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Sep 11 2021
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 Tempe, AZ
Rincon Valley - AZT #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2021
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Hiking10.23 Miles 696 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   2.29 mph
696 ft AEG
 
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We hiked Passage 8 from Gabe Zimmerman TH to X9 Ranch Road where we had previously left off. The vegetation and growth everywhere was spectacular! I cannot get over how much everything comes to life after a period of heavy rains. Speaking of coming to life...we encountered one rattler across the trail pretty quickly into our hike and then at about 2.5 miles in, I entered a sandy wash & saw one rattler sprawled out in the wash (not rattling) and backed up without looking and heard another one rattling (they were right behind me)! It was an eventful start to our hike, for sure! Luckily, we did not encounter any more rattlers. There was a large snake crossing the exit as we were leaving Gabe Zimmerman but they did not have a rattle. Whew! Aside from the excitement, it was a beautiful beautiful hike, mostly flat, and the area around Colossal Cave was especially cool! We went to Colossal Cave after our hike & took the "Ladders Tour" which I highly recommend. Can't wait to come back and explore Colossal Cave area some more. No coatis came out to play. Hopefully next time!
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Santa Rita Mountains - AZT #5Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking14.44 Miles 1,601 AEG
Hiking14.44 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   2.16 mph
1,601 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Passage 5 - the last of our southern southern passages to complete and the area sure put on a show that left us wanting to keep coming back! We camped at the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area campsite surrounded by views of mountains on both sides and a spectacular sunset Friday night. Woke up a little later Saturday expecting clouds and lower temps all day. It ended up being clear but low 60's & high mid-80's still felt like a treat after coming from Phoenix. After setting up the shuttle, we started hiking around 7 am. We were moving pretty slow from the TH to Kentucky Camp. My crazy friend is healing from a broken toe but insisted on hiking anyway. Also, the trail was covered in wildflowers and butterflies of all colors & of course, more growth means more barbs & thorns! We felt lucky to get to see this area in such an unusual state after all the recent rains and accepted our legs getting torn apart as we shoved through the thick growth covering the trail. Water was everywhere (and mosquitoes around the large ponds too!). Passage 5 was absolutely lovely and the rolling hills looked especially beautiful. Butterflies surrounded us the entire hike. Special day & special time to get to experience this passage in probably a rare state for this time of year.
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Bear Wallow Trail #63Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2021
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Hiking10.71 Miles 2,835 AEG
Hiking10.71 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   1.75 mph
2,835 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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**My FINAL Arizona 20-20 Challenge hike** :y: and it couldn't have been a more perfect hike! After weeks of fires burning literally on all four sides of this hike and then a week of rainstorms, we enjoyed 6 1/2 hours of perfect temperatures and no visible smoke or really any signs of all the chaos that has been raging this unique area of Arizona.

My friend and I camped at KP Cienega Campground Friday night (She experienced hail & strong winds & a pretty bad storm driving from Phoenix. I left a couple hours after her & only got rain for a bit.) Woke up Saturday to clear skies & crisp temps (50's), and drove to Gobbler Point to drop a vehicle. The road out to Gobbler point was in pretty good shape (FS 8154?). There were some deep puddles but the road is rocky enough that getting stuck didn't seem to be an issue. There weren't any crazy rocks. I'm sure a car could make it if necessary but a truck or 4Runner would be much better choice.

We started from Reno Trail & it was a smooth easy hike down to Bear Wallow. The trail is in great shape. Once we got down to Bear Wallow trail, there were a few sections of overgrowth completely covering the trail but I think the growth may have just happened with all the rain. The trail was still easy to follow, even with all the plant cover. LOTS of raspberries. No wonder bears like to have out down there! LOTS of Aphrodite Fritillary Butterfly (I think this was the type of butterfly) on the Bee Balm blooms. It was pretty magical with all the butterflies surrounding us for much of the hike. Overall the trail was flat for most of the Bear Wallow portion and was nice dirt and easy to find. Water was flowing in Bear Wallow Creek the entire way with some deeper pools here and there. Toward the end (boundary of the White Mountain Apache Reservation) more and more poison ivy appeared along the trail and it was difficult for my friend with shorts on to avoid coming in contact with it. We did see the dead bear the previous triplog mentioned! They were very much in the decomposition process at this point. Their jaws were intact and part of their face around their jaws were covered in hair. Their was also a paw covered in hair that was still intact. It was a strange sight for sure. I can't imagine how this bear died but they didn't appear to be very big. It's hard to tell by a mostly decomposed body though.

We took the Gobbler Point trail up and it helped us work up a good sweat very quickly. I think the high was around 70 but definitely started to feel the humidity in this portion. Gobbler Point trail is not challenging to follow most of the way. There are a handful of areas with dead trees blocking the trail but it is easy enough to go over or around most of them. We saw a dead elk (I think) along this trail that looked more newly deceased then the bear. The elk's body parts were strewn along the trail. Lots of dead bodies along this hike! Also, a lot more visibly abundant life in the area so I guess the two go hand-in-hand. We lost Gobbler Point trail just before the final set of switchbacks. Looking at a satellite map now, I think that portion of the trail is visible but it is not in the same location the route shows. The trail seems to have been re-routed at some point. We only struggled for a few hundred feet though before finding the trail again. After such an easy day of hiking, Gobbler Point gave us just enough "up" & just enough struggle to feel like a true Arizona 20-20 hike. ;)
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Snowshed Trail #246Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2021
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Hiking12.90 Miles 3,923 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   1.72 mph
3,923 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Stayed at Sunny Flat Campground Friday night. Great little campground with all the views! Started hiking around 5 am Saturday morning on the Herb Martyr Trail #247. It felt a little chilly for us Phoenix folx but we warmed up with our first few steps. Herb Martyr is up up up up up with a few short breaks of level ground. The trail is in fantastic condition and is a beautiful foresty trail with dirt and pine needles. Little to no tripping hazards allow you to actually look up and enjoy the surroundings.

We intersected with Snowshed Trail #246 around 3 miles. Snowshed continues the climb up a little more gradually. The views along this entire stretch are incredible. Snowshed Trail is also in great shape. There are a few eroded areas where footing requires you to pay attention but nothing major. Deer Spring is visibly dripping across the trail but not dripping enough to access with a container or to drink. We didn't scramble up to see if there is anything holding the spring water but there was a lot of green visible along the upper slope.

We reached the saddle and started up a visible peak trail marked with cairns. The trail disappears quickly and we hopped up the rock-covered sections to make our way up. There are sporadic cairns along the rock areas. Even with no trail, it is not a difficult peak hike. The new growth are mostly Aspens and are easy to move through. The peak has incredible views on the far east side. There was a nice breeze & temps felt good at the peak around 9:30 am.

We headed down & immediately felt an increase in temperature just at the saddle. Going down was fast but definitely had the eastern morning sun on us the whole hike. We reached the intersection of Snowshed/Herb Martyr trails & took a break. I checked my thermometer there & it said 85 deg. That point is around 2,000' from the trailhead and the trailhead temp was 93 deg when we got back to the car so that checked out. The hike down Herb Martyr was easy and we got some more shade from the trees. A couple nice pools of water in the creek to splash water on our faces was appreciated toward the end of the hike.

This hike was absolutely gorgeous, straightforward easy trails, and good elevation gain to make you work for it. We had large brimmed sun hats on, sun protective clothing, saltstick tabs, and I brought almost 4L of water for myself. We felt good at the end...definitely hot but not delirious hot. I wouldn't recommend this hike in the summer without extra preparation though. There is no protection from the southern sun unless it's a cloudy day and we didn't see another person the whole hike. Also, surprisingly not a lot of wildlife either aside from birds. That was a huge difference from the South Fork of Cave Creek just below that was teeming with wildlife!

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Sentinel PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
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Hiking14.06 Miles 4,167 AEG
Hiking14.06 Miles   10 Hrs   52 Mns   1.36 mph
4,167 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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Started hiking around 3:45 am to attempt to beat the heat. Lots of wildlife out in the early morning including an adorable skunk who was not interested in moving from the trail! The trail was great and easy to follow for about four miles. Pools of water here and there with more pools in the lower canyon. The further up the canyon I went it became dry. Also, I saw maybe four bear poos along the lower section of trail. They all looked pretty fresh but felt hard when I poked them with a stick (had to be sure!). The trail begins to have small segments missing around the split from the South Fork of Cave Creek (31.83625,-109.223987) but the trail is pretty much always there the entire hike. It breaks up & is sometimes challenging to find or is obscured by bushes. Anytime the trail seemed to disappear I continued in the same general direction and it would quickly reappear. Flagging and cairns also mark the trail after the point where it becomes more challenging to find.

Leaving the South Fork of Cave Creek #243 trail and heading to Burnt Stump Trail I just went directly up through brush. That small segment (about 1000 ft) was thorny BUT, in comparison with Heliograph Peak (in the Pinalenos) or KP Creek to Blue Peak (in the Blue Range Wilderness), the thorns felt like feathers. There has to be a more direct entrance to Burnt Stump Trail though because, once I found it, it was a pretty nice trail. Burnt Stump has some overgrowth along the trail and a couple challenging sections where the trail washed out & is now a single track. The Burnt Stump spring is right on the trail (31.81542, -109.23684). It is contained my a piece of metal creating a small pool. I'm not usually finicky about water as long as I have a filter but this water looked kind of strange and not something I would drink if it wasn't an emergency. Still, it was there & filled the metal pool in mid-June so that's good!

Then on to the Sentinel Peak Trail. All the peak trails in the Chiricahua Mountains seem to really take it to the next level for that tiny final stretch & Sentinel is no exception. The trail either disappeared or I lost it towards the very top. There's great views getting up there but views are obscured at the very top. There's a concrete pad at the top & I took a quick rest to prepare for the suddenly warming temps (9 am-ish). Headed back down & felt grateful for the breeze and fleeting cloud cover but it honestly wasn't bad. Back in the canyon there is enough tree cover to create shade on one side of the canyon and there was a decent breeze. The flies were pretty insane though. They would not leave me alone. Maybe I was just really stinky at that point. Stopped to cool down at the pools of water a few times which was exactly what I needed. Got back to my car & the temp said 103. It definitely did not feel nearly that hot in the canyon. The hike took much longer then anticipated. I thought I would be back at least a couple hours earlier but I think the trail-finding & navigating obstacles slowed the hike down significantly. Great hike though! The canyon part is so so beautiful, views along the Burnt Stump Trail are gorgeous, & the trails really are in good shape for the most part. I would suggest adding additional time for trail navigation and/or slowly moving through the dry creek bed.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Burnt Stump Spring - SE Chiricahua Dripping Dripping
The metal enclosure holding the water was full. Water was dripping out down the drainage but the pool was completely full. Water did not look great though.
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Hannagan Meadow Grant/KP Creek LoopAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiking13.66 Miles 3,441 AEG
Hiking13.66 Miles   9 Hrs   43 Mns   1.45 mph
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I THINK this was a really pretty hike. My memory is a little clouded by all the thorns stuck in my body but that's another story. I remember thinking how beautiful KP Creek was. There were some areas with downed trees to navigate but the trail was in pretty good shape & never difficult to find. There were a couple springs flowing out of rock, cool caves with water flowing through, and tons of little waterfalls!

And then...Blue Cabin trail happened.

The connection from KP Creek & Blue Cabin trail is non-existent. I scrambled up where the map showed the trail starting but there was no sign of it from KP. The Blue Cabin trail is mostly not a trail anymore (until about 3/4 of the way up). Honestly, there were a few times where I just stopped & thought "I can't do this anymore. I'm just going to stay here. No way I can make it to the top." And this is coming from someone who is generally unfazed by barreling straight through thorn bushes. The thorn bushes were so thick, and the trail so non-existent, that I had to commit to whatever path I choose since the thorns really wouldn't allow me to turn back & look for another route. I'm grateful for the footsteps left ahead of me. They were pretty faint but at least they gave me some indication of a path to take. Sometimes that path was up high, side-stepping along steep loose dirt, just to come back down to the creek. It seemed like the footsteps I was following were trying to find the best route too. The hike up Blue Cabin trail is a constant choice between downed trees so thick & piled up that they are almost impossible to cross or a deep dive through thick thorn bushes. The view looking up towards Blue is incredibly beautiful though so that kept me going (also I was listening to the book Grandma Gatewood's walk driving up & kept telling myself if she could do it, so could I!). Lots of water along this canyon as well with beautiful cold little waterfalls to escape the thorns for a minute. The trail finally clears around 1.7 miles up. It was a heavenly feeling. If I were smart, I would have continued up Blue Cabin trail to meet up with McKittrick trail. But I didn't do that.

There is an unnamed side trail shown on maps that shoots off east from Blue Cabin trail & appears to be a shortcut to Blue Peak trail. I told myself before starting my hike that I wouldn't take it because it was probably too overgrown & I would stick with the main trail. Then I saw it as I was coming up Blue Cabin (and had just exited the thorny hell) and it looked so clear & nice & apparently my brain was foggy from thorns because I took it anyway. My advice: don't take this trail. Stick with Blue Cabin trail to McKittrick & put in the extra miles.

Finally made it to Blue Peak trail & sailed right up the clear lovely trail to the top. Cool lookout tower but the lower steps have been removed so no one can go up. The views go on forever. Signed the summit register at the top & found my friends' names on the 1st page! Very cool! Continuing along McKittrick the views continue to be fantastic. Trail eventually turned to road & I hiked the 3.5 miles of dirt road until the KP Campground was below. Went down towards the campground over a low sloping area that was surprisingly easy-going.

This area is so gorgeous but I'm bringing gardening clippers for Bear Wallow next month. The thorns are next level around here! Temps were low 70's but it felt hot. I drank about 3L and apparently needed more because I was super thirsty driving home. I had a couple bear bells connected to me & whistled tunes when I wasn't breathing too heavy and didn't see any bears. The bear bells weren't loud enough to scare away birds that I came upon & frightened a couple times though so idk how effective they are. Hopefully we are able to keep our distance from each other in Bear Wallow too!
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Tuckup CanyonNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking16.75 Miles 2,856 AEG
Hiking16.75 Miles   10 Hrs   41 Mns   1.75 mph
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Wow I can't believe I finally made it out to this hike! Only 5 more AZ 20-20 Challenge hikes left :o
The drive out to the TH was an adventure all in it's own. We took a road that dead ended, a service road that we were rock crawling up through thick forest, and then finally the correct road (which was fairly smooth & easy compared to the others but still a HC road). No signs for roads so I'm posting a pic of a map that I drew on the roads we took to get to the Schmutz Spring TH & hopefully it will help someone. Nice little camp area at the TH. There was a lovely group there already when we arrived who were hiking to Shaman's Gallery the next day. Also two other vehicles parked but we didn't see the drivers around for the two nights we were there.

The trail starts with some steep gravely sections and quickly drops you on to a bench of land covered in desert plants where the trail often disappears. This continues for a while and gradually turns into esplanade. It is rarely full esplanade along the trail. There are sections of all rock but much of the hike is rock and vegetation/soil. Lots of cryptobiotic soil! There are cairns marking most of the trail but they are much more visible in the esplanade section. The trail winds up and down & up & down though massive esplanade drainages (canyons in canyons in canyons!). It is incredible. I could explore this area for the rest of my life and always find something new. We weren't able to spend much time exploring though so I soaked as much of it in as possible as we continued moving. The temps were perfect in the morning with cloud cover but the sun really beat us down in the afternoon when it was clear skies. There was water in Cottonwood Canyon but we didn't chance refilling based on what I had read about it being highly mineralized. Made it to Dome Pocket Canyon and the trail seemed to disappear. The only crossing I saw was across a steep sloping lip of rock covered in gravel. Looking at the previous route on here it looked like they went up a bit. We were getting pretty sun-baked at that point anyway so it was the perfect turn around spot. The Dome is so massive in the distance & I would love to come out here again & hike out to it.

We camped at the Schmutz Spring TH again after hiking all day & then drove out to Tuweep Campground & Toroweap Overlook the next day (got a NPS permit ahead of time for both Schmutz Spring TH camping & Tuweep Campground). Most incredible campground ever! We hiked part of the Tuckup Trail from the campground & it is all esplanade from the west side. It was great to be hiking the same trail but in sweatpants & sandals & very minimal effort since the trail starts from in the canyon on the west end. It was really really beautiful on this end and immediately gave me the itch to hike all of Tuckup someday (hopefully soon).
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Waterslides CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering3.70 Miles 1,965 AEG
Canyoneering3.70 Miles   7 Hrs      0.53 mph
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Super fun canyon! We had a group of 9 and finished in around 7 hours (top of canyon to bottom) if I'm remembering correctly. The water was flowing enough for smooth sliding. First time doing this canyon so I have no basis for comparison of flow but the pools at the bottom of the slides were deep & tons of fun! First slide I got turned by the rock & went in a little sideways even though I had my legs spread like the veteran Watersliders instructed me to do. Honestly, I didn't even know that I went sideways until I saw the video. The second big slide was down a chute carved into the rock. There's webbing to use for positioning & then down the chute to the big pool. The third big slide (the one described on ropewiki as 30' =/-) was a little terrifying from the top. Some of our group jumped, some slid, some did both. I went down the slide. It looks like a weird angle slide from the top but the water directs you off a little lip & spits you off into the pool. It was so much fun & I'm really happy I decided to do that last slide! We all wore wetsuits. Mine was 5/4 & I think everyone else had the same. I also wore a paddling jacket over top to help with evaporative cooling & was comfortable all day. The anchors at all the rappels were in great shape. Oh and we got to see a Gila Monster crossing the road at the end of the day as we were driving back up from the bottom shuttle! EEE! So so cool! Perfect ending to a perfect day!
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Cottonwood #120 Vineyard #131 Trails, AZ 
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Hiking16.05 Miles 2,957 AEG
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Another successful piecing together of AZT passages to create a less difficult day hike!

Drive: We dropped a vehicle at Mills Ridge Trailhead (narrow & steep drive with some big drops on either side but the road is very smooth & probably fine for a car) and drove to our starting TH on FR 83. Don't know if the FR 83 TH has a name but we parked at the water tank where FR 83 makes a T with another road. FR 83 goes through a sandy wash & has a few steep inclines & rough areas. Probably HC/4WD is best for that road. It was exactly 2 hours from Tempe to Mills Ridge TH and then approximately another 45 min from Mills Ridge to our start on FR 83.

Hike: Cottonwood Creek is absolutely beautiful! Flowing water through most of the creek we hiked. Mounds of vine (cat's claw maybe?), lots of vegetation, & birds singing all around. We loved this foresty area. The AZT #19 trail heading down to the Roosevelt Lake Bridge seemed to never end. It winds in & out & gives spectacular views. We walked across the bridge which was really cool but also funny to be hiking on a highway all of the sudden.

Took a short lunch at the pull-off at the AZT #20 TH & headed up AZT #20. And up. And up. And up. This part of AZT #20 is completely burned. It is unique & amazing to see the yuccas looking like grilled pineapples, the new growth everywhere, and the dark burned brown contrasted with the bright blue of the lake. The views along this trail are spectacular pretty much the whole time: Roosevelt Lake + Apache Lake + the Superstitions across the lake! Oh, does anyone know what the small metal tower with a screen looking thing is on Vineyard Mountain? We happened to run into friends we knew while checking that thing out which was fun! Should've asked them.

Glad we were able to break AZT Passages #19 & #20 up like this! Hopefully we will get to hike the first part of Passage #19 later in the month & them we will have completed the hottest central passages! :y:
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Las Colinas - AZT #6Tucson, AZ
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Hiking23.62 Miles 1,346 AEG
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Great day for a hike! Glad we combined Passages 6 and 7. Individually they are pretty flat and easy but combining them makes for a little more challenge. Beautiful fields of cactus, beautiful cinnamon hills, beautiful views. We has Passage 6 mostly to ourselves and started to see more and more people along Passage 7. I think these passages would have been brutal if it were a warmer day. The temps were a cloudy low 40's to low 60's and that was perfect. The art on the underpass at the end of Passage 7 is gorgeous. Super cool to finally see it in person after looking at pics all these years.
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Reavis Canyon - AZT #18Globe, AZ
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Hiking16.76 Miles 3,800 AEG
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We broke Passage 18 into two hikes because my friend is healing from an injury & is thankfully being smart about healing (this time). The first part was around 6.5 miles and we parked a shuttle at the 1st crossing of FR 650. That road is pretty easygoing. It took us around 25 minutes from US-60. There are a lot of vehicles on this stretch and not all of them wanted to move over for faster vehicles to pass. We didn't need 4wd anywhere but higher clearance vehicles were helpful. There are some beautiful areas just in the first 6.5 miles and it definitely had us itching to hike further.

The second part of Passage 18 included a crazy amount of driving to set up the shuttle. The drive to Rogers Trough TH has incredible views for much of the drive so that helped BUT it took us around an hour & a half from US-60. So if you are considering shuttling from the 1st crossing of FR 650 to Rogers Trough in one day, consider that you will likely spend significantly more time driving then actually hiking. The drive to Rogers Trough TH will require high clearance for much of the drive and 4wd as you get closer to the TH. There are areas that are pretty washed out and have large potholes to negotiate. Lots of four-wheelers in the late afternoon when we were returning but we had the roads mostly to ourselves in the early morning. The trail follows the creek for a while, north of N Happy Camp Canyon Rd, and there were quite a few large and small pools of good water. There was also a large water cache at the TH at the intersection with N Happy Camp Canyon Rd. (maybe 15+ gallon jugs of water). I think my favorite part of this hike was the views from the top of Montana Mountain. It's so cool to look back and see all the way you have come, including parts of Passage 17!

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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
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Hiking8.78 Miles 4,169 AEG
Hiking8.78 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   1.48 mph
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This may be my favorite AZ peak so far. And definitely one of the most beautiful trails for viewing wildlife (especially birds), for non-stop incredible views, and getting to experience it all on a very well-maintained trail. I think late November is the perfect time for this hike. The hike is a constant up. It's tough but enjoyable with the cool air and morning shade going up. I think warmer temps would make all that up a little unpleasant. We got to see deer grazing on the trail, wild turkeys, and so many beautiful unique birds! Old Baldy peak appears as a massive looming formation of rock the closer you get and the 31 (I think I counted correctly) switchbacks right before Old Baldy saddle give the coolest views of that massive rock formation. It almost looks un-hikeable looking up at the peak. But thankfully it is! Just another probably 30 switchbacks (I didn't count this section) and you can see all of southern AZ.
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Hack Cyn to Jumpup CynNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2020
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Hiking11.37 Miles 1,857 AEG
Hiking11.37 Miles   5 Hrs   36 Mns   2.15 mph
1,857 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Followed the Arizona 20-20 Challenge route starting at the top about 3 miles west of Sunshine Point. The road from Mount Trumbull to the TH is in good shape and may be passable for cars but something with high clearance is needed the closer you get to the TH. I don't remember the name of the trail posted at the top but am guessing it said Willow Spring something. Gorgeous camp spot at the top too btw. Got to the TH around 9 am and the temp was still about 24 degrees and I was lucky enough to see the canyon with snow-dusted layers of rock. There was a little snow up top but the trail was clear. Also this area seems to feel much warmer then the temp shows and I just wore a base layer on top & a light pullover.

I was not expecting such a beautiful trail. Somebody (or multiple somebodies) really love this trail and maintain it regularly (big thank you!!). This made me love it even more. There are very large cairns spaced regularly from the top all the way down to the bottom of Hack Canyon. The mile distance from the top is absolutely stunning but it is also very gravely and steep in some sections with nothing to grab onto. I would highly recommend bringing trekking poles. Once down in Hack Canyon it is typical of the grazing canyons in the area and I said hi to the many cow friends watching my every move. Followed the trail upstream to the actual Hack Canyon TH where two cars were parked. From the Hack TH there is a road all the way up-canyon that joins with Mount Trumbull road. I hiked along the stream, following cowpaths, to the point indicated on the 20-20 map and walked the road back.

It was super cool following the 20-20 route and getting to see that gorgeous very loved stretch of trail going down to Hack. The area didn't feel as remote as I thought it would either. So much more to explore just in this tiny pocket of canyons!
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Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2020
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Hiking9.58 Miles 3,525 AEG
Hiking9.58 Miles   7 Hrs   6 Mns   1.50 mph
3,525 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Words of wisdom for this trail: wear long pants and bring a machete. It is not as overgrown as some trails I've been on recently but pretty overgrown in some places and, as you get closer to the top, everything has long sharp thorns. My shoes are ripped, my hand cut open. Seriously, a machete or clippers would be a favor to all. Views are beautiful the entire hike. I think the spot that threw me off most was the creek crossing toward the beginning of the trail. The trail seems to have experience fallout from fire damage and the place I went down was a climb up through loose dirt and steep climb down through loose dirt. I saw other paths going down to the creek as I was first coming from the campground & I think taking one of those to get down to the creek sooner may be the way to go.
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Oct 23 2020
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Webb Peak from Ash Creek THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2020
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Hiking3.33 Miles 911 AEG
Hiking3.33 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   1.82 mph
911 ft AEG
 
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Lovely little trail! Trail is well-defined for the most part and easy to follow. Some little quaking Aspen filling it in but thankfully those are easy to move through. Pretty easy hike. Every stream-crossing shown on the map had water flowing and pools of water. The paved road up the mountain turns to dirt about 7 miles before this TH but it is fine for any car when dry. Not sure about wet but probably.
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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2020
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Hiking24.29 Miles 3,596 AEG
Hiking24.29 Miles1 Day      34 Mns   
3,596 ft AEG
 
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Friday October 9: Finished the Harshaw Road portion from a Passage 2/3 hike back in March that we hadn't completed at the time. This time we brought bikes & rode from Patagonia up to the parking area on Harshaw & back. It's a lovely little ride & much faster on bike then on foot.

Saturday October 10: AZT in a Day! The morning was a little cool but really perfect weather to start hiking. It's too bad I only have a hybrid bike with little tread (and also too bad that I suck at mountain biking) because this would have been a great passage to bike - or at least the road part would. There is A LOT of road walking. The views surrounding us were so beautiful pretty much the whole time though and we soaked them in. Early in the morning there were a couple guys that kept driving by slowly on Temporal Road and that felt uncomfortable. Obviously everything turned out okay but something really felt off with those two vehicles/people and we were happy when we finally reached a trail at Upper Walker Tank. Favorite spots were: Mansfield Canyon, a campsite/overlook looking down and out into Temporal Gulch after the road separates from Temporal Gulch Trail, all of Passage 4 after it becomes trail trail, and Tunnel Spring. There were some pockets of water & algae-covered ponds for the cows when we were coming up from the south but the springs on the east side were dry as far as we could see (except Tunnel Spring which was super cool & refreshing). The portion of the trail that runs along Gardner Canyon Road was really pretty too! The Passage 4 hike took us 11 hours 30 minutes total time - the time on here is incorrect because I combined the biking portion from the previous day. I'm kind of sad for the southern-most AZ passages to be complete but know I will see them again and they will probably be a totally different experience when I do!

dry Bear Spring Dry Dry

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There was a pool of water in the rocks on the east side of the road/trail.

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Not sure what the flow was but the dam created in the tunnel was full to the top & nice and cool.

dry Upper Walker Tank Dry Dry
Bullet holes shot through tank. The tank looks like a giant planter. No water in the immediate area.
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 Tempe, AZ
Monte Vista Chiricahua & Flys Peak Loop, AZ 
Monte Vista Chiricahua & Flys Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2020
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Hiking17.50 Miles 5,251 AEG
Hiking17.50 Miles   10 Hrs   38 Mns   1.87 mph
5,251 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
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Parked at Saulsbury TH (HC & probably 4wd needed for this road), cut over to Turkey Creek Road, & started hiking up Morse Canyon Trail #43 around 7:30 am.

Morse Canyon Trail is a good incline the entire way up but it is short, shaded under tall trees, and the trail is super nice & well maintained. I talked with someone from the Forest Service (who came up on a horse shortly behind me) and he said Morse Canyon Trail is the main route up to access & supply the lookout on Monte Vista Peak so they make sure to keep the trail well maintained. Continued over to Monte Vista Peak (don't know what trail it was but it was the one the FS guy took & still very well maintained) & took in the spectacular views for a bit.

From Monte Vista, I took Raspberry Ridge Trail over to Chiricahua Peak Trail. The Painted Rocks area of Raspberry Ridge is very cool but the views along the whole trail are pretty gorgeous, especially with Fall colors covering slopes. Chiricahua Peak Trail seemed like a never ending climb. The top is lovely though and lots of space to relax for a bit.

Down Chiricahua and on the Crest Trail over to Flys Peak. More lovely views and more Fall colors. I figured I would fill up a bit more just in case at Booger Spring because I liked the name. An older couple coming off the trail to the spring told me it was just dripping & there was a very heavy lid that they were barely able to open. I ended up turning around before making it to the spring and decided to visit Tub spring instead (which I didn't end up going to either but the couple told me that was just dripping too). Flys Peak was probably the least picturesque of the three but pretty to see the colors & views coming down.

Now for my big error - not listening. I told the couple I planned to take Saulsbury Trail & they said "that trail is crazy". They said it was very overgrown & that I shouldn't take it. I'm used to overgrown & we all have different versions of "crazy". Plus I was parked at the TH. Overgrown is one thing but this trail runs along slopes where the trail is gravely & worn down to a few inches where you really have to dig the sides of your feet in to keep a grip. Along these steep gravely sides there will suddenly be a tree or thick bushes to navigate around surrounded by fallout & dead branches - not fun. A little over a quarter of the way down the trail disappears completely & this was a pretty hot area to be trying to navigate in. I ended up following a wash to drop into the canyon I needed to exit through. Saulsbury added a lot more time to my decent & I should have taken a larger loop & followed the trail the couple suggested. Oh well. Lesson learned - Saulsbury sucks.

Great day. Got pretty warm though. I carried 3 L of water but refilling to get a total of 4 L would have been perfect.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Isolated slopes covered in yellows & oranges.

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Bear Canyon - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Canyoneering3.00 Miles 600 AEG
Canyoneering3.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.75 mph
600 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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Bear is really cool and beautiful! Can't believe it has taken me so long to get here!
1st rap: webbing wedged between 2 boulders (this is before the rap under the boulder described in the official description as the 1st obstacle). Maybe 15 ft.
2nd rap: webbing wedged between 2 boulders. Through the boulder hole. Again maybe 15 ft. It's a tight squeeze.
3rd rap: The pool you have to swim through to get to this rap was a keeper when we went at the end of August! My husband slid into the pool, swam across, and realized the water was too low to pull himself out. He was wearing a shorty wetsuit but got really chilled being in that pool for longer then expected. I got in and he pushed me up the lip but it was very smooth rock and difficult to get out of even with the help. There is a bolted anchor before sliding into the pool and one to the right (looking down-canyon) once you are out of the pool on the lip. From the lip, rap immediately down the 30 ft waterfall (no water falling when we were there).
4th rap: no need to rap. There was a huge log that I shimmied down & was able to avoid what looked like another small but deep pool.
Then out to a little fern-covered magical area where you can pack up gear. I think there were a few more swims after this in super sloty beautiful stretches. I was good in a 1.5 mm shorty but would have been better in a full wetsuit. For reals, that water is ice.
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Long Canyon Trail #122 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2020
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Hiking8.42 Miles 1,332 AEG
Hiking8.42 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   1.84 mph
1,332 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Started hiking early-ish to beat the heat (around 6:30 am). No gate or anything at the TH to wait for. There are two small dirt parking areas on either side of the street but parking is also ok on the street. We went to the birthing cave first. It's a great spot for photographs but not as impressive as many other cool caves and formations in the Sedona area. Sedona has so many to choose from! This SW side of Maroon Mountain visible from the trail is magical. The rock formations look like swirly ice cream cones! The further upstream we hiked the prettier the forest got too. No water, except a few tiny puddles, after the rains the night before. We kept hiking past the "End of the Trail" sign a bit to scope out if it was possible to connect Long & Secret. Would love to know if anyone has successfully done that. It looks possible but we got a little off-route from what we have previously mapped out and didn't have the time to continue further. Beautiful canyon! Sedona never disappoints.
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Clark Peak Trail #301Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2020
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Hiking10.43 Miles 3,403 AEG
Hiking10.43 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   1.64 mph
3,403 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Road Conditions to West Peak: Tripp Canyon Road (or CR 286) is actually pretty nice and has a lot of pull-off/passing spots for most of the way. The last few miles have a few steeper inclines with large rocks though and I had to stop & switch to 4wd. I think it's Sawmill Spring that has a large camping area that is super secluded & beautiful...that would be a good place to stop if you have a car. I drove to the entrance to the lookout. The gate was down but I parked in front and camped there. If you continue on past the lookout turnoff the road isn't great for a very short distance but then there is a really beautiful camp spot looking west.

Temperature: 73 degrees when I arrived around 2:30 pm Friday, 63 deg overnight, and 75 deg Saturday around 1 pm when I left

Seclusion: VERY. Friday night it was just me & the deer. It was beautiful. Saturday around 6 am a truck rolled up with a couple guys. Then I saw a ATV parked down at the Taylor Pass crossing but no person. The ATV was gone on my return hike & so was the truck. As a woman, I am uncomfortable being alone in such a secluded area with no one but a few men around. I wish that weren't the case. Just wanted to mention for the other female hikers out there. I thought there would be other hikers around but I think the people I saw were unfortunately hunters (which adds another level of uncomfortable for me).

The hike: So beautiful!! I don't think anyone has hiked this trail in years. Good route-finding skills are a must. There were a few places where no trail exists as far as I could tell. Others places cairns mark the route but those are mostly in places where the trail is already visible. The hike is tough - going all the way down & then all the way back up, but beautiful every step of the way. Lots of shade throughout the hike. It was hot returning through Taylor's pass but quickly cooled off as I entered the forest & climbed up again. No water as far as I could tell so bring plenty.
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