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Dec 14 2017
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
Smithfield Dry Canyon, UT 
Smithfield Dry Canyon, UT
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2017
DallinW
Hiking13.51 Miles 4,725 AEG
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Attempted Mt. Jardine from Dry Canyon but fell short of the summit by just under half a mile.

Shane and I started at the mouth of Dry Canyon where the road is currently closed for winter. Normally you would be able to drive up the canyon a mile to the Dry Canyon TH. We walked up the road and entered the Mount Naomi Wilderness area.

The trail started packed down by the usual traffic so we cruised along at a good pace for the first mile or so. The canyon is very narrow at the beginning and has some interesting tilted rocks at its entrance. Temps were probably somewhere in the high teens when we started.

At around 7000ft we were breaking trail and hitting tedious amounts of snow, just as the trail really starts to climb. We were able to keep to the trail fairly easily even with shin to knee deep snow in the canyon by following the corridors of cut brush and looking for depressions in the snow.

We got a small break from the snow once the trail started to switchback up the southern face of one of the canyon walls. The views looking back down the canyon from here are great, and it makes you feel accomplished seeing how far you've climbed. Once we hit around 8000ft, nearing the top of the ridge, we were greeted with even deeper snow. At this point we were trudging at less than a mile an hour and approaching our turn around time. We made a compromise and decided to finish pushing to the top a high point on the ridge, and then turn around.

On the high point, we had views of most of the major peaks in the Mount Naomi Wilderness area. We could see the final ridge we would have to climb then walk to reach Jardine.




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Dec 12 2017
DallinW
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Beirdneau Peak, UT 
Beirdneau Peak, UT
 
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2017
DallinW
Hiking12.80 Miles 4,211 AEG
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Started at the Wind Cave TH with my buddy Shane around 10am. We were unsure exactly what to expect for conditions on this one. I was here a week earlier right after a good dump of snow and didn't make it too far up the trail before reaching knee deep snow. The weather since then was sunny and warm, so I expected icy conditions in the morning/evening with slushy snow during the day.

We cruised up the Wind Cave Tr which was now packed down by the masses. At the junction to Bierdneau Peak Tr we got off Wind Cave Tr and made our way to the ridgeline on Wind Cave Way. Passed a group of 3 who would be the only people we saw the entire day. The trail was still packed down pretty well by foot traffic here.

Once we gained the ridge, we took a quick break before continuing towards the peak. A few sets of footsteps were there to follow for about half a mile, then from there we were breaking trail. Navigation wasn't an issue since the route sticks primarily to the ridgeline. This is when we started to hit real snow travel which took some work to get through. Along the ridgeline it varied from 6 inches to well over a foot in some places. We stuck to traversing the southern faces on occasion to avoid deep snow and trees on the northern side of the ridge, where the trail usually traverses.

On the bare summit we stopped for a 30 minute break to take in the awesome views and have some lunch. Both of us were pretty exhausted and starting to cramp up. We took it easy coming back down the ridgeline.

Once we hit the saddle which connected us back to Wind Cave Way, the trail was icy from sitting in the shade. We put on our microspikes and cruised down the mountain back to the TH. A fun but exhausting day!
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Logan Peak Mount Naomi Wilderness
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Nov 26 2017
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
Wellsville Cone / Box Elder PeakNorthern, UT
Northern, UT
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DallinW
Hiking10.25 Miles 4,898 AEG
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4,898 ft AEG
 
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Hit up my friend Shane and asked if he wanted to see how far up Box Elder peak we could get. The hike looked like it could be rather adventurous from the Valley floor. The range is pretty steep. From it's base at ~4800 ft, it rises to just over 9000ft in a little over 2.5 miles.

We started up Rattlesnake Canyon early in the afternoon. From TH to the top of Rattlesnake Canyon you will gain a little over 3000ft in 3.1 miles. The trail up Rattlesnake Canyon ranges from excellent to fair. For the first mile or so you walk through a deciduous forest on excellent trail, then you emerge out into the open and beginning heading up the southern face of the mountain. The trail can be a little overgrown and washed out here.

Once you have reached the top of Rattlesnake Canyon, the trail immediately shoots you east to the ridgeline which will connect you to Box Elder Peak. Soak in the views of the surrounding mountain ranges of Northern Utah. Bear River to the east, the tops of the Uintas to the south east, and the spine of the Wasatch which runs south. I expected to encounter moderate amounts of snow here, but the trail stays on the southwestern side of the ridgeline where it was mostly melted off. Ride the ridge all the way to the top of Box Elder Peak.

With one in the bag and time for seconds, we eyed Wellsville Cone and returned to the ridgeline which would connect us to the Cone. The ridgeline dips down several hundred feet on the north side of Box Elder before shooting straight back up to the Cone. Descending the southern end of the ridgeline took some care because snow lingered and the constant thaw/freeze had made it rather icy. Initially I wished I had brought my microspikes, but the snow was soft enough to kick in steps with the heel.

We reached the top of the Cone but didn't stay long as the wind had picked up considerably. We returned to the car and acquired great Mexican Food.
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Nov 13 2017
DallinW
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Corona - Guadalupe Ridge - Hidden Valley Loop, AZ 
Corona - Guadalupe Ridge - Hidden Valley Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2017
DallinW
Hiking10.50 Miles 2,163 AEG
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2,163 ft AEG
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A nice night out on the hills. Saw a couple of scorpions, a few coyotes (which we were promptly warned about on the way in by a concerned trail runner! :o)... hopped on some rocks. Explored another new wash that connects to Hidden Valley.
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Nov 08 2017
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AZT: Sunflower to Roosevelt, AZ 
AZT: Sunflower to Roosevelt, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 08 2017
DallinW
Backpack54.00 Miles 10,154 AEG
Backpack54.00 Miles2 Days   5 Hrs      
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I joined my friend Andrew on a stretch of the AZT for a few days. I had originally planned to join him from Sunflower to Superior, but ended up calling it quits on day 3 just after Roosevelt because I was feeling sick.

We left PHX Tuesday night and got dropped off on the closed road to Bushnell Tanks by my cousin. We walked backed about 200 yards, plopped down our stuff, and made camp on the side of the road.

Day 1
We woke up around 6:30, quickly packed our things and hit the trail by 6:45. After following the road for a little while, we dipped into the wash and followed it until we joined up with the Arizona Trail. The climb up Boulder Canyon seemed very nice in contrast to the climb up the other side on Passage 20. Ample shade in the morning, possible flowing water if hit at the right time, and easier climbing. The trail is starting to bite back a little in this area and could use a little clipping here and there.

After the climb, we strolled along the road towards Pidgeon Springs and arrived at Pidgeon Springs around 1:30PM. 20 miles before 2PM, nice. We took an hour lunch break by the spring, filled our bottles, and continued on. After another 7.5 miles we decided to start looking for camping. We found a nice spot to camp about 50 yards off the trail on a saddle that has great views of the lake and 4 peaks. This part of the AZT is a real treat!

Day 2
I woke up feeling pretty drained, but that's not too unusual after a big first day, and I've bounced back plenty of times before. We get rolling out of camp around 6:45. I tried forcing down some poptarts thinking that was probably the reason I was so fatigued, but could only eat half a pack. My food bag was pretty much untouched except for a few tortillas and some cheese I ate the night before.

As we made our way down hill, I kept feeling more and more sick to my stomach. With no water between our us and Roosevelt, the sun starting to beat down on us, we both didn't want to stop and pressed on to Roosevelt. When we reached the Marina I was feeling terrible and getting ready to call it a trip. After relaxing for a couple of hours and finally eating some calories, I felt good enough to keep going. My rally was short lived. About 3 miles outside Roosevelt I was starting to feel nauseous again and told Andrew I wanted to stop at the water tank in 0.7 miles, about 3 miles short of our target for the day.

Day 3
I woke up still feeling crappy but ready to give it another shot. We rolled out of camp around 6:30. After another 3 miles I decided I still wasn't feeling good enough to hike, so I told Andrew I was turning around. I sat down for about 10 mins and we chatted about meeting up in Superior the next day so I could get him some shoes he ordered to my place, or where I could forward them to if we didn't meet up.

We said our goodbyes, then parted ways. I slowly made my way back to Roosevelt, passing a road hunter and several campsites which were set up but with no people in them (more hunters). Once I hit the paved road I then hitched back to PHX.
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Here and there in the washes and canyons.

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Water flowing across the trail.

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Clear, some algae, pretty funky tasting atm.

dry Shake Spring Dry Dry
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Nov 04 2017
DallinW
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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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DallinW
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,064 AEG
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My buddy Andrew showed up in Payson a couple of days ago looking for somewhere to take a few days off on his southbound thru hike of the AZT. He has hiked close to 5000 miles on long trails this year, so he's a little tired! At first he wasn't too keen on doing any hiking on his days off, but eventually I conned him into Brown's Peak with promises of easy hiking and epic views, leaving out the part about the long drive. I dropped a hint or two about the drive to get there, but I kept that part as vague as possible. :sweat:

We arrived at the Lone Pine TH around 2PM. The road was pretty packed at the bottom because of a volunteer cleanup effort. At the top of the road, we rolled in to a pretty packed TH. I wasn't too sure what to expect for crowds. I thought maybe I was the only one bright enough to drive 4 hrs for a 3 hr hike, but not today I guess. :D

Brown's Trail is clear of brush and is in great condition all the way to the Saddle. Pink ribbons mark a route from the Saddle to the chute. Loved the chute.

On top we saw 8 other people. 2 different groups. One of the groups was just finishing up 4321 M.L. The views on top are incredible, another one of those locations where you can see a lot of landmarks in the state. Good to finally see the peaks this close. This hike has a very high reward to work ratio I thought. Andrew agreed, even considering the long drive.

On the way back down we caught a gorgeous sunset. Lots of purples, orange, pinks because of the cloud coverage. Andrew said it was probably his best sunset all year. Pretty close for me too.
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Oct 29 2017
DallinW
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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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DallinW
Hiking12.11 Miles 4,090 AEG
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Arrived at the TH to cool temps, ALMOST chilly. Cruised up Y-bar to the saddle before dipping off trail.

We all suffered through the sea of Manzanita as we worked our way up the ridge to the peak. A lot of fun scrambles, and even some climbs if you choose, along this section. As Linda says in her triplog, it's as easy or as hard as you want to make it. There were always other options.

The views on top are great! The sky was pretty clear so we could see plenty of landmarks. The Rim, San Francisco Peaks, Sedona, Four Peaks, Superstition Ridgeline, Ord, Sierra Ancha, ect... You can see a lot of places from this peak!

On the descent down the north drainage, our enemy switched from Manzanita to thorny shrubs and Oak. After an initial patch of brush, the rest of the drainage is mostly a boulder hop. The bypass for the falls is steep but there are plenty of things to grab on to. The old dead wood, and dead leaves hiding holes in the wash keep you on your toes.

We reached Barnhardt where it intersects the drainage we had been following and cruise back to the TH. Barnhardt is in amazing condition at the moment: wide, no downed trees, tread reworked in places.

Glad to have finally tagged this one, I've been eyeing it for over a year. Great weather, great company! I will definitely be a repeat offender.
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Oct 28 2017
DallinW
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San Gabriel - Guadalupe Lasso, AZ 
San Gabriel - Guadalupe Lasso, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
DallinW
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,642 AEG
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I arrived at the TH well rested, and enthusiastic about our morning grind on the local exercise hills.

Hiked San Gabriel Ridge for the first time. A great alternative to Marcos De Niza for getting to Guadalupe Ridge. No nonsense with the drop at the powerlines like Marcos, it shoots straight up to the ridge.

We explored the wash that parallels Mormon Loop on the way back. Not as exciting as the wash below the National/Hidden Valley jct, but still something nice to shake it up every once in a while. Mostly flat and brushy, with a few narrow boulder hoping sections.

Another great day at the stomping grounds. :)
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Oct 21 2017
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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ 
Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 21 2017
DallinW
Backpack25.91 Miles 8,150 AEG
Backpack25.91 Miles3 Days         
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Russell invited me to come along on a 3-day backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon on the Tanner - Escalante - New Hance "loop". He had one extra spot available so I invited my friend Alex to come along too. This was all new territory for me in the canyon so it was impossible to say no.

Day 1
Alex and I met up with Russell and Craig on Saturday morning around 8 A.M. just off the highway on the road you use as parking for New Hance. After some breakfast, we all piled into Craig's truck and headed for Lipan Point.

We started down Tanner Trail making good time despite how steep it was. This is the first "primitive" trail I've been on at the Grand Canyon and I like the feel. Just enough cairns and use to be navigable without much thinking, but you're still on you're toes because it's steep and you might need to use your hands for stabilization.

About 2.5 miles in, Alex, Craig, and I diverged from the Tanner Trail and headed for Escalante Butte via the north ridge. There are a lot of really fun scrambles, and some small climbs before the summit. The views into the canyon from the ridgeline are awesome!

Once at the split summit boulder, we all looked at the spot where you have to make the leap and didn't like how exposed it was. Alex and Craig spent some time trying to find a way to climb the eastern face of the gap. They would always get one or two steps away from being able to pull it off but there wasn't anything secure to grab on top to pull yourself up. I'm not a climber, so for me it was the jump or an assist.

Alex assisted Craig to the top of the summit by letting Craig use his shoulder. I did the same for Alex. While they sat on the summit and signed the register, I re-climbed the western face, positioned myself on the ledge of the gap and re-evaluated the jump. I decided I was going to go for it. I assisted Craig back down from the summit before making the jump so we all wouldn't get stuck up there.

I focused only on where I was going to land, and where my other foot was going to go to pull me up off the ledge which is tilted back towards the gap. Then I shot the gap. Easy peasy!

On the summit, I quickly signed the register and snapped a couple of photos. Russell had probably been waiting an hour by this point. I decided to take the assisted down climb from the summit rather than jump back to the western ledge. That jump looks even scarier. :scared:

We met back up with Russell, had some lunch, then continued down Tanner to the Colorado. Once there we spent some time loitering on the beach before setting up camp. Later in the day @sirena rolled through our camp on one of her Canyon adventures. Nice to meet you!

Day 2
We woke up and started walking a little before 8 A.M. I started a little chilled but quickly warmed up as we hit pockets of sun that had made their way into the canyon already. Once we worked our way across the flat sandy banks of the Colorado to where we would climb up and away from the river, I was over the sun and seeking shade.

Great views along the Escalante route from where you climb away from the river to Papago Creek. Route finding is pretty straightforward all along the route with well placed cairns and in some places a pretty well worn tread. The highlights for me were Seventyfive Mile Creek and the Papago Wall.

Once we reached New Hance Rapids we all got in the river for a little bit while it was hot. The water is really cold at first but it feels refreshing after you get out and let the sun warm you back up. Beach life along the Colorado seems pretty nice.

Day 3
After a not so satisfying night of sleep it was time to exit the big ditch via New Hance. This trail starts out at a really nice grade as you follow the bottom of Red Canyon, but you pay for it later once you leave the bottom of the creek and start a relentless climb up the side to the Rim. There is some overgrowth along this section of the trail and you may need to pay a little more attention for route finding, but it is still pretty straightforward.

I brought a liter and a half of water with me which I had almost completely burned a little over half way up. I started feeling pretty woozy on the last 2 miles, probably because I was starting to get dehydrated. I entered snail mode to crawl up the final 2000ft. From New Hance Rapids to Rim I believe it took us a little over 4 hours. Whew, that climb is a doozy!

Thanks again Russell for the invite!
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Escalante Butte Escalante Creek
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Some yellow here and there in the drainages.
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Oct 16 2017
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Ridgeline Loop, AZ 
Ridgeline Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,027 AEG
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Oct 08 2017
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Ramsey PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2017
DallinW
Hiking13.90 Miles 3,907 AEG
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Got invited on this one as my first real hike back in Arizona after my PCT adventure this summer. I was excited to get back to the Huachucas and explore more of the range. I found it kind of poetic in a way, as I would be returning very close to the Mexican border after running away from it for 4.5 months. :)

Me and Alex met Linda, Nick, and Kelley at the top of Carr Canyon Rd in the morning. We were a little late. My phone's battery was dead and not charging, so I wrote up some directions before I left which were pretty simple: take I-10 to SR-92, take SR-92 south, turn right on Carr Canyon Rd. I still managed to take a wrong turn up RAMSEY Canyon Rd for a little while before realizing it wasn't the same road I had been up before for Carr - Miller. :lol:

We started down Comfort Springs Trail and connected up with Pat Scott Canyon. I thought Pat Scott Canyon was the highlight of the trip. Vegetation and running water all along the canyon. I particularly liked the section just below the ridge before you hit Crest Trail. The tall grasses mixed with the spaced out Ponderosa right before the crest of the ridgeline.

We continued down Crest Trail with excellent views as expected, then ditched the trail and headed for Ramsey Peak. The off trail is easy going at first, but about a half a mile before the top it gets pretty brushy. Me and Alex followed along the ledge of large boulders that make up the ridgeline. It still might be faster to keep left and stay in the Ponderosa where it is less brushy.

On the summit we enjoyed some lunch. Since there are a lot of trees on this summit you don't get a wide field of view, but what you can see from a rock outcropping on the summit is still pretty good. We took the lower route with the Ponderosa on the way back to Crest Trail and stumbled upon a clear use path, a blanket, and some pieces of garbage.

A nice day hike with comfortable weather. All trails in good conditions.
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Oct 07 2017
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Little Guadalupe Loop, AZ 
Little Guadalupe Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking7.60 Miles 1,683 AEG
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Oct 02 2017
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Ruby Crest to Liberty PassElko, NV
Elko, NV
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DallinW
Hiking7.26 Miles 1,727 AEG
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I had a little time to kill on a long drive from northern Utah to South Lake Tahoe. I've seen these mountains from I-80 a couple of times, and they always intrigued me. After hours of driving through barren basins, surrounded by barren mountains, you hit Elko and all of a sudden there are huge, lush granite peaks on the horizon!

I slept in the back of the rental near the bottom of FR-660, intending to get an early start. I woke up around 5:30 A.M. and drove FR-660 all the way up to Road's End TH. TH access is paved all the way up. I arrived to an empty TH, a fresh dusting of snow, and 27F temperatures. Brrr!

The trail is well defined and easy to follow all the way up to Liberty Pass. It crosses a few small creeks, but I never had to get my feet wet.

Liberty and Lamoille lakes are definitely the highlights of this short hike. Walk the extra quarter mile at the top of Liberty Pass for the excellent view of Liberty Lake.

If you are just passing through on I-80 and have a few hours to spare, this is definitely a nice spot to get out and stretch the legs. I read online that almost all the lakes along the Ruby Crest Trail are stocked with fish. Seems like it would be a great place to come do some backpacking. Some day I would like to come back and do the Ruby Crest Trail in its entirety, along with some more exploring.
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Liberty Lake Liberty Pass
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Most color was found below the TH along FR-660.
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Apr 22 2017
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Webb Peak from Ash Creek THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking18.36 Miles 6,374 AEG
Hiking18.36 Miles   10 Hrs   46 Mns   2.09 mph
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A couple different places in eastern Arizona were on the radar this weekend, but since this was only going to be a day hike it needed to be relatively close. The plan was to car camp near the TH, head up to Webb Peak from Ash Creek as an out and back in the morning, then drive back to Phoenix that night.

We woke up earlier than expected and I got my first glimpses of the Pinalenos with the sunrise. Holy crap, this Sky Island is HUGE.

I was head over heels for Ash Creek within the first few miles. This is an amazing creek-side hike! The forest along the creek is lush and dense, the creek lines up amazing waterfalls one after another, and every once in a while you pop out of the vegetation to superb views looking back or further up at the mountain. A perfect balance in my opinion.

The trail is in pretty good condition from the bottom all the way to the Webb Peak Trail JCT. A few blow downs, and some damaged tread. There are a bunch of blow downs between the Webb Peak/Ash Creek JCT and the top of Ash Creek, though.

The lookout makes the side trip to Webb Peak worth it. The view was a very fresh one for me. There is a lot of new territory for me to explore out there... I was hoping to find a few big patches of snow near the top to test out a new toy, but the bulk of the snow up there is long gone. It was too warm by the time we reached the top anyway. What's left of the snow is small patches in the trees.

I really can't say anything bad about this hike. The Pinalenos met and exceeded my expectations. With plenty of great camping options along Ash Creek, I can't wait to come back and do some more exploring in this area and the greater Pinaleno range.
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At the lower elevations along the creek.

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Apr 19 2017
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Little Guadalupe Loop, AZ 
Little Guadalupe Loop, AZ
 
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DallinW
Hiking6.38 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Hit the trail around 4pm. When I started it was warm (about 90F), but I ended around a nice 85F w/ breeze. Saw one rattler sunbathing on some rocks along Guadalupe Ridgeline. 3rd this week. I wasn't paying attention and got pretty close.
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Apr 16 2017
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Little Guadalupe Loop, AZ 
Little Guadalupe Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking6.38 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Went out with Alex to see where I'm at with this foot problem I've had since Rough Canyon. Doing better, but still sore at the end of the hike. The pain is at the very bottom of the heel, in the center. I think its some kind of deep bruise, but I'm still not sure. Saw 2 rattlers.
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Apr 11 2017
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Guadalupe - National - Mormon - Ridgeline, AZ 
Guadalupe - National - Mormon - Ridgeline, AZ
 
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DallinW
Hiking6.28 Miles 1,432 AEG
Hiking6.28 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   3.04 mph
1,432 ft AEG
 
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27 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
Lil Guadalupe Loop, AZ 
Lil Guadalupe Loop, AZ
 
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DallinW
Hiking6.38 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.38 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.88 mph
1,500 ft AEG
 
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 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
White Mtn 6100 - Rough Cyn - Rogers Cyn, AZ 
White Mtn 6100 - Rough Cyn - Rogers Cyn, AZ
 
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DallinW
Hiking17.38 Miles 4,065 AEG
Hiking17.38 Miles   12 Hrs   50 Mns   1.57 mph
4,065 ft AEG   1 Hour   46 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to crash Joe and Bruce's saturday hike this week. I met up with Bruce around 6:00 AM near Country Club and US-60. Joe ended up having vehicle troubles and had to bail last minute.

We started around 7:30 AM at Rogers Trough, and cruised up to Reavis Saddle. We ran into an AZT thru hiker on the way up and had a quick chat. We turned off Reavis Ranch 109 South at the appropriate spot and started heading up a drainage towards White Mountain. Nice and easy for the first little bit, then our route had us leaving the drainage, and the fight with manzanita/oak hell began.

On the summit of White Mountain we took a break and enjoyed the views. Bruce signed us in on the summit log. It was a little cloudy but the view on top was still pretty amazing, I can only imagine what it looks like on a crisp, clear day. I will be back again for this one. Getting to this point wasn't too bad, it felt like we were making pretty good time. I looked at RS, saw we had "only" 10 miles left, and told Bruce something along the lines of: "I think we will make it back in about 5 hours." Wrong!

We left the summit and headed down the mountain towards Rough Canyon. The brush was much more forgiving on this side of the mountain, but the slopes were loose rocks instead. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with Rough Canyon, I just knew it was off trail and the name made it sound a little intimidating. The canopy of pines and sycamores at the start of the canyon was a cool little spot. Plenty of nice spots to camp that look like they've never been touched.

Eventually the canyon walls start to rise and you find yourself in the creek bed more often than not. Then a series of falls start and you'll be choosing whether to scramble down or skirt up and around the falls. The going got really slow. Along the way, Bruce decided to take a quick dunk in one of the pools to cool off, and about a quarter mile later I decided to do it as well. :) I kept looking at RS after what felt like a mile and usually found we had only gone about a quarter of a mile... So much for that 5 hour estimate. :lol:

By the time we reached Frog Tanks I was pretty sore and I was starting to bonk. Rough Canyon used some muscles I don't use very often, and for much longer than I usually use them. We enjoyed a break at the intersection of Rough Canyon and Rogers Canyon before starting the ascent back up Rogers to the TH. It felt like it was going to be a slog, but I was just happy to be back on a trail by this point. One foot in front of the other is all that was required now. :)

We ran into 2 groups of backpackers at Angel Basin, and then another group further up the trail who were headlighting into Angel Basin. I finally caught a good second wind just before the Rogers Canyon/Reavis Ranch JCT, but I still finished feeling pretty sore. We finished around 8:20 PM.

If you just look at mileage and AEG this hike doesn't seem too difficult, but this is the hardest 17 miles and 4000ft I've worked for in a long time. I was telling Bruce on the way out I wasn't sure if I was going to come back again for Rough Canyon, but after looking at pictures of this canyon in the fall, and the ruins (we didn't look too hard), I think I'll have to come back again sometime.

Great hike with great company!
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Mar 25 2017
DallinW
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 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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DallinW
Backpack51.15 Miles 10,000 AEG
Backpack51.15 Miles2 Days         
10,000 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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Completing the Highline as one continuous trip has been on my radar pretty much since I started backpacking. Back in 2015 I had one "test run" from 260 to Horton, and a failed attempt which wasn't really even an attempt because I never started, I was sick so I went home. Fast forward a couple years, the Highline isn't very high up on my list of things to do, but the idea of making it a little bit of a push in 2 days made it attractive for me. Nick was in on the idea so we decided to go for it.

We saw some bear tracks on day one, and some lion tracks on day two. We didn't see as much wildlife as I had hoped, but there was signs of activity. We saw a few elk in the burn area and that was pretty much it.

Had a run in with Linda on Day 2 at Horton. We knew it was her because we could hear screaming kids and yelling for about a quarter of a mile. :sweat:

Nick's aunt Pam met up with us at See Canyon TH with Poweraid and burritos! The idea of ditching the packs for the last ~6.5 miles came up and I was all game. With burrito in belly, and all that weight off our backs, we picked up the pace and cruised to the finish in a little over 2 hrs. Day 2 started feeling like a slog for me before mile 10, so it was just what I needed to finish strong.

My opinion of the Highline didn't change much after completing it. I like both ends of the trail (Pine to Washington Park, and the Hatchery to 260), but the burn area got old for me quickly. The washed out rocky trail in that section can be quite annoying. I don't know if i'll do another hike straight through on this one again, but if I do it would probably be in the fall to change things up a bit.
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