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Jul 22 2019
Grasshopper
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 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
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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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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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Jul 19 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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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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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Oregon_Hiker
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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Jun 18 2019
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#4Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Scenic Drive avatar Jun 18 2019
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Scenic Drive13.50 Miles
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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Jun 16 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Dane Spring from FR321A TH / PARK, AZ 
Dane Spring from FR321A TH / PARK, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2019
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This was Fathers Day 2019 :D and was the next to last full day of my 6nt/7day (6/12 to 6/18) Mogollon Rim Vehicle Camping/Hiking/R&R trip.

I had a planned late start today after a healthy :lol: camp breakfast. I only had two short hikes on my agenda for today. This first stop was to check out the Dane Spring Riparian area which included a very short hike down the U-Bar Tr #28 from Dane Spring to the documented on HAZ- Gps "off-trail" location and route ( [ Dane Cyn LOOP Option fm 321A TH :: map ] ) to connect with an active Elk use route that decends into Dane Canyon to proceed on a very enjoyable, moderate route finding with Gps Route download and route following required, for this Off-Trail/On Trail Loop.

All went as planned for this first hike stop. My second hike stop did not go as well..
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Dane Spring

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Jun 16 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Barbershop Tr #91 from FR321 TH / PARK, AZ 
Barbershop Tr #91 from FR321 TH / PARK, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2019
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Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   2.00 mph
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This was Fathers Day 2019 :D and was the next to last full day of my 6nt/7day (6/12 to 6/18) Mogollon Rim Vehicle Camping/Hiking/R&R trip.

I only had two short hikes on my agenda for today. This second stop was to hike the last one mile out-in-back segment of historic Cabin Loop Trail- The Barbershop Tr #91 from where it crosses FR321 to the Buck Spring Cabin Complex and Perinneal Buck Spring.

Because of my late start with sun heat exposure on my .5 miles hike in and taking a hard trail fall (doing some minor damage to my right elbo), I decided to turn around at this Yeager Canyon fall area and head back to the TH and on to Camp G/H where it was a safer place to be :oops:
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Jun 14 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Merritt Draw Lower Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking5.60 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   1.71 mph
600 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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On my recent 6nt/7day Mogollon Rim- Camping/Hiking trip (6/12 to 6/18), for my second full day outing this was my planned (a favorate :D ) moderate off-trail loop hike from camp to check out this scenic, pleasant, and always in June, lush-green with water flowing Lower Merritt Draw and an excellent choice it was for my HAZ milestone 500 !!

Since August-2012, this was my third time hiking this enjoyable loop and this visit having the most lush greenery and most flowing water :) . The only minor complication this visit was with the harsh Winter'19 season with record snow and Spring runoff, there were more down trees to navigate over, under, and around.

🙌 🙌
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Drift Fence Spring Merritt Draw

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Jun 13 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139GPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking3.50 Miles 335 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   1.68 mph
335 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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On my recent 6nt/7day Mogollon Rim- Camping/Hiking trip (6/12 to 6/18), for my first full day outing this was Oregon_Hiker and my first planned hike stop of three to check out the perennial status of local springs in this area.

This short loop hike takes the back way into the scenic, historic, Aspen Spring meadow area, perennial Aspen Spring, and the historic Aspen Spring Guard Cabin complex, then north onto the Houston Brothers Trail #171 to perennial Pinchot Spring and on to the historic Pinchot Guard Cabin area connecting with the U-Bar Trail #28 back to FR139G to complete the loop.

This was my 3rd time to hike this very pleasant, short loop, and this visit with the most lush greenery and water flowing from perennial Aspen Spring, perennial Pichot Spring, and within Houston Draw drainage.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pinchot Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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Jun 13 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
FR95 Closure at Bear Cyn - Mogollon Rim, AZ 
FR95 Closure at Bear Cyn - Mogollon Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2019
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Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.71 mph
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On my recent 6nt/7day Mogollon Rim- Camping/Hiking trip (6/12 to 6/18), for my first full day outing this was Oregon_Hiker and my third planned hike stop to check out the announced Mogollon Rim Ranger District FR95 "Road Closure" due to a serious Spring'19 road washout at the intersection of FR95 at Bear Canyon.
It is serious! :o [ photo ]

This FR95 closure has been in effect now for a couple of months with no indication of any reconstruction efforts to date. It is now estimated that this "Road Washout Closure" will be in effect for the remainder of CY2019 at a minimum.

Also, it should be noted that this closed road section of FR95 at Bear Canyon effects trail/route hiking for two HAZ Hike Guides:
Fred Haught Trail #141
Bear Canyon (Middle) - Mogollon Rim

(both of these HAZ Hike Guides include a hike section of FR95 at this washout location. Presently, it appears that hikers are just bypassing the washout by leaving FR95 and decending into the Bear Canyon wash drainage then up the other side (which may or may not be legal?).. but eventually when heavy equipment arrives and reconstruction begins, hiking through here may be a mandatory 90 days in jail) :lol:
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Jun 13 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
McFarland Spring - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking1.00 Miles 247 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.00 mph
247 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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On my recent 6nt/7day Mogollon Rim- Camping/Hiking trip (6/12 to 6/18), for my first full day outing this was Oregon_Hiker and my 3rd planned hike stop to check out the perennial status of local springs in this area.

McFarland Spring is a reliable perennial spring source which is unfortunately often overlooked by overnight backpackers hiking the [ Cabin Loop - Mogollon Rim ] trails. This quite nice, secluded and more private overnight backpack camp area just up Trail #171 from the popular, sometimes less private Aspen Spring camp area with a quick hike connection to the Houston Brothers Trail #171 [ photo ] is a good overnight choice!
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McFarland Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max McFarland Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
A reliable Perennial Spring with a quick connection to Houston Brothers Trail #171
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Jun 12 2019
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Jun 12 2019
Grasshopper
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Car Camping7 Days         
 
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In my opinion, June is the best month (no rain, awesome temps, with lush flowing canyon creek drainages) to spend some extended time on our Mogollon Rim and I've been doing so now for a number of years to also include week visits the months of Monsoon July-August and Autumn late September.

This planned trip with Oregon_Hiker who was also interested in joining me became somewhat more complicated by the timing of the Mogollon Rim Ranger District's lighting strike, controlled burn ~17.5k acre "Coldwater Fire" [ Coldwater Fire - Mogollon Rim Ranger District ] which was active with driving road restrictions during Larry and my planned but different arrival dates.

Larry drove up late Sun-6/9 to hopefully avoid any road fire closures at Hwy 87 / Rim Road FR300 and I had planned to drive up early morning on Wed-6/12 which was more risky. As it turned out, we were both able to pass through this controlled intersection without a delay, but when I arrived Hwy87 / FR300 at 8AM, with my headlights on I could barely view the one Forest Service guy that was directing traffic at this location :sweat: He pulled me over and asked me where I was headed on FR300? He looked at my vehicle, viewed my tires, and noted my 70qt cooler in the passenger seat and he could not see back past my front seat..lol.., then I said "16.3 miles down FR300". His eyes opened wide with a slight hesitation, then he said "be careful". On the first 2-3 miles on FR300 there were tree stumps still on fire on the controlled burn side of the road with absolutely no one around for my entire 16.3 mile drive.. I considered myself lucky to drive through on this day!

Originally three other HAZers (Trishness, BLK, nonot) were invited to join Oregon_Hiker and me, but the "Coldwater Fire" complications, bad FR300 driving conditions, and other planned commitments allowed Larry and me extra space to enjoy this area for a week all to ourselves. On Thurs-6/13, we had an unexpected surprise visit by our HAZ- MountainMatt who had been exploring for the day within the Barbershop Canyon and surrounding areas hunting for shedder Elk Racks and he again hit the jackpot [ photo ] so I thought the least I could do after a hard day of off-trail exploring was to feed him! :D

Another overall awesome week Summer escape at 7435ft from our PHX area furnace with a wonderful week of relaxation, some hiking, good weather, good food, and good memories! 👍
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Apr 19 2019
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Turkey Creek Cliffs Explore - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ 
Turkey Creek Cliffs Explore - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
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Hiking3.40 Miles 525 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   0.79 mph
525 ft AEG
 
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This sixth day, my fourth day hike, of our seven day Car Camping trip to Camp Grasshopper-Redman Mesa, was a great choice to end our first 2019 Sierra Ancha NW visit.

Even though it's a long out and back day drive-short hike from the PHX area, for a short 3.4 mile off-trail hike, this one is not that difficult to navigate the "out and back" and even if Turkey Creek is mostly dry when visiting, this very scenic red slick rock section of Turkey Creek with it interesting cliffs geology, easy access TH (just off FR609) and remote, less visited area with other interesting off-trail hike explore options would still offer an awesome, relaxing payoff with solitude!

I spent some extra time on my posted picture set detailing in hike sequence some of the awesome scenery with pic captions, geocoding, and tag notes to hopefully show some of the reasons why this hike is a winner :DANCE: - :next: [ photoset ] My posted and downloadable Gps Hiking Route with key waypoints is also available.

This new Turkey Creek area find (for us) really deserves it's own, new published HAZ- "Hiking Guide" and maybe at a later date I will be able to complete this for others interested who may desire more HAZ- Hike Guide stats and narative detail.
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Apr 18 2019
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Upper Salome Crk Overlook - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ 
Upper Salome Crk Overlook - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2019
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Hiking4.40 Miles 953 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   0.71 mph
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This fifth day of our seven day Car Camping trip to Camp Grasshopper-Redman Mesa was my third of four off-trail exploration hikes in this area and was my favorite hike of the week :)

This one was filled with rewarding, scenic surprises, and unexpected moments that kept my attention and adrenalin up all day.

I spent some extra time on my posted picture set detailing in hike sequence some of the awesome scenery with pic captions, geocoding, and tag notes to show some of the reasons why this hike was my favorite- :next: [ photoset ]
There is still more to explore and enjoy in this remote, rugged, and less visited area of our amAZing state :worthy:
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Apr 17 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
VerizonText Send-Receive at Camp GH-RedmanMesa, AZ 
VerizonText Send-Receive at Camp GH-RedmanMesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2019
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Oregon_Hiker roaming around the campsite area looking for ancient "rock walls", stumbled onto a minimal (texting- send/receive only) live cell reception location just .12ml walk from the campsite at a 5765ft highpoint area.

One can walk a short .24ml out and back or connect with campsite entrance road FR2753 for a short .4ml loop.
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Apr 16 2019
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Redman Mesa Cliffs Loop - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ 
Redman Mesa Cliffs Loop - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2019
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Hiking3.50 Miles 614 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   0.74 mph
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This was our third day in this area and the second full day off-trail planned exploration hike of a seven day car camp trip. This day hike also departed from our convenient "Camp Grasshopper- Redman Mesa" location which meant no additional TH Driving.

We had two objectives planned for this loop hike:
1.. Explore the South end of Redman Mesa to a previously selected viewpoint area which would provide some awesome near and distant views South, East, and West of this very remote, rugged, and scenic Sierra Ancha Mtns and distance Salome Wilderness areas.
2.. Loop around this first above noted viewpoints area North-Northeast then East to an interesting upper cliffs and bench area above Turkey Creek Canyon to explore at the cliffs base for possible ancient habitation.
3.. On our route East across the southern part of Redman Mesa we discovered an unplanned third objective [ photo ] that would be later confirmed by Oregon_Hiker on his 4/17 day hike.

A very enjoyable day exploring this amAZing area eventhough we did not locate any ancient habitation.
(please see posted and geocoded picset with detail captions)
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Apr 15 2019
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Ranching Tr Loop & AZG&F-NW Sierra Ancha FR609, AZ 
Ranching Tr Loop & AZG&F-NW Sierra Ancha FR609, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2019
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,114 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.82 mph
1,114 ft AEG
 
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In late November, 2018, we named this Google Earth located off-trail route the "Mystery Trail" after hiking it in for ~.75ml. A mystery because we could not conclude why, a number of years ago, it had been cleared and put-in :?

For our April'19, Oregon_Hiker had located an additional segment of this old route that appeared to parallel this "Mystery Trail" route to the East. The plan was to hike the entire loop segment ending back at FR609, then hopefully we would have a better idea of why the "Mystery Trail" route was put in. Maybe mining? Maybe ranching? Maybe..?

After completing the loop from Park/TH Start at FR609 down to seasonal Turkey Creek, then back up on the parallel route segment back to FR609, we easily concluded that this was an old ranching route that had originally been put in, then later redone for cattle fence construction. The original "Mystery Trail" segment down to Turkey Creek would allow the cows a route down to seasonal Turkey Creek for water and the parallel East fence segment would fence them in from roaming any further East.. "Mystery Solved"!

This first planned hike for me of four that I would join Oregon_Hiker on during our 6nt/7day Car Camping / Off-Trail Hike Exploration to this remote Sierra Ancha area, proved to be a good exercisie/loosing up choice for more to come.

We finished the day after again joining FR609 by doing another short road walk East to an un-numbered 4x4 route that went UP to end at a Peak 6418 highpoint where Arizona Game & Fish had an interesting constructed Wildlife Watering Tank setup. After a few pics of this area, we returned back down to connect again with FR609 and hiked the road back to our original Park/TH Start location. A good start to a most enjoyable and rewarding week away to our AZ backcountry.. :D
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Greenback Peak
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Apr 14 2019
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Camp Grasshopper- Redman Mesa- Sierra Ancha NWGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Apr 14 2019
Grasshopper
Car Camping8.00 Miles
Car Camping8.00 Miles7 Days         
 
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When I edit a new Camp Grasshopper HAZ-Hike Guide for my "Car Camping" locations, normally I don't post it as a new, "full detailed" HAZ Guide, but this location should be such a great find for all those who enjoy camping on a scenic high plateau at 5734ft with remoteness, historic & present ranching history, shade, solitude, enjoy in-Vehicle or more primitive Tent Camping, have a capable 4WD vehicle, and for those who also would enjoy numerous options for off-trail day hike exploration (both out and back and loops) from the campsite, all this is available at this recommended "Car Camping" location 👍

Oregon_Hiker and I first visited this Sierra Ancha Mountains NW (Tonto NF) "Redman Mesa" area back in late Nov'18. We had camped at a different [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha N.W. - FR609 ] location which was closer to the Young Hwy 288. Having day hiked a number of off-trail areas back in Nov'18 which included this Redman Mesa area, we knew we wanted to return for more.

This trip Oregon_Hiker and I planned a 6nt/7day camp 4/14 to 4/20/19. This would give us five full days of day hike options. I was able to join Oregon_Hiker on planned hikes for 4 of the 5 full hike days. The fourth day of seven, I stayed in camp to enjoy doing nothing but Camp G/H "tinkering around" which I am very good at! Oregon_Hiker actually day hiked a total of 6 days, one of which included our arrival day on 4/14. He is always quick to set-up his minimal in-vehicle campsite area and then disappear before I am able to ask him to help setup my time consuming Camp Grasshopper :)

This was a most enjoyable and rewarding week away which I needed. We had a number of unexpected surprises and scenic finds on this trip and we will surely plan to return for more.

Please review the detailed HAZ-Hike Guide and our 4/14-4/19/19 trip logs, photosets, and Gps routes for more reasons to plan a trip here.

It is a long, but scenic drive to/from the PHX area to/from the Redman Mesa area, so it does make sense to stay awhile if it can be arranged.

We took a lunch break on our Sat-4/20 day drive back home and stopped in Miami for a little Mexican.. :D
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Boneyback PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,495 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   0.82 mph
1,495 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
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Thanks to a March'19 reschedule of a previously planned week vehicle camping / off-trail day hiking exploration trip, with another recommended HAZ-ssk44(Eric) posted hike that neither Oregon_Hiker nor myself had yet hiked, we decided to schedule this Bonneyback Peak (Ancha Benchmark) this day.

A few years back when I was in better physical condition- more regularily hiking and consuming less ice cream before bed, I traveled to this remote, less visited by hikers section of the Tonto National Forest and the Sierra Ancha Mountains in from Pumpkin Center, AZ, a number of times with Eric who introduced me to another awesome Arizona area for off-trail hike exploring, 4x4ing, camping, and scenic drives.

Today was a good day weatherwise and with all the preciptition this area has had this past Feb and early March, the Spring wildfloweers were abundent and the area in general was a lush green as well. I knew it was going to be a great wildflower day when I opened my door at the recommended Park/TH location and stepped on wildflowers :)

Oregon_Hiker and I had previously planned to take a less strenuous AEG route in/out than the hiking guide recommended route to all the peaks and various viewpoints along this ridge hiking route because we wanted to help assure we would make the hike in all the way to the ending main summit benchmark- Bonneyback Peak 5558 (Ancha Benchmark).

Our chosen route in was to traverse the minor peaks on the steep East slopes with extreme wildflowers and grass growth that covered most of the loose, grapefruit sized, ankle twisting rocks. Our route in also included five distinct, scenic saddles. Our ridgeline views near and far included scenery to die for! Part of my 1 hour and 18 minute break time posted above included more than a few GRAND memories of my previous day hike trips with Eric
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All was going well until we decided to take a "shortcut" OUT to avoid the first peak [ photo ] steep/loose rocky slope traverse going IN. Here is my side of the story- :next: [ photo ]
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