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Sep 19 2020
ddgrunning
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49 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking10.60 Miles 2,394 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   2.78 mph
2,394 ft AEG
 
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Early start at the TH. The parking area was closed off, and the gate locked, when we arrived. I thought they may have shut it down due to COVID, but apparently it’s just that they don’t open it till 6 am. We parked on the street instead.

Expected more people on the trail, but wasn’t complaining after last week’s traffic jam on Piestewa. Passed a couple of hikers along the way, but had the summit to ourselves.

The climb up the road is crazy steep. I still can’t figure out how they got the concrete to sit still long enough a that slope to set up.

Saw two dbacks and a garter snake. It’s been the summer is snakes for me, but this was my first three-for.

Did a side trip to the Dixie mine on the return.

Route Scout was glitchy today and did not get a good route, so stats are from
my Garmin.

Happy Saturday!
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Sep 12 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Phx Mtn Preserve Explore, AZ 
Phx Mtn Preserve Explore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking13.18 Miles 4,296 AEG
Hiking13.18 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   2.32 mph
4,296 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I was planning to head up to the Peaks/Flagstaff for some AEG and a solid tune-up hike in advance of an upcoming R2R, but logistics didn’t align—my brother (who’s is also doing R2R with me) had to work. So, I turned to more local options. I hadn’t done Piestewa Peak in years, and had never hiked any of the other trails in the Preserve, so I decided to make a morning of exploring the area. I knew the Peak was essentially a 1-mile stair climber, and I was sure I could find other stuff in the area to climb up and down for the desired AEG. I also needed a longer-ish hike to get a feel for how my new trail runners (Saucony Peregrine 10) would perform over a long distance. And, after a dozen years with my Costco High Sierra daypack, I finally decided to upgrade to a new pack (Osprey Talon 22). So, lots of gear getting a first workout on this hike.

As it was Saturday morning, and the temps had moderated a bit, I expected it to be busy, but somehow still managed to be shocked that every parking slot was filled, with dozens of cars waiting in line by 6 a.m. I ended up parking a half mile away in a neighborhood. No big deal, since I was there to hike and didn’t have a specific destination in mind.

I had planned to start the trip with a couple of ascents to the peak, but after navigating the “Piestewa rush hour” once, I decided to postpone ascent two in favor of some exploring. (As an aside, the diverse cross-section of humanity hiking Piestewa Peak on a Saturday is quite a sight.) As I peeled off onto the circumference trail to the west on my descent, I concluded that I could probably go another several years before deciding to hike Piestewa again.

Once on the circumference trail, I entered into the much more solitary portion of the hike. I passed a few hikers here and there, but had good stretches of alone time as well—especially in places where I followed a use path or climbed up to one of the intermediate summits or ridgelines.

About a third of the way through the hike, I got a text from my brother with a couple of photos and a note saying he decided to get up early and do a quick ascent of ... Piestwwa Peak and the circumference trail!!! :o :o :o I immediately called him and we laughed about the improbable coincidence of us separately deciding last minute to hike the same trail—which neither of us had hiked in many years. In fact, as we compared notes, it’s likely that we passed each other on the summit trail without even recognizing each other. Crazy! :lol:

After finishing the call, I continued to wander around the western side trails looking for stuff to climb. : rambo : I found plenty of options and was pleased with how my shoes and pack were performing. I was also happy with my new 3L hydration bladder, as well as the insulation bag I had purchased to keep it cold (a must for me, and truly one of the reasons I kept the High Sierra for so long—its insulated hydration pouch).

Eventually, I exhausted my hydration bladder and was down to a water bottle, so I made my way back to the TH, and refilled a bit for my second ascent.

By that time, the temps had warmed, the masses had cleared, plenty of parking was available, and the trail was much more manageable. That said, I was just grinding out another 1K in elevation and ready to be done for the day.

In the middle of my determined but somewhat unenthusiastic grind, I looked up the trail to see a figure that I immediately recognized—even from a distance, though I had never met him in person before. It was the elusive @joebartels, grinding out a few ascents of his own in his native environment. I flagged him down and introduced myself. We visited for a couple of minutes, and as we parted, I felt a bit of ironic redemption in meeting a fellow "hiking brother" after apparently hiking right by my "actual brother" earlier in the day. :lol: Joe indicated that he was planning another ascent, so we would probably pass again on my way down. We did, and I was glad, since I had failed to take a selfie with the legend the first go around. I fixed that on the descent and enjoyed another brief chat about HAZ and my family-focused hiking adventures. I thanked him for the great resource and community which is HAZ and finished out the hike.

Ended up with 4.2K AEG, which was the intended goal for the day, and though I was on top of Piestewa Peak twice, the "summit" experiences on the day for me occurred about half-way up/down, when I made a personal acquaintance with someone I've followed virtually all these years. Thanks again, Joe, for HAZ. : app : It'll probably be another several years before I"m back on Piestewa, but perhaps we'll meet again out in the "wild" someday. :-)
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Sep 05 2020
ddgrunning
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49 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,116 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   1.95 mph
2,116 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Saturday Snake Day on Picketpost Mountain with good company! 🐍. A predawn start and a western approach meant shade almost the entire way. Nice breeze at the top. Home by 9:25 a.m. I always feel like this one should involve more mileage. Short, but packs a nice punch. Someone has gone on a “helpful” red arrow painting spree. 😕. Also, the “replacement” mailbox has gone missing, and now another “new” one is up there (didn’t get a pic). And what happened to the bench?

It’s good to be alive!
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Aug 29 2020
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49 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain Plus, AZ 
Pass Mountain Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking12.82 Miles 2,214 AEG
Hiking12.82 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   3.03 mph
2,214 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Pass Mountain loop from Meridian TH, adding peak 3004 loop and tacking on an up-and-down to the Wind Cave. With an early start, we managed to hike much of the trail on the west-face shade of the morning. Add to that a gentle breeze, and the hike was quite pleasant for late August.

Quite a few folks on the Wind Cave Trail, but fairly light on the loop. For the first time in several hikes, didn’t cross paths with any snakes.
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Aug 22 2020
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49 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Bursersa-National-Pyramid Loop, AZ 
Bursersa-National-Pyramid Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking11.38 Miles 2,469 AEG
Hiking11.38 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.85 mph
2,469 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I was stuck in town, but wanted to get some AEG, so decided to hit up the south side of South Mountain this morning. Arrived at the trail head at a little after 6 AM, and was shocked to see it completely full and overflowing. Wasn’t what I expected for a mid August hike in Phoenix. I wonder if the increased traffic is the result of the easy access via the freeway now (?).

First time on this section of the Bursera trail. I actually liked it better than I thought I would. Saw my first speckled rattlesnake while exploring one of the high points along the ridge line. Their camouflage is finely attuned to the surroundings.

Came across a second speckled on the national trail, but he slipped under a rock before I could get a photo.

Light cloud cover, and a decent breeze along the Ridgeline kept temperatures relatively moderate, though it was starting to get toasty when I finished up about 10:30 AM.
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Aug 01 2020
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49 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Flatiron Peak 4648, AZ 
Flatiron Peak 4648, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking7.22 Miles 2,972 AEG
Hiking7.22 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   1.93 mph
2,972 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Thought I was the only one crazy enough to hit up Flatiron on a day when the high is supposed to be 116, and following a record 118 day. Nope.

A surprising number of folks on the trail.

The saving grace of this hike is its western facing and narrow canyon approach, meaning there is shade for all who get an early start.

I was on the trail by 5:45.

Just up from the bowl area and the first killer climb, I looked back and saw about 10 bighorn sheep bounding down the south side of the canyon, with a couple standing as sentinels on the top of the rocks.

At the top of the climb, there was a pleasant breeze. I decided to bypass the actual Flatiron in favor of exploring a bit of the area down the ridgeline. Headed off trail just past the three pines camp spot and up to the hoodoos on 4648 above Monument Canyon. Great views of the canyon and to 5057 and Weavers, though it was a bit hazy. Also great for solitude.

Headed back and it was already 101 degrees when I arrived at my car.

Stay safe out there!
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Jul 25 2020
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 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain Plus, AZ 
Pass Mountain Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking12.63 Miles 2,404 AEG
Hiking12.63 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.85 mph
2,404 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Started at Meridian and headed up to the East saddle for a little variety and a little extra AEG. Warm out, but not blazing. Some intermittent cloud cover and last night’s rain cooled things down a bit.

Saw two rattlers along the way: a d-back and a black-tailed.
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Jul 17 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Kayak avatar Jul 17 2020
ddgrunning
Kayak12.00 Miles 84 AEG
Kayak12.00 Miles
84 ft AEG
 
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Afternoon/evening paddle down the Salt. Once the sun dropped low enough to shade the river, it was quite pleasant.

The Granite Reef area is a bit of a zoo at sunset, but AZ sunsets being what they are, I guess that’s to be expected. 😎
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Jul 13 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
K-Hill TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking0.99 Miles 305 AEG
Hiking0.99 Miles      50 Mns   1.52 mph
305 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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I had some more ambitious hikes planned for our family reunion time in Kanab, but ultimately opted for some lower key alternatives that provided more opportunity to do what reunions are for—hang out with family.

The trail itself doesn’t actually go to the K, but just circles beneath it. To get to the K involves a little scrambling, but rewards with a nice view of the town and surrounding area.

This is a short hike up to the “K” on the hill above the town. Marking the hillside with the town/city’s initial letter isn’t unique to Utah, but it is ubiquitous here.
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Jul 13 2020
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Sand CavesSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking0.89 Miles 165 AEG
Hiking0.89 Miles      53 Mns   1.30 mph
165 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Visible from Highway 89, the short climb up to these caves is well worth a pit stop on your drive. According to my father in law (who grew up in Kanab), the caves were dug out during WWII to collect the sand for making glass.

We loved the hike so much that we came back the next day and dropped a 130 ft rappel line from above the cliff face. Cool spot.
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Jul 05 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Sinclair Wash to Fisher Point, AZ 
Sinclair Wash to Fisher Point, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking15.24 Miles 1,244 AEG
Hiking15.24 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   6.06 mph
1,244 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Pulled out the mountain bikes and headed onto the Flagstaff urban trail system from right behind our hotel. Meandered through NAU's south campus and eventually into Sinclair Wash. Flag has a beautiful trail system!

Eventually, we headed under the I-40 overpass and then hung a left at the Rio de Flag "pond" onto the Arizona Trail, which immediately smacks you in the face with a 600ft climb at 13% grade. After that, there were some ups and downs, but mostly down towards Sandys Canyon, where we reconnected at the base of Fisher Point with our hiking adventure of the day before.

We initially decided we'd try mountain biking up the 1.1 mi. trail to Fisher Point, but quickly realized it was a little more technical than our present bikes and skill level were comfortable with. So, we stashed the biked and hiked up to the point.

A nice vista of the forest and the open meadow in Sandys Canyon below opens up, but it's not spectacular. After enjoying the views, we hiked back down to the bikes and headed back on the trail.

Given the generally downhill ride in, we expected it to be a huffer on the way back, but it wasn't bad at all. Only saw a couple of other mtn. bikers and a couple of hikers on the AZT until we got back into town.

A fun and moderate mountain biking adventure!
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 Gilbert, AZ
Clear Creek ReservoirNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 05 2020
ddgrunning
Canyoneering4.62 Miles 212 AEG
Canyoneering4.62 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   1.77 mph
212 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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To cap off our Flagstaff/northern AZ 4th of July weekend, we decided to take a detour out to Winslow for our return trip to the Valley.

Having grown up in Flagstaff, my perceptions of Winslow were that it was a train stop where we went on a our 2nd grade field trip and where a few softball/baseball tournament were held--and not much else.

The second verse of a popular Eagles song notwithstanding, I'm pretty sure the most popular thing in Winslow is Clear Creek Reservoir.

To the non-locals, this is a bit of hidden gem. We arrived mid-afternoon, and locals were out in force, enjoying the best thing in town.

It was a good mile paddle upstream before we left the crowds behind. And at that point, the canyon is a real gem.

Thoroughly enjoyed the paddling. I, of course, wanted to go all the way to the climbing area and until the creek was too shallow to paddle, but my kiddos were ready to head back, so we turned around after a couple of miles.

I'll be back again to enjoy this one.

We drove back through Payson. Looking at the scarred landscape from the Bush fire was depressing. :( Among many others, Mt. Ord from Slate Creek will not be the same for a long time ....
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Jul 04 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Sandys Canyon Trail #137Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking8.81 Miles 770 AEG
Hiking8.81 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.35 mph
770 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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A family friend from my childhood owns a hotel in Flagstaff. She liked my hiking photos and asked to use them to decorate her hotel. I agreed on condition that we could come stay at the hotel on occasion. She was more than happy to oblige, and we decided to cash in on the deal over 4th of July weekend. Turned out to be a perfect jumping off point for multi-sport adventuring, which in our case, included: hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

Sandys Canyon was our second adventure on the trip--our first being an evening kayak on Lake Mary on Friday night after we checked into the hotel (see separate triplog).

Sandys Canyon was a 10-15 minute drive from our hotel, and so we slept in on the 4th and made our way to the TH around 8 a.m. I had expected the trail to be a little crowded, but it turns out we were the first car at the TH parking area. Saw a lot more people on our way back.

The canyon is beautiful and a nice, easy stroll. I expected a lot more wide open valley, based on my brief review of the triplog photos, but was pleasantly surprised at the more closed-in, tree-lined, grassy narrow area of the canyon beyond Fisher Point.

We explored the "caves," which were fun diversions. I wanted to hike up to Fisher Point, but my crew had had enough adventure for the morning, so I put it on the to-do list for the following day as part of a planned mountain biking adventure.

A beautiful area and a beautiful day in Flag.

We would be back to the TH in the late afternoon for some rock climbing at the Pit (separate triplog).
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Jul 04 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Le Petit Verdon - The Pit / Sun TowerFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Climbing avatar Jul 04 2020
ddgrunning
Climbing1.02 Miles 229 AEG
Climbing1.02 Miles      33 Mns   1.91 mph
229 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
1st trip
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After a morning hike in Sandys Canyon, followed by some Pickleball and frisbee at Bushmaster Park in east Flag, we headed back to the Sandys Canyon TH--this time with our climbing gear for some rock climbing. We hiked over to the climbing area, arriving around 5 pm with the hopes that climbing traffic would have died down.

Not sure how many were there earlier in the day, but there was still a good number of climbers out--and I realize that afternoon is the preferred time here, given that the east-facing climbs are shaded in the afternoon.

In any event, I hadn't been there before, and really wished I could have gone with someone who knew the area better. I had done some research online and wanted to clime Mr. Slate, but it seems everyone else wanted to do that one as well.

So, after asking a few folks for suggestions for a good top-rope climb (we didn't have quick draws with us), we headed over to the Sun Tower area. Not sure if we were actually at the Sun Tower, but we found a nice spot to set up a top-rope belay. The kids and I took a turn rappelling down, and then we climbed the route.

It was probably a little more difficult than our present skill level, but my son got to the top, and we all had a great time.

By the time we packed up our gear, and headed back, it was past dusk, and the we used our headlamps the final 0.5 mi. to the TH.

Just as we had started the day, our car was the only one at the TH. So, we opened it up and shut it down on the same day. :)

Capped off the day with takeout pizza from NiMarco's :y:
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Jul 03 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Lake Mary kayak, AZ 
Lake Mary kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 03 2020
ddgrunning
Kayak3.00 Miles
Kayak3.00 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   1.84 mph
 
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After checking into our hotel on the south end of Flagstaff, we piled into the car for an evening paddle on Lake Mary.

They were charging $10 to park in the parking area by the boat ramp. We paid so we could put our kayaks in right next to the water, rather than carting them cross-country from the side of the road.

The boat traffic had essentially called it a day, and the lake was calm, so it made for good paddling conditions.

We paddled up lake to a small inlet where a side "canyon" drains into the lake. Got out and explored around a bit, and then paddled back into the setting sun, while the full moon rose in the east behind us.

A great way to kick off our 4th of July Flagstaff weekend.
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Jun 20 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Bartlett Lake Paddle, AZ 
Bartlett Lake Paddle, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jun 20 2020
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Kayak3.80 Miles
Kayak3.80 Miles
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Escaped the heat to Bartlett Lake with the kayaks. Never been to Bartlett before, and had relatively low expectations.

We dropped in from the Yellow Cliffs area. Once we crossed the busy channel, the water smoothed out and we explored up one of the “fingers,” where the water was calm and no boats and jet skis were present.

The water temps were great, and there are many more flat-ish, beach options than on the Salt River lakes.

Final assessment: exceeded expectations. Will be back.

The lake also provided an excellent—and sad—viewpoint for the billowing smoke from the Bush Fire. :(
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Jun 13 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking10.91 Miles 3,421 AEG
Hiking10.91 Miles   5 Hrs   26 Mns   2.24 mph
3,421 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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It was a Saturday in June, so we expected it to be busy. It was. Leaving the east valley at 5:30 am was good enough to secure the last spot in the main parking area.

The forecast was for wind in Flagstaff, so naturally it was hurricane strength on the summit. More fierce than I’ve ever experienced up there. Coming down off the exposed summit required a lot of crouching and planning your next move in between gusts. We saw more than one baseball cap offered up involuntarily to the summit gods.

The return trip reminded me why this is my least favorite approach to the top is AZ, with 3 miles of 3 Rs at the end: roots, rocks, and rolled ankles. In sadder news, the ski resort has taken steps to discourage cutting off the last couple of switchbacks in favor of just descending the slopes. Everything is roped off and signed. 😕

Still, a great day in the cooler part of AZ.
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May 30 2020
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking9.49 Miles 1,986 AEG
Hiking9.49 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.11 mph
1,986 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Leaving Phoenix at 5:30 am on a Saturday was not quite early enough to secure a spot in the parking area, but we were able to park close by. On our return, cars lined the road past the Derrick trail parking area.

We expected it to be busy, but still managed to find significant chunks of solitude along the way, and based on the path we elected to travel.

The morning air was crisp and smelled of recent rain. Greenery was everywhere and some beautiful flowers were blooming. And the creek is gorgeous, as always.
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May 25 2020
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   5.22 mph
1,194 ft AEG
 
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Memorial Day Trail run around Pass Mountain. Arrived at Meridian TH at 7 am. Several cars there, but not crowded. Not quite as many people out as I would have expected on Memorial Day, but then again, it is getting hot. Rural Metro Ambulance was pulling out of the Wind Cave parking area when I ran by. :( Could be busy day for SAR.
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May 23 2020
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San Tan Explore, AZ 
San Tan Explore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 23 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking1.86 Miles 569 AEG
Hiking1.86 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   1.89 mph
569 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Biked down to the San Tans from home and then decided to explore the area on foot a bit. Started from the end of the road where there are some lots for sale.

Climbed up to a mine shaft that was clearly intended to be imploded, but looks like people have found a way back in; dubbed it the "Hell Hole"; and of course spray painted that on the rock ](*,) I just poked my head in the entrance, but further exploration (if any) will need to await another day when I'm more prepared.

From the mine, I headed East on a use trail toward one of the peaks. At the saddle the trail disappeared, and since I was more set up for biking that off-trail scrambling, I gave up bagging the peak, and instead found a nice "window" in the rock to make my turnaround spot.
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