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Jul 29 2015
paulawolf
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50 female
 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2015
paulawolf
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.23 mph
200 ft AEG
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Beautiful day in the canyon but so happy that we started early. I think we made it to the trail by 8, which was later than we had planned. Only ran across a few people on the way out but by the time we headed back, the creek and the highway were PACKED with people. Beautiful views and lots of wildflowers. No real wildlife other than mosquitos and one snake. We had some rambunctious pups with us too so that has a tendency to scare most of the wildlife away before we see it. Have to go add this to the fall lineup.
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Jun 28 2015
paulawolf
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50 female
 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2015
paulawolf
Hiking8.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.88 mph
400 ft AEG
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Went up with the family yesterday to get out of the Phoenix heat. Flagstaff hot isn't Phoenix hot but it was still pretty toasty without a cloud in the sky so we decided to take it easy on everyone and do Sandy's Canyon which is FLAT (minus the little climb down into the canyon and then of course back out again at the end.) My son and I did a small portion of this trail in early May when we hiked out to Marshall Lake. Everything was much greener and more lush today. Quite a few flowers and butterflies. It was really beautiful!

We started about 8:30 and were surprised at how toasty it was already. Once we hit the first cave, which was a very nice cool retreat from the summer sun, the beauty of the canyon really drew us in. Even though some in our party are not avid hikers at all, no one complained when we went past Fisher point and about a mile or so into Walnut Canyon. Eventually, with the heat of the day and my son blowing through most of his water, we decided it was best to turn around. Plus, we just couldn't take the bugs anymore. The canyon was beautiful but the Kajillions of gnats were NOT! We took lots of breaks for the dogs, picture taking and just to admire this or that. We made it back to the car around 12:45, just as the thunder clouds started rolling in, and headed into town for lunch before driving back home for the big dust storm.

No wildlife on this trip. We ran across a variety of others out enjoying the canyon. About 12 people overall. Some on foot, 3 on horseback, a few on bikes and about 3 with other dogs. Ours were sure worn out by the time we were done and thankful for the a/c in the car when we got back.
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Aug 30 2014
paulawolf
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 Photos 45
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50 female
 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2014
paulawolf
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles
980 ft AEG
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Not sure that we were ready for the very steep climb in and out but everyone agreed this hidden gem was worth every slip, bump, and scratch we may have acquired. I recommend checking out SSK's topo map to find the most gradual route. We did take FR9007 up to the base but I think there is less brush on the north/western side where we came out.
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Aug 17 2014
paulawolf
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 Photos 45
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50 female
 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2014
paulawolf
Hiking1.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Quick easy hike! Beautiful place for a picnic! Not sure exactly why it's referred to as Bismarck *Lake* Trail. The only water there could only be generously described as a large mud puddle. Great location for getting out of the Phoenix heat.
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Jun 25 2011
paulawolf
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 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2011
paulawolf
Hiking8.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.82 mph
600 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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My son and I went to check out a small section of the Arizona Trail today. On the AZT site it's listed as 28b which goes from Rock Crossing Campground up to the 87 highway.

It's a beautiful area over very easy terrain. Not too much in the way of wildlife today. We were satisfied with a couple of horny toads & squirrels and lots of gorgeous butterflies.

The trip was pretty uneventful except for some poor trail following on our part. When we reached the Blue Ridge Campground, the trail is supposed to continue on until it crosses Highway 87. Somehow, without our realizing it, we ended up going back the way we came from this point. We were going to do an in and back journey anyway, we were just very surprised when we realized we weren't headed in the direction that we thought we were. ;) I think it had something to do with not following the horse loop when we should have? I'm really not too sure at this point how we ended up where we did but it was a beautiful day for a hike and we had a fantastic time.
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Jun 18 2011
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50 female
 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Perl Charles Trail #1APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2011
paulawolf
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.25 mph
1,250 ft AEG
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Started out around 6 am today. Took the Perl Charles up and over a mountain and on the other side spotted 2 coyotes, and a fox. One coyote took a lot of time stopping to look at me. Try as I might, I was not able to get a single photo of any worth.

I also had a close encounter with a hummingbird who flew straight up to me and hovered right in front of my face before taking off and watching me from a nearby tree. Great morning to be in the park! When I left at 8 AM, it was only about 85 out. Still not too hot if you're able to be out early in the day.
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May 30 2011
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 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Horsethief Canyon Trail #30Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2011
paulawolf
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs      1.93 mph
1,200 ft AEG      5 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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I'm bringing a group camping to the Turney Gulch Campground soon. I have found very little info online so I thought I'd go check it out and today was the day!

Horsethief Basin is a bit off the beaten path, to say the least. I drive a prius so 34 miles of dirt road that is mostly recommended for 'high-clearance vehicles only' is not something I do every day. The road however was fine. There were a few dicey spots but, for the most part, moving slow did the trick and my car made it unscathed. Hopefully, it will make the subsequent trip as easily.

If you do this journey, be sure to allow PLENTY of time for the drive. Even if your vehicle is made to handle the road, it is narrow in many spots (1 lane) and there are quite a few blind turns so it's important to take it slow.

I want to be sure to take my campers on a hike, of course, and Horsethief Canyon Trail #30 seemed like it might be a good fit.

Directions that I found to the trailhead said to "drive" on to 52F but you'll see from the pics that the road is not really usable so it's best to park near the playground from the campground.

Finding the trailhead alone was a little bit of an adventure but with a little persistence and faith, it did turn up.

The trail is not maintained and is a little overgrown but thanks to the many cairns marking the trail, I was able to find my way without too much difficulty.

There were oodles of lizards & birds. Bees kept me company the entire way. Other than a few squirrels, no other animals of note. There were a few interesting tracks found in the mud, however.

The views in the Castle Creek Wilderness were spectacular despite, and at times, because of the forest fire that overtook that area.

Cairns were apparently a little more noticeable on the way in than on the way out. I lost the trail briefly once or twice on the way back out. A litle looking around got me right back on track. My advice? be sure to stope and look around frequently! It makes a big difference in finding your way home. ;)
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May 28 2011
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50 female
 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Dreamy Draw Nature Trail #220Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2011
paulawolf
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.48 mph
1,260 ft AEG      5 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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Dreamy Draw is my hiking spot of choice. It's nice regardless of how much time you have. It's starting to get hot but I was up early so I thought I'd take the chance. It turned out to be a beautiful day with some gentle breezes at just the right times. :)

I started out at about 6:45. The last time I hiked here, I took the 1A trail west and found that I had a few more summits to climb than I was expecting. Today I decided to try to find the 1C Irregular Loop and make the trek a little shorter. I don't know that where I ended up was any shorter but I did find a new area of the park that I'd never seen before.

The Phoenix Mountain Preserve Map doesn't show the Irregular Trail 1C so I'm not exactly sure where it comes out on the other side but 1C is a nice climb with a few little switchbacks which makes the climb not too steep. The way I came out however was a pretty slippery descent (for me) so I think that the next time, I might go the opposite way.

At the end of the Irregular loop, I quickly found 302/304, which I had never been on before. This was a very well-developed trail with steps and benches and even a few signs describing the foliage.

The 304 connects on the east side back to the 1A. I was very happily bopping along, listening to my MP3 player when I had my very first rattlesnake encounter! :o Thank Heavens those rattles are LOUD! I can't believe I heard it through my earbuds. Just off the left side of the trail was a little 4-5 ft rattle snake, all poised and ready to strike. I froze (and screamed a little, I'm sure). I slowly backed a smidge away and watched as the snake decided there was a different way he could travel as well. After a few minutes, he had disappeared under a little palo verde tree. *whew!*

I continued on, a little more cautiously than usual. Other than the rattler, I saw lots of hummingbirds, quail, lizards, etc. They aren't nearly as exciting but I'd much rather share the trail with them any day.
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