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Sep 10 2011
AZ_Jim1
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54 male
 Joined Apr 03 2011
 Central, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2011
AZ_Jim1
Hiking1.30 Miles 547 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.11 mph
547 ft AEG
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Well I have driven by Bell Rock many times over the years going into Sedona, but I never had a chance to hike it until today. A relatively easy hike for the first part, then if you decide to go further up, the trail turns into many different options and the difficulty level turns to moderate, and involves some use of the hands. The views of the Sedona area are spectacular from that vantage point. This is a must do / see if you love the Red Rocks. Because I went further up the mountain, there were some places I had to "sit and slide" a little to get down to the next place I could step down, but not bad. Spotted a couple of turkey vultures, a hawk, and some lizards. It rained hard the night before so there was some places where the water was still trickling down the rocks.

AZ Jim
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Aug 28 2011
AZ_Jim1
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 Central, AZ
Overland Trl to Water Canyon Trl Head, AZ 
Overland Trl to Water Canyon Trl Head, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2011
AZ_Jim1
Hiking6.50 Miles
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.86 mph
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Well we (my hiking partner beiley and I) intended to hike Mt. Baldy up in the White Mtns., but the County Sheriff Dept. had all of the access points closed looking for a lost hiker - Mr. Frank Carl Patane. Everyone needs to say an extra prayer for this guy and his family as it seems he has been lost a couple of weeks now. Hope they find him ok. The officials wont let anyone up there, because of the scent dogs. Anyway we had to find another trail and it was hard due to all of the closures from the Wallow Fire. We ended up on the Overland Trail that took us to the Water Canyon Trail and then to the Water Canyon Trail Head. Very steep downhill (at one point a 26% grade) with a lot of switchbacks - The grass was very green due to all of the recent rains, but there was also a lot of burn from the fire. Has some good views out to Springerville / Eagar. Started in the pines then drops to the junipers at the bottom. Cool wildflowers, a hawk, some deer and elk on the way to the trailhead. The trail widens to an old converted forest road for a while then back to a trail again. Got to the bottom at Water Canyon the other end of the trailhead under the ramada, then a torrential downpour of rain started and then hail. Bummed a ride back to our car from a nice guy named Dave (a local up there who just happened by) since the trail turned to black chocolate goo from the ash and mud run off as a result of the fire. The trip ended up good, got to hike a new place and see some new things and we ate at Los Dos Molinas in Springerville - YUM!! (watch out for the margaritas, strong !!)
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Aug 21 2011
AZ_Jim1
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54 male
 Joined Apr 03 2011
 Central, AZ
Pine Mountain Verde Rim LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2011
AZ_Jim1
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,574 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   1.43 mph
1,574 ft AEG
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I came across this trail head while scouting the area for quail last year. My hiking partner beiley, sparked my interest in longer hikes this year, so I suggested this one. It was great, with awesome views and good workout. There is a really neat riparian area that you hike along for the first part of the trail with a running creek for part of the way. Then you pull a steep grade up out of the canyon southeast to the top. As you loop around and begin heading north, there are many views along the Verde Rim and you come to a trail head and take a short jaunt to the top of Pine Mountain. There were some cattle in there and we saw a young whitetail buck deer, a horse that came up to say "hi", a roadrunner, lots of butterflies, some wildflowers. The trail starts in the pinyon, juniper and riparian habitat and tops out in Ponderosa pine and oak trees.
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Aug 07 2011
AZ_Jim1
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 Joined Apr 03 2011
 Central, AZ
Mormon Mountain Trail - Mormon Lake AZ, AZ 
Mormon Mountain Trail - Mormon Lake AZ, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2011
AZ_Jim1
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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Pretty awesome hike. Thanks to my hiking partner Beiley, we found an small hidden alpine meadow with a pond at the top that was off of the trail. Started in the Ponderosa Pines and moved up the trail into the aspen, fir and spruce trees. Encountered some wild rasberry bushes along the way. Tried this hike once before in the early spring, but lost the trail in the snow towards the top. Pretty cool views of Mormon Lake between the trees in a few spots along the way. Trail was well kept. Steep grade coming down the last 2/3's toes jammed in my boots, but overall fun hike. Spotted deer and elk on the road to the trail head.

AZ Jim
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