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Feb 15 2020
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41 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestawa Peak Summit (Fail), AZ 
Piestawa Peak Summit (Fail), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
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Hiking1.59 Miles 624 AEG
Hiking1.59 Miles      56 Mns   1.70 mph
624 ft AEG
 
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Well.. I failed this one. I was super excited to get out and hike but my body and head just weren't having it. Parking was relatively easy so I got going up the Summit Trail after a quick stretch. Didn't make it too far though because I hadn't been feeling well and the further up I went, the worse my sinuses and head felt. I'm used to just hauling butt (for me) up the trail with minimal stops but this trip I had to take breathers quite often. I pushed myself as far as I could go before turning around and calling it quits.

Mental note... Hiking may help you burn off a hangover, but it won't cure sinus pressure and/or a cold.
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Feb 02 2020
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41 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Papago Park Walking PathPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2020
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Hiking3.29 Miles 163 AEG
Hiking3.29 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   2.27 mph
163 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Took the family out for another hike today. My wife wanted something easier than Piestawa so we settled on the walking path at Papago Park. Found a parking spot relatively easy and unloaded the kids from the car.

The path is wide and very easy to follow. My oldest son (9) made it the whole way with minimal complaints. My youngest (6) started to complain at about the 1.5 mile mark. The boys were a little wore out at the end and ready to pile into the air conditioned car. This was their longest hike ever so I was super proud of them.
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Jan 25 2020
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41 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Circumference Trail w/ the Family, AZ 
Circumference Trail w/ the Family, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
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Hiking1.94 Miles 398 AEG
Hiking1.94 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   1.66 mph
398 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Had a nice hike with the entire family for a change today. My wife decided to come with the boys and I so we didn't try and tackle the summit as her hip has been bothering her. Managed to find parking right at the Summit Trail parking lot for a change which was a little surprising.

We made it about a 3/4 for a mile before the boys started complaining that they wanted to go home so I pushed them a little further and then we turned around. I love taking them out because they always complain and go slow until we turn around and then its smooth sailing all the way back to the car.

Little do they know, slowly but surely I will be increasing the distance on them.
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Jan 11 2020
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41 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestawa with the kid, AZ 
Piestawa with the kid, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
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Hiking1.89 Miles 694 AEG
Hiking1.89 Miles
694 ft AEG
 
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Took my 8 year old out with me today. He made it much further than last time with only minimal complaints when I kept saying "just a little further" :) Parking lot was a Zoo. Had to park along the road so we took the Alternate Summit Trail on the way up and the Summit Trail on the way down.

There were a lot of people today and some of the "runners" were really aggravating with how impatient they seemed to be hiking behind a kid. I thought a few of them were about to shove him down the mountain with how they acted. Not a single "excuse me".
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Nov 27 2019
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41 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Summit, AZ 
Piestewa Summit, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2019
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Hiking2.23 Miles 1,062 AEG
Hiking2.23 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.79 mph
1,062 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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Finally got a chance to get all the way to the top of Piestewa Peak for the first time this year. Need to start hitting some trails hot and heavy now so I can get in shape for an upcoming backpack trip.

Trail was busy as all get out but I have to say that the parking lot situation is much better now that most of the lots have been upgraded. I've been there a few times this year now and it is much easier to find a spot. The downside is that now the trails are even more busy.

Anyway, the hike wasn't too bad considering I'm not in the greatest shape but I still managed to get up and back down in about 75 minutes. It was a pretty leisurely stroll this time around so next time I will step up the pace. Need to get back to my 45-50 minute round trip time.
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Nov 24 2019
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 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mini Summit Hike, AZ 
Mini Summit Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2019
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Hiking1.04 Miles 369 AEG
Hiking1.04 Miles   1 Hour      1.04 mph
369 ft AEG
 
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Well, time to get my butt back in shape so I took *both* boys hiking today. Yesterday I took the 8 year old, today I took him and the 5 year old. Hike was about a 1/4 mile longer overall today. We hit the summit trail and made it a little further up. The younger one wanted to keep going but changed his mind after he had a break and a chance to think about it. Will try again this weekend :)
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Nov 23 2019
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41 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Alternate Summit TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
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Hiking0.81 Miles 218 AEG
Hiking0.81 Miles   1 Hour      0.81 mph
218 ft AEG
 
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Took a short little hike with my 8 year old. He has hiked before but not too far so we took it easy with this one. Parked in the overflow lot and headed up the summit trail. He was ready to leave when we reached the Alternative Summit Trail junction so we took that way back down for a little added distance. Going to get him out more so we can get his endurance up. Moving at his pace made for a leisurely stroll for me. He was excited to see a little gopher on the side of the mountain. Excellent weather!
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Apr 06 2016
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41 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Modified Mazatzal Peak Loop, AZ 
Modified Mazatzal Peak Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 06 2016
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Backpack17.46 Miles 3,927 AEG
Backpack17.46 Miles3 Days   6 Hrs   49 Mns   
3,927 ft AEG47 LBS Pack
 
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Well, this triplog is a little behind but I figured I would post it while I have the chance....

It was time for our annual backpacking trip and this time we decided to hike the Mazatzals starting at Barnhardt TH with intentions of Spending two days at Chilson Camp and two days at Horse Camp Seep with a long final day to get back out on Barnhardt. That was until we saw (and experienced) the weather forecast for the next few days. With the thought of hiking out 10 miles in the rain on Sunday we decided at Chilson Camp to hike around the peak back over to Y-Bar Spring for an easier hike out on either Saturday and Sunday....

Okay, enough backstory! Wednesday morning I picked up my friend Shaun who didn't make the beer run a few days earlier and we were off to Claytons. Jerry and Clayton were ready and waiting so we threw their bags in and went to pick up our 5th crewmember, Larry.. With the Kia groaning under our weight (and the 4+ pounds of frozen meat in my backpack) we took off for the 87. Once again we stopped at the house of Ronald McDonald and had some coffee and grease before hitting the trailhead. Good thing I don't go backpacking this direction all the time!

Once at the trailhead we all loaded up and got to it, after I *finally* managed to snap a group photo... It only took about 8 times of setting the timer, adjusting focus, and running to the group. With a 47lb pack on...
Camera 7 - Me 1.

The trail was a little tougher on me the second time around with my "everything and the kitchen sink" packing method but hey, I love roughing it! It also didn't help that at around the 5 mile mark we uncovered our beer from the burnt out stump (https://www.youtube.co...) and I threw another 13 pounds on... That last two miles to Chilson Camp seemed to take forever but I'm pretty sure I actually moved faster just to get the 60lbs off as soon as possible. Good thing I had new hiking shoes and a pack that didn't get uncomfortable with the weight, it was just that my feet didn't want to lift off the ground!

Before we finally made it to Chilson Camp I tried to find the spring via the location on my GPS. It shows it on the right side of the trail about 40' above your location on the trail. Every description I've read said there is a spring box up there and it's where the water goes across the trail. Well, there was no water on the trail so I dropped my pack and hiked up. Found water on the ground and followed it to an 18" or so diameter pipe with a lid. Removing the lid revealed brown mud water about 1" deep..... Discouraged I went back down and grabbed my pack to continue onto camp. Wasn't looking forward to backtracking for the water we saw in the canyon about a mile back. Funny thing is when we got to camp, there was a Homer's bucket with about 20 unopened bottles of water by the table and fire pit.

We got camp all set up and decided to hike back for water before making dinner so we grabbed our pumps and a few of us decided to cut straight up to the trail and avoid having to go north before we could head southeast.... 3 went one way and two went the other... As we were scoping for a clear path to bushwhack, we managed to find a beautiful hole in the ground about halfway up that was full of water :) We finally found the spring but it was nowhere near the GPS coordinates I had. (If you would like to find my coordinates, there is a geotagged photo in the photos section). It took about 15 minutes for the other folks that didn't want to hike up with no trail to finally get above us so we could tell them to come back. They promptly decided to come right down the side in about 2 minutes... Probably should of came with us to begin with!

Anywho, we drank some beer that night and had a good cheeseburger for dinner.. After catching a healthy buzz we caught some sleep and were woke up about 2am to a nice rain on our tents.. Next morning Jerry discovered his tent was not waterproof... Good thing we hung tarps above us beforehand!

On Thursday we cooked some breakfast and hiked down the Brody Seep trail for a bit and shot west to check out some pools of water in a nice V rock formation.. There was little trail so we followed the creek bed. This should have been a good notion for us to not go this way on Friday when we hiked to Y-Bar but I will get to that madness in a bit.... We drank a few beers and hiked back to camp to be lazy the rest of the day. Later, while we cooked dinner, a thru hiker on the Arizona Trail stopped in and asked if he could set up camp by us which was fine by us. His name was Mike and you can read his excellent blog here: freeroamingphotogra ... amp/ After filling up on a massive steak, potatoes, sweet peppers, and mushrooms, it was time to finish off the rest of our beer to lighten the load the following day. We also decided at this time to not go up to Horse Camp Seep, instead we would head to Y-Bar and spend one day there instead of two. With all the rain, we didn't want to be hiking out on Sunday when it was raining.. When we went to bed we had the notion we would sleep in, cook breakfast, and head out around noon. This was a bad idea...

So... Friday morning we woke up and took our sweet time getting ready. While we ate our breakfast Larry and Clayton decided we should take the Brody Seep trail back to AZT rather than backtracking on the Barnhardt trail to the AZT.. After what we had learned so far, we should have said no... But we went anyway. We left about noon and it was started to get cloudy and sprinkling a little bit. The trail on the way to Brody Seep was pretty hard to follow and I'm pretty sure we were on it only about 10% of the time. As we closed in on Brody Seep the going got worse and we could not find a clear trail anywhere. The amount of felled trees was crazy to say the least. I was a little ahead of the group and came to a *very* steep incline with no indication of a trail. In the end it started raining and I decided to just power up the hill. I had to grab whatever I could to pull myself up very slowly. I think it took me about 30 minutes to get up about 300' in a 10th of a mile. Once up I finally found the trail and it started raining a little. I dropped my pack and headed down the trail only to have it disappear. I switchbacked a few times on my own avoiding the vegetation and finally found the group after quite a yelling fit.. They were still at the very bottom of the hill and only Shaun was on his way up. I made him come to me and then I headed back to my bag to put my rainfly on it as it started pouring (and hailing) on us. Long story short, this little ordeal cost us about 3 hours of time to get everyone to the top.... After that the trail was decent enough but it was a steady uphill most of the way to Y-Bar spring. We passed it by and found an excellent camp... It was a very long day and we were all ready to eat and rest.

Sidebar, on our way we were expecting to find a branch in the trail to Y-Bar Tanks... Where the heck is it at? We could not find it at either end!

After we set up camp that night we really wanted another beer but we were running low on water. Most of us had Pat's Backcountry Brew's but it took water to make it... I was pretty filled up after a roast beef sandwich and some beef stew so I volunteered to go with Clayton and Larry back to Y-Bar Spring. I had a new water filter in a bag and was ready to try it out! After the quick quarter mile hike I dropped my bag under a small waterfall and filled it up.. Didn't take long to have 10L of water. Larry and Clayton used UV treatment on Nalgene bottles and the light was so bright moths kept flying into the water. After we got back I made a few flat beers (Larry has it down, the rest of us suck) it was time to pass out. We watched the sky go back and forth from bright stars to dark clouds and were pretty confident we should head out the next day.

Saturday morning we woke up and made some breakfast. I had Spam and a Mountain House dehydrated biscuits and gravy which was pretty awesome I must admit :) We were out of camp fairly early and on the way back via Y-Bar I'm pretty sure everyone in the group was thinking we were making the right decision by leaving a day early. The trail back was fairly steep going downhill and I'm sure no one wanted to do it in the pouring rain. We were back at the car by 2pm or so and decided to stop for a drink on the way home. I'm pretty sure we scared a little with our stench at Circle K.. Good thing I couldn't smell myself :)

Sunday around noon there were a flurry of text messages from everyone stating they were glad we left a day early because it was pouring rain! Fun trip, can't wait to check out more of the Mazatzal's!
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Chilson Spring Dripping Dripping
Couldn't find the location on the map. Spring was actually closer to camp.

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Apr 03 2016
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41 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2016
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Hiking9.99 Miles 1,975 AEG
Hiking9.99 Miles   7 Hrs   38 Mns   2.02 mph
1,975 ft AEG   2 Hrs   41 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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Well, we finally got a taste of the Mazatzals today when Jerry, Clayton, and I decided to head up to Barnhardt Trail to scope for water and bury some beer for our main backpacking trip in a few days. Clayton chose a 12 pack of Rebel IPA and I had a 12 pack of hand selected IPA's as well as 2 32oz cans from Total Wine. I think the lowest alcohol percentage was around 7.5% with most in the 9% range.

We met at Clayton's about 5am and they piled into the Kia carpool. On the way out we stopped for a gut-bomb at McDonald's and were probably at the trailhead about 7. After loading my new pack up with beer, water, and cameras we headed out. And up, and up...

My normal weekend hike is the Summit Trail at Squaw Peak so I was prepared for the constant vertical grade but I tell ya, I was taking breaks on a few of the switchbacks! After reaching Big Kahuna Falls I was happy to drop my pack and take a breather. The falls still had a trickle coming down and several large pools but who knows for how long. I want to make it here again when they are actually gushing!

It started to level out around the 3.5 mile mark and I was happy to no longer be going up, but the denseness in the low vegetation increased so we didn't necessarily move faster. There were patches of wild flowers and a lot of low brush on the way but it was hard to miss the devastation from the fires in the area. I was honestly a little discouraged thinking there would be no shade trees for our backpacking trip but this turned out to not be a concern as you will find out in my next triplog.

We had intentions of making it all the way to Chilson Camp but it was getting late so we decided to bury our beer around the 5 mile mark because we didn't think we could make it all the way there and be back before dark. After scouting around the vicinity of our stopping point we settled on a burned out stump and used Clayton's trowel to dig the dirt out of the base and bury our beer. At this point I realized that we still didn't know if there would be water at Chilson Spring when we returned so I was a little bummed but we ended up running into an older couple on the way out who reassured us that it shouldn't be a problem. I was pretty happy to hear that considering I just left $60 of beer in the middle of nowhere :)

We finally returned back to trailhead about 2:45 and immediately took off to get a Gatorade for refreshment. To finish up I will add that the trails were in pretty good shape with a few rocky areas that aren't easy on your feet. There are also a few areas where you must step over some high logs. When you get to the flatter area around the 3.5m mark the vegetation is much denser and some of it has thorns so I would recommend packing tall instead of wide if you are carrying a backpack.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Light flow Light flow
Some trickling falls if you climb up and a huge pool at the trail crossing.
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Mar 26 2016
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Dripping Springs from WoodburyGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2016
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Hiking8.60 Miles 1,012 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.46 mph
1,012 ft AEG      15 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Woke up early this morning to scope for water at Dripping Springs before our 5 day backpacking trip in two weeks. I left the house about 4am and reached the Queen Valley turnoff about 5. When I finally got the Kia onto Hewitt Canyon I was surprised at how much worse the road was than the last time I was out here. Two years ago I drove a Corolla almost to Rogers TH before turning around. Definitely won't be doing that again!

I hit Woodbury about 6 and was on the trail shortly after. I had never done this route to Dripping Springs and was pretty surprised at how easy of a hike it was. Other than the steep climbs up the road at the beginning and end of course!

The trail started out easy to follow but shortly after the ranch house I lost it a few times and followed the creek bed. It didn't really matter though because either way it was pretty smooth sailing. It was a cool morning and I was pretty stunned by some of the views! Lots of cacti!

I ran into some water right around Musk Hog Canyon but I wouldn't have wanted to pump it because it wasn't flowing and had a nice scum on the surface. Fraser Canyon was much more promising as there were several large pools to filter and some areas were flowing lightly. I stopped for a break before turning around and had my breakfast near the Dripping Spring Beach (at least that's what I call it). Overall this looks like a good spot to work into a Superstitions loop in a few weeks. Always like to camp near water so I have more room for beer in my pack!

On my return trip I found a few sections of trail that I hadn't seen on my way in. The sun was finally coming over the mountains and that was when I realized I forgot my floppy hat... Bummer. I walked for about 15 minutes with my hand over my eyes before the sun was finally high enough to stop blinding me. Pretty sure that led to even more walking in the stream bed!

After I passed the ranch again I decided to take the road all of the way up to Woodbury rather than the trail. I thought better of that decision about halfway up as it seemed much steeper than the trail would have... Oh well, I guess it added a little variation to my trip!

I finally got to the car about 9:45 and headed back to civilization. Next week we are going to check out the Barnhardt Trail and see what the water situation is like there. Afterwards we have to decide where to go. After this morning, I really want to come back to the Superstitions!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Fraser Canyon Light flow Light flow
Light flow and some deep pools near the sandy beach.
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