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Aug 20 2008
Jim_H
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Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.14 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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A hot day when I did this, probably lower 90s maybe middle 90s. Keep in mind that I did Humphrey on Sunday in shorts and a t-shirt and have been comfortable on top, even in a fog of cool clouds. So 90 degree temps are really hot to me.

It was good to be out on this hot trail, though, as I was all alone. The chapparal smells great in the heat.
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Aug 17 2008
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Humphreys Summit via Dutchman GladeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking5.50 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.38 mph
3,380 ft AEG
 
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This was my 24th time on Humphrey since moving to Flagstaff on August 20, 2006, and my 13th time in 2008. Sadly, thats really the only reason I hiked this today; to be able to say I did Humphrey 2 dozen times in as many months of living at its base. I don't take the trail anymore, I hike up the Dutchman and pass through the bomber crash before I head up to the summit, but its still gotten boring. I miss the "real mountains" of Colorado and someday California, and Humphrey isn't satisfying that craving. Neither is Fremont, Doyle, or Peak X for that matter. I'll have to wait a while and let this mountain freshen up a bit in my mind.
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Aug 15 2008
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Fremont and Peak X, AZ 
Fremont and Peak X, AZ
 
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Hiking10.00 Miles 4,392 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.62 mph
4,392 ft AEG
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Started at Lockett Meadow and went up the inner basin trail to the talus slope coming down from Fremont. Headed up the slope to the Weatherford Trail and went to Doyle Saddle. I then went up the east ridge of Fremont from the Saddle to the peak. Spent some time on the peak and then went down to Fremont Saddle via Fremont Ridge. I then followed a game trail to the south ridge and ascended the Peak X. Followed the old trail about 1/2 back to Humphrey Saddle and turned down to the Weatherford trail. Took that back to the Inner Basin and then the car at Lockett.
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Aug 13 2008
Jim_H
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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   10 Mns   2.49 mph
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Another run up this afternoon. 55 minutes up, about 1:15 down.
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Aug 10 2008
Jim_H
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Humphreys Summit via Dutchman GladeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking5.50 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   1.60 mph
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It was socked in on the summit so I saw nothing, but I did it for the exercise so its not a big deal to me. Besides, the view is 10x better in winter.
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Aug 06 2008
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Handies PeakWest, CO
West, CO
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Backpack13.50 Miles 6,150 AEG
Backpack13.50 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.59 mph
6,150 ft AEG
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For the culmination of my trip I decided to do Handies Peak (14,048') as an overnight trip with my backpack. It was actually not that hard to do and was really fun. I started at the Grizzly Gulch trailhead. My civic made it there without any problems and I didn't bottom out, despite the nature of the shelf road. I packed up the trail (with what I estimate to be my 35 to 40 pound pack) to Handies Peak and got to the summit in about 3 and 1/2 hours. I was tired and really happy to be there. I then went down to Sloan Lake at the upper end of the American Basin and made my camp. I spent the night at what is now my new record, 12,920' above mean sea level. It was not a bad night and I had no problems with the altitude. The only real problem was that I was kept awake by the heavy rain pounding on my tent, and the temperature was higher than normal at night because of the rain so I was hot at times. Still, I enjoyed it.

The next morning I hiked down to the American Basin trailhead and back up to my camp so that I could say I did both trailheads, and I wanted to see the basin. I broke camp and put my pack back on and headed back up Handies. I crested and then descended back into the Grizzly Gulch side and on to my car. Back in Lake City I enjoyed a $10.95 Buffalo Burger at the Packer Bar. They definetly do know all the customers who frequent it.

I started on the 6th and finished on the 7th. The time is for packing/ hiking only. My mileage and elevation are higher than the Dex because I did both trail heads and summited twice.
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Aug 05 2008
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La Plata Peak-NW Ridge, CO 
La Plata Peak-NW Ridge, CO
 
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Hiking9.50 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.73 mph
4,500 ft AEG
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I started at the trailhead on CO 82. It is found about 15 miles west of the junction with US 24 and there is a big sign for it right on the side of the road. The trailhead is right at 10,000' and the summit of La Plata is 14,336'.

This hike went smoothly, though I started later than I wanted to. I was fine, but I did get wet coming down. The views from the top are pretty good. Parts of this trail are stairs, literally. Except for Mt Harvard, with this hike I have done 4 of the top 5 14ers in Colorado.
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Aug 04 2008
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Mount Elbert NE Ridge - Standard RouteSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Hiking9.00 Miles 4,700 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   1.83 mph
4,700 ft AEG
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First some stats: Mount Elbert is the 2nd highest point in the lower 48 after Mount Whitney, the highest point in the Rockies, and the highest in Colorado. Its summit it listed at 14,433' or sometimes 14,440'. What is 7 feet between friends? Trailhead elevation is 10,040', so its much easier than Whitney in California.

I did Elbert last July for the first time and it was great. It was my first 14er and I assume I'll always remember my exhilaration of reaching the summit. Sadly, this year it felt more like a chore than a pleasure, but it was still a good hike. I wanted to do it this year so I could say I did in case I end up at sea level some time in the rest of the year. I'm odd like that.

The Elbert trail starts at just over 10k' and follows the Colorado trail for a mile or so. It then breaks off to the right at a fork and climbs up to treeline very steeply. Its steep the rest of the way threw the nearly 3000' of tundra that you hike in for about 3 miles. Great views of Mt Massive to the north (second highest in CO @ 14,421') and lots of people from Kansas can be spotted on this hike( notice their bright yellow plumage). Overall, it reminds me a lot of Humphrey except its 1800' higher. Descent was quick for me as a storm was forming/ approaching. I timed my hike perfectly, as I was dry the whole way, and was then chased by rain on the way back to Leadville. Once in Leadville, hail and rain pounded the town. Perfect timing.
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Aug 01 2008
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Harney Peak North Trail, SD 
Harney Peak North Trail, SD
 
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Hiking9.40 Miles 2,142 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.09 mph
2,142 ft AEG
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After entering the Black Hills of South Dakota I traveled south from Deadwood to Hill City and then Custer. I spent the night in Custer intending to have a nice relaxing hike on Friday to Harney Peak from the Sylvan Lake Trailhead in Custer State Park. The State Park wanted money to use the trailhead($5!), so I opted instead to travel north to the Willow Creek Trailhead off of SR 244, east of Hill City and west of the Pine Creek Lake on our HAZ Traildex map. I should have paid to use the state park trailhead. The trail was fine, but it was 93 degrees in Hill City when I got back there at 5pm, and the dew point was in the low to middle 60s that day. It must have been a few degrees hotter when I was out hiking. It was unbearably hot, and it made what should have been a relaxing hike into a miserable one. Still, it was better than the 106 degree hike I took on Squaw Peak a few weeks earlier.

The feds have a brochure that tells me the trail is 4.7 miles one way. I don't know if this includes the 2.8 mile Willow Creek loop necessary to access the Harney Peak North Trail, but I'm keeping to the conservative numbers. Using the traildex map's terrain-topo feature I calculate the base AEG at 2142'. In reality it was higher, but I don't have a GPS and therefore can't get a better estimate from the rolling terrain I encountered. Trailhead elevation is 5100' and the summit of Harney Peak is 7242'. It is the state highpoint of South Dakota.

The trail begins in a nice area of large well spaced "old growth" ponderosa pines. This ends once you enter the Black Elk Wilderness Area and you see the insanity of the Forest Service having a wilderness area that has a history of fire exclusion, previous grazing, and logging. Think dense stands of young trees in the former spaces between the old orange barkers. No matter though, bark beetles are at outbreak status in the wilderness area and are killing huge stands of trees. Thanks congressionally mandated wilderness area for providing the public and environment with thousands of acres of dead trees. Oh Boy!! Incidentally, you can observe a similar situation on the Kachina Peaks above Flagstaff by driving Snowbowl Rd from US 180 (though we don't have the bark beetles yet). Though recently logged for "fire mitigation", the forest composition change is dramatic as you go from the non-wilderness to the wilderness. The only real difference between the two sites is that we have mixed conifer with Ponderosa pine, douglas fir and white pine, where as its pure ponderosa pine in the Black Hills.

Back to the trail. It has a very gentle grade that would have been relaxing had it not been so hot and humid. Keep in mind that 4 days prior I was hiking in alpine tundra with temperatures in the 50s. The trail goes up, then down, and then repeats this many, many, many times. I think the people who built the trail were smoking crack, or some CCC version of it. The trail had 100 foot long switchbacks to go up 5 feet, then it rounded a bend on a small knoll only to loose 20 feet, it made no sense. It wasn't going to a view point, or anything at all, it was just built retarded. Again though, had it not been so hot and humid I might not have noticed and probably would have just enjoyed the ride. There is one small creek crossing, but its too shallow in August to get water from.

About 2/3 of the way on trail you come to your first real view. Its actually quite nice considering the relative flatness of the Black Hills (I think it should be called the Black Plateau). To the east you see many large granite formations which are attractive, and might be good places for rock climbing. Not too much further you get your first view of the summit and its stone tower. Then its more up and down, and round and round. It might not have been 95 degrees at 7000', but it was still really hot and the meandering nature of the trail made me hate it. Eventually, I summited. Not a super proud moment, but I was happy to have completed the days goal. I hung around for a while cooling off in the dark airy tower. I spotted the poor mountain goat that hangs around the summit. He was trying to keep cool. Sadly, he was having a rough go of it. He and the other Mountain Goats that inhabit the area are descendants of a small band of escaped zoo animals that were brought to Hill City from Canada in previous years. Thats what I was told anyway. After a while I started back and found that the heat of the day is no fun to hike in even if its more or less down hill. When I got down to Hill City to buy some ice cream to eat I discovered 2 things, 1. It was still 93 degrees at 5pm, and 2. I was in the Hills at the start of the Sturgis Rally. Avoid the Hills at that time if you don't own a motorcycle. Everything but the young virgins is given over to them. Its not a time to visit.
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Jul 31 2008
Jim_H
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Red Beds Trail Devils Tower NM, WY 
Red Beds Trail Devils Tower NM, WY
 
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Hiking3.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
200 ft AEG
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Hurricane Dolly was adding lots of moisture to the mountains and making climbing unpleasant with all the storms. Plus, its nice to take a break. So I headed up to Wyoming to Devils Tower. Devils Tower is a volcanic intrusion that has been exposed through erosion. Its about 867 from its base to its top.
There are two trails which encircle the base of the tower. The Tower Trail is paved and pretty level, and the Red Beds Trail is dirt and had about 200' of AEG. I did the tower trail in the evening of the 30th after I arrived at the monument and made my dinner in the parking lot at the visitor center. I took no pictures. The next morning with hundreds of tourists and families descending on the tower I opted to do the Red Beds Trail instead of the Tower Trail. I think I enjoyed it more, but the views of the tower aren't as good. The Red Beds Trail leaves from the visitor center and drops down to the Belle Fourche River before entering the area of exposed and eroded red sandstones above the river. It then climbs back up to the tower base and returns to the visitor center. It was pretty hot and humid the day I did this, quite a reversal of when I was in the area 8 years prior. When I was in northeast WY and western South Dakota I felt like I was in Mississippi rather than the west.
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Jul 28 2008
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Pikes Peak from Crags CG THSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Hiking13.80 Miles 4,535 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.51 mph
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Most folks who summit Pikes Peak (something Zebulon never did) will do so by Automobile or the cog train. I did it on foot, by the standard west side route and the Devils Playground. I took no pictures of the hike, and its mostly because of two reasons: 1. Just as things got interesting I was hiking along the busy road and was disgusted with the situation. and 2. I was socked in on the summit for a while with a thunderstorm and had nothing interesting to photograph. I might have gotten a really cool shot or two of the mountain goats I saw, but they ran away as soon as they saw me.
Pikes was an OK climb, its just not very fun to earn a 14er and then have all the "people" (I'm being nice here) who made it there by a machine come up and talk about how thin the air is. It was annoying, I felt like I was at Disney or some tourist attraction. Plus, when one of the cog trains arrives on top about 200 people swarm out and make a b-line for the snack bar to buy really expensive food that they don't really need anyway. It took what, 5 calories for you to get to the summit and you buy a big thing of french fries to down like water? OK, enough of my superior attitude. Pikes Peak is 14,110' above the mean sea level. After Pikes I would drive past but not climb Longs Peak (a hurricane was making the weather wetter than normal) and then I would head north to Devils Tower and the Black Hills (big mistake as the Sturgis Rally was starting) where I would hike Harney's Peak, the South Dakota high point.
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Jul 25 2008
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Crestone NeedleSouth, CO
South, CO
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Climbing5.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Climbing5.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.91 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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Crestone Needle is considered to be one of the hardest 14ers. It was definetly a challenge for me and a peak not to take lightly. It was also great fun and I loved it. Basically, you start at a trailhead and head up to a pass known as Broken Hand Pass, you than hike over to the bottom of a gully (the east gully) and climb up it to a traverse just below a dihedral at around 13,600'. The traverse is the crux of the climb and was hardest for me when descending. You then follow the west gully to the summit ridge and the summit of Crestone Needle at 14,197'. The two gullies are class 3 climbing on excellent conglomerate rock. You can follow the east gully to the summit ridge, but that is class 4 climbing. Pictures are worth about 4 paragraphs of detailed description....
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Jul 24 2008
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Approach to South Colony Lake, CO 
Approach to South Colony Lake, CO
 
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Backpack5.50 Miles 2,900 AEG
Backpack5.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.38 mph
2,900 ft AEG
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Another packing in adventure to summit a 14er. This time I started in the Wet Valley on the east side of the Sangres. I had a nice hike that included a bear sighting. The only picture of the road will appear in the Crestone Needle photo set. Mileage and AEG are known, the time is my best recollection. What can I say, I went up a 4wd road to an area that I camped. I broke camp and descended in some light rain showers on Saturday 7/26. Inclement weather forced me to summit the Needle alone, without Crestone Peak. It is my only regret on my trip, not being able to summit Crestone Peak.
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Jul 22 2008
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Blanca Peak via Lake ComoSan Luis Valley, CO
San Luis Valley, CO
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Backpack15.50 Miles 6,500 AEG
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I followed the standard class 2 route to the summit (14,345'). I hit some class 3 above the saddle, but that was my choice. I had good fortune on the mountain, and with this summit I can say I climbed all 4 of the Navajo's sacred mountains. I left the area the same day and descended via the Lake Como Rd, time and mileage does not reflecting this fact.
I was tired on this climb from packing in the previous evening, and from doing Hesperus Mt two days prior. Still, it was good. I got to see a guy who was descending behind me trigger a slide that sent suitcase sized rocks flying for freedom and bouncing 50 feet in the air, and also the stellar view from the high point of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.

The pictures are the best way to describe the route.
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Jul 21 2008
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Lake Como Road, CO 
Lake Como Road, CO
 
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Backpack 1 AEG
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I was going to summit Blanca Peak again this summer, and since I was to do it as an overnighter I would need to carry my backpack up into the massif to summit the following morning. The mileage is an estimate, as is the time, and they are both one way. The AEG is an estimate too, but a better one using topo maps and a GIS system that gave me some elevations to work with. I camped at 12,085' and started about 7800'. The summit was the following day, as was the pack out. Pictures are few, but will be grouped with my Blanca Peak Summit on 7-22-08.
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Jul 20 2008
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Hesperus MountainSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
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Hesperus Mountain is located in the La Plata Mountains west of Durango, CO. The La Platas are a sub-range of the San Juan Mountains. Hesperus is generally considered the high point of the La Platas, but some say Lavender Peak is. I don't know, but Hesperus seemed higher to me. I don't care that much though, so lets not argue it if you have an opinion on the matter.


This was my 3rd summit of the 4 sacred mountains of the Navajo that I was to climb this summer. It was the hardest sacred mountain and the hardest of all the climbs I did on my Colorado trip. It had the best weather, though, so I can't complain. Basically. I camped near the Twin Lakes, headed upslope from the west Mancos trail and did a traverse over some nasty scree and talus before ascending a talus gully to the second saddle east of the summit. I then went through a gully on the south side of the peak to reach the first ledge and followed a climbers trail to the summit. I descended to the saddle, and went down a steep scree slope. This description is very vague and doesn't do my efforts justice (see the long climbing time). It was a very hard climb and being alone made it all the more difficult. Fantastic views of the San Juans and surrounding areas including Mesa Verde, Ute Mountain, and possibly the La Sals in Utah. I was able to see Lizard Head Peak, the Wilson Group (14ers), the Chicago Basin Group (14ers), and the Animas River valley from the summit. It was my first 13er/ 4000 meter peak of the summer season.
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Jul 18 2008
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      58 Mns   2.28 mph
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I had to drive down to the valley today to exchange some stuff at REI. I got done earlier than I thought I would, so I decided to try out my new boots and pack. Started up the trail at 12:07, summited at 12:37, and made it back down at 1:05. The thermometer in the Ramada at the base said it was 106 when I got back to the parking lot. I've never experienced such a brutal hike.
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Jul 16 2008
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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   35 Mns   2.09 mph
2,422 ft AEG
 
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Blazing hot for Flagstaff in the early morning sun (10am), and the humidity was super high. I strapped a pack to my back that totaled 29 pounds and slowly made my way up the trail. Not much fun on the steep lookout trail. I look forward to climbing the 14ers over the next 2 weeks, but not to hiking in to base camps with a heavy pack on my back. I am only 155 pounds, putting another 40 on me and then climbing 4000' is not going to be fun. Maybe next year I'll vacation to Cabo.
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Jul 12 2008
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4th Street Crack, AZ 
4th Street Crack, AZ
 
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Hiking5.00 Miles 2,200 AEG
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The name was a joke because the canyon we went up is visible best from 4th street in the eastern part of Flagstaff, and it looks like a crack. If you live in, or know anything about Flag, the 4th ST Crack thing is likely funny to you.

Basically, it was boulder hoping and climbing up a canyon that cuts Mt Elden in 2 halves. There were some class 4 spots, but mostly it was 3 or lower. Even the 4th class stuff is not very long, but by definition the conditions could have been deadly. Sure am glad they weren't! Once up on top, it started raining and hailing, so we just took the Lookout trail to the Pipeline trail to get down. Other than saying it is possible and that the route took the canyon up as far as we could and then we went up a steep grassy slope, I can't give route detail. Because of this, its not really worth a write up.
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Jul 11 2008
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2008
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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It was incredibly humid when I did this today. Just miserable conditions for hiking in general; hazy views, low clouds, no sun, and that humidity made it hard to breathe or do anything really. On the plus side, I was the only one out the entire time.
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Let's go Brandon!!!!! Let's go Brandon!!!!
average hiking speed 1.7 mph
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