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Feb 11 2011
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Parashant AZ and Gold Butte NV, AZ 
Parashant AZ and Gold Butte NV, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2011
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Well, this was for work, but still hiking.
I spent ~ 8 hours driving, 5 miles hiking, and spent 5 hours fixing a satellite transceiver. Last stop involved many steeps ridges up and down, so at least I got a good leg stretch. Also found a mine claim corner marker I had never noticed before - always interesting.
At least I was in a great place instead of in front of my computer. There was snow high on the Virgin Mountains and the skies were crisp and clear. Weather was perfect with a high of 60 or 65.
Saw a pretty typical cross-section of wildlife - jackrabbits, 1 poorwill, 1 roadrunner, 1 red-tailed hawk, too cool for lizards or snakes. And the not-so-wild cows, many, many cows.
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Feb 06 2011
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Lovell Slot CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2011
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Hiking14.00 Miles 534 AEG
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Today was a great hiking day, with a high around 65/70. Decided to do a bit of exploring by hiking up past the Anniversary Narrows. Little did I realize Lovell Wash continues up and up (the direction I picked went all the way to the Muddy Mountains), but I had to turn around when I was about 2/3 down on water.
Quite enjoyable, with many different rock formations and types - the geology was simply fascinating. Two dry falls to negotiate, but both were easy. Also, had a pair of Phainopepla chase me about 100 m up the wash - funny little buggers.
Next time, I'll have to take more water so I can continue exploring.

N.B.: After looking at a map some more, I likely hiked more like 14 miles. Well, I was never good with estimating distance.
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Jan 30 2011
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Mouse's TankVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2011
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Hiking0.50 Miles 5 AEG
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My parents paid a visit this weekend, and I have my mother pick out some short hikes to go on. I would not characterize either of my parents as hikers, but what more enjoyable form of exercise can you possibly get? Besides, they had been in Oregon for several months of rain and were pleased to get outside in the sun.

We drove out to Valley of Fire and ate at the picnic tables near the trailhead. Antelope-tail ground squirrels looked on hopefully throughout our lunch, but no snacks from us. We took off down the trail/wash along with swarms of other visitors. One thing you can't expect on this hike is solitude, except maybe in the middle of the day during summer. Once we let a rock-throwing child ahead of us, we were able to enjoy some quality time with the many petroglyphs lining the wash. My husband even found one he decided looked like a giraffe.
Once we reached Mouse's Tank, it was quite full of water. We scrambled up around the tank for views beyond. Other hikers were spread over the rocks like so many leaves blown by the wind.
After sitting at a comfortable overlook while my mom read us the history/legend of "Mouse," we turned back to the car.

Nice weather, relaxed hike. Pretty good trip.
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Jan 29 2011
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Historic Railroad TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2011
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Hiking4.00 Miles 574 AEG
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Another easy hike with my parents to log, then I can get back to the more challenging stuff.
Reading the previous trip logs, I would note that this trail now sees heavy use by tourists and locals alike. It is very popular with families, dogs, and bikes. Regardless, the trail is wide, so you are still able to enjoy the views without tripping over anyone.
My parents and I arrived at the trailhead about 9 or 10am, and portions of the trail throughout the 5 tunnels were still partially shaded. In summer, if you went early, you could enjoy this shade. We, however, did not, and quickly became chilled. My solution is always to walk faster, so we did, which helped out. The trail is high enough over Lake Mead to enjoy great views, but wide enough that those afraid of heights (my mom) can also enjoy it. We strolled through the tunnels, past the Bureau of Rec storage yards, to where the trail meets up with and follows a construction/power line road. It was getting on to lunch time, so we didn't continue, but it looked like you can now connect to the walkway over the new bridge, with far-ranging views of Hoover Dam and Black Canyon.
A good location for a family stroll with a view, but watch out for the dog poop.
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Jan 23 2011
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White Rock - La Madre Spring LoopVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2011
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
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I decided to brave Red Rocks on a weekend since it was a big football day which usually means thinner crowds. That plan was only semi-successful, but the hike was still good.

Parking at the White Rock trailhead, I hiked the loop clockwise to end with a slightly down-hill cool down. The White Rock loop has really nice scenery, and the trail is so easy to follow that you can actually look around throughout the hike. An old two-track through mixed blackbrush scrub on the south side gives way to a foot path through a juniper woodland on the north side. Today was a great hike with cool temps and a very friendly scrubjay following me. Soils were damp and there was a bit of snow hanging on in some protected spots among the rocks.
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Jan 17 2011
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Hamblin MountainVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2011
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,388 AEG
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Suddenly remembering I had a day off work, I decided to go hiking somewhere nearby.

This must be one of the easiest summits I have ever hiked, but it offers truly amazing views well worth the modest effort required. Along the route, I frequently found myself stopped, just staring at the rocks, plants or views. As I gained elevation, the washes were damp in places, and even a bit of flowing water in one spot. This is definately a place I will revisit for additional exploration.

I saw one couple with their dogs and one hiking group from Lake Mead with 3 upset-looking teens dragging along behind their parents. Don't know what their problem was - :?
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Jan 16 2011
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Goldstrike Canyon - HotspringsVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Canyoneering avatar Jan 16 2011
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Canyoneering5.50 Miles 936 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles
936 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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In spite of having heard much of this canyon, today was the first time I ever headed out there. It was an interesting hike in a great place to several hot springs, and eventually all the way to the Colorado River. The canyon is interesting - lots of great rock formations, historic artifacts, steaming hanging gardens, and hot spring pools. Many of the pools in the upper part of the canyon had been filled in with gravel by recent flooding, but there were plenty of hot pools down-canyon to enjoy a soak. As with most canyon hikes, the general route was pretty obvious.
Although you start out by hiking under one of the huge new bridges bypassing the Boulder Dam and then under power lines, you can ignore that by looking up at the canyon walls. The constant helicopters passing overhead proved harder to ignore.
Although I enjoyed today's hike, I will likely never revisit this canyon. All the tricky rock falls had spray-painted arrows pointing the easiest way up/down (which I found disturbing and took away much of the adventure). Also, it is very heavily used (we saw at least 50 other people during our hike) and the use shows in trash, trash everywhere. Water bottles, candy wrappers, socks, shirts, towels, shoes - everything and more. More than I could carry out, and that doesn't even include the types of trash I refuse to pick up.
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Jan 09 2011
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Lovell Slot CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2011
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Hiking5.00 Miles 534 AEG
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This was a most enjoyable hike close to home.

After all the winter rain, the road to the trailhead was completely washed out, so we had to park just off Northshore Road and hike from there. It was easy enough to hike along the road, passing remnants of the mining past, until you drop into Lovell Wash. From that point most of the way through the narrows, there was water flowing in the wash bottom, which added an unusual touch to this normally dry hike. Some of the rock in the walls looks like (I kid you not) bacon.
We saw 2 large groups of people, but they were headed out just as we headed in, so we had the place to ourselves. Although the narrows are short, this is a very worth-while day hike. You can continue as far as you want beyond the narrows. You could make this a backpack trip by just hiking until you feel like camping.
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Sep 26 2010
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Buckskin Gulch - Wire Pass to Paria RiverSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 26 2010
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Backpack16.00 Miles
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To say this was the exact opposite of my Buckskin experience approximately 1 year earlier would be a good summation. After being chased out by flash flooding, I was determined to hike the entire slot canyon this time.

As the previous attempt, we started from Wire Pass trailhead. The first thing I noticed was that where you normally have to go through the "hiker's gate" the barbed wire fence across the wash was gone. Much later down Buckskin, we saw one of the fence posts with barbed wire still wrapped around it, so the fence must have washed away in a severe flash flood. :o

As we reached the area where Wire Pass narrows, we noted very fresh flood debris on the walls at least 3X higher than my head. My hiking partner had never been in a slot canyon before, so it was slow going with him stopping to take pictures every few minutes. Well, it was nice to enjoy things at a slower pace, anyway. A few minor step-downs over boulders in Wire Pass brought us easily to the confluence with Buckskin. More pictures, and our last direct sunlight for the day.

Heading down Buckskin, I expected to begin slogging through deep mud any second. Instead, the entire day of hiking was completely dry. Most of the low, muddy spots seemed to have filled in with gravel during the most recent flash floods, and we were able to enjoy looking up and around. Even the cesspool was a minor pool that we easily skirted. I pointed out middle route to my hiking partner, but there was no need to eject this time. He spent some time taking pictures of the petroglyphs before we moved into unknown territory for me. As we made our way deeper into Buckskin, all I can say is WOW! It was hard to think about hurrying along or anything else, just the amazing colors and shapes of the sandstone walls.

At the biggest boulder jam in the slot, we lowered ourselves over. Although it looked like you could climb under it without much difficulty, it was just more fun to use the rope. Besides, after carrying the rope the whole way, I was going to use it for something! The walls continued to increase in height until we reached a spring coming down the wall. From there to the confluence with Paria, there was some water, although it was a mysterious glowing blue color with a strong sulfur aroma - glad we brought enough water for both days. We set up camp on a sandy bench just prior to the confluence, and enjoyed the echos of ravens calling to one another.

After a leisurely breakfast, we reluctantly broke camp and headed toward the Paria. Just after the confluence, we "enjoyed" approximately 100 feet of mid-calf wading through the expected stinky mud, but that was it. The rest of the Paria to Whitehouse was dry except some bits of deep mud up against the walls (easily avoided). Hiking up the Paria, the walls got lower and lower until we passed the power line, then the dunes I remembered all too well from the previous year.

Once out, I got to drive my small car through the crossing of Buckskin on the road to pick up our shuttle vehicle. With the loose soil, it was kinda like rallying - FUN!
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Jun 25 2010
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Horseshoe Mesa 5,246Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 25 2010
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Backpack6.40 Miles
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This was my 11-year-old niece's first backpacking trip, so 3 miles out, camp, then 3 miles back seemed just about perfect.
Loaded up with a hot breakfast at Desert View campground, we set out down the trail after enjoying the views from Grandview Point. Shortly, we came to the first series of switchbacks, which are along sometimes narrow rock ledges - a bit of a squeeze at times with the pack on. The amazing views pretty much started here and continued throughout the hike. As with Hermit Trail, the switchbacks through the Coconino are mostly paved with hand-laid cobbles - wow!

When we reached the spot where the trail goes along the narrow divide separating Cottonwood and Hance Creeks, I realized how afraid of heights my niece is. It's pretty wide here, but she was frozen at the thought of walking between 2 drop-offs. We finally talked her over the scariest bit and began traversing the Supai. Now, we could see our goal and moved along more quickly by playing a word game. There were a few more tense moments at some of the minor rock slides along the trail, but all that was forgotten when we reached Horseshoe Mesa and slopes littered with azurite and malachite (I think). I'm not much on geology, but my niece loves rocks and had selected the hike from a list of choices for this very reason. We set up camp and hiked back over to poke around a bit more. But the views were the real attraction - Pete Berry was lucky to live here!

The moon was full and bright, which I love for desert camping. In the morning, we made the most of the trail's location by starting early. This meant we were in the shade almost the entire hike out. Shockingly, we hiked out in less than 1/2 the time it took to hike in - my niece wasn't afraid of falling on the way up and could concentrate on hiking.

A fun hike with amazing views away from the south rim crowds. We saw exactly 4 people on trail and all were day hiking - easily a worth-while day hike. In summer, it was fairly hot, but there was sporatic shade.

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There was a large pool of clear water under the rock overhang. It was hard to assess the flow rate, since water flows down the rock into this pool. If you plan on using this water source, bring something flavored to mix into it, because it tastes pretty bad (also, it's apparently high in radium, so I was the only one who drank it). The side trail to the spring from Horseshoe Mesa is very exposed and has almost dropped off completely in some places, requiring some scrambling.
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May 16 2010
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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 16 2010
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Backpack44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
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I just noticed that I somehow never posted a triplog for this fabulous backpack we did a few years ago.

Basically, we did a SK>NK>BA R2R2R. Other than a rather disastrous R2R2R attempt the year before, this was my husband's first real extended backpacking trip. It is amazing what a difference rigorous training and an understanding of the phase "essentials only" makes! Of course some of the hiking was difficult, but overall we breezed through the physical aspect of the trip and were able to concentrate on truly enjoying everything. :D

We were lucky to catch the window of no mule traffic on South Kaibab, which helped make it an even more pleasurable descent. Both of us were completely stunned by the amazing views from the trail - this is the one to descend if you're doing a corridor trails hike, hands down! North Kaibab was great to Cottonwood, since we were out of the box before the sun hit. The side-hike to Ribbon Falls was well worth it - a lovely, cool nap location.
Up to the north rim and back to Cottonwood made for a really great day. The only downside is that it was really cold up top and still quite a lot of snow. The redbuds were going full-force in the canyon :D and we saw a trail crew working the switchbacks. They seemed happy to take a quick break to let us pass.

2 Grand Canyon rattlesnakes on this trip - 1 at Cottonwood and 1 at Indian Gardens. These guys are really pretty. A few deer and condor sightings. Tons of really fat lizards. Oddly enough, at Indian Gardens we saw a group of guys we had met the previous year at Cottonwood. They were staying at Horn Creek campsite, but had hiked over to Indian Gardens to hang out and load up on water. How crazy to be in the same place again on the same day! :?

Every once in awhile, my husband will say out of the blue, "I really loved that Grand Canyon backpack," then smile and stare into space. Seems I made a convert! :y:
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Some scattered flowers, mainly Datura.
Also, some flowering ringstem on the River Trail. :y:
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May 01 2010
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Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 01 2010
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Backpack15.20 Miles 3,400 AEG
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Funny enough, we decided that down the Hermit, camp one night, back up the Hermit would be the final training hike for our Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim (SK-NK-BA) later in the month.

The initial descent takes you pretty quickly through the first few layers of the canyon (it doesn't go so quickly on the way out). Views open up almost right away into Hermit Creek Canyon. I really enjoyed walking over the sections of hand-laid cobble in the Coconino, imagining all the hours of labor that went into it. After passing the intersections with the Waldron and Dripping Springs trails, we came to the shade structure at Santa Maria Spring. The trough was full to overflowing, with a steady stream coming from the pipe - an unexpected surprise. After several rockslides and switchbacks (common themes on this trail), we reached Lookout Point and then Breezy Point, both amazing potential photo spots. Next comes a short but steep trek down the Cathedral Stairs, from where you can see the Hermit Trail all the way down to the intersection with the Tonto Trail. A long traverse beneath Cope Butte and some more switchbacks finally brought us to the intersection with the Tonto. Hoping for a good camp site, we hurried along the Tonto. We didn't really need to hurry, as there was only one other group staying the night - perhaps the threat of rain scared people off? We explored a bit and enjoyed a dinner of peanut noodles with shrimp (cleaned and pre-cooked, stored frozen in the middle of my pack).

Since much of the trail is so exposed, we decided to start the hike out well before sunrise. The weather was on our side, though, and it was completely overcast the entire hike and even snowed on the way up. We reached the trailhead pretty tired but very excited for our upcoming R2R2R. Two teenage boys even offered us some fresh carrot sticks at the trailhead - perfect!

This was a fun trail away from the south rim crowds, with a bit of minor route-finding required over the rock slides after Lookout Point. Unfortunately, I learned that my husband is a terrible route-finder, as he nearly lead us to our doom following imaginary cairns. Eventually, I pointed out that there was a party hiking along about 100 vertical feet straight above us. A heart-pounding scramble over loose slopes returned us to the trail, and I lead after that.
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Buckskin Gulch - Wire Pass to Paria RiverSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 19 2009
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Some friends and I planned on a one-night trip down Buckskin Gulch from Wire Pass to White House.
Quickly, we were in the midst of the narrow parts of Wire Pass, with only a few short drop-offs to negotiate. After some time spent taking pictures of the petroglyphs, we headed down Buckskin Gulch itself. Almost immediately, we encountered the first of what were to be nearly continuous thigh-deep mud puddles. Everyone was wearing shorts, but some had only bare feet to negotiate the mud, as they had failed to bring along a pair of old shoes. The mud has a very distinct aroma, too, and soon we were coated from toes to the bottom of our rolled-up shorts.
With so much deep mud, the hike started to become more like slogging. Meanwhile, the sky didn't look as clear as it had when we started out. In one of the last few puddles before middle route, a couple pushed by us with the man yelling at the woman to "hurry, hike faster!" We all thought - world's worst date, ever. Actually, it was a sign.

By the time we reached middle route, everyone was happy for a small area to sit down and futilely try to remove the mud. I was thinking more of getting a better look at the sky, so two of us left our packs and climbed out. Dark storm clouds had nearly taken over the sky, especially to the northwest - we decided immediately to eject. Everyone climbed out and we headed cross-country. The mud had slowed us down so much, we figured to aim roughly for Calf Spring, camp, and try to find a way down to the Paria in the morning. We hiked over some really nice sandstone and deep sand drifts, admiring the plants. With ever darkening skies and lightening to the northwest, we felt we had made the smart choice. Eventually it became so dark, we were forced to call it a day and set up camp. Sandy soil made for a restful night's sleep, with a stiff wind but only a few sprinkles hitting our faces.

In the morning, we realized we had inadvertently chosen an amazing spot to camp - near an ancient riverbed, exposed through the sand, which native americans had used as source material for arrow and/or spear heads. The small hillock nearby was thick with worked bits. Cool!

Trying to get down to the Paria, we followed many false leads until we finally came to some of the deep sand dunes that flank the river as you get nearer Whitehouse. Delighted, we ran down the dunes toward the river, which was extremely turbid. The Paria was flowing well, and we were happy to walk in the water on a firmer gravel bed after all the sand we had just been in. This part of the hike was pretty uneventful, until a group of Canadians coming from Whitehouse stopped us. They asked where we had come from and explained that their permit for the same hike starting this morning had been canceled due to flooding in Buckskin. We were happier than ever that we had made the safe call.

More proof that the hikes where nothing goes according to plan can be the most memorable...
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