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May 25 2014
Andy679
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42 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Engineer Mountain Trail #508Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar May 25 2014
Andy679
Hiking9.18 Miles 3,686 AEG
Hiking9.18 Miles
3,686 ft AEG
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Day two was much better with some sun early and very little snow until around 10,800ft 3.5 miles up and it was game over again. Another storm started rolling in but didn't have to rush down this time. This is not a very steep hike and would love to do it again when more snow melts!
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Engineer Mountain Grayrock Peak
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May 24 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Pass and Coal Creek LoopSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar May 24 2014
Andy679
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,763 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,763 ft AEG
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After I finally got done driving around US 550 for a while then finding the hiking trail I thought was nice, the weather did not cooperate so I could only hike this up to the small lake/pond. This leads up to Engineer Mountain Trail and basically a shortcut to it. There was tons of tons and a thundersnow storm rolled in as I was making progress in four feet of snow. I ran quickly down and made it back to my truck.
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Apr 13 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2014
Andy679
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,349 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
1,349 ft AEG
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Another great hike up the rim and again very windy but i made it out alive!
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Mogollon Rim
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Apr 11 2014
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42 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2014
Andy679
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
1,874 ft AEG
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Camped right by this trailhead, got up, made some food and went on up this wonderful trail. A little windy but I was really liking all the trees and didn't really care much about the views on this one. This is a great hike overall and a little challenge to it as well!
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Camp-fire
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Mogollon Rim
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Moon
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Mar 23 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2014
Andy679
Hiking12.40 Miles 1,912 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles
1,912 ft AEG
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Beautiful day out with a little cloud cover and nice trees along the way. Never been up this area and camped nearby the night before. Epic hike and for some reason parts of this remind me of Zions. Can someone tell me what happened to the earth here? Was it like a crazy time millions of years ago, all the rock formations and crazy buckles. And where is all this water coming from?!
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Mar 15 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Y Bar Trail #44Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2014
Andy679
Hiking5.55 Miles 2,994 AEG
Hiking5.55 Miles
2,994 ft AEG
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Another nice day and I wanted to drive up a little more towards Payson this weekend. Never been up to this area but I think I will be going back soon.. like next weekend soon. I like the gradual elevation gain on the way up. Not a huge fan of the rocks. When I got up into the pines I was thinking to myself when am I going to see a moose or something. It was then did I realize I was not in the Utah Rockies anymore.
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Mar 09 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain #91Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2014
Andy679
Hiking4.32 Miles 887 AEG
Hiking4.32 Miles
887 ft AEG
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Nice Sunday out, thought I would go for a short drive up 87 and try out some new spots. I went up to check out Saddle Mountain #91 and it was a good hike. Fairly easy though I did manage to get ten miles in on this one. The surrounding views were off the hook and really added to the hike. The drive up I got lost and drove straight onto a 4x4 trail instead of going left at that junction. Either way it was awesome going down there and then back up to the hiking spot. I would not drive in a car up there.
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Saddle Mountain 6,535
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Mar 02 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Ballantine Cabin & CorralPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2014
Andy679
Hiking8.94 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking8.94 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   3.67 mph
2,600 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
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Ok so I unfortunately had to take a better job and more pay in the valley sooooo here I am back in AZ after a three year stint in Utah. I'm already missing the easy access to the mountains and the high elevation alpine environment.

Did this once before but only up to Boulder flat. I love this area and plan to hike it thoroughly within the next few months. Arrived at noon and it was still somewhat muddy on the actual trail with the runoff. On the way back down after the cabin it was basically dry again. I'm looking to hike this up to Pine Mountain soon and also there is another mtn by the cabin not sure what it is and doesn't look like any trails are there.

Fun hike and it really is a change from snowshoeing at high elevations. I miss that challenge but I forgot how the rocks and boulders are a constant problem!!!
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Boulder Mountain Pine Mountain
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Jan 18 2014
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42 male
 Joined Feb 14 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
White Pine Lake Trail (ltl cottonwood canyon), UT 
White Pine Lake Trail (ltl cottonwood canyon), UT
 
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Andy679
Snowshoeing9.27 Miles 2,420 AEG
Snowshoeing9.27 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   3.97 mph
2,420 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Little Cottonwood Canyon: White Pine Lake/Red Pine Lake. Hike up one mile, trail forces you to go left to White Pine Lake or right to Red Pine Lake. Fairly easy hike in the summers lots of crowds. Winter is mainly backcountry skiers/boarders and snowshoers.
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Oct 12 2013
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42 male
 Joined Feb 14 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Red Pine Lake TrailMountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2013
Andy679
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,040 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,040 ft AEG
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Little Cottonwood Canyon: You start at the White Pine Trailhead then continue one easy mile up to the junction to Red Pine Lake right and White Pine Lake Left. There are no fires permitted in Red Pine Lake side for it is in the Lone Peak Wilderness. Lots of crowds in the summer, tons of wildlife, animals, moose, etc... I did this hike to Red Pine Lake > Alpine Ridge > Maybird Gulch in October. If you plan on doing this route back through Maybird Gulch, be prepared and make sure you have extra time for you have to cross through basically one mile of boulders. Totally Epic Hike.
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Quaking Aspen
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Mar 25 2012
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42 male
 Joined Feb 14 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Box Elder Trail #44Mountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2012
Andy679
Hiking7.20 Miles 8,300 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   4.41 mph
8,300 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I have been exploring this area of the Lone Peak Wilderness as of late... Its just so crazy that most of these areas are like 15-20mis away from my house and there is not alot of people on the trails.

You start at the trailhead in Alpine, UT 5700ft el (Deer Creek - Dry Creek #043) The first couple miles you follow a creek below and all pines everywhere. Started to get a little icy/slushy so I was using Microspikes to cruise along with no issues. About two miles up around 7200ft I get to the first junction.. left to the seasonal waterfall which was roaring and right where the adventure begins.

Follow #043 & #042 (North Moutnain Trail #042) I threw on my snowshoes here since the trail hasnt been used much, plus there was about three feet of snow. A couple hundred vertical feet up another junctioin #042 goes left and #043 straight. It was difficult at times to follow the trail but was able to figure it out in a sea of white. The switchbacks became clear and so did the trial.

Around 8300ft is the third junction left #043 and right Box Elder Trail #044 this will take you to the summit 11,100ft. Due to time restraints this was a good place to call it a day eat lunch, head back. Basically scoping it out for next weekend and I could not believe there really hasnt been anyone up here for quite sometime.

Epic hike and will be back soon!
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Sep 05 2011
Andy679
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 Joined Feb 14 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Deer Creek - Dry Creek Trail #43Mountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2011
Andy679
Hiking5.25 Miles
Hiking5.25 Miles   3 Hrs      1.75 mph
 
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Dry Creek-Deer Creek Trail (#043)

Epic adventures in Utah hiking/camping. Camped at Granite Flats CG then went out hiking. Was tough choice to decide which one to do! There is a series of trails all around this place in the Lone Peak Wilderness. Most of the trails in this area of the Lone Peak Wilderness circle Box Elder Peak (11,100). I was wanting to do a loop but I was only able to do one leg. Ill be back.

Starts out at the Granite Flat CG nice easy walk heavily wooded trails and water flowing in nearby stream. There is like a meadow and then a few switchbacks. Trail gets steeper, before I knew it I was at like 8600ft starting from 6700ish. The views were off the hook, plus TONS of wildlife elk or something and one crazy looking snake. Going to try and squeeze in a loop up there before it starts snowing soon. Yes, there was in fact still snow up there in some areas. Could spend days up here to be honest.
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Jun 04 2011
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42 male
 Joined Feb 14 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lone Peak via Jacob's Ladder - Jacob/Ghost THSalt Lake, UT
Salt Lake, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2011
Andy679
Hiking7.50 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.88 mph
4,000 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 
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Lone Peak Trail/Cherry Canyon Logging Trail(Bear Canyon Trail)

This is an epic hike and more of a overnighter to the summit. There is still way too much snow up there to summit only got to like 8250 then went home.

I have done this a few weeks ago when it was cooler and still tons of snow up around 6800ft making this very challenging. So I came back Saturday to check it out and go higher. You start at around 4800ft the first few hundred feet are easy trail. Then you get to the trail-head "Cherry Canyon Trail" (now known as Bear Canyon Trail)at around 5200ft the grind begins. 45 degree angle and tons of switchbacks, watch out for rattlesnakes. This first grind tapers off around 6000ft.

Next grind a few washouts/switchbacks around 6300ft levels out around 6900ft. Take a small break here or something because this next part is just straight up! But then around 7200ft starts a nice shaded wooded level off area and its very rewarding because you are now on the back side of the mountain. You no longer are on the front side/face and the sun scorching you. Another grind around 7600 and then I got to about 8250 and that was it for me. There was still way too much snow too summit and I had to get down back to the city to hit up the bar.

Met a hippie/mountain man with his parents or something on the way down way cool, gave me some heads up about camping up there, which was cool. Look forward to seeing them again. One of my favorite hikes, very challenging and will be back again in a couple weeks hopefully to summit 11,293ft. There was hardly any people out there, major plus...
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Jan 16 2011
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42 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Lambs Canyon TrailSalt Lake, UT
Salt Lake, UT
Snowshoeing avatar Jan 16 2011
Andy679
Snowshoeing4.00 Miles 1,518 AEG
Snowshoeing4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
1,518 ft AEG
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This is like ten minutes away from my house and checked it out yesterday to see what the trail was like. Submit as a Snowshoe, but this is hiking as well. Today I quickly got some snowshoes, drove up the narrow mountain road and parked by the outhouse where there were a couple other cars.

Walk across the street to the "Lamb's Canyon Trail-head" little map plus bridge just down below. It was rain/sleet/snow in the higher elevations today. This starts out pretty easy, nice and straight minor ascent. Basically, following the creek up the mountain and about 3/4 mile up it starts getting steeper. Forest somewhat thick and now there are a few switchbacks and snow getting deeper in some areas. Thanks to some kids who were "hiking" not snowshoeing, made it difficult on some of the deeper/steep areas. Their feet when down at least 1 1/2ft into the snow, but it will snow tonight so whatever I guess.

Get to the top 8100ft, I'm sure there is nice views but it was cloudy today and not worth my time taking pics with the sleet, wind etc... This connects to Mt Aire and was not about to do all that today. Yes, because of the rain and this is my first hike in Utah and I think my last hike was "Pine Mountain" in AZ. Believe it or not, this was alot like Pine but with snow. Pine was easy climb at first and steeper at top, just like this. This is a little better on route finding though and no bushwhack!! Turn around at the top and head back down watching out for those pesky kids foot holes/pits.

Great hike and was in fact my first one of Utah. no, i do not want to submit as trail description... although really its a trail and it goes uphill there are some trees...
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Oct 27 2010
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Pine Mountain 6236 - MazatzalsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2010
Andy679
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Pine Mountain Four Peaks Wilderness I seriously can't get enough of this place. I first came here on 10/27 and have visited this place a few times since. I like to come up here on the weekdays when I have time since there are so many morons coming up here on weekends now. Plus after reading the recent trip-log with the kids rolling their Jeep makes me really wonder. The first few miles of Four Peaks Road looks like such a mess and I'm wondering long it will be before they like shut this area down. I have been frequently driving on this road since March 2010 and have seen it get worse with retards driving on it and littering.

Got to Cline Trail-head around noonish, the first 3/4 miles or so is all bushwack and basically just follow the old barbed wire fence and use the tall freestanding rock formation as a guide. However, there is pink markers in the small trees. Then you start going uphill, little more rocky trail gets better. I went here two days in a row and the next day I still had trouble finding the path in areas lol! I did not have any GPS with me anytime I have done this so after the second ravine its really starts a climb and then further up its gets to be trees and lots of granite trails and very pretty. The smell of the trees is wonderful as well as views. I'm assuming I was near the top (from reading other triplogs) because I reached a couple campsites, but did not make it to the actual GPS marker on that is listed on the other trip-logs as of yet. I like the 2000ft grind (4200-6200ish) and just kind of hike around up top and then go back down.

There is definitely wild animals up here and what sounded like a wild horse either got anally raped or fell hard or something. I could hear it screaming very loud for at least 1/2 mile probably more. Then I get to an area off trail in kind of a wash in a valley (very pretty) and see what in fact look like to be three wild horses. They must have notice me and ran away still heard their friend screaming in the distance and said "I better let nature take its course and get the hell out of here before I join dood." Also, near the top there is a part on the trail with what seems to be a natural spring. I guess if you were screaming like that horse and possibly dying you "could" live off this water til help arrives. Would love to do this whole Ballantine Trail in the near future but with daylight getting shorter I really dunno about that. Camping could be fun up there too for sure!
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Oct 22 2010
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cottonwood Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2010
Andy679
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,804 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.23 mph
1,804 ft AEG
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Got down to Cottonwood Camp around noonish and the sun was out few clouds. A bolt broke on my rear sway bar, so had to quickly improvise at Cottonwood Camp. I used the wire cutters on my M-9 bayonet and clipped some barbed-wire. A friendly older couple on ATV asked if i was fine, yes. I use the Strong old Barbed-wire to loop it through the hole and secure it from braking and the whole bar falling off for time being until replacement bolt. Fixed it before the hike cuz did not want to deal with that after.

Drove just around the old water tank and there was an opening in the fence that led me back to a nice shaded parking spot. Sure enough I cross over a small ridge into the wash and look up and the Trail-head for Lower Solder Camp Trail is right there! The first cairn had a gallon of water (half-full). Follow the trail with the cairns and through the wash to where you start to a slight ascent passing through into the four peaks wilderness. Short break, I could just tell that from studying and reading the other logs and MAP that this was the killer part next. You get to a "Y" in the trail go right (thins out) and this really is a straight grind 900ft almost 45 degree angle in parts. About halfway up 900ft is starting raining and that was nice. Grind it out to the top find another trial marker for Lower Soldier Camp Trail. Hiked up to the top on the old jeep trial SR 401 and the views were quite rewarding all around. It cleared off so I chill up there for like 20 or so mins took a few pics of four peaks with clouds was cool. Great rock up there to sit on and check the views.

Back down... Follow SR 401 back down its very rocky and challenging but the views of Weaver and the Superstitions are great. There is one more uphill grind on the way back and very rocky. Saw one ATCer on the way down. I think if I do this one alone again I would go back Lower Soldier Camp Trail and possibly hike the 900ft grind a couple times (return the way you came if you do this). Follow SR 401 to Cottonwood Camp and game over for the day have a few shots of Belvedere vodka and light a campfire then camp or something or go home.

Also, the altitude is not that different but at the top of SR 401 its was very chilly on this day and back down at camp was warm. I really enjoyed this hike and look forward to doing it again soon or finding more trails and connectors in the area. Will have pics soonish...
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Oct 21 2010
Andy679
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42 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2010
Andy679
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,380 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.29 mph
1,380 ft AEG
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Ballantine to somewheres past Boulder Flat. First time on this trial did not expect it to be this rocky and uphill. There was a morning rainstorm so it must have brought the best little creatures today. Starting out around noon at Ballantine TH. It was perfect weather a few clouds and cool with a very nice breeze. The grind up was full of lose rocks and Stones probably from the storm, Great workout and for the ankles too. Not sure how far I went past the flats but as I turned around sure enough I see the rare and infamous Desert Tortoise. I have pics will submit... Then, not even 10-20 yards down I'm cruising along down the trail and see yet another Desert Tortoise!! Sure enough I am almost back to the Ballantine and Pine Creek Junction and the clouds started building again was around 3pm then hiked down to my car and went home to sure enough look over to the Verde River and spot Two HUGE Bald Eagles!!!! New to site will submit pics of this trip once i figure it out! I think I am going to do this trail again this weekend and hike up to the pine-tree area. I wouldn't mind doing the Cline trailhead one either to be honest.
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Feb 14 2010
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Jojoba Trail #511Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2010
Andy679
Hiking2.60 Miles 70 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   2.11 mph
70 ft AEG
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This is a pretty easy hike up at bartlett lake. I was actually looking for palo verde trail but it was getting late in the afternoon so I decided to settle with this. nice winding trail with a few hills and great views of the lake. I did manage to find Palo Verde trail and look forward to writing a review on it soon!! This is great trail for beginners or people who have not been out much. Its fast and fun!
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