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Jul 03 2018
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2018
Boothroyd
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.47 mph
1,183 ft AEG
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Traveled counterclockwise from the trailhead nearest KA Hill. It was 85F and 15% humidity, 15-30mph wind. Trail was in good shape. Flower observations minimal. No water over falls, and what water I did see was stagnant. Saw a herd of +50 sheep bedded down in the creek near old sawmill site -- could smell them from a mile away. Even though the forest had Stage II fire restrictions, saw people driving their quads off designated routes and heard firearms discharge several times. Overall, nice day for one of my favorite hikes in the area.
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May 18 2018
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Snowslide Spring via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2018
Boothroyd
Hiking8.90 Miles 2,430 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.10 mph
2,430 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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My first +10K' hike of the season, and kinda kicked my butt. Thought this would be a good one for the dogs, as it's somewhat "off the beaten path" of the ordinary Inner Basin hike most choose. There was an abundance of elk sign between 9-10K, so if your dogs are animal chasers, might be best to keep them leashed. Was also intrigued by previous trip logs describing bountiful water issuing forth from Snowslide Spring at this time of year. But, alas, the water was barely flowing . . . and not much snow to boot. Makes me think about the possibility of forest closures due to the enhanced fire danger from a historically dry fall/winter/spring.

A good workout hike, views are mostly rocks and trees, but a few decent glimpses of the surrounding landscape, especially on the way down.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Still early, mostly of the tiny ground hugging variety in yellow and white. Aspens are leafing out at lower elevations, but bare above 10K.
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Feb 15 2018
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Kelly CanyonFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2018
Boothroyd
Hiking5.50 Miles 605 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.64 mph
605 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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My dogs and I hiked from the top of the canyon, just west of I17, down to Pumphouse Wash. Took an alternative route back by hiking up a finger ridge, which popped us out on the road near the pit. There were some accumulations of snow and slush, and a little mud, but overall a nice little hike in pleasant weather, and no poison ivy to contend with. Judging by the lack of people prints, appeared that I was the first hiker in since a recent winter storm passed through dropping a few inches of wet snow. Melting fast, but much needed precip! The quiet and solitude were a welcome part of my day.
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Jan 08 2018
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Onyx BridgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 08 2018
Boothroyd
Backpack7.30 Miles 426 AEG
Backpack7.30 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   1.63 mph
426 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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After reading the various trip logs and picture sets describing this hike, I decided to give it a try as a quick over-nighter. I basically just followed the official route, with some forays into various gullies and such, taking in the scenery and the great January weather. It has been historically dry this year, and I timed it just right with regard to the first and only big precipitation event of the season (so far), returning to Flagstaff just in time to catch a few miles of snowshoeing. Contrary to PaleoRob's description, dogs are allowed into the back country in Petrified Forest NP, and I took mine along. This is a rarity in national parks and monuments so, if you decide to take your dogs, please follow the rules and keep the option available for future use. I found the Onyx Bridge easily by following the route/directions given, and also found the other one as indicated by my Garmin GPS, which is apparently not even a bridge -- but an impressive chunk of petrified wood in it's own right. Didn't spend much time looking for rock art, but with such a diversity of places to explore, expect to see some on future trips. I did, however, find an interesting gully containing a stacked rock feature that I speculated may have been a dam of some sort. Incidentally, I was able to score a rare permit into The Devil's Playground for the previous night, and would recommend that hike as well. It is truly an otherworldly landscape, and being limited to 3 permits per week, on a first come first served basis, doesn't see nearly as much human impact as other areas in the park. I really look forward to spending more time in PEFO, and thanks to the previous trip logs for convincing me to give it a try.
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Wildflowers Observation None
There were a few dried out flowers on the rabbit brush, otherwise nada.
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Jul 22 2017
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2017
Boothroyd
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.47 mph
1,183 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Sorry to see about Joe's misfortune. I sincerely hope that he recovers soon and well. The sheep were down on Garland Prairie, so didn't need to contend with them, their poop, accompanying flies, gnats and sheep dogs. They've trampled the west side of KA Hill to the point of making it hard see the trail in places. Look for the cairns and log cut outs for guidance. Thankfully, I was able to run my dog most of the way off-leash and with no complications. While crossing Fire Road 139, I encountered a morbidly obese couple riding in a side-by-side ATV. I waved and smiled . . . they scowled at me and gunned their engine. Spotted a few mule deer does, and 3 osprey near Pomeroy Tanks. Was hoping to see a heron, too, but the osprey were very cool. Lots of dragon flies, those marvels of aeronautical engineering. Water was flowing, though not much going over Sycamore Falls. If one were to backpack through, there would be filterable water to choose from -- some better than others. Saw a couple of rock climbers at Sycamore Falls speed climbing one of the cracks. Pretty fun to watch . . . my rock climbing days are long over. A flock of vultures was hovering over the canyon area past the falls. One buzzed about 10 feet over my head and spooked me a little. The trails were quite muddy from the recent monsoons and accumulated mud on the soles of my boots made for slippery walking in the rocky places. Glad I had a trekking pole. The afternoon storm was rolling in just as I hit the Dow Springs area. I started early and got over KA Hill at the beginning. Not a big fan of being on the high point during a thunderstorm. As I neared my trail head, just past the Sawmill Site, I heard a cacophony of firearms maybe a couple of hundred yards away, which quickened my pace out of the area. Overall, a nice hike on a beautiful day.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Saw a few penstemmons, some purple daisies, the occasional thistle, and a couple of century plants blooming. Poison ivy in the wetter drainages.
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Mar 05 2017
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Mooney Trail #12Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
Boothroyd
Hiking8.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.46 mph
800 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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It was a cool and overcast day and, except for 20-30 mph winds, perfect weather. The FR2551 portion of the trail from 525C/Black Tank was indeed a little boring, but once up on the ridge had some nice views of the surrounding terrain, including the Red Rock canyons to the east and Robber's Roost to the west. Spring Creek was flowing nicely, and crossing with dry feet was difficult but not impossible. The water lines on the rocks suggest that the creek level is falling steadily. I took my two dogs, and besides a couple of cactus punctures, no problems. I saw no other people on the trail. Signs of recent deer and elk movement were apparent, but no sightings. Lots of furry coyote scat everywhere. On the way back, spotted a large javelina near Black Tank, and about 20 ducks in the water. Hiked in 4 miles from Mooney trail head, far enough to get a feel for the place. Look forward to a return visit, possibly from the northern terminus of FR525, if access is available.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Some manzanita in bloom.
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Oct 06 2016
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2016
Boothroyd
Hiking15.80 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   8 Hrs      2.18 mph
4,400 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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This was my third trip to Humphreys via Inner Basin. In fact, this is the only way I've ever hiked to Humphreys. Overall, it was a perfect weather day. Mid 40s at the top with light and variable wind @ 10mph gusts. The aspens were nearing peak color change, with a little green remaining here and there. It was still freezing at the trail head (7:00 a.m.) and, in the shady areas along the way, the ground crunched with frost. Most notable was a bit of trail work on the portion of Weatherford between Inner Basin and Fremont Saddle. The overgrowth of the small trees lining the trail had been removed making it easier to move through the area. It also seemed a little easier to follow the Humphreys Summit Trail #151, but that could be my increased familiarity with the trail. Anyhow, great hike for this time of year, especially if you can watch the weather and grab a perfect day. Highly recommended!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Aspens nearing peak.
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Sep 28 2016
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2016
Boothroyd
Hiking8.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.00 mph
600 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I took this hike mid-week with my two dogs and was rewarded by encountering only 3 others along the trail. The fall color is just starting to appear, probably be better in a month or so. Weather was decent 79F and partly cloudy with a gentle breeze, nice break from the cool and wet of Flag. Contrary to some other write-ups, this area appears to see heavy use at times, with the resulting piles of toilet paper and other trash . . . but I've definitely seen worse. My favorite moments were stopping in shady spots and listening to the water move. Very peaceful and almost meditative at times. I'll possibly return later for some fall photography. Not a very challenging hike, overall, but there are loops etc. that are worth checking out, as evidenced by fellow triplogs and picture sets.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Just barely starting to change color.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Saw some nice reds and yellows in the understory.
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Feb 25 2016
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2016
Boothroyd
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.22 mph
1,183 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I've done this one a half-dozen times or so. Problem is, I'm better at hiking than making trip logs . . . but here goes. Started kinda late, around noon, heading in a clockwise direction and starting from the Dow Spring trail head. The weather was fine at mid 60's with a 5 mph wind. Not bad for late Feb! Anyhow, the trail was muddy for about half the distance, so that slowed me down a bit. Not only did it make for insecure footing, but added a pound or so to each boot. I might recommend getting an early start (sunrise) so that the muddy parts are frozen over for the most part. Overall, the scenery was fairly bland and washed-out due to the lack of any new growth on the plants. My favorite part about this hike is that I can bring my dogs and let them run off-leash most of the way as there are usually so few people (and dogs) to share the trail with. All of the creeks and pools were full, and Sycamore Falls actually had some water going over it. There were a few female rock climbers basking in the sun shining on the columnar basalt at the falls. Did I mention that the trail was muddy? Also, there was snow covering the trail in many of the shaded areas. Bring some water proof footwear this time of year for the mud, snow and multiple stream crossings. Walking stick helps too. Another poster mentioned what he/she thought was a lot of elk sign on the west side of KA Hill. Actually, over the last couple years, there have been domestic sheep grazing there, which leave bounteous scat and have virtually denuded the hillside. There are also a couple of very large and aggressive sheep dogs (Great Pyrenees?) accompanying them, so beware, especially if you have your dogs off-leash. Thankfully, neither the sheep nor their dogs were present for this trip. One final note: there have been timber sales in the area which have thinned the forest growth considerably. This thinning is probably necessary, and it appears as if the crews have been conscientious about doing a good job. However, in a few places, the trail has been obscured by forest litter, so keep an eye out for the cairns that dot the trail all along the way. Well, that's it until next time. Happy hiking!!
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Sep 27 2015
Boothroyd
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 Photos 26
 Triplogs 10

52 male
 Joined Oct 12 2013
 Flagstaff, AZ
Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2015
Boothroyd
Hiking15.80 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   8 Hrs      1.98 mph
4,400 ft AEG
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Pretty much like the description on the title page. Weather was perfect. Winds only ~20mph gusts at the summit. Hiked with my dog, Dolly, who was unfazed by the distance and elevation. Using a leash on the summit trail may be hazardous, depending on the weather and your dog and leash combo. Would also like to mention a section of the Inner Basin Trail, on the Weatherford end, that is covered with baseball and softball sized stones that may provide loose footing for the weary or inattentive hiker, so keep your eyes peeled. Beautiful hike this time of year and a nice little workout to boot!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
It was about half and half green and gold in Aspens.
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