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Jun 27 2019
AZBeaver
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65 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking6.50 Miles 360 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.60 mph
360 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break10 LBS Pack
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Did some camping near Big Lake in the White Mountains and hiked the Thompson Trail #629 with friends from Payson. I've always loved this beautiful area in the mountains hiking alongside the creek.
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Jun 09 2019
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65 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Jun 09 2019
AZBeaver
Car Camping8.00 Miles 1,222 AEG
Car Camping8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.67 mph
1,222 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Went camping at Sharp Creek Campground with my sister, Rita, and her boyfriend, Rich in early June. Hiked Horton Creek and visited Willow Springs Lake. Perfect weather and a perfect hike. Horton Creek never disappoints.
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May 24 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2019
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,114 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.54 mph
1,114 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Hiked the Cave Creek Regional Park Area for a fitness hike. Great day!
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Apr 07 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,070 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.73 mph
1,070 ft AEG      15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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My sister, Rita (who is afraid of heights), and I hiked the Siphon Draw trail and thought we could go further onto Flatiron. However, her emotions took over and we could go no further--and that's OK. We gently turned around and crab crawled our way down to the smooth rock area. It was easy the rest of the way back to our campsite at the Lost Dutchman Park. The trail to flatiron was VERY CROWDED! Getting too hot already to hike this. 85 degrees on hot rock. GO EARLY MY FRIENDS!
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Apr 06 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.31 mph
1,750 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Took my sister Rita on her first trip to the Superstitions. It was perfect. Cool. Enough clouds to cover the sun. It even sprinkled a little to cool us off on our hike. The wildflowers were beautiful and such a variety of them. We only ran across 7 other people on our entire hike; however, hundreds of hikers on the Peralta Trail. What a great day. This may be the last weekend to hike while the temps are tolerable.
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Mar 31 2019
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Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,760 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.00 mph
1,760 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Hiking with my sister Rita in Prescott. We did a lot of exploring on top of Granite mountain trying to figure out how to get to the top of the rock outcropping but ran into another couple who told us that there was a recent helicopter rescue of a couple who were not prepared and had to spend the night in the cold because they "cliffed out". The helicopter crew dropped sleeping bags so that they could stay warm until the next morning when they could come rescue the couple.

Needless to say.... we did not pursue the rock outcropping on top of Granite Mountain. What a great hike and the weather was perfect -- in the high 50's. The trail had water trickling down in many areas. Had at least two creek crossings as well.
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Mar 19 2019
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Elephant Trees Nature TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2019
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Hiking7.50 Miles 800 AEG
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This is the write-up from AZ Wandering Bear about this trip:

The record cold and wet winter of 2019 scuttled several planned low elevation desert expeditions. Impatience, boredom, and cabin fever set in. A break in the rain finally provided an opportunity, or so we thought.

Anza-Borrego is a large preserve in California southwest of the Salton Sea. The topography is low mountains and scrub desert cut with sandy washes. The area provides some excellent offroad driving opportunities as well as a few decent hikes. My mapping software was chock full of routes and waypoints in the area offering a week of fun, adventure, and a few challenges.

No two adventures are the same. My last few trips had been solo. MJ was understandably anxious to get out too. We split the preparation tasks with her concentrating on menus and food preparation while I handled all other details. Adding a second person changes the volume of gear required and thus how the 4Runner is configured and packed. This trip would also to be a test of a new cockpit setup using RAM mounts to position an iPad and iPhone for navigation and trip management from the passenger seat.

Day one saw us off in high spirits. MJ has this thing for Popeye’s fried chicken. We stopped for lunch in Blythe where MJ emphatically repeated three times to the nice Popeye’s cashier that she wanted “a very large spicy breast”, showing with her hands just how large it needed to be, more turkey size than chicken size. But the staff dutifully went through all their chicken inventory to select the largest available. OK, you had to be there to appreciate it, but it was pretty funny.

Ancient and historic travel routes intrigue me, so we departed pavement to drive the Bradshaw Trail. The trail is an ancient trading route converted to a old stage route laid out by William Bradshaw for prospectors and miners in California to travel to the newly found gold fields near Prescott, Arizona. Bradshaw also built a ferry to cross the Colorado River near present day Blythe charging a handsome fee for its use. The Bradshaw Mountains southeast of Prescott are named for William and his enterprising brothers.

The Bradshaw proved easy enough, plenty bumpy, but mostly unremarkable. Two large abandoned boats left us scratching our heads since there isn’t a decent body of water anywhere close. Several vehicles had met their demise along the route as well, now rusting overturned burned out hulks urging caution. Later, an oddball collection of six vehicles were parked trailside. One of them had broken a tie rod end. A field repair was underway. We offered assistance, but had neither relevant material or skills to contribute.

After 70 miles of constant jostling, we made camp on the edge of a sandy wash against a cliff. And immediately discovered the reconfiguration had led to leaving behind the rack for the little Weber grill on which we planned to prepare almost every meal. The rack isn’t left in the grill for transport since it bounces around inside and does damage. But on previous trips everything grill related had ridden in a single packing box inside the truck. With the reconfiguration the grill went up onto the roof rack, but the grill rack never found a home. Yes, we have wonderfully detailed checklists for our expeditions. And they always work, assuming you slow down and use them. Now we had only a small single burner stove, a tiny fry pan and small pot to heat water. To save room, I’d even tossed out the small generic little rack I occasionally use over a fire. Our planned juicy grilled steaks became fried steak bites. And we’d have to scramble to change up the menu to match our limited capability. MJ stepped up and started making it work.

Day two put us back on the Bradshaw, which had turned into a rutted mogul filled track forcing us to creep along slowly. Luckily we were only 20 miles from the end. We agreed the Bradshaw, however historic it is, was a one-and-done for us.

We hit pavement along the eastern shore of the Salton Sea. MJ insisted we stop so she could dip a toe. The smelly water and crushed shell and ground granite beach changed her mind. It was interesting to be in shorts on a beach, albeit a stinky beach, and seeing the snow capped San Bernardino mountains to the west. We ran south along the Salton.

If you remember the movie Into the Wild, the story of Christopher McCandless, a rebellious free spirit who ended up dead in an old school bus in the wilds of Alaska, then you have seen Salvation Mountain. In 1984, Leonard Knight moved into the area near Niland, CA known as Slab City, a gathering place for counter-culture freedom seekers. Leonard had undergone a religious conversion a few years prior. He embarked on a mission to spread the word of God through the creation of Salvation Mountain, a task that occupied him until his death 28 years later. Living in his truck with no electricity or running water, Leonard scrounged paint and other materials from the local dump. He shaped a small hill with clay and straw and bonded it with layer upon layer of paint, all colorfully spelling out his vision of his faith. Today volunteers maintain and enlarge Salvation Mountain. We spent time wandering up and around this unique piece of Americana.

At the other end of Slab City is East Jesus, a quirky art collective. Discarded objects are repurposed as art. Mostly it looks like a creative junk yard. One of the main displays is a two-story high wall of old televisions with messages painted on the screens. It is both funny and extremely thought provoking. The old car with thousands of Barbie dolls attached to it was just wrong in so many ways.

We cut around the south end of the Salton Sea through the agricultural Imperial Valley, a productive but uninspiring area. The day was hot and we hadn’t had lunch yet. About 20 miles south of Borrego Springs, we stopped at a roadside joint called the Iron Door Bar hoping for a cold beer and maybe a burger. There was no burger, but the cold beer was served by a gaunt, leather-skinned desert dwelling woman who sized us up and asked, “are you here to look at the weeds?” Apparently the rain had resulted in a super bloom of desert wildflowers in the area. Thousands were flocking to the area to see the blue and violet spectacle of blooming weeds. We said we weren’t, ordered the worst hot dog we’ve ever eaten, and were totally entertained by our hostess until the sun receded enough to let us continue on our way.

We hiked Elephant Trees trail which is improperly named. Only a single elephant tree, a species that lives in this austere desert climate and nowhere else, lives along the one mile of the trail. I think there were once others but they are dead now. So it should be Elephant Tree trail. MJ thought the tree smelled like oranges. She often stops to smell the trees.

The sandy Fish Creek Wash took us to the wind caves. An ascending trail leaves the wash leading up to sandstone outcrops cut with whimsical alcoves shaped by wind and erosion over several millennia. We climbed in and over the terrain, admiring the views, hot but with a nice breeze.

During the drive back out along Fish Creek, I mentioned the nearby Ocotillo Wells OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) Area had showers and that the hamlet of Borrego Springs wasn’t far away and thus a plan was born. At Ocotillo Wells, four quarters buys you a stream of hot water that feels like heaven. Carmalita’s wasn’t the best Mexican fare we’ve had by far, but we didn’t have to deal with a missing grill rack either. We set up camp a decent distance from a convenient pit toilet back at Ocotillo Wells and called the day well and done.

MJ made a nice breakfast as I packed camp the next morning just as the sun lit up the sandy desert. A slot canyon hike was our first order of business. Having done amazing slot canyons in Utah and northern Arizona, we were a little disappointed. But the canyon provided shade and a few giggles as we squeezed through the tight spots.

Artist Ricardo Breceda creates massive rusted metal sculptures of elephants, horses, eagles, dinosaurs, serpents and other fanciful imaginings. While large, the sculptures possess minute attention to detail, though stationary they all seem in motion. Over 130 of his statues are scattered throughout the desert around Borrego Springs, most connected by sandy dirt driving trails. The morning was warming quickly, so we drove amongst the sculptures south of town.

El Borrego is a legendary local dive, a family operated eatery with a carpeted seating area under a huge tree. Lunch was some basic fish tacos, made extraordinary by the secret sauce of El Borrego, which can be taken back home in a plastic bottle for only $12. But it is worth it. Trust me.

We aired down the tires for some sandy driving at the mouth of Fonts Wash. MJ took the wheel and I navigated. The 4Runner handled the deep sand easily. Fonts Point provides a nice overlook of the badlands area of Anza Borrego. We cut east on Short Wash and then south again to Vista del Malpais, another nice overlook.

I hadn’t gotten much wheel time on the trip and wanted to play in the sand, so MJ reluctantly relinquished her spot on the driver’s side. We discussed gear selection, throttle control, and proper tire pressures in sand as we worked over towards Arroyo Salado.

Lots of folks were boondocking in vehicles of all kinds near the head of Arroyo Salado. We eased on down the easily driven wash and stopped at 17 Palm Oasis, a small seep with, you guessed it, 17 palm trees surrounded by barren sand dessert. A small vehicle parked by us as we returned from the short walk up to the palms. An older gentleman immediately strode up and complimented the 4Runner in a very proper English voice. He was very familiar with the area and offered a constant statticco listing of places we should see interspersed with random adulations about our truck, all delivered in the Queen’s tongue. We were mesmerized. Just my opinion, but the most interesting of characters seem to congregate at remote desert oases.

The Pumpkin Patch was our destination on this drive. The pumpkins are actually sandstone concretions, sand cementing itself together into hard formations, often round or spherical. In this particular area, the wind has uncovered and rounded concretions in such a way they look like a patch of pumpkins left out in the desert. Always a sucker for unique geology, I wandered around gawking at the variations in the sandy formations.

The day had been long, nonstop. We were thinking of a nice dinner, maybe another shower, and a good night’s sleep under the moon and stars. But before that could happen, the largest Mercedes Sprinter van made was astride the wash and sunk into the sand. Sprinters have become all the rage among the RV set. Some variants even have modest, and I do mean modest, off-pavement capability. This one did not, yet it was a half mile down a sandy wash and totally blocking our escape route.

Seems the driver realized he didn’t belong here, attempted a turn around, but had a turn radius that far exceeded the width of the wash. Now he was broadside, rear wheels sunk into a few inches of sand, and totally without the skills or equipment to extricate himself. I won’t mention the license plate was from the most southwestern state of the contiguous 48. I have lately become loathe to get involved in recovering people and their machines, too much friction in the world. But with a half dozen people standing around and doing nothing, their problem was obviously now my problem.

A quick walk around showed we needed to back the rig up about six feet to get enough room to head back down canyon. The rear wheels had been spun down into the sand a few inches, enough to essentially chock the overweight and under-powered metallic monstrosity. The driver looked shell shocked, his wife sat in the cab and looking straight ahead. Others in his party milled about aimlessly. I fetched the shovel and handed it to MJ. “See if anyone knows what this is and get them to dig out the back tires.” I climbed up on the roof rack where my orange MaxTrax ride and freed two from their mounts, tossing them down to the sand.

The one guy who knew how to operate a shovel had done a poor job of clearing the tires, so I explained a little more what we needed. Then I got the driver to focus and explained exactly how we’d maneuver his condo on tiny wheels. With enough sand finally out of the way, I wedged the MaxTrax under the back of the tires and walked the driver again through what we’d do, admonishing him to watch only me and respond to my commands, warning I’d not be happy if he spun his tires and damaged my prized recovery equipment.

The van slipped free easily enough. Moving the sand by hand and using the van’s floor mats under the stuck tires would likely have been adequate had any of the group possessed the most miniscule of off road experience or knowledge. I recovered and remounted all my gear on the 4Runner eager to be underway. Sprinter van dude still sat in a narrow portion of the wash blocking all traffic. MJ went to tactfully ask him to move, my supply of tact all used up. Amazingly, not a member of their group once voiced appreciation.

El Borrego advertised live music and cold margaritas. We didn’t resist. The one-man band was entertaining, the food flavorful, the patrons mellow. With a full moon on the rise we didn’t worry about setting up camp before sunset. We had enough quarters to splurge on showers, the luxury of consecutive nights of cleanliness not lost on us.

Southern California is subject to unpredictable winds known as the Santa Ana. Between the shower and reaching our chosen camp spot for the night, Saint de Ana came calling. With gusts at 40 miles per hour, setting up a tent was hopeless. Our best bet was to hunker close to the ground on our cots and protect ourselves with our blankets and hope the wind subsided. Any of our bedding not held down blew away. We chased pillows, wrestled blankets, laughed, and swore. We love adventure, some aspects of it more than others. The wind did not abate yet we each amazingly got a little sleep, very little.

With dawn we faced a decision point. We knew the forecast for the next few days showed wind, of course not like this, but still wind. We had no confidence the Santa Anas would die down and if they did that they would not return. We packed our bedding quickly and left for breakfast in town. Bedraggled, we reluctantly decided to end the trip by visiting the remaining unseen Breceda sculptures and then drive homeward.

Adventure isn’t easy. It is not predictable. Attention to detail is mandatory. You learn from each failure, each mistake. Adventure isn’t win or lose You only lose if you never try.
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Feb 09 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,265 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.92 mph
1,265 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Great hike today in the Deems Hills under cloudy skies. Lots of people on the trail today. Lots of blooming brittle brush. Hiked every trail in the Deem Hills today.
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Feb 07 2019
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Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2019
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Hiking8.15 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking8.15 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   2.76 mph
1,260 ft AEG      25 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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What a great day for a hike. Temps in the 50's. Clear skies after a good rainfall days before. The trail was wet but doable. Lots of folks on the trails today.
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Jan 19 2019
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Superstitions White Rock & Whiskey Springs, AZ 
Superstitions White Rock & Whiskey Springs, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jan 19 2019
AZBeaver
Backpack23.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Participated in a 3-day backpacking trip with the Arizona Backpacking Club in the beautiful Superstitions. Our plan was to camp at White Rock Springs the first night and then Whiskey Springs the second. Although there was plenty of water all along our hike, water at both of our campsites wasn't the best. Camped 1/2 mile from Charlebois Spring adding a mile to get water to and from camp the first night. The 2nd night at Whiskey Springs had adequate water but not the best. LaBarge had the best water, and approximately 2 miles before getting to Whiskey Springs (near Trap Canyon Spring) had a great pond and camping area on the right side of the trail. Backpacked with 7 people. I was probably the least experienced of the group but did well. The beauty of the Superstitions makes the difficult trek all worth it. We got to see the lunar eclipse; however, the clouds obscured viewing. Weather was perfect. Flowers are beginning to come out. It was a great weekend meeting new people. I wanted to keep my back to no more than 30 lbs, therefore, sacrificed my backpacking chair. I really missed that chair at camp. We had a campfire each night which was really nice.
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Jan 11 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,460 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   1.99 mph
1,460 ft AEG      40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Hiked 10 miles from the 7 Springs trail head along the beautiful flowing cave creek. Lots of horses on the trail today. Ground was wet most of the way. Stopped for a leisurely lunch at a great backpacking spot then headed back to the pools and water falls for another break and then back to the trail head. Weather was perfect! Yellow poppies are just starting to come out.
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Jun 10 2018
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Woodchute - Martin Canyon LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2018
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Hiking10.50 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   1.93 mph
2,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Angela invited me and Kelly to get a cooler hike in this past Sunday tackling the Woodchute Trail Mingus Mountain. I haven't hiked in several weeks and was getting serious cabin fever so I jumped at the opportunity. Was worried it would be too hot, but at 7,100+ feet elevation, it was great. Mid-70's with a breeze which also helped keep the flies away. The flies were relentless but at least they did not bite! We had 50/50 hiking in wooded shade and rocky trail exposure. Very beautiful hike with great vistas of the town of Cottonwood and Sedona and beyond. The trail was challenging enough for me working my core trekking through very rocky portions of the trail and significant enough elevation climbs. Felt great and would definitely go back to the overlook which we skipped this time. The area is very dry. PRAY FOR RAIN!!!
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May 26 2018
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Groom Creek Loop Trail #307Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2018
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Hiking9.34 Miles 1,579 AEG
Hiking9.34 Miles   4 Hrs      2.49 mph
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One of my favorite trails in the Prescott area. My sister, Rita, and I wanted to get a little exercise. Very dry and dusty on the trail. The temps were perfect--68-70 degrees. Ran into two other groups of girls hiking.
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May 06 2018
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Cosmic AshtraySouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 06 2018
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,055 AEG
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One week after getting back from a 12-day trip floating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, (my 4th trip!), I was invited to join my husband and two friends, Steph and Blake, who are experts at “overlanding” to explore what lies north of Lake Powell. So, we headed to southern Utah, again, exploring the Kaiparowits Plateau. This area is bounded by Lake Powell on the south, Escalante to the north, Hole In The Rock Road to the east and Cottonwood Canyon Road to the west. We hiked a fantastic area near the Hole in the Rock Road to the Cosmic Ashtray. This fun, 8-mile round hike takes you through sand and mostly slick rock. There’s great scenery along the way. Thousands of moqui marbles (iron concretions) with some being quite large dotted the area. One area had lots of pieces of volcanic extrusion from a thin layer breaking apart above us.

The Ashtray is visually stunning and different from anything I've seen yet. The orange sand is wind deposited and sifted fine and free of anything else. There are some moqui steps carved into the rocks face for accessing the sandy floor, but they looked a bit sketchy. With some rope, I would have tried dropping in. See more info on the Cosmic Ashtray at:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science- ... 180955188/
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Apr 15 2018
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Grand Canyon River Running, AZ 
Grand Canyon River Running, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2018
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Hiking25.00 Miles
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This is my 4th Colorado River rafting trip with Hatch River Expeditions,through the Grand Canyon--12 glorious days below the rim! I went with my sister, Rita, and best friend Linda Brady. We traveled from Lee's Ferry all the way to Whitmore Wash, 188 miles down the Colorado River taking in both the Upper and Lower Canyon. These motor rigs are 35' in length and 16' wide powered by a 30-horsepower, four-stroke motor. They have two tubes on the sides which you can ride in rapids if you want a great thrill! There were only 14 passengers and 2 crew and one boat this time. I highly recommend saving your $$ for this trip of a life time. It's not cheap, but worth every penny if you are adventurous, love to hike fairly difficult hikes and don't mind camping on the beach every night. You'll get to HATE SAND! But, heck, it's only sand. I keep saying "this will be the last time I go on this trip", but I already miss it. Never say never! If any of you are thinking of going on this trip and want a few good tips, message me.
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Mar 24 2018
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Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2018
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Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.25 mph
2,100 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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What a great day to hike Bear Mountain with my younger sister Rita. The temps were in the mid 50's and a little breezy and overcast, but perfect for such a strenuous hike gaining more than 2K' AEG. We did pretty darn good for some 60-year-old ladies. This is one of the tougher hikes to do in Sedona. We are training for our upcoming 12-day river rafting trip down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon hiking every one of those days in the most amazing place on earth! Bear Mountain is a great training hike for the Grand Canyon.
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Jan 30 2018
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Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2018
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Hiking2.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.67 mph
520 ft AEG      25 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Wade and I drove to Devils Bridge during our visit to Sedona for his birthday. We took "Bullit" -- Wade's Toyota 4-Runner overland vehicle-- as some of the roads we were traveling on were rough--especially the one we took to Devils Bridge and on down to Secret Canyon Trail. Great photo ops here but standing on the bridge itself is not for those scared of heights.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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AZBeaver
Hiking3.80 Miles 784 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.98 mph
784 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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AZWandering Bear and I wanted to hike to the famous "Vortex" area -- Boynton Canyon. This trail is a moderate hike with a 400 foot gain in elevation. It ends in a moderate climb to an overlook in a large box canyon. The first third of the trail skirts the Enchantment Resort. This is a private resort and access is prohibited. The trail starts from the Boynton Canyon parking lot just outside the Enchantment Resort. We first hiked to the Vista Trail to the Boynton Canyon Spire. There we ran into a couple of girls who explained that there are both female and male energies and encouraged us to "touch a juniper tree" for more positive energy. Many flock to Sedona to feel the power of energy vortexes dotting the region. A vortex is a spiraling, tornado-like force of spiritual energy emanating from the center of the Earth. Many believe these places are perfect spots for prayer, meditation and healing, as the energy is said to interact with one’s inner self. Vortexes are also known to increase psychic energy and make you more self aware.

The Boynton Canyon Vortex is one of several main vortexes in the area. It’s located just east of Enchantment Resort. Some vortexes are said to have either masculine or feminine energies. The Boynton Canyon vortex has both, which is supposedly ideal for balancing energy within oneself and with relationships. The center of the vortex is located in a knoll south of the spire. Hikers can climb to the top of the spire. While not lengthy, there is some tricky footing near the tip.

Juniper trees apparently feel the vortexes more than other plants and trees. They grow in a twisting manner the closer you get the center of a vortex.

Deadman's Pass Trail links to Long Canyon Trail and has excellent views of Mescal Mountain.

To reach the parking lot, take Dry Creek Road off of 89A in Sedona. Dry Creek Road ends at a " T " intersection. Follow the signs to Boynton Canyon.

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Fay Canyon Trail #53Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking2.54 Miles 492 AEG
Hiking2.54 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   2.58 mph
492 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Beautiful hike to Fay Canyon in Sedona. I so enjoyed this hike. A fun hike and the views of the forest and the peacefulness of its beauty overcomes you. We still are not sure if we actually saw the Fay Canyon Arch or not.
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Palatki RuinsSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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AZBeaver
Hiking1.50 Miles 456 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.60 mph
456 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Thoroughly enjoyed Palatki Ruins. Palatki and its sister site, Honanki, were the largest cliff dwellings of the Red Rock Country between AD 1150 - 1350. They also exhibit extensive rock art. The sites were first described by Dr. Jesse Walter Fewkes, famous turn-of-the century archaeologist from the Smithsonian Institution, who gave them the Hopi names of Honanki (Badger House) and Palatki (Red House). The Hopi, however, have no specific names for these sites.

Currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service under the Red Rock Pass Program, the site is open to the general public for visits seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). A small visitor center and bookstore, run by the Arizona Natural History Association, is located a short distance from the parking lot.

There are three trails at Palatki Heritage Site, one trail that takes you up to the Sinagua cliff dwellings, one that takes you to a view of the dwellings and a third that goes to the alcoves that shelter the painted symbols, or pictographs from every native culture to ever occupy the Verde Valley. These trails, each ¼ mile one way making the round trip distance one and one half mile, are fairly easy but they are not accessible to most wheelchairs.
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