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Jun 30 2013
dlippy1
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52 male
 Joined Aug 05 2006
 Flagstaff, AZ
Red Rock State Park, AZ 
Red Rock State Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2013
dlippy1
Hiking2.50 Miles 257 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.50 mph
257 ft AEG      4 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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This was an unplanned hike, even though I was in Sedona. It was cloudy and sprinkling here in Flagstaff, so I decided to head to Sedona for a Sunday afternoon hike. Initially I was going to hike a more difficult trail, but like any summer weekend there was no parking to be found. So...I headed off to RRSP to have a more leisurely hike to take in the views. It is not a difficult hike at all and the trails are all easy to find, but frankly the signage along the trails are not the most helpful. Regardless, you can't get lost and it is Sedona so there is no such thing as a bad hike even though it was cloudy there as well. I did encounter a couple of very friendly/brave deer along the way that didn't seem overly concerned that I was less than 20 feet from them.
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Jun 23 2013
dlippy1
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 Photos 29
 Triplogs 5

52 male
 Joined Aug 05 2006
 Flagstaff, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2013
dlippy1
Hiking5.53 Miles 2,113 AEG
Hiking5.53 Miles
2,113 ft AEG      6 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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This is a relatively easy hike, as you start down into the canyon, where it naturally levels off for the majority of the hike. If you continue on to Fisher Point, there is a moderate elevation gain to reach the top (which is why my total elevation gain was higher than the average gain, since it was down, up, down and back up). The hike offers good 360 views (from Fisher Point), and even with being right next to a campground it is not a crowded hike. The only wildlife I saw were birds and insects (save for a few horses on the trail), and there were a few scattered wildflowers.

There are two places to access the trail: from NFR9478Y or from the Canyon Vista Campground. The turnoff for 9478Y is almost exactly 3.5 miles from the Ranger Station, while the campground is just beyond. For weekend summer hikers, the FR is easier to park at, as we all know how fast parking fills up at campgrounds here in Flagstaff.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jun 16 2013
dlippy1
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 Photos 29
 Triplogs 5

52 male
 Joined Aug 05 2006
 Flagstaff, AZ
Slate Mountain Trail #128Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2013
dlippy1
Hiking2.35 Miles 1,178 AEG
Hiking2.35 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.41 mph
1,178 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Based on other triplogs, there seems to be quite a discrepancy of the true elevation gain. For me, I use Trimble Backpacker with GPS and it gave me an elevation gain of 1178, which seems to be very similar to a recent log but far different than others. Go figure.
Regardless, it was a beautiful clear day of 80 degrees and as most have previously mentioned, I was the only one on the trail. I did not see any wildlife today, though the cicadas were out in full force (no doubt because of the light rain we had here in Flagstaff yesterday). In all, it was a great hike on a Sunday afternoon, not overly challenging but the panoramic views were well worth the trip.
FR191 to the trailhead is passable with a car, but there are a few spots to be overly cautious around if you do not have high clearance. One note though - it was previously noted that the turnoff to FR191 is exactly 20 miles from Snowbowl Road. It is not. It is just under 18.9 miles, so if you go 20 miles you will be just about to Red Mountain. The best recommendation is to reset your trip right at Snowbowl Road, and when you hit 18.6 mile or so you should see a clearing ahead from the trees you have driven through. FR191 is immediately to the left at the end of the trees and at the beginning of the clearing. If you miss it, there is another FR about 1/4 up the road you can turn around.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jun 02 2013
dlippy1
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 Photos 29
 Triplogs 5

52 male
 Joined Aug 05 2006
 Flagstaff, AZ
Old Caves Crater - Landfill Road THFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2013
dlippy1
Hiking2.25 Miles 948 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles      57 Mns   3.21 mph
948 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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This is a quick and relatively easy (except for some footing) trail that is very close to town (Flagstaff). I hiked to the summit and just beyond to the "caves", then back down the same trail. The "caves" are more or less small holes on the side, just beyond the summit. This was my first hike of the season and first real activity after being laid up for 6+ weeks, and it was not overly difficult. All times, distances and elevation marked by the Trimble Outdoors Backpacker GPS Trails Lite for Android:
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Aug 26 2006
dlippy1
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 Photos 29
 Triplogs 5

52 male
 Joined Aug 05 2006
 Flagstaff, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2006
dlippy1
Hiking2.40 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.07 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I would not rate this trail as difficult, though it is certainly not an easy trail. I'm rehabbing a torn MCL and was able to make it to the top and back in just over 2:15:00, including about 15 minutes at the peak to just relax and enjoy the view. The trail was well marked, relatively good footing and few places where hands are necessary. However, don't get too complacent with the beginning of the trail, as it does get more difficult as you ascend towards the peak.
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