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67 triplogs
Jul 04 2020
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2020
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Hiking6.82 Miles 991 AEG
Hiking6.82 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   2.20 mph
991 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Started from the Vultee Arch trailhead shortly before 6am to beat the holiday rush and the forecast high approaching 100 degrees. I wish I had found this loop a long time ago! You get a little bit of everything on this hike: wide open red rock views on the Secret Canyon side, and a cool forest walk on the Bear Sign side. Did not see a single person on the hike, just the way I like it.

Secret Canyon trail is in great shape and very easy to follow. The southern turnoff for HS Canyon is signed, but the trail looked faint at best. I completely missed the northern HS canyon junction and have no idea if it's actually there; just like everyone else it looks like. David Miller west of the pass is a little brushy and faint in areas, east of the pass it's better and looks like there's been some very recent trail maintenance. Bear Sign and Dry Creek are in good condition as well.

It was nice to be back in this area: the Vultee Arch trail was the first "real" trail I hiked in Arizona nearly 20 years ago, and probably what spurred my love of hiking. Then the road turned into what it is today, and there's no way my old 1996 Saturn could make it down here now. High clearance is definitely required, preferably with a short wheelbase. 2WD could probably be done with careful driving and a dry road, but I was definitely a lot more comfortable with 4WD low.
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Feb 05 2018
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2018
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Hiking5.58 Miles 811 AEG
Hiking5.58 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.91 mph
811 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
I never really got into hiking when I lived in Prescott 15 years ago; the Thumb Butte area definitely shows what I missed.

Started up the paved Thumb Butte trail with a cool 40 degrees at the start. Made it to the top in about 30 minutes, which is really good for me :y: The skies were crystal clear with views to Bill Williams and the San Francisco Peaks. After that I just meandered around the various trails making a loop back to the car. This is a great area even if you skip the climb up Thumb Butte. Light traffic on this Monday morning; maybe 4-5 hikers and one mountain biker.

There was a 30 foot or so section of ice covering the paved trail in the upper sections which was slick, but very careful foot placement can get you through it. Otherwise just some small but firm muddy patches here and there along the other trails.
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Jan 30 2018
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Camp Creek FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2018
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Hiking4.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.70 mph
800 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I was surprised at the water flow considering how dry it's been lately. I was expecting it to be absolutely dry. Met two friendly hikers at the falls, and could hear some target shooting way off in the distance coming from the Bartlett Dam Road area. Other than that I had the place to myself.

Also added a little mileage by hiking east up the Maricopa Trail a little ways from Camp Creek. It looks newly built and graded here :app:

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Just the slightest hint of dampness in the sand

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Camp Creek Falls Light flow Light flow
Definitely worth the easy hike. Water looked clear at the base of the falls and about 18 inches deep. Camp Creek goes underground by the time it reaches Blue Wash
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Jan 29 2018
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Badger Springs TrailCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2018
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Hiking1.85 Miles 110 AEG
Hiking1.85 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.71 mph
110 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Nice to see the petroglyphs not too far from home. The rustling in a bush (turned out to be a skunk), the explosives storage, and some fresh mountain lion tracks in the mud made the hair on my neck stand up a little. That and the fact that I didn't start until nearly 4pm means I didn't spend too much time here. I'd love to come back and do some more exploring, though.

The road to the trailhead is in good shape. Went slow over one little spot but my Jetta made it just fine. The brush is thick though; watch that you don't get any pinstripes.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Badger Spring Wash Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Some larger pools in the Agua Fria at the confluence of Badger Springs wash. Looked and smelled nasty.
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Jan 23 2018
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2018
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Hiking5.80 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   3 Hrs      1.93 mph
1,600 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Frigid (by Arizona standards) and windy. Even with all the climbing I had to keep my hoodie on the whole way. Came about 6 inches from planting my shoe on a snake that was sunning himself on the Lookout Trail :o Nice view of the valley and surrounding mountains in all directions, and of the Fountain Hills fountain going off at the top of the hour.

Moderately busy, but not as busy as I'd imagined. I was expecting Camelback levels of traffic, but saw maybe 30-40 people during the hike.
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Nov 23 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
North Mountain National Trail #44Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2017
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Hiking1.42 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking1.42 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.42 mph
600 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Love this hike at night
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Oct 31 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2017
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Hiking1.93 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking1.93 Miles      45 Mns   2.57 mph
996 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Oct 30 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2017
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Hiking6.00 Miles 802 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.18 mph
802 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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Oct 22 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2017
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Hiking1.60 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.28 mph
720 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Oct 06 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve, WW 
Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve, WW
 
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
150 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Sep 25 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Wilson Canyon Trail #49Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.00 mph
400 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Sep 24 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Watershed Trail #299Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2017
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Hiking2.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.67 mph
700 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Sep 19 2017
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 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Fay Canyon Trail #53Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2017
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Hiking3.20 Miles 492 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.13 mph
492 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Jun 13 2017
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 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2017
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Hiking6.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
300 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Jun 09 2017
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 Anthem, AZ
Butterfly Trail #536 - MingusPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
500 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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May 25 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2017
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Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.33 mph
613 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Apr 10 2017
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 Anthem, AZ
Garden of the GodsSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2017
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Hiking1.00 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   2 Hrs      0.50 mph
50 ft AEG
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Feb 21 2017
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 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Camp Creek FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   3.00 mph
600 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Nice and cool early morning hike. I've been wanting to do this hike for a few years, but I wanted to wait until after a good rain. Days off and recent rain rarely seem to line up for me. I was not let down! The falls were flowing nicely. Camp creek was flowing fast and clear. At the junction between the two washes Camp Creek is about 15-20 feet wide and looked to be 2-3 feet deep up near the falls.

No one there when I started. One other car when I left, but didn't see them on the trail.

If you're looking for a waterfall get up there now!

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Blue Wash Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Very light, but steady stream about 6 inches wide and 1/2-1 inch deep. Occasionally goes under the sand. Most of the sand in the wash is damp.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Camp Creek Falls Heavy flow Heavy flow
Creek about 15-20 feet wide and a couple feet deep in places. Walking through it looked like it may be difficult in some places due to the fast flow.
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Jan 22 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
North Mountain National Trail #44Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2017
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Hiking1.42 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking1.42 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   0.95 mph
600 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Jan 20 2017
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38 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2017
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Hiking1.93 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking1.93 Miles      45 Mns   2.57 mph
996 ft AEG
 
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