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Oct 19 2019
cw50must
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42 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Hayden Butte Summit (HBP)Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
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Hiking1.30 Miles 291 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles
291 ft AEG
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This is my go to, close to home, quick hike. I decided to do it in the evening and check out the sunset. I timed it just right it turns out as there were great views in all directions. Came down in the dark, but there are so many city lights it wasn't a problem.
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Oct 12 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Ajax Mine via Cottonwood/Telegraph RdsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
4x4 Trip avatar Oct 12 2019
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4x4 Trip21.30 Miles 1,998 AEG
4x4 Trip21.30 Miles
1,998 ft AEG
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I hadn't been in this area for several years, but it sure was nice checking everything out once again. On this trip we came in off Mineral Mountain rd from US 60. Back in the day we used to come in off of 79 and I think I prefer this route better. Once on BLM land they have done a nice job of signing some of the routes, none of that was there last time I was out. The route we did included what is known as lower ajax.
If you stuck to the "road" it could be done with high clearance and 4wd would be nice, but it far from maintained. I was happy to see that the mine ruins have been holding up and seem to be exactly as I remembered them. Also, for a Saturday with near perfect weather, the trails were pretty empty for the most part.
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Oct 05 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Brown Road ButtePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2019
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Hiking1.10 Miles 382 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles
382 ft AEG
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This is becoming my 2nd go to, sort of close to home, quick hike. I do like this like mountain, I wish the City would purchase the land and make it a legit park.
I also posted in the past some pictures from this area from 20 years ago and I went ahead and got the capture from the VHS tape and did a comparison video from then vs now.

[ youtube video ]
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Jul 30 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2019
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Hiking4.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
300 ft AEG
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This was day 2 of my Sedona adventure. I had a mental list of things to do on Tuesday before I headed home. This was not one of them! I'm not sure what happened, but when I woke up I felt like I wanted to drive up Oak Creek Canyon and do West Fork. This is usually a "fall" hike for me and the rest of the world, but I figured it has to be good in the summer too right? I think this was a good choice given the amount of shade on the trail. I was surprised at how many people were out there on a Tuesday, only a few $11 parking spots left when I arrived around 10am. I noticed on my way out the lot was full. I enjoyed the green scenery and the grassy areas were very full. The old stone ruins at the start of the trail were almost hidden.
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Jul 29 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Broken Arrow 4x4 Trail - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
4x4 Trip avatar Jul 29 2019
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4x4 Trip3.50 Miles 436 AEG
4x4 Trip3.50 Miles
436 ft AEG
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I had a few days off work so I planned a quick overnight trip to Sedona. Doing broken arrow was my main reason for going and it was 1st on the list for when I arrived Monday morning. This is the 4th vehicle I have taken on this trail, I was excited to get the JK up there. The trail itself was in great shape as always, in fact the pink jeep people had a truck up there doing some maintenance on a washed out section. As far as crowds go, I know there are always pink jeeps out there, but it seemed to me that this was a lot more than I had noticed before. In fact I ran across a family in an FJ cruiser and saw another Jeep pulling in right as I was leaving, and that was it other than Pink Jeeps.

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Jul 07 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Hayden Butte Summit (HBP)Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2019
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Hiking1.70 Miles 291 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
291 ft AEG
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This is my go to, close to home, too lazy to go anywhere else hike. I am posting this update about the top of the mountain. I went up about month ago right after the towers had been removed. All the fencing, and electrical boxes and some other stuff was still up there.
This trip showed that everything is gone. You can go all the way to the actual peak. Its pretty rocky up top and I enjoyed it tower free.
Culture
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Benchmark
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Jun 01 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2019
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Hiking2.70 Miles 411 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles
411 ft AEG
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I went to lookout mountain to do the summit trail. I got there and felt lazy so I thought, I should checkout these other trails. I did the circumference trail #308. I was pleasantly surprised with this little trail. When you get on the backside it seems to be user choice on a few optional routes. It seemed I would come up on a 5 way intersection and there would be arrows pointing in all directions marked as 308. I took the high route on the backside. A decent amount of people on the trail but far from overcrowded like some of the other city parks. I also always start at the park rather than the tiny lot at the base of the summit trail 150. Seems to be plenty of parking at the park.
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May 25 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
China Dam and Fort Tule, AZ 
China Dam and Fort Tule, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar May 25 2019
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Headed out on 4 wheels to see the China Dam and Fort Tule. I had gone out to China Dam about a year ago and then spent hours looking for the Tule Homestead. This time I was armed with the correct directions. Last time I turned right one turn too soon.

You would certainly want 4wd to reach these destinations. China dam if closer and easier to get too of the two. Fort Tule Is further out, you need to cross Humbug Creek and the road continues to get worse the further out you go. Its an out and back so you will be coming out the same way you came in.

China Dam is impressive given when it was built. Its much larger in person than it looks in pictures. Interesting part of mining history.

The old Homestead or Fort Tule as it is referred to was pretty cool. I really wanted to check this place out. Its in decent condition which is good since so many of these are heavily vandalized or destroyed. One of the main things I wanted to check out here was that the internal parts of the walls are old cans, very interesting bit of construction. There are a few other smaller structures around the property but they are mostly just ruins at this point. There is a concrete dog grave site there too, but I forgot to look for it. From my reading the man who lived in this place was forced up when the dam went up and Lake Pleasant was created. I guess they thought it would be underwater, but those estimates were quite a bit off.

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May 11 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
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Haven't done this one in a long while. Not much has changed, still a good trail, still a good workout. The parking lot is still a mess glad I got there early. Hopefully tat construction is done soon. I've been bad about logging my local hikes but figured this was a worthwhile one.
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Apr 20 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Chuckwagon - Mescal - Deadman's pass - Long Ca, AZ 
Chuckwagon - Mescal - Deadman's pass - Long Ca, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Apr 20 2019
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Mtn Biking9.10 Miles
Mtn Biking9.10 Miles
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In all the times I've been to Sedona, I have never had my bike with me. Planned a trip with the boys and the night before we came up with this sort of figure 8 loop. It was great.
Chuckwagon was mostly empty other than the section that people use to access Devil's Bridge. There was also quite a bit of water still in some of the creek crossings.
Mescal is the main one I wanted to ride, seemed like a nice mix of slick rock and exposure, but not crazy like white line. I enjoyed this trail a lot, excellent scenery, and even though there were many others on the trail it did not feel over crowded.
Deadman's pass, not bad, would have rather gone downhill not up.
Long Canyon, glad I was going down on the one.
I also confirmed how out of shape I am in, but even so this trip was plenty enjoyable, not sure why I waited so long.

chuckwagon - [ youtube video ]

Mescal - [ youtube video ]
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Apr 20 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Slim Shady - Templeton, AZ 
Slim Shady - Templeton, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
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Hiking2.75 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles
300 ft AEG
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After the morning ride we went and got pizza, this means I am no good for riding. My friends headed out for a 2nd ride and I chose to take a hike on Slim Shady and Templeton. Great views from here, especially once you get up to the high spots on Slim Shady. Also, these trails were pretty empty for a Saturday. good stuff.
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Mar 14 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Colossal Cave Mountain ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Caving avatar Mar 14 2019
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Caving
Caving
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A while back a friend and I had planned on hiking Picacho Peak on this day. Turns out we planned it in the middle of spring break so we adjusted our plan so his daughter could go with us. It became a cave trip. First stop was Colossal Cave and second stop was Kartchner Caverns.

I had been to Colossal cave a few times in the past, but it was still enjoyable. We also did the nature hike, and then the offshoot that goes down the hill to the camping area and then back up. Nice desert area and the temps were perfect. I think the highlight here was we saw a bunch of coatimundi right outside the cave. The tour guide told us that they live in the front part of the cave and are responsible for the funky smell right inside the entrance.

Kartchner Caverns was new to me and I was really looking forward to it. We had booked the Big room tour. The whole set up they have there at the state park is pretty nice. I was really impressed with the cave. Its quite a step up from Colossal. Even entering the cave is cool, makes you think you are going into some secret underground layer with all the doors! The history and all the finds in the cave are cool, the guide does a good job here. They don't allow pictures of videos, well unless you pay for the $125 photo tour.

Video of Coati [ youtube video ]
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Mar 14 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Kartchner Caverns - Big RoomTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Mar 14 2019
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Walk / Tour0.50 Miles
Walk / Tour0.50 Miles
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A while back a friend and I had planned on hiking Picacho Peak on this day. Turns out we planned it in the middle of spring break so we adjusted our plan so his daughter could go with us. It became a cave trip. First stop was Colossal Cave and second stop was Kartchner Caverns.

I had been to Colossal cave a few times in the past, but it was still enjoyable. We also did the nature hike, and then the offshoot that goes down the hill to the camping area and then back up. Nice desert area and the temps were perfect. I think the highlight here was we saw a bunch of coatimundi right outside the cave. The tour guide told us that they live in the front part of the cave and are responsible for the funky smell right inside the entrance.

Kartchner Caverns was new to me and I was really looking forward to it. We had booked the Big room tour. The whole set up they have there at the state park is pretty nice. I was really impressed with the cave. Its quite a step up from Colossal. Even entering the cave is cool, makes you think you are going into some secret underground layer with all the doors! The history and all the finds in the cave are cool, the guide does a good job here. They don't allow pictures of videos, well unless you pay for the $125 photo tour.
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Mar 09 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,256 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles
1,256 ft AEG
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Had a really busy weekend, but managed to work in an urban hike. Started at Pima and just headed out to about Fat Man's pass and back. Weather was great, wild flowers were out, allergies are going nuts. enjoyable though.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
saw a lot that day
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Mar 03 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Gooseneck Trail - MSPCPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 03 2019
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Mtn Biking13.00 Miles 586 AEG
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles
586 ft AEG
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Started up at Rio Verde rd. took Gooseneck down to Rock Knob, then left at Pemberton, connector back to Gooseneck, back to trailhead. I really enjoyed gooseneck, this trail had good flow in both directions, in fact this entire loop had good flow. The desert scenery is great right now!
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Mar 02 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Javelina - Ridgeline - Beverly LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
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Hiking5.80 Miles 609 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.88 mph
609 ft AEG
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I did a version of this but also included some of West Loop and the dirt road. I started in the Pima lot instead of 46th st. Lots of green and some wildflowers.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Feb 23 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Lost Goldmine Trail - Cloudview to LG THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
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Hiking4.00 Miles 583 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.40 mph
583 ft AEG
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Headed out to the Superstitions, wanted to hike with snowy views. My initial plan was the Broadway trailhead, but the parking situation wasn't letting that happen. I ended up at Hieroglyphics trailhead. Went out on Lost Goldmine a ways and then turned back. Was a great day, first time on this section of trail. Was sunny, good weather, clouds were covering the peaks. Many small water crossings.

I like to give parking lot reports. I arrived at about 9am and the lot was 50% full. When I returned it was 115% full. Cars were blocking in other cars, there were several cars waiting for spaces, and the road out had at least 5 cars parked there directly in front of the no parking signs. On my hike I think I saw 4 hikers, probably the same amount of mountain bikers once I got out into the goldcanyon system. I can only imagine the crowds out on hieroglyphics!

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Feb 17 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Usery Spur - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2019
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Hiking3.80 Miles 424 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.85 mph
424 ft AEG
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Today I made my hike out by Bulldog canyon mostly because I wanted to test out my new trail rig, but also get in a hike. I did the Spur of the Maricopa trail up to pass mountain and then back, but I also included the connector out to the small gate at Usery Pass rd. I liked this little trail and I need to work it into a bike ride I think. Then I did a quick drive out 3554 and then left on 10 out to Bush hwy. It was a good day.
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Feb 09 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Feb 09 2019
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Mtn Biking9.00 Miles 536 AEG
Mtn Biking9.00 Miles
536 ft AEG
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My friend had bought some Bike upgrades and we were headed to another friend's house down in Tucson as he is the expert installer. The plan was to test out the upgrades afterwards. We were guided to Sweetwater preserve which was awesome. If I lived in Tucson I would ride here often, this is my style of trail, nothing too technical, but nothing too boring. I wish I had worn my go pro as the scenery was great, perfect spot for Saguaros and with all the rain it was green with some flowers popping up.
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Dec 24 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Trail - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 24 2018
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Mtn Biking13.90 Miles 978 AEG
Mtn Biking13.90 Miles
978 ft AEG
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Wanted to check out this new trail so I did an out and back on Wildhorse while including this new section. I really enjoyed the downhill direction. the uphill isn't bad, its a gradual climb. I look forward to the other new trails being completed, should alow for some nice loop options.
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