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Jan 25 2020
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56 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Mount Pinatubo - PhilippinesAsia, WW
Asia, WW
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
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Hiking6.17 Miles 1,330 AEG
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My wife and I have not visited her home country of the Philippines in 14 years. We finally made the trip and it's been awesome. I told her the only thing I want to do was hike Mount Pinatubo. And, I was able to get it done!

You need to hire a tour company to get to the trailhead and a guide to bring you up to the top. You start early and finish early because of the heat. A tour van picked me up in Mabalacat at 4am and we drove to the embarkation area. They gave us a little orientation, then you have to register with the Tourism Center. And, since I was over 50 years old, a nurse had to take my blood pressure and give me a once over.....I passed, luckily! ha ha

Once that is complete, you load up into your tour 4x4 to make the 1.5 hour drive to the trailhead. The drive starts out dusty and bumpy, then turns to wet and bumpy as you are driving in and around the river.

At the trailhead, you start up the canyon along the river. The scenery was stunning. This river basin was the runoff of the lahar from the eruption in 1991. It was very wide and you can see this river can get very big with the right conditions. The tours are only allowed to come up when it's safe. The weather was warm, 80's, but cloudy, so the sun did not cook me too much. The 60-70% humidity was very different that the usual arid conditions I hike in Arizona.

After about 2 miles of hiking the river and canyon, you reach the summit trail. The scenery turned from river to jungle. Very green and lush. It was so beautiful in this area. After about a mile of that, you reach a set up stone steps that take you to the rim and your first view of the crate lake at the top.

The rim was full of people and little stands the local Aeta people were selling drinks and snacks. The Aetas are the indigenous people of the Philippines, closely related to the aboriginal people of Australia and New Guinea.

There is another set of stone steps to get down to the lake. Lots of selfie-taking and posing by the people hanging out at the bottom. The lake is clear and clean, but they do not allow swimming. There is no life in the lake as it's sitting on an active caldera. You could get a whiff of sulfur every once in a while in the canyon on the way up.

After an hour of hanging out at the lake, you start back down. The ride back was just as rough and bumpy, but I had a big smile on my face the entire day. Such a privilege to hike this cool spot.
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Jan 11 2020
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 Mesa, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering5.70 Miles 824 AEG
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White Canyon Wilderness! I was invited to explore this cool area with Richard Webb. He’s been in here more than the local bighorns. I drove in with Pickles and Te_wa.

We opted for an easy explore up the canyon from the road. Part of the party we were with had a 2wd Dodge Durango, so we parked about a mile before the end of Battle Axe Road at the first gate.

The weather was “crisp” but not too cold. The shadows of the canyon stay with us for most of the hike until the end. There is a trail that starts off from the end of the road. That goes on and off as you progress up the canyon. Lots of boulder hopping in the middle. I was impressed with the pools and slick rock slots that dotted the creek. The saguaro laden cliffs and interesting formations really made this hike enjoyable. It reminded me of Fish Creek in some spots. I would wager this place is stunning when the leaves change.

We only went in about 2.5 miles, but it was a good day for a hike in a really cool area.

I have never been in this amazing area was very happy to experience even a small slice of this place. I know I will be back to see other places in here. Lots of peaks, ridges, other canyons to explore!
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Jan 05 2020
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 Mesa, AZ
Willow Canyon Loop, AZ 
Willow Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2020
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Hiking6.30 Miles 725 AEG
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I was asked by some friends to take their family out for an interesting hike away from the crowds. They apparently went to Hieroglyphic Trail the week before and were not happy about the crowds. So, I opted for a quick 6 mile wandering through the Goldfields out of the Willow Canyon Trailhead. We headed out along the trail that splits the formations at the trailhead and followed it around towards the Willow Springs Tank and back.

Mission accomplished. We saw a total of 6 other people on this hike, 4 of them right as we were getting back to the truck at the trailhead. I have made some new converts to the Goldfields as well.

Perfect weather and a nice relaxing hike in a not-yet-overrun area.
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Dec 28 2019
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Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2019
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Hiking4.75 Miles 1,137 AEG
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Add a little rain to the Superstitions and you get some dramatic results. I always like to hit the waterfall canyon when there is a nice sustained rainfall. I took some hiking friends that have never experienced this area before and it, of course, blew them away.

The parking lot at the Massacre TH was packed. I am sure it was like Disneyland at Massacre Falls. We came across two groups heading down once we got into the drainage. We met another fellow hiker when we got up there. Other than that, we had the place to ourselves. We came across another hiker on the way out. The flow on the falls was very nice and made for some amazing views. The clouds did not cooperate much, and it was actually chilly up there. Yet, it was still an awesome day!

The word on this place is out, but I have been unwilling to share the location with the general public. I am afraid it's only a matter of time before this place gets the crowds. Although, it seems someone knocked every cairn down along the trail again. Gee, I wonder who that could have been? :-$ :-k
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Dec 15 2019
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Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2019
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Hiking12.46 Miles 1,365 AEG
Hiking12.46 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   1.74 mph
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Perfect weather to hit the eastern Supes!

Rain and family obligations have delayed my hike out the Rogers Canyon Ruins, but this past Sunday, I was able to finally get this one knocked out.

I was wondering about the fire damages along this trail. I have been out to the Woodbury and Rogers Trough Trailheads since the fire, so I kinda knew what to expect.

The hike started out very nice. The temperature was a crisp 40-something when we headed out from the trailhead. The first ½ mile showed no signs of fire at all, except the hills around the trail and up Iron Mountain. But, about ½ mile in, you start seeing the fire did indeed make it to this trail. For a good 1-1.5 miles, you are hiking in burnt out manzanita and mesquite groves. In some places, the burn area extends up the hills as far as the eye can see. At the Rogers Canyon/Reavis Trail junction, the trail sign did not survive the fire. The fire also made it to and across the creek, from both sides in a few areas.

What I notice other than the acrid fire damage was the water erosion along the trail. And, once you hit the creek, it is clear a tremendous amount of water has passed through this area. Parts of the trail are basically gone from the water erosion. The closer you get to the creek, the trail just disappears in a few spots. Debris and collapsing edges added to the gunk in the creek. That was flowing lightly, but steady.

The closer you get to the ruins, the fire damage along the creek subsides and the trail returns, but the water damage effected this area as well. Lots of changes along the river in Rogers Canyon.

We came across a few different sets of fresh cat prints. One smaller and one bigger. And, one of our party came across a group of Coatis. I missed them unfortunately.

The ruins are still ruined, but that is means they are still holding on. I am surprise they are not more damaged, considering the traffic that has been in there over the years. We climbed up to the upper ruins and enjoyed the views.

We planned on stopping by the ruins and then head out to Angel Basin and stay on the creek until the Fish Creek Junction or at least the giant agave, but getting to the ruins took longer than expected and we opted to turn around about ½ mile up the creek from Angel Basin. This area was spared heavy damage from the fire. It looked pretty good, as did Rogers Canyon going north. Still lots of water erosion though.

The hike back was the usual steady climb back to the trailhead. A nice long day out in the Eastern Superstitions. That is always a treat, but this fire and all the water has really altered the trail. The new normal out here.
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Dec 07 2019
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
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Tis’ the season to hike in the Superstitions! I opted for a nice and scenic Black Mesa Loop. I arrived at the trailhead was pleasantly surprised to see Wally had just arrived as well. He was heading to Charlebois area, and we decided to hike out along the Dutchman Trail. I made it as far as Bull Pass and Wally took off (going much faster than my turtle pace, I would imagine! Ha ha).

The water was flowing ok along Boulder Creek and a few of the smaller ones too. It was nice and green out there and had that “just rained” desert aroma going pretty good too.

I hiked back up Black Mesa Trail and explored a few of the ridges up at the little saddle. I had a nice lunch overlooking the the valley below.

I ran into a good number of hikers doing the same loop. The high season is upon us!

An excellent day. Great to see Wally and learn about a few new mines and a possible route for me to explore up to the ridgeline from O’Grady Canyon.
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Nov 10 2019
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Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
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It’s been a while since I have been out to Saguaro Lake, so I decided to do a late afternoon hike out on Butcher Jones. Lots of folks out having picnics and kayaking when I arrived. I started out with the goal of hiking out past the second point so I could get some sunset pictures and also catch some light on the eastern cliffs and the Superstitions. Low clouds on the western horizon blocked most of that.

Once the sunset, I explored up the hill a little and then started back towards the parking lot.

The sunset was a disappointment, but the colors that came afterwards were very nice.

I need to come back out here and give this area the proper exploration it deserves.
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Oct 26 2019
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Goldfield Arches & Canyons, AZ 
Goldfield Arches & Canyons, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
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Hiking12.61 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking12.61 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   1.51 mph
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I wanted to find the Pedestal Arch and then hike down Black Glass Canyon. I loaded up Chumley's GPS track from his Golden Dome hike from earlier this year and off I went. I have been in BGC before, but always going up (then down).

The track took me up and over the little saddle and then down the wash that runs across the backside of Dome Mountain. After a few miles, the track branched off up and over a ridge. I was looking at the topo map of the area and I think I spotted an easier (but longer) path to get to the arch next time. I did get a great first view of the Golden Dome and the Superstition Mountains/Weavers Needle from the first little saddle. Up and over I went and then down one more cool little wash area and I was at the bottom of the hill for the Arch. Up to his point, I was making good time.

I made it to the arch and was happy for it. The track sent straight up the wash to the saddle and I got a great view of the Golden Dome. I could see the drainage going down to Black Glass Canyon as well. It looked overgrown and nasty, but that's the nature of these washes. I will go up and visit the Golden Dome one day, but a solo hike in a new area (for me) did not sound like a wise idea. I opted to head down via different slopes and made really good time until I had a little mishap crossing over one of the several drainage points. My left foot got stuck in a rock/bush and I fell forward. Of course, I managed to land my knee directly on a large rock and did a little tuck and roll action on top of that. Needless to say, I could have done this hike without this tumble. My knee was throbbing and did not feel right. After a few moments to compose myself. I got up and started back down the Canyon.

Black Glass Canyon is a wonderful place to visit. Giant boulders, dry falls(lucky me), torturous routes, pools of water, soaring cliff, and an arch or two as well. I enjoyed going down this canyon rather than the usual up then down. I have been up to visit the Triple Arch before and with my knees aching, I just admired it as I hiked on by.

The only drag part of this hike was the last section along Willow Canyon Wash. Deep sand was about the last thing I wanted to hike in. I pushed through and made it back to the trail head. My knee is still bothering me, but I don't think I did anything serious to it.

I love the Goldfields and it was awesome to visit this section for sure!
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Oct 06 2019
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Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking10.88 Miles 3,337 AEG
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With my ankle injury getting just about back to normal, I decided to do a rougher hike to see how it feels. I saw someone post some pictures of La Barge Box and I thought it would be good to go out and see this amazing place before the water dried up.

We started out from Canyon Lake Marina parking lot at about 615am and up Boulder Canyon Trail we went. A very mild sunrise and the usual epic views from the two overlooks along this trail.

Once we started down to the creek, you could really see the impact of the heavy rains on the trail. Some sections were washed out and others were pretty eroded. I was on this trail last in the spring and it was in really good shape.

We followed Boulder Canyon Trail down and across La Barge Creek, and then bushwhacked back over to the creek when we got close to Battleship.

There was a lot of evidence of water passing through the lower part. About 1/3 of the way up, we came across some nice pools. Not much running, but lots of mud and water from that point on. It was the usual boulder hopping fun making our way to the pool at the beginning of “the box”. The water was running a little the closer you got to the box.

Once we arrived, the pool was really full. We were able to skirt along the edge and make it to the “S” curve area. So many pools and running water in there. It was “reflection” friendly for photos. The sun was still being blocked by the canyon walls so it was very pleasant.

I love this area of the Superstitions. This place has to be in my top 5 places to see visit in the wilderness area.

A little snack, lots of pictures and we started back. Once we set out of the pool area, the sun made an appearance. The temps were getting up there too. We made pretty good time boulder hopping back down to the bottom of the hill.

When we started going back up the hill on the Boulder Canyon Trail, I started have some difficulty. I am not sure if it was the heat, the difficulty of the hike, my lack of food or a combination of those factors, but I really struggled going up the hill. I had to stop a bunch of times as my heart rate was hitting uncomfortable levels. My hiking partners stayed back with me and we finally made it to the top of the hill. I was ok going down from that point. Moving slower than my usual slow. The hike took about 2 hours longer than I planned. Part of that was all the time we spend at the box, but most of it was the hard time I had coming back up.

My ankle did well with no swelling or pain before, during or after. My problems going up concern me as I have never had my body just shut down like that before. I better do some tune hikes and work on my strength and endurance before I attempt another hard one.

Even with the stuff at the end, this hike was awesome. I was able to take some friends to an amazing place and we were treated to some excellent scenery.
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Sep 14 2019
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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.95 Miles 2,175 AEG
Hiking5.95 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   1.65 mph
2,175 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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My 100th Trip Log on Hikearizona! I decided to make it one of my favorites – Peralta Trail to the Lone Pine.

My ankle is still giving me issues, but since I was able to do Miners Needle Loop last week without any problems, I figured I could handle Peralta Trail. My ankle disagreed. So, lots of swelling and tenderness afterwards. Time to dial it down again. I was moving pretty slow all day, but was really going turtle speed at the end.

I started in the dark, hoping to catch some colors of the sunrise. Once again, the low clouds on the eastern horizon put an end to that. It was cloudy for most of the hike and there were intermittent light rain showers as well. The humidity was pretty high. I felt like I had jumped into a swimming pool with my clothes on by the time I finished up.

This trail is well traveled and there were some people on the trail today. But, the heat filter is still working on the majority of people, so it was semi-solitude for most of the hike.

There has been some work at the trail head. I am guessing it was a precaution in case the fire made it over there? Lots of trimming back around the trail head and parking areas.

My trip up was uneventful – the usual beauty all the way up. I made it out to the Lone Pine and stayed a little while before heading back down. Met a group of folks at the Fremont Saddle and then down the trail I went. The sprinkles started as I got close to the parking lot, but it was never very steady.

I am not sure how many times I have done this trail. I first did it in 1987 when I moved here from Colorado. I was away from that side of town for a while, but I have been on the east side, more or less since I got here. I am guessing 40x? 50x? I never get tired of this trail. I avoid it in the winter months because of the traffic, but I love to hike it when it’s like it was today.
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Sep 08 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2019
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,750 AEG
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I started out thinking I would hike to Miners Needle and take some sunrise pictures and head back the same way. But, the low clouds on the eastern horizon made the sunrise a non-event. So, I thought I would just climb up to the saddle for a better view. Then, I thought, you know, I am not that far from Red Tanks Trail/Upper LaBarge Canyon, maybe I should just head over there? But, luckily, my brain overruled my heart. That would have added another 5-6 miles of hiking. So, I thought which way? Back down the Dutchman? Or make a proper Loop and take Bluff Springs back. Well, Bluff Springs won out and so I ended up doing 9.4 miles of the Miners Needle Loop.

I did ok on it. My ankle held up surprisingly well. The heat was getting up there at the end and the humidity was bad all morning. Just over 5 hours total, a little slower than my usual pace. So, I am still not quite 100% yet.

The Woodbury Fire made it to the Dutchman Trail on this hike, just north of the Miners Saddle. Lots of burnt up hillsides. The saguaros that are not dead will be soon where the fire burned. The only thing blooming right now is the grass that fueled this fire in the first place and cat claw. The acrid smell of the fire was everywhere in this section. Very depressing in there.

Other than that area, it was the usual amazing loop hike. It is still VERY dry out there and very overgrown with grass and cat claw - the worst I have ever seen on the sections north of Miners Needle.
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Aug 31 2019
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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
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My rehab is progressing on my ankle and I wanted to see how it would do with a little bit of elevation. I have been doing flat hikes for months. I figured this cool little trail would offer a little "up" without doing too much "up". I contemplated Peralta Trail, but this one was a good start.

I got to the trailhead in the dark. I was surprised to see other vehicles in the lot, but it looks like a bunch of bicyclists use that as a staging area for the rides up and over Usery Pass.

I headed off down the jeep road. It was a nice morning, not too humid. The trail is the same as always. Follow the Jeep trail until you see the path veer off to the left and the "no motorized vehicles" sign. There's a big set of cairns marking the summit path. This trail was a hidden gem from me for years. I did not even know it existed until last year. For being so short, it offers some nice elevation.

My ankle did ok going up. I was at a slow pace and I could feel the muscles I have not been using lately crying out in pain ha ha. But, I made it up to the top before the sun cleared the horizon. My goal was to get in a nice workout and catch a sunrise. Mission accomplished.

I was able to get some nice pics as the sun slowly cleared the cliffs to the east. Not much color, but it's always a glorious sight to behold - sunrise in the desert. I had a few other hikers joint me up at the top before I started down. The wind was really blowing hard at first. When it calmed down a little, the local residents came out to say hello - bees. The last time I was up here I was stung by a bee. This time, I got it again. I usually don't have a reaction to bee stings, but this little fellow got me good. It's still a little swollen at the sting site on my thigh 3 days later.

Going down I took it easy. I have an ankle brace that compresses and prevents side to side movement. By the time I got down, it felt ok. When I took off my boot at the truck to switch to sandals, it did not seem swollen at all. But, by the time I got home 15 minutes later, it was already puffing up. Time for a cortisone shot or something. 6 weeks on a boot, 9+ weeks of rehab and I still get some swelling after an easy hike. Ugh. Looks like I am confined to easy flat hikes still.
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Aug 24 2019
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Canyon Lake Massif - Peak 2276Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking1.90 Miles 551 AEG
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A quick hike up the hill to catch a sunrise. I drove my truck all the way to the end of the Jeep road. That was pretty rough. That's one good "gully washer" away from not doing that again.

The clouds looked promising as I was driving to the lake. Not quite the color show I was hoping for, but anytime you can catch a sunrise in the Supes, it's a treat. Not another soul in sight for the sunrise. A couple of young folks came up as the sun was already up. I rarely see anyone up here for the sunrise.

I hiked down to eastern edge of the cliff to get some pictures. I saw a bald eagle flying near the dam inlet, but it was out of site before I could raise up my camera. Lots of people on the lake early.

As I was starting my hike back to the truck, a group of 6 turkey buzzards started circling me. They got pretty close and a few were giving me the eye. I guess from up in the air, I look like I am ready to drop?? ha ha Sorry buzzards, you will have to find another meal, I lived to hike another day.

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I had thought about hitting the Horns of Dilemma afterwards, but I did not want to push my luck with my hurt ankle. A few miles up, around and down this one was enough. Always a nice place to visit with wonderful views.
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Aug 18 2019
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Treasure Loop Trail #56Phoenix, AZ
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I planned on a sunrise hike up Lone Mountain/EJ Peak this morning, but I pressed "cancel" instead of "snooze". I woke up too late for that one. So, I headed over to First Water Road to explore the Crosscut/Treasure Loop area. I made a quick stop along Lost Dutchman Blvd/Idaho Rd as the colors of the sunrise were peaking.

I parked off the first lot on First Water Road and set out to explore. I did not stay on the main trails for most of the hike, but instead opted for some paths less traveled. Lots of little trails out in this area. One of these trails off Jacob's Trail took me to Treasure Loop, in the area right before you start heading up to the Praying Hands. Very nice out this morning. I saw only one other person out today, but heard a few parties along the Crosscut.

I came across a group of mule deer and managed to get a few pictures before they bounced away. No other critters except the usual lizards and bunnies.

My ankle is still not very strong and I still get a little swelling after these easy hikes I have been doing. I hope this darn thing starts improving. Not hiking or hiking on the flat ones is killing me. Oh well, better to have it heal properly or I will be regretting it even more if I re-injure it (again).
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Aug 10 2019
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Parker PassPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.20 Miles 791 AEG
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I am slowly getting back on the trails. I needed an easy one to test my ankle strength and opted for the always wonderful Dutchman Trail up Parker Pass from First Water.

I torn a couple ligaments in my ankle in March and did not do anything to remedy that situation. In fact, I just kept on hiking in spite of my ankle telling me that was a bad idea. So, I ended up making this upper ankle sprain even worse than it was. Oh well, I did the 6 weeks of the boot and kept off it as much as possible. I am approaching the end of my 8 weeks of rehab. No more swelling and that dull pain I had for all those months is slowing going away. Now, I need to get some strength back.

I arrived at the trailhead about 530am. There were a few vehicles in the lot when I set off. I came across one group coming back up the trail right near the pass. And, on the way back, I passed a few parties heading down. Other than that, I had the place to myself.

I was considering going further and try and reach the area between Black Top Mesa and Palomino, but after 3 miles, I decided to turn back and call it a good day. I can tell my legs are out of shape as well. I averaged about 2mph on this trail, I usually fly on this part of the Dutchman. Oh well, I am out there and will only get stronger. I'll be back doing the harder ones in no time.

Not many critters out on this morning. I saw the usual speedy lizards, a few cardinals, some bunnies and some buzzards. I usually have good luck with the animals on this one. I was surprised I did not see any snakes.

The trail is looking good. A little overgrown in spots, but nothing crazy. I will come back to this one soon and do the Black Mesa Loop.
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Jul 13 2019
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Coon Bluff LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2019
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Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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My ankle injury has kept me off the trails for a while, but I needed to get out and hike something to keep my sanity. I decided to hike up to Coon Bluff for a sunrise.

The trail to the cliffs is really defined now. The last time I was up here, it was more of a bushwhack. There's an easy trail up at the base of the cliff to the left. I did not do the entire loop, but mainly stayed at the overlook. I could hear the horses but did not see any.

I arrived pre-dawn and hiked up. The clouds and Mother Nature cooperated and I was treated to a lovely sunrise. Me, Mr Sun, Mother Nature and a few 100 of my new bee friends were all I had up there. Lot's of bicyclists in the parking lot. Getting in their miles before the inferno started, no doubt.

I find out this coming week if it's more rehab or a surgery on the ankle. Either way, not hiking when you are used to hiking every week is an adjustment for sure.
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Jul 06 2019
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Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass THSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2019
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Hiking6.82 Miles 1,069 AEG
Hiking6.82 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   1.36 mph
1,069 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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Some of our friends won permits for the Wave and they asked me to come along and show them this really amazing place. Gee, I thought, The Wave, again? NOT. Of course I said YES!

I have some torn cartilage in my left ankle, so I was slower than my normal slow. And, I was not able to climb up and down to some of the other interesting areas near the Wave. But, we made it to the formation and a good time was had by all.

The temperatures were not the best hiking weather, mid-90's and not a cloud in the sky. We started a little late as well. I was asking to start before sunrise. We paid for that later on the way back. It was definitely toasty.

The hike is pretty straight forward. Follow the Wire Pass Trail around "the bend" and look for the "Permit Area" sign. It's hard to see if you are not looking for it. Once you get on the trail, it's up and over a little hill to the slick rock. Up until that point you can follow the footprints in the sand. Once you hit the slick rock, there is not really a trail. Look for the sign post and stay to the right, as far as you can. There are now three sign posts that direct you towards the Hooters and the mesa that holds the Wave. The first time I visited here, I dragged my poor wife an extra couple of miles up and down the formations to the north and east of the path before we saw the landmark that marks the Wave - the Black Crack of Top Rock Mesa. Once you locate this, the Wave is just underneath it.

The Wave is reached by climbing up a sandy hill. Once we arrived we found about 10 people milling about. We found some shade in the little alcove off the south side of the formation. We climbed up the Wave and ventured up the mesa a little. We stopped by the 2nd Wave and contemplated going down the hill to the Sand Cove and Boneyard areas. My hiking companions did not seem interested in hiking down there or up to the top of the Mesa. It was getting hot, and my ankle was already hurting. We decided to head back to the Wave and hang out a bit there. We came back and had the place to ourselves.

The hike back was an easy stroll across the brain rocks and sand. We actually saw some other people heading up. This was about 2pm. Europeans of some unknown nationality. No water, no packs. I offered some my extra, but they declined. I am guessing they regretted that later on. I am also guessing they had a killer sunburn, as none of them had hats either.

I have been here 2x before, but I am still in awe of this place. Other worldly and amazing for sure. I hope I can return again to this place once more, in better health and cooler temps. I feel very lucky and blessed to be able to see this place multiple times
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May 12 2019
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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2019
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Hiking5.15 Miles 700 AEG
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I had plans to hit either Hackberry Springs Loop or Black Mesa Loop this morning. My hiking partners opted for the shorter Hackberry Springs hike and off we went.

The weather this morning was perfect. A little cloud cover, but nice temps. The parking lot was pretty empty at 8am when we started, but that’s FINE with me.

The first thing I noticed was the buzzing of all the bees. There was even a note in the registry that said “watch out for the bees in Garden Valley”. Although we never saw a swarm of bees, there was a constant buzzing for the entire length of the hike, although it waned a little near the spring. The wildflowers are all burnt up and gone and the cactus flowers are starting to wane as well, except the Saguaros. The Palo Verde Trees were the star of the show for sure. A nice swath of yellow was present all along the trail from those.

We decided to stop and see the arch and took the “turn off trail”. Before we could do that, we came across a rather large Diamondback sunning in the middle of the trail. He did not seem interested in moving, but we moved a little closer and gave him a little nudge with my hiking pole. He slowing slithered off the trail and gave us a half-assed rattle before disappearing in the grass.

The trail was the usual condition with nothing major to report. When we got to the spring area, we noticed how high the grass was. So high! The spring was a tickle, but running and tasted pretty good. The hike out in and along the wash had a few pools left, with evidence that it had recently been running.

We opted to take the “road” out from the ranch to First Water Rd and cut short the Wash-a-Palooza Fest that the rest of the hike would be if we kept going. Just under 6 miles the way we hiked. A very enjoyable morning out in the Supes!
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May 05 2019
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Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2019
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Hiking5.20 Miles 1,422 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
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Another excellent adventure on Pass Mountain. I was invited by a group of hikers to lead a hike up on the Pass Mountain Ridgeline. I invited Mike G aka SUICIDEKING to come along as well. He was the leader of the hike for sure. We set a nice pace and enjoyed near perfect weather the entire hike.

A 5am start kept us in the shadows on the way up the Wind Cave Trail. We go the sunshine once we hit the ridgeline. A nice cool breeze kept things very comfortable all along the ridgeline.

I have been nursing a sprained ankle for over a month. I twisted it really bad hike Devils Canyon back in late March. I was out taking night pictures on Saturday and twisted it again. So, I was a limpy-gimpy hiker all along this hike. I paid for that later when I got home as it swelled up pretty good. Time to take it easy.

I really love this hike. It offers a little of everything. Nice easy portions, rock scrambling, some nice elevation gain, and excellent views up top. The path is very clear now. The word is out, I guess. The path we took down to get on Pass Mountain Loops was a little sketchy. Lots of loose scree, but we all made it fine.

All in all, an excellent day with some excellent people. If you are looking for a short but challenging adventure, I highly recommend this hike.
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Apr 28 2019
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Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2019
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Hiking5.05 Miles 1,589 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   1.66 mph
1,589 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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A quick hike up to the Wave Cave with some friends. I am slowly introducing them to the Supes and I figured their kids would love this one.

We opted to begin at the Lost Gold Mine Trailhead to avoid the herd at the Carney Spring parking lot. I mentioned to my hiking partners that I had seen critters along this trail in the past and low and behold, it was a virtual Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom Hike all the way. Three rattlers and a desert tortoise! SCORE!

This little Hike gets maligned by many (myself included) for the extraordinary number of people that hike it, but it is a nice hike with a cool destination at the end.

My friends and their kids loved it. Although they told me the Peralta/Cave Trail Loop Hike we did a few weeks ago was better.

The weather is getting hotter, so The next hikes will have to start earlier.
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