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May 01 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Maztzal Assault Party Work Event, AZ 
Maztzal Assault Party Work Event, AZ
 
Volunteer avatar May 01 2016
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Hiked a crew of 9 volunteers into the Mazzies for a week-long volunteer vacation event. We had a great time removing manzanita, oak, locust and other shrubby stuff from the AZT between Chilson and our base at Horse Camp Seep. We got about 2 miles VERY clear, and another 1/2 mile somewhat open. We also removed logs from the portion above Horse Camp to the Park. Lots of hard work from these amazing folks!

Started out up the Barnhardt. Our generous equestrian support volunteer, Bill, said that he'd never been on such a difficult brush-busting adventure that was still called a "trail". He's from Colorado, where they spoil folks good evidently. We whacked our way back to HCS and settled in for our 5 days of trail work. Such a commute you never saw!

One day, we had an afternoon off, so I went looking for Deadman's Falls. I found it - and then we went back a couple of times to show the doubters that there could be such a magnificent waterfall just off the trail we'd been living on all week. Minds were BLOWN!

We hiked out in the rain, making the trip overall much better weather wise than anyone dreamed it could be. I'm so thankful to have a job that allows me to consider a backpacking trip and 5 days of hanging out in the Mazzies just another "week at the office"!
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Mar 31 2016
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Tonto Trail: South Bass to Hermit, AZ 
Tonto Trail: South Bass to Hermit, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 31 2016
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And now, ladies and gentleman, an epic tale of adventure, danger and triumph in the grandest canyon on earth...

I've been trying to "get er done" with this hike for years. My concept of hiking the whole of the Tonto from the LCR to Royal Arch Creek seemed doable enough back in 2009 - and now 7 years later I can finally count it finished :y: . The Gems passage between South Bass and Hermit may not be the most difficult portion of this route, but it has proven over the years to logistically challenging and down right elusive. Cancelled shuttles, sick hiking partners and bad weather have cancelled my prior 3 attempts at this stretch of the trail. I vowed that come hell, high water or bad roads I would complete it this year - and the canyon pulled out some of her best attempts at stopping me.

Oh, and doing the trip this way means you have to hike out Hermit, which I hate by the way. Just sayin'.

The days before our hike, a storm blew into Northern AZ which threatened to make the roads impassable out to South Bass. A stroke of luck kept the worst of the moisture away from our area, and the roads were dry and safer than expected. It seemed almost a let-down that there was no mud on the road in, as I'd really sold it hard to my hiking companions not familiar with that road that as was gnarly and potentially dangerous. Of course, the fact that I was still finding red mud in my Subaru 3 years after driving it to do Royal Arch should have been evidence enough. Thanks to Tim for getting us out there safe and happy!

We originally had permits to camp at South Bass TH the night before our hike in, and we were VERY glad we changed our itinerary to drive in and hike down on the same day. Although it meant a very LONG hike in, it also let us spend that 11 degree night in a camping trailer (provided by the most generous Scat Daddy) rather than cowboy camping it. It ALSO meant that we didn't have to carry the gear needed for 11 degree camping with us for the remaining 5 nights ... none of which dropped below about 40. All around, a great choice!

Day 1: South Bass and Rainbows
I love this trail...up and down it is a delight to hike. The little break you get crossing the Esplanade under the watchful eye of Mount Huethawali feels like a piece of heaven. I was making up a little tune (think along the lines of Gentle On my Mind) as we hiked in...

"Well I'm back here on the Esplanade,
Making up a country song,
Hiking in with some of my good friends,
I feel I'm back where I belong,
in spite of this here country song,
walkin' through the canyon once again..."


If you read Sirena's trip report, you'll note that a couple of the folks we ran into that day either knew her or me or both of us, which made for a fun bit of conversation. I love knowing that our community of Grand Canyon devotees is not as big as one might fear, and that we all congregate in season about the waterholes and overhangs of our favorite side canyons.

Our trip for water down to Bass Tanks was hot and stressful, but in the end we got enough to drink to support a dry camp out on the point (always a preference!). I'd like to say that we took the wrong route to the tanks (following the creek instead of the trail) on purpose, looking for waterholes we'd found before. But the truth was that we really had no idea what we were doing, and we made a long trip even longer. Luckily, no permanent harm was done and the worst thing that happened was that we were short on mileage for day 1. We made camp on the plateau just before the trail turned back to the south.

When we set our packs down, I pointed out a substantial storm that was building over the Powell Plateau. We all excitedly headed down to the edge of the plateau to see the river, and the storm kept building. Once we realized that it was actually going to hop across the canyon at us, we rushed back to try to make camp before it hit. Instead, we made camp as it hit - with strong winds whipping our tents and tarps out of our hands and strong spray blinding us as we tried to stake everything down. I think the strongest rain was falling for about 5-10 minutes after we got the tents and all up, but it was never really a downpour. When the drops got more infrequent we crawled back out and were treated to that golden-light show that only a sunset shower in the canyon can give you. Even rainbows to play in!

"There's a storm brewin' across the rim,
but Roger says the chance of rain is slim.
Well either way the wind begins to blow.
The rain it beats upon my face
putting me back in to my place
I just hope it doesn't turn to snow."


Day 2: Helicopters and Bright Sunshine

The morning was brilliant as we watched a (much less spectacular) sunrise. We decided to try to follow a pattern of breaking camp before breakfast and eating later on the trail to make the most of our cooler morning hours. We figured it was about 2.5 miles into Serpentine, and we made it in a little over an hour. The hike back into the back of the canyon was a little more challenging than I'd anticipated - the Tonto platform is narrow going into the back of the canyon, and there were many little twists and turns to navigate. None the less, it was a spectacular morning for hiking - with blooming prickly pear abundant, the sage busting out with dark green foliage and delicate yellow flowers and a cloudless blue sky.

"We're Tontouring into Serpentine,
The rocks are brown, the sage is green,
The cacti have such lovely bright pink blooms,
I hope the canyon's kind to me,
I hope I hike out gracefully,
and not have this big rock hole be my tomb...
"

We filled up a few containers with water in Serpentine. Reports of the quality of this water vary from "just fine" to "damn near poison", and we weren't sure which to believe. Like any seasoned canyon hiker, though, we were aware that passing a water source with empty bottles is tantamount to running with scissors - so we topped of. Some people tried a "blend" of Serpentine water, while others kept it in a separate emergency storage device. In the end, after all was said and done, our feelings on the water were mixed. No one reported major intestinal issues, but I've always had difficulties with my inards on backpacking food and water, so it's tough to say what the culprit might have be.

Like most groups, we don't always hike close to each other, but instead accordion out across the trail. John (who earned the trail name BBJ) was out in the lead - still nervous that he wouldn't be able to keep up (obviously he hadn't hiked with me before!). Sirena was cruising in second, a real force of nature out there on the trail. Then the accordion collapsed behind her when she stopped with some unexplained leg pain.

I'll refer you to her very detailed and fascinating trip log for details on her injury, call for help and subsequent rescue: [ triplog ]. We waved goodbye to the helicopter (video here: ) and then encountered that very surreal moment where there's nothing left to do but pick up your pack and start walking again. Minus one.

The rest of the day felt decidedly anticlimactic. We Tontoured in and out of Emerald and Quartz canyons - both of which were very standard, easy Tonto canyons. As we headed back into Ruby our water bottles were getting down to just the Serpentine blends and we were glad to be approaching what we'd been told was a pretty dependable source. The sun went behind the canyon walls while we collected water and chatted with the group planning to camp there (they were curious about the helicopter since they'd all spoken to Sirena as they passed us).

"I'm looking into Ruby now,
my feet are tired, and are they how,
I'm hoping for just one small bit of shade.
The ground is hard, the sun is hot,
for water we've just this one shot
and miles to go before our camp is made."


We watered up and kept on hiking out to a sweeping vista overlooking a particularly pretty piece of marbled schist. A point camp on the Le Conte Plateau made a wonderful place to watch the stars, regain some much needed nutrients and wonder how our friend was doing up on the rim.

Day 3-4: Slogging Out the Miles

The trail description written by the NPS on this portion of the Tonto is full of warnings about the remoteness and challenge of this piece of the Tonto (which felt misleading since we leap-frogged with 2-3 groups the whole way). However, in the end they say, "..it is mostly just a question of slogging out the miles".

If this is slogging, sign me up for a lifetime of it.

We hiked through Jade and Jasper quickly in the morning before breakfast. We knew from the day before that the heat was on its way, and we wanted to water up before it hit too hard. The Shaler Plateau is beautiful with its Muave cliffs and views of the greater canyon's constriction at the Scorpion Ridge on the north side of the river.

"Turquoise is up around the bend
the trail's red, it's green, it's brown again
It's changing just as quickly as my mind.
I love the canyon's morning light
the wren's call and the raven's flight
the worries of the modern world they mend."


Turquoise is a delightful tributary to hike back into, with lots of great views down into the Tapeats narrows and across the very narrow canyon. The big natural rock tank near the trail junction was a delightful place to rest and filter water - with some amorous frogs to keep us entertained and plenty of beautiful ledges to rest on.

After departing Turquoise, the trail becomes more Tonto like than ever, with a long, relatively flat hike around Castor Temple. It started to get quite hot, and so when we started back into Sapphire, we were really hoping for a shady afternoon siesta. The canyon is quite open compared to the previous Tapeats gorges, though, and the floor is baking in the sun...

...except for the space just under 2 Apache pines at the base of the canyon just below the trail crossings. Glorious pine tree shade! We napped until the sun dipped behind the walls of the rim, then gathered water from the slick rock pools upstream. We hiked on, determined to make enough miles to give us some room for a trip to the river the next day, and we ended up at a glorious rock shelf suspended in the middle of the rocky and dry Agate Canyon.

That night, we played with our headlamps and long-exposure camera shots to pay tribute to our lost comrade. We watched the stars (so brilliant with the late moon rise) and contemplated the nature of the universe that was laid out before us.

Then its back on the Tonto - singing my new lyrics and enjoying the eternal views. Scylla Butte made me think of my favorite Stripey Butte on the AZT Passage 17a, and it made me miss my hiking buddy even more.

"I'm out here on the wide plateau,
how far it goes, it's hard to know
you walk until your feet can go no more.
The side creeks all fall into line
already eight, or was it nine?
the Tonto always has some more in store."


Water was plentiful in Slate Creek, once you get down to it. Of course, like all of the Tonto canyons that deliver a big drop through the Tapeats to get to their floor, you get a nice healthy climb to get back out and up on the plateau again. By this time, though, we were feeling quite strong and it was fun to climb. Besides, it was but a warm up for the big show coming our way at Boucher Creek.

Hiking around Marsh Butte involves navigating some massive landslides that are reasonably recent as Grand Canyon landslides go. We picked our way through boulder fields and dry moraines, hiding from the intense sun under the cover of my umbrella. rounding the corner into Boucher is like entering a whole new type of canyon - the amphitheater created by Topaz and Boucher Creek is MASSIVE, crowned by Vesta Temple.

The descent into Boucher follows a huge collapse in the Tapeats that keeps you looking upstream in Topaz Canyon. It was steep and rugged enough to motivate us to put away the umbrellas and use both poles (and our full concentration) on keeping our feet where they belonged and our pumpkins off the dirt. There was nowhere to hide from the shade, except for about a 3 square foot space at the base of a boulder, where we found our companion John resting and waiting for us to finish the descent. Then we headed over to the babbling base of Boucher Creek to top off our water bottles, dump water over our dry, sweaty heads, and begin the final descent to the river (at last! The river!).

The hike from Boucher creek to the beach is a beautiful and easy walk down the gravel creek bed. I didn't bother to keep my feet dry, but enjoyed the cool water washing through my shoes and soaking my socks. There were lots of new flowers and plants down here, including some gorgeous scarlet monkey flower. By the time we made the beach, there was ample shade and just enough sun to indulge the skinny dipper in the party.

We watched a boat trip run the rapid, wistfully I might add, wishing that we could ride along (freezing water notwithstanding). Though I'd originally intended to camp upstream of the creek confluence, I'd completely forgotten about the GIANT beach downstream. The boys went off exploring and their excited discovery of a practically virgin stretch of white sand where the boaters usually camped got us to pack up what we'd spread out and move. Thus ensued one of the more delightful nights I've ever spent backpacking - with barefoot dancing on the beach, long ballads being sung and Scat Daddy's first cowboy's night out (of the tent). The rapid sang us to sleep and woke us in the morning again, refreshed, rehydrated and ready to climb.

"I'm still singing this here country song,
aren't you glad you've come along
on my travels through the canyon wide?
Camped under a starlit sky
the sand is soft, the hikers high
I wish the boats could offer me a ride..."


Day 5: Finishing the Tonto
The day went precisely as planned. We woke early, followed the winding stream up to its travertine dome and ate breakfast next to a gushing waterfall. We explored the ruins of Boucher's cabin briefly before beginning the climb back out of the canyon behind White's Butte. Then it was across the Tonto again to the next (dry) tributary. There's a beautiful if small campsite at Travertine which was still in the shade when we arrived at lunch time, so we took our siesta there. It was a little difficult to be still, knowing that I was so SO close to my finish point, but the clouds which had kept us cool in the first part of the day had burned off and hiding from that sun was a important part of keeping things fun. Once the death-orb had moved into position to erase our shade, we picked up and started the final leg into Hermit Creek and my last little piece of un-explored Tonto Trail.

I loved the little stretch that skirted the cliffs just above Hermit Rapid, ducking around an ancient juniper that clung to the slopes like a stubborn old man. My vertigo liked it less, though, so I didn't linger. By 3:45 we were in Hermit Camp, doing my happy dance and throwing Wendy's all over the place like I'd done something special. Yes - I was doing the happy dance with my pack ON - that's how excited I was!

We managed to snag the awesome ledge camp just as it got shady and we settled in for a delightful afternoon and evening of story swapping and booze finishing. A wonderful night's sleep was all that was in between me and the only part of this trip that I hadn't looked forward to: the hike out on the Hermit Trail.

Day 6: Did I Mention I Hate Hiking Out Hermit?
Okay... I guess this has become an epically long trip log, and all you really need to know at this point is that I successfully hiked out the Hermit Trail. We did have one fun encounter along the way: a young woman who was traveling from Grandview to Hermit met us on our hike up. She was a solo hiker from Australia by way of British Colombia, and would be traveling into the canyon once more the next day to help bring some food down to a group traveling very slowly from South Bass and out the Bright Angel. She was fun to talk to, and we helped her a little with rides once we got to the rim.

The Hermit is just a frustrating hike out. I actually enjoy the Cathedral Stairs...it's those "paved" ramps in the Coconino that really kill me. My feet don't like that steeply angled tread, I'd rather do steps up any day. But, for all the bitching it wasn't that bad and we were out in time for showers before grabbing an early dinner in Tusayan.

"As I climb all those Cathedral Stairs
the condors circle up in pairs
but they won't get a feast from me today.
I'm feeling good and pretty strong,
though the canyon sometimes proves me wrong
I think I'm gonna make it all the way"


As the sun set on yet another wonderful adventure in the canyon I began thinking about my next big goals, both in the canyon and beyond. I hope all of them provide me with as much challenge, satisfaction and sheer magnificent beauty that this one has.

But maybe, if at all possible, a couple fewer side canyons.

"I'll be back, I don't know when
to hike the Grand Canyon again
You know, I just can't seem to stay away.
There's something there I can't resist
a special kind of magic bliss
Come with me friend next time, and we will play...

...another stupid country song,
I promise it won't be so long,
but then again I always tend to lie.
I'm better off just walking there
deep inside the great rock lair
lets go and hike the canyon one more time.
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Garter Snake
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Prickly pear and black sage were blooming a lot. Cliff rose and the redbuds in the canyons up above the plateau.

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Flowing nicely at the trail crossing

dry Topaz Canyon Dry Dry

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No flow - 200+ gallons in rock pool above trail junction
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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Volunteer avatar Mar 20 2016
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Worked the Oracle Ridge passage between American Flag Ranch and the High Jinx ranch with our steward conference group. What a great day to be on the trail!

BTW - if you've never visited the Kannally Ranch House in Oracle State Park, you should make a special trip. What a fantastic place!
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Happy Valley Lookout, AZ 
Happy Valley Lookout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2016
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Wanted a challenging day hike in the Rincons, but my hiking buddy wasn't quite at the Rincon Peak level yet...so we picked something that was just a touch easier. Happy Valley Lookout from Miller Creek is still not a walk in the park, but what a beautiful hike in the National Park it is! Lovely views from just about every step of the way and plenty of elevation to get your heart pumping. Not a bad Tuesday!
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Still early at the higher elevations, but we were seeing some early paintbrush.

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Catalinas Petroglyph Ramble, AZ 
Catalinas Petroglyph Ramble, AZ
 
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Walked about in the foothills of the Catalinas outside of Catalina State Park looking at petroglyphs and having fun with the ladies.
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Centennial Saguaro Survey, AZ 
Centennial Saguaro Survey, AZ
 
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Lead a group of 25 volunteers (yes - holy cow!) on a trip out to a pretty remote and rugged plot to count and measure saguaros for Saguaro National Park and the AZT. We had a gnarly piece of territory to cover, but we had a great day for it and some pretty darned hearty volunteers. I was so worried about the heat (it was 92deg just 1 day before), but afternoon clouds rolled in and gave us just enough relief.

It was fun to learn even more about saguaros and their habitat. Also, it was fun to revisit a small piece of the Rincon Creek trail, which we were able to access in Park Service vehicles.

You know you've done well when the teenagers say it was fun. :y:
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Mostly brittlebrush, fairy duster and ocotillo - but there were a few little gems too.
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Colorado - Hoover to Willow Beach AZ, AZ 
Colorado - Hoover to Willow Beach AZ, AZ
 
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We'd originally planned to kayak the Topock Gorge, but our outfitter cancelled the trip. We found another group with an opening for a Black Canyon trip, so we jumped on it. Michelle felt a little bad about making me do this trip again, since I've already done it twice, and I had a hard time convincing her that it wasn't at all a disappointment. That is, until we were on the water and she realized what an awesome trip Black Canyon is!

The last 2 trips, I was in a canoe loaded down with car-camping style camping gear. Paddling that stretch was physically difficult, and especially the piece once you get down to lake water again was just torture. This time, in a light weight and nimble kayak, without any real gear and a slight tailwind, it was a breeze! I had so much fun with just the paddling that I swore to never set foot in a canoe again (of course, I'm not good at keeping those kinds of promises).

We stopped at the canyons up near the dam and played in the hot water, but we weren't really in the mood for "soaking". Besides, the zoo we'd seen at Arizona Hot Springs made us a little leery. It seems, though, that Sunday was much less popular - we didn't see anyone on the beach even at AZ Hot Spring canyon.

Such a nice day paddling on the river - I highly recommend it as a day trip for fit kayakers rather than forcing it to be an overnight with tons of gear. Of course, I've yet to try it as a kayak with backpacking style gear - so maybe there is a happier medium there. It's worth a try - particularly for the beauty of the canyon and the song of the canyon wren.
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Arizona Hot Springs via White Rock CanyonNorthwest, AZ
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Returned to this fun hike, starting this time from the parking area off of Highway 93 and hiking down to the springs and back. I was amazed when I drove past the day before how many cars were in the parking lot. It must be a very popular hike now, and I imagine that the parking lot and signs have done a lot to ruin the quiet of this slot canyon.

Hike was still nice, though, and because of the narrow winding character of the canyon, we seldom saw the other people on the trail before and behind us. When we got to the hotspring, however, holy wow what a freaking zoo! We elected not to ascend the ladder (there was a very long wait to anyway) and instead went down to the river and ate our lunch in peace.

I was with my friend Michelle, who has done very little hiking with me, and she loved the canyon. It's a great trip for non-hikers, since it offers some amazing scenery, easy walking and a great payoff at the end (either the river or the spring are worth the trip).

Trash is becoming a real problem in this canyon, and I imagine it doesn't flash often enough to keep things clean. I wanted to make up a brochure about packing out toilet paper and hand it to everyone I saw. It just gets SO FREAKING GROSS after a while.
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Looking good for a few weeks from now.

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Hassayampa River PreservePhoenix, AZ
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I finally had time while driving past the Preserve to stop and take a wander. Usually, I'm hell-bent for one place or another, but today the cottonwoods were calling and I listened. Glad I did, too - what a delightful little hike!

It only took me an hour and a half to wander all of the trails, but I can see how you could stay much longer - especially if you were taking the time to snap photos and ID birds. For me, it was just a nice stretch of the legs on a long car trip. The trails are all very easy to follow, well marked and for the most part nearly flat. I climbed up to the high point and had to laugh at the "it gets steep here" warning. Ample benches for sitting and tons of shade would make this place pleasant even in warmer months.

I'm amazed at how early the cottonwoods are budding out this year. It shouldn't be surprising given the warm weather, but I thought they'd be smarter than that. We all know that there'll be a cold snap around Easter...
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Lots of green that will turn into flowers soon!

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Alamo Canyon - AZT #17Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Lead a group of folks along my favorite AZT passage to celebrate Superior's LOST Trail event. I was the leader on the "slow hike", which meant we spent plenty of time looking at rocks and cactus, sexing jojobas and petting the desert with our feet. Love it!

It was killer warm, though! Wow - 80+ in FEB!
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Alamo Canyon - AZT #17Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Lovely walk from Superior to Kelvin. For my 4th or 5th trip (I've lost count), I joined the Donkeybelles group, which includes Jasmine the mini-donkey and her followers. It was great fun, and added a lot of variety to the days.

Weather was bitterly cold at night. I guessed that the first night got to around 20deg - there were water bottles frozen solid and hard sheets of ice on my bivy sack as well as the light frost. Cold cold cold! The miracle of a good sleeping bag!

Wildflowers are beginning to bloom in the lower elevations, with some poppies and a few lupines showing color as well as promise of more. One penstemon and a handful of blackfoot daisies joined in. It was a wonderful sight!

We also found water in a number of places where we've not seen water before, or only seen bare puddles. Trough Springs, though, at the FR4 junction, is probably dead. Nothing left there but a smelly spring box with a damp base. Too bad. Reporting water sightings to the AZT water report.

Other note, I found great success with compression socks and my new Altra hikers. Kept my feet from swelling nearly as badly, and I got only a couple of blisters on the final day. Bad news is that I can't pair them with toesocks, and that's where the blisters came from. Oh well, trade one for the other and treat with chemistry. Might be the easiest solution!
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Wildflowers are beginning to bloom in the lower elevations, with some poppies and a few lupines showing color as well as promise of more. One penstemon and a handful of blackfoot daisies joined in. It was a wonderful sight!

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Rincon Valley - AZT #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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This is one passage I've been needing to do, and figured it was a great way to check out a new sock/shoe combo that's aimed at addressing foot issues I've been having on long, flat hikes.

It's a lovely walk, though I can certainly see why its more popular with cyclists. Its just that kind of long walk through the desert. Even on a weekday, I saw 8-10 cyclists out there, and only one other group of hikers (who were with a recreation group for disabled adults).

I did have one thought as I walked toward the Rincons across that amazing valley... If you've come to AZ from far away and believe it's essentially flat, then the Huachucas would have been your first surprise. THESE mountains, though, with their sheer mass and unavoidable flank would be pretty intimidating. The uninitiated might even think "What the pumpkin did I get myself into?"

Love it!
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Very small seedlings - may be a late bloom if at all this year.

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La Milagrosa / Agua Caliente Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
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What a fantastic day in the granite goodness that is the Agua Caliente Hill area (I don't know - is that the Santa Catalinas, Rincons, both or neither?).

Tons of water from the snow still melting just a few hundred feet above our heads. The road to Mt. Lemmon actually closed just after noon on that day because it was so crowded up there... We were glad to be down in the desert.

I'm sure it was amusing to watch us try to keep our feet dry at first... We took of shoes and socks for the first few crossings. Then we got to the multiple crossings at Agua Cailente canyon and decided that it was going to be wet feet or retreat. Sirena and I don't have retreat in our skill set - so we plunged in, got wet, and enjoyed the heck out of it. Lilo, my trusted 4 legged companion, most nobly tested the water's depth for us first (I think she was a bit puzzled as to why we were making such a fuss of the water's temperature).

All in all, a fantastic short day hike with big payoffs no matter the season. Someone took the tequila from Tequila Spring, though - left nothing but a glass knuckle locked to a tree. :(
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Clear Creek Trail - GCNPNorthwest, AZ
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My day hike on the "day off" on the GCHBA volunteer event. Originally wanted to do something more ambitious, but conditions did not help me out, so I hiked out Clear Creek a ways. Always a spectacular trip - I love me some Tonto plateau walkin'!
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Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Hiked into Bright Angel CG/Phantom Ranch for a week-long volunteer project with the GCHBA. We did the usual ditch clearing, tree trimming, trail repair and maintenance tasks in between rainstorms and flooded campsites. It's always great to work with the folks from the GCHBA, and even better to get to spend a week at Bright Angel CG and the bottom of the Grand Canyon!

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Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
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Finally made it to the Summit of AC Hill :y: . Couldn't believe my luck considering it was mid-May, the weather was amAZing!
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Mazatzal Divide - AZT #23Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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5 Days of hiking on the rugged Mazzies passages of the AZT in BEAUTIFUL conditions! Joined by Rob the Wilderness Vagabond, it was a slower-paced adventure than I've had lately, and I loved every second of it. This trip was a plan-B from our original intent of the Gems in the Grand Canyon. That one continues to elude...

Day 1: Peeley to Ridge at Mile 4.5 Joe Longbotham was a saint and shuttled us from Doll Baby to Peely TH where he was going to be working on cutting deadfall. We ran into THE Shawn Redfield installing a new sign just above the trailhead, so it was like a superstar AZT day! Hike was beautiful, though slightly more work once we passed where Joe'd cleared. That man is a machine with his hand-saw. Our ridge camp was perfect with views of the lake and a slow sunset. Perfect warm-up day for Rob, who was recovering from a nasty head cold (which was why we weren't at the Gems).

Day 2: To Bear Spring (5.2 miles) After a day tromping through some rugged burned forest, the small patch of remnant trees at Bear Spring feels like a bit of paradise! The spring itself was a bit cloudy but smelled sweet enough. We collected plenty of water then settled in for an easy camp. A trio of through-hikers stopped by, and after a bit of banter it turned out that the 4th (who was shortly to arrive) was a friend who'd worked with me on my AZT passage last year. It was nice to visit with Cindy (Salsa) and her companions Twix, Olive Oyl and Happy Tree and hear some of their stories of the hike so far. They had miles to make, so they blasted off before dark and Rob and I had a delicious dinner next to a modest campfire (it got darned cold!).

Day 3: To Horse Apple Camp...er...Horse Camp Seep (9.8 miles) From Rob's journal: " Randy of Doll Baby Ranch grins and points past the cantankerous mule, who apparently has no interest in a bareback ride, to the green splotch on the hill above, pointing out the Chilson Spring box on the hillside. Soon Mike, Randy, and Denny pull the folding chairs under the spreading oak and Alligator and roll out the Western." We shared a delightful afternoon (and a pull of whiskey) with some cowboys supporting a hiking group at Chilson Camp. We almost took their invite to stay for green chili chicken enchiladas out of the Dutch oven, but like the girls from the night before, we had some miles to cover. Once we arrived at Horse Camp we were glad we'd moved on - the clear pools of cold water in polished quartzite offered a chance to wash up a touch, and the froggies sang us to sleep.

Day 4: Past the seep to the head of Boarding House Canyon (9.4 miles) Long distance views enthralled us, and the shade of the Park gave us a delightful rest from the warm day (how can it be so HOT during the day and so COLD at night?). This part of the trail was rougher than what's come before - more downed trees, a loose rocky descent that has us swearing and watching our ankles, confusion at washed out stream bed crossings. THIS is rugged country - Arizona that hasn't been completely tamed by day hikers and trail runners. Yes! We exchange notes with another through-hiker, Sandpiper, who's running out to make LF Ranch in time to visit with family in Payson.

Day 5:Falling into the LF Ranch (9.7 miles) It's pretty rugged out to Brush Spring, where a hive of angry bees have taken over the best campsite under the old oak. We let them have it. Then the descent from the heights of the Mazatzal to the banks of the East Verde teaches us who is boss in this country. It's steep, relentless, thorny and covered in thick brush. At one point, I really hate it. I have my umbrella out for shade against the ceaseless sun, but I have to collapse it often to crash through the brush which is over my 5'3" crown. But we make the base and stroll into the LF with bruised feet and light hearts knowing we've got a spot at Mary Ann's bunkhouse. She makes us biscuits and beans and we spin tales with Sandpiper and our host into the hours where the stars rein.

Day 6: Back to Doll Baby (3.4 miles)We take the river trail short cut back to the road which saves us a bit of miles and at least one extra climb. Then we decide to take a few extra minutes and check out the hilltop ruin that both Joe and Mary Ann told us how to find. Spanish Fort is neither Spanish, nor a Fort, but it makes for a fun diversion anyway. From there, its a quick walk back to our cars, where we can shed our dirty duds before heading into Payson for some non-dehydrated Mexican fare.

What a great way to enjoy AZ - with good company, chance encounters and a million great images burned into my memory!
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Mostly cactus blooms with a few wildflowers along the way

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Azt 14 & 15, AZ 
Azt 14 & 15, AZ
 
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Through hiked 14&15 during a perfect wildflower season with AWESOME company... Probably one of the most fun group-backpacks I've ever had. We all had similar hiking styles and speeds for the most part, and the miles fell away like butter. Well, maybe not all of them :)

Day 1: 14.25 miles on Passage 14. We started with Scott, Roger, India, myself and a tag-along for part of the day named Mark (I think that was his name...you know how I am with names!). He left us at Tucson Wash. We had great hiking conditions, and we knew we had to make some miles even after setting up shuttles in the morning. Luckily, there's nothing in those first 14 miles that is going to hurt too much. There was even evidence of some recent and good quality trail maintenance in the first miles. We averaged about 2.5mph and made camp in the waning light after filling up a few miles earlier at a very full and pretty Mountain View Tank.

Day 2: 14+ miles to Freeman Road. We spent some time exploring around camp, including checking out a massive (and relatively fresh) fallen saguaro, but waited on breakfast to try to get an earlier start. After we crossed the massive sandy expanse of Camp Grant wash and headed up Bloodsucker we found Cow Head tank, which was very nice and full as well - though some of us decided to wait until Beehive and regretted it. Breakfast in the shade of a big mesquite at Cowhead was delightful. Beehive was full but quite green and slow to filter, even in our gravity system. We saw some GET hikers off in the distance, but they left before saying hello (freaking through hikers...as if ;) ). Began the very long, if admittedly kind climb out of Camp Grant drainage to the shoulder of Antelope Peak. We ran into another GET through hiker and Jan and Joan, who were doing a hike of the AZT SoBo from Superior.

On the slopes of Antelope, we started to get sprinkled on by the high, whispy clouds. It was completely unexpected, and felt more like hiking in a virga than getting wet. Scott was finished at Freeman - he'd already conquered 15 - and we picked up Joe. They both had great snacks for us in the car, and we filled up on water an eats and made our camp by a particularly spectacular sunset.

Day 3: After 2 big days (for us at least), we decided to go for a short one on day 3, a decision made easier by the weight of 8 liters of water in our packs. About an hour into the day, I stopped to adjust my pack and found a hole in one of my water bladders... a frustrating discovery. (It was made even more frustrating by the fact that I ended up not really needing that much water since it was fairly cool all day.) We lunched at the boulders, where we rested tired feet and enjoyed the meager shade provided. It wasn't hot - but it was bright 'brella weather, and escaping the sun was starting to become something of a dance.

At about 9.5 miles from Freeman, we made camp in a sandy wash bottom. Temps dropped low enough in the wash to freeze the condensate on our sleeping bags (those of us who slept out anyhow). Note to self: you know better than to sleep in a wash bottom when it's cool out. Another note to self: the old, old 20 degree bag is probably close to needing retirement now.

Day 4: It would have been a 10 mile day, but a little lost trail detour while ticking off miles under the power lines added a mile and a half. We also checked out a water source (dirt tank) just off the trail that wasn't on any of our literature - and added a little more there. It looked like a good tank - nice sized and cleaner than some of the cement ones we'd seen so far.

We're starting to see more wildflowers - in particular lots of beautiful blooming yuccas. We loved the descent into Ripsey in the afternoon light - with fun canyons and big saguaros. We passed up the metal tank at 17.2, thinking there'd be good water ahead. Then we missed the turn off for the larger tank at 17.6, leaving us dependent upon the tank in Ripsey wash. There was water there, but it was shallow and smelled like cow. We pre-filtered, then used my gravity filter, then ran it through the charcoal filter. Guess what. It still smelled like...you guessed it...the back end of a cow.

Even gatorade couldn't touch that.

We made a nice camp on a shelf just above the wash bottom (we learn fast) before the trail turned up to climb "The Big Hill".

Day 5: Started the morning with a climb up the Big Hill and loved ourselves all over for waiting. The climb was cool, much of it in the shade - the flowers were welcoming and lovely and we had a grand time both up AND down the hill. Can't recommend this strategy enough - especially considering how long the ridgeline is on the other side of the hill and how windy camping up there would have been.

It was a great day - we had fun rescuing helium balloons (which still held enough gas to have fun on) and taking tons of flower pictures. We traded out skanky cow water for fresh bottled water at the cache at the Florence-Kelvin Highway (just enough to get us to the end) and trucked through the desert to the bridge. We'd parked at the parking lot beyond the bridge so we could really get the whole passage done, but my feet wished I'd parked at the highway.

We were in time for pizza at Old Town (and salad, and fried pickles, and fried cheese curds). Then we drove everyone back to their cars and were home in time for dinner. Good days on the trail. I needed to get out and clear my head, and I returned feeling like myself for the first time in months. Hiking really IS better and cheaper than therapy.
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Good shows on the northern end of 15 - light shows in the lower elevations. Above 3000' was still pretty bleak, though.

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Muddy on edges but clear

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Green and lots of bees

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Windmill is gone (fallen over) if I'm in the right place

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Oracle - AZT #13Tucson, AZ
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Spent mom's birthday hiding on the trail - my favorite way to cover up for any bad days! This time, I went the correct way at the trailhead (lol) - probably because I had others with me who were better at navigation than I am. Great to hike, warm day meant I even needed my 'brella. One more AZT passage down!
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The Window via VentanaTucson, AZ
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Lead 2 other intrepid hikers up to the Window for an ABC event. Weather was PERFECT...cloudy for the ascent, not windy at the window. Saw no snow or signs of snow, which is a little depressing given the date. Some signs of wildflowers in the canyon below and tons of buffelgrass on Cardiac Hill. Love this hike - always gives me a good swift kick where I need it!
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Just a few starting in the lower part of the canyon... Wiry lotus was looking good

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More water than I've seen in quite a while!
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