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May 01 2021
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Algonquin - Horsethief - Twin Peaks, AZ 
Algonquin - Horsethief - Twin Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 01 2021
The_Eagle
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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Eagle Pond - CC Wilderness
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Plenty to filter from

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Apr 24 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bearfoot to Pivot, AZ 
Bearfoot to Pivot, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2021
The_Eagle
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
 
1st trip
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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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Pivot Rock Spring
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Apr 17 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Orme Road to General Crook / SR169 - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2021
The_Eagle
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.

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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.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Chilson Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Trough is full. Light algae. Easily filterable.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Deadman Canyon Falls - North Fork Light flow Light flow

dry Garden Seep Dry Dry

dry Hawaiian Mist Dry Dry

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Mar 27 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 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
 
1st trip
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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
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1st trip
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Ladyeagle
The first "Out Utero" hike of what I hope are many with my grandson.
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Mar 20 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 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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Mar 06 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Lime Creek Cabin - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking11.75 Miles 2,855 AEG
Hiking11.75 Miles   6 Hrs   43 Mns   2.09 mph
2,855 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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LP was looking for something other than South Mountain. It'd been more than 5 years since I was out here. Time to hit it again before the temps started climbing.

I was concerned about the road, in off of FR24 with with the stock low profile tires on the Subi. It's a bit rocky, but it negotiated FR1094 just fine.

Comfortably chilly at the start as we made the climb from the TH to the saddle. At the saddle you get great views down into Lime Creek and across to the prominent Sunset Mountain, Lime 3789 and beyond to the Mazzys.

If you don't like the Y-Bar Trail, you really won't like this one. There is a lot of foot watching with all the rocks. To take in the views, you need to stop.

Down in Lime Creek, the trees are beginning their transformation to green. The use trail to the cabin is flagged and more prominent than I remember. There are only a few places where you need to hop over the water in the creek.

We checked out Lime Spring. John and I decided to go looking for the source. We went up quite a ways until it dried up. After that we hopping out to the north, looking for a faster way back down. It all worked out.

We took John over to the scribbles on the rocks and then returned to the cabin to enjoy a leisurely lunch.

I let the mountain goats take the lead on the 1900' climb back to the saddle. They were nice enough to wait for me a few times. (They had no choice, I had the keys) The breeze made the climb bearable.

Good times
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lime Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Flowing nicely

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Not sure on the flow, but next to the road, there is a about a 200 gallon container that is full with clear water
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Mar 01 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pine Creek Canyon, AZ 
Pine Creek Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking16.21 Miles 2,716 AEG
Hiking16.21 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   3.01 mph
2,716 ft AEG      20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I got dropped off at the empty Pine TH to 33 degree temps and a light breeze. Once I got moving the temp was perfect.
The Pine Canyon Trail is in great shape with only a few patches on snow on the north facing side canyons. There are nice view into the town of Pine as well as the snow capped Mazzies.

I decided to head up to the rim to see if there was any snow still holding up there. It was actually warm in "The Switchbacks" climbing to the top. I had my lunch on top while taking a short break.

I didn't see a single person all day.

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Feb 27 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Parsnip wander, AZ 
Parsnip wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking6.70 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   3.69 mph
800 ft AEG
 
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Beautifully cool day. Just a bit of snow hanging on below the rim.
Trails are in good shape and dry. Just a couple of hikers on the trail
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Feb 20 2021
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Peak 3465 via the Jims, AZ 
Peak 3465 via the Jims, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking13.08 Miles 2,148 AEG
Hiking13.08 Miles   7 Hrs   13 Mns   2.05 mph
2,148 ft AEG      50 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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This is a favorite of mine close to the valley. You get the feeling of remoteness, without a long drive. It's a nice leg stretcher with the roller coaster of the Walkin' Jim Loop. It also has enough elevation gain on the Big Jim Trail and the the mild off trail to Peak 3465 to get the heart beating.

Denny was kind enough to fit us into his schedule, so the Stooges were together again. It was a brisk start to the day until the orb rose high enough in the sky.

We almost always see wild burros and this hike was the same. 3 separate groups were seen.

We took a break for an early lunch on top of 3465. I really enjoy the 360's from up there.

On the way back we ran in to 2 groups climbing Big Jim to the peak. I think this was the first time I've seen people on this section.

good to get the gang back together again.
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Feb 13 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Skull Mesa - Mattys Fork Loop, AZ 
Skull Mesa - Mattys Fork Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking19.53 Miles 3,133 AEG
Hiking19.53 Miles   10 Hrs   2 Mns   2.17 mph
3,133 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break14 LBS Pack
 
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There was a smattering of vehicles at the Spur Cross TH when we started at 7:40. It was cool and breezy which was good, because the first 7 miles trends upward. 1.5 miles of it, steeply.

I enjoy the non-official #247A and #247B over hiking Spur Cross/FR 48 to #247. It's a bit shorter and more scenic IMO.

Once on Skull Mesa #248, the track becomes steeper. Good views to the south start to open up. Up top, #248 becomes thinner the farther east you go. Just keep an eye out for cairns. Bovine trails make it easy to get off the actual trail. Heading down the east side Joe spotted a bear in the distance. I told him that just because recreational cannabis was legal, he didn't need to be mixing this with the assortment of other toxins he puts in his system. (ie. Diet Sprite). The cow didn't seem to care we were in the area.

Mattys was easier to get into than our previous trip. The "Bears" in the area had beat down some of the heavier brush. Water was trickling in quite a few areas and the geology does not disappoint.

The cabin is on it's last legs and will not be standing much longer. For more info, @Oregon_Hiker did his normal excellent historical sleuthing to determine the background back in 2015. [ photoset ] .

Leaving the area, heading north we followed the obvious old path they used to get here, until it was no longer... obvious.

After some head scratching and more importantly leg scratching, we dumped back into Mattys for the remainder of the trek to Cave Creek #4. This is not my most favorite of trails out here, but it got us to the unmarked/named spur to get us down to the running Cave Creek.

3 miles from the Spur Cross TH, we saw our first people since the start of the hike.
Perfect temps and good times.
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Feb 06 2021
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Sunrise-Adero Canyon via LDW TH, AZ 
Sunrise-Adero Canyon via LDW TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking13.53 Miles 2,717 AEG
Hiking13.53 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   3.02 mph
2,717 ft AEG      6 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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With afternoon plans, I needed something close-ish.

I'd never been on on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail, so I through this together from the Lost Dog Wash TH.

The lower portion of the Sunrise Trail has never been a favorite of mine. Rocky and boring. Once you hit the saddle with the 136th street junction things get better.

Up on the Sunrise Peak, there was a half a dozen people. The eastern peak was open and I took a short break there.

The Andrews-Kinsey Trail is a super highway where you rarely have to look down at your feet it is so smooth.
This trail is worth a check if you are in the area, great views to the east and south.

The Western Loop Trail gains quite a bit of elevation, but is not too bad because of all the switchbacks. Also worth checking out.

Drop dead gorgeous weather. The trails were not too crowded.
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Jan 30 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
San Tan Loop Tour, AZ 
San Tan Loop Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking15.65 Miles 1,708 AEG
Hiking15.65 Miles   7 Hrs   11 Mns   3.02 mph
1,708 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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I had never hiked in San Tan Regional park before, so it was time to try it out.

A 7:30 start netted us a parking spot in the about 30 car lot. Later, on the return, cars were parked all up and down the road into the park.

Cool temps to start and easy trails and grades. CCW on the Dynamite Trail and then the San Tan Trail, the people thinned out considerably. We passed the occasional Hiker, runner, MTB'er

The Malpais (def. "badland") Trail was my favorite of the day. Up close views of Malpais Hills, perfect temps, long clear views and white puffy Fraley's made it even more enjoyable.

Back on the San Tan we made a stop at the parks east main entrance. It appeared Denny had broken out of his enclosure and was nowhere to be found. The trails all day had been in good shape, wide, and gentle grades. The final furlong to the TH included the steepest climb of the day on the Goldmine Trail. It got 'cha puffin', The decent down the west side was steeper and looser.

Nice to sample this area. I would probably so it more often if I lived in the south valley.
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Jan 23 2021
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Thompson Peak, AZ 
Thompson Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking14.01 Miles 3,735 AEG
Hiking14.01 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.75 mph
3,735 ft AEG      9 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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A close to home, good workout hike. I wanted to get something in before the rains hit.

I prefer the 104th st/Bell TH, to stay away from the masses at the Gateway TH.

Bell Pass Trail gets your heart pumping. Only a handful of hikers met getting to the saddle.

I saw no one on the Prospector Trail heading over to Thompson Peak Rd.

I was a bit surprised at how many people we climbing to Thompson Peak. I've never passed more than a few on this climb.
This time there were 15+ passed. You know a trail is steep when your heels don't touch the ground while climbing. That happens on this one in the paved spots. This climb really gives your calves a workout.

I stayed dry until a mile from the car. I hit a 5 minute squall that got me a bit wet.
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Dave Barry
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Jan 16 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
BCT - Antelope Hill to Old Sycamore Rd, AZ 
BCT - Antelope Hill to Old Sycamore Rd, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking18.62 Miles 1,968 AEG
Hiking18.62 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.82 mph
1,968 ft AEG      34 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Denny suggested years ago that we complete the BCT. I have completed a section from Carefree Highway, to SR 69. Denny has yet to join on a single section. ](*,)

Early morning views to the Bradshaw's were one of the highlights of this section. Reasonably flat smooth grades, with easy access make this popular with MTB'ers and runners. This is not one of my favorite sections, with one caveat.

We ate lunch at a cliff above Dripping Spring. We had plenty of time, so we though we'd climb down to the area. With the dry summer, fall, winter, how wet could a spring named "Dripping" be? We followed an old path down the canyon side. Much to our surprise, there was an old rusty 5'x 4'x 10' tank, that we could hear gushing with water, from 20' away. Many generations of piping heading down canyon, were indicative of a system that has been quite active for a long time.

We headed up canyon to check out the source. From above at lunch, we never noticed the abundance of cottonwoods. Quite a few areas of deeper pooled running water. The oversized black pipe went deep into thick, past prime deciduous trees.

We decided on a more direct "up" route out. I would not suggest following this route down.

On the day, 15 or so MTB'ers all heading southbound (Downhill, wind at their back), 2 hikers, 3 runners, 2 horses.

Great temps and very windy.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Dripping Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Definitely not dripping, it was gushing. Pooled water everywhere around this spring.
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Dave Barry
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Jan 09 2021
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Skyline Regional Ramble, AZ 
Skyline Regional Ramble, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking15.80 Miles 3,486 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.60 mph
3,486 ft AEG      29 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I was a little apprehensive about trying here, knowing that it could possibly be crowded. With a pre-dawn start and temps in the low 40's, there were only a hand full of cars in the main lot. about a mile or two in, we passed a group with 3 mothers and 5 or so 8-10 year olds. They were finishing up after a 5:30am start with their kids. Surprisingly, all in the group looked happy. On the Granite Falls trail, we never did see the falls. I'm not sure they exist.

First up was Pyrite Peak. Great views to the west and south. We continued our CW trek, loosing altitude, the sun behind the mountain and some warmth.

The saddle at the Valley Vista Trail seems to be popular and had the most people we'd seen all day. There was plenty of room to navigate safely through the 10 or so people there. At the Valley Vista Peak, we met a nice young lady (Karibou) and her German Shepard. She was quite impressed with Joe's Google rating. Swipe left for me. More good views here.

The third peak on the day was Javelina Peak. This was my favorite climb of the day. Steeper than the others and an impressive tread all the way up. the last 500' or so get noticeably steeper, but we saw a lady at the top with a small human in a backpack. This summit provides good views to the NE to the SE.

Overall impression of the park.
- The park was not too crowded and for anyone you came across, it was relatively easy to maintain at least 6'.
- The trails are wide and well groomed throughout.
- There is informative signage. I found that with the many, many trails out there, it was easier to consult the GPS for turns to keep on our planned route.
- Dog Friendly, we saw many, all on leashes.

Great temps (41-66), great trails for a "City" hike. Worth a try for any of you that are looking for something different, not too far away.
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Dave Barry
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Jan 02 2021
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65 male
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Table Top TrailSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking9.61 Miles 2,419 AEG
Hiking9.61 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.39 mph
2,419 ft AEG      45 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners 8 partners
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johnlp
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LindaAnn
PrestonSands
rayhuston
Tortoise_Hiker
trekkin_gecko
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The 10th annual New Years Eve-ish hike for Denny and myself. This years goal was Table Top Mountain, which was a first time for me. The thermometer on JJ's jeep had us a bit scared on the way in, getting as low as 19, before settling at 40 at the TH at 8am. He was more sane then normal on the drive in.

After exchanging pleasantries at the TH, it was time to get moving, to take the chill off. I like the way this one starts off gradual to let you warm up before the steepness begins. There are great views all around on the climb up. It gets a bit steep approaching the first peak. The speedsters waited at the first peak for the rest of us to gather, before we headed off to to the high point.

At the second peak we had a break/lunch/snacks before taking the obligatory group shot. As we were leaving the peak, a group of four was approaching.

I really enjoyed this hike. Alway great catching up with the cast of characters from the Island of Misfit Toys. It's a treat hiking with my son Ben. Preston, thanks for joining us for your first time. John, John, Linda, Ray, Kelly, thanks for coming along again. Denny, another successful get together. Don't be a stranger. All, Hopefully we can get together more than once this coming year. Happy New Year all!

The drive out with JJ, was more JJ like :o He had places to be. Thanks? for driving :scared:
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Dec 31 2020
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Canyon Lake Massif - Peak 2276Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking1.90 Miles 551 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles
551 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Plans changed and I came up with a couple of short hikes last minute.
Ben joined us for these.
Cold, clouds and breezy, so we kept the pace up.
This is a fun, short hike that provided great view of the Supes, Goldfields, Four Peaks and Canyon Lake.
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