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Nov 28 2014
Moovyoaz
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64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 28 2014
Moovyoaz
Backpack11.00 Miles 200 AEG
Backpack11.00 Miles3 Days         
200 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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Friends
Starting from the east trail-head, we did our annual post-Thanksgiving Friends Backpack in Aravaipa. It was 5-6 degrees warmer than previous years, and we had to travel almost to the spring in Deer Canyon for water to appear. Nice fall colors though.

On Saturday we hiked up Parsons Canyon past the remains of an old cabin and a spring. On the way back about ½ mile from base camp at Deer Canyon we came up on 4-5 deer. As we stopped to take pictures, we heard rocks falling to our right.

About ½ way up 30-35 coatis were scrambling up the rock face like ants, or attempting to. As we snapped pictures, 1 fell 30 feet into the brush with a loud thump. In a second he was scrambling up again. Two more fell, and quickly started over. As the pack climbed, they kept looking back, cussing us I'm sure all the way. This went on for several minutes until the pack made it up to a crack in the wall or a ledge. Meanwhile the deer were watching us and the mad rush unconcerned, as if to say 'What's their problem?'. As we walked by within 15 feet, they would raise their head for a peek, then go to back to grazing. For the coodegrass, shortly past the deer on the left there was a big horn 300 feet above watching the commotion below.

I thought out-loud, 'Deer, flying monkeys, big horn. What's next? Bigfoot?' No, only the resident blue heron and several javelina on Sunday's trip out. I've seen these Aravaipa wildlife on previous trips, but so many in less than 10 minutes was pretty amazing. I'll post pictures when time allows.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Normal fall colors, perhaps delayed a bit
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Nov 25 2011
Moovyoaz
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 Guides 5
 Routes 21
 Photos 98
 Triplogs 12

64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 25 2011
Moovyoaz
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles3 Days         
200 ft AEG
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Another Thanksgiving backpack into colorful Aravaipa Canyon. Starting from the east trailhead, we hiked to Deer Canyon, and set up base camp. The colors are always dazzling in late November. While exploring Horse Canyon, Kurt became part of the Aravaipa swimming team when he slipped into a cold bowl of ice water. Talk about shrinkage factor!
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Sep 10 2011
Moovyoaz
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 Photos 98
 Triplogs 12

64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Gila View East -Telegraph Pass Loop, AZ 
Gila View East -Telegraph Pass Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2011
Moovyoaz
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.18 mph
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Led a full moon hike of 18 Friends in South Mountain. Starting at 7:30 from the Telegraph Pass TH, we were half way up Telegraph Pass when the dust storm hit. As the temperatures dropped, we continued in the eerie moonlight up to the National Trail, then west past the rock house up to the Gila View East Trail (unofficial name). As we continued southwest along Gila View, the dust cleared and we were treated great views of Ahwatukee lights in the glow of the full moon. It was bright enough lights were seldom needed as we hiked down the mountain, where we turned east then south on another yet-to-be-named trail to a church parking lot near 4th Ave & Desert Foothills Parkway. A quick jaunt back to the Telegraph Pass TH completed a nice 6 mile loop.
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Sep 18 2010
Moovyoaz
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64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 18 2010
Moovyoaz
Backpack25.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Backpack25.00 Miles3 Days         
2,400 ft AEG
 
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Backpacked into Havasu Canyon. On Thursday night we camped along Indian Road 18, just off the rez in the cedars, which make a great campfire!
Early Friday we hiked to the campground, then hung out at Havasu Falls. Sadly the pool there was only knee deep, so there was no swimming. I was told by a guide it was filled in with gravel from a flash flood 2 months previously; same for Mooney. The campground is in sad shape, with many sites washed away in 2008. The only available site was a wade across the creek, but at least there was no traffic through our camp!
The gem, as always, is the hike between Mooney and Beaver Falls. Lots of grape vines, water, and a great swim hole just below Beaver.
The water in Havasu Creek is much whiter than when I was there in 2006. Perhaps this is due to the new route of the creek, which created the new falls unofficially named Rock Falls and New Navajo Falls.
Great trip with good Friends!
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May 23 2010
Moovyoaz
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 Guides 5
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64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2010
Moovyoaz
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,718 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
2,718 ft AEG
 
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Another trip up Kendrick. I estimate the wind was 25+ mph, with gusts up to 40. About blew us off at the top! Note my Garmin Vista HCx tracked it 4 miles to the cabin, 4.4 to the tower.
FWIW, the default HAZ track has the trail head incorrect; it's at 35.38660, -111.86762.
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May 03 2010
Moovyoaz
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 Guides 5
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64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2010
Moovyoaz
Hiking7.80 Miles 1,766 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles
1,766 ft AEG
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Beautiful weekend in Haunted Canyon to Tony's Cabin with 10 from Friends Hiking Club. The springs were gushing, the creek was flowing, and the cabin was well stocked. Plus early Sunday we caught a glimpse of either a mountain lion or bobcat about 150' east of the cabin. I tried here, kitty, kitty, but it wouldn't listen, so no photos!
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Apr 19 2010
Moovyoaz
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64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Fossil Springs Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2010
Moovyoaz
Hiking8.75 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles
1,785 ft AEG
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ABC - Group
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The Friends Hiking Club and Arizona Backpacking Club joined together in a cleanup Fossil Springs. It was a pleasant surprise to find the area in better condition than expected; we generally had to dig in the brambles for trash. The efforts of all who care about the area is paying off, but future due diligence will be needed to keep it that way. WAY TO GO TEAM!
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Apr 03 2010
Moovyoaz
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 Guides 5
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 Photos 98
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64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Spur Cross to CCRA - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2010
Moovyoaz
Hiking10.00 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.22 mph
450 ft AEG
 
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I hiked this with 15 members of the Friends Hiking Club. The area was lush, green, and covered with desert flowers. After leaving SCRCA, we only saw 3 other people until the Go John Trail. We actually finished on the Overton-Claymine Trails, for a total of 12 miles.
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Mar 27 2010
Moovyoaz
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 Guides 5
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 Photos 98
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64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
A.B. Young Trail #100Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2010
Moovyoaz
Hiking4.80 Miles 2,025 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
2,025 ft AEG
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Hiked to the summit with 19 other Friends Hiking Club members.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Mar 15 2010
Moovyoaz
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64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2010
Moovyoaz
Hiking13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles
3,169 ft AEG
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10 from Friends Hiking backpacked into Reavis Falls. We camped at the top of the hill, which was fortunate, since camp sites at the creek were scarce. We then continued down to the falls, which were hard to reach, due to the high flow of Reavis Creek. The falls were spectacular, roaring down from above, and I've never seen the Sups so green and wet! Still waiting for the wildflowers to pop though; should be great!
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Feb 21 2010
Moovyoaz
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 Photos 98
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64 male
 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2010
Moovyoaz
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.68 mph
1,260 ft AEG
 
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Thought I would give my new Granite Gear Latitude Vapor backpack a trial run, so a friend and I ran up to Go John. We hit the trail about 1pm, despite the looming black clouds, armed with rain coats and umbrellas. No problem, it's only rain! Got a few drissles along the way, but that only made the desert smell great, and the cati were happy. Glad to hear it rained elsewhere in the valley though; I was afraid we picked the only one that got wet!
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Jun 06 2009
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 Joined Dec 06 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
View Point-North Mingus LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2009
Moovyoaz
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,322 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.89 mph
1,322 ft AEG
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Hiked this loop with a group of friends. Several of us camped at the Mingus Mtn Campground, and were lucky enough to snag the one site off by itself thanks to a nice campground host named Gary. An interesting side note, for the last several years the PNF has been saying 'A water system is being built for the area but is not ready to use'. A short walk from our campsite we found a new, unused water well and pump building with electric lines run to it. Just sitting there, ready to run. According to the CG host, the system has been mostly complete for over 4 years, and is only waiting for EPA water testing and approval. Typical government bureaucracy at work.

The hike itself was as beautiful as advertised, but a bit shorter than I prefer. Great area though, with lots of other trails to choose from.
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