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May 25 2015
Alston_Neal
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
The Sinks, AZ 
The Sinks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 25 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking3.00 Miles 250 AEG
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I have been looking at Sinks in the Holbrook Anticline on Google Earth for a couple of years and located some NW of Snowflake at an area called The Sinks. This area is 6 miles North of SR 277 on Rocking Chair Ranch Rd. This road is Private Property No Trespassing, Sheriff Patrolled.There is a sign off of 277 stating this and providing phone numbers for the area ranches. We called and got permission from a very nice but at first cautious and then helpful rancher. There are a couple of dozen sinks in this area, but as the rancher pointed out, 300 in the whole Holbrook Anticline. They are known as Evaporite Karst. Karst, or sink hole topography occurs when acid ground water disolves limestone strata creating shallow caves which later collapse to the surface. Aerial photos since 1953 of the area show that some sink holes are getting bigger and new ones are forming. These pretty much are near the Dry Lake area 10 miles to the NW. These sink holes show up on our GPS and made it kinda of fun to go wandering about in a giant minefield. Really a pretty cool wide open area and we had nice temps and a cloud overcast.
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May 03 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Feral goldfish pond., AZ 
Feral goldfish pond., AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 03 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking5.00 Miles 900 AEG
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900 ft AEG
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Deb and I decided to check out the geophysical center of Arizona. We were heading for the top of a mesa and as we approached a stock tank two herons took off and didn't go far. We've seen ducks and other waterfowl in stock tanks, but not Great Blues. While our dog was enjoying the water I noticed what looked like an orange safety vest under the water in the center of the tank. It was about the size of an extra large pizza and by golly it seems to be moving. Then all of a sudden a 4" goldfish breached the surface much like a Blue Whale, but not quite as impressive. Now we know why Ma and Pa Heron weren't going far. I tried to take a photo of the goldfish swarm, but then realized two things. It was hard to see them and more importantly, who would care. We made it to the mesa top wandered awhile aimlessly and called it a day. Pretty hard to top the goldfish sighting.
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Apr 26 2015
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking5.00 Miles 280 AEG
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We took advantage of the cool temps and hit the N. Maricopas for the last time for a couple of months. I saw on GE a nice loop around the mountain to the west of the Margies Trail TH. It was a perfect day except for all the flies that pop out this time of year. Well it was breezy so that helped blow them out of our faces. Came upon a military exercise marker and smoke grenade. Might have to check this area out again...darn. It was a nice loop and the next time we will add some more distance.
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Explosive
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Apr 19 2015
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64 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sinaguan fort., AZ 
Sinaguan fort., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking5.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Spent the day hiking the area around the cliff dwelling we were at last week. Came upon a couple of huge pottery fields and then stumbled upon this fort. It amazes us why these buildings have industrial strength thick walls and on the edge of an inaccessible cliff wall. Is it a show of force? This one at Perry Mesa..
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and this one at Rattlesnake Canyon
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Apr 15 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Verde Cliff Dwellings, AZ 
Camp Verde Cliff Dwellings, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2015
Alston_Neal
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For a couple of years my wife and I have been searching an area looking for sites. Two weeks ago I get a pm from The Eagle with photos of a site. He says you know this area, where is it? It took many messages and hashing over geographic features that finally gave us a basic idea of where it was. My wife and I went out on Easter Sunday to hike into an area that would give us a visual of where it was. We finally saw what we were looking for, now we needed to figure out how to get there. The Eagle prevailed with route ideas. So we decided to attack. We called in Hansenaz mainly for a buffer so that The Eagle and I wouldn't be forced to spend the day Mano e mano. I am so happy Hansenaz came along. Well thanks to The Eagle's mapping, we found it. I wish my wife could have been there. But once she saw where it was, she said I pass on this. Please go with people you can trust to get you there and back safely. I did. Thank you so very much The Eagle (Bruce) and Hansenaz (Steve) to get me where I wanted to go.
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Apr 12 2015
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64 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Boulder Bob's Cabin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.50 Miles 800 AEG
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We took the AZT#21 aka Boulder Bob's Trail south from Sunflower / Bushnell Tanks. Spring was in full bloom up there and this turned out to be our new favorite trail. When the Mrs. loves it and the pup has plenty of water it becomes the ideal hike. It is also cool when you have been going to a place for well over fifty years and then take a trail right by the Bushnell Tanks and discover a whole new place.
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Mar 22 2015
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64 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Richinbar Pueblo and Mine RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking5.00 Miles 523 AEG
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523 ft AEG
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Slowly getting my hike game on and it was a great day to be up on the mesa. Explored around the ruin for a bit hoping the rains washed up a point, but that proved pointless...ahem...We wandered over to the mine where I peered down into a shaft only to have a face look back at me. Scared the heck out of me. What a great day for us.
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Desert Mariposa
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Barn Owl
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Mar 15 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Agua Fria air out, AZ 
Agua Fria air out, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking5.00 Miles 160 AEG
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Just over 2 weeks ago while in the gallery I had one of those life changing moments. The heart attack I had afforded me a lovely 3 day stay at the hospital. So we wanted to get out and test the waters so to speak at the Agua Fria. I wanted shade and flat, but didn't want to go to a place like Spur Cross with all the folks. The plan was to park by the restroom in the Agua Fria Monument and go west down the canyon to Agua Fria and then head downstream and seeing how I felt go up Baby Canyon. We made it about 1.5 miles down and I needed to rest and eat, it was a lovely lunch spot with cascading water. As we headed back up the canyon my left arm went numb with shooting pains..oh man oh man not good! An adjustment to the strap on my pack helped. Yeah I was a tad hyper cardio aware. While trying to jump across the stream I slipped and did a major split. Oh yeah the angioscopy in my femoral artery in the groin that I had, I was told no lifting and after 2 weeks a light walk around the neighborhood. Oh I am going for the Darwin Awards in so many ways. We opted out of going up Baby Canyon because bushwacking now seemed a tad dumb. We made it a whole 5 miles and although it wasn't our most unique hike, it will be memorable in many ways. Oh btw, the same day I had my heart attack was also my last day of smoking.....duh go figure.
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Gila Monster
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Feb 22 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
East side of the Maricopa Mtns., AZ 
East side of the Maricopa Mtns., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.00 Miles 500 AEG
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In our continuing quest of checking out passes in the Maricopa Mtns. for evidence of Native routes, we headed east from the Sheep Mountains. It was a totally uneventful day, no sign of anything Native, temps were in the 60's, no rattlesnakes. Just another crappy day in the Arizona desert. Well we'll try again next week.
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Jan 18 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
East side Maricopa Mtns., AZ 
East side Maricopa Mtns., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.20 Miles 480 AEG
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Three weeks ago we were checking out a pass that would lead to the west side of the Maricopas to Margies Cove. It is these passes that were used by people for hundreds of years to get to the Gila River. On our way back we stopped at a granite cluster. We found a couple of odd pieces of pottery that weren't polished and also found remains. A cremation jar. When we were at the Amerind Foundation I mentioned these pieces to the archeologist and he felt they could be Patayan. That would put them pretty far east. So we went back to photograph the pieces and in doing so came upon a transition piece that went from rough to smooth and a rim piece. I also found more remains, so when I finished I gathered them together along with the sherds and put them in a safe place. Yeah I know leave them in situ, but I felt it was the right thing to do.

Edit: It turns out that these pieces are indeed Patayan and not Hohokam... :y:
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Jan 09 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Amerind Foundation, AZ 
Amerind Foundation, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2015
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My wife and I spent two nights at the Amerind Foundation giving a lecture series on Hopi Kachinas and related material culture. This is a great museum and research facility started in the 1930s and located 15 miles east of Benson off of I-10 at Texas Canyon. This facility mainly focuses on the prehistoric and historic Natives of the area. One major bonus was going into the archive vault and seeing things we've only seen in books. I highly recommend visiting this wonderful place and they even have picnic grounds there. The downside was we talked over 10 hours, ate great meals and had very little time to hike.
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Dec 14 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Indian Spring Wash - Bartlett DamPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.00 Miles 850 AEG
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The last time we did this wash, a little more than a year ago, we noticed Tonto National Forest was planning on reopening this to vehicles. Bummer, it has been inspiring to see the desert return from the very heavy use and the fire. Sunday we decided to go out and see if it had been opened to vehicles....Nope!!! Yeah!!. We were heading up the wash and noticed that forest road signs had been placed and a small tractor had made trails...fug! Just under a mile up we came upon a side trail #1117 that went up another wash we've always wanted to do, so what the heck. A little tractor had made a path awhile back because it was well eroded and stuff was already growing in the trail. Let's do this maybe our last time and see where it goes. About another mile in pieces of metal caught my eye. Aircraft parts. So we explored the area and found more bits. Came back to work and went to the Aviation Archeology site with no success. I went to GE and in a direct line down the runway from Carefree Airport and 12.8 miles lies the site.
We headed on up the trail for views of the Verde valley and then headed toward Indian Butte, looping back cross country to Indian Springs Wash.
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Dec 07 2014
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Eagletail Mountains WanderSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.00 Miles 460 AEG
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It never fails to amaze me where one can hike one Sunday and the following Sunday hiking in a world apart. A week ago we were in a freezing hike in Washington and then a week later hiking in one of our favorite deserts. I've been wanting to do a loop in the Eagletails to check out a couple of canyons for future hikes. I found some abandoned roads on GE that we could follow into the wilderness section of the mountains. One appeared to be much older that connected with the one we were on. Definitely not Jeep wide enough. So another trip out to check out a canyon......darn!
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Courthouse Rock
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Nov 09 2014
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South side West Clear Creek Canyon, AZ 
South side West Clear Creek Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.50 Miles 400 AEG
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On our further quests for sites I chose a point overlooking West Clear Creek. We didn't find any structures, but came upon on of the largest pottery fields we've ever seen. It must of been a farming and gathering place for the numerous Sinuguan and Verde Valley Confederacy groups.
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Named place
West Clear Creek Canyon
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Nov 03 2014
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Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Alston_Neal
Hiking7.50 Miles 450 AEG
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A twenty plus degree drop in temp pretty much said it's time to hit our favorite desert. The Maricopa Mountains are as peaceful as one can get, unless a jet passes over from Luke Airbase, then it just gets real cool. The only bummer is that it appears the deer hunters aren't respecting the no vehicle part of this area. We saw numerous OHV tracks and on our way back we heard an approaching quad. I stood in the middle of the trail as the young man shut it off and proceeded to apologize profusely for riding out here but he got a deer 2 miles up and needed to bring it back. Really maybe you should have thought of that, but hey it's ok to go and trash the trail cuz well you want and need to. I gave him more crap and then commented, I hope you didn't poach it also. I was pissed for awhile and then Deb said hey it's not our job. Still a great day and we can't wait to get back.
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Oct 19 2014
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Rattlesnake Canyon Sinagua fort, AZ 
Rattlesnake Canyon Sinagua fort, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2014
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I've been wanting to check out Rattlesnake Canyon for a couple of years and the bonus was finding this fort on an outcropping into the canyon. This is the fourth single wall fort we've found. The first at Lousy Canyon on Perry Mesa http://hikearizona.com/photo=308223 The second on the Rim overlooking Pine Cyn. http://hikearizona.com/photo=191701 and the third on the north end of Perry Mesa http://hikearizona.com/photo=402676 .I've been intrigued that the single wall is opposite of the windy side of it's site. I would have thought that it would be on the canyon side. There seems to have been an extensive amount of a ramada, so much so that they all needed vent holes. I would love to know what they looked like.
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Oct 02 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.20 Miles 750 AEG
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This is one of our favorite hikes and a year ago we caught some color. We hiked to the "lake" and then headed south on the AZ Trail to Snow Bowl. We found that in some small pockets it's just hitting it's stride for color, there is still a lot more to go. It's just starting up there and the weather is perfect!
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Sep 28 2014
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Rarick CanyonCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking4.00 Miles 560 AEG
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One would think that after six days of work we would have our Sunday hike planned out. But no. Well after awhile I remembered something about some glyphs at some canyon up north of Camp Verde. I had checked it on GE, so that much I remembered. So after parking and hitting the canyon, by now the afternoon, we found some glyphs, conveniently located by a sign in box. We decided that we would explore more of the canyon on a later date, today we wanted to stretch our legs. I recalled that an old road climbed out of the canyon to the east. Pretty cool area and another trip down the road to hit the plateau up above. A nice area to "discover" on short notice. Like the Arnold says...."we'll be bach"
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Sep 21 2014
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General Crook Trail #130 - Coconino NFCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.00 Miles 535 AEG
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We parked off of the 260 by Tom's Creek Road and hiked down to the General Crook trail. We had planned to take the original route that came up Devil's Windpipe and go out to the top of Thirteen Mile Rock Butte. We almost made it, got as far as 13.3 Mile Butte and had to call it short cuz it turned warmer than we cared for. At one point I looked down and saw an old rusty tobacco tin, in it was an arrowhead. Someone's memento from years past.
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Sep 18 2014
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Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Alston_Neal
Hiking5.00 Miles 390 AEG
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Tuesday night after dinner Deb and I decided that going to our biz the next day was not what we were going to do. So we headed out with a nice overcast to Seven Springs, albeit without the camera we left at work. The amount of water that went down the canyon was amazing. For example this was long gone http://hikearizona.com/photo=327164. The trail is in pretty good shape and very overgrown. The first part heading down the creek is a jungle with more types of wildflowers than we've ever seen there. We also saw not only mountain lion tracks but also large bear tracks not far west of the Cartwright Ranch. Gee a camera would be nice about now. We are sad to report that the crested saguaro on the north side of the creek about a mile west of the ranch has lost it's crest.http://hikearizona.com/photo=325322 The crested one farther down the canyon http://hikearizona.com/photo=325346 we don't know about. We didn't make that far because more thunderclouds from the hurricane were moving in and we didn't want to be stuck out there.
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