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Oct 27 2006
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Sunset Trail #90 - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2006
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Hiking 372 AEG
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Nice little stroll along the trail with my in-laws this afternoon. Beautiful day in the Catalinas, man fall in Tucson is sweet. :)
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Oct 21 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Butterfly Trail #16 - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2006
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Hiking11.00 Miles 3,150 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.20 mph
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Finally completed my goal on the Butterfly trail today, to climb Mt. Bigelow from the Butterfly trailhead. This ends up being a much tougher climb than you'd think. There's a lot of up and down along the way. Total trip is 11 miles and 3150 feet. It's no tip-toe either. This trail has changed a lot since my last time out here. MANY trees have fallen since July. Also the trail is a bit overgrown. I was clawing and falling and plowing the whole day...good times.

There is pretty good color up in the Catalinas right now, all things considered. Water was running nicely along the creek and the falls were the strongest I've ever seen them. Still some flowers hanging on here and there too.

The views from the top of Bigelow are very nice. I'm glad I finally made this climb, I've been turned around for a variety of reasons in the past.
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Oct 14 2006
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Clouds Rest, Yosemite NP, CA 
Clouds Rest, Yosemite NP, CA
 
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2006
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Hiking24.00 Miles 7,500 AEG
Hiking24.00 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.82 mph
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I'm entering this out of state hike because it is one of the best day hikes of my life and to let others know about it. Clouds Rest is the broad, sharkfin-like mountain east of Half Dome, rising nearly 1200 feet above it's more famous neighbor. Clouds Rest can be reached from the Tioga Pass (about 14-15 miles) or in much more difficult fashion from Yosemite Valley (about 6500 feet, 21 miles). It tops out at roughly 9,925 feet. It offers the best views of anything from the Valley (in my opinion) and sees MUCH less traffic than neighboring Half Dome. If you are willing to take on a huge, difficult day hike or more leisurely 2 day trip the rewards are overwhelming.

I went into this trip thinking it would not happen as an early storm blew through the Yosemite high country days before my scheduled climb and closed the Tioga Pass (my route of entrance). Luckily the snow melted, though more was forecast on my day to climb. As it turned out, it was mostly clear and my buddy Phil and I were able to climb aggressively in superior weather.

This hike rivaled Mt. Whitney in beauty and difficulty. My personal trip was about 24 miles and right at roughly 7500 feet. Wow, what a buttkicker!

I have posted some photos for Clouds Rest in my personal gallery for anyone interested. Enjoy...and give Clouds Rest some thought.
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Oct 08 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2006
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Hiking13.00 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.60 mph
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Took my standard route to Wrightson, up Baldy and down Super trail. Crazy day on the mountain today: sunny, cloudy, stormy, hot, cold, etc. You gotta love that.

I expected the flowers to mostly done. Instead I discovered the mid to upper reaches of Wrightson on both Old Baldy and Super trail are just covered with hundreds of thousands of yellow flowers, I have never seen anything like it...awesome. There was still plenty of other flowers along the way too: Silene, fleabane, thistle and verbenia mostly. Quite a surprise.

The summit was windy and pretty cold. Saw some storms off to the west. Didn't stay up there too long this time.

This was my final prep for a trip to Yosemite next weekend in an attempt to climb Clouds Rest from the Valley floor in one day.
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Oct 01 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2006
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Hiking10.00 Miles 3,322 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.22 mph
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FInally came back to complete my climb of Heliograph peak after getting turned back by lightning a few years ago. Nice tough climb for the distance. HUGE assortment of wildflowers still going strong. Lot of lizzards, butterflies and deer to. Also saw quite a few woodpeckers, which always crack me up.

Though different after the fires, this remains a sensational climb.
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Sep 30 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2006
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,365 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
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First time up my local peak in a little while. Went out early for a little climb to tune up for a bigger one tomorrow. Pretty cool when I started off but warmed quickly. Topped out on both summits (the peak is sort of bi-domed). The upper reaches were somewhat overgrown, though there is no formal trail there is sort of a use path, making route-finding a little trickier than normal. On the way down I actually saw people coming up, first time I have ever seen another person up there. That was cool.

I was through some of this area less than 2 weeks ago and there were tons of Arizona Caltrop, everywhere, on my way to Safford Canyon. Today, they were all gone. I love the desert's unpredictable ways.
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Sep 23 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Hugh Norris TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2006
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Hiking11.00 Miles 2,087 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.44 mph
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Finally finished a brutal four week stretch at work...celebrated by hiking of course. Felt junky and moved slow. Didn't matter though, the desert is in full display like I've never seen.

There were more flowers along the way than I would ever have thought possible. Last monday I wrote up a trip for Safford Canyon to Peak 3263 in which I was amazed by all the orange flowers. I expected more of the same today, since Wasson Peak is a mere few miles from Sombrero. Instead the prevailing flower was a small purple one and there were tens of thousands of them. But there were many more too. All colors, all set on a greener desert background than I'm used too. The desert even had a floral smell to it today. Wow. If you have the means or the interest, I cannot recommend the Hugh Norris trail enough right now. It is awesome.
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Sep 18 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Safford Canyon to Peak 3263Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2006
fricknaley
Hiking5.00 Miles 990 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.43 mph
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Zillions of flowers everywhere. Paled in comparison to my first mountain lion encounter :o
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Sep 09 2006
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2006
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Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
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Accompanied my friend Philip and his dad on their first climb of Mt. Humphrey yesterday.

Left Tucson at 4:00am and drove through rain most of the way, increasingly feeling bad about our chances of summiting. Started the hike in clouds, with intermittent sprinkles and thunder on the way up. Just after reaching the Saddle it cleared and gave us about an hour window of brilliant weather for a beautiful summit. Saw rain off to the north. After about 30 minutes on top a new storm rolled in and we rolled out. Storm blasted through us going back down the crest to the saddle, coldest I've ever been in Arizona. That too cleared soon enough. What an incredible climb we had.

Followed it up today with a drive down Schnebly Hill Road on the way back to Tucson. This is an awesome drive with outstanding photo possibilities everywhere.

Totally sweet weekend. :D
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Aug 26 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Agua Caliente Saddle Dos VecesTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2006
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Hiking8.00 Miles 4,075 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.33 mph
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Took my good friend Jon out to climb Agua Caliente Saddle as his last tough climb before he goes for Mt. Ranier next weekend. We had a great time, and he climbed well on one of the toughest hikes around (for the distance). The Santa Ritas were alive today...recent strong rains had water flowing strongly. Huge amount of wildflowers, more than I have ever seen there before. The backside of the saddle was quite overgrown with flowers and grass, we were soaked and stoked by the Agua Caliente Trailhead.

Great day today
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Aug 22 2006
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Mt. Whitney, CA 
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Hiking avatar Aug 22 2006
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Hiking22.00 Miles
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Though I have logged many miles in California I have never entered an out-of-state hike on this site. This deserves to be my one exception.

Finally climbed Mt. Whitney on Saturday August 19, after many months of preparation in order to do it the way I hoped. This turned out to be the hike of my life thus far and I'm proud to say I did all of my training in Arizona...and it couldn't have turned out better. Plus it was a great excuse to hike and peak bag all over the state.

Mt. Whitney is a formidable task to take on as a dayhike, but so worthy of the challenge.

I set out at 4:30 am and hiked up Lone Pine Canyon for the first hour in the dark. I have never done this before and it was really cool. The temps were cool and the sun rising on Whitney was awe inspiring (and scary). Passed some marmots at Trail Camp and hit the famed switchbacks at fullspeed. This, more than anywhere, is where the Arizona peak bagging really paid off. Made note on the way up the switchbacks when I had climbed as high as I ever had (Humphrey holding that prior distinction) and kept on trucking. Bridging Trail Crest is probably the coolest part of the hike, when you can finally see west over a massive amount of the Sierra and John Muir Trail. The lakes were so clear and it was so calm that there were perfect mirror images in them of the towering peaks above. Crossed one snowfield on the final push to the summit.

From the top you can see it all! It was quite cold on top, so I didn't stay too long.

The descent was tough, more so than the climb for me, but the unbelievable scenery led the way. Streams, falls, lakes and wildflowers...... :D

This was an amazing day and hike. I'm quite happy with my effort as I went at it as hard as I could. I cannot wait to do it again, the pain is definitely worth it. Plus it'll be another excuse to hike all over Arizona getting ready. :)

I'll put some photos in my personal log when I get them sorted out.
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Aug 22 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Mount Whitney 14,505Sierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2006
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Hiking21.40 Miles 6,700 AEG
Hiking21.40 Miles   9 Hrs      2.38 mph
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I hiked Mt. Whitney with my friend Phil in August 2006. What an unbelievable experience, my first 14'er. We spent a while training for this, so we went pretty fast. I can't wait to do this again.
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Aug 12 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2006
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Hiking10.50 Miles 3,050 AEG
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What a treat! The Inner Basin can't possibly be in Arizona, can it? Started off early and saw nobody until my way down. Every step brings something new and awesome.

Early on the Basin was cool and cloudy. Agassiz was intermittently obscured and I never saw Humphreys. Climbing up the upper reaches of the Inner Basin I could see my breath it was so cool. What a change from the 100+ temps in southern AZ. I gotta say, Flagstaff is so much fun.

I wonder if the Weatherford Trail isn't the best route in the Kachina Wilderness. My short leg on it was just astounding, and I wandered along it a little yesterday from the Humphrey Saddle. It just begs for a huge hike...and I will be back.

Well, this concludes my summer of grueling climbs and peakbagging. Every trip has been a blast. They have also all led up to next Saturday, when I make my first attempt at Mt. Whitney on a 22 mile, one day climb. I hope I make it. More importantly, the training I have done around the state, and especially in my beloved Sky Islands has only strengthened the notion that our state of Arizona is the best. Every day here is a treat. Wish me luck :wink:
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Aug 11 2006
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2006
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Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
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My favorite trail in Arizona and today only strengthened that feeling. This climb has it all. Cool temps (started off mid 60's at 6:45am), flowers, mushrooms, old growth pine forest, dazzling views, deer everywhere. It kills me.

Started off early and had the mountain to myself on the way up. Just past the saddle it become very still and quiet. Clouds started rolling in and intermittently clouding Humphreys, Agassiz and Fremont peaks, as well as me. It was unlike anything I've ever seen and so remarkable. At the summit it was calm and pretty chilly (probably about 50?). Views better than ever. Coming down I was occasionally enveloped in clouds.

From the saddle, I wandered along the Weatherford Trail up to the Agassiz Saddle where I got turned back due to increasingly menacing thunder. Cruise down the mountain was easy and pleasant.

I will always come back to climb Humphreys at least once a year. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Flagstaff rocks. :)
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Aug 10 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2006
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
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You know you are addicted to hiking when you work 24 hours, come home sleep for 2 hours, then drive from Tucson to Flagstaff and climb Mt. Elden in questionable weather in the fading daylight. I'm glad I have this problem. :twisted:
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Aug 06 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Miller Peak via Miller CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2006
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Hiking12.50 Miles 3,670 AEG
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Great route up to Miller Peak. Tough climb with good distance. Raced against the storms and won (for once :roll: )

The summit of Miller Peak is hard to beat.
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Aug 05 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Cactus Canyon from Picture RocksTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2006
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Hiking5.20 Miles 200 AEG
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Cooler than normal today allowed this otherwise "no way"hike in early August. Awesome day today. Saw a massive jackrabbit... :lol: This was the greenest I have ever seen the Tucson Mt. foothills.

Foot feeling better.
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Jul 23 2006
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Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2006
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
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With an extremely sore left arch and a fresh scorpion bite on my right sole I went after Mt. Elden today on my way back from Page. Why? Because I would have to be dead, or even closer than I felt today, to pass up a chance to hike in Flagstaff. :twisted:

Came down the Fat Man's Loop. Started out in drizzle, ended up in perfection.
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Jul 21 2006
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Hanging Gardens - PageNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2006
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Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
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Great little walk at sunset. There are opportunities to explore and make this a longer and more exciting hike. Unfortunately, I got called in to work before I could get too far.
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Jul 21 2006
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Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2006
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Hiking6.50 Miles
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I've been here several times over the last few days. Today we hiked north along the rim from the overlook. You soon enter a wonderland of awesome rocks, ledges, drainages. etc. We followed the rim to a large canyon entering from the side. I think this is called Nine Mile Draw, but I'm not sure. Anyway it is majestic. There are two branches. The nearer one can be followed to it's head, where you can look straight down (spectacular). The second is much longer, but you can easily pick your way to it's edge. At the edge of this my wife and I met a beautiful fox which nonchalantly trotted up the slope and ran along the ridgeline right in front of us for about 150 yards, one of the absolute best treats I have seen in the wild. Page rocks.
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