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Jan 03 2014
LittleKnee
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32 female
 Joined Feb 01 2011
 Henderson, NV
Canyon Overlook Trail - ZionSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2014
LittleKnee
Hiking1.00 Miles 163 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
163 ft AEG
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Had the opportunity to go to a friend's Ranch off the east entrance of Zion this past weekend. It wasn't a big hiking trip by any means, more of a fun cabin trip with friends full of typical ranch festivities: ATVing, peasant hunting, obstacle courses, campfires, stargazing, FOOD, cards against humanity, etc ... But we did do one small hike for the people that had never been to Zion before. This is a quick hike that you shouldn't pass up on your way into the park. It's a fun stroll with spectacular views!

We entered the park to get to the ranch at night and left the park at night... both times seeing tons of deer on the side of the road. I saw 4-5 big horn sheep in the same place I have seen them the past two times we have gone to Zion, but this time my buddy wasn't with me to stop the car for the photo op. :cry: We also drove by the house in Rockville that was ironically hit by a large boulder. They put a fence around the property, but the scene looks untouched with the car/house still trapped under the big boulder. Sad story... read more here: http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archiv ... o-gallery/

Zion is such a nice place to visit. I included some photos of the amazing ranch we stayed at just for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
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Jan 02 2014
LittleKnee
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32 female
 Joined Feb 01 2011
 Henderson, NV
Amargosa TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2014
LittleKnee
Hiking3.56 Miles 1,870 AEG
Hiking3.56 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.67 mph
1,870 ft AEG
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Starting the new year off as best I can in NV. Only 3 more months until I leave Vegas :y:
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Nov 01 2013
LittleKnee
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32 female
 Joined Feb 01 2011
 Henderson, NV
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking4.63 Miles 838 AEG
Hiking4.63 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.53 mph
838 ft AEG
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Weather was PERFECT, Molly needed a good walk, & Kyle unexpectedly got the day off... win win win for me! :y:
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Oct 31 2013
LittleKnee
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32 female
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 Henderson, NV
Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking4.37 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.37 Miles   2 Hrs      2.19 mph
500 ft AEG
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Halloween morning hike, yes please! I convinced my friend to go to Sedona with me (Kyle doesn't care for the crowds in Sedona & he was working, so it was perfect). I originally wanted to do West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon to get photos of fall colors. But I've done that hike quite a few times. Plus I was afraid I missed the peak by a few days. Instead we decided on Devil's Bridge. We didn't take FR 152 to the Devil's Bridge TH because we were warned the car wouldn't make it. Instead we took Dry Creek Rd to the end, parked, & hiked up from the Long Canyon TH. Beautiful day! Busy tourist trail, but we knew it would be like that. Made a few friends from Minnesota and a few from Main. Enjoyed the bridge for a while, then headed to Uptown for some beverages and food. :D
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
A few yellows and oranges at the first "dry creek" crossing, then green the rest of the way.
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Oct 13 2013
LittleKnee
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32 female
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 Henderson, NV
Black Mountain - McCulloughVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,356 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
2,356 ft AEG
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Culture
Culture
Old Glory
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Sep 14 2013
LittleKnee
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32 female
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 Henderson, NV
Historic Railroad TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking7.50 Miles 574 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.33 mph
574 ft AEG
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Hot, hot, hot stroll on the historic railroad trail. Started at the visitor center and made it just past the "Boneyard." Since we have seen the dam plenty of times, we decided to go off trail to get a better view of the lake. In the summer, I think this trail would be much more pleasant on a bike. Though the breeze in the tunnels was much appreciated. Bring plenty of water. There is a water fountain and restroom just after the 5th tunnel, but that water was boiling this time of year. I kept my eyes out for big horns, but didn't see them until we were back in the car. There were a half a dozen grazing on some grass along the River Mountain Loop bike trail near Big Horn Park.
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Sep 08 2013
LittleKnee
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32 female
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 Henderson, NV
Pine Creek, NV 
Pine Creek, NV
 
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking2.66 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking2.66 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.77 mph
814 ft AEG
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Pleasant stroll through red rocks canyon today. Temps were in the low 70's :y: , much better than 2 weeks ago when we did Calico Tanks. Plenty of quick pockets of rain on the drive in. Thunder threatened us the whole hike... but despite us wanting to get poured on, we didn't even get so much as a sprinkle. Boo. Weather makes red rock canyon a bit more appealing... but it is still rather dull IMO. We joked that this is probably the last time Kyle will come visit me in Vegas.... actually that probably wasn't a joke :cry: . I wish there was a better playground here... but it seems like Zion is my best and closest alternative!
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Aug 25 2013
LittleKnee
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32 female
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 Henderson, NV
Calico Tanks, NV 
Calico Tanks, NV
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking2.50 Miles 663 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.67 mph
663 ft AEG
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Kyle surprised me this weekend for my b-day! We were super lazy yesterday and needed to stretch our legs. Went to the (bone-dry) tanks. Climbed up a little higher for a nice view of the city. Stopped at the petroglyphs on the way back to the car. No camera today (usually pretty disappointed in my photographs from red rocks, so I didn't bother bringing it). Kyle seems intrigued by Pine Creek Trail, perhaps that'll be our next hike in Red Rocks. Though I believe we should wait until Fall (still too hot out for my liking).
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Aug 10 2013
LittleKnee
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 Henderson, NV
CHUMS Summer HAZfest 2013, AZ 
CHUMS Summer HAZfest 2013, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar Aug 10 2013
LittleKnee
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Car Camping3 Days         
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HAZ - Event
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Kyle & I attended our first HAZfest and had a blast. Here is what I learned:

1 ) HAZers are beer connoisseurs: Budlight is for emergency purposes ONLY
2 ) Start collecting firewood in January: Nonot doesn't mess around
3 ) No need to bring a cell phone on a HAZ event: Chumley gives updates of HAZ news every 30 minutes
4 ) There is no fire too large for Elliot to jump over
5 ) Steer clear of Larry around the fire, unless you like eating smoke
6 ) There is a strong possibility Hippy has a dead animal fetish
7 ) HAZers drink beer (or mountain dew) with breakfast
8 ) Unvented cans of soup + cigarette buds in the fire don't mix well
9 ) Poop is a very common (and 100% normal?) topic of discussion
10 ) HAZers leave a campsite cleaner than they find it

I hope to see familiar faces on future hikes!!! A big thanks to Chumley for putting together a great event. We'll definitely be there for the next one! :D
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Cag Shot Camp-fire
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Meteorology
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Jul 28 2013
LittleKnee
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 Henderson, NV
Bristlecone TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking6.00 Miles 861 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
861 ft AEG
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66 degrees sure beats 102 in Las Vegas. This is a very pleasant hike, my favorite on Mt. Charleston thus far. I got an early start but by the time I was heading out, there were plenty of people (and lots of pups) heading in. It probably started raining shortly after I left- bummer I missed it! The recent fire destroyed a few areas on the drive in via Kyle Canyon Rd. I wanted to venture the rest of the way up Kyle Canyon Rd (after the turn off to Lee Canyon) to see what else was burned, but I was low on gas. Nice excuse to go back, perhaps next weekend! :D
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Jun 28 2013
LittleKnee
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 Henderson, NV
Pacheta FallsAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Car Camping avatar Jun 28 2013
LittleKnee
Car Camping0.50 Miles 120 AEG
Car Camping0.50 Miles4 Days         
120 ft AEG
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This was a trip we will NEVER forget- BEARS, WATERFALLS, WILD HORSE FIGHT, MAD COW, OH MY! Kyle took a few days off work while I was on break from school so we could beat the record-breaking heat and spend some time in the high country. Two years ago we explored Pacheta Falls, then two weeks later the Wallow fire devastated the surrounding area. We wanted to make a trip back to see how bad it was, and to see if the falls would ever be the same again.

In no rush, we made it to Big Lake for camp the first night. There were SO many boats on the lake, but luckily we found a secluded camp spot for the night. Kyle woke up incredibly excited to surprise me with pancakes for breakfast. Mmmmm. :A1: We took our time enjoying some of the other lakes on the way to our destination. Kyle threw in the pole at Reservation Lake, Drift Fence Lake, and then Pacheta Lake where he caught a few. We meandered our way to the falls and had the place to ourselves yet again. SCORE! Immediately we got out of the truck and followed the sound of running water. We were pleased to see that the fire had done little harm to this beautiful place. It was obvious the fire had gone through the area, but it was a clean burn and not nearly as devastating as we expected. We made several trips from the truck back to the falls throughout the evening and even into the early morning, hoping for the perfect photo. Kyle nailed the waterfall photos on this trip!

After a quick breakfast we spotted a group of 4 or so wild horses trotting close to camp. Then all of a sudden 2 of the horses got into a frenzy kicking and stirring up dirt for a few minutes. It was interesting to watch, but man do I never want to be on the tail end of a bucking horse. Anyway, we packed up camp and headed out. “You better be watching for animals” rings through my ears on every trip with Kyle and I was determined to find more than the elk, deer, and turkeys we had seen the day before. About 20 minutes into the drive I thought to myself, “I should tell Kyle to pull over so I can put my zoom lens on…. I feel like we are going to see something cool today.” Literally 2 minutes later I spotted a healthy and absolutely stunning bear super close to the road standing broad side watching us. Kyle stopped the truck, we scrambled to get our zoom lenses on and then jumped out of the truck in flip flops, not even thinking twice about how stupid this decision could be. :scared: The bear quickly retreated, but stopped long enough to stare Kyle down while he snapped a few pictures with both our cameras. High fives followed and we were back on the road. Not even 30 minutes later, and still hyped-up from our first bear encounter, I spotted a cub foraging for food. :y: We stayed in the truck this time, expecting mom to be close by. We never saw mom, but boy did this cub pose perfectly for our cameras! We certainly hope the little guy wasn’t alone…

Again, we got back into the truck thinking our luck just HAD to be over now. We were headed to the spot we camped at 2 years ago. Once at the reservation boundary, the gate was locked so Kyle got out to search for a way around. I stayed in the truck and thought it would be a good time to look through my photos. As Kyle was walking back to the truck, I looked up at him and caught glimpse of yet ANOTHER BEAR behind him and down the road a bit! Kyle hurried into the truck, got us around the locked gate in record time so we could capture a few quick photos of this gnarly looking bear. We weren’t as lucky getting pictures of this guy, but we are still shocked that we saw 3 bears all within an hour! We were wide-eyed with huge smiles the entire rest of the day! :DANCE:

The rest of the drive was not as exciting, although we did see several more elk. I’m in love with the Alpine area and looking forward to a return for more adventures. On the way back, we camped the last night at Patrick’s Pond- a childhood favorite for Kyle and his family. Kyle enjoyed destroying the crawdad population in the pond with his BB gun, while I sipped on my wine watching my boyfriend turn into a 10 year old. We hoped for some rain to clean off Kyle’s sancha (aka his truck), but only got a mere drop or two. In the morning we woke up to a mad cow running (literally running) circles around camp and moo-ing up a storm. I actually felt bad for this poor stressed out cow.

And that about does it for our wild adventure! Can’t wait to get the cub picture posted for ya’ll to see!
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May 18 2013
LittleKnee
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32 female
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 Henderson, NV
Oak Creek Canyon, NV 
Oak Creek Canyon, NV
 
Hiking avatar May 18 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking3.25 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.60 mph
300 ft AEG
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Took the Oak Creek Trail from the 159 in order to avoid going through the Red Rock scenic drive. Only one other car at the parking area, I was shocked! I saw one couple hiking on the way back, otherwise I had the place to myself. This is an easy, easy hike. I don't even think I broke a sweat the whole time (of course I started at 7:15am but still). I took what seemed like a game trail to the creek, eventually finding the actual trail on my way back. Did I say creek? I shouldn't have, because there is no water. Lush vegetation all around though. I saw one snake, two bunnies, and over a dozen various lizards. I should have kept following the creek back into the canyon, but I wasn't finding anything to photograph and I just got kinda bored of it. :oops: So I turned around. Maybe I'm spoiled with AZ's beauty or maybe I'm just bias, but the majority of the hikes in Las Vegas don't get me as excited as the ones back home. Perhaps that's why it seems like everyone in Nevada rock climbs or mountain bikes. :-k Always nice to get out of the house and soak up a little sunshine though!
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May 11 2013
LittleKnee
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 Henderson, NV
Amargosa TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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LittleKnee
Mtn Biking3.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Mtn Biking3.00 Miles
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Been sick for the past week, had to get out. This is my go-to. Quick, easy, and allows me time to sit by the pool in the afternoon. It is starting to get hot... going to have to head North for my hikes soon. Hidden Forest Cabin might be next on my Southern Nevada list. :)
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Apr 27 2013
LittleKnee
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 Henderson, NV
Angel's LandingSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking5.40 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   3 Hrs      1.80 mph
1,700 ft AEG
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Day 2 in Zion.

After staying the night just outside the park, we made our way back to the visitor center to hop on the tram for Angel's Landing. On the way to the visitor's center we found more big horn sheep (probably the same group from the day before). We have seen big horn sheep every time we come to Zion, usually in the same area. Makes for fun photo ops.

Everyone in Zion is so friendly and happy, I love it. We chatted with some folks on the tram before we got off. They warned us that Angel's Landing is scary and dangerous and "people die there every year".... They mentioned a place that a majority of the people stop at just before the climb, claiming few people actually make it up to the very top. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

In reality I really enjoyed the whole hike! We got a later start than we anticipated. It was warming up quick and of course it was PACKED on a Saturday right after free National Park Week, but it was still a beautiful day. I was breathing heavy from the get go, but it wasn't bad as there are plenty of things to look at and admire.

We made it to the break area (complete with an outhouse.. who knew?!). TONS of people were eating lunch and enjoying the views. We explored around there for a bit and watched the little ants crawl up the mountain holding onto the cables. It looked a bit intimidating at first, but we pressed on. I was actually surprised at how fearless I was going up the cables. I felt very secure despite the cliffs on either side. It is slow going up the last stretch of the hike, as you have to wait in areas for people to come down before you go up, but it gives you a chance to catch your breath. I made it to the top and was still grinning from ear to ear. No blood or tears like there were at Devil's Chasm (but PLENTY of sweat)! :sweat: I guess I just don't like the loose, unpredictable ground at Devil's Chasm, because I had NO issues here at Angel's Landing.

Highly highly highly recommend this hike!!! We saw people of all shapes and sizes at the top, so it is du-able (as long as you aren't afraid of heights, you take your time, and watch your step). :y:
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Angels Landing
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Apr 26 2013
LittleKnee
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 Henderson, NV
The Narrows of Zion CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2013
LittleKnee
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We arrived in Zion in the afternoon on Friday and decided to do the riverside walk and then go into the narrows from there. As we were walking, we noticed the river didn't seem as crystal clear or blue as it was last year. boo. The water was also FREEZING. I brought my new trekking poles with for the journey, which DEFINITELY came in handy. The merky water made it difficult to find good footing. There were several people at the start of the narrows hike, but the numbers dropped quickly due to the cool water. We went for a little ways but decided there was no way we would be able to make it all the way to our destination, plus we were loosing light, so we turned around :cry: We saw some people who rented gear and were just floating down the river (AWESOME!), so we are thinking next time we will try that. Also, we hope the water will be a little more clear upon our return. The canyons are just so incredible that, even though we didn't make it as far as we planned, it was beyond gorgeous and enjoyable. The canyons glow red as the sun starts going down, and the greens are just perfect next to the water. Zion is truly breathtaking!
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Apr 14 2013
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Ice Box Canyon, NV 
Ice Box Canyon, NV
 
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LittleKnee
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Went with some friends to Red Rocks last weekend. Park was full! Usually the further down the scenic drive you go, the fewer the cars... but we had to park along the street as the designated parking was full. It is a short hike, only 2.5 miles round trip. We brought a 7yr old lab/mastiff mix and she struggled through some of the bouldering, which turned the short hike into a long one. A lot of other people brought their dogs, but I can't say I'd recommend this hike for all dogs. Gotta have a billy-goat-dog for this one! Not much water left. Pretty views going back out of the canyon. I thought it was going to be a warm day, but it turned out absolutely perfect with a slight breeze. Not sure which hike in the canyon I want to do next... suggestions?
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Mar 30 2013
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Devil's ChasmGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,489 AEG
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Friday after Kyle got off work, we packed up the truck and hit the road for a night under the stars. The next day we were going to explore the Sierra Anchas by ATV. So we did. Until we got to Devils Chasm and decided we couldn’t just drive by it. After a little convincing (I was not wearing the proper shoes nor was I mentally prepared for this hike- lots of wine the night before and not a solid breakfast either), I decided it would be a pitty to come this way and not do it.

This is a BEAUTIFUL hike. I loved the sounds of running water and that you are hidden from the sun most of the way. Once to the waterfall, boulder, and second waterfall I was feeling pretty good about the hike. :wlift: This ain’t so bad, right? Wrong! Holy :pk: , the last part of the trail kicked my butt! Blood, sweat, and some tears were shed. I cursed every bee, wasp, thorn, Kyle, and loose rock along the way. I kept looking up thinking, how on earth are we going to get DOWN. :scared: I would advise people NOT to look up because, sure enough, fear got into my head and I had to stop.

Kyle had enough of my complaining and kept going. :stop: I watched a group of about 8 or so slide on their butts down along with all the loose rocks. I hoped they would make it look easy and I’d get the courage to make it up the ruins. Nah, they all had terrified looks in their eyes (but smiles- and lots of dirt- on their faces). Then another couple made their way up, and shared some words of encouragement. We had chatted with them at the trailhead (such nice people)! At that point, I decided I must continue. They helped me up the trail until I found my man (shocked that I made it & happy he got a break from dealing with me, I’m sure).

Talk about spectacular views! People aren’t joking when they say you can’t see the ruins until you are almost there (they are hidden so well)! The people who lived in these dwellings must have been tiny people; the doors were so small! I chuckled at the little shelf that Kyle rested his sunglasses on and we were in awe of how they built such solid structures so high up. Absolutely awesome place...

And then the way down… all I could think was “Screw you Indians! Why couldn’t you just build your dwelling near the creek at the bottom to make it easy on us!” Okay okay, if they had done that I wouldn’t be in awe nor would I have seen those amazing views. So, I take that back and instead thank them (with a slight scowl on my face). :worthy:

We passed a group of 4 hikers in their 60s and 70s on their way up the steepest part of the trail, and I was just amazed. Here I am, 23, fearing for my life while they are just trekking along like it was just an ordinary Saturday stroll. Hopefully someday I’ll be like them.

The waterfalls seemed a bit harder to go down then they were to go up, but we managed. I’ve decided that my next purchase will be trekking poles (thank you to the man that let me borrow the one he stashed before the climb)! It made the way down more enjoyable (aside from throwing up my pb&j sandwich and cursing a few more innocent rocks :A1: )! BUT I DID IT!
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Mar 28 2013
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Shadow Mountain, AZ 
Shadow Mountain, AZ
 
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LittleKnee
Hiking1.74 Miles 322 AEG
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I was driving North on the 51 the other day and noticed all the mountains glowing with gold flowers. So I decided to take my sister to South Mountain to get a closer look at the flowers. Some cool looking houses back up into this mountain. There seem to be trails going every direction with nice views of the city and mountains off in the distance. Gorgeous weather, with perfect hiking temperatures! Wish it would stay this beautiful for a few more months!
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Mar 27 2013
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32 female
 Joined Feb 01 2011
 Henderson, NV
Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,060 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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My little 16-year old sister recently purchased her first camelbak. She's sparked an interest in hiking and I couldn't be happier about it! She probably wouldn't strike most people as the outdoorsy type... she practically glows during the day (don't worry, we joke openly about this "white-girl syndrome"). But she's grown up with a hunter as a father, so she gets out camping and hunting with the guys. She even shot an elk once, something I could never do (unless it was with my camera, of course :D )! Anyway, to make what could be a long story short, her boyfriend mentioned taking her to Pinnacle Peak for a hike. She's gone with me to the Supes and to South Mountain, but she only made it halfway before she decided it wasn't so fun. So I told her I'd check out Pinnacle Peak before she goes with him (to make sure she could complete it with a smile on her face).

I've determined she'd do just fine on the trail. I also concluded this trail is North Scottsdale's equivalent to Camelback Mountain or South Mountain... You know the kind of hike where people go to "be seen," as Kyle would say. :wlift: Not really my thannng, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves (which is ultimately what is important). It is definitely more family friendly than some other popular Phoenix trails.

I can't imagine what the trail looks like on the weekend, because it was PACKED on a Tuesday around 10:30am. May have something to do with spring break, idk. It is a very well maintained trail, with nice restrooms, drinking fountains and what looked like a gift-shop (although I'm sure it was more of an information center, but I didn't go inside). I started off the hike with my camera out (hoping to find some pretty wildflowers), but put it away quickly as I figured there would be no real photo ops. Then, a chubby chuckwalla pops out of nowhere showing off to all the happy kids! Doh! ](*,) At the end of the hike, I was happy to see so many people actually OUTSIDE enjoying "nature." :DANCE:
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Mar 16 2013
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32 female
 Joined Feb 01 2011
 Henderson, NV
First Creek Canyon TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2013
LittleKnee
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I almost shied away from this hike when I saw the amount of cars at the trailhead. I should know better going to Red Rocks on the weekend, especially a weekend with such beautiful weather. Fortunately everyone was pretty spread out. I took as many of the unimproved trails as I could to steer clear of others. Plenty of little lizards showing off their push ups to me. Made my way to the waterfall. There I found a hiking club of 20+ adults (55 years and up). I explored the creek for a while, waiting for them to finish enjoying the waterfall. I meandered off a bit after the waterfall just taking in the gorgeous weather. I ran into some burros on my way back, they were some healthy looking fellas!
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It is easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. - Henry Ward Beecher
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