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Dec 13 2010
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Algonquin Trail #225Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2010
AZWanderingBear
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   1.76 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Hiked this trail from the north as far as the Algonquin Mine with a side trip to the Big Dipper. The trail down as far as Poland Creek was good, steep but good. From the creek on to the Algonquin was overgrown with catclaw. It follows an abandoned road hewn out of the side to the mountain to service the Algonquin. Some of the old mine building remain, though in disrepair. Various pieces of abandoned mining equipment can be found as well.

My intent on this hike was to place a geocache near the Algonquin. Below is the write up that accompanied the hide.

In 1902 a new hotel opened in Manhattan. The Algonquin quickly became New York City’s unofficial literary center. Famed writers and actors including Gertrude Stein, Sinclair Lewis, Helen Hayes, and William Faulkner frequented the bar for decades. The Algonquin Round Table was a group, mostly newspaper writers, novelists, and the occasional actor/actress, that lunched daily. Their wit and conversations filtered into the nation’s newspapers. Essentially they set the country’s literary discourse. The hotel remains open today and is a designated national landmark. It is said that if you visit, are in the right mood, and have a cocktail or two you can hear ghostly excerpts of those long gone conversations emanating from the walls.

Further west in the early 1900s a mine began operating in the Bradshaw Mountains near the tiny mining town of Crown King. The Algonquin Mine was an ambitious project. Hardy men cut a road by hand slightly over 2 miles long from the Crown King Road into the rugged landscape down to Poland Creek and then into Hell’s Hole. The remnants of that road now form the first few miles of the Algonquin Trail. You can still see some of the rock retaining walls that held the road to the steep sided canyon. Today, the remaining buildings of the mining project are in ruin, sitting high above the creek.

While literary dandies drank and had wildly entertaining conversations in the Algonquin of the east, hard men now long forgotten labored in a mine called the Algonquin out west. They undoubtedly had their own conversations over drinks inside the two story building near the mine on their rare days off. Both groups built and moved America, but in far different ways.

If you ever find the remains of the old Algonquin mine, sit by the spring just north of the ruins and listen to the stream trickling below. Open your mind and you just might hear the echoes of hammer and pick against hard stone. And if you are lucky enough the timeless desert breeze just might bring you the faint murmurs of a conversation at the Algonquin.


This log is late. I wasn't logging my hikes on HAZ back then. Correcting as many as I can remember now.
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Dec 13 2010
AZWanderingBea
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Big Dipper - Castle Creek WildernessPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2010
AZWanderingBear
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,008 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   3 Hrs      1.07 mph
1,008 ft AEG
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Did this hike a long while back. Didn't realize it was a listed hike on here until I was cruising some photos.

Parked up on Crown King Road and hiked down. Trail is easy enough. You will know when to turn south and from there it gets dicey, or did for me. Wasn't prepared to swim (especially alone)when I hit some deep and steep walled pools, so I chose to go up and left (west). Was a total scramble. The descent was easier once I reached the top of the falls. Came out the east side which wasn't really much better.

Continued east once I got out to the old Algonquin Mine. You will know it when you see it. Lots of briars along that portion of the trail. The hike out is a huffer at the top, but quick enough.
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Nov 06 2010
AZWanderingBea
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 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Pine Mountain Verde Rim LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2010
AZWanderingBear
Hiking9.80 Miles 1,875 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles
1,875 ft AEG
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Met up with a buddy to tackle 2 geocaches that required hiking the Pine Mountain Loop. Was a great hike. While searching for the we found a Yavapai pottery bowl largely intact that was later dated to the pre 1600 time frame. It is now on display in a museum in Prescott and one of only 5 largely intact ones of that age known to exist. We found the geocaches, too.
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Sep 02 2010
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Slate Mountain Trail #128Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2010
AZWanderingBear
Hiking4.50 Miles 862 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
862 ft AEG
 
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Late log on this one (about 4 years). Hiked it back wen I was geocaching and not paying much attention to HAZ (my loss for sure). Was a very nice hike with great views.
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Jun 26 2010
AZWanderingBea
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East Fort Trail #31 - Prescott NFPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2010
AZWanderingBear
Hiking2.00 Miles 382 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Late log on this one. Hiked it back in 2010 but didn't realize it was a trail on HAZ. Fantastic views and I always love the old ruins.
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Jan 28 2010
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Woolsey PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2010
AZWanderingBear
Hiking5.30 Miles 2,207 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles
2,207 ft AEG
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Did this one back in 2010. Just remembered it when looking at logs and maps on here. Found a geocache up on top, plus one on each other 2 small peaks nearby. Exhausting but fun day.
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Oct 20 2009
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Saddle Mountain Trail to Squaw FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2009
AZWanderingBear
Hiking8.90 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   4 Hrs      2.23 mph
500 ft AEG
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Late triplog on this one, just shy of 4 years. Was a great hike to get a geocache near the far end of this trail. Parked the Jeep at the Mormon Grove TH and set out alone on a cool morning. Good fall foliage in the lower areas. Lots of bear scat on the trail.
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Oct 06 2009
AZWanderingBea
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 Guides 27
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 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Vulture PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2009
AZWanderingBear
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,340 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs      2.10 mph
1,340 ft AEG
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Enjoyed the scramble up the chute to the top. Great views
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Mar 12 2009
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Seven Springs Inner LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2009
AZWanderingBear
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,150 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles
3,150 ft AEG
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Got a late start with a friend on this one. Wasn't planning on doing the entire loop, just out a ways to grab a geocache or two. He thought finishing the loop would be quicker than doubling back. He was wrong, but I sure enjoyed the hike.
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Jan 15 2009
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pyramid Peak 2269Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2009
AZWanderingBear
Hiking2.00 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Very late log since I wasn't really into HAZ at the time and I don't think this description existed back then. The two geocaches referenced are long gone since Arizona doesn't allow geocaches on State Trust Land (our land) because of extreme pressure from the EPA. But from the top of Pyramid on a clear day you can just make out downtown where the bureaucrats cluster. So face South and give them the appropriate salute.

Decided to tackle Pyramid Peak (and snag Khufu and Ramses geocaches) on this gorgeous Arizona winter day. Drove in from Carefree Highway and parked about .27 miles from Khufu. Attacked Khufu first by ascending along the NNE ridge line. Initial going was steep but easy enough. About 600’ from Khufu it turned into hand over hand rock climbing. But 40 minutes into the climb I had the cache in hand.

Worked up to the Pyramid summit and enjoyed the view for a while. Didn’t see a summit log. Guess I should have brought one along. Peeked over the southern face of Pyramid at Ramses taunting me from just 300+ feet below. Feeling half my 52 years (or perhaps just light headed), I decided to go at him directly down the southern summit face. The seat of my hiking trousers will need repair from my reverse crab technique and the frequent slides on my posterior. But success was mine when I signed the log for Ramses.

I opted to descend west from the saddle and walk around the mountain back to my vehicle. Fairly easy descent.

If you tackle this hill just remember the following; it’s steep and most of the rocks are loose, so be extremely aware of your footing and grips. Having said all that, it is a great climb.

Finally, on a personal note, I had a very sad experience after completing this adventure. My constant companions for the last few years have been the most comfortable hiking boots I’ve ever owned. Lately, as much as I have tried not to notice, they have been showing their age. Not to say they don’t have much tread, but I can step on a penny and tell if it is heads or tails. The Goretex label just said "G" on the left and the right had gone by "tex" for a few years now. I’ve dreaded the day, but when I got home and took them off by the back door just one look told me they didn’t have another summit left in them. Not that I doubt they’d try, but at some point the cracked and torn uppers, the baby butt smooth soles, the frayed laces just can’t handle it any more. It was definitely an Old Yeller/Marley and Me moment when I took them over to the trash can. I knelt and gently tied their laces together for the last time lest they get separated in the hereafter. I placed a favorite old pair of worn out holey socks with them on a cardboard bed I made in the trash can. Tomorrow they will go to the land fill we drove past enroute to wonderful adventures so many times. Sure, I’ll go buy some new puppies for the feet. They’ll be full of the latest technology, have cool names, and weigh next to nothing. Yet for all the promises they make, some blisters are still inevitable. I know I will come to love them one day, too. But I’ll always miss the old Merrells. Good bye old friends! We sure had fun.
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Dec 14 2008
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Creek FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2008
AZWanderingBear
Hiking3.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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Hiked this one to find a geocache, well several actually, along the trail. Amazing to find such a cool waterfall in the desert.
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May 22 2008
AZWanderingBea
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Cholla Loop H-3 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2008
AZWanderingBear
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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May 10 2008
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Conservation ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2008
AZWanderingBear
Hiking5.00 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.86 mph
450 ft AEG
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Caching the park.
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Feb 18 2008
AZWanderingBea
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Thunderbird Conservation ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking4.80 Miles 680 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.37 mph
680 ft AEG
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Caching with MJ
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Feb 06 2008
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cholla Loop H-3 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking3.30 Miles 580 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.20 mph
580 ft AEG
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Cool morning hike and some caching.
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Feb 01 2008
AZWanderingBea
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Cholla Loop H-3 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking1.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
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Jan 31 2008
AZWanderingBea
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Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2008
AZWanderingBear
Hiking3.60 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.06 mph
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Nice day. Did a little geocaching and enjoying the scenery.
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Jan 25 2008
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Conservation ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking4.50 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.50 mph
350 ft AEG
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Hike with MJ's office staff.
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Jan 24 2008
AZWanderingBea
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Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking3.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
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Hike is on north side of Deem Hills. Trail head is at the end of Pinnacle Vista Dr. First time on this trail today. Will input it to Hike AZ once the new GPS arrives. Windy and some rain towards the end of the hike. First part is a steep ascent, but fairly level along the ridge line. Good 360 degree views along the top.
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Jan 23 2008
AZWanderingBea
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Cholla Loop H-3 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour      3.50 mph
500 ft AEG
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Nice day out on my usual trail.
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