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Mar 01 2014
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Peak Ruins, AZ 
Apache Peak Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2014
Barrett
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,885 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   1.54 mph
1,885 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Hippy
John9L
Met John9L and Hippy at the Basha's in Cave Creek, where we purchased perhaps the two most important items for any off-trail adventure - Red Solo cups and Gummi Bears.
Headed to Old Mine Rd, where we were fortunate enough to catch three residents chatting by their mailbox, and asked about access at the end of the road. They said that as long as we proceeded on foot, we could disregard the locked gate and No Trespassing sign. :)
Parked on the spur to the right of the gate and headed up the misty road. The rain for the time being had passed and only low clouds remained, along with that wonderful smell of wet desert.
At the saddle we left the road, heading up a use trail towards Apache Peak. I'm not sure how many "peaks" there are along this ridge, but every one had a summit cairn. The "trail" was cool, and soon we were on top, trying to figure out where the ruins were from above. We made our way down on section at a time, until near the south end we finally spotted the prize. One tricky gulley and some wild decomposed granite/Jojoba scrambling later, we were there. :y:
The ruins are amazing, with intact mortar at many of the joints, and plentiful pottery shards. We relaxed for awhile inside, sipping hot cocoa and enjoying the architecture until I headed off to get the Picmimic angle. John and Hippy showed great patience while I took about 117 shots trying to make sure I got it. Satisfied, we headed up the ridge, realizing how much easier this way was than the way we came.
The first few drops landed as we hit the closed off road, and like clockwork, started to pour as we reached the Taco. We were prepared to spend the whole time getting soaked, but the weather had been perfect - cool, clean air with wispy low clouds - who could ask for more.
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Feb 08 2014
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 2692' Bradshaw Mountains, AZ 
Peak 2692' Bradshaw Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2014
Barrett
Hiking7.70 Miles 1,849 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   4 Hrs      2.57 mph
1,849 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Peak 2692' lies just north of Indian Mesa in the Aqua Fria Conservation Area of Lake Pleasant Regional Park. My plan was to be on its summit as dawn broke at 7:18 - this did not happen.
Since I last visited the area they have closed Table Mesa Road after shooters and dumpers managed to leave 32 tons of crap that had to be removed. This added the delay of an additional 2.3 miles to my approach, along with stuffing an envelope with $6 (although this was well worth it).
The sun crested as I left the road and headed up the southern gulley between 2692' and the eastern summit, where I disturbed two Does and a Buck out for breakfast.
After they trotted off, I grabbed a Palo Verde branch while stepping up a loose bit of rock that lived up to its name and dislodged under my weight. I felt a pain in my right eye as the branch kept me from falling but swiped my face. :pk: ! The next few seconds passed slowly as I blinked and tried to determine the damage. Thankfully the pain subsided and the my vision cleared in a few minutes, with only a minor scratch. :D
When I reached the 2692' point shown on the topos, it was apparent the real summit was a little pyramid northwest, so I headed there, noting my GPS read 2837'. :-k
After checking out the views I headed down the northwestern gulley and followed the contour lines west along the cool geology I had seen on Google Earth. Black rock with wild white veining, white rock with black rocks sitting oddly on top, and finally a red formation all presented themselves before I lost enough elevation to rejoin Table Mesa Road. Indian Mesa and the White Bluffs were now well lit, and I enjoyed the sandy roads record of people, snakes, dogs, rabbits, birds, and insects. I soon reached the trailhead not having seen a single soul, and save for a few distant gunshots, I heard only what sounds the desert makes all by itself. 8)
Meteorology
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[ checklist ] Sunrise
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Jan 19 2014
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ 
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2014
Barrett
Hiking4.49 Miles 2,249 AEG
Hiking4.49 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   1.68 mph
2,249 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 no routes
Partners 8 partners
ASUAviator
BobP
chumley
clairebear
desert_boonie
JuanJaimeiii
juliachaos
sbkelley
The Police had us almost completely surrounded as Bob hopped in and we made them look like they were standing still. The "Funky Groove" playlist was our soundtrack as we cruised down the Carefree Highway until Bob requested something harder as Red approached. I switched to "Jam" and managed to get him to turn down the volume out of concern for the ranch on Castle Hot Springs Road (although I did see a few head bops first). We would have been on time, but a couple of iffy looking hitch hikers caused a short delay. Fortunately they, and a few more strangers at the trailhead turned out to be quite friendly and shared a similar interest in cracking some nuts and we were on our way.
Some nice off trail led up to the saddle, where Bob wasted no time scaling the most southern route while we all fanned out to find the easier way Ken had found and was keeping to himself. JJ managed to summit using the middle/slot while the rest of us weighed our options. Scott was almost up the northern route when I decided some of this was looking pretty dangerous without protection, and I badgered Ken for confirmation on his route. I didn't want to spoil the unknown for anyone, but that was outweighed by my interest in seeing everyone getting home under their own power. He confirmed it was Scott's path, which I followed, finding solid rock with only one awkward section, followed by a short scramble to the summit. :y:
Todd was nice enough to bring 2 Growlers from the Arizona Wilderness Brewery, and a few ounces later I decided they may know a thing or two about beer. After summit registering and chit chat, we all made it down safely and headed over to the much easier summit of White Picacho, where Bob, always thinking of others, offered his nuts for everyone to enjoy.
We took in the views from the cool white stone peak, plotting future hikes at the ends of our fingers, until the beer ran out and there was nothing to do but head back.
Dropping to the saddle, the plan was to drop further to the dirt bike trail and follow that back. But, as with many group hikes, not everyone knew there was a "plan", and some time was spent starting with "Where's *****?", followed by waiting, wandering, yelling, and finally heading back with fingers crossed. Fortunately, we all soon found ourselves back at the Three Tacos Trailhead Afterparty, where Green Apple Licorice accompanied post-hike suds and the game on Chumley's radio.
All in all, a good day with some new faces and another red summit pin for my wall map. :D
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Red Picacho White Picacho
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Jan 11 2014
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
East Wing MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2014
Barrett
Hiking2.60 Miles 822 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   2 Hrs      2.08 mph
822 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
For a little peak and a relatively short trail, I was pleasantly surprised. The decomposed granite being a bit more scenic than the volcanic tuff of nearby Thunderbird Park and Deem Hills. The flora was more varied and abundant as well, with some nice Ocotillo and Cholla.
I made the summit for the sunrise, then checked out the "Scenic View" spur from the saddle (not all that scenic).
Also hit the "Scenic View" spur near the trailhead that leads up to the little summit there, not bad for a short hike but the view was mostly of the surrounding houses. A good sunset spot with a bench on top in a pinch.
Only saw two other hikers in 2 hours on a Saturday morning - compared to my usual Thunderbird workout that would have included anywhere from 20 to 50.
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Jan 01 2014
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ 
The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2014
Barrett
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,840 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.28 mph
1,840 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners 12 partners
HAZ - Event
BobP
joebartels
John9L
johnlp
johnr1
JuanJaimeiii
Oregon_Hiker
outdoor_lover
Paintninaz
Randal_Schulhauser
Sredfield
trekkin_gecko
After he finished thoroughly scrubbing the curb with his front air dam (he hates dirty curbs), BobP hopped in and we were off. Within seconds his new shirt set off one of the four Geiger counters I keep in my truck (I made a mental note to check the other three), and I knew it was going to be a great day.
We arrived a few minutes late (sorry), had a few intros and followed the group toward Stewarts eastern notch. For the most part Bob and I stayed in the bouldered drainage, but on the way up to Stewart the various groups and subgroups kinda went every which way. Eventually we congregated on Stewart to kibitz and unpacked the goodies. Champagne, sparkling cider, Pam's delicious chocolate-covered strawberries and homemade cookies were passed around as we took in the great 360 degree views and took on the grueling work of signing registers, taking pictures, and unearthing a survey marker.
Fortified, we once again broke off and headed in various directions, with Joe Bartels, Bob and I heading for the microwave reflector and the southeast peak. We copped a seat on the summit and opened the last bottle for summit toast deux, reveling on how far we were from the brown cloud.
From there we dropped to the saddle and up the northeast peak to finish the bubbly and talk further about really interesting hikey stuff.
Finally, it was time to head down, with Bob pulling away on the steep east face leading back to Chez Shulhauser, where we enjoyed peach beer, hot dogs, and incredibly large pieces of onions. :D
A great day - Pam's Vulture Peak Event was my first HAZ group outing, and with this year behind me, I'm amazed at how many great people I've met in 12 months. I even had the pleasure of finally meeting and hiking with the one-and-only Teva Joe after only 11 years!
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Saguaro Lake Weavers Needle
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Dec 21 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Hedgepeth Hills 1905', AZ 
Hedgepeth Hills 1905', AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2013
Barrett
Hiking4.80 Miles 612 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   3 Hrs      2.13 mph
612 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Parking at the lot on 35th Avenue just north of the Adobe Dam at 7 am , I headed west along the faint trail towards 1905'. The rain had washed everything, and the fragrance of Creosote put a smile on my face. I got to the pinnacle just east of and below the summit for the sunrise :y: and then bopped up the only tricky part of the scramble to the top.
I found the inscription from 1917 I had seen about 10 years ago at the summit (too young to be a petroglyph, to old to be graffiti - I think it's defined as an artifact, being older than 50 years).
I followed the ridge north to bag the other two summits that make up the ridge, expecting the clouds and rain to the north to come on down, but they never did. From there I headed down, stopping by the water storage runoff, only to find it dry for the first time. The trees in the small riparian area were also dead, so my guess is that it hasn't flowed in a while.
I checked out the dam spillway, and then headed across the flood plain to the RC park, enjoying the fact that basically everyone flies electric now as opposed to those noisy gas planes. :D
I was back at my truck by 10 am, loving the fact that home was just a few blocks away.
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Adobe Dam
Meteorology
Meteorology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Moon Sunrise
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Nov 30 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Sugarloaf Peterson Loop, AZ 
Sugarloaf Peterson Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2013
Barrett
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,093 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.95 mph
2,093 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
I first looped these trails in 2005 and knew I would need to come back to bag Sugarloaf Mountain. In the time since then, HAZ, Google Earth and Panoramio show a spring that isn't on my TOPO! or Spur Cross Ranch maps, conveniently placed for an off trail loop.
I arrived at 6:30 am and had the parking lot to myself, heading out on Spur Cross (Maricopa Trail) up Cave Creek in the chilly darkness. The sky began to lighten as I reached the corral and turned on the TR 252 (Limestone Trail), reaching Limestone Spring just as the sun peeked over the horizon. :D
I left the trail from that point and followed a soft ridge up Sugarloaf, the recent heavy rains made the soil soft and as the angle increased it seemed like every 3rd rock shifted or broke loose under my hands and feet. There was little real exposure but a mini landslide on steep terrain was definitely a concern.
I arrived on top, checking out the southeastern tip of the ridge summit before heading to the two (?) summit cairns, where I found no register, but great views of the surrounding area. From there I headed northwest, where I cliffed out at the end of the ridge. Backtracking a few yards allowed a down climb to the north that wasn't too bad, and I continued down the slope in the direction of Black Mesa. Knowing the hard part was over, I found a nice backrest and copped a seat, enjoying the silence and basking in the view. 8)
After munching a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif Bar, I checked my GPS, heading west down the drainage toward Peterson Spring, where I found a galvanized trough and feeder, as well a nice shady oasis with small pools of crystal water.
Just like on Google Earth, I found a faint cairned trail leading south from just below the spring and headed out, discovering my first Saguaro boot and crossing paths with a tarantula that liked to play Freeze. The views of Elephant Mountain were great from this angle, and I enjoyed the faint trail while it lasted. After reaching the TR 252, the trail turned into a highway and I saw the first hikers of the day. 2 miles and 50 hikers later, I was at my truck, happy for the perfect weather and a perfect loop.
Fauna
Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Tarantula

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Limestone Spring - Spur Cross Dripping Dripping
Trough was full, no minnows like in 2005. Pipe had a thin stream, just above a drip.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Peterson Spring - New River Dripping Dripping
About a dozen pools of 1-3 gallons. Galvanized bathtub-style trough had about 20 gallons as well. Concrete trough was empty.
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Nov 09 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2013
Barrett
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,778 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.25 mph
2,778 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
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SpiderLegs
Pulled up to the trailhead at 5:27 am to find Spiderlegs ready to rock. We decided the north Walkin' Jim was a better choice for total darkness, so off we went, only losing about 5 minutes in a clearing trying to figure out where the trail went. Soon the sky began to lighten and we had a great clear sunrise just as we started the Big Jim trail. A perfect golden 3465' was in full view and I was geeked. It's not always practical or easy, but first light makes the boring interesting, and the interesting extraordinary.
The trail ended and the cairns began - a moderate scramble with no exposure and few annoying flora passed quickly, and we were at the summit register.
We spent about 20 minutes looking for the 1902 inscription, but failed to find anything anywhere near the top. :-k
On the way down Big Jim we ran into sleepyheads NightStalker and his friend on their way up. We exchanged cookie recipes and wished them luck.
We took the Little Jim on the way back for variety, and came across a spring that wasn't on the map. Spiderlegs waypointed it, but it's hard to say whether it flows year round.
We got back to the parking lot before noon - a perfect hike of a cool mountain with another HAZ member I'm glad to have met. In the future I think I'll go back to accessing this range from Morgan City Wash though, the Walkin' Jim trails are a bit long and nondescript for my taste.
I made a short video using the music of the late Walkin' Jim Stoltz, a prolific hiker who the trails are named after.
http://youtu.be/ki3--dWXf6A
Flora
Flora [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Saguaro
Meteorology
Meteorology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Sunrise
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Oct 22 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2013
Barrett
Hiking1.00 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      15 Mns   4.00 mph
50 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
While the girls got ready, I took off in Karen's RX-8 to do a recon on West Clear Creek. The ribbon of smooth blacktop wound through the green canopy, empty and silent in the early light. I believe the proper term is "Zoom Zoom". :D
I arrived at the Call of the Canyon Trailhead, where the attendant informed me that my stack of passes purchased the day before didn't apply or had expired. He was nice enough to wave me through, and I grabbed my camera and hit the trail. The canyon walls towered overhead as I crossed the bridge and headed left to the canyon mouth, checking out the ruins from the Lodge and snapping a few pictures before looking at my watch and heading back. This was certainly easier and prettier than Allan's Bend, so I figured Karen's Mom would be up for it.
When I got back it was apparent that she was pretty sore from yesterday's hike, so we decided to head down to Oak Creeks Red Rock Café for a nice big breakfast instead. This must have done the trick, because an hour and a half later at the Outlets at Anthem, she seemed to get around just fine! :doh:
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Midgely Bridge Picnic Area
foliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observation
Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Oct 21 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Allens Bend Trail #111Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2013
Barrett
Hiking1.00 Miles 51 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour      1.00 mph
51 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Drove up on Monday for lunch at Indian Gardens just south of Slide Rock (Rated #1 out of 114 Sedona Restaurants) with my lovely Wife and my almost-as-lovely Mother-in-Law for a Gobbler Sandwich washed down with a Natural Brew Root Beer on the back patio. Perfect cool weather and tons of yellow. :D
Bopped over to the Allens Bend Trail at Grasshopper Point where I gave Karen's mom a lesson in trekking pole use to help her with her footing on the trail that does provide some challenges for a septuagenerian. The trail has no real AEG, but several sections involved 16-18" uneven steps and little drop-offs to the side. She took her time and did great.
The trail skirts the bottom of a 20-40' redrock wall for much of its length, and that added some interest to the otherwise limited views. Yellows were in abundance, but the reds we were looking for were nowhere to be found.
We made it to the Casner Canyon Trail junction, where we turned around and headed back to the car and our A-Frame at Oak Creek Terrace Resort. The cabin sits right on Oak Creek, comfortable and clean with decent views. The only caveat would be the size of the shower stall and spiral staircase, which were comically tiny.
We left the cabin chilly, jumped under the blankets and listened to Oak Creek below as we slept for about 11 hours. :zzz:
Tomorrow we will head to West Fork, hoping for some reds!
Meteorology
Meteorology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Oct 05 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2013
Barrett
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      56 Mns   2.59 mph
1,180 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I've noticed quite a few HAZ members use this trail to train, so I was curious how my time would compare to some of the ultra-fit. I'm only getting 2 workouts in a week right now, and I could probably knock a few minutes off my 29:30 ascent, but I don't know if I can descend much faster than 22 without risking a spill.
Three things I learned -
1) About 10% of hikers do not fully comprehend right-of-way, or don't care.
2) There's a girl who does this trail who has much prettier feet than Cody Lundin.
3) A guy wearing a full gas-mask may be challenging his muscles of inspiration, increasing his lactate buffering, and taking in cleaner air, but he will still freak out a high percentage of people.
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Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Piestewa Peak
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Sep 28 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Hells Canyon Wilderness Ridgeline, AZ 
Hells Canyon Wilderness Ridgeline, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2013
Barrett
Hiking6.40 Miles 2,502 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   6 Hrs      1.22 mph
2,502 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Coming up from Lake Pleasant on Castle Hot Springs Road, this 1300' foot high, 1 1/2 mile long ridge is the first part of the Hells Canyon Wilderness you will see. Anchored by the 3201' north summit, it's a bumpy scramble through welded tuff to the 2904' south end.
I parked at the easy to find Castle Creek Trailhead (33.965356 N 112.343683 W), crossed the wash and signed in at the equally easy to find register (33.964420 N 112.344718 W), noticing that other than The Governors/Salvation Sauna Shindig with BobP and Denny a few weeks back, no one had signed since May.
I left the trail pretty quick, heading straight for the easy slope up the summit just south of 3201', enjoying the wind and sand sculpted tuff in the early light. From there, some rock-hopping to the high point, where I took in the panorama, including the route south. :D
For the most part, I stayed just east of the "ridge" - the strata tilts east and though the cliffs are higher on the west, a few feet back from the edge the going was pretty smooth. No real exposure, with few cholla or catclaw. The roughest spots were slopes of baseball-sized nuggets that did managed to face-plant me - fortunately no spines awaited at the bottom.
Reaching the south end, I spent about 20 minutes cliffed-out until finding a break right above a headless saguaro. I followed the drainage down to the Spring Valley Trail and headed north towards the springs.
I left the trail and followed the wash to the nameless 1st spring (33.952286 N 112.342974 W), and then on to the second, which I had been to 8 years ago from a different direction. It's under a few huge palms, and depending on the season and time of day, it can be quite nice. (33.950123 N 112.339179 W). After getting wet, I chilled a bit before heading upwash and cross country to the trail and my truck.
An adventure to be sure, but the best part would have to be the north summit, the quality of stone, size and sculpting makes for great rock-hopping fun. :GB:
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Aug 24 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Pyramid Peak, AZ 
Pyramid Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2013
Barrett
Hiking4.10 Miles 761 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.89 mph
761 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I arrived at the locked gate to the Deem Hills Trailhead at 5:34 am, just as the City of Phoenix guy pulled up with his key. Perfect timing. The rain was light, and the only bolt lightning was probably 30-40 miles away and seemed to be fading. I decided to park at the trailhead lot to be safe, the end of 51st Ave is about a mile closer to Pyramid, and there aren't any No Parking signs, but a few No Trespassing and State Trust Land ones made it look dicey.
I made a beeline for the canal bridge and crossed over to the empty desert. Following the numerous ATV trails among the huge granite boulder piles, the sky was just beginning to lighten. I decided on the southern direct approach, having done this one from the east and west as well. All three are steep scrambles(45 degree'ish)- the west is brushy but shaded all morning, the east is the lowest angle and the least loose, but the southern is the quickest.
About three quarters of the way up, I heard my least favorite sound, the hum of a hive, and slowly changed course, deciding to return a different way. :scared:
The rain was still light as I topped out on the windy rockpile. Someone had tried to erect a flag upon which they had spray painted "I shaved my :pk: 's for this", but it had fallen over and I packed it up for removal. I guess some peoples summit rituals require such things, who knew. :-k
I copped a seat in the awesome notch to the north of the top, enjoying the weather for a while before heading down the east drainage, where I spooked myself spooking an Owl in its perch.
Saw 1 mountain biker on my way out, numerous Velvet Mites, and a big Gray Bird Grasshopper, who was quite docile and camera friendly, though it did poop on my hand.
My favorite peak close to home - great approach, cool summit, plenty of comfy seating up top and nice 360 degree views. :D

http://youtu.be/-hDOnt9Tc6Q
Culture
Culture [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Trash Hauled Out
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Pyramid Peak
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Aug 10 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2013
Barrett
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,639 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.57 mph
2,639 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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1st trip
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HAZ - Event
azbackpackr
BiFrost
chumley
ElliotAlford
Hippy
Jonnybackpack
nonot
RedwallNHops
slowandsteady
VolcanoCLMBR
After setting up my tent at Camp Chumley, I wandered over to see who was heading up Kendrick. I met VolcanoCLMBR and ElliotAlford, who were ready to roll, and we did.
CLMBR led the way, followed by Elliot and myself. After a mile or so CLMBR pulled away, followed by Elliot. If it were not for a few times they stopped for a minute, I would not have been able to match their pace. We stopped for some pics at the cabin, but reached the tower in about 2:15, with less than 15 in breaks.
A number of HAZ members were on top, basking in the sun on the concrete pad and enjoying the views. We chilled for about an hour and headed back down, checking out a rock precipice on the way, and talking about volcanos, Guatemala, 36 hour train rides, the scarcity of women who can cook, fat/lazy Americans, and men carrying machetes in the fog.
Beautiful cool weather, nice trail, flowers everywhere in bloom, and good conversation. :D
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
Aug 10 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Wild Bill HillFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2013
Barrett
Hiking1.10 Miles 437 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles      30 Mns   2.20 mph
437 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners 7 partners
ASUAviator
cindyl
Hikergirl81
Hippy
JoelHazelton
juliachaos
LittleKnee
I had just cleaned up after Kendrick and joined the group around the massive fire when Hippy began rounding up a group for a sunset hike up Wild Bill. I only had one day up here, and I was going to make the most of it, so I finished my Grand Canyon Sunset Amber Ale ( :D ) and hopped in Chumley's Taco.
It looked like a little bump from camp, but the combination of Kendrick, 2 beers and 8000 feet of elevation made odd little bumps of water begin to form on my forehead. I made a mental note to Google it when I got home and slogged up to the saddle.
We broke into two groups, with the more adventurous scrambling up the higher unnamed peak, and my group choosing to play amongst the flowers on the meadow that is Wild Bill.
Soon the group merged again and we all enjoyed a cloudless sunset, marveling at the idyllic expanse below. The air cooled and we worked our way back down to the trucks, piling in the beds and bouncing back to camp, smiling and laughing. I looked at the expression on the face of the young daughter of a HAZ member (I think it was Madison - so many new names) and couldn't help but think this would be a memory that would last her a lifetime. Just a simple ride in the back of a pickup through a field, hard to put your finger on really. To be surrounded by grown-up strangers who haven't lost the wonder of exploring their world. I hope it was as inspiring to her as it was to me.
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It was tense.
Aug 10 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Lava River Cave TubeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Caving avatar Aug 10 2013
Barrett
Caving0.60 Miles 50 AEG
Caving0.60 Miles   1 Hour      0.60 mph
50 ft AEG
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HAZ - Event
beterarcher
chumley
"Who's up for the Lava River Tube?", I proposed, standing on the edge of the huge fire circle. It was about 8:30 pm, and after several HAZzers had warned to stay clear of the new Supermegamall that it was by day, I figured it would be a prime evening spelunk.
The fire crackled, someone pointed out it was a half hour drive, and then some more silence.
Hoping someone would follow my lead, I said I was going and would be back in a bit.
So much for that tactic. I arrived at the parking lot where a lone Honda sat. I packed up, checking my 3 flashlights and headed in. The entrance was wild, and I imagined coming across this before it was developed. The condensation on parts of the walls reflected my headlamp like glass beads, glittering like tiny crystals.
The going was slower than I expected, and I needed to get back for the festivities, so I only went as far as the split before copping a seat. Now completely adjusted to the tube, I switched off my headlamp for a while and listened to the incredible silence punctuated by occasional drips of water. As long as I'm not squeezing through some claustrophobic space, I love caves, and this was perfect.
After a bit, I checked my watch and packed up, heading back to the entrance just as I heard voices and saw headlamps coming up behind me. Two college guys from Flag were there for the first time as well, and we exited together.
The sign says "Day Use Area", but technically I don't know if that just refers to camping. I'll find out, and next time I'm in the area I'll be back to see the rest of this wild geologic feature - preferably during "off hours". :whistle:
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Aug 10 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
CHUMS Summer HAZfest 2013, AZ 
CHUMS Summer HAZfest 2013, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar Aug 10 2013
Barrett
Car Camping0.10 Miles 1 AEG
Car Camping0.10 Miles1 Day         
1 ft AEG
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Partners 34 partners
HAZ - Event
Alex
ASUAviator
azbackpackr
beterarcher
BiFrost
BobP
chumley
cindyl
ElliotAlford
GrottoGirl
Hikergirl81
Hippy
JoelHazelton
John9L
Jonnybackpack
juliachaos
laurabalaura
LittleKnee
moo
MyRudy
nonot
Oregon_Hiker
outdoor_lover
Pivo
PrestonSands
RedwallNHops
slowandsteady
snakemarks
southpawaz
squatpuke
tibber
Tugger
uphill_junkie
VolcanoCLMBR
A long time ago, in a meadow far, far away, a gathering of like-minded zealots gathered to hike, drink, build fires visible from space, abuse canned goods and talk about poop.
I was lucky enough to spend 26 hours amongst the natives, and even made contact with a few, as they were quite friendly. I look forward to learning more about their ways in the future, as they are a fascinating tribe worthy of study.
Never before seen on film, their primitive fire ceremony can be seen in the following clip.

http://youtu.be/9h3i7AUB4YY
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
Aug 03 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 145th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2013
Barrett
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,218 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.89 mph
1,218 ft AEG
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Knowing my side job in the area would wrap up before noon, I threw my pack and GoLite umbrella in along with my tools.
Job completed, I wet my cotton t-shirt in the chilled fountain and proceeded up. The first half mile is very close to residential, then climbs to the "Scenic View' saddle, which I did not find particularly scenic. From there the houses begin to fade into the distance and the trail climbs toward Sunrise Peak. Taking the summit spur, I was soon on top, where a group of dull yellow dragonflies were doing the summit boogie. I found some nice shade on the east slope of the southern summit, and had a snack while enjoying the silence.
Heading back down, I crossed paths with 3 hikers, one wearing black neck to toe with no hat or sunglasses. :-k
A really nice trail once you get past the Scenic Overlook, and that chilled fountain is the Bees Knees. Midday in August should not be your first choice, but take what you can get.
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Jul 20 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Governors and Salvation Peaks, AZ 
Governors and Salvation Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2013
Barrett
Hiking7.60 Miles 2,339 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.82 mph
2,339 ft AEG
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BobP
Tortoise_Hiker
I met BobP and Denny at the Police Station where I thought it would be safer if things went down wrong. Fortunately, my first meeting with the 3D version went smoothly and we were off.
I was supposed to know the area, but 6 old eyeballs and a clearly malfunctioning GPS unit contributed to a little extra sightseeing in the Taco before we found the Spring Valley Trailhead for reals.
The first mile or so on trail was pleasant, with dense green Ocotillos from all the rain. I'm sure the temperature was not very high, but the humidity was stifling, and what should have been a moderate off trail approach to Governors ended up kicking my Pumpkin. We found some nice shade off the summit and took a break - what a difference 15 minutes and cool liquids can make. Re energized, we headed down towards Salvation Peak, 500 feet lower but still a very cool rocky precipice that towers over Castle Hot Springs below. Equipped with a steel cable and pipe ladder, the final few feet are pretty cool.
http://youtu.be/rCyn20CEjhM
The original loop included bagging two more peaks to the north, but they looked pretty demanding, and the combination of rising temps, full sun, and high humidity had us all agreeing to save them for another day.
We decided to head down a steep scree slope to the bottom of Crater Canyon, Bob leading the way to reach its sandy floor. The north arm looked more interesting, and would not exit right at Castle Hot Springs, so we headed up, checking out the grottos and bouldering opportunities.
http://youtu.be/3oB1h5aW1kU
We exited near a huge stand of untrimmed monster palms, cutting through to reach the road and our path back to the truck. I saw something gallop across the road ahead and thought it a Coyote, but when it reappeared in the wash it was clearly a Bobcat. My first! :y:
I saw a cool rock 10 feet off the road and managed my only real fall of the day executing the move known as "Stepping over the graded edge of the road while zipping up your camera case." Somehow I managed to jamb dirt about 1/3 of the way into my pinky nail bed in the process, and I can tell you, attempting to clean it out when I got home was no laughing matter.
Even though Bob wanted to ride on top of my subwoofer box again on the way home, I insisted this time to take it out so he could sit like a normal person in my ExtraCab rear seat.
I think I'll save the other peaks for cooler weather, but a fun hike with good company nonetheless.
Fauna
Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Velvet Mite
Geology
Geology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Chalcedony
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Jul 06 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
McDowell Peak, AZ 
McDowell Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2013
Barrett
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,440 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   4 Hrs      2.08 mph
2,440 ft AEG
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BobP
Met BobP at the 104th/Bell trailhead at 5 am - I wanted a break from a nightmare mosaic tile job and he wanted a recovery hike from yesterday's Mother Lode. I think we did 104th, Levee, and Loop Trail to the Bell Pass Trail in the early light. He knew the area really well, and pointed out abandoned mines, petroglyphs, and some of Flat Denny's favorite spots. We left the trail at Bell Pass, adding .9 miles and 800' vertical to summit McDowell. A few sections required the use of hands, but mostly easy off-trail, with some Yahtzee Trails thrown in. ;)
Checked out the Desert Emergency Search and Rescue solar panel and transmitter on top and enjoyed good conversation and a cool breeze for a while. When the wind stopped the gnats suddenly joined the party and it was time to head down.
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
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average hiking speed 1.91 mph
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