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May 19 2020
thirstylizard
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 cave creek, az
LOST - Canyon SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2020
thirstylizard
Hiking4.48 Miles 568 AEG
Hiking4.48 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   3.05 mph
568 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Found some LOST space to avoid some of the smoke layer from the East Desert Fire.

Followed directions and did this hike as described combination with a visit to Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA).

Nice and easy walk/hike. Good for birding as the road/trail rises to tree line so at eye level with the riparian trees which were active with all kinds of birds. Lizards scampering level was also high. Botanicals on the fade although a few varieties still showing. Sun exposure will vary based on your timing. The air conditioner awaits in the tunnel.

The walk along with the walking paths of the BTA is a nice solid Arizona experience. Highly recommend the combination. I will add some photos of both visits here. Consider bringing binoculars for better viewing in either area.
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Nightshade abundant, tree blooms turning to pods, a few scattered others.
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Feb 23 2020
thirstylizard
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 cave creek, az
Gooseneck Trail - MSPCPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
thirstylizard
Hiking7.20 Miles 392 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles
392 ft AEG
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Took a gander at the Gooseneck Trail at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve from Tom’s Thumb Trailhead north to Fraesfield Trailhead. I had previously hiked parts of it from Fraesfield but wanted to complete the entire connector.

This stretch of trail will soon take in views and sounds of home construction and I thought it best to enjoy it prior to further development.

Flowers starting to show, but not in a forceful way. There are some changes in landscape as you make your way through - which will be at a faster pace as there are no real inclines nor declines, but they put enough bends in the trail to keep views changing and conversation not breathy. Cattle tanks along the route had a good cache of water which may continue if rains keep up for the next few weeks. The trail skirts two of them, “Gooseneck” and one unnamed tank close to 128th Street.

I hiked as a car drop which is a nice option if you can arrange it. Easy to add mileage to this one if desired. They are flattening out the dips on 128th street in advance of the housing development. I will miss the “whee” factor when that is gone too. It isn’t paved yet, but that will come at some point.

A nice connection with this connector on a cloudy day.
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Desert Varnish / Patina
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Feb 09 2020
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 cave creek, az
Sycamore Reservoir Trail #39Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
thirstylizard
Hiking4.71 Miles 1,066 AEG
Hiking4.71 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.32 mph
1,066 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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A hike with a past. This gem of hike hits many marks with minimal effort. Noted along the route to the cooler hiking during Arizona summers, I made a note to assign myself a future outing in the winter/fall.

The hike trailhead area name alone sets you to discovery. The Sycamore Reservoir Trail #39 sets off from the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Area--just past mile marker 7 on the Catalina Highway.

Named for a Japanese American who was sentenced here during World War II, this beautiful setting has a conflicted past. In 1939, the federal government established The Catalina Federal Honor Camp for tax evaders, war objectors and Japanese-American men who resisted internment.

The Sycamore Reservoir was built to furnish the prison with water. The prisoners were used as the laborers for the building of the very Highway we drive now for our hiking and camping “getaways,”

The ruins of the prison remain along with informational signage at the camping area. Even if your plans take you further up along the road, a stop here for the history is worth the time served.

As for the hiking, we parked at the spaces available at the entrance signed as non-fee. There are nice campsites and FS bathroom facilities here.

A walk south through the campsites, past the corrals finds the Sycamore Reservoir #39 hike start. There were many cars parked down at this end as well. If nothing else, parking at the entrance minimizes the noise for the lucky campers and allows you direct access to the prison ruins on your walking way in or out to the trailhead.

This hike also allows one to traverse part of the Arizona Trail, yet another bonus. There is not much I can add to the hike details. The trail is easy to navigate and well signed. This along with the HAZ description is enough said.

A little early for spring flowers and the greenery at the riparian area at the reservoir, made this a lovely winter hike. A popular area, there were a number of hikers encountered but as with many Southern Arizona hikes, not overwhelmingly so.

We did not hike past the Reservoir. The area was still dressed for winter and so really not up for lingering or looking for flora and fauna. The hike back up to Trailhead was easily done at a moderate pace as the enjoyment and the look around is spectacular.

A little extra time on our hands we headed over to Tanque Verde Falls which is a nice addition in the area if you have the time. Adding Bug Springs Trail or traversing back is to the Molina Campground would be adds to the existing location.

One larger group of backpackers was headed out to Hutch’s pool which sounded like a lovely way to spend some time here. Perfect weekend hiking weather added to our enjoyment.

Hike distance and time were recorded from the access point of the trail and not the parking lot.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Hirabayashi
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Named place
Shreve Saddle
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Jan 04 2020
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 cave creek, az
Idaho Trailhead to The MaskPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
thirstylizard
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Sadly, the mask is now a wink—when did this happen?

Lovely day afield - early out and back. This weather is a fleece start and a flip flop finish. Saw a trail runner, horseback riders, an eight-truck 4x4 caravan and rock climbers. All of us doing our thing without interfering with each other’s engagement. Very happy for the last few days of sunshine. Hike was an out and back to the mask, hmmmm..... “wink”

Mileage is round trip estimate.
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Dec 16 2019
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 cave creek, az
Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2019
thirstylizard
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
1,750 ft AEG
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On the list for a while, this trip was a nice selection for this week’s A+ hiking weather. Saw three musk-ateers (aka javelina) where they should be, warming themselves on a southern-faced slope, a variety of birds during the hike. I will let the photos do the rest of the talking as they are worth 10 x 1,000 words.
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Tansy asters and buckwheat
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Sep 28 2019
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 cave creek, az
Pumphouse Wash (Lower)Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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thirstylizard
Hike & Climb5.20 Miles 966 AEG
Hike & Climb5.20 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   1.00 mph
966 ft AEG
 • Boulder
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One to Many...

The one decision, where to hike was easy. The many decisions--navigating the boulders took a bit more thinking.

The weather was beautiful, drifting clouds and light breezes. Prior rainfall filled the many canyon tubs and rock catchments-- adding to the interest without limiting us in any way. There are trip logs detailing swimming and other water maneuvers during various times of the year. We did not confront any difficult water workarounds during our hike.

We helped each other through the keyhole opening in the eight foot wall. I guess some hikers, with better "free solo" skills, may be able to grab and hold and hoist their way through on their own. I recommend the friend help method as these "cliffhanger" moments strengthen the bond between friends and make great video moments as well.

After the keyhole climb through, the upcoming sandstone ledges offered plenty of get-by over the collected water to continue through this remarkable wash.

A couple of hawks overhead and tadpoles in the water was the extent of the wildlife. A few flowers and yes, the turn of leaves along the route added to the beauty.

One other hiker (well, you could tell by his outfit he was a climber) in five hours of hiking. On our return, we heard voices echoing down from nearby rappelling. We were not reacquainted to further sounds of civilization until the turn to the exit and the noise from cars crossing the bridge signaled the end of the hike.

In reading this trip log, I feel I have not said enough about the boulder and rock hopping. It is start to finish. Unrelenting really. Also, not sure if there is a way to automatically insert the flood warning with steep canyon walls, so I am compelled to add it here.

We completed the HAZ official route plus a tad further but not much— recording our hike at around 5 miles. Plan on an hour per mile and perhaps longer for other navigation and photo stops.

If you have one day and if not many, but a few good friends to join you, this hike is a worthy venture to add to the list.
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Just starting. Some maples turning. Willows are going yellow. No oak turn. Creepers/Poison Ivy turning.
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Daisy, sunflower, four o’clock
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Apr 06 2019
thirstylizard
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 cave creek, az
2466 Exploring, AZ 
2466 Exploring, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Apr 06 2019
thirstylizard
4x4 Trip12.00 Miles
4x4 Trip12.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.50 mph
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It was a stop and go journey on our way to Mineral Creek... Too much out the window to ignore as we scrambled along this "chunky" road. Fortunately for us, not only was our driver very skilled at navigating the scramble of this road, but also scramble off this road and found some wildlife worthy spots for numerous lizards, snakes and even a shrew.

We were enough "ok" until we hit a climb just past Rawhide Canyon. Then we hit what I am naming Hell to the No Hill. This upward stretch shows the wear and tear of climbing vehicles and frankly I am not sure why anyone in a standard 4x4 (we were in an FJ) would want to attempt it.

After starting up the "Hell to the No Hill" we knew this was not worth the attempt and our driver negotiated into the only space for a possible bailout. We parked there and walked the road to the top and then walked the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang easy flat road looking for whatever presented itself and only viewed what would have been the final six miles to the destination.

After negotiating the FJ back down, we explored Rawhide Canyon with great enjoyment--hiking and finding a handful of canyon tree frogs and other wildlife, including track of various kind.

This is a gorgeous area and really any of the canyons would be exceptional exploring. Thanks to @CannondaleKid for his help in planning our outing.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
enough to be happy about and not the craziness of a super bloom. plenty of variety from deer vetch, larkspur, paintbrush, wallflower, hedgehog, mountain penstemon, mallow, manzanita
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Mar 09 2019
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 cave creek, az
Woods Canyon Trail #93 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
thirstylizard
Hiking11.85 Miles 1,119 AEG
Hiking11.85 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.17 mph
1,119 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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i guess sometimes you head into a hike with you don’t know until you know.

At a friend’s suggestion, we opened this hike up as a group hike... it possessed most attributes which attract hikers whom may normally not attend longer distance hikes.

These attractors include, no special vehicle requirements, shorter driving distance, water, the word “Sedona,” Sunny, 55 degrees, low EG and of course, plan to eat after the hike.

I guess one is suspect when a trail starts out of the parking lot, of the visitor center— the Woods Canyon Trail #93 leads into the Munds Mountain Wilderness Area and at about hours drive from our North Phoenix meet point, the trailhead made for an easy 8a hike start..

As described in the hike details, the old Jeep road start allowed for side by side hiking which is a little break from the eventual nose to butt hiking that would be the mode through most of the wilderness.

Small water crossings were rock hopped easily and most of the hike is along side and above Dry Beaver Creek. The trail was pretty clear— a little overgrowth but not terribly so.

After checking the gauge reports earlier in the week, we knew we were in for water, and it was quite the gully washer. The roar of the water was a constant companion and the sight of it coming down the opposite canyon walls was also a view to behold.

Pace was about average for our group hikes. Several long stops along the red rock banks for photos added much time to this easy hike. I was the only one to wade in at couple of the stops. Never sure why people pass up the chance to dip up to their ankles icy cold stream waters.

No showy flowers yet although plenty of starts around. Plenty of track and scat—all fresh would make this a great place to visit earlier and quieter.

A better than expected trail experience, perhaps due to all the water and weather. Ok, the human experience was pretty good too.
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Tuber anemone
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Anenomes, storksbill, Clover.. Sycamore trees were not leafed yet.
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Feb 16 2019
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 cave creek, az
Dripping Springs from WoodburyGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
thirstylizard
Hiking9.52 Miles 1,363 AEG
Hiking9.52 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   1.92 mph
1,363 ft AEG
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This was another fine hike we got ourselves into...

We decided to take the JF / Woodbury route to Coffee Flat Trail instead of 172B road from the trailhead. A nice choice but we distracted ourselves too long and missed our turn and so we did a “Heidi” bushwhack across to get where we needed to be. I am not sure “Heidi” bushwhack is an actual hiking term, but I use it to describe something that involves almost no obstruction in getting across the land in between oneself and one’s target location. Cattle grazing has probably helped make the hillside less cumbersome to cross and no doubt added to the distribution of wildflowers.

Back on track, we made it to the ranch and headed out on the Coffee Flat Trail. Water running the entire way but not to a negotiation issue level. The views were nothing less than “Wow!” and while we didn’t see wildlife, plenty of varied track was left in the mud along our route.

Toward the intersection with Red Tank Trail, evidence of fall beauty could be found under foot, making this a possible return trip in a different season. Lovely water running all over the red rocks at the tanks. Due to the water level, we did a little bushwhack to Dripping Springs which was a full waterfall.

As we turned back, we ran into more hikers who told us they were going back via Randolph Canyon. That may have to be my variation for the next trip. We also saw some cowboys from South Dakota out for a ride.

The trip back was a bit faster paced but no less enjoyable. We hiked the road out and that was a bit of a cardio climb. That, along with the little gate climb over, provided a little bitty boot camp experience for the finish.

I am sure the basic and sad rule of HAZenomics applies to days like this... “If your boot is on one trail, it cannot be on another.” But if one must put a boot down somewhere, this is a very good “where” to be.
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Saguaro - Crested
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Dripping Spring J F Ranch
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Feb 09 2019
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Hugh Norris TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2019
thirstylizard
Hiking9.35 Miles 2,507 AEG
Hiking9.35 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.86 mph
2,507 ft AEG
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Sometimes, you just have to spell it out for people, B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Extreme variety. Chia, Blue Dick, Poppy, Fiesta flower, marigold, Bladderpod, Brownfoot, Deer vetch, delphiniums, salsify, anenome, storksbill, mallow, etc.
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Jan 26 2019
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 cave creek, az
First Water Trailhead to Boulder Canyon Trail, AZ 
First Water Trailhead to Boulder Canyon Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2019
thirstylizard
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,061 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   1.93 mph
1,061 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Shuttle & Gaggle hike format for this lovely outing... Since I had hiked both ends of this route, I felt a need for connection, so I decided to put this out to some friends as a shuttle hike. Ended up with nine hikers which would have made a nice key swap hike, but after advertising the Canyon Lake Marina Grill as the end of trail, it made sense to shuttle hike from the First Water Trailhead to Boulder Canyon Trailhead. Four cars involved, meeting at the Marina, we shuttled nine hikers down to FW Trailhead and were hiking by 8am.

The “Gaggle” spread out as gaggles do with various speeds, wardrobe adjustments, photography needs and conversations dictate. No wildlife and very limited wildflowers on this end of the trail—just the smell of morning campfire smoke from the many Boy Scout camps along this stretch.

Rock lifts (and replace) garnered two scorpion finds but not much else. A stop at the Indian Paint Mine for snacks and talk of Wilderness hiking protocol for some newbies in the group... let’s call it the “Cairns and Concerns” speech.

Encountered many more hikers on this side given the lateness of the morning and the out and backs from the Boulder Canyon Trailhead. Wildflowers while not abundant, were much more present here. Side-blotched lizards sunning as well.

I try not to rush the end of a hike and today was no exception. I even got to see an amazing Saguaro that somehow others walked past.

As for my mileage, as you will see there’s a lot of time at miles 8 & 9 which accurately describes my time and place ending at the Canyon Lake Marina Grill up until I realized Route Scout was still doing what I asked it to do. Even my start point includes some driving to the TH. Sometimes being a hike leader has its distractions.

After lunch, the remaining two cars took us to fetch the starter vehicles left at FW Trailhead. I don’t always gaggle hike, but when I do, these friends always make it a good time!
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Poppies, blue dick, fiesta flowers, gillia
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Jan 05 2019
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 cave creek, az
Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2019
thirstylizard
Hiking13.50 Miles
Hiking13.50 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.35 mph
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The Drive...
HWY 85 to S Woods Rd (East) Hard Left IMMEDIATELY after cattle guard. Drive along fenceline. Follow BLM Margies Cove Trail signs. High clearance vehicle.

The Trail...
Not so wishy washy. Large cairns mark the route. Wash walking doesn’t get started until a ways in. It’s not terribly deep nor difficult. Exposed. Flat.

The Flora...
“Standard” Sonoran stuff. Abundant wildflowers even now in January due to good rains. Mallows, poppies. Phacelia, fiddleneck, etc. Crested saguaro.

The Fauna...
Cool and windy so mostly saw track and scat. Deer, javelina, bobcat. Great jackrabbit area. Saw one black-tailed jackrabbit. Rock lifts found side-blotched lizard, centipedes, scorpion.

The Extra
Head up Brittlebush Trail for a couple miles. Beautiful desert views. Nice geology.

The End of trail...
Saddle Mountain Brewery, Goodyear.


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Quartz
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Dec 28 2018
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Hope Camp TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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thirstylizard
Hiking7.80 Miles 755 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles
755 ft AEG
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In Tucson with the twister (Twin + Sister) and decided to do the “Twin” Saguaro National Park(s). Thursday a quick hike near Signal Hill (West) and Friday, Hope Camp (East).

This triplog is only for the East-side of SNP.- Hope Camp Trail.

Snow on all the surrounding mountain tops, brisk air and warm sun made for a great hiking day anywhere near Tucson. Hope Camp was chosen because it appeared to have good sun exposure for this cold day and some things to see along the way. Popular with equestrians and cyclists, it sees plenty of visitors but not overwhelmingly so. Sedan accessible but the dirt road is a bit rutted for the last 3/4 mile.

This trail is mostly wide, flat and very exposed. No routing issues and plenty of signage for added trails. Some deer track and one antelope jackrabbit for mammal wildlife sightings and a few scorpions and centipedes under rocks. A couple of muddy water spots in the trail from the rain but nothing which required much navigation.

My twister is amazed at the intersects of the Arizona Trail we find on our outings. We may just have to do the entire AZT so we can connect all the random dots.

We gathered some seasonal hope at Hope Camp and then returned the same way.

We added the Ridge View Trail which is a superb add if you have the time. The sign says .8 but it is further if you take it all the way back to the end, past the saddle view of Rincon Peak.

The snow made the views special, but this Trailhead has something for everyone. A stop at Saguaro Corners for a bite before heading north.

And finally, a word of hope from Emily to warm us all at this chilly end of 2018.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
-Emily Dickinson

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Feather Dalea
Fauna
Fauna
Scorpion
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Dec 01 2018
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Bridal Wreath Falls LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2018
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Hiking7.52 Miles 1,320 AEG
Hiking7.52 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   1.98 mph
1,320 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Sometimes you get to check a hike off someone else’s list and also enjoy a new trail as well. A visit south on Saturday to saunter in the Saguaro National Park East and see the sights and hear the sounds of water streaming down sent us to Bridal Wreath Falls Loop, East of Tucson near Tanque Verde.

The small parking lot at the Douglas Springs Trailhead was overflowing by our 8am arrival. Low clouds hanging on the peaks slightly obscured the snow that arrived the day before.

Already warming, minimal layers were needed which is yet another selling feature of Arizona. Even local residents can migrate South to warm a few degrees.

The trail is in top notch condition and the trail signs for the loop are clear and very present. The climb starts gradually and then builds, creating a nicely paced workout. After stopping to shed the only extra layer, we saw some Fall color in one of the drainages as we approached the spur to the falls.

A little maneuvering in the rocks prior to falls lands you at the base. There was water falling but to describe it we decided it was more of a hand wash than a hair wash level. Nonetheless, we saw water fall at the waterfall.

All that glitters is not gold—sometimes it’s Mica. Shimmering in the southern sun, like the floor of a kindergarten class at Christmas.

Obligatory photos and then a return via the loop which, as the official write up indicates, is a stellar option.

The many drainages and washes indicate the amount of water that is present here. While not flowing, water in the natural catchments were present and most likely keep the critters watered all year long.

No goldfish at Steel Tank but one must honor the triplog by taking time to look and report.

As for other sightings - a few equestrians enjoying the trails and a few sulphurs flying around. In warmer weather, this place would be a wonderland.

An in theme stop at Saguaro Corners restaurant was the end of trail before heading home. An indoor/outdoor establishment which offers a nice selection of Tucson brews and home cooked chips sent us home satisfied. And if seated inside, a view outside to a man-made waterfall if your hike leaves you wanting.

One of the topics discussed on the hike out was the rating systems for hike logs and we both agreed they are skewed higher than lower because hikers are happy people and even more so when they get to do what they love.

Signed,
Self-aware Over-rater
Geology
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Mica
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Nov 17 2018
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Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2018
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Hiking9.64 Miles 567 AEG
Hiking9.64 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   2.44 mph
567 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
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West Side Story...

A few jets overhead and (land) sharks on the ground. We managed an exclusive showing of the Eagletails. While it is easy to be a soloist on this trail, a duet is nice so someone can take photos of you on a grand stage, with a backdrop so beautiful, you will be singing “I feel pretty, oh so pretty!”

Follow the written driving directions for the trailhead as a digital vortex must exist as you near La Paz County. Cairns guide you through a flat trail ending at the canvas wall. Meander up and down and scout around for petroglyphs and other life forms. Fully exposed trail so better done in cooler temperatures. Higher clearance vehicle preferred although I have seen some Corollas in unexpected places.
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Nov 12 2018
thirstylizard
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 cave creek, az
Lime Creek Cabin - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2018
thirstylizard
Hiking10.40 Miles 2,535 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles
2,535 ft AEG
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As described, this hike is tougher than the mileage and AEG represent as the footing takes constant decision making.

With that disclaimer out of the way, it was worth the challenge. The trail traverses beautiful and varied sights—botany, geology, archeology and biology are your hosts for the day—and they spoil you in grand Arizona style.

Windy and cooler weather and a later hike start may have precluded wildlife sightings, but track and scat gave us insight to area residents.

Overgrowth exists, but wasn’t too much that work arounds were needed. The hike was showy with fairy dusters and four o’clocks— most likely enhanced from the October rains. The views off the bench below the saddle descent is all you need to make this your turnaround point. But alas, we had a few points of interest to see further down into the creek.

The fall foliage along Lime Creek was a more brilliant turn of orange and yellow than the trail ties leading us through the creek passage to the cabin. Perhaps a few off trail turns could happen here but eventually you get where you need to be. Two human relics, a canteen and camp chair were the only signs of civilization as we made our way to the cabin.

At the cabin, we were cordially met by one of the two, Coues deer hunters camping at the cabin for an extended hunting opportunity. We toured around and spent lunch exchanging information and drinking the spring water nearby before setting off to find the petroglyphs.

Another point of interest worthy of finding, we spent some time following along the wall looking at the old and newer graffiti.

Back down the wash, past the cabin to the return, the hunter, lacking connection to the outside world asked about the election results and we complied adding that he should be happy to be the Senator of Lime Creek and the world beyond need not disrupt him. How lovely to be out of communication signal and to rely on passerby’s news to connect you to happenings beyond the creek. (Life Goal)

That return trip is something of a workout. Okay, it was tough. Thankful to have the fastest hiker of the group holding open the gate at the saddle for those of us further behind.

Like every hike, the last mile finds me savoring the moment and kind of sad to see it ending which, other than the truck starting, is the best way to end any hike.
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Oct 27 2018
thirstylizard
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 cave creek, az
Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
thirstylizard
Hiking12.55 Miles 973 AEG
Hiking12.55 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   2.10 mph
973 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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Lovely day spent in the wilderness. Perfect weather for the hike. Costumes and company along the way... we were the company not the costumes. We felt the same awkwardness one feels showing up to a cocktail party in workout clothes as most hikers we encountered knew how to dress for this hike. Everyone was in a festive mood and the hike was terrific.

Some water running along the way, leaves changing but other than a couple of lizards, no wildlife seen. Given the recent rains, a mix of a few wildflowers and green grass also present with the changing leaves.

Plenty of cairns and ties to keep us moving to the better foot paths through the canyon. A nice rest at the cabin and then a non-stop return to the trailhead.

A stop at Porters in Superior for post hike reflections. Best advice for the hike? Wear the tutu!
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Evolvulus Arizonicus, penstemon, verbena, trailing four o’clocks
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Sep 08 2018
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 cave creek, az
Cholla Mountain Loop from Brown's Ranch THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2018
thirstylizard
Hiking6.77 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking6.77 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   3.15 mph
470 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Took Brown’s Ranch Road Trail to the Maverick Trail to Cholla Mountain Loop. Some confession time at Cathedral Rock, then the loop. Cyclists were in the mix but we all managed kindness and civility.

Nice mushroom rock and a crested Saguaro added to the enjoyment—the Gila Monster must have been hiking elsewhere.

Loved the hike but then again, I say that every hike.
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Brown's Mountain - Scottsdale MSP
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Jul 07 2018
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 cave creek, az
Thumb Butte South Area LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2018
thirstylizard
Hiking
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Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326
Miller Creek Trail #367
Garden Grove Trail #392
Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326

Calling this the "opposable thumb" hike. As in I am not "opposed" to the Thumb, but thought I would make use of the other options today. No track kept,but I was out for two hours. A couple of meet & greets on the trail and the usual plant and lizard photo distractions.

Started at Thumb Butte Trailhead. Overnight rain residue was present, with some muddy trails and some little catchments of water in Miller Creek. Nothing too much, but glad to see it anyway.

This is a great little loop. Incline so slow, you barely know you are ascending. Much signage and trails mixing in and out. Best to download tracks for the entire area so you can see what's what.

Wildlife was limited to lizards, pups and yes, some friendly opposable thumb types.

*$5 Permit Fee for Thumb Butte Parking Area - Good for the day at any permit location in the Prescott National Forest.
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May 20 2018
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Tramway Maxwell LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2018
thirstylizard
Hiking6.03 Miles 968 AEG
Hiking6.03 Miles
968 ft AEG
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I am calling this the upside / downside hike... A welcome repeat trek from last year, this hike was to include a friend who couldn’t figure out hike routing on her own last summer and requested some guiding assistance.

Logistics planned for weeks, she had to bailout the night before (downside). The balance of the group decided to move ahead with the plan (upside). With forest access closing everywhere (downside), we knew to take advantage of some of these spots while we can.

I believe I enjoyed the "upside" of this hike better than the "downside" this trip. The upside would include the part of the hike that most consider the cumbersome hiking on the roads between the two actual trailheads. The upside should not be discounted as we encountered five, white-tailed deer, two pronghorn, a black-tailed jackrabbit, Abert's squirrel and a somewhat compliant horned lizard. One of the white-tailed deer met me face to face at the the start of the Tramway Trail - by the scat we put underfoot down to the creek, the Tramway is the preferred route to the water for them.

The downside of the loop (in the canyon) was lovely as well as we managed to get our feet wet, enjoy the lushness and beauty of West Clear Creek with a few flower finds and plenty of quiet and solitude.

Encountered an hour and thirty minute delay on I-17 coming home (downside) but fortunately, good conversation and nice snacks kept our moods on the upside.


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