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Dec 02 2018
The_Dude
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 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2018
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Hiking4.71 Miles 2,155 AEG
Hiking4.71 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   1.64 mph
2,155 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Got in a great one Sunday morning. Made it to the TH about 7:45 to about a dozen cars, and saw a gray Cherokee with a HAZ sticker. Most everybody must have been doing the AZT, I only ran into two hikers near the summit that were coming down as I was approaching. Had a nice chat and a short break up top for the views, but the wind was howling and I was starting to get pretty cold. Made my way up pretty easily, although it seems there are many more 'trails' through the gulley than my last trip here a few years ago. I managed to take a few bad lines on the way down and got cliffed out, a few times I backtracked and a few times I just made the getting down happen. I think I might have taken longer going down than the ascent. Ran into a few more hikers right before getting back to the parking lot. Never saw the sun until the drive back home, and got just a few sprinkles as I was getting back to the truck.
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A few Turpentine bush still blooming up high, most had already gone to seed. Many Brittlebush budding up and getting started, a little early this year.
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Sep 19 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bill Hall TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 19 2018
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Backpack27.51 Miles 8,498 AEG
Backpack27.51 Miles4 Days         
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I have not posted in a while, mostly due to not having much hiking time, and those hikes I have done have all been the basic in town variety. This one was well worth a write up. I started out from the North Rim with a group of 5 others Wednesday afternoon for our planned 5 day excursion. We hiked down to the Esplanade on the first day after making the drive up, just a little over 4 miles on the trail. I started out with 2 and a half gallons of water since we were planning on dry camping the first and last night, so I left a gallon cached at our campsite that we were going to use on the way up. Beautiful area with lots of interesting flora for sure. The second day we broke camp fairly early and headed down the Redwall into Surprise Valley. Slow going on the trail, very rocky and steep heading down the wall, felt a little reminiscent of Piestewa with the big stone steps except I had a 50 pound pack on my back. We made our way through Surprise Valley and headed east towards Tapeats Creek. Our group had folks of different hiking abilities and ages, so we ended up splitting into a few groups. When I made it to Thunder Falls, I enjoyed a great rest cooling off in the shade of the trees right by the ice-cold stream. Absolutely fantastic, and possibly some of the best tasting water I have had in the backcountry. Now revived, we made our way to the Upper Tapeats camp area and secured the site right on the creek. The rest of the day we just took turns jumping in the creek and setting up camp. The water was really cold, but felt great after a long day of efforting in the heat, I would imagine it was right around 100 degrees at camp. We had planned to do the loop with Deer Creek as a day hike the next day, but some of our group were really struggling (a few were first and second time backpackers, I would suggest getting more smaller trips in before trying this one) so that idea was scrapped and we planned on hiking up the first major gain by Thunder Falls the next day once the sun went behind the canyon walls. I took off on my own in the morning to at least go down to the Colorado River to enjoy the scenery and try my hand at fishing. I took the west bank trail down to the river, and there was quite a bit of gain and some mighty thin trails. On the way back to camp, I decided to ford Tapeats Creek to get to the east bank, the crossing was a little dodgy but I found a good spot to make it across. Back at camp I enjoyed some lunch and then packed up my tent so we could make the afternoon ascent. Filled up as much water as I could at the falls since now the next two nights would be dry camps. We found a spot in Surprise Valley to sleep for the night so we could make an early morning approach on the Redwall. The next day I made it back to our first camp mid-morning, and then we waited a few hours for the rest of the group to catch up. Spent a lazy few hours in the shade soaking up the surroundings and reading a book. By the time everyone was back to camp, it looked like a few folks were running really short on water and would be hurting for the next day. I left over a half gallon for the group, and about 3 in the afternoon I decided to hike out to the car with one of the other guys. There was water at the car, so we would have as much as we needed once we got up top, even though we ran out on the way up. Climbing up the White wall with the afternoon sun blaring on my back was not the best, but we made it up with many breaks along the way. Got up on top of the rim just after the sun set and made our way by moonlight back to the car to set up camp on top. Greeted the sunrise the next morning from the use trail right to rim's edge with a cup of tea and my last Clif bar. We waited a few hours for the other folks to make their way up (they all got a real early start), and went and had lunch at the Jacob Lake lodge before heading back home to the Valley. All in all, a fantastic first backpack trip for me in the Grand Canyon!
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May 23 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Galiuros wander, AZ 
Galiuros wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 23 2018
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Hiking6.54 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking6.54 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   1.80 mph
1,205 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Finally got a chance to get back out and hike, and this was a good one. I met up with a colleague in Oracle Junction and we made the drive over to the Galiuros to search out a few plants that we wanted to document. We drove in off of Tom Rhodes Ranch road to where there was a locked gate, parked the truck and hiked in from there. I am not sure if this road eventually becomes a trail or not, but we ended up following it for almost all of our travels. It eventually degrades to a rough jeep road and then eventually just a footpath. Really pretty area with diverse flora, starts out with Saguaros, Creosote, and the like and eventually transitions into oak/juniper mix. Just a little taste of an area I have never been to, hopefully I can make it back again soon.
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Feb 10 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Wash Trail - Sonoran Preserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2018
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Hiking2.94 Miles 333 AEG
Hiking2.94 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.52 mph
333 ft AEG      35 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Kind of random, but I really had the hankering for a night hike, and the Earthiest tagged along too. We headed out to start hiking about 9 pm at the TH, and thankfully the gate was not closed yet so we could park up closer to the start and not have to lug it from the road. Just did a quick hike to the top of Apache Vista to enjoy a tasty beverage or two, and then back down again. We made it off trail before 11 so we were even in compliance. ;) Surprisingly saw one guy mountain biking right as we got to the top. Fun little trip, gotta explore this option more. There was no moon, but with it being a bit overcast there was plenty of light coming off the clouds for us to navigate by, never even needed our headlamps.
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Jan 27 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Badger Springs to Silver Creek OuthouseCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 27 2018
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Canyoneering9.63 Miles 859 AEG
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Got in a fun and easy weekend trip up to the Agua Fria NM. We had been looking at this one for a while as a backpack trip going from Silver Creek down to Sunset Point, but we had considerable doubts about water availability due to the lack of winter rain this year. We got the idea to park an extra car at Badger Springs for some water just in case there was not much to filter, but then got to thinking that we could just leave our big packs there as well and do the trip as a series of two day hikes, with an easy 2 mile backpack in the middle. Saturday started off great, we started hiking about 10 after we set up our shuttle and took a nice leisurely pace. Turns out that the small storm we had in Phoenix the weekend before was more than enough in the northern part of the state to fill up the Agua Fria. There were still some large dry expanses, but pools to moderate flow were the norm for this part of the trip. We made it back to the Earthiest's car about 2:30, grabbed our big packs, and headed back for the confluence. Great little spot right on the bank of the river, nice bit of shade and we were able to scavenge a surprising amount of wood for a campfire. Unfortunately, the Droog got a pretty wicked headache and started feeling ill, after a few hours he thought he would be better off spending the night at home. We helped get his gear all packed up, doused the fire, and hiked back out Badger Springs wash to get him to his truck parked down by Sunset Point. Hiked back in to camp for the rest of the night, weather was great and the wind stayed calm until about 9 or so Sunday morning. The Earthiest and I spent a nice lazy morning in camp since we were not completing the second leg of our trip, made it back to Phoenix in time to catch some lunch with my family. Bummer that we could not get the whole hike in, but a fun trip nonetheless.

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A few small pools and wet sand, large pools and good flow at confluence with AF

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Jan 18 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa Peak via Warrior, AZ 
Maricopa Peak via Warrior, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2018
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Hiking5.84 Miles 1,969 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   3 Hrs      2.10 mph
1,969 ft AEG      13 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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Work took me over to Tempe for the early afternoon, so I swung by SOMO on the way home for a hike. Got in to the TH a bit after 3 to start hiking. Haven't been over on these trails for quite a while, in good shape and quite a grinder going up Warrior. Not quite in the same hiking shape I used to be...saw one hiker about a third of the way up Warrior, and none for the rest of the day. Headed up the east side of Maricopa and took a nice break on top. The city was fairly clear, but there was an ugly brown ring all about. Finished up the hike in the dark, but never needed my headlamp. Great time, love those ridgeline hikes!
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Jan 07 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2018
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Hiking3.62 Miles 898 AEG
Hiking3.62 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   1.96 mph
898 ft AEG      30 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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First post in a long while...trying to get back into the habit. Got in a nice Sunday afternoon jaunt with my 8 year one and our Mastiff. Hit the Peoria trailhead about 3 PM to start out. Went up the western ridgeline up to the official trail, this route is becoming more distinct every time I come out here. Stopped by the Cloud 9 remnants (my daughter's favorite stop), up to the peak, and then out to the western prominence as well. Finished up a little bit before the sunset. Saw quite a few folks on the trails but nothing crazy. Great afternoon!
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May 13 2017
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Verde River: 89-A to Bignotti, AZ 
Verde River: 89-A to Bignotti, AZ
 
Kayak avatar May 13 2017
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Kayak6.00 Miles
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Birthday weekend trip! It has been quite a while since I have had a chance to get back to the Verde, and I was a bit worried about the lack of flow only about 70 cfs right now in Cottonwood, but we had been planning on this for a while and decided to make it happen anyway. after we dropped off our kids with my sister-in-law, my wife and I headed up to Bignotti to meet up with our friends Crystal and Michael. Dropped off a truck and loaded the boats into the other, we got started at the 89-A bridge about 1 p.m. This was my wife's first river kayak trip, and she did great! Weather was really nice, a little windy but not bad at all. We took a very leisurely pace, probably thanks to a good grip of river beers. The river was only about a foot deep in most places, but there are certainly a few deeper pools here and there. We all got stuck a few times, I managed to butt-scoot out of all my stops, but a few of us had to get out from time to time to get around the shallow spots. After making it about halfway down we took a break to go swimming, water was just a bit chilly but nice and refreshing. Lots of nice riffles and class I/II spots even at low flow. The whole trip took about 4 and a half hours. We got ourselves loaded up and then went to get some well deserved dinner in Cottonwood, there are a bunch of newer restaurants down in on Main street to choose from. After we ate, we drove up the hill to Jerome where we stayed for the night at the Mile High Inn, cool old hotel (maybe 8 rooms total) that has been nicely restored with vintage decorations. Caught some live music and adult beverages at the Spirit Room to top off a fantastic day. Great trip! Seems this section of the Verde is certainly doable at any flow over 70 cfs, although about 100+ would be ideal.
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May 07 2017
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Red Rock CrossingSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2017
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Hiking1.58 Miles 104 AEG
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Hiking two days in a row? Win! Went up to Sedona with my family and my brother in law's clan too. My mother in law had passed away three years ago, so we came up to pay our respects to where we spread her ashes. Got in a family hike after lunch with 6 kids in tow ranging from 4 to 16, kind of like herding cats at times. This area is fantastic, I can't believe I had never been here before! Nice varied terrain with Oak-Pine forest, riparian areas, and of course the classic red rocks. Great to go down to Oak Creek and watch it's flow, water was a bit chilly still. Many wildflowers blooming highlighted by Daleas, Blackfoot Daisy, and Angelita Daisy. There are many social trails to make things confusing (we did get off track a number of times) but with a reasonable amount of directional sense you should be able to find your way back. Red Rock pass required, but they do have a kiosk right at the parking lot for convenience. Well worth a trip if you are in town with the family, just a 10-15 minute drive east of the 179.
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May 06 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2017
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Hiking3.98 Miles 1,172 AEG
Hiking3.98 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.06 mph
1,172 ft AEG      12 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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I had to buy some gear for my daughter from the Girl Scout store at 16 St and Dobbins, so a trip up to the premier location in South mountain was in order. Got started about 8:40 and it was warm. Wind kicked up pretty strong once I got up on National. I took a good little break on top of Goat Hill, and then back down the way I came. Saw about 15-20 people, but had the Hill all to myself. Been up there a dozen times and still have not seen anyone else. Woo Hoo! Desert sure has dried out quickly in the last month.
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Apr 22 2017
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Prescott Lake Kayak Triumvirate, AZ 
Prescott Lake Kayak Triumvirate, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Apr 22 2017
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Kayak11.20 Miles
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We were up in Prescott for the weekend, my oldest was at the Willow Springs Girl Scout camp for two nights, but our youngest was only able to attend for the day Saturday. I went up with my wife and youngest Friday night and stayed at a hotel in the area. I dropped them off Saturday morning about 8 right over by Thumb Butte, and then had the day until I had to pick them up at 7:30 that night. Well, I had packed my kayak and proceeded to do the three city lakes tour. I started my day over at Goldwater Lake and payed my $3 parking fee (good at Goldwater, Watson, and Willow). Goldwater is a smaller lake, but nestled in amongst the pine forest so quite scenic. I got in a little fishing and paddled around for not quite two hours. There were only two other folks on the water, but quite a few fishing all around the shore. I packed up my boat and headed over to Watson second. I have been to Watson lake a half dozen times, it is fun but was packed when I got there. There must have been 50+ folks paddling around. I went south first to paddle in by the trees as the lake turns back into creek right by the 89. Went as far back as I could, even got stuck in the reeds in a few spots. No worries, I just would back up or butt-scoot and get free again. Circled around to the dam and through the dells, very scenic and fun to try and find ways through the big rock formations. After Watson I stopped off for some lunch to refuel. Granite Mountain Pizza Company was nearby, gave it a try. The pizza was so-so, but the salad was fantastic, go figure. Usually the other way around. From here I headed over to Willow lake, first time up here. Very pleasantly surprised, the northeast end of the lake has a lot of the same granite dells feel of Watson. I circled around the lake CW and got to the big willows and cottonwoods that are on the south and west side of the lake. Really fun to paddle in between them and relax in the shade. Finished up my loop, dropped off my boat at the hotel and showered up, and still made it over to the camp in time to pick up my better half and Anastasia. Great way to spend the day. I saw a good spread of wildlife over the day, some big cranes and water birds, hundreds of ducks, even a snake. Unfortunately no fish though...
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Apr 18 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2017
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Hiking2.50 Miles 1,493 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   1.72 mph
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First time up Camelback in a while. Not too busy on the way up with a 5 p.m. start, but really busy on the way back. Good stuff.
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Apr 11 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Hill via Telegraph PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2017
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Hiking6.32 Miles 1,598 AEG
Hiking6.32 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   3.06 mph
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Got in a great afternoon hike to one of my favorite local destinations. Pulled in to the TH a bit before 5 to get started, a little warm but I did get some shade/ cloud cover off and on for a good bit of the hike. I set a pretty good pace despite not hiking as much lately and carrying a few extra lbs. from lack of exercise/metabolism change I have experienced over the last few months. saw quite a few folks on Telegraph as to be expected, but only a few on National. Had Goat Hill all to myself for a good 10 minute break. Views were pretty hazy all around. Bloom is pretty well finished up here, all teh Brittlebush are spent, Creosote is going to seed. I did see a few wild Tobacco plants blooming up top so that was fun. Great hike!
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Mar 28 2017
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Wild Burro/ Upper Javelina/ Wild Mustang loop, AZ 
Wild Burro/ Upper Javelina/ Wild Mustang loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2017
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Hiking8.75 Miles 1,629 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   3.09 mph
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Impending job change means that I won't be coming down to Tucson every week like I have for the last 15 years, so this might be my last hike in Tucson for a while. Revisited a good loop that I had done a few years back with hopes of seeing some good wildflowers, and getting in a good bit of mileage. For better or for worse, this hike accounted for about 20 percent of my yearly total so far...just haven't had the time to hike like I have come accustomed to. The Chuparosa were blooming nicely in the wash, but the brittlebush were on the tail end of their show. I started up the Upper Javelina trail, never saw any, but I definitely smelled a few on the way. Once I got up onto the Wild Mustang trail, there was a sheer proliferation of color. Brittlebush, Ocotillo, Globemallow, Parry's Penstemon, Desert Marigold, Fleabane Daisy, Gooding's Verbena, Fairy Duster, a few Cholla and Prickly Pears, and some fantastic Banana Yuccas. I managed to keep a good pace despite stopping to take pictures periodically. Great loop with decent elevation gain, did not see anyone else the whole time so that was a real plus.
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Mar 26 2017
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Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2017
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Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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Got this one in for the first time on the way back from a family camp up by Seven Springs. Good trip for kids (family of 4 did this all in flip flops) nice side trip to check out some ruins. There are a few well preserved rooms to see and nice interpretive plaques along the way. Wildflowers in full display, saw dozens of butterflies. Well worth the stop if you have not been here before.
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Mar 21 2017
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Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2017
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Hiking3.28 Miles 1,153 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.32 mph
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Finally had time to get out for a hike, sadly my first of the month...pulled up to the TH about 5 to get in some fun. Certainly warm out this afternoon, but I did get some late cloud cover that cooled it down a few degrees. I put together a loop on the fly to knock out most of the high points in the area, no real big peaks but at the end of the day I had squeezed over 1100' of gain out of only a bit over 3 miles. I love this little mountain, surprisingly rugged for a short in-towner. The hillsides were simply aglow with flowers, brittlebush in full bloom, and good show from the creosotes too. Dang, I need to get back into hiking shape...
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Mar 12 2017
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Horseshoe Lake Paddle, AZ 
Horseshoe Lake Paddle, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Mar 12 2017
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Kayak6.60 Miles
Kayak6.60 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   2.44 mph
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Another Sunday trip out to Horseshoe. This could really become a favorite while it is full this time of year, very peaceful with limited boats on the water. We headed due north from the ramp to head up the Verde a ways, found a beach for a break and then headed back. Lots of debris and floating wood around, but certainly nothing to worry about. It was a good 10 degrees warmer than last weekend, but still not quite up to swimming temps, at least for me.
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Mar 05 2017
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Horseshoe Lake Paddle, AZ 
Horseshoe Lake Paddle, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Mar 05 2017
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Kayak6.59 Miles 83 AEG
Kayak6.59 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   2.58 mph
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Droog got himself a new boat, so that made for a good excuse to get in a good paddle. We made our way up to the very full Horseshoe Reservoir and put in at the boat ramp about 8. We cruised over by the dock to hear the rushing spillover of water down the Verde, then checked out the cove just to the east that most of the year is a mud puddle. Quite a bit of debris and floating logs on the lake, but certainly nothing to worry about for a kayak. We then paddled up closer to the source and took a break on a beach up that way before circling back to the ramp. Had the lake to ourselves the whole time, and the weather was simply fantastic. Definitely a good choice for any of the paddling fans out there, I don't think this lake ever gets much boat traffic, and if so most likely small bass boats instead of the power boats you encounter with the more popular lakes.
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Feb 25 2017
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2017
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Hiking5.14 Miles 1,553 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   1.87 mph
1,553 ft AEG      26 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I had time to get in a quick weekend camp trip with the Earthiest, we didn't want to drive too far so we came up with one I have had on the list for quite a while. I left my house a bit after 4 Friday afternoon to pick up my amigo, and we stopped for a quick dinner at Senor Taco out in Fountain Hills on the way. Good food at a Filiberto's type joint and right on the way. Drove up the 87 a few miles and started onto the dirt road just as light was failing. The road is in good shape, dried out enough from last weekend's rain that going was fairly smooth. The road is great for a truck when dry, no need for 4 x 4 but high clearance helps in a few spots. We rolled into the Mazatzal Camp Grasshopper shortly after dark to find a fantastic spot for many campers. My full size Ram did pick up some new Arizona pin-striping thanks to the scrub oak on the jeep road, but no worries. Chilly night, I would guess we got down to about 25-26. After a leisurely morning at camp we packed up and headed over to the trailhead about 2 miles west of camp, there were a few large downed logs to negotiate around but nothing too serious. The hike is beautiful despite having seen a big forest fire, there is at least a good bit of recovery going on. Steady gain until you get to the north side of Peeley, and this is when things got a bit interesting. The trail has gotten a good bit of snow on the north face which has melted and then refrozen solid, making for some really slippery and somewhat dicey travel. This was the point where the Earthiest said no thanks, and he waited for me while I carefully made my way around. I have been thinking about getting a pair of Yaktrax or the like, I think this hike will make me finally get a pair. Once I got around to the NW side the snow had subsided a bit and I just picked my way up to the summit. I was off track for both the way up and down, but it is mostly just path of least resistance. Fantastic views all around from the top, Mogollon Rim, Superstition Ridgeline, Four Peaks, Horeshoe lake, you name it. I was the first summit sign in since last November, lots of HAZ folks represented. I chuggged back down to meet up with the Earthiest, we took a snack break and made our way back to the trailhead. The drive out included some great views too. I think the snow/ ice should melt out in the next few weeks, but watch your step if you head out soon!
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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2017
The_Dude
Hiking3.86 Miles 840 AEG
Hiking3.86 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.57 mph
840 ft AEG      9 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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My normal hiking times have been hard to come by, but I was able to squeeze in a weekend trip. I took my big dog along and we did the Shaw Butte loop CCW. I had plans fro hitting North Mountain as well, but the pup was pretty worn out after SB so we opted for the shorter loop back.
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