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May 31 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Little Daisy Mine and Bushnell Tanks, AZ 
Little Daisy Mine and Bushnell Tanks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 31 2020
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Hiking13.12 Miles 1,335 AEG
Hiking13.12 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   2.44 mph
1,335 ft AEG
 
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Started about 5:40am. Temp was a glorious 73 degrees. Made good time getting up to the Little Daisy Mine. I spent a little while here exploring what few ruins there are, checking out the mine dump, and peering into the open adit. I could see tracks for an ore cart inside, but the square set timbers at the entrance were charred and the air smelled foul, so I kept out of there. On the way back down, I came across a rattler coiled up on the trail. Failed to get a picture as he beat a hasty retreat. He was a darker variety than I've seen previously, but not completely black.

After descending back to the valley floor, I made the easy walk up to Bushnell Tanks and across the wash to the north where a geocache lies hidden. Lucky the cache was up on the hillside among some boulders. A bull ambled by, bellowing the whole time. I thought it prudent to remain up in the rocks until he found whomever he was calling for.

By this time, the morning was starting to heat up and I was more than half way through my water. I headed back toward the Jeep, grabbing a few more geocaches along the way. One of note was at a rocky overlook of Sycamore Creek. A great view, but the hawk that was dive bombing me would have preferred that I enjoy the view from somewhere else.
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May 26 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2020
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Hiking4.00 Miles 689 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   2.79 mph
689 ft AEG
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Knocked off early from work and came out for a little exercise. Hot on the way up, reasonably nice coming down. Only encountered one other person on the trail. I do enjoy my Sonoran Desert summers.
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May 24 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2020
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Hiking1.76 Miles 249 AEG
Hiking1.76 Miles
249 ft AEG
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Short out and back to grab a couple of brand new geocaches. Started at 4:15pm. Not a soul at the trailhead, despite the reasonably nice temps (maybe 90, of that?). Met a fellow hiker upon returning to the trailhead. He asked about the mosquitoes and the flies. I replied...

We have cluster flies, alas.
And this time of year is bad.
We are so very sorry
There is little we can do,
But swat them.
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May 24 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Everyone Went to Flag so I'm Chasing Geocaches, AZ 
Everyone Went to Flag so I'm Chasing Geocaches, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 24 2020
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Hiking2.42 Miles 338 AEG
Hiking2.42 Miles   45 Hrs   18 Mns   0.05 mph
338 ft AEG
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Hot... but not Arizona hot. I'd never come up the Maricopa Trail to where it hooks into the Pass Mtn Trail. Very nice. Lots of quail running about... quailing as quails do. No sneks, but lots of little lizards. Air was so clear I could see Picacho Peak clearly.
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May 22 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Newman Peak TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2020
adenium
Hiking5.51 Miles 2,680 AEG
Hiking5.51 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   1.02 mph
2,680 ft AEG
 
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Tough hike for my 46th birthday and 6000th geocache find. Going up was good, more or less. I think I got a little more winded than normal, which I attribute to my diet over the course of the stay at home order. At the top, I thought about making a quick little jaunt over to Peak 4209, but after contemplating the route over a Clif Bar, I decided I need to go join a gym instead. Or at least do some squats every once in a while. Descending was the typical slapstick comedy that is Me Going Downhill. I only fell down three times, but they were epic as hard butt-sits go.
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May 03 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Short AJ Geocaching Jaunt, AZ 
Short AJ Geocaching Jaunt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 03 2020
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Hiking3.77 Miles 67 AEG
Hiking3.77 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   1.59 mph
67 ft AEG
 
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Short walk near the Bulldog Floodway to get some exercise and geocaching in.
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Apr 26 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
AJ Geocaching, AZ 
AJ Geocaching, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2020
adenium
Hiking4.25 Miles 108 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   1.98 mph
108 ft AEG
 
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A thoroughly enjoyable, if a tad hot, afternoon walk in the public lands strip off of Idaho Road. Lots of lizards and bunnies, but no humans.
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Apr 18 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Love Letters Part 3, AZ 
Love Letters Part 3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
adenium
Hiking2.32 Miles 55 AEG
Hiking2.32 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.21 mph
55 ft AEG
 
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Finishing up the Love Letters caches. Short walk and then a drive south. Thought about trying to get to Martinez Mine, but my gas tank said otherwise.
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Apr 11 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Love Letters Part 2, AZ 
Love Letters Part 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
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Hiking5.04 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking5.04 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.80 mph
150 ft AEG
 
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Continuing the Love Letters series of geocaches out by Reymert. Another late start but I thought I would be able to complete the series today. Somehow I failed to notice the dark clouds south of Mineral Mountain. By the time the wind started picking up and the temps dropped into the upper 50s, it was too late for me to beat it back to the car without getting wet. I pressed on, continuing to find these geocaches until it was just too cold and wet and windy. At that point I beat it back to the Jeep. Glad I did, too. After that, it started pouring.
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Apr 05 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Love Letters, AZ 
Love Letters, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2020
adenium
Hiking5.91 Miles 368 AEG
Hiking5.91 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   1.80 mph
368 ft AEG
 
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Love Letters is a series of geocaches out by Reymert. If you make the full loop, your route makes a heart shape. I got a late start, after hemming and hawing about where I wanted to go to ensure minimum exposure to other people, so I only managed half the loop. There were a couple of peaks that I wanted to bag, but by my third cup of coffee it was mid-morning and this trail of caches seemed to fit the bill.

Not much to say about this walkabout. The weather, the scenery, the solitude... it was all just very pleasant. Plus I enjoy Pinal Schist... pretty rock. Lots of lupines around the washes. It was probably a nice show a couple of weeks ago.

Saw a couple of deer who were hanging out with a bunch of cows. The calf/cow pairs split, but a couple of curious steers hung out to see what I was up to. They followed me for a bit, until they realized that geocaching was kinda silly and they took off.

I didn't take a picture but I came across a saguaro with a huge nest in it. Big sticks in a big nest. Probably not hummingbirds.

No snakes until I got back to the Jeep. I startled a juvenile rattler that had a mouse in it's mouth. I didn't mean to disturb his meal. He spit it out and backed into a bush. I hope he came back to get the mouse. Food waste is such a serious problem in this country.
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Mar 29 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Pedestal Arch, AZ 
Pedestal Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2020
adenium
Hiking6.64 Miles 880 AEG
Hiking6.64 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.99 mph
880 ft AEG
 
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Lovely day for a hike... perhaps the last cool day before higher temps start setting in. Lots of water still, some running and some in potholes, in the washes. The wildflowers are mostly played out, and the cactus are starting up their display. Didn't see any other people on my route, which is the point of coming out here :D

Drove in from the Cottonwood OHV trail head. The gate was open, coming and going. I drove down as far as I felt comfortable and walked down the wash to where I could pick up "Horse with no Name." Took Horse around the mountain and missed the spot where I should have turned north and crossed the big wash. The foxtails are dense back here. That and I was daydreaming.

I managed to get myself back on track, found my way up the side canyon and up the hill to the arch. This has to be the best looking arch I've seen in the Goldfields. Very cool spot. On the way back, I tried to follow this side wash back down to the main canyon, but that wasn't happening. Big drops involved. So I backtracked and took the familiar route laid out by people who had already figured this out.
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Mar 26 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2020
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Hiking5.17 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking5.17 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.75 mph
1,260 ft AEG
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Rare Thursday afternoon hike for me. Arrived at the trailhead about 4pm... I would have been there sooner, but I was way into a podcast in the car and only realized I'd overshot my exit when I saw a sign for Idaho Road. :oops:

Meridian trailhead was packed, but I only saw four people total on this loop. People must be taking the "back way" into Usery Park.

Around the north side of Peak 3004 I passed through an area of pure owl clover. It must have been grand in its prime.

I think this was the latest I've been on these trails and they never disappoint. Golden Hour out here is exceptional.
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Mar 22 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Are You Serious, AZ 
Are You Serious, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
adenium
Hiking1.70 Miles 734 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   1.00 mph
734 ft AEG
 
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"Are You Serious?" is the name of a geocache at the top of a random peak at the north end of Bulldog Canyon. I had driven through the area March 2013. I had contemplated climbing up there to find this cache, but in the end I opted for a fun drive through Bulldog Canyon. I decided to come back out today and try to find this one. I parked at the wash crossing and made my way uphill until I was forced to turn north and pick my way up and around to the summit. The tippy top tuned out to be not much of a top at all, with long drops on either side. Great views, of course. On the way back down, I spotted a cave a detoured to check it out. The cave looked more like an excavation up close. It went back in about 20 feet and a smaller crack continued on into the heart of the mountain. Cool area, love the Goldfields.
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Mar 21 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Checkmate Arch and Helmet Rock, AZ 
Checkmate Arch and Helmet Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
adenium
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,238 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   1.92 mph
1,238 ft AEG
 
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I don't like either of these names. Neither are official, but these just seem to be in colloquial use on this site. Checkmate Arch, or Man with a Camel as it's been called elsewhere, was my first destination. There's a geocache up there that hadn't been visited in a couple of years and I missed it last week when I was out here. The climb was easy enough and after a while I stumbled onto a route marked by stacked rocks. This ended up making for an easy hike up the hill with plenty of logical places to switch back (as opposed to what I usually do which is just point my body uphill and start walking).

Having found the geocache, I headed back down and decided I wanted to revisit the cave/alcove I saw with my son last weekend. I headed down to what is apparently called Helmet Rock. That's so stupid, it clearly looks like a nipple. Anyway, the climb up to the cave turned out to be easier than I had first thought. Turns out it's more of an alcove that someone has been deepening in search of gold. I explored this for a moment and decided to find a way to the tip of the nipple. Fairly easy getting up there, it would turn out. Toward the top, it was a little dicey with a super steep incline at the very last. This coupled with some loose gravel gave me pause, but I pushed on. The views from the top are fantastic, to say the least.

Coming back down from the tip, I wandered around a bit on the bare rocky area below, and headed back toward my Jeep. Made one last stop on my way out, with one last awesome view of Willow Basin, Four Peaks, and Weaver's Needle.
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Mar 17 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain Saddle from Meridian Trailhead, AZ 
Pass Mountain Saddle from Meridian Trailhead, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2020
adenium
Hiking4.00 Miles 657 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   3.24 mph
657 ft AEG
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Quick jaunt for the exercise. One rattlesnake on the trail. They're out!
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Mar 14 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Another Goldfields Loop, AZ 
Another Goldfields Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
adenium
Hiking6.10 Miles 904 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.13 mph
904 ft AEG
 
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Got my teen out on the trail today. No rain, no homework, no more excuses. He ended up having a great time anyway, though he got a little fatigued at the end. Lots of running water in the Goldfields today. I'm glad I got to see this. When I walk through some of these canyons out here, I often wonder what the place would be like after a rainstorm.
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Mar 13 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Short Goldfield Wander, AZ 
Short Goldfield Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2020
adenium
Hiking4.89 Miles 838 AEG
Hiking4.89 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.42 mph
838 ft AEG
 
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Short trip to check out some areas I spotted earlier in the week. Didn't get to everything as I got rained out toward the end. Once it started thundering I decided to just beat it on back to the car. Lots more to explore, though!
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Mar 12 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2020
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Hiking6.33 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking6.33 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   1.50 mph
2,900 ft AEG
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What can I say, it was tough. It's been almost eight years to the day that I first came up this route. The first time I passed on Flatiron and went over to the high point instead. I aimed to correct that this time. It was a nice overcast day for a hike. Rains from the previous day provided running water in Siphon Draw. Fortunately, the route past the basin was relatively dry. I spent a little time alone on top, chatting with a plump squirrel. I only had dates and he looked like he didn't need the extra calories. The clouds threatened to rain all day, but it didn't until I was safely down past the basin.
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Mar 09 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Willow Basin Loop, AZ 
Willow Basin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2020
adenium
Hiking5.00 Miles 806 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.44 mph
806 ft AEG
 
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Late start... arrived at the Willow Basin gate at 3 p.m. Had a pleasant walk around this area I've only ever seen on aerials. Need to return to explore some of the rocky areas to the west.
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Mar 08 2020
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Broadway CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2020
adenium
Hiking3.89 Miles 960 AEG
Hiking3.89 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   1.96 mph
960 ft AEG
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Quick up and back with my teen.
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