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Apr 18 2018
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha - FR203AGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Apr 18 2018
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Car Camping5.50 Miles
Car Camping5.50 Miles6 Days         
 
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For the past few years Oregon_Hiker and I have planned an April one week Sierra Ancha Wilderness "vehicle camping / hike exploration" trip. This 2018 we had originally planned to remotely camp/explore east of Young, AZ, around the historic (with large, ancient pueblos), private Q-Ranch area but as we continued our Jan-March'18 planning for this April trip, HAZ-ssk44 was on a major roll locating a number of new (to us) ancient Indian Ruin Sites in from the very scenic Sierra Ancha Wild- Bull Canyon TH area and we were fortunate to share-in his new Google Earth findings :D

In early March, Oregon_Hiker and I decide to change our destination plans for our April'18 from the Q-Ranch area to stay within the southern boundary of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness with a planned camping week (6 nts/7days) of mostly off-trail hiking destinations in from the Bull Canyon TH area (at the end of FR203A).

We had previously discussed our plans with HAZ-RedRoxx44 and she was invited to join us. As it turned out, Larry and I stayed for 5 nights/6 days (four day hikes) and Letty was able to drive up from Tucson to join us for 1 night/2 days on our planned Sat-4/21 hike. We had an awesome Camp Grasshopper dinner meal planned for all Saturday evening which worked out well (see picset).

Regarding this "Camp Grasshopper-Sierra Ancha-FR203A":
As confirmed by this campsite selection, this Sierra Ancha FR203A area is not well suited for available, primitive vehicle campsites with many amenities. This chosen campsite area was about the best we could locate that was within a reasonable driving distance to our planned TH Start location at the Bull Canyon TH. I ended up needing to cut back the only large "wind break" Sugar Sumac bush [ Sugar Sumac ] for my Camp GH Kitchen and as it ended up, the two hours I spent doing so with kitchen setup, provided me the needed wind and afternoon shade protection for our 6 day full sun and wind exposed stay.

The less than one-half mile drive to the Bull Canyon TH with the very scenic 360 degree near and distant Sierra Ancha Wilderness views help make-up for this campsite's lack of other amenities.
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Mar 22 2018
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Ash Creek - Salt River CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2018
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Hiking2.00 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
350 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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This was our planned hike number 3 of 3 on a 4nt/5day vehicle camping-hiking trip to another remote, historic, amAZingly scenic, and less hiked section of the Tonto NF off Hwy 60 north of Globe bordering the Salt River Canyon Wilderness.

I'm reposting part of Oregon_Hiker's triplog narrative as it does a nice job of "highlighting" this easy, off-trail hike:
"This was a short but very scenic and rewarding hike in Ash Creek canyon. See the Description for more details on the hikes features. We chose to drive the 3.2 miles to the posted parking/TH location from FR303 for this hike. The road has some areas where it passes through drainages that require high clearance 4x4. As mentioned in the description, hiking in on the 4x4 forest roads would only add 7.2 miles round trip or 6.4 mi if you park just outside the ranch grounds and wouldn't require high clearance or 4x4."

This hike is a winner! :DANCE:
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Mar 21 2018
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Gleason Flat Salt River via FR303B, AZ 
Gleason Flat Salt River via FR303B, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2018
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Hiking4.10 Miles 601 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.82 mph
601 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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This was our planned hike number 2 of 3 on a 4nt/5day vehicle camping-hiking trip to this remote, less hiked section of the Tonto National Forest off Hwy 60N of Globe bordering the Salt River Canyon Wilderness off Haystack Butte Road FR303.

Today we were looking forward to some easier hiking and a change of scenery from our previous day's more demanding off-trail hike to summit Peak 5255- Mule Hoof Bend Quad.

Originally we had plans to drive my semi-stock 4WD Toyota 4Runner the entire length of FR303B down to the Salt River and continue on for a distance before planning some hike exploring of the river front areas but about 1/2 mile from the river heading downhill on FR303B, it became obviously apparant to me that "driving it" was not going to be safely possible in my vehicle. Not a problem, as we would just hike this additional out and back distance instead of driving it. I'm just grateful that I realized the need to stop and park it when I did or it could have been a very bad ending scene!

Overall, this out and back hike (no loop this time :D ) offered very scenic views and a lot of historic miming and old ranching history (see Oregon_Hiker's triplog for that interesting detail). I particularly enjoyed the views of the Salt River, the near and distant views across the river of Gleason Flat, the huge White Mtn Apache Indian Reservation Land, and most of all enjoyed our ending, secluded Salt River destination for a most pleasant lunch break (for this area see my picset pics 5-9).


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Mar 20 2018
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Peak 5255 - Mule Hoof Bend QuadGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2018
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Hiking1.40 Miles 906 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles   5 Hrs      0.56 mph
906 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
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During Nov - Dec 2012 and March 2013 I spent a number of days and a lot of gas money camping and hike exploring this enjoyable, remote area within the Salt River Canyon Wilderness and along/off-of the main road through- Haystack Butte Road (FR303). I had not been back sense. In Jan'18, our HAZ-ssk44 located some new, interesting areas to hike explore so HAZ-Oregon_Hiker and I planned a return 5 day/4 night vehicle camping-day hiking trip to this area [ Camp Grasshopper - Tonto NF (FR303A) ] .

We had three day hikes planned and this Peak 5255 was #1 and the most difficult and risky one of the 3 for us older geezers to safely complete. This one was a completely off-trail, route finding hike with some difficult cliff face areas to traverse, some bushwhacking, some exposure moments, and a final 30ft cliff wall to scramble up/back down using all fours :sweat: . It sounds bad but as with most of these types of exploratory Peak and Butte hikes we enjoy doing, the final destination- "near and distant views" almost always out weigh all the pain and agony we go through to arrive there and this one was no exception! :D

My posted hike picset with detailed captions, tag notes, geocoded locations, labels, and posted GPS Route tell the remainder of this hike adventure.

On our return hike, one funny happening I must share:
Oregon_Hiker (Larry) really enjoys doing loop hikes and will almost always recommend and/or find a different way back to our start location so the hike will end up being a type of loop.

So, while we were on the summit of this Peak 5255, Larry claims to have spotted a near saddle with a cow trail on it which would allow for us to do a loop hike back to our Park/TH Start and not have to backtrack the somewhat difficult, risky route we came in on. Well, I liked that idea and after we successfully descending the 30ft cliff wall scramble, to begin this loop hike back we were now facing a 60% spree slope to slide down on our fannies for a short distance, then only a 60% loose rocky, brushy slope to continue down a further distance.. [ photo ] but hark there was a saddle soon to be realized with a cow trail back.. Well, to make a long story short, there was no saddle and no cow trail :lol: However, Larry did do another good job navigating the wild for a safe arrival back..and he did get his loop hike in. It's always an adventure!
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Mar 19 2018
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Tonto NF (FR303A)Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Mar 19 2018
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Car Camping15.50 Miles
Car Camping15.50 Miles5 Days         
 
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The idea for this 3/19 to 3/23 (5 day/4 night) vehicle camping / hiking trip came about back in mid-January'18 when HAZ-ssk44 (Eric) located on Google Earth some very scenic and interesting exploration areas that further perked Oregon_Hiker and my interest.

This scenic, remote (with no cell coverage), historic, and rugged Arizona backcountry area has a lot to offer for solitude, off-trail hike exploring, and scenic 4-Wheel Driving. Due to its distance from the PHX area, it made better sense for us to plan a multi-day camping trip.

Some of the recommended HAZ off-trail day hike descriptions and 4-Wheel driving areas convenient to this
"Camp Grasshopper - Tonto NF (FR303A)" are:

.. Haystack Butte - 5741feet, AZ
.. *Hike to Gleason Flat - Salt River Canyon [ triplog ]
.. *Peak 5255 - Mule Hoof Bend Quad, AZ
.. *Ash Creek - Salt River Canyon, AZ
.. Hess Canyon to Salt River - SRC Wilderness, AZ
.. Blackjack Wash to Salt River - SRC Wilderness, AZ

* = Hiked by us this trip.
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Haystack Butte Headquarter Spring
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Feb 21 2018
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Sierra Ancha Ruin, AZ 
Lost Sierra Ancha Ruin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking1.70 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   4 Hrs      0.54 mph
750 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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I like it when the residential appraisal business is at a sometimes low so our HAZ "ace" Google Earth Ruins hunter (ssk44- Eric) has more time to search our amAZing for possible lesser know sites :D

Eric located on GE, this hidden gem- Sierra Ancha Mountains Ruin site on 1/27/18. Oregon_Hiker (Larry) and I already had on our hike calendar for 1/30/18, another special ssk44 Sierra Ancha ruins find "Conner Canyon Ruins" [ photoset ] . Since we were in the general area, after returning to our vehicle from this 1/30 off-trail with still a few hours of daylight left, we decide to take a detour on our way back to personally scout out this recent "Lost Sierra Ancha Ruin" find.. for real it was and a real winner too but like our 1/30 Ruin hike challenge, we needed more close-up data in order to "crack the code" as to how we were going to summit this seemingly well cliff-defended ruin butte :?

Larry and I took a few scouting pics on 1/30pm and reported back to ssk44 our findings. On 2/2 Eric and his dad planned a special photoshoot trip for some high quality pics [ photoset ] and more detail analysis on how to safely mount this butte.

A successful 2/2 ssk44 trip with enough new data to allow Larry and I to put this one on our hike planning calendar for this Wed-2/21/18. Larry did our off-trail hike GPS planning route & the 4x4 driving route and I had the tough part to ready my standard 25# day pack (the day before) and to set my alarm clock for 5:15am for a 7:30am planned exit from my South Scottsdale (these days at 72+ yrs it takes longer for me to get it together) :)

It was a fine weather day for this hike and all was going well after our 10:50am TH Start until I decided to take my first camera pic :o Never before today had a fully charged (the day before) camera battery gone completely dead after my first pic attempt and no spare battery.. OMG no!

Fortunately, I had my mid-quality LG Smartphone with me, but I never use it for hike photos because with my prescription sun glasses, I can't see the screen and the phone photo options well enough to see what I'm doing. As it turned out, I took a total of 40 phone pics of which 3 were unplanned selfies of my face, 2 were unplanned videos and 6 were unplanned of the sky & ground :lol: I ended-up deleting a total of 20 of my total 40 smartphone pics and posted on HAZ for this outing a total of 15 pics (4 of 15 I cobbed from Larry & Eric to fill one page).
The moral of the story: "Never Assume Anything and always bring a spare, charged Camera Battery" ;-)

We finished off another rewarding and enjoyable hike day with dinner in Globe at a favorite place- :next:
igallery/image_page.php?id=4401 / igallery/image_page.php?id=5439

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Feb 17 2018
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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2018
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Hiking4.30 Miles 1,267 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.72 mph
1,267 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Out and Back: Tom's Thumb Trail to Tom's Thumb 3912ft

An enjoyable Saturday morning McDowell Sonoran Perserve (MSP) hike beginning at North Scottsdale's nice (with amenities) Tom Thumb Trailhead. Renee, her family, and I live in South Scottsdale which is a 25 mile one way drive to this TH Parking. It always amazes me, the distance and how long (today- 45 minutes) to drive to some of the far reaches of North Scottsdale from our South Scottsdale.

This section of the Tom's Thumb Trail is scenic, still seems remote, and is well maintained. Lots of hiking traffic today which was to be expected on a nice weather day on Saturday in mid-February. All hikers were friendly and cordial which made this much needed (for me) exercise hike at 4.3 miles R/T and 1267 AEG, an excellent choice :)


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Jan 30 2018
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Conner Canyon Ruins - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Conner Canyon Ruins - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2018
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.64 mph
1,350 ft AEG   3 Hrs   20 Mns Break
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Up at 4:15am, out the door at 6:30am, and with my hiking partner's later arrival (misplaced his FJ keys-forgot his hat :doh:) we were on our way at 6:50am, TH Hike Start at 9:25am, back to TH Park at 3:20pm..then after an afternoon of more off road driving to scout out more new (ancient) HAZ- ssk44 Sierra Ancha GE found ruin locations :) we were back home to my South Scottsdale at 8pm, then to bed at 10:30pm and after two tries the next day to roll out of bed at 9:15am, I was again alive and moving and .. this very long day out was all worth it with only awesome memories!! It felt good to be back to our Sierra Ancha Wild :D

My sincere thanks to our ace Google Earth Ancient Ruins Hunter HAZ-ssk44 (Eric) for 1st locating on GE this sweet, lesser known ruins site and 2nd to HAZ- CannondaleKid for allowing us a confirmation of it via his acknowledged "driven this section numerous times.." but his unfortunate ruins oversight on one of these numerous trips [ photo ]
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Jan 27 2018
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Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2018
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Hiking4.00 Miles 971 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.41 mph
971 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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The last time I hiked in South Mountain Park was over 10 years ago.. too long!

With such nice, above average temps this last weekend of Jan'18 and for me some much needed exercise. Earlier the previous week Renee suggested we take her two young sons, my unoficial nephews, to hike from the Mormon TH up to the National Trail to Fat Mans Pass then through Hidden Valley and back to our Park at the Morman TH..
I was in!

I had a little concern with the stamina of her to be 5 year old this coming April with his short legs needing to negotiate up and back down the high elevation gain/loss, rocky Mormon Trail, but no problem. Moms have a talent for planning these kind of more demanding kid outings: after lunch, a pack of Skittles each for encentive to reach Fat Mans Pass, then another minor candy treat upon passing through the Hidden Valley Tunnel at the National Trail X, and last but not least- a Sonic slurpee of their choice after we finish and are back to the vehicle. I drove us all to and from our hike and was lucky enough to also rate a Sonic Cherry/Lime slurpee.

A fun day out for all! :D



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Fat Mans Pass
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Jan 13 2018
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Corral RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
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Hiking3.70 Miles 630 AEG
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AKA- Corral Creek Butte RUINS 4910ft

Another rewarding, scenic, off-trail hike to a lesser known ancient Native American Ruins Site find by our
HAZ-ssk44.

This one had been on my back burner for a few months since learning of Eric's interest in us day hiking it back in Sept'17. I do appreciate his patience while I worked it into my so busy (lol) retirement schedule with juggling all my various doctor appointments, weekly errands, and out-of-state family visits between October through December'17 :)

It was a beautiful blue sky day with above average temps in the 60's for a January off-trail hike starting at 4640ft elevation. Our Park/TH Start was a little sketchy and noisy for only one vehicle just off the pavement of Hwy 60 North [ photo ] which also included a starting wakeup section of Catclaw Acacia + a rather high ranching fence that we needed to go under, not over, but just a minor inconvenience for a short distance before things opened-up and all was good again. There were signs of previous cattle in the area but not any evidence recently and their previous presence included a rather nicely laid-out hiking route from close to our TH Start most all the way to our planned destination [ photo ]

The surrounding scenery and easy to moderate off-trail hiking was quite pleasant in this border section of the Tonto NF with excellent views into the adjacent San Carlos Indian Reservation land.

My posted picset with captions and recommended GPS Hiking Route hopefully confirm our "thumbs-up" hiking day which also included an ending, satisfying stop at the newly remodeled, new ownership Mexican Food Restaurant in Globe- :next: J&R El Rey Cafe Reynoso's - Globe, AZ igallery/image_page.php?id=5410 :D
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Oct 29 2017
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Rose Bowl Walk- JDRF Annual Type 1 Diabetes 5kLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Walk / Tour avatar Oct 29 2017
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Walk / Tour3.30 Miles 120 AEG
Walk / Tour3.30 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   1.61 mph
120 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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My second rewarding year CA visit week to join my youngest Daughter, Son-in-Law, and three youngest Grand-kids (9,7,4) for the annual Los Angeles Chapter of the JDRF- Type 1 Diabetes 5k "One Walk" day events held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.. www2.jdrf.org/site/ ... mail

In November, 2015, my youngest Grandson was diagnosed with humbling Type 1 Diabetes at only 2 years old.

This was a special day and event for us all to help celebrate with ~10k Rose Bowl attendees, the ongoing fund raising efforts and medical advances of this so demanding 24/7 disease with no cure to date.
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Aug 26 2017
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Bear Canyon Upper - West Bear Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2017
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Hiking2.70 Miles 327 AEG
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The purpose of this shorter loop hike within only "West Bear Canyon" was to view the wild fire damage (if any) from the aftermath of the June'17 lighting ignited "Bear Fire".. and..

I'm very happy to report (as my picset hopefully confirms) that in my estimation at least ~95% of the large BIG TOOTH MAPLE stands are still happy and well !! :DANCE:

So, for those soon looking for a recommended "Mogollon Rim- Big Tooth Maple" Autumn 2017 display, plan to be here around the last week/weekend of September or early the first week in October (view/download my posted GPS Route dated 9/24/14 [ custom map ] for this recommended shorter, ALTernate Autumn Season loop route).
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Aug 25 2017
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Barbershop Cyn Upper - Merritt Draw Upper LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2017
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Hiking5.90 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.82 mph
800 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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1st Note:
This loop hike does not include the Merritt Draw section but rather completes the hike description loop from Barbershop TR 91 by returning (with some off-trail) to the TH Start via FR139C.

This was the sixth off-trail since 2010 that I have hiked this section of Upper Barbershop Canyon. Each hike year it seems that the off-trail, route finding 300ft drop (from the top off FR139C) into the canyon drainage changes due to new downed trees, washouts, and some re-routing of various game trails to follow.

This sixth hike down to the canyon drainage from the top I did not do a very good job of following my recommended hike description GPS Route. I missed the recommended rock cairned waypoint entrance by about 60 yards which made our route down more difficult for my two friends who are active trail hikers but do little off-trail hiking.

I do believe this Aug'17 visit had the most vegetation growth and water (both pooling and flowing) since first visiting here in 2010.

It was still a good area hike choice and I'm sure I will be back for another round on a future year :D
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Aug 23 2017
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Aug 23 2017
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I had such an enjoyable and relaxing seven day visit this past July at my favorite AZ Mogollon Rim campsite (at 7435ft) that I decided to do it again in August (from Wed-8/23 to Tues-8/29/17) :)

For this August trip I invited a good friend (from East Mesa) and her partner (from Payson) whom I had originally met from my earlier 2005-2006 AZ camping/hiking days as an active member of Arizona Outdoor Travel Club (AOTC). AOTC & HAZ-blk and I have continued to be good friends but with her very active outdoor (local & worldwide) travel schedule, I was not able until this August to find a camping period that fit both our schedules.

As has been the case for the last few visits and this trip no exception, I had planned more tinkering around camp, R&R, and good eats cooking than area day hiking, but we still managed to do a couple nice area off-trail loop hikes:
[ Barbershop Cyn Upper - Merritt Draw Upper Loop ]
[ Bear Canyon Upper - West Bear Canyon Loop ]

For this Mogollon Rim monsoon season there was less daily/nightly rain than I had on my previous July'17 week visit. Both July and August trips provided moderate daily temps and comfortable nightly sleeping being serenaded by bugling elk and howling coyotes in close Barbershop Canyon and Merritt Draw.
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Jul 25 2017
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#4Payson, AZ
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On my 7/25/17 drive out on Rim Road FR300 after seven days of vehicle camping down FR139C, I decide to checkout the aftermath of the June'17 "Bear Fire" viewtopic.php?t=10094 to see what was left of favorite Mogollon Rim (FR398) Autumn Campsite #4. I have attached three pics to show the burn which was not that bad but I don't think I would be interested in camping here again until the burn/soot smell went away and until some new green undergrowth started back.

My biggest concern was not the campsite burn status, but rather if one of our primary Autumn off-trail Big Tooth Maple hikes- :next: [ Bear Canyon Upper - West Bear Canyon Loop ] survived this most recent Bear Fire? Unfortunately, I did not have time to hike the short off-trail distance to enter the upper section of West Bear Canyon to confirm one way or the other.
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Jul 22 2017
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FR139C-CSite3-Out-Back to Merritt Draw-Spring, AZ 
FR139C-CSite3-Out-Back to Merritt Draw-Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2017
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Hiking1.70 Miles 303 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.70 mph
303 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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A short, enjoyable, and easy "off-trail" hike with my friends from Scottsdale to visit the lush green middle section of Merritt Draw to check-out the water status of historic, perennial "Merritt Spring" Box.
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Merritt Draw Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
a seeping water pool was visible this visit
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Jul 19 2017
Grasshopper
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Car Camping7 Days         
 
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It had been almost to the day, one full year since I had been back to camp at my favorite "Happy Place" in the woods at 7435ft.

This visit for a planned 6 nights / 7 days (Wed-7/19 to Tues-7/25) I had no agenda except to relax, read some, cook/clean, eat some :) , and just waste time tinkering around camp which I am very good at doing. I also knew this trip would be a wet one (and it was) due to being here in the middle of our summer Mogollon Rim Monsoon Season but this I was looking forward too. As long as I am able to setup my campsite without rain on my arrival day and on departure day teardown and pack it all up without rain then all is good..and..all was good!

One thing I did have to look forward too for the week was a day visit at Camp Grasshopper with my friends from Scottsdale who now own my old "Grasshopper 92YJ Jeep Wrangler". They had previously accepted my invite to join me for a Saturday afternoon visit to "Camp Grasshopper" with a planned short hike from camp to Merritt Draw/Merritt Spring and a mid-afternoon Grasshopper cooked meal. It was a grand day and I much enjoyed their family of four visit.
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Eastern Sierra Ancha FR202, AZ 
Camp Grasshopper - Eastern Sierra Ancha FR202, AZ
 
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Grasshopper
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Car Camping7 Days         
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Note: Eastern Sierra Ancha referring to- The East side of Cherry Creek Road(FR203) / East side of Cherry Creek;

Oregon_Hiker and I have had this seven day camp/hike off-trail explore trip (4/12 to 4/18/17) on our planning calendars for months. This was a totally new area for me that I had yet to visit and one I had been much looking forward too.

My sincere thanks to our Oregon_Hiker who spent many hours viewing Google Earth which included two trips to a local library to help plan this most successful and rewarding trip. This entire area has a wealth of ancient Native American habitat history as well as historic ranching homesteads, numerous Asbestos mine Adits history, with scenic riparian areas too. We had no problem filling-up a week of remote off-trail exploring with a revisit to be planned for more of the same :D

Our basecamp was located off both high-clearance and 4WD required FR202 at a central location ~5350ft elevation which provided a close proximity for our daily driving and/or hiking plans for our weeks' itinerary.

I unfornatuately took a really bad loose rocky fall on my first full day of hiking (day two) and ended up with a pretty major, deep upper right forearm scrape which necessitated me staying in camp on day three to confirm no obvious infection. Thanks to no infection and my adequate first aid kit + some additional 3x4 non-stick gauze pads supplied by Larry, I was able to keep going for our planned days 4 thru 7. Up at 6:00am each morning (in-tent week temps ranged from 36F to 38F) and to bed each night by 7:30pm. Perfect Spring camping weather with no rain and minimal winds.

Again, my thanks to Larry and to one other important contributor who helped make this trip a success.. :yr: !!
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76 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Eastern Sierra Ancha FR202, AZ 
Eastern Sierra Ancha FR202, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2017
Grasshopper
Hiking12.90 Miles 2,891 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles
2,891 ft AEG
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Note: Eastern Sierra Ancha referring to- The East side of Cherry Creek Road(FR203) / East side of Cherry Creek;

Statistics above (Distance & AEG) cover a 6 night / 7 day vehicle camping trip (4/12 to 4/18) to include five different off-trail hikes during this total period.

My Triplog & Potoset summaries for these five(5) different hikes are best represented by Oregon_Hiker's posts:
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76 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2017
Grasshopper
Hiking2.50 Miles 307 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.00 mph
307 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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I had not ridden in my old '92YJ "Grasshopper" Jeep since transferring ownership in Jan'16 to my local friends and our HAZ- ReneeG & family. Renee contacted me on a "whim" the day before and invited me to join her and their two young sons (my "unofficial" two young nephews), for a local, city hike :D

We knew that we would not complete the entire Gateway Loop Trail 4.3 mile round-trip, but that would be OK. I looked at my previous HAZ trip logs on this trail and noticed that this hike would be the sixth time in my past years of hiking in AZ that I had been on some portion of this South Section- McDowell Sonoran Preserve Trail. Interestingly enough, I had to review the driving directions as it has been years since I have been to this Gateway Center Parking/TH.

We arrived at the huge vehicle parking lot at 9:15am and had problems finding a parking spot [ photo ] .. good thing we all had our hiking stuff :lol:

I had high hopes for lots of wildflowers and so did a few hundred others. The wildflowers were there, but the area is drying-out quickly so we really needed to look closely, but all in all, a nice variety as documented below and in my picset.

It was a fun morning hike with Renee and the boys, and I did not break the park rules by going off-trail to hunt for ancient ruins, even though I was tempted to do so ;-)

T-hank-S again Renee for the invite, your company, and the cool morning ride in the still awesome
"Grasshopper" !!
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