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Jul 29 2020
Jim_H
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Mohave - Ruth Hamilton LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.00 Miles 760 AEG
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760 ft AEG
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First log for this, but I know I did it once before. Oh, well.

Hot. Really hot, but this was better than a SoMo hike or Pie Peak. The best part of this hike is gawking at the ostentatious houses to the SW. One is very clearly abandoned and the pool is empty. Sure, this area might seem like a nice spot, but I wouldn't want to live on the south slope of a black rock mountain. It probably gets over 130 degrees out there when the weather is going to be like it was yesterday all the way through to Saturday; 114 to 117 degrees. Plus, no soil and no flood irrigation, so you have to spend a fortune on water to attempt to make a livable habitat. Maybe they're so rich, they build an indoor dog toilet area? Ha!
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Jul 26 2020
Jim_H
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2020
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
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Last year, by this time I was falling into hiking the Mormon Loop quite a bit. I'm sick of that one, and the next closest hike is this, which is OK. It really is necessary to have somewhere to go that is not a long drive and where you can log some miles to stay in shape for the hikes you actually want to hike (not this).
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Jul 25 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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The curious situation of just enough rain falling last night to wash whatever nastiness was left on the rocks near the trail into big puddles so that it smells a lot like that mule stopping spot on the Bright Angel. Otherwise, despite being out at noon, it was very humid but not hot. Actually, I liked it.
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Jul 22 2020
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Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2020
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Hiking9.25 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.91 mph
2,650 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Did an Elden-Heart Loop, which was OK. Gloomy and stormy around, so I didn't try to do the little bear.

The Heart is being rebuilt, or is having a horse trail built along it. There are now multiple paths.

Lots of aspen coming up in the burn near the trail. Should be thick in a few years.

Sure hope the Tonto opens up soon. I would like to go to the Pinals, or maybe the Ancha.
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Jul 14 2020
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General Crook Trail #130 - Coconino NFCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2020
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Hiking10.90 Miles 1,540 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.42 mph
1,540 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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This was not the hike I had planned on, but I guess it was sort of the hike I needed, since I enjoy seeing bears and elk, and eating berries. Not at all like the Babe Haught, or other trails I would normally hike, but I found it to be pretty enjoyable.

With the Tonto closed options are slim, more so with the Catalina closure. I had my car washed the day before and didn't want it to get dusty, and so I wanted something with paved access. Parking off 87 this hike has that. I parked and started from Baker Tank. I still wanted a view, so I set a goal of the Rim.

The "V" metallic blazes are in need of replacement for a lot of this hike. Some are embedded in the trees and others are covered by vegetation. I heard reports of trail work further east, so maybe they will get here later this summer.

Berries
Very flavorful, but dry and seedy blackberries are abundant from FR 300 east to around Baker Butte. I ate and enjoyed many. Not sure, but they will probably be gone in a week or two.

Road Walk
The trail for most of the eastern third of what I hiked, which was to the view just past the FR 300/308 junction, is on the road. Pass through or press on for the view, but I wouldn't do that section again. Everything west of there is pretty easy to follow if you see the metal Vs, and there isn't much overgrowth of the locust or blackberry cane.

Cuddly Bears!
The highlight was my bear sighting, my first in heading towards 2 years. Hiking through a locust patch I heard a commotion in front of me and then saw the first cub run across the trail and climb a tree. I saw a dark mass I figured was the mother and started to make loud noises to get her attention to make myself obvious. Bears usually run away, but I'm not stupid and didn't see any reason to be stealthy and find myself between the mother and cub. The mother came out on the trail and stood up to look at me. It then just sort of hung out for a while and walked away, but never went far since her cub was up in a tree. I backed off and took some pictures of the cub, which down climbed and ran to his mother. Reunited and feeling so good, the pair took off into the forest. I decided to proceed down the trail and spotted the pair looking at me next to a tree. I think the cub climbed up first, and the mother followed, so still with my camera in hand, I zoomed in and documented the mother and child reunion, which was only a motion away. Mom seemed distant and distracted, and like most ladies, was not interested in me staring at her. I then heard the noises being made by a second cub, which was in a tree just to my left and about 25 to 30 feet up. I captured an image of this little guy, lest my recount be labeled pure fiction, and then packed up and left.

I felt bad, bears are people, too! Or, something. Either way, I don't see any reason to unnecessarily stress a family of animals. I was back at my car in less than 10 minutes, and maybe only 5, believe it or not.
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Jul 09 2020
Jim_H
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2020
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Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
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3,313 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Really windy, especially above treeline. Very nice day and not crowded. Alone on the summit for almost the first 10 minutes for summit #116.
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Jul 08 2020
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Mormon Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2020
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Very hot, but the cicadas are starting.
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Jun 30 2020
Jim_H
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Jun 24 2020
Jim_H
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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2020
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Hiking7.35 Miles 1,937 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.32 mph
1,937 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break10 LBS Pack
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Not a super exciting hike, but there were Hermit Thrushes! Crowded, too, which surprised me. Only a little windy, and I am actively seeking to avoid wind on the Peaks, these days. Still some tiny patches of snow near the trail. Looked a little for the plane crash, but saw nothing and it isn't that interesting to me. Maybe it is up in the dense trees above the avalanche area? I was last up here close to 5 years ago. That nearly 5 years went fast, and I didn't miss this, so it will probably be at least another 5 years.
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Jun 21 2020
Jim_H
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Jun 16 2020
Jim_H
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.61 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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Jun 09 2020
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Maricopa PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2020
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
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Gorgeous late morning hike in what felt like cool weather, though with a strong June sun. Excellent air quality with visibility from Bighorn and the Eagletails to Tower, Brown, and the Catalinas with the Bighorn fire smoke plume visible, and now moving westward under and east wind.

Heard a few cicadas, otherwise it felt refreshingly more like spring than the hottest time of year. Came from the old Warrior TH, and went back the way I came, avoiding the ridge to the east of the peak.
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Jun 05 2020
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Dry Lake Tour, AZ 
Dry Lake Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2020
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Hiking2.00 Miles 400 AEG
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Left Schultz Pass and went west on Schultz Creek trail for some time. Up the thinned slope and found a well built social trail that runs almost parallel to the Creek Trail, a couple hundred feet above it. It takes you to the Brookbank Meadow. From there, back to the car. It was overcast, windy, and the soil was powder dry, so I left. Took photos, but unless someone requests them, I won't bother.

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Jun 04 2020
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Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2020
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Hiking10.00 Miles 3,900 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.74 mph
3,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I finally returned to Doyle, both for the scenic beauty and to inspect the cabin. I basically followed Wade's 5-30 descent route both directions, except I went up the first barren ridgeline to the east and accessed it using the Waterline Rd.

The hike overall is a hard one, being off trail and steep, but pretty nice. The forests of bristlecone are something I like. Spotted one large bull elk with a big velvety rack near the summit of Schultz. He ran off.

I haven't been here since 2011. The summit feels about the same. The cabin rebuild is interesting. Doesn't appear that anyone uses it, however. I have no interest, as sleeping that high is akin to torture, but there is a lot of fire wood and it looks cozy if you are into that.

Similar to my 2009 hike up to Fremont Saddle, what seems to be a majority of the bristlecone pines in the forest have multiple fire scars.
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Jun 01 2020
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Mormon Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2020
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,180 AEG
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May 30 2020
Jim_H
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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A May dust storm with rain drops! Then super humid. What odd weather!
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May 28 2020
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FR 420, AZ 
FR 420, AZ
 
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Scenic Drive
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Scenic is open to interpretation. I drove east to west to see how things looked. Not much change east of the pass, but the road is really rough.

West of the pass it is nice, and there has been a lot of work.
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May 27 2020
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Pumpkin Trail #39Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2020
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Hiking11.10 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.30 mph
3,100 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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On my last hike up Humphrey's Peak I looked over at Kendrick and thought, "I should hike that again". I don't need another Humphrey summit, and I haven't been here in nearly a decade. I also wanted to inspect the June 2017 burn.

It is a mixed bag. I'm not thrilled with the wilderness overall, and if the FS fenced the top to exclude elk herbivory and planted spruce and fir seedlings as has been done on High Peak in the Pinalenos, and as is done for aspen around the forest, the top might look a lot better and recover faster. The elk eat almost everything and given that these animals are not a native animal.....wilderness. A different subspecies was in the region, but so were predators like wolves, and there were no game tanks. Point? Kendrick Wilderness is nothing more than a name and lip service that makes ignorant visitors feel warm and fuzzy while doing nothing for the spirit of the meaning of the word.

The grassy and brushy slopes, some improved, mostly just a lot of open country where Meadow Larks can be heard. The upper Bull Basin is doing well. The lower slopes along the connector are totally bare.

Nice hike overall. Great weather made me feel like I was in Utah. Cool and dry.

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More of a seep, but substantial.
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May 26 2020
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Afternoon at the Museum, AZ 
Afternoon at the Museum, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2020
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Hiking15.06 Miles 4,550 AEG
Hiking15.06 Miles   7 Hrs      2.32 mph
4,550 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Now that the heat is on and the Museum burn is open I hiked part of what I did last July, and came back on the Brookbank and Sunset. Some of the area looks good, most of the slopes that are north facing and were covered in white fir and white pine, as well as some douglas fir and ponderosa pine, burned hot with nearly 100% tree mortality, thinned or not. The main difference may be the soil burn severity. Expect mud slides!

Other drier south facing slopes did not get hit as hard, and some areas look great. Basically, areas that were overflowing with dead material, which was typical of the areas with white fir, burned very hot. Shame, but these things happen.

I presume the GPS track I pieced together is accurate. At over 15 miles I know why I was so tired post hike.

While not on the hike, the est area of the project is the north slopes of the Dry Lake Hills with the eastern 1/3 or so being greatly improved by the activities.
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May 17 2020
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Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2020
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Hiking11.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
3,500 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Really beautiful afternoon hike up & down Icehouse with both mountaintop summits. Didn't see too many hummingbirds at the bird feeders, but they're hanging in the cabin area. I heard lots of birds otherwise, including Hermit Thrushes in the forest, which is very enjoyable while coming down after 5. I was really surprised to hear tree frogs barking in the canyon in the lower section of Trail, but there is a lot of water flowing right now including at the creek crossing near the beginning of the trail.

There are no Trail signs as you descend Icehouse Canyon, so if you did not come up Icehouse look for the metal sign talking about revegetation for where you will turn right and down a hard to discern Trail back to the trailhead. The barbed wire fence and gate at the creek crossing is shortly after that point.
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Maybe not the springbox but plenty of water flowing in the canyon, and it's accessible at several points. Also the disgusting cattle tanks are filled with rancid appearing water, but who wants that?
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