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Apr 18 2019
mt98dew
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49 male
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 Phoenix,Az
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2019
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Hiking1.25 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles   1 Hour      1.25 mph
100 ft AEG
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Construction is ongoing. Though part of the parking lot and the pay station is operational. ($10 entrance fee). Wife and I estimated that on this day alone, they were going get close to 1000 cars. Do the math! :o This is one of those hikes, where it is not about the hike but about the destination. Followed the masses up and over the hill and down to the viewing platform. The path was easy to follow and very wide to accommodate the herd. Looks like they might be adding on to the "trails" as I could see structures just to the east. Views were nice. Could see boaters and campers at the bottom. Temps were awesome. Upper 70's with clear blue skies. No wildlife, except for some lizards which captured the attention of some tourist cameras. Incredible array of cultures! Noticed the entire weekend in Page that there were as many foreign visitors as American visitors. I would not have thought of Page as being an international destination, but apparently it is :)
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Apr 18 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Glen Canyon Dam OverlookNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2019
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Hiking0.46 Miles 82 AEG
Hiking0.46 Miles      45 Mns   0.61 mph
82 ft AEG
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This was our next stop after Horseshoe. Loved it! Very short walk down to the lookout. Great views od the dam and the Colorado without the crowds. Rock formations in the area are incredible. I could lose myself in this area for half day, easy. There was actually a stone lined path heading off to the east. But this was a family outing so had to reign in my wanderlust. :(
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Apr 15 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Desert Iguana H-5 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 15 2019
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Run/Jog2.35 Miles 50 AEG
Run/Jog2.35 Miles      28 Mns   5.04 mph
50 ft AEG
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After work jog. Went clockwise in Iguana and then Coachwhip. Saw a few hikers on Coachwhip. Wildlife - quail and lizards. Perfect weather.
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Apr 13 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 13 2019
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Run/Jog8.22 Miles 483 AEG
Run/Jog8.22 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   5.03 mph
483 ft AEG
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Early morning run on the Toothacher. Got started around 6am. Did this trail as an in and out....and an in and out. Started from the Rainbow Valley TH which USE to be the Toothacher TH as well. (And in a way I guess it still is, since it is the most accessible spot to readily get to the Toothacher. But in my mind TH means the beginning of the trail. And in this case, from this TH you are coming into the "middle" of the Toothacher). So, first I jogged about 3.8 miles south on the Toothacher, where it ended at the Gadsden. And then turned around. Then I jogged about .3 miles north on the Toothacher (from the TH) to where it ended at the Baseline. The entire length of the Toothacher is now closer to 4.1 miles, rather than the 3.64 miles listed because of the rerouting that occurred 3 years ago. Nice trail to run on. Though it does get a little rougher on the climb just past the Rainbow Valley interior juncture. Kind of nice, since most of the trails have become more like city trails over the years - smoothed out and widened. Had the trails to myself. Didn't see anyone. No wildlife. The desert was awash in yellow. The green grass from all the winter rains has all yellowed...and there is a lot of it . The brittlebush still has some yellow blooms, though they look like they are on their way out. The creosote and cholla are adding their splash of yellow. A nice barrage. Weather was great. Clear. No wind. Upper 50's. :)
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Apr 10 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Cholla Loop H-3 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2019
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Hiking3.55 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles      49 Mns   4.35 mph
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After work run. The usual clockwise loop. Crazy wind today. Made for an interesting run
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Apr 06 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Red Mountain Trail #159Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
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Hiking3.55 Miles 578 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles
578 ft AEG
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Nice little "night cap" after a day in the Canyon. Got to the TH around 6am. Road in looked a little rough for a car, but is still doable and not that lengthy. I confess, I did not research this trail before, I just knew it was there. So I was very surprised at the hike. I was expecting to climb a mountain, instead I got to see its innards. :) With this hike, it is not about the trail, it's about the destination. The trail is "nhhhh". 10 feet wide, compact dirt, gullied in spots, but easy to avoid. The trail joins a wash about .5 miles. Wash had nice compact sand, easy to walk on. Approaching the innards of the mountain there are these looming monoliths on either side of the wash, reminding of the charred frames of a burnt structure. There is a small ladder that needs to be climbed to access the interior. Very cool! Rock features very unique. Explored the area, but didn't get too crazy climbing the rocks, though they did beckon to me. Had the mountain to myself, though there was one other car parked at the TH. No wildlife. Mainly scrub pinyon/juniper, though there were some good sized pines in the interior. Views were obscured due to the foliage, but I got some great peaks of Humphrey's and Slate(?) covered in snow and shrouded in clouds.
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Apr 05 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit TrNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2019
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Hiking29.84 Miles 7,300 AEG
Hiking29.84 Miles   12 Hrs   11 Mns   2.45 mph
7,300 ft AEG
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Three day weekend allowed me to do another piece to the GC puzzle. Drove up Thursday night after work and car camped outside of Tusuyan. Got up around 4:30 and drove to the Park. There is parallel parking just prior to where the blue/red shuttle exchange occurs for those who get there early enough. This parking is limited - first come first serve. This is a great spot to (just off Bright Angel TH) and worked out perfectly for what I had planned. Caught the red shuttle out to Hermit and started down the trail around 5:30.

The Descent: Love Hermits! This is my third time being on it, second time to the bottom and it is a great way to access the Canyon. The entire trail is awesome, but I really enjoy the Waldron to Santa Maria Springs stretch. Love the way the Canyon pops into view after the Dripping Springs juncture. Hermits is starting to show some "wear". On the descent down to Waldron part of the trail is laid with inset stones. (Really kind of cool and I'm sure not easy to have done). Some of these stones have lost their placement in the earth and a domino effect is starting to occur :( . I was here just a few weeks ago and I can already see the dominos starting to fall. There is also some rock falls just prior to the Monument Stairs. All easily negotiable but just a sign that the Canyon (and trails) are constantly changing. On the way down (about 1 mile in) I briefly checked out a side trail that takes off from one of the switchbacks. There is stonework that gives the impression that this was a legitimate trail. Only followed it for a few dozen yards. The stonework ends quickly, but trail use was evident further on. I might check it out at a later time, but it wasn't on today's menu. Also checked out the structures at Santa Maria Springs. Turns out those structures just below the Springs are old time outhouses. Peaked over the padlocked doors and saw the wooden toilet seats :o ouch!

Eastward on Tonto: First time on the Tonto and I was feeling super hyped about seeing the "rest of the Canyon". :lol: Reaching the saddle and seeing the Monument Creek area for the first time was incredible! Truly unique and worth the trip. I'm not a camper, but I would love to stay and enjoy the area for day. On the way down I had met a backpacker who said that Granite Rapids (referred to as Monument Creek on HAZ) was awesome and worth seeing. This turnoff is just prior to the campground. So still feeling fresh I headed down to the dry wash. It starts off as a single trail, steep and rocky, but very doable, that maybe drops 200 feet to a dry wash. You have Monument Creek Pinnacle in front of you as you descend. Pretty cool! I was expecting there to be water in wash, because I could see water just to the south of where I entered. But for a good mile the wash was dry with pebble sized rock to trudge along. About .4 miles from the Colorado the stream resurfaced and I creeked hopped my way down the rest of the wash. Seeing the Colorado close up was amazing! I was able to see 1 kayaker just heading down the rapids. Pretty cool! Little bit of a climb out of Monument but after that the trail was fairly flat with some minor ups and downs. I was surprised at the exposure :o I actually felt more aware of the drop off on the Tonto than I did on either Hermits or Bright Angel. Not an issue if you stay on the trail, but if you stray too far in one direction...... Cedar Springs was the next signed spot. Water was trickling. Hiked down to the water using a faint user trail. Not much too see at the source, though the drop into the Canyon looked interesting. Cedar, and all of the Tonto Trail was very exposed.....to the sun. Very little shade. Monument and Indian Garden being the notable exceptions. Started to feel the miles as I passed Salt Creek. Water was trickling there as well, with 5 people taking in the sun. At Salt Creek there was actually a trail heading up towards its origin(?), but as I said I was feeling the miles and needed to stay on task. Honestly, the rest of the Tonto was kind of a blur. In part, because it is very similar throughout: the huge, omnipresent drop to the Canyon bottom on the left and the towering walls of the Canyon to the right. Initially my eyes were torn between the two (the "drop" and the "wall") trying to decide which was more worthy of my admiration. I think the "wall" lost out (undeservably), because the "drop" was always so present. It was also a blur because I was hitting "the wall". At Horn Creek (I think, didn't see any signage stating that) took a 5 minute break and enjoyed the limited shade. There were a couple of trees there with beautiful pink blossoms. Very striking. Water was flowing nicely, though not abundantly. Knew I was getting close to Bright Angel when I started seeing humanity moving in the distance :)

The ascent: First time on Bright Angel. The climb out is unrelenting. Starts out very gradual as I worked my up towards Bright Angel campground/Indian Gardens. Was amazed at the green oasis. Water was flowing very strongly here, but that was based more on sound than sight due to the lushness of the foliage. Also, amazed at the facilities and the number of people just "chillin" in the area. After my last 10 hours of isolation I almost felt claustrophobic. After the camp, the climb begins in earnest. Not so much in intensity. It actually seemed very gradual throughout. It. Just. Never. Stopped! Amazing how they designed the trail. From a distance you'd think there is no way up to the top. The trail, which is very wide, composed primarily of compact dirt with a soft top layer, just continued to cut back and forth....never going too far in one direction before switchbacking. Views are great, though limited as you are looking at the same part of the canyon the entire climb.

Pretty amazing hike. Only saw 10 hikers between Hermits and Bright Angel, (though there were campers at Monument and sun worshippers at Salt Creek). Couldn't say the number on BA, but over 50. Flowers, though not abundant, when present they were very striking. Wildlife, surprisingly abundant, though almost all on BA: 4 deer, 5 very unafraid ground squirrels, a chipmunk and a large assortment of lizards. Would have taken a ton of pictures, but my garmin was giving me a low battery signal two pictures in ](*,) . Will have to get some sort energy supplement to deal with fatigue. I'm sure I missed some great sights due to "the wall".
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Apr 03 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
New River Trail - Peoria / GlendalePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 03 2019
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Run/Jog5.86 Miles
Run/Jog5.86 Miles      58 Mns   6.06 mph
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I'm probably screwing up all the anxious hikers lining up to do this trail (not) by using this designation for this hike entry, but I am going to record this hike under "New River Trail." There is no indication that this segment (from Glendale to Camelback) is part of the New River Trail, or for that matter, even a trail. New River trail signage ended prior to Glendale and there was no signage between Glendale and Camelback. In fact, the paved path which is the M.O. for the New River trail stops around Bethany Homes. Even after the paved path stopped I continued to follow the canal/Agua Fria to Camelback. The surface for this last mile was a mixture of unfinished concrete and compact dirt. Nor very pretty, but easier for me to jog than the paved path. Fairly boring run/trail, but it is nice to know how it ends. No wildlife, but a decent number of bikers (about 10) along this corridor.
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Apr 02 2019
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Cholla Loop H-3 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 02 2019
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Run/Jog3.55 Miles 550 AEG
Run/Jog3.55 Miles      49 Mns   4.35 mph
550 ft AEG
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Short, after work loop at my go to spot. Went clockwise. Saw about 15 hikers, 1 runner several lizards and some quail. Great weather!
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Mar 30 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Tortuga - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 30 2019
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Run/Jog8.75 Miles 424 AEG
Run/Jog8.75 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   3.72 mph
424 ft AEG
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Woke this morning, not know where I wanted to go. After perusing HAZ for about and hour I decided on Tortugu, since it was relatively close by and sunrise was quickly approaching. Got to trails just after 6am, only to discover that the parking lot was already near full :o . There was some sort of event called the Eagle Project that had people out early. There were about 30-40 people with rakes and shovels heading over the bridge while I was prepping. Luckily, my hike was taking me a different direction so I didn't have to navigate the masses. Took Quartz Mine out to Tortuga and then followed Tortuga all the way to its end. Quartz mine is a nice trail to run. Some decent elevation change that will have me huffing at times, but wide (two abreast) and fairly smooth. Tortuga is very similar, though, it is more of single track. Decent amount of up and down. As it takes off from QM, the Tortuga drops into a valley where it crosses a good sized wash. About .5 miles in on the Tortuga, I came to the Javelina Summit trail. I had done this trail a few weeks ago and it was a great climb. The Tortuga, though, keeps about the same elevation as it wraps around the the base of Javelina Summit. It ends, unspectacularly, a little over a mile later. There is sign posted there, indicating that in .8 miles the trail ends at the Sienna Hills subdivision. Of course, I had to check this out for myself. The trail passes through a fence very quickly, (which was kind of cool because it gives you an idea of how big the park is, at least, to the south). This trail to the subdivision is more of unused ATV track which in places is taking on the appearance of a single track, because users are following the smoothest path. There are several splits in the road which I followed to the south, but they ended very quickly with a barb wired fence. Stay on the ATV road until you start to see cairns. One of the cairns will be at an ATV juncture. This is where I turned south and came upon the "subdivision TH". It was at a dead end, adjacent to some model homes. Looks like a workable entry point and worth using, if one's purpose was Tortuga or Javelina and you wanted to save a little mileage. I have the feeling that this option will be changing in the near future. I could hear hammers and see frame-work in the not too far distance. It will only be a matter of time before homes come right up to the fencing of the park. I remember hiking this area 6-7 years ago, using ATV roads and user trails (some of those user trails are still visible when looking south and west on the Tortuga) and seeing the homes in the distance and wondering how long. The answer, not much longer. :( On the return hike, I simply retraced my steps.

No wildlife. Encountered 9 hikers, 2 of which were on the Tortuga. Jogged most of it, though I did walk a little when I was exploring the "trails" outside the park. Felt a bit stiff from last night's run but managed to huff and puff through the inclines and "creak" (knees) through the declines. Weather was great. Nice temps! Surprisingly windy.
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Mar 29 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Esplanade Cliff Walk ConnectorPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 29 2019
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Run/Jog7.86 Miles 31 AEG
Run/Jog7.86 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   5.75 mph
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After work jog. Got on the trails right around 5:30. Wanted to get a loop in with this connector since I hadn't been on it for awhile. Did a lasso with a very small tail. Went out on the Apache Wash and then took Badger Brawl to its end (that's the tail; about .15 miles long$. On the way back, I took the Cliff Walker connector (which connects the BB to the CW) which ties into the Esplanade connector (this connects the CW to the E). Then took the Esplanade back to the Apache Wash trail which I then took back to the TH. The trails were in good shape, though there was some encroachment in spots from foliage that had taken advantage of the wet winter. (The trails were rutted in spots from users utilizing the trails during the wet winter :? ). Foliage was still doing pretty well, though I could see some drying out. That being said I felt that vision was more obscured than it had been in previous visits from fuller and taller vegetation. Could be wrong, but it seemed that way. Trails weren't that busy. Saw one biker, 2 hikers and a jogger. Wildlife, though unimpressive was nice: good number of quail, several rabbits, a jackrabbit, a couple of Hawks circling in the evening skies and coyotes , unseen, but heard in the distant.
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Mar 26 2019
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H-4a - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 26 2019
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Run/Jog2.18 Miles 64 AEG
Run/Jog2.18 Miles      28 Mns   4.67 mph
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Short after work jog. Clockwise loop.....H-4a to Sunrise (hit the peak) then down on the Ridgeline and back to the TH via Coachwhip. The trails in this park are easy to follow, but not well signed, especially as layed out by HAZ. I have found that the best way to follow these trails (until you get to know them), is to download the track, or at least study the route and predetermine how the trail interacts with the rest. There is no signage for H-4a and the Coachwhip is only signed at a few spots. Still, easy trail system to get to. Some elevation options and there are some options with loop sizes. Nice day with high clouds. Moderate number of people on the trail. No wildlife.
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Mar 23 2019
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Rim Trail - Village to Mather PointNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
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Hiking3.65 Miles 270 AEG
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After hiking Waldron did a late morning hike with my wife from the visitor's center. Hit Mather Point and then walked toward the Village. Walked to the point where we had joined the trail the day before. Weather was great and the trail was busy! Can't imagine what this is like during peak time. :o I was amazed at the number of people who were testing their courage ( and intelligence) by walking, posing, sitting.....on the very edge of some very sharp precipices. :o :o I'm sure they made for some great pictures. (Some truth here, but also some jealousy. I kind of, (only kind of) wish I had the stomach to be able to do some of the edge walking that was on constant display). Over the years my comfort level has grown, but I don't think it will ever reach this level. Elk seemed to be everywhere. Saw 5 around the Yavapai Lodge and 3 more along this trail. People were taking as many pictures of the elk as they were of the Canyon, my wife included. :? Nice quality with wife :)
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Waldron TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
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Hiking10.40 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.66 mph
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I had planned on doing this hike on Friday, but timing pushed it to Saturday morning. This hike was planned as an in and out starting from Hermit's Way. I had not planned on an early morning hike so I had not brought my headlamp with me, but luckily clear skies and a near full moon made a headlamp unnecessary. Got up a little after 4 and walked down the Greenway Trail to catch the 5am Red Shuttle out to Hermits. Had the shuttle to myself. :D Kind of cool walking along the paved Greenway trail with the trees casting moonlight shadows. Got on the Hermit Trail just after 5:30. With sunrise at 6:30 and a near full moon, I was able to see the trail well enough to start my descent. I was surprised at how much of the Canyon was visible with that kind of lighting. I had done Hermit's in October with no moonlight and could only see what my flashlight illuminated. This morning, I could see the north rim walls pre sunrise. I had not expected that. Made it to Waldron junction before the sun rose and started up Waldron.

The Waldron Trail is very different from the Hermit Trail. The Waldron is a single track trail from start to finish. The first .4 (ish) miles are fairly flat with some ups and downs. When the trail starts to climb, it is as much an eroded water channel as it is a trail. This quickly transitions to a nice, level (flat surface) track that does some serious climbing as it switchbacks its way up the side of the slope. There were only a couple of spots where the incline was relatively flat and I could catch my breath. Never felt like I was along a cliff, just steep slopes the entire time. The trail surface was primarily dirt, almost springy on this hike. The previous days precipitation and the near frozen surface made for ideal hiking conditions. Almost like permafrost. There was actually a few patches of snow along the way. Reached a saddle and saw that the trail dropped into a "mini canyon". I thought the trail would climb immediately out, but instead, it crossed to the other side, climbed about 20 ft and then held that elevation as it headed south, then west, and then south again. At this point there is a sign indicating the Waldron Trail. There is also a marker indicating that the parking for this TH is .7 miles away. Followed a dirt road for .9 miles to reach the parking area. Saw one car taking advantage of this location. Was going to take pictures of TH and other views, but my garmin's batteries were running low and it wouldn't let me take pictures. Returned the way I came. Didn't see anyone on Waldron. Passed 17 hikers coming in as I was heading out on Hermits. Saw a couple of deer just before the Waldron switchbacks. Weather was great. Cool, but very little wind made it very pleasant.

FYI 1.7 miles of this hike come from my walk from Yavapai lodge to the Red Shuttle stop. The true distance for this in and out would b closer to 8.5 miles.
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Mar 22 2019
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Rim Trail - Hermit's Rest to VillageNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2019
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Hiking4.08 Miles 747 AEG
Hiking4.08 Miles   2 Hrs      2.04 mph
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Wife and I did an over nighter at the Canyon. Stayed at Yavapai Lodge. Nice accommodations. No AC, but when the highs are in the 50's, that is not a concern. From the lodge we cut through the forest to get to the Rim Trail and made our way to the Village. From there we cherry picked our way out Hermits Rest, alternating between hiking and taking the red shuttle. With the wind it was very chilly. Actually had a few snow flurries come down as we were hiking. If it hadn't been so cold, we probably would have done more walking. As it was, I had to remember to turn off my garmin every time we boarded the bus and then to turn it on again when we started walking. Beautiful views. Clouds painted a great mosaic, causing a constantly changing view even while standing in one place.
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Javelina Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2019
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Hiking7.30 Miles 755 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   3.17 mph
755 ft AEG
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Got an early morning hike in out at Skyline. Did another hike that was a loop with a tail, only this tail had a "sting" to it. Got out to the park and onto the trail around 6am. Just enough light to see the trail and any critters that might be "chilling" on it. Started off on the Quartz Trail and took that around to where the new Tortuga Trail branched off from it. Followed the Tortuga for about .5 miles until I reached the Javelina Summit Trail. (This was the sting to the "tail"). I will say this, when they do UP in the Skyiline Park, they don't miss around. There were 3-4 flat or mild grade spots to the trail, but otherwise it is a solid, consistent climb. I feel I should send Skyline designers an official letter informing them that they used the wrong track when they designed the trail. Javelina Summit happens to be the same Peak 2212 that Patrick wrote about years ago. I suppose people can still "off trail" the peak, but it takes some of the thrill and adventure away knowing that there is a cultivated trail a few hundred yards away. There is a register on top which I signed. And also remnants of a telephone/powerline pole(?) that crossed this peak years ago. Got to give props to the people of Skyline. This would not have been an easy trail to construct and they did a nice job. Also, they didn't "bail" for one of the lower peaks, but went to the top of the tallest one in the area. :app: After Javelina, I retraced my steps to Quartz and continued on the loop. From there I connected to Lost Creek Trail and then to Mountain Wash Trail to get back to the TH. Really enjoyed Quartz and Javelina. Fun trails with some thought in their design. Lost Creek and Mountain Wash are just former roads that have been "upgraded" to trail status. Weather....windy again. Not as bad as yesterday, but beyond what I would call breezy. Only saw a handful of hikers out there. Saw 2 deer on my way up Javelina Summit. I tried to tell them that they were on the wrong summit and that their mountain was two peaks over, but they took off before I could tell them.
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Mar 16 2019
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Golden Eye ArchesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 16 2019
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Canyoneering4.39 Miles 152 AEG
Canyoneering4.39 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   1.92 mph
152 ft AEG
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First of a daily double. Got started from what I believe was the Willow Springs TH (this is located on the west side, just past the Weaver Needle Vista parking area), just after 6am. The plan was to hike in to where the track I downloaded for this hike began. I guess I should "trade in my garmin card" because I totally failed in finding, let alone following the track. :? How hard can it be to hike to a "line"/(track) on your garmin. For me, apparently very hard. Went in on the Gold Eagle Nugget and then about .4 miles on the Golden Eye Mine Trail. Came to the wash, pulled out my garmin and took off in the direction that I thought would connect me to the track. Pulling it out numerous times had me "Z'ing" across the landscape. Ended climbing up......down......and then up some of the high points in the area, including the "helmet". And actually got somewhat distracted with all the fun scrambles that were available in the area. After the "helmet" I ended up stumbling on the Arches as I was crossing a wash/canyon from one high point to another. I usually like following trails/tracks to consider them done, but I'm going to count this hike as "win" seeing as how I not only found the arches but had a great time playing around on some of the high points in the area. :D Incredibly windy out there. I bet wind gusts hit 30 or more. Nearly blown over a couple of times and my hat was more of a hindrance than a help. Disappointed in the flowers. A light sprinkling of purple flowers, (blue dicks?), but that was it. Bunch of fox tails and lime green lichen added some additional coloring to the landscape. Saw some hikers on the Golden Eye Mine Trail while I was on the "helmet", but otherwise had the Goldfields to myself. No wildlife.
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Mar 16 2019
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Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 16 2019
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Run/Jog6.30 Miles
Run/Jog6.30 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   5.91 mph
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Second hike of the daily double. After playing in the Goldfields I drove over to the Crismon TH (located at the McKellips/Crismon turn) to knock out this new trail. Did a loop with a tail. Jogged in on the Crismon Wash Trail, then briefly on Blevins, Moon Rock and then in and out on Lost Sheep (the tail), continued on Moon Rock and back to the TH on the Levee a Trail. Some variation in trail conditions. Crismon, being a wash, was sandy, though not as soft as some other washes that I've been in. Crismon was well marked for the first half, but I didn't see any signage on the second half. Either I ended up in a different wash as I went or there was no signage. Either way, I followed "the footsteps (and bike tracks) of those who had gone before" and ended up on the Blevins. The Blevins, Moon Rock and Levee were nice wide compact dirt trails. Ideal for biking and running. Moon Rock was my favorite as it seemed to to have more twists and turns. Lost Sheep is a nice addition to the trail system. More of a single track with a fair number of twists and turns. Almost "McDowell Sonoran Preserveque." This trail could be renamed "Leaning Barrel Cactus Lane" as I counted 16 barrel cacti that had fallen over and had their roots exposed. :( I'm thinking a combination of too much rain and a bad soil system. Quite a contrast from my earlier hike of the day, which was isolated and partially off trail. Met a fair number of hikers, bikers and runners. Amazing...it was breezy, but not nearly as a windy as it had been earlier in the morning. Minimal flowers, but all the foliage was healthy and green. Wildlife minimal...couple of chipmunks.
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Mar 14 2019
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Barry Goldwater PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2019
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Hiking13.17 Miles 999 AEG
Hiking13.17 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   3.61 mph
999 ft AEG
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Took advantage of a day off to get a hike in at the White Tanks. With the recent storm system I thought it would be a good idea to get some elevation and enjoy some crystal clear views. Got started a little after 10:30 from the Waddell TH. Did a simple in and out involving the Mesquite, Goat Camp and Barry Goldwater Peak. The weather was gorgeous which meant that the trails were busy. Passed over 30 people going in and about half that number coming out. Managed to jog up to the BG turn off (1:17 minutes, a little over 5 miles in), hiked the BG portion and then jogged the GC and Mesquite back down. For the most part trails were in good shape. The Mesquite was a 2-lane highway to the top. The Goat Camp a solid single track, but with growth pushing in from both sides. The turn off for the Barry Goldwater was overgrown, but once I found the track it was easy enough to stay on it. Met bikers in all areas of the park, even on the BG, which surprised me. Was even more surprised when I got to the top and met a worker (he drove a truck, so he cheated) installing 5G tech in the towers. 5G is coming baby :y: .....now I just need to get a phone :lol: Since he was working in the area, I didn't want to look too hard for a register, so I didn't get to sign in with my visit :( . No wildlife today except for some lizards and a chipmunk.
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Mar 11 2019
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Mormon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 11 2019
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Run/Jog5.49 Miles 433 AEG
Run/Jog5.49 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   3.97 mph
433 ft AEG
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Short work day allowed for a trip to SoMo to do a lasso involving the Mormon Trail, National and the Mormon Loop. Got to the TH around and was surprised to find that lot was filled. I had to park on the side street, (first time doing that). Did a slow jog up Mormon and then CCW on National and then the Mormon Loop. Trails were busy, especially the Mormon. Happy to have Ben able to jog the whole thing. I think the temps helped a lot. Beautiful cloudy, cool weather. No rain, but it sprinkled as soon as I got back to the car. Mountain was in full bloom with an array of purples and yellows. No wildlife.
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