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Apr 29 2007
Jim_H
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Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2007
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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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Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2007
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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
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Towel Creek Trail #67Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2007
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Hiking6.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles4 Days         
1,500 ft AEG
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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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 Marana, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2007
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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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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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Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2006
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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Sep 27 2006
Jim_H
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2006
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   6 Hrs      1.71 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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This was the 3rd time that I have gone up Humphrey(9-27-06). I have done the main trail from Snow bowl, and the Weatherford-inner basin trail, but both take you to the same point. Inner basin is more interesting a trail, but it is much longer. The main Humphrey trail, in my humble opinion, is boring. The birds are nice, but it lacks views, is crowded, and the people can be rude. Its the only place I have ever seen a grandmother relieving herself in public, right on the actually walking portion of the trail. Phoenixians!
Anyway, the view from the top is pretty good, but it can be very, very crowded up there. I've been up there with well over 50 people on the summit, and this was on a not so nice day. Agassiz and Fremont block the south views, and most of the other "attractive" views can be seen from less heavily hiked Kendrick and Fremont.
Most will do this hike to be on top of Arizona. It was and still is a personal high for me, but if I have a day to go on the peaks, I choose Fremont over Humphrey any time. I suppose that I would choose Agassiz, but well, a $500 fine makes it unattractive.
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Sep 11 2006
Jim_H
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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2006
Jim_H
Hiking15.80 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   1.92 mph
4,400 ft AEG
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I did this hike 2 days after I did the standard Humphrey trail for the first time back on 9/9/06. Ah memories. I remember it as a really good hike. I was out on the peaks all day, yet had little more than clouds for the monsoon action. Its a really nice trail, but getting to the trailhead can be hard if you drive a civic and value its condition. The inner basin trail also makes for a good bicycle route, and you can take it almost as far as the junction with the Weatherford trail. It was the first of 2 times that I hiked the inner basin trail. The second time was last May when I went up Fremont peak from Fremont Saddle. That is also a fun hike.
I hear that this is a really good route for color in the fall.
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Sep 09 2006
Jim_H
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2006
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   5 Hrs      2.05 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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I'm Logging this today (June 10, 2009) for record keeping purposes. I hiked this for the first time on September 9, 2006, a few weeks after moving to Flagstaff on August 20. At the time it seemed like a really high elevation mountain. All that would change in less than a year and eventually I would lose most of the respect I had for the mountain, outside of lighting season that is.

I recall the day was overcast and stormy except for a short time on the summit when it cleared out directly overhead. I seem to remember the first signs of the aspens changing in the Inner Basin as well. I also remember not liking the trail all that much( something I carry with me to this day), and being disappointed at the lack of a view of Flagstaff (but that is what Agassiz and Fremont are for). At the time I was in Grad school and thought I would be in Flag for less than 2 years (I would have left sometime in the summer of 2008), so I never could have guessed what I would have ended up doing years later and how many times I would have summited Humphrey (43 times to date) from various routes. Actually, were it not for Humphrey, I probably would never have done my Colorado or California climbs, and I would probably not be interested in a lot of the mountaineering things I am today. It is a good mountain.

If you read all this, I'm impressed. I was going to make this a hidden log, but I figured why not just make it public like the other 42 logs I have for the peak.
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Aug 03 2006
Jim_H
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Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2006
Jim_H
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,422 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   3 Hrs      1.80 mph
2,422 ft AEG
 
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I am going back and adding some of the trips I made in 2006 and 2007. As these will be back logged trips and I see no reason to clog the inventory with them, I'll hide all but this one. I will only post those I can remember. They are mostly for Elden, but some are for Kendrick. I'm basically doing this to record the elevation, even though I will still have additional unrecorded elevation for trips I can not remember. These logs will not affect my official count for Elden.

This was my first time on Elden. I was in Flagstaff looking for a place to move into when I would move out here in a few weeks. I had lunch at Burger King and took soda in a cup on the hike as my water. Surprisingly, I did well and summited in about 90 minutes. The hike was exhilarating. I met the old tower operator Scotty, who was in his last season as a 1039 before landing a full time job up in the PNW. It was a break in the monsoon day, and it was pretty cloud free that day. The hummingbirds around the trail were really impressive, and for some reason I don't remember seeing them like I did on this day, on any of my subsequent trips. I remember Scotty telling me that it looked like a good day to have done Humphrey. At this point, Humphrey seemed like an incredible feat and I thought I would need to get into shape for it. Given that I was only supposed to be in Flag for 2 years, or just under that, I never would have thought I would have done Elden as many times as I did.
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Oct 12 2005
Jim_H
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Guadalupe Peak Trail - Texas HighpointBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2005
Jim_H
Hiking8.40 Miles 2,920 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   6 Hrs      1.40 mph
2,920 ft AEG
 
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To keep things simple, I'm matching the triplog to my submitted photographs. Yes, my photographs are actual prints taken with a 35mm camera and then scanned into digital format. They're from 2005 so I'm sure you'll understand.

The first time I climbed this peak was in August of 2003. It was a magical trip, man, and it was thee place that I visited that year which launched me on my 3 year journey to eventually move west. Surprisingly, on that trip I hated Colorado as it was cool and wet (I lived in Florida at the time). The last time I was on the Peak was in July of 2007. It was fun, but after 11 months of living in Flagstaff I was unprepared for the extreme heat (high 90s) and humidity (70+ degree dew points) that were plaguing the park and most of west Texas. Not only was it humid, but it had been raining a lot in 2007 and everything was really green. Every time I was in the area before this visit the weather was dry and comfortable even when 105, but this was something else. This weather was apparently very rare, and the park officials couldn't understand why I left Flagstaff to come there to soak in a sauna. I backpacked the peak, and the humidity was unpleasant, though it did make for a really red sunset. Ironically, I left the park earlier then I had planned to and drove to Colorado to climb my first 14er, Mt Elbert. Divine intervention? I was also in the Park in May of 2004, but I didn't summit the Peak, time constraints and a partner sent me to Tucson after a few days. On that trip I took the Tejas trail to the Bowl and ate lunch on Hunter Peak while getting buzzed by swallows. They're like little avian fighter jets.

This triplog is for the trip I remember most vividly AND have more than 2 photos from: my October 2005 trip.

I came in from the White Mountains where it had snowed on me at Hannigan Meadow and climbed Guad Peak on the Wednesday after Columbus Day. Weather was perfect. Absolutely perfect. This was good as I had delayed the climb by a week to allow for winds to die down, and according to rangers on that trip I made the smart choice. I also avoided some heavy rain by delaying the visit. I think I had the trail to myself the entire day and I must have spent 2 hours on the summit. The air was pretty clear, and I could see the Organ Mts east of Las Cruces, NM. I could definitely see the Lincoln NF, but am not sure if I could see Sierra Blanca or not. Later in the day a thin line of clouds began to appear in the northeast. This was the precursor to a cold front that would bring rain the next day. Fortunetly, I was in a dry hotel room in Pecos when it happened. You can see those clouds in my photographs.
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May 13 2004
Jim_H
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Hunter Peak via Bear CanyonBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
Hiking avatar May 13 2004
Jim_H
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.08 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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Being as this hike is now in the register, I thought I would run my triplog up the flag pole and see who saluted.
I did this way back in 2004 on a trip out from Florida. I remember it as a great day. Unfortunately, my photos from it are prints, not digital. This hike was actually done in reverse. I went up the Tejas trail and down the Bear Canyon trail, and then back to the trailhead on the Frijoles trail. I also made a short side trip into the Bowl to look at the large meadow that resulted from a fire. The old decaying metal water tank at the top of the trail was pretty neat.

I agree with Mike about the Tejas Trail. Unless it was really cold and I wanted to warm up on that southern Exposure, I would go up and down the Bear Canyon and avoid that hot, sunny, exposed slope the Tejas uses. Bear Canyon was a highlight of the day. If I get back to this park soon, I will go up the Canyon do a loop in the Bowl, and then descend.
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Aug 15 1999
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Apple Pie Hill Fire TowerWestern, NJ
Western, NJ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 1999
Jim_H
Hiking8.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.67 mph
200 ft AEG
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Oh, who knows about the exact date. Back in the late 90s and into the amazing year 2000, I use to hike this trail. I biked it, too. I also drove the tower many times. It was like my Mt Elden, but no where near as (insert comparison here). Sometimes, when nostalgia hits, I miss watching deep red sunsets on a warm June night. The sound of Whip-por-whils , Pine Barrens Tree Frogs, Eastern Wood Peewees, and Katydids were the sounds of the warm summer months and life in a state noted mostly for it's human made features.
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