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196 triplogs
May 22 2016
survivordude
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2016
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Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.85 mph
2,900 ft AEG
 
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Another warm up for GC next weekend. I love everything about this hike! The incredible workout, the views, the scrambling, the random camaraderie of fellow hikers up there. All of it. I love it.
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May 07 2016
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 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.89 mph
1,180 ft AEG      20 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Took the 11 yr old daughter out for a warm up to Grand Canyon later this month. Brought the boy and cousin Stevie along, also. Probably the most wonderful day of the year out today! Absolutely perect weather and visibility. The trail was paaaacked. Probably the most popular day of the year up here, also. So much for the training, she smoked me up to the top in about 25 mins and I took my usual 35, though I was kind of hanging back with the boy. Flat Iron next weekend.. Although at this point I'm pretty sure the training is for the old man and not the daughter.
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Apr 30 2016
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Red CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 30 2016
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Backpack12.89 Miles 960 AEG
Backpack12.89 Miles2 Days         
960 ft AEG
 
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Family went to Michigan so I had free weekend. I called up cousin Stephen and we made it happen. I have been wanting to do this hike for some time and it definitely lived up to the expectations. On the drive in from seven springs we saw about 6-7 mule deer. We parked about a mile away from the creek and walked the rest. That road gets real gnarly as it descends to the creek. We did not see anyone at all past the Tangle Creek road. The hike down Red Creek was real nice even though its mostly just a road. There are some real nice lush areas through there and the whole time cactus stand sentinel above the canyons walls. Saw some of the biggest saguaros I have ever seen. Some had arms on arms on arms. Stevie spotted a "funny looking lizard" which was a gila monster crossing the path. Made it to the airstrip in 2 hours and enjoyed some moon juice. There are tools to keep the runway clean, a bottle of lighter fluid and we noticed the fire pit was still warm with some coals still burning so this 'airport' must get regular use (apparently by people who dont know how to properly extinguish a fire). The plan was to cross the Verde and hike a short ways down to Wet Bottom Creek and find a camp spot some where near there. After bushwhacking through bamboo for about an hour and getting nowhere, we decided to go back and camp on the other side of the river. Instead of bushwhacking back, we opted to climb a small hill to try to find the actual trail. We did find the Verde River Trail and followed that back to the rapids and the crossing. I'm not sure why we wanted to go across anyway because that spot right at the end of Red Creek is preemo, one of the best spots I have ever camped at. If I brought a good book and a fishing pole, I could have stayed there for a week or longer. I have never seen so many birds in my life. Literally hundreds of them flying all over the river. Gabby dog had a great time playing in the water. Stevie Wonder and I had a great time just relaxing at this wonderful destination and enjoying the finest $10 bourbon. Got a little sprinkled on but nothing much. Hiked back out the next day and decided to take Bloody Basin Road instead of Cave Creek Road. In the future I would take Cave Creek Road anyday over Bloody Basin Road. I also lost my favorite DBacks cap on that road as we stopped to let the dog out for a while, so if anyone happens to spot it out there, get at me!! We also just missed a pretty bad wreck on the 17 coming back to Phoenix, so just another reason to go Cave Creek Road instead. Overall a great trip and will definitely come back to that spot again!
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Apr 28 2016
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2016
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.06 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Had a couple free hours in the middle of the day so why not??!! 34/1:04.. A whole minute better than last week :wlift:
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Apr 22 2016
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2016
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.03 mph
1,180 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
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35/1:05 not bad for me and the back issues
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Apr 21 2016
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2016
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Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles
1,275 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Every Phoenician knows its not hot out until its at least 110 degrees, so today's 97 was just perfect for an afternoon hike! Not too many people up here today.. not sure why :-k Went up with my buddy James. He's got 22 years on me so it was great listening to all the stories and drink recipes he has. I usually enjoy hiking alone but I had great company today. Spent a lot of time talking and thinking about that girl who fell off Echo yesterday and how fortunate we are to have our health and to have always had good fortune when in nature. Saw a lot of lizards out sunning on rocks. I love this time of year because those dudes are pretty cool! A little Johnny Walker whiskey sour afterwards was well deserved.
**All photos taken by Jimmy P**
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Apr 16 2016
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2016
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Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   3 Hrs      2.13 mph
2,900 ft AEG      15 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Lots of foot traffic jams going up this morning. I kept getting stuck behind the slow old people when I realized I am also slow and old. A couple teenagers got a good scolding for blasting terrible music and leaving water bottles all over the mountain.. There's that old man coming out again.. I always forget how challenging and rewarding this place is. I think that is one of the reasons why it is one of my favorite hikes of all time.
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Apr 08 2016
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 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 08 2016
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Backpack16.52 Miles 1,379 AEG
Backpack16.52 Miles2 Days         
1,379 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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3 Day backpacking trip with 4 adults and 3 kids, 10, 12, and 14. The plan was to meet up Friday near Pinchot cabin, Saturday we follow Houston bros trail to the Mogollon Rim, make camp somewhere near there and then hike back on Sunday. My sons baseball game got cancelled on Friday night so him and I and the dog were able to leave earlier than expected, even though we didnt get to Houston Brothers draw until 10:30PM. My buddy Jamaal, his brothers and kids had gone up earlier on Friday to setup a base camp. With no moon, we were hiking through complete darkness, following the trail with our flashlights. We passed and didnt even see Pinchot cabin. After about .5 miles I started the 'call' and heard the response. The guys had made a camp on some trees near the giant rocks past Pinchot springs. With all the hammocks strewn up in the trees about 15 foot off the ground it looked like some kind of Avatar jungle land. The boy, dog, and I settled down for day 2.
We got up, ate, and made our way up the trail. After several stops and making it only 2 miles in 2 hours, we made the 1st of two most excellent decisions. We decided to make camp #2 early and drop all of our gear so we can hike to the rim much more easier. The kids loved the idea. We found a great spot several hundred feet off the trail and we stopped, ate, and then pushed forward. This trail is great as it passes through the canyon. Some of the open areas remind me of the fairways at Augusta as it was Master's weekend. We saw deer, turkey, squirrels, chipmunks, and many signs of bear :scared: . There were also huge patches of snow still, which the kids and dog loved playing in! After the trail crosses FR139, it becomes more strenuous and after 7 miles the boys were really starting to wear down fast. We decided to make it to the rim by following the 139A road instead of the trail. This proved to be most excellent decision #2 as, though not as scenic, saved us much climbing there and the way back. Carrying packs and hiking 8 miles in one day is a lot to ask for some kids and they rocked it. Finally making it to the rim, you could tell they were all proud of themselves and of each other. One of my favorite things about being a father is watching my son's doubt and fear turn into strength and determination. He has faith in me and I have faith in him and that grows stronger everyday. Trips like this are what really solidifies our bond. The views off the rim were outstanding, as always. I made sure every single piece of food and every snack was eaten before we left as to energize everyone and lessen the weight of my pack! Following the road to the first crossing of 139, we made it back to camp #2 about 45 mins quicker than it took to get to the rim. After a much needed nap, we had an awesome dinner, and partied like the rockstars we are.
The hike out on Sunday morning was very quick as we were trying to beat the weather. We got hailed on just a bit at Aspen cabin but overall perfect timing, as the drive out was a different story. Us desert cats are not used to driving in a snow storm!! It was fine however and we made it back safely. It was a perfect end to a great weekend of excitement. We had a great team this weekend, hope to do it again soon.
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Aspen Spring Houston Draw
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Apr 07 2016
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2016
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Hiking1.50 Miles
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.29 mph
      35 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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A couple guys from work wanted to go hiking so we took off a little early and met up at Cholla. The guys really enjoyed the views on and off the mountain.. ;) This hike reminded me that, dispite the back issues, I am still in pretty good shape. Was a helluva introduction for the guys and I'm too bashful to post the route but I told them maybe we can make it half way up next time..
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Mar 27 2016
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 The Basin
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2016
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Hiking5.11 Miles 2,882 AEG
Hiking5.11 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   1.53 mph
2,882 ft AEG      25 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Great Easter sunrise hike up to the Flat Iron with my buddy Corey. Right when we got past the sign we saw 6 deer running off to the northeast. Could not get the camera out quick enough to get any shots, as those girls were moving fast! Perfect hiking weather and the whole hillside up to the rocks were covered in yellow brittlebrush. I knew this is a butt kicker, but didnt realize it until I got to the waterfall area. I was really feeling that extra 5lb weight in my pack at that point. Once past that, the fun part begins! Advice to any newbies to Flat Iron, when in doubt, stay to the left, as we saw numerous groups emerging from the bush that had gotten way off the trail. Apparently that is easy to do up there. Made it up in 1:45 and decided to go up to 5024. My first time up there was pretty cool. Hung out and snacked for a while checking out the views from First Water to Weavers. I cant wait to do the whole ridgeline hike soon.
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Mar 10 2016
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2016
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Hiking15.65 Miles 1,784 AEG
Hiking15.65 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.30 mph
1,784 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
Last day off during the week for a while so wanted to make a good hike of it and explore some areas I have not been to yet. Wanted to go to Charlebois but didnt have enough time, so opted for Marsh Valley. Started at 6:30AM. I love staring hikes right at sunrise. There is something about watching and feeling the desert come alive as the sun peeks through and reflects over the mountains and valleys that makes me profoundly grateful. The hike on the Dutchman to Bull Pass was nice and quiet. There was a lot of water in West Boulder. Its easy for me because everytime there is a water pool, Gabby finds it! The hike up Bull Pass was a good little workout with some real nice rock outcroppings and sheer cliff side views. As soon as you start coming down the hill on the north side, another valley opens up and I could see the water at the bottom down there. Marsh Valley was not spectacular. Sat by the flowing creek and ate some lunch while Gabby played in the water. Chilled for about 35 minutes and then headed back. Chose to loop around Black Top Mesa on the way back. 2 cars and a (Boy scout) van in the parking lot at the start.. completely packed on the way out. Got a little sunburnt on the way out, not much longer before a hike like this is death defying.
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Mar 03 2016
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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2016
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Hiking6.20 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.98 mph
500 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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First off, $3 per person is a little ridiculous. The lady told me they are 'self funding'. Whatever that means.. So am I, lady! I picked up about 10 pieces of trash along the trail so maybe the Spur Cross people should reevaluate how they are spending all the $$ they are taking from the hikers. Secondly, the 'trail' was just a road the whole way until you get into the Tonto Forest. So basically paid $3 to walk a road to get to the actual trail. :SB: I digress, after the point into Tonto, the hike was real nice. Lots of water in the creek, little falls here and there. Gabby dog really liked swimming through all the pools. There were a lot of big birds out there. Im not much of a bird guy, but Gabby sure liked chasing them around!! LOTS of bees. The constant hum was a little creepy. It seemed like there was a hive in every other tree!! Didn't see any snakes, though a guy I passed said he saw 2 rattlers. Do to having to go back to Circle K for the $3, I was short on time and didnt even make it to the ruins. :( Will have to come back sometime from the Cave Creek side. The pics of the glyphs look very interesting.
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Mar 02 2016
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Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2016
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Hiking3.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   2.29 mph
1,275 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Sunrise hike up the Camelback ridge line. I haven't been up Cholla in about 3 years. 50 mins up. I miss this hike. It's great looking at all the mansions and then the city views. The mix of standard trail and then scrambling make this better than Echo in my opinion. I can't believe all the signs up there. There must be a lot of people getting lost because it looks like a freeway up there with all the arrow signs. Question..Is this any better than the blue dots?
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Feb 28 2016
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2016
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   1.81 mph
1,180 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Sunrise hike up the best damn mountain in the world with my buddy Corey. I haven't actually been to the summit trail in months. 38 mins up with Corey's 2 breaks. He would usually smoke me up there but he hasn't been out in a while. Perfect start to a Sunday!
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Feb 25 2016
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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2016
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Hiking5.30 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.45 mph
700 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Beautiful morning in the Supes hiking with my buddy Sanchez and 3 dogs. A really easy quick hike through Garden Valley and around northwest to Hackberry Springs. I told him to leash his dogs through the beginning due to all the jumping cactus. He didnt listen ...and had to stop like 7 times to remove spines from their feet. : app : My dog Gabby was just looking at them with that sideways head "What did you think would happen?" Hung out for a while at the springs while the dogs played in the water. Amazing is the literal oasis in the middle of such beautiful ruggedness. The warm sun and cool breeze were incredible. 2 cars in the lot when we got on trail, completely packed when we were leaving, Also, a lot of people on horseback. Did I mention it was a beautiful day?!
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Feb 18 2016
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Perl Charles Trail #1APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2016
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.05 mph
1,250 ft AEG
 
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Took the wife out on the 1A around Squaw Peak yesterday. City of Phx signs say 4.8 miles.. was more like 7+. She started to hate me about 2/3 the way through but I was proud she pushed through. Thats usually what happens when you go hiking with me. Its great to get out in the city and enjoy the weather while we still can.

1st post on HAZ after being a 7 year member and hundreds of AZ hikes.. routes and photos next time(s)!
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