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Nov 28 2021
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Superstition Mtns - NW / Crying DinosaurPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Katie and I continued our vertical exploration of the Supes with another fun landmark, the “Crying Dinosaur” in Siphon Draw.

We started off from the state park a few minutes before seven a.m. to a pleasantly cool morning and gentle sunrise. The approach to the Crying Dinosaur utilizes the Siphon Draw Trail, when you get parallel with the spire informally known as the Crying Dinosaur, drop down into the bouldery wash and shoot for the grassy hillside. A climbers trail should be pretty easy to pick up from here, once you find the tread, head up the steep slope towards the obvious gully that splits the formation and the massive wall. The gully looks overgrown, but there is a trail through it. Continue up the gully to the small saddle like area and then down and around to the base of the climb.

The first pitch has a tough slightly sandbagged move off the deck that many consider to be the crux of the climb, but it went pretty smoothly and protected well. From there, it was pretty smooth going to the notch, where I stopped to belay Katie up. Katie snagged the lead on the second pitch, which was easy climbing, but real airy and hard to protect. The third pitch involved one 5th class move off the deck, a bolt clip and then a chossy unprotected 4thish/5th class scramble to the top.

The views from the top were excellent and we celebrated with a one pound gummy dinosaur that may have been stale. After enjoying the views for a minute, we began our descent and made the first short rap off the summit. The final rap to the ground was a long double roper that was big and airy. The pull was clean and after a quick snack at the base of the rap, we packed up our stuff and headed back down the gully and back to civilization.

This was a fun, easy summit and great novelty for the area. We both enjoyed the climb and hard to beat that setting. It took us just under two hours to get up and down and about five hours from car to car.
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Nov 27 2021
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Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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We made a trip out to the monument on Saturday. I almost forgot how much the rock piles in the area intrigue me.

We wandered around some between the fort and the pueblo looking for glphys, but we did not find any. I don’t think I have ever been good at finding them tbh. The dogs were a little bit annoyed by the off trail travel out there anyways, so I kept our ambitions low.

My interest has been piqued again for this area. I think I will have to finally get back out to the Brookyln and Squaw Creek sites sans dogs and explore those areas properly sometime soon.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Some nice colors in the canyons below the mesa
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Nov 25 2021
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Willow Springs Basin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Great hike in the Goldfields this morning with Katie and the pack. I don’t get out to the Goldfields much, but I was impressed. We hiked to a couple of areas Katie had been to before and then followed a loop I had made the night before on route manager.

All of the trails we took were in great shape and there were generally great views the entire time. The Palo Verde along the trail looked healthy and same for the saguaros and the desert in general. A lot of fun rock formations along the way and the grey paths cut through the green lichen covered bedrock were fun to walk along. This area exceeded my expectations. I could definitely see myself coming back for more. A little windy out there today.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Desert Classic TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Climbing on South Mountain? I had to see it to believe it.

The climbing was not bad and the bolting was generous. Although, the grades are probably a little soft. However, the suspect rock probably balances that out. There are a few legit try hard lines and some fun trad lines as well. The walls are short and the crag appears to have been developed with beginning climbers in mind. The crag is located in what I assume is an informally named canyon called, Wildlife Canyon. Over the last two weekends, I climbed on the Gremlins and Bob Ross Wall. Both walls go into shade around 8 in the morning.
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Tortilla TH to Tortilla WellPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Its been a long time since I walked this road and I still tip my hat to those who make it all the way to the end. No vehicle of mine will ever attempt it.

The road walk was quick and pleasant, although, it did some how feel a little warm at times. The area around the well and ranch did not appear to suffer any damage from the most recent fires, but there was no water anywhere and the area had a bit of a stale feel. Some winter rains would serve this area well. We hiked just past the well to a spot up canyon that I had remembered holding a little water during drier times, but no such luck, so we just took an extended break in the shade. We hiked out to cloud cover and a shaded road.
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A couple of sycamores holding on to some color.

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Pattie ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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The plan for the day was an unclimbed route up Newton Butte. Myself, Sean and several others over the years had spotted the massive, unmistakable dihedral tucked away near Newton’s southwest corner on prior trips, but for a variety of logical reasons I am sure, it had gone unclimbed. In a perfect world, I hoped the dihedral would go pretty moderate and that we could all get up and down in time for a quick trip out to Pattie Butte.

The descent down Shoshone Point was as fun and engaging as I had remembered it, but the packs felt considerably heavier than last time, as we carried down a double rack plus hardware and two 60m ropes. When we got to the base, I immediately thought it looked far harder than it did when I had given it a quick glance back in June of 2020. Nevertheless, Sean was undaunted and was rope up pretty quickly for the climb. The dihedral turned out to be a pretty long pitch at 160 feet, but Sean still made pretty good time of it, with only a few pauses and a little extra attention on some tricky spots. Chris then followed with some effort and the excitement of pulling down a couple of spooky basketball sized death blocks. That being said, by Canyon standards, the rock was pretty good and the rocks that came down were probably on par with what would come down on most first ascents. However, the climbing looked pretty hard and awkward to me and I did not have much stoke for following it to the top. I have not climbed much recently due to a nagging elbow and at the moment do not have much confidence in my climbing ability, so I sent up what the guys would need to get down and headed to Pattie Butte.

The trek over to Pattie was not overly difficult and just a tad tedious in spots. I made it worse by stubbornly traversing and hugging the edge of Newton's higher supai bands, thinking I could just drop off the "end" and stroll over to Pattie, but of course noting ever goes that easy in the Canyon and I found myself backtracking all the way back to the saddle, descending a few doable bands there, then traversing over to Pattie at the top of the redwall essentially. Pattie has a slightly thought provoking "crux" that you can't blow, but the rest was pretty standard. After a quick signing of the register, I headed back to the rendezvous and we began the taxing climb back up the Shoshone Point Route. It took Sean and Chris a little under two hours to climb out and a little over two hours for myself.

Another day well spent in the Canyon.
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Oct 23 2021
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Cornucopia Trail #86Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2021
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I met up with Kyle and John for a nice little fall stroll through the Mazzies. We thought about the Thicket Spring Loop, but opted for the longer out and back option, as I had remembered the trail being pretty overgrown the last time I hiked it, although in hindsight it appears to have been reported clear summer of 2020.

We did not see anyone on the trail all day, but there was a hunter's camp in McFarland Canyon where we turned around. We basically out and backed the bottom leg of the Thicket Spring Loop, with a trip into McFarland to the nice camping spot. The fall colors were nice enough to get your attention, but I am sure they could get a little better. There was water and even lightly flowing water in nearly every drainage we hiked along. All of the trails we hiked were in great shape with minimal overgrowth from the summer rains in spots and only a few downed trees across the trail. The conditions and temps were nearly perfect.
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Jumpup-Nail TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Katie and I completed a four day backpack through the Kanab Creek Wilderness and Grand Canyon National Park over my fall break. The drive in was a bit of an adventure. There were several closed roads and the recent storm made the final nine miles to Sowats Point attention getting to say the least.

Day 1: 14.7 miles, AEG 2,410

We started off down the Jump Up Trail, just after seven, on Thursday morning. It was a chilly morning, confirmed by mud-caked, frozen shut doors and icicles hanging from my 4Runner to remind us of our adventure driving in the night before. After only a quick couple of miles and a steep descent we were already at our point where we would leave the trail until our fourth day on this trip. We left the Jump Up Trail shortly after the cottonwoods and began looking for our use trail to the unofficially named Ojojojo Canyon. It did not take long to pick up the trail and we cruised across the esplanade to Oj3. The canyon was a little brushy at first, but then the walking got easier and the scenery more scenic. Aided by a few stretches of running water, gurgling cascades and idyllic hanging garden springs with crystal clear pools below them. The culminating attraction was a several foot tall waterfall that had a light, but steady flow. We bypassed the fall hikers right. After reaching a suitable campsite at the confluence of Oj3 and Indian Hollow, we packed the day packs and headed for the next objective of the day, Racetrack Knoll. Indian Hollow was an absolute treat and the going up canyon was not overly hard, however, we were definitely ready for our turn off down the unnamed arm that would lead us out of Indian Hollow and up onto the esplanade. The unnamed side drainage we took is on hikers right when heading upstream. Its the first Canyon that clearly "goes" out of Indian Hollow and it was about 2.5 miles up canyon from Oj3. After a short walk, a surprisingly well worn trail took us around an impassable dry fall section and then shortly after that Katie spotted what could be an easily missed side drainage that took us up to the esplanade. After picking our way through a couple of shelves, we were on top and making our way to the steep ridges of RTK, which actually went pretty nice compared to our last couple hour of boulder hopping. The summit itself has enough room for about two people to sit on a crumbling block of hermit. We signed the register, which only had two entries since its placement in 2019 and then headed back down. We both felt a little fatigued for the final couple miles down canyon back to camp, but the magical lighting and photo ops kept our spirits high.

Day 2: 9 miles

We left camp a little after seven again, on day two. There was no need to leave any earlier, as we were anticipating some swimmers to get through the rest of Indian Hollow and we wanted at least some slivers of sun rays on us for those. Our first obstacle came up rather quickly, there may be a bypass there, but we ended up just opting for a light down climb and a neck deep wade with packs on our heads. After that there was nothing overly notable until we got to the final obstacle, a chockstone with about a 20 foot drop into a deep swimmer. I cut out a rats nest of tat off a boulder with a pinch point and then slung a new piece of webbing with a single rap ring. Some guidebooks suggest the obstacle can be down-climbed, but we had brought rope and there was no interest in down climbing it for us. After Katie made the first rap and swim, I took the rope and our packs along an edge to a point just past the swimmer and then lowered them to Katie, after that, I rigged the rap again and descended. The beautiful narrows of Indian Hollow revealed themselves next. At the intersection with Jump-Up Canyon we cached our rope and harness and headed down Canyon. The hike to the boundary and confluence went pretty quick, but the final miles to Showerbath Spring seemed to drag on a bit, which may have been aided by the fact that Kanab Creek was flowing pretty nicely from the recent storms. It was chocolate milk the whole way, which made the crossings more tedious and our lines of travel less direct. We were both pretty beat after day two and barely made it past six before crashing.

Day 3: 13 miles

We found ourselves stepping off around seven again, on the third day. It took us only 39 minutes, with our light packs, to reach Scotty's Hollow. We explored up Canyon, to around the area I turned around at last time. Scotty's is a true gem and I recommend the side trip if ever in the area. After Scotty's we headed back to camp, packed up and made off up stream; passing the park boundary and then passing Indian and Kwagunt Hollows until we reached our campsite, near Sheep Mountain Spring. The rest of the day, and early evening, were spent doing the usual camp chores and looking at the various glphys in the area.

Day 4: 5.4 miles, 2,719 AEG

We left camp at 6:30 a.m and were back at the TH by 10 a.m. on the final day. The hike out on real trail and good tread was pleasant and the golden hour on the esplanade proved to be perfect ending to our four day trek.
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Sep 18 2021
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Jordan Hot Springs - GilaSouthwest, NM
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This was my second time to the hot springs, but my first time backpacking into the area. We drove to the trailhead Friday night and started hiking at 7:00 a.m. We did an out and back from the TJ Corral and began on the Little Bear Trail.

The first few miles of the Little Bear Trail left a far better impression on me than my first time hiking the trail in October nearly four years ago. The summer rains did this area well and the first few miles proved to be a relatively pleasant, scenic stroll this time around. The early morning golden hour light certainly contributed to this. The narrows of Little Bear Canyon were as impressive as I had remembered and before we knew it we were making our first crossing of the Gila River. The trail along the Gila was in great shape and we passed through several sunflower super blooms along the way. We arrived to one family at the spring and gambled on taking the campsite closest to the spring, but we were prepared to leave if things got rowdy. After a long soak and laziness around camp, we were pleasantly surprised to see that no other backpackers, or hikers had made their way to the spring yet. In fact, only one other family would arrive to the area and that would not be until nearly early evening. We enjoyed one final sunset soak to ourselves and then returned to camp for the usual.

We started with headlamps just before 6:30 a.m. on Sunday morning to beat the heat on the final stretch to the trailhead and arrived back to the car just before 10:00 a.m.
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Do sunflowers count?

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Claude Birdseye PointNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Very rarely in the Canyon does a backup plan work this nicely. The original plan, which was admittedly ambitious in nature involved Shiva and Osiris in a one day push from the Shiva-North Rim Saddle. We had permits for three days and began our journey Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

We stepped off Friday with packs loaded down by water and although our pace was generally good to the rim, the weight was felt on our shoulders and backs. I carried in 14 liters of liquids for a frame of reference. The descent went generally smooth despite us doing nearly half of it with head lamps. We camped at the saddle where we prepacked our day packs, ate and wondered aloud about the day ahead of us. We fell a sleep to a crystal clear night with the massive outline of Shiva looming over.

We left camp at 4:00 a.m. on the dot with head lamps on. There would be no warm up to this day, as our work began immediately when we left camp and began the steep, loose climb to Shiva's headwall and distinct crumbling arete. The scramble up Shiva was surreal. The scrambling felt more airy and the route finding was more engaging. The sight of headlamps going down South Kaibab in the distance further enhanced the ambiance of our headlamp ascent. We topped out at the jugs at 5:42 a.m and after a quick signing of the register were on our way.

We dropped off the southwest side of Shiva and used a distinct drainage to descend and gain the coconino bands of Shiva. Osiris came into view for our first time from here, it looked amazing and the lure of the summit was strong. With a little trial and error, we picked our way through the cliff bands until reaching the main wall that would be our guide for the somewhat tedious traverse. As we traversed, Osiris revealed itself more and the approach to its saddle and "possibly" up it came into sight. Unfortunately, the more we saw of Osiris the more clear it became that bailing was the prudent decision. We had a tremendous descent still ahead of us to reach the saddle of Osiris which sits atop the redwall. Then we would have to commit to an unproven guess that we could pick our way through the Supai bands guarding its north side to the summit, or commit to a tedious traverse to the Ra-Osiris Saddle and the known route up. Neither one of us had the stoke for those options and neither one of us believed it would be a good idea to still shoot for the summit with those options and the heat. We were making good time at the point we bailed, but that did not deter from our belief that we made the right decision. Luckily, I was able to convince Sean he was due for a second ascent of the elusive Claude Birdseye Point; a summit he climbed in 2019 after four years in the making.

The approach to CBPT was per usual for the canyon, but along the way we did encounter some of the more unstable and unpredictable coconino plates I have walked on. Use caution, if in the area. We both soloed the easy, but awkward and airy climb to CBPT's summit. The 40 foot climb is listed at 5.3, but one can bring a few cams to protect, or have a competent leader solo it and bring the second up on belay. We spent a considerable time on the summit and then began our tedious journey back to our camp at the saddle. The descent of Shiva was painstaking and long. Needless to say, we were very happy when we finally made it back to our camp at the saddle.

After taking an extended break at camp, we packed up and started the strenuous climb back to the north rim. We did not break any speed records on the way out and finished just before and a little after seven.

Not bad for an off the couch Canyon adventure. CBT is an excellent summit that offered some superb perspectives of that area of the Canyon. Osiris is still on the todo list, but a revised itinerary and approach may be necessary, also 20 degrees cooler temperatures couldn't hurt.
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Zion Subway Top to BottomSouthwest, UT
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This was a pretty spectacular low key canyoneering route for us and it was as fulfilling as just about anything I can think of in recent memory. I have no idea how the permit system works, or what you do to get one, Katie and I were invited on the trip.

We started at the upper trailhead just before 6:30 a.m. and shortly after that we were beginning our magical descent down the ancient hardened sand dunes that make up the spectacular Navajo Sandstone layer found throughout Zion. There was a short fun class four scramble to reach the canyon floor and then the fun began.

The Canyon was probably about as scenic of a canyon, as I have passed through. The attractions seemed to be non stop, from narrow walls, to subalpine firs, tall conifers, carved waterways, gushing springs at the base of the sandstone and idyllic, cold, clear water swimmers. The canyon really had it all.

In terms of the technical aspects, the raps were all bolted, short in length and not overly technical in nature. I do not know enough about canyoneering to make a definitive statement, but I would think this would fall under the category of a beginner canyon.

We did not see any people until we made our final rap, which placed us at perhaps the highlight of the day, the Subway. After a quick break at one of the few spots in the canyon the sun was reaching, we parted ways with the other two people in our group, so we could finish at a quicker pace and begin our drive back to Phoenix.

I had no idea what to expect when we accepted the invite and even had some apprehensions about the crowds etc, but I left with exceeded expectations and awestruck. An amazing location and a fun and engaging way to see a canyon.

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Zion / Aires ButteSouthwest, UT
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I finally made it to Zion National Park. Katie and I had a relatively busy two days with Led by Sheep Saturday morning and some sight seeing the rest of the day. On Sunday we completed the Subway Route from the top down.

We really enjoyed Led by Sheep. The climbing was as advertised, easy, but run out. Ten alpine slings and two 60m ropes is all you need. The approach to the base in the morning was about as tranquil and perfect as you can get, to include a nice viewing of several bighorns making their way about the slab. We started with headlamps and were roping up to a rising sun.

I snagged the first pitch and then Katie and I swapped until we reached the summit. We took a quick break on the summit and then began our descent via rap. The heat did not take long to kick in, so we were happy to finish the four rap descent rather efficiently and without any real snags.

On our return to the car, we stopped at the petroglyphs, which were impressive, with some unique to us etchings.

A perfect first hike in Zion.
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Timber Creek OverlookSouthwest, UT
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Katie and I headed up to the Kolob area to escape the afternoon crowds of Zion. We did this short little hike with a great views to stretch our legs some and then made a few stops at various pullouts and trailheads in the area.

The trail to the viewpoint was in great shape and the hike was generally pleasant with some nice views. The trail gets warm and there is no shade, plan accordingly.
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East Verde / LibraryPayson, AZ
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Spent a couple days climbing on some pretty cool sandstone cliffs off the East Verde River last weekend.

On Saturday, I headed up there with Sean for a pretty full morning of climbing and then Katie and I headed up there Sunday with the pups for a couple of routes and some swimming.

The climbing at the Library is pretty good. There are some great, short trad lines that packed a pretty tough punch, but were real fun and the views overlooking the East Verde were scenic. There was direct sun in the morning, but most routes started to enter the shade around 9-10:00 a.m. A great climbing area with a nice backdrop, we will be back for sure.
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Granite Gardens Park TrailsPrescott, AZ
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This was our first time climbing at Granite Dells. We climbed some routes near the stairway in an area called Shady Grove. Although, shady is a bit of a misnomer.

Overall, it was pretty solid crag and we enjoyed a long morning there. We climbed seven routes and generally enjoyed them all. In particular, there was a mixed 5.9 line and a challenging .10a we liked, along with a couple of the easier routes that had some fun movements and a little excitement. The hike into the crag was short and scenic and the crag was situated above a pond and roaring dam, which made the top out views and setting nice. A really cool area for hiking or climbing it appears, we will be back for sure.
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North Fork KP Trail #93Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Katie and I made another trip to the Blue last weekend. Our only real plan was to escape the heat and get out of the valley. We did more dog walking and relaxing than hiking, but we did manage to knock out a few miles of trail here and there.

We hiked both of these trails over Saturday and Sunday and were pleased to have found both trails cleared. In fact, we ran into a few trail crews on both days. The crews talked of several trails they were looking to clear in the area and seemed motivated. I made sure to let them know their work was not going unnoticed and chatted with each crew a little. Mainly dropping wish lists for trails I would like cleared and all that good stuff, lol. There was more flow in both forks of KP Creek than a few weeks ago when I was there and the forest may have got greener and the flowers more abundant. The raspberries were plentiful and farm quality. We hiked to the falls on Saturday and then in from the freshly cleared South Fork on Sunday.
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Jul 28 2021
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Steeple Trail #73 - Blue RangeAlpine, AZ
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One final little stroll in the Blue with the pups. The trail was in excellent shape and there was good water at Willow Spring. The ferns were as tall as me in spots and the flowers were plentiful along several sections of the trail. A perfect hike to end our little trip to the Blue.
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Camp Canyon Trail #36Southwest, NM
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Katie and I hiked a mile of this trail in the spring and it was promising. The trail was in great shape and there was some trickling water in the area marked spring on the map, but it was a little warm that day and we were on our second hike, so we turned around, with potential plans to return sometime. Then I found a cave/ruin lead in the area, which sealed a return trip for me.

Fast forward to July. Normally, I would consider this hike a little warm for the pups in July, but several days of rain and an uncharacteristically cooler day, led me to believe we could take a look around. I am glad we did.

The trail was in as good of shape as I remembered and there was running water down nearly the entire length of Camp Canyon. Meanwhile, Pueblo Creek had a robust flow and nearly every drainage of any significance was flowing, or trickling. I definitely found the cave that had been mentioned in my over 100 year old resource, but it is now the site of a pretty robust backcountry camp. The cave, similar to some of the other caves I have seen out there was huge and impressive and although contemporary, I was impressed with the care taken to the inside of the cave. I found some broken manos that were intermingled in with the short rock walls at the cave's entrance, which leads me to believe there is some prehistoric history to the cave, but I have a feeling that its been occupied and used by locals for a long time now. My guess is that the "Camp" in Camp Canyon is a reference to it. The archaeologist in the survey that has been so accurate for me out there was lamenting about prehistoric sites being destroyed by ranchers over a hundred years ago, which leads me to believe this cave has been gone through long ago and current use is probably not contributing to any new degradation to the site. Tread lightly regardless, if you visit.

The hiking downstream of the cave remained pleasant. Undoubtedly, aided by the flowing water. However, the geology of the area was worthy of any conditions and Pueblo Creek was a treat. We turned around after heading down canyon close to another two miles, but some of that distance was from wandering around the canyon floor and checking things out. We eventually returned the way we came.
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Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
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I took the back way back to the Blue and finally stopped here to see what all the fuss was about. The trail was still about ten times too crowded for me even on a Monday (no seriously, lot was full and I had to park behind a few vehicles on the road), but I see why it’s popular and it lives up to the hype. I would encourage anyone to get out and hike once, but maybe not on a weekend.
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P-Bar Lake Trail #326Alpine, AZ
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The trail has been cleared recently and was in great shape. The area continues to show signs of recovery. The fog this morning added to the scenic forest views. We turned around at P-Bar “Lake” which was just a large mud puddle.
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Good for fido and stock, but I’d prob pass on drinking personally.
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