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13 triplogs
Nov 02 2014
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Barks Lower Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2014
Sande J
Hiking4.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
900 ft AEG
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There was plenty of fine clean water in Lower Barks this weekend.....even a few small runoffs that were still moving. Great news for our beloved Supes this time of year!
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Nov 19 2002
Sande J
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 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2002
Sande J
Hiking6.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.20 mph
400 ft AEG
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Did this hike with azscrapper (see back 2 posts)..sorry it took me so long to enter the triplog! I found it to be quite enjoyable as we hiked the loop...first heading out on Boulder 103 and returning back via the creek bed. There are a few small areas that you may have to bushwhack a bit, but no major obstacles. As you return, you are basically hiking north back towards the Canyon lake area...the creek bed narrows in a couple of places thru the canyon, just hang there and it will lead you back. Past the 2 mile mark, Keep an eye peeled ahead of you to the right (NE) that will a be a faint trail leading you up and out of the creek bed and back up the ridge to connect you with the 103 and back to the parking lot.
The trail will be on your right leading up before the canyon creek bed takes an extreme left turn. It almost looks like a dead end up ahead of you if you were to keep walking forward. Cairns do mark the trail entrance. Great day hike...KM...you rock!
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Nov 09 2002
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Charlebois from Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2002
Sande J
Hiking14.00 Miles 2,680 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles2 Days         
2,680 ft AEG
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This makes a nice moderate overnite trip where you will find camping in the flat area just southwest of Charlebois spring. During our recent jaunt there was plenty of water at both La Barge and Charlebois springs....it rained off and on all nite and the wind gusts thru the draw were quite powerful....seems I always get rained on while backpacking...
SJ
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Oct 04 2002
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Ely-Anderson TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2002
Sande J
Hiking7.50 Miles
Hiking7.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.88 mph
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The hike on Bluff Springs Trail to Bluff Springs Mountain is a nice day hike, worthy of hiking even to the point where the Ely Anderson trail lies. We ended up scrambling up the slope at the southeast corner which is definitely the best entry point, but just climbed up a ways and opted for a lunch stop. We looked around for the "trail" which we didn't really see, but we didn't look that hard for it either. If you give it a shot, pay attention to the area, as it hosts lotsa prickly pair and their usual spiny sidekicks. The views from this location are quite inspiring and this area gets you away from it all. We did this and as out and back, returning on the Bluff Springs. I look forward to the next trek, in which I will hopefully have more time to find the route hike to the summit.
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Sep 29 2002
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2002
Sande J
Hiking9.00 Miles 280 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
280 ft AEG
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For an extended day hike that is a bit more challenging, there is a trail to the summit that offers an escape from the crowds near the creek. Just before entering the Crossing area, you will see a small wooden sign posted on a tree that states "Summit 1.5"..where a small trail leads downward towards the creek. Find a suitable creek crossing and with a little bushwacking, you can pick up the trail just to the right of cliff wall when you cross. The trail ascends, hugging the side of the wall, and then opens up with continued climbing and switchbacks. At about .5, you reach a small saddle where the trail continues ahead to skirt the ledge through the canyon towards the summit. It almost feels that all of the sudden you are on a totally different hike in a new place. It almost deserves a seperate description. The trail becomes narrow in places, a bit steeper and basically unmaintained at this point, but easy to follow.....,(watch your footing on the way back).. not sure what the name of this particular mountain or actual summit is....but it is a beauty when you top out. Basically you end up on the top of the flat mesa with 360 degree view, including the top of Oak Creek Canyon. It is an open range area. Including the hike in from the Bell traihead, I estimated this hike to be about 9 miles round trip.
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Sep 13 2002
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Goat Hill via National WestPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2002
Sande J
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,506 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles
1,506 ft AEG
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Teva, thanks for writing an exciting description, in which I agree is probably more exciting than the actual trail itself...as one who frequents South Mountain Park, I find the west end of the National Trail a little more peaceful and less crowded than the eastern side. The thing I like about the entire trail system here, is you have the opportunity to do some mileage to work the endurance levels. I have hiked portions of this trail ranging from 4-10 miles, and just dont seem to see the traffic that is hosted on Camelback and Squaw Peak. I have found out however, that there is much more mtn bike traffic towards the east end of National. One thing I have learned is that 8 out of 10 mtn bikers are unaware of trail etiquette. :o
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Sep 02 2002
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2002
Sande J
Hiking21.00 Miles 2,496 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles
2,496 ft AEG
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Havasu Canyon to Havasupai is an incredible journey. The falls are as spectacular as everyone says. Swimming in the cool waters are the bonus if the weather is hot. Just make sure you hike in early and avoid the midday heat. Once you are in plan on camping for two or three days to enjoy the area. I highly suggest making the 2 mile trek past Mooney Falls onto Beaver Falls which is the best swimming hole of them all. The first fun (but scary) event is the chained climb down towards Mooney. Remember later that it is much easier going up than coming down. The trail is not too hard to follow, you will make about four creek crossings on the way, but the route is well cairned, and not a difficult hike. Beaver Falls are more of a several levels of cascading falls and are a bit hidden, but once you find them you can climb down nearby at the top of the fall. There is a 30 foot cliff off the canyon wall, so if you feel daring you can make the jump into the deep part of the pool. The currents are strong so you should be a good swimmer! Also, on the return to Mooney check out the rope swing on the other side of the little island. That is not quite as high a jump into the water. In three days we did a total of 34 miles of hiking including the side trips (eight of them were to the store in Supai for a very large COKE and some ice cream, LOL)....take your Tevas for the water!
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Nov 25 2001
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2001
Sande J
Hiking 1,366 AEG
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1,366 ft AEG
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Even though I too prefer less crowded hikes at times, I still truly love this trail. The hike to Fremont Saddle is the perfect workout and the the views are awesome throughout. The option to take the overlook ledge past the saddle for a better view of Weavers is great too.
The routes that branch off the saddle are where there is more peace and solitude, so go for it, just make sure you know your return path. Getting away from it all takes work and this is worth the extra effort. No matter how many times I hike this trail I still really enjoy it and feel energized when I complete it. Have fun out there!
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Oct 14 2001
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Kachina Trail #150Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2001
Sande J
Hiking 700 AEG
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700 ft AEG
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I hiked this trail twice this summer to beat the heat and had planned on doing a page on it sometime soon, so thanks Denise! It is a beauty with views and the open meadows at that elevation are quite splendid. About a mile into the hike I noticed quite a bit of the aftermath of the fire that ripped thru the area this spring. There are alot of charred trees and brush, but the area seemed to survive remarkably well. If I remember correctly, the fire was the result of a campfire not being put out properly. There are some lovely masses of deep green ferns that lay like carpet in the wooded areas. This is a moderate hike on a nice trail, suitable for most anyone. Do consider the altitude as it probably will make the hike seem a little tougher than it really is. Have fun out there!
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Sep 08 2001
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2001
Sande J
Hiking 3,313 AEG
Hiking
3,313 ft AEG
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After reading some of the comments on this hike, it's pretty wild how diverse these trips can be..I summited Humphreys on 9/7, and the weather was unreal..not a cloud in the sky and the winds were minimal ....Amazing the difference one day can make (Fritski). I took off prepared, but ended up shedding layers rather than adding them on! My thermometer read 70 degrees at the summit and the winds were also very mild there. A few of us that met at the trailhead rendevouzed at the top and hung out over 45 minutes, just laying in the sun and relaxing, enjoying the views...awesome! I think the climb from the saddle to the summit is the toughest part due to the altitude, I know I was seriously suckin' wind, but well worth the effort to make it up. The trek through the loose tundra and fragile rock acquires some attention, just take yer time.. for some reason, the way back seemed longer than the way up, LOL....I recommend a 7-8 am start, in order to enjoy the trek and make stops if needed. Have fun out there and be careful!
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Jun 09 2001
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2001
Sande J
Hiking 1,275 AEG
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1,275 ft AEG
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Hiking Camelback is alot like being on the Phoenix freeways, sooner or later you are bound to run into traffic! I am more of an outback type of hiker, so the last time I was here, I felt a little out of place as I didn't have my hair and makeup done and wasn't sporting the latest Donna Karan hiking wear. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised to run across a lot of friendly hikers with hello greetings. If you are fitness oriented this trail is a great workout. The added bonus is scaling the rock ridgeline on the last third of the ascent. Just pay attention on the rock climb and you will be fine. When you reach the top, there may be coffee and donuts, or a business meeting going on...you never know! I recommend an early start...5:30-6 Am (ouch!) to beat most of the crowd and the heat if it is in late spring or summer. Have fun out there and be safe!
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May 30 2001
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2001
Sande J
Hiking 1,374 AEG
Hiking
1,374 ft AEG
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This is a true hiking workout! You need both lower and upper body strength to enjoy it. Take a lot of water and watch the sun, not a lot of shade here. I lucked out on a cooler cloud covered morning, so made it to the peak and back before the reign of the desert sun. The elevations begin at the trailhead and the fun doesn't stop there...after you reach the saddle, you get to drop and follow the cables, then you will head back up soon after. Keep following the trail up and around towards the south and you will eventually make it to the peak for a nice rest stop before heading back the same way. I would recommend this trail only to fit and adventurous hikers, in other words don't take Grandma or the little kiddies. Be smart and approach the cable climbing with caution, don't forget your gloves, take your time, and enjoy the challenge. Wear proper hiking footwear. I see quite a few people on the trails out there with improper footwear, like Keds gym shoes or fake wanna be hiking boots. Not a good idea. Have fun and be safe out there!
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May 06 2001
Sande J
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60 female
 Joined Feb 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2001
Sande J
Hiking 588 AEG
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588 ft AEG
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Follow the directions listed on this page to the trailhead, they are right on the money. At the east end of the parking area, take the left fork that leads to the silver metal gate. You can open this by slipping the metal noose over the pole. Make sure to secure it and be respectful on the property. The hike has a nice gradual grade, about halfway up, the trail gets rather rocky so make sure those with you have proper, stable footwear. You may also want to use the bug spray or lotion, as the blooming spring season was attracting some serious bug parties. This is a peaceful hike, placed outside of the urban crowds...the viewing of plant and animal wild life is abundant here. Let the geckos guide you.... At the top, there is some fun and easy rock climbing with wonderful valley views!
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average hiking speed 1.55 mph

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