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Apr 13 2019
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Spencer Trail - Dominguez Pass Dry LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
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Hiking8.36 Miles 2,571 AEG
Hiking8.36 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   1.52 mph
2,571 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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We met up with a group of friends from Flagstaff for a weekend at Lees Ferry.
The Dominguez Pass Loop was the first hike we did and it was really fun. The first half is fairly straight forward. The simple route finding over the sandstone on top of the ridge is easy and rewarding. Once at Dominguez pass, the route finding becomes a little more difficult. There were no cairns in April 2019.

Once you descend from the pass to the final shelf overlooking the Paria, the route is much more obvious and there's a clearly marked old mining route back to the Colorado River. The views over the Paria were amazing and I'm glad it was flowing so strong. Even in April, this hike was hot.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Paria Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
can't remember the exact CFS, but definitely high enough to packraft.
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Jul 21 2018
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Mount Baldy LoopAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2018
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Hiking19.24 Miles 3,099 AEG
Hiking19.24 Miles   6 Hrs   28 Mns   3.31 mph
3,099 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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I arrived at the West Fork trailhead around 11a.m. on a Saturday morning in July. The West Baldy Trail had crowds of people: picnicking, hammocking by the creek, and hiking to the "summit." My goal was to complete the loop, starting with an ascent up the West Fork. I was impressed by how beautiful this forest and creek are. However, I was disappointed how difficult it was to find the turnoff for the true summit. I intentionally did not download a route scout track for the hike because I expected the intersection would be more intuitive. I was still able to catch some great views from the Mount Thomas ridgeline.

Descending the East Baldy Trail was fine, but less exciting than the West's ascent. The east trail was noticeably quiet. I didn't see a single person until I got all the way to the creek, only a mile or two from the East Baldy TH. The connector trail was not enjoyable, but I had made good time and I was thankful to be be hundreds of miles from the Sonoran Desert in July.
Overall, I really enjoyed this and I'm glad I did the loop. I'm not much of an-out-back hiker if I can avoid it.

After Baldy, I drove just a few minutes away to one of my favorite places in Arizona. There's a really cool waterfall between Baldy and Mcnary on the North Fork of the White River. Access only requires a WMAT hiking permit.
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Jul 07 2018
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Berchtesgaden, WW 
Berchtesgaden, WW
 
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2018
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Hiking29.15 Miles 11,118 AEG
Hiking29.15 Miles1 Day   23 Hrs   21 Mns   
11,118 ft AEG
 
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Here's one for your summer backpacking lists: Berchtesgaden National Park.

This section of the Alps straddles the Austrian/Bavarian border. We spent two and a half days exploring the interior of the park, staying at backcountry huts, and attempting a summit. Some poor weather and lingering snow/ice prevented us from completing the original plan, but we still had an amazing trek in the alps with alpine lakes, waterfalls, and stunning views.

We began our hike at Wimbach Klamm. There is a thousand meter long board walk along the side of a gorge that is lined with small water falls. Following this river upstream, we arrived one of many mountain passes that took as high above treeline. We spent the first night at Ingolstadter, on the Austrian side of the border. We attempted to summit the Funtenseetauren, one of the highest peaks in Germany. Unfortunately, due to a thunderstorm, we decided against pursuing the summit while we were about 1/3 of the way there. Our attempted backup route was also foiled due to several steep and unsafe snowfields (no micro-spikes on this trip). Finally, we returned to Funtensee and were lucky enough to get the last two beds at the Karlingerhaus. The next day, we were able to keep most of our plan by hiking down to Konigssee to catch the ferry back to the village where our car was parked. Because we weren't able to go over or around the highest peaks, we missed our planned route to Obersee, which is a beautiful spot on east side of Berchtesgaden.

Overall, this was an incredible trek and well-worth the effort. We finished our last day of hiking with beer and bretzels in Munchen :D
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Jun 02 2018
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Cottonwood Lakes New Army Pass TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Backpack avatar Jun 02 2018
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Backpack22.98 Miles 3,760 AEG
Backpack22.98 Miles2 Days         
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My sister and her boyfriend wanted to come visit us in Phoenix. I reminded them that they were trying to visit Phoenix in summer. So we negotiated on a location that would be somewhat equidistant between southern Oregon and Phoenix. All that to say, we decided on an over-nighter in the Cottonwood Lakes Basin of Inyo National Forest.

Friday, June 1
We left Phoenix at 2:30pm and arrived at the walk-in campground at 10:30pm. Not bad! The drive went by super fast. We talked about the route, and after listening to other backpackers, decided against our original plan. I had hoped to stay at Lake 5 and ascend up the Old Army Pass route, where we would connect with the Langley trail and summit the peak as a day hike. Of course, none of my plans ever seem to come to fruition. But this is often for the best.

We heard from some backpackers that Old Army Pass was impassable, even with ice axe and traction devices. Plan B! Camp at long lake and check out New Army Pass area.

Saturday, June 2
We were on the trail early and soaking in the sequoia and white volcanic sand views. Langley came into view at mile 5. This spot near Lake One is beautiful. Several minutes later, Melody began to feel sever pains in her foot. We thought it was her new shoes, but regardless, we soon realized that this might prevent the group from summitting Langley on Sunday.

We set up camp on the northwest side of long lake and slowly made our way up to High Lake. We soaked our feet and boldered around some rocks near the lake. Returning to camp, I noticed another group had built a fire, violating the many signs we had passed on the trail that clearly prohibited fires.

Sunday, June 3
We went up to New Army Pass. Melody's foot was feeling a lot better, but we didn't push on towards Langley. While the group took a break at New Army, I headed down to Old Army Pass. I wanted to see Lake Five from above and check out the snow conditions. The reports were correct. There's no way I would feel comfortable climbing up this route, even with mountaineering equipment. The slab of snow was just too precarious and steep. It reminded me of something I used to ice climb when I lived on the east coast. I also noticed that Old Army Pass is minimally signed. In fact, the NPS sign doesn't title the pass. It just mentions the Big Horn Sheep.

The hike back was uneventful, but we circled around through the South Fork of Cottonwood Creek to make things interesting. This trail is not in great condition, and a little difficult to find at times. It was nice to have the change of pace, but it became clear that the FS is decommissioning this route. From the main trail, there were logs rolled across the intersection with South Fork Trail.
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May 26 2018
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Kaibab Plateau Tour, AZ 
Kaibab Plateau Tour, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar May 26 2018
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Mtn Biking89.70 Miles 7,675 AEG
Mtn Biking89.70 Miles3 Days         
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Jonathan took me on my first true bike-packing trip over Memorial Day weekend: multi-day single track and double track on gravel road bikes with over-night gear.

The loop included the beautiful Rainbow Rim Trail and many glorious miles of riding through aspen groves and mixed conifer forests. Although this was my third time in the Northern Kaibab National Forest, I was still infatuated with the overwhelming pine smells of the forest that make you forget all about the Sonoran Desert.

The only surface water available on the southern Kaibab Plateau was at Quaking Aspen Spring.

Point Sublime Road is pretty rough and has multiple sections of deep sand. This was a disappointing realization because it precludes me from ever getting back to a campsite I found overlooking Crystal Creek Canyon. I mean, I guess I could bike out there again...but for now, I never want to be on that road again.

I pulled three nymph-stage deer ticks from my legs on this trip. That makes over 7 for the season.

The North Rim was tranquil, as always. We ate lunch at the East Rim viewpoint before heading home on Monday. About a year ago, I found out that there's a perennial stream in the upper portion of North Canyon. I want to hike the loop down East Rim Trail down to North Canyon, then return on the AZT. Next time.
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Quaking Aspen Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Quaking Aspen Spring Dripping Dripping
The spring box took a minute to locate. It's above the road, on the hillside on the north side of the canyon. The box was full of clear water that was trickling out over the walls and down into the meadow for a few meteres before infiltrating underground.
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May 18 2018
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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 18 2018
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Backpack22.91 Miles 4,851 AEG
Backpack22.91 Miles3 Days         
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I got invited to go backpacking with a group that moves at a more relaxed pace than I am used to. This was my first time on the highline trail and my first time to do an AZT section in one trip. It was fun to slow down through the pines and I was surprised by the redrock formation on the trail. Even though it's been incredibly dry, there were still quite a few perennial creeks (see water reports below). We spent the first night about a 1/2 mile past the Pine TH, and the second at Bray Creek.

An interesting event occurred around 6pm on our second day. As we approached Bray Creek, I heard large animal movement ahead. Looking up, I noticed an elk running across the hillside about 1000 feet away. It was being chase by two coyotes...no wait, that doesn't make sense. WOLVES! We watched from a short distance as two Mexican Grey Wolves chased a large elk through the trees. I've never witnessed a predatory interaction like that in the wild. Definitely a highlight on the highline!




water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bray Creek @ Highline Light flow Light flow
water pipe had nice, consistent flow. There's an anthropogenic creek channel forming under the pipe outflow.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max East Bray Creek @ Highline Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
muddy, not flowing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Verde River @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow
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dry Geronimo Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mail Creek Light flow Light flow
observed near the road that crosses the highline trail

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Pine Spring Dripping Dripping
Muddy, but possibly filterable.

dry Red Rock Spring Dry Dry
3 inches of standing water in the well box. Beautiful bright green cottonwoods, uphill at the actual spring.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Unnamed Fork of Chase Creek @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow
Beautiful creek with decent flow. This one really surprised me since there's been minimal recharge in the fractured bedrock aquifers below the Rim.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Webber Creek @ Highline Light flow Light flow
Solid perennial flow. Obviously below bankfull, therefore: light flow.
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May 18 2018
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Bear Canyon Drop-In, AZ 
Bear Canyon Drop-In, AZ
 
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While waiting for some friends to arrive at the vehicle drop-off point for the AZT #26, I wanted to see if Bear Canyon was flowing. I figured this route would make for a quick access point. There are some fairly steep drop offs, but you can work around the cliffs and descend to the canyon bottom without great effort. As I neared the creek, I immediately verified that it was dry. I chose to just turn around at that point, since my only interest in reaching the bottom was the possibility of flowing water. This is a decent route that I would use again in the future!
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May 05 2018
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Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2018
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Hiking3.90 Miles 558 AEG
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Some simple agua-therapy to help me deal with the relentless heat of "summer."
Sycamore Creek was flowing really well. I will have to reconsider my assumptions about minimum flow on the Verde for paddling Verde/Syc confluence to Tuzigoot.

EDIT:
Several people in our group had imbedded tics after this. Be sure to check yourself.
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Apr 21 2018
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Lower Verde Bike-Rafting, AZ 
Lower Verde Bike-Rafting, AZ
 
Rafting avatar Apr 21 2018
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Rafting8.36 Miles 931 AEG
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I've been interested in checking out some of the old jeep trails between Needle Rock and Bartlett Dam. A friend and I loaded up our gravel bikes with packrafts, and headed off on a route designed with the help of google satellite. We quickly confirmed our hypothesis that these jeep trails would be impassable by all but the bravest of mountain bikers. We were only able to actually ride about 50% of the route. The rest was hike-a-bike. But it was only four miles, so not too bad.

Saturday was blazin' hot, and it was already 88 degrees by the time we arrived at the Verde put-in. The weather made me commit to postponing additional Sonoran Desert trips to November or December. We disassembled the bikes and tied them down to the rafts, and got on the water. The river was running at 125cfs out of Bartlett, about 75cfs below recommended minimum levels for kayaking. Usually packrafts are fine in lower water, but I hadn't run this sections and didn't realize how bad the strainers were. My friend got stuck in a few rapids that pulled him down into a wall of vegetation. His raft flipped and we lost a paddle. We had to paddle the remaining 3 miles, each of us sharing just a half of the remaining paddle. But we made it.

This trip felt like adventure, since neither of us had much of an idea of what to expect. I would run this section again at a higher flow rate. The bike shuttle on paved roads is brutally long and hilly, so I think I would opt for hiking on these OHV trails for future endeavors. This is a fun section of the Verde. You won't see anyone until Needle Rock.

dry Bootleg Canyon Dry Dry

dry Camp Creek Dry Dry
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Apr 14 2018
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Lynx Lake, AZ 
Lynx Lake, AZ
 
Rafting avatar Apr 14 2018
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Rafting2.73 Miles 144 AEG
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Consistent days in the high 90s makes me sad. So Melody and I went up to Lynx Lake. We parked at Seven Mile Gulch to avoid the entence fee, but mostly to justify packing up the packrafts. Our goal was to relax on the water.

Lynx Lake was a little disappointing, but I think my experiences at other Forster reservoirs in AZ had created high expectations.

Overall, super nice weather and relaxing !
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Apr 07 2018
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Lower Salt Packraft and Bike Shuttle, AZ 
Lower Salt Packraft and Bike Shuttle, AZ
 
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Rafting4.52 Miles 86 AEG
Rafting4.52 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   5.77 mph
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I had a few spare hours today, so I took one of my new packrafts out to the Salt. The only rapid on the Lower Salt that could be considered a class II (depending on flows, etc), was a really enjoyable run. If I had more time, I would've taken out at the beach just below the rapid and ran it a few more times.

A note on 2018 water outlook: this is a record-setting dry year for the SRP reservoir system.
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Mar 30 2018
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Phantom Canyon - LowerNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 30 2018
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Backpack33.07 Miles 11,961 AEG
Backpack33.07 Miles2 Days   6 Hrs   16 Mns   
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I have two friends who have never been to the Grand Canyon before. They wanted to go backpacking, so I put them on a six-person permit. Quite the intro to the Canyon and to backpacking... :lol:

Day 1
We left Phoenix at 5:15am, hoping to beat spring break/holiday weekend traffic at the south rim entrance gate. Fail. There were long lines of traffic when we pulled up at 9. This, and a long line for the shuttle bus put us on the South Kaibab 10:45, which was much later than I felt comfortable starting. The group had no issues until the Utah Flats route. I must have not done a good enough job of mentally preparing everyone for the second half of their day because they were quite surprised with the elevation gain. Piano Alley was cool, and we experienced some minor route finding in the cactus maze on the plateau before finding the easy-to-follow trail. We arrived at the established campsite at Phantom Creek at 6:40pm. I ran over to the webbing anchor to verify that the rope was solid and the anchor was in good shape. Returning to camp, I realized that my hopes of exploring up-canyon would have to wait for a future trip. What a nice place to sleep! The sounds of flowing water are hard to beat when it comes to nighttime noises.

Day 2
We easily down-climbed the 20ft rope into Phantom Creek Canyon and enjoyed the next 4+ miles of enticing creek hiking. This section was by far the highlight of trip, with narrows sections, waterfalls, and waterslides. We had 3 mandatory swims, but keep in mind that Phantom Creek appeared to be flowing at a lower rate than in previous photos on HAZ. This is likely due to a low snowpack on the rim.

The confluence of Phantom Creek and Bright Angel is amazing because it is uncommon to see a true triangle confluence in small riparian areas. We proceeded up the Clear Creek Trail to a campsite below Sumner Butte. I expected this to be a mediocre dry camp after the previous night's perfect campsite. However, the views were stunning and it was fun to look around and identify all the different points and temples. After sunset, we had a light show as headlights were flashing all around the canyon. I was surprised to see two lights coming down the Brahma Saddle. I was curious about their itinerary, but mostly jealous. :)

Day 3
It was an uneventful hike down to Phantom Ranch and out Bright Angel. We had three rangers stop and talk with us, asking if we approached Clear Creek trail from the Brahma Saddle side. I found this question a bit odd since approaching the Sumner Wash area from the north (departing from phantom creek canyon) would be a considerably difficult hike in one day. One of the rangers had talked with the two climbers who I saw the previous night, coming down from the Brahma Saddle. The ranger told me they were climbing Zoroaster, but in a single day from the SK. While I understand doing Brahma in a single day, the trad climbing up Zoroaster seems like a bit of an EXTRA long day... respect!

Overall, this trip had many high points and only one low point - I lost my sun hat. So if you see an Outdoor Research broad brim hat on the Clear Creek, let me know. ;)


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Phantom Creek Medium flow Medium flow
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Mar 24 2018
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Camp Creek Jeep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Mtn Biking19.82 Miles 1,882 AEG
Mtn Biking19.82 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   9.75 mph
1,882 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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I recently rebuilt an old steel frame mountain bike into a gravel bike for touring/bikepacking. I took it out for a test ride on seven springs road this weekend. The plan was to ride to seven spring campground, but my buddy, Jonathan, took a rough fall on the way out. Realizing we forgot the first aid kit, we decided it would be best to head back. We ended up turning around near the 10 mile mark. This was a fun ride in the morning, before there was much traffic. On the way back, we stopped at Camp Creek (which had nice surface flow) and enjoyed some Wren House Valley Beer. Not a bad way to recover from a bike crash! :D

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rackensack Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Good flow in Camp Creek, about .2 mile upstream of the Rackensack Canyon junction.
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Mar 20 2018
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Snowshoeing4.96 Miles 2,689 AEG
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Since it's late March and we've had a dry winter, I decided this was my last opportunity to experience Arizona's only alpine environment in the snow. I parked at snow bowl at 4:30 and began the ascent up through the lower ski runs, dodging snow machines. The grooming machines are terrifying when it's dark out. They can move a lot faster than I expected, and are surprisingly quiet until they're right behind you. :o

Originally, I had planned on taking the Dutchman Glade route. But after talking with @Jim_H , I realized the snowpack was too thin to attempt the normal snowshoe route. I opted for cutting off the summit trail switchbacks. When it came time for me to join the main trail, I decided against it and continued up the contour lines until I hit the actual trail again as it levels out before the saddle. There was a nice backcountry ski track to follow, until I realized WHY people take the dutchman glade route in the first place. South facing aspects. :cry:
A lot of the snow had completely melted off the rocks between 11,400 and 11,600ft. I aimed to go up and around the exposed rock slides, but ended up having to cross the rocks anyway.

Eventually, I made it to the saddle, which was my turn around point for the day. It was only 7:10, and I had promised myself that I would go until 7:30, so I worked my way up a little higher on the ridge line to take photos. I was back in my car at 9:10 and made it to work at 11:30! Not a bad way to start the day.

Arizona's alpine zone is a really special place. You have to drive much further and (in some cases) work much harder to have this type of experience when the San Francisco peaks are dry. I was lucky to have as much snow as I did!
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Mar 04 2018
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Lower Salt River Packraft and Bike Shuttle, AZ 
Lower Salt River Packraft and Bike Shuttle, AZ
 
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Rafting6.69 Miles 167 AEG
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Note: I selected "rafting" as my activity because packrafting isn't on the mode list. :(

I got to test out a new packraft on the Lower Salt this morning. The weather was beautiful and it was quiet on the river until Granite Reef. The attached GPS track includes my bike shuttle route.
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Feb 24 2018
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Schultz Creek Winter Tour, AZ 
Schultz Creek Winter Tour, AZ
 
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Snowshoeing13.58 Miles 1,978 AEG
Snowshoeing13.58 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   2.47 mph
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I got a late start out of Phoenix, and by the time I arrived at Snowbowl both parking lots were full. Any sort of winter backcountry travel from Snowbowl is best started prior to 5:00am. Unable to begin my planned route from the Kachina Trail, I parked at Schultz Pass Road instead. The snow from Friday night's storm was still pretty decent on Saturday morning. It quickly became apparent that the sun was on a mission to undo all of winter's efforts. The snow became warm and sticky, and at mile three, I took off my cross country skis and swapped them out for snowshoes.

I attached my skis to the back of my pack and continued my climb, with a goal of reaching the Kachina/Weatherford trail junction. I left the road at the Orion Spring Canyon, following what appeared to be a well-maintained hiking trail. After another mile, the Weatherford was found, and the incline increased. I dropped my skis, geo-tagged the location, and continued the climb. After arriving at my turnaround point, I was in awe of how quickly the snow around me was disappearing. I was a little worried about the return journey, but figured there should still be enough snow to manage.

Back at my ski drop point, I returned my snowshoes to my pack and clipped in to the skis...and had a nice downhill ride all the way to Schultz Tank. One of my poles broke towards the end of that first drop back to the road, which sucked, but I was able to make-do by using it upside down (pointy side up was probably a dangerous idea :lol: ).

I continued skiing back down Schultz Road, but after a quarter mile, I saw that my fears were confirmed. Dry patches everywhere. I worked meticulously to stay on whatever little patch of snow I could find. The good news was that the afternoon light had refrozen the crust of the remaining snow, making the skiing more efficient. The last 1.5 miles were too muddy and snow-free for skiing, so I walked back to my vehicle, skis under my arm.

Overall, it was fun to take advantage of an increasingly rare winter hydrological event. I'm keeping my eye out for the next opportunity. Kachina Peaks Wilderness is always rewarding.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Schultz Creek Light flow Light flow
flow from melted snow
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Feb 18 2018
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29 male
 Joined Mar 06 2016
 Salt River Valle
Durango Nordic Center, CO 
Durango Nordic Center, CO
 
XC Skiing avatar Feb 18 2018
arizona_water
XC Skiing5.23 Miles 347 AEG
XC Skiing5.23 Miles
347 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Finally found some good snow! Durango Nordic Center had been closed for a couple weeks due to a lack of snow, but reopened last Wednesday after a storm. The trails area situated at 10,000ft and usually get a deep snowpack. This winter is not looking good for the Lower Colorado River Basin.

Anyway, Durango Nordic Center is everything you would want in a cross-country ski facility: unpretentious, cheap, run by volunteers, and groomed trails.

If you like nordic skiing and have not yet had the chance, I definitely recommend visiting the DNC.

ALSO: this is my 100th triplog! :y: I LOVE HAZ
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Feb 18 2018
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Andrews Lake - San JuanSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Snowshoeing avatar Feb 18 2018
arizona_water
Snowshoeing1.64 Miles 167 AEG
Snowshoeing1.64 Miles
167 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Andrews Lake is an easy place to find winter parking and wander off into the backcountry on snowshoes. We didn't have much of a plan, but headed in the general direction of the lake. We followed some previously blazed trails before leaving the track and making a loop back to our vehicle. The views of Engineer and Snowdon, and other San Juans, were incredible. Thanks to CDOT for plowing a snow-parking area!

Named place
Named place
Snowdon Peak

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frozen
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Feb 09 2018
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 Salt River Valle
Geronimo National Mormon Loop, AZ 
Geronimo National Mormon Loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Feb 09 2018
arizona_water
Run/Jog6.59 Miles 1,338 AEG
Run/Jog6.59 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   4.82 mph
1,338 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I had some time after work and I wanted to do a trail run. I headed for the Geronimo Trail at South Mountain. In my opinion, Phoenix-area urban trails are the least interesting place to hike. But I really tried to be open-minded this time. The climb up to National Trail drained me and I quickly realized that I was not in adequate shape to run at a pace that I felt comfortable calling a "run." My frustration at my slow pace quickly gave way to pleasant surprise. The Geronimo and National trails are not bad. I was chasing the sunset the whole time, so mostly keeping to the shade. I only saw one other person until Mormon Trail.

This felt like the longest golden hour I've experienced - fantastic lighting. I would do this again. And that's something I never thought I would say about Somo.
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Feb 04 2018
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 Salt River Valle
Battle Barge, AZ 
Battle Barge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2018
arizona_water
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.17 mph
2,100 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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It was so hot in the western supes this weekend. 82 in February, all day in direct sunlight, makes me never want to hike here again. The only redeeming aspects of this hike, in my opinion, were the actual climb of the battleship ridge and checking out La Barge Box. If I had to come back to this area, I would avoid second water trail all together and maybe head up the Boulder Canyon trail from Canyon Lake. Also, if I had planned ahead, I realize I could have looped back to the second water/boulder canyon junction by heading north from La Barge Box instead of backtracking to the saddle.

TL;DR: TOO hot for "winter"



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flow in La Barge Box

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Second Water Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
trickle of algae-laden slime
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