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340 triplogs
May 14 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River Paddle - Bridge to Granite Reef, AZ 
Salt River Paddle - Bridge to Granite Reef, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar May 14 2021
jtaylor
Paddleboarding8.00 Miles
Paddleboarding8.00 Miles
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Semi-spontaneous paddle with Tom. Not much exercise but plenty of relaxation. Lots of sea grass in there these days, but maybe that's why we keep seeing the otter? Held on to my keys this time, but Tom brought the wrong set for his truck (special thanks to the super-cool couple who drove me back to my truck). We'll get it right some day...
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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 30 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Apr 30 2021
jtaylor
Paddleboarding1.00 Miles
Paddleboarding1.00 Miles
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Decided to try paddling with Meia. She hated it. I lost my keys to the Salt. And yet it dawned on me as I sat waiting for Wendi to pick me up: The worst day on the river is still better than the best day at work.
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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 23 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 23 2021
jtaylor
Backpack8.00 Miles 600 AEG
Backpack8.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
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Chapman
PrestonSands
John and I kicked-off the weekend with a great brunch at Red Rooster Café. The trailhead was pretty busy so Preston gave the greenlight for us to start without him to nab a site. Going in was more exposed than I remembered and we were sweating pretty good despite the mild 75-degree high. We eventually found a great shaded site away from people and across the water from the trail and filtered water to quench our thirst.

After lazily setting-up camp, we lounged and imbibed as the masses made their way in, glad to have secured our spot. Special thanks to whoever left enough firewood for the first night! Preston finally made it in around 8pm, exhausted after days of camping and hiking beforehand.

The next day was a lazy one for John and me. John wasn't feeling well for some reason and I was content chilling and sleeping in the breezy, bird-song-filled canopy. Preston of course hiked all the way back to the car for something. Later, I remarked to John how much I loved whiskey but it's just better with ice (he wasn't in agreement for some reason). Not 5 minutes later, Preston returned and announced that his backpack was filled with ice. Man I love that guy!

We left pretty early the next morning due to time constraints. Hiking out was much shadier and less crowded. Meia seemed much more comfortable out of the sun. Preston and I took the time to jump into a large pool to cool off and clean up before the last leg out. It was quiet enough that I vowed to return sometime mid-week.

Lunch was great Mexican food and a couple beers at Concho's. Then down the hill and back to reality. Great trip to unwind!
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Plenty of penstemon and some columbine.
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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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Apr 16 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Dragonfly Loop - Spur Cross Area, AZ 
Dragonfly Loop - Spur Cross Area, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2021
jtaylor
Hiking3.80 Miles 425 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles
425 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Gary Williams
Great to get back on the trail with Gary after he got his back fixed! We kicked the morning off with brunch, then quick rattlesnake avoidance training for Meia, then finally on the trail by mid-morning. The first part of the loop (traveling counter-clockwise) is exposed, but the Jewel of The Creek is that much more inviting as a result. An aptly-named oasis.

By the time we were on the road again our stomachs were growling. Topped it all off with beer and all you can eat fish and chips at The Horny Toad. What a great day!
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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 03 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Apr 03 2021
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.50 Miles
Paddleboarding3.50 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Great morning SUP trip with Tom. Very quiet on the river and saw an otter again. Water level was still low but clear.
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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
Mar 26 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Bursera-Gila Loop - South Mtn, AZ 
Bursera-Gila Loop - South Mtn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2021
jtaylor
Hiking3.60 Miles 715 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
715 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Chapman
John took the lead and introduced me to this great loop. Crowd-free and beautiful, cool weather. Topped it off with a visit to Wilderness. Great day!
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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
Mar 19 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef Paddle, AZ 
Granite Reef Paddle, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Mar 19 2021
jtaylor
Paddleboarding4.00 Miles
Paddleboarding4.00 Miles
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Chapman
Finally got John’s kayak out for its maiden voyage. Beautiful day on the river with mild current and crystal clear water. Saw a couple horses and - for the first time - a river otter. Enjoyed a nice Boddington’s Pub Ale on the return float.
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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
Mar 10 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Oak Flat Camp & Climb, AZ 
Oak Flat Camp & Climb, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar Mar 10 2021
jtaylor
Car Camping
Car Camping2 Days         
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Dad/kids spring break camp trip. Oak Flat was plan C after the weather forecast kept getting colder and wetter. While only 5 degrees warmer than the original Dragoon’s plan, this was closer to home in case we needed to bail. Indeed we did bail after dinner/s’mores on the 2nd night. The forecast left nothing to be desired and the Forest Service closed the area for an Apache ceremony. But we made the most of the time there with a couple of climbs and great fireside conversation!
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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
Mar 05 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2021
jtaylor
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,260 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Chapman
Nice, quick loop with John and the dogs. Beautiful and quiet on the north side. Ocotillos about ready to bloom and a couple lupine sprouting along the way.
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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
Feb 26 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2021
jtaylor
Hiking8.50 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles
2,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Chapman
After years of this trail being on our wishlist, John and I finally made it out here. If the first mile is a proxy for how the rest of the trail looked pre-fire (as the many skeletons suggested), then we really lost a treasure. There are still beautiful pockets, which we enjoyed. John sacrificed his legs to the catclaw and followed his ruin-radar to a great find a couple miles in. After lunch we ventured into the heart of the burn in search of a little oasis, we we found in the form of a creek beach about 4 miles in. A steady breeze and promises of cold beers made for a pleasant return trip. Only regret was not doing this 10 years ago. Carpe diem.

A few reports: Pretty good flow in the creek; light wildflowers with more on the way; road in great shape (till next rain); didn’t see a soul on the trail.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
A handful of poppies in bloom with tons of globe mallow getting ready.
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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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Feb 19 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2021
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
The plan was to hike with John but he got delayed. Did the first part of the loop (counterclockwise) solo and met up with John at the western saddle. Saw only two parties on the way up and had the entire northern portion to myself. Hung out with John and Cruz before we dropped back down together. Definitely busier in that side.

Ocotillos are leafed-out pretty well but not other signs of wildflowers beyond globe mallow so far.
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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
Feb 12 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2021
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Chapman
Beautiful evening hike with few people, beautiful billowing clouds, and a nice breeze. Feel kinda bad for the people in the Midwest and Northeast right now...
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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
Feb 05 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2021
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Chapman
Another quick trek up to the usual spot with John. Very few people for an 8am start, which was unexpected. I haven't cracked the code yet for how to avoid the crowds, but this was great. The few people we did see at the saddle were very friendly. Good trail camaraderie all around!
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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
Jan 29 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2021
jtaylor
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,675 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
1,675 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Felt the need for solitude/quiet time and I had a hunch that the rain forecast would scare many from Peralta. I knew I struck gold when I arrived to only a half-dozen cars at the TH. Saw only three people on the way up and arrived at lone pine at the same time as a ranger. We rapped for a few minutes and then he left to finish his patrol, leaving Meia and me to soak in the welcome sun and quiet. Couldn’t ask for a better setting of snow-capped mountain views and soft wind in the pine needles. Just what the doctor ordered.

Saw a tiny bit of snow left under the northern ledges. A little running water at the upper canyon but the ground is still thirsty below.

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A little more than a trickle after the recent rain/snow, but the ground absorbed it at the lower canyon.
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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
Jan 22 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2021
jtaylor
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
1,440 ft AEG
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Chapman
Return to Peralta with John and Tim. This time we started in the early afternoon, yielding smaller crowds. It was a little warmer than I was expecting to start, but perfect once we hit the canyon shade. We had the saddle to ourselves and enjoyed great visibility and golden-hour color before heading down for dinner and drinks at Handlebar (always a post-hike favorite).
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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
Jan 18 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2021
jtaylor
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
1,440 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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The highlight of this trip was definitely when Tim's dog ralphed in John's car. I sure got a good laugh at Tim's and John's expense. But from a hiking perspective, just being with these guys on a beautiful, sunny day was great. Despite a pretty full parking lot, we were pretty dispersed on the way up and at Fremont saddle. We soaked up the sun while John's and Tim's dogs wrastled. It was one of those days when you wish you could just hobo it for a few weeks and live in a van down by the river. Someday.

The traffic increased tenfold on the way out (both trail and road). Back at Tim's house, he treated us to a beer while he cleaned John's car. Man, was that funny.
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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
Jan 15 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Hidden Valley via Guadalupe Ridge (partial), AZ 
Hidden Valley via Guadalupe Ridge (partial), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2021
jtaylor
Hiking5.70 Miles 1,054 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles
1,054 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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When one of my teenagers agrees to hike with me if they can sleep in, I accept. That was today with Andrew. We didn't get started until about 10:30. Not sure if he thought the (relative) heat were worth the extra Zs, but we had a good time. Meia, on the other hand, expressed her preference for earlier by panting and beelining to the shade whenever possible. Must be the black fur. We wrapped-it up with a visit to In-n-Out and REI. Great start to a long weekend!
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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
Jan 08 2021
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Meridian Mystery TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2021
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 590 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
590 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Later start to my 2021 hiking year. This was a somewhat spontaneous later afternoon hike. Deterred by crowds, I saw someone coming off what I later learned was the Meridian Mystery Trail and decided to roll with it instead of the Peak 3004 loop. A little weird being in people's backyards the whole way, but nice to mix it up and great golden hour views of the Supes.
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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
Dec 30 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2020
jtaylor
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,286 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles
1,286 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Can't believe I haven't done this trail before. Macy took the driving and we rendezvoused with the Unruhs by Ft McDowell Rd. Fortunately I had the forethought to pack warm clothes for Macy because the narrow canyon was shaded the whole time. The first few hundred feet of the trail were loose, rolling rock; but it smoothed out to a great trail with moderate incline and stunning views. The rocks at my feet were just as stunning as those across the canyon.

We saw maybe 8-10 people before resting and turning around by the falls area. Would’ve loved to continue but we had a time constraint. Eric and I agreed that a full day (or weekend) to explore further was in order.
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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
Dec 28 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2020
jtaylor
Hiking9.10 Miles 906 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles
906 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Chapman
PrestonSands
Plan A was Aravaipa on 12/29, but the forecast was daunting so we chose this for plan B. I had forgotten how great the second half of this hike is (if you go counter-clockwise). After 4+ miles of exposure, the shade from the trees and canyon were welcome. The leaves were still changing and there was flowing water in Arnett Canyon. The trail maintenance on that last half is also impressive (special thanks to Wild Arizona for helping manage invasive plant growth.

John and I enjoyed a quick beer back at the truck and then met up with Preston again at Porter's Café in Superior for a great burger. What better way to end a long hike with best friends??
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

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Surprising flow considering the lack of recent rain.
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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.”
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