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187 triplogs
Apr 20 2006
Trishness
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 20 2006
Trishness
Backpack25.00 Miles 2,496 AEG
Backpack25.00 Miles3 Days         
2,496 ft AEG
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First trip to Havasu with my brother Michael, my cousin Carol and my friend Michelle. We'd been planning this for months since my family was flying in from the East coast. Got to the Hilltop at 7:00 AM and the parking lot was pretty full which I thought was funny seeing we had planned this mid-week to avoid the crowds. I took one look off the hilltop into the canyon below me and wondered just what I had gotten myself into.

The trip down was great and the views were spectacular. First mile or two is a steady & fairly steep descent down switchbacks and it then it's flat the rest of the way. The last couple of miles through the sand wasn't too thrilling but then your reward is the first sound of the falls. Navajo falls first, then Havasu Falls.....just beautiful.

We finally arrived at the campgrounds and I was so disappointed to see it looking like a "tent city" in the middle of the week!!!! We kept on going and finally found some sort of seclusion way down the trail but it was primo campsite right along the creek. Did the short jaunt to Mooney Falls the second day which was a sight to behold. My brother decided to go ahead and continue on to the Colorado River if he was able to but came back to camp later in the day and had only gotten to Beaver Falls and lost the trail there. He discovered what we mean by our call "it's a swimmer" as he came across a couple of pools that were pretty deep. Also spent some time just sitting by Havasu Falls. Although we left early to hike out the third day it was pretty toasty by the time we got to the last two miles of "uphill" to the hilltop and after doing 8 miles we were tired so it took us a little bit of effort.

Loved this hike although I have a real problem with the trash that seemed to be everywhere (not only thrown just off the trail but just laying in the trail!) as well as the crowds. Those were real deterants to being an outstanding hike. We not only packed out our trash but we were picking it up along the way out. Oh yeah....we saw the flying porta-potties too. :lol:

Temps were perfect......low 80's during the day, 50's at night. Water was a little chilly but not too bad.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Apr 09 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Romero Canyon PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2006
Trishness
Hiking3.25 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   2 Hrs      1.63 mph
980 ft AEG
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This was my first hike since injurying my back a month ago. My friend Michelle and I car camped at Catalina State Park Saturday night and when we got a later than anticipated start at 9 AM, temps were already in the low 80's. First mile or so was easy then started on the switchbacks and my back started tweaking me so I decided to turn around and head back to flatter trails. Michelle went on to the pools and I headed back to the TH and hiked on the much flatter and easier Birding & Nature Trails. Michelle met me back at the TH in the early afternoon and said she had gone to the pools but it was very much up and down throughout. Even though we didn't get to hike together, we each had a good day. Got some great pictures of varieties of birds out there!

Lots of people on this trail despite the warm temps. The trail is totally exposed and it reminded me of many of the Supes trails with little shade. I'd recommend hiking it in the cooler months.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Mar 12 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2006
Trishness
Hiking1.00 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
340 ft AEG
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Went for a short walk this taking pics of the Supes with all the snow! Simply gorgeous
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Feb 25 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 25 2006
Trishness
Backpack12.00 Miles 1,766 AEG
Backpack12.00 Miles2 Days         
1,766 ft AEG
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Delightful backpack trip (just the gals) with Michelle and Mary. Took us a little over 3 hours to reach our destination on Saturday and a little under 3 hours to backpack out. It's SOOO dry out here, the numerous creek crossings were a breeze and there was literally no water in some sections, only dry, caked soil. Found a GREAT camping spot before the spring under tree cover and decided to set up camp here then went down a short distance to the spring and on to Tony's Cabin. Here we ran into Troop 109 Boy Sprouts with their hike leaders one of whom which is a member of HAZ......How cool to run into SuperstitionMan out there! Seeing all the 11-14 year old Boy Sprouts we were pretty happy with our selection of camp sites. The boys were great though and offered us cookies! We departed and returned to our campsite, set up only to return to Tony Cabin later in the day in search of more Oreos and to fly a kite. Girls just wanna have fun! Also ran into another Boy Sprout Troop nearby us but they were heading somewhere else to camp that evening.

After the kite flying we returned to camp and spent the evening complete with good conversation, food and a nice warm fire. Our campsite was a perfect choice although Mary & I heard some weird noises in the middle of the night....also owls, which was perfect seeing as we were in Haunted Canyon.

Great trip with two very wonderful ladies.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Feb 18 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Seven Falls - Sabino Canyon Recreation AreaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2006
Trishness
Hiking7.60 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.03 mph
700 ft AEG
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Did this today with my friend Michelle and the first mile is pretty boring but once you get into Bear Canyon it becomes much prettier. The falls area is just a trickle with only a few pools that seemed rather shallow. I'd like to return after we get some rain to see this area.
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Feb 12 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2006
Trishness
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.69 mph
1,020 ft AEG
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Feb 11 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Coon Creek RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2006
Trishness
Hiking3.00 Miles 579 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
579 ft AEG
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Great hike today with my "lil bro" Mike, Randy S. and numerous friends of his. We got a later than anticipated start but only had to hike the last 1.5 miles along a pretty wide Jeep road. The first 1/4 mile seemed to be all the elevation gain but nothing too bad. While on the hike in, THREE Jeeps passed us with some others also going to the ruins. We all met at the ruins and there were at least 16 of us up there at one point.

The ruins themselves are in remarkably good shape not only for their age but also because of the ease of this hike. These are not as pristine or grandiose as the ones in Pueblo Canyon or Devils Chasm but they are beautiful all the same. Spent 45 mintues up there having lunch and taking pictures....then returned to the vehicles for some comraderie and cold refreshments.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Feb 05 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Cholla Loop Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2006
Trishness
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.63 mph
500 ft AEG
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Was visiting a friend in N Phoenix and he finally got me out on this trail. Very overcast on this SuperBowl Sunday morning. Decent trail with a little bit of elevation gain to the get your heart going. Trail ran the last 1/4 mile out because I was hungry and wanted breakfast!
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jan 29 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Pueblo Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2006
Trishness
Hiking6.25 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.14 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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This hike was just awesome and had a little bit of everything to enjoy.......Some decent elevation gain, bushwhacking, water, ruins and solitude.

My "lil bro" Mike and I decided to head out to the Sierra Anchas on Saturday to car camp and reached FR203 around 1PM and as all other members have indicated, it is a well graded dirt road until you pass Ellison Ranch at 18.9 miles, then the road deteriorates quickly. One creek crossing then huge boulders in the road, sheer drop offs and extremely rocky for the next 4.5 miles as well as a second, more treacherous crossing at Devil's Chasm. It was unbelievable the amount of people we saw in this backcountry but finally made our way to a prime campsite and set up camp. We were there not 30 minutes and we heard vehicles approaching........it turned out to be some guys who were scoping the area out for a future trip and there were introductions all around. One of the gentlemen up there was a man named Zeke (what excursion to the backcountry wouldn't be complete unless you ran into someone named Zeke?) We talked about the ruins in the area (some known and some revealed to us by Zeke) and this only heightened our expectations for the hike in the morning. After a sumptuous "happy hour" of freshly perked coffee and assorted snacks we watched a beautiful sunset and felt the temps drop. Dinner and a true "white man's fire" followed and we watched the stars come out in all their glory, retiring to our respective tents early. I woke up at 1 AM and was freezing my butt off as there was a good wind that kicked up during the midnight hour and blew the rain fly off my tent. I had rolled over and was wondering why I was so cold and then realized that one side of my tent was completely open to the mesh and it felt like it was in the 20's out there. Fixed that real fast with a couple of big rocks!

The Hike Sunday AM: After waking to 30 degree temps, hot coffee and breakfast we hit the trail at 9 AM. We started at a spur trail near our campsite and found the mining road just past a bench and fire ring then climbed through a juniper forest along this rocky trail eventually coming to a small sign & fence stating Sierra Ancha Wilderness. On UP the very rocky mining road past a HUGE boulder on your left until you top off at an intersection with a large rock to your right that has what appears to be a man made circle and arrow on it. Take a right here....the left fork will take you into Cold Spring Canyon. After this it is still uphill for what seems like forever...then you get to bushwhack through a manzanita overgrown section of the trail which is tough if you are over 5'2". I was able to duck through much of this but Mike is tall and was getting hung up with all the overgrowth. There was one area that was all black volcanic rock and the trail actually does under a little rock overhang. After rounding the second bend on our ascent we saw the ruins across the canyon and I was just in awe of this. They appear pristine! We hike for another 1/2 mile or so and suddenly we reach the first small ruin which is in fair shape. I'm disgusted at TOMAS and DAVID who actually wrote their names on the walls of this sacred place. MORONS, IDIOTS, PUTOS!!!! Someone has camped here and built a fire ring out of the stones which once made up the walls of the smaller ruin.

We hike a bit further and are suddenly in this box canyon and can hear the waterfall! We get there and our hearts sink because the trail goes under this waterfall which is not only narrow and wet but there is a huge sheet of ice across it. We stop here and Mike drops into the canyon on a small spur trail to take pictures and see if there is a way up the other side which there is could be but we are already tired so we decide to turn around here. Went back the way we came :) but that only lent to the adventure.

Wonderful trip with my "lil" bro and saw NO ONE else the entire day. Heard some people on the trail at one time when we were a little off trail and hope they found my fleece jacket which I lost at some point. We're just going to have to return on a warmer day and get to those other ruins!
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jan 22 2006
Trishness
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 Guides 14
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2006
Trishness
Hiking3.00 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
588 ft AEG
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Took two "New Yawhas" and one Chicagoan who don't get out hiking much on this trail today. Nice easy hike for beginners!
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jan 09 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2006
Trishness
Hiking9.40 Miles 3,760 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   5 Hrs      1.88 mph
3,760 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Heck of a workout but wanted to start training for a Grand Canyon trip in the spring. So I decided to take the beautiful drive out to Globe to do this challenging hike. Ascended in 3, spent 1/2 an hour at the top including a 10 minute siesta. Then descended in 2.......It ALWAYS takes me twice as long to climb a mountain! Was kind of chilly but a great day with wonderful views and had the entire trail to myself. Saw lots of deer, some pretty fresh looking scat ???Bear, as well as one bad smelling animal carcass along side the trail. Had a tough time negotiating the summit trail but finally found it. I quit smoking almost a month ago and can tell the difference already!

My legs are still kind of sore. My head is still up on that summit.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jan 01 2006
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2006
Trishness
Hiking6.00 Miles 4,320 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
4,320 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Spent New Years Eve at the GC and hiked in on this as my VERY FIRST GC hike. Went to 3 mile resthouse and then back up. It was 25 degrees at 8:30 when we started. Easy heading down....a huffer coming back up.l

GREAT hike and I'll be back to the GC to do the whole enchilada this year :)
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Nov 27 2005
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Boyce ThompsonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2005
Trishness
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Spent several hours at the Arboretum with some friends who had signed up for a "fall color" photography class given by Wilson Wyatt, who has a studio in Scottsdale. It was a very informal class and very well worth the trip ~~~~learned a few things about digital photography that I never knew and then spent the afternoon wandering around taking pictures.

The fall color is just about peaking out there. A little chilly but still a great day.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Nov 26 2005
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Blacketts RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2005
Trishness
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.35 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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Awesome conditioning hike with spectacular views all the way up. This was our first hike in Sabino Canyon and it did not disappoint. Missed the turn off for the Phoneline Trail and wound up adding a little over a mile for the total for the day since we had to backtrack.
The side trip was interesting though. Once we got onto the Phoneline, it was an easy gradual climb until the turnoff for Blacketts Ridge then the switchbacks started and seemed like they would never finish. 1.7 miles of climbing with several false saddles to keep you humble. My personal favorite was rounding off near the top and seeing yet ANOTHER climb to the trail's end. :roll: All that climbing was worth it once you see the great views from the outcropping of Sabino and Bear Canyons and as an added bonus.....a truly wonderful view of the Santa Catalinas.

The climb up took us longer than we expected and we had to stop often as the trail is totally exposed and there is very little shade. Lots and lots of people on this trail today.

Really enjoyed this gem of a hike.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Nov 20 2005
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2005
Trishness
Hiking7.80 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.36 mph
3,408 ft AEG
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FINALLY!!!! This has long been on my list and my first ascent. Knew the car would never make it to the Carney Spring TH so I parked it off FR 77 (Peralta Road) and hiked the extra mile + RT because I do like my oil pan intact. :)

What a great hike! Started early and was on the trail by 7 AM....Took my camera out for pics and realized I had left the battery in the charger at home~~~~DAMMIT!!!!! This is the second time I've done that :x

It took me a while to ascend to the peak (as it usually does) and lost the trail a few times on the way but found my way back on track. I saw no one the entire time I was out there and I welcomed the solitude, it was absolute and infinite. I had lunch at the summit with Van Morrison, Govi and one persistent raven that seemed to be following me. So I left him/her some of my whole wheat pita.

Great and challenging hike! The views are outstanding.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Oct 22 2005
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2005
Trishness
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,720 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
1,720 ft AEG
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This seems to quickly becoming my birthday hike since I did it on Oct 24th in 2004. Last year, the colors were just explosive but this year we were a little early for the full autumn display. Michelle, Mike and I started down the trail and came across people camped RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of the trail before you cross Christopher Creek. Interesting since it was 9:30 AM and they were still in the tent. Making as much noise as possible, we headed on past them :lol:

Decided to take a little adventure :wink: and headed up the Highline for a bit, then turned around after 3/4 of a mile or so and started up See Canyon. It's a pretty enough trail and there was quite a bit of water flowing even into the upper canyon area. Not much color in the lower canyon but nice colors in the upper canyon. Michelle and I found a pretty area off the trail right next to the creek to stop and have lunch, listen to the mini-waterfall and see some nice color. There was one maple that was just BLAZING with color! Very splendid day.

On our way down the trail we ran into this very nice woman who was hiking with her small dog (looked like a Porgi) and she had a backpack on with a CAT in it! YES......it was Elsa, the backpacking cat. A beautiful tabby who was content as could be in this....I guess you could call it a catpack. Now this was a first for me to see. A cat in a backpack.

After returning from the trail, we went car camping up on the Rim somewhere near Chevelon Creek. Temps were in the chilly 30's this morning when I woke up at 5 AM. Beautiful sunset and beautiful stars.

I had a terrific birthday with my friends and a very relaxing weekend! Thanks Mike and Michelle!
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Autumn - Color Foliage Sunset
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Oct 16 2005
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 16 2005
Trishness
Backpack18.60 Miles 2,040 AEG
Backpack18.60 Miles2 Days         
2,040 ft AEG
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This backpack trip was eventful yet beautiful. The first 5-6 miles or so is a gradual elevation gain until you reach Windy Pass (and the day we did it, we realized why they call it that), then up and down until you get to Reavis Ranch. The views of Apache Lake are outstanding! It's totally exposed for most of the trip so cooler months are advised. Reavis Ranch is truly an oasis.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Sep 22 2005
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Madera Canyon - Nature Trail to WrightsonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
avatar Sep 22 2005
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1,000 AEG
1,000 ft AEG
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I did very little hiking on this trip but did spend another three days in this beautiful canyon just decompressing. The entire area south of Tucson is very rich in history so we spent lots of time visiting the San Xavier Mission, Tubac, The Presidio and Tumacacori.....all very interesting historical monuments in Arizona history.

Due to the MAJOR fire that occured in the Santa Ritas in July of 2005 (burning 22,000 acres) almost all the trails are closed leading to Wrightson but somehow this very special canyon was spared. There is obvious evidence of the fire as you start to drive into the canyon to the east as singed trees come into view and barren brown areas are apparent on the mountains leading to Wrightson. My heart fell as I viewed the damage. We drove to the end of Madera Canyon Road and both the Old Baldy Trail and Super Trail are closed with HUGE signs stating NO ADMITTANCE. There is a horrific amount of erosion and fallen trees on the trails and I've posted pictures of the before (my trip in early June 2005) and after (from the Coronado National Forest Website).

***EDIT I was unable to cut and paste the .bmp file of the trail after the fire so you'll have to visit my webshots page

http://community.webshots.com/myphotos? ... =459546029


The cabins and private homes were spared and we enjoyed several beautiful days in the canyon. The wildlife was not as proliferative as it was in June and I'm not sure if this was due to the fire, the seasonal migration or a combination of both. We did have some wild turkeys that visited us and those vicious Madera Canyon squirrels were abound and absconded with a 5 pound bag of charcoal from my front porch. They took the bag and left all the charcoal~~~I still want to know how they did that! We never did find the bag. Saw the usual birds and spotted one beautiful white tailed deer on the Nature Trail Friday morning as I was taking my last walk around. She just walked out of the forest onto the trail not 25 feet from me and I stopped dead in my tracks. She stopped and looked at me, then went about her business of eating. I took two steps and stopped....then two more steps and stopped. She never ran off but just looked at me like I was supposed to be there! What a gorgeous creature~~~

I'm hoping that they will be able to open the Super, Old Baldy and Florida trails next year but somehow I think it will be several seasons before this area recovers. This holds a special place for me and I will continue to return.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Aug 28 2005
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63 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2005
Trishness
Hiking5.20 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.31 mph
100 ft AEG
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1st trip
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This was a delightful hike....very gentle and easy. Starts out with some great views of the San Fran Peaks and a terrific lava field before descending into the canyon. Once you get to the bottom of the canyon, there is a lovely stand of baby sycamores with wildflowers all around. The rest of the hike is through green and open meadows that were dotted with more wildflowers of yellow, pink and white. I even found some magenta colored ones I think were a wild rose of some sort. After a mile there is trail intersection with another trail leading to Marshall Lake (4.5 miles) which looked really cool. Another mile or so is Fishers Point and there's a cave/alcove there to rest and have a snack. There was this very persistent butterfly and a cool rock chute! A bit further up the trail from here is a truly riparian area that leads into Walnut Canyon but we turned around here and headed back.

I guess it was close to 115 degrees in the Valley and it was pretty toasty in this canyon, even at 7200 foot elevation in August. There is no shade except at the beginning of the trail where it descends into the canyon. It should be no shock to those who know me as the "Snake Charmer" as we encountered a baby rattlesnake (maybe 2 foot) about 1/2 a mile in. He was pretty docile and didn't even rattle us or coil and moved off after the obligatory rock toss. My hiking buddy Sande just had to say she had never seen a rattlesnake in the Flagstaff area......HA HA!

This hike is very picturesque and a gem. I'd like to return and do the trail to Marshall Lake or up the switchbacks to Fisher's Point on a cooler day. The trailhead is actually located in Canyon Vista Campground and there is plenty of parking, NO FEE and a very clean restroom.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jun 02 2005
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 Apache Junction,
Madera Canyon - Nature Trail to WrightsonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2005
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Hiking8.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.62 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Nice hike as above on Nature Trail and part way up the Super Trail
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
average hiking speed 1.87 mph
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