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Feb 15 2020
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ 
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking15.94 Miles 2,078 AEG
Hiking15.94 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   3.14 mph
2,078 ft AEG      20 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I was limited to something on trail and smooth this week.

A chilly morning gave way to perfect temps. We were greeted to a nearby hot air balloon launch as we were hiking.

The other highlight, was all the flowers. Poppies, African Daisy, fiddle neck, scorpion weed, lupine etc. Gonna be a great wildflower season. Lots of hikers, bikers and runners out enjoying the day. Good hiking with lp again.
Flora
Flora
African Daisy
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Substantial in pockets. Poppies, African Daisy, fiddle neck, scorpion weed, lupine
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Feb 08 2020
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Willow - Massif - Salt - Dilemma - 2881 Loop, AZ 
Willow - Massif - Salt - Dilemma - 2881 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking12.42 Miles 2,755 AEG
Hiking12.42 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   1.81 mph
2,755 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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It was my week to come up with a hike. I did not have much time, so I went to an area on Route Editor I have not been to before, clicked to find all the routes in the area, and cobbled together a route that fit the bill. The majority of the route was from @hikerdw (thanks) with a couple of twists.

We started at a large pull out directly across from Little Four Peaks. From here we jumped into Willow Creek. The geology is quite stunning down here. There were some pools and drops we had to bypass, all quite easy.

We jumped out of Willow Canyon on our way over to the Canyon Lake Massif. This is an old Jeep road for awhile until reaching the saddle, where a well defined use trail is apparent. It's beginning is steep, but short lived. Stay on the high trail to get over to the east side of the Massif.
You get a great overlook of the Mormon Flat Dam on the way [ youtube video ] ,
but the payoff is the views of Canyon Lake. [ youtube video ]

Next up, is to try and get to Salt Creek at the end of Willow Creek. I suggested a shortcut from the planned track, trying out a feeder canyon into Willow Canyon. It worked out great and by the footprints in it, it's kind of popular. We got to within 75' or so of the Salt River. We stopped when we got to an area with 40' boulders and a 40' drop. It looks like you could potentially get down there, but we had other places to try out.

Back up Willow Creek until the turn off to the Horns of Dilemma. (I wonder where that name came from) In spots there is a good use trail and it peters out in others. We took lunch at the north base of "The Horns" in the shade.

Next stop was Peak 2881. It's a teaser with a few false summits. More Great 360 views. Getting up from the west, was far easier and safer than our retreat to the east. Steep, loose and slow.

This was another very nice sample of the Eastern Goldfields.
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A couple of Blue Dicks here and there

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Pools the entire distance
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Feb 01 2020
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Needle Vista - Hackberry - 2811 Lasso Loop, AZ 
Needle Vista - Hackberry - 2811 Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking14.74 Miles 2,704 AEG
Hiking14.74 Miles   10 Hrs   59 Mns   1.54 mph
2,704 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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This area of the Supes has always intrigued me driving by. I had started working on a loop in the area, the same week Joe proposed this loop. I was in.

I had never hiked from the Needle Vista TH. A paved lot and 300 yards of sidewalk yielded to a pleasant hiking path all the way to Hackberry Spring. We were shocked that there were no campers at the spring area

First Water Creek had pools of water the entire length. We started our off trail, up an unnamed canyon, looking for a route up to Peak 2811. Travel was slow because of the prickly flora. At the top of the canyon we stopped at a rock out cropping with some great views. [ youtube video ]

The geology up here is special up here. We continued to Peak 2811 and then to the real Peak 2811. [ youtube video ]
Here's where the excellent 360 views are. Looking off the NW side, it did not look like it was possible to get down, but it all worked out.

We followed a ridgeline down, before hopping into various small canyons on our way back to First Water Creek. There was one 50 yard section that was so thick with brush, I had my doubts. Then magically, we began to see where some kind soul had started to trim this unnamed canyon.

Where we got out of this canyon, was actually where Canyon Lake meets First Water Creek. There was a nice area to camp here.

Back to the trek down First Water Creek.

We got to one place where we took our shoes off to keep from getting them wet. No luck keeping them dry, as just around the corner was a 25' section of neck deep water that froze the nether regions.

After this is was just a matter of keeping up the pace to keep warm in the sunless canyon. Shockingly, there was still nobody camped at Hackberry Spring.

The views from around Peak 2811 were the highlight of this hike for me
Fauna
Fauna
Bald Eagle
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Jan 25 2020
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Gateway - Lookout - Desert Park Loop, AZ 
Gateway - Lookout - Desert Park Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking14.19 Miles 3,064 AEG
Hiking14.19 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   2.62 mph
3,064 ft AEG      27 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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We needed something on trail with different distance options. Perfect weather in the McDowells.

We were going to be starting before the 7:02 Gateway TH gate opening, so I parked at the Legacy Blvd/Thompson Peak Parkway TH, that I've parked at many times before. Based on the slip of paper on my windshield on our return, not an option anymore.

I've done variations of this loop quite a few times.

Things that make me redoing portions of this loop include, the climb and huge boulders going up the East End Trail, the views at the end of the Lookout Trail and the tread and views going down the Tom Thumb Trail.

We stopped at Mountain Spring on the way down and it was dry.
Not sure if there is a break in the pipe above or not.

It was kinda nice and unusual to be home by 1:30 on a hike day.

dry Mountain Spring Dry Dry
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Jan 18 2020
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Exploring Arrastra Mountain Wilderness, AZ 
Exploring Arrastra Mountain Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking13.87 Miles 2,331 AEG
Hiking13.87 Miles   7 Hrs   14 Mns   2.14 mph
2,331 ft AEG      46 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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It had been awhile since we'd made it out to the Arrastra Mountain Wilderness. Joe threw out a track to hit a new section around Peoples Canyon and I jumped on it. Our first trip to Peoples Canyon was almost 7 year ago and was an Epic trip. 4 days of rain turned the canyon into a water wonderland. This was trip was entirely different. Cool, dry and sunny.

The road walk portion drug on a bit, so it was nice to hit the wilderness and the trail leading to Peoples.

The new section we were going to sample, took us off trail. We found some use trails to make the off trail easier. There's some pretty sweet geology back here the closer we got to Peoples. Bingo did not pan out, but the exit we took from Peoples did.

Not as epic as out first trip, but great to to get back to this lightly traveled wilderness
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Wild Burro
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Jan 11 2020
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63 male
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking16.33 Miles 2,711 AEG
Hiking16.33 Miles   8 Hrs   23 Mns   2.23 mph
2,711 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Another pre-dawn start, with about 20 minutes before sunrise.
Everywhere there was a wash or a canyon, there was running water on this hike.

Bluff Spring Trail
Cardiac hill seems a lot easier in the dark. It didn't take long to take the chill off the morning.

Terrapin Trail
We opted for a CW loop around Bluff Spring Mountain. This is the direction to go on this loop. Terrapin always seems to drag on going the other direction. We passed 3 groups of backpackers on their way out, after a night camping.

Dutchman Trail
In Needle Canyon, to Marsh Valley, and into La Barge Canyon. Still hints of fall color and running water everywhere.
We had to make the mandatory side trip to check out Charliebois Spring. We did lunch with a great view of La Barge Creek, just off the end of Peters Trail.

At La Barge Spring I noticed a couple of trail cams aimed at the spring box. I did my best to help them fill up the memory card. There are no signs of fire in this area, other than all the rocks being shaded in Slurry Red.

Back on Bluff Spring trail we took a break on a rock out cropping with a nice viewpoint into Barks Canyon.

Great to be out in the Supes again
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Charlebois Spring
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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 Spring is back another 50 ft pipe is broken they still have it directed into a bucket

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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Jan 04 2020
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
BCT - Bumble Bee to Antelope Hill OaB, AZ 
BCT - Bumble Bee to Antelope Hill OaB, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking24.89 Miles 1,998 AEG
Hiking24.89 Miles   9 Hrs   58 Mns   2.71 mph
1,998 ft AEG      47 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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We were due for for some actual trails and a bit of mileage. The weather is perfect again for getting back to the BCT. With out a shuttle, we did an out and back.

We started in the dark and fumbled to find the the trail from where we parked. A beautiful sunrise and easy grades were a treat. We saw not a single sole on the section to Government Spring.

From Government Spring to just shy of Antelope Hill, this was my favorite section of trail. It was nice to be able to enjoy the views, without constantly looking at your feet.

We started seeing friendly mountain bikers on their way down. At Antelope Creek Road, we reversed course and started back down. Joe made friends with a couple of backpacking bikers.

Back at Hidden Treasure Mine TH, we took a few minutes to check out the small pond and huge tree that we've passed up dozens of times on our way to Crown King.

Hidden Treasure Mine has been gated off, so no exploring here. On the way back we checked out what we thought was an old cabin or structure of some kind. Turned out to be a larger mining claim that had seen quite a bit of activity in the past.

Not a lot of elevation gain but the most miles I've done in a few years
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Dec 28 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Quien Sabe PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking12.65 Miles 2,642 AEG
Hiking12.65 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.26 mph
2,642 ft AEG      13 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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This was the 10th installment
of the Turtle and Eagle New Years-ish hike.

Weather this week forced us into Plan-B mode.

A cool pre-dawn start and an early cold wet Cave Creek crossing set the mood.

The steady climb up Skunk Tank and then Quien Sabe trails got us into thicker and thicker fog.
This made the off trail to the peak a bit more challenging than usual. We could not actually see the peak, until we were about 30' away. We took our usual group photo at the peak, as the light snow, turned into large flakes, coming down quite heavy. A quick snack, in lieu of lunch and we retreated off the peak.

Partway down, the snow stopped, the fog began to subside and we were treated to some incredible views.
[ youtube video ]

Back at the saddle and trail, we enjoyed the warmth of a bit-o-sun.

The rest of the return was uneventful. Even the creek crossing seemed warmer.

Good hiking with John, Kelly, Dave, Denny again and with Linda for the first time.

Happy New Year All!

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Flowing well after recent rains
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Dec 21 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Algonquin - Horsethief - Recreation loop, AZ 
Algonquin - Horsethief - Recreation loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.03 Miles 4,096 AEG
Hiking16.03 Miles   9 Hrs   33 Mns   1.84 mph
4,096 ft AEG      50 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We've done this loop a few times.

Starting at the northern Algonquin 225 TH, The trail drops 1,100' to Poland Creek. This was the first time crossing here, where we had to look for a place to cross to stay dry. Quite a decent flow here. The trail from here to the collapsing cabin / mining shack, is my favorite section. It's now a super highway after recent maintenance.

Maintenance and/or flagging stops at the Horsethief Canyon Trail. It's still relatively easy to follow except for a section 4.7 miles from the start as you start the last climb to the Recreation Trail. The water was flowing the strongest I've seen, the entire length of this trail.

We've had trouble finding the NE Recreation Trail TH in he past. After bushwhacking to the trail, I followed it back to where it met the Horsethief, to be able to update the official track. The Recreation Trail is still there, just tight in spots.

Based on the maintenance to the northern part of of the Algonquin Trail, we had high hopes for the Southern section that starts at the Senator and drops back to Horsethief Creek. No such luck. This trail has such possibilities with the views. Some of my notes.

11.80 miles - 2:29 pm
This trail is bullschmidt

12.36 miles - 3:04 pm
A lot more dead fall than the last time we came down here.
We cleared a bunch, but barely scratched the surface.

Back down to the creek (and manicured trail), all that was left was a peaceful hike along the creek again and the climb to the TH.
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Dec 14 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Camp Reno - Cypress Peak - Park Trail, AZ 
Camp Reno - Cypress Peak - Park Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2019
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Hiking16.01 Miles 4,389 AEG
Hiking16.01 Miles   9 Hrs   16 Mns   2.03 mph
4,389 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We'd been wanting to hit up this area for awhile.

The road to this TH is accessible to any vehicle with clearance higher that a Civic. All bets are off when wet.

We arrived at the TH as two bow hunters were heading up the Park Trail #66. So we headed CCW to Camp Reno on the 409.

Camp Reno was less than exciting, but that itch is scratched. Interesting History, none the less.

We gained the first chunk of elevation on the steady climb up FR524 next to the noisy Reno Creek. Water everywhere.

We turned to the south, taking FR1694 to the end. Here's where the "Fun" began. 2.5 hours to climb 1000', over 2 miles. There were a few areas the were "kinda thick". The climb up the north side of Cypress Peak, looked a little daunting, but actually went quicker than anticipated. Lunch on top showed off nice 360 views of the area.

Cypress Peak - 5952 :next: [ youtube video ]

The retreat to the South, then East was much nicer.

The Park Trail #66's upper TH would be very easy to miss w/o a track. This trail was flagged and even slightly trimmed in spots recently in the upper reaches. That ended after a bit. It's a brush push in spots and we lost it twice.

Short on time and not wanting/needing any more AEG, we skipped the side trip to the falls. Too bad, with all the water, I was looking forward to seeing them. A reason to go back I guess. The remainder of the trail was clear and in decent shape to the TH.

With all the steep up and steep down on this hike, knees were barking at the end of the day.
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Appeared full from a distance

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Flowing quite well

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Plenty of water in the area

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Dec 07 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Ol' Blue - Kentuck - Sycamore Boogaloop, AZ 
Ol' Blue - Kentuck - Sycamore Boogaloop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.09 Miles 3,651 AEG
Hiking16.09 Miles   10 Hrs   41 Mns   1.75 mph
3,651 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Camp Creek Falls
It'd been 9 years since I'd been out there. I remembered it as being nice. We hit it at the right time and it was much better, than nice. Running water and Fall colors made it special. We ran into our only hikers for the day on the way out of there.

Maricopa Trail - Bronco to Bartlett
We made great time on this well groomed trail, steadily climbing towards our first goal. I enjoyed this section more than expected. The views got better the higher we got.

Kentuck Mountain 5013
After a short break we starting our off trail. We took the approach off the Maricopa Trail from the SW. This proved to be a relatively easy, shorts friendly route. We passed through a couple of @Hansenaz rock piles on the way to the top. Awesome 360 views up top

Kentuck Mountain Views
[ youtube video ]

Now the fun begins.. Retreating to the NW off of Kentuck, is steep,THICK and slow going. Long pants please.
We had lunch on top of 4668.

We continued on down into Sycamore Canyon. Joe had be building up the area with "Trees". I don't think he'll do that again. We could have used a chain saw in that section. We hopped out of the creek for awhile before we had to get back in. The remainder of the canyon was scenic, with numerous required bypasses because of the waterfalls.

Glad to be back on the Maricopa Trail again, we tried to make up time so we could get through the remaining off trail before dark.

A steep drop into Camp Creek, followed by a steeper climb up the south face.

One more drop and the climb up to Sears-Kay. Headlamp on now, just a short jaunt to the start.
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Spring, what spring

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout No sign of the actual spring but the creek has been flowing since Lopez spring should be pools for quite some time
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Nov 30 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Hiero - Balanced Rock - 5057 - 3 Sisters Loop, AZ 
Hiero - Balanced Rock - 5057 - 3 Sisters Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
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Hiking14.56 Miles 3,856 AEG
Hiking14.56 Miles   9 Hrs   46 Mns   1.66 mph
3,856 ft AEG      59 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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First car in the Hieroglyphics lot, just before daylight.

The water was flowing good at the Glymphs site.

We ultimately took the well cairned/used route, up past the Balanced Rock. This is a steady climb to the top. We saw a good sized ram just before the toughest part of the climb. I'd definitely take this route to 5057 again. Good views and a tad challenging.

We saw our first hikers on top of 5057. Views to the North and east to the Mazzies and Supes, showed off the previous days snowfall.

Next stop was to visit the sisters for lunch. From our lunch spot you could hear the voices of the visitors to the wave cave below.

Down the West Bolder Saddle Trail, my least favorite trail in the Supes, was slippery from the previous days rain/snow.

Some would find the Lost Goldmine Trail a bit boring, but it's a great trail to take in the views, without having to constantly look at your feet.

Great temps and water everywhere on this loop.

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Looking good
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Nov 24 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Tempe Beach Park, AZ 
Tempe Beach Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2019
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Hiking2.00 Miles
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I went down to support my son doing his first Ironman

[ youtube video ]
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Nov 23 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Rally 'round Picketpost, AZ 
Rally 'round Picketpost, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
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Hiking18.83 Miles 3,297 AEG
Hiking18.83 Miles   9 Hrs   31 Mns   2.15 mph
3,297 ft AEG      46 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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I can't believe it has been almost 6 years since I've been out here.

#1 change from last time, there is an actual trail around Picketpost now... and a nice one.

Going clockwise on this loop, we enjoyed the morning light in Arnett Creek for some decent views. On the NE portion of this loop, we took a side trip on a portion of the LOST trail, attempting to find the Apache Tears area. No luck this time.

Back on the Picketpost Loop, to switch it up a bit, Joe tied in part of a @kingsnake route, taking us up to Hill 3464. Decent views from up there.

Rock Tank was full from the recent rains and big enough for a Kayak trip.

We attempted to get to the top of Picketpost on the way back, but were running short of daylight.

Fall colors should be good for the next couple of weeks on this loop.
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Rock Tank
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Water in the area from recent rain. Could not find the source

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Nov 09 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Mingus - Clipped Butterfly Loop, AZ 
Mingus - Clipped Butterfly Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking19.34 Miles 3,603 AEG
Hiking19.34 Miles   9 Hrs   37 Mns   2.27 mph
3,603 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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We started at the Potato Patch Parking lot off 89a on a new Trail, #530. This trail does not seem to be named yet.
It's actually a nice connector that gets you over to the Upper Mescal #550.

I had 3 goals on this hike.

First, find a route down from the Bug Hollow Trail #548, to an old FR connecting to the North Mingus #105 Trail. Success, there was actually a great use trail all the way. This route will be added to the rotation.

Second, find a route up to the rim using an old undocumented trail we'd found the last time up in the area. This is a well defined trail, up to to about the spot we we stumbled upon last time. We lost the trail and just decided to scramble to the top. It took some time and blood, but we made it to some great views.

[ youtube video ]

Third, we'd held out hope that we'd find the tail end of some color. We've historically had a tough time hit the color on the correct week. No real color to be had again.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Nov 02 2019
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
West Fork of Oak Creek from FR325, AZ 
West Fork of Oak Creek from FR325, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.91 Miles 2,127 AEG
Hiking16.91 Miles   7 Hrs   47 Mns   2.32 mph
2,127 ft AEG      30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Joe put together this sweet alternative to hit up 2 new trails and access West Fork of Oak Creek without fighting the parking nightmares.

We parked up top, 1 mile as the crow flies, west from I-17.

We passed a herd of 12+ elk on our way looking for the upper TH for the Telephone Trail #72. A large cairn marks the upper TH here. We had good morning light views from the top of The Peaks to the north and west across canyon to the West Fork area. The trail is in decent shape all the way down with great views. We stopped for a moment and checked out The Peeps on our way down. From where the trail reaches 89A, it's a .50m walk to the Call of the Canyon parking.

We walked past the line of 15+ cars waiting for a parking spot to open and paid our $2.00 to start the West Fork of Oak Creek Trail. There is still some color in the canyon, but clearly it was better earlier in the week. This is still a magical place without the color.

The Thomas Point Trail TH is officially located in the Call of the Canyon parking area. Heading SW, you need to go arox. 1/4 mile before crossing 89A and beginning the 1000' climb to the top. The lower 1/2 of this trail is in dense pines, opening up for better views after that. This trail is in good shape all the way to the top and is a steady climb.

I really enjoyed this track that Joe put together to access West Fork. There will be a re-do in the future.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
About a week past prime

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Oct 26 2019
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Upper Icehouse - Six Shooter via Pioneer Trail, AZ 
Upper Icehouse - Six Shooter via Pioneer Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking14.60 Miles 3,981 AEG
Hiking14.60 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.33 mph
3,981 ft AEG      36 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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We passed up a Super-Stitioner on the drive to the TH. Hello Walter!

This was my first time hiking out of the Pioneer Pass TH in the Pinals. It's just shy of 6 miles past the IceHouse TH turnoff, but a nice alternative. I did not expect it to be full when we got there.

Pioneer is a steady 2.25mi., 1300' climb to get to the top. Minimal color on this one.

After humoring Joe with a short break at the top of Pinal Peak, we headed through the Ferndell area and on to Icehouse.

The upper 1/3 of Icehouse Canyon is poppin, and will continue to be good for at least another week.

The Telephone Trail contains no oak, aspen, or maples, until the point where it meets Six shooter. That's where the color starts on this one.

Six Shooter is a gem this time of year. Color all the way up. Maples and Aspens, mixed with the the green conifers and the deep blue sky, provide a rainbow of falls colors. Once again we stopped in the Ferndell area to take it in with different light.

Next, the Ferndell trail over to it's eastern TH. It was also aglow with color. We took a stop at the ladder rock, before heading heading back down to the car.

While enjoying a beverage back at the TH, HAZ Legend @Prestonsands happened by. It was great catching up with him.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

dry Ferndell Spring Dry Dry

dry Icehouse Springbox Dry Dry
New metal spring box is still dry

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Behind unlocked fence, filterable water available in covered spring box

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Spring box full
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Oct 19 2019
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Reynolds - Aztec - Center Mtn Loop, AZ 
Reynolds - Aztec - Center Mtn Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.84 Miles 3,715 AEG
Hiking16.84 Miles   8 Hrs   17 Mns   2.30 mph
3,715 ft AEG      57 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Loves me some Ancha

Reynolds Creek Trail #150
The beginning of this one was in better shape than the last time we were on this. I think the bovine in the area have helped. Karl and I took a short side trip to check out the scenic falls.

Just shy of the western intersection with the Center Mountain Trail, I heard a noise down in the creek bed. A cow elk became our guest for the next 5 or so minutes. She was somewhat distressed and confused. I said "Hey" and quickly ducked behind a tree to keep from getting trampled. She turned, and ran past Joe, almost running over him. We left the area, thinking she was either sick or protecting an unseen young-un'.

Video :next: [ youtube video ]

Past the intersection, the maple color started. It lasted pretty vividly for a mile or so up the canyon. It will probably peak this week.

We took advantage of the Flintstone recliners on Aztec, for a comfortable lunch.

Murphy Mountain Viewpoints

Next off to 7662' for upper views of the Murphy Ranch, Murphy Peak, and then the steep scamper back down to Reynolds Creek #150.

Unnamed Connector
This connector is/was a trail at one time. There is a sign at the southern intersection with Reynolds Creek #150, but it does not mention this trail. It's thin, but with a track loaded, no problem to follow. There are some good views off the rim on this one.

Center Mountain #142
A steady climb to more great views.

Luck Strike #144
Ditto on the views, the low sun and long shadows were a plus.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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Plenty of cool clear water

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Water pooled in the area. Not sure of exact location of the source
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Oct 12 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Weatherford - Doyle - Waterline Loop, AZ 
Weatherford - Doyle - Waterline Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking19.17 Miles 3,640 AEG
Hiking19.17 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   2.20 mph
3,640 ft AEG      50 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Up North to chase color.

We had no interest in fighting parking at the Lockett Meadow TH.

I'd never been to the top of Doyle to pay a visit to the cabin, so I cobbled together this loop.

Weatherford Canyon
This was a last second change and should be the "go to" way to get to the top during peeping season. It bypasses a portion of the Weatherford proper trail, but surrounds you in aspens. If you just want to sample the colors, do the short loop that is published on site

Weatherford Trail
This one never disappoints. Not only up close views of the colors, but of the color off in the distance also.

Doyle Peak
It's a steep little climb from the saddle for an old guy like me. The climb is about 500' in .3 of a mile.
The cabin has seen recent renovation. Views from our lunch spot were top notch, albeit a tad chili.

Descending to the east to 11045 was pretty easy through the forest. From 11045 to 11060 was slower going with the rock hopping and stayed that way until we hit the trees again. Plenty of areas of Aspen and seems to be a remote area that holds quite a few elk.

Waterline Trail
This road is popular with the Mountain Bikers for accessing the IB. We saw quite a few. Evidence of the past fire here, places quite the scar on a large area of this part of the hike. I'd been wanting to visit the area on topos marked as "Tunnel". That itch has been scratched. I built it up all day for Joe, he was not disappointed.

I drove in from 89 from the east, instead of coming in from 180 to get to the Shultz Pass TH. This way in is tons smoother and takes a few less minutes.

Temps ranged from perfect, to cool, with the breeze.
Culture
Culture
Ghost? Wooden Dwelling
Meteorology
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Aspens were on fire. Should be good for another week without a freeze.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Oct 05 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Highline - Pine View lower, AZ 
Highline - Pine View lower, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking3.48 Miles 596 AEG
Hiking3.48 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.52 mph
596 ft AEG      5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
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Short little morning hike to hit a couple of trails I had not been on before. Beautiful weather.
Nice short sampler loop, with views to Pine.
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