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Jun 20 2008
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White Mountain Grasslands AreaAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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We hiked in by way of the road, past the ranch buildings, hung a left on the loop trail and hiked out that way. Just a late afternoon stroll after work. Saw antelope, including two fawns! We looked for the mother great horned owl and her baby but couldn't find them. The baby is probably flying by now. He and his sibling were just fluffy masses of down when I saw them last, in their nest. Then the nest blew down during fierce spring winds. I didn't see them the last time I looked for them either, but my companion has seen the mother and one baby since the wind storms, so at least one survived. This is my favorite short hike close to home.
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Jun 15 2008
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Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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This was just a nice time of year to do this hike, although I must say, I tried to go for a dip in one pool beneath a small waterfall. Let me tell you, that water is COLD! I mean, low 40's cold! I can swim in it if it's over about 60 degrees, but I couldn't make myself get in all the way.

Most times in June this area will not be so green, but we did have a very good winter, and we also had a very wet late snow in May. I think this area got at least a foot and a half from that storm.

Useful information? Well, 273 will be closed all summer as far as I know, so you have to get there by way of the detour.

Another thing (since I'm the one that brought this up recently as a forum topic) is that yes, there are quite a few good backpacker campsites along this trail, and it would make a very good short backpack, or backpack with small children. Additionally, we saw no poison oak!
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Jun 14 2008
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Overland TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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A stroll with my husband (who walks slowly but can put in the miles) from the Apache trailhead of the Overland Trail, which is near Mexican Hay Lake. We hiked 4 miles in the direction of Rudd Knoll, and back again. We talked about taking two vehicles next time and doing Crescent Lake to Apache trailhead, which would be 15 and 1/2 miles, according to the signs on the trail. We saw no significant wildlife this time--unusual. Maybe it's too hot and the elk and deer are resting in the shade. It was about 88 or 90 degrees, I believe.
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Jun 09 2008
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South Fork Trail #97Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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We came into the trail via a closed road, known as Phone Line Rd. (8070A) It crosses the South Fork Trail about 2 miles up from the campground. You have to park at a locked gate and then walk about 3/4 mile down this road to get to the creek. After crossing the creek, we turned upstream along the trail. After walking a few hundred yards we paused to look at yet another recently-fallen giant Ponderosa Pine on the hillside across the creek. As we were standing there, I saw movement, and whispered, "Bear!" to my husband. As we watched the small bear with cinnamon brown fur making its way up the steep hillside, we also heard some loud ploshing noises from the creek, which was only about 100 feet away, but obscured by some bushes. This noise turned out to be mama bear, who was quite a bit larger, and much darker in color. She went up out of the creek, and you could tell she was aware of us but was mostly looking for her yearling cub. We watched to see if she also had a younger cub, but she didn't. She didn't run up the hill as bears sometimes do, but ambled fairly quickly, swinging her head back and forth, looking for her cub, which had already topped over the hill.

Later we saw a bull elk, and two deer. This was an evening hike, which we began at 5:40 p.m.
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Jun 06 2008
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Grant Creek Trail #305Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiked into Grant Creek via the P-Bar Lake trail #326. Then on down toward Paradise Park, where we took the cutover trail directly to Grant Creek. We set up a base camp a little way downstream from the old cabin site. There was a Boy Scout troop from Gilbert camped at the cabin site. They told us they had come directly down the upper Grant Creek Trail #65 from the Hannagan Trailhead (the one where you also can go on the Steeple Trail.) They said that out of 5 miles of hiking the Grant Creek section they encountered 3 miles of total blowdown, where they were climbing over fallen logs, couldn't see the trail. They were relieved to hear that, although our route had a lot of fallen logs across it, it was very passable. They exited that way on Saturday morning.

On Saturday we hiked to Moonshine Park (Tr #74), and then did the Paradise Park Loop (Trails #74, 75 and 306). Paradise Park was partly burned over during the Blue Complex fire a few years ago. It is not growing back quickly, with only a few Gambel's Oaks and perennials coming up. However, other areas affected by that fire are growing back, with an aspen forest forming amongst the burnt Ponderosa Pines, Douglas Firs, and Blue Spruce.

The Alpine Ranger District will not have a trail crew this summer, I'm told. I was advised by a Forest Service employee that when their new general supervisor takes over that the hiking public needs to contact him or her regarding this problem. There are several hundred miles of very well-constructed trail in the Blue Range, and it would be a shame to let these trails, many of which have been there for more than 50 years, become totally overgrown, washed out, and covered with fallen logs. This area is a difficult one in which to negotiate off-trail hiking--the trails are essential for ease of travel.
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May 11 2008
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South Fork Trail #97Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Just for the record, this hike is 6.15 miles one way. The Forest Service has never been able to make up their minds how long it is, so I gps'd it.

Starting at the campground, I hiked up, then hiked part way around Mexican Hay Lake when I got there. Then hiked back down to the creek, and upstream a little ways, then back to the campground. That's how I got the 13 miles.

Nice hike, but I didn't see any deer or elk, which I often do.

This hike is less than a 20 minute drive from my house, so I have done it quite a few times. Today was windy, but not cold, and very sunny and nice. The creek was up, due to all the snow we received the other day. It was dicey to cross if you didn't want to get wet.
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May 09 2008
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Overland TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Look at my photo. That's me on the Overland Trail in 2005, the last year we ran the Valle Redondo Fat Tire Fiesta in Eagar. Unfortunately the organizers tired of organizing that very fun event. I was one of the first people to ride the entire trail on a bicycle, and was asked to guide that ride for the event. At that time most of the trail was not officially open. Since then I have hiked most of it in segments, and have written a magazine article about it. And also since then, the ATV crowds have begun to ride on it and have screamed at the Forest Service to "give it to them." (I don't think my magazine article caused this problem, by the way--it is just the fact there are so many two-tracks feeding into the trail. Not many people actually READ magazine articles, after all!) Fortunately the Forest Service is not considering turning it over to them at this time. But the ATV crowd continues to ride on it and trash it out. And the Springerville Ranger District doesn't seem to have a trail crew any longer, so they have done no maintenance at all. In fact, they really didn't even finish the trail, (which is okay with me because they wanted to cover it all with this really deep, soft gravel that's bad for mtn. biking) nor did they finish a short loop off-shoot called Apache Vista Trail. They ran out of money. Here's the thing: The money to build the trail came from a grant. The money to maintain trails is not grant money but comes from the general budget, or even sometimes from the fire budget. From what I understand, they can't get grant money to use for maintenance. So it's easier for them to build a bunch of new, poorly engineered, trails. But then they don't maintain them or the older trails. The Overland Trail is one that is extremely poorly engineered, especially on its steeper sections. An erosional nightmare, built with an excavating machine, and much too wide. And at one point it is much too steep to even hike safely (let alone mtn. bike) due to loose rock and soil. In a discussion with the District Ranger, Jeff Rivera, he says he would like to see it maintained as a single-track eventually. This would take a lot of work, though, in some areas, to block the ATVers from pirating it. You'd have to bring in boulders and big logs.

When I interviewed someone from the District office for the article, she begged me to show no photos of the trail, showing how wide it is, nor to say that it was built with an excavator. She, too, was concerned about the motorized traffic. The trail is accessible at many points by two-tracks, and people on ATV's can happen upon it without even knowing they're on a non-motorized trail. Many of the signs have already disappeared as well. No surprise there.

Yesterday hubby and I walked an upper portion of it, about 5 miles or so round trip. It's quiet at this time of year, and this section near Mexican Hay Lake is very flat and smooth, so my husband, who is semi-disabled, can walk very comfortably on it. Usually we see elk in this area, but not this time. Instead we saw a big herd of cow elk in a field right in town (Eagar) on the way home, from the highway!
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Feb 03 2008
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Pole Knoll Recreation AreaAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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I skied here Friday, yesterday and today. Today I tried going west on the Pole Knoll Loop, but when I got to the edge of the forest there was a major ground blizzard out on the open grasslands, so I turned around and skied back, skied part-way up Summit Trail, then down that and along Osprey. I wanted to catch a little bit of downhill, and for that you have to ski uphill first!

This area should be holding snow for quite awhile. If you want to shoot me a PM to ask me about it I will try to help. It's only 13 miles from my house! As for Greer, today I went over that way first to check out Squirrel Springs. That place just does not hold snow very long, and had lots of bare spots. Plus, they never bothered to plow the entry road, so there was no good place to park except on the snowy, soft shoulder of 373. I still haven't skied there yet. The two ski areas have one trail, the Aspen Trail that connect them, but I doubt if there is often enough snow to make the journey.
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Jan 29 2008
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Grand FallsNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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I had myself an escape from work today. I had been watching the USGS River Data site and was led to believe that Grand Falls would be pumping huge today. Well, it wasn't! It was going pretty well, but when we got out of the car we didn't exactly have that Arizona Highways moment!

The directions on one of the triplogs, to take IR 6910, were very good. We never got lost.

We didn't stay long--it was cold and windy, and my husband, who I had dragged out of bed and through the snow in order to get there, was ready to go pretty quick. It was odd, in fact, how much snow was everywhere except at Leupp and Winslow. It was fairly dry on the ground and on the roads leading to the falls.

I'll post photos, too.
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Oct 07 2007
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Escudilla TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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My friend and I started up Escudilla yesterday afternoon. I was raring to go, but it turned out she had had no real exercise for like, years. She had to stop every 5 minutes to breathe. So we got up there, very slowly, to the first big view, about a mile or mile and a half up. Oh, well. I got some good photos of the aspens, but we just missed the peak of the leafy display. I think it must have been midweek, last week. We had 40 mph winds on Friday and Sat. and it blew the leaves off many of the trees. Some areas were still bright, though.

Lower down the mtn. the leaves haven't quite turned yet. I think Hannagan would be nice right about now.

By the way, just for the record, unless you are about 85 years old, I don't believe that walking around your neighborhood is exercise. You might as well sit at home and watch TV for all the good it does you. Did you know that people who are very athletic but eat bad food are much healthier than people who eat really healthy but don't exercise?
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Oct 01 2007
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Murray BasinAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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I mountain biked the loop yesterday. The clockwise loop is not easy to find from the 180 trailhead, although you could figure it out if you go to the left at the Flat Top sign. The trail is in abominable shape. The only frequent users are horse riders, and the hooves have torn up many loose rocks, especially on steeper areas, and made a mess of it in other areas where there was mud during the summer. The good news is they are the only ones keeping this trail open. Otherwise it would have grown over in the grassy areas. The Forest Service used to run their mini-bulldozer along it every year. Instead, now they have put up "non-maintained" signs. The trail is only about 5 or 6 years old.

The ATVers are not bootlegging this trail, amazingly. They have been going onto virtually every other trail in the Springerville Ranger District, however.
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Sep 22 2007
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Indian Spring Trail #627Alpine, AZ
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Mountain biked this with a friend yesterday, slowly, as she was inexperienced. The fall colors are not yet out, except here and there one or two aspens have turned yellow. We saw 3 ATVers (archery elk hunters) bootlegging the trail. I politely told them this was a non-motorized area. (Yes, VERY politely! After all, they were armed with compound bows and who knows what else, while I carried only pepper spray!) One of them informed me that he was retrieving his elk he had shot and he was allowed on the trail on his ATV for that purpose. Later I called the Apache County Sheriff's Dept., which is the only agency you can get on the telephone on the weekends around here. Deputy Brown informed me that, yes, a hunter could retrieve his elk anywhere he wants to using an ATV, that's written into the law. However, the other guy I saw was most definitely hunting. The railroad grade portion of the trail is easily accessible from FR 24, and he told me that is where he got on there. I am very annoyed by this, there were more ATV tracks on this beautiful trail than I have ever seen before.

I guess I am really going to have to start making a stink about the lack of enforcement around here with the ATV's. I see their tracks now on virtually all the trails I hike in the Springerville Ranger District. There is only one Forest Service law enforcement officer for the district at this time.

By the way, this trail was built specifically for mountain biking--I know the guy who laid out its route. It is also designated for hiking, but not for horses, as they mess up the surface for the mtn. bikers.
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Jun 16 2007
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West Fork Trail #94 - GreerAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Great day to do this hike--perfect weather. Road construction equipment, piles of large culverts, and other stuff attest to the road building at the Baldy trailhead. Saw an antelope on the way, out in one of the big meadows. We almost had the place to ourselves, too, saw a couple of people.

We returned the way we came.
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Jun 10 2007
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South Fork Trail #97Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiked the whole trail all the way to Mexican Hay Lake and back down again. It is actually a lake this year! The poison oak is coming up strong along the creek, so I wouldn't recommend taking your dog there right now! The oils from its leaves can get all over the dog, and then onto you! My dog even got a rash on her nose from it one time, even though I had bathed her after contact!

The weather is quite warm right now, in the 80's. The grassy slopes are fairly dry, but the riparian area is very green. The creek has gone down a bit, so is easy to hop across.

On the upper trail, after you go up that really steep part (that should have switchbacks, but instead goes up so steeply you have to use your hands in places--or at least I do) there is quite a bit of deadfall across the trail. This would be of concern to the few downhill mountain bikers who use the trail. (Those of you that hike that trail should know there are a few mtn. bikers who can actually RIDE down that steep thing! Not many, though--most carry their bikes down it. I have a hard enough time getting down it without a bike!)

On this day I saw no one, though. I saw two white-tail does by the creek. It was a great day to be in the woods. It was the first longish hike I've done in a few months. Good to get out there and get those muscles tuned up again! I tried out double hiking poles for the first time. I think I like them.
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Apr 20 2007
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Black River - MainstemAlpine, AZ
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The Black River is up due to snow melt right now, so making the crossings on foot would be very cold and unpleasant. We hiked only a short distance upstream from Wildcat Crossing. We were reconnoitering for a future hike we are leading for a group. I have backpacked from Bear Creek to Fish Creek, and from Fish Creek to the Black River and upstream from there, in July a couple of years ago. The area is worth many return visits.
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Apr 19 2007
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South Fork Trail #97Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiked this yesterday, again to Hamblin Draw, with two other people. As usual with a group, saw no wildlife, but had a nice visit with my fellow hikers. The creek (South Fork of the Little Colorado) is up and looks pretty fishable right now, although one of my companions said the fish are very shy and not very big, hard to catch. Good backpacking weather coming for this area. Yesterday we wore shorts, but night temps still dipping below freezing a lot.
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Jester's Peak in Gila Mtns. , AZ 
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I did this hike several weeks ago while enjoying being a snowbird in Yuma. It's about 2 miles one way to the summit. The photos tell the story. The location of Jester's Peak--easy to find if you know Yuma Foothills. Not so easy if you don't. (I'll give directions at end of write-up.) A word on the trail--it has been hand-built by a local guy with a pick and shovel over several years. The switchbacks and other features of the trail are excellent--the guy knew what he was doing. The Gila Mtns. are difficult to climb where there is no trail. They are extremely steep and rugged, with lots of loose rock in every step, some of the loose rocks being very large. So a trail is much appreciated!

The view is amazing. The big peak just across the canyon (Jester's Canyon) to the east is Fortuna Pk., I think, and is the one with the B-17 crash site on it. To the west on the horizon one can make out the Sierra San Pedro Martir and Diablo, those 10,000 ft. mtns. in Baja Norte. Also I do believe you can see the Laguna Mtns. in San Diego County.

Unfortunately I was not able to spend the entire two months in Yuma that we had planned. My husband, daughter and I were in a bad car accident there on March 22, on Hwy 95. Totalled our truck and camper. We are all okay, with some back and neck pain continuing. We are back home now in the White Mtns. I had a lot of other hikes planned out there. There are many petroglyphs, slot canyons and other interesting features.

To find this trail go to the corner of 48th Street and Ave 15E on the far east side of the Foothills area, next to the new "Ravines" development. All along Ave 15E you'll see that dirt roads head off toward the Gila mtns. along the tops of small hills. Follow the one closest to this intersection, either on foot or in a 4WD vehicle. After less than a mile you can easily see the trailhead on the side of the mtn., and you can see the switchbacks going up. If you have been able to drive this far, park at turnaround and start hiking. The trail is very good for a couple of miles, gets a bit dicey the last quarter mile to the actual summit. Some people call this peak "Jackal" as well. Not sure the story, but most call it "Jester" as does the hiker's register on the top. There is also a flagpole with flag on top.
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Betty's KitchenInland, AZ
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Took a stroll through this area, north of Yuma, the other day. It costs $5 to park there and the walk takes about 10 minutes! It is kind of pretty, kind of interesting, but I wouldn't go back unless it was free. It's called Betty's Kitchen because there was once a settlement there with a restaurant by that name. It was all wiped out in the big flood in the fall of 1983.
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A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.
Feb 18 2007
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Flat TopAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 847 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.33 mph
847 ft AEG
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A hike up Flat Top on a balmy winter day. Snow on all the peaks in the distance: Escudilla, 10,912, Green's Peak, 10,133, St. Peter's Dome, 9,636, Allegra in New Mexico, 10,244,etc. At only 8,167 Flat Top still has great views from all sides of the steep rim of its very flat summit. It's an easy 4 mile r/t hike up a closed road, a quick workout for locals. I do this hike when I have housework and errands to accomplish. I usually don't take my camera, but since I had written up the hike for my column in a local newspaper, I did take some photos this time. The trail was muddy where snow was melting, and snowy in the shady spots. I came home with very muddy boots! Very warm, t-shirt weather! This usually means we are about to get another snowstorm--and sure enough, I just checked the forecast and we are due another one!
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There is a point of no return unremarked at the time in most lives. Graham Greene The Comedians
A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.
Feb 10 2007
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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2007
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Hiking10.00 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.43 mph
4,200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Hiked this with So. Az. Hiking Club today. Hadn't been up there in a few years. It was fun, with good company.
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There is a point of no return unremarked at the time in most lives. Graham Greene The Comedians
A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.
average hiking speed 1.97 mph
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