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Jan 01 2021
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10th Annual New Year's Day Peak Bag, AZ 
10th Annual New Year's Day Peak Bag, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2021
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Hiking3.00 Miles 764 AEG
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Another Successful New Year's Day in the Books. It couldn't have been a more perfect day with perfect friends. Warmer than forecasted and we left the pollution zone of the city behind us, leaving nothing but perfect views of the Goldfields, Supes and Four Peaks.

I picked this Hike due to several reasons, mostly personal, but it's been a "default" New Year's Day Hike on my list for several years. I wanted to save this Hike for bad weather or in case I wasn't physically up for something harder. The latter would be the case this year. I haven't been able to get out and do much Hiking since September and my right knee has been giving me a fit since the weather turned cold. I haven't had a pain free hike since October. I also injured my right arm at the Gym, so I have trouble lifting much weight. In short, I'm a mess and overweight to boot. So I picked something easy this year. But the Reward of the Views is huge, so I knew it would be a good party anyway.

We had 3 new Participants this Year. It was awesome to see Wally and get him out of his comfort zone in the Supes. :lol: And thanks to his Grandson, Gavin, Owen would join us this year for the first time. He and his Grandson started an hour earlier and met us at the top. It was Amazing and Wonderful. Great to see you again Owen and a big hug to Gavin for helping you join the Party! And you made amazing time going down, I didn't catch you until you were at your car! So cool that you could make this Hike!

Considering that the Hike wasn't terribly strenuous, 8 of us managed to down 3 bottles of bubbly in record time and we left the top with 4 empty bottles and all empty containers. We sure enjoyed Owen's stories up top as well. It was a great party with great views and great hopes for a better year. It certainly started off nicely for sure. Thank You to everyone for joining me this time around and for helping haul up the goodies! Special Thanks to Ray for Bartending and Larry for being the Official Group Photographer this year. The Help is always appreciated. :)

After we got down to the Vehicles again, I decided to join the group going for the Horns of Dilemma. My knee was acting up some, but I decided to try it. I stopped about halfway and let the others keep going. The knee and the legs were done and I was overdressed for what turned out to be a warm day. I waited at the halfway point for awhile, just enjoying being out and then returned to the truck. The rest of the Horns party arrived back about 30 minutes later.

A really good start for a brand new year. I couldn't have asked for anything more than the company of great people and friends in the great Outdoors.
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Dec 15 2020
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Little Four PeaksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2020
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Hiking2.00 Miles 800 AEG
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1st time doing this Hike. I was surprised at how nice the Trail was for a ways. Then I crossed the creek and had only cairns for a bit and unfortunately, there's cairns that go high and cairns that stay low longer. I went high and ended up off-track so I backtracked not knowing where those cairns were actually taking me. Made the saddle overlooking First Water Creek, at the same time intersecting a high cairned route. :lol: No Water in First Water Creek that I could see, just sand and white bedrock.

Took a cairned route off the saddle, traversing around 2980 and then lost the cairns and some semblance of trail, so bushwacked a bit up until I started running into them again. They finally took me up the Peak of 2980. I took a break there admiring all the views and then descended and went up Little Four Peaks. Hit the little Peak on the right of the saddle and then the bigger peak left of the saddle. The next Peak over was way beyond my skill set so I stopped there. Descended back down and did the loop portion back to the road and the truck.

Nice Hike and great views on a nice day.
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Dec 08 2020
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Granite Mountain - Teapot Mountain QuadGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2020
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Hiking3.50 Miles 1,460 AEG
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New Year's Day Scouting Trip. After doing it, I'm still on the Fence. I got it done, but with a 1/2 hour break upon attaining the main ridgeline, it took me 2.5 hours to summit. It's all off-trail and about 1 mile and 800 feet of it is a bit miserable. I can't believe Flying_Fliver went straight up this thing. After seeing it in person, I went for a more gentle, gradual approach. For what that's worth. :sweat:

The first 1/2 mile is easy peasy. Road Walk and sandy drainage walk, but then the fun begins. If I was lucky I could catch an animal trail occasionally, but it didn't last long. Going up the first two "hills" to acquire the main Ridgeline was full of scree goodness. But it wasn't ordinary scree goodness of the fine kind, but ankle busting loose rocks and steep. It made for very slow going. I certainly wasn't looking forward to going back down. Poles would have helped some, but careful foot placement both up and down was a requirement. By the time I finally topped out on the main ridge, my legs were toast and I took a long break on that hilltop. It wasn't for naught though, the views were amazing from there. It was really windy up there today, but with the wind coming from the east, I didn't encounter it much until the ridgeline. I was spent enough I actually pondered continuing up to the Peak itself, which was still a few humps over. But I am stubborn and I hate not finishing something I've started and I got a surprise.

As I started following the main ridgeline, a game trail appeared and it mostly stayed, making route finding a non issue most of the rest of the way up. I lost it in a few places, but picked it up again pretty quickly and I ended up having a much nicer, "smoother" ascent up to the peak. With the game trail advantage, the ridgeline looked worse than it ended up being. Based on the evidence, cows, deer and bighorn use this trail. And based on the evidence, they have all summitted this peak. :lol: I'm glad I was stubborn, the views were worth going for. The main Peak had amazing views of the White Canyon Wilderness and the secondary peak had pretty good mine views laid out below me.

And then it was time to get down. The Game Trail was harder to follow in places on the way down, but it was there when I most needed it to be. I skipped the last hump before diving off the ridgeline and opted to traverse around it from the saddle just before. Again following the semblance of a game trail. Then it was all about picking my way back down to the sandy drainage. It did take awhile, but then the drainage and road made for welcome smooth sailing back to the truck.

Definitely a worthy peak. I'll get a full description up within a few days. Just not sure I want to use it for a party. Good Road, Good Parking and Room on the Peak, but people may be waiting awhile on this one and a turned ankle or fall is definitely possible on this one. This would almost be a Saddle Mountain without a Trail. Margie Peakesque, but without the huge boulders. I have a couple of other options still to check out, so we'll see.

Just a note. I didn't wear gators, but did encounter some tall foxtails further up. Took me 10 minutes to clean shoes and socks at home. Didn't pick much up with pants on. Pants are a must here though IMHO.
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Nov 26 2020
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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2020
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1st time doing this little Peak. Don't know why I waited so long. I can see why people like it. A lot of bang for your buck. I haven't done much of any kind of hike in a long time and I picked this one to gauge just how bad off I am. The question was answered. Thankfully, my gym just opened up with classes on their roof, so I can start getting some work in almost every day.

My friend Scott joined me for this one. Perfect for a Thanksgiving morning, even though my right knee was complaining about the cold. Will have to go back to the Advil for winter hiking I guess. The views were stellar. This hike will be going on the repeat list.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm beyond thankful for this site and the friends I have made on it. Cheers!
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Oct 29 2020
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Hunting Fall Color, AZ 
Hunting Fall Color, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2020
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Hiking8.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
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3 Day Camping Trip in search of Fall Colors. See Foliage Report for Details. Met a Friend of mine and we checked out several locations including Washington Park, Bear Canyon, an area off FR 208 and part of See Canyon on Day 1. Also called in a Forest Fire starting below the Rim. Turned out to be a structure Fire near Haigler Creek and it was extinguished in short order as the smoke disappeared rather quickly. I was impressed as it looked like it could turn into a torcher pretty quick.

Day 2 had us hiking into See Spring only to be disappointed there. So we headed for Workman Creek. Color was better there, but still not what we hoped for.

Day 3 had us dinking around Workman some more, and then I started the trip home. Stopping in to visit my Aunt in Tonto Basin and staying around Roosevelt Lake in hopes of a Sunset. And by the way, for those interested, Big Daddy's Pizza is still open. Last time through there, they had it up for Sale over a year ago.

Decent Trip, but Fall is very irregular and unpredictable. Prime in a few spots, but not Prime just 1/2 mile away or 100 feet away. Storm Damage was evident in many places and killed Autumn in several places for good. My Friend stated that it had hailed on the Rim during the storm and it showed.

Photos soon.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Washington Park: Color at the first bridge had you celebrating, but it wasn't to be. Green as can be from there on up.
Bear Canyon Upper - West Bear: Done. Leaves on Trees are completely gone.
Top of the Rim is done. Nothing left to see unless you find a remote, protected pocket.
See Canyon: Prime at the Trailhead. Prime along lower Christopher Creek in places.
See Canyon Spring: Summer Green prevails with just a few changing here and there.
Workman Creek: Slopes are Prime. Aspens are Prime. Sycamores and Oaks looking good as well. Most Maples at the Water are still green. Creek is very low, Falls are trickling.

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dry West Bear Canyon Dry Dry
Just a couple of pools.
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Oct 15 2020
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Maple Hunting, AZ 
Maple Hunting, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2020
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I pretty much struck out on Fall a couple of weeks ago, so it was time to try again, albeit just for a day. Cruised the 300 strip on top of the Rim. I went to the Barbershop, and chatted with a Maverick. Visited the set of McClintock, but John Wayne was nowhere to be found. Bill was there though. Talked with Uncle Buck and tried to find a Bear in the Beaver Turkey Domain. The Bear's been around, there was plenty of toilet paper to be found. It was a good day, but a ton of driving and not enough Hiking. I was still worn out by the end of the day. 16 Hours out and about is a long time. Road Construction continues on 300 and they start at 6:00 A.M. so I was out of luck and had to wait. Wasn't terrible though. The morning and afternoon were very quiet when it came to people, but traffic picked up dramatically as the day wore on. No Smoke to be seen anywhere on the rim, but the sunset was pretty dramatic when smoke collected on the horizon. Found out that was from the Horse Fire. HAZ was right on top with the news. Beats the other local stations hands down. See Details in Foliage Report for Color Finds. Photos coming soon, or later, depending on distractions. Wildflower Report: None to be seen. Water Report: None to be seen. Dry and Dusty Everywhere, even in the Trees....
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
FR 139 Barbershop Canyon Substantial Patches Peaking but will be done soon. A week left
FR 139 Maverick Canyon Substantial in Upper Maverick, but will be done soon. A week left
FR 321 Bill McClintock Draw Lots of Peaking but some quantities done. Less than a week left
FR 137 Upper Buck Spring Canyon Lots of Peaking, but some quantities done. Less than a week left
Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet Area - Aspen are Peaking, Maples are all over the place. Some Peak, some done, some in-between. Oaks are also Peaking.
Wind will not be your Friend and may shorten what time is left on top of the Rim.
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Oct 01 2020
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Weatherford Canyon LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2020
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Day 4 of 4 Day Camping Trip.
Still chasing Fall Colors and thought I would see what Weatherford Canyon had to offer. I drove the entirety of Shultz Pass Road for the first time. Interesting road, too bad there's so much burn. I got a later start on the Hike itself due to all the bird action at Schultz Tank. If it hadn't been for that, I might have tried for Fremont Saddle. I went up quite a ways past the use trail, almost to the start of the switchbacks, but time wasn't on my side and I didn't want to start them and not get to the saddle itself. There was a little gold along the way, but Weatherford Canyon up high was still all green. That changed as I approached it down low on the use trail. Probably the most color I'd walked through on this trip. Spent some time with the Camera of course and then continued on down back to the truck. I decided to head on home a day early, as Autumn just wasn't as far along as I wanted it to be.

On a side note, I got to witness some karma on the Weatherford Trail, well inside the Wilderness Boundary. I got passed by a guy on a MTB and he was hauling ass up the hill. I didn't think MTBs were allowed in the Wilderness. I ran into another Hiker and he informed me that they were not and that he had read the Biker the riot act up near the saddle. I didn't see the Biker again for a long time and thought maybe he went down a different way. But nope, he finally showed up walking his bike. I thought at first it was because of the other Hiker telling him it was illegal, but actually, it was because he suffered a flat rear tire and didn't have a spare. :lol: Good thing he didn't go 20 miles in. :sweat:

Will pick up the Color Chase again soon.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Some Gold on way up to Kachina Wilderness. Some Gold on use trail, more than I've seen elsewhere. But Weatherford Canyon as a whole was still green.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Schultz Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Way lower than the last time I saw it.
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Inner Basin Cirque HikeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2020
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Hiking9.60 Miles 2,270 AEG
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Wanted to do Inner Basin for Autumn and the timing seemed right. Like the Mogollon Rim, I was wrong about it this year. Too early. There was some Gold, but not where it had the most impact for Photos. I decided since I was there, I'd try doing the Cirque Hike, but after not having done any Hiking for the entire month of September, I ran out of gas and time at Flagstaff Spring. I'll have to try it when there's an hour or more of daylight than there is now and I'm in slightly better shape again. Between the birds and some of the yellow and gold that was around, I took quite a few photos anyway. Was surprised to see Lockett Meadow Tank almost bone dry. Just a few small puddles that kept the birds coming in. It was still a good day, I was overdue to get some more mileage in.

I'd do a more complete Water Report if the Springs were actually exposed where you can see them. Almost all were piped and boxed in. Some of them I could hear water in and some I couldn't.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Not Prime Time enroute to Inner Basin. Switchbacks are still all green up to and including Waterline road mostly. Some Gold on Waterline headed up to Basin. Most slopes gold in Basin, but trees in Basin itself are still green. Some Gold on Trail to Flagstaff Spring.
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Enough for tiny pools that provided water for the birds.

dry Beard Canyon Dry Dry

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Almost dry

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Pool at Spring looked full.
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Sep 29 2020
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Bear Canyon Upper - West Bear Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Day 2 of my 4 Day Camping Trip.

I was hoping that the lack of color in the Beaver Turkey Ridge Area was not going to carry over into West Bear Canyon as well. Bear Canyon is deeper with less sunlight. Well, my hopes were dashed. If anything, there was almost zero color at all. Even the Ferns were still very green in spots and the Maples were still summer green with only a very few showing any signs of changing at all. So I cut this hike short as well. I did not encounter a Bear in Bear Canyon, but there was some very fresh piles around that left me wondering if I would indeed have an encounter. There were some Elk close by, as the Bugling was rather loud, but I think they were above me. Never did see them though.

I was going to do East Bear the following day, but after seeing West, I decided to pack it up and head for Flagstaff and hopefully have better luck.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
95% of Maples are summer greens. 5% are just barely turning. Ferns aren't even totally gold yet in many spots.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max West Bear Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Just a few small pools.

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No Trickle, just a couple of pools.
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Sep 28 2020
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Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Day 1 of 4 Day Camping Trip. This Area historically is peaking for Fall Color. Not this Year. It was mostly still green. I didn't Hike very far as it seemed pointless at that point. I struggled to find compositions with what there was to work with. The Highlight of the Day turned out to not be the Fall Colors. It turned out to be a adrenalin pumping encounter with the Charmin Toilet Paper Spokesman at only 150 feet away. I did everything wrong and apparently right. Instead of making noise, I stayed in tune with the Quiet Area and stayed still and completely quiet. I was hoping my black t-shirt didn't confuse. As a result, I got photos through the deadfall and he posed briefly, sniffing the air and staring at me, before sauntering on. We were both headed opposite directions, but even though I was not traveling his direction, I kept hypervigilant all the way back to the truck. I only had my fanny pack and a liter of water, so nothing that I normally carry, including food, my knife, or my In-Reach. Needless to say, the excitement stayed with me the rest of the day. It was a contradiction. I was glad I was alone as I might not have had the opportunity to see such an amazing animal up close, but at the same time, to be alone if it had gone bad, would have been bad. :sweat: Just that sighting and knowing that we had shared mutual respect, made for an Amazing Day. It was a warm day, but both of us are ready to winter.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Aspen 85% Green 10% Turning 4% Prime 1% Done
Oaks 80% Green 10% Turning or Prime 10% Done or very stressed and puny
Maples 80% Green 10% Turning 10% Prime or Done. Many stressed maples going from yellow to done or from green to red and done. Going to be a weird year there I'm afraid.
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Antelope MountainAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2020
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Last Day of my White Mountain Trip. Wanted something short, then I was going back to camp to pack up and head for the valley. I had 3 options, but when Liz told me she was staying nearby, I picked this one, since she was the Author and also looking for something quick. And it was halfway between us.

More formidable looking than Peak 9947 and seemed harder to get up. I've been slacking on hard hikes lately and it showed. More out of breath than I should have been. We went up following Liz's original route, so the first part was off trail. In what seemed like forever, we hit the road and finished going up on it. We hit the high point first and enjoyed the views with a snack. Lots of butterflies up there and the views were pretty spectacular despite the haze that never seemed to go away all week. There is a register up there as well.

After the break, we went over to the abandoned communication towers and poked around. Liz thought at one time there was a trailer up there, but initially we just found some debris. I looked over the edge and found the trailer half intact on the slope. Must have been some wind. Might have been one helluva ride. :o After being gaped at by a reptile, we headed down and followed the road all the way down and back to the vehicle. We just drove the truck in to the corrals since the road was heavily rutted in that section.

Good Hike, definitely worth the views in my opinion. Glad to see Liz again, it's been awhile! Thanks Liz!

P.S. On the way back to camp, Liz calls me and tells me to turn around. Less than a mile from our hike turnoff going towards Eagar, Liz spotted a herd that we had discussed on our hike. Needless to say, I turned around! Thanks again Liz!
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Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Day 5 of my White Mountain Trip. Visiting a Favorite. Haven't done this one since 2014. Beautiful as ever, but lots of people early. Party of 12 right in front of me so there was very little use looking for the local Fauna. I ended up being happy for just a party of 12. The crowds had hit hard on the way back. Dog Poop on the Trail. Brightly colored bags on the trail and off the trail. (I put it back on the edge of the trail.) Someone commented that I was the only person they'd seen that didn't have a dog with. Made me think about how much I missed mine.

Probably the best place of the trip for Wildflowers, but it still wasn't enough to write home about. But there were some patches here and there. I enjoyed coming back here, but need to start at the crack of dawn next time. This will continue to be a favorite for sure.

1st day of the trip I didn't get rained on, even though it was forecasted. I was a bit bummed because it rained so much the day before that my truck was a real mess. But it wasn't to be and I had to wash it myself when I got home. I'm sure the mechanic changing my oil was eternally grateful. :lol:
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Bunches here and there and a lot of variety.
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Peak 9947 - White MountainsAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2020
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Day 4 of my White Mountains Trip. I've been eyeing this little mountain for awhile and since the weather was still being unstable, I decided to go for it. Easy off-trail and the views going up were pretty nice. Almost to the top and I suddenly end up on a badger hole's front porch. I didn't see it, but the hole was pretty fresh, so I'm sure it's in use. I left in a hurry as I didn't need the homeowner attacking me as a trespasser. Got to the top of the ridgeline and followed the ridgeline around. Nice views as I went along. The high point is in a grove of Pine and Aspen so there would be no views from there. But who doesn't love Aspen? When I reached the trees, there was quite a bit of deadfall. The high point was close though and just going a bit to my right and about 100 feet in, took me right to the high point cairn that someone had built. After taking a photo of the cairn, I angled back around some deadfall and found some clear sailing out of the grove. I was now on the ridgeline I was going to take down to make a loop out of this. Before I did, I had to marvel at a tree that I dubbed an Octopus. A lot of "arms" going on there. Down the ridge I went, back to the road. I spent a little time in an Aspen Grove there before walking the road back to the truck. After I got back to the truck, I took some carrots out to the resident ranch horses in the meadow by where I parked. They were there the last two times I've been up here, so this time I brought them a treat.

Nice little Hike, I may do this one again for a short excursion and a warm-up on an arrival day. I'd really like to see Mr. Badger, but not at his front door. I talked to some Fish and Game guys and they said there were probably Long-tailed Weasels up there too.
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Aug 26 2020
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West Fork Trail #628 - Black RiverAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Day 3 of the White Mountains. This sounded like an interesting hike and I made a plan to do it and tie in a Black River Loop too. [ Black River 628A - 630 Loop ] Well, the original West Fork Trail was in good shape even though the FS stated that it was unmaintained. Only 1 deadfall on the whole stretch. As far as the loop went, I gave up on finding a clockwise Trail after about 15 minutes of bushwacking. The skies were darkening, so I returned back to the TH with just a few minutes to spare before the rain hit.

The Meadow is going to be really nice someday with all the Aspen coming in. I imagine in a good Wildflower year, it's probably pretty sweet. Just not this year. Saw 2 Coyotes and a few birds. Some of the trail is still through some nice forest. There are definitely some unnamed Springs down towards the bottom, by the river. Met a crazy mountain biker that made it all the way down. Some of that Trail would be nuts on a bike, but he did it. Met more people going back out, I think some of them probably got a bit wet with their later starts.

It was a good trek and I might return in a good wildflower year.
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Aug 25 2020
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Butler Canyon Trail #98Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2020
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First Hike of a 6 Day Camping Trip to the White Mountains. Got in too late the day before to do anything but find a campsite and set up, so started hiking the next day. Had to keep the Hikes short due to the weather, which was pretty unsettled most of the stay. More on that when I do a Car Camping triplog.

Checked out the town of Greer a bit and then hit the Trail here. Tried to go clockwise at first through the loop, but couldn't find the trail quick enough at a road crossing, so went CCW instead. A walk through a Forest, encountered some Springs and walked around a small hill. Nice little exercise to get things moving after a long week. The clouds were already threatening to storm at 10:00 A.M. which I thought was unusual, but that would be the trend most of the week. I looked up another optionally short jaunt in Greer and headed there to get a bit in after finishing up this one.
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It's hit or miss in the White Mountains due to late rains. Not a banner year for sure. Very dry and Wildflowers that ARE currently blooming look stressed, thin and weak. Maybe in a couple of weeks if the Rains of this week continue.

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Aug 25 2020
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Government Springs Trail #95A, AZ 
Government Springs Trail #95A, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2020
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2nd Hike of the Day. Cut short by Lightning. I'm surprised this Hike isn't on this Site actually. 7 Miles one way following the West Fork of the Little Colorado River? Beautiful Creek, nice Trail. I would have done the 7 Miles in good weather and with a shuttle. The Publication I picked up says this Trail is "Greer's claim to fame" and is known as "The Trail at the End of the Road". Fishermen use it and it ends at Sheep's Crossing. Worth doing the whole thing in my opinion. If someone doesn't beat me to it, I'll hike this one in it's entirety and get a route for a page here. According to a resident, Government Springs is actually the Headwaters of the LCR. And there were numerous other springs along the way, so not sure about that. Pretty good flow upstream from the Governor's Spring.

Talked to some Fishermen when I got back and they had had some luck earlier in the day, showing me their catch. Made me wish I had brought my gear. By the time I left the parking lot, the heavens opened up and it rained very hard for a long time. It eased up just enough for me to make dinner and then started right back up again, lasting into the night.

I'll be back for this one.
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Just a few flowers here and there.

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Aug 24 2020
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White Mountains, AZ 
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The Weather made all day hiking difficult, so there was a lot of driving and exploring going on in the 4 full days I had. Just a few photos of camp and driving on those days.
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Pivot Rock CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2020
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Everybody seems to like this Hike, so it was time to see what it was all about. I inadvertently did part of this Hike a few years ago, just exploring the Creek in both directions from 142, but back then I didn't know about this particular Hike. I made it as far as the Cabin last time. Big difference between then and now. Back in May 2017 the water was running from the road almost all the way to the Cabin. Not this time. It was dry until the last 1/2 mile or so before the Spring. I was hoping that wouldn't be the case and it nixed my plans to go downstream as well, after I got back from the Spring.

I arrived fairly early and it was apparent that the area had gotten some rain in the last 12 hours. There were still some cloudiness present, but it was clearing up. I headed out and within the first 1/4 mile, I ran into a rafter of turkeys, so although I didn't get any great photos, it was a nice start. Birds were few and far between after that until water started to appear in the creek. The Forest was very quiet. It was nice, albeit rather muggy to start off with. I didn't see another soul until just before Pivot Rock. A father and son combo had parked up above and I met them travelling down canyon. They had never been there, so were new to the area too.

Found Pivot Rock, signed the Register and continued on for the spring. I arrived at the Spring and took a nice break and had an early lunch. The Spring is pretty cool, in more ways than one. I think the temp dropped almost 20 degrees when you were close to that cave. And the birds were showing up as I sat there. I think they prefer to drink right from the source, rather than further down the creek. I ended up with 12 species for the day. Butterflies were also numerous even though there wasn't much for wildflowers on this hike.

Went back the way I came and timed it pretty well getting back to the truck. The sky was getting dark and thunder could be heard. I never did get rained on though, even in the truck. Since I didn't want to explore Tom's Creek the other way since it was dry, I decided to do a quick hike up to the Baker Butte Lookout. That didn't work out too well as there are No Entry signs now, due to some pandemic floating around. So I went down to Payson and dinked around the East Verde for a bit before getting some dinner and heading home. Another interesting Sunset on the way home. A Sunset through smoke amidst a burned desert.

It was a good day all in all and I'll be back to do Tom's Creek to Clover another day when things are flowing again. Nice to get out of the heat again for sure.
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Not much going on for wildflowers on this Hike. Area seems too dry even though it looked to have just gotten some rain. Vegetation looks stressed until you get to the water.


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Aug 12 2020
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Willow Springs Lake and a Sunset, AZ 
Willow Springs Lake and a Sunset, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2020
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I did Chevelon from Larson and then tried to visit Black Canyon Lake, but the weather was not allowing it so I ended up at Willow Springs Lake with partial blue skies. Partial being the key word here. I'd no more than Parked and it started raining there from one dark cloud above me. I waited it out and when it finally stopped, I hit the trail with the thought of possibly doing Willow Springs Canyon. Well, I made it to the bottom of the spillway and the rain started back up again with some thunder to go along with it. By the time I got back to the car, it was pouring. Pretty much called it a day as the rain followed me as I headed down the hill. It stopped before just before the 260 TH and you could definitely feel the temp difference right away.

Got dinner in Payson and then headed towards the barn. One detour along the way for a sunset storm, but nothing to get too excited about.

It was a decent day altogether and although I didn't get more hiking in, I certainly didn't mind the rain either and at one time 54 degrees felt pretty damn good. I'll take it and enjoy hiking more another day.
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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge RoutePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2020
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I needed a Creek Hike and I wanted to be cool. I got both. I underestimated this Hike and thought I could get Telephone done on the same day. But oh boy, howdy! The amount of effort needed for such a short hike left me thinking I'd just done something technical. :sweat: And I should've worn my Approach shoes for sure. Instead I wore my old beat up hiking shoes, thinking that I didn't care if I got them wet. I needed more tread for sure at least for the "down". I only fell once, on the ascent, but fell into the hill. I did spend some time using my hands, but only butt scooted a couple of times.

The drive in was cool. 3 Bucks in velvet raced my truck and I let them win. I parked .7 Miles from the end of the Road. There was a short stretch, that if I had done it, I could have gone much further, but I won't be comfortable with areas like that until I get the truck "leveled". That'll bring up the front end another 1 1/2".

The road walk was nice with birds and lots of blooms in some of the more open areas. Got to the end of the road and there was impressive views with impressive camp sites. It was all downhill from there. The Route appears to be different now, than what the official route is showing, and there are cairns taking you to the south, off the actual ridge. I followed them for awhile as there looked to be a trail, but then I lost both the cairns and the "trail". I was tired of traversing the slope anyway so I just hooked up with more game trails and went down to Long Tom Canyon. I figured that I might make this a small loop if I followed the original route back up.

It still took a long time, as I didn't want to end up like the "Oops" guy and my shoe choice made me slow down even more. But with the help of the locals, I made it down just wearing some charcoal from an older burn. The Creek Bed made for some fairly easy going and once there, I made it to Chevelon in about 20 minutes. The Rockhopping was nice for a change and I had a Canyoneering friend show me how to do it so I could be faster and more efficient. I was definitely ready for a break at Chevelon and spent it with a Butterfly for company.

By the time I sat down at Chevelon, dark clouds were starting to appear overhead, in what was a blue sky 30 minutes before. I walked the Fishermen's Trails both ways up and down Chevelon for a bit and enjoyed the creek for awhile. It became even more evident that there would be some rain and I had another Hike in mind to round out the day, so I headed up a cairned route that joined up with the original route. I'll describe the original route in two words. Forget it. Once I was on it, I tried to follow it, but the Oaks, Locust and Deadfall now along this Route made it impossible. I ended up switchbacking back to the east and lo and behold, there was another Cairn. I was able to follow the cairned route almost to the top and then around the south side of the ridge where I had left it before. There was a big difference in the route I took down and the route I was following up and around though. The difference was large rocks and scrambling on the north and east side of the route. The cairns took you to a scramble that looked more like a climb, so I found another place to get up. If I had to do this all over again, I would definitely go back the way I came. Very little rock scrambling needed and it was all much easier. If anyone decides to follow my route all the way down, just keep looking and following game trails. They'll switchback down somewhat, but they get you down with a minimum of obstacles. On a slope like that, the deer would rather go around most of the deadfall too.

Have I mentioned that I got rained on? I'm halfway up the ascent and it started sprinkling a bit and then there was thunder. I wasn't quite to the top of the first bump in the ridge and realized that it was time to drag out the gear. I left my regular rainsuit in the truck, but I always carry a poncho and an old pack cover for the camera case. I covered my pack with it's pack cover, covered the camera and donned the poncho which also helped cover both. And then it rained. And the Rocks got slick. :sweat: But the cairns took me somewhat off the top so I wasn't as worried about any lightning. As far as Rains go, it was a great rain. Never a torrential downpour like I would see later, but a nice, steady, heavy, falling rain. I wish I had gotten video, it was beautiful with big drops falling into the canyons. The weather would follow me the rest of the day until I got a ways down the hill.

Back at the truck, I threw the wet covers in the back and started driving out. I knew my 2nd "Hike" that I had planned wasn't going to happen so I decided to hit Black Canyon Lake for a shorter hike. Made it to the turnoff and the skies opened up in earnest. I pulled over and it poured, hailed and thundered for 45 minutes and then became a lighter rain and thunder. Black Canyon Lake wasn't going to happen either. The skies to the West looked almost blue with puffy clouds, so I headed west. Willow Springs looked promising so I went in there. The crowds were insane. Sinkhole Campground was full, on a Wednesday. I'll do a short triplog of Willow Springs. But it didn't last long either, as the weather caught me pretty fast.

Larson was amazing, but hard, especially after not doing anything last week. Knowing what I know and have seen, I'd do it again someday. But other routes into Chevelon have yet to be done, so it may be awhile before I do this one again. But it filled what I needed on this day, plus some. :sweat: Where's that Weightlifter Emoji when you need it??? :cry: A short hike that takes time and tries to seriously kick your ass. I'm feeling it a bit today.

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Moderate due to places along the road were heavy, but down in the canyon, it's light. With that said, the variety down by the creek was pretty cool.

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