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Mar 28 2021
GeeEss
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Boulder Creek, AZ 
Boulder Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
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Hiking1.70 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   0.85 mph
950 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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I am occasionally intrigued by areas fairly close to civilization, which seem incredibly remote. This is such a place, and it's easy to understand why. The drive in is fairly long and tiresome, and the final road is hellishly tied to a pretty gruesome wash/creek. My raised Jeep w/35s was just barely up to the task. A few historical artifacts litter the final road.

Once at the imagined trailhead, we hiked perhaps 0.33 mile thru rocks and brush until it started going up. About 900' up over 0.5 mile. Terrain was a mixture of completely loose rock, punctuated by near vertical rocky ridges to scale. Each and every step an adventure. Our goal was a ridge, shaped like a knife edge that plays host to a little-known Hohokam pueblo. The final ascent was a challenging climb along a narrow ledge that provided access to the ruin. Success!

Views are spectacular and the site is littered with very large potsherds. Walls are not as tall as some, undoubtedly due to exposure to the elements. From atop the ridge, we spotted another wall off in the distance.

Shout-out to Google Earth Maestro Eric for the push that led to this terrific outing!
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Mar 11 2021
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Unknown Pueblo, AZ 
Unknown Pueblo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2021
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Hiking1.80 Miles
Hiking1.80 Miles
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Visited a wonderful ruin today, spotted by the Google Earth master prodigy, Eric. Tough Jeep road led to an easy hike to access this practically unknown fortified pueblo. Spectacular. Small ruin, big walls – 4’- 6’ tall. Had to scoot up a 25’ crack to reach the top. Amazing view, cultivated agaves, and a smattering of rock art. The site has been visited before, but the evidence I saw may have been from 50 years ago – or more. Someone had scratched his initials in a rock + two very old cans. Also, some really interesting geology in the area.
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Feb 25 2021
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Sinagua Castle, AZ 
Sinagua Castle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2021
GeeEss
Hiking3.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.75 mph
600 ft AEG
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Hike to this spectacular ruin is no more challenging than the drive in, which is fine until the last 1.5 miles, which requires patience and a high clearance vehicle. Trailhead is initially tough to spot, but trail opened up and improved as we went along. At one point the hike becomes challenging, with some serious slip-sliding and boulder crawls involved, but then it morphs into a walk in the park. This is most pristine and unspoiled ruin I have come across yet. Time well spent.
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Mar 18 2020
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Woolsey PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2020
GeeEss
Hiking2.91 Miles 1,837 AEG
Hiking2.91 Miles   5 Hrs      0.79 mph
1,837 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
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Tough, tough hike up to an extremely prominent landmark. Drive in absolutely requires high clearance 4WD, else don't even think about it. There is really just a single characteristic that makes this hike so challenging -- rocks, rocks, and more rocks. And then there's the rocks. All well and good on the way up through fantastic scenery and incredible flora that includes Agave, an unusual Nolina, and a breathtaking Dudleya, but the hike down on tired legs takes just as much time and effort as the hike up. Quads were absolutely trashed by the time I made it back to the Jeep. In any case, if you have the vehicle, hike the hike! Well worth the body aches -- lol!
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Saddle Mountain Woolsey Peak
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Mar 03 2020
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Horse Canyon RuinsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2020
GeeEss
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.45 mph
1,060 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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Really fun spot requires a long drive along rugged roads that are only accessible to those with high clearance 4WD vehicles. Not surprisingly, the road deteriorated markedly the further along I went, and since this is not a long hike, I parked in a nice, safe spot, though I could have driven a little further in. The hike starts along the same road, before heading east off trail and up toward a ridgeline saddle. Terrain is only mildly challenging and the hike continues toward the SE and eventually down a bit, before the ascent toward the top of the next little hill, which is graced by an old Salado pueblo. The ruin has a few nice walls, and plenty of potsherds scattered about. Wonderful, lonely little placed visited by few due to the challenging access road.
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Feb 26 2020
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Webber Mine Trail - HarcuvarSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2020
GeeEss
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,190 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
1,190 ft AEG
 
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And a return to hike the trail up to Webber Mine. Terrific area, easy access, I am still confounded that this isn't one of the more popular destinations at HAZ. Remains of a little mining camp adorn the trail near the two crested Saguaros, not too far before reaching the mine.
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Feb 18 2020
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Perry Tank Canyon RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2020
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Hiking1.20 Miles
Hiking1.20 Miles   3 Hrs      0.40 mph
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Easy hike to one of several major arch sites atop Perry Mesa. There are two fair-sized pueblos here, and these are dangerous places, with fallen walls and thick brush obscuring the ground. Best to take a look, but not wander too far in. The real attraction here is the canyon wall, adorned with all manner of impressive petroglyph, including an unequaled collection (in my experience) of large shaman glyphs. Shaman glyphs are anthropomorphs with exaggerated hands and feet, and reportedly denote religious figures. Then there are the duck glyphs that lend this site the popular nickname of Pueblo Pato (the duck house, or more comically, the quack house). Pretty long drive in, but accessible to all with high clearance vehicles -- no 4WD required.
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Feb 16 2020
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Table Top TrailSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2020
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Hiking9.07 Miles 2,384 AEG
Hiking9.07 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.02 mph
2,384 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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One of several challenging hikes in the general area (along with Quartz, Woolsey, Maricopa/Sand Tanks, etc.) that have some geology and interesting desert flora in common. Nice thing about Table Top is it's a bit more civilized than some of the other regional high points, easily reached with a two wheel drive pickup or similar vehicle with a little clearance. It also features facilities at the trailhead and a really pleasant trail all the way to the top. It also differs in that reaching the summit is not necessarily the highlight here. IMHO, the best part of the hike is about 2/3 of the way up, where agaves, cacti, ocotillos, ephedra (Mormon Tea), and yuccas rule the roost in some beautiful rocky terrain. An interesting wall is encountered not too far from the top, and appears to be a old sheep pen or some such.
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Jan 01 2020
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Saddle Mountain - TonopahSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2020
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Hiking3.10 Miles 1,640 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.03 mph
1,640 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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Another hike up one of my favorite destinations on the planet. Saddle has everything any hiker could ask for, easy access, stunning views and scenery, wildlife, and solitude. It's true there are always a few folks down below, but in four trips I've yet to see another soul on the slopes. I didn't go up the trail toward the left this time, opting to explore the off trail area toward the right, just below some impressive vertical cliffs. A tougher go for sure, but extremely rewarding, and I discovered a stunningly beautiful Dudleya arizonica population, mostly growing high up along the cliffs. Signed the register at the top for the fourth time, then scurried back down along the more familiar trail.
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May 23 2019
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Webber Mine Trail - HarcuvarSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2019
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,190 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,190 ft AEG
 
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A nice little exercise hike to Webber Mine took us past some interesting agaves and an unusual double split saguaro w/crest -- there's something you don't see every day! Nine mile drive to the trailhead along sandy roads is a piece of cake, and the road continues past the wilderness boundary to provide an easy access trail to the mine, which by all appearances, is well played out.
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May 21 2019
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Upper Deep CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2019
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Hiking4.60 Miles 839 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles
839 ft AEG
 
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Hiked from the Bull Canyon trailhead to a couple of these mines just west of Deep Creek. Adits were rock solid with no timbers or shoring. One was quite deep, while the other was more shallow, but chocked full of carnotite leeching through the walls. Lots of interesting rocks outside the mines show evidence of interaction with mineralizing fluids depositing all manner of useful elements in distinct layers. The hike was easy and uneventful save a few spots in which the old road was overgrown enough with manzanita and the like to complicate passage. I was somewhat disturbed to see cattle grazing within the wilderness area, is that legal?

Maybe some day I'll make it all the way to Moody Point, but I doubt it...
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May 14 2019
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Tramway Trail #32Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2019
GeeEss
Hiking2.60 Miles 825 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
825 ft AEG
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This was a whole new area to explore for us and really different from our usual destinations. Tough drive in after so much precip these last few months, but the trail, while not easy, provides a wonderful way down along a steep slope and treacherous terrain. And it's impossible to not be absolutely gobsmacked by the scenery. Lots of water at the bottom, which has been subjected to some very impressive, recent flooding. I am guessing there used to be some manner of trail near the creek, not so much any more. Still, even with the high water level, it was possible to cross the creek in a couple spots while managing to stay high and dry. The petroglyph site is about as impressive as any we had seen, the sheer quantity of glyphs here is staggering. Good times!
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Feb 12 2019
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Tule Creek RuinsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2019
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Hiking2.50 Miles 450 AEG
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450 ft AEG
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Fascinating adventure today brought us to the very ruins described. My best guess is that these rock buildings were part of the broader Columbia Mining Camp, erected in the 1890s. Getting to the trailhead is challenging. There is no longer access from the north, as roads are now gated and locked along private property. Access from Columbia Trail via Cow Creek Rd also goes through private property and requires permission from said property owner. I was able to garner permission and decided to try to get my modified Jeep up the old mining road. It was very challenging, and I do not relish the thought of another attempt. Would have been much easier in a small quad.

In any case, we did make it, then experienced the joy of trudging down this challenging wash -- whew, what a workout! But we made it and found a total of four buildings at three sites, with tall walls, elaborate fireplaces, and enormous chimneys. Never seen anything like 'em!

There is a possible third access point, if anyone wants to give it a shot. There is a road about four miles NW of Indian Mesa, which will take you near Fort Tule. From there it would be about a 2.5 mile hike north to the better dwellings.
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Dec 11 2018
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2018
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Hiking1.50 Miles 728 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
728 ft AEG
 
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Finally got around to hiking this ruin, but went a new (and I feel a better) way, hiking up a wash from Black Canyon City, then left and up. This is without a doubt, one of the more spectacular pueblos in the area, with very tall perimeter walls, and plenty of interior walls at 5' tall. Construction and petroglyphs are in a similar style to New River Ruins, so I believe this is probably Hohokam, rather than Perry Mesa Tradition.
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Nov 01 2018
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Jerky Butte RuinsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2018
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Hiking3.60 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,020 ft AEG
 
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Second try, as we were repelled on our first approach from the north about three years back. This is a far more do-able and enjoyable hike. It holds the same obstacles as the northern route but to a far more manageable degree. There is little alternative to having to bulrush through Manzanita once we left the road and headed west, but it wasn't constant, and promises of open fields ahead encouraged our efforts, as we finally made it to the open air of the ridgeline. Access to the top requires a short but challenging (depending on how tall you are) scramble up some pretty flat vertical rocks to the summit. On the way up, we found some of the largest potsherds we've ever seen. These are about 100' or so below the summit, and I suspect they were from very large jugs intended to catch water runoff. In addition to the ruins on top, there are also a few rooms at the base of the big granite gun turret.

In any case, I am happy to scratch this off my list, as it was the only hike I had attempted, but was unable to complete. Damned Manzanita!
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Oct 31 2017
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Mule Hoof RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2017
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Hiking1.20 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.80 mph
712 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Pretty easy off trail hike with less manzanita about than there might have been. Pretty nice ruin, about a dozen rooms, plenty of potsherds about, and absolutely breathtaking views! The drive in was manageable, but interesting. This hike doesn't seem to be getting too much traction, and it really should.
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May 16 2017
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 Fountain Hills,
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2017
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Hiking5.60 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   1.55 mph
2,550 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
 
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What a treat to hike Quartz Peak when the Agaves are blooming on such a cool day. Just up, up, up. Not much relief until about 3350'. Tons of cairns as the trail becomes harder to follow because of all the rocks. I see I posted an earlier triplog before my TKR. Far less painful, now that I'm packing some mid-leg titanium. :D
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Mar 16 2017
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 Fountain Hills,
Prison Camp Rd to Sabino Canyon, AZ 
Prison Camp Rd to Sabino Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2017
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,390 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.39 mph
2,390 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
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This is a shuttle hike from Prison Camp Rd. to Sabino Canyon along some well trafficked trails that cross Sycamore Canyon and Sabino Creek. Lots of heat/sun and plenty of flowing water as elevation dropped 1500' along the way. Fair warning: $10/head to shuttle back to the parking lot seems pretty stiff.
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Mar 07 2017
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Rhodes Peak - West Approach, AZ 
Rhodes Peak - West Approach, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2017
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,722 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.95 mph
1,722 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break
 
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Inspired by rvcarter's pics, we looked around the area with no aspirations of reaching the peak, or even getting as far as rvcarter's prior attempts. We avoided the washes as best we could and stuck to high ground, where the off-trail hiking was really pretty pleasant. Next go, we'll try to get up to 5700' to see the plants that inspired this outing, I believe we have a much easier path that we should be able to manage, simply by expanding on our route from today.
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Feb 23 2017
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67 male
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 Fountain Hills,
Black Ridge Loop - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2017
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Hiking6.20 Miles 1,875 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.43 mph
1,875 ft AEG
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This is pretty close to home in an area I know well -- as an off-roader. There isn't a Jeep trail along SR 87 or SR 188 that I haven't explored extensively, but had yet to engage any substantial hikes, and I thought this looked inviting. It was 35°F when we started, but quickly warmed once out in the sun. Once we left the road, we hiked along what presents an an old horse trail, complete with a real live gate, basically out in the middle of nowhere. It's an easy area to get around, no acacia and no cholla, and the little trail made it that much easier. The only problem was moisture. Holy crap, it was wet (area may have received 3"- 4" rain a few days prior)! Creeks and washes were full up and fresh snowmelt on top made for slick and sometimes deep gooey mud. Because of that, we abbreviated our hike somewhat, but still had a rollicking good time. Very easy access along a paved road right to the traihead. Great views, great plants, highly recommended! This deserves way more than 10 triplogs.
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