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Dec 19 2020
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 Mesa,AZ
Horse with No Name TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2020
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Hiking11.00 Miles
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.10 mph
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Really getting to like the Goldfields. Started from the parking lot near Javelina Mine Trail well before sunrise, and hiked along the Apache Trail (no cars at all) to FR1356. Then hiked that one and reached the junction next to Top Hat around sunrise. Pretty easy to find the turnoff later from the wash to Horse With No Name. Took the loop that goes west, then back east, and ended up back in the wash. This was the tiresome part of the hike, coming back along the wash to re-join the southern part of Horse With No Name. Plenty of sand to sink into, and if not sand then just rocks. Found the trail again to go east, and was fooled for a minute because it heads back north just above the wash. Soon there's a switchback, though, and Horse With No Name starts going into wonderful yellow slickrock. Coming up from the west, nothing prepared me for what the view would be like from the top: all the cliffs and canyons of the eastern Goldfields, with Four Peaks in the distance (and of course, Weaver's Needle and Superstition Mountain). The trail was fun too across the rock. Finished by going down FR something-or-other, then to 1356, down to the Willow Connector, and over to Javelina Mine to finish. Saw 6 horses, two dirt bikes, and two other hikers on the way out, plus adilling silhouetted up on top of Top Hat at sunrise. Great morning to be out! Got me inspired to catch up on a few triplogs ... sometime soon, now that it's Christmas break.
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Jun 11 2020
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 Mesa,AZ
Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2020
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Hiking9.00 Miles
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   3.00 mph
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Picked up a last tiny piece of Blue Ridge passage, then started north from the trailhead at 87 for a morning in lots of pines. I remember reading a comment from Tibber a long time ago, about this passage (I think it was Tibber ...) -- describing it as "Pondo, pondo, pondo." I thought that was a really fun way to say it, judging from the pictures, and now I'm seeing it for myself! Very open, pleasant area -- not much scenic variety, but the short drop into Jacks Canyon was an okay change. Way back in 4th grade we learned the regions of Arizona -- "Plateau", "Mountain", etc. -- but when I'm slowly walking through it the differences are amazing. As I was going through the mostly-flat Happy Jack forests, I thought of the Saddle Mountain/Mazatzal trails I was on a month ago -- pretty good contrast! Anyway, that's enough reflection on Arizona geography. Turned around a while after climbing out of Jacks Canyon, when it was time to get back to the car for the drive back. Saw several elk on the first part of the trail (too far away for a picture), and waited for a herd of over a dozen to cross the 87 on the drive in the morning.
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May 28 2020
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Sycamore Creek FR25A, AZ 
Sycamore Creek FR25A, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 28 2020
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Hiking5.00 Miles
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I'm liking this area! It's amazing how many times I've driven to Payson in all the years here, and never stopped into anything in the northern Mazatzals besides Barnhardt. I'm thinking I'll come back here in the late fall -- whenever the sycamores are turning -- and check out the mines; wasn't sure at the time which road to go up to find them, so I just stayed on 25A. There's still a good amount of water in the creek to look at and listen to, and about 2/3 of the hike was in the shade (which was good, because it didn't stay cool for very long). Went to the end of the road and the fixer-upper van, then continued up the trail for 10-15 minutes before turning around. Little lavender-blue moths everywhere down near the water. On much of the hike, I was looking at the road in amazement and wondering how anybody drives on it -- but I could see fresh tire tracks, so I know they're there. Sure enough, on the hike back I saw a group of four very high clearance vehicles drive by. I wonder what the average speed is on the really rough parts -- faster or slower than hiking? Didn't see anyone else the whole morning until I got back to my car at the 25/25A junction; two Jeeps were just starting up the road to Mormon Grove. Enjoyable morning; mileage is real approximate, and posting this a few days later I don't remember how long it took. I'll just call it a good hike!
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May 21 2020
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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2020
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Hiking6.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs      2.17 mph
800 ft AEG
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Getting closer to finishing this passage! Highlights: the views at the beginning (all the way down to Flatiron), and still the flowers up at this elevation. There were a couple of stretches that were constant buzzing from all the bees, especially around one of the white-flowering shrubs. No buzzing from anything else, but I was uncomfortable about that in a couple of places, especially where I turned around. The trail was there, but it was overgrown with knee-high grasses for a long stretch ahead, which made it tough to see what might be in there. With that and the time constraint I had anyway, it was a good time to save the rest for another day. Another thought: I sure wish I'd been able to see this area before the fires came through, and see what it looked like! An unexpected highlight: the views from the road coming in (and going out). The Peeley road has to be one of my favorites now for mountain views everywhere; coming over the ridge onto the north side and seeing the mountain with the cliff faces across Deer Creek, and the drop-off into the canyon itself -- that was great! And as advertised, the road was in good condition; easily done in 40-45 minutes for an old Subaru wagon
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May 02 2020
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Whiterock Mesa - AZT #25Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2020
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Hiking10.80 Miles
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The best part: down by the river. Pleasant, calf-deep water to cross, and there was a hiking stick available right where the trail met the river. I used it for crossing, and then going up and down Polles Mesa, and re-crossing; left it back by the river where I found it. Otherwise, there were some tough parts to this hike, especially by late morning when it got pretty warm. I'd read all about the trail up Polles Mesa, and it was what it was: steep and rocky (and unshaded). I went a little ways along the mesa before it was time to turn around; again, I'll have to save the last part of this section for another time! The part that was surprising (to me) for not being as easy as I expected was the road from the trailhead to the AZT. I had this mentai picture that if the road starts at a trailhead by the river, and ends at a ranch by the river, then it probably "winds around the hills" (as the description says) down near the river. Well ... no. It goes up a lot, and then down a lot, and then up and down a lot again. That was fine (though surprising) in the early morning, but was more tiresome when it was warmer around noon. Not many people today, until I was starting on the drive back from the trailhead to Payson, and there was a whole group of jeeps and other 4WD coming in.
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Apr 18 2020
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Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Loved this hike! The first part was defined by water and flowers. After the short connector trail from Cross F trailhead, Little Saddle Mountain goes up a canyon that was musical with water flowing all the way, and plenty of early-morning birds too. Early morning was perfect -- hiking in the shade, with the sun lighting up the ridges ahead. After climbing out of the canyon, the middle part of the trail was nice but nothing spectacular -- chaparral-covered hills with the skeletons of trees from the Sunflower Fire, I'm guessing. And then the views started -- clear enough that the McDowells were close-by, and I could see the White Tanks and Estrellas in the distance. Then the other way toward Mt. Ord; let's say I liked this part! Went about 1/2 mile past the junction with the Saddle Mountain Trail, which was all I had time for. I'll have to save the top part of this section of the AZT for another day. Only saw a couple of people for most of the morning, then about a dozen in the canyon on the last part coming down.
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Apr 07 2020
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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2020
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Hiking10.00 Miles
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.40 mph
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Got an early start and finally got back on the AZT. The best part? Well, there were three in no particular order. One was just getting started on another section of the trail after a long break (since August). Second was the connector trail from the Cross F trailhead; nice flow of water in the creek, so it's a musical stretch of trail. Extra music from the birds that were singing in good numbers at 6 something in the morning. Third highlight was the flowers -- pretty much everywhere, except not so much near the creek. Hiked almost all the way to the 87 before turning around; quiet enough morning around Sunflower that I could hear a domestic scene about who left the door open so the dog got out! The views on the hike back have me looking forward to the other part of this passage, Peeley to Cross F (sounds good that way with all the downhill!) And I'm encouraged by LindaAnn's description of the road condition to Mount Peeley trailhead. Last note for the hike: the horses (8 of them) near the Cross F trailhead are friendly, and I realize how tall they are when I'm walking through the whole group of them on either side of the trail.
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Apr 02 2020
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Pyrite Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2020
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Hiking8.30 Miles
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.21 mph
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I wanted to get out and explore Skyline since reading the triplogs about it, and I'm glad I read the recommendations for Pyrite. Started about 6:15, so I got to see the sun slowly lighting up the ridges all around. Pyrite was great; nice views, and plenty of climbing but not too steep. There was a breeze from the southwest, so the views in the Buckeye area were clear for a long ways, and the pollution was pooled up in the Valley. After coming down from Pyrite Summit, I followed various trails to get over to Valley Vista, which also had great views all around. Thought about adding Crest, but it was starting to get warm (and I've had sadly few hikes with much distance since last summer) so I just finished on Mountain Wash. Pleasant desert scenery on all the trails, but the two ridges -- Pyrite and Valley Vista -- were my favorite.
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Mar 28 2020
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Quartz-Lost Dog-Sunrise MSP, AZ 
Quartz-Lost Dog-Sunrise MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
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Hiking2.50 Miles
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Here's the plan: park a car at Quartz Trailhead, and hike with my son and daughter to Lost Dog Wash trailhead, and meet my wife and other son there for a picnic. Nice point-to-point hike. We'd just crossed the road from the Quartz parking lot and were about to step on the trail, when my daughter asked this question:
"Do you think there'll be snakes out?"
Me: "Probably not; might be a little cool today, but I'll sure keep my eyes open."
"I'll let you go in front."
Less than thirty seconds later on the trail, we heard the buzzing, really loud. He was off to the side on the other side of a brittlebush, head up but otherwise beautifully camouflaged in the grass. Still buzzed even after we'd backed away far enough to take pictures; finally slithered away. Next question: "Does the other place have wider trails?" I replied that they were definitely wider, and more travelled, than Quartz Trail -- so we changed plans and drove to Lost Dog. (But she was still ready to hike even after seeing, right next to us, the last thing she wanted to see!) We ended up hiking Sunrise Trail as far as we had time for before joining the rest of the family for the picnic. Flowers everywhere, especially brittlebush and lupine. Good news: there's more hikes ahead of us with school being out, with the only condition being that we go when it's cooler and the snakes are sleeping.
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Mar 19 2020
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Javelina Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2020
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Hiking3.30 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
400 ft AEG
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Back to the Goldfields a week after the first rain/hail visit. It's amazing in there! What was also amazing on this trip was the unexpected mud that my son and daughter got to experience. On the rain trip the previous week, it had rained for three days in a row, but the trail (road) had almost no mud. This time, it had rained less a day or two before, and we got to slop through plenty of it. Famous hike-leader words: "I didn't think it would be like this. See, last week ..." But anyway, back to the amazing views, especially in the last part. We were thinking how awesome it would be to camp at the spot of the last photo, if only there were anything there but solid rock --just to see the sunset and sunrise there. The Goldfields are kind of funny, after hiking in places like the McDowells and now Skyline Regional -- there aren't trail signs everywhere in the Goldfields. There's just a small side trail branching off, and you think "Yeah, that should be Willow Connector" or something like that. Makes it more like a wilderness experience!
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Mar 16 2020
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Lost Ranch Ruins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2020
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Hiking5.50 Miles 1,249 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,249 ft AEG
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Schools suddenly got cancelled, so my daughter and I were suddenly off for the day. I told her one of my favorite places for good views on South Mountain is the western part of National; it just takes some climbing to get up there! Lots of the grey and brown cloud today with an inversion, but everything else was great. Lots of jet trails in the sky; one set of them made a triangle, so we pretended that she was in geometry today and her teacher was talking about the hypotenuse or some such thing. Starting to be some cactus in bloom. We did Lost Ranch Ruins going up, then east on National, and down on Lost Ranch Mine. Great morning; little did we know that it would end up being a long vacation from school, and that weekday hikes could become a normal thing!
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Mar 13 2020
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Goldfields Intro, AZ 
Goldfields Intro, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2020
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I've been reading all these great triplogs from the Goldfields, and I finally got out there -- well, a little bit. Had a short time in the afternoon on the last day of the four-days-in-a-row of rain, back in mid-March. It looked like there might be a break in it, so let's go! Parked along 88 and hiked up FR 1356 to see how far I could get. Not far, before the rain came for about 10 minutes -- and the pea-sized hail. The last picture in the set is the friendly palo verde that I huddled under during the rain; not a lot of choice for trees right around there! It was SO beautiful, though, with the mix of sun on some of the hills and the dark clouds. Kept going after the rain, and went as far as I had time for.
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Aug 16 2017
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Beverly Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2017
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Hiking3.90 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.93 mph
300 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Wandered over from Beverly Canyon trailhead to see what activity there's been on the Pima Canyon trailhead improvements. Well ... it's fenced off, anyway. Nothing else seems changed, though. It was strange getting close to Pima Canyon and seeing almost no people. After seeing the trailhead, went up Pima Wash to its junction with Beverly Canyon; would have gone up to the top of Javelina Canyon and back down that way, but it was about 10:00 -- and while it was just sort-of hot and not humid, I figured it wouldn't get any cooler if I kept going.
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Aug 08 2017
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Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2017
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.40 mph
1,100 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Part Two of my first passage of the Arizona Trail. Started at Rock Crossing trailhead, made the drop into Clear Creek, and then kept going until I got to the spot I reached last month from the Rim Road. Then went back the same way, just so I could make the climb out of Clear Creek again! (Since the car was still parked at the same spot, that helped too ...) Clear Creek was a highlight; totally lived up to its name with shallow water over the pebbly bottom. After a stretch where the AZT follows FR 123A, I missed the cairn and turnoff the first time where the AZT turns south and leaves the road. Ended up going a short distance on 123; then, when I didn't find a junction, I went back to 123A and saw the cairn this time. I included a picture of it for reference! Like I found on the first part, the key word for Blue Ridge is "ponderosa" (as writelots said on the description of the nearby Happy Jack passage, it's pondo, pondo, pondo, pondo.) I got to finish the hike with one of those great hiking moments. There's a meadow just south of the Rock Crossing trailhead, and it was covered with flowers (and lots of grass) after the rains. With the flowers, there were butterflies flying EVERYWHERE. I didn't even get the camera out to try to get the picture; just enjoyed flowers and butterflies!
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Jul 31 2017
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Javelina Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2017
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Hiking2.50 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour      2.73 mph
300 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Had time for a short hike before taking my mom to an appointment; she lives near Beverly Canyon trailhead, so Javelina Canyon was the choice. HOT and humid morning about 9:00; soaked even after a short hike. Highlight was the bright green of every single tree in the area, contrasted with the brown that the rest of the landscape is even after the rains. Also saw one lonely cactus in bloom; a bee found it too!
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Jul 14 2017
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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2017
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Hiking3.60 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.48 mph
1,205 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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I'd last-minute decided on a long bike ride that would leave from Dreamy Draw -- but once I was to the 10/51 interchange, I realized that I'd left my bike helmet at home. Too far to go back -- so let's make a rare visit to Piestewa. Went up the Summit Trail first to the Circumference; warm and humid, but then some nice shade for awhile on the west side of the peak. I really like the back side of the trail, when it loops around into the valley on the north side of Piestewa -- especially the big rock slabs and towers just before the saddle.
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Jul 10 2017
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Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2017
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Hiking12.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.36 mph
800 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Like many other people, I've been bitten by the bug to someday do the Arizona Trail. It'll be in sections, and I'm not sure how quickly it'll happen -- but I got the chance to get out there and start! I made the weird decision to start in the middle, geographically -- on top of the Rim -- partly because I like a lot of the Southern Arizona scenery and would like to finish there, and I like idea of finishing with the Grand Canyon and some Utah sights. Not quite as excited about the middle plateau, though -- so maybe I'll get those parts done first and keep building the excitement as I go. I did part of this passage as an out-and-back, going as far as I had time and the legs to go. The distance is approximate, and in any case is definitely farther than I've gone in a single hike in a number of years! General Springs Canyon was really pretty; some water down in the bottom, lots of shades of green down there, and little waterfalls coming down from four side-canyons. Maybe I'm imagining, but it seems like there was more water coming down and crossing the trail in the afternoon than there was in the morning, even with no storms that direction. After leaving the canyon, the trail became more of a long walk through the same forest. I'm used to hiking in southern Arizona, where you can be in the forest and within a couple of minutes there's a long view off the mountain. So it felt strange hiking up on the Rim (which I haven't done), because I was in the forest and the view all around to the horizon was consistently just forest. It was nice walking though, and the ponderosas smelled wonderful all the time. Heard a little thunder behind me on the return, but no threat of rain nearby. Saw a BIG blue heron flying up from the water in General Springs Canyon on the way back! Hope to do the northern part of this passage soon -- maybe camp near Blue Ridge Reservoir.
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Jun 22 2017
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Bryce Canyon Utah, AZ 
Bryce Canyon Utah, AZ
 
Horseback avatar Jun 22 2017
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Horseback4.00 Miles
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Well, this was a way to cheat going into Bryce Canyon -- let the horses do the work, and then we don't have to try to get kids back out of the canyon on a warm day. (Not sure about the mileage; didn't pay much attention since I didn't have to!) Bryce was pretty as always, but unusual today because of the smoke plume from the Brian Head Fire over near Cedar Breaks. There were flakes of ash falling on us when we were in the parking lot before the ride. The advantage: the ride was over in late afternoon, but we were able to get the feeling of evening colors from the viewpoints because of the darkness of the smoke cloud.
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May 27 2017
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Guadalupe Ridge-National Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 27 2017
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Hiking8.71 Miles 1,747 AEG
Hiking8.71 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.68 mph
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It's great to start out at sunrise! Couldn't have been any clearer this morning; views everywhere. Guadalupe Ridge is an interesting trail to follow, at least for me: there's a number of rockpiles on the ridge where I'm deciding if the real route goes left of the rocks, or right, or over the top. In one place, it kind of goes through a chute in the middle. Nice peaceful time on the upper part of National; only saw a couple of runners and mountain bikers until Fat Man's Pass. After that: well, it was a Saturday morning!
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May 18 2017
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Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2017
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Hiking3.85 Miles 971 AEG
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Only had a short time available this morning -- this week, in fact -- so Mormon Trail was the one: gets up to the "backcountry" quickly. The air couldn't have been clearer, so everything looked great up to the north. Besides Hidden Valley, which is always nice, the highlight of the hike was a family of quail just before reaching National -- two adults and about a dozen TINY babies following the adults. I tried to get the camera out quickly, but they disappeared into the brush before I could get it. Really cute, though! So I had to be content with a wildlife picture at the very end of the hike, next to the parking lot: a gecko that was out in the sun doing push-ups (and so well-camouflaged that you can hardly see him in the picture).
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