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Sep 21 2019
wallyfrack
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58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Pinto Peak 5991Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking11.70 Miles 2,910 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   6 Hrs   38 Mns   1.76 mph
2,910 ft AEG
 
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The goal was to check out Miles Ranch, West Pinto trail, Campaign trail and hike up Pinto Peak again. It was 50 degrees at the start and stayed nice for most of the hike. The Miles Ranch area is good but about a mile down West Pinto trail the burn takes over. I could followed most of West Pinto but there are a few washed out areas where you lose the trail. The Campaign trail is burned but not bad to follow at this point. There are several ruins exposed next to the trail and some vegetation is starting to regrow. The thicket off trail near Pinto Peak is easier to get through but everything is black. I looked like a coal miner after making it through. From Pinto Peak I decided on exiting the opposite ridge and connecting to the Cuff Button trail. The ridge was open but steep in spots. The area looks different and I thought I stopped at a ruin Denny and I went to a few years back. It turns out is was a different ruin on the same ridge about two hundred yards away. The Cuff Button trail was okay to follow until about a half mile approaching West Pinto trail. The trail is washed away there. I saw cairns down lower and followed those but they were from the old Jerky Spring trail that parallels Cuff Button in that area. The erosion is evident and will continue for a while so time will tell.
Culture
Culture
Hohokam Mano and Metate
Named place
Named place
Pinto Peak Sawtooth Ridge
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Sep 14 2019
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58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Reavis Gap Trail #117Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking12.30 Miles 2,760 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   1.91 mph
2,760 ft AEG
 
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I was watching the forecast for cloud cover and hoped to get another long hike in. There was an accident on US 60 just down the hill past the Pinto Valley Mine. It was just before 5 am and we were stopped. Fortunately we got by after about 10 minutes. The Nissan Kicks only had some damage on the front right so I would guess everyone was okay.
From there it was on to FR 449. FR 449 is good but FR 449A is interesting. The sand isn't too bad but there are some washed out areas and where the water has gone through it's black. I got to use 4wd and throw a little mud around. It will be more interesting if there's a good hard rain. I would say high clearance 4x4 only for sure now. The narrow creek crossings are still narrow but deeper from erosion. I bottomed the tail section on one of the ditch like crossings.
The Campaign trailhead is good if you make it. The area by the Reevis Mountain school wasn't hit too hard. Once you get beyond the school the area above Campaign creek on both sides is bad. Campaign trail may be bad but I only went to the Reavis Gap trail. The first mile of the Reavis Gap trail is toast. The good news is farther up the Gap trail is surprisingly okay. The Pine Creek area took a limited hit but a lot of the pines are okay. I hiked south toward Mound Mountain along Pine Creek and at the top of the first hill the fire stopped so I believe the Ponderosa pines near the Fireline trail are okay. I checked out Walnut Spring and there is very little water again so it probably will be seasonal at best. The sun came out and warmed things up so I retreated early on this one but I have some hope so it was good day.
Named place
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Walnut Spring
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Sep 07 2019
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58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking20.70 Miles 3,417 AEG
Hiking20.70 Miles   7 Hrs   54 Mns   2.62 mph
3,417 ft AEG
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Yes, I had to. I was cautiously optimistic but it's bad. There are a few spots that help you remember what was it was but it won't be back for a long time. Some small areas were missed but others completely gone. I was the only hiker out but there were a few on horseback. I started at 5:30 am and the temperature was nice. Just hiking the trail you can see how the conditions will change during when it gets a good rain. The first few miles will wash out in spots, the section before and after the falls trail will be muddy and the trail below Castle Dome will fill up with rocks coming down the now barren slope. Reavis Ranch itself is good but the surrounding hills are bare so it's not the same. I took the time to visit many of the ruin sites along the way and found 3 more now that the hills are bare. The camping spot near Plow Saddle Spring is bad. Plow Saddle Spring on the other hand was flowing. I saw 4 deer in that area some there is some life. To my surprise the clouds stay with me all day and there was a light rain for much of my hike out. There was no rain in the forecast so it may have been tears from the thundergods. This is just the first many planned hikes.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Plow Saddle Springs Quart per minute Quart per minute
The spring was full and flowing out. There was water pooling below the spring.
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Aug 24 2019
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58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking16.80 Miles 1,382 AEG
Hiking16.80 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   2.43 mph
1,382 ft AEG
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When the promised land is closed you hike where you can. :lol:
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Aug 18 2019
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58 male
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 AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   3.16 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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The clouds moved in and I took the opportunity to get a quick hike in. There where three other cars but I only saw one other hiker. Lizards were everywhere but no other critters on trial. It's nice to get this one done without crowds or traffic.
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Aug 17 2019
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 AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   3.55 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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Just an early morning stroll in the Superstitions. I stopped to take photos and let 4 horseback riders pass by. I didn't see any other hikers but there were two other vehicles at the trailhead so there were others out. I made a clockwise loop starting at 5:40 am and didn't feel sunshine until the top of Black Mesa Trail. I finished just after 8 am and while it warmed up I was never really hot. There was a tarantula and 3 diamondbacks on trail. The snakes were calm but not much room to get by so that was interesting. If you start early it's doable.
Fauna
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Tarantula
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May 27 2019
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58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking9.95 Miles 2,838 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.96 mph
2,838 ft AEG
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A great day to explore in the Superstitions. I went back up a side canyon I was in few weeks ago. There is an old prospect hole and a spring box. The spring box is old and was made out of rocks which were lined with concrete. The prospect was mostly collapsed but looked like it may have been lined with rocks. There is an old pipe going up the canyon to a spring that is not on any of the maps. The spring is flowing and water was trickling down the narrow canyon. I hiked to the summit of an unnamed peak and looked around. With the cloud cover and breeze I was actually cold. The area is intriguing so I will be back in the fall.
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May 25 2019
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 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking15.50 Miles 4,108 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   3.32 mph
4,108 ft AEG
 
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After a week out of town and no hikes for two weeks I needed to get a good one in. It was 48 degrees at 5:34 am but that was nice once I got going. I could feel the cobwebs but pressed on to the top. It was cool at the top so I took a short break and started down. I saw five hikers and one biker on trip down. It felt warm int he sun but was still only 72 degrees at 10:14 am when I finished. No critters out today but nice views and a good workout.
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Apr 13 2019
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Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
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Hiking11.80 Miles 3,858 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   1.99 mph
3,858 ft AEG
 
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With the break in the weather still keeping the temperature moderate I decided to to get out in the western Supes one more time. To keep up the crowd avoidance policy I choose Peak 5057 and it worked out well. I started up Hieroglyphics Trail about 6:30 am and only saw 3 hikers all before the balancing rock turn. The Hieroglyphic Canyon was quiet and I could hear the wings of the raven gathering vegetation for some building. The last time I hiked up here was a rainy new years hike. I think JJ & LP nearly froze. Good Times! :lol: The sun didn't hit me until the ridgeline and then only for part of the way. I was on Peak 5057 by 9 am and it hadn't warmed up yet. At that point I decided the loop would give me a better chance of seeing a gila monster so that was the exit plan. Coming down past Carney Spring about a few hundred yards before the Wave Cave turn off I saw a small gila monster on the trail. The hike back wasn't too bad. It was warm in the sun but the breeze was cool so a really nice day on trail.
Fauna
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Gila Monster
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Apr 10 2019
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 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Ely-Anderson TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2019
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Hiking12.10 Miles 2,835 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   2.21 mph
2,835 ft AEG
 
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I had the day off so decided to hike the western Supes while the weather was cool. Bluff Spring Mountain fit the bill and I decided to complete the Miners Needle Loop finsih up. I looked through the summit log on Bluff Spring Mountain and saw many recent HAZ entries by DixieFlyer, Daytripper, hikerdw, FoTG and BiFrost. The memorial photo tibber put in for johnr1 is still in great shape. On the hike out I had hopes of seeing a gila monster but my timing was off. I saw two ladies on horseback who had just seen a gila monster and then a mile later two guys said they saw a gila monster about a mile in. The trails were good the weather was great.
Flora
Flora
Dudleya
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Apr 06 2019
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Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
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Hiking12.60 Miles 1,632 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   2.17 mph
1,632 ft AEG
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With the cloud cover and the cooler temps it was a perfect day to hike Haunted Canyon. I saw David & Ryan's truck at the trailhead. I started in at 7:38 (I thought it was later but the clock in my Jeep is fast) and was wondering if I'd catch up to them. I saw a committee of vultures in the trees along the road. Once on the trail there was the odor of something dead but I couldn't find the source. The hike in haunted Canyon was better with cool temps, cloud cover and flowing water it was as good as it gets. There it some damage to the trail from the water but nothing that hasn't been rerouted. I did catch up with David and Ryan and got to hike with them for a bit until the junction with the old Haunted Canyon trail. I went on toward the cabin to explore and they continued on to complete a loop of the entire trail and hiking back on the road. I explored some in Haunted canyon and found pot sherds in the side canyon which led me up a ridge looking for a ruin. I did not find a ruin but there are several large pot sherds at the spot and I'm not sure why. The hike out was nice but uneventful . Another good stroll in the Supes.
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Mar 31 2019
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Cavalry Trail #239Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking15.00 Miles 2,288 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.22 mph
2,288 ft AEG
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I though about Haunted Canyon but figured JJ would think I was up to something so I stayed in the Western Supes. I started early to take advantage of the cool morning. If the Jeep temperature was correct it was 40 degrees at the trailhead. The sunshine did not hit the trail until I was near the Boulder Creek / Cavalry trail junction. The water was flowing in Boulder Creek as well as La Barge Creek. I did some off trail exploring southeast of Lower La Barge Box. It's a nice area but nothing of interest was discovered.
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Mar 28 2019
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58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
L Canyon, AZ 
L Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2019
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Hiking7.85 Miles 2,802 AEG
Hiking7.85 Miles   11 Hrs      0.71 mph
2,802 ft AEG
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We took a stroll up over Geronimo head and into L Canyon once again. The JW 1869 inscription was not to be found. We did see some old mining claims, an agave roasting pit and some good views. It was a little warm in the sun but we took our time and rested in the shade so that made for a nice day.
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Mar 24 2019
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 Joined Mar 11 2003
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Reavis Gap Trail #117Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
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Hiking13.37 Miles 3,057 AEG
Hiking13.37 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   1.84 mph
3,057 ft AEG
 
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10 water crossings and that was just the drive in on Fr 449A to the trailhead. I would say the first 1.5 miles is 4x4 now due to the deep sand. The final 2.5 miles of 449A is easy going. The Campaign trail has a tree blocking the way. the climb around it a little interesting but it can be done. There is also a tree blocking the Reavis Gap trail but that's an easy bypass. The cows are not longer on the trail so the dirt isn't loose and the hiking is better. The Lupine have taken over the lower part of the Reavis Gap trail. No need to stop to smell them, the fragrance is obvious. I hiked down the old Pine Creek trail once again to find the cattle trap near the creek. There was not much left but now I know. Water is flowing in Campaign Creek and Pine Creek. I stopped over to Walnut Spring on the way out. There is water in Walnut Spring but less than I thought should be. It will probably be dry in the summer. There were no other hikers on the trails and I only saw two other vehicles on the drive out. Solitude wins the day.
Flora
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Coulter's Lupine
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Walnut Spring
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Mar 09 2019
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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,932 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   1.93 mph
3,932 ft AEG
 
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The overnight backpack to Reavis Ranch was cancelled so I was flying solo. All the cool kids seem to be hiking out to the falls so why not give a shot. Not being one to follow the crowd, I ended up above the falls again. : rambo : I remember the final descent being steep and loose and it did not disappoint. I took a break above the falls, took photos and looked over the edge for other hikers but my timing was off and no one was down below. :( The falls were running but nothing too crazy this week. The crossing above was easy and it would be safe even with a much higher flow. I tried going father upstream on the exit from the falls but the terrain was still steep and loose so it's just part of the equation. There were several others out hiking and the parking area was packed but the weather was perfect.
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Mar 03 2019
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 AZ
Rogers Canyon from Woodbury THGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2019
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Hiking12.77 Miles 3,008 AEG
Hiking12.77 Miles   6 Hrs   36 Mns   1.93 mph
3,008 ft AEG
 
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Angel basin was on my list and today was the day. I drove in later than normal but didn't encounter another vehicle on the drive in all the way to the Woodbury trailhead. :-s The JF trail on the way up to Tortilla Pass is in decent condition with a little overgrowth near the top. On the other side the hike starts out fine but once you drop down into the drainage the trail was a tangled mess. The weight of the recent snow bent most of the bushes/trees down and across the trail. Several branches have broken off and i must have moved a few dozen branches off to the side on the trail. Once down in Angel Basin I decided to hike over to Angel Spring area. The off trail was equally interesting with most bushes and trees still bent over. I stooped for a snack break at the trough and sat next to Mrs Gladys Bacon. After the break I went to the ruin and still there was no one around. I think the hike down Rogers Canyon would have been fun with the water flow. I first though about completing the loop up Rogers Canyon but decided against swimming upstream. On the hike back up the JF trail I ran into Nathan and Emily. I didn't think I'd see anyone else out there so when I saw him I just shouted it out. "Hey you're Nathan Brisk" :lol: He didn't run so maybe it wasn't too bad. After talking a few minutes we continued on our way. It was warmer on the hike up the JF trail but cooled down at Tortilla Pass were the breeze kicked up. I saw another backpacker hiking down from the pass who was heading back toward the lake. I noticed many poppies on the west facing slopes of Rogers Ridge an the way down. As I approached the trailhead I passed on more hiker just starting out. The drive out was a little busier and I was slowed down by a chain of ATVs for a mile before they pulled off on a side road. A nice day in the Supes with water running and great weather.
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Feb 23 2019
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 AZ
Geronimo HeadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
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Hiking5.40 Miles 2,078 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   1.14 mph
2,078 ft AEG
 
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Denny & I had considered hiking up to Malapais Mountain today. I knew the temperature would be good and the photos would be great so we decided to give it a shot. We waited an extra hour for the sun to come out but the hike up started in the low clouds. The trail is good and the traction better when wet except for the ice patches which we avoided. The views were spectacular but the snow got deeper as we climbed. The ridge on Geronimo Head was 8 to 12 inches so it slowed us down. We got cold feet (literally) and decided to just hike Geronimo Head and save Malapais for another day. We hit the peak, took lots of photos and hiked out. Tortilla flat was crowded as was SR88 and we were glad to get out of there. We stopped at Sonic for a burger and shake. Thanks for the hike Denny.
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Feb 20 2019
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Geronimo HeadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2019
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Hiking7.30 Miles 2,743 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   0.77 mph
2,743 ft AEG
 
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We took a stroll up over Geronimo Head to the upper part of L Canyon to look for the "JW 1874" inscription. We found a few prospect holes and an old camp. The old camp had a military cot, alarm clock, flash light, coffee, creamer, catsup and other glass jars and cans. Nothing great but a good place to explore.
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Feb 17 2019
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Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2019
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Hiking6.70 Miles 669 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.83 mph
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A trip up the Dutchman to look around. There is water but not as much as there is farther in the Supes. A few muddy spots to hike around and several hikers out enjoying the cool weather.
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Feb 16 2019
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Loy Canyon Trail #5Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking18.20 Miles 3,082 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   2.12 mph
3,082 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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It was bizarro Saturday. I was hiking up north and Bruce was hiking in the Supes. :-s The weather was changing all day. On the drive to the trailhead the road was dry, then wet, then there was sleet? and it stopped before we started hiking. The hike started off cool but it warmed up as we went. The climb up was cloudy and it looked like fog higher up. It hailed/snowed for a while then there were patches of sun breaking through. Once up on Secret Mountain the sun came out for a while and it seemed warm for a bit. We stopped for lunch and were cold by the time we started back down. The hike down was nice and warm in the sun and then some light snow fell for a bit with felt good as it cooled the air. This was a good hike the light snow was easy to hike in and made for a good background. Chris and I made decent time on the hike down and were finished well before dark.
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