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Apr 01 2011
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2011
RickVincent
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   3.53 mph
800 ft AEG
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This is one of my regular morning fitness hikes starting from the Meridian TH. Started my hike at just before 6am and headed up towards the Pass Mtn saddle. On the way down I decided to try another route that leads down to the TH. This route is very rocky along the top half until it reaches a drainage. From there, the trail proceeds down a sandy wash until ultimately rejoining the trail I started on. Some interesting sights down in the wash including a natural bridge (of sorts). Its more like a 4 foot high window in the side of the short canyon wall. Lots of little cave-like pockets that would make great shelters for all kinds of desert critters.
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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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Mar 30 2011
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2011
RickVincent
Hiking3.30 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.05 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 
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On the trail from McKellips TH just before 5:45am. I picked up a bee along the way that circled and harrassed me for the last .4 miles up to the bowl. Maybe I should thank him for pushing the pace. I can't believe how long he stuck around. He finally left me alone, but sure enough, I ran back into him on the way back down. This time, he only circled me a few times then left me alone. Completed the hike 12 minutes faster overall.
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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.
Mar 28 2011
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2011
RickVincent
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   2.38 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 
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Arrived at the McKellips TH this morning at 5:45am. The last few hundred feet of road up to the trailhead is more like a rock filled dry wash. Very bumpy.

Made it to the Basin (bowl) by 6:21. Turned around and headed back to the car. Nothing exciting of note. Wildflowers starting to bloom, but isolated.
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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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Mar 15 2011
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2011
RickVincent
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour      4.00 mph
800 ft AEG
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The days are getting longer now. On the trail (from Meridian TH) at 6am and used my headlamp until there was enough light (6:15am) to turn it off. Hiked 2 miles up to the saddle and back by 7am.
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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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Mar 12 2011
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2011
RickVincent
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   1.40 mph
1,550 ft AEG
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After seeing Grasshopper and MNLumberjack's photosets of this hike, I was inspired to check it out myself. A cool secret hideout 3600 feet up in the Superstitions? The boy in me said, You gotta go.

First, I had to climb 1500 feet up the Carney trail. Holy cow, this is tougher than Flatiron. And I wasn't even going all the way to the top (Peak 5057). Its a steep hike that requires occasional handwork through boulder and slick rock parts.

I came across a big group of hikers (10-12 people) on the way up to the saddle. They were heading up to the Peak and planned to continue down the Ridgeline to Flatiron. When we reached the saddle they continued on to the Northwest while I took the Northeast trail towards the Roost.

The trail started out well-cairned, but at one point I reached the drainage and wasn't sure which direction to go. I followed some cairns up a ridge to my north, but this didn't seem right. I was supposed to follow that drainage. So, back down the ridge I go where I regained the trail. But, then it happened again. Cairns lead me up that darn north ridge again at any area where the drainage starts to split. I should have stayed on the right drainage but was being led up the left. I began my correction, but realized I must have added a good 1/4 mile plus some bushwhacking to my trip.

Back on track, and now I'm heading towards the spires near the cliff's edge. Cairns would appear then disappear, but I ultimately found myself at a big cairn that seemed quite important. I looked down to my left and spotted what appeared to be the Roost. But, how to get down? I glanced at the hole to my right which dropped vertically down a 10 foot chute to sloped ground below. Could that be the way? I examined a couple other angles, then realized, yep, that's the way. I dropped my pack at the top of the hole and began stemming my way down into the "cave". A few good holds for my feet and hands and soon I was standing on a steep angled chute inside of a slot that led right into the Roost.

As expected, this is a cool little hideout. I enjoyed the Roost area for about 20-30 minutes and then moved on down the trail making my way back the same way I came.

Of course, I somehow screwed up again and ended up too high on the ridge south of the drainage. Lost the cairns again. Not to worry though, I just kept moving forward and soon found the trail (plus a few catclaw scratches) that led back to the Carney trail.

Showed up back at my vehicle just under 4 hours after I started to cap a cool little morning adventure.
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Robbers Roost - Superstitions
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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.
Mar 05 2011
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2011
RickVincent
Hiking1.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Took my kids up to Sedona for the day. We drove over to Westfork for a short hike. The attendant at the entrance said we might be limited as to how far we could go due to high water levels. I decided to go ahead anyway and just let the kids have some fun wherever their legs could take them.

There is still quite a bit of snow in the canyon, and my little ones took full advantage of the conditions by stomping around in the white stuff and making snowballs.

The first creek crossing was easily crossed by walking across a couple of downed trees that appeared to have been placed by other hikers. My two youngest used the sit and scoot method to cross.

Our hike outing turned into more of an exploring and playing in the snow day. They had a great time, and that is all that mattered today.
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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.
Feb 27 2011
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2011
RickVincent
Hiking6.40 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.42 mph
2,780 ft AEG
 
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Let it snow! After an action packed weekend entertaining my friends from Pittsburgh, including a trip to the Chiricahua's, Tombstone, and Devil's Canyon, you would think I'd had enough. The girls were pooped, but Dean and I were ready to go. Their plane back to Pitt didn't leave until Sunday at 4pm, so Dean and I decided to make one more trip. I told Dean about Flatiron, and that if we got an early start we could do it.

I was actually hoping for rain on Saturday night. Rain it did. Although, I never heard a drop. When I woke up at 5:50am, Dean was already up and preparing for the hike. He asked if we were still going. "Yeah!" I replied. Dean informed me that it had been raining. Ahh! That's why he asked if we were still going. I quickly concluded that the shorts I was wearing may not be the best choice. I grabbed my long pants and prepared to get out the door. Dean said he was bringing every layer (of clothing) he had in his bag. I thought I was doing okay with my three layers (tank top, short sleeve shirt, and light jacket). Something told me, maybe I should grab my heavy jacket w/ gloves and my heavy knit skull cap. It wouldn't hurt to at least have these items in the car.

We jumped in the car and backed down the wet driveway. Within minutes we were heading down Signal Butte staring at the cloud covered Superstitions in the darkness of early dawn. We noticed the white streaks descending below the clouds. Looks like snow. Being from Pittsburgh, Dean wasn't nearly as impressed or excited as I was. For Dean, this is what he left behind for a warm Arizona vacation. For me, it was a rare opportunity for a snow hike right in my own backyard, just 20 minutes from home.

We arrived at Lost Dutchman Park at 6:50am, paid our $7 plus an extra $1 just because I like the park. We drove down to the mostly empty Siphon Draw parking lot. Just two other cars were in the lot.

It was windy and cold. I opened the car door. The wind blew it back closed. We layered up, put on our jackets and skull caps, grabbed the packs and hit the Discovery Trail. I ensured Dean that the wind would let up once we reached the canyon. Of course, I was only guessing, but it sounded about right based on my earlier hike experiences into the area.

We made our way up the trail and sure enough the wind seemed to die down as we reached the mouth of the canyon. At 2600 feet we came across the first scatterings of snow, mostly stuck to the railroad ties that lead the way up the early part of the trail. I stopped to photograph these first signs of snow, which Dean found amusing. Unfortunate for Dean, there was much more snow to come.

At about 45 minutes in, we arrived at the Basin. The slick rock was just that....slick. I felt like Bambi on ice. I lacked confidence in every step. Its about this time that the wind kicked up. Did I mention I hate the wind? No? Well, I hate the wind. We had stopped to admire the trickle of the Basin Waterfall where we ate beef jerky and trail mix. The wind was chilling, so we put our packs back on and started climbing/crawling up the Basin. I was looking for foot holds and hand holds as if I were rock climbing. My new pair of Vasques were actually doing a pretty good job on the wet rock and my confidence quickly grew as I began to trust the shoe. Soon we were out of the Basin and on to the next challenge.

The trail looked so different with all this white stuff on the ground. Soon the trail was hidden under a 2-3 inch layer of snow. The hikers who had arrived before us left a clear trail of footprints which we closely followed, although cautiously. Afterall, I didn't know who these people were. Did they know where they were going?

At about 3800 feet we came across our mystery hikers. They had turned around and were heading back to the Trailhead. They introduced themselves as John, Julie and Sherry. They looked like strong, experienced hikers and they were in great spirits. They had decided it was getting a little too slushy, and thus turned back. This sounded like a smart idea, but Dean and I were committed to the goal, Flatiron. At least I think Dean was committed. I think he just didn't want to be the one to back out. I can tell he enjoyed hiking the mountainous Arizona terrain. He just didn't really like being in this snow. The gloves I had given him were fingerless, which didn't help. I kept asking him if his hands were too cold and if he wanted to turn back, but he seemed intent on moving forward.

From the moment we had left the house, Flatiron was hidden beneath a blanket of clouds. Now here we were just hundreds of feet from the summit and still no view of the grand butte. With John, Julie and Sherry turning around, there would be no more footsteps to follow. It was just Dean, myself and the occasional faded blue dot to guide the way. The snow was getting deeper. We continued on. The snow layer actually seemed to help us along. It was easier to spot the unobstructed lanes that seemed to lead up the mountain towards the still invisible Flatiron. I began calling out the elevation readings from my Garmin Foretrex 401 every 100 feet. Dean had told me, "Just keep dangling that carrot in front of me."

The climb sections were getting slipperier. Along the way, I would clear snow off the rocks with my hands to find solid handholds and footholds. At about 4400 feet I glanced up to my right. Still, no view of Flatiron.

Finally, we arrived at the last obstacle, the 12 foot vertical rock wall. I've always climbed the route to the right. It's easy, like climbing a ladder. This time, covered in 4-6 inches of snow, the "right" just didn't look.....well....right. I was drawn to the low dead branches of that tree on the left. Wipe off the snow and those branches looked a lot more reliable than my usual option. Having never ascended the left route, I examined the foothold pattern and climbed on. I brushed off the stack of snow on the tree branches and continued up the fairly easy climb without issue.

The air was thick with fog. Talk about having your "head in the clouds." Visibility was only about 30 feet. If not for my previous knowledge of the trail from this point on, I would have been completely lost. As I made my way down the "supposed" trail, I was still slightly unsure of my actual position. Even Dean commented, "Are you sure this is the trail?" I confirmed it was, although I'm not sure he believed me. All along, I watched intently to my right, knowing that the cliff edge was nearby.

Finally the trail seemed to widen. I sped up to a jogging pace, each footstep sinking 5-7 inches into the snow. Deer and small animal tracks were the only other prints guiding the way. I know this area. I was on Flatiron.

The view at the top, left much to the imagination. There was nothing to see but fog and snow covered cacti. The wind was unusually calm at first. I've always experienced high winds at this lookout. For just a fleeting moments (10-15 seconds) we saw an opening in the clouds. An oval of brilliant blue sky peaked through. The hole quickly dissolved and its at this point that we decided to head back down the mountain.

We followed our footsteps back to the 12 foot wall. I led the down climb on the same side of the wall we went up. Our previous footsteps were starting to melt away and the rock was slushier and even more slippery than before. I took every step with caution, using hands and elbows much more than I ever remember in past trips.

As we approached the high point above the Basin, the clouds were beginning to open up above the valley, making for incredible views of the city, minus the usual brown cloud. What I thought would be a slippery downclimb through the Basin turned out to be dry and easy most of the way. Once we were past the Basin it was free-sailing. Small pellets of white "sleet?", not flakes began to fall from the sky. The ground was quickly littered with what looked like styrofoam dots.

As we left the mouth of the canyon, we came across several groups of hikers just starting out on their journeys into the snowy abyss. We noticed a big nasty grayish/brown mass approaching from the Southeast. I was happy to be heading back to the car, and wondered what was in store for the other latecomers.

We ran most of the way down from the Basin. Not because we were worried about the coming storm clouds, but just because it felt good. We arrived back at the Siphon Draw 4-1/2 hours after we started. Suprisingly, given the conditions, a personal best. Afterall, my Pennsylvania guests had a plane to catch and I'm sure that Dean was ready to get out of this cold snowy place that he never thought he would see on his Arizona vacation.
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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.
Feb 26 2011
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Devil's Canyon HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Feb 26 2011
RickVincent
Canyoneering1.40 Miles 1,093 AEG
Canyoneering1.40 Miles
1,093 ft AEG
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Day two of entertaining out-of-town guests. 100% overcast today. Decided it was best to find something close to home. We left Tombstone at 10am and headed up to Superior via a rarely traveled route that cuts up through Redington and Cascabel. It was a long drive down a narrow dirt road, but we ultimately made our way out, up into Mammoth, then Winkelman, and then into Superior. We started at Hackberry Canyon and made our way to the 40 foot dryfall. The girls announced that we had reached the end. "This is as far as we can go." Of course, it didn't take very long before Dean and I found the route and started scrambling down the dryfall. We urged the girls along and helped them where they needed an extra hand. From there it was pretty easy going, occasionally having to examine the creek bed for the best route down to Devil's Canyon. The girls stopped at a final drop of about 20 feet and enjoyed the view from a steep ledge. Dean and I continued on down to the creek at Devil's Canyon. Not wanting to leave the girls too far behind, we decided to turn around and rejoin them for the trip back up Hackberry Canyon. This is a great canyon with some killer vertical rock climbing routes along the way as well.
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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.
Feb 25 2011
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Echo Canyon Loop - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2011
RickVincent
Hiking3.30 Miles 544 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
544 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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I originally planned to take out of town guests up to Page to see slots and hoodoos, but the weather forecast called for 70-90% chance of rain in the area. Decided to travel south instead. We started in Mesa and took the 60 through Superior, Miami, and Globe. Followed the 70 into Safford, and the 191 to the I-10 and into Wilcox. We arrived at the park in just under 4 hours. This was my first time in the Chiricahua's. The hoodoos and spires in this area are interesting and plentiful. We hiked under blue skies and breezy winds. An area called the grotto was probably the most interesting feature. By 5 o'clock we were back at the Echo Canyon TH and ready to find a place to stay for the night. Our guests really like the idea of seeing Tombstone, so we took the back road route from the Chiricahua's into Tombstone where we found a nice bed and breakfast at the Tombstone Bordello.
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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.
Feb 09 2011
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2011
RickVincent
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   3.20 mph
800 ft AEG
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From Meridian TH up to the saddle and back. Looking forward to longer days so that I don't need my headlamp. Headlamp is required for most of the way up in the early 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.
Jan 30 2011
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Pine Creek, AZ 
Pine Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2011
RickVincent
Hiking1.60 Miles 1,870 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles
1,870 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Went up to my cousins cabin in Pine. She has a place right off of Bradshaw Road. Great location. My nephews Adam and Austin and myself set out on atv's for a quick 1 mile spin over to the creek. From there they took me over to their favorite camping site, which required a Class 4 climb about 100 feet up the side of a cliff. I was a little hesitant, but the holds were good and plentiful. Still, a little freaky without ropes. After visiting their cliffside hideout, we headed back down the cliff (an easier way) and continued boulder hopping and bushwhacking along the way. We came across several pools, most of which were covered with ice. One particular very shady area was covered with ice thick enough to walk on. We spent some time here slipping and sliding around on the ice. I almost cracked my head open goofing off. I needed to get back to the valley, so we turned around and headed back the way we came.
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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.
Jan 29 2011
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 Mesa, AZ
Tonto Natural BridgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2011
RickVincent
Hiking1.50 Miles 500 AEG
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500 ft AEG
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Yes, this was my first trip to Tonto Natural Bridge. I'm just not normally into sightseeing tourist trap places that require a fee to get in. Anyway, I hiked in with my girl, Anna, from the Pine Trail near the first parking lot. We boulder hopped our way down past a beautiful waterfall which was more like a hanging garden. As we continued on, we soon came upon this awesome cave-like structure (the bridge). It is a great site and the low angle sun and gentle breeze were creating fantastic formations of the waterfall coming over the other end. They call this a strenuous hike, but really not so much for "hikers." For the typical out of shape tourist, yes, this could definitely be a tough climb out of the canyon. I saw one rather large woman hunched over, sitting at a picnic table with hands on knees, face red, breathing heavily and drooling/spitting on the ground. She was a mess after the 200-300 foot stair climb up the waterfall trail.
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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.
Jan 23 2011
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 Mesa, AZ
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 23 2011
RickVincent
Run/Jog5.15 Miles 700 AEG
Run/Jog5.15 Miles   1 Hour      5.15 mph
700 ft AEG
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I challenged myself to do this loop in under one hour. I've hike this area several times, but this was my first attempt at trying to knock out the complete 5 mile loop racing against the clock. Started at First Water TH at 9:50am. Ran down to Second Water Trail. A gradual climb leads up towards Garden Valley. Hustled across Garden Valley then its mostly downhill towards Hackberry Spring. Boulder hopped my way up the creek and then up the trail by the stables and old wind mill. At this point, I'm feeling pretty much pooped. Climbed the uphill trail out onto the road. Arrived at the road with 2.5 minutes to spare. I picked up the pace again, but soon realized, "I'm not going to make this in under 60 minutes." I rounded the final bend, I could now see the cars in the parking lot, but its 59 minutes,50 seconds and counting. I reach my vehicle at 10:50am, 60 minutes and 30 seconds after I started. Exhausted...Wow! Didn't quite hit the goal, but a great feeling of satisfaction on this first attempt. :y:
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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.
Jan 16 2011
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 Mesa, AZ
Hackberry Spring from Horse LotPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2011
RickVincent
Hiking3.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.78 mph
200 ft AEG
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A quick trip this morning with my girl, Anna. Hiked through the short canyon and about another 3/4 mile beyond. Turned around and came back the same way.
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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.
Jan 15 2011
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 Mesa, AZ
Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2011
RickVincent
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,422 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   2.45 mph
1,422 ft AEG
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This is a fun ride. Did this one solo today, and pushed myself to knock it out in a fast time. Very windy up top this morning. I found a cap on the way up (between Wind Cave and the Peak) and hid it in the circle of stacked rocks on the northern peak before starting my descent. So, if you lost a cap with a picture of a bear paw on it, then get on up to the Ridgeline and collect your booty. If there is any resemblence of a trail on the way down, then I certainly didn't find it. Bushwhacked and boulder hopped my way down to the Pass Mountain Loop.
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Dec 31 2010
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2010
RickVincent
Hiking5.15 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.31 mph
700 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Took some non-hiker friends on this easy loop hike. 6 people, 3 dogs. A fun loop with nice views along the way. Enjoyed seeing the snow capped mountains in the distance and icicles hanging off the edges of the cliffs nearby. Lots of water along the way. Group traveled slow, but gave me a chance to enjoy the sights and look around a bit.
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Dec 27 2010
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Fossil Creek - Mazatzal Wilderness AreaCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 27 2010
RickVincent
Canyoneering3.00 Miles
Canyoneering3.00 Miles
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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This place is normally over-infested with people in the warm months, many of whom litter and show little regard for this beautiful morsel of nature. What a pleasure it was to have this paradise all to ourselves. On this overcast day, we drove down the creepy, thin, guardrail-less, dirt road to lower part of the creek. Arrived to an empty parking lot and never saw another soul for the rest of the day. Just me, Anna and her son Chris. We hiked along the creek, stopping frequently to enjoy the waterfalls, rapids, and turquoise blue clear pools. We hiked up to an incredible 15' high waterfall and stopped for lunch. Made our way back, the same way we came in. Still not another person to be seen in the entire area.
A cool dip in the water at Fossil Creek in late December may not sound like a fun idea, but if you like solitude, this is the time to go.
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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.
Dec 26 2010
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Queen Creek Cyn / Magma GardensGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Climbing avatar Dec 26 2010
RickVincent
Climbing
Climbing
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 Mama'a Boy Goes Home 5.5
Took my son Justin (9yo) and my girlfriends son Chris (18yo) out for some climbing. Put them on Mama's Boy. Hiked around the Looner and Magma areas.
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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.
Dec 24 2010
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2010
RickVincent
Hiking5.84 Miles 2,898 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.06 mph
2,898 ft AEG
 
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Our group of six arrived at Lost Dutchman around 6:35am and started our hike at 6:45am. Beautiful day for a hike as everyone in the group quickly shedded their extra layers (jackets, hoodies, etc) before reaching the basin on our way up Siphon Draw. Would need those jackets later. We arrived at Flatiron where it is always windy and cold. Jackets back on. Why is it always windy and cold on Flatiron, but calm and warm on the peaks? Three in our group had to get back down the mountain for other Christmas Eve obligations. The other three of us (Ken, Chris and myself) continued on up to 5024. A little extra effort put us at the top of the peak in about 25 minutes from Flatiron. The usual great views into the Supes, Four Peaks, Saguaro and Canyon Lakes, and the entire valley were there for our enjoyment.

The Flatiron crowds were in full force on our way down. We had enjoyed solitude on the way up, due to our early start, but had to fight through the trail of ants making their way up as we headed back down. I made the most of it by wishing all of the latecomers a Merry Christmas.
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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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Dec 22 2010
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2010
RickVincent
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Morning hike before work. Start at 6:15am in the dark. Headlamp on for most of the way up. Hiked to the saddle and climbed the small peak to the East of the saddle. Returned the same way.
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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.
average hiking speed 1.83 mph
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