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Oct 02 2016
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Antelope Canyon - UpperNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2016
burntlizard
Hiking0.50 Miles 17 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   0.33 mph
17 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Positive entry first; beautiful canyon, incredible geology and a true melting pot of World culture, as people from many Countries were touring this place. Now the negative stuff! This place was a complete zoo and it was apparent the cultural diversity of the visitors can be very frustrating for the people organizing the trips. But, yelling "no bags, no bags" to an Italian speaker or someone from China, who clearly does not know what your saying has to be handled better. The ride to the canyon was interesting. The canyon its self was really cool. The cattle call/meat market lineup was not cool! My guide was informative, yet condescending while barking out orders, to keep moving. On the way out, 3 other tour companies were trudging their clients through, barking at us as we left, "don't stop, you had your turn, keep moving, no more photos, come back and pay again" What a joke!

Money is the game here and they are making plenty. 11 vehicles plus 14 people each at $40 per person = $6,160 per trip. They run about 7-8 trips per day which totals $43,120 per day and they run 7 days per week for a total of $301,840. Not bad!

Yet, when I asked the guild who benefits from the income, they said "I don't know, not us" "Two guys own this company!" Too bad, I'm sure the guides are making very little, compared to the companies massive haul. Just my opinion :stop:
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Aug 15 2016
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
West Baldy Trail #94Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2016
burntlizard
Hiking7.75 Miles 2,364 AEG
Hiking7.75 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.07 mph
2,364 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I drove up from Phoenix Monday morning and arrived at the TH around 1000 am. My anticipation was immense :D ! This trail did not disappoint, at all :y: This has to be one of the most stunning, beautiful and breathtaking hikes I have ever done :DANCE: Words alone cannot describe my feeling while on this very easy and less than strenuous hike. Even without acclimation, this hike was less than strenuous even though it was AOA 9,000. My evening was spent at the very unassuming(from hwy 273), but beautiful Winn camp ground, which its self sits at over 9,300 ft. Out of 65 camping spots, only 3 were occupied and no one was by me. But, I must admit...... at 6'1, car camping stinks. Even in my Tahoe :stretch: . Worse than that, I kept waking up and thinking someone was peering through the window :scared:
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Jun 19 2016
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2016
burntlizard
Hiking2.25 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   0.84 mph
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I've always wanted to see Coal Mine Canyon, of course, I chose the day that Phoenix hit 118*. This place is desolate, peaceful, hauntingly quiet and a real hidden gem. Upon my arrival 3 campers were packing up and it was a comfortable 84* at 0700. Within 30 minutes, the people were gone and I was literally the only person here, the quiet was deafening. Only some White-Throated Swifts and American Kestrels were within my immediate proximity. By the time that I left at 0930 it was already 95* and this place has no shade or water, so be mindful of this! Can't wait to go back during the fall. Conversely, great Navajo taco stand just outside Cameron on the south side of the town.
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Jun 29 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Madera Canyon - Nature Trail to WrightsonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2015
burntlizard
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   1.71 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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No much to say here, as it's always perfect in Madera Canyon. Rain and thunder added to the excitement and cut my hike short as well.
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Jun 25 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2015
burntlizard
Hiking11.20 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   9 Hrs   25 Mns   1.19 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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Well this was the big one. Yesterday I attained a big personal goal. Humphrey's peak is the tallest peak in Arizona, 12,633 and many have climbed it(some with ease), but not me. Alec and I tried it last year, but the ice and snow put a squash on that and we only made it past the saddle, which is approximately 11,700 ft.

This time I wanted to do it solo, with no one to push me, lend a helping hand or shout words of support or encouragement. This would be a great mental and physical challenge :wlift: .

Once again I made the saddle, and figured no problem. This climb has 3 false peaks, the second being the hardest and steepest. Once I started up the second peak, the elevation started to hit me, as I was around 12,000 ft and the oxygen is pretty thin. My eye's were wobbling, I felt light headed and went through a 5 minute bout of nausea :stretch: , my sub-conscious mind said "quit" and "go back". So I decided to take a breather and gather my thoughts :pray: . At this point I had a conversation with a few fellows going down and they had the same physiological issues, but pushed through it.

Alas, I did the same and pushed through it! Just goes to prove, you really can take control of your mind and accomplish anything :y: . BTW, the gnats, bees and fly's were having a welcome party for me! : king :

In closing - no amount training can truly compensate for the lack of oxygen at the top, it kicked my butt!
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Jun 24 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Aspen Nature LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2015
burntlizard
Hiking6.55 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking6.55 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.97 mph
270 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Decided on this hike because of the elevation. I wanted to get acclimated to the elevation, for my Thursday Humphrey's summit hike. Also, I wanted to see Bismarck Lake, which I estimated was 2.52 miles North on the AZ Trail from the Nature loop. However, at 2.25 miles, I ran across two old gals going South and they said they never saw it and it must be much further North :? . So, I went a spell further and decided to turn around, as I did not want to over exert myself the day before a big hiking day.

Conversely, the area is extremely green and lush! The wildflowers should be stellar!
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May 24 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Badger Brawl Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2015
burntlizard
Hiking6.72 Miles 356 AEG
Hiking6.72 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.78 mph
356 ft AEG
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1st trip
Nice day for a hike!
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Apr 18 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2015
burntlizard
Hiking5.36 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.57 mph
996 ft AEG
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Afternoon 'hot hike'
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Mar 22 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2015
burntlizard
Hiking11.20 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   1.75 mph
500 ft AEG
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I chose this trail to take a colleague on a nice "not in the city" hike. As usual, everyone for whom I take out here just loves it. This is the real deal, no people, no crowds, plenty of wildlife and picturesque scenery. The Burros were active today and we saw 4 of them, in addition to Red Tailed Hawk, Coopers Hawk, and a boat load of birds, both locals and vagrants. We hiked to the Big Jim junction and had our lunch. At this point we went about a mile up the trail and contemplated doing the Peak 3465, but it was almost noon, getting warm and we were on our last bottles of water and Power aid, so we decided to try it another day, smart choice.

The blooms are becoming spectacular, especially the Orange Globe Mallow and Brittle Brush :kf: There were also a lot of Mexican Poppies, Blue Dicks, Paintbrush, some Mariposa Lilly, Desert Gold, rough Menodora, Desert Star, Lupine, Spike Broomrape(I have never seen these before), and all the flowering cacti! ;) Yes I looked all these up

Now to a more serious issue :scared: We had a 3 ft Western Diamondback strike at my friend, with no warning! I really thought he was hit. My friend Joe crapped his shorts and stroked out at the same time, while jumping 3 ft in the air :stretch: .

QUESTION for whom ever is reading this - How come rattle snakes are no longer warning us? This is the third one that I've encountered that never even raised their rattle, eventhough it was right along the trail. Is this normal behavior?
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The blooms are becoming spectacular, especially the Orange Globe Mallow and Brittle Brush There were also a lot of Mexican Poppies, Blue Dicks, Paintbrush, Lupine, some Mariposa Lilly, Desert Gold, rough Menodora, Desert Star, Spike Broomrape and all the flowering cacti! ;)
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Mar 14 2015
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
burntlizard
Hiking5.20 Miles 596 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.71 mph
596 ft AEG
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Mar 08 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2015
burntlizard
Hiking5.75 Miles 612 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   3.00 mph
612 ft AEG
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Late afternoon hike, decided to stay close to home.
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Feb 22 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2015
burntlizard
Hiking5.65 Miles 399 AEG
Hiking5.65 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.26 mph
399 ft AEG
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This is one of the newer trails in the Lake Pleasant area. The hike up was quiet and quite picturesque, as many of the Brittle brush and Jojoba plants are getting ready to explode. The Canyon Wrens were in full force and singing quite contently. I'd like to do this as a sunrise or sunset hike.
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Feb 16 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2015
burntlizard
Hiking5.60 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.58 mph
996 ft AEG
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Got off work early, keeping my mileage up. Ground is still greening up, Poppies and brittle brush are getting ready to pop.
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Feb 14 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2015
burntlizard
Hiking7.20 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.62 mph
996 ft AEG
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FANTASTIC morning for a hike :y:
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Drying up quick - 8 Mallards still around
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Feb 08 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2015
burntlizard
Hiking2.98 Miles 220 AEG
Hiking2.98 Miles   2 Hrs      1.49 mph
220 ft AEG
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Great morning for a quick hike with my wife. The Spring bird conditions are awesome, most species are actively singing. Saw a family of 3 wild Burros and the lake is very full, which made this hike even better, especially along the floating bridge. Had lunch at Dillon's BBQ at Scorpion Bay.

In addition, the Brittle brush are looking extremely abundant, should be a wonderful Spring bloom in this area :kf: :kf: :kf: :kf: :kf: :kf:

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Jan 31 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Creek FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2015
burntlizard
Hiking4.79 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking4.79 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   1.47 mph
600 ft AEG
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After yesterdays steady rain I figured the falls would be flowing. 1-2" of rain fell in the Tonto foothills yesterday and last evening. I started around sunrise and was the only person in the parking area, after 3+ hours of hiking up and down Camp Creek and Blue Wash no one else showed up and I was still alone. The overcast and light rain made it perfect.

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Jan 24 2015
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48 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2015
burntlizard
Hiking6.19 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking6.19 Miles   2 Hrs      3.10 mph
996 ft AEG
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Jan 22 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2015
burntlizard
Hiking2.30 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour      2.30 mph
996 ft AEG
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Jan 18 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Indian Bend wash meander, AZ 
Indian Bend wash meander, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Jan 18 2015
burntlizard
Walk / Tour3.97 Miles
Walk / Tour3.97 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.27 mph
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My wife and I had a nice walk along the Indian Bend wash area in Scottsdale. We parked at Chaparral park and headed South to the Camelback Road area and back.
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Jan 17 2015
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2015
burntlizard
Hiking6.04 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking6.04 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   2.48 mph
996 ft AEG
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Great day off, slept in until 10:00 and hiked at 1400. I explored the water tank(Bosco Tank), which is approximately 1/4 mile North of the trail and found 15 Mallards and 5 Green-Winged Teals. This unassuming thicket of trees and grass is actually a hidden desert oasis, and it appears that very few have explored it, yay me!

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