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Aug 08 2020
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Lost Goldmine Trail #60Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2020
wallyfrack
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
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2020
wallyfrack
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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Jul 05 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Lost Goldmine Trail - Cloudview to LG THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking9.40 Miles 1,098 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   3.36 mph
1,098 ft AEG
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The Lost Goldmine trail is outside the Tonto National Forest so it was an option. This trail usually seems boring after hiking Superstition Peak 5057. I saw 5 mountain bikers but no hikers on the trail. A bunny and a red-tailed hawk were the only fauna out. Good views of the Three Sisters, Turks Head and a nice stand of saguaros along the way. I'll probably be before the Tonto opens up again.
Fauna
Fauna
Red-tailed Hawk
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Jul 03 2020
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking9.08 Miles 2,495 AEG
Hiking9.08 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   2.81 mph
2,495 ft AEG
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I never make the Thanksgiving Day Hike so thought I'd try it for the 4th. The trails open at 4:42 am so I planned on a nice cool early start. The humidity was up so instead of flying like an eagle I was sweating like a turtle. :lol: The temps were good and the clouds kept the sun hidden for most of the way. The trail was well traveled today but not too busy to slow the pace.
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Jun 30 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
LaBarge Spring from Peralta, AZ 
LaBarge Spring from Peralta, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking12.56 Miles 2,146 AEG
Hiking12.56 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.63 mph
2,146 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Skipped out of work for one last trip to the Supes before the close. :lone: I met David at the trailhead about 4:40 am.
The temps were nice for most of the hike. The burn didn't seem as destructive going down toward La Barge Spring but still it is bad. We were happy to see the trees by the La Barge Spring are mostly okay. The spring was running but the trail cam didn't survive. We took a walk over to the camp area by Oak Spring. Most of the trees are okay and the fire stopped just past this area. I told David a bunch of Supes stories along the way and one of them was even true. :lol: It was a fun hike.
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Jun 27 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking11.40 Miles 1,558 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.89 mph
1,558 ft AEG
 
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Another quick hike to go for the burn. From up on Black Top Mesa you can see the Sawtooth fire was stopped just beyond Weavers Needle. It seemed to be pretty much contained within the Terrapin, Dutchman, Peralta perimeter. Marsh Valley, Bull Pass, Cavalry trail and Boulder Canyon trail all look good. New rule, any trail that is not burned is good. The question now is what burned east of Bluff Spring Mountain? Mine was the only vehicle at the trailhead starting at 4:44 am and the only vehicle when finishing at 8:41 am. I think that's a first for me. The last 45 minutes it started to get warm but I only drank 2 quarts and had free run of of the trails so a that's a win. Lots of bunnies, lizards and birds out. I saw one snake (a racer) which moved too fast for a photo. There is a lot of dry grass out there so hopefully the rains come soon.
Flora
Flora
Wild oat
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Jun 23 2020
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,826 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   2.64 mph
1,826 ft AEG
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I skipped out to hike some Supes. I looped CCW starting up the Dutchman trail. I was surprised to see the burn didn't start until Barks Canyon and then it's only on the east side of the trail. That didn't last though and well before the Coffee Flat trail junction the area was consumed. At first it looked like some saguaros would be okay then farther up it seems almost none will make it. This section east of Miners Needle is the worst for the saguaros. On Bluff Spring trail going past Bluff Spring Mountain the area is burned badly too but should come back sooner. The popular campsite in the trees is still there but the trees may not survive. The Spring area burned and the trail to the spring was blocked by a fallen tree but the spring is running at the second break in the pipe. I climbed up to check out the old CD cabin ruin and it's gone. Barks Canyon seems to be the dividing line and the Bluff Spring trail beyond that back to the trailhead is good. It was still a good hike and I was finished before it warmed up.
Fauna
Fauna
Desert Cottontail
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Jun 21 2020
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.80 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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I couldn't let David have all the fun. I started a little too early so I hiked in more sun than I wanted but the heat wasn't bad. I was the only one in the lot and only hiker on the trail. No cars at the Carney Springs lot either. As previously reported the trailhead is good and the trail is fine until right before the small cave next to the trail. The burn is on the north side of the trail and then crossed the trail just before Fremont Saddle. The distant hills to the east are black. This is still a nice hike but the view of the Needle won't be the same for a while. The road closure sign was turned around facing the wrong direction so you don't see it until you are leaving.
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Jun 20 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   3.29 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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Another easy 9 B4 8. I started just after 4:30 and the temperature was cool. The Sawtooth fire didn't hit any of the trails on this loop. Yellow Peak and Black Top Mesa looked to be okay as well. I only saw one other hiker out on the trails I thought I might see more critters but only rabbits and lizards were out. Only 2 other vehicles at the First Water trailhead and only 3 vehicles at the Cross Cut trailhead on my drive out after 7:15.
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Jun 09 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking15.50 Miles 4,108 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   3.43 mph
4,108 ft AEG
 
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With all the trips Wade makes up here, I know there must be a buried treasure. :lol: I started about 4:40 am and only saw only lady walking here dog on the upper road. I was up in 2:30 and down in 2:00 with one minute to snap some photos. Only bunnies and lizards out on the trail. It was cool all the way up, no bugs and barely warm when I finished at 9:11 am. I skipped out of work to enjoy the sub 100 temps.
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May 30 2020
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   3.40 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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I was actually 5 seconds slower than last time but the numbers rounded up the same. :lol: I may have tried to photograph the saguaro blossoms too long. If you like saguaro blooms Black Mesa trail coming up from Second Water trail is loaded with them. The temperature was warmer than Monday but still not bad for this desert dog. I saw three other hikers on the trail. The only critters out were bunnies, lizards and quail.
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Pinto Peak
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May 25 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   3.40 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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I wanted a change so I tried this loop. Only one other car at the trailhead at 5:00 am. I finished the hike at 7:39 am with no running just a determined pace. :lol: The trail is good, no critters out and saw only a few hikers on my way back up to the trailhead. This is the new 9 b4 8. (9 miles before 8:00 am). I looped clock wise and the sun didn't show until the high point on Black Mesa trail. Then there's still more shade until Dutchman and once you make the turn the sun is at your back. I'll be back.
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May 23 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking7.70 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   3.64 mph
1,194 ft AEG
 
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Another early morning loop around Pass Mountain. Fewer hikers out than the passed few trips. I cut another 3 minutes off my time. It still cool at the finish around 7:00 am.
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May 17 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   3.00 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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The customary evening stroll up Peralta trail. Only three hikers out this trip. I like it.
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May 16 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   3.51 mph
1,194 ft AEG
 
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Hit this trail for another early start on a cool morning. No bug problems, plenty of light before 5:00 am and fewer people out than last week. I hiked the loop in the opposite direction so it would seem like a different hike. I'm easy to fool. About a mile into the hike I saw a log next to the trail that I swear looked just like a hawk. I was getting way too close so the dim light must have been playing tricks on me. Turns out a juvenile hawk was perched about 3 feet from the trail. The hawk never flew off just opened it's beak and spread it's wings as I slowly hiked by. I was close enough to use my flash to get a decent photo. It seemed healthy but maybe being young and just waking up didn't fly or try to run away? After the hawk encounter I saw a several bunnies along the way but no critter that compared. I ran a few sections on the loop and knocked 5 minutes off last weeks time. I finished at 7:00 am and it was still nice out.
Fauna
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Red-tailed Hawk
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May 10 2020
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.88 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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Another evening another Peralta trail hike. Only one car at the trailhead at the start and two when I left. The hike up started with a few irritating bugs but they disappeared after about a half mile. The temperature felt nice with eventual cloud cover and a nice breeze. About half way up I could smell rain but it was just a teaser. I had the trail to myself on the way up and saw a group of three on the stroll down. The trail is a bit narrow in spots so I've been watching for snakes. I finally did see a diamondback on the drive out while it was crossing Peralta road.
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May 09 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.38 mph
1,194 ft AEG
 
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I hit the trail at first light about 5 am. There were a few overnight vehicles in the lot. One car started as I got out of my car and drove a few feet. I waited a minute to see what they were doing but then a few more vehicles pulled into the lot so I figured it was safe to leave my vehicle behind. The early start worked well as there were few other hikers out and the temps were nice. As I looped around there were many more hikers out by 7:00 am. I finished the loop by 7:15 am and the lot was fulled with cars parking on Meridian. It was a nice stroll but no critters out.
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May 02 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   2.83 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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Another evening stroll up to Fremont Saddle to stretch the legs. The parking lot had about 10 vehicles but the trail wasn't that busy. The evening shade and a slight breeze had for a pleasant hike. No snakes or critters on the trail.
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Apr 26 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   2.75 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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A few of us like the after five pm weekend stroll up to Fremont Saddle. It was busier than usual and I saw about 12 others on the hike. The numbers get smaller once we starting getting over 100 degrees on a regular basis. If you're lucky you may even get to see a few rattlers.
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Apr 25 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking15.50 Miles 4,108 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   3.33 mph
4,108 ft AEG
 
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With the warming temps, I decided this hike would be a good choice for some good miles to avoid the heat. I started just before 6:00 am but I think 5:30 am would have been light enough. I was cool at first but then nice as I hiked up the the shadows of the hillside. I passed two hikers early on and then was passed by a mountain biker and a runner higher up. It was chilly at the summit so I didn't stay long and it never was hot for me as I finished before 10:30 am. The last few miles the traffic started as many people were on the road. I used deep woods off on my hat this time and that seemed to keep most of the gnats away. The key to this hike on the weekend is start early to get a parking spot, avoid the crowd and enjoy to cool morning air.
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