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May 11 2019
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
 Routes 42
 Photos 7,502
 Triplogs 1,557

39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
Jim_H
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.90 mph
4,400 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Satisfying on a number of levels. Perfect conditions and interest.

There is a lot of penstemon flowering around the overlook. Enjoy it now, and listen and watch for hummingbirds.
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Apr 27 2019
Jim_H
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 Photos 7,502
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2019
Jim_H
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
2,550 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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LindaAnn
Linda and I were headed for Montezuma, but the access road was as elusive as the gold that I just know is out there waiting for me to discover. Did some cross country motor touring- thank god I bought the Michelin's- and eventually after a pit stop at the old watering hole, we settled on this as a back up. It was too late in the day, and with temps forecast near 100, probably too late in the season for Montezuma. As it was Quartz was a bit much for us, but a suitable backup it was. Still, not in town!
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Apr 05 2019
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
 Routes 42
 Photos 7,502
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Sheep Mountain - Gila MtnsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2019
Jim_H
Hiking4.90 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.98 mph
2,500 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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More difficult than I was hoping when tired after Tinajas Altas the day before. Good views, and really pleasant in the canyon with the shade and the birds, except when Marine Jets screeched overhead, which was frequent. The ridge is heinous, and there is a lot of erosion on it from the recent rain. It just takes some time as a result.

Stellar views, and solitude, as expected.
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Apr 04 2019
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
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 Photos 7,502
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Tinajas Altas PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2019
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.80 mph
1,650 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
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Second time was the charm. No sheep on day 2, but knowing my way in the lower canyon was valuable. Tough little climb, with some nice views. Lonely in many ways, but the Mexican Highway, can be heard at night and there are few corners of the world people aren't in.

Like a mini Sierra Nevada.
Flora
Flora
Parry's Penstemon
Fauna
Fauna
Bighorn Sheep
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Mar 23 2019
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
 Routes 42
 Photos 7,502
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Montezuma SleepingPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
Jim_H
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,677 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.14 mph
2,677 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Harder than anticipated, but off trail often can be. I do not recommend ascending the gully that trends North to south, just off the summit, and instead suggest using the slope that is the natural extension of the drain you hike up.

Not a highly visited peak, but some do come. Pretty challenging. Did the trick.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
A sneezy slope covered nightmare of flowers!
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Feb 27 2019
Jim_H
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Humphreys Summit via Dutchman GladeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Snowshoeing avatar Feb 27 2019
Jim_H
Snowshoeing5.50 Miles 3,380 AEG
Snowshoeing5.50 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   0.94 mph
3,380 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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No one else seemed interested in hiking this and the snow was about as good as it gets from reported totals. I figured with it being more than 2 years since a winter snowshoe hike, I would go for it. Still got it.

The snow is pretty good, but there has been a lot of traffic, mostly ski and board. What can I say? I've done this a lot, it certainly isn't rare or new, just something I enjoy doing from time to time. The cold wind definitely presents the biggest challenge for me. Not just my face from the wind on the ridge top, but my chest from hiking up in the cold dry air. It makes it interesting and different, however. No crowded summits!

Clouds gave way to sun, and it was really nice overall. I was up and down in a respectable way, just 90 minutes down. Crampons sped up descent from the summit to the bomber wreck. I remembered to bring those from last time.



Summit #112
Meteorology
Meteorology
Lenticular Cloud
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Jan 02 2019
Jim_H
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 Photos 7,502
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2019
Jim_H
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.27 mph
3,380 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Three years ago I didn't care for this as I had a gray depressing day. Today was all sunshine, with some cold and a lot of summit wind thrown in. Views were outstanding, and the mountain was a lot nicer to be on, though still rather drab and dry, but it was pretty this time. Small patches of snow from a dusting the mountain received were lingering on the summit, too. Very quiet out here, with almost no sound at all when I stopped in the valley near the trailhead. Today, with the lower desert's first real winter in 3 years, I am pretty much over cold. It was nice for a short period of time.
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Dec 28 2018
Jim_H
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Estrella Peak 4512Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2018
Jim_H
Hiking6.70 Miles 3,310 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.30 mph
3,310 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Probably my last big hike of the year. I'm not one to only do desert hikes in winter, and in general I prefer it warmer and with a longer day, but today had really nice conditions to hike Estrella Peak. The air was much cleaner this time. Visible snow on the Catalinas. Hiking up I took the wrong canyon early on and ended up meeting the ridge west of the summit. This canyon is much harder than the other way, I thought, but I was able to go up it. I came down the usual slope.

Parked in the same spot as last time, but I see the stats are updated and higher than before, I think. I won't be changing them to reflect my now lower year old hike stats, even if I did more road walking than the GPS.
Meteorology
Meteorology
Sunset
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Dec 24 2018
Jim_H
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2018
Jim_H
Hiking4.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.96 mph
2,676 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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4 years ago I did this quite frequently. Today it felt special. There were a lot of people on this hike, more than I ever saw before. Very worn trail, too. The air was clean down here, more so than the Valley. Enjoying the nice weather I did the longer half of the loop at the bottom and added in a mile.
Culture
Culture
World Element
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Dec 15 2018
Jim_H
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2018
Jim_H
Hiking7.20 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   1.73 mph
3,200 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Gray and overcast so I wasn't driving 250 miles to hike Harquahala or some other distant mountain. More of a workout since this is a fairly dull hike for me, and I am not a fan of the crowds. There are a lot of brittle bush flowering out here. Maybe someday I will explore the Superstitions, but for now, I just stay away most of time. I still like it when deserted after temperatures top 100!

Very redeeming sunset with sunlit red clouds behind the city and Estrellas when hiking back on the crosscut.
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Dec 01 2018
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
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 Photos 7,502
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2018
Jim_H
Hiking7.16 Miles 2,083 AEG
Hiking7.16 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.36 mph
2,083 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Cool and moist with limited visibility due to the moisture or haze. Quite a few cold looking clouds moving in, as well. Managed to do it in my sandals, but I am probably better off wearing them on hikes with a lot less rotted rock.

I saw only 1 other person had signed either of the registers since I was up in January.
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Nov 30 2018
Jim_H
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2018
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.89 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Nov 27 2018
Jim_H
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
#300, AZ 
#300, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2018
Jim_H
Hiking1.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.33 mph
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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To the hill overlooking the half way point. No day light, too much traffic.
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Nov 26 2018
Jim_H
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2018
Jim_H
Hiking10.50 Miles 4,060 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.97 mph
4,060 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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gummo
Met Scott for this. Always a good hike, and very pleasant out today. It may lack snow, but it looks like winter. Waiting for Scott to join me on the summit, I intentionally hiked back down a few switchbacks to get some more AEG for this hike, thereby logging my three millionth foot of AEG today. I added 20 feet. Scott felt it was far more, but I only needed 20 feet to be safe.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bellows Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
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Nov 22 2018
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
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 Photos 7,502
 Triplogs 1,557

39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2018
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.65 mph
1,180 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Nov 21 2018
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
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 Photos 7,502
 Triplogs 1,557

39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2018
Jim_H
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.70 mph
2,360 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Dirty air, didn't want to fight traffic to get back from Bighorn, and I had no real enthusiasm for Pk 5024, so I wore my sandals and did 2 laps here.
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Nov 17 2018
Jim_H
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Mummy Mountain - Mt Charleston WildernessVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2018
Jim_H
Hiking8.20 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   7 Hrs      1.49 mph
3,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Probably a little late in the year to hike stuff like this, but I didn't get over here like I wish I had in the summer. The summer pictures are much prettier. Still, I wanted a trip to the Spring Mountains this year.

Fun hike; pretty challenging but not extreme since it is later November. It would be a lot of fun when not cold. Today wasn't windy, so that was good. Really, the hardest part was the scree slope. Very quiet which was enjoyable. Silence was broken at various times by chickadees more often than people. I got cold while on the summit, and wore my winter hat the entire time I hiked down. The temperature felt about 35 on the summit, and my car said it was only a few degrees above that in the canyon at the TH.

Smoke from the Woolsey and other California fires was noticeable, but the air here seemed clean. It did limit distance views, however. Because of the various layers or inversion layers in the atmosphere, I believe I could see Telescope Peak.

Rather than continue on the part of the North Loop if time allowed, I relaxed and walked around the summit plateau. Lots of bristlecone up here.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cave Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Still flowing well.
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Nov 13 2018
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2018
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.89 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Nov 12 2018
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
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 Photos 7,502
 Triplogs 1,557

39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2018
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.03 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Nov 08 2018
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
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 Photos 7,502
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39 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2018
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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gummo
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average hiking speed 1.57 mph
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