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Oct 04 2021
david_allen_3
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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2021
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,900 AEG
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1,900 ft 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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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2021
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Hiking1.52 Miles 1,191 AEG
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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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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Ma Ha Tuak TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2021
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Hiking1.20 Miles 450 AEG
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450 ft 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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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Gold Ridge Trail #47Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2021
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Hiking5.50 Miles 2,820 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.10 mph
2,820 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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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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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Max Delta TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2021
david_allen_3
Hiking1.00 Miles 368 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.33 mph
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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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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Durango CO, AZ 
Durango CO, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
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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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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Brown's, Amethyst & Four Peaks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2021
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Hiking4.10 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
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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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Jun 08 2021
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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Chuska Mountains, AZ 
Chuska Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2021
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Chuska Mountains are northeast of Canyon de Chelly. Canyon de Chelly is currently closed due to Covid-19.
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May 16 2021
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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Fishing avatar May 16 2021
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Fishing12.00 Miles 84 AEG
Fishing12.00 Miles
84 ft AEG
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Fish weren't really biting but enjoyed the cool air down by the river. Lots of people there until the sun started going down.
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May 10 2021
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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2021
david_allen_3
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   40 Hrs      0.21 mph
1,900 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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Great day! Temps in mid to upper 70s. Saw deer, snake and squirrels.. lots of squirrels which is the first I have seen in the Mazatzals in several years. Flowing water in this unnamed creek that I will call Saddle Creek. Best of all trees are returning after the 2012 Sunflower Fire. Felt 10 degrees cooler under the taller trees. Passed 3 other hikers coming down as I was going up. 3 young adults, 1 with bright colored hair that could help them be spotted if lost! Chatted briefly and continued on. Nice kids. Trail was if good condition. Thanks to anyone reading who may have helped recently.
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Wildflowers yes.
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Apr 12 2021
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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2021
david_allen_3
Hiking5.90 Miles 2,055 AEG
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Camped near the TH. Only got down to about 50 degrees but I should have packed a little warmer but no biggie. Daytime temps only in the 70s. Planned on hiking further but the direct sunlight was getting the best of me and being short on time once again I turned around about halfway up what I call South Fork of Barnhardt Creek. Good water flow in south fork and Barnhardt Creek. Paid a visit to Garden Spring on the way back. Unofficial trail and could use some maintenance. Spring was flowing about a gallon a minute maybe more. Saw deer and coyote tracks. Lots of bird activity. Smelled strong skunk up south fork area (below mist waterfall area) but never saw the offender. Flowers here and there. Still surprisingly green in the canyon and more water than I expected.
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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

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Garden Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Seems to flow in more than 1 direction but most of it flows east into diversion pipe.
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Mar 15 2021
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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2021
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Hiking1.52 Miles 1,191 AEG
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Nice cool day. A little chilly as the clouds rolled in. Green grass. Rabbits.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Diamond Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Mar 15 2021
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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Mt. Ord, AZ 
Mt. Ord, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2021
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About 2 to 4 inches wet heavy snow. Surprisingly little water runoff. Sycamore Creek dry at hwy. Not as cold as I expected. Low 50s and sunny until afternoon when clouds rolled in and temps dropped.
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Mar 02 2021
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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Mazatzal Divide: Peeley to Y-BarPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2021
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Hiking10.20 Miles 1,550 AEG
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Cold. Low to mid 30s and 20 mph wind. Road at high/north face was treacherous, solid ice about 10 inches thick. I don't recommend it. Probably be better in a week or two. I probably would have chosen a different hike if I knew. Steering, braking was futile, vehicle follows tracks, hopefully. Camped out near hwy night before, a few degrees warmer. Only hiked in about a mile do to time restraints. Found deer, coyote and possible elk sign. Noticed light flow in East Fork Sycamore Creek. Main stream Sycamore creek flowing some spots, very low for March. Afternoon the wind died down some and warmed up a little. North slopes arctic, south slope not too bad in the afternoon.
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Jan 30 2021
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43 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Mt. Ord, AZ 
Mt. Ord, AZ
 
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Not bad in the sun. Wind made things a little chilly. Temps in the 40s to low 50s in the sunny areas. Mt Ord is still closed due to fire damage. Also road/gate to Mt. Peeley Trailhead is closed. Slate Creek was flowing clear semi clear water and the mtn side has not washed away due to slow melting snow. Runoff is small considering the amount of snow up high.
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Jan 11 2021
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ranger Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2021
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Hiking1.80 Miles 804 AEG
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804 ft AEG
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65 degrees at the trailhead and sunny felt nice and warm. 10 degrees cooler on the north slope which stays shaded most of the day this time of year which is nice. Warmer back in the sun after crossing the ridgeline on top. Some Brittlebush starting to come alive from the early Dec rain but more rain definitely needed. After sunset temps quickly plunged to mid 40s, luckily had my winter coat packed away. Waited for nightfall to see the stars.
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Nov 28 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Birding14.00 Miles
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Three Rivers AZ. Nice cool evening low 60s dropping to mid to upper 50s. Lots of birds. Javelina sign. Nice time of year to be outside.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Salt River Medium flow Medium flow
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Oct 17 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
San Francisco Peaks - AZT #34Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
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Hiking35.60 Miles 2,734 AEG
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This was a side trip to Little Spring. Temps around 70 degrees at 3:00 PM and cooled off from there. Birds and bees near spring that is practically dry except for a few drops a minute but not enough to form a pool of water. It would probably take the better part of a day to even fill a water bottle. Nice scenery though with big mature Pine, Aspen and Spruce. Found water in Potato Tank/Pond near what I believe to be Forest Road 418. Saw 5 or 6 deer.
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Oct 10 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2020
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Hiking1.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Started the adventure after camping the night before near Stoneman Lake to avoid colder temps on the peaks. Little chilly overnight at just over 50 degrees but not bad. The drive into Bismarck Lake was pleasant enough with more fall color along the road than along the trail. The road is very dusty and there are some large bumps developing on the last incline before the turn off to the trail but still manageable in my 2wd SUV. Temp was about 54 degrees at about 9:00 AM. Area is beautiful and dry. No water in Bismarck which means no critters to look for. Hopefully snow comes early. Checked on some other ponds, springs on the way in, all dry. The most reliable water in the area appears to be Alpha Fia, Locket Spring and maybe Little Spring? If I had time I would have walked the less than a mile to Little Spring to see. Saw about 6 Deer closer to the hwy.
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Mostly on the drive in and further away from the trail along the slopes.

dry Bismarck Lake Dry Dry
Most years with the help of summer rains there would be water here year round but not this year.
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Sep 04 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 04 2020
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Backpack5.90 Miles 2,055 AEG
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2,055 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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Spent the night in Barnhardt Canyon at the beginning of September. My goal was to get out of the valley heat. Enjoyed cool overnight temps in the mid 60s. Low to mid 90s during the day but clouds rolled in and trees along creek provided shade during the afternoon. Heard a mtn lion scream overnight, visited by a family of foxes that acted like lost puppies. Owl sounds. Rattlesnake as well. Animals maybe desperate for food after weak summer rains. Water in Barnhardt Creek and south fork of creek although no flow.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Barnhardt Creek at Half Moon Trail Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Garden Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Fellow hiker hiked down to spring and reported light flow.
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