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May 12 2007
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70 male
 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cave Creek #4 to Spur Cross THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2007
FourPeaks
Hiking6.25 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.34 mph
1,450 ft AEG
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Got an early start to beat the heat. Starting at the Cave Creek trailhead, I hiked out to the Crested sagauro near the 2nd creek crossing and back to the trailhead. I was planning to park on FS24B but for some reason the forest service has closed the side road FS24B to the Ashdale Administrative Site. The trail crosses the FS24B at .62 miles from the Cave Creek Trailhead. The trail is not closed, just the road. Many people park on the road to cut the trail mileage down a little. Now it is better to park at the trailhead and hike the addtional distance.
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Apr 15 2007
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70 male
 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Vultee Arch Trail #22Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2007
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Hiking3.58 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.58 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.15 mph
300 ft AEG
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This trail has a lot of foot traffic and this Sunday was no exception. It is a nice hike, but you should combine it with another hike in the area to make the rough 5 mile forest road worth the drive.

The Sterling Pass Trail branches off near the Vultee Arch. Because the Sterling Pass Trail is closed due to the forest fire, you can't hike all the way to 89A as Joe described in the main write up.

GPS for Trail Head: N 34 56.229 W 111 473660 Elevation:4810
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Apr 13 2007
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70 male
 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Desert Botanical GardenPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2007
FourPeaks
Hiking2.25 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.04 mph
50 ft AEG
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In March-May and again in the Fall the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is open. This is an enjoyable family activity. There is a Crested Saguaro Cactus on the grounds also. It is located on the driveway into the Garden. This is a great place to practice your photography skills!
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Apr 07 2007
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70 male
 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Papago Buttes - Papago ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2007
FourPeaks
Hiking3.60 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   2 Hrs      1.80 mph
100 ft AEG
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Papago is a great place to hike with many trails and it is right in the middle of town.
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Apr 06 2007
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70 male
 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2007
FourPeaks
Hiking4.50 Miles
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.20 mph
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Trail 100 offers many possibilities and variations for hikes. Today, I parked at the Dreamy Draw Park and walked West towards Cave Creek Road and climbed a side mountain. Then I returned the same way I came for a total of 4.51 miles. It was over 90 degrees during the hike today and I really noticed the requirement for additional water. I took and drank all 4 liters on this hike. If you are from out-of-town and planning on hiking this or any other Phoenix trail in 90+ degrees heat, make absolute certain you take enough water. Take more than you think you need. Use a hydration pack and take extra bottled water. I drink more water than some hikers, but in 90+ temperatures I suggest .75-1 liters of WATER per mile or if you are climbing, I suggest even more. Don't take the chance of getting dehydrated and ruining your trip. It's easy...just take enough water with you.
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Apr 01 2007
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70 male
 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
LV Yates Trail #8Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2007
FourPeaks
Hiking4.74 Miles 280 AEG
Hiking4.74 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.41 mph
280 ft AEG
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This is a great place to hike and it provides many different trails and places to park. Today I parked at 40th street and hiked mostly on trail 8 but also some on 100. I just wanted a good workout and get home by noon. There are a lot of hikers, bikers using these trails along with the horses. Even with a lot of people using the trails, you can still find peace. Make sure you take enough water for your trip. There is water available at the 40th Street TH and Dreamy Draw park TH. Tatum TH has very limited parking and no water or restroom. The best hike in this area is the 10.5 miles from Tatum to 7th Ave on Trail 100. The trail has tunnels for the major road crossings (SR-51, Cave Creek and 7th Street)
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Mar 25 2007
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70 male
 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coffee Flat Trail #108Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2007
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Hiking7.20 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.06 mph
450 ft AEG
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Fantastic day for a hike. It rained several days this week. It is amazing how the desert soaks up water so fast. There were very few mud holes on the trail. Very few wild flowers in bloom. octillo just starting to bloom. Park at the Peralta TH and once you climb over the first pass and drop down into the valley, it is a very nice hike with great views of the mountains, Miner's Needle and more Saguaro cactus than you could count. I'm always on the lookout for Crested Saguaro cactus, but didn't see any on this trip.
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Mar 11 2007
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 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cave Creek #4 to Spur Cross THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2007
FourPeaks
Hiking12.50 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.92 mph
1,450 ft AEG
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Feb 17 2007
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 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Flume TrailCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2007
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Hiking 494 AEG
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I stopped by the trail head to see how high the water was in the river. The Flume Trailhead is posted as closed. See the notice on the sign and information board. There is also a copy of the public notice near the road saying the trail is closed as they deconstruct the flume. The water in the river was deeper than I thought it would be. Not a good place to cross in hiking boots!
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Feb 17 2007
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 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2007
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Hiking3.00 Miles 2,192 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour      3.00 mph
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I only hiked a total of 3 miles just to see what the territory. The trail head is right on HWY 87 near Hwy 188 junction. The junction sign for the Gold Ridge Trail number 47 is about half a mile from the trail head. Go striaght for Deer Creek Trail number 45 and turn for Gold Ridge.
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Feb 10 2007
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2007
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,912 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
1,912 ft AEG
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This is a great hike. Most of the snow is gone now. I didn't hit snow on the trail until about 2.25 miles. The waterfall at 2.5 was nearly dry. There was a trickle of water but no real flow. I turned back at 3 miles for a total of 6 miles. The creek in the canyon below was flowing and you can hear it from the trail. I saw no wildlife except for birds. Weather was perfect for a day hike.
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Nov 11 2006
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 Joined Nov 15 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pine Mountain Verde Rim LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2006
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Hiking6.80 Miles 1,574 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   3 Hrs      2.27 mph
1,574 ft AEG
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The forest road 68 is a long and bumpy road from I-17. The road leads to the Pine Flat Campground. The trailhead has a register and there were very few people signed it over the past month. Leaves from the trees covered the trail and it got a little confusing in a few places near Nelson's. I headed up to the Clover Leaf and ran out of time and had to turn back. It was only another mile and half to the rim, but I didn't want to be on the trail at dark and it was starting to rain. Days in Nov are really short! I saw a deer and an Elk heading in the other direction as soon as they saw me! The Pine Flat TH would be a good place to spend the night prior to hiking the loop to the rim and back.
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Nov 04 2006
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Bronco Trail #245Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2006
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Hiking5.20 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.31 mph
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It was very sad to see all the fire damage in this area, especially the damage to the Saguaros. I walked in to the very muddy stock tank and turned around.
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Oct 15 2006
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Cave Creek #4 to Spur Cross THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2006
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.75 mph
1,450 ft AEG
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Hiked 7 miles on Trail #4 the day after a big rain. A lot of wildlife was moving around. The Tarantula and Toad were seen on this day. The photos in this set are a combination from several hikes on Trail #4.
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average hiking speed 2.07 mph

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