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Mar 31 2020
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Idaho Trailhead to The MaskPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2020
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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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Mar 28 2020
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Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Climbing avatar Mar 28 2020
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We found some limestone climbing in the Gulch. The limestone was sharp, a little chossy and steep, but it was climbing. This is not a destination crag, but rather climbing at a destination, but we still had a good time.

To reach the crag, walk up canyon from the turn off for the upper Buckskin Trailhead.
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Mar 28 2020
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The Maze Rock Art SiteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
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Newly written description sums it up.
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Mar 27 2020
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Cottonwood CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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I ran away from the valley for three days with Katie. We spent our first day driving the Cottonwood Canyon road and seeing the sights along the way.

The road was generally in good shape, but a little soft in the middle and some slick clay sections around the middle. We drove through some pretty heavy snow flurries for a few minutes, but nothing accumulated. The narrows of Cottonwood and Grosvernor Arch were the highlights for us, but we also enjoyed our stroll to the Paria Box the next morning. It was cold. We woke up to 23 degree temps. Luckily, 4 dogs in the tent (yes 4) helps with the cold.

An amazing area. We saw two vehicle the entire time.
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Grosvenor Arch
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Mar 25 2020
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Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2020
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A little morning hike with the pups during my self quarantine to the Arizona Strip/Utah Desert. I had to keep the hiking short for the young pup, but I still enjoyed the scenery and hike as did the dogs. The road in is dry, rutted pretty badly in spots, but dry.

While on my way to Grosvenor Arch afterwards, I got a sliver of service and learned I was needed back in Phoenix, looks like we found a way to get kids learning again. I turned around right there and headed home. I hope this is just one small step towards a return to normalcy for all of us soon.
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Mar 24 2020
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Nampaweap Rock Art SiteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2020
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Hiking1.75 Miles 231 AEG
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Just wanted to make sure the glphys were all still there. A quick assessment indicates they are.
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Mar 24 2020
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Mount Logan TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2020
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I finally made it to Mount Logan after a few failed efforts. I knew the trail was short and the wilderness small, but I always like a new wilderness area and in the past bad weather or time constraints prevented me from reaching the remote wilderness area.

In fact the snow nearly did us in this time, but we were able to take advantage of frozen roads in the morning and got within just over two miles of the trailhead. I literally went just about as far as one could possible go without risking leaving their vehicle there until drier times. We alternated between cruising on hard snow pack and post-holing. The road walk was pleasant and the dogs enjoyed it. There were a few old growth ponderosa along the way to further enhance the pleasant little stroll through the snowy pines. The views from the trailhead were absolutely spectacular looking out into Utah. We started towards the summit, but there was no visible trail and it was a lot deeper than on the road, so we turned around and headed back. We were also starting to worry about our nice hard road getting soft and muddy on us, which it did, but we got out with only some minor scares.

After Logan, we headed to the rock art site and then went back to the ranger station where Jackie lives now. I had an opportunity to chat for several minutes with the head ranger out there who is known for having done some pretty remarkable things in the canyon. I got a good history lesson of the area, a little tour and used their facilities to make a quick lunch before taking off.

Nice to finally scratch this remote area off the to do list and grateful to have not had to leave my 4Runner up there. The Toroweap road was mainly cruiser with only a couple patches of mud that might create problems for someone.
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Mar 23 2020
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Coral Pink Sand DunesSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2020
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Hiking2.50 Miles 80 AEG
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It rained everywhere Monday and this was a plan C type option for me, but it turned out to be pretty awesome, especially for the dogs. I tried getting into Buckskin earlier in the day, but the roads were too muddy and the rain was too hard and consistent to trust a slot canyon anyways. Katie suggested this to me as a fun spot to take the dogs when I was researching potential second options from Kanab. It proved to be a great suggestion

The area is a known ORV area so keep that in mind, but there is an area for just foot travel. We had the place to ourselves, which may not be common. The dogs had an absolute blast on that sand and the scenery was pretty spectacular.
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Mar 22 2020
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Arnett Creek - CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Climbing avatar Mar 22 2020
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Arnett has some decent climbing, who knew? Still getting the knee back in shape, so only climbed a few moderates. Then we enjoyed the beautiful setting and walked the dogs down to the creek.

I hope everyone is hanging in there during these strange times. Good luck and stay well.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Arnett Creek Medium flow Medium flow
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Mar 21 2020
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Rock Creek Trail #42 - MazatzalsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
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Hiking4.50 Miles 3,150 AEG
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Tis the season. One creek crossing was a little deep on the drive in. The falls were flowing nicely, as was everything within sight. We turned around at the nice little forested section after the falls. There was a decent amount of snow still lingering at this elevation and above.
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Mar 19 2020
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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2020
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The high country did not get the memo that today was the first day of spring. Broke trail through significant snow on the drive into the trailhead and on the trail of course. Grateful for this late season precipItation. There should be some terrific hiking out there over the next few days.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Verde River @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow
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Mar 15 2020
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Agua Fria River via BadgerCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
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Hiking4.00 Miles 235 AEG
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The Agua Fria was raging. The pups had a good time.

It was an interesting day on Bloody Basin Road after our hike. We came across a rolled over ORV, with no injuries and then at the first creek crossing which was impassable, we came across two men trying to pull a motorcycle out of the raging creek down stream. One of the riders had tried to cross the creek and was swept down stream. He may have drowned, but the truck following him was able to get a tow rope out to him. When we arrived they were working on getting the bike out to no avail. The scary part was the older gentleman that was helping stated, “I’m glad that bike was ahead of me, I was going to just drive through it, I’ve never been on this road before.” He would not have made it. After determining there was nothing we could do to help, we turned around. Stay safe out there.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Badger Spring Wash Medium flow Medium flow
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Mar 14 2020
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
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Hiking6.62 Miles 1,595 AEG
Hiking6.62 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   1.99 mph
1,595 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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I almost forgot how spectacular this trail can be after a rain storm. I am glad we got out here today to remind me. We hiked to Big Kahuna and back.

The trail was a little wet, but generally in great shape. There was a tremendous amount of water flowing out of nearly every drainage. The mountain was spewing it. All the favorite falls were flowing strong. We hiked through low clouds and some fog all day, but the conditions felt nearly perfect and the dramatic clouds made for some great views. It sprinkled a little on the hike down. We did not see that many people on the trail today, which shocked me for a Saturday.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Barnhardt Creek at Half Moon Trail Heavy flow Heavy flow


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hawaiian Mist Heavy flow Heavy flow
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Mar 07 2020
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Dutchman Grave Trail #22 - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
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Hiking10.62 Miles 1,762 AEG
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I finally made a return to the bridge. I was looking to push the knee a little without a ton of AEG, but wanted something more than a boring stroll in the valley. I decided on an out and back to where I remembered seeing flowing water the last time I was in this area. I was hoping for some wildflowers too, but they were not overly spectacular on the drive in, or during the hike.

The hike went pretty well. A little bit of a rocky, steep ascent to gain HK Mesa, but it was cruiser after that. There was a light flow where the trail crosses Sycamore Creek just before Dutchman Grave Spring, so we took our break there. I soaked my knee in the cool water for ten minutes, we let the dogs rest up and then we headed back the way we came.

We checked out some ruins near the bridge before leaving and then made the long bumpy trip back to Seven Springs. The last ten miles to the bridge is pretty rocky and miserable.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tangle Creek Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Verde River at Tangle Creek Medium flow Medium flow
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Mar 01 2020
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Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
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I was looking for a trail in the seven mile range that was relatively flat, but not a complete borefest and this was suggested. It proved to be the perfect hike for pushing the miles a little bit more with my knee and the destination proved worthy as well.

We had the, "crack" to ourselves, but did see several people as we approached the trailhead on our return. The knee was almost entirely pain free for the hike and I had no ill effects the next morning, progress. The crack is a pretty spectacular destination. I only wish it was another five miles in to protect it more from the masses.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Long Canyon Light flow Light flow
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Feb 29 2020
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Reynolds Creek Trail #150Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
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This trail and the falls never get old for me. Katie, me and the pack made the quick hike into the falls today. The falls had a moderate flow and there was some ice lingering on the surrounding rock. The knee faired better than on Happy Hour Ridge on Tuesday night.

The road was a little rough in spots on the way in and a couple of the crossing were a little tricky.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Reynolds Creek Falls - Sierra Ancha Medium flow Medium flow
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Feb 25 2020
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Happy Hour Ridge, AZ 
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Brought the dog over to meet Karl and Kathy. We ended up rolling five deep on dogs for this hike. A mountain biker’s worst nightmare. Hard to beat a sunset from Happy Hour Ridge in the valley. The knee was a little irritated on this hike, kind of frustrating, but so goes recovery. I have a big canyon backpack and climb planned for March 19, but I am now starting to wonder if that will be possible after this hike.
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Feb 23 2020
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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
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Hiking4.48 Miles 1,044 AEG
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First hike since knee surgery and first hike with new pup. As stated before, the reroute really makes this a nice trail. It never gets old. The goal was the rim road and back, but we ended up turning around just before the road, which was perfect for my knee and Dot.

It snowed most of the time we hiked and there were signs of some heavy precipitation along the whole drive to the Washington Park Trailhead. Nearly every wash, or creek along the 87 was flashed or running. The East Verde was also running very high. We did not see anyone all day until we reached the trailhead where we chatted with a man from New Hampshire who was about to backpack the Cabin Loop.

Great first hike back, minimal pain and the new pup did well.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 East Verde River @ Highline Heavy flow Heavy flow
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Jan 12 2020
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Queen Creek Cyn / Devil's Canyon - LowerGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Reading the recent triplog of @DennisWilliams to this area motivated me to finally post something from a couple of weekends Katie and I spent there back in January.

This was the last spot Katie and I climbed before knee surgery. In fact, we spent my final two weekends in Lower Devils climbing. Lower Devils offers the finest climbing in Queen Creek in my opinion. The first weekend we climbed around the Glitter Box area and the second weekend we headed down to Hackberry Creek.

Highlights of the Glitter Box were probably Hammer Head and Adios Larry, but we generally enjoyed all of the climbs we did.

For our second trip to Lower Devils we started the day on the two pitch 10a Sublime Line. I had to take a couple times on this climb, its steep and pumpy, but Katie and I really liked it. We then went down to the Hackberry area and got on some easier long trad lines, which we both enjoyed. The climbing was fantastic and the scenery is equally as enjoyable. Hackberry Creek makes for an awesome climbing area.
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Jan 01 2020
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Queen Creek Cyn / AtlantisGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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With knee surgery looming in the upcoming week, my Christmas break was a little low key. Kaite and I climbed a lot, but we were relegated to crags, as the kneee can't handle much of an approach or hike at this point. Nevertheless, we were able to get in a productive day at Atlantis and tried out a few new routes that were put up at a sub area of Atlantis called the Funny Farm. The highlights of the day were the two moderated multipitch routes we got on, including an excellent 200 foot 5.7 two pitch trad line that I strung out as on pitch. The rope drag was not that bad, but the route ate up pro and I found myself a little short on the pieces I needed near the top. After the Funny Farm, we headed to the southside of Atlantis to knock out a 5.7+ trad lead I had not led yet and to send Sir Charles cleanly the route I hung on a few weeks back.
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