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Aug 02 2013
southpawaz
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58 male
 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Bumpass HellNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2013
southpawaz
Hiking3.00 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
750 ft AEG
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cindyl
We were undecided on what sights to see here until we stopped at the Manzanita Visitor's Center and saw a bit about Mr. Bumpass's Hell and decided we had time for the walk, especially since cindyl had never seen geothermal features before other than hot springs. With the Lassen Summit Trail closed for renovations, it seemed like everyone was hiking this one (we got the only spot open in the large parking lot when we arrived). There are some great views of the surrounding areas along the trail, as well as a few meadows of solid Lupine which was in full bloom. At this elevation and location, Manzanita was growing as a shrubby ground cover, which was odd to see. We arrived at Hell in good time, and wandered around the boardwalk looking at the pools, vents, and mud pots before heading back out the way we came.
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Aug 01 2013
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58 male
 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
The Watchman TrailSouth, OR
South, OR
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2013
southpawaz
Hiking1.40 Miles 419 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles
419 ft AEG
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When we entered the park from the north, we picked a short hike as we drove down, but then we stopped at the Watchman overlook and could see the Fire Lookout up above and our plans changed immediately. Despite warnings to wear sturdy shoes (no open toed), we did just fine in our Tevas (they were all I had anyway so I had no choice). The view down into the lake was obscured by a haze from wildfire smoke emanating from the west, but the tower is a nice one, a cabin built above a stone building, dating to 1932 according to the signs. Not occupied today, and roped off visitors.
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Fire Lookout Structures
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Named place
The Watchman Wizard Island
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Jul 17 2013
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58 male
 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hyder Valley Section Corner Hunt, AZ 
Hyder Valley Section Corner Hunt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2013
southpawaz
Hiking5.70 Miles 150 AEG
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150 ft AEG
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Working on a resurvey of T4S R10W, and needed to check Section Corners along the east Range Line of the township. Quickest to walk so I started at the cattle guard where Hyder Road crosses the Range Line and headed north and picked up all 7 corners from the Southeast of 13 north to the Northeast of 1, then got the North and Northwest of 1 along the way to where my partner had the truck (4.3 miles). All monuments found were intact 1914 GLO caps on pipes, in much better shape than most of the monuments in the "developed" western part of the township. Tacked on another 1.4 miles later picking up the East of 14 from the North of 14.

Boring flat desert with not much to look at but I did see some deer tracks from the last day or so (we saw a pair of deer further south yesterday)and found an intact 1940s vintage pint liquor bottle somewhere along the way.
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Culture
Cadastral Survey Marker
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Jun 23 2013
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58 male
 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Kinnikinick Lake Circumferance, AZ 
Kinnikinick Lake Circumferance, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2013
southpawaz
Hiking3.00 Miles 20 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
20 ft AEG
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After we broke camp this morning at Morton Lake, we drove back over to the "new" Kinnikinick day use area, parked the truck and went for a walk around the bigger lake. The circumference itself was just under 2.5 miles; we tacked on a couple side wanders to bring our distance up to 3 miles.
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Jun 22 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Morton Lake Circumferance, AZ 
Morton Lake Circumferance, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2013
southpawaz
Hiking1.00 Miles 40 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
40 ft AEG
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cindyl
I thought Kinnikinick Lake would make a nice destination for the weekend, up high but also away from the hordes, so we headed out and made our way in that general direction, stopping by Hutch Mountain Lookout Tower first. The Hutch Tower is not currently in use, but it has been renovated to include a catwalk around the cabin and (so we've heard) a new Osborne Firefinder inside. The "KEEP OUT" signs that were here last time I headed up that way are gone, so we headed up and checked out the renovations.

We then took a scenic backroads route to Kinnikinick Lake, following FR135 and FR124 (with some letters on the end of those at some points along the route). FR 124 paralleled power lines for about 4 miles staying pretty close to Section Line, so we stopped and looked for 4 section corners, and found 3 along with a bearing tree or two at each. The corners here were marked by modern aluminum caps on rebar, not surprising since the township was originally surveyed in 1879.

We arrived at Kinnikinick Lake to find that the campground has been closed and converted to day use only. Signs indicated that dispersed camping is prohibited within a mile of the Day Use area, so we headed to the east end of the lake and found an excellent spot east of the dam and just past the "no camping next mile" sign. Under the shade of three nice old junipers, we set up camp just in time for a foursome to drive up and decide to fish on Morton Lake as close as they could to our campsite. We decided to go for a walk around the lake, and took in the scenery and cindyl took lots of photos (good thing someone was willing to lend a camera, eh?).

The wind was up late in the afternoon, which felt good but made fishing not much of an option. It wasn't so bad on the west end of Morton Lake, sheltered from the wind by Kinnikinick Dam, but no luck with even a bite today. Just before dark the wind settled down so I went up over the dam to the big lake and put in a couple lines but no luck there either.
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Jun 15 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Upper Lemmon Canyon & PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2013
southpawaz
Hiking8.01 Miles 1,831 AEG
Hiking8.01 Miles
1,831 ft AEG
 
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Cindyl picked this one out for us this weekend, and with her assurance that she had been there twice, I pulled a couple waypoints out of an old forum thread and off we went (didn't catch the hike description since I looked under L and not U). We took our time going up Marshall Gulch, with stops for a number of flower pics, and were glad that the crowds thinned out after we hit the Wilderness of Rocks Trail.

As we worked our way down towards the waypoint I had, I was starting to wonder if there was going to be much if any water in the pool, as the creek along the way was mostly dry. As we approached the waypoint I had marked, cindyl said we were getting close, and indeed we were. When we got to the creek crossing where we were supposed to start down, however, she wasn't sure we were in the right place. We made our way down a short way and realized that following the creek down wasn't going to work out too well for us, so we climbed up on the southeast side and stayed high. Eventually we caught sight of a bit of trail (which was the way she had been before) and made our way to the waypoint for the pool. Before dropping down, we followed the trail to its end at a cool little campsite above the pool.

We sat and enjoyed the pool for a nice break, entertained by a pair of red dragonflies, before climbing up and back out. Rather than going out the way we had come in, we stayed high on easier terrain and made a beeline for a spot on my GPS track to get back on trail.

On the way out, we passed by a large group of backpackers settling in at a nice spot where there had just been a pair starting to set up on the way down. We paused for a break not far past the site, and met @MrBadBern and @My Joseph, who had hiked down with the group but weren't staying, as they started back out to the trailhead. We followed along at our own pace, and eventually made it back out and headed back down to town.
Fauna
Fauna
Dragonfly
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Culture
Fire Lookout Structures
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Jun 09 2013
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58 male
 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2013
southpawaz
Hiking8.00 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
550 ft AEG
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After fishing and camping at Bear Canyon Lake on Saturday, we drove over to hike this trail today. To hit a good distance for an out and back hike, we started at the trail's crossing of FR 139A and hiked north to Pinchot Cabin, then back. As soon as we reached the first spring ("Houston Draw Head") along the trail, there was water flowing down the draw most of the way, with a dry spot for a ways just above the Pinchot Springs. There were plenty of flowers for cindyl to take pictures of, so we took our time along the way, stopping to look for a few survey monuments along the route. We came up empty on the monuments themselves, but I did find blazed and scribed bearing tree accessories for two of them.

We enjoyed seeing the cabins at Aspen Spring and the Pinchot site. Domestic Irises around the chimney at Aspen Spring are in full bloom, and we spotted a couple red Columbine growing out of the rocks at the spring there. We took a break at the Pinchot Cabin before turning around and heading back the way we came. By the time we reached the truck it had gotten pretty warm out, though not nearly as hot as it was down in the Valley.

We took the long way around going out, driving north up FRs 139 and 95 to stop at Moqui Fire Lookout Tower on our way out to the Highway. We had a great visit there with the longtime lookout (on her last day in this tower before starting a two month assignment in the Blue Ridge Ranger Station) before heading home.
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Both springs flowing.
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Jun 08 2013
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 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
Bear Canyon Lake, AZ
 
Fishing avatar Jun 08 2013
southpawaz
Fishing
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WE drove up Friday afternoon arriving around 7:15 and got a spot in the campground so we were able to get up early and down to the lake for a prime spot in the morning. Lots of activity on the lake today, with a group of 20 or so Girl Scouts trying out canoeing, other kayakers and canoe paddlers out fishing or just cruising and lots of people fishing as well. Three trout caught in the morning: two holdovers on bait and one fresh stocker on a lure, the latter got a reprieve since it was on the small side. We went back up to camp for a siesta and almost immediately began regretting having camped there as Saturday arrivals packed in on both sides of our spot. Should have gone for a spot in the dispersed area along the main road out towards the power lines.

Back down to the lake for an afternoon session, which brought just one more trout caught, another small one on a lure which again got turned back. Didn't see very many other people catching anything so I was glad to have gotten four. Unfortunately cindyl came away empty handed for the day, but we had a good time and it was a treat to watch a pair of ospreys fishing in the late afternoon.
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Bear Canyon Lake
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May 27 2013
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58 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sugarloaf Mountain 7310 - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2013
southpawaz
Hiking2.00 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
480 ft AEG
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After breaking down camp in Pinery Canyon, we decided to drive up and do this quick hike before heading back to town. We'd both done it before, but cindyl hadn't been inside the Lookout Cabin so we were hoping there would be a lookout on duty so we could visit. Alas, the parking lot was empty, as was the Lookout so we just enjoyed the views and then headed back down the way we came. Quite a different variety of wildflowers here than we saw on our other two hikes of the weekend.
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May 26 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2013
southpawaz
Hiking8.94 Miles 3,124 AEG
Hiking8.94 Miles
3,124 ft AEG
 
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I've been wanting to do this hike for a while and when friends posted a campout event in the Chiricahuas for the holiday weekend, we decided to head down and then picked out this hike as our main event.

After our warmup hike (mostly) through a burn area the day before, we were glad to crest over Onion Saddle and drive down into the less fire-touched east side of the mountains. Before hitting the trail, we stopped in at the Visitors Center to say hi and see the snakes, in hopes that they would be the only ones we would see. The Mohave and Diamondback Rattlers were particularly riled up today, both buzzing as soon as we stepped into their corner.

With that out of the way (it worked - no snakes on the trail), we drove back over to the trailhead, geared up and set off. We were a bit late getting out and for the lower section it was a little hot but as we made our way steadily up, the temperature started dropping and by the time we started the final set of switchbacks the temperature was pretty pleasant.

We passed by the intact storage shed and outhouse, only to come around the last corner and find stairs (!?!). I guess it was necessary, with the Lookout Tower having been built up on the rocky crag, so we climbed on up, dropped our packs and relaxed. The views from here are stunning, all the way around, and with its grasses still green, Rustler Park looked, well, parkish.

It was a bit windy up on top and the breeze felt good, but after a break and a snack it was time to head down. The afternoon sun put a nice face on some of the cliffs that hadn't seemed so interesting in the morning, and we made our way back around The Fingers out to the exposed area of the trail in good time. Hot again, but we were going downhill, and it wasn't too long before we were back at the truck enjoying ice cold drinks.

The drive back over to Pinery Canyon gave us a chance to stop and enjoy a view of our conquest in the full afternoon sun, and we were soon back at camp for dinner and a very nice evening friends around the (gas) campfire.
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Benchmark
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Named place
Rustler Park Silver Peak
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May 25 2013
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58 male
 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Pinery Horsefall/Horsefall Cyn Shuttle, AZ 
Pinery Horsefall/Horsefall Cyn Shuttle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 25 2013
southpawaz
Hiking6.83 Miles 1,392 AEG
Hiking6.83 Miles
1,392 ft AEG
 
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I was looking for a warmup hike for us to do prior to Silver Peak on Sunday, and I noticed this trail on the map just up the road from our planned campsite. No HAZ triplogs and no update on the Forest Service site as to post-Horseshoe 2 conditions, but we decided to go for it anyway. After driving down from Tucson, setting up camp and visiting a bit with our weekend companions, we drove up the road and set off.

The lower part of the trail follows Pinery Creek, which was wet in spots and Yellow Monkey Flowers abounded. The trail was good and easy to follow despite an evident lack of use once we were past the first quarter mile or so. A majority of the area covered by this trail burned in the Horseshoe 2 fire, but deadfall has been cleared from the trail and we saw signs of tread repair in a few spots.

We made our way up and over the Ridge into Horsefall Canyon and paused for a quick stop to check out Iron Spring before heading up the rest of the way to Jhus Horse Saddle, our turnaround point for the hike. We thought briefly about continuing on along the Shaw Peak Trail to Shaw Peak, but decided to save ourselves for Sunday. Before we headed down, we spotted a couple pallets of barbed wire fencing that had been helicopter dropped into the saddle, apparently for repairs remaining to be done.

As we headed down, I proposed an alternate return route, following Horsefall Canyon all the way out to North Fork. It looked on the map like there was one steep section so we weren't sure if we'd cliff out or not but we decided to give it a go. We did hit a couple spots where we encountered small drops that we decided to traverse around (they were probably butt-slideable but cindyl bruises easily :( ). After the canyon widened out, we soon found ourselves at Monkey Tank, where we picked up FR 709 for an easy walk out the rest of the way to Headquarters Windmill. From there it was just a bit further down FR 356 back to our camp near the junction of FR 356 and FR 42. I caught a RZR ride back up to get the the truck while cindyl got started on her post-hike beverage and then we had dinner and a nice evening with friends back in camp.

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Springbox full but not flowing.

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Dry.

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Headquarters Windmill pumping at a good flow.
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May 18 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mount UnionPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2013
southpawaz
Hiking4.53 Miles 1,642 AEG
Hiking4.53 Miles
1,642 ft AEG
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First time hiking with a HAZ group and it was a fun day. I had visited these two peaks before, but not with the climb up from Potato Patch. Enjoyed the "route" we took, until it disappeared. Nice to meet everyone and hope to see you all on the trail again.
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May 11 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
A.B. Young Trail #100Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2013
southpawaz
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,002 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
2,002 ft AEG
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After visiting Buck Mountain Lookout a couple weeks back, we noticed another wooden Lookout Tower on the list (this one) so we put it on our to do list and it went to the top of the list when we saw the hiking trail up to it. After lots of miles but almost no AEG last weekend in Aravaipa, we headed north to get a some AEG on this trail without a whole lot of miles.

The change of the Bootlegger area from campground to day use has made staging this hike a lot easier. There were several other groups in the area wondering about where the trailhead was (obviously non-HAZers!) and we directed them as best we could. We made our way down, crossed the creek and came up right at the trail sign, so I guess it wasn't that hard to find.

We took our time grinding up the hill, through a plethora of Arizona Penstemons which lined the trail heavily through the middle third of the hike. At higher elevations, we saw some Firecracker Penstemons mixed in as well, and the chirps of buzzing hummingbirds was almost constant as we made our way up.

We took a break after attaining the rim, then moseyed on up to the Lookout Tower. The lookout had just come on duty for the season this week, and we had a nice visit with him. About the only color we saw up on top was a bunch of Claret Cup Hedgehogs in the immediate vicinity of the tower. After a lengthy break, we headed back down, passing a couple of other groups on their way up.

About the only downside to this hike was having to hear the traffic on 89 while going up and down.
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Trail heavily lined with Arizona Penstemons.
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May 03 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar May 03 2013
southpawaz
Backpack21.00 Miles 300 AEG
Backpack21.00 Miles2 Days   3 Hrs      
300 ft AEG
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cindyl
We were fortunate to be able to fill out a couple extra spots on a permit obtained by Robin, with enough notice for me to be able to amass what gear I needed for my first backpack in more than 30 years. We picked Robin up just after 0500 and were on the trail just after 0700.

We took our time on the way in, stopping for a break to take a peek a short way in to Hell's Half Acre Canyon. Shortly thereafter, cindyl and Robin got another break while I ran back for my camera, which had fallen off my pack belt at the first break. It was good to do a little bit with the pack off there and stretch my legs out a bit moving faster.

Robin led the hike for most of the way and guided us to her favorite camping spot, just west of Horse Camp Canyon. We relaxed and set up camp there, did some exploring and chatted briefly with some of the other groups coming in for the weekend. Eventually dinner time came around and then we sat and chatted for a while before heading to bed.

Saturday's main event was a day hike upstream to Hell's Hole Canyon, where we hiked in as far as the spring, I'm guessing a mile and a half or so in from the confluence. Robin decided to explore upcanyon a bit further, while cindyl and I started back. Lots of different flowers in Hell's Hole than the main canyon, so cindyl had lots of pictures to take. I had tagged a waypoint of a nice deep pool for a dip in the main canyon on the way back, but unfortunately there was a day hiking group of 4 there with a dog and we didn't want to get into it with them, so we kept on going instead. Back at camp we relaxed, filtered water and eventually got around to dinner and a small campfire before knocking off.

Sunday morning we got up, broke camp and headed out, finishing off a wonderful weekend with lunch at La Casita in Mammoth. This is such an awesome place, and we hit it just right with perfect weather. I can't wait to come back and see it all again and more.
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Apr 27 2013
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Monte Vista LOT via Pole Bridge/Morse, AZ 
Monte Vista LOT via Pole Bridge/Morse, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
southpawaz
Hiking11.16 Miles 3,330 AEG
Hiking11.16 Miles
3,330 ft AEG
 
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Two years ago I had plans to hike to this tower from the south, but by the time the scheduled weekend came around the Horseshoe 2 Fire was in full fury. The Forest Service honored our reservation for the Rucker group site (though with a switch in location), so we spent a weekend camped on the side of the road east of Fort Rucker, watching the fire crews trying to hold a fire line along the crest of Raspberry Ridge. The Monte Vista Tower was a focal point, as they were using the area around it as a helipad to shuttle personnel up onto the mountain.

Cindyl and I chose a different route than I had planned then, and a different one than she had done previously. We drove in and set up camp Saturday morning at the Sycamore Campground, then walked down the road just a bit to get to the Pole Bridge Trailhead. From there we followed the Pole Bridge Trail up and then around to the south end of Johnson Peak, where we picked up the Turtle Mountain Trail which took us around to the Tower. Both trails have been cleared of deadfall since the fire, though there was just a little bit of new deadfall from the past winter. Pole Bridge Canyon did not burn too badly, but at a few of the creek crossings the trail was hard to spot due to severe post-fire erosion and rock deposition.

Once we got up to where we had a view, we passed through some areas that burned more severely; in spots new pines have come up. Parts of the Turtle Mountain Trail were little more than a foot's width of tread or less traversing slopes that have lost all their soil. Our first view of the Lookout Tower came before we reached Johnson Peak, but we still had a fair ways to go around to get there. Once we passed the Morse Canyon Junction, we saw signs of recent stock travel on the trail, and soon thereafter we met a trio on their way down from the tower who passed on the good news that a lookout was on duty.

We reached the tower and after looking around a bit, we were invited up and had a nice visit with the lookout and his two dogs, who had just gone on duty for the season yesterday. A longtime Douglas District employee, he had been stationed at Barfoot Lookout prior to the Horseshoe 2 fire.

After our visit we started back down the way we had come up, until we reached the Morse Canyon Trail, which we headed down to loop our hike. We made good time going down, stopping a few times for flower photos along the way. Once we reached the trailhead, we had about a mile left of road walk back to the campground. Due to a bit of a late start, we had only pitched the tent when we arrived, so we finished setting up camp, and had dinner cooked and eaten before sundown.
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Apr 21 2013
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Ashurst LakeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2013
southpawaz
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Spent the night in the (not yet officially open for the season) Forked Pine campground, then fished in the morning. Slow at first, then three bites quickly in succession and then two nice holdover rainbows (14" and 15") one right after the other. Slowed down again after that so we decided to move on towards Flagstaff.
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Apr 21 2013
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Walnut CanyonFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2013
southpawaz
Hiking1.00 Miles 250 AEG
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I'd been here once before but the Island Trail was closed for construction at the time, so when cindyl said she had never been here, we drove over and walked it today before driving back down the hill to Phoenix.
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Apr 20 2013
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Apache Maid Mountain, AZ 
Apache Maid Mountain, AZ
 
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Hiking3.60 Miles 680 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
680 ft AEG
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I drove up to the top in 2011 when the Lookout Tower here was occupied, but it is not yet in service this year so the road was gated. We parked at the gate and walked up the road, with cindyl stopping along the way for some flower photos. Highlight of the walk up was four Javelinas crossing the road ahead of us. We spent some time searching for the USGS triangulation station that I had missed when I was here previously, but we didn't locate it even with having found the reference mark. Walked back down the way we came, then drove over to Buck Mountain to visit that tower, taking FR 229 across.
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Apr 20 2013
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Buck Mountain, AZ 
Buck Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2013
southpawaz
Hiking1.50 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
320 ft AEG
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After a drive across FR 229 (some fun 4x4 in spots) from Apache Maid Mountain, we found the road up to the Buck Mountain Lookout Tower gated as well. I had walked up this one last year from further out, during monsoon season with the road totally muddy. Today we parked at the gate and walked the shorter than listed road (sign says 1 mile) up to view this nice wooden tower. After checking things out, we headed back the way we came and made our way to Ashurst Lake for the evening.
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Apr 13 2013
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 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Phantom Ranch via S Kaibab/Bright Angel, AZ 
Phantom Ranch via S Kaibab/Bright Angel, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2013
southpawaz
Hiking17.20 Miles 4,741 AEG
Hiking17.20 Miles   7 Hrs   23 Mns   2.50 mph
4,741 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I've been wanting to do this hike for a couple of years now and a window opened up for this weekend so I went for it. The window improved when Bossman turned me loose at 11:00 on Friday so I was able to get up early and set up camp and relax a bit while it was still light. I was shooting for a 6:00 start time but with the vagueness of the shuttle schedule ("every half hour") and a little bit of slowness in getting ready, I arrived at the trailhead about 6:10 and set off.

Before taking 30 steps down the trail, a gust of wind blew my hat off my head, fortunately to the uphill side so it was easily retrieved. A quarter mile down, I reached up to grab my sunglasses from above the brim of my hat... and quickly turned around to head back up to retrieve them. Fortunately I found them quickly and then went back up to reset the GPS and restart the hike, now a half hour later than I had hoped for.

Actually, this turned out to be somewhat of a blessing, as the cluster of people who rode the same shuttle had started to spread out, and I charged down the hill passing most of them quickly. I'd hiked as far as Skeleton Point previously, so other than a few quick photos I covered the familiar ground as fast as I could. As I got down towards O'Neill Butte, I started passing people from the previous shuttle cluster, and finally the last of them, a large group of 10 just past Skeleton Point. I had the trail more to myself from there (finally, a chance to pee!), and crossed paths with a doe that was wanting to go up the trail until she saw me. She retreated down one switchback and then went off the point of it, looking for another route.

Once I passed The Tipoff, I could hear the river, and then it came into view for a bit. Almost there, but not quite. I was glad to be descending this part and not going up it. Finally I reached Black Bridge and then took my time the rest of the way to Phantom Ranch, reading some interpretive signs and searching out a few features. I dropped my gear on one of the tables outside the Canteen right around 9:00, and went inside to get a refreshing lemonade ("I'm sure there's nothing in this that's good for me..."), which I drank while cleaning out my boots and having a snack. A trio that had hiked down ahead of me were at the other table, doing the same hike as I was, preparing themselves for the climb back up.

As I started back out, I passed by a couple rangers waiting near the helipad along with a dude with his foot in a cast (bummer!). The helicopter came in just as I reached Silver Bridge; it was cool to see it come in and land. Four rafts went by just after I crossed the bridge, and they were landed on the beach near Pipe Creek by the time I got there. The trio from the Canteen passed my by when I stopped to check out the old rest house above there, but they never got too far ahead of me so I had something to focus on as the trail started climbing. Not too many people on the trail along until Indian Gardens, and Garden Creek was flowing most of the way so that was nice too.

I knew I shouldn't have been, but I was surprised to see the large number of people at Indian Garden. By now it was 11:30 and I was fully into grind mode, so I took a very short break to fill up a water bottle and stand in the shade for a minute. I finally passed the trio from the Canteen here as they took a longer break. With all the people on the trail from here on up, I just kept grinding it out, with just a short stop at each of the two Resthouses. When I was 9, our family had hiked as far as the 3 Mile Resthouse, and not far up from there I passed a family of 5 whose kids were about the ages we were way back when, which brought back some memories.

A friend has a saying, "When you start smelling perfume, you know you're almost done" and that proved to be the case today. I topped out just before 2PM, which left me plenty of time to ride the shuttle around, drink some coffee and pig out on a big dinner. Unfortunately, the wind kicked up in the afternoon so I forewent a campfire, and crawled into the tent early to relax and recuperate a bit before falling asleep.
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