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Oct 18 2020
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64 female
 Joined Mar 16 2009
 apache junction,
West Baldy Trail #94Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 18 2020
sandyfortner
Backpack7.00 Miles 2,364 AEG
Backpack7.00 Miles3 Days         
2,364 ft AEG
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Started at Greer trail head Sunday morning and hiked to Sheep's Crossing Bridge where we set up camp. Very few people out on the trail once we were away from the parking area. Good tread. Pretty cold that night camping in the open area before the bridge - our water was frozen to a slushy with chunks of ice! Little Colorado was flowing nicely and water was easy to filter. Monday we headed up the trail and camped just under 2 miles from the trail junction with East Baldy. Warmer up there away from the water!! Although the mountain is steep along the trail, there are spots where it levels out enough for good camping. Ran into a day hiker who was doing some recon for a future backpack trip. Jimmy - if you read this - from our camp it took Tina and I 1 hour, 15 minutes to make it up to the trail junction, so you must have been close when you turned back! There was water running in 3 drainages and plenty of water in the West Fork Tributary. Lots of color from the aspen made for spectacular views. Tuesday morning we left our camp and hiked up to the East / West trail junction. Ran into a pair of backpackers who had slept up at the junction. Came back, packed up camp and hiked out to Sheep's Bridge and our shuttle. Good trail, good water and great weather.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Aspen were gorgeous!
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Sep 21 2020
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64 female
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 apache junction,
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 21 2020
sandyfortner
Backpack16.00 Miles 200 AEG
Backpack16.00 Miles3 Days         
200 ft AEG
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Scored 2 night/3 day permits for 6 of us. One of our group had to bail unfortunately, so it was myself and 4 brave souls who rarely backpack. The trip did not disappoint! :y: The weather was in the high 90s during the day and maybe in the 60s at night. Water was low but flow was good. Discharge was +/- 1 cfs and gauge averaged 0.20 feet. On Monday we trekked in about 5 miles. One rattlesnake encounter, but once we figured out where he was and gave him a minute to think about things, we were able to pass by. I had hoped to go a little farther, but it was looking like a mutiny, so we set up camp - in a perfect spot by Virgus Canyon. Shade stayed on our tents until after 9 am the next morning. We had a leisurely breakfast and then hiked up canyon to Booger Canyon. We saw 2 deer. Returned to camp for supper and games. Wednesday morning we took our time packing up as no one wanted to leave. Hiked out and saw a turtle and a doe and fawn who walked quite a ways down the canyon with us, not caring that we were there at all! The water was much lower than the one other trip that I have made to Aravaipa, so we were on land as much as we were in the water. But having constant access to the water made the trip absolutely wonderful! Between the shade and the water, we really never noticed the temps until that final 0.3 mile out to the trail head. Met Ranger Heidi on our way in, along with maybe 9 day hikers. Only saw 1 camp set up and 2 backpackers who passed our camp Monday evening. On our way out on Wednesday we passed 2 backpackers heading in, so very little traffic.
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Jul 16 2020
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 apache junction,
Webb Peak from Ash Creek THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2020
sandyfortner
Hiking3.50 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
900 ft AEG
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We actually did this 2 days, Wednesday we went from the Webb Peak TH, up to the tower and attempted to find the rest of the loop, but could NOT find the trail, so came back the way we went up - KINDA! Thursday we headed out towards Ash Creek falls. The start of the trail is great! :y: Uh ha. Within 1/4 mile, the erosion takes over and you have to pick your way around whatever looks to be the best route - but it's obvious where you're going. I crawled under one deadfall, hoping that that wasn't the moment it would choose to shift / drop. But, eventually we came to the Webb Peak junction, or so we surmised. The sign is there, but most is broken off, so it says AK. We assumed that was the end of "peak", and the junction was in the right place, so off we went. From that point on, there is NO trail. Unless you've done this loop so many times that you can do it with your eyes closed, or unless you've downloaded the route, it would be a bugger! There are stretches, maybe 100 - 200 feet at a time, when you are not in a burn area and the trail is GREAT! But, in between those spots, it's all a guess. :scared: Growing in what the trail app said was the trail, were 4 - 6' aspen and Mexican locust, also ferns, washouts, deadfall - you name it. Once in a while we must have been on the actual tread because as we would push through the vegetation we would see a cut log, cairn, or a waterbar. But mostly we used the app and common sense to push our way around the loop. Our route looks like path Little Billy would take, (in the comic strip Family Circus), when he was called to come home! I"m not sure why this trail isn't being maintained. Maybe the forest service wants to let everything grow in to help anchor the soil and stop the excessive erosion. I'm not sure. But, if someone had an overwhelming desire to lop off / saw off thousands of aspen and Mexican locust, AND checked FIRST with the Forest Service, this trail could keep you busy for some time! :D We did see 2 turkeys and 2 deer. The unburned portions, although rarely encountered, were spectacular! The extensive burn areas are growing back slowly. Every water source we crossed was flowing nicely. It took us 5 hours to do the loop and we still don't know what we did! Ha! ](*,)
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max West Ash Creek - Pinalenos Medium flow Medium flow
Not sure what Medium means in this particular creek, but ample flowing water
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Apr 05 2019
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 apache junction,
Mazatzal Divide - AZT #23Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 05 2019
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Backpack20.00 Miles 6,050 AEG
Backpack20.00 Miles4 Days         
6,050 ft AEG
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A small but mighty group of volunteers headed up the YBar Friday morning to do trail maintenance on the AZT from Bear Spring north for approx 1 -2 miles. The "Ghost Sawyers" began cutting trees as soon as they hit the junction of the AZT and YBar. They cut several trees on Friday and lined up their strategy for Saturday. Eventually all 5 of us made it to Bear Springs and set up camp. Saturday morning the sawyers took off to do their thing. Merriane and I headed out with McClouds and Pickmatics to work on tread. John came along to provide much needed guidance and support, while helping us and the sawyers. About 10ish Charles joined us after hiking up the YBar. He brushed his way to camp and got set up. By that time Merriane and I were pooped, so we headed back to camp to trade our heavy tools for loppers. Charles joined us and did tread work, while John, Merriane and I worked on brushing. The sawyers, John and Bill, removed all the dead fall except 4, which they took care of on Sunday. Sunday was more brushing and tread work. Monday we hiked back down the YBar, after admiring the work we accomplished! We had many thru hikers stop by / camp and also several section hikers. All were grateful for the trail work and said they were LOVING the trail!!! All the section hikers were invited to join in on an AZT trail event! Weather was perfect. Group was fantastic. :y: One unfortunate situation - 2 people on horseback went into Bear Springs, cut all of the nice brush around the spring and installed a game camera. :o
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Jan 19 2019
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 apache junction,
Red Tanks Super Loop - Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 19 2019
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Backpack19.00 Miles 2,870 AEG
Backpack19.00 Miles3 Days         
2,870 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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7 of us enjoyed the 3 day weekend with a loop in the Supes. We started at Peralta TH, headed up past Freement Saddle, with a goal of staying at White Rock Spring that evening. There appeared to be no water at White Rock so we turned onto the Dutchman and continued towards Charlebois. We found nice camping about 1/4 mile from Charlebois - stopping there because we thought that the spring area may be a tad busy on the 3 day weekend. Set up camp and a few people went and gathered enough water to hold us until we hiked to the spring in the morning. Played a couple games of Wolf, then tucked in for the night. It was pretty damp, therefore cooler all night. Turns out that Charlebois wasn't too overrun, but we were happy with the camping spot we had. A couple backpackers we knew came through camp Sunday morning and visited for a few. Good to see you, Corwin and Alex! Headed to Charlebois - didn't go to the spring as there were pools with running water right on the Dutchman. Continued towards Whiskey Spring - our destination for Sunday night. We passed several large pools, many with running water along the way. We were pleasantly surprised to run into few people out on the trail since the parking / jump off area at Peralta had been PACKED! From the Dutchman we hooked up to Red Tanks and then to Whiskey Springs trails. Made it to Whiskey Spring, which had water in the box but it was really discolored from leaves and didn't appear to be running. Instead we filtered from pools along the stream bed. We were able to see the eclipse although there were times when the clouds obscured a clear view. Packed up and on the trail at a leisurely 9am Monday morning. Nice hike out as the wind picked up and kept us cooled off.
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A few globe mallow, some purple flowers, something that looked similar to milkweed and smelled REALLY good, brittle brush

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Plenty of pools - most with running water - all along

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Whiskey Spring box had water but it was discolored from leaves and not running. Pools along the creek were plenty to filter from. Some green setting in in spots, but plenty of good water if you looked around.
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Jan 07 2019
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 apache junction,
Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2019
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Hiking5.70 Miles 1,331 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   1.94 mph
1,331 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Was lucky enough to hike up to see Massacre Falls flowing. There were other hikers on the trail but it wasn't crowded. Tread was pretty good considering yesterday's rain. First went up to Massacre Grounds just to see the sites, then backtracked to the falls trail. Falls were flowing at several gallons per minute. Fantastic!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Massacre Falls - at Massacre Grounds Light flow Light flow
several gallons per minute
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Nov 18 2018
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 apache junction,
Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 18 2018
sandyfortner
Backpack20.00 Miles 5,681 AEG
Backpack20.00 Miles2 Days         
5,681 ft AEG
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We modified this hike since both of us had done parts and Screeslider only needed to complete Wilderness of Rocks to Hutch's Pool. We started on Sunday up at the ski lift and came down the Aspen Trail. Great views!! Met up with the Arizona Trail at the junction for Wilderness of Rocks. We were pleasantly surprised at how much water there was. Lemmon Creek was flowing, and we found good water north of the creek and again south of the creek. There's a few downed trees that are high enough that they require climbing over or going around. Along West Fork only 1 required crawling under - the rest are flat on the ground and a non-issue. Sunday we ran into a small group of day hikers doing the Lemmon Loop, and a NOBO backpacker heading up from Romero Pass as we were coming down. We had hoped to get to Hutch's Pool to camp, but our knees were DONE after coming down to Romero Pass, so we camped at the nice area by the Cathedral Rock junction. Monday morning we found out that had we gone a mile farther, we would have found a nice pool of water with a waterfall and good camping nearby. In 2ish more miles we found running water in the creek and another nice camp spot. We went on to Hutch's Pool, filtered water and had a snack. Then headed to Sabino Canyon and took that out to the tram stop. Tram is currently not running due to permit issues. We walked the road down to the parking lot / vehicle.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Some flowers and beautiful grasses as we got lower. Up on Lemmon not anything to speak of, but below Romero Pass, all along West Fork and Sabino Canyon was very pretty.
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Nov 25 2017
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 apache junction,
Canelo Hills West - AZT #3Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 25 2017
sandyfortner
Backpack16.20 Miles 1,550 AEG
Backpack16.20 Miles2 Days         
1,550 ft AEG
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Did this along with Passage 2 for a 3 day backpack. We came into Canelo Pass TH around 10 on Saturday and resupplied our water, then set out shortly after 11. We were glad to see that much of this passage is downhill, rather than the ups and downs of passage 2. Due to the downhills and the nature of this tread, there is a LOT of loose rock so we spent a lot of time looking at our feet. :o In places the mesquite scrub is crowding the trail, but not too bad. Route finding any where along any water drainage was tricky due to the high grass covering any cairns. Saturday night we camped in a nice stand of mesquite between Gate Springs and Gate tank. It was warmer than the night before so getting going in the morning was much easier! Sunday we spent a lot of time trying to find the trail along the creek bed. Since the trail crosses several times, each time we just wandered with the app in hand, trying to find where the trail came out. There are also 2 places where the bank is steep to get down from. 1 leads you to a hard-rock step, but we still thought it a tad tricky so backtracked a few yards and found another way down into the creek bottom. The other has a rock to step on, but we both still sat and slid down. Other than the creek bottoms / tall grass, route finding was easy. The last mile coming down to Harshaw TH had our full attention due to loose rock, but we finally made it to the vehicle at Harshaw around 11 on Sunday. My friend had not done this passage yet, so I took her pack and she slack-packed into Patagonia where I was waiting with her gear and a cup of coffee!
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Down Under Tank Red Bank Well
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

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No water at the tank. The surface water in the creek across from the tank was FULL of algae. NOBO along the creek bed there were pockets of water that were clearer and where we crossed the water was actually running slowly and much more clear.

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Water was also running from the tap at the dam. I got 2 liters in a min or less.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Red Bank Well 76-100% full 76-100% full
Windmill was running and the stock tank was full and clear
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Nov 24 2017
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 apache junction,
Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 24 2017
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Backpack14.30 Miles 2,530 AEG
Backpack14.30 Miles1 Day         
2,530 ft AEG
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I think that this should be renamed as "The Gated Community of PUDS" passage! :lol: We did this and passage 3 as a 3 day backpack. Started at Parker Canyon TH at noon on Friday, hoping to get 4-6 miles in. We actually made 9.5 before we decided to camp at Pauline Canyon for the night. Weather was fantastic! Sun got a tad toasty so it was definitely an umbrella weekend. A few parts were brushy but nothing that impeded progress. Tread was pretty good too. There were 2 deadfalls across the trail and people were creating a new trail around them. 1 was easy to move so I dragged it over the make-shift trail to force hikers back on the main tread. The other was a tad heftier, but still I was able to tug it over top of the make-shift trail. Plenty of water - some tanks had considerable algae, but all would have been filterable. The names of the tanks I'm not sure of, but there were 2 tanks - metal and rubber - that had water south of Pauline. We had plenty and had cached at Canelo Pass TH, so didn't bother with filtering. Ran into 1 backpacker with his dog and a group of 5 thru hikers who planned to finish the trail on Saturday. A lot of the nice, flat areas to camp in were LOADED with cow droppings, so we kept tooling along until we got to Pauline Canyon where we found a nice spot to set up camp. During the night something was snuffling around my friend's tent, but other than that, we had an uneventful night. It dropped into the 30s and we could see out breath the next morning. Gave me a chance to try out my new quilt, and I'm very happy with it!! Headed out shortly after 7 and arrived at Canelo Pass TH and our water around 10. Took a nice break, filled out water containers, drank water until we sloshed and got ready to head on. Some mountain bikers arrived in their cars and were nice enough to take our empty containers for us so that we didn't have to haul them 16 miles! :y:
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Pauline Canyon Tank
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Flower Tank - Canelo 51-75% full 51-75% full
Didn't hike over to it, but we could see it as we came into the TH and it looked pretty clear and full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Parker Canyon Creek @ AZT 2 Medium flow Medium flow
About a gallon per min. Clear.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pauline Canyon Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Not sure how full is full, but there was plenty to filter and didn't look too bad or cowy.
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Nov 18 2017
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 apache junction,
Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2017
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Hiking15.40 Miles
Hiking15.40 Miles   8 Hrs      1.93 mph
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We had originally planned this as an easy backpack, but the question of water and cold temps helped us to change our minds. We car camped at the Pine TH Friday night, shuttled a vehicle to General Springs early Saturday, then headed to Blue Ridge TH. We started hiking at 8:40. It was windy and cold!! 26 degrees at the TH. Since this is a pretty easy trail, we moved out and tried to warm up. Took a couple nice breaks during the day when we found nice, sunny spots. Did some trail clean up at the TH on the road to Blue Ridge Reservoir. Some yahoos had left alcohol bottles, beer bottles, cups, etc. strewn all around the parking pullout. Luckily I had shoved 3 trash bags in my pack since it had rained the day before and I wasn't trusting that the weather was going to be clear. We filled 2 of the bags and a husband of one of my friends met us and took the trash away. All day we enjoyed the cooler temps but kept gushing about the fact that we were NOT going to sleep out in that COLD! :D We were surprised that we saw no wild life all day. The trail is good and VERY well marked. Love the new pass thru gates - 2 different types and both worked great. Made it to the vehicles at 4:15, just as the shadows were making the trail pretty cold again.
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Sep 30 2017
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
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Hiking17.80 Miles 703 AEG
Hiking17.80 Miles   9 Hrs      1.98 mph
703 ft AEG
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Even though I did this passage when it was part of Mormon Lake I figured it was a great weekend to take the time and do an easy-peasy backpack trip. Talked a friend into going along, and since we were only aiming for 10ish miles on Saturday, we left Mayflower Springs, NOBO, at 9:00 a.m. Ran into a couple of section hikers right under the Pine Grove CG entrance who verified that there was water up on the mesa. Took a leisurely pace and a nice break at the top of the mesa. The 1st tank listed on the app was a mud hole, but shortly after we came upon another tank, not listed, with good water. Didn't need any and too soon to camp, so we went on. Came to Horse Lake tank where I had planned to get water and camp somewhere in the area. Both tanks were FULL of cows! The tank that is open had 1 bull and several cows - I told my friend, "No worries, the other one is fenced - it'll be great!". Oh no! That water had bulls - HUGE bulls, big bulls, cows, more bulls. YIKES! We didn't even walk the section between the cattle guard and fence that runs inside the paddock - we bushwacked through the rocks, juniper, under a fence and went around. In reality, that fence is about as useful as a tent is against a bear. If any of those bulls were annoyed by us, the fence wasn't stopping them. Still, we could see no reason to tempt fate and enter their paddock. So, I knew that there would be at least 1 more good tank, but by the time we got to it, we would be so close to the vehicle that we were debating whether to stay out the night - we had hauled a full pack - or just push on through. Well, we got to the tank which had cows merrily coming and going - and "going". Never mind. No reason to filter THAT water when we could make the vehicle before dark and head back to a refrigerator full of beer! So, our leisurely backpack because a 17.8 mile day hike with full packs. But, made it to the vehicle at exactly 6, after stopping to visit with a SOBO thru-hiker and providing him with info and water so that he could make it to the non-cowy tank. Saw a pretty good herd of elk just before the observatory area and also ran into a total of 11 bikers, 3 trucks with fire wood, a couple ATVs of hunters and a hunter staking out the good tank. Beautiful day, great trail. The road section is not so great, but it doesn't last long. Views from the mesa were fantastic!
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Sep 02 2017
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 apache junction,
Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 02 2017
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Backpack20.20 Miles 4,729 AEG
Backpack20.20 Miles3 Days         
4,729 ft AEG
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Took and easy, peasy backpack, doing the Highline SOBO. Left a vehicle at the Pine TH and headed up to General Springs Cabin. Started out around 10 am on Saturday. Went down the powerline - I KNOW BETTER THAN THIS!! Should have taken the Tunnel trail, but we slowly :scared: got down! Whew! All creeks had good flowing water, which was a nice surprise! Weather was toasty so my umbrella really came in handy. Ran into Tomato, I think our first AZT SOBO hiker for the season. He was at Washington Park and heading to Pine for a zero. Had a glitch with trail finding and came into Washington Park via crossing the East Verde. Don't know where we missed a turn / trail, but Tomato had done the same. We rested as needed and went as far a Bray Creek to camp for the night. Great camp site and wonderful water source! :y: Took our time getting going on Sunday as we planned to camp above the Pine TH to avoid the holiday campers. We felt the junction just south of Webber was confusing and spent 15 - 20 minutes there, just to realize that we were on the right trail anyhow. The carsonite at the Geronimo/31 junction that tells you to turn right and take the 2 track should be removed. And, the Y at the 31 versus going on to the powerlines should have a sign or cairn. Anyhow, after much backtracking, we wound up at the same place that we kept turning around because we were going by the signs and trail description. Ran into a section hiker on his way to Mormon Lake. By noon it was HOT! Umbrella and salt time! Took a few breaks and made it to Red Rock Spring. Filtered there, had lunch, visited with some day hikers and then headed to the small mesa just about the switchbacks to the TH. Arrived at our camp spot - another beautiful night. Monday morning we went down the super, duper nicely realigned decent into the Pine TH. Wow! What an improvement! Picked up our shuttle vehicle and headed to THAT Brewery to have beer and burgers with Tomato, who had stayed at the cabin there. Overall, the trail is in good condition. There are some BIG washouts, but they do not affect forward motion or safety. Only 1 tree across the trail and it's an easy hop over. For as much rain as this area has seen and for as much of the trail that is also a watershed, the trail was easy on a couple of old ladies! :lol:
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Bray Creek
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Flowers throughout but light.
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May 13 2017
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 apache junction,
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2017
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Hiking12.50 Miles 4,019 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   10 Hrs      2.08 mph
4,019 ft AEG   4 Hrs    Break
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Perfect day to summit Wrightson. We went up the Super Trail. This trail is correctly named! It never seemed that we gained 4000', and before you knew it, we were there! The tread is in good repair and very few blow-downs until just below Baldy Saddle. The last mile or 2 before reaching Baldy Saddle had several logs across it. Saw where the connector trail for the Arizona Trail came in. That has a tree across it. Great views all along. After heading up from the saddle, the trail is a series of very short switchbacks, and before you know it, you're at the top! The cache box had a current journal and pens so that we could leave our names and thoughts. Views at the top were stunning. We saw people on the trail, especially when getting closer to Old Baldy trail but the trail was not crowded. After reaching the top, we decided to take Old Baldy down. Going down that much steeper trail definitely felt like we were descending 4000;!! We didn't see any wildlife on the trail, but between Bog Springs CG and the TH we saw about a dozen turkeys and 1 bobcat who we had disrupted from his breakfast pursuit.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Indian Paintbrush and prickly pear in bloom.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Baldy Spring Dripping Dripping
NO water coming out of the pipe and into the tub. Didn't look like there had been any water in there even in the wet spring. BUT, the water box under the metal plate definitely had water up to the top. You'd really have to reach back under there, but there is water.

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Water dripping along rocks and vegetation next to spring. Water box is full.
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Feb 05 2017
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 apache junction,
Santa Rita Mountains - AZT #5Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2017
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Hiking13.85 Miles 1,942 AEG
Hiking13.85 Miles
1,942 ft AEG
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Hiked NOBO. Started out on a COOL morning, but quickly warmed up. My sister from Wyoming said it got HOT! Ha! Tread is good and trail is easy to follow. Only issue is that all of the road walking makes you think that you must have missed the turn. The volunteer was at Kentucky Camp and he had the assay, large office and cabin open, so we were able to tour all of them. Very cool buildings. Water was on at the Camp. I don't know if it usually is, or if it was just on because someone had rented the cabin the previous night. Also took a side trip to look over some old mining features. Just north of KC, 2 stock tanks had water - 1 was pretty green, the other crystal clear. Also passed 2 stock ponds that were full and looked good. Several downed trees in about a 3 mile area. On the 2 track the trees are not an issue, but on the single track - 1 you have to climb over and people are going around another one, causing the trail to be rerouted. For the life of me, I don't understand the LINK at FR 4072. But, we passed it by and went on to where the vehicle was parked at the north end. Only wildlife we saw was cows.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bowman Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
I did not see the cement tank at the spring, but there was a earthen stock pond where Bowman Spring is marked - visible from the trail - and it was full and looked clear.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 FS 165 Stock Pond 76-100% full 76-100% full
Looked clear and no evidence of cows
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Dec 17 2016
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 apache junction,
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 17 2016
sandyfortner
Backpack29.60 Miles 5,125 AEG
Backpack29.60 Miles
5,125 ft AEG
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WanderingWildcat
This is it! I have finished the entire Arizona National Scenic Trail including BOTH bypasses!!!! :y: I started 3 years ago at Rogers Trough and did Passage 18. This weekend, we started at Rogers Trough and did 2 Bar Ridge. I had completed Cottonwood Canyon to Roosevelt in previous day hikes. So - set up the LONG shuttle on Saturday morning. Dropped my vehicle at FR83 just at the bottom of that big hill and then drove to Rogers Trough. Headed NOBO on the trail at 10. Surprised to not see people on the trail so we had it all to ourselves. Good tread. Only 1 spot where Friday's rain really made a noticeable watershed and horses had used that as a shortcut up a switchback that morning. Ran into a few hikers when we reached the water at the Fireline. Several campers were up at Reavis. We filtered water and looked around since it was Kitty's first trip to the Ranch. Headed out. Someone was camped on the trail as it turned out. I was heading towards their camp but wanted to respect their privacy, so cut across the field to hook up with the trail Turns out that we joined the trail north of the Reavis Gap turn. Went to the end of the Ranch before I checked the app - we turned around and found the trail at that camp. Oh well. Headed for Pine Springs for the night. What a pretty section. Makes you feel like true wilderness once you get out on Reavis Gap trail! :) We were very pleased to find a nice camping spot by Pine, so settled in for the night. Kitty had been thoughtful enough to bring Irish whiskey to celebrate my final stretch on the trail, so we had a little nip with supper! :D She said she heard something investigating our camp during the night, but I slept well. Woke up to frost and headed out, knowing the 800' climb was right ahead of us and would warm us up pretty fast. Took our time down the 800' decent - some areas showed signs of Friday's rain. Nothing too bad but definitely worth taking time to choose footing. Zipped (hahaha) up the other side and was happy to have flat ground for a spell. The ridge was pretty but the wind was fierce - kept wanting to push us off and it was COLD - so we didn't spend much time site-seeing. Found places to tuck in out of the wind and in some sun for our breaks. Good tread all along this section. One tree down in the trail, but other than that, I moved several agave stalks out of the way but nothing else notable. Pretty sights all afternoon. Peak 5024 and Flat Iron in the distance, Apache Lake and Apache Trail, Roosevelt Lake, Four Peaks plus endless vistas - this really has it all! Made it to Cottonwood Canyon and headed out to the vehicle and the long shuttle back. Had hiked Cottonwood Canyon about a month ago. BEAUTIFUL!! The rocks along the creek bed are so interesting! You could sit and look at rocks for hours and keep finding different ones. Canyon walls are amazing. Now, the road walk - well :? Once you get to Cemetery trail it's worth taking a side trip to visit the cemetery and look at some history. Then you wind around some hills - good tread and easy to follow - except for the tight turn by the water trough - and arrive at Roosevelt Lake. Where the trail comes out is not viable access to water. If you need water, go over to the visitor center across from the cemetery if they are open. We had a little adventure on our Sunday shuttle. My Subaru couldn't get to Rogers Trough!! ](*,) Bottomed out just up from the Woodbury turn and dash lights were coming on. :scared: Kitty decided to walk the remaining 2+ miles. She helped me get turned around and headed out. A vehicle saw this and gave her a ride to her car. :app: But, neither of us knew that there was more than 1 way down. I've been to Rogers Trough 6-8 times and never knew that you could take a "wrong" turn, so didn't know to tell Kitty. I waited, and waited, and waited at the bottom for her. The vehicle that had helped her out came and was surprised to see that I was still there waiting for her since she had left the TH before they did and she wasn't on the road. Hmmm. So I estimated times and figured I'd wait until 10 before calling SAR. After speaking with others, I called SAR at 9. They agreed that a search should be started. VERY happy to report that she found her way out at 11 and was fine. I called SAR to report her found and we all were happy to have a safe ending to a great trip!!! :y:

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Medium flow Medium flow
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Nov 27 2016
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Red Hills - AZT #24Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 27 2016
sandyfortner
Backpack14.30 Miles
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Did this section along with Mazatzal Divide as a 3+ day backpack. Had camped at The Park Saturday night where we were protected from the wind but did have rain/slush during the night. Yet, when we arose, there was nothing falling from the sky. By breakfast break-time we were looking at blue skies and sunshine! Beautiful stretch of trail along the creek/drainage and stunning views when we topped out at the saddle! At one point we were able to see San Francisco Peaks, but unlike the previous day, we couldn't see the snow on them now because the clouds were moving back in with a vengeance. The area around Brush Springs has a lot of downfall and that slowed us up - both from clamoring over / around /under it and documenting. Several stretches in the Red Hills also need tread work, which kept my full attention as I am not a fan of walking on steep slopes with little tread! :scared: We just took at short lunch break because the weather was really starting to look threatening AND we knew we had dry beds and warm meals at the LF Ranch waiting for us!! :y: Arrived at LF about an hour before the sky opened up. Shawn, AKA Greyhound, met us and got us settled into the bunkhouse. We met the dogs, wandered around and took pics of the peacocks, chickens, livestock, etc. Supper was YUMMY and filling. It was so nice to sit in a dry room with steaming hot food, knowing we had beat the rain and snow. Monday morning was cloudy but the rain had stopped. Maryann fed us a wonderful breakfast. We visited for a bit and Shawn showed us an alternative route to Doll Baby. Just as we arrived at the TH it began to sprinkle. Soon we could see the mountains and EVERYTHING we had hiked was blanketed with snow! WOW! So glad to be out before that hit. There are portions of that tread that I would not have wanted to do with snow or even rain making the slope slippery.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Still color in the sycamores as you get closer to the East Verde.
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Nov 25 2016
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Mazatzal Divide - AZT #23Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 25 2016
sandyfortner
Backpack31.00 Miles 6,050 AEG
Backpack31.00 Miles
6,050 ft AEG
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WanderingWildcat
Did this as a 3+days NOBO along with Red Hills. 4 of us left Peeley TH after dropping off vehicles at Doll Baby TH. We were a little apprehensive about the weekend forecast, but the day was beautiful and perfect weather for climbing up into the Mazzies. Lucky enough to have the trail steward for 23A along to guide us and clear downfall. Removed several logs throughout the day. Tread was in pretty good shape. There were a few stretches where snow was still on the trail from the storm that moved through the previous week. Made it to Bear Springs and camped for the night. We were pretty well protected from the wind but it was still a cold night. First time I've ever noticed the cold coming through my sleeping pad. Headed out bright and early Saturday morning. Found a nice place to have breakfast around 9. Ran into a couple from back East who were vacationing and decided to do part of the trail. They had nothing but good things to say about the trail and their experience! :app: 2 of our team decided that they were going to go out when we reached Barnhardt TJ, so we wished them well and asked that they send HEAT up the mountain for us! :lol: Must have worked because we managed to dodge the snow AND rain! Since the clouds were moving in we did not spend time with downfall. Only removed what was quick and easy. Roger documented brush, downfall and tread issues for future work events. Stopped at Horse Camp Seep for water and headed to The Park to camp for the night. Nice camp area protected from the wind. We tucked our tents in under a large cedar canopy but the rain / slush found our tents anyhow. I got up for a potty run around 1 and found slush accumulated around the edge of my tent. UGH. Even so, this camp was warmer than the previous night at Bear Springs.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bear Spring - Fisher Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Not sure of the flow, but spring box was full and overflowing. Good water and plenty of it.

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The seep itself was dry but there were pools all along as far as we could see in both directions. Several pools were deep and there was plenty of water.
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Nov 20 2016
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Cottonwood Trail #120Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2016
sandyfortner
Hiking6.35 Miles 2,003 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles
2,003 ft AEG
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Cottonwood Canyon is part of Passage 19 of the Arizona Trail. We did this 7ish miles NOBO, starting where trail 120 intersects FR83. FR83 is washed out in some areas and we really took our time, scouting some sections before deciding where to drive. We parked at the bottom of the big hill before the TJ because it was more than we cared to chance. The south end of this canyon winds in and out of the creek bed several times, allowing you to admire an endless variety of GORGEOUS rocks! The trail is well marked with cairns and route finding is no problem. In time you leave the creek bottom and walk along through stunning canyon walls with lush vegetation. There are several cement stock tanks along the way and we found each one full / overflowing. Eventually we came to a corral with 2 tanks and FR341, which we followed out to Cementary Trail and our cars across from Roosevelt Lake Visitors' Center. Just a beautiful hike!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Sycamore were beautiful.
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Nov 19 2016
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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2016
sandyfortner
Hiking16.40 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking16.40 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.73 mph
4,400 ft AEG
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Did this passage SOBO. I didn't fill in the Breaks section because there wasn't an option for, "As many as we wanted"! :y: We pretty much stopped every 2 hours, plus lunch break because this was a big day for a couple of old broads! Ha! Overall good tread. There were a few places where the tread was narrow along an edge, but these were sporadic. Trail was easy to follow except for the 2 areas where cows had come in. In those cases, we each took a direction with our app open until 1 of us found the right trail. We saw 2 white-tail deer, a fox and a horse just standing under a tree. Ran into a Boy Scout troop who had camped for the night. They were going to search for the 2nd mine before heading out. Water was pooled up in impermeable rock and in a few places along a creek where it was moving -slowly, but moving. The tank was nothing but mud.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Sycamore trees where in color.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
We saw wildflowers here and there in low lying areas.
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Oct 29 2016
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Whiterock Mesa - AZT #25Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
sandyfortner
Hiking11.40 Miles
Hiking11.40 Miles   6 Hrs      1.90 mph
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Perfect hike for Halloween weekend. The white rock for which this passage is named looks like bleached bones scattered about! We hiked this passage SOBO. Good tread all along and mostly pretty easy to follow. There were a few places where we had to stop and look. The only time we were off-trail was after leaving the corral area by Red Saddle Tank. Cows had been all over that area and trails / paths were hard to follow. We didn't get too far off before we questioned our path, got out the app and easily found our way. Heard a turkey in the morning but could never spot it. Great views!!! North half is ROCKY!. South half is mostly sand and we found that a welcome treat. Trail itself isn't shady but there is shade to be had all along. Polk Spring is very inviting. We tried to cross the East Verde without getting wet, but, oh well, it was a warm day. Crossed at the rock garden but there was a couple of meters that didn't have any rocks sticking above water. Hiked out to our vehicles at Doll Baby TH.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Polk Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Plenty of fast moving water.

dry Red Saddle Tank Dry Dry
Nothing but mud.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Whiterock Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
So, I really don't know how fast the spring was running, but the metal tank was FULL and grass all around the tank was green indicating the tank may even overflow.
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