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Jul 05 2008
Jim_H
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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 2,115 AEG
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Not a bad hike, but not super interesting outside of the upper part of Abineau Canyon. There are a tremendous amount of columbines in that area. The loop uses the last part of the upper stretch of the Waterline Rd and it makes for fast hiking. This was good, because it was while on this section that it rained on me. Not a heavy rain, and no hail, but its still not very fun to be wet. The lightning was high above me, which was nice. This is a good alternative to other busy trails on the Peaks.
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Jul 04 2008
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   4 Hrs      2.56 mph
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I took the trail the whole way up and back today, which I haven't done since last November. The day started with clear skies at 9:49 am. The clouds built up really fast and by the time I made the saddle at 11:20 they were really getting dark and ominous. I was half way to the summit when I looked at the clouds and I thought,"I've got plenty of time". Just then, it started to hail. There wasn't much lighting, so I pressed on. I made the summit at exactly 11:49, and I promptly left. As I was coming up the last 50 feet or so my hair was crackling, and felt pretty stupid. I spent about 15 seconds on top. I saw the summit registry box, walked up onto the top of the wind break, looked around and saw very little in the 360 degree view, and left. Even though there was a small patch of blue sky above me, I knew it wasn't smart to stay there. I met other people coming up behind me though, so stupidity like misery, loves company. Light drizzle with lots of lighting on the way down, but nothing much really bad.
If you want to brave the chance of lighting and rain or hail, the wildflowers are really good this year.
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Jun 27 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
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Went up the Dutchman from the very bottom of it, passed through the plane crash, and saw about 5 or 6 mule deer above treeline. Followed the trail to the summit. While the last bits of snow are all melted off the trail, the monsoon appears to be started early this year. For me its very unwelcome; we haven't even had 3 weeks of nice weather up here and the rains are starting already. I really hoped it would hold off until after the 4th of July, instead I got pelted by hail and some drizzle. The drizzle wasn't so bad, but the hail was not fun.
The good news is that the wildflowers are looking great up there. Lots of alpine vegetation this year.
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Jun 25 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   5 Mns   2.59 mph
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You know what, I had to do it again. It was just a perfect day at 6900' and its a great after work trail, or if you're unemployed, an after daytime TV trail. It took me 61 minutes to get up today. It must be the weather, because I hardly noticed the time. On top I met 2 running types who told me they did in 40 minutes, I should be so lucky. Nah, sounds like way too much work.
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Jun 21 2008
Jim_H
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Biking to Agassiz Chairlift, AZ 
Biking to Agassiz Chairlift, AZ
 
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Mtn Biking33.20 Miles 2,600 AEG
Mtn Biking33.20 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   7.81 mph
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Around 140pm, I started from my apartment by I-40 and road up Lone tree Rd through downtown, and then up US 180 to Snowbowl Rd. By the time I got to Snowbowl Rd I was already pretty tired, but I pushed my self and by 445 I made it to the Agassiz Lodge. I took numerous breaks along Snowbowl Rd as that stretch of road usually tires me out if I have fresh legs. I packed plenty of water, but no food which was a mistake. I paid the $1.50 for a snickers bar at the snack stand in the lodge. I was good. Going down was a breeze, but I never got over 37 mph. My legs were too tired to have much power in them so I coasted most of the way. It was at times like this that I wish I didn't have a mountain bike. However, I took a detour on a dirt road to avoid 180 and was glad I had my mountain bike again. I arrived home around 630. Its worth doing, and doing again for me, but I would bring food if I did it again.
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Jun 20 2008
Jim_H
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Bob Bear Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking8.75 Miles 1,785 AEG
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Celebrate the Solstice in style! Hiked down in the warmth of noon, spent about 5 hours at the dam and then hiked out in the still warm temps around 630. Then I drove home to freezing cold Flagstaff( it really was cold when I got in at 10pm). It must have taken about 75 minutes down and 90 coming out.

This area is really great. I didn't even think it very crowded. In the dam area I enjoy all the typical things, the toilet bowl, the grotto, the rapids, the rope swing, the deep pools, the cool water and the warm air, all the good things. My only regret was going barefoot. I can't recommend it. Next time I'll get sandals or some old shoes to bring. The multi-pointed rocks didn't tare the skin, but they sure do hurt the feet.

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Jun 18 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   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.95 mph
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I must have been feeling really good yesterday, because I practically flew up Elden. I recorded a new personal best, 55 minutes from the parking lot to the lookout tower, and the same going down. I'm clearly very proud. It was a really great day to climb, as the weather was perfect and the trail was in good shape. The late afternoon view was not too good though, as the air was hazy and the sun made it worse. The cold weather we had earlier in the month took its toll on a lot of the white firs, which have dead ends where there would normally be green leaves.
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Jun 14 2008
Jim_H
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 3,313 AEG
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I don't know about the mileage, but its a good guess. While I took the trail the whole way up, I went completely off trail heading down. I basically went as I did in winter when everything was covered in snow. I found the bomber wreck, and descended via the Dutchman. Going down I only followed the trail from the summit to the ridge the bomber is on, and then from the bottom of Dutchman to Snowbowl.

The trail is really crowded (for what I'm used to) and melting is progressing well. I had planned to wait until next weekend to ascend Humphrey again, but circumstances forced my hand and I did it today. I would like to have done it next weekend, because I think by then nearly all the snow will be gone on the trail. The melt in the last week has been really good, cutting most of the snow in half.

If you go next weekend, I'm sure the crowds will be the only thing that slow you down. I don't plan to go again until the 4th of July. Today was my 20th time since I moved to Flagstaff in August of 2006, and I think I've done it too many times. Maybe we'll have an early monsoon and I won't even go on the 4th. Lastly, the gnats were really ferocious on top today.
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Jun 13 2008
Jim_H
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Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2008
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Hiking4.75 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.90 mph
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I did the loop and went about 200 feet up east side of Courthouse Butte. I also did Cathedral Rock again, and went to the west side and did Scheurman Mountain. It was a good hot day.
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Jun 08 2008
Jim_H
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Cathedral Rock Trail #170 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking1.20 Miles 608 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles      50 Mns   1.44 mph
608 ft AEG
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Went down to enjoy some warmth in June. Gee, isn't it supposed to be warm in June? It was great in Sedona today. The cicadas are buzzing and it sounds like summer. Up in Flag the are no insects really making any sounds, and the birds don't seem to be very noticeable either. Oh! Thats right, the BNSF train is the dominant noise maker in Flagstaff. OK, enough bitching about Flagstaff, its becoming my pastime....

I like this little trail, nice views and not too crowded on a hot day. I took the Templeton trail and ended up at the creek. Then I did the Baldwin loop before a late lunch. After lunch/ dinner I went over to Fay Canyon and hiked up to the arch. It was a great day. Really scenic. Plus, I got Shell gasoline for $3.75 a gallon. What a steel!
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Jun 06 2008
Jim_H
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2008
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Hiking8.75 Miles 3,313 AEG
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Time to add another triplog.

Trail conditions are almost at dry summer status. Below the junction with the Dutchman Glade its not bad at all, just a few spots of snow that you'll have to climb over. You will have a lot of down trees over the trail, though, especially on the first segment below the sign-in box. Its funny seeing that thing standing alone. Where did the 5 1/2 feet of snow go?
Above the meeting with the Dutchman Glade the snow thickens and forms shelves that you'll walk on for a few dozen feet before that section drops off. By the last switchback before you approach the saddle the trail gets to be hard to find, and you might loose it. Coming down it was really easy to see what happened, going up I thought I lost it and I decided to take an easy known route and went up slope above the bomber wreck. If you look carefully you'll find the trail going up. Taking it from here to the saddle means crossing some rather large melting drifts, but its nothing that should make you turn back. Everything is dry from the approach to the saddle and on to the summit.

If you're waiting on this trail until the snow is completely gone, you might want to hold off until the 21st at the earliest. At the very latest the 4th of July should find the mountain completely devoid of snow. The snow slowed me down a little so plan for a little slower climb with it on the trail. It took me about 2 1/2 hours of actual hiking for both directions.
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May 31 2008
Jim_H
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Mount TaylorNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
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Hiking7.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.75 mph
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I took a road trip to Mount Taylor just north of Grants, NM to take in what should be the first of the four sacred peaks for the Navajo that I'll summit this summer. I'll hit Humphrey again this June, and then its off to Colorado to do Hesperus and Blanca in late July. The only one I haven't already done is Hesperus, but I want to get them all this summer.

Unless you share my arbitrary goal of hiking all the sacred Peaks, its probably not worth making a special trip to Grants to hike Mt Taylor. If you are passing by, it is a great scenic hike that is really easy. The trail is gentle and the views from the top are about a 270 degree version of what you get from Humphrey. Situated in a rural area of New Mexico there isn't much visitation to Taylor outside the hunting season, and there is some pleasant back country camping near the trailhead. This definetly made a really nice weekend get away for me.
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May 26 2008
Jim_H
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Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking3.30 Miles 1,000 AEG
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On a cold Memorial Day (only 56 for the high in Flagstaff), I went down to Oak creek to get this hike in before it would get hotter than I wanted to hike it in. I should have let it get hot. It couldn't have been over 65 when I was hiking, and the recent rains had saturated the soil. This made the air cool and humid, clammy really.
I made Vaultee Arch, its pretty nice. Still, this hike didn't really impress me and I doubt I'll hit it again.
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May 18 2008
Jim_H
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Woody Ridge to Woody Mountain, AZ 
Woody Ridge to Woody Mountain, AZ
 
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
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I started on 89A near Tule tank and went west to Woody Ridge. I followed the hot open terrain until I came to Auza tank. I went north right to Woody Mountain. I found the tower locked, but the cabin open for the season. The operator must have been in town, or elsewhere. I enjoyed the limited view (which was blocked by trees) and headed south off the ridge. Spotted 3 pronghorn on the way down.
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May 17 2008
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A.B. Young Trail #100Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking6.80 Miles 2,225 AEG
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It only took me 1:20 to go from my car in the canyon to the tower. Which I was really pleased about when the tower operator told me the best time she had heard that day was 2 1/2 hours, and I was wearing a 45 pound pack. I carried food and water (and weights for training) to hang out with some folks who were camping on the rim. I got up later than I wanted to because I forgot my pass and went home to get it, and then I started hiking back down at 915. I got back to my car around 1120pm. Crossing the creek at night (even with a nearly full moon) was much harder than I wanted it to be. It was pretty cool hiking down the trail at night. The little lights all over the canyon.
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May 10 2008
Jim_H
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Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking10.60 Miles 2,500 AEG
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Its getting pretty hot at the bottom, at least for someone from Flagstaff. It was probably only in the low 80s in Sedona, but when its 30 in the morning that is hot.
I went to both view points and also did some wandering on top of the mesa. There are some really good spots to stop and look around all over the edge of the mesa. When at the north overlook, look carefully and you should be able to see vultee arch. Its not real big, but you can still spot it.
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May 04 2008
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Waterline Trail #146Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Mtn Biking16.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
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I'm not really sure about my distance or elevation. This is ironic for the distance because I road my bike. I actually started at the trailhead for Schultz creek and followed that trail to Schultz Tank. Its full. I then started up the Water line road and found snow after some distance. Eventually the snow became more than I wanted to deal with. This was very close to the last stretch before you enter the Inner Basin, but I just couldn't do it anymore! There are lots of down trees over the road, and I would recommend not attempting this (if looking to do the whole thing) until after Memorial Day at the earliest.
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May 03 2008
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A.B. Young Trail #100Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking10.80 Miles 2,125 AEG
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I like this hike a lot, and its going to have to be another one that I beat to death. After I passed the lookout tower I kept going down the road and followed the rim a way until it started to form another small pocket. From that point I went back to the road and followed 231 until I reached the first tank (the last tank on your left if coming from Flagstaff on 231). The tank has about 2 feet of water in it. I then went north on FR 778 and eventually I came to an overlook on West Fork.
When walking back I noticed a forest service boundary marker. There is a small piece of private land on 778 that is all thicket. It contrasts strongly with the open and thinned stands that are more typical of the area.
I think I did about 6 more miles than the trail is, so I guess about 10.8 miles. It might be more, but whatever. I also added 100' of elevation for the trip. Its conservative. Watch for those Scott's Orioles when in the scrub part of the trail.

An article about that private land that I mention in the log. Turns out, there are 400 year old trees out there.
http://www4.nau.edu/insidenau/bumps/201 ... trees.html
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Apr 26 2008
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Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking10.50 Miles 2,500 AEG
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I went to both overlook points, so I added 2 miles to my distance.

This is another great trail in the Sedona area. In my opinion its probably the best, especially since I don't actually have to drive through Sedona to get to it.
Most of the mesa/mountain doesn't look that bad following the Brinns Fire, in fact the area below the first bench looks improved. The main exception is the areas that had dense ponderosa pine. With the high intensity fire and the trees all killed it seems unlikely these areas will ever return to pine. Instead the gambel oaks which were previously dominated by the ponderosa now have free range to coppice, reproduce and take over the former pine forest. There is a lot of erosion in the moon-scaped pine forests, and the tank which is about 3/4 the way to the northern overlook is almost completely filled with sediment. If you hike when I did, and you come down later in the afternoon or early evening you should be able to see the Scott's Oriole in the chaparral around the base of the mesa.
Still a great hike, and one which I think I will do again this summer, even if its really hot at the bottom.
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Apr 20 2008
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Humphreys Summit via Dutchman GladeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking5.50 Miles 3,380 AEG
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Well, I must have a real problem, because I did this peak again today. This time under really high winds, probably 50+ MPH gusts. Still, I think I'm glad I did it.

Its definetly spring on the mountain, as the snow is melting fast, and of course those ferocious winds are back (I thought it was bad on Elden yesterday). Visibility is way down, too. I couldn't even see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and the Mingus Mt/ Verde Valley area was out, too. Mormon Mt was really hazy, and Hutch just south of it was nowhere to be seen either. Looking west, I was reminded of monsoon season. It seemed like the haze was thick enough to spawn thunder storms. Not yet though, the dew point was in the single digits today.

I came up my tried and true route: I followed the trail to the Dutchman, went up that to the bomber wreck, and then followed the south side of Allison Clay to the summit ridge. Its actually a lot harder without the snow (above treeline), and the snow that remains is really soft and kinda a pain to walk on. Going down was more of one long slide and glisade than a controlled descent. I found snowshoes are more of a liability than an asset. I could have used crampons, but my snowshoes are too big to move over the melting and pocketed snow to be of any real value. I carried mine for 90% of the trip.

We haven't had snow since February, and the snow on the Peaks is melting fast. I would recommend people who want summer conditions hold off until Memorial day Weekend. I think most of the snow will be a memory by that point. I know I don't plan to hike Humphrey again until Memorial Day, at the earliest. Its funny, I love winter climbing (best visibility), and I like summer and fall, too. Somehow, I found today that spring climbing leaves much to be desired. Actually, other than being able to say I did it with the winds and the deep soft snow, I plan to avoid the mountain when its like it was today.
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