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Oct 05 2019
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 Reno, Nevada
Hunter Lake TrailReno, NV
Reno, NV
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Hiking13.10 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   10 Hrs      1.46 mph
3,000 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break17 LBS Pack
 
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Trailhead is .25 miles beyond the end of Pinebluff Rd - N39° 28.553' W119° 51.598'
I hiked up the road & took a couple of bushwhacking shortcuts. There is a road up to Hunter Lake which is used by Quads, Off-Road Motorcycles, hikers, & 4-wheel drive SUV's.

There is NO lake @ Hunter Lake, just a field that is swampy in places.
Please look at my photoset.
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Sep 23 2019
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Peavine Peak Loop, NV 
Peavine Peak Loop, NV
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2019
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Hiking8.15 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking8.15 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   0.99 mph
3,000 ft AEG   15 Hrs    Break17 LBS Pack
 
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OVERVIEW:
Check the weather B4 starting your hike because the wind can be strong enough to blow fleas off a dog. You will be hiking out in the open, fully exposed to anything & everything Mother Nature throws at you. Be prepared for strong, gusty, wind, just in case.

NO bathrooms & NO water at this trailhead.
Trailhead Co ords: N39° 33.100' W119° 53.781'; Elevation 5,476’
You’ll be parking in the street. You’ll start your hike by walking between two homes.

My track is a CLOCKWISE Loop with almost 3,000’ of accumulated elevation gain & is almost an 8-mile hike.

SUGGESTION: Consider hiking between Monday-Friday because Peavine is a very popular mountain for 4-Wheel drive vehicles, Quads & Motorcycles on WEEKENDS.

Wear boots/shoes with excellent traction because the steep slopes both up & down are steep & slippery with loose gravel.

Check out my photoset to get an idea of what the road/tracks look like. The road/tracks are steeper than they appear in my photos.
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Sep 17 2019
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Beacon Hill - Mirkwood LoopNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
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Hiking2.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   1.50 mph
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I recommend hiking this loop Counterclockwise.
Parking: N39° 18.758' W120° 23.353'
No water. One PortaJohn that was clean & stocked.

Trailhead approx .14 mile in a generally NE direction. N39° 18.758' W120° 23.353'
From where you parked, cross the road, cross the chain then walk toward the NE corner of the large parking area.
NO SIGNS MARKING THE BEGINNING OF THE TRAILHEAD.

The trail is well defined & shaded. Follow Thor Ski Trail signs to the plateau/summit.

Once you reach the plateau/summit, walk along the plateau in an Easterly direction for your best views of Summit Valley. You'll readily notice the top of a ski lift as you walk westerly past it & on the trail.

Stay on the trail until you reach a very old tree that has withstood the test of time (see photo). From this point as you continue hiking NW there is no trail, essentially you'll be chosing your own trail for about .16 miles B4 turning SW & beginning to descend down through the forest. After approx .17 miles you'll want to start bushwhacking in a SE direction until you come to the road. A short .18 mile hike along the road & you'll arrive at the place you parked your vehicle.
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Sep 15 2019
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Peavine Peak TrailReno, NV
Reno, NV
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Hiking4.00 Miles 950 AEG
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Trailhead Co ords: N39° 33.100' W119° 53.781'; Elevation 5,476'
You'll be parking in the street. There are no bathrooms & NO WATER, at this trailhead.
You'll start your hike by walking between 2 homes.
I took the high road, look for the steepest trail, that's the one I took to begin my hike.
It was nasty, gusty, windy from the get-go; Mother Nature relentlessly kept blowing me off my feet & made it clear she didn't want anyone on her mountains today. After absorbing the buffeting for 2 miles, I finally decided to abort; I'll come back another day.
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Sep 10 2019
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Jones Whites Creek Loop Church's Pond, NV 
Jones Whites Creek Loop Church's Pond, NV
 
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Hiking12.40 Miles 2,265 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   9 Hrs      1.55 mph
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This hike includes a side trip to Church's Pond.
Jones Creek Parking & Trailhead (6,285'elevation): N39° 21.570' W119° 51.564'.
You'll have 5 creek crossings, 2 Jones Creek crossing & one of those 2 you'll cross twice; 2 Whites Creek crossings.

First & Last Jones Creek Crossing; You'll come to this creek crossing after hiking .75 miles from the trailhead up a well maintained/traveled trail & gain 200' in elevation. This will also be the Last creek crossing after the entire loop as you head back down to the trailhead.

After crossing Jones Creek the first time, you'll encounter a steep climb wherein you'll gain approximately 1800' in accumulated elevation gain to reach the scenic overlook trail junction. There are 6 switchbacks as you hike up over a distance of approximately 2 miles.

Once you reach the 8,115' scenic overlook, which is a popular turnaround, you have a trail junction. Follow the sign directions straight ahead to Church's Pond which is an additional .7 mile hike + 150' elevation gain.

Church's Pond is a natural, pristine Pond, with a little shade on the SW corner. This can be a real pond when there is plenty of rain/snowpack, it can also be nothing more than a glorified mud puddle on a dry year. (See photos)

You'll retrace your track back to the scenic overlook, follow the sign direction to complete the loop hike, or to retrace your track directly back to the trailhead.

From the trail junction @ the scenic overlook, you begin your descent along a tree-canopied trail to the 2nd Jones Creek Crossing @7,520' elevation. This is my favorite spot for a rest & nutrition break.

From the 2nd Jones Creek crossing, you'll continue hiking until you come to the 1st Whites Creek crossing.

From the 1st Whites Creek crossing, you continue to descend to 6,920' until you come to the 2nd Whites Creek crossing.

After the 2nd Whites Creek crossing you continue a slow descent & pass a sign & a bridge pointing up to Dry Pond; pass this & continue to follow the trail in a general NE direction until you come to a sign pointing SOUTHEAST to the Jones/Whites Loop.

From the sign, you have a .3 mile hike up an additional 150' until you break out of the tree canopy. The trail is mostly downhill from here until you come to a sign, take the trail on the RIGHT pointing to Jones Creek Trailhead.

A short hike past the trail sign & you'll arrive at the 1st Jones Creek crossing that you 1st crossed. Another .75 mile hike from the creek crossing & you'll arrive back at the Trailhead/Parking area.

The side trip to Church's Pond is definitely worth the effort when there actually is a POND.
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Sep 04 2019
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Tamarack Peak LoopReno, NV
Reno, NV
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   1.31 mph
1,550 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
 
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Go to this website B4 hiking on this trail or any other trail beginning @ the Mt Rose Trailhead for accurate & current weather conditions: https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks ... casts/3285.

My hike, by the numbers:
Mt Rose Trailhead = 8,737' elevation; N39° 18.769' W119° 53.850'
Tamarack Peak = 9,899' elevation; N39º 19.100' W119º 55.295'
Hike = 8.4 miles; Accumulated elevation gain 1,550'

3 Sep; I drank 24 oz of water B4 going to bed; I wanted to be fully hydrated for tomorrows hike

0430/4 Sep 2019; shut off my alarm clock & got out of bed. Ate a good breakfast of 2 eggs over easy, 2 strips of bacon, shoestring potatoes I cut fresh, smothered with my home-made sausage/Country gravy mix, a thin cut pork chop, coffee

0615; I'm out the door & driving to Mt Rose Trailhead. All during my drive I'm drinking 20 oz of water + french fry cut slices of Honeycrisp Apple. I want to be FULLY hydrated by the time I reach the trailhead. I normally am drinking 20-24 oz of water as I drive toward any trailhead.

0705; I'm starting my hike from the same Mt Rose Trailhead & will be hiking the same exact trail as the one I hiked back on 28 Aug from TH to 1/4 mile past Galena Waterfall.
I'm carrying just 35 oz of water + a recently purchased MSR Trailshot water filter (5 oz) which gives me the capability of adding filtered water into the bladder inside my backpack.
55º-60º when I started my hike; a very slight, gentle breeze. I'm wearing a long sleeve cotton T-Shirt & have already applied sunscreen & insect repellent on my face & neck. UV sunglasses & Sunvisor on my head, insulated gloves to protect the palms of my hands in case I fall + they keep my hands warm during the early part of my hike. The sun is just starting to shine on mountain peaks. My pack feels light because I'm carrying so little water instead of 70 oz or a little less than I've carried in the past.

0828/ 2.4 miles into the hike; I arrive, @Galena Waterfall, & find my first geocache right where it's supposed to be.

A few hundred feet on the trail past the waterfall I saw a young woman & a couple of kids near their tent who obviously had camped out. I spoke with the lady & asked her what they were using to filter/purify water during their campout. She told me they have the MSR miniworks EX water filter which is one of the best available. It purifies water as good some & better than most.

0844/9,083' elevation; approximately .3 mile past the Waterfall I come to the sign pointing me toward the trail heading UP & off The Mt Rose trail. Co ords: N39° 19.758' W119° 55.555'
It's a well-defined trail that takes me up above & past the top of Galena Waterfall. The trail is generally in a Southwest direction.

0910/9,303' elevation; I reach the Spring (9,280'; N39° 19.583' W119° 55.879') where I could add to my water supply if I needed to.

0925/9,383' elevation; I reach the trail intersect sign with the Tahoe Rim Trail & continue hiking South along the trail a short distance. Co ords: N39° 19.398' W119° 55.911'

0932/9,432' elevation; The trail I'm been hiking intersects with a road that runs from Mt Rose Trailhead all the way up to the Relay Tower. At this intersect I leave the trail & the road intersect & begin bushwhacking EASTWARD up toward a Tube with a View geocache. Co ords: N39° 19.334' W119° 55.934'

1005/9,722' elevation; I've bushwhacked in a generally Eastward direction approx .25 mile & 278' in elevation to reach a Tube with a View geocache, which I quickly find.

1101/9,855' elevation; I've been bushwhacking in a generally SE direction approx .32 miles, 163' gain in elevation from Tube with a View. I've now arrived at FTF Tag, High in Nevada geocache, which I quickly find.

1127/9,880' elevation; I reached Tamarack summit & the geocache after hiking an addition approx 40' in elevation in a generally SSE direction approximately .16 mile & quickly find FTF Tag, High in Nevada geocache. Take numerous photos from Tamarack Peak summit.

1155/ 9,880' elevation; I begin my generally SSW bushwhack down the side of the mountain until I intersect with the Relay Peak Road.

1215/9,286' elevation; I arrive @ Relay Tower Road after bushwhacking down to Relay Road approximately .5 mile & descending 622'. Co ords: N39° 18.938' W119° 55.741'

1324/8,737' elevation; I hike 2.2 miles along the road, total accumulated descent is approximately 600' in a generally SSE direction.

I take off my backpack, wander around for 10 minutes while the back of the T-shirt I'm wearing evaporates the sweat & enjoying Honeycrisp slices & drinking some water/electrolyte from a water bottle in my car.
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Aug 28 2019
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Mt RoseReno, NV
Reno, NV
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Hiking10.90 Miles 2,447 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   9 Hrs      1.36 mph
2,447 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Check out this Mt Rose weather site to get accurate & current weather conditions on the summit.

It can be gusty/blustery/windy & cold once you get above treeline @10,100' & higher & are completely exposed. Be sure to pack equipment to keep warm & or dry because the weather can change rapidly.

It takes most people between 6-7 hours to get up to the summit & back to the trailhead. Your round trip hike is almost 11 miles.

The indoor toilets at the trailhead seem to be PERMANENTLY fenced off. The alternative is nearby PortaJohns. Bring your own water or something to purify water from numerous water sources on the trail; there is no water source at the trailhead.

Trailhead (8,737'Elevation): Just off Mt Rose Highway aka SR431. Put these co ords into your GPS so it can provide you with turn by turn directions while driving to the trailhead: N39° 18.769' W119° 53.850'

Mt Rose Summit (10,776'): It is an approximate 5.5 miles from trailhead to summit, total elevation gain will be approximately 2,500'. 11-mile hike round trip.

The first 2.4 miles from trailhead to the Waterfall include a mere 250' elevation gain & the trail is mostly tree-canopied with numerous views of Mt Rose. The waterfall is a popular rest area/turnaround spot with plenty of nearby shade trees is here: (N39° 19.566' W119° 55.575').

Apply your mosquito repellent at this point.
A sign will point you in a Northerly direction. You'll be hiking through a mosquito-infested meadow. Trail elevation will gradually increase from 9,000' up to 9,200' at which point you'll start hiking up the tree-covered draw from 9,200'to 9732' which is the saddle, a nice shady place to stop for a nutrition break. This is also a popular turn around spot.

The fun begins after you pass the saddle/rest area, you'll see a sign that tells you Mt Rose summit is another mile up the trail. What it doesn't tell you is that you have another 1,000' of elevation gain ahead to reach the summit. You'll have a mostly tree-covered trail from the saddle/rest area up to 10,050'. Put these co ords into your GPS as a waypoint @10,050' (N39° 20.572' W119° 55.435'). From this point, you have a mere 1/2 mile of trail & another 800' of elevation gain to reach the summit.

You'll top out above treeline at approximately 10,200' elevation at which point you'll be exposed to Mother Nature as you proceed up the trail. Check out my photo set, I have a lot of photos which includes the elevation the photo was taken so you can see exactly how exposed you'll be & what the trail look like.

There were 10s of thousands of butterflies migrating when I was up there last week, all flying about as only butterflies can fly. Once you arrive at the summit there are a couple of nice protected/shelter area when you hunker down behind the rock shelters. There are commanding views in all directions so you'll want your camera to take photos of you being KING OF THE MOUNTAIN.
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Lupine, Cow Parsnip
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Aug 12 2019
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Historic Sights near Donner SummitNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
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Hiking4.20 Miles 450 AEG
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This is a nice clean track, as Teva Joe is so fond of. So clean I'm going to try to make this the Official Track.
this hike description is the same as the Guide, only the track is different.

Put these co ords/waypoints into your GPS B4 beginning this clockwise hike.
Trailhead Co ords @ Rainbow Bridge: N39° 19.116' W120° 19.120'
Trail leading up to Catfish Pond/Lake Angela: N39° 19.029' W120° 19.696'
Intersect with Pacific Crest Trail: N39° 19.441' W120° 19.348'

The trail from Catfish Pond to Pacific Crest Trail is now clearly marked with easy to see/follow painted white spots with a red spot in the middle, on big easy to see boulders. You won't even need to look at your GPS the trail is now so apparent with the colored spots on boulders whether you are hiking clockwise or counterclockwise.

The geotagged photo set on the Guide applies to this triplog.
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Lake Angela
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Aug 05 2019
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Lollipop Tree on Schallenberger Ridge, CA 
Lollipop Tree on Schallenberger Ridge, CA
 
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Hiking3.70 Miles 770 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs      1.85 mph
770 ft AEG16.5 LBS Pack
 
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Lollipop Tree is a tree-shaped like a lollipop & can be seen when driving along I80 or Donner Lake Road between Donner Lake Historic Museum & Sugar Bowl. It can also be seen from almost any pier or vantage point along Donner Lake Road.

Lollipop Tree (N39° 18.839' W120° 14.853') can be reached from a parking area/trailhead on Cold Stream Road (N39° 19.035' W120° 13.799')

You'll hike up Cold Stream Road for about .25 miles; take the trail you see that branches off the right side of the road. (N39° 18.919' W120° 13.898'). This trail has a tree canopy, contains 9 switchbacks, & is an easy hike with an elevation gain of approx 500'.

You'll top out of the switchback trail that intersects with a road (N39° 18.875' W120° 14.496'). Continue across the road & continue hiking in a westerly direction .33 miles. The tree canopy on this .33 portion will start out with a tree canopy that you'll break out of & begin the last 300' elevation gain on a trail that cut through manzanita. It is a well-traveled & well-maintained trail. Look off to your right & you'll see Donner Lake & I80.

Make no mistake, manzanita on both side of the trail is as dense as dense can be.

There's not much shade up on this ridge, however, the view of Donner Lake & the North shore is as good as it gets.

If you are feeling adventurous, the trail continues past Lollipop tree about .25 miles & then peters out when you come to an impenetrable barrier of thick, dense manzanita that a rattlesnake would have difficulty getting through.

Wear boots/shoes that have good tread, carry at least 1 liter (35 oz) of water per person, wear gloves to protect your hands if you slip, trip, or fall; apply sunscreen liberally to exposed flesh BEFORE you begin your hike, & take a camera so you can record the magnificent views of Lollipop tree & Donner Lake.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION ON SCHALLENBERGER RIDGE:
Schallenberger Ridge was named after Moses Schallenberger, a 17 years old man who survived along with everyone else in the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy party that was the first to find a route over the Sierras. Here is a link to an article about Moses: https://thetahoeweekly.com/2014/11/mose ... e-part-ii/

Here is a fascinating article entitled,
The SMART ones got through
that goes into details about how/why all 50 members of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy party survived two years BEFORE the Donner party of 89 met with misfortune as 47 survived while 42 perished: https://www.americanheritage.com/smart-ones-got-through
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Jul 26 2019
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Mt Judah Lasso Loop (Clockwise), CA 
Mt Judah Lasso Loop (Clockwise), CA
 
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Hiking7.83 Miles 1,434 AEG
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Friday, 26 July 2019; This hike actually begins @The Tunnel 6 Scenic US40 Bypass Marker. After parking & walked past the marker, down an embankment to where Tunnel 6 West entrance is located (N 39° 18.999’ W 120° 19.782’). I proceeded to walk through the .4 mile tunnel & came out @ the EAST entrance, took some photos, walked back through the tunnel to the West entrance. Be sure to wear footwear that will keep your feet dry & carry a flashlight. I then hopped in my car, drove .16 miles to the parking area near the Central Shaft, got out of my car, walked .16 miles down a paved road to the Trailhead. Trailhead Coordinates: N39° 18.981' W120° 19.585'

After a short hike through vegetation & tree-covered trail, I came to the Granite face & started UP. 7 switchbacks later I'd made it above/around the Granite & entered a tree-covered well-maintained trail until I reached a sign pointing left to begin the CLOCKWISE lasso loop hike up to Mt Judah (N39° 18.367' W120° 19.373'). This part of the trail gradually gained altitude & was covered with a nice tree canopy.

Once I reached the saddle I saw Donner Peak (8,019') to the LEFT & Mt Judah Peak (8,245') on the RIGHT. From the saddle up to the Repeater was steep & included 5 switchbacks before reaching the repeater.

I then proceeded along a Ridgeline from the repeater to Mt Judah for approximately .75 miles. Lucky MEeee, Mother Nature provided me with a gentle, refreshing breeze all the while I was up on the Ridgeline. Just KNOW, it is often gusty windy up here. The views of Lake Mary, Donner Lake, & the surrounding area is as good as it gets.

Once I reached Mt Judah, I stopped to enjoy the view, took a nutrition break; the trail began to descend & I was once again on a well-maintained trail with a nice tree canopy.

The trail led me to Roller Pass Wagon Trail Historical Marker (N39° 17.627' W120° 19.226') where I enjoyed a break & some nutrition. I backtracked about .16 miles to then continue my hike along the Mt Judah loop trail (Clockwise). I hiked along the trail until I reached the junction where I began the lasso loop.

From this point on I merely retraced my track back to the trailhead & back to where I'd parked my car.
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Jun 13 2019
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Hunter's Creek, NV 
Hunter's Creek, NV
 
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,280 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.14 mph
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3.5 miles from the trailhead up to the Falls; 7.0 miles round trip
The first 2.75 miles is pretty much out in the open, exposed to sun or whatever. The last 3/4 mile is covered with a nice canopy of trees.

There are two easy water crossings once you're up in the tree canopy part of the trail.

There is now a 4' diameter broken tree that hikers must cross shortly B4 reaching the Falls. There is more water falling over the Falls than I've ever seen B4. Lots of shade & places to sit, rest, snack, before heading back down.

This GPS route will continue & take you up above & to the South of the falls into a lush meadow that parallels Hunter's Creek.

I recommend carrying at least 1.5 liters of water, snacks, & apply sunscreen prior to leaving the trailhead, & carry a rain jacket in case the weather changes.

Flush toilets at the trailhead as well as a place to fill your water containers.

If you're planning to hike on the weekend in Spring, Summer, or Fall, arrive at sunup if you want a place to park as the available parking spaces fill up early. This is a popular trail for those with pets
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Jun 08 2019
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Jones Whites Creek Loop - Clockwise, NV 
Jones Whites Creek Loop - Clockwise, NV
 
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Hiking10.20 Miles 2,265 AEG
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This is a 10.2-mile loop with an accumulated elevation gain of approximately 2,265'
There are a total of 5 creek crossings, 4 different, each with their own degree of challenge. You'll cross one crossing twice.

The nearby Galena Recreation Visitor Center has indoor plumbing & clean bathrooms. The trailhead has vault type toilets.

Within the first 2 miles, you hike up past 6 switchbacks until you reach the summit/overlook at 8,117'. This is a popular turn around point. There is a trail sign directing you on up to Church's Pond, or pointing you to continue the loop hike.

Carry sufficient additional clothing & rain gear in case the weather changes. I suggest 2 liters of water + snacks as you will be out hiking a good 6.5 hours.

This is a Wilderness area which means no Mountain Bikes or motorized vehicles.
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Brown's Creek Lasso Loop Hike, NV 
Brown's Creek Lasso Loop Hike, NV
 
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,029 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.58 mph
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The Trailhead has space for about 10 cars - NO FACILITIES - Take a camera & be sure to carry WATER - The description of the lasso loop is when hiking CLOCKWISE.

80% of this lasso loop hike has a tree canopy. Keep your eyes open for others in quads & mountain bikes. It's a well defined trail & there is a sign post marking the junction where the lasso loop part of the hike begins/ends.

From the trail head, you'll gradually gain elevation, you'll pass two water storage tanks & then come to a saddle. Shortly past the saddle you'll start your descent, you'll see a sign pointing to a beautiful vista. This offers a spectacular view & a place to sit/rest if you so wish. Shortly past the vista you'll come to the sign/junction which marks the beginning of the lasso loop part of this hike. Moving clockwise, continue your descent down toward the DOWNSTREAM Brown's Creek Bridge. After crossing the bridge you'll begin your ascent & if you look over to your right, you'll see parts of the trail you've just descended. You'll continue your ascent & come to the UPSTREAM bridge crossing of Brown's Creek. You'll continue a gradual ascent until you again come to the post/sign junction at which point you'll have completed the lasso part of the hike. From this point you'll retrace your track past the two water storage tanks & back to the trail head.
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Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.10 Miles 1,750 AEG
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:y: Here is a link to the Gila Monster photos & other photos I took today:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bc_az/sets/72157633174760852/with/8621998499/ :y:

Thanks, to Mother Nature, Father Time, HikeArizona.com & Grasshopper, I successfully completed this CLOCKWISE loop hike on a beautiful Monday that is rated at 17.75 Kokopelli(?) seeds.

Every hike description on HikeArizona.com has a Kokopelli Seeds rating; v-e-r-y interesting!

Photographing a Gila Monster walking right down the middle of the trail is what made this hike so unusual & memorable. Gila Monsters spend 90% of their life in a burrow & eat only 5-6 times a year. I’m guessing one I photographed was 16”-20” in overall length, a BIG one & very poisonous.

3:00 a.m. - Awoke, ate a potatoes, bacon & egg breakfast before heading for the trailhead

5:45 a.m. - Fully hydrated, & carrying 4.5 litres of Powerade, I signed the log book at the Peralta Trail Head, calibrated the compass to my GPS, selected Grasshoppers route in my GPS & started out with just a T-Shirt on top & my 20# backpack holding the things I considered essential for this loop hike.

I wanted the sun at my back & wanted to gain the elevation at the beginning of my hike.Hiking up Bluff Springs Trail at this time of the morning kept me in the shade going up the canyon. Shortly after passing the Cave trail junction Todd came up behind me & we traveled together & conversed for perhaps a 1/4 mile together. Todd’s pace was faster than mine & he went on up ahead, leaving me by myself.

My GPS told me when I was directly behind Geronimo’s Cave when heading up Bluff Springs trail.

7:25 a.m. - I started moving in EAST & was surprised at how much water in numerous places I saw along this entire eastern portion of the loop hike..

8:17 a.m. - Arrived at Bluff Springs/Terrapin trail junction & headed east up the wash for the next mile or so.

??:?? a.m. - Arrived at the Bluff Springs Dutchman junction, didn’t look at my GPS & continued .55 mile on Bluff Springs trail. When I looked at my GPS I realized I was hiking the wrong trail, turned around & started hiking back to the trail junction.

Had I not made the mistake of continuing along Bluff Springs I’d never have seen the Gila Monster & gotten two high resolution photos of it walking right down the middle of Bluff Springs Trail like it owned it.

10:20 a.m. - Took two photos of the Gila Monster before it scampered off the trail & into the brush. I had maybe 30 seconds from the time I first saw it, to get my camera out of my waist stabilizer, turn it on, zoom in, focus, & press the shutter release.

10:24 a.m.- Returned to Bluff Springs/Dutchman junction that I’d hiked past, scolded myself for not having looked at my GPS when I first arrived at this junction, however I patted myself on the back for having the good luck to be at the right place, at the right time to get rare photos of the Gila Monster, even though I was on the wrong trail.

Took a nutrition break in the shade of the trees & figured I was now at the half way point in my hike & was feeling good, wasn’t feeling the onset of upper right/hip leg cramps that I’ve experienced in the past.

I figure my sojourn added 1.17 miles to the overall length of my loop hike & I vowed to always look at my GPS at each & every trail junction from now on.

12:07 p.m.- Arrived at Whiskey Springs/Dutchman trail junction & took a couple of photos of the sign post with Miners Needle in the background.

From this point on confirmed my belief that this loop hike SHOULD BE traveled in a CLOCKWISE direction. I was able to see the winding trail below, all the switchbacks.
Had anyone been hiking in this part of the loop I’d have been above them & able to easily see them below

I marveled at the engineers that laid out & built this part of the trail.

1:13 p.m.- Arrived at Coffee Flat/Dutchman trail junction. Began moving west along Coffee Flat heading toward the Peralta Trail head & the Parking lot

3:45 p.m. - Entered my return time in the log book, visited the facilities, doused my head with cool water, dried off, put my gear in my car & relished the warm afterglow my my real life outdoor adventure

After I got home I figured I drank 2 of the 4.5 litres of Powerade I started out with. This was an 11.1 miles loop hike due to my my lil sojourn on the wrong trail instead of 8.93 miles.

Thanks again to HikeArizona.com for providing a website where I was able to download Grasshoppers track on this loop hike.
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Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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Go Here to see my high resolution photo set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bc_az/sets/72157633093810012/

Thanks to Woarnoart, Grasshopper, Shredfield, HikeArizona.com, Mother Nature, & Father Time, I successfully made the clockwise hike up Carney Springs TH to Ridgeline Trail, over to Robbers Roost, past it & down to Fremont Saddle, over to Geronimo's Cave & down the GC trail to Peralta TH, then over to CS TH where I'd parked my car.

I'd been unsuccessful the prior weekend because I couldn't figure out how to get around, over, under, or through Robbers Roost.

The supplementary .15 mile route, waypoints, & cairns that Grasshopper told me about, made all the difference.

6:10 a.m. - arrived @Carney Springs Parking lot, got into my backpack, loaded my GPS with fresh batteries, calibrated my compass, pulled up this route on my GPS & started off.

6:30 a.m. - arrived at the gate/trail head wearing only a T-Shirt top on a cool & comfortable 48? morning. I figured it would take me 3.5 hours to reach Ridgeline trail intersection, the time it took me last weekend.

7:50 a.m. arrived at False Summit (3,227'), decided to take a nutrition break after taking a photo of what lies ahead on my way toward Ridgeline Trail intersect.

8:45 a.m. I'm standing at the Ridgeline Trail/Carney Springs trail interesection & overjoyed that I got up here in only 2.5 hours. Last week it took me 3.5 hours to reach this point. I'm overjoyed. Took a restful nutrition break then began my trek toward Robbers Roost. I frequently looked my my GPS route that woarnoart gave me which helped to keep me "on track".

?:?? a.m. - I wish I'd taken a photo or recorded the time I arrived at the first waypoint on a supplementary route provided by grasshopper, but I didn't. The cairn was more like a monument.
From the first waypoint, the cairn were frequent & quite noticeable, leaving me no doubt that I was on track. When I got to the last waypoint on the supplementary route, which was leading me down & into Robbers Roost, I made a decision to STOP, to come back to Robbers Roost another day. I retraced my steps back up to the 2nd waypoint, then switched my GPS route to woarnoart's & continued toward Fremont Saddle.

10:40 a.m. - 2 ggggreat photos of Geronimo's Cave, the close up photo will knock your socks off (it's taken with a 600mm telephoto lens & it looks like I'm standing right in front of the cave. Later in the day, I'll be standing in the cave along with 4 others that I met @Fremont Saddle that decided to join me on down the Geronimo Cave Trail instead of going back down the Peralta Trail.

11:40 a.m. - Took the obligatory photos of Weaver's Needle looking through the Gunsight rock formation.

11:50 a.m. - Met a young, nice looking couple on Fremont Saddle & we struck up a conversation. Seems that this was their first hike up the Peralta Trail & they were getting ready to go back down.
I told where I'd been & where I was going & offered to lead them down the Geronimo Cave Trail. They asked me to give them a couple of minutes to talk things over. When they came back they told me they had two pre teen, one boy, one girl, pointed to them as they were climbing over some rocks & asked IF I would be willing to accept all 4 of them. I agreed.

I'd hiked the Geronimo Cave loop clockwise & counter clockwise, showed them my GPS, explained that the dar blue arrow was exactly where we were & the light blue route was what we wanted to stay on.

Having 2 adults & 2 children made this part of the hike so much more enjoyable because now I had people to talk to. I turned it into an educational adventure for parents & the kids. Cairns, none of them had ever heard the word before, so I explained that they were trail signs, just like road signs. I made a game out of finding cairns as we proceed toward the cave. At first none of them could see the cairns, in short order each person began to joyfully shout out with glee when they were the first to spot one in the distance. I appointed each child to be the leader for a while & asked them to tell me when they saw a cairn & which direction we needed to go. When we got to Geronimo's Cave I took their photo with their cell phone camera. We took a nutrition break & I showed them the photos I'd taken earlier in the day of Geronimo's Cave. They were clearly impressed when I pointed to where I'd been standing when I took the photos. I again gave the parents the option to turn back if they wished, however I think their children would have Mutinied if their parents had opted to go back.

The parents & kids really wanted to continue on with me. At this point the kids were taking turns being the leader & doing a real good job of keeping us on track. I gave my GPS to the whoever was the leader & taught them how to make sure they were leading us & keeping us on track.

I told them about HikeArizona.com & how I was able to download the route into my GPS, it was something anyone could do, something they can & should do, so they can embark on some other loop hikes in the Sups, or wherever they might be in Arizona.

After going past the Bathtub & the Citadel rock formations, I began to tire, was having to take frequent rest stops & really slowing them down. I offered & suggested several times that they go on without me, that they wouldn't hurt my feelings & that I knew I was holding them back. I told them that I thought they were now skilled enough to be able to stay on the trail without me.

Finally, they decided to accept my offer, while I was sitting in the shade of a rock, resting. Each came up to me & thanked me for adding to their outdoor adventure.

IF I'd taken the time to go into & explore Robbers Roost, I'd not have connected with this family of four.

Incidentally, this is not the first time I've picked up other hikers that decided to join me down the Geronimo Cave trail & it won't be the last.

I continued to take frequent rest breaks, it was early in the afternoon & I had the rest of the day all to myself & the Sups.

Signed the log at Peralta Trail Head & then hiked down the road & back to the Carney Springs parking lot.

3:58 p.m.- arrived at the CS parking lot & took a photo of my car to record the time & to show off my HikeArizona.com decal on right side of the trunk lid, although it doesn't show up to well because it was in the shadow & everything is in bright daylight.

I began my hike with 2 Hydrapak bladders, one holds 100 oz of water, the other holds 50 oz. although I only put 20 oz of fluid in it.

When I got home I measured what was left & figured I drank 70 oz out of the big bladder. I never drank any Powerade out of the small bladder which was my "reserve". The Hydrapak bladder & complete delivery system is guaranteed for my lifetime, free replacement of any components that break, leak, or quits working. It's better than Camelbak bladders/delivery system in every respect & costs the same.

Thanks, again woarnoart, grasshopper, Shredfield, & HikeArizona.com for giving me what I need to make loop hikes in the Sups.
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Peak 2429 - Phoenix PreservesPhoenix, AZ
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This hike is one of the best kept secrets in the Phoenix Mountain Park system & I've never been on this trail & considered it crowded.
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This is one of the best kept secrets in the Phoenix Mountain Park. I've NEVER been on this trail & considered it total isolation, when you reach the top of Carney Springs, you'll be venturing into WILDERNESS.
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I made it to what I think was the top of Robbers Roost. When I moved "IN" to your route that I'd put into my GPS, it zigzag back & forth.

I couldn't figure out how to get around, under, over, or through Robbers Roost & on to Fremont Saddle, so I turned around & retraced my track.

I'd like to try again, but will need some additional guidance/direction upon arriving in the proximity of RR so I can continue on to Fremont Saddle. I've already hiked the Geronimo Cave loop trail so that part of the Robbers Roost loop will be familiar to me.
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Here is a link to my flickr.com set of high resolution photos taken today:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bc_az/sets/72157633102372952/

My Monday, began at 0430 when I got out of bed & ended at 0100 Tuesday morning when I crawled into bed, tired & happy.

0430 - Got out of bed, cooked up a ham, fried eggs, & potatoes breakfast.

0525 - Got in my car with my backpack & GPS & headed for the Hieroglyphic Trail Head. My GPS gave me the turn by turn directions to the parking lot & I arrived at 0630, just as the sun was beginning to come up. It was a comfortable 52? & the weather forecast was for a 5 mph gentle breeze all day, clear blue skies, all day. Mother Nature rolled out a perfect day for me.

0630 - arrived in the parking lot adjacent to the Hiero TH & waited for Angie to arrive. Our plan was to begin our loop @0700 & she was right on time.

0700 - Departed the Hiero TH & started up the trail. From the TH to the blue drop of water on the map was a 700' increase in elevation to 2800'. I wore a cotton short sleeve cotton T shirt, had applied sunscreen to my arms, face, & neck & this portion was a well traveled, well maintained trail up to the Petroglyphs & the spring, which our route bypassed..

0815 - Slightly above the spring/Petroglyphs is where the trail became less traveled & steeper (the portion of the trail moving in a NE direction. It took me 3 hours to reach the Ridgeline Trail @ 4300'. I had to stop & catch my breath, Angie could have easily gone right up & been @4,300' in 45 minutes or less. It was really nice to have a hiking companion, someone I'd not seen or talked to since Nov 2011 when I asked her to take my photo on the Geronimo Cave Loop hike & she decided to stay with me on that day over to the cave & down the trail to Peralta TH.

1st Photo in set - 8:49 a.m. - This was photo was taken at approx 2800', looking up at Superstition Summit (5057'),

2-6 photos in set - 11;20 a.m. - these next several photos were all taken where the Hiero trail intersects with Ridgeline Trail (The Saddle).

I took off my pack, enjoyed a nutrition break & took the photos above. At this point I was still feeling good & wanting to continue, so we started off; Angie has a real nose for the trail, went on up ahead.

1150 - Around this time I began to feel my upper right leg trying to cramp up. When I stopped to catch my breath I continued to stand because keeping my legs straight helped prevent a leg cramp.

1245 - These 3 photos of THE CHALLENGE will bring back memories to anyone & everyone that has ever hiked the RIDGELINE. When I first saw this in the distance I kept thinking there must be an easier way....Guess What! THE CHALLENGE IS THE EASY WAY

1315 - (Photo of Superstition Summit from the Ridgeline Trail)I had to make a decision at this time to go for the summit which was another 250' & turn back & retrace my steps down Hiero trail, or continue the loop. There was still 8.3 miles to go on the loop & I decided my legs couldn't get me UP any higher so I took the photo & reluctantly continued my loop, bypassing the Sups Mtn summit. I came back next week & successfully summited Superstition Mountain.

1615 -Looking 180? down Carney Canyon We've been moving east the last 3 hours & have reached the point on the map where I'm starting down a brutally steep descent of Carney Canyon. It the point where the trail leads SOUTH & the part I wanted to get down before it got dark.

At this point Angie was concerned about getting home shortly before dark to keep her parents from worrying & it was OK with me, so she head down like a deer while I started down at my ever slower pace, wanting to make sure each & every step I took was a safe & secure step. While my legs were feeling heavy & tired, I wasn't "lifting" them & wasn't having any recurring leg cramps. I'd also been swallowing salt tablets, to stave off leg cramps which are caused, in part, by a lack of salt, however I was running out of daylight & I've never been up or down Carney Springs canyon before.

1730 - I've run out of daylight & am still proceeding slowly & carefully down the steep descent.

1800- I'm using my Streamlight 2L flashlight to illuminate the trail, looking at my GPS & realizing I still have a way to go before I'm off the steep descent.

1803 - I fall, for no apparent reason, just kind of suddenly find myself sitting on my butt & wondering what happened. I sat there for several minutes to rest. Got up & continued on. That was the only fall I took throughout the entire 11.7 loop hike.

1815 - Finally, I reach the Carney Springs TH gate & now start moving West. I have 4 more miles to go moving on relatively flat ground to get back to my car & the parking lot. Here is where I began my death march.

2230 - I saw what I thought was a car's headlights & about that time I heard Angie's voice calling for BILL? She saw my flashlight as I was barely moving along the trail.

2245 - b]It took me 4.5 hours to hike these last 4 miles, which means I was traveling at less than one mile an hour[/b]. Obviously I was tired. I'd go 100 - 200 yards at a time & then have to sit & rest.

Upon arriving in the parking lot I was greeted by Angie & her Dad, whom I'd never met before. It seems, Angie was worried about me; she & her dad left their home in Mesa & drove back out to the Hiero trailhead. I have no idea how long they waited for me. Angie's Dad offered to drive me & my car home.

First I had to find my car keys & that alone blew my mind, because I couldn't find the hiding spot where I'd put them under a pile of rocks under a tree around the permitter of the parking area. I must have looked a good 10 minutes before I finally found the right tree. whew, I was in major panic mode at this time,

Fortunately, my rental car had an automatic transmission so I didn't have to move my left leg to push in a clutch which would have been the case had I driven my car. Though my legs were tired, I assured Angie & her dad I felt fully alert & able to drive home safely. I assured both that I'd pull over to the side of the road if I felt drowsy.
They followed me to Val Vista where they live & I continued west on US60 toward home

2400 - Pulled in to my covered parking space & dragged my tired butt & equipment into my apt. I didn't dare sit down, I was afraid if I sat down, I might not be able to stand. I turned on the shower hot water, turned the bathroom into a sauna, fixed myself a bowl of hot chicken noodle soup, sat on the throne in the bathroom eating the soup. When finished I stepped in & enjoyed a nice long hot shower.

2455 - Sent an email to Angie & Steve, letting them both know I was safely back home.

0100 - I crawled into bed & slept as sound as a person can sleep, a deep, deep, deep sleep.

Encountered only 1 other hiker all day & that was after we'd past Sups Summit.

NO painted spots on rock to mark the trail like on Flat Iron

Cairns were place in good spots to help me know the direction I needed to go & my GPS confirmed it.

Deciding NOT to go for the summit was the RIGHT decision. I don't think I could have made it SAFELY down the brutally steep descent of Carney Springs, IF I'd used up time & energy in going for the summit.

Tuesday morning I felt good when I awoke, my legs were heavy, & told me they didn't want to do very much walking or standing during the day, no blisters on my feet, lower calf muscles told me I'd used them & they'd also like a rest, no back or shoulder aches or pains because of carrying my +20# pack for 16 hours

I drank every drop of the 100 oz of powerade I'd put in my two Hydrapak 50 oz bladders.

Like I've oft said, I DON'T tell short stories.

A week later on 10 Dec 2012, I came back & successfully reach the 5057' summit of Superstition Mountain.

Thank you HikeArizona.com & Joe Bartel for having a grrreat website that allows me & others to download loop hikes in the Sups & to add trip logs & shares our experiences of this hike. I wouldn't be attempting these hikes without HIKEARIZONA.COM
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