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Oct 24 2020
The_Eagle
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 Guides 7
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 Photos 9,720
 Triplogs 1,315

64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Apache Wash Jaunt, AZ 
Apache Wash Jaunt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking12.32 Miles 1,291 AEG
Hiking12.32 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   3.24 mph
1,291 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Needed to take it easy today, so I picked this relatively flat track close to home. Bonus today was the cool temps, clouds and light wind keeping the orb at bay. There was no shortage of hikers, runners and bikers out.
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Oct 17 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ 
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking19.03 Miles 3,592 AEG
Hiking19.03 Miles   8 Hrs   31 Mns   2.50 mph
3,592 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Out to Mingus for cooler temps and searching for color. The dusty dirt road leading to the top of Mingus is all packed down with fresh aggregate and staked. We find out later from some passing strange-r, that paving will start this week.

We made the obligatory stop at the hang glider spot for the views. The Horse Fire smoke was evident from here. In all my trips to Mingus, I still have yet to see any hang gliders.

Popping down from the top from Mingus on the 105 trail, we got to see some pockets of red maples. Not rim worthy, but very nice nonetheless. On the 2 track portion of the 105, we ran into Curly and Moe (aka @chumley and @John9l). After a short catch up, we continued on our merry way. We passed one of Curly's dirt cairns, shortly thereafter, pointing the way.

We started getting into more Oaks on the 548 and 550 trails, which are Joe's Fav.

After an .8 mile road walk, we were happy to be on the Butterfly Trail (No butterflies were harmed during this portion of the hike, or even seen). We hit the Middle trail I believe for the first time. This will be in future rotations.

After some lunch, we moved on to the southern portion of our figure eight. Gaddes #110 and especially Gaddes Two #9307 have been a favorite of ours for years. We are usually heading steeply up on these. For a change of pace, we headed down and hit the light pretty good on the oaks. Joe went all @Tibber on me taking more than 3 zillion photos of the oaks and walnut trees.

I was not looking forward to the climb up Colman towards the end of an 18+ mile hike, but with a few stops to get my HR down, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

One of the most memorable loops up on Mingus.

After delays because of accidents on 69 in front of Lucky's and then believe it or not, a 15 mile backup on I-17 from an accident somewhere around exit 242, I made it home dirty, tired and hungry and thirsty.
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Oct 11 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Upper Buck Springs loop, AZ 
Upper Buck Springs loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking5.55 Miles 434 AEG
Hiking5.55 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   1.91 mph
434 ft AEG      23 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Ladyeagle
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Deb and I get out every year for her birthday to enjoy the fall colors. We've done this track before and it never disappoints. There was a nice mix of reds and yellows. Breezy conditions had carpeted much of the forest floor, but there were still plenty still attached to put on quite the show.

The birds were chirpin', the squirrels were busy readying themselves for winter and the elk rut is in full swing.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Maples, Maples, Maples
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Oct 03 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ 
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking16.72 Miles 3,215 AEG
Hiking16.72 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.43 mph
3,215 ft AEG      40 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
I just loves me some Autumn Gold. The IB is always a go to for that color. We've been pretty fortunate getting the timing right. The recent trip reports from the area and 100 car limit parking at the IB TH had us questioning doing this hike. We decided to give it a whirl.

We got lucky and found a parking spot. Temps were perfect and not too many people on the IB trail to the Waterline Trail. There was a mix of green and golden aspens, but mostly golden.

The Waterline Trail is actually a road. The sporadic distant views and tunnels of golden aspen make this a special track. Down Abineau, not a favorite, it has some decent views/color.

Up on Bear Jaw, is the direction to go. The trail is great for the most part, with only a few rocky, semi-steep sections. Back on the Waterline Trail, we cruised back to the masses.

Hitting the IB Trail, on a prime autumn Saturday afternoon, as we all know can be a tad busy. Most hate this, but I enjoy seeing the mix of people. The once a year hikers, those with the finest hiking gear that's never been dirty, big cameras lenses never making it more than a 1/2 mile, dress shoes, stressed yoga pants, couples that have an entirely different idea as to what fun is. I enjoy this ONCE a year.

What I don't enjoy, is getting behind some Bozo, driving in a vehicle that does not belong on that road and being 8th car behind Bozo.

Until next year IB.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

dry Bear Jaw Canyon Dry Dry

dry Black Tank Dry Dry
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Sep 26 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Red Rock - West Webber - East Rim, AZ 
Red Rock - West Webber - East Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking17.27 Miles 3,511 AEG
Hiking17.27 Miles   8 Hrs   29 Mns   2.28 mph
3,511 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Red Rock Springs Trail #294
A 1 mile/600' climb from the TH to the Highline Trail. The trail is in decent shape. I checked out the spring and kicked up a few elk. The spring box was empty and the spring area was mainly just muddy.

Highline Trail #31
A roller coaster over to the Geronimo Trail with nice views to the rim. The trail is starting to get a tad overgrown in spots

Geronimo Trail #240
Not my favorite, being on a rocky road, but at least it's mostly shaded. Where the West Fork of Webber crosses the trail, there in a filterable flow. I also checked out Turkey Spring which had a strong flow from the pipe.

West Webber #228
This was the the reason I did this hike. I was hoping for a little early color and that's exactly what I got. This trail is just pretty. Maples, Oaks, Walnut, Grape and a trickling creek. The forest is thick and the trail is a lung buster, gaining 1,400' in 2 miles. This trail should start having some nice color in a couple of weeks.

East Rim Trail #7
After some lunch at a favorite spot, I did a bit of an off trail to get over to the East Rim Trail. This is another fun little route/scramble that the Boy Scouts put together some time ago. This one gets you slowly down the east rim of Pine Canyon and drops 1,200' in a mile to the Pine Canyon Trail.

A fun little hike in great weather. I did not see a single person all day
Named place
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Turkey Spring

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout In a pinch you could get some clean water out of this

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Plenty of pools to filter from

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Sep 12 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pine Canyon, AZ 
Pine Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking6.67 Miles 344 AEG
Hiking6.67 Miles
344 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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I met Bill up top for the hike down. We passed an Aravaipa Running checkpoint/aid station for the Mogollon Monster. This year it was cut back to 64 miles and a mere 11,000' of AEG.

We never ran into any of the runners, just a few hikers. Perfect weather. Birds, Squirrels and a couple of deer are the only other warm blooded creatures we saw.

The Arizona grapes were perfectly ripe
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Sep 05 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Hutch Mtn Loop via Old-n-New AZT 28, AZ 
Hutch Mtn Loop via Old-n-New AZT 28, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking19.18 Miles 1,926 AEG
Hiking19.18 Miles   8 Hrs   1 Min   2.62 mph
1,926 ft AEG      42 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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joebartels
rayhuston
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First hike with Ray in over a year.
Joe planned out this loop to take advantage of the tree cover keeping the fire orb at bay. It was only warm a couple times on the day. Clouds and a breeze kept it nice.

Nothing spectacular about this hike, just a good all around pleasant hike under mostly tree cover.

Hutch Mountain Lookout was the highlight.
The lookout is closed, but climbing the stairs provided the best views of the day.

Once off FR#135, all we saw was one biker and one backpacker on AZT #28. This was my first time on the rerouted section of AZT# 28. Great job @Sredfield and crew! We only saw one downed tree over the trail. We took part of the old alignment on the way back. There are still AZT signs along this section.
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Named place
Hutch Mountain Fire Lookout
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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
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Aug 29 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Point Trail - Sundance - WCC, AZ 
Point Trail - Sundance - WCC, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking4.15 Miles 1,181 AEG
Hiking4.15 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   1.62 mph
1,181 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I can't believe I hadn't been into WCC from this trail before.

When @LindaAnn did this earlier this summer it put it on my radar for a time when I needed a shorter hike.

I left this note from Route Scout using voice to text. I'm not changing it, you'll get the gist
0.03 miles - 7:56 am
The smell of campfires is overpowering at the trailhead. And here I thought cocaine Nina was a no campfire zone

I was the 5th car to the TH at around 8am. I got going and saw nobody all the way down to WCC. It's a steep, loose trail that is you need to take your time on. Making matters worse, the humidity had me sweating and fogging up my glasses going downhill.

At WCC there was a group of 3 fathers camping with their sons in the gravel area.

I headed downstream to check things out. There is no way to stay dry, so you just wade through the creek where you had to. For the part I did the water here never got more than Boys Deep. When I got to the first swimmer, I turned around. I was not prepared for total immersion today.

Going upstream I passed the campers again and exchanged pleasantries.

My goal was to see how far I could go upstream without having to swim. There are faint to decent use trails for my entire track, but once again, you are going to get wet. I saved Sundance Canyon for the return. I just love me some WCC. I probably took more photos/mile than on most other hikes. The lushness and geology is striking.

I passed a group of campers (in a sweet spot, there are many) and 2 guys fishing. At the first swimmer I took a short break and made my way back.

Getting into Sundance Canyon was the deepest water I went through. Nips deep here. Definitely a must see when you are down here.

Sundance Canyon
[ youtube video ]

On the way out of Sundance I was going to check out a small cave on the right. As I made my way towards it I changed my mind as a black cat with a white stripe was making it's way in.

Getting back towards the climb out, there were now more than 20 people swimming and jumping into the water. On the climb out, I passed easily 30 people making their way down.

I had no idea how popular this place is.

If I do it again it will be a weekday.
Flora
Flora
Arizona Walnut
Geology
Geology
Tafoni
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Aug 16 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pivot Rock CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking7.07 Miles 598 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.95 mph
598 ft AEG      18 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Eaglet
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Ben wanted to get in a trail run and visit the Spring/Cave for the first time.
I had not been in it in 5 years. The temperature difference in there is delightful.
We tried a different canyon coming back.
It made for an enjoyable short loop
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Aug 15 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Dry Lake ECC Loop, AZ 
Dry Lake ECC Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking10.15 Miles 603 AEG
Hiking10.15 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   3.03 mph
603 ft AEG      45 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Eaglet
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Went out to show my middle son Ben and the dood, some new areas for them.

This was a variation of a few other hikes I'd done in this area, starting at Dry Lake (I've never seen it dry).

Temps were a bit warm at times, but once we got into ECC, there were a few pools to soak a towel and to let the dog cool off.

We had lunch at the cave, which was easily 15 degrees cooler.

Always good hiking with my son.
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Aug 08 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Miller Canyon - AZT #27 - Crackerbox, AZ 
Miller Canyon - AZT #27 - Crackerbox, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking13.42 Miles 1,305 AEG
Hiking13.42 Miles   6 Hrs   3 Mns   2.42 mph
1,305 ft AEG      30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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To get to my start, I traveled in on the Rim Road, to FR 320A. The length of my hike hike today was dependent on how far I could get in on the FR. Success, all the way to the end with NP. Nice camp spot where I parked.

I hiked CW down into Miller Canyon heading towards East Clear Creek. Miller has pockets of water, but the farther you got down canyon, the water disappeared. This is the easiest canyon on the rim I've hiked in. I kicked up on good sized bull elk in velvet along the way.

Up the good ole' AZT to get back on top. The road portion of it drug on for awhile. I broke it up by exploring down FR9709Y to find a vantage spot for my lunch. It looked back down into Miller Canyon.

Back on AZT single track, I made my way to the drop into Crackerbox Canyon. The last 100' into the canyon was a bit of a pucker, but follow those elk trails and they'll eventually get you down.

Crackerbox Canyon was the gem of this hike. Clean water, flowers, greenery and flowers everywhere. I'll come back to this one. Some obstructions, but simple to maneuver around.

Once I hit East Miller, I made the climb back to my car.

On the way out, I took 141H, to 141. A bit longer by a few miles, but smoother and less yahoos than FR300.
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Lots to filter

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Scattered pools

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Mostly scattered pools from previous rains
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Aug 01 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Sandy-Heart-Sunset-Brookbank-Lookout-, AZ 
Sandy-Heart-Sunset-Brookbank-Lookout-, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking18.57 Miles 4,084 AEG
Hiking18.57 Miles   7 Hrs   21 Mns   2.81 mph
4,084 ft AEG      44 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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We started from the Sandy Seep TH to stay away from the more popular Elden Lookout TH.

Temps were in the 60's to start. I planned the loop to be CCW to get the exposed climb up the Heart Trail out of the way early. We were lucky enough to have cloud cover for the majority of the day, including this climb. About 1/2 way up the heart trail, we began noticing a new trail veering off from the Heart Trail. This ended up being a longer, more gradual reroute to the top. We ran into @hikerdw (David) and his son Ryan on their way down. Great to meet you guys!

Where the Heart Trail meets the Sunset trail, you begin seeing the devastation from the Museum fire. There were pockets and areas of green, but large areas of moonscape also.

Both Oldham #1 and Upper Oldham Trails are closed because of fire damage/washouts. So we hiked the road to the top. The road has also seen a lot of washout repair.

The Lunch spot, had a view off the rim to the east. The Virga, was no longer Virga out there.

We bailed on going to the top of Elden as the thunder cracked above and the rain and wind kicked in. It felt good to feel cold. The rain only lasted for 10-15 minutes.

We met the masses once at the Elden Lookout Trail until turning on Fatmans loop. From there we powered on the Christmas Tree Trail, with one more brief rain on the way back.

On the way home on I-17, we saw the Pig Fire and the 20 or so vehicles of firefighters trying to put it out.
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Jul 26 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pivot Rock Canyon, AZ 
Pivot Rock Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking2.76 Miles 277 AEG
Hiking2.76 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.07 mph
277 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Ladyeagle
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Took Deb out for a relaxing walk in the woods to see the spring, listen to the birds and smell the flowers.

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Jul 25 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Willow Valley - East Rim and Clover Views, AZ 
Willow Valley - East Rim and Clover Views, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking15.75 Miles 1,738 AEG
Hiking15.75 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   2.81 mph
1,738 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I wanted to try out a new area and scope out possibilities for future hikes.

I took in 122C just south of the Clints Well gas station. Plenty of campers dispersed off the road until the road got a little rougher.

I combined some forest roads and off trail to make this loop, with the main goal to see what kids of views I could get into Willow Valley and Clover Creek.

I had a great Lunch spot with views into Willow Valley
[ youtube video ]

All in all, it was a success. I have some future areas to check out with a possible route into Willow Valley.

I saw and chatted with 3 groups all who asked the same question. Is this the way to the Maxwell and Tramway trails. I kindly told them they were on the wrong side of the canyon

I saw 4 turkeys and a doe.

The weather threatened, but I only got sprinkled on
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Jul 11 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pivot - Toms - HnD - Corduroy, AZ 
Pivot - Toms - HnD - Corduroy, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking16.51 Miles 940 AEG
Hiking16.51 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   2.83 mph
940 ft AEG      11 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I needed something cooler and wanted to check out some new area around Pivot Rock.
This loop for the most part was shaded

Starting just off of SR87, I followed an old 2 track, which is the beginnings of Pivot Rock Canyon. This turned into a real nice single track that seems to get a bit of use. Wildcat spring was flowing nicely.

I was in the area and hadn't checked out Pivot Rock Spring in awhile, so I made the side trip over there.
[ youtube video ]

From this point of the hike on, there were areas of water. Enough water to soak my neck gaiter in, to keep me cool.

At one point in PR Canyon I interrupted three campers taking a bath in one of the deeper pools. awkward...

I wanted to check out a bit of Toms Creek. There were some nice clear pools of water scattered through the short bit i got into. I found a shady spot next to a pool for a lunch break and my turn around point.

On the way back, I took Hicks and Duncan Canyon to Corduroy Canyon. I found a rock alcove with a blackened ceiling that appeared to have been used for quite some time.

On the day, 1 group of hikers, a handful of ORVs and campers, 2 snakes. Also, 2 guys shooting automatic rifles that scared crap out of me, when they started firing when I was about 100yds away.
Named place
Named place
Pivot Rock Spring Wildcat Spring

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Jul 03 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Apache Wash Loop, AZ 
Apache Wash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking9.71 Miles 1,341 AEG
Hiking9.71 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   3.25 mph
1,341 ft AEG      4 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I needed a closeby leg stretcher, with options to bail if it got too hot.

Cloud cover for most of the hike kept the orb at bay.
A smattering of hikers and bikers, thinned out by the time I was done.
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Jun 27 2020
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64 male
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 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
 
1st trip
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joebartels
Tortoise_Hiker
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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
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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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Dave Barry
Jun 13 2020
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 Guides 7
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 Photos 9,720
 Triplogs 1,315

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
 
1st trip
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
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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Dave Barry
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
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
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.
Named place
Named place
Chums Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Ash Canyon Spring Dripping Dripping
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

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Trick Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
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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 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
 
1st trip
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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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