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Jan 16 2021
hikerdw
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61 male
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 Mesa,AZ
Skull Mesa from Spur Cross THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
hikerdw
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,809 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs      2.39 mph
2,809 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
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Didn't have a hike idea this week so decided on Skull Mesa since it's been a while. Added in the hike to the highpoint recently posted by @DixieFlyer.

Nice hike, but got warm on the Mesa for a January day.

The climb up Skull Mesa was easier and shorter than I remembered.

The off-trail portion to the highpoint really wasn't worth the effort, better to stay on the trail most of the way and take the shortest angle approach.

Surprisingly only saw one other hiker the entire day outside the Spur Cross circle.

Driving out we came up on a recent car/motorcycle accident. Stopped to see if they needed any help but none was needed, just waiting for emergency folks. The bike rider was on the ground but talking on the phone so hopefully all turned out OK. Sheriff and ambulance seen driving in before we reached Cave Creek Road.
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Jan 09 2021
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 Mesa,AZ
White Canyon Upper - SW Approach FR319Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
hikerdw
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.01 mph
1,490 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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After reading a recent triplog decided on a return trip to upper White Canyon was due.

Road Walk A lot of loose rocks, more than I remember, probably due to the dry conditions the state is experiencing. Otherwise OK.

Upper Canyon Travel With no water in any of the pool areas we were able to stay in the upper canyon the entire way. Felt to easy not having to look for and use the by-pass routes. A couple of overgrown areas but overall in nice condition. The one negative is that cattle are overtaking this area. Had to be very attentive not to step in a cow pie.

Off-trail exploring above the canyon This is a great area to just wander and explore, taking in some great views along the way. Had some visitors over-head. Saw more cattle in the canyon floor.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max White Water Spring Dripping Dripping
Tank was full. There is a set of game cameras now viewing the tank itself.
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Jan 06 2021
hikerdw
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61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Goldfield Wash Day, AZ 
Goldfield Wash Day, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2021
hikerdw
Hiking4.75 Miles 559 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   1.57 mph
559 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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From the Willow Spring TH, Kelley and I walked up and down some washes. Stopped by the spring on the way out to check the status and was surprised to see some water.

Really nice day and nice to already be back in shorts :)

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Spring Dripping Dripping
It was wet but probably not drinkable.
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Jan 02 2021
hikerdw
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61 male
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 Mesa,AZ
NE Goldfields Explore, AZ 
NE Goldfields Explore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2021
hikerdw
Hiking5.41 Miles 1,539 AEG
Hiking5.41 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   1.38 mph
1,539 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
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Started from the Old Corral off HWY88 to do some exploring. Slow going most of the time but that was expected. Along the way we checked out several large water drops that flow into Willow Creek, a really nice valley, hills 2389 and 2631, and part of the 2881 ridge line. Ryan tried to arm wrestle a cholla cactus and lost, so I got a quick refresher on cactus spine removal. Saw no others but that was also expected. Nice outing.

On the drive home it appeared the FS had FW Road closed, I suspect due to crowding. Cars were parked everywhere along the highway. What a zoo, which is why I avoid the western Supes this time of year.
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Dec 30 2020
hikerdw
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61 male
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 Mesa,AZ
Bursera CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2020
hikerdw
Hiking9.94 Miles 2,673 AEG
Hiking9.94 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   2.83 mph
2,673 ft AEG
 
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Inspired by a triplog posted by @trekkin_gecko earlier this week I expanded a lasso route from Bursera Canyon we did earlier this year to check out a use trail.

Attempted to park at the bridge off Chandler Blvd but there are now No Parking signs posted so we started from the Pyramid TH. Really enjoyed this lasso loop which offers a nice warmup, a series of ups and downs, a nice downhill down a really nice section of National, then a final up and over to wrap things up.

Route Scout froze which I didn't catch till later so there is a obvious gap in the route but easy enough to visualize. I tried to fix it but couldn't figure out how to do that easily so will post it as it is, do the edits after, then update the trip stats.
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Dec 27 2020
hikerdw
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61 male
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 Mesa,AZ
La Barge Canyon ViewPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2020
hikerdw
Hiking8.14 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking8.14 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.99 mph
2,550 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Was looking for something somewhat new and recalled a recent post by @rayhuston for this hike so thought we would give it a go.

Arrived at the TH about 0740 and started hiking close to 0800. Passed several groups ahead of us on the climb up and exited the trail at the @wallyfrack point to hike the horseshoe loop in a CW direction. Great views along the way and the off trail hiking was easy to moderate which was nice. One of my goals was to check out a campsite on one of the lower saddles but I was unable to locate a safe way down from the top so we continued the horseshoe loop jumping back on Boulder Canyon and then dropped down to La Barge Canyon and hoofed it up a very steep, loose scree, route to the saddle. Had lunch at the campsite on the saddle. During our break we saw what looked like a doable route back up to the ridge which worked out great and saved us probably 30-40 minutes.

Boulder Canyon Trail was normal busy for a holiday weekend but saw no others while we were off trail. Temps were really nice, warm but the cool breeze made it comfortable hiking in pants and a long sleeve.
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Dec 23 2020
hikerdw
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61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Goldfield Tomahawk Meander, AZ 
Goldfield Tomahawk Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2020
hikerdw
Hiking10.76 Miles 1,308 AEG
Hiking10.76 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.72 mph
1,308 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Decided to make a trip out to check the status of the mountain bike trails that are being developed in the Goldfield Tomahawk area. Along the way we made a detour to check out Top Hat and the arch since it’s been a while. We did the larger loop around Top Hat to check out the trail conditions on the east side which was a nice addition. Easy to see the east side trail sees very little traffic but still easy enough to follow.

The mountain bike trails appear to see some decent traffic as the ones we followed and crossed all were well defined. After a while the bike trails started to get a little boring so we jumped off trail to add some adventure to the trek.

Nice morning hike.
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Dec 21 2020
hikerdw
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61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Music Mountain, AZ 
Music Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2020
hikerdw
Hiking14.25 Miles 2,342 AEG
Hiking14.25 Miles   6 Hrs   7 Mns   2.64 mph
2,342 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Started from Tortilla TH and hiked to the summit of Music Mountain.

FR213 Walk Always a great warmup in the morning. Saw the new register at the post site @Daytripper set up. Typically a good time to see wildlife but nothing today.

Peter's Trail Always a favorite and did not disappoint. The lower section that follows the banks of Tortilla Creek are very overgrown so hiking a dry creek bed was best. Once you leave the creek the trail is, well, how I remember a Superstition trail before most got "urban groomed", just how I like, easy to follow but your gonna get snagged along the way. Signs of the Woodbury Fire is still seen but the area looks better on each trip.

Music Mountain Summit This has been on my todo list for a while. Left Peter's Trail at an angle to what looked like a doable route to the top and it worked out great. Some catsclaw but not too bad considering the area. The climb up was at a decent slope so no exposure at all. Once on top we located the register, admired the sites, and had lunch. Fantastic climb.

Returned back to the TH on the same route.
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Kane Spring

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Spring is full.
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Dec 17 2020
hikerdw
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61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Powder CanyonLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2020
hikerdw
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,611 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   3.27 mph
1,611 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Made a trip to CA to meet our new Granddaughter and was able to fit in a short hike. Not crowded at all and it was nice to get outside.

Had phone issues so the route is a merge and the miles and times are a close guess.

I’m a Grandpa :D
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Dec 13 2020
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
2730 Loop from Idaho TH, AZ 
2730 Loop from Idaho TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2020
hikerdw
Hiking4.02 Miles 962 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   2.68 mph
962 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Had time for a quick hike so this worked great. Two other cars at the TH and appears all owned by HAZ members.

The new trails being built between the Meridian and Idaho TH’s are coming along nicely and the Meridian Mystery Trail is no longer a mystery as it now connects into the new trails. Saw only 4 other hikers.

Although quick I really enjoyed this loop hike and will be doing it or some variation of it again.
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Dec 11 2020
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Cottonwood Trail #120Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2020
hikerdw
Hiking12.86 Miles 2,159 AEG
Hiking12.86 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.85 mph
2,159 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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First time on this trail. The TH is clearly marked off the HWY and was in very nice shape. Nice patches of fog all around and most of it was in the direction we were headed which added to the excitment.

The lower portion of the trail from the TH to FS341 sees a lot of cattle activity but otherwise is in great shape. The road walk section, well, goes UP quickly, but then levels off to a nice grade. The road is in very nice shape. Saw some cattle along this section of the hike. The best part of this hike is once you enter Cottonwood Canyon. The trail is very easy to follow and is in great shape considering it weaves in and out of the canyon itself. Nice water flow in several sections and very enjoyable. Topped out at FS83, found a nice spot to enjoy lunch, and then returned the same way. Saw some of the healthiest looking saguaro's I have seen in a long time along this hike.

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Nice flow.

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Flowing across the FS341 road crossing.
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Nov 28 2020
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Rhyodacite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2020
hikerdw
Hiking9.97 Miles 1,391 AEG
Hiking9.97 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.92 mph
1,391 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Figured it was time to get introduced to Rhyodacite Canyon.

Warmer than expected morning temps. To avoid the canopy covered walk by the river we enjoyed a off-trail stroll through the desert following a route we had used for previous hikes in the area.

The canyon did not disappoint, some awesome sights throughout the hike. Ran into one other group of three about midway up the canyon. The route is marked very well so travel was better than expected, although some route decision making was needed in a few spots. Hiked past the skeleton remains of a bighorn sheep at the base of a steep drop. Hiked up to a large drop-off that would have been more impressive with water, then backtracked and had lunch at a saddle before retracing our steps back out of the canyon.

Took a slightly different route back to the car. A combination of our walk in and walk out will become our default route into this worthy canyon in the future.
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Nov 24 2020
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Sonoran Loop, AZ 
Sonoran Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2020
hikerdw
Hiking19.33 Miles 3,242 AEG
Hiking19.33 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   3.07 mph
3,242 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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The weather forecast was prime for a longer hike so opted for this loop I had saved after reading the May 2019 triplog posted by @BiFrost, starting from the newly re-opened Adero Canyon TH.

The first 6 miles went by really quick and I really enjoyed those trails, Sonoran and Prospector being the highlights. Saw no others until we started the decent down Bell Pass.

First time hiking Paradise and Quartz. This Paradise Trail doesn't even rate on the scale compared to the East Superstition trail with the same name, but it served it's purpose as a connector trail.

Jumped on Lost Dog, the Old Jeep Trail and Ringtail to make our way onto the Sunrise Trail, climbed up to the pass,and then closed the loop out on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail, which is a gem.

I really enjoyed this longer loop and with the right weather conditions would definitely hike it again.

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 to everyone.
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Nov 21 2020
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Willow Springs from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
hikerdw
Hiking12.15 Miles 1,673 AEG
Hiking12.15 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.41 mph
1,673 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Decided to take a trip out West Boulder Canyon to view up close the damage done by the recent fire. This was our 5th trip so we are both pretty familiar with the area.

The use trail that leaves the Dutchman Trail at Parker Pass is in pretty nice shape overall. The first section up and down to O'Grady Canyon saw no fire damage and is easy to follow. The section across O'Grady Canyon that climbs up and over Tim's Pass was torched. The trail itself is easy to follow and easy to side step any charred branches.

The fire damage in West Boulder Canyon is mostly on the west side. Where it did burn it looks like it burned very hot. Unfortunately the Old Wire Corral site that Adolf Ruth most likely used during his short stay in the wilderness was destroyed, leaving only the wire itself remaining. It will be pretty tough to stomach if you were one of the lucky ones to see it pre-fire. The nice campsite along the bank was also destroyed.

Willow Spring had a light flow and the reeds are starting to grow back.

The Barkley Stone Corral is still in tact and saw no fire damage at all, still a vegetation nightmare to try to get in so I took a picture from a high point looking down.

Got a little warm on the trek out but not to bad.
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Willow Spring

dry O'Grady Canyon Dry Dry


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A tickle of run-off.
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Nov 14 2020
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
AZT #18 Railtracks to Wood Camp Canyon, AZ 
AZT #18 Railtracks to Wood Camp Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
hikerdw
Hiking16.05 Miles 1,576 AEG
Hiking16.05 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   3.12 mph
1,576 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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Great solitude and near perfect weather. Only saw one other hiker and two horse riders during the entire hike. Was hoping to see some wildlife but only saw a single bunny. I led most of the hike out and thought I was keeping a brisk pace but then let Ryan take the lead and BAM, he kicked it up a notch. Enjoyed the day.
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Nov 09 2020
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 Mesa,AZ
BTA High Trail, AZ 
BTA High Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2020
hikerdw
Hiking4.47 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking4.47 Miles
250 ft AEG
 
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Nice morning stroll at the BTA to check out the new Wallace Desert Garden and the High Trail since it's re-opening a few months ago. Nothing beats the sweet scents of a damp desert, rain :y: , which was really needed after the dry spell we've experienced. First time on the High Trail which we both really enjoyed.

The miles logged were for the entire walk. The attached route is just for the High Trail.
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Nov 07 2020
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 Mesa,AZ
A Hike in the Goldfields, AZ 
A Hike in the Goldfields, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2020
hikerdw
Hiking13.29 Miles 1,817 AEG
Hiking13.29 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.68 mph
1,817 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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Nice in the morning but warm and windy once the clouds burned off. Forecast called for light rain after 11 but that was called wrong. Other than ground squirrels we saw no other wildlife. High grasses made me wish I’d worn pants but it’s still to warm for that. Maybe I’ll need to invest in a pair of gaiters.
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Oct 31 2020
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61 male
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 Mesa,AZ
Tortilla Creek, AZ 
Tortilla Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
hikerdw
Hiking7.00 Miles 885 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.74 mph
885 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Back out at Tortilla TH, this time to check out a dry Tortilla Creek. Not a long hike but slower going with the route finding and ups and downs required, although easier today with a dry creek. Lots of catclaw and high grass/foxtail to push through just to get into the creek bed. Had a nice time and enjoyed the scenery but this hike is much better with water flowing or at least pools of water present.
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Oct 27 2020
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 Mesa,AZ
Tortilla to concrete dam, AZ 
Tortilla to concrete dam, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2020
hikerdw
Hiking8.14 Miles 1,810 AEG
Hiking8.14 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.11 mph
1,810 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Been wanting to check out the concrete dam @jacobemerick reported on back in 2017 so with the cooler temps figured today would be that day. The worse of the off trail was near Tortilla Ranch, high grasses, lots of catclaw, and dense trees made it a bear to cut through to the creek. Hiked along a rock wall, saw 3 groups of deer totaling a full baker’s dozen, and enjoyed some pretty great views along the way. The dam construction was impressive and I assume built to provide water for livestock that roamed the hills. One decent size pool of water in the drainage. On the hike back I checked on the register placed at the lone remaining gate post along FR213 and sad to report the glass jar was shattered and the register missing. Fantastic day.
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Oct 24 2020
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MDT North, AZ 
MDT North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
hikerdw
Hiking15.08 Miles 3,310 AEG
Hiking15.08 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   2.82 mph
3,310 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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Out and back from the City Creek TH. Trail conditions were good with only low growing catclaw to push through in some sections. The short section of the AZT we hiked on was really nice. Crossed paths with a thru-hiker filtering water he was carrying from the Verde. At close to the 3 hour mark we stopped for a break and lunch and then reversed our steps. Great day.
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