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Oct 28 2016
rcorfman
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Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30, AZ 
Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30, AZ
 
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Backpack25.00 Miles 7,598 AEG
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I sort of did this loop two years ago only in reverse and starting at Indian Hollow instead of Monument Point along with a few other differences. I don't remember it being as difficult as it was much to my chagrin as the route was well over my daughter's comfort level.

We met Dave, Fan, and Joe briefly at Flagstaff at 6:15 in the morning and next at the Monument Point trailhead. We were on the trail about 11:10. After a short stop at Monument Point, we got on the Bill Hall Trail proper. It starts out really steep, then there is a short and steep section where we met a man on his way up looking for a hearing aid.
A ways after we got on the Esplanade, daughter and I stashed a liter each of water where I had stashed water and camped two years before. None of the others bothered to cache water. We made it to the edge of the Esplanade and worked our way down the Red Wall to Surprise Valley, then made our way down to Deer Creek.

I stopped to get water where we crossed the creek and decided the flow through my filter was too good. Last I used it was in Yosemite last Sept. and I think it froze and got ruined that trip. Oops. :o

There was a big group at Deer Creek CG and one of the guys crashed our campsite. Fan knew most of them, so she hung out over there and we made do with the space left. It looked like it might rain so I set up my tarp and of course, my daughter saw a scorpion in the sand right where I was planning on setting up my bed. :scared:

Second day we got up and headed down to the Deer Creek Falls. We left our packs at the platform and checked out the slot canyon and the hand prints and snake drawing on the wall. So pretty! I really enjoyed the Falls and was happy to see them as I missed them two years ago.

The route across from Deer Creek to Tapeats Creek took some time. My daughter was having a very difficult time dealing with the steep descents and some of the exposure. I felt pretty awful for putting her in that situation. I really didn't feel like a very good dad at the time, but she made it through. I can't say enough good things about Dave and Joe and their help and patience with my daughter along with their encouragement to her. Fan too. Everyone was wonderful to us! :D

We got up early the last day to get an early start and finish the hike early afternoon. We got a bit later start than planned but not bad. Daughter and I stopped to get water where the trail first goes next to Thunder River. Daughter's stomach was bothering her so she was having trouble eating anything and by the time we reached the Thunder River Falls, she was feeling nauseous. When we reached Surprise Valley she got sick but only lost the few crackers she ate earlier. We stopped again just before the climb up the Red Wall starts and I took all her water and her food bag. After a bit on the climb, we stopped where Dave, Fan, and Joe were resting. Daughter was feeling better and was able to drink some Gatorade and eat a small amount. The rest of the hike out went pretty well. My daughter was feeling better and able to finish fine and doesn't hate me.

A big thanks to Dave who was a very patient and conscientious trip leader. :app:
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Oct 23 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Boy Scout Loop from Emery Henderson TH - BCTPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.12 Miles 821 AEG
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Now that the weather's cooling down some, its nice to get out from my normal haunt. This morning I decided to head up to the Emery Henderson trailhead and hike the Boy Scout Loop. The trail is mostly flat and the tread is mostly good. There's a few miles where the trail is on a road, so the hiking is fairly fast and easy. I went counterclockwise around the loop and when I reached the north end of the loop, I continued north on the BCT up to the saddle where I took a few pictures, then turned back. The west side of the loop is mostly road and one junction isn't signed the best; go left. The rest is easy to follow.
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Oct 05 2016
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Maricopa Night Warrior, AZ 
Maricopa Night Warrior, AZ
 
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Hiking7.82 Miles 2,236 AEG
Hiking7.82 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.35 mph
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First I'll say that it was very nice to meet Bob, Chumley, Joe, and Linda. It's nice to put names to faces. :)

Second I'll say that they walk faster than I do. It was a struggle at times to keep up. ](*,) Not because of the climbs, just the pace. Actually it was easier for me to keep up on the ascents not the descents. The last few months, I've been working to change how I walk to what I hope to be a more sustainable technique and that has slowed me down some. Trying to increase my pace and keep the technique was a challenge.

Night hiking is something I don't do much and it was a pleasure on this outing. The weather was perfect and the views of the city lights were very nice.

There was some excitement when Chumley led us to a Speckled Rattlesnake. Linda made it by but when I passed, it let me know it wasn't happy by moving a bit closer to the trail. That didn't give much room for Joe. Chumley tried prodding the snake farther off the trail but Joe just climbed around it. My camera got stuck on burst mode and I ended up with well over 200 pictures of it. Only a couple are any good.

Fun evening! :D
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Oct 01 2016
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Deja Vu, AZ 
Deja Vu, AZ
 
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Hiking9.68 Miles 1,254 AEG
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Started my hike at the Emery Henderson trailhead of the BCT this morning around seven. My goal was to be the first finder for geocache, Deja Vu. I could have started much closer to the posted coordinates but I wanted to enjoy the walk along the BCT to start with. Once I was a bit more than a mile from the cache, I left the BCT and sort of went cross country and followed some roads to get near the first stage of the cache. I found the first part but was about to step through some bushes when I noticed a sleeping rattler. The snake was out of it, so I let it sleep while I finished up my search and headed off to the final. I followed more roads and more cross country and ended up on top of another pointy hill where I was the first finder of the cache. Back down the hill and followed a road that connected back to the BCT where continued back to the trailhead. Great day for a walk in the desert.
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Sep 25 2016
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New River & Dead Man Wash, AZ 
New River & Dead Man Wash, AZ
 
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Hiking9.60 Miles 317 AEG
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Just wandering around the desert north of East Wing Mountain and out to New River and Deadman Wash finding a couple of new geocaches. Nice easy walk with little elevation change. Nice day to go for an extended walk in the desert. I haven't been out this way for a while, probably before the 303 was opened. Crossed under the 303 at the Deadman Wash overpass and again at the New River overpass. That was convenient.
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Sep 24 2016
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End of Trail Geocache, AZ 
End of Trail Geocache, AZ
 
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Hiking4.18 Miles 369 AEG
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Paired up with my friend Jeremy to find the final stage of geocache, End of the Trail. This was an easy out and back hike in the Hieroglyphic Mountains. We parked just off Castle Hot Springs Rd and basically followed a wash most of the way out passing the north side of Baldy Mt. We saw lots of burro sign but no sightings. There was lots of potholes filled with water along the way from the recent rains. Temps were cool when we started at around dawn and very pleasant when we finished.
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Sep 13 2016
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Rafferty Creek Lyell Canyon Loop, CA 
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Backpack24.49 Miles 3,111 AEG
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Day 0
0.9 miles. Tuolumne Ranger Station to the Backpacker section of Tuolumne Meadows campground

I seem to have woken up with a cold. I didn't sleep well and I have a bit of a headache. I took my time getting out of the hotel in South Lake Tahoe doing various things.

After checking out, I went to Safeway and got some cold medicine and some food for the trip home. I filled up the tank and stopped at Subway where I got a foot long BMT.

I drove mostly straight through to get to Tuolumne Meadows. I pulled over at some historical marker where I ate lunch. Along the way I stopped for a virtual cache of Mona Lake. I also stopped for an earth cache at Tioga Pass. It was lightly snowing there.

At the Wilderness Center, I got a one night permit. Tomorrow I hike up Rafferty Creek and camp somewhere by Vogelsang. The next day I hike out via Lyell Canyon along the JMT/PCT. It should be a good hike; I'm looking forward to it.

After getting the permit, I got my pack all ready and put food and smellables from my stuff in a food storage box. Next, I walked to the Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker campground and set up camp.

I went and listened to the campfire program, The mountains are calling and I must go. It was pretty good but I was getting a bit cold near the end. After it was over I warmed up for a few minutes by the fire instead of heading back to camp.

On the way back to camp, I ended up stopping and sharing a campfire with several people. I was given a PBR too. Yes! The campfire was at two Germans' campsite, Pascal and Kiera. There was also a Spanish couple there that were touring around. There were two PCT sobos there too, Siesta and Chopper. They both started with Solar Body, whom I met on my TRT hike several days before at Dicks Pass. A bit later, another PCT sobo hiked in and joined us. His trail name was Abandoned. It was really nice to be able to socialize after so much lone time and it really boosted my spirits.

Day 1
17.4 miles. Tuolumne Meadows campground to Rafferty Creek trail to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp to Vogelsang Pass, back to the High Sierra Camp then to Evelyn Lake Trail to the JMT at Lyell Canyon.

It was cold last night. I wore most all of my clothes to bed, including my gloves.

I was slow getting up since I didn't have a big day planned. It ended up being a lot more than anticipated but I'm happy with that since I'm ready to get home.

I started up the Rafferty Creek trail. There was no views and I was questioning why I was doing this. I was tempted to turn back and head home. I felt weak and sluggish too, probably from my cold.

Once I made it out of the forest the views opened up and things got much better for me. When I made it to the Sierra High Camp, I decided to go to Vogelsang Pass. It took me about an hour and a half to go out and back but it was worth it, the views were excellent!

I was going to camp at Evelyn Lake, but when I got there I decided it was too open and exposed for that altitude so I continued to Lyell Canyon instead. It was around four miles farther but I had plenty of time. It was also about 1600' lower too. It won't get nearly as cold where I'm camped now too.

Day 2
6.3 miles. Lyell Canyon, along the JMT to Tuolumne Ranger Station.

I cowboy camped last night and there was a bit of frost on things this morning. I slept okay but had to get up four times to pee. What's with that? It seems when it's colder I have to get up more.

It was an easy walk out to the Wilderness Center where my truck was parked. I worked on two earth caches and I saw two does and two fawns. That was pretty cool. I finally managed to get a picture of the ubiquitous chipmunks, they're everywhere but they are shy.

After I got back to my truck, I went to the visitor center, then to the Tuolumne Grill. Lunch wasn't quite ready so I went to Soda Springs for another earth cache, then back to the grill for a burger and fries.

From there, I would head to Death Valley today, then home tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting home.
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Sep 03 2016
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Tahoe Rim Trail, NV 
Tahoe Rim Trail, NV
 
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Backpack176.27 Miles 28,326 AEG
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The Tahoe Rim Trail, or TRT, is a 173 mile trail that circumnavigates Lake Tahoe. The west side of the TRT shares 50 miles with the Pacific Crest Trail. Most people tend to hike it clockwise as that is considered the easier direction. That might have something to do with length of water carries and elevation gain, however at the end of the day, one goes up and down just as much either direction. I started my hike from the South Kingsbury trailhead and went counterclockwise.

The Start, September 3, 2016

2.3 trail miles plus half mile to trail from trailhead.

Yesterday I got on the road a bit past five. I-17 was closed due to a car and brush fire so traffic was bad for me until the Yarnell turnoff due to people rerouting for the holiday weekend. That slowed me down by about an hour or more. I made it to between Henderson and Pahrump where I camped for the night. I got to bed around midnight.

The drive took longer than I thought it would but I made it on the trail for a few miles after throwing everything in my pack. I ended up taking my ULA Circuit instead of my Ray-Way backpack. I chickened out with the amount of water I need to carry. It's heavy! I didn't weigh it, maybe I should have.

I pretty much drove straight through with few stops. Breakfast in Pahrump, lunch and gas in I don't remember where. I also checked out the tufa at Mono Lake.

Day 1, September 4, 2016

2.3 to 21.4 for 19.1 trail miles plus 1.5 miles for Spooner Lake.

I wasn't making good time today and only covered eight miles in the first four hours. I think I stopped to find too many geocaches. One may not take much time but they all add up.

Another thing that slowed me down was all the mountain bikers. There was a charity ride and there were maybe 200 cyclists out. I really didn't mind much. Most all were polite and conscientious to me. The only issue was the dust that all the bikes would kick up, especially when they were moving at a good clip on the downhills.

There's a bench along the trail on South Camp Peak that I stopped at to get a snack. There were several mountain bikers there that I talked to. I didn't stay as long as I would have liked because there were a lot of yellow jackets hanging out. It was also fairly windy and cool.

I was fairly tired by the time I reached the Spooner Summit trailhead. From there I crossed highway 50 and  made my way to Spooner Lake where I filled up on water. I had to take my shoes and socks off and wade into the lake to get water. The water was pretty clear but had a bit of taste to it. I wasn't sure if I'd make it to the Marlette Lake campground, the next water source, so I filled up enough for a dry camp. While there, I cleaned my feet and had some food.

Shortly after I was back on the trail, above Spooner Lake, I met three backpackers resting where they had cached some water. We talked for a few minutes before I continued on up the trail.

I realized I wasn't going to make it all the way to the Marlette Lake campground so I stopped a bit earlier than I wanted to since it looked like there wouldn't be any places to camp further along the trail for several miles.

The trail is very dusty, especially because of all the mountain bikes. That makes for some very dirty feet and legs and socks and shoes. I don't remember my feet every getting so dirty on a trail.

Day 2, September 5, 2016

21.4 to 42.7 for 21.3 trail miles plus 1.3 miles to Sand Harbor overlook.

Late last night, three trail runners passed by my camp. I heard them first and then saw their lights. I don't think they noticed I was there; I didn't here them say anything about me or my camp. Then this morning when I was breaking camp, a woman backpacker walked by. I don't think she noticed me or my camp either. It always surprises me how often people walk by and don't notice me. I think I notice most people but then, if I didn't notice them, I wouldn't know. It's a quandary.

I was on the trail at half past seven. There were some great views of Lake Tahoe as I went below Snow Valley Peak towards Marlette Lake. The view of Marlette Lake is pretty spectacular too. Then there were great views to the east towards the valley where Carson City is.

I stopped for water and an early lunch at the Marlette Peak campground. There's a well with a hand pump to get the water. It took several pumps to get the water flowing and I couldn't wait too long between pumps to fill the next bottle. I didn't see anybody at the campground except for a couple of Mt. bikers that passed by. I took advantage of a picnic table and ate some lunch. Tables are nice to use when available.

I saw two other backpackers today. They were out for the weekend and were heading out at Spooner Summit. I saw them a bit past the Snow Valley Peak junction. I did see several people day hiking, especially between Marlette Peak and Tunnel Creek road. There was a fair number of cyclists out too, but nothing compared to the numbers I saw yesterday.

I heard the side trip to Sand Harbor Overlook was a must. I read about it before the hike and then the three backpackers I talked to above Spooner Summit yesterday mentioned it too. So when I reached Christopher's Loop, the trail to the overlook, I dropped my pack and headed up. Oh man, the view was incredible. It's the best view of Lake Tahoe I've seen so far and I bet it will be the best of the trip. It's truly spectacular!

From there the trail dropped to Tunnel Creek road. After crossing the road, mountain bikes are only allowed on even numbered days. Today is the fifth so no more bicycles today. There really was nobody from there until I neared Tahoe Meadows. The trail basically ascends a ridge to a ski area, then drops to Tahoe Meadows. As I was getting close to Tahoe Meadows, I was thinking how nice it had been to not have to worry about cyclists when one came up the trail. When he came by, I snidely asked, "You're not supposed to be here are you?" He commented about just going until there was no more up. I'm not sure how that made it okay for to be on the trail. Maybe he was just clueless. I don't know.

It was getting late in the day when I neared Tahoe Meadows. My left foot was getting a bit of a hot spot so I figured I better stop and see what was up. I took my shoes and socks off and wiped my feet off then got all the sand and dust off of my shoes and socks. Everything seemed fine, so I put them back on and continued hiking. No more problems.

Tahoe meadows is pretty nice and there was a good view of it when I crossed Ophir Creek. From there the trail crosses the meadow and then follows a highway to the Mt. Rose campground where I filled up on water. I left the campground with over four liters of water. I didn't need so much but I wasn't sure of the water situation coming up and I knew I'd be dry camping tonight.

From there, I went to the Mt. Rose Summit trailhead/rest stop and dumped my garbage and used TP. It's nice to be able to do that. The place I planned to camp was about a half mile uphill from there. I was running out of light and worried what the camping area would be like. Well I made it there fine and there was actually several nice places to camp. I was real happy with my campsite and had a nice view of the sunset over Lake Tahoe. There's also a nice view of city lights off to the east. I had phone service too, so I posted a picture and gave Barbara a call. It was a great way to end the day.

Day 3, September 6, 2016

42.7 to 60.9 for 18.2 trail miles.

I woke after six and didn't stir until 6:45. I was about to go at 8 and noticed there was a geocache about 100' from camp so I went and found it. I was finally on trail at 8:10.

After about two miles, I reached Galena Falls. It's a nice cascade and the trail switchbacked up next to it.

The big thing today was climbing up Relay Peak, high point of the TRT. It's 10,335' tall. I found two geocaches there, one a bit before the summit and one at the summit, then took a break. The views were great and I took a 360° panorama video I posted on Instagram.

I met a woman, Megan, who is thru-hiking the TRT too. She started at South Kingsbury like I did but she's going clockwise. Each of us knew the other would be on the trail from the TRT Thru Hiker Facebook group. A bit later I met another thru-hiker named Kale. He also started at South Kingsbury. Kale hiked the PCT in 2014 and hiked an 1100 mile section of it this year.

There're a lot of hornets out. I stopped to get a drink and one landed on the edge of my shorts and when I moved it stung me. Then later I was holding my camera up taking a video and when I lowered my arms, I got stung.

Shortly after that, I stopped at a spring to get water for the rest of the day. The next water source is around 17 miles farther so I filled up, especially since I would be dry camping again tonight. There were a lot of yellow jackets near the spring so I was a bit on edge after getting stung not long before but they didn't bother me here.

So far I haven't bothered to use sunscreen but I should have today. Today the trail was much more exposed and the left side of my neck ended up getting sun burnt.

I stopped to get a drink and noticed there was a geocache less than 100' away. It was placed for the Placer County high point. I found the cache and ended up with a county high point too.

My plan is to stop about five miles before Tahoe City tomorrow, then the next day, I'll get to Tahoe City in the morning and resupply, then get back on the trail in the afternoon.  That made today fairly easy, even with Relay Peak. It should make for another easy day tomorrow too.

When I started setting up camp, the mosquitoes came out. I set up my tarp and net-tent, no cowboy camping tonight. I also zipped on my pant legs and wore my wind jacket and hood to keep the bugs at bay while I had dinner.

Day 4, September 7, 2016

60.9 to 82.8 for 21.9 trail miles plus .4 miles into town to the hotel.

The bugs were gone when I got up this morning so I didn't have to deal with them when I broke camp. It took me close to an hour and a half to get going. I don't know where the time goes.

I found a geocache just up the trail from where I camped. I was looking on the GPSr to see where the next one was when another hiker approached. He was hoping to finish his TRT thru at Tahoe Meadows today.

After that I got to thinking that maybe, if I really hoofed it, I could make it to the Tahoe City post office before it closed at 4:30 and get my resupply. It seemed possible but difficult. I took the challenge. So much for an easy day and hiking into town tomorrow morning...

Today was actually a good day to make miles. The terrain wasn't that difficult and the trail mostly was in the forest so there wasn't many views to distract me. I tried to keep my pace up and keep my breaks short and few.

There was only two water sources today and they were only .8 miles apart. The first was a small stream that crossed the trail. I got water there because I figured it was better than lake water at the second. It was quicker too.

Just before I got water, a couple thru-hiking the TRT came by. They were packed light and were both wearing Luna Sandals. They were also hoping to finish up today at Tahoe Meadows. If they make it that would be a long day.

I was making good time but my left foot felt like a hot spot was developing so I stopped to shake out the sand and grit that fills shoes and socks on this dusty trail. The yellow jackets were all over. They are everywhere and there's no getting away from them. When I was done, I had to grab my pack and move with it to get them away before putting it on. It was the same throughout the day.

That slowed me down so it was going to be very tight making it to the post office on time. I was able to keep my pace up for several miles farther but I was fading and my foot was giving me concern again and a geocache was coming up so I decided to find the cache and shake out my shoes and socks again. I ended up having to change the batteries in my GPSr too. By then it was half past three and I had a bit more than three miles left. Game over. It was a fun attempt at any rate.

From there, I slowed my pace down and cruised into Tahoe City. I was tired, hungry, and finished my water as I entered Tahoe City.

I went to a hotel I had contacted on my way into town and checked in. Next I went to Rosie's, a restaurant recommended by the hotel receptionist. I had a bacon chile cheeseburger, fries, and a beer. They really hit the spot. After dinner I went back to my room and got cleaned up and hand washed my clothes in the sink. Then I just relaxed for the rest of the evening and called my wife. What a day!

Day 5, September 8, 2016

82.8 to 97.9 for 15.1 trail miles. Plus resupply and doctor, .4 miles to get on trail, and .5 miles for Twin Peaks.

During the night, I decided to go to urgent care to make sure my arm isn't infected from the sting. I noticed after showering that it was red and hot from my armpit to my elbow.

Urgent care opened at nine and the post office opened at eight so I went and got my resupply first and got it organized, then went to urgent care. The prognosis was that there is no infection just a reaction to the sting. So I went across the street to CVS and bought some Claritin to help. I also went back to the post office to get my tent pegs. They arrived earlier but hadn't been sorted yet.

I was a bit late checking out of the room but that wasn't a problem. It was about 11:30 when I left Tahoe City.

Most of the day's hike was in the forest, so there wasn't much scenery. Three TRTers were heading into town for food. They said a fourth was farther back having gone on his own nursing foot issues. I saw him a bit before the Ward Creek bridge. He said water wasn't reliable so when I reached Ward Creek, I filled up. That was a mistake.

When I was done getting water, a large group of older hikers passed by. One said a tour bus dropped them off up the hill. One man gave me a smile and winked at me. What was that about? It was kind of creepy.

There was a 1600' climb from there to Twin Peaks and I had all that water. Ugh. Finally the trail would break out of the forest and there were some great views.

When I reached the junction to Twin Peaks, I dropped my pack and headed up. The last bit was a steep scramble to the top. There was a geocache and a benchmark up there too so that was a bonus. The views from the top were amazing, I could see forever in every direction. I could see where I was heading into the Desolation Wilderness.

A bit past Twin Peaks, the TRT joins the PCT for 50 miles. I more or less lost it when I reached the junction. I dream of hiking all of the PCT one day and actually stepping on it overwhelmed me. As far as I know, I've never been on it before. Perhaps when I was a scout in the seventies, when in Washington it was known as the Cascade Crest Trail.

I was going to camp near there but it was early enough to hike farther, to get some miles on the PCT! The trail plunged down and I came across a few grouse. I passed a few streams and finally found a nice place to camp.

Day 6, September 9, 2016

97.9 to 117.3 for 19.4 trail miles. Plus a few geocaches.

I slept pretty good last night but still felt really tired this morning; it was hard to get up. I was on the trail at half past seven.

Not long after I started, I went to find a geocache up on a rocky peak. I dropped my pack and went around a rock and there was a set of trekking poles. A bit farther around and there was a woman who had camped on the rock. I should have announced myself when I first saw the poles but didn't think of that. We talked for a minute and then I continued to the top and found the geocache.

I found another geocache near the Barker Pass trailhead. There was a whole bunch in the area but I skipped them.

When I reached Richardson Lake, I stopped for lunch and got some water. I also took my shoes off and washed my feet. That felt great. It was nice to relax for a bit. I noticed two other backpackers a bit farther down the lake but never talked to them. They left just before I did and were heading where I had come from.

Shortly after lunch, I found another geocache that wasn't far off the trail. There was a metal pole about 8' high near it with what looked like an antenna at the top. There was another similar pole near the trail too. I'm curious what they are for; I should have taken a picture of one.

I was pretty excited to enter the Desolation Wilderness. It's supposed to contain some of the best scenery along the trail and is a very popular area. I imagine I'll see more people out today and tomorrow because of it.

I talked to couple going other way. I told them I am doing the TRT and that I was heading to Dicks Lake. As they were leaving, the gal suggested Lake Fontanillis. She said it was near Dicks Lake and was very nice.

I was about to catch up to another couple but needed a drink so I stopped to do filter some water from one bottle to the one I drink out of before I passed them. It didn't take very long to catch back up to them after that. I talked to the man for a minute then continued on.

It seemed to take forever to get to Middle Velma Lake. It was hot and the climb was tiring. Finally I made it. There were lots of people camped around it. I stopped and took a short break before continuing up to Lake Fontanillis. On the way some people that had been doing trail work were heading out. The first one asked where I was sleeping tonight. I said I planned to stop at Dicks Lake. It's nice to know that people like to help maintain the trails.

I really enjoyed walking past Lake Fontanillis. It was very nice, like the one gal said, but the trail was rocky and slow going. I was about out of water so I filled a liter up when the trail crossed the lake's outflow. There were lots of people camped along Fontanillis too. I passed one camp where a very big dog barked at me. I'm glad it was tied up.

Between Lake Fontanillis and Dicks Lake, I ran into another couple with a dog. We talked for a few minutes and the dog promptly lied down. I commented how it was ready to call it a day. They had been out for several days but hadn't gone real far. They do short days with a lot of relaxing.

I made it to Dicks Lake and wandered around a bit looking for a campsite. There's a nice campsite right off the trail but there were a couple men already camped there. They said rumor had it that the best sites were to my left so I went there and didn't find anything so I went back and went to the right and found a nice one. I guess the rumor was wrong.

I went to the lake and got water then went back to my camp and noticed an even nicer spot a short distance away, so I moved there. Then I went back to the lake and washed up a bit before going back and setting up camp and getting dinner. I was able to get all that done before dark. It's nice to not dry camp for once this trip. It's also different to have so many people around.

Day 7, September 10, 2016

117.3 to 137.5 for 20.2 trail miles.

I was on the trail a bit before half past seven and started the climb up Dicks Pass. Near the top, while taking some pictures, I noticed another hiker behind me. At the pass, we introduced ourselves. The hiker's trail name is Solar Body and he is sobo hiking the PCT. He hiked the AT last year and intends to hike the CDT next year.

We ended up hiking together to the Echo Lake trailhead where he hitched into South Lake Tahoe for resupply. I was getting water when he got a ride so we didn't really get to say goodbye.

The trail was so much eye candy today as we really saw the beauty the Sierra has to offer. I think I only covered eight miles the first five hours on trail. We kept stopping to gawk and take pictures and video. I even went for a quick dip in Susie Lake.

After Aloha Lake, there was a long rocky and hot descent to Echo Lake. There were tons of people going up. Then we traversed the lake to where the marina is. I ran out of water just before we arrived but would have drank more if I had it.

The store at the Echo Lake marina closed last week so I wasn't able to get anything to eat like icecream. There were trash containers and an outhouse though so I was able to dump my trash and used TP before continuing on.

I met a man section hiking the PCT. I think he was heading to Donner Pass on this outing. I also stopped at Echo Summit to look for a geocache but wasn't able to find it. Echo Summit was used as a high altitude training center for the 1968 Olympics. Shortly after that, I met a couple finishing up their PCT thru-hike. They skipped ahead and are hiking where they skipped. I believe they'll finish at Donner Pass.

I wasn't sure if there would be water at a stream near where I planned to camp so I stopped earlier to get water for the night and the next morning. That made my pack a bit heavy on the climb up to my campsite. Along the way there was a couple practicing bouldering. They even had a couple of those pads in case you fall.

Today was long, mostly because Solar Body and I were moving slow this morning with all the lovely scenery. It was getting dark when I arrived at camp. Once at camp, I had cell service so besides dinner and the normal camp chores, I putzed around online for a bit and called my wife.

Only 35 miles left.

Day 8, September 11, 2016

137.5 to 158.6 for 21.1 trail miles.

I woke up to the sunrise peaking through the trees. It made for a nice picture and I posted it on Instagram.

There was another campsite a bit up the trail from where I camped. I almost camped there last night and I'm glad I didn't since there was a couple camped there when I went by.

After finishing the climb I ended on yesterday, the trail was forested and nice. There were streams regularly too. When I reached Showers Lake, there was a youth group packed up and getting ready to hike out.

I met two women on the trail. A mother and daughter. The mother was working on finishing up the PCT. She started a thru last year but life took her off the trail. This year she has been section hiking what she didn't do last year and now she's almost done.

Shortly after talking to the women, I reached where the TRT leaves the PCT. I really enjoyed hiking 50 miles of the PCT!

When I reached Round Lake, I stopped to find a geocache. There was a mountain biker there that asked if I was doing the 165. When one has hiked all of the TRT, one is a member of the 165 club, so I replied yes. He lamented how one can only ride about 100 miles of the TRT instead of all of it.

I stopped for a geocache at Big Meadow, then stopped for water at Big Meadow Creek at the other side of the meadow. A little after that I stopped for lunch, then not long after that I stopped to empty my trash and used TP at the Big Meadow trailhead. Needless to say with all the stops I wasn't making good time.

After the Big Meadow trailhead, there was a big climb. I stopped for water and had to fill up for a nine mile dry stretch that included the rest of the big climb. I had only covered 15 miles and it wasn't looking good for me making my planned 22.

Along the way up, when I was setting up to take some video, I met a backpacker going the other way. He was hiking a section of the TRT to see what it is like for a possible future thru-hike. He recently moved from Detroit to Sacramento. He asked how much my pack weighed. I said I think maybe thirty with the full load of water I had. He said his was fifty. Ugh.

I actually made pretty good time up the hill and found two geocaches along the way. It was getting windy and colder and was sunset when I stopped for the night. I found a place a bit lower from the trail and out of the wind to spend the night.

Day 9, September 12, 2016

158.6 to 173.0 for 14.4 trail miles.

I could hear the wind blow through the trees all night but I was fairly sheltered where I was camped. It was windy this morning and throughout the day too. I heard a weather system was moving in.

I started the day dropping down to Armstrong Pass. There was a couple coming up. They had a rough night with the wind but were in good spirits since they would be finishing up their TRT section hike today when they reach the Big Meadow trailhead.

From Armstrong Pass I had a long climb up to the Freel Peak trail junction. This was my big obstacle for the day. Early on the way up, I met a man with the TRT Association. He mentioned that the TRT Association Annual Thru Hike Program group was at Star Lake this morning so I would see them on the trail. It was a big group and we passed near the junction. Several of them had radios so they knew I was finishing up my thru today so I got some congratulations.

The sun was glittering off of Star Lake as I dropped down to it. I gathered a liter of water out the lake's outlet but ended up never using it. At least I did dump half of it a few miles before I finished. I did use all the other water I had before I finished though, so it wasn't so bad to carry it. There were a few other water sources though, so I could have waited.

While at Star Lake, I stopped to find a geocache. It was a bearing projection type of thing and I wasn't sure if the bearing was from true north or magnetic north. I guessed wrong but at least the two possibilities weren't that far apart.

I stopped to find a couple more geocaches. The first I also stopped for lunch. The next one I didn't find. I almost passed it by; I wish I did. From there, there were great views off to the west as I descended.

There was one pretty steep climb up a road in a ski area. Once at the top, I found another geocache with a great view, then continued. As I neared the trailhead junction, there was one more geocache just off the trail that I found. It was at a switchback with a bench. I sat at the bench for a couple of minutes enjoying the view knowing that I would complete the trail in just a few minutes time.

I got to celebrate completing the trail twice. First at the trail junction to the parking lot where my truck was. I had completed the TRT at that point, so that was exciting. Then, from there I had about a half mile to reach the trailhead where I got to celebrate finishing a second time, celebrate being off trail!
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This year at Mt. Rainier National Park, all wilderness camping is first come, first served so I had no permit ahead of time. I arrived at the Longmire Wilderness Center about 9:30 AM and was able to work with the ranger to come up with a reasonable five night, six day schedule. I should note that that is an aggressive schedule as most Wonderland Trail thru-hikers do an eight to ten day schedule and many do longer.

My schedule started at White River, so I was able to leave two days worth of food at the Longmire Wilderness Center for resupply.

Posted mileage is from the book, Hiking the Wonderland Trail by Tami Asars.

Day 1, White River to Mystic lake, 12.3 miles.

I went counterclockwise so right away the trail started a hard climb towards Sunrise. It took over an hour to make the climb and I was happy for the level trail to Sunrise Camp. There were lots of people out day hiking from Sunrise. The trail was more exposed and there were several snow fields to cross. Unfortunately the mountain was not visible.

I saw a marmot and several mountain goats below Skyscraper Pass.

I never took any breaks today except for short ones to get a drink or some food. I started hiking at 1:00 and I arrived at camp at 6:30.

Day 2, Mystic Lake to South Mowich River, 17.7 miles (On Wonderland, not Spray Park).

I got on the trail at quarter of eight. When I reached Mystic Lake, it was perfectly calm. There was some reflection from the mountains but not much due to clouds. A bird ran in front of me to get me away from its nest. It did the same thing last night when I got water.

The trail made a short climb out of Mystic Lake then descended towards Dick Creek and the Carbon River. The sky cleared for a short time and Rainier showed herself. My first clear view of the mountain this trip.

There were excellent views of Carbon Glacier and of its throat, where the Carbon River emerged.

I crossed the suspension bridge over Carbon River where I took the Spray Park alternate and started the long and steep climb up to it. I was hoping the mountain would show itself but it was foggy the rest of the day.

Near the top of Spray Park, there were some snow fields to cross. Nothing too long.

Once I started descending towards Mowich, it was a zoo. I probably passed well over 100 day hikers. I guess Saturday isn't the best day to cross Spray Park.

The descent towards Mowich was very damp. The trees were dripping and the trail was muddy. I was happy to finally turn back on to the Wonderland Trail. It was still damp but things were clearing and drying the farther along I went.

I passed several backpackers along the last stretch to the South Mowich River campground I'm staying at tonight. Several are thru-hiking the Wonderland like I am. Most seem to be doing it in eight days, some a couple more. I haven't met anyone doing it in six like I am. I'll probably pass several of them on the other side of the mountain.

Like yesterday, I never took any long breaks today. The longest was maybe ten minutes maybe two thirds of the way up to Spray Park. It was just too damp to sit down anywhere. I really should have ate more too. I think I'll eat some more now before it gets dark and I crawl into bed.

Day 3, South Mowich River to South Puyallup River, 17.8 miles.

I was slow breaking camp this morning and didn't get on the trail until eight. I made it across the South Mowich river without incident thanks to the information I had from fellow hikers. Once across, there's a long climb up to Golden Lakes. The grade wasn't too steep but was long. There were several blow downs that were tricky to get past. On the way up, I met a ranger going down. We talked for a minute and he checked my permit.

I expected more streams on the way up but there wasn't any after half way and I ran out of water. Once on top it wasn't long before there was some in a meadow. When I dipped my bottle in, a frog jumped. I stopped at the patrol cabin at Golden Lakes and ate lunch on the porch. It was nice to have a bench to sit on.

The trail leveled out for awhile before descending to the North Puyallup River. The day was clear and the views of Mount Rainier were excellent.

I finally started to see other backpackers and I even caught up to and passed four going counterclockwise like I am.

I had an agility crisis. I went to rock hop across a stream and slipped on the very first rock. Both feet went in. That made the rest of the crossing easy. Once on the other side, there was a bridge to cross and on my first step I slipped and fell on my ass. Ugh.

I saw four snakes today. I know two were Garter snakes. All four probably were. I also saw a huge ant hill with those red and black ants. The lake at Klapatche had a ton of polywogs too.

The North Puyallup River crossing was nice. There was a bridge and the water just roared below and the view up to the mountain was the best. There was a lot of rock work done there, walls and such. I wonder if it was done by the CCC?

The climb from North Puyallup River to Klapatche was arduous. It was steep and grueling. I was happy to finally make it there; great views. Unfortunately that wasn't the end of the climb as it kept going up before finally dropping down to the South Puyallup River and the campground where I'm camped tonight.

Day 4, South Puyallup River to Paradise River, 15.8 miles.

I camped at the South Puyallup River campground last night and my site was quite the hike to the toilet; many hundreds of yards. It was in a neat area though. The mountain walls were made of those hexagonal pillars all piled together.

I got on the trail at 7:40, my earliest this trip. My day started by climbing up from the river. Not long after starting, I caught up to two hikers. They got an early start from Klapatche and were finishing their Wonderland hike today at Longmire. This was their fifth day. Finally I met up with someone on a more aggressive schedule than mine.

At the top of the climb there was a marmot near the trail guarding its hole. I was able to get some pictures and when I got to close it gave a warning whistle and hid. There was another marmot too far off the trail to get a picture.

The trail descended down to Tahoma Creek where there was a large suspension bridge across. It bobbed around quite a lot walking across. Three planks were missing too. I was not comfortable on it and was relieved once across.

As usual, there was a climb on the other side. This one headed up to Indian Henry's Hunting Grounds. Near the top there was a large rounded granite surface where I stopped for a break. Today was another gorgeous day and the view of Tahoma Glacier and the peak were amazing. Not long after I stopped the bugs found me so I grabbed my pack and got back on the trail.

Henry's haunt is made up of meadows and lakes and streams. I stopped to get water but had to make it fast due to all the bugs.

I'd been leap fogging with those two hikers and when we reached Pyramid Creek (I think) we stopped and took a break together. They are Ryan from Chicago and Jimmy from Portland.

From there it was one last push to Longmire. When I reached Longmire I went directly to the Wilderness Center and got my resupply. Next I went to the restaurant at the National Park Inn. When I arrived, Ryan waved me over so the three of us had lunch together. The Wonderland IPA really hit the spot along with a bacon burger.

I still had to get to the Paradise River campground a bit less than four miles farther. I didn't know where to get back on the Wonderland Trail though, so I went back to the Wilderness Center to get directions.

After the burger and beer I was expecting a fairly easy stroll to Paradise River campground but I was wrong and trudged up the trail just wanting to be done. I finally made it well before five.

I was surprised with my early finish today. I took a really long time to set up camp and have been feeling tired. Hopefully a short day today with a good meal will have me ready for my longest day yet tomorrow.

There were several blow downs in the campground so the trail in is messed up. Also the only way in and out of the site I'm camped in is to go through another site. Fortunately nobody is camped there.

Day 5, Paradise River to Summerland, 20.6 miles.

I'm beat, today the Wonderland Trail kicked my butt! I knew it was going to be long and hard. I even tried to change my permit to Indian Bar instead of Summerland but there was no room. At least tomorrow should be an easy glide to finish at White River.

The day started out up hill to Reflection Lake. It was foggy with some reflection and it looked pretty cool. Next was a steep descent to Maple Creek. From Maple Creek, it was a nice cruise to Nickel Creek. After Nickel Creek, there was a good climb up to the Cowlitz Divide. I grabbed about half a liter of water on the way up.

Once on the divide, I took a break for a few on the Cowlitz Divide Trail junction with another man I had just met on the trail. The hike along the divide was much harder than I thought it would be and I was very tired and about out of water by the time it started to descend towards Indian Bar. Finally there was a stream of snow melt and I was able to drink a bunch of water.

Once at Indian Bar, I stopped for food and mixed some Gatorade. I left for Summerland with plenty of water after not having enough earlier.

I was very tired and the climb up to Panhandle Gap from Indian Bar was very grueling and I tried to keep things as easy and steady as I was able. The day had been warm but as I ascended into the snow fields it cooled off dramatically. First the snow fields were small but there ended up being several longer that I had to cross. Just past Panhandle Gap there was a very steep snowfield I had to go across and down. Thankfully the snow was soft and I managed without incident. From there, the trail descended down to Summerland, so the snow diminished. Near Summerland, there was one more large snowfield with a full creek flowing underneath. I went across that part of the snow as quickly as I was able.

Once at Summerland, I stopped at the creek to get water for the night before heading into the camp. I started the morning at 7:40 AM and made it to camp at 7:30. It was a long, tiring day.

Day 6, Summerland to White River, 7.0 miles.

After the long day yesterday, I slept in this morning and took my time getting out of camp. From Summerland, the trail descended steeply for a bit before easing up as it went towards the Frying Pan Creek trailhead. There were lots of day hikers on their way up to Summerland. The trail was wide and easy to make good time on. A bit before the trailhead, the Wonderland turns off to White River. There is a small ascent but the trail mostly contours around Goat Island Mt. The trail is nice and easy walking all the way to White River, but it is easy to hear the cars going to and from the White River campground.

The trail crossed the White River and then entered the campground and I was finished around 11:30. I was really excited and happy to have completed the Wonderland Trail. The first two days were mostly overcast and cool, but the last four days were blue skied and gorgeous.

I went back to my truck and changed clothes. I talked to a couple of men who just returned back from summiting Rainier, then I drove to Longmire, where I had a burger and a celebratory Wonderland IPA.
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I got out the door earlier than I have all year, yet I still wished I got going sooner. Oh well, at least there was shade from the hill or from clouds for the first hour or so. I hiked the same route as I did earlier this year.

A bit after an hour, I reached the west side of the park and detoured to get some more water. My hands were so sweaty that I gave up the idea of unscrewing/screwing the hydration bladder and just drank a bunch at the water fountain. I also stowed my hat in my pack and started using the umbrella.

After two hours on the trail, I reached the top of the ridgeline trail for the second time of the day and stopped for a couple minutes and sucked down a 20oz. Gatorade. It was still sort of cold so that was a bonus. From there I continued down the Ridgeline trail to the saddle then followed the Basalt trail back to the Circumference trail where I continued clockwise around it.

After three hours on the trail, I reached the east side parking lot and drank from the water fountain. The water was warm and never cooled off, but I drank a bunch. The rest of the hike was sort of an ordeal as I was getting tired and was ready to be done. I was at that point where I was no longer on my game and so was no longer my graceful self. Ha. Finally, I made it off the trail and a few minutes later back home.
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Friday morning, my daughter and I left home for a three day backpack along the Cabin Loop trail on the Mogollon Rim. We've backpacked together twice before. The first time was almost twelve years ago on an out and back of the Barbershop Trail The second time was a Grand Canyon trip we did in April 2005, so it's been a long time.

We got on the road a bit past eight and stopped in Camp Verde and picked up a Subway before continuing on to the cabin at General Springs where we got ready to go and ate our subs. The plan was to go counterclockwise in order to hike the General Crook trail first instead of in Sunday's heat near a dusty FR300. We were on the trail a bit past eleven. Well kind of, I couldn't find the trail so we ended up road walking until we spotted a blaze.

We tried to follow the General Crook Trail as much as possible but there is no tread so it's blaze by blaze and is sometimes on the Rim Road. I used a GPS track a bunch. Eventually we made it to the Houston Brothers trail where we stopped for a break.

The Houston Brothers trail was much easier to follow, there was actually real tread. It didn't take long to reach the Barbershop trail where we turned and shortly passed near where we camped on our first backpack. From there we dropped down to Barbershop Spring where we stopped and got water. We figured we'd set up camp before the next spring so we filled up for the night.

The trail dropped for a ways and we were hearing people yelling and making lots of noise. The trail turned into a clearing and there was two large groups of people camping. We talked with one of the groups then went around the other group's game of kickball.

About a half mile before Coyote Spring, we stopped to find a geocache, then shortly after that set up camp. Somewhere during the day, we saw the tail end of a cow elk and another time we scared a bull elk. I didn't get a good look at his rack but I think it was a 4x4.

We had a lazy start the second day. While standing around camp, three people backpacked from where we were heading. We waved to eachother.

Once on the trail, we crossed a small creek with light flow below Coyote Spring. We continued up the otherside and walked right by Coyote Spring, so we turned around and went back, where we gathered water before continuing.

When we reached the U Bar Trail, we continued a short distance down the Barbershop trail to find another geocache. We then turned around and went back and got on the U Bar trail. As we neared Dane Spring, two more backpackers going the other way passed us. We talked for a few minutes then continued on to Dane Spring, were we stopped and had a snack. It was warming up, so I topped up my water a bit before we continued hiking along Dane Canyon.

The trail dropped into Dane Canyon and crossed over then climbed out. On the way up, I could see some pools of water below the trail. From there, the hiking became more tiring as the day warmed up. Crossing over towards Barbershop Canyon, three turkeys ran in front of us and across the trail. Shortly after that, we came across three hikers with a couple of dogs. There was a puddle in the road and the dogs were wet from splashing in it. One of the hikers had a nice looking turkey feather in her hair that she had found.

As the trail dropped into Barbershop Canyon, I stopped to find another geocache. My daughter continued down to the bottom to hide in the shade while I searched in the sun. While searching for the cache, I saw a Garter Snake, then when continuing down the trail into the canyon, I spotted a Horned Lizard.

We relaxed in the shade at the bottom of Barbershop Canyon. We ate lunch and drank a bunch of water. I went and found another geocache a short distance up stream that I wasn't able to find three years earlier. We also gathered some more water to be sure we had enough until Pinchot Cabin since it was warm and we were going through a lot of water. There was a couple relaxing nearby with their dog. They were also backpacking the Cabin Loop, but clockwise like everyone else we had seen.

We took it easy climbing up out of Barbershop Canyon, and when we were at the top, some other backpackers were heading down and asked if there was water below. Yes, plenty. From there the hiking was easy and we made good time heading across Dick Hart Ridge. The only obstacle on the way to Pinchot Cabin was the climb up Dick Hart Draw. We did stop to drink several times and it was nice to drop towards Pinchot Cabin.

We stopped at the cabin and ate and drank a lot then gathered water for our evening's camp as we expected to camp before the next water. While there, five men came down the Fred Haught trail and three of them continued up the Houston Brothers trail. The fifth had pulled his groin and was hoping the fourth would chase the others down and come back. Who knows what happened. We wished the man well and we headed up the Fred Haught trail.

The trail follows the road as it crosses Bear Canyon. We stopped at the bottom and enjoyed the view into the canyon. There was a large pool of water below the road that I wished wasn't so far below the road but it probably wouldn't have been as refreshing as it appeared. We continued along the road until the trail turned off and made our way over Fred Haught Ridge and dropped down to Quien Sabe Spring. The spring was dry. Who knows when there is ever water in it?

I stopped to find a geocache above the spring before we continued about a mile farther along the trail where we set up camp above the trail out of Quien Sabe Draw.

Once the sun was down and the moon rose, there was a loud bark. I thought it was a dog. Then there was another bark and I thought it was maybe a coyote, though I'd never heard a coyote bark like that. Then there was another bark from a different place. The bark moved from me to the other side of where my daughter was camped. I was cowboy camping so I sat up and looked over that way and saw something run by. Then there was some more barking and I realized it was a couple of bull elk talking to each other. They continued their chat off and on throughout the night.

Despite the noise the elk made throughout the night, I slept well and woke up rested and ready to go. We got up and broke camp and were on the trail well earlier than the day before. It wasn't long before we dropped into Fred Haught Canyon where there was some water. Next we made it to General Springs and the Arizona Trail where the trail is sandy and harder to walk on but there is lots of water for a couple miles. The temperature was very nice as we started the morning but was warming up to quickly so we were glad we didn't have far to go.

When we reached the fenced exclosure below General Springs Cabin, there was a large Monarch butterfly in the trail. I tried to get a picture but it flittered around. We watched it for a couple minutes before finishing the hike.
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Saw a few Columbines.

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Had a great morning hiking the Little Pan Loop of the Black Canyon Trail. I started/finished at the Table Mesa Trailhead and went clockwise around the loop. Temperatures were very nice when I started at about 7:40 and were getting warm when I finished at about 11:40.

There was a nice stretch of water with a good pool at the southern crossing of the Agua Fria River. In fact, there were several large fish in the pool. That really surprised me as this is well past the north end of a full Lake Pleasant.

Farther along, I ran into a wild burro mare and its foal. Typically, they travelled along the trail with me following them for quite a while before they finally turned off the trail.

Near the north end of the loop, I made a side trip to the Hohokam fortress ruin and made the easy climb up to inside it. There's a road right to it so there really isn't much to look for anymore but it was still interesting to investigate for a few minutes.

From there, I went back to the trail near where I left it and continued my hike around the loop. The west side is definitely the more scenic side though there are some nice views on the east side as well, especially of Wild Burro Mesa off beyond the trailhead.

I put together a video of my hike.
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Some saguaros were still blooming, along with some barrel cactus and Ironwood trees.
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May 07 2016
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South of New River Mesa, AZ 
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Hiking8.94 Miles 2,070 AEG
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The main goal for this hike was to be the first to find geocache, 4KEF. It was hidden in mid-march and so far, no one had made the effort to find it. It is hidden at the base of some cliffs off the south side of New River Mesa.

I started my hike at the Tonto NF entrance at the north end of 20th St. I walked down the road then went cross-country a short bit to another road I knew of, then continued along roads until I was about .6 miles from the cache. From there I skirted around a hill and dropped into a wash that would take me near it. Somewhere along the wash, a bee got stuck under my pack's left shoulder strap. It freaked, stung me, and before I knew it, I was under attack by a few bees. I ended up getting stung once more on my neck before I got away from them. Fortunately I'm not allergic to them, so it was just a big annoyance.

About .2 miles from the cache, I left the wash and continued along a steep scree filled slope. I reached the cache and signed in as the first finder. I was happy about that as this was a milestone for me, 100 consecutive months of being the first finder of at least one cache a month. :y:

My next objective was to find another geocache, In Memory of Sharon Severance. It was hidden on the ridge SE of the Cline Creek ruins earlier this year. So after leaving 4KEF, I dropped into the wash then followed it a ways past where I entered it earlier. Along the way, a rattlesnake buzzed at me. I had sort of zoned out and wasn't paying attention. I try to be wary and the rattle certainly reminded me to be so.

Eventually, I hung a left and exited the wash. Before heading up the mountain, I stopped for a few minutes for some drink and a bite to eat. Instead of heading up towards the ruins, I headed up to a point farther west to avoid the really steep stuff, then followed the ridge up to the ruins, an old fortress. This was my third time visiting the ruins and it's always been interesting to check them out.

I continued along the ridge to the cache and quickly found it and signed in. I also stopped and removed the prickly grass bits that had worked their way into my shoes and socks.

From there I continued along and down the ridge towards the petroglyph site. I was last there a bit over six years ago when I found another geocache, Treasure's All Around. There're petroglyphs of several different types of animals, including a scorpion. I don't recall seeing a scorpion petroglyph any other place.

After leaving the petroglyph site, I just followed the road back to where my truck was parked.
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Some Pickly Pear and Hedgehog cacti were blooming, along with some Saguaro and Palo Verde.
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Clear Creek Trail - GCNPNorthwest, AZ
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Backpack46.00 Miles 7,000 AEG
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Day 1 - Bright Angel TH to Bright Angel CG

We left Phoenix early this morning to get to the Grand Canyon. We stopped in Flagstaff for breakfast at The Place, then continued the drive. After a quick stop at the backcountry office, we were able to park the car very close to the Bright Angel TH. While we were getting ready to start the hike, the storm hit and the snow flurries began.

It was about 11 and snowing fairly hard when we started down into the canyon. After we dropped below the rim, the wind died down and I pulled out my umbrella to help keep me dry. Many people commented on what a great idea it was to have it.

Most of the tread on my shoes is worn off and I was slipping all over the muddy trail. I was able to stay upright but there were several times where I nearly covered my butt with mud.

When we got to Indian Gardens, we went into the campground and stopped under a ramada for lunch. The rain finally stopped when we got going again and we soon put the rain gear away.

Maybe a mile below Indian gardens, we reached where Garden Creek drops into a slot canyon. Some of the guys were planning on canyoneering down it, but with the rain and colder weather it was decided to stash the ropes and stuff at the drop off point and hope for a warm and nice weather day on our way out.

As we approached where the trail first crosses Pipe Creek, there was a lady blocking our passage along the trail. A few ladies just had to pee and didn't realize there was a rest stop not much farther along the trail. Well we made our way by and then we stopped at the Pipe Creek rest house to sign the register and a few minutes later when the ladies came down the trail and saw the outhouse, everyone had a good laugh.

One of our group was having problems so we waited for him to catch up. He was okay, just moving slow so we continued on and he'd catch up to us at the campground. I got a bit behind the others taking pictures so when I reached the campground, I found the site they dropped their gear at, dropped mine, and continued to the Phantom Ranch canteen. I arrived 30 seconds before four so I just missed a beer but the others had arrived about five minutes earlier and where able to slam one down just before closing.

We all headed back to the campsite and set things up. Ranger Della stopped by and checked our permit and we had a pretty lively conversation for quite some time. She commented about proper headlamp etiquette in the crowded campground - keep the light around your neck or low so as not to shine it in others' faces and other things like not hanging socks on the foliage, keeping food stored properly, etc. She also mentioned there were some ammo cans behind the ranger station we could stash food and stuff in that we wouldn't need while at Clear Creek.

A bit before eight, we headed to the canteen but we got stuck behind several people that left the ranger program. That made the wait for beer a bit difficult. Dang! Time flew by and before we knew it, it was ten and we were being kicked out. Back to camp for the night.

Day 2 - Bright Angel CG to Clear Creek CG

I woke up with a headache. What's with that? By the time we broke camp, stashed our garbage and the food for our return, and filled up with water at Phantom Ranch, it was about eight by the time we were on the trail. It was easy walking until the climbing started almost immediately after turning onto Clear Creek Trail. We waited at the first bench for one member of our group before continuing up to another bench where there were actually benches to sit on. There was also a really great view of Phantom Ranch well below us. We continued up and there was a great view of South Kaibab and the black bridge, where a pack mule train was crossing. We continued up and finally made it onto the Tonto Plateau. The climb seemed longer than I remembered it but that seems to always be the case doesn't it?

We just cruised along today, stopping for a short rest break every now and again. We weren't in a hurry as our plan was just to get to Clear Creek CG. We eventually dropped off the plateau into the Clear Creek drainage. There was a group at the first campsites so we went a short distance farther and found a nice site to set up camp at. I think it was about half past noon.

We had lunch and then we all ended up taking a nice long nap. Finally we set up camp but just chilled for the rest of the afternoon and enjoyed some spirits in the evening.

Day 3 - Clear Creek CG towards Cheyava Falls and Back

Sometime this morning it started raining. I was in no hurry to get up and just laid in the tent for awhile until I heard others stirring. Finally I got up and it was still raining so we set up some tarps to hang out under during the rain. Sometime in the morning, I went back in the tent and napped.

The rain started to lighten up during lunch and finally stopped so we decided to head upstream and check out the ruins, then head towards Cheyava Falls. It was about half past one when we left and we arrived at the ruins around two. We spent at least a half hour exploring before we continued towards the falls. We weren't sure how far they were so we decided to head towards them for an hour and decide whether to continue or not then. By then, it was around three thirty and there was a lot of thunder and the rain was starting to come down hard. It appeared we still had a ways to go to reach the falls so we decided it was best to head back to camp. I already had my umbrella but I put on my rain skirt before we turned around; I didn't want my shorts to get wet.

The rain continued pouring all the way back to camp and my feet got soaked from walking through all the grass. It was close to five when we reached camp. I put on some more layers but didn't have any dry footwear to change into.

We had dinner and finished the rest of the booze we had. That seemed better than carrying it back to Bright Angel CG. The rain continued most of the evening but lightened up, then stopped by the time we turned in for the night.

Day 4 - Clear Creek CG to Bright Angel CG

It rained a little bit during the night, but not much. We weren't in a hurry this morning and took our time breaking camp. About 8:00, a trail runner came into camp and asked where he was. He meant to go R2R2R but took the turn to Clear Creek instead of heading up the North Kaibab trail. Oops. ](*,)

I think we got going around half past eight. After the steep climb up to the Tonto Plateau, we cruised along enjoying the morning. There were some newly opened flowers, but most had been pelted during yesterday's rain.

We arrived at Phantom Ranch about 12:30 and stopped for a beer before heading to the campground and setting up camp and having lunch. We mostly lazed around in the afternoon but went to the river and looked around a bit too.

Ranger Della stopped by and we had a fun chat with her. I purposely wore my headlamp on my head but she never mentioned it. We found out she had to tase and arrest a belligerent drunk a few years ago at Indian Gardens. It turns out that one of our group was there. No, he wasn't the belligerent drunk.

We went to listen to the Ranger program, mostly to be nearer to the canteen for it's 8:00 PM opening. Once eight rolled around, we left the program early and went to get beers. We played cribbage and some Cards Against Humanity and closed the place down before heading back to camp and calling it a night.

Day 5 - Bright Angel Campground to Bright Angel TH

We got up and broke camp. The one guy that had been struggling some headed out a bit past seven. Shortly after two of us went to discuss some things with, and say goodbye to Ranger Della. Another left camp and I headed out shortly after that and was on the trail around half past seven.

Around eight, I reached where Garden Creek meets Pipe Creek and the guy that left just before me was there checking out the water temperature. The guys previously decided it wouldn't be a good time for canyoneering down Garden Creek, but they still wanted to check out the end and see what it was like. We dropped our packs and climbed up the creek as far as we were able. Some people that were in the canteen last night saw us and followed us up too. The two Ranger Della groupies also came up. I think we hung out at Garden Creek for about an hour before we continued hiking out.

We made it back up to where we stashed the climbing gear and retrieved it, then continued on to Indian Gardens where we had a snack and got some water for the rest of the hike up the canyon. When I reached the three mile rest stop, I had a quick snack and drink before continuing. I felt pretty good and was hoping to reach the 1.5 mile rest stop in forty minutes. I ended up reaching it in 32. We took another break there and had some more food and drink before finishing the hike up to the rim. I made it out and to the car at quarter of one.

The day was cool but nice. It was sunny and quite the contrast to the snow flurry when we started. We had our celebratory beers and changed our clothes before heading back to Phoenix.
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The cacti were blooming, especially along Clear Creek trail. Various types of prickly pear were in bloom, along with hedge hog cactus. there were some other flowers blooming too.
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Kokopelli Stick Man Walk, AZ 
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Hiking10.10 Miles 474 AEG
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Just a walk on State Trust land between Jomax and Pinnacle Peak around 56st. I found 61 geoaches laid out in the shape of a kokopelli. It was nice out and flat so easy walking, mostly on dirt roads. Some buckhorn cholla was blooming and even some saguaros were blooming too. Unfortunately, a lot of people have used the area for dumping.
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Buckhorn cholla and saguaro
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New River Road to I-17 - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Starting at New River Rd, I headed east on the MT for about two miles finding seven newly published geocaches on the way. After that, I turned around and ran most of the way back to my truck. The trail is in good shape and it was an enjoyable early evening jaunt. Some Buckhorn Cholla were blooming, both read and yellow blossom varieties.
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Buckhorn Cholla were blooming, both read and yellow blossom varieties.
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Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
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I hike in Deem Hills often but haven't walked all the circumference trail for years so I decided to do that today. From my door, I accessed the Deem Hills trails from the top of Hackberry Rd. There is a sign that says there isn't trail access, but it's wrong as there is trail access. It's been there for 16 years, since before the current trail system was built.

At the circumference trail, I turned west, heading clockwise around the trail. From the saddle, I took the Ridgeline trail clockwise, then followed the Circumference Trail up to the Basalt Trail and took it back to the saddle then continued clockwise along the Circumference Trail.

When the Circumference Trail reached the Ridgeline Trail, I turned up the Ridgeline Trail. This time I was heading counter-clockwise up it. When I got to the top, I'd been out for a bit over two hours so I stopped for two minutes and sucked down a Gatorade before continuing.

Once back down to the saddle, I took the Basalt Trail back down to the Circumference Trail and continued clockwise around it. This was the part of the trail I hadn't been on for years and it was fun to walk it again. I continued along the Circumference Trail, past the eastside parking and then to where I originally got on the trail. From there I turned off the trail and took the Hackberry access back to Hackberry and home.

All the flowers seem to be done blooming but now the Palo Verde are starting to bloom.
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Ballantine Trail #283Phoenix, AZ
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When I woke up my clock said it was eight which surprised me so hopped out of bed. It turns out the clock adjusted for daylight savings time so it was really seven. ](*,) Well if it didn't jump ahead, I would have gotten a later start so that's okay.

I made it out to the trail and got started a bit before eleven. I took the Ballantine trail out three miles to find a new geocache, Ballantine Letterbox. I was the first finder.

On the way out, I passed who I call, The Mysterious Hiker. He was wearing compression socks and had a ball cap holding on a white bandana. As I approached I said hello, he didn't say anything nor make any acknowledgement I existed until, he turned off the trail to let me pass. He was turned away from the trail so I never saw his face. As I went by a said, thanks. Again, no acknowledgement in any way. I went up the trail few steps and looked back. He was still turned away from the trail. Mysterious!

On the way back, I took the Pine Creek trail to make a loop of things. I passed two oncoming hikers thrice and a seventh oncoming hiker.

The temps were nice and there were some wildflowers out. The Brittlebush are just starting there which surprised me as they have been blooming for a long time around Phoenix.
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Brittle bush is just starting. Fairy Dusters are blooming. Saw a few desert poppies. Globe Mallow are blooming.
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Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
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Hiking1.90 Miles 543 AEG
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I only did a small portion of this. I parked near the intersection of 626 and 27, then hiked down a mile to find geocache, I Should Have Brought An Ammocan, then hiked back up.

I had to park a bit past the parking area as there was a bunch of leftover tweakers from a rave the night before. I have a feeling they left a lot of trash but hopefully not.

Anyhow, I walked down the road that went right by the sound system thumping out tunes and made the easy walk to the cache. Found a blank log and signed it, then made the not quite so easy walk back up the hill. I had a chat with some of the ravers then went to my truck and headed back down the mountain.
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Vineyard Trail #131Payson, AZ
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I started at the Vineyard trailhead and hiked up to the Microwave Reflector. The reason for this hike was to find geocache, Jane and Steve Memorial Cache. I was the first finder of it. It turns out that Steve Chalmers worked for SRP and blazed the trail up to the reflector. He sure made a steep trail.
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