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Apr 29 2002
nealz
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67 male
 Joined Feb 10 2002
 Alpine, AZ
Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2002
nealz
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I had the chance to get back up to Reavis Ranch this past weekend for an overnighter. There were still a few vestigal apple blossoms left and if the drought doesn't cause the trees to drop a lot of fruit, we might see a decent crop this fall. I had a neat encounter with a yearling doe who seemed to be without fear. She came to within about ten feet of me and looked me in the eyes.

As dry as it has been, there was still a goodly amount of flowing/trickling water in the creek both south of the ranch proper and north near Reavis Spring. No water worries this trip. The trip back down the 109 to Roger's Trough was a little warmer than I like but I always enjoy the time spent there.
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Jun 08 2001
nealz
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67 male
 Joined Feb 10 2002
 Alpine, AZ
Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2001
nealz
Hiking 2,880 AEG
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The whole of the Huachucas are pleasant hiking too. I was up Miller Peak a couple of years ago and had come in from Ramsey Canyon on the north end of the range. There were plenty of playful coatis on the lower elevations and some bear sign near the old Hamburg Mine site. A buddy of mine overnighted here last year as part of his Arizona Trail trek and had a group of illegals camp next to him then woke up to a raid from INS officials the next morning. Exciting stuff, but not much solitude. Although I'd guess that was an exception and not the norm. Very scenic area and for all you closet botanists - there is a subspecies of agave, Agavae Parryii Huachucanensis, that is indigenous only to the Huachucas.
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May 07 2001
nealz
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67 male
 Joined Feb 10 2002
 Alpine, AZ
Secret Canyon Trail #121Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2001
nealz
Hiking 400 AEG
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Well, after numerous recommendations from Joe and others, I had to check this one out. Very, very nice trail! It has all the requisite Sedona attractions - red rock, canyons, pine trees, running creek, lush underbrush and two 'trustafarian' types chanting something in the parking area when I drove in. The road in is easy to find but is a tad rough although still carefully negotiable with a passenger car. Don't fergit yer Red Rock Pass. The beginning of the trail gets moderate use but as you continue in, you'll notice it thinning and getting more wild. As Joe mentioned watch out for poison ivy conveniently growing at leg-brush distance next to the trail.

About 3.5 miles in, there is a really short side path to an amazing carved arch and pool. At about 4 miles, watch for the 'window' in the red rock cliffs on the north side of the trail.


There are some nice campsites along the way but are too close to the trail for my taste. I DID find a couple of great sites farther in and back aways that will remain anonymous. I plan to overnight here shortly to get the chance to explore the side canyons. The end of the trail is marked with a cairn and even if it wasn't, you'd have to stop as the canyon closes in pretty tightly. Interestingly, at this point, you will only be about a half-mile from the saddle of Loy Canyon and Secret Mountain Trails. It looks like a tough bushwhack but not impossible to connect the two.

There are a lot of Maple, Walnut, Arizona Ash and Box Elder trees along the creek and I'd bet this is a spectacular fall hike too when the colors are just peaking. Again, an excellent recommend from Joe and I second the nomination.
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May 01 2001
nealz
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67 male
 Joined Feb 10 2002
 Alpine, AZ
Loy Canyon Trail #5Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2001
nealz
Hiking 1,744 AEG
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I'll echo both Mike and Joe's comments. This is a great trail. The soft sand on the trail on the lower elevations is my least favorite part, but the ruins can be viewed to the south along the wall of Loy Butte. Once on top of Secret Mountain, the views are non-stop and there are some fantastic campsites right on the rim. Maybe not the best site for you nocturnal sleepwalkers! But breakfast on a ledge overlooking the Red Rocks is better'n any Starbucks. Look for the trail blazes made by the CCC back in the 1930's. I've hiked out to the edge of Secret Mountain, into the burned-over area, and wondered how it might connect to the terminus of the Secret Canyon Trail... sounds like I need a return trip. On the topos, there are a series of forest roads that connect from Flag and will take you within about three miles of the saddle. I've not been on these so I can't say how it works. I've been up here on weekends and not seen anybody else for days.
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Jan 22 2001
nealz
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67 male
 Joined Feb 10 2002
 Alpine, AZ
Bluff Spring Loop & Weaver's ViewPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2001
nealz
Hiking 2,250 AEG
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Having only enough time for a day hike this weekend and inspired by the recent trail comments on this hike, I set out. This hike really does provide a lot of variation and I also like to start it counterclockwise from the Peralta TH parking lot to get out of sight of 'civilization' quicker. Due to the recent rains, there was water in about every wash and creek. There was also a surprising amount of wildflowers in bloom too. I ran into some vestigial snow on the backside of Dutchman's just north of the Whiskey Springs turnoff. Snow on one side of the trail and flowers on the other, pretty neat. There was water in the wash at Bluff Spring and water in the spring too. I continued down Bluff Spring to Terrapin then bushwhacked over to Boulder Canyon and Peralta Trail. I had only seen two other hikers prior to Fremont Saddle so the 'parade' of folks on the Peralta was quite a contrast. I had expected this on a great warm winter day so it really didn't bother me much.
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Jan 08 2001
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67 male
 Joined Feb 10 2002
 Alpine, AZ
Dacite Super LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2001
nealz
Hiking 2,395 AEG
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Dang! I gotta do this one. Every time I take folks up Peralta, which is a great place for first-timers, I look up at the spires and hoodoos and wonder how I would get up there. Thanks for the idea Joe. Nealz
Reply: Here's a little hint if you try and go up in the opposite direction from the description above. Let's say you start at the Peralta trailhead and go up to Fremont Saddle. Okay, at the actual barren saddle you can see Weavers Needle in front of you. It's to your left (west) up and over Dacite Mesa to get to the other side. Here's the help. Directly left of you is a small collaboration, a small Cathedral Rock group if you will, go around the NORTH side. Then work up and south just a little, mostly up up up. The dry waterfall is nearly straight up, just a little south. As for the other side it's impossible to describe step by step down to West Boulder Saddle. Just make sure you have plenty of time. - joe
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Jan 02 2001
nealz
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 Joined Feb 10 2002
 Alpine, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2001
nealz
Hiking 1,720 AEG
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I had been up this trail in early summer but as I was looking for a place to do a little winter snow hiking, I thought I'd return now, January 2001 The trail was as beautiful as before and because the deciduous trees had dropped their leaves, I could see farther. I was following the tracks of somebody else who had blazed through some of the bigger snow drifts. With more snow, snowshoes would have been an advantage. It became more snowy and icier as I gained altitude. I spotted a small heard of elk, about 8, on the west side of the canyon. If the trees had leaves, I would have missed them. Once you get past See Spring you'll notice the trees are generally larger. Because of it's rugged terrain, See Canyon has never been logged. There are some monster old-growth Douglas Fir and Ponderosas in there. It's hard to believe that most of northern Arizona looked like this once. Topping out at FS 300, there was about 18' of snow on the ground and by the thermometer on my pack, 18 degrees. I tootled back down, making sure to slip and land on my patoot at least twice (crampons next time?) before warming up the truck and heading to Christopher Creek for a hot bowl of chili.
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Nov 27 2000
nealz
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 Joined Feb 10 2002
 Alpine, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2000
nealz
Hiking 2,780 AEG
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Only two days after Thanksgiving and I was already feeling bloated. Usually I don't get like this until after New Year's. Time for a hike. I'd forgotten how close this hike is and I also forgot how tough it gets at the top. The mountain lost no time in reminding me. My plan was to get up to the Flatiron at sunrise... well the sun was already up by the time I topped out but I was still the only one up there. What a great view! I continued over to the east side of the ramparts for another great view of the inner Superstitions. Trekking poles are helpful at the lower elevations but become a real liability as the bouldering begins.
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