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Jan 02 2021
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Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.30 Miles 1,560 AEG
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Started out just after 7AM, a chilly start but warmed up quickly. I went counter clockwise this time and ran into some backpackers headed back out right away. There were a few small pools just after the Boulder Canyon turnoff and some small pools up in needle canyon further down. Lots of folks heading up Battleship today. Plenty of nice looking water along 2nd Water drainage.
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Dec 10 2020
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Ruidoso Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Mtn Biking9.70 Miles 81 AEG
Mtn Biking9.70 Miles
81 ft AEG
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Pick your spots here and your paths correctly and this area is a ton of fun as long as there aren't too many hikers or too much horse poop. Last time I rode my gravel bike, this time brought my mountain bike that I just rebuilt. Had this 2003 Trek which has a perfect fit frame for me. Stripped it down to the frame to start. Changed the fork. Took off the old V brakes and changed to disc front and back. Needed a special adapter mount for the rear. Set both rims up tubeless with decent tires. Then changed the old obsolete 3X8 drive train that had at least 6-8 almost never used gears, and swapped for a 1X10, needed a goat link 10 derailleur hanger extension. Front has 32 teeth and rear cassette is 11- a big 46 tooth granny gear. Still a heavy mtb but it lost over 2 lbs. in the process.
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Nov 20 2020
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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Cruised in Friday afternoon to a nearly empty Bullpen parking lot, rode the bike on towards the first crossing. The campsite just past the 2nd crossing was empty so I snagged it. Quiet and warm night. Saturday I hiked up to the 3rd crossing to fish some good spots. Followed the creek up to the 4th crossing hitting a number of good fishing spots. Lots of leaves on the water made fishing a bit of a challenge, but I did catch the usual nice rainbows. Saturday night was also quiet and pretty warm.
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Nov 07 2020
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Spillway Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Mtn Biking23.15 Miles 1,235 AEG
Mtn Biking23.15 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   8.17 mph
1,235 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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It was my first time biking in the Usery area. Watched some morning lightning over the supes when I arrived. Rode on Spillway, Levee, Blevins, Chainfruit, Lost Sheep, Meridian, in a couple of non-repeating loops. On a front or full suspension mountain bike these trails would barely get your heart rate up. On a rigid drop bar gravel bike with 42mm tires and hydraulic disc brakes it's a blast. I yield to hikers when I bike and I yield to bikers when I hike. Here, hikers jump off the trail when you're 100 yards away. I've never seen anything like it. Although I was probably going to fast. Checked out the campground while I was in the area. Cats Peak probably not a good idea on a gravel bike.
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Oct 10 2020
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Tonto CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Mtn Biking18.00 Miles
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Started out off of Colcord road Saturday morning and rode down to Fishermen's point and to explore another area a mile further down that leads down to another creek, now dry. Nice road, kind of bumpy. Later I relocated to Tonto creek and the madness around Horton trailhead. Wow, but nothing really surprises me anymore. I hopped back on the bike and rode across 260 and followed the road to it's end. I didn't realize ASU had a football field there. Fished along the creek on the way back and found a small herd of rainbow trout not 100 yards from the 260 bridge. No one was fishing this area. Kept 2 13's, 2 14's, and a 15"er.
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Sep 18 2020
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Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 18 2020
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Backpack9.78 Miles 368 AEG
Backpack9.78 Miles3 Days         
368 ft AEG
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Parked near the end of 119 and 180 intersection early Friday morning. Hiked 180 the four miles into Chevelon lake. Only one group camped near the roads end and nobody camped down at the lake. I followed the trail on past the first obvious campsite. Very trashed, broken glass, TP... The spot further down was better and had a better view without the muddy lake front property. There were a few guys launching float tubes and they were complaining about the mud. Seems like the water is really low. Had several drops of rain Friday afternoon but otherwise just cloudy. Right before dark, the buzz of mosquitos is super loud and they were thick, but not one bite. Saturday I hiked south along the creek a mile or two just fishing around and lounging in the hammock. Hiked out Sunday morning and had a dusty drive out.
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Sep 12 2020
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Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Sep 12 2020
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Mtn Biking43.70 Miles
Mtn Biking43.70 Miles
14 LBS Pack
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Took the gravel bike out again loaded with camping gear and set out from Rim top trailhead at 6:25AM, only car in the lot. Headed down Woods Canyon Lake Trail with Bear Canyon lake as my destination. Turned left when I got to pavement and connected with the Rim road. This part of the Rim road is an interesting ride, having several distinct sections. Heading out from the end of pavement the right side of the road is heavily wash boarded, really bad. There were few cars so I mostly rode right down the middle of the road as the left side was deep gravel. Once you get past the Chevelon lake turnoff the road improves and you can really fly. Turned right just past the observation tower.The road back to the south end of the lake was slow going too. People camped everywhere including a huge gathering around the "no camping" signs. Followed another little trace back around connecting with 84 and rode down to the other end of the lake. Sooooo many people. Sooooo many atv's! Headed back out to the Rim road and returned the way I had come.
Lots of cars and dust later I arrived back at Rim Top trailhead. Had some lunch, hammock nap, and then back on the bike across the 260 and down the old rim road over to Young HWY, made a left then and back across at Horse Trap trailhead. Continued on down the rough old rim road where I encountered maybe 1,000 sheep and a big white dog that looked a lot like Blanco. No people, just sheep and a dog. Barely being noticed I rode on and made a left at 236. Followed that down about a mile, made another left and followed that down past a grouping of tanks finally arriving at Willow Springs dam. On the east side, followed a faint trail and not, down to the creek, where I quickly located a good camping spot. The hike-a-bike out Sunday morning was really no problem as I exited on the west side spillway and rode back via the trail and 235 back to Rim Top.
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Aug 07 2020
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Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Backpack4.00 Miles 439 AEG
Backpack4.00 Miles
439 ft AEG
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This was my first trip hiking north from the dam at Willow Springs lake.The lake was very crowded Friday afternoon, but as soon as I dropped down below the spillway it was totally quiet and I didn't see another person until Saturday morning. I hiked in about 1.7 miles and setup camp right where the trail turns from pleasant to obnoxious. Nice spot! I tried some fly fishing before dark but had only a few strikes. On Saturday I hiked back out to the car and spent a few hours mountain biking in the area. After lunch I returned to my camp and found quite a few folks out day hiking and a few other fishermen. After an hour shower, I hit the creek again for some more fishing. This time I went downstream and began the log jumping and rock hopping. There are lots of fish here, all small, I caught 3 the same size. This place is really surprisingly quiet, especially at night.
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Brook Trout
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Jul 31 2020
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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I Made 5 hour round trip to mile marker 239 on HWY 87 northbound today. I hit the stoppage at mile marker 238. Made a u-turn just past marker 239 an hour later. I read the crash was at marker 246. I didn't want to hit the rim road at 10PM. ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)
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Jul 18 2020
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Pivot Rock CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 18 2020
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Mtn Biking19.80 Miles 800 AEG
Mtn Biking19.80 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Headed above the rim to test out a new gravel biking set up on the rim area roads. Picked a not so quiet spot along 616 to park Friday afternoon just as sprinkles began. This is a noisy and dusty place for sure. Started early Saturday morning exploring on the bike. Cruised around on 616, 149, 142, and made a stop to refill water at Pivot Rock Spring. Found a shady spot nearby and slung the hammock for a while, until darker clouds began to roll in. Worked my way back to camp again as sprinkles began.

Gravel Bike summary; no front or rear suspension takes some getting used to on these roads. My phone bounced out of it's mount. The D-fuse seat post wedge started "creaking" and needed to be lubricated during the ride.
The series of (4) smaller bags were able to hold everything I would have put into my 48 Liter backpack for a two night outing. I really like the Blackburn Outpost cages that mount onto the front forks. On those I have (2) 4 liter sil-nylon bags, one with sleeping bag and pillow, the other with tent and hammock. On the rear rack, I have (2) 5 liter dry bags, with room for thin pad on top. This bike came with front fork racks also, for mounting panniers. Although doubling my carrying capacity, the under the seat dual water bottle holder would be fine on a smoother route, but vibrated too much with full bottles here. Drop down bars are a WINNER.
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Pivot Rock Spring
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Jun 13 2020
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Triple H Loop, AZ 
Triple H Loop, AZ
 
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Backpack15.10 Miles 1,222 AEG
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I hiked in Saturday morning to a favorite campsite and quickly setup the tent. The crowds were light up to the spring area. Took the Highline over to Tonto creek, then followed some trails and some road back to the parking lot where a cold one awaited.
The usual crowds swimming in Tonto creek were all there...
I passed only one other group camping on my way back to camp. I planned an early exit Sunday so I could get home in time to ride the new gravel bike. Good thing I left early. I've never driven through Payson and Globe on the same day before... Damn Fires!
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May 15 2020
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 15 2020
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Backpack27.00 Miles 950 AEG
Backpack27.00 Miles3 Days         
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Started up Colonel Devin from a full parking lot at WP on Friday at 2PM. The road section is nice if only for the views, down to Houston Brothers. I had a slight detour on 300G looking for a shortcut, nothing doing, wasted an hour is all. There was a nice filterable flow just before the intersection with Barbershop Trail. I continued on Houston Bros and settled into a Grasshopper recommended campsite right at dusk. Would be a very nice spot with a fire... Broke camp at 6AM and continued on past an empty Aspen spring area, and 1 couple camped at Pinchot. I cruised up 95 and down 139A to it's northern terminus. There was a couple of inflatable paddle boaters camped half way down the Rock Crossing trail, but the spots at the end were empty. I settled into my favorite. Lots of kayaks and canoes out on the lake as you would expect. People ended up filling all of the usual camp sites in this area, and some found new ones. Pretty cold night actually. Broke camp at 7AM and backtracked towards Fred Haught. The 95 wash out is more difficult to negotiate as it continues to erode on both sides. The road has lots of weeds growing in it from inactivity. Smooth sailing all the way back to the rim with plenty of people loaded up heading in for a few nights. Numerous people climbing Colonel Devin as I descended. The 3 crossings of East Verde were ridiculous, probably a thousand cars between the three crossings parked along the road because the lots are taped off, people everywhere, what a zoo. North bound 87 had a brush fire caused traffic jam for 5+ miles north of Mt. Ord. Southbound 87 had a truck and camper roll over traffic jam south of Mt. Ord. Next weekend, Monday afternoon, could be epic!
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May 01 2020
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West Clear Creek Trail #17 to Maiden FallsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Backpack21.40 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Dashed up to Camp Verde Friday afternoon. Headed into Bullpen to find a flurry of activity. At least 30 vehicles at 3PM on a Friday. Headed upstream and found lots of folks along the way including camped at the third and fourth crossings. I continued on until the drop zone another 45 minutes past the 4th crossing. I past a group of 4 backpackers about a quarter mile before my (our) intended campsite. Sorry guys... :D They asked me how much further to the falls and continued on upstream. Just after dark another group of 3 passed me with headlamps heading upstream.
The next morning, as I gathered my stuff and set up my fishing rod, between 8:30 and 10:30, another 35 people passed me heading for the falls. As an experienced social distancer, I decided to skip it and go fishing downstream away from the 42 people at the falls. Not to mention the 35 day hikers that have yet to pass me again heading back uphill. After dark it was quiet and really nice. Hiking out Sunday, I noticed a smoldering campfire a quarter mile below my campsite :o After the last crossing, there were hoards of people heading up to the swimming holes, some carrying coolers, others toting a pony keg. The parking area was completely overloaded, many people were blocked in, I was glad I biked in from a few miles out to avoid exactly that issue.
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Apr 17 2020
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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Backpack7.90 Miles 279 AEG
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Made a quick drive and bike ride into lower WCC for the first of several trips this year. Camped just beyond the 2nd crossing again for two nights. Water is a bit up and still has a little color. All crossings are still knee deep. Caught several smallmouth bass on spinners. Caught 4 nice fat rainbows on spinners. Kept two for dinner on Saturday. Lots and lots of people out. Tons of people on Sunday.
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Apr 05 2020
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Black Ridge Loop - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.80 Miles 2,001 AEG
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Did this loop CCW, and it turned out ok. The first couple of miles followed a nice little creek with multiple crossings. This part of the trail is really nice. The middle section is good in long stretches, but then disappears a few times. The tank water looked pretty clean. The last section had some steep loose sections, but the views were nice.
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Brunson Tank
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Feb 01 2020
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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Backpack16.25 Miles 2,330 AEG
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Made a quick trip out to a favorite campsite for another Superbowl weekend. I've found the trails to be relatively quiet on this weekend each year. I only had two sets of hikers pass by all day on Saturday. LaBarge has plenty of flowing water still. Set up camp and went to check out Charlebois. Kind of mossy... No one camped in that area at all. Nice and quiet night, and a little chilly. Made it home in time to watch the game.
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Jan 18 2020
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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking16.25 Miles 2,330 AEG
Hiking16.25 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.57 mph
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I hit this loop clockwise today. Starting with the headlamp for about a half hour was a nice kicker. All quiet at Garden Valley no campers. Down through 2nd water a flood has really changed that slot. Onto Boulder Canyon and plenty of flowing water. Several water crossings later the Cavalry trail took me over to LaBarge which also flows nicely through Marsh Valley. Stopped at a nice campsite for lunch. Once I turned right on Dutchman’s the trail became very crowded. Passed at least 36 backpackers that we’re headed out, scouts I suppose mostly, many carrying heavy loads with some gear barely hanging on.
Always entertaining.
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Jan 04 2020
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Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.30 Miles 1,560 AEG
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Did the loop CCW today. Dutchman is muddy in spots and flowing in others. Boulder Canyon is in good shape, not too much traffic though before the Battleship turnoff. Lots of water at every crossing. 2nd water spring area has totally changed. The deep little pool with fish is all gone.
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Dec 01 2019
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Corona-Guadalupe- Hidden Valley, AZ 
Corona-Guadalupe- Hidden Valley, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2019
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Hiking5.84 Miles 1,478 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.50 mph
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I really like the view from up here.
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Hidden Valley Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.10 Miles 828 AEG
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Late afternoon jaunt was nice today.
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