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Nov 03 2010
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35 female
 Joined Jan 22 2010
 Mesa, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2010
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   3 Hrs      0.67 mph
200 ft AEG
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If this hike taught me anything it was that I shouldn't attempt to take 3 dogs out by myself, especially not the combination of my 75lbs timid male, 40lbs diva female, and 35lbs blind 6 month old foster puppy. Quite the recipe for disaster.

I head out at 4:30am, with the disaster squad. I stopped by the gas station to pick up the necessities of the morning: 5 hour energy drink, mountain dew, slim jims, peanuts, and a lunchable.

It was my first time in Sedona and I was absolutely amazed and in awe of the town. I think I'm in love!

I got to the trail and there was already like 4 cars there....I took my sweet time with the dogs, and only crossed 2 of the streams. I was very lucky that they didn't drag me into the creek. I want to apologize in advance to anyone that was on the trail today and came upon me and my delinquent pack of dogs. They are loud talkers (growlers and barkers) but they really are sweet dogs that love attention, it's just hard for most people to get past the scary exterior and sounds.

Despite all the other stuff I had a wonderful time and it was absolutely gorgeous...I can't wait to do it again soon, but without the dogs this time.
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Oct 25 2010
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35 female
 Joined Jan 22 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Museum of Northern Arizona Nature Trail, AZ 
Museum of Northern Arizona Nature Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2010
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
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This "hike" was not what we had set out for. For weeks Michelle and I had been talking about hiking the Hart's Prairie Trail.

So off we went at 7am making the 3 hour drive to Flagstaff. We drove down Fort Valley Ranch Rd and found FR151. Pulled into the trailhead...there was one man there in his RV (very drunk as we saw it as as we pulled up he was in the process of throwing up.) We asked him if we were heading in the right direction...he told us to go park at the parking area on the left side of the road just before Mile Marker 226. We drove in, looking for the parking area....and we are confronted with horribly, rocky muddy terrain. In the end by the time we left the area and gave up on Hart's Prairie Trail I had 3 low tires, and tore part of my bumper off

We drove down the road and stopped at the Museum of Northern Arizona to ask the folks in there. They told me that we had been in the right place where the guy was. By the time we had given up we had wasted 2 hours and just didn't have the time to start Hart's Prairie Trail because we had to leave in a couple hours. So we decided to kill time at the Museum's little nature trail. It wasn't what we wanted, but the dogs still had alot of fun.

Michelle's dog, Stewie ran himself crazy! Unfortunately he tore 2 of his toenails off. But being over prepared as I always am I had a full dog first aid kit with me and was able to treat and wrap both of his feet. The trail may not have been amazing, but we got some good pictures out of it...so that's at least good!

We'll try Hart's Prairie Trail again soon!
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Oct 20 2010
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35 female
 Joined Jan 22 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch - GilbertPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2010
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking2.00 Miles 10 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.33 mph
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The weather was so beautiful I decided to load up the pups and take them for a nice walk at the Riparian Preserve.

It was Pickles' (my foster puppy) first outing in a place like this. Pickles is blind and she did fantastic for being in a new place.

Alot of the lakes were dried up, definitely not as nice as it was in April-May. But it was nice that it wasn't crowded and the overcast was a bonus...but hey, I love overcast!

Not a "hike" but a nice stroll with the dogs!
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Jan 31 2010
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35 female
 Joined Jan 22 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2010
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking3.00 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
588 ft AEG
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Me, my husband, and our dog, Jackson all hiked to Hieroglyphics Trail this morning. We had never been on this trail before, and to be quite honest, had there been no water the hike wouldn't have been worth it. Not incredibly impressive to us.

But because of the water it was quite nice. Jackson enjoyed a leisurely swim and played with some other dogs. We also didn't like the fact that it was so busy. But I guess that's the price we pay for hiking a popular trail on the weekend. Well no harm no foul, at least it's another notch on our belt and we can say we've done it now.

Jackson had a ton of fun...and is completely zonked out from all the swimming, playing and running around.
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Jan 24 2010
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35 female
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 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2010
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking12.00 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.85 mph
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I can't believe I finally did it!

Today a coworker and I set off to the Lost Dutchman State Park at around 7:30am. It was a beautiful 36 degrees when we left the house, but by the time we arrived at the park it was 32 degrees there.

We chose to go today because we have had heavy rains for the last 3 days and I wanted to see if there was any runoff in the form of waterfalls and streams. And there sure was!

We hiked Discovery Trail>Siphon Draw #53>FlatIron

I am frankly surprised that I made it....I am sitting in my chair at the moment contemplating taking a nice warm bath and an Ibuprofen to sooth my aching muscles head to toe.

Anyways...we were hiking along the trail, and as we were going up Siphon Draw we saw a small waterfall on our left....so we went off trail for about 15 minutes for some photo opportunities to get closer. It was really nice. However not as nice as 5 minutes later when we could hear a "roaring" stream or water of some kind. We followed the source of the noise off trail to a very large rock. Here we found many small waterfalls, beautiful green budding plants, and a fast moving stream. We took a bunch of pictures here and just enjoyed the soothing sounds that the water made.

We had enough of that and headed upwards and onwards on the trail, until we reached the Slick Rock Basin. I have to tell you, I've never seen it more beautiful. A stream (actually multiple runoff streams) were along it's entire length. The colors of the deep pinkish red and black swirls were so vibrant. And on the left...was such a pretty waterfall. The largest and most beautiful one of all. It's actually what I came to see...and I was happy.

Well, perhaps we were out of our minds..or desired to see what lay beyond the slick rock...so we persevered and kept going. After countless numbers of falling on our butts, and short rest breaks because I am so out of shape: we finally made it to FlatIron...where we were greeted by ice slicked trails and rocks. And the sun finally came out to warm our backs. 27 degrees up there though. We sat around amongst the other 10 or so people up there, and enjoyed some goldfish crackers and beef jerky. Yum. Unfortunately a mix of cold and humidity cause my camera to get some condensation in the lens so I didn't get many pictures from up there. Perhaps my friend did.

We turned tail and hiked back down....of course I had to roll my ankle right as we began our descent. But I'm no worse for the wear. Just a small hole on the back of my pants, a camera full of unforgettable pictures, and a huge sense of accomplishment for finally tackling and achieving the Flat Iron. I've bested you, you stone beast!
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Jan 16 2010
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35 female
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 Mesa, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2010
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   4 Hrs      0.98 mph
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This hike was my birthday present (which was yesterday) My husband gave me the gift of hiking, and a hiking buddy. Therefore he came with me on my hike. I was very surprised that he made it the whole way...but proud.

The weather was nice, and the plants were all much greener than a couple weeks prior because of the rain.

Because he came along I didn't attempt the Flat Iron. Perhaps next time :-)
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Jan 04 2010
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35 female
 Joined Jan 22 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2010
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   4 Hrs      0.98 mph
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My sister decided to come with me on another trail. And she loved this one as much as I do.

I was amazed at myself and how I was able to do this trail with very little effort. Only 3 months ago I was really struggling and couldn't even finish it.

The temperature was beautiful on this day. I wore a light jacket and some yoga pants.

Boy it was windy though, I was shocked to find that the wind only got worse as we got to the Slick Rock Basin. We couldn't stay for very long and had to head back down.

Jackson recognized the trail and was happy to direct me along the way with his leash trailing behind him.

Can't wait to do it again....maybe next time I'll actually reach the Flat Iron.
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Dec 29 2009
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 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2009
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   3 Hrs      1.07 mph
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This is the first hike I've done with my sister, Lacy. I didn't think she enjoyed it, but she really did, and is planning on going again with me soon.

On this day we hiked the Windcaves, the weather was beautiful. There was not a ton of people on the trail since it was a Tuesday, and we went so early in the morning. The cloud cover was truly beautiful, and we thought it might rain there for a little bit.

The little rodents up in the cave area were very active (someone dumped a bag of sunflower seeds on the ground)

Jackson (my dog) didn't know what to think of all these furry little critters traipsing across the ground.

We were met with a couple hikers that also had dogs...some of which didn't seem to think "Keep you Dogs Leashed At All Times" was prudent. Sometimes I get annoyed...it's owners like that that are making alot of trails off limits to dogs.

Windcaves = Oldie but a Goodie
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Nov 29 2009
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 Mesa, AZ
First Water TH to Canyon LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2009
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,589 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   6 Hrs      1.22 mph
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I was fortunate enough to be a guest of the East Valley Canine Hiking Club. We met up at First Water Trail head at 7am.

The plants were all dying from the lack of rain in 2009. We got to an area, that according to most usually has alot of water. The plants are all different, there are reeds and everything. But the water was mostly gone. Just a small green sludgy pond...which of course Jackson and the other dogs found and tromped along in.

Soon after that we took a little detour to see the closed mine area. The dirt in that area was so red and all the dogs were COVERED in it. We all took a break here and ate some snacks. Then half the group separated and took another route.

Jackson and the other dogs were all off leash just walking a few feet ahead of us.

We caught our first glimpse of water about half way through and proceeded up the steep climb. Man were my legs burning for sure (not to mention my lungs since I was still getting over a pretty severe case of bronchial pneumonia) We crossed over that hurdle, and it was all downhill from there.

Of course this was a time I was taking a picture of the lake and not watching my footing...I took quite a tumble and bruised my knee, cut of my thigh, dented my camera, and hurt my ego. Oh well, it was still a fun hike...though I'm not sure if I liked it enough to do it again...
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Oct 11 2009
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35 female
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 Mesa, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2009
Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   5 Hrs      0.78 mph
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This is the first hike that I ever did alone....well with my dog Jackson anyways. I enjoyed the quiet solitude, and the option to do the hike at my own pace.

I've already done Siphon Draw trail before, but I didn't get very far. On this particular day I planned on getting as far as I could. I "wanted" to go to the Flat Iron, but I find this to be unreasonable with a 65lb dog.

It was finally starting to cool down a bit, but I still worked up a sweat. I am so proud of myself, it wasn't as hard this time. I could hike for longer periods of time, and my legs never got as tired as they used to.

I wasn't met with too many humans on this particular hike...I started very early. I saw many birds and rabbits though. A coyote crossed my path as I was driving up to the trail head.

As I hiked I was surrounded by the towering rocks of the Superstitions....I felt so tiny (granted I'm only 5'2"). I found all kinds of little things that I remember: 2 large rocks that form a little cave, A broken rock that is perfectly smooth and nice to lay and sun on, A small cutout in the side of the mountain. As I persevered, I found myself in a place quite a bit different than the majority of the trail....I fondly refer to it as the Slick Rock Basin. How beautiful it was! Jackson ran around up there in the solitude as I flicked goldfish crackers around for him to eat.

This is the point we decided to go no further with him. He seemed to enjoy himself, and I did as well. This is definitely not my last venture on this trail!
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Oct 04 2009
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 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
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I had not done a hike to the Windcaves since I was about 10 years old as a girl scout.

I decided to go with 2 of my friends, and their two boxers. Jackson was very glad to have some friends to hike with, (as was I) We made it all the way to the top and back in about 3 hours. Fortunately it wasn't too hot, so the bees weren't really out in the cave area.

It was a very good hike, I feel like my heart is getting stronger. I have more endurance and was able to complete the hike with few breaks.
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Sep 27 2009
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 Mesa, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.30 mph
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Ah, yes. My first attempt at Siphon Draw Trail. My second attempt at hiking in general. I was not expecting the incline to say the least. I fault myself for inviting my 2 neighbor-girls to come with me, however they are quite the athletes and were able to do this trail with much less effort than I.

We got an early start, around 7am. I found it necessary, being in the 100 degree margin that week. I was fine initially, we started on the Discovery Trail. I thought it was nice that they had the little bat houses, and the man made ponds for the animals to drink from. Quite a bit of wildlife was still out that morning. Jackson, my dog, was loving the new sites, sounds, and smells.

We proceeded up the trail, I took frequent breaks on just about every large flat rock I could find. The gravel was more than I had anticipated, and my shoes were not the proper type for that kind of terrain. We ended up ultimately making it to the wooden marker that says "Tonto National Wilderness" on it.

My trips more than likely take longer than usual because 1. I am VERY out of shape 2. I like to stop and take pictures.

Jackson (my dog) really seemed to enjoy himself, but was showing signs of being tired by the end. We headed back to the car, and were home around 10:30am. I really enjoyed this trail overall, and dream of someday making it to the Flat Iron. I hear it's amazing. Something to strive for I guess.
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Sep 13 2009
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 Mesa, AZ
Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiker GirlTriplogs 13
Hiking3.50 Miles 485 AEG
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*Background* This is the first attempt at hiking I had made in over 10 years. After "completing" the hike I was so disappointed in myself because I had to turn around half way through the trail because I was so out of shape.

We (me, my step-dad, and my faithful puppy Jackson) departed on our hike and arrived at First Water Trail head at 9am. At this point it was already in the low-mid 90s. We signed in on the little book to let the Park Rangers know we were on the trail (at this time there was still a hiker missing on Lost Dutchman).

We started walking. I couldn't believe how sore my calves and ankles were after walking just a short distance on the riverbed of smooth stones. Once we came to a fairly flat grounded area I took a little break, gave my dog some water. Then continued on once again. I don't know exactly when I decided to stop, but I estimate it was around the 2 mile one way mark.

When we got back to the trail head we were greeted by a park ranger asking us if we had seen any signs of the missing hiker. We said no, and went on our way. I was proud of myself for attempting hiking...because this was the experience that made me love it. :-)
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