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Jun 29 2008
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 Joined Mar 09 2008
 Phoenix,AZ
Canyon Creek - Tonto NFPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2008
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Hiking10.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.43 mph
250 ft AEG
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We camped at Upper Canyon Creek campground. Great days to be in Payson area. We got a little bit of rain and the temperature dropped to 60F. The creek was beautiful and we followed it into the canyon. After 5.2 I did not figure where the border with the Indian reservation is so I turned back. There is a lot of fish in the creek and we limited out in less then 20 minutes.
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Jun 17 2008
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Yosemite Week Loop, CA 
Yosemite Week Loop, CA
 
Backpack avatar Jun 17 2008
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Backpack84.50 Miles 5,000 AEG
Backpack84.50 Miles7 Days         
5,000 ft AEG
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Day one: White Wolf campgrounds - Eagle Peak (10.5 mi)

Avoided Yosemite Valley, and explored the rest of the park instead. Saw Tuolumne Meadows and camped in White Wolf Campground. The Tioga Pass area is insanely beautiful. John Muir described it eloquently: "From garden to garden, ridge to ridge, I drifted enchanted, now on my knees gazing into the face of a daisy, now climbing again and again among the purple and azure flowers of the hemlocks, now down into the treasuries of the snow, or gazing far over domes and peaks, lakes and woods, and the billowy glaciated fields of the upper Tuolumne. In the midst of such beauty, pierced with its rays, one's body is all one tingling palate. Who wouldn't be a mountaineer! Up here all the world's prizes seem nothing." White Wolf Campground is full of tiny meadows and stands of lodgepole pine, and the Middle Tuolumne River flows through the campground. The sites are set in the pines and around granite boulder gardens. The campground is constructed beautifully; each loop seems miles away from the others. The arrangement of the tables and sites create a sense of spaciousness. The facilities are clean and well tended. This is slow, elegant camping.


Day two: Eagle Peak - El Capitan - Camp#4 (14.7 mi)

Sunnyside Campground (camp#4) lies at an elevation of 4,000 feet in the northwestern area of Yosemite Valley. The facility is open to tent camping year-round with 35 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Although reservations are not accepted campers are recommended to come to this site close to 10 a.m., which is check out time. This site provides easy access to climbing routes and hiking trails.


Day three: Camp#4 - Mist Trail (Vernal and Nevada Falls) - Half Dome - Tenaya Stream (16.1 mi)
You'll find an excellent view of Vernal Fall from the footbridge at 0.75 miles (1.3 km). Beyond the bridge, at 0.2 miles, the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail diverge. To proceed directly to the top of Vernal Fall, follow the Mist Trail 0.5 mile (0.8 km) up a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps. Prepare for slippery footing and a tremendous amount of waterfall spray in spring and early summer. This portion of trail is closed in winter due to risk of falling ice and rock.
Hikers can reach the top of Nevada Fall by continuing 1.3 miles (2.1 km) along the Mist Trail (from Vernal Fall). The John Muir Trail also leads to the top of Nevada Fall (bypassing Vernal Fall)
Follow the Mist Trail or John Muir Trail to Nevada Fall. Continue on the trail, following the signs to Half Dome. The last 900 feet (275 m) of trail is a very steep climb up the east side of Half Dome. Cables assist hikers on the final 400 feet (122 m). They consist of two steel cables, about 3 feet apart and suspended at arm's height from pipes set in the rock. The top of Half Dome is a fairly large and level open surface. Camping is not permitted on top of Half Dome.


Day four: Tenaya Stream - Tenaya Lake - Snow Creek (12.5 mi)

Day five: Snow Creek Falls - Mirror Lake - Lower Yosemite Falls - Upper Yosemite Falls - The Point - Indian Ridge (12.2 mi)
Mirror Lake has little water much of the year, but in spring and early summer it can grow in size. When water is calm, the lake offers beautiful reflections of surrounding cliffs. Exhibits detail the story of the area's lake-to-meadow succession. This can be a good place to spot wildlife.

One of Yosemite oldest historic trails (built 1873 to 1877), the Yosemite Falls Trail leads to the top of North America's tallest waterfall 2,425 feet (739 m) above the Valley floor. Do not stray off the marked path, as you will find steep drops adjacent to the trail. Enjoy spectacular views from Columbia Rock located one mile (and dozens of switchbacks) from the trailhead.


Day six: Indian Ridge - Porcupine Flats - Yosemite Creek (11.0 mi)

Day seven: Yosemite Creek - Lukens Lake - White Wolf (7.5 mi)
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May 31 2008
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 Joined Mar 09 2008
 Phoenix,AZ
West Clear Creek & Blodgett Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2008
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   10 Hrs      1.30 mph
3,000 ft AEG
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We decided to start early in the morning for this long loop. At the Bull Pen CG was quiet in the morning. You have to pay attention or use a GPS if you want to find the Blodget TH. We started early because in May you will pay the price and take the heat if you start late. The directions posted by the author were accurate and I want to thank GpsJoe for posting them. Great scenery till you get on the forest road for maybe a mile and a half. The West Clear Creek trail starts with the juniper woodland and in a couple hundred yards start to descend abruptly in to the canyon. Great view down the canyon. We spent some time taking photos of the flowers and continued toward the water. We needed! It was around noon when we hit the fourth crossing. We spent a well deserved hour swimming in the pools. We tried the impossible and took us 5 hours to return at the Bull Pen on the river. Couple of rappels and climbings made it possible. Even though is shorter is much harder, especially with the kids on your side. So if you enjoy the canyoneering this will be the only way back. Close to the second passing the music start covering the canyon and hundreds of people were swimming and drinking cold beer from their huge coolers. Kind of strange.... to carry a full cooler for a mile... We return to the car and WOW the place looked like a mall parking in a busy weekend day.

As the author said I would recommend this hike for the strong and experienced hikers.

PS Agave, Yucca, Mountain Mahogany and Prickly Pear Cactus covered the rocky slopes all around the loop.
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May 25 2008
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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 25 2008
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Canyoneering14.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Canyoneering14.00 Miles   11 Hrs      1.27 mph
2,000 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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We did this a shuttle hike. We picked up the West Fork Trail (#108), in the lower canyon, as it leads over a new bridge and past the apple grove of the old resort which was destroyed by fire in 1980. Trail is flat and easy and the tall trees give you shade from the sun. In this section you'll likely see many people, some who have come to hike the trails and others to swim. We were there early in the morning and we decided to go upstream instead of following the trail that crosses the stream several times and it ends at a wade through a narrow canyon in the sandstone. This is the return point for most hikers, but is not close to the end of West Forks. From this point we start exploring upstream where there are short stretches of trails, but most consists of rock hopping, wading and pushing through vegetation. The further upstream you go route fades away. In the upper part of the canyon there are several deep wades and a couple swims. The water was freezing cold and I guess was caused by the last week rain and snowfall. We managed to survive the coldness of the water and we pushed to reach the Cassner Cabin Draw. We stayed on the left at the junction with Cassner Cabin Draw and then we turned right at the next dry stream that revealed from the canyon. Towards the upper part of the creek we found a used trail which leads us the rest of the way to where the creek crosses FR #231.

My GPS lost reception in most part of the canyon so will be difficult to rebuild the route. The navigation is based on following the stream.

On the upper part high clearance vehicle is recommended. To reach the upper (FR231) from Phoenix, take I-17 north to Flagstaff and drive west on I-40 to the exit 192. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp, drive a short distance to a 'T' intersection and turn left. After a couple miles you'll come to a stop sign, turn right onto FR#231 and drive for 18 miles to where the road crosses the Oak Creek.
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May 17 2008
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 Joined Mar 09 2008
 Phoenix,AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2008
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Hiking10.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.67 mph
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We chose to make a loop by following Horton Trail along Horton Creek to the Spring, then following the Highline Trail South and returning to the trail head via the Derrick trail.
Horton Spring is beautiful, the water literally erupts from the side of the mountain. The forest is lush and make this hike a worth the trip. There is water available up to the Spring, but none is available for the rest of the loop. I tried the water at the spring, and it taste good, but be sure that you use a water filter. Most day hikers will turn around at the Spring and retrace their route back to the parking lot; however it is worthwhile to complete the loop which can be made by following portions of the Highline and Derrick trails.
Highline trail cross the mountain through the forest and is energy consuming in several spots and should be considered strenuous in difficulty. Much of this route offers wonderful vistas of the surrounding area. We spot couple of deer and a lot of squirrels. Approx 2 miles south of the creek the Highline intersects the Promontory Butte trail from the East.
Derick trail this time of the year is hot and not spectacular. The hike down was very rough over exposed, loose rocks and it was not a pleasant walk.
Both trails are marked even though the in some portions of the trail the marks were missing, because of the forest cleaning.
I have measured this loop to be approximately 9.6 miles, although other authors report it upwards to 8 miles.
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May 11 2008
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 Phoenix,AZ
Tramway Maxwell LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2008
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Hiking7.30 Miles 1,127 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   4 Hrs      1.83 mph
1,127 ft AEG
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This is a fun day hike, if you like the forest and the wild life. The way we did it was not bad at all thinking that you need to walk the dirt roads. We parked at the where NF-81e splits into NF-318 and 693. We walked through the forest to Tramway trail. The hike down was a quick one, only 15 min. The beauty of the canyon made us spending here the whole day exploring around. The route that i posted was just for the loop, and does not contain any info of canyon. The distance between the two trails in the canyon is around 1.3 miles. The hike back is easier then the hike down, and took us 25min. The return to the car was close to one mile and a half. This is a must see area, hard to describe in few words.
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May 11 2008
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 Phoenix,AZ
Tramway Trail #32Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2008
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Hiking1.00 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
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May 03 2008
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 Phoenix,AZ
Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2008
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Hiking8.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   7 Hrs      1.17 mph
300 ft AEG
 
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Beautiful day for one of the most enjoyable hikes in Arizona. The water was clear and cool. We reached the cave (...actually one of them) around 11:30am and we decided to explore it for a while. Did not have the needed rope so we decided to continue towards Parsons Spring and return to the cave prepared later. After the trail ends we scrambled on both sides of the river and we hit the Parson Spring around 1:30pm. The return was fairly easy consider the footmarks and the GPS backtracking. We got back to the car around 4:30pm thinking to came back soon. So much to see in only one day....

PS My kids loved the adventure and they want to be back for some cave exploring.
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Apr 26 2008
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 Phoenix,AZ
Grapevine Springs Canyon Trail #4Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2008
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Hiking3.50 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   4 Hrs      0.88 mph
870 ft AEG
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Beautiful hike! Not hard to find. The forest road is in good condition. We hiked all the way to the spring. Quiet, cool and fresh air...
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Apr 20 2008
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 Phoenix,AZ
Ellison Creek CascadesPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2008
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Hiking3.00 Miles 75 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
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The route that I posted is actually a loop that includes the Ellison cascades and the Waterwheel.
It is a nice hike, but requires a little bit of scrambling. It is a must see!
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Apr 19 2008
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 Phoenix,AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 19 2008
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Canyoneering13.00 Miles 700 AEG
Canyoneering13.00 Miles1 Day   11 Hrs   30 Mns   
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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We did the complete loop, starting from the Tortilla Flats trailhead (SR213). We start the hike around 8:30 am. The service road is just for lifted 4X4s with skid plates, so we decided to park at the trailhead. The first part of the trail up to J.F. Trailhead was easy and enjoyable. Flower were blooming everywhere and the mountains were gorgeous. From the gate, where the wilderness starts the trail is not visible so our advice will be to keep the left side of the barbwire fence till you reach the second gate. From here is a fair hike to the creek. Lots of cactus on the trail. The trail is marked with rock piles so even without a GPS is easy to follow. Lost a lot of time on the trail taking hundreds of pictures. We reached the creek, next to the Lost Dutchman Canyon around 12pm. We left our backpack at the river and hiked upstream for an hour. Gorgeous. The hike back in the Fish Creek Canyon started good, even though you get a little tired jumping from rock to rock. We thought that will be an easy hike back to the bridge. Well....we were wrong. The fist part of the canyon is nice, not requiring any scramble. The creek was great, clean with plenty water. We stopped at the cave, for couple of minutes to enjoy the beauty of it. As far we went in the canyon as more scrambling was required. We thought that will be a trail or at least trail marks. The GPS is not working right in the canyon so we decided to trust our instincts. We had to get wet in two places. Water was cold, but I have to tell you that felt great. We tried to keep our boots dry so we hanged them on the backpacks. Big mistake. The river rocks were slippery, and hard on our feet. We reached the bridge after more scrambling around 6pm. From here, back to the cars, the Apache trail looked like the road from hell. We made the 2.5 miles in 1.5 hours and we got at the cars when was dark. You will need all your skills, knowledge and abilities to complete this difficult, seldom completed loop.

DON'T forget to bring plenty of water, or you will have to enjoy the water from the creek. I have to honest with you, the water from the creek taste great when you're thirsty.

Our hike was done by three kids, one boy and two girls, with ages of 6,8 and 10. If they did it don't think that anybody can do it.
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Apr 05 2008
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 Phoenix,AZ
Big Dipper - Castle Creek WildernessPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2008
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Hiking3.20 Miles 1,008 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   0.71 mph
1,008 ft AEG
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We started in the morning driving into the beautiful desert. Stopped at Cleator for a fresh brew and continued to the trail head. Very busy day for this road. The parking place easy to find, but didn't feel to comfortable to leave our trucks there for the day. Lots of people around. I guess was the Channel 3 morning show at Crown King.... Trail head started right of the parking lot, and it looks more a wash then a trail. Close you will find the Wilderness boundary post, and 1/4 mile down the trail register log. We stopped couple of minutes at the old mine. Everything looks easy till you start scramble to get to the water hole. The water was cold so the only thing we did was to cool off our feet for couple of minutes. It is a truly awesome sight to see. We started back around 12pm and took us about two ours to get back to the cars. We continued towards Crown King were we stopped for a brew and some of the famous fudge at the General Store and also we could not resist the temptation for a glass of cold Crown King Ale. The drive back was better and the road not busy at all.
We want to thank everybody here at HikeArizona for the guidance in finding great outdoors trails.
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Mar 16 2008
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 Phoenix,AZ
Bob Bear Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2008
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Hiking8.75 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles   7 Hrs      1.25 mph
1,785 ft AEG
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Beautiful hike. At the end of the rocky trail, the creek scenic view is cutting your breath. Great day hike.
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