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May 31 2020
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Reynolds Creek Trail #150Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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I almost forgot how nice this trail was.

Started at the ranch and hiked to just short of the wilderness sign on the lower end of the trail. The trail is a little brushy up top, but generally in good shape, with some signs of recently cut logs. The raspberry bushes are beginning to overgrow the trail in their usual spots. This trail might pass through some of the nicest forest in the Ancha.

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May 22 2020
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Return to the Blue, AZ 
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Backpack avatar May 22 2020
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Backpack61.50 Miles 10,500 AEG
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I have envisioned this backpack, or variations of it for several years now. But ambitious summer trips, climbing, terrible trails and dogs always prevented the idea from coming to fruition. However, the stars began to align for a proper return to the Blue earlier this year when my interest in the area was reignited by a quick weekend trip there in the spring and when I got word that some of the upper trails had been cleared.

Day 1: 13.1 miles

Our backpack began and ended at the Steeple/Foot Creek Trailhead. We started off on the Steeple Trail #73 and cruised down to the junction for the primitive Upper Grant Creek Trail. Steeple endured some winter deadfall, but the trail showed signs of having been worked on and was generally in great shape. The Upper Grant Creek trail has been transformed since the last time I saw it and is in great shape. It was definitely not the trail Blanco and I turned around on dejectedly several years ago while trying to reach the Grant Creek Cabin. From the Grant Creek Cabin, we took the always pleasant Paradise Trail to Paradise Park and the Grant Creek Trail. We made a stop at White Oak Spring along the way and then I showed Katie some granaries I had found in the area a few years ago. My memory of where the granaries were remained good, however, my memory of the distance was not so good. I told Katie about a tenth of a mile off trail and they proved to be about a steep and loose half mile off trail. My favorite camping spot along lower Grant Creek was taken by a local family, so we resorted to camping among the cows and their shit.

Day 2: 15.75 miles

After wading through a few hundred herd of cattle we reached the Blue early on the second morning. The road was mundane and a little warm despite the early start. It was familiar trails to Bear Valley and they all were in great shape. We enjoyed a nice afternoon in the valley of the bears and a long night of sleep.

Day 3: 12 miles

We began day three with the short, but stunning section of the Little Blue down stream of Bear Valley. After that we took for my first time an informal trail just numbered 609 on my map to the Cow Flat Trail. Trail 609 proved to be more than just a number and was actually quite pleasant for the majority of the trail. Cow Flat was a lot greener than the last time I hiked it, so that was nice, but I still found the trail a tad mundane and it seemed to drag on a little in the heat. After a stop at my favorite spring and waterfall, we finally started making our way up the Blue. We were a little beat upon hitting the Blue and took a couple of extended breaks along the way with some swimming. We ended up calling it a day near Tornado Canyon and made camp by the old barn.

Day 4: 13 miles

We got an early start on the fourth morning to go explore a side canyon that was alluded to in an archaeological report written about the area in the early 1900s. Apart from being referred to as a geological wonder, the canyon was said to house at one time the largest known prehistoric ceremonial cave in the southwest at 10,000 square feet. Everything written about the canyon long ago was true.
...a canyon which, though short and shut in by very steep walls, contains scenery worthy of the highest admiration for its combined beauty and grandeur.


A trickling three-tiered slick rock waterfall guarded the entrance to the canyon and we had to take a bypass just to reach the interior. By this point we were already satisfied with our exploration, as we were immediately able to confirm that the window we saw in a distance from the Blue was actually a very large arch. Naturally, we made the scramble to the base of the arch to investigate. The scramble was steep and loose and required a little class four climbing to reach, but it was worth the effort. The arch was tall and dramatic and a pretty stunning feature to stand under. Further exploration up canyon revealed the cave to us. Like any cave, the cave was hard to capture, but stunning to stand in. The cave had been pretty badly picked over by ranchers and pot hunters over the year, but some crumbling walls helped the imagination. We spent as much time in the cave as we could and I found some other crumbled walls under many overhangs throughout the canyon, but we knew the hardest part of our day loomed ahead, as we still needed to begin our relentless climb of the Steeple Trail.

The climb up to KP and Steeple Mesas was as relentless as I had remembered. However, a few years of recovery and a much greener backdrop, led to the climb being more scenic than I had remembered. We ended our day at Mud Spring. The spring´s name did not inspire much faith in the area being nice, but overall it proved to be a very pleasant destination. The spring had good camping and was flowing nicely. The area represented an almost exact line of where the forest had suffered near 100 percent devastation and where a pocket of trees had survived. Luckily, the camping and trees were under the pocket of trees that survived.

Day 5: 8 miles

We had two options to complete our backpack. There was the Paradise Trail option back to Moonshine Park and then the same stretch of Grant Creek we began on to finish, or a commitment to nearly four miles of unknown trail via the Steeple Trail back to the rim. We went with the Steeple finish because I had never traveled that section of trail and I was interested to know if Steeple went cleanly all the way to the Blue. As it turned out that stretch of Steeple was by far the worst trail we encountered in our five days. The New Mexican Locust has literally devoured the trail in spots and it was a constant bushwhack to the rim. The locust was so bad in spots that we had to detour to the burnt hillside for awhile to bypass it. The tread however, was still generally there. There is just a tremendous amount of overgrowth on and across the trail. Through a little grit though we finally reached the intersection with the KP Rim Trail where the FS had quit with their maintenance of Steeple a year ago. From there is was cruiser to the trailhead.

Final Notes:

It was nice to finally knock out the entire length of the Steeple Trail. The trail is not impassable from Mud Spring to the KP Rim intersection, but I would not recommend it. If making a loop with rim in this area, the best bet most likely seems to be utilizing the Moonshine Park route back to Grant Creek.

Upper Grant Creek Trail is a worthy destination again. The trail is still considered a primitive trail, but the FS has that one in great shape again.

The cattle are ruining lower Grant Creek. I have never seen so many cattle in the Blue before. They have eaten everything green down there except the poison ivy. How is having this many head of cattle grazing there helping with restoring Grant Creek post Wallow Fire?

Eastern Trails were in great shape.

The Blue is back. Well not all the way, but I know for myself I am not excited to get back out there and continue to utilize some of these newly cleared trails. Likewise, the forest is finally starting to rebound at a more noticeable level. The aspen are coming in nicely in spots and there are far more signs of green life than when I started going to the area in 2014.

Katie is really into birds. I am becoming a reluctant birder. I am only really into hawks and eagles. On this trip we saw a: Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Ferriginous Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk and a Common Black Hawk.
Flora
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Deep pool of water in natural, ¨tank¨

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Bear Valley Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Large section of canyon and spring is flowing nicely.

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full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max KP Creek Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Ladron Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Same steady, consistent flow as always.

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Flowing from spring to Blue

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Little Blue Creek Light flow Light flow
Flowing nicely for a mile or so out of Bear Valley

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mud Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Creek bed is flowing near spring, and mud bank is dripping steadily. Good camping near spring.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Strayhorse Creek Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 White Oak Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Two over-flowing troughs

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A few deeper mud puddles, but I would not count on for water.
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May 17 2020
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Big Creek Trail #320ATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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I made it back to Graham for the first time since the fire over the weekend. I spent three days there and did a combination of sight seeing, tour guiding and light hiking with the dogs. We did this hike Sunday morning.

The first section of this trail is still a little chaotic. Erosion from the fire has created a couple of deep washouts to navigate on the way up. The upper sections of the trail burned badly, however, the aspen are coming in strong. We took an extended break at the meadow and then found some lingering snow for the pups to play in.
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May 15 2020
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Grant Hill LoopTucson, AZ
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I hiked the portion of the loop to the nice viewpoint a couple times over the weekend. Once on Friday and then Saturday morning with Katie.

Large potions of the loop were scorched by the fire, however, in about 15 years this is going to be a pretty spectacular aspen forest. The amount of aspen coming in along the hillsides and along the old road bed is mind boggling and pretty cool to observe.

Some Thoughts

I had avoided going to Graham since the last fire out of fear of seeing one of my favorite areas in the southwest devastated. However, much to my surprise the devastation was not as bad as I feared. We def lost some gems in Ash Creek, Webb and some other areas etc. However, in general most of the mountain we interacted with remained minimally impacted and probably impacted in a positive way. The fire also seems to have lit a fire with the FS (pun intended) and they seem to be undertaking some pretty aggressive forest management projects along the major roads and even up into areas as high as the upper Big Creek Trail.

Finally, just open the campgrounds already. Graham is a free fall for camping right now, every pull out next to the road was occupied, people were camping in front of closed gates and carrying their stuff to their campsites, the place was a mad house. Every single trailhead had multiple campers at them blocking access to the trails. We had to walk through two full trailers and a tent just to reach the Grant Hill Loop Trail. People have nowhere to camp legally and responsibly, so they are flooding to anything they can back a trailer into or piece of flat ground they can set a tent up on.

I am not going to debate the merits of closing these campgrounds to begin with here, but the unintended consequence of it has been the trashing of the natural areas surrounding them. If the feds wanted us out of the forest they should have closed them outright. You can´t encourage people to use their public lands responsibly during this pandemic and then take away the ability for the majority of them to interact responsibly with the land.
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May 12 2020
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Pinnacle Peak / Cactus Flower EastPhoenix, AZ
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Katie and I took advantage of a shaded wall and the cooler temps to get some early evening climbing in. Sean was in the area hiking with his son and stopped by to say hi.

Katie impressed with a nice trad lead. Her second ever lead on, The Worm, 5.6. I led that route as well and a route further down called Palo Verde, 5.7. We also toproped a route I want to try and come back and lead, The Fascist Pig.

Its a shame that Pinnacle Peak closes at 7:30, otherwise we could have gotten another hour of climbing in.
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May 10 2020
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The Devils EyeGlobe, AZ
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During our last off trail venture in the Ancha, we spotted what appeared to be a window on the massive peninsula like land feature dividing the north and main forks of Devils Chasm. Although, we acknowledged that the light shining through the cave could be some weird optical illusion, we figured it was still worth checking out. After nearly seven months of waiting out winter and then being skunked by the early stages of a pandemic, we finally decided to give our ¨window¨ a closer look.

The approach was not terrible. The maintained trails could use some work, but they are still passable and generally good for most sections. There is always some angst with these top down explorations in the Ancha, as one is constantly thinking of the several hundred foot sheer cliffs below them. This off trail approach however, proved to be rather tame by off trail Ancha standards. It was little steep and loose in a few spots and there were a couple of exposed traverses, but nothing too hairy. When the cave we thought housed our window finally came into sight, our excitement for a window tempered some, as from our angle it only appeared to be a deep cave. Nevertheless we still pushed forward, as we thought the sheer size of the cave warranted further inspection.

Due to the traversing nature of our approach along cliff bands, we would not know the verdict on the, ¨cave¨ until we came around a small corner. I was so zeroed in on the cave and missed a small ruin along the final traverse to the cave, but Katie and Larry spotted it and I quickly backtracked for a second look. However, by the time I had backtracked, I had already learned that the ¨cave¨ was the window we hoped it would be and it was really pretty spectacular. The dilapidated ruin was just an added bonus at that point for me. The views out of the window are some of the best one can get in the Sierra Ancha and being able to see both forks of Devils Chasm was a unique perspective. We spent a lot of time recouping and resting inside our shaded window, which acted like a natural wind tunnel. On our hike out we found a granary in rubble and some other faint signs of prehistoric life along the cliff bands near the window.

The hike out was a grind and it was warm.

Although, this was not a traditional find for us, I felt this was one of our more fun finds and memorable experiences in the Sierra Ancha. Even with the off trail approach, the window is a worthy destination and the views along the way are some of the best that can be had in that wilderness. It was great to see Larry again and get back to an old passion of mind and it was fulfilling to share the experience with Katie and see her affinity for the area grow.

We are calling this window, The Devils Eye.
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May 09 2020
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Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
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Sean and I sought out the Mother Lode (a new traditional climbing area) in the Supes today. Rather fittingly, The Mother Lode is located off the Treasure Loop Trail.

The approach was waist high fox tales and steep, so that was fun. The climbing was a little greasy from the heat and taxing in the heat, which led to the overall stoutness of the route. We thought we might catch some shade with an early start, but as it turned out our route baked all morning and did not see full shade until nearly noon. However, we did enjoy some shade on the third pitch and fourth.

Sean led all the pitches and I followed. I hung like a dog through most of the third pitch. A great pitch of climbing, but a little stout for me. We reached the bottom in three raps and then slid down on foxtails back to the maintained trail. The hike out did not feel as warm as earlier parts of the day and we made really good time.

Overall, a great route to end the season on in the Supes. Getting it done in the heat added a nice sense of accomplishment to this one. A bit of a gut check at times. I would probably rank it as the best climb I have done In the Supes in my limited time out there.

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Pivot Rock CanyonPayson, AZ
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We started this hike from the spring end and FR 616. We hiked 2 miles down stream, hung a hammock, took a nap and returned the way we came.

The spring is gushing right now and the creek is flowing nicely. The running water over sandstone and the modest cascades along the way made for a scenic hike. For fans of the ferns that normally line this trail, they are about three inches high right now, but abundant.

A great option for us and the dogs. This place left me pretty impressed again. I might have to give it another star.
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Pivot Rock Canyon Pivot Rock Spring

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Sedona Spires / Earth Angel SpireSedona, AZ
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••••• Earth Angel Spire Second 5.10aTrad6 Pitches700 ft
Sean and I headed up to Sedona to do a Classic today. We got an early start with a 4:30 a.m. departure from the valley. After a little over an hour approach and one wrong turn by me, we were racking up.

I led the easy 5.7 first pitch and then I let the pros take over. Sean led the second pitch and the stout third pitch. The Chris grabbed the fourth pitch and Sean finished off the final two. The 3rd and 5th pitches of this climb were stout and heady, old school Sedona 5.10. The route was in the shade all day so were generally pretty comfy. The summit was pretty spectacular, but windy. We completed three two rope raps to reach the bottom.

A pretty stunning day overall. I was not sure anything could compete with a Canyon summit until today. I think I at least found a 1a to the Canyon. The hike out got a little old towards the end. I still don’t feel as strong as I want to feel hiking and scrambling with a larger pack, but I am getting there.

Big thanks to Sean for getting us to the top of this one and keeping the summit tradition alive for my dad’s birthday weekend.

Also Sean saw a bird, he wanted me to put the name of it in this triplog, but I can't remember what type of bird he saw now.
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May 01 2020
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Nelson Trail #159Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Last stretch of road to the TH is still a tad annoying. The pups had a blast. We had the place to ourselves. Someone needs to get in there and thin out those trout, they living 30 deep to a pool right now. Just a glorified dog walk, not much more to report here. Although, it does look like someone is doing some surveying next to the trail. Maybe a fence is going in. I know there are some weird property boundaries down there.
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Lanphier Trail #52Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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After snagging an amazing car camping spot along the Blue the night before, Katie and I headed to Lanphier for a glorified dog walk through the woods.

The Lanphier Trail is in excellent shape and the lack of summer vegetation really opened up the views along the creek and within the scenic little canyon. I love the combination of giant cottonwoods and even larger ponderosa along this trail. We did not see any people on the trail, but there were a few horse trailers at the trailhead.
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KP South ForkAlpine, AZ
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I made a return to the Blue over a three day weekend with Katie. We started with a classic.

There was a lot of turkey hunters and a little snow at the trailhead. The trail could use a little TLC, but it was generally in good shape by Blue Range standards. The falls were flowing nicely as well. This was the earliest in the year I had been into this area and I appreciated getting to see it in another season.

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Mingus Mountain CampgroundPrescott, AZ
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The campground is closed, as is the road to get there. However, its only a short walk to the good stuff. There was a handful of people fishing at the lake and one family at the viewpoint areas. A pleasant afternoon spent at 7k. Beats driving to Flag for the pines.
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Promised Land / Valerie's BookPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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 Solito 5.975 ft
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Katie and I made a pilgrimage to the Promised Land in search of answers and clarity during these strange times. No questions were answered, nor clarity gained, but I did project the hell out of a 5.10 finger crack trad line and we lapped some moderate sport routes. I am close on the trad route, maybe not ready to place gear on lead, but I think I can pink point it. A return to the Promised Land may be necessary to achieve full closure and redemption.
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Superstition Mnts - SW / Barks Canyon WallPhoenix, AZ
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••• Glory Road Onsight 5.7TradG4 Pitches
This was the second year in a row that I found myself on Barks Wall in late spring. We started the morning playing around on a hard route next door, but didn’t get far. We then climbed Glory Road, so we could rap in on the other route and dial in the beta some. Glory Road was a pretty cool route and a solid moderate by Supes Standards. However, I would not put it above, "Stroke it Gently" the other route I did on Barks Wall. I led the first pitch, Sean took second and Pernell led the third. The fourth pitch is a scramble.

I think there must have been a line to get inside of the Wave Cave based on the amount of cars that were there.
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Apr 12 2020
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Tunnel SpringSouthwest, AZ
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This was a very cool hike and I thank JJ and Chumley for the inspiration, as I remember my initial interest being piqued by their triplogs here a few years ago now.

The spring is a definitely a worthy destination and the hike was greatly enhanced by some pretty substantial wildflowers along the way. We found the drive in nearly as enjoyable and scenic. I have a new found interest for this area after this weekend. I am eager to do a little more exploring.

Happy Easter.
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Signal Peak 4877 - KOFASouthwest, AZ
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Katie and I toured Kofa this weekend. We hiked Signal Peak, Palm Canyon and Tunnel Spring via a scenic drive of MST&T, 22 Burro Canyon Road. We wondered if we might catch some late flowers before we headed out and as it turned out, we seemed to have caught Kofa in nearly a super bloom. Poppies lined the roads all weekend and they were substantial during the hike up Signal.

We started by heading to Signal Peak Saturday. We snagged the skull site in the morning and hiked the peak in the afternoon. The hike up Signal was as steep as I had remembered, but the four dogs Katie and myself managed and we were at the summit before we knew it. The poppies were pretty spectacular down low along with the ocotillo and the rest of the pretty weeds. One person had actually reached the summit before us that day and we ran into a couple of parties on the way down. We got rained on and then hailed on during our descent. The rain and hail was consistent enough to get the dry falls trickling on the way down. This was perhaps one of my more memorable desert hikes. The clouds made the views spectacular and the wildflowers were as robust as I have ever seen in the desert anywhere. I told Katie on the way down, maybe the best desert mountain scenery to date that I have seen. The rest of the weekend did not disappoint. The Kofas are simply stunning right now.
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Kofa is currently having a bit of a super bloom right now.
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Monkey see, monkey do. Still one of my favorite, "close to town" hikes. The road to the trailhead is in great shape. The trail was immaculate as usual. There was trickling water in the usual spot, as one makes the traverse to the north side of Peeley. We took a long break on the summit. Its nice to see our reservoirs to the west full of water. We ran into a couple of hikers on the way down and a crew of off-roaders armed with Bud Light and cigarettes making their way down the early portions of the trail.
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Stewart Pocket / the JointPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Lapped some easy stuff at the Joint with my Pandemic partner. The Boulders Loop Trail is particularly scenic right now with the flowing water. We started from the East trailhead. There were a lot of hikers out, but we didn’t see any climbers.
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Idaho Trailhead to The MaskPhoenix, AZ
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I definitely did not make it to any mask, but this was the closest triplog to what we hiked. The trails on my side of town are a little too crowded for my comfort right now, so I headed over to Katie's side of town for a hike in the Goldfields. I was pleasantly surprised.

There was a pretty cool "slot" canyon portion and we took a break at a nice spot with an old fire ring and some rock furniture. We passed two young kids and a climber prepping for the Coyote when we returned to the trailhead.

Stay well and safe everyone.
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