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Jul 04 2021
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Romero - Trout Creeks, NM 
Romero - Trout Creeks, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2021
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Hiking3.41 Miles 576 AEG
Hiking3.41 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   2.59 mph
576 ft AEG
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After some afternoon showers and relaxing at camp, we decided to set a quick shuttle and explore a 3 mile run of the bottom of Romero Creek and continue on down Trout. We put in at the 220 bridge and followed Romero downstream to the junction with Trout Creek and on to our shuttle point where the creek horseshoes just west of Bill Lee Mesa.

Along the way we skirted some private property with a few dwellings that appear to get occasional use, but also appeared to be unoccupied this weekend.

I'd like to see these drainages with more surface water and a little more green grass, but after two years of below normal moisture, this is probably as dry as it ever gets here.
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Jul 03 2021
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 Tempe, AZ
Centerfire Creek, NM 
Centerfire Creek, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2021
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Hiking5.29 Miles 943 AEG
Hiking5.29 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.94 mph
943 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
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We spent a refreshing, cool, and occasionally rainy weekend exploring an area mostly unknown to me. With some last minute research, I had penciled in a few options for day hikes in the area, and this one turned out to be a total bust.

My plans to avoid private ranch property were thwarted early on and we settled for a roundabout option that was hot and steep. The onset of the monsoon had brought with it thick humidity of which none of us was particularly accustomed to. We kept hoping the clouds would build and bring a relieving shower, but it wasn't happening, and we opted to bail on any attempt to reach something that might be a creek and make the smart decision to return.

This is one of the most overgrazed areas I have ever hiked through, and somehow it's still pretty. I wonder if it was given 5 years to recover without grazing if it wouldn't be one of the most beautiful places in the west. :-k Alas, such a dream is unlikely to ever occur.

John and Karl took a different route back, while I plotted a route that took us across the private property that was out of view of the homes and hopefully not impactful on those who reside there. We definitely got caught on a trailcam watering the dogs from a ranch tank :oops: . On our short drive back to camp we finally got that rain we had hoped for over the past couple hours!
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Jun 19 2021
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 Tempe, AZ
Gentry Knoll Loop, AZ 
Gentry Knoll Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
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Hiking8.31 Miles 990 AEG
Hiking8.31 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   2.58 mph
990 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
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Backbone blew up Friday afternoon, and literally changed our plans while we were driving north. We had to scrap our plans and come up with an alternative on the fly. Out of the path of the fire we managed to find a great spot to camp and put together a nice loop for our Saturday linking Gentry canyon to Double Cabin, O'Haco, and back with a little break at the puddle once known as Knoll Lake.

Smoke was evident all weekend, and ash "snowed" down on us. Blustery winds had us wondering about the fate of Pine and Strawberry, so upon returning to civilization we were pleased to learn the fire lines had held.
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Jun 11 2021
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 Tempe, AZ
Hellsgate 37 ( South ) - Smoky HollowPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2021
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Hiking3.27 Miles 175 AEG
Hiking3.27 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.28 mph
175 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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After some logistical hiccups we got started on the trail a bit before 2. There were a couple of quads parked at the trailhead whose riders we guessed were on a day hike. The heat of the day took its toll, and I was happy to be carrying my shade umbrella.

About half a mile from the bottom we encountered an unusual find ... a cooler, abandoned right in the middle of the trail. Still cold and full of food we learned later it had been left by the two quad riders, two utes from Young. Apparently, after 6 hours of hiking they had given up and decided the finish the hike without the cooler. They also left their ice cream containers on the trail, as I'm sure those too, were quite heavy.

Their quads were gone when we returned to the trailhead so apparently they survived. Numerous signs of their presence here had also survived, which is always a bit disheartening to see, and somewhat unexpected in such a remote area.

Despite the stain of their visit, I was happy to have finally set foot on this trail, which has been on my map for several years.
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 Tempe, AZ
Crescent Lake, AZ 
Crescent Lake, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 31 2021
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Hiking1.00 Miles 20 AEG
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It's dry and dusty and after a few days away from home we contemplated a refreshing swim. As it turned out, the lake was low and uninviting for non-canines so we just enjoyed walking the shore for a bit. The bald eagle's nest near the lake appeared to be unoccupied. Not sure if it was just out hunting or if it's not active anymore. Poofy clouds were a nice surprise and inspired hope of a wet monsoon.
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 Tempe, AZ
Greens Peak, AZ 
Greens Peak, AZ
 
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Camped in the vicinity, we decided to take a short trip up the mountain for some views. It was crazy windy and cold, but the scattered rain and clouds made for some nice light as our planet rotated out of the sun's illumination marking the conclusion of another day. This one was pretty good. :)
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 Tempe, AZ
Northern Apache Forest, AZ 
Northern Apache Forest, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 30 2021
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Hiking6.91 Miles 1,109 AEG
Hiking6.91 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   1.90 mph
1,109 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
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The White Mountains of Arizona don't compare to those in New Hampshire or the range along the California/Nevada border, but they're a pretty special place in our state. A few notable trails and lakes draw the bulk visitors, but much of the terrain features open grassy meadows or nicely spaced aspen and fir woodlands with meandering creeks and streams.

We decided to take advantage of this special landscape to wander aimlessly across the forest for a few pleasant hours.
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May 16 2021
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 Tempe, AZ
Bear Canyon 2, AZ 
Bear Canyon 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2021
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Hiking5.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.27 mph
800 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
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After a pleasant canyon hike on Saturday, we decided we wanted more so Sunday we headed out to our exit point the day before and dropped back in to continue downstream. It was another day of splashy pools, geology, grassy meadows and pleasant temperatures typical of rim country at this time of year.

We hit Fred at the flood-eroded 95 crossing and climbed up and over to Pinchot before heading up Houston to Aspen and calling it a day.

At this end of the loop we opted to make our escape from the rim via 95 and the choice was rewarded with a speedy, smooth, and traffic-free exit to pavement.
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 Tempe, AZ
Bear Canyon, AZ 
Bear Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 15 2021
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Hiking8.82 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking8.82 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   1.81 mph
1,200 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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We spent the weekend camped on the rim and decided to duck into Bear Canyon for a few miles to stretch our legs on Saturday. The water was pleasant and the terrain was fairly easygoing. None of the boxes required swimming, with just one where tippytoes couldn't keep the boys dry. The ladies turned around and headed back while the rest of us continued downstream. The geology was superior after our group split, but we learned later that the girls won the day with a canyon namesake sighting and a short standoff with one of the dogs :o

We climbed out at a spot that in real life didn't quite match up with how easy it looked on the topo. We dropped down to Aspen Spring for a snack and headed up the trail for a couple of easy miles before making another steep canyon crossing to get back to our camp.
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 Tempe, AZ
The Tonto, AZ 
The Tonto, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar May 13 2021
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Canyoneering25.51 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering25.51 Miles   23 Hrs   16 Mns   1.10 mph
1,000 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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The Tonto travels for over 70 miles from the shaded pine forest of the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson until it drains into the Salt River as it cuts through the desert at Roosevelt Dam. Much of it is difficult to access as the water cuts a 1500 foot deep gorge through rugged mountains. Some sections could arguably be considered as remote and wild as any in the state.

The ideal windows for visitation vary depending on the stretch. Heat, cold, flooding, and low flow or complete lack of water complicate the best laid plans to visit this place. For me, it's a multi-year project to see all of it, and I'm far from there yet. But whenever I have a chance to peel off another few miles that I haven't seen, I jump at the opportunity.

For each photo that makes it look amazing, there are 20 or more that tell a different story. But who wants to see those!? :sweat:
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 Tempe, AZ
Barbershop Trail #91Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2021
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Hiking15.81 Miles 3,134 AEG
Hiking15.81 Miles   6 Hrs   7 Mns   2.81 mph
3,134 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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With perfect weather in the forecast and both of us looking to knock out a good mileage day that wasn't a straight mountain climb, we headed for the east loop. It was a tit nipply with a brisk wind as we got started and we found some lingering snow almost immediately. :y:

There was a little bit of water flowing in most of the drainages, but definitely not as wet as I've seen at this time of year before. I had forgotten how much up and down there is on the east side. Fred was lazy. Babe was not!

After climbing out of Barbershop on the north end and hit 139G, we decided to clip the corner and knock a couple miles off our loop by skipping Pinchot and instead headed directly toward Aspen Spring and reconnecting with the trail there. We passed three separate pairs of hikers between Aspen and our start point, the only others we saw on the day.

For an old standby, this one rarely disappoints.
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Seasonal Camping, AZ 
Seasonal Camping, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar Apr 26 2021
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In a winter that just keeps giving, I had to take the opportunity to enjoy one last blast after the roads had opened. I had no illusions about what I'd find here, and my insomnia was easily cured by the silence of snowfall which lulled me to sleep. Morning presented an immaculate blanket of fresh white fluff that filled all the pockets. I snuck in a required zoom meeting between flakes and claps of thunder. No big miles on this one. A few little jaunts to enjoy a familiar area with an unfamiliar look to it. The next 6 months will be long and hot.
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 Tempe, AZ
Canyon Lake, AZ 
Canyon Lake, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Apr 25 2021
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Kayak14.50 Miles 5 AEG
Kayak14.50 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.21 mph
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I met up with Joel and Jon for a fun afternoon on the lake. It was expectedly busy when we arrived but as daylight waned the lake turned placid and we got to enjoy some special corners of the Four Peaks Wilderness. A giant moon rose to the east and the nighttime paddle back to civilization was spectacular. Temps were ideal and I took advantage with a couple of swim breaks.
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Pinal Shute Springs Loop, AZ 
Pinal Shute Springs Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2021
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Hiking6.21 Miles 1,375 AEG
Hiking6.21 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   1.53 mph
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I got a mid-morning text from Kat and with little on my plate for the day decided to tag along. There was zero time to plan or research, so I just downloaded some area maps and hopped in the car.

Once we got started we managed to cross the river at about waist deep before pushing through the forest at the mouth and heading upstream in the mud. Upon looking at photos and reading triplogs once I returned, I realized this is far more overgrown than it was a decade ago. Apparently a good flood had occurred back then and nature has since regained control of the area.

It was a fight to get upstream. The deep pools were avoidable but the brush on the banks was thick. We ran into a few spots with some of the lowest growing poison ivy I've seen in Arizona. Fantastic! :sweat:

After a couple of hours fighting the canyon upstream, I decided I wanted to swing over to Schute for the return. It seemed like a good plan at the time. :lol:

Kathleen opted to return the way we came with the guaranteed water for the dogs while I made my way overland to the parallel desert canyon. I knew nothing about this except what the topo map showed. As I headed north, the desert canyon narrowed and I began to wonder if it might cliff out before the river like Chalk does not far up from here.

A few scenic dryfalls were easily descended and I continued on to the relief from the hot sun at the cool water of the river. From here it should be an easy hike downstream back to meet up with Kathleen. But ... no.

Maybe I should do more research before I make such excursions in the future? :doh: :sweat:

After fighting a couple of river crossings I reached a boxed in stretch that would require river travel. Kathleen is often a fan of a swim hike, so before I left the house, I threw a little inflatable pink donut pool float in my pack. Never did it cross my mind that I would need it to run the river! Unprepared with no dry bag or any other equipment one might want for an adventure such as this, I hopped in my little pool float and hoped it would survive long enough to limit the amount I would have to swim. :doh:

I survived! After floating around the next bend I heard the welcome barks of Chewy and Blazer who came running to greet me. We lounged on the beach for a relief beer before heading back down river to the car and the drive home.

Still some other stuff it would be fun to explore in the area. Next time I'll do a little more research first! 8-[
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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
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Hiking7.99 Miles 2,685 AEG
Hiking7.99 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   1.93 mph
2,685 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break
 
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For some reason, I've always skipped the side trip to the railroad tunnel. I had no idea it was so, uh, deep. :sweat:
Apparently they gave up on this project after a few hours of effort. :lol:

Anyway, nice one and done I guess.

Postholed all over Fred for a while. Had some fun in a side canyon or three. Snow angels, and inappropriate sculptures. The usual.

We startled a through hiker who wasn't expecting snow art. Five or six (the last one wasn't so sure she would be social) were set to spend an entertaining night together at the cabin with some trail magic we decided to share.

Can't complain about wringing out another Arizona day in the snow. :y:
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Frye Canyon Trail #36Tucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
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Hiking1.87 Miles 765 AEG
Hiking1.87 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   1.39 mph
765 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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It's floatie season, so I figured this one would give me the opportunity to take an occasional dip along the trail. Cliffed out above the reservoir and opted to drive to the official trailhead. Fun road! :D

Not sure when the old road/trail was washed out (seemed older than Nuttall Gibson?) but the bypass option was unpleasantly steep lol. Took the old trail on the way down and was forced to do a little climb to get through the washout.

Higher up, dropped into the creek and explored down as far as I felt comfortable. Nice views of lingering snow higher up.

Back at the truck, I headed over into the mid section to explore a bit. There's some crazy old webbing and U-channel post anchors that illustrate stupidity isn't just a modern thing.

Cool area though. I'd actually like to take the trail up and loop Trap or head all the way up to camp.
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 Tempe, AZ
Phishing hooks, AZ 
Phishing hooks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
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Hiking8.96 Miles 3,672 AEG
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Mom got caught by a phishing attack again. Not sure what makes you want to confirm that you canceled your cable when you didn't cancel your cable, but alas, this is a thing that apparently hooks many. ](*,)

At the same time I could have been there to help prevent it, I was in a wilderness exploring. :oops:

After a night near the China Diamond, I met up with the local ranch owner who told me it was very dry this year. Too dry to ranch anymore. His family had been here for a few generations and he continues to put effort in to keep water running despite the lack of cattle. He mentioned a couple of the highlights out there and some stories behind them, but I was just there to explore.

Without looking for them, I ran into a couple of things that matched descriptions he had mentioned. Some real unique finds unlike anything I've encountered before. Without an explanation, would I have figured it out? Perhaps not. Even upon returning, research for more info turned up nothing, and emails to folks who should know went unanswered. And I appreciate that kind of mystery. I hope you do too. :)

I found a historic military route like the Crook Trail, only this one was not designated in modern times and hasn't been marked by the boy scouts. It's still interesting to encounter the history and imagine the past travel across the area.

Along the way, incredibly fascinating geology, scenic canyons, rugged mountains, and distant views. Not much wildlife, though the signs are there. A time less affected by drought might be interesting here.
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Clover Creek CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Snowshoeing5.89 Miles 956 AEG
Snowshoeing5.89 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.73 mph
956 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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Part two of the storm dumped another foot of snow along much of the rim and I decided to take advantage of the snowfall for yet another floaty trip through some beautiful country. Managed to push through the plowed bank at FR142 and parked there. I paralleled the fence line along the rehabilitated riparian area along 44 Canyon before reaching the summer-accessible kiosk. From here it was a wonderland into the wilderness. Despite cloudless skies on a bluebird day, high winds in the treetops kept me on alert as there was ample snow falling from the trees above.

This storm will be good for moisture content for the next month or so and was desperately needed, but it's still incredibly dry. There was nary a drop of water in the creek until about 3 miles in, save for one small puddle along the way. I turned back when the canyon thickened up and oversnow travel became particularly treacherous.

It was a nice way to spend a few hours in the higher elevations of a wilderness that doesn't get a lot of human use in the snowy season.

On the drive out I got to witness Coconino SAR enjoying the chance to play with some of their toys in a totally not-life-threatening situation. They had two snowmobiles and a snowcat out on the closed rim road to "rescue" an AZT hiker who didn't care for hiking in the snow from his cozy shelter in General Springs Cabin. Maybe my 2012 experience will become more of a trend for folks in the thru-hiker crowd who either have no clue what they're getting into, or don't care to enjoy it while they're there?

After a bomb 50-mile February, I've got almost 80 miles of snowshoeing in this winter, just about doubling my high from two winters ago. :y: But was this the last of it? :-k
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Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Snowshoeing7.64 Miles 2,161 AEG
Snowshoeing7.64 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   1.80 mph
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I wasn't expecting to do any more snowshoeing this year after getting back from Colorado, but alas, Arizona had a little winter left to squeeze out. I had to work in the morning, but managed to zoom on I-17 with good signal. I've definitely seen Stoneman unplowed under several feet of snow before so it was a nice surprise to see it was plowed today and didn't slow me down at all, hitting the trail at about 1:30.

The sun had been out for a bit, but thankfully clouds dominated and snow showers continued. The south-facing aspect of this trail melts out quickly, so I was thrilled with the foot of new light powder and soft, fluffy footing on the way up. From 7500 and up it just got deeper and fluffier. It was clear that there had been plenty of existing snow on the mountain before this latest storm, and there were places I could dig my pole down over 3 feet before hitting soil.

When I reached the summit road, I was a bit disappointed that there was no sign of any utility use. I had sort of been counting on a packed underlayer to ease my effort. A little bit exhausted, I considered just turning around rather than traversing over to the towers, but figured that would be cheating! I took a break by sitting on a snow-free electrical box. It was a rare treat when snowshoeing ... a "heated" seat for lunch! Though probably barely 50 degrees, it was noticeably warmer than the air.

Of course as I tried to take a break, the skies opened up with a brutal snow squall. High winds, whiteout snowfall, and a rumble of thunder had me bailing on my break pretty quickly. By the time I had made it back to the trail junction, there was blue sky visible once again. #timing :sweat:

The descent was quicker (not just for being downhill, but for following my own broken trail) and I was pleased to see that the south aspects had stayed cloudy and cold, holding all the snow, though a short stretch did get a bit crunchy after having softened a bit earlier in the afternoon warmth. I opted against the extra-curriculars around the campground and went directly back to the trailhead. The temp was now around 20 and daytime melting made the road very icy. Having considered a return through Payson, I opted instead for the dirt road back down to lower elevations and I-17 for the easy drive back to the desert. The road had not been plowed again, so it was a bit more adventurous on the trip down :).

Gotta love these quick winter getaways when you live in the land of golf courses and palm trees!
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Reavis Gap Trail #117Globe, AZ
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Backpack18.10 Miles 4,445 AEG
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I've been busy lately but it's been a while since I've carried everything on my back for a night so when 9L mentioned this one it sounded perfect. I haven't been out this way since the fire(s) and was saddened to see that Campaign Creek is absolute toast. The Gap is the same steep, rocky climb as always but largely unburned and I was happy to see that. We took a side trip down 2— to check out the spring and scope future camp sites in the area.

As we crested the ridge and got a view down in to Pine Creek we were happy to see little burn damage at the bottom of the canyon, though the hillside to get there had been torched. The campsites were intact, and we were also happy to find a pool of water suitable for filtering at the crossing. Along the hike in, we had begun to wonder if we would have to hike a bit up or downstream to find any water, so this was a relieving moment.

Once camp was set up, Karl and I opted for an exploratory afternoon loop following an old road/route that parallels the creek up high on the west side. We were partially successful. A few sections of miserable overgrown brush connected other sections of well-cairned and easy to follow route. Ultimately we reached the Fireline trail (link it!!) which we took for a short stretch before heading back toward camp in the bottom of the Pine Creek drainage.

The first mile along Pine Creek is as nice as any in the Superstitions. There's no water here but the valley features a beautiful ponderosa forest, unaffected by fires. It's a rare remaining island oasis of what once was. :cry:

Back at camp enjoyed a pleasant night by the fire. Over the two days we chatted with 4 thru-hikers -- none of which had any idea where they were or what they had seen, nor did they care -- time and miles are all that matters :roll: . Amongst them, somebody who didn't feel the need to bury their shit. Yay. I hope they're proud of their pin or button or whatever they get for finishing.

Sunday morning, Karl and I made an attempt at finding a better place to access the route we found Saturday afternoon, but came up empty. So we headed back down the hill, catching up with the others about halfway. We added another for the end of the hike as a friend of Lee's had hiked up in the morning to meet us. It was a fun and quick overnight in the Supes. Glad to see there are a couple of spots that didn't burn down.
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Walnut Spring
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