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Mar 19 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Coronado ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking4.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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The original plan was to do Grandview, but I found the lot to be a sea of people, with no parking spots available. Even if there was a spot, not sure if I would have took it. Continued on Desert View Drive, trying to determine a plan. Eventually settled on New Hance, after some back and forth.

Off right around 4PM. Only saw two other backpackers coming up while I was on New Hance. The Butte is so tempting, so decided to go off trail. Based on my last adventure here, I knew to stay to the right for the whole ascent to the mesa. Got to the butte, and found what I thought to be the only obvious chute up, but it certainly did not look doable for me, or anywhere close to my comfort level. I just saw cliff, shelves and overhanging boulders about 30 feet up. Aborted that and went over to the east lookout, which I think is a fantastic view. Looks like you might be able to go down from there, around to the north side and perhaps up from there, but again nothing in my comfort zone. I crawled along the nearby shelf to get the view west, which was enough excitement for me.

Even though no summit, still lots of fun!
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Mar 11 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   3.36 mph
2,100 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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61 degrees, sunny, mild breeze at 4:09pm start. The chimney was a little slick (ice under dirt) and a little muddy, but traction devices were not required. The rest of the trail was free and clear. Made it down to skeleton and stayed for 30 minutes, taking in the sun. Was able to wear short sleeves for the first time in months, which was great. I will enjoy this late winter/early spring dry, warm spell for as long as it lasts.

Maybe the first time I have been at skeleton and didn't hear anyone coming up, down or at the point. Nice and cool on the ascent in the shade, with the sun exposed rocks beneath ooah ahh point slightly warm to the touch. That makes me a happy camper.
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Mar 05 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Yaeger Canyon Trail #28Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   3.42 mph
1,205 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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The plan was to go to Sedona en route to the canyon, but i was up until 5am and it was overcast/gloomy, so kept it short and local instead.

Off a little after 10am to more water than I have ever seen on the trail. Couldn't cross the initial rock hop without getting my feet wet. Above the rock outcropping, the trail was flowing water with mini waterfalls. Once in the forest, the mud was fierce, along with areas of snow. Stopped to snap some photos on the way down and took a few photos from the outcropping. Cold in the wind up high, but nice when the sun broke through at times with no wind.
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Feb 04 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
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Most water that I have ever seen on the trail; I couldn't avoid getting my feet wet. Warmed up to the gate and then pushed to the saddle, jogging as much as I could. Took a break at the saddle, then continued onward, only to be in above knee deep snow before reaching the first switchback corner. A winter hiking experience and snow was certainly not the objective for the day, so I turned back there. At least I got some sun on the ascent, which has been rare the past several weeks in northern AZ.
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Dec 18 2016
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bull MountainNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
 
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Second time on Bull Mountain; the name is certainly appropriate. I parked at the end of the paved road and started up the mine road. The skies were clear and sunny, but the wind was strong. Every foot of AEG is earned on this one, even on the road, since it is horizontally uneven and quite rocky. About 3/4 of a mile in and the rock outcropping to the east was encountered, which was my starting point for the ascent to the summit.

The last time I did this there was a semblance of a trail for the first third of the climb, but I couldn't spot anything on this occasion, probably due to the overgrown brush. Up a drainage, traverse over, up another drainage, a little scramble up, down, up and I was on the top plateau. It is a very expansive area and I headed towards the west end to investigate. I considered heading down the western end, but decided it would be wise to stick with what I was familiar with. Very windy and cold up top.

The down is the difficult task on this one; this might be the most challenging descent I have encountered. The rock is extremely loose, the scree is loose, the soil is loose and the terrain is inconsistent/unpredictable so you pretty much have to be cautious with every step and test each rock. I butt slide a few times (intentional), used the solid rock that separated the chutes and traversed and worked in a few different drainages to make it back to the mine road.

I checked out the cut on the way back, which I found to be pretty neat. I didn't attempt to figure out the depth, but it has to be on the order of 100 feet.

This is a nice once a year off trail adventure. I probably wouldn't want to do it more often than that.
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Dec 11 2016
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,350 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.61 mph
2,350 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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It felt like it had been a while since I've been on Hermit and I had forgotten what a lovely trail it was. I was hoping for warmer weather, but with the overcast skies and breeze, it was a little chilly. I made it down to the overlook just under 4 miles down and scrambled up to the top. The sun had broken out by this time and I was up there for nearly half an hour, soaking it in (including a short nap). The view from the point is pretty stellar and most impressive up canyon, in my opinion.

I came across several people the upper two miles, but it was quiet further down as the backpackers were topping out and the tourists don't go past the springs. Really enjoyed this one and the flat portions didn't seem to annoy me on this occasion.
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Nov 26 2016
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.36 mph
1,350 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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I wanted to take in some warmth prior to today's snowfall and forecasted frigid temps the rest of the week. However, it didn't turn out as planned with overcast skies, breezy conditions and no sunshine to speak of. I made it to the saddle, where it was windy, and I was cold, so I decided to turn back there.
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Nov 13 2016
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Red Mountain Trail #159Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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First time on the Red Mountain trail; we were off around 12:30PM. Shortly after the trail hits the creek bed, I suggested that we head off of it to the west and start climbing. The goal was to aim for the rocks in the distance, possibly the summit depending on what was encountered and just see how the views were down into the amphitheater. Mari was up for it, so off we went. It took some effort on the steep scree (one step forward, half a step back type deal), but we made the rocky area and kept heading up a little higher to the next layer of rocks above, doing some minor climbing in the process. Nice views of Humphrey and on the trail below. We decided to save the summit for another trip and headed back down. Down was quick and fun, with some butt sliding and scree skiing included. Neat area and we will have to check out the amphitheater/summit next time.
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Nov 06 2016
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 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Capitol Butte South Face aka Thunder MtnSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Nov 06 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hike & Climb1.80 Miles 1,702 AEG
Hike & Climb1.80 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   0.81 mph
1,702 ft AEG
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As I was headed up Mingus from Prescott Valley on 89A, I encountered skateboarders coming down. That was certainly a first and was wondering if it is legal or not? In any event, I made it to the trailhead and was off around 1PM to 70 degrees.

Was a touch too right to the first climb; I have to remember next time that you basically stay right below the first climb and head right up to it. Above the viewpoint, I felt like I was kind of all over the place and never encountered the chimney section. I was simply too far right again. It can be confusing as there are a couple options in many sections. Just keep going up wherever you can and you will eventually make it to the saddle.

Three guys were at the top when I arrived. I am thinking they came up from the west as I didn't hear them until I made the top. They were talkers so I am sure I would have heard them if they were above me. Stayed up top about 25 minutes and then headed back down. Always easier to see where to go on the descent and I crossed the chimney section going down. Headed to the road and walked back to the trailhead.

I always forget how steep this is until I am doing it, but will always be a favorite.
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Oct 14 2016
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking4.20 Miles 2,750 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.51 mph
2,750 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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First time on Pusch Peak. I was off a couple minutes after 10AM, with one other vehicle at the trailhead. I was expecting and wanted more scrambling, but this felt like it was predominantly walking for the ascent. Two days after Kimball and my legs were a little ripe, so additional upper body work would have been a respite. My route took me pretty much straight towards the flatiron/campground and I wandered about the area a bit trying to figure out where to continue. I did read the hike description this time, and recalled that I needed to head east, and I eventually discovered that the trail dips here. After a few minutes of hiking, I noticed the trail to the left where I should have ascended from and made the mental note to continue down that on the descent. I got off track again where you cross the drainage, but hey, we all enjoy additional AEG when it is handed to us. I made numerous brief stops to take in the scenery, as well as for trail navigation and to give my legs a rest. Eventually made it to the top, where it was absolutely perfect with the breeze and I stayed up there for nearly half an hour.

The descent went much quicker and I was able to use my hands much more than on the ascent. Below the flatiron, I ended up going down a different way than I had come up as I didn't come across the little rock wall scramble. The trail seemed more defined and rocky on this route, hugging closer to the canyon wall. I made it back to the car without incident, except for sunburned neck and arms.

If I lived in the area, this would be my go to hike. I didn't see anyone else on the trail, but two other hikers were meeting in the lot as I returned.
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Oct 12 2016
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 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking10.20 Miles 4,600 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   6 Hrs   9 Mns   1.86 mph
4,600 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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I was off a few minutes after 8am, which happened to be a rare am start for me. I am a night owl, so am hikes just don't happen, but I didn't sleep well last night and was up anyways, so might as well get on the trail. It turned out great, as miles 2 through 4 of the ascent were shaded.

I've hiked this trail on two occasions, the first time in 2010 shortly after I began hiking. On that trip, i got lost in the forest where the drainage meets the trail and you have to cross over. The next time was in 2011 with a haz group where we went up finger rock and down pima canyon. I mention these things because on this trip I got turned around where you hit the junction with the pima canyon trail.

As I hadn't re-read the hike description, I wasn't sure where to proceed at this point. Took a quick look right, but that seemed to go down and pima went up, so I continued on pima. I still wasn't exactly sure I was going the correct way as last time I thought I recalled some sort of spur trail or marker or something. Anyways, I continued up to the point where the trail levels off and takes a dip. I swore I saw switchbacks continuing down, so felt that wasnt right and turned around back to the pima/finger junction. Went right this time at the junction and down a couple cairned s witchbacks to where I could get a view to the east. I was thinking this might be my best view east of the day. I still wasn't sure which green hill was kimball, but it certainly had to be the higher one?

I attempted to hit up haz for some direction, but no service. It's gotta be up pima I thought, so I headed up again, paying close attention to see if I might spot something. I went further this time and after the little dip, the trail started to climb again, I saw the short bare rock section and was pretty sure I was on my way.

Wonderful views at the lookout, where I reached in 3:10, with my errors costing me about 30 minutes in time and even more energy. The hike down was uneventful, just a little warm the last 3 miles but not too bad with the breeze and select areas of shade for a quick respite. I'll come back again now that I have the complex top figured out :) only six others on the trail and nobody past linda vista.
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Oct 11 2016
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking2.90 Miles 1,880 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   1.63 mph
1,880 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Off at 2:44PM. It was nice and shaded to the saddle; warm and exposed for the down and first half of the back climb. The wind prevailed further up which made it more pleasant. Hard to be believe it has been 4.5 years since I hiked this. Only saw two others out there.
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Sep 25 2016
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 Kingman, AZ
Coronado ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   1.40 mph
2,200 ft AEG
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I didn't summit but this was impromptu and I didn't even know this was Coronado Butte until I asked Hippy just now what the summit was off of New Hance. It played out as follows below.

I headed out on Desert View drive wanting to hike something... Grandview, Tanner, not sure. The flow of traffic was mind numbingly slow so I turned off into Grandview, where the parking was a zoo. There was one spot in the very last spot of the overflow, but somehow all the people around didn't make it appealing to stop, so I continued on. New Hance popped into mind and I pulled off into a spot on the side of the road not far from the trailhead. I had been on this trail once previously, in October 2013, with John9L and Hippy, and had gone about 3 miles down and back. Had I remembered how crumbly and steep the trail was, I may not have stopped.

I was planning on taking my two water bottles, but left one in the car. I didn't feel like going back the 200 yards (that is much too far), so opted I would cut my hike a little short. I figured I would turn around around after one hour down. As I headed down the trail (off at 3:06PM), the ridge and the butte in the distance kept drawing my eye. I was thinking that it looked totally doable so once I found a convenient spot to head off trail, I did so. I didn't really have a plan in mind, just keep heading up and see what I encountered.

I switched back and forth between the east and wide sides of the ridge, climbing some short sections when needed. I came to the first cliff section just below the mesa and opted for left to investigate, but quickly found out that was not a viable path. Really great views from over there in the rocks though, so it was worth it. Switched over to the right side and saw that this was the ticket. Use trail-ish and some scrambling took me to the top, but I was slightly dejected to see that this only brought me to a mesa and I still had some work to do. A little conflicted because it was now well past my one hour turnaround time (1:17 if I recall), so I set a new turn around time of 1.5 hrs. It looked "right there" so surely it couldn't take too long. Not even knowing if it was summitable, but with summit fever, I rushed through the mesa and made it to the base of the butte. I didn't really have time to investigate, so chose right and just kept on that. I went as far north as I could and cliffed out there. I saw a line of weakness in the cliff faces above, but it looked pretty sketchy and I wasn't going to try anything at this point, so it was time to turn back.

The descent was not the same way I came up, and I backtracked up and down a bit, sending plenty of large slabs and rocks beneath me (lots of loose rock up there!). I felt I was too far west so decided to stay close to the ridge and eventually made it back to the New Hance, which was a bit of a relief. The hike up was really nice with the fading sunlight. I didn't see anyone else out there.

I will do some research and be back again to complete this. But I must say it is pretty fun to read about a hike after the fact! Mileage and AEG are a guess based on others' triplogs.
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Sep 18 2016
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 Kingman, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   3.21 mph
2,100 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I made quick time of this descent, but that effort combined with strength training the day prior and jogging some flats, I had nothing from Cedar Ridge on. It felt like I was hiking up from the river! But it was nice to enjoy some warmth at Skeleton Point before the cold sets in.
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Sep 12 2016
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 Kingman, AZ
Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.27 mph
2,100 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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Off at 1:08PM to 84 degrees, breezy and intermittent sun/clouds. It was quiet for Sedona hiking today, as I was only the 4th vehicle at the trailhead and only came across one guy while ascending and one woman while descending. I felt stronger today than Saturday on Elden and was making good time through the various levels. After the second (and longest) downhill dip, the steepest part of the trail commences from here until the swirls. Any clouds disappeared at this point, full sun prevailed and with the westerly wind blocked by the mountain, this section full of rock slabs put a minor licking on me. I pressed through, but it didn't leave much for the swirls and final climb, where I stopped five times and even sat down twice. Made the top in 1:02:43, where the sun was now blocked by clouds and it was very windy and quite cool at my usual west rock overlook spot.

Mix between cool and warm on the upper half of the descent, between the wind, lack of wind, clouds, lack of clouds. It is amazing just how those two factors alone can influence the temperature one feels. Took some time to enjoy the views a couple times on the way down, as well as the warm rocks. The lower half of the descent was mostly in sun, which was nice. I will take as much warmth as I can get, with old man fall and frosted windows right around the corner.
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Sep 10 2016
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 Kingman, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,422 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.42 mph
2,422 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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The plan was to hit Bill Williams Mountain en route to Prescott Valley. As I was heading down 64, I saw ominous clouds over the mountain, rain in the vicinity, as well as a lightning strike. Having no desire to deal with any sort of weather, I looked east at the peaks, where sunny and blue skies prevailed.

Off at 4:50PM, with just enough time to complete the hike prior to it getting too dark. For a variety of reasons, I haven't done any sort of hiking the past 4 weeks and Elden really kicked my butt (it always does!). Managed to just break 1:10 up, where it was breezy and felt cold. Just another reminder that winter is right around the corner. Started down semi-cautiously as I usually slip at least once on this trail; I always find it to be a tricky descent the first 1,400'.

There were a few groups coming down as I was going up (all females) and a group of 6 young guys still heading up as I was descending the long switchback. They were loud and a little obnoxious, but I guess God bless them for having a good time. Nice to get Elden in.
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Jul 25 2016
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 Kingman, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   3.33 mph
1,350 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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I was off at 2:16PM to sunny, a bit humid and 88 degrees. No shade at all from 1.25 miles to the 3 mile saddle made it a bit warm, but nothing too bad. Held back a little and made the saddle in just under an hour. I took a walk out towards the rock overlook and saw nasty skies to the north and east, hearing thunder in the distance along with flashes of lightning. The skies towards the peak were black, so I decided to play it safe and turn around. As I started heading down, the skies became overcast, the temperature noticeably dropped and the wind picked up. It was certainly no longer warm. I never got rained on, just a drip here and there with some intermittent sun, but Prescott Valley got hammered. Only saw 5 others while I was out there.
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Jul 10 2016
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 Kingman, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.41 mph
3,313 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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A rare AM start to a hike for me as I was meeting my parents at 4PM in town to eat. I was shooting for a 10:45AM departure, but was off at 11:16AM. There wasn’t too much traffic on the trail, as it never felt crowded, and certainly more people coming down than going up. I missed a switchback at the start of the switchbacks below the saddle, which cost me a couple minutes and some quality energy. I tried to push harder to make up for the error, but that lasted for all of 5 seconds as those dreaded tight switchbacks would have none of it. That section always feels like the hardest part of the trail to me. I slogged into the saddle with a time of 1:33 and, since I wasn’t on any sort of record pace, decided to take a little break. The wind was very strong by this point, as gusts in town were in the 40s, so certainly somewhere north of there at this point on the mountain. I took shelter at the rock face, where a few others were as well. As I had approached the saddle, for a brief moment, I considered turning back due to the wind (as I knew it was just going to be worse further up and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to deal with it), but never truly entertained doing so. I left my hat under a rock in exchange for a tight fitting beanie and added another long sleeved layer.

After a 7 minute refueling which included some electrolytes, I continued onward and upward, proceeding at a steady pace. With the strong wind, I didn’t want to push it, and I was off pace anyhow. It was pretty cold and I felt a touch underdressed with two long sleeves, but no biggie. I would say I probably crossed paths with maybe 5 groups heading down as I was ascending. As I came to the last little ridge with the last little hump to climb, holy moly, the wind speed increased by 20-30mph and I was thinking “this is intense!”. I was quickly evaluating in my head if it was a feasible threat to be blown off the mountain. I crouched down, lowering my center of gravity, which proved effective. I think the last little climb on the rocks was mostly on all fours (I’m not certain though), ensuring there were some rocks as a barrier on the downwind side of me. I arrived at the top, where 5 or so people were sitting against the rock face. I proceeded down to the lower one, where an additional 2 people were. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits.

I wasn’t up there long, maybe 7 minutes, and never did go for the view towards Kendrick, but instead opted to head back down into the wind inferno. As I was coming down, I could see the group of 3 that had departed a few minutes before had their arms linked. I had to shut my right eye a few times due to the force of the wind. I wear glasses, so I am sure that helped a lot, but otherwise goggles probably could have been useful through that section.

I made it back to the saddle, retrieved my cap, and took another 7 minute break. There were about 6 or 7 others there and I was listening to the conversations. Apparently, someone had stated they recorded 80mph on the peak. Uneventful hike the rest of the way down and I arrived back to the trailhead 5 minutes before 4. Made it over to Picazzo’s 35 minutes later where my pepperoni pizza arrived 40 seconds after I sat down. Ideal timing and thanks mom and dad! It was great to experience the fierce winds; definitely a first for me.
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Jul 03 2016
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,140 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   3.40 mph
1,140 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
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Off right around 6PM to 79 degrees. Down to CR, where I took in the Canyon for about 28 minutes. I wasn't expecting much on the ascent after the gym yesterday and today, but was pleased to turn in a 28 flat. Lovely evening.
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Jun 28 2016
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Turtlehead MountainVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2016
nikorock28Triplogs 1,013
Hiking4.60 Miles 2,021 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.30 mph
2,021 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
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I woke up this AM and decided to go for a hike. I got off at 11:09am to plenty of cloud cover. That persisted for most of the ascent, including a few drops of rain. I don't like the beginning of the trail, with the washes, but the climb up is a good, steep one. I had to stop several times, but did okay on not enough sleep and after a little workout yesterday. Just under an hour up. Stayed at the top for ten minutes, then headed back down. I took the path along the cliff edge going down, which was a more direct route and required a bit of hand use. Next time, I will go up that way, but it is not obvious from the saddle.

Trails always seem steeper to me going down than up. This is one of those where it falls into the category of not steep enough to use your hands regularly, but steep enough where it is not advisable to go too quickly (for me anyways). I also unwittingly took a different path down, as there seem to be a few up to the saddle.

Near the bottom of the draw, I came across a guy and girl heading up. They asked me how much further to the top and I pointed at the large rock face looming above, "there". We chatted for a minute or two, I told them the trail was going to get much steeper, that the easy part was the first mile and they hadnt gone half way yet (not quite true, but they weren't half way in time and elevation, which are the critical factors). Now, the guy wasn't in the best of shape, said the trail was difficult up to that point and each one of them only had a single bottle of water. I'm not one to tell people what to do, but did discuss their water and said to take it easy a couple times. There was still cloud cover at that point, but the skies cleared and it was sunny the rest of the hike back.
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