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Jun 22 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2015
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Hiking7.60 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles
1,370 ft AEG
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Wow! Great trail. Going clockwise you take a forested trail to the summit. The trail has short gentle switchbacks that are fun, with no preposing fall-offs. The summit is great surprise. Sweeping views of the valley and Granite Mountain. I wasn't expecting this so it really was mind blowing. Then the last half of the trail is the decent back - with valley, mountain, and desert views all the way. Just a treat.

Note: I went counterclockwise, and had great footing on a firm trail tot the top. The decent was often noted by looser sand and scrabbly small stones. If I hike this trail agin, I would do it counterclockwise, as looser soil is less of an issue going uphill.

(see photos)
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Jun 17 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Willow Lake Loop TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2015
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Hiking7.39 Miles
Hiking7.39 Miles
 
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Very cool trail. The dells are unique, and a lot of fun!! This hike involves lots of rock scrambling, slot canyons, and scenic lake views. Much of the trail is marked with paint spots, as no trail would be decipherable. unfortunately, much of the last third of the trail is a bike trail that skirts a highway. I added the to smaller loops and had a combined hike over seven miles.
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Jun 03 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Secret Trail #434 - FlagstaffFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2015
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Hiking8.30 Miles 837 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   2.34 mph
837 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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I was looking to do an eight to ten mile hike at 8,000 ft. for more altitude acclimation, before doing higher Elden hikes, and the Secret Trail looked to be just the thing. First, to get, to the upper Elden Mountain hikes is an adventure in itself. I went up Elden Springs Road off US 89, as I knew it was straight and without drop-offs – but it is a truly lame road. Free of rocks, but bumpy and extremely narrow, even for one car. I don’t know how an oncoming car could pass on 50% of this road. After the hike I went down the Schultz Pass Road toward US 180. From previously hiking the Schultz Creek Trail I knew this road bordered a ravine most of the way. The road is in good condition, but very curvy with steep drop-offs, so beware! Passing is possible.

The Secret Trail starts at the same trailhead parking lot as the Sunset Trail and the upper end of the Schultz Creek Trail. The trail itself is noted by tall Ponderosa Pine, meadows, and at its crest has good panoramic views (see photos). I took the Secret Trail to where it meets the Moto Trail – which was not my intention. If you want to take the entire Secret Trail you have to take the Newham Trail, as they overlap, which was not marked with signage in any way. So I took the Moto Trail down to the AZT. This required some map skills, and picking my way over some fire roads, and a “gas pipeline clearing as well. Once you get down to the AZT it is clear route back to the trailhead.

This a good out of the way trail. I encountered only one biker and just one other hiker – who was doing the whole AZT from the Mexican border up.
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May 30 2015
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 Joined Oct 28 2014
 Tucson, AZ
Schultz Creek Trail #152Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2015
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Hiking9.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
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As said this a lovely hike thru the forest, skirting a shallow ravine. And its popular. It was a stunning cool day, and I was on the trail roughly from 8am til noon, and encountered some fifty to sixty people enjoying the trail - only four were hikers, and maybe a dozen were trail runners, the rest were all bikers, so be prepared!
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May 28 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Fatmans Loop Trail #25Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2015
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Hiking2.50 Miles 690 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
690 ft AEG
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If you want a shorter hike just to stay in shape - this is it. Interesting, scenic and just plain fun - or you could go walk around Buffalo Park a few times and be bored to death.
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May 26 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Oldham Trail #1Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2015
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Hiking9.40 Miles 2,113 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles
2,113 ft AEG
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I did the Lower Oldham from Buffalo Park, up to the where it becomes "Upper Oldham" and starts to get much steeper. Lower Oldham is a nicely wooded trail with some interesting rock formations, but no vista views. The first section up to the Fatman Trl intersect is poorly marked. I made three wrong turns which I was able to quickly correct as I checked my GPS each time.
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May 21 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Timber Mesa Trail #636Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2015
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Hiking8.09 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking8.09 Miles
250 ft AEG
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In Show Low I previously did the Juniper ridge Trail and Ghost of the Coyote Trail - which I would NOT recommend - they are ATVs trail. This was different, no motorized vehicles allowed. The first two-thirds was a pleasant walk thru a pine forest, and fairly flat - the last third was up and down on the ridge line, providing plenty of exercise. Along this ridge line there are many very handsome views of the valley and lakes below. I went counter-clockwise, and my GPS read 8.09 miles

You can get a trail map here:
tracks-pinetop-lake ... .htm
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May 19 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Ghost of the Coyote Trail #641Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2015
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Hiking5.80 Miles 880 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
880 ft AEG
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Did the short loop counter-clockwise. Hard enough as I'm not used to the altitude. This really an ATV trail. Nice country and a pleasant walk, but not much of a challenge, except for the the two hills at the end, which were cool. Solitary - I was the only car in the parking lot.
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May 17 2015
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77 male
 Joined Oct 28 2014
 Tucson, AZ
Juniper Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2015
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Hiking6.00 Miles 472 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
472 ft AEG
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First, I was the only car in the parking lot, and saw no one on the trail - so this is a very solitary place. Scenic, but not exhilarating. It had rained hard two days before and the ground was still soft - saw lots of tracks for deer, elk, and wild horses - yes, wild horses, they have 'em here. Trail varies from narrow forest and open meadow, to dirt roads, and fire trails. Note: around "J13" the gps track deviates from the blue diamond markers. I did the markers, I'm sure either way is fine.
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May 14 2015
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 Joined Oct 28 2014
 Tucson, AZ
Turkey Creek Trail #92Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2015
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Hiking7.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
700 ft AEG
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This trail is a sleeper. It's scenic, interesting vegetation - and very few tourists. I only encountered one other hiker.
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Apr 20 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Pass Trail #66 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2015
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Hiking2.25 Miles 551 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles
551 ft AEG
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Do this hike - I first tried the Brins Mesa/ Soldier Pass Loop from the Brins Mesa side and lost the trail in a ledgy area. Being afraid of heights I turned around and went back down the way I had come. Two days later I tried the loop from Cibola to Soldier Pass first - and had no difficulty. Well marked and didn't feel ledgy where I had turned back before. The Devil's Kitchen is a really cool and large sinkhole - at the Cibola/ Soldier Pass intersect. My favorite trail in Sedona so far.
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Apr 16 2015
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Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2015
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Hiking6.00 Miles 802 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
802 ft AEG
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Not to be missed - the first half mile skirts the Enchantment Resort, HVAC and all, but with views, the next half mile or so als has great views from both sides of the canon wall. Then some 2 miles throught eh wood, which is lovely, but gets a little boring. At the top you are treated to one of prettiest vistas ever. It is breathtaking and well worth the effort.
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Mar 03 2015
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 Joined Oct 28 2014
 Tucson, AZ
Heart of Rocks Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2015
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Hiking0.80 Miles 151 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles
151 ft AEG
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If you only do one hike in Arizona - this is the one!
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Mar 02 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2015
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Hiking5.15 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles
700 ft AEG
 
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Caution: Shortly after you leave the Bluff Spring trail (.2) you'll come to an open flat are that starts to rise on either side around a rise. There are visible cairns on the right - wrong! Locate the cairns on the left!
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Mar 02 2015
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2015
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles
1,020 ft AEG
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This is great hike! Fun, not too difficult, ledges are wide enough. Terrific hike for under eight miles!
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