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Jan 12 2021
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Mogollon Mellow, AZ 
Mogollon Mellow, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2021
MountainMatt
Hiking50.00 Miles
Hiking50.00 Miles
35 LBS Pack
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Central Arizona ground and pound action with a healthy foot and a new pup has me back out in the woods nearly everyday lately.
We’ve hit a lot of classic and rugged northern Tonto country, a day up in the snow further north up on the coke and some high desert trekking on the AZT in between.
At first I wasn’t sure if 10 month old Mellow was cut out for the mountain life as I could tell he wasn’t having it our first few hikes but he quickly proved me wrong and has already transformed from a terrain timid puppy into a formidable backcountry dog.
I’ve never seen home and the surrounding area so dry, tanks, “perennial water holes” and other riparian areas are truly in worse shape than I’ve ever seen in many years.
As much as I love the eerily warm and comfortable winter hiking weather here in Rim Country we certainly need some storm action and snowpack to fill some of the usual favorites.
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Nov 15 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
WCC - Bullpen, AZ 
WCC - Bullpen, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking2.06 Miles
Hiking2.06 Miles
25 LBS Pack
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Enjoyable little visit to an old favorite at this time of year.
Little early but still a very nice showing throughout the dense riparian creek bottom.
Cottonwoods popping and Sycamores nice and rusty.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Nov 11 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Rock Art RanchNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking1.76 Miles 51 AEG
Hiking1.76 Miles
51 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Finally made it out to this truly incredible ranch and hunk of land!
It was an absolute honor to be led by the legendary Brantley Baird around his property listening to his stories and wisdom.
The petroglyphs in this segment of Chevelon are truly by far the most elaborate and incredible display I have and probably will ever witness in my life.
It’s stimulation overload!
I spent a considerable amount of time admiring and enjoying them but there is still so many markings to see, older, newer, overlapped and underneath one another, they are truly everywhere along those sacred walls.
I already want to return to the general area as the archeological significance around there is truly special and still would love to walk, float and swim the entirety of Clear Creek and Chevelon down to the desert region terminus.

dry Bell Cow Canyon Dry Dry
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Nov 06 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Ancient Autumn, AZ 
Ancient Autumn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking1.97 Miles 221 AEG
Hiking1.97 Miles
221 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Some picture day action in a yearly Autumn favorite that looked as good as can be!
Meteorology
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Some of the best I’ve seen, density, diversity and intensity of colors in full effect!
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Nov 03 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Mogollon Aquatic Autumn, AZ 
Mogollon Aquatic Autumn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking2.12 Miles 158 AEG
Hiking2.12 Miles
158 ft AEG
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Some creek and riverside action along some staple Mogollon Rim water sources, lots of nice hotspots to be found in the middle elevations quickly making the color changing transition to the desert riparian areas.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Oct 10 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Central Arizona Autumn, AZ 
Central Arizona Autumn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking1.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Not much to do with a broken foot so I made the trip to visit some old reliable favorites and bust the dust off the camera gear.
Seems to be a great year for quality Autumn foliage with abnormally warm day time temps and no storms in sights should make for some lasting color to be found.
More people than I’ve ever seen in my life this year at spots that used to be somewhat less traveled is a bit unsettling and all the more reason to heal up so I can get back out to the deep backcountry far away from the hoopla.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Lots of color to be found but still plenty more to come!
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Sep 10 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Plumas National Forest, CA 
Plumas National Forest, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking100.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
Hiking100.00 Miles
10,000 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Two weeks of action in the mighty Plumas National Forest.
Fought fire at night along the Pacific Crest Trail, worked along the
majestic Feather River and lived, ate and breathed in the big timber forest canopy.
Became so adjusted to the trees and environment that when I came back to AZ all the ponderosa’s I spent my life admiring all looked so small and skinny.
Certainly some truly beautiful country in this section of Nor Cal that I’d like to return to one day but my heart will always be in Arizona.
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Meteorology
Fire - Wildfire
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Sep 06 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Tonto Horn Hunting, AZ 
Tonto Horn Hunting, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking100.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
Hiking100.00 Miles
10,000 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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More obscure seldom traveled steep new country of the mighty Tonto focusing around the northeastern portion of the forest.
Gridding slopes, crashing through thickets and constantly chasing the next wilderness treasure.
Always something to learn and experience while spending more time in the woods like this, further enhancing situational awareness and detailed observations of the forest.
Hot, dry and rugged has been the theme of the year for these neck of the woods.
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Sep 06 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Fuego Fiesta, AZ 
Fuego Fiesta, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking100.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
Hiking100.00 Miles
10,000 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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A long yet fulfilling season of “slaying the dragon” that is far from over.
Countless miles, heavy packs and initial attacks.
Always humbling and exciting to see some action in the land I know and love.

“Fire don’t care.”
Culture
Culture
Aircraft
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Jul 21 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Payton's Paradise, AZ 
Payton's Paradise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking100.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
Hiking100.00 Miles
10,000 ft AEG
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I had to say goodbye to my best friend Payton in late April which has taken me awhile to write this.
The most loyal, loving and goofy buddy that ventured with me all over the state from the forest to the desert and everything in between.
She loved it all but one place that we both seemed to enjoy the most is the vast network of intermingling high country canyons on top of the Mogollon Rim.
We spent some solid years, days, nights and had many memorable moments up there together from enduring raging monsoon storms, countless close up epic wildlife encounters, witnessing the marvels of nature and so many other things I’ll never forget.
Over the rare days off I’ve had in the past few months, I go revisit these special places and bring her ashes back with me every time, she will forever roam, run and relax in her favorite spots and I know she will always be with me.
I love and miss you Payton and I’m very grateful and blessed to have the time we had together.
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Jul 15 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Tonto National Forest - North Zone, AZ 
Tonto National Forest - North Zone, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking100.00 Miles 20,000 AEG
Hiking100.00 Miles
20,000 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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My Route Scout wasn’t letting me save my routes anymore and told me I need to contribute which has never happened since I joined HAZ many years ago so I figured I’m long overdue for a post.
700 miles is a modest calculated estimate for the past three months or so of work in new and familiar land of the mighty Tonto National Forest.
From the high country to the desert and everything in between, I’m grateful to further advance my knowledge, love and appreciation for this vast and diverse section of Arizona.
From the Mazzies to the Anchas, Roosevelt to the Rim and everything in between, this is the land I know as home.
Named place
Named place
McFadden Peak
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Jun 01 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Steep Tonto Slopes, AZ 
Steep Tonto Slopes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking100.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
Hiking100.00 Miles
10,000 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Ventured on a few big solid day hikes during the month of June exploring and putting in some miles in lesser traveled areas of the Sierra Anchas and surrounding Tonto high country.
Hot, rugged and rough could be used to describe many things but in this case it is the summer terrain of the TNF backcountry.
Every mile earned, diverse and wonderful.

Signs of ancient life can be found anywhere on earth for the most part but it seems like you’d have to look hard not find it here on the Tonto, wether it’s a ruin, petroglyph or the slightest sign of an artifact it’s truly everywhere and continues to amaze me.
Great to walk some familiar terrian and then also venture deeper into the seemingly endless country of the sacred land.
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Apr 22 2020
MountainMatt
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 Guides 3
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Oeste Arroyo Claro, AZ 
Oeste Arroyo Claro, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking100.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
Hiking100.00 Miles
10,000 ft AEG65 LBS Pack
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A couple big epic treks down into the belly of the beast of this mighty Central Arizona wilderness.
Well earned, rough explorative miles finding everything from antlers to arrowheads with scenic views the entire time.
It’s easy to get fixated and focused on the water in this mighty canyon but there are just as many worthy gems to be discovered all around it’s perimeter.
Pretty toasty weather even in April to be trudging around brushy steep canyon slopes that would be truly inhospitable during the peak summer months.
Always great to feel flat ground after climbing out of a canyon of this magnitude, especially after going up, down and gridding all around inside of it.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Apr 04 2020
MountainMatt
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 Guides 3
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Cuernos Canyon, AZ 
Cuernos Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking7.05 Miles 832 AEG
Hiking7.05 Miles
832 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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A nice little birthday stroll with a few good friends into a one of my favorite high country canyons.
A healthy steady winter brings a spring bounty of water to normally dry creek bottoms here in Rim Country and fortunate to have two seasons in a row witnessing these creeks and canyons in all their glory.
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Apr 01 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Bradshaw Meadow, AZ 
Bradshaw Meadow, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking2.12 Miles 104 AEG
Hiking2.12 Miles
104 ft AEG
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Just a special sacred walk with my best friend at one of my favorite places.
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Mar 28 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Steep Slopes, AZ 
Steep Slopes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking16.21 Miles 2,543 AEG
Hiking16.21 Miles
2,543 ft AEG50 LBS Pack
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A few separate solid hikes pounding out and gridding some steep slopes in a favorite area of mine.
Bumped three bulls, one of which I never saw but just heard him crash and rumble his way down the mountain leaving massive hoof tracks behind showing his hearty size.
Flowing water in drainages that were bone dry years prior during this same season is always a blessing which is making for another year of healthy animals.
True spring bliss in the air with pretty much perfect temperatures and signs of new green beginning to show in the high country.
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Mar 27 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Ed's Point, AZ 
Ed's Point, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking4.12 Miles 368 AEG
Hiking4.12 Miles
368 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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Fun little cold day roaming around flats and skirting the rim edge.
Ran into a solid herd of cow elk with a few young spikes and raghorn bulls in the mix, somewhere around two dozen of them in total who I kept accidentally running into throughout my walk.
Pit houses, percussion flakes, pottery and petroglyphs show clear signs of the ancients as expected and my buddy spotted something special from afar with his binoculars that will be a whole other trip of its own.
Dodged the snow all day until about 5:30pm and that’s when a chilly wind and snowfall blew in leaving a modest frosting of flakes on the ground and it was time to get back to the truck.
Named place
Named place
Eds Point
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Mar 24 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Solider Mesa, AZ 
Solider Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking8.13 Miles 1,292 AEG
Hiking8.13 Miles
1,292 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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Parked along the highway, walked around the mesa and then bailed down and skirted the rim around Horsetank and Sandrock Canyon with a lot of zig zagging and wandering in between.
Payton found herself a little spike coues buck deadhead that I walked right by unknowingly.
Some fun big country out here and a lot more to be explored both up top and in the mighty canyons down below.
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Mar 21 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Walk Moore Canyon/Roberts Mesa, AZ 
Walk Moore Canyon/Roberts Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking8.39 Miles 1,290 AEG
Hiking8.39 Miles
1,290 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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A little bit of walking in a canyon I should have walked more in but I was eager to make the short drive to the nearby Roberts Mesa and zig zig around a good chunk of it.
A healthy winter and recent snowmelt has quite literally every single south flowing rim drainage from Pine to The Rim Lakes and everything in between boasting healthy amounts of moving water.
Roberts Mesa is a cool little area consisting of red rock, hidden pockets and a south facing rim edge perimeter that has a fare share of nooks and crannies.
Sunny spring day bliss for the win!
Named place
Named place
Roberts Mesa
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Dakota Verbena

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Mar 19 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Geronimo Trail #240Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking5.28 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking5.28 Miles
996 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
 
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Geronimo to Bear Spring with a little wiggling and wandering in between.
A surprisingly decent little snowpack made the edges of the “Mogollon Magnificence” shine in glory.
Every creek and canyon are fueled, flowing and happy with a nourishing winter and spring with more to come.
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