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May 15 2020
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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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
Backpack avatar May 01 2020
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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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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
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2020
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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
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I really like the view from up here.
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Nov 24 2019
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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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Nov 23 2019
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Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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It was pretty muddy out. Garden Valley a “no go”.
Water still in the tank.
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Nov 15 2019
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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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With temps pushing into the 80's I was able to sneak in one last (maybe not) trip to WCC for some relaxing camping and fishing.
I biked in again from the Bullpen turnoff, as I have grown fond of this approach. Parking the bike just before the first crossing is a nice way to go. I passed 2 fishermen on their way out at the 1st crossing. They told stories of trout caught on Panther Martin spinners and cooked over an open fire for lunch. They were using the right lures so I think they were legit. A lone tent was pitched just before the first crossing, probably a placeholder. Just past the 2nd crossing I found a familiar campsite open so I snagged it. After dark Friday evening, I spotted a fire and headlamps directly across the creek and up near the top of the ridge, can't imagine what folks were doing up there?
Saturday was spent working the stream banks between the 2nd and 3rd crossing. Many pan sized Rainbows were caught and released. I prefer Rooster Tails over Panther Martin spinners. 1/16 oz., gold blade, brown or orange, catch em all day long. The nice big campsite just past the 3rd crossing was empty. I saw some impressive piles of flood debris. I followed the creek back to my camp and found a group of 4 with two tents setup only maybe 30 yards upstream from my campsite. Geez, really? This entire expanse of a creek and you have to camp so close I can hear you cough? Luckily they were not up late and I packed up and left Sunday before they woke up.
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Oct 18 2019
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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Made another trip to WCC to do some fishing mostly. Parked at the cattle guard and rode the mountain bike all the way in to just before the first crossing. I really like this option, 3rd time I've done this. Only had time Friday before dark to camp at the first spot I came to. Hit the trail Saturday morning and hiked all the way to my last campsite way upstream. No one had camped there since. Passed a group of 5 camped just downstream of my spot. They made a run to the falls later in the day. I chilled in the hammock and fished. Super nice day and plenty of trout in the usual places. I packed out most of the bag of trash that had been poorly hidden by this campsite, but spare me the "Medal". I left behind; 3 cans of anchovies, 4 cans of tuna, 1 battery operated air pump, 1 blue cook pot, and a Nike golf ball?
Update: 4th crossing: The campsite is all but washed away here too.
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Oct 12 2019
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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.15 Miles 700 AEG
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Made a quick visit down to the end of First Water road. The road is as good as I've ever seen it, although a bit sandy in spots.
The tank at Garden Valley had quite a bit of water in it. All of the trails are a bit rutted in spots.
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Sep 20 2019
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West Clear Creek Trail #17 to Maiden FallsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Backpack12.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
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With no rain in the forecast I was able to sneak in one more trip to WCC and head to Maiden Falls. I chose the entry off of road 214 and parked by the big curve. The road to the actual trailhead is very rough. This trail is steep, has lots of loose rocks, and sun exposure almost the entire way down. Fortunately it only takes about an hour to descend. I dropped down by the little wooden thing with a tin roof, and found the flood has spared it. Heading upstream is much easier since the flood. I passed no one as I slipped into a familiar campsite upstream. The flood actually improved this spot by depositing sand in just the right spots. Into the hammock in record time too! A group of 5 came along around 2PM heading upstream. They did not make the falls and returned 2 hours later. Caught dinner right at camp. Had to battle a skunk at 2AM. There was no winner.
On Saturday, a group of 5 and a group of 2 passed my camp before I started my trek upstream. I saw 1 of 3 tarantulas on the way up. I took my time hoping others would visit and leave the falls before I arrived. With floatie in hand I arrived at the falls as the others were just leaving, perfect! Hung out for a few hours, then another group of loud young folks showed up so I left. Camp was great, the skunk came back for round 2 at night, and I never saw a cloud during the 52 hours I was there.
The hike out is just as you would expect.
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Aug 18 2019
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Oak Creek / Sedona, AZ 
Oak Creek / Sedona, AZ
 
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Took the longer way back from Flagstaff to include a stop along Oak Creek @ Indian Gardens. I caught 4 trout, all stockers, in less than an hour and lost as many more, without walking more than 100 yards up or downstream. Fishing seems to be pretty good right now and the stream is well stocked.
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Aug 03 2019
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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge RoutePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Dodged a few rain drops on my drive in. Road 237 is in decent shape anyway all the way down to the usual parking spots. I cruised the mountain bike on down the last mile or so and ran into a father son duo that were looking for the route down to the creek for a 3 day stint. They followed me on the bike as far as they could drive and I gladly showed them the route down. The trail is loose, steep, and hard to follow in spots. The creek is pretty low and the deeper spots are getting mossed in pretty good. I saw several other fishermen working their way upstream. The campsite with the fortress has been modified since last year. Hiked back out just as the skies darkened and opened.
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Jul 27 2019
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Oak Creek / Sedona, AZ 
Oak Creek / Sedona, AZ
 
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Checked on a previous fishing hot spot. This area was loaded with nice sized brown trout last time I was here.
Nothing doing today. Lots of ripe blackberries, including some of the largest I've seen in AZ.
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Jul 13 2019
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Rock Crossing Trail #18C - Blue RidgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Left at 4AM with my canoe and cruised into the lake. Road 751 is good, but wait until a few gully washing rains hit the last mile of it. The boat ramp was already busy at 6:30 but I did not have to wait. Lots of folks out fishing too. Just around from the dam as you enter the southern arm of the lake, the debris field of floating logs had me second guessing my destination of Bear Canyon. It was slow going for a bit but the debris was negotiable, would not want to be riding anything inflated though. After that, the lake really opened up, the water was much more clear, and just about every campsite was taken, except the one I like at Bear Canyon. Got some rain later in the day that lingered into the evening. Great night to hang under a tarp. Left plenty of firewood under the rock ledge for the next. Smooth sailing until back to the boat launch. Avoid this area on Sundays around 11AM!
The signs prohibiting swimming around the boat launch are ineffective.
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Jun 29 2019
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Decided to hit the Cabin Loop when it isn't raining for a change. Marched up the Col. Devin at 6:30am and hit the rim road down to Houston Bros. Quick stop at the B-shop turn off, then down to a favorite water spot for a refill. Some folks were camped at Aspen spring but Pinchot was empty and quiet. Continued on down the road to the turnoff for the lake and hiked into an empty spot. There were some folks camped a bit further down, but I like the first little spot. Hung the hammock and chilled, fished a little, caught 1 rainbow and lost two others on downed trees. I spoke to others that were catching "stockers" too. Quiet night, but the sun comes up early these days. The washout on FR95 is a pain. Fred Haught was quiet on the return as well.
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May 25 2019
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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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The gate that was previously closed at the cattle guard is now open. The road is still crappy. Major flood evidence at Bullpen parking area. The first and second crossings were unrecognizable. The third crossing is worse. The swimming hole beyond the third crossing is still there but not as deep. Just about every creekside campsite is gone. Still caught a couple of trout😀
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