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Nov 07 2019
jameslcox44
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74 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
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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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 Triplogs 101

74 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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 Triplogs 101

74 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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74 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Feb 16 2018
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
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74 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
jameslcox44
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 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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 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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 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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 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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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Fossil Springs 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.
Culture
Culture
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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74 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 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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Wildflowers Observation None
Mariposa Lillies, Prickley Poppy's, Arizona Poppy's, Desert Marigolds, Globe Mallow and many other flowers covered the roadside.
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Oct 13 2016
jameslcox44
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74 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Gila Cliff DwellingsSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2016
jameslcox44
Hiking1.00 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
180 ft AEG
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The drive from Mesa via Globe, Safford took 7 hours to Silver City, then another two hours to the site. There are Hot Springs in a camping area and cabins near the dwellings. The hike is short with a staff of several Park Rangers who are well informed. The drive back from Silver City via Lordsburg and I-10 took only 5 hours. It's an exceptionally beautiful drive up and the Dwellings are spectacular.
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Jan 28 2016
jameslcox44
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74 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Rough Eye Javelina LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2016
jameslcox44
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,156 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   5 Hrs      1.65 mph
1,156 ft AEG
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Glen chose the Goldfield loop for our Thursday hike. Started off from the horse trailer lot near MM 203 on hwy 88. Shortly after reaching the trail, Glen spotted deer. We saw about a dozen in the first mile of the hike. We continued to Wishbone Junction, then doubled back to see the arch on the ridge line close up and climb helmet rock. A good day of arch finding and scrambling over rocks.
Fauna
Fauna
Mule Deer
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Jan 25 2016
jameslcox44
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 mesa,az
Goldfield Crested Saguaros, AZ 
Goldfield Crested Saguaros, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2016
jameslcox44
Hiking7.00 Miles
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.40 mph
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We began our 'Crested Saguaro' hike at the Blue Point trail head. Hiked south to the road drop through the wash and continued toward the crested saguaro's that are about 400 yards apart (Crucifix,Sputnik and Rubic's Cube). We cut over to FS 10 and saw Trailer Trash about 1/4 mile from the Bush Highway. We thought it unusual to have so many crested saguaro's so close together. Could it be a defective gene pool? Sorry about the names, but that's the best I could do.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested
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Jan 21 2016
jameslcox44
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74 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2016
jameslcox44
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   8 Hrs      1.40 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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We decided to do the First Water to Peralta Crossover via Bull Pass. Great hike with great friends.
Named place
Named place
Palomino Mountain
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Jan 14 2016
jameslcox44
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 mesa,az
Search for Overlook Arch, AZ 
Search for Overlook Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2016
jameslcox44
Hiking8.00 Miles
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.33 mph
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After contacting the Cannondale Kid, we joined him in the 'Search for Overlook Arch'. All of us had made multiple efforts to find the arch described in Ted Tenny's "Hiking the Goldfields". Ted had never actually gotten a close up look at the arch, but described it from afar. From his sightings, we established a GPS location and found nothing there as described in his book. Glen took a picture from Panoramic Peak at about the same time Ted recorded in his book. Glen's photo showed what looked like an arch. We concluded that the arch in the book, was two spires that appeared to be an arch when photographed at the right time of day when sun cast shadows on that area.
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Jan 11 2016
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Apache Gap to 207 and one half, AZ 
Apache Gap to 207 and one half, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2016
jameslcox44
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,113 ft AEG
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Our hiking group did a crossover from Apache Gap (mm 205) on hwy 88 to Utility post #174 between mm 207 and 208. With snow on Four Peaks, we had great views of that area, Canyon Lake and 1st Water creek. One of the most picturesque hikes of the year. We exchanged car keys when we met on this short hike.
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Jan 08 2016
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 mesa,az
Bear Canyon Trail #29Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2016
jameslcox44
Hiking9.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.25 mph
600 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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We decided with all the rain, the falls on Bear Creek must be pretty spectacular. The forecast was for the rain to subside on Friday morning and would be light at worst by the time we made the drive from Mesa. On the drive in we saw snow on the ground before reaching Oracle Junction on highway 79.

We began the hike just before 10 a.m. and had to cross some water over a bridge on the road. Our waterproof boots handled it pretty well, but water seeped in above the shoe tops. When we reached the creek Glen continued and the others followed to my amazement. From that time on we donned our rain gear from time to time as showers persisted, sometimes with a little hail. The creek crossings put water above our knees but we were committed at that time and were determined to see the falls. They were spectacular! We did see another couple on the return trip who had turned around because of the continued rainfall. The guy was barefoot. We I first saw the footprint, I thought there might be a bear in the neighborhood walking with his mate who was wearing hiking boots. Ray and I tried a short cut departing from the group on the way back and ran across the shelter (stick house). That gave us an opportunity to cross the creek three more times and visit Billy Burro in our efforts to reach the trail head and parking lot. Since this was my idea, I've lost my hiking buddies and am searching for other opportunist.
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Dec 30 2015
jameslcox44
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74 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Masked arches/Idaho arch loop, AZ 
Masked arches/Idaho arch loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2015
jameslcox44
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
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Jacob and Brody wanted to do a short hike before returning to California. We drove to the end of Idaho Rd, walked the trail to the west that leads to FR 10. Walked west 100 ft to trail going north to the wash, then followed the wash to the east until seeing the cairns leading up to 'masked arches'. The walked trail north to FR 10, before walking FR 10 back to the SRP facility.
Climbed to the peak above the SRP, the followed cairns along ridge and down to 'Idaho Arch'. Don't know of another name for this arch. Good Day!
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