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Apr 09 2015
AZWanderingBea
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 Guides 27
 Routes 62
 Photos 2,620
 Triplogs 700

63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Goldie Brown, AZ 
Goldie Brown, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking5.90 Miles 970 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   3 Hrs      2.83 mph
970 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Given the very nice day, we decided to head over to North Region of the McDowell Preserve to get in a few miles. With a clear sky, light breeze and temps in the low to mid 70s, it would be impossible to imagine a more perfect time to have some dirt under your feet.

Looped around Cone and then came up Goldie Brown from the North side. Had never been up Brown before. Really nice views from the top.

Dropped back down the south side and headed back to the trailhead. Made for a very nice stroll.
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Ocotillo
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Chuckwalla
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Brown's Mountain - Scottsdale MSP
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Apr 09 2015
AZWanderingBea
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 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Jane Rau Interpretive Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking0.59 Miles 45 AEG
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45 ft AEG
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1st trip
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After hiking up Brown's Mountain, we decided to hit this little loop before heading home. Highlight was a brazen gecko trying to sell us insurance. Nice little trail.
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Ocotillo
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Apr 03 2015
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
An Old Ranch and Ancient Ruin, AZ 
An Old Ranch and Ancient Ruin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking12.22 Miles 2,064 AEG
Hiking12.22 Miles   7 Hrs   17 Mns   2.53 mph
2,064 ft AEG   2 Hrs   27 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
A few weeks ago Tibber planned a hike for us. Was my turn this time. She'd never seen the Chalk Creek Ruins, the petroglyphs below it, or the abandoned 6L Ranch. So I planned out a fairly aggressive trip and off we (AZ Beaver, Tibber and me) went on a windy, but otherwise perfect morning.

The hike up the #4 Trail was mostly checking out the wildflowers and enjoying stretching out legs. The buckhorn, hedge hog, and prickly pear are about to really get going. The brittle bush is well past its prime. There is a scattering of other flowers and quite a few Mariposa lilies. Hit the bottom of Chalk Canyon and a pretty little gila monster paid its respects. Second this season for all of us.

Of the three, only I had been to the Chalk Ruins. I sensed a lack of enthusiasm from one of our party, but soon she was pointing out pottery shards to Tibber. The rooms are plentiful a couple are very interesting. We munched on the plentiful wild wolfberries and enjoyed the views and speculations on the folks that once lived here.

After the ruins, we worked north and visited the sight of a plane crash dating back to the 1950s. From there we took a little used trail down to the site of the old 6L Ranch with the intent of resting and having a light lunch. By now the wind had died and the gnats had risen, so much that the ladies suggested we find another place. We took a brief time looking over what's left of the ranch and headed south, finding an open space with some breeze, and thus fewer gnats, by the creek. We took lunch there.

The old Ford is still where I last saw it. The petroglyphs are still carved into stone below the ruins and I seem to find a new panel with every visit. Tibber seemed to enjoy our stop there.

Kept heading south and took the Metate Trail with its shade the rest of the way in to the Spur Cross Trailhead. We had all brought cold brews for the post hike. Some very refreshing iced down towels magically appeared.

Starving, we headed over to Big Earls for burgers and cold drinks.

Was a good day with good people on some good trails. Everyone seemed pleased enough with what we had seen and how it had all gone. And for me, that was plenty good enough.
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HAZ Decal
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Mar 27 2015
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Getaway - Day 2, AZ 
Superstition Getaway - Day 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking5.77 Miles 2,621 AEG
Hiking5.77 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   2.00 mph
2,621 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Day 2 of our Superstitions Getaway started with a clear dawn and a quick breakdown of camp. Headed over to the Waffle House on Highway 60 for coffee and eggs and grits. After last night's bacon surprise, I opted for sausage. MJ devoured an omelet. They had to brew more coffee. You just can't go wrong at a Waffle House.

Headed to Peralta Trailhead for today's hike. We planned to take Peralta up to Fremont Saddle and then the Cave Trail down to Bluff Spring Trail and Bluff on back to the truck. A large backpacking group was getting ready at the parking lot. They beat us out onto the trails, but were going a different direction and thus were not an issue.

Neither of us were moving fast, likely due to a big dinner the night before, a big breakfast this morning and just general lethargy often found on the second day of any trip. But up the Peralta we went. Up and up and up it seemed. The trail is bordered by a lot of greenery, but not much color right now. The brittle brush is fading fast. Never done this trail before since it is usually quite crowded. There were people on the trail, but not so many as to make it unbearable. We definitely needed a little break by the time we hit the saddle. Found some shade and took some photos while downing some electrolytes. The day was decidedly warmer than the day before. We were going through water pretty quick.

Began to navigate the Cave trail, but took a detour out to the point with the pine tree. Wow what views you get from there. Not just Weaver's Needle, but pretty much a 360 degree look at the Superstitions, mostly the area east. We marveled a bit and then turned around to continue down the Cave Trail.

Luckily I had embedded Tibber's last track of this trail into the map of my gps. Route finding can be difficult, though often there are well placed cairns just when you need them. Even with the cairns you could easily get lost on this trail. The heat and the rock scrambling were taking their toll on us. Shade was hard to come by, but we took advantage when we could. The area with all the cairns under the overhang was a hit with MJ and she took the time to add a small one to the collection. A fit gentleman who obviously knew the route passed us up at this point and served as an unsuspecting trail guide until we lost sight of him. There were lots of wildflowers along the Cave as opposed to the Peralta.

We welcomed the sighting of the intersection with Bluff Springs and then the first sighting of our truck at the trailhead. The drive home was quiet since we were tired. There was a bit of discussion of when and where for our next getaway. Soon and somewhere are answers enough for today while we bask in the spell of the Supes.
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Hoodoo Rock
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Culture
Cairn
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Named place
Weavers Needle
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Mar 26 2015
AZWanderingBea
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Getaway - Day 1, AZ 
Superstition Getaway - Day 1, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking9.15 Miles 1,683 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.58 mph
1,683 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
We wanted to hit the Superstitions before all the good Spring color went away and everything got brown and the days got hot. So we packed just a bit of camp gear headed out for a 2-day getaway.

Parked at First Water Trailhead amongst just a few other vehicles. A cool breeze kept things refreshing. Headed down the Dutchman. Color was everywhere. The first couple of miles of the trail is really verdant right now. Was slow going as I stopped to take photos often, taxing the patience of my ever so impatient hiking partner. Chatted with 3 hikers coming the other way. They'd had encounters with one rattlesnake and two gila monsters. We never saw any of either species.

Decided to take Black Mesa back towards the trailhead and combine it with Second Water to make a nice loop. It is a slog uphill initially going northwest up Black Mesa trail. Weaver's Needle looms large, but it's behind you. If I did this one again I'd go clockwise, but it was still a good loop. After all, we heard numerous canyon wrens serenading us at various places along the loop, and that is never a bad thing.

Garden Valley was extremely green and inviting. Will need to come back and take some of the more eastern loops out of First Water some day.

We planned to overnight at Lost Dutchman State Park. Dropped by to check out our campsite. It was fine but no shade. The afternoon was warm now and the sun was relentless. We headed over to the Bluebird for a cold one. The Bluebird's barefoot entrepreneur regaled us with stories of how patrons steal the coozies he "loans" you when you are chilling on the patio. Mine had "stolen from the Bluebird" hand written on the side. We admired his hand crafted walking sticks with rattlesnake hides and rattles embedded in the stick and then heavily lacquered over. The earrings and necklaces made from rattlesnake vertebrae bones made me wish I were a bit more liberal with my personal style, but no purchase was made. The Bluebird is a unique Superstition experience.

Eased over to the touristy Goldfield Ghost Town and sat on the Saloon's patio with a good view of the Flatiron listening to some good singing from an old cowboy. We ordered wings and a couple of cold ones, no coozie provided this time. The singer quit after 3 songs and packed up. Timing is everything, but the wings help replenish our strength and the shade was much appreciated.

Set up camp and took advantage of the showers at the park. Enjoyed late light on the mountains and took some photos. The kind lady at the entrance gate had recommended Miner's Camp for dinner. She did not steer us wrong. The steaks were fantastic and they even found a decent Argentinian malbec for us. Had to spring for dessert. MJ said the creme brulee was good. But I went with the bread pudding with topped with ice cream. When the pudding arrived it had a crispy strip of bacon wedged into the ice cream. Yep, I said BACON. Sweet and creamy set off by hot and salty. Man it was good.

Returned to camp full and happy. Coyotes serenaded us off and on all night. Pretty good first day of the trip
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Honey Bee
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Culture
Campsite HAZ Food
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Meteorology
Moon
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Mar 18 2015
AZWanderingBea
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 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Cliff Walk/Badger Brawl/Apache/Esplanade Loop, AZ 
Cliff Walk/Badger Brawl/Apache/Esplanade Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking8.38 Miles 352 AEG
Hiking8.38 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   3.64 mph
352 ft AEG      5 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Coolest afternoon in a while, so why not hike? Parked off Carefree Highway just west of the Cave Creek Wash bridge. Pulled out the phone and hit the HAZ Tracks app. My first hike using the app. Love it.

Hadn't hiked Cliff Walk yet, so that was new. The cloud cover made it possible to move fast, well fast for me. Not much color, just some bright hedgehogs, the yellow of the creosote blooms and the smallest globe mallow I've ever seen.

Hit the intersection with Badger Brawl quick enough. BTW, this name isn't just random. A couple of years ago I ran into two badgers up near the official trail head on Dove Valley Parkway. Had no idea there were actually badgers around here.

Turned onto Skunk Wash to link over to Esplanade. Up ahead a biker was waving wildly. Got close enough to hear him yelling rattlesnake. A 2-and-a-half foot Western was stretched across the trail between me and the biker who was a good 40 feet from the snake. Apparently the biker and the Dback had been engaged in a long range standoff for about 20 minutes. I am far less patient, but sympathetic to the biker. Rolled a rock or two at the snake thinking he'd move off the trail. No luck, he was gonna stand his ground. I took a photo and walked around the little bully. Discussed snakes a few minutes with the biker (no, the don't strike 3 times their length, nor are they as speedy as a horse). Headed on down the trail. I didn't look back to see if either had budged. My second rattler this year and both on this trail.

Got some very very light sprinkles on the way back to the Jeep. Just enough to make everything feel even better. Was nice to get some trail time.
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Mar 15 2015
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 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Creek - FR18 to FR16ACamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking5.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.20 mph
500 ft AEG
 
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Day 3 of our Red Creek trip began with a great breakfast and then a hike west from camp. Love this section of the creek and was eager to show the sister-in-law how pretty and interesting it is. Got off to a great start as we scared up a Gila Monster less than 5 minutes out of camp. That is only my second one in all the thousands of miles I've hiked in AZ. Big boy too. Somedays things just go right, well for a while anyway.

We kept going up though the landmarks I knew well, stopping to examine tracks in the wet sand and flowers and geology. The hanging gardens are really nice. Canyon wrens sang to us ever few minutes, my favorite sound.

Soon we arrived at the large alcove. I detoured off north to see if it were possible, or advisable, to check it out. Eased along the wall until I saw the bee hive and it was seriously busy. Paused long enough to point it out to the sister-in-law. Mary Jo was having none of it and hanging way back since she hates bees and pretty much bugs in general. We eased away and the girls head on upstream. I wanted to zoom in from afar and get a photo of the hive. This thing hung several feet down from its anchor on the rock wall. Just as I zoom in i get a bee buzzing me, but ignore it. Well until it landed on me I ignored it. the there was lots of buzzing. Yelled at the girls to move fast and I took off in trail. Didn't dare catch up with them because then we'd all be under attack. Of course there was no way to catch Mary Jo. She would have won last year's Kentucky Derby the way she was moving. I kept swatting and moving. Got 3 good stings but eventually the buzzing sound quit and we were good. I'm one of the lucky ones that doesn't react much to stings, so all was good. Could have been much worse and is a good lesson learned for me.

As the adrenaline settled we dropped back into a relaxed mode. I stopped along a strip of wet sand to show the girls some large raccoon tracks. They were 30 feet back and of course talking. Then there was some screaming as the largest raccoon I've seen burst out of the bushes across the creek and headed up the side of the canyon. And the adrenaline is back. Probably for the raccoon too with the volume of those screams. Poor critter.

Hiked on the FR16A and then turned back having lunch in the shade of the narrowest part of the canyon. We began to hike back to camp. Stopped by the smaller alcoves on the southern canyon wall just before we got to the bee infested larger alcove. We had not stopped to explore these on our hike in since we were at full speed as we passed. The girls signed the memorial log book in the more accessible of the alcoves. We passed the bees very quietly this time and with far less waving of hats and hands.

Video: https://www.youtube.co...

The hike was a great end to nice weekend trip to Red Creek. We will be back.
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Navajo Sandstone
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Named place
Middle Red Creek
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Mar 13 2015
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 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Red CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking10.20 Miles 1,010 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles
1,010 ft AEG
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So the Wife tells me her sister is visiting and wants to go camping with us. Hmmm, how many ways can that go wrong? So I let them pick the place – Red Creek, one of our favorites.

Loaded up and headed out on Friday. It’s a long bumpy drive out, but luckily we couldn’t fit 3 people plus the luxury camping items in one vehicle, so I got the Jeep all to myself. Found our favorite site empty. Actually, we wouldn’t see another human all weekend.

Camp went up quicker and less painfully than I had imagined. Gathered enough firewood for the entire weekend thanks to some nearby dead trees and my newly acquired chainsaw. Was way too warm for March, but a cloud brought a sprinkle of rain and a much appreciated ten degree drop in temperature late in the afternoon. A pair of ravens nests nearby and kept us entertained with their squawkings and spy flights over our camp. Luckily they never found anything loose enough to steal from us.

Steaks, sweet potatoes, and veggies, all done over the fire, topped off with peach cobbler out of the Dutch oven made for a good dinner. One of the dead trees turned firewood was a mesquite and so the coals were perfect. The sister-in-law really liked the sweet potatoes, but who doesn’t like warm cinnamon smelling things? And anything made in a Dutch oven is twice as nice.

The girls’ dorm was cots in our tent on the FAR east side of camp while my modest (and much quieter) lodgings were up creek to the west. I slept well.

Woke a bit late to confusion in camp. They were on their third attempt at cowboy coffee in two different pots. The fire was going nicely though. Got the coffee situation straightened out. Took the 5 layers of tin foil off the quiche she had prepared at home so at least it had a chance of warming up over the fire. And soon we had a good breakfast. Secured camp and headed east along the Red Creek trail to the Verde.

On our last camp on the Red, a large cottonwood had crashed down near our camp in the middle of the night. With the Fall and Winter floods the remains of the tree were 500 feet downstream and wedged pretty well spanning the creek. Very impressive display of the power of water.

The girls chatted a lot along the hike but enjoyed beauty of the place. We made a side trip to the Red Creek airport, but yet again there were no flights in or out scheduled for the day. Worked down to the Verde for lunch. The picnic table that was once there is gone, a victim of the high water this year. So we sat in the sand along the Verde’s edge eating a light lunch and admiring a wild river in a wild land.

The desert is very green right now and flowers were in bloom everywhere. The Red was really strutting its stuff. Luckily, we all brought along hay fever medications for the abundance of pollen. Even beauty has its drawbacks.

Back in camp we munched and relaxed. The sister-in-law dug out a pool in the creek and got wet. I played with toys I’d brought and set an upside down fire lay for later in the evening. I’d pieced together a gravity water filter from a Sawyer Mini and some various parts lying around the shop. Worked far better than expected, filtering 2 liters in 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Of course the Red is spring fed and almost totally silt free. But the little rig kept us in plenty of water. The shower we’d rigged up the hill from camp was a hit since the afternoon was warm.

Dinner was a dehydrated meal brought back to life. Mary Jo has become pretty proficient at making these since neither of us are fans of many of the commercial meals, but we also like the simplicity of a quick hearty meal after a long day of hiking. The chicken alfredo totally worked.

Later, I used a piece of flint and the side of a file I’d smoothed down to throw a spark into some char cloth. The ember in the char cloth then lit a fluffed up nest of cottonwood bark which set the upside down fire to blazing. Two hours later we still had a nice fire and hadn’t had to attend to it once. The clear sky meant the evening cooled rapidly once the sun set and thus we appreciated the fire. Video below of the process.

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The campfire conversation was scintillating. Blonde #1, “While I was on the crapper (we bring a fold up to put over a deeply dug hole), a bee landed on my boot.” Blonde #2, “Was it the same bee that was buzzing around me up there earlier?” You just can’t buy that kind of entertainment on iTunes.

The second night passed peacefully and the coffee making was far less a taxing chore the next morning. The sister-in-law was getting pretty good at coaxing the embers of the night’s fire back to life for some morning warmth. After breakfast we did a short hike upstream. Let’s say it was prettier and far more eventful than the previous day’s hike downstream. Separate triplog coming on that one, as I think this hike deserves a designation all its own.

We broke camp on return and did the long slow drive back home, all wishing we’d had just one more day on the Red.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Middle Red Creek Medium flow Medium flow
50 gallons a minute or more in most places. Clear.
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Feb 24 2015
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking9.06 Miles 187 AEG
Hiking9.06 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   3.33 mph
187 ft AEG
 
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First time on this trail. Good to see that the northern section of the Sonoran Preserve is getting some more options. The section of this trail along the Cave Creek wash is pretty nice. Only one set of bike tracks and no footprints after yesterday's rain. Never saw anyone on the trail.

Thought I might have screwed up when I noticed some pretty dark clouds NW and moving my way. I just assumed with yesterday's rain that we were done with the wet stuff for a while. Didn't bother to pack any wet weather gear and there was a pretty good breeze. Could have made for a cold hike, but I lucked out and the rain never made to to me.

A few flowers here and there, but hopefully it won't be long before the desert gets seriously colorful this year.
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Black Mountain
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Feb 15 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Elephant Mountain Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking7.93 Miles 1,396 AEG
Hiking7.93 Miles
1,396 ft AEG
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Got an email from Angela asking if we had hiking plans this weekend. I had working plans for Saturday, but Sunday was free -- just not early or too demanding or too far away. Spur Cross seemed like a good place to meet those criteria.

Met at the trailhead shortly after lunch. Angela set the route and the pace. Both were perfect for the day. Headed south along Dragonfly. The creek has plenty of water still. A few wild flowers have bloomed, but you can tell soon there will be lots of color. Turned onto Spur Cross Trail and worked up its gentle climb. After a short break at the intersection with Elephant Trail, we headed up towards the mastodon's trunk. The temps were perfect and the views just wouldn't quit. Glanced up at the fortress, but left that for another day. The drop off the north half of Elephant is rocky and loose requiring attention. Tortuga and Spur Cross took us back to the parking lot.

Headed into Cave Creek for Mexican and gritas at El Encanto.

Great day all around. Thanks for the invite Angela.
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Won't be long before this area really begins to bloom.
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Feb 11 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking9.60 Miles 1,716 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   2.67 mph
1,716 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Looked like a great day to be outside, so we packed up the truck and headed west. Walkin'Jim had been on the to do list for a while. Close by, decent distance, some elevation gain and we knew this area had lots of views and critters.

Just a few cars at the trailhead and we only saw one hiker at a distance all day. Stayed down in the wash bottom for the first half mile just to check it out. Still some rock pocket pools of water from the rains scattered along the wash. More water at Walkin' Jim Spring, but just a little bit of a flow. Warn enough that the algae is blooming all green and scummy.

Took a detour along part of Little Jim and then back tracked. Stopped at the intersection with Big Jim, but put that off until another day. Took a light lunch along the trail and then pushed on. Ran across a young muley doe lounging in the midday. She trotted off a ways but then stopped to watch us move on up the trail before going to find herself a shady spot for more rest.

Love how many of the rocks here have lichen all over them. Very colorful.

About 3 miles before reaching the truck, and not around anything resembling civilization, my hiking partner asks from behind me, "what's this thing", holding up an 18 inch crowbar. "Its a crowbar and before you ask I don't have any idea what it is doing here." Now I have a slightly rusty new old crowbar. Amazing what you find along the trail.

Foot sore and happy, we headed over to Oregano's in Cave Creek for suds, salad, and pizza.
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Rock Squirrel
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Culture
Trash Hauled Out
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Walkin' Jim Spring Dripping Dripping
Seeping into the wash. Pools and some light flow down in the wash.
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Jan 29 2015
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Soldier Pass Trail #66 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking3.97 Miles 934 AEG
Hiking3.97 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.27 mph
934 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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After hiking Bear Mountain the previous day, something less demanding seemed in order. Soldier Pass was just the ticket. Stopped off at the sinkhole just to marvel. Further up, the pools held a bit of water. Cut off to the east to visit the larger of the arches and chatted with some snowbirds a while. Clouds were gathering in the south and the weather man said the late afternoon would be best spent under a roof and by a fire, so we headed down and back to our accommodations for libations and such before the evening long drizzle commenced. It was a good hike and then a good evening.
Geology
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Jan 28 2015
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Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 2,329 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.40 mph
2,329 ft AEG   2 Hrs   15 Mns Break
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This was the destination hike of our getaway to Sedona. You just have to hike a mountain named after yourself once in your lifetime. Had noticed that Bear Mountain was also on Pam's wishlist, so she joined us for this "easy" hike. Was hoping some of her photographic wisdom would rub off on me. It didn't.

We all pushed off from the trailhead just before 10 on a perfect morning. Just after 10 we were totally out of breath. This trail gets both steeper and more beautiful the higher you go. We scrambled in the few places required and slogged upward and onward the rest of the time. Pam and I stopped often to take photos (at least that was my excuse when I needed to catch my breath). Mary Jo just seemed to keep going no matter what. The views never stop and there are so many places to take dramatic photos.

Had lunch at the top. A little hazy, but the views were fantastic from up there. Could see the snow-capped San Francisco Peaks so very clearly.

Going down was a little faster and we passed a lot of people still heading up.

Back at the trailhead, we were happy and tired. We all said our goodbyes and headed off to apply beers and motrin to our tired muscles. This is a great hike made even better by finally meeting Pam.
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Manzanita
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San Francisco Peaks Natural Area
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Jan 27 2015
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Broken Arrow Trail #125Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking3.00 Miles 778 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   3.27 mph
778 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Up in Sedona for a few days celebrating a milestone. This was an easy trail just to stretch our legs some after driving up. Always good to be among the Red Rocks.
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Jan 24 2015
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Lime Creek Cabin - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.98 Miles 3,209 AEG
Hiking9.98 Miles   6 Hrs   43 Mns   2.16 mph
3,209 ft AEG   2 Hrs   6 Mns Break
 
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There was a Ford parked at the trailhead. Not a truck, it was one of those things that’s not a car but not quite a truck. I parked the Jeep alongside, changed into my boots, and shouldered the day pack. Figured someone was ahead of me on the trail to the cabin. But since there was no HAZ sticker on the Ford, it couldn’t be anyone special.

Headed down the trail; well, up actually. Never been here before but saw the photos of the cabin and thought I’d like to see it for real. Might be a decent backpack someday, so why not scout it on a beautiful day like this.

Can’t say much positive about the trail. It pretty much ain’t ever level and seems comprised of those medium sized rocks that exist only to turn your ankle one way until you step on the next one which of course twists it the other way. Going down is a pain and only exceeded by the suck of going up. But it was still a dang pretty day to be somewhere hiking to somewhere else.

Noticed a ruin right beside the trail and stopped off to explore. It’s not particularly impressive, but any ruin will get attention from me. Found just a few pottery shards, but lots of evidence of rocks being napped into tools. Just so happens I am taking a course which requires me to make a primitive knife, so I rounded up some rocks that looked like they might flake and another one to use as a hammer and took a seat on a couple of larger rocks that sort of served as a natural stool and work bench. I pecked away and soon had a few reasonable flakes that would serve as a blade or scraper at least. Had to smile thinking that perhaps a 1,000 years or so ago some Hohokam may have sat on that same stone stool and, with far more skill than me, napped his new knife or perhaps some arrow points or maybe a scraper for the cute Hohokam girl down the hill.

Just as I was shouldering my pack again, I heard a rustle just up trail. I keep telling my friends that if you never get out you’ll never have the chance to be surprised by anything. The rustle was a young beautiful blonde in head-to-toe camo with a huge pack. Seems she had been uphill “glassing” for her bow-hunting hubby who was just a ways below us. I immediately apologized if I had interfered with their hunt. She said I hadn’t and they were done for the morning anyway, just rendezvousing for lunch since the deer would be going to ground about now. She was all smiles and enthusiasm explaining they get out every day they can but haven’t gotten anything yet this season. Spent a minute explaining that I was headed for the cabin down on the creek, but she didn’t know there was one. I pushed on off and she headed down the ridge away from the trail. Never saw hubby. He may or may not be a good hunter, but he sure made a heck of a catch with her. You just cain’t top personality and camo all wrapped up in a nice package.

Finally made the creek. It was wet for a ways towards the cabin. Found and lost the horse trail more than once. Finally figured out they use shiny beer and soda cans about head high (head high if you are on a horse) as trail markers. That knowledge helped.

Enjoyed poking around the cabin and shed. Had a snack sitting in one of the camp chairs so conveniently left in the cabin. The spring was running nicely. Quiet back here. I could like this place.

The hike out was long, rocky, mostly up hill. I’d seen a little bag of tent stakes trailside and marked the location. If you lost them, I’ve got ‘em. Let me know. The Ford as still at the trailhead. Guess Mr. and Mrs. Hunter were staying for the evening show. I left a note apologizing again if I’d hampered their hunt and wishing them luck.

If you don’t get out there, you’ll never be surprised.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Lime Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Good clean water
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Jan 23 2015
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Grus and Views, AZ 
Grus and Views, AZ
 
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Hiking2.70 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   2.84 mph
420 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Haven't been up on these hills in a while even though I live extremely close. Today I decided to remind myself why.

The trail up is easy to follow, but composed mostly of grus, those little pebbles, sand and gravel that can send your feet down the trail at a high rate of speed, followed closely by your posterior bumping along at equally the same rate. Nope, I didn't succumb to the grus today, but mostly due to luck and not my catlike reflexes, those having departed many moons ago.

The views from the tops of the peaks here are the reward for the ascent. You tend to linger and gaze a bit longer too knowing the gruesome grus laden descent awaiting.
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Jan 07 2015
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Montezuma WellCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking0.75 Miles 200 AEG
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Doing a day trip to middle Arizona. Went to the Castle years ago, but never made it to the Well until today. Far more interesting than we had anticipated. Spent some time chatting with an interesting Ranger. Roamed all the trails, backtracking now and then to reexamine some of the area. All was made even more interesting with patches of snow and ice in the shady areas. Even got to hear my favorite bird sound, a cactus wren warbling a serenade to our time down in the Well.
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Montezuma Well Wet Beaver Creek
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Jan 07 2015
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Page Springs Fish Hatchery, AZ 
Page Springs Fish Hatchery, AZ
 
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Hiking0.30 Miles 30 AEG
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Was in the Page Springs area for lunch. On a lark we stopped by the Page Springs Fish Hatchery. It's open during normal operating hours. You are free to take a self-guided tour and can even feed the fingerlings in the open pond (a quarter gets you a small handful of fish food pellets from the converted bubblegum machine). A trail dedicated to bird watching takes you for a short stroll down by Oak Creek.
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Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 400 AEG
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On a day trip to middle Arizona. Decided a hike along Wet Beaver was a great way to spend some of the afternoon. Still scattered snow on the hillsides and shady areas of the trail. Spent some time sitting creek side and enjoying the sound of water and the shade of the sycamores. Even with the patches of snow, it was warm enough out today top enjoy a little shade.

Have to come back and finish the upper section of the trail and perhaps enjoy a cool dip in the creek.
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Wet Beaver Creek
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Dec 30 2014
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Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.10 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.33 mph
1,600 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Nice cool day and the year's coming to an end. Haven't done much off trail hiking this year. Decided to combine some off trail with some geocaching and a little bush crafting to cover all my hobbies at one time. So off to Diamond Mountain I went.

I'd planned out some possible ways up and down, but as the old military saying goes, "no plan survives the first engagement." Mine didn't either, but not sure if the changes I made on the fly were better or worse than my plan. Either way, it is a haul up to the top of this mountain and there are lots of shin daggers and holly shrubs to make it even more interesting. Was in no hurry though, to I meandered a bit taking in what ever struck my fancy.

The two geocaches on the top were easy. I gathered some yucca stalks to try as a hand drill for making fire and some fronds the same plant to make some natural cordage.

Really great views from the summit. And excellent cell phone reception, too. Hung out at the top a while enjoying some snacks I brought along.

Came down using the route downloaded from HAZ. Man is that steep and overgrown. Kicked up a young doe on the way down. Lots of deer tracks all over the slopes of the mountain.

The cow trail was right where it should be at the bottom. Was nice walking on sort of decent ground and contouring. Enjoyed O'Neil Spring along the way back. The spring box was full of good water. Very nice little oasis with the sycamore trees. In the shade the shallow water was all ice. Gets cold at this elevation at night in the winter.

Fun hike, but reminded me why I like trails.
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