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Oct 10 2021
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Along the San Pedro again, AZ 
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Some on and some off trail, didn't see anyone until back at parking lot. Some interesting things although some boring hiking but fast on old rail bed. Trees should be good around mid to late November as I recall; but every year is different. I missed a spot I wanted to see instead of being short went past it. Oh well.
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Driveline Winds 2021, AZ 
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Since I have a ton of pics posting this separate. I altered my driving route and was glad I did. If you have the time as it does take longer I would recommend this for the scenery aspect, light traffic when I did it, and nice car camping choices if you are going to take your time going up.
From Flag north, I went thru Kayenta and Monument Valley, Blanding, Bluff, Moab, I -70 ( where I drove for some time with no one in front of or behind me) to the excellent Co-139. I highly recommend this little road, very scenic high desert with some touron opportunities off the road. Then thru Dinosaur and Flaming Gorge to Rock Springs Wyo.

Some exciting driving due to storms. I enjoy avoiding I-17 if at all possible and the CF that is driving thru Salt Lake City interstate system. I will likely use this route again.
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Hydrology Hike, AZ 
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Looking at some spots near the border. Wanted to see how things were faring with the less than stellar rain for about a year+ now. First up the huge swim pool like tank, resembling to me a small cenote in the old country. I was very surprised to find it with a lot of water yet. Down 3 feet from it's high point but still fish swimming about and enough of a rock apron so animals and humans could water there. The water was not stagnant looking. Makes me think this thing is fed from an underground source; which leads me to think about the water table in the area. A lot of the old mines here at a certain depth are wet. So, on to some old mines. One I had been in 2 or three times they have now gated. No great loss to the mine explorer. The lower tunnel looked dry, so it's moisture simply run off. The canyon tank areas dry. Since I could no longer access the upper tunnel not sure if damp or not.

Some interesting road improvements going on. One made sense, as it is a derelict 4x4 route but it gets you to the border and close to where there is newer section of wall. The forest service left their nice Cat parked where they had torn up the road. I drove up onto the shelf to see how far they had gone. Only one place to really turn around on the shelf portion of this road. I wonder what they will do. Sections of this road is against a cliff face with a fairly vertical drop with no rolling hill to use to fill on. Going higher looks like a major pain. I guess a few months from now I will see.

Next up a road grader parked and I drove out; major improvement on a narrow brushy part but he blew it on a rocky section. If it ever does rain this will wash big time and you will need a rock crawler or my Jeep to get by it. The tank with the water fountain still operational and nice cold water although not tippy top full. The solar powered pump running and pulling water out of the gated mine tunnel. Several deer ran off as I approached but at least the water is there for them.
Another water tank nearby had several cows gulping it down. The road improvement ended at a ridge line and turning the Jeep around was a pain.

Next, another spot I didn't intend to hike but when I popped over the hill and saw all the blackened areas of recent fire shouldered the pack and away I went. Large retardant dump streaking the hillside just above the private land area. I hiked down to the mine tunnel and sure enough, water still, I didn't have a good light with so didn't pursue it but again likely supported by ground level water, and possibly a non porous floor of mud and rock in the tunnel.

The drive out looking at the desolate hot landscape, so many brown leafed oaks and no grazing for the animals. The ranchers have left out lots of new salt blocks for the cows; someone must have gotten a pallet load. Reassuring though that some of the water sources are good even if the man made dirt tanks are dry.
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Pinal Ruins - SRC WildernessGlobe, AZ
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One and done. The route to the top pretty straightforward with a couple of places I didn't care for but it wasn't hard; after all this was an old route. The ruins were surprisingly sterile I thought, not one pot shard did I see, and I was able to get down from the main room where any likely trash should be thrown.
However stellar views of the river twisting around. The return involved some butt hiking. I left my pack at the little solo saguaro saddle as to scramble unencumbered.

Picked up the main old route down connecting the sites. Some things along there if you are paying attention, which you should as there is a fair amount of cactus. I will return at some point to do some additional hiking here. One; it's very pretty and two, not all that accessible except certain times of year. Fail to get into the mouth of Pinal Creek where I saw one green looking pool near the river.

Was able to scoot past on the bank but attached a handline to my pack and pulled it over both times. Pics later. oh, and neoprene socks are nice as the water is pretty cold.
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Nov 14 2020
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South Fork of Cave Creek #243Tucson, AZ
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Nov 08 2020
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Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
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Go Now! Color is pretty good in lower to mid canyon. Did not get to Aspen as was too busy off trail and up some side drainages. Probably the best color in Southern Az right now although I cannot speak to Ramsey canyon. About 85% of my photos when I wade thru the 300+ I took are off trail. It's not the best but it is good. Got mud on the Jeep on the drive in so area seemed to get some pretty good rain last night. Some log limbo on the trail and lots of blow down in the canyon proper. Somebody parked their full size Nissan PU in a good spot. I wish I had brought a lawn chair and popcorn to see them get out of that one. I saw no one early but I wasn't on the trail, a few hikers on the way out.
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Oct 31 2020
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South Fork of Cave Creek #243Tucson, AZ
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Early for color but since I was suffering from fall FOMO I went ahead and made the drive. IMO mid November should be good. Again, some trees are turned, mostly red and small outliers. Plenty of big green maples. Some water in the creek. I was alone on the trail except about 1 min on my return from my vehicle encountered 4 hikers. A couple of people had set up chairs and having lunch at the TH. Looks like a little more work on the rerouted trail. For some reason I felt more depressed seeing the changes in here than I had previous. Think it's just the overall year I've been having in general. Great weather tho and great to be out.
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Mt Graham Maple/Aspen/Ferns, AZ 
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Meh, some pockets of nice color but very uneven turn. Some maples were green, red, pinky brown, yellow brown, brown some past peak. Same with the Aspen, some green some brown and some yellow and yellow with the red tinge. Lots of brown ferns. A little water in some of the drainages. I was up early, lots of vehicles as I was coming off the mountain. Glad to get up there but don't drive up here for the maples for sure. Nice to see some patches of blue sky with cloud layer. It seems forever looking at the white haze down here. I haven't looked at my photos will work on some tomorrow.
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Actually went very well. Six vehicles including mine and about 13 people including some kids. Two short hikes, one off trail, and two stops involving some sight seeing and eating. No one fell or got hurt, no breakdowns, and not too much whining. One mine stop, short and easy tunnel. Kids loved that. All promised no identification on their chosen social media. But, of course, I didn't take them to the really really "good" stuff. It was fun and scenic and I took no photos just relaxed. Good day.
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Desert morning, AZ 
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Twice a week I do a couple of miles in the desert adjacent to my housing development. Normally I don't log these although they have been rich in some archaeo, flora, fauna. This morning a brahma/ angus cross bull, huge, two deer I got a clear view of one a very large doe, looked like a muley?!, a fight/chase with two road runners and a male quail, and a very photogenic rattlesnake. IMO worthy of note. The snake pics are from my cell phone so not great quality but that snake was a beauty.
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Apr 19 2020
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Backyard Sunday, AZ 
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More driving than hiking. Drove out an ATV track to see if it will get me near a wash that goes into some crazy geology. I crossed an interesting wash that I hiked in on my way out. The road went near to where I wanted so it will be used for my hike in the future. A few flowers and some short stretches that went through an Ocotillo jungle.
The wash had a lot of slickrock for it's location and some surprising rock features. This is a new area for consideration during monsoon if I need to be near home.
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With a nod to Ed Abbey; down near the border with it's usual surprises
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Back to an area with a little more running water than usual; not the flow anticipated but nice none the less. Did have to get feet wet when usually could rock hop. Not very many wildflowers in the area but enough for colorful accents.
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Still feels a bit early. Went to the hard place, a lot of flowers. Almost slid down a hill as I laid on my side to get the shot. Some hills in the distance turning gold. Great day, interesting to see the approaching cloud band of the next front on my way home.
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South Fork of Cave Creek #243Tucson, AZ
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Redemption-- the lovely trees of the canyon are making a comeback. Is it like it was before the fire?? No. It it beautiful-- yes. The TH location is near the cabins, in an unlovely area with a berm and a couple of porta-potties. It adds about 5-10 min depending on your pace to the old TH area, of which all signage, picnic tables etc is gone. They have put in an actual trail along the bank, but the old road is still quite walkable and really could be driven easily.
The sycamores were mostly done but still quite beautiful and lots of leaf litter. Cudos to the trail crews, some major rerouting in certain areas. Lots of cairns but not overdone IMO because of the roundabout way through some of the large debris areas. Of course some on the old trail tred that was not severely impacted. Some of my favorite maple trees putting on quite the show. Some of the trees are gone too. Quite heartening were all the little maple shoots starting to come up, some less than a foot to 3-4 feet, quite a few showing red leaves. I know some will not make it but awesome to see the come back. The stream channel has changed and deepened, some bedrock exposed that was not before. I did find some areas of great leaf litter and lots of color to take pictures of. Met Bill who I believe is on HAZ as Skyislandhiker. He was leading a small group. I did the usual of off the trail in the drainage then back down on the trail.
I am glad I chose to come back this year. Once again a quite worth while fall hike, and of course a nice place any time of year.
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Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
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After High Creek sortie, and a nice car camp, drove to TH to walk up Ash Creek a ways. Put this triplog with Bassett as I think some ( I do) find all these Ash creeks sometimes confusing. Anyhow on drive in saw some great herons at a cattle pond, 30 or so deer right over the hill from the hunter meadow and a rafter of turkeys almost in my camp.
I rudely woke up FOTG, Katie and said hello to Chumley and of course famous Blanco, et al. Ended up hiking with them a bit at the end.
Color is very good, reminds me of my first trip or two into this canyon. As I do left the trail, worked the drainages till I got tired of the scrambling, went up the House of Red ( sidedrainage all red maples), just got color overload. Checked out a large alcove up and out of the canyon, got some nice overviews of the drainage. Nothing exciting there, a very faded rancher or hiker glyph in the back. Huge, but not a level floor. Drainage off Bassett just loaded with color, might return just to do that. It would be a tough route up though. Lots of photos, almost overwhelming. This is the time to be here, some of the trees are done, but unless big wind should be good hopefully through next weekend.
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Nov 09 2019
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High Creek Trail #290Tucson, AZ
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Drove to the actual TH, did have to do 4 lo and locker for a section or two. Jeep handled it no problem. Had to drive over a downed small tree or two. The first maples are blood red, then a section of trees that were done early, then nice sections here and there. This canyon has some nice reds, orange but mostly golds. Must have been some wind as trees are down on this and in Ash creek. Some super stagnant water in the drainage as you turn to go uphill. I went to the East Divide but didn't feel like tackling Sunset so back down I went. Normally I don't see anyone here but did encounter some backpackers on their way to Holdout. Some elderly folks there ( check--look in the mirror). I bet they are retired!!
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Oct 13 2019
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Mt Graham and environs touring, AZ 
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Up on the mountain saw at least 30+ deer in 7-8 groups. Aspen high up were turning but along the road not so much. Grove at CP flat is getting there but not at peak. Red maples can be found but you will have to work for them. Looks like the lower maples are still very green I'd say at least 1-2 more weeks.
Logging equipment on the mountain, slash piles in some areas and the road rough in places from logging trucks. Not too many people about, most of the camp areas I could see were empty.
Took a dirt road off the main highway to a granite boulder playground, just a great wander hike, then to home.
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Oct 12 2019
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Ash Creek Trail #307Tucson, AZ
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I was on the mountain to see what the fall colors were doing, or not. I did not intend to hike this but I saw a lot of log slash piles near the TH, and put on the pack and went on down. What struck me initially were the huge views thru the burned trees, this trail was once an intimate forest experience with a trickling stream. No more. Looks like they followed most of the old tred on what trail maintenance was done. The upper part a mess with some of the old road torn away from flooding and a fair amount of log limbo to do. Marked with red flagging tape in the messed up parts. Down at the flat with the old debris, more of which has been revealed, the creek bed must be 30 YARDS wide at least. Quite shocking. Lots of little waterfalls. I decided to go on down via the old way, the trail in the canyon bottom past the horse or bypass trail. This trail was decommissioned even before the fire due to damage from flooding. Snippets of trail do remain, but I chose some borderline dicey traverses as it gets down to scoured rock pretty quickly. Some decent sized slide waterfalls in there. Helpful--low profile pack, shoes that keep grip when wet, and good pants to withstand butt sliding and crawling up/over/ under logs.
I did see and photograph a bit of the trail with the old grating to hold the soil for the tread. The other parts of the existing trail heavily overgrown of course. Once to the falls I did go down part way on the burgeoning off trail to get some shots but did not feel like getting to the bottom.
I have never hiked the bypass trail and went up it a little, it seemed to brush out, so I went back the way I came, picking some better lines to get through the granite and 8-10 foot high cut crumbly dirt banks.
I guess I was prepared seeing some of the previous photo sets, but this place was so changed it was quite disorienting. The rock, soil , tree floods just scoured this canyon. I would not recommend it until more trail maintenance is done unless you like rough areas especially below the flat.
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Wrapping up some loose ends. Needed to recover from the irritating process of migrating my desktops from Win 7 to 10, and the interruption of my photo stream processing that is just now recovering. Anyhow, decided to go to a mine, but had to skirt the private land. I opted for full stealth hiking mode, brown, green, grays for clothing and pack. No reflective material. Carried a map proving the land boundaries. I also timed the hike for the sun to be in the eyes of anyone observing from a nearby ranch.

Really nice hike, parked at a cattle tank and set off in rolling grass lands for some hills. Soon in great mesquite, oak groves the understory kept clear by cattle, really quite storybook walking in there in the early light. I kept to the edge of the foothills and on the forest according to the map. The mine was not much, some equipment, a deep shaft, but looked mostly reclaimed and I did not find an adit. I went back and strayed off my course, saw a nice cattle tank and a few forest boundary markers, illegible, and one sign on the ground.

Back to the mine adit I had found earlier, past the 5 lock gate, and it was a pretty nice long straight adit, but again nothing much going on, some bats and a few interesting mineralizations. Came out and went up and over and found the filled in shaft, this was a haulage tunnel for that. To the Jeep and home for the short day but good to get out as usual.
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