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Jun 27 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Sitgreaves MountainFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking10.78 Miles 2,441 AEG
Hiking10.78 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   1.80 mph
2,441 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
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Joes week to pick.
He through out two choices and we let Denny pick

This ones been on my list for a loong time.

A steady climb on an old forest road, until the off road steep part began.
We took our time getting to the top but enjoyed the top when we got there.
I think it's the first time I've gotten in 10,000 steps in only 2.6 miles.

Top of Sitgreaves Mountain
[ youtube video ]

Happy the tough part was over (so we thought), we made our way down.
We immediately dropped into spectacular, dense, old growth aspen forest. There was some downfall to negotiate, but not too bad.

The fun began while making our way paralleling the drainage, on our way to reach our turn over the ridge. First it was a brush push while log hopping the deadfall. When we finally got out of that, it was a side hill scramble across a slippery steep slope.

Finally on the ridgeline heading down, the going got better for awhile. We then started making our way in and out , up and down smaller side canyons.

We though it best at this point to head for a nearby FR spotted on the Route Scout Topo layer.
As I read in the @shatteredArm triplog (afterwards) we made the right choice

Denny, joyous and full of laughter all day, decided he'd take a nap, while Joe and I hiked back to the car to pick him up.

On the northside of sitgreaves, I'd recommend not using the route we took down. The @JuanJaimeiii route seems to be the most feasible.
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Jun 13 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pine Point Rim, AZ 
Pine Point Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking7.26 Miles 1,282 AEG
Hiking7.26 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.73 mph
1,282 ft AEG      33 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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I did a morning hike to look for the route I was trying to find, to get to the rim. I had limited time, so I turned around when I had to. I think I found what I was looking for.

Second hike was in the afternoon with My daughter, son-in-law and Deb. This is a nice little hike for even non hikers. You get some pretty darn good views of Pine Canyon. We sat, relaxed, and enjoyed a beverage.

If you only have a sedan, it will be a longer FR walk.
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Jun 06 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking16.66 Miles 3,166 AEG
Hiking16.66 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.22 mph
3,166 ft AEG      22 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We went up to the Mingus area to take advantage of the cooler weather.

Starting on Yaeger Canyon Trail #28 , heading CW, we got the big climb for the day out of the way. Cool crisp air and good views on the way up.

Up top, a short walk on FR413 until we went off trail to check out Chums. Chums was a bit scummy, but filterable if needed.

We continued our off trail to meet up with Gaddes #110. We headed down to more great views.

Next, it was into a new area for us. Burnt Canyon was really one of the gems on this hike. Easy wide open walking to start, turned into slickrock, with very minor canyoneering. Water could be had in many places, but never got in the way of our hike.

We climbed out of Burnt Canyon and into Ash Canyon #539. We've hiked through here before and a worthy trail if you are in the area. We use it as a way to access Kendall Mountain There is a huge ole' Juniper that we have used before as a break spot. The shade felt good.

Heading down Little Yaeger #533, I couldn't remember ever being on it before. It had been 8 years since we did the whole thing, but yep we'd been there. This is a well groomed, well used trail with once again, good views. We met a gentleman from Prescott that talked to us all the way down. Walking at our normal brisk pace, this 75 year old gentleman went step for step with us all the way down. I hope I can still do that at that age.
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Spring is dripping but there is a large pool of water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Chums Spring Dripping Dripping
A little scummy, but filterable

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout This appears to be routed to a wildlife water catchment device now. It's about 30 ft by 40 ft long
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May 30 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
O'Leary PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking10.20 Miles 2,038 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   3.08 mph
2,038 ft AEG      12 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Joe through together a couple hikes up in Flag in an attempt to escape the death star in the Valley.

We started at the O'Leary Peak TH. I opened the door to a hissing sound and nail in a tire. After changing the tire we started up. It was already getting a little warm.

This is a good workout hike for practicing SD. A steady climb, a wide trail (road) and great views to Sunset Crater, the Bonita Lava Field and The Peaks. The breezes kicked in, making it cooler. The lady in the tower was very friendly and asked if we had any questions.

After a short break past the tower on a rock outcropping, we headed back down. Back down, I made the decision to get the tire fixed not wanting to head down the hill on a doughnut tire.

Joe headed off for the 2nd planned hike.
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May 30 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Woody Mountain, AZ 
Woody Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking6.23 Miles 919 AEG
Hiking6.23 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   2.81 mph
919 ft AEG      4 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I stopped at this one we'd done a few years ago on the way home from hike one.

All the trails to the top of woody were in great shape.

At the top of Woody, I stopped at the now camera equipped LO tower and then walked to the NE to find the other WOODY marker. Much better views over here and a great place for a short break.

The brief thunderstorm on the way down felt pretty good.
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May 22 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Wise Bearfoot, AZ 
Wise Bearfoot, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking5.77 Miles 1,270 AEG
Hiking5.77 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   2.01 mph
1,270 ft AEG      39 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Getting to the rim using this route has intrigued me . I first saw this Boy Scout trail on a Camp LoMia Trail map circa 2004.
I've had a best guess traced route drawn up for quite some time. Today was the day.

Where the Wise Trail crosses the Bearfoot trail appears to have been purposefully obscured. Once you get 30' or so off of the bearfoot trail, it becomes fairly obvious, all the way to Mount Meg (Name given on Camp Lo Mia Map. AKA 6536) This is a pretty steep climb gaining more than 600' in less than .6 of a mile.

When I reached the top of Mount Meg, I searched for the route for the next leg, to get me to the rim. I know it goes there, because on a previous hike, I found the upper trailhead sign as well as one of the Boy Scouts red tags.
After looking around atop Meg with no luck and being solo on this hike, I thought I'd save the remaining 500' of gain for another day. In retrospect, I see where I need to look next.

I retreated down the Mount and went over to record where the lower TH begins at the Camp Lo Mia property.

The rest of the hike I just checked out a couple of side canyons off the Bearfoot Trail I'd been meaning to look at.
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May 16 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Homestead - Lynx - Sevenmile, AZ 
Homestead - Lynx - Sevenmile, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking16.23 Miles 1,645 AEG
Hiking16.23 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.67 mph
1,645 ft AEG      28 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We got the turtle out of his shell to join us on this one.

First time hiking from the Ranch TH. This is used as a launch point for both hikers, runners, bikers and horseback riders. The Homestead #305 meanders through pines and oaks while crossing a few trickling creeks. We passed just a few bikers and hikers on this stretch.

The south end of Lynx Lake was bustling. We weaved our way though, at safe distances.

The eastern portion of the Lynx Loop #311 is my favorite side. It's a dirt track, with fewer people and great views of the lake.

At the Northshore parking, I split from the group to get in some new trails.

I started on Trail #445, which is neither on HAZ or the Prescott NF website. This drops into the riparian lake runoff into Sevenmile gulch. This is a lush pretty area with few people seen. This ultimately runs into the Highland Trail #442 and the the Gold Pan Trail #444. I went back upstream to explore a bit. This is an area I'd like to check out a bit more

The Lynx Ruin Trail #301 is a simple hike to get to the Ruin area. Don't do this hike for the ruin, it's not impressive in any way. Do this hike for the view from the platform vantage point of the area
Fauna
Fauna
Dragonfly
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lynx Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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May 09 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Davis - Moscow - 7675 - Union - Spruce Lode, AZ 
Davis - Moscow - 7675 - Union - Spruce Lode, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking16.35 Miles 3,989 AEG
Hiking16.35 Miles   8 Hrs   18 Mns   2.27 mph
3,989 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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This is a go to area for us for when the giant Orb, makes thinks toasty in the valley. We purposefully started in the middle of the hike to 1) Stay away from the more popular Groom Creek TH and 2) start in the middle, so we could leave our additional water and food in the truck.

We were the first 2 vehicles in the small lot for our 7:30 start. We made our way through Peters Potato Patch, crossed the headwaters of the Hassayampa and took a new approach to gain Mt Davis. We both agreed that this was probably the approach we'd take in the future. Mt Davis is my favorite up here. Mainly because of the solitude and views.

Next, we made a mid route change and decided to hit up Moscow Peak and Peak 7675. These were 2 worthy additions and will be added to the rotation. Some very nice views from the top. The preferred route to the top, was the way we came down. From FR261 go due South, following the ridge line to make your climb.

Next up was Union since we were in the area. The tower was manned, but I don't think it was our buddy John. We saw our first people of the day here.

Back down to the Isabella TH, we had our SD lunch.

Isabella is a well groomed trail through some tall conifers. In sections one of the prettiest in the state.
We took this to the Groom Creek Loop and headed up to Spruce Mountain. This tower was also manned but I don't believe it was Suzy. The truck had Idaho plates.

To complete our loop, we used the Spruce Mountain Crosscut. After I splashed in Wolf Creek a bit, we completed the climb to meet back up with the Isabella Trail.

Good times in the PNF
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May 02 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pocket Point - Horsetank, AZ 
Pocket Point - Horsetank, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 02 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking14.72 Miles 2,161 AEG
Hiking14.72 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.45 mph
2,161 ft AEG      19 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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This ones been on my list for awhile now.

The drive in on FR 9366R is rutted and full of bypasses where others have made their way around muddy sections.
I drove in as far as I felt comfortable on stock tires. More capable vehicles can get much closer, w/pinstripping.

Using a @MountainMatt track as a guide, I made my way down the FR towards Pocket Point.

Once the FR peters out, there in a combination of cairns, use trails, etc. to find your way. A gps track and long pants are helpful through some of the Manzanita. Views down into Fossil Springs are outstanding.

Next on the agenda, was to find my way up to to Horsetank Wash to see if I could get any views. It's a pretty area, but the views at the rim were limited.

Breezes throughout the day made this hike very comfortable. The only wildlife on the day, was a single turkey.

No hikers seen on the day, just people camping along the 1st mile of the drive in.
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Named place
Horse Pasture Tank
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Horse Pasture Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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Apr 18 2020
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Bearfoot - Pine Creek Canyon - Deep Pools Loop, AZ 
Bearfoot - Pine Creek Canyon - Deep Pools Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking13.30 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   6 Hrs   26 Mns   2.20 mph
2,150 ft AEG      23 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Beautiful morning and day in the high country, Breezy all day.

Where Pine Canyon Trail crosses Pine Creek, I saw a couple fly fishing. They were having luck catching a bunch of small ones.

The Deep Pools Route up to the rim, currently has water flowing all the way to the rim. It's unlikely you will see another sole on this track. It's a bit slow going in places because of terrain and navigation. But this sure is a fun little route. The waterfall area is the payoff to the climb up to the rim after turning out of Pine Creek.

Up on the rim I had my lunch, with a view down to where I'd been. From here, some old forest roads to work my way over to the Pine Canyon Trail and down the"Switchbacks". I met the couple I'd seen fishing here on their way out.

This is a hike I'll do again.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pine Creek @ Bearfoot Trail Medium flow Medium flow
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Apr 11 2020
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Walking/Big Jim - 3465 - Mill - Jeep Jeep Loop, AZ 
Walking/Big Jim - 3465 - Mill - Jeep Jeep Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking17.83 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking17.83 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   2.00 mph
3,408 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Owl Clover, Lupine, Brittle Bush, Mariposa Lilly, Desert Marigold, Desert Chicory, and more Owl Clover. Also plenty of pesky Foxtail just becoming mature for the year.

Peak 3465 and the Walking Jim/Big Jim trails are a close go to favorite for me. I first did these trails more than 10 years ago, when route finding was a problem. Route finding is no longer an issue. The north portion of the Walking Jim Loop is easy to follow. Did I mention Owl Clover.

Big Jim Trail to Peak 3465 is also easy to follow. My Son and I cairned a route from the saddle to 3465 more than 10 years ago. It's a well worn path now.

I love the views from Peak 3465. They never get old.

We descend 3465 and then make our way up to Mill. The foxtails are frickin' irritating.

Lunch at the top of Mill while Joe cleaned his socks.
[ youtube video ]

Pikes Peak was bypassed as someone had enough of the foxtails.
I'll still need to make my way back to do this one. That was sooooo close.

Joe used me as a crash test dummy for a hawk that wanted to take off my head... repeatedly. He claims he could not get the video, as the hawk got closer with each dive bomb.

We took the steep westerly descent from the Mill/Pikes Peak Saddle. The tall friendly grass hid rocks and things with rattles.

It was nice to hit some of the old mine/jeep roads as the foxtail dug deeper into my socks. Pikes Peak teased me as we hiked around it.

We ran into the Lord of the Walking/Big/Little Jim hikes, @bobhike.
He was doing trail maintenance. It's his creation and hike description that got me out there many years ago.

No burros, one pesky hawk, buzzards, and one slithering Kingsnake were the only wild life spotted. Bob was the only human we crossed paths with.

The weather was perfect.
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Pikes Peak
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Yea Baby
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Apr 04 2020
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Bearfoot to Hill Top Ruins, AZ 
Bearfoot to Hill Top Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking5.45 Miles 1,136 AEG
Hiking5.45 Miles   2 Hrs      2.73 mph
1,136 ft AEG1 LBS Pack
 
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Afternoon walk to get to some nearby ruins I'd spotted on a Topo map. Access to these are by a social trail into a neighborhood off the Bearfoot Trail. I saw no signs that would indicate access restrictions.

The actual ruins are small and have been rebuilt. There are 2 ruins areas and another section with 3 stone picnic tables, with views. There is a cobbled path that approaches the ruins from the south. The route I took in, took a dirt path that met the cobbled path, from the north. I don't believe you can access these by driving in from the south. I believe this is a gated community.

They had a nice vantage point from up here. Weather was perfect if you kept up the pace.

Posted track is for the access from the Bearfoot Trail
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Apr 04 2020
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bearfoot TrailPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking4.40 Miles 530 AEG
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Nursing a hamstring, so a light easy day.
Beautifully breezy and cool weather. 2 other hikers passed.
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Mar 28 2020
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ 
Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking17.15 Miles 3,507 AEG
Hiking17.15 Miles   10 Hrs   22 Mns   1.96 mph
3,507 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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I was looking for a place that would be less traveled that we could both drive to.

I'd never hiked from the Spear S Ranch TH on 7th Street. 39 degrees and no cars in the lot at our 6:30 start. It's a nice trail to where we turned off to attack Apache Peak. There is a local "use trail" to the top, that has it's name carved into a rock. It's known as the Fathers Day Trail. Easy to follow and gets steeper and steeper to the top. The only tricky part is finding your same way down, through the break in the wall. Up top, a tattered flag and a mailbox.
[ youtube video ]

We dropped down to the saddle and then northish on another use trail. We lost it once. Off to attacking Elephant Mountain from the west. This was a slow process. Lots of up, prickly things and boulder hopping. Finally on top of the Elephant, the views are great in all directions. We had our lunch at a responsible distance.
[ youtube video ]

Exiting the peak to the east is a bit slippery and slow going. Interesting geology here.

We were happy to be back on a trail all the way back to the TH. We passed 4 hikers and 1 biker through 15 miles. the last 2 miles to the TH, we passed more.

This one zapped me. I always know is been a tougher hike when my shoulders are sore the next day.
Flora
Flora
Dudleya
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Mar 22 2020
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
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Hiking5.97 Miles 456 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.00 mph
456 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I took Deb back to enjoy the Flora.

Once again perfect weather out there and the flora did not disappoint
Flora
Flora
Chia Owl Clover
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Mar 21 2020
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Granite-Cholla-Browns loop, AZ 
Granite-Cholla-Browns loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
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Hiking14.98 Miles 1,326 AEG
Hiking14.98 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   3.18 mph
1,326 ft AEG      26 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Practicing SD, Joe and I did not hike together today.
I've had a sinus infection and some other stuff going on for the last 6+ weeks and even I don't want to hike with me.

I slept in and headed to the newly (for me) remodeled Granite Mountain TH. I was thinking it would be the least popular (least busy) in the Sonoran North Preserve. Maybe that was so, but it was plenty busy. I did a loop that went out to and up Browns Mountain

For those of you flower children out there, I suggest the 6.25 mile Granite Mountain Loop CCW, or just a shorter trip that includes the south side of Granite Mountain. I consider the flowers extreme there right now.

Brittle Bush, Owl Clover, Poppies, Fiddleneck, Scorpion weed, Fairy Duster, Blue Dicks, Chuperousa, Globe Mallow and many more. Adding a green desert and deep blue sky and puffy clouds, made this a memorable route today.

Lots-o-hikers, lots-o-bikers, 5 horses and drop dead gorgeous weather.

Be safe out there
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Brittle Bush, Owl Clover, Poppies, Fiddleneck, Scorpion weed, Fairy Duster, Blue Dicks, Chuperousa, Globe Mallow and many more
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Mar 14 2020
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Bearfoot TrailPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
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Hiking5.10 Miles 610 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles
610 ft AEG
 
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Afternoon leg stretcher. Water was flowing across the trail in numerous locations. One section I had to detour 50' downstream to get across. No way of keeping feet dry. Pine Creek was flowing strongest I'd seen.
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Dave Barry
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Mar 07 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Yankee Doodle - Arastra Creek Loop, AZ 
Yankee Doodle - Arastra Creek Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking19.86 Miles 3,092 AEG
Hiking19.86 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   2.47 mph
3,092 ft AEG      52 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View

Joe put this Loop together using some of a previous loop, with an attempt to get in some new territory.

The Keegan Trail #91 is on some Topos, so let's get boots on the ground and see what's what. Unfortunately, when we got over there, the no trespassing sign turned us around. Did we turn around too soon?

Next up a favorite, the Yankee Doodle Trail. This follows the Longfellow Ridgeline with big views to both the East and west. Recent maintenance is appreciated as we ran into the 6 person ACE Crew on and 8 day stint funded by the City of Prescott.

Pine Mountain - Bradshaws
[ youtube video ]

I didn't have fond memories of the Arrastra Trail. I guess my memory was not that keen, because I enjoyed both the section west and east of the Senator (cough) Highway.

Just east of the Senator, we hiked past one of the guys we'd passed on the drive in. He and another were part of a club, whose signs we've seen on other claims in the area. They were sluicin' it up in Turkey Creek.

Roadrunners Prospectors Club
https://www.roadrunnergold.com

The Pine Flat Connector is only a hint of a trail. It terminates in another potential No Trespassing area. It was not signed in the direction we were traveling.

Great weather, if not a tad chilly on the Doodle.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Arrastra Creek Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lower Pine Creek along #9275 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

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Dave Barry
Mar 05 2020
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 Guides 7
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 Photos 9,586
 Triplogs 1,219

64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking4.40 Miles 838 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
838 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
 
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Topcat
A leg stretcher before rehearsal dinner, 16 started, 16 finished.
A nice collections of wildflowers.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Dave Barry
Mar 03 2020
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 Guides 7
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 Photos 9,586
 Triplogs 1,219

64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Crosscut-Treasure-Praying Hands loop, AZ 
Crosscut-Treasure-Praying Hands loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking5.97 Miles 1,154 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.91 mph
1,154 ft AEG      22 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Bobzilla
Ladyeagle
lmarie0130
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
One of my favorite shorter loops in the Western Supes.
Nice views, geology, with just enough elevation gain to keep it interesting.
Always good hiking with Deb and my son and his wife from NC.

Man is this section of the Supes green right now. The poppies are just starting.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Dave Barry
average hiking speed 2.21 mph
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