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Nov 11 2016
Carioca43
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Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
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Took troop 838 up for tough overnight campout on Flatiron. What an amazing experience. The weather was perfect. Maybe just a little less windy would have made sleep better. The views were incredible. The dropoffs heartstopping :scared: But being able to see Florence, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Maricopa, Johnson Ranch, Santan, Mesa, AJ Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Tempe. Just WOW.

Now the hike. This was the hardest hike with a backpack I have ever completed. It is a true scramble and straight up. AND it kicked my butt... My scouts did great and beat me up and down. Normally I am close to front but this one just burned out my quads turning them to jelly and me afraid to bend my knees for fear of my knees buckling. Nothing like trying to descend walking like a stick figure. My quads just quivered...
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Jun 17 2016
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Chevelon Canyon - North of LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking9.13 Miles 1,196 AEG
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Working on Backpacking Merit badge with my Scout Troop 838 out of Queen Creek. I felt this would be a good 2 day trip for the boys. And I had done this before with my sons' Varsity Team several years ago.

Water was much higher this time. Last time I was able to cross without getting feet wet. This time no chance. I even famously posted that I didn't need water shoes that I had carried the whole way. Wish I had them this time. Brush was much higher and trail more difficult to find past Durfee crossing. Crossing just below the dam was waist deep

2 adults 7 kids fun relaxing trip we stopped about 3 pm to camp at Durfee. Kids caught crawdads and loved playing in the boat back downstream.
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Apr 15 2016
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McFadden Horse Trail #146Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,184 AEG
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It was good to get out on a backpacking trip again. I picked up a pretty serious bronchial infection in February and it really slowed me down.

I did this with my Scout Troop 838 We are prepping for a Grand Canyon Trip so we keep building miles and difficulty. I really love Elephant Rock so this fit the bill I had 3 adults and 12 kids.

The steep beat me up I was the last to make to camp on the top of the Mcfadden Horse MT. In the morning we got up early and booked it out to the Rock. I love the hike on top then to meet the spectacular views of the Cherry Creek Wilderness. Kids did pretty good I had some first timers that I actually beat out but the more experienced ones are learning and doing great. Will post photoset later, just trying to catch up on logs
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May 28 2015
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking11.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
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Another Troop 838 Adventure. I was looking for a chill easy multi-day trip for the "boys" to just relax prior to our week long Scout Camp June 15. Horton Springs was just the ticket.

2 Adults - 9 boys We got out of the QC @3:15 on Thursday. We were on the Trail about 5:15. Arrived at the spring and camp about 7 so planning was just about perfect. Lots of rerouting on the trail due to erosion of the old jeep track since I was last here. Kind of sad trail maintenance didn't include erosion control. Sometimes I wonder about the Forest Service... particularly on a heavily used track like this one.

We set up camp in the tiers just below the bridge and there we stayed. Lovely Thursday night bled into an absolutely gorgeous Friday. The kids explored, tried their hand at fishing and had an overall good time. I did a little trek over to Derrick and back. Much to our surprise some clouds formed and we got some solid sprinkles, enough to warrant those ground cloth campers to pack up and cover bags etc. But not enough to soak anything. I won't complain as Phoenix hit the 100's and I chilled in my hammock around 70. Plenty of firewood, the tiers make it easy to seem like you are not in a large group. My only complaint is that I still had cell service ](*,) (One of the kids brought his phone and called mommy several times) Only a handful of Day hikers on Friday

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Apr 24 2015
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Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack10.00 Miles 1,118 AEG
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Brought my scouts, Troop 838 in for a 2nd straight night hike & adventure in the East Superstitions. It has been 6 years since I was here last. As I get older my memory fades and I described this hike to my scouts as "easy" and maybe it is when it is not dark. Had hope to have a 2 hours of hiking in the light but a flat tire on the road in slowed us down and had to turn on the headlamps about 30 minutes into the hike. We left the QC with 3 vehicles 11 kids 5 adults

Route finding was a bit of a challenge in the dark but with only minor detours and maybe some careful observation. I kept encouraging that we were almost to the ruins to keep the kids going. I think they are beginning to distrust me... But as things leveled out, the canyon opened and june grass thrived I gave the good news that we were in Angel Basin. All in all it took about 2.5 hours in the dark so not too shabby. We set up camp and really enjoyed the clear night with occasional shooting stars & towering Superstition vistas. We shut down about 10:30.

Had some kids that needed to get out early to make Little league games so got up @ 6:15 to break down camp. Unfortunately some of the newbies were a little slow and we didn't get on the trail until 9:30 (I believe in letting the kids do/learn it themselves & let them fail at packing up... I also send in a older boy to help before we have an adult step in.) The reason I like backpacking for scouts is that it encourages self sufficiency & self reliance. It is amazing to me to watch how quickly a 12 year old matures in just 2 or 3 such outings. They go from 30-35 lb packs packed by momma to 15-20lbers self packed with the essentials.

So we headed off in a hurry with myself and another adult in the back. As we approached the ruins realized the kids and leaders upfront had bypassed the ruins. I remembered them being closer to the creek. Somehow they seem to have moved up the hill. But they are still fantastic. The damage to the roof continues to grow but nothing looked fresh. The kids loved them and I didn't have any problems with doing those things they shouldn't be doing regarding sites like this.

Continued the hike out with extremely favorable weather conditions clouds for shade and cooling winds. I still don't the exposed steep decomposed granite manzanita & scrub oak lined sections. But I knew the second one was the final climb so it motivated me. I actually beat about 4 kids out. At the top we celebrated with Fanta & Hawaiian Punch, Swiss Cake rolls & even had to layer up (in April???) As we got into our vehicles for the journey home. Photo set to follow
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
just about everywhere

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Some moving water that was filterable

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Puddles all along route that were viable for pumping/filtering some moving water in spots
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Feb 27 2015
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Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack12.00 Miles 2,040 AEG
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Return Trip: I am now a Scoutmaster Troop 838. We have been working on backpacking, hiking etc. The kids don't get out of school until 4 which means we can't leave the QC until 5. So I wanted something close and a challenge and with a 1/2 moon and an easy trail to start I snuck in this great hike. We had 12 kids & 5 Adults. Got started at the trailhead about 7 PM and were able to keep the headlamps off until we got to deep into the canyon.

Weather was nice and cool super perfect for hard hiking with a load. We made very good time until about 4 miles in where one of our newbys (first backpacking trip, didn't take suggestions very well) ](*,) slipped at a stream crossing. He got pretty wet. so we lost an hour or so dealing with that changing clothes etc. Kids were getting tired and it was getting late so the going got slow. Finally made it to camp about 11:30 Kids set up camp ate and went right to sleep. With the storm coming in it was a little windy, but still slept well. Beautiful morning with the occasional very light sprinkle. Great time checking out the cabin and surrounding areas. Got off about 10 and made it back to TH just after 12, perfect timing for Twinkies, Cupcakes, Manzanita Sol, Fanta orange, Hawaiian Punch which the kids loved after a good hard 12 miles
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Sep 20 2014
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Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack9.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Little Training Hike with my Scout Troop. We spent the night down at Sulphide Del Rey. Got up had a great breakfast drove to the top of the mountain to the Trailhead. Dropped in the trail and had a steep descent. Good experience for my apprentice backpackers. The one dad that accompanied us managed to get lost near the bottom where the trail leaves the road and drops down to the CCC camp. Had a little fun shuttling vehicles then Had a little car trouble with one of the leader's cars. He ended up coasting it all the way down hill. Where we then towed it back to the valley.

Really enjoy this little sky island.
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Jul 31 2013
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Needle / Johnson Creek Trail #504Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Backpack avatar Jul 31 2013
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Backpack25.60 Miles 4,800 AEG
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Trip Stats: 12 participants 4 adults 8 youth/sons (12-16)

Drove from Phx area Wednesday PM arriving between 2 AM - 4 AM @ Vallecito Campground. Slept in Cars in Parking lot. Got up early to leave one and park others at Durango Railroad.

Caught the 8:45 train to Silverton & dropped off @ Needleton Station about 11:30. Animas was very muddy today from the night's rains. Began the hike up into Chicago Basin.

The group did great except for me. I had difficulty acclimatizing and after 4 miles had to stop and literally take a nap. :zzz: Flies were unbearable so the nap didn't last long. Fortunately not long after one from our party came back down to help me out :stretch: He took my pack and I walked slowly up feeling the effects of the altitude as I arrived in camp I hurled and nearly passed out as I laid down. I quickly got some gatorade in me and some food and even more water. And I then went to bed. Lots of greenery, lots of running creeks really nice area to hike into, but I prefer the ruggedness & emptiness of Johnson Creek with it exposed cliff edges and majestic waterfalls.

Day 2: Plan was to hike Windom Peak then backpack over Columbine Pass and down to the confluence of Vallecito & Johnson Creeks. I chose to pass on the peak based on my previous day horrors. I didn't even know if I could make Columbine Pass based on my previous days performance so my Son and I took our time as the rest of the group went to Twin Lakes & Windom. It took us about to 9:30 to get going. Took it nice and easy but got feeling better the farther we went and was to the top of the pass by 11:15. Views were amazing and I felt very satisfied as I now had hit a new elevation hiking best for myself of 12,750 after the previous days disaster. My only complaint is my camera stopped working ](*,) We ate a quick lunch and made our way down to Columbine Lake and beyond. The Wildflowers were out in force and we saw the Mountain Goats, Marmot, Rabbits, Pika. A little storm hit as we approached the first tree line campsites and so we popped up our tent to wait out the storm. Got back going about an hour later and meandered down Johnson Creek taking in all the view points and enjoying the hike DOWNHILL :DANCE: . We arrived about 5:30 to the confluence and made camp. About an hour & 1/2 later the rest of our group surprisingly arrived. :wlift: Only 3 had chosen to climb Windom while the others waited @Twin Lakes.

Day 3: Up and going about 8:30 and arrived at the trailhead about 12:15. Only 2 groups encountered from Chicago to Vallecito Creek Confluence. Ended up catching up to a group at Bridge 1 that were doing the same route but had left Tuesday not Thursday and then ran into the day hiker crowd from Vallecito TH.

Had Lunch @ Serious Texas BBQ :y:
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Columbine Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

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Lighter than last year but plenty of water by AZ standards this is a small river

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Jul 14 2013
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Jordan TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking2.50 Miles 110 AEG
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Just a little hike to get outside and explore Sedona a little bit. Wife chose this one. Had a great time going out on Jordan and returning on Cibola Pass. Extended Jordan to Devil's Kitchen Sinkhole :)
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May 25 2013
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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering11.00 Miles
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Just had to get out of the house Buddy Sguffey needed to as well. He picked up permits and we took off Friday PM Camped/Slept at the Ranger Station and got up early to hike. Just a dinking around in and out of the West end because of time and I was slowed up from a recent back problem.

Loved the water and Arizona Riparian Hikes are always nice. Next time plan to do it end to end.
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Oct 12 2012
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Samaniego PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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8) So nice to cool off and get out of the Valley of the Sun. Had a great time on this one with Sguffey. Enjoyed exploring a new area for me and a nice challenging hike. On the way down I enjoyed the ups and downs but not so much on the way back. Huge amount of variety on this one and noted the first evidence of tree rain I have encountered in AZ. You know where the clouds roll through and the trees capture the moisture from the air the a subsequent wind blow the drops off the tree creating a wet circle on the ground of the windward side of the tree. I had witnessed this in some wetter coastal areas but never in AZ. Also in the Walnut Spring area I encountered the most deer activity I have ever found. More deer acitivity here than Elk activity on Elk Point off of Volunteer/Sycamore canyons. Also the fall colors were quite nice :FG:

So many great backpacking camping spots this trail would make for a great loop out to mule ears and around to Catalina Camp and back up Red Ridge. (Yeah I think I will do that one next time) Btw I got lucky getting to the Peak only had crash through one scrub oak & nasty thorny bush barrier about 15' deep was able to find a couple of deer trails which got me close to the peak and rock scrambled the rest of the way.

Best part was finding Sawmill Restaurant Open in Summerhaven after finishing a very chilly climb as dark arrived. Car Temp guage read 38* on top. 8)

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Looked pretty good to me from an end of summer perspective several pools large enough to filter and flow fairly well.
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Aug 09 2012
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Vallecito Trail #529Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Backpack38.00 Miles 5,093 AEG
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:wrt: What do I say. Such a difference from AZ hikes. Didn't know what to do with running water everywhere. Short and sweet then on this amazing trip.

Not ready for the first few butt kicking miles Altitude and steepness just about made me quit :o But I played the tortoise and made it to campsite 1 at the confluence of Johnson & Vallecito Creek.

Day two made it to Columbine Lake but altitude wasn't being kind so I dropped 1500ft to camp the night.

Day 3 was all down hill & I was starting to find my legs. Stopped to camp at Bridge 2 to swim & relax.

Day 4 was quite sad as I was feeling strong and enjoying the cool weather. Awesome just Awesome

Will be back next year.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Johnson Creek Medium flow Medium flow
To this Arizona boy it was flowing more than the Salt River in summer

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Vallecito Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
Bigger than the Salt River in Summer
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Jan 29 2012
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Echo Canyon Loop - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
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Hiking11.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
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Great hike with the boys started at Echo Canyon back up Hailstone to Mushroom Rock up to Big Balanced Rock to Heart of Rocks Loop down the Sarah Deming and finally Lower Rhyolite to Visitor Center and back to Campground.

Awesome views just nice chilly wind to keep things cool but with layers still comfortable.
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Oct 10 2011
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McFadden Horse Trail #146Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack12.00 Miles 2,184 AEG
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Got to the trailhead about 4:30 and hit the plateau about 7:45 Enjoyed hiking by Moonlight on clear cool night. Soon found a nice little camp spot and bedded down. In the morning we hit the summit and then out to the real treasure of this hike. Elephant Rock. Absolutely incredible. Well worth the effort.

Back to the car by 3 and home in the valley by 5:30. Nice cool fall trip. Weather missed us.

Beautiful remote and didn't see another soul until back on 288. Now I have to come back and figure out a way up the fortress.
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Chevelon Canyon - North of LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Backpack9.20 Miles 750 AEG
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Out backpacking with Team 6290. We had 9 14-15 year olds and 5 adults. GREAT "Easy" riparian trip. Had planned to be backpacking on East Baldy with basecamp at Big Lake today but the Wallow Fire changed those plans. So with Christopher Creek as new basecamp. We decided on this trip. This trip is slightly more difficult than Fossil Springs. (Trade elevation gain/loss for route finding) Yes there is some route finding but that is to be expected in a riparian area. The trick is figuring out where to cross and if you have to go back a few hundred feet for an easier crossing spot. Kind of a rule to cross to the soft side of the creek bend as opposed to the cliff side and you will do well.

Did run into a recent burn out maybe 2.5 - 3 miles north of the dam. Fire crews were still hanging out at the campground but we didn't see any hotspots and no crew in the canyon. I understand the lake was closed Thursday - Monday.

Found a great spot to camp immediately past the power lines. That was kind of weird. The kids did great and we had a great time. The reward was resting at the lake soaking our feet in the cool water. The kids that brought fishing tackle all caught fish. After a cool down we headed up the hill to our waiting car drop.

Total Trip time 23 hrs with 14 hour overnight stop and 2 hr stop at the lake
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May 30 2011
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Angel's LandingSouthwest, UT
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
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Cold Front blowing through southern Utah made this a gorgeous day to hit this minor bucket list hike. Still lots of people on the trail but the park is not as full as I expected for a
Memorial Day weekend. Rain and cool temps scared them off. All I can say is hiking in 60 degrees in May in Zions was a blessing!

Took me a little bit to get warmed up, trying to recover from an ankle sprain from last weeks backpacking trip. Zions is gorgeous, the chains were cool and the Landing amazing. Had a very religious meditation on top and took my pictures and breathed in the breathtaking views and booked it down the mountain. Well worth the trip!

:? T-shirt selection in Visitors Center is quite lame!
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Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack12.80 Miles 1,766 AEG
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The plan was to get out of the valley @ 1 PM but with various school things etc and work getting in the way the group couldn't get out of Dodge until 6PM.

Route finding in the dark in a riparian area is tricky and with 5 kids we found a spot about 4 miles in where we could setup camp. Enjoyed my now famous Backpackers dessert pizza. Which was the camp favorite and I brought enough for everyone.

Day hiked into Tony's Cabin. SALT has new signs up regarding trespassing and camping near the cabin. We ignored them :scared: Beautiful canyon and spot. Would like to come back again I am interested in finding the "cave of a thousand eyes" :M2C:

Great trip!
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Nov 26 2010
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South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Backpack26.00 Miles 5,370 AEG
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So here is the plan. Take my boys on their first Grand Canyon Hike! To add some fun invite a couple of friends & their parents. So 4 boys 2 Dads and a Mom made the trip for a total of 5 first timers.

Could only get permits to Cremation Creek off the Kaibab South for night one which made for a leisurely start off the hike. We got a late start off from the valley and for various reason didn't hit the Trailhead until 4 PM. We put in as fast as we could go while still daylight but still took about an hour in the dark until we hit the Tonto Crossroads @ Tip off. Temp had dropped fast so we chose to call it a day and dry camped at Tip off on the hardpack. Weather made for relatively light traffic. Canyon was clear and crisp. Stars were incredible and active. Some of the most beautiful starry nights in recent memory. Woke up to a beautiful sunrise packed up and had a leisurely stroll to Phantom Ranch.

Because we got in so early we had our pick of sites and picked a prime creekside spot. Two in our party got reservations at the dorms (no it wasn't the Mom and son) Weather was bright and sunny I even was down to shorts and a tshirt for several hours. Had a blast exploring the Ranch and surrounding area. Couldn't believe that my Mom & Dad came to the Ranch for their honeymoon 55 years ago. (My dad quite enjoyed it, my mom not so much)

I treated the boys to Phantom Ranch Steaks for dinner at the canteen. Settled in for a windy but restful night.

Up early for Breakfast at the ranch packed up and on our way by 7:30 Cruised to the first rest house in about 45 mins. Then up to Indian gardens. Kind of had to drag one of the boys along. Interesting how each member had their ups and downs on the trail. For the Mom it was downhill from the tipoff that had her hurting. For me it was just before 3 mile rest to 1 &1/2 that was my challenge. ](*,) Each of the boys had challenging time in different areas. But we all made it. I loved hiking in the cold and light snow. The Storm squall heavy snow flurries and huge wind gusts not so much :-({|= The views of fresh snow on the vistas and clear & cloudy skies was breathtaking. We made it! :y: : app : and celebrated with dinner at Bright Angel Lodge
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Pine Mountain Verde Rim LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking10.60 Miles 2,100 AEG
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Out for a nice day hike & Grand Canyon Training session. Met a buddy at the trailhead off we headed. Gorgeous area along Sycamore Creek and then the climb up to Pine Mountain Summit offers spectacular views. We stopped had lunch at the top. Then walked on back down. I grew up in Prescott and have been all over AZ but this was my first time to Dugas and then Pine Mountain Loop. I would do it it again. Could make a nice backpacking trip out of it.
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Oct 15 2010
Carioca43
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 QC AZ
Powers GardenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 15 2010
Carioca43
Backpack26.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Backpack26.00 Miles3 Days         
2,300 ft AEG
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I have been planning this with my boys for some time. We made to the Mesa late and camped on top. The next morning we started out from Rattlesnake Mesa. Road was too rough to make to the Powers Hill boundary. So we hiked in. Enjoyed the hike in. Canyon is rugged and gorgeous. I enjoyed riparian diversity was very glad some recent trail work had been done to clear a path through some overgrown areas. Our biggest challenges were finding dry paths (rock hopping)across Rattlesnake Creek & then the bugs hammered the boys as we closed in on the Garden. Lots of animal tracks and scat. The bears want you to know they are there. My boys soon begin calling them treats as we would step over them. I am guessing approximately 500 - 750ft. They eat acorns and juniper berries predominantly.

We found the cabin unoccupied so we settled in. Enjoyed the fire ring & exploring the facilities.

Day 2: We headed out to Powers Cabin. Hike through Rattlesnake Canyon was much the same but we took the trail to the spring and then worked our way up Boulder hopping until we got back onto the trail. Headed up the canyon at the turnoff & began the ascent through the manzanita. Stopped at the Saddle for lunch and then headed down the steep mesquite catclaw path to the Cabin. On the way we checked out the Ball Mill and bear paw prints on the water tank the cabin was cool too. Then we found the mine and the old Ingersoll Rand Tractor (I am guessing it kept the roads passable back in the day) Then up and around the Shootout Cabin. Tried to take as much in as possible and share with my 13 year old boys the history. We are friends with the great nephew of one of the lawmen that was killed here.

Made much quicker time back to the Garden cabin and settled in for the night.

Day 3: Opened the door to 4 Cous Deer browsing in the garden 2 were skittish but the other 2 even came closer while we were quiet and watched. Packed up and headed out.

Love the ruggedness of this area and the fact we went 3 days without seeing anyone was good too.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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