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Dec 27 2018
climbrock5
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40 male
 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
climbrock5
Hiking5.25 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs      2.63 mph
200 ft AEG
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Couldn't travel far and I don't live far from lake pleasant so I decided to look on HAZ to find a trail I haven't done. I found this Gem after some searching.

Beautiful trail, definitely need to go back to explore some more. Does anyone know if any of the peaks close to this trail can be bagged?

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Jan 07 2017
climbrock5
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40 male
 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Elephant Mountain via Spur Cross/Tortuga, AZ 
Elephant Mountain via Spur Cross/Tortuga, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
climbrock5
Hiking7.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
600 ft AEG
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Hiked out a Spurcross for the first time today. Took spur cross trail to Tortuga to elephant mountain trail back to spur cross. Total distance was right about 7 miles. It wasn't a bad hike, but not a great hike either. I was frustrated that their was no sign saying you had to pay to enter the park until you got there. It would have been nice if they posted it required a fee from Cave Creek rd.
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Jan 02 2017
climbrock5
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40 male
 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2017
climbrock5
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,410 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.34 mph
1,410 ft AEG
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Probably the only trail I haven't hiked out at the White tanks, probably my new favorite out here. There had to be a 100 people parked at the waterfall trailhead. Trail pretty muddy up near the damn with all the rain. The dogs did well despite getting muddy.
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Dec 31 2016
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40 male
 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2016
climbrock5
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.08 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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Great day hiking out to Battleship. Glad I downloaded the GPS route or I'm sure I would have spent quite a bit of time route finding after the turn off. Surprised the trail isn't more worn for the amount of people that go up here. The wife wasn't happy about the first climbing spot but after that everything was smooth sailing. Rained on and off for most of the day. Loved seeing all the clouds on the peaks. Water flowing pretty much everywhere.
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Dec 26 2016
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 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Vulture PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
climbrock5
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,340 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.87 mph
1,340 ft AEG
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Seen this peak driving home from Prescott via 89 to 93 to 60 a few times. Didn't even know if it was open to hiking.

Bored of all the hikes around Phoenix and having hiked at the Superstitions yesterday I decided to take a drive out to see if this peak had any hiking trails etc.

Took 60 from Phoenix and using google maps determined Vulture Peak Road would get me the closest to the peak. I didn't actually know the name of it at that point.

Actually found it fairly easily and also quickly discovered that it had hiking trails. The wife and I threw on our packs and hiked to the top. Only took us about 1 to get to the top and that was after taking about 2-3 minutes to figure out which way the trail went when we entered the second wash. I really enjoyed this hike. I would recommend this hike for dogs, but wouldn't feel comfortable taking mine past the saddle. Its only 5 minutes of scrambling to reach the top from the saddle.

A very nice family on the top offered me a beer.
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Dec 25 2016
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 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2016
climbrock5
Hiking3.35 Miles 977 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.36 mph
977 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Always skipped this hike as I've always enjoyed hiking to Weaver's Needle or linking some other trails in the area.

Had some time before we had to head over to the Aunt's house to say hi on Christmas. Drove to the Carney Springs trailhead and quickly hiked up to the cave. Passed quite a few people on the trail on the way up and on the way down.

Started to hail for a few minutes as we began our hike back to car. A fun short hike. Would like to spend some time exploring the rock climbing potential around this area.
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Dec 17 2016
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 Peoria, AZ
Apache Peak - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2016
climbrock5
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,691 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.00 mph
1,691 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Never really spend anytime near cave creek. Decided to go and climb Apache Peak. We parked at the trail head. Several people improving the trails for mountain biking along the portion that is the Maricopa trail.

Glad I downloaded someones route to my GPS. Even with it still got off the trail once or twice when heading to the top of the peak. Several people commented on the great views. I wasn't really all that impressed. Good work out. As we got close to the top we kept running into large piles of poo. Didn't look like cow patties. Are these from sheep? We heard there where some in the area, but didn't see any.

On a side note, there is definitely an active beehive near the top. Be warned.

Fun hike. The trail is much easier to follow on the way down. Made it back fairly quickly.
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Oct 22 2016
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 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2016
climbrock5
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.93 mph
380 ft AEG
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Not a bad hike. Started around 11a.m. it got to the mid nineties. Still nursing an injury so I was looking for something fairly easy. When we got back to the car around 12:30 we saw people heading out with no water. I don't care who you are but at 98ish degrees, I think they are nuts.

Overall, its a nice place. Quite a bit of dog poop close to the parking lot. Nothing would make me happier to have words with those owners. I always carry bags, even when I don't take my dogs. Just in case someone needs one. I have ran out on the trail once or twice.

I wish I could remember all the hikes I did. It would have been nice to log all the miles over the past 20 weeks or so. I'll have to get into the practice.
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Jul 16 2016
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40 male
 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2016
climbrock5
Hiking5.05 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.44 mph
550 ft AEG
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Hiked around the lake. The temperature was nice when we started around 9a.m. However, the humidity picked up about half way through. The prior weekend a local told me to avoid a parking fee and hike about a 1 mile trail to the Dam. We went all the way to the dam and then climbed up a ladder and then a few sketchy climbing moves before it dawned on me that wasn't the trail. If anyone knows why the ladders are their please let me know. Hiked back about 20-30 yards went up the hill and completed the loop. Spent the remainder of the day at brewery.

Would have been a perfect day had the humidity not been so bad.
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May 30 2016
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 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2016
climbrock5
Hiking0.98 Miles 498 AEG
Hiking0.98 Miles      35 Mns   1.68 mph
498 ft AEG
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Quick jaunt up Look up mountain early this morning. Not a bad trail. The parking sucks, but otherwise a nice hike with some good views.
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May 20 2016
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 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Cathedral Rock Trail #170 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2016
climbrock5
Hiking1.50 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
750 ft AEG
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My sister flew in from Chicago and she wanted to go hiking in Arizona. Being a Friday I thought we may get lucky and find parking at Cathedral Rock. I have both of my dogs with me. One six year old lab, and a 10 week lab puppy. Saw several other dogs and all of the owners told me we wouldn't make it to the top. I enjoyed telling them we had already been to the top on previous trips. The 6 year old lab made it all the way to the top and the puppy made it almost all of the way. He was tuckered out from everyone having to pet him. Seriously 50 something people had to pet the cute little guy. Super windy on top, didn't hang out long since we where parked in the wash not far from the parking lot. Not sure if that's legit. Note I recommend this for dogs if they are well behaved and don't mind steep terrain. Mine was fine.
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May 08 2016
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 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2016
climbrock5
Hiking3.58 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking3.58 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.26 mph
1,060 ft AEG
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Have a few friends who climb out here so we decided to drive out and do a quick hike and scout the climbing opportunities. I felt like was at the gym versus actually hiking. The sheer volume of people on this hike destroyed it for me. I had to keep getting out of the way of runners. In fact I wouldn't even return to go rock climbing here. Glad I checked it off the list, but that's about it for me. The trail markers every 5 feet where incredibly excessive as well.
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May 07 2016
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40 male
 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
climbrock5
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.03 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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Hiked up to Freemont Saddle this past Saturday. Considering how beautiful the weather was I'm surprised I didn't see way more people. About half way up we did run into a big king snake approximately 6-7ft. It was gone before I could snap a pic. Several pools of water on the way up, since it had rained the night before. Probably going to be my last hike in the Superstitions for a while since the temperature is starting to get hot. Having moved her in November, from Pittsburgh I don't handle the heat as well as the rest of you.
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Apr 16 2016
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 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Mt. Lemmon Seven Cataracts Hike, AZ 
Mt. Lemmon Seven Cataracts Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2016
climbrock5
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
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Around mile post 9 on the Catalina Highway there is a pull out for Seven Cataracts. My wife and I where in shorts and it was pretty cold higher up on the mountain today. This was the first place where heading down the temperature was comfortable.

We jumped the retaining wall and followed what looks like a climbers trail to the bottom. Its was sketch all the way to the bottom. Pretty dangerous. Bring my Camera equipment was a big mistake. I would call this trail more of a bushwhack then an actual trail. However, the views are amazing. Looking across the canyon you could see multiple waterfalls. With my telephoto lens I could see some people canyoneering across the way. However, as we hiked down it was clear we wouldn't run into them at the bottom since they where making pretty slow progress.

By the time we got to the bottom I was pretty cut up from all the prickly vegetation. Unfortunately we needed to turn right around because we had to be back to Phoenix to pick up our dog by 7p.m. If anyone happens to know how to access the falls and canyon from the other side please let me know.

I enjoyed the hike down. Surprisingly enough I found the hike up harder than going down. In several places if you slip it could potentially be the end of you.
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Apr 02 2016
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 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Soldier Pass Trail #66 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2016
climbrock5
Hiking5.97 Miles 1,178 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.78 mph
1,178 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Was planning on hiking to Vultee Arch. However, I hurt my knee yesterday and decided to do an easier hike.

We where gonna hike it from 89A. which I considered too steep given my injury. But I recalled seeing a picture of Morning Glory Spire and recalled it was off the Soliders Pass Trail. So on the drive north to Sedona we decided to do Soldiers Pass instead and link three trails together to create a loop. Soldiers pass to Brins Mesa to Jordan trail and then back to the car. The hike was super easy and we made a ton of side excursions. I turned off the GPS during those as to not interfere with the track. We hiked the 5.97 miles in about two and a half hours. This included all the times we hiked off the trail for fun. It doesn't include the hour and 15 minutes it took us to hike/climb to the top of morning glory spire.

I wasn't sure how to get up there so we scrambled from behind the sinkhole. It was pretty painless, We spent some time route finding etc. Pretty much hike up from behind the sinkhole, continuing up but trying to head to the northeast side. From their its a scramble uphill (This was the only sketchy part IMO.) Once your basically at the base you need to climb down to get to get around the corner to climb up. I should have taken pictures to help with the approach. From there its pretty easy climbing. I had a harder time hiking up the hill with all the loose rocks. Tons of what looked like rabbit poop everywhere. Curious to know if its from a rabbit or something else.

The hike was fun, probably worth repeating when there is a higher chance of water. The only part of the hike I didn't like was the Jordan trail. Too close to powerlines, houses, and the road. However, the rest of the hike was fun. Morning Glory was a nice add-on. I'm not even sure if I hiked/climb to the top correctly, but it made for a little added excitement. All I can add is that If your comfortable climbing 5.0-5.4 you should have no problem getting to the top. I personally think its hard class 4 but there was a few awkward moves to get on top.
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Mar 13 2016
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 Peoria, AZ
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2016
climbrock5
Hiking5.15 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.47 mph
700 ft AEG
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I hiked the Hackberry Springs loop the previous week. My cousin who doesn't live far wanted to see in person what we hike the previous week so we agreed to go again. Its a relatively short loop.

From Apache Junction take Highway 88 East. Not far after passing Lost Dutchman State Park you will see a sign for First Water Trailhead (FS 78). A relatively smooth dirt road will take you to the trail head. I prefer to park at the Horse lot and walk the .25-.5 mile rd to the actual trail head. (This way when you hike up from the springs you don't have to walk the road back.)

Both times I hiked this route I took a GPS. The first time it measured 5.5 Miles and the second time it measured 5.2. Guess we did a little less exploring the second time around.

From the First water trail head continue to follow trail #236. You will pass two trail intersections which include #104 and #241. At the intersection of trail #236 and #241 look about 20 yards up the trail. You will see a trail that bears to the left. Take this trail and continue to Follow this trail through a flat grassy field. Continue to follow the trail which will begin to head in north western direction. After you leave the Garden valley still heading in a north west direction pay close attention to the trail. Its splits. You want to go around the back side of the mesa to allow a true loop through the springs. Once you go around the back look for the black streaks on the rocks. You can follow either of the two washes back to the intermittent rd. I prefer the one on the right side. A bit more scenic in my opinion. From the metal structure follow the trail up the hill and you will be back at the rd. (this is why I prefer to park at the horse lot.)

Enjoy
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