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Sep 15 2018
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Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
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Hiking4.90 Miles 971 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
971 ft AEG
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Early morning quick shot. Tried to beat most of the bikers.
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Sep 01 2018
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Babe Knoll Horton Highline Loop, AZ 
Babe Knoll Horton Highline Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Sep 01 2018
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I haven't seen this loop put together before, but it may exist.
Started with light rain from the Hatchery at 7AM. Upon reaching the rim road the sun was out and it was a bit windy heading down to Knoll lake. The lake is super low and mostly empty, nobody camping and only a few kayaks out. After a short break I headed almost due east up into the woods and after a cross country mile I hit FR115. Two miles back to make a left on the rim road, which had come alive with activity. After a brief stroll easterly, I found Horton Springs trail. And about 10 minutes later I lost Horton Springs trail. It has a humble beginning and an obvious finish. In between it's a bit of a mess and full of long grass. Plenty of folks at the spring eating lunch and boy scouts heading in to set up camp. I continued down another 1.5 miles to a favorite campsite found empty. After a quiet night, I started back up to the spring and made a left on the Highline. It was a nice stroll back over to the Hatchery, with a break at D.W. creek as usual.
Named place
Named place
Knoll Lake
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Aug 18 2018
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Rock Crossing Trail #18C - Blue RidgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 18 2018
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Backpack19.40 Miles
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Launched again from Washington Park at 7AM. Colonel Devin creek, I mean trail, was very wet. Lots of water of course all along Fred Haught. The falls were running nicely. Only one wet foot crossing a few miles in. Clouds began building as I left FR 95 onto 139. Smooth trac all the rest of the way keeping left at the split. Nice trail leading down to an empty lake. Both Bear Canyon and General Springs creeks were flowing clear but strong. There are two nice camp sites, I chose the first one as it was closer to the nice little cave, I was thinking about lightning. The other spot was a bit further down, probably a better spot with no rain. With no lake here I was able to cross the creek with ease and explore some other really nice camp sites further downstream. You could easily continue on the Rock Crossing B trail if you wanted. Waited out a 2 hour storm in a small cave, then set up camp. No more rain after 4PM.
Camp fire was made possible by lots of tinder hiding inside all of the numerous caves that are everywhere around here. I counted 5 in just my short time exploring around. Super quiet down there, except for the car alarm in the distance at around 9PM? Serious fog set in overnight and lingered during my hike out. Smooth sailing all the way, very few people out. Ran into Kyle and Lily again, who had hiked up from Washington Park also, twice in three weeks. Saw a rattlesnake along the new section of trail at the first bridge crossing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bear Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Strong flow but can jump across.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 East Verde River @ Highline Heavy flow Heavy flow
Water all over up and down the Colonel Devin trail.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Fred Haught Canyon Light flow Light flow
Good clear flow coming from the old cabin site.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max General Springs Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Strong clear flow but can jump across.
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Jul 28 2018
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 28 2018
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Backpack28.00 Miles 950 AEG
Backpack28.00 Miles
950 ft AEG
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Started from Wash Park TH at 7:00, first car in the lot. The road in still shows signs of last year's colossal flood in August that destroyed it. Made the climb and road march to Houston Bros, almost zero traffic. Hung a right on Barbershop then stopped at B-shop spring for a refill. Very light flow from under the rock but clear. Saw 3 guys looping the opposite direction. Barbershop creek crossing was dry, but there is a mucky pool nearby. Dane was dry at trail crossing. Ran into Kyle "Tough Boots" and Michelle along this section. About 20 minutes later the skies opened up, I took some shelter down in a dry creek bed and waited an hour. Lots of rain and a blanket of hail with plenty of lightning. Then, onto Dane spring, totally vacant, and set up camp. Quiet night with off and on light rain. Had a solid fire though for the first time in 3 months. Next crossing of Dane was dry and campsite empty. Barbershop crossing was flowing and some folks camped there. Made good time to Pinchot and found plenty of good water to filter. Fred Haught springs, old cabin area was dry. Fred Haught has plenty of water, sometimes murky and still, sometimes almost clear and flowing. No one camped anywhere.
Clouds were moving in and I heard a distant rumble of thunder as I passed Gen Springs cabin so I sped up my pace down the Col Devin. Lightning got a little too close at one point, I probably should have hid for a bit. Got back to the car just as the rain came. I had another flat tire. I don't know what it is about this place, 2 flat tires and a washed out road in as many trips.
Meteorology
Meteorology
Fire - Wildfire Lightning
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Jul 06 2018
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Point Trail - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 06 2018
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Backpack7.20 Miles 750 AEG
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750 ft AEG
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FR142 from 87 is in very good shape right now. After the 142E turnoff it gets a bit more bumpy but still car ready to the very end. After an easy car camp Friday night, I got an early start down the trail and headed upstream. Only saw two other folks "hanging" near the spring. Went further up to a better spot on the right bank. Sub 6 hammock and homemade sil-tarp worked well.
Got some rain Saturday around noon, then went upstream to catch a few small trout. Only saw two other people and one dog.
This place is really getting trashed out.
Culture
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Hammock
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May 26 2018
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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge RoutePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2018
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Hiking0.94 Miles 847 AEG
Hiking0.94 Miles
847 ft AEG
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Made a quick day trip to Chevelon to fish and explore further upstream. 237 is a smooth ride all the way untill about the last mile. Lots of folks car camping. The route down is very well defined. Burned areas all around. Cairns mark the decent all the way. Upstream about 1/2 mile is a campsite usually containing trash, old grills, and log furniture. Today, there is a large corral type structure that is maybe 40 feet in diameter. There were several tents inside and outside. The wind was brutal all day. Fishing was tough. Have to come back when I can build a fire.
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Apr 15 2018
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Seven Mile Gulch Trail #9854Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2018
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Hiking7.60 Miles 1,233 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles
1,233 ft AEG
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Neat trail with a thousand side trails. Saw a trickle of water and lots of bees.
After that, I grabbed a rod and reel and hiked over to Lynx from the parking lot through the pipe.
No fish, but a cool place. on the return I followed another side trail down to a flowing Lynx creek beneath the spillway.
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Apr 07 2018
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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 07 2018
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Backpack15.70 Miles 2,741 AEG
Backpack15.70 Miles2 Days         
2,741 ft AEG
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This one has become one of my spring favorites. The road into bullpen has been recently graded, but it still sucks. Only a few vehicles at 7AM on Saturday. It was very warm to start, so although the first crossing had a log bridge, I opted for the straight across sandal march. Passed a few folks at the third crossing that were debating their crossing. I showed them the best line, again straight across sandal march. Didn't see anyone else until the next day. Kept going past the fourth crossing about 40 minutes and down the side trail to the creek. Headed upstream for another mile, past the big popular campsite with deep blue pool, and into a spot I camped at last year. There is no trail along here, just following the creek .This would be an ideal base camp for a day 2 trip up to Maiden Falls. Caught 3 small trout for dinner. Warm night, good fire, no wind, and lots of stars. Headed out early Sunday morning and did some fishing along the way. While I was not surprised to catch numerous rainbow trout, I was surprised to catch quite a few smallmouth as well. About 100 yards downstream from camp I was startled by a rattle. Only the second time I have ever heard that sound in all of my hiking. I moved past it and stopped to look back to see just how close it was. About 12' from my path I saw a huge green rattlesnake that was actually partially in the creek. It was as thick as a baseball bat. I kept going. I passed several tents pitched just after climbing back out to the main trail, and more hikers at the fourth crossing. Just before the 3rd crossing I took the side trail that leads to the big jumping cliff campsite area. There were folks there too. The trail quickly became crowded after the 3rd crossing and I pushed on without any more fishing. Tire light came on just getting back to 260. I was able to make into the 76 station and put on the spare.
Bull pen road sucks.
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Mar 26 2018
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Runyon Canyon TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2018
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Hiking2.70 Miles 568 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles
568 ft AEG
 
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Hanging out in Hollywood for a few days so I hit this short hike with nice views. Tons on people though. Started at the end of Fuller Ave and finished in a park a few blocks to the west, a loop I guess.
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Mar 09 2018
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Boyer Cabin Trail #148Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2018
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Hiking8.00 Miles 1,967 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
1,967 ft AEG
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After hiking out of Hells Hole, setting up camp near the trail junction, and caching some water, I set off for Boyer Cabin.
The first mile and a half or so is pretty nice. The trail leads through pines most of this stretch. There is a small spring and empty trough in this area. I lost the trail when it made a right turn and fumbled around in the woods for about half an hour before finding it again. Further on the trail exits the pines following a drainage into more open scratchy bushes. Shortly after this the trail condition worsens. Don't try it in shorts! Pretty soon the trail leads down into another canyon that had a small flowing creek with good water. Followed by more nasty bushes. After that, you come out into the open and can see a very long way including Roosevelt lake and Four Peaks. The trail starts taking you downhill at this point. Unfortunately, this is where I lost the trail in tall grass. I just didn't think I'd have enough time to reach the cabin and then hike back to camp, so I headed back to camp instead. Actually, I was only about 1.5 miles from the cabin when I bailed. Made it back to camp at 5PM so, maybe made the right call. It was a breezy night but not too cold. On the hike out Saturday (only 3.5 miles or so), I stopped at the Workman creek crossing and off trailed downstream. There is no trail, you're feet will get wet, and there are more blackberry bushes to negotiate than at Horton Creek. Still, I only went downstream maybe a half mile, and I found some really nice pools and waterfalls to check out on the next trip.
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Mar 08 2018
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Hell's Hole Trail #284 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 08 2018
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Backpack5.30 Miles 943 AEG
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I arrived at the trailhead just after 7AM and got moving down the trail. The first crossing of Workman creek had a fair amount of water. Made good time on up the other side, across the flat, and down the switchbacks into an empty camping area. Set up camp in the nice spot at the very end of the trail. No fish on this trip. Hiked out Friday morning and set up camp this time near the junction of Boyer trail and Hells Hole trail. There are a few scattered spots near the junction, mine was actually down Boyer just a bit. This was to position myself for a Friday day hike to Boyer cabin and then back to camp.
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Feb 24 2018
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La Barge - Battleship Saddle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2018
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Hiking10.20 Miles 2,143 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles
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Did this fun loop from first water again. Flowing water still present in LaBarge creek behind Battleship mountain, and the large pool by the campsite is looking good too. I'm always amazed at how many people ask me for directions in this vicinity. I guess I look like I know where I'm going, if they only knew. The side trail off Boulder Canyon up to Battleship is pretty hard to miss if you follow Boulder canyon trail. People miss it though when they follow the creek bed.
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Feb 03 2018
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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 03 2018
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Backpack20.25 Miles 2,330 AEG
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Started early from first water. Did the loop clockwise. Got camp set up in Marsh Valley then hiked over Charlebois. Hung around for awhile before loading up on water and hiking back to camp. Didn't see another person until the hike out today. Home before kickoff.
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Jan 12 2018
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Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 12 2018
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Backpack15.80 Miles 2,748 AEG
Backpack15.80 Miles2 Days         
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Left Peralta late Friday morning. Camped near Charlebois which had lots of clear flowing water. Plenty of people out on Saturday.
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Dec 30 2017
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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2017
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Hiking15.25 Miles 1,795 AEG
Hiking15.25 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   2.26 mph
1,795 ft AEG
 
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Started early at First Water. Took 2nd water to Boulder Canyon, then up to Cavalry and up and over to a dry Labarge creek. Cruised through Marsh Valley and back up to Dutchmans. Took Bull Pass on the way back.
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Dec 24 2017
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Corona- Guadalupe- Hidden, AZ 
Corona- Guadalupe- Hidden, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2017
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Hiking7.00 Miles
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.49 mph
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I talked Nick into a last minute hike and he picked another good route. Always get a good workout following him uphill.
It warmed up quickly and even after shedding layers I was drenched 30 minutes in. The sunshine felt good but the air was rather nasty looking in the distance.
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Dec 23 2017
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2017
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Hiking9.08 Miles 1,139 AEG
Hiking9.08 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   60.53 mph
1,139 ft AEG   3 Hrs   6 Mns Break
 
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Several cars at FW at 7am. A dry hike.
Took 2nd water (aka empty water bottle) trail to Black Mesa and over to Dutchman for a loop. Several tiny pools of water along the way today.
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Dec 16 2017
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La Barge - Battleship Saddle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
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Hiking11.06 Miles 2,143 AEG
Hiking11.06 Miles
2,143 ft AEG   5 Hrs    Break
 
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Started at FW with first light. Some guys were cowboy camping in the parking lot. Passed a group wearing Santa hats along 2nd water, and hung a left on BC. There are a few nice campsites on both sides of BC near here. Made a right turn into LaBarge creek heading upstream. Easy boulder hopping as you go, paralleling Battleship from below. Water appeared in sections about a mile below the big pool, and it has some flow. The boulders get larger as you approach. The big pool has lots of clear water. The campsite next to it is clean and neat. I passed some folks heading in as I was heading back down to BC. This lasso loop is better when both creeks are running. Hopefully soon!
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Indian Paint Mine

dry La Barge at Boulder Creek Trail #103 Dry Dry
Dry. Some water 1 mile upstream.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max La Barge Creek - E of Battleship Mtn Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Nice clear large pool.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Second Water Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Small clear pool.
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Dec 10 2017
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Javelina - Ridgeline - Beverly LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2017
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Hiking6.80 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.89 mph
560 ft AEG
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First time starting from 46th street. Added a bit more by heading up into hidden valley and then back on the loop.
The pollution looks worse to the west again.
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Dec 09 2017
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Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2017
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Hiking11.30 Miles 1,560 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   2.48 mph
1,560 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Arrived at First Water before sunrise. Only a few other people around the trail head. Did this loop counter clockwise. Not a drop of water until Needle canyon. There are a few pools of sludge in that area. It looked wet, I threw a rock in, and it sank. It took a few minutes, but it sank. Ran into a couple looking for the B-ship turnoff, tried telling them they went way too far past the Cavalry trail, but they went further upstream... They didn't see the Cavalry turnoff, because they were following the creek instead of the trail. There is a nice little pool with fish along 2nd Water, as always. Passed plenty of folks in the last stretch.
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