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Oct 17 2022
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77 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Salome Cyn Overlook Peak 5612, AZ 
Salome Cyn Overlook Peak 5612, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking4.81 Miles 631 AEG
Hiking4.81 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.14 mph
631 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
 
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My last full day and 5th day hike on an eight-day "Camp Grasshopper" trip to this first-time visited, remote, rugged, and very scenic new area of our Sierra Ancha / Salome Wilderness.

This was a great last hike choice with always good company, very scenic, rugged off-trail, first time visited destinations with beautiful sunny, blue skies + puffy clouds, to add to the near and distant enjoyment of capturing this seldom hiker visited area in pics. Yes, it was!

My posted Gps Route with all key waypoints listed along with my posted and geocoded photoset with tag notes and detailed captions confirms the rest of the enjoyable story :)
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[ checklist ]  Manzanita
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[ checklist ]  HAZ - Hike HAZard

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Thoroughbred Pasture Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Oct 16 2022
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Hike FR2752 Plus EXT Rd Past Park Tank, AZ 
Hike FR2752 Plus EXT Rd Past Park Tank, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking5.60 Miles 404 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   1.47 mph
404 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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This was my fourth of five-day hikes in this first time visit, remote area of the Salome Wilderness Boundary area (six full days available to off-trail hike/explore this interesting area with a total of eight days stay.. two of which were driving to/from and setup/take down/pack camp).

It pays "big time" to have the flexibility to vehicle camp for multiple days in a new (to us) remote, difficult to get to, Wilderness Area like this one to off-trail hike explore! :yes: and I am very humbled having the opportunity to do so.

Due to serious winds, rain, (with some needed cleanup around camp) this prior 10/15 early evening and overnight into this 10/16 morning, we started our planned day hike at 11:15am to survey all the old two track roads "past" the Park Tank Ranching Gate on FR2752. Hiking past this FR2752 ranching gate at Park Tank included us hiking the extension of FR2752 to its road end where continuing Circle Ranch TR #55 leaves the road and starts its route to the Circle Ranch TH off of Hwy 288.

Prior-to hiking this FR2752 extension to its end, we first hiked a short section of it to a Right Turn X with another, un-numbered 1.3ml one way two track that first headed South, then WNW, then South again to dead end at a very remote, heavy forested area with an interesting campsite location..most likely better suited for seasonal hunters who may desire to be away from everything.

Today's hike was an awesome choice for a rainy, muddy day after, and a great way for us to have a better understanding of what went where in this very remote, less visited & less hiked area of our Tonto National Forest.
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[ checklist ]  Park Tank
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Oct 15 2022
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 Scottsdale, AZ
South Side Park Canyon - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
South Side Park Canyon - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking3.23 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking3.23 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   0.90 mph
340 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
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This was my third of five day hikes in this first time visit, remote area of the Salome Wilderness Boundary area (six full days available to off-trail hike/explore this interesting area with a total of eight days stay.. two of which were driving to/from and setup/take down/pack camp).

Two days prior on 10/13 Oregon_Hiker and I hike explored the rugged Upper Cliffs Rim West Side of "Park Canyon Creek" to locate the Main Falls viewpoint area and an additional Upper Falls area. We also hike/explored this West Side Cliffs Rim down canyon some before we turned around and headed back to our campsite.

This 10/15 hike was planned to explore this same Park Canyon Creek but do so from the rugged Upper Cliffs Rim South Side. This South Side was more difficult to route find with more vegetation to negotiate through, but this side of Park Canyon Creek with interesting views to the West Side Cliffs and sometime views down into the canyon drainage and distant views down canyon made for a better off-trail hike and pics experience than did exploring down the West Side, in my opinion.

We had high hopes of being able to follow this South Side Upper Cliffs Rim far enough down canyon to have views of the confluence of Park Canyon Creek with Salome Canyon Creek, but reality set in when we arrived at our necessary turn-around location [ photo ] at only 12:15pm :)

Oh well, our turn-around time and location ended up being a smart decision as we knew that there was serious rain forecasted to enter this area later this afternoon. We needed our rain gear prior-to arriving back at Camp Grasshopper. With winds, it rained in sheets after dark this Saturday evening and continued most of the night into the early morning of Sunday-10/16. In my older Kelty 7x8 tent, I was up at 10:30pm and 12:30pm thinking I was going to float away :sweat: but fortunately, after checking my tent inside corners for any leakage, all was good and at morning light all that rain, maybe 1.5", mostly soaked into the rocky ground with no puddles under my tent floor. I was lucky! :pray:
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[ checklist ]  Greenback Peak  Park Canyon Creek
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Oct 14 2022
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 Scottsdale, AZ
SalomeWildCyn-ViewPt KNOB 5344ft, AZ 
SalomeWildCyn-ViewPt KNOB 5344ft, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking5.90 Miles 1,122 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   8 Hrs      0.74 mph
1,122 ft AEG
 
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Years earlier, Eric (HAZ- ssk44) had previously suggested that Oregon_Hiker and I strongly consider an off-trail hike to reach his Google Earth located and highly recommended Salome Wilderness ViewPt KNOB 5344ft. This Summit/Knob was located at a most amAZing view location above the confluence area of rugged and scenic Workman Canyon Creek and Salome Canyon Creek.

The years in waiting an agreed-to time for Oregon_Hiker and myself to finally plan a new Salome Wilderness vehicle camping and off-trail hike exploring multiday trip all came to life for us based on confirming in early Spring'21 from this one awesome scene taken on the summit of Greenback Peak [ photo ]

The planning wheels soon started turning when Oregon_Hiker and I were able to take-in all the scenic beauty and possible new (for us) hike explore options that existed in this vast wilderness area that we had yet to visit.

This 10/14/22 was our second planned off-trail day hike on an eight-day Camp Grasshopper stay. The TH Start is from the recommended campsite location. This wilderness area is a rugged, rocky area to hike into with lots of various vegetation to negotiate through but fortunately with a large hike segment on an active Cattle Path to follow out-n-back. This completely off-trail hike requires excellent hiker route-finding and navigation skills. To reach the destination of ViewPt KNOB 5344ft, one must start early and with time to explore and take in the scenic beauty of this destination, you will be returning late. If driving in from the PHX area, which includes a serious five mile 4WD one way in on FR2752 to reach Camp Grasshopper (see Camp G/H Hike Guide), I would suggest a planned minimum of a two nights stay at Camp Grasshopper and a recommended three nights stay.

Unfortunately on this 10/14 hike, Oregon_Hiker and I only made it to a scenic location of ViewPt KNOB 5344ft, which was prior-to reaching the actual summit. I would estimate we had an additional .3 mile one way vegetation bushwhack first a steep down and then a bushwhack back up to reach the Knob summit area at 5344ft [ photo ]

Another unfortunate on this 10/14 hike is that somewhere between ~1 mile in and ~1.4 miles in, I personally lost my one year old 5G Samsung Smartphone which had seven (7) years of my family, friends, camping-hiking pics, and etc.. on a MicroSD Card in this Smartphone with no backup :(

Anyone (2-4 hikers minimum recommended) who are qualified with a desire for a challenge, and has the necessary, capable 4WD vehicle to safely do this drive/hike and might also have the time to search for my 10/14/22 "lost" Smartphone, I would be most appreciative for the effort. I also commit to paying for your (the "1" driver's) total $gas$ cost for this out and back drive for this "1" driver who brings back my lost Smartphone for me.

If interested, all the necessary hike and search details are now available via my HAZ posted:
.. [ Camp Grasshopper - Salome Wild Boundary Area ]
.. Photoset with detail captions, tag notes, and geocoded--> [ photoset ]
.. Out-n-Back recommended hike Gps Route (to our 10/14 ending Viewpt Loc) with all "key" Waypoints included--> [ custom map :: map ]
Additional Information Notes for this Gps Route:
Note: This is the final edited 10-14-22 out/back hiking route with all key WPs included to hike to ViewPt for Salome Wild Knob 5344ft and if interested, to search for Grasshopper's LOST 10/14/22 Smartphone somewhere "between" posted WPs Pic Locations of 9:45am and 10:21am.

Note: Hike Start IN/Back Out would require downloading this 10/14 Track with All Key WPs to Closely Follow "and" to Start this Hike IN at WP labeled: "StartCattle RTE IN-PineTreeTAPED".

Also Note: When approaching Hike IN area of posted WP for Grasshopper 9:45am Picture "Start Search", one needs to connect over to this 9:45am WP Location and slowly search hike (at ~80ft Gps Interval Recommended), hiking IN on this original 10/14 Gps Track IN and can "End Search" hike at the approx posted WP for the 10:21am Picture Location;

Good luck!! It's a most awesome area to be. Oregon_Hiker and I did not see another human for our total eight (8) day stay :yes:
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Oct 13 2022
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77 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Park Creek Falls Explore - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Park Creek Falls Explore - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking3.11 Miles 246 AEG
Hiking3.11 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   1.03 mph
246 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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My first full day to hike on an eight-day "Camp Grasshopper" trip to this first-time visited, remote, rugged, and very scenic area of our Sierra Ancha / Salome Wilderness.

My posted Gps Route with all key waypoints listed along with my posted and geocoded photoset with tag notes and detailed captions tells the rest of the enjoyable story :)
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Oct 12 2022
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77 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Salome Wild Boundary AreaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Car Camping4.90 Miles 875 AEG
Car Camping4.90 Miles8 Days         
875 ft AEG
 
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Patience, perseverance, and insistence are what best describes the years of waiting for Oregon_Hiker and myself to finally coordinate, and pull-off this originally planned remote, rugged 6 night - 7 day vehicle camping and off-trail exploring trip to day hike mostly within this less hiker visited area of The Tonto Natl Forest - Salome Wilderness.

In past years, having made two previous multi-day vehicle camping and off-trail hiking visits to the adjacent area of Redman Mesa, we both knew that there were many interesting and very scenic multi-canyon viewpoint opportunities (like Workman, Salome, Park, and Thoroughbred) to enjoy in this new (for us) area. From a previous hike, here are some of those vast viewpoint areas on the NE side of the Salome Creek Canyon Drainage that we were able to witness more of in person--> [ photo ] (see tag notes).

One of the limiting factors for visiting this area is safely navigating the 4.3 mile one way difficult, rocky, and high-clearance 4WD FR2752 to reach the active Park Tank Ranching Area [ photo ] at 5850ft elevation. In our heavy loaded, mostly stock, 4WD vehicles, it took Oregon_Hiker and me over an hour to drive it. We searched over an hour looking for a suitable private and off-road vehicle camping location for our multiday visit, and fortunately found a great location (somewhat sunny throughout the day) .6 miles down from Park Tank off unsigned FR2747. This location ended up being a perfect TH Start for all of our planned area off-trail day hikes.

We had a torrential rainstorm (with wind, raining in sheets) come in on our fourth early evening and continued unabated through that night into the next early morning. It woke me up at 10:30pm and 12:30am with a need to rise and check the four corners of my older, smaller backup Kelty tent to see if any water was seeping in or under the floor of my tent. Later this Sunday morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find that all was still dry.. Prayer does work! and due to this rain we decided to extend our multiday visit to eight days instead of seven to give extra time for FR2752 to dry out.

I posted a new HAZ Hike Guide for this location which includes an "official" 4.9 mile Driving Gps Route from Hwy 288 / FR2752 to recommended Camp G/H, .6 miles in on unsigned FR2747.

This trip was worth the wait and I only had two disappointments: 1- I lost my one-year-old 5G Smartphone with 7 years of family/friends/camping/hiking pics all on a MicroSD Card with no backup. It was lost on one of our more difficult bushwhack, death march off-trail, longer day hikes and due to hike time constraints and a committed focus on the very high priority end point for this hike, when I discovered it was gone, I decided to bite-the bullet :sk: with this loss and continue on; 2- To celebrate our successful trip, on our departure morning Wed-10/19, I talked Oregon_Hiker into meeting in Miami at [ image ] for lunch, but unfortunately they are closed on Wednesdays.. Why in the :pk: on Wednesdays??
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[ checklist ]  Campsite  HAZ Food
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 Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Park Tank
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 Meteorology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Sunset

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Park Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Sep 04 2022
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77 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
BearCynUpr at E Bear to W BearLwr-Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking2.20 Miles 419 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.98 mph
419 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Since originally writing up this easy to navigate, but completely off-trail Hike Guide in June 2022, I thought it would be a good idea to validate my Hike Guide "official" Gps Route and also while vehicle camping in this area for a week, a pleasant way to spend a short hike day in this very scenic area of our Mogollon Rim - Cabin Loop area. I reconfirmed both today! :)

Also, on this second 9/4 hike, I posted a "driving" Gps Route to the Hike Guide [ Drive to Park-TH Start FM FR300-FR95 :: map ] which details with key waypoints the one way ~2.4mls FR95 drive from FR300/FR95 to the recommended off-road Park Location.
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Sep 02 2022
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 Scottsdale, AZ
FR139C-OffTrRte2EnterB/ShopCrk, AZ 
FR139C-OffTrRte2EnterB/ShopCrk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking0.80 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles   2 Hrs      0.53 mph
300 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I arrived Wed-8/31 (for Labor Day Holiday Week 2022) on a second Summer'22 7nt/8day Vehicle Camping Trip with two short Mogollon Rim - Cabin Loop Area Hikes planned.

For my first very short 9/2 Out N Back and completely off-trail hike, I had previously done some HAZ-Route Cloud Planning to hopefully find a decent, Alternate, and well-defined entry/exit route option into Perennial Barbershop Canyon Creek from the Rim Top off FR139C. FR139C (which is a total of 4.5 driving miles) parallels from the top, a lengthy mileage section of what I label as Middle and Upper Barbershop Canyon.

The previous Primary off-trail routes into and out of these sections of Barbershop Canyon that parallel FR139C, many hikers have successfully used the Barbershop Canyon off-trail entry and exit locations that are part-of the HAZ Hike Guide- [ Barbershop Cyn Upper Loop - Mogollon Rim ] (using and following the "official" posted Gps Route for this Hike Guide).

This, my 9/2/22 Hike triplog, geocoded Photoset with detail Captions, and posted Gps Route with all "key" waypoints provides the Alternate , a third off-trail entrance and exit location for hiking this Middle and Upper Barbershop Canyon Creek Drainage section.

I felt very rewarded to locate this well-defined, and easy to navigate (Please note: ability to off-trail route navigate a must!), new entry/exit option which should open up some additional hike Out N Back, and Loop options, both longer and shorter utilizing FR139C :D
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Aug 31 2022
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Car Camping
Car Camping8 Days         
 
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.. "Groundhog Day" Revisited ..

This planned revisit was six months in the making with longtime friends from Southern California (the San Diego area), whom I introduced to each other over 26+ years ago and have been happily married since, and are enjoying fulltime hiking, Eastern Sierra backpacking, vehicle camping, and Mammoth CA winter Skiing in their now retirement.

We were within two days of their AZ arrival on Mon-8/22 for our planned Mogollon Rim week Vehicle Camping and Hiking trip when I had to "pull the plug" on our trip due to Mother Nature not cooperating :( (the NWS daily point forecast for my favorite Mogollon Rim campsite was showing a total washout for the entire period of our planned stay).

I did not want to risk a Labor Day Week reschedule and visit with my Southern CA friends so we will hopefully plan our get together another year. I on the other hand, needed to "Get Out of Dodge" again and was willing to risk the possible Labor Day week craziness with possible more monsoon rain. I (alone) planned my trip arrival two days prior-to the start of the busy Labor Day long weekend and I planned my exit back home two days after the Labor Day Monday. This worked well but the evening before my campsite arrival when I normally buy 50#s of ice for my 70 quart cooler, I could not find any 10# blocks of ice available :roll: .. this would be a big problem for my planned eight day stay!

To make a long story short, I ended-up buying an additional 3 bags (24#s) of cubed ice and managed to stuff in my already overloaded 4Runner, another cooler to hold this additional ice. :sweat: On my departure home, day 8, I ended up needing to stop in Payson for an additional 10#s of ice to get me home. I spent almost as much money on ice as I did for gas on this trip! :lol:

My actual 8 day visit
I had another wonderful time doing mostly nothing but R&R - Eating, with only two short area day hikes, with no rain at all, and with daily temp highs 82-86 and lows 49-56 :)
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Jul 11 2022
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
M Rim-FR139C-Merritt Draw-Merritt Spr Loop, AZ 
M Rim-FR139C-Merritt Draw-Merritt Spr Loop, AZ
 
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GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking1.87 Miles 202 AEG
Hiking1.87 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   1.08 mph
202 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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From my July'22 Mogollon Rim - Cabin Loop area, 8 day Vehicle Camping Trip, my second of two favorite short area hikes that always bring me back again and again :D
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[ checklist ]  Merritt Draw  Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
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Jul 08 2022
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 Scottsdale, AZ
FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr, AZ 
FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr, AZ
 
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GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking2.70 Miles 255 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.20 mph
255 ft AEG
 
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From my July'22 Mogollon Rim - Cabin Loop area, 8 day Vehicle Camping Trip, my first of two favorite short area hikes that always bring me back again and again :D

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Dripping Dripping

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max McFarland Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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Jul 06 2022
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Car Camping
Car Camping8 Days         
 
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I had absolutely nothing on my planning calendar for the whole month of July-2022. So, I decided another 7 night/8 day (July 6 to July 13) Vehicle Camping trip to our Mogollon Rim- Cabin Loop Area at 7435ft would be a good way to break-up the month and also miss a few PHX area 110F Monsoon Summer days.

I planned my arrival day two days after the 4th of July long weekend which worked-out well with fewer campers and other Mogollon Rim visitors in the area for this longer week period I would be there.

A week before departure I had thought that maybe our HAZ- trekkin_gecko and tibber might be interested in joining me for a couple of days. They were, but both had previously planned vacation away schedules that Kelly was good with, but Angela's GNP departure schedule was too tight for her to also work in a short, overnight Mogollon Rim visit. I mentioned to Kelly that I would cook a huge "Cowboy" breakfast for all if she could come up and bring a quality pound of BACON. That's all I needed to suggest.. Kelly next contacted our HAZ- johnlp and before I knew it, we would have four, to include John's wife Janie, for an overnight visit and my late breakfast/brunch for them all on Sunday-7/10 :D

I have been to our Mogollon Rim- Cabin Loop Area now a number of times during Monsoon July and August, and this is the first time I have been camping at 7435ft with only one day (just 1 hour) of actual Monsoon weather. I was definitely pushing the limit of Camp Grasshopper style camping for this 8 day period without hardly any rain. On my departure day of Wed-7/13, I knew I needed to be up early at 4:30am because of forecasted Monsoon conditions that day. I succeeded in taking down my always major, "over the top" Camp G/H Campsite, and packing up in time to set a new record for exiting my campsite area at 10:15am but I ended up having to unload, carry it all, and put it all up in 108F South Scottsdale temps. My eight days of enjoyable R&R, good temps, to include our HAZ visitors along with my two planned short hiking days, kept me smiling through the return challenges :)

I'm planning on a return trip for another 7 nights / 8 days this next month of August'22 with some close friends and active hikers/backpackers from Southern Calif that I introduced to each other 26+ years ago and have been happily married for that period of time. Both now retired, they are leaving on Sun-7/24 for a 4nt/5day backpack out of Bishop, CA- going in from The Lake Sabrina Basin TH. They will retrace some of our HAZ- Oregon_Hiker's recent 7/2 area day hike in from Lake Sabrina. They will, however, plan to setup their overnights basecamp at the Baboon Lakes Area and do various remote inner area day hikes. Envious I am, but I still retain the memories...
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Jun 18 2022
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BearCynUpr at E Bear to W BearLwr-Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking2.20 Miles 419 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   0.63 mph
419 ft AEG
 
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My Texas Granddaughter and University of Arkansas Junior Year Nursing Student (Fall'22) was able to spend a second year this June'22 visiting me for a full week.

We had originally planned another Camp Grasshopper- Mogollon Rim Vehicle Camping and Hiking week trip, but this year I only had one vehicle and needed two vehicles to again pull-off our planned trip. I decided a good option was to plan some scenic AZ day drive trips and day hikes instead of vehicle camping. We would take one day off between each day trip. Our plan would allow for three (3) of my favorite AZ day outing areas.

This "BearCynUpr at E Bear to W BearLwr-Mogollon Rim" drive and hike was our third planned day outing and would be my fourth (4th) attempt through the years of trying to locate a suitable and easy to navigate off-trail hiking route access to this beautiful, scenic, perennial, and riparian section of Upper Bear Canyon. This 4th attempt turned out to be a winner, so now this new off-trail access and hike area is documented via our official new HAZ Hike Guide so any qualified and interested others can now also enjoy :) If I were still "backpack camping", I would personally plan a hiking and weekend backpack camping trip here and if I had younger kids learning to backpack, this would be a great area for them as well! The short distance off-trail downhill from FR95 -350ft then back up +350ft to FR95 must be taken into consideration but should be safely doable with a little adult supervision.

I should also mention that the thirteen (13) mile drive down FR300 (The Rim Road) to the intersection of FR95 is presently in the best condition that I have ever witnessed.. and I have driven it too many times to count through the past years. Road conditions can change rapidly now with the onset of our Monsoon Season in July and August'22, but as of this triplog date, this 13 mile drive section is a 👍
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Jun 16 2022
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Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks - Sierra AnchaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 566
Hiking2.69 Miles 449 AEG
Hiking2.69 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   0.73 mph
449 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
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My Granddaughter and new HAZ member was visiting me for a full week in June'22, this second year in a row. This hike was our second of three planned AZ favorite area day drives and hikes that her Grandpa wanted to share good memories of with her :)

This relatively newly published (Nov'19) Sierra Ancha Hike Guide out of the Billy Lawrence Park/TH Start, provides an excellent scenic overview of the back section for our huge, remote, and rugged Sierra Ancha Wilderness. I am still somewhat at awe :-k since the Hike Guide publication that only our HAZ-tibber has expressed an interest via the Wish List, for planning a dayhike trip here. Too short a hike to justify a ~3.5 hour drive one way from the Phx area? Then plan a vehicle camping trip here [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#1 ] and you can enjoy even more of our Sierra Ancha Wild over a longer period of time. I do agree that a forecasted AZ summer day here of 94F is not a good choice when one has cooler season day options to plan this one. Unfortunately, for this second very rewarding visit I did not have another more preferred day drive and dayhike choice.

This entirely off-trail and partial bushwhack hike (out-N-back the "gate keeper" ridgeline section), with some easy to moderate route finding necessary, is a true candy store of unique geological feature with most amAZing short and distant Sierra Ancha area and beyond views and my Granddaughter's favorite of the three (3) day drives and dayhikes that I had planned :D

As of this posting, I should also mention that the 2+ mile drive in on FR410 (the Reynolds Creek Trail Rd) and the additional 2+ mile drive in on FR235 to the ending Billy Lawrence Park/TH Start are in great shape, both FRs having been recently graded. Some vehicle ground clearance with better quality tires is recommended.
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Maverick Cyn Spur Maples Loop - Mogollon Rim, AZ 
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Reference: A short Loop Hike via the [ Maverick Cyn Spur Maples - Mogollon Rim ] Hike Guide utilizing the entire FR9731W segment (no motorized vehicles allowed) to its lower end, then a short, easy to navigate off-trail segment down to connect with Maverick Canyon Drainage then past a now confirmed Maverick Canyon Perennial Spring to a pleasant, serene Meadow for lunch in Upper Maverick Canyon then a short return to connect through Maverick Cyn Spur Maples segment for a Loop Hike back to Park/TH Start at FR139-FR9731W.

My Granddaughter was visiting me for a full week, this second year in a row. This hike was our first of three planned AZ favorite area day drives and hikes that her Grandpa wanted to share good memories of with her :)

After this day hike, :oops: to say my 1st since Oct 4, 2021, and where I actually hiked that same day months ago!, we drove over to my favorite G/H campsite where we spent 4nts/5days and good memories of last June'21. We wanted to reminisce good times, and to do any necessary clean-up A/R prior-to our 3.5 hour drive back to my place in South Scottsdale. The following day was a day off to prepare for our next (2nd) Sierra Ancha Wilderness drive and off-trail hike adventure on Thurs-6/16!
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Maverick Cyn Spur Maples - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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When I decided to write-up a HAZ Hike Guide for this hike area this past August-2021, I was convinced that this was going to be an awesome hike for viewing our AZ Big Tooth Maples during prime Autumn :FG:

I planned a solo drive/hike here today (up at 4:30am back at 6pm, 260 R/T miles, ~7hrs of driving, and 3/4 tank of gas) to be kind-of disappointed :(

Part of my disappointment was my doing in thinking that Prime Autumn Colors for this area would be sometime this week of 10/4-7/21. I was incorrect.. these dates were way too early by a week or more. Also, I had hoped with the numerous stands of Big Tooth Maple in this section (Re: my August'21 visit [ photoset ] ) that there would be an abundance of different Colors, but unfortunately almost no RED at all and mostly all YELLOW to YELLOW-ORANGE.

Also, and very unfortunate (maybe due to just too much rain this Summer and early Autumn'21) a number of the Maple trees turning leaves are now infected with some type of possible fungus or bacteria that is causing the remaining leaves on the trees to have brown and black color spots.. [ photo ] .. it is very strange to see this on many of the Big Tooth Maple Trees in this hiking section with any color.

I hiked this section today plus an additional 1.5 miles out and back within Maverick Canyon (Upper) before returning to the Park/TH Start. I had plans to also drive further down The Rim Road (FR300) to FR321 for a short .5 mile hike within the always reliable Big Tooth Maple stands of [ Bill McClintock Draw (Upper) ] . I wanted to see and compare what was going on in this area with the Maverick Canyon Spur Maples area, but still having a 3.5 hour, 130 mile drive back home today, it just wasn't possible :( but taking a break at El Rancho in Payson, AZ, [ image ] made the long drive back more barrable :D

I'll try to have some pics up by mid-week to further document my first Autumn Season hiking this off-trail area.
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Bear Cyn Main at East Bear FM FR139A- Mogollon, AZ 
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On an eight day Monsoon August'21 Vehicle Camping Trip, this was my second planned "off-trail" dayhike within the Cabin Loop Area of our Mogollon Rim. This day I had plans to reach a very special, scenic section of Bear Canyon Main [ photo ] located between the intersections of Bear Cyn Main at Lwr East Bear Cyn and Bear Cyn Main at Lwr West Bear Canyon.

In previous years I had plotted on HAZ- Route Editor (using the Satellite View and the HAZ Topo View), two different Gps Routes into and back out of this area. Both of which have be less than ideal due to the required bushwhacking, some loose, rocky, steep exposure sections, and just too many down trees requiring difficult navigation out and back. For this August'21 attempt, I again viewed our HAZ- Route Editor Map/Satellite options and came up with a new third Gps planning route out and back. This third route would head in from an easy to access Park/TH Start only a short drive down FR139A (see posted Gps Route) and enter Bear Canyon Main only a short distance from the intersection of Bear Canyon Main at Lower East Bear Canyon.

Well, this third route out and back had a nice, shaded Park/TH Start location :) but my planned "off-trail" Gps Route in was a real mess with the bushwhacking and exposure being even worse than my previous two routes :( Being alone on this hike with concerns of safely exiting back UP, I decided to only hike to the lower start of the section I had planned to visit up from Bear Canyon Main at Lower East Bear Canyon X.

So, not recommended!

My posted photoset with captions tells the story best. Hopefully, a fourth off-trail route plan attempt to next time hike in from a Park/TH Start off of FR95, will hopefully be the best solution. Still TBD..
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Maverick Cyn Spur Maples - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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This very pleasant short, scenic, and easy to off-trail navigate hike within the area of our Mogollon Rim- Cabin Loop Trails, has been on my "to check out list" for almost a year now.

As part of a 7 night/8 day planned AZ Monsoon Season vehicle camping/hiking trip, today was my day to checkout and view this new (to me) area for a hopeful return hiking trip during our upcoming Prime Autumn Season.

I confirmed within a 0.7 mile hike in, this Spur Canyon Drainage off of Maverick Canyon, has some of the largest continuous stands of [ Bigtooth Maple ] that I have previously viewed within our Mogollon Rim - Cabin Loop Area :DANCE:

I was impressed with my "out of season" first viewing visit and thought a new HAZ- Hike Guide was in-order to further document for all interested to also enjoy.
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
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It had been two months since my last, but shorter week camping / hiking trip to our Mogollon Rim and I was much looking forward to a return, longer 7 night / 8 day (8/17 to 8/24) visit during our very active AZ Monsoon Season this August'21.

I arrived on a Tuesday at 10:30am and with storm clouds already churning, I immediately needed to hustle setting up my always over-the-top and time consuming Camp G/H Campsite. Fortunately I managed to have my two main shelters (Tent and 10x10 Kitchen Screenhouse) up before the sky let loose at 2:30pm and really hardly let up at all for the next twenty-four hours. Except for the off and on overnight and early next morning lighting strikes (one at 6:15am too close for comfort :o ), it was a wonderful first night of R & R :zzz:

I only had two short, close area, day hikes planned for my entire six full days of camping and I was good with that. I am better than most at just tinkering around a camp area and never being bored doing so. At almost age 76 now and slowing down, it was a joy being able to camp for eight days and having really no time schedule to adhere to.

I do believe that I would just live here if I could find a way to keep the ice from not melting and I had a ready supply of fresh H2O :D
(I'm certain in a short period of time I would miss a few other life essentials that I now take for granted, but presently camp ice and water is what mainly gates the length of my trips)
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M-Rim FR398End2W BearLwr2MainBearExplore, AZ 
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This was our (my visiting TX Granddaughter and my) third full day (day 4) of a planned 4nt/5day camping-hiking trip to our Mogollon Rim- The Cabin Loop hiking area.

I first hiked to this awesome riparian, less visited, more secluded, and more difficult to directly access section of Bear Canyon Main/Lower West Bear Canyon on 9/28/14 [ photoset ] while vehicle camping on FR398 for an Autumn area week visit.

Since 2014, the off-trail access route that I had plotted and then followed had either become more difficult through the years or either I had slowed down-aged a lot or maybe both :D Anyway, this really special section of Bear Canyon Main had left a good impression on me through the years and now with my Texas Granddaughter visiting me for a long week this June'21, I wanted to share the area with her for a return visit this ~7 years later.

As I previously alluded too, I have yet to find an easy (with minimal bushwhacking & without a lot of miles for an old guy) off-trail hike route to access this special section of Bear Canyon but access via this posted 6/19 Gps Route or via West Bear Canyon or via East Bear Canyon, this awesome section of Bear Canyon Main is worth the effort :DANCE:

It was a great choice for our last full hike day before needing to depart back to my place in South Scottsdale on June 20th.

I should note that my posted 6/19 Gps Route has some pertinent "Information Notes" posted on it that bare repeating here if considering downloading and following:
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This GPS Route and Stats does not clearly provide the serious "off-trail" bushwhacking/route finding required from TH Start until entering W. Bear Cyn Lower at Upper Bear intersection. Nor does it clearly provide the serious "off-trail" bushwhacking/route finding required on the return hike up Lower W. Bear Canyon to TH Start.

This posted Gps hike route is correct, but it is missing the needed route detail due to not including enough posted track points (my Garmin GPS Receiver was set on the wrong recording method option and wrong interval option).
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