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Dec 02 2015
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2015
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Hiking8.90 Miles 781 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   6 Hrs      2.06 mph
781 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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It was a great day for a hike, as the weather started cool enough to be very comfortable with the exercise from a hike. I had heard that parts of the trail had become somewhat overgrown, so several people in our group came armed with pruning shears. As we walked the trail, each person took off a few of the offending branches, and by the time the last person went through, the trail was pretty clear of cats claws and other scratchy branches.
We set out to do the loop in a counter clockwise path around Picketpost Mountain. We have found that if we do the loop in a clockwise direction, photos of the mountain taken from Arnett Creek are too much into the sun. Instead, we like to do these shots a little later in the day.
The orange colors of fall are becoming more brilliant now, so the larger trees on the last half of the hike are now very colorful.
The GPS track associated with this triplog has been edited to take out the wondering around I did during group breaks, so should navigate as a relatively clean track for anyone who uses a GPS track for their hike.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Arnett Creek is now quite orange with the fall colors
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Nov 23 2015
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 23 2015
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Canyoneering
Canyoneering   5 Hrs   40 Mns   0.00 mph
   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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This was my second time in Aravaipa Canyon, coming in from the west entrance. We had a group of hikers from Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence. The weather was nearly perfect, with total sun and no wind, and temperatures in the lower 70s. Like last year, we found the water cold in the first part of the morning, but either daytime warming or just getting used to the water made for very comfortable walking in the water by mid-day.
The trees were not yet in their orange fall colors, with only a small number of trees beginning to turn orange.
The water depth was very similar to last year with typical depths anywhere between ankle and mid-calf. There were deeper holes but they could easily be avoided.
Early in the hike, we came on a pair of deer that were fairly cautious about our presence. We kept an eye out for wildlife, but didn’t see anything until at least two javelin were briefly seen after we left the creek bottom and were making our way back to the parking lot.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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Nov 20 2014
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness - GET #7Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2014
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Hiking13.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.68 mph
800 ft AEG
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I had forgotten about reading the analogy to the Grand Canyon, but had the same thought in mind just before starting this triplog. Of course, it is an overstatement to say it compared to the Grand Canyon, but it is still very exceptional when compared to any hike in the area. We made it a day hike, by going from the east trailhead in 6.5 miles to Booger Creek where we had lunch before making the return trek. One tip that you might find useful – be sure to make a note of where the trail coming in reaches the creek, because it is not that easy to spot on the way back.
The hike is very unusual with so much time actually spent hiking in the water, but the water became the highlight of the hike, and something I’m sure we all looked forward to as the day progressed.
We started at 9:00 AM, with temperatures in the 50s and found the water to be colder than we had expected. Although we didn’t measure water temperatures in the morning, we all found that the water was cold enough to have a numbing effect on our toes. By mid-day, the water had warmed up a surprising amount (did we just get used to it?) and we actually found it quite pleasant. If you are careful in choosing your path, water depth is almost always no deeper than mid-calf. If you were not so careful, and walked too close to a large rock, you could find water quite a bit deeper.
On the way back, we decided to investigate the abandoned lodge that is about half a mile from the trailhead. As we approached the lodge, a javelin ran across the trail. On a lucky guess, I readied my camera, and caught a picture of a second javelin crossing the same trail. It doesn’t seem common to find these fellows sticking around for pictures – this made my first in the wild.
Friends that were leading the hike said I should bring an old pair of running shoes that I don’t mind getting wet, so I did. The problem with this is that the shoes were old enough that there wasn’t a lot of support left, and by the end, both the sole and the uppers were about ready to give up. Also, with the lack of support compared to my hiking boots, my feet needed a day to recover. I wouldn’t have been practical to wear hiking boots, but a better shoe would certainly have been nicer. Whether the money spent on water shoes would be worth it depends on the individual.
In a few place, I found my GPS (Garmin Oregon 450) track became erratic, which was likely caused by being near steep cliffs which created a shadow from most of the satellites. It is something to keep in mind if you are using your GPS to keep track of distances, as the distances are likely to be overstated on your device.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
Trees were still green, with only the odd exception.
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Feb 20 2014
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Hugh Norris TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2014
bensondk
Hiking10.10 Miles 2,608 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.01 mph
2,608 ft AEG   2 Hrs   53 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Took a buddy on this trail as a conditioning hike in preparation for a Grand Canyon hike. Caught very good weather, as usual. One highlight was when we were passed by an 87 year old hiker who left saying, "Gotta keep moving, so the undertaker doesn't catch me!" There was a little more haze than would have been nice, but still a great view from the top, and all along the way.
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Wildflowers Observation None
A few flowers were in bloom, and many more showing buds, will be out in a week.
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Feb 19 2014
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2014
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Hiking8.70 Miles 761 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.73 mph
761 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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I led a group of hikers from Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch hiking club, and had a very enjoyable hike. We did the loop counterclockwise in order to do the sand portion going downhill. The sand lasts for about 3 miles, and is much like walking on a beach - good exercise, but tiring. Once past the sand, and beginning the uphill portion at N33 31.870 W111 29.792, the route becomes more scenic, with rugged canyon walls. The caves at N33 31.748 W111 29.874 were definitely the highlight for the group.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
there were some flowers, but limited rain is leading to limited flowers.
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Feb 10 2014
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2014
bensondk
Hiking13.20 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   10 Hrs   26 Mns   1.83 mph
4,480 ft AEG   3 Hrs   13 Mns Break
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The Superstition Ridgeline hike is one that caught my attention a couple of years ago, and thanks to some friends who planned to go, I had the opportunity to see if I was up to the challenge. I found it physically demanding enough, but not as difficult as I had expected. We gave ourselves as much time as we could by having a vehicle stationed at the Carney Spring end of the hike, and started shortly after dawn at the Syphon Draw end.
Since the weather was relatively warm for this time of year, I carried 3 liters of water, and a couple more liters of Gatorade. When I finished, I had only half a liter of water and about ¼ liter of Gatorade. The lesson I learned here is to keep a little more Gatorade in reserve, and drink the water as necessary, since it is difficult to know how much water remains in a reservoir.
We were lucky and caught a day without too much haze, so photos taken from the top, including Peak 5057 were great. There were a few flowers, but not in any numbers. Overall, a great hike.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Dec 23 2013
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2013
bensondk
Hiking12.10 Miles 3,256 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   1.27 mph
3,256 ft AEG
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Our group of mostly seniors, with a couple of visiting 20 year olds, decided to try to see the Sunrise Arch and then to the top of the mountains above the arch, then work our way around to find a way down by going to the southwest. Along the way from the trailhead and before we began any uphill portion, we encountered a pond with reeds along the side, and perfectly calm water, with ducks swimming. For at least a couple of minutes, this looked to be a perfect time to commune with nature. Then after I had taken a few pictures of the ducks, and the mountains reflecting on the water, two hunters walked out of the reeds, and began gathering the ducks, which turned out to be decoys. Pretty funny, as you will see if you look at the photos I will be submitting.
Although we had it available, we didn’t use the official GPS track for the inbound portion of the hike, except as a backup plan. We found the arch, and were impressed by its size. It was every bit as big as it was supposed to be. The work really started here, as we dropped down in the ravine just to the left of the arch, and made our way up the ravine to the top of the mountain. If you plan to try this route, be aware that you will need to use your hands as this involves a bit of scrambling. We explored a few miles around the top of the mountains, and stopped just short of finding the right way down, before we decided that we were short of daylight. We ended up coming back down the way we went up, and then used the official GPS track from HAZ to find our way back to the trailhead after dark.
Geology
Geology
Natural Arch
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Saguaro Lake Stewart Mountain Dam
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
Some orange trees noted along the Salt River
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Dec 09 2013
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2013
bensondk
Hiking7.00 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   1.04 mph
330 ft AEG
 
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We approached this hike expecting to do a lot of bushwhacking, and found it to be a hike with mostly easy terrain and fabulous scenery. We did the loop in a clockwise direction which put the best scenery in the first part. I will include a GPS track of this route in the route list, and also a set of photos under the same name. Most of the way is quite well defined trail worn in by horses. This first half mostly follows streambed, with some boulders, some water, and large caves worth exploring. The rugged walls to the valley just after Wishbone Junction are awesome viewing, but very difficult to capture the feeling with a camera. The second half of the loop is easy walking on a road/streambed with lots of sand, similar to walking on a beach. It would be nice to find an alternate route for the return to the trailhead, but there were no apparent good choices that I have seen yet, unless bushwhacking is your choice.
Both sets of caves, marked by waypoints included with the GPS track, are worth stopping and touring through them. The first set is particularly interesting because they are large and have more than one entrance. It is easy to imagine these caves may have been homes thousands of years ago.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
No autumn foliage seen.
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Mar 11 2013
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Pass Mtn Ridgeline Loop - Meridian THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2013
bensondk
Hiking7.20 Miles 2,123 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   5 Hrs   38 Mns   1.28 mph
2,123 ft AEG
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This turned out to be a great hike for a variety of reasons. The flowers, especially the Mexican poppies were out in full bloom by the billions, especially on the east side of Pass Mountain, to the south of the saddle. The air was clearer than it often is, so the tall buildings of downtown Phoenix were clearly visible. The temperature was just perfect - warm, but not too hot. And probably best of all, the hundreds of bees that had a nest in the rocks not too far above the wind cave were flying in and out, but seemed to pay no attention to us as we passed what seemed way to close for our comfort.
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Feb 21 2013
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Top Hat Loop from Dome Mountain TH, AZ 
Top Hat Loop from Dome Mountain TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2013
bensondk
Hiking8.30 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   1.62 mph
1,260 ft AEG
 
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After yesterday's snow and rain, we hiked in from the Dome Mountain trail head parking lot, along the roads leading to Top Hat Mountain. Because of the new snow, there were many photo opportunities that we don't often see. In the morning, there was still snow on many of the cactus plants, and ice in some of the streams.
This hike is easy for much of the way, as the trail follows a primitive road. At the southeast corner of Top Hat, the going becomes a little more difficult, as the track shifts to fairly open bushwhacking on the side of the slopes leading to the summit of Top Hat. The ridge off to the north of Top Hat where the arch is located provided a good place to take more pictures and have a lunch break. From the arch, we continued down the mountain, and back to the road to the trail head.
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Feb 07 2013
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2013
bensondk
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,880 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   0.84 mph
1,880 ft AEG
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Yesterday, we hiked to the peak with a group of 7 from our Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch hiking club. The weather was great, so the views were terrific. There were a few other hikers on the trail, but not so many that it seemed busy. The most interesting couple were just arriving at the bench about half way up, as we were going down. A young couple were carrying their kids. He was carrying a toddler on his shoulders, and she was carrying a young child on a pack on her front. When warned that they would run into much more difficult travel ahead, he said they were experienced hikers, so not to worry. Hmmm. It would have been very interesting to see at what point they would have turned around.
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Jan 31 2013
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2013
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Hiking8.20 Miles 1,118 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.39 mph
1,118 ft AEG
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We had a great trip into the ruins in Roger's Canyon yesterday - Jan 30, 2013. The recent rains appeared to have degraded the road to the trailhead even further, or I forget how bad it was before. I drive a street version of a Jeep Grande Cherokee, and felt that some of places where I was picking my way through were close to the limit. In one spot on the way out, a hiking partner was in front carefully directing me around and over obstacles, when another partner notice my back wheel was actually about 10 inches in the air as my front wheel went slowly into a hole. We never bottomed out on the whole trip, so I would have to say that the road is still passable for street vehicles, but maybe not all drivers.
On the road in, we crossed water on quite a few occasions, and that gave us a clue that we had more water to come. This was indeed true, as the creek in Roger's canyon was flowing, and the further downstream we went, the larger the creek grew, as other streams added to the flow. We counted 27 stream crossings between the trailhead and the ruins, something that never mattered when the trail was dry. The crossings were all possible without getting wet, and added to the fun of the journey. As long as the water flows, there are some great photo opportunities along the way.
It seems a shame, but the ruins are showing degradation in the year since last year. A 1999 photo in a book shows a doorway that seems solid. My photo from last year shows the same doorway starting to crack, and this year, the doorway has fallen away on one side, making a much bigger opening. Fortunately, this is not on the main building, but on the lower cave which is more weather exposed.
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Culture
Graffiti
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Rogers Canyon
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Dec 18 2012
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
White Canyon Overlook, AZ 
White Canyon Overlook, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2012
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Hiking
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This hike is the completion of an effort to connect White Canyon from two different directions the northeast and from the south. Initially, I hiked in to White Canyon from the northeast (Official trail in HAZ by Grasshopper as White Canyon Upper - SW Approach FR319). As Grasshopper describes, the approach from the northeast takes you to the top of the valley with some fantastic views of White Canyon. Further investigation showed a number of approaches from the south from Battle Axe Road, but no routes that connected to the top of the ridge where the approach from the northeast ended. The track described below is the result of a combined effort with George from Solera, who recorded the initial track.

The accompanying GPS track is helpful in picking the right general area, but in places may not have followed the best line, as it is easy to miss the trail. The GPS track does become very helpful in knowing where to leave the creek to go up to the top of the valley to the right.

Using the track from George as a guide, we parked my pickup at a wide spot on the road (N33 09.658 W111 04.433) beyond which the road deteriorated a bit. More aggressive drivers with suitable vehicles could drive up to 1.1 miles further and park where the road separates from the creek bed.

The hike in on the first 1.1 miles is on a travelled road, mainly used by off road vehicles. It passes a spring which has been fixed up with a pipe coming out of the ground keeping a pool filled. Later I was told that this spring is warm water, although I didn't think to feel it at the time. As you hike in on the road the cliffs to the side become more rugged and impressive.

Where the creek bed separates into two, the road follows one, and the track takes the other as you work your way up the creek. About 0.2 miles from the road, you are likely to encounter a registration stand. This registration stand is located in a remote location, and contains a surprising number of entries. It seems likely that a number of hikers going up the creek bed would miss the registration completely.

As you work your way up the creek, you will encounter all sizes of boulders some of which will test your scrambling skills, but none of which required any special skills other than picking the easiest route. A trail can be found for much of the way, but it will disappear from time to time particularly where the trail is right in the bottom of the creek.

After about 3 miles from the parking spot, you will come to a waterfall (likely dry) on your right. This is where you leave the creek bed and turn uphill. At first, this will appear to be impossible to scramble, but if you look closely at the left hand side, you can begin to see a path, and as you work your way up, you find that it is indeed not that difficult to scramble. If you use a series of switchbacks, the otherwise very steep track can be made much easier. Initially, we thought that it might be ok going up, but could be difficult to descend later, but descending turned out to be relatively easy as well. As a comparison, those familiar with the hike to the Picket Post summit will find this route by the waterfall slightly easier and much shorter duration.

Once at the top, we returned the same way we came. For hikers in this area for the first time, I would encourage you to go further to the north along the edge of the valley to take as many scenic lookout points as time allows. If transportation can be worked out to combine this track with the one called White Canyon Upper - SW Approach FR319, a very good outing can be had by hiking from one trailhead to the other.
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