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Jul 20 2021
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Heart Trail #103Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2021
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Hiking7.72 Miles 1,746 AEG
Hiking7.72 Miles   5 Hrs   38 Mns   1.47 mph
1,746 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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The Heart Trail has been rerouted to favor the needs of mountain bikers, with a lot of very long switchbacks that don't gain you much elevation. I am told by a long-time local hiker that the Coconino Dry Hills plan, long-term, will favor mountain bikers, and no amount of input that he or other hikers have offered for the plan has been listened to, not even safety concerns. He is very angry about this.

I followed the old trail, which is becoming very washed-out in spots. They have also removed the sign where you would turn off of the Sandy Seep Trail. I guess there is a new sign further down now, where the new trail starts. At one point I accidentally got off onto the newer trail, missing a place where the two trails cross. I realized right away that I wasn't in the mood to do those long and VERY BORING switchbacks, so I decided to bushwhack up a ridge and meet up with the old trail, which I could see above me. This was a bit of a slog, and I probably would have been better off to stick with the biker trail.

I missed another connection when I got up on the side of a steep grassy slope, where there are a lot of competing switchbacks (old trail and new), and they share tread for a short distance. When I neared the top of the ridge I realized my mistake. I was super annoyed, because there was going to be another very long set of switchbacks to reach the ridge, or, I would have to bushwhack straight up. I was getting tired, so I turned around in disgust. On the way down I did make note of where I had missed the last connection. Won't make that mistake again, if I ever bother with this trail again. Some places it is so washed out it has become a gully, and you have to walk alongside of it.

I imagine the new trail is built on better principles of trail-building, because I noticed that instead of going up constantly it has dips in it to prevent it becoming a creek. Nevertheless, I prefer the old one.

I didn't get rained on this time. The weather was warm and humid.
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Jul 14 2021
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Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2021
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Hiking5.53 Miles 2,461 AEG
Hiking5.53 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   1.23 mph
2,461 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I took my time, not having hiked in a while. It was fun. I got rained on all the way back down. I'd brought a rain jacket, and a small dry bag to put electronics in.

[EDIT I found the photos on my laptop in the wrong folder. Duh.] I took a bunch of photos, with a little point and shoot. I forgot I hadn't posted them to my laptop, and accidentally deleted them. Is it possible to retrieve deleted photos off an SD card? It's not that important, anyway. There are plenty of photos of Elden Trail.
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Jun 16 2021
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Redfish Lake Kayaking, ID 
Redfish Lake Kayaking, ID
 
Kayak avatar Jun 16 2021
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Kayak8.32 Miles
Kayak8.32 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.37 mph
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When I went to Idaho, I took along my whitewater inflatable kayak. But, judging the Salmon River next to my brother's house, south of Challis, and scouting its easy sections down near that town, I realized it was too cold, there were too many unknowns, and I hadn't even brought a wetsuit. I didn't know anyone to go with me. So, I would have been breaking all the rules and could end up dead in a strainer. (I almost drowned once in a strainer on the San Juan 2 years ago, and had to extricate myself, because my partner was downstream. I was very, very lucky.)

So, long story short, I still wanted State Number 11 on my "list of states where I've kayaked." Redfish Lake, near Stanley, is not too far from my brother's place, so I drove up there, rented a leaky bathtub at the resort, and paddled to the far end of the lake. (Since @joebartels doesn't offer "bathtub" as a choice on the dropdown menu, I picked "kayak.") I was glad I sprung for the half-day option on the rental. That way I didn't feel rushed, because that thing was slow! Right now, remembering that day, it was worth the 40 bucks to me, although I did wish I had carried my sea kayak to Idaho.

The photos speak for themselves. If I go to Redfish Lake another time I'll take my own boat and gear, and camp at the far end. There's a significant network of trails that loop out from there. You can hike in from near the resort, I think, if you want to do a backpacking trip. I'm not sure all the rules, but I'd bring a bear canister. If kayak camping, I could stay a couple nights and do a long dayhike from there.

I'd like to visit my brother again next summer, but he has Alzheimer's, so I don't know how he will be then. It's very sad.
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Jun 13 2021
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Malm Gulch Petrified Forest, ID 
Malm Gulch Petrified Forest, ID
 
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2021
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Hiking2.86 Miles 566 AEG
Hiking2.86 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   1.72 mph
566 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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This hike is very close to where my brother and his wife live along the Salmon River, south of Challis. I was visiting there in June. This trail was developed by the BLM to see the upright sequoia stumps on a hillside, which were covered in volcanic ash 50 million years ago (so are geologically about 150 million years younger than the ones at Petrified Forest in Arizona.) The volcano in question can be seen on the drive between Challis and Salmon, called Twin Peaks. It used to be one peak, before it blew its top.

The hike is very easy, and there are helpful signs along the way. The sequoia trees are each surrounded by a chain link fence, I guess to prevent fossil wood theft. Not very photogenic. The whole area is so dry, I don't find it very attractive, unless I am right down on the river, or out in the irrigated farms. My brother and his wife consider it to be paradise. I think it's a nice place to visit...
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Dry as a bone. Some of the sagebrush has died. Now, THAT is dry!
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Jun 01 2021
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Hidden Valley - MoabSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2021
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Hiking1.18 Miles 526 AEG
Hiking1.18 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   1.06 mph
526 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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A workout hike. Seemed harder than it did yesterday. I met two local women about my age. After some chatting, it turned out I had met one of them before, when I was driving the bus for AzRA back in 2019. She remembered we stopped in Peach Springs after driving up Diamond Creek Road, and had a picnic in the park there (standard practice for motor raft trips). We fed a stray dog, and we gave the leftover lunch to a couple of hippie hitchhikers. I remember it well.
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May 31 2021
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Hidden Valley - MoabSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 31 2021
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Hiking1.18 Miles 526 AEG
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526 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Workout hike, felt easier this time, maybe because I'd just spent a week at almost 9,000 feet in Colorado.
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May 25 2021
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Railroad Tunnel River RoadSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Mtn Biking11.80 Miles 356 AEG
Mtn Biking11.80 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   4.57 mph
356 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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When I saw this written up online I thought it would be a "rails-to-trails" pathway. Turns out it's a dirt road that leads to some popular climbing spots, campgrounds, and homes. It does go right through four old railroad tunnels, and follows along the Arkansas River, which was pretty low. Since I got an early start it wasn't too busy. I didn't ride the whole thing.

I also rode down along the riverfront pathway in town. I find it's easy to talk to people who are walking dogs. You stop to admire the dog, ask about the dog. Great way to meet people. I met a guy who is a fulltime RVer who winters in Yuma at a place I was familiar with. Small world. I also met a woman who was a retired teacher and had lived in the area for 30 years.

I won't be getting a dog, although I hear it's a great way to meet people, haha!

Other stuff: I went to Buena Vista for a class (WFR recert) so I didn't spend much time recreating. (At the time I was living in Moab.) I learned a few things about that area. Didn't see a moose, although I spent a lot of time looking for one. I learned to say "Buena Vista" as the locals do, "Byoo na" Vista, "Byoonie" or "BV." I had never been to the area before. There was still snow on the peaks. I really was pretty overwhelmed by it all. I took a drive up to the St. Elmo ghost town, and went paddling on a lake. Slept in a yurt, and did a short hike near the class site, which was on a huge dude ranch. The area is quickly being Disneylandified, just like Moab is. I wish I had seen it 30 years ago.
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May 19 2021
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Syncline LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 19 2021
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Hiking9.48 Miles 1,920 AEG
Hiking9.48 Miles   8 Hrs   32 Mns   1.76 mph
1,920 ft AEG   3 Hrs   8 Mns Break
 
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This hike is no walk in the park, but it's rewarding. Dropping off the rim of Island in the Sky, you make your way through a couple of canyons with cottonwoods, and a few pools of water. For me, it was a difficult hike due to all the ups and downs and climbing up and over hundreds of boulders. I had no technical difficulties with it, however. I just got really tired. It was pretty warm, pushing 90.
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May 13 2021
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Hidden Valley - MoabSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 13 2021
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Hiking4.60 Miles 851 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   1.56 mph
851 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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A quick exercise hike. I didn't start until 8:30, so I did see quite a few people along the trail, at least 20 or so.

I took my better camera this time, hoping to see the chukars again, but I had forgotten to put the SD card back into it! It holds only a few photos without the card. Anyway, I didn't see any chukars. I found out where the petroglyphs are, but didn't try to see them.
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May 10 2021
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San Juan River - Sand Island to Mexican Hat, UT 
San Juan River - Sand Island to Mexican Hat, UT
 
Kayak avatar May 10 2021
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Kayak29.28 Miles
Kayak29.28 Miles1 Day   2 Hrs   31 Mns   
 
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This was a two-day trip down the San Juan River, from near Bluff, at Sand Island, to Mexican Hat. I paddled a tandem Tributary Tomcat inflatable kayak, which carried all my gear. Since it was such a quick trip, we stopped at only one of the side attractions, a large ancient cliff house called the River House. It was interesting to see it is in the process of being stabilized. We camped at Big Stick, which turned out to be a great location with many cottonwood trees. The three rapids were fun, not too hard, and it was a nice group of people.

Originally I had planned to go on with the rest of the group to Clay Hills, but opted to take out with my friend Helen at Mexican Hat. The river had come up a little the day we started, but was forecast to drop by half during our trip. She was rowing an 18-foot cataraft, and it was clear there would not be enough water in the river downstream to float it in many places. Later on, in Blanding, we talked to a man who'd had to drag his 14-footer over a lot of sandbars downriver from Mexican Hat.

San Juan River gauge at Bluff, UT:
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ut/nwis/uv/? ... 0300,00045
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May 05 2021
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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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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
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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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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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Fisher TowersSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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Hiking5.37 Miles 1,087 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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Apr 29 2021
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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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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
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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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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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 Flagstaff AZ
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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68 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
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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 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
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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