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May 16 2020
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Rim Creek, AZ 
Rim Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2020
chumley
Hiking4.48 Miles 1,096 AEG
Hiking4.48 Miles   6 Hrs   43 Mns   0.80 mph
1,096 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
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Got to enjoy a new section of creek. I'm continually amazed at what I find when I explore off the beaten path. Some prickly approaches were easily overcome by a day splashing through a few miles of creek with some well-earned breaks on the floaties in the pools by the falls. Briefly saw two other people at one point! :o

Gotta figure out how to turn off all the auto-processing that happens in my camera. Turn down all the sliders. ](*,)
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May 13 2020
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Box Canyon, AZ 
Box Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 13 2020
chumley
Hiking5.35 Miles 1,752 AEG
Hiking5.35 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   1.16 mph
1,752 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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Jilly took me on an adventure. I'd never been anywhere near this one before and it turned out to be a real treat. With flow of 22cfs, upstream travel wasn't too challenging and the clear pools were deep and enjoyable. When we got up to the narrowest stretch we sprawled on the beach and inflated the floaties. An upcanyon breeze offset the downstream current and water and air temperatures were perfectly balanced. After a couple of hours of fun, we headed back the way we came. Only instead of hiking, we let the floaties take us home. We spooked dozens of cliff swallows from their nests, saw one big beehive, and a harmless whipsnake (or similar). Just before reaching the truck, we encountered the only other person on the day -- a GFD officer doing a survey looking for a specific garter snake. Something with spots, so he wasn't interested in our sighting of a snake with stripes. [-(

10/10 would do again. :DANCE:
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May 07 2020
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
City hike, AZ 
City hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 07 2020
chumley
Hiking5.15 Miles 1,154 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.58 mph
1,154 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Fought through 140 degree heat, crowds of covid hikers who have never been outside before, a full moon, and some other crap. Not sure why people enjoy this stuff.
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May 06 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
A cool canyon, AZ 
A cool canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 06 2020
chumley
Hiking7.97 Miles 474 AEG
Hiking7.97 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   0.99 mph
474 ft AEG
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At some point I tried to count how many canyons drain off the Mogollon Rim but I lost count somewhere over 60. I commented to a friend recently that I've been exploring this state for a while now, and it never ceases to amaze me that I continue to find gems that I never knew about, have never seen reports of other visits to, and didn't expect to find. And then, bam!, I wander through somewhere new, and breathtakingly amazing! Places that are so cool they dwarf some of the most popular places that followers follow others to. And it keeps happening. Over and over again!

There's so much out there. Explore it. There's something amazing around every corner.

This one is a recent winner. But it'll be eclipsed by another better spot soon. :)
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May 03 2020
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Verde River - White Bridge to Beasley FlatCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Kayak avatar May 03 2020
chumley
Kayak10.44 Miles 102 AEG
Kayak10.44 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.90 mph
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Flow was at 105, which is the lowest I've ever attempted. After setting the shuttle, we headed out. The parking lot at the start was full, and the Clear Creek RAP was very crowded. Beasley had a few spots open. We saw a few people on the river, but it was generally a peaceful day. The water was a great temperature, and all the trees have fully leafed out for spring making a great shaded paddle much of the way.

The low water made for a couple of steep drops ... little pour-overs that otherwise would be just a quick moving rapid. While making the trip proved not to be problematic, I do think I'll choose 200cfs as a minimum in the future.
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May 02 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Less sick than more, AZ 
Less sick than more, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 02 2020
chumley
Hiking3.50 Miles 513 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   1.58 mph
513 ft AEG   4 Hrs   1 Min Break
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Took the short route today. But took it slow to enjoy the pools. It's a little late in the year and the flow is down. Flooding has filled in some of the deeper holes and some places were unrecognizable from previous trips. Hopefully another flood fixes things. It's nice to see how the canyon changes from year to year. Nobody got towed.
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Apr 26 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Hog-Winter-Kelsey, AZ 
Hog-Winter-Kelsey, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2020
chumley
Hiking10.33 Miles 1,866 AEG
Hiking10.33 Miles   4 Hrs      2.79 mph
1,866 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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We started at Casner Tank and headed down Hog Hill to start. Having been to Winter Cabin via the namesake trail before, I was disappointed by this one in comparison. Rocky and exposed. Meh.

From the cabin things turned better for the rest of the loop. Except for one south-facing exposed section that was overgrown with prickly things, the rest of it was a pleasant hike in shady pines, interesting geology, great views, and just enough water to not have to worry about it.

We passed three different groups of people on the ascent up Kelsey and there were a few cars at the trailhead. The last mile and a half on the road back to Casner dragged on a bit but it was nice to make a loop out of it rather than shuttle.
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Apr 25 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Volunteering, AZ 
Volunteering, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2020
chumley
Hiking11.75 Miles 1,309 AEG
Hiking11.75 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.90 mph
1,309 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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I had traced out a route that looked interesting for a high-country wander, and it turned out to be a nice day. We started by dropping into a drainage just off FR526 and headed downstream. It became quickly apparent that there was an old roadbed that followed this drainage, making travel quite pleasant. Within the first half mile we realized that it was not actually an old roadbed, but instead, an old railroad grade, as evidenced by places with remnant railroad ties and occasional rusty things.

Where this side canyon intersects Volunteer Canyon, we discovered the remains of a really impressive railroad structure. A huge old truss bridge, now in ruins, once existed here. The grade continued down Volunteer Canyon until we reached the military depot and had to detour along the boundary fence. We ran into a square of private property signed no trespassing and had to deviate off track a bit farther before returning to Volunteer Canyon near the military boundary and the point where Coconino and Kaibab National Forests meet where we also found an old cabin.

The next few miles followed Volunteer Wash as it meandered toward the rim. There was nice clear water in it the whole way, and we periodically encountered the old railroad grade. We took a lunch break at the edge of the rim before heading back east making use of Little LO Canyon as the primary route. It was a bit overgrown for the mile west of FR527, but again we found another old railroad grade and eventually some double-track to follow back to the truck.

I assume all the railroad grades are related to the timber industry from early in the 20th century. It would be interesting to know if there is a map of where all these old railroad grades once existed. I'm sure there's more artifacts and history to be found along those old routes.
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Apr 25 2020
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Woody Mountain, AZ 
Woody Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2020
chumley
Hiking5.11 Miles 990 AEG
Hiking5.11 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.07 mph
990 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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After a longer hike earlier in the day and a nap back at camp, we decided to make a run up Woody Mountain.

The combination of the two county trails are fine, but really built for mountain biking. The road hike to the summit is as nice as any fire tower road I've ever seen.

The tower was open, and the cab was still in good shape, though it is apparent that this lookout has been replaced by video surveillance. There's a benchmark under the tower, and another one only a quarter mile away. I opted for the direct route down, skipping most of the unnecessary switchbacks. There was a bit of snow on the north-facing slopes and I saw a deer on the way down before watching the sun set over Rogers.
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Apr 21 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Fanglomerate Canyon, AZ 
Fanglomerate Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2020
chumley
Hiking2.53 Miles 401 AEG
Hiking2.53 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   1.16 mph
401 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
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Decided to get one last night of camping with a campfire, and headed out to a spot not too far from home. Once set up, a nearby drainage looked compelling for a pre-dinner walk, and it turned out to be a surprise gem.

I got stung by an aggressive bee who would not relent. Later I noticed a couple of separate hives in the canyon and was happy that the one sting didn't trigger either colony to make a more concerted defense. Otherwise it was a pleasant little walk before grilled steaks over the fire.
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Apr 19 2020
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Cold Falls, AZ 
Cold Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2020
chumley
Hiking1.75 Miles 143 AEG
Hiking1.75 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   2.06 mph
143 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
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Decided to check out these falls after seeing how much water there is flowing out of the mountains all over the state right now. It didn't disappoint. Much more water than I've ever seen here. A little chilly for swimming.
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Apr 19 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Fat Falls, AZ 
Fat Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2020
chumley
Hiking1.58 Miles 217 AEG
Hiking1.58 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   1.46 mph
217 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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I'd never been to this one before, and after I ran into a couple of people on another hike I suggested we try this one together. It turned out to be absolutely great. Perfect condition for this lazy stroll.
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Apr 18 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Spring Canyon, AZ 
Spring Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
chumley
Hiking5.30 Miles 922 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   1.32 mph
922 ft AEG   1 Hour   51 Mns Break
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Sometimes you just get lucky. I never would have guessed this existed where we found it. A real gem well off the beaten path. Spooked a huge elk in fresh velvet. Followed some monster bear prints. Lost some octaves from the temperature of the water of which it's current liquid form cannot be explained by science. The amazing places this state has to offer continues to surprise and impress me.
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Apr 13 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Snowmelt, AZ 
Snowmelt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2020
chumley
Hiking2.92 Miles 325 AEG
Hiking2.92 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   1.10 mph
325 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
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I decided to take advantage of some impressive spring weather and explore a new area. It's amazing to me how much water is still flowing into the desert from higher elevations. This one was an adventure to get close to and made for quite an enjoyable use of the Taco, lockers and all :sweat:

Beyond that, it was all wet, all day. A couple of rain showers along with lightning and thunder added a new twist, and the sunset capped things off nicely.
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Apr 12 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
A little stream, AZ 
A little stream, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2020
chumley
Hiking5.39 Miles 698 AEG
Hiking5.39 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   1.61 mph
698 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
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This looked like a nice place to check out on the map. I wasn't expecting much water, so when we found it running, it was a pleasant surprise. Nice pools and beautiful geology, surrounded by undisturbed wilderness and raw desert. I like places like this!
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Apr 11 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Pueblo Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
chumley
Hiking6.62 Miles 2,559 AEG
Hiking6.62 Miles   6 Hrs   7 Mns   1.30 mph
2,559 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
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I'd never done this one, and it has been many years since I had even driven up the road so I was excited to make this happen. I wouldn't go for the ruins, but that's just me, I don't find much interest in them. But the hike itself is quite enjoyable. Great views, fun terrain, and a very nicely flowing seasonal waterfall. The weather was great for it, with cloud cover, some nice breezes, and a chilly rain shower to finish with.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pueblo Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Observed at the waterfall by the ruins.
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Apr 08 2020
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Wednesday gold, AZ 
Wednesday gold, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2020
chumley
Hiking5.74 Miles 566 AEG
Hiking5.74 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.82 mph
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Quick evening trip to escape my quaranteam for a few minutes. Caught glimpse of a gila, five bighorn rams, and a colorful sunset on the souper sups. Then it rained :y:
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Apr 03 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Saguaro NPE, AZ 
Saguaro NPE, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 03 2020
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Backpack34.40 Miles 8,769 AEG
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Had permits for this one long ago, and despite a few changes in plans, managed to pull it off. Despite being on my quaranteam, I still said no to carpooling, and Karl and I each drove separately. Got started by 9:30 and made HV in two hours flat. Not a lot of water ... but water in a lot of places the whole way up.

After setting up camp, we headed for the peak. Despite knowing how steep that last mile is, it's still brutal. We saw our only other person on the day about a mile below the summit. We hurried back to camp to meet up with Belinda who had hiked up via a different, much longer route.

Saturday we set out on an 18-mile lasso loop over to Manhead, Mica2ndary, Mica proper, Spud, Manning, Devils, and all the other things over there. I'd never been on this side, and truly enjoyed it. I'll have to come back and explore some more. There was an leo ranger quarantining at Manning, a couple camped there, and we hopscotched with another couple that was doing a loop up there. Other than that we saw another backpacking group from a distance but that was it for the day.

Sunday we made quick work of the hike down, passing two separate hikers who were headed for Rincon, and several other groups that had no chance of making it. The parking area had 12 vehicles :o and the drive out a fair amount of traffic.

The local rancher was building a new hiker gate at the trailhead and doing some work to try to prevent people from driving on closed roads. It'll be nice to see how it all turns out next time I'm here.
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Mar 29 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Out west, AZ 
Out west, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2020
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Hiking2.09 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking2.09 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.13 mph
585 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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Explored a new range that's been on the list for a while. Hit the high point and explored a few highlights in the same neighborhood.
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Mar 22 2020
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Parallel Parking, AZ 
Parallel Parking, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
chumley
Hiking9.45 Miles 3,524 AEG
Hiking9.45 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   1.46 mph
3,524 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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This one has been on my mind since earlier this winter. With most Phoenicians now into hiking, today seemed a good bet.

Shortness of breath is a prime symptom for Covid-19, and about 20 steps into the 1000ft/mile trail grade, I started to wonder. :sweat: Somehow made it to the saddle, took a quick trip to the Pyramid and continued. We decided to continue on the trail to Edwards Park and take the creek downstream.

Up to the canyoneers' route junction, the trail is in great shape. From there to Mr. Ed was extremely overgrown and a little bit prickly. This slowed the top of the climb considerably. Edwards Park appears to have been a gem of an area before the fire and is still quite nice. I had never been there before.

From here we descended in the creek through beautiful geology, countless cascades, and a few impressive falls. I descended the upper falls on the other side this time. It was much easier. Not sure why I didn't do this side last time.

For the main falls, after a break way out on the left, we made our way down as far as was safe before traversing across a wooded shelf that reached the falls about halfway down, just above the hallway. This was definitely the highlight of the day. After heading back up, I opted to skip the juniper view out on the right for this trip.

The hike back to the trail was less overgrown than I remember, and the trip down went quickly.
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