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May 20 2020
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Strawberry Mountain, AZ 
Strawberry Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 20 2020
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Hiking6.06 Miles 1,524 AEG
Hiking6.06 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   1.15 mph
1,524 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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"You see that mountain over there,
Yea, one of these days
I'm going to climb that mountain.
Oh play me some mountain music..." ~Alabama

Whose bright idea was it to climb Strawberry Mountain?!?

This no trail, steep slip n slide, bushwack atop a false summit (1st mountain), then the 2nd summit, was No Joke.
Thank goodness for "bread crumbs" hiking because even with trackers set, we managed to lose our way on the pick-n-go-seek descent and ended up, near the bottom, trespassing our way through (unbeknown to us at the time) a gated community that we were locked inside of!
The route for this "hike" states 4.1 mi rt. It was bt 6-9 (trackers conflicted). Research said 1400aeg, it was actually 2848 aeg according to another app. Who knows...
It was hot, it was awful and it was AWESOME.
Great views, cool ledges, good company with a fellow social distancer, my neighbor Brenda. She, a novice hiker, but in fantastic shape, killed this butt-buster and we made a good team for what to me was a challenging humbler of a hike.
Two mountains, one hike, 3k(?) aeg and we'll meet in the middle of the 2 tracks and call it 7 miles rt.
Next up for this area? Strawberry ridgeline when it cools down!
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Apr 22 2020
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PS#15 Mohawk to Hwy87, AZ 
PS#15 Mohawk to Hwy87, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2020
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Hiking6.55 Miles 1,025 AEG
Hiking6.55 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.23 mph
1,025 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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🎵🎶Over the neighborhood and through the woods to highway 87 we go...🎶🎵
Not much new to report on this easy trail other than I'm happy I revisited since Rim Country is warming up and much of this is exposed once you jump on the 15 from the Mohawk.
Same pretty manzanita, same fragrant pines, same sweeping views, same prevalent sign, same cool little washes, same rad carve out near the end, same highway noise near the end.
Passed only 3 others and zero trash. Hoping the summer pumpkins don't make me carry a trash bag!
Was happy to take a neighbor along and show her this trail since she's an avid runner, looking to build trail confidence so she can trail run.
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Verbena and some yellow things
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Apr 19 2020
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9389B up the hill, AZ 
9389B up the hill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2020
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Hiking2.01 Miles 542 AEG
Hiking2.01 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.75 mph
542 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Sunset with D&H. Have to go back to clean shitbag camping trash 🤬😡
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Apr 18 2020
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Boulders MTB limp, AZ 
Boulders MTB limp, AZ
 
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Mtn Biking6.42 Miles 440 AEG
Mtn Biking6.42 Miles   3 Hrs   47 Mns   2.36 mph
440 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
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This trail again, doesn't disappoint. For an in-town trail system, it's just a lovely gem. Even with both lots full almost to capacity, during Covid's social distancing recommendations, we passed only singles, 2 couples and one family playing in the creek, all people spread out along the length of the trail.
Now. This trail...I like it lots. It's got variety- changing terrain, views, flora, fauna, creek crossings (although likely dry in summer) and unofficial offshoots to explore. Do you sense a but coming?
BUTTTTT-
I'm a novice MTBer and failed to remember the steep ups, normally easy for me on foot, but a whole other ball of !0&#%$! on a bike! My partner fared better although also occasionally cursed me with repeated, "I thought you said this trail was easy!" admonishments.
"It is/was. ON FOOT!" 🤪
It was a strenuous workout for my first time back on the MTB after two years.
I ate shit, carried the bike up loose gravel chutes and walk-slid down other loose gravel chutes.
No regrets aside from the length of time it took us but with me on COVID quarantine, we had nothing but time. It was a beautiful day and the air smelled delightful.
NOTE! I've not done this trail from the suggested Granite Dells entrance near Monument Peak trail. I've only ever parked at the Phoenix Street cul de sac which adds mileage due to starting on the Cypress Trail. Just an FYI if my tracks mislead you from the original route.
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Apr 12 2020
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Canyon Creek from V Ridge, AZ 
Canyon Creek from V Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2020
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Hiking4.46 Miles 1,154 AEG
Hiking4.46 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.06 mph
1,154 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
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Apr 04 2020
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Massacre Canyon Beaches, AZ 
Massacre Canyon Beaches, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
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Hiking5.52 Miles 1,082 AEG
Hiking5.52 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.03 mph
1,082 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Apr 03 2020
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Oak Spring, AZ 
Oak Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2020
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Hiking4.37 Miles 668 AEG
Hiking4.37 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   1.75 mph
668 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Took another stroll down into the Canyon with a new hiking friend, neighbor Brenda. Worked on her trail navigation as she's more accustomed to well defined, markered trails.
Light flow/trickle and some small pools of water. N8trdog alerted us to a lot of activity in the canyon and advised us of the group of piggies bedded down near the trail.
Nice steady stream out of the spring, deer meadow was green, bees near spring again. More deadfall than last time but nothing impassable or climb-overable.
Bit warm but not unbearable. Saw only 2 others as we neared the vehicle, on their way in. Social distancing was at work so we kept our greetings brief.
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Mar 28 2020
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To the tank with Harper, AZ 
To the tank with Harper, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
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Hiking3.51 Miles 830 AEG
Hiking3.51 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   1.13 mph
830 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Dec 07 2019
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Doll Baby TH to Ruins, AZ 
Doll Baby TH to Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
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Hiking5.16 Miles 1,570 AEG
Hiking5.16 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   1.45 mph
1,570 ft AEG      45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Twas a grand day for this
my 3rd time. Technically 2.5 times I guess, since the 1st time, I knew nothing of the hidden gem atop the Tapeat "pancakes". We did note the little side trail that heads up there but this was also at dusk, so we opted to instead take in sunset as we wistfully gazed at the expanse of LF Ranch.
On this, my 2nd top out, we were treated to a perfect overcast day with cool autumn temps.
Soon after parking at the small dirt pull out, next to an ancient tree, you'll cross through a gate and over the Mazatzal Winderness boundary. Quickly thereafter, past the odd teal green gravel, you'll head up, up n away, passing old beasty trees. Stay quiet and chances are supreme for catching glimpses of wildlife. I've seen javelina sign (prevalent), an owl (barely), beaver sign, ample riparian activity and a soil centipede. On this trip by golly, we even bumbled right past a dead horse which incited about a half mile of "waddaya suppose happened there?" conversation.
🐴.0.72 miles - 12:53 pm
Dead horse
Now you're well on your way up the elliptical, stair master, jeep road where eventually, you'll kinda top out and pass through another gate. Segue right for some views of the river which'll be especially enticing during the foliage show. And on that note, this hike is better in cooler temps as it's exposed and sans shade. The seasonal gullywash (one of two springs in the immediate area) was almost non existent although during rain or melt probably causes quite the scene. Oh- I digress again- the road in to the TH? Ya, defffff check what the weather's recently done. Two water crossings and potential for some rhino holes.
Ok, digression over. For now.
After you've taken in your little ledge view, after passing that last gate,look to your left for the spur that leads you to the pancakes. (Tapeat sandstone layers). Once you hit the base of the pancakes, toss a coin. I've gone both ways (snicker, snort), left or right and found right to be better. In either case, follow cairns. Once you reach the top follow more cairns in a south easterly direction (I think) till you approach massive walls of red and lichen stacked rocks.
There's not much info on these ruins outside of the misnomer "Spanish Ruins" however, deeper digging had us convinced this was a ceremonial or ritual spot, possibly Salado. Feels more party, less homey 🤔 (scientific deduction)
We did a little compassing on the formation of the structure, location of two spiral rooms, the "J" wall and directional pointing of certain walls and in our amateur opinions felt this was marking the equinox and solstice and the structure served as some sort of calendar or clock.
But we don't know ish about ish. We were kinda just daydreaming about it all.
Head about 100 yards below the ruins, towards the mazzies and get treated to a large smooth boulder with four grinders in one rock. Another grinding stone is near that.
Also notable were the haphazardly teetering tapeat "tables" and a couple of caves that look to have been utilitarian.
Pretty views, lotsa wildlife sign, 3rd time having the area to ourselves. Would be a nice sunrise or sunset spot as well as a cool place to watch outlying monsoons. I found a ledge looking to the river to be a novel spot for a frosty and a sammich while I stretched and breathed damp fall air.
Go back down the way you came. Bad knees/ankles will appreciate trekking poles.
Leave no trace. Take no stuff. Ladies- pack out your TP for cry-eye!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
A tad of clingers
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Nov 23 2019
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Nash PointPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
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Hiking5.17 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking5.17 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.60 mph
950 ft AEG   1 Hour   31 Mns Break23 LBS Pack
 
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What a giving, last minute decision to explore another Rim Country gem. While the trek to Nash Point itself isn't stupendous in splendor, being that most of the "trail" is a two track, the views that greet you at 1.10 miles in serve up a nice appetizer before the main course atop the black jagged edge of Nash Point. "Dessert" (the best part, right?!) was when we landed at our bushwack, off-trail outcropping, overlooking Fossil Creek. Above the canyon the views delighted us! Bradshaws, Sedona, SF Peaks, curious red crusty towers, Coconino Forest, the Rim, and Mazatzals, oh my! Sights inside the binos included snow creating on Snowbowl. What a trip!
There were some other delights of this hike, including zero humans, little trash and plenty of tracks and sign. We will definitely return to scout out more dope lunch n beer spots and to explore more of the treasures this area offers.
Perfect, post snow weather although a mucky slodge at times. No matter- the positives outweighed the nearby target shooting, brush scratches, the clump-boots and the sound of the 87 for the first 1-2 miles. Oh-and my pack weight, testing out the new overnighter. Beer is a fair way to test pack weight,ya? 😁🍻

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Mud puddle
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Nov 16 2019
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Tramway-Maxwell Loop, AZ 
Tramway-Maxwell Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
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Hiking10.04 Miles 2,788 AEG
Hiking10.04 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   1.53 mph
2,788 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Title: The Death March of Thornbush Hell aka The Bitch n Moan Hike
Only two hikes this year made me want to drop to my knees and curl up in a ball, rolling about crying and muttering indiscernible curses. My long awaited, bucket list WCC would be one.
Lawdamercy
This hike was a test of my resilience. I almost failed the test. I only passed because I didn't die.
Down a steep, loose, rocky stretch wherein at one point, a rope was needed to drop off a small but tall shelf. There was occasional bum scooting too.
This wasn't even the hard part.
Once down at the tranquil, clear water, we paused briefly for refreshments at the well known, pretty campsite at the junction. The junction of the trail isn't marked aside from two small metal bowls dangling from a tree. You'll need to discern between critter trails and what's the actual trail. In autumn, good luck. Heavy foliage fall added challenge. After 2 tries we located the real trail.
Then, the most impressive glyphs panels I've ever seen, to date. Really nice stuff, exception of graffiti and campfire damage. (Human suckage 😡)
Another pause for refreshments and plenty of oohing and ahhing
A n d. T h e n.
Enter the brushiest, thickest, overgrownest, no trail bushwack of ever, for me. The reeds and brush were so thick at times, I couldn't see where to go next. So, let's add in some slippery doll heads to attempt creek crossing in the low 40s-brrr
Not enough torture?
K. Howzabout thorns. Many, many thorned trees and bushes. I was still plucking thorns out of my body four days after this version of beautiful hell. D nearly left my complainery behind as he trucked ahead, supposedly to find the trail. (I know the truth. He was trying to run away from my grouchiness!) Oh, and about the trail? THERE WASN'T ONE! Until we neared completion and our exit route up another steep, grasp your chest, huff n puff, there was no trail. Not for humans anyway. There were itty bitty game trails which all led to the water.
Oh.
About the water?
Even when not creek crossing, we were marshy, mush trudging.
Good times.
No really... (sarcasm font)
Am I happy we did it?
Sure.
Will I go back? Well maybe. I mean I did forgetfully leave my beautiful, new Black Diamond trekking poles there... 😡
But srsly- any trek that tests my muster and leaves me thirsty because of its salt, raises my confidence and gives me a little pride. Oh. And gratitude. Because my favorite hiking partner is real real patient when I get the crabby patties stirring around inside of me.
7-10 (3 different trackers didn't match up) miles on this loop.
2000+ (again, trackers varied) 197- thorns and curses
Views of ooh and ahh proportions? Limitless. Steep, rugged canyon walls, crystalline waters, plenty of animal sign. While I would not want to do this in warm months (no shade), had we gone down a couple of weeks prior, the fall leaves would have been criminally beautiful.
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Nov 10 2019
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Oak Spring, AZ 
Oak Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2019
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Hiking1.93 Miles 482 AEG
Hiking1.93 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   1.14 mph
482 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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Nov 07 2019
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Mohawk-Pine-Strawberry #15, AZ 
Mohawk-Pine-Strawberry #15, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2019
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Hiking2.31 Miles 381 AEG
Hiking2.31 Miles      54 Mns   2.62 mph
381 ft AEG      1 Min Break3 LBS Pack
 
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I can't seem to get enough of this easy trail that links Hardscrabble in Pine to the 87 just a hair below Strawberry. I've done it countless times, each time taking either a different approach, doing shorter/longer pieces or making a change of direction. A favorite has been to take it from a neighborhood that accesses the Mohawk Trail which leads to the PS#15, towards Strawberry, then exiting onto a short stretch of the 87, which lo an behold! Just happens to take one right up the drive of and subsequently steps right into Bandits. Oddly, there's beer inside 🤔 (weird how that all works out) Then easily enough, after pancakes and beer (don't judge me, there are no rules) back over the highway and into the woods we go! The trail leads right back to the quaint lil community of Pine where the elk readily welcome you back off the trail. (Someone really needs to train them to have cold barley pops to pass out to thirsty hikers)
Ok. About the trail.
Super easy peasy. So much so, it beckons me to get my outta shape butt back on the mtb and give er a go. My fave sections of the PS on this particular, post-work, hurry-up-n-cram-one-in-before-dark shorty, would be the passage between a large boulder and a weathered, old, welcoming alligator juniper, where as you pass through, Pine opens up before you. I think it's a portal of some sort and not the 'portals' the fancy richies live in up on the hills 😆
The other eye candy was just a titch past its prime, a bit further up where a small side "canyon" aka seasonal downward wash, gives birth to flaming big tooth maples, amber gambel oaks and another fiery hued shrub. There's been wind up in this neck of the woods so most leaves have carpeted and the majority still trees are fading. But a minor jaunt off trail rewarded me so I could turn around pleased that I didn't miss the show entirely. It's been a glorious color show in Rim Country this season, making me wish wood cutting wasn't such a priority so I could get more miles of smiles and leaf peeping. But that's greedy because I've seen more this year and for that my stoke is high.
Should you choose to stroll this trail, there are many options making it anywhere from kid friendly by going up Mohawk to wherever to making it an all day affair by starting at Bandits for brekkie, hike to Hardscrabble, cross Hardscrabble to Oak Spring into Bear Cyn, left at AZT/Walnut, up n over, back out to 87, go left/north to THAT BREWERY and treat yasself to lunch (aka craft beer).
This idea came to me this evening as I finished up and it goes on my Hike-it List for Spring.
LMK if you do it before I so I can scope your stats. Cheers!🍺
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Faded, dropping, isolated patches in lower washes
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Oct 26 2019
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Oak Spring - Walnut, AZ 
Oak Spring - Walnut, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
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Hiking5.83 Miles 857 AEG
Hiking5.83 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.01 mph
857 ft AEG      31 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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We have been closely monitoring the surrounding areas to time this with the turning of the leaves. I've been in Bear Cyn multiple times and knew those oaks and maples would deliver.
D, knowing my eagerness at doing this in the autumn, came up with what we now call The Brewery Tour hike, starting at Hardscrabble, dropping into Bear Cyn from Oak Spring Trail, lunch n beer at Oak Spring, up the AZT-Walnut, out the 87 to THAT Brewery for post hike rewards.
The bigtooth maples were in their tequila sunrise glory, fluttering between shades of sherbet to raspberry in the light breeze. The oaks were in golden glory. Animal scat was again, prevalent. The creek was dry. The spring was a trickle and smelled of animals. We were again treated to a group of white tails foraging around the meadow where we took a beer break (explanation of pack weight 😉).
We ambled up the exposed, rocky switchbacks of Walnut Trail, lightly cursing the warm sun but thankful it was at our backs. Atop this section we found a nice shaded patch to have a snack and a brew break with views of Pine and sounds of the highway reminding us our brewery destination was near. We opted to cut through the forest opposed to taking the AZT out because we thought it'd be a faster option to reach those cold Arizona Trail Ales calling to us from the brewery.
The weather was mostly perfect aside from it being a tad warmer than we'd have liked. The Oak Spring section was the prettiest and I don't see myself tiring of this little canyon anytime soon.
At the brewery we met a fellow hiker who's completed the AZT and is now sectioning it for a yet to be named documentary film.
Another great day playing outside!
Flora
Flora
Bigtooth Maple
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Bigtooth maples, oaks, cypress or sycamore
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Oct 12 2019
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Hamburg-Pat Scott-Crest-Hamburg, AZ 
Hamburg-Pat Scott-Crest-Hamburg, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
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Hiking12.12 Miles 3,664 AEG
Hiking12.12 Miles   8 Hrs   47 Mns   1.55 mph
3,664 ft AEG      57 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Day three:
The Rumpshaker That Nearly Ended Me. 😖
Hamburg ➡️ Pat Scott➡️Crest (AZT)➡️Hamburg.
11.5mi
3548aeg
ASS KICKER
We entered the Conservancy and met with lovely volunteers who sized up our gear and visually gauged our abilities while offering suggestions for trails. Enter Jim, I think it was- a tall, lean, mustachioed man, fit despite his estimated early 70s, who must've deemed us suitable candidates for one of his favorite connecting loops. (I have since come to call Jim a masochist)
Hamburg Trail don't play and regardless of offering "stairs" (I counted over 100 wide-set steps) it is an up n up of loud, mouth-breathing proportions. Once we got to the lookout, we paused to catch our breath, only mildly impressed with said lookout that tourists usually turn back from, to head down. Sorry tourists. This isn't the payoff!
So into the Miller Peak Wilderness we went, entering a lush forest bedecked in lotsa bigtooth maples. Most were still green although a few Too Sooners were already showing off. We finally reached our first teensy creek crossing where a light cascade spilled into a small pool. We noted to hopefully return which we did, Day Four.
This would be the first of many crossings that during our visit were either dry or very low. However, it is apparent that some nice falls and abundant cascades could be present during spring melt and monsoon run off.
Along the ascent which seemingly never ends, during the gentler portions, we discovered many historical treasures! Mining equipment is all along trail sides and a titch off trail and we constantly marveled, "How in the hell did they______ !?" fill in the blank :next: get that here, survive flash floods, live here, have ample supplies and wait for it--HOW THE HELL DID THEY HAVE A BAR HERE!!!??? Yep. I discovered a pile of glass and photographed a few bottle bottoms as they appeared old. Post-hike research learnt us that there was actually a modest saloon (oxymoron?) here during the mining heyday.
Our next groovy discovery was a small hill dazzling in pointed quartz crystals and a few larger hunks of crystallized bedded rocks. This hike was generous indeed.
Until.
Oh my effing switchbacks of hell. Everytime you wished it was over it wasn't. Masochist Jim the Volunteer? I apologize for taking your name in vain. Often.
We fiiiiiiinally topped out, my partner likely 1,000% over my hikeplaining, "I though you said we were almost there!" and paused for a MUCH needed beer and food calories (pack weight explanation=🍺). Off to the AZT/Crest we went and I enjoyed the more 'restful' portion of this rump shaker. Lo an behold, bout the time we checked our daylight against the clock time and route scout for miles to go, we both received "Welcome to Mexico, international text rates apply" messages on our phones and that's when Route Scout took a nap (see route weirdness). Therefore our stats are inaccurate and I'm here to confirm that we did 187 miles RT and 9600aeg. 🤣 According to my legs and attitude anyway...
The views here, coming round the backside, are dope! Just goes on and on...(as does this farkachten hike 🤣)
Now for as much griping as I did going up, I'm always more a fan of the ups than the downs (nice metaphoric tie-in, ja?) because my knees despise steep descents. Alas, down was where the post hike rewards were- a steamy shower followed by wine in the room and a 'bed picnic' of leftovers from our previous night's Mexican food dinner, the leftover B&B breakfast I hoarded and a piece of pie left in the shared kitchen, by our hosts. So down we went, trekking poles offering some relief.
We arrived to the Conservancy after dark and had to gate jump to escape.
Our post workout dinner was an odd combination that was regardless, delicious and much needed after a day working for it. Sleep came easy.
Helluva loop for this kid. Y'all ballers would fare better than this novice trekker.
Glutton for Punishment Note: would do again. 😏
Wussy note: this was also our 3rd day of hiking so...
Can't get enough note: decided to add a 4th day, even though...
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
We were about 3 weeks too soon
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Asters, yellow daisy looking things, pretty!
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Oct 11 2019
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Carr Peak, AZ 
Carr Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2019
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Hiking8.15 Miles 2,313 AEG
Hiking8.15 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   1.52 mph
2,313 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Day two, we hairpin-switchbacked 10 miles up a slow-go forest road passing nobody.
When we arrived at the trailhead there were no other vehicles however, an ominous mini blimp hovered overhead. We later learned it to be from the military base, Fort Huachuca, to catch illegal passage into the US. Much of our trail research warned of the possibility of contact with smugglers. The only smuggling experience we encountered was the pie I smuggled in my pack from our B&B 😉
This hike instantly lets you know who's boss by immediately introducing you to the up-up-and-away over an exposed stretch of ankle rollers aka doll heads. Keep your eye on the yellow prize, for that golden peak far ahead isn't awash in wildflowers. Nope, that's a fledgling aspen grove attempting a valiant comeback after two fires erased this area.
This hike gives and gives despite the consistent huff up. The 8+ miles and 2350aeg are paid back with the most impressive views. We encountered wildflowers, desert plants, blue firs, juniper, aspens and maples with peeks of surrounding ranges at a couple of teasing lookouts.
Keep going.
Your efforts are again rewarded atop Carr Peak which is one of the many sky islands in this majestic part of Arizona. It's said that on the clearest of days, when on a sky island, one can see many or most other Arizona sky islands! We didn't have such luck as it was hazy, seemingly smoky and breezy. It didn't matter- the views were among the top ten, no top five, correction, top three- heck, maybe even the top two of any peak I've been on. Peak 10420 in Utah is a contender. But this was pretty sweet even rivaling views from atop Kendrick or Humphreys. Our view to the east was of an equally yellow-painted peak, Miller Peak which, with better planning would make for an awesomely delicious double peak bagging kind of day. We opted to cruise around the backside to try to hook up with the AZT but fading daylight and Mexican food calling to us (La Casita in Sierra Vista-- good food, good service) had us turn back to combat the hairy forest road that teeters on sheer edges. We exited the trail just as the sun set and a full moon rose into a lilac sky. The drive down was as pretty as the amble up since Sierra Vista put on her finest twinkling diamonds as she lay peacefully elegant in the falling darkness.
This was a wonderfully rewarding day. Our hard work paid off. Weather was perfect. Only four others up top until we loaded out and passed a family, dad smoking a cig, fresh dog doo and TP on the trail down 😡 smh
Glad we departed when we did.
Glad it didn't detract much from an incredible day in the Huachucas 😊
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Yellow fledgling aspens
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Yes, asters, yellow sunflowers, etc
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Sep 29 2019
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Pine Creek Canyon, AZ 
Pine Creek Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2019
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Hiking2.33 Miles 765 AEG
Hiking2.33 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   0.76 mph
765 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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A no joke slip n slide attempt to reach the narrows. We descended through a mostly dry waterfall area, encountered lotsa loose rock as we boulder hopped our way down into the lowish water level canyon. We discovered old bear scat on the way down on this very windy day. We saw only 3 others off in the distance. Once we became choked out and had choices between getting wet to about thigh high while losing daylight soon and climbing out to get some cold frosties at the brewery, the choice was easy. We'd have to come back for the elusive narrows another day. Our goal is to scout around up top and see if we can find other access points. I'd love to also see that waterfall when it's cooking!
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Sep 08 2019
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Walnut-Oak Spring beyond, AZ 
Walnut-Oak Spring beyond, AZ
 
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Hiking5.67 Miles 1,287 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   1.78 mph
1,287 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Parked at a small turnout on Hardscrabble Rd (room for 2 vehicles) and descended onto a lush, bear scat dotted trail into Bear Canyon (the other, other, Bear Cyn). The weather was excellent with fat cotton candy tufts rolling swiftly overhead, providing breezes on a humid, monsoon, summer day. Oak Spring was a slodgy puddle/pool, the "bathtub" was dry and active with bees. The meadow was dry and brittle but that didn't stop a white tail from dashing through. We ambled along a no-name trail to discover "picket post jr." where we enjoyed our breakfast before skirting along the edge a bit longer, satisfying that familiar, "Just up to that bend to see if there's a view." Thickening clouds had us err on the side of caution since the way home was back through the canyon and monsoon season has been thus far, unpredictable this summer. So regretfully but unapologetic, we turned back. This was my 3rd time here, although this time, the farthest and I'll say it again, "I'll be back" because in another 3-4 weeks, I suspect the rewards will be even greater than my 3 visits thus far. 🍂🍁🌲🌳
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Butterfly migration in full effect
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Jan 21 2019
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2019
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Hiking4.81 Miles 1,199 AEG
Hiking4.81 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.80 mph
1,199 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
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Even if you reach the TH and it's freezing temps with gusts of 30mph+, the drive in is worth it alone! Luckily, being familiar with Arizona's bi-polar weather, we had planned/packed accordingly and layered up for a nice huff to the top.
Very heavy, dark, ominous clouds taunted us, making us question our decision to go up. Well, for once forecasters were right and the rain heavy masses rolled east and the sky opened up blue and sunny as we neared the "off trail" portion.
We didn't quite go to the tippy top since 2 of the 40-50 mph gusts at the saddle/overlook blew me down to all fours. We chose safety and called it about 200 ft from summit. With frozen fingers we cheersed a toast to an excellent hike that gives and gives and gives. The views don't quit on this one. Even with the devastation of a long ago forest fire, the views from Bartlett to Roosevelt, the Rim to Foutain Hills just awed us.
Trail is easy to follow. If you're unsteady, trekking poles are good for a couple of narrow cliff side passes, especially with snow/ice present. The off trail section is well cairned. Allow time for lunch up top. You won't regret it.
On our way out, on the road, we passed hunters who told us they spotted a mom lion with her baby! Definitely smacks of cat country up there and piggie evidence was everywhere.
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Jan 20 2019
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Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
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Hiking7.16 Miles 1,129 AEG
Hiking7.16 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   1.83 mph
1,129 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
 
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Happy to return and find the gravesite this time since the original trip log has incorrect mileage from TH to Gowan grave.
The grave is actually closer to approximately 3 miles in, well marked and obvious, just before the convergence of the two creeks and the level campsite area.
We went a bit beyond this area for lunch among gurgling cascades and a mossy faerie land. Exploring around our lunch area my honey discovered a geocache of sorts, stuffed with treats n goodies, including extensive history on Gowan and the area. We took nothing but added some treats and signed the 'register' inside, starting entry of 2012, most recent of 2016.
This hike supplies a lil of everything we Zonans have come to love as far as flora and fauna; from prickly pear and mamalaria to a neon red cardinal and rainbow rocks to cypress and sycamore, this trek offers eye candy for nature enthusiasts. I suspect when water's present it's great for avian peepers too.
Perfect weather, only passed 2 other hikers and only one piece of trash all made me thrilled this hasn't exploded on social media (yet?).
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David D. Gowan
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