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Jun 22 2022
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Sonoqui - Queen Creek Wash, AZ 
Sonoqui - Queen Creek Wash, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jun 22 2022
jacobemerick
Road Biking20.31 Miles 228 AEG
Road Biking20.31 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   16 Secs14.29 mph
228 ft AEG
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Legs are still too empty for a run after C2C, but I wanted to get out and do something, so bike ride. Took a slightly different route to connect to Sonoqui Wash -- Signal Butte Road between Riggs & Empire is more rutted-dirt than road, made for a very bumpy ride, with the benefit of hopping up on Sonoqui Wash Trail at the recently-extended ending near Crismon. I'm not sure what the plan for Sonoqui is, its an awkward end, hoping they continue it to Signal Butte or all the way to Gary, would be neat to have it "connect" to the Olive Mill and Schnepfs down here. Anyways, several sections of the trail were flooded, all but one had a bypass, so I got a little undercarriage cleaning along the way. Last few miles dragged, legs were not quite ready for this distance. Will probably rest a few more days and get back to running over the weekend.
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Jun 20 2022
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Cactus to CloudsBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2022
jacobemerick
Hiking19.97 Miles 11,461 AEG
Hiking19.97 Miles   10 Hrs   27 Mns   2.15 mph
11,461 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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Been a year, and the temps looked agreeable, so tried this again. Got a few blinks of sleep outside of Joshua Tree and in the morning I realized I had made two mistakes: forgot my trekking poles and misjudged the tramway locked gate (I had brought my bike and had planned on locking it below the fee station, but the road is locked way down by Palm Canyon Drive - only way to do this would be to drop it off the day before during their operating hours, ugh).

Miles 1-3
This felt really easy. 78F temps at 2am, dropped quickly with elevation. More flat and downhills than I remembered, giving legs a chance to breathe. Light from half-moon wasn't as helpful as I had hoped. Had to force myself to take a break at the 3 mile mark to make sure I didn't burn out too early.

Miles 4-6
Cruising time. More vegetation, a slowly waking sky, and only between 400' and 700' of climb each mile. The cold started to get to me here, shivers in the shade, but I was too soaked in sweat to justify adding layers. Just like last year, I was all smiles on this section.

Miles 7-9
This is where the climb starts lol. Was able to start with a decent pace, and then that last mile hurt. 1200' of gain over a mile is no joke. Trail seemed better defined this time, only a few deadfall. Reached the top at 8am, paused long enough at the top to let the sweat dry and pull on a sweater.

Miles 10-15
Very quiet up here in the morning, since I beat the tram up. Definitely aiming for this on future trips. Ranger station was closed and I didn't find a tap, so I filled out the permit outside and pushed on - still had half my water in my pack anyways. Legs felt good and the altitude never got to me, strangely enough, and I reached summit around 1030am. Saw a few groups of people coming from the Idyllwild side and a father-son duo who had also done C2C, starting about 2 hours before me. After a few stories and views it was time to return.

Miles 16-19.9999999999
Reaching the tram before noon wasn't in the cards without jogging, so I decided to take the scenic route back. High / Willow Creek Trail was less groomed than Round Valley, though all the trails up here are pristine, so its like the difference between an A+ and A. Great views of the surrounding peaks thanks to some thinner forests, and more level / downhill sections than the direct route. When I returned to the tram things were predictably very busy, so I scowled at my almost-20 mile route, put on a face mask, grumped through the tram ride down, and got an Uber to return to the Jeep.

Carried 5L with the plan to water up at top, didn't need to. Supplemented water with a few bumps of tailwind. Brought 3000 calories, ate maybe a thousand, mostly in blocks and corn nuts. Never missed my trekking poles. Will probably use a vest next time. Felt amazing the whole time, no death marches, and no bonks either. Gonna aim for 9 hours next year : rambo :
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Jun 17 2022
jacobemerick
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2022
jacobemerick
Hiking8.31 Miles 1,014 AEG
Hiking8.31 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   4.99 mph
1,014 ft AEG
 
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Long weekend run again, only a day earlier. Felt a lot better this time - started earlier to avoid mixed lighting, more familiar with trail, and tried tailwind instead of nuun - and avoided any walks or pauses. Tailwind absolutely slaps, gonna water it down next time. Fewer people on the weekday, only saw one runner and maybe eight walkers. Starting to really like this loop.
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Jun 17 2022
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Kayak avatar Jun 17 2022
jacobemerick
Kayak5.50 Miles
Kayak5.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.75 mph
 
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Time to bring the family along! After the morning's run, tossed a new Excursion 5-person raft and all three kids in the back of the Jeep and picked up a grandma on the drive to Pebble Beach. Put in around 930am after a lengthy inflation process. Grandma had her own tube but ended up hanging on an attached rope to avoid the ping-pong effect. Saw scattered horses along the float and tossed kids overboard a few times. Got out at Coon Bluff around noon. Not that busy, especially below Goldfield, and it was a delightful way to spend the mid-day.
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Jun 11 2022
jacobemerick
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 11 2022
jacobemerick
Run/Jog8.53 Miles 1,034 AEG
Run/Jog8.53 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   4.83 mph
1,034 ft AEG
 
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Mixing up the weekend long runs ala @ddgrunning style. Contemplating making a go for Whiskey Row in the October, been ramping up my distance over the last few weeks, and it was time to pour some elevation into the mix. Went okay. Started from Meridian TH, got lost within the first half mile, walked a few of the uphills and rocky sections, and had difficulty with the early sun & mixed light. First time on this trail, it's a tough one to run compared to my usual San Tan outings, but the views are outstanding and distance / elevation exactly what I was looking for. Will be back.
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May 28 2022
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Saddle Mountain Trail to Squaw FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2022
jacobemerick
Hiking8.52 Miles 1,461 AEG
Hiking8.52 Miles   6 Hrs   9 Mns   1.76 mph
1,461 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Overnight w/ kiddos. Road to Mormon Grove TH is in good shape and the trail fantastic. Paused at Potato Patch to collect a few hundred foxtails. Stopped at McFarland Creek for lunch, then set up my hammock for a nap and let the kids play with rocks and metal, then suddenly the afternoon was gone. Pleasant way to spend the time. Dinner was simple and we were all tucked in by 9. Overnight temps were pleasant and a light sweater was sufficient in the morning. Hike out was chilly in the shade. Back to the Jeep before noon, drove past the Bush Highway zoo, and went swimming at grandparents. Only saw one other hiker on Saddle Mountain Trail, he was doing a Peeley -> Cross F shuttle.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Upper McFarland @ #88/95 Light flow Light flow
Very deep pool at the usual spot, some trickle overflow that quickly dries up.
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May 22 2022
jacobemerick
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 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Kayak avatar May 22 2022
jacobemerick
Kayak6.49 Miles 126 AEG
Kayak6.49 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   3.64 mph
126 ft AEG
 
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Fun with packraft. Opted for a shorter outing, parked at Pebble Beach and biked the few miles to Water Users. Walked the paths upriver with the hope of getting closer to the dam, but it looks like getting close means going across Saguaro Lake Ranch, and I wasn't sure if I needed a special pass for that, so put in the same spot as last time.

Chose some different forks this time to limited success. At the first rapid went left, which was much easier and swung me nice and close to those big ol' cliffs. Went left at Snaggletooth (.5 below Water User) and dragged bottom a bunch of times. At Pinball (2 miles below Water User, or right above Pebble Beach) went right and, while it was a nice straight-shot compared to the left option, it was also shallow and I dragged again. Lots of people out on the river this morning, even with my early start, about half of them were fishing. Pulled out at 715, short and pleasant morning outing.
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May 13 2022
jacobemerick
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Sonoqui - Queen Creek Wash, AZ 
Sonoqui - Queen Creek Wash, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar May 13 2022
jacobemerick
Road Biking25.65 Miles 287 AEG
Road Biking25.65 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   13.86 mph
287 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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Schedule lined up just right for another road bike. Similar loop (Ellsworth -> Sonoqui Wash -> Queen Creek Wash -> Rittenhoouse/Gary), though I extended the west end in a natural way. On the east end of Sonoqui (Power & Ocotillo) I continued east on Ocotillo another 2 miles to Higley Road (there's a nice bike lane along the road and a hard-pack dirt path along the wash), then went up a mile to check out Gilbert Regional Park, then followed a familiar path along Queen Creek Road/Wash. If it wasn't for the golf course between Recker & Power this would be an amazing extension... One could take the Queen Creek Wash trail from Queen Creek all the way to Gilbert Regional Park with no road interruption. Anyways, that's just a lot of words. 20/25 miles is my comfortable limit right now, legs were dragging for the last 2 miles and back was starting to bark.
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May 12 2022
jacobemerick
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2022
jacobemerick
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,526 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   1.13 mph
1,526 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 
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Adventure w/ youngest (5yo). We drove up the day before with the intent of spending a night with the grasshoppers. Approach was too sketch for my 2WD vehicle, so we opted for the trailhead, which was very windy until 10pm. According to my car's thermometer it dropped down to 32F just before sunrise... brr. Fire bans (and common-sense) meant no warming campfires, so we did an early start to keep shivers at bay.

Trail was in great shape. Flowers were popping and the bees were busy busy busy. Off-trail section is well-traveled to a fault - there are a few options to choose from and too many competing cairns. Daughter struggled on the final leg and was ecstatic to reach the summit. Descent moved quick. Two other vehicles at the trailhead when we finished up, tho I'm guessing both headed south.

Road is in great shape, no issues.
Flora
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[ checklist ] Dudleya
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Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Mount Peeley
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May 10 2022
jacobemerick
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Kayak avatar May 10 2022
jacobemerick
Kayak14.13 Miles 304 AEG
Kayak14.13 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   4.24 mph
304 ft AEG
 
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Fun with packraft. Parked at Goldfield Rec, loaded kayak in pack, and biked to the Water Users site. Weekday morning meant a lot less traffic. After locking up bike took some trails upriver until I saw the dam, then put in right above some rapids. Made for an exciting, if chilly, start.

"Upper" section of river this time. The rapids felt more rapid-y, the flat sections were more flat. After the first remarkable section of cliffs the shoreline felt tedious, especially with the rattle of cars going over the speed bumps on the nearby road buzzing every minute or two. Think I like the Pebble Beach -> Phon D section the best. Wildlife was less today, only two bands of horses, one mule deer, and some buzzards hanging out at Pebble. Last hour felt pretty hot, and I should have dunked, but I had forgotten a towel or change of clothes in the jeep so I just cooked. Stopped by to make fun of my sister on the way home.
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May 10 2022
jacobemerick
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Sonoqui - Queen Creek Wash, AZ 
Sonoqui - Queen Creek Wash, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar May 10 2022
jacobemerick
Road Biking20.45 Miles 234 AEG
Road Biking20.45 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   13.63 mph
234 ft AEG
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Figured it was time to try using my bike to just... bike. 4.5 miles from my house to connect with Sonoqui Wash Trail off of Ellsworth, this was the most annoying part because there was some road construction and no bike lane for a piece. Once on Sonoqui it was easy going, especially since the trail skips under the main roads. Trail ends abruptly on Power Road, so I just followed that north for a mile to connect with Queen Creek Wash Trail and take that back east. Again, easy and lovely paved path, with multiple rest spots and informative signs that I glanced at as I zipped past. The east end got weird and I had to meander through a neighborhood to connect with Rittenhouse/Gary. Then it was 5 miles back to home. Really enjoyed this loop, gonna add it to the workout rotation.
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May 07 2022
jacobemerick
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Kayak avatar May 07 2022
jacobemerick
Kayak10.71 Miles 199 AEG
Kayak10.71 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   4.80 mph
199 ft AEG
 
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Fun with packraft. Parked at Coon, loaded kayak in pack, and biked over to Pebble Beach. Earlier start meant less traffic than last week. When I locked up the bike my back tire fell off - eh, problem for future Jacob. Inflated kayak next to some annoyed-looking fishers and pushed off.

This middle section of river was interestingly different. The fast sections felt faster, but I also didn’t drag bottom once, even though I forgot the inflatable bottom and was sitting pretty low. Saw a lot more wildlife — sheep, deer, cardinals, fish, and four different bands of horses. More trash too, since it’s part of the tubing area. Another relaxing, enjoyable start to a weekend, and now the fam expects donuts.
Named place
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[ checklist ] Mount McDowell (Red Mountain)
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May 01 2022
jacobemerick
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Kayak avatar May 01 2022
jacobemerick
Kayak11.50 Miles 209 AEG
Kayak11.50 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   4.29 mph
209 ft AEG
 
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Played with a new toy. Parked along road by Granite Reef, swung on a light pack, and biked to Goldfield Recreational. Easy ride, not a lot of traffic in the morning. Locked bike on the fence and headed down to river, took minutes to inflate the packraft, and immediately dropped my phone during launch, so guess I'm a pro now.

Packrafting was fun - got a Kokopelli Rouge-Lite. Saw horses within the first mile. Friendly folks on the river, questionable folks on the shoreline. Only dragged bottom once near Coon Bluff. I'm a tall glass of water, so fitting in any sort of watercraft is hard. Drifting down the river wasn't bad, paddling across the flat water was awkward, so maybe next time I'll extract at Phon D. Also need to figure out a better pack attachment if things get more serious... Plan is to use the Salt to practice and work up to a Verde River & Trail adventure over the summer. After getting splashed by fish in Granite I headed out, picking up donuts for the family on the way home.
Culture
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[ checklist ] HAZ Rides
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[ checklist ] Coon Bluff
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Apr 29 2022
jacobemerick
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37 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 29 2022
jacobemerick
Run/Jog12.75 Miles 514 AEG
Run/Jog12.75 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   9.00 mph
514 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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Bike -> Run -> Bike. Wanted to do this to kick-off a long weekend of varied activities. Legs have been feeling "off" for a few weeks but this still felt good, especially in the cool morning air. Not many people out on a weekday morning. Did Goldmine -> San Tan -> Moonlight -> Stargazer -> San Tan, Stargazer was a nice add-on to an otherwise short and basic loop.

Bike from home -> park: 4.0 miles, 20 mins
Trail running: 4.4 miles, 48 mins
Bike from park -> home: 4.3 miles, 17 mins
Calories: 1082 8)
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Apr 29 2022
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 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 29 2022
jacobemerick
Backpack9.79 Miles 1,581 AEG
Backpack9.79 Miles2 Days         
1,581 ft AEG
 
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Backpack w/ kiddos and grandpa! Drive out was probably a bit more than my 2WD Jeep Renegade should handle (spun out a few times climbing the hills), so grandpa in a separate truck as a backup plan was appreciated. Made it to Rogers Trough TH by 5PM, quickly packed up and headed down with the ambitious goal of Angel Basin for the night. This wasn't in the cards (littlest had the biggest feelings) and we stopped after 3 miles at a familiar campsite. There was a trickle of water in the creek (really, there was a trickle in the creek for more than 2/3 of the length we saw) and grandpa quickly gathered enough firewood to keep the cold evening temps at bay. Tried something new - we each cowboy camped with bug nets - and it worked okay? Kids struggled getting changed inside the sleeping bags.

I was the only one who got cold during the night (30F bag) and we were slow in the morning, breaking camp at 8AM. Light packs made for easy hiking. After scouting out the ruins I only felt comfortable bringing the oldest up, so the two of us explored the ruins while the rest of the group snacked in the shade. We stayed in the creek on the return and got back to camp at 11AM. Longer break to water up before the warm climb out, getting back to the TH at 3PM. One of my tires had picked up a nail and a slow leak from the day before, so we took it easy on the return. Only saw one other group out there.

Trail is in okay shape, lots of growth (and flowers!) out there. Water was a very welcome sight, I only hauled 2L and filtered frequently to keep the group hydrated.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Roger's Creek Light flow Light flow
Good, steady flow from here to ruins site.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Rogers Canyon Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Good flow started above spring and "boosted" at spring location.
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Apr 16 2022
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 Gilbert, AZ
Escalante RouteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2022
jacobemerick
Hiking25.10 Miles 7,292 AEG
Hiking25.10 Miles   15 Hrs   52 Mns   2.27 mph
7,292 ft AEG   4 Hrs   50 Mns Break
 
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After a poor four hours of sleep along FR 682, finished the drive to a frighteningly windy Lipan Point and got my gear ready for a 3AM start. Had second thoughts, then third thoughts, and hopped on the bike before fourth thoughts. The wind knocked me all over the road, made the downhill sections feel like flat ground, turned the uphill sections borderline impossible, and the 6.5 mile ride took close to an hour. Stowed the bike, kissed the ground, and started the hike proper at 4AM.

New Hance
Wind became manageable shortly after dropping below Coronado Butte. No ice or seasonal damage to note. Trail was easy to follow in the dark. Steep sections, coupled with my water-heavy pack (an overly-cautious 10L), had my knee barking in short order. Think I prefer going up this one, assuming proper hydration. Made slow time and didn't reach the river until 7:40AM, which happened to be exactly when a group of campers were packing up for their day.

Escalante
As I was going W -> E, the first milestone was Papago Wall. There was a very tempting trail that stuck to the beach that I almost followed (my knee was v unhappy after that descent), tho it doesn't seem to go all the way through? Heading up the scree was surprisingly easy, and dropping down the other side was also no biggie. I am not comfortable with climbing/scrambling, especially solo, and the two climbs were both near the bottom and easy to do butt-in or butt-out, depending on comfort level. After that was Seventy-Five Mile (slot) Canyon, which was pretty neat. However, by the time I reached Escalante Creek it was 10AM (way behind schedule) and I was struggling (stupid knee) so I took an extended break to re-evaluate my planned day.

The break helped (ate a bunch of food, took some Ibuprofen, costume change, guzzled a few liters) so I decided to continue. Climbing up and through Escalante Creek and around 4352' felt good, and cruising down the other side with the fantastical colors and rolling hills of Furnace Flats was borderline spiritual. Speaking of, the furnace was definitely cooking today, and the winds across the open land were welcome. Reached Tanner Beach around 3PM (now a full 2 hours behind schedule) and filtered a few liters before the climb.

Tanner
I loved this trail. Plus I was pushing a lot of water (drank a liter almost every mile), so there was no chance of cramps. At first I thought it would be Hermit-esque, with a few big climbs separated by long traverses, but it was a lot more gradual, easy to stick to a pace, and the Supai section was dominated by Cardenas & Escalante Buttes. Even that grind for the last 1.5 miles felt good. Compared to New Hance & Grandview, this trail is an excellent shape. Finished up under the full moon with a big smile.

Had serious doubts about this one. 10L should have been enough for me in good conditions, but the wind & knee conspired to slow me down. Luckily the Colorado was clear enough for some quick filters and I was able to keep well-hydrated, and that "reset" at Escalante Creek really helped make this a wonderful experience.
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Escalante Creek Red Canyon

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Escalante Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Two small trickles along the trail. With patience and some digging you could probably pull some water out.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Trickling water from "spring" all the way to where the trail first enters the creek, then it's dry to the River.

dry Tanner Canyon Dry Dry
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Mar 26 2022
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 Gilbert, AZ
Bright Angel - Tonto - Hermit, AZ 
Bright Angel - Tonto - Hermit, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2022
jacobemerick
Hiking28.61 Miles 5,816 AEG
Hiking28.61 Miles   14 Hrs   11 Mns   2.56 mph
5,816 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
 
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The multiple water sources, especially Santa Maria, combined with sunrise views from Plateau and an optional shuttle at the end makes this a really awesome GC "loop".

Bright Angel
Left car in Lot D at 4AM. The ice on the first mile is so grimy and dirty that my attempts to bobsled completely failed. Oh well, maybe next time. Dozens of backpackers heading up from the Indian Garden that made for frequent snatches of conversation. Otherwise this was a quick drop. Had some stomach issues, paused at the restrooms, and... yeah, seriously thought about turning around. Hoped my water plan and electrolytes would bring me back and pushed on.

Plateau Point
First time out here, it's a sweet destination, especially looking down at Garden Creek. Sunrise was great. Water wasn't turned on, even though the GC website said it would be... should have guzzled back at the Garden. Oh well, there'd be plenty of water over the next few hours to filter.

Tonto Trail
The 10 miles from Plateau to Monument was something I had been dreading (sun exposure). Doing it in the morning was perfect, lots of shade from the eastern buttes. Views were great and met some cool backpackers along the way. Think I liked Salt Creek area the best, especially with the campsite being set back from the main trail. Was pleasantly surprised at how many views of the Colorado this trail had... it was a frequent friend, roaring a distant hello from time to time. Anyways, this section just clicked (and I appreciated the restrooms along the way) and the trail was in predictably good shape.

Monument Creek
Tanked up in the camp area and headed down to the river. It was getting close to noon now, and the lack of breeze in the slot, loose ground, and pokey rocks stabbing my feet in different directions got tiring quickly. Granite Rapids was cool, met some friendly boaters, and then retreated to a shady section for lunch. Hauling out was only slightly better and I was happy to get back to Tonto. It may have just been the noontime heat, but I could have gone without this detour. Last two miles of Tonto had amazing views of the western canyon and helped reset the mood.

Hermit Trail
The memory of New Hance still strong, I pushed even more water & electrolytes before tackling the climb. Made it on top of Cathedral Stairs in quick order and then did the Supai dance with a smile. Trail felt a lot like Nankoweap, only less deadly. A quick stop at Santa Maria, and then the haul up the fabulously designed last two miles with minor cramping issues. Rim Trail was an option, though with a bus waiting for me on top it was hard to turn that away, so called it here at 6PM.

Drank 10L, half w/ electrolytes, and pushed a handful of gus and maybe 3000 calories of various snacks. Really, really needed and enjoyed this adventure. Oh, and my phone really struggles in the canyon, so the route has been heavily edited in an attempt to correct the artifacts.
Fauna
Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Mule Deer
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Plateau Point

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cedar Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Flow is below the trail, looks easy to reach and there's a healthy flow.

dry Fourmile Spring Dry Dry
Nothing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Garden Creek Light flow Light flow
Strong trickle through Indian Garden, made for some tricksy footing on the way to Plateau Point.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Horn Creek Light flow Light flow
Algea-heavy and radioactive :shrug:

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Monument Creek Light flow Light flow
Good flow at marked "creek" spur on the west side of the camp. Also, some trickle near the mouth before the Colorado.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Salt Creek Light flow Light flow
Good flow across the rock, didn't try for taste.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Santa Maria Spring Dripping Dripping
Spring was dripping into a full trough, very easy to pull from.
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Mar 06 2022
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Arnett Creek - CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2022
jacobemerick
Hiking5.15 Miles 407 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.93 mph
407 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Hike w/ kiddos. After a non-stop month of sickness in our house we met grandpa at a half-full Picketpost parking lot for an easy stroll along Arnett Creek. 5yo was dragging (she was the last to get the sick) and we made slow progress, stopping frequently to provide consolation. Creek was trickling reliably after 3rd crossing. Sad to see the burn areas, surprised that most of the palms survived. Quiet trail in, saw a lot more on the way out, including a few backpackers who must have camped further upstream than we hiked. Glad we got out with grandpa, looking forward to longer outings when everyone is un-sick'd.
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jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2022
jacobemerick
Hiking5.13 Miles 580 AEG
Hiking5.13 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   1.72 mph
580 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
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Left the (mostly full) First Water TH parking lot at 7AM with all three kids and a grandpa with a big plan - kids and I were going to camp at Marsh Valley and grandpa was coming along until Garden Valley (or Second Water Spring) and then backtrack. Plan didn't work out. Within the first two miles I had to stop twice to dig catholes, something I ate on Friday had... a disastrous impact on my system. So we changed plans and turned on Hackberry to do that loop. Let the kids play in some pools along the way, took the connector along First Water Creek back to Second Water trail, and made it home in time for lunch. We got to test out some new gear (including some new backpacks for the kids :wink:) and might have convinced grandpa to commit to the full overnight for next time.

Lots of groups out there today, nice to see large families and guided adventures out on such a nice day.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max First Water Creek at Second Water Trail #236 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Few stagnant pools along the creek length.
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jacobemerick
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San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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jacobemerick
Run/Jog12.20 Miles 450 AEG
Run/Jog12.20 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   8.71 mph
450 ft AEG
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Bike -> Run -> Bike. Forgot to do these during the month of January and, combined with some pre-outing HIIT, I was riding the struggle bus. Bike in was tough, lots of walking breaks, some cramping on the last mile, and bike out was a lot of coasting. Need to get better at accepting that some runs are fast and some are slow. Anyways, lots of other casual hikers out enjoying the late morning sun. Did Moonlight -> San Tan -> Littleleaf, just to change things up and keep mileage low.

Bike from home -> park: 4.2 miles, 23 mins
Trail running: 3.9 miles, 45 mins
Bike from park -> home: 4.1 miles, 16 mins
Calories: 1189 :sweat:
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