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Jan 11 2015
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Mound Mountain PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2015
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Hiking22.00 Miles 5,500 AEG
Hiking22.00 Miles   9 Hrs   40 Mns   2.87 mph
5,500 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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This write-up is from my hiking site: https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaHiking1

Has anyone else been to the high point of the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix? Many will say, yes I've been to Peak 5057 along the Superstition Ridgeline. Up until 3 months ago I too thought that was the high point. However, the Superstitions extend east beyond Superior, AZ. The actual high point is Mound Mountain, a very remote, tucked away peak that sits at 6266 feet. With the Superstition Mountains being my favorite mountain range, it was a top priority to bag this peak and check another high point off the list.

Nothing about this hike turned out to be easy, and that included the planning. There are several trailheads that can be used to access Mound Mountain. The most common seems to be from the Campaign Trailhead, which sits to the north. Also, the Rogers Trough trailhead is a popular option as that provides about nice loop opportunity to also visit Reavis Ranch. We ended up using the Miles Trailhead, as based on research the road to get there didn't require a 4WD vehicle, only a high clearance vehicle. My buddy Brett had actually scouted this trailhead a month ago, making sure it was accessible and also checking out the first 4 miles of the hike.

With it being winter, we wanted to be hiking before first light. Even with the scouting trip, the ~14 miles of off road travel to get to the trailhead proved difficult to navigate. With several mines in the area we ran into a mine foreman who helped us with navigation. We ended up reaching the Miles TH about 30 minutes later than planned, but still started the hiked at 7am using headlamps. The Miles TH has an abandoned ranch next to it that would be cool to check out if we had time.

The first ~3 miles used the West Pinto Trail, which follows Pinto creek, had a decent amount of water in it from recent rains/snow. This section of trail had been maintained within the last few years, and was easy to follow. When the sun rose, I was struck by how different this section of the superstitions is. It isn't as rugged, with all of the jagged formations and yellow/green rocks. This area had a lot of different mountains, but being higher the mountains were forested, and many had distinctive peaks. Very beautiful, but don't come to this area expecting more of the same!

Within an hour, we reached the junction with the Campaign Trail. This is where the climbing began. For the next ~2 miles, we followed the Campaign trail north along the ridges of various hills. The first few miles were easy to follow. After passing through a gate, we descended down into a small canyon, then climbed back out of it. This section became less of an open trail and more of a trail that required some bush-whacking through thick manzanita. There are a few sections that are hard to follow, and on the way back we got lost for 40 minutes (more details later in the write-up). After reaching a saddle, we descended steeply down to campaign creek, which we followed for a few miles. This section as well wasn't easy to follow and required a lot of bush-whacking. Brett & I discussed how due to the frequent bush-whacking this hike is a lot harder, as in several sections you can't really maintain a consistent pace.

This was also the section where we started encountering patches of snow, with a lot of animal footprints in them, some of them very large. Check out a few of the pictures on this post. I think that one print was that of a bear, and the other a mountain lion. What was disconcerting is the bear prints followed the same path we were taking for a number of miles, with fresh scat along the trail. I may have to consider carrying bear spray in such remote areas that don't see people frequently!

Finally, we reached a junction with the Fireline trail, which heads sharply west, and climbing steeply while doing so. After ~2 miles there is a large cairn that marks the unofficial trail to Circlestone Ruins and finally Mound Mountain. The use trail climbs south for about .5 miles to reach a large, circular pile of rocks, Circlestone Ruins. These are Native American ruins that could be as old as 100 B.C. For more info on CircleStone check out this site: https://sites.google.com/site/boglekevi ... onmountain. From Circlestone, you now get a view of Mound Mountain, which is only another ~.5 miles to reach the summit. Navigation for this last .5 miles was difficult. The trail didn't seem to be well defined, but we knew where the summit was as Brett had created an accurate GPS track to follow. After some more bushwhacking along the western side of the peak the snow became thick for the last 100 feet of climbing. On the ascent we chose a dicey route that involved a steep climb through brush. After finally reaching the ridge, we hiked the last 1,000 feet on the eastern side of the mountain to reach the peak. From the peak the 360 degree views are amazing. Four Peaks, the Superstition Ridgeline and several other prominent peaks are in view. It took us 4 hours and 45 minutes to reach the peak with minimal breaks. An hour was easily lost due to route-finding difficulties and bushwhacking.

Unfortunately, the descent took us just as long due to getting lost on the Campaign Trail. If you look at my GPS track is is very tempting to descend straight down Mound to connect to Campaign, shaving 3 miles of the trek. However this route looked very sketchy and we smartly decided to stay on maintained trails as much as possible. Around 2:30pm, while descending manzanita maze portion of the Campaign trail, the clouds became thicker, and a light rain developed. The views to the west looked ominous, and heavy rain appeared likely. We were concerned mainly due to the fact that the road to the trailhead was steep with several washes, and in heavy rain we could be stuck. While descending through the thick manzanita section, the trail seemed to vanish suddenly, and my GPS stopped working due to the heavy cloud cover. We were left in a manzanita maze where there appeared to be use trails everywhere. After some of the worst bush-whacking I've ever done in a few directions, we could see the trail in the distance about a quarter miles away, and were able to discern the direction to head. From here the challenge was to regain the trail, as we did not want to attempt any more bush-whacking. Luckily my GPS recovered and we re-connected with the trail. There seemed to be 3 or 4 other spots on the return trip where we had minor route-finding difficulties. Also, the rain never fell beyond a sprinkle and wasn't a problem.

9 hours and 40 minutes after starting, we finished the 22 mile, 5500 ft accumulated gain hike. We were battered and bruised, but were happy to have knocked Mound Mountain off the list. I don't think I will do this same track again for awhile, but definitely will be back to check our Reavis Ranch and Reavis Falls, using trails to the west.

Notes/Opinions:
-We saw 0 people the entire day. That should underscore how remote and little used sections of this area are.
-Getting to the trailhead alone is difficult -- come prepared!
-If possible, bring a machete (seriously). The bushwhacking was unbelievable in many areas.
-Don't go alone. Even being experienced, I would never do this hike without at least one other experienced hiker.
-Bring a concise GPS track. Without it, we would have never found our way.
-It is ambitious to attempt this hike in the winter with the short amount of daylight. We maintain a very fast pace when we hike. From what I've seen, most require 12 hours to complete this or do this as an overnight trip. If we wouldn't have had route-finding difficult & gotten lost, we would have completed this trek in under 8 hours.
-I didn't take many pictures throughout the day as we hardly stopped unless necessary, to ensure we reached the peak! This would be an amazing area
to take your time and enjoy the beauty.
-No matter what approach you take, you will be looking at a minimum 18 mile roundtrip hike to reach Mound Mountain.
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Oct 11 2014
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Salt Trail Canyon to LCR GorgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2014
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Hiking6.00 Miles 3,187 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   8 Hrs      0.89 mph
3,187 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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This is a beast of a hike, whether if done as an overnighter, and especially if done as a day hike. Took 2 hours 45 minutes to get to the LCR, where we rested for an hour and cooled off in the water. Took 4 hours to climb out on very tired/sore legs & feet. I don't think I'll do this as a day hike again, but this multi-day route looks awesome:

http://hikearizona.com/photoset=29932&start=30

Furthermore, I maintain a hiking page where I have a lot more details on this hike:

https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaHiking1

I definitely echo everyone else's comments that only experienced hikers & backpackers should attempt this. Luckily, my group met this criteria!
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Oct 04 2014
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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2014
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Hiking5.20 Miles 2,064 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs      1.73 mph
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Great trip up Brown's. The chute is a lot of fun -- and more fun I bet if you don't accidentally use a cactus as a hand hold. Make sure to wear good shoes on this hike and proceed cautiously up the chute. If you don't like heights then this hike isn't for you. This isn't a long hike and can be knocked out in 3 hours or less -- took longer to drive round trip than hike! Views from the top are spectacular!

Full write up is posted here: https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaHiking1
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Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2014
josetoe5
Hiking5.00 Miles 360 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.33 mph
360 ft AEG
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Probably one of the most scenic hikes I have been on in recent memory. Was a nice break from the very difficult summits I usually hike. We took our time on this one -- I brought my backpacking fishing rod & tried my hand at catching an Apache Trout...with no luck. My dog being in the water about 99% of the time didn't help that effort. We didn't see another soul on this trail, which made for the perfect hike. Was well worth the drive!
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Agua Fria River via BadgerCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2014
josetoe5
Hiking5.00 Miles 235 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.54 mph
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Decided to check this out this morning on a whim, as it was the first hike in an AZ hiking book that I have. I'm glad I did! My knees needed a break after hiking the Superstition Ridgeline this past Monday. This hike was a nice change of pace, though hiking along a river & bouldering takes more effort than you think! The first .8 mile or so while hiking along Badger Springs trail, I was thinking that this was going to be a boring hike, as the trail was along a dry & sandy wash. Once this trail meets up with the Agua Fria river, the real fun began. I brought my dog along, which made things interesting, as he is super athletic, but not sure footed. There was plenty of water, and I only saw a few groups of people. If you enjoy hiking in riparian areas, this is a gem that is an easy drive from Phoenix! The turn around point is arbitrary -- I turned around around where the official route ends as it was starting to get warm out. Like most river hikes, the way back is always super quick as you know the route better.
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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2014
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Hiking12.00 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.18 mph
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Was a great day to do the Ridgeline for the first time! Dropped a car off at Carney Springs and drove back to Lost Dutchman SP. We were on the trail by 6:40 am and made it up to the Flatiron saddle by 8. I'm glad we started early as it got warm the last few hours of the hike. After that strenuous but awesome part of the trek we set off into unfamiliar territory from the saddle up to Peak 5057. I have hiked the Flatiron countless times and hiked from Carney TH to 5057 a few months ago, which helped immensely with not getting lost! Route-finding was easy -- the only section that I'm thinking there was a better route to was to 5057. After reaching the saddle just below 5057, we did some class III scrambling, and then circled around to the north east side of the peak, and then climbed it from the east, backtracking a little bit. It looked like there was a more direct route to 5057, which I will have to try to figure out sometime. As if 6 hours of hiking a decent pace wasn't enough, once we hit the flat part of the carney trail we decided to jog the last half mile, complete with a 50 yard dash sprint finish to crown a hike champion.
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Capitol Butte Southwest RidgeSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hike & Climb3.00 Miles 1,830 AEG
Hike & Climb3.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   0.75 mph
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Researching this hike on HAZ and also soliciting the opinions of others who have recently done it was extremely useful. A few notes:

1) As mentioned by others, downloading & referencing the official gps route is almost essential if you haven't done this hike before, as route-finding can be a challenge.

2) Other sound advice was if the climb looks too crazy, look around as there is probably a better, safer route.

3) If you have a fear of heights, this hike is not for you. There isn't anything really too dangerous on this hike, but several parts are mentally challenging.

4) On the class III sections (and in general), double check your hand-holds, as there are a ton of loose rocks on this trek.

5) This isn't a dog friendly hike, as there are several areas with a small margin for error.

This was an amazing hike/scramble, and allows for rare solitude in Sedona!
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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.10 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.18 mph
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Yesterday was a perfect day to hike to Superstition Peak from Carney TH. I found the climb to West Boulder saddle to be the hardest part of the hike, and from there to the peak to be the most scenic (but still not easy!). This hike was invaluable to get a taste of what hiking the ridgeline will be like. I'm very familiar with the Flatiron hike, and now now the route from Carney to 5057. The best part of this hike was the solitude. There was only 1 other car at the Trailhead, and after passing those 2 hikers, I did not see a single other person until below west boulder saddle on the return trip. Next time I will definitely check out the Three sisters, but didn't have any remaining energy to do so this time. The only disappointment for me was that my gps went wonky about 3/4 of the way up during the ascent, and I didn't get a good reading the rest of the hike...am not sure if others have had issues with gps along the ridgeline (I use my cellphone for gps so that is probably part of the problem).
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Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.35 Miles 977 AEG
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Was a perfect day to try something new, and avoid the crowds of the more popular trails. This was a perfect easy jaunt towards a pretty darn cool cave, and the views were some of the best in the supes. If I had time I wouldn't have minded checking out the three sisters and bagging 5057 as well...but maybe next time!
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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 18 2013
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Hiking11.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
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Returned to the Battleship and completed it in a quick 5 hours and 30 minutes. Last time my Dad didn't like the narrow connecting ridge so we turned around without finishing it. That bugged me for 2 months, and luckily the weather was 'cool' enough today to attempt this before summer really sets in. It was well worth the effort, and this hike is definitely one of my favorites.
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Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2013
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Hiking19.10 Miles 2,995 AEG
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Notes on my groups 3 day excursion to Havasupai Falls:

Getting there:

From Phoenix, I had read that it is a solid 6 hour drive. My group was able to make it in both directions in less than 5 hours by cutting through Prescott/Chino Valley. Indian Road 18 was made out to be rough based on what I read, but it was no problem and decently paved the entire way.

Hulupai Hilltop

Like others, my group decided to spend the night in the parking lot, as the closest lodging is 70 miles away. As others noted, though it was nice waking up at the trailhead in the morning, it was a horrible night's sleep sleeping at the Hilltop. Hikers were arriving/leaving at all hours, and our neighbor car took seemingly 3 hours during the middle of the night to prep all of their gear for the trip. It's still worth it to stay at the Hilltop though, and it will surely make for a story to tell afterwards. The hilltop is quite exposed and if it is windy out it could be miserable.

Hike

Having hiked Rim to Rim in the main GC before, this hike was not difficult. As noted, the first mile or so was steep, but other than that this is a very gradual hike. Only after passing through Supai does the trail get a bit difficult as you descend into the campground. Also, the soft sand along the way at times gets annoying!

We saw several wild horses along the trail, as well as were passed by the pack horses. Speaking of the pack horses, make sure you are alert on the trail at all times! Some of those pack horses would come around the corner at a trot unexpectedly, so you must be aware and get out of the way. The 'cowboys' leading the horses don't seem to care much for running over hikers haha.

I had heard the hike wasn't scenic, but I think people who say that are crazy. The sunset view at the hilltop was epic, and the entire hike was beautiful.

Supai

It was pretty amazing hiking in the GC for 8 miles,and suddenly coming to a village. Supai unfortunately reminded me a bit of Rocky Point. The houses were almost all run down, there were dogs everywhere. Unfortunately they don't seem to take very good care of the dogs or horses.

Anyway, coming into town there is a cafe on the left (Sinyella Cafe I believe it was called). We hiked into town one day and had the Supai Burger (2 patties in fry bread). After a few active days it was delicious. This cafe also has a small store in the back where you can get a treat, soda, snack or coffee! This place is the best to get food/snacks, as the main 'store' is extremely expensive

After walking in town for a few minutes you come to the tourist office, where it's time to check in and pay your dues. It wasn't too busy when we went so this process only took 10 minutes.

We also checked out the lodge while we were there -- $145/night. Unless you are lazy or have physical limitations, don't stay in the lodge ($145/night) or take the helicopter ($85 each way) -- it really would take away from the entire experience (though seeing the canyon from above would be cool).

Campground

After leaving Supai, it is a 2 mile sandy/downhill trek to the campground. After about a mile and a half you pass new Najavo Falls/50 foot falls on your left. This area is where most of the 2008 flood damage occurred, but is still beautiful. Keep hiking downhill, and after another half mile Havasu Falls appears, which is truly amazing, and makes the entire trip immediately worthwhile. Another quarter mile and you are at the campground, finally!

The campground is huge! It is about 3/4 of a mile in length, with spots on either side of the creek that flows through it. It is pretty much a free for all the campground, there are no assigned spots. We found a great spot for our group past the second set of bathrooms on an 'island'. They have a natural spring near the front for water, but we just filtered all of our water from the creek (have a sawyer system which is quick and easy to filter). Also, surprisingly the bathrooms in the campground are great! They are composing vault toilets, but where very clean.

Mooney Falls

Just past the campground, the largest and most impressive waterfall appears -- Mooney Falls. The descent down to Mooney falls has been described as treacherous and not for those for fear of heights. As long as you don't have a severe aversion to heights, this part is no problem, just take it slow! Two people in my group checked out the descent the night before we did it and both said 'There is no way I'm doing that'. However, both ended up trying it and had no issues at all. It is easier to climb up and down when nobody else is going in the other direction -- so go early if you are there over the weekend.

Recently (within the past year), the bottom 30 feet of ladders on Mooney falls have been redone, and are extremely sturdy. They are wooden ladders firmly bolted into the rock. The old metal ladder is still there but is no longer used.

Apparently the pools at Mooney Falls shrunk after the flood as well -- there is not too much water in front of the falls. But these falls are huge and it is amazing standing in front of them.

Hike to Beaver Falls

This was the highlight of the trip. After descending to Mooney Falls, it is 2 miles along the creek in the narrow canyon to Beaver Falls. Because of all of the beautiful scenery, it took us over 2 hours to hike the 2 miles. You hike amongst fields of grape plants, with the sheer canyon face on either side. There are curious ladders built into the wall at some places that lead to high up caves (don't even try to use them, extremely dangerous), as well as a healthy population of bighorn sheep that we saw. There are also several water crossings, and if the weather is nice plenty of places to swim.

Right before Beaver Falls you have to climb up, over, and around, before getting to the falls. I had read that there was a rope ladder previously. As with Mooney Falls, this is now a sturdy wooden ladder bolted into the rock that looks new. This climb was no problem. Also in this area there is the only palm tree you will see in this area which seemed out of place!

Once at Beaver Falls, the first thing you notice is the lack of people -- the remote location and extra effort keeps most people away. We had the entire falls to ourselves for 15 minutes until a few others arrived. These falls are much smaller, but are fun to swim in and explore around. These were my favorite because of their remote location and serenity.

When leaving Beaver Falls you can go back a different way -- go to the back right of the falls, climb up a short rock face, and then use the guide rope to start taking you back up in the other direction. It was a lot of fun taking this route and kept things interesting not having to take the same way back.

Hike Out

After 3 days exploring all of the area, it was time to head home. The hike out was easy except for the last mile or so, where it gets steep. If you are in decent shape it is no big deal, but still harder as you don't reach the climb until you have been hiking for a few hours. We made the hike out in 4.5 hours.

Summary

Havasupai Falls should be on everyone's bucket list. With a little planning and effort, you will never forget this trip. I called the day they opened the phone lines in February, and had no issue reserving a spot for May.
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La Barge Canyon ViewPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.60 Miles 930 AEG
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Having hiked the battleship a month or so ago from First Water trailhead, I wanted to check out the approach from Canyon Lake. I definitely enjoyed the views more than the pretty tame first few miles when hiking on the First Water trail.
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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
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This was the first attempt for both my Dad & I to hike/climb/scramble battleship mountain. The first ~4 miles or so were easy and well marked (Second water trail & boulder canyon). However, the turn off from the boulder canyon trail to where you cross the creek one last time and start climbing up to the stern of the ship isn't obvious. There was a small cairn and a half erased arrow in the sand. Luckily I knew the mileage where the turn off was supposed to be so we were able to figure it out. Also, the other difficult route-finding was figuring out where to head left again to actually get to the stern of the ship. We followed the trail about 15 minutes too long, and ended up started descending down the canyon on the other side of the ship. After this 25 minute delay we made it to the stern of the ship. Being first timers, we relied on previous trip logs that we had read to try and figure things out from here. Boarding the ship was interesting, as at first we thought we could follow the western ridge, but that looked pretty dicey. Finally we relied we had to do a short scramble in order to board the ship.

After that, we used the wisdom from previous battleshipers -- to always stop, think and analyze the best way to go. Almost always there was an easy path -- sometimes you just had to find it.

Unfortunately, we didn't make it all the way to the end of the ship. We were starting to hit out time limit (6 hours total), and my Dad didn't like the narrow connecting ridge. However, realizing how close we came, we will come back soon, and complete the entire trip (without getting lost) in our 6 hour goal!

For veterans, after the narrow connecting ridge how much further do we have time wise? Also, is it more difficult from there, or more of the same? It could be misleading, but things look a bit dicey after the connecting ridge. Do you keep following the western ridge from that point or head straight up?

Having hiked Angel's landing in Zion before, this hike seems somewhat like the Angel's landing of Arizona.

If you are in decent shape, limit breaks, and know the route, 6 hours is a good time benchmark.
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If you are in decent shape then this hike is no problem. On the way out it is an easy hike up until the last mile, when you climb up to Skull Mesa, ~1200 ft in 1 mile, but no worse than climbing black mountain. Where this hike gets harder is the return leg, where climbing up and down the various small hills is quite tiring. A great hike close the Phoenix!
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Amazing scenery with all of the snow this past weekend. We did the Soldier's Pass, Brin's Mesa and Cibola Pass loop.
Named place
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Seven Sacred Pools
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Feb 10 2013
josetoe5
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 Routes 8
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 Phoenix, AZ
Doe Mountain Trail #60Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2013
josetoe5
Hiking2.75 Miles 503 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles
503 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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The snow made this short hike to the top of Doe Mountain amazing! The highlight of this hike is walking around the entire edge of the mesa, breathtaking!
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Aug 31 2012
josetoe5
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 Routes 8
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Baldy LoopAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2012
josetoe5
Hiking17.00 Miles 2,880 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles
2,880 ft AEG
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Beautiful early September hike. I highly recommend this hike for everyone!
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Oct 23 2011
josetoe5
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 Phoenix, AZ
View Point-North Mingus LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2011
josetoe5
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,322 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles
1,322 ft AEG
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Great scenic hike to enjoy the fall colors northern arizona has to offer! Perfect temperature, not many people on the hike, and not a far drive from the Phoenix area.

Notes:
-easily passable in a passenger care when the road is dry
-self service fee was $5
-would have been cool to see somebody launch off the hang gliding launch!
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Jan 15 2011
josetoe5
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Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2011
josetoe5
Hiking15.20 Miles 6,360 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   7 Hrs   38 Mns   1.99 mph
6,360 ft AEG
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This was my first time doing this hike. We started seeing snow at 4700 feet and a mile or two before Romero Pass. After mile 6 of this hike there was an intermittent 12-18 inches of snow for the rest of the hike. Luckily, somebody had done the hike recently so we were able to follow footprints. Otherwise finding the trail would have been very difficult. Because of the snow we took the Mount Lemmon trail all the way to the top instead of taking the Mt of Wilderness jct.

Furthermore, the road was closed to vehicles from the trailhead down to Ski Valley. Therefore, a nice 35 minute walk down to Ski Valley was necessary if you are getting picked up at the top.

Overall this was an awesome hike, especially if you are up for a little adventure!

Here is my GPS log of the trip: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8& ... 8&t=h&z=13
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average hiking speed 1.75 mph

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