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Jul 25 2020
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3rd St. Bike Rt. & Aviation Bikeway, AZ 
3rd St. Bike Rt. & Aviation Bikeway, AZ
 
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Road Biking19.31 Miles 315 AEG
Road Biking19.31 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   9.99 mph
315 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Another exploration of Tucson by bike. We took the 3rd street bike route to U of A, then went on to the edge of downtown. After stopping for coffee, we rode back via the Aviation Bikeway, a first for both of us.

Since monsoon season has more or less arrived, things have cooled down a lot. August was always a favorite month for me when I lived here. Kind of cloudy, and balmy without being really hot. Even as I'm posting this around 11 a.m., the weather service is reporting only 85 degrees.

We mostly followed the 3rd Street bicycle route west, going through residential neighborhoods, which took us to the University of Arizona central mall. We rode through the campus and out the other side, eventually making our way to a coffee place at 6th Ave. and 7th St. After drinking my mocha, I grabbed photos of murals, one on 6th Ave., and the other one on the back of the Borderlands Brewery building, by the tracks at 7th and Toole. Other murals were visible, but we didn't take the time to go look at all of them. It would be fun to do just a murals tour.

We had a map of the bike routes, and after a couple of false leads, found the beginning of the Aviation Bikeway, and went over the famous "Rattlesnake Bridge" which is for bikes and pedestrians only.

The bike path is separated from Aviation Highway, and has landscaping, and a few rest stops with benches. It also has a lot of homeless encampments.

When we got to Craycroft, we opted to get back to the bike route that follows residential streets. Yes, a lot of the photos feature the backside of my ex-husband. Symbolic? Nah, but he is a lot faster than I am, even on his city bike.
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Jul 22 2020
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Vault Mine - Agua Caliente - Super Trail Loop, AZ 
Vault Mine - Agua Caliente - Super Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2020
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Hiking7.84 Miles 2,085 AEG
Hiking7.84 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   1.95 mph
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The Vault Mine Trail is nice and steep, gets you up to a good altitude quickly. I started hiking a little before 6 a.m. The ground was damp, but the creeks are not running at the moment. The air was pretty muggy during the early morning, but after the cloud cover burned off it was a lot drier. I really enjoyed this loop. I hadn't set foot on the Super Trail since the mid 1990's, as far as I can recall. Last hiked Vault Mine in '99. And I had not hiked very much of the Agua Caliente trail before.

I saw a dozen turkeys (the true avian kind, not the humanoid variety) near the cabins as I drove up Madera Canyon Road, and several deer. During the hike I saw birds, bunnies and lots of lizards. I saw one hiker on the Vault Mine Trail, zero on the Agua Caliente, and half a dozen or so on the Super Trail.

Nice quiet day in a very small but vibrant wilderness area.

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Mount Wrightson Sprung Spring
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A few penstemon, columbines, daisies. Not many.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sprung Spring Dripping Dripping
Must be dripping, since there is water in the trough, but I didn't see any drips. The trough could use a good cleaning.
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Jul 21 2020
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Tucson Bike LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Road Biking16.54 Miles 245 AEG
Road Biking16.54 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   9.10 mph
245 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Story story story: Well, the time has come that I can't keep up with my ex on a bike. A year ago I could. And 15 years ago he could barely ride a bike.

15 years ago he weighed almost 300 pounds, (he's about 5'9") and got himself a Fuji comfort bike, and started doing some hiking, too. He lost about 150 pounds, and has kept it off. Now he has a nice road bike, a mountain bike, and a single speed road bike. Oh, and he's 71 years old, and wears slip-on sneakers from Walmart, an old t-shirt, and cutoffs. He has Tucson bike pals who wear all the fancy "kit" on their carbon fiber bikes, and their shoes clip in, but they like riding with him. He keeps a good, fast, steady pace.

Me, I like to ride my road bike, but I also like to coast along, look at birds and scenery, and stop to take photos of the sunrise! Tomorrow, he can ride, and I'll go hiking. Maybe if he comes up to Flagstaff we'll see how he does on the Waterline Trail, 1400 feet of elevation gain from 8000 to 9400.

We started before sunrise. It wasn't terribly hot when we finished. There was some cloud cover early this morning. From the vantage point of the bike trail, you probably wouldn't know the Catalinas had such a big fire recently.
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I was too busy trying to keep up to look for flowers. Pretty sure there are no wildflowers right now.
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Jul 13 2020
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 13 2020
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Backpack22.10 Miles 2,603 AEG
Backpack22.10 Miles1 Day   23 Hrs   2 Mns   
2,603 ft AEG   5 Hrs   40 Mns Break
 
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This was my first backpacking trip in a couple of years. I went by myself, camping two nights. I had never been to the area before. Believe it or not, I'd never been on Road 300, except maybe way over by Heber. The closest I'd been to this area (other than driving 87 and 99) was car camping at Rock Crossing and also kayak camping at Blue Ridge reservoir.

I didn't take my better camera, just the little waterproof Fujifilm, so the images suffer. I really need to get myself a better pocket camera, maybe a Canon Powershot, or a Nikon waterproof.

Day 1: Parked at General Springs cabin. This cabin has been restored to the standard that all the others SHOULD be restored to, lest they fall down pretty quick. The fastest way to destroy a log building (other than by forest fire) is to let it have a leaky roof. I think I am going to write a letter to the Supe. There are volunteers who will do this work. John Azar comes to mind, but there are others as well. (I seem to recall a certain Hazzer did a restoration on one of them, without permission?? Can't remember who. This was quite a few years ago?? Is this person still around? PM me if so.)

I started up the AZT/Fred Haught trail. Didn't meet any hot Freds, alas, but eventually, not far from the washed-out part, I met a backpacker named James, who said it was his very first backpacking trip. He was doing fine with it. Very nice guy. We chatted a while. He gave me good advice about crossing the gully where the bridge washed out.

Once I had settled into hiking with the big pack again, I started feeling happy with the hike, with the terrain, the plants, trees and singing birds. The trail tread was good, and the trail's followability, if that's a word, was easy. Even after the AZT peels off, the Fred trail is easy to follow. This kind of surprised me, as I seem to recall reading that route-finding skills might be needed. I did have it loaded into my GPS, but didn't need that. I also had the Guthook for the AZT in my cell phone, which I peeked at occasionally. The pack wasn't too bad, less than 30 pounds, but not much less. Water is heavy, and I did carry some. I don't have the SUL thing quite dialed in, though. But I do have a Nemo Hornet 2, a sub 2 pound freestanding tent, so la-di-da!

Meeting James on his first trip made me think. I don't know how many backpacking trips I have done, but the first one was about 49 years ago, in the spring of 1971, as I recall, with my good friend Ray (who is still my friend). We went to Alder Canyon in Anza-Borrego. That trip resulted in many blisters on my feet, plus bruises on my hips and shoulders, but I couldn't wait to go again. At that time I had a Camp Trails blaze orange aluminum frame backpack, a Sierra Designs sleeping bag, and a Svea white gas stove. I was 18, if I have the date right. (It might be 48 years/1972/19 years old. Ray doesn't remember, either.)

Meanwhile, back on the Fred trail, I reached the place where the bridge is washed out. It was not difficult to follow the "hiker workaround" to cross it. After hiking around 8 miles, I made camp across the creek from the Pinchot Cabin. This cabin is in dire need of a new roof. If a roof is not installed, the cabin will rot, and this nice little piece of our heritage will just become a crumbling pile of logs. Please do write to the superintendent about this, and the other cabins. I intend to do so as well.

My camp was very nice and flat, next to the stream. I made my little home in the woods as comfy as possible.

I had brought only a Steripen, which worked fine. It was the first time I had ever tried one. I am not convinced it's such a great thing, however. But it works fine in clear water. I used my cup to fill my Nalgene bottle, so that I wouldn't contaminate the rim of the bottle with untreated water. This is the bad thing about the Steripen. You definitely don't want to dip the bottle into the creek, and then use the pen in it. You have to have one container you are willing to contaminate, in order to fill the one you are going to treat. I carefully poured water from my cup into the bottle, then treated it. I wasn't worried about the metal cup, because I would not be using it until I cooked dinner in it, killing any germs. I'm thinking about getting a different water treatment. I have one of those squeeze bag things, don't like it. I have a Katadyn, which is big and heavy, I use for kayak trips. I have an old Hiker Pur, too heavy as well. How about an MSR miniworks? Any recommendations?

I spent the afternoon playing my ukulele, singing badly, and reading a memoir about bicycling across the US. I have Kindle loaded onto my phone, and it always serves me well on camping trips. I fell asleep about 7, and didn't get up until 6 a.m. This is a very long sleep for me! I slept great.

Day 2: I lazed about camp, and as I recall, I didn't get started hiking the second day until about 9 a.m. or so. First, I walked back over near the cabin, and got onto the Houston Brothers Trail. I had in mind I would check out McFarland Spring as a possible camping spot, but when I got there, it was too early in the day, and I had not covered enough ground. I reasoned I might be dry camping that night, so I filled up my bottles, making my pack a bit heavy, and waddled on. There was one cabin I passed that didn't have a sign with a name for it. It was at Aspen Spring, as I recall. It also is being left to rack and ruin, although at least it has a metal roof. There are so many people with skills who would love to volunteer time to fix these cabins, it just boggles my mind it hasn't been done. There are people with pack mules who would help bring supplies in, just for the fun of it.

There was another backpacker camping at Aspen Spring. I had seen him pass my camp the evening before. We never did speak. I saw him a total of 3 times, always at a distance.

I passed a couple of day hikers, going the opposite direction. We stopped to chat briefly. They were car camping near Pinchot Cabin. I didn't see anyone else the rest of the day.

Eventually, the Houston Brothers trail leaves the riparian area and starts cutting across the grain of the land. So, you go up and down and up and down and up and down. Uhhhhhhh. And up and down and up and down... Not having a topo map (both my and my daughter's printers are on the blink) but only the GPS route, I had a hard time really visualizing what was coming up. I just figured I had better hike at least 6 miles or more. I passed the junction with the Barbership Trail. Since Covid-19 is happening, I am doing my own hairdressing, (with frightening results), so I opted out of looking for a haircut, and soldiered on along the Houston Bros. trail.

I'd stopped earlier to treat a blister. I was tired, it was kind of hot, and I decided, around 2 p.m. or so, to look for a flat spot with lots of shade to camp. I ended up in a copse of Gambel Oaks, a place where elk had bedded down, next to a fenced-off area. There are a number of these areas, fenced to keep the elk and cattle out, to allow the land to recover. It was not a great campsite, but I made do. I saw no one else that day. It was really early, but I was tired. I kept myself busy, reading, writing in my notebook, and scaring the bears away with my singing and playing the uke.

Little did I know, if I had only hiked up another small hill I would have found a much better campsite. Oh, well. I made that place work for me.

Day 3: I have a peculiar form of insomnia. I wake up at 2 or 3 a.m., and cannot get back to sleep. This actually serves me well on camping trips if I want an early start, and I did. I got up at 3 a.m., set up my Luci Lite, donned my headlamp, and started taking the camp down, making coffee, etc. I didn't hurry. I read a bit, drinking my coffee, and by the time I was ready to go, I could see my feet without the headlamp on. I started hiking at 5 a.m. I reached Road 300 near 6 a.m. I had thought there might be a portion of what @Jim_H calls the "Generally Crooked Trail" to follow, but I did not see it. I walked along the road. Very soon I saw Milepost 16. I was also seeing lots of great views. I saw no vehicles at all for some time, not even people camping. About Mile 14 I noticed that the Crook Trail was paralleling the road, so I walked on it. It has recently been worked with a little machine in that section, one of those mini-tractors, I'd guess. Soon, it crossed 300, went along for a bit, but then led back to 300 and disappeared. Eventually I ran into a big crew of people from Arizona Conservation Corps, out of Flagstaff, who are working on the trail. They directed me to a new section of it that goes toward General Springs Cabin. They were working that section with hand tools. I complimented them on their work.

The ACC camp was set up at General Springs Cabin area, which was where Wanda the Honda (2006 CR-V) was waiting for me. As always, at the end of a hike, I just want to go home and take a shower. So, I did.

Yes, and of course, I now want to go back and do the other half of the Cabin Loop, to include the U-Bar and Barbershop trails. I may start at the north end for that loop. I am not sure when I'll have time to do it, but I'm hoping to go in August or September.

Thanks to all who posted info and GPS tracks for this hike. I hope my rambling essay is helpful as well.
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Jul 04 2020
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O'Leary PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.35 Miles 2,208 AEG
Hiking10.35 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.52 mph
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This was a good one to do on a busy holiday weekend. As far as I could tell, only one other hiker went to the summit, and possibly a couple of trail runners did as well, before I got there. I started hiking at 6:15 or so. This hike can be hot, but it had rained the day before, and it was quite cool. It never got very warm until I was halfway down, but by then it was late morning.

The woman working the fire tower wanted to chat, but said that even with masks she wasn't allowed to have visitors inside the tower this year. Understandable. So she stayed on her perch and I stayed on the ground, and we chatted.

The views are great. Sunset Crater, the peaks, the long views to the south and east.

This is the longest hike I've done since hiking Humphreys Peak in August a couple of years ago. My left foot and both hips were a bit achy, but not to the point of real pain. I'll need to rest the foot for a few days, ride my bike instead.
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Jul 01 2020
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Clear Creek ReservoirNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Kayak6.28 Miles
Kayak6.28 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   2.23 mph
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This is always a nice paddle, but these days the place is so well-known, it's better to go on a weekday. I was surprised when I got there to find it now costs $7 for a day pass, ($15 for camping) and the parking lot is paved! I really didn't mind paying. If Winslow wants to take better care of their facilities, and needs extra funds for that, I'm all for it. It has always been kind of shabby at the parking lot and also at the campground. More about the grafitti later...

It wasn't one of those perfectly windless days, which lend themselves to mirror reflections of the cliffs in the water. There was a breeze, but not an onerous one.

I wasn't sure, with my new sea kayak, how it would be getting all the way to the bitter end of the floatable water, where you can start hiking. But I did. This boat is fiberglass, so you really don't want a lot of abrasion and scratches, but I delicately avoided (most of) the underwater rocks in the upper end. I didn't go hiking on up. As before, I just wasn't prepared for it, although this time I was wearing Chacos, which are not slippery. I walked up a short distance.

When I got back down to the parking area, I considered paddling past there, on down to the dam and back up again, but it had become hot, crowded and a bit windy, so I left that for another day. It's actually better to do that part first. Next time I plan on getting there at the crack of dawn. Better conditions and fewer people.

About the grafitti: If you've been here before, you've seen all the painted rocks, especially by where people swim. In the summer of 2018, at the AZT festival in Flagstaff, I talked to people from Natural Restorations, that nonprofit group dedicated to removing grafitti, about the problem at East Clear Creek reservoir. They seemed interested, and asked me to send photos. Well, I didn't get around to sending photos until the following March. They responded right away, and they were still interested. But I didn't hear from them again until January 17 of this year when I received the following email: "I just wanted to let you know that we have not forgotten about this project, it just took us a REALLY long time to find the property owner. I just got off the phone with the property owner and they are very excited about our help on the project and will give us permission. We need to get up there in the next month or two to measure the square footage of graffiti to start planning for the project and hopefully getting funding from REI again this year to tackle the project. Thanks again for reaching out to us about it and sending a picture!"

Well, we all know what happened to lots of projects after January of this year. The grafitti is still there. I may reach out to them, to let them know I'm paying attention. And as you have read, the property the grafitti is on does not belong to the city of Winslow, so they probably can't do much about the painting.
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Jun 29 2020
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Salt River - New Kayak upstream and down, AZ 
Salt River - New Kayak upstream and down, AZ
 
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I went down to the Valley on Monday, can you believe that? I didn't have time to visit all of you, sorry. I was buying a kayak from a friend. I saw the ad on Craigslist, I emailed to inquire about it, and it turned out I knew the guy, Bob, and his wife pretty well, having been on a number of kayak trips with them. The boat is an Impex Montauk 16-foot fiberglass sea kayak. This one has no rudder, but a skeg instead. Having no rudder will help me to improve and learn various skills such as edging turns, rolls, etc. This is my 3rd sea kayak, but the first without a rudder. Rudders are nice, but they also make you lazy. You can get away with not knowing some key skills that are good to have. The storage capacity in the Montauk isn't much better than my 15'3" Necky Eliza. But I've always done fine on long trips using backpacking gear in my boats. My main interest with this boat is to start improving my skills. The problem in Arizona is finding instruction. There are some whitewater people around, but they usually don't know the Greenland rolls or other sea kayak skills. In fact, most of them have never heard of Greenland style. I may just have to watch a lot of videos and go out and try stuff.

Here's what we did for the trial run: We paddled UP the Salt River, from Granite Reef to Phon D Sutton. Bob is an old whitewater dude, so he has a big skill set. We eddied and ferried and eddied and ferried up, all the while he was explaining to me how the boat can actually find a sweet spot ferrying up the current, and just glide up without a lot of effort. Then we got to that little bitty rapid just below where the Verde comes in. He showed me several times how to surf up a little wave around some rocks, into the next eddy. I just couldn't seem to get it, the current would catch my bow, and around I'd go, swinging downstream into the rapid. I tried it several times. He said my angle was off a bit. Then I crossed the river there, and tried to eddy up on that side, but there was no eddy there. So, I sort of gave up, and we turned around and paddled back to Granite Reef. He said most people he takes upriver don't make it as far as I did, so that made me feel a little better.

He also showed me an area of shoreline he had been working on for a long time to get rid of the giant cane, which is invasive. He talked about the Forest Service and Game and Fish doing tamarisk and pink snail eradication. We spent time removing pink snail egg cases. He said if everyone who came down the river just spent 15 minutes scraping those things off with their paddles it would make a big difference, although he was pleased that there weren't very many on this day. He said that at one point he was trying to convince the Forest Service to have stewards for short sections of river, to remove the cane, snails, tamarisk, etc. He said if you cut the cane about 6 times with a hedge trimmer it loses its root energy, and eventually will not come up again. The one place he had worked on had very little. He said that last year he had made some progress with the cumbersome federal and state agencies, but then the Covid came, and kind of shut everything down.

It was a great day, fun, not too hot, very instructive, and I went home with the Montauk. I don't have a name for it yet. I'll listen to suggestions. The boat is red and white. I thought of Ibis, because there is a Scarlett Ibis, but it doesn't feel quite right.
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Jun 27 2020
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Little Bear Trail #112Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking8.76 Miles 1,246 AEG
Hiking8.76 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   2.41 mph
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Little Bear is my new favorite trail in this area. Great views, incredible variety of plants in the Shultz Fire burn area (10 years ago this month), plus there's some old growth forest along the route at at the top of the trail. It's not super crowded early on a Saturday. I saw one trail runner on my way up. I started about 6 a.m. I parked as close to the junction of Little Bear and Little Elden as I could, on Shultz Pass Road, and bushwhacked through the woods to get to the trail. I didn't want to bother with the Little Elden Trail, as I had hiked along it the day before.

On the way down, hours later, I saw 3 mountain bikers and two gorgeous Arabian horses with their riders. All were super polite and friendly. The mountain bikers saw the horses before I did, and alerted me and another cyclist, and we all got off the trail to let them by. So, everything was working the way it is supposed to, as far as who is yielding to whom.

Lots of flowers, and developing berries, such as serviceberry, Blueberry Elder, and blackberries.

Once I was up on the Sunset Trail there were a lot of mountain bikers. I had thought I might hike up to the top of the ridge to the junction with the Heart Trail, but will save that for another day, preferably a weekday. Again, the mountain bikers were very polite and friendly, but you do have to watch for them bombing downhill, and coming around blind corners, and it takes a bit of the peacefulness out of the hike, for me. I do feel they have a right to be there. I myself would be doing that kind of riding if I were capable. (I just do easier rides.) But I am also glad there are trails where they aren't allowed, such as in national parks.

Anyway, I really like Little Bear Trail. 5 stars!
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Jun 26 2020
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Little Elden Trail #69Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2020
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Hiking3.24 Miles 601 AEG
Hiking3.24 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.34 mph
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I had planned to hike up the Little Bear Trail, but I went only a short distance up it. (I ended up hiking it the next day.) So, this was kind of a scouting trip. I decided that when I came back I would park on the road much closer to where the Little Bear Trail goes up the mountain, instead of doing the long traverse on the Little Elden Trail.

I was astonished on this hike, and on the next day's hike at how many kinds of plants there are in the Shultz Fire burn area after 10 years. The biodiversity of plant life is amazing.

There are a lot of Blueberry Elder bushes in flower, pretty spectacular, and the berries are edible later in the season. Serviceberries were forming as were blackberries.
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Slate Mountain Trail #128Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2020
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Hiking4.71 Miles 871 AEG
Hiking4.71 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.23 mph
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It's a bit of a drive from Doney Park for this little hike, but I had done it only once before, four years ago. I was early enough so that it wasn't unpleasantly warm hiking up. It was quite warm hiking down. I saw two other hikers coming up.

The views of the Peaks, and especially of Kendrick, are really great. Another nice thing about the hike is that it wraps all the way around the mountain, so that you get different views as you hike up.

On the summit, I saw smoky haze, but not definite smoke from the Mangum Fire, way over there on the North Rim. I could see the rim, and Siegfried Pyre stood out clearly. I didn't have a good camera with me (again) so I couldn't get a clear photo of it, so far away.
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Waterline Trail #146Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 23 2020
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Mtn Biking17.53 Miles 1,371 AEG
Mtn Biking17.53 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   6.62 mph
1,371 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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This trail was burned over by the Shultz Fire 10 years ago. I've heard a number of people say they no longer ride or hike it. But I thought it was great! There are really good views from the burn area, plus there is still a lot of forest: the usual succession from pines, to firs and aspens. The fire areas are growing back, which is interesting to see.

It's not a ride I'd want to do on a warm afternoon, or on a windy day, however, because that mountainside is pretty exposed, both to heat and wind. I started about 7:30 a.m., and if I do it again next week, I'll start even earlier. I am living a short distance away this summer, so it's convenient.

I rode from near Shultz Pass Road to the green buildings by the spring above Locket Meadow. Next time I plan on going further.

I like the steady but doable (for me) workout, from 8000 feet to almost 9500, and then the easy coasting back down. I don't do any very "technical" mountain biking these days, so this was just about right for me. The regular gradient kept me pedaling, without being too onerous, and on the way back it wasn't too scary going down hill. You just have to watch carefully for the soft spots. There are lots of those.
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Jun 16 2020
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Walnut Canyon - AZT #31Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2020
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Hiking4.96 Miles 704 AEG
Hiking4.96 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.48 mph
704 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Starting from where I was RV camping for 9 days, at Canyon Vista Campground, I hiked down Sandy's Canyon and then turned onto the AZT southbound. Went up the hill a ways before turning back. On my way back to camp I saw a small rattlesnake in the trail, not far from the campground. It was not aggressive, so I got some photos as it slithered away. I have a hard time mustering up any fear of these creatures.

I got a few photos of the flowers, too. I had only the phone with me, which doesn't take the best photos.

It was a bluebird day, and I enjoyed the little hike. I'd been doing a lot of bicycling on Lake Mary Road with a family member, and it was a nice solo break from that.
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Jun 10 2020
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Sandys Canyon Trail #137Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2020
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Hiking3.15 Miles 321 AEG
Hiking3.15 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   3.05 mph
321 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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I never got around to posting this hike. I think this was the same day that I just barely missed seeing @outdoor_lover and @LosDosSloFolks on the trail. Or maybe we did pass each other without any recognizance! I had been a bit overwhelmed, anyway, because my new grandson had been born the day before in Flagstaff, and I hadn't yet gotten to see him, because mom and baby were still in the hospital.

So, my ex and I were camped at Canyon Vista Campground, in my new home, a Class A RV. Many of you know I've been a full-time RVer for years. I used to have a little ol' Class C, "The Beast." In mid-May I bought the one pictured, which I call "The Space Station." It's 34 feet long and has a slide-out, so it's huge compared to the Class C. Very comfortable!

Oh, as for the hike, there is a lot of poison oak along the descent into the canyon. I saw a lot of people that day who had small kids and dogs, and mentioned it to several, because, well, I guess I was trying to be helpful. I mean, I personally have caught poison oak from my dog, because the oils get all over their fur, and then all over you. I am pretty badly allergic to the stuff. People seemed surprised when I mentioned it. It's everywhere, but they didn't know what it was.

Why is it that people who are "hikers" haven't acquired this knowledge, or much of any knowledge, about their surroundings?

This is why I don't like hiking on weekends in Flagstaff. On this day, I turned off onto the Arizona Trail because it seemed like it would be less crowded. I didn't go far, though. I was too excited about that baby. Okay, so I added a photo of me with the baby, taken at least a week or more later.
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Flora
Poison Ivy
Geology
Geology
Coconino Sandstone
Culture
Culture
HAZ Rides
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Lots of wild roses.
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Jun 04 2020
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Mormon Lake Loop, AZ 
Mormon Lake Loop, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jun 04 2020
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Road Biking16.37 Miles 610 AEG
Road Biking16.37 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   9.01 mph
610 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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This is a fairly popular road biking loop, vastly improved over the past couple of years by the repaving and widening of Mormon Lake Road, with the addition of dedicated bicycle lanes. Lake Mary Road, which has had bike lanes for a while, makes up a portion of the loop. It was a gorgeous day. There was almost no traffic on Mormon Lake Road, since it wasn't a weekend. Lake Mary Road has lots and lots of gravel trucks, but the drivers are very used to seeing cyclists, and give you plenty of room. Plus, the bike lane is fairly wide.

Mormon Lake is pretty low compared to last year, when it was fairly full.

I've temporarily given up hiking while my ex, a cyclist, is in town. We are awaiting the birth of a grandchild here in Flagstaff. A few days late, and we just keep riding bikes and hoping for that baby to be born!
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May 29 2020
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Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2020
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Hiking8.72 Miles 1,623 AEG
Hiking8.72 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.37 mph
1,623 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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I've always kind of enjoyed this hike, despite lack of views. The forest up top is pretty nice. Today when I had almost reached the top I ran into a couple of guys with 5 very friendly hound dogs. The dogs were getting a run and some training. After chatting with them for a while, they mentioned a pond on top of the mountain, which I never knew existed. They explained how to find it, but on my first attempt I took the wrong road. Then I did find the correct road on my way back from the towers. They had seen some fresh bear tracks in the dirt road, but I never did see those because the dogs (and probably myself) walked on the tracks.

I would have liked to see that pond a year ago, after the very snowy winter we had. Maybe another year...

A few flowers, and once again I didn't know them all, but worked on finding the names when I got home.
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Mormon Mountain Tank
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Iris, Phlox, White violet

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I had no idea this was here before this hike. I'd like to see it after a very snowy winter.
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May 28 2020
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Lenox CraterFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2020
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Hiking1.29 Miles 454 AEG
Hiking1.29 Miles      52 Mns   2.15 mph
454 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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This one is short and sweet. Great views, nice weather. The Apache Plume was blooming, and some plants were forming the plumes. There was no one else on this trail, although there were families hiking the various lava trails. I forgot to bring the Nikon, which would have been nice for some of the scenery and flowers. Cell phone just doesn't do it justice.
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May 25 2020
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Heart Trail #103Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2020
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Hiking8.60 Miles 1,919 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.10 mph
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I've always liked this trail. Hiking it on Memorial Day, I saw only 2 other hikers on the actual Heart Trail, although I saw a few more on the Sandy Seep lower down, and also at the top of the ridge, where 4 or 5 other hikers had come up the Sunset Trail from Shultz Tank.

The views are great, and there were quite a few wildflowers. This kept me busy after returning home, because I didn't know the names of them all. (And I still might have erred in labeling them, so please speak up if I made a mistake.)

This was my first "real" hike in about 10 months. I was a bit worried about my left foot and right knee, which sometimes bother me going downhill, but they held up. I went slowly and took lots of breaks.
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Geology
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May 22 2020
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Old Caves Crater TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2020
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Hiking3.46 Miles 940 AEG
Hiking3.46 Miles
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I hiked up to the summit, down the back side (Landfill side) trail, and back up to summit again. Gorgeous day! It being Friday of Memorial Day weekend, I saw several people who may have not been my Doney Park neighbors, but it still was not crowded.

I was not able to upload GPS route, because it needed to be split, (because I forgot to turn off the GPS when I drove away). When I split it, the half I needed simply disappeared. I saw the notice that something is being worked on right now, but it didn't say this specific thing. So I used my data from a previous similar hike.
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May 21 2020
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Old Caves Crater TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2020
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Hiking2.51 Miles 527 AEG
Hiking2.51 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   1.96 mph
527 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Quick hike midday. Nice day, not windy!
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May 20 2020
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Sinclair Wash Urban TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Road Biking avatar May 20 2020
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Road Biking12.71 Miles 449 AEG
Road Biking12.71 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   5.26 mph
449 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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We started on the south side of the Sam's Club, and hopped on the trail. After passing through the woods and campus, crossing Beulah, we arrived at the "old" Walmart. Then, following the trail as it passes under the 40, we stopped at the intersection of Lake Mary Road and Beulah. Crossing the street here, we were on the trail again right away, and arrived at Fort Tuthill fairgrounds. We were not able to explore the fairgrounds too much due to a long line of cars there for the Covid testing. A large area was cordoned-off. We took a break at the Amphitheater, where they have Pickin' in the Pines. Then we retraced our route.

I selected "road biking" because we were not on our mountain bikes. We both rode our new gravel bikes.
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