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Jan 25 2023
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62 male
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Deem Hills 6.47 Miler, AZ 
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Had another late night working so walked this afternoon. Nice out at the start but it cooled off fast once I was in the shade. Glad I was able to get out today.
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Jan 23 2023
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62 male
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Deem Hills 6.47 Miler, AZ 
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I went late afternoon today as I started working early and had a product deployment this evening. It was still cold outside and got colder as I went. Near the end, I had to put my gloves on as my hands were very cold. Aren't afternoon hikes supposed to be nice this time of year?
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Jan 22 2023
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62 male
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
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I started late on purpose so it wouldn't be too cold. I enjoyed the walk today. I talked to a man I see on the trail frequently and asked if he backpacks. He just has that traditional backpacker look to him. He does some and is preparing for a hike in Grand Canyon in March. A bit later, I saw two pairs of ladies meet and get all excited to see each other. I stopped to take their picture for them.
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Jan 21 2023
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Black Canyon City TH to Soap Creek Rd - BCTPrescott, AZ
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The plan was to find a new multi-cache. That's a geocache with multiple stages. The first stage was off the BCT a ways, before it crosses the Agua Fria. There's an old road going through an old mining claim to get there. I stepped off the BCT right after the gate so I wouldn't have to cross any fences. I found the first stage and, to my chagrin, saw the next stage was across the river. Normally that wouldn't be an issue but it's running pretty high right now. There was another geocache nearby so I went and found that, then went back to the BCT and down to the river, hoping to find a good place to cross. There was nothing I could get to where I wouldn't have to swim, so I decided to follow that old road to the other side and down and see what was over there. First, I went to below where the first stage was and checked that area out. I didn't see anything I liked, so headed farther south and saw an area that looked like it would probably be okay. I gave it a shot and things worked out well as I was just barely able to keep the old boys dry. I went and found the final stage for the cache, then crossed back at the same place, then took the old road back to the BCT, where I stopped to get all the sand out of my socks and shoes. Lots of runners were out training for the upcoming race on the BCT. They were just going back and forth from the trailhead to the river since they didn't want to ford it, so they asked where I crossed.
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Jan 20 2023
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Deem Hills 6.47 Miler, AZ 
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Pretty much the same as yesterday, but not quite as cold. Today I wore my gloves the whole walk.
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Jan 19 2023
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62 male
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Deem Hills 6.47 Miler, AZ 
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It was colder out today. I took my gloves off when I reached the top of the Ridgeline trail, but I put them back on when I reached the NW side of the Circumference trail. It was quiet out today; I didn't see anybody on the trails until around where I put the gloves back on.
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Jan 17 2023
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62 male
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Deem Hills 6.47 Miler, AZ 
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Made it out this morning after the rainy three-day weekend. The trail was muddy, but not nearly as bad as I anticipated it would be. Heading up the Ridgeline trail, when a woman coming down asked if I was Russ. Turns out we met on the PCT in 2018. She and her husband were southbounding and we passed each other in north Oregon. That was fun; glad she recognized me.
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Jan 14 2023
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62 male
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
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I think Deem Hills was the busiest I have ever seen it. There were lots of people on the trail throughout my hike.
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Jan 13 2023
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Daisy Mountain - AnthemPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.51 Miles 1,542 AEG
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I try to get a "First to Find" on a geocache each month. A new geocache was published on Daisy Mountain, so I decided to go find that cache. I got on the trail around 7am, parking at my usual spot at the end of Circle Mt Road just east of I-17. The cache was not too far below the summit. Once finding the cache, I headed back up to continue the Daisy Mountain loop. It was nice and quiet on the trail; I didn't see anybody until near the end.
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Jan 12 2023
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Deem Hills 6.47 Miler, AZ 
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Looking forward to not starting the morning hike in the dark. Glad sunrise is starting to get earlier finally. Windy this morning.
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Jan 10 2023
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Nice to get out before work again. Brisk out but nice enough that I didn't wear gloves. Sort of wish I did though. When I got off the trail, there was a group of seniors that asked for directions.
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Jan 08 2023
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
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Fairly quiet on the trail today; not many people out. It was nice to make it two days in a row after seven days of nothing.
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Jan 07 2023
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First walk of the year. Good to get out after a week of way too much work. There was a fair number of people out today. One woman I passed said, "I thought you were hiking the Grand Canyon?" That was last week. We chatted for a minute. I have no idea who she was or how she knew. I should probably write up that trip report.
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Dec 27 2022
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Grand Canyon Gems, AZ 
Grand Canyon Gems, AZ
 
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Backpack48.85 Miles 8,603 AEG
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1st trip
Day 0:
Headed north from Phoenix late morning. Traffic was pretty bad to Sunset Point area. Stopped for lunch at Camp Verde, then headed to Tusayan. We had two vehicles so the other went to get the permit, but traffic was super backed up into the park. We got a hotel room then figured out a back way to FS328 (road out towards S. Bass TH) so we wouldn't have to wait in the line to enter the park. That was sloppy as all get out. we were relieved when we finally made it to FS328. We went a bit past the railroad track crossing and decided to wait for the others in case they weren't given the permit for some reason. They got the permit and made it out to us, then we travelled the rest of the way to parking. It was pretty muddy and snowy in places, but we made it. Parked a truck under a tree, across the road from Cecil Dodd Tank, then headed back to Tusayan, dinner, and beer.

Day 1: Hermit's Rest to Slate Creek
Breakfast at McDonald's. $57 for 4 Sausage McMuffin meals. What's with that? No line into the park this early morning. We made it out to Hermit's Rest and were greeted with a crimson sunrise. After too many minutes getting everything set, and our packs closed up, we headed down Hermit. We had little information on the trail conditions and were worried about ice for the first few miles. There were some snow patches, but they weren't icy, and it wasn't a problem traversing them. Mostly the trail was clear, and it was easy walking. Well, as easy as it is descending Hermit.

We turned off Hermit onto Boucher. That stays higher for longer, so there was more concern about ice and snow, but it is a few miles shorter. The ice never showed up but there was more snow, mostly shortly before Boucher starts its descent. What a descent that was! Very steep and loose. I was very glad we weren't climbing up. The trail continues descending to the Tonto Trail where there is a large cairn at the junction. I saw the cairn, but didn't see the Tonto go to the left, and kept going straight the wrong way on the Tonto. Fortunately, I wasn't too far in front of the others, and they let me know I was going the wrong way and that I was a few other things too.

From there the Tonto descends to Boucher Creek and follows it a short distance before heading up the other side. We stopped there for water. Though rain was in the forecast, we didn't know what the water situation would be ahead, so we left there loaded up. I had at least five liters.

Our target for the day was Slate Creek. We made it there a bit before five. I don't remember if water was visible, but we had enough for the evening and probably the next day. After setting up camp we ate and then it started to sprinkle. Not much, but enough to get us to rush getting ready to call it a day. We were all in our shelters not long after six.

Then it started to rain, and rain, and rain. All night long. I was a bit lazy setting my tarp up and it started sagging with the rain onto my inner shelter, then dripping on things. I got up and fixed the pitch and tied the sides out so it wouldn't touch the netting again. Things were fine after that. Sometime during the night, a roar started. Slate creek was running. Would we start out with wet shoes crossing it in the morning?

Day 2: Slate Creek to Ruby Creek

After 13 or so hours, we climbed out of our shelters and got going. The rain had stopped and Slate Creek was flowing, but it would be easy enough to cross and keep our feet dry. But not for long. The grass was wet and soon our shoes were soaked; at least it wasn't raining.

The Tonto trail is nice. It follows the contours in and out of drainages with little ups and downs. Overall, it's an easy walk. The worst part is one type of evil bush that scratches your legs to heck. I don't even want to know its name.

Sometime in the afternoon, it rained. The others put on their rain jackets, and I got my umbrella out. That appeased the skies and the rain stopped for the rest of the day. As we crossed the drainages, there usually were pools of water and some water trickling as well.

I was hoping to dry things out sometime during the day but there never was a good opportunity as it was mostly overcast and wet wherever we were. It was close to five when we reached Ruby Creek and set up camp. There were lots of pools of water and we rejoiced.

Day 3: Ruby Creek to South Bass/Royal Arch trail junction

There was no rain during the night and my tarp was close to dry when I broke camp this morning. My shoes were essentially dry and things were looking good. We were no longer worried about water after what we saw yesterday. We had a plan.

Then it started raining. I think around Emerald Canyon, but I really don't know. It wasn't bad for a while. I had my umbrella out and it was working fine. Then the rain got a bit harder and steadier. Still things were fine. We made it to South Bass. We were going to look for water along the wash, but nobody wanted to, we really didn't need to either. We climbed up South Bass. I was still using my umbrella with my wind jacket. It started to get brushy. I put my rain skirt on so my shorts wouldn't get wet from the brush. Should have put my rain jacket on too. Went through more brush, my wind jacket and shirts got soaked. Put my rain jacket on and my umbrella away. So much brush going up South Bass. It is very overgrown.

As we neared Darwin Plateau, it started to snow. Big slushy snow. Darwin Plateau was a muddy mess. It was a slip and slide fest, all along the trail. There was a layer of water everywhere. Where would we be able to camp? We were all soaked and getting cold, so it was a concern. We made it to the trail junction to go to Royal Arch. I found a higher spot under a tree. The others found places off of the mud. My hands weren't working too well, so it was a chore setting up my tarp. I was worried the wet snow would accumulate on it during the night. Thankfully that didn't happen. It was around five when I crawled in my shelter. I got out over 14 hours later. I'd never peed into a Gatorade bottle before, now I have.

Day 4: South Bass/Royal Arch trail junction to Beer at Truck
Sometime during the night, the rain stopped and things dried up some. Except my shoes, they were still soaked. My nice dry socks were wet right after I put the shoes on. Oh well, at least the rest of my clothes dried out during the night. I was slow getting going this morning and the others left about 15 minutes before I did.

Not long after the climb from the Plateau to the South Bass trailhead started, I reached the snow. It got deeper as I climbed but it was a wet snow and it was never icy. That was a big relief as we crossed some very wet rock slabs that would have been scary with ice. At the trailhead, the snow was about 6" deep.

From there we had about 7.5 miles to the truck, all in snow, most along a road. We had a slight detour around some private property. The snow lessened as we went and was almost gone at the truck where we had beer and rejoiced.

Our big worry the whole trip was how difficult it would be to get back to Tusayan. There was a lot more snow on the way out, but the mud wasn't as bad, so the drive to Tusayan was uneventful. All in all, this was a great trip.
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Dec 25 2022
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Deem Hills 6.47 Miler, AZ 
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Merry Christmas. I got a late start, which was nice, since it was warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt. There were several people out enjoying the day.
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Dec 23 2022
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Deem Hills 6.47 Miler, AZ 
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Lots of people out this morning. I passed a church youth group. I was surprised to see them that early in the morning. Maybe they were a bit late for sunrise at the top of the hill.
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Dec 21 2022
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Deem Hills 6.47 Miler, AZ 
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It felt great to get out on the trail after two days off. I've been swamped at work and it's hard to muster the energy to get out coping with that.
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Dec 18 2022
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Black Canyon City TH to Little Pan Loop - BCTPrescott, AZ
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There's been a few new geocaches published not far off the BCT between Black Canyon City trailhead and the Little Pan loop. This outing was to find a couple of them. It ended up being more of a walk than I anticipated but I enjoyed being on the trail - and off, as one was off the trail quite a distance. The weather was cool and overcast most of the time. I had two layers on to start but took one off after the climb around four miles out. I forgot sunscreen but fortunately I had a bandana I wore under my hat. The trail was pretty quiet today; I saw a few mountain bikers and a few hikers.
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Dec 16 2022
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Had a Christmas party at Four Peaks Brewery yesterday. That was fun and I just didn't feel like keeping a strong pace this morning. It was cold too. It took me a lot longer to warm up today than it did Wednesday.
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Dec 14 2022
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Brr, nice and frosty. I wore a fleece layer and my windjacket to start. Even still, I had to walk fast to stay comfortable. Not many people out this morning - probably staying home drinking hot cocoa.
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