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9 triplogs
Feb 12 2019
mike_berg
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 Routes 3
 Photos 330
 Triplogs 9

36 male
 Joined Feb 08 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2019
mike_berg
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,823 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.64 mph
1,823 ft AEG      20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Harder than anticipated! The difficulty rated 3.5 per guide, but this is easily a 4.0. The official GPS route can be used as a guideline but don't try to follow it too closely unless you feel like going over a cliff or two. I should have paid more attention to Yoder's triplog below regarding routes.

Sadly I didn't achieve the ultimate goal here and turned around with a mile to go. Strength/stamina have been in the toilet lately, apparently a side effect of the acne meds I've been taking (luckily just one more month on those). In the past I've done several 20+ mile day hikes in the Supes (one being nearly 27 miles). By comparison, I barely finished the 12 mile Battleship Mountain hike I did two weeks ago.

So, in my current weakened state, I figured this would be a challenging hike but not overly difficult. Not quite. Two miles in I was already feeling pretty fatigued and even considered turning around right there. However, not wanting to throw in the towel (50% ego, 40% 3-hour round trip drive, 10% voices in head - another apparent side effect of meds) I trudged onward. Sadly, as I mentioned, I ended up turning around anyway.

I wasted a lot of energy just trying to figure out where I was going, backtracking and climbing up little hills to pick out routes, etc. The terrain is challenging and I found it hard to maintain a good sense of where I was and where I needed to go (and when I knew where I needed to go it was often hard to know how to get there!). I'll return here once I get my mojo back and - with a little luck - hopefully I can recover my dignity. I think I left it near Chalcedony Cave.

Plenty of great views out here, even if you end up walking in circles and fail to bag the peak.

I saw two nice bunnies and a seemingly ambivalent squirrel. No other hikers out there.
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A few scattered about. Nothing substantial enough to be worth photographing.
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Jan 31 2019
mike_berg
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 Routes 3
 Photos 330
 Triplogs 9

36 male
 Joined Feb 08 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2019
mike_berg
Hiking12.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   5 Hrs      2.92 mph
2,100 ft AEG      45 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Great weather for my second trek up the Battleship. Unlike my first trip I managed to find the route in fairly easily which made for an efficient approach. Just like my first trip - on the way out - I managed to walk in increasingly frustrated circles for a while before finding the way down. My meandering descent seemed to work out for the best though: had I not gotten temporarily "lost" I likely would have had to contend with more traffic on the way back to central Phoenix. Traffic on the trail was minimal. I passed by a handful of groups on the way in on the Second Water trail, but didn't see anyone else. When I returned to the parking lot my car was quite lonely.
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Battleship Mountain
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Feb 01 2014
mike_berg
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 Routes 3
 Photos 330
 Triplogs 9

36 male
 Joined Feb 08 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2014
mike_berg
Hiking9.10 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs      2.80 mph
3,408 ft AEG      45 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
First time tackling 5057. Was hoping to ascend in under two hours, but my legs weren't quite on the same page as I after squatting and deadlifting three times each over the past six days. Still, made it up in 2:15, which I was pretty happy with considering how tough this hike is in spots. I definitely agree with the description: this is harder than Flatiron.

Saw about seven other groups/hikers in total, including Tortoise Hiker. Had a nice chat with a guy and his Australian Shepherd on the Peak. The dog didn't say much.

Overall a beautiful day for a beautiful hike. Even after I completed my descent I felt on top of the world. :D
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Jan 18 2014
mike_berg
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 Routes 3
 Photos 330
 Triplogs 9

36 male
 Joined Feb 08 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2014
mike_berg
Hiking9.90 Miles 1,120 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles
1,120 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Leisurely stroll with my girlfriend on a Saturday. Parking lot was packed, yet only saw a couple groups along the way (precisely zero on the Skunk Tank trail). The Skunk Tank Trail is pretty monotonous (though hilly). When we return this way, we'll likely just play around on the first section (the Cave Creek Trail #4), as there are lots of fun mini-waterfalls and rocks to hop around on and such.
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Saguaro - Crested
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Jan 11 2014
mike_berg
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 Routes 3
 Photos 330
 Triplogs 9

36 male
 Joined Feb 08 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2014
mike_berg
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiked with girlfriend and a buddy of mine. They both found it rather challenging. The last day hike I did was almost 27 miles with 7000 AEG...this felt like a walk in the park by comparison, though it was still somewhat strenuous.

This was my first time hiking this. The views (and there are a vast array of them) are spectacular. This is a must-hike. Nothing else really needs to be said :D
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Cicada
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Dec 01 2013
mike_berg
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 Routes 3
 Photos 330
 Triplogs 9

36 male
 Joined Feb 08 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Rogers Canyon Ruins from Reavis TH, AZ 
Rogers Canyon Ruins from Reavis TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2013
mike_berg
Hiking26.84 Miles 7,214 AEG
Hiking26.84 Miles   10 Hrs   50 Mns   2.66 mph
7,214 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
A very intense day hike for my first visit to the ruins. Ended up being slightly longer (and with more AEG) than expected. Opted for short sleeves through the prolific catclaw on the Frog Tanks trail to stay cool, only to be asked for days afterward if I'd been mauled by a cat. Well, in a way...
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Rogers Canyon Rogers Monster Agave
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Sunset
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Nov 24 2013
mike_berg
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 Routes 3
 Photos 330
 Triplogs 9

36 male
 Joined Feb 08 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2013
mike_berg
Hiking13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles
3,169 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiked this with a buddy of mine, Dave, I hadn't hiked with since spring. Left the trail head just after 9:30am. The non-paved section of SR88 was in really rough shape due to the sustained rainfall, and my '99 Camry barely made it to the trail head (luckily it had been graded while we were hiking and felt like a superhighway by comparison on the way out). Our adventure had begun even before we started hiking, foreshadowing what was sure to be a spectacular day!

I discovered during the descent on the way in that the knee issue that had been plaguing Dave last time we had hiked was as yet unresolved--possibly due to bad karma I incurred celebrating what good time we were making up to that point. Needless to say, we hiked slowly the rest of the trip (especially during the outward ascent). Knee issue aside, making our way along (and across, and across, and across...) the creek required slow and cautious steps. Even taking extra care, we both slipped and stumbled a number of times, though luckily escaped unscathed, save for a few scratches I received slipping down a small rock slide near the waterfall, barrel rolling over a small boulder, landing on my back, and sliding another few feet before coming to a stop. Dave watched the whole thing and advised me to take a rest (we had just arrived at the falls). I agreed that was a fine idea, proceeded to descend further toward the pool at the foot of the falls, and promptly lost my footing again! I then rested.

This hike was phenomenal, and more than worth whatever small struggles we encountered getting in and out of there. I had been waiting for a prime opportunity to strike at this journey, and several days of rain was the perfect impetus to head for the falls. Obviously, the giant roaring waterfall was the highlight of the journey, but the views on the rest of the trek were quite impressive themselves.

On the way out, we lost the light on the final stretch of the falls trail ascent, but our trusty headlamps guided us to the main trail not long after. We were immediately able to triple our pace, reaching the car just before 7:30pm.
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Reavis Creek Reavis Falls
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Nice colors along the creek, distinctly juxtaposed with the surrounding landscape.

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May 06 2013
mike_berg
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36 male
 Joined Feb 08 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2013
mike_berg
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles
3,125 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Did this hike (with my dad who's visiting from Wisconsin) at a moderate pace with a significant amount of sightseeing pauses. What a perfect day for a hike: moderate cloud cover and a nice cool breeze throughout made for ideal conditions and plenty of smiling . This was my (and my dad's) first time to the Thumb, and once we got away from the trailhead (and the swarm of people venturing out on their ten to twenty minute "hikes"), we had the place mostly to ourselves.

I have to say, the facilities at the Gateway Access Area are rather impressive. They even have maps! (Which I don't typically believe in, but my dad insisted we bring one; probably a good idea since last time he visited he led us astray in MSP to the tune of four miles from the car.) :? :sl:
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Strong flow erupting from the pipe!
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Apr 06 2013
mike_berg
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36 male
 Joined Feb 08 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Tanks Super Loop - Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2013
mike_berg
Hiking20.00 Miles 2,870 AEG
Hiking20.00 Miles   12 Hrs      1.82 mph
2,870 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break27 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Executed this solo as a day hike, counterclockwise, hitting the trail at 7am and returning to the car, completely worn out, at 7pm (doing ten sets of squats at the gym the day before turned out to be a poor decision). Wasn't sure I'd find water on the trip, so started out carrying two gallons. As it turned out, finding water on the trail wasn't a problem. However, carrying that much water for the first seven or eight miles took a toll.

This was my first solo hike in the wilderness (moved here last fall so I've only been hiking the area for a few months), and I felt a bit anxious at times (particularly when I heard, much louder than I'd imagined it would be, the ominous rattle of a nearby snake for the very first time :scared: ). For the remainder of the hike--the snake was somewhere around the halfway point--I had a slight fear of being bitten, or possibly eaten, by one or more rattlesnakes. The fact that in many spots on the trail I had to walk through tall grass obscuring my vision of the ground below did not help to mollify my fear. I ended up hearing one more rattler close by (10-15 feet), and another farther off, but saw neither these two nor the first. Somehow I'm ok with that.

Felt quite secluded for the entire trip. Passed a group of four on Dutchman Trail just twenty minutes after leaving the trailhead; didn't see anybody on Coffee Flat Trail; saw solo guy on Red Tanks Trail (he remarked that it was unusual to see anyone out there). Two campers near intersection of Dutchman Trail and Bluff Spring Trail. Three people half a mile from the parking lot on Bluff Spring Trail.

This was the first time I've seen the desert really alive: butterflies, caterpillars, bees, ants, beetles, wildflowers, (rattlesnakes), and it was quite cool to be essentially the lone human observer of nature's grand design that day, to be the outsider. :D

I made really great time (4 mph) on certain sections when the trail was easy to follow, but lost the trail a few times (or the trail forced me to claw through cat's claw or crawl or climb, etc.) and trudged at a measly 1-1.5 mph for significant, and frustrating, portions. Often I traveled at 0 mph as I scratched my head wondering how I'd lost the trail and how to navigate through and over trees, brush, and boulders. Of course turning back to relocate the trail was not an option. I pressed relentlessly forward and have more than enough scratches to prove it. I stopped to filter water twice and I sat down to eat meals twice for about fifteen minutes each time, but other than that took no rests other than stopping for a minute or so on the trail during climbs (when my quads simply refused to cooperate anymore ;)).

When I got about a half mile from the trailhead I experienced a delightful endorphin rush upon realizing that I'd succeeded. Or perhaps it was just a wave of relief :y:
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Fraley Pose Windmill
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