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354 triplogs
Nov 29 2013
MEWhiteman
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking4.42 Miles 834 AEG
Hiking4.42 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.88 mph
834 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Exercise hike.
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Nov 25 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sonoran Preserve - Peak 2383Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2013
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Hiking5.99 Miles 1,042 AEG
Hiking5.99 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.07 mph
1,042 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Exercise hike. Out & back.
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Nov 19 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2013
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Hiking5.38 Miles 641 AEG
Hiking5.38 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.40 mph
641 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
Exercise hike. Did west loop with Ocotillo and Sidewinder Trails.
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Nov 15 2013
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 Photos 802
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Union Hills LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking4.75 Miles 839 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   3.06 mph
839 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Exercise hike for Sam & I.
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Nov 09 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Ocotillo Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2013
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Hiking5.54 Miles 757 AEG
Hiking5.54 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   3.05 mph
757 ft AEG
 
Sam & I attended the grand opening of the new Apache Wash trailhead today and then did a 5.5 mile loop hike.

The new trailhead is very nice. It has plenty of parking for cars and horse traiers, bathrooms, and shade but no water. The opening was well attended and plenty of people took advantage of the trails. The trailhead is located off Sonoran Desert Drive which runs from Cave Creek Road to North Valley Parkway. An exit off I-17 will provide access from the west later this year when a new connector is opened. The GPS coordinates of the trailhead are N 33 46.103 W 112 02.654. Directions from the east from today's paper are: 1600 E. Sonoran Desert Drive, Phoe­nix. From Loop 101 in north Phoenix, take Cave Creek Road (Exit 28) and go 4.5 miles north to Sonoran Desert Drive. Turn left (west) and continue 3.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. I'll update these and also provide directions from the west when the new connector to I-17 opens in December.

Our hike was a 5.5 mile loop utilizing the Ocotillo, Ridgeback, Sidewinder and Apache Vista trails. It was fairly easy hiking with some nice views.
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Oct 26 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Pine Mountain - AZT #21Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 26 2013
MEWhiteman
Backpack20.33 Miles 2,605 AEG
Backpack20.33 Miles2 Days         
2,605 ft AEG27 LBS Pack
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Tom & I knocked off another passage (21) on the AZT this weekend. We're up to 70% done. We dropped one car at Bushnell Tanks Rd (FR22) and drove up the hill from the Punkin Center side. We drove 7 miles out on FR422 to cache water at Little Pine Flat and 9 miles back to the Pigeon Spring TH. This was a SLOW drive, 1-1/2 hours, so we got started at noon rather than the 11:00am I had planned.

From Pigeon Spring TH the trail follows dirt roads for 11.5 miles which isn't too interesting especially with the motorized traffic but there are some good views. We camped on Little Pine Flats which we made at 3:30pm. It was a quiet night but long given the shorter days this time of year. Day 1 was 8.76 miles and 1,286' aeg.

On day 2 we completed the passage. There were good views today also. The trail was faint in places for the first .9 miles after it left FR422 until it crossed Boulder Creek for the first time. Then it is easy to follow until it gets into the open. We kept losing the trail here and were glad we had our GPS units with the track. There was a lot of cats claw there too. After crossing Sycamore Creek there was one last hill which was not a long climb but it beat me up. I was definitely tired when we got back to the car. Day 2 was 11.57 miles and 1,319' aeg.

Glad to have this one done. Time to plan the next trip in March.
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Oct 23 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Ocotillo Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2013
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Hiking5.43 Miles 647 AEG
Hiking5.43 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.43 mph
647 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
Exercise hike.
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Oct 19 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Watershed Trail #299Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,285 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   2.43 mph
1,285 ft AEG
 
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Sam & I did this hike to complete another segment of the Prescott Circle Trail (PCT). According to the PCT Guide a new section of trail was supposed to be completed late summer to take the PCT off the motorized Watershed and Seven Mile Gulch trails. That is why we left if for our last hike in Prescott this year. However, as of 10/19/13, it is not finished. There is no indication at the trailhead that the trail ends abruptly. We followed the new trail which begins just to the north of the Watershed Trail beginning. There is a carsonite post showing it is non-motorized but giving no name or number. I asked one of the mountain bikers we met what it would be called. According to her is will be the Watershed Trail #299, so it is a reroute of this trail. I knew from the PCT Guide that the new trail will end at the junction of the Ranch and Seven Mile Gulch trails. I loaded tracks for the Watershed, Seven Mile Gulch and Ranch trails on my GPS so I'd know where I was in relation to them. That came in handy.

We followed the new trail for 1.7 miles to where the improved part ended. It was flagged for another .5 mile. Then we were able to follow a "path" of what seemed to be the trail for another .5 mile. After that we lost it. We followed the contours up the hill to the Seven Mile Gulch Trail which we were close to but came out near its junction with the Watershed. We went north to the junction with the Ranch Trail. There we found an improved section of new trail where the new Watershed will join up. We continued on the Ranch Trl to the Boy Scout Trl to complete the segment. Then we returned to the car back the way we came but following the old Watershed Trail.

In looking at my track we were pretty close but we went up a valley when we should have followed the side of another hill. It was tough to tell on the small GPS screen and we were tired of bushwacking.

This will be a nice section of trail with nice views to the west.
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Oct 15 2013
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 Photos 802
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Cholla Loop Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.09 Miles 1,040 AEG
Hiking5.09 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.05 mph
1,040 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Exercise hike.
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Oct 12 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
West Spruce Trail #264Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking6.33 Miles 1,516 AEG
Hiking6.33 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.62 mph
1,516 ft AEG
 
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Sam and I hiked from the trailhead 3.16 miles to a high point and they hiked back. It was a great hike. The weather was cool, 46 degrees at the TH, great views, lots of shade and patches of snow.
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Oct 08 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Union Hills LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.28 Miles 1,041 AEG
Hiking5.28 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.17 mph
1,041 ft AEG
 
Exercise hike.
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Oct 05 2013
MEWhiteman
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking6.08 Miles 828 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   3.32 mph
828 ft AEG
 
Did a loop from the 14th Street access on the Sidewinder, Ocotillo, Apache Vista, Ridgeback and Ridgeback Overlook trails. Saw lots of mountain bikers but only one other hiker. Nice cool temps for a hike in the valley.
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Sep 28 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Mescal Trail #547Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking6.20 Miles 990 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.76 mph
990 ft AEG
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Sam & I did a loop made up of the Mescal, Upper Mescal and Bug Hollow Trails. There was a little road walking to connect parts of the loop. It was a nice hike with shade. The temps were in the 50s which made it pleasant. Had lunch at the Haunted Hamburger in Jerome afterwards.
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Sep 24 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sonoran Preserve - Peak 2383Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking7.09 Miles 967 AEG
Hiking7.09 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.15 mph
967 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Exercise hike to summit, then Cactus Wren Trail and return. Nice, pleasant temperatures this am. Lots of mountain bikers on the trail today.
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Sep 20 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Union Hills LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking4.74 Miles 796 AEG
Hiking4.74 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   3.09 mph
796 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Exercise hike.
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Sep 14 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 14 2013
MEWhiteman
Backpack21.60 Miles 3,125 AEG
Backpack21.60 Miles2 Days         
3,125 ft AEG28 LBS Pack
 
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Tom & I finally got together on another AZT backpack. This time we were joined by Tom's friend Julie, a new backpacker. We did this passage north to south because it was the easier direction on paper. While easier I'd still rate it as difficult. There was a lot of ups and downs that really tired us out. To be honest we weren't in the best of condition. The last time we backpacked was 11 months ago. Tom has been dealing with a sore back and leg since last spring which has improved enough for him to hit the trail. I was just getting over a cold and hadn't done any hikes over 7.5 miles for a long time.

There were several reroutes on the trail to avoid eroded areas which increased the mileage beyond the official mileage. The AEG southbound was quite a bit higher than the guide book stated. However, even the longer mileage and increased AEG didn't detract too much from the beauty of this section. There were great vistas to the south and interesting cliffs to the north. Also much of the passage was in pine forest providing some shade. It showered the first day and I used my rain suit. It threatened the second day and I planned NOT to use my rain suit so the rain would cool me off, but it didn't rain.

Day 1: Left the FR300 trailhead about 10:45am. The first descent was tricky because it was steep, rocky and had loose soil due to recent rains. We missed one of the reroute on our way down but did see where it rejoined the trail at the bottom of the descent. We got water at N. Sycamore Creek and decided to camp near Bray Creek. It was late, 5:30pm, and we were really tired. There was plenty of water about .2 miles south along the pipe where there is a tank. We could hear the water running in the pipe all the time we were there. 9.30 miles, 1,301' aeg.

Day 2: Left the camp at about 7:45am. We refilled water at Webber Creek and took a break. Took another break at Pine Spring for lunch where Tom found the spring up the hill from the trail. I went ahead stopping every mile or so for short rests. There was water in the tank at Red Rock Spring which was the last water I saw. I reached the car at 3:15pm or so. Tom and Julie arrived a few minutes later and it was off to Mamajoes Italian Grill in Strawberry for an early dinner. 12.30 miles, 1,824' aeg.

Good trip. Very tiring but the views were worth the effort.

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I did not see the spring but Tom found it above the trail and indicated there was plenty of water.

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Didn't test the flow but the tank was full to capacity.

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Sep 10 2013
MEWhiteman
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2013
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Hiking6.54 Miles 1,026 AEG
Hiking6.54 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   3.11 mph
1,026 ft AEG
 
Did a loop from the 10th Street access on the Sidewinder, Ocotillo, Ridgeback and Ridgeback Loop trails in the couterclockwise direction. The city has not distinguished the Ridgeback Loop trail as a separate trail from the Ridgeback Trail as on the maps. The trail markers are all for the Ridgeback.

This was a nice day for a hike. It rained yesterday and the temps were cool for September in Phoenix with some cloud cover.
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Sep 07 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2013
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Hiking7.11 Miles 721 AEG
Hiking7.11 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   2.81 mph
721 ft AEG
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Sam & I hiked this one today. Lots of swimmers and campers hiking the trail as well.
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Sep 04 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.36 Miles 596 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.22 mph
596 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
Exercise loop. Sidewinder to Ocotillo and back to 7th Ave and Carefree Hwy.
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Aug 30 2013
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Union Hills LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking4.76 Miles 806 AEG
Hiking4.76 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.72 mph
806 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Exercise hike
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