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Oct 30 2020
John9L
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North Bass TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Backpack33.00 Miles 8,500 AEG
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After six years, we finally returned to North Bass and completed the route. Chumley and I went here in September 2014, with a planned 3 day backpacking trip, but had to alter our trip to a day hike due to heavy rain in the forecast. We said we would return and it finally happened.

October 29 – Thursday
We left Phoenix around 10am and made the drive to the north rim. We did a short hike off the Kaibab Plateau and then headed to Swamp Point. The road is in good condition with a few rutted sections and a bit rocky by Swamp Point. You’re good with high clearance when it’s dry. We would camp a short walk from the trailhead in a nice area with outstanding views of the canyon. Also, Karl & Kathy met us at camp and would be joining us for the backpack.

October 30 – Friday
The morning started slow as we waited for the sun to rise and then packed up our gear. Once we were ready, we made the very short drive to the trailhead and started hiking. We made quick work of the first section as you drop to the Muav Saddle where we checked out the cabin. It’s in great condition and you can sleep inside if you choose. From there we continued down as the trail hooks and then switchbacks down to White’s Creek. The trail is steep and loose in spots but easy to follow.

After we arrived in White’s Creek you basically follow the creek bed down. It’s slow going as you rock hop and work your way down canyon. Some sections are heavily overgrown but you just push through the brush and follow your general heading. We eventually hit the traverse along the Supai and then made the steep and loose descent through the Redwall. You have to be very careful with your footing as you descend. With some work we got back to the White’s Creek and then took a break. After our break we continued down and found good water in the creek bed. From there we continued down as we worked our way to the narrows. The narrows start with the chock stone and a drop to the creek bottom. We took our time in the narrows & made a short side trip into Redwall Canyon. There are a few easy scrambles until a 12 foot dry waterfall. It’s doable but we decided to turn around here. From there we continued the last mile or so to Shinumo Creek where we selected the prime campsite at the confluence. We set up camp and then settled in for the evening. The hike in took a toll on us & we were glad to be done for the day.

October 31 – Saturday
We took our time as we started our day with coffee & breakfast. Our plan is to day hike to the river as a lasso loop. We would leave camp and head down Shinumo Creek. The going is relatively easy as we crossed back & forth along the creek. Most of us walked right through the water which was chilly & moving fast. Careful footing was important. We passed the bypass trail and kept heading down canyon. We then hit the old camp area where we found an old foundation and other signs of occupation from the Bass days. And just below this we checked out all the old mining relics which were really cool to see. After we had our fill we continued down creek. The going was a little more challenging because the vegetation was dense and the social trails are not as defined as up canyon. With some effort we arrived at Shinumo Falls. The falls are great but it’s hard to get a good look because the canyon is very tight. There’s no way down so we backtracked to the exit route that leads to the Colorado River.

We arrived at an amazing beach site at the bottom of the bypass trail. It was a beautiful day and we settled in to enjoy lunch and the Colorado River. We would hang out for a solid hour and we discussed our options. I wanted to go to the far beach at the bottom of South Bass but I also wanted to hike up Shinumo Creek from camp. Judging by the time, I could only do one so I decided to head to Bass Rapid. Karl & Kathy would join me while Chumley headed back to camp to hike up Shinumo Creek. The going was relatively easy as we followed a defined trail. We arrived at the far beach site and took a variety of pics. We then stopped at another beach on the way back. From there, we returned to camp and arrived there around 4:30pm. Chumley would return from the top portion of Shinumo and we all settled in for another night.

November 1 - Sunday
We had a big hike to get back to the rim so we started relatively early around 7:30am. We hiked down Shinumo Creek the half mile to the bypass trail and we were able to keep our feet dry. Once we hit the trail it was a slow grind up hill and back into White’s Creek. We took our time and took breaks as needed. Next up was the Redwall which was another grind but went well. The next couple of miles were fairly straightforward as you hike up the creek and take a short bypass when necessary. We found some water we missed on the hike in and topped off there. We continued on and arrived at the benchmark that starts the big climb back. At this point, it was everyone for themselves. The climb up was long and challenging as shade is limited and you need to watch your footing. With much effort I topped out and was physically spent. I would rehydrate and eat. The other arrived up top a few minutes later. We took our time packing up and would head to House Rock Road near Wire Pass to car camp another night and then returned to Phoenix on Monday.

Final Thoughts
This was a hell of a trip and was a lot harder than I remember from our 2014 trip. Carrying a heavy pack made a big difference. North Bass is one of the more challenging routes into the Canyon. I want to say it was harder than Nankoweap but it’s been 7 years since I’ve done that & my memory is hazy. I definitely recommend North Bass but not until you have several backpacking trips completed below the rim. The scenery and history is fantastic but it’s very hard going. Be prepared for a challenge and you’ll enjoy this hike. Also, I wish we had at least one more day down there. It would have helped to break up the hike out into two days. Thanks Chumley for driving!
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Oct 04 2020
John9L
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Inner Basin via Bear Jaw, AZ 
Inner Basin via Bear Jaw, AZ
 
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Hiking16.75 Miles 3,550 AEG
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Headed up to Flag with a couple of friends for a fall colors hike by the peaks. We started from Bear Jaw and headed in and were delighted to see the hillside covered in Yellow Aspens. We continued on and connected onto the Waterline and headed left towards Inner Basin. The Waterline Trail was in peak fall colors. The yellow leaves were so vibrant and full of life. We continued around and headed up Inner Basin to the junction with Weatherford. We took an extended break there and then returned. It turned out to be a long and fun day. Afterwards, we headed into Flag and then returned to Phoenix. It was a great day!
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Sep 26 2020
John9L
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Charleston Peak from Trail CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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Hiking18.65 Miles 5,522 AEG
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Charleston Peak has been on my wish list for a long time. It shot up my list after Chumley and I drove through Vegas on our way to the Ruby Mountains in early July. It was on my mind and I decided to do this earlier in the week. I told Karl about it Thursday night and he was interested in joining me. He booked the hotel and I drove the sporty malibu. We would leave Phoenix on Friday afternoon and we stayed in a hotel in northwest Vegas. We were up early on Saturday and then on trail before 7am.

We started with Trail Canyon on the north end of the village. The trail makes a steady climb as it follows an old road. We were delighted to see the Aspens in prime color. This really added to a great hike. We climbed and climbed and eventually turned for Charleston. It was a long way as the trail wrapped around a ridge and then makes the final climb to the summit. I was gassed when we reached the top and was glad for the extended break. We would enjoy a summit beer and some food while we enjoyed the smoky views. All of southern Nevada is suffering under a cloud of smoke from the fires in California. Luckily it didn't ruin our hike.

After lunch, we continued north as we started the loop portion of the hike. We set a steady pace as the trail drops and then climbs a small way. As we headed north, we came over a ridge and saw total devastation from a fire in 2013. Thousands of trees were completely torched and all that remained was their charred skeletons. It was a bummer. We headed through and were saddened by may bristlecone pines that are gone. This goes on for a while.

With some effort we reached our turn, that leads down to the valley, and we took a break. From here, the trail makes a solid descent as it switches it way down. We were ready to be done and cruised down. We hit the bottom and then worked our way back over to the malibu. The area was very busy on this Saturday afternoon. We would reach the car around 4pm and we agreed to pack up and head back to Phoenix. It was a long day but well worth the effort. This was a great hike!
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Sep 19 2020
John9L
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A.B. Young Trail #100Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking6.40 Miles 2,324 AEG
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While car camping at the Edge of the Earth a small group of us headed over to the fire tower and hiked down the AB Young. We started from a small parking area and had to hike up hill to the lookout. From there it's easy going for a bit and then the trail makes the plunge off the rim. It's a huge drop and the trail is in mostly good condition. We got to the bottom and then enjoyed the creek. I took a swim and enjoyed the frigid water. After a bit we started our climb out. We set a steady pace and headed up. We took breaks when needed and eventually topped out. Once we arrived back at the lookout we wanted to go up but it appeared closed so we headed back to the jeep and returned to camp. This was a nice hike and it was fun starting from the top.
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Sep 05 2020
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Grant Creek - Primitive Blue Range, AZ 
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Backpack14.75 Miles 2,700 AEG
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As the holiday weekend approached, I contacted Lee to see what he was up to. He said he's going back into The Blue for an easy backpack with Katie & the dogs. He invited me & I'm glad I joined.

We would car camp on Friday night and then headed over to the trailhead and started in. Steeple was in great shape and we connected onto Grant Creek Trail which was slow & overgrown. We took our time as we descended the canyon. The sun was out and it was hot. We kept at it and worked our way over and around dead fall and we were able to follow the trail whenever it existed. We finally hit the cabin and decide to set up camp.

After camp was set up we decided to go for a day hike as dark clouds moved in. We headed for Moonshine Park as a light rain started to fall. We followed a good trail that was cleared recently. It was easy going and we enjoyed the park. We walked around the area and took a variety of pics and then the skies opened up. Thunder roared and the rain grew heavy. We started our return and put our heads down and cruised back. Once we were back at camp we climbed into our tents and waited an hour for the storm to pass. As soon as it cleared, Lee & Katie built the fire and evening set in. We dried our gear & ate dinner.

We woke on day two and took our time packing up & headed out around 9am. Our return climbed almost 2,000ft but went well. It's a respectable climb but the trail is in good condition. Once things leveled off, we took a short break and then headed the last few miles back to the trailhead. There were a handful of downed trees to climb over. Once back to the car we talked about our options and decided to get some food in Hannagan Meadows and then return to Phoenix.

This was a nice hike and I'm glad I drove out. I wish we spent another night so we could have explored more. Its a good reason to return another time.
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Jul 18 2020
John9L
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Mount Whitney 14,505Sierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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Hiking22.22 Miles 7,204 AEG
Hiking22.22 Miles   11 Hrs   6 Mns   2.15 mph
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Back in early March I decided to apply for a day hiking permit and I was surprised to see I was successful. Then Covid hit and I didn't think the trip would happen. Months passed and the date got closer & I was still skeptical. Finally the week of the trip hit and I decided to go for it & I'm glad I did.

I took PTO on Friday and left Phoenix around mid-morning and took my time driving to Lone Pine. I arrived in the evening and grabbed some dinner to go and drove up to Whitney Portal. I ate dinner as night set in & then organized my gear. I'm sleeping in my jeep and I'm going with an alpine start.

After a relatively restless night I got up at 4:10am and I was on trail at 4:30am. The Mount Whitney Trail makes a steady climb right from the start. I was using my headlamp and could see about a dozen headlamps further up trail. I kept at it as light appeared on the horizon. A few minutes later I shut off my light and continued up. I set a steady pace and passed a few small groups. The sun rose and I would pass Outpost Camp and then climbed to Trail Camp. From there it was time for the 99 switchbacks which were relentless. I set a steady pace that slowed as I neared the top.

I eventually arrived at Trail Crest and took a short break. From here it's 1.9 miles and 1,000ft to the summit. This section sound easy but is tough because of the elevation. I would go a few hundred yards and take a short break. I kept at it and played hop scotch with a few group. With much effort I topped off to a relatively crowded summit at 10:30am. Once there I signed the register and took a nice break & admired the views. This is my second time on the summit but first from the Portal side.

After I had my fill I started the return. The top section was a chore but I made steady progress. There are a few short uphill spots near Trail Crest. They are very short but took their toll & felt like a huge climb. I was spent from the hike up and the elevation. I hit the 99 switchbacks and headed down. Most of them are short and easy going. I cruised down and passed Trail Camp and kept heading down. With much effort I detoured over to Lone Pine Lake and took a short break to eat.

The last few miles to the trailhead were work. My legs were spent I wanted to be done. I kept heading down and was delighted to return to the trailhead and then back to the jeep. I was finally done! It was about 3:30pm and I decided to head home. I would spend the next 8+ hours driving and I pulled into home right at midnight. It was a good trip! Mount Whitney is a beast of the hike and took a lot of effort but was worth it!
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Jul 01 2020
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Ruby Crest TrailElko, NV
Elko, NV
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Backpack41.00 Miles 11,500 AEG
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I have never heard of the Ruby Crest Trail until Chumley mentioned it in the spring of 2020. He said it’s like the Sierras without the crowds & no permits needed. We penciled it in for the summer but were reluctant to finalize anything due to the Covid-19 outbreak. I didn’t think it was going to happen until about two weeks before the trip. We decided it could be done so we went for it and I’m glad we did. We would spend five days in the Ruby Mountains and four of those days backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail. It was a memorable hike that left me thinking of a return.

We would leave mid-afternoon on Monday, June 29th. We drove eight hours to Ely, NV where got a hotel. We drove the last 3-4 hours to Lamoille Canyon and we snagged a walk up in the Thomas Canyon Campground. We spent the rest of the day hiking up the Thomas Creek Trail and another hike to Island Lake. We would enjoy a campfire that night and we got geared up for the backpacking trip.



Day 1 – July 1, 2020
We met our shuttle driver at the Roads End at 7:30am and would make the hour long drive to Harrison Pass on the south end of the range. Once there, our driver continued another three miles up the 4x4 to the trailhead. Many people walk this stretch of road. We said goodbye and started our backpacking trip. The miles are mostly easy as you follow an old road that slowly gains elevation. The views were solid as we made our way north. This section reminded me of the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico. It’s mostly rolling hills covered in tall grass and nice views. We continued on and eventually dropped into McCutcheon Creek where there are some okay campsites. We kept going and arrived at the next drainage called South Fork of Smith Creek which had a nice creek and good camping. To make a long story short, we continued another mile to Middle Fork hoping to find a campsite. There were no good options so we decided to backtrack to South Fork. We were both happy and really enjoyed this campsite.

Day 2 – July 2, 2020
The plan was to head the six miles to Overland Lake so we took our time packing up. We headed out around 9:30am and hiked by, what felt like a scene of a crime, Middle Fork and continued on. The trail made a steady climb as we passed North Fork. There was a trail heading towards the creek and it appeared to be camping down there. We kept at it and the trail kept climbing another 1,500+ ft to the mountain pass. Once there we took a short break and then took our time descending to Overland Lake. There were a few small patches of snow that were easily bypassed. We were the first to arrive at the lake and we selected the prime campsite on the peninsula. Another three groups would show up that afternoon. Also, a storm moved in around 3pm and lasted for an hour. The wind was whipping as rain fell. We hunkered down in our tents and hoped they weren’t going to rip. Luckily the storm blew over and we had a very enjoyable evening.

Day 3 – July 3, 2020
We started early as we had a big hiking day planned. We wanted to cover 13-15 miles and we knew this includes a 12 mile stretch with no water. The first few miles are mostly easy as you drop about 500ft. We hit our last water source around the 1.5 mile mark and we topped off our water and continued on. The trail makes a solid climb and then goes up & down several passes that ranged from 500 to 800 ft climbs. We made steady progress and enjoyed the views. The last high point was Wines Peak and we took an extended break there. We walked over to the high point and ate some snacks and water. From there we dropped way down and then had one more small climb before reaching Favre Lake. This lake was very busy and that was not a surprise. We found a decent campsite and settled in for the evening. We were both wiped out after the big day.

Day 4 - July 4, 2020
We took our time on the final day. We only had six miles to exit and knew it would go quick. We would pack up and head out. The exit started with a 1,000+ ft climb over Liberty Pass. The views were excellent up there. From there it was very easy going as we descended back to Lamoille Canyon. There were a lot of day hikers on their way up and a few small snow patches to bypass. We arrived back to the car a little before noon and took our time packing up. We eventually started driving and headed for Kingman where we spent a night in a hotel. We would return to Phoenix on Sunday.

Final Thoughts
I really enjoyed our time in the Ruby Mountains. The hiking is fantastic and it wasn’t overly crowded. I prefer the Sierras but this is a great option if you don’t want to deal with permits and want to hike something different. Put this on your list if you’re looking for a challenge and want to see some new terrain in northern Nevada. Thanks Chumley for planning this one.
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Feb 01 2020
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Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking12.29 Miles 4,387 AEG
Hiking12.29 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   2.26 mph
4,387 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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This was a fun hike with the crew. We met Pivo and shuttled a car and started in. We made the huge climb and took a long break on the summit. From there it was the long descent and then back to the trailhead. I really enjoyed this hike. You get fairly far up there and the views are outstanding.
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Jul 14 2019
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Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking9.50 Miles 2,639 AEG
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Headed up to Flagstaff with Kyle and Lily. We started hiking with Chumley & Jaclyn but Jaclyn but she wasn't feeling well so she turned back & Chumley went with her. Kyle & I continued up & topped out and ate some lunch and enjoyed the views. Ominous clouds moved in and it a light rain started to fall as we finished eating. We put on our rain gear and started the return. The rain cooled things off and we had a nice hike back. We got back to the trailhead & headed over to NiMarcos where we met Chumley & Jaclyn & then fought our way down a congested I-17. It was a nice day in the high country.
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Jul 02 2019
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Clear Creek Natural BridgeCentral, WY
Central, WY
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Hiking10.00 Miles 1,137 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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Amphitheater LakeYellowstone, WY
Yellowstone, WY
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Hiking11.00 Miles 3,094 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
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Cascade CanyonYellowstone, WY
Yellowstone, WY
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Hiking7.25 Miles 1,172 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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Alaska Basin TrailYellowstone, WY
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Hiking12.23 Miles 1,950 AEG
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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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West Clear Creek Trail #17 to Maiden FallsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Backpack12.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Met up with Chumley, Joel & Jon for a fun backpack to Maiden Falls. We headed up on Friday night and car camped up top. We headed in on Saturday and noticed the canyon was covered in smoke. Thankfully it blew out later in the day. We hiked down the steep and loose trail and arrived in the canyon. From there we headed up canyon and noticed how much flood damage there was. The going was slow but we made good progress and arrived at the long swimmer soon after.

I took the bypass while the guys inflated their floaties and paddled across. The last half mile was really fun with two more short swimmers and we arrived at the main attraction. We were delighted to see that we're the only people here and we will have the falls to ourselves for the 24+ hours we'll be there. We spent the rest of the morning relaxing and setting up camp. In the early afternoon, we got our day packs loaded and headed up canyon. We were delighted to find another set of narrows 15 minutes up canyon. This narrows was just below a solid waterfall. We swam over and enjoyed this area. I explored a little further up canyon and eventually returned to camp later in the day.

Everyone eventually returned to camp and we settled in for the evening. The weather was nice and the bugs were annoying. We enjoyed a campfire and turned in. We took our time the next morning and did some swimming. We eventually packed up and slowly went down canyon. We arrived at our exit and took a long break. We didn't want to hike out until after 4pm hoping for shade. The hike out went well and had more sun than we were hoping but we all made it out. From there we drove into Camp Verde and had some dinner and then headed back to Phoenix.

This was a great trip with a fun group. We talked about a return trip to see more of the canyon above Maiden. Thanks Chumley for driving!
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Jun 07 2019
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Bow Glacier FallsAlberta, AB
Alberta, AB
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Hiking6.24 Miles 851 AEG
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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
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Johnston Canyon TrailAlberta, AB
Alberta, AB
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2019
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Hiking8.50 Miles 1,606 AEG
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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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Lake Agnes Trail - Lake LouiseAlberta, AB
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Hiking9.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
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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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Banff & Yoho National Parks, AB 
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Hiking29.50 Miles 5,748 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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Loy Canyon Trail #5Sedona, AZ
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Hiking13.75 Miles 2,800 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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Fraser - Randolph LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
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Hiking10.00 Miles 1,245 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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