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Nov 21 2020
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
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Hiking5.70 Miles 2,509 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles
2,509 ft AEG
 
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Another Hike with Pelicano & Tortuga. The drive in was more exciting than I imagined but only in a few spots. The temps were nice on the hike up and we had some shade. Denny let us time to take breaks to make it easy. Bob kneed a rock but the rock won. I hiked here once before 10 years ago. The hike is little longer than I remembered and worth doing if you haven't done it in a while. The drive in can be easier if you follow rwstorm's route from the south. The usual banter went on and while there were no Denny Christmas songs with that goatee I did imagine him dressed up as a snowman singing Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
It was nice hiking with the boys again.
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Nov 17 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Charlebois from Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 17 2020
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Backpack21.00 Miles 3,550 AEG
Backpack21.00 Miles3 Days         
3,550 ft AEG
 
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Yes, once in a while I get out and backpack. I try to like it but it's just not my thing. The weather was a bit warm which made the evenings nice but the days were hot. We camped near Music Spring and got water there as well. The water at La Barge Spring or Charlebois Spring is better but this was convenient. We basically explored some in the morning and in the late afternoon to stay out of the heat. We did see one Black-tailed rattlesnake in a side wash north of Charlebois spring. The snake was between to boulders that were about 4 feet apart. I was following Steve down the wash and he went through and just before I stepped in between the two boulders I saw the snake. It never rattled or even moved. It was nice to get out and explore a little.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Music Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Better at La Barge Spring and Charlebois.
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Nov 14 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Trap CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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wallyfrack
Canyoneering16.90 Miles 2,909 AEG
Canyoneering16.90 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   2.03 mph
2,909 ft AEG
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I haven't been into Trap Canyon for a while so it was time. I took a short cut through a side canyon then up over the saddle, up a summit and then into Trap canyon. I forgot how nice it is inside that canyon. You have shade most of the time it's cool and scenic and nobody else is there. I hiked almost to the end but decided to turn around and return via the canyon to avoid the sun. I saw about 4 other hikers all day.
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Trap Canyon
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Nov 07 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Whiskey West-Red Tanks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking15.90 Miles 2,969 AEG
Hiking15.90 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.51 mph
2,969 ft AEG
 
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I decided to take advantage of the cooler weather and check out La Barge Spring. The drive down Peralta road at about 6:30 am was a line of cars. Carney Spring was packed and Peralta lot already half full. The morning was warmer than usual but it stayed in the 70's the entire hike. There were a few sprinkles and some thunder and lightning early on and then some wind later which kicked up the dust. The Dutchman trail is in okay shape but the Whiskey Spring and Red Tanks trails are messed up some. I like the trails that way but someone tried to cut the catclaw back so it's jumping catclaw now and it sticks to you until you take it off. Eventually I wandered off trail and ended up on the ridge next to Trap Canyon for the view. The grasses still have seeds late this year the socks and shoes take a beating. I talked to a few campers from St Louis near La Barge Spring (yes, the spring is running) and probably saw another ten hikers/backpackers on the way out. A nice day on the trail but I was hoping to be cold.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max LaBarge Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
A least a quart per minute. The pipe is obscured by the overgrowth but the water is flowing out of the trough.
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Nov 01 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking11.90 Miles 1,268 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.80 mph
1,268 ft AEG
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I thought about this one on Halloween but decided to wait and hope for less trail traffic. This seemed to work but the backpackers were still exiting and I passed them on the way out. I took detour up a side canyon to revisit some limestone cliffs I saw on a previous trip. I had the cabin to myself and the temps were nice most of the hike. Some joker painted red arrows on the rocks along the trail. I'm not why they thought it was needed. The both springs were trickling and there was a fair amount of bear scat on the trail. No fires left burning this time but a tent and blanket were left behind at a new camping area. The hiking was good.
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Oct 28 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking11.10 Miles 2,281 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.05 mph
2,281 ft AEG
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Another stroll up Old West Boulder to look around. Lots of ash and loose dirt that will wash away with a good rain. Relatively easy traveling down canyon now that the brush is gone. A good place for solitude.
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Oct 24 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking11.79 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking11.79 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   2.06 mph
2,650 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
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I woke up at 1:00 am left the house at 2:00 am and we starting hiking about 700 AM. Not my normal start but interesting. :lol: Linda had the plan so I could just kick back and go along for the trip. The weather was warmer than expected and the breeze cooled us down later on. I thought it might be cold but the temperature was nice and even a little warm at the end. The views were good and the trails fairly easy to hike. After hiking the Flatiron on Wednesday I wasn't sure if I'd do well at this higher elevation but I never really had any shortness of breath. Linda kept a nice steady (easy) pace and even took a detour so I could find some pot sherds. :lol: We were on Chiricahua Peak by 10:30 am and starting back before I even got tired out. A nice area and a good hike, I just wish it was closer. After reading a lot of her trip logs it was nice to hike with Linda and good to catch up with Denny again.
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Oct 21 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2020
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Hiking11.10 Miles 3,936 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.82 mph
3,936 ft AEG
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This seemed to be the hike the cool kids are doing... :lol: so why not? Light traffic on a Wednesday and shade all the way up. I stopped on the Flatiron, hiked up to Peak 5024 and since I was up there, hiked down the ridgeline to look down Old West Boulder Canyon. The burn near Flatiron is light and doesn't get bad until the top of Old West Boulder Canyon. The temps were nice as the chute is shaded and it didn't get warm until the final leg on the Crosscut Trail.
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Oct 10 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2020
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Hiking9.50 Miles 1,616 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   2.26 mph
1,616 ft AEG
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A morning stroll up the Dutchman trail, through O'Grady Canyon and into Old West Boulder Canyon. The burn on Dutchman trail stops in the first mile and the trail is untouched up to Parker Pass. The west side of O'Grady Canyon is burnt as is Old West Boulder but these less traveled areas don't make much of an impact if you're hiking the trails. I saw about 5 other hikers and not much else. The temps were nice in the canyons and I only had sun for the last few miles.
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Oct 03 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Needle Vista to Hackberry SpringPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking12.70 Miles 1,620 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.89 mph
1,620 ft AEG
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One more trip in from Needle Vista to hike the lonely trails. It looked like the barriers had been pushed aside when I drove past First Water Road. There were two cars at Needle Vista when I arrived but they were just meeting there before moving on. I hiked up to Garden Valley the back way and cut the corner so I wouldn't step on the closed area. :lol: There is water running from the spring next to Second Water trail. :) The area beyond the cattle tank is untouched. I continued on down Boulder Canyon trail into La Barge Creek before turning back. On the return trip I cut through a burnt section (no closed) of Garden Valley to see how many pot sherds were exposed. When I passed by the First water Horse lot there were two vehicles parked in the lot. :o I finished up by 10:30 am and didn't see another hiker.
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Sep 23 2020
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Bluff Springs Trail #235Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2020
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,795 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.31 mph
1,795 ft AEG
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I skipped out of work and decided to hike through Middle Canyon. The north side is nice the south end not as easy. I summited peak 3555 along the way and returned on the Dutchman trail. There were several cars at the trailhead but I only saw one hiker on the Dutchman trail. They were grading Peralta road when I left. It didn't seem to need it by what do I know.
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Sep 19 2020
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 Joined Mar 11 2003
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Coffee Flat Trail #108Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2020
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Hiking11.60 Miles 1,404 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.40 mph
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A Hike out to Reeds Water with the Tortoise. We got an early start to avoid hiking in the heat. Headlamps for the first hour. The trail is okay but the fire damage can't be ignored. The area beyond Barkley Basin doesn't look as bad. There are many healthy ocotillos growing in that area. The trees by Reeds Water survived but the wood around Whitlow Corral is gone. It was a nice hike and it didn't get too warm for me. Thanks for the hike Denny.
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Sep 13 2020
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Lost Goldmine Trail - Cloudview to LG THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2020
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Hiking14.00 Miles 1,492 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   3.05 mph
1,492 ft AEG
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While the Peralta Trailhead is open Peralta road is still closed. I wanted to hike to the trailhead to see if there are any signs present and if people are just driving around the closed signs (easy because local access is needed). The temps seemed to be okay for the long rolling hike so it was on. The Lost Goldmine trail has recently moved up in value. You can hike this trail to see how the western Superstitions used to look. :doh: The saguaros are nice along this stretch. I was surprised to see the Peralta Trailhead empty on arrival (7:45am) but within 5 minutes 2 vehicles pulled in. The occupants all hiked up the Peralta trail which is the only trail listed as closed on the website. :-$ I hiked up the Dutchman trail for a little way to get a view and scared about 8 javelina who took off in 3 different directions. While the early morning sun was blunted by the smoke above it was starting to warm up so I turned back. It seems like the closures are just leftovers from the fire which remain unchecked and unresolved. I emailed Pinal County on Friday (it shows the Peralta Road closure on their website) and they responded they would let me know if they had any information when it would reopen. Nice day on the trail but the air quality is not the best.
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Sep 12 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Black Mesa Trail #241Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
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Hiking10.70 Miles 1,230 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   3.18 mph
1,230 ft AEG
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The USFS website has Second Water & Black Mesa trails listed as open so I wanted to hike down them for a look. Same old scorched earth but some saguaros look to be okay. I saw one riled up diamondback. He decided to strike at me but I was at least a foot out of range so that seemed odd. I don't know for sure but it seemed as thought it wanted me to back up so it could cross the trail which is what it did. The temps were nice and I didn't see anyone else. There were 3 other cars at the Needle Vista lot when I returned but a least 8 parked near the First Water road entrance.
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Sep 05 2020
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Needle Vista to Hackberry SpringPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2020
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Hiking7.90 Miles 987 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.56 mph
987 ft AEG
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Another hike from the tortoise and the hare. :lol: Denny wanted to hike out Coffee Flat trail but while the trails are open Peralta Road is closed? We'll save that for another day. We decided to go for the burn and hike in on the trails from Needle Vista so we didn't cross any of the closed area. I missed a few turn options in the dark but there are several so we just took the next turn. The hike in was nice and we made it into Garden Valley before the sun hit. The burn area was as good as could be expected. It seems the fire moved quickly through the grasses so the bushes, trees and cactus didn't receive as much damage as areas did from the Sawtooth fire. The TNF website only lists Peralta trail as being closed while Black Mesa and Second Water trails are listed as open. We just hiked to the intersection, looked at the ruins took some photos and turned back. We did not see any smoke in the air but the fire is still listed as active in the east. We checked out Hackberry Spring and finally hit sunlight on the way up the trail climbing out. We dropped into a wash for the final mile or so and ran into one of Denny's family. We finished up by 8 am and pretty much stayed out of the heat. There were no other vehicles parked in the Needle Vista lot but about 6 vehicle were parked at the end of First Water road by the barricades. Thanks for the hike Denny.
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Aug 22 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Turks Head - Peak 2822Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2020
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Hiking5.90 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.19 mph
1,194 ft AEG
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I hiked with the rock rolling tortoise from southern Mesa Denny Skynyrd. :lol: There was some light rain on the way to the trailhead but it stopped before the hike. I used hikerdw's GPS track for the route up Turks Head. The route is easy to follow on the way down but stray cairns and side routes lured us away on the hike up. The views from Turks Head are nice and we scoped out a possible route to the cave in the cliffs below the ridgeline. We could see some smoke from the fire in West Boulder Canyon but not a lot. The temps weren't bad but the humidity was high so I was soaked by the end. Denny gave a hiker some water for his dog (which looked thirsty) as we got close to the parking lot. Nice play Denny and thanks for hiking.
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Aug 19 2020
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2020
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   3.25 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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Trying to use up days off I set out for the Smokey I mean Superstition Mountains. :lol: Smoke from the Rolls or Salt Fire was all over Second Water and Black Mesa trails. Once I got to the Junction of Black Mesa and Dutchman the smoke was gone but still visible looking toward Marsh Valley. I was hoping to see the crazy diamondback I saw on Saturday but he wasn't out. There are always many cottontails out but today I saw a gila monster on trail. It did rain in the western Supes on Monday evening and that sometimes gets them out. I saw Loren (who lost his camera) and he told me he never located it. Loren told me some hiker was missing after leaving the horse lot recently to take pictures one evening but I couldn't find any reports to verify that. I finished up about 8 am and the temps were still okay.
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Aug 15 2020
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2020
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   3.25 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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One more time. I haven't seen any snakes on this one in a while so I was due. I kicked up a diamond back about half way across Black mesa trail. He was loud and not very friendly so I couldn't get a good photo. I also saw a tarantula which was calm as usual so a better subject. I stopped and talked to one other hiker who was searching for his camera which he dropped the day before. I looked with him a little while but it must have fallen into a bush and slid down out of view. The temps weren't too bad and I finished well before 8 am.
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Aug 08 2020
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Lost Goldmine Trail #60Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2020
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Hiking8.00 Miles 1,167 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.18 mph
1,167 ft AEG
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Went out to chase rabbits with the turtle but we ending up hunting wild mushrooms. I told Denny that mushroom is too big so we had to leave it. On the way out Denny tried some Rock and Roll. He didn't do it right so maybe he should just stick with Country. :lol: The early morning was pleasant but it did warm up after 8 am. Not many people out so it was easy going. My BearTooth map shows a spur trail up to the mushroom shaped rock but we didn't see any sign of the old trail even though our route was almost the same. :-k Thanks for braving the off trail Denny.
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Aug 02 2020
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2020
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   3.18 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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I finally got away from the Lost Goldmine trail and back into the TNF. I was hoping to see some snakes after the close but no luck this time. I did see 3 deer, several coveys of quail, doves, rabbits and a cardinal. The clouds kept the sun off but with the humidity up it was sticky. I almost lost my crispy status. There was one other vehicle at the trailhead when I started and a different one when I left but I didn't see another other hikers.
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