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Aug 14 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Mount Willard TrailWhite Mountains, NH
White Mountains, NH
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2019
rayhuston
Hiking3.54 Miles 992 AEG
Hiking3.54 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   1.82 mph
992 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Day 3 of my vacation in the White Mountains of NH. At the recommendation of a patron of the Sunrise Shack in Glen, our preferred breakfast joint and the only place close by that opens early, we opted for the Mount Willard trail in Crawford Notch State Park. It was a great recommendation.

The hike is 3.3 miles out and back. It starts at the trailhead located behind the railroad depot adjacent to the AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch. Cross the tracks and follow the signs to the Mount Willard trail. Like the other trails on my three day visit, the hike starts out flat under a canopy of trees with steady elevation gain until you reach the summit. Check out the Centennial Pool on the way up. The hike ends at the cliff overlooking Crawford Notch. Spectacular views.
Named place
Named place
Crawford Notch Mount Willard
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Aug 13 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Black Cap Mountain, NH 
Black Cap Mountain, NH
 
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2019
rayhuston
Hiking2.32 Miles 667 AEG
Hiking2.32 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   1.99 mph
667 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Day two of a three day trip to the White Mountains of NH. Today was supposed to be a rest day with a short easy hike in the morning. Rob and I took the advice of some locals at the Sunrise Shack (a great place to eat in Glen NH) who told us that the Black Cap trail (they didn't call it a mountain) was a nice easy trail. It was easy, but not the easy we were looking for. 1.1 miles with 700 feet of gain got us pumped up and sweaty on a humid morning.

A fun hike though. Great views at the top.
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Aug 12 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Mt. Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine, NH 
Mt. Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine, NH
 
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2019
rayhuston
Hiking4.33 Miles 3,669 AEG
Hiking4.33 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   1.17 mph
3,669 ft AEG   2 Hrs   2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I spent a week vacationing in NE with my friend Rob (and one day with my frequent hiking partner Kevin), split between central Massachusetts and the White Mountains in New Hampshire. While in the White Mountains, Kevin suggested we hike Mount Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine. There are a few ways to summit Washington, with Tuckerman Ravine being the most popular route. Ammonoosuc Ravine is probably the easiest route, though not easy.

The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead is on the west side of the mountain on Base Station Road. A short distance from the TH is the “Cog Railway,” which takes passengers to and from the summit of Mt. Washington. We chose this trailhead because we wanted to take the Cog down. Judging from the number of other hikers on the train, it seems to be a popular thing to do. After ascending 3,600 feet in four miles, it was the wise thing to do, for us anyway. We were cold and whooped. The train got us down in about 20 minutes.

This is an amazing hike. The first mile and a half of trail is shrouded in forest as it runs alongside the Ammonoosuc River. The thick forest and sound of running water continues on after you veer away from the river as water cascades down the steep mountain slopes. Along the way you’ll see beautiful water falls and inviting pools as you continue the unrelenting climb up the mountain. The shrouded forest gives way to stunning views when you reach the alpine area at about 5000 feet; the running water finally stops.

The AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut, a way station for Appalachian trail through hikers, was our next stop. It’s a good place to eat and rest. Homemade soup is available at the hut for a $2 donation. My buddy Kevin chose to summit nearby Mt. Monroe while Rob and I waited at the hut. I bought the turkey soup and slurped it down with an energy bar. I felt invigorated after. Maybe homemade turkey soup and a chocolate brownie cliff bar is a new super food combination.

The trip from the hut to the summit was cold and windy. The last mile was shrouded in fog. Giant cairns spaced short distances apart guided the way, lest you wander aimlessly into oblivion. 1.5 miles and 1200 feet after leaving the hut, we reached the top. I went immediately to the true summit marker to get a picture, but there were at least two dozen people waiting in line for a photo op. Not today. I went instead to get my ticket for the train ride down. All aboard.
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Aug 08 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Parker Creek Trail #160Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2019
rayhuston
Hiking6.83 Miles 2,056 AEG
Hiking6.83 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.04 mph
2,056 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I wanted to get some decent elevation gain on a good trail with some shade. I hiked this trail back in 2014 with a couple of swell guys as part of a much bigger hike that included Aztec Peak and the Rim trail. Today I just wanted to get to the top of the canyon and back, about 7 miles round trip with 2000 feet of gain.

The trail is overgrown the first mile, wildly overgrown the second mile, but clears up (mostly) in the third mile. I walked past a diamondback at the one mile mark. No warning until I was alongside, but we were separated by a shrub so I hustled past. Saw some cat scat a quarter mile in and bear scat several times along the route. After seeing the d-back, I wasn't too excited about venturing into sections of trail where I couldn't see my feet, so I picked up a stick, beat the bushes and moved slowly through. Grasshoppers were bounding all over the place at about the 1.5 mile mark.

The hike back was uneventful. The d-back was still there but I knew where it was and started beating the bushes before I got to it. I got a nice loud warning in return. The dog days of August isn't the best time to hike this trail, but it beats trying to do something similar in the valley. It was warm/hot at the bottom, the last third of a mile or so when you're exposed to the sun.

In spite of the overgrown trail, this is still a delightful hike and the drive in is paved all the way to the TH. I drove for longer than I hiked, but the drive to and from was enjoyable, too. Great day.


dry Upper South Fork Parker Creek Dry Dry
A couple of small puddles
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Aug 06 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lynx Recreation Trail #311 - Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2019
rayhuston
Hiking2.78 Miles 182 AEG
Hiking2.78 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   2.35 mph
182 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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My son and I took a stroll around the lake this morning. Hazy, warm and humid at 10am. A nice breeze made it worthwhile, though. A couple of guys on paddle boards kept pace along the shoreline.
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Aug 05 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2019
rayhuston
Hiking7.27 Miles 1,308 AEG
Hiking7.27 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.41 mph
1,308 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Splendid hike. I chose to do this in a CCW direction. It was a tad warm at the SW corner of the loop, a 500 foot ascent to a saddle before dropping down and returning to the trailhead. That ascent required a break on an otherwise easy and enjoyable hike. The trails are in excellent condition.

Since I can't seem to do the big hikes anymore, I'm staying in Prescott for two more days so I can get a couple more "little" hikes in. I also wanted some monsoon action; I have not been disappointed. We had a deluge of rain with a nice show of lightning.

Fun day.
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Apr 17 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Javelina - Ridgeline - Beverly LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2019
rayhuston
Hiking4.40 Miles 594 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   3.22 mph
594 ft AEG
 
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Little shake and bake after work. Started from the end of Beverly Drive and hiked in a clockwise direction.
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Apr 14 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Apr 14 2019
rayhuston
Road Biking10.80 Miles
Road Biking10.80 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Quick morning ride before a day of errands.

My legs are feeling good again, but I'm visiting my orthopod on Wednesday to have him check my left knee, which has been bothering me off and on since the 1st of the year (anytime I try to do something steep or otherwise difficult). Time to get it checked out.
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Apr 13 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Cave Creek #4 to Spur Cross THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
rayhuston
Hiking7.07 Miles 708 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.92 mph
708 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
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A college buddy, Reed, is in town this weekend. We had one day to make the most of it. I think we did.

We had breakfast at 8am at Butters in Scottsdale, close to his hotel, then headed for the Cave Creek trailhead. My first time on this trail so I hoped to enjoy it just as much as I knew he would. The goal was to see a couple of crested saguaros. We saw one, but not without the assistance of three other hikers we came across.

My buddy is a talker. At the 3 mile mark, he wasn't as talkative as he was earlier so I decided to turn us around. He didn't argue. A short while later, we ran into the three hikers, Annie, Paula and Judy, who were on their way to the saguaro. Annie said it was less than a quarter mile away. We both wanted to see it, so we decided to join them.

Glad we did. It was a wonderful sight to see and four of us were seeing it for the first time. Amazing. We turned around there and hiked back with our new acquaintances, whereupon we came across a Gila monster. A bonus!

The trail is in great shape. There is some tall grass that covers the trail in one spot. Light flow along most of the creek. Two wet crossings along the way, but plenty of rocks to hop across. Lots of wildflowers along the trail. The weather was perfect. A slight breeze kept us cool all day.

We finished up with Nachos at the Mountain View Pub in Cave Creek. Great day to be out. Great to get out my good friend after so many years.
Fauna
Fauna
Gila Monster
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Apr 06 2019
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Apr 06 2019
rayhuston
Road Biking12.00 Miles
Road Biking12.00 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Apr 03 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
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rayhuston
Road Biking10.80 Miles
Road Biking10.80 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I timed the bugs just right. Good ride and beautiful early evening.
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Mar 30 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Mar 30 2019
rayhuston
Road Biking12.30 Miles
Road Biking12.30 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Therapy ride. Taking it easy this weekend to let stuff heal. After riding on uneven terrain with Mark on Thursday, I decided I needed practice shifting gears on the fly. So that's what I did for a good chunk of the ride.

Nice day out. Now for some March Madness.
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Mar 28 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Scorpion Trail - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 28 2019
rayhuston
Mtn Biking2.00 Miles 155 AEG
Mtn Biking2.00 Miles      25 Mns   6.00 mph
155 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Haven't seen Mark in ages. I've always been interested in mountain biking so I asked him if he would show me the ropes. Just enough to see how I liked it. I liked it. I see this in my near future.
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Mar 26 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Mar 26 2019
rayhuston
Road Biking9.20 Miles
Road Biking9.20 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Orange blossom special between Southern and Broadway.
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Mar 24 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Pedestal Arch, AZ 
Pedestal Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
rayhuston
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,998 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   6 Hrs   16 Mns   1.82 mph
1,998 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
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1st trip
I'm going to piggy back off of Kelly's trip log, which sums up our day very nicely. Thank you Kelly and John, again, for your patience and understanding. One of these days we'll get it right.

Despite not achieving our objective, it's always a great day when you're hiking in the Goldfields. I came back whooped and scratched, but those are minor inconveniences compared to great company and wonderful scenery.
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Mar 20 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Hidden Valley from Beverly Canyon, AZ 
Hidden Valley from Beverly Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2019
rayhuston
Hiking8.43 Miles 1,264 AEG
Hiking8.43 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   3.03 mph
1,264 ft AEG
 
After work hike on one of my favorite routes. The poppies are starting to dwindle but still out there. Cloud cover and a nice breeze kept things cool. Being able to hit the trails after work is always a treat.

Started on Javelina Canyon trail and proceeded to Hidden Valley, completed the Mormon Loop, up to the Ridgeline trail then back on Beverly Canyon trail.

Always a good workout on South Mountain and always a good time for me.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Poppies are still golden
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Mar 19 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Mar 19 2019
rayhuston
Road Biking10.10 Miles
Road Biking10.10 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Enjoying it while I can. :y:
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Mar 17 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Mar 17 2019
rayhuston
Road Biking20.00 Miles
Road Biking20.00 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Sunday ride after a Saturday hike. Another gorgeous day out.
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Mar 16 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ 
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
rayhuston
Hiking19.41 Miles 3,286 AEG
Hiking19.41 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   2.24 mph
3,286 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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I sent a PM to Bruce to wish him a Happy Birthday and then weaseled my way into one of the best days ever. The hike was pretty good too.

I joined Joe and Bruce with low expectations of making it to the North Fork. I wasn’t sure about my conditioning and I’ve been dealing with a sore knee. I was happy to go to Barnhardt Falls, maybe the divide trail, then turn around. This hike started so good, and kept getting better, that I didn’t think about my conditioning or my knee until Bruce asked me how I was doing when we reached the divide trail, maybe beyond that. I felt great and had no intention of turning around.

Snow, icy conditions and more water than I’ve seen here dominated the trail up to the divide. The trails are great in spots, tedious in spots and just plain running water for large sections on the divide trail to the fork. I was fine with getting wet.

The gem on this hike was the North Fork. We spent a bunch of time there. It’s a cool place without water, but spectacular with water. One of those places at just the right time where you don’t want to leave.

The return was as much fun as the hike out. I didn’t notice how tired I was until I tried to stretch at the end. Oh yeah, this is going to hurt. We ran into some other HAZ’ers on the return, Daniel and Mirage1. Nice to meet you both.

Joe and Bruce, thanks as always for letting me slow you down. This was truly a gorgeous day in paradise; your company was even better.
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Hawaiian Mist
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Mar 14 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Mar 14 2019
rayhuston
Road Biking9.20 Miles
Road Biking9.20 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After work ride. Gorgeous out, with little to no breeze. Just about perfect.
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