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Oct 09 2019
LindaAnn
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 Guides 22
 Routes 359
 Photos 2,325
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.44 Miles 1,162 AEG
Hiking5.44 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.63 mph
1,162 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Up & down Pyramid, turning around at the usual spot. Headlamp for the first hour. Cool temps. Saw one owl, close to a dozen scorpions, and heard several coyotes.
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Oct 05 2019
LindaAnn
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 Routes 359
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Plateau PointNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,289 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   54 Mns   1.60 mph
3,289 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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My daughter has been begging for about six months to do a Grand Canyon hike. Fall Break seemed like a good time to get that checked off her list. We started just after 0500, parked more than a third of a mile away from the trailhead. About 35 degrees, light breeze, lots of stars.

Used a headlamp for at least 45 minutes or so. Steady stream of hikers on our way down. As the morning brightened, my daughter was getting more and more excited by the views. Easy hike down for her, and we shed some layers about 3 miles in.

At Indian Garden, we headed out to Plateau Point, where we took our first real break of the day and had a quick snack. After that, we headed back to IG, where I spread a blanket out in some grass by the creek, and we took a long break for my daughter to rest before we headed back up.

Pretty toasty as we left IG, and not a cloud in the sky all day, but occasional shade and breeze helped. It cooled off as we climbed, and the shade increased. I let my daughter lead, and we kept a slow steady pace, with occasional short breaks, and made decent time out. I was thinking we’d finish by 1800, and it turned out we were back at the car by 1500.

My daughter was tired but happy, and declared this her favorite hike yet. She’s already asking when we can go again. Fun hike with her, and she did a great job. My track bounced around some in the switchbacks, so I shaved a mile off the recorded total, as 15 miles seemed way too high.
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Oct 03 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Goat Hill via Telegraph PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking6.28 Miles 1,417 AEG
Hiking6.28 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.69 mph
1,417 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Nice Thursday morning hike with Denny. Up Telegraph, then west on National to Goat Hill. A little warmer than I thought it would be, but still not bad. Some people out, but not a crazy amount. It was good to squeeze this hike in today after a couple days of endless painting and playing general contractor on the house remodel. As always, good company & conversation!
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Sep 30 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Lost Ranch Mine-National-Pyramid loop, AZ 
Lost Ranch Mine-National-Pyramid loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking7.53 Miles 1,487 AEG
Hiking7.53 Miles   3 Hrs      2.52 mph
1,487 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Up Lost Ranch Mine, east on National with a side trip to Goat Hill, then down Pyramid. Saw a few people. Cool temps for the first hour or so.
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Sep 29 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Hidden Valley via Guadalupe RidgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,235 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.20 mph
1,235 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Met Laurie at the trailhead at 0530 and we headed up Marcos De Niza. Headlamps for the first 15-20 minutes. After Marcos, we headed up Guadalupe Ridge, dropping down to National just west of Hidden Valley. East through Hidden Valley, down National, and down the road back to the trailhead. Almost no people the first half, hordes for the second half. Great temps. Nice to chat with Laurie again while she got to see some new-to-her trails.
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Sep 26 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Nordhoff Peak via Gridley TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking14.72 Miles 3,412 AEG
Hiking14.72 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   2.65 mph
3,412 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I wanted something close to the resort in Ojai, but with decent mileage. After some looking around online, this seemed to fit the bill. After less than a 10 minute drive, I got to the trailhead a little before 0700. Cool, and a little foggy to start. The trail begins heading uphill immediately, and never lets up until reaching the summit--never steep, just a steady uphill, kind of like Mt Ord. The first half mile had some rocky sections, but nothing bad. After that, I walked through some avocado orchards for a while, while navigating the maze of roads on the hillside. It's mostly signed, and common sense keeps you going uphill on the most well traveled road.

After leaving the orchards behind, the trail continued up Gridley Canyon, turning to the northwest after a while. The hillsides were pretty dry with lots of tall dead grass and a lot of wildflowers mixed in. Very green around Gridley Spring, which was flowing well. I guess there's a place to camp around the spring, but I didn't readily notice it, maybe because I wasn't looking. There was a place to tie horses, so I suppose the campsite was nearby. After the spring, the trail started switchbacking up the ridge. Lots of switchbacks. A lot of burnt trees too, but the manzanita is growing in quickly.

Once reaching the road at the top, I turned left to head to the summit. I think the road was actually steeper than the trail, or maybe it was just hot by then so it felt that way. Good views from the summit. I took some pictures all around, had a snack break, then headed back down. Easy hike back down, a little warm due to no real shade. Saw one hiker near the spring. I had budgeted 8 hours for this hike, but finished in less than 6, so that was a nice surprise. Not the most exciting hike, but nice scenery and an easy way to get some good mileage in, and the solitude was nice too.
Geology
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Landslide
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Sep 24 2019
LindaAnn
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 Guides 22
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 Photos 2,325
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.40 Miles 1,202 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.47 mph
1,202 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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The Pyramid usual. Started just as the sprinkles were ending, mostly sunny by the time I finished. Temps were great. Not many people out. Noticed some large saguaros have recently toppled, plus a lot of cholla on the trail from last night’s wind. Lots of millipedes, a few clouds of gnats, and a few of those fuzzy little red bugs.
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Fauna
Velvet Mite
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Sep 23 2019
LindaAnn
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 Guides 22
 Routes 359
 Photos 2,325
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.48 Miles 1,216 AEG
Hiking5.48 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.51 mph
1,216 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Up & down Pyramid, turning around at the usual spot. Warm & muggy to begin the hike, followed by some very pleasant rain most of the way, and finishing up warm & muggy again. Lots of mosquitoes and flying ants. Only saw one other person, an acquaintance, so I chatted with him for a few minutes. Nice first day of autumn!
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Sep 21 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mt Baldy Super Loop, AZ 
Mt Baldy Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking29.74 Miles 3,445 AEG
Hiking29.74 Miles   13 Hrs   19 Mns   2.46 mph
3,445 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Denny had his sights set on doing a Baldy Marathon & 5K. We left the Valley around midnight, and got to the Greer area at 0400. We cached water at the East & West Baldy trailheads along hwy 273 so that we wouldn’t have to carry water for the whole distance nor have to spend time filtering, then parked at the West Fork trailhead at the north end of Greer. Not much of a trailhead, but there’s room for about four vehicles to park east of the sign.

Got started around 0450 and walked the main road south through Greer to the East Fork trailhead. We immediately crossed the Little Colorado and started climbing up to Amberion Flat. The trail is more defined through this part and easy to follow. After a couple of miles, the trail fades significantly in places and becomes a search of fiberglass signs, cairns, and deciding which trampled path in the grass is a real trail. Using a gps track helped take a lot of the guesswork out of the way for a few miles. After a while, the trail became more defined again and turned into a series of passing through as many gates as possible before reaching the road. We saw a coyote running towards two elk, which was kind of fun to watch.

Short walk north on Hwy 273 to the East Baldy trailhead. We picked up our cached drinks and headed up the trail. And up. Reasonably easy incline, but with so many miles already behind us, it was a little more challenging than usual. I think there was only one downed tree crossing the trail, which was nice. The elevation was not Denny’s friend today, so at the East/West saddle, we opted to skip the side trip so the summit and headed down West Baldy after a short break.

The top of West Baldy has seen some recent erosion from runoff, but overall in good shape, with only three or four downed trees to deal with. The lower part of this trail is always my favorite with the trail on the grassy windswept hillside and the river running down below. Once at the West Baldy trailhead, we picked up our remaining cache, which it turned out we didn’t need, and took a short break before beginning the West Fork trail.

Finding the start of West Fork was a little challenging. It turns out you walk under the highway on the north side of the trailhead. There’s a gate immediately on the east side of the highway where the trail begins. West Fork is reasonably easy to follow, with cairns and signs helping in a few places. After listening to bugling elk all day, we were treated to almost endless elk sightings along most of this trail. Eventually, the trail descended into Greer, and the sight of the vehicle parked right next to the trailhead was most welcome.

Great hike, absolutely perfect weather, and great company. We got back to the Valley just after 2230. Driving to Greer and back in one day is usually a full day in itself, and throwing a 30 mile hike into the middle of that definitely makes for a big day.
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Sep 17 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,218 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.68 mph
1,218 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Oxygen rich air! Cooler temps! Up and down Pyramid felt almost effortless today. Turned around at the usual spot. Saw one javelina in the big wash at the base of Pyramid. Chatted with another hiker for about 5 minutes. Good to squeeze in a quick hike today.
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Sep 15 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Grays and Torreys PeaksCentral, CO
Central, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,585 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   6 Hrs   13 Mns   1.58 mph
3,585 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Got started at 4:00 am. There were a few people ahead of me on the trail, but not many. Thanks to the nearly full moon, I did not need a headlamp. The first 1.5 miles were pretty easy, without a whole lot of elevation gain. The trail is constructed with quite a few big steps for the first mile—I knew I wouldn’t like coming back down those later.

After about 1.5 to 2 miles, the trail gets steeper and steeper, but is in pretty good shape, and was relatively easy given the high elevation. No wind today, and temps didn’t feel all that cold. Just as the moon disappeared behind Grays, the sun was rising, and I was treated to a nice sunrise just before the summit of Grays. I had a snack on Grays, then hiked across the saddle to Torreys.

Ascending Torreys wasn’t too bad—steep, but generally good footing. If you don’t like walking on the edge of steep dropoffs, there a couple of short sections on Torreys you might not like. The trail is pretty wide though, so you can stay to the far side. I took a few pics atop Torreys, then headed back down to the saddle.

From the south side of the saddle, there is a signed trail that leads east and back down to the main trail. Once I was back on the main trail, there were hordes of hikers, all heading uphill. My descent was slowed at times by chatting with afew of the hikers, but overall, I made good time back down to the trailhead. Nice hike, and would probably be especially nice on a weekday.

The road from the interstate to the trailhead is definitely rough, with the worst section around the middle. I’d recommend at least a medium clearance and all wheel drive (or a rental car with insurance), but I did see a Honda Element at the trailhead. All of the other vehicles I saw were SUV’s, trucks, or Subarus.
Named place
Named place
Grays Peak Torreys Peak
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Sep 14 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Decalibron, CO 
Decalibron, CO
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking7.94 Miles 3,545 AEG
Hiking7.94 Miles   6 Hrs   34 Mns   1.42 mph
3,545 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
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This is one of the more difficult 8-ish mile hikes that I can recall doing. Got started around 6am. The parking lot was already packed; I had to park a short distance back on the road. The mountains were already covered in headlamps, some hikers got a very early start! I used mine for the first 20 minutes or so. Very windy, and 31 degrees at the start. The steady uphill kept me reasonably warm though. I took my time up to the saddle, where I was greeting by very strong winds and the first direct sunlight of the day. I stopped to put sunblock on the tiny bit of my face that wasn’t covered, then started up to Democrat.

The trail up is quite steep in a few places, but finally levels off a bit at the false summit. From there, it was a fairly easy hike up to the true summit. Lots of people up there today. Quick snack break for me, then I headed back down, slowly through the steep parts.

Once back at the saddle, I continued east and up to Cameron. Not quite as steep as Democrat, but still slow going for me. Very windy atop Cameron, so I took a few pictures and headed down to the saddle between Cameron and Lincoln. This section of the trail between the two is probably my favorite section of the entire loop. It has a moonscape feel to it, with great views.

The hike up to Lincoln is pretty easy, and I took another snack break at the top. Lincoln is my favorite peak on this loop. After that, I headed back down to the saddle, then south to Bross.

Despite the Bross summit being off-limits, I headed up to it along with everyone else. It’s a very broad, flat summit with lots of room. I only took a few pictures, then started the descent. Very, very steep—wow! But I stayed upright and never fell. Poles were essential as far as I was concerned. Partway down, there was a group of people clustered around a Lab that had shredded all of its paw pads. It took a few minutes for me to get around them while they were trying to tape socks to its legs and paws. Must not have worked, because I noticed about seven of them were trading off carrying the dog down the trail. I finished up around 12:30, which was good, because I was hungry.

I had originally thought about doing the loop counter-clockwise to avoid the Bross descent, but knew if I had to hike up Democrat towards the end of the loop, that it wouldn’t happen. Clockwise was fine, but that descent was very tedious. Not the friendliest hikers on this loop, and 90% of the downhill hikers will not yield to uphill. I finally started being a jerk about it on my way up Cameron. The road is fine for sedans most of the way, up until the two hairpin turns. After that, it gets pretty rough. Sedan drivers might want to park at the turns and walk the road the rest of the way.

Great hike, despite the wind and crowds!
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Sep 13 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Wheeler Peak via Williams LakeNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking8.86 Miles 3,037 AEG
Hiking8.86 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   1.93 mph
3,037 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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Got started from the Williams Lake Trailhead just before 6:45am. The first part of the trail winds through the ski resort then it appears the lower part of the trail has been recently rerouted. Great trail conditions for the first mile. Once back on the original trail, it has a lot of exposed rock and tree roots for about a mile. About two miles in, I reached the split in the trail—left for Wheeler, straight for Williams Lake. I had no interest in seeing the lake, so I continued to head uphill. The trail switchbacks up the mountain, and as the switchbacks tighten, the trail gets steeper. The last half mile up to the saddle at 13,000’ is quite steep. But overall, the trail is in good shape.

The wind was howling at the saddle, so I put a hat and gloves on, and headed up to the Wheeler summit. I sat in the wind shelter and had a snack and took some pictures. I was the first person up there today, so I had the summit all to myself. Headed back down to the saddle, then up to Mt Walter real quick before heading back down the mountain.

Once below the saddle, the winds started to die down, and I started to finally see other hikers. Everyone was friendly and chatty. Nice trail, and easier than Humphreys from Snowbowl. Saw deer, squirrels, chipmunks, pikas, and marmots. The wildflowers are probably a week past prime up there, but still saw quite a nice display.
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Sep 11 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,173 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   2.76 mph
1,173 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Up and down Pyramid, turned around at the usual spot. At the start, I had to go back to my car because I forgot my hat, luckily I remembered before I’d gone too far. Despite several cars in the parking lot, only saw a few people. Muggy, but not as hot. Finally. As comfortable as Tevas are for shorter hikes, I definitely hike a lot faster in Salomons—noticed that today.
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Sep 10 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Lost Mine-National-Pyramid loop, AZ 
Lost Mine-National-Pyramid loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking7.47 Miles 1,601 AEG
Hiking7.47 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.45 mph
1,601 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Cooler air had me willing to put in a few more miles-yay! Up Lost Mine, east on National, side trip to Goat Hill, then down Pyramid. Only saw two other people. Noticed lots of toppled barrel cacti along all three trails.
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Sep 06 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.66 Miles 1,215 AEG
Hiking5.66 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   2.55 mph
1,215 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Up & down Pyramid, as usual. The clouds & breeze kept the hike quite comfortable!
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Sep 05 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Hidden Valley via Pima CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking6.52 Miles 821 AEG
Hiking6.52 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   3.06 mph
821 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Did the usual Hidden Valley loop. Not many people out. Hot, but a nice breeze at times. Saw one roadrunner and two chuckwallas. Hopefully this is the last week of these temps. Good conversation and nice to catch up with Denny.
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Sep 03 2019
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39 female
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Navajo Peek-A-Boo, UT 
Navajo Peek-A-Boo, UT
 
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking6.12 Miles 1,421 AEG
Hiking6.12 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   1.94 mph
1,421 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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The kids wanted a shorter hike than originally planned, so I told them that if they woke up early, we'd go to Bryce in the morning, then they could sit around the cabin all afternoon. We did part of Navajo Loop last year, and they loved it, so I decided to tack on a little more this time.

We headed down the Thor's Hammer, Two Bridges side of Navajo Loop, did Peek-A-Boo Loop clockwise, then headed back up the Wall Street side of Navajo Loop. Heading down had a handful of people. Peek A Boo had some people, but not a ton. And going up Wall Street was a complete mob scene, as expected.

Saw one Great Basin Rattler on Peek A Boo. He was sleeping next to some benches under an overhang. I warned some hikers walking by at that moment, and they were appalled that there wasn't a sign there warning them of the snake. I said "Well, he moves around, so they'd have to keep moving the sign..." then decided that there was no point in discussing it further. My son also managed to get bit on the finger by a chipmunk (no broken skin). He said it was the best day of his life.

Very warm on the hike up, but the kids handled it better than at least 95% of the other hikers out there. We saw one person who didn't quite make it to the top, and there were park service employees tending to her. Perfect timing for our finish at noon, there was a good sized storm building, and it let loose about 10 minutes after we finished.
Named place
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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Sep 02 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Ramparts Overlook Trail - Spectra PointSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking3.61 Miles 823 AEG
Hiking3.61 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   1.75 mph
823 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Sort of a stormy day, so we were lazy in the morning, then headed out in the afternoon for a quick hike at Cedar Breaks. Hiked the Ramparts-Spectra trail out to the end and back. There were a couple of sprinkles here and there, and a few rumbles of thunder, but it didn't rain until after we were done. I promised the kids a marmot, and we did see one--thank goodness! Always a fun hike.
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Sep 01 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Delano Peak - Tushar MountainsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.98 Miles 1,781 AEG
Hiking5.98 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   1.49 mph
1,781 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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Delano has been on my wishlist for a while now, and I told everyone that of all the potential hikes we could do over the long weekend, this was the only one I insisted we get done. The drive up from Beaver, UT is beautiful. Even if you're not going to hike, just making the drive is awesome. Once we found the trailhead and parked, it was already mid-late morning. No worries, the weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky.

The trail starts to head uphill immediately, and is steep, but good footing helps to not make it feel too bad. We slowly and steadily made our way up the mountain, with lots of short breaks for pictures. Plenty of wildflowers and grasshoppers. Getting towards the top, there was still snow in a few places, which the kids played in for a few minutes.

As we neared the false summit, the breeze turned into a wind, and by the time we reached the summit, it was a strong wind. We ducked down into the rocks and out of the wind and took a long break and plenty of pictures. I had noticed another trail on the north side of the peak and suggested (okay, maybe insisted) that we check it out and assured everyone that it would lead to the road. I had no way of knowing this, except an educated guess that that trail had to start somewhere, and since it was traversing near where the road topped out to the west, that it probably led there.

Once I had convinced everyone that we wouldn't die on the tundra, we headed down to pick up that trail. There was still a big section of snow below the summit that we walked around, then picked up the faint trail and headed off to the northwest. At times, the trail was almost non-existent, but we could see it clearly ahead, so just kept aiming towards it. At one saddle, we debated dropping straight down to Poison Creek (short and very steep), or continuing to head towards the road (longer and less steep), finally deciding on the longer option. Mountain goats had appeared behind us where we were probably 15 minutes prior, so we got a few pictures of them in the distance.

As we headed west, the trail met up with and turned into an old road. We followed that old road until it reached FS-123. From here, it was just a walk down the road until we reached the car. Holiday traffic had lots of people out on the road in their four-wheeled toys, and I wasn't thrilled about the kids walking on the road with that amount of traffic, so I told everyone we would walk a short distance down the road to Mud Lake, where they could stop and I would go get the car and pick them up. I walked another mile and a half down the road to the car (very dusty!), then drove back up to get everyone. The kids were happy to cut that mileage off their hike, and I covered that distance pretty quickly, so they got to play at the lake for the 30 minutes or so it took for me to get back to them.

Gorgeous day, and the Tushar Mtns look like they offer a lot of hiking opportunities. I'm looking forward to planning another trip up there for some bigger hikes.
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