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May 03 2014
blskywtwtr
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64 male
 Joined Mar 11 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 03 2014
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Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   0.78 mph
500 ft AEG
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Rolled out for a first time check of this area, getting a late start on Saturday. Was supposed to be two of us hiking, but ended up as a solo. (Another reason for the late start.)

Easy run out, ~2 hours from the house to trailhead, probably a dozen vehicles out there. Road was great. Ran into the occupants of about half of those vehicles on their way out as I hiked in.

I probably hiked a bit farther upstream than I needed to, but got the full flavor of the creek. Water flow was optimal, and nice and refreshing. A couple of the falls gave me a moment's confusion and commitment, but soon enough I got to the pool above the main falls, after seeing a party headed up canyon led by a teen who wasn't having any of that huck. :scared:

I was worried about the anchors after the accident and write-up, but that proved to be no concern. I geared up and set the rappel with no drama. I might invest in some legit canyon line if I do much more of this sort of thing - lugging out 150' of wet 11mm was a chore. The one guy I passed carrying a kayaking life jacket looked like a good idea, but I just blew my Camelback full of air and had a very relaxing time with the swims.

All in all a great trip - will do it again I'm sure!
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Wildflowers Observation None
Ocotillo, prickly pear, claret cup
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Nov 27 2010
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64 male
 Joined Mar 11 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Skull Mesa from Spur Cross THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2010
blskywtwtr
Hiking12.50 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   2.39 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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Perfect weather, great company and a good opportunity to work off those Thanksgiving calories conspired to make me bite off more than I could chew for this trip.

After a fast-paced warm-up up the Cave Creek creek-bed, Scott and I came to the sign marking the trail's departure from the creek. A moment's confusion ensued as the the exact meaning of the sign's "You are here" (hint - there's an unpainted arrow highlighting the more precise location). The trail leads up and out of the creek, with some great views back across and down stream. After a few hundred yards trail 247 ducks to the right and downhill.

Here's where the roller coaster nature of this hike comes in: from here to the turnoff for trail 248 we found ourselves questioning the layout of the trail several times, as it occasionally headed south and took odd feints down and across canyons. Downright counter-intuitive in some cases, and the heads up we'd gotten from the MCSO deputy at the trailhead proved to be correct: this year's rains had "changed things", in some cases seriously eroding the trail.

The turnoff for the actual summit push came quickly enough though, and then the elevation gain started in earnest. From the trail 248 sign and gate we bushwhacked uphill a short distance, regaining the trail quickly enough. For me, it was like hiking up Piestewa after a rollicking 5 mile approach, and I was paying the price by this point. We walked south to the point and took a few pictures.

The hike out just proved to be exhausting - not much else could be said about it in my condition. Suffice it to say that Skull Mesa is not the typical Phoenix hike, even the strenuous ones, and deserves all the respect you can give it. None the less, I'd be happy to go back with more time, training (and water), and look around the mesa a bit more.

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Nov 09 2008
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64 male
 Joined Mar 11 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Bronco Trail #245Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2008
blskywtwtr
Hiking5.20 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.71 mph
530 ft AEG
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Out on a blustery Sunday afternoon, the trip in from the trail head went pretty quick, but had to turn around at the stock tank due to weather and timing. Managed to get hailed on, with lightning cracking around off and on.

Not a bad trail; it'd be nice to put the whole thing together through to Spur Cross with a shuttle. Scenery is a little lacking, what with the fire damage and general lack of variety in the area.

Enough gunfire from down along the road that the place sounded like Ben Avery. I'd imagine the Camp Creek cabin owners get a little tired of it.
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Jul 07 2006
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64 male
 Joined Mar 11 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 07 2006
blskywtwtr
Backpack0.70 Miles 700 AEG
Backpack0.70 Miles      45 Mns   0.93 mph
700 ft AEG
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Backpacked in w/ my 9 y.o daughter the weekend after the 4th of July - only saw 2 other day hikers on our overnight. 20 minutes in, and 45 minutes out with a kid who did very well and can't wait to go back. Keep in mind this is a girl who likes to hike Squaw and Camelback / Echo.

Great campsites available on both sides of the creek. Fishing was unproductive with the tackle we brought, but we easily caught plenty of crawdads. It's easy to move up and down the creek for about 1/2 mile on trail, but turns into brushwhacking and streambed hopping in short order. The trail down is steep enough to get your attention, but short.

Waited out a rainstorm as we packed up Saturday afternoon. Remember the old Flagstaff adage; "if you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes". It worked. Timing was perfect for a dry exit.

Entry road 81E is great up to the Tramway trail / Maxwell trail fork, then it quickly turns rocky. 4wd not required, but that level of ground clearance give a lot of peace of mind for parts of the last 2 miles.
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