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Jan 06 2011
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Pass Mountain Summit 3127Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2011
RaRoc
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,220 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,220 ft AEG
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I've been up to Wind Cave before, but never went further to check out the summit. Took my mom, dad and the dog and were rewarded with some nice views. Good easy hike to do before/after work.
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Jan 02 2011
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2011
RaRoc
Hiking5.90 Miles 1,012 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles
1,012 ft AEG
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Took the dog on a nice, easy afternoon hike. We weren't quiet ready to head home once we'd finished the valley, so we went East an extra mile on the National Trail. The views of Phoenix and snow-capped Four Peaks are great right now.
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Jan 01 2011
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2011
RaRoc
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,275 ft AEG
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Nice start to the New Year with some friends, though it was crowded with folks honoring fresh resolutions! I love the holiday decorations at the top.
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Dec 26 2010
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Hidden Valley Loop - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2010
RaRoc
Hiking16.14 Miles 3,412 AEG
Hiking16.14 Miles   13 Hrs   30 Mns   1.20 mph
3,412 ft AEG
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Tough_Boots
I started hiking in earnest about a year ago, and followed a pretty standard curve. You ease in slowly, three-five miles in South Mountain, and gradually, you get longer and steeper. Once I started looking for 19 mile day hikes, I decided it was time for me to pull on my big-girl pants and head off-trail. With a couple of brief bushwhacking excursions under my belt, Kyle and I decided to check out Hidden Valley.

We started off at the Peralta TH and headed up Ely-Anderson. En route we encountered some mule deer alongside nice views of Weaver's Needle and other notable formations. The trail isn't particularly well-maintained but it was easy to follow in the daylight (this will become relevant later, I promise). As the trail dissipated we headed into Hidden Valley, which is absolutely beautiful. The creek was flowing surprisingly well for this season, and the whole route was sort of a slide show of perfect Sonoran scenery. The most spectacular view, of course, came at the end of the canyon, where we discovered a breathtaking drop right between us and the trail we wanted to connect to.

Yes, we should have read the topo map better. It's a learning curve. A learning curve that forced my geologist father to hang his head in shame this morning over relieved coffee. I know better now. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR TOPO MAP. Rookie mistake. But, having been foolish, we had to figure out a game plan. It was about 2:30 p.m., and we knew we'd never make it back to the trail the way we'd come before nightfall. We weren't keen on bouldering after dark, not to mention playing connect-the-cairns on Ely-Anderson. Looking at the GPS, we decided we could probably climb out of the canyon to the ridge line and find a safer descent to the trail.

At the top of the valley, after a few failed attempts that evoked images of broken legs and helicopter blades, we managed to find an incline we thought we could stomach. The going here was steep, the soil loose, the route thick with manzanita and cats claw, and generally, in the dwindling light, I was worried. I am eternally grateful to Kyle for keeping his cool, even while belly crawling through woody thorns at dusk. We made it out eventually, and hit the Dutchman trail just at nightfall. The sky was moonless (unfortunate), but the stars were transcendant.

So, in summation: Hidden Valley is gorgeous. Do it as an in-out and start early. And, just in case there are any other idiots like me reading, always check your topo map!
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Nov 20 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
25A/Sunflower MIne/Cornucopia AZ, AZ 
25A/Sunflower MIne/Cornucopia AZ, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2010
RaRoc
Hiking10.50 Miles 2,137 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles
2,137 ft AEG
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Tough_Boots
Went up with Tough Boots to see if we could be of any use looking for Joe. Sad day with a fruitless hunt, but I'm glad we were able to try to do something.
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Nov 14 2010
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Praying Hands Loop from Crosscut THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2010
RaRoc
Hiking5.14 Miles 1,137 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles
1,137 ft AEG
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Had a group of less experienced hikers who wanted to check out the Superstitions, and this turned out to be a great choice. There was a little more off-trail exploring than anticipated at the beginning, but it was balanced out by the highway-like trail toward the end. The benches diminished my sense of being off the grid, but did make me want to bring a book up there and spend some quality time lingering.
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Nov 13 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2010
RaRoc
Hiking6.20 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles
600 ft AEG
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My mom wanted to do a nice and easy hike in Sedona for her birthday, and this was the perfect choice. We hiked to the end and back, so the distance listed is round trip. The trail was really well defined, and the weather was flawless. There were no sections that were too difficult for a novice hiker. The final lookout is a spectacular spot for picnicking.

The road in is really, really terrible, so be sure you have a car with very high clearance or an SUV. We saw many stranded drivers on the way in.
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Nov 06 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2010
RaRoc
Hiking13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles
3,169 ft AEG
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Tough_Boots
I'd always heard people talk about this hike as being spectacularly beautiful but extremely difficult. While I won't undermine the slog coming out -- a steady climb after you've already worked your way along a river bed for about 1.5 miles -- I will say it's totally worth it. The creek bed itself is really interesting because of the hundreds of frogs proliferating the area. We also came across deer, ground snakes and a bull snake. At this time of year, the falls were just a trickle, but they were still pretty cool and overall, it's a hike I can't wait to do again in the Spring.
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Oct 31 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
LSM to Sunflower Mine, AZ 
LSM to Sunflower Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2010
RaRoc
Hiking13.50 Miles 2,927 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles
2,927 ft AEG
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This hike was pretty spectacular. We saw lots of great flora, including banana yuccas and some squash growing wild. The fall color was starting to sneak in through the Mazatzals, and I was really glad to do this route when we did. The old refinery looks strangely appropriate juxtaposed with the amazing canyon views -- giant abandoned machinery might be an unfortunate human imprint but it makes for some visual drama.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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Oct 16 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2010
RaRoc
Hiking19.20 Miles 1,664 AEG
Hiking19.20 Miles
1,664 ft AEG
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Phew! I was a little nervous about trying a 19+ mile day hike, but ultimately, I'm glad I did it. The Houston Brothers Trail was the winner for me on this one -- some fall foliage made the forest really spectacular. We managed to check out four different cabins on the trail, each one with its own character. Toward the end we headed to Rim Road to get some views and avoid General Crook in the darkness of threatening clouds. I would love to do this trail again in the Spring when some of many, many creeks are moving a little more.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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Sep 13 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2010
RaRoc
Hiking12.40 Miles 1,912 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.25 mph
1,912 ft AEG
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This is one of my favorite hikes. The ascent is so gradual you hardly even notice it, and the views are truly spectacular. The upper section is getting a little bit overgrown with Manzanita and needs some maintenance -- wear long pants if you don't want to bleed. Right at the bottom as we were finishing up my friends were warned by a rattle snake, so, as always, watch out.
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Sep 04 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2010
RaRoc
Hiking12.40 Miles 4,210 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles
4,210 ft AEG
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Loved this hike. Wildflowers abounded, and there were butterflies and ladybugs everywhere. We ascended using the Old Baldy trail, then came down via the Super Trail, though for less experienced hikers it might be fun to reverse the two as the Super Trail has a very gradual incline. The trails were very well marked and pretty well maintained (there was some overgrowth on the Super Trail). I will definitely do this trail again.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Aug 15 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Pine Canyon Trail #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2010
RaRoc
Hiking16.30 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking16.30 Miles   8 Hrs      2.04 mph
3,200 ft AEG
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HAZ - Event
DarthStiller
Dave1
Groth
JimmyLyding
joebartels
juliachaos
Tough_Boots
wallyfrack
I did this as my first HAZ group hike, and while I got my ass handed to me, I definitely had a great time. Every one gets easier, right? The valley was incredibly lush, and I was shocked that things were so green this late in the summer. Looking forward to doing more in this area. Thanks for a great time!
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May 25 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Hidden Valley Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2010
RaRoc
Hiking3.90 Miles
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs      1.95 mph
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This was really fun. We just went for a quick day jaunt, but there were lots of boulders to climb on. Even though it was mid-day on a Tuesday we saw lots of people and dogs, so I bet this would be quite busy on the weekends. It had some uphill portions but was, overall, quite easy.
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May 17 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2010
RaRoc
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,586 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   4 Hrs      1.73 mph
1,586 ft AEG
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This was a really lovely trail! I went with my mother, and while she had to stop for breaks a few times, it was lovely. It's not too steep at any point, just a nice gradual ascent, and the changing scenery was really lovely. I particularly loved the upper section of the trail that is forested and climbing through some neat rock formations toward the end.
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May 01 2010
RaRoc
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37 female
 Joined Apr 24 2010
 Eugene, OR
Secret Canyon Trail #121Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2010
RaRoc
Hiking10.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.67 mph
400 ft AEG
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We had some struggles on this hike, but mostly because I tend to think my Prius is invincible. It isn't. We couldn't get down the road, and therefore had to hike an additional 3 miles (6 miles roundtrip) to the trail head. The hike was very pretty but next time I'll bring an all-terrain vehicle.
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