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Jul 02 2019
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Clear Creek Natural BridgeCentral, WY
Central, WY
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2019
John9L
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,137 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
1,137 ft AEG
 
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I met Lee the night before in Jackson Hole and we stayed in an AirBnB near Daniel with a couple of friends. It was a tiny guest cabin with an outdoor shower. I stayed in a tent. The next day the girls headed for Yellowstone and Lee, Blanco & myself headed into the northwest corner of the Winds for a nice day hike. The drive included a long dirt road in excellent condition. There were a few patches chewed up but this trailhead can be accessed by a sedan with careful driving.

We left the trailhead and headed in and crossed a bridge over the Green River a few minutes in. From there we paralleled Green River Lake. The going is fairly easy and the views are outstanding. We knew we are doing a short hike but talked about extended trips deep into these mountains. After a couple of miles the trail turns east and parallels Clear Creek. The going was mostly easy with a slight gain. We came to the junction for Slide Lake and noticed the bridge washed out a few hundred yards down canyon. We wanted to cross to hike up to the lake but had some doubts. The creek was flowing strong & it was at least waist deep. We decided to stay on our side and head for the natural bridge.

We continued northeast towards the natural bridge & had no idea what to expect. Lee saw this in a book and we decided to go for it & we were glad we did. We came upon the bridge and water was gushing underneath it. It's fascinating how water carved out the channel. We wrapped around to the far side and took a break and enjoyed the bridge. This is a great area and we took a variety of pics. Lee scrambled down and had a closer view while Blanco and I watched from the top. We would hang out for a few.

From the bridge, we started our return. We looked for a safe crossing to access Slide Lake & there were a few deep options and we didn't want to go through the hassle so we just headed back. The return went really well. We cruised back and were back to the trailhead in no time. We would load up and head back to Daniel. We're meeting back up with the girls for another night in the AirBnB. We're heading to the southern side of the Winds for a three day backpacking trip starting tomorrow.
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Jul 01 2019
John9L
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Amphitheater LakeYellowstone, WY
Yellowstone, WY
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2019
John9L
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,094 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
3,094 ft AEG
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I started my second day in Wyoming in a hostel on the west side of the Tetons. I had some breakfast and checked out and started the drive to Jackson Hole. The route took me over the Teton Pass which was steep with impressive views. I continued over and arrived to a very busy parking lot. I parked and got situated and started the hike in.

The first mile is easy going as you meander through a forest. There were plenty of people out but the trail was not crowded. The trail then starts a steady climb as you work your way deeper in. You basically climb and climb up a series of long switchbacks & the views only improve as you go. I started to encounter patches of snow as I neared the top. I talked to a few people on their way down and they said there’s lot of snow up top but it’s manageable. I had micro spike but never put them on. Eventually the trail leveled off and I was in a winter wonderland. There was a lot of snow but it was mostly packed. It was not an issue with careful footing.

I headed over to Surprise Lake and then continued on to Amphitheater Lake which was stunning. The lake was about 75% snow / ice covered and the peaks around it were impressive. This lake is appropriately named. I would take my lunch here and this gave me time to soak in the views. I was in the Tetons two years ago and Chumley wanted to hike here on our last day but I didn’t have the energy after our big trip. It was nice returning to see what we missed.

After I had my fill I started my return. The going was a little slow as I carefully worked my way back down the snow. With careful footing, I made good time and hit the switchbacks. The snow quickly thinned out and I cruised down. It was a beautiful day and I was feeling good when I got back to my rental car at the trailhead. From here, I loaded up and drove over to Jenny Lake. I would catch the water taxi and would hike into Cascade Canyon. See separate triplog.
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Jul 01 2019
John9L
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Cascade CanyonYellowstone, WY
Yellowstone, WY
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2019
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Hiking7.25 Miles 1,172 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles
1,172 ft AEG
 
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After hiking to Amphitheater Lake, I headed over to Jenny Lake where I took a short break & then geared up to hike. I would catch the Jenny Lake Ferry which takes you two miles across the lake to the mount of Cascade Canyon. This was a great option and saved two miles of hiking each way. The only problem is that I got here around 4pm and the last boat returns at 7pm. I would only have three hours to adventure.

I arrived at the boat launch at Cascade Canyon and headed in. There were a lot of people in this area but I wasn’t deterred. I started hiking and made a quick stop at the impressive Hidden Falls and then headed up. The trail makes a steady climb and has nice views of Jenny Lake. I kept at it and set a good pace. Around the 1.5 mile mark I encountered people who were returning. They told me there were moose ahead and some saw a small black bear. I was on alert but never saw the bear. Soon after I encountered a male moose across the canyon. It was far away and I didn’t have a good view. I kept hiking and soon after I encountered a mama moose with baby. They were 20 feet off the trail. I was hesitant to pass but then some hikers came along and I continued. I went another mile or so and the skies turned ominous and thunder boomed in the distance. I was nearing my turnaround time so I headed back.

The return went really well. I would pass a large male moose but didn’t see the mama & baby again. The rest of the hike blurred by and I got back to the boat launch with 15 minutes to go. The ride back across was a lot of fun. I returned to my rental car and then headed for Jackson Hole where I met Lee & Blanco. We’re heading into the Wind River Range the next day.
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Jun 30 2019
John9L
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Alaska Basin TrailYellowstone, WY
Yellowstone, WY
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2019
John9L
Hiking12.23 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking12.23 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   2.80 mph
1,950 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Lee was heading out on his three week road trip to Banff & Wyoming and asked if I wanted to join him. I tried recruiting the others but it didn’t work out and I decided to head up solo & I’m glad I did. I bought my plane ticket less than a week before I would fly out. Ultimately, I would spend a week in Wyoming. I did a mix of solo day hiking and met up with Lee & a few other people for an outstanding backpacking trip to the Wind River Range.

I flew out of Mesa Gateway on the 6:10am flight to Idaho Falls. It was early but this gave me time to adventure after arriving. The flight went extremely well and I rented a car and stopped for groceries and then headed for Wyoming. I went to buy Bear Spray but everything is closed in Idaho Falls on Sunday! The drive to Alaska Basin took just under two hours and I started hiking around 11am Az time.

The going is very easy as you follow a well developed trail that has a slight incline. There were plenty of people out but the area was not crowded. I passed a couple of people on horseback and continued in. I kept a moderate pace and enjoyed the cool mountain air. I kept at it and started encountering snow around 4-5 miles in. The snow levels quickly increased and travel became more difficult. I was tired after the early wake up time and the flight. I went a little farther and encountered a wet crossing through swift water. I looked for a safe way across and didn’t like my options so I decided to turn around.

After turning around, I climbed up and off trail to a nice vantage point where I took a break and ate some snacks and soaked in the views. I was out here two years ago with the guys and I passed through about a mile from here. Unfortunately I couldn’t get to that point because of the snow. Regardless, I was so happy to be back in Wyoming. The air was cool and comfortable!

I eventually started my return and flew down the trail. Along the way I saw a solo female moose about 100ft off the trail. I took a few pics and continued down. I arrived back to the rental car and loaded up and headed to my hostel, which was close by, for the night. I was off to a good start. My plan is to drive around to the east side of the Tetons the next day to do some day hikes before meeting Lee.
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Jun 07 2019
John9L
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Bow Glacier FallsAlberta, AB
Alberta, AB
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2019
John9L
Hiking6.24 Miles 851 AEG
Hiking6.24 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.88 mph
851 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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My third full day in Banff started with 3+ inches of snow & it was still coming down when I left around 9am. I had a chill morning as I headed north to the Saskatchewan Crossing where I had lunch and waited for the weather to clear. I started my return and did a few short hikes and ended my day with this hike. The weather was clear when I started hiking around 2:15pm. Dark clouds loomed but I decided to go for it.

The first mile is easy going as you wrap around the northwest side of Bow Lake. You then arrive in a stream bed as you follow large cairns. From there you climb up a well-built staircase which leads to the upper basin that features Bow Glacier Falls. I admired the basin and headed for the falls where I arrived at its base. Bow Glacier Falls is a beautiful waterfall and the basin has a desolate beauty. I took my time and ate some snacks. After I had my fill I started my return and cruised back. I was back to the trailhead around 4:45pm and headed for the hostel.

It was a mellow but fun day. The snow and cold was a real treat, especially when I heard Phoenix was sunny & 100+.
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Jun 06 2019
John9L
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Johnston Canyon TrailAlberta, AB
Alberta, AB
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2019
John9L
Hiking8.50 Miles 1,606 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.66 mph
1,606 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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On my second day in Banff, I hiked the Johnston Canyon Trail with my friend Emilie. We met the previous day near Lake Louise and she had a few hours to kill before driving back to Vancouver. She agreed to meet and we had a nice time making the hike. Johnston Canyon is truly special as it's lined with waterfalls. We checked out the lower falls and the upper falls and continued on all the way to the Inkpots. They were nice and are worth seeing if you have an extra hour or two. We returned to the trailhead and said our goodbyes. I headed back to the Hostel and then into Yoho later in the day.
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Jun 05 2019
John9L
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Lake Agnes Trail - Lake LouiseAlberta, AB
Alberta, AB
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2019
John9L
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.43 mph
2,000 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I started my day in Canmore where I spent the night in an AirBnB after flying to Calgary the day before. I headed out and arrived at Lake Louise around 8:45am and started my hike. You start off hiking along the shoreline of Lake Louise which is absolutely stunning. There were plenty of people but I wouldn’t say it was busy. Not yet anyways. I quickly located my trail and headed up. The trail is in exceptional condition and makes a steady climb. I set a moderate pace & worked my way up. Most of the views were blocked by trees so I kept at it.

I arrived at the Tea House and it looked busy so I wrapped around Lake Agnes, which was covered in ice, and stopped on the far shore. I wanted to get to the Big Beehive but noticed the upper part of the switchbacks are covered in snow & ice. I decided to give it a try and it proved to be a pain. I hit snow sooner than I anticipated and it was made things difficult. I got through the first few sections but it looked worse further up. I decided to turn around & head back for the Tea House.

From the Tea House, I made the steady climb to The Little Beehive. This was very straightforward and easy going. Some sections of trail had snow & ice but it wasn’t an issue. I arrived at the top and had spectacular views of Lake Louise and the Chateau. I took an extended break here and ate some food and took a variety of pics. I began my return and started a conversation with a girl named Emilie who was from Switzerland. We ended up hiking all the way down together and decided to get together for another hike the next morning.

This was a really nice hike and there is quite a bit to explore up there. I just wish there was less snow but it could have been worse. This area gets crowded too! There were lots of people on my hike down and the lake shore was loaded. I was glad I started early. Definitely put this area on your list if you’re in the area. It’s worth it!
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Jun 04 2019
John9L
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Banff & Yoho National Parks, AB 
Banff & Yoho National Parks, AB
 
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2019
John9L
Hiking29.50 Miles 5,748 AEG
Hiking29.50 Miles
5,748 ft AEG
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I recently spent six days in Banff & Yoho National Parks. I have three separate triplogs for my moderate hikes. I’m using this triplog as a catch all for everything else. I had an amazing time and can’t wait to return.

I originally bought my airfare back in February and I paid $244 for a direct flight to Calgary on Westjet. The car rental came in at just under $200. I spent one night at an AirBnB in Canmore for $60 and then four nights in the HI Castle Mountain Wilderness Hostel for $115. That is a chunk of my expenses. I only ate out a few times and generally made my meals in the hostel.

Here is a day by day breakdown of my smaller hikes:

Quarry Lake near Canmore - June 4, 2019. 3 miles & 550 AEG
I flew up on Tuesday, June 4th and landed in early afternoon. I got my rental car and headed straight for Canmore where I had my AirBnB. The drive took about two hours and was easy to navigate. I got situated in my AirBnB and had time for a short hike. I found this on a top 10 hikes in Canmore and it worked. The views were nice and it was a good warmup. I grabbed Thai food afterwards and headed back to my AirBnB.

Tunnel Mountain – June 5, 2019. 2.75 miles & 850 AEG
I spent a majority of the day hiking around Lake Louise and came over here with a girl named Emilie I met near the Tea House. This is a nice hike on a well maintained trail and has some nice views of the town of Banff.

Silverton Falls – June 5, 2019. 1.5 miles & 300 AEG
I ended my evening by checking into the HI Castle Mountain Wilderness Hostel. After getting settled I walked right out of my hostel and crossed the road to the Rockbound Trailhead. Silverton Falls branches off this trail and is a relatively quick hike with a slight gain. I took my time and hiked on up to find a magnificent waterfall. I spent a few minutes admiring and then returned to the hostel and called it a night. It doesn’t get dark until 10:15pm!

Wapta Falls – June 6, 2019. 3.25 miles & 320 AEG
I started my second full day with a hike to Johnston Canyon and then headed into Yoho National Park that afternoon. I headed straight for Wapta Falls. I did a lot of research for this hike and knew there was a quality waterfall but couldn’t remember any details. You approach from the north and the turn off the highway is unsigned. I started hiking and flew down the well maintained trail. There were some sporadic people but not a lot as this was a forested hike. In a short time I could hear the waterfall and it came into view. You approach from above and it was absolutely spectacular! Wapta is just under 100ft high and 490ft wide. It’s quite a sight! The trail climbs down to the Kicking Horse River which has an impressive view. I spent some time here and soaked it in. After a few minutes I headed back to the car and did a drive by at Emerald Lake & then Natural Bridge.

Moraine Lake - June 6, 2019. .5 miles
After spending the afternoon in Yoho, I ended my day with Moraine Lake. The drive took me longer than expected as the road is chewed up a bit. There was plenty of parking in the evening and the view of the lake and mountains are just breathtaking. I did a short walk along the shore and took my pics and headed back to the hostel. This is a must stop.

Peyto Lake – June 7, 2019. 1.25 miles & 159 AEG
My third day started off with three inches of fresh snow with more snow in the forecast. I took my time and headed out around 9am with plans to head north up the 93 Hwy. A light snow fell as I drove up and I made the quick stop at Peyto Lake. I parked and walked up to the viewpoint and found the lake covered in a blanket of fog. I hung out and waited for the fog to clear and I’m glad I did. Peyto Lake is absolutely beautiful and the snow really added to the experience.

Mistaya Canyon – June 7, 2019. 1.75 miles & 300 AEG
After Peyto, I continued north up the 93 Hwy and stopped at the Saskatchewan Crossing where I had some lunch. The weather was starting to clear so I decided to stop at this trailhead I passed on my drive up. I had no idea what to expect. Mistaya Canyon is absolutely stunning! It’s a river that cuts a channel through bedrock and drains into the Howse River a couple of miles downstream. I considered hiking to the river but decided it wasn’t the best use of my time.

Waterfowls Lake – June 7, 2019. 3 miles & 445 AEG
This was a relatively short stop on my return south. I wanted to check out a couple of lakes called Chephren Lake and Cirque Lake but ultimately turned around because of snow & mud. I would end my day with Bow Glacier Falls. See separate triplog.

Boom Lake – June 8, 2019. 7.25 miles & 1,000 AEG
On my last day in Banff, I headed into Kootenay with a French guy whom was staying in the hostel with me. This was a nice hike. The trail is in good condition but was covered in snow & mud. We made a solid pace & tried our best to keep our feet dry. We arrived at Boom Lake and the mountains rise up surrounding the lake. We enjoyed the view and ate some lunch & then returned. The hike had some sporadic people but there were a lot on our hike out.

Castle Mountain Lookout – June 8, 2019. 5.25 miles & 1,800 AEG
My last hike of the day was near the Hostel and climbed up to a viewpoint overlooking the Icelands Parkway. This was a nice hike and took some effort but you were rewarded with solid views. I headed back to Hostel and then a few of us went into the town of Banff for beers at the brewery. I am flying back to Phoenix the next day.


This was a wonderful trip! I saw a lot and met so many people. I never felt alone and hope to return someday soon.
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Mar 31 2019
John9L
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Loy Canyon Trail #5Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2019
John9L
Hiking13.75 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking13.75 Miles
2,800 ft AEG
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Met up with Kyle and headed up to West Sedona for a nice hike up Loy Canyon. The first few miles are easy going as the trail is fast with a slight uphill grade. The next mile makes a healthy climb to the saddle. From there, it's a few hundred additional feet until the short drop to the cabin. Once there, we opted to head to the west to a viewpoint where we took some pics and took our lunch.

After lunch, we headed back and made good time. We dropped down and cruised back. Along the way I made the quick detour to the ruins in Loy Canyon. Accessing these are really fun and worth the effort. After I had my fill I scrambled back down and returned the trailhead. We loaded up and were back in Phoenix in the late afternoon. Thanks Kyle for driving.
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Mar 16 2019
John9L
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Fraser - Randolph LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
John9L
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,245 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
1,245 ft AEG
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Met up with Kyle for a nice hike in the Supes. We made the drive to the Woodbury TH and headed in. We opted for a CCW loop starting with Randolph Canyon. There was a quite a bit of water after a couple of winter storms a few weeks prior. We tried keeping our feet dry but it was more of a hassle so we jumped on in. Most of the water was ankle deep with a few knee deep pools. We took a break by the spring with the concrete dam and continued until we reached the Red Tanks Trail. This was the highlight of the hike. We opted to follow the creek down as we headed south and all the water made for a memorable hike. There were several small waterfalls and we really enjoyed this section. We took a break by Dripping Springs and then headed back on the Coffee Flat Trail.

Along this section we had an interesting encounter with a fox. It appeared on the trail and was trotting right towards us. We thought it would flee as soon as it saw us but it kept approaching. I tossed a couple of rocks in its direction but it kept coming at us. Kyle then threw a rock near it and the fox got the hint and ran off into the brush about 12 feet off trail. We didn’t linger as we headed up the trail and got out of there. It was a very weird and unusual encounter. I’m not saying the fox was rabid but something wasn’t right. The rest of the hike was uneventful. We would see the one and only person along the hike near the Woodbury TH. It was an older guy who was doing a multiday backpacking trip. We got back to the jeep soon after and headed back to Phoenix.
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Mar 03 2019
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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2019
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Hiking14.79 Miles 3,655 AEG
Hiking14.79 Miles
3,655 ft AEG
 
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Got together with a great group and had an amazing adventure to Reavis Falls on a perfect day. We left AJ around 6:30am and made the drive to a very busy Reavis North Trailhead. We geared up and headed in. Nichole set a fast pace and we cruised those first few miles to our turnoff. From there we climbed up and started the long descent. Most of the snow was gone but there patches at higher elevations and some on north facing slopes.

The long descent went well and we found ourselves at a raging creek. We knew we’re in for a treat. The going up canyon was slow & a lot of work but it went well. We found ourselves crossing back and forth over the creek and nothing was too difficult. Most of the crossings were ankle to knee deep. & the water was cold but not freezing. The creek also featured several waterfalls that ranged from a few feet to ten feet. Our anticipation of the main attraction grew.

Before long the top of Reavis Falls came into view and it was absolutely raging! The volume coming over it was unreal. Pictures don’t do it justice! We would spend over thirty minutes taking pictures and eating our lunch & we had the waterfall to ourselves for a few minutes which was a real treat. We eventually started our return as more people were hiking in. We even saw some friends, not associated with HAZ, hiking in.

With much effort we hiked back down the creek and then started the big climb out. It was warm and sunny as we labored up the climb out. With a lot of work, we topped out on & then it was just about all downhill back to the trailhead. We finished up around 3pm & were back in Phoenix by 5pm.

This was such a fun day and the group was terrific! Seeing Reavis gushing was an amazing sight I won’t soon forget. Thanks Chumley for driving (again) and thanks to everyone else for meeting up. Let’s do it again sometime.
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Feb 23 2019
John9L
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Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
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Hiking16.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Met up with Lee, Carrie and my friend Laura for a fun filled day in the Supes. The area received a ton of snow the previous two days and we wanted to enjoy the conditions. Lee had wrestling practice in the morning so we started relatively late at 11:30am. The good thing, this gave the sun some time to melt the snow. We started from the Peralta overflow lot and headed up and signed the register at a very busy trailhead and started hiking up the Bluff Spring Trail.

The first two miles went really well. The lower mile had no snow at all while the rest of the trail was wet and mostly clear of snow. The rest of the generally area was covered. We had some wet crossings in Barks Canyon and connected onto the Terrapin Trail. Everyone felt good and conditions were fine so we decided to start the loop around Bluff Spring Mountain. The rest of the hike along Terrapin was smooth sailing. The trail was wet and surrounded by snow as we neared Terrapin Pass. From there the trail drops down and the lower elevation had no snow at all. It was like it didn't snow over here at all. We cruised to Charlebois & took a short lunch.

After Charlebois, things got interesting. We had at least 4-5 wet crossings that ranged from knee to thigh deep. A couple of them had fast moving water that was a bit dicey. At one point, Lee carried Chloe across and Blanco followed. He was swept about 15 feet down current but was able to get just enough footing to cross. My heart dropped for a brief moment when the current fist took him away. The rest of us were able to safely cross. By the last crossing, we're cold & wet and the sun was starting to set. From La Barge Spring, we pretty much put our heads down and cruised south for the next few miles.

We connected back onto the Bluff Springs Trail as dusk set in. We kept moving and had to walk through flowing ankle deep water several times. By this point all of us are done and want to get back to the vehicle. We also noticed the snow was becoming crunchy because it was refreezing with the temps dropping. The last 1-2 miles were completed with our headlamps and we were all glad to get back to the 4Runner at 7:40pm. Lee cranked the heat and we made the drive home.

This was an amazing hike! By far one of my most memorable in the Supes. Thanks Lee for guiding and showing off some sweet waterfalls. If the Supes were like this all winter, they would be a national park. On a side note, Route Scout cut out at least five times while hiking. I'm sorry to say I might stop using it.
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El Camino Del DiabloSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2019
John9L
Hiking15.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles4 Days         
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Our group of six (plus one dog) would spend parts of four days along the El Camino Del Diablo. We started in Ajo on Friday night and moved camp each day. We did a variety of hikes & stopped at the landmarks along the way. Here is a list of our activities.

Locomotive Rock
After exchanging pleasantries and setting up camp, we had about an hour of daylight so we headed for this small rock formation about a mile away. We went cross country and had to avoid a lot of sharp cacti along the way. We topped out and enjoyed the views and then headed back to camp and settled in for the evening.

John the Baptist
We packed up on our first full day and headed west with a quick stop at John the Baptist Mountains. This was another off trail hike with a solid climb to the summit. Nice views and a good warm up for the rest of the trip.

Cinder & Border
We continued driving for a solid hour and then stopped near the border to check out some cool Cinders. Along the hike we detoured to the border and took some pics and had some fun. After that we hiked into the Cinder where a huge cairn marks the middle. We found it best to enter the caldera from the south where a small break was present. The rest of the cinder was very steep and crumbly.

Tule Well
We arrived at our camp on the end of day 2 and found the general area loaded with jeeps well spaced out. They pretty much took up the entire camping area. We wanted to camp close by, after speaking to border patrol, so we drove a half mile to the north and camp in a wide flat area. We would enjoy the Well area on the start of day 3.

Tule Tank
We started off day 3 with a quick stop at the Well and then drove a few miles wet to the Tank. This was a very rugged area and this is the only water for miles and miles. We parked and made the easy mile hike to the tank. There was a small pool that I would only drink if I'm dying. It looked nasty. We explored the general area and then returned to the vehicles.

Grave of 8
This was a quick stop roughly a half mile off the road. The info book said a group of 6 or 8 people died here of exposure in the early part of the 1900's.

Tinajas Altas
After talking to Border Patrol, we picked out a campsite near the Tinajas Altas Mountains. This was a great site blocked in by a large rock outcrop that provided a good windbreak. We were able to do two hikes right out camp and really enjoyed our time here. We headed the tanks after setting up camp and then hiked into a basin on the start of day four. This was a great area and all of us would love to return and use this a multiday base camp.

Fortuna Mine
The last stop on our ride out was the Fortuna Mine. We spent about an hour exploring the area. It's amazing they were able to support the operation here. An info sign said they pumped water in from eight miles away. After we had our fill, we cruised out the last few miles and were back on pavement and headed home.


Final thoughts
This was an interesting area. The geology is fascinating! It's rugged and beautiful. There were a lot of rugged peaks that are worth a return trip. I'm glad we drove the entire length but I wouldn't want to do it again. I would only want to come in on the west end. The drive got to me at times. I'm sure it's more fun if you're driving. And Chumley did offer at one point but I declined. Other than that, I'm really glad I got to check out this part of the country. Thanks Chumley for driving and thanks Belinda for all the research and organizing.
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Feb 10 2019
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Quien sabe peak loop, AZ 
Quien sabe peak loop, AZ
 
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Hiking9.48 Miles 2,298 AEG
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We were interested in a moderate hike within an hour of town and this one was a good choice. We left Scottsdale around 10:30am and headed for the trailhead. It was a beautiful day out and the road was busy. We arrived at the trailhead and started in by crossing the creek and headed up. It was a consistent climb as we made a steady pace. With some effort we connected on the Quien Sabe Trail. We would parallel the ridge leading to the peak and this worked well. After a mile we headed off trail and climbed for the summit. The going through here went well but careful footing was important. The rock is loose and the area is loaded with lots of unforgiving cacti. We topped out and enjoyed the views. Chumley relocated the summit cairn while I ate lunch.

After we had our fill on the summit, we opted for an off trail route leading to the NE. This turned out to be a good option. It was a shorter route and mostly straightforward. We had to dodge a lot more cacti and dealt with annoying desert scrub bushes. The ground was saturated and this helped with footing. We eventually connected onto the Cottonwood Trail and were back to the car soon after. This was a nice hike and didn't take a all day. Good to get out.
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Feb 09 2019
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Charlebois from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking16.70 Miles 2,490 AEG
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Headed out for a solo hike into the Supes. This was a straightforward hike as I hiked in on the Dutchman Trail and connected over Bull Pass. I chatted it up with a group of 15 woman that were part of an REI Adventures trip. They were on a multi-day trip and were heading for Second Water. I wanted to ask how much they paid but I bit my tongue. From there I connected to Charlebois. There were three guys with two dogs packing up to leave. One of the dogs ran up to me and nipped me on the back of the leg. I was not happy. It just barely broke the skin so I didn't make a big deal of things. I took a quick glance at Charlebois and headed back the way I came. I had a short lunch break on the Bull Pass Trail overlooking Boulder Canyon. From there, I went with the most direct route and cruised back up Dutchman. I was done by mid-afternoon and home soon after. This was a nice and quick hike. The Supes never disappoint.
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Jan 19 2019
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Chivo FallsTucson, AZ
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Hiking9.27 Miles 1,143 AEG
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Got together with a few friends and headed down south for a nice hike to Chiva Falls. We met off Elliot & the I-10 at 5:15am and drove down and headed all the way to the trailhead off Redington Rd. We met a couple peeps from Tucson and were hiking around 8am.

This hike follows a beaten up road that is perfect for modified 4x4s. Our going was easy as we navigated the ripped up tread. We passed Three Feathers and made solid progress. We took a couple of breaks along the way and the falls came into view about two miles out. They were flowing well! We continued on and arrived at the impressive falls! The area received a lot of snow the past few weeks and this led to a wonderful waterfall. We had the area entirely to ourselves and we really soaked it in. Just as we start to pack up another group arrived followed by two more groups as we walked away. We timed it just right.

The return hike went well. There were a few 4x4s that came through but it wasn't bad. We did watch some rigs playing on Three Feathers. Besides that, it was easy going and we were back to the cars around 1:30pm. This was a nice day and I'm glad I got to see Chivas flowing. The overall hike is fairly boring but the payoff is worth it. I only recommend this hike if the fall are flowing so check stream gauges before going.
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Jan 13 2019
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Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking10.38 Miles 2,303 AEG
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Met up with Kyle for a nice hike on the Ballantine Trail. We left Mesa around 7am and made the drive up. It rained overnight and there was a lot of fog out. We drove up and were hiking around 7:45am. We headed in and made the steady climb up. It was an easy going hike and it was cool and pleasant out. We arrived at the junction with the cabin and decided to keep going in Boulder Flat. This was a nice option that neither of us have taken before. We continued on and the trail made a short climb and then it was smooth going.

We arrived at an old corral around the five mile mark and could hear water flowing. We headed over to a Camp Creek to find a solid flow. We took a break here and took some pics. After a few we loaded up and made the return. It was a lot easier as most of the return hike was downhill. Along the way we saw two different groups heading in. We arrived back to the car to find a busy trailhead. We likely avoided most of the people as we returned on the Pine Creek Loop. We were done hiking around 12:30pm and I was home around 1pm. Nice day on the trails.
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Jan 05 2019
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Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
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Hiking13.47 Miles 3,200 AEG
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Headed down south with a few of friends for a nice day hike from Catalina State Park. We left fairly early and were on trail around 8am. Our group of four headed in and made quick work of the lower section. Our pace slowed after we entered the wilderness and the grade steepens. We continued on and took a break by the Romero Pools. There was a fair amount of water flowing after the winter storm a few days before. This is a great area for relaxation and swim possibilities in warmer weather.

After our break, we continued in. Our plan was to enjoy the canyon and find a waterfall farther up trail. Along the way we passed a solid eight foot tiered waterfall. It was really nice especially with the snow capped peaks in the background. We kept at it a couple more miles and encountered snow at higher elevation. It wasn't much of an issue. We eventually reached the area with the waterfall & split up. One of the guys found the waterfall while another person tweaked an ankle. We ultimately slowly hiked out and were back to the car around 4pm. The waterfall was just okay per the guy who found it.

Romero Canyon is really nice hike especially after a winter storm. All of the peaks had snow and this made for dramatic pics. It was really nice hiking and we avoided the crowds with the early start. Nice day on the trails.
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Jan 01 2019
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Wahweap HoodoosSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Hiking9.19 Miles 806 AEG
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After spending a couple of cold days in the Toroweap area, Chumley and I headed to Kanab and treated ourselves to a hotel. Our plan was to hike one of the canyons near Lee’s Ferry but the area received several inches of snow and we scrambled for an alternative. Our hotel had a bunch of hiking informational packets and Wahweap was one of them. Neither of us have heard of this area and we found a few photosets on HAZ and thought this looked like a good option. We decided to go for it and I’m glad we did.

We left Kanab and headed east for Big Water and detoured over to our trailhead and started hiking around 10:30am. It was a very cold morning with clear skies so we were bundled up as we hiked up the creek bed. There is no formal trail. You basically follow the creek bed and there are social trails that cut some of the corners. This part of the hike is kind of boring but we made fast time. The area had a solid blanket of snow and this made for a beautiful hike. After a few miles we started to see hoodoos on the left side of the canyon. And finally we started to see the main attractions around the four mile mark. The hike was boring up until this part but the final half mile is wonderful. The formations are stunning and defy logic. There are a lot of hoodoos. Chumley and I explored the entire area and took a bunch of pics. Seeing the hoodoos in snow was amazing!

After we had our fill, we started our return which went really well. We made fast time and saw a few people about two miles from the trailhead. We continued on and were back to the truck around 1:30pm. From there we loaded up and headed back for Phoenix. This was a great option and I’m glad we spent the time to see it through.
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Dec 31 2018
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Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking5.36 Miles 1,582 AEG
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After hiking the Saddle Horse Loop, we packed up camp and headed for Mount Trumbull. Lee and Jackie parted ways as they were heading back to Phoenix. Chumley & I made the drive to the trailhead in about two inches of fresh powder. We hit the snow covered trail and headed up. We had a really nice time hiking in the snow and it was easy keeping on the route. We had some route finding challenges higher up but Chumley did well to keep us on track.

With some effort, we topped out and headed to the viewpoint on the north side of the mountain. You could see for miles and I had very good Verizon service. After a few minutes, we started our descent and that went really well. Some of the snow had melted and it was just about all downhill. Once done, we drove over to the Nampaweap Rock Art. From there, we left the area and got a hotel in Kanab. Trumbull was a worthy hike and I’m glad we made the effort. It’s absolutely worth hiking if you’re in the area.
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