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May 26 2017
Dave1
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Almost Vishnu Temple, AZ 
Almost Vishnu Temple, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 26 2017
Dave1
Backpack44.00 Miles 12,400 AEG
Backpack44.00 Miles3 Days         
12,400 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Almost. I made it to within about 150-200 feet below the summit.

Started out from Lipan Point loaded down with camping, packrafting and rappelling gear. Got a late start at 10am so it was quite warm when I reached the foot of Tanner Trail. Followed the Escalante route for about 4 miles and then cut off trail until I reached my river crossing spot, just before Unkar Creek. Aired-up my Buoyancy Operated Aquatic Transporter (BOAT), donned my wetsuit and PFD, said a prayer and got into the cool water. The crossing went well as it was on an outside turn and so centrifugal force basically deposited me right where I wanted to be. The return trip wasn't so pretty. Stashed my rafting gear under some brush then went and took a quick look at some of the ruins on Unkar Delta before starting up Unkar Creek. There's a marked trail that runs through the delta. I just did a short part of it. Most of the sites were re-burried by the park service after study. I followed Unkar Creek about 5 miles until I reached the side canyon I would need to reach Freya/Vishnu Saddle. By then the sun was gone so I found a big flat rock to camp on. Extremely windy all night. I probably slept 2 hours. There's running water in Unkar but from all the white residue around it it must be heavily mineralized. And in some sections it was running orange. So I only took water from the Colorado.

Once on the saddle the next morning, I followed the route description from Grand Canyon Summits Select towards Vishnu's summit. I spent about 2 hours hemming and hawing at what the Tomasis called the Supai crux. A 30 foot class 4 climb in the upper Supai. I must have put my backpack back on and walked away only to turn around again at least 5 times. The climb really isn't bad, its just that I hate downclimbing and this climb requires you to commit to finish once you start. Finally found the nerve to get up it and then headed up to the Coconino. All kinds of scrambling, route finding and some class 3 there that was easy but reminded me of Cathedral Rock on Lemmon with the exposure. Up into the Kaibab I got to the "tough boulder move" and that's where I called it. Again, not a difficult climb but I guess I was done at that point, for many reasons. Here's a short list: low on water, getting late and I still had to get back to my camping gear in Unkar, already had one rapel weighing heavy on me and didn't want another, too many moves to remember just to get back to the saddle, and I was higher than I expected I would get so was still satisfied. These temples never go down on the first attempt anyway.

Back down to Unkar, spent another night in the creek and then crossed the CO on the morning of my 3rd day. That crossing took two tries as the river really wanted me to stay on the north side. Long 5-hour slog up Tanner to finish off.

This hike put me just past 3,000 lifetime miles at the canyon.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Unkar Creek Medium flow Medium flow
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May 14 2017
Dave1
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Cheops PlateauNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2017
Dave1
Hiking23.00 Miles
Hiking23.00 Miles
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4th try, finally got it done. Yay.

Was supposed to be hot but turned out to be a nice day in the canyon. Overcast and breezy.
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Apr 01 2017
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cheyava FallsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2017
Dave1
Hiking42.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
Hiking42.00 Miles   15 Hrs      2.80 mph
10,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Down S. Kaibab, across Clear Creek Trail, then bushwhack to the base of Cheyava Falls. Clear Creek was running higher and browner than usual. Had to walk through it quite a few times. Returned to the rim via Bright Angel Trail. There was a large rock slide along the River Trail last week but NPS already cleared it.
Named place
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Cheyava Falls
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May 25 2016
Dave1
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Deva TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 25 2016
Dave1
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After three previous half-hearted attempts, I was finally able to summit this one. First time from the north rim without any beta, couldn't find the right route. Second with Bob and Joe, the weather looked like it was turning on us and we weren't on a good route anyway. Third time, on the correct route but I got a late start and had to turn around before the Redwall. This time I gave myself two days.
Got to the permit office around noon-thirty Saturday only to find it closed for lunch. Hung out for a bit and then got my permit and hopped on a fully packed orange bus. With no room to fit more passengers, we had to leave behind quite a few angry would-be riders at all the next stops. But the park keeps promoting its bus service without adding more buses. Anyway, started hiking from the South Kaibab trailhead around 2pm and arrived at the dry wash across from Ribbon Falls around 5:30-6ish. The big re-piping project at Phantom ranch seems to be finished. Saw a few rim to rim joggers along the way. One was nice enough to throw his shoulder into me, leaving my left arm sore for about the next two hours.
If you follow the dry wash/side canyon up from the NK trail you'll quickly find yourself looking up at a 200 foot dry fall. I skirted along the north side of the wash, bypassing the falls and then dropped into the canyon as soon as I could. The side canyon is pretty easy to follow after that. There's a 20-30 foot fall to climb in the Tapeats and a lot of large boulders to crawl around all the way up canyon until the top of the Redwall. There's a small climb at the very top of the Redwall and then a long scramble through the Supai to the top of the wash. It was near dark as I arrived near the top and I couldn't really see where the route went through the Supai so I decided to look for a flat spot to make camp. Ended up zig-zagging through the Supai until I found myself on top of what's known as the false saddle. Its the saddle between Deva and butte 6231. I made camp there as it was the only flat area around. Extremely windy all night, I only slept about 30 minutes and the full moon didn't help. Sunday back on track by about 6:30am. I continued around a bay capped by Supai cliffs below the Deva-Brahma saddle until I could reach a slope that would take me up to the saddle. From there I picked my way through the remaining Supai, a small amount of Hermit and the crumbled and fracked Coconino. Once on top of the Toroweap it's about another 5-10 minute, almost flat walk to the actual summit. Made the Summit before 8am. Views are decent but somewhat blocked by junipers and pinyons. I think the Deva-Brahma saddle was better. I returned back to the South Rim mostly the same way, using Bright Angel for the final leg. Not very many people out on BA. I'll try to guestimate my mileage later as I didn't bring a GPSr. Effort-wise I would say it's on par with doing Brahma from the south rim. Just without the rope work or exposure. A smart person would just start this from the north rim.
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Jan 16 2016
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Robbers Roost to Cave Trail, AZ 
Robbers Roost to Cave Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2016
Dave1
Hiking7.36 Miles 2,269 AEG
Hiking7.36 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.20 mph
2,269 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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1st trip
Nice to get back to RR after a few year hiatus. Always fun and now I think I can actually get in there without getting lost. We also went out and then back in the western "trapdoor" entrance. That was a first for me. Thanks for the hike, guys and for lunch, JJ! Fantastic weather today!
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Jan 10 2016
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Arizona TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 10 2016
Dave1
Backpack93.71 Miles 11,586 AEG
Backpack93.71 Miles4 Days         
11,586 ft AEG
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I started from the beginning of segment #2 above Parker Canyon Lake where Bob and I left off sometime last year and finished off about half-way through #7, on HW83 just south of the I-10. Right away the hike started off in snow and I wondered if I was making a mistake. As I dropped down in elevation the snow disappeared but the trail was sometimes muddy. Only other snowy part was below Wrightson where I had to walk for about 2 miles in 6" of snow. Wasn't bad though as it was probably in the 50s then. Nights were quite cold with lows in the low 20s. Woke up with frost on my sleeping bag every morning. Surprisingly, good campsites were hard to find. One night I had to camp alongside a road, next to a stock tank. Most flat spots were either very rocky or covered with cow poop. The invasive cattle really rule this area and have thoroughly marked all water sources. BTW, if anyone needs a water cache along #6 let me know, I have one buried out there. Didn't see any hikers on the trail in 4 days, just 2 horse riders. Wildlife was scarce: 1 coyote, 1 javelina, 2 dear, 1 red-tailed hawk, 1 ant (yes just one. not many insects out right now) but hundreds of cattle. Was planning on going to Molina Basin CG but the cold nights got the best of me and I called it quits a few days early. Glad to get some more AZT done though.
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Dec 31 2015
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Preserves wander, AZ 
Phoenix Preserves wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2015
Dave1
Hiking13.54 Miles 2,236 AEG
Hiking13.54 Miles
2,236 ft AEG
 
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Did sort of a perimeter walk around the south-eastern Phoenix Preserves. I didn't plan this ahead of time. If I did I probably would have been able to keep the route tighter to the edges. As it is I missed quite a bit.
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Dec 30 2015
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2015
Dave1
Hiking17.40 Miles 2,457 AEG
Hiking17.40 Miles   9 Hrs   27 Mns   1.84 mph
2,457 ft AEG
 
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A little chilly at the start but once the sun was on us it was a pleasant day. Great weather to be out in the Supes, actually. Only used 1/2 liter all day. We found some petroglyphs, a cave with bones in it, a wheel barrow, and a bunch of pottery shards, including some rim pieces. Great hike, gentlemen!
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Dec 26 2015
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Druid ArchSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2015
Dave1
Hiking15.12 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking15.12 Miles
2,676 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Very cold and windy with some snow on the ground from the previous two days. Enjoyable hike nonetheless. We camped in the Squaw Flat Loop A (Lupe) campground for 2 nights and were the only ones there. Maybe because it got down to 8 degrees at night? Canyonlands is a very interesting park. Really looking forward to more visits here in the future.
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Dec 12 2015
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2015
Dave1
Hiking5.82 Miles 2,191 AEG
Hiking5.82 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   2.14 mph
2,191 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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This one has been on my list for many years, I just never wanted to make the drive. Bob, understandably, didn't want to be alone with Chumley so he asked me to join them. The first part of the hike was kind of a slog through the sandy wash. We made it even longer by ignoring the huge rock arrows pointing to the correct trail out of the wash. Eventually we found the right trail and the rest of the hike up to the peak was straight forward. I was a little concerned beforehand about the short climb near the top but it turned out to be nothing. A windy day made it hard to enjoy the top and also limited our views with the dust but we hung out for a little while. Afterwards we hit up an obscure peak and a neat mine nearby. Thanks for driving, Chums!
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Dec 08 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2015
Dave1
Hiking4.60 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles
2,600 ft AEG
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Saw Frankie Muniz hiking up this morning.
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Dec 05 2015
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2015
Dave1
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,921 ft AEG
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Tortoise_Hiker
A nice, early hike up PP. Was a little chilly at the start but within a mile I was shedding layers. The sun felt good on the summit. Denny took us to the arboretum afterwards. Thanks, Denny!
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Nov 29 2015
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Phantom Canyon - UpperNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 29 2015
Dave1
Backpack38.00 Miles 11,308 AEG
Backpack38.00 Miles3 Days         
11,308 ft AEG
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Had a few things I wanted to accomplish for this trip: check out the cave that JJ found below a certain temple that I don't want to name online and be put on some government list, find a rare agave (agave phillipsiana) found in Phantom Canyon and just 3 other places in GCNP, finish off the River Trail (I had never done the section between the bridges), check out a ruin in the area that I had just read about, and, if I had enough time, climb up to Cheops Pyramid. Happily I was able to check off 4 out of the five.

Went down BA trail the first day and stayed at BA campground. The nights are long in the canyon this time of year and I was asleep by 6pm :o Thankfully my noisey neighbors made sure I didn't get too much sleep. Next day went up to Utah Flats and then explored around Phantom and Haunted Canyons. Spent a cold night (21 degrees) below Cheops. Hiked out on the 3rd day.
Fauna
Fauna
Mule Deer
Culture
Culture
Old Rusty Stuff
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Nov 09 2015
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2015
Dave1
Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles
2,900 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Lot of new arrows and dots. What's wrong with just using cairns?
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Oct 31 2015
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Bull Basin 270 - Kennedy Spring - Paradise 271, AZ 
Bull Basin 270 - Kennedy Spring - Paradise 271, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2015
Dave1
Hiking15.70 Miles 3,930 AEG
Hiking15.70 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   1.98 mph
3,930 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
Several new trails for me on this hike. Bull Basin was a bit overgrown but was mostly manzanita and not much sharp stuff. We ran into some SALT stewards near Tony's Cabin. They were putting up a sign letting hikers know that day hiking is ok but overnight use is not unless you're a member of SALT. Before this, I believe neither was allowed or that's what the old sign lead me to think. I guess they're trying to protect the cabin from being burnt down. So it seamed odd to me that they would leave a smouldering campfire unattended about 8 feet from the cabin, in a fire ring made of wood logs. Also they appeared to be using an open flame gas stove about 6 inches from the cabin wall. Not sure if this is the best crew for protecting the cabin. On the return, Paradise was a sweet trail and down-hill all the way! Perfect weather all day!
Thanks for driving, JJ. Thanks for dinner and the blood donation, Bruce. Thanks for a kick-ass website, Joey!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Sep 10 2015
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Marine Week work-out, AZ 
Marine Week work-out, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Sep 10 2015
Dave1
Road Biking35.00 Miles
Road Biking35.00 Miles
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Road downtown to exercise with the Marines marines.mil/Communi ... aspx It wasn't exactly like Full Metal Jacket but it was still tough. Rode to Piestewa after. I passed by a dog park on the way home and saw a woman with a pig on a leash.
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Sep 05 2015
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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Shinumo Amphitheater, AZ 
Shinumo Amphitheater, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Sep 05 2015
Dave1
Backpack13.67 Miles 4,947 AEG
Backpack13.67 Miles2 Days         
4,947 ft AEG
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Started from the road (forgot which number but it's south of Swamp Point Road and leads to Point Sublime eventually) nearest Lancelot Point. Walked through the pines and (sometimes) locust for about 3 miles to Lancelot Point. Some have mentioned an old road to LP but I never saw it. Awesome views from Lancelot Point overlooking the Shinumo Amphitheater! Many features in view: Elaine Castle, Bass' Tomb, King Arthur and Guinevere Castles, Excalibur, etc... Even all the way across to Mt. Huethawalli.
Found a semi-cairned route off of LP down to the Elaine-Lancelot Saddle. Was told by a ranger that this route is very brushy but it actually wasn't bad at all. Elaine Castle is supposedly class 3 on the north side. Looks impossible from LP. From the saddle I headed down the unnamed drainage towards Modred (sometimes spelled Mordred) Abyss. Searched around a bit before finding a route through the Supai. Looked like there was only one spot through(to the right of a large pillar on creek-left). After that the Redwall break was pretty straight forward. Also the canyon started to narrow at the start of the Redwall. Was expecting to get cliffed-out but everything went smooth. Water starts flowing from another drainage to the north-east. This is also where the Muav layer appears. Had to climb down several Muav cascades but they were all easy. Just like slippery stairs. Got a little brushy as I neared the confluence of Modred. Modred has a pretty good flow of water here. Continued on up Modred until I found Abyss Cave. This place has been on my radar for a couple of years and it didn't disappoint! Crystal clear cold water pouring out of the cave. I drank it straight from the collecting pool without treating it. Awesome! I tried to hang out for a while but the cave area is well protected by ants. They were literally jumping from the trees and landing on me. I headed back up to the rim the same way.
Named place
Named place
Elaine Castle
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Aug 09 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Vultee Arch Trail #22Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2015
Dave1
Hiking5.25 Miles 2,142 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   4 Hrs      1.31 mph
2,142 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Hit this one a little late, about 3:30p, but had just enough time to finish it without headlamps. Started from Sterling Pass trail along 89a. Nice hike. Sterling Pass trail is pretty overgrown but not too sharp, save for some New Mexican Locust. Also it had just rained right before we got there so the brush was a little wet. Took a few pics on the arch and then headed back. Dinner at Oaxaca afterwards. Meh, not the best but not the worst.
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Aug 07 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2015
Dave1
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Fauna
Fauna
Ringtail
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Aug 06 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2015
Dave1
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,280 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
1,280 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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There's a sign at the trailhead announcing upcoming meetings about parking issues and other things. I can't find it on their website though. First of 3 meetings is Aug 20th at 6pm at Los Olivos (that's all I can remember).
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