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Feb 03 2019
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Coffee Flat Trail #108Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2019
clairebear
Hiking11.21 Miles 1,710 AEG
Hiking11.21 Miles
1,710 ft AEG
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Rain in the forecast so I wanted to go hiking in the Superstitions! It was also my first time checking out Coffee Flats from Peralta. Our views were obscured by mist and low hanging clouds but we could still appreciate how green everything was. The trail meanders easily through the desert landscape. Eventually we were admiring the views of Buzzards Roost just before descending into Reeds water. We set our sights to get to Reeds Water and turn around. We checked out the windmill and the surrounding area. The giant saguaro towered over Erik and the dogs. Our time near Reeds water was brief as it was raining on us and there was no dry place for us to escape, so we turned around to go back the way we came. It rained on us for most of the day. Barks canyon was a dry crossing when we started, but it was a gusher on the way out. Erik and I walked upstream a bit in order to find the least treacherous crossing. A significant change in the course of a few hours.

Reeds water could be a great spot a future backpacking trip with the dogs, although the creaking sounds from windmill were unsettling enough during our brief visit.
Finally, Peralta road is in fact a muddy mess when it rains. On our way out we passed 1 truck getting a tow.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reeds Water 26-50% full 26-50% full
Water deep down in the well under the windmill. There is a cup with a string attached. (assuming that the string is long enough to reach the water. Extra paracord would be helpful just in case)
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Jan 27 2019
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2019
clairebear
Hiking11.43 Miles 1,433 AEG
Hiking11.43 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.11 mph
1,433 ft AEG
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Mazzies have been on my short list radar lately and after a month of crowded places ( Western supes and snowbowl. :sk: )

We had been here previously last spring, but it was too hot for our German shepherd so we turned around well before getting to the creek.

Abundant water flowing – ideal this time for our two hiking shepherds. The only other people we saw were close to the trailhead. Once we veered off onto Deer Creek we were in blissful, wilderness solitude.
After a couple of very easy miles above the creek the trail dips down again to the densely vegetated creek bed. A modest double cascade was the highlight of the hike (along with watching two happy dogs playing in water and generally never being chill while we ate our hiking snacks.) After a few creek crossings, I reluctantly decided to turn around so that we could get back to the car before dark….
Although we got a late morning start, we both appreciated the late afternoon colors illuminating the trail as we made our way back to the car, even though I would have enjoyed more miles and more exploring. I always want more time in the Mazatzals.
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Jan 19 2019
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Schultz Creek Trail #152Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
clairebear
Hiking6.50 Miles
Hiking6.50 Miles
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We were in Flagstaff for a ski trip and our lift passes were for the next two days so I was happy to have a chill day and do some hiking. The road up to snowbowl was gridlocked, so we turned on Schultz Pass, thus avoiding the traffic.

The snow was patchy, but it was still work, so after a few miles in we connected to the road and followed it back to the trailhead. The trailhead was dominated by families of sledding children. It was my first time in this area and I enjoyed it enough to hope for a return trip someday.
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Jan 12 2019
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Bluff Spring Mtn Loop via DutchmanPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
clairebear
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,707 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles
1,707 ft AEG
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The main parking lot was full at 8:30 am. Happily, once we were a mile away from the trailhead we didn’t see anyone else until the junction with Dutchmen 104. From the elevation gained on Bluff Springs trail I enjoy looking down into Peralta and seeing the zoo of people.
I had intended to check out Red Tanks or Coffee flats for a few extra miles early on in the day , but I messed up and started the loop from Bluff Springs instead of the Dutchmen trail. In retrospect it is ideal to get cardiac hill out of the way in the beginning and making the return on the Dutchmen trail is much nicer on the knees.

Barks canyon had tons of water from recent rains. The dogs also enjoyed the novelty of water in the desert and got in.

At the trail junction I decided to check on Bluff Springs and take a break. It’s a nice trickle into a bucket. The seating options there are less then accommodating so we moved over to an open flat area with a tree and used fire ring and watched other hikers approaching the trail junction while the dogs ran in circles around us because they don’t want to take breaks and look at us as weak for sitting down at this point lol.

The hike back is very quick, but it got a little warm and the dogs were not as frisky as earlier in the hike. Its nice to hike in the supes and I appreciate this easy loop. We capped a great day with some beers at AZ Wilderness.
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Sep 09 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Animas City MountainSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2017
clairebear
Hiking5.89 Miles 1,555 AEG
Hiking5.89 Miles
1,555 ft AEG
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juliachaos
Liz and I were in town for a long weekend and wanted to get some hike-y exercise. We had a few few hours before afternoon commitments so this hike is a great option. Nice view points along the way and incredible scenery in all directions from the top- the town, the meandering Animas and San Juans mountains in the distance. Lovely hike :)
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Jul 15 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2017
clairebear
Hiking9.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles
700 ft AEG
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I wanted to get out of PHX and hike someplace cooler with water so I suggested Oak Creek to John and he agreed. We departed 6:30 on Saturday Morning. Around 8:30 we drove past the entrance to slide park and we were both shocked at the number of cars waiting to enter this early in the day --They had spilled over past the parking and a half a mile long or so up the road. The line was stupid long!

I had never been to Oak Creek before and it was a divinely scenic canyon. The lush canyon surrounded by the tall cocoino sandstone walls is such a welcome contrast to summer in Phoenix. After a few miles in we stopped on a ledge that overlooked the creek below and amused ourselves watching casual hikers crossing the creek while attempting to keep their feet dry. Getting wet was so refreshing and the best part ~( in my opinion anyways! )

Another mile or so the canyon walls narrowed and sharply curved. Many hikers gathered and lingered at this point as this is generally a turnaround spot- probably related to the sign indicating that the maintained trail ends here. It was still early in the day and the thought of heading back to PHX and oppressive heat is unappealing so John and I pushed further up the canyon for another hour or so. It was so beautiful I was happy to keep exploring. In my opinion the views on this stretch were some of the most interesting and scenic. We eventually found a nice flat spot where we could take lunch before commencing the return trip. No too long after turning around we noticed the sky was getting dark. Eventually the clouds obscured the sun and we finished the hike in light rain.
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Jun 17 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Inner Basin via Bear Jaw, AZ 
Inner Basin via Bear Jaw, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2017
clairebear
Hiking14.50 Miles 2,524 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles
2,524 ft AEG
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Tough_Boots
Really pleasant day hiking thanks to beautiful aspen groves and mountain views :)

On the way to our destination down the 180 away from flagstaff we saw signs for road closures, but luckily we were able to make it to our trailhead without issue. Bearjaw trail had a few deadfall barricades to maneuver and I had to take a few breathers hiking up but it just allowed me time to admire the aspen filled views. At the connection with waterline trail we stopped for some snacks and from there it was a couple miles of easy strolling save for some more deadfall to navigate. We stopped to admire the views of Lockett meadow and we could see how the horizon had become hazy due to the wildfire. As we neared Inner Basin it was obvious as we saw quite a few more groups of people headed up to higher elevation. I have a thing for high mountains with snow and obvious tree lines so I took my time taking photos at Inner basin before we cut over to Bear Jaw Spring for lunch. The hike back was quick and uneventful though it’s getting toasty now so it was a relief to be back at the trailhead. Otherwise, a very beautiful day on the mountain !
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Jun 10 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Point Trail - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 10 2017
clairebear
Canyoneering6.50 Miles 750 AEG
Canyoneering6.50 Miles
750 ft AEG   4 Hrs   22 Mns Break
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chumley
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juliachaos
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Tough_Boots
We assembled a large group of 7 humans and almost as many dogs for an enjoyable water hike!

I had been on the Point Trail years ago and I had completely forgotten how steep it is. The momentum going downhill is difficult for a clumsy hiker like me so I treaded carefully. Once we were all down our group stopped and admired the weeping wall and then we all made our further way downstream. Along the way people and dogs in our group plopped down and relaxed at certain points. Matt, John and I ventured further upstream. And Liz’s dog decided to come with us, either from a fear of missing out or because her DNA compels her to herd people. On the way back we collected our group again and relaxed at a rocky beach below the point trail. Refreshments were had. Before heading back to camp a few of us ventured upstream for a bit before making the hike out.

*~* Most idyllic illustrations of paradise include ample water – probably inspired by someplace similar to WCC. I definitely want to spend more time down here exploring.
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Jun 03 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Barbershop Canyon U-Bar Loop, AZ 
Barbershop Canyon U-Bar Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2017
clairebear
Hiking14.60 Miles 1,827 AEG
Hiking14.60 Miles
1,827 ft AEG
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This was a beautiful day in the high country. I think Barbershop canyon must be among the most beautiful places I've visited on the rim. Ample water and so much electric green vegetation- such a lush canyon. We hiked out of the canyon and took our lunch at Dane Spring. The day was getting hotter and it was pretty hot in direct sunlight which made me feel really lethargic. Once we got back to the car we relaxed a bit before driving back down to the valley.
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May 28 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2017
clairebear
Hiking9.91 Miles 3,180 AEG
Hiking9.91 Miles   5 Hrs      2.29 mph
3,180 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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We set our sights on this one since its the highest peak in the Huachucas. The trail starts off with exposed high dessert so we took a few breathers in the shade when we could find it. Eventually the desert trail gives way to pine trees and even some aspen. At one point we saw a hang glider gliding overhead which was pretty neat. We hit the summit without having seen another person and enjoyed the views- Huachuca range on one side and Mexico on the other. After I enjoyed a summit beer and the photo ops we started our descent. Passed a few people on the hike down and otherwise enjoyed an uneventful hike. The hike down was so quick and mindless I could have jogged it with proper trainers. Instead I occupied my time coming up with ideas for things to brew. Headphones would have been nice otherwise.

I thought this was a decent hike. Pretty easy miles for a great summit views if you are into that sort of thing :D. Sometimes mindless easy miles feel pretty good ~^^
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May 27 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Ramsey Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2017
clairebear
Hiking8.67 Miles 2,767 AEG
Hiking8.67 Miles
2,767 ft AEG
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John9L
This was our first planned trip for Huachuca weekend. This is a beautiful scenic hike.

We saw some large turkeys near the beginning of our trail and we passed a few groups of hikers in the begging, but it thins out considerably the further you go in. As we were making our way up the trail John locked eyes with a bear. We hiked a bit more and made sure to make our presence known. " Bear. HUMANS HERE" Etc.

We didn't make it too much further after this due to time constraints.

Before heading out we spoke to the women working in the Nature Conservancy gift shop. She mentioned that it is not uncommon to see bear on the trail.

This is a neat area and memorable hike :)
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Apr 22 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 22 2017
clairebear
Backpack8.25 Miles 1,894 AEG
Backpack8.25 Miles2 Days         
1,894 ft AEG
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juliachaos
te_wa
Tough_Boots
Nice weekend to chill and drink on the rim! It was nice to see everyone, new and old :D. Liz's dog overcame her disdain of water in order to rescue ALL THE STICKS we through in the lake. Kyle's dog Lilly was nowhere to be found during this time. Thanks Liz for sharing your tasty mead :app:
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Apr 08 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2017
clairebear
Hiking4.40 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
1,921 ft AEG
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juliachaos
Great weather today for this hike with Liz and her dog. Not too long into the hike we passed a snake sunning himself on the side of the trail. It was actually really alarming because I missed it and casually walked past him, but it caught Liz's eye and I heard her adrenaline induced reaction from our close encounter. (Trail was really narrow so we walked very close to the sleepy serpent)

Great day overall. Cloud cover made the temps really nice and we didnt see anymore snakes!
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Apr 02 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2017
clairebear
Hiking12.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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Tough_Boots
Happy to finally get to check out Haunted Canyon. It was pretty warm so it was delightful to put more miles in the Supes before it gets too hot :(
We just did an easy out and back to check out Tony's Cabin. The trail was lush and there is lots of water in the creek. Unfortunately there was lots of poison ivy ( 9L kryptonite). Kyle and I are able to walk through poison ivy ( good genes), but John has to find detours to avoid contact.

As we approached the cabin John wanted to check out some campsites, and lucky we did as we came upon a fire that some backpackers had neglected to put out.

It was another good day in the Supes for me~. Thanks John and Kyle for the trip!
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Mar 25 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Sullivan Canyon / Lower SulliesPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Climbing avatar Mar 25 2017
clairebear
Climbing
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 Sidewalk 5.6TopropeG
The first time I've touched rock outside in two years! I had just planned to go and enjoy being outdoors in a beautiful canyon,but once I got on the wall it was easy to climb again despite neglecting it for two years or so. Sully's Canyon is a great place with lots of moderate and fun crack climbs.

Holly was our awesome ropegun who has only been leading on trad a few times. We started off by warming up on Sidewalk (a 5.6) Then we moved further down the canyon and sadly I'm not able to remember the names of the routes, but they ranged from a 5.5 to 5.10.

After a fun day of Climbing we said goodbye to Holly and Tyler who were camping another night and Liz and I drove back up to PHX since we had some fun stuff planned the next day in town. Really happy to have joined Liz on this one :D
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Feb 21 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2017
clairebear
Hiking2.25 Miles 2,810 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles
2,810 ft AEG
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John9L
With the intention of doing Black Mesa loop we turned around after too many wet crossings.
Must remember not a good hike on a rainy day unless wet crossings with strong currents are desired.
On the plus side we saw two waterfalls. One was in the distance and the other was just a few yards down from a wash that we crossed.
The amount of water in the desert was incredible. And completly bizzare that these washes will be bone dry come summer in only a short time i'm sure. :(
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Feb 19 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2017
clairebear
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,187 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,187 ft AEG
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John9L
We headed out to the Supes on this rainy Sunday. After walking about a mile up Dutchmen Trail and a dozen wet crossings we decided to turn back and do Massacre Falls. I was relieved that our feet stayed dry on this trail. Only one wet crossing which was possible to hop rocks.
And I was elated to see the Falls had a really nice flow. It was my first time seeing it and it was beautiful. After we got our photos we headed back and it began to lightly rain on us so we through the raincoats on. On the way back it cleared up again and we were treated to a beautiful full rainbow. Another first for me in the Supes.
I was very happy with the day and looking forward to some nice warm soup afterwards :D
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Feb 14 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2017
clairebear
Hiking3.97 Miles 1,096 AEG
Hiking3.97 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   2.17 mph
1,096 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
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Nice night for an evening hike and an interesting hike down as chopper were circling overhead. No need for headlamps since their search light was very illuminating.
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Feb 11 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Fraser - Randolph LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2017
clairebear
Hiking9.97 Miles 1,245 AEG
Hiking9.97 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.22 mph
1,245 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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New trails to explore in the Superstitions ~. It was nice that Liz came out and joined us. From Woodbury TH we hiked a short distance and then turned into Randolph Canyon. We got a scare when Kiva flushed out a large javalina chasing it for a few minutes but she was fine and came back. After our lunch we turned into Fraser Canyon. Later on Kiva found some cows that she found very interesting. Then we exited the canyon and made our way up back passing the JF ranch along the way. Both canyons were interesting and different ~ it was nice to check out a new place. The canyons were also nicely empty with the exception of our group and I thought we would go the whole way without seeing another human until we passed a group near Randolph Spring where we paused for lunch.
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Feb 04 2017
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Wasson Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2017
clairebear
Hiking8.12 Miles 2,052 AEG
Hiking8.12 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.52 mph
2,052 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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John and I headed down to check out a new area- Saguaro National Park. Early on John found some petroglyphs in the wash that paralleled our trail. The hike itself is pretty straightforward and as the trail rises the views get more interesting. This peak is fairly isolated so, although, it only rises above 4000 fee it has great views from the summit. We found some shade and took our lunch on the summit. I enjoyed the views of the Santa Catalina mountains and we could see Picacho Peak. From above Ragged Top looked really interesting also. On the way back we made excellent time and stopped to check out an old mine. We quickly rapped up the final miles and made it back to the Jeep. After this hike we went to the visitor center and then to check out the 'glyphs on Signal Hill.
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