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Jul 24 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jul 24 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Decided last-minute to hit the river before catching up on some work. Something worked in my favor because, despite the late start I got a prime parking spot. The current was relatively strong so I earned the chill time on the return float. But it was well worth it. Very peaceful morning.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 18 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Phon D to Granite Reef, AZ 
Phon D to Granite Reef, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jul 18 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Sam and I forced our respective boys out for some water and vitamin D. I had concerns about damaging my board going downstream, but it was fine. Some fun currents/rapids at the start, and then a good mix of rapid and lazy flow the rest of the way down. Probably doesn't count as exercise, but it was relaxing! Other than Granite Reef, parking and crowds weren't too bad.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 17 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jul 17 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding0.50 Miles
Paddleboarding0.50 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Last-minute, evening paddle with Bill and his family. I've never seen the current so strong at Granite Reef. By the time we figured out to stay far right to get upstream, we were running out of time. Still good to be out, even if just for a while.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 11 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Homestead Road Check, AZ 
Homestead Road Check, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Jul 11 2020
jtaylor
4x4 Trip
4x4 Trip
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Accompanied Sam to check the road to the Homestead climbing area outside of Winkelman. Definitely low-range 4x4 in one spot. It was too hot to hike past the restricted part of the road, so we backtracked to Aravaipa for a quick dip and a beer. It's the simple things...
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 05 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2020
jtaylor
Hiking6.35 Miles 1,412 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles
1,412 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
During our Flagstaff trip I wanted to get a few more miles in and escape the relatively-hot 87 degree day. Lockett Meadow was as beautiful as I remembered it from 20-years prior. After a Crystal Creek lunch at the trailhead, we all took off together. Everyone else turned back after a mile. I wish they had continued just a little further to see the amazing aspen grove that was not part of the route last time I hiked it (that I can remember, anyway). I continued to the opening of the Inner Basin, by watershed #10 I think. Time constraints forced me turn back, as usual. But I'm definitely going to return to spend more time here.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Penstemon
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 04 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Crystal Point TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2020
jtaylor
Hiking6.35 Miles 1,412 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles
1,412 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Finally got around to taking this to Odell Lake. Glad I did - that portion of the trail is more beautiful and far less crowded. Spent some time off trail looking for historic artifacts without success, although I was rewarded with solitude and a hermit thrush's haunting call. The rain the previous day took care of the dust. This was long overdue and I will be back!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 03 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Crystal Point TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2020
jtaylor
Hiking1.20 Miles 312 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles
312 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick trek with the family to earn a beer. Nice to have the kids here for the first time in years! Pretty dry/dusty and crowded. Everyone was very friendly though.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jun 26 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jun 26 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.50 Miles
Paddleboarding3.50 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Ironically I finally got to the “wall” on a day when the flow was the heaviest I’ve seen. Good workout and beautiful day. The view of Four Peaks was stunning. Have to go pretty early to beat the crowds. The lot was filling up by 6am in a Friday (but pretty quiet a half-mile upstream).
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jun 19 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2020
jtaylor
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,260 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick morning hike with Bill. Good to get on my feet this late in the year. Pretty dry but nice shade on the way up.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jun 12 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Prescott Paddle Trip, AZ 
Prescott Paddle Trip, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jun 12 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Thought it would be a good idea to take the whole family up to Watson Lake after having a great time up there with Gary. Word to the wise: Don't even try to SUP on this lake if it's windy! We were immediately blown to the dam and spend the next 1.5 hours fighting little whitecaps to get out of there. Ultimately, two of us towed the others back while they lay supine on their boards.

I cajoled the family to try again at Lynx Lake. It was very peaceful and placid there. Until we got to the dam and that lake got windy. No towing this time, but pretty sure I ruined paddling for these guys...
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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Jun 05 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Watson Lake Paddle, AZ 
Watson Lake Paddle, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jun 05 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding4.00 Miles
Paddleboarding4.00 Miles
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Gary Williams
Great mix of good, drinks, and outdoor time. We started with a leisured breakfast at Breakfast Kitchen Bar, dropped-in at the Northern ramp around 10, and finished at Raven Cafe for a late lunch and beers. First time at Watson. Very cool area to explore. Got a little choppy by the dam in the afternoon but otherwise calm.
Fauna
Fauna
Bald Eagle
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 29 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar May 29 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Too hot to hike; switching to paddles! Kicked-off the 2020 season with Tom. A little late start (7am) and a little crowded. But almost everyone tapped-out after a half-mile or so, leaving the remainder for solitude. Water was murky but refreshing.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 22 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,029 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
2,029 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Eight years since my last trip here. Next time I’ll bring the skid plate from my truck so I can just sled down. On a positive note, I had the place to myself and the views were still great (and I didn’t break any bones).
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Saguaros and chollas in fine form!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 20 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 20 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Pre-work hike to kick the day off right. Figure this could be my last chance for a few months. Beautiful morning with the ironwoods and saguaros in bloom.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Ironwoods and saguaros in bloom
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 08 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Picture MountainPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2020
jtaylor
Hiking3.85 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles
700 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
I had a childhood chock full of exploring the Eastern Sierra Anchas, but this was my first time on the Western side. John had the idea to head up here and, with Sam wanting to break-in his new (to him) Tundra, it was the perfect destination. It was a pretty quick trip up to the trailhead from the Tonto Basin side. I would call at least part of the road 4wd, although a high-clearance vehicle with good tires could make it work. We kicked things off with lunch before heading up the trail. Most of the kids balked, so only three of us made the summit for grand views. Hiking back down was perilous due to the steepness and loose scree.

Back at the vehicles we had a beer and then the grand idea to continue on FR609 across to the 288. Based on some pictures and videos, we assumed it was a graded road and would add only a half-hour to our day. We were dead wrong on that. We spent the next 3-4 hours on a fun, 4wd road through an unpopulated gem! Macy drove most of the way. I was impressed by her skills by Andrew was less than amused near the sheer drop-offs.

By the time we reached 288 the kids were mutinous. We saw John and his boys off near Reynold's Creek and Macy gamely took over for the curvy trip down to Globe (this time even I was a little intimidated by the cliffs). We rolled into Phoenix around dinner time. Our reward was Thai food and much-needed showers and a car wash. I look forward to exploring this area again!
Culture
Culture
Benchmark
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 01 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pinals - Old Sawmill Backpack, AZ 
Pinals - Old Sawmill Backpack, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 01 2020
jtaylor
Backpack10.00 Miles
Backpack10.00 Miles3 Days         
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
PrestonSands
First backpacking trip with John back in town. The wishlist included cool temps and few people, and Preston delivered. We took the utility road/Telephone Trail down, which was pretty hot in the late morning. But before we knew it we were setting up tents and hammocks in the shade of giant firs. Most of the first afternoon was spent setting-up camp, lounging, and looking around for various historical artifacts. Before dinner, we hiked a ways down Six Shooter to watch the sun set on Globe.

Next day was...well...lounging and looking around for various historical artifacts. And before dinner, we hikes a ways down Six Shooter to watch the sun set on Globe. But this time we were prepared with plenty of libations for a great Happy Hour. It was cooler that night, and my hammock set-up combined with a light bag left me cold and mostly sleepless.

Not until we were packed and ready to leave Sunday did we see a soul. Actually we heard it: A woman screaming obscenities at her poor partner for some infraction. Oh well, I guess we all have bad days. Other than that brief and violent shattering of silence, we had the place entirely to ourselves. It was nice to escape COVID-19 and feel normal.

For the return trip, I was treated to a series of Tom Petty songs on the radio and a chance reunion with rwstorm in Miami. Not two hours earlier I was telling John and Preston about my first run-in to rwstorm at Ferndale Springs TH nearly seven years prior!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 24 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Early-morning heat and crowd beater with John. Looking into Bulldog Canyon was beautiful in the morning light. Surely it'll cool down enough to do this for another month, right? This was my 75th trip here.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 22 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Met Bill and Shelley for an post-work hike. Wasn't sure what to expect with a high of 91. It was definitely warm but not too bad once we hit the shade and caught the breeze. Wildflowers are crisping up and the gnats are out. Summer is coming...
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 17 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Saddle Mountain #91Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.50 Miles 805 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
805 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Somewhat paradoxically, I felt the need to get some solitude. The lower portion of FR25 was packed with campers Grapes of Wrath style, leaving me skeptical of achieving my goal. But I arrived to an empty trailhead. Other than a disappointing encounter with a couple guys on dirt bikes within the Wilderness boundary (hopefully just ignorance), the trail was indeed my own. I stopped at Potato Patch and decided I felt like chilling there instead of continuing. On the return trip, I bumped into an AZT through hiker a month into her journey. Very cool. Wrapped it all up with a beer and burrito in the shade of a juniper. Mission accomplished.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Blue dicks and lupine
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 15 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 401

42 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2020
jtaylor
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
300 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Just a quick halfway jaunt to the saddle with the whole fam. Had to blow off steam after too much work from home. Amazing evening.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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