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Mar 09 2020
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33 male
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 Portland, OR
White Owl CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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Hiking2.25 Miles 350 AEG
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Fun stop to check out the canyon on my way back to Vegas. Short and sweet hike- convenient if you are in the area, but not worth going too far out of your way to check it out.
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Northshore Summit TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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Just a nice easy hike to the overlook. Nice views, would make for a nice sunset/sunrise hike.
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Mar 08 2020
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 Portland, OR
Cathedral Rock Trail #170 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2020
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Hiking1.50 Miles 750 AEG
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Fun hike up to the top with Kaila. Last time I was here was 10+ years ago. Very crowded, but still worth dealing with the crowds to enjoy one of the classic Sedona hikes.
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Mar 08 2020
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 Portland, OR
Secret Slickrock, AZ 
Secret Slickrock, AZ
 
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Noticed this trailhead on Google Maps, so Kaila and I decided to check it out on our way out of town. Short trail to a nice little overlook that got super windy as soon as we decided to sit down and enjoy our snacks. Hung out for as long as we could tolerate the wind, then headed back.
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Mar 06 2020
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 Portland, OR
Aspen Trail #93Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 300 AEG
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Took my brother on a short off trail adventure down the drainage between Aspen & Sunset trail. Some nice fun downclimbing and rockhopping along the way. Several nice inviting pools and waterfalls that would make a secluded summer swimspot. Once we got bored of the drainage, we bushwacked our way up the hillside to regain the Aspen Trail and headed back to the parking lot.
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Mar 01 2020
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 Portland, OR
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 01 2020
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Backpack49.00 Miles 11,000 AEG
Backpack49.00 Miles5 Days         
11,000 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
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Day 1. Sunday 3/1
Parked at the Backcountry Permit Office Lot. Rode the shuttles over to South Kaibab Trailhead. Started around 1100am to mostly clear skies. Forecast was for 50% chance of rain/snow showers in the evening. Although it only took 3 hours to make it down to Bright Angel Camp the clouds were looking quite threatening by the time I got my campsite set up.

Spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the area around Bright Angel Camp/Phantom Ranch. This being my first time at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, I really took my time soaking everything in. I lounged on the beach next to the Colorado River, followed the River Trail loop that connects the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trail. In the evening I attended a ranger talk and had a couple beers at Phantom Ranch with one of the other campers, Jay, who was also based out of the PNW and had many years of extensively exploring the Grand Canyon.

Day 2. Monday 3/2
Got lucky with no storm overnight. It sprinkled on my tent just before dawn, but that lasted for just a couple minutes at the most and dried almost immediately. Hit the trail about 0830 and headed up to Cottonwood Camp. Since I had plenty of time to kill, I took Jay's suggestion and detoured about a half mile up the Clear Creek Trail to a nice overlook point. Got fortunate with my timing arrived at just the right time to watch a pack train work its way down the South Kaibab Trail on the otherside of the Colorado River.

Really enjoyed "The Box" along the North Kaibab Trail. Since I got an early start I was in the shade for most of it and didn't see many hikers. I took another detour to see Ribbon Falls, but since the bridge was closed I had to take the creek crossing route. I didn't have spare shoes, so I opted to do it barefoot and it was freezing cold and about 2' at the deepest point.

Arrived at Cottonwood Camp sometime around 1300. Chose the campsite that had the best view of the north rim so I could spend the rest of the day psyching myself up for the hike up the following day.

Day 3. Tuesday 3/3
Hit the trail about 0630. Chatted with another older hiker, Eric, who was also trying to do the R2R2R to commemorate his 75th birthday. Hiking was much easier today since I was permited to camp another night at Cottonwood and just carrying day gear to bag the rim.

Along the way I took the Roaring Springs side trail (totally pointless since it doesn't lead anywhere of interest and the best view of the springs is from along the main trail anyways). The North Kaibab was snow free until just after the Supai Tunnel where I started to encounter light snow and ice along the north facing slopes. It increased steadily up to the North Kaibab Trailhead where the ground was 100% snow covered, although the trail itself was well trodden and easy to follow. Since I arrived early in the afternoon, I opted to add some extra mileage to my trip and followed the road out to Bright Angel Point so that I could look back across the canyon and admire how far I had come before heading back down to camp.

On the way back down I ran into Eric again. He was moving very slowly and definitely hurting, but he was still intent on bagging the north rim. Despite an early start, he was on pace to get to the north rim sometime around nightfall and wouldn't be making it back to camp for long after dark. I told him I would make sure to check his campsite in the morning to make sure he made it back safely, and if he wasn't there I would alert a ranger when I made it back to the Phantom Ranch Ranger Station.

Day 4. Wednesday 3/4
After confirming that Eric had made it back to his camp successfully, I headed south again- this time headed for Indian Gardens. I was on trail around 0730 and felt really good. I had a quick lunch along the Colorado River, then crossed the suspension bridge and started heading up the Bright Angel Trail. I made really good time on the uphill portion and made it to Indian Gardens sometime around noon.

I got my camp set up and spent most of the afternoon chatting with my camp neighbor, Ryan, and exploring the nearby area. A couple hours before sunset I wandered out along Tonto Trail a little ways to the west of Plateau Point, then walked back to Plateau Point to take in the sunset with most of the other people who were also camped at Indian Gardens. I lingered a bit after dark after everyone else left. It was nice to watch the stars come out in silence while I reflected on all that I had seen over the last couple of days.

Day 5. Thursday 3/5
I was awake super early and so excited to finish the trip that I couldn't sleep. I discreetly broke camp by headlamp and was on trail about 0300. I took my time on the uphill section- wanting to arrive at the rim around daybreak. It was fun to have the trail all to myself. I stopped occasionally to turn off my light and just enjoy the stars lingering over the canyon.

The last 1/4 mile or so to the rim were pretty icy and I was glad to have brought my micro spikes along. I arrived at the Bright Angel Trailhead just after it got light enough to walk without my headlamp. I lingered for a bit enjoying the view before heading back to my truck and making the long drive back to Tucson to see my family.
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Feb 26 2020
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 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Deschutes River State Park TrailNortheast, OR
Northeast, OR
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2020
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Hiking14.16 Miles 455 AEG
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Nice spring day with temps in the upper 50s/low 60s and mostly clear skies. Headed south on the Deschutes River trail with no real destination in mind. Spent the first hour along the fisherman's path that follows right along the riverbank, but as it got progressively harder to follow I headed back up the hillside to the main trail and kept following it until I got tired. Only saw 4 people all day. Very windy on the hike back to the trailhead. Nice sunset on the ride home.
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Feb 18 2020
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 Portland, OR
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2020
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Hiking11.60 Miles 4,600 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.83 mph
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Did the traverse starting from Pima Canyon. Just as tough, if not tougher, than I remember it being. Had the summit of Mt. Kimball to myself as well as the upper reaches of Pima/Finger Rock Canyons.
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Feb 17 2020
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 Portland, OR
Honey Bee Canyon Petroglyphs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2020
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Hiking2.38 Miles 124 AEG
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Came across this hike description while I was looking for a last minute evening hike. Beautiful evening with temps in the 70s and a nice breeze. I was very surprised to find that the wash had flowing water in it. Petroglyphs at the end make for a nice reward.
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Feb 15 2020
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 Portland, OR
Tortolita Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog9.30 Miles 525 AEG
Run/Jog9.30 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   4.16 mph
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Evening run to check out the loop. Sunny and warm when I started, finished just a bit after dark. Nothing too exciting to see- but the loop is great for running.
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Feb 13 2020
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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 13 2020
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Backpack14.62 Miles 1,701 AEG
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Overnight trip with Kaila, Kapri, and Milo. Sunny and warm when we started at 1230. Did the loop clockwise.

This was Milo's longest hike to date and his first ever backpacking trip, but he did a great job. There was much more water than I had anticipated and he took advantage of every opportunity to splash in the pools and have a good time. We arrived at our campsite around 1730 and set up camp while the setting sun illuminated the cliff walls above us.

I slept in my bivy sack overnight and woke up to a light sheet of ice and a partially frozen water bottle. I knew it would be colder and damp since we were by the creek, but I didn't actually expect it would drop below freezing overnight. We broke camp at exactly 0900 and were back to the trailhead a bit before 1400. Overall a very enjoyable loop, not sure why I waited so long to backpack the Superstitions and will definitely be returning.
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Feb 09 2020
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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.00 Miles 800 AEG
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Sunset hike up to the peak with Kaila and Karli. We were hoping to catch a glimpse of the full moon rising from the peak, but the clouds mostly obscured it. We were treated to a very nice sunset and a hiked back to the trailhead by headlamp.
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Feb 07 2020
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Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Afternoon hike with Kapri and the dogs. We stopped just short of the official endpoint at a nice overlook.
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Feb 04 2020
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 Portland, OR
Wild Burro Trail - Tortolita MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2020
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Hiking9.60 Miles 2,200 AEG
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First time out exploring the Tortolitas. Did a rambling loop: Wild Burrow :next: Alamo Springs :next: Wild Burrow :next: Wild Mustang :next: Upper Javalina :next: Wild Burro. Got to see a good amount of the area by looping through this way. While I had a pleasant time, I personally don't think the Tortolitas area all that interesting.

I will probably be back again to hit a couple of the trails I overlooked, but that's only because I am lazy and currently staying at a house that's a very short drive away from the trailhead- otherwise I would much prefer anything on Mt. Lemmon or in the Rincons.
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Jan 29 2020
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Gales Creek TrailNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2020
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Hiking5.30 Miles 1,436 AEG
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Just a short rainy day hike to stretch my legs. Even with rain gear, I got pretty soaked. Water running down the trail turning it into a river, and several small depressions that were pooling with water well over a foot deep. Trail itself is not exciting in the slightest- but I figured I would get one more rainy winter PNW forest hike in before I fly down to Tucson for the next couple of weeks to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather :y:
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Fish Creek Hike, OR 
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Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
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Hiking5.75 Miles 362 AEG
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Wandered along the old washed out Fish Creek forest road. The forest has reclaimed most of the road, but there is a narrow boot tread down to an old bridge that crosses Fish Creek. Not super exciting, but at least it made for a nice bit of solitude for a Saturday afternoon hike.
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Jan 22 2020
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Red Rock Canyon Petroglyph Wall, NV 
Red Rock Canyon Petroglyph Wall, NV
 
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Short stroll over to the Petroglyph wall. Interesting panel, worth the short hike.
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Jan 20 2020
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Lower Marble Canyon - DVNPDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Backpack avatar Jan 20 2020
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Backpack29.97 Miles 4,571 AEG
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Did the Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop as an overnight trip in a clockwise direction. Spent the night before the trip dispersed camping just a little ways past the 2wd parking area where we had a great view of of the valley floor stretching out beyond us.

Started hiking the next morning just a bit after 0800. It was cool and overcast, which I actually appreciated since that meant I wasn't looking into the sun as I hiked up Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Since I started on Monday morning, all of the MLK weekend traffic had subsided- I quickly passed one group of four that was leaving the canyon and they would be the only group I would see for the rest of the trip.

Although the first part of the hike is along Cottonwood Canyon 4x4 road, it is perhaps some of the most scenic road walking I have done. Every twist and turn of the road results in new views as the canyon walls begin to narrow and tower over you, only to find you round the corner and the canyon opens up again. At the end of Cottonwood Canyon Rd I took a short break and filtered water at the first spring.

Continuing up the trail into Cottonwood Canyon I passed through several thick groves of Cottonwood Trees. The sun was finally starting to come out at this point and it was warming up into the mid 60s. When I arrived at Cottonwood Springs I filtered extra water in preparation of dry camping that night since I knew I wouldn't have enough light to make it to Deadhorse Spring.

Just beyond Cottonwood Spring the official trail ends and the route finding begins. I sat on the ridge above the spring where I consulted the map and took a quick bearing with my compass to make sure I knew what way to go to reach Deadhorse Canyon. As I was getting ready to start hiking I could hear the whinny of horses- soon followed by three horses walking over the hill towards me as they made their way down to the spring I just left.

The hike through the open valley towards Deadhorse Canyon was much easier than anticipated. The vegetation here was quite sparse and there were plenty of horse and human prints to follow for much of the way. Along the way I passed another larger herd of about 8 horses shortly before I arrived at the saddle leading into Deadhorse Canyon.

I made it to the saddle just before it got dark, so I decided to bed down for the night. I set up my bivy in a small patch of dirt and attempted to use a row of shrubs as a wind block. I had a quick dinner and then retreated to bed. I dozed off and on until midnight when it began to rain. Since I didn't want to deal with the hassle of checking bags to board my flight to Vegas and since all weather reports showed no chance of rain- I had rolled the dice by traveling without a tent and was just sleeping in my light weight bivy which was not rainproof. I quickly weighed my options and decided my best course of action was to throw my gear in my bag and start hiking again. Fortunately I had brought a rain jacket and pants, so I could at least stay dry while I hiked and hoped that the rain would subside.

I dropped down from the saddle- but in my rush to pack and get moving I had neglected to consult the map to confirm where to go. The trail here is fairly sparse and multiple game trails weave through it. All I knew was that I needed to head downhill, so I just followed the drainage straight down into what I thought was the right canyon. It wasn't until an hour later when the rain finally stopped that I checked with my map and realized that I had inadvertently dropped into the wrong drainage. I readjusted my course, climbed over the canyon wall that separated the two drainages and was able to find the correct trail without too much difficulty.

Around 2am I made it to the large Cottonwood Tree that marks the official start of Deadhorse Canyon. At this point the rain had subsided and the sky was beginning to clear, so I set up camp again and tried to get some more sleep.

I woke up just before dawn to clear skies and was quickly on trail again. The trail soon reaches a small dry fall that must be downclimbed- it's a little awkward with a pack on, but otherwise not too difficult. Heading down canyon I was excited to finally reach Marble Canyon- where there are several petroglyph panels and some narrows. This section is very scenic so I took my time admiring the canyon walls and taking plenty of pictures.

Once I made it back to Marble Canyon 4x4 Rd, I picked up my pace again and headed back down to the 2wd parking area. I had made plans to meet my ride at the parking area at 1300 and I didn't want to leave them waiting.
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 Portland, OR
Old Baldy Trail #502 - Mount HoodNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
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Hiking7.07 Miles 1,705 AEG
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First hike of the new year. Temps in the 40s, mostly cloudy. Started from the trailhead off of FR4614. When I visited just a couple of days ago there was snow for the last 4-5 miles to the trailhead, today it was just the last 100 yards or so that had some small patches. What a difference a couple of days makes.

Followed the trail out to Old Baldy and back. Old Baldy is completely tree covered, so there are no views from the top, although there are a couple occasional views of Hood, St Helens, and Adams from along the ridge. It was nice to take a quiet stroll through the forest, but this is another one of those trails that will likely fade into obscurity as the years go on as there is no real draw to it. It already has quite a bit of deadfall on it and is ill-defined in through several stretches.
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Eagle Creek Cutoff #504, OR 
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Hiking avatar Dec 30 2019
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Hiking5.93 Miles 2,159 AEG
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Hiked down Eagle Creek Cutoff Trail to the Eagle Creek Ford and back. Several inches of snow and ice on the road for the last 4-5 miles to the trailhead, but nothing the FJ couldn't handle. Temps around 40 degrees, only patches of snow on the trail, but they soon disappeared as soon as I started dropping towards the river. I took a wrong turn at the start since caltopo had the trail incorrectly labeled and shows it staring about a 1/4 mile east of the correct location, but quickly figured out my mistake. The trail itself is pretty boring- no real good views, and the campsite at the ford is not worth the effort.
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