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Aug 10 2019
gregstewart1952
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69 male
 Joined Aug 15 2016
 Prescott Valley
Wounded Ranger KnollFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2019
gregstewart1952
Hiking3.57 Miles 1,323 AEG
Hiking3.57 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   1.53 mph
1,323 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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We began this hike near the stables at the Lost Canyon Young Life camp near Williams, where we were attending a men's retreat for our church. Mid august, temps were in the mid 70s. We had Saturday afternoon off. While our buddies went zip-lining or played soccer, we decided to summit the knoll. There were few clouds but the only rain clouds had already skidded by. We followed a horse trail from the stables, going east over the saddle to Wounded Ranger tank, which had some muddy water. There the horse trail split, one path going north and the other south. We followed the south trail, which climbed probably about 200 feet as we made our way south. We were looking for the place that another HAZ track had begun its ascent, since it seemed that was where the topo lines indicated the easiest approach. It was at top of a slight ascent. My uploaded track shows that we went past it and then backtracked a little bit. We thought that there might be some sort of trail, but there wasn't. From that point it was bushwacking NW to the top of the hill. There were a few segments that might be animal trails, but nothing that lasted too long. We headed for the high point, 7715 feet on the CalTopo map. My friend Randy knew of a cross and a cache overlooking the camp on the west side of the knoll, so we went looking for it and eventually found it. There was a cache there as well, and we signed our names. Randy remembered returning to camp a different way than we ascended, by going NE, so we bushwacked that way and it cut about a mile off of our return trip. We wound up back at the tank, and then followed the horse path back to camp. It took three hours, and we averaged about a mile an hour. I wouldn't call it dangerous, because it was more of a scramble than any actual rock climbing. It was very strenuous, though, and you'd better be in pretty good shape to tackle it.
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May 24 2019
gregstewart1952
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 Photos 54
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69 male
 Joined Aug 15 2016
 Prescott Valley
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2019
gregstewart1952
Hiking18.70 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking18.70 Miles
950 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Trail Closure Notification: There have been many good trip logs posted, so this is just a recent update on current conditions as of 5/24/2019. As the photo set shows, there has been a trail closure on the Fred Haught trail west of the Pinchot Cabin. I amended my original plans (Fred Haught, U-Bar, Barbershop, Rim Road) to go up the middle (Houston Bros, U-Bar, Barbershop) and bypassed the closure. I met a group on the trail that said that the forest road west of Pinchot cabin had been washed out, and that there was a 50' deep gully to cross. They said that they had done the crossing themselves, but I have not. See the photo set for the sign posted at the General Springs trail head. There was another similar sign at the Barbershop/Houston Brothers crossing, but as I said I had no problems at all on that loop.
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Jan 22 2018
gregstewart1952
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69 male
 Joined Aug 15 2016
 Prescott Valley
Cathedral Rock Loop, AZ 
Cathedral Rock Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2018
gregstewart1952
Hiking8.21 Miles 987 AEG
Hiking8.21 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.84 mph
987 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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We start this loop at the Baldwin trail head on Verde Valley School Road north of the village of Oak Creek. You can also start the loop at the Yavapai Point trail head and the Cathedral Rock trail head. Starting from the Baldwin trail head: there are many different ecosystems along this trail. Starting out on the Baldwin trail, you follow Oak Creek along the North side of Cathedral Rock where it is cool and shady in the morning. Joining up to the Templeton trail, you are in high desert chaparral continuing in the morning shadow of Cathedral Rock. Soon you come to the Cathedral Rock trail head where you may encounter tourists sunning themselves and taking photos on a large rock ledge on the East side of Cathedral rock. There is a steep, dangerous trail to the summit here, the Cathedral Rock trail. Next is a little warren of short trails to get to the Hiline Trail. We took the Yavapai Vista and the Easy Breezy trails, which wind near the slick rock near the Yavapai Vista trail head. The Hiline trail is a delight, climbing above the valley below and showing breathtaking views of the red rock skyline, including Bell Rock and Courthouse Rock. The first part of the Hiline trail is quite popular, especially on weekends. People usually go about two miles to a high plateau overlooking Verde Schoolhouse road to the East and then return. If you continue past this point you will head through a canyon to a series of steep dry wash descents. You are in low chaparral at this point, with ocatilla and palo verde trees. Look back to the high plateau on the Hiline trail to see how far you have come. Return to the Baldwin trail parking lot via the South and West portions of the Baldwin loop.
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average hiking speed 1.69 mph

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