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Oct 24 2021
ShatteredArm
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 Phoenix, AZ
Atascosa Lookout Trail #100Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 24 2021
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Run/Jog5.00 Miles 1,730 AEG
Run/Jog5.00 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   3.37 mph
1,730 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Spent a few days out in the Patagonia Mountains again, and decided to tag this one on the way back home. Trail is a little overgrown, but the grade is such that a good amount of the trail is runnable where it's relatively clear. One other vehicle at the trailhead, so I figured I ought to see someone at some point. Heard voices somewhere about a mile in, but didn't actually see their owners; must've been off trail.

There were really just two bad patches of catclaw, although my legs looked like there were more. View at the top was outstanding, and makes the somewhat unpleasant trail worthwhile.

Caught up to the owners of the other vehicle just as I got to the TH. They said they saw me and were debating whether I'd get back before them. One of the guys was 87 years old.

I'm going to go ahead and assume this is an FKT. Because who else would be dumb enough to try and run this?
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Oct 09 2021
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Cape SolitudeNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 09 2021
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Backpack33.20 Miles 3,889 AEG
Backpack33.20 Miles1 Day   2 Hrs   52 Mns   
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A couple weeks ago a friend reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in going to Cape Solitude, and I said, of course. I hadn't ever done any serious dry camping, but I figured it's just like wet camping, but with a heavier pack...

Saturday
Started out with 6L total water, but figured I wouldn't need that much since it wasn't going to be very hot. Relatively uneventful for the first 4.5 miles or so, then we dropped out packs for a side excursion to Comanche Point. Armed with my phone, GPS/topo, about 16oz of Nuun and absolutely zero research on the route (on my part at least), we headed out. I figured there were two possibilities: head up the ridge to the north and drop down to the drainage, or take the road towards the drainage and drop down where it's shallower. I suggested the latter since I had no clue how steep the drainage would be. The actual climb up Comanche Point was steep at first but very straightforward, with no real scrambling required. The side trip was extremely worthwhile, with Comanche Point being one of the more interesting views along the rim that I've experienced. It was a new perspective on the canyon, and I really appreciated the sheer amount of red in the area below.

We took the other route back to our packs, as the climb back up to the ridge looked easy once we saw it, and I'd agree with others who would suggest this is the preferred route. If I had a do-over, I'd have dropped the packs at the start of the climb at the point, and then followed the drainage all the way down to reconnect with the Cape Solitude trail at the Navajo Nation boundary.

After returning to the packs, we hiked a couple more miles and dropped some water under some juniper trees, which were few and far between the rest of the way. The 2nd half of the hike out to Cape Solitude is mostly flat and desolate, but also easier walking. We found a few juniper trees a quarter of a mile from Cape Solitude and decided to camp there, so we dropped our packs and wandered the rest of the way to enjoy the sunset at the overlook. What a sunset it was!

Went back to camp and got my tent set up in the last throes of twilight, and made dinner in the dark. As we were settling in, it started sprinkling, and soon after the wind gusts picked up. This kinda put the kibosh on any real evening socializing for me, as I was a little worried my tent would blow away. After ~4 sleepless hours, I had the crazy idea to actually take off the rain fly on my tent so as to make it less sail-like, and this actually worked, with the tradeoff being less heat retention.

Sunday
Got everything packed up and ready to go by 7:30am or so. Just before setting off, I saw some mud under my pack, and the bite valve on my bladder detached, and learned that I had accidentally dumped a liter of water. Fortunately I had a half liter left in a bottle (although there was plenty to spare in the group), so it really just meant that my pack was a liter lighter. But on a different day a silly mistake like this could be catastrophic...

The hike back was uneventful, slightly grueling, and we managed it in a little under 5 hours.

Overall it was a great little trip, although I'm not really in a hurry to go back to Cape Solitude. The camping isn't great and the hike there isn't super scenic. Honestly I thought Comanche Point was more interesting, and I'm really glad our trip leader had that on the itinerary.
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Sep 18 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Plain 100, WA 
Plain 100, WA
 
Run/Jog avatar Sep 18 2021
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Run/Jog106.00 Miles 21,000 AEG
Run/Jog106.00 Miles1 Day   11 Hrs   17 Mns   
21,000 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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This is it, everything I was working towards this year. Plain 100 is a self-supported 106ish mile mountain run with no course markings, and probably one of the five or so most difficult-to-finish ultra races in the US.

I wasn't super confident going into it, but I've been wanting to try it for years.

Forest Roads
Out and back to Thousand Trails Lodge and then a grind up to Maverick Saddle as the sun rose.

Mad River
A mile on this trail, lush, first water stop.

Hi Yu
Steep up to the top of the ridge, then lots of ups and downs. Bit of a rough trail.

Lost Lake
Smooth downhill back to Mad River. This section was a breeze, started drizzling near the end.

Blue Creek
Gradual uphill, nice scenery, the "Two Little Lakes" were pretty.

North Tommy
Nice flat meadow early, then uphill to the Klone Peak spur. Had to summit, apparently it's honor system though. Race director's philosophy is that the type of people who sign up for this don't tend to try and cheat. Got some light snow up there, and the idea that it's cold out really set in. The continuation of North Tommy was fun, about a mile of burn scar. Hit the road for some quad pounding.

Middle Tommy
Short, steep downhill to Entiat River

South Tommy
This is where it starts to get fun. Flat mile, then the last water for 14 miles, then an impossibly steep 5000 foot climb in about 6 miles.

Tyee Ridge
Decided here that I would be calling it quits at the end of the first loop. Spent the few miles up there hanging with a couple of guys who were struggling. Good views up there.

Billy Creek
Nice long downhill, felt good again, decided here that I would be continuing on to the second loop. The last couple miles offers some opportunities to fall off the mountain if you're not careful. Flashlight came out near the end.

Mad River
Four miles of moderate uphill back to Maverick Saddle to close the loop. Once back on the road, was back to jogging. Got back to the start/aid in about 18 hours flat.

45 minutes at the aid station, enjoyed a nice hamburger and soup. Actually felt pretty good about my finishing chances at this point given I had 17.25 hours to complete the 2nd loop.

Lower Chiwawa
Spent the first 7 miles accompanied by another runner, we were about to get sucked into the infamous "Goose Creek Vortex" when another runner rescued us at the last minute. Last couple miles of this stretch were spent chatting with someone from Iowa.

Chickamin Creek
Good steep uphill for a couple miles, then rollers for the next four or so. Seemed to take forever. Then the sun came up. After the road crossing, it was gradual climbing and really nice scenery, maybe my favorite part of the course.

Pond Camp
Couple ups, couple downs, then a drop down to Mad River. This section went fairly well.

Mad River (again)
Pretty flat, but at this point I was relegated to a slow shuffle. Everything hurt.

Alder Ridge
6.5 hours left until cutoff, found out I have four extra miles to cover than I realized. Still plenty of time, but I can't dawdle. Saw my first motorcycles of the day, and they were legion. Levels out a little for a few miles and this was excruciatingly long. Finally started to feel a bit warm for the first time in this run.

Lower Chiwawa
7 miles left with 3 hours to cutoff. Refilled water for the final time and set off. At this point I was totally disconnected, sleep deprived, and in a weird hallucinogenic state. Somehow managed to keep going, if only because it hurt to sit down. The last couple miles seemed extra long, but eventually saw the finish line and snapped back into reality. 40 minutes to spare.

Got it done somehow. Second loop was absolutely miserable. Super proud to have pulled this off, the speed work over the course of the year was key. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, but I will try and trick my friends into trying it anyways.
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Sep 11 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Upper Lemmon Canyon & PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2021
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Hiking11.67 Miles 2,298 AEG
Hiking11.67 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   2.24 mph
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Was looking for something really mellow with water, since I'm taking it easy ahead of next weekend's adventure. I had been wanting to check out Lemmon Pools for some time, so decided to give this a go. Opted on a Mint Springs start so as to minimize elevation gain along the way.

Got to a spot where there was flagging leading south from WoR trail, so I figured this must be the official unofficial route to the pools... Unfortunately this only lasted like 50 feet. I had seen a few gps routes before, but was mostly just operating on memory and topo map, so we were really just kinda scrambling through the rock playground until we found a way down to the creek.

The first spot we got to was a cool narrow section, but it dropped dramatically downstream from there, so we left the creek and made our way to a side canyon that drained into Lemmon Creek farther downstream. Here was some more really cool stuff, but not what I believed to be "the pools". Went downstream to where it really started to drop, and made our way back upstream until we found a nice shaded pool (still not "the pool") and relaxed there for half an hour or so.

Took a more direct route on the way out, with some light scrambling.

I think we overshot "the" Lemmon Pools, but the areas we saw were a lot of fun nonetheless.
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Sep 06 2021
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Webb Peak Trail #345Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2021
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Hiking2.10 Miles 535 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles      49 Mns   2.86 mph
535 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Decided to do a little stroll on my way down from the mountains. One of my shoes has developed a hole in the upper so big that I got a branch wedged under my foot yesterday, so I figured I may as well just do this one in sandals.

First part is nice, then you enter the burn scar, which is on its way to being nice again. New aspens are already 10+ feet tall in the flat area.

Trail is easy to follow the whole way, not too much deadfall. The summit view is good, but might be better if you can get up onto the tower.

Originally planned on doing the loop around down to Ash Creek trail, but ~30 feet into the southbound stretch it seemed to receive far less maintenance than the part up the mountain, and I thought unmaintained trail through a burn scar would not necessarily be ideal in sandals.
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Sep 05 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
West Peak, AZ 
West Peak, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Sep 05 2021
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Run/Jog14.94 Miles 3,909 AEG
Run/Jog14.94 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.91 mph
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The goal of the weekend was mainly to get out and car camp, but I wanted to do something kinda long on Sunday. This seemed to be the most obvious choice in the Pinalenos.

I camped in an aspen grove just to the SE of Clark Peak TH, and started the "run" from my campsite. Once on Clark Peak Trail, I noticed that it was noticeably more overgrown with green foliage than it was a few short months ago. Regardless, the trail was pretty easy to follow all the way to the flat, burned area covered with ferns. There was actually water flowing here, which I believe is the headwaters of North Taylor Canyon.

The next stretch the routefinding was more difficult. For a quarter mile or so there are cairns to follow, but I missed where the trail disappeared into a thicket and had to pull out my phone, onto which I had fortunately downloaded an offline map. Once about halfway down to Taylor Pass, the trail became more obvious.

At Taylor Pass, there was an unreadable trail sign and not much sign of a trail heading down the north side. I think I could see where the trail went down the south side. I think it's a fair bet Taylor Trail would be quite the adventure. The trail west of Taylor Pass was actually pretty easy to follow the whole way up to the road, if overgrown in a few places.

I had originally designed to do the Blue Jay Ridge loop, but a West Peak summit was already going to be ~15 miles, I was kinda dreading the way back, and I wasn't really sure what kind of condition Blue Jay would be in. Plus it looked like an area that would be worthy of visiting on its own.

The return actually took me less time, most likely because I didn't have any issues finding the route in the reverse direction. I did see a bear perched on an impossibly small branch about a mile east of the pass, really the only time I've been able to sit and stare at a bear in the wild without it running away.
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Aug 29 2021
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Engineer Super Loop, CO 
Engineer Super Loop, CO
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 29 2021
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Run/Jog23.88 Miles 4,657 AEG
Run/Jog23.88 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   3.72 mph
4,657 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Wanted something with 20+ miles and fairly proximate to Durango, so I decided the Engineer Mountain loop might be worth checking out. I didn't bother to do any research to find out how long this loop is, so I figured if I get to the junction with Engine Creek trail and I think I need more miles, I can add on something.

The climb up to the base of Engineer Mountain is very long and not very steep. Pretty consistent ~500 feet/mile. It was a grind, but a nice, pleasant trail through meadows and woods. Once at the base of the mountain, it was at or just below tree line the rest of the way. The miles went fast, and before I knew it, I was at Engine Creek trail, but only about 8.3 miles in. I decided I ought to at least go up to the pass, since there would likely be a great view.

The climb up to the pass was the steepest part of the day, but it was well worth it. Three drainages meet up there (Engine/Cascade, West Lime, and South Mineral), with views of Rolling Mountain, Twin Sisters, Sultan Mountain and Grand Turk, and Kendrick. Oh, I already forgot about Engineer Mountain to the South! Tundra everywhere you can see, a truly amazing spot. So spectacular that I forgot about how lazy I am and decided to continue around the loop up to Rolling Pass. This afforded views further into South Mineral, including some spots I recognized, like Ice Lakes basin and the road up to Clear Lake.

This part was on the well-groomed Colorado Trail, so I made pretty good time down the south side of the pass to the junction with White Creek trail. I ran into a couple of mountain bikers at the junction, and asked them which way back is fastest, and they said Engine Creek is most direct. I had been considering taking CO trail all the way to Greysill, but was at 12 miles at the point, so I figured more direct is nice.

White Creek trail was levelish and runnable, and also kinda scenic (but then again all the trails there are scenic). Got to Engine Creek and found the loop to be ~7 miles total, and well worth it. Engine Creek was also very pretty, with mostly red rocks reminiscent of the Maroon Bells. Some areas lower in the canyon seem to be showing some signs of bark beetle... Won't be long before they're well-established in the Silverton area.

By the time I got to Cascade Trail, I was feeling like I was ready to be done. Right when I got to where the trail on the west side of the creek joins back up, I saw the mountain bikers from earlier - they had come down Greysill. Good timing! Looped back around to the trailhead and that was that. Actually felt pretty good, all things considered.

Highly recommend this area, particularly the loop over Rolling Pass.
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Aug 28 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hesperus MountainSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Run/Jog14.13 Miles 4,351 AEG
Run/Jog14.13 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.29 mph
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Thought this one would be fun since it's one of the Navajo sacred peaks. The "standard" route is only ~5 miles RT, and I needed more miles, so I started all the way over off the Echo Basin loop road, at the end of FR566A, which is also the start of the Golconda Trail 173. This trail is an old road that is now only legal for vehicles up to 55" wide.

Foot was hurting a little on the jog down to Trail 183 (Owens Connector Trail), so I was a bit worried. 183, along with West Mancos Trail, are legal for motorcycles. West Mancos Trail was nice, and it was early enough in the morning that the motorcycle crowd was still asleep...

At about 4.5 miles the trail was heading up, and I saw a couple who had left the trail, so I thought this must be the area to start heading up. Once I got to a clearing, I could see the ridge - the scree slope, along with the "grassy slope" I had heard about. I decided to shoot for that, since I like traction. The going wasn't too tough in the lower sections; I mostly followed clearings whenever possible. After about half a mile off trail, it started getting really steep - climbed about 1,000 feet in about half a mile. Gaining the ridgeline was a relief.

Once on the ridge, the route was obvious. There was *maybe* one spot that could've been easy class 3, for the most part it was just hiking on loose scree and talus. After a couple of false summits I made it to the top, and took in the view for a few minutes.

Went back down to where I had gained the ridge, and saw the couple from earlier heading back down. I guess they decided to only do the hard part... I decided at this point to just follow the ridge all the way down, which was really nice until I hit the trees. This it was slower going, but nothing terrible. A couple times I ran across cairns, so I think at one point the entire ridge must have been a more popular route...

I was relieved to be back on trail, and only ran into one group of motorcycles on West Mancos trail. Took a little detour on the way back to the Golconda site, then back up the old road to the gate.
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Aug 27 2021
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Knife Edge TrailSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2021
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Little diversion before hitting my favorite brewery in SW Colorado. Some pain in the bottom of my foot had me a little worried about the next couple of days with big miles planned.

The trail (old road grade) is OK I guess. Good views, that's about it. Not as cool as the name made it sound.
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Aug 22 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hannagan meandering, AZ 
Hannagan meandering, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 22 2021
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Run/Jog13.59 Miles 1,431 AEG
Run/Jog13.59 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   3.62 mph
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Bit of an ill-fated day, didn't get a whole lot of sleep after I saw a wolf jog by in the middle of the night. The plan was to go down Fish Creek trail. Got to Hannagan TH in time for a 7am start, and immediately got lost in the campground. Wandered around a bit looking for the trail, then went back, when I found a "Fish Creek Tr" sign about 15 feet off the main trail, with no visible route. I followed blazes, with a few stretches of what seemed to be tread, to a fire road west of the campground. Wandered down the road a bit looking for the continuation, but decided it must have been right on the other side. Indeed, I found the tread, which quickly disappeared into thick locust. The upper part of this trail is pretty much a no-go at this point, unless you like climbing over deadfall while being scraped to death.

Headed back up to the TH, debating on whether to just go to a different TH, but decided to check out the Aker Lake trail (spelled "Achre" on the trail signs). This was a nice meandering trail, with only a few slightly overgrown patches. The lake itself had one of those ambiguous shorelines where there's tall grass and you're not really sure whether you're in or out of the lake. Probably easier to go around the south side.

Decided to take the dirt road back to 191 and cross over the highway to make a loop. Headed down KP Rim trail, which is all through burn scar, but well-trimmed. Took the Steeple connector north, which I had done previous day. Not much changed over a period of 20 or so hours, but I was surprised to find I had left plenty of raspberries unpicked.

Intended to explore down Upper Grant Creek a bit, but the trail quickly disappeared into raspberry vines. Didn't really want to deal with that, so I decided to check out Clell Lee Spring trail instead. This trail was A-OK, a nice gentle grade down a pretty valley, ending up at the spring, where there's the remains of what could be an old building. After this it was just a jog back up to Hannagan Meadow.
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Aug 21 2021
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Paradise Park loop, AZ 
Paradise Park loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 21 2021
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Run/Jog18.29 Miles 3,014 AEG
Run/Jog18.29 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   3.39 mph
3,014 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Was going to go down to the Pinalenos, but had to make a last minute change of plans, so headed up to Hannagan Meadow. I'd been meaning to check out the Blue Range area for awhile, but the last couple of trips out there, fire deterred me. Started out on Foote Creek trail, and took that to P Bar Lake. Saw what I thought was a bear running across the trail ahead of me at one point.

Turned south on Grant Creek Trail, and followed it down to Paradise trail. Paradise trail was slightly harder to follow, but still nice. Got down to Grant Creek, where there was decent flow and a nice campsite. Continued on Paradise Trail and ran up on a bear that was probably napping. Nothing to worry about there either, all I saw was his backside.

After Moonshine Park, started hitting the burn area, and the trail got more overgrown. A couple of harder to follow spots on the Steeple Creek side. Steeple was all moonscape. Heard a wolf howling when I got to the creek, but didn't get a visual. The climb up Steeple trail seemed like it was like 10 miles long, but at least it has been cleaned, and had minimal deadfall and not too much locust. In the higher elevation raspberries started appearing, and I probably ate a couple pounds of them along the way.

The connector trail through the upper Grant Creek basins was all moonscape, but despite the tread being nonexistent in places, it was pretty easy to find the way. Burn got a little less severe after crossing the main arm of Grant Creek.

Good day overall, and a decent first Blue Range outing.

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Aug 15 2021
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Horton lollipop, AZ 
Horton lollipop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 15 2021
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Run/Jog18.50 Miles 3,340 AEG
Run/Jog18.50 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   4.11 mph
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After yesterday's debacle, I decided to head somewhere with a little more shade. Horton Creek seemed like a good bet, with various options depending on how I feel. Hiked most of the way up Horton Creek, took a break at the spring, which I decided I don't even need to filter (we'll see if I end up regretting that decision). There was a group camped near the spring, which is off-limits according to the sign at the top of Horton Springs trail, but there were no notices at the more logical entrances, so I'll give them a pass.

I had gone down Horton Springs trail a few years ago, but got off route, and ended up at the Horton Creek/Highline junction. Turns out it's a lot easier to follow in the uphill direction.

Nice cool air on the rim, I always forget how nice it is up there. FR300 was tolerable, with a slight downhill grade, good views, and limited traffic. Got some good running in here.

This was my first time on Babe Haught trail, which was the only official trail up/down the rim I hadn't seen yet. I actually quite liked it, despite the lack of trees. Took a break at Tonto Creek, and when just about to head out on Highline, got distracted by a large berry patch.

Highline was far less miserable than expected, on account of good cloud cover by this point. Back at Horton Springs I filled up again, then back down Horton Creek trail, which I felt good enough to run down at a decent pace. Half way down I caught my foot on a rock and went down, and managed to escape with just a couple of bruises, and without even drawing blood.

Pretty much was the opposite of yesterday.
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Aug 14 2021
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Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 14 2021
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Run/Jog16.60 Miles 2,700 AEG
Run/Jog16.60 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   3.23 mph
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Decided that with highs in Phoenix being in the 90s, it might be a good excuse to head to Sedona during the summer. Had several ideas on the way up, but landed on Wilson Mountain. Started from Jordan TH because I wanted at least 15 miles.

Jim Thompson to Wilson Mountain trail went alright. On the climb up to the bench things started going off the rails, but I just chalked that up to the climb, and figured it would be better at the top. Up there, even on the flats, I could barely run, like my circulatory system was just in complete rebellion. So I hiked a bunch on the way to the north lookout, down to the south lookout, and on the way down.

Truth is, it was hot, even on top of the mountain. I think I was actually experiencing heat exhaustion.

Got back down to JT, and decided to forgo any possible side trips and just get back to the car. Found a pothole with cool water about a mile and a half from the end, and that helped a little.

Thermostat on the car read the same temperature leaving Sedona is it did when I got into Phoenix. Don't recall the last time I was this miserable out on the trails.

dry Wilson Canyon Dry Dry
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Aug 08 2021
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Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Run/Jog8.50 Miles 1,540 AEG
Run/Jog8.50 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   2.24 mph
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Decided to give Abbey's Way another shot for some reason. Started at the Workman gate, and hiked up to the TH (a little under a mile and a half). Found where I made the mistake last time, and got a good hundred feet or so farther before I lost the trail again. Hunted around a bit, went back to a blue ribbon hanging on a tree thinking that might signify a missed turn (turns out we were already off the route at this point). Went up into a clearing, and found what seemed like paths for decent stretches, but eventually got into thick locust. Finally we said screw it and hiked up to the ridge, a little bit of miserable locust through there, but once on the ridge it was a clear shot to the summit.

So I guess I'm 0/2 on following this trail now. Probably the best would be to skip the turn towards the peak on the north side of the meadow, and just take a more northerly route to the ridge, and go around the locust thicket entirely. Satellite seems to indicate this is possible.

Originally was going to head down to Rim Trail and add a little, but the thicket beat me up once again. Leisurely jog back down via the road, with several stops to snack on berries along the way.

Aztec Peak is only 4.5 miles from the Workman gate via the road. Worth doing while the road is closed.
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Aug 07 2021
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Mingus Gaddes, AZ 
Mingus Gaddes, AZ
 
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Run/Jog14.84 Miles 2,754 AEG
Run/Jog14.84 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   3.30 mph
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Didn't have a lot of ideas hanging around, but wanted to get 15-20 miles, not too far away, and not too hot, so I thought of Mingus Mountain. Drew up a route starting at FR413 where they had an aid station at Man Against Horse, up the mountain, then the loop up around the north of the mountain, and down to 413 via TR 108.

Got started a little after 8, and hiked most of the first uphill mile. Was already warmer than I would've liked, but not terrible. The flat, rocky top of Mingus was a bit cooler early on. Crossed over Gaddes Canyon, then got to the forest road up to the lookout. From there it was a short jog along the road to the drop off the mountain. However, it turns out the north half of Mingus Mountain is currently closed for a logging operation, so that was a no go. I didn't want to go down the hot exposed east side of the mountain just to go back up, so I decided to add distance later on in Gaddes Canyon.

Headed down the road to TR 108. It was very rocky and hard to make good time on, but eventually I got down to FR413. Had to hunt around a bit for the trail, since my FS topo map (FS topo maps are the worst) had the trail on the north side of the creek, when it's really 100 feet or so south of it.

I decided I'd go down Gaddes Canyon (below the road it runs into Black Canyon trail) until the trail leaves the creek. I think that was about 2 miles. This turned out to be the most enjoyable part of the route; there was water flowing out of the ground about a quarter mile down from the road, and the creek had decent flow the rest of the way. This helped ease my mind about whether I'd run out of water before I got back to the Jeep...

Below the spring the canyon was nice and lush. I even stopped at a few places to try and see if I could find any berries. Eventually got to the part where the trail exits into manzanita and other scrub, and decided I didn't want that. Started going down the actual creek for a bit, but it was slow going and, as much as I wanted to see where it starts a precipitous drop, I didn't feel like rock hopping.

Filled up at the spring on the way back (probably didn't even need to filter). Knew I was close to the road when I heard a really loud gunshot. Welcome to AZ. The upper part of Gaddes Canyon was not as interesting, but it wasn't bad, and the flow resumed (though much lighter) where the canyon turned north.

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Dry at FR413. Consistent flow starting about a quarter mile downstream from the road. Also a trickle in the upper part of the canyon between Gaddes Canyon trail and where the canyon bends east.
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Not Quite Aztec Peak, AZ 
Not Quite Aztec Peak, AZ
 
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Run/Jog13.00 Miles 3,291 AEG
Run/Jog13.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.52 mph
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Decided to venture out into the Sierra Ancha after a fairly long absence. Plan was to head up Parker Creek, take Abbey's Way to Aztec Peak, then connect with Rim Trail and take that back to Parker Creek.

First part of the plan went well; really liked Parker Creek despite quite a bit of itch-causing vegetation growing over the trail. Scenery was nice, and liked having the sound of the creek for atmosphere. East of the saddle the overgrown vegetation changed from itchy to scratchy, and I couldn't wait to get to Workman Creek Rd.

Once on Abbey's Way trail, I thought things were looking up, when I followed the cairned path right into a locust thicket. Thinking I had lost the trail, I poked around the bushes for something else, and decided to go cross country to the line on my topo map. I found what seemed to be tracks from time to time, but every single one got choked out within 100 feet. At this point I was just pushing through the thicket trying to find the path of least resistance, but it got worse the farther in I got. Seeing that I was still probably a good quarter mile from the summit, I decided to call it, and turned around. Figured at least I probably don't have to worry about snakes at this elevation. I'm now convinced that I have some sort of paranormal ability to alter reality with my mind, because I heard an AZ black rattlesnake just a couple minutes later. Figures!

Got back to the meadow and had an enjoyable mile or so back to Parker Creek trail, with some impromptu snacking on wild raspberries along the way. Once back to Parker Creek proper, filled up on water, and hike/jogged back down at a leisurely pace.

Love the beauty and ruggedness of this range, but next time I need a flamethrower.

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Jul 24 2021
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Salida / Sevenmile / Ranch loop, AZ 
Salida / Sevenmile / Ranch loop, AZ
 
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Run/Jog14.81 Miles 1,732 AEG
Run/Jog14.81 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   4.83 mph
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Kind of a last minute plan, decided after I woke up to head to Prescott. Had the Salida Gulch area on the mind, and saw some maps suggesting Sevenmile Gulch could potentially allow for a bigger loop. Didn't really have a plan or do any research, though. Got to Ranch TH and jogged down to Lynx Ruin TH, then followed the road to Salida Gulch TH. Followed the trail up the bottom of the drainage to the spring, then found the junction for the connector down to Lynx Lake. Didn't know if this was an actual trail or just a line on a map, but since it was marked, I took it.

Got to the lake, now headed back toward the car, and decided I have enough energy for a diversion, so I headed through the culvert under Walker Rd to Sevenmile TH, and headed up. Didn't know this trail system allows motor vehicles, but only saw two motorcycles on trail so NBD. Lots of motorcycle trails heading off every which way, so didn't know if I was on the right trail, but figured eventually I'd hit the circle trail if I kept heading west. After a steep climb out of the gulch, hit a T junction, and headed north. After about a half mile I came upon the Ranch Trail connector.

Ranch Trail was a lot longer than I would've liked, but at this point I at least knew that this would bring me back to the TH, so that was nice.

Weather was good, just a few sprinkles while on the ranch/circle trail, and about as temperate as one can expect this time of year.
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Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking7.65 Miles 2,474 AEG
Hiking7.65 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   3.23 mph
2,474 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
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Forgot to log this... Was pretty achy from Colorado, but decided to summit Bill Williams since it just opened. Mostly a hike, decent weather. Nice pretty mixed conifer forest on the north side.
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Jul 08 2021
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Weminuche backpack, CO 
Weminuche backpack, CO
 
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Backpack52.26 Miles 9,323 AEG
Backpack52.26 Miles2 Days   21 Hrs   49 Mns   
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1st trip
Heading out into the Weminuche for a few days was goal #2 for my week+ trip to CO. Didn't do a whole lot of research, but I was familiar with the Vallecito area, and it looked like there were a lot of route options plus easy access at Pine River TH.

Thursday
Showed up to Pine River TH before lunch and was on the trail by 11:30am. The first few miles through Granite Peak Ranch were serene but fairly uninteresting. Once past the wilderness boundary, the valley opened up and there were tons of amazing meadow campsites. One doesn't have to go far into the wilderness here to have a great experience. The first six miles to the Lake Fork Junction were fast and pleasant.

The scene got even better after climbing up to the next long stretch of meadows, where there is still great camping and a little more solitude. At around 2:30pm, storms started threatening, so I bagged the electronics. It barely managed a sprinkle however, and when the sun came back out, removed them...only for it to start raining a little more. I guess the best way to stop rain is to put your electronics in a bag.

Didn't even see the Flint Creek junction when I crossed the creek, but knew it was there. At around 4:30pm the clouds got just a bit more threatening, and I decided to start looking for a campsite. Got to Sierra Vandera junction around 5pm, and decided to take the next available spot. There was a good campsite 100 yards or so west of the junction, but I didn't like it as much from a lightning standpoint as much as the clearing at the junction. Looked around for the continuation of Pine Creek Trail, but couldn't find it, and set up camp. Started making dinner but was thwarted by the rain's arrival. Had a bit of a gap around 6:15 during which I was able to cook dinner, but it started raining before I could eat. So I ate in the tent, which I know you're not supposed to do, but I didn't want to get wet... Rain stopped for good by 7pm, after which I checked out the start of Sierra Vandera Trail again, and unsuccessfully hunted for the continuation of Pine Creek Trail.

Friday
Woke up at 6am and decided to try to "punch through" further up Pine Creek before breakfast, to see if I stumbled on the trail. Followed the line on the FS topo map, and stumbled on the trail a hundred yards or so from the campsite, and it was easy going from there, with occasional deadfall. For the first time I was noticing the devastation spruce and fir beetles have done to this area. The lower part of the canyon, possibly due to higher species diversity, wasn't too bad, but up here some stands were almost completely dead. Passed the guard station (still used sometimes, according to Gabe, who we'll meet in a bit), then headed up to Granite Lake, which was OK. After heading back down, I took a side trip up to Divide Lake, where I met the first other humans of the day.

Beelined it back to camp, and found the trail ends up about 50 feet from where my tent was. Guess I'm blind. Ate breakfast and was packed up and ready to go by 10:30am, when Gabe rode in on a horse with two young daughters on mules. He introduced himself, we chatted for a bit, and he told me about a connector trail from Moon Lake to Rock Lake which offered a more interesting route than I had planned on. Originally was going to go up La Osa and down Flint Creek, but abandoned it when I couldn't find Pine Creek Trail - I had decided on heading back down to the Lake Fork junction, and then day hiking to Moon Lake the next day. Hiking up Flint Creek and going down Lake Fork sounded more fun for sure. Gabe told me I can stay at their camp if I'd like, and there would be steak. I told him I'd decide when I get there...

So I headed down to Flint Creek, then went up a mile and a half or so, where I found their camp right under the Pope's Nose. Was noncommittal, but a little tired, so I decided to take a short nap and decide after. By 12:30pm, storms were rolling in again, and Gabe and Co returned just as it started raining. As the rain continued, and got heavier, it was decided - dry shelter and good company just sounded much nicer than climbing over deadfall in the rain. That afternoon I learned that Gabe spends the majority of his time out there, moves camp every two weeks per regulation, and cuts downed trees so he could get his horses through (of course, we all benefit from this!). If you're ever in the Weminuche, look for Gabe.

Saturday
Woke up early, hoping to be off by 7am, because I wanted to be up and over the pass before any storms arrived (even though prior to the trip the forecast called for a dry Saturday). Ate, packed up, and thanked Gabe and kids for the hospitality, and was off by 7:30. The mile or two they hadn't cleared yet was a bit miserable, but after that the deadfall was pretty spread out. Took a little over 3 hours to get to Flint Lake, where I ran into a hiker who had just come up La Osa (he said he had also met Gabe). He was thinking about going down Flint Creek; I told him it would be faster to go over the pass. I took off, but then ran back to the junction (sans pack) because I realized he probably hadn't come from the same TH. He was gone, so he probably decided I was an idiot and proceeded down Flint Creek. It's too bad he doesn't know I made the attempt to correct my bad advice...

Once above the treeline the views were phenomenal. Rock Lake was picturesque. Found the trail up away from the lake, which was quite steep. Got to the saddle in no time, admired the views, and found the trail down to Half Moon Lake, which seemed even steeper than the Rock Lake side. All this rush, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky... Started running into people more frequently on the Lake Fork trail, which was in good condition. Minimal deadfall, though the forests were still completely devastated by beetles.

Emerald Lake is entirely too long, Little Emerald is more appropriately sized.

By the time I got down to Pine Creek trail, I think I had logged 18-20 miles and everything hurt, so I took one of the many campsites in the area, although admittedly if I had walked a couple hundred more feet I'd have found a better one... But I didn't care at the time, I just wanted to sit down, eat two dinners (thanks to Gabe I had an extra), and sleep.

Sunday
Packed up, skipped breakfast, and beelined it back to the trailhead by 10am. Jeep started up and everything was good.

First Weminuche trip was a success. There's definitely more to explore there. Despite the bark beetle devastation (which I assume is just a cycle anyways), it's still insanely beautiful. They just make it so you have to look for leaners when setting up camp... Also, I think it's time to abandon FS topo maps as a source of information. The correct alignment of Pine Trail past the Sierra Vandera junction, as well as the route from Rock Lake to Moon Lake, seem to be on many other topo maps.
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Blanca Peak via Lake ComoSan Luis Valley, CO
San Luis Valley, CO
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Hiking15.62 Miles 5,519 AEG
Hiking15.62 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.47 mph
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Second half of back to back 14ers. This one appealed to me on account of being the highest peak outside the Sawatch Range, and an ultraprominent peak.

Could've started much further up, didn't know the road was doable for another two miles.

Was followed by a couple of guys all the way up to the Ellingwood turn, they decided to head up that way. Ran into them again on the way down, at the saddle.

Climb up the summit ridge was fun. Scrambly but stable. I could see rockfall being a problem if someone is careless.

Ran hard the last couple miles, just to make sure my quads are fully trashed.
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