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Oct 15 2019
Jim_H
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 Phoenix, AZ
Geronimo-National-Mormon Loop, AZ 
Geronimo-National-Mormon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2019
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.60 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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The road walk on Euclid left me wishing I had taken Hyperbolic, but this did at least offer the shortest distance between the trailheads on our plane.

I'd call this another exploration at SoMo, leaving only one short segment of the National Trail left to hike. Almost entirely devoid of ridgeline, so while I like the rock, it lacks the views of a lot of my other recent hikes. Hot in the valley segment on National and Geronimo. The CCC(?) structure I saw left me to wonder if the gravel behind the dam is thick enough and there is enough rainfall here to support colonies of native palms in these mountains.
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Oct 11 2019
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National Pyramid loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 11 2019
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Hiking8.78 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking8.78 Miles   3 Hrs      2.93 mph
2,300 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
 
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A pretty good clockwise lasso loop. Tagged Goat Hill and visibility and air quality are better than yesterday. I like the greater AEG on this compared to my hike yesterday, but this might be too long to do as a regular workout hike. See the GPS route saved to the Kiwanis Trail for the route.

Done entirely in sandals.

There was a parasail guy flying around Goat Hill just up to when I arrived. That was interesting.
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Oct 10 2019
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KiwaNaHoLoLo, AZ 
KiwaNaHoLoLo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2019
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.90 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Despite an odd haze that might be smoke, I took advantage and enjoyed the cool afternoon doing a counterclockwise loop. I was nice. I love the Guadalupe Range Granite. Also, virtually no one out. I reversed and synced the existing Holbert-National_Kiwanis Trail route found on the Holbert trail and the AEG bumped up to 1300', so I used that.
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Oct 08 2019
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Super Trail #134Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking16.00 Miles 4,100 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.59 mph
4,100 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Trying something new on Wrightson, I went up and down the Super Trail. Lower FPM means an easier hike than Old Baldy, but it takes a while. Not really sure if it is 14 miles RT, or 16 miles, depending on the official route or the 7/4/19 GPS route, but AEG is the same when I created synced and complete hike routes. I was happy I went as fast as I did, if it really is 16 miles as I will record. Sign said 16!!

Nice day, but it is still noticeably more humid down here. Lush and green, too. Tons of flowers seen, and it felt more like late summer than autumn. It is funny how different these mountains are compared to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Forestry Report: Much more Apache Pine noted on the lower south facing slopes of this hike, and extensive oak regeneration on the slopes above Josephine Saddle with very few remaining conifer snags standing close to 15 years post Florida Fire. Above Riley, Arizona and Ponderosa regeneration was variable with respect to density, but extensive. Too bad this is, "wilderness", whatever that means these days. The appearance of the oaks, the silvics of the Apache Pine, and what I have read about fires in the Santa Rita Mountains in the late 19th century have me convinced of two things. First, that the now oak dominated slopes of the Santa Ritas were formerly Pine and grass, with oak taking over since the USFS began operating here. Second, that the Florida Fire was merely the large scale disturbance that officially shifted the canopy away from pine to an oak forest, and oak will essentially dominate the Santa Rita Mountains in the 21st and perhaps the 22nd century. This is similar to what has occurred in SE USA Longleaf/Slash/ and Shortleaf forests which formerly had similar fire regimes and pine over grass forest structures. Here, with our intense spring droughts and fire season, a large scale stand replacing disturbance (fire) hastens the process, removes the pine overstory and a coppice of advanced regeneration oaks dominates today, and to the future. From what I read, avian species composition seem to be the wildlife that takes the brunt of the changes. Clearly, acorns are great for rats and deer.

Apache pine may slowly disappear from our Sky Islands, but it seems to be a very important and wide spread species in the Sierra Madre Occidental, where active forest management perpetuates the forest composition near to what existed before 1500, or so I am left to believe. My guess, is that the Horseshoe 1(?) and 2 Fires of the Chiricahua Mountains, and the other intense fires in the other Sky Islands south of I-10 have had similar effects on the pine forests of those areas.
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Not so great looking water in a catchment, with no obvious source. Abundant soil moisture, so maybe there is a broken pipe?

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I saw nothing usable.
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Oct 06 2019
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South Mountain Western loop, AZ 
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Hiking13.98 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking13.98 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.24 mph
3,000 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Praxis must have exploded, as most of what I hiked was undiscovered country, for me. Or, it felt like it. A big loop in warm weather, counter clockwise. Aside from motorists at the San Juan Lookout, no one was seen from the time I clear the T-Bone,all the way until I got back to the lookout about near the Kiwanis. No other hikers. Mostly empty on the flat, too. Hot, dry, beautiful.
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Oct 03 2019
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The Brown Brothers, AZ 
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Hike & Climb5.60 Miles 2,558 AEG
Hike & Climb5.60 Miles
2,558 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Brown, while difficult to access due to the driving time, was pretty easy with Wade driving his truck on the Oso Rd. Brown's Brother, despite being enjoyable, probably would have been impossible to ascend alone and without a GPS. I guess a Paper Map or photo with drawn on route would have been good, too.

Going up Brown was easy and the first summit was nice. Dropping down used alternates not expected. Going through the saddle towards the slabs of Brother proved easier on return than going out. Brush was the main problem, but it was tolerable. Once near the small or young Douglas Fir growing underneath of the shrub oak, the climbing began. Again, knowing the way proves invaluable. Once on the ridgeline, the traverse was fun. Views from the Brother were enjoyable, and those of the Peak 3 and 4 also quite nice. Someday I'll get to them.

Headed back the way we came, only minor confusion at times. Fun hike.
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Oct 01 2019
Jim_H
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 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2019
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Hiking5.70 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.07 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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From the Coyote roaming the flats near the trailhead (at 3 PM) to the complete lack of people out on the trail west of the Ranger Trail, this was almost the exact opposite of what I am use to experiencing in the city. Goat Hill was a nice little summit, with some great views in all directions: I could see Bighorn Peak! However, the overall views and solitude on the National Trail were very surprising. As it was, I only saw 2 people on the upper Ranger. The views off the National Trail Ridge were really quite expansive, and it had an Estrella feel to it, if the Estrella Mountains had a trail running down their spine. I would like that.

Being a lovely afternoon, I went at least a mile past Goat on the National Trail. The 202 is coming along nicely, and the views well beyond the Estrella and White Tanks are timely to excite me for coming desert hikes. Coming back was as nice as going out, with views to the 4 Peaks, the Catalina Mountains, Table Top, and the south. Remarkably quiet, with a few birds chirping being most of the sounds. There were even very few jets from the airport. It was pleasantly warm, but I was reminded a lot of my hike on the ridge headed to Estrella Peak last December. I don't know if I will incorporate this into my workout routine hikes, but I should come out here more frequently.
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Sep 29 2019
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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2019
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Hiking10.10 Miles 4,653 AEG
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Decided to take advantage of my Grand Canyon hiking fitness and the cool weather, so I headed down to Tucson to hike Kimball with Matt. It was a really nice day with really beautiful conditions. Also, we tagged Little Kimball on the way down. It's so cuddly and little.

Hopefully, I come back down here to hike Bighorn and Table, as well as Wrightson before the year is out.

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Sep 24 2019
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Tanner TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2019
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Hiking15.50 Miles 5,200 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   9 Hrs      2.00 mph
5,200 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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After a cold, windy, and rainy rest day on Monday, and a slower rest day on Sunday hiking some Rim Trail, a window of excellent weather appeared. I decided to skip the buttes off of this as those can be done during hot summer weather, but a river trip is best done on a day such as this. So, I hiked down and out, same day, eating my lunch on a rock by some beach near Tanner Rapids. Not hot down there, perfect. Not too cold on the rim starting or finishing. Solitude, as well, for this. Heard and saw 100 times more birds than I saw people ( on the trail). Didn't think the trail was bad at all, it is used heavily enough that all sections were in really well maintained shape. I kept thinking that Organ Needle in New Mexico is steep and unmaintained, but not this!
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Sep 22 2019
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Rim Trail - Hermit's Rest to VillageNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking5.50 Miles 600 AEG
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Walked or hiked from the Back Country Ranger Office to Monument Creek Vista, then took the Red Route Bus the rest of the way. Clouds moving in later in the hike created a drab overcast.

Tourists these days seem to be almost exclusively Europeans. Far fewer Asians than in the past, but they're still here. As is typical, almost no Americans, and most of them are over 60.
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Sep 21 2019
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Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking15.00 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.88 mph
4,200 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Probably the best "unmaintained trail" I have ever seen. After this and the Tanner, the NPS and USFS trail crews should swap out a summer! I know a few maintained FS trails that could use some NPS lack of attention. The mule waste free sandstone stairs are impressive.

The Plateau is already very cold at night, high 20s to start, and coming from 100 the day before, that is hard to take. Heavy smoke fog filled the canyon from the Ike Fire on the North Rim. It lifted by my hike out, but going in was a lung filler. Ike started in summer, and had died down by Labor Day Weekend. A backcountry ranger read me an internal email detailing how it escaped containment during the Red Flag Day 2 days before my hike. Whether due to that, or the closure from earlier in the summer, Swamp Point, the North Bass, and Powell Plateau were closed. Good thing I had already decided to skip a North Rim Diversion for driving disdain reasons, as I wouldn't have been able to make it out on to the Powell, even if I wanted!

Far fewer people than the BAT or SKA, but way more than the Tanner. Went to Hermit Creek, just past the toilets, and enjoyed my lunch while I soaked my feet in the creek. Hiked out from there, too tired and time constrained for the river. All the usual enjoyable canyon words. AEG is the TH elevation minus the creek elevation from google, plus the elevation gain from Hazbot going out. Seems like 15 miles is fair, given some of the mileage for the hike using GPS routes, even when I trimmed them down.

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Clear, full trough. Lots of tadpoles, so you know the water is pure, but probably microbe filled, too.
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Sep 20 2019
Jim_H
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Shoshone Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking2.00 Miles 269 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      40 Mns   3.00 mph
269 ft AEG
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Easy to find. Stopped off for an hour or so after arriving in the park. Enjoyable, few people, but not solitude. Word is out.

After talking to a bride (and groom) who had just married here, I learn the NPS charges $450 to have a wedding ceremony at Shoshone Point. Wow! It is the most expensive of the points, but most secluded. You can tell I am never married, as I realize that as I type that, $450 is probably pretty cheap for a wedding venue.
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Sep 12 2019
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Mormon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2019
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,180 AEG
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This hike was actually pretty enjoyable, almost non-workout.

Spotted a coyote trotting down trail about half way up the Mormon Trail, heard several howling coyotes when I was nearing the end of the National Trail, and the dry air was a real treat. Also, I went out around 5 PM, instead of my usual AM time.
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Sep 04 2019
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   1.68 mph
3,313 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I had no plans to hike this when I drove north Monday, having decided Elden was safer that afternoon (60% storm chance on the Peaks Monday) and planning mainly to hike section #36 of the AZT the next day, or when I woke up back in Flagstaff on this morning of the 4th. The plan was to take the scenic route home to the oven, stopping for apples in Oak Creek Canyon. But, I was right here, and could go for a hike. The forecast for a 40% chance of storms was risky, but seemed worth it. If things went well, I might stop at Philomena Springs.

It was overall an enjoyable hike with late summer/monsoon conditions. There was obvious evidence of rain since my last time here 3 weeks ago, and it felt cool and moist, not warm and dry. I prefer warm and dry, but this was nice, too. Better than 112! Storms formed slowly around the mountain, and mostly well away from it. Above the saddle, the usual reports of obvious conditions from descending hikers were encountered. However, I ended up having storms all around me and the summit to myself for 40 of my 50 minutes up there. I even had breaks of sun and blue sky over me while up there, more often then not.

A few storms to the north became better developed and were merging, and a storms that was south of Flagstaff was slowly creeping north. These didn't concern me. What did, was gradually darkening clouds to the south nearer to Agassiz, and a storm that was turning from virga to rain near to Kendrick. My blue sky hole was closing, too. No springs visit, today! About half way or so back to the saddle, a pair of guys from Texas was continuing to the summit in shorts and t-shirts and with nothing for rain, but also no evidence of food or water. So, whatever, and shortly after I was met with sideways rain and hail. Good times. I was fine, and there was no real lightning and that which I heard seemed to be cloud to cloud, as opposed to the visible stuff north and south of the Peaks which was striking the ground.

Maybe because it has been years since having done so, but I enjoyed hiking down post storm, even with wet and cold feet, and arrived at my car pretty happy to have done this again, despite the storm conditions encountered on my way down.

Things are starting to look autumn like, with small amounts of red seen in the Avens. Usually that peaks in color in middle September, and fall color descends the mountain for about a month.

Summit #114
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Sep 03 2019
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Coconino Rim - AZT #36Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 50 AEG
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I planned to hike south on section #36 for about 4 hours and then back. I was tired from not sleeping the night before, and after 3 & 1/2 miles on the trail I became bored and irritated at hiking in forest with nothing going on. The best views were from the tower, with things becoming less impressive as I went south, and viewed from the whopping 2 locations which offered views. The Canyon was literally just to the north, so I left the trail and cut across the scenic but boring forest to the forest road and took that back to my car. Napped a bit after lunch, and then visited Moran Point, Lipan Point, and Desert View, before heading west to the village to dine at the Arizona Room; 12 oz Prime Rib was very enjoyable.

This ended up being a pretty good time, and I learned that the AZT is as interesting to me as Instagram. Well, my preexisting belief was confirmed.
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Sep 02 2019
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Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking5.40 Miles 2,422 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.23 mph
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Conditions were not looking good for the Peaks, which was fine, and so it was a charming hike up Elden. Stormy and cloudy all around, but actually very pleasant and very nice for hiking on Elden. Elden lookout Trail number 4 remains open despite the closure from the Museum Fire.

Flagstaff has been dry this summer, but it still looks pretty green on Elden, and it should probably be pretty nice for hiking for the next month or so if anybody else is considering doing this trail. It doesn't seem to be popular this summer. Perhaps fall will get some logs, because September and October are about the nicest months of the year in which to do Mount Elden.
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Aug 15 2019
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   1.76 mph
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A really lovely day to hike Humphrey; dry and warm and not too windy. There were not many people out, either. Lots of smoke, as there are a great many fires around, and the one north of Sitgreaves was putting up a good head afternoon. So too, was the one west of Sedona. You might want to skip this until they are out, as it was noticeable and it did affect me when hiking up. Wind increases or mixing cleared things up after 1 PM or so, and smoke wasn't really bad until I got back to town.

No real storms to speak of, and it felt more like June or late September, and not mid-August when thunderstorms should be pummeling the Peaks with rain, hail, and lightning. It was extremely pleasant in the forest east of Mount Elden the evening before, and also in and around town after this hike. I definitely didn't mind the lack of storms or humidity! The cool dry air and sweet smell of the forest as the sun set was lovely, just lovely this time year.

Flagstaff has recorded a dismal 1.02 inches of rain since the "Monsoon Season" began, and August has only seen 3/10ths of an inch. Dew points were in the low 20s, and the QPF for the next 7 days shows no rain at all for this area, and most of the SW USA, so expect the fires to continue, along with the extremely pleasant chamber of commerce weather.

If you do go soon, it might be near 70 up top, and will be rather pleasant though the wind forecast is heading up, too. I would also expect crowds this weekend, even with the I-17 closure in north Phoenix.

Look for the Sennecio, which is in bloom, along with a few other flowers including the often confused for Snenecio: Alpine Avens. The Peaks appear to have had slightly more rain than town, as though the trail is dusty and dry down low, there is visible moisture in the soil higher up.

Humphrey summit #113. In early July I finally got around to driving to and hiking Baldy in the White Mountains before hiking this, again. My opinion regarding these two that I formed well over a decade ago was still valid. This was not to say the Whites are lousy, I just felt that pre-Wallow fire Escudilla was the best summit hike, over there. I'm not likely to ever run back to hike Baldy, I will hike Humphrey again, but it just might not be to fall, or next year before I do. Not that you care about this, but I do.
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Aug 14 2019
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Arboretum at Flagstaff, AZ 
Arboretum at Flagstaff, AZ
 
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Walk / Tour2.00 Miles
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Leisurely stroll through the majority of the grounds, and the longer of the two nature loops.

Phoenix's Desert Botanical Gardens reciprocates with the arboretum, so entry was free and is for other members, too.

A relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. It has not been a normal or wet summer, so it is not terribly lush this year. I took 1 decent photo which I placed in my Humphrey Summit Trail photoset from the next day.
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Jul 27 2019
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Pinal Loop again, AZ 
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Hiking13.40 Miles 4,045 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.33 mph
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I enjoyed the hike enough last week that I went out and did it again. Still a lot of hummingbirds both at the cluster of feeders in the recreation area, and in the forest in general. Clouds to the north looking very stormy but no storms. It probably would have been a very nice break day in the monsoon if we were really getting it this year.

Never heard any hermit thrushes.
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Jul 21 2019
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Pinal Loop, AZ 
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Hiking13.40 Miles 4,045 AEG
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I really wanted to hike Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CG, but that hike is 3 to 3&1/2 hours away. I'm not really in a long drive mood. I do enjoy this hike, and though not as cool or high as Heliograph, it isn't overgrown. It was, however, rather warm on top and hot at the bottom. However, 98 degrees at the TH is about a perfect hot day, in my opinion. Feels mild compared to 108.

Up Ice House, hiked both summits, and down Six Shooter. Things are greening nicely after that fire a few years back.

Still a lot of birds, along with the cicadas, which is nice. I stopped on the way down in a leafy area to listen to what sounded like several Hermit Thrushes calling. It was nice.

Down in the Chaparral, the wind was picking up and it was cooling off. Very pleasant.
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