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Aug 23 2003
Trishness
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62 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2003
Trishness
Hiking3.25 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   1.33 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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Went on this trail with my beginner hiking buddy, Barb, and my very patient advanced hiking buddy, Jim. Accessed Siphon Draw TH via the Discovery Trail in LDSP(which was officially "closed") but the ranger told us to go ahead. Pedometer was all messed up but we figured about 1.5(?) miles up before Barb & I called it quits, maybe we got a little further than that, I only guessing here. We got to an area where the rock is very smooth and looks like lots of water flows down. JW went ahead to "the Basin" and caught up with us on the way back. Saw one nasty looking spider on the way down and a few hikers on their way up. Will try this again in a few weeks just to work on my weak area, elevation gain, and see how far I can make it.

Was a great hike though and beautiful views of the Valley & Superstitions.
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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 17 2003
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62 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2003
Trishness
Hiking1.00 Miles 412 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      35 Mns   1.71 mph
412 ft AEG
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Woke up at 5:30 AM and had nothing better to do so decided to drive out to Silly Mtn and do a power walk up and a run down just for the exercise with 4 pound weights. Took me 25 minutes to the summit and about 13 minutes running down. I usually hike for the experience and ambience but this was decidedly a workout trail for me this morning.
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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 16 2003
Trishness
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 Guides 14
 Photos 720
 Triplogs 187

62 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2003
Trishness
Hiking7.00 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.87 mph
340 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I met Jim (jw63) at 4:45 this morning and we arrived at the Broadway TH around 5:05AM. It was still dark but the temps were pleasant. The trail was pretty easy to follow, even in the predawn hours. We reached the first "Y" and headed off to the left where the trail got very rocky until the second "Y"....the post with no signs. I was thinking that some Yahoo must have stolen them some time ago since I've seen other postings describing a "post with no signs". The view of the Supers to the east was gorgeous as the sun rose and as we continued up the trail JW pointed out all the canyons & other useful information about the area. There was a soft mist very visible over Flatiron and Superstition Peak as the sun rose. It was very serene & almost ethereal. We saw no other hikers out today except one person on Siphon Draw as we headed NW on the crosscut. After 4 miles or so we decided to turn around and head back. On the way back we encountered a humongous land turtle shading himself about 50 ft just off the trail. We wondered just how old he was & how long he had been in the desert. We were blessed with some cloud cover for most of the hike (until 8:15) so that made it bearable in August! After the sun broke through at 8:15, it heated up fast!!!! We finished our hike at 8:50 and then with a great breakfast in AJ.

While this was nice enough hike in the West Superstitions, the one section of the trail is loose rock and not totally enjoyable,it seemed like a mile but may have been less. I might try this from the north approach next time. Anyone been up to that mine/cave on the south face of the Superstitions? Thanks JW, for all the info and sharing the time!
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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 09 2003
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62 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2003
Trishness
Hiking7.00 Miles 368 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.15 mph
368 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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This was my first hike in the Superstitions in many years and unfortunately, my friend Barb & I got a later start than I had hoped, arriving at the First Water TH at 7 AM. (Thanks Kelli Pearl for excellent directions to the TH and description of the Garden Valley Trail). When we arrived at the TH, it was already 93 degrees and imagine that there were no other cars in the parking lot! I guess we were the only crazy ones to do this in August. We started on the trail and crossed over the First Water Creek bed (of course, it was dry) and continued through to Garden Valley arriving there by 8:00 AM. All along the way we had some beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountains and saguaro, cholla and prickly pears everywhere. We saw no one else on the trail except a few quail, jackrabbits, lizards, ants and some massive horseflies. Horseback riders must use this trail often because there were payloads all along the way!

The trail through Garden Valley was wide, flat and more of a stroll but very serene & peaceful. A virtual sea of mesquite trees & cholla cacti. I can only imagine this trail in the spring. At the junction of Black Mesa Trail we encountered the Indian ruins that I've read others notes on. Off to our left was Hackberry Mesa and the trail became much narrower and rockier as we exited the "garden" and covered with these black rocks. Black rocks lined the sides of the hills also. We continued into part of Boulder Canyon with Battleship Mtn (I think) to our left. By this time it was in the high 90's & 9:00 and we decided to make this an "out & back" hike instead of doing a loop and returning via Black Mesa Trail. There is very little cover on this trail and the August sun was relentless, even at this hour of the morning. We headed back and arrived back at the TH at 10:15 & I felt pretty much overheated even though I drank the 70oz of H2O from my camelbak along the trail. All said & done, it was about 7 mile roundtrip in 3.25 hours.

At this time, we encountered a small group of hikers visting from Illinois just going in (are they nuts?!) at that hour and stopped to chat with them for a few minutes. One had a 50 oz camelbak, the others each had a 16 oz bottle of water. I wonder how far they were planning on going?

I'm sure I would enjoy this hike more in season, especially in the spring or at least at an earlier start time and then do the full loop hike taking Black Mesa Trail back. Despite it all, I still really liked this trail and want to definitely do it again.
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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 16 2003
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62 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2003
Trishness
Hiking5.00 Miles 685 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
685 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Let me begin by saying that Sedona is my favorite place to hike and this trail was suberb all around.

This was a beautiful hike and I wound up doing it twice on June 16, 2003. My parents, who are both very active and in their 70's, wanted to hike a little so I selected this trail as it was rated as "easy-moderate" in some of the information I collected. The trailhead was easy to find and we started out around 7 AM. I was VERY disappointed with the beginning of this hike due to the Enchantment Resort on my left....I mean, this is supposed to be the Red Rocks Wilderness! We hiked a short way in (about 60 mins so I estimate it was about a mile or mile and a quarter) before the trail got a little too tricky/rocky for my folks so we headed back out. I was just so impressed with both my parents for their accomplishment! Now they have a true understanding of my hiking passion. So I brought them back to Sedona, had breakfast with them and saw them off to Phoenix went back to the trailhead arriving at 12:45.

Since I had been on the beginning of this trail earlier, I power walked it until I got past the resort and then slowed my pace a bit to take in all the gorgeous scenery and rock formations. It always astounds me how the colors of the rocks will always be different depending on the time of day you view them. Before long, I found myself on the floor of the canyon and all I could hear was the sound of the cicadas singing. The colors were spectacular and I ran into maybe 12 people coming back out. The trail was a piece of cake here but a bit sandy. I welcomed the shade when I found it since it was pretty hot (in the 90's). I saw a ton of hummingbirds but thankfully no snakes.

After walking in the floor of the canyon and through a beautiful shaded, wooded area, the trail started uphill a little and then got much steeper. I was just too tired to go any further (I dislocated my shoulder two weeks ago & was starting to hurt a bit) so I decided to turn around an head out. I am sure I was pretty close to the end of the trail but it will be there for me next time I return to Sedona and this is one trail I will definitely do again.
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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 16 2003
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62 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Red Rock CrossingSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2003
Trishness
Hiking0.60 Miles 60 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles   1 Hour      0.60 mph
60 ft AEG
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1st trip
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This was a nice little side excursion for me between my two hikes in Boynton Canyon on the same day. I had gone to Boynton Canyon early in the day to hike with my parents (they're in their 70's) but only made it in a short way before we called it quits and they wanted to head back to Phoenix. So I drove down to Red Rocks Crossing and wandered around for about an hour.

BTW, if you get a Red Rocks Pass, it doesn't apply here if you gp through the main gate and you have to pay extra to access the area. But hey, it goes for the upkeep of the area & the State Parks so that was fine with me. It was a nice stroll and I met up a group of young women from the midwest and they invited me along with their group. I walked with them for a while and then set out on my own again.

The view from the much publicized photos of Cathedral Rock was gorgeous but the highlight of my walk through this area was cooling my feet off in the cold waters of Oak Creek. NOTHING ever felt so good! OK...it was really hot and I was tempted to dive right in.

I stayed in the park for about an hour and then headed back to Boynton Canyon.
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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
Jul 15 2002
Trishness
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62 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Soldier Pass Trail #66 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2002
Trishness
Hiking4.40 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   1.55 mph
480 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
It was difficult to decide which trail to take when in Sedona last summer because all the hiking in Sedona is the greatest. But since my companion is a true beginner to hiking, we decided to hike Soldier's Pass Trail (about 5 miles). Although we didn't get started until late morning and it was HOT by then :x , the trail was easily marked and the trailhead was easy to find. What GORGOEUS hike through the Red Rocks. Devils Sinkhole was a real sight as were the arches & rock formations. A gorgeous hike overall just for the ambience and beauty.
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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 1.49 mph
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