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Nov 10 2017
kwpapke
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Meadows - Hells Hole LoopSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Backpack avatar Nov 10 2017
kwpapke
Backpack47.20 Miles
Backpack47.20 Miles2 Days   19 Hrs      
30 LBS Pack
 
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Almost the same as the official route, but took a slight detour between Hell's Hole and The Meadows. What a great hike! Almost as good as Aravaipa. I lucked out with the weather, 70 during the day, 25-30 at night. I want to do it again, this time counter-clockwise so I can camp at the Meadows before doing the climb over towards the West Fork.

I did make a Youtube video guide to this hike: [ youtube video ]
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
Sycamores were near peak color
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Jun 02 2016
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mormon Canyon Trail #352Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2016
kwpapke
Hiking2.69 Miles 2,402 AEG
Hiking2.69 Miles   2 Hrs      1.35 mph
2,402 ft AEG
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Little overnight loop: up the Morse Canyon, Crest Trail to Chiricahua Saddle, then over to HQ spring where I spent the night. Hiked out the next morning down the Mormon Canyon trail. The latter was much easier to follow than some of the triplogs suggest. A little steep in spots, but not bad.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Columbine in full bloom near Mormon Spring. Rocky Mountain Iris in bloom in several places.

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Good flow downstream from Mormon Spring
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May 27 2016
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mormon Ridge Trail #269Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 27 2016
kwpapke
Backpack10.00 Miles 3,108 AEG
Backpack10.00 Miles
3,108 ft AEG
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Been exploring the Turkey Creek hikes lately, thought I'd give the Mormon Ridge trail a shot. Did a simple overnight, camped up near the peak. Mormon Ridge didn't seem as steep as some had described it - relentless yes, but no "straight up the mountain" sections to leave you panting. It is in reasonable shape compared to some of the other trails like Saulsbury, but not as clean as Morse.

I like this trail - great views, a couple of saddles to take in the surroundings, easy navigation.

I avoided the Mormon Canyon trail on this trip as I was concerned that it would be hard to follow, but on the basis of some of the recent triplogs I'm going to have to give it a shot next time I'm there.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
The Lupine were still blooming a bit, and there was an orange hedgehog cactus blooming in a couple of spots along the trail. The New Mexican Locust were also in bloom in a couple of spots along the trail - pretty, but nasty thorns!!
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May 09 2016
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Saulsbury Trail #263Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 09 2016
kwpapke
Backpack19.00 Miles 3,133 AEG
Backpack19.00 Miles2 Days         
3,133 ft AEG
 
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First trip to Turkey Creek TH. Looking for a longer loop, so hiked up Saulsbury to Crest, and spent the night at Anita Park. Next day took the Crest to Morse and down the latter to the campsites near the TH along the creek and spent a blissful night listening to the waterfalls.

Wildlife: Black-tailed rattler on Saulsberry, awoke to two black bears crashing through the trees at Anita, lots of wild turkeys and deer along Turkey Creek.

Saulsberry looks like it is mostly used by horses. The trail gets quite faint, but is reasonably well cairned. Had to backtrack a few feet, but no real issues. Crest had lots of deadfall and overgrowth after Raspberry Peak. Morse was in great shape, love that trail.

Water: trickling at Anita Spring. Tried to find Aqua Fria and HQ springs. The trail to the latter was so covered in deadfall it made passage nearly impossible and I gave up. Agua Fria was not as impassable, but the trail became too faint to follow and with great chagrin I discovered I did not have the GPS coordinates of the springs loaded :-( I'll make a more earnest effort next time.

This was a very pleasant 20 mile loop, easily done in 24 hours (noon to noon). Next time I'll try my luck with one of the Mormon trails, as I liked the look of the camping area right after Mormon hits the Crest (I'm a hammock guy, need trees!!)

The only humans I saw were in a camper along Turkey Creek. Gotta like that!
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Nice Lupine bloom along the Crest
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Apr 21 2016
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 21 2016
kwpapke
Backpack19.00 Miles 2,200 AEG
Backpack19.00 Miles1 Day         
2,200 ft AEG
 
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Hiked up to Circlestone from Rogers Trough and spent a night with a full moon camped up by the ruins. Great overnight! Here's the video I made of the hike: https://www.youtube.co...
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Mar 11 2016
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 11 2016
kwpapke
Backpack13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Backpack13.80 Miles2 Days         
3,169 ft AEG
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Did this hike with the Tucson backpacking meetup group. Great hike, would have liked to see a little more water in the creek though. Windy as h*ll saturday night up on the ridge where we camped. See more complete description in my video:

https://www.youtube.co...

--Kurt
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

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Just a trickle

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Enough to fill the creek and pools, but would have liked to see more flow over the falls (of course!)
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Feb 06 2016
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Panther Peak via Panther WashTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2016
kwpapke
Hiking5.70 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   4 Hrs      1.43 mph
1,180 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
 
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First trip up Panther. The trail from the wash must have received some maintenance, as it is pretty well defined all the way up. If you follow my GPS track, do it as a backtrack as we got a little off on the ascent, but followed the cairned path all the way down. Great view from the top. Wish I had brought binoculars to inspect the ridge during the ascent.
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Jul 11 2015
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 11 2015
kwpapke
Backpack30.00 Miles 8,800 AEG
Backpack30.00 Miles   48 Hrs      0.63 mph
8,800 ft AEG
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First time hike on the Highline, so chose a conservative route: 260 TH to Horton Cr to Derrick #33 back to car at 260. Could have done it in 2 days, but wanted to get in another bag night so stretched it to 3.

The trail is in excellent condition, obvious recent maintenance that looked like the trail was being groomed for the Zane Grey 50. Great water flow in See and Horton Creeks, otherwise nada.

Made one of my boring "how to hike this trail" videos: https://www.youtube.co...
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May 22 2015
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Grass Shack from Loma Alta, AZ 
Grass Shack from Loma Alta, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 22 2015
kwpapke
Backpack 3,300 AEG
Backpack1 Day   1 Hour      
3,300 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Saguaros were in full bloom, the Arizona Rainbow cacti near the campsite looked like they will be blooming in the next few weeks.

Made a how-to video on backpacking in SNP: https://www.youtube.co...

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Running, ever so slowly
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May 19 2015
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2015
kwpapke
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,887 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.24 mph
1,887 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
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This is one I do often, made a video of "hot to" hike the trail including directions, etc.

https://www.youtube.co...

Enjoy! Probably not much use for the hardcore HAZ hiker, but might be useful to refer friends/family to if they are thinking of doing the hike.
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May 05 2015
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Rogers-Frog Tank-Reavis loop, AZ 
Rogers-Frog Tank-Reavis loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 05 2015
kwpapke
Backpack19.10 Miles
Backpack19.10 Miles3 Days         
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First time on this route, unknown water availability and a solo hike, so went conservative on distance and time. Rogers Canyon was scenic, but a little brushy. Lots of water along Frog tank until it strays from the canyon bottom. Plenty of water at Reavis, but runs out during the ascent to the saddle. Its a great hike, could've finished in 2 days, but then I would have had to go home to the "Honey-do" list...
Saw one group leaving the trail when I arrived, another group getting ready to hike in when I left. No other sightings of human beings during the 3 days!
Camped near Angel Basin on night 1. Some great sites there.
Hiked to Reavis Saddle on day 2 and spent a windy night up on the saddle. Nice campsites, the breeze keeps the flies away.
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Oenothera caespitosa – Tufted Evening Primrose was in full bloom

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Mar 08 2015
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 08 2015
kwpapke
Backpack6.00 Miles 3,700 AEG
Backpack6.00 Miles
3,700 ft AEG
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Documented a "How to" for backpacking Romero Canyon on Youtube. Quality is a bit rough, but hopefully it'll be useful for folks interested in going past the pools and spending the night.

https://youtube.com ... 5-YQ
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Feb 21 2015
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2015
kwpapke
Hiking5.80 Miles 4,172 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
4,172 ft AEG
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The trailhead was crowded, as usual. Tons of wildflowers in bloom.
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The Crossosoma bigelovii – Ragged Rockflower were in full bloom along the trail. Fragrant!

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Feb 04 2015
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Beamer TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 04 2015
kwpapke
Backpack12.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Backpack12.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,000 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Took the Tanner down on Monday afternoon, camped at the beach that night. The Colorado was the color of chocolate milk from all the recent rains. According to a couple of guys that came from the Little Colorado confluence, that river was the same color instead of the azure blue I was hoping for.

Set off on the Beamer the next morning, but it was slower going than I planned for - all those cuts into the side washes slow a guy down. Ended up turning around about 2 miles from the confluence, as I was getting low on water due to the slow pace. Pulled into Lava Rapids around 4PM.

Hiked up to the Tanner campsite on Cardena Butte the next day - highly recommend the scenery, though it was a little breezy.

Hiked out the rest of the way to the trailhead the next morning - out by 10AM. The last mile or so on Tanner was VERY icy - crampons would have been nice...

Not a big fan of the Beamer. There's what, like 20 washes to cut in and out on and they got a little old after a while. Nice view of the rafters going down the river though - kind of feel like you are on an airplane ride through the canyon when you're up on the Palisade wall.
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Jan 07 2015
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Clear Creek Trail - GCNPNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 07 2015
kwpapke
Backpack8.40 Miles 1,682 AEG
Backpack8.40 Miles   5 Hrs      1.68 mph
1,682 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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Did South Kaibab :next: just past Sumner Wash on day 1, Clear Creek trail :next: creek + hike up clear creek to ruins on day 2, hike back to BA CG day 3, hike out day 4.

Seems like I'm one of the few non-rock-climbers that takes this trail ;) Don't know why, as it is the perfect winter trail. NPS doesn't like hikers to take this in the summer because there is no shade, but that's what makes it such a great trip in winter. I was hiking in a short sleeve shirt in early January, can't beat that!!

Want to come back and hike to the Falls some time, but from what I can tell the permits during prime time go pretty quickly.
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Apr 16 2011
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66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
San Pedro River: Hwy 82 to Hwy 90Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 16 2011
kwpapke
Backpack17.70 Miles 150 AEG
Backpack17.70 Miles2 Days         
150 ft AEG
 
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Weekend of April 16 did this hike with a friend. We were drawn by the promise of a hike along the banks of an idyllic river, lush cottonwoods shading our every step, plentiful water. Well, that pretty much describes the first mile or two. Just north of the San Pedro house the official trail veers off from the river and pretty much never returns. It also disappears completely for about 2 miles south of Charleston. Camped on the river Saturday night at Millville, could hear two packs of illegals hustling by northbound on the railroad bed, and the Border Patrol headed southbound in the streambed during the night. Restful!

If I had it to do over again I'd totally ignore the "official" trail and just walk the stream with wet shoes ala Aravaipa.

Posted our GPX file showing the route, FWIW.
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