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Sep 14 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
RickVincent
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,942 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   1.90 mph
2,942 ft AEG
 
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Flatiron via Hwy 88 trailhead on First Water Rd. On the trail at 5:05am by light of the moon and headlamp. Lots of fun creatures lurking in the dark. Saw several tarantulas, a scorpion (my headlamp has blacklight mode) and a few other birds and rodents. This route adds some mileage and time. Miss the old days of parking at Mining Camp. Made it up to the peak in just over 2 hours. Passed a couple groups of 4 on the way up. Was blessed with some cool raindrops about 3/4 way up the mountain. Much needed boost of energy and motivation, but it didn't last long. Soon I was back to huffing and puffing and trying to figure out why I feel compelled to do this on my day off. I had the peak to myself, rested about 10-15 minutes then made my way back down the Draw. Great cloud cover kept the sun rays to a minimum. Arrived at the trailhead 9:02am.
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Sep 01 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Clear Creek ReservoirNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Kayak avatar Sep 01 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.50 Miles
Kayak6.50 Miles
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Beautiful warm day for some kayaking on Clear Creek. Unfortunately, the water looked more like mud. Hoped it would clear up as we approached the creek section, but of course, that is where all the murky brown water is coming from. Monsoon season just not the best time to visit this spot if you like crystal clear water. Still, always a joy to look up at the tall sheer cliffs and interesting geology. Quite a few people along the way. Plenty of rock climbers scouting deep water solo routes, boaters in various craft, cliff jumpers and sun soakers.
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Aug 31 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Kinder Crossing Trail #19Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
RickVincent
Hiking
Hiking
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1st trip
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Weekend in Pine with wife and friends. It was already late in the day, but we wanted to get out and enjoy a little dab of outdoors. I had never been to the Kinder Crossing trail, so we made our way there. Parked at the spot where most people park (short of the official trailhead). We hiked down to the trailhead, admired the lookout and views from there then headed back. Really not much of a hike, just more of a scouting trip. Dinner and wine back at the cabin sounded like a better way of spending the rest of the day.
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Aug 30 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 30 2019
RickVincent
Kayak9.00 Miles
Kayak9.00 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   5.68 mph
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5am power paddle. On the road at 4:05am. On the water at 5am. In at WU and out at Phon. Easily the darkest trip at the start. No moonlight. Headlamps don't do much except light up the land and actually seem to distract by creating bright spots off of paddle. Caught a nice wake-up splash going through Snaggletooth. Very low light going through Pinball, but no problems. Drained the boats after pinball. Could definitely skip this step with some spray skirts, but the stop is just part of the experience now. There is one more nice rapid (river right) past Sheep's Crossing. That one soaked us both. It's kind of an angled rapid, so hull doesn't really break up the wave and it all just comes pouring in over the right side. We continued on and emptied again at Phon. Best part of this trip, was leaving the parking lot. Patrick interrupts to say, "look, roadrunner." I look up. The roadrunner runs in front of us with its head low and then goes into an airborn matrix move while grabbing a grasshopper in mid air. Wish I had caught that on camera in slow motion. Fast trip overall at 1hr 35m. Flow rate at 1390cfs.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Aug 24 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Spring Creek via Young, AZ 
Spring Creek via Young, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
RickVincent
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.75 mph
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1st trip
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Planned and followed my driving route via Google Earth. One thing Google Earth doesn't show you is "how rough are the roads." When I'm on a solo outing like this, I hate getting too remote on primitive roads. Bottomed out a couple times, but I think most likely just the running boards. High risk for flat tire, but no problems with my Cooper's today. I was able to follow the driving route using my Garmin Foretrex, and it got me all the way to a nice cliff edge where I would begin my descent to Spring Creek. Incredible 360 degree views from this high point. I made my descent to the creek, worked my way up stream for about 1/2 mile. Took a lunch break then headed down stream towards what looked like an old abandoned dwelling. There used to be two log structures here. The area is picturesque, on the edge of the tree line, with a large open meadow in front of the dwelling and creek running down below. Would like to know the story of who lived here and when. Swam a bit in the cool water and filtered two bottles of creek water before making my way back up the 700 foot climb.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Aug 23 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 23 2019
RickVincent
Kayak9.00 Miles
Kayak9.00 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   5.57 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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We were bookin' today. Great flow at 1450cfs. Dropped a shuttle vehicle at Phon then drove up to WU. Started in the dark with head lamps on at 5:03am. Skipped Snaggletooth by taking the left fork. Fairly decent light by the time we reached Pinball. Didn't take on too much water in the rapids so continued on past the bridge without draining the boats. Took on a little more water on the small rapid shortly after the bridge. Pulled over at a sandy beach and drained the kayaks. Back on the water, past Foxtail Eddy, Mud Cliffs, Exit 4 and Coon Bluff to our take out at Phon. Landed the boats at 6:40am.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Aug 16 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 16 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.50 Miles
Kayak6.50 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   4.64 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Fastest flow of the season at 1490 cfs. Started in the dark by moonlight. Didn't need headlamps. Just followed the reflected moonlight on the water. Plenty of light by the time we reached Pinball. Swells are getting bigger compared to the 500cfs flow from earlier in the season. No spray skirts pretty much means we have to pull over and dump water right after the rapids on every trip. Easy enough. Then its back on the river. Plenty of horses, heron, and jumping fish this morning.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Aug 09 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 09 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.50 Miles
Kayak6.50 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   4.43 mph
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Someone opened up the valve. 1360 cfs this morning. Great surf at Snaggletooth and almost sunk the boat going over a pillow at Pinball.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Aug 04 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Blue Ridge Reservoir - CC CraginPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Kayak avatar Aug 04 2019
RickVincent
Kayak2.00 Miles
Kayak2.00 Miles   3 Hrs      0.67 mph
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1st trip
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Not a lot of mileage on this trip, but that's what happens when you go out with friends and family. We were on the water about 3 hours. Lots of stopping for snacks, and stopping to climb around and jump off rocks. Plenty of fun distractions. Plus, we were all hungry for some pizza at Old Country Inn in Pine.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Aug 03 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 03 2019
RickVincent
Kayak9.00 Miles
Kayak9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   3.86 mph
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Took an old friend down the river today. Put in at WU and take out at Phon. Boats on the water at 5:10am. Ideal time of day for solitude and plenty of wildlife sightings.
950 to 900 cfs.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jul 31 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 31 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.50 Miles
Kayak6.50 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   4.81 mph
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Borderline weather didn't stop the morning paddle. Fog layer created a unique mood which enhanced the overall experience. Light sprinkles of rain at the start, then nothing until the drive home.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jul 25 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 25 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.50 Miles
Kayak6.50 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   4.76 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Boats on the water at Water User's put-in, 5:03am. Good flow around 900cfs. Surfed Snaggletooth and got soaked at Pinball. Wild horses everywhere. Spotted a couple horses doing the wildthing. Saw a young deer drinking/eating at river's edge next to a couple mature horses. A Great Blue Heron won a quick showdown with a white one. Finished up the 6.5 mile run at Goldfield at 6:25am.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Jul 14 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 14 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.50 Miles
Kayak6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.00 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Family float today from Water Users to Goldfield Rec. 7 people, 6 crafts. All kayaks except my rubber raft. Took my neice with me in the raft. Slow float pace. Everyone enjoyed the rapids...well maybe not mom. She normally prefers the alt bypass route, but decided to stick with the rest of the group.

Est. avg flow 700 cfs

Again, horses everywhere. Busy day at the river, although not as crazy busy as it was on July 4th. The 7:30am launch time helped.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jul 12 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 12 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.50 Miles
Kayak6.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   4.33 mph
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My sister and brother in law are in town. I introduced my brother in law to the Salt River. We put kayaks on the water at 5:15am, watched a red and blue sunrise and continued forward at a steady pace. Got soaked at Pinball Alley. Plenty of horses all along the route made for many photo-ops for my brother. We wrapped up our trip at Goldfield Rec at 6:45.

Est. Avg Flow 800cfs
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jul 10 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 10 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.50 Miles
Kayak6.50 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   5.06 mph
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Paddling my way through the Supes closure. The 4th paddle trip in past 13 days. A trip down the Salt is another one of those outdoor recreations that would typically be reserved for a weekend or day off, but is actually very doable before going to work.

4:30am - Meet my friend Pat at Power/McDowell.
4:40am - drop shuttle vehicle at Goldfield exit.
4:59am - boats on the water at Water Users put-in.
6:16am - take out at Goldfield.

Est. Avg Flow 800cfs

Salt River wild horses, red-winged blackbirds, and great blue heron were plentiful. Other human beings, not so much. Always a great wilderness experience at this early hour.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jul 04 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 04 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.30 Miles
Kayak6.30 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.29 mph
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4th of July family float. We celebrated my daughter Alex's birthday today with a trip down the Salt. Group of 10 met up at 7am and had all crafts on the water by 8. Holiday crowds in full force, although the early start kept us ahead of the masses. Put in at Water Users and take out at Goldfield. Great day, lots of horses, fun people on the river. Good time.

Est. Avg. Flow 850cfs
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jul 02 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 02 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.30 Miles
Kayak6.30 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   4.91 mph
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A little bit later start this morning meeting up with Patrick at 4:30am. Dropped shuttle at Phon. Put in up at the bridge and on the water at 5:01. Wildlife everywhere, great blue heron, white egrets, birds, ducks, hawks, wild horses, rabbits. I lost the plug on my kayak which has never been a problem in the past, except for occasional splash-in. Today, not so lucky. In the last mile I could feel the extra weight of water. If I stopped quickly, it would swoosh in front of me. With about a 1/4 mile to go the back end finally dipped below water level, and then really started taking on water. We were just about 150 yards from the end and I could tell I was slowly sinking. Pulled to the side even though the finish was right there in front of me. Dumped out the water and then finished the paddle. Lost some time compared to last week. Gonna have to find a cork!

Low flow around 550cfs
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jun 28 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jun 28 2019
RickVincent
Kayak6.30 Miles
Kayak6.30 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   5.25 mph
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Goal and plan set to kayak Lower Salt before going to work. Met up with my friend Patrick at corner of Power and McDowell at 4:20am. We drove both cars to our take-out at Phon D Sutton. Dropped the shuttle vehicle and drove up to the bridge for the put-in. Kayaks on the water at 4:55am (pre-dawn with just enough light). Instead of the normal easy Sunday float, we paddled a consistent pace, only breaking for water or occasional wildlife sighting. Arrived at Phon D Sutton 6:07am. Loaded up the kayaks in the shuttle vehicle, drove back up to the put-in to retrieve other vehicle. Arrived back home at 7am. Plenty of time to clean-up, unload, shower, eat and leave for work by 8.

Low flow 580cfs
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jun 23 2019
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Ironwood Ridgeline 3108 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2019
RickVincent
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,683 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.48 mph
1,683 ft AEG
 
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This is a challenging but somewhat short hike as far as Ridge line hikes go. Great views the whole way and involves some route finding. I approached from the trailhead at Meridian and followed trail to the east. I'm not really sure of the best route up. I just find a spot and start working up off trail towards the southeastern peak of the ridge. Once on the ridgeline, it's easier and fun. There are some mildly exposed areas where rock climbing skills and holds come in handy. Route finding sometimes involves a decision to go right, left or directly up and over certain peaks along the way. Nothing to difficult. Once across the ridgeline and on the final peak at the north end, there is a "primitive trail" marked by cairns that lead down towards the Boulder Saddle (I believe that is the name). Once at the saddle, follow a much more established trail back down to the trailhead.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Jun 22 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Tonto Natural BridgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
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Hiking1.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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A perfect cool summer day to not only hike Tonto Natural Bridge, but just to hang out and enjoy the setting. We found an awesome shade tree hanging over a creek and grass lawn. Set up our chairs and chilled with friends. Three of us went on the short Pine Creek hike to the bridge, then backed up to the Anna Mae trail where we made our way up and back to our spot. Probably less than an hour for the loop. My wife, Anna, had stayed back with our dog (dogs allowed on the grounds, but not on trails). On our return, we found Anna napping on a blanket, enjoying some outdoor r&r.

Afterwards, we drove up to Pine and enjoyed some wine, beer, and knock-out good pizzas at the Old Country Inn and Taphouse. Great day, with only exception being that 87 was closed due to a brush fire north of Mt Ord. Luckily our friends caught the news alert almost immediately. We turned around, headed north to the 260 and over to I-17. What should have been a 90 minute ride home, ended up just short of 3 hours.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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