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May 01 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sycamore Canyon Trail #40Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2021
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Hiking14.89 Miles 948 AEG
Hiking14.89 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.54 mph
948 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to check this one out for awhile, and it seemed like a good day for it - probable water, and warm enough to want to get wet. Got to the TH at about 9:30am, with a more scenic than expected drive in along Ruby Road. First creek flow started about a quarter mile in, just past the spring box.

Things really started getting good after a half mile or so, where the riparian vegetation gets thicker and the walls closer. Really enjoyed the narrow part of the canyon, and explored a couple of caves and rock formations on the side. Saw a swimming hole that looked refreshing and penciled it in for a dip on the way back...

After about 3.5 miles or so it started to dry up. We continued all the way to the border, passed a few small herds of probably-bilingual cattle. The barbed wire fence at the border was in disrepair; one can simply step over it. Just on the other side of the fence, the west slope was completely torn up by wall construction activities... not sure what their plan for the wash was, build a new wall every few years when it inevitably washes out?

Headed back, it was getting warm, but it was pleasant in the shade. This canyon was way prettier than I expected, although I probably wouldn't bother going farther than 3-4 miles in the future...
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Apr 17 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Loma Alta to Miller Creek, AZ 
Loma Alta to Miller Creek, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Apr 17 2021
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Run/Jog22.85 Miles 5,064 AEG
Run/Jog22.85 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   3.56 mph
5,064 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Relatively cool weather this weekend suggested I should try one of the lower-elevation routes I had been wanting to do for awhile, a point-to-point from Loma Alta to Miller Creek. The main goal here was to see (a) the abandoned Madrona Ranger Station, and (b) the hard to access lower/middle part of the Rincon Creek trail.

Wasn't totally excited about Quilter Trail, but the cactus blossoms were a nice, unexpected treat. All the cacti and ocotillos were in full bloom. Manning Camp trail down to the ranger station was fun, and really the only part of the day where we could really cruise without effort. Someone has done a lot of work on this trail that seems to mainly be used by equestrians now.

The ranger station was - as expected - abandoned. Chiminea Creek upstream from the trail crossing had some nice pools with a little bit of flow, and was a nice place to cool off and top off water supplies.

The first couple miles of Rincon Creek trail are uneventful, and the fun starts at Rincon Creek (which is mostly dry right now, but had a cool stagnant pool at the crossing that served well for cooling). That narrow stretch of the canyon would be cool to see when there's water. The climb itself was a grind, but probably wouldn't have been too bad had it not been for the 13 mile long approach. The wind made it a much more pleasant experience.

Once in the tall pines of Happy Valley Saddle, temperatures were nice and pleasant. The canyon that drains Happy Valley Saddle had some pools about half a mile down from the Rincon Peak junction, which could be useful information for camping. Could've spent all day sitting there, but beer awaited. Miller Creek trail was chunky as usual, but mostly shaded and pleasant.

Glad I got this one done; probably won't do again. As of this writing, I think I only have about 4.5 miles of official trail left to see in the Rincons...
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Applies only to cacti and ocotillos, which were putting on a show.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Chimenea Canyon Light flow Light flow
Some flow through the pools upstream from ranger station.

dry Madrona Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at Rincon Creek trail


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Pools here and there in both forks, could be some flow in one stretch of the fork south of Rincon Creek trail. Still a decent pool at the trail crossing at the bottom.
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Apr 10 2021
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Mica Mountain outer loop, AZ 
Mica Mountain outer loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Apr 10 2021
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Run/Jog21.97 Miles 5,403 AEG
Run/Jog21.97 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   2.89 mph
5,403 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Didn't have any ideas for other places to go, so I decided to head back to the Rincons for a loop around Mica Mountain. Decided to try the outermost loop possible using official trails, which was almost 12 miles starting at the top of Turkey Creek trail. Parked at the end of the road, and it was already hot at 9am, but the temps were nice past Mudhole Spring. The climb on this route was worse than last weeks Heartbreak Ridge loop, because instead of being more or less done climbing at Spud Rock Spring, the climbing continued all the way up to Man Head.

I hadn't been up there much besides just passing straight across via AZT, but it's beautiful up there. Still stray patches of snow near Mica Meadow. The reef rock view was impressive, probably my favorite in the range after Rincon Peak. After I got done taking a pano, a coatimundi appeared from over the edge of the cliff, and didn't even see me until he was about 10 feet away. His reaction when he realized his mistake was priceless.

Just a couple minutes after leaving Reef Rock, saw a band of 4-5 coatis. Guess that's the favorite part of the park.

North Slope was nice, not as bad as some of the triplogs suggest. Very few fallen trees left. The unburned stretches have some of the biggest fir trees I've seen.

By Manning Camp, I was pretty tired. That was the first place I saw anybody. Filled up water, then continued down to Devil's Bathtub, and back to Turkey Creek trail. Was worried it would be hot down low, but it was probably just in the 80s, which wasn't too bad with a low level of exertion.

Much tougher route than I envisioned; it took me about the same amount of time to hike, fully-laden, 20 miles out of the grand canyon a couple weeks ago.

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Flow above the trail crossing has dried up, but below is still going strong. Some trickle still at the Heartbreak Ridge crossing farther up.

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No flow, but there's stagnant water.

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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mud Hole Spring - Mica Dripping Dripping
Still the tiniest seep.
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Apr 03 2021
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Heartbreak Ridge loop, AZ 
Heartbreak Ridge loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Apr 03 2021
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Run/Jog19.08 Miles 4,511 AEG
Run/Jog19.08 Miles   6 Hrs   44 Mns   2.88 mph
4,511 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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With an early hot weekend in store, I decided I wanted to do something high up, and figured the window for the Rincons is also getting long in the tooth, so I decided to head back out to Mescal Road. All the usable camping space was packed to the brim, and then I realized it's Easter weekend. Parked at Miller Creek TH and it was already warm by the time I got to Turkey Creek TH.

The climb up was pretty rough, felt like puking a couple times but kept it contained. Mud Hole Spring had a bit of a trickle, so I thought the water situation would be good... And then Deer Head Spring was dry as a bone. Went over to Spud Rock Campground, and the spring there was also dry as a bone (despite there still being a few stray patches of snow lying around). Fortunately there was plenty of shade after Mud Hole, and a slight breeze - really only the exposed manzanita/scrub areas were hot, but there weren't many above 6,000.

Decided I'd head over to Devil's Bathtub and hopefully find water there - if not, I'd probably have to head back the way I came in order to get water at Mud Hole. It was a nice spot and, fortunately, was lightly flowing. Filtering was probably optional on this one. Took a little break and headed back to Heartbreak Ridge, which I quite enjoyed. Lots of good ponderosa pine forest most of the way to Happy Valley Lookout.

South side of the lookout was more exposed, but it was downhill at this point, so nbd. No good water anywhere along Miller Creek trail, but it was mostly shaded, so not too miserable.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this route, but the Rincons seem way dryer than they should be this time of year.


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Light flow above and below the trail crossing

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Miller Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Nothing up high, couple of stagnant pools just west of the park boundary, gross cow water down low.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mud Hole Spring - Mica Dripping Dripping

dry Spud Rock Spring Dry Dry
Just a dry hole in the ground
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Mar 27 2021
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Cheyava FallsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 27 2021
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Backpack50.00 Miles 8,000 AEG
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This one has been on my radar for a few years. Hiked to Clear Creek from BA trailhead; the first few miles were a bit icy but nothing too crazy. Temps were awesome on Saturday. Took it easy most of the day, but we saw another group coming up behind us so my competitive streak kicked in the last four miles or so. Got to camp, set up, drank lots of whiskey.

Lazy 10am start on Sunday; headed upstream and found the ruins. Cool spot. A half mile or so after that the creek dried up, and stayed that way for a mile or two. More vegetation as the creek flow resumed, and before too long, we saw the big white streak on the canyon walls where the waterfall would be if it were flowing. We were just about to head back down, but I poked around a bit further and saw there was a flowing waterfall just around the corner, so we checked that out. Some topo maps incorrectly have this as the location of Cheyava Falls, so I'm sure many a party has been here thinking they saw Cheyava Falls with water. It was a cool series of waterfalls nonetheless, and well worth the visit. Headed back down drank more whiskey.

I took the 8am late start Monday morning, and with my pack a couple beers lighter, made good time. Much hotter than Saturday; going up BA was a bit rough, but pushed pretty hard and managed to get to the rim by 3:40PM, which actually made the hike out almost an hour faster than the hike in.

Definitely want to go back and explore that area more, especially since it's such a nice camping area.
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Mar 20 2021
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Lime Creek Cabin - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
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Hiking9.73 Miles 2,473 AEG
Hiking9.73 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.29 mph
2,473 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Decided this would be a fun spot to check out, since I've been on a bit of a "cabin" kick lately. Started at around 10am, with warm temperatures. Figured the hike back out of Lime Creek would be a bit rough. The trail was in much better condition than I was expecting.

Lime Creek was nice, but heavily impacted by cattle. Cabin was in good shape, and there were some horseback riders there setting up camp. Seemed like regular visitors.

The spring was an oasis, decided to explore up to where the water stopped flowing, a good 5-10 minutes each way.

Lucked out on the hike out, as a nice cool breeze arrived, and the afternoon actually seemed cooler than the morning.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lime Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Walnut Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
There's a tickle into the tank and a little bit of flow through the culvert under the road.
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Mar 13 2021
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Tortilla Mountains - AZT #15Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 13 2021
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Run/Jog28.50 Miles 2,142 AEG
Run/Jog28.50 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   4.45 mph
2,142 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Decided to take advantage of what I thought should be ideal weather for AZT passage 15. Dropped a car at the end, and drove to the start to find half an inch or so of fresh snow at the Freeman Rd TH. I knew it was supposed to be unseasonably cold, but not snow-at-4000-feet cold.

Anyways, other than the breeze early on, the first 12 miles or so was great running weather. After that, a storm started approaching, and I bagged my phone and put my wind jacket back on. Shortly thereafter, frozen stuff started falling out of the sky and the temperature plummeted by probably 20 degrees. Had to be below freezing, because my face was actually getting numb.

Once we started the descent to Ripsey Wash, the weather calmed down and the trail got more interesting. Other than my hamstrings and hip flexors hurting, the rest of the way was really pretty enjoyable. Views from the top of the ridge were nice, and only had to deal with some mist here and there.

Found the south half of this passage pretty dull, to the point where juniper trees were catching my attention. The northern 12 miles redeemed it a bit, but probably won't bother doing this one again.
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Mar 06 2021
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Bull Spring Trail #34Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 06 2021
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Run/Jog22.37 Miles 5,183 AEG
Run/Jog22.37 Miles   7 Hrs   14 Mns   3.12 mph
5,183 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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ONB to the cabin, because, having been to the Brush/Bull Spring junction, I didn't think adding another 7 miles was terribly ambitious. The trail quickly got overgrown at the junction - sometimes with catclaw thickets, but more often just manzanita and other scrub - but I didn't find the route terribly hard to follow until Bull Spring.

After Bull Spring, we were just in the creek bed most of the way, because it seemed a lot easier.

The cabin provided some nice shade on a warm day, and a good spot for a snack. But I'm not sure how someone thought it would be a good idea to set up residence in this dry, lonely basin.

On the way back, the downhill on AZT totally wrecked the legs, and it was just strolling the last 4 miles. Took a little detour along the East Verde; probably took a bit longer but probably more pleasant. Cattle have really done a number on that creek.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bull Spring Dripping Dripping
Zero flow, but the tanks are full.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bull Trap Spring Dripping Dripping
Just pools, no discernable movement.

dry Red Metal Tank Dry Dry
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Feb 27 2021
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Mazatzal Waterfall Loop, AZ 
Mazatzal Waterfall Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 27 2021
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Backpack20.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Backpack20.00 Miles1 Day   8 Hrs      
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Decided to backpack what I was going to do a month ago before being turned back by snow. Rock Creek Trail was in decent shape, with a few overgrown spots, up to the saddle. Some flow in the falls, one of the highlights and a great spot to stop for a snack. Got to Horse Camp Seep by early afternoon, giving us time to set up camp before heading down to Deadman Canyon.

Barely any water in the main channel. The drainage coming from the east had a touch more. Impressive gorge there.

Temps were chilly at night and I didn't sleep well. Don't think we got going until about 10am, and decided to make a beeline to the TH via the Barnhardt Highway. Winds picked up and it was probably as cold at the TH as it was when we left Horse Camp Seep. Barnhardt Falls didn't have much flow, but the canyon down below looked to have plenty.

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Feb 20 2021
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Escalante RouteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking28.59 Miles 7,665 AEG
Hiking28.59 Miles   12 Hrs   39 Mns   2.37 mph
7,665 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Been wanting to do this one for awhile, so jumped on the opportunity when a friend was organizing a trip. Started before 4am, so I still haven't really seen Tanner Trail... Campers were just stirring when we got to Tanner Beach.

Trail was pretty easy to follow most of the way. 75 mile canyon was nice. Got to Papago by 11:30am. Quick climb up the wall and down the slide to Hance Beach. Wall/Slide really weren't a big deal, and I thought I get sketched out too easily. Stopped at the beach for lunch.

As we were starting up Red Canyon, the gusts finally started, which made the hike up a little more interesting. New Hance is always a good grind after leaving the creek bed. Tired at the end, but thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

dry Escalante Creek Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
There's a good trickle in the slickrock area where New Hance drops in.
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Feb 13 2021
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Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking19.19 Miles 3,900 AEG
Hiking19.19 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   3.16 mph
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Was going to do an overnighter, but the weather forecast was looking a bit miserable Saturday night... So we decided to do a day hike instead. Friend mentioned Deer Creek TH, and I said I'd be perfectly happy to hit those trails again.

Deer Creek had good water the whole way, and there was still snow down below 5,000 in the shade of the canyon. About mid way up I got my annual fall out of the way when some sneaky vines tripped me up in the creek bed...

Up on the road it was a bit chilly in the exposed areas, with some good snowpack still in the shady areas. Gold Ridge had patches of snow until just before the steep part, and it got so gusty it was hard to stay upright. Glad we decided not to camp.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Deer Creek / Canyon - Mazatzal Wilderness Medium flow Medium flow
Good flow all the way up
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Feb 06 2021
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Loma Alta to TVR, AZ 
Loma Alta to TVR, AZ
 
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Run/Jog22.67 Miles 4,885 AEG
Run/Jog22.67 Miles   7 Hrs      3.78 mph
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Along for the ride on this one, but helped suggest the route. I had been to Tanque Verde Peak 5 years back, when I thought I could do it in the spring with a 16oz handheld, and had one of my most memorable running-out-of-water experiences. (Technically I was right, I was able to do it with just 16oz).

Good waterfalls below Grass Shack. Would like to get closer sometime. Up on Cowhead Saddle, we ran into the first hiker since leaving Hope Camp Trail. Rest of the way up the peak was fine, a little bit of snow left, was expecting much more.

Filled up water at Juniper Basin - water was much better than the larvae-infested murk I had to use to wet my mouth on the earlier TVP experience. Saw a solo backpacker there who said he was on his way to Manning Camp - it was already 3pm, not sure he knew what he was getting into.

Good day, tougher route than expected.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Grass Shack Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Lots of water in the falls below Grass Shack.

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Jan 31 2021
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Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 898 AEG
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Easy day up Boynton, thought it would be a fun one with all the snow. Really cold in the shade on the way up, with drifts up to two feet high. Was hoping the pouroffs at the end would be flowing, but no luck. Must be rare to see that.

Headed up the side trail to ruins on the way down; this actually seemed more popular than the main trail. Cool spot, but definitely not a secret anymore, if it ever was.
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Jan 30 2021
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Half Moon Trail #288Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2021
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Hiking11.84 Miles 2,497 AEG
Hiking11.84 Miles   4 Hrs   42 Mns   2.55 mph
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Originally wanted to do the Half Moon/Rock Creek/Sandy Saddle loop, and maybe see some falls. Snow looked fun, figured it would be slow going up high.

Half Moon trail went alright, there was snow on all the north facing slopes at that elevation. Enjoyed it more than expected. Once we started ascending on Rock Creek, the snow got deep really fast. Climbed about 1,000 feet and it was already knee deep, and still had 2,000 feet to climb. Decided it would be silly to proceed further, and turned around.

I feel like every year I have to attempt something dumb in the snow in order to get it out of my system. Never seen the Mazzies look so awesome though.
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Jan 23 2021
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Black Hills - AZT #14Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog28.33 Miles 4,011 AEG
Run/Jog28.33 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   4.40 mph
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Decided it would be perfect weather to continue on the AZT. So headed out to do Passage 14, next on the list - which I had already done the other direction as part of the AZT race series. Weather was cool and breezy, with partial cloud cover - can't really ask for better.

Felt pretty good; outside of a sore toe from the cactus soccer, Monday's adventure didn't seem to have much of an effect. Found a nice big water cash almost half way through, and decided to refresh my electrolyte drink since it said "public after Y20". Plenty more to go around.

Didn't really start to hurt until Putnam Wash (mile 20 or so), but still moved OK on the gradual stuff, and managed to finish right around 6.5 hours, better than I was expecting.

This passage is more enjoyable than it should be on paper.
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Jan 18 2021
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Sheep Bridge / Mountain Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog23.82 Miles 4,600 AEG
Run/Jog23.82 Miles   7 Hrs   22 Mns   3.25 mph
4,600 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Decided to venture out into the Mazatzals from the Verde River side. Fun 2.5-3 hour drive there, then a 10am start. The flat part of Dutchman Grave trail is straighforward and easy. Past the springs, route got more overgrown. Not terribly hard to follow in most areas, but scratchy.

Got pretty old on the way down Willow Springs Trail when I kicked a prickly pear and had to remove a spine from my big toe. They're always harder to take out than they are to put in.

Took the spur down to Willow Spring to refill water. Couple of big pools with some flow underneath a bunch of leaves. Nice spot.

Once in the flat area, it was actually possible to run again. Only saw one person all day, a bow hunter up near Mountain Spring.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Dutchman Grave Spring Dripping Dripping
Trickle near trail crossing, might be better farther down.

dry Horse Creek Dry Dry
Only water is at Willow Spring and below Mountain Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Lower Dutchman Grave Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Didn't find the actual spring, but could hear water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mountain Spring - Mazatzal Dripping Dripping
Tank is full, but little if any flow. More water in the creek below the spring.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Sycamore Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Lots of discharge into the Verde River. Dry at creek crossings in the upper forks.


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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
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Hiking7.31 Miles 790 AEG
Hiking7.31 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   2.54 mph
790 ft AEG
 
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First time I was a Tony Ranch, someone told me there was a way in from the back. I've been in pretty much every other way, so decided it was finally time to check out the back way.

Getting to the TH was half the fun. Took the wrong road, which went up into the basin below Silver King Mine. Sometimes it's good to look at a map and figure out where you're going, instead of just driving down the road that looks like it's going the right direction... Went back and tried FR650, which was the correct road. I would say FR342 is high clearance, 4wd only, competent driver required. Had to go into low for that one.

Wasn't sure what to expect as far as actual trail goes; there was actually a path most of the way down, although it's usually easier to just stay in the creek bed, which was generally free of unkind plants. Within a couple miles, the canyon gets nice and shady. Really a pretty area.

Tried to see if I could find Kennedy Spring, but came up dry. Might have been on the wrong place on my map. Heard some voices in the distance at Tony Cabin, but other than that, total seclusion.

dry Kennedy Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
Some pools along a stretch of the creek, but little, if any, flow.
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Jan 09 2021
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Oracle - AZT #13Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog16.40 Miles 1,818 AEG
Run/Jog16.40 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   4.78 mph
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Decided to knock out AZT Passage 13, which I wasn't super excited about. This is the first passage I didn't do as a shuttle, since it's only 8.5 miles one way.

Made it out to Tiger Mine in about 1hr 25min, about 6mph, almost all running. The only notable incident along the way was a Western Diamondback near the SR-77 culvert, who was apparently badly misinformed about what time of year it is. Oh well, we're in a post-truth world now, so why can't snakes believe whatever they want, too?

The first few miles of the way back went OK, although my legs felt pretty heavy on the ups. Hip flexors were crapping out, which has been a problem on runnable terrain for awhile. Took the powerline back to cut off half a mile, although I don't think it actually saved any time or effort.

At 12 or 13, the wheels started really coming off, and at this point I realized that I really should've brought some nutrition. Just can't do these runs with just water like I used to. Probably sheer hubris on my part thinking I could do 3 hours with just water. Oh well, live and learn.

Overall, not really a fan of this passage, it's pretty boring and repetitive.
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Jan 02 2021
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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog14.82 Miles 1,641 AEG
Run/Jog14.82 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   4.70 mph
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Finally decided to continue my AZT project, after a "fun" experience on Passage 11 a year ago, and the Bighorn Fire (Oracle Ridge is now open). Originally, I didn't think a shuttle would be possible, so I was going to do it as a 30 mile out and back. But I got someone to go along, and he decided that he'd rather do the shuttle than run up the mountain, even though the shuttle wouldn't save any time.

After four hours of driving to Oracle, dropping off a car, and then the two hour drive around the mountain to Summerhaven, we got a 12:30pm start with comfortably cold temps. Skipped the ONB between the gate and Marshall Gulch, since I had to do that part last year anyways, so it counts. Jog through town was uneventful.

Once on the ridge, the devastation from the fire became more obvious. Did some trail work near Dan Saddle a couple years ago, seems like a waste now! Oracle Ridge is scorched, and CDO is scorched. There are some patches of green remaining at the bottom of the canyon, so it's possible that Catalina Camp survived.

Past Rice Peak, the burn seemed less severe, and there was even a stretch that was completely unburned.

Was glad when we got to the car, after all the pounding on the legs. Managed to get back to Summerhaven just in time to catch the post-sunset traffic on the way back down.
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Dec 26 2020
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Red Hills AZT loop, AZ 
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Run/Jog23.07 Miles 5,180 AEG
Run/Jog23.07 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   3.38 mph
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One of those days when we decided on a route after leaving home. Set off from Doll Baby TH, for either a Bull Springs Cabin ONB or Red Hills loop. One of my friends hadn't been to the ruins yet, so we took a little side trip. Before we hit AZT, I saw a route on my map that I thought could be a shortcut; when it appeared to be heading up Bullfrog Ridge before hitting AZT, we decided to just head back down to the trail. Waste of 20 minutes or so, but gotta make it fun somehow.

At the Brush Trail junction, we decided on the loop. Brush Spring was a nice area with good camping, but dry. We blew right by the Red Hills trail junction, which I realized when it started dropping down the west side. Turns out the AZT takes a hard left, and the sign is obscured by a tree when you're heading from Brush Trail. Bonus mile I guess.

Red Hills trail was nice, the upper part of Boardinghouse Canyon was pretty.

Drop down Mazatzal Divide trail was fun, cruised a lot of the way. Got back to the car right at sunset.

dry Boardinghouse Canyon Dry Dry
Some frozen pools in one of the upper arms along Red Hills Trail, otherwise dry.

dry Brush Spring Dry Dry
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