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Oct 14 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking6.31 Miles 1,031 AEG
Hiking6.31 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.98 mph
1,031 ft AEG      2 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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Took the day off from work and decided to hit a trail to relax and get away for a bit. The Dixie Mountain Loop within the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve is a pretty easy hike... which is what I was looking for. I arrived early and got to see the sun come up over the hills and before the crowds started to show. I combined a few trails to make it a 6 mile hike. There are other trails spread through the preserve to add additional mileage is so desired. I work the trail in a counterclockwise motion and add a peak for an extra workout. As I got back to the trailhead the buses were starting to show up. Good timing and time to go get some breakfast!
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Oct 12 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
2,550 ft AEG      30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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On Saturday, took a small group of motived scouts up to Quartz Peak. This is one of my favorite hikes because of the challenge it presents, the view from the top, and solitude from the crowds at Camelback and other city hikes. I also find the quartz on top to weirdly fascinating. The hike moved along pretty good, but we didn't get all the way back to the trail head before the heat of the day set in. While certainly nothing that it could be in the summer, it was still plenty warm and that dragged on us it a bit. Fortunately we all had water and I had an ice chest full of cold beverages waiting for us back the TH to cool us off and start the relaxing recovery part. Overall, it was a good day. Everyone had a good time!
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Jul 04 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Baldy Town to Maxwell TH, NM 
Baldy Town to Maxwell TH, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking4.11 Miles 97 AEG
Hiking4.11 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.90 mph
97 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Day 12 of Philmont Trek: Baldy Town to Maxwell Trail Head for check-in then home bound. Very easy last day of hiking back to bus stop. Everyone was ready for some clean clothes and to head back home. Overall trek was awesome with many good people doing something they really enjoyed. I look forward to going back to Philmont some day as an adviser or maybe an employee. For anyone out there involved in scouting, I highly recommend visiting Philmont!!
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Jul 03 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Mount Baldy Summit, NM 
Mount Baldy Summit, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking9.86 Miles 3,153 AEG
Hiking9.86 Miles   10 Hrs      1.31 mph
3,153 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Day 11 of Philmont Trek: Summit Mount Baldy at 12,441ft then to French Henry for some blacksmithing before heading back to Baldy Town. This was the highlight for many on the trek. Views were fantastic. Climb was tough for sure. Very rocky trail with loose footing. Still had snow on the peak so had time for a snowball fight. Hike back from summit through French Henry was long. Everyone was tired from the climb.
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Jul 02 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Head of Dean to Baldy Town, NM 
Head of Dean to Baldy Town, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking5.44 Miles 1,563 AEG
Hiking5.44 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.21 mph
1,563 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Day 10 of Philmont Trek: Head of Dean over to Baldy Town, which sets at the base of Mount Baldy. Hike was awesome with overcast and cool temps. Got caught in a 30 min hail storm that was a nice distraction. Once at Baldy Town everyone had chance for a shower and free time at the trading post. It was a lot of fun.
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Jul 01 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Flume Canyon to New Dean, NM 
Flume Canyon to New Dean, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,185 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   1.13 mph
1,185 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Day 9 of Philmont Trek: Flume Canyon to New Dean with stop over at Pueblano camp for program. Got lots of rain on this day and it was nice to break the heat of the last several days. Hike up to New Dean was steep but not too bad. Crew made good time. Program was cut short due to rain but we made best of of it as we could.
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Jun 29 2019
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 Photos 68
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Horse Canyon to Flume Canyon, NM 
Horse Canyon to Flume Canyon, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking10.60 Miles 926 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.93 mph
926 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break45 LBS Pack
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Day 8 of Philmont Trek. Horse Canyon to Flume Canyon with stop over in Ponil to get food resupply, a shower, and root beer. Hike down to Ponil was on a road that was a bit steep and rocky. Hike from Ponil to Flume was a nice trail paralleling a flowing stream. Mileage also includes a side hike from Flume Canyon to Pueblano for an evening campfire that was simply awesome. Hike actually occurred on 6/30/19, but that date is missing from the pull down calendar. Whups.
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Jun 29 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Indian Writings to Horse Canyon, NM 
Indian Writings to Horse Canyon, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking7.25 Miles 1,495 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   1.53 mph
1,495 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break45 LBS Pack
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Day 7 of Philmont Trek. Indian writings to Horse Canyon with stop over at Metcalf Station for some Railroading program. Basically we got to drive a hand pump rail car. It was fun. Also took time to have a leisure lunch. One of the more memorable stops. Hike from Indian Writings to Metcalf was an easy road. Heat once again played a part. From Metcalf to Horse Canyon an afternoon rain came in and cooled things out a bit. Horse Canyon camp was gorgeous!!
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Jun 28 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Ponil to Indian Writings, NM 
Ponil to Indian Writings, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,061 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.42 mph
1,061 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Day 6 of Philmont Trek. Moving from Ponil to Indian Writing by going over Hart's Peak. Hike wasn't all that tough, except for the heat. Due to morning program at Ponil we didn't start hiking until after lunch and it was hot with little shade. Once we got over the peak the mountain provided some shade relief. Got into camp late and youth went on an evening sunset hike. Us adults did advisor coffee and took it easy.
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Jun 27 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
New Dean to Ponil, NM 
New Dean to Ponil, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking3.60 Miles 775 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.31 mph
775 ft AEG      30 Mns Break45 LBS Pack
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Day 5 of Philmont Trek: New Dean to Ponil. Ponil was a great staff camp with lots of activities for the youth, including the cowboy action shooting, catnia root beer, conservation project, cowboy dinner, and evening program. Hike was overall pretty easy, except for nearly vertical climb up the road to Dean Skyline. View from Dean Skyline was awesome!!
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Jun 26 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Santa Claus to New Dean, NM 
Santa Claus to New Dean, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking2.60 Miles 77 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.73 mph
77 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Day 4 of Philmont Trek: Santa Claus to New Dean. Very easy hike. New Dean was essentially a day off and would have been nice if we had a nicer campsite with more shade because it got hot!! Managed to do some laundry for what value that added.
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Jun 25 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Maxwell to Santa Claus, NM 
Maxwell to Santa Claus, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking6.26 Miles 1,032 AEG
Hiking6.26 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.39 mph
1,032 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break45 LBS Pack
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Day 3 of our Philmont Scout Ranch Trek. Hike started at the Maxwell trail camp and went to Head of Dean staff camp for a quick break before heading to Santa Claus. Let me just say the staff at Philmont is first class all the way. Comprised mainly of college students on summer break, these young adults want to be at Philmont, love the outdoors and are the best ambassadors for the outdoors I've come across thus far. Well done Philmont!.
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Jun 24 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Maxwell TH to Maxwell Trail Camp, NM 
Maxwell TH to Maxwell Trail Camp, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking1.00 Miles 15 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      35 Mns   1.71 mph
15 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Day 2, which is the start of our trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch. Very easy hike in from the trail head to our first trail camp. Working with our Ranger to learn the Philmont way of backpacking. Beautiful area.
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May 24 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Backpack avatar May 24 2019
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Backpack8.16 Miles 1,019 AEG
Backpack8.16 Miles1 Day   15 Hrs      
1,019 ft AEG
 
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Nice easy hike / backpacking trip through the pines south of Prescott. We did this as an overnight backpacking trip, but this can be done as an easy day hike really. Water is flowing well in the Hassayampa river.
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Dec 31 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking5.41 Miles 582 AEG
Hiking5.41 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.54 mph
582 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
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A very nice, easy, jaunt through the Superstitions on the last day of 2018. Other than working up the river rocks up the canyon to Hackberry Spring, it was a quick easy going trail. Some really good campsite along the horse trail in Garden Valley before linking up with the second water trail. Very quiet out on the trail. My son and I only passed by 4 other persons out on the trail. Very pretty area. I really like the openness of Garden Valley. Enjoy!!

dry Cholla Tank Dry Dry
Nothing, not even a trickle

dry First Water Creek at Second Water Trail #236 Dry Dry
Nothing, not even a trickle

dry Hackberry Spring Dry Dry
Nothing, not even a trickle
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Nov 23 2018
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 Photos 68
 Triplogs 39

47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Bluff Springs Loop, AZ 
Bluff Springs Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking13.66 Miles 2,874 AEG
Hiking13.66 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.42 mph
2,874 ft AEG      2 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Being a "west-sider" of the Phoenix metro area, I do not get out to the superstitions all that often, but I am glad that I do from time to time as it is a beautiful area. I started from the Peralta trailhead on the dutchman trail heading in a counter-clockwise direction. I pretty much followed the Bluff Spring Loop & Weaver View route to the saddle over-looking Weaver's Needle. Impressive views for sure. After a brief stop I decided to keep going west and link up with the Peralta trail. About 3/4 of the trail was fairly easy to follow due to the rock cairns and faint trail. However, once I got the saddle of the area just south of Weaver's needle, when about 100 yards from the Peralta trail, I total lost the trail. I am not sure where, it went but did my best to stay on top of the boulders and hop along to the Peralta trail. The last ravin to cross was the biggest obstacle due to the overgrowth, but I managed with only one cholla cactus run-in. Not too bad. Once back on the established trail it was easy going to Fremont Saddle, then back the parking lot. Fremont Saddle was nice, but too many people. One thing I always wonder is do I woefully over-prepare, or do others woefully under-prepare? Most of the people I passed heading back to the parking lot from Fremont Saddle had little water - usually a single 16oz bottle they likely picked up at the grocery store on the way up - or little gear or poor shoes - one girl was wearing flip-flops. Just makes me nervous that they have so little margin of error. Anyway, I guess neither here nor there. Overall it was a great hike, weather couldn't be more perfect. Highly recommend for all to get out and enjoy the desert before the temperatures come back!!
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Jul 04 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Heybrook Ridge TrailNorth Cascades, WA
North Cascades, WA
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking3.28 Miles 1,088 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.24 mph
1,088 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Being a native of the desert southwest, I am always amazed at the greenery of some places. This hike, Heybrook Ridge about an hours drive east of Everett, WA, was likely a run of the mill hike for the Cascades, but it wowed me with the density of the trees, free-flowing water, wild berries, and many other types of plants seen along the trail. The trail started at a well maintained parking lot on the outskirts of a town named Index and climbed up the ridge via a series of switchbacks developed and maintained by the Washington Trails Association - kudos to them for doing such a great job. The overgrowth remained pretty think through the beginning and middle portions of the trail but began to thin out as you approached the top of the ridge. Once up on the ridge the views were awesome. The coolest thing I saw was some random waterfall from the snow melt on a nearby mountain. The hike itself was short, but with some steep sections. Overall a very nice hike with great scenery.
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Jul 04 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Pacific Crest Trail 2000, WA 
Pacific Crest Trail 2000, WA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking6.30 Miles 785 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   2.98 mph
785 ft AEG
 
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Despite being short of time, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to hike a portion - even if small - of the Pacific Crest Trail. This is quite the contrast to my friend who is currently hiking the entire PCT. He is currently on day 80 around South Lake Tahoe area. He won't be to this part of the trail for another couple of months, but we can at least share this small little section. Anyway, the trail as you can imagine is veery well marked and easy to follow. This particular section was almost flat and was very easy going. I turned around when I came to the snow line. Being from sunny AZ, I am not really sure what to do with the white stuff, so just played it safe since I really had no cold weather gear and turned around. Still, a very enjoyable hike and scenery is just incredible. I know I will make a point in the very near future to head back to thru hike a longer section of the trail. Enjoy!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Stevens Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
There is water everywhere along the trail from the snow melt. Lots of just little waterfalls and stream heading down the mountain. Pretty cool.
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Jun 23 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Lynx Recreation Trail #311 - Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking3.59 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking3.59 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   1.91 mph
250 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Enjoyable hike around the shoreline of Lynx Lake with the family. Trail is easy, but that is the point. Enjoy the time with family and friends. I did.
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Jun 13 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Geronimo Border Trail, AZ 
Geronimo Border Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking3.00 Miles 631 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.12 mph
631 ft AEG      10 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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This the trail that runs along the property boarder of Camp Geronimo, the Boy Scout camp north of Payson. We started the hike outside our campsite, site #13 and moved clockwise around the camp, first going the west and north around Inspiration Point along the fence line with the National Forest. The trail continued along the fence until we came to the main road through camp. The trail was then basically the road from gate outside site #29 all the way down to the parking lot. After moving south through the parking lot we continued on the Fireside Trail, which the Border Trail shares along this stretch until just outside site #1. The Border Trail splits off from the Fireside Trail and climbs the hills to the west of site #1. It was clear this part of the trail is rarely used as the trail was lost in many areas in the overgrowth. I see a future conservation project to restore the trail. The trail moved once again along the fence line with the National Forest. The trail ended just outside site 15 where the trail became the road again back to our starting point outside site #13. Overall it was a decent trail within the boundary of Geronimo. Some climbs were decent, but overall a pretty easy trail. Enjoy!
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