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Feb 21 2020
MountainMatt
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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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918 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
 
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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
MountainMatt
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 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
MountainMatt
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 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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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hardscrabble Creek Light flow Light flow

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Feb 15 2020
MountainMatt
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 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
MountainMatt
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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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1,486 ft AEG55 LBS Pack
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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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Sunset

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mullican Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Healthy clear pools with a light flow in between some of them.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rarick Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Plenty of nice pools with a trickle of flow.
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Feb 09 2020
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Deadman Mesa, AZ 
Deadman Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking13.87 Miles 2,258 AEG
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2,258 ft AEG50 LBS Pack
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Couple of different hikes on Deadman man enjoying the vast amounts of seemingly wild land with ease of access.
Options are endless, stay on the mesa roaming a quiet dense healthy cedar forest, drop off into the rugged Fossil or Hardscrabble Canyon or continue west to the mighty Verde, you can do it all!
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Feb 02 2020
MountainMatt
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Legends of the Fall, AZ 
Legends of the Fall, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking5.61 Miles 1,082 AEG
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Continuing on catchy and double meaning triplog names the inspiration of this great trip goes to the group of “HAZ legends” who have visited prior, which I believe @RedRoxx44 may have been the first.
Very satisfying to walk completely new land to me that I’ve only stared at on maps for years and as much as I love the Mazzies my gears have shifted a bit and I have a newfound crush for the ladies Sally Mae & Sierra.
Healthy, pristine and downright wild country left me wanting more.
No shortage of water, temperatures were great and as usual it was a memorable adventure with Mr. Widlerness.
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Feb 01 2020
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Little Diamond RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking6.14 Miles 940 AEG
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940 ft AEG50 LBS Pack
 
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Canyons, springs and tanks are healthy as can be in this awesome little
“Rim below the Rim” that I haven’t visited for awhile.
Divine t-shirt temperature weather was glorious roaming through slightly new sections of the LDR.
As said before there are many roads and hunter paths out here to be used but in between and all around there are plenty of sweeping views, tucked away spots and great off trail hiking country.
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Jan 31 2020
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
The O.G. Ruin Roam, AZ 
The O.G. Ruin Roam, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking3.51 Miles 1,522 AEG
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1,522 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Fantastic day roaming the hills of the mighty sacred basin with a couple of legendary “OG Ruin Hunters”.
These gentlemen did all the homework for this one as I just graciously tagged along for the history lesson.
Some fantastic views, ancient architecture and great company about sums up the adventure.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Couple isolated brittle bushes already saying what up :)
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Jan 28 2020
MountainMatt
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Nash PointPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking6.18 Miles 859 AEG
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859 ft AEG55 LBS Pack
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Little more strolling around some slightly new sections of this prominent hunk of rock.
Payton found a very fresh cow elk mountain lion kill along the canyon rim edge in the midst of prime panther country.
Beautiful morning in big country with endless opportunities depending on how ambitious and courageous you’re feeling...

I shared the photo of the cow elk lion kill with my good friend who kindly asked if I’d tell him where I came across it, which I did and that led to his dad, a gritty old school horseback lion hunter who set out to find the beast with his trusty pack of dogs.
Sure enough when they got out there the next day the dogs picked up the scent and pursued but the lion retreated to the depths of the massive unforgiving canyon down below.
A lot of special history in this land and still all sorts of backcountry action and unique stories happening out here each and every day.
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Jan 24 2020
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Eastern Mazatzal Foothills., AZ 
Eastern Mazatzal Foothills., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking7.12 Miles 1,389 AEG
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Heard about some cool artwork from a local friend, directions were vague in a vast land but fortunately scenes were found.
“The hills will talk if you walk” as I didn’t even find the intended “site” but as expected the basalt boulders are peppered with petroglyphs throughout the rolling foothills of this mighty and mystical mountain range.
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Jan 19 2020
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Hilltop Fortress, AZ 
Hilltop Fortress, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking12.78 Miles 1,012 AEG
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Some more old topo map studying led me to this sweet river side fortress in the heart of Arizona.
No way to cross the water without getting a little wet but normal water levels made it quick and effortless.
I could see the unique mesa where the ruins are located from afar and as I got closer it was clear a little easy climbing would be involved and sure enough I had to pick up the dog a few times to get up and down some of the ledges.
The “fortress” has an epic 360° view of the surrounding area and is more protected than any other hilltop site I’ve visited as its defensive positioning is nearly perfect.
Made our way back down coming across a lone cow elk along with many encounters of the rich and unique rocks and minerals that make up this sacred land.
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Jan 18 2020
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Pine Creek Canyon Rim, AZ 
Pine Creek Canyon Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking15.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
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Combined many days of short evening hikes around the PC Rim into one triplog for convenience.
Both the east and west side of the canyon boast all sorts of predator action with a heavy coyote and lion presence along great coues deer and cow elk country as I almost always encounter at least one of these species each time I’m out here.
Still haven’t came across a ruin site up above but the clear signs of either agricultural land or migratory campsites are abundant as I can’t seem to walk a step out here without seeing something interesting on the ground.
Lots of great views, side canyons, flats and everything in between make this a favorite little outdoor playground worthy of an adventure.
Named place
Named place
Pine Canyon Strawberry Mountain

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Jan 17 2020
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Gisela RuinsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking3.12 Miles 280 AEG
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280 ft AEG55 LBS Pack
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Spur of the moment side trip after seeing the “The Box Indian Ruins” on a old topo map while taking a lunch break after a morning stroll around nearby Rye Creek.
Mid sized vehicles with decent clearance and 4WD or AWD can drive all the way to the Box with no problem besides one little steep section at the beginning of the spur road.
Creek crossing was easy and tame as water levels are back to normal giving glistening glory to the calm cool waters of the mighty Tonto.
Ruins were neat, the main large room was impressive and the views were great, not bad for a little afternoon stroll.
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Jan 11 2020
MountainMatt
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Eastern Mazatzal Foothills, AZ 
Eastern Mazatzal Foothills, AZ
 
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MountainMatt
Hiking11.12 Miles 520 AEG
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I was on my way to some of the more generic trails in the Mazzies when “the dirt” caught my eye and I just had to park my truck and go for a little wandering.
The big views and waterfalls are what always gained my attention from this side of the range but now my focused has shifted to the vast amounts of land below the mountains that was used by the ancients.
Perhaps overlooked and unappreciated since there is a lack showstopping landmarks below the mountains but there is so much to be seen wether it be an abundance of artifacts, petroglyphs or animals it’s all out here.
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Dec 30 2019
MountainMatt
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Buckhead Mesa, AZ 
Buckhead Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking7.89 Miles 986 AEG
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I was talking with my friend the other day telling him about my younger days exploring and how I always went straight for the epic waterfalls, canyons or show stopping locations sometimes ignoring the so called “boring flatlands” that weave this great state together.
It is in this seemingly endless and often overlooked land that holds the true treasures and stories of the wilderness and its rich history.
The more I pay attention to the ground the more I learn and the more I realize there truly is remnants of ancient civilizations to be found all over this state from the high country to the desert and everything in between wether it be ruins, petroglyphs, pottery or artifacts the evidence is everywhere.

Tough walking on Buckhead with sticky clay mud and oversaturated ground giving some extra weight to the boots in some spots but other than that a beautiful day to roam this sweet little area. 8)
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Dec 29 2019
MountainMatt
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Hellsgate Hinterlands Part Deux, AZ 
Hellsgate Hinterlands Part Deux, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking4.92 Miles 1,108 AEG
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Took Buford to this little slice of area I was exploring a few weeks back as there are goodies galore.
Pretty cold day for the most part down in the desert and even a bit more frigid down inside the canyons.
Some cool sites to be encountered on the ridges and hilltops and I’m sure there is a lot more to be discovered.
Great day enjoying snowmelt action with the amigo and our trusty adventure pups.
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Dec 28 2019
MountainMatt
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Pine Creek Narrows - Isolation CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking5.78 Miles 432 AEG
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A cold, snowy stomp through fresh powder with a tad more falling during the trek.
Side canyon galore, the main stem of Pine Creek roaring with glory.
Came back a couple days later after snowmelt for falling water attractions.
Always enjoying exploring the rim and inside this sweet “little gorge in the pines”.

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Dec 22 2019
MountainMatt
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Brushy Mesa - Mazatzals, AZ 
Brushy Mesa - Mazatzals, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking12.71 Miles 1,895 AEG
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Solid day of walking out in the sacred land.
For the most part in this general area the flats are fairly easy when it comes to off trail traveling besides the uneven malapai rock or occasional thickets but it’s hard not to feel the immensity of the vast amount of quiet seldom traveled land making for an always humbling experience.
Cattle, coyotes and a swollen neck coues buck in the rut were the animal encounters for the day but there was plenty of clear sign of many more mammals around.
Came across some unexpected archaic glyphs and ruin remnants in a unusual area quite different then where I figured a “site” would be located.
Good day and great weather exploring out in the promise land.
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Dec 19 2019
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Alder Ridge - Mazatzals, AZ 
Alder Ridge - Mazatzals, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking11.56 Miles 1,617 AEG
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1,617 ft AEG60 LBS Pack
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Some roaming in my favorite and familiar wilderness area in a slightly different section, as I’ve said before one could spend a few lifetimes exploring this sacred land.
Crisp cool perfect weather day had all the game tanks in the big timber frozen solid but as we made our way south water and mud was abound.
Coues deer and cattle encountered with fresh tracks of big bulls yet none seen as I assume they’re doing thier usual wintering behavior hanging out in the big nearby canyons.
Came across plenty of the usual Mazzy pottery and percussion flake concentration sites and in one of them found a few epic ancient war weaponary remnants.
Double digits miles in the “Magical Mazzies” is just what the doctor ordered, always humbling and fulfilling to walk about in this special land.
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