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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
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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.
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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
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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!
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Named place
Roberts Mesa
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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
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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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Mar 15 2020
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Northern Hellsgate Wilderness, AZ 
Northern Hellsgate Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking13.14 Miles 3,187 AEG
Hiking13.14 Miles
3,187 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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A couple of solid backcountry hikes on a mission inspired by my February 15th scouting trip trek that caught my attention.

March 1st
Entered into the abyss once again but this time just a tad bit deeper than before into the Highcountry of Hellsgate.
Spotted a group of bulls deep in the wilderness from afar back in February with my binoculars, kept note of their location and on this day came from above and bumped right into them no more than a hundred feet from where I marked my waypoint.
My eagerness got the best of me as they all were still packing their horns and I pushed them even further into the depths of the unforgiving wilderness.
I decided to bounce out, let them be and hit a open ridge on my way out and that’s when I was able to watch them from afar for a few minutes until they disappeared into the dense thickets of classic high desert Arizona vegetation.

March 15th
Would have been back sooner but flooding and high water levels made access nearly impossible after a week of solid rain and a dash of snow.
Returned to my spot of interest after a respectable amount of off trail sweat and grit but this time around there was nothing in sight.
It’s always a guessing game with animals, which is why it’s so fun to attempt to find them and in this case provoked me to once again head even further back into the formidable land.
Saw plenty of great sign but never found my group of bulls again but in the process saw some truly epic forests, canyons and a seemingly seldom traveled section of the mighty and wondrous Hellsgate Wilderness.
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Hellsgate Wilderness
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Dakota Verbena making a nice appearance.
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Mar 13 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
The Bone Zone, AZ 
The Bone Zone, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking12.16 Miles 1,854 AEG
Hiking12.16 Miles
1,854 ft AEG60 LBS Pack
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Another collection of a few separate hearty backcountry hikes combined into on triplog for convenience.
The nasty weather didn’t stop me either day and both times returned back to the truck soaking wet, cold, tired and happy.
On Friday evening the storm seemed to have subsided a bit as I proceeded to venture further down the steep slopes but I should have known better because soon it started to snow again and instead of spitting it truly began to come down and put a solid 3” of powder on the ground within the hour.
Navigating back out of the rugged steep country in the midst of a snowstorm went well besides a section of a nearly impenetrable manzanita fortress that I couldn’t find my way around.
With visibility at minimal and darkness closing in I didn’t waste anytime and took my pack off and crawled right through it with the toughest and best dog in the world following me from behind.
Took a solid fall backwards fighting up the dense sections of vegetation and had to take off my pack once again as the antlers and pack were truly stuck and wedged in between the brush I fell back on top of.
Thankfully after that it was all smooth sailing and made for a memorable, humbling and truly epic time in the backcountry I’ll never forget.
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Mar 08 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
West Clear Creek Rim Wander, AZ 
West Clear Creek Rim Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking24.27 Miles 2,845 AEG
Hiking24.27 Miles
2,845 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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A couple of solid hikes combined into one triplog since they both focus around the rim of this mighty canyon, covering the heart of the north side one day and the south side midsection days later.
Pronghorn, elk and deer were encountered but no sheep spotted this time around.
Plenty of water to be found right now as game tanks are over flowing, side canyons are healthy and the main creek itself is running strong but clear.
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Mar 07 2020
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Red Rock Springs Trail #294Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking4.83 Miles 926 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles
926 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Little evening stroll stomping around the hillsides of the Highline.
Bumped a young raghorn bull near Red Rock Spring and sign
of many others around but he was the only sighting.
Worked stone, sherds and the usual show of the ancients in the open cedar country although I’d like to think there is something more profound on top, along or below the expansive amounts of cliff, I know of a few sites but I’m sure there are numerous.
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Dakota V Baby!
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Feb 27 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Little Diamond RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking6.74 Miles 923 AEG
Hiking6.74 Miles
923 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
 
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Little afternoon stomp going back to a spot I encountered four nice bulls that I ran into back in early February hoping to reconnect or find some of their goodies.
Found tracks everywhere but nothing too fresh as they have seemed to have moved out of the specific area which isn’t surprising as said before the LDR is a favorite for many of the skilled local hunters and does see quite a bit of activity by nearby residents and other longtime town outdoorsmen and woman.
Sunny days and a crisp spring breeze make for some truly perfect hiking weather lately in Rim Country.
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Little Diamond Rim
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Feb 26 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Birch Mesa, AZ 
Birch Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking6.41 Miles 1,306 AEG
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1,306 ft AEG
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Little after work stroll up on one of the the thousands of “sacred mesas” throughout Arizona.
Coues deer, elk, coyotes and much more in great abundance up here and all sorts of nice canyons, pockets and areas to explore as the terrain slopes towards The East Verde River and Horton Canyon.
Still never found a definitive ruin up here besides further east towards Houston Mesa but my inner ancient senses tell me there is definitely much more around the miles of cliff bands that encompass the drop off areas around the river.
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Dakota Verbena already making a nice presence.
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Feb 25 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
The Land Before Time 2020, AZ 
The Land Before Time 2020, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking4.92 Miles 720 AEG
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720 ft AEG80 LBS Pack
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A fantastic cold and windy afternoon walking where the big bulls roam and roar.
All I know after all these years is that antlers and the ancients go hand in hand, if you can find one you can likely find remnants of the other.
Forever scanning, searching and exploring the truly endless amounts of land always wondering what’s around the next corner...
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Feb 23 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Sunday Funday, AZ 
Sunday Funday, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking4.28 Miles 642 AEG
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642 ft AEG55 LBS Pack
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Fun day in the highcountry enjoying the perfect combination of steady winter rain and snowmelt bringing life to every crack, crevice and canyon imaginable.
Saw a nice herd of mule deer and one very nice buck in particular who was still packing his antlers that left me day dreaming.
Spent some time at a very impressive waterfall that I’ve been wanting to check out for years now which did not disappoint and from there looped around some nice pockets and quiet areas ideal for wildlife.
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Feb 21 2020
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28 male
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 Arizona
Calf Pen CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking10.14 Miles 918 AEG
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A nice quiet day roaming the expansive rim of Calf Pen Canyon along with a little dabbling of going down in and skirting pockets and drainages of the main stem.
Came across a big herd of Mule Deer, few old lion kills and plenty of signs of other mammals throughout.
Little snowpack and plenty of mud at the 6700’ level but once past or below that the spring ground is showing and I’m sure soon to be laced with greenery.

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Feb 17 2020
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 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Deadman Mesa, AZ 
Deadman Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking6.87 Miles 1,102 AEG
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Couple separate evenings walking on the “Mesa of Death”.
Always something to be found from the ancients up here and the views aren’t too shabby either, San Francisco Peaks, Camp Verde and much more can all be clearly seen.
Divine and perfect spring weather is here in Rim Country and the progressively longer days make it that much better!
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Feb 16 2020
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Twin-Cane-Hogan, AZ 
Twin-Cane-Hogan, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking10.08 Miles 1,412 AEG
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1,412 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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A fast paced jaunt into the wilderness with a buddy of mine.
Tripping on malapai, kicking cactus and endless seemingly “boring” cedar country is not for everyone but I love it so much out here and constantly marvel, wonder and dream of everything out here in this truly massive wilderness.

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Feb 15 2020
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Bear Flat Trail #178 - Tonto NFPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking6.96 Miles 1,157 AEG
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1,157 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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Satisfying little afternoon walk in the solitude and beauty of the Northern Hellsgate Wilderness.
Walked a little bit on Mescal Ridge and still want to properly explore it specifically but instead I looped around, dropped into some drainages and just got a good overall feel for the area.
Finished just before sunset and took a moment enjoying the sound and scenery of the mighty Tonto as it flows past Bear Flat down into the “cataclysmic landscape of jagged ridges, and V-shaped tributaries” as said and best described by the Hellsgate legend himself Mr. Nick Berezenko.

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Dry tank but nice clear pools in the canyon.
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Feb 11 2020
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 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Rarick and Mullican Canyon, AZ 
Rarick and Mullican Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking7.58 Miles 1,486 AEG
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Rough and fun little chilly afternoon canyon romping with friends and Miss Payton the adventure pup.
So much great land out here and especially at this time of year when all the access roads are under seasonal closure it practically feels like a wilderness. :)
Ran into some mule deer doe’s getting a drink inside Mullican which was the only wildlife encounter of the day even though many other animal sign was evident and fresh.
Great company and country made for a good day.
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Healthy clear pools with a light flow in between some of them.

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Plenty of nice pools with a trickle of flow.
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