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Oct 09 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2021
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Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
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My third time up to "the lone tree" since August. This time, a group of friends hiked up to remember our fallen friend. It was a sad and solemn hike up to the viewpoint. I arrived about 5am, so I could sneak in a sunrise. The clouds looked incredible.

I made it to the slick rock area in Peralta Canyon and I had a brief but very vibrant sunrise. I then made it over to the tree to wait for the rest of the hiking party to arrive.

The weather was perfect. Not cold, not hot, not humid, lots of cloud cover. I wish it could stay like this year round

After meeting with everyone, we opted to hike back down via the Cave Trail. I always love hitting this one. We could see a steady stream of hikers going up and down along the Peralta Trail below. We ran into a couple of hikers that were coming from the cliff area towards Bluff Spring Trail. I am not sure of they were lost, but they ended up following us back to the trailhead.

I have many memories along these trails. This was the first trail I hiked in the Superstitions back in 1986. Since then, my three sons and I have hiked up and down them many times. I have camped out at the Fremont Saddle and the Lone Tree. I have seen sunrises, sunsets, snow, rain, thunderstorms. I even had a little Haboob hit while I was hiking down once a few years back. Lots of snakes, a coatimundi, foxes, gila monsters, hawks, buzzards. But, I think I will always think a little about my friend when I hike up here now. This was his favorite hike as well. Just another layer of meaning and memory from my favorite trail, I guess.
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Oct 02 2021
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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A nice stroll in the Superstitions – Black Mesa Loop

My goal was to make the Loop and also hit a couple of off trail “attractions” – Dead Woman Cave and my favorite crested saguaro off the Dutchman Trail below Black Top Mesa.

I arrived about 630am and there were a few vehicles in the lot. It was very pleasant, almost dare I say - Cool! Off I went. I opted for the clockwise loop – 2nd Water to Black Mesa to Dutchman.

The damage from the Superstition Fire is still very evident, especially around the First Water Trailhead. Things have grown back, but the burnt out “skeletons” of bushes, trees and cacti are everywhere. The new growth is grass and other odd assorted weeds. The transformation of this part of the desert has begun. More grass means more fires. After this cycle continues, we might have to change the name to the Superstition Wilderness Grasslands ☹

I made it up to the saddle of the Black Mesa Trail and started looking for a route to get to the cliffs where the cave is. I don’t know why I thought accessing the cave from the top was a good idea. I guess it looked so flat and easy on the maps? (ha ha). I opted to cut up right when the trail starts descending into the final little drop. The area up was all grass. Knee high and waist high, all the way. The black rocks underneath were barely visible. When I made it to the edge of the cliff, I saw my “target” and made it down to the base. This section was very steep, full of scree and loaded with thorny plants, just waiting for tear me up.

The cave was much smaller and not as deep as I was expecting, but the view was certain impressive. Weavers Needle, Palomino and Black Top Mesa all lined up. There was some mining done here as the back the cave had some diggings. Luckily, I did not meet any of the namesake of this cave. After some viewing and pictures, I made my way down. That was also steep and full of scree, but it was not very far to the creek. If anyone wishes to make a visit up there, just go up from the bottom. It’s a short distance. I would NOT follow my route, unless you are a masochist…ha ha

I made my way over to the Dutchman Trail and went off for my second stop – the cool crested saguaro on the western slope of Black Top Mesa by Palomino. I have admired it from afar in the past. This time, I was going to go up and see it.

After some pictures, I made my way back down to the trail. I saw a couple of hikers going up the Dutchman, the only hikers I saw all day. I took the Dutchman back to the TH. I came across a nice looking Diamondback near Bull Pass. And, I met a couple of lady riders taking their horses for a stroll near O’Grady Canyon.

The weather was cool at the start, but it was getting toasty towards the end. It’s been a while since I have done a longer hike and all that bushwhacking was starting to manifest in my knees. But, I made it back safe and sound. There were still some vehicles in the TH lot when I got back, I am guessing they were out on Hackberry? A nice hike in a great area. I will miss the solitude out here once the weather gets nicer and the snowbirds return.
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Sep 26 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Quartz Crystal ArroyoPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2021
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I needed a quick little hike to keep the insanity at bay. Even though the rain was still going, I decided to head out to the Goldfields.

The rain turned to sporadic sprinkles and stayed that way for most of the hike.

I wanted to head out to the cool erosion area at the end of this little trail. I really love this area. So interesting with all the amazing geological formations. There was some serious geology going down here at one time for sure.

The hike up and down was the usual awesome. I ran into a little Western Diamondback who was not happy to see me. I took a few pictures and let him or her be. When I reached the “end”, I almost decided to go in further, but I opted to do that another day and turned around.

On the way back, I opted to go up to the yellow tuff area south of Helmut Rock. Such a cool area with the views and the colors. I followed that little ridge to the Willow Springs connector trail and made it back to the TH.

I saw only 1 human whilst out, a guy trying to fly a drone at the trailhead. I see a crash (or crashes) in his future.

A nice and easy, but scenic afternoon well spent.
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Sep 25 2021
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Red Rock Crossing, AZ 
Red Rock Crossing, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2021
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Lynne and I visited #1 son in Prescott and decided to take a little roadtrip up north rather than head straight back to Mesa. So, up and over Mingus Mtn. to Jerome, lunch at Biffs Burger Station in Cottonwood and then up to Red Rock Crossing.

We arrived at the Crescent Moon Picnic area about 3:30pm, but we’re turned away as the lot was full. So, Plan B, we drove around to the other side and accessed the creek via the Baldwin Trailhead. The traffic through Sedona was really bad.

The crowd at the crossing was not as bad as I expected, but still busy. We explored the area and took some pictures. Just as the sun was setting, all of the people magically disappeared and I was able to get a few “people-less” shots.

This place is popular and too busy for me, but we still love to come here. Next time, I want to come here with the snow or with fall colors. We’ll see
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Sep 16 2021
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Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2021
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After a few days of trying to get out and hike a sunset, I was finally able to manage one. Work has been crazy lately (that's a good thing). In spite of the hazy skies, I set off for Usery MRP to hike up the Wind Cave Trail and Pass Mountain for a sunset.

A few cars in the TH lot when I arrived and it was still a little toasty out, 101 according to Yahoo Weather. The hike up is the same as always. I like this trail, it's easy to follow and has some nice views. I passed up 3 groups/hikers going down and had the place to myself when I made it to the base of the Wind Cave.

I opted to explore a little off-trail for this one. There's a spot right at the base of the cave, before you hike up the last little bit, that offers a path up. I have been down that route coming from Pass Mountain, so I decided to go up. It starts as the extension of the ledge of the cave and then goes up further. Nice views up here and some interesting "subjects" for sure.

The sunset was very subtle as the sun basically transformed into an orange/yellow disk about 10 minutes prior to slipping below the horizon. The sunstars were also crazy as the haze filtered quite a bit of the light.

I waited for the day to end, and started down. An uneventful hike down until I got near the end and I almost (within an inch or two) stepped on a baby rattlesnake. He/she was not too happy about that. So, I let it slither off and finished up.

The cooler days are coming and this place will revert to the typical madhouse. I enjoy this trail when it's like this - mostly empty.
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Sep 11 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Sep 11 2021
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Hiking5.99 Miles 1,643 AEG
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Another tribute hike for friend that recently took his own life. I am having difficulty understanding how a person so full of life could get to that point. I guess everyone carries their own burdens. Check in on your family and friends, let them know they are important to you.

Up Peralta and down the Cave Trail. A very nice loop for sure. I started out early, and caught a little color in the sunrise. One vehicle in the lot when I arrived. I think I saw that party at the Fremont Saddle while I was heading over to the Lone Tree for a little personal contemplation.

I met up with Paul and Sue Holtz who arrived to the tree when I was leaving. We ended up hiking down the Cave Trail. Left to my own devices, I probably would have just gone back down the Peralta Trail.

It was “Critter-palooza” today out in the Supes for me today. A tarantula on the way up, a beautiful AZ Black Tail rattlesnake near the tree, a desert tortoise going down the Cave Trail and very lovely (and large) horny toad near the TH. I also came across a good number of toads hopping along the trail and 653,218 butterflies (or there abouts) along the entire hike.

Nice weather today. No humidity and just a little touch of heat at the end.

Good company, an excellent trail, but a sad and solemn day for me personally.
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Sep 08 2021
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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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I got some very bad news about a friend of mine. This hike was one if his favorites, so I decided to hike up there and pay a little tribute.

It was hot at the start, but the humidity seems gone. The hazy skies made for a colorful sunset, but it ended quickly.

No critters today, which was disappointing as I have seen a virtual Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom of photos from others hiking up here lately. I think the Critters Union Local 74 has it out for me and spreads the world to hide when they hear me coming up the mountain (huffing, puffing and at times, wheezing). Maybe that's the problem, I am scaring them...ha ha

A somber visit to one of my favorite little hills. I spent a little time reflecting on things. Life is short and our time here is fleeting, that is for sure. I am grateful for what I have, that is for sure as well.
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Sep 05 2021
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Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Kayak12.00 Miles 84 AEG
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Checking the discharge out of Steward Mountain Dam on Saturday, My #3 son and I decided to give the Lower Salt River one more go before the water gets too low.

I was expecting a total Zoo at Granite Reef when we dropped the car at 6:30am, but it was not busy at all. The crowd at the Water Users was busy, but not as bad either.

We pushed off about 7am. The weather was nice, not too hot, nor as humid as it has been. Lots of mosquitos in the beginning.

The flow was good and there were a good number of paddleboarders and other kayakers out. We came across our first band of horses right past the bridge at Blue Point.

We saw a few more bands heading towards the Goldfield exit point, but none after that. The crowds at Coon Bluff were gathering. Lots of people out fishing and enjoying the day. Phon D Sutton was a zoo. The rocks and shoreline were packed with people. I could smell some pretty tasty BBQ going for sure. After that, we saw no humans until we made it Granite Reef.

The eelgrass was really thick approaching the end. It made for slower speed and lots of slimey bits hanging on the paddles. The horses are slacking, not eating enough of it, I guess.

The trip down was nice and the kayak we rented was speedy. We made it in less than 3 hours. We passed up every paddleboarder and kayak we came across and nobody passed us up all day. My last trip had a couple of capsizes and ruined/lost electronics. That was on a "sit on" kayak. Today was a more stable "sit in" model. I know which one to bring for future trips.

Heading back up to get the truck at the Water Users lot afterwards, it was busy, but not as bad as last time. Lots of people out.

My son and I had a great day together. Gotta love that this river, with all of the beauty around it, the horses and the weather. We are truly blessed to live here.
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Sep 02 2021
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First Water Canyon Arizona, AZ 
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I was watching how much rain fell over the past few days and decided to hike down to First Water Canyon from Hwy 88 to see if there was any flow along the creek or on the falls.

I have been down here before, following a route posted by @SonoranBob, so I parked at Milepost 208 and down I went. The first thing I noticed was the grass and over-grown foliage. The "trail" was faint the last time I was down there, this time, it has been reclaimed by the "jungle". The second thing I noticed was all of the little butterflies everywhere. I made it down sorta following the "trail", but also along the drainage.

I could tell as I got closer to the creek that there would be no flow. But, there was a day or two ago for sure. Lots of pools and muddy spots. I hiked down to the first little "falls" area. This is a such a cool little canyon, that is for sure. I will have to time it next time after a good soaking. I have yet to actually see the creek flow.

After exploring downstream a little, I made my way up to the confluence with Canyon Lake. The grass was high as I approached the lake. This is a cool area as well. The butterflies were crazy near the inlet.

The hike out was a mission to find an alternative route for the next time. There is a bunch of cairns west of the drainage. I tried to keep as high as possible moving up. There's a little ridge towards the parking area, so I opted to go above that. I had a few deadends, but I think I have found an alternative to get down there. Next time.

A little warm and I was soaked with sweat, but the canyon, the butterflies and the cool clouds made for an excellent couple hours in the desert.
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Aug 29 2021
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Canyon Lake to Peak 2811Phoenix, AZ
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I started out at the lake shore to catch a sunrise, but I guess all the color was south and over the mountain. Started out hopefully, but it was very sublte.

Once that was out of the way, I met my hiking friends to see if we could hike up the ridges south of the lake. The goal was to make it to the start of the ridgeline that goes to the peak. We fell a little short and ended up exploring the area between the first two ridges. My friends kids were not happy with my "trail" choice. ha ha. Yeah, seeing as there is not really a trail, I can see why.

A nice day to be out. It was a little toasty towards the end, but a steady breeze and the sun on our backs helped out. We made it to the first ridge and decided to go explore what we thought was cave. It was an up and down path to the cave that turned out to be just a small alcove. Interesting area up there. Lots of tuff to climb and great views in all directions.

We all noticed the huge amount of yellow sphinx caterpillars out there. Looks like a "plague of hummingbird moths" is coming our way.

We made our way back down and to the pull out on the 88. They went to Tortilla Flats for 1/2 price breakfast (August only, sorry) and I made it home to finish off the Honey-Do list I attempted to ignore yesterday....ha ha

I will make it up to the peak one of these days. Today was not that day. Perhaps when the temps drop a little and I go it alone without my hiking "family" (Mom and Dad would have made it though).
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Aug 24 2021
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Twin ArchesPhoenix, AZ
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A quick morning hike out in the Goldfields. I totally cheated and drove along 1536 to the base of this trail. The hike up is easy to follow and offers some very nice views of the Superstitions.

One car at the gate when we drove out and we heard and saw no other humans while out in the desert. The drive is part of the fun. The road is rough is spots, but not too bad. Definitely need a high clearance vehicle.

I have been up here a few times before and I love the scenery. The skies were clear, but very hazy. We wanted to do a little more and I was heading over to Top Hat when my phone rang. Duty called and I had to go make some money to pay for all of this hiking, camera and off-road expense I have been racking up lately. ha ha Darn job, ruining my fun!

I will wait for some cooler temps and and give the Lesser Three Peaks area a good explore next time out.
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Aug 21 2021
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering6.50 Miles 1,130 AEG
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With all the rains lately, I thought I would take a chance and see if there was any water still going in the Superstitions. This canyon is always a treat, even if it's dry.

The first part of the fun is driving to the boundary via Cloudview Road. I have hiked this from the Broadway TH and from Cloudview. That adds on 4-5 miles of flat and boring to this hike. The past few times, I have driven up the lovely "road" to the boundary. Looks like there's been a little water passing through this area, as the road was in pretty bad shape.

The 2nd part of the fun starts when you drop down into the Hog Canyon drainage. The grass is so high right now, as high and thick as I have ever seen it. We saw no water or even signs of water at the start. However, as we neared the narrows of section of the canyon, we could hear water running. That was a good sign. Once we reached that section, there was some flow to the creek. But, as soon as you get out of that area, it dried up. There were lots of pools and LOTS of gnats, mosquitos and other flying swarms of nasty little creatures.

I thought, well, that was it, no water at the falls. But, as we got closer to the falls, we started hearing water flowing again. Before we made the "turn" up to get to the falls area, the creek was flowing again. The water from flowing pretty steady from the lower falls down the drainage to the creek. We made our mandatory pictures at the lower area and climbed up to the next falls. That was flowing nicely too and the pool was clear. After exploring a little up there, we all had a nice "soaking" in the pool. That was really nice. Hard to believe there was this much water up here in August.

We started down and did the reverse boulder hopping back to the truck. Everywhere is green these days and the Superstitions are the greenest I have ever seen them this time of year. Of course, everything that is green now will turn brown once the water supply gets cut off. And, with this much growth, it will be that much more fuel for any upcoming fires. Let's hope the fire gods spare this area for a while. Enough of this wilderness has already been roasted beyond repair.

An excellent day in the Supes.
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Aug 17 2021
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Wild Horse Trail - AKA Lead TrailPhoenix, AZ
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I was planning on hitting "Old Faithful", Lone Mountain/EJ Peak, but with the hazy conditions, I opted to go across the street and get in a little exploring along the mountain bike trails starting at the NRA Pit T/H. I have hiked in here in the past, but I never remember the names. I think the mountain bikers have different names for these trails.

I started up the Wild Horse Trail, but I took another trail to the left moving parallel. It's shows as "High Noon" in the Hawes Trail System map on their website. I took that to a wash, hiked down that a little and I think I ended up on "Red Mountain Rampage" before I took the wash back to the Wild Horse Trail.

I saw a few mountain bikers out, but that was it. The clouds kept the temps down, but this humidity lately, it's like hiking in New Orleans. Oh well, take the good with the bad. The hillsides, like everywhere else out there now were as green as I have ever seen them. Most of the green was from grass and from this odd weed that spread out between the bushes and cacti. Still some things blooming. I saw some barrel cacti with blooms, a few cholla and a daisy every once in a while. I did see some wild squash (I think) as well. That's something you don't see every day out there. Crazy rains this year.

I made a little lasso loop, got in my exercise and miles and caught a very subtle, hazy sunset. I like this area, it's full of surprises.
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Aug 15 2021
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
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Hiking7.63 Miles 1,971 AEG
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I have not hiked this trail in over 30 years. It was the spring of 1991. I was invited to hike overnight in some funny sounding mountains called the Maz-a-somethings. I agreed and I had no idea what to expect. We headed up on Saturday morning and hiked up. I was pleasantly surprised for sure. I am not sure why it has taken me so long to go back, but I am very happy I did.

I was watching the weather to see who was getting rains and it seemed to be raining just about every day in Payson & Rye. So, I decided to ask some friends if they wanted to go see a cool canyon with some waterfalls.

The drive up the Beeline was like driving in Ireland. Everything was so green. Even the roasted sections of the Four Peaks/Mt Ord area were green. That's all grass, of course, as the trees and cacti are dead and roasted. We arrived at the trailhead about 9am and started up.

Right away, I could hear the creek running, so I was confident we would see some flow over the little falls. The weather was very pleasant in the 70's, but it was a little humid. The clouds were amazing. I know there was a really bad fire since I last ventured into this cool place, and I could see the scars and signs from the Lone Fire back in 1996. I did not see many large pines like I did the last time, just a few tree skeletons. The rest of the hillsides have grown back nicely. Lots of manzanita, juniper, agave, cacti and other foliage. It was lush all along the trail.

The first little falls, Hawaiian Mist was not flowing too much at the top, but there was a steady flow underneath. We took a wrong turn just past there, as there was a pretty large landslide there sometime in the past. We ended up hiking up a steep chute, before I remembered to look at my Route Scout. A little detour and back on track.

The Big Kahuna Falls was the highlight of the day for sure. It was running very nicely. I love the way it makes a "S" on the way down the cliffs. We lounged around, rested and had some lunch in the shadows.

The hike down was a little hotter, but the sun was on our backs and there was a nice cool breeze blowing. Driving out, we could see more clouds starting to build to the north and west. Looks like another rain/thunder show in the nearby area.

We ran into one group going at the start that was ahead of us and a few more going groups going up while we were going down. It was a nice hike. My friends kids, 13 & 9 yrs old were little speedsters, making this old dude huff and puff on the way up for sure.

WHY did I wait so long to return? I will not be waiting 30 years for the next visit, that is for sure!
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Aug 10 2021
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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.00 Miles 650 AEG
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I had a free afternoon, and a hiking buddy of mine called up and wanted to get in a quick hike. We opted for the Hieroglyphics Trail, hoping that maybe, just maybe there would be a flow of water up there.

Not enough rain to make the flow last, so it was a tiny trickle when we arrived at the petroglyph wall. The pool was fully loaded with algae and bright green. The entire mountainside was also very green. This monsoonal season has given us some nice rains. Much better than the NONsoon of last year.

There were a few groups of hikers head down when we were heading up, but we had the place to ourselves once we arrived at the canyon mouth. We hiked up the canyon a little, but my phone kept ringing with work, so we decided to turn back and head to the truck.

With all the clouds and rain in the morning, I was hoping for cooler temps, but the sun made an appearance and heated things up. And, the humidity was brutal. Like hiking in Texas, swampy!

This hike is an easy one, but it is a really cool destination. No vehicles in the lot when we returned. That will be a different story in a few months.
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Peralta Jeep Roads Exploration, AZ 
Peralta Jeep Roads Exploration, AZ
 
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Hiking1.70 Miles 333 AEG
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After hitting Hieroglyphics Canyon, we drove the Titan over to Peralta Road and explored the numerous jeep roads that go north from the road.

The first one was up to a formation called Tunnas Outcrop. I have seen that on maps, but have never been up there. The road up to it was brutal. But, we did it with smiles on our faces....ha ha The views up here are spectacular. The entire SW mountain is in view - Peak 5057, the Three Sisters, Turks Head, the Wedding Cake. You can also see Hewitt Canyon and Phoenix clearly. Great spot. I will be back for a sunrise or sunset when conditions are good.

After driving back down, we drove a little further north and picked up another road where the wash gets close to the road. I have been up there before, but I stopped before it ended. This time, we just pushed through and drove all the way to the wilderness boundary and the Lost Gold Mine Trail. We got out and hopped the fence and hiked around the area, loving the views of the Three Sisters and the surrounding views. It's only a 2 mile hike to this location from the Carney Springs or the LGM TH, but this was an interesting exploration. The road is really rough in the final approach.

This area is in the Arizona State Trust Land area and a permit is technically required. I buy one every year and keep it in the truck. I have never seen a ranger out enforcing this, but you never know?
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Aug 09 2021
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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking1.18 Miles 753 AEG
Hiking1.18 Miles      33 Mns   2.15 mph
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Another quick hike up this cool little hill. I was hoping for a nice sunrise, but the cloud cover I saw driving up Usery Road dashed those hopes. Oh well, this was an exercise/sanity hike, pictures were secondary as I already have a ton of photos from this location under much more "photogenic" conditions.

A few vehicles at the parking lot when I started out. I always see people out past the gate camping in trailers or trucks. I heard a couple generators whirring. Crazy place to camp.

The hike up was the same as always. I thought I saw a snake in the trail and got my phone all ready to capture the moment, but I was disappointed to see it was a rock. ha ha. So, I saw this rock and many others hiking up, but no critters.

Another fellow came hiking up behind me when I reached the top, but he turned around as soon as he got up there. I passed another hiker with her doggie on the way down. Other than that, no other humanoids along the trail.

The sunrise was a total dud, as the clouds blocked the sun. I stayed up top for a little while, hoping for the sun to poke through, but it was pretty clear it was not going to make an appearance. So, down I went.

A got my daily exercise in, a little fresh air and back home to work before 8am.
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Aug 07 2021
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Signal HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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A quick visit to Saguaro National Park West after hunting cactus blooms in other areas near the Old Pueblo. A little exploring the area after visiting the hill top to see the petroglyphs. This is an amazing spot for sunrise or sunset. Not as much fun at 4:30pm at 100+ degrees.....ha ha

I don't think I have ever seen this place so green. Tucson has been getting some serious rain lately.
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Redington Pass Wandering, AZ 
Redington Pass Wandering, AZ
 
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Hiking2.00 Miles 115 AEG
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Richard Webb invited the lovely Missus and I on a road trip down to Redington Pass to hunt for barrel cacti blooms. It looks like we arrived too soon for the peak. I'd give this area another week or two and it will be amazing. Still managed to find a bunch, but usually with 1-3 blooms, all loaded up with buds and almost ready bloom.

We drove in from the east via San Manual. The area was so green and lush. The ocotillo were fat and happy. You can tell they have been soaked this summer down in this part of Southern AZ.

We basically drove down the road and stopped at promising locations and wandered into the desert look. The top of the pass is grassy with trees. The further west to go, it transitions into beautiful Tucson high desert. The area from the Chiva Falls TH down to the Tanque Verde Falls TH's was the best area we found. Great views from this area. Rincons' to the south, Mt Lemmon and the Santa Catalinas' to the north, with the Tucson valley laid out to the west. We saw some traffic on the way up, and saw a ton of people at the falls area.

A little toasty out, but there was a nice breeze out. And, like our home in Mesa lately, tons of flies and skeeters buzzing. All of these rains have awoken every bug in the state. Looking at my poor truck after we got back, I think I put an Orkin Man out of a job, as I am sure I killed every bug between here and Marana.

Time to get in a real hike, but trips like this are nice too.
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Aug 03 2021
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White Mesa Arch, AZ 
White Mesa Arch, AZ
 
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Hiking0.96 Miles 230 AEG
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I had another pick up at the Monument Valley Clinic again and decided to hit a couple spots in the Navajo Nation along the way. We stopped at the Navajo Tribal Park office in Cameron, AZ and checked out exactly what was open and what was still closed.

My first choice was go to drive out to Tatahotso Point in the Marble Canyon area, but the ranger said that area is still closed to general access indefinitely. The only way to go out to that area is to hire a local guide company. The air was really thick with haze anyway. So, we opted to buy a permit for Coal Mine Canyon and White Mesa Arch. $12 each and we were on the way.

I have never been to White Mesa Arch and I was not disappointed. It's a huge arch. The access is fairly easy. The drive in was along sandy and rutted roads. The recent rains made some sections a little hairy. I have a high clearance 4x4 truck, but I did not have to engage the front tires and kept it at 2 wheel drive the entire time out.

The road up ends below the arch. The path to the base is fairly clear. I should have hiked around to the other side, but time was getting tight to make my pick up. I will be out there again one day. A sunrise or perhaps some astrophotography?

The arch is truly spectacular. It reminded me of Sedona and Zion with the beautiful white/red/orange/pink sandstone.

This area gets some traffic and I hope if anyone decides to go out here, they either get a permit like I did or stop and ask permission from the lease holder near the base. I gave him a wave as we drove out and he responded in kind. If we want to keep these places opened up, we need to respect the people and the land. Otherwise, many of these cool spots in the Navajo Nation will be restricted like the area south of Marble Canyon. That was directly caused by selfish, disrespectful and idiotic boneheads who trashed out the place, went in without permits, ignored local laws/regulations and basically insulted the Navajo people. But, hey they probably got their Instagram shots, so it's all good.....not.
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