username
X
password
register help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
 
 Comments
triplogs   photosets   labels comments more
Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ... 82  Next
1.6 k triplogs
Jun 21 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
Jun 16 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
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
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
Jun 09 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Maricopa PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2020
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
1,950 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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.
_____________________
Jun 05 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Dry Lake Tour, AZ 
Dry Lake Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
400 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Schultz Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Schultz Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
_____________________
Jun 04 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2020
Jim_H
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
 no routes
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
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.
Flora
Flora
Bristlecone Pine
_____________________
Jun 01 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Mormon Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
May 30 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A May dust storm with rain drops! Then super humid. What odd weather!
_____________________
May 28 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
FR 420, AZ 
FR 420, AZ
 
Scenic Drive avatar May 28 2020
Jim_H
Scenic Drive
Scenic Drive
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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.
_____________________
May 27 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pumpkin Trail #39Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2020
Jim_H
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
 no routes
Partners none no partners
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.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bull Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
More of a seep, but substantial.
_____________________
2 archives
May 26 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Afternoon at the Museum, AZ 
Afternoon at the Museum, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2020
Jim_H
Hiking15.06 Miles 4,550 AEG
Hiking15.06 Miles   7 Hrs      2.32 mph
4,550 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
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.
_____________________
May 17 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2020
Jim_H
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
3,500 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Partners none no partners
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.
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Icehouse Springbox Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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?
_____________________
1 archive
May 13 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
T-Bone Loop Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.75 mph
1,500 ft AEG
 
no photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Clockwise on T, up to the ridge, west on Alta to a point north of Maricopadoapa peak, and return going down the Ru Paul trail. Air is cool in the AM, the sun is still not very cool.
_____________________
May 11 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Maricopa PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.85 Miles 1,970 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.42 mph
1,970 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Beginning to look a little bit like summer with storm clouds around the valley, even though they blew away with the heat. Otherwise hot but tolerable. From 15th Ave.
_____________________
May 08 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
May 06 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Smith Ravine Trail #297Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2020
Jim_H
Hiking8.60 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.65 mph
2,000 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I journeyed to the land before Scott, because basically everything up here is new to me and I haven't even been near Pre-Scott in nearly a decade. September of 2010, and back then I was over near Granite Mountain on a climbing route. Well, I needed to change that, so I did. I still feel the same about the stop and go on SR 69, 10 years later.

I came for Spruce Mountain, not this trail itself. I saw this before the Groom Crick route, but read elsewhere that is a busy route. #297 was not. I saw a number of hikers and bikers on the summit from Groom. The road walk was fine, and the views were enjoyable. The Bradshaw Mountains are nice, just very ranchetted up. Shocking amounts of development here. But, if I had money to burn, I'd buy a disposable house in a tinder box, too! I bet those premiums are worth every subsidized dollar! Still, I wouldn't want to live in a place like Potato Patch in a snowy winter. Seasonally? Hmmmmm.

The trail is in what I now consider excellent condition, for Arizona with our ever present rock, shallow soils, and propensity towards soil eroding summer thunderstorms(and now warm, tropical-moisture-infused winter storms). The lower burn as mentioned by Preston is open, but the brush is returning to full flammability! Nah, it actually looks Okay, and there are some pine seedlings out in it. Mostly, it looks like a random fuel reduction project was carried out here. The rest is half decent pine. There was even a small stream flowing, which was nice.

Spruce Mountain was interesting. Scenic, cool, had a good view of all new terrain. After Union, I felt it offered a more interesting and diverse view than Union, though Union has a better view of the Tower (Massif?) to the south, and on a clear day would provide some excellent views to perhaps as far as the Eagle Tails and Woolsey. Spruce offers up north views of dead volcanoes, plus some filler in Sedona.

Probably the most interesting thing was the view to the West-northwest out over SR 89, Granite Mountain, and Prescott, as that is more undiscovered country, for me. Aquarius Mountains, Santa Maria Mountains, and all. Do I sense a dawning of a new age?

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Smith Ravine Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Presumably the flowing stream.
_____________________
May 06 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Mount UnionPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2020
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,099 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,099 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After Spruce from #297, I set out for this. The drive down is enjoyable, but my feelings from last year about this hike alone not being worth the drive from far away, stands. If only interested in this area, maybe add Davis? Or do what you what, I don't know. It is great if nearby. The dirt road is in nothing short of excellent shape. Lots of people do extravagant GPS route hikes here incorporating roads and whatnot. I don't know I would enjoy that, as it seems so developed.

Union is nice. Good views, save for to the north. To the south, Towers Mountain drew my eye, and has me interested in that summit, and I am sure that other trails can be hiked to round out the trip or perhaps make a loop, or something.

The Hassayampa River headwaters are flowing heavily. Well over gallon+.
_____________________
May 05 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.31 mph
1,100 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
May 03 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
Apr 30 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2020
Jim_H
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.80 mph
1,500 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Out and back from the 7th St water tanks to the high point on the Guadalupe Ridge, or Old Man East, or whatever that trail is called. Hot and overcast, a weird combination. Tolerable as I felt about as lousy headed out as I did on return, thanks to the pestilence Du jour, and then the heat.

Feels like cicadas ought to be singing, but it is still the middle of spring!
_____________________
Apr 18 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 59
 Routes 55
 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Copper Mountain High PointSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.09 mph
2,000 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I love the white granite! Plus, I thought I would do a ridge traverse to Coyote Peak. It was windy on the ridge, and the terrain is tougher than my memory recalls and pictures let on, so after 1/3 of the distance being covered, I abandoned Coyote and negotiated my way down another canyon to the Betty Lee Mine, which was the joint venture between Betty Crocker and Sarah Lee prior to their fallout when they entered the then noncompetitive home baking market. Only went a short distance in, holes in the earth aren't my thing, and turned back.

Spotted a bighorn ram on the summit as soon as I gained sight of it, which makes me proud as I just glanced at it and noticed it, but my picture shows there were two of them. I did see two run down slope through the boulders, and across the adjacent ridge, but I couldn't tell if the second ram was a ewe by the time I could see them clearly. Also, almost climbed onto a small white-gray juvenile rattle snake. Not my thing and he was coiling up 3 feet from my face and eye level. I backed down from that, fast.

The Copper Mountains are really beautiful, as are most of these ranges out here. I just wish they were not so far away. Even if you hate Quantum of Solace from 2008, you can enjoy the fighter scene that was filmed over white granite mountains and canyons in the northern Baja, doubling for Bolivia. I love that terrain, and this range, as do many here, look almost identical.
Flora
Flora
Elephant Tree
Named place
Named place
Betty Lee Mine Sheep Mountain
_____________________
1 archive
average hiking speed 2.26 mph
Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ... 82  Next

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

help comment issue

end of page marker