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Jul 15 2017
arizona_water
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Knoll Lake, AZ 
Knoll Lake, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2017
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Hiking1.13 Miles 96 AEG
Hiking1.13 Miles      29 Mns   2.34 mph
96 ft AEG
 
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My first time to Knoll Lake. Super busy this time of year, for obvious reasons.

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water flowing out of the dam at knoll lake reservoir

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Jul 08 2017
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San Francisco Peaks Loop, AZ 
San Francisco Peaks Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2017
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Hiking13.76 Miles 4,917 AEG
Hiking13.76 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   1.68 mph
4,917 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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Started hiking at 6a.m.
We summited Rees, Abineau and Humphreys; then descended on the Weatherford Trail to the Inner Basin. Lightning and thunder started right on the dot at 1pm. We had to hunker down under a rock outcropping on the upper Weatherford for a few minutes while the down strikes finished up their business and it was safe to proceed. The storm brought with it a violent hail barrage. This also passed quickly, leaving us with perfect weather to enjoy an early afternoon stroll through the inner basin.

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Steady trickle and flow through the drainage below the spring. (see photo)
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Jul 03 2017
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Fort Stevens State ParkNorth Coast, OR
North Coast, OR
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2017
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Hiking1.94 Miles 63 AEG
Hiking1.94 Miles      59 Mns   2.28 mph
63 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Short walk around the most northwestern part of Oregon. The coastline here is not as dramatic as Brookings or Canon Beach, but it's still really interesting to walk along the Columbia River Delta.

There's lots of Lewis and Clark history here (Fort Clatsop), and the WWII fort (Fort Stevens).

We saw a bald eagle that landed right in front of us on the beach.
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Jul 02 2017
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Upper Downing Creek FallsNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2017
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Hiking0.78 Miles 164 AEG
Hiking0.78 Miles      25 Mns   2.03 mph
164 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I was lucky enough to make two trips out to Oregon this summer to visit friends and family. On the first trip in late June-early July, I visited Upper Downing Creek Falls.
This is a really fun hike! Not only is it a quick stop at an amazing, secluded waterfall, but the road to the "trailhead" is a fun challenge on its own.
I only saw two other people on a beautiful Sunday in early July, probably due to the fact that the upper falls is only accessible by driving to the end of an overgrown logging road that has been decommissioned for 15 years. I found this on an old topo map and I'm glad I finally had the chance to visit!
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Jun 30 2017
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Wildhorse Lake TrailSoutheast, OR
Southeast, OR
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2017
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Hiking3.02 Miles 1,135 AEG
Hiking3.02 Miles
1,135 ft AEG
 
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Nostalgia.

I met my friend, Jared, at his sister's house in Sisters, Oregon. (That's always a fun one to explain!)
We left early the next morning for Steens Mountain Wilderness. This is a special place in southeastern Oregon, on the NV border, that we had both been to before. In high school, our cross country team came out to Steens Mountain for a week long training camp. For Oregon, it's "high elevation" with a summit elevation of 9,738ft. At the time, running 20-30 miles/day off trail at elevation was challenging and fun. Jared and I wanted to go back to the Steens area and explore some of our favorite places.

We setup camp in the afternoon and then made our way to the Wildhorse Lake Trail, which starts at the true summit of the mountain. We enjoyed the amazing weather and cool glacier views on the descent down to Wildhorse Basin. As the shadows lengthened, the lighting over the lake grew worse, preventing me from capturing the lake the way I had remembered it nine years prior.

The trail down to the lake is steep up top. This year's high snow volume had left much of the upper trail covered in ice, or just slippery from runoff. Eventually, the trail leveled out a bit, and we crossed one more snow field.
There are some amazing views of the Alvord Desert on the descent to the lake.

This are was settled by Basque immigrants. They said it reminded them of the Pyrenees Mountains. I can see the resemblance.

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the outflow creek was raging
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Jun 25 2017
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2017
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Hiking5.51 Miles 1,179 AEG
Hiking5.51 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.02 mph
1,179 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
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After a brief vacation in early summer, I decided to go back to graduate school (part time). So after work everyday, instead of reading and writing triplogs on HAZ, I do homework. Booooo.
So all that to say, I'm finally starting to post some of my weekend hikes from the past couple of months!

This was my first time to Chevelon Creek. It was wonderful. We spent Saturday night at the Chevelon Lake campground, hoping to use a fire ring under category 1 fire restrictions in Apache-Sitgreaves NF. However, when we arrived, the camp host had created handwritten notes on all the picnic tables that they were enforcing a no-campfire policy. Fair enough. As a side note, I was surprised by how many insects there were here. We were swarmed as we cooked up some carne asada tacos.
Anyway...The next morning, we hiked down Telephone Ridge. We made our way along the creek for a short while until we found a nice spot to sit down with our feet in the water and read books while the clouds blew in. There were great flows in the creek.

Note about the access road: it's in great shape. We took a low-clearance passenger vehicle on it, no problem. Of course, after some monsoon rains, it might be pretty rough.
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Jun 05 2017
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Meteora Hike, WW 
Meteora Hike, WW
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2017
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Hiking8.43 Miles 1,885 AEG
Hiking8.43 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.42 mph
1,885 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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Another hike from our recent trip to Greece:

We spent a few days in the community of Meteora. The hostel we stayed at was run by a family that lived in the area for several generations. One of the family members took us on a hiking tour one morning. The posted photos are a combination of the morning hike and a return in the evening.

There are many trails in this area. Most of them are historic shepherd paths that have been repurposed for tourists hiking to the monasteries of Meteora. This is a special place that I had been looking forward to visiting for several years. It's well worth the long drive from Athens.
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Jun 03 2017
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Mount OlympusEurope, WW
Europe, WW
Backpack avatar Jun 03 2017
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Backpack14.91 Miles 7,533 AEG
Backpack14.91 Miles2 Days         
7,533 ft AEG
 
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When Melody and I decided to go to Greece this summer, I started looking for some hiking opportunities. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of summiting one of the most recognizable peaks in the world: Olympus. The highest point on the massif is called "Mytikas," and is a technical climb most months of the year. I was really hoping for some serious snow melt by early June.

After spending seven days hopping around some Greek islands, we met up with our friend, Megan, and made our way to the more mountainous parts of Greece. We spent the night in the mountain village of Litochoro and then woke up early the next morning to drive to the Gortsia trailhead. The plan was to complete a one-way horse-shoe shaped track, ascending the north side to the Plateau of Muses where we would spend the night at Refuge Apostolidos (a staffed hikers hut), then summit early the next morning and descend by the more popular southern trail.

As we began our ascent through the forest, I could not help but think of how much this reminded me of the classic hikes in the Swiss & French Alps and the Pyrenees: well marked trails, friendly hikers, and beautiful forests leading to alpine experiences. We passed the first refuge in a couple hours, took a short break, and powered on up the trail to the tree line. The trail up to this point had been easy to follow, but now we were running into some snow and route finding became a little more difficult. In what felt like no time at all, we arrived at our refuge for the night. The hut is staffed year round - winter for mountaineers and backcountry skiers; summer for hikers and climbers. We had a delicious meal of beef stew and "mountain rice" with beer.

At first light, we were on the trail, or what was once a trail. At this elevation, there was still a lot of snow left over from the spring. We followed a visible foot track that had been used a few days prior. This led us below the main summer route and off-trail to a crux in the climb where you gain the top of a ridgeline. We were now back on a dry and visible trail. However, this was badly eroded and we took our time making our way towards a marked route for the summit.

There are two non-technical summit routes. The first approaches from the south and is the most popular. It is well marked with red dots and easy to follow, even in the densest fog. The second approaches from the east and is much steeper and is marked by blue dots. The plan was to not do any backtracking, so we would ascend the blue route and descend the red. We quickly realized that the blue route would be much more challenging than anticipated due to lingering ice and snow. Megan led the way and shouted down foot holds to us as we took our time on the ascent. There's really not much info on the internet about this climb, in English. But one thing I have read is that there are a couple class IV moves prior to the true summit. Going over those rocks was a bit scary, but manageable.

The clouds broke as we summited, and we had excellent views of the Aegean Sea and the entire Olympus Massif.
The descent was easy, by comparison to the ascent. We made good time to the refuge on the southeast side of the mountain, then slowed down a bit as we made our way through the forest. It was refreshing to have new views and terrain to cover on the hike down, since we opted for the shuttled hike over an out-and-back. Oh, and we saw an endangered Greek Ibex!

Once at the Prionia trailhead, we took off our shoes and went swimming in the ice cold creek that flows out of a glacier. I hitchhiked with a nice Russian hiker back to the Gortsia TH to pickup our car.

This was an exhausting and rewarding hike, with enough challenge to leave a lasting impression. It felt amazing to summit THE Mount Olympus. Souvlaki and beer followed.
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May 30 2017
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Fira to Oia SantoriniEurope, WW
Europe, WW
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Hiking5.34 Miles 985 AEG
Hiking5.34 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.20 mph
985 ft AEG
 
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This trip log is from a recent trip to Greece, where we did several awesome hikes!

When I travel, I like to see things on foot. This trail provides an excellent opportunity for taking in the sites and sounds of Santorini in an uncrowded setting.

There's no water along the route, so be sure to bring enough with you and leave early in the evening to catch the sunrise on the north side of Oia.

See the description for more details! :D
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May 28 2017
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Vouliagmeni Greece, WW 
Vouliagmeni Greece, WW
 
Hiking avatar May 28 2017
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Hiking1.38 Miles 225 AEG
Hiking1.38 Miles      38 Mns   2.18 mph
225 ft AEG
 
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On a recent trip to Greece we spent a long layover at Vouliagmeni Lake, a brackish thermal spring. The average water temps are about 82F, not bad for a cloudy day on the Mediterranean. The trail leaves the lake and heads straight up to some cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The route follows an old road that has been closed to vehicles and is now signed for walking and bicycling.
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May 20 2017
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Hangover TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2017
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Hiking8.77 Miles 1,680 AEG
Hiking8.77 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   2.27 mph
1,680 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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Wow, when it comes to hiking in Sedona, the Hangover Trail is in a class all of its own. My high expectations were quickly met after gaining the first red rock bench, just past the split off of Munds Wagon Trail. There are still quite a few pools of water lingering along Munds Wagon.

The Hangover Trail was easy to follow and although we didn't see any other hikers (on a Saturday!) we did have to dodge a few mountain bikers. :) on the western most point of the Hangover, look west toward the nearest high point. There's a cool natural window up there. We enjoyed a long lunch with wine and cheese at this point, just taking in the views.

Overall, the hike was easy, with just enough distance to feel like exercise, and views that captured my attention for the entire loop (although Munds Wagon is much less interesting). The Hangover Trail is great and I look forward to trying the lasso from Damifino Trail, next time!

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May 20 2017
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Pumphouse Wash (Upper)Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Canyoneering1.67 Miles 218 AEG
Canyoneering1.67 Miles      53 Mns   2.57 mph
218 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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We made a quick stop off the 89A to checkout Upper Pumphouse. There is still water flowing from Spring runoff.
The Coconino sandstone is on full display in this section of the canyon. We walked up Kelly Canyon for a short distance, which I found much less interesting than Pumphouse. I suppose I should give it a real chance some day though.

Upper Pumphouse makes for a nice spot to stop and relax when there is surface water flowing.

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Pools at the confluence with Pumphouse wash. mostly dry in Kelly.

Lots of slow moving water in Pumphouse.
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May 13 2017
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Grapevine Springs Canyon Trail #4Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2017
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Hiking7.08 Miles 1,225 AEG
Hiking7.08 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.78 mph
1,225 ft AEG
 
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This a fun trail with wonderful perennial water, Douglas Fir and aspen. And only 65 minutes from central Phoenix. The FS has an interesting interpretive board at the true trailhead, listing the 12 springs for Grapevine Creek as the most of any creek in Central Arizona (key word creek not river). I would definitely come back here again and make a loop with Big Bug Mesa. Starting early, this would be a great place to spend some time in the summer.

We parked at an obvious pullout before the road gets rough and then hiked the access road. I think that maybe (maybe) my Subaru Forester could make it over the rough parts. The road is only high-clearance mandatory in a few places. Mountain Biking would be the better choice.

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May 09 2017
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Chautauqua / Bluebell MesaCentral, CO
Central, CO
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Run/Jog3.34 Miles 1,615 AEG
Run/Jog3.34 Miles      49 Mns   4.45 mph
1,615 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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I woke up early and headed to Boulder for some trail running. The night before had brought heavy hail and rains, so it was no surprise that the lower elevation trails were a muddy mess. It felt like I had ten pounds of mud stuck to each shoe. After slogging through the first half mile, the trail entered the forest and the conditions improved greatly. I did a figure-eight run, with an out-and-back up to Saddle Rock. The Chautauqua Trail is beautiful and well-maintained. I could get used to this...Boulder reminds me of the PNW. The views from the ridgeline were beautiful. This one is highly recommended at all times of year and in all conditions!

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The recent rains had caused some flooding and knocked out a foot bridge on the trail.
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May 09 2017
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Mayhem Gulch, CO 
Mayhem Gulch, CO
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2017
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Hiking1.35 Miles 294 AEG
Hiking1.35 Miles      27 Mns   3.00 mph
294 ft AEG
 
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After my work-related meeting wrapped up in Lakewood, I had about 90 minutes before I needed to head to the airport. I drove up highway 6 to a Jefferson County Park called "Clear Creek Canyon." This road offers incredible views as you wind through the Clear Creek Canyon. On the north side of the road, about 10 miles west of Golden, lies Mayhem Gulch trailhead. I pulled over and hiked up the trail for a bit, then headed back down to check out Clear Creek. If I had more time, this could be a great area to explore more. The Pines to Prairies multi-use pathway is currently under construction, but will some day connect Idaho Springs with Golden via paved bike path that follows Clear Creek on the opposite side of the canyon from the highway.

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Big water and nice rapids from late spring runoff.
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May 08 2017
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St Mary's Glacier & James Peak TrailCentral, CO
Central, CO
Hiking avatar May 08 2017
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Hiking2.10 Miles 472 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles      54 Mns   3.60 mph
472 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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I had the opportunity to go to Denver for a day and half for work. In between meetings I found some time to explore the area. I had hoped to find a glacial alpine lake that was accessible this time of year. St. Mary's Lake and glacier fit my needs perfectly. The parking area is on private land and costs $5. From there it's 3/4 mile to the lake. Soon after the official trailhead, you cross over into Forest Service land. Being a Monday evening at 6:45pm, there was no one around (although I know this place gets busy on weekends due its ease of access). I wandered around the shore and then just sat down for awhile and took in the views.

I highly recommend visiting this area. There are multiple trails that depart from the lake (e.g., the actual glacier climb, and an alt route to James Peak).
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Apr 29 2017
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Buckskin Gulch - Wire Pass to Paria RiverSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Backpack22.35 Miles 1,332 AEG
Backpack22.35 Miles1 Day   2 Hrs   44 Mns   
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This is one of the most beautiful and interesting hikes I have done. Definitely a top 10. Some friends in Flagstaff had a couple spots left on their overnight permit for Wire Pass to White House via Buckskin. I couldn't say no to this itinerary, and we left Flagstaff on Saturday morning at 3:30am to make the most of it.

There's already so much info written up about this hike on HAZ, so I'll just keep the updates simple:

1) I think this one way shuttle is ideal if you only have two days. You get to see SO MUCH variety, both in Buckskin and Paria (yes, I know there's much more on the southern end of Paria, but still!).

2) The high volume of mountain precip in Bryce Canyon, et al., really drove up the seasonal flows of the Paria and Buckskin Gulch. The Paria was flowing wide and strong under the highway 89 bridge, all the way down to the confluence with Buckskin (and beyond). Buckskin's water pools were silty, deep, and freezing cold. But this was expected. The Paria's turbidity was much lower than when I last saw it in January; more of a gray than a brown.

3) The rabbit hole route was open at the log jam, but we used the middle descent route with some rope.

4) Why do people crowd all up in Zion Narrows when THIS world class hike exists only a few miles away?! I just...:doh:
Well they can have the Zion Narrows. I'll take the Paria Canyon any day that it's flowing.
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A little silty, but not muddy brown. Just gray.

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About 2 liters/minute
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Apr 24 2017
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Logan Creek Falls, VA 
Logan Creek Falls, VA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2017
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Hiking0.21 Miles 39 AEG
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I was in Virginia for one day to attend a lecture at my alma mater (Emory & Henry College).
I had a few extra minutes and decided to check out one of my favorite places in the area.
Logan Creek Falls is a popular drop for experienced kayakers. It was running a little higher than usual on this day with seven straight days of rain. It's one of those waterfalls where the roar of the water is deafening and you can't hear anything else. You have to struggle to keep your camera dry because the spray is like constant rain.

I love the West when it comes to outdoor adventure, but Virginia has a lot to offer too. In fact, this waterfall is not far from the Grayson Highlands, one of the most scenic parts of the Appalachian Trail.

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Apr 23 2017
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Black Canyon - Hoover Dam to Willow BeachNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Kayak avatar Apr 23 2017
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Kayak13.99 Miles 909 AEG
Kayak13.99 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.21 mph
909 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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We did this route as a day trip with a large group of friends. We worked with Desert River Kayak to obtain access to the put-in at the dam. The morning started out great, but by the early afternoon, we were taking on some pretty significant headwinds. The winds picked up to 25mph, with gusts up to 40mph, according to NOAA. Despite the weather, this is a really fun trip. It would be ideal to do this as an overnight and camp on one of the sandy beaches. This would allow more time to explore the many side canyons. That being said, Boy Scout Canyon was by far the most interesting and unique place we stopped. We avoided Goldstrike Canyon because there were so several boats already parked there, and I don't like waiting in line to hike...
I did make an exception for AZ hot spring, since everyone in my group wanted to see it.

It's getting close to that time of year when humans should avoid the Colorado Main Stem. It gets rather warm, even in April. However, the dam does tend to release more water to downstream users this time of year. And the cold water is a reprieve from the relentless sun.

Awesome trip. Not sure if I will do it again anytime soon. But I will definitely look for a way to get back in Boy Scout Canyon! :D
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The flow really picked up the further you move up into the canyon.

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Dripping out over a cliff into the Colorado.

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There are many "hanging garden" style hot springs in this canyon. They drip pretty constantly. There are also a few that flow straight out of the ground, contributing to the creek's flow.

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46% full, to be exact!

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waterfall hot spring!!

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surprising amount of flow. The hot spring is dammed in places by sandbags.

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Burro Creek Campground TrailsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2017
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Hiking0.47 Miles 59 AEG
Hiking0.47 Miles      11 Mns   2.56 mph
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Camped here with some friends on the way to Black Canyon. It was a fulfilling experience to connect with the lower part of Burro Creek after exploring near the headwaters in Upper Burro Creek Canyon last month.
My sunrise hike was originally planned to head west down the creek, following the Eagle and Joe's route from a few years ago. But the barb wire fences stopped me and it was too early and I was too tired to mess with going underneath, over, etc. So I picked the path of least resistance and stumbled around the east side of the campground and took some photos.

The USGS gauge for Burro Creek at the US93 Bridge was fluctuating between 0.0 and 0.3, with most measurements over the past 72 hours reading zero. I know there is SOME perennial water here, but I was nervous. I was relieved to arrive and see some decent flow in the creek. I'm not sure what's up with that gauge, but I know USGS will verify the data in 30 day intervals, so it's possible the dataset will be corrected.

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In between medium and light flow. The water looks like it is not moving in the wider sections, but has some nice riffles that are moving quickly through the narrower parts of the canyon.
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