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Nov 04 2018
jacobemerick
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 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking5.02 Miles 1,323 AEG
Hiking5.02 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   1.85 mph
1,323 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Been thinking about taking the family out to Siphon Draw for a while and things finally aligned on Sunday morning. Right at the beginning was a minor detour, either for the new cabins or maybe some trail repair, that adds some distance. Unfortunately, much of the detour is on paved roads, which both takes the fun out of it and makes dealing with kiddos more stressful. Anyways, the boys made good time heading up the trail, probably because the temps were nice and we were in shade the entire team. They needed a little help at the slick rock sections past Gatekeeper, otherwise kept a steady pace all the way to the waterfall. We rested here, snacking and letting the girl stretch her legs outside the carrier, before heading back down. Aside from a few outbursts, I was very impressed with the way they handled the loose rocks and numerous little obstacles, and am still trying to wrap my head how my 3 & 5 year olds are tackling trails like this. Then again, I saw a dad and his 7 year old heading up to Flatiron, so there's that.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Siphon Draw Waterfall Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Pool below falls, nothing flowing.
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Oct 08 2018
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Hackberry Spring from Horse LotPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking2.22 Miles 223 AEG
Hiking2.22 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   1.33 mph
223 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Been doing the solo parent thing for four days now, bout time we got out out to the Supes and enjoy some water. First meltdown was 20’ from parking lot, things could only got better after that. We zagged at the ranch to get more creek time in which was enjoyable all around. Ended up continuing on First Water, taking plenty of breaks to watch swimming bugs and toss rocks, even the youngest (19 mons) got in the action (fervently so, had to fish her out twice). We took the usual tributary back out before even reaching Hackberry, kids were tuckered out so goal was accomplished.
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Sep 03 2018
jacobemerick
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 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Midnight Mesa Loop - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking36.06 Miles 7,776 AEG
Hiking36.06 Miles1 Day   5 Hrs   11 Mns   
7,776 ft AEG   12 Hrs   33 Mns Break
 
1st trip
This is one of those dayhikes that's usually done over two calendar days, right? :DANCE:

Willow Spring #223
Sheep Bridge was weirdly quiet for Labor Day weekend. Didn't see any other vehicles or campers as I headed over the Verde an hour before sunrise. Going was annoyingly tough for the first two miles, fresh grass was covering the tread and cairns, once the sky began to lighten things were easier. The tall hills in the east kept me in the shade for much of the climb to Willow Spring #224 spur. Thought briefly about checking out the spring and didn't.

I was dreading the next thousand foot climb, given how steep it is and everything, but managed to chug through it. Hamstrings started cramping on this section and slowed me down. The green growth in the Mazzies right now looks amazing compared to the dull brown on my last June visit, the hills are downright lush. Gnats are a less welcome result of the recent rains. Watered up at the very murky Mountain Spring before slogging up the next climb towards Lost Spring.

Lost Spring #279
There is a decent tread for a few hundred yards that devolves into brush and deadfall. A few game tracks swing below the thick nasty so I followed them. Reached the spring and startled a huge elk less than twenty feet away - wonder if it's the same one I saw out here a year ago. He was busy fouling the spring so probably didn't hear me. His annoyed bugles echoed around me as I checked out the views and water source. Returned about the same way and waved good-bye to the elk and his spa.

Willow Spring #223 - continued
Steady grade through the dead forest that opened up to epic views on top. Those views included a few big monsoon clouds in the east. More on those later. Paused here for a needed break before dancing along the narrow connecting ridge to Midnight Mesa. Trail was harder to follow along the side of the mesa than I remembered. Quick drop down to the Midnight Trail junction, where I briefly thought about bailing - was running low on time and energy. Decided to push on and instantly regretted it.

Midnight #272
The few cairns did little to ease the pain of deadfall, rolling rocks, and thick brush. Once the trail enters unburnt forest things do get easier. Plus each drainage, including Wet Bottom Creek, had fresh water running. A pleasant corral next to the creek has some Fuller Seep campsite vibes. Trail changed dramatically on the north side, with wide tread and large cairns. My legs hated the climb up to Red Hills. On the way I passed some discarded camping equipment that made for an eery foreshadowing.

Red Hills #262
Drop to Wet Bottom Creek is getting downright easy. Was able to track tread and cairns the entire way down, though I chose to tumble down some sections instead of following trail. Reached the creek and it was magnificent, tons of water. While I was down here, filling up to capacity, I checked in with wifey about the weather situation - there were now three storms surrounding me, all rumbling and dark, and I really didn't want to be caught in a storm while up near 5601'. She assured me they would miss me so I hit some roctane for the haul up.

Cairns and tread were well-defined for half the climb, then deadfall and manzanita hide any trace of a trail above the 'throne'. Those storms gave me plenty of shade and cool breeze for what could have been a real slog. I hit the top just as a quick downpour caught me, just enough to convince me to haul out my poncho. The rain passed but the shade and breeze lasted for the rest for the day.

Trail was shockingly well-defined and I cruised alongside the summit of 5601', enjoying the views of Midnight Mesa and Cypress Butte. Things got a little sketchy in the drainage on the far side and I focused on speed instead of hunting cairns, zipping under the pine trees and hopping in the drainage. Did see a few stretches of tread on the banks, found them to be mostly overgrown and not worth the effort. Trail got much easier to track once it climbed up the saddle and left the drainage for good.

The sun was setting as I looped around by 4927'. Cairns got harder to find in the waning light, especially since some of the rock piles were marking old mines instead of route. Once I reached the sharp bend down to the last descent I had to stop and weigh my options. 9 miles left, 3 of them on new trail, and I was exhausted. If I pushed on I would be risking injury and for what - just so I could nod off during the drive? I still had 3L and a few snacks, might as well bivy out here.

Picked a shallow mining exploration that was about 5' by 3' and cleared it out. Collected a large stack of firewood and broke it down, then stretched poncho over half the pit. Got everything squared away inside and immediately fell sleep in a curled-up position on the rocky ground... Did I mention I was exhausted? Woke up two hours later from the cold and began the cycle: start a fire, build up to larger sticks, nod off, then wake up an hour later to a bed of coals for starting a new fire. It never really got that chilly, the fire was just enough to keep comfortable and the smoke kept the mosquitos (mostly) at bay. When I finally got up around an hour before dawn I felt surprisingly refreshed.

Initial drop from the ridge was sudden and rocky, then more mines and tailings show up to make for an easy descent on the north bank of the drainage. Quick rock-hop and a tread picks up on the south bank and makes for a very easy walk. I had some trouble following the tread after it swings south, likely due to the recent rains smoothing out the dirt, so I spent more time cairn-hunting than I wanted to. A few overgrown sections and then this trail was done.

Dutchman Grave #22
Paused at the lower spring for water and to finish off the last of my food before making one last push. The spikey trees are just as spikey as my last visit and each little climb felt harder than it should have. HK Mesa was wonderfully green. Had one good fall dropping into Sycamore Creek where a rock rolled underfoot, glad it happened within a mile of the bridge and not further out. Hobbled the rest of the way to a still-empty Sheep Bridge.

FR 269 has some deep ruts that require extra care, and the storm on 9/3 did some noticeable damage to the rockier sections (they're more rocky now).

Mazatzal Miles: 233.1/275 (85%)
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lost Spring Dripping Dripping
Two separate sources next to each other, both fouled by elk. One of them I'd consider pulling, though it'd take some patience.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Lower Dutchman Grave Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Multiple deep pools for filtering, flowing from one to the next.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mountain Spring - Mazatzal Dripping Dripping
Murky, unpleasant taste and odor. Probably the worst I've seen it.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sycamore Creek Light flow Light flow
Looks great at Verde River #11 crossing.


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Wet Bottom Creek - Red Hills #262 Medium flow Medium flow
Amazing.
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Aug 12 2018
jacobemerick
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 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking3.42 Miles 465 AEG
Hiking3.42 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.49 mph
465 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Took the kids out for a quick morning hike. Pleasantly cool early in the morning, so close to the water, and the bugs weren't as bad as they could have been. First half mile of trail had some low branches that are annoying to duck under while carrying a kid on the back (at least I got to practice my squats), then things open up and there are some great views. Boys had fun tossing rocks in and I got to show them the difference between kayakers, paddle boarders, and motorboats, the latter of which tended to blare annoying music over the water. We turned around under two miles in, boys were pretty tired already, and there was no good spot to let the 18-month-old down, so she just stayed in the carrier the whole time (and was pretty restless near the end). The way back was pretty boring, next time we may try to go off-trail and close the loop.

Saw two other groups hiking the trail, otherwise it seemed like the main users were fisherfolk. Also, as others have mentioned, there's a lot of trash along the banks.
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Jul 19 2018
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Shaw Butte from NMVC, AZ 
Shaw Butte from NMVC, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking4.20 Miles 738 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles      53 Mns   4.75 mph
738 ft AEG
 
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Little hike/jog up and down the butte. The breeze felt nice when it decided to make an appearance. Made a random turn at one of the intersections, which conveniently bumped up my mileage, so :shrug:. Time was okay, feel like I could have done better w/ fresh legs.
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Jul 05 2018
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Mogollon Rim Interpretive Trail #615Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking0.90 Miles 40 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles      59 Mns   0.96 mph
40 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Spent the 4th in Show Low with some family, needed to expend some child energy before the drive back. Given the flat nature of this trail I decided to see if the youngest (17 months, usually a carry) could hike it and she nailed it. Trail was great, easy to follow, views were okay... spent more time starry-eyed over the sight of all three of my kids hiking. We accidentally did the loop backwards and some of the signs were meant to read in order... :shrug:. Great diversity of vegetation on route, the ditch was cool to see and read about. Saw maybe 3 other groups on trail.
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Jul 05 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
Bluff Trail - Show LowAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking1.10 Miles 65 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles      46 Mns   1.83 mph
65 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Spent the 4th in Show Low with some family, needed to expend some child energy before the drive back, etc, this was the second of two hikes (first was [ Mogollon Rim Interpretive Trail #615 ] ). Youngest was exhausted after a mile so she got to ride in the carrier for this one. Boys complained a lot on this one, which meant they were getting tired, all part of the plan. Trail was in good shape, although the multi-use nature of this area (frisbee golf + tent pads) meant there were a lot of spur paths to ignore. Views of the meadow below were okay, not much to see and often blocked by the pines. Cattle grazing near the start and the stone bridge were definite highlights. We spent ten minutes on the way out just playing in the creek, something these Phoenix boys haven't had enough time doing.
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Jun 30 2018
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Central Sierra Ancha Tour, AZ 
Central Sierra Ancha Tour, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jun 30 2018
jacobemerick
Backpack30.17 Miles 6,712 AEG
Backpack30.17 Miles2 Days         
6,712 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Someone once told me that there were more than just two wildernesses in Arizona. After a derisive scoff I spent the next three years exploring the Superstitions and Mazatzals. Finally headed out to the Anchas last weekend and boy howdy it was pleasant.

FR 410 & FR 235
Necessary evil to make a loop in this area. As far as road hikes go it was rather nice, shaded by ponderosa pines and frequent deer distractions. The climb up FR 235 (?) was a bit relentless. Culvert work referenced in https://hikearizona.com/x.php?x=144483 is finished, road is drivable. View from Billy Lawrence Trailhead is jaw-dropping.

Center Mountain #142
Quick jog on an old two-track (Lucky Strike #144) to the start of Center Mountain Trail. Climb is immediate and steep, though the fantastic trail construction makes it enjoyable. Once the steep section is done it's a gentle rise over the rounded dome of the mountain, where the trail is straight and easy to follow. Open meadow gets a bit annoying to track, though the views over Reynolds Creek and Baker Mountain are worth the extra time hunting cairns. Soon its back under the pines, a few more good views east over Cherry Creek, then a gentle drop towards Reynolds Creek.

Things get a bit confusing here. There are two connector routes to Reynolds Creek and a third route that climbs up to 7677'. I think the third route is the continuation of #142, not sure. Anyways, did all three for completionist sake. Upper connector climbs a bit (unexpected) and is clear and easy to follow, lower connector is starting to get overgrown by short plants with angry thorns. Think that's going to be the name of my band: Short Plants with Angry Thorns.

Time to climb. Getting up to 7677' was a pain, trail seemed to be mostly washed out. This was my last big climb of the day so I was also mentally checking out. Didn't get much better on top, cairns seem to be randomly placed around without any intention of guiding a hiker in a certain direction. Views were amazing. Near the summit an old road showed up to guide my feet down to the junction w/ Reynolds Creek #150. A magical mile later and it was time to descend to the rim.

Murphy Ranch Trail #141
Lots of variety over the short trail. Shade, berries, and exposed burnt land. I liked the berry section the best, as did some of the local fauna, judging by the scat and prints. A good rain and the sad little raspberries would plump right up. Trail was well-defined and descended in a knee-friendly manner.

Rim Trail #139
Junction worried me a bit: north looked clear, south looked brushy. For today I only had to worry about north. Trail quickly swung into the dreamy Cold Spring Canyon. Some fire damage, still amazing. Creek was barely a trickle. Next mile dragged in comparison, all exposed with thorny sections (am now intimately familiar w/ New Mexico Locust), and when I got within a few hundred yards I bee-lined to Edward Spring to filter up. Checked out the great views, setup camp, and eventually drifted off to sleep.

Note about hammock: my original campsite was down by the fire pit. As soon as I set it up I realized how dumb this was, as I'd be in a potential cold-collecting spot within a stone's throw of the spring, so I relocated to some of the trees on the ridge above. Kept warm all night, was out of the wildlife corridor, and enjoyed eery views of Pueblo Canyon in the moonlight.

Woke up the next morning, packed and filtered in the predawn, and quickly backtracked down Rim Trail. View of the early morning sun in Cold Spring Canyon will be permanently etched in my head. Trail wasn't that bad after the Murphy Trail junction, either. Helpful cairns were tall, obvious tread. Spent some time looking for a few springs, Hunt and Armor Corral, no luck. Worst overgrowth is still near Armor Corral, though @CannondaleKid's work was apparent and appreciated. The views down Devil's and Deep and the unnamed canyons were good, just not as awesome as Pueblo or Cold Spring. Views down Coon Spring were depressing, so much fire damage. At the end I hauled up Parker Creek Trail to reach FR 487.

FR 487 to Workman Creek Falls
While in the area... road seemed steep, both down and uphill. Falls were barely running. Wondered if there was a way to get down there - for today I was happy staying up on the road. Backtracked to Peterson TH.

Abbey's Way #151
Meadow is quite pleasant, some flowers along trail and orchard across the way. Obvious recent trail maintenance, clearing brush and cutting deadfall, even new cairns, made the steep hike up a breeze. Well, as much of a breeze as it could be with the 23 miles behind me. Last switch was fully exposed and quite hot. Reached the top, stumbled around to take some photos, and then found some shade to eat a quick lunch. After lunch I took FR 487 & 487A down to Murphy/Haldi Ranch.

Reynolds Creek #150
Home stretch. The first mile was a gradual climb under wonderful shade, not much breeze until I crested the saddle. Next few miles were great, distracting enough that I forgot to look for Knoles Hole. Trail construction is on point, especially the section near the falls, though the creek was dry here. In fact, most of the creek was dry with only a few stagnant pools of water. Forgot about the nettles near the trailhead, not sure if I avoided them or crashed right through. Reached the trailhead exactly 24 hours after leaving it the day before.

Didn't see another soul on the trail. Think I'll be back up here fairly soon.

Sierra Ancha Miles: 17.7/59.1 (29.9%)
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dry Armor Corral Spring Dry Dry
Searched area, did not find anything besides dry drainages.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cienega Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Not sure where all this water is coming from, but pipe was flowing and trough was topped off.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cold Spring Canyon Creek @ Rim TR 139 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Couldn't find any spots deep enough to filter, would have to dig a hole or be very patient.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Edward Spring Dripping Dripping
Spring itself was deep enough to dip a cup in for filter, overflow has been mauled/fouled.

dry Hunt Spring Dry Dry
Searched area, did not find anything besides a dry drainage.

dry Mud Spring Dry Dry


dry Trailside Spring Dry Dry
Dry at trail, did not attempt the ridiculous bushwhack to check exact coordinates.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Workman Creek Falls Light flow Light flow
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Jun 21 2018
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.30 mph
1,300 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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First time up Camelback in... 3 years or so? Forgot how much fun it is. Especially when it's 4pm and there's less than a dozen people along the trail. Breeze and shaded sections made the 109 temps feel temperate.
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Jun 17 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
San Gabriel RidgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking3.55 Miles 1,035 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.92 mph
1,035 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Had some time to burn before meeting a few peeps at Kiwanis, decided to head out for a quick sweat. Took San Gabriel up and headed west on Guadalupe Ridge, took a use trail down 2089' and swung back on Classic. Probably should have pushed on to Young Man, but I'm a somo noob and didn't even know that was an option. Breeze felt good and made the sun-bathed afternoon face of the mountain survivable for June.
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Jun 09 2018
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Sheep Bridge / Mountain Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking24.13 Miles 4,961 AEG
Hiking24.13 Miles   11 Hrs   13 Mns   2.63 mph
4,961 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Drove up the night before with sister and her dogs. Half hour of daylight left when we got there, enough time to setup camp and check out the location of the hot spring. Used hammock w/ underquilt and was ridiculously comfortable. Quiet night except for some very curious and brave coatis.

Dutchman Grave #22
Hiked the first four miles by headlamp and moon-sliver and it was so easy. I was a little nervous, doing a new trail in the remote western Mazzies in the dark, but it's well-cairned and the tread is easy to follow. Spent a little bit of time hunting around by the HK Ranch turn-off. There's a yuge cairn marking the "junction" and nothing else, no tread or cairns heading down to Sycamore Creek. Further exploration will have to wait for daylight. Lots of morning birds down there. Temps were warm before the sunrise and that first healthy climb worked up an annoying sweat. Trotting into the valley on the other side and felt a significant, and welcome, temperature drop.

Dutchman Grave Spring area is beautiful. Both springs had (some) water, the campsites were tempting, and the trees were large and shade-y. Definitely one of the more appealing locations in the western Mazzies. Then there's the climb on the other side. After a well-marked climb the trail dances along the side of 4165' and dozens of game trails start to confuse the route. There aren't a lot of cairns on this section, either. It clears up near the 3811' saddle.

This section of the trail was fantastic. The views of Cypress Butte, Midnight Mesa, and the deep cut of Granite Basin feeding into Sycamore Creek were ridiculous. There are even a handful of junipers spared from the fire, some of them right along the path! Tread was great and cairns were large. The last climb was tough, mostly because it was after eight by then and the temps were moving further into furnace realm. The switchbacked grade was reasonable. Trotting into Mountain Spring felt like coming home.

Willow Spring #223
Easy going until the trail zips up the side of 5163'. My legs were promised no more uphill. Trail was easy enough to follow, red rock steps and cairns, reminded me a lot of 6351' further up the trail. Heh, even the digits are the same! Anyways, the trail drops sharp on the other side, switchbacks and ridges, big views and occasional trees. Took a quick trip down to Willow Spring along #244. There are at least a dozen trails leading down to the spring, only one w/ a few cairns. Spring itself is beautiful, much cleaner water than Mountain Spring.

The next few miles were very pretty, with some of the descent through a well-vegetated drainage. There was a slight breeze picking up to help deal with the temps. After the drainage things got progressively hotter and more boring. For the last six miles even the breeze turned against me, feeling more like the rush of hot air from an open stove than anything refreshing like it did in the hills. Trail felt slightly harder to track in the flatland, tread fading away and brush hiding the cairns, and all the little hills ahead blended together. Reached a busy Sheep Bridge after two and trotted over the bridge and through the throngs to the waiting cooler.

Mazatzal Miles: 220/275 (80%)

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Dutchman Grave Spring Dripping Dripping
Several medium-sized pools. Water had an ugly slick on it.

dry Horse Creek Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hot Spring - Sheep Bridge Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Full, steadily splashing out of the overflow. Lukewarm and clean.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lower Dutchman Grave Spring Dripping Dripping
There were a few holes that you could squeeze a cup in. Had to hunt to find them.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mountain Spring - Mazatzal Dripping Dripping
Cement trough was 3/4 full of green, stagnant water. Taste was hard to get past.

dry Sycamore Creek Dry Dry


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Willow Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Several pools trickling into each other. Water was clear and tasted great. Lots of water bugs, bees, wasps, and hawks to share the space with.
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Jun 05 2018
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Shaw Butte Loop, AZ 
Shaw Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking4.48 Miles 893 AEG
Hiking4.48 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   4.01 mph
893 ft AEG
 
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Was in the area and needed to burn some energy. Plan was to bump over to Shaw Butte trail and follow that around, but I'm still a noob w/ these trails and accidentally'd on #100 for awhile. Anyways, it was a quick 4pm jaunt and got my sweat pores working. Only a handful of others out there.
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Jun 03 2018
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Barnhardt - Sandy Saddle LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking16.98 Miles 3,810 AEG
Hiking16.98 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.46 mph
3,810 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
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Realized it is already halfway through 2018 and I haven't been in the Mazzies yet. This is a simple loop that needed no extra planning to put together.

Barnhardt #43
Started from an empty trailhead. Trail is in good shape. Waterfalls are dry. Fascinating how quickly the temps change from shivery-cold to sweaty-hot as you swing in and out of the drainages.

Sandy Saddle #231
Tried to be more conscious of following the old tread this time, confident that I had it all the way to Castersen. Brief break near the tanks before pushing up the other side, then didn't really try to follow trail again until I was going up the main ridge. Few switchbacks at the beginning that I didn't notice on my last hike. Climb seemed shorter this time (probably because I had a daypack on) and hit the saddle feeling good. Promptly stepped on an agave and the tip broke off on the inside of my foot. Wasted time on the other side of the saddle digging that out and eating some tuna before bouncing down towards the superhighway junction. Overall it can be tracked with a careful eye, a GPS definitely helps, and it will make you bleed.

Mazatzal Divide #23
Last time I hiked the section of this from Sandy Saddle to Chilson was in 2016, before some intense trail maintenance, and it is gold now. Huge views, lovely tread, just a lot of fun. There are a few prickly pears to step over, that's about it. Swung up to Chilson Spring while in the area, which is clean and full.

Barnhardt #43
This trail again? It was hot now, but I was going downhill and didn't care too much. Ran into a group of five near the waterfalls, we chatted a bit at the parking lot.

Even though I've already covered these trails it was great to get back in these mountains and try out a new loop. TBH I kept thinking about Rock Creek today, would be fun to do that loop again with these summer temps.
Culture
Culture
HAZ - Selfie


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Castersen Seep Dripping Dripping
Few tanks below still had water, though they were opaque.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Chilson Spring Dripping Dripping
Recently cleaned out, would be easy to pull water from now. Water was dripping out of the holder. Looks like the lid was intentionally removed.

dry Hawaiian Mist Dry Dry
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Jun 02 2018
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Stargazer - Moonlight Loop, AZ 
Stargazer - Moonlight Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2018
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Hiking2.30 Miles 151 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.30 mph
151 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Few days left on our Maricopa annual pass so took the kids out for a quick morning outing to San Tan MRP. Goldmine trailhead was overflowing at 6am, this easier loop works as well. Direct morning sun and constant bike traffic had both me and the boys on edge. Didn’t bother taking the youngest out of the carrier, no good place for her to play anyways. We did enjoy the portion of Stargazer that plays along the hillside, especially with a few aircraft and paramotors overhead to point out. Saw some horses along Moonlight on the way out, which are always a big hit w/ the boys, even though they didn't get to ride them (this time). Also saw a lot of runners and now they want to start trail-running... Told them that they need to be able to hike three miles nonstop before we started that craziness. Although they did knock out this loop ridiculously fast...
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May 28 2018
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Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2018
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Hiking13.34 Miles 4,188 AEG
Hiking13.34 Miles   7 Hrs   9 Mns   2.10 mph
4,188 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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This weekend had more epic plans involving Midnight Mesa, but that all fell through on Sunday when we were 10 miles from Sheep Bridge and I realized that I forgot my boots. Can't do much in the Mazzies with only flip flops. ](*,) So I decided to do this loop, mostly to burn the legs out

Hieroglyphics Trail
Started with the sunrise with a few groups of hikers, lots of families out early in the morning. Saw one small pool at the bottom of the drops, only a few inches in it. Won't be long before the whole canyon is dry. Stayed in the wash to check the 'marked' location of Hieroglyphics Spring, nothing special to see there. Jumped back on trail above. I swear this route gets more defined every time I'm on it, easier to track than the ridgeline trail above. The pools near the saddle were dry (I pulled water from them in Jan 2017) and there is a re-route above them that avoids some of the sheer rock slab. Much easier on the ankles now.

Ridgeline Trail
Not much has changed here. Awesome views and slight breeze. Remembered to avoid the spur trail at the saddle and steered clear of the nasty scree. Easy haul up to 5057 summit, new log for 2018. Rolled down the hill to Three Sisters and hit two of them. Got some good views down to the little one, have some ideas on how to get on it, didn't want to do it today. Continued down to saddle and considered pushing on to Roost and Cave Trail. However, it was hot and I'm lazy and the less time I can spend on Lost Goldmine the better.

Carney and Lost Goldmine
The descent down to Carney just gets less and less fun. Felt like there was a lot more washouts, steep drops, and loose gravel to dealt with than before. Next time I might try to drop near Wave Cave just to make this trail more appealing. Anyways, trailhead here was semi-full, summer temps starting to thin the crowds. And then it was time for the long return on the [s]Hot Oven[/s] Lost Goldmine Trail. It's in good shape, noticed a lot of spur trails heading south, mostly unmarked, and the main trail was consistently flagged w/ those plastic signs. Only saw two groups of hikers on here. Quiet day out here.
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May 26 2018
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Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,160 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   1.29 mph
1,160 ft AEG
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(My) Parents were camping at Usury so hauled the boys up for an overnight and morning hike. We started right from the RV (thus the extra distance), doing some creative connections to reach the TH. Trail was enjoyable on the climb up, busy but not crowded. Everyone seemed happy to be out. Boys enjoyed their new hiking sticks from Grandpa and the numerous hummingbirds. Middle child needed some carrying on the way down - don’t blame him, long morning for a three-year old. Grandpa ran ahead and got the truck, so we got a ride from TH and avoided an extra mile. Great way to kick off the weekend!
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May 17 2018
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      51 Mns   2.59 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Getting some long distance training in for future Mazzie adventures. : rambo :
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Needle Vista to Hackberry SpringPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking4.15 Miles 464 AEG
Hiking4.15 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   1.49 mph
464 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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Another adventure with the kids, this time with all three of them (boys hiked, girl was carried). Started from Needle Vista parking lot (AZ-88 construction starts right before it) and headed down the sidewalk, then took track under the powerlines down to a wash. We bumbled along the wash, playing with rocks and sticks along the way, eventually hitting shiny new signs for a 'Hackberry Springs Trail'. This trail looks like it was just spun up this year, fresh dirt and brush clearing along the way. We only followed it for a half mile before taking a planned detour to the south, down to our usual approach wash, and then circled up to Hackberry Spring. Then we took the new trail up, which was steep but over quickly, and finished off the lasso.

Spring was in good shape, campsites look great, the 1 year-old toddled around for a little bit during our break, and the 5 year-old found a snake on trail and released a high-pitched scream that could probably be heard in Apache Junction. This was a long one for the boys to hike and the last mile was a struggle, yet they pulled through in good spirits. I rather liked this approach to Hackberry Spring and will probably be out with them again on this soon... pending temps, anyways.
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Ring-necked Snake

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hackberry Spring Dripping Dripping
Tank was probably 75% full and looked clear, not as much leaking out as usual.
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May 01 2018
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North Mountain Dam Loop, AZ 
North Mountain Dam Loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar May 01 2018
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Run/Jog3.95 Miles
Run/Jog3.95 Miles      42 Mns   5.64 mph
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Went with a small group of guys on a trail run. I'm not sure why I let them convince me to go, as it's been a solid year since I tried running in general, but I guess it's a thing to do. Started at the visitor center and swung north towards the small earthen dam, came down #306 all the way to the larger earthen dam in the SW, and then followed #100 back. It was a smart and relatively flat loop (no mountains) though it didn't feel flat on the way back. Last mile was more gasp-y than it should have been and my legs hurt. Think I like walking on trails more.
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Apr 29 2018
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Coon Bluff LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2018
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Hiking1.52 Miles 198 AEG
Hiking1.52 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   1.02 mph
198 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to get in a short, fun hike for the boys, and this more than fit the ticket. We spent the first half hour playing next to the river, hopping around the rocks and finding lots of cool spots (and lots of trash). Then we turned around and found our way up the bluff. Three-year old was not feeling it, frequently stopping and whining about the loose rocks, so we cut the loop short and went off the trail and bushwhacked down a drainage. I let the four-year old do the route-finding and he did an awesome job. Along the way we talked about choosing safe versus quick options and being extra careful about snakes when going cross-country. Near the bottom of the drainage there were a few spots that I had to go first and lift them down, otherwise they were able to navigate the rest without much help. Back at the river we found a solid, sandy path and we burnt some more time tossing rocks and playing in mud. On the way home they fell asleep in about five minutes, so all-in-all it was a rousing success.
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