanks to Bruce for the route and handling the logistics and to Karl for the shuttle!
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Mar 12 2015
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Red CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2015
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Hiking8.89 Miles 1,092 AEG
Hiking8.89 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.18 mph
1,092 ft AEG   2 Hrs   35 Mns Break
 
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Nate and I hiked the Red Creek down to the Verde Regional Airport. We were going to have lunch on the picnic table but Nate wanted to maximize his rock throwing time, so we had lunch at the Verde.
The Red creek was flowing stronger than last December.

Nate’s a big fan of the survival shows so he keep looking shelter spots and keep me informed on survival skills. We saw two deer’s running down the creek. There was no black or red hand prints spotted anywhere on this hike.
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Mar 07 2015
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Antelope Peak - GET #5Globe, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 07 2015
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Hiking34.40 Miles 2,702 AEG
Hiking34.40 Miles   14 Hrs      2.72 mph
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I took Fan to see the san Pedro river. We parked at the Freeman TH and as we pulled there was a fellow hiker stocking up the water cache. He said that the cache was full to the top.
We headed down the AZT to the Bell hive well and took a short break. Then we took the GET down to the river. We tried to find the Putnam spring. Unless it in the middle of the wash, we didn't find it.

Fan was highly disappointed with the San Pedro river. She considered it more of a creek. I wanted to hike into the Aravaipa creek. The plan was to continue down the Putnam wash, go under SR77 and go up Aravaipa. Two fence lines and bridge construction put a stop my plans ](*,) . I tried to detour around but that area is riddled with private property. I couldn’t find a legal way around without going about ½ mile to north. Then I just explored up the river and bushwhacked over to the Camino Rio road. The road follows the river and yes there private property along the road. I looks like someone owns a portion of the river.

I met back up Fan and we took Putman’s wash / rancher road back to Freeman road. We came across a herd of cattle near the Whitehead well. The herd was blocking the way. This was the first time that the cows didn’t run from us. The bulls gave us the stink eye and started scratch sand in the wash. I gave them the vegan story, but that wasn't working this time [-X . We had to walk around the herd. Then is started to rain on us :o ! I rained for about 10 minutes.

The temps were on the cool side in the morning and night. It got very chilly after the rain. There was on & off rain for drive back until we hit the 60.
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Feb 28 2015
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Oracle - AZT #13Tucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Feb 28 2015
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Hiking33.75 Miles 6,046 AEG
Hiking33.75 Miles   13 Hrs   20 Mns   2.93 mph
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With the threat of rain in the PHX area we went down to Oracle. Fan wanted to knock AZT passages 12 & part of 13.
It’s been a couple of years since I've done these passages.

We started at the Tiger Mine road and the wind was chilly from the start.
Passage 13 was easy to complete.

Passage 12
As we started to rise to the Oracle ridge the bitter cold wind got stronger. When we got above 6,000 feet the sky darkened over the peaks and the wind got stronger. Fan was almost blown off the ridge :o ! I had 4 layers on and was still cold. Even Fan was cold! We decided to turn around.

We took lunch at an unnamed trailhead. Fan went down to the Cody TH as I went exploring in the lower elevations. I went down an unnamed creek to ruins of a house or it have might have been the Campo Bonito. Then I explored the lower Oracle Ridge trail to where the trail comes close to the mansions of Oracle.

It rained for about 10 minutes as we left the Cody TH.
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Feb 20 2015
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Alder Creek, AZ 
Alder Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2015
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Hiking31.90 Miles 5,446 AEG
Hiking31.90 Miles   13 Hrs   40 Mns   2.77 mph
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We started at the Cross F TH and looped the AZT back to FR393. We took FR2138 and checked out the corrals and tanks. We bushwhacked from one tank area to another. Then we headed back to FR393. Fan took lunch and an extended break by the Chinatown spring / Alder creek area.

I headed down Alder creek to Bartlett lake. This was the best part of the hike. Alder creek has intermittent water running through it. At times there’s big canyon walls and sometimes there’s big tracks of grassy fields. The only issues I had was having to push through occupational trees and vegetation. When I got near the lake I noticed 2 sets of boots prints in the wash. I took lunch on a drought exposed rock outcropping. As I ate, I felt someone watching me and turned around and saw 2 young backpackers looking at me. They were near the start of the Maverick mountain wash(about a 1/3 mile away). I waved and they walked away.

I looped back to FR393 by taking the Maverick Mountain wash. I saw the backpackers footprints go down a side canyon/wash :-k .

Animal sighting:
My 1st Gila monster of the year :) ! The Gila Monster said we only have 5 more weeks of spring left :sl: !
Big animal prints in the mud :scared:
Dead fox on FR393

It was an interesting hike with some new areas that I hadn’t explored before. The overcast held back the heat, but it did get cold when we got above 3,500 feet.
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Feb 14 2015
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Verde River #11 - Twin Buttes to RiverCamp Verde, AZ
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Hiking28.89 Miles 4,643 AEG
Hiking28.89 Miles   13 Hrs   30 Mns   2.69 mph
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It’s been almost 7 years since I last hiked this section of the Verde River trail. I remembers the trail being rocky, but not this rocky. Did someone bring in more rocks?
The FS put in a new trail-head sign with the correct mileage to the river. There’s also a new vehicle barricade at the wilderness boundary. The barricade is interesting as in it won’t keep any determine people out. Plus it’s not necessary because the TH has posts that block all vehicles except motorcycles.

The hike down to the river was slowly than expected due to the ankle twisting rocks along the way. On my final descent to the river, I spotted 3 canoes going down the river.
I saw cows all the way down to the river. I was surprised to see them that far out. The Verde river trail got choked out by the vegetation along the river. I found it easier (and cat claw free) to follow the cattle paths by the river. The East Verde River crossing was more than I expected. I had to go up and down the river to find a good crossing spot.

Once I crossed the East Verde, the trail went into a grassy shaded area. This helped with the warm temps. I heard some noise and came across the canoes people setting up camp by the river bank. We chatted a bit. I went back to the well-worn trail and it ended at a Verde River overlook. I went back and forth from the last known cairn to the overlook. I couldn't find any other trails. I pulled out the GPS / HAZ track and it showed I just off the trail. The GPS showed that the trail started to climb up and pull away from the river. I still couldn't find it. Then I bushwhacked up a ridge to where the trail should be. I came across a path!, But then I saw something ahead of me. It was a cow :o ! The ‘trail’ lead me to another trail?!?! I was on a series of cattle paths. I set 3 o’clock as my stopping point. If I wasn't on THE trail by then, I would turn around. This is not an area you want to be hiking in the dark. At 3:05 I turned around . The GPS showed I was crisscrossing the trail and I never saw a cairn ( just cattle prints) ](*,) . Or any evidence I was on THE trail. It might be easier to hike this section from south to north.

Along the way back I looked for the Dead Man’s Mesa / Fossil Creek intersection sign. I saw it 7 years ago. I found the trail, but not the sign. The temps were perfect when I started out and got very warm by the river. It got very cold on the way back when I got above 5,000 feet.
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Feb 13 2015
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Bike Ride to Work, AZ 
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Feb 07 2015
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Ripsey Spring / Mine / Ranch, AZ 
Ripsey Spring / Mine / Ranch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2015
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Hiking31.40 Miles 3,111 AEG
Hiking31.40 Miles   12 Hrs   40 Mns   2.97 mph
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This was a Ripsey day. I parked in the Ripsey wash near the A Diamond ranch (sorry JJ it's still not for sale!). I hiked up the Ripsey wash to where it crosses the AZT. Then I went looking for the Ripsey spring. My first attempt was ended by a wall. My second attempt ended by fence line. I was about .15 miles from the spring ](*,) . I backtracked and got around the fence line. I didn't find the spring where my GPS said it was. I found it by following a wet drainage to where the wetness stopped. The waypoint is: N33 01.702 W110 58.734

Second on my agenda was the Ripsey Mine. Along the way I went by an un-named well site. The Ripsey mine is one of (or the) biggest mine sites I've seen. I spent close to an hour checking out the site. The main site had three levels and 3 holes. There was 2 smaller mines near the main site.

Next on the list was to check out a structure I saw on the satellite view. The structure was a water cache system for game.

Now for the last item on the agenda: the Ripsey ranch ruins. If you’re going to explore in this area, I highly suggest you use a GPS with a loaded route. None of the roads are signed. The only signed road/trail is the AZT. A lot of the roads don't appear on the topo maps. The best bet is to use the satellite view to draw up your route. I was following my HAZ track route when I came across a local rancher. We chatted for a minute and he told me a quicker way to return from the ranch. He was in process of converting the old ranch for his cattle. The only thing left at the old ranch was a foundation and a well/windmill. There's new cattle pens that the local rancher was talking about.

It was a fun hike with lots to see. The morning and night was cold, but the afternoon was a bit toasty. I might return to explore around the mine some more.
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Feb 03 2015
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Redington Pass - AZT #10Tucson, AZ
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Hiking32.42 Miles 5,182 AEG
Hiking32.42 Miles   12 Hrs   43 Mns   2.89 mph
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This hike almost didn’t happen

My plan was to hike the AZT 10 from where Redington RD intersects the AZT. My ETA to the TH was 8:45. There was an accident on I-10 and that brought traffic to a standstill. This delayed me 45 minutes. After getting past the accident I continued on to Redinton RD. About10 miles from the intersection there was a sheriff and a road closed sign!! I then came up with plan B. Start at the northern end of the AZT 10. I when doubled-back to the Catalina highway and drove up to the Molino Basin campground.

My 8:45 ETA turned into a 10:15 arrival.

The Hike:
I went north on Bellota trail to the Prison Camp and checked it out. Then I headed south to the Italian trap TH. There was water everywhere! The creeks and washes were flowing heavy and fast. A good portion of the trail had water flowing down it. The Agua Caliente Wash was about 2 feet deep and 5 feet wide. I just bite the bullet and walked through it. I got to the Italian trap TH at dusk. FR4424 was a running creek.

On the way back, the valley was so cold I could see my breath.
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Jan 24 2015
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Tortilla Mountains - AZT #15Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2015
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Hiking31.73 Miles 3,854 AEG
Hiking31.73 Miles   11 Hrs   20 Mns   3.16 mph
3,854 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
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We parked at the Freeman TH and headed north to the "Ripsey Wash" segment of the AZT. Fan's now completed section 15 of the AZT. : app :
The wind was fierce and cold. I didn't warm until lunch time. For lunch we found a gully that blocked out the wind. Fan took an extend break as I explored the maze of roads.

There was a mountain bike endurance race going on this day. The event started at the Picket post TH (5am) and ended at the Tiger Mine TH. 92 miles!
We saw 10 racers though the day. The first one went past us at 12:30 (10 miles from Freeman TH). The last one past us at 6PM about 5 miles from Freeman TH.
The quarter moon was obscured by clouds, so I got to use my new 2,000 lumen headlamp.

As we approached the Jeep, we saw another headlamp waiting for us. It was the last mountain biker. He needed to warm up, so he sat in the Jeep with the heater cranked for about 15 minutes. He still had ~28 miles to go. I offered him ride, but he was determined to finish the race this year. Last year he bailed at the Freeman TH.
Fan and I calculate that he would finish the race between midnight and 1am.
If it wasn't for the wind, it would have been a perfect hiking day. The racers had 25 MPH winds on the ridgelines. There was one gust that knocked my Android phone/HAZ GPS off the backpack. :o
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McDowell Sonoran Wandering, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Wandering, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2015
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Hiking33.24 Miles 2,304 AEG
Hiking33.24 Miles   12 Hrs   25 Mns   3.09 mph
2,304 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I started out at the Fraesfield TH. I was the only vehicle in the lot. I headed down the Gooseneck trail to where I left off the previous week.

I explored Redbird / service road connectors before heading back on the Redbird trail. When I went past the Fraesfield TH, the lot was half full. The mountain bikers came out in full-force at 10am.

I headed North by taking:
Blackhills trail
Bootlegger trail
Granite Mtn Loop trail
Cow Poke Trail
Dove Valley trail

I explored on the old BLM roads that are now part of the preserve. I went the Tonto forest Granite MNT boundary. There are numerous old BLM roads in this area. It looks like there are plans for a numerous new trails. I seen a bunch flagging for new trails.

On the way back I took the new Coyote Canyon trail. This trail is a loop that connects the Dove Valley trail with the Granite Mtn. Loop trail. The Coyote trail starts off is a cool canyon. It's about 90% done. The trail sign is taped on a post and one of intersections has a post without a sign.

I took the following trails back:
Granite Mtn. Loop trail
Bootlegger trail
136 Street Express trail
Morning Vista trail
Black Hills trail

The weather was perfect. Even though you're in a city park, you can get to the middle of no-where and explore. The Tonto Forest connection opens up a lot of possibilities.
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2015
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Hiking32.39 Miles 4,736 AEG
Hiking32.39 Miles   12 Hrs   58 Mns   2.85 mph
4,736 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
 
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Fan and I did a loop with the Gateway TH and the Tom's Thumb TH.

We started at the Gateway TH and took:
- Saguaro trail
- Gateway Loop trail
- Bell pass trail
- Prospector trail
- Dixia Mine trail
- Pemberton trail

Fan And took a break and split up for a bit. Fan would do a shorter loop by continuing down the Pemberton to the Rock Knob intersection.

I did a longer loop by taking:
- Pemberton trail
- Granite trail
- Delsie trail
- County Park Connector
- Saguaro Nest trail
- Gooseneck trail
- Rock Knob trail (meet up with Fan)
- Marcus Trail
- Tom's Thumb Trail
- Windgate Pass Trail
- Gateway Loop trail
- Saguaro trail

Things of interest
- We saw a guy on a unicycle about 2 miles in. He only rode the unicycle on the smooth sections.
- I saw a deer in one of canyons on the south side of the McDowell’s.

It rained on us twice during the day.

I like the new Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve trails. I'll be back to check out more of them.
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