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Nov 14 2020
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 Photos 916
 Triplogs 191

39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
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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39 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
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
 Triplogs 191

39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
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
Partners none no partners
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Oct 31 2020
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 Photos 916
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
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
 
1st trip
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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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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
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39 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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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
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
 
1st trip
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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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
 Triplogs 191

39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
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
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Oct 21 2020
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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
 Triplogs 191

39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
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
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Oct 18 2020
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
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
 
1st trip
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.
Named place
Named place
Finger Rock - Arnett Canyon
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Oct 16 2020
survivordude
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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
 Triplogs 191

39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2020
survivordude
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
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Oct 14 2020
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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
 Triplogs 191

39 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
Partners none no partners
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Oct 13 2020
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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
 Triplogs 191

39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2020
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   1.94 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Sep 29 2020
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 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
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Sep 23 2020
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 23 2020
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Backpack14.00 Miles 450 AEG
Backpack14.00 Miles3 Days         
450 ft AEG
 
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Just a little 3 day backpack/fishing trip with some guys that have never camped outside a campground before. I had a nice 20lb pack, they each brought 2 backpacks, filled with all sorts of things including, but not limited to: 2 giant cans of Dinty Moore, 4 lbs of steak, shovel, hatchet, Costco sized bag of trail mix, set of THREE pots and pans, and a grill grate. :-s ONE car in the parking lot on a Wednesday AM. A bit warm on the first stretch and between the 2nd and 3rd crossing but otherwise a nice morning. Found a real nice camp spot/ fishing hole that we stayed at most of the time. I forgot a charger in the car, so I had to run back to get it, just an extra 7 miles, no biggie.. We did explore upstream a bit but its all pretty much the same after a while. Pretty awesome that is. Caught a total of 5 fish, 4 rainbows and 1 cat. Nothing big enough for dinner. Lots of spiders. Had a black rattler hang out with us both evenings, but he did his thing and we did ours. No problems. On the way out we saw a tarantula hawk wasp dragging a spider down the trail and it kept coming at us when we tried to pass it. Pretty cool. We had to take turns running by it. :lol: :lol: :lol:
Funny story - the snake spotting the first day and then all the daddy long legs hanging around camp freaked these dudes out big time. As soon as the sun went down, they wouldn't even get out of their tents to hang out!
They said they had a good time, I got them broken in a little at least.
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Sep 17 2020
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2020
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Hiking10.00 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.82 mph
850 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Multiple people flaked out for another trip, so I decided to go up on the rim for a couple days with the Lunatic. Found one of the last camp spots in Sitegraves right on the edge of the rim. Wandered up Beaver Canyon, up to the road above, followed that for a while, and then went down into Turkey Creek for the trip back to the rim. Beaver Canyon was cool. There were some fenced off sections and there were nice bear prints in the mud under a fence. The canyon narrowed after that and then opened up a lot under the powerlines. Followed what looked like a very old road along the right side for a while, and then went up to the actual road above. Explored my way down into Turkey Creek and then back to the 300. No fall colors yet and I saw zero animals, was probably because of the temps. Just nice to get out of the blazing heat for a few days.
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Sep 11 2020
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 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
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Sep 10 2020
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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 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
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Sep 08 2020
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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2020
survivordude
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.89 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Sep 06 2020
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2020
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Hiking6.44 Miles 673 AEG
Hiking6.44 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   2.20 mph
673 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Just a quick in and out with the Lunatic. Mostly just did some exploring around today. Started at 6AM just after sunrise and it was amazing out there in the morning. Actually felt warmer near the creek due to the humidity. No bighorn sightings today but did hear something very big up on the cliffs just after the 2nd crossing. Also, saw a small rattler that took off as soon as it heard/felt me. Be back soon.
Also, they need to get rid of the garbage can and get bigger signs telling people to pack out their trash.
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Sep 04 2020
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 Routes 61
 Photos 916
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2020
survivordude
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   1.55 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Corey came back! HUUUGE scorpion at the top had everyone taking pictures
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