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Jul 30 2019
survivordude
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 Routes 59
 Photos 779
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Vivian Creek TrailBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2019
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Hiking18.84 Miles 5,400 AEG
Hiking18.84 Miles   10 Hrs   42 Mns   2.07 mph
5,400 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I heard about this one from a friend of mine that lives in California. A week long family vacation to San Diego had a free day for me to get away so I decided to go to the top of Southern California! This was a very beautiful and challenging hike. Even the drive in was scenic. The parking lot still had several spots available at 6:30AM, but there was no one in the Kiosk to buy an Adventure Pass Parking Pass and the Elkhorn store was closed, so I left a note on the windshield instead and NO TICKET! :app: .
The bugs were ferocious. After crossing the Mill Creek, and this thing was massive, the hike goes on a pretty steady incline up 1000 ft or so for a little over a mile. I felt it was pretty mild compared to what I have read about. The first camp was right around the corner from there and there were several deer that first were being stubborn about getting off the trail and out of the way and then followed me on the trail for another 1000 feet. Water stops were brief as the mosquitoes had acquired a strong thirst for my blood at that point. The next section of the hike was just stunning. There were huge pines and spruce and firs that towered above the rock formations covered in bright green ferns and other foliage. Then there were giant mountain tops and ridgelines above all that. It was one of the most majestic places I have ever been to. I really felt a great sense of gratitude to be there (and all alone!) at that time. After several miles and another 1000ft gain, I reached High Creek Camp. I stopped here for a short break and water fill for the final push. After High Creek, the switchbacks were relentless and brutal. I slowed down quite a bit after I hit 11k. Took a short rest just above the tree line and the sunshine felt so great up there. Made the final push to the summit through some cool areas with quite a bit of snow still left up there. Rested at the top and chatted with locals for a good 40 minutes before I headed back down. I felt great and was making a speedy pace, but my knees had other thoughts, so it was a slow and methodical decent instead. It took me just about 6 hours to summit and about 4 to get down. That includes many breaks going up and 15 minutes to fix my camelback tube. I was very impressed with myself and my pace and my California friend also was impressed that I tried to tackle this all in one day. There were far less people up there that I was expecting. Most people were just day hiking the mountain, but there were several groups of campers soaking up a few days. I would love to spend more time in this area. I will make sure to bring the bug spray.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max High Creek Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Vivian Creek Medium flow Medium flow
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Jun 28 2019
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 Routes 59
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Groom Creek Loop Trail #307Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2019
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.25 mph
1,700 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Wanted a nice hike in the cool pines and got 1 out of 2. Trail starts near all the church and school camp grounds and then slowly goes into a more remote area. Very easy to follow path and signs the whole way. Everything was very lush and green. Saw a deer right away. Lots of "spruce" trees and loooots of oak. Thought about going up Union but didnt bring enough water for that extra distance and climb. Good thing too, because after I got past the tower on Spruce Mnt, it got pretty hot out, so that would have been pushing it.
A friend of mine says the sun affects you more at higher elevation because you are closer to the sun, but he may or may not also believe the earth is flat, so I'm not sure how that works.. but at 7000ft it felt hotter than 92.
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Jun 21 2019
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Salt River Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2019
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Hiking3.00 Miles 110 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
110 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Back to the Salt.. but this time with the girls. Pretty much the same amount of oneway hiking.
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Jun 06 2019
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2019
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Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   1.45 mph
1,300 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Wanted to do the whole thing again and got sick 1/2 way up. Just did up and down instead*
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May 31 2019
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 Routes 59
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Salt River Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2019
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Hiking5.00 Miles 110 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
110 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Brought the boys and dog out for a few miles along the river.. Most of the hiking was 1/2 mile up and then we floated down and then back up over and over and over again.
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May 18 2019
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38 male
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Grand Canyon Corridor LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2019
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Hiking19.44 Miles 4,973 AEG
Hiking19.44 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   2.42 mph
4,973 ft AEG   2 Hrs   8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
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May 12 2019
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 Photos 779
 Triplogs 139

38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Camelback Gauntlet, AZ 
Camelback Gauntlet, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 12 2019
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Hiking5.00 Miles 2,640 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.94 mph
2,640 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Up down and then back up and down. Been up here a million times.. Had never done the whole mountain at once.. So we did it twice!
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Apr 20 2019
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 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
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Hiking15.21 Miles 2,658 AEG
Hiking15.21 Miles   6 Hrs   28 Mns   2.57 mph
2,658 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Named place
Named place
Chilson Spring
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Apr 04 2019
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2019
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Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Took the littlest one and the pooch out on a nature hike at Seven Springs. Found a dead racoon.. What a great day for exploring!
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Mar 28 2019
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 Routes 59
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2019
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Drunk night hikes are always not always a good thing..
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Mar 24 2019
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
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Hiking7.62 Miles 2,076 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   4 Hrs   42 Mns   1.88 mph
2,076 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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Made the return trip because its one of my favorites. Also hadn't hiked with brother Jamaal for like 6 months. Didn't drop down to the roost due to time constraints. Made it down the Cave trail and didn't get lost this time lol.

1,000,000 people at the TH when we got back.
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Mar 17 2019
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Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2019
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Hiking8.50 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.42 mph
3,376 ft AEG
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1st trip
Perfect day for a hike! Corey wanted Flat Iron, I wanted something new and solitude.. we made a compromise. I had never been to Massacre let alone reverse Flat Iron, so this was all new territory for both of us. 6:30 AM at the mini CC TH. Easy stroll up to the the waterfall area. Flowers are everywhere right now, its incredible. The falls were really cool and flowing nice still. Found the path up and over and up and up and up. The path was actually very easy to follow and pretty well worn. Stopping to breath now and then was must, if only for the outstanding views of Four Peaks and the rest of the Superstitions becoming more and more visible as we ascended. Lots of sliding scree stuff up towards the top. Made it to the flat area just under the peak and lost the trail as it skirts around the west side of 5024. It looks very steep and the slipperiness made us just drop down to the ridgeline trail and follow that back to Siphon. It actually worked well as we finally took a small break at the pine tree camp (which may not be a pine tree camp for long if people keep chopping off the pine trees at the pine tree camp). Came over the hump to see Flat Iron and its three hundred minions. Three hundred is probably an accurate count.. oh well make it 302. Loved every part of this alternative and will definitely be back up this way again.
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Mar 15 2019
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Stoney Mtn Ridge LinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2019
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Hiking3.35 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.87 mph
600 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Luna Trek up and over Gabby dog hill and to the edge of houses up Stony Mnt and back. Wiiiiiiiiiindy
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Mar 09 2019
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
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Hiking8.10 Miles 3,120 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   1.53 mph
3,120 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Well the snow has melted so I finally made it to 5057 up Hiero with Corey. ZERO cars in the lot when we got there! The water was really gushing. Everything was super green. Corey was impressed with the glyphs. I am always impressed by them. Near the last stretch going up, there was a bogus path someone cairned the heck out of, that was well below the actual trail, and was actually pretty sketch and slippery. Made great time up to the saddle. That climbing part just south of the peak is a lot of fun. Got to the top in 3 hrs exact. As we were up there, a group of 3 joined us and then a couple guys come from down below on the west side who got lost trying to continue on the ridgeline. We showed then the right way and hope they made it safe. Coming down was a breeze. I made sure to kick all those bogus cairns down. The view looking down canyon is spectacular. Tons of flowers all over. It is a crazy sight to come around the corner and see all the 4,000 people hanging out at the glyph area. Passed another 4,000 on the trail down. Excellent hike, excellent weather, excellent company.
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Mar 07 2019
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Hidden Valley via Guadalupe RidgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2019
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Hiking6.70 Miles 1,480 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.12 mph
1,480 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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1st trip
Cant think of a better place for a business meeting!
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Mar 03 2019
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Arizona Canal Ride, AZ 
Arizona Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Mar 03 2019
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Road Biking34.00 Miles
Road Biking34.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   8.68 mph
      35 Mns Break
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
35 mile road bike ride with the dudes. From Metro Center to the zoo and back.. Legs dont exist anymore.
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Feb 22 2019
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2019
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Hiking11.33 Miles 1,419 AEG
Hiking11.33 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   3.03 mph
1,419 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I wanted to get out in the weather but too much weather ruled out the Supes. South Mountain it was. Started at Pima. Threw on the poncho at 1 mile in. Really started to come down 2 miles in. Creosote was in the air. Hidden Valley was a slip n slide. Chilled in a cave for a while. Was on a roll so decided to push on. Clouds broke just enough for a snack at the tip of Buena Vista. On the way back a hail storm broke out and was a cool experience to be in. Several small streams of hails floated by. I decided to take Mormon Loop back to Pima Road and had to cross several foot deep washes and new waterfalls that weren't there 45 minutes. earlier. Saw all the snow in the Supes.. I need a new truck.
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Feb 18 2019
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2019
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.65 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Moonlight hike up Squaw Peak on a whim.. Only 4 people descending as I was ascending and NO ONE ELSE THE ENTIRE HIKE UP OR DOWN SQUAW PEAK. Needless to say I was shocked, but it was a cool experience being up there alone for a while. The moon was so bright, I didn't use the headlamp even once! Cool night, I may do it again tonight for the Super Full Snow Moon and try to reach up and touch the thing!
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Feb 15 2019
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Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2019
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Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.53 mph
1,300 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
1st time up Echo in a long time. The fog was fantastic this morning! Corey loves this hike, Im eh about it, I remember why.. 50 up 40 down
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Feb 07 2019
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North and Stony Romp, AZ 
North and Stony Romp, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2019
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Hiking6.52 Miles 968 AEG
Hiking6.52 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.72 mph
968 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
3 hours out with the pup.. hard to believe there are still trails within Phoenix I have still not been on.. checked a small section off today. I used to go up Stony Mountain from the south all the time but never tried from the north. . Too rocky for the Luna, had to turn back, but I want to do it some day soon.
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