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Dec 11 2011
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Sonoran Preserve Summit 2227' Dixie, AZ 
Sonoran Preserve Summit 2227' Dixie, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.06 Miles 665 AEG
Hiking3.06 Miles   1 Hour      3.06 mph
665 ft AEG
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From the Desert Vista Trailhead this new trail climbs steadily to a trail junction saddle loaded with cholla. It then leaves the residential views behind and heads toward the highest peak in the area. The summit is rocky with a great seat and backrest about 8 feet north of the highest point. Aside from the last .22 miles that lead to the summit, this trail is smooth and popular with mountain bikes, and the return trip down is a great no-pedal roller-coaster. I bagged this peak almost 10 years ago, sat in the very same spot, and the view has hardly changed!
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Nov 23 2011
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain Loop, AZ 
Sunrise Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking4.20 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs      2.80 mph
420 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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This is the peak directly south of West Wing Mountain. I did the "difficult" loop, starting at the rec center just north of West Wing Elementary. The trail has some nice boulder field sections, and is constantly going up and down, so if you want a fun cardio, this is it. On the other hand, your views are mostly houses, and the road noise is significant.
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Nov 19 2011
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
West Wing Mountain Loop, AZ 
West Wing Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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Took the "Easy" sections to do a loop, covering the remainder of the trails at West Wing Mountain. I prefer the "extreme", as the easy faces the subdivision to the south and has a lot of road noise.
Word to the wise - the small cave you will come across on the south flank, about 1 mile from the trailhead may look interesting, but the 15 foot scramble up loose rock will only reward you with a bee hive and no way to exit quickly. Fortunately they were in a good mood.
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Nov 13 2011
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
West Wing MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking2.90 Miles 458 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour      2.90 mph
458 ft AEG
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Did "Extreme" loop, checking out west summit spurs, and both central summits. Fascinating to do this hike on the new trail after bagging this peak on a rainy day almost a decade ago before there was even any houses in the area. Great geology, great little summits, beautiful lime green lichen. Easily one of the best short trails in Phoenix.
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Nov 06 2011
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
New River Mesa West, AZ 
New River Mesa West, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking4.30 Miles 995 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   2 Hrs      2.15 mph
995 ft AEG
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Table Mesa Road east from I-17, found a washed out spur heading south at the saddle before Cholla Spring. Great hike, but not vehicle passable (rockcrawler maybe). Faded after achieving New River Mesa summit plateau. Hiked to south rim of west arm of mesa, nice rock slab seating and views. Water still in tinajas from recent rains,weather crisp and clear. Loamy soil like walking on foam. Quiet.
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May 06 2011
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Saddle Mountain Summit - Sunflower, AZ 
Saddle Mountain Summit - Sunflower, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 06 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,946 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
1,946 ft AEG
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Beeline Highway to Sycamore Creek exit, then toward Sunflower Mine, taking the forest road that crosses the creek and proceeds up to the Saddle Mountain Trailhead. Parked at wilderness boundary and continued on foot. Nice hike with conifers and blooms. Left trail at side spur leading to "potato patch", and bushwacked up the southern slope. Catclawed, steep, loose, overgrown pain in my ass. Summit was kind of nice with some big boulders but no summit register, though there was a second summit to the northeast that may have had one. Hard to tell which was higher, but at this point I was done. Maybe the worst summit yet. I had long pants, sleeves and gloves,and still came back riddled with scrapes and puncture wounds. Give me a true desert peak any day; too lush up here.
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Apr 16 2011
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Picacho Peak Treasure, AZ 
Red Picacho Peak Treasure, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.00 Miles 852 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
852 ft AEG
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I noticed two rock cairns last time when attempting Red Picacho Peak, and they piqued my curiosity. No trail, no obvious destination. I returned and followed them up the southern flank of the peak to a ridge defining the west drainage at about 33.57.526 N by 112.31.053 W, where I found a double cairn leading to a stone wall with a 1 foot diameter hole at chest height. Treasure! The hole went in about 2 feet and turned, so I reached in with a flash camera and took a picture of what was around the corner, hoping to see what the trail led to. Nothing. Who went through all the work to mark this route? What was in the hole at one time?
So many questions. An adventure none the less.
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Apr 09 2011
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Picacho - Hieroglyphic MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking2.60 Miles 1,128 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   3 Hrs      0.87 mph
1,128 ft AEG
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Approached on Castle Hot Springs Road from Morristown. Cows with feeding babies and 2 wild (?)horses on the way in. High clearance but no 4WD drive neeeded to get to mining camp south of Red Picacho. Two open shafts going down at 45 degrees in the hillside. Followed slope towards Picacho, circling the summit mesa in a clockwise direction to the saddle on the east side. There was snow and icicles on the saguaro, and low-flying clouds came and went, completely blocking visibility at times. The last 40 feet or so was maybe 5.5 climbing with significant exposure. The rock was wet and cold, so I passed. Descended the southeast slope, somewhat steep and loose, with cholla and catclaw. I hate catclaw almost as much as cholla. An abandoned camper shell at the camp read "**** Star Trailer - Directed by S.C. and Pimp Daddy". Nice.
Came back on Picacho wash 4WD trail. Awesome narrow canyon with great geology and fairly clear. High clearance and 4WD necessary. Opened to smooth, sandy wash joining graded road back to Carefree highway. Wild Burrow on the way out. A perfect day!
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Mar 04 2011
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon Loop, AZ 
Grand Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 04 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Backpack30.00 Miles 4,790 AEG
Backpack30.00 Miles3 Days         
4,790 ft AEG
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South Kaibab was snow and ice for the first mile, so I slipped on my Yaktrax. I usually backpack with trekking poles, but wanted to go extra light on this trip. Cool grotto just within the backcountry border on the Tonto. First night at Lonetree. Nice flat ledge and plenty of clear water. Met a couple in their 50's, along with three Amish (?) women in full length dresses!
Second night on the plateau on the east mouth of Grapevine 20 feet from the inner gorge. Killer views! One of the best sites ever.
Day three brought dark clouds and high winds as I made my way up the west side of Horseshoe Mesa to the shrine where that guy pushed his wife over the edge. Creepy vibe in the screaming wind. As I neared the top of Grandview, I really started to wish I had my trekking poles, as the hardpack snow trail was like smooth ice in sections, much worse than the SK. Hitched a ride back to the truck and left the park to sleep free in the woods outside Tusayan. A warm dinner and some potent potables were followed by a night in my tent under rain, sleet, and hail. I was as snug as a bug in a rug with my air mattress and pillow from home. Car camping has its advantages!
Video production done with our old video camera and Pinnacle software - http://youtu.be/fxKyH8IH66I
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Aug 08 2010
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Mescal Mountain, AZ 
Mescal Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2010
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.50 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs      1.75 mph
890 ft AEG
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Spent the night in the back of my Taco at the the Dry Creek Road Trailhead - on the trail before first light. Great native ruins in north-east facing cliff face on the way up. Incredible stone-slab sitting circle at the saddle before the summit. I am a firm believer in "Leave No Trace", but this was pretty cool. Took a while bush-whacking to find the crack leading to the summit (sorry, no GPS on this one). No exposure and 5.3 climbing at best. Killer views of the southern formation from the edge of the flat summit. Great hike.
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Aug 07 2010
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Munds Mountain, AZ 
Munds Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2010
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,913 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.75 mph
1,913 ft AEG
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I-17 to Schnebly Hill Road. Beautiful drive to Schnebly Hill Vista. Parked and proceeded on linked trails leading to Munds Mountain. Summit was flat and had obscured views, but future campsite on the approach was world-class. Returned in the dark (late start), and watched the moon rise over the Sedona city lights from the Vista while enjoying a Dos Equis Lager. Life is indeed good.
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Jul 10 2010
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Adobe Mountain, AZ 
Adobe Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2010
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking1.30 Miles 360 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles      45 Mns   1.73 mph
360 ft AEG
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Bopped up to Adobe Summit and this crested saguaro after a summer rain. Double Rainbow! OMG!
How much do I love living here?
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[ checklist ]  Rainbow
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Apr 09 2010
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2010
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,957 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   3 Hrs      1.60 mph
1,957 ft AEG
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Plenty of hard pack snow left. The chute leading to the summit was managed with kicking in steps and an improvised wooden ice-axe. The rock is somewhat loose as well. Kind of dicey in my opinion.
Met Mark and Clint on the way up, both experienced and good company.
Lady bugs everywhere!
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Dec 18 2009
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Big Eye Mine Kofa, AZ 
Big Eye Mine Kofa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2009
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
200 ft AEG
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Abandoned but maintained cabin makes for an awesome shelter. Horizontal mineshaft had unprotected vertical shafts and signs of some collapse, I passed.
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Dec 17 2009
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Signal Peak 4877 - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2009
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.25 Miles 2,010 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles
2,010 ft AEG
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Great peak. Frozen water in tinajas. Didn't see a soul all day. Faint or multiple faint trails at times, topo a must. Killer views. Ten Ewe Mountain looks like a great bag.
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Dec 16 2009
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2009
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking1.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
400 ft AEG
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The route up on the left(west) involved some steep rock, but from the palms you can squeeze through a narrow opening to descend a loose chute to the east that has no real exposure.
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Jul 22 2009
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
White Tanks Peak 2432', AZ 
White Tanks Peak 2432', AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2009
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.00 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
570 ft AEG
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Access via Sun Valley parkway. Started early to beat the heat, watching the sun come up as I approached the summit. Main peak has nice views, but smaller knob to the southwest is an awesome dome worth checking out. Both are easy scrambles with no exposure and only a few hundred elevation gain. Saw a desert tortoise on the way down making his way somewhere. If I had the time I would have loved to follow him and see where he was going.
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Apr 19 2009
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 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunflower Mine, AZ 
Sunflower Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2009
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking5.00 Miles 641 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
641 ft AEG
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Parked next to the flowing Sycamore Creek and proceeded on foot 2.5 miles from the Mine remains. Beautiful small waterfalls, green glens, one 50' horizonatal mine, a very old pickup cab, and the Sunflower itself. Fascinating mercury extracting equipment and ruins.
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Aug 25 2008
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Mt Whitney Loop, CA 
Mt Whitney Loop, CA
 
Backpack avatar Aug 25 2008
BarrettTriplogs 286
Backpack47.00 Miles 9,746 AEG
Backpack47.00 Miles4 Days         
9,746 ft AEG
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It was my brother's turn to choose this years BroTrip itinerary - over the years the simple carcamps had grown to include backpacking the Bruce Peninsula and canoeing the Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada, and now he wanted to climb a mountain. So of course he wanted to climb the highest in the lower 48, and throw in another 14'er on the way. Why start small - life is short :) .
After picking him up in Vegas from his flight from Michigan, we cruised through Death Valley for the old "laying down in the lowest point in the U.S." picture, and then on to Turtle Creek Campground (5000')for the first night. We packed up before dawn to watch the sunrise from the incredible Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine, and then up to Whitney Portal to drop off the Taco and meet our shuttle driver. Robert W. Ennis,(rwennis@lonepinetv.com)picked us up in his van, and we headed of toward Horseshoe Meadow (10,400') campground. He was fully licensed, knowledgable, and friendly - which are all important things to look for before climbing into a stranger's van.
After a good night's sleep, we headed out with our 45 pound packs, bear canisters lashed on top, into the John Muir Wilderness. The air was cool and crisp as we slowly wound through the spiralled conifers, crossing small streams as we climbed above the treeline. Our first day was only about 8 miles, landing us at Long Lake (11,400'), near the base of the New Army Pass. We set up the tent in the huddle of trees at the end of the lake and ate dinner as the wind picked up.
The next morning the wind had stopped and Long Lake was a giant mirror as we hit the trail up New Army Pass. After reaching the top, we could see our day's destination to the north - Mt. Langley (14,027'). We left the trail and scrambled up the low-angle scree towards the jumble of huge rocks that make up the summit slope. We spent at least an hour trying to pick the best spot to breach the 50' or so of near-vertical that led to the relatively flat summit plateau. We found one that only required a few moves at 5.4 or so, and we were on our way. A short while later we stood at the summit, taking in the big views in every direction. My brother's first mountain, and it's a fourteener! We cruised down and regained the trail, taking it to Soldier Lake(10,624'), where we enjoyed the cool water and a hearty dinner.
Day three began with deer feeding in the early light as we donned our packs and headed towards Guyot Pass via the Rock Creek Trail. Our destination was Guitar Lake, far less AEG than our first two days, but 13 miles away. By time we reached our camp, I was bushed, staying awake only long enough to take a quick bath in the frigid water, followed by a nice warm dinner of Mountain House. The sunset's golden glow lit the high walls around us, true alpine beauty!
Day 4 dawned and we began the switchbacks leading up to the Whitney saddle, where we dumped our packs along side about 10 others, and continued on with a daypack and full pockets. The trail from this point is incredible, winding through killer views and vertical rock. Soon we were at the summit (14,505'), along with about a dozen others, high-fiving and feeling good.
After relaxing awhile, we headed down to the packs and began our descent towards Whitney Portal. I started to feel the toll again from the altitude and mileage, and the descent was relentless. My legs were jelly by time we reached Whitney Portal, where the famous hamburger was joined by an extremely satisfying malt beverage. 47 miles later, our packs now closer to 35 pounds, we put our feet up and shared stories with the other patrons. It turned out that they needed a ride down to Lone Pine, so 4 hikers with packs loaded into the back of the Taco, along with our packs and two large Action Packers. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies as we low-geared down to the Dow Motel, where a hot tub, pool, and additional malt beverages awaited. A perfect end to an exhausting but memorable trip. :D
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[ checklist ]  Mount Langley 14,032ft
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[ checklist ]  Sunrise
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Jan 19 2008
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2008
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
1,700 ft AEG
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Nice trail, new green groundcover, ice on puddles. Final ascent had some golfball slopes; you can do everything right and still end up on your tucus. Great view of Castle Hot Springs.
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average hiking speed 1.88 mph
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