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Nov 16 2020
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Ramsey Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2020
toddak
Hiking11.15 Miles 3,501 AEG
Hiking11.15 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.03 mph
3,501 ft AEG
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1st trip
Back for more Huachuca goodness. Quality loop with nice Fall colors and flowing water along lower Ramsey and Pat Scott. The Preserve is currently only open from 9 to 4 and the visitor center is closed, put your fee in the box.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Nov 15 2020
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2020
toddak
Hiking23.00 Miles 6,000 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles   12 Hrs      1.92 mph
6,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Big counter-clockwise loop starting from Rustler Park. South on Crest > down Saulsbury > up Pole Bridge > then up Monte Vista, Chiricahua and Flys Peaks on the way back to Rustler. Saulsbury from Crest down to Saulsbury Saddle is unmaintained and faint in some places but follows a great route, then from the saddle down to Turkey Creek is smooth and easy. Good conditions on the other trails. Monte Vista is a fine peak, while view-less Chiricahua and Flys Peaks are relatively easy bags if you're passing by.
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Nov 14 2020
toddak
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 Guides 8
 Routes 5
 Photos 1,186
 Triplogs 449

55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
toddak
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   6 Hrs      2.33 mph
3,000 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Great route to a very nice peak. Trail needs some serious pruning once you start the climb up out of the canyon. Fall colors are past prime perhaps, but plentiful pretty pastels persist.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Oct 31 2020
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 Photos 1,186
 Triplogs 449

55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
toddak
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.86 mph
3,000 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Tried a new route to the top of my favorite AZ peak from the east side. Easy access from Highway 180 via FR 760, parked and hiked through gentle up-sloping forest to a steep, rocky ridge. Some downed trees but no brush, fairly enjoyable. After the summit I dropped down on the main trail a ways, then off-trail down and wrapped back around the south / east side of the mountain.
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Oct 27 2020
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 1,186
 Triplogs 449

55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Daisy Mountain - AnthemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2020
toddak
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
1,500 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Oct 10 2020
toddak
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 1,186
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Gila River Canyons - AZT #16Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2020
toddak
Hiking21.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.80 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Wasn't planning to do AZT-in-a-day this year, but as usual there were a few sad, misfit sections that no one wanted to hike. So I did #30, Kelvin bridge to ATV barrier and back. Pretty toasty. Javelina and coati sightings.
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Sep 26 2020
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Rincon La Vaca and Rio Grande PyramidWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2020
toddak
Hiking21.00 Miles 5,300 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   12 Hrs      1.75 mph
5,300 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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A top-100 ranked CO peak with high prominence and isolation, 13,821' Rio Grande Pyramid dominates the landscape.

From Thirtymile trailhead took Weminuche Trail #818 up to Weminuche Pass where a worn sign post indicates Skyline Trail heading west towards RGP (this trail may also be known as Highline, Opal Lake or Rincon la Vaca #714). This trail stays higher than and parallels the CDT down in the drainage below, and is the best approach to RGP. It hasn't had any recent maintenance so there are some downed trees and areas of willow to push through, but nothing too unpleasant. As RGP gets close and at the point where the Skyline turns south there is an obvious peakbagger trail that takes you up to a flat area below the peak and then up a steep scree/dirt slope to the base of the east ridge. From there its Class 2 talus straight up the ridge to the summit.

After summiting I continued south on the Skyline to connect with the CDT below The Window. The Skyline seems to fade out in some willow thickets about 250 yards before joining the CDT, but eventually you connect. East on the CDT down the drainage then back up to Weminuche Pass on Pine River #523 makes a nice lasso.
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Sep 24 2020
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Huron Peak Summit TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2020
toddak
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.50 mph
3,800 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Road walk from Winfield through beautiful forest up into a desolate basin below the peak. The final several hundred feet to the summit was a bit icy but I was able to avoid using traction.

Driving to my next destination there was a road crew up ahead mowing the grass along the side of the highway. As I went past the mower BOOM my front passenger side window exploded, showering pieces of safety glass everywhere. The mower had kicked up a rock and sent it flying like a bullet, thank goodness I didn't have the window rolled down. So it was off to Pueblo to spend a day with the good folks at Safelite Auto Glass.
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Sep 23 2020
toddak
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 1,186
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
La Plata Peak Southwest RidgeSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2020
toddak
Hiking12.00 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.60 mph
4,200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Road walk from Winfield in beautiful forest up into a magnificent basin, then a steep scree slog up to a plateau and then up never-ending talus slopes to the summit. Above 13,000' trend towards the left to stay on the easiest path up the talus.
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Sep 22 2020
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Mount Hope Summit TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2020
toddak
Hiking7.00 Miles 4,070 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.27 mph
4,070 ft AEG
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1st trip
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The trail north from the Sheep Gulch trailhead quickly intersects the CT/CDT for the stout climb up to Hope Pass. From there moderate off-trail (Class 2 / occasional easy Class 3) takes you directly up the east ridge to the 13,933' summit. Good views and none of the crowds like on all the slightly higher peaks in the area. You can return back down the ridge or drop south from the summit and then back west working down grassy slopes paralleling the ridge.
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Sep 11 2020
toddak
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 1,186
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Big Ridge Trail #177Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2020
toddak
Hiking21.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
5,000 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Started at Bear Flat and followed the 5/2/2015 track from @topohiker out to the end of BRT#177 at the top of Peak 5138. From there its easy to drop drop down the ridge to the southwest and arrive at the confluence of Tonto and Haigler Creeks. After a refreshing swim, slogged out on Hellsgate 37. Mtn bike shuttle back to the start.
Named place
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Haigler Canyon Haigler Creek
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Aug 24 2020
toddak
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 1,186
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Weminuche Wilderness backpack, CO 
Weminuche Wilderness backpack, CO
 
Backpack avatar Aug 24 2020
toddak
Backpack100.00 Miles 20,000 AEG
Backpack100.00 Miles7 Days         
20,000 ft AEG
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7 days backpacking in the Weminuche Wilderness starting at the 30-mile and ending at the Ute Creek trailheads on Rio Grande Reservoir west of Creede. Pretty intense guided trip led by super-ultra-mega-hiker Andrew Skurka and aimed at developing / improving all aspects of thru-hiking skills (pre-trip planning, gear, map/compass/GPS off-trail navigation, weather, food, etc). The CDT anchored the route with multiple secondary trails and cross-county excursions.

Fantastic high-country scenery throughout with frequent wildlife sightings (moose, bighorn, large elk herds, pika, marmot, weasel). Rain/hail/thunderstorms on 5 of 7 days, unpleasant but it cleared the smoky/hazy air and provided good learning opportunities, and there was always at least a window of sunny skies to dry out. A highlight was climbing 13,205' Mt Nebo (class 2) with fantastic views of numerous 13- and 14-ers to the west.

Superb instruction, practical tips and confidence building activities in a great environment - highly recommended. Big day hikes will probably always be my preference, but this trip provided a good foundation for other options.
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Aug 14 2020
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 Photos 1,186
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Weatherford Trail #102Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2020
toddak
Hiking23.00 Miles 5,500 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.42 mph
5,500 ft AEG
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great workout
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Aug 08 2020
toddak
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 1,186
 Triplogs 449

55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2020
toddak
Hiking17.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   9 Hrs      1.89 mph
5,000 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
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Jul 31 2020
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 1,186
 Triplogs 449

55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2020
toddak
Hiking20.00 Miles 6,500 AEG
Hiking20.00 Miles   11 Hrs      1.82 mph
6,500 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
workout day
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Jul 25 2020
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 1,186
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Lutz Canyon Trail #104Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2020
toddak
Hiking19.50 Miles 7,000 AEG
Hiking19.50 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   1.70 mph
7,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Nice figure-8 route on a mostly overcast monsoon day. Up Lutz to the Crest, up Miller and Carr Peaks, around on Comfort Springs, back up on Hamburg, down Miller and out to Hunter trailhead. Bike shuttle back to Lutz trailhead. Good water at 2 springs plus light creek flow in two places along Comfort and also in Miller Canyon.

Every trail I've done so far in the Huachucas has been outstanding - I'll be back!
Fauna
Fauna
Ladybug beetle
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Wildflowers Observation Light

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full, clear tub

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full, clear box
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Jul 16 2020
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Fourth of July LakeSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2020
toddak
Hiking16.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   8 Hrs      2.00 mph
4,500 ft AEG
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Excellent loop starting from the Carson Pass trailhead on Hwy 88. Went clockwise on good trails with lots of water, greenery and flowers. South a few miles on the PCT, then west on Summit City Canyon trail and back north past 4th of July, Round Top and Winnemucca Lakes. Also took a side trip up 10,381' Round Top peak.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Jul 12 2020
toddak
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 Photos 1,186
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Mount McLoughlinSouth, OR
South, OR
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2020
toddak
Hiking14.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.00 mph
4,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Solid peak hike. Started from the Summit trailhead just off Hwy 140 rather than drive the dirt road to the closer trailhead. Followed the PCT for a few miles through deep forest at the start, then a steady climb towards the peak with great views above treeline. Good trail, the last thousand vertical feet to the 9495' summit is best done by staying right on the ridgeline.
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Jul 04 2020
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Santaquin PeakMountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2020
toddak
Hiking15.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
5,000 ft AEG
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Return to finish off this great peak hike, starting from the Bennie Creek trailhead on the Nebo Scenic Loop. Above treeline the trail steadily climbs grassy ridges to the rocky summit with great views.

On the way back went up and over the top of Loafer Mountain. Also checked out the Grotto Falls trail near the same trailhead - lovely, but overwhelmed by July 4 visitors.
Flora
Flora
Lewis Flax
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Jul 02 2020
toddak
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 Guides 8
 Routes 5
 Photos 1,186
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Utah County - Mt NeboCentral, UT
Central, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2020
toddak
Hiking9.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Excellent peak hike via North Peak trail, starting from the Monument trailhead. The final ridgeline to the summit is visually intimidating but easy Class 3. Gorgeous summer greenery.
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