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Apr 11 2020
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Tri-State Bike Loop, CA 
Tri-State Bike Loop, CA
 
Road Biking avatar Apr 11 2020
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Road Biking30.62 Miles 296 AEG
Road Biking30.62 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   9.52 mph
296 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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Back in April, before it was 108 degrees, I rode this loop. It wouldn't have been much fun before the sheltering-in-place orders occurred, because the Needles Highway is narrow, with very rough edges, and heavily trafficked between Needles and Laughlin.

So, I rode north from Needles, passing into Nevada after about 12 miles. A couple miles later I crossed the Avi bridge into Arizona. Immediately I turned right onto a paved road that heads south. I wanted to avoid riding on 95. Riding south and then east on this, I eventually hooked up with some gravel farm roads, heading south.

I stopped to admire the amazing skill of a crop duster pilot, hoping he was spreading fertilizer, and not pesticide.

It ended up being a lot easier ride than I had thought. I was riding a touring bike with panniers, carrying a little weight in them. A very enjoyable day.
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Apr 04 2020
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Phone Line Road Needles, CA 
Phone Line Road Needles, CA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
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Hiking4.26 Miles 182 AEG
Hiking4.26 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   2.17 mph
182 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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I just don't get out on foot too often these days. Mostly I ride my bicycle, or paddle. I have so many aches and pains that crop up when walking. But I've decided to do some regular easy hikes and walks, of no more than 5 miles, 2 or 3 times a week, to see if I can work through the aches. Hips, back, feet, ankles, occasionally one knee or the other...

We have some nice brittle bush and lupine blooming now, and some other ones I've forgotten the names of.
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Mar 30 2020
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Looking for Lost Lake, AZ 
Looking for Lost Lake, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Mar 30 2020
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Kayak7.21 Miles
Kayak7.21 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.91 mph
   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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All winter, the Colorado River has been pretty low in the Topock area. This time of year the BOR typically ramps it up. So now, instead of running 2500-8500 cfs it's now up to 8500-19,000. So, this was the perfect time to see how far back into the west side of Topock Marsh I could get in my kayak. The starting point is usually Topock 66 Marina, but I started downriver of I-40, because there's a free place to launch there. (I forgot to turn on the GPS until I got to the Marina, though.)

Looking at my GPS route, it's best to switch it to Satellite, because the standard maps show only how it used to be, many years ago.

I followed an ever-narrowing channel. For about half a mile, in fact, it was so narrow it wasn't always possible to use the paddle. Instead I had to grab onto the reeds on either side and pull myself through. I was never sure if the channel was going to take me to Lost Lake, or not. Now I see on the satellite map that it bypasses that lake and goes further. I'm not sure I can get to Lost Lake by boat, but a channel to it is visible. Whether that fills with water when the river is high, I don't know yet.

I will probably go back there, because I didn't get all the way to the end, nor check the side channel to Lost Lake.

I've been trying to be more observant of birds recently, since I do so much paddling. As I recall, I saw white pelicans, cinnamon teal, Clark's grebe, western grebe, black Phoebe, turkey vulture, ring-necked duck, mallard duck, coots, and grackles. The only photos I got were of two Clark's grebes hanging out with a Western grebe. Clark's has the white around the eye, whereas Western has black.
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Old Trails Bridge
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Jan 27 2020
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Grapevine CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Canyoneering avatar Jan 27 2020
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Canyoneering1.99 Miles 335 AEG
Canyoneering1.99 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   1.15 mph
335 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Back in January of this year, a friend from Alaska was passing through, with her sled dog, Simba. I took her out to Grapevine Canyon to see the petroglyphs and the big boulders. Nice little hike. She'd had hip surgery two months before, so we didn't go far.
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Dec 23 2019
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Tucson Bike LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Road Biking avatar Dec 23 2019
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Road Biking19.43 Miles 464 AEG
Road Biking19.43 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   7.72 mph
464 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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We rode about a fifth of The Loop, which has recently been completed and kind of encircles Tucson. It's about 54 miles around. There are many spur trails coming in, so that the entire system is said to be around 120 miles, with more construction planned. So, we started near Wilmot and 22nd Street and rode the Pantano River Park section and the Harrison Greenway section as far as Valencia Road.

It was a pretty gloomy day, and kind of chilly, in the high 50's/low 60's, but we managed. There were quite a few people out, despite the weather. Mostly cyclists, but also walkers and runners. We saw several mountain bikers as well, who were using the paved pathway to reach the Fantasy Island mountain bike area, which is just to the east of the Harrison Greenway section. The Air Force base is to the west, once you get south of Irvington, and there's a big fence with razor wire, but otherwise, it's the same exact desert on that side, but those poor chollas and saguaros are imprisoned.

Here are some official Pima County and Tucson City pages about the Loop: https://webcms.pima.gov/government/the_loop/
https://www.tucsonaz.gov/bicycle/maps
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Dec 09 2019
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Beardsley Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 09 2019
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Mtn Biking10.93 Miles 778 AEG
Mtn Biking10.93 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   3.53 mph
778 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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This was the first time I've ridden single-track in a while. I did okay, but not great. The trail was washed out from recent storms, and had a whole lot of loose rocks on it. This little old lady (me) had to get off and walk her bike on occasion. I was camped at Desert Tortoise campground. After riding past the junction with the Maricopa Trail a short distance, I turned around and rode back to my campsite via the paved service road, which is not open to visitors. I was stopped by a park employee. She wanted to know what I was doing. I told her the Beardsley Trail was pretty washed out, and I pointed at the big, black rain cloud hovering over the area. I told her I wanted to get back to my campsite as soon as possible due to the rain and lightning. She allowed me to continue on the road.

I had been at Lake Pleasant for a three-day/two-night kayak touring trip, over to Humbug Bay and up the Agua Fria arm, where we saw an eagle on its nest. Camped at the end of Humbug Bay and Tule Bay, and hiked to Indian Mesa. Maybe that's what I should be posting. More interesting than this. [ photoset ]
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Dec 06 2019
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Lake Pleasant 3-Day Kayak Camping, AZ 
Lake Pleasant 3-Day Kayak Camping, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Dec 06 2019
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Kayak22.77 Miles 240 AEG
Kayak22.77 Miles2 Days   1 Hour   13 Mns   
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A three-day kayak trip with several people from the Southern Arizona Paddlers Club. The lake was 82% full, so not too bad. Starting at the north ramp of the lake, we paddled across the lake and up Humbug Bay, making camp the first night near the end of that bay. The weather was overcast and gloomy, and rain was in the forecast.

We had a nice fire, and I played my ukulele and sang CC Rider, Sloop John B, Route 66, and some other old songs. We talked about bicycle touring, kayak touring and river rafting. Earlier, while we were setting up our tents, a burro came near and planted his feet, threw back his head, and brayed at us over and over. "HEE HAW, HEE HAW, GO AWAY, YOU ARE ON MY PROPERTY!" he yelled. We just laughed at him.

The next morning the weather was really gloomy! Very dark clouds had moved in. Two guys elected to leave us and go home, and paddled away at the mouth of the Agua Fria canyon. One gal, who was the trip organizer, myself, and one man continued on. We went up the Agua Fria Canyon. Right away, we spotted an eagle flying and landing on its nest, way up on a cliff. After taking photos (glad I had the Nikon with a zoom) we paddled on. We took a left turn at Tule Creek. We found a good campsite at the end there, above any possible flash flooding from the impending storm. Before setting up camp we took a very nice three-mile hike to the top of Indian Mesa to see the large ruins. (Apparently there are also petroglyphs, but no one knew where they were.)

As we hiked back into camp it was starting to rain. We managed to get our tents up without getting them too wet.

The next morning, after raining all night, it let up a bit, long enough for us to get our tents down. Once in the boats it started up again. Paddling in the rain is never much of a problem, since you have a waterproof skirt on your cockpit, plus a splash jacket and rain hat, at the very least. We weren't wearing drysuits. Everyone on this trip used sea kayaks, which was required by the organizer.

I am really glad I joined this group for the trip. It was fun, and the folks were nice, and were experienced kayakers. It was my second multi-day trip with this club, the first being a Lake Powell trip over a year ago.
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Agua Fria River Indian Mesa
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Nov 16 2019
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Hiko Spring Canyon, NV 
Hiko Spring Canyon, NV
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
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Hiking3.77 Miles 592 AEG
Hiking3.77 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   1.40 mph
592 ft AEG
 
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This is an easy hike down a canyon, with only a little shimmying down a pour-off, until you get to the last one, which probably would require a rope. That's where we turned around. I enjoy the Newberry Mountains because of all the white granite, which is nice to walk on, plus is beautiful. Lots of rock art, plus a couple of inscriptions from 1907 and 1898.

People who like scrambling around on rocks would like this area. You can really see a lot more if you want to do some serious scrambling.

Hiko Springs itself is right by where you park the vehicle. It's in very thick brush, and we didn't try to get in there to see if there was any water. There are a couple of cottonwood trees to mark the spot. So, I have no idea if it's running or not.
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Tarantula
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Oct 07 2019
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Stone Creek via Colorado RiverNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2019
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Hiking2.04 Miles 641 AEG
Hiking2.04 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   1.39 mph
641 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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On a private river trip, October 2019. Since I realized I had recorded a GPS route of this hike, and took photos, I thought I may as well post it here. I don't think many river runners walk very far up this canyon. I had never been up it before. I think most people stop at the first waterfall.

We do try to do some different hikes each trip. For this one, if you did a layover day, you could throw some gear in a backpack and do an overnight up in that canyon. You could go way further than I did. I didn't have much time, since I had to be back at the boats by a certain time, which of course, no one bothered paying any attention to. Gripe gripe.

I have kind of sworn off doing GC river trips, at least for awhile. I truly don't like the big group dynamic. I always end up being emotionally miserable at some level. I am not good at partying or late evening socializing. Heck, I didn't party even when I was young! They party and gab half the night. I go to my tent and read. I enjoy chatting, during the day, but at night I only want peace and quiet. I get sick of the sound of human voices, including my own.

My friends tell me I should put together a trip for 6 people or so. That might be okay, (or it might really suck, depending on the people.) 25 days is a long time, especially for me, to deal with folks. 2 rafts (two people each raft) and 2 kayaks might be okay, though. Of course, first I'd have to win that lottery again. I have won it 3 times. Not sure my luck can hold now, what with so many more people applying for it. The way I usually get on a trip is to be invited by friends.

In 2019 I went on TWO Grand Canyon river trips. Oh, bad, bad, bad! "You broke the law," they said. Hahaha, WRONG! On the April trip I went as an employee of AzRA. You can do an unlimited number of employee trips, PLUS one private. The October 2019 trip was a private. This year, 2020, I probably could have gotten on both kinds again, but I didn't try. I didn't want to go. I could say it was the Covid that stopped me from asking around to get on a trip, or applying for the lottery, but it wasn't so much that. I just didn't want to go.
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Sep 12 2019
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Fort BottomSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2019
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Hiking1.44 Miles 344 AEG
Hiking1.44 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   1.33 mph
344 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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September 12, 2019
Here's another hike we did on the Green River paddling trip. (Ruby Ranch to Spanish Bottom, two weeks, 100 miles.) This hike already has a link to it here on HAZ. There are a couple of major things here. One is this quite imposing ancient Native American tower. The other is an old log cabin. Also, the views from this point are nothing short of spectacular. I absolutely loved this river trip, and hope to do it again. So much to see. Lots of hiking along the way.

It's accessible by vehicle, via a pretty long Jeep road, which I know nothing about. In fact, the only time I have ever entered Canyonlands National Park was by kayak. There is a Jeep road alongside the Green River part of the way. I'm sure there's plenty of information out there about the Jeep road.
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Sep 08 2019
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Bowknot Bend Trail, UT 
Bowknot Bend Trail, UT
 
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2019
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Hiking1.65 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking1.65 Miles   2 Hrs      0.96 mph
480 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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September 9, 2019. This hike can only be reached by boat, on the Green River. It's one of the more spectacular hikes on a lower Green River canoe/kayak trip. It's fairly straightforward, as hikes go. You pull into kind of a steep beach, secure your boats very well, and follow the trail to the narrow top of the bend. In order to paddle around to the other side (where I'm told there is another, much rougher, trail to the top of the bend) it is 7 miles.

This was probably one of the best trips I've ever been on of any type (kayak, raft, backpack, bike, etc.). I enjoyed it way more than any of the Grand Canyon river trips I've been on, because I had my own boat and gear, and there were fewer people in the group. Four of us were on the river for two weeks, covering 100 miles, between Ruby Ranch and Spanish Bottom, which is on the Colorado River, about 4 miles below the Confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. 3 kayaks and a canoe. Each of us fairly self-sufficient. No big elaborate meals with big tables, like on a GC river trip. Just simple, the way I like it. We were required to carry a groover (toilet) however, or you could bring "poop tubes," (but they can stink!) That's one reason for having one canoe in the group, because it can carry a small groover. However, if I ever do the trip solo, I'd have to go with a poop tube. It's a flatwater trip, with only one very small riffle to negotiate. The distance of 100 miles can easily be covered in a week or less, but we wanted to take our time. When we reached Spanish Bottom we were met by a jet boat service, Tex's Riverways, which brought us and a lot of other people up the Colorado River to Moab. The same company also launched us at Ruby Ranch. We were surprised how many people showed up for the jet boat, because we hadn't seen very many along the way.
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Jul 19 2019
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Trans-La Sal Trail, UT 
Trans-La Sal Trail, UT
 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2019
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Hiking5.67 Miles 903 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles
903 ft AEG
 
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This trail in the La Sal Mountains is close to Moab. The section of the Trans-La Sal Trail that I hiked is called the Squaw Springs Trail, off of Geyser Pass Road, a graded dirt road which is off of the paved La Sal Loop Road. The Trans-La Sal Trail links together several trails. It's astonishingly pretty, similar to Colorado mountain scenery. Very green, lots of flowers. The aspens were some of the largest I've ever seen.

Looks like it would be a fun backpacking trip, although I don't think you could make a loop out of it without some road walking. There was water in two places, although not many flat spots to camp, on the short distance I covered. It might be a little buggy. If I were going to do an overnight, I'd bring DEET and a shelter with mosquito netting. Wasn't bad during the day, though.

I have never seen so many wildflowers, especially lupine! There are great views out across the Canyonlands country. You could see Moab, also.

I had been river running for three days on the Colorado River (starting near Grand Junction) and I didn't have a day pack with me. I didn't expect to do any hiking, due to the lowland heat. So, I slung my purse over one shoulder, with a small lunch and GPS inside. I used a boating cam strap, a carabiner and Nalgene bottle for water, slung over the other shoulder. I did have some Altra shoes and a spare set of poles I've been keeping in the car.

The camera I brought along for the river runs was my cheap waterproof Fujifilm. I have to say, it's one of the worst cameras I've ever owned, but it's almost indestructible, so I take it on river trips. The photos are awful. I also took some with my cell phone--small improvement. I'll post those sometime later on.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest offers this pdf file of trails in the La Sals: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 291128.pdf
A guidebook to La Sal Mountains exists, but is out of print. Characteristic of out-of-print books, the sellers are asking upwards of $600 for a copy! It's called Canyon Country's La Sal Mountains: Hiking and Nature Handbook, by Jose Knighton. I perused the tables of contents of several guidebooks to the area, but they seem to focus on Arches and Canyonlands.
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Castle Rock
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Benham Trail #38Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2019
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Hiking8.84 Miles 2,088 AEG
Hiking8.84 Miles   6 Hrs   3 Mns   1.98 mph
2,088 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
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I've always preferred this trail to the Bill Williams Mountain trail. It's more open, there are occasional views, and there are fewer people. I saw one hiker. It was a perfect day. I started at 7 a.m. When I reached the summit, unlike other times, it wasn't windy or chilly. I sat and ate my lunch by the fire tower. This time I didn't go up into the tower, and am not sure if the current occupant wants company, anyway. In the past there was a guy who would call down to you to come on up, because he loved to chat with hikers.

Flowers I noticed were: Yellow columbines, wild roses, Indian paintbrush, some sort of penstemon, and something that looked like sweet alyssum and had lots of bees on it.

I saw elk tracks, no elk.
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Mingus Mountain
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Yellow columbines, wild roses, Indian paintbrush, penstemon, alyssum?
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May 05 2019
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Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2019
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Hiking6.66 Miles 1,460 AEG
Hiking6.66 Miles   3 Hrs   47 Mns   1.78 mph
1,460 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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My first hike of the high country season. I live in Flagstaff for a seasonal job during the summers. Decided to start my higher altitude hikes with an easy peak. As you can see from the photo, Mormon Lake is pretty full this year. A few patches of snow linger in the old growth forest above 8,000 feet. In some places they cover the trail, so you have to either walk over them or around them.

I patted myself on the back all the way up the mountain, "Wow, amazing, no aches or pains!" But then, partway down, my right knee started aching quite a bit. Sigh...

After the hike I drove over to Mormon Lake Village, to find out if there is easy access to the lake for kayaking, but I didn't see any. There is definitely enough water in it to put a shallow-draft boat in. But I couldn't figure out an easy way to get to the water's edge. As far as I could see, you'd either have to lower the boat down a bluff, or walk it out at least a quarter mile across some flats. And there is a lot of private property along it, as well. I'm going to make some calls...
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Mormon Lake
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Apr 19 2019
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Whitmore TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
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Hiking2.18 Miles 1,039 AEG
Hiking2.18 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   1.15 mph
1,039 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Looks like I'm the first one to post this trail on HAZ. Starting from the river, our boating party hiked up the trail, almost, but not quite, to the trailhead. From a hilltop we could see quite a few ATVs parked at the roadend there, belonging to a large extended family of Mormons who were hiking down to the river. They were leaving plastic Easter eggs for their kids to find on the way back up. It was a couple of days before Easter. Since it was already midday, some of those folks and little kids looked pretty sunburned and tired, but they were very friendly to us.

The trail passes some interesting volcanic formations. I didn't get photos of all of them, sorry. The views of the river are tremendous. This must be just about the shortest and easiest trail to the bottom of Grand Canyon, bar none. But I think the driving route to the trailhead is pretty long, and requires 4WD.

I took a little waterproof camera on the river trip, a Fujifilm. I'm not too happy with it. I knew that beforehand, anyway. This was my 4th river trip in 7 years, so I've taken most of the photos I'm going to take, anyway. After a while you just live in the experience, and the photos are less important. At least, for me.

I'll post more hikes and info about the river trip a little at a time. It was my first commercial river trip, (having only done non-commercial DIY trips before). Also my first trip in the spring. I went as a crew member, and washed a lot of dishes, chopped a lot of onions, schlepped a lot of gear. 20 guests, 7 crew members, 16 days, 5 oar rafts, one dory.
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Wildflowers everywhere. Loads of brittlebush, of course.
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Seventy-five Mile Canyon, AZ 
Seventy-five Mile Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2019
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Hiking1.20 Miles 200 AEG
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This was a hike from a river camp called "Upper Nevills," just above Nevills Rapid. We hiked up Seventy-five Mile Canyon to the Escalante Route trail. Walking along the trail, we went out to the rim of the platform it's on and got a nice view of Nevills Rapid, and up and down the gorge. Since I have hiked the Escalante Route, I had been to that canyon before.

It was just a quick afternoon hike. I had to get back to camp to help with cooking dinner for 27 people--this was a commercial river trip. I thought I had GPS'd the hike. (In fact, I thought I had GPS'd all of the hikes on my trip, but some of them are missing.) Oh, well. Looking at the map, I guesstimated the distance and elevation gain.

Some of our guests went further up the canyon after topping over the ledge and said there was a nice waterfall there, but I was on dinner duty that night. My notes say that I made apple crisp in the Dutch oven. Yum! I do remember making the apple crisp, but I didn't write down what else we cooked for dinner.

It was a remarkably nice camp, in the trees. It had been pretty windy, with some rain, and we were tired of the wind, and were glad to fit our many tents into small spaces amongst the tamarisk trees.
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Nevills Rapids
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Mariposa lilies, beavertail cactus, brittlebush, etc. etc.

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Mar 30 2019
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 Flagstaff AZ
Bridge Canyon Wilderness, NV 
Bridge Canyon Wilderness, NV
 
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2019
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,229 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   1.85 mph
1,229 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Granite formations in all shapes and sizes, with caves, hoodoos, windows, and other features make the Bridge Canyon Wilderness a place you can keep going back to for exploration. Most people reach it via the better-known Grapevine Canyon, off of Christmas Tree Pass Road, but last Saturday my friends and I went in via Bridge Canyon Road. Best to have four wheel drive, or at least high clearance, for this road. Eventually you get to the edge of the wilderness area, and then continue on foot. (See GPS route.)

Once in the wilderness area, we did a road walk of a couple miles or so, taking a side hike up a little canyon with a trickling stream and little waterfalls (because of recent rains). We went back onto the road, walked a ways more, and then we started scrambling, exploring big piles of granite boulders. I realized I had been into one of the cave-like formations a couple of years ago, from a different direction. Every time we go out here we decide we have to come back to explore some more of the granite outcroppings.

On the GPS route, the drop-down menu for maps gives an option of a 1930 topo map. I was surprised to see that Spirit Mountain used to be called Dead Man Mountain. Same idea, I guess.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
This area is higher in elevation than the surrounding desert. The flowers were just beginning to bloom. Saw a lot of yucca flowers
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Mar 25 2019
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Boundary Cone Flower Hike, AZ 
Boundary Cone Flower Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2019
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Hiking3.97 Miles 404 AEG
Hiking3.97 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.09 mph
404 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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My friend said she knew where the poppies were, and she did. In this part of the world, most areas do not have any poppies at all. Over around Needles we've seen a lot of lupine, scorpion weed, and some yellow flowers I don't know the name of. But no poppies. So we went hiking near Boundary Cone, a volcanic plug type mountain. Just walking around on the Jeep roads was good enough. Nice day, and plenty of poppies.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Poppies, lupine, scorpion weed, creosote.
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Mar 23 2019
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Grapevine CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
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Hiking3.86 Miles 702 AEG
Hiking3.86 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   1.34 mph
702 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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My birthday hike, with my daughter. After stopping to look at the petroglyphs (somewhat crowded with tourists), we went up as far as where it boxes up, with the little waterfall, which was trickling. Found out from some other hikers that it might be worthwhile to go up further. We started up, but decided we didn't want to do more this day. We watched for bighorns, but it was the wrong time of day.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
At this elevation, back up in the canyon, another week or two should be better for flowers.
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Mar 15 2019
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Lower Grapevine Canyon, NV 
Lower Grapevine Canyon, NV
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2019
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Hiking2.98 Miles 709 AEG
Hiking2.98 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   1.54 mph
709 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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We hiked down Grapevine Canyon. This is the same Grapevine Canyon where the tourist hikers go to see all the petroglyphs, but we didn't go to that part. We hiked downstream instead of up. The canyon crosses the road and eventually runs into Lake Mohave (formerly known as the Colorado River.)

The weather was kind of chilly and quite windy. We wore jackets the whole time.

Very soon we ran into a vertical pour-off of at least 50 feet. My friends tried climbing up and around. For some reason, I was off my game today, and I elected to sit and wait, because I figured they'd come back. They did. We went around the other way (see track) and one of my friends did make it all the way to the bottom. I just wasn't up for it. It was really steep and slippery, a lot of decomposed granite. Rock handholds that broke off in your hand, stuff like that. I'm getting too old for this kind of shoeshine. I'm still glad I went.

Next step is to drive to a place called Nevada Telephone Cove, a nice big beach on Lake Mohave, and hike the same canyon upstream, to see if that pour-off can be reached, or if there are others blocking the way.
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