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Sep 15 2022
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2022
gummo
Hiking3.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   1.96 mph
100 ft AEG
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It's slightly cooler out this morning, but I'm still finding snakes out. I found the coachwhip and the one gopher snake in the same area. I tried to photograph them both together, but the coachwhip was not cooperating. I also found a mating pair of scorpions in the grass, which was nice to see and a plethora of small sun spiders. A few spadefoots and river toads were still out but in fewer numbers.

At the end, I heard some guy yelling at someone (or something), and he would not stop. I think he was homeless, but I didn't see him. He was away from the houses. I don't know how anybody can wake up with that much anger. It was such a nice morning, but some people have so much agitation that they cannot enjoy life. Or perhaps he was upset because he didn't see any snakes. Who knows? Young snakes are still out. Adults were not out today.
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Sep 03 2022
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2022
gummo
Hiking3.50 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
320 ft AEG
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It rained before my hike here. It also rained before my hike yesterday. I did not see rain in the forecast before each hike. Some Sonoran desert toads were out and lots of arthropods were crawling around. Nothing too unusual this morning. Also, there are lots of small camel spiders out. They are too fast and small to pick up and photograph.
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Aug 17 2022
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2022
gummo
Hiking4.50 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
320 ft AEG
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I got a late start because eastbound 60 was closed near Power Rd due to an accident. Luckily, in August, snakes come to me like melted chocolate to a fat kid's face. And I reaped the sweet rewards this morning with a variety pack of 7 snakes (3 dbacks, 2 longnosed snakes, 1 gopher snake, and 1 coachwhip). I had to rush thru this hike, so I was not able to set up my photos properly.

Update: I'm at 423 snakes this year! 8)
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Jun 27 2022
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Sixshooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2022
gummo
Hiking11.90 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   2.13 mph
3,380 ft AEG
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No wildlife. Also, the road was closed so you have to walk a half mile to the trail. The trail is difficult to follow in some areas due to the recent fire.
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Jun 13 2022
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Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2022
gummo
Hiking15.20 Miles 4,108 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   6 Hrs   53 Mns   2.29 mph
4,108 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I wanted to get a fitness hike and get a time so I can plan another hike here, but the road/trail is much rougher than the last time I hiked it. I don't know how people run up it. I like the other road up to the top better now. The forest also did not recover from the last fire. I don't think I'll do this one anytime soon. I did not make it quite to the top because there was a work crew, but I got close enough.

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Jun 12 2022
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Meridian TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2022
gummo
Hiking3.80 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles
140 ft AEG
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A lot of people are happy to see temperatures go past the 110F mark this week, so they can go out at night and look for scorpions. Unfortunately, I'm on a day schedule now but will switch to a nighttime hiking and herping schedule in late July after my trip to New York City and the Delaware River.
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May 07 2022
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Meridian TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2022
gummo
Hiking4.80 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
140 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Rare Saturday off for me, so I took advantage of it to look for snakes. I started around 8am, which was a late start because I worked out beforehand.

I wasn't seeing anything until I started to give up, and then I found a patch-nosed snake on the trail, caught a slow whiptail who was dehydrated (gave it water), and then a light-colored gopher snake caught me by surprise. Not much else to report.
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Apr 24 2022
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Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2022
gummo
Hiking3.25 Miles 1,880 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.30 mph
1,880 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Only 11 people on the trail today. Saw a coyote too. No chuckwallas.
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Mar 29 2022
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Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2022
gummo
Hiking5.40 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.59 mph
1,318 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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My account wasn't hacked. I took these photos for my friends who live overseas. They wanted to see the desert landscape, even though they have Google Earth.
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Mar 21 2022
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2022
gummo
Hiking5.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Today I did something different. I focused my energy on looking for snakes. My snake count was low, and I needed to beef it up . I found five snakes. I never really think it hot. It was more crowded than usual for a Monday also. I guess I wasn't the only one looking for snakes today.
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Mar 13 2022
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Levee Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2022
gummo
Hiking1.60 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles
100 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Someone keeps hijacking my boards :x , which is going to make finding snakes harder. In spite of this, I made alternative plans to hit this area. I did score 2 snakes and a third one the next day. I'm working a lot of overtime this month, so my herping will be limited until April.
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Mar 06 2022
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Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Birding avatar Mar 06 2022
gummo
Birding1.00 Miles
Birding1.00 Miles
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Did a little stroll before hiking Saddle Mtn. Tres Rios was crowded so I did not spend a lot of time there, but I'll return to look for snakes later. Unfortunately, some fella, probably out of jealousy, removed my favorite boards and rocks. I'm 95% sure it's one of you guys because you want to find all the snakes yourself and hog all the glory, but I will not be deterred and will find more snakes there later this year.

I did see my first muskrat in AZ. I thought it was a duck, so I didn't try to get a better photo/ I got a better look at it and realized what it was. It quickly vanished when I aimed for a 2nd photo. I didn't see much else there, but I didn't cover a lot of area.
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Feb 28 2022
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Wasson Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2022
gummo
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,858 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   1.94 mph
1,858 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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This was my plan B hike after discovering the Kitt Peak was closed due to the pandemic. Twas okay. Looks like a better hike for the spring. I saw no one on the trail until I saw the peak. I took my time and added an extra 0.1 mile because I explored some side trails. I also saw a coyote but got no pics of it.
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Feb 27 2022
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Florida Canyon Trail #145Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2022
gummo
Hiking7.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.56 mph
3,500 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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I chose this trail because I believe that this is the trail that I'll most likely see a mountain lion. I haven't seen one since 2011. I did see mountain lion tracks. I just have to time my trip better. I'm guessing the distance because I wasn't able to make it up to the saddle due to the snow. The snow was too deep, and it slowed me down too much. I hiked 2 and a half hours up and 2 hours down. If I saw more lion tracks, I would have continued. This is one of my favorite trails, and I don't hike it nearly enough.
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Feb 21 2022
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2022
gummo
Hiking7.70 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   3.08 mph
1,350 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Up Lost Mine Trail and down Pyramid.
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Feb 13 2022
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Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2022
gummo
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,905 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   5 Hrs   33 Mns   1.91 mph
1,905 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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The route was difficult to follow at times due to people and livestock creating new trails that led to nowhere. The trail changed in a few areas from when I did this six years ago.
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Feb 06 2022
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Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2022
gummo
Hiking9.60 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.43 mph
2,250 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Never did this hike before. I was surprised that it was not busy. Probably not busy because the snakes aren't out yet. I did see some side-blotched lizard though, so spring is around the corner.

I got to the summit in 1 hour and 57 minutes. It was harder than Flat Iron. I photographed some birds mostly on the way up. I should do this trail more often.
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Jan 16 2022
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Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2022
gummo
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   3.04 mph
2,100 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Pyramid to Kebo to National to Bursera to Pyramid then 🏈🏟️🦅🏴‍☠️.
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Dec 27 2021
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Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2021
gummo
Hiking12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.19 mph
4,050 ft AEG      5 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Saw 23 people on the trail. Only one asked why I wasn't wearing a jacket. I thought I got an early start at 7am, but there were several people who hiked up before me. It snowed lightly when I was descending. No ice on the trail yet.
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Dec 26 2021
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Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2021
gummo
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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Tried to do this hike under 2 hours. I did it in exactly 2.
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