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Oct 05 2019
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Snowslide - Fremont - Doyle, AZ 
Snowslide - Fremont - Doyle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2019
chumley
Hiking12.63 Miles 4,532 AEG
Hiking12.63 Miles   8 Hrs   43 Mns   1.76 mph
4,532 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
1st trip
Got started early to get past the green and into the gold by the time the sun cast the first light into the basin.

I left Joel to photo things and opted to continue up Snowslide Canyon, which I had not previously done. I was pleasantly surprised to hike along a flowing creek above the spring, enjoying the rare treat of listening to cascading water running in the basin.

From the spring I made a beeline to the first Weatherford switchback where I encountered an enormous and majestic elk buck hiking the trail just below treeline. I headed down to Doyle Saddle and then up to Fremont Peak. The old register is gone, and the new one was placed just this year. It was windy on the summit so I sheltered behind the rock wall for a bit and enjoyed the views. I spotted a group of 12 camped 1,100 feet below me at Fremont Saddle but they were gone before I got there. At this point I was pretty tired and it was a slow climb up to Doyle where I took another nice break. Somebody had placed a homemade flag up there which I dismantled and carried down with me.

Doyle is such a scenic peak, and the views along the ridge on the way down were a highlight today. Despite 9 hours of hiking in one of the premier fall hiking locations in the state, I didn't see HAZ members Nightstalker, Kingsnake, or caragruey -- in fact, I encountered exactly zero other hikers until I was back at the parking lot at the end of my hike! :y:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Still early below the waterline road with mostly green aspens. Higher up some patches approaching prime. Virtually no leaves have fallen yet. The next week will provide excellent color and the beginnings of some good litter on the ground.
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Oct 04 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
Sugarloaf Mtn - FlagstaffFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2019
chumley
Hiking2.18 Miles 818 AEG
Hiking2.18 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.04 mph
818 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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Opted for a mostly direct route straight up the steeps from the meadow featuring big boulder climbs. The summit was a lot less flat than I had anticipated from looking at the map. Absolutely great views to the east. Descended the south slope to the saddle, and it was mostly skiing. You couldn't pay me to attempt to climb this slope as forward progress would be next to impossible!
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Sep 28 2019
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Mazatzal Peak LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2019
chumley
Hiking15.84 Miles 2,823 AEG
Hiking15.84 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.91 mph
2,823 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Great day for this loop. The peaks were socked in to start the day, and puffy clouds shaded the mountains all day, with sunshine maybe only 20% of the time. The divide sure grows back fast. It's not bad by any stretch, but growth is impressive. Big trail traffic away from the trailhead with three pairs of backpackers and a day hiker on Barnhardt. The Mazzies north of 87 didn't get much rain from storms this week so surface water was scarce.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Just a trickle over the falls. Nice clear pools in the bedrock below.

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Muddy. No clean water.

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Some small pools in the bedrock. No flow.

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Standing puddles and mud at trail crossing. Didn’t investigate further.

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Sep 23 2019
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Wet Lorena, AZ 
Wet Lorena, AZ
 
Storm Chasing avatar Sep 23 2019
chumley
Storm Chasing
Storm Chasing   12 Hrs      0.00 mph
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Decided to skip work and play in the rain. Sycamore had flashed to over 7000cfs, and with the 88 closed at both ends restricting access to the Supes, up the Beeline was the way to go.

FS LEOs were locking all the gates off the highway, but some roads are still ungated. Checked out a few of the drainages. Nothing too crazy, but some were uncrossable. Ran into @outdoor_lover and chatted for a few minutes.

Waited an hour for the water to recede on Mesquite before heading up to the ridge for sunset. Came all the way back down after a crazy hailstorm only to be thwarted by that last crossing at Mesquite. Another truck tried it and failed. Could have probably waited a couple hours and made it across, but with no certainty more rain wouldn't keep it running strong, turned around and drove back up and over to Tonto Basin. A 75-mile detour that took two hours. Making smart decisions! Yay.
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Sep 21 2019
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Hippy Hill 3163Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2019
chumley
Hiking7.73 Miles 2,197 AEG
Hiking7.73 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   1.96 mph
2,197 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Hippy's a fun one! :) Managed an 0600 start and about 3 hours of shaded hiking. The last couple of miles got warm and it was 86 at the trailhead at the end. Made a quick attempt at 3195. Every hold came loose so I decided climbing it would be stupid.

Traversed north of 3195 then north on the ridge before dropping down and heading back in the drainage toward the 3004 loop for some easy trail miles back to the car.

Still a little warm for my preference, but I'm sick of driving places.
Geology
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Tafoni
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Sep 15 2019
chumley
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46 male
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 Tempe, AZ
Chevelon ButtePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2019
chumley
Hiking5.35 Miles 836 AEG
Hiking5.35 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.04 mph
836 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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This is one of those spots that has always caught my eye on the map. I finally made an effort to visit.

It's not a terribly exciting hike, but it features some pretty good rewards: a quarry, well-constructed pile of rocks, gravesite, three separate benchmarks, unique infrastructure, top-notch views in 360 degrees, and some historic buildings around the base.

FR 34/SR 99 is a dirt highway, and it only took about half an hour to get here from the rim. So while it's a bit out of the way and I wouldn't come up here just for this, it's not a bad way to spend a few hours if you're in the general vicinity anyway.
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Sep 14 2019
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Horton Promontory Rim Loop, AZ 
Horton Promontory Rim Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
chumley
Hiking9.46 Miles 2,011 AEG
Hiking9.46 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.64 mph
2,011 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
1st trip
Checked off a couple of all-time uniques.

292 is steep. A few spots of deadfall and one section in particular where there are many user/wildlife-created switchbacks that deviate from the tread.

3 small groups at the spring.

Highline was nice. I forgot how thick and lush some of the drainages down here are. It was farther to get across to 278 than I thought it would be.

278 was nicer than I had been told. Steep for sure, but it's over quickly. Some nice views along the way too.

76 has been closed to vehicles for a year or more. The FS has redone all the roads on the butte in preparation for 4FRI. Hopefully they can get through it next spring and get the road open again. Then again, it was pleasant walking out there knowing there was nobody else around.

The rain came before I got back to Crook. It didn't last too long, but I had to get all geared up. Actually turned out to be nice since it knocked down all the dust on the 300 which made much nicer conditions to complete the loop.
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Promontory Butte
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Sep 11 2019
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Hot n sweaty, AZ 
Hot n sweaty, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2019
chumley
Hiking5.48 Miles 1,076 AEG
Hiking5.48 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   2.70 mph
1,076 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
1st trip
Cloudy and temperate with an ok breeze. But humid. Nearly gave up and called for rescue. Would it be a helicopter or the big wheel? Am I in a midlife crisis? I hope not.

Carried my new GRAYL purifier (no pumps, hoses, chemicals, or batteries! :) ) and W0UND CLOT that I got from Israel! Didn’t need either one!

Couldn't remember ever taking Pima Canyon down from HV before, but Linda tells me I'm wrong. I still don't recall seeing the enormous bursera tree!! Or the petros. There was a very active bees nest at the petro cliff. I didn't investigate. No snakes. All the barrels looked plump and healthy to me. After reviewing triplogs, any hikes that might have been here don't include the partners I'm told I was with. So I'm calling BS.

I hope the heat keeps going so I have a good excuse to continue staying indoors. This crap hurts.
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Elephant Tree
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Sep 07 2019
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Columbian District, DC 
Columbian District, DC
 
Road Biking avatar Sep 07 2019
chumley
Road Biking11.09 Miles 439 AEG
Road Biking11.09 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   6.16 mph
439 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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Partners none no partners
Wow. The only thing better than attention from random people (who don't hike) on a hiking website is uniques! :D For NOT HIKING! :y: :sweat: :lol:

After a 5pm dinner with some people of the age who eat dinner at 5pm, I had to go do something, so I grabbed a bike and explored the seat of power in America. That's not true. I didn't see a single lobbyist. ](*,)

But there's a lot of things made of marble, and some of them are neat to look at. The people thing was a lot easier to deal with at night than during the day. LP might have a good idea with this pedaling thing! :)
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Sep 02 2019
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Kaibab Plateau Weekend, AZ 
Kaibab Plateau Weekend, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2019
chumley
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Miscellany from a weekend of adventure from the North Rim to the Mogollon Rim and a few points in between.
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Cocks Combs Mormon Lake
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Sep 01 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
Saddle Mountain 8424Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2019
chumley
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,851 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   1.57 mph
2,851 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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After camping just down the road from the trailhead, I was able to get on the trail at 7am. I've previously hiked to Nankoweap from the lower #57 trailhead, but never from the upper trailhead. I can say without question that the upper half is significantly more difficult than the lower half. I kept thinking to myself that I would hate to descend this trail with a full pack at the start of a multiday trip to the river. It would be no more fun on the way out!

So I was glad to be doing this one as a day hike, and made my way to the saddle relatively quickly. From there, I was a little bit surprised at the lack of any sign of a route up Saddle Mtn. Not even a single cairn! Maybe I should have read a triplog first? I fought through brush and tried to stay in the shade created by the towering cliffs above for as long as possible. It was steep, overgrown, scree, boulders, deadfall, and prickly. Despite the elevation, the sun was hot, and I'm out of hiking shape so it was an exhausting climb.

Eventually I prevailed, found the BobP-approved summit cairn, the benchmark, and the register. A remote off-trail peak like this doesn't usually have the names of four people I have actually met before, but this one did. Even so there was only one other group visit this year, and generally not more than 2-3 annually.

There were numerous signs of recent mountain lion activity, so I was a little surprised that I didn't spook it out of hiding at some point. I'm sure it kept an eye on me from somewhere!

Getting down to the saddle was slow going due to the steep grade, but was much less effort than the climb had been. Of course from the saddle, it's still a big climb back up to the trailhead, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pretty beat up by the time I finished. I was happy to hydrate with some cold gatorade and drive toward my lazy follow-up hike.
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Sep 01 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
North Rim Lookout via AZT40, AZ 
North Rim Lookout via AZT40, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2019
chumley
Hiking2.52 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.52 Miles      56 Mns   3.02 mph
300 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
1st trip
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After hitting up Saddle Mtn, I was exhausted, but I was meeting others who were not at our meeting spot yet, so I decided to add a couple of miles to my day with the side bonus of it being the only place to get a cell signal within half an hour's drive.

The AZT trailhead at 610 has some nice new fencing, and lots of logs still laying around. Sadly, there is nowhere to park here in the shade, so I left my truck in the sun for my trip to the tower. This 1 mile stretch of the AZT crosses the NPS boundary and climbs a flat draw to the tower access road. From here I left the trail and followed the road in the opposite direction to the old tower.

It was built in 1928 on Bright Angel Point and moved to the current 9,165-foot location in 1933, adjacent to an old cabin that is now in disrepair. It's a bit sad that the park service doesn't have the will or resources to maintain these historic structures.

The tower is 75-feet high with a 7x7 cab on top, which was not locked. Edward Abbey spent many years in this tower in the late 60s and early 70s (before, during, or after his years in Aztec Peak? ... did he man any other AZ fire towers?)

I spent a few minutes in the tower, posting some instafacechat things and leaving messages for the various people I was attempting to meet up with before heading back down to the AZT and my truck and a well-earned nap!
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Sep 01 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
Point Sublime, AZ 
Point Sublime, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Sep 01 2019
chumley
4x4 Trip
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A few photos from two separate trips to Point Sublime over the course of the weekend. Is it worth the drive? YMMV.
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Aug 31 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
Attempted Dragon, AZ 
Attempted Dragon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
chumley
Hiking3.09 Miles 826 AEG
Hiking3.09 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   1.67 mph
826 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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With a weekend planned on the plateau, I was looking for some adventures, and this narrow ridge jutting a couple of miles into the canyon caught my attention on a topo map. I'd never heard of it before, and I'd never heard of anybody else doing it before, so I did some cursory research and came up with just a couple of leads. One was a photo from the Dragon's Head in Google, posted by a name I recognized. So I sent a text to a friend who knows the photographer to ask if it was something an amateur stooge like me could get to. Sure enough, it seemed to be within my wheelhouse as described: "It's a hard HIKE, easy climb."

So I set out Saturday morning along the miserably maintained W-1 road to Crystal Ridge. After beginning in the wrong direction, I got my bearings and was making reasonably good time through the thick growth of the forest. As I began the first real drop off the rim toward the beginning of the ridge, the humidity started to get to me, and I was overwhelmed by bugs. For some reason I had left my head net back at camp, and this was a terrible decision on my part. I swatted with a handkerchief in a constant motion, often having to fully cover my face to inhale a bug-free breath. This is annoying and super unfun.

I pressed on, trying to climb each small hill and stay on the top of the ridge, but wildlife tracks that always seemed to look more attractive along the side of the ridge ultimately would peter out and leave me in a mess of prickly crap, way below where I thought I wanted to be. I was sweating profusely, and the day was only just beginning to warm up.

I started to think that getting to the Dragon's Head wasn't going to happen today, but perhaps just topping out at the Dragon itself would be rewarding enough? As I progressed farther, cliffed out, went back up and around, and finally reached a good view of what lay ahead, I just made the call to put this one off for another time. The heat, the bugs, and my underestimation of the time it would take to rambo through the growth and find the best route made the decision relatively easy. I enjoy this kind of thing: the discovery, the blood loss, the lack of other visitors are all appealing to me. But I'd rather do this one when it's 30 degrees cooler. It still looks very intriguing, and I hope to return another time.

(Entering this in the HAZ competition for longest triplog for a 3 mile hike ever. Sorry!)
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Aug 31 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
Kanabownits Trifecta, AZ 
Kanabownits Trifecta, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
chumley
Hiking6.56 Miles 1,021 AEG
Hiking6.56 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.52 mph
1,021 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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After opting out of another hike nearby earlier, I decided to check out the Kanabownits trio of highlights: the historic cabin, fire lookout tower, and spring.

Most of the summer, this area is accessible via the W-4 road, but when I was there, the road was closed due to the Ikes Fire that was burning north of the area and being managed for resource benefit.

Though the road was closed to vehicles, there was no prohibition to hiking, so I set off cross country from the W-1/W-4 junction. The early part of the hike led me through the 2014 Galahad burn area. This is another one that was allowed to burn for "resource benefit". I have no education in fire or forest management, but five years later, I fail to see the benefit. Deadfall and remaining standing snags cover the ridges, while a dense carpet of 2-3 foot high ponderosa are growing at a density of 4-billion trees per acre (approximately). I'm not sure how this will result in a healthier forest allowing the reintroduction of more frequent, low-intensity fire. But what do I know?

So anyway, I continued along until I crossed the final draw and climbed up to the historic Kanabownits Cabin. It was built in 1925 and is a twin to the Muav Cabin a few miles away along the North Bass Trail. It appears to have fallen into disrepair after the fire. One would hope the park service gives it some attention and keeps it in good shape. Why put the effort into saving it from the fire, if it's not going to be taken care of afterward?

So from there, I headed uphill to the Kanabownits Fire Lookout, another historic structure which is no longer used. I climbed the tower but was unable to access the cab since it was locked. Built in 1940 at an elevation of 8,241 feet, the 82-foot high tower provided pretty good views from just below the small 7 x 7 cab anyway.

Next, I headed downhill in search of Kanabownits Spring. I hit an unexpected cliff band that I had to negotiate a downclimb before reaching the old roadbed that to this day Google suggests as a good driving route. It's definitely not.

There was some old fencing from a corral area and as I proceeded downstream I finally encountered some muddy ground and ultimately a few puddles of water. It was a bit of a surprise. From the spring, I opted to skip the off-trail BS on the way back and just hiked the W-4 road back to my truck. It was a pleasant few miles to finish up my main hikes for the day.
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Aug 25 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
Drew see loop, AZ 
Drew see loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2019
chumley
Hiking12.83 Miles 2,076 AEG
Hiking12.83 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.76 mph
2,076 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
Wavered on options until late last night. This seemed to be a good compromise plan. I'd never taken Drew all the way to the actual Crook instead of cutting through the campground. That part of Crook is really pleasant and a much better option. Ran into a pair surveying the trail to submit it for historic trail status. Did you know the "V" markers don't stand for Verde? They are the roman number 5. Because General Crook led the 5th division or regiment, or whatever it's called. Hiking is educational!
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 Tempe, AZ
Pika Lake, CA 
Pika Lake, CA
 
Backpack avatar Aug 09 2019
chumley
Backpack17.44 Miles 3,131 AEG
Backpack17.44 Miles2 Days         
3,131 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
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Went to Mammoth to meet up with some other obnoxious hikers. Not much of a campground lover, we snagged a permit and headed into the John Muir Wilderness. A great night was spent at Pika Lake with some additional random exploring in nearby areas. It was a little breezy in exposed places and the night temps dropped into the mid 30s. It was a nice respite from August in Arizona.

We spent the next night with the obnoxious group in Mammoth Lakes and a yearling bear kept visiting. It destroyed one empty tent for a single m&m, and while not at all confrontational with people, it was also pretty ballsy. I'd be surprised if they don't put it down before the summer is over. :cry:

Sunday morning we headed out for perseids and hot springs. I didn't realize this area is a caldera like Yellowstone on a smaller scale. A lot of warm water coming out of the ground. Probably the most scenic hot spring I've ever soaked in.
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Aug 03 2019
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Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2019
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Hiking14.19 Miles 4,054 AEG
Hiking14.19 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   2.63 mph
4,054 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Hoping to avoid storms later in the day we got started at 7:30 and made quick work of the climb reaching the summit at about 10:20. It was a bit humid at the start, but cooler weather higher up and some light breezes made it pleasant.

A couple got engaged on the summit, and as an ordained minister, I offered to officiate. Sadly, they didn't want to seal the deal right then. [-(

Typical clouds started building by 11, and we lost the sun for good before we got around to Josephine. Thunder rumbled and light rain cooled us off for the final four miles. We never did pull out the rain gear as it was more pleasant than annoying.

The informational sign at the summit with the picture of the old fire lookout house on it isn't there anymore.

dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry
Spring was dry. Springbox had a few inches of rainwater.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Dripping Dripping
Pipe was dripping into a shallow pool in the box. It would have taken an hour to fill a liter. 100 feet up the drainage was nice flowing water and clear pools.

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Springbox was empty, but drainage had pools and a light flow

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Dry on the upper peak
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East Miller AZT Loop, AZ 
East Miller AZT Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2019
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Hiking25.27 Miles 2,868 AEG
Hiking25.27 Miles   10 Hrs   44 Mns   2.63 mph
2,868 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
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I call the rim east of General Springs "kyleland". In the past year or so, it seems that west of there should be called "prestonland" given @kingsnake 's plan to hike all these rim canyons.

I was planning to put together a route that let me meet up with two different groups of people who I knew were backpacking separate trips. I was hoping to avoid the cabin loop, and was able to put together a route that covered all new hiking terrain for me.

We started at General Springs and took Crook to the west before dropping into Crackerbox Canyon heading upstream before crossing over to West Miller. We followed this downstream 7 miles before hopping out of the canyon and taking AZT27 back to General Springs. Sunday we resumed where we left off following the canyon north for the final 4 miles to East Clear Creek. Again, we used AZT27 to return back to our starting point.

It was nice to cover the full length of East Miller/Miller to the AZT crossing at the top of CC Cragin. And I had never hiked that section of AZT north of Fred Haught, so that was nice too. Gotta get Shawn out there to build some singletrack and get the route off the boring road! ;)

Miller was diverse over the 11+ miles. I'd definitely make a loop that drops in there again though.

[I wasn't sure what kind of water we would find. Historical satellite photos show that spring and fall can have much more water in some sections of the canyon than we encountered. But I think it could be drier in early summer pre-monsoon some years too. This year featured an especially wet winter, and though monsoon rains had not yet started to drain into the canyon, I think some of the residual winter moisture made it somewhat wetter than the driest it might get. Some times of year this might be require a lot of wading. This weekend it was possible to keep your feet dry, but sometimes just easier not to.]
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Met a good group of people out at Water Users. Another group had the same full moon trip plan that we did so there was actually a nice group out on the water. Caught the sunset and finished under the full moon. Only went as far as Phon D Sutton.
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