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Oct 28 2019
LARichardson73
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46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Dutchman/Bluff Springs Loop, AZ 
Dutchman/Bluff Springs Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2019
LARichardson73
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   5 Hrs   34 Mns   1.92 mph
1,300 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
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Me, my wife, and our 2 dogs took this loop yesterday. We just moved from the city, to the east valley. It's really nice to have the Peralta trailhead so close to home.

We went counter-clockwise. I would have liked a little more climb. If I did this again, I think I would go clockwise, as the climb up Bluff Springs trail would be steeper.

We saw some fire damage when we got just past the climb up Dutchman Trail. I think it was between Miner's Summit and Bluff Springs. This must have been the edge of the fire.
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Aug 19 2018
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
 Photos 118
 Triplogs 14

46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
John Muir Trail, CA 
John Muir Trail, CA
 
Backpack avatar Aug 19 2018
LARichardson73
Backpack212.00 Miles 46,000 AEG
Backpack212.00 Miles20 Days         
46,000 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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Hiked the John Muir Trail, heading southbound, from Tuolumne Meadows to Whitney Portal. Including a climb over Kearsarge Pass for resupply, the total distance was apx. 212 miles. I went solo, but can't really say that I was alone. I met a lot of cool people on the trail.

The smoke from the Ferguson fire was somewhat of an issue, but not enough to really affect progress on the trail. You will notice the smoke in some of the pictures. Once I got south of Vermillion Valley Resort, it was pretty much completely clear.

One of the aforementioned cool people was a gentleman from Cave Creek. It was great to meet someone who was familiar with our local trails. We talked about how important a resource HAZ is for us AZ residents.

It was a great experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who can free up a few weeks.
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Sep 26 2017
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
 Photos 118
 Triplogs 14

46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2017
LARichardson73
Hiking10.40 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   7 Hrs      1.49 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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This was my second hike up Mt Wrightson. I love this hike. Such an incredibly scenic place.

Both me and my pooch were whooped by the end.

The first time I did this hike was about a year ago. It was a lot drier this time. However, the flow at Bellows Spring was good. I filtered a liter there on the way down.

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Jun 10 2017
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
 Photos 118
 Triplogs 14

46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Drew from See Canyon THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2017
LARichardson73
Hiking13.56 Miles 1,569 AEG
Hiking13.56 Miles   7 Hrs   25 Mns   1.83 mph
1,569 ft AEG
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A decent, strenuous hike. Me, my wife, and 2 dogs really enjoyed it. We went counter-clockwise, by Highline Trail, up Drew Trail, Across General Crook Trail, and then down See Canyon Trail. To go clockwise probably would have been a better workout. Anyway, great hike. Our goal was to wear the dogs out so that they don't tear pumpkin up when we get home. That goal was met. ;)
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Mar 16 2017
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
 Photos 118
 Triplogs 14

46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2017
LARichardson73
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,130 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   28 Mns   1.83 mph
2,130 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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This is the third time I've done this loop. The first time was with another pooch, who has since passed on. Now, we've got 2 new pooches and are at it again. How time flies. Horton creek was really flowing, and there was still some spots of packed snow. The dogs absolutely LOVED the water. Highly recommended.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Horton Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
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Sep 09 2016
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
 Photos 118
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46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2016
LARichardson73
Hiking12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   1.85 mph
4,050 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Completed this hike with my new pup yesterday. I have to say, this is one of the best hikes I've ever done. The 4K elevation gain makes for a great workout, there is plenty of available water, and the views are amazing!

With all of the water flowing down from the mountain, I felt like I was in the Sierras!

I ran into 4-5 different groups on my way up, and another solo hiker on the way down.

Josephine Saddle, where Old Baldy and Super Trail meet, is a great place to take a break. I stopped there on the way down and let my dog take a little nap.

The upper portion of the Super Trail has suffered some burn, and there's a good amount of sun exposure there, as well as a lot of downed trees across the trail. That was probably the least pleasant part of the trail, but I'm just nitpicking really. The whole trail is great. It's well maintained, with excellent signage.

Highly recommended.
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Jul 10 2016
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
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46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2016
LARichardson73
Hiking18.50 Miles
Hiking18.50 Miles   8 Hrs      2.64 mph
   1 Hour    Break
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An out-and-back to Pinchot Cabin, starting at Washington Park/Colonel Devin trailhead. I got a nice, early start, so the hike up the rim wasn't too bad. It did get pretty damn hot come midday though. There was, as you might imagine, plenty of water along the Fred Haught Trail. I brought a filter, and never carried more than a liter at a time. The Fred Haught Trail is really beautiful, and the addition of Colonel Devin Trail made it a little more of a workout.

I downloaded the gps tracks for these two trails from HAZ. Concerning the Colonel Devin Trail: It looked to me like I was following the gps track. However, it was basically an old two track road, with utility poles running up one side of it. Considering that this is part of the AZT, I was a little disappointed. Certainly there's a prettier way to get up the rim than this. But when I completed the hike, and was back at the truck, I realized there was another trail that ran to the left of the two track. I didn't really check it out, cause by that time I was spent, and just wanted to head home. So, did I completely miss the trail? Anyone know?
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Sep 20 2015
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
 Photos 118
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46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Derrick - Promontory - Horton Loop, AZ 
Derrick - Promontory - Horton Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2015
LARichardson73
Hiking11.50 Miles
Hiking11.50 Miles   8 Hrs      1.44 mph
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Solo hike of the Derrick/Horton loop, with a trip up and down the Promontory Trail for good measure.

I can't say the Promontory trail was too much fun. The steep grade was expected, but the loose rock and dirt, and the general unmaintained-ness of the trail made it kind of a bummer for me. Or maybe I was just grumpy cause I was so winded. :o Of course, reaching the top still felt good. :app:

I filtered some water at Horton Creek. After the creek, the trail is all downhill.

Thanks to Joe Bartels for his Promontory Trail GPS track. Very helpful.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Horton Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
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Sep 05 2015
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
 Photos 118
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46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
LARichardson73
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   5 Hrs      1.38 mph
1,874 ft AEG
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A great hike up See Canyon. The trailhead was mobbed, which makes sense considering it was Labor Day weekend. But once we were a half mile into the trail, most everyone was gone. We ran into 3 groups on the actual trail.

It was extremely cloudy most of the time. There was even some hale coming down for about 15 minutes or so.
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Aug 16 2015
LARichardson73
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46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Barbershop/U-Bar/Houston Loop, AZ 
Barbershop/U-Bar/Houston Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2015
LARichardson73
Hiking18.50 Miles
Hiking18.50 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   2.11 mph
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I started at the junction of FR 139 and Barbershop Trail, at about 7:15am. I took Barbershop Trail to U-Bar Trail to Houston Brothers Trail, and ended up back at the Barbershop trailhead at about 4pm.

Along the way, I passed both the Dane Cabin and the Pinchot Cabin.

The trail is somewhat difficult to follow in places, especially where there are road crossings. I recommend using gps. Fortunately, all of gpsjoe's great tracks for this area are available on this site.

18.5 miles is quite a ways for me, so I'd say it was hard. However, There isn't a lot of elevation gain. There are long stretches of flat ground. The hardest parts are where the U-Bar dips in and out of Dane Canyon and Barbershop Canyon.

Great place to escape the Phoenix furnace.
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Aug 01 2015
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
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46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Hell's Hole Trail #284 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2015
LARichardson73
Hiking5.30 Miles 943 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.50 mph
943 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Did a solo, out and back, day hike.

I ran into a family who were camped at the 1st crossing of Workman Creek. They had planned to camp at the end of the trail; but had gotten caught in the rain the night before, and had to set up camp early. We had a quick chat, and then I soldiered on. I ran into them again at the end of the trail, by the swimming hole. They told me that they had had seen a rattler right on the trail on the way down.

The first 2/3 of the trail is a lot of up and down. Around the point where Hell's Hole Trail meets Boyer (?) Trail, there's a nice, long flat area. There were a ton of critter tracks there of a few different kinds.

The descent back down to the creek begins after that. Lots of switch backs, and steep decline.

The swimming hole had water in it. I took a quick dip, and then rested for a while on a large, shaded boulder.

The trip back out of the canyon was kinda rough, but not as bad as I thought it might be. I knew I had time, so I just took a lot of rests.

The back and forth took me about 7 hours.

Overall, a good workout, and a beautiful area with some nice vista views and many different types of scenery.
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Jul 26 2015
LARichardson73
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46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
West Clear Creek & Blodgett Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2015
LARichardson73
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   11 Hrs   15 Mns   1.70 mph
3,000 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
 
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Me and my friend Hunter took the loop described here on HikeAZ. We took the clockwise route, as suggested. We went up Blodgett Basin Trail #31, to FR 214, FR 214A, and then down West Clear Creek Trail #17, back to Bull Pen parking area.

We saw a few other people on the trail, just before we hit the water.

It was a bit too hot in July. I would suggest doing this trail in, maybe, May or September.

I hadn't done any real hiking in quite a while, and this trail kicked my ass. If I remember right, trail #17 is described as mostly flat. But, if you're going in the clockwise direction, the first couple miles after the 1st creek crossing have quite a bit of up and down. It's nothing too crazy, but, having already done ten miles, it was taxing. Of course, it all depends on what you're used to and what kind of shape you're in.

Quite an adventure. Beautiful place. WooHoo!! :y:
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May 29 2009
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
 Photos 118
 Triplogs 14

46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2009
LARichardson73
Hiking 2,822 AEG
Hiking   7 Hrs      0.00 mph
2,822 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Headed out to West Clear Creek on Thursday afternoon. Camped at Bull Pen that night. There was only one other group there, but the large amount of trash confirmed the reports I've read on this site. This place is party central! It seems pointless to complain about the trash here, but I've got to vent. Dirty diapers in a fire circle!?! F'in disgusting! The location is incredible, but the trash was a real bummer.

We guessed that this camp might get a little loud on a Friday night. So, the next morning, we decided to head up the canyon to find a more secluded place to stay. We ended up at the other end of Trail #17, on 214A. I had intended that we would start our hike from Bull Pen, but it was getting late (about 11am), so we decided to do a down and back from this trail head.

We saw another couple on the way down who were on the second day of an overnight backpacking trip. They informed us that we were about to turn a corner and see some incredible views. Indeed. The landscape was incredible!

At some point early on, we lost the trail and ended up hopping and climbing boulders most of the way down. This was my fault. I had done some internet research on this trail before we left. I won't go into too much detail here; but I had made a set of wrong-headed assumptions based on some photographs I saw that convinced me that we WERE actually ON the trail. I even commented to my wife, "Wow, you've gotta love the internet. If I hadn't seen those pictures, I would think we had lost the trail." I didn't fully realize the mistake I had made until we made the hike out. I felt pretty foolish.

Anyway, we finally made it down to the creek, but it took us a lot longer than it should have. We spent about an hour at the creek swimming and taking pictures. It was awesome. So beautiful.

We started back the way we came. However, some of the obstacles we traversed on the way down were a lot harder going up. We tried to climb around the side of one dry waterfall. It didn't look hard from the bottom, but once we were halfway up we realized we had gotten in over our heads. I'll just say this: When you are climbing on ledges filled with scree, and something you are holding on to starts to give way, it can really spook you. Then the fear sets in, and you are frozen. It can get dicey pretty quick. We pulled ourselves together, and eventually found another route around the fall. Morale was a little low for me at this point. However, while making our way around the next dry fall (a smaller one), my wife made a miraculous discovery...the trail!!

As many of you know, the hike back up to the rim is pretty grueling. But, to tell the truth, I was so relieved to find an actual trail that it didn't bother me in the slightest. Up we went...and up...and up. We reached our vehicle at about 6:20. We pitched our tent, and then sat, watched the sunset, and ate watermelon.

Overall, a fun and adventurous trip. The landscape was spectacular, the creek was wonderful, and the hike was an awesome workout. Chalk the rest up to experience. I have to say, my recent enthusiasm for learning to rock climb and rappel has dampened a bit though. :) Take it slow young grasshoppers.
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May 22 2009
LARichardson73
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 Routes 5
 Photos 118
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46 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
La Barge Lower - Box LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2009
LARichardson73
Hiking8.00 Miles 3,540 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.00 mph
3,540 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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My wife and I hiked to LaBarge Canyon. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the box. We ran out of time, and wanted to be back at the vehicle by sundown. Next time we'll start earlier. We're relatively new to the hiking thing. This was the longest hike we've done so far. Our legs and feet were wrecked by the end of it. It was great though. Super fun. The pools before the box were really cool. There were so many frogs it was unreal. Every time I took a step 2 or 3 would jump from the bank into the pool. Our dog, Stanley, was going nuts, trying to catch them.
Great hike. It was cloudy/drizzling, but that ended up being a good thing since it's getting pretty hot around these parts.
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