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Feb 20 2021
The_Eagle
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64 male
 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
 
1st trip
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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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64 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
 
1st trip
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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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64 male
 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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64 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
 
1st trip
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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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64 male
 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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Jan 16 2021
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64 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
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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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Jan 09 2021
The_Eagle
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64 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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Jan 02 2021
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 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
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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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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 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
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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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Dec 31 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Goldfields Fumble, AZ 
Goldfields Fumble, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking5.54 Miles 806 AEG
Hiking5.54 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   3.39 mph
806 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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I needed another shortish one in the area so we could get back for some NYE commitments. Little Four Peaks has alway been on my list to try, but never fit in the with how short it is. I found a route from @hikerdw that's length fit the bill. I loaded the track without looking at it.

The route starts off nicely from the Willow Springs TH North, on an old horse trail that is easy to follow. Great views of the Goldfields geology.

When route Scout beeped at me to tell me I was off track, we backtracked to where David's route took us off trail, on a steep-ish route. Now, my son Ben has been on numerous off trail excursions with me before, he's a Pro. Rob and Lindsy, while in great shape, are more used to the groomed trails of North Carolina.

By the time we reached the crossover to L4P at Apache Trail, we debated if we had time to complete this out and back. We decided to put our tail between our legs and walk/run/avoid vehicles on the Apache Trail back to my car.

A less than perfect end to our week of hiking, but great to spend time in the outdoors with the kids.
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Dec 30 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Spur Cross TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking7.03 Miles 770 AEG
Hiking7.03 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   6.30 mph
770 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Another afternoon hike.

After stopping at my daughters to finish up, we picked up Deb on the way and headed out to Spur Cross.

Once again, I was hoping that it would not be too crowded and it worked out. We had a goal of checking out the Petroglyphs, but also new it would be a stretch with the time we had. We got close before our turnaround time. On the way back we detoured down the Metate Trail so I could show them the large Saguaros and the Metates.
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Dec 29 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
West Wing MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking3.41 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking3.41 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   2.20 mph
978 ft AEG      4 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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After stopping at my daughters house to do some tile work and check out my new Grand Baby, we hit up this in the afternoon, on the way home. This was an old favorite workout hike of mine when I lived in the West Valley. Fun to get back to this one again. There were a smattering of people enjoying the cool afternoon.
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Dec 28 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pine Canyon - Bearfoot, AZ 
Pine Canyon - Bearfoot, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking6.02 Miles 498 AEG
Hiking6.02 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.99 mph
498 ft AEG      2 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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For our second hike of the trip, Deb dropped us off at the upper TH. Just a pleasant stroll down Pine Canyon to Bearfoot. Both trails are in good shape. Clouds and breezy kept it chilly.
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Dec 27 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bob Bear Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking9.59 Miles 1,764 AEG
Hiking9.59 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.74 mph
1,764 ft AEG      29 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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My son Rob and his wife Lindsy were in town for the holidays.

For our first hike we took advantage of the no permit period and headed to Fossil Creek. I had no idea what to expect crowd wise. It turned out great and we were actually able to enjoy lunch at the falls by ourselves for a 1/2 hour. We only passed a few groups on the day. A tad cold in the shade on the way down. The Cottonwoods were a week or so past their prime.
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Dec 19 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Indian Spring Wash to the Verde, AZ 
Indian Spring Wash to the Verde, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking13.70 Miles 1,613 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.59 mph
1,613 ft AEG      25 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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@Alston_Neal put this area on my radar years ago, @Muskybankr made me push it off.

I've wanted to do this Wash/Canyon from Bartlett Road to the Verde for sometime. Alston and Musky reported having to push though a forest of bamboo. I encountered the forest, but there were easily accessible routes around it, while staying in the canyon.

Fall has come to the area. Quite pretty.

Hiking in this Wash/Canyon way easy in mostly compacted gravel. I reached the Verde in a little over 2 hours. I climbed a little rock outcropping to get better views of the Verde :next: [ youtube video ] .

On the return trip, I hit up a few side canyons to do some 'splorin'. Nothing interesting until I hit up the slot canyon that goes towards the "Springs" on the Topo Map.

First this slot canyon is really sweet. It's tight and ends at a 40' pour, so no way to get to the "Springs" from here. Next, my excitement for the day. I'm heading into this slot canyon that's about 20' wide in most spots. Just before you go into the cave like area, it opens up a bit. I surprised a squadron of 20+ Javelina. I watched them scamper up the only possible area to go up in this canyon. Except for one that I did not see, 10' to my right. It that felt the need to go the opposite direction, right past me. :next: [ youtube video ]

Color should be good here for the next couple of weeks. Great weather all day.
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Dec 12 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Deer Flat - Maverick Butte, AZ 
Deer Flat - Maverick Butte, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking8.46 Miles 2,137 AEG
Hiking8.46 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.17 mph
2,137 ft AEG      10 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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I was gently reminded that it would be nice to have the Christmas Lights up before... Christmas. Deer Flat popped up on my Google News feed. It was close and short, so I decided to get this in and have time to get the lights up. I took a peek at it and wanted to tie in a couple of peaks in the area also.

Deer Flat #1009 is a TRAL ORV 2 track. It's rocky and a steady climb. At the 2 mile mark, just past the first tank, evidence of the Sears fire from the fall of this year. The north side of the trail was untouched from this point, the south side was torched. I took this track to the end and went off trail to 4566 and then to Maverick Butte. The burn made the off trail a lot easier. From the top you could see the New River Mountains, the Mazzys, the Superstitions and the McDowells.

I traced my steps back and discovered a faint use trail that went around the east side of 4566. This was much easier than my route the other direction.

My next goal was Willow Spring Mountain. Looking at my watch, I was running low on time and decided to only go part way and check out the route. Calculating the time it would take me to get there and back would have taken be out of favor at home.

On the way down Deer Flat, I passed two hikers that were huffing and puffing saying they had heard about this "Easy Hike" in their news. I also passed a quail hunter scouting deer hunting opportunities.

Comfortably cool all day with long pants and shirt.
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Dec 05 2020
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ 
Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking18.69 Miles 2,921 AEG
Hiking18.69 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.60 mph
2,921 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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When I lived in the West Valley, I used to hit up the White Tanks more often. Glad to get back out there again.

A 7am start and a pleasantly cool, clear morning. We saw four doe near the TH that could care less that we were there.

Mule Deer Trail was a good warm up. Good trail and an easy grade while the sun was rising.

Bajada (buh·haa·duh) Trail was easy peazy and pleasant once Joe's stalker left us.

Goat Camp has never been my favorite. Maybe because it's been warmer in the past when I've done it. A nice climb with good views today. We saw 4 more deer here. There's only one section of ankle busters on the way up. I took Joe up a wash the took us to the road to Goldwater Peak. From here we hit up the ridgeline use trail back down to Goat Camp. Once again, no goats we seen today.

After lunch, a wrong turn and a run in twice with the twins, we headed down on Ford Canyon Trail. This my favorite in the White Tanks, Interesting geology, some easy scrambling and great views. This is also where we saw most of the people on the day.

Good times
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Nov 28 2020
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Oak Spring - Spring Canyon, AZ 
Oak Spring - Spring Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking11.59 Miles 1,903 AEG
Hiking11.59 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.14 mph
1,903 ft AEG      20 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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I've been meaning to get down to this area for some time now. This was the first weekend that it was cool enough for me to go below the rim for this one. I got a late start after sleeping in waiting for the temp to warm up.

The first part of the Oak Spring Trail from the Pine TH is a warm up, with the tread in generally good condition. After the Bradshaw Tank, it rises until the 3 mile mark. Here's where the views open up and you begin the descent. After the intersection with the Walnut Trail, I ran into a couple of trail pixies, trimming vegetation. I stopped for a moment an talked with Shawn and Tracy - @Sredfield @Paintninaz. Tracey is the Steward of this section of the AZT. Good to see you guys! Thanks for all the hard work.

I stopped to check out Oak Spring to find it was full and running.
I kicked up 4 deer getting a drink.

Next, I headed down Oak Spring Canyon with the goal of at least making it to the intersection with Pine Creek. The initial goal was to turn this into a loop going up Pine Creek Canyon. With the cool temps and shorter days, I didn't want to get caught in an off trail adventure in the dark.

I turned around at Pine Creek and retraced my steps.

As Arnold says, "Get To The Choppa!".... I mean, "I'll be back".
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Oak Spring
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bradshaw Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Frozen scum

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Oak Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout The catchment is full of cool clear water

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Nov 21 2020
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Jewel of Spur Cross, AZ 
Jewel of Spur Cross, AZ
 
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Hiking13.17 Miles 2,179 AEG
Hiking13.17 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.56 mph
2,179 ft AEG      16 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I hadn't hit up The J of the C or SC recently. With the cooler temps, I was looking for something close, so this fit the bill. The parking lot at the J of the C was 1/2 full, a good sign for the whole SD thing. The weather was in the 60's to start.

J of the C is just starting it's autumnal thing and should get better over the coming weeks.

Dragonfly, to Spur Cross Trail, to the Elephant Mountain Trail, where I took a cool down break at the saddle.

Next up was the Limestone Trail. I ran into 2 groups of 2 on this section. The breeze simmered down here, so it got a little warm. The spring box at Limestone Spring has not held water for quite a few years now. I went to look for the source in the vegetation, but it was too thick for my liking.

Through the Cave Creek #4, to the Metate, to the Tortuga Trails I expected to run into more people. My neck gaiter got a work out as a face mask as 1/2 the the other hikers I passed did the same.

Back over in J of the C, I opted to hit the rest of the loop

Temps were good for the most part as long as the breeze kept up. I successfully negotiated the area, without being discovered by @LosDosSloFolks. Yea me!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Metate Pond 76-100% full 76-100% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Page Spring - Spur Cross Dripping Dripping
Shallow spring box was full. Filterable if needed
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Ben Avery - Arches - Indian Spring Petroglyphs, AZ 
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Hiking11.77 Miles 1,387 AEG
Hiking11.77 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   2.21 mph
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This is another that's been on my list for awhile. With most of my hiking in the last 7 months being at elevation to escape the orb, the weather finally made a turn for the better allowing this one.

First, I would not take a passenger car on the El Paso Natural Gas Road. Sandy entry and exits from the numerous small washes will have you bottoming out your car.

A chance of rain on the day had us starting under cool blue skies. The first goal on the day was to hit up the natural arches to the south and west of the TH. We followed the Ben Avery Trail for awhile, before heading crosscountry to access the arches.
The theme of the day is navigating your way the best you can, across the MANY washes. A short climb to the Arches and we took a break in them. [ youtube video ]

Next cross country again to check out the Indian Spring Petroglyphs. There is quite an abundance of glyphs in at least 2 different areas that we saw. As others had reported, the Indian Spring Spring Box has not seen water for quite some time. The large bedrock area that others had reported holding water, was bone dry.

Back on the Ben Avery Trail for awhile, until going off trail to search out the other arch on the Topo. Navigating the washes theme was still in effect. This arch (from our viewpoint) was not as impressive. Of course in hindsight, after checking out the 2018 description, route and photos from @Metalrunner, this arch is pretty darn impressive when viewed up close.

All in all a very enjoyable day the the Eagletails
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Courthouse Rock Indian Spring

dry Indian Spring Dry Dry
The springbox has not seen water in many years. The bedrock pool that others reported having water, was completely dry.
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