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Mar 16 2016
MountainMatt
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Secret Canyon Trail #121Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking16.08 Miles 1,670 AEG
Hiking16.08 Miles   8 Hrs   43 Mns   2.69 mph
1,670 ft AEG   2 Hrs   45 Mns Break
 
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Its about time to invest in a skid plate and some solid all terrain tires already :lol: What was supposed to be a 10 mile stroll turned into a 16 mile march once I realized how bad the road was. I made it a half mile and parked on the side of Vultee Arch rd. along the big hill, with that being said my hike started in a tourist death trap! I literally became nauseous from the mass amounts of people, smells of sunscreen and sounds of garbage music playing over loudspeakers during the first mile of walk! ](*,) Once I made it past the DB TH the walk was pleasant and I did not encounter another person until I was actually on Secret Canyon Trail. I have not done much hiking in Sedona but this is my favorite trail in Red Rock Country thus far! Starting out in the lower arid levels and then going to where there is massive pine trees and even patches of snow was quite the mix of scenery. The creek had plenty of pools of water but only flowed just barely in a few areas. There really is some prime camping areas along this trail and so many different sights and side routes you could take along the way. I would like to come back for a camping trip when the water is flowing and proceed to summit of Secret Mountain. All in all a very unique slice of Sedona and I look forward to coming back. :app:
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Mar 10 2016
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Grapevine Springs Canyon Trail #4Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking3.50 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.08 mph
870 ft AEG   2 Hrs   45 Mns Break
 
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Nice little stroll to the Grapevine Springs yesterday with a sole purpose of testing out my new toy (Nikon D5300). :D It's been a long time dream of mine to capture all of the unique and beautiful locations in Arizona the way the were meant to be seen. I think I truly may have discovered a new passion yesterday as I found myself literally laying in the creek taking photos for two and half hours. :lol: The vivid greens in the area are starting to appear and lots of signs of wildlife. During my descent just after the sun set and as I was approaching the official start of the TH I crossed paths with a javelina on the trail who quickly ran away from me. Did not encounter a single person the entire day and I'm looking forward to coming back to do a Big Bug Mesa/Grapevine Springs loop.
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Mar 01 2016
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Big Dipper - Castle Creek WildernessPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,008 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   0.91 mph
1,008 ft AEG   2 Hrs   45 Mns Break
 
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Such a beautiful little solo stroll to The Big Dipper for a day of cold beers and relaxation! :y: I'm still blown away how easy it to access such a nice place so close to the I-17. Along the switchbacks I could see snow at the top of the mountain which was a nice sight to see since I wanted a strong flowing waterfall, and the recent scaring of the Gladiator fire gave the whole area such a unique look. Anyway the only part I was somewhat not excited about was the "the wall to wall narrows" that everyone put in their hike descriptions. Well when it came to that portion I almost didn't even notice because I just simply walked right down the middle of it in soft mushy sand, the creek still running strong pitched to the right of the narrow instead of filling it like a pool. The Big Dipper itself was flowing like a champ and I took photos from a scenic rock vista and proceed to down scramble around to get some photos from the base which turned into nap on a perfect rock throne I found. The bottom pool was bigger than I've seen in most photos but what confused me is why the narrows section upstream was not completely filled with water. :-k I got in the water intentionally to test it out and although the hit temps outside the water was still almost too cold to even comfortable have your feet in. Before I left I proceeded to take final photos along the edge of the pool and then got to comfortable because the edge of the muddy brim gave way and I plunged waist deep into the pool. :sl: Luckily managed to knee my arms above my head with my phone clenched in hand, the dip in the pool was actually a good thing because the hike out was a hot one due to the lack of shade and beaming setting sun. All in all a fantastic day and can't wait to come back during the summer! :DANCE:
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Feb 18 2016
MountainMatt
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Park Creek FallsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking6.00 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.33 mph
3,400 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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Another fun day exploring in the Mazzies! Obviously was not expecting a high flow in this seasonal creek due to this constant dry weather we have been having but due to the rarity of my days off from work & this place being on my list for awhile I wanted to give it a shot! All in all it was beautiful and diverse hike that has me wanting more! The hike had some great elevation gain and gave my legs such a good burn by the time of reaching "The Pyramid". My friend and I descended into the Park Creek from the western side drainage instead of head on because I got eager when I heard water! The creek itself had great flow with surprising amounts of numerous pools that were over 5ft deep in certain areas. Unfortunately the main attraction didn't have quite the flow power to provide a waterfall that was able to capture with my iPhone camera but at least I could see it with my own eyes. I can only imagine how spectacular this place must look with a heavy flow! So much fun traversing across some very precarious ridges along the lower main falls area, truly one slip around there and you are falling into the dark abyss! Im curious if it's possible to ascend the Parker Creek Canyon from the very bottom and work your way up scrambling without technical climbing gear all the way up to the base of the main falls, anyone out there know if it's possible? While sitting at the eastern vantage view point of the lower main falls I noticed a possible route down to the base of the main falls but I did not want to risk it because my hiking partner was out of sight already.
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Feb 06 2016
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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking14.28 Miles 3,359 AEG
Hiking14.28 Miles   7 Hrs   13 Mns   2.29 mph
3,359 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
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A pleasant Saturday stroll to Reavis Falls with Linda and my dog Payton aka Miss Chunky butt, Wiggles, etc.. Anyway this is was my first trip to falls and it was seemed alot easier than all of the hike descriptions ive read about it, I could see how the creek crossings could be much trickier in high flow but all in all the trail was in excellent condition whcih made for easy travel. :DANCE: Next trip here i would like to see the falls from the top of the canyon and hoepfully catch them after a proper snowmelt. As we made it back to TH we saw a large group of canyoneers that were setting out on a 3 backpacking trip and overheard them saying they were planning on rappelling down the falls... I still can't believe the group of canyoneers somehow drove a miniature 2wd school bus contraption to get the dozen of them to TH parking lot :lol: I would have been afriad that bus was going to roll backwards down fr rd 212 :o
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Jan 31 2016
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Rock Creek Trail #195 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking3.80 Miles 1,040 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles
1,040 ft AEG
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Wanted to post this one beacause it is the first hike I did while officially becoming a member but never logged it in. Wasn't expecting much flow due to the timing I went but it was my first time in the area and I wanted to scout out a few locations to explore and check the falls in the meantime. Since the water level was not as high there was a lot of mud and I do not exaggerate but I have never seen so many game tracks in my life! Deer tracks everywhere and definitive mountain lion tracks! I tried looking for the gravesite just before the Bull Basin turnoff but could not locate it, I can't wait to get a GPS! On my way back it started to sprinkle and at one point started to rain consistent which made me move a little faster because I was skeptical about the road into Miles Ranch, specifically along the switchback sections where the rock slides are very likely to happen. I saw FriendofThundergods photos of the giant boulders in the road during his trip, luckily someone had cleared them out of the road but it's ineviatble to see more rocks after any harsh weather. Anyway can't wait to make it back for some camping at Miles Ranch and perhaps summit Pinto Peak!
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Jan 26 2016
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Camp Creek FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking3.72 Miles 652 AEG
Hiking3.72 Miles
652 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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Last catch up hike of the year since I have OCD and need to personally log all my hikes for documentation.
I've explained to many friends and family about what HAZ is and I don't think any of them completely understand me when I say it's a website where people talk about hiking and share trip beta and and photos from their journies.
So I basically just tell them that I use HAZ as my "Man-Journal" :sweat:
I never kept a journal growing up unless I was assigned one in school so I really do kind of find this sense of enlightenment and enjoyement while writing these triplogs regardless if anyone reads them.

I'll keep it short and sweet since it's a flash back to the past instead of current info.
The falls were flowing quite nicely for no precipitation that week, my dog and I went up past the falls and hiked another 1/2 mile and hung out up in that area and took a little afternoon nap creekside.
I remember the strange contrast of cool flowing creek water and a healthy ripirain habitat among masses of Saguaros on the surrounding hillsides, it certainly made for nice visual scenery.

I'm looking forward to coming back next year with my camera and with more fuel in the creek because there definitely is some scenic little areas in this heavily visited place.
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Jan 20 2016
MountainMatt
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Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.49 mph
2,550 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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First time on the Sierra Estrella Mountains and immediately feel in love with the silence.
I was the only one out there for as far as I could see.
Looking forward to hitting up the Sierra Estrella HP (Hayes) as well as Butterfly and Montezuma Peak sometime this January if anyone is up for it!
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Jan 17 2016
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Woolsey PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking6.37 Miles 578 AEG
Hiking6.37 Miles
578 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Another 2016 hike before I was a HAZ member and I planned my trip from Todds Hiking Guide and went for the easier but longer southern approach that the site describes, which I would not do now.
The direct straight up northern approach is definitely the best way to go for this mountain due to its access point.
The rocky seldom traveled desert road that leads to Woolsey Spring was too much for my SUV to safely handle so I parked 2 1/2 miles out from my proposed starting point and just began walking.

I soon realized I probably would not make a summit ascent that day since I got out there late and was only planning a quick hike.
I debated on jumping over to the nearby Signal Peak on the way instead but I just proceeded onward into the Woolsey Peak Wilderness.
I climbed up and down through some very annoying arroyos before finally gaining a decent amount of elevation on to the slopes of Woolsey.
I proceeded a bit more up to a little bench area, had one too many brews and just sat there and listened to the literal sound of absolute nothing in one of the most quiet places I've ever been to.

I'm anxious to get back out there with a real camera and of course to make a summit on both Woolsey and Signal Peak later on this year.
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Jan 10 2016
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Indian Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking6.40 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
550 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Round 2 of my raw undocumented "lost files" of early 2016 hiking :sweat:
Only a few more to go until I catch up to when I met Linda for our hike to Reavis Falls when she answered a few questions for me and soon after my HAZ account was created.

I used to go to the Agua Fria River off of Table Mesa rd a few years back quite often to raft around, swim, relax, etc...
While there I always saw the intriguing Indian Mesa formation and really thought it was worth hiking to. At that point I had no
idea that it had actual ruins on top, I just thought it was cool rock.

I finally hiked up there on a day where the Agua Fria was raging stronger than I've ever seen in that area prior. It was flowing with so much power I actually had to pick up my dog and carry her across the river because the strong flow and depth would easily have swept her away. It was very impressive to see and I actually had to find a good crossing point for myself due to just how powerful it was that crisp January day.
The White Bluffs on the way to I.M. are straight up awesome as well, they have a cool weird wavy look to them with a bounty of real fine beach sand just below them.
Upon getting closer to the mesa you can understand why the Indians chose it as home. It's literally a fortress!
A giant rock peninsula that can basically only be accessed form the rear, the rest of the Mesa consists of sheer vertical cliffs on each side that gives it a formidable and intimidating look. The views atop are surreal, it's probably still my favorite view to date of Lake Pleasant and that surrounding area.

I love pondering about the history when I'm in the presence of a place like this. I can't help but try to imagine and play out all the scenes and daily life that occurred there.
With that being said I did bring my dog but she was nearly glued to me the whole time so there was so no disruption of any ruins whatsoever, trust me I'm a strong adovocate of ensuring that history stays for generation after generation to enjoy and see.

All in all it's a great little unique hike with rewarding views and rich history, so overall it's a winner in my book!...
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Jan 03 2016
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   9 Hrs   15 Mns   0.92 mph
1,500 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Only throwing this one on here because it was my first hike of the year and I'm curious to know what my total stats will be by the end of the year.
I've always been a hiker, wanderer and explorer but I have never tracked any stats until I created a HAZ account so as goofy as it may seem I really want to know my own personal numbers from now on.
I find myself becoming more and more obsessed with the notion to explore the unknown everyday and my passion for hiking and photography continues to grows with it!

It was my first time on the Barnhardt Trail so I had lots of fun going off trail, dropping down into the creek bottom, drifting around and checking out every semi frozen seasonal waterfall I could find. I hiked a little bit past the "Big Kahuna" which was still mostly frozen so the flow wasn't all that great but the the picturesque ice shards made up for it! Lots of ice on the trail which made for a few slips on the way up and down but my dog throughly enjoyed the trip and it really was a great first little hike of the year for me!

The stats are modest as I know I covered a lot more ground that day from all the playing around in the creek and climbing back up and down to the trail but that was before I discovered perhaps the words greatest app! So instead of giving myself a few extra bits of mileage & AEG I'll just round it down. Now I never set foot on dirt with Route Scout turned on!


Thanks for bearing through my quick flashback! ;)
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