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Sep 14 2019
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ 
Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Sep 14 2019
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Run/Jog5.31 Miles 435 AEG
Run/Jog5.31 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   4.76 mph
435 ft AEG
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Morning trail run.
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Aug 31 2019
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AZT South Rim GC to Gooseberry TH, AZ 
AZT South Rim GC to Gooseberry TH, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Aug 31 2019
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Backpack157.27 Miles 18,635 AEG
Backpack157.27 Miles8 Days         
18,635 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Started this trip with setting up the car shuttle. Friend of ours meet us at the Gooseberry Trailhead on Lake Mary Road on Saturday morning. From there we drove to Tusayan to begin the hike.

Day 1 – First day was really not part of the backpack and we did this as a day hike. From Tusayan we took the shuttle bus into the park Grand Canyon Visitor Center and then another bus to South Kaibab Trailhead. Then day hiked south bound on the AZT towards Tusayan. The trail has been rerouted since we hiked it 2015 to mostly paved track and none of us really liked the new track. I’m assuming it was done to take the trail closer to Mather Campground for easier camping options but the pavement makes it a tourist trail when it used to be a real dirt hiking trail through some nice ponderosa forest. Regardless we followed the new route into Tusayan and our camp for the night a hotel in Tusayan. Yep rough first night on the trail :lol:

Day 2 – We left the hotel before 6 and went across the street to get coffee :) Said goodbye to our shuttle friend and hopped on the AZT where we left off the previous day. We hiked south bound towards Grandview Tower. About 4 miles from the tower where the trail jumps on dirt road a car passed by that looked like a rental. About 20 minutes later we were taking a break at Watson Tank and they came back. French tourists looking for highway 64 and the way to Monument Valley. I just told them to return to Tusayan and stay on pavement. Eventually made it to Grandview Tower and took a break. After that we had about 6 miles to camp but stopped to filter water at a wildlife tank just before camp. Nice camp spot on the Coconino Rim with good views!

Day 3 – Started the day still on the Coconino Rim section with good views to the east. The trail eventually leaves the rim and we headed for Russell Tank. Unfortunately, the lack of water on the next section Babbitt Ranch made it necessary to carry enough water to make the next reliable source at Tub Ranch Tank about 30 miles away and we also needed enough for camp that night. I filtered about 10 liters for next section from Russell Tank but of course that made our packs really heavy. We continued south to Moqui Station and started the Babbitt Ranch section. About 5 miles into Babbitt Ranch we jumped off the current route and looked for the new section that is under construction. We found the pink flagging tape that marks the route which we followed for about a mile before finding camp for the night in pinyon pine and juniper trees.

Day 4 – We continued to follow the ribbons the next morning for another 3 miles on the still to be completed trail. It was time consuming but fun to follow the ribbons and see how the trail was being routed. The ribbon route eventually links up to partially completed section about 5.6 miles in legnth. We hiked that section which is mostly finished except for final touches. That led to the next section which is completed trail about 4.5 miles in length but the trail will not be open until all new trail is completed. We followed this section until reaching the current track where I looked for the next section. I found the pink ribbons marking the route but we were running short on water and it was really hot so we followed the current AZT to Tub Ranch Tank about 4 miles away. At Tub Ranch Tank we used an AZT provided rope and bucket [ photo ] to scoop water from the tank enough for camp that night if needed. However, up the trail at the junction of Babbitt Ranch and the next section there was a water cache full with public water. Many thanks to the volunteers who stock these water cache boxes!! We continued down trail for another 2 miles before finding a place to camp for the night.

Day 5 – Next day it was nice to be heading back up into the ponderosa pines and towards the San Francisco Peaks. Of course, we had several miles to the mountain but it was a nice hike leading up to it. Just before Kelly Tank we passed a group day hiking north bound. The last person in the group was a woman who asked us if we were hiking the whole Arizona Trail. We said only 8 days from Grand Canyon to Gooseberry trailhead. Turns out she was Senator Martha McSally. Thankfully we did not talk about politics and rather had a great conversation about the AZT. She is currently section hiking the trail and we talked about the trail and favorite sections. Shortly after that conversation we reached another water cache box full of public water. Again thanks to the volunteers who stock these caches. We stocked up on more water and headed up into the peaks. Storm clouds started to rumble and eventually we had a few hours of rain and hail. Nothing crazy but we did get wet and the temps dropped. We made camp a few miles past Alfia Tank as the rain stopped for the day.

Day 6 – In the morning our objective was to follow the AZT Urban route into Flagstaff. Before the trip I knew that part of the trail was closed but hoped maybe they reopened it. We hiked south bound across the Snow Bowl road and then to the Urban route junction. Once on the Urban route we continued to Schultz Creek trail head to find that yes the route was closed. It was clearly blocked so we made the decision to bypass the last 7 miles into Flagstaff. Fortunately, we were able to use Lyft to make the Holiday Inn our stay for the night just off the AZT. Must say it was a sweet luxury after five days on the trail.

Day 7 – All rested up we left the hotel at 645 and being only 3 blocks from the Urban AZT we were on the trail quickly. We passed under the I-40 and back into the forest south of Flagstaff. Good trail out of town so it was fast progress. Really nice trail between Walnut Canyon and start of Anderson Mesa with some new trail since we hiked it in 2015. We passed Anderson Mesa trailhead and then continued to the rim overlooking Upper Lake Mary for lunch break. After lunch we had a long slog across Anderson Mesa with a stop at Horse Lake for our main water source of the day and camp that night. From Horse Lake we hiked across Lake Mary Road and to a cool area called the Railroad Grade. It’s an old railroad that was constructed for the timber industry in the 1920’s but is also a great area to camp.

Day 8 – Last day on the trail we just needed to make Gooseberry trailhead about 20 miles. We finished up the Railroad Grade and hiked the lower slopes of Mormon Mountain above Mormon Lake. Our water source for the day was Double Springs. Really good water source and we had a short rain shower roll through while filtering water. After that we continued the last 12 miles with mostly good single track and fortunate to see a large 20 plus heard of elk cruising through the forest. We finished up before 5pm and happy to be done with a long portion of the AZT!
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Cadastral Survey Marker
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Russell Tank
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
a few wild flowers on the San Francisco Peaks #34 section. Lupine, Indian Paint Brush, Globe Mallow and others

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Alfa Fia Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
water looked decent but I didn't need to filter

dry Anderson Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Double Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
great source of water. Clear, cold and plenty of water in the creek and spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horse Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
plenty of clear water but there was some cow activity. Still we filtered 4 liters

dry Kelly Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lost Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
tank looked decent from a distance and definitely had water but we didn't need any

dry Marshall Mesa Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mayflower Spring Dripping Dripping
small puddle and would only filter if desperate

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Navajo Spring Dripping Dripping
pipe was dripping water but it was good quality

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Prime Lake 26-50% full 26-50% full
water was good but difficult to reach unless you don't mind wading through the marshy edge

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Russell Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
lots of water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Russell Water Storage Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
there was about 3 inches of water in the metal tank with the lid. But would only use if really needed it

dry Skunk Canyon Dry Dry
no water in the canyon

dry Upper Ten X Tank Dry Dry
completely dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Van Deren Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water was actually a small pond. It looked like decent quality but didn't need any

dry Watson Tank Dry Dry
completely dry
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Aug 25 2019
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
North Rim Ramble 10K, AZ 
North Rim Ramble 10K, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 25 2019
BiFrost
Run/Jog6.82 Miles 604 AEG
Run/Jog6.82 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   5.25 mph
604 ft AEG
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We ran the North Rim Ramble 10K which was long at 6.8 miles. Great to get out of the heat for the weekend and trail run in decent temps :D Somewhat happy with my time but really enjoyed how the AZT setup the event. Lots of drinks, beer and snacks at the finish line!!
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Aug 21 2019
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Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ 
Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 21 2019
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Run/Jog3.40 Miles 214 AEG
Run/Jog3.40 Miles      39 Mns   2 Secs5.23 mph
214 ft AEG
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Short late afternoon trail run.
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Aug 17 2019
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Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ 
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Run/Jog avatar Aug 17 2019
BiFrost
Run/Jog5.92 Miles 528 AEG
Run/Jog5.92 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   4.87 mph
528 ft AEG
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Morning trail run.
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Aug 14 2019
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
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Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ 
Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 14 2019
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Run/Jog5.31 Miles 315 AEG
Run/Jog5.31 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   5.22 mph
315 ft AEG
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Had a decent run even in the heat. Less humidity makes it a little better.
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Aug 11 2019
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Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ 
Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 11 2019
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Run/Jog6.13 Miles 4 AEG
Run/Jog6.13 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   4.54 mph
4 ft AEG
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Early morning run. Still hot!
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Aug 10 2019
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Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ 
Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 10 2019
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Run/Jog5.31 Miles 315 AEG
Run/Jog5.31 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   4.76 mph
315 ft AEG
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Morning run just to check the heat index :sweat:
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Jul 24 2019
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Austrian Alps Hutte to Hutte, WW 
Austrian Alps Hutte to Hutte, WW
 
Backpack avatar Jul 24 2019
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Backpack42.65 Miles 14,053 AEG
Backpack42.65 Miles5 Days         
14,053 ft AEG
 
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Capping off our trip to Austria we hiked 5 days hutte to hutte in the GrosGlockner region of the Austrian Alps. We hiked with my German friend Stephan and his two teenage kids Niklas and Aino. Great to have them with us and of course a German speaking interpreter a huge help. To reach the start we took the train to the gondola which we used to get to the beginning of our hike up on the mountain at 2300 meters / 7500 feet.

Day 1 - It was about 130 when we started hiking so first days goal was to make the Lienzner Hutte. The trail was sort of mixed bag with good in the beginning to a lake and then rough terrain littered with marmot holes and rocks that slowed us down. We managed to reach the Lienzner Hutte about 6pm just in time for dinner and a beverage. Of course, the great thing about all huts in the Alps they all have hot food and beer and this one was no exception :D

Day 2 – We started with a short loop in the valley around the hutte along the creek before hiking up. After that the goal was to get over a pass at 2700 meters in order to make the next hutte. The trail was better than the previous day and improved as we continued over the pass. Some snow fields as expected on both sides of the pass and more so coming down the north side. However, didn’t take long to get down to the Elberfelderhutte which was the most remote one that we stayed at. Also, rain moved in after we arrived but we were all settled so it didn’t affect our stay. In addition to food and beer most of the huts are equipped with showers and this one was no different even though it was pretty remote.

Day 3 – Next morning we got an early start since we had to climb over the highest pass of the trip at 3000 meters. However, not before a good breakfast which is also served at most huts (hut life is rough). All fueled up we started the climb and the trail was surprisingly good. We hit some fairly large snowfields but the snow was packed and easy hike. Reaching the pass there was a nice emergency shelter that other hikers had setup their gear. We could see them up on a nearby peak. After the break we started down the north side with more snowfields but nothing difficult. The hike after the pass was easy hiking and we reached the next hutte fairly early by 2pm. Glorerhutte our next nights stay the highest of all the huts at 2600 meters. With the early arrival we had plenty of time for happy hour and relaxing afternoon :)

Day 4 – Relaxing night at the Glorerhutte so we were all ready for the next day. The day also would take us by the highest peak in Austria GrosGlockner with great views as we passed by. This day was the most scenic of the entire trip with several highlights including a glacier near the end. But first we passed the peak and another hutte that of course we stopped to have a beer. After the break we continued contouring (no pass today) around the GrosGlockner base and over to the glacier. The views near the glacier were the other highlight of the trip and we did a side hike over to the glacier base to check it out. It was a cool area to checkout but rainstorm rolled in and we headed to the fourth nights stay Glocknerhaus. To get there the trail crosses a dam and skirts glacier lake before a short climb up to the nights accommodations. Glocknerhaus was really a hotel and not a hutte so we were spoiled and great way to spend the last night in the Alps.

Day 5 – Another restful night but we had one more pass to climb and some mileage to cover on the other side. The trail was decent to the pass but once over the pass the north side was steep and large snowfield made it slow going. Also, rain started to fall which slowed down our progress. Continuing down the north side we got below snow level and followed the trail down to another hutte for a rest and a beverage. After that we continued the hike down in the rain to the end at Ferleiten. In all we descended 1500 meters about 5000 feet so it was a long way down. Fortunately the village of Ferleiten had a place to get out of the rain and grab a bite. After that we managed to get a taxi over to where I had dropped the vehicle in Kaprun before the trip. Only bad part the trip was over but the hut to hut experience was definitely awesome and cool to see the Austrian hutte culture!
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Jul 21 2019
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Scharnik, WW 
Scharnik, WW
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2019
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Hiking6.01 Miles 3,311 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.50 mph
3,311 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Cool hike up another peak near our base Simmerlach. This one was in pretty much the same area as the previous hike on Dachskofel Peak. This time I hiked Scharnik Peak with my German friend Stephan and his son Niklas. We stared from the lower pasture and hiked the steep face of Scharnik. It looks more imposing that it really is with steep rocky slope and some hand line cables bolted into the rock cliff but it's all part of the trail. It was nice to have the cable but I didn't really feel it was necessary to navigate the section. Eventually we made the summit and had the place to ourselves for the entire 35 minutes we were up there.

After the summit we headed down the opposite side of the ridge. The other side was less steep with decent trail to the saddle below. At the saddle we continued down to another junction and took the trail to another hut in the lower pasture. It seems that most of the huts are in the lower pastures just at or above tree line for the cows. Some of the huts make their own milk and cheese like the one we stopped at near the end of the hike. Of course we enjoyed a beverage as a thunder storm moved through the area but we had only some light rain back to the trail head. Awesome day getting another peak!
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Jul 20 2019
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Dachskofel, WW 
Dachskofel, WW
 
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
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Hiking6.94 Miles 2,574 AEG
Hiking6.94 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   1.85 mph
2,574 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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We did a nice loop near our base of Simmerlach. Kathy and our friend from Finland did the loop minus Dachskofel peak. I hiked with them for the first part but then went for the peak in the afternoon. Peak had really nice views as most of them do and enjoyed a beverage on top! After the peak I headed down to the hut that we all agreed to meet at for another beverage since every hut has beer :D Very pleasant alpine afternoon and after the hut we finished the loop.
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Jul 19 2019
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Strudelkopf Dolomites, WW 
Strudelkopf Dolomites, WW
 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2019
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Hiking5.77 Miles 1,304 AEG
Hiking5.77 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.04 mph
1,304 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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We headed across the border into Italy to Parco Naturale di Fanes-Sennes-Braies the National Park equivalent in Italy and checked out the Dolomites. Being a national park it was busy like you would expect but the scenery was also what you would expect for national park. Great views of the Dolomites for a relatively short hike. We did a loop up to Strudelkopf peak and then back down to a saddle where there was of course a hut with beer and late lunch. Interestingly even though the region is part of Italy the locals consider it part of Austria and most people spoke German. Even the trail markers were Austrian flag so maybe it's still considered Austria. Either way it was a great hike despite the crowds.
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Jul 17 2019
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HochstadelEurope, WW
Europe, WW
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2019
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Hiking4.63 Miles 2,986 AEG
Hiking4.63 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   1.16 mph
2,986 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
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Day 2 in Austria we day hiked Hochstadel Peak near Simmerlach. The initial drive up to the alpine hut was a trip in itself where we started hiking. The trail was decent most of the way but steep gaining nearly 3,000 feet in 2.4 miles. Views on top were fantastic and we were able to see the heart of Austrian Alps GrosGlocker the highest point. Long break on top taking in the 360 views before heading back down. At the end we were treated with beer at the alpine hut :D
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Jul 16 2019
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Berg im DrauTal Trail, WW 
Berg im DrauTal Trail, WW
 
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2019
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Hiking1.60 Miles 280 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   5.33 mph
280 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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First day of our trip to Austria after flying into Munich and heading south to meet some friends already at the B&B. We did a short hike on the Berg im DrauTal trail Feistritz Canyon. We only went a short distance stopping at a waterfall that was difficult to get around. Some light canyoning with cool narrows and clear mountain stream to walk through once the trail stopped. We took lots of breaks to enjoy the scenery and turned around at the waterfall heading back the same way to the trailhead.
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Jul 04 2019
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AZT Utah to South Rim Grand Canyon, AZ 
AZT Utah to South Rim Grand Canyon, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jul 04 2019
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Backpack105.89 Miles 18,762 AEG
Backpack105.89 Miles5 Days         
18,762 ft AEG
 
1st trip
On July 4th, 2015 we finished section hiking the AZT northbound to Stateline Campground on the Utah Border. Fast forward to 2019 and we decided to hike the AZT southbound and start from the same Stateline Campground on same July 4th weekend. However, this time our plan was to do multi-day backpacks instead of day hikes to complete the trail.

We had a shuttle pick us up at South Rim of Grand Canyon visitor center and drive us around to Stateline Campground where we camped July 3rd. Next morning on the 4th we started about 545am up the trail. Our goal, 5 days to make the South Rim by Monday afternoon.

Day 1 - Good start in the morning as the trail climbs out of House Rock Valley and up onto the Kaibab Plateau. We ran into 2 hikers in the first 2hours but then nobody else rest of day. Up on the plateau it’s lots of Juniper, Pinyon Pine, Sage brush and gates. Several AZT gates have been new additions since our 2015 hike. We passed Joes and Government Reservoir before the trail finally climbs into the Ponderosa Pine. With a few side trips in search of water (Umbrella Tank and Ponderosa Trick Tank were good) we covered about 23 miles first day and camped near FR 249.

Day 2 – Now in the pines the trail gradually climbs higher and the scenery gets better with the addition of aspens and Douglas fir. We only had 5 miles to reach Hwy 89A crossing. We ran into a retired couple who was on the last part of their AZT trip northbound and interesting to talk with them for a bit. Moving on we headed up to Buffalo Tank where I found decent water in the metal tank (not the cow tank). Continuing the trail heads above 8,000 feet so it was nice until we hiked into the burn section. There is an 8 mile long burn area but we did find good water at a wildlife cement trough before finding camp in a cluster of Ponderosa. 19.5 miles

Day 3 – We finished crossing the burn area and passed Crane Lake (water not very accessible but we didn’t need any). We continued onto Little Pleasant Valley which did have water but again we didn’t need any. Really enjoyed the section from Crane Lake to Dog Lake and East Rim area. Lots of meadows and thick forest crossings. Near Dog Lake there is a wildlife cement trough which had great water. Filtered four liters before hiking to East Rim to take in some views of Saddle Mountain Wilderness and Marble Canyon in the distance. We continued on to Crystal Spring which also had excellent ice cold water. Filtered another 5 liters before hiking another 2.5 miles to our nights camp. We found a nice spot in the aspens and mixed pines. 23.8 miles

Day 4 – Only objective was to make the North Rim Lodge where we had a reservation. Shower, cold beer, and something other than trail food was a good motivator. We only had to cover about 17.5 miles our shortest day yet. Being motivated we made the lodge by 145 and fortunately they let us check in early. After getting cleaned up we headed over to the bar for some beverages and grabbed something from the deli. Great way to spend the afternoon and evening before crashing for the night!

Day 5 – We arranged for the 4am shuttle back to the North Kaibab Trailhead. The shuttle was quick so we started shortly after 4am with headlamps for the first 45 minutes. North Kaibab trail is still one of my favorites despite lots of people. From the Supai Tunnel down there are no mules allowed so the trail below that is always great. Was able to turn off the headlamp just below the tunnel as we descended to Supai Bridge. Favorite part is the switchbacks through the Red Wall and down to the Pumphouse where we took the first break and got some water. We encountered maybe 10 people on the way there which wasn’t too bad. After the break we headed for Cottonwood Camp but continued on with our next stop at Phantom with the exception of a short break in The Box which always a nice section even as things started to get warm.

Eventually we made it to Phantom and stopped for an ice cold lemonade and some salty potato chips at the cantina. Took a fairly long break to get ready for the hot hike out. Once we were all hydrated and ready to go we pressed on across Black Bridge and started the long hot hike up South Kaibab. The bottom part felt like an oven especially since it was almost noon. We stopped in the shady spots for a breather when we could and there is a good spot just below Tip Off that is there probably all day. After Tip Off we continued up through the Red Wall and found another nice shady spot just below Skeleton Point where we took a break. Once past Skeleton it was noticeably cooler and we were able to keep going to the rim. We hit the rim just before 4pm and happy to be done with about the first 105 miles of AZT sections 43 to 38.

We took the shuttle over to the visitors center to a waiting vehicle and then much earned Mexican food at Plaza Bonita in Tusayan!

dry Big Ridge Tank Dry Dry
just grass growing no visible water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bridge Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
small pool. would not filter unless absolutely necessary

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Buffalo Trick Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
good water at the metal tank (not the cow tank). I just had to slide to port hole on top of the metal tank to access the water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Crane Lake 1-25% full 1-25% full
looked decent but was hard to access and we didn't need any

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Crystal Spring Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
great ice cold clear water. The concrete box tank was completely full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dog Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
good clear water

dry Government Reservoir Dry Dry
dry as a bone

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Ponderosa Trick Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
large tanks with access bins on one side. clear water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sourdough Well 1-25% full 1-25% full
2 small pools but could be filtered
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Jun 29 2019
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WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ 
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
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Hiking15.58 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking15.58 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.40 mph
3,600 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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Long time since I've done this hike and like Joe mentioned it's worth the drive. We hiked up Marshall Gulch and into Wilderness of Rocks. Really great trail that makes it way through the rocks and pines as we traversed the WOR. It was a bit warm but given the heat in Phoenix we were not complaining. Good water in two crossings around Lemmon Creek which also had plenty of shade. We took our time crossing the WOR since it was the highlight.

However, once we started up Mount Lemmon trail #5 we were pleasantly surprised with a lush fern forest as we made our way up to Radio Ridge. We stopped along the top and found a rock outcrop for lunch with great views of the WOR that we had just traversed. After lunch we continued past the top of Mount Lemmon and over to the ski lift. We decided to go down the Aspen Trail just far enough to then hike back up the ski run under the lift. Back on the ridge we continued over to the Summerhaven side of the mountain and down to Mint Spring trailhead.

From there it's an easy hike on good trail over to Marshall Gulch junction. Again the ferns were abundant especially around Mint Spring. A little rain started to fall but nothing too heavy as we finished up the hike back at the trailhead.
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Jun 22 2019
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Little Wolf - Pine Creek - Grapevine Loop, AZ 
Little Wolf - Pine Creek - Grapevine Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
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Hiking16.32 Miles 3,867 AEG
Hiking16.32 Miles   10 Hrs   24 Mns   1.81 mph
3,867 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
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1st trip
Joe and Bruce had hiked this same loop in 2013 but it's changed a lot since the fire that pretty much took out 80% of the route. We had various conditions from road hike, trail, bad trail, and no trail. The no trail was particularly rough with very thick Manzanita and scrub Oak that took us awhile to negotiate. However, to counter the tough sections we took some nice breaks in the sections that survived the burn. There are some good stands of ponderosa still left especially on Big Bug Mesa and the area around Seaton Spring where we had lunch.

Near the end of the hike we dropped off Big Bug Mesa and did more off trail down to Grapevine Spring. It was steep down to the spring but not the thick brush we encountered earlier in the hike. Again some of the ponderosa forest survived above the spring and made for a decent hike. The spring had good water with decent pools along the creek. From here it was probably best trail of the day for the last 2 miles back to the vehicles.
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Happy Jack AZT #28, AZ 
Happy Jack AZT #28, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2019
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Hiking4.70 Miles 484 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   3.00 mph
484 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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After the big Saturday hike on AZT Happy Jack #28 we did short hike on the same section. The previous day we had to leave the AZT short of the trailhead so we hiked the 2 miles we missed. This section is also a newly completed section that takes it off the road and onto single track. Really nice section that contours through heavily wooded pine forest. We hiked until we reached the point where we left AZT the previous day before heading back to the trailhead.

Shortly after turning around we ran into 3 hikers heading southbound and talked to them for a few minutes. In conversation they said they were hiking AZT #30 to their car they had dropped at the other end of 14 mile section. Only problem is they were heading southbound instead of northbound towards the waiting car and they had the wrong section #28 instead of #30. I showed them their error and they headed back to the trailhead they just left. Kathy and I wondered how long they would have hiked before realizing they were hiking in the wrong direction. Funny thing is she had a GPS so that was apparently not helping their navigation very much :doh:
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Happy Jack AZT #28 Loop, AZ 
Happy Jack AZT #28 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2019
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Hiking31.64 Miles 3,963 AEG
Hiking31.64 Miles   12 Hrs   49 Mns   2.65 mph
3,963 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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The original plan was to do an extended version of the Cabin Loop but I didn’t check the fire situation and the forest service had closed the area when we arrived at FR 300. I had cell signal so I slapped together an alternate route close by on the Happy Jack AZT #28 section.

We car camped Friday night and got started hiking at 5am. Morning route took us on some forest roads until we eventually looped around to the AZT at Bargaman Park. From there we headed southbound on old AZT before meeting up with the newly completed section at Wild Horse Tank. We continued southbound following flags on the yet to be completed AZT for about 3 miles. It was interesting to explore this yet to be completed trail which takes if off the road and on single track. Eventually we got back on the current AZT and hiked back to Wild Horse Tank where we then hiked another new section northbound back to Bargaman Park.

From Bargaman Park the AZT goes back to original trail as we headed northbound towards Gooseberry Trail head. We hiked within about 2 miles of the trailhead before we had to leave trail and follow old road back to our car camp spot. Long day but nice to see all the newly completed and soon to be completed AZT on this section. Also, great to see it being moved off the roads and onto nice single track.
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Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ 
Phoenix Preserve Trail Run, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Jun 02 2019
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Run/Jog7.30 Miles 362 AEG
Run/Jog7.30 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   4.34 mph
362 ft AEG
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Sunady morning trail run.
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