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Jan 01 2021
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
South Butte - Gila RiverGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking2.33 Miles 400 AEG
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After a quick breakfast, started off the day right with a short climb for good views. After a break, headed back down and over to explore the nearby highlights. It wasn't until after noon that it turned into an OHV mecca, which prompted our abrupt departure and relieved sanctuary at AZW.
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South Butte White Canyon Wilderness
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 Tempe, AZ
Hutch Mountain Lookout 8532Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2020
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Hiking0.39 Miles 52 AEG
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Did a lot of short little things to try and stay active. Sycamore Falls was a pointless trickle. Historic was delicious. Wood burning stoves are hot. The Nordic Center was thin. Lake Mary was mostly frozen. A few spots were thick enough to support a person. A few weren't. The water was cold. The telescope was trained on a conjunction or something. Mormon was dry. Stoneman hasn't been a lake in my lifetime. Roads still ungated for the time being. If it doesn't snow any more, they may just stay open. Hutch was a nice stop. The MVUM is tough to follow in the snow. Is it even valid under snow cover? :-k A few I-17 drivers are a special breed. Nothing else to note.
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 Tempe, AZ
Young Hidden Pima Gabriel, AZ 
Young Hidden Pima Gabriel, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2020
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Hiking4.54 Miles 1,174 AEG
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Claire and I decided to take advantage of the magnificent weather for a short jaunt close to home. After waiting for the bulk of the rain to stop we headed out to clearing skies and none of those magnificent waterfalls we knew the rest of the instaworld would be out futilely searching for. I thought it would be fun to wade down the river in Pima Wash but hate that trailhead, so I drew up a loop with Young Man and and Gabe.

After the Everest-esque climb to the ridge, we splashed through HV before heading down the wash. It was just at the start that for absolutely no reason at all I pulled a Hippy and assured myself a month on IR. I was surprised I was able to self-rescue, but knew that it wouldn't stay that way for long. So I asked Santa for bags of frozen peas and RICE. :pk:
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 Tempe, AZ
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2020
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Hiking0.30 Miles 50 AEG
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Covid has resulted in Lake Pleasant closing a lot of the park access points this summer or limiting hours in developed areas, but I was able to get out and enjoy a few hours on a nice midweek evening for a bit. It's a nice part of the world.
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 Tempe, AZ
Gillard Hot SpringsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
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Hiking1.52 Miles 290 AEG
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I saw a comment about this on another triplog a decade ago where Joe gave a double surprised scaredy emoticon reply, so I decided I must see this for myself. :)

A pleasant way to see a new stretch of the river for me. I contemplated dipping the jewels but, really, it wasn't even close to worth the risk for a little warm water in a cold river on a winter morning. : rambo : [-(

Also, the peccaries don't like me. :lol:
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 Tempe, AZ
Gila Box RNCATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Birding avatar Dec 05 2020
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Birding40.00 Miles
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Added onto my Tour de EAZ with a stop at the RNCA. Nice time of year to be there, though maybe a week early, depending on the specific locale. Can't go wrong either way! Headed over Bull Gap to the Orange Cliffs but was a little disappointed in the view. Forgot that you can't connect the drive between the pipeline road and Lee, but not before pushing my truck to uncomfortable limits. Made it less than a mile away, but it wasn't gonna happen. There are some deep crossings along the way that made for some tacofun.

Opted for the west rim road to solomon for the exit which ended up being more miserable than remembered, then dark, and generally cold. I'm probably the first person ever who was happy to arrive at the Safford Airport.

Saw a couple of hawks and some other winged things along the way. Hoping for a baldy or two along the Gila, but no luck.
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Owl Creek Campground and TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
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Hiking0.57 Miles 104 AEG
Hiking0.57 Miles      18 Mns   2.14 mph
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Huge hike! Had to work up to my AMBM back at the trailhead and a short walk seemed to be a good plan. Chilly with temps in the upper 20s. Really pretty stretch of river. Some muted fall colors but past prime here. Not sure how far up/downstream you could go along the banks but would be pretty. Wet feet/wading might go a long way! For $3 you can float 25 miles. Might have to do that sometime.
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 Tempe, AZ
Black Hills Back Country BywayTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Scenic Drive avatar Dec 05 2020
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Scenic Drive21.00 Miles 2,540 AEG
Scenic Drive21.00 Miles   4 Hrs      5.25 mph
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This seemed to be a good way to waste a few hours without a lot of physical effort. I got photos of all the interpretive signs (read them all if you're bored -- I still haven't!) thinking HAZ needed a guide for this one. But sure enough, it's already been Schulhauser'd. Which saves me all kinds of effort. :y:

Side note: the road up to Guthrie Peak is a bitch, and while it's possible in a stock off-road Tacoma in 4LO, it's slow AF and not something I'd choose to do again.
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 Tempe, AZ
Eastern Creek Colors, AZ 
Eastern Creek Colors, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Dec 03 2020
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Backpack1.00 Miles 100 AEG
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On the recommendation of my close contacts, employer, local, state, and federal health authorities, I was told to avoid contact with other people for a couple of weeks. :lone: Not one to sit at home and watch TV, I headed off to the woods by myself. :DANCE:

Always a favorite stretch of "trail" (like much of the GET, that word doesn't mean much :sweat: ) I was able to enjoy a couple of the coldest nights of the year by the warmth of a raging campfire complete with warm cider and hot soup.

I skipped strenuous elevation and distance and settled with a few short scenic strolls along the creek enjoying the warm daytime sun shining through the tree canopy whilst being productive and "working remotely". Very remotely. I even managed to keep my feet dry!
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 Tempe, AZ
Easton Conservation Areas, MA 
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Hiking avatar Nov 26 2020
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Hiking11.88 Miles 400 AEG
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As is customary during family fun times, I take the opportunity to self-rescue and find some outdoor relief from loved ones. :)

Wednesday I was able to get out for nearly two hours, enjoying a whole new set of trails from my previous trip to Borderlands. The weather was a pleasant chilly drizzle, something that as a desert dweller I found to be absolutely delightful. Apparently, the locals don't see it the same way and this otherwise-popular state park was mine to enjoy alone. The leaves have long-since fallen and I enjoyed tones of grey and rust as I splooshed through the woods. Each time I reached a junction, I opted for the longer route until I ended up making a loop about twice as long as I had planned.

There's supposed to be a parking or use fee, and I didn't realize that and didn't have a pass. My out-of-state plates would be a dead giveaway to any patrol driving by, so I was relieved when I arrived back at the car to find a windshield free of any envelopes. :)

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Thursday morning, I joined Amy and Julie on a nice walk from the house across town and into the Clifford G Grant Management Area, which adjoins the Easton Town Forest. It's actually a little bit impressive how much public space this town has managed to squeeze into an old, densely populated New England town. There's not much in the way of elevation, but for a backyard walk, no complaints either.
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 Tempe, AZ
Verde Headwaters, AZ 
Verde Headwaters, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
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Hiking7.74 Miles 500 AEG
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This one started on the plane this summer. Looking out the window while flying over Yavapai County, I followed the path of the upper Verde River, and realized I had not explored the area much. Being at an elevation that makes summer temperatures a bit out of my preferred zone, I put it on the back burner for cooler days ahead. And then it took two extra months for cooler days to arrive! Because, 2020.

As is often the case, Google doesn't know ranching roads, and I got dead-ended by a locked gate that resulted in an extra hour of driving in search of a good access point. Actually, the gate was NOT locked, the lock was just hanging on the chain -- and I considered taking advantage of that fact but was glad I didn't as while backtracking I met the rancher who was going to solve the problem and asked me if I knew if it was locked or not. Apparently I look like I reside in the Chino Valley metroplex (or at least not the kind of person the gate is locked to prevent!)

So somewhere around noon-thirty, I finally found a spot wedged between private ranches and open roads where I would feel ok leaving my truck and beginning my overland journey to what is seemingly a rarely visited part of the Verde watershed.

Fall colors were a little bit past prime, but there's something special about Arizona's riparian waterways as they transition the seasons. I should have worn pants. And gaiters. The cockle burrs were on their game, and the frequent flooding along this stream left a mess of deadfall and new overgrowth along the shores. Beavers had done their part to block passage, though they had not been successful in creating any pools that could withstand the flow, and I was not lucky enough to encounter any.

There were a few piles of bear scat, but it seems this area (like many in our state) was best habitat for deer. Hawks screeched overhead and blue skies contrasted with yellow cottonwoods, and reddish cliffs as I pushed my way around new corners. I crossed the river countless times, here just a small stream running in the upper 20s-- amazingly a couple of cfs above normal in this very dry year. Steps away from the strip of riparian life, the plants transitioned quickly to typical desert fare. Catsclaw teared at my skin, and prickly pear required a steady eye on foot placement.

Not really my thing, I glanced at surrounding cliffs in search of past habitation. There are a few dots on the older maps, so I figured there might also be a few dots that aren't. As is always the case, I didn't discover anything that hadn't been discovered by somebody before me. But discovery should be an individual endeavor, and for me today, it was. I look forward to searching here some more. For one of our state's largest waterways, it seems few choose to explore her early miles.

As I made my way back toward my truck, I spotted a family car-camping at the end of a dirt road. The first sign of people on the day, I waded across the river adjacent to them and made sure to announce my presence without startling them. They were puzzled at where I had come from. A short chat revealed it was their ranch I had just entered. I apologized for the error and they pointed me in the right direction and gave instructions on how to exit their gate. I opted not to stop for food in Paulden on the drive home. :)
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 Tempe, AZ
Deer Creek to High Creek, AZ 
Deer Creek to High Creek, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 14 2020
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Backpack23.00 Miles 5,808 AEG
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Kathleen had been begging me to take her to Powers Garden for a while, and not to turn down an excuse to spend time in the Galiuros, I penciled in a date on the calendar. Of course, the plans went all crazy and the whos and whens weren't finally settled until a few hours before we started. Kathleen had to work, until I fomo-guilted her on the drive east, and she managed to pull everything together and make the trailhead before sunset. Jon was gonna meet us in the morning, but that got thwarted and he didn't leave the valley until mid morning. Joel had a bunch of stuff keep him from getting out of town on time and he drove through the night. Patrick was on time and Nate somehow got his Prius all the way out there in time for a Friday night car camp.

Saturday morning, Joel rolled up and he and I opted to set up a shuttle so we could come out via High Creek instead of returning back to Deer Creek. This took longer than expected ... the shortest route isn't an option because a ranch owner has restricted access. So after the long way around, we weren't ready to hit the trail until after 11. Patrick, Nate, 9L, and Kathleen had all started a few hours earlier while we were shuttling. Jon was running about an hour behind us but we opted to head out rather than waiting.

A couple of miles in we met Kathleen and Chewy in bad shape. An illness had set in and despite making it halfway there, she decided that it wasn't worth backpacking and waking up in the middle of the wilderness with a worsening sickness of unknown severity. It's a tough call to make, but it was the right decision. I wouldn't want to be sick like that in the middle of the woods either. She assured us she would make it back to the truck, so we said our goodbyes and continued on.

There was a foul-smelling rotting cow carcass at Mud Spring, which didn't pose any issues since nobody would drink from that spring anyway. The views on the Tortilla trail are open and ok, but really not a good descriptor for this range as a whole. There was a puddle or two of water in a couple of shaded drainages from the previous week's rain, but it was otherwise a very dry hike in. Some maples splashed bright reds near the mouth of Horse Canyon providing a welcoming entrance to Powers Garden after the steep and scree-ey descent from the crest.

Despite evidence of some very recent horse traffic, we were pleased to find the Garden unoccupied, except for 9L, Patrick and Nate who had already set up camp. Jon arrived around sunset after stopping for some photos along the way.

The cabin was unlocked and very well stocked. Actually, people abandon property here instead of carrying it out, and I wish they wouldn't. Sleeping pads, sleeping bags, tents, canned goods, you name it. Even a bottle of whisky! :) But seriously ... it's not helping to leave anything here. If you carry it in, carry it out too. Your 12-lb Ozark Trail sleeping bag is trash. The cabin does not need another bottle of mustard!

We had a good fire, and managed to stay warm until bed. Always a cold sink, the garden dropped into the 20s and all our waters were frozen solid. We reconsidered why we hadn't all just slept in the cabin as it would have provided a few degrees of relief. No matter, once the sun hit the valley, the frost melted and things warmed up quickly.

The spring had plentiful water, but despite being clear, had a bit of a funky odor. If the spring area doesn't get a little bit of maintenance, I think this may become a less-than-ideal water source in the next few years. All the former infrastructure has gone to shit and I'm not sure there will ever be running water at the cabin or a clean trough for filtering and wildlife again.

Nate took off at first light and hiked out on his own. 9L and Patrick left in late morning, heading back via Tortilla. Jon and Joel and I headed south on what should have been an "easy" day. I had planned to make another visit to the cabin and mine, but when we got to the junction, I wasn't feeling it, and having been there before, didn't need to do it again this time.

The Rattlesnake Trail has flashed since the 2014 fire and much of the tread is gone as you meander through a dense stand of Arizona Cypress growing in the sandy and rocky flood debris. After pleasant hiking so far, this last 2 miles was a lot of work. It's quite overgrown and between route-finding, creek crossings, bushwhacking, and the end of our second day of hiking, we were all pretty happy to get to camp at Holdout Spring.

As expected, Holdout was full of clear, delicious water ... the first we had seen all day since leaving Powers. Camp here was at least 15 degrees warmer than down in the garden, and we were all thoroughly pleased by that.

The next morning we took it slow getting going and stopped a few times along the way to enjoy the fall colors along the trail as we climbed up toward the divide. We may have been a little bit late for colors, but it's tough to tell ... it seems that there had been an extended freeze at some point in the previous couple of weeks that had put an abrupt end to most of the colors.

The hike to the divide from Holdout is truly scenic, and so much better than Tortilla on the way in. I had forgotten a few of the sections and really enjoyed the tired grind on the climb out. Heading down High Creek was a delight as always, with a few pockets of really nice color that deserved a break. At one point, my phone fell out of my pocket as I sat and I left without it. This near-disaster was averted as I take enough photos that it hadn't been more than 100 yards before I grabbed for it and realized where it must be!

The Mark-KO tree has settled from forehead height to a more manageable chest height. :)

I had left my truck at the most popular camp area and since I was a few minutes ahead of the others, I drove a half mile or so back up the road to pick them up. There are some sections up there that just make it not worth the drive vs just walking it!

We didn't see any bears in person, but they were obviously plentiful across the entire range. Over the course of the three days, I don't believe we ever went more than 100 yards without encountering a healthy pile of poop, and often could not go more than a few steps. On no hike that I can recall have I seen so much sign of bear activity over such a large area.

We drove back to Deer Creek to fetch the other cars before heading back home. But not before getting to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Aravaipa Valley as daylight waned. Each trip to the Galiuros makes me wonder why I don't come back here more often! So Kathleen ... I guess we'll have to schedule this one again and finally get it done! :)

dry Brush Canyon Dry Dry
No sign of water

dry Corral Canyon Dry Dry
No sign of water. Didn't hike up far to investigate further


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Holdout Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Clear and cold. Good water in the cave spring box and in the main spring box which was full and delicious.

dry Horse Canyon Dry Dry
No sign of water even though it rained a little bit the previous week


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mud Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
No idea how much flow ... plenty of water, but gross due to cattle traffic. Rotting dead cow carcass made it even worse.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Powers Garden Spring Dripping Dripping
Good pools of clear water, but foul smell possibly due to rotting leaves and debris. Filtered and flavored, and nobody got sick!

dry Rattlesnake Spring Dry Dry
No water anywhere

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 Tempe, AZ
Battleship Mountain from Canyon LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2020
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Hiking14.15 Miles 4,012 AEG
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It had been a couple of years since I let the captain take me on a tour of the HMS Turkey Leg, and I had never done it via Boulder Canyon before. We opted for this route to avoid the fire scar. There were a couple of pools of water at the 2nd Water crossing, but Boulder was dry the whole way.

Having seen the result of over visitation to other Arizona off-trail puzzles that the internet doesn't seem to understand are supposed to be unmarked, I was actually surprised that there are not yet any spray painted dots to hold the hands of those who don't like the challenge of finding a way through on their own.

We didn't start our day too early, and after a solid break enjoying the view from the bridge, we opted against dropping into the box and taking LaB back.

No sheep today, and only a handful of hikers within view of the parking lot on the way out. As always, thanks to Kyle for making this one an internet sensation! The original #influencer :sweat: :lol:
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Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Snowshoeing4.39 Miles 250 AEG
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The first flash of winter across the Arizona high country ended up being a little bit disappointing as far as what happened based on what was forecast, but alas, I made a great day of it anyway. There's nothing quite like the peaceful serenity of fresh falling snow. The warm fall thusfar made it so that lake hadn't even begun to freeze over yet, but the circumference trail was more than adequate for a few miles of winter escape. It's my first November snowshoe in Arizona, and while I don't have high expectations for this winter, it was a great early-season start!
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Needle Rock Recreation AreaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2020
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Hiking2.00 Miles 500 AEG
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For some odd reason I had never been here before, and with a couple of hours free on Wednesday afternoon, I figured this would be worth checking out.

I'm not sure why, but Bartlett was releasing water at over 1000cfs so the river was well-above its normal height and moving along at a healthy clip. We even spotted a couple of folks kayaking.

I didn't notice any photos in the HAZ database of the car that tried to land on the needle and failed in epic Dukes of Hazzard style, but it seems to have been there for a while. It was once a pickup truck and had skid plates that didn't really help since it landed upside down.

When there's nobody else here, this place is all right. When that happens is anybody's guess.
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North Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking11.35 Miles 1,751 AEG
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After an exhausting backpacking trip over the weekend, we were looking for a moderate hike before driving back to the valley. We had a few options in mind, and this wasn't one of them. :sweat: But after a lazy morning at camp we decided that this would fit the bill and also help finish the North Canyon Trail since we had hiked the upper portion of it as part of our East North South loop a few days earlier.

This one starts in pinyon juniper type desert along the water-free North Canyon drainage. It slowly climbs through oak and maple before reaching pine country. This time of year was absolutely perfect, with cool air in the more sunny lower sections, and an explosion of fall colors along the entirety of the wooded upper half of the hike. I took the time to count on the return trip...the trail crosses the creek an ankle-busting 41 times in the 5 miles below the east rim junction! ](*,)

We turned around at the east rim junction where we had descended a few days earlier. Besides the obvious art site, I wouldn't be surprised if a more diligent exploration here turned up more art or dwellings in the cliffs of this canyon.
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North Bass TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Backpack37.86 Miles 8,500 AEG
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My GPS route tallied 19,000aeg, which might explain why this was such an exhausting backpack! :sweat: I'm gonna do some quick estimations to bring that down to something closer to reality!

John and I made an attempt at this one a few years ago, but tornado and flash flood warnings made us revise the plan to a day hike and avoid camping under that kind of threat. Things finally aligned to put it on the calendar again, and I secured the permits sometime this summer.

We got the permit to camp at Swamp Point the night before, which made for a comfortable evening and no rush in the morning to drive in from the NF. The creek was more overgrown than I remembered, which may or may not mean it was more overgrown than it actually was. But there's definitely a difference in carrying an overnight pack versus a daypack.

The day was long and slow. There was less water and it would have been nice had I known/remembered exactly where I would be able to find it since I was expecting more and finished what I had carried in pretty early on.

The trip through the White narrows is a pleasure, but much slower with a full pack, and I'd maybe consider skipping this in the future and opt for a day hike from camp to check this out instead.

Finally we arrived at camp, though it took an hour or two longer than I had expected, and the mileage was strangely about two miles high as well. Needless to say, we were all very happy to set up our tents and spend some quality time on our butts!

Saturday we headed down Shinumo Creek to the river. Of course we were stopped just short due to a small waterfall. There's an overland route to the beach, though it climbs quite a bit to get there. We had the beach to ourselves and the weather was fine so we took the opportunity to get in the always-refreshing Colorado river swim. After some sweaty days on the trail, there's really nothing quite as exhilarating as getting into the river.

Just as we had set out on the climb back up, we spotted a rafting party headed our way, so we returned to the beach to be social for a few minutes. One of the passengers was most interested in knowing the result of the World Series, and was happy I could provide the answer. After I gave them the latest weather forecast, we continued on our original plan with 9L, Karl, and Kathy heading upstream to the South Bass crossing while I headed back to camp before exploring farther up Shinumo Creek.

Sunday morning we got an earlier start, knowing it was a long way to exit the canyon. This, too, turned out to be a longer and harder day than we were planning on ... even having done the same trail just a day earlier. There's just so much of this one that is less trail and more route. A lot of uneven footing and bushwhacking really takes its toll after a while and while the temperature was pleasant, the sun was warm and draining. Ultimately, however, we all conquered the beast and arrived at the trailhead in time for a snack and beverage.

We opted to drive off the plateau and seek out some warmer temperatures for another night at camp, which was a good choice and postponed for a night the long drive home after a big day climbing out of the canyon.

As far as backpacking goes, I think this is the most difficult exit I've done. It could be broken up, but I'm not so sure that's worth it either!

Friday:
12.77mi, ~500ft, 7:08

Saturday to River:
9.34, ~1500ft, 5:28

Saturday up Shinumo:
3.6, ~500ft, 2:17

Sunday out:
12.2, ~6000, 8:01
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 Tempe, AZ
East North South Loop, AZ 
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Hiking6.05 Miles 2,487 AEG
Hiking6.05 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.63 mph
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We arrived on the north rim ahead of a planned backpacking trip with plenty of time for an afternoon hike before settling in for the night, so we opted to take this nice easy 2500 aeg stroll just to get our legs warmed up for the next day. :sweat:

We knew we'd be fighting daylight so we kept a good pace down the hill. Some patches of snow remained which made for a nice contrast with the autumn colors which were more abundant than expected.

We reached the bottom and turned up on the North Canyon Trail. After a few hundred yards we encountered a picturesque running stream. Since I hadn't read anything about this hike ahead of time, this was a great surprise and really made the hike more special. The trail gradually got steeper and climbed up past the spring through a really beautiful forest of white pine and aspen on a hillside covered in snow.

After regaining most of the elevation we had dropped, we reached the AZT. The sun had set and the temperature plummeted fast. A beautiful moon rose over the painted desert as we finished the loop. The thermometer dropped to 34 within minutes of being back in the truck as we headed toward a night of camping at Swamp Point.

This is a solid loop and the springs and creek at the upper end of the North Canyon Trail are a real treat to hike along.
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Sterling Vultee, AZ 
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Hiking7.96 Miles 2,500 AEG
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This was a fun day on two trails I hadn't previously hiked. While the Sedona area can be a bit of a mess on autumn weekends, once you leave the highway, it is possible to avoid the crowds if you put a little bit of effort into it.

The colors were great and this one has some nice views and a solid workout. The arch was a great destination. I got to hike with a few people I hadn't met before, and it's always nice to match real-life personalities to the posts and pictures. We opted for a simple outnback over making a lasso loop in favor of a follow-up hike in the afternoon.

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Pumphouse Wash - LowerSedona, AZ
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Hiking5.60 Miles 750 AEG
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I'd never done this one from this end before and it seemed to be a good time to check it out. We got an afternoon start after another hike earlier in the day and passed a couple of groups and some people we knew who were all finishing up as we got started. Another few were climbing within the typical 1/4 mile maximum approach that only us muggles can survive going beyond. From there it was just us and the resident wildlife.

Of course, I'm reluctant to post photos of this lovely place but I'll do it anyway. Such is my definition of reluctance :sweat: :lol: .

Despite the picturesque scenes, it's a very challenging place to hike, and the constant boulder hopping and unsteady footing was brutal and left me completely exhausted after 3 hours. Some things are worth the effort though.

Water flowing here would be nice, but would also likely limit travel significantly as there are several narrow slots that would make for icy cold swimmers. So I'll take the ankle rolling boulder hopping exactly for what it is.
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