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Apr 21 2018
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Desert Botanical GardenPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
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Hiking2.00 Miles 50 AEG
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Stretching the legs on a beautiful, sunny day. Its usually a few years between visits here for me and I always forget how genuinely awesome this botanical garden is.
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Apr 20 2018
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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2018
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Hiking9.10 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   6 Hrs      1.52 mph
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Back in the area for a long weekend and decided to hike up to 5057 on Friday. It's been a long time since I've hiked to Peak 5057 so was surprised by a full lot at Carney. It was quickly apparent that these other hikers were not submitting the peak but rather heading to the Wave Cave.

What pleasant conditions for late April. Breezy, not too warm, sunny. A beautiful day. Enjoyed the view from the summit looking east into the Supes. Saw two other groups, one doing the Dacite loop, and a trail runner who came up Hieroglyphic Canyon and down Carney. Great day. Good to be back in the Supes.
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Mar 04 2018
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Lehman CreekElko, NV
Elko, NV
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Snowshoeing4.50 Miles 1,250 AEG
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We had some fresh powder in Eastern Nevada yesterday and so decided to go over to Great Basin National Park to do some snowshoeing. The park actually loans out snow shoes for FREE, a great, but little known service. The road to the trailhead is closed, which adds a bit to the start of the journey. We figured to do about 4.5-5 miles. I had never experienced the park like this, really a winter wonderland with the fresh snow.
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Feb 17 2018
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Weepah Springs Wilderness, NV 
Weepah Springs Wilderness, NV
 
Backpack avatar Feb 17 2018
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The Weepah Springs Wilderness is a relatively large (~51,000 acres) BLM Wilderness Area located a couple hours north of Las Vegas, NV. Made the resolution to average one backpack trip per month in 2018. A bit difficult up here in Northern Nevada since it can be quite cold during the winter months.

For February we decided on the Weepah Springs Wilderness, which boasts an 8,000+ foot peak, the largest Ponderosa Pine stand in Eastern Nevada, volcanic hoodoos, and loads of rock art. There are no trails and very few visitors to the interior of the Wilderness, though some automobiles take a short jaunt up to some of the dirt roads to see easily accessible petroglyphs panels just inside the Wilderness boundary. Rather than braving the cold and heading up to the high country, we decided to stick to the lowlands and canyons on the Southwestern side of the Wilderness Area. We started at a parking area about a mile or two off of Highway 318.

From there we headed up the major drainage on the South Side of the Wilderness area, taking our time to scope out rock formations that looked promising for petroglyph panels. After about 1.5 miles we turned right and started hiking up an interesting looking side canyon. This canyon had high walls and an opportunity for rock scrambling. We traveled all of the way up this canyon and were met by a dry fall that was about 7-8 feet high. This was really tough to navigate but we managed by pushing/pulling each other up and over the dry fall and handing packs up. After this dry fall a fairly easy scramble takes you out of the canyon and into the wash above it which feeds it. Here we were in open sage brush with an occasional Pinyon Pine and Juniper. We stuck to the wash until we noticed some interesting Hoodoos and headed up into the hoodoos to explore and camp for the night. We spooked an owl that was hanging in a Pinyon Pine. We heard this owl at night, hooting away in the hoodoos.

In the morning we headed West over some sage covered hills and into the same drainage we started in the first day. From here the hike was mainly through sagebrush. There are some good views to the Northwest of the high point of the Wilderness. This area is heavily grazed as shown by an abundance of cow patties in this area. We also found an impressive skull of a bull with a large set of horns. This wash/drainage eventually takes us back past the canyon we ventured up yesterday and then to the vehicle. Of course, we took our time on the way back looking for rock art along the way.

This is a nice Wilderness Area, very few visitors and some awesome stuff. We will likely be back in the Spring for a trip to the high country to visit the huge Ponderosa stand and summit the high point of the range. No water in this Wilderness to speak of, so bring all your water for any trips into the Wilderness.
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Jan 15 2018
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Cave Springs TrailElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2018
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Hiking4.90 Miles 727 AEG
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Great hike on MLK day. The mild winter made for pleasant conditions. There is some snow on portions of the trail, but nothing that will obscure the route. Cave Lake is mostly frozen, but it is warm enough that I wouldn't risk walking on the ice.
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Jan 13 2018
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Riparian Loop-Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park, NV 
Riparian Loop-Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park, NV
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
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Hiking2.80 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles
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A short hike at a State Park here in Eastern Nevada. Combined the Riparian Loop with the Ridgeline loop to make for about 2.8 miles. The Riparian loop starts at the parking area for the historic charcoal ovens which are quite impressive. The trail starts past the ovens and a lime kiln. After a short while the trail turns northward and crosses the South Fork of Willow Creek. Shortly after crossing the creek there is a junction with the Ridgeline loop trail. We turned left to make for a slightly longer hike and add some elevation gain. It was definitely worthwhile, as there are great views of the valley below, the Schell Creek Range and the Snake Range to the east. We happened upon some interesting historic artifacts which were a highlight. What appeared to be an old steering column and later a historic license plate that was over 90 years old if the date stamped on the plate was accurate. The vegetation along the Ridgeline trail is Pinyon-Juniper. There are some rather large pinyon pines along this trail.

After about 0.8 miles on the Ridgeline trail there is another junction with the Riparian loop. We got back on the Riparian loop heading West. The trail follows the main fork of Willow Creek and eventually crosses over a bridge. You then follow the creek downstream to the East. There was a good amount of flow when we were here. The rest of the hike is quite pleasant, downhill along a nice creek through several pleasant meadows. After a mile or so there is another bridge across the creek and you then turn south and head back to the Charcoal Ovens and parking area.

Nice hike. Brisk but pleasant when we were here. Very mild winter in the Great Basin thus far.
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Nov 23 2017
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Hermit-Tonto-BA, AZ 
Hermit-Tonto-BA, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2017
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Hiking31.20 Miles 5,000 AEG
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It has been a while since I've done a hike in the Canyon but spent two days at Cedar Springs for Thanksgiving.

Got a late start from Las Vegas (we are a long ways from the Canyon now) on Thanksgiving day. Did not get started on the trail until after 1 pm when we arrived at Hermits Rest. Made our way down the hermit trail, a fair amount of backpackers coming up the trail. After we made it to the junction with Boucher we did not see another soul until Monument Creek.

We made it to the junction with Tonto trail just before dusk and headed east. We were pressing to make time before sundown. Of course the inevitability of night hiking hit a mile or two before monument creek. We took out headlamps and pressed on, seeing the lights of campers and Monument Creek well before arriving there. Having never been to Monument Creek before it was a bit confusing in the dark, had to look around a bit to catch Tonto Trail out of the Campground. We were very tired and the next mile to Cedar Springs seemed like forever in the dark. We got to Cedar Spring had a Thanksgiving meal of Turkey Jerky and mashed potatoes and then passed out. There was enough water at Cedar Spring for us to use.

Slept in on Friday, got up close to noon and did a day hike back to Monument and down the Creek to Granite Rapids. Beautiful creek and awesome part of the Canyon. Got to see some rafters and kayakers take on the rapids. Very cool.

Saturday we knew we were in for a slog. Woke up early and headed out east on the Tonto Trail for about ten miles. What a beautiful part of the hike this was. No people, just some awesome views. Got into Indian Garden at noon and what a change of pace. Throngs of crowds for the next 4.5 miles out of the Canyon, the entire party was slow and very tired by this point. We trudged out of the Canyon steadily but slowly, getting out just before 4. Then we braved the shuttle back to Hermit's Rest.

Glad to get back in the Canyon for a nice trip. Missed it a ton.
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Jul 24 2015
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Deer Creek-GC, AZ 
Deer Creek-GC, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2015
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Hiking21.00 Miles 6,000 AEG
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Yes I'm crazy. I know it. The park ranger who gave me my permit knows it.

I did this hike in July. I know its not the ideal time of year but its when I had the time. Got delayed on way down due to some route finding issues first in the car (wrong turn) then on the rim (passed trail that drops off rim and followed use trail along rim, spent considerable time wandering).

So anyway I ended up in Surprise Valley at the hottest part of the day. Plenty of fluids of course, but was worried that my body still wouldn't be able to keep cool. Found a pot hole to soak my shirt in the canyon which leads to Deer Creek. That helped.

Once I got to CG I relaxed, rested, and cooled off. Drank plenty of water and took a nap, was exhausted. Had numerous blisters starting to form. Went down to check out the narrows and the Waterfall and it was complete opposite of hike down. Literal boatloads of rafters. I glared at them, knowing that they could not have possibly worked hard enough to have earned this reward. Skinny dipping at the falls was a no go!

Back to camp. Another nap. Waited for sun to go down. Talked myself up and knew that I had no desire to complete any portion of the hike in full sun again. So I left at 7:00 PM, and boy was I in for a hike out. My night went as follows. Hike slowly on blistered feet, sleep for an hour, repeat as necessary. Got some good rest on the esplanade but got caught up here too as trail is hard to follow in dark.

My blisters were killing me. I got to Bill Hall finally (only 2.5 miles left right?). Here I am thinking to myself, man if I weren't feeling it right now that car is well less than an hour away. Ahah not so... slow slog on tender feet that lasted upwards of two hours. It was brutal. I think my hiking boots are not up to par as I have never dealt with blisters before.

Anyway I got back just after 9. Glad I left that night. The sun would have been brutal and it would have been potentially dangerous.

Of course once I got a nice meal and dessert in me at Jacob Lake and got my boots off what do I do but pull out the Grand Canyon map and start looking at other routes. Sorry I haven't been as active on here guys, tough to keep up when I'm out of state. Hope you all are well. Stay safe out there.
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Jun 23 2013
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Wheeler PeakElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2013
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Hiking8.60 Miles 2,900 AEG
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3rd summit of Wheeler. First time this season. Cooler up there and real windy this day.
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Apr 11 2013
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Cima Road to Teutonia PeakInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2013
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Hiking4.00 Miles 665 AEG
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Stopped and had a nice hike to Teutonia Peak on the way back to Vegas from Southern California. I really like the Mojave National Preserve.
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Apr 06 2013
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Hamblin MountainVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2013
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,388 AEG
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Another Hamblin Mountain hike with 6 other hikers. It was hot out today but it was a nice hike as always. Switched out summit logs, the old summit logs are kept in Lake Mead NRA park archives.
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Apr 03 2013
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Hamblin MountainVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2013
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,388 AEG
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5th summit of Hamblin. This time I took a different route. Will be back there on Saturday likely for my last Hamblin summit of the foreseeable future.
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Mar 16 2013
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Historic Railroad TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2013
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Hiking2.20 Miles 574 AEG
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Led a hike for visitors along the railroad tunnel trail. Was a fun hike.
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Feb 21 2013
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Historic Railroad TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2013
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Hiking3.80 Miles 574 AEG
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Just a walk to the 5th tunnel and back
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Feb 18 2013
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Fossil Canyon, NV 
Fossil Canyon, NV
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2013
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Loop hike in Red Rock. Some cool fossils in the limestone here. Some awesome cacti diversity on top of fossil ridge.
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Feb 17 2013
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Cima Road to Teutonia PeakInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
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Hiking4.00 Miles 665 AEG
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Great hike up Teutonia Peak. First trip to Mojave National Preserve and it was awesome.
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Feb 17 2013
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Kelso Dunes TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
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Hiking3.00 Miles 2,520 AEG
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Wow! This was an amazing hike but by far the most difficult 3 mile hike I've done. Loose sand everywhere made it incredibly hard to hike up these dunes. Still really cool.
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Feb 17 2013
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Howling Coyote Spring Mojave Preserve, CA 
Howling Coyote Spring Mojave Preserve, CA
 
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
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After spending the night at a beautiful primitive campsite in Mojave National Preserve took an exploratory hike up a nearby wash. The wash was surrounded by beautiful granite and we ended up stumbling upon a spring flowing through the desert. As this spring was on no map that I had I dubbed it "Howling Coyote Spring" after what we had heard so much the night before. Will be back to Mojave Preserve soon.
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Jan 13 2013
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Signal HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2013
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Hiking0.30 Miles 24 AEG
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Fun walk in Saguaro.
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Jan 05 2013
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Liberty Bell Arch Via White Rock CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2013
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Hiking5.20 Miles 520 AEG
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Hiked to Liberty Bell Arch and past it to the river overlook. Good day for a hike.
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