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May 19 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking7.32 Miles 838 AEG
Hiking7.32 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.26 mph
838 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
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First time to Wet Beaver Creek, and certainly won't be the last. One of the best hikes I've been on since at the end you get to jump off 10-20 foot high cliffs into deep cool (cold) pools of water. This hike in is pretty basic Arizona with a tinge of Sedona red. As you got closer to the destination the canyon walls came in a bit more and got a bit steeper with deeper reds. At the pool, which I guess is what is called the crack, there was a good number of people out enjoying the water. As we were leaving, around noon, there were lots more heading in. So, if you don't like crowds, this may not be the place for you, or just go very early to avoid them. But everyone was super friendly just having a good time.

For sure this hike to be a must for an easy to get to hike in Arizona. If you haven't checked it out yet, I certainly recommend it!!

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Nice deep pools for cliff jumping.
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Apr 22 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Isabella Trail #377Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,879 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   2.19 mph
1,879 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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Great hiking day with the scouts!. Temperatures were in the cool 60's to low 70's. Trail is very well maintained and easy to follow. There were some pretty steep sections, relative, but nothing too crazy overall. In general, just a great hike. Really enjoyed it!
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Mar 24 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking6.16 Miles 1,582 AEG
Hiking6.16 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.14 mph
1,582 ft AEG      28 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Easy loop trail up to Shaw Butte and North Mountain this morning with the scouts. We all made it!! Congrats. :y:
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Mar 22 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking13.84 Miles 3,923 AEG
Hiking13.84 Miles   7 Hrs   44 Mns   1.94 mph
3,923 ft AEG      37 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Wow - this was a tough one. It can best be described in three sections, each corresponding to a particular stretch of the trail. The first is the main trail leading out of the trail head. It is a nice well formed trail with no particular difficulties along the way to the tall rock cairn turn-off towards Reavis Falls. This second part, which I'll call the Reavis Canyon trail, was a real butt-kicker. Going downs wasn't difficult other than knowing coming up was going to be bear. And it was. I had to take many little (
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Just a few flowers here and there...

dry Maple Spring Dry Dry
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Enough of a flow to keep some pools for filtering water.
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Mar 18 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
North Mountain Phoenix Preserve, AZ 
North Mountain Phoenix Preserve, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking7.62 Miles 1,693 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.82 mph
1,693 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
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What looked like a pretty straight-forward hike turned into a nice bit of exploration. Starting from the Peoria ave parking lot and working in a clockwise motion, I tackled Shaw Butte first. The trail was steep in sections, but for most part nothing too difficult. Once up on the ridge followed the service road up to the top then back down to north side of preserve. Continued on and intersected the Charles Christiansen trail 100 and headed towards the visitor center before back tracking to head south for the loop up to North Mountain. Turns out the service road up to North Mountain is closed. So, I continued south on trail 100 before finding the backside of the described loop to start my assent to the top. The trail is not one of the more popular ones and I got a side tracked a couple of times, but nothing too bad. The climb to North Mountain was steep, rocky, and loose. Pleasantly surprising. Once on top headed down the south side which was just as steep.

Overall, an great hike! And like everyone on this forum knows, March is a heck of a time to be outside in the Valley of the Sun. The sky was a deep cobalt blue with thin whispy clouds streaking across the sky. The sun was warm, but not hot, and the oh so slight chill on the air made the hiking weather just about perfect as perfect can be. Enjoy!!
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Mar 03 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Trail 100 part 2, AZ 
Trail 100 part 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2018
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Hiking5.26 Miles 713 AEG
Hiking5.26 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.41 mph
713 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Working the second, or middle portion, of the Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100 today with the scouts. Nice easy hike from the Dreamy Draw parking lot over to the North Mountain Visitors center. Another beautiful day out in the desert before it gets just way to hot here.
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Feb 25 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Willow - Mesquite Loop, AZ 
Willow - Mesquite Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking8.53 Miles 1,699 AEG
Hiking8.53 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   3.22 mph
1,699 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Another fun hike in the White Tanks. Easy access, nice trails, beautiful weather, friendly people - what more could one ask for?
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Feb 18 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
White Tanks Goat Camp to Willow Canyon, AZ 
White Tanks Goat Camp to Willow Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking13.64 Miles 2,348 AEG
Hiking13.64 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.98 mph
2,348 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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Last weekend I did the Ford Canyon to Mesquite Canyon and today hiked the Goat Camp to Willow Canyon. Both have their interesting bits, but I have to say I really enjoyed the Goat Camp to Willow Canyon. Goat Camp has some rough sections heading up into the mountain, but for most part was a very nice easy trail looping along the mountain side up towards the base of the radio towers. With the recent rains there was nice amount of moisture on the ground and air adding to that classic desert smell. I was also greeted by a family of coyotes. One had to be within of a quarter mile of me because of loud he/she was coming it. Though I squinted as best I could, I saw nothing. Maybe next time. Anyway, once again getting out past the 2 mile mark there was total solitude and stayed that for most part on Goat Camp. Once the turn down Willow Canyon was made quite a bit more people and mountain bikers showed. Next time I may have to combine Goat Camp with Ford Canyon.
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Feb 10 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking12.61 Miles 1,919 AEG
Hiking12.61 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   3.09 mph
1,919 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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This is a combination of the Ford Canyon Trail and Mesquite Trail in the Whitetanks Mountain Park. I hiked the trail counterclockwise going out on Ford Canyon trail then returning via the Mesquite trail. I have to say I was quite surprised by the trail. I thought it would be a straight-forward mountain loop of moderate difficulty, but turned out to be much more challenging with the boulder hoping and step inclines along Ford Canyon. Turned into a very nice hike. One other thing I noticed is for the most part the park visitors don't travel out on the trails very far. Maybe about 2-ish miles or so. After that, it was pretty much solitude out on the trail. Nice.
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Jan 27 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
7-springs Scout Hike, AZ 
7-springs Scout Hike, AZ
 
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PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking2.23 Miles 95 AEG
Hiking2.23 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   1.67 mph
95 ft AEG      14 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Taking scouts on an overnight backpacking trip in the 7-springs area. Trail is very nice. Seven springs is flowing nicely, but the area is extremely dry. Be very careful with fire.

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Nov 22 2017
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Skyline Regional Park Hike, AZ 
Skyline Regional Park Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2017
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Hiking5.47 Miles 672 AEG
Hiking5.47 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   3.10 mph
672 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked the Chuckwalla trail counter-clockwise via the Turnbuckle and Granite Falls trails. Very nice park. Trails are also very well maintained and not overly rocky. Would be a good place to do some trail running.
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Nov 18 2017
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.95 Miles 492 AEG
Hiking3.95 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.04 mph
492 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Far east portion of Trail #100 with scouts of Troop 546. Perfect day for a nice hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
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May 06 2017
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Badger Springs TrailCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2017
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking2.25 Miles 223 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   1.69 mph
223 ft AEG      28 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Nice easy hike just off the I-17. Never knew it was even there. Really enjoyed the boulder hopping along the Auga Fria. There is still a decent amount of water flowing and some deep pools for swimming. Water was very chill, but given the air temperature, was pretty nice. Of course, once you're out the water you dry in less than 10 minutes. In a very short period of time this is going to be a trail best avoided until after the summer bake passes us by. After the little stroll, went back to the truck, fired up the grill and made some tasty burgers. All in all, a very pleasant day :) Enjoy!
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Feb 25 2017
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Red CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking5.69 Miles 469 AEG
Hiking5.69 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.86 mph
469 ft AEG      26 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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This was my first time out to Red Creek and only managed to get part of the trail completed - didn't get to the Verde. :( Mainly due to a late start. But in any case, trail is awesome. Very beautiful walk along and in the creek and under large cottenwoods. Many campsites along the creek for backpackers to take advantage of. There is a lot of walking in the creek, often times it is simply the easiest route, so definitely recommend doing the hike with water shoes and carry regular shoes and socks in your pack. The creek was flowing pretty good, presumably from the recent rains. Along the trail the evidence of those rains was clear from grass/reeds laid flat and high water marks that suggest the water got to be 6' high in places. I highly recommend this trail, and will most certainly be back to complete it!
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Little yellow flowers - that I don't know what they are called - were popping up along the hills. In probably another 2 -3 weeks will be all over the place.
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Jan 14 2017
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47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Walkin' Jim Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.84 Miles 1,153 AEG
Hiking8.84 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.22 mph
1,153 ft AEG      47 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I scouted out this trail for my son's Boy Scout troop for an overnight backpacking trip - and found it to be perfect. There are many open areas on the northern portion of this loop trail. Some even had developed fire rings. To get the most out of this trail for backpacking, definitely walk this loop trail clockwise. The southern portion of the loop is a bit more rocky and hilly than its northern portion, but nothing too terribly difficult. Lots of wildlife, surprising. Saw a herd of donkeys, road runners, various birds including Harris Hawks, and a very unhappy tarantula about the size of my fist, that was really cool to see! Overall very nice trail and in easy reach of west Phoenix.
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Lots of desert grasses and cactus blooms from the recent rains.
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