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Jan 16 2016
mr14ner
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 Peoria, AZ
La Barge Mountain 5077Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2016
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After seeing La Barge Mountain last year from the top of White Mountain it was added to my ‘to do’ list. Saturday was the day to give it a shot. After bouncing around on the Forest Service road for almost an hour I arrived at the trailhead a little after 8AM. There was a group of people that had camped there and they were trying to warm up by a fire on this cool morning. It was 37 degrees when I started. I ran into this group again near Tortilla Pass on my way down, but didn’t ask where they were headed.
There were a couple of guys camped beside the trail a couple of miles in and they were preparing for a day of bow hunting for deer. The hike to the pass was uneventful. Seems like this trail doesn’t get much foot traffic as there were a few spots where the catclaw and brush are overgrowing the trail. If you have leg protection it’s not a problem.
All the washes had water running from the recent rain and snow, which was nice. Above the pass the snow and ice on the rocks made the off-trail portion a little more interesting, just had to take it slow. I followed the HAZ recommendation to follow the fence on the north side up the hill to minimize the heavy bushwacking. There was still some bushwacking required, but it wasn’t too bad. This worked out fairly well and I made it to the top without much trouble. It was nice to not see any USGS benchmarks at the top. ;)  (see previous trip report from 3/2015).
This was a good hike in a not too busy area of the Sups.
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Nov 14 2015
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Ash Creek - GaliuroTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2015
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Hiking6.00 Miles 987 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
987 ft AEG
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I was finally able to make it to the Galiuros to see the fall colors and was not disappointed. Although the colors of the maples weren’t quite at peak there were still lots of color variations, and the aspen were bright yellow.

The highlight of the day was meeting the Arizona famous Chumley (he’s not ‘World’ famous yet). Thanks to all of his and others past trip reports I recognized him right off the bat. One of his hiking buddy’s said he’s almost as famous as Blanco and Cup.

This was a very nice hike with lots of old growth trees (oak, pine, fur, aspen) and the area hasn’t been hit with any recent fires so there’s lots of vegetation. These undisturbed mountain areas are getting hard to find these days. That said, there is an annoying black plastic pipe along a good portion of the trail, but it’s no longer in service (based on the numerous disconnected or broken sections of pipe sticking out of the ground). Sounds like Chumley is up for organizing a party to remove the pipe, count me in.

I will definitely be doing this hike again as I want to get up to Bassett Peak (I was too busy taking pictures on this hike).
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Autumn - Color Foliage Sunset
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Mar 07 2015
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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2015
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Hiking11.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles
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Had this hike on my 'to do' list for awhile. Saturday looked like a good day if I got an early start. Hit the trail at 6:45 AM and didn't see any one else on the trail until I was coming back down from Battleship. Fair amount of flowers, but not much for Poppies. Boulder Creek had a nice flow of water. This is a great hike thru a beautiful area. Enjoy the photos.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Feb 01 2014
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Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2014
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Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
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The planned hike for today was Bear Mountain trail near Sedona. Traveling up the highway from Cottonwood I was admiring the view and looking forward to the hike. Then just outside of Sedona I saw a big sign that said ‘Dry Creek Road closed 8:30 – 10:30 for Sedona Marathon’. WTF. Note to self, in the future, avoid this area on the first weekend in Feb. It was a little before 9 AM and I didn’t want to wait 1 ½ hours for the road to reopen, but backtracking to the west to access forest service road #525 was an option. Turns out a little detour got me to Dry Creek Road and there were other vehicles heading north so I followed. The road wasn’t actually closed, and the runners hadn’t gotten to it yet. It was slow going with the marathon vehicle traffic and activity around the numerous water stations along the road. But I think I got lucky. Was able to get to the trailhead parking lot where a water station was setup for the runners who were due to arrive in about 30 minutes. Paid the $5 Red Rock parking fee and hit the trial. Weather was sunny and cool, just about perfect for this hike. Later in the day the clouds would build and they even produced a few snowflakes. This was my first time on this trail and there were more rock steps than I anticipated, which made a good workout. The views were great. Humpreys Peak had a fresh layer of snow, which looked cool from the top of Bear Mtn. There were a fair number of people heading up as I headed back down. A few marathon runners were still on the road 5 ½ hours later when I got back to the parking area. Another great hike and another great day in Arizona.
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Manzanita bushes had flowers on, a couple of months too early.
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Jan 25 2014
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2014
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Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles
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Where's the snow?

With the lack of snow so far this season and with the great weather, I thought, I should try doing Humphreys in January. I've already hiked it in all the warm weather months.

Picked up a back country permit at Agassiz Lodge from the nice volunteer Forest Service guys sitting in the bar (no it wasn't open at 9AM). Here's a link to the permit info:

http://www.arizonasnowbowl.com/resort/b ... permit.php

Drove back down to parking lot 9 which is the usual parking area for summer. Just drive around the far west side of the barricade that blocks the skiers from using the lot. Walked across the lower Hart Prairie ski run and didn't have to dodge any out-of-control skiers or snowboarders. Was able to hike a couple of miles up the trail before I put on microspikes. Snowshoes aren't necessary, just some form of traction on the boots. The trail is hard packed snow and ice almost the entire way. Was easy to follow the packed trail until just below the saddle where several foot paths took off in different directions (near the sign that says no hiking off trail allowed). I chose the route straight up the hill on hard packed snow. Did I mention the great weather! There was a little wind above tree line which made it chilly, but no complaints for January. Had the top to myself and the sky was really clear which made for great views. On the way back down passed several people heading up. There were more people than I expected, but who can blame them for wanting to hike Humphreys in January on a great day like this.
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Jan 18 2014
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Grief Hill Trail #153Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2014
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,202 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.11 mph
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Wanted to do a hike somewhere I hadn’t been to before, not too far from home, and not too warm. This hike seemed to fit the bill. After locating Forest Road 9306S, proceeded up to where the road started getting rough and overgrown. Found a good parking spot about ¼ mile from the Grief Water Tank. Temp was 29 degrees, but that changed fast after the sun came up. Found a cairn on the left side of the ATV trail just past the old corral and started to follow the cairns up the hill. Not much of a trail until you get higher, then the old wagon road became more evident. The trail follows the old road and detours around cactus in a few places. Followed the trail/road up to the saddle between Juniper Hill and Grief Hill. Trail/Road petered-out as I continued south, so decided to head east and climb Juniper Hill. This detour was all off trail. There were nice views from the top, with views of Mingus Mountain to the west, Bradshaws to the SW, and Sedona red rocks and Humphries to the north.

Just a couple of things to note about this hike. There is very little shade along the route, so an early start is recommended (in the photo set by Stoic, photos #8 & #9 that show lots of ponderosas, those were taken somewhere else, there are no ponderosa trees along this trail). There is no water along the trail, and none in the Grief Water Tank. Didn’t have a GPS, but I estimate the length was around 5 miles round trip.
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