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Mar 01 2018
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Stone House Trail, NV 
Stone House Trail, NV
 
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Hiking4.83 Miles 409 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   1.70 mph
409 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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This is within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, but starts right next to Davis Dam, which is in Laughlin/Bullhead area. I had heard about the stone house, and printed out a topo, showing two buildings on it. But once I had started hiking I found that the trail led to a dirt road, and I could have easily driven right to the stone house. The second building on the map is no longer there. I went into the area, which showed a lot of signs of a small mining operation, and I assume the building was wooden and has long since disappeared.

On the other hand, looking at the GPS route, maybe I didn't go far enough down the canyon for the more southerly building. The other one just may be shown in the wrong place on the map.

I keep forgetting to bring a camera. My cell phone takes lousy photos, out of focus.

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Feb 28 2018
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Picture Canyon - Dead Mountains WildernessInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2018
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Hiking4.03 Miles 601 AEG
Hiking4.03 Miles   2 Hrs      2.18 mph
601 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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This hike is mostly in California, but when I posted the GPS route it forced me to use Nevada, because the starting point is in Nevada, and so is the first part of the access road, which is the historic Mojave Road. That is annoying, but whatever. This was a scouting hike to see if I could find any petroglyphs in the canyon. Since I had a friend with me who wasn't feeling up for the walk, I said I'd go as far as finding the first one or two of them, and then turn back. I did see a couple of them. I don't even know if there are any panels or what, but I will go back later to see. As you can see from my GPS hike route, I did not reach the main area of petroglyphs. But that's okay. It's only a few miles from where I live, and I can go back with someone who wants to hike all the way in, or by myself.

Next time I will either crop the GPS route so it will be entirely in CA, or I will not turn the GPS on until I have walked about 20 feet up the wash, and am in CA.

You MUST have 4 wheel drive to get to the trailhead, or walk from the Needles Highway. Here is the GPS route to the trailhead:
[ gps route ]

This is in a wilderness area, but as you can see from the map, there is an old Jeep road that crosses the Dead Mountains in this canyon, and it is popular with ATVers and dirt bikers. They are breaking the law by riding it, but the road has been there for a lot longer than the wilderness area, so maybe they feel justified. Certainly the BLM isn't doing much to stop it. Although I didn't see anyone, there were plenty of fresh tracks.

It's an interesting canyon.
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Brittle bush is blooming a little bit.
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Feb 11 2018
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Pontatoc Ridge Trail #411Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking4.76 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking4.76 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.30 mph
2,180 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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I hadn't hiked Pontatoc in close to 20 years, not since I lived here in Tucson. It used to be the trail just went to the mine, and if you wanted to do anything else up there it was a bushwhack. But now there is this trail to the high point near the mine.

Tucson just keeps growing, but in a lot of areas it still has the same feel to it. I was told by friends there is a movement called "Keep Tucson Sh***ty," which is, of course a rebellion against the gentrification and white breadification that has been happening over the years.

Since another family member is moving back here, I expect to be spending a lot more time down here, and maybe even half or more of next winter. We'll see. I do love it here, even though the kayaking is pretty non-existent.

On the trail the bushes are so very dry, and there are no flowers at all. They are hoping for a little rain later this week.
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Feb 07 2018
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Rovey's NeedleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2018
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Hiking4.85 Miles 773 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   1.23 mph
773 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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This is a fun hike, worth doing a description for. I went with a small group which included two good hikers besides myself, plus two people who could barely function on rough ground. So, it went very slowly because these women had to negotiate a number of small dry waterfalls, etc. Plus, we got slightly lost, and had to backtrack a short distance to go up the right wash. There is a cairn, and you have to watch for it. You make a right turn at a junction of washes. I got rid of a bunch of useless cairns that don't mark the turnoff. Undoubtedly someone will come along and put them up again.

The destination, a small butte called Rovey's Needle, seems to be a hunk of sandstone (in a volcanic desert?) if I am not mistaken. The weird rock formations there are really cool. The "needle" itself is a hole all the way through the butte that you can easily climb through. There are big ledges suitable for camping in on both sides of the eye of the needle. However, the area is also reachable via rock crawler Jeeps or ATVs, so it is not exactly pristine.

This is almost the northern and western extreme of saguaro habitat, although there is a good bunch of them on the west side of the Hualapais, further north. It was fun seeing the "nurse tree" taking care of the baby saguaros. We don't see that around here too much.

On the way back to the two cars, we redivided the group, a couple of us went on ahead, so that I could get to work on time. Otherwise it was going to be a very long slog, waiting for the others. We were out of there in 40 minutes, whereas it had taken well over 2 hours to get there.
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Feb 04 2018
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Flagstaff North Urban TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2018
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Hiking2.24 Miles 528 AEG
Hiking2.24 Miles      46 Mns   2.92 mph
528 ft AEG
 
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Early morning walk from family member's home. Aching right hip and hamstring. Nice warm morning, if you were in the sun.
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Feb 03 2018
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Picture Canyon - FlagstaffFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
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Hiking2.84 Miles 242 AEG
Hiking2.84 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   1.85 mph
242 ft AEG
 
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A nice stroll with my family. Sure is warm for February 3rd. I wore a t-shirt and a skort. Enjoyed seeing the surprising waterfall and the petroglyphs, although we didn't find the pit house. The others said the water at the falls smelled bad, so perhaps it's just as well that I have a very poor sense of smell. I did catch a whiff of the nearby sewage treatment facility, but that was only near the parking area.
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Feb 02 2018
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Flagstaff North Urban TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2018
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Hiking2.60 Miles 360 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles      58 Mns   2.69 mph
360 ft AEG
 
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A lot of slush left over from the one time it has snowed around here this winter.
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Jan 30 2018
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Desert Trail to Horseshoe Trail Loop, NV 
Desert Trail to Horseshoe Trail Loop, NV
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2018
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Hiking4.84 Miles 477 AEG
Hiking4.84 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   2.14 mph
477 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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This is an okay urban loop trail. Nice views of Davis Dam and the river.

The designation on HAZ of Laughlin River Walk is in the wrong state. It should come up as Nevada. I had to change it to generic. I need to go in and do a description of the Colorado River Heritage Park and Trails, which are in Nevada. (Edit: THANK YOU to gummo, who changed the state to Nevada!)
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Jan 20 2018
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Dead Burro Canyon, AZ 
Dead Burro Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
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Hiking6.84 Miles 1,527 AEG
Hiking6.84 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   1.45 mph
1,527 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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This hike was tougher than anyone had realized. The directions given on the golakehavasu website were pretty awful: a hand-drawn map and a description that didn't seem to go with what we were seeing. I think I now know where we went "wrong," but on the other hand, we had a very interesting hike. The area is pretty spectacular, with a lot of rock formations, potholes with water in them, slot canyons and dry waterfalls. There are cliffs and towers of rock, and expansive views of Lake Havasu.

I'll post a few photos my friend took. I didn't bring my camera, and took a few photos with my phone, which are totally out of focus.
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A few brittle bush are in bloom
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Jan 16 2018
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Mopah Palms, CA 
Mopah Palms, CA
 
Backpack avatar Jan 16 2018
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Backpack9.58 Miles 1,044 AEG
Backpack9.58 Miles2 Days         
1,044 ft AEG28 LBS Pack
 
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This is a grove of native California palms in the Turtle Mountains. It's not often visited. I had been here before, and had wanted to hike out here and spend the night, so that's what we did.

We had hoped to see some bighorn sheep, but I saw scant trace of them (a few old droppings) which surprised me, since there is a viable and active spring at the palm grove. We did find petroglyphs, which I hadn't seen before, a grinding hole (aka bedrock mortar), a bit of "lithic scatter" (the chips left over after a person makes arrowheads), and some small brown pottery shards. I photographed the chips and shards, and then hid them back under the dirt where I'd found them. It is both illegal and unethical to remove them. I shouldn't have to say that, but new people go into the outdoors every day, and we need to let them know some basics.

The petroglyphs seem to indicate the palm grove and water source, but of course, no one can know the exact meaning of the panel. It must have been a hardscrabble life out there.

There were hummingbirds around in those flowers by the palms, and we saw a couple of phainopepla while hiking in the wash.

The stars at night were wonderful, of course, and I'd brought with me a star chart and small guidebook. At night, the lights of Lake Havasu City are visible far away, seen down toward the end of the canyon.
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Mopah Peaks Mopah Spring
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What are these flowers (in photo)?

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mopah Spring Dripping Dripping
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Jan 14 2018
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Stamp Mill TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2018
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Hiking1.99 Miles 328 AEG
Hiking1.99 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   1.73 mph
328 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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This is an easy and very interesting hike, starting from the boaters' group camp at Picacho State Rec Area, on the California side of the Colorado River, north of Yuma. (Not to be confused with Picacho State Park in Arizona--no relation). After you've paddled a kayak or canoe all day it's nice to go for a walk. You can loop around and make it a longer hike (use the area's hiking brochure for info), but we opted out.

I have been to this state park many times, but always by boat! Never have driven in there. I always go on an annual MLK weekend trip with a group organized by Helen Howard of Desert River Outfitters in Bullhead. This year I left my car at Fisher's Landing, and realized the shuttle van and trailer were going back to the put-in at Walter's Camp, and that if I had planned it, I could have left my car at Fisher's, and caught a ride back to Walter's, and done the trip over again, solo. I plan to do that next year.
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Jan 13 2018
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Picacho State Recreation AreaInland, CA
Inland, CA
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Hiking3.90 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.60 mph
115 ft AEG
 
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A stroll along dirt roads, starting from the 4S boat-in campground. This was after paddling a good part of the day to get there. Very nice walk through the hills, with the sun getting lower in the sky. I didn't have my camera with me, I just was walking with friends. At the far end of it we didn't walk back down to see the river from that vantage point because we had reached an occupied campsite, (Outpost Camp, I think) and we didn't want to bother the people camping there.
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Jan 07 2018
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Standard Wash Trail - Lake Havasu, AZ 
Standard Wash Trail - Lake Havasu, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2018
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Hiking9.84 Miles 887 AEG
Hiking9.84 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   1.98 mph
887 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I tried this out solo in December, and took a small group there this time. It's a nice hike, but it was kind of hard to find those boat-in campsites on the lake. If you get into the wrong little drainage then you have to climb back up the slippery slopes to find the correct one, and there are so many of them! Well, it's all good exploring...

The same messages in the sand were still there, exhorting us to hike nude, but we didn't take them up on it.
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Jan 03 2018
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Topock Marsh - Five Mile Landing, AZ 
Topock Marsh - Five Mile Landing, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jan 03 2018
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Kayak6.87 Miles
Kayak6.87 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   2.56 mph
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This time I launched at Five Mile Landing. This little ramp is on the map, but there is no sign at the turnoff. Motorboats can no longer launch from here. The marsh is getting too shallow, especially right now with the water level being kept so low. It is fairly ideal for kayaks, but it is easy to get lost in the dead tree area if you launch here. There used to be a campground here, but it's long gone. It's a pretty place, with many enormous salt cedars and a lot of palms.

I pretty much kept to the route I had planned. I paddled up the east side of the marsh lake, then worked my way across to the west through a lot of water that was very shallow. I was scraping mud sometimes, and wending my way through the spooky forest of dead mesquite trees. Once on the west side I got into the active boat channel, and the water is deep there. My destination was a place called "The Glory Hole." I guess it is, or used to be, a favorite fishing spot. But no one was there. In fact, I saw only one other boat all morning, likely a duck hunter. The hunters will be out and about until the end of this month, but regulations say they have to stop hunting at noon every day.

I took a break at the Glory Hole. A US Fish and Wildlife Service boat was sitting on a trailer there near the launch ramp. This ramp is closed to the public. I walked up onto the dirt road there to look things over and stretch my legs. I saw that the road is in really good condition for mountain biking. Sometimes they grade the roads and make them too soft and gravelly. So, if I want to get in a nice long ride I had better go soon before they mess it all up. This is also where I took the self portrait.

When looking at my GPS route, or in planning a trip to the marsh, use satellite. Maps will not be accurate because the marsh has changed a lot since the maps were made. In planning your trip, note there are some back channels on the west side of the marsh. These are all navigable, and interesting. As for riding the roads, the same applies. You can get lost in there, so print out a map from the satellite.

I saw a lot of big White Pelicans and a grebe (it dived before I could see if it was a Clark's or Western, and then never came up where I could see it.) Saw an osprey and a Northern Harrier hawk. Also saw some double-crested cormorants, a Great Egret, a couple of Great Blue Herons, some swallows (I think they were tree swallows, but will have to ask my birder friend), some coots and ducks. (I'm not sure what kind of ducks--they were flying by very fast southward, no doubt because there were hunters shooting at them to the north.) I have a hard time grabbing the camera out from its box, and then I am never happy with the results. I am not sure if it is the camera or its operator, but I suspect the latter...

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Topock Marsh 51-75% full 51-75% full
Kind of low right now.
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Jan 01 2018
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New Year's Sunrise Walk, CA 
New Year's Sunrise Walk, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2018
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Hiking3.11 Miles 161 AEG
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I had to be at work today nearby, so I went for a 3 mile walk very early. The area is near Needles, California.
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Jan 01 2018
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Havasu National Wildlife RefugeNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Kayak3.76 Miles
Kayak3.76 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.62 mph
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This section of the refuge is called Topock Marsh - North Dike. It's the northernmost of the three put-ins for the 10-mile-long marsh. I went for a short paddle there, after work on New Year's Day. I was feeling tired and a little depressed. I had worked all morning at the front desk where I live. Since I had gone for an early morning walk, I could convince myself I'd had my exercise for the day, and it was hard to get myself going. Even when I got to the put-in at North Dike, I almost talked myself out of going because it was a little windy. Not so windy to be unsafe, just maybe a little annoying.

I got started anyway, after kicking myself several times for being lazy. I usually follow along the west side channel because it's free of those dead trees sticking up everywhere, but I decided to switch things up a bit and went over to the east side. There was an open channel that way, between the dead trees. I got over to an area where the white pelicans roost. There were four of them floating on the water. It was funny to see them simultaneously dip their heads down, and come up again, like a coordinated dance. Sometimes one or two of them would catch something in its bill. It would put its head back and flop its bill and swallow. I let the wind push me toward them, not paddling. I knew once they caught sight of me it would not be long before they'd fly away. I was able to get fairly close before they did take off. I didn't have my good camera with me, unfortunately, so the photos aren't that great. I'll bring it next time.

I also saw one or two osprey (maybe saw the same one twice). I saw a couple of great blue herons, a snowy egret, a great egret, and numerous coots. I didn't see any cormorants, which I usually see.

If anyone is visiting the area and wants to go kayaking, let me know. I may have time to paddle with you. I have a loaner boat, which is an Advanced Element Advanced Frame inflatable.

The water level in the river and the marsh are both kind of low right now. The marsh is man-made, and its water level is regulated by a series of ditches and gates. You can NOT paddle directly from the marsh into the Colorado River. There is a place on the southwest end of the marsh lake where you can portage to a channel that leads to the river, but ONLY when the river is higher than it is right now. When it's low you will be paddling on the mudflats. (Been there, done that, got stuck!) Google Earth is very useful in figuring out the marsh. All of the maps are out of date and show water where there is no water. When looking at my GPS route, switch it to satellite.

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Dec 25 2017
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Walk to State Gamelands, NC 
Walk to State Gamelands, NC
 
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A walk along a country road to a state hunting area.
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Dec 23 2017
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Walk to Intracoastal Waterway, NC 
Walk to Intracoastal Waterway, NC
 
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Hiking4.00 Miles 100 AEG
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Walk to tidewater.
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Dec 17 2017
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Sacatone CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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Canyoneering4.45 Miles 1,422 AEG
Canyoneering4.45 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   0.86 mph
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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This canyon is a lot of fun, if you love scrambling. Very interesting granite rock formations. There's a bit of route-finding, as you have to sometimes backtrack when you walk up into a boxed-in area, and then find a route up the side of the hill, or up through the giant boulder fields. We enjoyed ourselves. It was a one-Band-Aid hike. I got scratched pretty well on my hand, then put gloves on. Bring gloves! Leave your hiking poles at home. They'll just get in the way. I ditched mine early on, and then of course had to find them again. We hiked up to some springs, unnamed on map.

We saw a couple small pools of standing water, and a little seepage. According to the map, we didn't make it all the way to Willow Spring, but there is water below that as well. It has been a very dry season, but thankfully the animals still can get some water here.
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Standard Wash Trail - Lake Havasu, AZ 
Standard Wash Trail - Lake Havasu, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2017
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Hiking9.13 Miles 747 AEG
Hiking9.13 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.13 mph
747 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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This is a really gorgeous hike. It starts out as a wide, braided, Mojave Desert wash sprinkled with smoke trees and palos verdes, and framed by craggy buttes. Then the wide wash suddenly narrows and eventually becomes a slot canyon. There is a dry waterfall requiring a bit of a class 4 downclimb (only about 12 feet or so). There is supposed to be a route around it, by going up on top of the bluff and around. I didn't look for it. I'm that kind of gal. I did the downclimb, although I was by myself.

At the bottom end of the hike, near the lake, some real route-finding is necessary. The directions I had, from Lake Havasu City website, were not very good when it came to getting up onto a very crumbly bluff of loose conglomerate. You have to get around the impenetrable brush where the wash meets the lake. It's possible there have been natural changes since the directions were written. I went way too far before looking for a "burro trail by a brushy tree." Next time I'm bringing a chainsaw (haha)!

When looking at my GPS route, please note that you'll want to take my southerly route in both directions!! Go up onto the left bluff WELL BEFORE you reach the thick jungle. A well-defined burro trail takes you up there. There is even a small cairn. You can easily see the trail angling up, if you are looking soon enough. Walk down the left side of the wash. I will post a photo of the burro trail.

Otherwise you will risk life and limb, as I did, trying to climb up that thing further down, next to the brushy area. By the way, I never saw any burro poo on the ground, so either the herds have moved on, or the BLM or State Park removed them from this particular area.

At the lake there are several beaches. I went only to the first one, because I got the stuffing kicked out of me trying to get up that bluff.

If I had followed burro trails further to the south I would have gotten to the BLM boat-in campsites. This truly would make a nice two-or-three-day relaxed backpacking trip, because you could camp in comfort, with a picnic table, pit toilet and ramada, and there would be plenty of water available from the lake. I have camped in these lakeshore sites before (there are dozens of them) while on a kayak camping trip. An "iron ranger" can collect your fee: $10 for a group of 6 or fewer.


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