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196 triplogs
Jan 11 2019
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Squaw Peak Romp, AZ 
Squaw Peak Romp, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2019
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Hiking2.70 Miles 545 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.57 mph
545 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Quick hike with the pooch.. I think she is ready
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Jan 03 2019
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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2019
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Hiking6.47 Miles 2,432 AEG
Hiking6.47 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   1.63 mph
2,432 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Ive been slacking on adding the trips but better late than never.. After the cold and weather the past week I wanted to see if I could find some snow close by. As I was driving east I saw the top of 5057 covered in snow and decided to take a new route for me up Hieroglyphic Canyon. Temps were in the low 30s at 8AM and all layers were needed on the beginning of the hike. The trail climbed very gently over the hills towards the mountain. As I got to the glyph section, there were a few people already there so I figured I would check them out in more detail on the way back out, thinking maybe there would not be anyone there. :sl: This is where the trail kicks into high gear and really starts to impress. The canyon is wide on the sides but still narrow enough to feel closed inside. The landscape was fantastic. There was water flowing the entire time. The trail is always easy to follow either the path or numerous cairns lead the way. There are a few areas where there is a bit of scrambling needed but nothing too serious. As I gained elevation, I started coming across more and more snow. Some areas where the footing was not so good was made more tricky by all the small seeps that had turned into mini slip n slides. As I finally got to the top of the ridgeline I felt great satisfaction. The plan was to go up to 5057 but as I went on the northeast side of the first peak towards 5057, the snow and ice was just too slippery for me without the proper foot gear, so I had to turn around and almost ski on one foot back down to the saddle. It was super cool to see the Supes covered in snow and experience the canyon the whole time pretty much by myself. Only when I got back to the glyph area, did I realize how popular this place is. I could not believe the amount of people on that trail below the glyphs, on a weekday even! It is still fresh but I think this is my new favorite way up to the top now.
Named place
Named place
Weavers Needle
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Dec 13 2018
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West Pinto Cuff Button Wildcat, AZ 
West Pinto Cuff Button Wildcat, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2018
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Hiking12.17 Miles 2,507 AEG
Hiking12.17 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   2.22 mph
2,507 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I've done haunted canyon a few times and stayed at Tony's place but never really went anywhere else in the Eastern Supes before. This was a great intro to some new territory. I began the trip at the old ranch and headed on West Pinto trail. It was a very beautiful beginning, but once you get out of the meadow, the trees start closing in and visibility is next to zero. The trail mostly stays near or in the creek bed for this first few miles. Cuff Button (which for some reason I have always read as Cliff Burton) is a completely different experience. It starts climbing right away and starts heading up a ridgeline as it crests around the drainage below. This trail is very exposed with little to no shade the whole time. I came across several rocky spots that looked like could have been walls or rooms. There were also some very cool caves and rock outcroppings that looked like could have some ruins. The trail then descends back down to an area heavily used by cows and turns into more of a road until the turn off for Wildcat Canyon. Wildcat started off great and then I got off trail a bit and that catclaw ate me alive. Decided to just stay in a ravine as much as I could to avoid it and keep a straight path. Got back just before sunset and some chilly temps with it. Did not see another soul all day. Will definitely have to come back out for some more exploring out here.
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Dec 06 2018
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Hidden Valley from Buena VistaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2018
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Hiking8.43 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking8.43 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   3.05 mph
1,318 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I love National Trail. It remains one of my favorite all time. The views, the (mostly) solitude, the flora and fauna, and the trail itself are all top notch in my book. Wanted to do the whole thing from 51st to 40th but the road was closed towards San Juan so started at the summit and went east.
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Nov 29 2018
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Squaw Peak Romp, AZ 
Squaw Peak Romp, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2018
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Hiking4.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.67 mph
300 ft AEG
 
Took the Lunatic out for a quick stroll around the mountain. She did real well and I will try to take her more often now as her feet are getting tougher.
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Nov 08 2018
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2018
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Hiking9.50 Miles 2,850 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.84 mph
2,850 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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Bagged a new peak today and this one was earned. Of course that hill first thing in the AM gets the blood moving.. quickly. Decided on taking the official route linked in the description which basically follows Bluff Springs trail and then just goes straight up the mountain. There were a few tricky spots that required some climbing over or around, but nothing too challenging, surprisingly because that hill looked intimidating from the main trail. The top area was cool and felt like a completely different hike than I had just been on the past hour and a half. It was very flat and bare compared to the rocky and brushy climb up. Made it to the summit no problem and had a snack while reading the trip logs. Just like everywhere in the Supes, the views were majestic. I started down the very small ridgeline towards the ravine that leads to the Terrapin and got cliffed out twice, as I should have gotten lower and more to the right sooner to avoid the drop offs. The beginning of the decent was kind of sketch because I could not see where were my feet were going through all the grass covering up the boulders, but once the ravine became more distinct it was easier going. Had a nice rest and lunch at a shaded camp spot and then followed the Terrapin back to Bluff Springs trail. Fun trek and cool to get another summit. I really liked the top area of the mountain and would like to venture into the Hidden Valley sometime.
Fauna
Fauna
Gopher Snake

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Barks Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
several small pools
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Oct 28 2018
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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2018
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Hiking6.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
300 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Surprisingly had never been up West Fork before. Short hike before a long day of baseball. The trail is very relaxed. It is mostly wide, flat, and very easy to follow. There are several creek crossings along the trail that are not difficult at all. I made it all the way to the narrow section that the sign says is the end but could have gone much further as the water was very low at the time. The real treat on this hike was all of the fall colors. The elms and maples were really bold and bright. I didn’t see anyone at all on the hike in and then passed about 50 people on the hike out. I can see how this is a very popular place. Also, surprisingly, I didn’t see too much fire damage, so that was great!
Flora
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Poison Ivy
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Oct 25 2018
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Mogollon Color Run, AZ 
Mogollon Color Run, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2018
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Hiking9.80 Miles 769 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   2.42 mph
769 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Came to see fall colors and maybe some bears.. fresh outta bears
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Oct 18 2018
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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2018
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Hiking3.60 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.32 mph
1,205 ft AEG
 
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Quick trip around Squaw. Ho hum
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Oct 17 2018
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2018
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Hiking1.10 Miles 590 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles      25 Mns   2.64 mph
590 ft AEG
 
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Oct 11 2018
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Red Rock Wander, AZ 
Red Rock Wander, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 11 2018
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Backpack10.00 Miles
Backpack10.00 Miles2 Days         
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Had a plan for a backpack trip to Taylor Cabin via Casner Mountain and Dogie Trail, however the 525C was closed about 8 miles away from either TH. Being disappointed, frustrated, and not wanting to road walk for 6 hours of my hike, I opted to just pull over and hike about 5 miles off the road. Went up to the top of a few small hills and found a lot of hunter's stuff out there like chairs, blinds, and lots of trash. Found a great camp spot under a tree and setup a tarp and tent for the night. Surprisingly, there was no rain at night. The most proven way to prevent getting rained on is to lug all of your rain gear with you wherever you go. Not wanting to go back just yet, I went over to Boynton Canyon and tried to check out some of the ruin sites. I didnt have that much time left and the scramble up those hills are very difficult, especially when its all muddy. Only made it to the first 'ruins' site and looks like it was pretty ancient, maybe 1 year or so old. Wish there were some more signs prior to getting there to inform of the road closure. Oh well, plans change and you make the best of it!
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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2018
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Hiking15.50 Miles 2,330 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   7 Hrs      2.21 mph
2,330 ft AEG
 
After all the rain, I figured there would be a lot of water in the creeks out in the Supes and fantastic weather, so I figured I would do a loop including a bigger creek. Started at first water TH just after sunrise. The hike to Garden Valley always gets me excited because I anticipate what the area will look like. Everything was wet, but not as green as I had hoped for. Anyway, I made it down to Boulder Creek in just over one hour and started my way up the creek. Surprisingly, there was not too much water in the creek. A few pools here in there but nothing to write home about. About a mile or so up, I was just strolling along minding my business when I got about 1 inch from walking into the biggest, nastiest spiderweb I have ever seen, with right in the middle of it the biggest, nastiest spider I have ever seen! A real spooky October dude. I had never been up the Cavalry trail before, and it was a pretty decent ascent. As soon as I got into the Marsh Valley area, the trail disappeared a bit and I had to really look for signs of trail. Upon this search I came across a real nice camp site that is pretty hidden from the trail. Eventually I got back on track and up and out of the valley. Took the BullPass short cut and back to the Dutchman. The hike up to Parker's Pass and to the First Water TH was uneventful, but I did finally see some other people out there enjoying the wonderful weather. Great to be back in the Superstitions!
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Sep 20 2018
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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2018
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Hiking15.80 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.66 mph
4,400 ft AEG
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Fantastic, very strenuous hike that goes through some outstanding scenic forests and meadows. I went with my friends Sanchez and Corey after staying the night at the Locket Meadow campground. After the initial couple miles, the trail goes through an epic section of aspens that look like something out of a horror movie. After the aspen section, there is a road hike for a few miles that goes to all the wells on the way up to the basin. After the last well, the trail continues up up up and eventually starts to switchback until the junction with the Weatherford trail. Here is where the elevation started to get to me. The alpine section is always my favorite area as there is nowhere like it anywhere in AZ! Finally saw the first other people of the day when we reached the main saddle up there. Then the steady stream of people didnt stop. I was not surprised, because the weather was just about perfect that day. Now I consider myself an avid hiker and in pretty good shape, but once I got to that saddle it seemed like my legs just could not move any longer. It takes a lot to push through those feelings sometimes. It took about 6 1/2 hours to get to the top, and only 3 hours to get back down to camp. This hike was a real wake-up call to me and next time I go up there I hope to be carrying 20lbs less. This hike is one of the Penultimate hikes here in AZ as the views were epic and non-stop.
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Sep 06 2018
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Oracle Ridge - Red Ridge LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2018
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Hiking8.50 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.55 mph
2,600 ft AEG
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Another research and elevation training trip in the Catalinas. Really liking this area and the drive down isnt even that bad, either. Wanting to explore some new areas, I brought Sanchez with me this time. Right when we parked the Jeep near the Red Ridge trailhead, we saw several deer so we knew it was going to be a great hike. We started down the Oracle Ridge trail where the views were great due to the high visibility of the day. I am always so surprised how lush the Catalinas can be. We started bear singing just in case. Sanchez had no interest in hitting the Pinal high point, though we were so close, so we just went down the hill at the saddle and to the old camp. Not sure how long ago there were operations here, but there was a lot of equipment down there. The cabin was in good shape and it had some cool features, like a sun deck, a BBQ grill, and even a squatter. The hike up Red Ridge was fairly smooth as it was a long hike back up to the top so the grade was easy going. Seems like there is a lot more to explore out here.. would like to do the whole front range soon.
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Mount Lemmon Loop - Lemmon / WOR / AspenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2018
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Hiking9.60 Miles 2,453 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles
2,453 ft AEG
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Backlogging some trips from the past few months. Spent some time in the Catalinas to beat the heat in Phoenix. Had not been in this area too much so it was a great change. This was a great loop and felt very secluded most of the time. Started at the radio towers and headed west on the Mt Lemmon trail. The very gentle, steady decline winds its way down through some pretty thick forests and then down to some cool rock formations. The views up here were fantastic. Once you get down towards the floor of the WOR valley there were several springs and small streams across the trail. I probably took the most difficult route, but I made my way down to the Lemmon Pools and ate some lunch. This was a cool, creepy, little area. The rest of the WOR hike was pretty flat and easy going. I heard water flowing the whole way up to the saddle. The last part of the hike was obviously the toughest part climbing about 2k feet back up to the top. Wanting to get some elevation training in for an upcoming Humphrey's hike, this was definitely a good warm up.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Lemmon Creek @ WOR #44 Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Lemmon Pools 26-50% full 26-50% full
Waterfall is trickling and pools are deep enough to swim.
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Mount Lemmon 9,157Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2018
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Hiking1.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Wanting to check out a new area but not having too much time, though I would take the drive up to the top. Drove as far as I could and found a small trail to the top. Found the marker and the register box. Ate a snack and headed back. This is my next area to explore as soon as it cools off. The drive up was gorgeous.

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Culture
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Benchmark
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Jul 19 2018
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Devin Haught Rim Romp, AZ 
Devin Haught Rim Romp, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2018
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Hiking10.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,700 ft AEG
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Took the daughter and the dog for a hike away from the heat up on the rim. I prefer to take the trail up the rim from Washington Park to get the workout, but as soon as we get on the top and to the 300, she remarked on how we should have drove up instead! :sl: Dog is still getting used to hiking, being on a leash, listening to commands, not pooping in the car on the ride up, normal puppy stuff. We hiked about 3 miles in, had lunch and turned around. Very humid but surprisingly very little water even after it rained 2 days ago.
Stopped at Water Wheel on the way back to check out the damage from last years flooding. Still a lot of debris all over. some 10-20 ft high. Water was all very muddy in this area. The memorials were touching and a tragic to think about.
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Jun 28 2018
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West Clear Creek - Calloway to Tule, AZ 
West Clear Creek - Calloway to Tule, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Jun 28 2018
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Canyoneering15.00 Miles
Canyoneering15.00 Miles2 Days         
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After weeks of planning our last trip to WCC, this one was a last minute idea. Went with my long lost brothers again, and this time their Tio/ Nino. Turns out all 4 of us are Godfathers, so queue the theme music. Started at the 142B turn off and walked the road down to the Calloway Trail. This section of the canyon is a lot different than the lower sections, as the walls are considerably taller and there is much more vegetation. Lots of flowers, ferns, and.. foliage, very beautiful! About 1/4 mile downstream there was a note on a rock that was addressed to 'Eric' dated 6/22 that said his Mom was looking for him. :-k I wanted to push for the Gardens in one day but the Don's pace was a lot slower than expected so we only got to the Tule Canyon drop in. This section was extremely slow going anyway because there were about 8 or so long swimmers and even more sections where you have to go right through the creek in knee/waist deep water and the algae covered boulders were ruthlessly unforgiving. I lost count how many times I fell. "Don't Trust that Rock" reemerged as a top hit. After it became apparent we would not reach the Gardens in one day, we decided to push for the powerlines where I knew we would find a campsite, as there are several drop in points nearby. One spot was littered with trash. Another spot we found Eric's wallet.. The plot thickens.. This section was extremely slow, slippery, and difficult. There were powerlines above us for over an hour and a half. Made a nice camp near the creek instead of up on the ledge. Very decent trail leading back up to the top. Had a nice cross country trek back to the road saving several miles back to the Jeep. Great team for this trip and Nino really impressed the way he hung in there.
Only a few several mile stretches of this place that I haven't been yet.. and still a few months of summer to go!
Eric!! Your Mom is looking for you!!
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Jun 07 2018
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West Clear Creek - White Box to BullPen, AZ 
West Clear Creek - White Box to BullPen, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Jun 07 2018
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Canyoneering30.00 Miles
Canyoneering30.00 Miles3 Days         
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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Back to one of my favorite places in AZ for an adventure trip with my long lost brothers. Did this hike 10 years ago and it seemed so much tougher back then. What a difference training and experience make! We had initially planned to make it a 4 day trip to give ourselves plenty of time to soak it all in; we finished in only 3 days.
Day 1 we dropped a truck off at BullPen and started the hike on the 142J 'road' about 4 miles from the drop in point near Cash Tank. The White box and swims were great, as always. Staring up at the narrow canyon walls is still a cool experience. Every time I have been here I have brought one person who has not been before and it is so cool to see their first impressions of the canyon. This time it was little brother and he loved all of it. Made it through the 4 swims and to the Hanging Gardens in 1.5 hours. The spring was flowing nicely and we spent some time swimming and hanging out with 67 year old Ken who had hiked in by himself and was planning on climbing out via a game trail above the spring. No doubt he made it out, this guy was in super senior shape. We hiked about another mile or so and made camp for the night. Enjoyed Whiskey and Wu-Tang.
Day 2 we broke camp about 8 AM and started into very rarely traveled wilderness. Almost right away we noticed the canyon walls were changing from the Coconino white and orange (brown) to the Supai red. On some of the longer, straight stretches we could get out of the water, but most of the hiking here was in the creek as it was mostly narrow without much of any side to travel on. Also, most everywhere on the side of the creek there was Poison Ivy anyway, so as soon as you get a good pace going, its back in the water again. This section of the canyon is really special as it twists and turns its way down. Around every corner was a section that required swimming. Some 20 ft, some 200 ft, some even longer. We passed some nice small waterfalls and we saw a ton of animal signs. What took the longest was the transitioning from water to shore to water again. There were so many boulders hidden underwater that we were constantly running into and having to climb over. These boulders were huge and all covered in algae, so everything was extra slippery.
**We came up with a few songs for the trip during this time: 'Welcome to Shin-land', 'You Slippin', 'The Boulder Slide', and our most popular hit - 'Dont Trust that Rock!'**
There was a short section where the canyon really opens up and we were hiking across desert terrain for a while. After about 6 hours of hiking, we came to probably my favorite area in the canyon. The creek comes out of the canopy and the walls narrow again forming a series of waterfalls that are all lined up in a row. As I looked downstream, it was awesome to see the level of the creek dropping several feet at a time, eventually about 200 ft below the top of the first small falls where I was standing. Again, its either a swim or a climb over rocks on the side to negotiate. There was a long straightaway section of boulder hopping on creek right until we reached Maiden (Indian) (Supai) Falls. We didnt have much time to enjoy the falls area because we were looking for a campsite for the night and they are very few and far between during this entire hike. Another hour or so of the same old swimming, bouldering, and pushing through brush had us on a small sand bar just big enough to accommodate us. A further look around showed an old firepit and signs of a previous camp there. After a long 9 hour day of hiking, we crashed out right at sunset.
Day 3 was pretty easy going as we had planned a 4 day trip but realized we would be done in 3. We were surprised in the AM by a father daughter group of 4 passing through headed to the falls. Great to see the intrepid youngsters out there! Found the trail leading up to the ledge and that eventually goes up the hill to the end of #17 or forks down canyon back to BullPen. The rest of the way back to BullPen was pretty much up on the ledge, on lovely, wonderful, flat, soft dirt. Four Creek crossings later, we were back at BullPen and the end of the trip.
Was kind of disappointed we didnt do another day of this, only because this place NEVER disappoints. No idea on mileage due to no RS running, all the twisting and turning of the canyon, and the constant back and forth across the creek, it felt like 30 or more. Obviously no problem with water. There are about zero escape routes once you get in that Red box section. Campsites are few and far between and totally non existent in most areas. I would say this is my favorite hike in all of AZ! For the truly adventurous, the middle section of this canyon is totally worth exploring at least once in your life.
Flora
Flora
Poison Ivy
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May 25 2018
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Packard Parsons Loop, AZ 
Packard Parsons Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 25 2018
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Hiking17.14 Miles 2,998 AEG
Hiking17.14 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   2.12 mph
2,998 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
 
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Funfact: Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in all of Arizona, and it is a beauty! Came back for another round, and this time I brought reinforcements and had a nice loop planned. Starting just a few hundred feet from the confluence of Sycamore Creek and the Verde River, Jamaal, Sanchez, and I began the hike about 6:30AM. Packard trail crosses the creek right away and starts the ascent imediately. About a 1000 ft climb takes you to the top of the mesa and here the trail goes through a nice Juniper forest and many cow paths. We spotted several very large hares bouncing around through the bushes up there. LOTS of animal signs (besides the cow poos) all over the place. Prints, poop, dead stuff, it was all over. Spotted the hill we needed to climb over to get to the spot and was formulating a plan to navigate, when a very nice trail popped out of nowhere and led right up to the top. Made our way over to the ruins and it was a great feeling. Very well preserved with several (7?) defined rooms with wood support beams and ceilings still intact. We took a long break up here just soaking in the amazing views and exploring the area and caves. I always get back to thinking of the people who lived and worked right here for centuries and got to wake up to that view everyday! Grateful for today's conveniences, but also longing for the simplicity and self sufficiency of ancient life. After the ruins, we headed down the ravine to the south and made our way down down down. The first 2/3rds of the decent was easy going through a wash and a very discernible route. It then started to get really steep with a few 30-40 foot drop offs. A few body surfing moves and cactus cushions helped to make it down. As previous routes helped lead the way, we skirted to the left more and more before coming out of a smaller side side drainage. At that point we were all pretty beat up and wanting that dip in the spring! The hike down the dry Sycamore Creek seemed longer than it was just due to the heat and the length of the day. We were about an hour over expected time due to hanging out at the ruins for so long. Made it to Parsons Spring and there are not many better feelings that jumping in that cool pond after that trek. I had come up to the lowest part of the canyon last week so the rest of the hike was a repeat for me but the guys enjoyed the beautiful shaded path back to the Jeep.
Another A+ hike.. I dont know how I am going to keep topping these every week! Looking forward to a good summer of hiking in these canyons..
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average hiking speed 2.16 mph
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