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Oct 23 2006
Desertboots
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2006
Desertboots
Hiking13.60 Miles
Hiking13.60 Miles
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We hiked in On Oct 21 and out Oct 22. The weather was beautiful and the trail overgrown in some places. There is one place where you can really lose the trail if you're not careful. It is where you will go a long way around a huge tree that has fallen in the trail. After coming back down the walk-around, turn left and pick up the trail there. It does not go straight, that was trampled down by lost hikers. If you find yourself going into the wash, you have gone the wrong way. Go back and find the trail from the place where you come out from walking around the fallen tree. The trail then goes on into the meadow where the tall grass is.

But, we had a great weekend!

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May 28 2006
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Keet SeelNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2006
Desertboots
Hiking16.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   4 Hrs      4.00 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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Well, once again I hiked out to my favorite ruins, Keet Seel. I was in much better shape this time, but my pack was just as heavy. I led 7 other people out here and it was all I could do to keep them from killing me with sticks, as I insisted that they take 2 gallons of water. It was very cool ( like, uh, COLD) up there and we didn't consume very much water. Most of us ended up dumping a couple of litres for the trip back. That is not to say you don't have to worry about carrying enough water. Please do, especially if it's hot. There is no potable water on the trail, only at the visitor's center.

The canyon walls to climb were every bit as steep as they were before, and the ruins just as nice.
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Mar 26 2006
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2006
Desertboots
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,118 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   6 Hrs      1.37 mph
1,118 ft AEG
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We hiked this as a group with Sierra Club yesterday (Mar 26) and the trail was all but destroyed with meny trees and shrubs broken by the snofall and blocking the trail. There was a lot of bushwhacking and at some points it was difficult to find the trail. So, if you go, bring a chainsaw!
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Sep 26 2004
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2004
Desertboots
Hiking7.40 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles
180 ft AEG
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Really beautiful trail. I hiked with a group who like to hike very quickly and so I hope I can come back when I can spend more time rambling along.

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Aug 31 2003
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Flume TrailCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2003
Desertboots
Hiking7.40 Miles 494 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles1 Day         
494 ft AEG
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Just got back from an overnighter at Fossil Springs. We did this in a two car shuttle going down the Fossil Springs Trail and coming out the Flume Trail. :idea: I am writing this as a word of warning for anyone who hasn't been here in a while. They have shut down the flume and now all the water flows freely down Fossil Creek from the springs. So, when you drop down from the parking lot there is a fast river to cross where there used to be a trickle. We had come back this way and were surprised to find we had to cross this rushing creek full of water with our full packs.

I was pretty tired and upset or I would have photographed and got GPS coordinates of where we crossed. We went a little bit upstream and found a reasonably shallow place. It will be well over your Gor-Tex boots, so wear water shoes (like Tevas) till you get across the river.

Other than that ~ Fantastic!

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Mar 09 2003
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2003
Desertboots
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   7 Hrs      1.07 mph
1,170 ft AEG
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They've done some great things to this loop trail. We went counterclockwise from the Ramada parking area, through Ford Canyon, the old dam, Willow Spring, Mesquite Spring. But instead of that nasty slope of scree down to Mesquite Spring, they've switchbacked it. Then, here's the best part, going out of Mesquite Spring they've re-routed the trail entirely. Instead of having the claw your way up the embankment, you go around the hill on a very easy scenic route, and you don't have to stumble down that boulder stretch back to the parking lot.
I am so excited, I think this is going to be a regular hike for me now that it's been made more pleasant. I'm turning into a weenie in my old age!
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Nov 17 2002
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2002
Desertboots
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   7 Hrs      1.06 mph
1,020 ft AEG
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We went a little askew of the Pass Mountain Trail and found some interesting things. I've posted photos of a Saguaro with a fan arm, and an interesting artifact surrounded by Redneck Spoor.

We stopped for lunch at the pass and were beset by very aggressive bees. Just FYI in case you decide to stop there for a spell. Just stay away from the rocks!

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Feb 04 2002
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Goat Camp / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2002
Desertboots
Hiking 1,662 AEG
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1,662 ft AEG
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Whew! I hiked this puppy today with a friend. We were actually out Geocaching (http://www.geocaching.com) and got as far as the saddle when you head towards the radio towers. As a recently diagnosed asthmatic, I had forgotten my Albuterol and still got this far, so I am proud of myself. I thought the geocache was going to be closer than it was and I still didn't locate it as I think my Magellan GPS had schpilkers in it's genectegazoink.

This is a steep 'un, and though I feel I accomplished something, I think perfer trails that have ripples rather than all uphill for a great deal of time and then all downhill for a great deal of time. It's wearing on the legs. I would like to make the loop all the way out to Ford Canyon, but I know I would need to be in a two car shuttle!
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Nov 19 2001
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Dripping Springs from PeraltaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2001
Desertboots
Hiking 632 AEG
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632 ft AEG
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I need to add some information on this trail. I backpacked this trail this weekend and got lost. Never made it to Dripping Springs.

When you get to the Windmill area and cross through the barb wire fence 'gate' you will continue straight for a little bit, till you get to the entrance to Randolph Canyon. This is where you need to hang a left and follow the Coffee Flat trail into Randolph Canyon. If you continue straight and go past the large rock wall you will go under a beautiful Cottonwood canopy, however, you are going the wrong way!! I will post photos for this confusing part of the trail soon.
So, take note, after the huge Saguaro with 1 zillion arms, the trail forks. Go right. You will get to a stick and barb wire fence with what can loosely be referred to as a gate. Keep straight till you get to the entrance to a canyon with one of the walls jutting out to the trail. When you get the the huge rock wall, look to the left for a cairn and go left just before the wall. You will see the trail pick up and then lead into the wash. Cross the wash, directly across I built two large cairns so that you can see where the trail picks up on the other side. Do not walk up the wash!! After you get across and back up on the trail, here there be dragons. I did not go further than this as it was too late to try and get to Dripping Springs. We just camped here. I am going to hike the Coffee Flat trail to Dripping Springs from the Woodbury trailhead soon. See if I have better luck!!
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Nov 16 2001
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2001
Desertboots
Hiking 1,020 AEG
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When I lived in Mesa, I hiked this trail all the time in the winter and spring. When 4 Peaks had snow on it (them?) the view at the pass was really a treat. I hike this counter-clockwise as well. It used to be a more brutal hike up to the pass a few years ago before they changed the trail. I alwasy wonder where the trail goes is you do fork off to the right when you go past the residentioal areas.
The residential areas out there were encroaching pretty rapidly last time I was out there. More Taco-Bell homes going up very near the park, like on the Peralta road. *sigh*.

The very best time on this trail for me was in the spring of 98 when we had all that rain. I have never seen more desert wildflowers in my life. These hills are covered with poppies!

The only wildlife I encountered out here were rattlesnakes, and that's usually in May.
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Oct 22 2001
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Dripping Springs from PeraltaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2001
Desertboots
Hiking 632 AEG
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632 ft AEG
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Too true about the catclaw!!! I did Rogers Canyon to JF Trail and my legs are hamburger. This sounds like a great trail, I think I'll do it when ( and if ) it cools down. Is this the same Coffee Flat Trail that connects up to the JF Trail near Woodbury Trailhead??

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Since I'm writing here... I tried accessing this trail above Queen Valley as a shorter option last Saturday. Too many gates. Nighthiker helped resolve some of my questions with the following...
As information, the Salado had communities along Queen Creek as far down
stream as Queen Creek, these folks blended with the Hohokam, initially folks
doing research dismissed these area as marginal sites and paid little
attention. With the advent of clearance/comnce archaeology, a better
understanding and apreciation of the people. They inhabitied, these areas for
several hundred years, built canals, (which to day collects sheet runoff and
drain into what were fields, but now dense stands of cholla), pubelo
communities, ball courts. In the early 60's land development scheme took
place and Queen Valley was developed. Queen Valley was also the site of a
stage stop, a ranch, a Palm tree farm and a large flood control structure is
located nearby.

From Queen Valley, you can go north and access the Superstition Wilderness
and hike into the Coffee Flat area. Please note that you will need an Arizona
State Land permit for recreational activities on state trust lands.
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Oct 22 2001
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2001
Desertboots
Hiking 1,558 AEG
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What great photos. It almost looks as though you were flying over in a plane.
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Oct 22 2001
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 Joined Mar 30 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2001
Desertboots
Hiking 1,170 AEG
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I hike this one all the time, as I live in the West Valley. I always make it a loop and go through Mesquite Valley and end up at the Willow Springs Trailhead.
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Oct 20 2001
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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
avatar Oct 20 2001
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150 AEG
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If you take the 23 mile drive in from Camp Verde, you'll pass by Stehr Lake. Just after this, you'll drive up over the pass and descend into the Verde River drainage. You'll begin to see the Childs Power Plant and all the power lines. They aren't too bad, really. You'll come to a crossing where the sign will point to the power plant and then to the campground. Go on to the campground. The road is very, very rough. I saw some passenger cars, but I would recommend at least a high clearance vehicle. We were in a Kia Sportage, and it made it fine.

Park at the campground. Look for the trailhead at the top of the campground away from the river. It's near the power plant, so if you follow the sound of the gushing water, you'll find it. You'll cross a wooden bridge that goes over the flumes coming out of the power plant. I believe the same flume from the Flume Trail feeds this plant as well.

After you cross the bridge, you'll come to the first trail sign. Stay on this trail and at around ¼ mile you'll come to a fork in the road where one branch goes right and up a hill. There is a sign at the top of the hill. This is the second marker. When you get to the top, you can see that the sign directs you exactly.

The trail levels out and you'll be walking a road. I don't know where this road comes from or where it goes. You'll pass a corral. Start looking across the river for a couple of Palms and a wall. This is the remains of a resort that was built in 1922. By the 1940's it was closed. There was an attempted comeback, but the hotel burned in 1962. Such a shame, as I think it would be a really neat place to stay. But, in a way, it's not so bad as it's difficult access keeps it crowd-free.

After you spot the palms, look for a couple of Cairns. Go between these and follow the trail to the edge of the river. This is where you will cross. You can cross anywhere, really, but I recommend this because it only gets knee deep. Other places it gets chest deep, and who knows how much deeper. I didn't have an extra pair of shoes, or my trusty Tevas, so I ended up getting my top of the line Montrail backpacking quality boots nice and squishy. They are indeed waterproof boots, but I discovered, and you may think this is just as astonishing as I did, but the boots are apparently no longer waterproof once you go in water that is knee-deep.

Once up on the other side, go left and follow the trail to the hot springs. Now, I must warn the gentle reader at this point. This is a favorite spot for nudists. If you are offended by nekkid folks, turn back now and no one gets hurt. If you are not put off by naked people, then feel free to drop trou and hop in. The water is fine. I chose to change into a bathing suit as I am deeply ashamed of my body like a good Catholic should be. I found a great little place a little past the bathing areas where I could hide and change into a swimsuit.

As a warning, however, it is posted at the campground that nudity is prohibited. I think there is a $250 fine for those discovered in the buff. So, if you want to go that way, you have to roll the dice and take your chances. The people who were going commando out there when I was there didn't seem to worry about getting caught. There was a couple there, clothed, who had their two little boys with them. Technically, for there to be naked strangers around the kids, it's a felony offense. So I'm just saying, be careful. It is remote, but you never know.

Ergo, I have only a few carefully taken photos of the bathing area. This is a G-Rated website, after all.

You follow the same trail out as you came in on.

If you so choose, you can go back toward Strawberry by continuing on Fossil Springs Road after you come up off the Childs Power Plant road. This will take you by the Flume Trail trailhead, and the Fossil Springs trailhead. Both are outstanding hikes and go back to yet another fantabulous spring. Fossil Spring, however, is chilly!
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Stehr Lake
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