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Feb 26 2021
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Labarge Canyon via Boulder Creek, AZ 
Labarge Canyon via Boulder Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2021
jameslcox44
Hiking10.50 Miles
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.62 mph
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Our hike began at Canyon lake marina, where we started up West Boulder trail. We left the trail and moved down to Boulder Creek and continue until reaching the area between 'tugboat and battleship' where we picked up West Boulder trail again and hiked it until we reached the 'battleship trail'. We continued past Battleship and down to Labarge Canyon. After our visit there, we moved down Labarge Creek until we reached Boulder Creek again and worked our way back the way we came in.
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Wildflowers Observation None
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Feb 15 2021
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Labarge Canyon, AZ 
Labarge Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2021
jameslcox44
Hiking11.00 Miles
Hiking11.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.91 mph
      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Karen and Greg led this hike up the West Boulder Trail from the Canyon Lake trail head. All trails showed 10.8 miles with just over 3000 ft of elevation on this hike. Following the West Boulder trail we dropped down into the wash after a couple of hours, then followed the wash to the south viewing the north sided of Battleship as we walked. Lots of boulders to negotiate before reaching the beautiful canyon. President's Day brought many hikers to the area. One of the most beautiful areas in the Superstitions in my mind. After leaving Labarge, we hiked to the saddle at the end of Battleship and dropped into the wash on the other side and on to the Second Water trail. Then crossed back to Canyon Lake visiting the Paint Mine on the way. I would encourage anyone capable to take this hike.
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Wildflowers Observation None
only a couple of ocotilla's were in bloom.
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Dec 14 2020
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Barks Upper Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2020
jameslcox44
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Greg and Karen lead our group to the Bark's Canyon hike. We begin at Peralta trailhead and move up Peralta Trail to Fremont saddle where we took a break. As we move toward 'lone tree', we see the junction that leads into Bark's Canyon. A fun trail that takes me back to the days when I was a ten year old. Crawling through gaps in the rocks and seeing multiple landmarks makes this a 'special' hike. All of the sudden we see familiar territory near 'Peralta Rock' near the slide on Bluff Springs trail. Much appreciation to Greg and Karen for exposing this area to us.
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Dec 04 2020
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Peak 2881 Loop (Apache Gap)Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2020
jameslcox44
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,113 ft AEG
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Starting from the corral near mm 208 off Apache Trail, we walk the road down to a cutoff to Willow Creek. Reaching the creek, we get into some pretty rugged areas of the creek bed. We continue down the creek until we find the cairned area leading to the top of 2881. This is some really rugged, but beautiful areas of the Goldfields that we cross on the way to the top. The route is pretty well cairned on the route we took up. Reaching the ridgeline allows great vistas of Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake and many vistas of landmarks familiar to us from our hikes in the Goldfields. Dick chose to go down the steep area on the south side of the peak. Oh, we did find the 'log' and signed in to prove we made it to the peak. This is a fun bushwhack with overwhelming views.
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Nov 27 2020
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2020
jameslcox44
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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Greg organized this hike to leave from First Water TH at 6:15 a.m. When I told him it was still dark at 6:15, Greg said to bring a flashlight. So, on we trekked, over the burned out Indian Gardens, past the IG arch on down the hill to the junction of Second Water trail and Boulder Canyon trail. The five mile mark found the cairn leading up to Battleship at the two hour mark.
We had hoped to find more cairns marking the way across the Battleship, but figured it out as we progressed. We met three young ladies as we were coming down, then a male back packer on his own working his way across the starboard side. A great reward for a couple of guys in their late 70' to make this hike. We appreciate Greg's invitation and Dennis was fun to have with us as well. The First Water road back to hwy 88 was packed with cars on the Black Friday. There were many cars coming into First Water TH as well, with a truck waiting for a parking spot as we left at about 2:15 p.m.
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Dec 23 2019
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 23 2019
jameslcox44
Canyoneering5.70 Miles 824 AEG
Canyoneering5.70 Miles
824 ft AEG
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We haven't been to White Canyon for a few years, so put it on the Venture Out hike list for this year. The trail needs some grooming, so we will return with a few folks to clean it up in the coming weeks. We found our way in, but the trail was much easier to locate on our way out. This should be a great hike in the next few days with a rainy period in the State. This was the first visit where we had the thrill of seeing sheep.
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Dec 18 2019
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Dome Mountain-Panorama Peak, AZ 
Dome Mountain-Panorama Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2019
jameslcox44
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,725 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
1,725 ft AEG
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Ron and I decided to hike to Eliptical Arch, Dome Mountain, the wildlife watering tanks and Panorama Peak. We met Jackie and Peter on the trail and they decided to join us on the hike up to Dome Mountain. We were surprised to see hikers ahead of us, but we never saw them again. Jackie and Peter opted to drop back down just before we took on the last segment of reaching the Dome Mountain peak. It was quite windy, so thought we might see deer or sheep, but no such luck. The last time we visited the tanks, the piping was in disarray. It was good to see everything properly connected and in good order. We went on the take in the view from Panorama Peak, then dropped down the south side to bushwhack back to the Dome Mountain trail where we separated from Jackie and Peter.
Named place
Named place
Mount McDowell (Red Mountain)
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Wildflowers Observation None
We saw a Globe Mallow, but not much more on the hike.
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Dec 13 2019
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Kings Crown Peak 5541Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2019
jameslcox44
Hiking5.13 Miles 1,734 AEG
Hiking5.13 Miles
1,734 ft AEG
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I noticed Glen had sent a few photos of our hike up to the Kings Crown peak and thought I would add a few to his collection. We found the road to the 'calcium carbonite mine' a year ago and thought the climb to the Kings Crown peak would be a challenge. So some of my playmates decided this would be the day to take it on. Lot's of rocky ground to cross and we didn't find any cairns to follow up the hill, so just made our way. The views are fantastic and we really enjoyed seeing all the areas where we had hiked in the past. We did meet a 'varmit hunter' along the way, but no one else. We are off the 'beaten path' and no litter to be found. What a treat!
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Wildflowers Observation None
no wildflowers seen. Not much color this time of year.
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Nov 07 2019
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2019
jameslcox44
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,118 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
1,118 ft AEG
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We were unable to find information on road and after fire conditions for the trip into Roger's Canyon, so opted to find out for ourselves and make a report on this site. The road was in it's usual difficult state. I was lucky to have a great navigator direct me in my SUV to the trail head. There we found three vehicles, but saw no one until on our way out. Two hikers carrying 4 gallons of water were on a ten day backpacking outing. It was interesting to see how plant life were surviving and new growth taking over. We did find areas to explore on future hikes. I am always amazed to find this site in such good condition. It's probably a good thing that the road is such a nerve racking drive in to dissuade those who may not treasure the site as our group does.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
Autumn foliage was good, but possibly better a week or two ago.
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Wildflowers Observation None
Saw several Bell flowers, Globe mallow and a view Indian paintbrushes.
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Oct 28 2019
jameslcox44
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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Plaque near Carney Springs Trail, AZ 
Plaque near Carney Springs Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2019
jameslcox44
Hiking
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Found this hiking in the Carney Springs trail area. Curious to know if anyone has any information on this. The plaque is secured to a rock. Plaque measures about 2 feet wide and one foot tall.
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Nov 15 2018
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Bluff Spring Loop & Weaver's ViewPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2018
jameslcox44
Hiking10.80 Miles 2,138 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles
2,138 ft AEG
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Glen decided we should hike to the Bluff Springs peak and sign in. Our group of 7 from Venture Out made the exhaustive hike and were overwhelmed with the views. Great hike. We considered doing the loop and drop down to Terrapin Trail, but not too long. Our group does the 'Adopt a Trail' for Terrapin and remember the steep climb from Dutchman trail across Terrapin trail to reach Bluff Springs trail.
Named place
Named place
Canyon Lake Miners Needle
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Aug 13 2018
jameslcox44
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 Photos 2,789
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Mistaya Lodge, BC 
Mistaya Lodge, BC
 
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2018
jameslcox44
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles
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Fourteen of our hikers at Venture Out joined in a weeks adventure at Mistaya Lodge. We helicoptered out of Golden, B.C. to arrive at the lodge at about 7000 ft. Mountain peaks in the area were generally at 10000 ft. After finding rooms, we ventured out on our first hike which is the content of the photoset. Electricity for the lodge was collected from the glacier stream (Wildcat Creek) and wired into the lodge. Outhouses were the rule of the day and buckets were used for 'ship showers' common to sailors and Marines. It was a fantastic week of hiking up 3000 ft on one day seeing beautiful lakes and glaciers. One of our hikers from Canmore, AB set up this hiking venue that we will not soon forget.
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Feb 16 2018
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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jameslcox44
Canyoneering6.50 Miles 1,130 AEG
Canyoneering6.50 Miles
1,130 ft AEG
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After doing our 'Adopt a Trail' on Monday, we have a 'reward hike' for the volunteers who worked to maintain the Terrapin Trail off the Peralta trail head. Our group worked hard on a nearly 12 mile hike clearing the Terrapin trail of encroaching vegetation on Monday, climbing Cardiac hill among many other climbs to reach our maintenance objective. Our 'reward' is a Hog Canyon Hike. None of our hikers done this hike before, so there enthusiasm was high was we began from the west end Cloudview Road. It was a humid day and all of our hikers had great satisfaction at the end of the hike to see the area seldom seen, because of it's remote location. A big 'thank you' for the hikers for their commitment in maintaining Tonto National forest trail system.
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Feb 01 2018
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Silver king mine/stoneman grade, AZ 
Silver king mine/stoneman grade, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2018
jameslcox44
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles
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We were able to contact one of the owners of the Silver King Mine to get permission to enter the mine property and hike the Stoneman Grade. Several of our members have the book: When Silver Was King by Jack San Felice that is sold at the Superstition Museum. After reading the history of the mine, Picketpost, Pinal and Silver King, we wanted to hike the Stoneman Grade that was built by soldiers at Picketpost to pursue Apaches who were raiding and killing in the area. History of the mine goes back to Spaniards who first mined in the area.
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Jan 26 2018
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2018
jameslcox44
Hiking9.75 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles
1,490 ft AEG
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In efforts to make a loop hike for our hiking club, we walked up the Tortilla Ranch road about one mile. We had seen a map with an old trail going to Fish Creek Canyon Overlook. We built a cairn where we left the trail and worked our way to the overlook. Once there, we made our way toward the Tortilla Ranch. As we dropped down to the ranch, we decided to make our way up to the shelters built of caliche and rocks, closing the shelters. A fun hike for us, but we decided the route we took would not be a good hike for our hiking group at Venture Out.
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Jan 24 2018
jameslcox44
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 Photos 2,789
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2018
jameslcox44
Hiking9.70 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   5 Hrs      1.94 mph
320 ft AEG
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A friend gave me a magazine photo of Balanced Rock in the Granite Mountain area of McDowell Mountain Range. Gale, Tim and Don joined me to hike Bootlegger trail to Granite Loop trail, then taking Coyote Canyon trail to the Crested Saguaro. We continued on to the Desperado trail and walked it about a quarter mile to the Michelin Man saguaro. We then returned to the Granite Mountain loop traveling west and south to the Balanced Rock trail. After seeing the Balanced Rock, we continued back to the Granite Mountain Trail Head parking lot. A great hike on wonderfully groomed trails where fantastic sculptured rocks surrounded us.
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Nov 29 2017
jameslcox44
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76 male
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 mesa,az
Horns Of DilemmaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2017
jameslcox44
Hiking5.00 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
420 ft AEG
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Our club hike schedule includes a hike to 'Horns of a Dilemma'. I hadn't done this loop and John offered to help me find a 4 to 5 mile loop before the club doing the hike. After leaving the car at the Mailbox trail head, we headed southwest over the ridge and bushwhacked down to Junk Canyon where we followed the creek bed until reaching a large pool where canyon walls narrowed to close our path. This amazed us after more than 100 days with no rain in the Valley. At that point, we climbed high above the pool to find a perch where we could view 3 more pools south of where we stood. Now, we wanted to close the loop by moving to 'Horns of a Dilemma'. We continued northbound over the ridge as much as possible. After crossing areas of steep, risky drop offs, we decided this may not be the best route for a 'club' hike. We finally made it to 'Horns of a Dilemma' and followed Sidewalk Canyon back to the trail head. We have more than a week to figure out how to do the loop before we take our group, so we will do more exploring.
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Apr 26 2017
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76 male
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 mesa,az
Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2017
jameslcox44
Hiking1.00 Miles 490 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
490 ft AEG
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we left Mesa at 6:30 and drove to Strawberry, then began looking for road 300 off hwy 87. The road was narrow and gravel, but in very good shape. The drive along the Rim Road was spectacular and I wanted to stop at every vista to take pictures. The sample in the photoset gives you a great idea of the grandeur of the drive. When we reached the Tunnel Trail, it was steep downhill as well as back up hill at the junction where it turns back up toward the rim. The trail was well cairned. The area of the tunnel was very interesting. On the return, we opted to follow the trail toward the lower junction where we hiked up the utility pole maintenance road. Not sure which trail would be easier.
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Wildflowers Observation None
We saw Indian Paintbrushes and a number of other flowers that are not familiar to me. I did recognize the dandelions and elk droppings scattered all along the rim.
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Apr 19 2017
jameslcox44
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Bob Bear Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2017
jameslcox44
Hiking8.75 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles
1,785 ft AEG
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We decided this would be a great day to travel to a cooler part of Arizona to hike Fossil Springs. We saw a crested sagauro before reaching Bush highway. We left Mesa at 6 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead at 8:30 to begin the hike. It took about two hours at a leisurely pace to reach the creek and about the same time hiking out. We saw 6 other hiking as we hiked out of the area. We were a bit surprised that people leave so late in the day to see the terrific area. Of course, we did have to plan ahead and get a parking pass. Two Forest Service employees greeted us and encouraged us to take plenty of water and be aware fo all the 'rescues' that take place on this trail every year. We were all delighted with the beauty of the area. A great day to take the hike, with beautiful flowering vegetation along the way.
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Medicine Wheel
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Cedars were blooming as well as cactus with other flowers that I didn't know.
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Apr 06 2017
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76 male
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 mesa,az
Sheep Bridge / Mountain Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2017
jameslcox44
Hiking1.00 Miles 2,930 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
2,930 ft AEG
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Frank the Crank drove us to see the Sheep Bridge. Unfortunately, the trip took so long, we had no time to hike. We did walk across the bridge. Litter was bountiful in the area of the bridge. A big disappointment after the long drive to see the beauty of the area. We crossed the creek feeding the Verde River several times. It was good that Frank had a four wheel vehicle that had a skid plate on the under side. Course rock ran heavy in one area making us worry about the tires. This was a great time of year with all the flowers along the roadside. Thanks to Frank for sacrificing his vehicle.
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Mariposa Lillies, Prickley Poppy's, Arizona Poppy's, Desert Marigolds, Globe Mallow and many other flowers covered the roadside.
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