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Sep 25 2022
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44 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Los Lomitas Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking2.10 Miles 270 AEG
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Evening hike. Temps started off in the mid to upper 90s around 6:00 PM and low 90 degrees soon after. Low humidity was a plus. Saw a pack of Coyotes along the trail as well as rabbits and quail. Plants have fresh leaves from recent rains. Found where Coyotes had dug into a shallow water hole and amazingly there was still a little water near Kiwanis. Only passed 2 other hikers further in since this was silent Sunday. No car radios blasting. No loud exhaust. More wildlife. Nice.
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Sep 12 2022
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Coolidge DamGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
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It has been 25 years since I last visited Coolidge Dam/San Carlos Lake. When I saw the water level up 40 to 45 ft since June I decided it was time to pay another visit to see the rebirth of the lake and try some fishing. Since the water level has been almost empty for a year or two and with large fish die offs there was not much for fishing but it was still nice to hike the shoreline again and visit this memorable place. There is an algae bloom likely from all the nutrients now in the water that could translate into a healthy fish population in the years to come pending water levels. In years past this has been a premier fishing spot for Bass and Crappie. One of the reasons the water levels were so low, other than record low rain and snow, was to perform repairs on the dam. Mostly to the intake assemblies. Spillway looked new as well. Not sure why no attention has been given to the dome structures on the face of the dam that are cracked. Remnants of a time when care was put into architecture can be seen on the dam.
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Aug 07 2022
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 Phoenix, AZ
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2022
david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking5.90 Miles 2,055 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   20 Hrs      0.59 mph
2,055 ft AEG   10 Hrs    Break30 LBS Pack
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I decided 2 of the 3 biggest obstacles to summer hikes in Mazatzal Country could be avoided with proper planning so I decided to begin the hike late in the day to avoid problem #1 sun exposer and after a decent rainy season so far #2 obstacle averted. Hiking the canyon in the evening was great in shade most of the time. Of course that leaves you up the trail in the dark but the meteor shower is happening and there were several huge falling stars. Late evening was great with hardly a cloud in the sky. That would eventually change. Sleeping in my 1 person tent and with arm sticking out open door I thought I felt a rain drop around 3:00 AM but I thought, no go back to sleep but then I felt a few more and decided well thats probably about it. I was wrong. Within a few minutes I was scrambling around camp securing stuff that shouldn't get wet and jumping back in my water-resistant tent, weather report seemed to suggest no rain. Within no time the rain was pouring down with 30 to 40 MPH wind gusts. I broke out my umbrella and sat next to the door with one arm out trying to block the worst of it. Dog forced his way in the small tent with me. One arm holding an umbrella and the other arm holding up the tent for about an hour and a half while the seemingly hurricane force wind and rain pummeled my meager shelter. My left arm and left leg getting soaked I contemplated walking out at about 3:45 AM but no. It was too far and there are bears.. and lions waiting for sad wet hikers to stumble by. I decided to sit and wait knowing summer storms don't last more than 30 mins or so. This one lasted almost 2 hours but we survived. Once the rain and wind stopped about 5:00 AM we got up ate breakfast and continued on. Somehow I was able to keep my feet dry which is a miracle. It would be a miserable hike with soaking wet boots and socks. We continued up towards Mazatzal Peak. I would like to find a nice campsite like those that existed, pre 2004 fire, up a little from the trail. After ending uphill at about 6400 ft we turned around to head back. I would like to have visited Castersen Seep/Spring as I'm sure its running strong but the turn off is no longer signed or marked and I had no map and running low on time we headed back. Stopped again at the falls to refill our water. Met another HAZ member while there. Positive meeting for sure. Overall a great overnight in the Maztazals. No lion screams this time.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Barnhardt Creek at Half Moon Trail Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hawaiian Mist Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Jul 11 2022
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mazatzal Mtns, AZ 
Mazatzal Mtns, AZ
 
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
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Spent the night in the Mazatzals at about 5400 ft north of Sunflower. Cooled off to 70 degrees overnight which felt great. Skunk wandered near campsite overnight but we never saw him but we knew he was close. Bear and coyote scat. Saw an elusive Kit Fox, hawk and a frog in a dry raveen. Stars looked great after moonset. Detoured to Sycamore Creek and found good flow if you know where to look. Creek flows above and below ground at times.
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Jul 05 2022
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Pine Creek Trail - Tonto Natural BridgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2022
david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking0.50 Miles 71 AEG
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It's been awhile since hiking this trail under the bridge. Little disappointed they closed the trail on the east side of the canyon and you have to take the more exposed west side Gowan Trail. The hours of operation also leave something to be desired. 9AM to 5PM. The $20 entrance fee for the 3 of us seemed a little high as well. Rant over. Once there we had a great time. Nice and cool under the bridge as well as under the dense tree cover in and near the canyon. Javelina were out and about. Saw about 15 or more.
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Jul 03 2022
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Willow Springs Bike Loop Trail #535Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking7.40 Miles 235 AEG
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235 ft AEG
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Hiked to the lake and back after camping overnight in the general area. Woke up to temps in the mid 50s. About as warm as it gets up here overnight. Had the area to myself late evening and early morning. A handful of responsible looking people wandered through mid morning. Coyote howling over night. Sounded like a good number. Puddles here and there from recent rain. Campfires ok on Sitgreaves.
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Jul 03 2022
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Peach Orchard Trail - PATSPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking3.70 Miles 500 AEG
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Evening hike. Temps to start mid 80s. Low 80s by end. Surprised to see a little water in Peach Orchard tank/pond. Lots of animal tracks. Trail/Road also used by off road vehicles.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Orchard Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
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Mar 14 2022
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 Phoenix, AZ
Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2022
david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking1.52 Miles 1,191 AEG
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Car camped near parking area. Stars were amazing after moon went down. Saw what appeared to be a drone cruising north during the night. Morning started off in the mid to upper 30s and breezy. Waited for sunrise to begin. O'neil collection spring box no longer holds water but water found below in trough.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max O'Neil Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Collection spring box no longer holds water but trough below still full.
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Mar 01 2022
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 Phoenix, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking2.40 Miles 1,100 AEG
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Frustrating to see graffiti like this. Maybe I will report it but will they do anything?
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Feb 14 2022
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Cornucopia - Thicket Spring LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking3.50 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.75 mph
900 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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I was surprised to see snow considering how dry this winter has been but snow fields were frozen and about 4 inches deep in places and as low as about 5800 ft. Pine Butte also had snow on north slope. I have never been to Thicket Spring and I was pleasantly surprised to see some older growth trees. Morning temps were in the 30s and breezy, felt very cold but warmed to the low 60's during the day with bright sunshine. Water flowing at Thicket Spring as well as in the creek bed below. Found deer tracks, coyote tracks and observed some interesting birds. No sign of bear this trip.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Thicket Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
About a gallon per minute or more.
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Jan 29 2022
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Lights, AZ 
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After returning from a hike on South Mtn about 6:50 PM I saw 15 to 20 orange lights in the eastern sky. Seemed to fly towards me then disappeared. Flying below the clouds.
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Jan 24 2022
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Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking3.10 Miles 848 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.48 mph
848 ft AEG      15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Arrived at Crosscut Trailhead parking lot pre-dawn and 39 degrees. Considered camping night before but too cold. Praying Hands was in the shade until at least 11 AM which was a plus. Watched at least 2 or 3 hikers rescued by helicopter from Flat Iron area. Must have been a cold night. This was my first trip to the Supes in years and first trip to Treasure Loop Trail and photos don't do justice. Must be seen up close in person. Hiked about a mile beyond Praying Hands until I ran out of trail.
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Dec 13 2021
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Goat Camp / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking12.70 Miles 2,400 AEG
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Chose White Tanks over Estrella due to easy access. Started off the morning in low to mid 40s. Nice and chilly. Recently bought an electric hand warmer that was worth all $20, modern problem, modern solution. Found water at what I will call Goat Camp Spring. (About 3000 ft in the south canyon) I am surprised it does not show up on any maps. Plenty of water when I last visited in June of 2003 and slight trickle of water on this hike. Surprised to see a Tamarisk Tree growing just above the spring, wondered how it got there. Found the dense vegetation on the north slopes of the canyon to be Jojoba Plant? Nice to see the tall Ironwoods all leafed out due to the Sept/Oct rains. Past 3 or 4 people on the trail. More than I expected on a Monday. Had lunch camp in the canyon just above the dry creek crossing where I found deer droppings. Saw a coyote above me. Wild donkey scat at the spring? Enjoyed being in the shade most of the day in the upper canyon area. Better than a day at work in the city.
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Oct 04 2021
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Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,900 AEG
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Nice cool start to the morning in the upper 50s. Cloudy until about noon. Very nice. Sun is my biggest obstacle.. I think. Clear clean water for most of the route which Dog appreciated. Gallons per minute. Small waterfalls. Saw a Squirrel and deer or Javelina tracks. Mid day was still pleasant.. Maybe up to the low 80s. Felt cooler under the trees. No fall color just yet. Stopped for lunch and read Wolf Pack for awhile and then back to reality.
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Aug 16 2021
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Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Started hike late in the day. Camped overnight on the east slope of Diamond Mtn about 4200 ft. Temp overnight was around 70 degrees. Near perfect, a little damp but really didnt notice it too much around that temperature and much better than camping in the low 80s in the valley. Trail was soggy in places but not much water running in the drainages as you would think. The mtn absorbs quite a bit apparently. Water at Oneil Spring as always and trickle of water in drainage just before the spring. Saw deer tracks. Few to no mosquitos.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max O'Neil Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Quart to gallon per minute. Spring box full.
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Aug 14 2021
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Ma Ha Tuak TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking1.20 Miles 450 AEG
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About 90 degrees to start at 6PM. 80 degrees after brief shower. Green and damp South Mtn. Lots of coyotes at sunset!
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A few Creosote and Barrel Cactus flowers.
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Jul 26 2021
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Gold Ridge Trail #47Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking5.50 Miles 2,820 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.10 mph
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Headed for an easy access trail after the rain. Picked Gold Ridge trail, Deer Creek TH right off Hwy 87 to avoid mud bogging off pavement. This is my first time on Gold Ridge Trail and I was surprised at how steep it is. 50 or 60 degree slop in a few spots is my guess! Trail levels out around 5000 ft but from about 4000 to 5000 ft.. steep! Some new mtn bush that I don't recognize has grown to 7 or 8 ft high in places provided some shade when needed. North end of Gold Peak appeared to have a healthy forest in drainage. Spotted Pine and possibly Maple. Would like to explore further. Spent the night on the trail with the sound of running water from both sides of the ridge and a cool 64 degrees at sunrise. 3 Deer and mouse spotted along the way. Detoured to Hardt Creek for a refreshing soak.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 South Fork Deer Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 South Fork Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Jun 27 2021
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Max Delta TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking1.00 Miles 368 AEG
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Got to the start of the trail near the main gate about 5:30 AM and 82 degrees. Sun was up but blocked by clouds so got to enjoy a nice stroll up Max Delta without sun. Only went about a half mile up and back. Nice clean desert air. Saw Dove eating saguaro fruits. Lots of bikers, joggers and road walkers at the parking area but about 99% of them stayed on the closed main road. Many talking about work and how important they are. Good for them but I'd rather concentrate on the plants and animals and wonder why some of the creosote had all their green leaves while most have already withered away. One of life's unsolved mysteries.
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Jun 19 2021
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Durango CO, AZ 
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Beautiful weather. Snow drift piles seen above about 10500 ft. Animas River at high water mark. Bar D Chuckwagon north of Durango is good cowboy food and entertainment.
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Jun 10 2021
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Brown's, Amethyst & Four Peaks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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david_allen_3Triplogs 95
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,260 AEG
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I expected scorched earth on the drive in with a few exceptions but what I saw was scorched earth with almost no exception. I counted about 3 surviving Emory Oak, a few Sycamores and 2 or 3 Pinion Pine Trees. There was water at the creek that flows through Brushy Basin, water at Mud Spring and a trickle of water at Picadilla Creek, probably should add Picadilla to water source map as it is fairly reliable. Found puddle of water at Bear Spring although it is not easily accessible due to heavy vegetation including Poison Ivy. Also found young AZ Walnut Tree near spring. Four Peaks area burned near TH but the area that burned in Lone Pine Fire 1996 (E. of TH) is almost untouched, thankfully. Temps on the trail were 20-25 degrees cooler than the valley. Saw squirrel and signs of bear and deer.
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