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Dec 30 2020
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Balanced Rock, AZ 
Balanced Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2020
OdinWiski
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,610 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.46 mph
1,610 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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It was a gorgeous day for a hike. Got to the trailhead kind of late, but still had a few parking spots. From the fork off to the right from Hieroglyphics the trail was not distinct, only at certain sections was the faint path noticeable. We tried to stick to the official track as much as possible, but at times simply found it easier to visually pick out a spot afar and find our way to it. We were the only ones up by the Balanced Rock. Wife was not thrilled about the offtrail bushwhack getting to it, but enjoyment was regained by the time spent at the Balanced Rock. Enjoyed our extended break there. Went down from the other side of the Balanced Rock into the canyon to hit up Hieroglyphics, which had a steep but very distinct path down. At the pools and the rest of the way out on Hieroglyphics, there were literally hundreds of people, kids and their dogs. Beautiful day and holiday break, everyone wanted to come out. I've only been to 5057 on a ridgeline hike. Looking forward to going up via this route next time.
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Nov 26 2020
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2020
OdinWiski
Hiking5.10 Miles 2,090 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   1.34 mph
2,090 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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This became our tradition of Thanksgiving morning hike before the meal in the afternoon. Not a far drive, not a long hike that takes up a day, and not crowded with people. On this day we came across less than 10 hikers in total. Temperature was perfect and the summit was beautiful and quiet. A great way to spend Thanksgiving morning.
Culture
Culture
Benchmark
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Oct 17 2020
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Upper Buck Spring Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
OdinWiski
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles
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We would've loved to backpack the Beaver Turkey area like we did in previous years, but our 13-year old girl has slowed down significantly and struggles to get up at times after laying down for a long while :( So we car camped at Grasshopper's campsite on 139 Friday night and strolled a few miles in this area Saturday morning to check out some colors.
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Oct 12 2020
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Bear Jaw Inner Basin, AZ 
Bear Jaw Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2020
OdinWiski
Hiking12.74 Miles 2,193 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   2.18 mph
2,193 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Most aspens had already peaked. Bear Jaw and Waterline were quiet; Inner Basin was crowded as expected, even for a Monday.
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Sep 21 2020
OdinWiski
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48 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Scovils Lake, WI 
Scovils Lake, WI
 
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2020
OdinWiski
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles
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We spent a few days by Scovils Lake in northern WI after attending wife's niece's wedding in MN. Did some light hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. I loved how the lighting changed on the lake. Leaves were starting to get into their prime when we were leaving. Jack Links (campus and outlet) are in nearby Minong :)
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Jul 31 2020
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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
OdinWiski
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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
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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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Linked none no linked trail guides
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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
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 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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