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Sep 28 2008
oraibi52
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 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2008
oraibi52
Hiking6.00 Miles 440 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   1.47 mph
440 ft AEG
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Another great hike!

We began our trip at 0500 hours with a carbohydrate-heavy breakfast. After breakfast we finished packing the Highlander and at 0545 hours we departed for Red Rock Country.

In planning for this trip we had originally planned to hike Wilson Mountain, but my best friend and wife developed a slight blister and we decided it would be more prudent to do a less strenuous hike or hikes. So we decided to hike Boynton Canyon and Vultee Arch trails.

We arrived in the Sedona, Arizona area around 0715 hours and immediately started taking pictures of the various red rock formations. This picture-taking probably delayed the beginning of our hike by about 30 minutes, but it was worth it.

We arrived at the parking area around 0800 hours where changed shoes and saddled up for the hike. the parking area was filling up fast with automobiles (by the time we returned from the hike, the lot was full). Sunday was a free-parking day, thus a Red Rock pass was not needed.

We started our hike at 0826 hours and traveled at our usual picture-taking pace. The trail has a variety of footing; very sandy, rocky, hard pack. Also, the trail takes you through a variety of ecological zones; desert, creek bed, dense forest. We only saw butterflies and birds during the hike. We arrived the end of the outbound leg of the hike around 1010 hours and took a 35-minute break to enjoy the canyon and have a light brunch of soy nuts, beef jerky, and banana chips; all washed down with water.

Boynton Canyon trail, being a very popular hike, was very busy with other hikers and there were as many as eight groups at the trail's outbound turnaround area at the same time. We began our inbound segment of the hike at 1045 hours; this was after taking few more pictures. Our inbound hike was somewhat of a speed hike (for us) with picture taking limited to the cliff dwellings and a few red rock formations. We arrived back at the parking area at 1228 hours. After taking a short break, we drove over to the Vultee Arch trail head.

On the return leg of the Boynton Canyon hike, we noticed the formulation of clouds which made us tentative about hiking the Vultee Arch trail. When we arrived at Vultee Arch TH, we had a snack and some water, and we thought more about the weather possibly changing on us. Since the road to Vultee Arch TH is such an "inviting specimen" to drive on, we were concerned about getting a fast and hard downpour, thereby making it difficult to impossible for us to transit the forest road that takes you to and from Vultee Arch trail head. Consequently, we decided to postpone our hike of Vultee Arch until a later date. Will probably do Vultee Arch and Dry Creek hikes on the same day; most likely in mid to late October - we have an out-of-town wedding to attend in early October.
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Sep 21 2008
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 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Spruce Mountain/Trail 307, AZ 
Spruce Mountain/Trail 307, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2008
oraibi52
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   1.68 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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Our hike of Trail 307 was another grand outing and experience.

We began our travels at 0545 hours on Sunday, September 21, 2008 with a two-hour drive from home to the trail head. Arizona always looks so different in the early morning; and the beauty of the mountains and deserts is more vivid in color and shapes.

After arriving at the trail head and saddling up for our hike, we took a few pictures at the trail head. My wife saw two skunks in the area, but I missed that "opportunity." We actually started our hike at 0753 hours.

We hiked the north trail to Spruce Mountain first; and this route is the shortest distance to Spruce Mountain lookout. As we hiked the trail, we took some pictures of the surrounding mountains and the flora. We hope that we would see a deer or two, but that was not to be.

We arrive at the lookout area at 1005 hours. At the lookout area, we stopped to have our usual trail meal (soy nuts, banana chips, beef jerky and water). While there we talked with another couple who had began their hike on the south trail route and was returning via the north trail route. Another hiking couple, who started their hike on the north trail route joined us the lookout and took a break. A group of ATV rider (three ATV in total) also joined us at the lookout.

We left the lookout area around 1033 and began our hike of the south trail back to the trail head. This segment of the hike was longer in distance than the north trail, but the elevation change was more gradual. Also, the south trail seem to be more interesting hiking and viewing than the north trail.

During our hike of the south trail, we met two other couples going in the same direction (they were speed hiking; we don't speed hike). Also, we encountered mountain biker, a mule rider, and two couple (traveling separately) out riding their horses.

We arrived back at the trail head at 1315 hours. According to the trail sing, our loop hike was nine miles in distance. After resting a few minutes and changing clothes, we went to an early dinner of salad, bread and meat; all washed down with iced tea.

The spiritual highs that we get from these hikes cannot be overstated. We are already looking forward to our next hike; possibly in the red rock area of Sedona, Arizona.

Keep on trekking.
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Sep 16 2008
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 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Inner Basin/Waterline/Sugarloaf, AZ 
Inner Basin/Waterline/Sugarloaf, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2008
oraibi52
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs   8 Mns   1.36 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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My wife and I hiked to the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks/Kachina Peaks Wilderness area.

A FANTASTIC HIKE!!!

After arriving at Raspberry Spring, we stopped for lunch and picture taking.

Additionally, we hiked along Waterline Road to an unknown trail that I had read about; I'll call it Sugarloaf Mountain Trail (not the trail to Sugarloaf Mountain peak). The trail is an alternative route back to Lockett Meadow Spring, and provided a loop hike feature to our Inner Basin trek.

The alternative off-trail route to Lockett Meadow Spring provided interesting hiking and viewing of the San Francisco peaks, Interior Valley, Sugarloaf Mountain and the valley.

Travel distance is for loop hike with a couple of side hike adventures.
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Sep 16 2008
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 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Waterline Road, AZ 
Waterline Road, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2008
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This is a continuation of my triplog for my hike of Inner Basin/Waterline Road/Sugarloaf Mountain.

We started hiking the Waterline Road on our inbound leg and followed the road for about 1.5 miles before reaching the unmarked trail (we named it Sugarloaf Trail) that returns you to Lockett Meadow Spring. The road was a nice, shady reprieve for a very sunny and cool day. The road is lined on both sides with Quaking Aspen. Many of the trees were just beginning to turn to their Autumn colors.

We saw a large camping group (we think they were from Prescott Community College)as we hiked along the road.
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Sep 16 2008
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 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Sugarloaf Trail Inner Basin Loop, AZ 
Sugarloaf Trail Inner Basin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2008
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This unknown trail, labeled Sugarloaf Trail by me, was used to complete a loop hike to the Inner Basin.

The trail intersects with the Waterline Road Trail and runs for about 1.7 miles to return you to Lockett Meadow Spring. The trail is very rough and is crisscrossed by numerous unidentified trails. Sugarloaf Trail passes through a saddle near Sugarloaf Mountain (35.35837, -111.61325) just before returning you to Lockett.

One of the cross trails had cairn identifying it. We took that trail for a little ways and found that it takes you north and east of Sugarloaf Mountain; and possibly to the peak. Plan to explore it the next time we visit Lockett Meadow Spring.

Hiking this closing segment of our Inner Basin Loop route was pleasant and interesting. Overall, I give the Inner Basin loop hike that we traveled four of five stars.
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Sep 10 2008
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68 male
 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Spence Creek/Railroad Grade Trail 332, AZ 
Spence Creek/Railroad Grade Trail 332, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2008
oraibi52
Hiking8.10 Miles 538 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   1.98 mph
538 ft AEG
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This hike was moderate in style and the distance shown is round trip mileage (approximately 13 kilometers). Trail 332 is longer than what we hiked; we began our outbound leg at the Thumb Butte Road trail head and ended it at the Iron Springs Road, south trail head. The trail continues in a northerly direction once you cross Iron Springs Road. We were told by a local outfitter that Trail 332 would eventually become a loop trail encircling Prescott, Arizona.

To reach our hiking environs, we left home (via automobile) around 0530 hours and arrived at the trail head around 0740 hours.

After saddling up we started our hike at 0747 hours. When we started our hike, the morning temperature was still quite cool (around 64 degree Fahrenheit/18 degrees Celsius) and the sky was overcast with a threat of thunderstorms, so we wore lightweight, water resistant jackets. About a fourth of the way into our hike, we began to warm up and removed our jackets. During the first 0.5 miles of the trail, we met two returning hikers. Also, during this same segment you will pass the intersection with Trail 318.

The trail travels along the creek and railroad grade. At about 1.7 miles/2.7 kilometers, the trail divides into Trail 332 and Trail 327. Before reaching the trail divide, you will pass an old corral; and near where Trail 332 meets Trail 327 you will find an, old stone fireplace. At the intersection of Trails 332 and 327, we saw two hikers who were headed south - toward Thumb Butte Road.

Once you pass the stone fireplace, you ascend a slight knoll and then descend to the railroad grade; which travels in two, opposite directions. Here we turned northwest to continue on Trail 332. Trail 332 continues for another 1.8 miles as you ascend to Iron Springs Road.
The opposite direction to Trail 332 and along the railroad grade takes you to a nearby pond and some private residences. We traveled for 0.25 miles in this direction to see the pond before turning around to continue on our original path.

As we hiked Trail 332 to Iron Springs Road, we saw two deer and passed a forest service building. We also passed under power lines about 0.25 miles west of where the trail intersects with railroad grade; this was not shown my map. Also, we saw an ATV rider (who appeared to be a forest service worker) and a mountain biker.

The railroad grade segment of Trail 332 turns north at about one mile west of the trail-railroad grade intersection, and it is about one mile to the trail head located on the south side of Iron Springs Road. This segment is ascends in elevation and along the way you will pass an old open pit mine. Also and as along the first mile of Trail 332, there is an abundance of flora.

Once we reached Iron Springs Road, we reversed the route to our starting point. On the inbound leg, we saw a very small, well camouflaged lizard. When it moved, my wife thought it was just a rock that I had kicked, but subsequently discovered that it was lizard. We had our lunch during the inbound portion of our hike.

We completed our hike at 1152 hours.
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Sep 03 2008
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68 male
 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Vista Point Overlook Trail 261, AZ 
Vista Point Overlook Trail 261, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2008
oraibi52
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,627 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.13 mph
1,627 ft AEG
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Trail 261, at the Granite Mountain area, was one of our more invigorating hikes and we enjoyed it immensely. This was our first time hiking Trail 261.

We left home at 5:50am and drove to the trailhead; about a two-hour drive. We began our round trip hike to Vista Point Overlook at 8:07am and finished a little after 2pm. Our hiking time includes many stops for pictures and a 25-minute lunch break near Vista Point Overlook.

Our lunch consisted of our usual trail fare; soy nuts, banana chips, and beef jerky - all washed down with water. Additionally, we had two snack breaks of about five minutes each - we ate peanut butter cookies w/jelly filling just before starting the hike and banana muffins were consumed when reached Blair Pass on the return leg.

We consumed a lot of water on this hike, but did not have to use our reserve.

There was a lot of hiking/running traffic on the trail; thought we were on a Phoenix, Arizona freeway at rush hour. We did not see any large animals, but at about 6400-feet elevation we did see what looked like a Common Lesser Earless Lizard (We're not experts on lizards).

We will make this hike one of our regular events.
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Aug 27 2008
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68 male
 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Butte Creek (Thumb Butte area), AZ 
Butte Creek (Thumb Butte area), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2008
oraibi52
Hiking5.02 Miles 431 AEG
Hiking5.02 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.12 mph
431 ft AEG
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Our Butte Creek trip was a hike of three trails (326, 323, and 321)and Forest Road 373A. The first leg of our hike began at 9am on Trail 326 near Miller Creek and we traveled for about 1.1 miles where we intersected Trail 323. Trail 326 to the intersection with Tr 323 has an AEG of 431 feet and you travel in a southwesterly direction. Quite a few fallen trees frame Tr 326 and you have an excellent view of Thumb Butte; plenty of flora to see along the trail.

Trail 323 travels East for about a one-half mile to Butte Creek and trail 321. AEG is -182 feet. The hike affords you a fine view of the south side of Thumb Butte. Mostly trees to see along the route. You get an excellent view of Prescott, Arizona from Tr 323.

Just before reaching Butte Creek, you connect with Tr 321. When we reached Tr 321, we stopped for a snack of fiber and protein bars. In traveling Tr 321 (AEG 136 feet; distance 0.74 miles) you will see plenty of flora. Trail 321 basically takes you along Butte Creek (which was dry during our hike) where you initially hike along the west bank of the creek in a southerly direction and after approximately 0.25 miles travel you cross to the east side of Butte Creek and continue on a southerly course until you reach Forest Road 373A.

When we reached FR 373A we traveled west with the intention to connect with Tr 322 but the road forked (which did not show on our map) and of course we took the wrong fork and missed Tr 322. After traveling for about a mile and making several probes of dead end roads, we reached the intersection of Tr 326 and the spur for FR 373A (we knew this would occur thus made a decision not to back track just to hike Tr 322 - will hike it another day).

On reaching the south end of Tr 326, we stopped for a lunch of soy nuts, banana chips and beef jerky, and washed it all down with water. The time was 1200pm when we reached Tr 326 and we could see the storm clouds coming so we quickly finished our lunch and around 1210pm proceeded to hike Tr 326 back to our where our car was parked. Trail 326, when traveling in a northerly direction, has an AEG of -484 feet. We arrived back at our car around 1:30pm.

This was a very nice hike. The storm arrived about one hour after we completed our hike.
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Aug 13 2008
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 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Three Trails at Thumb Butte, AZ 
Three Trails at Thumb Butte, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2008
oraibi52
Hiking1.60 Miles 370 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.07 mph
370 ft AEG
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Our hiking experience at Thumb Butte was an enjoyable one. The three trails that we traveled were trails 33, 314, and 326. Total distance traveled was 1.6 miles and travel time was about 1.5 hours.

Trail 33 is heavily traveled, but trails 314 and 326 are moderately traveled trails.
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Aug 12 2008
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 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Lynx Ruin Trail #301Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2008
oraibi52
Hiking0.50 Miles 54 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      20 Mns   1.50 mph
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This trail (#301) was a nice, short hike. It is a moderately used trail and easy difficulty.

At the outbound end of this trail you will find an observation stand where you will get excellent views of nearby Lynx Lake and other distant parts of Prescott National Forest.

Along the trail you will find many Piñon Pine and Alligator Juniper trees. You will see a few Ponderosa Pine trees too.

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=72

Pictures for this hike will be added.
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Aug 11 2008
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 Joined Aug 25 2008
 Cave Creek, AZ
Homestead Trail Lynx Lake, AZ 
Homestead Trail Lynx Lake, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2008
oraibi52
Hiking4.90 Miles 73 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.96 mph
73 ft AEG
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This hike was part of our camping trip (well maintained camp site at Hilltop) to Lynx Lake. We hiked from our Hilltop camp site along Trail 305 (Homestead Trail) to the second intersection with Trail 442 (a loop trail), then we followed Tr 442, via a spur trail back to Tr 305 and then reversed our route to return to our camp site. Trail 442 takes you up a small peak near the Highland Center for Natural History.

The full length of the Homestead Trail (we hiked only a third of the trail) is a little more than six miles and used heavily by mountain bikers as well as hikers. The AEG shown with this trip log (for the portion of the trail we hiked) can be deceptive. We began our hike at an elevation of 5643 feet, hiked to 5675 feet(highest elevation of our hike), then descended to an elevation of 5513 at about 1.75 miles, and ascended to 5656 feet before retracing our route back to camp.

Overall the trail is heavily used and easy to moderate in difficulty.

You will find plenty ponderosa pines, pinon pines, junipers, etc. Also, you may be lucky to see a deer or two; we saw two deers during our hike and was able to capture one of the deer in a picture with our digital camera.

Will attempt to post pictures using same trip name.
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