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Nov 02 2020
chumley
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48 male
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 Tempe, AZ
North Canyon Trail #4Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2020
chumley
Hiking11.35 Miles 1,751 AEG
Hiking11.35 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.95 mph
1,751 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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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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 Tempe, AZ
North Bass TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 30 2020
chumley
Backpack37.86 Miles 8,500 AEG
Backpack37.86 Miles3 Days         
8,500 ft 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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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
East North South Loop, AZ 
East North South Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2020
chumley
Hiking6.05 Miles 2,487 AEG
Hiking6.05 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.63 mph
2,487 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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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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 Tempe, AZ
Sterling Vultee, AZ 
Sterling Vultee, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
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Hiking7.96 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking7.96 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.66 mph
2,500 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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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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 Tempe, AZ
Pumphouse Wash - LowerSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
chumley
Hiking5.60 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   1.88 mph
750 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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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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 Tempe, AZ
Anchautumn, AZ 
Anchautumn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2020
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Hiking1.29 Miles 287 AEG
Hiking1.29 Miles      51 Mns   1.89 mph
287 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Yella-B messaged me about a midweek camping trip, and who am I to turn down a night of peace and solitude when the masses are at home trying to be just like all the other masses.
:y:

CG was unoccupied, and really only one of two side roads that are not blocked off and closed to vehicles anymore. It was dusty and warm, but cooled off at night and the fire bowl was actually nice to have along.

I had a couple of ideas for short hikes over the course of the two days, and they turned out great. This is such a nice area as the seasons change. The trees that Peter planted (or was it his dad? :-k ) were in an explosive bumper crop this year and the deer didn't seem to mind watching as we picked our share. I always thought this area had a high density of bears, but you wouldn't know it from the lack of them harvesting these easy calorie-laden winter reserves.

California smoke made for a picturesque sunset over the Mazzies. Colors along the creeks was just getting going but quite lovely nonetheless. Of course, nothing compares to Lockett Meadow though, so just keep going there. We put the effort in to find a small waterfall that for some reason I hadn't been to before, and enjoyed finding a patch of wild mint growing nearby. After a couple of fresh mojitos, it was time to return to cell service and take a moment to be like everybody else. The guy who signs my paycheck appreciates it once in a while. :)

Back home it was time for pie, strudel, cider, tart, butter, sauce, fritters, and pancakes.
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 Tempe, AZ
North Mingus Loop, AZ 
North Mingus Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
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Hiking12.21 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking12.21 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.47 mph
2,550 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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I wasn't up for a full figure 8 and 9L had done the south loop before, so I opted for the north side. We parked at the pass and started on Upper Mescal before heading downhill through the oaks on Bug Hollow. North Mingus took us through a couple of patches of autumn glory before we opted to climb up the ridge in the shade rather than ascending on the exposed view point trail.

Nobody flying today, but I found an old singletrack that heads from the parking area toward the campground. It's a nice alternative to the road. Heading west across a meadow, I encountered another well-manicured trail that hooked up with Gaddes and that took me up to the lookout tower, where we had a nice break. Heading down from the tower, there are quality use trails that lead to the lake and after crossing the road we opted to do a quick cross country jaunt to find the dead end of the Middle Trail before descending on Butterfly. We encountered several old trails with different colored tree markings in the middle earth section of the mountain. It seems like there could be much better maps of all the routes up here.

Besides at the parking spots and lake, only saw two older folks out on the trails. Since it wasn't a super aggressive plan for the day, we got a little later start, and still got home before I-17 got shut down. #winning
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 Tempe, AZ
Fires of Fall, AZ 
Fires of Fall, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2020
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Hiking7.43 Miles 1,207 AEG
Hiking7.43 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.20 mph
1,207 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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After a weekend on the water, I decided to see if I could catch some seasonal shifts and decided to meet a friend up in the high country. Even before arriving, phone notifications indicated a new fire start near Horton Spring, and the smoke plume was visible from the highway. Not long after, mandatory evacuation notices across the rim rang our phones and it was clear that our plan was going to be thwarted by FR300 being closed, heavy smoke, and firefighting efforts.

With no plan b, I had to improvise on the fly. As it turns out, I'm ok with that kind of thing, and there's so much great terrain in Arizona that finding what we set out for wasn't too tough despite the fire, closures, road construction, delays, deadlines, etc.

It turned out way better than I could have expected. Next time I might just start with no plan and find what's out there the old fashioned way once again!
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 Tempe, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2020
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Hiking1.27 Miles 118 AEG
Hiking1.27 Miles      29 Mns   2.63 mph
118 ft AEG
 
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Another bucket list lifetime highlight. Next I plan to do a R2R so I can continue my attempt to be like other people! :sweat:

Posted a new GPS track aligned to the rebuilt trail. All the old routes posted here cut through an area now closed to hiking. Speaking of which, the new development makes the hike description in need of significant revision. GCRA/NPS/ATB entrance fees are not valid here. Call it the City of Page Sheep Tax. But at least I'm cool now.
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Yakking John Wesley, AZ 
Yakking John Wesley, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Oct 12 2020
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Kayak5.66 Miles 206 AEG
Kayak5.66 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.33 mph
206 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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We camped on that beach near that rock that's looking for a friend. I was expecting more of a shitshow, but it was actually surprisingly pleasant. Only one midnight boat-based rave cut through the serenity for a few minutes. :sweat: The weather was perfect and who doesn't like waking up to sunrise on the beach, in Utah?

This was just a getaway day adventure before heading back into the deathbowl where we apparently voluntarily choose to live. But we had a few hours of fun paddling on the stunning blue-green water enjoying the sun, scenes, and sandstone, along with some swim time, beverages, and inappropriate photos just for entertainment.

These are things I enjoy.
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 Tempe, AZ
White Sands Slot, UT 
White Sands Slot, UT
 
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2020
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Hiking1.13 Miles 25 AEG
Hiking1.13 Miles      40 Mns   1.70 mph
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We were wandering around southern Utah, and had no intention or expectation of even looking to find slot canyons, but I saw a rock formation that looked interesting and then noticed you could get around it. So we decided to see what was behind door #1. I absolutely love stuff like this! :y:

I didn't know this canyon was there, still can't find info on it, and it's not named on maps. It was just pure discovery and exploration through fascinating geology unlike any I've seen before. It was an incredibly fun little hike. :)
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Waterholes CanyonNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Canyoneering2.93 Miles 1,903 AEG
Canyoneering2.93 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.70 mph
1,903 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
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I'm no danglin' kopelli, but I occasionally enjoy exploring the non-hanging-upside-down-on-a-rope part of cool canyons. This one seems to be a fun trip for those who prefer the dangerous stuff, but it was also pretty cool from the muscle-burning sand walk from the bottom up. It's closed from the top due to the pandemic, but you can still saunter up from the river. It's about a mile before you dead end at the last rappel and have to head back. A nice side trip if you find yourself floating by.
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 Tempe, AZ
Eight to Nine Mile Overland, AZ 
Eight to Nine Mile Overland, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2020
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Hiking1.93 Miles 697 AEG
Hiking1.93 Miles      52 Mns   2.23 mph
697 ft AEG
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A nice hike from 8 mile camp to 9 mile camp below Horseshoe Bend. This is a good trip for anybody camped at either one looking for a little variety or change of pace. We went high from 8 mile and dropped down to the river at the bend. Headed downstream along the shore but a cliff forced us up a level for a short stretch before finishing the loop along the beach back to camp.
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Marble Canyon Overlook at Navajo BridgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Scenic Drive0.30 Miles
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Quick stop to enjoy the sights. Based on the photos in the HAZ database, it seems the Condor population would not exist if not for Navajo Bridge! :sweat: Ugly bird. On par with HAZ selfies. :pk:
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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Kayak17.86 Miles 7 AEG
Kayak17.86 Miles2 Days         
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I loaded up the kids into the Chum Family Truckster for a covidventure in the canyon. Everything turned out great, from talking my way into a site at the otherwise full Lees Ferry Campground to weather conditions, backhaul timing, campsite, waterflow, temperature, culinary choices, side hikes, and the rest.

There was an oversized group of boy scouts (or whatever they call themselves now that molesting isn't part of the curriculum) camped at Ferry Swale Friday night and they were planning to move to 6 mile camp for Saturday night. A couple of big groups were spending a long weekend fishing at the bend, so we set up at 8 mile. This worked great as it's a nice overland hike between 8 and 9.

Day 1 seemed shorter, even with hikes up the ropes and to the petros. Camp was perfect with afternoon shade, and perfect sleeping temps. I had to fight a mouse for my breakfast croissants sometime in the middle of the night but I came out victorious.

Water was a relatively balmy 51, so I was able to take several refreshing swimming breaks both days.

Day 2 was longer, with a single stretch into a rough headwind. Luckily the current is strong enough to overcome the surface wind as long as you find the right spot in the river. Saw a bunch of bighorn near Spencer as we finished. We saw a couple of large beavers that make a home in this stretch, though I saw no sign of lodges where they might reside.

Hopefully NPS gets a handle on the use here. I've heard rumors that there's an ongoing discussion about it. A ranger I spoke to at Lees said that they regularly cite folks who exceed the capacity of the few designated camp spots.
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The Ropes TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Canyoneering1.06 Miles 501 AEG
Canyoneering1.06 Miles      45 Mns   1.41 mph
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Quick sidetrip up the Ropes. The lower stretch has a nice rope attached but the upper segment has an uncomfortable metal strand cable. Definitely not a rope! Great views. Much warmer than the snowy morning the last time.
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Maxway Tramwell, AZ 
Maxway Tramwell, AZ
 
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Hiking11.41 Miles 3,351 AEG
Hiking11.41 Miles   7 Hrs   51 Mns   1.94 mph
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The weather has extended the waterplay season this year and while the water temps have dropped significantly as normal for this time of year, the air temperature still allows unfettered access to splashing and poison ivy in its colorful autumn glory. The road walk was warm, but the rest of it was lovely. Justin even caught some yummy trouts during a couple of our breaks.
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Deeems Hill, AZ 
Deeems Hill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2020
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Hiking2.75 Miles 396 AEG
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This one is right up there with the Victory Steps on the list of my favorite hikes in the valley. Apparently this place burned this summer. Like everywhere else! :y: Still looks like Peoria to me. :sweat:
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Hidden Mormon, AZ 
Hidden Mormon, AZ
 
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Hiking4.16 Miles 951 AEG
Hiking4.16 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   3.28 mph
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As the temperatures settled into the 60s I decided I could emerge from my lair and make an attempt at some kind of physical activity. The visible judgement and scorn from those who do this all summer burned like lasers from their eyes with each one who passed, wondering why I wasn't still asleep or at the all you can eat buffet. No matter, I accepted the fair-weather hiker judgement of the faithful and continued on my way. Even the few times the hellish fireball in the sky made a brief appearance it wasn't like opening the oven door. It's almost as if it's not actually summer anymore.
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2020
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Hiking3.06 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking3.06 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   1.35 mph
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An old friend messaged me asking if I would like a slice of Wednesday Pie. After explaining the eleventeen reasons why I hate it so much, I reluctantly agreed to make my 8th summit, and first in 2-1/2 years.

There are 1000% more stairs now. Why not just finish the whole thing and make it all one big staircase? People seem to love that out at Verrado and that place in Colorado.

Good sunset, not too smokey but enough to make some nice color. Ringtail on the peak should be 40lbs by now with the amount of food people give it. Will definitely eat right out of your hand. Pleasant temps. Will put this on my to-do list for another visit around 2023. If there is a 2023.
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