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Jul 11 2022
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
M Rim-FR139C-Merritt Draw-Merritt Spr Loop, AZ 
M Rim-FR139C-Merritt Draw-Merritt Spr Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2022
Grasshopper
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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Jul 08 2022
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr, AZ 
FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2022
Grasshopper
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

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Jul 06 2022
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Grasshopper
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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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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
BearCynUpr at E Bear to W BearLwr-Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2022
Grasshopper
Hiking2.20 Miles 419 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   0.63 mph
419 ft AEG
 
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EmilyT
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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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks - Sierra AnchaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2022
Grasshopper
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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Jun 14 2022
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Maverick Cyn Spur Maples Loop - Mogollon Rim, AZ 
Maverick Cyn Spur Maples Loop - Mogollon Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2022
Grasshopper
Hiking3.16 Miles 393 AEG
Hiking3.16 Miles   3 Hrs      1.05 mph
393 ft AEG
 
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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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Oct 04 2021
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Maverick Cyn Spur Maples - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2021
Grasshopper
Hiking3.50 Miles 377 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   4 Hrs      0.88 mph
377 ft AEG
 
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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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Aug 22 2021
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bear Cyn Main at East Bear FM FR139A- Mogollon, AZ 
Bear Cyn Main at East Bear FM FR139A- Mogollon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2021
Grasshopper
Hiking1.51 Miles 458 AEG
Hiking1.51 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   0.69 mph
458 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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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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Aug 20 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Maverick Cyn Spur Maples - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2021
Grasshopper
Hiking1.90 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.76 mph
210 ft AEG
 
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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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Aug 17 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Car Camping
Car Camping8 Days         
 
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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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Jun 19 2021
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
M-Rim FR398End2W BearLwr2MainBearExplore, AZ 
M-Rim FR398End2W BearLwr2MainBearExplore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
Grasshopper
Hiking3.00 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   0.72 mph
350 ft AEG
 
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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:
Please Note:
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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Jun 18 2021
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
M-Rim-DaneCynLOOP fm 321A-TH, AZ 
M-Rim-DaneCynLOOP fm 321A-TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2021
Grasshopper
Hiking6.50 Miles 746 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.13 mph
746 ft AEG
 
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This was our (my visiting TX Granddaughter and my) second full day (day 3) of a planned 4nt/5day camping-hiking trip to our Mogollon Rim- The Cabin Loop hiking area.

This partial off-trail and on-trail ~6.5 mile loop hike which begins at the back entrance Park/TH Start to Perennial Dane Spring on FR321A, is one of my very favorite Cabin Loop area hike sections. The off-trail Dane Canyon Drainage section of this hike at ~2.3mls in distance is exceptionally nice with relatively easy navigation hiking up the canyon with beautiful canyon views, water, and a whole lot of solitude. Also, there are various options for nice backpack campsites with lots of privacy hiking up the canyon drainage. On my posted Gps Route with all "key" waypoints noted, I did include one backpack campsite location (see WP) that caught my attention for a good overnight choice.

It should also be noted that even though the off-trail navigation within this section of Dane Canyon is not difficult, the off-trail drainage entrance route from the U-Bar Tr #28 and especially the off-trail drainage exit route out of the canyon UP to intersect closed to vehicle traffic FR9616B requires some decent navigation skills and ideally downloading my posted Gps Route and following it closely at an ~80ft to 120ft interval level. It goes UP and there is downfall to navigate over, under, and around before reaching the more open top.

Kudos also to my amAZing Granddaughter on a very successful (no falls and no blood loss), always smiling, and first time ever more involved off-trail loop hike like this one.. :yr: still!!
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 Scottsdale, AZ
M-Rim-FR139C-Out-Back Merritt Draw-Merritt Spr, AZ 
M-Rim-FR139C-Out-Back Merritt Draw-Merritt Spr, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2021
Grasshopper
Hiking1.80 Miles 217 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.03 mph
217 ft AEG
 
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This was our first full day (day 2) of a planned 4nt/5day camping-hiking trip to our Mogollon Rim.

From Camp Grasshopper, I always enjoy this out and back hike to the Merritt Draw Riparian Area with a continuing short off-trail to check out Historic and Perennial Merritt Spring Box.

This day I was especially looking forward to our hike here as it would give me the opportunity to show my visiting TX Granddaughter how to correctly use a water filter at a spring source like Merritt Spring. She passed with flying colors and is now the proud owner of my old, but still new MSR Waterworks Ceramic Water Filter! Hopefully, she will have more valuable use with it than I ever did :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
No water flow outside Spring Box this visit but ~2" deep of H2O in accessible Spring Box (best to use an extension tube type filter, like an MSR to access water within Spring Box).
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Jun 16 2021
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Grasshopper
Car Camping
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My middle Granddaughter from TX, now a Sophomore at The University of Arkansas (a Razorback 🙌) and hopefully to soon be accepted in their highly accredited School of Nursing, has been interested for a few years in visiting her Grandpa in AZ for a planned summer week "Camp Grasshopper" Camping/Hiking Trip to our Mogollon Rim. This would be her very first ever- remote, primitive, multi-night tent camping trip in the woods at 7435ft elevation :)

We began planning this trip over nine months ago which gave me plenty of time to deal with all the necessary planning, logistics, and gathering for her of all the necessary duplication of additional vehicle camping and hiking gear to hopefully assure a safe, fun, rewarding, and successful week trip to my Arizona high country most favorite place to camp and hike this time of year.

Airplane tickets to AZ were confirmed about 5 weeks prior-to our planned Mogollon Rim exit early morning on Wed-6/16 and we had numerous text and phone conversations to further confirm other necessary details. My biggest concern for a successful trip was whether or not the Coconino NF might close the forest due to extreme fire danger. As the weeks passed prior-to my Granddaughter's arrival on Mon-6/14, I watched the forest fire restrictions go from Stage 1, then to Stage 2 :sweat:

Also, we would need two vehicles for this trip- my older Toyota 4Runner fully loaded with all my normal camping/hiking stuff + I needed to coordinate borrowing my old, highly modified '92YJ Jeep Wrangler (the original "Grasshopper") that I had gifted to some local good friends of mine back in YR2016. The plan was that I would drive my old, open "Grasshopper" (without a spare tire and with the 4 tires on the ground being at least 15+ years old) and my Granddaughter would drive my 4Runner behind me for the trip up and back. For a first time, she would also be driving 16 miles of off-pavement, narrow with blind turns Rim Road (FR300) 8-[ .

Our departure date for the Mogollon Rim on 6/16am arrived with the Coconino NF still at Stage 2, but this very same afternoon, after our safe late morning arrival at Camp Grasshopper #3, the lighting ignited Backbone Wild Fire with high winds erupted this same day 12 miles West of Strawberry, AZ (at the [ Ikes Backbone ] area).

We had an awesome, outstanding 4nts/5days camping, R&R, good food, and valuable time together sharing wonderful memories (new and old) which included 2.5 days of hiking.. three different on trail and off trail hike areas that I was looking forward to introducing to my Granddaughter. I am so very impressed with her much appreciated help around the campsite (setup/teardown/pack up) and her natural hiking ability on and off trail with a great sense of humor when things did not go as planned. For a first time extended stay, primitive camping/hiking trip, Granddaughter--> :yr:

On our exit day, Sun-6/20, all our preferred exit routes back home (Hwy 87 and Hwy 260) were closed due to the still raging Backbone Wild Fire. We exited the Rim on the only route available which was to continue an additional 32 miles South and East on the Rim Road to Woods Canyon Lake at Hwy 260 then West to Payson to Hwy 87 South.. We stopped in Payson for Mexican Food and Ice Tea before I had to endure 116F driving the open Grasshopper Jeep back to South Scottsdale. I was pretty much wasted upon home arrival with two loaded vehicles in our outside furnace that needed unloading.. without even me asking for help, my Granddaughter proceeded to unload both :worthy: thank you!

This trip was meant to be and timing was everything. As it turned-out, our planned trip return was on 6/20 and on 6/23 the Coconino National Forest went to a Stage 3 status which closed the entire NF.
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Upr Indian Camp Canyon Crk Explore 2, AZ 
Upr Indian Camp Canyon Crk Explore 2, AZ
 
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Grasshopper
Hiking2.00 Miles 197 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.33 mph
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Our last full day of eight (from 3/18 to 3/25) and due to a bad weather morning starting off at 5734ft (cold, rain, and snow flurries) until after 9am to start breakfast, we had a later start out of camp.

Fortunately, all we had planned for this day was to do some additional exploring down Upper Indian Camp Canyon Creek to check out some possible areas out of the creek, on higher ground that might offer some possibilities for Ancient Dwelling Sites.

A leisurely, short day of exploring within one mile off-trail, down creek and only 1.3 miles from our Camp G/H- Redman Mesa campsite.
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Greenback Peak 6535 from Dupont Cabin, AZ 
Greenback Peak 6535 from Dupont Cabin, AZ
 
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Hiking5.20 Miles 1,357 AEG
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This day five of an eight day Vehicle Camping / Hike Exploration trip camping at Camp GH- Redman Mesa was our chosen day to summit off-trail Greenback Peak at 6535ft. Since our arrival on Thurs-4/18, the 4WD roads from our campsite area to historic Dupont Cabin had now dried-out enough from rains and snow earlier in the week.

This remote, interesting, historic, and very scenic 6535 feet peak summit that borders our Tonto National Forest- Salome Wilderness, first peeked my interest in April-2011 [ photo ] when HAZ-ssk44 (Eric) and I hiked the Dupont Rim deathmarch loop from Dupont Cabin.

With some minor exception to HAZ- @PrestonSands Official Gps Route, our todays hike in to summit was from the Dupont Cabin and on our return from the summit, we hiked a no longer used two track off of FR2731 (with some bushwhacking required), to safely complete (I was questioning [ photo ] ? ) a lollypop loop back to Dupont Cabin.

Happy to finally mark this remote summit off the "to do" list and to find out what all was up there which also included some outstanding near and distant Salome Wilderness and Sierra Ancha Wilderness views 👍
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Upr Indian Camp Canyon Crk Explore 1, AZ 
Upr Indian Camp Canyon Crk Explore 1, AZ
 
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Hiking2.70 Miles 207 AEG
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This was Day 4 of 8 of Oregon_Hiker and my planned Vehicle Camping / Hike Explore trip to the remote and scenic Redman Mesa area which borders the Salome Wilderness in our vast Tonto National Forest.

Due to extremely wet (mud and snow) area road conditions on our arrival day 3/18/21, we decided to explore close to our camp for a few days to allow the roads to dry some for needed later in the week 4WDing to reach some planned, further away THs. We also needed to cancel one of our more challenging off-trail day hikes for the week due to earlier confirmed road access concerns, so this very pleasant, scenic, and easy to navigate unplanned "Upper Indian Camp Canyon Creek Hike" with some flowing water and interesting geology was a nice surprise :)
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Middle Mtn Explore - NW Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Middle Mtn Explore - NW Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
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Hiking2.40 Miles 276 AEG
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Including our arrival/vehicle camp setup day, this was Day 3 of our planned 8 day camp/hike explore trip return to
[ Camp Grasshopper- Redman Mesa- Sierra Ancha NW ] area, bordering the Salome Wilderness and NW Sierra Ancha.

This planned trip visit is an awesome, remote area to vehicle camp and explore in the AZ Springtime was our "Plan B" and not decided until mid-February'21. We followed the HAZ- National Weather Service Point Forecast daily for this area (at 5734ft elevation) into mid-March as our originally planned camp arrival dates were closer. It continued to be cold, wet, with wind and snow in the forecast for days right up to our two day delayed arrival date on Thurs-3/18.

Due to the area wetness on this second visit (first was April'19) and our need to do a lot more area 4WDing to reach our planned hike Parking and TH Starts, we really needed a few days for the roads to dry-out some, so we stayed relatively close to camp for our initial planned hikes on the first three days. I first needed a few easy, leg stretcher hikes anyway since I had basically done nothing for exercise since Dec'20 and that was minimal 8-[

Oregon_Hiker and I had two different relatively short driving hikes planned for this day. This first morning hike at Middle Mountain and off 4WD FR236 was to explore up an old Uranium Mining Road visible only on Google Earth, and most likely not known to many other area travelers.

It was just what I needed- remote, easy to navigate, short, and with scenic near and distant views, plus historical value :D
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J R Ranch Views from Buckaroo Flats, AZ 
J R Ranch Views from Buckaroo Flats, AZ
 
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Hiking0.50 Miles 55 AEG
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This was our scheduled drive and short off-trail exploratory view hike #2 on the third day of an eight day vehicle camping trip to the remote Redman Mesa area, eight miles drive in from the Young Highway- Hwy 288.

The historic and interesting [ J R Ranch - Copper Mtn 7.5 Topo ] property has intrigued Oregon_Hiker and myself ever since our first daytrip visit 11/26/2018 to this very remote, historic, and scenic area bordering the Salome Wilderness.

On our first week camping/hiking visit to this Redman Mesa area in April'19, we had many long distance views to the J R Property from the NE facing side, but not any close-up views (without zoom) from the NW facing side.

This day was our opportunity to solve that mystery and we did :)
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Cataract Canyon Views - FR486, AZ 
Cataract Canyon Views - FR486, AZ
 
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Hiking0.60 Miles 63 AEG
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This remote, less visited [ Cataract Canyon ] is located in the North section of our Tonto National Forest, bordering the Salome Wilderness, 8+ miles in and off of Hwy288 (the Young Highway) requiring some roads with 4WD to access.

This was Oregon_Hiker and my first planned (day 2 of an ~8 day vehicle camping/hike exploration trip), a very short drive and off-trail hike from FR486 to a bluff / cliffs area to check-out the 8) views.
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