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Oct 19 2018
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Pine ButtePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2018
charlieaz
Hiking1.00 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
710 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I followed BobP's GPS tacks more or less, following the ridgeline all the way to the summit. Not an easy hike with all the manzanita, but it is less dense via this route than any other approach. I spent about 2 hours on top playing around with my ham radio and then returned the same way I arrived, along the ridgeline. I wasn't about to plunge down the very steep side into the manzanita. It was more work backtracking, going up and down the 4 or 5 hills but worth it for me. I didn't find the summit log - oh well.
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Oct 12 2018
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2018
charlieaz
Hiking44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles
11,000 ft AEG
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I Completed this R2R from NK to BA again. This time with my wife. I wasn't as fit as my first R2R 6 months earlier and paid the price. But I did it!
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May 26 2018
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2018
charlieaz
Hiking23.90 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking23.90 Miles   13 Hrs   30 Mns   1.77 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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Completed this R2R from NK to BA in 13.5 hours. Held back to keep my struggling friend company. Looking forward to trying for my own personal best time in October . . . or maybe even a R2R2R. I had the energy for it after this one. I think I could have done it! This challenge was such a satisfying accomplishment.
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Feb 03 2018
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
East End Peak - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
charlieaz
Hiking3.40 Miles
Hiking3.40 Miles
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Partners none no partners
Hiked to the top. Played on the Ham Radio. Didn't think I would see anybody at the top, but saw 4 people.
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Jan 26 2018
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Black Mountain - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2018
charlieaz
Hiking2.50 Miles 1,165 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
1,165 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Enjoyed a half day away with my wife. Hiked to the top and then had lunch in Cave Creek.
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Jan 01 2018
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2018
charlieaz
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles
1,194 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This is why I live in Arizona. Beautiful day.
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Apr 15 2017
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2017
charlieaz
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,064 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
2,064 ft AEG
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BEEBEE
What I was thinking along this hike:
From the trail head to the saddle, “this is easy”
From the saddle to the bottom of the chute, “hmm, I’ve done worse”
From the bottom of the chute to the summit, “wow, this is very challenging”
At the top, “beautiful, spectacular absolutely amazing view”
From the summit to the bottom of the chute, “Holy [expletive], I’m going to die!”
From the bottom of the chute to the saddle, “I’m going to live, now I hope I don’t stumble or slip and fall”
From the saddle to the parking lot, “Where the heck is the car. I don’t remember it being this far”
Seriously, I loved this one. It was an adventure, super fun and I left feeling full of accomplishment . . . I'll never do it again . . . anybody up for a second trip with me?
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Oct 22 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Mormon Battalion Trail - Christmas CampPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2016
charlieaz
Hiking4.50 Miles 373 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
373 ft AEG
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Since this area is now BLM land and camping is not permitted without a permit I felt it a privilege to be able to camp overnight at Christmas Camp and hike a portion of this trail with a group of Boy Scouts. I led a group of 120 Boy Scouts and their leaders to mile marker 2, where we all gathered to wait for those at the end of out group. I gave a little history there about the trail, a part of which was operated by the Butterfingered investment group and later by investors Wells and Fargo . . . yes that "Wells Fargo" who ran a stagecoach business. I shared the story about the robbery near the Butterfield notch and the Oatman massacre. Then we pressed on, headed north to catch the road running parallel to the trail and took that back to camp. Total distance 4.5 miles by my GPS. We left camp at a little after 8:00 am but by the time we were nearing completion it was HOT. This is Mid-October! Sheesh
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Oct 15 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Goat Hill via Telegraph PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2016
charlieaz
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,270 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
1,270 ft AEG
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Pretty hot day. Good breeze though. The best part of this one was hiking along the ridge-line on the National Trail and the summit (of course). I only say two people the whole time and I think they took the Ranger Trail to the summit instead. Not much room on top. Great view of downtown to the north. This was the hill that I earned my 1k points and award for Summits on the Air. The hikers asked me what airplanes I was talking to as I was sending Morse code. That's a new one I've never been asked. haha.
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Oct 07 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Davenport Hill TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2016
charlieaz
Hiking2.50 Miles
Hiking2.50 Miles
 
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I drove to the east side of the hill on Garland Prairie Road to just past the private property sign and bushwhacked to the top. Good workout.
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Oct 07 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Moore BenchmarkFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2016
charlieaz
Hiking1.50 Miles 587 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
587 ft AEG
 
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I drove north from Williams on HWY 64 to a dirt road on the west side of 64. I took the road to it's high point which is near the ridge-line. The road is defiantly for high clearance vehicles only. I parked at the high point and followed the ridge to the top. There is a lot of scrub along the way but it's not too bad to get through it. Portions of the ridge-line had rock that was a little hard to maneuver but it was just a short stretch. Found the usgs benchmark on top.
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Oct 01 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Brushy Mountain 3533 - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2016
charlieaz
Hiking1.56 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking1.56 Miles
750 ft AEG
 
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Since December, most of my hikes have been in the Flagstaff area. It was nice to switch it up and do something a little closer to home. I noticed there were no GPS tracks posted for this one so I posted the track for whoever is next.

This hike is 100% bushwhack and there is a lot of loose rock. Not the small, slippery gravel stuff, although it does exist in places. No, it’s the larger golf ball to tennis ball size stuff that rolls ankles that gave me fits. It’s all over so be careful. Parts of this hike are extra steep and of course the large loose rock is often more prevalent there. Having said that, it’s really no big deal as long as you take it a little slower and watch your footing.

There is a big rock face directly south of the road where I parked. You have to get behind it on your way up. I veered to the east of it going up and to the west side of it on the way down. Going up on the east side looks a little easier. There is a flat area behind the big rock. After I reached that, I stayed on the ridge line up to the next rock face. At this point I again went to the east side of the rock face up a wash/ravine and onto another flat-ish spot. From there it’s more up while eventually skirting a third rock outcropping along the west side to a third saddle. Up past this saddle you reach the peak.

There is a large pile of rocks on the top, probably about 3-4 feet high. I saw a registry buried in there but didn’t bother with it. Somebody left what looks like an glass apple cider jug on top of the pile of rocks. It’s half full of dead, sun bleached ants. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Of course there were great views of Fountain Hills to the south and Bartlett Lake to the east.
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Sep 23 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Shadows Mountain - Coconino NFFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2016
charlieaz
Hiking3.44 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.44 Miles
600 ft AEG
 
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It was very cold and windy especially on the peaks. The pines on top of White Horse where sure whistling a tune. I put an extra shirt on before I left the XTerra but it wasn't enough. Should have taken my coat. There was snow on Humphreys peak and the surrounding aspen trees were beautifully dressed in red and yellow for fall. I didn't see a living thing on the whole hike which is a first. Loved the solitude.
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Sep 23 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Hochderffer HillsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2016
charlieaz
Hiking0.90 Miles
Hiking0.90 Miles
 
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This was a nice hike shrouded in pines, but very little exposed spots to see the fall scenery. There were a lot of hikers and hunters about as I did this hike. There was no real view of the surrounding area from the top. A little to the northeast of the summit is an opening where you can get a good look out of the trees. Otherwise it's all fairly dense pines. I saw elk, deer, ravens and quite a lot of sign that a bear likes this area too.
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Mar 25 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Cochrane HillFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2016
charlieaz
Hiking0.92 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking0.92 Miles
530 ft AEG
 
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Hiked this along with a couple others for Summits on the Air. Love the weather right now.
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Mar 25 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
O'Neill CraterFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2016
charlieaz
Hiking1.50 Miles 655 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
655 ft AEG
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I really enjoyed this hike. A little steep in places. Ruins on the way up, or so it appeared. Either that or somebody local had a lot of time on their hands. I found the USGS marker at the top. That southern edge was a bit worrisome. Especially with the high winds. I had to set up the antenna for portable ham radio ops down from the peak a little on the north side so it wouldn't topple over the edge, should the wind tip it over (which it did).

I also hiked Cochrane Hill which doesn't have a write-up in HAZ at the moment. I'll have to rectify that. It was about the same distance. And I drove to the top of North Sheba Crater for radio ops. Man North Sheba Crater was desolate. I couldn't hardly scrounge up a rock to keep my antenna mast up. Had to lean my back against it to keep the wind from blowing it over . . . that only worked about half the time.
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Jan 29 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Beacon Hill - KNFFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2016
charlieaz
Hiking1.60 Miles 444 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles
444 ft AEG
 
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As expected, the road leading to the start of BEEBEE's tracks was snowed in. I parked off the road on the north-west end of the Mountain Ranch Resort. This made the hike a little longer, but not much - 1.6 miles round trip. I had bare ground and crusted over snow for a good portion of the hike which made the hike easy in those spots. There were a few places, especially near the top where the snow came up to my thighs. Still, this is a quick and easy SOTA activation. There is cell reception at the top.
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Jan 29 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Spitz Hill - KNFFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2016
charlieaz
Hiking1.35 Miles 624 AEG
Hiking1.35 Miles
624 ft AEG
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The road was open to the starting point of BEEBEE's tracks, however there is a lot of mud and I would have got stuck had I not had 4x4. Most of the snow has melted. It was an easy climb to the top with very little issues with deep snow. The day was a warm one. I only wore a short-sleeve t-shirt for the hike. There was plenty of bare ground on top so I didn't have to use my tarp for my radio. I played radio for an hour and then went back to the car. Snow was melting at such a rate when I was leaving that there were small trickles of water running down the road.
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Jan 23 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2016
charlieaz
Hiking2.90 Miles 1,880 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles
1,880 ft AEG
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It was a beautiful day for a hike. I left the house at about 8:15 am from Mesa and arrived at the trailhead at about 9:30 am. The first time I did this hike two years ago I was in much better shape and I could totally tell the difference. It seemed a lot harder than I remember. The wind was blowing really hard for most of the trip. There were a lot of people on the trail including 2 or 3 scout troops and a large religious group. When I reached the saddle there were about 25 people resting. I made it down the first stretch of cables from the saddle and started up from there when that group passed me. I’m usually annoyed at myself when I get passed by a large number of people, but didn’t seem to care at all today. I just found a rock to sit on and ate a Cliff bar. I pressed on and waited my turn at each set of cables (yes it was that busy). Once on top the wind seemed to let up a bit and I set up the radio gear and started sending Morse code. I was approached by somebody on 3-4 separate occasions who asked what I was doing. At the suggestion of my wife, next time somebody asks I think I’ll answer “I’m phoning the mother ship” just to see the reaction.
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Jan 18 2016
charlieaz
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 Guides 7
 Routes 17
 Photos 500
 Triplogs 190

49 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2016
charlieaz
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles
2,250 ft AEG
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Parked in the lot at the end of Golden Eagle to the left of the guard shack. There was only one other car in the lot at 8:30 am. It’s a nice desert hike. There was heavy equipment and a disassembled tower near the Dixie Mine. A sign on the trail indicates a closure the next three days for their work. I was warned about how steep the last 3/4 miles is but wow – kicked my butt (45 and feeling it!). Workers on a Bobcat and Rhino passed me without offering a lift – dang! Spent 90 minutes on top working the ham radio on the helipad. One of the crew up there working on the site asked if I was calling in a helicopter . . . haha. The first 3/4 mile back down killed my knees but it was so worth the effort. Passed about 8 hikers up and back. Returned to the car at about 3:00 pm. Nice view and a good challenge.
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