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Jul 01 2020
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261 and Peak 7626, AZ 
Granite Mountain Trail #261 and Peak 7626, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2020
rayhuston
Hiking11.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   10 Hrs   21 Mns   1.34 mph
2,500 ft AEG   2 Hrs   8 Mns Break
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"Be careful, it's a jungle out there!"

Aside from from hiking with Pam on three of the great New Years Day hikes that she has organized for nine years running, Pam and I haven't hiked together. We've tried on occasion, but it didn't work out for one reason or another. We fixed that today and left the trailhead with a goal that we should hike together more often.

We agreed on a 6am meetup at the Playa Parking area and got started about 10 minutes after we arrived. It was cool at the start but warmed up nicely once we were found sunlight a mile or so into the hike. We spent the early part of the hike looking for photo ops. We had a few, but you'll have to wait for Pam's photo set for those.

The hike up the switchbacks was at a nice easy pace with a few stops for photos. When we reached the shady junction with the peak trail, we opted to check out the overlook before heading to the summit. Glad we did. I probably would not have gone if we did the peak first. More on that later.

The overlook was awesome. Great views under stellar skies. A pair of Perigrine falcons provided entertainment while we took a break. Pam was working overtime to get some shots as those two falcons put on a show. It was such a great time that I could have stayed there for hours. Alas, we had a peak to summit.

I've been to the summit before with @The_Eagle. I don't remember it being this difficult. Route finding was difficult, everything seemed more overgrown than before, and going uphill through the scrub or up and over boulders was harder than I remember. Older is much more likely.

We did make it, but not without a fair amount of wandering. Cairn placement was inconsistent with the route we loaded. We often split up in search of a way up (same going down). Pam was far more successful than I. She had the right idea. Keep it simple and "look for dirt." At the top, neither of wanted to get on top of the highest boulder. The wind was gusting and it didn't seem worth the risk to either of us.

After getting back down much the same way we went up, we had lunch under the pines at the shady junction. We took a nice long rest before heading down.

We had the trail to ourselves until the last mile of the hike when we passed a couple walking a dog. As we were going down the switchbacks, we saw a hiker taking the very, very steep and rocky drainage east of the switchbacks. Talk about a shortcut. He was flying. Pam joked that it might be @wallyfrack, but this guy had trekking poles. Before we got another quarter mile, he was working his way south around the base of the cliffs. It was humbling to watch a person move that fast.

I was warm and tired at the end. Exhausted by the time I got home. If I ever do this again, it will only be trail #261, an out and back to the overlook, which was magnificent and doesn't take that long.

Pam, it was great hiking with you. Let's do it again!
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Jun 30 2020
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
Bulldog Ridge, AZ 
Bulldog Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2020
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Hiking4.51 Miles 927 AEG
Hiking4.51 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   1.48 mph
927 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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With cooler weather, although more humid, Mark put together a loop that took us to the top of a ridge in Bulldog Canyon for nearly two miles, then a return along the east side of the ridge via a wash and forest roads.

Mark drove well into the canyon before parking on the northwest end of the ridge. On the way in, we passed through a small burn area that appeared to have been quickly contained. Maybe the "Dome Fire" that was reported in the forum? On the way through the burn area, we saw a scorched square on the sandy road with burned areas to either side. Perhaps a car fire started this small burn?

After parking, we hiked up the side of the ridge to a saddle, then headed south along the ridge until we reached our end point. From there, we exited down a steep drainage on the east side. Near the bottom of the drainage, we found a kinder gentler slope to the right, which we followed down for a soft landing.

The trip back along the wash/forest road was uneventful. Time to catch up on politics and current world affairs. Just before the final stretch, Mark took us to an area where the forest service planted some milkweed intended to help increase the Monarch butterfly population in the area. Some of the plants have taken, and seed pods are starting to open, but we need some rain for the plants to flourish, or even have a chance.

Another area in Bulldog Canyon checked off. As usual, we didn't see another person :) . Wonderful hike on a very nice morning. Thanks again, Mark!
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Jun 29 2020
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Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
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Road Biking11.00 Miles 100 AEG
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Therapy ride. There was a 12-15 mph breeze from the SE at 8 when I started. I had tired legs, so I found an easier gear and took the first leg south into the wind, then cruised back home with the wind at my back.

Warm (80 degrees) at 5am. I usually open windows for my indoor cats in the early morning hours so they can practice their birding skills while safely behind a screened window. They only got a few minutes today. Hopefully the warmer overnight low means some monsoon moisture will be coming soon.
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Jun 28 2020
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Peralta Trail #102Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2020
rayhuston
Hiking10.13 Miles 2,544 AEG
Hiking10.13 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   2.20 mph
2,544 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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I intended this as a workout hike up to the saddle but brought 3.5 quarts of fluids in case I had the energy and stomach for viewing the fire damage beyond the saddle. Turns out I did.

5:37am start with a few vehicles already in the lot today. I stopped at the saddle for a short break to have breakfast and to replenish fluids, then ventured down into East Boulder Canyon to get a close up of the fire damage. After Bluff Springs on Friday, I thought I was better prepared for what I was about to see. Or maybe not. Most of the canyon was crisped from the saddle down to Piper Spring. Side to side, too, as the fire raged right up the canyon walls.

I hiked until I couldn't see any fire damage ahead of me. That turned out to be just north of Piper Spring. Fire retardant was visible on the trail and to the hillside west of the trail. One campsite near Piper Spring looked to be the only one along the trail spared by fire. I stopped nearby for a short break, finishing the rest of breakfast and replenishing fluids before heading back to the saddle.

I stopped at the saddle for another short break. I still felt good, had plenty of fluids left, so I decided to go out to the lone Pinon Pine for a look. I hadn't been over 10 miles on a hike in 15 months. This might do it. I peaked down into Barks Canyon along the way. It too looks like it was crisped up a bit. I confirmed that at the trailhead when I finished as I stopped and talked to a nice couple after the hike. They hiked the Upper Barks Canyon route. Their legs and clothes were stained with soot, just like mine.

The overlook was crowded so I just stopped for a look and left. The hot shots must have wanted to spare the little tree. It looked like someone did some back burns to protect it. There was evidence of fire right up to the tree and all around. If that's what they did, thank you. That little tree represents hope.

I hiked back with a young man named Trey. We ran into each other after leaving the overlook. I decided to go down the Cave trail a bit, then take a shortcut back to the Peralta trail. I pointed out the way back to the saddle as we approached the junction, then told him what I was going to do so he wouldn't follow me. He looked like he wanted to come with me, so I brought him along.

Turns out Trey was in China working as an interpreter when the virus hit. He fled like the rest, ending up in Laos until he could get a flight back to the States. His story was quite interesting as we hiked down the mountain. His parents live in Apache Junction. This was his first trip up to the saddle since he was "a kid."

Today's hike was far more enjoyable than I expected. I'm saddened by the fire damage but hopefully it'll come back better for future hikers. The weather was about perfect for June. Sunny and warm, with a nice breeze throughout the hike. I drank all but 1/3 of a quart of the 3.5 quarts of fluids I brought with me. Great day to be out.
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Jun 27 2020
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Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jun 27 2020
rayhuston
Road Biking10.30 Miles 100 AEG
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Therapy ride with a stretch after.

Slipped on a steep loose section during yesterdays hike. My right foot found purchase while the left kept sliding. My butt hit the deck and slid into my stuck right foot, resulting in a right knee bend that was a tad more than it's used to. Glad no one was around to see it :oops:.

The area just above the knee was a little sore this morning, but the ride, stretch and icing after seemed to resolve things. I will be out again tomorrow to be sure.

Gorgeous morning.
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Jun 26 2020
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Bluff Springs Trail #235Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2020
rayhuston
Hiking4.96 Miles 1,118 AEG
Hiking4.96 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   1.92 mph
1,118 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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The Bluff Springs Trail is the first trail I hiked after I learned about some website called Hikearizona.com. It will always be one of my favorites (the website, too :D ). It is also where I took my first sunlit saguaro picture, which later became my avatar. I wanted to go out to see how my old friend looked. Not as good as I hoped, but not as bad as some of its neighbors is the quick and easy answer. Only time will tell.

The only thing for certain is that a large section in the middle of this wonderful trail is burned badly. So very sad.

After visiting the saguaro, I went up to an overlook at the top of a rise just before the trail descends down to the Terrapin junction. I stopped and had a snack while checking out the carnage in Barks Canyon from above, reminiscing about a better day on this trail, a hike with @denniswilliams, @The_Eagle and @joebartels when Dennis shared some of his favorite whiskey at this same spot.

I hiked out near the Terrapin junction and thought about continuing on, but I'd seen enough. I headed back, stopping once more to see my favorite saguaro before finishing up.

Peralta road has been recently graded and is suitable for all vehicles, but it doesn't appear that anyone cares. One vehicle when I arrived at 5:45am, two when I left.
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Jun 23 2020
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Bellevue Ghost Town, AZ 
Bellevue Ghost Town, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2020
rayhuston
Hiking7.80 Miles 1,373 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   2.20 mph
1,373 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Mark and I took a drive out to Top of the World for a hike to an old ghost town named Bellevue. We parked on an unnamed forest road just east of Top of the World, about 2/3 of a mile in after leaving highway 60. The hike continues along the forest road before intersecting with another forest road (N Hutton Peak Rd) that would take us to Bellevue. Mark has hiked out here before and enjoyed the area, which has a rich mining history. I enjoyed it, too. The route we took is mostly used by ATV traffic, but bears appear to like it as well. Plenty of bear scat along the way. There were also recent bear tracks that Mark spotted as we were approaching Bellevue.

When we reached Bellevue, we stopped for a shady relief break and had a snack, drank some fluids before scouting around the area. Nothing here now but an old barn/warehouse and a very large junk pile. Still, I always enjoy seeing a slice of the old west. @Kingsnake hiked out here in January 2014 from a different direction. His photo set captures much more than what we saw today. The trip out and back was a very good workout. Lots of ups and downs. I think I was more tired today than I was after my hike to Humphreys saddle on Friday.

It was warmer than expected at 6:20ish and getting hot by the time we finished midmorning. The air was relatively clear compared to the Valley and surrounding areas. That was a plus. The breeze we hoped for to keep that evaporative cooling working was spotty, but it showed up when we needed it. I drank two liters of water and a 20oz bottle of gatorade to keep the sweat rolling out. I drank another 20oz on the way back.

Fun trip!
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Jun 22 2020
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Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jun 22 2020
rayhuston
Road Biking16.30 Miles 200 AEG
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Midmorning ride just to do something. Should have hiked yesterday but slept in and went to the gym instead. Wanted to get in a light hike today but I was sore from the gym and thought a bike ride would be better. Whether it was or not, I don’t know but I’m not sore anymore. :D

Motion is lotion for the knees.
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Jun 19 2020
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
Humphreys Saddle, AZ 
Humphreys Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2020
rayhuston
Hiking8.02 Miles 2,408 AEG
Hiking8.02 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   1.96 mph
2,408 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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The goal today, a lofty one for me, was Humpreys Summit. When I reached Humprheys saddle, I took stock of things and decided that the saddle would be the end of the line. My legs were okay but, like Wednesday on Inner Basin, I reached a junction with the Weatherford trail gasping for air. Three days of acclimation wasn't enough or I was just not fit enough for the task. Or both. I'll keep working on the latter.

This was still a big deal for me. I reached the highest altitude ever on a hike. :y: I had the saddle to myself for about 15-20 minutes, the benefit of a 5:10 am start. The weather was absolutely perfect. Bright sunshine, not a cloud in the sky with just a slight breeze. I was euphoric.

The trip down was most enjoyable. I was in shadows almost all of the way up. Having bright sunshine peeking through the trees on the way down made the trail stand out and lifted my spirits even more. I can't remember a more enjoyable hike down a steep mountain trail.

An absolutely wonderful day.
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Jun 17 2020
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Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2020
rayhuston
Hiking9.26 Miles 2,460 AEG
Hiking9.26 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.42 mph
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Escaping to Flagstaff for a few days with my youngest son. He isn’t a hiker so I’ll hike early and spend the rest of the time doing stuff with him. Win win.

Day one I chose to hike the Inner Basin trail up to its conclusion at Weatherford, then back. The drive in was much easier than anticipated. I saw a couple of sedans up there as testimonial. I’m sure it’s not always that way, but it’s good right now.

I’ve read that this trail is among the nicest in Arizona. I don’t doubt it; I certainly enjoyed it. It wasn’t the beauty that inspired me though. I want to get acclimated for something bigger on Friday. 2400 feet of gain above 8600 feet should help.

I don’t do well above 7,000 feet, so I had no delusions that this would be easy. My only goal was to keep moving. I started getting a mild headache after 10,000 feet so I slowed up a bit and started drinking more water. The headache passed.

I kept going, surprised at the pace I was able to maintain. When I reached the four mile mark I actually began to believe I was going to make it. When I finally reached the Weatherford junction, there was a young lady sitting on a rock having a snack. All I could do in way of greeting was bend over and gasp for air. After a few seconds I was finally able to say something.

She was contemplating whether to do a loop or an out and back. I was looking for a vista point, which she said I could find a few hundred feet east on Weatherford. Off I went. Then I remembered a hike with @The_Eagle and @Tortoise_Hiker where they mentioned continuing on the Weatherford trail to the Inner Basin trail to check out some views. I declined because I felt ill. Now I know. Besides today, that was the only other time near or above 11,000 feet on a hike.

Now the down part. Ugh. Wasn’t bad though. No heavy breathing certainly helps. I made better time going down. The trails/road are very good with just a couple of exceptions where the trail gets rocky.

I didn’t see anyone on the trek up until Weatherford. I didn’t see anyone else until I reached the cabins on the way down, then it started to pick up. With under 2 miles to go, the trail became crowded. Yielding to the uphill crowd slowed things down, but before long I was done, literally and figuratively.

Awesome hike.
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Jun 16 2020
rayhuston
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Peak 3134 - Apache Junction QuadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2020
rayhuston
Hiking3.65 Miles 1,104 AEG
Hiking3.65 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   1.40 mph
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Mark and I headed to the south side of the Goldfields to hike Peak 3134 from about a mile or so inside the Wolverine TH.

After a short road walk, we picked up a single track trail that would take us to the top of the peak. The trail is fairly easy to follow, but if you’re not sure, there are plenty of cairns augmented with some old white paint marks on some rocky sections.

The views from the top are impressive. Today we had a clear view of the Bush fire to the north. It didn’t look too bad when we arrived but it escalated quickly. As we started down, I looked back one last time and noticed that the smoke plumes were much bigger. Not good.

The trip down was uneventful. We took a slightly different route for some different views, but mostly we chatted to pass the time. A humid start to the hike was offset by cooler temps, but I actually felt more comfortable with higher temps and lower humidity at the end of the hike.

Gorgeous day. We were unaffected by the smoke north of us, but it was sad to see so much of it.
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Jun 14 2020
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Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
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Long slow distance ride to iron out some wrinkles from an overzealous leg workout on Wednesday. North to Broadway, then south to Pecos before returning home. Stopped halfway for a 15 minute stretch while the legs were warm.
Motion is lotion for the knees.
Gorgeous out.
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Jun 12 2020
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Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
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Today was supposed to be a hike day, but I must have overdone it a bit on Wednesday leg day ‘cause right leg wasn’t up for a hike today. I went for a ride instead, which confirmed that right leg was no good. I struggled to get nine miles and called it quits. I’ll try again tomorrow.
“Sometimes you’re the wind...shield, sometimes you’re the bug...” I was the bug today.
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Jun 10 2020
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Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
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Therapy ride. North to Greenfield Park for some leg work, south to Warner to stretch, then back home.
I woke my wife up at 5:30 to go for a 30 minute walk. She was huffy at first but thanked me when we were done. It was too nice out to be sleeping.
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Jun 09 2020
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Saguaro Lake Bluffs, AZ 
Saguaro Lake Bluffs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2020
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Hiking5.20 Miles 1,004 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   1.56 mph
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After our hike last Tuesday, Mark and I planned to hike again today. Mark drafted a nice loop cobbled together from previous hikes in the area. When he put a name to the hike, "Saguaro Lake Bluffs Loop," , I thought for a moment that this might be a trail. It sounds like a good name for a trail. I even briefly considered asking if shorts would be okay :lol:. But I knew better. Mark might hike on a trail for a short time, but that's only so he can get to his off trail route sooner. So I dressed for bushwhacking.

Mark and I drove out together this time. We spend enough time side by side, and face to face, on hikes. Why should it matter if we sit a couple of feet apart in a vehicle? Then again, Mark wears a neck gaiter when he hikes so he's probably safe anyway. To be sure, however, we did wear masks on the drive out and again on the way back.

We parked at a cut out just after turning onto Butcher Jones road. We started our hike there, dropping down into a gulley and then ascending a few hills until we reached the bluffs overlooking Saguaro Lake. We continued east along the bluffs until we were above the Butcher Jones recreation area. From there, we descended in a drainage/use trail down into the park, stopping briefly to use the facilities, then headed back to our vehicle. The return was uneventful, taking advantage of washes and best available terrain. Time for some chit chat.

The weather was gorgeous at the start and got better as the breeze picked up. Thank you again, Mark. It was a great morning!
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Jun 08 2020
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,194 AEG
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Morning workout hike. It was pleasant enough outside that I took my time, not getting started until after 8:30. Late enough that the crowds had thinned and I didn't have to worry too much about distancing. I hiked CCW, passing four hikers, two joggers and one mountain bike, all headed the opposite way. Took a break in the shady area just before the pass and let the cooling breeze wash over me before continuing.

The saguaro fruit are opening up. Cactus wrens were having a field day. The Superstitions looked pretty good. I didn't see much smoke at all as I rounded the SE corner of the loop.

I was hoping for three miles per hour today. Got close. Every hike is getting a little easier. Just in time for summer.
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Jun 05 2020
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Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
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It's notable so I have to say it: I didn't see a single mask on my ride today. North to Greenfield Park for some legwork, south to Ray for a stretch, then home.
I wanted to hike up north today but a good friend and fellow gemini wanted to celebrate our upcoming birthdays this afternoon. Work went sideways on her so she postponed until closer to our actual birthdays. I'm dragging Rhonda out with me to celebrate anyway. :D
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Jun 02 2020
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Bulldog Canyon Wander, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 02 2020
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Hiking4.85 Miles 600 AEG
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Hooked up with Mark @CannondaleKid at 5:15am at a cutout ("NRA Pit TH") on Usery Pass Rd just north of Lone Mountain. Mark and I were getting reacquainted earlier in the year when current events caused me to seek solitude for awhile. I've had enough of that; I'd rather be hiking with friends.

We crossed the road and headed east towards a saddle north of Lone Mountain. About .6 miles in, we connected with the Lone Mountain Circumference Trail, which we would follow for another 3/4 of a mile before turning north to finish a loop Mark put together. As we came over the saddle, the early morning view was amazing. Marred somewhat by smoke from the Sawtooth fire, but still amazing.

The rest of the route was a simple off trail meander that is what I enjoy most about hiking with Mark. No trails, not another soul in sight. We saw a few night hawks, or maybe the same one criss crossing about, and some other critters skittering off before we could make them out. Probably rabbits or jack rabbits. No snakes, which I expected but which I am always glad to avoid. We made the best use of game trails, washes and open areas, up the occasional rise to get some views.

As always, robust conversation about anything we wanted to, but today we focused on the riots. A nation divided. it feels like the 60's again, without all the hair.

Good to see you again Mark!
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Jun 01 2020
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Road Biking16.00 Miles 200 AEG
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North to Broadway then south to Ray before returning home. Stopped for a stretch with four miles to go.
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AZT26 Geronimo to Sycamore Creek, AZ 
AZT26 Geronimo to Sycamore Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 29 2020
rayhuston
Hiking9.71 Miles 1,621 AEG
Hiking9.71 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   2.19 mph
1,621 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
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The smart play was to stay home. I'm not always smart. It was warm, probably low 90's when I finished.

I haven't been on this section of the Highline Trail and it was an opportunity to hike a section of a segment of the AZT. This was an out and back. Two or three more trips up here and I can wrap up AZT26!

I saw three elk, a vulture circling overhead and a horned toad. Didn't see any people until I reached the AZT gate on my return where I passed two men heading the other way. 30 minutes later I heard four shots fired, from a handgun it sounded like. Not cool.

I brought three liters of water and a bottle of Gatorade. Finished the last of the water at the trailhead. Had an ice cold canteen waiting in the truck for the trip home. Drank most of that by the time I reached Payson so I stopped in Payson to replenish.

In spite of the heat, it was an enjoyable hike.


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max East Bray Creek @ Highline Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Geronimo Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max North Sycamore Creek @ Highline Light flow Light flow
Plenty of clear water
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