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Mar 06 2020
Grasshopper
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Hilltop Fortress at Hidden Creek, AZ 
Hilltop Fortress at Hidden Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2020
Grasshopper
Hiking3.30 Miles 785 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.72 mph
785 ft AEG   2 Hrs   50 Mns Break
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Oregon_Hiker
This was a HAZ-MountainMatt find that sparked Oregon_Hiker and my interest for a hopeful visit. From Matt's previous HAZ posting, another ancient full circle, walled, hilltop ruin site with awesome near and distant views and numerous artifacts to view :)

It was a nasty and rough secondary road forty-five minutes for a 1.4ml 4WD in from the primary road. We decided to park at an available saddle area (for vehicle turn around) .5ml from road end, prior-to crossing a wide, perennial Hidden Creek. This was my first planned flowing creek crossing in a long time where there was no near opportunity to cross the creek by just hiking over some rocks above water. Fortunately our alternate plans to cross the creek ending with dry socks and dry boots to change back into went well, but I am not a fan of the logistics and extra time required to successfully do so. This particular hike out and back was worth my extra planning effort!

As Larry and I were enjoying this ancient site views and construction, I mentioned that I could not find for viewing any of the previous, various site artifacts that our MountainMatt had posted in his original photoset :-k Larry pulled his smartphone and having a cell signal, he sent a text to Matt asking where within the site were all the artifacts located?? Matt soon replied back stating that he had viewed all the artifacts along the banks of "Hidden Creek".. guess we did not ask enough questions prior-to our visit :) It was still a great day out and a very enjoyable visit to a lesser known ancient ruin site.. Thank you MountainMatt!
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Feb 20 2020
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Central Arizona Wilderness Roam, AZ 
Central Arizona Wilderness Roam, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2020
Grasshopper
Hiking2.80 Miles 338 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles
338 ft AEG
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This remote Central AZ exploration, details courtesy of HAZ-MountainMatt, was a first time area visit for me. With some shared information from Matt, Larry and I planned to explore two different parts of the state which included a whole lot of planned driving miles for our day events.

Our 1st visit- Drive ended with the longest, roughest, strictly 4WD, 3.5 mile one way road I have been on in a long time :sweat: I'm glad that we were in Larry's FJ with his new BFG KO2 10 ply tires. At one point on the drive out, I mentioned to him that now I know when heavier, 10 ply off-road tires can add an additional amount of safety and security. On the drive in, we finally had enough of the slow 4-Wheeling and found the right location to park and start our off-trail, cross-country hike.

Our destination had awesome near and distant Rim Canyon Views where the Ancients had constructed a sizable compound which we estimated to be maybe as many as fifteen dwelling rooms. Lots of rocks and walls that had now mostly fallen victim to the centuries past. The Ancients came here for the views with fairly convenient water access and.. stayed.

Our 2nd visit- On our continuing long driving day, we headed to another one of MountainMatt's finds, an interesting, ancient pictograph detail. We only had a road name and a general area location for this one, so we spent some time trying to locate the exact location within a large boulder field rock outcropping area. After no luck, we finally gave up and headed back to our vehicle but just in time, a friendly area resident saw us hiking up his road and stopped his vehicle to point out the exact alcove/overhang location of this illusive pictograph panel. It was a worthwhile hike and visit back up.

It was a long driving day, another fun, rewarding, and fresh air exploration thanks to @MountainMatt .. and ..fortunately for me, my vehicle was parked at an "In-N-Out Burger" so I had something additional to look forward too :)
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Jan 31 2020
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Tonto Basin Explore #1, AZ 
Tonto Basin Explore #1, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2020
Grasshopper
Hiking1.30 Miles 780 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   0.56 mph
780 ft AEG
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The week before (on 1/24) Oregon_Hiker and I explored in from the Pumpkin Center area with success. For this next week we had located a couple of interesting areas to explore a little further South within the Tonto Basin area. Fortunately, HAZ-MountainMatt was available to join us for this full day of exploring.

We had two short but all off-trail hikes planned in this Tonto Basin area. For me, this first morning hike was the more demanding of the two, with more difficult and steeper terrain to hike, but offered rewarding near and distant area views and confirmation of ancient Native American History at our destination :D
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Four Peaks
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Jan 31 2020
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Tonto Basin Explore #2, AZ 
Tonto Basin Explore #2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2020
Grasshopper
Hiking1.70 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   0.77 mph
720 ft AEG
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We had two off-trail hikes planned South of the the Tonto Basin area for today to explore some new areas.

This hike was number two for the day and the one I enjoyed the most with excellent short and distant 360 degree views and was most enjoyable because it was mostly all up hill on the way in with downhill on the way out :)

After a pleasant blue sky day of hiking with the additional reward of visiting another ancient, Native American site with Larry and Matt, Oregon_Hiker (Larry) and I stopped for a second time in the past two weeks at the historic Butcher Hook Restaurant [ image ] in Tonto Basin for a late lunch 👍
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Jan 24 2020
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mistake Peak RidgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2020
Grasshopper
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,129 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.07 mph
1,129 ft AEG   2 Hrs   15 Mns Break
 
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This lesser known ancient Native American ruin site was located on Google Earth by HAZ- ssk44 back in April'19. It is located off Hwy 188 in from Pumpkin Center, AZ, and required crossing Tonto Creek [ photo ] which is always flowing at various seasonal water levels and CFS rates: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/uv/? ... 0065,00060 (view the Hike Guide "Driving Directions" for creek crossing guidelines).

To the off-trail Park/TH Start for this hike requiring an 89 mile one way drive from my residence for a 3.2 mile roundtrip hike meant that I have to love ancient ruin hunting and off-trail bushwhacking / route finding or else it would never be scheduled.. Oregon_Hiker and I do enjoy it, so we finally scheduled it :D

It was a good weather day and a good hike destination with some much needed Tonto NF exercise and also for me, some much needed fresh air. My last hike (walk) was a 7 miler at Disneyland, CA, the "Happiest Place on Earth" 12/27/19. Among the masses of people there, this was the closest I have been to being lost in a long time :sweat: and absolutely no fresh air.

As with most remote, ancient Native American ruin sites, even if one does not find stellar construction still standing and various artifacts to take pictures of, the near and distant scenery for most all these site locations is always worth the effort of a visit. This once approximate eight room dwelling was no exception and another rewarding ruins visit for me 👍

I had promised Larry an interesting end to the day with a hardy country style dinner menu at the historic "Butcher Hook Restaurant and Saloon" [ image ] off Hwy 188 in Tonto Basin, AZ. I had a bottomless ice tea with a (real) long tea spoon 👍 , endless sugar in a large pour container 👍 then my main entre was a fresh tossed salad with thousand island dressing, an 8oz breaded chicken fried steak 👍 with mash potatoes and fresh chicken gravy 👍 yellow corn, and buttered Texas toast 👍 It was a great choice and the only thing we forgot to buy and bring to really feel more at home here was the latest 2020 red Rep Baseball Cap. Maybe for next time or maybe not..
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Mistake Peak Picture Mountain
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Dec 31 2019
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Grasshopper's Kitchen Route - NYE 2019, AZ 
Grasshopper's Kitchen Route - NYE 2019, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Dec 31 2019
Grasshopper
Walk / Tour0.13 Miles
Walk / Tour0.13 Miles   4 Hrs      0.03 mph
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On most yearly NYE Days and definitely on an AZ cloudy, windy, cold, and wet ones I enjoy going to Sprouts Farmers Market on December 30th and buying some of most every available fresh soup vegetable to make a large 10 quart pot of "Vegetable Soup" on NYE Day- Dec 31st.

I always begin on December 30th pm with at least 2 hours of vegetable prep for overnight in the refrigerator. Late morning of NYE- Dec 31st I prepare a soup base of water, a large container of liquid chicken stock, two ham hocks, and many other spices including two bay leaves, fresh graded garlic, black pepper, chopped red/yellow peppers, chopped white onion, and chives.

This 2019 NYE I started cooking at 10am and was enjoying fresh veggie soup at 12:noon. I always compliment my soup with heated corn tortillas/butter :) .. Now ~ten quarts of wonderful, fresh NYE 2019 veggie soup and only me over for lunch..lol
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HAZ Food Holiday Spirit
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Oct 29 2019
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Reynolds Crk Tr - Center Mtn Tr Short Loop, AZ 
Reynolds Crk Tr - Center Mtn Tr Short Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking3.20 Miles 855 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   4 Hrs      0.80 mph
855 ft AEG
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Oregon_Hiker
On my recent 10/23 to 10/30 (7night/8day) vehicle camping-hike exploring trip to our Sierra Ancha, this was my fifth and last planned day hike. This short loop started out from the Reynolds Creek TH which was another short ~2 mile drive from our [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#1 ] .

A little over a week earlier @joebartels had projected the Reynolds Creek Trail #150 to have possible prime Autumn'19 foliage colors :FG: So, Oregon_Hiker and I planned this trail as our last day hike. It was an enjoyable short loop hike with substantial Big Tooth Maple colors and with the Reynolds Creek Trail #150 having had recent trail maintenance made for an even more enjoyable day outing :)
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Bigtooth Maple
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Reynolds Creek Falls - Sierra Ancha
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Oct 28 2019
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#2Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Oct 28 2019
Grasshopper
Car Camping
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Oregon_Hiker and my planned Mon-10/28 exploratory hike passed by my small tent camping site up from the Billy Lawrence TH at the end of FR235. I originally camped here for a week period in May'13. The Sierra Ancha Wilderness near and distant views and sunrises are to die for at this choice camping location. One should also expect a few ATVs and side-by-sides driving by this dead end two track if one remains in camp during the day.

For anyone else who might be interested in considering this high clearance, 4WD only one tent campsite, I thought it might be a good idea to update the campsite area with some revised pictures and here they are :)
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Oct 28 2019
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks - Sierra AnchaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking3.00 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   0.56 mph
650 ft AEG
 
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On my recent 10/23 to 10/30 (7night/8day) vehicle camping-hike exploring trip to the Sierra Ancha, this was my fourth planned day hike. This one started out of the Billy Lawrence TH which was only a short 1.7mls drive further down FR235 from our [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#1 ]

This moderate, mostly off-trail, but relatively short 3 mile out-n-back hike which does require some route finding ability via ideally, downloading and following the posted HAZ hike guide "official" Gps route, is a true gem! :DANCE:

Our Sierra Ancha Wilderness has a wealth of expansive, short and distant rugged mountains, peaks, buttes, and cliff views. Combine all this with unique, unexpected, and numerous geological features to enjoy, and you have a true geology "candy store".

This hike I'm sure I will want to experience again as I'm fairly certain that there is more to enjoy here :D
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Ghost?
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Oct 27 2019
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Visiting a Home of the Ancients - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Visiting a Home of the Ancients - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,270 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.55 mph
1,270 ft AEG
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Oregon_Hiker
Since learning the location of this ancient Native American- Salado Culture Site in YR2011, I had wanted to visit but knew better than to attempt it by myself. The timing was never good for numerous prior visits to this area until this planned late Oct'19 week trip.

Oregon_Hiker had previously visited this one in Oct'12 (occupation ~AD1312 to 1317). It was questionable if I was going to be able to persuade him for another bushwhack/deathmarch a second time :sweat:

Fortunately, it worked out for one of our 6 planned hike days. From our campsite [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#1 ] we had a bit of a drive to reach the location where we would start this begining trail/off-trail hike.

Thank you Oregon_Hiker. A tough but very rewarding visit! 👍
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Big Sagebrush
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Oct 26 2019
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lucky Strike Tr #144(Post May'16 Juniper Fire), AZ 
Lucky Strike Tr #144(Post May'16 Juniper Fire), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
Grasshopper
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On my recent 10/23 to 10/30 (7night/8day) vehicle camping-hike exploring trip to the Sierra Ancha, I took this late morning short hike in from the Billy Lawrence TH to have some nice near and distant views along the beginning Lucky Strike Trail #144.

My main objective was to see how burnt-up this trail was from the May-2016 "Juniper Wildfire". I only had to hike in about .5ml or less to view the start of the burn.. It was pretty devastating. This trail heads downhill close to ~2800ft elevation loss :sweat: to end at Cherry Creek Road, FR203 five+ miles one way. I suspect that the burn areas continue all the way down to FR203.

This Sierra Ancha Trail has some special meaning to me as it was my very first HAZ- Hike Guide write-up back in Oct-2007 and I was proud for having done so :D
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Oct 25 2019
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cienega Spr Tr #145 Explore - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Cienega Spr Tr #145 Explore - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking3.00 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   5 Hrs      0.60 mph
750 ft AEG
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Sometimes it's nice to have a day of hiking with no end result in mind.
Today was one of those fun and easy hike days
.. and ..
doing so we had time to chat with ideas to solve a couple of the worlds greatest problems
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Cienega Spring

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Oct 24 2019
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Explore Above GH Camp #1 - FR235, AZ 
Explore Above GH Camp #1 - FR235, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking1.30 Miles 485 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.52 mph
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My second day, and first hike of an 8day/7nt Sierra Ancha Wilderness vehicle camp / hike explore Autumn week.

Larry arrived around 10:30am and after setting up his camp and a lunch break, we left from the campsite heading North to explore for a couple of hours as a first warm-up hike for a planned busy week ahead :)

This off-trail hiking area North of our campsite offered some very interesting areas to observe but turned-out to be too difficult for us to get to.. The sometimes typical "Sierra Ancha Wilderness" Explore :D
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Oct 23 2019
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#1Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Oct 23 2019
Grasshopper
Car Camping
Car Camping8 Days         
 
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I originally located this great vehicle single or group campsite on a previous May'13 week of camping-hike exploring at the upper end of FR235, up from the Billy Lawrence TH. I did an edit soon after returning to add a HAZ Hike Guide for this new vehicle camping location thinking I would be back here soon to camp. Other HAZ members did soon camp here and now six and one-half years later I finally did too :)

HAZ-Oregon_Hiker (Larry) and I had big plans for this 7-8 day trip to explore a number of areas between this FR235, FR410 (The Reynolds Creek TH), and FR487 (Upper Workman Creek Rd). I decided to arrive a day earlier on Wed-10/23 to take my time putting-up time consuming "Camp Grasshopper" so I would have some free time for a nice breakfast and other needed camp duties prior-to Larry's arrival, late morning on Thurs-10/24. Arriving a day early also allowed me to be ready for the first planned short hike exploration with Larry after his arrival.

This trip HAZ-friendofThundergod (Lee), Blanco, and friend (Katie) with her two pups had plans to join us for the weekend period with Larry, Lee, and Katie planning to do a serious hike (Deathmarch-Bushwhack) in on the Moody Point Trail #140 to an area (Uppermost Moody Point) that had been on our radar for over two years. Since I had plans to remain in camp most of this entire Sat-10/26 after a short hike in from the Billy Lawrence TH for a short distance on the Lucky Strike Tr 144, I had previously planned to prepare a hardy, hot, home cooked Grasshopper meal for all since their day hike, leaving camp before dawn at 5:30am and not arriving back until sunset at 5:30pm, I knew they would appreciate it [ photo ] . We also had a fresh tossed salad with dressing, Italian bread, and chocolate chip-nut-coconut cookies for dessert! :D

The 8 day temps for late October was not that cold/windy at night-early morning except for our last night and departure day Wed-10/30 which was wicked brutal (see last two pic captions on my photoset).

Overall I can confirm this is an awesome vehicle campsite 👍 with another rewarding visit to our Sierra Ancha Wild.
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Alligator Juniper
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Center Mountain
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Jul 22 2019
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Reynolds Crk Tr RIM Loop - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Reynolds Crk Tr RIM Loop - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2019
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Hiking5.53 Miles 1,268 AEG
Hiking5.53 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   1.06 mph
1,268 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
 
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With some challenging off-trail and route finding required, this was my fourth (and last) day hike on day five of Oregon_Hiker and my planned 6nt/7day Sierra Ancha Wilderness Vehicle Camping Trip on upper Workman Creek Road (FR487).

I had originally hiked this remote and very scenic, enjoyable Sierra Ancha Wilderness area nine years ago in May, 2010, with our late HAZ-GPSjoe. It had left a lasting memory, especially our primary destination [ photo ] and I was very pleased to have interested Oregon_Hiker in adding it on our trip hike agenda for this week trip/monsoon period revisit to enjoy cooler Summer temperatures above ~7000 feet.

With all the off-trail bushwhacking that we do enjoy hiking which most always includes a certain amount of overgrowth, down trees, and etc. that we just take for granted, I should mention that for this 7/22/19 loop hike on these three official trail sections linked above, that there is presently a significant amount of heavy Spring overgrowth with down trees to negotiate over, under, and around.. but still a beautiful, peaceful, and remote deep forest/spectacular canyons area to be and to enjoy.. which we did! :D
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Jul 21 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Murphy Mtn Viewpoints/Summit - Sierra AnchaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking1.20 Miles 169 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   0.55 mph
169 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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This was my third off-trail day hike on day four of Oregon_Hiker and my planned 6nt/7day Sierra Ancha Vehicle Camping Trip.

HAZ-nonot (Steve) came up on Friday of this week and before his departure on this Sunday, he had time to join Larry and myself for this short, but very scenic out-n-back hike to first summit an awesome plateau view area, then continue on to summit Murphy 7732ft Benchmark (with no Benchmark present).

This short and relatively easy to navigate off-trail hike to the Plateau View Areas [ photo ] is a most enjoyable area to hike to, then I recommend just returning back to the TH the way you came in. As I mentioned in the notes of my posted and recommended to download and follow Gps Route, it is recommended to "only hike to the noted Gps Route very scenic Viewpoints area as the more involved hike to the 7732ft Summit is not worth the effort and no Summit Benchmark is present."

Oregon_Hiker and my posted and geocoded picsets with captions and tag notes will hopefully confirm this short off-trail hike, shortly before arriving at Aztec Peak summit is a winner! :DANCE:
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New Mexico Locust
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Jul 19 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Sierra Ancha Exploring, AZ 
Sierra Ancha Exploring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2019
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Our first full day out on a 6 night/7 day vehicle camping- hiking trip. A great day exploring a new area and find (for us) in our Sierra Ancha Wilderness which will justify a return trip!
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Old Rusty Stuff
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Jul 19 2019
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Billy Lawrence TH Upr RIM Views - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Billy Lawrence TH Upr RIM Views - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2019
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After our first short three mile but :sweat: adventure this 7/19am [ photoset ] with a short rest stop back at Camp G/H - FR487, we headed out to the Reynold Creek area up FR410 to FR235 end to hike the 4WD Rim Mining Road to check-out the always great views of the huge Cherry Creek Drainage areas down from the Billy Lawrence Park/TH Start area for the Lucky Strike Tr #144 and along the ~.5ml one way Metate (asbestos) Mining Road to Rim End.

:D My very first Sierra Ancha Wilderness hike was on 6/24/06 with HAZ-topohiker (Ken). Over many years since, I have had some really superb memories hiking and remote camping trips within this huge area below and out from the Billy Lawrence TH :D
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Jul 18 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha - FR487Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Jul 18 2019
Grasshopper
Car Camping4.80 Miles
Car Camping4.80 Miles
 
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I had plans to do a week Vehicle Camping/Hiking/R&R heat escape trip this summer for June-July-August.

Oregon_Hiker (Larry) joined me for a week in June up on the Mogollon Rim which was a good trip away at 7435ft. In July I was thinking about going back up to the Mogollon Rim again, but after some discussions with Larry and recalling this great higher elevation campsite far up Workman Creek Rd (FR487) at 7160ft where we had previously camped in April'16, another visit was soon on our planning calendar and the timing was also good this July trip for HAZ-nonot(Steve) to be able to join us for 2nts/3 days of our planned 6nt/7day visit.

I had one Sierra Ancha Wilderness hike in this area that I really enjoyed hiking nine years ago in May, 2010: The
"Reynolds Crk Tr RIM Loop" and I knew that Larry would also enjoy it since he had yet to hike this area around the Reynold Creek Trail #150. We invited Steve to join us but he had recently hiked this one. As it turned-out, Larry came up with two additional "off-trail" hike areas that sounded interesting, so now with me slowing down, three interesting hikes along with a nice campsite to enjoy with cooler Summer temps was all I needed to commit for another week away from our PHX area FURNACE in July! :D

July and August is Monsoon Season in this area of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness, but with a late arrival this year, we lucked out with only one night of moderate winds and rain, so all worked out well and my "Camp Grasshopper FR487" [ photoset ] tells the rest of the enjoyable story at camp.. :yes:
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#4Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Scenic Drive avatar Jun 18 2019
Grasshopper
Scenic Drive13.50 Miles
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On my departure day- 6/18 drive out on the Rim Road FR300 from a very enjoyable 6nt/7day vehicle camping/hiking trip on our Mogollon Rim, camping at a different Camp Grasshopper location at 7435ft elevation, I decided to stop by my recommended Vehicle Campsite #4 location only a short distance off of FR300 down FR398.

This Campsite #4 sustained a controlled wildfire burn (The Bear Fire) in June'17 [ photoset ] and I wanted to see what a difference two years makes in recovery. Two years did make a positive difference!

This vehicle campsite is my recommended Autumn camp location for the last week of Sept- first week of Oct to hike and view awesome Maple Colors in the nearby "West Bear Canyon".
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