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13 triplogs
Jul 01 2017
paco14
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 Routes 10
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Jordan Hot Springs - GilaSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Backpack avatar Jul 01 2017
paco14
Backpack17.66 Miles 1,542 AEG
Backpack17.66 Miles1 Day   7 Hrs   59 Mns   
1,542 ft AEG
 
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Bit late, but this was an awesome pre-4th get out of town. April and I left Phoenix after work Friday and stayed the night at Cherry Creek CG, then continued on to the trailhead the next AM. The hike in was super pleasant, lovely to get down into the canyon and walk across/through the stream. Hiking poles made a big difference. We passed a lot of returning dayhikers so we expected a little bit of a crowd at the hot springs but there was only a handful of people and a couple horses set up in the vicinity when we arrived, maybe 2-3 other groups down by the stream and we took the prime hammock camping spots up near the springs. First time we both ever hammock-camped on a backpacking trip and it was great, will keep doing it that way in good weather. Nobody bothered us, and we didn't even have to share the hot spring with anyone till our morning soak the next day. We hiked in with a 6pack of SanTan and a full bottle of wine, definitely worth the added weight. Returned on Sunday via the Middle Fork trail, which was really nice in it's own right. The other hot spring near the visitor center is super-hot compared to Jordan but we sat in it for a bit anyway. We had hoped to make it up to the cliff dwellings after getting out, but they were already closed, ah well. After striking out finding an open coffee joint at 6pm on a Sunday in Silver City, we camped at Coal Creek CG in ASNF just over the AZ border before making it back to Phx midday Monday.

All-in-all this was a sweet little overnighter, very high reward/effort ratio, especially for a not-crazy crowded hike with Phx at 115F+.
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Jun 04 2017
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 Triplogs 13

33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Mescal Trail #547Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2017
paco14
Hiking4.32 Miles 659 AEG
Hiking4.32 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   1.98 mph
659 ft AEG
 
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Hey, this was pretty cool. Pulled off the highway without really knowing what was there and just followed what was in front of us. There's an old rusted car that apparently rolled off the road decades ago right as you start. Nice mix of tall pines and shade in the trees on the way up Mescal, with some evidence of the logging/mining history of the area. Then a nice descent down Bug Hollow, warm but way better than the valley. Didn't see anybody else, just one other car at the trailhead, wasn't there when we got back.
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Mar 11 2017
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 Routes 10
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 Triplogs 13

33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Munds Wagon-Hangover-Cowpies, AZ 
Munds Wagon-Hangover-Cowpies, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
paco14
Hiking8.99 Miles 1,717 AEG
Hiking8.99 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.02 mph
1,717 ft AEG
 
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We ended up in Sedona after our plan A (skiing in Flag) got sunshined out. Not really knowing how much we were up for and getting a late start, I didn't think we were going to have such a great hike. The walk up Munds was great and there was a lot of water in the wash, each stream crossing and waterfall being cooler than the last. The jeep road was busy, and lots of helicopters on this busy Sedona weekend so we never really felt "out there" but hey. Hangover trail is a blast with amazing views all around. We started up it with me thinking I'd scout it out for a future MTB trip, and I'm glad to report I won't be mountain biking on Hangover anytime soon. I can't even imagine attempting this on a bike, shows you how good those guys are. On the way back down Munds we had to hustle as we were losing daylight, but as we crested the final ridge before the parking lot we were treated to a beautiful Arizona sunset in front of us and a gorgeous full moonrise behind us. One I won't forget anytime soon.
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Mar 09 2017
paco14
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 Routes 10
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Onyx BridgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 09 2017
paco14
Backpack10.27 Miles 906 AEG
Backpack10.27 Miles   20 Hrs   49 Mns   0.49 mph
906 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
 
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Gorgeous day/night backpacking in PeFo wilderness with April. After spending the day cruising through the park we left from Painted Desert Inn in the late afternoon. Followed the wash around to the large flat where we dropped our bags, then headed up the ravine to watch the sunset over Onyx bridge. Camped about a quarter mile away. Probably got down to around freezing overnight, but we brought all the warm clothes we could carry. Next morning we just dayhiked from there, ending up at a really huge petrified log and an interesting white-capped hill that may or may not have been labeled "the Monument" on the trailhead map. Saw a pronghorn? way off in the distance. Then we turned around, picked up our stuff, and walked straight towards the always-visible PDI. This place is absolutely crazy. Moonscaped desert, weird logs, complete solitude. Love it.
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Oct 29 2016
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 Routes 10
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Lost Dog loop, AZ 
Lost Dog loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
paco14
Hiking4.24 Miles 565 AEG
Hiking4.24 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.09 mph
565 ft AEG
 
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Quick loop from Lost Dog. Never hiked from there before, I like it more than Gateway. Wanted to get out since it's been awhile since we did a nice desert hike, and this fit the bill perfectly.
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Jul 02 2016
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 Routes 10
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Soap Creek CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 02 2016
paco14
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 422 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   1.88 mph
422 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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Me and April aka Pathfinder left Phoenix after work Friday afternoon and arrived at Lees Ferry campground well after dark. Never been there before, so after we woke up and gawked at the cliffs all around us and moseying along the interpretive signs down by the ferry ruins we went looking for a hike that'd get us introduced to the Vermillion cliffs area. Saw the California condors hanging out under Navajo bridge, then found Soap Creek on Routescout and drove the 8 miles or so from the bridge to the trailhead on the side of 89A opposite the cliffs. The wash was dry and after a mile or so we started to get into some scrambling. Saw some petroglyphs! The first I've ever come across without previously knowing they were there. After scrambling down a few dry waterfalls we finally encountered about a 20 foot sheer drop with no obvious way around. With no rope and some more hiking planned elsewhere for the afternoon we decided to call it quits there and sat down to have a snack. Saw what was maybe? our first bighorn sheep silhouetted against the sky way up on the canyon rim. Either that or a deer.
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Jul 02 2016
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 Routes 10
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Cathedral WashNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2016
paco14
Hiking2.59 Miles 193 AEG
Hiking2.59 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   1.83 mph
193 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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This would have been a better and easier hike if Lees ferry hadn't been hit with a 10 minute or so thunderstorm the night before. As it was the canyon was pretty wet after the first half mile, including one point where there was little alternative to wading through waist-deep agua colorada. The deep puddles and mud eventually got more unpleasant and forced us into more scrambling than we counted on doing. After a while we turned around, so for the second time of the day didn't manage to make the river via a canyon. Oh well, so we ultimately drove down to Paria riffle to clean all the red mud stains off of us.
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Jun 25 2016
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2016
paco14
Hiking1.80 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles
500 ft AEG
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With my folks and brother in AZ for the first time April and I figured this was as good a time as any to finally see this thing. Lots of other people out on this Saturday morning, weather was warm but not dangerous. My mom and her replaced knee handled it all pretty well. Nice way to show my folks a bit of redrock country.
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Jun 24 2016
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Ritter Canyon, AZ 
Ritter Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2016
paco14
Hiking1.17 Miles 267 AEG
Hiking1.17 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   1.08 mph
267 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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My folks from out of state were in Sedona for the weekend so April and I headed up to join them. They wanted to do slide rock and got there early, by the time we neared the entrance around 10am the line was at least 20 cars long and most every spot on 89A was taken too. Fine by me, so we just continued driving up the road till we found a place to park on the highway, followed an unofficial trail till it ended, then rockhopped up a canyon near what I suppose was the Harding springs trail. Saw some colorful birds and a fossilized seashell in the rock.
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Jun 19 2016
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Tonto Natural BridgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2016
paco14
Hiking1.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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My Pennsylvanian parents are here to visit me in Arizona this week for the first time. This despite my reservations to the idea back when they planned the trip in the winter, and of course now here we are in an excessive heat warning. Anyway, we got pretty bored of doing inside stuff in the valley and decided to head up to rim country for the day. First was the natural bridge, second time I've been there. The coolness of the shade and creek were welcome, and I'd sorta forgotten how cool it was to stand down under the bridge. Took a long time wandering through the canyon, really nice time.
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Jun 19 2016
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2016
paco14
Hiking4.00 Miles 439 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
439 ft AEG
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Didn't really hike into the canyon, just peeked over the edge of the dam. Second hike of the day with my parents and brother after the natural bridge, just wanted to wander around above the rim somewhere with water to cool off. Meandered around the lake for a few hours, watched the ospreys catch some fish, jumped in the lake, and headed back to the valley for dinner.
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May 07 2016
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Reavis Ranch Trail #109Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar May 07 2016
paco14
Backpack7.26 Miles 1,739 AEG
Backpack7.26 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   2.38 mph
1,739 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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We backpacked in and spent Saturday night at Reavis Ranch, a place April and I'd been meaning to go for a while. Route is just as far as we got till the garmin died, which I need to fix. With a bit of rain forecasted for Saturday and Sunday nights we thought maybe we'd head to Reavis Falls as well on the hike out, but I guess it's been a while since we carried packs and the hike took a bit more out of us than we expected. Another time.

Reavis Ranch was so cool though! Hiked down to see the big juniper, man that's a big tree. Found some tiny baby apple buds, slept in the pine tree campsite on the west side of the trail. Had a nice toasty fire. Weather was beautiful, I dunno how many people Reavis normally attracts on a beautiful Saturday night but I'd guess we shared the valley with 10-12 other people and a friendly boxer dog. Woke up to a little drizzle, made coffee and headed out around 8:30, making the trailhead by about 1:15.
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May 04 2016
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33 male
 Joined Sep 25 2014
 Tempe, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2016
paco14
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles
1,275 ft AEG
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Longtime lurker/viewer, first time poster, figured I'd make Camelback my first triplog. Had a bunch of out-of-towners in for a work meeting, got a group of about 15 out of bed and to the trailhead for about an 8am start. Made pretty good time, the Phx neophytes all did pretty well with the pace and the heat, everyone summitted and we made it back in time for a 11:00am meeting resume. Saw a buncha lizards and a cute lil French bulldog.
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