username
X
password
register
for free!
help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
 
 Comments
triplogs   photosets   labels comments more
Previous  1 ... 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30  Next
582 triplogs
May 31 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Ferndell Trail #204Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking2.20 Miles 280 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.26 mph
280 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Did this hike with my wife and kids to get out of the heat from Phoenix. This trail is fairly easy, although the mild uphill gain is a bit of a challenge for small kids. There are also quite a few fallen trees across the trail, making it even harder for little kids. The end of the trail before it reaches FR651 fades away, likely due to overgrowth from a previous fire. We took FR651 back to the Sixshooter Trail, making a loop back to the car. The uppermost section of the Sixshooter Trail is also quite a bit overgrown right before it reaches the Lower Ferndell RA parking area. Overall, the hike was very nice, with alot of shade and cool breezes to spoil us until another week or so when the temps out here reach 110.
_____________________
May 24 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking12.10 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.27 mph
3,300 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Partners partners
sarichter
This was a very cool hike, both figuratively and literally. My friend Ted tagged along with sarichter and I, making three of us total. The mileage and elevation are as recorded by my GPS, which may be a bit off from the generally accepted stats. The elevation difference came out to 3222', so I rounded up to the next hundred feet to estimate the added in between gains.

All the trails are very wide and easy to follow, a welcome change from alot of the unmaintained trails in the Tonto NF. Icehouse starts as a normal trail, then follows a jeep road. Even though it was a dirt road, the steepness of this hike made it a very good workout. Once the road reaches a cement trough, the vegetation changes from the desert scrub brush to tall ponderosa pines. It was also at this point that we noticed the cooler temps and breezes. Once the trail gets to Doghouse Spring and the semi-hidden junction with the Telephone Trail, it turns back into a normal trail until it reaches FR651. The further you ascend to FR651, the cooler the temps get and the vegetation gets more lush. It resembled back east much more at this elevation. At one point near the top, it began to rain on and off, but nothing enough to do more than keep us cool as we hoofed it to the top.

Once we got to FR651, we notice a road spur that goes to the east. This at first seemed to be the road to take up to the Telephone/Sixshooter Trails, but in fact it is a dead end road, as noted by the sign on it. I had a feeling this was the case looking at my maps and GPS, and it was confirmed by a friendly moutain biker who was just passing by as we got to the road. On our way over to the Telephone Trail along FR651, we made our way up a bit towards Signal Peak to notice the spectacular views to the south and east. Picketpost Mt. was very easy to spot, and we could even make out Picacho Peak a little bit thru the light haze.

Along the rest of FR651 we passed a campground that seemed full and saw some cabins that were further up the mountain. We stopped for lunch at the top of the Sixshooter Trail and saw some ATVers, hikers and campers come and go. Along the way down Sixshooter, we were passed by two mountain bikers who were with the ATVers we saw earlier.

The junction of the Sixshooter and Telephone Trails is marked very well, but finding the Telephone Trail is a bit tricky as it fades as it crosses a stream. After that, the Telephone Trail was as easy to follow as the Icehouse Trail and the views were just as nice. Four Peaks was visible to the west and we noticed some heavy localized rainstorms to the east.

Looking forward to going back next week with the family to do some of the shorter, level trails up at the top. This is a great area and as happy as I am to have finally got around to hiking here, I feel dumb for not getting here sooner.
Flora
Flora
Claret Cup Cactus
_____________________
May 17 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking5.90 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   4 Hrs      1.48 mph
2,600 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
dwnorth
rally_toad
rdavisiii
sarichter
It had been over 7 years since I last did this hike, and this turned to be a good opportunity to go back since Alex and Co. needed a ride that could make it to the TH. We got started on this at about 8am. The heat didn't really kick in until after we got to the top. From the start, the gnats were out in full force, which was about the most unpleasant part of the hike. It was nice to get some good pics of the quartz at the top. The visibility was very hazy, making it hard to even see Camelback Mt. and Piestewa Pk. The views were still very good for what we could see.

The distance for this was taken right off my GPS. The AEG is estimated since my new software can't calculate AEG. The total difference in elevation was 2520', and I'm estimating at least 100' extra for the ups and downs. It was likely even more. The overall is likely much closer to 3000' as I had originally thought. Considering it was over 100 degrees by the time we finished, it was a decent workout as well as a nice hike. Nice to meet rdavisiii and dwnorth for this one.
Geology
Geology
Quartz
_____________________
May 03 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking8.60 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   4 Hrs      2.15 mph
500 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I took this trail to the spot where it disappears and turned back, as planned. It's really a shame that this trail disappears where it does because for the last half mile, the canyon starts to get really narrow and the scenery become very interesting. I was wondering if hiking up the creek bed might be a viable option if you intend to do a loop hike to either the South Fork or Gold Ridge trail. While the weather was starting to get hot, once you get into the narrow canyon section, the air gets noticably cooler. Deer Creek was running pretty good, and I noticed some minnows in one pool, meaning this must be a perennial stream. The trail is very easy to follow until it (very abruptly) disappears and stays level for the most part, except for a few intermittent climbs above the stream bed. This seems like a decent trail to take kids on (be careful thru the washouts) and on my way out I passed a couple going in with an infant in a baby backpack.
_____________________
Apr 26 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Sycamore Trail #68Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking9.40 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   7 Hrs      1.34 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
wallyfrack
This trail started out faint and hard to follow and got worse from there. This starts at the same spot as the Denton Trail of off FR421 and heads to the north along Sycamore Creek. The trail faded in and out in spots, not being much easier to walk along than as opposed to bushwhacking due to the loose rocks, loose soil, overgrowth, and occaisonal catclaw bush growing right in the middle of the trail (as well as one 5' saguaro). At the 2 mile mark, the "trail" ascended over a ridge, only to immediately descend back into the creek, at which point we decided it was easier to rock hop along the stream than to try to follow a trail that degraded into catclaw every 10 yards. Once the mapping told us that the trail left the stream bed, we tried to follow it, only to find that no trace of any trail existed, other than randomly placed cairns that seemed to serve more as suggestion than direction. We decided to abort at about the 4 mile mark going in since it appeared that we were maybe just halfway to the endpoint. I may decide to finish this hike one day from the north terminus off FR422 via FR143. Maybe.

After getting back to the car, we noticed fire ants directly adjacent to where I parked, making packing up a challenge. After driving the 2.5 miles of FR421 to SR188, we got the last of the 3 gates along the road. As Wally opened the door of my car, he yelled a bit. I thought maybe I stopped too close to some more catclaw. I asked what was wrong. "There's a diamondback next to your car." After jumping out of the car, Wally was able to open the final gate and we were out of that area, perhaps for the next several decades.
Fauna
Fauna
Canyon Tree Frog
_____________________
Apr 12 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Denton Trail #69Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking11.60 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   1.76 mph
3,000 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
wallyfrack
As we got out of Wally's car at the TH, we immediately heard something that sounded like a dog howling/barking from up off the mountain. It had a very "Hound of the Baskervilles" sound to it. After hiking in a half mile, the howling stopped and we never heard it again or saw what it was. Other than that odd start to the day, everything else was normal and fine.

The hike is very nice, great scenery, nice spot at the top where the trail ends in a patch of ponderosa pines and boulders by Big Pine Spring. The trail, however, is bad. Many washouts in places making for precarious footing, alot of the rail ties have been burnt, creating alot erosion and much of the trail a mini-valley of sorts. At the top of the first canyon, the trail cuts sideways into a steep hill, making it a little hairy as one side is a steep drop off.

The views of Tonto Basin, Roosevelt Lake, and 4Peaks are incredible. The north side of 4Peaks seemed covered in snow, and for most of the time it was obscured by clouds. Once we got a view of it on the Beeline Hwy, it looked almost like no snow was on it from that angle.

I think this trail is underrated, but considering the condition of parts of it and the long drive to get there, I can understand why it is as under used as it is.
_____________________
Mar 29 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking10.10 Miles 4,250 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.55 mph
4,250 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners partners
HAZ - Event
JimmyLyding
sarichter
I did this hike with JamesLyding, sarichter, and James' buddy John, also a fellow Steeler fan. The views of the canyon were very nice. On the way up we were mostly in the shade, which helped keep us from overheating. The views at the top were great, but you have to be careful getting too close to the edge on the little balcony up there. The lighting on the way back favored the western side of the canyon as compared to the morning. I felt very good afterwards after such a large vertical climb, much better than I expected. The soreness may come tomorrow after a decent night's sleep.
_____________________
Mar 22 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Mazatzal Divide TH to Wet Bottom CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking13.70 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.06 mph
2,500 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners partners
wallyfrack
Other than last month watching my kids complete a 2.5 mile hike, this one was the best of this year so far. The views were very much above average. We started up the North Peak Trail, which is actually in very good condition. Off of FR414 take FR414A to the TH. Make sure you start hiking exactly right at the "hiker" sign and not up the jeep road ~30 yds to the north. The trail is very steep in places but for the most part very easy to follow. Very nice views of North Peak with some snow and of Dennis Creek, including a waterfall that probably looks alot nicer during heavier runoff periods. About 2 miles in it gets a little tough to follow where it levels off somewhat, but none of this was too bad. The distance of this trail is actually about 4.6 miles, not 3.5 as stated in some books. The last mile gets to be a bit of a slog, but I think this had as much to do with the fact that I expected it to be a mile shorter as it had to do with the post fire regrowth.

The Mazatzal Divide Trail from the junction at The Park is a good 9 miles as advertised, but mostly downhill and with very few downed trees. Our average speed was very near 3mph in this section. There was a lot of wind throughout most of the hike, regardless of our elevation, and we noticed later that it was even windy in Phoenix/Mesa (although the visibility was much better up north). The last couple of miles of the hike began to wear on my feet, but I felt much better overall than I normally do after a hike of this distance and vertical magnitude.

No wildlife, but alot of tracks, probably both elk (maybe mule deer) and cattle.
Geology
Geology
Tapeats Sandstone
_____________________
Mar 15 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,967 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.25 mph
1,967 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Nice hike. The desert looked pretty green with all the spring grass and flowers growing. The last bit up to Bell Pass was pretty steep, but after that everything was a piece of cake. Nice to have the shade in the early morning to keep you cool as you ascend up the ravine. The views to the east were so-so due the placement of the morning sun.
_____________________
Feb 22 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking2.80 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   1.31 mph
300 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I went out with the family and our married friends Rafael and Tamara and their boys Noah and Ardee. From the Lost Dog Wash TH we took the Anasazi Spur up to the junction with the Ringtail Trail and made our way back down that way to the parking lot. This was the longest hike so far for my kids. My daughter Natasha walked the whole way (she got carried maybe a few hundred feet) and my son Dmitri needed to be carried about a half mile on my shoulders. The time listed includes at 15-20 break at the trail junction so the kids could rest. The weather was nice with the overcast sky keeping the temps moderate. Some sun broke thru here and there, allowing for a few decent pics of the McDowells.
_____________________
Feb 15 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Pemberton Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking15.60 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.93 mph
800 ft AEG
 
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
I took the Pemberton Trail clockwise to the Dixie Mine Trail and took that section over to the Dixie Mine. On the way back, I took the Coachwhip Trail to the border of McDowell Mt. Park and the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and then turned around and headed back to the TH. The total distance was about 15.6 miles. This was actually pretty easy to do since the trail is mostly level and not very rocky at all. I'm still trying to learn how to use my new GPS and associated software, so I'm not sure about the AEG, but the 800' listed for the total Pemberton loop seems in the ballpark. The weather was pretty cool most of the day thanks to the cloud cover. Saw no other hikers, only one jogger. The mountain bikers were plentiful. Several times I could hear packs of coyotes howling throughout the park. They never sounded too close and I didn't see any.
_____________________
Jan 25 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking13.10 Miles 2,920 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   8 Hrs      1.64 mph
2,920 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
HAZ - Event
BobP
JimmyLyding
joebartels
rally_toad
Tortoise_Hiker
wallyfrack
We ended up with quite a crew for this one, although since I'm so slow I was way behind for the entire hike. South Fork was nice for all the little waterfalls, but a pain in the section where the trail disappears. The bushwhacking wasn't too bad, but it does slow you down making it up the ravine. Climbing over and around fallen trees (whenever I didn't trip on them) was a pain after almost 2 hours of that. Gold Ridge was much easier being downhill and easy to follow. The vistas were also much nicer. My GPS died on me for this hike going down Gold Ridge. Thankfully, the trail was very easy and obvious. I also had my walkie-talkie to communicate with the group ahead in case I got lost. This came in very handy at the camp site where the Gold Ridge Trail starts in a not very obvious place. I also left a walkie-talkie on my bumper and forgot it, so if anyone happens to be at the Deer Creek TH and find a blue Motorola, please let me know. Wasn't a good day for electrical appliances for me.
_____________________
Jan 02 2009
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Park Trail #66Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking10.27 Miles 3,185 AEG
Hiking10.27 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.58 mph
3,185 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I originally planned to do the Brittlebush Trail this day, but since I found out that there are temporary road closures in that area, I decided to go back to my failed attempt last week at the Park Trail. Park Creek was still running, but not nearly as much as the week before, making the crossing a piece of cake.

At the beginning of the trail, there is a huge tree that fell across it. You'll need to go to your left and make your way around. I got back on the trail right by a green metal trough. The trail is marked rather well by either flourescent lime green ribbons or cairns. About halfway up the mountain, the lime green ribbons turn to shocking pink. You still need to watch closely to find the trail since it gets faint in spots. I actually lost it more on the way back than I did on the way up.

The weather was very clear and cold in the morning and got fairly warm by the end, at about 3pm. As you get higher, all the north facing slopes of the canyons still have some snow since they never get any sun at this time of year, with the sun being so south in the sky. This sitting and melting snow makes for the streams running fairly strong at higher elevations. Park Creek remained flowing strong at 4000'-5000' and there were even some small waterfalls.

At about 4.5 miles in, the trail ends and FR422 picks up. I followed FR422 to Edwards Park and had lunch. There is a nice view of Four Peaks at Edwards Park, as well as Mt. Ord, the Mazatzals, Mogollon Rim, etc. FR422 was very muddy and marshy as it crossed Park Creek and its tributaries several times.
foliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observation
Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
_____________________
Dec 26 2008
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
FR409, AZ 
FR409, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2008
DarthStiller
Hiking5.30 Miles
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   1.87 mph
 no routes
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
I did this hike with my neighbor, Marty. The last time we hiked, we got stuck in a foot of snow in the Supes on a 12 hour deathmarch. This hike was planned to be the Park Trail #66 but since the washes were running full that made our plans unfeasible. We drove for over an hour to get to FR409 and as soon as we got there, we found it the beginning of it to be unbelievably muddy. Within 100 yds I started sliding towards the left edge of the road, which dropped off to a wash. I stopped and put it in 4WD low and make my way out of it. The next section of the road was downhill and looked just as bad. We quickly decided to not go any further due to the road conditions. We decided that we could hike the road to the TH since that would add 4 miles RT to an 8-9 mile hike, which would still make it very doable. Once we got past the mud, we found that the rest of the road was fine, to my great aggravation.

After a half mile, I checked my map and GPS and saw that the road ended at Park Creek, which we could hear roaring off to our left. I told Marty that it was probably just as well that we walked the road because that was probably all the hiking we were going to do that day. Once we got to the TH, my prediction was proven true. We looked up and down stream and across the boulders and river rock protruding out of the water, but there was always a 6 foot horizontal leap onto a 1 square foot rock required somewhere in order to cross. We hiked up the road a little further until it dead ended to another wash and found similar conditions. The total hike was just over 5 miles.

On the way back home, we decided to check out FR429 and see what the "4WD" designation was all about for that. We found out about a half mile in where it met Sycamore Creek and the flow there was about 3 times what Park Creek was. I threw a potato sized rock into the water and before it disappeared from our sight, it flew about 5 feet downstream just from hitting the top section of the rushing water. Marty uttered an expletive regarding that and our day was done.
_____________________
2 archives
Nov 28 2008
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2008
DarthStiller
Hiking8.00 Miles 3,076 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
3,076 ft AEG
 no routes
Partners partners
azdesertfather
BobP
pace
Tortoise_Hiker
wallyfrack
This hike didn't turn out as we had originally planned due to the weather. For the entire ride to the TH, the peaks were not visible due to cloud cover. Once we started the hike, the clouds started to clear some, giving us some hope. Once we had arrived at Brown's Peak, however, it was pretty apparent that not only was it not worth the trouble to try to make it to Peak 2, the thick cloud cover reduced visibility so much that even attempting it seemed to invite the possibility of getting lost, which I've already done once up there and don't plan on repeating.

I have actually done Brown's Peak before, almost. Six years ago my friend Ted and I got to the ridge and instead of summitting (which was not even another 50 vertical feet), we went down the east side in search of Four Peaks TR. #130, which took the rest of the day. The climb up the crevice was as harrowing as I remember from six years ago, plus the added joy of slick wet rock and snow in patches. I expected the climb back down to be much more difficult, and with an almost guaranteed stumble and injury at some point. Fortunately, this didnt happen. The cold and wet weather made it less pleasant for me due to the fact that my glasses were constantly fogging up, reducing visibility even further. Even with gloves for a better grip, by the time we got to the top, my hands (and everyone else's) were almost frozen from getting wet.

Once we got back to Brown's Saddle, we decided to take the Amethyst Trail to the mine to make up for not gettin to Peak 2. The views were nice once in a while when the cloud cover broke some. Every once in a while the thick clouds and dead trees did give an interesting surreal look for AZ.

Apologies to nonot again for the miscommunication on where to meet in the morning and contact info.
_____________________
Nov 23 2008
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 128th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2008
DarthStiller
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,051 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.07 mph
2,051 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
HAZ - Event
I started at the Sunrise TH at the end of Via Linda Dr. and made my way up to Sunrise Peak. from there I took the spur back to the north back onto the Sunrise Trail and took it all the way over to the Lost Dog Wash Trail and then turned around. On the way back, I took the 136th St. Spur Trail down to Via Linda and returned to the Sunrise TH on the trail adjacent to Via Linda, making a loop.

The trail got noticeably more crowded the closer you get to the Lost Dog Wash area, probably because of all the loops and two THs are near there. There were even some of the dreaded mountain bikers, but not too many, and they were decidely less agressive and much more considerate than the yahoos that frequent the Squaw Peak/Phoenix Mountain Preserve area.

The 136th St. Spur Trail starts off at the top (junction with Sunrise trail) being very narrow, almost to the point of being faint. It drops quickly into the wash, at which there really isn't so much of a trail as much as you just follow the wash. In some areas there are some mini-cliffs that you have to scale down, which should give me a little idea of what I'll be in for this Friday doing two of the Four Peaks. After a while the wash levels out and is pretty easy to navigate. I passed the area by the 136th St. Access area/TH without noticing it and just took the wash all the way down to Via Linda.

The weather was ver pleasant. It started off cool at dawn and never got too warm once the sun hit. Sunny skies and warm temps for the most part, with a few cool breezes in between to cool you off once it got warmer.
_____________________
Nov 11 2008
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Cornucopia - Thicket Spring LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2008
DarthStiller
Hiking11.60 Miles 3,553 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.74 mph
3,553 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
HAZ - Event
While doing the basic loop for this hike, I also did the Thicket Spring Trail to it's ending and the Cornucopia Trail down to the blue bus, which added some extra mileage and elevation gain. I also did part of the Deer Creek Trail, hoping to take the segment starting from the Peeley TH to the first trail junction. I got over halfway when the trail started to fade and get very hard to follow in the brush. Since I had to be back home by 5pm, I decided to bail on that section until another day. The hike back up from the bottom of the ravine was pretty rough, adding about another 1100'.

I saw a deer at the end of the Cornucopia Trail just south of the blue bus and noticed the open mine shaft at the end of the Thicket Spring Trail. The weather was very cool, without being cold. It was just enough to keep from getting overheated from all the climbing uphill on this hike.
_____________________
Oct 12 2008
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Vineyard Trail #131Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2008
DarthStiller
Hiking12.20 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.15 mph
1,600 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I did this hike with Wally. When we started, it was pretty chilly in the morning, especially starting right by Roosevelt Lake with the wind coming off the lake. The temps got warmer during the day, but not too bad. The views of the lake and Four Peaks were great. Also some nice views into the Superstitions. We guessed at identifying some of the mountains and after looking at the maps, I think we were way off. One mountain looked like Battleship Mt., but after looking at my maps, I think there's no way it could have been that.

We didn't see any other hikers, but did see some campers along the forest road that the trail crosses. Also saw 2 deer about 2 miles in.
Culture
Culture
Dam - Power Plant
_____________________
Oct 05 2008
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Telegraph Pass Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2008
DarthStiller
Hiking1.60 Miles
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.28 mph
 
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Took my wife and kids down to the Telegraph Pass trail to get them out and hike a little. We took the paved portion of the trail out to the junction with the Desert Classic Trail and then walked that a little and turned around. The total mileage was just over a mile and a half, which is pretty good for them. My son had to be carried for about a quarter mile since he was getting cranky. My daughter could have gone even farther, but probably best not to try to push it too much to where they don't enjoy it.
_____________________
Sep 28 2008
DarthStiller
avatar

 Guides 26
 Routes 384
 Photos 7,710
 Triplogs 582

52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Sunflower Trail #344Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2008
DarthStiller
Hiking12.13 Miles 910 AEG
Hiking12.13 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.99 mph
910 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
HAZ - Event
Started out at 6:40am. The weather was sunny but not as hot as in Phoenix since I was mostly at the 3500' elevation mark. This trail is faint in some spots after the junction with the Little Saddle Trail until it joins with an old ATV/mining road. Once it reaches Diamond Ranch, it veers to the south towards SR87 and then goes under the highway and after 0.4 miles joins the Boulder Creek Trail #73, the next leg of the Arizona Trail. No big events, just a decent hike in some very sunny and mild (by AZ standards) weather.
_____________________
average hiking speed 1.83 mph
Previous  1 ... 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30  Next

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

helpcommentissue

end of page marker