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Nov 29 2020
ShatteredArm
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 Phoenix, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 29 2020
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Run/Jog9.40 Miles 3,015 AEG
Run/Jog9.40 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   3.32 mph
3,015 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Decided to check out Silver Peak on the way out. Looked like it should offer a good view.

Trail climbs steadily, but it's not overly steep. Once into the north face, vegetation changes to conifers, and it was quite chilly in the shade.

Summit was much warmer, and provided the expected view, and then some.

Ran down at a pretty decent pace. I liked this trail more than I expected.
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Nov 28 2020
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Snowshed & Greenhouse LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 28 2020
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Run/Jog17.60 Miles 4,674 AEG
Run/Jog17.60 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   3.03 mph
4,674 ft AEG
 
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Plan was to loop Snowshed and Greenhouse. Got started a little bit late, so brought lights just in case. Herb Martyr Trail was steep but pretty. Snowshed was not as steep, but rougher. Loved both; beautiful terrain up there.

We decided to do the out and back to Snowshed Peak. The first half is easy, then it gets overgrown. Looks like they've done some work on the first half.

Headed towards Chiricauhua via an alleged trail north of Aspen Peak, which my map shows but clearly does not exist in any meaningful form. Would have been easier just to go up and over.

Chiricauhua Peak was comparatively easy. I had been up from Rustler Park a few years ago, so nothing new.

Greenhouse Trail was cold. Creek was mostly frozen, as was Winn Falls.

Made it back to the car just as the sun was starting to set.
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Nov 22 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Long Canyon Trail #122 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 22 2020
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Run/Jog12.58 Miles 1,378 AEG
Run/Jog12.58 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   4.10 mph
1,378 ft AEG
 
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Decided after yesterday's debacle, some easy-to-follow trails would be in order. Long Canyon has been on the list for a bit, and it seemed like good Sedona weather, so decided on that this morning (my friend literally showed up at my place, and I said, "I was thinking Mazatzals, Supes, or Sedona, what sounds good?"). Last minute decisions are great.

Anyways, we parked near Boynton TH, along the road, and started up over Deadman's Pass. Everything from here up to where Long Canyon takes a little jog north is pretty flat, easy jogging. After the north jog the scenery gets like 10 times better. Colors were popping near the end of the trail.

At the official trail end, there are a few different canyons you can explore. We walked up the one to the east (towards Maroon Mountain), some vegetation and scrambling involved. Curious whether one could get up to Maroon from there, but it looked like a pretty steep scree slope farther up ahead.

Way down was fast and easy, took a detour around Mescal Mountain. Mascal trail was good fun.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Colors popping near the end of the trail.
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Nov 21 2020
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Fig Trail #92 - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 21 2020
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Run/Jog5.11 Miles 670 AEG
Run/Jog5.11 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   2.89 mph
670 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to do something close, short, and easy. I think I got the first two boxes checked. The first mistake I made was forgetting to make sure I had the actual route on my electronic device. Whoops.

The river crossing was pretty easy; I think with current flow I could probably even get my Jeep across. Took a wrong turn after the crossing, since it seems more people continue along the river. Realized it was wrong when we got to another crossing, and headed north-ish cross country until we got to the correct road.

This was easy enough to follow until the spring, which actually had water, and was a nice little spot. Looks like it is Javelina central. Opposite side of the creek we lost the route, and couldn't figure out where it went. There are so many game trails there that even if there were an actual trail somewhere, it'd be impossible to distinguish it.

Fun time, but this one definitely requires a map.

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Intermittent flow in the creek, and a good seep coming out of the spring.
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Nov 14 2020
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Cornucopia - Thicket Spring LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 14 2020
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Run/Jog8.34 Miles 1,976 AEG
Run/Jog8.34 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.94 mph
1,976 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Birthday run for a friend who had never run in the Mazatzals. Decided to start at Mount Peeley TH, and I suggested the 7ish mile Cornucopia/Thicket lollipop. I had run down Cornucopia a few years back as part of an 18 mile fun run, but haven't been south of Peeley since. Stopped at Thicket Spring, and was surprised to find water. Guess last weekend's storm was enough, or it's fairly reliable.

Headed down to the bus for a bit, then back up via W Fork Trail. Thicket Spring trail is pretty overgrown these days, and it's easy to see why this is no longer the AZT alignment. Not as scenic as Cornucopia, although the last half mile or so wasn't bad.

Didn't see anyone else out there until about a half mile from the TH, when we saw another runner we happened to know...she was flagging the turns for this year's fun run, which as it turns out, would be the next morning.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Thicket Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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Nov 07 2020
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Patagonia Mountains exploration, AZ 
Patagonia Mountains exploration, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Nov 07 2020
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4x4 Trip
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Spent the weekend accompanying my sister in the Patagonia Mountains on part of her Coues Deer hunting expedition, mostly in the "driver" role. This was an area I had never been before, so I was excited to see it.

Started out off of FR4684, near Walnut Well. Hiked up to the top of a hill, didn't spot anything (other than a coatimundi). After about an hour here, were drove around a bit, and then headed over to Flux Canyon Road on the other side of the mountain. At the junction of FR812 and FR4685 (just to the west of the Hermosa mine), we saw a doe headed up the canyon, so we decided to head up the side road. This was really a pretty canyon, with stands of Ponderosa and Chihuahua Pine in the bottom, and oak on the slopes. About a mile up, we spotted two bucks crossing the road, and they just sat there looking at us... Unfortunately my sister didn't have her gun ready, and they scrammed by the time she got out of the car. They probably didn't know how close they came to death in that moment! Decided to explore the rest of the way up the road, and there was actually a spring there with a little trickle. Headed back to camp after this.

In the afternoon, we headed back around the mountain, and walked part of the way up FR4701. This was another nice shady canyon, just over the ridge from where we were earlier in the day. Saw a pretty big arch up on the ridge separating the canyons. Headed back down as it started raining. Decided to head further south, but the rain got heavier and heavier, so it just turned into a scenic drive down to Duquesne Road and down through Sycamore Canyon.

Sunday morning, we headed back to FR4685, hoping to see more deer there. Spent a couple hours in the canyon, but nothing this time. Hiked a little bit past the end of the road where the canyon narrows, and there's a nice little pour off that could be pretty cool when it's flowing. Also found a pretty odd little religious shrine across from a mine. Saw a few more little arches on the south side of the canyon. As far as hikes go in this area, it would probably be pretty worthwhile just to park at Flux Canyon Road and walk up the road, and beyond. Saw a band of coatimundi in here as well. After we gave up here, we started heading back down, and saw a deer bound across the road. It was moving. We decided to check out FR215 on the way back, and found a nice little overlook that we thought might work for glassing.

Sunday afternoon, we headed around the mountain to check out Soldier Basin. It looked like a potentially decent spot for deer to hang out, with a couple of springs and some clearings. Took FR4698 in, and it was fun, a legitimate Jeep road. Lots of wooded areas and clearings, it was definitely where I'd hang out if I were a deer. Saw another group of hunters in there too. Headed down to the end of the road, where there was an old structure...and also a group of yahoos with a UTV blaring music. The reason for the lack of deer in the area was no longer a mystery. At the pass where the road starts dropping into the basin, we found a migrant trail along the crest that could be a decent hike. Headed over towards Guajolote Flat, and saw no deer, but another coati. We had called it a day, but I decided to head further out FR58 in Corral Canyon, where we saw a couple of bucks with the last gasp of daylight. Just as she was taking aim, a group of hunters in one of those obnoxiously loud side-by-side came by and scared them off. Boo.

Monday morning was my last little jaunt on the trip, and we headed back out Flux Canyon, and sat at the overlook for a bit... But it was windy and drizzly and kinda miserable. My sister wanted to go down in the canyon, so we drove further down. Nice spot there, some foundations (probably an old mining camp), and a shady canyon. This one would probably be worth exploring further up and down the canyon on foot. Drove back up towards the mine (saw another coati of course), then down FR5785 to Flux Mine. Saw a few deer heading up the other side of the canyon, but they turned out to be does. After this, we decided to check out Three R Canyon. Drove a ways up FR215 and turned around (same number as the Flux Canyon offshoot; they don't connect on the map). Took 4679 down to 235, and then followed that the rest of the way out.

Have to say, the Patagonia Mountains are pretty, but there's not much (or anything?) in the way of hiking trails, and you can't throw a rock without hitting a mine. It's a great area for 4x4 travel, though, and there is a ton of seclusion.
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Oct 31 2020
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Wildcat / Cuff Button / W Pinto, AZ 
Wildcat / Cuff Button / W Pinto, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Oct 31 2020
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Run/Jog11.53 Miles 2,435 AEG
Run/Jog11.53 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.50 mph
2,435 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Camped at Miles Ranch for the weekend, so I decided it would be a good time to check out Cuff Button trail, one of the few remaining trails in this area I haven't seen yet. Started with Wildcat Canyon, which I had done earlier in the year with a backpack. Think I did a little bit better with the routefinding on the first part.

Cuff Button was pleasant in the lower part of the canyon, while it was double track, but farther up it was choked out with catclaw, thistles, and other sharp things. Outside of the burned areas, progress was actually a little easier on Wildcat Canyon. I was pretty over it by the time we got back down to West Pinto.

West Pinto has quite a bit more catclaw than I remembered from six months ago. But at least there was shade!

dry Jerky Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Oak Spring Dripping Dripping

dry Rock Creek Dry Dry
Dry at W Pinto trail.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max West Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Not sure where the actual spring is, but there's water in this part of W Pinto.
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Oct 31 2020
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Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 31 2020
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Run/Jog8.09 Miles 1,939 AEG
Run/Jog8.09 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.64 mph
1,939 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I thought the 2nd part of yesterday's double feature was supposed to be a hike, but turns out that would only apply to the uphill portions. The idea for this one was to visit Tony Ranch Cabin as the sun was setting, for a fitting Halloween activity. Started at the upper trailhead because it was closest to the cabin.

Found a couple campers ignoring fire restrictions at Dirt Tank. They said they didn't know there were fire restrictions (riiiight), and that they're just cooking.

Cabin is still standing, but in worse shape than I remember. Timing worked out so we only needed lights on the way back.

When we saw the illegal fire on the way back, they changed their story and said they were "mountain rescue" (as if that matters), although we weren't sure why that wasn't true an hour earlier. Oh well, we got a picture of their truck, in case the USFS cares.

Overall a good little outing, although it turns out running in the dark with catclaw around is not always advisable.


dry Grapevine Spring Dry Dry
There's a bit of moisture around, but would be very difficult to extract any water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Tony Ranch Spring Dripping Dripping
Steady dripping from the pipe. Would take awhile to fill a container.
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Oct 16 2020
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North Bass TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 16 2020
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Backpack32.82 Miles 7,645 AEG
Backpack32.82 Miles2 Days   21 Hrs   15 Mns   
7,645 ft AEG
 
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Was originally going to do this Memorial Day weekend, but had to reschedule due to Covid closures. Probably a good thing; October is prime time for North Bass. The plan was to hike down to Shinumo Creek via the lower White Canyon detour, camp there two nights, and hike around Shinumo Creek in the interim, before hiking up to Mauv Saddle for a 3rd night and short hike back to the car.

Friday

Things got to a rocky start when I (probably) strained a muscle in my lower back positioning my pack in my Jeep. Then we wasted about 20 minutes trusting google for directions to the TH; when I realized it was wrong, there was no coverage, so I had to rely on faint years-old recollections to finish the job. But we got there.

Made pretty good time down to the bottom of the Redwall, then the nightmarish vegetation in the middle White Creek narrows slowed progress considerably. We took a break at the little slickrock section before the trail temporarily exits. After the bypass, we were back in the wash, and this was officially further I had ever been down this trail (made it through the narrows on a day hike 3 years ago).

I was getting slightly worried about daylight; it was 4pm or so when we got to the location where the trail exits White Creek for good, and while the narrows section would be a much shorter distance, I wasn't sure what to expect as far as vegetation and obstacles. But I missed the trail and we found ourselves at the start of the narrows, so decided to just go with it. This section actually turned out to be much easier going than the wash portion of the creek, and more enjoyable than any part of the actual North Bass trail. We had to take packs off just once to lower them down a 4ft pour-off, but overall the few obstacles were very easy. Got to the campsite at Shinumo and White confluence with a full hour of daylight to spare.

After setting up camp, and sitting for half an hour or so, my back reminded me, with a vengeance, that I had tweaked it. For a minute there I was worried about how I would get out of the canyon, but it loosened up, and for the rest of the trip would just be non-acute soreness.

Saturday

Headed down the creek in the morning towards the Colorado. Lots of creek crossings, but all pretty easy. Visited the old Shinumo Camp site, and there's not much left there, just the old equipment stash along the trail and a few foundations. Headed up and over the saddle and back down to the river, and chilled on a nice beach for a bit.

On the way back, we decided to try and find the route over to the lower part of Shinumo Creek. Turned out to be pretty easy, with a barely marked junction before the trail starts climbing, and another one shortly after that leads down to a nice beach. We stayed up high, passed by another old foundation, and easily found our way to the trail to Shinumo. The descent back down to the creek was a lot of fun, and so was the creek. At one point I think we accidentally stumbled onto Bass's old route up Burro Canyon. The lower part of Shinumo Creek is definitely worth checking out, and more interesting than the section of North Bass that bypasses it.

Got back to camp at 1pm, took a short nap, and then I ventured up Shinumo Creek by myself. Followed this route all the way to a little upstream from Flint Creek, where there is a narrow section with a pool and waterfall that would require swimming to bypass (unless there's a way around that involves exiting the channel, possibly in Flint Creek). This little trek was one of the highlights, and a worthwhile diversion if you're down there.

Sunday

Decided to take the actual North Bass trail up, and got the climb out of the way before it started getting hot. The wash section wasn't as miserable as expected, as there were little shady areas here and there to take short breaks. The redwall climb was steeper than I remembered from a couple days earlier, but once up there, it was easy going until back in the wash. The upper White Creek section just seemed to go on and on and on, but once at the climb, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Filled up all our containers at the spring for the dry camp at the cabin, where there was actually not much room to camp. Didn't want to stay inside the cabin due to worries about potential airborn rodent diseases, but the weather was actually beautiful up there. Wasn't cold like I expected.

Monday

Quick one mile hike out with light packs (opted to just carry 16oz of water, which I only drank half of). Beers in my Jeep were still cold. Long drive home.

We saw a grand total of three other groups on the trail, which is 1-2 more than I expected. Overall I liked this area, particularly Shinumo Creek, although it's a major pain to get there. I might explore the possibility of pack rafting across from South Bass if I want to visit again in the future.
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Dox Castle

dry Burro Canyon Dry Dry

dry Flint Creek Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Queen Anne Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Not a ton of flow, but managed to fill up 5L or so in about 10 minutes.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Shinumo Creek Light flow Light flow
I'm going with "Light flow" because, while there is plenty of water, the crossings are all very easy, rarely more than knee deep.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max White Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Upper section (Supai): dry
Middle narrows (below Redwall): intermittent
Lower narrows (below Tonto): intermittent, decent flow in places.
Dry at Shinumo confluence
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Oct 10 2020
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Man Against Horse fail, AZ 
Man Against Horse fail, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Oct 10 2020
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Run/Jog34.53 Miles 5,156 AEG
Run/Jog34.53 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   4.06 mph
5,156 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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I had been wanting to run the Man Against Horse race for years, but could never really manage it due to always having something big in September. September plans were canceled this year, so I figured this would be the time to try it. I didn't train particularly well, but thought I could get by on two big weeks in September.

The first part of the run is just through the Fain Ranch area, down a horrible wash through the grassland. I could do without ever having to do this again. A bunch of us took a wrong turn at about mile 6.5 and had to add 2 miles or so after backtracking.

Once in Grapevine Gulch, the scenery improves significantly. Got a little warm up on the ridge, and I could feel my hip flexors already tightening, so not a good sign... After leaving the aid station at Mingus Springs, felt pretty decent for awhile. Lots of forest road while making our way up around the mountain, and for awhile, there was plenty of shade.

East of the summit, it started getting hot, and legs started tightening up. Long runnable stretches have been a problem for me for quite some time, and a couple miles before the start of the climb, I could barely even manage 4mph on the flat section. So I figured I'd just do the climb up to the top of Mingus and probably tap out there. Which is what I did.

I don't feel too terrible about 34 somewhat mountainous miles in 8.5 hours, but that's not fast enough for that race. Definitely not for those who like to take their time. Really cool event, but I think next time I'll stick with the 25 miler.

dry Trap Spring Dry Dry
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Oct 04 2020
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WCC - Cash Tank to FR214A, AZ 
WCC - Cash Tank to FR214A, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2020
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Hiking16.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   10 Hrs   31 Mns   1.54 mph
2,000 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Spur of the moment trip to "finish" WCC. Friday evening a friend became available, so we decided that this would likely be our last chance to do what would easily be the most difficult leg of the canyon. Dropped off my Jeep on FR214A on the west side (debating going to Bull Pen, but I figured I'd be too tired to run the easy part of the trail anyways) on Saturday night, and shuttled around to Calloway Tank to camp.

Only went about a mile on FR142A, and decided we're not saving much time, so at 8AM we parked the car and jogged the rest of the way to Cash Tank. The big unknown this weekend was how cold the water would be. At the first swim, we inflated the cheap tubes, and floated down the creek. At this point, the water was cold enough to numb my arms and legs, guessing about 50F. Started getting some sun exposure after the White Box though, and the water was much more pleasant after that.

Took a break at the Hanging Gardens, assessed our pace, and decided we didn't have any reason to be concerned yet. Near Meadow Canyon, we saw a band of coatimundi, with a few juveniles. Despite being so young, they were already very skilled climbers. This is now the farthest north I have seen coati.

Just a couple minutes later, I encountered my first rattler of the year (believe it or not), and he was not happy. It was of the black tailed variety.

Red box... This was my favorite section, mainly because it is amazing and I had never seen it before. My friend thought the white box was prettier, so both were new to him, so that's probably a less biased view. Took a break in the red box and we spotted a pretty big natural arch about halfway up the canyon wall, not sure if it has a name.

After the red box it got a little more miserable, with a stretch where progress was difficult - no dry rocks in the creek, but vegetation covering the banks. Got a little concerned about daylight there for a bit, but the terrain opened up a little bit. It got a little slow again just before Maiden Falls, with a couple of spots requiring a little bit of poking around to find the way around.

Got to the falls around 3:45pm IIRC, and knowing the rest of the way would be easy, I felt a lot better about the daylight situation. Took a couple of minutes to celebrate the fact that we had now seen the entire canyon above Bull Pen, and made good time to the exit.

Somehow managed not to fall off a cliff exiting the canyon, and powered up the hill. It's amazing that even on a steep climb like that, you can move twice as fast as you can in the creek. Got to the top right around sunset, without needing to pull out a light. That's a win in my book.

Overall, took 10.5 hours from car to car, and we weren't dawdling much at all.
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Sep 26 2020
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Broken Arrow Exploration, AZ 
Broken Arrow Exploration, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Sep 26 2020
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Run/Jog8.43 Miles 1,508 AEG
Run/Jog8.43 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   3.42 mph
1,508 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Friend suggested going to Sedona on Saturday, and suggested starting at the chapel and heading out towards Chicken Point and Broken Arrow. I've driven the Jeep out there a few times but hadn't seen it on foot, so decided to give it a go. Didn't realize you can't (legally) pass through the Chapel parking lot until 9am, so we started on Mystic instead. Temps were cool in the morning, but warmed up quickly when the sun came over the horizon.

At the top of Hog Heaven (which was a cool trail), we noticed a social trail heading to the south, which I guessed would head to the ridge connecting the two buttes overlooking the area north of Bell Rock. Decided to head up it, and the view turned out to be fantastic, and easily the best of the day. Looked like you could get to the high point to the east with some scrambling.

After Hog Heaven, we headed up to Broken Arrow, where we started seeing people. Stopped by the Devil's Dining Room, and made a side trip to Submarine Rock, before heading to Chicken Point. After taking a little break above Chicken Point, we checked out the first half mile or so of Jim Bryant, which has a much more "wilderness" character (MTB aren't allowed). I might come back and check out the rest of that trail at some point.

Feeling a little hot and hungry, we turned around and made a beeline back to the car via Little Horse and Chapel. Not a bad area, like pretty much anywhere around Sedona.
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Sep 11 2020
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Charleston loop (south north trail canyon), NV 
Charleston loop (south north trail canyon), NV
 
Run/Jog avatar Sep 11 2020
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Run/Jog18.27 Miles 4,802 AEG
Run/Jog18.27 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   3.57 mph
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I've been wanting to do this one for awhile, and it's on the way back to phx and fits within my recent theme of ultraprominent peaks.

Climb up to the ridge isn't bad, nothing too steep. On top, the miles through the burn scar make one wonder what this place used to look like.

Spent a few minutes at the summit, the headed down north loop. Didn't see anybody until I was almost to Trail Canyon, which is odd, because North Loop was way more fun and scenic.

Flew down Trail Canyon. Smooth trail that's a lot of fun to run down.

Overall, fun day, great scenery, I'd go back.
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Sep 10 2020
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North Schell PeakElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2020
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Hiking6.92 Miles 3,021 AEG
Hiking6.92 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   2.64 mph
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Decided to try bagging another ultra since there was one so close. As long as I could get my car there... which turned out to be no problem (although I had to park in the campground).

The lower part of the trail is forested and mellow, with a running creek. Really a pretty area. The farther up the drainage you go, the steeper it gets.

Eventually I got to the end of the trail, and where you head up the deceiving long ridge. Not bad, steep, but not so steep that the talus isn't stable.

Obvious path the rest of the way to the summit. Based on the register it doesn't get a whole lot of traffic.

Outstanding view from the summit, and if you choose the right day, you might be able to do a double summit day with Wheeler.
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Wheeler PeakElko, NV
Elko, NV
Run/Jog avatar Sep 09 2020
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Run/Jog8.57 Miles 2,866 AEG
Run/Jog8.57 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   3.34 mph
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Showed up at the TH a little after 1pm after driving from Elko, and the sign said it's a 6-10 hour hike. I said, we'll see.

First 2+ miles was mellow enough to jog, which I did. Obviously that means the last 1.5 miles should be pretty steep. I put on my light jacket (it was getting windy) and started the climb.

It's really a pretty easy trail, but holy cow, it was cold and windy. That's probably why I didn't see anyone on the summit trail. In a couple of places, it almost blew me over.

I took shelter on the leeward side of the ridge about a quarter mile from the top, since I noticed my entire wind-facing left arm was numb. Moved it around a little to increase circulation, then made the final push to the top.

Fortunately at the top it was a bit less windy, and there are rock shelters as well. So I got to spend a minute or two there. At this point I noticed the water in my hydration bladder's hose was starting to turn to slush.

Made quick time of the descent, just to get down off the ridge.

Overall pretty easy summit, I don't feel like I did much besides freeze my butt off. Very worthwhile though.
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Wines Peak - Ruby MountainsElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2020
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Hiking23.12 Miles 5,641 AEG
Hiking23.12 Miles   7 Hrs   24 Mns   3.14 mph
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Scooted over to Elko yesterday hoping to check out the Ruby Mountains. Originally wanted to backpack, but the cold deterred me somewhat. The drive into town was extremely hazy, and I couldn't even see the mountains. Fortunately the high winds that accompanied the cold apparently got rid of the haze...

Anyways, it was in the mid 20s when I started. Yay summer. Kept my windbreaker on until about 13 miles in.

I had no real plan, didn't look at mileage, but had the idea that if my sense of scale weren't too far off, Wines Peak could be a good objective. The glacial lakes made for some great scenery along the way.

On the way up to the summit, the views started becoming more expansive, and I knew it would be worth it. Indeed, Wines Peak afforded excellent views of the Ruby Dome ridge, the mountains continuing north and south, and out over the basin to the east. It was about 9.4 miles and 3200 feet of climbing to get there.

On the way back, I decided to take Favre Lake Trail, which probably added half a mile at the most.

Decided that while I'm here, I may as well tack on the Island Lake trail. It was OK, but my least favorite Island Lake so far.

Wonderful area, and very low traffic compared to recent trails I've been on. Only problem is I wish I could have seen the whole trail.
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Sep 07 2020
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Naomi Peak, UT 
Naomi Peak, UT
 
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Run/Jog6.89 Miles 2,079 AEG
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Naomi Peak has been on my list for sentimental reasons. I traversed the Bear River Range last September as part of the Bear 100, and it seems logical to summit the highpoint of the range as well. Also, the Tony Grove and White Pine area are said to be particularly scenic, but for those of us slow folks, you don't get there until it's dark...

When I got to the lake, it didn't disappoint. Bigger and prettier than I expected. Also a little crowded, but it is Labor Day...

The trail itself is pretty mellow most of the way, and then gets moderately steep the last mile or so. Pretty easy summit overall (unless you try it from the west end of the trail, in which case you might climb 6000 feet). Outstanding view from the top, although it's unfortunately very hazy today all over the great basin... I couldn't even see across the Cache Valley, but normally it would provide a good view of the Wasatch, and I suspect you could even see the Uintas and Winds off in the distance.

Pretty worthwhile summit if you're in the area and you're looking for something relatively easy.
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Kings Peak - Utah HighpointDinosaurland, UT
Dinosaurland, UT
Run/Jog avatar Sep 06 2020
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Run/Jog25.95 Miles 4,169 AEG
Run/Jog25.95 Miles   8 Hrs   21 Mns   3.15 mph
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Penciled in the Utah high point for this trip, and a friend of mine wanted to go camping, so I decided to do this over the weekend. Apparently this is usually done as part of an overnighter. Psh.

Considering I finished a 30 mile overnighter on Friday, I was actually moving OK. Wasn't sure how that would play out. Was able to jog quite a bit of the way up to Gunsight. Basically everything up to Gunsight is pretty mellow, and then everything changes...

I took the shortcut over to Anderson Pass, which, from what I could tell, is probably becoming the standard approach. It does involve an annoyingly long trek across talus, but fortunately it's mostly stable.

From Anderson Pass up, it's pretty scrambly, with no set route. This took me way longer than expected. But the summit view was worth it, and there was even a party going on!

The way down was much faster, and the trek back across the shortcut route somehow got easier. I think the wind blew some of the more annoying boulders away.

Obviously started making better time when I got back to actual maintained trail, although I really wanted the last few miles to not exist. After leaving the area, I noticed the air getting extremely hazy. Glad it waited until after I summitted...

I think trying this as a day hike would be torture... the approach is so long.
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Titcomb BasinCentral, WY
Central, WY
Backpack avatar Sep 03 2020
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Backpack30.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
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I've been wanting to check out the Winds for awhile, and decided to start with the most popular route. The plan was to hike to Titcomb Basin, camp there, and head back. I knew it was a popular route, but I didn't expect to see about 200 cars in the parking lot...

Headed out anyways, a little worried about campsite availability. It's just a walk through the woods until Photographer's Point, which is an amazing view. About a mile after that, the lakes start showing up...

Seneca Lake was much bigger than I expected; things just look so small on the map. Took my pack off for the first time here.

At the CDT/Indian Pass junction, someone headed the other way informed me that the camping situation was not great at Titcomb Lakes (there was an actual USFS ranger enforcing the 200 foot rule), so I decided to find a camp near Island Lake and day hike to the basin. On the south side of the lake, there's an unofficial trail heading steeply up into a basin between Mt Lester and Elephant Head, and here I found an outstanding campsite with trees, easy water access, and an excellent view.

After setting up my tent, I continued up the trail to Titcomb Lakes. There's actually very little elevation gain between Island Lake and Titcomb Lakes (my campsite was actually close to the same elevation as the lower lake). Titcomb Lakes was amazing, but I can see why the camping might be less than ideal.

Got back to camp, and decided to continue up the side trail a bit. After another 150 feet or so of steep climbing, it started to level out, and there I found one of the most amazing campsites I've seen in my life. Best view I found the whole trip, a line of trees for shelter, and there was room for a half dozen or so tents. Amazingly, I had the whole drainage to myself; I guess that steep entry is a deterrent.

Headed back down, and grabbed dinner stuff and my chair, and hiked down to the beach to eat there. While making dinner, the ranger from earlier walked by. She wanted to make sure I was aware of the 200 foot rule, in case I missed all 50 of the signs along the way. I don't blame her for asking, because I did see several hikers who apparently did miss them.

Now we're getting on towards sunset. I scrambled around the camp area a bit to find some sunset views, then just settled into a spot where I could see the lake. After probably too much whiskey, I decided it would be a good idea to watch the moon rise, and headed up the trail to the better campsite, and just chilled there until after 9:30 or so.

In the morning, I was on the trail by 9:15, and was still in awe at stuff I had already seen on the way in. I took a little break at Photographer's Point, and after that, I was ready to be done. A couple miles from the parking lot, I started seeing loads of hikers. Seemed like every 30 seconds I passed someone, and the parking lot was overflowing, national park style, with people parking all along the road outside the trailhead. Glad I didn't do this over the weekend...
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Cascade Canyon to Forks, WY 
Cascade Canyon to Forks, WY
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2020
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Hiking13.07 Miles 1,503 AEG
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Had an idea for a loop on the west side of the Tetons, but I hadn't seen it from the front since childhood... so I decided to try the Cascade/Paintbrush loop. Pretty low on energy from the outset, maybe because I skipped coffee. Could barely muster a shuffle on an otherwise easy trail.

Due to low energy levels and just not really enjoying myself, I turned around a little past the forks. That part of the trail really lacks the expansive views I was hoping for, and there were about a billion hikers on the trail. The lake shuttle really means people don't have to put any effort into getting to the Inspiration Point area, and it shows.

Definitely should've stuck with the Teton Canyon area (and took the time to get coffee).
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