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Nov 20 2021
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Ridgeback Overlook Trail - Sonoran Pres NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2021
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Hiking3.11 Miles 459 AEG
Hiking3.11 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   3.27 mph
459 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Hike #1 of 4 for me in the Phoenix Summit Challenge. Got off to a late start and parking lot was completely full. Rangers allowed up to park in house trailer lot. Nice warm up hike. Not too long or too steep. Lots of PSC hikers out on the trail.
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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2021
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Hiking4.23 Miles 806 AEG
Hiking4.23 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   2.70 mph
806 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Hike #2 of 4 in the Phoenix Summit Challenge. Trail started out pretty flat, then turns up the mountain and gets steep. Not just short steep sections, but fairly long steep stretches. I didn't drink enough water on the way up because I was huffing and puffing a lot of the way. Nice view from the top, but it was a hazy day. I was feeling my legs at the end of this one with two more hikes to go.
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Shaw Butte
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Nov 20 2021
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Ridgeline Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2021
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Hiking3.24 Miles 574 AEG
Hiking3.24 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.78 mph
574 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Hike #3 of 4 in Phoenix Summit Challenge. A nice hike on a mountain I had never been to before. Not too long, and the steep sections were short and separated by not so steep pieces, do I could catch my breath. It was getting warm and my legs were feeling it.
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2021
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Hiking4.62 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking4.62 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.12 mph
1,060 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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My 4th and final hike of the Phoenix Summit Challenge. This has to be one of my least favorite hikes on SoMo. Very uneven and rocky all the way up. Hard on the already tired legs. Very crowded on the trail because all of the PSC hikers finish on this trail. Nice celebration at the finish with a good band, good trucks and a beer stand from North Mountain Brewing Co. Made the long climb worth it. Phoenix threw a great party.
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Nov 03 2021
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2021
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Hiking4.21 Miles 1,025 AEG
Hiking4.21 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.41 mph
1,025 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I left work early, but the sun was already behind the Estrellas when I got to the trail head. No matter, I had my head lamp. Got to the top without using the lamp, but needed it to get back down. It's a new moon so when it got dark it got dark. I used just the red light mode of my head lamp which left my night vision working.

I passed two women on their way up as I was on my way down. They had bright white head lamps and a flashlight that was insanely bright. Just going past them ruined my night vision for a minute. I enjoyed seeing the landscape just lit by the fading twilight. Also Venus was spectacularly bright in the west.
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Oct 29 2021
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2021
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Hiking4.41 Miles 1,159 AEG
Hiking4.41 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.50 mph
1,159 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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First hike with the new phone. Phone was delivered in the afternoon and I had to wait while it was getting set up. As soon as it was ready I ran out to do a quick hike. Sun was already below the horizon when I started. I got to the top without having to use the head lamp, but it was pretty dark by then.
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2021
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Hiking4.53 Miles 1,107 AEG
Hiking4.53 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.47 mph
1,107 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Last hike with my old phone. Another evening hike. This time I remembered to bring the head lamp. Good thing since there was no moon. Only had to turn it on at the very end. And kept it in red mode.

Surprised how many people I passed on my way back who were going up the pyramid in the dark. Say least three groups
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Oct 09 2021
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2021
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Hiking4.47 Miles 1,126 AEG
Hiking4.47 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.60 mph
1,126 ft AEG
 
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Evening hike too stretch my legs. Sun was above the horizon when I started and I thought there should still be enough twilight to see to get back. Hiked to the top and light was going away. There was a very thin crescent moon which helped. Of course my headlamp was in my other backpack - oops. But my night vision was good enough to see the trail, so no problem.

Just at the last 4x4 post just a couple hundred yards from the parking lot I saw I guy with a flashlight who was wandering aimlessly. He asked me how to get back to the parking lot. I told him to follow me. The flashlight tunnel vision made it hard for him to figure out where the trail was. My dark adapted vision had no problem seeing the trail. I got him safely back and he thanked me.
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HAZ - Selfie
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Moon
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Jun 25 2021
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Santa Ynez Canyon TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2021
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Hiking7.92 Miles 1,704 AEG
Hiking7.92 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.36 mph
1,704 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Found a few hikes in my old phone that never got posted..

This area had burned in the Palisades Fire just a few days earlier, and I wanted to see the fire damage. There was no fire damage at the beginning of the trail. The first sign of fire was around the fork to the waterfall trail. Beyond that there were some burned areas along the trail. Once up on the ridge the fire are could be seen to the East in areas that are not really accessible due to step terrain and heavy dense chaparral.

Between Trippet Ranch and Eagle Rock I saw a lot of burned areas. Kudos to the fire fighters for stopping the fire before it got to the houses in Topanga Canyon!

Addendum: I forgot to write about the most amazing thing that happened on this hike. On the way back I was thinking about some deer I saw in the area a couple years ago and was looking around to see if I could find them again. When I am almost back at the trail head I hear this loud CRASH! and then a moment later another CRASH! Something heaving is crashing through the chapparal. I froze in my tracks and all of a sudden two large deer land on the trail just ahead of me, then leap into the overgrown chapparal off the trail making a loud CRASH! They leap and crashes through the brush a couple more times and reach the dry stream bed and then run off quietly. I guess they heard me coming and decided they wanted to be in the stream bed to get away from me. I have never heard loud chrashes like that, and between the sudden loud sound and deer going full speed towards me just a few yards away left my heart pounding. I wish I could have gotten a picture or video, but there was no time for that. One thing is for sure is that those deer must have tough skin! If I somehow jumped into that thick underbrush crashing through the bushes and branches I would be badly cut up if not impaled. Anyway that was a very cool and exciting thing to see.
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May 29 2021
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Hamburg Trail #122Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2021
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Hiking12.48 Miles 4,274 AEG
Hiking12.48 Miles   8 Hrs      1.83 mph
4,274 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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The Sky Island Summit Challenge. I did the single summit challenge which was to Carr Peak. I found it challenging, and feel great about finishing. The challenge event was run by the city of Sierra Vista and they did a great job! Very well organized.

The hike started started at The Nature Conservancy Ramsey Canyon Preserve. The city took us there on buses. The hike went up Hamburg Trail, then the Carr Peak Trail, and back down Miller Canyon Trail where cans shuttled us back to our cars. The double and triple summit challenge hikers started earlier in the day.

The trail was really pretty. It went through beautiful forest in Ramsey Canyon. Then it started going up a grueling series of switch backs which started spreading the group out. Then it went back down into the canyon for a while which was much less step and a pleasant relief. But that didn't last as eventually we had to climb out of the canyon. The climb seemed endless and my legs were definitely feeling it. But finally we made it to Bear Saddle where the Hamburg Trail meets the Crest Trail. The view from the saddle was amazing. We rested there a bit before continuing on.

The next leg along the Saddle Trail started out fairly level with great views. It was also in the sun. The Hamburg Trail had been in shady forest, but now we were walking in the sun. Then the trail climbed with a series of switchbacks to the junction with the Carr Peak Trail. This trail climbed gently for a little under a mile to the short spur trail that led to the Peak. Fantastic view from the top. Well worth it.

The return had us retrace our path back to the Crest Trail, then down the Miller Canyon Trail which was one endless step downhill slog. Passed lots of folks in Miller Canyon who were complaining about their knees and generally struggling. My legs were stiff and sore, but eventually made it to the pick up point.

Overall this was a fun hike through beautiful mountains. Thank you to the city of Sierra Vista for organizing this great experience! I will definitely do this again.
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Pat Scott Peak
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May 16 2021
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2021
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Hiking4.45 Miles 1,080 AEG
Hiking4.45 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.59 mph
1,080 ft AEG
 
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Only three other cars at the trail head when I started. The sun was just coming up and out was cool and pleasant. Made good time to the top and considered doing it a second time. But on my way down I passed so many people going up that I lost interest. Too many people on weekends.
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2021
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Hiking8.20 Miles 2,713 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.45 mph
2,713 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Time to get serious about training. Hit the trail early and went up and down three times. Felt good after two, but three was tough. Good workout.

Had the hill to myself the first time at least.
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2021
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Hiking6.25 Miles 1,864 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.66 mph
1,864 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Made it to the top and still felt fresh so after getting down to the base of the hill I turned around and went to the top again. Starting to be less apprehensive about the big hike at the end of the month, but still have more work to do to get ready.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
The saguaros are blooming
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May 09 2021
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2021
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Hiking4.82 Miles 1,116 AEG
Hiking4.82 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.63 mph
1,116 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Quick up and down for exercise.
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2021
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Hiking4.39 Miles 1,070 AEG
Hiking4.39 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.63 mph
1,070 ft AEG
 
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Nice hike up, although the sun was in my eyes for a lot of the hill climb. Next time will try to leave earlier. I had the trail mostly to myself on the way up, and there was room in the parking lot when I arrived. On the way back I passed many many groups of hikers, the parking lot was full as was the overflow lot and Street parking.
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2021
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Hiking4.72 Miles 1,087 AEG
Hiking4.72 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.48 mph
1,087 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Just a quick run up the pyramid to get my blood flowing. A bright and sunny day, but there was a gusty breeze that kept it pleasant.
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Apr 11 2021
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Groom Creek Loop Trail #307Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2021
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Hiking10.47 Miles 1,873 AEG
Hiking10.47 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   2.41 mph
1,873 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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A beautiful day for hiking in a pretty forest. Wanted to hike someplace not as warm as Phoenix, and decided to try this trail out. Glad I did. Hike to the top was pleasant walking through partly shaded first. Trail was mostly nice soft packed dirt and comfortable to walk on. Stopped for a rest at the top, checked out the look out, then continued on the loop.

About a mile past the top saw a deer cross the trail. It went up and over the ridge and disappeared. We followed it and watched it from the top of the ridge. It was maybe 40 yards below us and heading off to the right more or less parallel to the trail. After a minute another deer appeared, and then another. They were all following the same path. After a few minutes More deer appeared. We saw a total of six deer and apparently found the secret deer highway in the forest. It was pretty special.

Nothing best that the rest of the way around the loop. There were lots of burn circles where it appears that downed trees were burned. There were also lots of piles of lights waiting to be burned in other places. A beautiful spot to hike. I'll do this one again.
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Granite Mountain Humphreys Peak
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Feb 21 2021
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National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2021
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Hiking16.72 Miles 2,492 AEG
Hiking16.72 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   2.38 mph
2,492 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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Because of covid-19 the annual National Trail Trek four 2021 was different from past years. No shuttle buses to the Pima trail head and back from the San Juan finish. Instead there was a new route that started at the Holbert Trail, then took National Trail to the Bajada Trail, and then Max Delta Trail back to near the start. Also there was 9 day window to do the trek.

Sunday was a cool and sunny day. Perfect for hiking. Starting at 7:30 the climb up the Holbert Trail was all in the shade. We finally saw the sun as we passed Dobbins Lookout. Just before reaching the National Trail we heard some coyotes howling and saw two coyotes playing just off the trail. Pretty cool.

The rest of the National Trail was pleasant with few hikers, especially west of Telegraph Pass. Only saw two other groups of hikers wearing NTT shirts. We rested at the junction with the Bajada Trail and park ranger Owens came over and we had a great conversation about favorite places in South Mountain and hiking in general.

The time resting helped, but I was really feeling my legs on the long, long, you gotta be kidding how can we not be there yet, long walk back to the cars. The trail finished at Scorpion Gulch with no "congratulations you finished" sign or anything. It just ended quietly and unceremoniously.

It was still fun, but I'm looking forward to getting back to the normal format for next year's NTT.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few isolated poppies along Bajada Trail, but never saw more than one in any place.
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Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
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Hiking11.11 Miles 2,017 AEG
Hiking11.11 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   2.05 mph
2,017 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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First time hiking in this area. The air was cool and there were patches of snow on the ground, but the sun was out and it was pleasant for hiking. The hike follows the creek through a first of mostly juniper trees. The creek had water flowing and it was really pretty. After a couple miles the trail crossed the river and it goes from first to canyon. Many saguaros on the north facing slopes above the canyon including a crested saguaro.

After crossing the creek again we reached the junction with the Skunk Tank trail. It starts out as a single track trail and it just goes up up up. Finally there is a gate at a sign for Skunk Tank and the trail turns into a muddy and wide dirt road going up at a more moderate slope. But that doesn't last and it gets steep and keeps going up. After climbing forever it finally starts going back down. Good views along the way of snowy mountains. Lots of squishy mud and cow pies along the trail mean you have to watch your step.

A great hike. I see why this one is written up in the books.
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Jan 23 2021
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Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
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Hiking10.84 Miles 1,416 AEG
Hiking10.84 Miles   5 Hrs   34 Mns   1.96 mph
1,416 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I was looking for a new hike and found this one on hikearizona.com and it looked pretty cool. After turning off the highway as we started on the long dirt road to the trailhead a whole line of SUVs pulled out ahead of us. It was like rush hour in the Supes. I counted at least 15 SUVs ahead of us and there could have been more. My Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk made it through the one dicey spot about three quarters of a mile before the trailhead with no problems, although it was rockin' and rollin' and one of my rear wheels spun a bit when it wasn't touching the ground. I was worried about parking at the trailhead, but luckily none of the caravan of SUVs took the turnoff to the trailhead and there was plenty of parking.

It was a cool morning, but we warmed up once we were on the trail. There were occasional drops of rain all day, but never enough to make anything wet. The trail was mostly easy to follow, but there were a few times where we initially missed crossing the dry wash and found ourselves with no trail. But it was easy to recover and find the trail again most of the time. Still a lot of visible burn damage along the trail, but also new growth. The trail sort of petered out before getting to the ruins caves and you have to do a little boulder hopping in the wash, but it was all good. We saw only a few other people on the trail and at the ruins, so it was a nice quiet hike. The ruins were very cool to see.

The return hike is a lot tougher than the hike out, which isn't surprising since the return is uphill. That last mile or so seemed a lot steeper than what I remembered hiking out, but GPS says it was the same trail. Definitely worked up a sweat on teh return trip. On the drive back the views from the steep winding dirt road were spectacular.
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HooDoo

dry Rogers Canyon Spring Dry Dry
GPS said we were within a few feet of the spring location, but there was no water to be seen anywhere.
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