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Dec 10 2017
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Mount Nutt Wilderness AreaNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking9.38 Miles 2,067 AEG
Hiking9.38 Miles   8 Hrs   1 Min   1.34 mph
2,067 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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(Edited my mistakes): This is quite a hike, to the Nutt benchmark, which turns out is not the named Mount Nutt. However, this benchmark peak that we climbed is higher than Mount Nutt. It isn't much to look at from a distance. A friend of mine had been there before and was leading us. When she pointed out a small knob amongst the spectacular rocky pyramids I couldn't believe that was the high point. But it is.

There is a well-defined burro trail for much of the way if you start at Sitgreaves Pass, which is just up the hill from Oatman. It really helps the hike if you can stay on this trail most of the time. That is, until you get to the higher, rockier areas. In general, though, it would be considered a rocky off-trail hike with some route-finding. This is the kind of hiking I have been wanting to get back to, ever since my foot problems have dramatically improved.

From the top we could see Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave. Many, many mountain ranges can be seen in California, in Arizona and in Nevada. Also, spectacular Cottonwood Canyon was below us for much of the hike.

Another hiker, Scott Peavy, who has been on HAZ in the past (azpeavy) came up, seemingly out of nowhere, from Golden Valley, and accompanied us to the top. I think some of the HAZ people will remember hiking with him.

The hikers' register included some pretty well-known Arizona hiker names from years past: Bob Packard, J.D. Green, Andy Martin, Mark Nichols, John Klein. The register dated back at least 17 or 18 years. Just the kind that is fun to read.

Glad to be back hiking to the tops of mountains.


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Cottonwood Canyon Sitgreaves Pass
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Dec 06 2017
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Owl Canyon Hiking TrailCentral Valley, CA
Central Valley, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2017
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Hiking2.69 Miles 312 AEG
Hiking2.69 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   1.43 mph
312 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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First we drove around the Rainbow Basin Loop, and then did the hike. I had a book with me: Geology Underfoot in Southern California, which has a chapter on the geology and paleontology of the area. According to the book and to the BLM posters around the area, the area is famous for its Miocene paleontology. Fossils of animals which lived here 12-16 million years ago have been found, including camels, dog-bears, pigs, mastodons and flamingos. The layers of rock are spectacularly folded due to uplift and earthquakes over the millennia. Other rocks found here are volcanic tuff, breccia, and granite.

The hike is fun and easy. I didn't go as far as is possible up the canyon because someone was waiting for me. There is a natural tunnel you can walk through. It's really dark, but we had brought a flashlight, as recommended in the book. It's not a cave, it's a tunnel. After maybe 100 feet in the dark you come out the other end into a slot canyon. The tunnel was made by seepage and running water.

Further up the canyon becomes a slot. There are a couple of small dry waterfalls which are easy to climb. Beyond these a green rock hill beckons. I went as far as the base of this hill, which is volcanic tuff.

The plants I noticed were desert holly, creosote and Joshua tree on the rims. It's extremely dry right now.
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Nov 29 2017
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Black Mountains - Mohave County, AZ 
Black Mountains - Mohave County, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2017
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Hiking4.46 Miles 991 AEG
Hiking4.46 Miles   3 Hrs   24 Mns   1.40 mph
991 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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This was a hike I organized with a local group. We went up to the edge of the Warm Springs Wilderness. I've been trying to make some hiking buddies here in the Tri-State region, and have started to find people who want to do some peak bagging, etc. However, this was just an exploratory ramble around the edges of the Warm Springs Wilderness Area. We had a nice time. There are a lot of relics lying around on the ground from the mining days. It's astonishing how much work those old miners put in to some of the prospects, and they never found very much. There is gold everywhere in the soil here, but it's in small quantities.
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Nov 26 2017
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Colorado River Beach epic bike ride, CA 
Colorado River Beach epic bike ride, CA
 
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Mtn Biking21.30 Miles 206 AEG
Mtn Biking21.30 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   7.56 mph
206 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Another absolutely stunning day in Needles, temperature about 80, with almost no wind. This has been the nicest fall I have ever experienced here. Usually it's a lot windier, and even kind of cold. This is my fourth year of snowbirding in my RV on the riverbank.

This ride started north of the town of Needles, California. I headed downriver, starting from near where I live, first passing through the Aha Macav village (the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe), and then past the golf course (the Wrinkled Old Guy Tribe). Just before I got to Jack Smith city park, I took a dirt road which follows the railroad tracks south all the way to Park Moabi. At a certain point you can turn off this road (see GPS route) and ride the levee road for several miles. The tread is pretty good, not a lot of sand, just enough to keep you honest. Some of the side roads are VERY sandy, however. ATVers like those; I don't.

There are quite a few beaches and overlooks a rider can choose to visit, but I stopped at only one of the beaches. My destination was Five Mile Lagoon. This pretty lagoon is about half a mile long, and is adjacent to the river, separated by a levee, so you can't boat into it from the river. At this point the levee road ends. I didn't want to make a lot of side stops to beaches on this ride because I knew I was going to rack up over 20 miles just to get to the lagoon and back, which seemed like enough mileage to me, since I've mostly been doing only 10 miles rides lately. This was my first 20+ ride on the mountain bike since last winter. I was pleased to find I was not totally exhausted at the end.

Since this is directly across the river from the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge I am linking to that.
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Nov 23 2017
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Red Mountain Trail #159Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2017
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Hiking3.53 Miles 454 AEG
Hiking3.53 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   1.83 mph
454 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Fun little hike with my daughter on Thanksgiving Day. We didn't try to bag the peak, we just did the tourist thing.
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Nov 18 2017
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Hayden Peak Summit Road - Hualapai MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2017
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Hiking6.91 Miles 2,136 AEG
Hiking6.91 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   1.43 mph
2,136 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Following the Potato Patch Loop to the Hayden Trails, which included the Tipton Overlook and the dinosaur rock trails, we cut over to the road and from there it was only a short distance to the actual summit on the road. Nice hike, great weather. Oddly, it was cold and windy in Kingman, but not windy on the mountain. Somehow I had thought we'd spend a lot more time hiking on a road, but actually it's very little.

A HAZ member turned up for the hike!!: HikedUP

We could not figure out what the dinosaur is. Maybe it's a rock to the south that sort of looks like a Dino head?

I have to wonder if my GPS is off, because another hiker said his showed over 7 miles and 2500 or so AEG. Or maybe, his is off.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Practically zilch is left now. No aspen leaves. Some very faded oaks and shrubs.
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Nov 12 2017
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Havasu National Wildlife RefugeNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Kayak avatar Nov 12 2017
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Kayak7.29 Miles
Kayak7.29 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.63 mph
      34 Mns Break
 
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We launched at Catfish Paradise in Topock Marsh. I had posted this with a local group, and one guy showed up. He had one of those Hobie pedal kayaks, which was pretty unsuitable for the marsh, which is full of duckweed. The apparatus underneath his boat got clogged up, and he had to pull it up and paddle like a normal kayaker, poor guy! Despite all this we had fun.

Incidentally, there is no way to boat from the marsh directly into the Colorado River without portaging over a levee. I get asked this a lot at the marsh: "How do you paddle to the river from here?" However, when the river is high, you can start at Topock 66 Marina (that drinking establishment on the Arizona side, by the I-40 bridge) and boat up into a part of the marsh that isn't walled off by the levees.

I believe that the marsh is kind of sick right now. Duck weed is starting to take over. Channels are filling with it, and you can no longer easily explore them. I don't know if there are any plans to dredge it, but I think that's what it needs.

Google Earth is the most helpful method to figuring out the back channels of the marsh. Maps are almost useless, because they show water where there are only cattails.

We pedaled/paddled by the beaver lodge. We saw lots of birds, including a possible bald eagle, but it was kind of far away and kept flying further. Saw white pelicans, cormorants, herons, ducks, and of course, mud hens (aka coots). Stopped on a small beach for lunch and walked up a dune to get a view.

As we paddled, several times very large fish would jump up in front of us. They were at least 2 feet long. I don't know if they were carp, bass, or what they were.

Reminds me of that old tale about the man whose wallet fell into the pond, and the carp found it and started playing volley ball with it...That is, they were carp-to-carp walleting...
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The Needles
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Nov 10 2017
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Thumb Butte - Black Mountains, AZ 
Thumb Butte - Black Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
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Mileage and elevation gain estimated because I stupidly forgot to turn on my GPS, or accidentally turned it off. Rough off-trail hiking. Can be very steep, with loose shale. Great views of Thumb Butte. I believe it can be climbed only with hardware and ropes. (This is the very prominent "finger" you see when driving between Bullhead and Golden Valley on Highway 68.) Saw some burros. Saw plenty of evidence of bighorns, but no sightings. I'm told they are pretty commonly seen in the area.

The Black Mountains range is a lot longer than most of the local ranges, and there are seemingly endless opportunities for exploration. Lots of Jeep roads to access it. I will link to Mount Nutt Wilderness, although we didn't quite reach the wilderness boundary.
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Mount Nutt Thumb Butte
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Nov 07 2017
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Black Mountains near Oatman, AZ 
Black Mountains near Oatman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2017
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Hiking5.49 Miles 896 AEG
Hiking5.49 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   1.53 mph
896 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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With a new hiking pal, I went to this area off Rt. 66, between Golden Shores (Topock) and Oatman, very close to Boundary Cone. My pal knows the area somewhat, and has done some prospecting around there with her husband. We saw lots of open mine shafts, both vertical and horizontal. They are not gated like the ones in other parts of the state. We mostly followed roads I could have driven in my Jeep, but we also cut across a saddle and down into another drainage off trail.

It was kind of a drab, overcast day. This time of year there are no wildflowers, so it was hard to make interesting photos, but hopefully I succeeded somewhat. I am not very good at taking photos of colorful rocks, but there are plenty of those, if you want to go look. It's easy to see why rock-hounding and prospecting are popular hobbies in the area. And hobbies they are, because no one is going to get rich out there. It would cost more money than it's worth to extract the gold from the rocks.

It was my first hike in this area, and I plan to go back. It's not too far from where I'm wintering.

Mine shafts are inherently unstable. My friend said there had been a cave-in when a family was far inside a horizontal mine, and they were lucky to get out.
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Nov 05 2017
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Havasu National Wildlife RefugeNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Kayak5.59 Miles
Kayak5.59 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   1.85 mph
      31 Mns Break
 
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A moderate paddle in Topock Marsh. For quite a while, a couple years, I hadn't been leading many, (if any) activities for a local group. I decided to start doing it again. I'm glad I am, because it's fun. As I mentioned elsewhere, sometimes I just get tired of my own company. It's true that going solo you may see more. But today I don't think I would have seen the bald eagles that one of the other two gals spotted. Too far away for a photo, though. We also saw grebes, great egrets, great blue herons, and the ubiquitous coots. It's duck season, so of course we didn't see any ducks. Those guys are hiding! We saw duck hunters in kayaks!

I had never before paddled through the large pipes into the intake/outlet canal. It was fun. It's not possible to do unless the water is exactly at the right level. It has to be deep enough to float a kayak, but not so deep you can't get through. The water doesn't rush through, so doesn't seem dangerous. Someone took a photo of me from the back as I went into the pipe.
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Nov 02 2017
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Grapevine CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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Canyoneering5.96 Miles 1,281 AEG
Canyoneering5.96 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.40 mph
1,281 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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An interesting scramble through the boulders and hoodoos, mostly off-trail. (I switched designation from "canyoneering" to "hiking.") We didn't go there to view the petroglyphs, since we'd seen them before. A hiker could spend weeks exploring this area. We hiked up the main trail, which peters out eventually, then went up and around a hoodoo, and continued around to make a loop. (See route.)
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Oct 30 2017
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Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking7.85 Miles 2,277 AEG
Hiking7.85 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   1.53 mph
2,277 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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Finally made it (almost) to the summit. At least I made it to the boulder next to the summit boulder. From this non-summit boulder I was able to stand up and have my head higher than the benchmark on the actual summit boulder, and take a photo of said benchmark. So, there. Not as spry as I once was, what can I say?

I posted it as a group thing at the last minute, and had one taker. It was nice to have company for a change. He talked my ear off, which at least kept me from being bored with myself, which often happens on solo hikes.

The weather was nice, but the views were slightly hazy--we could not see the San Francisco Peaks.

Anyway, good hike, hope to get up in the area a few more times as long as this dry weather holds, seeing as I'm wintering fairly close by.
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Wabayuma Peak
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Fall colors are pretty much gone now.
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Oct 22 2017
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Black Canyon - Hoover Dam to Willow BeachNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Kayak13.22 Miles 114 AEG
Kayak13.22 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   1.99 mph
114 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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Oct. 22, 2017. Posting this a bit late. A group of us, all from western Arizona area, paddled upstream from Willow Beach about 6 and a half miles, on a gorgeous day. We had a lot of fun, despite not making it all the way to Arizona Hot Springs. We had several noobs in the group who got a bit tuckered-out, but everyone said they had a lot of fun. And I got those nice photos of the coyote on the beach.
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Coyote
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Oct 12 2017
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Potato Patch LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking4.46 Miles 1,093 AEG
Hiking4.46 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   1.63 mph
1,093 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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An errand day in Kingman allowed me time to do this loop. I'd forgotten there would be fall colors, so even though it was a weekday I saw probably 10 other hikers, which seemed kind of crowded. This is actually the best place to get up into some elevation near where I'm living.

I think of this mountain range as being like a "mini-Catalinas" due to the granite boulders, the long views, and the pines, spruce, aspens and firs.

I could just barely make out the Peaks from a viewpoint. Could easily see Bill Williams Mountain.
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Aspen, Gambel oak, possibly walnut (bright yellow, but saw no nuts), maples, and a few shrubs.
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Aug 30 2017
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Aspen Peak - Hualapai MountainsNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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I just followed the trails, passing the campsites,(no water comes out of spigot), and turned left, crossed the bridge and headed up. Great trail! My GPS is still in Oregon, so I estimated. My laptop died this morning, so can't post photos.

Important to note that the trail does not end where the park says it does. Hang a left, west, and search for it in the brush. It's steep, rocky,and brushy.It leads to an AMAZING flat area used for camping, with a view toward Kingman. Beyond that are the summit blocks, which are huge boulders.

Anyone who wants to go back there with me, let me know. I was hesitant to do the scramble to the summit alone. Would like company for that. If I go alone again I should have my GPS by then, and will post description and route to flat camp area.
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Power Line Road, OR 
Power Line Road, OR
 
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2017
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Hiking3.57 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking3.57 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   1.91 mph
750 ft AEG
 
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Glad I found this little hike, because it's close to where I'm spending the summer. After posting the GPS route, I looked at it on satellite mode. So I can now see where all the little haul roads go, some of which I can probably also hike, if the cattle have kept them open. Otherwise, blackberry vines and other runaway vegetation quickly overtake everything.

I still have that ache in my foot, seems to be metatarsal bone. It's been one year since I first noticed it on Bill Williams Mountain. The ache comes and goes. I now have wonderful Oregon Health Plan (yay, Oregon!) and hope to soon find out what exactly it is. Mostly I ride my bikes and paddle my kayak. And I grow vegetables--LOTS of them. (I may post a photo essay of my vegetable growing adventure.)
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Pennyroyal. And blackberries, too!
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Jul 09 2017
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Fall Creek Lake Kayaking, OR 
Fall Creek Lake Kayaking, OR
 
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Kayak5.56 Miles
Kayak5.56 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   1.61 mph
      7 Mns Break
 
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My first time to dip a paddle in Oregon. I've been living (in various locations) in the state since March 1. I arranged with another kayaker to meet up via a social media kayaking page. Very handy when you're in a new state and don't know anyone. We had a nice time, and it was good to get back in the boat again.

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Cox Valley Clearcut, OR 
Cox Valley Clearcut, OR
 
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Hiking4.16 Miles 755 AEG
Hiking4.16 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   2.57 mph
755 ft AEG
 
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The forest in this part of the Coast Range is mostly privately owned, and is all second and third-growth fir. Logging continues all the time. From what I understand, the trees are cut when they are 40 to 80 years old, depending on the market.

I have found if you hike into the tree farms, often the closed roads lead uphill quickly and there are some nice views on the tops of the hills. By the time the clear cut areas are a couple of years old they provide a lot of habitat for deer, bears, and other animals. However, the native oaks and other hardwood trees are in short supply, and I am sure the ecosystem is nothing like it once was. Under the trees it's very dark, since they're planted very close together.

On this particular day in June I saw a deer, and a very large bear poop. No, it did not contain bells or smell like pepper spray...
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Clingmans Dome Trail - Tennessee HighpointWestern, NC
Western, NC
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Hiking0.61 Miles 334 AEG
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334 ft AEG
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This "trail" is a paved walkway leading to a historic platform with an unusual spiral ramp approach. But if you have time you can combine seeing the historic structure with a hike on the Appalachian Trail. I did my "section hike" of a hundred yards or so. I wanted to put my toe into Tennessee, a state I had never visited. The Appalachian Trail straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee here. So, after climbing the platform to see the view, I hiked down the AT a very short distance, walked off the trail to the right and down through the trees, and took a pee in Tennessee.

My first visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But there was a big storm coming, and it was pretty cold and windy, and I didn't have sufficient layers. Plus I was going to have to drive back to Asheville in the rain. So, I didn't stay long.

Both on the drive up and back, along the Blue Ridge Parkway heading toward Maggie Valley, I saw a lot of turkeys and a few elk. I don't know if the elk are a different brand than the ones I am used to seeing in Arizona, but they did look different to me. So, I looked it up. They are Manitoban elk, a subspecies that was introduced into the park. Apparently the eastern elk subspecies is extinct. americanforests.org ... ins/

The elk in Arizona (also introduced to the state, the first load brought by train to Winslow from Montana in 1913.)Story about that is here: elks.org/lodges/Lod ... =368
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Since I'm here in North Carolina for several weeks I thought I may as well share a few of the things I'm doing that are outdoors and pretty fun. This was a guided paddle rafting trip with Blue Heron Rafting, out of Marshall, North Carolina. The river was up due to heavy rain the day before. The run was mostly Class II with a couple of III's and one they called a IV. It was a glorious sunny day, fairly warm, in the 70's. This particular river is not super cold, which is good. Maybe about 55 or 60 degrees. Yes, I wore a wetsuit and rubber socks. The other people were a couple of families with preteen kids.

The put-in is near Marshall, NC. The take-out is at Hot Springs, NC, which is also where the Appalachian Trail crosses this river on a small highway bridge.

The guides did their job very well. Some of the holes we slammed through buried the raft and drenched us all pretty good. I even had the chance to rescue a boy who fell in. He was a chubby 13-year-old, so not a small child. His mother thanked me a bunch of times and told me I was her hero.

The guides served us up some tasty sandwiches on a riverside stop. I'm glad I went. It was the best thing I've done so far here, other than seeing my granddaughter, son and daughter-in-law. They live down on the coast, though. I'll be going back there on Friday. Stay tuned for kayaking and some other stuff, possibly.
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