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Sep 17 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Red Rock CrossingSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2021
Charger55
Hiking1.10 Miles 60 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles
60 ft AEG
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Sep 16 2021
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2021
Charger55
Hiking7.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.00 mph
300 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Sep 15 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2021
Charger55
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
500 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Sep 15 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Cave Springs CampgroundSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Car Camping avatar Sep 15 2021
Charger55
Car Camping
Car Camping3 Days         
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Sep 07 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Lynx Recreation Trail #311 - Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2021
Charger55
Hiking3.85 Miles 126 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles
126 ft AEG
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Sep 05 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2021
Charger55
Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
613 ft AEG
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Aug 23 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2021
Charger55
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,222 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,222 ft AEG
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Lazy creekside walk.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Aug 13 2021
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2021
Charger55
Hiking1.60 Miles 472 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles
472 ft AEG
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Get there early enough and you have may have some trails to yourself. I didn't see anyone else at Wukoki, Doney or Lomaki. Then I went outside the park boundaries to explore some other ruins in the area.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
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Aug 13 2021
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Lenox CraterFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2021
Charger55
Hiking1.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Aug 13 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Walnut CanyonFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2021
Charger55
Hiking2.10 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles
650 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Aug 12 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Griffith Spring Trail #189Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2021
Charger55
Hiking1.03 Miles 104 AEG
Hiking1.03 Miles
104 ft AEG
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Foraging for mushrooms. This area didn't disappoint. I filled a small basket and brought them home to saute.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jul 18 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Sugarloaf - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2021
Charger55
Hiking1.20 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles   1 Hour      1.20 mph
350 ft AEG
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It was a swimming day, but we squeezed in a short hike. Not a bad choice if you're short on time.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jun 12 2021
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Volcan de Izalco, WW 
Volcan de Izalco, WW
 
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2021
Charger55
Hiking
Hiking   5 Hrs      0.00 mph
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Adventures in El Salvador...

Sometimes when things don't go as planned you just have to go with the flow; which is the mentality I'm trying to adopt in the COVID travel era.

The day started out just fine. I left my hostel in downtown Santa Ana and got to the bus station with more than enough time to catch the bus to Cerro Verde National Park. We were making great time and enjoying the incredible views of Lake Coatepeque as the bus slowly climbed in altitude. Then all of a sudden a pop and a hiss...never good to hear. Once a school bus in the U.S., now responsible for back and forth trips up a mountain road, this girl had seen better days. The driver couldn't fix it, whatever it was, and my dreams of hiking Volcan de Santa Ana started to fade.

But have no fear, another bus appeared within ten minutes and off we went. We would make it in time for the 11am hike up Volcan de Santa Ana. Or so I thought... We got there around 10am, but when I asked the guide about the hike up Santa Ana he told me it now leaves at 9am...Grr...The pandemic changed everything! OK, so are there any other hikes in the park? Why yes, Volcan de Izalco and the hike was getting ready to leave. Perfect!

The guide gathered the group of hikers around an overlook. Why do the orientation here, especially when there's nothing to see with all the cloud coverage? Well, because hiding somewhere behind those clouds was Izalco. The guide began by stating this was second hardest hike in the entire country where we would descend through a cloud forest to the base of the volcano, climb a 45-degree slope to the top of the volcano and then do it all in reverse. He then began to rattle off the elevation loss and gain for the hike. I understand Spanish. I don't understand meters. But hey, I've conquered 12,000-foot Acatenango Volcano in neighboring Guatemala. I've done the Superstition Ridgeline. How hard could this be?

You have no idea... I noticed during orientation that I was likely the oldest member of the group. The guide was barely in his 20s. There was a group of local kids barely in their 20s and a couple of smaller groups that at best were thirtysomethings. The descent proved to be more of a race than a leisurely walk through the forest and by the time we got to the base of Izalco I was already losing steam.

Then came the first ascent. The group started to leave me in the dust, or ash, as by this time we were climbing through the volcanic field. Then came the first shout of Animo, followed by shouts of Let's Go and C'mon! Wait, aren't I the only gringo in this group? Well, I guess the whole world knows Let's Go and C'mon because there was the group of local kids shouting words of encouragement to me from high above. I couldn't let them down, now could I? So up I went, huffing and puffing, stopping every 30 seconds to catch my breath, being passed by other groups and by a man who climbs the volcano every day with a cooler on his shoulders to sell popsicles at the top. And finally, the rim of the crater.

Izalco is a "fire volcano," meaning you don't get the beautiful turquoise crater lake like the one I wanted to see on Santa Ana, which is a "water volcano," but you do get fumaroles, smoke seeping out of the crater from the molten rock buried underneath. One walk past the fumaroles and my coconut popsicle became a wooden stick.

After about 20 minutes at the top the guide ushered us to descend. I would go first, with the guide from another group, to get a head start. Meanwhile, the guide from my group was rounding up the local kids. Slowly we descended, trying to maintain balance on a 45-degree slope covered in volcanic ash. I only fell once, on a rather flat part no less.

Now at the base of Izalco it was time for the final ascent; back through the cloud forest to the lodge at the national park. This time it was all switchbacks. Switchbacks are good, right?. But also all steps. Sigh, steps are bad. About halfway up it started to rain, a welcome relief to wash away all the sweat. Then I noticed something; one-by-one the local kids and the other hikers were all passing me. Some of the kids started to hit me up for conversation; mostly curious about where I was from and how I knew Spanish. In turn I discovered they were really local kids. They were from the town of Izalco that lies on the other side of the volcano. They planned the trip the night before and borrowed a friend's car as they always wanted to hike the volcano that gave their hometown its name.

Finally, I was back with my guide and back in last place. Time was starting to get critical as the last bus leaves from the lodge at 4pm. Push, push harder, push the hardest you've ever pushed in your life. And then...pavement. We reached the parking lot at 3:55pm. To my guide Miguel, you are a saint with the patience of Job.

Now, if I had my crystal ball with me I would've gone a lot slower. Why? Because the bus never came. I waited, and waited and waited some more. Uh oh, was I going to have to spend the night on the mountain? Are there even any rooms at the lodge available? I was hoping and praying for the bus to arrive. And then...salvation. The kids from Izalco pulled up in their borrowed sedan and offered me a ride down the mountain to the highway where I could find a bus back to the city of Santa Ana. On the way down the mountain we saw the bus; hood open, broken down, again. To Lucero, Rodrigo and Byron, you guys were lifesavers. This was one of the hardest hikes I've ever done and I never would have completed it without your shouts of encouragement. Animo!
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
May 25 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Pinal Peak 7848Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2021
Charger55
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
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Partners none no partners
Enjoying the cool pines. Soaking in the views. Soaking in the sun. Soaking in the RF from all the antennas. Life is good.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
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May 19 2021
Charger55
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 Photos 542
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2021
Charger55
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,721 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   5 Hrs      1.65 mph
1,721 ft AEG
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It was a sunny day, but not too hot and with a good breeze that got stronger the higher we climbed. We opted not to climb the boulders to the top of peak 7185, which I think cost us a view of the lake below, as I couldn't see it from any other vantage point I scoped out. Instead we hung out under the shade of some boulders below the peak. Back at the bottom we waded in the lake enjoying the solitude of a Wednesday in the woods.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Apr 02 2021
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Cochise Stronghold Trail #279Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2021
Charger55
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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My first time in the Stronghold and it's a truly incredible place. The hike up the eastern side is fairly gradual. The descent down the western side feels steep, but it wasn't too bad coming back up. I ran into some ATVers at the west trailhead who asked me where the petroglyphs were. I didn't know there were any in the area, but did see a "Do not disturb the archaeological resources in the vicinity" sign. The only other people I saw were a couple who turned around at the divide.
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Apr 01 2021
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Silver Spur Meadow TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2021
Charger55
Hiking3.60 Miles 236 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   3 Hrs      1.20 mph
236 ft AEG
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These two trails comprise the only dog-friendly trails in the monument. While I would've preferred hiking amongst the hoodoos, my partner and I still had a good time. These trails are great for birding, history and watching deer.
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Mar 31 2021
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42 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Fort Bowie LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2021
Charger55
Hiking3.00 Miles 515 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.75 mph
515 ft AEG
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Historic and dog-friendly.
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Mar 06 2021
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2021
Charger55
Hiking4.00 Miles 291 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
291 ft AEG
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Feb 15 2021
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2021
Charger55
Hiking10.80 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   8 Hrs      1.35 mph
3,380 ft AEG
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I've wanted to do this hike for a long time, but it just seems so out of the way. Granted, I've traveled farther for much shorter hikes, but I was still dreading the drive. And it's not a fun one coming from the East Valley. I-10 west of the Valley needs to be expanded, Salome Road has a top speed of 45mph to protect cattle (I counted three carcasses) and the dirt road to the trailhead needs to be graded. But the hike is beautiful, pristine Sonoran desert with a unique reward at the summit and nary a soul around. We went super slow, not just to soak it all in, but because my hiking partner has to stop and sniff every bush on the way up and the way down.
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average hiking speed 1.36 mph
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