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Jul 31 2020
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2020
OdinWiski
Hiking3.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
400 ft AEG
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Hiked the easy portion with our pup before the canyon started choking up. The overnight camp was a treat. Pretty amazing with such solitude being so close to the thousand people at the lake.
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Jul 02 2020
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
White Mountains, AZ 
White Mountains, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jul 02 2020
OdinWiski
Backpack11.00 Miles
Backpack11.00 Miles3 Days         
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Some short and easy backpacks over the 4th of July weekend. Our pup is almost 13 and we'd only take her on short and easy trails now - she still loves going out. The cooler weather and the green were definitely a treat. We were going to do the Carnero Creek the last night after Greens Peak, but it was bone dry and filled with a million deadfalls. So ended up abandoning that plan and car camping the last night.
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Porcupine
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Apr 18 2020
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Granite Mountain and Cholla Mountain Ride, AZ 
Granite Mountain and Cholla Mountain Ride, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Apr 18 2020
OdinWiski
Mtn Biking10.20 Miles
Mtn Biking10.20 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   5.10 mph
      20 Mns Break
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Mid 60's, slightly overcast and breezy - perfect weather for some easy riding. Trails were kind of busy with hiker and bikers, as expected on a Saturday. But everyone was courteous and we were glad to see people going out to enjoy these trails. Flowers were in full bloom. We made a point greeting the hikers and thanking them for stopping and letting us pass. I think sometimes some riders take it for granted and act as if they own the trails. Wife enjoyed the scenic and non-technical riding :)
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Feb 15 2020
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Page and Zion Road Trip, AZ 
Page and Zion Road Trip, AZ
 
Scenic Drive avatar Feb 15 2020
OdinWiski
Scenic Drive
Scenic Drive
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Took the in-laws on a little 2-day road trip to Page and Zion. 77-year old grandpa made it up to the Canyon Overlook in Zion just fine. The Park was really crowded though, being the Presidents Day weekend.
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Feb 10 2020
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
5024 Flatiron, AZ 
5024 Flatiron, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2020
OdinWiski
Hiking6.90 Miles 3,050 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
3,050 ft AEG
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It seems like whenever we have company from out of state, this is the iconic hike they will get to do. I took bro-in-law and his wife, a couple of Minnesotans - what a wonderful time without the huge crowds on a Monday and with the threat of thunderstorm (which never came)! We had the summit entirely to ourselves. There were only a few people when we dropped down to Flatiron and explored more - such a rare sight.
Named place
Named place
Siphon Draw
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Jan 04 2020
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
5024 Flatiron, AZ 
5024 Flatiron, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
OdinWiski
Hiking5.90 Miles 2,950 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles
2,950 ft AEG
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We had a friend from PA visiting and wanted to do some local hikes. Showcased this to her. She thoroughly enjoyed it. Hip is doing even better this time after 3 months :)
Named place
Named place
The Flatiron
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Dec 27 2019
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Minneopa State Park, MN 
Minneopa State Park, MN
 
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking0.50 Miles
Hiking0.50 Miles
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While visiting the in-laws in MN, we stopped by the Minneopa State Park to check out the bison.
Named place
Named place
Minneopa State Park
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Nov 30 2019
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,029 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
2,029 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
First hike 2 months after I had a new hip put in. The new hardware handled pretty well :)
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Aug 30 2019
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 30 2019
OdinWiski
Backpack
Backpack
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We were glad that we did this little overnighter on Friday. As we came back up late Saturday morning, dozens of people were heading down into the canyon. The rain in the surrounding areas Friday afternoon cooled it off quite a bit. I was dreading the hot and muggy feeling down in the canyon before we went, but was pleasantly surprised by how cool and comfortable it was once we got down there.
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Jul 31 2019
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Bean and Bear Lakes Loop, MN 
Bean and Bear Lakes Loop, MN
 
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking7.68 Miles 1,215 AEG
Hiking7.68 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.08 mph
1,215 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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We took a day trip from Aitkin MN where the week-long family vacation was by Hammal Lake up north to the Northern Shore Lake Superior. This was one of the stops we made. Temperatures were in the mid 70s, but felt warm.

The Trail took off from the parking lot and went up and into forests immediately. Well groomed trail lined with birches, maples, pines and oaks - very pleasant except at times it got stuffy and warm because of lack of breeze. Views of Lake Superior came into view after a little over a mile as we went up. About 3.5-4 miles in we got to Bean Lake. It was indeed shaped like a bean :) the trail continued on along the east tall bank of the lake and offered a nice overlook of the lake. Soon Bear Lake came into view briefly before the trail descended into the forest again. There’s a spur trail that led to the shore of Bear but we skipped it and climbed up to the overlook for lunch and enjoy the view of both lakes at once. I picked a bunch of fire cherries and wild raspberries. They were all over the place. We then hiked away from Bear Lake and took the other side of the lasso through the forests to get back out to the parking lot. We ran into a few groups during the hike but it wasn’t crowded at all.
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Jul 31 2019
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Northern Shore Wandering, MN 
Northern Shore Wandering, MN
 
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2019
OdinWiski
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Hiking
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Some of the stops we made on our Northern Shore day trip in MN after our Bean Bear hike.
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Raccoon
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Jul 06 2019
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Pacheta FallsAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking3.25 Miles
Hiking3.25 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.30 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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The last day of our White Mountains getaway, we went to the Pacheta Falls. Many outfits sell the Black River Special Use permits on the drive in from Showlow. We used the track from Tortoise Hiker, which approached the fall from along the creek. On our drive in not far from where we parked, we saw a big bore, probably a healthy 350 plus lbs - in a ravine. The biggest AZ bear I'd seen. While he took off running, he stopped a few times to check us out. But we were not able to get a pic of it because of the bumpy ride. It sure was exciting though. The fall itself was spectacular. I went down the chute into the canyon and explored to the bottom of the fall while wife waited on the rim with Wiski. Not easy to drive to, but certainly worth the effort if you're in the area!
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Jul 05 2019
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 05 2019
OdinWiski
Backpack5.00 Miles
Backpack5.00 Miles
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Day/Night 2 of our White Mountains getaway. After stopping by to hang out and have lunch at the Big Lake, we went to the Thompson trail. This was such a beautiful stroll! Quite a number of anglers doing their things along the creek. We camped at a spot just before the end of the trail. Explored and had a relaxing night. Some weather rolled in with some drizzling, but it was never too bad. Hiked back out the next morning.
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Jul 04 2019
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
West Baldy Trail #94Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 04 2019
OdinWiski
Backpack8.00 Miles
Backpack8.00 Miles
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Our plan to take some friends who had never backpacked before on some easy but scenic trails in the White Mountains as introductions didn't work out, as they had to work during the 4th of July holiday. But we still decided to go into the area to escape the heat. We drove out in the morning on the 4th and got to the West Baldy TH about 1:30. Hiked in about 4 miles just before the climb at the end of the meadows and found a spot that wasn't taken, which was better than the one we were thinking about setting up camp at but was taken. The trail was for sure very busy on a holiday! But the spot was tucked away and fairly secluded. We set up camp and explored a bunch. Had a lazy morning next day and did more exploring. Hiked back out in pleasant overcast. This was our first night in the area.
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May 10 2019
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Tramway Maxwell LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 10 2019
OdinWiski
Backpack9.46 Miles 1,205 AEG
Backpack9.46 Miles
1,205 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
We haven't been out for a while between traveling and other commitments. Wanted to do a short overnighter with some water features. This one fit the bill nicely. A few years ago when I hiked this one, I dropped down from Maxwell. This time we took the other side after parking at the fork and road hiking to the Tramway TH.

The big views overlooking the canyon and the creek in either direction on top of Tramway were great. And so were a few views on the way down. Once at the bottom, we took a snack break and explored a whole bunch before continuing through the canyon toward Maxwell. It was lush and green along the creek. Some sections were pretty overgrown and bushwhacking was not fun. At one point, we decided to wade through the creek instead. The water was refreshing at first but soon started to feel cold. We got to the camp site near the bottom of Maxwell and set up camp there. It was a wonderful camp site with no one around. Two day hikers were all we saw earlier and for the rest of our time there. We then explored farther out before dinner. Sleeping right next to the babbling creek was wonderful!

The next morning we took our time getting up and breaking down camp. When we worked our way up Maxwell, the weather was great. Once we got on top though, as we were hiking the road, it got really dark quickly. Then hail sizes of small marbles poured down. And lightning and cracking thunders felt pretty close. It didn't seem like it would pass any time soon. We put on our rain gear and kept hiking back to our truck in the rain, hail and mud. It was a wonderful time!
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Mar 15 2019
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking6.09 Miles 2,530 AEG
Hiking6.09 Miles   5 Hrs      1.35 mph
2,530 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Bro-in-law and his wife were in town visiting from MN to escape from the cold and snow. We thought this would be a nice hike for them that was not too long but offered a nice workout and iconic Sedona views. It did not disappoint. Last time we did this it was a lot warmer for Wiski. This time it was cooler and super windy although she was a couple of years older now at 11.5 and all the rock hopping was not that forgiving on the back and hind legs. She got up on top just fine, but we saw quite a number of dogs on the trail and none got to the top. We roamed on the summit for about 30 minutes before heading back down to the car. Afterwards, we took them to the GC South Rim for sunset and sunrise views. The wind on the Rim was brutal Saturday morning.
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Jan 19 2019
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Less Snowbabe, AZ 
Less Snowbabe, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking9.15 Miles 2,035 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.80 mph
2,035 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Having seen Chumley's snowbabe photosets, we wanted to play in the snow a bit too. A friend of ours came along. I wasn't sure whether we'd have much snow left below and on the rim because of the warm weather and lack of new snowfall in Payson last week. When we got to the Hatchery, there was barely any sign of snow and we could only see some lingering snow on the west facing side of the rim from below. So we left our snowshoes in the truck.

There pretty much wasn't any snow left on the climb up the rim until the trail started leveling out. On either side of 300 there was probably less than a foot and once we dropped down in the valley, there was probably about 2 feet of snow. But the trail blazed by Chumley made it fairly easy without any flotation, coupled with the fact that the snow was more packed down now. We did post-hole some as we were nearing the lake. The accumulation on the lake had melted away quite a bit from the warm weather. Could still see clearly the tracks Chumley left. Saw one other person on 300 who made his own trail up from the Hatchery and went down on Babe Haught. Wish there had been a lot more snow, but it was a beautiful day to hike in with great visibility.
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Jan 04 2019
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking1.80 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.90 mph
500 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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I had family in town visiting. So we took them on this little hike. Because of our lazy 11:00 start, it was very crowded. That coupled with the fact that a lot of sections of it were frozen over and super slippery, there were a lot of traffic jams at those two sections of icy stairs before you top out where 6-8 from one direction would go while the rest of the crowds waited. Red rocks with snow = pretty.
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Nov 22 2018
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48 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking4.76 Miles 2,044 AEG
Hiking4.76 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.39 mph
2,044 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Did this on Thanksgiving morning. It was overcast the entire time and super pleasant hiking weather. Hazy in the early-mid morning, but became clearer by late morning. Saw two single hikers and one couple. We really enjoyed this hike.
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Nov 09 2018
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48 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Six Shooter - Pinal Peak - Telephone, AZ 
Six Shooter - Pinal Peak - Telephone, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking14.80 Miles 4,044 AEG
Hiking14.80 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.28 mph
4,044 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break
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Started around 9:30 and the temps were close to 50. All day it felt like it was in the 50's and most of the hike was shaded, so it was great hiking weather. Took Six Shooter up to link up to Pinal Peak. Last time I was on Six Shooter a few years ago was a rainy spring day I think. This time it was fall color explosions :y: We really enjoyed this trail. View from the top of Pinal Peak was Ok - it was a bit hazy. We wandered and explored a whole bunch and took the Telephone Trail back down. I have to say that it was kinda bland / low reward. The last mile and a half seemed to be dragging on, especially when the hip that needs replacement was bothering me a lot. Next time we're in this area, we'll probably check out Icehouse Canyon trail instead. Didn't see anyone the entire day. Overall, great weather and beautiful hike.
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