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Sep 08 2017
dieanotherday1
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2017
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Hiking 4,300 AEG
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4,300 ft AEG
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We tried to drive out to this one today to enjoy the nice weather. Unfortunately looks like the area has recently seen some heavy rainfall. At 6 miles from the 181 on Turkey Creek Rd, we hit a large pool about 5 inches deep. Since we were driving a passenger car, we turned back. At the moment this hike is for larger vehicle or people who want to hoof it in
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Sep 08 2017
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Flys Peak - Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2017
dieanotherday15
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
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Instead of the Month Vista loop, we went for the next closest peak, Fly's Peak. It was a beautiful trek in on the Crest trail. Fly's Peak trail was pretty ragged. The trail was faint and many downed trees obscured the path. I did plenty of hopping up and down off of logs. And my logs got plenty scratched from all the bushes. The peak itself is beautiful. We accidentally went down the section of the Fly's peak trail that intersects with the Crest trail about .5 miles past the first intersection for fly's peak.

This mistake was fortunate though. If you decide to climb Fly's Peak take the second junction for Fly's Peak. The trail is easier to find and free from fallen debris and thorny bushes. The ascent is also quicker than from the other side, if you're impatient like me
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Sep 02 2017
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Cottonwood Saddle Trail #386 - WhetstonesTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2017
dieanotherday15
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,027 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,027 ft AEG
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On a whim, I decided to take this trail while hiking the main one. As others have noted, the trail is very overgrown. My legs looked like chop suey from all the scratches. Nevertheless, it stays pretty close to the stream most of the way. I followed it for as long as I could rebuilding fallen cairns. I think I went about 1.5 miles before I finally could not find the trail and turned around. Either it was a fun way to get a little deeper into this beautiful mountain range.
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Aug 12 2016
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2016
dieanotherday15
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
300 ft AEG
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After hitting up McFadden Horse Mountain trail earlier today, I wanted to swing by Aztec Peak for a quick gander at the views from Aztec Peak. I had hiked the Abbey's Way trail back in 2014 and was eager to see how this gorgeous trail had changed since the Juniper Fire. The trail does not appear to have changed for the better. The trail was always a bit overgrown, but now it is a bushwhack. The beautiful meadow at the beginning of the trail is unaltered. But once you reach the meadow the trail becomes difficult to follow. Cairns are obscured by the grass and increasingly fallen trees. As the trail winds from the meadow back toward Aztec Peak, it becomes more and more impossible to follow, as you are soon crossing a forest of downed trees. I gave up at this point, since storm clouds were moving in.

This trail is going to need some serious restoration work to bring it back to its former beauty. The area directly below Aztec Peak seems to have been hit pretty hard.
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Aug 12 2016
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
McFadden Horse TrailGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2016
dieanotherday15
Hiking8.25 Miles 2,184 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   5 Hrs      1.65 mph
2,184 ft AEG
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Today, I was finally able to hike the McFadden Horse Mountain Trail. I tried to hike it about a month ago, but upon reaching the trailhead I learned it was closed due to the Juniper Fire. I learned a valuable lesson about always checking whether a trail is open during the summer.

After the expiration of the closure order on July 31, I finally made it back to the Sierra Anchas today. I was eager to see what damage the fire had wrought on this area. If I'm not mistaken, the fire began not far from the trail. The first two miles of this trail show fire damage of varying intensity. The first half mile up to the saddle, the trees were lightly burned (if it all). At the saddle, burn damage becomes much more evident. Gazing out at the valley toward Aztec Peak, there is a huge swathe of forest that was obliterated by fire. The fire lightly burned the next half of the trail to the junction with the Cienega Spring Trail. Once you turn left on the McFadden Trail at this juncture, you begin a steep climb through a so-called moon crater of fire damage. The original scrub landscape of the hill is heavily burned and has seen some erosion. The trail is a little tricky during this section, but eventually you begin climbing into a part dead, partially burned trees until you reach the flat mountain top of McFadden Horse Mountain. From here, I was afraid the trail would be impossible to follow because of fire damage obliterating the cairned routes. Fortunately, the top of the mountain seems to have been untouched. The remainder of the trail until the scenic lookout is in good shape except for the occasional difficulty finding a cairn. When you reach the last half mile of the trail, you get a good view out at the Cherry Creek area. The mountainside you gaze at is heavily burned in areas and untouched in others. I suspect the Moody Ridge trail, which was a difficult trek to follow before the fire is probably impossible now. Fortunately, the mountain you are following was untouched by fire, as the rim seems to have prevent the fire from spreading.

Overall it was an excellent trek through one of Arizona's finest wildernesses!
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Jul 22 2016
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
View Point-North Mingus LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2016
dieanotherday15
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,322 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles
1,322 ft AEG
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Started hiking around 4 pm during a break in the rain and lightning. I didn't really get hit with any, but coming back up on the Mingus trail, I could see it was very wet. Views were fantastic. A rainbow appeared after all the rain. I didn't notice forest fire smoke over in Sedona. I'm hoping Oak Creek Canyon isn't burning again. :scared:
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Jul 23 2015
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Bill Williams Mountain TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2015
dieanotherday15
Hiking7.65 Miles 2,474 AEG
Hiking7.65 Miles
2,474 ft AEG
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Jul 23 2015
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2015
dieanotherday15
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,422 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles
2,422 ft AEG
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Final hike of two for a 12.76 mi and 4800 feet of elevation change day. :zzz:
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Aug 10 2014
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Moody Point Trail #140Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2014
dieanotherday15
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.86 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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We attempted to take the Moody Point Trail as far as possible using the trail guide posted here from the waterfall to the ruins. I really should have done more research about the trip before heading out.

Things went well for the first part. The trail was relatively easy to follow even past the Rim trail junctions. We had a minor encounter with a rattlesnake to spice things up :o. However, at about mile 6.7 or so, the trail became very frustrating as we hunted for cairns constantly to guide our way down to the saddle. We did alright, but then suddenly the cairns disappeared and I couldn't find where the path went next for the life of me amidst the rocks and trees. As I did not have a decent topo map of the area, we decided to turn back and began the trek up hill.

Next time, I will definitely have to look into doing this with a GPS and a decent topo map.
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Jul 30 2014
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Ash Creek and Webb Peak, AZ 
Ash Creek and Webb Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2014
dieanotherday15
Hiking18.75 Miles 5,900 AEG
Hiking18.75 Miles   9 Hrs   20 Mns   2.32 mph
5,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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What a Pinaleno paradise day! I got started hiking before sunrise at 5:20 am and took the gorgeous Ash Creek Trail down from pine to its desert terminus. Most people turn around at the waterfall or at Oak Flats about 4 mi into the 8 mile hike (including myself in 2012), so I was a bit nervous to venture beyond. The trail guide would lead you to think that the trail was not in great shape past Oak Flats, but it was just fine. There was a time or two I got on the wrong trail for a second, but that was quickly fixed. The only issue was that the trail gets very narrow in one or two places and the ground is none too firm.

Other than that, the hike was beautiful as you travel down the lush rain forest like Ash Creek canyon to its terminus and watch the forests and meadows fade away into desert riparian plants. There were wildflowers everywhere including at the lower elevations. It took me 2.75 hrs to travel the 8.25 mi to the end of the trail (don't ask me how...not sure myself). From there, I turned around and hiked back up the mountain. It was surprisingly pleasant in spite of the vast elevation change. The only part that was kind of miserable was the mile or so from the trail's terminus to when you reach the trees again. From there on out, it didn't feel bad at all. I reached Oak Flat within 1.5 hrs and started the steady and steep uphill from there to the waterfall. Beyond there, my pace slowed down as I made the final climb up to the Webb Peak trail and then ascended Webb Peak for its awesome panoramic views of probably a quarter of Arizona. From there, it was only a mile downhill of beautiful forest and meadow to get back to the car.

You know for climbing the equivalent of up and down Mt Lemmon in a day or 1.5 Grand Canyons, I feel pretty good! This trail has it all and was totally abandoned. Perfect for those who want one of the best workouts Arizona (or probably the whole continental US) can offer along a beautiful secluded creek.
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There were all varieties of wildflowers on the trail. Wild raspberries were all over the upper reaches of the trail. I snacked on them throughout the day.
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Jun 09 2014
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2014
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Hiking16.40 Miles 4,180 AEG
Hiking16.40 Miles   10 Hrs      1.93 mph
4,180 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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To get back into my summer hiking shape, I decided to do the Canada del Oro loop and see if I could follow my own directions. Wow did it kick my butt this time around! Going off of only a few hours of sleep the night before, it was slow going and I ended up stopping to nap at various points, especially higher up in the cool breezes of Mt Lemmon.

As it was when I went before, I was the only person in the Canada del Oro and didn't encounter anyone until the junction with the Mt Lemmon trail. Surprisingly given the dearth of rain this year in the Tucson area, the Canada del Oro had more water in it than when I went previously in June 2012 and was actually flowing in the lower portions! Other than that, can't beat the beautiful landscape and views. Since today was clear, I could actually see the window from the Samaniego Ridge Trail. So cool!
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Jun 01 2014
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Mount UnionPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2014
dieanotherday15
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,099 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,099 ft AEG
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Lovely trip to the summit. The ranger at the fire tower is very friendly. We had a deep intellectual conversation for an hour and a half before I had to turn around and head down.
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May 21 2014
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
South Baldy Trail #11 - Magdalena MountainsSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar May 21 2014
dieanotherday15
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,269 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   45 Hrs      0.20 mph
3,269 ft AEG
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This was a pleasant jaunt up the mountain to see fantastic views from Mt. Baldy.
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Jul 30 2013
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Grant Creek Trail #305Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2013
dieanotherday15
Hiking16.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   8 Hrs      2.00 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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I went from Cunningham Campground all the way down to Fort Grant this morning. As someone said before, this trail never disappoints and keeps hurling beauty at you from dense pines and wild berries to wildfires to creekside wildlife to waterfalls to shower in to ruins to prisoners in orange if you go all the way to Fort Grant. This is definitely one of my favorite all time AZ hikes. You just better start at sunrise. Hiking out of the canyon is a pretty strenuous endeavor until you get to the top of the ridge again.
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Jul 19 2013
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2013
dieanotherday15
Hiking15.00 Miles 4,390 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   10 Hrs      1.50 mph
4,390 ft AEG
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On Friday, a buddy and I hiked from the South Rim to the Colorado River and back. We didn't have the time to divide this trip up over two days like most people do, so we paid the consequences in one brutal hike. We started around 7am, later than I was hoping to. The trail was very nice and pleasant going down with gorgeous views and nice weather. We reached the river around 10:30 and had a pleasant time hanging out there and swimming in Garden Creek before it meets the river. There are quite a few waterfalls and pools there that make for a nice place to cool off after your hike down before the trip back up. From there, we had a pleasant trip to Indian Gardens with the storm clouds above keeping us cool. However, from Indian Gardens on, it was a rough, nasty trip in the scorching heat up the many switchbacks to the top of the canyon with zero cloud cover. As it was about 105 that day, a number of people along the trail collapsed of heat exhaustion and had issues. We were well prepared, but it was slow going in the heat. I didn't realize what little tree cover the canyon had, or I would never have done this hike in July. However, all in all, it was an awesome trip and I would do it again (in cooler temperatures).
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Jul 08 2013
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2013
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Hiking9.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
3,000 ft AEG
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A pleasant day on the Ice House Canyon Trail. Very hot at first, but nice once you reach the pine forest. Once I reached the top of the trail, I elected to walk the road to the top of Signal Peak. Well worth it! The views from there of AZ are fantastic!
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Jun 09 2013
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2013
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Hiking9.00 Miles 2,639 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
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A nice walk in the park with great views of Flag and the surrounding area.
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Mar 14 2013
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
The Window via VentanaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2013
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Hiking12.80 Miles 4,310 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   8 Hrs      1.60 mph
4,310 ft AEG
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Lovely prebirthday trek out to Ventana Canyon with a buddy to Maiden Pools and then the Window. Love it up there. So much water at this time of year and even a bit of snow
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Mar 13 2013
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Arcadia Trail #328Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2013
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Hiking4.90 Miles 2,830 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
2,830 ft AEG
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This was a fun hike in March because the snow fall was still pretty heavy in some areas. It represented a challenge to find the trail at times and I even saw a skunk. Thankfully he moved from the trail so I could pass. I had to turn around after a point because the snow was up to my ankles and the trail disappeared.
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Jun 30 2012
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29 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2012
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Hiking16.40 Miles 4,180 AEG
Hiking16.40 Miles   8 Hrs      2.05 mph
4,180 ft AEG
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