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May 05 2021
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 Moab, UT
Delicate ArchSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 05 2021
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Hiking3.12 Miles 576 AEG
Hiking3.12 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   1.75 mph
576 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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The last day of a friend's visit, we got to the Delicate Arch parking lot at 7 a.m., and it was 2/3 full. I had tried to interest her in getting there by 6 a.m., but she hadn't slept well, and needed more time to get ready. There were plenty of people along the trail, but not an onerous number. It wasn't the continuous line I have heard about.

After seeing the arch, we arrived back at the parking lot around 9 a.m. It was full, with cars searching for parking spaces, and a ranger was out front directing traffic. We had also seen two rangers hiking up the trail as we hiked down it.

On the way back out of the park at 9:30 a.m. (this is on a Wed., mind you) the line of cars going into the park stretched all the way down to the stoplight. Many times lately, they have had to close the park by 10 a.m., until some people leave, because there simply isn't enough parking in there. There was also a considerable amount of traffic heading north through town as we headed back to my place. Much less southbound traffic.

Next time I go into Arches I'll get there at 5:30 a.m., but I haven't figured out which hike to do next. They just reopened the Fiery Furnace recently, for which you need a permit. I would like to see some more of the arches, also.

You won't believe what it's like here unless you come here and see it for yourself. I'm fortunate to have a place to live that's very quiet, private and out of the way, yet is right in town.

Oh, you wanted to know about the hike? You hike up, you see the arch, and then you hike down (standing aside for many others). Then you go to the visitors' center, intending to buy a "Been There Done That" t-shirt, only to find that the NPS now stocks low quality stuff, and charges 30 bucks for it. I bought a postcard, and we left.
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May 04 2021
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 Moab, UT
Colorado River - Moab Bridge to Gold Bar, UT 
Colorado River - Moab Bridge to Gold Bar, UT
 
Kayak avatar May 04 2021
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Kayak11.34 Miles
Kayak11.34 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   2.65 mph
      46 Mns Break
 
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This paddle is always a nice one on a busy day in Moab. It's very likely you'll have the river to yourself, while people nearby on the trails and roads are experiencing crowds and traffic. We saw no other boats. We took out at Gold Bar Campground, but I don't recommend this at low water, unless you are able to easily carry your kayak. Although the water has been coming up, it was under 4,000 cfs yesterday, much too low to fill the side channel to the boat ramp at Gold Bar (see satellite GPS route.)

Last time I did this, I took out at Potash (Jackson) Landing, but that's 17 miles, a bit of a slog, what with the upstream breeze. So we opted for the shorter trip, but then had to carry/wheel the boats quite a distance across the sandbar.

It was a gorgeous day, as you can see. Perfect temperature! We enjoyed seeing the climbers on the cliffs at "Wall Street" from the vantage point of the river.

Last time, I saw an otter. This time we saw just the usual herons, plus turkey vultures and ravens.
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May 03 2021
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 Moab, UT
Bighorn Point Trail - Deadhorse Point SP, UT 
Bighorn Point Trail - Deadhorse Point SP, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 03 2021
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Hiking3.55 Miles 286 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.52 mph
286 ft AEG
 
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A friend is visiting me here in Moab. It's hard to figure out where to take her in ONLY 3 days of hiking and paddling. Since I have a friend who's a ranger at Dead Horse Point State Park who lets me in for free, we decided to check it out. (We contributed to the park by buying t-shirts.) My ranger friend recommended the Bighorn Point Trail, since it's a great view, without being crowded. Good advice. Although we saw other hikers, there weren't many. Included in my GPS route is the walk out to the point right next to the visitor center.

There's no parking at the trailhead, which starts in the Kayenta Campground, so you have to park by the visitor center, and walk there, unless you're lucky enough to have a campsite.

The easy hike is pretty straightforward to follow, with cairns placed across slickrock sections. Great view at the end, although it took a fair amount of cajoling to convince my friend she could make it out to the very end of the point. There are a great many potholes at the point, only a few of which had a bit of water in them. I suspect that they usually would have more, but are empty due to the drought.

There is no river view from this hike. The river view is from Dead Horse Point, which you can drive to.
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The Indian paintbrush in this area grows in cute little bouquets.
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Apr 30 2021
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 Moab, UT
Fisher TowersSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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Hiking5.37 Miles 1,087 AEG
Hiking5.37 Miles
1,087 ft AEG
 
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This is a really interesting hike. Great big wide views of the Colorado River Valley, plus the amazing Fisher Towers looming over you like skyscrapers. On the way back I saw some rock climbers up on one of them.

I saw a Great Basin Gopher Snake, and got several photos.

This hike is very popular. I got to the trailhead around 8 a.m. or so, and there were a few people around, starting the hike, or getting ready to climb. Of course, on the way back, there were many people.

Near the beginning of the hike I took a side loop which is called the Red Onion Loop Trail. I didn't actually mean to get off onto that trail, but it turned out fine.
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Gopher Snake
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Apr 29 2021
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 Moab, UT
Hidden Valley - MoabSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2021
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Hiking4.26 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking4.26 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   1.43 mph
791 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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This is one hike I will do again. It's very close to where I'm living, and seems to be in use as the local workout trail. For the most part I don't want to do very many repeats of hikes here, because I want to see as much as I can, especially before the heat drives me north (or to the mountains).

The steep part isn't long, and gets you energized, and then, (surprise!) you come over a pass and see Hidden Valley spread out before you. It's a pretty neat feature. I went only as far as the next pass at the end of the valley. I will likely go further next time if it's not too hot.

I took only a small point-and-shoot camera, so I didn't try to get photos of the chukars, which are quail-like birds, but are larger than quail. Incidentally, chukars have naturalized in many places in the US, but they are native to the Middle East and southern Asia. Next time I'll take the Nikon, and also get there at first light.
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Apr 25 2021
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 Moab, UT
Grandstaff CanyonSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2021
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Hiking6.06 Miles 603 AEG
Hiking6.06 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   1.56 mph
603 ft AEG
 
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Best to start this hike very early. I was the first one in the parking lot before 7 a.m., and saw only 4 trailrunners on the way up to the big natural bridge at the end of the trail. On my way back I must have seen 150 to 200 people hiking in. When I reached the parking lot, which was of course full, even though it was only 11 a.m. I also saw that people had parked up and down the highway. This is how it is around Moab this year. Extremely crowded. I find myself staying home a lot. I do have plans for many trips, mostly paddling rivers here in Utah, and also in Colorado and Oregon.

It's a gorgeous canyon. The babbling brook, the singing birds and the interesting cliffs seemed great when I had the place to myself. On the way back I simply said a friendly hello to everyone, and stepped out of their way, since nearly everyone seemed to be in large groups.

Lots of flowers, plus the little fish. I can't remember the names of these flowers, so feel free to label them. Fishies, too.

This hike's name has been changed by the BLM to Grandstaff Canyon, named after William Grandstaff who had a cabin in the canyon from 1877 to 1881, and ran cattle in the area. He was half African-American and half Native American. He later moved to Glenwood, Colorado.
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Some nice flowers, despite the drought.

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Feb 08 2021
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 Moab, UT
Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb6.20 Miles 2,343 AEG
Hike & Climb6.20 Miles   7 Hrs   58 Mns   0.92 mph
2,343 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break
 
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I did this hike back in February, with two women friends who had done it many times. It's a great hike and climb, a really fun climb. Not too hard, not too easy. View from the top is amazing. Photos taken from a distance are by a friend who opted to wait for us (with a big camera) where the Elephant Head trail takes off from the easy part.

We saw a bald eagle soaring amongst the crags.

There was trickling water and a couple of small ponds where we crossed a drainage, not far below where you leave the main trail.

People like to leave little toy elephants up there. A Forest Service trail crew was in the area, and the ranger asked us to remove any we found, so we did. As I sit here in my home (RV) in Moab, the one I kept for myself is beside me on the table. Apparently there were way fewer than there used to be, because the FS has been asking people to remove them.
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Jan 13 2021
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Sabino Canyon Social Trails, AZ 
Sabino Canyon Social Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2021
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Hiking4.02 Miles 684 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   1.99 mph
684 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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On Jan. 13, I met up at Sabino with two old hiking pals, who used to be in my core group more than 20 years ago, when I lived in Tucson, and even after I moved to the White Mountains in 1999. I hadn't seen either of them since at least 2002. It was fun catching up. They do these trails, some of which are unofficial, quite often just for quick exercise.

The drought conditions were terrible that day. After that, we had a bit of rain (I was wintering in Tucson) but it helped very little.

We parked and started the hike at the overflow parking area, by the Southern Arizona Rescue Association building. I remember that area as being the Tucson Rod and Gun Club. Some things in Tucson have really changed since I lived there.
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Jan 06 2021
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2021
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Hiking8.91 Miles 2,139 AEG
Hiking8.91 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   1.94 mph
2,139 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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A well-paced hike with an old backpacking pal of mine. I hadn't been on top of Wasson in at least 25 years, and never via this route. I had always gone up the Kings Canyon trail. We had it mostly to ourselves early on. Later on we did see a few hikers, but it definitely wasn't crowded. Weather was great. We started at 7:30 a.m. wearing warm clothes but were able to take off our jackets, beanies and gloves before long.

No payment is needed when starting at this trailhead. It's a Pima County trailhead, and you do not have to pay to hike into Saguaro National Park from this route.

I lived in Tucson for 13 years, 1986-99. I'm back, will be staying here until early March, and am looking to mostly hike trails I haven't hiked before, so this fit the bill. I also haven't reached the summit via the Hugh Norris Trail, so I may do that before I leave for my summer seasonal.
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Jan 02 2021
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Old Baldy to Super Trail Fiasco, AZ 
Old Baldy to Super Trail Fiasco, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2021
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Hiking6.42 Miles 1,621 AEG
Hiking6.42 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   1.40 mph
1,621 ft AEG
 
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This seemed to be a straightforward hike, just going to Josephine Saddle, and then down the Super Trail. The three of us were having fun, until on the way down the Super Trail my friend, Laurel, fell and broke both her right patella (kneecap) and the upper part of her right humerus (upper arm bone) near the shoulder.

The following shows what we did, and what we (or I) learned from it. I'm a Wilderness First Responder, and Laurel is a nurse. Our other friend, Glenda, has no training but was helpful.

Glenda and I were one short switchback below Laurel when we heard her cry for help. We ran back up, which took less than a minute. Laurel was standing up, but very shaky. She told us she was sure her arm was broken, (although not a compound fracture) and that she had whacked her knee pretty hard, and couldn't straighten her leg, and had knocked her head. It was a hard full-body fall. I asked, "Did you black out?" She said no. She said she felt pretty "shocky" so I helped her to sit down and gather her wits. I was wearing layers of three shirts, and took off the one with buttons, and made an arm sling (something I learned from being a Boy Scout leader years ago). It worked very well. I then gave her some Tylenol and Ibuprofen, as we talked about what to do. We decided, once she felt a little less shaky, to try to see if she could walk down. We were about a mile and a half from the parking lot on the Super Trail, which isn't too bad of a trail.

So, I helped her up again, and Glenda took one of Laurel's poles, since she could use only one. She couldn't bend the knee but was weight-bearing. Very slowly we proceeded down the mountain. Whenever we got to bunches of rocks, I handed my poles and Laurel's to Glenda, and took her good hand and arm to steady her to step down. At some point she mentioned that the Tylenol and Ibuprofen had kicked in, and that was an improvement.

As soon as Laurel had phone service she called her husband. He said he would get their daughter, who was at work, to drive over with him, so there would be someone to drive their truck back. They live over an hour from the trailhead. We assumed he would leave right away. But after at least an hour, when we arrived at the parking lot, she talked to him again and he had not left the house yet, was waiting for the daughter to get off work! He insisted she sit in the truck and wait for him. She told him that I would take her to the hospital right now, but he told her to wait. This is where I made one error. I was not aggressive enough, I did not insist hard enough that their stupid truck could wait, but that Laurel couldn't wait!!

Laurel just kept telling us to go ahead and leave, that she would be fine sitting in her truck. Very regretfully, Glenda and I left.

When I reached Sahuarita, a half an hour later, I received a call from Laurel. Now she was in tears, saying her arm was swelling up badly and she was losing feeling in her fingers. She said her husband HAD NOT YET LEFT THE HOUSE!!! What the F??? :o :( She very apologetically asked me if I could come back and get her and take her to the hospital. So, of course, I did. I would have done anything for her. It took at least half an hour to return, and probably almost another half an hour to get to Green Valley Hospital.

So, everything turned out okay, but it would have been better if I had been insistent. It would have been better to take her right away, and to a better hospital, because the standard of care at that little place was kind of low. (They didn't even offer her ice and elevation, she told me later she'd had to demand these things, while she waited for the doctor.)

Another thing I should have done was to remember the time of the incident. This is just good practice, but I forgot. It didn't come up, but it could have.

I visited her two days later, and picked up my shirt. She had had to yell at the ED tech to not use scissors on it and on her clothes, which she managed to remove herself, to avoid the scissors they so love to wield. Anyway, it's my favorite guide shirt, and I was glad it was unharmed. They put her in a sling which she said is too small, and a knee brace. Now she can't work. She works from home, is a case manager, and she can't use her computer. So this injury is very hard on her, because she won't be able to work for possibly 4 to 6 weeks.

So, that's my story.

I forgot to turn the GPS on at beginning of hike, until juntion with Vault Mine Trail, so I tried to draw in part of the route, but when I saved it, it didn't save. Oh, well.
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Dec 19 2020
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Brown Mountain RidgelineTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2020
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Hiking4.15 Miles 748 AEG
Hiking4.15 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   1.87 mph
748 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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A nice day for a hike. I started out alone, but ran into another friendly hiker, and found we had a couple of Tucson friends in common from the Arizona Trail Assn. I had hiked to this very small peak only once before, about 25 years ago, and I'm sure I didn't do a whole ridgeline thing at that time. I'm aiming to hike trails I haven't hiked before. I think this one has been significantly lengthened since the mid 90's.

It was a glorious day, and not too crowded, although toward the end we ran into several groups.
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Baboquivari Peak Kitt Peak
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Dec 15 2020
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Tanque Verde Ridge TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2020
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Hiking5.20 Miles 1,558 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.47 mph
1,558 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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I started out in the dark, at 6:30 a.m., with an old backpacking buddy who lives very close to this trail. She had to start her "work from home" at 8, so she had only forty minutes to hike. Nonetheless, it was fun to see her again and hike with her. When she turned around I continued on. I saw the sun rise over the side of Rincon Peak. Then the trail dipped behind a hill, and I was in the cold shade again. I turned around in a sunny saddle, which has views toward the Santa Ritas.

Looking toward the city as the sun rose, it was interesting to see the giant shadow the Rincon Mountains made, all across the valley.

I'll be living in Tucson through early March, so I hope to be hiking a lot of places I somehow missed when I actually had a home here, raised my family here. This trail was one of those I had never set foot on before. Since I used to live more on the NW side of town, the Rincons seemed to be way out in Timbuktu. Now that I'm on the far east side, I can easily access them. Far east, man!

It's great to be back. For over 30 years, Tucson has felt like home to me, even though I haven't lived here for the past 21 years. I've visited often, and have many friends here.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
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Send me dead flowers every morning.
Send me dead flowers by the mail.
Send me dead flowers to my wedding.
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Dec 01 2020
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Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2020
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Hiking3.56 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking3.56 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   1.57 mph
250 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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My first hike in the Catalinas in quite a while. I have to say, (preaching to the choir I'm sure), I've never seen it so dry. It really is kind of worrisome. The prickly pears and saguaros look very shrunken and stressed.

My friend and I used two cars, and walked downhill from Prison Camp to the highway. I don't recall ever having hiked this trail before.

I'll be living in Tucson for two or three months beginning in mid December. There are lots of hikes I'd like to do while I'm here.
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Nov 15 2020
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South Fortuna Mountain TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2020
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Hiking5.50 Miles 1,100 AEG
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My old backpacking pal, Ray, and I had done this hike a few years back, in the Mission Trails hiking park in San Diego. It's his neighborhood trail, which he hikes weekly. I forgot to turn on my GPS, so I used the miles and elevation from his phone app. We didn't do the entire loop, but a slightly shorter loop. We did climb South Fortuna Mountain.

We had a nice time reminiscing. We've been friends since about 1971, since my very first backpacking trip. Although it was a Sunday, and there were a fair number of people around, it didn't seem really crowded. There are lots of trails to choose from in this area.

The weather was unseasonably warm, and pretty clear. We could see the Guadalupe Islands out to sea (in Mexico) plus peaks familiar to me since I have climbed them, including the table mesa near Rosarito Beach, in Mexico, plus Cuyamaca Peak, Lawson Peak, etc. I have never climbed El Cajon Mountain, the front end of which is known as "El Capitan." I guess it needs to go on my list.
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Nov 14 2020
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Torrey Pines State Beach S & Natural ReserveSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
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Hiking5.22 Miles 488 AEG
Hiking5.22 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   1.99 mph
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It had been a long time since I'd hiked at Torrey Pines. When I was young, still living in San Diego, we used to park by the golf course and walk into the park from the south. But that "secret" route is effectively closed off now. You could walk in that way, but not via the golf course, and there is nowhere to legally park nearby.

It was a Saturday, a gorgeous day. Breaking all my personal rules, I went there anyway. My personal rules include the following:
1. Never hike in a popular place on a weekend.
2. If hiking in a popular place, (even if it's a weekday) always start at butt crack thirty, so that you may find at least a short time of solitude.

I didn't start until about 10 a.m., which is practically supper time in my world. There was no parking along the beach (on 101), so I parked on Carmel Valley Road. I walked south on the beach and up the paved road into the park. This road used to be Highway 1, and was the route my parents would have used to go to Los Angeles, before 101, and later on, the 5 freeway, were constructed. I remember going to LA on 101 when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I also remember that while the 5 was being built we used to take a Sunday cruise to see how it was coming along. I also remember that the first time we drove it there was virtually no traffic.

So, anyway, I walked up the steep road, along with hundreds of other people. (I was probably the only 4th generation San Diegan in the crowd.) Then I walked along the road to the south side of the park, and down the North Fork of the Broken Hill Trail to the beach. My original intention was to hike to the beach, then south to Black's Beach, and then walk back via either beach or trail. But since I had parked so far away, and since there were thousands of people around, I lost interest. I did see some interesting birds, however. I walked back to my car along the beach.

The Broken Hill Trail (and perhaps all the trails in the park) has cable barriers (see photos) on both sides of it, throughout its length, to keep you on the trail, and off the vegetation. This kind of killed my feelings of communing with nature. Additionally, it seemed that half of San Diego was hiking UP the trail as I hiked down. However, as I reached the lower end of it, I saw that another trail joining it, the Beach Trail, had way more people on it.

I doubt if I will ever hike at Torrey Pines again. If I ever do, then I think it should be on a weekday, starting at butt crack thirty, not during a pandemic, and in bad weather.
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Black Point Hill - BlytheInland, CA
Inland, CA
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Hiking2.30 Miles 424 AEG
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This must be the local exercise hill, since I saw two other hikers. I asked them if they know of any other trails, but they didn't.

I noticed one of the peaks nearby in the Big Maria Mountains Wilderness may be fairly easy for me to do. It has sheep trails up it, and is not steep. Maybe I'll get to that one before I move away from here in early December.
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Nov 09 2020
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Cunningham MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking3.80 Miles 1,859 AEG
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This was perfect for today. I wanted a hike that was short and steep, with a trail or road to follow. I messed up my shoulder in a minor mishap, so I don't want to do any scrambling or go on any really rough terrain. (Biking and paddling are definitely off the list for now, too.) I'm trying to let the shoulder heal.

I had the whole place to myself. It was sort of chilly but I had brought layers. I forgot the Nikon, so all I have to offer are phone photos. My phone takes lousy photos.

It was fun finding that old register from the Desert Peaks Section.

I thought it odd that the benchmark has a spot for the elevation but they didn't engrave it on there.

Not much in the way of wildlife. I saw bighorn sheep tracks and droppings, and a ground squirrel, that's it. I didn't see a lizard, or even any birds.

The gas line road discussed by Jim_H and others is definitely the way to go in. It is a little over two miles south of the road described in the original write-up. It's a straight shot into the area. It will be very obvious when you are near the actual road that goes up the mountain, because you can see it snaking all the way up.
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Black Point Intaglios and Hill - Blythe, CA 
Black Point Intaglios and Hill - Blythe, CA
 
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Having a shoulder injury (long story) means I will not be paddling or bicycling much over the next month or more, until it heals. I'm RV camped through early December near Blythe, California, on the Colorado River, where there is virtually no trail hiking nearby. However, there are a few hills and mountains in the vicinity with microwave towers, and roads to the top. I don't want to do a lot of off-trail peak-bagging with this shoulder injury, because the potential for falling is pretty high in this type of extremely rough terrain.

So, I started up a dirt road leading to a little hill with a microwave cluster on top. It's just north of Blythe, off CA Hwy 95, near the river. The scenery was pretty bleak, but the view of the river valley was nice. I was surprised when I soon came upon a sign next to a fenced-in area, saying it is an archaeological site. I went into the area, wondering if it would be a village site or an intaglio (aka geoglyph, or very large petroglyph on the ground.) After looking at the area, I decided that it might be an intaglio, but I'd have to look it up when I got home. I couldn't see much. There's a well-known geoglyph site, called Blythe Intaglios, about 4 miles to the north of this. There are several of these sites on the Arizona side, some of which I've visited in the past, such as the Bouse Fisherman.

Sure enough, when I got home I found that the site is called Black Point Intaglios, and I found an aerial photo, which will be included in my photoset. The information said the intaglio is supposed to represent the Universe. Okay...

I continued up the dirt road. I came upon another sign saying there is a BLM Wilderness Area behind it. Again, I had to look it up when I got home. It's the Big Maria Mountains Wilderness Area. Might be fun to explore.

The view from the top of the hill is pretty nice. I could see the river snaking its way across the farmlands, and could clearly see the small dam, called Palo Verde Intake, the only one I know of on the Colorado River which has an actual canoe/kayak portage trail around it. (Palo Verde Dam also has a small walking trail with a nice footbridge over a canal, but it is closed at this time due to Covid.)

The summit of the hill has no structures on it, which made it good for taking a rest, taking in the views.
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Girdner Trail #162Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking3.33 Miles 420 AEG
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A short hike with a friend on Election day. We were staying, along with another friend, at fancy digs she'd booked through her timeshare. I'm not used to such luxury, but I adjusted very well, haha! We were able to walk from the resort to the trailhead in 5 minutes.

After starting out, we picked a loop we saw on a signboard that looked doable. She'd had an injury recently, and this loop was just the right distance.

It's very, very dry. Do I even need to mention that? Everyone knows that. It had sprinkled the day before, very briefly, but not enough to get anything even slightly damp.

So, our friend says he thinks the car is a late-40's Mercury. Any other opinions? [Edit: I have since found a photo for comparison, which I added to photoset. @LosDosSloFolks check it out!]

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Carrizo Wash Palm Oasis, CA 
Carrizo Wash Palm Oasis, CA
 
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Hiking3.89 Miles 190 AEG
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This hike can be reached via high clearance vehicle, four wheel drive, or via the boat-in campsites at Carrizo Wash, in Picacho State Recreation Area, California, located on the Colorado River not far from Yuma, AZ. I reached the area while on a 6-day/5 night solo kayak trip from Blythe, CA to Fisher's Landing (Martinez Lake), Arizona. I camped at Carrizo Boat-in campsite, available only to boaters. There are other campsites you can drive to in the area, such as 4S camp, plus the main campground at Picacho. The palm grove itself is just outside the state park boundary, on BLM land.

You can see the palm trees on Google Earth (or by using satellite function on the HAZ map set.) A friend had told me about it, and I first checked it out on Google Earth, and sure enough, I could see them, looking like little green stars from overhead.

The hike is a total slog through the sand up the wash. The feral burro/donkey population is way out of control in this area, although the BLM has recently captured 48 of them, I was told later. A drop in the bucket. The donkeys have totally fouled and just about destroyed the palm oasis. Its lovely little pool is filthy, and the burros eat whatever parts of the palms they can get to. Also, I don't know how the native bighorn sheep can survive, with this kind of competition.

If you like geology, the conglomerate walls of the canyon are interesting. There is a big shady ledge the burros hide underneath (see photos).

When I arrived I looked upstream into where the canyon becomes a slot, above the palm oasis, and saw a large owl flying up into that canyon, disappearing around a bend eventually.

After I took a few photos I retraced my steps, got into my kayak and headed downriver to another camp.
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