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Feb 20 2021
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Bumble Bee to Government Spring - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2021
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Hiking13.13 Miles 806 AEG
Hiking13.13 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.61 mph
806 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Went back and did the next section of the BCT. I started at the Hidden Treasure TH and hiked southbound to where I left off 2 weeks ago at a mining road. This particular segment runs east along the side of Bland Hill, which is very aptly named. Being along the lower part of the hill and right next to it obscured the nicer views of the Castle Creek Wilderness just beyond. It was a very smooth and mostly level trail. At times the road of the 18 wheelers could be heard from the highway.

I noticed that at about 4 miles south of the Hidden Treasure TH, the saguaro line seems to be evident. I remember saguaros all the way up on previous sections, and on my way back on this segment I noticed that they seemed to suddenly be gone as the trail gained elevation.

Once I got back to the TH, I had only done 9 miles, so I hiked northbound on the next segment for another mile and a half and turned around. This segment gains elevation and gives way better views to the west and even to the north and south. the climb was gradual, so it seemed easier than most hikes where I've gotten past the 11 mile mark.

Saw only bikers and no other hikers. Also saw some hunters.
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Feb 14 2021
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Packsaddle TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2021
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Hiking5.51 Miles 498 AEG
Hiking5.51 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.28 mph
498 ft AEG
 
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Took the family out for another Sunday morning adventure. Even before the hike, we noticed clouds at the top of Four Peaks and a dusting of snow from the night before. We went back to the trailhead at the end of Hackamore Road and headed north on the road we took last time to where I saw a trail that we didn't take. Just north of the trailhead along the road is a big crater, almost like an amphitheater that the ATVers and 4 wheelers obviously use.

We got to that trail, which continued north. I didn't know what this trail would do, so I didn't really have a full plan of how to proceed with the hike. It turns out the trail just continues north to FR1356 and ends there. We decided to head east on 1356, and then take 3512 south back to the car. This gave us a loop of about 5.5 miles.

the scenery along 1356 was really great. Three Lesser Peaks is very prominent and at times you can get peeks to the northeast. Saw a few ATVers, which were other families spending their Sunday morning on the roads. Finished up making decent time. The skies were hazy at the start, but everything soon cleared up and made for some really great scenery.
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Feb 13 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Dome MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
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Hiking7.01 Miles 1,701 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.59 mph
1,701 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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@adilling assured me that there was a full, actual trail all the way to the top of this mountain. I checked the descriptions and noticed that no one has done a full one yet for this hike, and that there was Dome Mountain, and Dome Mountain Loop. The hike just to the summit was only 6 miles, and the loop was closer to 10. The loop had a bushwhack, but that looked like it's downhill to the road. I decided to try the loop.

I followed the dirt road in until its endpoint. a little before that, I saw a cairn and a trail. RS has a track at that point that's the Three Lesser Peaks. I headed on following the track I downloaded. At the end of the road, the track headed to the left (west) and into a ravine. The trail seemed faint, but it looked like something was there. That soon faded into nothing. I kept expecting to find a trail or some of the infamous spray paint markings. As I got higher, the terrain only got steeper and the footing looser. If it wasn't scree, it was soil and vegetation. I could see I was just below the saddle between the two peaks. I was completely in the mood to bail a few times, but being so close to the top is the only thing that kept me going. Near the saddle, I could hear voices of hikers across the ravine, but couldn't spot them.

after the saddle, there is a almost a trail. It's very faint, more of a route, but very well cairned. Also very rocky. As I got closer to the top, I could hear the hikers again, but still couldn't see them. I got to the summit just after they did. It was three ladies. They seemed surprised that anyone else was out that far, and wanted to know which way I took to the top. It turns out they took the actual trail to the top, which is the way Andy took 2 weeks ago. He wasn't lying after all. His route is now the official route for this hike, which is an actual full trail, and not the bushwhack monstrosity that I took.

After talking for a few minutes to the ladies at the summit, I headed down the proper route, which was way more enjoyable than the way I took up. I was so relieved to not have to renegotiate the steep slopes and loose scree on the way down. I was never happier to see spray paint before along the trail. I had hoped to bag the other peak up there, which didn't look like much of a bushwhack, but it took to much time going up the way I did.

the skies were cloudy all morning, not giving great lighting for any decent pics. It felt noticeably colder up top than down below. The scenery on the trail portion of my hike was also much nicer than bushwhack portion. Got less mileage, but worked harder for it.
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Feb 06 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Crown King Rd to Bumble Bee on BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2021
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Hiking13.23 Miles 1,351 AEG
Hiking13.23 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.61 mph
1,351 ft AEG
 
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Got on the trail about 6:45am. It was very windy and chilly when I got out of the car. Used my headlamp for the first 15 minutes or so, but didn't really need it. Most of this all the way up to where it meets FR59 again is in and out drainages. Grade is fairly level, but downhill gradually as you head north. I didn't notice this grade trend until I was on my way back. From FR59, I kept going north another 1.5 miles approximately, to where it crossed another minor dirt road.

On the descent to FR59 in the last segment and for all of next segment that I hiked, the trail was much smoother and less rocky than most of what I've so far. Helped me to make better than normal time along this segment and get a few more miles in on the next segment. Very enjoyable, and nice scenery. The trail also gets away from the main road and all the 4x4 and ATV traffic, making it more peaceful.

Saw one group of hikers, and few trail runners and bikers along the way, not too much traffic. Very quiet in the morning, but on the way back, lots of traffic on the roads below. Some snow was visibile at the higher elevations. Looks very inviting to take a ride up in there eventually to do some more exploration in the Prescott area and get amongst the pines and forest.
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Jan 31 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
High Ridge LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
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Hiking5.36 Miles 883 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.26 mph
883 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Took the family back to this area again for another quick Sunday morning hike taking advantage of the cooler weather. Decided to check out the High Ridge Trail this time. Last week with the rain, there wasn't a whole lot of traffic on the trails. This week with clear skies and dry ground it was a different story.

We started from the same TH as last week, heading up Alpe d'Huez. At the junction of the High Ridge Trail, I decided to take that trail up hill, making a clockwise loop. Once we got about a quarter mile in, one biker who was headed up the Alpe d'Huez was yelling over at us warning us that bikers would be coming down this trail very fast. I expected and knew this, as there is a sign at the junction advising caution. Then he went so far to tell us that we were hiking in the wrong direction, which I took exception with, declining to respond from a distance. The sign at the junction does recommend to bike only downhill on High Ridge, which makes perfect sense. The trail is so steep and loose in sections that biking up is pretty much impossible. and getting off the trail with a bike quickly while other bikers are screaming downhill is also not going to happen. For hikers, though, it's a different story. Not only can we get off the trail quickly, but by hiking uphill, we can see the bikers coming and have enough time to get off the trail. Hiking downhill on this trail makes getting off the trail in time less likely. I kept an eye out and, in fact, we did have some bikers coming downhill. I was able to spot them in time and told my family to clear the trail and wait, which they were more than happy to do, taking the opportunity for a breather on this trail. No one said anything to us as they passed, other than to thank us for yielding.

Once we got past the switchback section of High Ridge, which poses the greatest risk for traffic conflict, we made our way along the more level section of the trail over to Alpe d'Huez. At the junction there, we decided to once again hike down Iron Goat and Cactus Nectar rather than down Alpe d'Huez again. the views weren't as dramatic as a week ago, but it was still very nice clear blue skies and snow capped mountains in the distance.

Got back to a very packed trailhead and cars parked along Usery Road. this area looks like it's used a lot more by bikers than hikers, but it is still shared used, with several ATVers mixed in at the TH heading over on FR3554. The new trails are currently being built by the Hawes Trail Alliance, which is a group of hikers, bikers and trail runners who have got an approved master plan and an organized group of volunteers who are doing a great job building the trails. i checked out their Facebook page and saw a few more trails on the master plan that have been built. Looks like more local exploring to do in the coming Sundays until the heat lurches in for the summer.
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Jan 30 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Usery Spur - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2021
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Hiking9.10 Miles 1,626 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   2.09 mph
1,626 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I decided to stick close to home again with the rain Friday night. Not sure how it might affect the highways heading north. I saw the Usery Spur trail that heads out to Usery Road from the MT spur from the Pass Mountain Trail and decided to make a point of hiking that along with MT and parts of the Pass Mountain Trail.

Started at 6:20am in the dark, but with the full(ish) moon, I never needed a headlamp. I started from the Bulldog TH along Usery Road and headed south on the MT, then did an out and back on the Usery Spur. I followed what looked like an obvious trail and found myself off track after a bit. I followed the wash back to the track, which then seemed to mostly follow another wash after a bit. On the way back I stayed on track.

Got to the Pass Mountain Trail and hiked clockwise over to the pass on the east side of the mountain and headed back. The views to the north and east were spectacular with all the fog lying in the valley and rolling up over the saddles and passes. At the pass I turned around and headed back to the MT.

At the junction of the Pass Mountain Trail and where the MT spur heads north, I took the trail that heads south and east up to the top of Pass Mountain. I stopped short of getting to the top since it was starting to get a little late and I knew that the trail would eventually give way to the route finding of the ridgeline. That seems like another hike to another day from inside the park.

Made my way back down the faint trail and back to the car, negotiating of dicey sections of steep and loose scree. Saw a family with small kids and a dog making their way up which was a bit surprising.

The weather was very cool, but still warm when heading uphill into the sun. Once I was hiking downhill with the sun on my back, it felt very cool again very quickly.
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Jan 24 2021
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High Ridge LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2021
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Hiking5.05 Miles 888 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.23 mph
888 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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I saw @adenium 's track posted over a week ago and it looked like a great hike to take the family out on. Close by, not too short, and enough AEG for a good workout. The weather forecasters were promising for realsies this time that we would get rain. I awoke at 5am to dry ground outside and by 5:30, started to get up and get things ready. By just after 7am, the rain started to come down at our house, but only lasted a few minutes. I was able to convince them to go thru with the hike before the next wave of rain hit.

We started from the Lone Mt. TH off of Usery Road and headed up the Alp D'Huez trail. It's been rerouted in spots to eliminate the overly steep and loose sections. A crew of trail builders passed us on the way up with their equipment. I think they said they were going to work on the High Ridge Trail, which according to the signs we saw looks like it's been recently opened.

At the start, the clouds were low over the mountains and it looked like it might rain. It did start to rain a little bit, at which point Radmila made the kids put on their ponchos. After we climbed up another mile and a half and 500+ feet in no rain, they took them off.

As we got to the Iron Goat Trail, the sun hit us, lighting up the area around us, and giving some greats views of the clouds rolling by nearby and up north. All the clouds we saw in this area when we started were gone. We got a glimpse over towards Four Peaks and saw some snow on the ridgelines over there. Saw a rainbow down north of the Salt River for a little bit.

As we descended on the Iron Goat Trail, the rain really did hit for a little while, but it wasn't too bad. We made it up to the one peak, and then made our way further down on the Cactus Nectar Trail. By the time we got to the bottom, the sun was out again. the clouds at the top returned now that we were back down.

Fantastic hike with some really amazing scenery from the crazy weather. Nice to hike new trails close to home and be done before lunch. On the ride home southbound on Usery Road a downpour hit us. Looks like timed everything perfectly.
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Jan 23 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
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Hiking7.53 Miles 1,865 AEG
Hiking7.53 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   1.55 mph
1,865 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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I originally decided to do this on Wednesday because of all the rain that was predicted all week and into the weekend. As I write this on Saturday night, still no appreciable rain. I didn't feel like deciding on something different, so I stuck to my plan. Interestingly, the last time I hiked up this area was 10 years, 364 days ago (RIP John Scott). I had no idea until I checked my old triplog. Another benefit of regularly logging hikes on HAZ.

Got started about 6:30am in the dark from the Crosscut TH. I had a bit of trouble finding my trail at first, but soon enough was on track. I hiked the unmarked trail northeast of LDSP that fades away east of Praying Hands. I did this trail about 9 years ago with the family, when the kids were much smaller. I think they had an easier time that day than they would now, but that's another story.

When I got up to where we were 9 years ago, I headed up to the saddle and then took the trail over to Praying Hands, and then down to the top of the Treasure Loop in LDSP. After that, I headed back on the same trail to the first saddle. There is an actual trail that heads from this point over to the Massacre Grounds, but at the saddle I saw another trail heading down towards the wash below. I could see the trail continue past the wash, so I decided to chance. Turned out the trail fades away fast and the rest is a cairned route down the trail. Getting through the wash was tricky, but after that it was easy, especially with most of the vegetation burned away.

Once I got on the main trail to the Massacre Grounds, the foot traffic increased greatly. Got up to the top and took the obligatory pics peering over the edge, then headed back to the Crosscut TH. The falls didn't have any real flow as expected, so I skipped that. Took a trail from the main MG trail over towards the Crosscut TH that I had never hiked before. Not sure if that was there before or if it's a new addition. It made it nice to complete the loop without having to hike on the dirt road.

No rain, but very ominous looking sky all day. Low ceiling of clouds over Superstition Mountain made for a spooky look peering at the hoodoos through the fog. Hiked slower than usual with the rocky trails and some route finding, but got nearly 2K AEG, so it was a decent hike.
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Jan 16 2021
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Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
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Hiking8.44 Miles 1,443 AEG
Hiking8.44 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.13 mph
1,443 ft AEG
 
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Got an early start at 6:30am before sunrise. Hiked for about a half hour in the dark before I turned the headlamp off, then forgot I had it on my head until I was on Sunrise Peak. The sunrise turned out to be very nice with the clouds on the horizon. The bright red was visible on Fountain Lake below.

Hardly saw any hikers until I got to the peak, then suddenly they were everywhere. Once I was headed back on the Sunrise Trail, it wasn't as crowded, but certainly saw more than at the start. On the way back I hiked the Sunrise Trail over to the 136th Spur Trail and back to add a little more mileage. Got some bird's eye views of the new subdivisions they're building in Adero Canyon, some of which I've been inspecting at work.

Cooler temps at the start, warmed up as the morning wore on. It was a bit breezy in spots, but not terribly windy. Finished by 10:30am and decided that was enough for the day. Nice to finish up a little earlier.
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Jan 10 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Blue Ridge - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2021
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Hiking4.23 Miles 632 AEG
Hiking4.23 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   2.01 mph
632 ft AEG
 
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Took the family out to the Goldfields again to do a quick Sunday morning hike. Went up to Blue Ridge again, but this time we started over by the Packsaddle Trail and did a counter clockwise loop. Found quite a few more single track trails along that road that I marked with my GPS. Up on Blue Ridge the wind picked up enough to have to hang onto our hats. The road down was steep in sections, making it a little bit adventurous.

Saw one guy driving his Jeep on the roads, then saw 5 dirt bikers. No hikers, bikers, or trail runners all day. It was nice to be out and hardly see anyone.
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Jan 09 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Soap Creek Rd to Crown King Rd - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
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Hiking14.20 Miles 1,579 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   2.45 mph
1,579 ft AEG
 
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Finally made it back up this way to hike more of the BCT. Started from Soap Creek Road and headed south to where I left of nearly two months ago. I had the spot marked on my GPS and I also made a cairn when I was there last, which I spotted as I got there.

Nearly the first mile was in the semi-dark, needed a headlamp to see even though the sky was a little light. Most of the hike in was in the shade due to the sun low in the sky and the terrain. First person I saw was a biker 6 miles in. Saw a trail runners on my way out. On my way back the wind picked up quite a bit. I didn't mind at all since it kept me cooler. Over 14 miles and didn't even kill a 100oz bladder in my Camelbak.

The trail seemed rockier on the way back in spots than it did on the way in. Fatigue and age played a part in that for sure. A road parallels the trail for a section on the north end, on the way back I saw an ATV meandering down that road very slowly, looking like rolling it was a possibility. The crossing of Arrastre Creek gave some nice views into that valley. Saw an interesting cave while headed southbound.

Finished up in just under 6 hours, making an average speed of just over 2 mph. Started of mid tempo, picked up speed in the middle part, then slowed down towards the end. Nice day with cooler desert weather.
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Jan 02 2021
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The Lookout from Tom's Thumb NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2021
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Hiking11.11 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking11.11 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   1.94 mph
3,100 ft AEG
 
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I did this hike once before, 11 years ago. At that time the trailhead wasn't developed at all. It's been so long since I've been to this trailhead, I forgot that it's been developed, complete with the dreaded timed gate that won't allow anyone to hike before sunrise. I ended up waiting over a half hour at the gate once I arrived. Once I got to my parking space, I got out of the car and saw dozens of cars behind me on their way to their parking spots :o .

The foot traffic in this area has increased substantially since my first visit. I was quickly able to get away from the intial crowd and passed a few people on the way up Tom's Thumb :DANCE: . The ascent up this trail was probably the fastest I hiked the whole day. the trail here is very smooth and not at all rocky. I've noticed that the really rocky trails slow me down way more than the steepness of a trail. Once I was past the saddle heading west on the Tom's Thumb Trail, most of the crowd was gone. the morning sunlight hitting the top of the mountains up there gave the best views and pics of the day.

I got to the Lookout quickly, took the obligatory pics, and headed back down to do the loop around it (Tom's Thumb, Windgate Pass, and East End). heading downhill on Tom's Thumb to the Windgate Pass Trail took a while. Steep, loose, and rocky is no way to spend most of your time hiking, especially downhill.

Heading uphill on Windgate I felt like I picked my pace up a bit. The first glance at Windgate Pass seemed so far away, but it didn't take long to get there and past. Foot traffic picked up on this trail.

Heading up on the East End Trail was fun. It was loose, but hiking that uphill seems to be easier than downhill. Saw only 5 or 6 other hikers on this trail. The one group was about 4 guys in their 20s who had a lot of questions about if they could hike a loop back to Tom's Thumb TH. I gave them directions and told them the mileage and AEG involved. They seemed undaunted, and had little water. The weather was cool enough for that not to be the issue it would normally be.

The hike down to the TH from the saddle was the most crowded, a true ant trail. Stopped frequently to let the uphill hikers by, and also allow trailrunners to pass. Most of the hikers I encountered all day had masks on they put up as we hiked. This section of the hike has significantly fewer of them. :-k Hiking downhill on this trail was much easier than I expected, again mainly due to how smooth the trail is. My knees hurt a bit, but that's a normal part of age. Overall, this hike didn't seem harder at all from what it was 11 years ago. :y:
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Dec 26 2020
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Anniversary Arch LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2020
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Hiking6.08 Miles 760 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.12 mph
760 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Hiked with another family we haven't had a chance to see for a very long time. I decided to bring them out to the Goldfields since it's not a very widely known area and finding info can be tricky. Doing an out and back to the Anniversary Arch from 88 seemed like the perfect option. I had also never hiked the small section of the loop, so there was one new segment for me to do.

On the way in along the wash I spotted an owl, but wasn't able to get a picture before it flew away. We got to loop and hiked clockwise up to the arch. We sat there for 20 minutes or so while everyone checked out the views through the arch. There's not alot of room up there for 8 people, and the rock is pretty crumbly in a lot of places. We made it up and back without incident or injury.

Didn't see any other hikers until we were less than a mile from the trailhead. Weather felt a little warmer at times, but was still mainly very cool.
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Dec 20 2020
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Blue Ridge - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2020
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Hiking4.26 Miles 563 AEG
Hiking4.26 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.00 mph
563 ft AEG
 
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Took the family out to the Goldfields again to get a nice morning hike in. this time we started at the Bulldog Canyon gate area and took the main road up to 1356, then looped around to the east of Blue Ridge and took the road up to the top. At the south end of the ridge, we took the single track trail down into the bowl area and then back to the parking area.

The north end of 1356 where it makes the sharp right is where the views began to get nice. Once we got up on Blue Ridge, the views were really nice. Looking east to the Goldfields, Superstitions, and Four Peaks was fantastic. At the south end of the ridge, the rock formations were really cool. We walked out to some overlooks and peered into the bowl below. The views were really nice, but it also looked kind of dicey since the rocks have that gradual curve where you feel like you're never sure if you've gone past the point of no return.

Heading down the singletrack, there was one spot where it was really steep and had a lot of loose scree. I found a route to get over to some bare rock and guided the family over to that spot. Everyone slid a little bit in that spot, but made it over to the stable area safely with no issues. Just enough of an adventure on our Sunday morning hike.

Saw a few other hikers up on the ridge, and 2 horse riders after we got to the flat trails again. didn't see any ATVers, bikers or other motor vehicles. Weather was absolutely perfect and beautiful the whole time. Stopped at Senor Taco to pick up lunch on the way home, which we gorged on afterwards and put me in mild carb coma to end my morning. :zzz:
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Dec 19 2020
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Rogers Canyon - JF Trail LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2020
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Hiking14.48 Miles 3,159 AEG
Hiking14.48 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   1.85 mph
3,159 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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I first hiked this back in 2004, today it seemed alot longer than I remembered. Wally and I started at Woodbury and hiked clockwise. JF isn't too bad, but maybe that was because we'd started with that. It was pretty rocky, which always slows me down. All the fire damage from 2 summers ago is very faint.

We got to the ruins in just under 4 hours. The leaves in the stream bed below pile up in their own kind of pools, making for mild hazards as you step in them. We climbed up to the ruins, but for the last bit of the ascent I decided against going further. The exposure had me uncomfortable especially with my backpack shifting around. I've been in the twice before, that's enough. Below we found some sherds and other possible tools. The one sherd had some color on it.

After lunch we'd headed up Rogers Canyon. Wally pointed out the upper ruins and some others that he's found over the years. Nice to make note of that if I ever decide to go searching. Today I was content with the power of my zoom lens for some good pics.

It was a bit of a slog on the way up to Rogers Trough, then still a slog down the road over to Woodbury. I still can't decide if it's me getting older or it's been so long that I don't remember how difficult it was 16 years ago. Probably a bit of both. Nice to be out in the Supes again and hike with someone.
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Angel Basin
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Wolverine Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.90 Miles 553 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   2.06 mph
553 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Finally got a chance to take the family out for a hike in the nicer weather. This one is very close by and I hadn't got a chance to hike the Wolverine Pass Trail. We did a loop, starting on Wolverine Pass, headed north on the Bulldog Canyon Road and returned on the Deer Tanks Trail. Looks like we just missed Brian, who started hiking before us and hiked out and back to The Mask. We didn't see all the wildlife he did, either. Once we got back to the trailhead, we took the unmapped trails up into the rock formations and a little closer look at some of those. Short and uneventful hike, but very nice to get out in the morning and do an easy hike with the family. Weather was cool and breezy the entire time.
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Ridgeline Trail via Overlook Trail - FHPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.97 Miles 1,710 AEG
Hiking9.97 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   2.36 mph
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The Ridgeline Trail has been done for over a month now, but just a few weeks ago Eagle Ridge Drive was finally paved and opened. I decided to wait a few weeks for the traffic to die down. Hikers were walking through the construction zone during the week to get to that trailhead, so I figured there would be high demand once it opened. Official hours are sunrise to sunset, similar to Scottsdale. However, since SRP hasn't yet energized anything there, it's basically 24 hour access for now. I got there about 6:30am to a pitch black trailhead, and still one more car there before I was.

I headed out to the Ridgeline Trail and back to the trailhead. The further you get out on the Ridgeline, the more you can see of Adero Canyon below, as well as the newly expanded ADERO resort (formerly Copperwynd). It was interesting to get a birds eye few of the streets and infrastructure that I normally work with and know what I was looking at. On the way back along the Ridgeline, a group of trail volunteers were doing maintenance on the trail, maybe trying to work a bit more on it. It's still a little rocky in places compared to the other trails in this area. I talked to the one guy and he said they will be building another new trail soon on a ridge to the east called the Lower Ridgeline Trail. Another reason to come back one day.

After getting to the trailhead, I headed out on the Promenade, Sonoran, and Lower Sonoran Trails, doing a lasso loop. Nothing of any great interest seen other than an empty raptor nest in a saguaro. Looks like it's a little more cloudy to the north, looked kind of chilly. The weather was cool all morning with light breezes. Nice to be in the middle of the cooler weather to hike near home.
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Meridian Mystery TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,304 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   1.89 mph
1,304 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I didn't feel like driving far for a hike, but I still wanted to find some trails that I still haven't done. I decided to check this area out and I'm glad I did. Looked like two options to hike the Deer Tanks and Wolverine Pass Trails from the same trailhead. and Deer Tanks looked like it wasn't too far from the Meridian Mystery Trail, which I had done some of back in April 2019 and noticed some trails that looked like they headed towards this trailhead.

I started on Deer Tanks just as sunrise. It was a bit chilly, but I was glad to feel that after a pretty brutal summer. Once it Deer Tanks north to follow the wash towards Bulldog Canyon, I saw a spur for a trail that headed east. I could already see the trail head up the hill to a pass. I took that and continued east bound. I passed the end of where the official Meridian Mystery Trail track is but didn't see a trail there. I did see a junction just north of that, though. I continued to head east until I connected with the Meridian Mystery Trail, then headed back to the Deer Tanks Trail, hitting another section of the unmarked trail south of Meridian Mystery.

Once I got back to Deer Tanks, I followed that to the north, eventually descending into the slot canyon, then getting out. I stopped just short of the Bulldog Canyon Road, not realizing it because I hadn't paid attention. After that I headed back to the trailhead and called it a day. Got less miles than usual in due to a later start with the late sunrise, and hiking a little slower than usual. Felt like a more laid back hike, discovering new trails that I didn't know were there.

Saw 3 other hikers on the trails with me. At the trailhead I saw someone briefly up on the rocks, looked like they were climbing. Temp was still in the 60s when I finished.
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Wild Horse Trail - AKA Lead TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.66 Miles 1,158 AEG
Hiking9.66 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.34 mph
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I had a longer drive last weekend, so I wanted to stay closer to home this time and save some time later in the day for chores and errands around the house. It has been a while since I hiked the Hawes Pass area, and it's pretty much the closest thing to my house. There was an unmapped trail I spotted a year and a half ago that crossed the Stinger Trail, so I decided to try to hike that.

I made it out to that trail at the 5 mile mark. Longer than I thought it would take. The trail I took out there (Wild Horse or Horse Tale, or both), had some heavy biker traffic. It seemed to come and go in waves. All the bikers were very nice and polite (seems to be an improvement in terms of that in recent years) but it can be a little annoying stepping off the trail every 5 minutes or so.

the unmapped section of the trail I found is a good half mile long at least, maybe closer to a mile. It started off kind of faint, but after it reached the Bush Highway, a different segment seemed like there enough work done on it that it might be planned trail. I noticed the junctions have new markers that have the QC scan codes and maps of the trails in that immediate vicinity.

Took a section of the MT on the north side of the Bush Highway once I got to the trail that crosses the highway there. It looked like it followed the shore, but that dead ended pretty quickly. Got back to a full lot at the Granite Reef rec area.
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Black Canyon City TH to Soap Creek Rd - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking14.00 Miles 1,778 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   6 Hrs   7 Mns   2.29 mph
1,778 ft AEG
 
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Did another segment heading northbound on the BCT. The best part of this trail is about 2 miles north of the trailhead, up on a ridgeline. As you descend, there are varying views of the canyon below formed by the Agua Fria. The Agua Fria makes a huge horseshoe bend. there's also a kind of a mesa or shelf just above the river after you get down off the ridgeline.

Crossing the river was a little tricky. There's no obvious low spot and no rocks placed to keep your feet above the water. It was only ankle deep, but during wetter weather, this could be a problem trying to cross this. I grabbed a branch and did a bit of a tightrope walk along it, using my hiking poles to balance me. My feet still got a little wet, but i think those boots are finally done anyway. On the way back I threw one large river rock by the shore to try to get a little more footing.

I went a little further past Soap Creek Road. the track says 6 miles, but the odometer said 6.5. To get to my turnaround point from the north will probably be close to 15 miles RT when I get to that. I left a cairn there again to mark it when I come back. Just north of the road is a little mini canyon carved out by some stream. There were some cattle feeding there when I crossed.

Just south of Soap Creek Road the trail parallels the road before it crosses. I missed this and just took the road going northbound. On the way back the trail is easy to spot from it's actual crossing point, so I took that section on the way back. The official track seems to follow the road here and not this short section of trail.

Saw the first biker 10 miles in, and then the first hiker about 11 miles in. the last 2 miles I saw a few more hikers. Seems like people take short sections of the BCT from there as that trailhead is also for the High Desert Park.

Nice enjoying the cooler weather for a hike like this, didn't need as much water.
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