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Oct 26 2002
mttgilbert
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 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking4.00 Miles 368 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour      4.00 mph
368 ft AEG
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This was a wonderful hike. I had planned on packing in and camping somewhere in garden valley or at the top of black mesa. As I was arriving at the trailhead a massive thunderstorm moved in, complete with lots of rain, some hail, and of course lightning. On account of the latter I decided it was best not to tempt the sky by strapping a big metal frame to my back. So I scrubbed the camping and just hiked into the valley. The rich history of the area is what makes this hike so nice. Make sure you check out the ruins on the small hill just across the trail from the large hill. Please remember to pack out some of the garbage left by others. Someone discarded a perfectly good water filtration unit, right in the middle of the valley. So sometimes the trouble of the hauling out other's trash is worth the extra effort.
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Oct 20 2002
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41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Peter's CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.43 mph
500 ft AEG
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This was a great hike, and the 'when in doubt, go up' advice was right on. I parked on a pullout on the highway and just went at it. Off the highway and up into the saddle. On the other side I ran into a little trail which quickly brought me to the creek bed which is the surest path I encountered in Peters Canyon, it was impossible to lose that one. The entrance to Peters Canyon proper kind of snuck up on me. I was distracted by a large, walk-through size hole in the side of the mountain (not the cave). I only went about half way up the boulders and then cut up to the east wall and went around the rest. After that it levels out for a little while, there was quite a bit of water in this section. The canyon then turns east for less than a 1/4 of a mile and as it swings south again I saw the cave down the canyon a ways. Here I ran into a group of people heading out of the canyon with backpacks. Getting to the cave was easier than it sounded from the directions, the path was worn down enough that footing wasn't too much of a problem. Turns out this had been the campsite of the backpackers. I never would have known if the campfire wasn't still hot. After I put it out I set about looking at the cave. There was a wall (or a careful pile of rocks, its hard to say), does any one know the origins of this wall? I would be interested to know. The cave is not deep, but it is a nice spot to eat lunch. This is where I turned around. I think there are too many people taking too many liberties with rock cairns. The only place the trail was marked (overmarked) was in the creek. You can't lose a creek in a canyon if your trying. The only part of the trail which didn't have cairns is the route around the boulders, which was moderately traveled but obscure at some points. I am planning returning to travel the loop.
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Oct 17 2002
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Bulldog Canyon North, AZ 
Bulldog Canyon North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking3.50 Miles
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs      1.75 mph
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pretty much the same story as bulldog west
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Oct 17 2002
mttgilbert
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41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Salt River West, AZ 
Salt River West, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
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This was an exploratory expedition down the salt river, from just below the dam almost all the way to phon d. sutton. Not a particularly pleasant hike, and I will probably never go back to the river again. The amount of trash astounded me, there were places along that river where the trash and stagnation from either shore almost met in the middle. (and people tube through that). I found a trail that crossed the river in several places, and sometimes was the river itself. I was going to do some fishing while I was there but I decided to pass on that opportunity.
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Oct 16 2002
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 Guides 5
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41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Christopher Creek GorgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking1.60 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.20 mph
200 ft AEG
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I have done this hike several times. We even decided to take backpacks down once. The extra energy (and its not that much) was well worth it. It was wonderful, we went in February so the water was high from a reasonably wet winter, and it was cold enough that we were the only ones there for our two day trip. Of course it was too cold to swim, but we were busy enough exploring the canyons. If you take the time to do this trip, do it right and plan on giving yourself plenty of time to explore the canyons, this is one of the most beautiful places I know of on the Rim.
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Oct 16 2002
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 Guides 5
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 Triplogs 240

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 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Flowing SpringsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking2.00 Miles 30 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
30 ft AEG
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Please clean up after yourself and others. I have been going to this part of the East Verde since the late 80's and it is only getting worse. It is a nice spot to stop at en route to another hike, to stop and have lunch or just explore a little. The problem is the large amounts of trash left and damage done to the environment. If we don't start taking care of the area there won't be much left.
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Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
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41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking6.00 Miles 4,595 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.18 mph
4,595 ft AEG
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This was a great hike as an introduction to the grand canyon, we only went about halfway down, due to time constraint and bad weather, but I cant wait to go back. I hope to take a pack with me next time and spend a day in the canyon, just for fun!
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Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
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41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking1.20 Miles 866 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles   1 Hour      1.20 mph
866 ft AEG
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This was a nice short hike. I hiked it as part of a geology class field trip, so it was neat to hear all about the geologic history of the area as we went. We were asked not to go to the top of the mountain (for our safety) fortunately some of us had no concern for our safety and the view was well worth it. When I went there was snow on the ground and I couldn't have asked for a nicer hike.
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Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
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41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Montezuma CastleCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking0.30 Miles
Hiking0.30 Miles      30 Mns   0.60 mph
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This isn't worth much as a hike, but the cliff dwellings are about the best preserved ones you can see in the state.
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Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
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 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Bulldog Canyon West, AZ 
Bulldog Canyon West, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
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Bulldog is an offroad area south of saguaro lake and requires a permit to enter. At one point during some 'wheeling I decided to see what was over a ridge. turned out it was another ridge, but for some reason I feel all the better for knowing that. Although this is an OHV area there are still some wonderful hiking opportunities, and if you are a hunter this is a relatively decent place to go. Please stay on all designated roads and trails and pack out what you AND others have packed in.
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Oct 13 2002
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2002
mttgilbert
Hiking4.00 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour      4.00 mph
588 ft AEG
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It actually took me two tries find the 'glyphs. Due to bad directions the first trip was off by two miles to the west. But it was worth a second try. There were several pools of water (albeit dirty, stagnant water). I spent about an hour trying to find the spring indicated on the topo map of the area, if anyone knows if it still exists I would like to know.I liked this trip so much I will definately be visiting this canyon again.
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Sep 03 2001
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
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 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2001
mttgilbert
Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour      3.20 mph
800 ft AEG
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Good short hike, excellent for bringing out of towners.
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Mar 22 2001
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 Guides 5
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
McDowel Mountain Preserve I, AZ 
McDowel Mountain Preserve I, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2001
mttgilbert
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
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I came across a parking lot next to the preserve, 1.5 or 2 miles east of the 101 on bell road. I went out just to check out the trails. They were wide and smooth, very obviously old roads. About a mile north on the trail there and intersection with another road running east and west. I took the east road as it appeared to get into the mountains the quickest. After about two miles I came to an abandonded mine shaft. I would have gone further but, as I hadn't planned on hiking I didn't have that much water with me, decided it was best to turn around.
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Feb 12 2001
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Papago Buttes - Papago ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2001
mttgilbert
Hiking3.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.71 mph
100 ft AEG
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I have spent lots of time riding or hiking in this area. This is a popular area for geology field-trips because of the area's prominent features. There are also some orienteering courses available in this area, There's a billboard with more info.
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May 16 2000
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 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Wildcat Spring, AZ 
Wildcat Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2000
mttgilbert
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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This was a hike that we took by accident. I had been trying to remember where a waterfall was when we stumbled on this trail and decided to give it a couple of miles and see if it led somewhere we wanted to be. It wasn't but we saw some amazing countryside. Shorthly after we started the trip the trail, which follows a stream almost the entire way, led into a large medow. At the end of the medow was a cabin, or the remains of a cabin. There were only two remaining walls and a stone chimney, complete with a run down coral and some water troughs. I don't know how old it was, but its always nice to find something like that. I never did find that waterfall, but thats ok it gives me a chance to go back and look for it again.
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May 06 1998
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 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Cooper Forks Canyon Cliff DwellingsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 1998
mttgilbert
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.67 mph
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I have had this hike in my triplog as a private trip. Now that the trail has appeared in the index, I see no reason not to make it public...

After following a ranch road off of the main highway for about 15 miles east until I found the aforementioned trailhead. The trail begins right befor the ranch road takes a major diversion south around a portion of the mountain. After about a half mile the mountain started to encroach on the trail until I was in a box canyon The canyon was a drainage for the mountain and as such there was water intermitently on the trail. In fact most of the trail was the creek itself. The water often disapeared and would reappear further up the creek. This was explained when I came across a large system of caves under the mountain. The stream apparently wound its way underground for short distances. The creek had several short waterfalls (the tallest one was no more than 15 feet up) I managed to negotioate them all with a full backpack (I had originally intented to camp at the end of the trail). There were also some nice pools present where the water had eroded the granite of the mountains smooth (very reminiscent of the pools at Christopher Creek Gorge). After about two and a half miles the canyon ended. This was far shorter than I had expected, I thought it was at least a five mile hike one way. There is a spring and I think that I was not too far south of devils chasm, but I'm not sure. I had been hiking with my eyes on the walls of the canyon for the cliff dwellings but I had not seen them, and even when I got there it took at least half an hour to locate the site on the cliff. There was a rock slide down the side of the canyon on which the ruins were located. I think this is a relatively new feature for two reasons, there were trees and foliage that were damaged and the rocks covered a portion of the trail. Once I got to the top (mostly by scrambling over boulders that were falling as quickly as I was climbing), and was amazed at the view. The site was on the east wall and directly to the north was the site of the spring. To the south you could see all the way down the canyon and all the way out accross the plain in front of the mountain. I am still amazed that the site couldn't be seen from the trail. Even on the way back I tried to spot it and it was very well hidden. The ruins were small, Two distinct rooms with very low cielings and probably a second floor, Though that was hard to say because the walls had mostly collapsed above about five feet, only a few of the roof beams were still present. Due to the amount of water below and next to us there was an abundance of bugs and flying things. I had lunch in the ruins and, since it was still early I decided to make it a day trip and camp at the trailhead.
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Mar 15 1995
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Spring off 87, AZ 
Spring off 87, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 1995
mttgilbert
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
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This is a spring which emerges from a cave and turns into a small waterfall. Unfortunately I was only there once and can't seem to find the place again. It is on the west side of the 87 past about midway between strawberry and clints well. Its not wildcat spring, it could be baker or huffer spring. Anyone familiar with area feel free to pm me with suggestions. I have been back to look for this spring several times and have yet to find it.
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Aug 15 1993
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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 1993
mttgilbert
Hiking2.00 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
150 ft AEG
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I went here when I was younger, it was nice then, at least I can't remember having a problem getting into the water. From the sounds of the other logs I probably wouldn't bother going back, I prefer solitude and the lack of trash and graffiti that acompanies it. (yes even over nudity).
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