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Mar 21 2020
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Mar 21 2020
rayhuston
Road Biking16.60 Miles
Road Biking16.60 Miles
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Therapy ride. I’d rather be hiking, especially with the weather today. Gorgeous out.
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Mar 14 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Bulldog Meander, AZ 
Bulldog Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
rayhuston
Hiking4.66 Miles 778 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   1.62 mph
778 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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CannondaleKid
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Mark and I were out in the Bulldog Canyon area again on Saturday. Wildflowers are starting to pop. One side of a wash we passed was bursting with brittle bush and chuparosa. Unfortunately it was in shadow and didn't come out in the photos I took.

While wildflowers are aplenty, we didn't see any game. We saw plenty of places where deer had bed down, but didn't see any during our little trek. We passed two young guys looking for adventure way out in the middle of nowhere. What are the odds? We chatted for a few minutes. They were interested in making the ridge line southeast of our hike.

A gorgeous day.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lupine, owl clover, chuparosa, a few poppies, brittlebush in abundance.
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Mar 09 2020
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
 Routes 77
 Photos 3,225
 Triplogs 457

62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Bulldog Meander, AZ 
Bulldog Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2020
rayhuston
Hiking4.74 Miles 495 AEG
Hiking4.74 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.11 mph
495 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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CannondaleKid
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
The last time I hiked with Mark, I had no business being out here. Today was much more enjoyable for me!

We started at a turnout on the the south side of Bush Highway just east of Usery Road, then headed south a couple of miles towards a bump in the desert. We went up the bump a little bit for a view, then headed back.

Got a few miles in today and felt strong until the very end when a wee bit of fatigue began to set in. I probably shouldn't be hiking after physical therapy, but I think they compliment each other well. So long as I take it easy. We did.

Gorgeous out today.
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Mar 07 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
rayhuston
Hiking2.77 Miles 190 AEG
Hiking2.77 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.22 mph
190 ft AEG
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One of the loops out of Lost Dutchman that my wife Rhonda likes to take, though most of the loop takes place east of the park. She brought her walking buddy from work.

Afterwards, we had breakfast at "Breakfast at Tina's," a relatively new cafe adjacent to the Hitching Post along the Apache Trail. Food is okay, but prices are good. A man sitting at a bar inside was playing an acoustic guitar. He reminded me of Burl Ives singing mostly Johnny Cash tunes. It worked for me; he got the biggest tip.

Beautiful morning.
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Mar 06 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Canyon Lake Meander, AZ 
Canyon Lake Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2020
rayhuston
Hiking1.51 Miles 389 AEG
Hiking1.51 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   1.12 mph
389 ft AEG
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Drove out towards Canyon Lake with the intention of stopping at one of the many turnouts along the way and going for a walk in the desert. Many others had the same idea as most of the turnouts were already taken. I settled for one east of the highway a few miles from Canyon Lake.

I didn't see many wildflowers, or any poppies, but I had a lovely walk and was able to stress the knee on some terrain that I've thus far avoided. Going uphill is not a problem but I still have some confidence issues going downhill. That will come too, eventually. Slow and easy for now. Very slow.

Gorgeous day out. I started mid-afternoon. A tiny bit of breeze with a warm sun (luxurious, not hot) under beautiful skies.
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Canyon Lake
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Occasional lupine and owl clover.
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Mar 04 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2020
rayhuston
Hiking2.91 Miles 282 AEG
Hiking2.91 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   1.98 mph
282 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Today is four weeks since knee surgery so I decided to celebrate with a short hike. In contrast to my last "short hike" with @CannondaleKid, this hike went well. My affected leg is much stronger and balance is much better, which made this hike feel about normal. Slow, but normal. If my knee doesn't swell up again, I think I'm on my way.
I don't know why I haven't been here before. It was a little crowded and I didn't like the $12 fee, but the trail is good (the portion I was on anyway) and the views are splendid. I thought I'd see more wildflowers but I guess it's still early. The weather was gorgeous.
Nice to be out on the trail.
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Feb 29 2020
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
 Routes 77
 Photos 3,225
 Triplogs 457

62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Feb 29 2020
rayhuston
Road Biking16.00 Miles
Road Biking16.00 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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I was hoping to get some hiking in before it gets warm again, but recovery is taking longer than expected. My last hike outing, an easy stroll with Mark @CannondaleKid, ended with some added swelling in the knee and a mild reprimand from the physical therapist.

He said it was okay to ride the bike on the off days, but that's it. At least I have that. Gorgeous day out today with very little breeze to contend with.
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Feb 17 2020
rayhuston
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 Photos 3,225
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Wild Horse Trail, AZ 
Wild Horse Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2020
rayhuston
Hiking2.76 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking2.76 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   2.51 mph
250 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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CannondaleKid
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Mark @CannondaleKid and I went out for a short, easy hike west of Usery Pass Rd as I continue easing back into things. Mark's pace, though not fast, was faster than I'm used to so I had to work a bit harder today. It was just what I needed.

Mark, it was great seeing you. It's been way too long. Thanks for driving!
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Feb 16 2020
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
 Routes 77
 Photos 3,225
 Triplogs 457

62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Feb 16 2020
rayhuston
Road Biking14.20 Miles
Road Biking14.20 Miles
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Knee therapy. Easy pace with a nice stretch at 4 miles and again at 10 miles before returning home. Gorgeous outside with just a wisp of a breeze.
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Feb 15 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
rayhuston
Hiking2.51 Miles 269 AEG
Hiking2.51 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   1.86 mph
269 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Rhonda and I went out to Lost Dutchman State Park to get some fresh air and exercise. Lots of folks out on a gorgeous day. Some small purple and white wild flowers are beginning to dot the grassy areas. Hang gliders we're getting after it today. We saw maybe a dozen launches from the top.
There is a Native American Arts Festival today and tomorrow at the superstition mountain museum. The eastbound traffic was backed up to Filly's when we left and more cars than I've seen at the museum.
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Feb 14 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
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rayhuston
Road Biking9.20 Miles
Road Biking9.20 Miles
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Day 9 since the knee was cleaned up. First bike ride. Felt great, but I kept it short and easy. Baby steps.
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Feb 12 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert Riparian PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2020
rayhuston
Hiking1.47 Miles 40 AEG
Hiking1.47 Miles
40 ft AEG
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I've been walking freely since surgery last week, but this is the first time I've gone for a walk with exercise in mind. It was nice doing something outside. Baby steps.
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Feb 04 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ 
Eastern Canal Ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Feb 04 2020
rayhuston
Road Biking11.00 Miles
Road Biking11.00 Miles
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Nice ride on a chilly morning. I was fine as soon as my face and hands were numb.
Surgery tomorrow afternoon at 2:00. It's gonna be a long day. Last ride for a week or three.
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Jan 06 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Blevins Cats Peak Loop, AZ 
Blevins Cats Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2020
rayhuston
Hiking3.17 Miles 226 AEG
Hiking3.17 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   2.05 mph
226 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Easy stroll at Usery with my wife Rhonda on a gorgeous day. Started on the Blevins trail in the staging area lot, then took the Cats Peak loop, back on Blevins.

Lots of other folks on this loop, but only one biker. Good route if you like saguaros.
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Jan 03 2020
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Cat Peaks Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2020
rayhuston
Hiking3.29 Miles 373 AEG
Hiking3.29 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.30 mph
373 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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I drove to Usery regional park to hike the Wind Cave Trail but so did every other casual hiker in the east valley. So I continued down the road to the staging area to access to the Pass Mountain Loop trail. Plan B was a hike up to the pass on the other side of the mountain. As I approached the Cats Peak loop trail from the pass mountain loop trail, I decided to take that instead, with an eye towards finding something my wife might like. I took the Cats Peak Pass trail for a little uphill, then a use trail to the top of the hill south of the pass before continuing on and returning to the trailhead.

Gorgeous weather today.
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Jan 01 2020
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
 Routes 77
 Photos 3,225
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Bart Benchmark 3127Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2020
rayhuston
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   1.34 mph
1,150 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Partners 10 partners
HAZ - Event
Daytripper
GarthNewby
joebartels
LosDosSloFolks
Nightstalker
Oregon_Hiker
outdoor_lover
rcorfman
tibber
toddak
Fun, easy hike with a great group of people. Weather was a tad chilly early, but very accommodating later. Party up top as always. Thank you again, Pam!

Happy New Year!!!
Culture
Culture
HAZ Food
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Aug 14 2019
rayhuston
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62 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
 
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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.
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Crawford Notch Mount Willard
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Aug 13 2019
rayhuston
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62 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
 
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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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62 male
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 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
 
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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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62 male
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 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
 
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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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