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340 triplogs
Dec 26 2020
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 Dec 26 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Chapman
Great morning with the Chapmans to kick off Christmas break. Temps were nice, crowds were moderate, and breakfast burros were tasty!
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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 19 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pima Wash - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2020
jtaylor
Hiking3.00 Miles 225 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
225 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick walk-hike with Wendi and Meia. Crowded but happy crowds!
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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 11 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2020
jtaylor
Hiking5.00 Miles 632 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
632 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I’m not going to sugar-coat it: This was one of the more depressing hikes I’ve been on. It started with a busy trailhead and what appeared to be a massive hiking club starting on Peralta seconds before me. I bailed after 20 steps in search of reasonable solitude and elbow room.

Instead of Bluff Spring, I went with Dutchman for plan B, partially to see how bad the Supersition Fire had been. Well it was bad. Macabre and post-apocalyptic are the two words that best describe what I saw. A valley of stately saguaros has been reduced to graphically-charred skeletons. Even the smell is disturbing. On a positive note, the area to the Northwest of the trail looked better and there was some green sprouting beneath the jojobas and mesquites. Maybe in few years my childhood playground will look better.
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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
4 archives
Dec 04 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 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 Dec 04 2020
jtaylor
Hiking5.70 Miles 1,054 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles
1,054 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
Nice morning with John and the dogs. It was a cold start but warmed nicely once in the sun. It was also oddly (but enjoyably) sparse even on National and Pima Rd.
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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
1 archive
Nov 28 2020
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 Nov 28 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
Cold, blustery, and relatively busy loop with John and Meia. We managed to get separation from the crowds on the north side, where the views were great as always. But the sun on the south was a welcome change!
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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
Nov 27 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pima Wash - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2020
jtaylor
Hiking3.00 Miles 225 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
225 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick turkey burner with the family. Crowded but good to see people getting out.
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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
Nov 21 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
LOST - Arnett Canyon SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
jtaylor
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
PrestonSands
Quick stop-off between hiking and happy hour. Didn’t even know this was here. Cool stuff, especially with our personal interpretive ranger (Preston) to fill us in on the details!
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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
Nov 21 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
East Mtn-Pioneer Pass Loop, AZ 
East Mtn-Pioneer Pass Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
jtaylor
Hiking6.25 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
PrestonSands
Preston, John, and I managed to carve out some time for a relaxed day hike all together. Met up in Globe and caught up over caffeine before carpooling up the hill. On the trail around 11 (from Pioneer Pass TH) and treated to instant pine cover and views along the ridge. This is a well-maintained trail that’s easy on the feet. We found a nice lunch spot beneath a giant cottonwood that was still turning. Nice to have very limited traffic walking back up to the car. Great day with these guys!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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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
Nov 20 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pima-Guadalupe Ridge, AZ 
Pima-Guadalupe Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2020
jtaylor
Hiking3.50 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
300 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
An REI pick-up gave John and I an excuse to get out to South Mountain for a beautiful morning. We relaxed more than we hiked, which is fine by me. As usual, the hikers were few on Guadalupe Ridge.
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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
Nov 13 2020
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 Nov 13 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
Another quick morning hike. Surprising how few people are out here even at 8am. Maybe because of the cold mornings. Good chill time behind the saddle.
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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
Nov 06 2020
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 Nov 06 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 hike to the saddle and back with John and the dogs. Beautiful sunrise and nice cloud cover, but it’s dry out there. Nice solitude 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
Oct 30 2020
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 Oct 30 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
On the trail around 8 and welcomed with a nice breeze and light traffic. Didn’t even see anyone on the North side. Had Meia off leash and she stayed right behind me the whole time. Great workout for us both!
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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
Oct 21 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Grand Canyon Improv, AZ 
Grand Canyon Improv, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 21 2020
jtaylor
Backpack22.80 Miles 5,800 AEG
Backpack22.80 Miles
5,800 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This trip had improv written on it from the start. My favorite way to travel! Went with my bro-in-law and plans changed from Bryce Canyon to Zion to Grand Canyon with Sycamore Canyon as a back-up. Special thanks to Chad at Verkamp's Visitor Center for the great advice!
-Wed (10/21) - Up to Flag for dinner/beers at The Lumberyard and a hotel stay.
-Thu (10/22) - Up early in hopes of scoring a walk-up permit at the Grand Canyon. Learned they're not doing same-day permits ("...for the hikers' sake"...what??). Landed a night at Indian Garden the following day. For today, we opted for Dripping Springs from Hermit's Rest. Only saw two other hikers once we got off Hermit! Spontaneous charcuterie board at the spring. Car camped that night outside the Park.
-Fri (10/22) - Woke to a dead battery and 35 degree temps. Amazingly, good samaritans turned into our camp 5 min later (before sunup) thinking it was their friend's camp. Breakfast in a warm truck (with seat heaters) and on the trail by 8:40am. South Kaibab to Tonto to Indian Garden. Saw only two higher there, too! Dinner on Plateau Point.
-Sat (10/23) - Up early thanks to our tents being 10 feet off the trail and the crazies getting a ridiculously-early start. Great breakfast and we were on the trail around 8:30 getting the lactic acid out. Euphoria at the top followed by onion rings, beer, and a dead battery. Another good samaritan, down to Flag for a new battery and linner at Beaver Street. Home by 7:30 for a blissful shower and long night's sleep.
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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
Oct 16 2020
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 Oct 16 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
Quick morning hike with John and the dogs.
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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
Oct 10 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Canyon Lake SUP, AZ 
Canyon Lake SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Oct 10 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.20 Miles
Paddleboarding3.20 Miles
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Tom finally got his kayak and I finally got back out to Canyon Lake. We got a later start (~11am) and launched from the Laguna Boat Ramp. But we made the mistake of cutting to the North shore too soon and it was pretty choppy (until we found shade and the beers). Returned on the South shore/no wake zone and it was much more pleasant. Lesson learned.
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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
Oct 02 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Bulldog Saddle TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2020
jtaylor
Hiking2.80 Miles 686 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles
686 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick morning hike with the dog before it got too hot. Not very crowded at the trailhead around 7:30. Fall 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
Sep 25 2020
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 Sep 25 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
1,440 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Last-minute decision to check out the area after the fire. It got hot quick but was beautiful at the saddle. The burn was sad to see. Peralta Canyon to the East of the saddle was fine; everything north and West got toasted (lone pine excepted). But I noticed new growth at the base of the trees/bushes that looked promising.

Special thanks to the hikers who helped me "rescue" my dog after she slid down a ravine/waterfall and couldn't get out!
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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
Sep 18 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River SUP - Bridge to Granite Reef, AZ 
Salt River SUP - Bridge to Granite Reef, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Sep 18 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding7.00 Miles
Paddleboarding7.00 Miles
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Gary Williams
Gary and I met early to continue our paddle and brunch series. Water level was a little lower but moving fast. Definitely fewer crowds these days, making this a nice balance of adventure and peacefulness. Wrapped-it up at Sunnyside Cafe, which is quickly becoming our new 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
Sep 12 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
jtaylor
Hiking3.25 Miles 630 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles
630 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
We joined a large group for Rim camping near Bear Canyon Lake. To temper myself for so much sitting and extraversion, I split camp with Meia to get a quick hike. It was beyond crowded on the forest roads, but 0.5 miles down the trail was quiet and peaceful. Meia was in her element and so was I. In hindsight (houndsight?), we should have just completed the loop instead of an out-and-back. Next time.
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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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Sep 11 2020
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 Sep 11 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
First post-summer(ish) desert hike of 2020! John and I ran the dogs up to the saddle early AM. Nice to have a crowd-free, unburnt, cool hike!
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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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