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Jul 24 2021
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Cape Cod Beach Walks, MA 
Cape Cod Beach Walks, MA
 
Walk / Tour avatar Jul 24 2021
The_Eagle
Walk / Tour44.96 Miles 1,462 AEG
Walk / Tour44.96 Miles
1,462 ft AEG
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Our family has been going to Cape Cod since before I was born. 20+ years ago we made it an every 2 year adventure. Covid killed it last year, So it's been 3 years since we were there. It's a week of basking in the sun, swimming, beach walking, collecting sea shells, overeating seafood, enjoying adult beverages and catching up with family.

This year family came from Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina. We had 38 family members ranging from my 95 year old mom, to my 7 month old Grandson. We were spread out across 3 rental houses all a short walking distance from the beach. We had rain/clouds the first full day, so that was a great day to get in some beach walking with them being empty.

Chapin, Mayflower, Corporation, Howes, Harborview were the various beaches that were walked. In this area in Cape Cod Bay, the tide goes out more than a mile, so it makes for some big beaches. At high tide the walking gets tougher in the soft sand or rocks, so some of the scenic streets were walked to complete some of the loops. The photoset and stats are for the week.
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Jul 17 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Kinder Crossing - Horse Crossing Loop, AZ 
Kinder Crossing - Horse Crossing Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking9.81 Miles 1,879 AEG
Hiking9.81 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   2.60 mph
1,879 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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I had a route all drawn up to check out the Kinder burn from the Tinder fire and check out some new areas.

At the TH, I realized I never downloaded it to Route Scout.

So plan B
I'd do the the Kinder/Horse Crossing Loop that I'd done quite a while ago... from memory.

The burn is quite obvious as soon as you hit the TH. If you look to the positive in everything, the fire opened up the views, but there were so many trees burned from a totally needless act.

I got to the creek and there were a couple of campsites in use. A hi and a wave returned blank stares.
For the most part there are use trails to follow in the creek bed. I made my way over to the Kinder Crossing East section and made my way up the other side of the canyon. This trail is relatively easy to follow to the top.

From here, It is a couple of FR's to get to the Horse Crossing Trail. There's a sign out by the road that points to where the trail begins, but is is not very obvious. I followed an old 2 track, thinking that was the way to the trail, but when I got close to the rim, it didn't look right. I went off trail to the north until I got to the correct area. It was faint, but I picked up the trail.

Once back in ECC, the trail became more overgrown. I couldn't find the spot to cross to keep my feet dry, so I just plodded across. I made a stop at the pools by the campsite at the bottom of Horse Creek Crossing and then made my way up. The burn here looked to be worse.

Up top and on another FR, I made a call to take a short cut back to the car. I was recording the track I was hiking, so I could see where I started and where I needed to go. But there were no maps on the phone. I knew this wasn't what I was looking to do, when I could see the canyon rim above me across the way. This actually was one of the cool parts of the day. I decided to follow it down and see how far I could get. I made it close to ECC, before hitting a 40' dryfall. It looked like I could have gotten around to the right, but being alone and needing to get back because we had friends coming over to watch the game (damn Suns), I bailed. A steep scurry to the top of the canyon, and I was back to the car.
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Jul 10 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Kehl Canyon East Clear Creek Loop, AZ 
Kehl Canyon East Clear Creek Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking13.42 Miles 1,244 AEG
Hiking13.42 Miles   6 Hrs   26 Mns   2.30 mph
1,244 ft AEG      36 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Headed to the top of the rim to try and find some cooler air.

It was in the 60's when we started, me and my new buddy Hugh Midity. He hung with me all day long.

I was soaked from the waist down for the first couple of hours from the dew and rain soaked foliage.

Going is mostly easy for the length of this canyon, with just a few bypasses required. Aways in, with my eyes on the ground. I was alarmed by a sound I had not heard before. I stopped and waited to see what and where is was. After is sounded again I spotted a fox on the other side of the canyon, 50 yards away. It barked? at me until I left the area.
[ youtube video ] .

Just after this I kicked up a good sized Bull Elk with a rack much larger than others I'd seen so far this year.

Hitting the end of Kehl Canyon I decided to head down canyon in ECC to hit some new territory on the way back.
It was starting to warm up and Hugh was holding tight. I soaked my neck gaiter and put it on my head to cool off.

After some off trail I headed back down ECC to try a new drainage off ECC. It was nice for awhile, but it got tight and the rocks started getting real slippery. I jumped out and climbed up the steep wall to the top to get on an old FR.

I saw more elk on the day than I could count. No deer and 1 fox.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Kehl Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Plenty of pools that got more abundant the farther down canyon you go.
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Jul 03 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Micky D Meander, AZ 
Micky D Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking10.82 Miles 2,238 AEG
Hiking10.82 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.33 mph
2,238 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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A 6:30 start in the 80's and humid. Hog Heaven is an enjoyable trail with some good views of the surrounding area. I'd forgotten how steep it gets with some Class 2. I took a few breaks on the way up and was lucky to have some cloud cover and a breeze most of the way up. Heading down to the Toms Thumb trail, the trail gets a bit steep and slippery in spots.

Headed down East End, I passed up my first couple hikers of the day. Making the turn on Windmill and the Coachwhip, it started heating up. At the intersection of Coachwhip and Pemberton, there has been a shelter w/ table added since the last time I was through here. It's complete with all the tools a MTB'er would need including an air pump. It's also set up with solar Christmas lights.

On Pemberton, I passed my only MTB'er on the day. With a mile to go, no breeze and no clouds, I was ready for it to be over
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Jun 26 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Sidewinder - Ocotillo Loop, AZ 
Sidewinder - Ocotillo Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking10.14 Miles 1,302 AEG
Hiking10.14 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   3.46 mph
1,302 ft AEG      7 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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With everything closed, I stayed local. Parking lot was 2/3 full when I started, 8 cars left when I finished.

A smattering of MTB's and hikers. The breezes kept things tolerable.
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Jun 19 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop, AZ 
Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking17.04 Miles 4,635 AEG
Hiking17.04 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.39 mph
4,635 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Headed high to get out of the smokin' hot heat and wandered into just smoke. It had settled around flag from the Backbone and probably the Slate fire. It cleared up quite a bit as the day went on.

We've done numerous versions of this hike in the past. The latest, last year after the Museum Fire.

Elden Lookout Trail climbs a steep 2500' in 3.5 miles. The upper half of this hike is better in the fall with the aspens. After passing the Lookout, we were on our way to the Sunset Trail. Here we passed numerous patches of sweet smelling Wood's Roses, that Joe thought were Cliff roses.

On Upper Oldham, we started getting into the burn area. The upside of the burn, is the views to the peaks. This trail drops down to Oldham #1 and then Brookbank #2

Brookbank Trail starts the climb and got a bit toasty. We got lucky and the clouds started rolling in as we hit Sunset Trail. A bit past the intersection with the Little Bear Trail, you start hitting the burn again. We were lucky enough to get about 45 minutes of light off and on rain.

We had the clouds for the rest of the hike, which made it more pleasanterest.

The hike down the Elden Lookout Trail is not a favorite. As steep as it is going up, it's tiresome with all the loose uneven rocks going down on tired legs.

I'll be back.
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Jun 12 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Calf Pen Upper South Rim, AZ 
Calf Pen Upper South Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking16.06 Miles 2,234 AEG
Hiking16.06 Miles   7 Hrs   44 Mns   2.26 mph
2,234 ft AEG      37 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Off to check out a couple of bumps and some view points into Calf Pen Canyon.

Most of this is off trail and relatively easy walking.

First up peak 6489. Easy walking with some good views up top.
6262 is next and I wanted to get out to the end of this point. This was the thickest flora of the day. I made it to the top of 6262, but it was time consuming attempting to find paths through the manzanita. I gave up the push for the point and there were limited views from there.

I started making my way north and east, popping out to the rim every now and then to take in the views to Calf Pen Canyon.

The 3rd bump of the day, was Peak 6911. This was the steepest climb of the day, but still not bad. I had no views from this tree covered mound.

I made my way back, hitting some 2 track and more off trail travel. Breezes kept the temps ok. It was 91 when I finished.
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Jun 05 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Hi-Ho-Turkey-Babe, AZ 
Hi-Ho-Turkey-Babe, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking12.99 Miles 2,733 AEG
Hiking12.99 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   2.43 mph
2,733 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We passed by the full lots for people hiking to Horton Spring and continued to the Hatchery TH. It was already warm (by rim standards) at our late 9am start. We hopped on the Highline going eastbound passing over the clear running water of Tonto Creek. This trail rollercoasters eastward with great rim and Mazzy views. As always, Dick Williams Creek was also flowing and good water can be had here.

At Horton Spring we took a short break before and after bandaging up commander Joe from his fight with a barbed wire fence, we made the almost 1300' climb to the top of the rim. This time on the trail was the easiest time we have ever had following it. It is getting a lot more traffic. On all previous trips on this trail I'd never seen a soul. This time we passed 5 groups.

Up top, Joe stayed to literally lick his wounds and then let them dry. I went and played a ways in the Turkey Beaver area, before meeting back up with Joe at the upper Babe Haught TH .

After some lunch we made the descent down Babe.

Good times

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dick Williams Creek @ Highline #31 Medium flow Medium flow
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Splish splash I'd like to take a bath

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Tonto Creek - Mogollon Rim Medium flow Medium flow

dry Tonto Tank Dry Dry
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May 29 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
East Rim Trail to NE Rim Canyon, AZ 
East Rim Trail to NE Rim Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 29 2021
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Hiking16.34 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking16.34 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   2.02 mph
2,650 ft AEG      35 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Up East Rim.

A new sign at the start and even some recent maintenance.
This one is a lung buster and fun. The rock climb portion is my favorite.

Up top on Milk Ranch Point, I took a peak into Johnson Canyon to see if I could find any sign of the old Boy Scout trail. I did find some ed tags, but I had other plans for today. I tied some FR's and some off trail, to make my way north across Milk Ranch Point. The goal today was to find a route down from the beginning (top) of Pine Creek Canyon.

The trek down starts easy enough, but travel gets slower as the canyon walls steepen. Nothing ever too terrible, just slow going. There were only a couple down climbs more than 10' and all were easily negotiated. The only tough part was at the bottom when the ferns got thicker and you could not tell where to step.

The red tags for the Deep Pools Route were very hard to find with the abundance of Maple saplings. The Poison Ivy seems to be extra thick this year.

Finally back on the Pine Canyon Trail, I was greeted with by an irritated Arizona Black in striking mode. I took a few shots and bid him adieu.

I took a short break at the bench before crossing over Pine Creek. I surprised a couple of elk, standing in the creek, getting a drink.

Fun day
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May 22 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ 
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking17.68 Miles 2,539 AEG
Hiking17.68 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   2.47 mph
2,539 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We started at the Long Canyon TH to the most vehicles I've seen at this little used (for hiking) TH.
We headed east to start our loop. All the others parked there were headed a short distance north to the Wet Beaver Creek.

Going CCW on this loop gets the big climb out of the way in the cooler part of the day. With the filtered clouds and gusts up to 50 mph, we were comfortable all day.

The sign on the trail says the trail is hard to follow after 2 miles. It's actually quite easy until you have to veer off an old 2 track. Keep an eye out for the Wire Cage rock cairns. With a careful eye and GPS track, you can follow it until you cross through Long Canyon, just out of the Wilderness. After this, in our 3 trips, we have never been able to confirm that we were on the actual trail. We followed the aprox topo line, taking the path of least resistance.

Making the turn around Roundup Basin Tank Cabin we followed the old 2 track to it's end. Once again, no trail was found until we hit a faint 2 track. I have an idea for next time as to it's actual location.

Finally off the finger, away from the ankle busters and descending towards The Crack, The Tongue and Wet Beaver Creek. These are some of my favorite views of the day. It's a steep descent, but IMHO, the preferred direction.

There were a handful of youth enjoying the water after we crossed Wet Beaver.

Glad to be a a smooth track again we made good time until we crossed the creek for the last time on the way to the car.

We say we probably won't do this loop again, but I have not written it off yet. Maybe even try heading up the actual Long Canyon
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May 15 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Rim Ramble, AZ 
Rim Ramble, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 15 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking10.76 Miles 1,145 AEG
Hiking10.76 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.62 mph
1,145 ft AEG      12 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I parked at the large pullout to the west of SR-87, as soon as you cross the Coconino Co. border.

The goal on the day was to just visit some new areas I had not been in before. The first area visited was out to the end of a point past unnamed 6336 to check out the views. Once off of FR9365R, it was a relatively easy off trail jaunt to the point. I checked three different vantage points at the end with good views. West, into the Fossil Creek Wilderness, Squaw Peak (Camp Verde) and North past Apache Maid to The Peaks in Flag.

Next another off trail travel to meet up with another FR and ultimately cross SR-87 around Fivemile Lake. Here, the lake was a small puddle. About an 1/8 mile off SR-87, there were 4 small sedans with out of state plates, on the rough road. Most of the people were in their vehicles. I kept walking.

Next goal was to head out to 6729 to see if there were any views. All wooded at the top so no views.

Time to head for the vehicle and one of my route concerns for the day. I was lucky to find an old trail that found its way through the Manzanita and dropped me off at the Quarry as indicated on the map. It looks like it had not been used in quite awhile and was much larger than I expected.
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May 08 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Johnson Canyon - BSAPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking8.26 Miles 1,641 AEG
Hiking8.26 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.07 mph
1,641 ft AEG      21 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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On to my next hike to try and get to the Rim from the Pine Creek Canyon area using the old Boy Scout routes. I'm using and old route map and this week trying to get up what they are calling Johnson Canyon. The map says this is part of the old Canyon Loop that utilizes the East Rim Trail, just to the south.

The Route has a small cairn right off the Pine Canyon Trail to signify the start. I find out later that the beginning of this route is the old alignment for the Pine Canyon Trail, before they added switchbacks in the area.

I did pick up the tell tale red markers, some now silver with age, showing the beginning of the route. When you lose the trail, follow the game trails. Once in the canyon, the maples get nice and thick. It's relatively open and an easy boulder hop.

At one point I lost sight of any tags and followed a steep game trail until it petered out and I got cliffed out. I dropped back into the canyon to look for any tags and ultimately decided to bail on this attempt because of the deadfall and thickness of the brush.

If I try again, I'll try from the top going down instead.

There's one more to go after this one is completed.
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May 01 2021
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Algonquin - Horsethief - Twin Peaks, AZ 
Algonquin - Horsethief - Twin Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 01 2021
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Hiking18.38 Miles 4,191 AEG
Hiking18.38 Miles   9 Hrs   53 Mns   2.35 mph
4,191 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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After the enjoyable 25 mile drive in on FR59 (aka Crown King Road), we parked at the Poulan Viewpoint which is the northern TH for the Algonquin #225. The Algonquin Trail has seen some minor clipping, but Joe still describes it as scratchy.

The stretch from Poulan Creek, turning up Horsethief Canyon/Creek and extending to the old Mining structure is one of my favorites. I saw my first rattler of the year here. It was all curled up and never made a noise. Even when Joe walked 6" from it. Once you are at the intersection where the Algonquin heads up hill and Horsethief Trail continues on up canyon, the recent trimming is quiet evident. (And much appreciated).

We were never more than a few miles from water all day. Horsethief Creek was running and or had clear pools the entire way. Even where it crossed the Twin Peaks Trail.

On the climb towards Twin Peaks off of the Senator Highway, Eagle Pond had plenty to filter from also.

At the intersection with Twin Peaks, Joe headed to the peaks to tackle them. I'd done them 11 years ago, so I took a break.

A bit concerned after an hour, I had not seen him, so I headed that way. I was lucky enough to run into him just as he was finishing the off trail portion of his excursion.

Twin Peaks Trail back to the Horsethief Trail, was in good shape. There are a couple of pockets of ponderosa and a few pools of water that I used to soak my neck gator.

Back down at Hrsethief Creek, I picked up the lemon aide I had cached at the creek for the final stretch. We had to be careful where we stepped, to avoid the pockets of bright green oily poison ivy.

A light covering of clouds, breezy conditions and the ability to cool off in the water, kept the temperatures decent on the day.

Always good getting back to the Castle Creek Wilderness.
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Apr 24 2021
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bearfoot to Pivot, AZ 
Bearfoot to Pivot, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2021
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Hiking21.87 Miles 3,206 AEG
Hiking21.87 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.79 mph
3,206 ft AEG      31 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Joe asked for credit, if I did this hike.

I drew this one up, taking advantage of known routes and with interest of checking out some new areas.

39 degrees to start, up Pine Canyon #26 and the Switchbacks to warm up. Up top it got cooler and the wind was whipping. I combined some grown over FR's, side canyons and the General Crook Trail to make my way past Baker Lake. A bit more off trail and then hopped over SR87 to check out the lightly flowing Huffer Spring.

I continued north toward Pivot Rock following old FR's when I could. I kicked up of 20+ elk at one point, including at least 2 bulls, and watched them noisily gain the next ridge line.

At Pivot Rock Spring, I took a break for lunch.

The hike back was either on existing trails or short off trail jaunts.

Good times, great weather (albeit windy), with few people seen all day

OK Joe, here is your credit.
Use it at the store of your choice
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Apr 17 2021
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Orme Road to General Crook / SR169 - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2021
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Hiking13.97 Miles 1,479 AEG
Hiking13.97 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   3.16 mph
1,479 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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For Joe and I, our final segment of the BCT. We started at Carefree Highway and finished today at SR169/General Crook Trail.

Temps were perfect throughout, with light breezes, clouds and even a bit of rain on the drive out.

This section is entirely on two track, so no blood was shed today. Easy hiking with smooth surfaces and minimal AEG. Nothing dramatic out there, but you just get a good feel from the surrounding area and views. It's nice every now and then to be able to hike, enjoy the scenery, and carry on a conversation, without having to look at your feet constantly.

Wally mentioned that this looked like good territory for Prong Horns. I mentioned I'd seen them close to this area off off I-17. Not 5 minutes later we spotted 2 that ran uphill and stared at us and then took off downhill hauling arse. Wally then mentioned this looked like good country for tigers. Luckily it did not pan out this time. Later we saw another solo Prong Horn.

All the Cottonwoods in the washes and spring areas are greening up.

We finished up crossing the General Crook Trail, which Joe refused to walk on with Wally and I.

The BCT ended up being much better than I thought it was going to be and got me out to areas I probably would not have gotten to otherwise.

I've sent more than one email to the address on BCT website with questions. I have yet to hear back from them. We know something is still going on there, because the previous section we hiked had very recent trail re-routing.

We ran into not a single person on the trail all day.

Good to see the boys again.

Eagle Ouuut

dry Cedar Tank Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

dry Cienega Tank Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Pools

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It looked like the cows enjoyed it.

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Light flow and pools. The main area is fenced off.
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Apr 10 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pine Creek - Cinch Hook Canyon, AZ 
Pine Creek - Cinch Hook Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking12.05 Miles 2,394 AEG
Hiking12.05 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.45 mph
2,394 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Some time ago, the Boy Scouts marked numerous routes from the Pine Canyon area to the top of the rim. I've slowly been trying to trace these different routes from the old map I have. I believe I have 2 more left. One mentions cables and chains towards the top, so I don't think I want to tackle that one solo. The other, from afar, looks daunting.

There is no sign on the Pine Canyon Trail marking the lower beginning of Cinch Hook Canyon. The amount of locust, me in shorts and no telltale red metal Boy Scout tags, almost had me turning around on this one.

The going is slow, but the Locust thins out and canyon gets more and more interesting. I didn't see my first tag until a half mile in and it was a smaller faded tag. There are really only 3 falls areas that were slightly difficult. With more water flowing, the footing would have been slippery with the moss. The first falls was a 10 footer, followed by a 20' (bypass to the right) and then a 30' that looked daunting at first. I was able to keep my footing by going straight up and to the right.

The red markers become more prevalent starting here and appear to have been replaced/added to recently.

After this, the trail levels out and becomes easy. It appears it could be on an old road heading straight for SR87, then turns to the right and heads for another falls area.

From here I followed a combination of FR's and the General Crook to make my way over to the Switch Backs of the Pine Canyon Trail.

I saw only a few people all day, perfect Temps
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Dry at Pine Creek Canyon, but a light flow and many pools when you get up higher

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Dry at Pine Creek Trail

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Dry at Pine Creek Canyon
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Apr 03 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ 
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking19.43 Miles 3,003 AEG
Hiking19.43 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.65 mph
3,003 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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This is a good hike for so many reasons. One of my favorites. We try to time the hike based on snow and snow melt.
Two weeks ago, there was plenty of fresh snow on top of the Mazzy's. 10 days ago would have been prime.

Hawaiian Mist was dry as we passed it and a small group of people were enjoying the slight flow of Big Kahuna Falls. One of those, was HAZ member @Hiking_Fool. Good to meet you and the some of the Kickers of Kactus.

This is one of those trails where you don't have to constantly be looking at your feet and are able to take in the surounding geology. We were lucky enough to have shade for quite a bit of the climb.

On the way to and from the twins, us slackpackers passed 3 solo and a group of 4 AZT through hikers.

The Twins were flowing at the slowest rate of any of the trips I've taken to them. We sat at our normal lunch spot on top of Deadman. You get some really nice views down the North Fork of Deadman Creek.

Close to Chilson Camp, Joe was hell bent at trying to convince me that the Brody Seep Trail was called Chilson Trail. I let him have it, so he would quiet down. I actually had to bring back the JBM on this hike. It was spiking between a 7 and 8.

We sat to take a break on the way down. I got bit or stung on the thigh by something unknown. I felt it immediately.
3 days later, it's still the size of a 1/2 dollar, itchy, swollen, red and hot. I sure would like to know what it was.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Light flow Light flow
Pools and light flow. Nothing running across trail.

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Trough is full. Light algae. Easily filterable.

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dry Hawaiian Mist Dry Dry

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Mar 27 2021
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Big Bug TH to Orme Rd - BCT, AZ 
Big Bug TH to Orme Rd - BCT, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking15.97 Miles 1,851 AEG
Hiking15.97 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   3.09 mph
1,851 ft AEG      44 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Joe and I were continuing our BCT trek. Chris @Darthstiller is also working on the BCT so he joined. Chris tricked Wally @wallyfrack by telling him they were going to the Supes today. By the time it was light out, it was too late for him to bail.

We dropped the Stiller mobile at the Orme Rd TH, and drove back down to the Big Bug TH to start in the breezy 39 degree temps.

The standout feature for the first part of this hike is Copper Mountain. There is nothing spectacular on this hike, but with the clear skies, the views were expansive. Wally even saw Mt. Ord. :-k

The highlight for me was the Russian Well area. There are the remains of an old stone building and plenty of water in the windmill fed trough. (You may need to share it with #42).

A large portion of the final 4 miles of this trail have been very recently rerouted off of the two track. Plenty of switchbacks now.

We saw 4 hikers and surprisingly 0 MTB'ers.

Great to hike w/ Wally and Chris again. (Joe too)
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Copper Mountain
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Mar 20 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Little Bearfoot, AZ 
Little Bearfoot, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking4.10 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
450 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Eaglet
Ladyeagle
The first "Out Utero" hike of what I hope are many with my grandson.
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Wise-Trail End Rim loop, AZ 
Wise-Trail End Rim loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking4.15 Miles 1,447 AEG
Hiking4.15 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   1.55 mph
1,447 ft AEG      20 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I had a short time window and had been wanting to search an additional route to the Rim.

I'd been to the top via the old Boy Scout tagged Wise Trail. There are still sporadic red aluminum tags the majority of the route. There are just a few areas when you need to negotiate the manzanita. There was just a bit of snow hanging on from the 12" received the previous weekend.

I made my way to the south to check out the ridge I wanted to try going down. A few cairns at the top gave me the feel that there was a route to get to the Bearfoot Trail. It was steep and loose in spots, but it all worked out.
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