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Jan 28 2023
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59 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Triple Arch via Black Glass CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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adillingTriplogs 291
Canyoneering3.50 Miles 511 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles
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I recently upgraded my Titan to a newer, more capable suspension, so I thought the best way to beat it up would be to drive down FS12 from Willow Springs Trailhead. The road is getting more gnarly in the bypasses. The wash was the usual sandy and rock dodging.

We started hiking down the wash to the canyon. Signs of some water recently, but it was dry. Once we entered Black Glass, we could hear some running water. All of the pools that you have to navigate at the start of the canyon had water and were running lightly running, from pool to pool.

One we got up to the flatter area the catclaw and grasses really choked up many parts of the hike in. I am a catclaw magnet or something and I don't think I missed a single thorny shrub on the way to the arch. I need to start wearing kelvar spf shirts.

The trail up to the arch is very defind now. The views up top are always amazing. I've only been up here in the mornings. The light and shadows were a different experience late in the day. After the mandatory pictures at the arch (and a little drone flying), we started back down.

The shadows in the canyon made the colors very different. I always like hiking in here. Now that I have finally seen some actual water running in here, I might have to time a visit to some rains and see it really going.

My #2 son is flying off today for his next adventure - Antarctica, this time. It's been a good couple of months getting in some great hikes with him.
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Jan 21 2023
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 Mesa, AZ
Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2023
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Hiking14.55 Miles 3,365 AEG
Hiking14.55 Miles   10 Hrs   59 Mns   1.52 mph
3,365 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
 
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The one and only time I hiked the Reavis Falls hike was in 1987. I was barely 24 and all that I can remember (clearly) about this hike was it was very scenic, the waterfall was awesome, and I recall ass-dragging up that hill to the final saddle. Not enough food and water (and 5-6 too many beers).

Fast forward to 2023. With all the recent rains/snow in this area, we thought it would be a good time to hit this one again. Jason, Scott and my son Johnny and I departed AJ about 5am.

We arrived just about sunrise to the Reavis Ranch Trailhead. There were a few other vehicles there already. We headed up the steady climb to the saddle that would take us down to the creek. We made great time on the smooth, easy-rising Reavis Ranch Trail. Once we turned up towards to the saddle, the trail became another matter.

Lots of grass, signs of fire damages and tons of catclaw awaited. We started down and stopped at the ruins/walls above Lime Mountain. I don’t recall these last time and I am sure we just hiked right past them. This time we stopped and looked around.

The hike down is at time easy to follow and other times the trail just vanishes in the grass. Not many cairns to guide us, so we were all looking at our Route Scouts and map apps along the way.
We made it to the first creek near Cedar Basin and it was running. We crossed and started back up the little saddle that would take us to Reavis Creek.

We could hear the creek running hard as we started our final descent to the little canyon. The water was really going. It was one little waterfall after another. Our hiking speed slowed down for sure. The boulder hopping/route finding was all part of the fun. Once we got our first glimpse of the falls, it was clear it was flowing nicely.

We made it to the base of the falls and took a lunch break and snap many photos. It was kinda cold at the end of the canyon. The falls were throwing off a lot of spray and there was no direct sunlight.

After soaking in the views, we started the boulder hopping back down. I was dreading the climb out as I knew I would be going turtle speed. It took a while, but we finally made it up and over the saddle and the Reavis Ranch Superhighway lay below.

We made it back to the trailhead just as the twilight ended. A long day out in the Supes. A rough and challenging hike, but to see the creek going so well and falls flowing so strong was worth the aches, pains, cactus needles and cat-claw maulings.
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Jan 17 2023
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 Mesa, AZ
First Water Lower Creek ShuttlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 17 2023
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Canyoneering3.10 Miles 424 AEG
Canyoneering3.10 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.24 mph
424 ft AEG
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With all the rain the past few days, I was itching to get out and see some water in the Superstitions. Two of my sons, #2 & #3, wanted to go out. It looked like the rain was not as significant as advertised the night before, plus we started later than expected, so I opted to take them down to First Water Canyon.

This little hike is short, but the payoff is big. We could hear the creek running as we made our way down the little side canyon off Hwy 88.

We came across a couple and their 2 doggos on the way down, but after that, we saw nobody else. Once we made it to the creek we went south. The water was flowing very strong. A couple of the "usual" paths were underwater. I attempted to boulder hop and keep my boots dry, but by the end, we all had soaked socks and boots.

It's hard to believe that places like this exist so close to civilization. This little canyon is so beautiful.

After I made my boys wait around while I did some long exposures, we hiked down to the confluence. That was a wet trip as well as the creek was really going strong into the lake.

A quick and easy hike, but so stunning. My sons really liked this place. It's always good to hike with your kids. I just need my oldest son to come down from Skull Valley and hike with us next time.
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Jan 14 2023
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 Mesa, AZ
Geronimo HeadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2023
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Hiking6.16 Miles 2,080 AEG
Hiking6.16 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   1.09 mph
2,080 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
 
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With the high season in the Supes upon us, I decided to revisit one of my favorite viewpoints – Geronimo Head. I have not been up here since 2018 (pre-fire). With my son #2 still in town, I wanted to get another hike with him before he’s off on his travels. This one seemed like a perfect fit – great views, good exercise and an excellent hike.

We arrived at Tortilla Flat and parked across the street and started up at 720am. For some reason, I can never seem to locate the official trail coming out of here. We ended up higher than we should have, but after a few adjustments, we found the trail going up to the Fragile Arch.

The up and down is part of the “charm” of this one. A couple rough saddles and then the climb up to the cliff edges. The trail is mostly clear if you know where to go. We made it up the last chute and hung a right and started up. The views up top are the draw of this one. It starts with great views of Canyon Lake, Four Peaks and the Superstition massif. As you move along, Boulder Canyon, Battleship, La Barge Creek/canyon and the rest of the western Supes.

We moved as close to the edges of the northern bluff as possible and worked our way over to the “actual” Geronimo Head across the little valley. We signed the registry, had a little lunch and soaked in the views. Saw a bunch of familiar names in there for sure.

I had loaded up yet another @DixieFlyer track on this one and we started back to complete the lasso-loop. We came across the usual drainage I take down but decided to keep following the track. There was a point were we got off that track and ended up way too low to get back up. We were in a steep area with the staggered layers of rock. It was a rough hike down to the drainage. We also came across a group of lady hikers that were across the little valley and they seemed a little lost. I am wondering if they were doing the same loop, but clockwise from the last saddle?? If you load my track on this one, I apologize in advance if you manage to follow it without cursing my name!

We made it to the chute going down and followed the trail back down to the parking lot. Tortilla Flats was a zoo. We contemplated having an after hike beer to celebrate surviving the hike, but there were people stacked up along the front of the saloon. No thanks. We opted to have one at home.

You can definitely tell which areas were burnt in the fire. Lots of grass in some places which means the possibility of more fires in the future. The views were spectacular in spite of mostly cloudly conditions. We heard voices coming from below, but after checking multiple times, we did not see anyone up on Battleship. No critters at all spotted, that was a disappointment as I have seen deer and sheep up here in the past.

Another awesome hike in the Supes.
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Jan 11 2023
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Old Turk's Head - Peak 2777Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2023
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Hiking3.95 Miles 899 AEG
Hiking3.95 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   1.65 mph
899 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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My big plans to wake up early for the sunrise were dashed by my pesky business (darn customers giving me money so early in the day!). Oh well, I was able to unchain myself from my desk early and headed out to the Hieroglyphics Trailhead. I wanted to catch a sunset from Old Turks Head aka Peak 2777 aka the Wedding Cake. That's a lot of names for a little butte!

The parking lot was almost full when I arrived at 330pm. Once I got on the Lost Gold Mine Trail, I saw no other humans. Everyone was up at the petroglyphs.

I saw a route that @vanman posted that came in from the west side of the formation, so I loaded that one up. I've always come from the eastern side for this one. I guess I have been doing it wrong all these years. The western route to the top was very clear and cairned (and steep in some places). I didn't have to look at the route at all. I have my new way up to this one for sure.

The clouds were thick in the west, so I was convinced it would be a dud sunset. I stayed up top for a while and explored and then started down. As I descended, I could see Mr Sun might sneak out at the end. There was a little color right at sunset and then afterwards, some beautiful afterglow.

I saw one little tarantula on the way in and a steer on the way back. The only people I came across were coming back from the spring.

Perfect weather, a nice sunset (eventually) and some great views all along the way and up top. I love this area of the Supes!
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Jan 07 2023
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 Mesa, AZ
JF Trail to Tortilla PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2023
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,700 AEG
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A hike planned for some time, we finally made it out to the Tortilla Trailhead.

It was Jason's turn to punish his vehicle, so we all piled into the 4runner like a clown car and drove down the manicured and groomed FS213 to the end to start up the JF to the pass.

The weather was very nice all day, a little cool at the start, but we all started to shed layers once the climbing started. Except of course, Jason, who was outfitted in a t-shirt and shorts from the get-go.

The trail was easy to follow for the first mile, then it would fade in and out. It was easy to see where the trail should be, but there were times it was a search for cairns in the distance to figure out which way to go. The fires and the rain erosion has really worn away a good portion of this trail in certain spots.

We made it up to the pass and had a pitstop and a rest. Chris rolled out his usual 5 course lunch, complete with hot sauce.

On the way back the sun started warming things up, but it still stayed very pleasant for all of the hike. Wally could not standing hiking so slow, so he took off and Scott and my son Johnny soon followed. That left me, Jason and Chris hiking our normal human speeds. They beat us back to the truck pretty badly. But, Jason had the keys, so they had to wait.

I have not hiked this portion of this trail before. I've been up to the pass from the other side, but not from this starting point. It was a good solid hike. Without some sort of maintenace or an increase in foot traffic, the JF Trail is looking a little wild. It had nice views of Fish Creek Canyon, Black Cross Butte and Tortilla Mountain. Once you climbed up high enough, the vista really opened up. The skies were very clear and the view of the western Supes was very nice. Looking up the pass, Iron Mountain and White Mountain still had a little snow on top.

A good group of hikers and some very nice scenery. Thanks for planning this Chris and thanks to Scott, Wally, Jason and Johnny for an awesome hike in the Superstitions.
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Jan 04 2023
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 Mesa, AZ
Willow Springs Basin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2023
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Hiking3.01 Miles 728 AEG
Hiking3.01 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   1.57 mph
728 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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A quick sunset hike with my #2 son in the Goldfields. We hiked down the road to the Willow Springs Access Trail and then took the Tank Trail over the saddle and climbed up the taller peak that overlooks the trailhead area.

Did not quite make it to the true summit, but made it up far enough to enjoy a sublte sunset.

We bushwhacked down to meet the Access Trail and hiked back to the truck.

It was nice seeing snow on 4 Peaks and the Goldfields are always a pleasure to visit.
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Dec 31 2022
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Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.94 Miles 1,269 AEG
Hiking4.94 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   1.67 mph
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My last hike of 2022. It's been a year of contrasts for me. One of my best professional years ever, but also a big health scare I had to deal with as well. I have another month until I turn 60, so I have to keep on hiking to keep those tired bones, aching joints and cloudy brain functioning properly!

Nothing new to add on the trail description. I started early to catch the sunrise colors. Mother Nature snuck in a little under the clouds that eventually made for a gloomy morning. But, not before treating me to the last sunrise of 2022.

I had bigger thoughts going through my mind earlier about heading down to La Barge Creek and checking out "the Box", but I was ok with scoping out every view from both high points and then heading back down (and up and down) to the marina.

Only one other hiker at the start, so it was relatively peaceful. The masses soon joined as 5-6 groups passed me going up as I was going down.

If this place was in almost any other state, it would be a National Park. Not many views can compare to what this trail offers.

Happy New Year to you all, I hope your 2023 is filled with blessings for you, your families, and friends.
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Dec 26 2022
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 Mesa, AZ
Fish Creek via Lost DutchPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2022
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Hiking9.31 Miles 1,222 AEG
Hiking9.31 Miles   8 Hrs   12 Mns   1.27 mph
1,222 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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We had great plans to set out of the JF Trailhead and hike down to Fish Creek and make it all the way to the Frog Tanks. We did not quite make our goal, but it was an amesome day out in the Supes for sure!

The road in was a rough as ever. I bent yet another sway-bar link. Gotta figure out why that keeps happening. We started off by Scott showing us the remains of the Miller Mine site and the grave marker of one of the miners. Still some signs of the mine, but nature (and filling in by the forest service) has reclaimed much of it.

After that we started making our way down to Lost Dutch Canyon. We saw signs of a trail here and there and ended up in a catclaw forest before fighting our way over to the wash.

Once we made it to Fish Creek, we could see there was a steady flow going. We were expecting pools here and there, but not such a steady and strong flow. What a treat!

The boulder-hop fest going down the creek was awesome. With the water going, there were mini-falls around every turn. Added to that, many of the trees still had their fall colors going. We missed the peak of that by a few weeks, but it was still an excellent addition to the already scenic canyon.

Slow going, a twisted ankle by Jason and many photo stops made our hiking speed pretty slow. We made it to Goat Canyon and decided it was time to turn around if we would make it out of there before it got dark.

No critter sightings, but we saw multiple sets of cat prints, tons of deer prints and assorted other furry little forest creatures.

This was my first visit to this section of Fish Creek and I have to say, it was just like the other sections I have visited - spectacular! I cannot think of a more scenic canyon in the Superstitions.

The trail climbing out was faint in places, clear in others. We knew which way to go an sorta made our own way out following Scott's lead.

We made it back to the trailhead right after sunset and were treated to a beautiful, but shortlived color show. A fitting end to an excellent day in the Supes!.

Thanks for coming along Jason and Scott. I know this will not be my last visit here. Let's go further down next time!
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Dec 24 2022
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 Mesa, AZ
Coon Bluff-Salt River Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Dec 24 2022
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Hiking8.65 Miles 634 AEG
Hiking8.65 Miles   4 Hrs      2.26 mph
634 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Chris invited me on this quick Christmas Eve hike along a couple trails at the Lower Salt River.

I've done the Coon Bluff Loop several times, but not the Salt River Trail which is a mostly flat trail that skirts Coon Bluff and then heads across the open desert towards Salt River Recreation.

A little chilly at the start, but once the sun came out, it was very pleasant.

An easy day out in the desert, with a flat out and back and then the up and down you get going on the Coon Bluffs.

On the trail heading back to the TH, we ran into the @cannondalekid who was biking the same trail going the opposite direction. It was a pleasure to meet you!

A nice way to spend Christmas Eve morning, out in the desert, getting a little exercise and breathing in that fresh air. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
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Dec 20 2022
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Peak 2972 - Usery MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2022
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Hiking4.68 Miles 1,094 AEG
Hiking4.68 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   1.68 mph
1,094 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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A spur of the moment decision to hit this one. I was slow at work and though “why not?”

I took my usual path up the sandy wash from Usery Pass Road to the Alp d’Huez Trail and then up the steep/sketchy “trail” to the saddle that starts off the High Ridge/A d’H junction.

The weather was perfect. I came across a few mountain bikers and a runner, but otherwise had the place to myself.

The clouds and sunset looked promising. I made it to the middle peak 2972 and then on to the rocky Peak 2959 before heading over to the northern most peak 2933.

Lots of scenery up on this one. Great views of the Goldfields, Four Peaks, Pass Mountain and the Mazatals looking east/north and amazing views of the western horizon.

The sunset was really beautiful. I stayed up until the colors faded. But, on the way down, it looked like there was a little afterglow going on. Oh well, it was an awesome way to end the day.

On the way down, I opted to skip the sandy wash and try out Lance’s Trail which takes you back to Usery Pass Road. I love the groomed trails in the Hawes system. Gotta dodge the occasional biker, but what a nice change from the rough and rocky Supes.

I am glad I decided to head out for this one. Nice exercise, fresh air, a chance to decompress/de-stress and a beautiful sunset for the cherry on top.
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Dec 17 2022
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 17 2022
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Hiking10.83 Miles 1,272 AEG
Hiking10.83 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   2.17 mph
1,272 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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High season in the Supes! The parking lot at First Water Trailhead was almost full when we arrived a little before 8am.

We opted to do the Black Mesa Loop clockwise and started off towards Black Mesa Trail.

We can across a few campers with cool dogs and another hiker. After that, we saw nobody until heading back.

The fire damage is still evident, but the new “normal” of the Superstition Grasslands is firming up. The trail from First Water up to the saddle of Black Mesa was in good condition. A little overgrown going down, but still nice.

The cloudless and hazy skies did not help me out with the photos, but it was very nice weather. A little chilly at the start, but warming nicely as the sun rise higher.

We hiked down the Dutchman Trail a little to visit my favorite crested cactus. Still holding on, but the base of this beauty is looking a little lean and it seems to be leaning more than before. Hope this one holds on, it’s magnificent!

We saw 3-4 small groups hiking back up and over Parker Pass and couple more heading back to the trailhead.

Another awesome hike with my visiting son #2. I need to get all three out there. Maybe Christmas or Boxing Day!?
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Dec 15 2022
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Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 15 2022
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Hiking4.46 Miles 647 AEG
Hiking4.46 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.46 mph
647 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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I have not been out to Butch Jones Trail in a while and I thought it would be a good sunset hike. The weather was perfect for hiking. My #2 son and I started out and hiked a little past the western section. We would have missed the sunset if we went all the way to the cove side, so we turned around.

The sunset was nice, but it looks like the color show was further east. Still a great way to spend the late afternoon.

We made it back to the parking area just as it got dark.

Quick, easy, scenic, plus I get to spend some time with my #2 son who is normally in Washington State.
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Dec 10 2022
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Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering5.90 Miles 1,422 AEG
Canyoneering5.90 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.07 mph
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I've been on an "Autumn in the Desert" kick lately. Hitting some amazing Wilderness areas in South-Central AZ the past couple weekends. I wanted to get in a visit to this one before all the leaves fell off.

We parked at the Fish Creek Vista and hiked down the closed road. A little chilly/windy at the start, but the gloves and fleece layer were soon stuffed into my pack before we hit the bottom.

The road is still in ok shape until you get to the rock fall area. I wonder if this section will ever get repaired? Part of me hopes it does not, as it will serve as a filter to keep most folks out and let this wild area keep a little of that wildness.

The canyon is the same place it's always been. Untamed, no trail, boulder hopping, cat-claw a-plenty, and of course, totally amazing. This is one of my favorite places in the Supes for sure.

We were in no hurry and stopped a lot to take photos and soak in the awesomeness of this area. There's something about the changing leaves and the contrast of the towering cliffs and desert flora above.

There were lots of pools and some light flow between them. Lots of muddy creek beds too. That added a little fear-factor as the normally not so grippy house-sized boulders were even slicker with a boot loaded up with mud.

We went in just under 2 miles from the bridge and made our way back out. The hike out along the road is steep, but pretty easy hiking compared to what was below in the canyon.

Another magical visit to this beautiful canyon. Next up, hike down stream from the bridge to the lake/dam. I have not done that one since the late 1980's.
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Dec 06 2022
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 Mesa, AZ
Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2022
adillingTriplogs 291
Hiking1.23 Miles 766 AEG
Hiking1.23 Miles      38 Mns   1.99 mph
766 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Getting back into regular hiking and Lone Mountain is always a good place to work on building up stamina and getting in some views.

My #2 son and I hiked up and took a look around. The clouds looked nice, but there seemed to be too many near the horizon, so we opted to hike back down before the sunset, thinking it would be a dud. No other hikers on the mountain until we got near the bottom.

As we got back to the truck, I could tell the sunset was going to really nice. So, we drove down Usery Pass Road and caught it there.

Another nice visit to this cool little peak.
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Dec 03 2022
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 Mesa, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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adillingTriplogs 291
Canyoneering14.14 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering14.14 Miles
200 ft AEG
 
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Another adventure into the always amazing Aravaipa Wilderness. This time from the East Entrance.

My #2 son and DarthStiller came along in my truck and we have some other friends that came in another.

I knew the day would be rainy, so I was expecting to get soaked. And, Mother Nature abided. It started raining about 10am and by 2pm, it really started pouring.

Chris took off and was trying to cover as much distance as possible. My son, Johnny and I, headed off to get to Horse Camp Canyon. We both hiked in last year on the first Saturday in December from the West Entrance to Horse Camp Canyon, so he's covered the entire length in the past two visits.

The colors were still going, but it looks like we missed the peak by a week or so. It's hard to guess when that will be. I got the permits back in September.

Other than our other friends who we parted ways with early on, we saw no other hikers all day. I think the rains scared most (sane) people off. Our friends ended up turning around after hitting the slot canyon close to the trailhead. They got out before it really started pouring.

We made it to our destination and had a little lunch and started back. The rains really picked up and we could see the water level of the creek going up. There were also a bunch of waterfalls that had appeared that were not there when we were hiking in.

I kept looking back for Chris, but I did not see him. I wasn't sure how far he wanted to go before he turned around. It was pushing 430pm-5pm and it would get dark soon. I kept thinking if Chris would make it back by then.

I was really running out of gas the last couple miles. Between my recent medical issues and my lack of serious hiking since the summer, I was ass-dragging for sure. But, we made it back just fine. I was happy to see Chris was already there waiting. We must have passed each other while he was heading back. He was happy to see us as he was having visions of him hiking a couple miles up to the ranger station to report two missing dummies. No need for search and rescue, we all made it out.

The water was light at the start, but the creek was really going at the end. There was a huge waterfall about 50 yards from the parking area at the Turkey Creek/Aravaipa Creek confluence. (The creek was close to 1000 cfs the following day. That would have been a very different hike for sure)

The road going out was a mess as well. The creek crossings were ok, but the rain persisted, heavy at time, all the way home. It seems like we were on that muddy and slippery dirt road forever.

A memorable day in one of my favorite places for sure. It's been a long time since I have hike in non-stop rain. You get wet no matter what when you hike in here, so what's a little rain?

Thanks for coming Chris and sorry I made you wait for 40 minutes! ha ha
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Sep 11 2022
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 Mesa, AZ
Fish Creek HillPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2022
adillingTriplogs 291
Hiking3.40 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
850 ft AEG
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A quick juant down to the bridge from the Fish Creek Vista. I wanted to see how the road was looking and get a look at the boulder fall area that has kept the Apache Trail closed since 2019.

A nice cloudless sky greeted at the empty Fish Creek Vista lot. I started down the road and wasn't sure what to expect. I saw some water erosion heading down. Parts of the road have most certainly been flowing in the past. However, most of the road is in surprisingly decent shape.

I always thought the landslide area was further up the hill, but it's actually near the bottom of the hill, about 200-300 yards from the bridge. This area certainly experienced some serious damage. The rocks and boulders piled up block the path, but underneath, it's clear the road will need some major repairs. There is an easy bypass route along the west side of the road. I was expecting a little boulder hopping.

I made it to the bridge, hiked up a little to get a view of the canyon and cave and then started back up.

I flew my drone and got some video of the landslide area on the way back up.

An easy +3 mile r/t from the overlook. I will come back here in December when the colors change. I've also been eyeing the lower canyon towards Horse Mesa Dam. That looks very interesting.
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Aug 27 2022
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 Mesa, AZ
Casner Cabin DrawSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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adillingTriplogs 291
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 650 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles
650 ft AEG
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We set off to do a recon mission of this canyon. Our goal was to drive down FS 231 and then take FS 231J as far as we could and then hike into Casner Cabin Draw. The plan was to hike down the draw to the canyoneering section and go as far as we could before finding a way back out to the plateau above.

Right off, we realized the area going down to the canyon is extremely overgrown and steep. We were slow movers hiking down. We both felt, "well, once we are in the canyon and hiking in and along the draw, things would pick up". Unfortunately, the choked out draw and thick vegetation got even worse. We still plodded along with out original plan. The canyon became very scenic with towering cliffs and a nice little creek (when we could see it under all of the fallen logs, flood debris and over-grown thickets).

We started looking at the dark clouds gathering above and began to hear thunder and the occastional drop of rain. Looking at the topo map of the area, there seemed to be very few exits the further we went in. We would almost have to traverse the enter canyon and meet up with the West Fork confluence to get a clear path out. That would mean canyoneering and rappeling we were not prepared for. So, we made the decision to call it a day and picked the best path up and out.

The slope was steep and completely overgrown with thorny and slippery bits, including large patches of poison ivy we had to avoid. As we made it to the top, the rain started. We found a nice rocky out-crop and had a little snack. The rain did not last long and we finished up our ascent and made it back to the car.

We did some additional recon from an overview above the Casner Cabin Draw/West Fork confluence and decided we would try hiking in from the West Fork along 231 next time. The area looks stunning. So, another day.

Afterwards we made it to Instagram Point and took our selfies and TikTok videos to increase our bonavides with all the beaufitul people. (Just kidding, we just took pictures)

A long day in a great area. I have not done a bushwhack this wild in a long time. Our recon efforts did not give us much, it was a good day nonetheless.
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Aug 17 2022
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 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass THSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2022
adillingTriplogs 291
Hiking8.09 Miles 1,389 AEG
Hiking8.09 Miles   7 Hrs   53 Mns   1.35 mph
1,389 ft AEG   1 Hour   53 Mns Break
 
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My 4th trip to Coyote Buttes North since 2013. Each time I remember just how amazing this place is. Curiously, I also forget this hike, although not the hardest I have ever done, is not an easy one either.

This time around my #2 son and a friend made the trip. We had done White Pocket the day before and dealt with on and off thunderstorms and heavy rains the entire day. The road to White Pocket may have benefitted from the rains as the normally loose sands were compacted. Rock House Valley Road going into Wire Pass Traihead the next day was a different story. The road was rutted and had a few puddles. Small washes showed evidence of recent flows. When we got to Buckskin Creek, the water was flowing, but worse was the deep mud. 5-6 passenger cars were parked along the road, having abandoned driving the 4 additional miles south to the Wire Pass Trailhead. We made it through ok, but there was a second or two when crossing that I thought we might get stuck. Luckily my used and abused (but beloved) Titan made it just fine.

We arrived at the TH right at sunrise. The clouds in the distance were looking really nice. The weather was cool - low 60's, maybe even high 50's, but it was really muggy.

We hiked along the semi-running, muddy wash to the trail that climbs the sandy hill without any problems. The hike from there to the beginning of CBN was as I remembered. A little sandy and easy to follow.

Once you climb up the "rock stairs", you start the last phase of the hike, the slick rock. No trail, no shade, a few signs at the beginning that kinda/sorta show you the way. This was my 4th trip, so I knew where to go. You skirt the ridges to the right until you turn a corner and see the landmark that marks the Wave - the "black crack" of Top Rock Mesa. Once you see that and the "brain rocks" below, you know you are close.

There were a couple vehicles at the TH when we started and a group of 6 hikers appeared behind us as we ascend the last sandy climb up to the Wave. The healthy monsoon storms left some nice puddles which made for good photo ops.

We hung around the Wave for a while and then started hiking up the area above the wave. My plan was to hike to the top of the mesa and visit the sights up top. We made the crisscross ascent up the rocky steps and made it up to "the Alcove" and my favorite spot - the Melody Arch and window.

After spending time exploring the area, we made our way down to the area above the wave. I wanted to explore more down in the lower area, but the clouds had vanished, and the sun was starting to really beat down on us. My friend was a little low on water and not looking like he was willing to hike down and then have to hike back up. Also, we could see the black clouds and lightning north and south of the Wave area. So, we decided to head back.

We made it back to the Wave area just in time to see a couple of very pretty Spanish models doing a photoshoot at the wave, complete with costume changes, high heels and lots of cameras. To each his own, I guess, but I hate the way these places have been reduced to photo ops for social media. More power to them, they hiked in and can do as they please.

The afternoon heat & sun and the high humidity made for crappy hiking conditions on the way back, but we made it back to the TH no problem.

We arrived back to the truck, we met a couple from Korea that both had on flip-flops and had no water. We tried to talk them out of hiking up, but they insisted their friend who had dropped them off would be back shortly and he knew the way. We gave them 8 bottles of water and some snacks. Still, I cannot see how some of these people we came across were so unprepared for this hike. It was probably low 90's high 80's, with threats of thunderstorms all around and they had no food, no water and flip flops????

As we started driving up Rock House Valley Road, the sprinkles started. We could see rain up ahead. We also came across a French couple who got lost and spent 7 hours wandering without finding the Wave, and a Japanese couple that we did see at the Wave earlier in the morning. We all piled in the truck and made our way to the creek. The conditions had deteriorated since we crossed in the morning. The water was flowing stronger and the mud looked worse. Oh well, I stopped, put it in 4 low and gunned it. I think that was the highlight for our passengers all day. We all had a good time as I gave out the obligatory, "WhoooHooo" as we bounced and plowed through.

An excellent day for sure. Spending so much time with my #2 son who lives in Washington State and I normally don't get to see much. Taking my friend along as well. He's 68, but he did great.

I might cut back on the lottery permits for now, but I am pretty sure, this will not be my last trip to this area.
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Aug 13 2022
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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2022
adillingTriplogs 291
Hiking5.64 Miles 794 AEG
Hiking5.64 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.78 mph
794 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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I love this little loop. A nice 5-6 miles, excellent scenery and nothing too crazy.

I started out in the pre-dawn and went counter-clockwise down First Water Trail. The clouds looked very promising as I hiked up to Garden Valley. The color show was short and the clouds took over right after a brief flash of golden hour light.

I always stop at the arch along this one. It's a great place for scenery for sure. Weavers Needle, the mountain, the Goldfields and the cool tuft ridges near the spring. After spending a bunch of time at the arch taking pictures, I hiked down and around to the spring. It was lightly flowing. Lots of mud puddles and signs of our recent monsoon rains.

There were some nice pools near the spring and all along First Water Creek. I saw a bunch of soon to be sphinx moth catepillars in the area. 100's of them. We will soon be seeing those buzzing about.

I opted to hike up and over the hill by the old ranch and took First Water Road back to the trailhead.

A great Saturday morning. Not too hot (but REALLY muggy), a nice sunrise, an arch, some cool scenery. I also saw a buzzard, an owl and a couple Coues deer going up the hill by the ranch as well.
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