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Jan 20 2019
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Rally in the Valley Sunday 1/2, NV 
Rally in the Valley Sunday 1/2, NV
 
Run/Jog avatar Jan 20 2019
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Run/Jog13.10 Miles 1,245 AEG
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Starting at Beehives, a bit of road, cw loop around Pinnacles, then ccw loop around Pinnacles, and back. Not as tough a course as yesterday, but still plenty challenging with 1 scramble. A lot of the Pinnaces Trail is in washes, but not the deep, incised washes the Prospect Trail follows, so more running on firm sand and gravel versus yesterday's rocks. Very beautiful with stellar views. And this time, you could look around at the views instead of staring fearfully at your feet. As a consequence of the more open wash, there was not as much shade as yesterday, but temps were pleasant.

The east half of the Pinnacles Loop is across open desert with occasional posts to sight on, but with no obvious tread most of the time. Seems to still see little action from hikers. Running across open desert, the larger rocks didn't bother me as they had in the washes, perhaps because they stay put better.
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Jan 19 2019
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Rally in the Valley Saturday 1/2, NV 
Rally in the Valley Saturday 1/2, NV
 
Run/Jog avatar Jan 19 2019
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Run/Jog13.14 Miles 1,163 AEG
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Starting at Beehives, a bit of road, then full Prospect Trail, White Dome Loop, and back. This course was just as tough as I remembered it from past years. Beautiful, but tough. Running on the Prospect Trail was slightly less challenging than last year, but still many areas of loose ankle-breaker rocks. It was pleasant to have much of the course in a nice shady canyon, and temperatures were quite pleasant. As an added bonus, the deep sand was slightly firmer than usual on White Dome Loop due to recent rain.
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Dec 21 2018
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Black Mountain - McCulloughVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2018
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Hiking6.30 Miles 2,123 AEG
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2,123 ft AEG
 
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Loop up the main trail, along the ridge and down the "alternate" route.
The BLM has slapped a few signs on the use trail along the "alternate" route now. There has been much more use than the last time I was here. This is now a much less pleasurable way, with everything now loose and slippy. Assume they will wait until it becomes an eroded mess and then scurry to fix it.
Surprisingly, not too many people out.
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Nov 24 2018
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Artists DriveDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Road Biking avatar Nov 24 2018
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Road Biking12.86 Miles 1,900 AEG
Road Biking12.86 Miles
1,900 ft AEG
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We parked right at Mars Hills (the exit of one-way Artists Drive) at 246 ft below sea level, starting our ride from there.
The 3.5 mi ride along Badwater Road to the entrance of Artists Drive was an easy warm-up, with only slight up and down, never getting above sea level.
Immediately upon turning onto Artists Drive, the road began climbing and climbing. This was the trend for the first half of the drive, providing stunning views down to the Badwater Basin when you had the energy to look up. Or, down, as it were.
Anyway, before reaching the parking area for Artist's Pallet, the road started down and was mainly downhill the rest of the miles. Fun, windy downhill road through classically colorful badlands formations. Good color all around.
A splendid fun ride, although it was a little hot. I had also never seen so many cars in Death Valley in all the times I have visited!
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Nov 24 2018
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Desolation CanyonDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2018
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Hiking3.89 Miles 944 AEG
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Lovely little jaunt after our bike ride.
Hot day in the sun, but very pleasant temps in the shade of the canyon.
Fun canyon, and not too tough hiking, either.
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Nov 03 2018
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Ride in the Rocks, CA 
Ride in the Rocks, CA
 
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 03 2018
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Mtn Biking17.55 Miles 1,379 AEG
Mtn Biking17.55 Miles
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10th annual school fund-raising mountain bike ride in Lucerne Valley. Teachers can apply to use the money raised for things like science camp for their students.
This year I again rode the 15-mile challenge course. New course with some changes over previous years, so some surprises. For example, the course was actually 17.5 mi :lol:
Road (both dirt and paved), wash, and single-track sections. Nothing terribly technical. Plenty of uphill climbing as before, but the ground was overall firmer than last year due to recent rains. :sweat: The same downhill on raw new unconsolidated "trail" that was so soft I was too scared to ride it. :scared: Well, I powered through most of the climbs, and even passed a few riders on them, so not too bad.

Hot this year. By far the hottest we have been to.
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Oct 28 2018
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Columbia Gorge Running Club Pumpkin Run, WA 
Columbia Gorge Running Club Pumpkin Run, WA
 
Run/Jog avatar Oct 28 2018
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Run/Jog5.12 Miles 286 AEG
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It rained and it rained, but a few brave souls persevered (in costume!) through 5 miles of puddles around the trails of Strawberry Island.

The rain stopped pretty much as everyone finished the run. Of course :lol:
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Oct 28 2018
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Multnomah FallsNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2018
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Hiking0.42 Miles 147 AEG
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Quick stop on the way back after the soggy Pumpkin Run.
Trail past the lower bridge is closed with no ETA on re-opening after last fall's fire.

Still worth a stop, though.
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Oct 13 2018
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Park to Park Pedal 2018, NV 
Park to Park Pedal 2018, NV
 
Road Biking avatar Oct 13 2018
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Road Biking61.52 Miles 3,276 AEG
Road Biking61.52 Miles
3,276 ft AEG
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Another year, another spin at this annual event put on by the NV State Parks and Lincoln County. A challenging, scenic route through 4 state parks (Kershaw-Ryan, Cathedral Gorge, Spring Valley and Echo Canyon) if you choose the 100-mi option. A laid-back, non-competitive ride - not timed and with no official start time, just start windows. Very well organized and supported, with a good variety of participants. Included dutch oven dinner after the ride.

I elected for the 60-mile route again this year. Start time (~8am) was much more bearable than last year - 40 degrees instead of 30!
After a few miles, the route emerges into the sun and warmer riding conditions, with no strong headwind like 2017. Enjoying the ride instead of suffering, I was able to look around and enjoy the wonderful views and old mining relics. Very fun day!
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Leaves just beginning to change in several places
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Oct 12 2018
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Training Run, NV 
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Run/Jog avatar Oct 12 2018
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Run/Jog2.66 Miles 443 AEG
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Sep 09 2018
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Crab Cooker Hotsprings, CA 
Crab Cooker Hotsprings, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
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Hiking0.56 Miles 55 AEG
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Sep 09 2018
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Red Canyon Petroglyphs, CA 
Red Canyon Petroglyphs, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
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Hiking0.66 Miles 70 AEG
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Easy, simple hike around an outcropping of Bishop Tuff. Well worth the stop and short hike to see a large assortment of abstract / geometric petroglyphs.
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Aug 19 2018
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San Gorgonio Pass to I-15 Cajon Pass - PCT CBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2018
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Hiking13.79 Miles 2,391 AEG
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When we dove to Big Bear so my better half could go mountain biking, I vowed to complete the section of the PCT around Big Bear I had not on my 2012 foray. Got dropped off at Cougar Crest trailhead with a plan to be picked up at the CA SR 18 crossing on their way out of town back toward Vegas.

The only thing not so great about this plan was that I had to book it the entire time to make it to the pick-up point - a late (and HUGE!) breakfast at the Grizzly Manor saw to that. Made a good pace up Cougar Crest Trail - lots of other hikers, mostly in large groups. Nice views back toward Big Bear Lake from this trail, and well-maintained with natural material steps at steep bits and everything. I honestly didn't remember any of it, except the views, from my hurried and anxious decent 6 years ago. Turned south-bound at the PCT junction, and then saw only 2 people for the rest of the hike :D . The PCT was in good shape, nothing special to note there. A few PCT signs near roads were missing (likely stolen), but nothing making it difficult to navigate. This was pleasant hiking, meandering along through the woods with sporadic views of Big Bear Lake near the start. Occasional bird songs punctuated the air, and the smell of pines was especially pleasing to a desert-dweller.

There was a fire detour from Doble Trail Camp to the crossing of Holcomb Valley Road. From the direction I approached, there was a sawhorse across the trail with a sign taped to it just after the turn-off for the trail camp. However, the sign was so sun-faded as to be almost illegible and it took me some time to figure out how to work around the closed area (a web of unpaved roads leading from the camp did the trick). The fire area itself was vey obvious - charred snags from a June 19th ignition and bare ash covering the soil. This must have been a hot fire, as there were no live trees, shrubs, grasses, or plants of any kind. In retrospect, and looking at the fire closure maps online, the trail may have technically been closed well before reaching Doble Camp, and you were supposed to hike around on FS roads to the north. Since almost everyone hikes the PCT south to north, the closure sign at the Holcomb Valley Road crossing actually had directions printed on it of how to hike around, and this also made sense of a puzzling sign I had seen when crossing Rd 3N69 that said "End Fire Closure." While I was never hiking in the burned area, a sign for south-bound hikers before entering the closure area would probably have been helpful.

The last 2 miles after crossing the paved road near the landfill (scenic! :lol: ) were actually some of the nicest because the views were more open. Starting to get into the Mojave, although still high elevation, so a nice mixture of Joshua trees and conifers. Some gentle climbing from the Holcomb Valley Road crossing, then minor up and downs until CA SR 18. After the delay figuring out the fire closure, I really booked this section, and managed to make it to the pick-up point before my ride. This gave time to sit and eat my neglected lunch while allowing my feet to recover a wee bit. The ride back was pretty quiet - we were all tired, in a good way, from a day spent outside.


Caribou Creek at Van Dusen Canyon Road was dry, but a water cache (with friendly sign) was available 5-10 feet off trail.
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A few late bloomers here and there. Mainly penstemon
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Jul 29 2018
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Mount Charleston, NV 
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Hiking avatar Jul 29 2018
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Hiking11.02 Miles 3,391 AEG
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No summit today. Made it much of the way before the (unpredicted) storm clouds started to build.
Hurried back down as thunder and lightning were building.
I don't mind being rained on, but the hail was unwelcome.
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Jun 15 2018
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River Trail and Potholes - Interstate SP, MN 
River Trail and Potholes - Interstate SP, MN
 
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2018
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Hiking2.77 Miles 365 AEG
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Very cool!
A short hike through the woods from the campground to see the amazing glacial potholes near the narrows of the St Croix River.

Interstate State Park was created by MN and WI in 1900 to protect the geological resources here.
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Jun 02 2018
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Parowan Gap PetroglyphsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2018
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Hiking0.36 Miles 11 AEG
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Very nice stop
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May 26 2018
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Calico Centennial Celebration, NV 
Calico Centennial Celebration, NV
 
Run/Jog avatar May 26 2018
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Run/Jog13.15 Miles 1,057 AEG
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Trail 1/2 Marathon.
Down most of the way out, up most of the way back. A challenging morning.

At least it was cooler than it has been.
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May 07 2018
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Royal Arch RouteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 07 2018
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Backpack41.19 Miles 8,000 AEG
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I had long wanted to hike the Royal Arch Route, and everything finally aligned to make that happen - and with my favorite backpacking partner! It was well worth the effort, and now we just need to plan a return trip under better weather conditions.


Day 0
Not 100% knowing the status of the road, we gave ourselves all day to drive from Vegas out to South Bass trailhead. We had reports of 5-7" snow on the rim a few days before, so had fingers and toes crossed for the road to be dry. Much to our surprise, the road was actually in really great condition, for what it is. Good clearance needed, but 4WD unnecessary. Some deep ruts in places, but all dry, so an alert driver was all you really needed.
Arrived in time to enjoy lunch at the trailhead, then backtracked a little on foot to check out the road to tonight's campsite - Ruby Point (SE2). Road was fine, just narrow, so we went back for the van and got down to enjoying the views from the campsite and Havasupai Point, a short distance away. Serious relaxation and map study ensued.


Day 1
We started down from the South Bass trailhead a bit later than hoped, after driving over from our night's campsite. To get that really early start, camp right at the trailhead (SE3).
With a plan to set up camp tonight after dropping into the Royal Arch drainage, but likely prior to finding water, we carried 8 L water each in our packs. The weight did slow us down some, but thank goodness for it! It was to be one of those weeks in May where, without warning, it is suddenly high 90s to low 100s :next: need to drink more per day plus unlikely to find much water in puddles. And, indeed, we saw no water today except a very small and rapidly drying puddle in the drainage bottom near our eventual camp spot. Good for wetting bandanas, but not much else.

I really enjoy the descent through the Coconino on South Bass - sloping sandstone ledges where there doesn't seem to be a way from above or below. A great route obviously known long before Mr Bass ever stepped foot in Grand Canyon. Once down, a quick jaunt across the Esplanade brings you to the junction of South Bass and the Esplanade Route, and we turned left into the unknown. :D

The Esplanade Route was just what we imagined it being - a meandering traverse along the Esplanade. This route doesn't go to such lengths as the Tonto Trail to head the many small side drainages it crosses, but that seemed to be more a result of being higher up and already closer to the head of the drainages than by design. Or maybe that IS the design. Regardless, this traverse was pleasant and scenic. We stuck to the use trail, which was easy to follow. Just watch for cairns on the other side as you approach each drainage to avoid potential confusion. Other than the Thunder River / Deer Creek loop, this was my first time doing much hiking west of the Grand Scenic Divide, and there is certainly a different feeling to it. More open, although that is hard to explain to someone who hasn't done much hiking in Grand Canyon east of here.

A little more than half way to our day's destination, we saw 2 hikers heading the opposite direction - they had done a one night out-and-back to Royal Arch only. Said their last trip here had involved doing the rappel in the dark and skipping Royal Arch, so they had to come back. They confirmed no water until shortly before the arch, making us extra thankful for our heavy water loads. These were the only people we saw until reaching South Bass several days later.

More traversing, and the day was really turning hot. At some point, the pace turned into more of a slog than a hike. After dropping into the Royal Arch drainage, we sat in the shade along a ledge (sweet relief!), using a minute puddle to wet our bandannas for neck/head cooling. Deciding this was it for today, we waited until the sun dropped behind the surrounding walls to eat and set up camp. Nice spot under a tree for the night. Didn't really need the sleeping bag, which was to be a consistent trend throughout this trip.


Day 2
Most of this day consisted of limited views while hiking, boulder-hopping, and downclimbing down the Royal Arch drainage. Progress was slowed numerous times by needing to pass packs or find the best way around an obstacle. Our canyoneering experience came in handy for downclimbing, but we also ended up going the harder way several times just because a downclimb looked "doable," so we stopped looking for the easier route. We often didn't go the backpacker way down. Oh well.

Being quite nervous around heights, my husband wanted no part of the infamous Death Ledge route for the major dryfall you must bypass en route to Royal Arch. While I was interested in giving it a go, it seemed smarter to stick together and both use the less nerve-racking RDC bypass. The bypass itself, although narrow and high above the canyon floor, was easy walking. For the climb back down into the drainage, it was good to have a durable pack to avoid wasting time taking it off and passing it down. Some of the "helpful" rock piles hikers had placed as steps were less than stable and best avoided, but we quickly figured out to test them with a pole before applying any weight.

There was a feeling that although we were in an interesting canyon for sure, we could have been almost anywhere in any sandstone canyon. Approaching an innocuous pile of rocks we were abruptly reminded of our location when my husband alertly spotted a Grand Canyon rattlesnake coiled up between 2 rocks. These guys have such a calm personality compared to the Mojave greens we are accustomed to encountering, and indeed the snake didn't move or react when we stopped for photos and to figure a way around. Very small puddles appeared more frequently as we approached the arch, until we reached one final downclimb on ledges LDC with the sound of flowing water below. Stronger flow started slightly down canyon, and remained on the surface all the way to Royal Arch itself.

Royal Arch was pretty interesting, not to mention nice and shady, so we hung out here filtering water and just enjoying drinking as much as we wanted. Walking around without your pack is such a treat when backpacking, not to mention dipping your feet in cool water while enjoying a wonderful view! Eventually, we decided that, although this seemed like an enjoyable place to camp, we would head back up the drainage to camp just above the start of the flowing water. A little less mileage tomorrow with easy access to water for tonight. Camped on flat sandstone - very nice and comfortable site.


Day 3
Today's miles would be short, as we planned to move only to Toltec Beach, day hike to Elves Chasm if the feeling was good, and camp back at Toltec. In retrospect, this may have been a poor plan, as it really upped Day 4's miles, but it was also a good plan as today ended up being the hottest day of the trip (a bit over 100).

The other good thing about today's short mileage was due to my husband's discomfort with hiking, not to mention downclimbing, with exposure. Once you hike up out of the Royal Arch drainage, the route hugs the edge of the cliff band atop the canyon, sometimes mere feet from a potentially deadly fall. There is also exposed downclimbing both before and after the rappel - nothing super technical, just nerve-racking with the pack throwing your normal balance off. The rappel station is nicely tucked back under an overhang (yay, shade!), and we made quick work of such a simple rappel. My husband said on rope was the place he felt most comfortable all day, although I thought it felt strange to be rappelling without a helmet. The rest was easy and we were soon lounging in the only shade at Toltec - a lone tamarisk. The cold water of the Colorado felt wonderful and we spent the day dunking, drinking, and moving as our shade moved. After a brief discussion, in light of the heat and a high mileage day coming tomorrow, we decided against the side trip to Elves Chasm. Oh drat! Will have to plan a return trip now! :D


Day 4
This was one long day in hot temperatures. The first part of the day was pleasant with an early start, and mostly out of the sun until reaching Garnet Canyon. A few of the small drainages you cross before Garnet had a small trickle of water, but were all obviously heavily mineralized, and best avoided as a drinking source. We chose the more direct, but much more difficult, route up out of Garnet, and then spent most of the day Tontouring in and out, on the much more typical trail. Again today, it was hot and we carried heavy water loads, stopping as needed for short breaks when we spotted good rock shade. Upon finally reaching the first arm of Copper Canyon, we found a good rock and waited out the hottest part of the day. Thus ended the last section of the Tonto Trail I had not hiked before. :y:

Unfortunately, by the time we reached the intersection with South Bass, it was fully dark. The overhang campsite just at the intersection was unoccupied except for one very, very, very fat black widow. No matter, as we had to hike to water tonight, and started immediately down canyon. We did come across a group who had hiked down from the rim this day, but they had not looked for water in Bass Canyon nor hiked down to the river, so were not able to provide any information. We quickly left them and booked it down canyon in the dark. Overall, the trail was thankfully easy to follow and, motivated by rapidly declining water reserves, we made good time. At the point where you could just head straight down a rocky ravine as a shortcut to the Colorado, we did just that. The sounds of the water getting closer and closer was amazingly welcoming. At the river, we immediately began filtering water and drinking as much as we wanted.

In the dark, we had missed the cairns indicating the route over to Bass Beach, but probably wouldn't have bothered to move even if we had seen them. We just slept right there on the sloping bedrock by the river. This was strangely restful, even though I ended up getting almost no sleep.


Day 5
Just as we were getting ready to quickly head over to Bass Beach to check out the Ross Wheeler before heading up, a solo west-bound Tonto hiker showed up. She had been planning for water in Serpentine Canyon, which was dry, and had to continue on to Bass. Not sure why she expected water in Serpentine at this time of year, or why she didn't hike down to the Colorado via Serpentine, but the important thing was she had reached water and was okay.

We checked out the Ross Wheeler and Bass Beach briefly, talked with a gentleman heading east on the Tonto from there, and then headed out ourselves. South Bass doesn't offer the most expansive views along its lower reaches, and we trudged slowly ever up. Upon reaching the Supai layer, we found a nice rock overhang, and again waited out the heat. Unlike yesterday, I was the one suffering today, partially from a lack of sleep and also from skipping breakfast to try and save time. Finally emerging from the confines of Bass Canyon, the Supai ledges and traverse on this trail offer spectacular views. Popping up onto the Esplanade back into the sun was harsh, but the remainder of the hike seemed to pass rapidly, and soon we were back at the trail head where a salad and beer awaited. :D

My husband is a very social person, and we soon got to know everyone camping at the trail head. One couple would be heading down to Royal Arch via Point Huitzil in the morning, then back out via the Esplanade route, and wanted water reports. The other 2 were headed down the normal Royal Arch route and wanted input on rope. They had a 60 m rope they were debating carrying because they were not willing to cut it to a more reasonable length. We gave them the 50' 8mm rope we had carried and used, for which they were very thankful.
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 Las Vegas, NV
Ruby and Havasupai Points, AZ 
Ruby and Havasupai Points, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 06 2018
autumnstars
Hiking4.76 Miles 334 AEG
Hiking4.76 Miles
334 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Not knowing what the road condition would be, we walked from the South Bass trailhead most of the way to our Ruby Point (SE2) campsite to check it out.
Fine road, just narrow.
Then walked out to Havasupai Point after driving over to the site.

Ruby Point has very nice views and was a lovely site.
If you want that really early start on South Bass Trail in the morning, though, go with SE3, which is camping right at the trailhead.
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Grand Scenic Divide
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Hidden Falls CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Canyoneering avatar Mar 24 2018
autumnstars
Canyoneering2.73 Miles 1,511 AEG
Canyoneering2.73 Miles
1,511 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
 
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It was terribly gusty as we hiked up the approach for the canyon. So gusty in fact, that I had to stop periodically to avoid being blown off my feet. Patches of ice coated the slickrock near the top. But did we let this stop us? No way!

The last bit of the approach is truly steep, but once on top we dropped into the mouth of the canyon, put on harnesses, and approached the first rappel. In addition to copious down climbing in this canyon, most of the rappels can be down climbed by the skilled. But our approach to the first anchor revealed that rappelling would be the norm today. Far more water than any of us had ever seen here flowed down the canyon, and ice coated every surface near the flow. Bonus challenge.

Stuffing that rope into the bag after the first rappel was truly one of the worst experiences of my life. We hadn't anticipated wet ropes, so the only course of action was bare hands to avoid wet gloves. The water was cold enough the anywhere not flowing was ice, which meant a rope soaked in water just this side of freezing with bare hands in strong wind. Pleased to complete that unpleasant task, we rapidly made our way down canyon, hoping that the loss of elevation would lead to warmer temperatures, or at least some protection from the wind. The second rappel in this canyon is one of the nicest, down a beautiful slickrock wall, and proved to be somewhat protected from the gusts plus not directly in the water. :D

After this, we got to enjoy some serious bush-whacking. With ice near the water, temperatures too low to tolerate being wet, and water flow high, we had to skirt around lots of places where one normally proceeds straight down the water course. On the plus side, the long period of full body bush-whacking really warmed us all up. Nothing like fighting the trees and shrubs to get the heart pumping! We sat down and ate lunch in what little direct sun we would see all day, and then straight back to bush-whacking. And more bush-whacking. The lower part of the canyon, where things change over to more bare slickrock, came as quite a relief. Yes, there was a lot of creative climbing up, over, around, and then down on ledges and shelves, but at least the trees and shrubs were gone. Finally, the last couple rappels, and we were down and out.
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