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Jan 30 2021
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40 male
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 The Basin
Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 30 2021
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Backpack14.80 Miles 2,748 AEG
Backpack14.80 Miles2 Days         
2,748 ft AEG
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This could have easily been a day trip, but I wanted a little more wilderness immersion so went for an overnighter. Got the last parking spot at Peralta at 7:30AM and made my way up cardiac hill. You know that feeling you get when you know when you are in good hiking shape? Yeah.. good stuff. Made it up to Bluff Saddle in one hour. After this is when the burn area starts. Pretty much all gone until the Red Tanks junction. From here down to Charliebois was hit and miss, however the beautiful Oak Spring area was hit pretty hard.. Charliebois was untouched. Made it there in 3 hours flat and had the place to myself for a few hours until all at once, it seemed, there were about 6 different groups looking to stay at my camp spot. Good thing, this area has several good camp spots w/in 1/2 mile of the spring. Master Map is still enigmatic. The whole stretch of Dutchman from Charliebois to Terrapin junction was untouched by the fire and was very lush and scenic, as usual. The Terrapin trail was a different story.. The fire break was the Terrapin. Everything to the east was good, everything to the west was burnt. Not sure if that was how the fire burned or how it was fought.. Slightly before the first saddle, it was completely burnt the rest of the way, which really sucked because after all that climbing on that trail, there was ZERO shade the whole way. Passed through the land that physics forgot on the way back. Im sure all the water is all gone by now.
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Jan 23 2021
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Stoney Mtn RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
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Hiking6.20 Miles 1,920 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   2.11 mph
1,920 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Thought it was a good idea to do a Squaw Peak gauntlet on a Saturday at 9AM.. It was not a good idea.. Only one round of looking for a parking spot and I left. I used to live right by Echo/Stony Mnt and always liked the solitude over there better anyway. Went up the ridge on Echo to the top and then down between the houses over to #100. From here I went north around Stony Mnt and thats when I got the idea of doing the whole ridgeline. Ascended at the north most point of Stony. After doing the Supe ridgeline a few weeks ago, this ridgeline is much more rugged and narrow. Also, the rocks up there were super sharp and thin. One slip and there will be blood. Not much of a path at all up there but was easy to follow the ridge all the way down. To my surprise there was another guy up there who was clearly lost and asked if he should keep going down the ridge to get down. I advised him to just go back the way he came. As I got closer to the highest peak, there were some very clear trails coming up to the area from the east. The top of Stony was a lot bigger that I thought it would be. Went down between the houses again and then back up on Echo to finish up the last stretch of the ridgeline. Kinda did a figure 8 with the whole thing. Route Scout keeps stopping my track and then it catches up with a straight line, so not sure whats going on. Beautiful freakin day.
Geology
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Jan 03 2021
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 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2021
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Hiking12.30 Miles 4,763 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   1.92 mph
4,763 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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It is really hard to find people to do these serious hikes with, so solo it is.. Started at Carney just before sunrise. Very bright moon lighting the way. The sun just barely beat me up to the saddle. The trail up top is pretty easy to follow. Bad news is someone, or people, put up cairns, and Im not exaggerating, every 15 ft and they were all over the place really confusing things. Good news is I still have good aim. I actually left a few good ones up, but I lost count after 25 strikes and or karate kicks. After crossing dry West Boulder, the burn area starts and takes up most of the rest of the hike. Ironically, the trail was a lot harder to follow in the barren burn area. Basically it was everything that is blackend and anything that is not. Anything that not is the trail. Passed a couple who was coming down just below the final push up to the actual ridgeline before 5057. Them and one other guy near the pine tree camp, were the only people I saw all day on the ridge. Made it to 5057 in 2.5 hours. The actual ridgeline section is so fun, I feel like a kid up there. Up and over here, climb down there, walking right along the ridge with great views everywhere, and then up and close with the hoodoos. Trail up there is straightforward and easy to follow. Made it to the pine tree camp in only 5 hours and ate some lunch. Only a couple spots where I felt I needed minute to rest, other than that I felt strong all day. Coming down Siphon was the worst part because at that point my quads were toast. Perfect weather right now for a killer hike like this. Cut 2 hours off my last time up here, thats nice.
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Dec 27 2020
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White Canyon Upper - SW Approach FR319Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2020
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Hiking10.40 Miles 2,192 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.01 mph
2,192 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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Never even heard about this place until like a month ago, and I almost forgot I went out there. :lol: I followed the described route to the canyon and then scrambled my way down to the floor. Trail follows and old road to a spring that was full. After that it goes through some very small but pretty cool narrows a couple times. I climbed up to the top and then headed south with the canyon for a while which gives some real cool views down into the wilderness. I found a dry waterfall that was a good spot to make my way down into the canyon. I felt very alone down in there, like if I fell, no one would find me for a loooong time type alone. The key is, dont fall. Anyway there is some really cool bouldering and route finding in the bottom of the canyon, which makes the going real slow but quite fun. Got into where the canyon opens up and made this the lunch/ turn around point. It was so quiet, I actually fell asleep for a while and got woken up by a jet flying by that scared the :pk: out of me. Plus a stop for tacos on the way back = an excellent day.
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Dec 21 2020
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 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.89 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Dec 12 2020
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 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Mazatzal Hunt, AZ 
Mazatzal Hunt, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Dec 12 2020
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Backpack12.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Backpack12.00 Miles2 Days         
1,100 ft AEG
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Up and down hills.. in and out of washes.. didnt see one deer
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Dec 05 2020
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 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Shaw and North Summits and Romp, AZ 
Shaw and North Summits and Romp, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.46 mph
2,100 ft AEG
 
Repeat of a loop I did couple years ago.. started at 19th and Sweetwater and headed up the small ridge leading up to the first tower and then up to Shaw Butte. Down the south side of Shaw and then up the west side of N Mountain down the south side of N Mountain and to the parking lot off 7th St. Followed the path along 7th to the Visitors Center and then followed #100 around to the S of Shaw. There is a cool wash behind the houses I followed for about a mile right back to Sweetwater. Fantastic weather out there.. not a soul but me on both of the 2 ascents, but tons of people everywhere else.
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Nov 30 2020
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 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.03 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Nov 23 2020
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.89 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Nov 14 2020
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Plateau PointNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
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Hiking14.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.43 mph
3,300 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Checked the weather and the webcams and all looked clear for a down (SK) to the river and back up (BA) day trip. I did not however, check the shuttle restrictions for November and missed the last bus from the backcountry office as I was waiting at a different bus stop. Decided to just go down and up BA instead. I also was not prepared for the trail conditions. The webcams do not show the ice on the first mile or so down BA. Spikes are recommended. Just below the Supai, the snow and ice finally gave way. Surprisingly very few people headed down. After the switchbacks down the redwall, there was a steady steam of backpackers making their way up and out. Very few people at the point. Didnt know about the treasures below, will have to make another trip for that. Made it from IG to the BA TH in 2hr 15 mins, completely demolishing my time last year of over 4 hours :lol:
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Nov 04 2020
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Some dude shortcutting the switchbacks apparently didnt like me advising him that he was not on the trail. Why would you shortcut a hike? Like, isnt that the point of a hike.. to hike?

Also, I saw Joe!
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Nov 02 2020
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2020
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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
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Oct 31 2020
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Rough Eye Javelina LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
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Hiking10.35 Miles 1,466 AEG
Hiking10.35 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   2.44 mph
1,466 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
I have never been out to the Goldfields before and I didnt feel like going to another I-17 party this weekend. Was not overly impressed with the area, until I saw a 500 ft cliffside that looked like a mini Battleship Mnt wanting to be climbed. I took an approach from the NW and made it up with just a little scrambling - no problem. There was a small rock pile up there and looks like you could go up and down the whole ridgeline up top. I only went to 2 different points and then came back down and continued on. The trail was very easy to follow the whole way with next to nothing elevation gain wise. After I got to Willow Springs Basin Tank, I decided to make a loop with Rough n Ready Canyon which was a lot of uncomfortable sand walking, but after a while it goes into a really cool area with a lot of close up rock formations. Very secluded back there, it was a little creepy. Also I wish I was in a Jeep instead. Spotted lots of tiny pieces of tire, reflectors, scrape marks, and other random car parts. Also saw a spot where someone rolled and there was window glass everywhere. After wearing the same model of shoes for like 6 years, I thought I would 'upgrade' to some new Newbies and they weren't working out too well, so I decided to ditch the sand walking and cut across back over to Willow Springs Canyon. The crosscut trail reminded me of Bull Pass area in the Supes. Might be a while until I come back out here.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Springs Basin Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
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Oct 28 2020
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2020
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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
New Newbies today.. cant get them tight enough Grrrr. Very light and quiet this AM. I think the cold is scaring them off.
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Oct 25 2020
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Thompson Brins Soldier, AZ 
Thompson Brins Soldier, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2020
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Hiking11.96 Miles 1,634 AEG
Hiking11.96 Miles   5 Hrs   38 Mns   2.62 mph
1,634 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Wanted to do the whole Wilson Mnt loop, but time restraints made it a shorter lasso instead. Started at the Wilson Mnt TH and then the Jim Thompson trail, which was super easy and flat as it curves around the contour of Steamboat Rock. After a couple miles, it goes down away from the hills and into a very dense juniper forest. Only saw one other hiker until I got to the Brins Mesa TH. After almost zero elevation change in the last hour, this was my favorite part of the hike. Up on top of Brin's Mesa was a real nice grassy area that rolled out to red rock spires in every direction. Coming down Soldier's Pass, there was a lot of traffic. Climbed up a few different hills to check some caves but didnt see much of anything and being by myself (kind of) decided on not going any further up. Seven Sacred Pools was a cool feature but didnt want to wait in the Instagram line to take any pics without anyone posing in the pools. Devils Kitchen was rad geology to check out. Saw some climbers rappelling off Steamboat on the way back. So much for time saving as there were a couple wrecks on the 17 and it was a 3 1/2 hour "drive" back to Phoenix anyway.
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Oct 23 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Oct 21 2020
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.10 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Oct 18 2020
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Picketpost Gauntlet, AZ 
Picketpost Gauntlet, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2020
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Hiking13.20 Miles 2,840 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   2.39 mph
2,840 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Couldn't decide on the circumference trail or the summit trail, so I did both. I did decide to do the CW loop first and then the summit after as a challenge. It was quite the challenge.

Circumference - Where the cows go to poop.
Seriously, beginning in the parking lot, it was everywhere. After a short while, there was a gate separating Arnett Canyon, which put a temporary hold on the pies. Arnett Canyon was a desert dream of a hike. It goes right along the (dry) creek on the flattest, softest dirt I have ever hiked on. The whole AEG for the entire trail was like 10. I loved it. Typical of most desert canyons, there were a lot of big green cottonwoods lining the bottom the whole way through. It was really beautiful. I could only imagine seeing this area in the spring or when the creek is flowing. After another gate, the turds returned with a vengeance. The section through Telegraph Canyon had several pools of water and some real lush, green areas. It would have been fantastic, if not for .. all .. the.. poop. After a while the trail goes up across some small hills, follows a road for a bit, and then goes right off into another canyon to finally meet up with the AZT. In hindsight, I would have taken the Alamo canyon trail instead of the actual AZT because AZT winds in and out of the hills, while I could see the flat, soft, straight trail looking all smooth down below the whole time. 9 miles was a good warm up.

Summit - This reminded me of a shorter, more intense Flat Iron. After the few first hills up, the intensity increases. A lot of scrambling and exposure gets the heart pumping. Route finding is not necessary as the white dots, pick ribbons, and red arrows lead the way all the way up. Rock cairns are so pre-2020. It was a lot of fun climbing up on the ledges and through the bushes up there. The actual summit is still another .25 miles after you get up top. I didnt spend too much time up there because I was burnt out, and wanted to find some shade to take a break. Passed one other solo hiker on her way up as I was headed down. From the AZT junction, up, and down to the parking lot in 2.5 hours.. not bad.

Check this one off.. I will have to come back for that summit again, though, it was a fun adventure.
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Finger Rock - Arnett Canyon
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Oct 16 2020
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2020
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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
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Oct 14 2020
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2020
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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
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