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Sep 21 2021
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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 21 2021
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Backpack15.60 Miles 2,741 AEG
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Made a last minute trip to WCC for some fishing upstream of Bull Pen and to check on a familiar campsite. The hike in was warm Tuesday morning but the crossings always cool you off. Before reaching my final destination campsite, about 7 miles in, I came across an unusual find. Hanging from a tree off trail was, a large black Bear Grylls type backpack, with a black folding chair, and a medium sized black zippered bag, all clipped together hanging from a tree with a small piece of mule tape. I didn't dig into it of course, but it was difficult to pass without bumping into it. In a side pouch I noticed a can of bear spray in the Bear Grylls type backpack. Odd, maybe, for this area? There were no spider webs, dust, or debris on the gear leading me to believe it was recently placed. Kudos for carrying the large folding chair this far, they should get a Medal. When I left on Thursday the gear was still there. I suspect maybe someone was setting up a Maiden Falls trip and stashed the big stuff ahead of time. The campsite has continued to erode but it is still pretty nice.
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Sep 04 2021
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Citico Creek Wilderness, TN 
Citico Creek Wilderness, TN
 
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
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South of the Smoky Mountains and east of Tellico Plains TN lies the Citico Creek Wilderness. It holds a number of streams including it's namesake Citico creek, South and North. On the drive in from the TN side you'll cruise on the Cherohala Skyway almost to the NC border before exiting to the north toward Indian Boundary lake. On the south side lies the vast Tellico River and many more adventures. The gravel road drops into Citico Creek campground #14. There are 13 other dispersed free campsites along the creek, as well as a couple of pay spots too. Some spots have room for multiple groups while a few are single. The creek is stocked during the summer months with rainbow trout, but stockings are over and what "Ida" didn't wash downstream, the labor day crowds surely caught. Still, there are some trails here worth hiking. Both North and South Citico creek have trails that follow them for many miles into the backcountry, then you can connect on another trail to loop it out. Both have numerous campsites within the first few miles and I'm told many more beyond that. I hiked and fished both for hours and only saw one other person fishing, on a Saturday... If you want the feel of the Smokies without any of the crowds, and free camping, this is a nice choice. Not as spectacular as the park, but really nice and quiet. Following the road downstream past the other free campsites, Citico creek eventually bottoms out and gets swampy before emptying into the Little Tennessee river.
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Aug 27 2021
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking7.10 Miles 1,222 AEG
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Friday was quiet, warm, and dry. Took the MTB up to Horse trap and rode down to the dam and explored a bit. Clouds rolled in so I headed back towards camp just before the deluge. It rained and hailed for over an hour. Tonto became a muddy raging mess. Dayhikers had to wait for water to recede before crossing Horton on the way out. Hail was 2-3 inches deep, camp was trashed and soaked. Packed up wet and headed home.
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Jul 28 2021
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Indian Creek Unicoi, TN 
Indian Creek Unicoi, TN
 
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Had just enough time to locate some nice sized rainbows in a stream near Unicoi TN. Limestone Cove day use recreation area has about 10-12 pull off spots next to the creek. There are picnic tables, grills, and lots of trash. With some kids swimming 200 yards upstream, I set out to look for a deep hole to fish. The TWRA stocks this area fairly heavily. These were nice fish ranging between 13-15 inches. Caught and released a half dozen in an hour. There is also a hiking trail across the street that I didn't have time to check out.
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Jun 25 2021
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Rabbit Creek TrailEastern, TN
Eastern, TN
Backpack avatar Jun 25 2021
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Backpack6.40 Miles 1,118 AEG
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This was an out and back with one night camped at the GSMNP Backcountry campsite #15. I started near the Abrams creek campground where there is a generous parking area. There is a crossing of Abrams creek immediately as you begin the hike. It's only knee deep and compares to a WCC creek crossing, only twice as wide. From there, it is uphill for the next about 2 miles, passing plenty of feeder creeks. At 2.7 miles you'll pass Backcountry campsite #16, and the turnoff for Hannah Mountain trail (left 1.9 miles to Abrams creek), and the turnoff for Backcountry campsite #14 (right about 3.2 miles). Continuing straight another half mile or so, you cross Rabbit creek and arrive at backcountry campsite #15. This is a fairly large site with 4 fire rings and room for multiple tents or hammocks. I had it to myself. The close proximity of the creek provided great water for filtering and soothing sounds at night that mask the sounds of the forest and bears nearby. Rabbit creek provides ample fishing opportunities and boasts a population of wild rainbows and brookies. I caught neither on this trip. There was a recent bear incident at Backcountry campsite #29, but I didn't see any at all.
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Jun 24 2021
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Laurel Fork Falls, TN 
Laurel Fork Falls, TN
 
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2021
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Hiking2.24 Miles 232 AEG
Hiking2.24 Miles      55 Mns   2.44 mph
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Just outside of the small Tennessee town of Hampton the AT crosses Dennis Cove Rd. There is also a small hosted campground nearby named Dennis Cove Campground. There were about 12 sites with fire rings and pits, nothing else. The parking area at Dennis Cove Trailhead had 4 cars and a few people camped by the road. Following the AT north, there is a campsite 100 yards in creek side that was empty. At about 1 mile you cross a wooden bridge and then climb some rock steps. At about 1.8 miles you'll pass an AT shelter. (no pic it was occupied). A side side trail drops down to the creek with a few switchbacks but nothing to fancy. Once at the bottom there was an empty campsite. Just before the falls another empty campsite. The falls were nice and the wet breeze was fantastic. I did a bit of fishing along the way back and caught a few small wild browns.
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Jun 23 2021
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Doe River Fishing Trail, TN 
Doe River Fishing Trail, TN
 
Fishing avatar Jun 23 2021
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Fishing3.10 Miles
Fishing3.10 Miles
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Work took me to Tennessee this week. I stopped here for a little trout fishing near the town of Roan Mountain TN. Roan Mountain State Park is nearby. This is a nice little stream, empty on a Wednesday, and I caught several nice rainbows near the city park. The Fishing Trail follows the river for a number of miles and provides a parking areas and connecting trails along the way.
Friday/Saturday nights I'm planning to backpack in the GSMNP.
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Jun 05 2021
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Chevelon Creek via FR236, AZ 
Chevelon Creek via FR236, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 05 2021
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Mtn Biking29.00 Miles
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Car camped along FR237 Friday at least a half mile from the nearest generator. Biked down the old rim road to Forest Lakes general store and a spin through Canyon Point campground. Campground was completely full including all 57 FF sites. Wind, clouds, and a few drops of rain before sunset. The objective on Saturday was to bike down FR236 to it's end, hike down to the creek, and do some fishing. More wind but otherwise a nice day.FR236 is a nice ride all the way to the end. The hike down is steep, loose, rough, and a total scramble. Once down by the creek the area is lush despite a barely flowing creek. Even still, there were plenty of small brown trout in every little pool. I don't think I'll re-visit this spot unless on a thru-hike someday. Once back up top I returned down FR236 and took the right turn eventually leading to Willow Springs lake. Super windy but plenty of boaters were out.
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Apr 09 2021
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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I may never hike Horton Creek trail again. Really wanted to test ride this bike setup with real gear. I rode around and fished Tonto creek before heading up Horton. I was surprised to see 7 other bikers on the trail Friday. I camped at a familiar spot and the weather was perfect.
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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Backpack8.20 Miles 2,741 AEG
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I took advantage of the warm Friday and headed into lower WCC for a few days to fish. The water is low and clear and the fishing not so good, but I did catch 4 Smallmouth Bass on spinners. Saw plenty of trout and the hole by the parking lot is loaded with fresh stockers. Just look for the folding metal chair and fish there.
Saw a rattler near the 3rd crossing on Friday, not sure which variety, in the bright sunlight it looked greenish.
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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Backpack16.25 Miles 2,330 AEG
Backpack16.25 Miles2 Days         
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Completed another Super Bowl weekend Marsh Valley overnighter. Went clockwise this time. Good water by second water spring, none in Boulder Canyon, and none in LaBarge through Marsh Valley. After camp setup I headed over to Charlebois to load up on water and explore a bit. There were a few folks getting ready to set up camp in the usual spots. I passed lots of people along Cavalry trail, but no other campers. Same nice spot and firewood leftover from a year ago was untouched. Cold enough over night to freeze water in a platy. Good thing I slept with my filter. Stuffed my icy tent into my backpack at 8AM and headed out. Bull pass went fairly quickly and there were plenty of people out along the Dutchman. First water road looks to have been scrapped in the last couple of weeks, not terrible but it really just spread the suck around.
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South Canal Ride to Salt River, AZ 
South Canal Ride to Salt River, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 17 2021
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Mtn Biking21.52 Miles
Mtn Biking21.52 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   9.49 mph
 
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Started riding out of Sheepherders park off McDowell road. I wanted to get onto the south side heading northeast, but every entrance was blocked and signed. The north side of the canal was decent and had it's share of rocky spots that made riding the gravel bike feel more appropriate. Came out from Granite reef on Power road and rode on to Phon to turn around. Made a side track on a trail that lead to water before stopping again to reflect on the water views. Rode back the same route. How could there be a head wind both directions?
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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
Hiking11.30 Miles
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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
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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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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
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Backpack9.78 Miles 368 AEG
Backpack9.78 Miles3 Days         
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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
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Mtn Biking43.70 Miles
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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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Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Backpack4.00 Miles 439 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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