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Aug 04 2012
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50 male
 Joined May 05 2009
 Chandler, AZ
Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2012
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Hiking0.50 Miles 640 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      30 Mns   1.00 mph
640 ft AEG
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This hike is a diamond in the rough!

The views are amazing and the lushness of the creek side at the canyon floor is an oasis! The weather turned on us quickly, as it typically will in August, but it left as quickly as it came. The hike itself is steep and a bit loose on the footing, but overall not too technical.

Worthy of mention is the drive to the trailhead with beautiful open meadows and majestic trees all around.

Planning to return and do a little more exploring along the creek.
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Apr 21 2012
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 Joined May 05 2009
 Chandler, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2012
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Hiking6.15 Miles 4,790 AEG
Hiking6.15 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.76 mph
4,790 ft AEG
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This was the first leg of our rim to rim journey and my first time ever going into the Grand Canyon. We went down South Kaibab and up Bright Angel in the same day! The scenery was breathtaking and every turn seemed to reveal something more spectacular than the one before! The weather was perfect, in fact it was warm even at the top.

Soaking my feet in Bright Angel Creek eating lunch was better than I had expected.....but the journey back up was still ahead! :o Lesson learned here....eat more on the way down to help fuel the trip back up!

See Bright Angel triplog for the rest of the story!
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Apr 21 2012
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 Triplogs 6

50 male
 Joined May 05 2009
 Chandler, AZ
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2012
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Hiking7.50 Miles 4,390 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.15 mph
4,390 ft AEG
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Continued from South Kaibab triplog.....

So after having fueled up, hydrated, doused our heads, soaked the feet, downed some Ibuprofin and applying good old moleskin, we begin our ascent.

It was mid day so the sun was blazing down pretty well, however spirits are still high and we are still in awe of the scenery....although Silver Bridge was a little aged.

This is where our journey begins to resemble those graphic signs of the hiker in peril, that you see periodically posted along the trail. About 1.5 hours on the trail, a member of our party begins to feel ill. Not wanting to push, we seek some shade and make sure that he is hydrated and cooled off. After a few moments we decide to push on. Soon after his discomfort turns into full on leg cramps which he battles all the way to Indian Garden. No one in the party was prepared for this type of trouble, but thankfully a fellow hiker from another party supplied us with some Nuun tablets and in short order, our friend was back in action!

We pushed on towards the top, while turning around once in a while to admire where we have been. But I do have to admit that after a while I found myself looking up at the colored layers of rock that signaled how close we were getting to completion and muttering to myself about being in the same color STILL!!!

Finally the last few switchbacks, where the audible shouts of joy from other finishers bouy us on! We come out exhausted and all smiles.....now the stories begin.

This was definitely the single most challenging and rewarding hike I have been on. Can't wait to do it again!
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Feb 23 2011
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 Joined May 05 2009
 Chandler, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2011
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   5 Hrs      0.80 mph
1,921 ft AEG
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My first time up this amazing trail and all I can say is "WOW". This was a fantastic hike! I have been up the Flatiron trail and to me this seemed much more technical. I have read the trip logs and descriptions here, but I have to say that I really didn't count on this trail being as steep as it was. The weather was perfect and the visibility was ok....a little hazy. The only bummer was that I lost my camera with a ton on great pictures on the way down. :doh: So if any of you find a camera on the trail...drop me a note. :)
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May 02 2009
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 Triplogs 6

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 Joined May 05 2009
 Chandler, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 02 2009
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Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles   6 Hrs      0.58 mph
500 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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Made a day of this amazing canyon just jumping into and swimming in the pools and also enjoying the natural water slides. I didn't have a wet suit though, so I got pretty cold after several pools. A half wet suit this time of year would have been perfect. (Notes for next year). ;)

We didn't go all the way to the bottom, because we did not have any rap. gear. We did make it to what I called the "Cathedral Pool" where the canyon walls form almost a natural bridge above you. Floating through this pool and looking up at the canyon walls is sublime.

I would love to explore the areas further down, but I will have to hook up with someone that has more canyoneering experience than I do.

This is definitely one to put on the spring trip list and I can't wait to get back.
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Apr 11 2009
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 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2009
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Hiking5.40 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   6 Hrs      0.90 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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This is a fantastic hike. The Siphon Draw section of the trail in spring is exploding with flowers. The slick rock area is amazing. Once past the slick rock section, the climbing gets a bit intense but well worth the effort. Make sure to look for the paint dots and arrows that mark the trail. Some of them are faint and it is easy to get off of the trail.

Be sure to treat yourself to the short hike up to the top of the Superstitions after you've taken in the view from the Flatiron. The views are spectacular.

After living my entire life looking east at these mountains, I have to say that they take on an entirely different personality when you are among them.
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average hiking speed 1.03 mph

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