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Jul 27 2014
Randal_Schulha
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 Guides 71
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 Photos 9,967
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Ahwatukee Meander, AZ 
Ahwatukee Meander, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 27 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking22.28 Miles 610 AEG
Mtn Biking22.28 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   7.96 mph
610 ft AEG
 
Meandering ride out towards Wildhorse Pass after catching the last day of the TDF. With all the threatening rain, decided to use my old Fuji mtn bike. Headed west taking the dirt agra-roads on the Gila River Indian Community until I intersected the western limit of Pecos Road. Found some big herons along the canals... :wrt:
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Jul 26 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
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SoMo Park Circle Route - 1934 Master PlanPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 26 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking20.38 Miles 2,327 AEG
Mtn Biking20.38 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   6.99 mph
2,327 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
Carry-up Telegraph Pass and completed a west half SoMo. 88degF when I hit the trail, 98degF when I got home. Confess that I violated one of my summer desert rules being on the trail after 10:30am... :o
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Jul 20 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
SoMo Park Circle Route - 1934 Master PlanPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 20 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking30.58 Miles 2,327 AEG
Mtn Biking30.58 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   9.61 mph
2,327 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Gave Joe's HAZ Trak a whirl today using the updated satellite map feature - sweet! :)

Saw "hiker down" on Desert Classic not too far west of Pima TH. Paramedics had situation under control... :(
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Jul 19 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Ray Road Access Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 19 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking11.32 Miles 780 AEG
Mtn Biking11.32 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   7.15 mph
780 ft AEG
 
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
West-half loop of DC via Ray Road Access Trail after watching TDF :next: http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/

Temp to start was 90degF, finish temp was 93degF.
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Jul 13 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Yosemite National Park - day trip, CA 
Yosemite National Park - day trip, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking11.11 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking11.11 Miles   10 Hrs      1.11 mph
1,050 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Yosemite Valley & Glacier Point - Yosemite National Park
Sunday July 13th, 2014
FitBit totals = 11.11 miles, 1050 AEG (105 floors)



BACKGROUNDER
Have done Mt Whitney and some of the Pacific Crest Trail in the high Sierras, but never been to Yosemite before. Got out my Ansel Adams photo books for inspiration :next: http://www.anseladams.com/yosemite-gallery/# Maybe a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Village located between Visitor Center and Post Office? Some pre-trip research to consider;


YOSE :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Map of YOSE :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm
YOSE park guide :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/yg14-5.pdf

Map of Yosemite Valley :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/u ... hikes1.pdf
Map of Glacier Point :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/u ... rhikes.pdf
Washburn Point (near Glacier Point) view :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=352303 The HPP image location plus my flipping thru Ansel Adams photo books put this as destination number one.

Yosemite NP waterfalls :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/waterfalls.htm

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/mgrove.pdf And HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14777
Grizzly Giants in Mariposa Grove :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12794

With a planned business trip to 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino CA (see :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=432287 ) and a base-camp to be established at Courtyard Cupertino Marriott, 10605 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino CA, 95014 ( see :next: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-ph ... cupertino/ ), thought I'd "front-end" the trip with some exploration of Big Sur and Yosemite with a goal to capture long exposure dusk image of Bixby Bridge ( see :next: http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/pictures/p ... bridge.jpg ) and an Ansel Adams-like shot of Yosemite Valley (see :next: http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/four_ ... _point.jpg and http://hikearizona.com/photo=352303 ).

Google maps indicated travel distance from Cupertino base-camp to Yosemite Village was 200 miles with 3 hours 45 minutes travel time.



THE TREK

Arrived back at the Cupertino base-camp just after midnight Sunday morning from exploring the Big Sur Coastline (see :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=31233&start=0 ). Had a 5am wake-up call and after fueling up on the in-room caffeine, hit the road for Yosemite via CA120 entrance by 6am. I arrived at the park entrance about 10-ish where my NPS annual pass comes thru once again allowing me to bypass the backed up line of vehicles tallying-up their entrance fee.

The arrival into Yosemite Valley reminded me a lot of Zion NP - pass thru a couple of tunnels and voila, there's the spectacular valley, except it's not sandstone, it's granite this time!

When you cross the Merced River, all the traffic veered left towards Yosemite Village. I veered right climbing up CA41 to the Glacier Point cut-off. From the intersection of CA41, the sign indicated 16 miles to Glacier Point. The tight curves and smooth road and sudden elevation changes had me pining for something more than my Nissan Maxima rental (maybe borrow one of the R8's or McLaren's from yesterday's Bixby Creek Bridge encounter?). First stop Washburn Point followed by Glacier Point. I had some time to explore the upper reaches of Four Mile Trail and Panorama Trail (a little note to self - if you want to escape the bus tour crowd at Glacier Point, check out these trails). Upon return I treated myself to lunch at the Tourist Shack beside Glacier Point - a Hagen Das plus the requisite purchase of a Yosemite Falls & Half Dome frig magnet. After my fill of Yosemite Valley eye-candy, I had the Sentinel Dome to Taft Point loop hike on the "to-do" list. Sentinel Dome was exhilarating - maybe saw a dozen people the entire time I lingered up on the dome for about an hour. I wasn't expecting solitude in Yosemite on a summer weekend, but truthfully there were far less people than I imagined there would be. Once again, all was right in the world.

As the afternoon progressed towards dinner time, I went down to the valley floor for some mini-explorations. This is where all the people were...

With the 6 o'clock hour ticked by, I had a choice - sunset back up on Glacier Point or go checkout the giant sequoia in Mariposa Grove. My mind voted for the giant sequoia, so I drove down CA140 following the Merced River towards the town of Mariposa...

Some final thoughts - hitting Glacier Point first was a good call. Having that initial overhead view of the entire Yosemite Valley is jaw-dropping. It put the entire landscape into context for me. Starting off from the valley floor probably would have hidden too many places. At least the view from above allowed me to pick and choose what I wanted to see down in the valley. Taking in a sunset from Glacier Point or Sentinel Dome is surely a treat - maybe next time...

Also, Mariposa Grove isn't anywhere near town of Mariposa CA. Missed out on giant sequoia trees, but did get to explore Merced River via CA140 - nice drive, complete with landslide :next: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 238394.pdf
( not a recent slide, happened in 2006... ). Fish Camp and Oakhurst on CA41 are the closest towns to the giant sequoias for future reference....



THE HAZ DESTINATIONS

HAZ Washburn Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19445
HAZ Glacier Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19446
HAZ Sentinel Dome :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14388
HAZ Taft Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14682 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14681
HAZ East Valley Floor :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12475
HAZ West Valley Floor :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=15094
HAZ Panorama Trail (from Glacier Point) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16106
HAZ Four Mile Trail (from Glacier Point) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16719


I'll post some photos when I get the chance. Enjoy! :)
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Jul 12 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Big Sur Coastline, CA 
Big Sur Coastline, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking7.08 Miles 510 AEG
Hiking7.08 Miles   8 Hrs      0.89 mph
510 ft AEG
 no routes
Big Sur Coastline CA - Saturday July 12th, 2014
FitBit totals = 7.02 miles, 510 AEG (51 floors)



BACKGROUNDER
Pacific Coast Highway return trip home after Hannah's wedding in Oregon :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=20147 required a definite redux in the Big Sur area beyond some of the HAZ noted descriptions;

HAZ Big Sur Coast Highway :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=15640

HAZ Elephant Seal Vista Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19434


With a planned business trip to 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino CA (see :next: ) and a base-camp to be established at Courtyard Cupertino Marriott, 10605 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino CA, 95014 ( see :next: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-ph ... cupertino/ ), thought I'd "front-end" the trip with some exploration of Big Sur and Yosemite with a goal to capture long exposure dusk image of Bixby Bridge ( see :next: http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/pictures/p ... bridge.jpg ) and an Ansel Adams-like shot of Yosemite Valley (see :next: http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/four_ ... _point.jpg and http://hikearizona.com/photo=352303 ).


Google maps indicated travel distance from Cupertino base-camp to the north end of Big Sur Coast was 83 miles with 1 hour 22 minutes travel time. Travel from Carmel CA (north end of Big Sur) to San Simeon CA (south end of Big Sur) - distance on Hwy 1, Pacific Coast Hwy is about 90 miles with 2 hours 30 minutes travel time. See :next: http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/map.html

Bixby Bridge :next: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bixby_Creek_Bridge and http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/pictures/p ... bridge.jpg and http://photography.nationalgeographic.c ... alifornia/

Big Sur beaches :next: http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/beaches.html



THE TREK

Arrived at base camp lunchtime-ish and headed in the rental vehicle towards the Pacific Ocean. Arrived at the ocean shore to a foggy Monterey Bay where I joined onto Hwy 1, Pacific Coast Highway.

First stop was an isolated pullout with some interesting coastline somewhere between Carmel and Rocky Creek Bridge. I lingered for some time poking in the tide pools and watching what seemed to be a million crabs moving in and out of just about every crack in the rock. If you have a crustacean phobia, this is not a place for you...

Next stop, Rocky Creek Bridge. As I was snapping a shot of the concrete arch, the San Francisco Exotic Car Club pulled up - Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens, Ford GTs, Porsches, and my current fav, Audi R8's. Must say that the Porsches looked rather vanilla next to these exotics. The lead driver thought they were stopping at the Bixby Creek Bridge. I told him he's got a mile or two further south to reach it and that I'd soon see them there...

Bixby Creek Bridge was next on the list. I found my spot to set up for a long exposure shot. With it being only 4pm and sunset not until 8:30pm, it was time to explore further south along the Big Sur Coastline.

Multiple stops along the coast until I reached the Mill Creek Picnic Ground. This is a hidden nook that has a parking lot and restrooms plus a rocky beach to catch the setting sun. I had stopped at a hotel/general store in nearby Lucia to grab some dinner snacks. So there I was on a giant boulder, snacking away while catching the setting sun. All was right in the world...

Made my way back to Bixby Creek Bridge to experiment with long exposure shots capturing streaking lights of passing vehicles. My only challenge was extremely light traffic passing by on a Saturday night!



THE HAZ DESTINATIONS

HAZ Big Sur Coast Highway :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=15640
HAZ Bixby Creek Bridge :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19443
HAZ Mill Creek Picnic Area :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19444



I'll post some photos when I get the chance. Enjoy! :)
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Jul 06 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
SoMo Mountain Biking Potpourri, AZ 
SoMo Mountain Biking Potpourri, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 06 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking18.35 Miles 880 AEG
Mtn Biking18.35 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   7.10 mph
880 ft AEG
 no routes
After watching Le Tour out for a ride.

Enter the trail temp was 84 degF, exit was 91 degF.
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Jul 05 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Desert Classic TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 05 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking24.10 Miles 1,190 AEG
Mtn Biking24.10 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   8.98 mph
1,190 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
DC mega-loop after getting up early to catch the first leg of Le Tour :next: http://www.letour.com/us/

In at Pima TH, out at Telegraph Pass TH. Some water still in the washes near Pima TH. Start temp was 84degF, end it was 91degF... :)
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Jul 04 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
SoMo Park Circle Route - 1934 Master PlanPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 04 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking23.28 Miles 1,821 AEG
Mtn Biking23.28 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   7.72 mph
1,821 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
West half SoMo that included a "carry-up" Telegraph Pass. Encountered a light rain a couple of times (maybe that's why i saw nobody on the trail today).

Trail entry temp was 81degF (and very humid), exit it was 86 degF.

Used Joe's HAZ Tracks again today and uploaded to Route Mgr :next: viewtopic.php?f=84&t=8120

Question - do we get up at 3am to take le tour? :next: http://www.letour.com/us/
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Jun 29 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
SoMo Park Circle Route - 1934 Master PlanPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 29 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking21.70 Miles 1,520 AEG
Mtn Biking21.70 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   7.70 mph
1,520 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
West-half SoMo giving Joe's "HAZ Tracks" iPhone app a test drive :next: HAZ Tracks by Joseph Bartels
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/haz-tra ... 86338?mt=8

Seems easy to use (we'll see if I can figure out how to upload my track for this trip), didn't drain my phone battery as much as Trimble Outdoors GPS app (nice battery management tools Joe running in the background!).

Suggestion to make it even better :next: can you import satellite map rather than just a topo similar to Trimble Outdoors app? The circa 1960 topo map for SoMo/Ahwatukee no longer reflect present day reality...

Start on the trail temp was 88 degF, finish it was 97 degF. What a difference in one day! :o
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Jun 28 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Desert Classic TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 28 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking20.35 Miles 855 AEG
Mtn Biking20.35 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   9.18 mph
855 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Morning ride out to Pima TH and back again. 81 degF when I hit the trail, 93 degF when I got home... :)
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Jun 22 2014
Randal_Schulha
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Neptune BeachNortheast, FL
Northeast, FL
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking2.00 Miles 5 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
5 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After catching the soccer game at the North Beach Fish Camp :next: http://thenorthbeachfishcamp.com/ , headed down to the beach to put some sand in the shoes before grabbing some craft brews at Ragtimes :next: http://www.ragtimetavern.com/ :)
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Jun 21 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Desert Classic TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 21 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking15.08 Miles 570 AEG
Mtn Biking15.08 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   9.43 mph
570 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
About as busy as I've ever seen it on the trail today - just about every mtn biker was on DC.

Left my house it was 81 degF, got back it was 93degF.
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Jun 15 2014
Randal_Schulha
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Ahwatukee Meander, AZ 
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Mtn Biking avatar Jun 15 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking16.71 Miles 360 AEG
Mtn Biking16.71 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   8.02 mph
360 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
On the trails my iPhone indicated 81degF. Off the trails it indicated 91degF. Starting to feel humidity, see some clouds rolling in from the south - could it be monsoon starting to set up?

Got on the trail at a descent time after taking in one of my guilty little pleasures :next: http://www.lemans.org/en/ :)

Bring on the next guilty little pleasures :next: http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2014/us/ :) :)

Still have to sort through photos from my Utah/Arizona Strip trek :next: http://hikearizona.com/x.php?I=1&UID=59 ... 40_______1 :) :) :)
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Jun 08 2014
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
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Desert Classic TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Mtn Biking avatar Jun 08 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking12.94 Miles 640 AEG
Mtn Biking12.94 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   10.49 mph
640 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
When I left my house my iPhone indicated 81 degF and when I returned it was 90degF. Still "doable" mtn bike temps...
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May 31 2014
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Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014, UT 
Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014, UT
 
Backpack avatar May 31 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Backpack33.01 Miles 1,820 AEG
Backpack33.01 Miles4 Days         
1,820 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Utah/Arizona Strip Trek – May/June 2014

Bryce Canyon NP (BRCA) & Zion (ZION) NP
Kodachrome Basin SP & Coral Pink Sands SP
Pipe Springs (PISP) NM & North Rim Grand Canyon (GRCA) NP

Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - Three National Parks, Two State Parks, One National Monument, Four Days, Three Nights, almost 1000 images, and 24 HAZ trails...

Prelude: Believe it or not but I’ve never been to Bryce Canyon or Zion. With 2 strikes already against me having previously attempted a trip in April (snowed out) and October (snowed out again), Lynn, the dogs and I made a late May attempt battling off strike three!


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DAY 1 - Saturday May 31st
7.44 miles hiking and 390 AEG (39 floors) on FitBit
442 miles on F-150

With business visitors Friday evening, we couldn’t hit the road until early Saturday morning. Made good time and stopped for lunch at the Page AZ Burger King before crossing the Glen Canyon Dam into Utah :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047 . Once in Utah, we passed some familiar sights in the Paria River Valley. Sad to hear the movie set from Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw - Josie Wales” was vandalized and burned to the ground :next: http://www.amwest-travel.com/awt_oldparia.html . Don’t know if I was one of the last to capture images before the set was burned to the ground :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647

Eventually drove past Moqui Cave just north of Kanab UT :next: http://utahcaves.blogspot.com/2008/06/moqui-caves.html . I’ve always wondered if this was a structure incorporating original Anasazi ruins. A little online research says definitely not…

We turned off SR89 and onto Utah Scenic Highway 12 :next: http://www.scenicbyway12.com/ . This was a treat for the first time (finally). Red Canyon gave us a hint of the “eye-candy” yet to come. Stopped at one of the pull-outs along SR12 and hiked the Red Canyon Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926 and a section of Golden Wall Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023 plus some connector trails (Red Canyon Tunnel Trail and Photographers Trail) :next: http://www.utah-trails.com/Tunnel-Trail and http://www.utah-trails.com/Golden-Wall- ... orn-Trails

We eventually wandered into our “pet friendly” basecamp at the Best Western Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City located just north of the park entrance :next: http://www.rubysinn.com/ and http://www.rubysinn.com/bryce-canyon-hi ... hotos.html . This certainly was an international gathering of German, French, and Japanese tourist! After fixing a quick dinner at our basecamp hotel room, needed to stretch those legs around the Lake Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366 .


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Sunday June 1st
10.71 miles and 780 AEG (78 floors) on FitBit
84 miles on F-150

Bryce Canyon NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/parknews/upload ... 14-web.pdf

Pets in Bryce Canyon NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/pets.htm
"Pets are only permitted in campgrounds, parking lots, paved roads, paved viewpoint areas, and on the paved trail between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point"

We knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Undeterred, the Bryce “eye-candy” made up for any missed opportunities :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935 . The Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367 offered our first glimpse of the Amphitheater Region. Lynn and I then took turns minding the dogs up on top of the rim to give us each a chance to hike the Navajo and/or Queen’s Garden Loops. See :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998 .

Bryce Amphitheater Region map :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/u ... er-web.pdf
Fairyland Point
Sunrise Point
Sunrise to Sunset Point paved connector trail is dog friendly Sunset Point Inspiration Point Bryce Point

Bryce Southern Scenic Drive viewpoint map :next: Swamp Canyon, Whiteman Bench, Natural Bridge, Agua Canyon, Ponderosa Canyon, Black Birch Canyon, Rainbow Point & Yovimpa Points

I had scouted up the Bristlecone Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918 that connects Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Points as a “photo op”. Unfortunately the trail was closed…

On the drive back from the southern reaches of Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Fairyland Point. Lynn and the dogs stayed at the rim top while I ventured down the Fairyland Loop Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546

With the hour approaching 6pm and knowing we still had a couple of hours daylight left, we agreed to head the F-150 over to Kodachrome Basin SP :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/kodachr ... state-park located 7 miles off Highway 12 near Cannonville on Cottonwood Canyon Road :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... erview.png . I had previously viewed Kodachrome Basin from the south on an approach heading north up Cottonwood Canyon Road. On that occasion we had to abort our trip due to slick mud. This time I had an opportunity to view Kodachrome Basin from within the basin – nice! Pre-trip suggestions indicated Angels Palace or Shakespeare's Arch as highly recommended destinations :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Kodachro ... le-UT-5584 . Hiked Angel’s Palace Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999 followed by an aborted attempt of Shakespeare’s Arch :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394 prior to a sundown picnic dinner at TH parking lot. Arrived back at Ruby's Inn basecamp to catch Hawks-Kings game and Game of Thrones...


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Monday June 2nd
6.61 miles and 150 AEG (15 floors) on FitBit
245 miles on F-150

Zion NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
1hr 44min drive per Google Maps from Ruby's Inn to Zion Lodge
Zion 2014 park map and guide :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/u ... MG2014.pdf

Once again we knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Dogs are allowed on Pa'rus Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
Trail connects Canyon Junction and Zion Visitor Center. Prior to entering the 1.1 mile long Zion – Mt Carmel tunnel on SR9, it was recommended to us to make a stop at the Canyon Overlook Trail :next: http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-c ... -trail.htm and http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion/ ... erlook.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368 Once near the Zion Visitor Center, I managed to grab the last available parking spot and we headed out along the Pa’rus trail as mid-morning temperatures hit the mid-80’s. With the scene reminding us too much of Sedona (the bad, not the good), we agreed to head up into the mountains and cooler climate along a back road I had scouted up as “Plan B”. Kolob Terrace Road was identified as an alternative since Zion Canyon can only be accessed by shuttle vehicles (no dogs allowed) :next: http://www.takemytrip.com/07zion/07_08a.htm .
We had a pleasant lunch up at Lava Point :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/l ... ground.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369 before checking out the West Rim TH :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/w ... -trail.htm and Kolob Reservoir :next: http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/detai ... 1154730183 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370 .


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Tuesday June 3rd
8.25 miles and 500 AEG (50 floors) on FitBit
572 miles on F-150

“Getaway Home Day” via a natural curiosity, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/coral-p ... state-park and http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... alpink.jpg and http://www.zionnational-park.com/sdhike.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221 . We discovered colonies of rare Tiger Beetles (only 600-3000 total population of beetles) while hiking the dunes :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and were also treated to a fascinating display of late spring flowers while hiking the Nature Trail :next: http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_coral_pink.htm . South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs - Located 4 miles northeast of the dunes in the Mosquith Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601 . From Hancock Road – Yellow Jacket Road intersection, drive 3.5 miles passing the Ponderosa Campground until you reach the intersection of Hancock Road and the 4WD Sand Spring Road on the right. A 4WD vehicle allows travel within .5 mile of the pictographs. If your vehicle will not make it on the soft sandy roads, walk from the "T" in Hancock Road and Sand Dune Spring Road. It is 4 miles, one way, to the pictographs. Take Sand Springs Route to first intersection. Then a little less than 2 miles the trail ends and hiking trail to pictographs and petroglyphs begins. From the parking area, walk northeast to locate a path of use through the sand. Continue the gradual descent down the obvious trail. The trail soon becomes obvious as it continues east and then switches direction after a small drop down through the rocks. Continue descending and then traversing the hillside beneath the cliff band on hikers left. Shortly you will arrive at the (chain-link fence protected) South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs. The distance from the parking lot to the pictographs is about .5 mile and the descent is about 150'. The pictographs sit at the back of a large alcove and pictures must be taken from behind the fence 30' away :next: http://www.zionnational-park.com/moquith-mountain.htm and http://www.zionnational-park.com/images ... ndex32.htm . This area is a unique hidden gem – highly recommended (and no HAZer has visited this place before?)!

Pipe Springs National Monument :next: http://www.nps.gov/pisp/index.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229 .

North Rim of Grand Canyon :next: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cg-nr.htm and http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/u ... im-Map.pdf

Prior to our visit we knew about limited options hiking with dogs at the Grand Canyon North Rim; “Dogs on the North Rim; are not allowed other than the Bridle Trail (Greenway) that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail and the portion of the Arizona Trail that continues north from there to the park entrance.”

Bridle Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
Bright Angel Point Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
Transept Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810

Made a stop at the Marble Canyon Navajo Bridge and found “condor city” :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778 before stopping in Flagstaff for a late dinner. Arrived back home just before midnight…


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HIKING SUMMARY
7.44 miles, 390 AEG Saturday
10.71 miles, 780 AEG Sunday
6.61 miles, 150 AEG Monday
8.25 miles, 500 AEG Tuesday

TOTAL = 33.01 miles, 1820 AEG, 24 HAZ trails


141 images on iPhone
310 images on Canon Rebel XT
438 images on Canon 6D
61 images on Canon 7D

TOTAL = 950 images on 4 cameras...


F-150 SUMMARY
442 miles driving Saturday
84 miles driving Sunday
245 miles driving Monday
572 miles driving Tuesday

TOTAL = 1343 miles on F-150 (20.8 mpg). Assuming $3.80 per gallon average, that’s 64.5 gallons consumed for a trip cost of $245.35…


EDITORIAL COMMENT; Coffee in Utah sucks. Maybe that’s too rash since I didn't stop and try the Cafe Adobe/Expresso Rock Shop in Hatch UT... Took a Starbucks “fix” in Flagstaff to return me to equilibrium!

That NPS annual pass comes thru again for $25 entry into Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, plus $8 for Pipe Spring...

Aiming for Fall colour redux at Bryce Canyon Lodge the 1st week of October (looks like only Oct 4-6 or Oct 18-21 availability)? Cabin rentals are $212 per night plus multiple convenience fees and surcharges. Want to get some sunrise/sunset "golden hour" images...

PS - I see this trip tripped me over the 3K distance line for miles logged on HAZ :y:

LINKED HIKES;

Glen Canyon Dam :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047
Paria Movie Set :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647
Red Canyon Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926
Golden Wall :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023
Ruby’s Inn Lake Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366

Bryce Canyon NP Trails :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935
Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367
Navajo Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000
Queen’s Garden Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998
Bristlecone Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918
Fairyland Loop Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546
Angel’s Palace Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999
Shakespeare Arch Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394

Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368
Pa’rus Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
Lava Point Overlook, Zion NP :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369
Kolob Reservoir Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221
South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601
Pipe Springs NP Trails :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229
Bridle Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
Bright Angel Point Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
Transept Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810
Navajo Bridge, Marble Canyon :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778



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Concentrated around Bryce Canyon NP and Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP
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May 26 2014
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Desert Classic TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar May 26 2014
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Mtn Biking11.07 Miles 557 AEG
Mtn Biking11.07 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   9.77 mph
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Lot's of people out on the trails enjoying the holiday :)
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May 19 2014
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Friendship Fountain Park - Jacksonville RFTNortheast, FL
Northeast, FL
Walk / Tour avatar May 19 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Walk / Tour2.25 Miles 25 AEG
Walk / Tour2.25 Miles   1 Hour      2.25 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Out with our friends from Surgical Technologies burning off a few calories after visiting the River a City Brewing Company :next: http://www.rivercitybrew.com and Friendship Fountain :next: http://jaxfountain.com/Original/history.htm
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May 12 2014
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Chautauqua / Bluebell MesaCentral, CO
Central, CO
Hiking avatar May 12 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking1.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.00 mph
500 ft AEG
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Quick visit after Monday biz meetings with our Navigation business unit in Louisville CO...
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May 11 2014
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Garden of the GodsSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar May 11 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking2.50 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.00 mph
250 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Flew in early to Denver to "front-end" business meetings I had scheduled with our Spine and Navigation business units on Monday 5/12 in Louisville CO.

Unexpected snow day made driving conditions VERY tough. Thankfully I had a 4WD Suburban rental that worked like a charm while others skidded off I-25.

Garden of the Gods is a gem. A little park history :next: http://www.gardenofgods.com/parkinfo/index_253.cfm. Here's the PDF map I had for trail guidance :next: https://www.springsgov.com/units/parksr ... gs-pg1.pdf

Will post photos (26 on iPhone, 120 on Canon 6D) and hike description when I get the chance. Thanks to Brad and Joel for all their travel tips... :y:


PS. I see now that Jake had posted a HAZ Hike Description previously for the main trail within Garden of the Gods :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2255
Named place
Named place
Garden of the Gods Kissing Camels
Meteorology
Meteorology
Snow
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