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Oct 18 2015
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Brice Creek TrailNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2015
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Hiking4.40 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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I wanted to get away from the packs a little, and Trestle Creek's Waterfalls, from the Brice Creek upper trailhead, were the perfect thing. The trees are particularly beautiful this season, and while the water was low, the waterfall was still putting on a pretty good show. We took the dogs and didn't see another person for the entire loop. I can't wait to do this hike again in spring!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Mar 29 2015
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
John Dellenback TrailSouth Coast, OR
South Coast, OR
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2015
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Hiking5.00 Miles 120 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
120 ft AEG
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This was one of the most exciting hikes that I've done in the Oregon area. We parked at the John Dellenbeck Dunes Trailhead: From Reedsport, Oregon travel 10.5 miles south on Highway 101. The trailhead is on the west side of highway near mile marker 222. A $5 parking pass or Northwest Forest Pass is required.

Once you get out onto the Dunes there are are trail posts that you can follow, which lead to the deflation zone (a line of trees between the Dunes and the ocean). There is a boardwalk that cuts through to the beach, but it was flooded on Sunday. Instead, we spent our time exploring the Dunes, which are resilient enough that you can't really do much damage by going, delicately, off trail (except where there are posted signs to protect endemic grasses -- most of what you see here is European Beach Grass, which is invasive). We saw people with sleds and sand boards dune surfing right near the trailhead, and it looked like a lot of fun. out further, a few miles past the trailhead, we didn't really see ANYONE. Instead, we were able to walk in the sun, looking at mountainous dunes as far as the eye can see. As there is no motor vehicle traffic in this area, you can relax and really enjoy the dunes for what they are. You can wander to the tree islands, and see what the area looked like before the Dunes swept over them.

One warning/incentive to go: there is honest to goodness QUICKSAND here. Particularly near pools on lower ground, but really anywhere on low ground where the sand looks damp, the ground can liquify under your feet. One of my friends and I went in to our knees, but, unlike the movies, were easily able to scramble out. Be aware, but also know that it is AWESOME. Go play with it, and run amok in this sandy paradise.
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We saw some lupines which were not yet blooming, and also some wild strawberries on the tree islands.
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Mar 27 2015
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Goodman Creek TrailNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2015
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Hiking4.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
300 ft AEG
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Looking for a quick hike close to Eugene, my husband and I headed out to Goodman. This whole hike was lovely, calm, and quiet. Along the way we spotted lots of blooming trilliums and a few families with kids. Our dogs loved this hike, partially because there was quite a lot of easy water in which to wade. I look forward to coming back in a couple of months to both swim and nosh on the blackberries we spotted growing along the side of parts of the trail. A warning: there were many extremely muddy patches, which were fine, but I was glad I was wearing waterproof boots.
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Trilliums.
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May 25 2013
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Alder SpringsNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar May 25 2013
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Hiking6.20 Miles 988 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.77 mph
988 ft AEG
 
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Took the dogs out for some desert explorations. While the spring was FREEZING, I enjoyed getting to do some fording. Also, there's no better place to contemplate roaring rapids after a dry and dusty trail.
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May 04 2013
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2013
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Hiking7.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
520 ft AEG
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Took a spur of the moment trip out to Arizona, and knew this trail had to be on the to-do list. The water was just as cold as I remember, but seemed lower than in past years at the same time. I've also never seen this area so packed -- and it's always packed. Nevertheless, it was a perfect day for a cool dip, and it felt amazing to be back on the dusty trails I love so much.
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Apr 28 2013
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Separation Lake Trail #3536North Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2013
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Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
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Headed up to the Separation Creek Trailhead off of gravel Road 480 intending to reach the lake. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and I had my two dogs and my boyfriend along for the ride. As we drove we noticed lingering snow piles, and eventually had to abandon the car and walk the last half-mile to the trailhead on foot. At the trailhead, the campsites look a little worse for wear: the picnic tables are half buried in mud, but I can't wait to revisit the area a little later in the season. The snow was still fairly deep for the first mile of the trail, too, though it seemed to be melting quickly in the spring sunshine. Meandering through the old-growth firs and rhododendrons, we crossed small creeks a few times by log and boulder hopping. This is a perfect hike if you're looking to avoid the crowds.
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May 11 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2012
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Hiking8.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
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Apr 28 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Brown's Peak Loop via Alder SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2012
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Hiking7.50 Miles 2,792 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles
2,792 ft AEG
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My goodness, this one was a doozy!

The beginning of this hike is absolutely beautiful. The Four Peaks wilderness area is always what I imagine Arizona hiking should be, and at the trailhead, the weather was flawless, too. After turning up toward the Alder saddle, the trail dissipates almost immediately. However, the route finding through this bit wasn't too tough, and repeatedly let up to display patches of perfectly clear trail. At the saddle, however, things begin to get hairy. The brush is dense and difficult, and actually finding a spot to climb up to the summit is a real challenge. I felt unnerved trying to scramble up some pretty slick rock slabs. Yes, at the summit it was beautiful. Yes, I'm glad I did it. But c'mon. There's a perfectly good trail! I just kept wondering why I hadn't tried that option, first?

We met some other hikers at the summit, and then headed down the chute toward the parking lot. Going down was much easier, though that chute is still pretty tricky!

Overall, good hike and great day. But from now on, I'm bagging my peaks on trail first, if it's an option.
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Apr 22 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2012
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Hiking7.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
520 ft AEG
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Took some friends and some frosty oat sodas up this way for some swimming hole time. We had a blast hanging out and swimming -- cold water on a hot day is the best.
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Apr 21 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Donahue Geronimo Highline Loop, AZ 
Donahue Geronimo Highline Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2012
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Hiking16.20 Miles 3,872 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles
3,872 ft AEG
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This is a beautiful hike! Kyle and I wanted to get out of this weekend's heat (at least a little) so we headed up to this beautiful hike. It still got pretty warm, though I'd hate to think I'm going to have to start hiking above the rim this early in the year! It looks like there's been some recent trail maintenance on West Webber which made for nice easy going.

For the first time ever, I did have a rattlesnake strike at me! He did it while simultaneously issuing his first rattle, which seemed a little unfair -- aren't they supposed to warn us? A quick shriek and a little scamper and I was out of the way. Phew!
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Apr 09 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Reavis / Circlestone / Mound Mtn, AZ 
Reavis / Circlestone / Mound Mtn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2012
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Hiking27.00 Miles 4,020 AEG
Hiking27.00 Miles
4,020 ft AEG
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Kyle and I decided to head down to Reavis Ranch. We had a warm hike in and only saw two other people on the trail -- the benefits of weekday hiking! Right now the apple trees are blooming in the old orchard, and the entire Reavis Ranch area smells fantastic. We snagged a campsite right beside the creek on Monday, and spent the evening relaxing beside a roaring fire.

On Tuesday morning, we had a nice leisurely breakfast before heading up toward Circlestone and Mound Mountain. I'd never done either, and Circlestone is one of the coolest places I'd ever been. The ruins look virtually undisturbed, and my imagination ran wild as I speculated about what the site might have been used for. Does anyone know more about this area?

After, we bushwhacked up toward Mound Mountain. As far as bushwhacks go, this one wasn't too terrible, and the views made it more than worthwhile. Besides, now I can say I've been to the highest point in the Superstitions!

That evening we watched deer grazing peacefully in the meadow. This surely must be one of the most idyllic spots in Arizona, and the thought of leaving the next morning was a little heartbreaking. We woke up early to beat the heat, and made it back to the trailhead in record time.
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Apr 01 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Barnhardt to Bear Saddle, AZ 
Barnhardt to Bear Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2012
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Hiking23.00 Miles 3,634 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles   48 Hrs      0.48 mph
3,634 ft AEG
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Not willing to miss such an incredibly beautiful weekend, Kyle and my friend Angie decided to head out into the Mazzies. Kyle and I had covered this ground before on the Mazatzal Peak Loop, but hadn't been able to soak in the scenery as much as we might have hoped. It was time for a backpacking excursion!

Heading up Barnhardt was gorgeous as always, and we were shocked to only see four people all day. The bigger waterfall, Big Kahuna, was flowing like a champion, and we took some time to climb inside and enjoy the novelty. Once we reached the top of Barnhardt we took to Divide Trail over to the spur to Bear Seep.

While I'd done this trail before, the difficulty increases in ways I hadn't anticipated with a full pack on. The trail tilts gently toward the hillside and is quite narrow, and a little jelly-legged, Angie and I both felt our footing was a little unsure. We would periodically kick down stones and wait... and wait... to hear them land. It took much longer than was comforting. But, we made it to the seep and the campsite, and it couldn't have been more beautiful. The weather was lovely and warm, the little water box was brim-full, and the campsite was spacious and deserted.

At night, the wind came up a bit. Luckily, we were still able to nurse a very small campfire. As the temperature dropped and the wind howled, it made for a spooky but cozy night in the tents.

The next morning we let ourselves sleep in, and cleaned up the site a bit. The last people who camped up there left quite a bit of trash, which we packed out. The walk back down toward Barnhardt was gorgeous, windy, and cool, and we made quick work of it. Overall, a wonderful weekend!
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Mar 24 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2012
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Hiking13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles
3,169 ft AEG
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I love this hike for its diversity, beauty, and challenge. Even when the water isn't flowing, it's a beautiful trip, but this time the falls were healthy and the mist felt amazing. The hike up is definitely a burner, but I took my time and found I was much happier for it. Regardless, it's completely worth the effort!
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Mar 23 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2012
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Hiking4.70 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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Mar 17 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Seven Falls - Sabino Canyon Recreation AreaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2012
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Hiking9.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
700 ft AEG
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Crowded but fun hike with the roommate. Nobody was swimming, ut we did see a gila monster and dip our toes in the chilly water!
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Mar 15 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Sandia Tramway Tower TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2012
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Hiking1.50 Miles 707 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
707 ft AEG
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As the top of the La Luz trail was "impassable without snowshoes" according to the docents inside the visitor's center, we settled for a quick hike up to Tower One before taking the tram to the top. It was cool to get up to the tower, and made me feel better getting at least a little elevation change!
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Mar 15 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Upper Tram Terminal to Kiwanis Cabin, NM 
Upper Tram Terminal to Kiwanis Cabin, NM
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2012
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Hiking3.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Having ridden the tram to the top, we decided to head into the snow toward Kiwanis Cabin. We headed out from the upper tram terminal and took S. Crest Trail 130 to Trail 94. Initially, signs describing local flora dotted the trail, but as we got further along the snow became deeper and the signage (and footprints) tapered off. The cabin, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps around 1930, is well worth the trip. It's constructed of local limestone, and some really exciting fossil hash can be found in the foundation stones. The views of the valley below are pretty spectacular, too.
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Mar 11 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Waterfall Canyon and Black Rock Loop, AZ 
Waterfall Canyon and Black Rock Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2012
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Hiking3.10 Miles
Hiking3.10 Miles
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Nice hike into the white tanks with the doggies. The waterfall really wasn't flowing, but it was still lovely scenery.
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Mar 10 2012
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2012
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Hiking5.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
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Quick hike with a friend. I especially enjoyed the west ridge of North mountain.
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Feb 17 2012
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37 female
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 Eugene, OR
Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2012
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Hiking6.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
400 ft AEG
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Lovely hike with the doggies and a friend. The garbage wasn't even too bad today!
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