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Sep 14 2019
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Mingus Inner Basin, AZ 
Mingus Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.10 Miles 3,722 AEG
Hiking18.10 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.37 mph
3,722 ft AEG      35 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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A return to the Mingus area for cooler temps.
This hike features tall pines, decent trail and some off trail. A start in the 60's was perfect.

There was some smoke in the area in the AM, that dissipated in the afternoon.

Goal on this loop, was to try and find a way down from the dead end of the Powerline Trail. I'd seen on satellite, what appeared to be undocumented sections of a trail. Bingo, we found it and it was a much easier way down than the Ravine. Next time, I need to find where this goes up to? This is an old trail with great tread. I'd love to know the history of this one.

Now on the Mescal Gulch-Hull Canyon Trail, this one is fading away on the south side of the ridge. The steep north side of the ridge, has seen some recent and welcome love, all the way to Walnut Spring.

Out of the tree cover for the most part, we followed the old Jerome-Prescott Wagon Road, back to the TH.

A couple miles from the finish, some poor sole had lost a tire (not wheel) on his Silverado, and wound up 10' down/off the trail.

A good day for wildlife. 2 miles in, 3 deer with the buck still in velvet. 3 miles in, a dozen turkey lazily sauntered away from us. 12 miles in by Walnut Spring, a couple of Javelina.

The rain held off until the drive home.

dry Mescal Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Walnut Springs Quart per minute Quart per minute
This is a city water source, but there are filterable pools in the area
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Sep 07 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Kendrick - Pumpkin - Bull Basin Loop, AZ 
Kendrick - Pumpkin - Bull Basin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.02 Miles 5,012 AEG
Hiking18.02 Miles   9 Hrs   10 Mns   2.19 mph
5,012 ft AEG      57 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
The drive in was slowed by the Barnburner MTB race going the opposite direction than we were going. I was yelled at a few times for my 3mph pace for kicking up dust. The bikes were kicking up more dust than I was. There was easily 300 bikes that passed us.

This loop was a summer staple for us. The last time though in 2018, it was a total cluster of downed tree on the Bull Basin Trail. Knowing they would never put out the manpower to clear the more than 300 downed trees, I'd written this one off for any future attempts.

Flash forward a year. Going CW around this loop.

Kendrick Peak Trail is still one of the best tracks in the state.

Pumpkin Trail is showing the effects of past fires, but is flagged for what appears to be future work.
We saw more than 5 friendly groups on this trail. The most people I've ever seen on it.
Big views for this trail!

Connector Trail This trail is best followed with a GPS Track. It is flagged, but most of the flags are shorter the the grass.
This is usually the hottest part of this loop being totally exposed.

Bull Basin Trail This trail from the Connector Trail to the top was a minefield of fallen trees last year. Recent August triplogs from @toddak and @LJW gave us hope. Holy crap have the ACE crew been busy. We did not see them on this day, but the cuts on trees were very recent, tools were still out there, so they are still busy at work on this. I'm guessing they are about 85% done with this trail. The worse part, as of this triplog, is the torched section just NW of the cabin.

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Aug 31 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Dry Lake ECC McCarthy Ridge Loop, AZ 
Dry Lake ECC McCarthy Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking20.08 Miles 2,566 AEG
Hiking20.08 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   2.74 mph
2,566 ft AEG      13 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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In the mid 60s to start at Dry Lake, clouds and breeze in the afternoon kept it nice.
This entire hike was off trail, game trail, creek bed and/or forest road.

Starting at Dry Lake, The burn from the May Coldwater fire burn was noticeable. Throughout the loop, there were scattered burned areas from this fire that burned more that 16000 acres.

I entered East Clear Creek at Jones Crossing and started hiking to Blue Ridge Reservoir. The hiking in ECC is some of the easiest Creek bed walking you can get. Once past the intersection with the AZT I kept walking to try to get to where the reservoir begins. When I got to the area that smelled like a peat bog, I know I was close. I started seeing hints of the reservoir, but I was past my turn around time and it was getting pretty muddy.

Passing the AZT on my way back, I saw the only hikers on the day. There were 2 groups crossing ECC as I approached.

I climbed out of the canyon and up to McCarthy Ridge. There I followed some FR's until having to drop back into ECC. I followed the same track as last time to get into ECC get through the cliffs. The Elk know how to get down.

I stopped at the cave for a short break while it was sprinkling out.

My only slight concern for the route I'd drawn, was my planned exit from the canyon. Once again, follow the game trail. Only after getting into to it a bit, I noticed evidence of retaining walls and blazes / old paint on trees. My the elk are handy up here. What was planned to be a steep exit, was a nice gentle marked old trail.

Plenty of groups camping enjoying the Labor Day weekend
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Aug 24 2019
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ 
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.36 Miles 2,434 AEG
Hiking18.36 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   2.45 mph
2,434 ft AEG      45 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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A redo / variation of a loop I've done before.
Starting from the 260 TH going clockwise

Highline Trail #31
Love me some of that super-highway Highline Trail. Temps in the upper 60's, great views, Trees and a breeze.

Drew Trail #291
This is the big climb for the day. Mostly in the trees and steep in a couple spots. 800' of gain in a mile.

Woods Canyon Lake Trail
Once on the Rim, we scoot over to Woods Canyon and follow that to the lake. We followed that CW around the North side of the Lake. Here we ran into a Hazzer Kevin, leading a group of 40 or so Boy Scouts the opposite direction. We stopped an chatted for a bit. Joe's day was made when Kelvin said "I'm not going lie, you made my day, meeting a minor celebrity"

Down the spillway out of Woods Canyon Lake is a pretty area. We hopped out in a side canyon and went cross country.

General Crook Trail #140
This is one of Joe's favorites, so I make it a point to work in into hikes on top of the rim.

Rim Lakes Vista Trail #622
Always great views and few others seen farther that 300' of a parking lot.

Military Sinkhole Trail #179
This one get's you back to the TH. It's an old road for awhile up top, but turns into a trail through the trees.

Good Day, Breezes kept it comfortable.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Woods Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Aug 17 2019
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pine Creek Canyon upper, AZ 
Pine Creek Canyon upper, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking15.27 Miles 2,845 AEG
Hiking15.27 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   2.57 mph
2,845 ft AEG      31 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Hike in cooler temps to check out some of the old FR's on top of the rim to be used for future connectors.
Perfect morning temps, breezes kept afternoon temps decent for me.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Parsnip Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pine Creek @ Bearfoot Trail Medium flow Medium flow


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Aug 10 2019
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ 
Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking14.22 Miles 1,493 AEG
Hiking14.22 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   2.18 mph
1,493 ft AEG      35 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Close call, Turtle vs. Deer on the Beeline to begin the day just north of Rye. A big buck in velvet.
No need for more coffee at this point.

We did this loop CW, starting in Turkey Creek. Easy walikin' for the most part, through the wet morning foliage.
The prevalent flora on the day were the large patches of Yellow Cone flower.

We jumped out and up on a ridge to check out an area we'd been to last year, then back down into Turkey Creek.

Once in Beaver Canyon, it was a "bit boldery" for a while. We would not hit the sidewalk like part for awhile.

Closer to Beaver Park, we hit a steady rain for about 20 min.

We decided to jump out, up a side canyon, directly back to the Car.

This hike is an 8-9 in the fall with lower temps/humidity and the colors. This time of year, a 6-7 with sweaty temps in the 70's
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Beaver Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Pools throughout

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Beaver Canyon - Upper Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Aug 03 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Lynx Lake Tour, AZ 
Lynx Lake Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.91 Miles 3,113 AEG
Hiking18.91 Miles   7 Hrs   51 Mns   2.70 mph
3,113 ft AEG      50 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I've done variations of this loop 3 times previously. This is the first time going Clockwise.
Joe and I were joined by our July/August hiking friend, Hugh Midout. He stuck with us all day.

Lynx Lake was as picturesque as always, with just a few fishermen and coffee-sippin' hikers seen.

3.5 miles in, on the Homestead Trail, we had to bypass around the closed portion of the trail where they were doing some forest trimming.

At the Smith Ravine Trail, we passed through the packed TH of a dozen or so cars. I'd never seen a single car here before. Later on the climb up we passed a small group of Boy Scouts and a larger group from the Phoenix Ski Club.
I really enjoy this trail climbing through the pines.

The Watershed Trail is a multi use trail that we were the only ones using. Great views along this ridge line.

With our friend Hugh still hanging around and the rumble in the distance, we passed on the side trip to Goldwater Lake.

IMO, the Ranch Trail is the gem on this loop. It's a great trail, with a steady gentle climb and views through the pines

The Sevenmile Gulch Trail is steep and loose, but required to finish the loop.

We lucked out on the thunder, lightning and rain. There were two storms that went around us. We felt only sprinkles
Named place
Named place
Deer Lick Spring
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lynx Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sevenmile Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Smith Ravine Spring Dripping Dripping
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Jul 27 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Tramway - Maxwell - Willow, AZ 
Tramway - Maxwell - Willow, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking9.48 Miles 2,050 AEG
Hiking9.48 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   1.92 mph
2,050 ft AEG      47 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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We took the Tortoise north to beat 115 of the valley. He'd never been in this area. The views on the Tramway and Maxwell trails, are for sure in my top 10.

Starting on the Tramway Trail, we made our way down to West Clear Creek. I was shocked that prime camp spot at the creek was not occupied.

The travel in and around the creek on the way over to the Maxwell Trail, seems to be getting thicker, but still quite doable. We stayed dry the whole time. We stopped at the petroglyph site to show Denny. The campsite in that area was empty also.

We saw one couple in the creek and a few other groups on the climb out on Maxwell.

We made the short drive over to Willow Crossing. It was getting a tad warm, but the breeze kept it tolerable.

Climbing out of Willow Valley, there was a split in the trail. Joe went one way, Denny and I followed the track. After meeting back up, Joe said he'd found sweet ridgeline. We altered our plans and climbed up to the mesa and down the ridgeline. There were better views of the arch from this perspective. The ridgeline will be added to any future hikes out here.

The planned third hike of the day got taken off the board and was replaced with a drive on some forest roads we'd not been on before.

Good gettin' a hike in with the other 2 stooges again.
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Jul 20 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Westedge - Hickey Mtn - Martin - Rick Loop, AZ 
Westedge - Hickey Mtn - Martin - Rick Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking10.86 Miles 2,089 AEG
Hiking10.86 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.14 mph
2,089 ft AEG      51 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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With afternoon plans back in the valley, I needed something shorter, not to far and not to hot.

Joe pulled this one together, and got us a new peak to boot.

Plenty of campers parked along FR106D on the beginning of the hike. The first 2 miles is a road walk until we started the climb to Hickey Mountain. The climb was relatively easy with a nice use trail trail once you hit the ridge.

On Hickey Mountain, there were some great views at the top. We saw remnants of what appeared to be two separate "Height of Light", about 20' apart. [ youtube video ]
We could not find the Benchmark, but thought we could see where it used to be. As of 1980, is was "Found in Good Condition".

Once again, going downhill on the off trail was pleasantly easy.

Martin Canyon #103, it's a downhill trek and is mainly shaded. Two groups of friendly ORV'ers passed us, one while we had lunch.

The hike up Rick Tank Cutoff #104, is steep and mainly exposed, but the breeze kept it tolerable. The 2 Woodchute Tanks are situated in a meadow opening in the pines just west of the Woodchute Trail. A great break spot.

Returning, we hit a use bypass trail along Woodchute. This routed us to the top of a minor peak/ridge. It's worth the very little effort required, for the views.
Named place
Named place
Turkey Tank
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hickey Tanks 1-25% full 1-25% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Jul 13 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Humphrey via Inner Basin, AZ 
Humphrey via Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.32 Miles 4,667 AEG
Hiking16.32 Miles   8 Hrs   19 Mns   2.30 mph
4,667 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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My son Ben had never been to the top of AZ. All the snow in The Peaks this year, kept us away from the Inner Basin, until this weekend. Ben is in training for a full Iron Man later this year, so he planned to make this a training run/hike also.

We kept an eye on the forecast with 40%-50% chances of T-Storms in the forecast all week.

The trail through the aspens in IB was magical as always.

My least favorite part of this hike is the section once you leave the open area of the IB, until you hit the Weatherford Trail. It's steep an rocky, making you look constantly at your feet.

On the Weatherford things get much nicer.
The stretch between Freemont Saddle and Humphreys Saddle has always been an AZ favorite of mine. Just one 30' section of snow to cross right around Agassiz Saddle at his pint.

As expected we started seeing more people at the Humphrey Saddle, but not as many as expected.

Perfect weather at 12,633', we started eating lunch up there until the gnats came out. We retreated to the saddle to finish.

This hike has 3 of my favorite features.
:next: The IB trail through the aspens.
:next: The weatherford Trail west of Freemont Saddle
:next: The views from the top of the HUMP.

Weather wise, this was probably the best ever.
A couple of sprinkles and hail, with more rain and thunder around us. Nice temps!

Always great being able to hike with my son!

Fast Fact: Flagstaff's Official high temp has never reached 100.
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dry Raspberry Spring Dry Dry
Not sure this exists

dry Spring Water Valve Dry Dry
This water source no longer exist as of 7/13. Pipe has been capped off. :(
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Jul 01 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Lost Murray Loop, MI 
Lost Murray Loop, MI
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking5.96 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking5.96 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.88 mph
420 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
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Looking for something new and close, I believe this is mainly a MTB loop. Being a weekday, we only saw a few. More trees and breeze helped, but the temps and humidity kicked up to 91 degrees / 85% humidity making it a tad sticky.
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Jun 30 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Penosha - Katchin Loop, MI 
Penosha - Katchin Loop, MI
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking5.09 Miles 496 AEG
Hiking5.09 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.83 mph
496 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
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I nice walk through a thick forest to keep out of the sun. The warmest week of the year in Michigan. At 82 degrees and 80% humidity, the breeze made it not to bad at all.
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Jun 22 2019
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Little Wolf - Pine Creek - Grapevine Loop, AZ 
Little Wolf - Pine Creek - Grapevine Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.32 Miles 3,867 AEG
Hiking16.32 Miles   10 Hrs   24 Mns   1.81 mph
3,867 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
 
1st trip

Big Bug Mesa Trail 9434 seems to have taken a hit after the Big Bug Mesa fire of June 2016.
There was some trail at the beginning and some at the end towards the saddle. In between, we scrambled around the washouts. The first of many scrambles on the day.

At the saddle is where we intersected the Little Wolf Creek Trail #304. This one was in great shape because of recent fence repair and horse traffic. So recent, that we ran into the group doing repairs. We expressed our thanks and exchanged pleasantries in different languages and were on our way.

A bit of road walk over to where we went off trail last time. I remembered this section only being bad after jumping out of the wash. This is the last time for this hiker taking this "Shortcut". Manaznita push is not fun.

Great to be back on a trail again. We took the Pine Creek Trail #289, up to the dry Seaton Spring area for a well deserved lunch.

After lunch, Off Trail again, straight uphill to the NE and North through more thick stuff and rock climbing.
Joe woke up a rattler on the way up.

The walk across the mesa was a welcome one with flashbacks of flash floods, 6 years ago, hiking with Joe and Turtle.
[ photo ]

We opted to drop off the mesa to the east to get to Grapevine Springs. In hindsight, we should have continued a little further to a/the real trail.

Once on the Grapevine Springs Canyon Trail #4, It was clear sailing. Plenty of water, tons of Columbine, Ponderosa, and croaking frogs. This is the section that gets all the traffic to the area.

Thanks to Karl for driving allowing us to cut 1.6 miles off of the hike.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Grapevine Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

dry Seaton Spring Dry Dry
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Jun 08 2019
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Vine Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking13.08 Miles 2,630 AEG
Hiking13.08 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   1.57 mph
2,630 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This was a twist on plan A that came about when Chums decided to join and suggest a tweak.
Ever since the @Outlander trip to Calf Pen Canyon 6 year ago, this area has been on my radar.

At just shy of 4 hours to get the 3.25 miles and -2000' to lunch at Calf Pen and Sandrock canyon, we did not set any land speed records for navigating this unnamed canyon, but there was no reason to. After discussions, we dubbed this Vine Canyon, for the many vines in the canyon. This canyon included numerous non technical down climbs, maple thickets, dramatic rock formations, PI, plenty of water and plenty of evidence of past illegal irrigation activity.

Leaving the Sandrock / Calf pen area, there was running water all the way to the Fossil Creek Dam area. Pretty slick rock areas and signs of an old trail tread in places. When we reached the intersection with the Mail Trail #84, the sign facing the direction we came from, read "Dead End"

We stopped in the Springs area of Fossil Springs and cooled off in the water. Next up was the old dam area. There was a small group enjoying the water. A bit downstream is the cave area that we decided to swim over an check out the inside of. Quite a cool little gem.

Making the retreat back to the truck, the temps were a tad warm on the climb out, but the breezes helped. On what I'm calling the unofficial Nash Pasture Trail, the climb gets steep in spots. I'm not sure on the history of this tread, but it is defiantly and old entryway into the springs area.

Good times in some new areas. I can tell this was a different type of hike, I'm sore in spots today, not normally sore after a hike.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Calf Pen Canyon Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Fossil Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Nash Pasture Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Nash Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
As we noted as walking by, this has H2O in it, among many other ingredients. Wait to to hit the Cheveron station in Pine.
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Jun 01 2019
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Wilson Mountain LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.26 Miles 4,116 AEG
Hiking18.26 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.38 mph
4,116 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Dave Joined us and since he was meeting us there, we could set up the mini shuttle, avoiding the 1 mile road walk between Trailheads.

Up the North Wilson Trail, we notice quite a bit of recent trail maintenance. So recent, it was from the previous day as noted by @mt98dew in his triplog.

North Wilson Mountain Trail #123 is a much better option in getting to the top of Mt Wilson IMHO. Prettier, more cover, less traffic and a steady climb.

Plenty of flora still Flora-ing all around this loop today.

Down Wilson Mountain Trail #10 on the southside, is a bit rocky at the top. We saw our first groups of hikers on this trail.

Cutting in front of Steamboat Rock, on the Jim Thompson Trail #124, was a first for me. Easy trail and great views. You did not have to concentrate on where you were walking and could enjoy the scenery.

Cibola Pass and the Jordan Trail got us over to the Devils Kitchen sinkhole. From here we headed up the Soldier Pass Trail #66, to our next destination. We surprisingly had had Soldier Arch to ourselves for lunch.

We exited the arch through the top and made our way to the "Eye in the Sky" and then hitting the Brins Mesa Trail #119. This trail has a few interesting areas, mush-so-more that the FR152C road walk. This was the hottest part of the day.

The Vultee Arch Trail #22 was in decent shape, up to the turn to the Arch and had much needed tree cover.

Past this point is the Sterling Pass Trail #46. It is a bit "Thick" from all the spring moisture, but it only lasts a 100yds or so. The climb starts gradual and goes to butt kicker up to the pass. From here, it drops even steeper and rockier down to 89a.

A good hike. In the direct sun with no wind, bordering hot for me. Luckily, we had a decent breeze and tree cover for the bigger climbs. Good seeing Dave again. Joe was there too. :D It'd been a few weeks.
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Bearfoot-Pine Canyon, AZ 
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Hiking11.92 Miles 1,748 AEG
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Beautiful morning for a hike. The forest is lush.
I went south and met Ben going north on a training run. We hiked for awhile until he continued his run.
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Hiking2.26 Miles 1,220 AEG
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Plans for the day kept me in the valley. This one is close to home, but I've never done it. Time to scratch that itch and even got to sleep in. Perfect weather for May. Plenty use this as a workout hike. A steep climb to the top with a 360 view payoff.
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May 11 2019
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Hiking16.69 Miles 3,887 AEG
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With the forecasted cooler temps, we opted to stay closer to the valley, while we still could.

We parked on the shoulder of FR143, a little over 7.5 miles off of the Beeline to access the Ballantine Connector Trail.

Ballantine Connector Trail.
This trail gently roller coasters 5 miles to the Ballantine #283 trail. The interesting boulder formations are the highlight, but as this is also/mainly used as a motorcycle track it's rutted with slippery marbley granite.

Ballantine #283 Trail
Thanks to the efforts of @mt98dew and @Anekantavada, the memories/fears I had of catclaw were put to rest. They did a lot of trimming the prickly jungle, past the lower western corral. It's just the pesky foxtail that's annoying.

Things were easy enough to follow until you get to the upper eastern corral. After that, there are many areas of Manzaninta Maze.

The highlight of the hike was lunch at Rock Tank. Good views plenty of filterable water, butterflies, and frogs. I went down to the edge of the tank and was shocked to see a frog jump 15' down, into one one of the pools below.

Leaving the Rock Tank area, fighting through some brush, I got rattled but could not tell where it was coming from. Not until I saw it strike at and miss me from a rock wall. A first for me. My impression, as I was soiling myself, was a black. Joe said he saw some white on the snake.

More manzanita until we hit the pines. The trail through the pines was a lot less distinct from the last time we did this in 2012.

At the saddle the unforecasted rain, hail, lightning, thunder became our companion for much of the 6 miles back to the truck.
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Wide variety of flowers

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This was long overdue. Can't believe I'd never gotten around to this loop before.

We did this loop of the Hot Loop Trail to Jack's Canyon Trail, going CCW. If I did it again, this is the direction to go. The lower sections of this loop, were busting in flowers. The most Owl Clover I've seen.

The Hot Loop trail is in mainly great shape through Horse Mesa. As others have mentioned, the north end of the trail can use a trimming, but it's short lived. The views of Woods Canyon from Horse Mesa and the climb, were the highlight for me.

It was almost chilly while we took lunch in the shade of a large Juniper on top of the Mesa.

Dropping down on Jacks Canyon Trail from the top was a bit steep and loose, but once again did not last long. The trees and breeze kept the temps nice throughout this hike.

We had the pleasure of parking on I-17 on the way home for an hour because of an accident.
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Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ 
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Hiking17.47 Miles 3,498 AEG
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Smokin' good day up in the pines on Saturday 4/20.

Warmer temps in the valley had us jonesn' cooler temps and some new trails.

Up the paved Thumb Butte trail to begin, we passed Mary Jane to begin the day. She was one of the few hikers we saw all day. 6 miles to the Sierra Prieta Overlook, we passed over the Potts Creek Trail on the way.

We'd done a small portion of the West Spruce trail before, I wanted to see more, hit West Spruce Mountain. West Spruce is a worthy option if in the area.

We looped back on some well used "Use" trails used by MTB's.

Butte Creek and Miller Creek had plenty of water running

Interestingly, we finished at 4:20 MDT
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