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Nov 26 2022
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Cochise Stronghold Trail #279Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2022
ShatteredArmTriplogs 204
Hiking11.65 Miles 2,220 AEG
Hiking11.65 Miles   4 Hrs      2.96 mph
2,220 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Decided to check out Cochise Stronghold for my first time venturing into the Dragoon Mountains. Getting there was not super difficult, and didn't have to wake up super early to get a 10am or so start. Started out poking around the campground a little, strolled around the interpretive loop, and then headed up the trail. Gradual grade all the way up to the divide, and there was water in most of the drainages on the east side.

West side generally offered better views, but a little drier and still chilly in the shade. Got to the west trailhead and decided to turn around. Most of the way up to the saddle I located a side trail, which based on Strava heatmaps may offer an option for a loop via a saddle near Rockfellow Dome. Probably would've tried this had I known about it.

On the way back, I decided to head up Middlemarch Trail, and took a noticeable side track up to Shaw Tank (as labeled on the FS Topo), where there were some deer hanging out. Followed a path south that looked like it would reconnect with Middlemarch Trail, but it faded and I went cross country back to the trail. Decided to call it a day and headed back down to TH, completing the nature trail on the way down.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Halfmoon Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
Slight trickle into the tank.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Trail 277 Spring Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
Not quite 100% full, but within a couple feet of the high water line. Looks like there's cow traffic in the area now.
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Nov 19 2022
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Hiline/Templeton loop, AZ 
Hiline/Templeton loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Nov 19 2022
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Run/Jog9.89 Miles 1,097 AEG
Run/Jog9.89 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   4.46 mph
1,097 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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Day out with a small group, running pace was faster than I usually prefer these days, but the breaks were long. Like we just got to talking and forgot we were out for a run, and the elderly couples we passed would catch back up to us. I've done this loop in the opposite direction, it's a fun one, and it was surprisingly not overly crowded until the very late stages, when the mountain bikers started swarming. Temperatures were perfect.
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Nov 12 2022
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Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 12 2022
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Run/Jog30.30 Miles 5,410 AEG
Run/Jog30.30 Miles   9 Hrs   39 Mns   3.22 mph
5,410 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Stars seemed like they finally aligned when one of my friends set up a camping weekend at Oak Flat, and I took advantage of the proximity to run my next AZT passage. Dropped off a car at the end in the AM, back to Oak Flat, and then took my Jeep up to Rogers Trough. When we got to Rogers Trough, we found that my friend whose car was at the end left his key back at camp, so we had to scramble. Decided that I'd just run it myself and he's drive my Jeep to the end later, and head south on the trail.

Got a late-ish start, so the question was not if I'd need the flashlight, but for how long.

Reavis Trail had a lot more deadfall than when I was last up there, smashed my knee on one while carelessly climbing over it. Felt like it might be an issue with ~25 miles to go at that point. Just before Reavis, I took my first (and only) break to fill up water and make some electrolyte drink.

Once on Reavis Gap trail, it was new territory for me, and with how rocky it was, it was hard to do more than 3mph or so. Two Bar got a little better, but at this point I was on a 10 hour pace, and strongly considered bailing at Tule. Didn't get any response to texts by the time I got to the junction, so decided I had to follow through.

Things got a lot smoother (for the most part) once on Two Bar though, and outside of the two climbs, 4mph was the norm. Started getting dark in Cottonwood Creek, and about half way down or so, it was dark enough to make it a little tricky. Saw a few groups of campers on this stretch.

Back on the Jeep road, got a text from my friend who decided he wouldn't be running after all, but left my Jeep key in a spot so secure that you certainly wouldn't see it unless you happened to be shining a light in the general direction of the Jeep. The uncertainty of not knowing whether I'd still have a car when I got to the end made things a little more exciting.

To my surprise, it was still there, and all was good. The 2nd half turned out to be much faster than the first. Inventory of nutrition consumed was a single Nuun tablet and a single caffeinated Gu gel, and a little over a liter of water.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Sycamores are popping.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
No flow, but there was a clear pool near the trail.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Light flow Light flow
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Oct 21 2022
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Deer / Kanab loop, AZ 
Deer / Kanab loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 21 2022
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Backpack45.00 Miles 7,500 AEG
Backpack45.00 Miles3 Days   4 Hrs   52 Mns   
7,500 ft AEG
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This one had been on the list since I first visited Deer Creek years ago, and finally decided to give it a go. The original plan was to go to Deer Creek, then do two aggressive days to get to Showerbath, and then take it easy on the way out, with an extra night in the Kanab Creek Wilderness. But I hadn't communicated that intent clearly to a couple of the participants, and they were planning on 4 days. I communicated better with my other friends, who planned for up to five nights, so we just figured we could split up after Showerbath.

Camped at a nice campsite a mile from Sowats, dropped a couple cars in the morning, then headed to Indian Hollow, since most of us had already seen Bill Hall trail.

Friday - Indian Hollow to Deer Creek - ~12.5 miles

The first part of this was new to me. Nothing particularly noteworthy, although it was nice getting views of the area from a different angle. Cranberry Canyon really stuck out. Once on the esplanade, the walking was easy, and before we knew it, we were at the Bill Hall junction, where it becomes a superhighway. Got a little hot down in Surprise Valley. One member of our party was struggling a little bit by the descent into Deer Creek, which we had chalked up to lack of sleep, or the heat (they didn't get to Sowats until 3am due to a closure on 89 which required a significant detour). A group of 3 beat us to the campsite and took the nice big area, although they were cool enough and I set my tent up in one of the outlying parts of the big site. Talked to them a little about various canyon adventures we've done. This would be the only day when we would have any amount of "chill" time in the afternoon.

Saturday - Deer Creek to Kanab Creek - ~9.5 miles

Woke up at 5:30am because we knew we'd need all day for the hike to Kanab Creek. NPS insists this stretch is 11 miles, but my GPS had it right at 9.5, and we all know GPS tends to overestimate in canyons. In reality it's probably about 9.

We bypassed the narrows, although nobody in my group seemed to like my decision to do that. Why would we do something harder than necessary? I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to narrow shelves with a heavy pack.

Once off the main trail, things started getting rough. The path away from the overlook is pretty rough, but not too bad until we got to the river and started picking our way through rocks. Then under a cliff band, and out where we could see the tapeats cliff we'd have to traverse over. At this point, our guy who was struggling yesterday started cramping up. Other friend suggested they turn around (which was the right decision, as we still had about 7 hours of hiking left), so it was down to three of us, and I'd now be doing this trip in four days.

The traverse across the top of the tapeats was by far the easiest stretch of the day, and it was over too soon. After Fishtail it got downright miserable, and I never thought I'd appreciate walking on sand so much. Fortunately it was also mostly shady after Fishtail, on account of the sun being below the opposite cliffs. "Peak BS" occurred about a mile and a half before Kanab, when I narrowly avoided falling into the river thanks to some impossibly strong grass. Would've gone above the cliff had I known what awaited us down there. After that gem of a stretch, the walking got a lot easier the rest of the way to Kanab, which took us a full nine hours from Deer Creek.

It started getting really gusty right before Kanab, so we wanted to find a more sheltered location than right at the confluence. Around the first bend, dropped packs to scout around, and we were getting a bit discouraged, when I found a nice bench at the 2nd bend with some grassy clearings that could easily accommodate our tents, with some mesquites that could maybe provide some meager protection. I declared this our best option, and it actually turned out to be a spot the strongest winds largely avoided. When we went to bed, I discovered my new sleeping pad is garbage, and managed to pop on nothing sharp at all.

Sunday - Lower Kanab to Showerbath Spring - ~10 miles

Gave ourselves an extra half hour until alarm time this morning, which was nice because the drizzle was just ending. We knew this would be another hard day, but we saw the creek in the morning and the prospects were worse. It was several inches higher, and silty. That meant the 100 or so creek crossings would be deeper and require us to check every step. Fun.

The nice thing is it was a heck of a lot more enjoyable than the nonsense along the Colorado.

Stopped at the Whispering Falls grotto for a break, and I took advantage of its clear water for filtering. Kanab had some stretches of easy hiking, and then a few stretches of utter nonsense that let us know that a serious injury could be just one bad step away. Getting to Scotty's Hollow seemed to take forever, and by the time we did, it was almost 4pm, so we didn't have a lot of time to explore it. Just went up to the falls for a quick look.

The rest of the way to Showerbath wasn't too bad compared to earlier in the day, and we got to camp with a good hour of sunlight left. Found the nice campsite a little ways upstream from Showerbath. It was considerably colder this evening than previous nights, but we were happy to have the hard stuff out of the way, and presumably easier walking the next day. Still, we were so tired that we didn't stay up super late, and the three of us couldn't even manage to kill the full 12oz of high proof bourbon I had left.

Monday - Sowats Point via Jumpup and Kwangunk Hollow - ~13 miles

We woke up early again (5:30am) since they had to drive home after, and of course the creek was nice and clear again now that we had the hard stuff out of the way. Barely had to get my feet wet the rest of the way, and the rest of Kanab Creek felt like a dream. Got to Jumpup before 9am.

Jumpup was really impressive, and one of my favorite parts of the trip. There were several flowing springs - not sure if they're all reliable, or if it was just because of the rain. Got to Indian Hollow, but didn't really explore it since we were on a schedule.

Kwangunk started out a little messy, and I was starting to dread it, but once at the bypass to the large pour-offs, things got more interesting. There was a really nice campsite between the two large pouroffs, and then a third (smaller) pouroff where we got to do our only real wall climb of the trip. Great handholds, so a novice climber like myself had no issues, although I'd probably consider lowering the pack if I were going the other direction. I actually really enjoyed Kwangunk Hollow overall, despite slightly less easy walking than Jumpup (but easier than lower Kanab).

Before we knew it, we were at the cottonwood thicket, and back on official trail. The climb out was a grind, but over quickly. Got to the cars at around 2:30pm, and I decided I may as well just drive home since I could get there at a reasonable hour (plus it was freezing up there at this point, and I had no sleeping pad). The muddy road back from Sowats Point provided a bonus adventure, fortunately nobody got stuck.

This was a ridiculously hard route, one that I'm glad I did, but won't do again. The Kanab Creek Wilderness definitely warrants some future exploration, however. The last leg of this trip was by far the most enjoyable (even though the mileage was highest and it had the most climbing).

dry Deer Spring Dry Dry
First time I've seen it dry.

dry Fishtail Canyon Dry Dry
No water at Colorado River

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Jumpup Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Pools here and there. No flow of course. Couple of flowing springs in the lower stretch.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Showerbath Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
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Oct 15 2022
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Woods Canyon Trail #93 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 15 2022
ShatteredArmTriplogs 204
Run/Jog5.25 Miles 615 AEG
Run/Jog5.25 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.50 mph
615 ft AEG
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Quick chill jog with a friend, first time actually "running" in over a month. Time to get back at it (although it should be said there wasn't actually much jogging done here)... Crossing at Jacks Canyon just after leaving the TH actually had water; not sure if this is normal, but I didn't expect it. A mile and a half or so in, foliage starts thickening, pretty pleasant really. Weather was very temperamental, going between hot and cool depending on the orientation of the clouds.

We went all the way to the end of the trail, then doubled back in the creek bed for a half mile or so. Mostly dry, but there was some light flow near where the trail gets close to the creek. 10-15 minutes of light rain on the way back. Nice area, enjoyed this trail a little more than expected.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Woods Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Mostly dry, but a couple of stretches have light above-ground flow.
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Oct 02 2022
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Point Trail - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 02 2022
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Canyoneering2.30 Miles 750 AEG
Canyoneering2.30 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   1.07 mph
750 ft AEG
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Just a quick car camp near Point Trail; wandered from the campsite to where the ridge between Bear Canyon and West Clear Creek tapers, before some storms rolled through.

The hike was just down to the creek. For some reason I didn't feel very good in the morning. A couple of people in the group hadn't been down there, so we headed up to Sundance Canyon since it's one of the highlights of the whole canyon. A little bit of dripping from the pour-off, which was oddly entertaining.

The water temperature has already dropped quite a bit, and is approaching wet suit territory if you need to swim.
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Sep 09 2022
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Wasatch 100, UT 
Wasatch 100, UT
 
Run/Jog avatar Sep 09 2022
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Run/Jog100.00 Miles 23,000 AEG
Run/Jog100.00 Miles   33 Hrs   23 Mns   33 Secs3.15 mph
23,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
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Decided to try my hand at one of the oldest 100 milers, Wasatch Front, which began in 1980, and runs point-to-point through the mountains from Kaysville to Midway, UT. Didn't get as much training as I wanted due to an achilles issue in late July.

Started up Bair Canyon at 5am, conga line up a super steep trail (I think 1,500 ft the last mile). Tough way to start things out. Bad air quality. The next 12-13 miles to the Sessions Liftoff were "easy".

Sessions crest was pretty rough, it was hot up there. Great views, would be nice to see it on a clearer day. Then more ridge down to an aid station at mile 40, then up Alexander Creek in cooler shady temps with waning daylight.

At Lambs Canyon Trail, had to pull out the flashlight. Of course I think this is where the course really starts to get pretty. And also even more difficult; the climbs never ended. At Big Water TH it finally got a little frigid, but the jacket stayed on for just a short time, as it warmed up on the way up to Desolation Lake. I was actually feeling much better at this point, and had no serious doubts about finishing this thing.

Brighton was quite chilly at 3:45am. And the climb after Brighton was pretty brutal, although Lake Mary under the full moon was pretty sweet. Steep descent to aid, then a short but very, very steep ascent up to the Ant Knolls ridge. Sun started coming up at this point. Overall the night portion of this run went pretty well.

The last 20 miles was just way too long. Despite being "downhill", the trail to the Pot Hollow junction was sheer (pretty) misery, with pointless steep climbs and steep, loose descents. Couldn't win either way. Once I started the drop down to Pot Hollow (mile 85), I kicked up the effort a notch and finished pretty solidly (despite a very warm and exposed last 10 miles). Saw a pretty onery looking bull moose at around mile 88.

Was absolutely thrilled to roll into the finish, and at a somewhat reasonable time (i.e. not pushing the cutoff). Pretty sure I was working my way to actual heat illness there, but tempered my effort those last few miles just enough to only feel a little puky after finishing.
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Aug 28 2022
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Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2022
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Hiking7.69 Miles 526 AEG
Hiking7.69 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.70 mph
526 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to check off something a little on the shorter side, and a walk along a creek sounded fun, so headed down to Thompson TH. Thompson Trail was nice, and very, very wet. Got distracted by raspberries a few times. Just 2.5 miles to West Fork trail, so it went by pretty quickly.

Decided to add on the 628A/630 loop, since it was on my map. Started up 628A, it was a bit hard to find the path along the short stretch of the Black River, but once in the side drainage (flowing, like everything right now), it was straightforward.

Couldn't find where I was supposed to turn west, so I headed up to a feature that looked logical, and where the line on my GPS was showing. Found the trail there, but it quickly headed into a burn scar. I was following what was definitely a path of sorts, but it faded into a meadow, so I headed upslope towards where the line on my map was. There I found a road grade (or the old RR grade?), and route finding was not an issue the rest of the way. The burned area had some very nice raspberry picking.

The rest of the way was uneventful, but featured many distractions in the form of more tasty-looking raspberries. Only saw one person out there, although there were three extra vehicles at the trailhead when I got there.
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Aug 27 2022
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North Fork KP Trail #93Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2022
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Hiking6.12 Miles 2,027 AEG
Hiking6.12 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   1.81 mph
2,027 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Original plan was to do a full loop on KP and Steeple. Figured ~15 miles or so. Was expecting some rough trail, but right off the bat, as I headed down North Fork KP, it was locust city. Expected the stuff right by the TH to be trimmed...

It was really pretty down there, but with all the locust, it was slow going. Took probably at least an hour to get to the KP trail junction. After the junction there was a nice clear stretch, but after a couple of creek crossings, it got messy again. Decided I didn't want to be out there for ~7 hours (the purpose of this trip was to have fun) so I headed back up.

About a half mile into the return, I saw what appeared to be game trails, and got the crazy idea to bushwack out of the canyon up to Steeple Trail. The biggest concern was that I'd get to something impassible and have to go back down, but the game trails made me feel OK about it. Over half way up, I came across who I think is the trail steward on this route - a black bear. Ol' Dmitri didn't want to pose for a photo, unfortunately, and was off right away. There were certainly stretches of this 1 mile, 1,600 foot off-trail climb in which I regretted my decision, but the feeling when I got to the top made it worthwhile.

Wanted to do some raspberry grazing, but some storms were rolling in, so I decided to call it a day and head up to Molly B's in Greer for lunch.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max KP South Fork - KP Confluence Medium flow Medium flow
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Aug 20 2022
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Hot / Jacks LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Run/Jog19.06 Miles 2,820 AEG
Run/Jog19.06 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   3.25 mph
2,820 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Decided to take advantage of a cool-ish weather forecast to do a route that is typically probably very ill-advised during the summer. The warning sign at the trailhead ("NOT A DAY HIKE") was maybe a little exaggerated, but probably some kind of warning was warranted.

Started up Hot Loop, and it was already a bit warm on the climb up to Horse Mesa, but after a few miles some clouds started rolling in, and it was actually quite pleasant with the sun blocked. Trail gets a little hard to follow in places, but I'd say 90% of it was straightforward. The part between about 7 miles in and the climb up the rim, through sandstone and cypress, was quite pretty, and the best 2-ish miles of this loop.

My timing is impeccable so I caught another sunny and hot window just in time for my climb up the rim. Saw a few hunters napping under a tree up top, and this was the only humans I saw all day.

Was pretty tired by the time I got to Jacks Canyon trail, which was pretty in the upper stretches, but very, very overgrown. Evidently this trail gets far more bear traffic than human traffic. I was ready to be done by the time I got to the wilderness boundary, but still had a few miles to go. This was a rough one, but considering it's August, couldn't have hoped for better weather.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Jacks Point Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
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Aug 14 2022
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North Spruce loop, AZ 
North Spruce loop, AZ
 
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Run/Jog18.95 Miles 2,495 AEG
Run/Jog18.95 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   3.75 mph
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One of those "just have to get the miles" days. Thought of a decent loop option in Prescott, and got started at around 7:30am. Had to poop pretty bad, but the portajohn was occupied by someone who sounded like he was having quite the struggle, and it didn't sound like it was close to being resolved, so I decided to hold it in. I feel like the person struggling to hold it in has a more urgent need of a toilet than the person who can't figure out how to force it out, but I don't make the rules.

Took quite awhile before things loosened up enough to make running feel safe. The climb up Ranch Trail is very, very gradual. Nothing steep until I left the PCT and got onto the moto trail that heads towards Spruce Mtn.

Was hoping my early start would avoid any motorcycle traffic, and it did. Only saw a single pair of hikers on that stretch. When I hit the FR, storms were starting to roll in and there was thunder, which was a little surprising considering it was only 10am at this point. So I made quick work of getting to Smith Ravine and getting off the mountain. Thunder was getting closer and more frequent, so I decided to take a side trail that drops down to a road at the bottom of the ravine. Turns out this was private property, but it was only posted on the opposite edge of the property. Maybe I'm lucky I didn't get shot.

Homestead trail was nice enough, or it would be if I weren't hurting at this point. It was a slow slog back to the car that never seemed to end. A little rain here and there, and the thunder didn't stop, but I avoided serious weather until the drive back down the hill.
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Aug 13 2022
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 13 2022
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Run/Jog22.50 Miles 3,327 AEG
Run/Jog22.50 Miles   5 Hrs   59 Mns   4.01 mph
3,327 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Originally was gonna go camping but was too lazy, so I headed up to Washington Park to run a cabin loop with some friends. Probably have done this one at least a half dozen times, but it's always worth another go. Started at around 8:30 am hoping to get done before the storms hit, but wasn't confident in that.

I always like to get the Rim Rd section over with first; luckily with the recent rain it wasn't too dusty. Tried to follow the Gen Crook trail tread a couple of times, but it's spotty.

Everything is nice and green now, some of the small drainages on Houston Bros had water, but surprisingly there wasn't any more water at Aspen Spring or Pinchot Cabin than there was a month or so ago. Started hearing thunder at Bear Canyon or so, but the storms seemed to be moving in a favorable direction, and we managed to avoid them. Didn't get any rain until after we left the trailhead.
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Aug 07 2022
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Baldy Bowl TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
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Run/Jog10.35 Miles 4,267 AEG
Run/Jog10.35 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.77 mph
4,267 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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2nd outing of the week, wasn't sure I'd be able to do this one because of the Achilles tendon, but figured I ought to at least give it a shot. Found the parking area, about 200 cars there, so it seems this is one of the most popular mountains in all of California. Even though it was pretty flat, I walked the whole road section up past the falls. Gets a bit steeper on the single track; tendon was loosening up nicely instead of complaining.

About a quarter mile past the hut, maybe ~2.5 miles in, it gets ridiculously steep. Quite the grind. Got to the summit in a little under 2 hours.

Figured I may as well check out West Baldy since it's close. Definitely worth the little ~1 mile round trip, since it gets you more unobstructed views to the west. And it's not a party up there.

After that, figured I may as well take Devil's Backbone back to Baldy Notch, which was a lot of fun. This is a really cool trail, and the side trip allowed me to stop into the cafe for an ice cold $3 can of soda. Beer was also an option...

The run down the road was fairly uneventful, and made much better time. Finished up just in time to go have lunch and get back to PHX at a reasonable hour.
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Aug 06 2022
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Falls / Momyer Creek loop, CA 
Falls / Momyer Creek loop, CA
 
Run/Jog avatar Aug 06 2022
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Run/Jog19.73 Miles 5,791 AEG
Run/Jog19.73 Miles   7 Hrs   23 Mns   2.79 mph
5,791 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Original plan was to take Falls Creek Trail up to Dollar Lake Saddle, and then follow the divide trail the rest of the way up to San Gorgonio Mountain, before coming down Vivian Creek Trail. Unlike my last trip out here, I was able to take the afternoon off on Friday, so drove out to Palm Desert, allowing for a reasonable amount of sleep. But the main concern this weekend was how well my Achilles tendon would hold up after a bout of tendonitis last week.

Shortly after leaving, saw a sign indicating a permit is required to enter the wilderness, but I was able to figure out how to get one online in just a few minutes. Didn't see any notice about this at the Angelus Oaks TH, so I'm not sure how effective this program is...

First few miles (to the Momyer/Falls junction) were fairly steep, then had a nice flat-ish mile or two to the Falls Creek drainage. There were some nice big cedar trees in here, and the Alger Creek area was pretty. Once in the Falls Creek drainage, the trail resumes climbing, but nothing overly steep until the meadow. Eventually (a little more than 3 hours, I think) I got to Dollar Lake Saddle, and at this point I was feeling pretty tired. Not sure why, I don't think it was the 4,500 or so feet of climbing as much as the fact that it was 8 uphill miles. So I decided San Gorgonio would be a bit too much, and that I should've started up Vivian Creek trail instead.

Decided to head back via the San Bernardino divide to make a loop. Once on the descent, the trail started getting pretty chunky and overgrown in places. Add in some very steep sections and it was actually pretty slow going on the way down. Interestingly, despite this trail being in the worst condition of all the trails on this route, it was the only stretch where I really saw many people.

Started getting warm by the time I got back to the bottom, and I was ready to be done. Car said 90 degrees.
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Jul 23 2022
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Arkaquah and Brasstown Bald TrailsHighlands, GA
Highlands, GA
Run/Jog avatar Jul 23 2022
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Run/Jog11.64 Miles 3,484 AEG
Run/Jog11.64 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.86 mph
3,484 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Business trip to Atlanta, so I decided to extend it a couple days to play around in the mountains. I've explored a lot of the trails to the west of here (Vogel State Park to Amicolola and Blue Ridge mostly), so kinda knew what to expect. Decided I may as well check off the state high point - there's a parking lot half a mile from the summit, and a shuttle if you don't want to hike up the paved path, so I figured I have to start at one of the other trailheads to make it more worthwhile. The options in that respect are Jack's Knob (~3 miles one way), Arkaquah Trail (5.5 miles one way), and Wagon Train (who knows), or possibly from the AT via Jack's Knob. I opted for Arkaquah since it seemed a good middle ground.

First 1.5 miles is steep uphill (1,500 feet in about 1.5 miles) to gain the ridge, then small (could hundred feet) ups and downs until the Brasstown parking lot. Most of this is what we call "green tunnel", with no view due to the thick canopy, but there are a couple of spots along the way where you can step into a clearing and actually see the surrounding area. One stretch (~3 miles in) gets a little chunky and overgrown, I greatly enjoyed this section.

Saw a hiker around Chimneytop Mountain who told me in the thickest Southern accent I've heard since the last time I was in Northern Georgia that he saw a couple of bears up ahead. They cleared off by the time I got there, but there was an area that looked like it had been heavily disturbed by something big.

Towards the eastern end of the trail the canopy got so thick that it actually seemed like it was getting dark out. Trail was nice and wide here presumably because it's too dark for anything to grow on the ground.

This is one of those odd trails where when you start to hear cars, you know you're getting close to the summit. Popped out into the parking lot (not too crowded), then hiked up the paved path to the visitor center at the summit. Nice views, a bit hazy but I could see a couple of mountains I'd been up earlier, including Coosa Bald to the west and Clingman's Dome to the north.

The way down was relatively slow since my achilles tendons were feeling a little rough. On the trail, only saw one other person besides the previously mentioned hiker. This is not a bad way to visit Brasstown if you want a little more of an adventure.
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Jul 16 2022
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 16 2022
ShatteredArmTriplogs 204
Run/Jog17.01 Miles 2,362 AEG
Run/Jog17.01 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   4.22 mph
2,362 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Creative juices ran dry after last week, needed some miles on the legs, so decided to go with something close(ish) and familiar. I've done this loop about a billion times now (three, to be exact), it's always worth coming back to. Saw ~3 backpackers, two runners, and a couple of UTVs on the Dick Hart ridge.

Threatened to rain for the last ~6 miles, but it never really materialized. No energy the last few miles, so lots of walking at the end there.

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Jul 09 2022
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 Phoenix, AZ
Taylor Lake loop, CO 
Taylor Lake loop, CO
 
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2022
ShatteredArmTriplogs 204
Hiking5.34 Miles 1,866 AEG
Hiking5.34 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.37 mph
1,866 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Last little outing for the trip, originally intended to go check out Endlich Mesa, but the thing that turned out to be Endlich was the road to the TH. Was about 3 miles up it and turned around because I didn't want to spend three hours driving at 5mph. So I headed over to the La Platas for some fun.

Found a trail on my map heading up from near the junction of Kennebec Pass and Columbine Basin roads, and saw on my map that there is a loop around Taylor Lake. Unfortunately, I was out of service range at that point, so couldn't load the contours... But can't be that bad, right?

The climb up to the lake was mostly on an old road bed, then overgrown singletrack the last little bit before it disappeared into a field of willows only a few hundred feet from Sharkstooth trail. Fortunately they give a little more easily than manzanitas.

The lake itself was nice enough, and saw a handful of hikers and bikers there. Headed up the CO trail to the top of the ridge behind the lake, and departed along the ridge. A couple hundred feet of bouldery talus across a cool causeway thing (ridge was a lot more narrow than it looks from down below), then it's grass the rest of the way up to the summit. Nice view up there, good look at the East and West La Platas, San Juans, and the La Sals off in the distance. Probably the Abajos as well but I was distracted.

The descent down the south side was quite steep, but the rock was stable enough until the lower, flatter portion. On the way back along Sharkstooth a young couple asked me about that route and whether it would be suitable to bring their 3 year old up it... I said I probably wouldn't, but they could certainly take a look at it.

Finding the trail back down took a bit of help from the GPS. Once I did, I actually saw two different couples on the way down who were as surprised as I was that anybody else used this trail.
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Jul 08 2022
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San Luis PeakSan Luis Valley, CO
San Luis Valley, CO
Run/Jog avatar Jul 08 2022
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Run/Jog12.08 Miles 3,369 AEG
Run/Jog12.08 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   3.34 mph
3,369 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Decided to check out San Luis Peak as much to visit the eastern San Juans, where I'd never ventured, as to summit the actual peak. Since I was up in the CB area, it seemed like a convenient opportunity to head down that way. Beetles have picked in mixed conifer forests in the Creede area clean at this point, and it looks like they're settling into the greater Lake City region.

Found a decent campsite about a mile south of the Equity Mine (active operation it seems), one of several in the area. Decent camping up there. Started for the peak at 7AM from Willow Creek TH (somehow not feeling the 5/6 of a sixpack I drank at my 10,500k foot campsite), took the steeper shortcut to connect with the CT. From here, there was a few hundred foot drop into some mature woods that I'm sure looked really pretty before the beetles ravaged them. Then a good stretch of runnable terrain with a couple little climbs up to saddles.

Once on the south ridge of San Luis, it gets nice and steep, and the mile+ hike to the summit took something like 35 minutes. TH to summit in 1:57, which I think is probably my fastest-paced 14er summit (thanks to the flat stretches), and possibly my fastest overall. Took in the views, which included the Elks, the main part of the San Juans, Sawatch, and the Sangres. It's not the most exciting 14er, but its isolation provides for a nice unobstructed overview of the SW corner of Colorado.

The way down provided for some nice easy running in the flat stretches, and a climb back up to the first saddle that I didn't really appreciate. Took the long way back (to San Luis Pass, then down Willow Creek trail). That last beer was fortuitously still cold when I finished.
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Jul 05 2022
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Avalanche Lake, CO 
Avalanche Lake, CO
 
Backpack avatar Jul 05 2022
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Backpack25.80 Miles 6,300 AEG
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The centerpoint of my week of road tripping was intended to be a backpacking trip. I had some longer ideas mapped out in the Uintas or Weminuche, but at the last minute I had the idea to do the Four Passes loop while permits aren't required. Since I was coming from the Carbondale side, I decided the Geneva Lake TH would be the most convenient access point. So, I headed through Marble early in the day, and got to the sign that said "Spicy" to the right and "Very Spicy" to the left.

Thinking the focus was not supposed to be on testing out my 4x4 skills, I chose regular "Spicy", which I figured also lets me see the "ghost" town of Crystal. Everything was on track until I passed through town, and saw the second warning sign about road quality and how it requires short wheelbase and an experienced driver, but I figured, it's only a mile right? Well, I think that mile to Lead King Basin might be the "Very Spicy" part, because I made it a half mile, with at least one obstacle that I thought could possibly have fatal consequences if executed poorly, and decided I don't want to be back in a place like that and find my vehicle won't start for some reason. I then decided to try and get to the West Maroon TH up by Schofield Pass, but I found the road to be impassable due to a large, inconveniently placed snow drift.

So, I had to scramble and come up with a backup plan; I had read about Avalanche Lake earlier, and could be at that TH within a half hour or so, so off I went.

Tuesday - ~9 miles

Two other vehicles at the TH. I liked my odds of finding a campsite. Nice easy walking, though a bit warm when the sun was out. There was a warning at the TH about a bridge being out at 2.5 miles, which is the crossing of Hell Roaring Creek. It's not the hardest creek crossing by a long shot, but I suppose they want to warn the day hikers. At around 4 miles the trail crosses an interesting washed out area covered with pink dirt, which presents the only minor route finding challenge of the trip.

~5 miles, Duley Park, which is a giant open meadow surrounded by nice mixed conifer on one side and aspen on the other. Pretty place. Deadfall gets a lot more frequent after Duley Park.

After this I saw (presumably) the owners of one of the vehicles heading the other way. At around 7 miles I saw another hiker headed down who told me she had seen a bear with three cubs on the Capitol Creek trail. So, both cars were now accounted for, so I'd probably have the canyon all by myself tonight!

I was thinking I'd kinda like to lug the pack for a shorter distance, and just as I was debating whether to set up at a decent campsite I found or go a little further, I heard thunder, so I decided to get my tent set up and hunker down. I think this was around 2pm... Took a little nap, woke up and didn't hear rain, so I decided to see if I could day hike up to the lake. Just after I started off, the rain started picking up, more steady than before, so I waited under a giant spruce tree for awhile and decided to hold off and do the day hike in the morning. It turned out to be a pretty boring afternoon, without the rain stopping until 5pm or so, and socked in with clouds until it got dark; but I was actually kinda glad I wasn't at the treeline like I would've been on four passes.

Wednesday ~17 miles

Set an alarm for pretty early, 5am I think, but I actually woke up a little ahead of it when the birds started chirping at twilight. Quick coffee and breakfast, then I packed up my gear so I'd be ready to go, and headed up the trail. Before too long I was at the Capitol Creek trail junction, and I decided to head up to the Capitol/Avalanche pass first, since I wanted to check it out, and I'd be less willing to do it later. This was a pretty enjoyable stretch, with a couple of alpine meadows and finally the treeline. At the pass, Capitol Lake is right below, and Capitol Peak looms directly above. I believe Snowmass Mountain could be seen on the way up to the pass as well. Best part, didn't see anybody else up there (unless you count the marmots).

After taking in the view, headed back down to Avalanche Creek trail, and headed up to the lake. Just past the Capitol Creek trail there are some campsites that almost made me regret not walking in the rain to get there. The lake itself is also pretty, being below treeline it's not like most of the alpine lakes you see in Colorado, and since the air was perfectly still, I got a lovely reflection of the mountains on the surface.

Went back down to get my pack, filtered water, then headed back down. Shortly thereafter I ran into two small parties headed up to the lake. I had been getting the sense that I might not be able to stay dry on the hike out, and about 3 miles from the car, I felt rain drops. By about 2.5 miles, all hell broke loose and it was a heavy, cold downpour and every flat spot on the trail was filled with water. It's amazing how quickly and frequently Colorado changes between hot and dry, and cold and wet. The rain let up about a mile from the car. I've never been so glad to take off my shoes...

This was a fun one, and I don't think it gets as much attention from the tourists like the four passes loop. One could probably make this part of a six passes loop using West Snowmass, Capitol Creek, and Silver Creek.
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Jul 03 2022
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Northern La Sals loop, UT 
Northern La Sals loop, UT
 
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Run/Jog16.44 Miles 4,919 AEG
Run/Jog16.44 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   3.07 mph
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Joined some friends for the 4th weekend camping at Mason Draw, which despite only having 5 campsites and accessible by any vehicle, never filled up. The La Sals are probably the mountain range outside of AZ I have explored most thoroughly, having run a 50 miler there 7 years ago and a 100 miler 4 years ago. I decided to utilize some trails I already knew, and connect Miner's Basin to Mann's Peak via a couple of 12k feet summits.

There were thunderstorms when I arrived, and the forecast called for a chance of storms after noon, but possibly as early as nine, so that was on my mind. Started out down a little stretch of the Jimmy Keen loop to connect to the La Sal Loop Road, and ran pavement for about a mile to the Miner's Basin road. I thought the climb up to Miner's Basin would be enjoyable with daylight and legs that didn't have 61 miles on them, but it wasn't. At least the scenery made it somewhat worthwhile, Miner's Basin is pretty, and has healthy aspen trees unlike the ones by the loop road.

The actual Miner's Basin trail was more overgrown than I remembered. This part of the trail is labeled as FR4681 on the FS topo maps, but it has been closed to vehicle traffic beyond the lake for, well, at least 7 years. What the old map does not show is that this old road continues all the way up to the saddle between Green Mountain and Pilot Mountain, which are also not on the FS map (basically, it's a very unreliable map). The part where it departs from the Miner's Basin aka Trans-La Sal trail and heads east was new to me, and this was a very enjoyable little canyon. Some deadfall to contend with, but eventually it tops the tree line and the views are phenomenal.

Quickly went up Green Mountain, where there was a weather station or something. I originally planned on doing Mt. Waas, and the route turned out to be very obvious from the Green Mountain summit, but there was a threatening-looking cloud looming behind Pilot Mountain and I got a little worried about how long it would take to get back below the tree line if I had to. But for those looking at exploring some La Sal summits, it would've been about an extra ~0.6 miles each way, and probably about 600 feet more climbing.

Headed to Pilot Mountain, and enjoyed what I thought were slightly better views than Green Mountain. The drop down to the Mann's Peak/Mill Creek trail looked a bit steep, but luckily it was solid footing the whole way down. I ended up passing on Mann's Peak this time because (a) I was tired and (b) I've already been up there. So I headed down Mill Creek, and actually got a few sprinkles on the way down to Warner Lake. It ended up not amounting to much, though.

At the lake I ran into a couple members of the camping group who were debating whether to go up and over into Miner's Basin, which I recommended, but they ended up joining me on the shorter way, down Hazzard County trail.

Felt a bit rough, but I always enjoy getting up into the La Sals. If I could have a do-over, I'd skip that stupid road climb and either do a loop from the end of the road, or (this would be your passenger car option) start from Warner Lake. The intrepid adventurer could put together a nice little route featuring summits of Gold Knob, Green Mountain, Mount Waas, Pilot Mountain, and Mann's Peak, and even try and throw in Castle Mountain and La Sal Peak, which I think looked pretty straightforward.
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