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Aug 20 2016
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Sunrise Loop, AZ 
Thunderbird Sunrise Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.40 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.20 mph
550 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Typical Saturday morning, up 1 hour before dawn, arrive at summit with the first rays. Both the Arrowhead/Coachwhip and H4 loops allow you to descend and return in total shade. :)
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Aug 17 2016
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Sunset Loop, AZ 
Thunderbird Sunset Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.40 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.20 mph
550 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 no routes
Partners none no partners
Having fallen into a summer rut of one Saturday morning cardio a week, I sucked it up and headed out for a Wednesday sunset Arrowhead/Coachwhip loop. The wind was gusting 20-30 mph, but the funnel created at the western lower summit was driving at 40, maybe 50. :y: My wet cotton shirt did the trick and I was rewarded with yet another great Monsoon sunset.
Meteorology
Meteorology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Crepuscular rays
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Aug 04 2016
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Bennett Arboretum, MI 
Bennett Arboretum, MI
 
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
200 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
In a five day return to southeastern Michigan, I was able to spend an afternoon recreating some photos I had from the 80's that I took in the Bennett Arboretum. Located in Cass Benton, near the end of the infamous Edward Hines Drive in Northville, it was the first arboretum in Michigan, with the original 470 trees planted around 1936. Although only 103 remain today, it is still an amazing place. A cross country course figure-eights through the area, but much of the surface is mown grass, so you can wander freely.
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Jun 04 2016
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Tramonto TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2016
Barrett
Hiking1.92 Miles 540 AEG
Hiking1.92 Miles   1 Hour      1.92 mph
540 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Up at 4:15 to beat the heat. Took a chance parking at the Via Aquila Park, as there were signs everywhere saying you had to be a resident or get towed. Rabbits made the morning rounds as I headed toward the 2225' spur, finding this end of the trail quieter and more scenic than the east half.
Summited just as the sun rose :) , once again copping the comfy seat for a break. This time I heard voices, popping up to meet Eric and Zach, two guys in their 20's out to bag a few of the peaks in this end of the park. After chatting a bit and filling them in on HAZ, they continued on.
On my way back I spent some time at a great outcropping on 2225's SW slope, obviously a popular party spot as indicated by the amount of trash. People.
Returned to the truck, having only spent maybe 10 minutes in the sun. Morning mountain shade on a 116 degree forecast day rules.
Culture
Culture [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Trash Hauled Out
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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May 28 2016
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Tramonto TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2016
Barrett
Hiking3.80 Miles 981 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   2 Hrs      1.90 mph
981 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After noticing the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve map had added the Tramonto on the north side of the Carefree Highway, I pulled into the 6 car parking lot at the eastern end and headed out on the unmarked trail. I don't know if this trail is considered finished, but what it lacks in AEG it makes up for in a lack of switchbacks and steep, loose wash crossings, making this perhaps more difficult than the other trails in the park.
Took the spur up to 2225', finding a nice shady seat below the summit and enjoyed the quiet view until it was time to head down and return the way I came. I decided to return next week and do the trail from the west end, giving me enough info for a HAZ Description.
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Apr 17 2016
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
McDowell Meander, AZ 
McDowell Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2016
Barrett
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,377 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   2.21 mph
2,377 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Crzy4AZ
JasonCleghorn
SpiderLegs
Rolled into Tom's Thumb Trailhead with James 15 minutes before dawn and had the pleasure of meeting Jason Cleghorn and Crzy4AZ who were ready to rock. Enjoyed the golden granite glow as we headed up to the saddle, then on to bag East End. Windy up top but otherwise a very pleasant scramble.
Cruised over to Tom's Appendage where we split up, with Jason and Crzy going to check out The Overlook, and James and I headed for the Ogre's Den that is about 150 yards west. We arrived to find the Ogre in the middle of a taste comparison of Jameson's, Chivas Regal 12, Hamilton's Islay, Glenlivet 12, and Macallan 12 while enjoying his view. A fascinating story about Martin Luther and some nuns followed, capped by some Aussie Style Licorice and Glacier water.
Our group rejoined at Tom's Digit, then bopped over to the OTHER Ogre's Den that lies southeast of the saddle. I had never been to this one, and am curious how long it's been there. Very comfy.
Wonderful, cool weather. Hard blue skies. Fun company.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Feb 27 2016
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills Ridgeline, AZ 
Deem Hills Ridgeline, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2016
Barrett
Hiking3.00 Miles 551 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles      49 Mns   3.67 mph
551 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A dinner with 6 can be ruined by one annoying person. Most people are O.K., but often that's not enough.
15 years ago when I started hiking Thunderbird Park for my workouts, the trails had just the right amount of people to make it interesting. 1500 or so hikes later, I've decided to call my sacred Saturday quits due to trail congestion. I'm glad people want to hike, but I picked up 6 piles of fresh dog crap and confronted two bagless owners on my last two hikes there, the sound of tinny smartphone music players is a new and ridiculous trend, and the whole flag thing is just growing old.
Fast forward to Deem Hills Ridgeline - summit and halfway down without a soul in sight. A reasonable amount of old poop. No awful music. No flag.
Sunrises are a lot like dinners.
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Jan 16 2016
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Daburu, AZ 
Thunderbird Daburu, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2016
Barrett
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,112 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   3.44 mph
1,112 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Bringing the mileage back up after a lazy holidays. Two loops of Arrowhead/Coachwhip at dawn. Need to get ready for some bucket list hikes this Spring. :)
Shamed a bagless dog owner, straightened the chintzy PVC flagpole for the hundredth time, and picked up a small amount of trash. College girls played Techno(?) on crappy MP3 players, dogs slobbered and sniffed, and I ran into Beard Guy at the sunrise sleeping circle.
Perfect.
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Jan 01 2016
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
5th Annual New Years Day Topper, AZ 
5th Annual New Years Day Topper, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2016
Barrett
Hiking1.60 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles
1,050 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners 7 partners
kingsnake
Livi-Divvi
Oregon_Hiker
outdoor_lover
rayhuston
SpiderLegs
tibber
On my way down to pick up James and Olivia (aka Spiderlegs and Livi-Divvi), I could barely see the freeway message boards through the haze of wood smoke. I think they said something about it being a No Burn Day.
We arrived at the "trail head" right on time, did the intro thing, loaded up and headed up, enjoying perfect temps and zero snow this time. The route to the saddle had a few small sections of light brush, along with some medium steep loose ground, but otherwise straightforward and over in no time. From the saddle the boulders become larger and hands come into play, but no exposure and other than a handful of Cholla and Catclaw, the scramble was fairly pleasant. The summit ridge arrived, with great views and a 20-40 mph wind driving towards the very abrupt western cliff. After signing the register, we congregated below and away from the precipitous edge and broke out the bottles of Brut, Pam's home made oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries. :)
In the warming sun, we told stories and pointed at stuff, enjoying the summits ability to make any troubles below seem small. So many adventures could be seen from our vantage point, so many possible future memories.
Fortified, we began to head down. I went ahead to drop my pack at the saddle and bag 3048', a really nice scramble to a similar cliffy summit. I stayed on the east slope, and though steeper and rougher than Roblas proper, the rock was fairly solid and free of annoying flora.
After a quick pic, I headed down and rejoined the group. Soon we were at the vehicles, where we made another stab at the cookies and enjoyed some post hike brews.
Another successful New Years Day Hike - thanks again to Pam for putting it all together. Looking back at all 5, the list of attendees reads like a Who's Who of HAZ, from the Ultra Hikers to the newest of the new (welcome Livi-Divvi!)
HAZzy New Year everyone!
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Culture [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Throwing a Wendy
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Nov 27 2015
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Friday Plan B, AZ 
Black Friday Plan B, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2015
Barrett
Hiking2.20 Miles 770 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   2 Hrs      1.10 mph
770 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
My Black Friday Plan A was to bag Peak 3235', smack dab in the middle of Hells Canyon Wilderness. I rolled up 20 minutes before sunrise to where I had planned to park and begin the off trail approach, only to find new signage forbidding such plans. I kept driving, looking for alternatives, and only found more new signs. Realizing the only 2 official access points would make for lousy approaches, I parked and watched the sunrise over Lake Pleasant instead.
On the drive back home I decided on Plan B, parking at the Walkin' Jim trail head. I headed out, leaving the trail and heading for the small cuesta on the north side of Cottonwood Creek. The route up was nice - big, stable boulders, and the top had some decent views of the area, as well as some nice chalcedony. Another slightly higher cuesta was now visible to the northwest, so I dropped down and crossed the wash that separated the two, spooking some cows in the process. The route both down and up was not great - baseballs and cantaloupes, and I ended up taking a spill as one shot out from under my foot. After bagging number two, I slowly headed down and joined Cottonwood for the return back to the truck.
I don't know if I'll ever return to bag 3235'. In the last 14 years I've done most of the accessible peaks in the area, and every time it gets to be more of a hassle. 3465' is perhaps the only one worth a return trip - a great peak with pavement to the trailhead, a trail almost to the top, and never ever Black Friday crowds.
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Oct 26 2015
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Deer Creek / Thunder River AZ, AZ 
Deer Creek / Thunder River AZ, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 26 2015
Barrett
Backpack26.00 Miles 9,000 AEG
Backpack26.00 Miles4 Days         
9,000 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Day 1
Despite getting lost on the way to the trailhead by a Ranger supplied incorrect map, getting rained on at 1:30 am in the back of my pickup after a 4 day 0% chance forecast, and an aggravated nerve in my back from scar tissue sending flashes of pain through my shoulder and arm with each step, I made my way toward Monument Point in the dark with a smile on my face. The rain had stopped and the smells and sounds of the North Rim swirled around me, the Canyon to my left a beautiful abyss of silence, it's depth beyond the reach of my tiny headlamp. After 8 trips, my love for this place has only grown deeper. I hope someday to travel the world with my wife and see other amazing places, but I know now this will always be Home.
The down climb at the alcove wasn't bad - somewhat polished and slippery but big holds everywhere. I had planned on seeing the Esplanade in morning light, but unfortunately the overcast skies lent no color to the amazing sandstone. I kept an eye open for good camp sites for my return, and cached 3 x 32 oz. water bottles before I headed down the red wall. Surprise Valley was easy going, with the descent to Deer Spring punctuated with killer views and the wonderful arrival of the sound of falling water. I spent almost an hour and a half at the amazing Throne Room, enjoying the sound of Deer Spring as I had lunch, relaxed, and enjoyed all 12 thrones for good measure.
Heading down to Deer Creek I met 3 guys in their 20's from Kingman who had just passed Deer Spring without even stopping in (?). We would leapfrog for the rest of the day, with me moving faster but stopping often for pictures and video. The Patio arrived and did not disappoint my high expectations, the narrow ledges not as bad as I thought, and the down climb to Deer Creek Falls more work than I expected. After cooling off at the spectacular falls, I started back up, noticing the 3 guys trying to head east along the river. I asked them if they were trying to get to Lower Tapeats, and they said yes. After a short talk it was apparent how poorly prepared they were. No map, no information on the river route at all. I shared my info with them and we all hiked back up to the Patio for the River Route turnoff and headed toward camp as the inner canyon filled with shadow, and finally darkness. I reached Lower Tapeats at 6:20 pm, the 14 mile day taking it's toll, and I was in bed by 8.
Day 2
Woke up and met Frank, Kevin, and Mark while breaking camp. They were turning back on a loop attempt in the opposite direction. Frank was 71 and though quite the bad :pk: back in the day, he was really struggling. They informed me that Tapeats Creek was running high from all the rain, and the crossings impossible - requiring the far less desirable western route. I went up to the crossing just in case, but ended up opting for the west as well. Obnoxious. Huge up and downs with little forward travel, really steep, slippery off camber shale sections with lethal exposure. I was glad to reach Upper Tapeats Camp.
I had hoped to explore up the Creek, but with the high water I ended up spending the afternoon exploring the amphitheater above camp, as well as some serious housekeeping. The older trio arrived and hung out for a while. Fascinating group - ex-owner of an aerospace company, a CFO and a CEO, all involved in charities to help orphans from developing countries. One had a rescue farm with over 30 large animals, and another 3 adopted children from places including Kazakhstan.
Awesome to see rich people doing the Right Thing.
Humbling.
Day 3
Hit the trail and enjoyed early light on Thunder River. A perfect climax to the sound of water nonstop for the last 40 hours. What a place.
The relative quiet of Surprise Valley arrived, and then a trip up the red wall as the air warmed up. I picked up my water and was happy as a clam to find my 1st choice site not taken! Once again I had time to explore a bit - I have to say the views may not be as big on the 'Nade, but the terrain is awesome slickrock.
Had a great evening - my only decent sunset color, followed by a blast with camera and tripod, topped off with my only visible full moon rise for the trip!
Day 4
Up before dawn as usual, this time thanking my choice of campsite. The overhang provided shelter to break camp under the light rain that had begun. The trip up Bill Hall was really enjoyable - without any real wind I was able to use my GoLite umbrella. The gentle cadence of raindrops and footfall, the smell of evergreen and wet earth made for a perfect ending to the hike.

There are a few really good videos on YouTube of this hike. Solid camera work, informative maps and graphics, etc.
Mine isn't one of them. https://youtu.be/uq ... r2_c

Post Hike
Checked out Crazy Jug on the way out- very cool formations below and some good views of the canyon.
Checked into the North Rim Campground and took the Transept Trail to the Lodge. I had been here 40 years ago but don't remember much. Love the overlooks, Bright Angel Point kicks :pk: .
After a fizzle sunset, I invited some guys I met from the U.K., Colorado, and North Dakota over from their dark camps to my fire of dry wood I had brought up. Will was on Holiday with about 5K in camera gear, and Chris and Johnny were in AZ to see Tool in Phoenix. They had a bottle of Caduceus, and I some heavy Malbec, which paired perfectly with the cold wind and warm fire. The conversation flowed, with comparisons of Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer mixed in with explanations of white balance settings. Sufficiently toasted, we wandered off to tents when the wood ran out and the rain began anew. The wind picked up as well, and by morning a layer of ice covered everything as we all met for a sunrise jaunt out to the Point. Once again, cloud cover kind of killed it, and we all decided to hit the road.
Snow covered the trees all the way to Jacob lake, and the drive back across the Vermillion Cliffs was gorgeous.
I don't know when I'll be back to the North Rim. It's a long drive -
but sometimes you have to drive a long way to get Home.
Geology
Geology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Tafoni

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Deer Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Thunder Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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Oct 10 2015
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2015
Barrett
Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles
2,900 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Oregon_Hiker
Arrived at Mining Camp in time to play catch up with the group from Tibber's Birthday Bash on their way up Siphon Draw. Some familiar faces, some new - all good company as usual. Subgroups formed and reached their various destinations for turnaround, with Oregon Hiker, Lori, and myself continuing on to the top. Once there, we took in the view and snacked. Lori took First Place with her unique butterfly-bread sandwich, inspiring me to put a little more effort into my summit repasts. ;)
Needing to be back home in time for the 4:00 show of "Everest" and a birthday party, I headed down early, joining the group at Mining Camp as they finished lunch. Though not having time for a beer, I did get to socialize a bit in the cool corner booth before hitting the road. Maybe next time.
Congratulations to Larry for your first Flatiron! :wlift:
Thanks for the invite and Happy Birthday Angela! :)
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Jul 11 2015
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Canyon City TH to Soap Creek Rd - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2015
Barrett
Hiking7.90 Miles 865 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.69 mph
865 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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SpiderLegs
James suggested this hike after doing some trail runs in the area. For being so close to the I-17, it was remarkably quiet and spent a fair amount of time with no views of development. Only one section was slow going as we poked around to find the easy river crossing, the rest of it is very smooth trail. Only two cars at the trailhead when we left, and 4 on our return (one was a black VW with a HAZ sticker!).
Saw a Desert Hare fly by in front of us, yanked a Cholla out of Spideys lateral Achilles with my trusty pliers, and sampled a perfectly ripe Prickly Pear fruit. Good company, good weather, good trail.
Good times.

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Some 20-30 foot wide pools, slow flowing. Was able to cross at a 3 foot wide boulder hop.
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Jun 08 2015
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 08 2015
Barrett
Canyoneering3.60 Miles 540 AEG
Canyoneering3.60 Miles   6 Hrs      0.60 mph
540 ft AEG
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1st trip
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outdoor_lover
Having been on my bucket list for some time, I jumped at the chance to do this with someone more experienced than myself in both canyoneering and photography. Pam arrived 5 am sharp and we headed up, taking a combination of forest roads in that she thought would be smoother than the 142's. After coming out on the HAZ roads, I would say it was smoother but more likely to be a problem after heavy rains. I was in 4 low much of the time, aired down to 20 psi, and still spent a fair amount of time in first gear.
We arrived and headed down, finding the water to be a decent 59 degrees, and hit the first pool. Pam's pack was large enough for all her gear, while I had my small pack and a separate dry bag that I dragged behind while I swam backward with my pack on. After the second pool, I checked my dry bag and found it was leaking. ](*,)
I spent about 30 minutes drying gear and blowing up my innertube, deciding to float my stuff and deal with the hassle of getting the tube through the brush between swims.
The White Box arrived and things went to the next level. Sheer walls rose on either side, the water deep and the other end out of sight. Swimming maybe 200 yards with hiking boots on, pushing the tube ahead and then catching up, added a dash of primal fear to the feast before my eyes. When I reached the other side, I was simultaneously relieved to put my feet on the bottom, and a little bummed not having had more time to enjoy the scenery.
From there I think we had 7 more swims, with boulder hopping and poison ivy avoidance in between (I've never seen so much in my life). When the Hanging Gardens finally came into view, we both couldn't wipe the grins from our faces. The afternoon sun was hitting the lush green growth, the sound of waterfalling surrounded us, and Columbines both in abundance and full bloom. :y:
For the next 8 hours we were kids in a candy store, wandering from one photo op to the next, floating under the canopy, setting up camp, improving the Rockaloungers, eating dinner, and then a second low-light photography session, ending with LED's, black lights, and kicking back in the loungers. :GB:
We didn't build a fire, enjoying the night around us, and got to bed early and up by 5 or so. After a few morning pics, we hit the return and were in the water by 7. On the way out I took the time to unpack my camera between swims (the pictures in the photoset are reversed and show morning light). With air temp at 70, and no sun, I ended up shivering through the last few scrambles, but soon we were back at the exit. The hike out was short and steep, and the drive out a relief when it was over. Pam generously picked up the tab at the Verde Diner, where she enjoyed a whompin' omelet, and I scarfed a Reuben. A perfect ending to a great trip. Great company, great scenery, great adventure.
It's been 4 days since we returned, and despite wearing long sleeves, and even long pants and gloves the entire way out, meticulous washing throughout the trip, and what seemed like utmost caution, I have poison ivy. :tt:
It was worth it.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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May 30 2015
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills Loop 2, AZ 
Deem Hills Loop 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 30 2015
Barrett
Hiking3.20 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.20 mph
600 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Return trip for the Ridgeline description - this time with a slightly more energetic camera. :whistle:
Flora
Flora [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Buffel Grass
Culture
Culture [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] PaleoRob Pose
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Ludden Mountain Pyramid Peak
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May 25 2015
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills Loop, AZ 
Deem Hills Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 25 2015
Barrett
Hiking4.20 Miles 832 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   3.36 mph
832 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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Noticed two trail descriptions were missing for this park close to my house.
Startled a rattler on the way up. :)
Camera battery died on the second trail. ](*,)
Looks like I need to go back. ;)
Geology
Geology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Chalcedony
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May 14 2015
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2015
Barrett
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.27 mph
1,000 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Approaching the trail head, I could see rain falling on one peak, and sun on the next. A huge waterfall was flowing in Fay Canyon, and I knew this was going to be good.
The first mile or so by the resort is pretty crappy, though I'm sure it's nice to stay there. Once that was behind me, the trail was similar to Fay, with mostly obstructed views punctuated by openings that revealed top notch red rock. When I reached the Box, I cruised up the right side about three levels on open smooth stone, enjoying the huge views in both directions. I cracked my last Amber Ale and reveled in my surroundings, glad to have jumped at the chance to get out here.
On the way back, I hit the Boynton Vista Trail. The pinnacle itself is climbable, though I skipped the last level. The wind was still gusting and some of the rock felt iffy.
Returning to the truck, I prepared for the drive home. I'd had 27 hours to experience Bear Mountain, Fay Canyon and Arch, Robber's Roost, and now Boynton Canyon. 16.5 miles with 4200 AEG gave me 307 images knocked down to 63. I'd done a few small hikes in Sedona before, but nothing like this. Besides the Canyon, I'd have to say my favorite place in the world, and I know I've only scratched the surface.
And it's less than 2 hours from my house.
I'm a lucky guy.
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Barrett
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.67 mph
2,100 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I'm a lucky guy. I have a beautiful, smart, and funny wife who may no longer appreciate sleeping on the ground and squatting behind a bush, but supports my desire to continue doing so. Truth be told, I don't actually like doing these things either, but for many of the most amazing places it is simply what needs to be done.
In this case I had a list of western Sedona "must do's" and a limited amount of time. Bear Mountain would be the hardest, so that's where I started.
Little fluffy clouds in a deep blue sky watched over as I made my way up through the Schnebly Hill Sandstone, Apache Limestone, and Coconino Sandstone. 2/3 of the way up I encountered what Joe's Description called the "heart of swirls", and I wanted to take a picture of everything I saw. This whole section would be epic at first and last light. :)
Met a couple from Florida at the summit who bore a striking resemblance to a young Jessie Ventura if he had been married to a beautiful powerlifter from Poland. They wanted more beta on hiking in AZ, so I told them about a little site I know. ;)
Copped a seat northwest of the summit with killer views of Red Canyon, and enjoyed the strong cooling wind and the sound of some kind of bird that flew by every few minutes at what appeared to be 100+ mph. 8)
Deciding that this had been a great idea, I headed down to a PB and J burrito and my next hike - Fay Canyon and Arch. :y:
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Fay Canyon Trail, AZ 
Fay Canyon Trail, AZ
 
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Barrett
Hiking2.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.67 mph
800 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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There was still plenty of daylight left, so I decided to push on, completing the grueling 1 mile paved drive over to the Fay Canyon Trailhead in what seemed like minutes. The weather was still cool and breezy, with only a few cars in the parking lot. Whenever possible, do anything on a weekday.
I spotted the arch on the way in, but wanted to check out the whole trail. The views were obscured most of the time by foliage, but when it opened up the red rock features were excellent. On Google Earth this canyon looks like maybe the wildest in Sedona, but on this trip I was sticking to the path. Maybe another day.
The end of maintained trail occurs at the convergence of two drainages, with a huge formation shaped like a saddle horn. Car sized boulders sat at the bottom, but clean red rock allowed further access. Looking at my watch, I decided to head back.
Cairns marked the trail up to the huge arch, a moderately steep scramble that's easy to follow. I had the place to myself for a while, checking it out, along with the fake "ruins", and best of all, some wicked sandstone erosion right next door.
Satisfied, I headed down just as a group of four made their way up. All in all, a great hike. Whether or not further exploration would be red rock bliss or plagued by foliage is unknown.
Next time.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2015
Barrett
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
300 ft AEG
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My Taco left the pavement, leaving Boynton Pass Road and the trailheads for Fay Canyon and Bear Mountain behind.
FR 152C showed signs of recent heavy rains for 2 miles before I hit FR 525, where I turned left and headed south for 2.8 miles. When I got to FR 525C, I turned right again, and headed NW for 6.6. FR 9530 soon arrived, and I turned right onto the less maintained road. It's only 1.1 miles to Robbers Roost trailhead, but much slower going. High clearance but no 4WD needed.
Rounding the bend and seeing the Roost for the first time put a big grin on my face I had a hard time losing. An amazing piece of natural architecture lightly enhanced but not ruined by generations of people. :)
I carried two loads in to be extra comfortable that night, and then spent some time exploring the top of the rock, finding some cool geology there as well.
Evening arrived soon, a few Oak Creek Canyon Amber Ale's were enjoyed along with the view, and the LED's came out when it got dark. 8)
Having had enough fun for one day, I retired, laying on my pool float with a sleeping bag but no tent. I've done this dozens of times in the back of my truck, but never on the ground where the creepy crawlies hang out. I tried to not think about it, but it went something like this -
Aah...9:30...nighty night...what an awesome day...that's some fine beer...so tired...what a wild place to sleep...man, am I comfortable...still awake...turn to my side...10:32...turn to the other side...turn back to my back...fe fe fe fe...what was that?...something is flying back in forth right over my face...flashlight...bat...turn to my side...something just moved by my gear...grab both the regular and blacklight flashlights...nothing that I can see...wide awake now...12:17...something just flashed...am I dreaming?...another flash...rumble...aah, lightning...it starts to rain...this is awesome to be in a cave in the rain...so tired...the waterfall in front of the cave is actually pretty loud...put in my earplugs...2:41...wind picks up...so comfy...still awake...I hear birds...is that a glow in the east?...4:11...I think I slept for a few hours there, but I can't be sure. First real bivy. Exciting, but I'm not sure I could get used to it. I like excitement, but I also like sleeping when it's time to sleep. :zzz:
Had breakfast, serenaded by the morning calls of birds over the plain below and the smell of creosote and petrichor. Went for another stroll and checked out the western alcoves, something that would be exceptional anywhere else. But once you've seen the Roost, everything else kind of pales. ;)
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