username
X
password
register help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
 
 Comments
triplogs   photosets   labels comments more
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 80  Next
1.6 k triplogs

Nov 24 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
A.B. Young Trail #100Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2020
mt98dew
Hiking5.83 Miles 2,002 AEG
Hiking5.83 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.05 mph
2,002 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Not the hike I had initially planned. I had wanted to do Sterling Pass, but couldn’t see the TH in the early morning darkness so ended up at Bootlegger picnic area which also serves as the TH for AB Young trail. This hike has been on my list fooorrreeevvveerrr. :o Ever since I joined HAZ. Whenever I do generic trail searches this would be one of the first ones on the list and I would wonder :-k Today was the day.

Got on the trail a little after 7am. Took the stairs down to the “unofficial AB Young stream crossing.” There is actually a sign that states this. It makes me wonder is there a place where there is an “official AB Young stream crossing”? I am sure that at this time of year (especially this year, being so dry) the water was lower than it typically is. But that being said the creek was flowing nicely! Little nervous crossing. My trail shoes are old, with poor traction, and I did not want to start off my hike with a dunking. The temps were hovering at 40 degrees at the start of the hike. I can’t imagine doing the hike in wet clothing. Made it across safely and up the other bank to where there is a user trail (unnamed at this location) that parallels Oak Creek and a signed beginning to the AB Young trail. Sadly, the metal signage, pictured in the trail description is no longer present and has been replaced by a hand written sign. However, it serves its purpose, pointing me in the right direction....and up I went!

The AB Young trail is listed as strenuous,,,,,and it is. 2000ft in 2.5 miles, but I was pleasantly surprised by the grade of the climb. The grade was CONSTANT!, but it always seemed to fluctuate between mild to moderate. And smooth. There were not many stair-like steps that needed to be negotiated. At first the trail alternates between a powdery gray dust and rocky conditions. The higher I got the more rock oriented it became. Honestly, going up, I thought the trail was unimaginative. Switchback after switchback. I ended up counting how many times the trail interacted with rock slides, which was a surprisingly common theme at the higher elevations. I counted 8 with numerous other teases. All were very stable....very reminiscent of the rock slide on the Alta trail at South Mountain. The shrubs became a constant companion at the higher elevations, narrowing the width of the trail. And they did a fantastic job of obscuring the trail from view both going up AND going down. I was surprised at how difficult it was to identify the trail even though I knew it was right above and below me. Reaching the top of the switchbacks didn’t mean that I was done climbing. This just meant that I was finally able to see what was to the west. Views were ok. But there had been a fire in this area sometime in the last decade or so and the scars from the fire are still relatively fresh. From here the climbing isn’t as constant, there are some nice flat or relatively flat sections, on your way to the top which is visible to the south. Due to the fire there is quite a bit deadfall which needs to be circumvented. Trail is still easy to follow despite the downed trees. It was about .5 miles to get to the overlook. This, in my mind, is marked by a very solid looking teepee. The views from this point are Fantastic!! :DANCE: Well worth the effort. From here, it is only about .25 miles more to reach the East Point Knob Lookout Tower. The pines trees are healthy in this area so the trail is covered in needles, but as long as you head toward the highest point you will soon come in view of the tower. Unfortunately, on my visit, the tower was closed.

Great hike! The trail is a little boring on the climb, but the views from up high, more than make up for it. Only met one person on the trail the entire day, though there were a few at the stream when I got back. Quite a bit of bird life along the trail, but otherwise no wildlife. When I got back to Oak Creek I followed the unnamed user trail a ways to the north to see if there was an “official crossing” for the AB Young trail. Went a little more than .25 miles without seeing a thing....nice trail though.....shaded and you have the sounds and views of running water as a companion. On the drive back I located Sterling Pass TH and the perfect parking spot for it......next time. :)
_____________________
Nov 23 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Made in the ShadeSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2020
mt98dew
Hiking3.70 Miles 174 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour      3.70 mph
174 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Early morning hike in Sedona. This hike has been on my radar for quite awhile. Hiked part of it 3 years ago with Clif. With his recent passing it is a great way to remember him and to scratch an itch that has been bothering me for several years.

Got to the Yavapai TH just after 6am. Still dark out and I didn’t have a headlight or my gear in for the hike. :(. So I waited in the car for daylight. Got on the trail around 6:30. Went up to the Slim Shady via a combination Yavapai and Kaibab trail (both of which are very short trails). Took the Slim Shady south until it connected to Made in the Shade. The trail starts out by switchbacking gaining some elevation before turning south and paralleling the Slim Shady. The views were awesome to the east. The clouds provided a canvas for pinks, purples and greys framing Bell Rock by a rising sun. Made in the Shade held its elevation briefly before coming to some large gnarly boulders and doing a little more climbing. This ends up being the high point on the trail as it begins a gradual descent on its way to reconnect to the Slim Shady in the north. Briefly lost the trail at a large slab of rock. Trail appeared to hold its elevation and continue on to the south. I followed this user trail for a short time before determining that this was indeed a user trail. Returned to the large slab of rock and discovered sure enough that the Made in the Shade continued straight down from the rock. Shortly after that it reconnected to the Slim Shady. Took the Slim back to the TH. Great little loop. Enjoyed the Made in the Shade more than I thought I would. Nice combination of open views to the east and the south, mixed with the intimacy of trail hugging boulders and trees.
_____________________
Nov 21 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Dixie Summit Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
mt98dew
Hiking5.22 Miles 152 AEG
Hiking5.22 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.80 mph
152 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Met up with my sisters for an early morning hike to hit one of the 7 Summits - Dixie Summit. Got there around 6:30am which was a good thing, because the parking lot was already near capacity. Went in on the Hawk Nest and then went CCW on the Dixie Mine to reach the Summit trail. We hit the peak and then continued around to make the loop on Dixie. It was my sisters first time to this area. Always. Ice getting a hike in with family....as long as we avoid politics :( . Parking lot was actually closed when we were leaving due to over capacity. Cars were parking along the entry street to the TH. There was a sign directing cars to the Apache Wash TH. Never seen that before.
_____________________
Nov 16 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Ridgeback Trail - Sonoran Preserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 16 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.92 Miles 272 AEG
Run/Jog4.92 Miles      59 Mns   5.00 mph
272 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
First peak in the 7 Summit Challenge. Not quite the challenge when you are breaking it up on a day by day basis, (I have until Saturday to bag all 7), but..... Got to the Apache Wash TH around 8am. Did a clockwise loop. Taking the Ocotillo to the Ridgeback trail, hit the summit and then down the north end to connect to the Sidewinder trail. Took the Sidewinder back to the TH. Really nice loop!! The elevation change is right in my comfort zone and it comes in just under 5 miles. Saw a few hikers sporting the “Summit shirts”, but most of the traffic was on the Sidewinder on my way back. Weather was perfect for a morning hike. No wildlife.
_____________________
Nov 14 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Hangover TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
mt98dew
Hiking8.60 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   3.33 mph
480 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
In my opinion this is a top 3 hike. Love this loop. We were up,in Camp Verde visiting in-laws and I got a chance to squeeze this hike in. Started from the Huckaby TH. Got on the trail just after 6:30. Chilly weather. Low 40's at best. Cold enough to make me start out with a jacket and I hate wearing jackets :( . Jogged Munds and Cow Pie, but hiked Hangover. Trail and views are just too good to rush through. Sun didn't hit me until I was approaching the saddle. Weird in how quiet it was up until that point. No noise whatsoever, not even the chirping of birds. But as the sun started to warm the surroundings, songs slowly started to welcome the sun, though not as much as I would have expected. Pretty much had the loop to myself. Met 2 trail runners near the saddle, but didn't real see anyone else until I was heading back on Munds Wagon. Doesn't get much better than this. :D
_____________________
Nov 11 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Javelina Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 11 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog3.98 Miles 453 AEG
Run/Jog3.98 Miles      53 Mns   4.51 mph
453 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After work jog. Wanted to get a loop involving the Javelina. TH was surprisingly full. Probably 20 or so cars in the lot. Got on the trail around 3pm. Went in on the Javelina. Nice trail for running. A little rocky in spots, but elevation change is ideal for me. Took the Ridgeline trail next. Also nice trail for running. Little more up and down. A little steeper in spots, but for shorter durations. Skies were very clear today so there were some decent views to the north. Noticed that the alignment for the Ridgeline on the east end has changed slightly. Where it connects to the Beverly/Pima (??????)has moved a little to the north. Took what used to be the Beverly back to the TH. Signage has changed on this trail and it looks like it is being called the Pima Canyon Trail. Unsure when this happened. Still saw signs for the Beverly Canyon trail as well. Not sure if they are one in the same or if there has been a reroute of the Beverly trail. Needless to say the waters are a little muddy. Also saw signage for a Beacon Hill trail???? Anyone have a trail map? :lol: Nice day for a run. Trails were fairly busy....24 hikers, 2 bikers and 1 trail runner.
_____________________
Nov 09 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 09 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog2.05 Miles 589 AEG
Run/Jog2.05 Miles      28 Mns   4.39 mph
589 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick, after work jog. Started from Dreamy Draw TH. Did a clockwise loop. Jogged the whole thing, but the hills seemed especially challenging. :? Had one runner breathing up my backside on one of the hills, but I held them off with a few well placed stones.....joking. Except for the jogger and one other hiker had the trail to myself. Beautiful day...in the 60's :o With a few isolated clouds. Saw one rabbit and that was it.
_____________________
Nov 08 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 08 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.67 Miles 163 AEG
Run/Jog4.67 Miles      52 Mns   5.39 mph
163 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Early morning jog in one of my favorite preserves....McDowell Sonoran. Went to the Granite Mountain TH. Had to wait for the gates to open. One of the few shortcomings of fall/winter is the later starts because of the automated gates. Wanted to get a quick one involving the Bootlegger Trail. Got on the trail just before 6:30. Very chilly. Probably in the low 40’s, but no wind so it was bareable. Started off on the Bootlegger. Nice way to access Granite Mountain. Not much elevation change, and gradual at that. Connected to the Granite Mountain loop for a brief period to connect to The Cow Poke Trail. The Cow Poke took me down to 136th Express which I used to get back to TH. All these trails are great for running - smooth, stone free with enough twists and turns and ups and downs to keep things interesting. Wildlife was minimal....quail and rabbits.
_____________________
Nov 07 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Corona de Loma TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2020
mt98dew
Hiking8.88 Miles 1,114 AEG
Hiking8.88 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.95 mph
1,114 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Wanted to get a hike involving the Corona de Loma. Had to work for this hike. Initial plan was to drive to the south side and access Corona trail from Warpaint TH. But the on ramps to the 202 were closed (at two different points). Then decided To skip the 202 and just go to Central and drive up to Buena Vista TH to start the Corona from that end. Got up there to find all the parking spots taken :( . Finally opted to park on the saddle where the Telegraph trail ends and do a loop. Got on the trail just after 7am. Started by going down the Telegraph. Busy! No surprise on a beautiful weekend morning. Same can be said for the Desert Classic. Busy!! Jogged this section over to the Corona de Loma dodging hikers, bikers and other trail runners. All were very polite, but it forced me to keep my head up. It’s been awhile since I’ve done the Corona. Little worried about finding the Corona but it’s juncture with the Desert Classic is well marked. Went from jog mode to hiking mode pretty quickly once on the Corona. It’s a consistent uphill climb. Trail was.....you guessed it....busy. Met a dozen people coming down as I was going up. Once on top I took the National over to where the Telegraph start to close the loop. Weather was great. Cloudy at first and cool throughout. No wildlife, but numerous users out today.....didn’t even bother counting how many which is a common pastime of mine when I am on the trails. Afterwards, got in line to pick up my package for the “virtual” Summit Challenge that I am doing this year with my sisters. Should be fun :)
_____________________
Nov 04 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Jasper Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 04 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog6.08 Miles 66 AEG
Run/Jog6.08 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   4.29 mph
66 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After work jog. Wanted to get a loop involving the Jasper trail. Started on the Slate trail but quickly reached the Jasper which I used to connect to the Go John. Then took the Go John CCW. First time in the Go John since the fire this year. Actually had forgotten that the fire had hit the park. Pretty much everything on the north side got torched, though there are patches of green. Either where the fire jumped or new growth. Be curious to see how some of the saguaros do. Some had browned bases and green tops. Not sure if that is a harbinger of a slow death....trails were crowded for a weekday afternoon. Saw 6 horse riders, 6 bikers and 4 hikers. Wildlife was minimal....5 rabbits.
_____________________
Nov 03 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Shadow Mountain Small Loop #312Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2020
mt98dew
Hiking2.83 Miles 181 AEG
Hiking2.83 Miles      56 Mns   3.03 mph
181 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Short after work hike. Parked on the north side and did a loop around the most northern peak. Did a CCW loop, staying on the perimeter for most of the loop until I got to the south, where I climbed the saddle and the followed the ridgeline to the top. Admired the views and then descended down the east side. Hit the lower trail and continued my loop around the peak to end where I started. Nice loop. Got to revisit some trails that I hadn't done in awhile. Nice array of wildlife for a city trail....numerous quail, Jack and Peter rabbit, chipmunks, a hawk and 3 hummingbirds at the top of the peak. Temps were nice ....low 90's.
_____________________
Nov 01 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Lost Ranch Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2020
mt98dew
Hiking7.80 Miles 1,140 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   3.74 mph
1,140 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Short hike at South Mountain. Started from the Pyramid TH, which is now easy access thx to the 202. Got on the trail just before 6am. Did a loop. Up on the Pyramid over on the National - hit Goat Hill - and then down on the Eliminator. Jogged what I could, but this is a tough loop to run. The eElimintor is not a trail for running, either up or down. Knees always feel sore after doing this loop. 54 minutes to Natioal, 117 to reach Goat Hill. Decent number of hikers/runners out. Encountered 34, half of the, about .25 miles from the TH. No wildlife. Great temps. In the 60's with clouds to the east.
_____________________
1 archive
Oct 31 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Lousley Hill Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
mt98dew
Hiking1.20 Miles 268 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles      35 Mns   2.06 mph
268 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiking with the Javelina Jundred....long drive for a short hike. I was thinking of doing a different hike but ended up here. Turned out to be a good thing as I didn't have my hiking shoes with me and ended up hiking in my work shoes. I was surprised to find that Aravaipa was out there this weekend doing their Javelina Jundred run. The Lousley is a self contained trail, but a portion of it briefly crossed the route (Escondido Trail) for the runners. Disappointed to see only 2 runners while on the trail and maybe about 15 others while driving through the park.

The Lousley trail is one of the more isolated trails within the MMRP. The TH has enough parking for 7 vehicles. There is also more raking in the vicinity, mainly for camping, but enough room for overflow if that was ever required. The trail crosses the Escondido Trail and then a wash before splitting to start the loop. There are two old, faded plastic markers indicating where the trail splits. I opted to go CCW. This seemed to be the more direct route to climb the hill. It does numerous lazy switchbacks on its way to the top. There is a giant cairn at the top...I added a stone to the pile. Decent views for MMRP. Probably the best, most eastern viewing point in the park. The descent down the east side is more gradual. There is actually a railing at one of the bends where there is a steep drop off. The trail is a nice single track that is easy to follow. Loose, fist-sized rocks may it annoying, but not overly challenging to hike. Vegetation is minimal....mostly "browned" by the long hot summer. Beautiful sunrise for a hike. Clouds were given a pinkish hue by the morning light. Clouds, temps, breeze made for a very pleasant morning hike.
_____________________
1 archive
Oct 25 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Frieborn Canyon trail failure, AZ 
Frieborn Canyon trail failure, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2020
mt98dew
Hiking4.08 Miles
Hiking4.08 Miles   2 Hrs      2.04 mph
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Belated post. A friend lent me the use of his cabin (more like a chateau) for the weekend in the White Mountain area. Celebrating my wife's.........29th birthday.....once again. Had some nice quality time with the wife :) , but more importantly discovered that there was a trail - the Frieborn Canyon Trail - just behind his property. :D I thought I would give this trail a go, even though I could find almost no information on the trail.

This trail is remote and not well utilized so unless you are in the area it probably isn't worth the effort. The TH is about 10 miles on the Blue River Rd which is a well maintained dirt road about 4 miles east of Alpine. Ironically, this road briefly crosses into New Mexico, where this trail actually originates. The trail starts on the left (east) side of the road and has enough room for 3-4 vehicles. And even though the trail sign is as clear as day, the trail is not. I am guessing that over the years the TH was relocated due to private property. I say this because I think the original TH is located on the backside of my friends property. Confession...I started from this "original TH" and have no idea what the trail is like starting from Blue River Rd. However, if anyone were to hike this trail, their starting point would most likely be from the Blue River Rd. The trail sign at the "original TH" is huge compared to the roadside trail sign, measuring 3x5 ft. The trail starts off by going through an arched gate and immediately doing several steep switchbacks as it climbs the side of a hill. The trail was pretty solid at the beginning with some obvious signs of human construction, making me think this would be a doable trail. However, as soon as the trail leveled out, the crispness began to fade. However faint the trail might become periodic blazes helped confirm that I was still on trail. I followed the trail as it descended gradually back to the fence of my friends property. Here the trail turned and parralled the property of several landowners. I'm guessing about 1 mile in the trail leaves the fenced property and seems to connect to another trail. This trail juncture is unsigned so I am not sure if this other trail us an official or user trail. I thought with two trails coming together that the trail might become more defined. Not the case. I followed what I felt was the trail for another .25 miles before I lost it. I perused the area, but didn't go in too deep. The site, Natural Atlas, has the trail going for 3.6 miles. I covered maybe 1.5 miles. To make up for the shortened trail hike I hit the tallest hill in the area. Gained about 700ft and topped out a 7150. Might be fun to try to come back and do the trail in its entirety, but would need a GPS route to help keep me on track. From the Natural Atlas map it looks like the trail plays with a stream before achieving 8000ft elevation.
_____________________
Oct 20 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Ridgeline Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 20 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.06 Miles 268 AEG
Run/Jog4.06 Miles      56 Mns   4.35 mph
268 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners

Short after work jog. Started from the east side and did a CCW loop. Took the Circumference south and then west as it looped around the hill. This stretch is very flat initially and was a nice way to get my feet under me. Took Circumference to where it connects to the Ridgeline and then switchbacked to the top. A nice mixture of gradual and steep. Once I hit the top of the Ridgeline it was pretty much downhill from there, with the exception of a short climb when I connected to the Basalt. From the Basalt I reconnected with the Circumference and took that back to the car. I think this is the first time that I've done the Ridgeline like this. Very nice loop. Elevation change is perfect for my level of running. Rocks are the only detraction for this system. Had three trips, but no falls. Needed to keep my eyes on the trail constantly. Temps were awesome....low 90's at the most. In the shadows of the hills for most of the climb. No wildlife, but encountered 5 hikers while I was out.
_____________________
Oct 18 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Mystic TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2020
mt98dew
Hiking7.07 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   3.86 mph
150 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This hike served a two fold purpose. One was to hike the entirety of the Mystic trail and the other was to gather notes on the Twin Buttes trail. I had hiked the Twin Buttes the day before only to discover that it wasn't in HAZ yet :? . Got to the Broken Arrow TH around 6am. It was actually chilly :o , probably in the mid to low 40's. First time I've felt temps like in 6 months. Went in on Broken Arrow for about .2 miles to come to the beginning of the Twin Buttes trail. Took Twin Buttes, which is roughly .6 miles long to where it junctures with Hog Heaven Trail. The Twin Buttes is a nice option for loops in the area with great views (though not quite as good as the "Hog" trails. The TB does provide a nice mixture of red rock and pine. Took Hog Heaven west to where it connects to the Hog Wash trail. Hog Heaven is a primo trail. Great red rock exposure. Solid views to the east and west once you reach the saddle. It's amazing that this trail was established with bikers in mind. :o I've yet to see a biker on it, but I would love to see one try to negotiate certain sections. Took Hog Wash to a middle point of the Mystic trail.

Mystic trail was pretty much as expected. I had done a portion of it years before and wasn't overly impressed. The views are great....you are in Sedona, but the trail itself is unimaginative. Took the Mystic south, maybe .5 miles to where it runs into a neighborhood. This would probably be the best place to start or end your hike of this trail. There is enough room for 2 to 3 vehicles to park along side the road. However, trail maps that I have seen, show the "trail" continuing on through the neighborhood and terminating at Little Horse TH. So I went through the neighborhood, very nice homes by the way, following trail signs that led me through the streets. It was a little over a mile of street walking to reach the TH. Turned around and retraced my steps to the juncture with Hog Heaven. The northern section of the Mystic (from the Hog Heaven juncture) isn't much better. It is very straight and is also a byway for a natural gas pipeline. The trail ends at a cul-de-sac of another neighborhood. At this spot, there is a connection to the Peccary trail. Nice little trail that does some climbing that reconnected me back to the Hog Wash trail. Hog Wash trail is a great trail. It pretty much mirrors the Mystic trail at a higher elevation. The Mystic is more direct, but the Hog Wash will give you more bang for your buck and in my opinion is the preferred route. Took How Wash back to Broken Arrow, which I then took back to the BA TH. Overall great hike. You just can't go wrong in Sedona....even when you are "hiking" through a neighborhood :)
_____________________
1 archive
Oct 13 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 13 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.21 Miles 242 AEG
Run/Jog4.21 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.89 mph
242 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After work jog. Did a CCW loop on the Turnbuckle and hit the Valley Vista from the saddle. Nice climb on the Turnbuckle. In the shadows of the hill for most of it, which made it quite pleasant. 34 minutes to summit. Met 7 hikers...not too bad for a weekday afternoon. Chipmunks and lizards We’re the only wildlife to be seen....no mountain lions......note to self, no trail running in Utah! :lol:
_____________________
1 archive
Oct 11 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Hau'Pal TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2020
mt98dew
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles      49 Mns   2.82 mph
1,060 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick up and down on Hau 'Pal. Got to the TH just before 6am and was surprised to find the parking lot only partially full. Last few visits I was walking the streets to get to the TH. Just enough light that no headlamp was necessary, though I saw a few lights on the slopes. Heard the coyotes saying goodnight, though oddly enough it seemed to be coming from the homes below to the north. :? It was faint so maybe I was imagining... Decent time up 27. Was done before sunrise. Still parking available when I left.
_____________________
Oct 10 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Coleman Trail - Usery ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 10 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.39 Miles 39 AEG
Run/Jog4.39 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   3.71 mph
39 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Randomly picked a trail in the Usery's and ended up with Coleman. Parked in the group Picnic area. Got to this "TH" around 7am after doing a short hike on Silly Mountain. By itself the Coleman is a very unremarkable trail so I decided to add the Wind Cave to the hike. There are no trail signs on either end of the Colemen trail, but it connects to the Pass Mountain and then was about .5 miles to the Wind Cave trail. Not too busy on the first two sections, but by 7am the Wind Cave trail was hoping. This is apparently the East Valley's "Piestewa Peak." I was jogging this and people were very pleasant as I made my through the throngs. Temps were great and I was in the mountain shadows for the duration until I was heading back to,the car on Pass Mountain trail.
_____________________
Oct 10 2020
mt98dew
avatar

 Guides 21
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,663

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Coyote Loop - Silly MtnPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2020
mt98dew
Hiking2.76 Miles 63 AEG
Hiking2.76 Miles      59 Mns   2.81 mph
63 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
When is a trail not a trail? When it is a road might come to mind......how about when it takes less than 2 minutes to hike? Don't get me wrong all the trails in this "system" have some endearing qualities, if nothing else, the view of Flatiron is first rate, but all the trails are ridiculously short! Today I wanted to knock off the Coyote Loop. Got there around 5am. Still dark so I headed up with a headlamp. Went up on the Brittle Bush trail. A short rocky ascent to the saddle. Then hopped on Superstition View to connect to the Huff N Puff trail. This was a short rocky ascent to the Crest trail. Took Crest over to High Point trail. High Point is a very short trail, but is a fun scramble to the "peak". Got there when it was still dark. Nice looking out and seeing the lighted cityscape. Took Crest back to where it terminated with the Old Baldy trail. Crest is one of the longer trails in the system and relatively flat with the exception of a some switchbacks. Old Baldy is a very short trail, even sorter, because I cut off do Coyote Loop. Coyote Loop is a very short trail (sensing a theme?) that connect to the Jack Rabbit trail. Coyote trail is neat...nice rock work in the area and there is a stone bench under a palo verde tree. Very aesthetic! Switchbacked down the Jack Rabbit to connect to the Superstition View Trail. Nice views of the Supes....and the homes just to the east :? Connected back to the Brittle Bush trail which I took back to the car. Nice area. Worthy of 1, maybe 2 trails, but not 11. Wildlife included a field mouse and a rabbit. Temps were great, probably in the low 70's :) Met 4 people near the TH, but had the trails to myself for the most part. That wasn't easy to do. When I left I counted 24 cars in the lot. For a trail system that small, I am not sure how I dodged all those hikers :lol:
_____________________
average hiking speed 2.43 mph
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 80  Next

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

help comment issue

end of page marker