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Jul 02 2007
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Guadalupe Peak Trail - Texas HighpointBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
Backpack avatar Jul 02 2007
Jim_H
Backpack8.30 Miles 3,300 AEG
Backpack8.30 Miles2 Days         
3,300 ft AEG
 
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I now remember very little about this trip, and am only logging it now (January, 2014) because I wanted a to record the data in that month, July of 2007. It was a nice trip, with a good summit, a lot of heat and humidity, and flies, as I recall. A thunderstorm blew over from the bowl to the north, and produced light rain that evening. This was a shock, and a complete turn from every previous visit to the park when it was very dry. I preferred dry. It was my last time there, with me making a fateful decision that launched me from small peaks like this, to trips to be mountains.
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Jun 30 2007
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Escudilla TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2007
Jim_H
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,666 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles
1,666 ft AEG
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You might wonder why log this after so many years? Because I knew I had done it! On Saturday June 30, 2007, while going to Guadalupe Mountain National Park, I stopped here and hiked this again as I recalled enjoying it a lot a few weeks before, and it was a nice stop over spot. I remember almost nothing else, but I think there were storms nearby with lightning after dark to the east, while camped at the flat near the base. Personally interesting, with the exception of driving through on US 180 and 191, going to and from Silver City to do a Gila Wilderness trip, this was the last time I would visit and hike in the White Mountains until July of 2019. Turns, out, my opinion of them being a little scenic but not that great given the drive, was accurate. Escudilla is or was also the best hike in the region, for my desires. It is a scenic region, and I like driving through, but I'm not one to come back, maybe not for another 12 years?
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Jun 17 2007
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Waterline Trail #146Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 17 2007
Jim_H
Mtn Biking18.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Mtn Biking18.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   5.14 mph
2,400 ft AEG
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I did this last June (2007) on a Sunday afternoon. Conditions were great. I left from the Schultz Tank parking lot around 4pm and made steady progress to the Inner Basin. It took me about 2 hours to go up and 1 to come down. Its a really great mountain bike ride if you aren't big into crowded trails. Plus its really fun to come down.
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Jun 16 2007
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2007
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.08 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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My time is so long because I actually bagged two decent sized peaks in 1 day. The trail this day was extremely crowded, using 10 pages of trip registry at the sign-in box. To avoid some of the crowd I went from Humphrey Saddle over to Fremont Peak ( 6th time on Fremont) ate lunch there and then turned around and went up Humphrey (5th time). It worked as I only had 2 other people with me on the summit (it was just after 4pm by this time). It was a hard hike for me, with an estimated 4500' of altitude gain and loss. It also makes it my 12th time for being on one of the San Fransisco Peaks. I am bragging, I guess, but I only moved to Flagstaff last August.
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Jun 09 2007
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Escudilla TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2007
Jim_H
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,315 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   4 Hrs      1.65 mph
1,315 ft AEG
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I hiked this with some other people from Flagstaff on an Outdoor group trip, which accounts for the longer time. For those who are in good shape it might require only 3 hours of actual hiking time, less for those in better shape.

Of all the hikes I have done in AZ, including those around Flagstaff and on the San Fransisco Peaks, I found this to be the most scenic of them. The views in the meadows are beautiful, and the view from the tower is also really nice. I was amazed at how unassuming the second highest mountain(Baldy Peak/ Mountain) in AZ is. If I hadn't used the fire spotter in the lookout tower to locate Baldy Peak I never even would have noticed it. Compared to the Peaks in Flagstaff, which you can't miss at all, its almost like they were just a small hill in the distance. Escudilla has good prominence and is difficult to miss. Seeing it when coming in from the north builds anticipation when going to hike it. I definetly want to hike this mountain again.
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May 27 2007
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2007
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   6 Hrs      1.71 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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It was my 4th time on Humphrey, the 3 previous times being during the month of September of the last year (2006). It was by far my best time up there. The hike was good, there weren't as many people as I expected for a holiday weekend, and conditions on the summit were near perfect. Warm (for 12,633'), virtually no wind, and the pollution was not terrible resulting in a pretty good view. It wasn't as good as you might get in Winter, judging from some of the pictures on this site, but I could see Navajo Mt in Utah with the naked eye, and the Verde Valley and G.C. were easy to see, too. All in all a good trip. Provided the forest is still open, I aim to get back up there on 6/16. If I can make it, with the sun nearly at the solstice and the altitude, it will probably be the most intense solar radiation I have ever experienced.
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May 20 2007
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Fremont & Doyle PeaksFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2007
Jim_H
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,625 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.25 mph
4,625 ft AEG
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I came up from the Inner basin this time. It was my 5th time on Fremont and my 1st time on Doyle. I was once again the only person to sign the scroll on Fremont. I feel kind of weird about being 5 of the last 7 signatures on it. I left my phone number there. If you see it give me a call from the top, and register. The registry on Doyle is not very heavily used either, and it goes back to 1988. Its like a piece of history, but not. The cabin on Doyle is really on its last leg.
I had snow, sun, and cool humid temperatures for a late May hike, but fortunetly no wind to speak of. I took my time and enjoyed the hike. We should all be so lucky.
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May 09 2007
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2007
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.67 mph
2,400 ft AEG
 
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Its nice to be able to get off from work and then climb a 9,300' mountain. The weather has gotten a lot more pleasant for hiking up mountains, but the views have diminished from the pollution and lowered summer time visibilities. The visibility at the Grand Canyon on 5-10 was only 88 miles, and I think it wasn't much better on Elden on 5-9. I like this trail, having done it some 30+ times since I got to town last August, but I feel with the greater seasonal availability of other local mountain trails like Kendrick and the those on the Peaks, it may be one I hike less than I was in the previous 8 months.
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Apr 29 2007
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2007
Jim_H
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,718 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.63 mph
2,718 ft AEG
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Took a little less than 2 hours up, stayed on the summit for around 45 minutes, and then hiked for one and a half hours down. Fabulous weather and good trail conditions. Not very crowded, but there was nobody getting busy on the helipad this time, so not quite as good as the last time.

Look for the pinyon growing on the trail about 100 feet from the summit on the north side of the trail. If you can ID pinyon pine you can't miss it.
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Feb 18 2007
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2007
Jim_H
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,256 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.78 mph
2,256 ft AEG
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I hiked this on a cloudy day so the view wasn't very good, and there was 2 to 3 feet of snow on the trail for the last mile or so. It was still fun and I want to do it again come spring when the snow melts off.
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Feb 10 2007
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Towel Creek Trail #67Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2007
Jim_H
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles4 Days         
1,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I didn't do the whole thing because the trail was hard to find, and it was getting late. The sign identifying the trail head (if you can call an unmarked gate in a fence a trail head) faced opposite of the direction that the FS tells you to access the trail, and there really wasn't much impressive to see. I might feel differently had I made it to the river, but never did, I don't think I ever will. I don't recommend this one. It will how ever, be free of hikers, so it does offer some solitude.
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Jan 21 2007
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2007
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
2,400 ft AEG
 
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It was very slow going while hiking Mt Elden this afternoon. The temperature was in the teens, the wind was fierce, and the snow was blowing and drifting all over the trail. In some spots the trail was covered in 4 feet of snow. In others it was almost bare. It took me much longer than it normally does to hike up as conditions were not conducive to fast hiking, or hiking at all really; I only got to the saddle (about 9060') before I turned back as it was getting near dark. Surprisingly, I was not alone on the trail in the blizzard like conditions. I saw a group of 6 guys come down the trail at one point.
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Dec 15 2006
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2006
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Went again on 12-15, not as nice with no snow on the ground, but still not bad.
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Dec 07 2006
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2006
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
2,400 ft AEG
 
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I hiked up there today, 12-8. It was extremely cold and windy. There was a guy flying a model airplane on the northeast slope. Sure, it was cold and windy, but well worth it.
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Dec 01 2006
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2006
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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My first time on this trail, but it won't be my last. I enjoyed the quiet and solitude that is hard to find on the trails closer to Flagstaff. The only other mountain I have had more privacy on was Fremont in the Peaks complex. I went right after a snow and found lots of animal tracks. The air was cool, quite and broken only by the sound of birds chirping. I didn't hear one train horn the entire time!
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Nov 22 2006
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Fremont & Doyle PeaksFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2006
Jim_H
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,625 AEG
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I went back up today, 11-22-06. I am amazed that the weather can still be as mild as it was at that elevation, this late in the season. It was a good hike, as always, and my forth time on that peak. If anyone goes up there this winter, be sure to post about it.
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Nov 19 2006
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2006
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
2,400 ft AEG
 
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I've done this hike at least 15 times since moving to Flag in late August. Its a great way to spend an afternoon, and I am proud to say that I have made it from the parking lot to the fire tower in under an hour, but usually do it in about an hour and 15 minutes. I hear that some can do it in 30 minutes. Damn!
Its a good hike, has a good view, and is a great workout. I love the trail and its really convenient. I hear people say bad things about it, like "why are you wasting your time hiking that?". I respond, well I really like the hike, the view, and beside people join gyms, this is my gym. Its better though, because there are no steroid freaks, no sweaty fatties, and the air is clean. Its always a good hike for me!
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Nov 18 2006
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Fremont & Doyle PeaksFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2006
Jim_H
Hiking8.00 Miles 4,625 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.60 mph
4,625 ft AEG
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It was actually the 3rd time that I have done Fremont Peak, I still have to do Doyle, but I thought I would log this for interested parties. I have done Fremont as many time (at this writing) as I have done Humphreys, but I prefer Fremont to Humphrey any day.
I avoid most of the trails and head straight up the side of Fremont from the sign-in box on the Weatherford trail. I have used both the Schultz Tank and Freidline Prairie trail heads, and both are fine, but Schultz is a longer flat hike. Basically when you round the bend after the sign-in box on the trail, look up the long grassy slope and thats where I go, straight up. When you get to the the trail angle more toward Fremont and keep going. Its about 2900' of grassy slope to the top, with some rock and scree toward the summit.
Its a hard hike, but well worth it, and you have good views of all the points south from the slopes on the way up. Fremont is great because I have never seen a single person up there, and my hiking style makes it difficult to see people out there at all anyway. Cell reception is good from the top and I always like to make a bragging call.
When on the top be sure to take care and be gentle to the alpine landscape. I try to walk on large boulders more than scree and take care to avoid trampling plants. Technically tree line might be at 11,400', but there is a small bristle cone pine that is growing nearly right on the summit. Maybe in 40 years it will be 10 feet tall.
Look for the scroll in the rock on the north facing opening, and sign in. Based on the registry, hardly anyone goes up there, so you will have the peak to yourself. Do what you want when there.
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Oct 28 2006
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2006
Jim_H
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,718 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   6 Hrs      1.53 mph
2,718 ft AEG
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This wasn't a bad hike. I enjoyed the view of the peaks, and the surrounding volcanic field, but the trail itself was somewhat boring, and I found the road to the trailhead to be in really rough shape- at least for my car. I also thought it funny to arrive at the top of the mountain and find two young hikers having sex on the helipad. Sure the mood might have struck them, but I came along, and then another fellow, and then a guy with 3 dogs. It just seemed like a poor spot to indulge your lusty tooth, being at the end of three heavily used trails and all. Still, I enjoyed the day out.
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Oct 20 2006
Jim_H
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2006
Jim_H
Hiking2.40 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.60 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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This wasn't a bad hike by itself, but it was the first and only hike I have ever done while wheezing, which I attribute to Phoenix's wonderful pollution! I have had easier times hiking at 8,000' than I did here at 1,500'. Plus it was hot for late October. I also found you Phoenixians to be rather cold and somewhat rude. Well, somewhat is being kind. People won't even make eye contact with you on this trail, weird I thought, but then its practically LA in the desert so its right on for that. Plus there must have been over 200 of you on the trail at once.
The summit view was excellent, and I could really see the wonderful brown dome of filth hovering over the city. Watching jets take off and land was neat. This hike made me long for the clear skies and clean air of Northern Arizona. Thanks for the hike fellas, I'll never go back again!
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