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Sep 17 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Crest Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2021
PatrickL
Hiking3.20 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   2.37 mph
820 ft AEG
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Right knee still starts to fall apart during the downhill. Wasn't as bad as usual thanks to the shorter distance.
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Sep 09 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Skyline Crest Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2021
PatrickL
Hiking4.30 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   2.37 mph
1,050 ft AEG
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Clockwise from Mountain Wash. Nice and breezy along the ridge.
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Sep 08 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Watson Overlook - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2021
PatrickL
Hiking1.55 Miles 310 AEG
Hiking1.55 Miles      29 Mns   3.21 mph
310 ft AEG
 
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Up to the overlook from the end of Watson. Quick morning stroll.
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Sep 03 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2021
PatrickL
Hiking3.90 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   2.41 mph
850 ft AEG
 
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On the trail just after 4:30am. Plenty of moths to go around.
Saw a camel spider just below the peak. Darn those pumpkin things.
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Aug 30 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Lost Ranch Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2021
PatrickL
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   2.02 mph
1,450 ft AEG
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Parked near the mailbox on 17th Ave and Thunderhill. I crossed the wash immediately and hopped on Pyramid Trail, then left on Lost Ranch. I headed up and to the east on Eliminator Trail -- surprised to see this trail not in Traildex already. Can't comment on it much as it was still dark out. My plan of getting every last bit of juice out of my headlamp batteries backfired when I found the replacements in my pack were also dead. My phone worked fine as a backup, supplying both light and a steady stream of The O'Jays.

Topped out with a beautiful sunrise and cool breeze on Goat Hill. My South Mountain hikes are usually in the dark so it's nice to appreciate the southern view - Picacho and Lemmon were nice and clear in the morning light. Switched to Franki Valli and the Four Seasons on the way down.

The views coming down Lost Ranch were much better than I had anticipated. Both trails were a less maintained than what I've grown to expect at SOMO - no complaints, just an observation. A rattler buzzed me near the mines. Looked like a speckled.

Made my final turn onto the lower stretch of Lost Ranch and encountered another snake, a docile little fella lying right on the trail. It seemed patient enough so I got in closer for pictures. After slithering an inch or two it full on went into attack mode and lunged at me! I quickly moved out of the way and by the time I was on my feet, the snake had slithered through a nearby creosote. Not quite the adrenaline rush I was looking for this morning. :lol: That's what I get for letting my guard down around reptiles.
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Aug 25 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
North Mountain National Trail #44Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2021
PatrickL
Hiking1.30 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles      45 Mns   1.73 mph
700 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Aug 21 2021
PatrickL
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 Guides 7
 Routes 61
 Photos 1,510
 Triplogs 427

30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Mountain Wash Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2021
PatrickL
Hiking2.20 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      48 Mns   2.75 mph
450 ft AEG
 
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Jul 22 2021
PatrickL
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 Guides 7
 Routes 61
 Photos 1,510
 Triplogs 427

30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Crest Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2021
PatrickL
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,080 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.71 mph
1,080 ft AEG
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Crest loop beginning at the first stop sign
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Jul 18 2021
PatrickL
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 Guides 7
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 Photos 1,510
 Triplogs 427

30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2021
PatrickL
Hiking4.10 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.73 mph
860 ft AEG
 
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Warm but doable with a 5am start. Plenty of shade on the return when headed counter clockwise.
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Jul 09 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2021
PatrickL
Hiking11.40 Miles 4,030 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.07 mph
4,030 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Clockwise lollipop-loop using only Old Baldy below Josephine Saddle. My original track in Route Editor said 10.4 miles, however when I used the official routes, it came out to 11.4. Not sure which is correct, but it sure felt more like 11 to me.

Left Buckeye at 2am for a 5am start. Kept a steady pace and made Josephine Saddle in about an hour, followed by Baldy Saddle another hour later. I bid farewell to the shade and continued up. To my surprise, the peak was empty when I arrived. Beating the heat was the main priority so I headed down after 10 minutes.

Hazy air and mid-morning sun made Super Trail's southern views somewhat limited. It's always exciting to see Mexico regardless, and of course the neighboring sky islands. My dogs were barking on the way down, even with the gradual descent. It reminded me of my last trip to Wrightson where I was limping out at the end. I was taking a lot of breaks during the last two miles to try and ease the discomfort. Probably pushed it too hard on the ascent. Evidently my legs have lost some endurance over the last couple weeks. Wrightson is one hell of a wake up for them!

My next visit to the Santa Ritas will definitely be during the cooler months. It was downright toasty towards the end today. I finished off the last of my 4.5 liters of water somewhere during the final mile. So happy I brought a little extra.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Tons of yellow flowers above Baldy Saddle - not sure on the ID. Some small, sporadic flowers along Old Baldy.

dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry
Nothing to see here, folks.

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Catch basin was full. Only drops coming from the pipe.
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Jun 18 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Mount Dana TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2021
PatrickL
Hiking5.40 Miles 3,160 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles
3,160 ft AEG
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Parked at Gaylor Trailhead, though I probably could have avoided the entrance fee by parking outside the park boundary.

This trail kicked my pumpkin! Some nice meadows at the beginning and then nothing but UP! The 360 views are so worth it. Absolutely gorgeous in every direction. Storm clouds were moving in so I didn't stay very long.

Made it to the car just in time for a solid rain shower. It started at Tioga Pass and didn't let up until I left Lee Vining. I also left my GPS on the roof of the car when I got back - it was waiting in the middle of the park road for me after a hasty u-turn. :D
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Jun 16 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Palisade Glacier OverlookSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Backpack avatar Jun 16 2021
PatrickL
Backpack17.75 Miles 5,200 AEG
Backpack17.75 Miles2 Days         
5,200 ft AEG
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Headed up to Lake 2 on Wednesday morning. Nice and gradual incline at the beginning. Set up camp at a great spot overlooking the lake and Temple Crag. Killer views but zero shade over my tent so I jetted up the trail. Felt good so I kept going up and eventually reached a good spot overlooking Palisade Glacier. A little sketchy in some spots along the boulder field - zero issues on a more direct route down.

Woke up early enough for pictures during the sunrise. Cruised back to the car in a couple hours and drove up to Bishop for carbs.

Such a great area. Temple Crag alone is worth hiking in.
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Jun 15 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Kearsarge Pass, CA 
Kearsarge Pass, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2021
PatrickL
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles
2,700 ft AEG
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Out and back to Kearsarge Pass. The Sierras never disappoint.
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Jun 07 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Trans-Catalina TrailCali Islands, CA
Cali Islands, CA
Backpack avatar Jun 07 2021
PatrickL
Backpack46.00 Miles 9,300 AEG
Backpack46.00 Miles5 Days         
9,300 ft AEG
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The Trans-Catalina Trail is bucket-list material. During the planning stages of a California trip, I stumbled upon a rare vacancy at Parsons Landing campground. This brought the Trans-Catalina to the forefront and after some late-night research and booking, my 5-day trek was in stone.

Day 1 - Two Harbors to Parsons Landing: This was the easiest day on paper. Also my first official day of backpacking. My pack wasn't comfortable for the first few miles until I stopped and repacked it. Had plenty of cloud cover and some lengthy drizzles. Parsons Landing is a beautiful campsite on the beach - of course it's booked solid. Good day.

Day 2 - Parsons Landing to Two Harbors: Followed the western side of the trail back to Two Harbors. The climb out of the campground to the ridgeline was comically steep. One of my favorite sections of trail was along this ridgeline - incredible views of the bulkier, southern end of the island. Set up camp outside of Two Harbors then headed back into "town" for some grub. The remaining cloud cover from Monday cleared out and there was nothing but sun from here on out.

Day 3 - Two Harbors to Little Harbor: No lockboxes at Two Harbors Campgground which seemed peculiar. I left my food bag outside of my tent and found it on the beach below the cliffs the following morning. Only casualties were my oatmeal packets which exploded on impact. :lol:
Some excellent single track right over the water during the final downhill into Little Harbor. Super windy along this section. Took a quick dip at Little Harbor - it was cold but worth it after hiking in.

Day 4 - Little Harbor to Black Jack: Made great time on the gradual incline. It felt like it was warming up more and more every day, still nice when the breeze was present. Incoming hikers warned of a bison on the trail near the airport - they weren't kidding! It was lying on the trail atop a berm. Passing required a wide swing around a nearby pond.
Filled up on carbs with another burger at the airport (way better than Two Harbors) and headed for Black Jack.
I took a walk up to Mt. Orizaba for some views before dinner. The peak's leveled and covered in equipment - still worth the time IMO.

Day 5 - Black Jack to Avalon: Last day, "mostly" downhill. Hands-down the warmest day. Took a quick shortcut to avoid a bison and ended up missing my water source. 3L barely got me to Hermit Gulch, however, I needed to skip the trail to Lone Tree View. All the more reason to come back. The last couple miles before Hermit Gulch were a scorcher, downhill or not.

Grabbed a celebratory beer at a dive bar in Avalon before heading to the dock for the boat to San Pedro. Couldn't have asked for a better introduction to backpacking!
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Jun 05 2021
PatrickL
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 Routes 61
 Photos 1,510
 Triplogs 427

30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2021
PatrickL
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Jun 02 2021
PatrickL
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 Guides 7
 Routes 61
 Photos 1,510
 Triplogs 427

30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2021
PatrickL
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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May 08 2021
PatrickL
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 Guides 7
 Routes 61
 Photos 1,510
 Triplogs 427

30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2021
PatrickL
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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Finally crossing this one off my wishlist. A nice steady climb with great views throughout. We started climbing a little late in the morning but it was never too crowded. Pretty warm yet breezy toward the end. Beautiful day for a hike!
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Jan 01 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Javelina Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2021
PatrickL
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,310 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.23 mph
1,310 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Parked just inside the gate sometime after 4pm and set off for 2212. I kept a steady pace for the first mile of Quartz Mine. After a brief descent on Tortuga, I started up the final stretch of well-constructed switchbacks. The last hundred feet were a nice challenge after being out of the game so long. The sunset facilitated beautiful views despite the cloud of haze over Phoenix. I headed back after a short break. There was just enough light to get me back to Quartz Mine without a headlamp.

Feels good to get out with extra weight in the pack. It's progress.
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Dec 22 2020
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Quartz Mine Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2020
PatrickL
Hiking4.30 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles
1,050 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Quartz - Crest summit - Skyline - Mountain Wash

Post-work quickie. Them mountains was callin'.
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Dec 12 2020
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Gila Cliff DwellingsSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2020
PatrickL
Hiking1.00 Miles 259 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
259 ft AEG
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Drove out to Gila Wilderness for the Geminids meteor shower. Paid a long-awaited visit to the dwellings beforehand. This may not be the largest site in the southwest but it's still a worthwhile endeavor. It's a beautiful area!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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