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Aug 08 2020
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Clark Peak Trail #301Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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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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Jun 27 2020
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East Baldy Trail #95Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2020
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Hiking15.83 Miles 2,564 AEG
Hiking15.83 Miles   7 Hrs   57 Mns   2.08 mph
2,564 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Baldy is gorgeous! I parked at East Baldy TH, took the crosscut trail, hiked up West Baldy, then returned down East Baldy. I think that's the way to go. Hiking up West Baldy looks like scenes from A River Runs Through It. I was awestruck. It was also surprisingly easy. There's a short area of fallen trees to navigate through, then a few switchbacks, and that is the extent of the "difficult" part. Once you reach the highest point we are able to go, the trail takes you through fields of wildflowers along the mountainside and you will see pieces of a plane crash along the trail and above. Then on to East Baldy & it's crazy beautiful rock formations! Definitely worth stopping and exploring for a bit. Coming down the East Baldy trail there were A LOT of people & everyone looked exhausted. I think East Baldy is a more gradual incline but over a longer distance so it seems like the East route is actually more tiring/difficult. Each trail is completely different & unique so absolutely worth it to do both!
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Jun 14 2020
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Carr PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
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Hiking12.80 Miles 3,742 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   2.08 mph
3,742 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Wow. The Miller Canyon Route is the way to go! So many unique birds with crazy colors, so many waterfalls, it was a completely different world in that canyon! In this case, I would recommend an out-and-back in Miller Canyon. I did a loop up Miller and down Carr (but I missed the Sawmill Canyon turnoff so I had to walk the road longer then anticipated) but Miller was where the "wow" was at. Also the temperature would have been fine if I had cut the loop. I think it was around 95 deg when I got back to my car around 1:30 pm and I was feeling it big time. I parked at the Miller Canyon Parking but camped further down Miller Canyon Road the night before. It's super nice that you can camp anywhere on those lower canyon roads. I started around 6 am and there were already birders further up the trail. They must wake up really early! Everyone was super friendly. Met a couple backpackers up at Bathtub Spring too. The Huachuca Mountains are really special and I seem to fall in love with a different area every time I visit.

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Jun 07 2020
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Slide Canyon Trail #58Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 07 2020
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Backpack10.97 Miles 1,909 AEG
Backpack10.97 Miles
1,909 ft AEG22 LBS Pack
 
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This hike started with a very happy accident. My hiking partner had some pretty serious blisters and didn't want to hike the 18+ miles down & out Slide. We were looking for a way to still hike it but shorten the distance for him. A trail was showing on my map for Horse Canyon, a canyon that looked like it connected with Slide Canyon about halfway through (significantly shortening the total distance), so we decided to check it out. Horse canyon is GORGEOUS. Massive pinnacles greet you immediately. The views in every direction are breathtaking. There are two large waterfall areas in Horse (not flowing while we were there) that would be great for rappelling. There is also a spring apparently. We did not find water but there were plenty of areas of thick vegetation. We actually didn't go looking for water though and it would probably be easy to find if we went down to the thick vegetation. The trail mostly stays up high and dips down to cross the streambed numerous times.

We connected with Slide Canyon after about 1.5-2 miles. The views throughout Slide are stunning. It is a beautiful canyon that unfortunately shows the effects of overgrazing. This time of year those evil grasses that dig their seeds into shoes, socks,...your soul, were everywhere. The streambed was covered in the evil grasses and so was any upper trail. Horse Canyon connects to Slide downstream of Slide Spring so we didn't see any water sources in the part of Slide Canyon we hiked. We came upon an old cabin about 0.5 mi upstream of Kanab Creek. It was the first place we saw that was campable (given the evil grasses everywhere). We cleared a spot to set up our tents using the tools inside the cabin. Walked down to Kanab to filter water but the vegetation was so thick that we actually couldn't go any further. It sounded like a lot of flowing water but we couldn't see it and couldn't find a way to access. Luckily, there were collapsible jugs in the cabin and we filled just what we needed from that. Thank you to whoever brings the water there! It was a hot day and we had drank almost all our water anticipating refilling at Kanab Creek. Lovely place to camp.

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Jun 05 2020
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Jumpup-Nail TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 05 2020
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Backpack11.30 Miles 1,724 AEG
Backpack11.30 Miles   21 Hrs   58 Mns   0.51 mph
1,724 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 
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Parked at the Jumpup Cabin Friday. We were actually planning to stay at the cabin & explore doing day-hikes but our reservation was cancelled because of Covid. Started hiking around 1:30 pm. Temps were mid 70's at the cabin and overcast. The hike was warm but not something where you're breaking under every other bush with a sliver of shade. The clouds helped big-time. So did the wind & patches of rain drops here and there. 1st stop: Upper Jumpup Spring. There is a rectangular concrete tank holding spring water & a pipe feeding the tank. The water is very clear & it's a very nice area to hang out for a bit. The canyon is beautiful and starts out more narrow, widens out quite a bit, then becomes narrow again near Lower Jumpup Spring. The Lower Jumpup area is suuuuuper pretty. Lots and lots of flowing water & there were even a few pools deep enough to take a mini-dip in. Unfortunately we missed the ladder. We got to the edge of the drop & dumbly assumed that was as far as we could go without rappelling gear. So dumb. ](*,) We ran into a couple on our way out and they asked about the ladder...we had completely forgotten about reading that previously. Oh well. Guess we will have to go back! I'm not sure where people usually camp near Lower Jumpup Spring but we camped on the flattest slab of rock we could find. It was either thick brush or rock. The rock would've been fine but it was so so windy & there was little to secure our tents to. We ended up using rocks to tie down the tents. They were very noisy though. Also, it got HOT. I am always cold and this is possibly the first time I can remember just laying in my tent sweating - no sleeping bag, no clothes, no nothing. It was really strange especially since it had not been that hot during the day.

The next morning we hiked out. I ran up the esplanade (Ranger Trail #41) for a bit to get a taste of the views. They were spectacular! Can't wait to go back and hike the Ranger Trail along the esplanade. The original plan was to do a loop starting at Jumpup Cabin, down to the lower spring, back up to the Ranger Trail along the esplanade, down to Kanab Creek, and finally hiking out Slide Canyon. I was wondering why there weren't any routes on here for that loop but, after hiking down to Kanab the following day, I have a few guesses. Anyway, there is A LOT to explore just in this one canyon. Great place to bring some rap gear and have more time to explore the esplanade and the canyon.

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Apr 26 2020
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Bell Trail #13Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2020
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Hiking16.08 Miles 2,223 AEG
Hiking16.08 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.99 mph
2,223 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Long Canyon Trail is a trail only a mother could love. Bell Trail alone just didn't feel like enough for this 20-20 Challenge canyon (plus I like descending into the deepest canyons vs hiking up from the bottom) so I figured I would give the loop a try.
Here are some fun things I encountered on the Long Canyon #63 part of the loop:
1. Birthing ceremonies protected by cow gangs (beautiful but definitely required a detour)
2. Scavenger hunt for cairns aaand the clues went missing
3. Lots & lots & lots of ankle-rollers and low cactus
4. Woop! No trail, no cairns. Huge thank you to the folks who posted this route because I would've been completely lost without it
5. Bunnies!
6. The view going up from the TH & the view going down into Wet Beaver are both pretty pretty great

I was excited to get to Bell Trail & hike a trail that wasn't trying to kill me! Lots of people on Bell Trail today. I was surprised (because of the whole pandemic thing) buuuuut also not all that surprised. Bell Trail is great. If fields after fields of ankle rollers combined with nonstop hardcore route-finding is your thing...this loop is for you! If you just want to go for a swim and chill, try the Bell Trail.
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Apr 10 2020
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Paria CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Backpack36.83 Miles
Backpack36.83 Miles2 Days   21 Hrs   5 Mns   
 
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Apparently all the most beautiful canyons got together and formed a canyon merger & the result was Paria Canyon. That's the story of how Paria Canyon came to be. :y:

Day 1: Whitehouse TH to just upstream from Buckskin Gulch (~7.5 miles). Lots of quicksand. Big walls. Woke up to that beautiful sea-foam green water & giant walls surrounding us.

Day 2: Buckskin Gulch to just upstream from Wrather Canyon (~11.5 miles). Explored Buckskin. The walls just keep getting bigger. Fell asleep to a symphony of frogs and an aerial show from the bats.

Day 3: Wrather to random spot about 11 miles from our previous night (~11.5 miles). Wrather Canyon is such a magical treasure!! Canyon got rocky and rapidy. No more walking in the river. Lots of waterfalls. Canyon changes a few times during this stretch.

Day 4: Random spot to end (~7.5 miles): No joke this stretch is hot. Springs are shallow & few & far between.

Next time I think getting there early & splitting the distance/day up more evenly would help. Water hiking is hard! Neoprene socks with hiking boots worked great. I seriously can't wait to go back every year!
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Mar 21 2020
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Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
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Hiking26.52 Miles 2,964 AEG
Hiking26.52 Miles   13 Hrs   32 Mns   2.10 mph
2,964 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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What can I say about this hike that may be useful to others? Probably nothing haha. This was my best friend's birthday hike, an incredibly uncertain time of Covid ((March 21) one friend getting texts the whole hike saying life was about to shut down & we were all going into lock down - obviously that didn't happen), the hardest I have laughed & most fun camping night I have had in longer then I can remember, the last time I hugged people I don't live with, those cinnamon hills, chubby coati, finally getting a trail name! and...so many happy memories in one hike! I guess this trail log will have to serve as one of happy trail memories instead of useful information. : wink :
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Feb 29 2020
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Pueblo Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
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Hiking9.28 Miles 2,423 AEG
Hiking9.28 Miles   9 Hrs   25 Mns   1.20 mph
2,423 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
 
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Ruins! The Sierra Anches are such an incredible area to explore ruins. We had previously visited Devils Chasm and finally decided to brave Forest Road 203 again to visit Cold Canyon and Pueblo Canyon ruins. The road is still horrible & requires HC/4WD over the couple miles before Devil's Chasm and through Cold/Pueblo (probably further too). We parked at Devil's Chasm TH after reading about a boulder in the section of the road leading to Cold/Pueblo Canyons. The boulder has been moved and that section is definitely drivable.

The hike to the Cold Canyon ruins sucks. It just does. The scree is difficult and there is little to grab onto. BUT the difficulty is quickly forgotten once the "Crack House" is reached (name taken from another hiker's triplog). Coolest. Ruin. Ever. Climb up inside. It's so worth it.

Pueblo Canyon is a beautiful hike all on it's own but the ruins make it even cooler. Huge arches with falling water and ruins tucked away are the first sight to greet you after entering the canyon. The waterfall is not far off and is just gorgeous. Pass the waterfall and come upon cluster after cluster of ancient structures. What an incredible experience. I just can't imagine how these people built high up in these canyons. How lucky are we to be able to visit such incredible places?!
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Secret Canyon Trail #121Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
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Hiking18.41 Miles 2,019 AEG
Hiking18.41 Miles   9 Hrs   4 Mns   2.06 mph
2,019 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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First: Note to self: do not attempt to hike any trails that require access to Boynton Pass Road the 1st weekend of February (which is quite a few). The Sedona Marathon closes down Boynton Pass Road completely as well as access from the west. BUT we drove up to attempt a Long/Secret loop & by golly we were getting to hike at least one of the two canyons! So we connected other trails & made the way on foot. Our best route was hiking from Soldier's Pass TH :next: Brins Mesa :next: Dry Creek Road :next: Secret Canyon woo hoo!

Second: Wowowow Secret Canyon! The views entering this canyon are spectacular. I could look at Maroon mountain all day and then some. Once you get into the woods the trail turns into a fun roller coaster of up up up, down down down, stream crossing, up up up...and repeat. Lots of stream crossings but most are very easy to find good rocks to step on. Lots to explore. Can't wait to return when we aren't adding 10 extra miles. :sweat:
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Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking12.36 Miles 1,136 AEG
Hiking12.36 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   1.61 mph
1,136 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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My first attempt at completing the AZ 20-20 route here was December 1, 2018. My friend and I were awestruck at the incredible colors of fall leaves everywhere! Once the Jug Trail ends it is serious bushwacking the entire way. Sometimes a very clear and easy trail will appear for a bit but disappears into a tangle of sharp pricker bushes just as quickly. We had to turn back in 2018 because the bushwacking was taking too long and my friend was tired of getting constantly stabbed. We found a Cottonwood that appears to be in the process of laying a rock egg. It is really really cool and I honestly cannot figure out how this rock got where it did.

Fast forward to present day. I am convinced the first weekend of December is the time to come here. My husband and I tried for the first weekend to catch the fall leaves but were not able to cross Tonto Creek after all the rain we had been getting. We came back the following week in a HC truck and it was still somewhat of a swim through the second crossing of Tonto on A-cross Rd. The trees down in Salome Creek looked like they had just dropped a bunch of leaves. Still beautiful but not as vibrant or full as I remember. This hike is rocky and ankle twisty and sometimes the best option is wading upstream through the creek to avoid the tangle of stabby plants. My husband got tired of getting stabbed and took, what I imagine was, a lovely break by the creek. I used my body like a machete and continued to as close to the upstream end as I had time (and energy) to make it. It's pretty apparent that not many people hike upstream of the Jug area. I think the really striking area is nearer to the Jug but definitely worth hiking at least to the "birther tree" as we decided to name it. :lol: I'm going to keep trying to pin down the perfect time for fall leaves here. They really are incredible.
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Nov 02 2019
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Jack's Canyon Trail #55Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking14.88 Miles 2,788 AEG
Hiking14.88 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   1.83 mph
2,788 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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A pretty good portion of this hike is through grazing fields where we met many many many cows. Little prancing playful babies, watchful moms, such sweet beautiful creatures. The bonus hike is Munds Mountain. Views to the north are incredible. Views everywhere are incredible from the top but there are clearings looking north. Narrowly averting death by impalement from a tree was actually the real highlight of this hike. Not all trees want to be climbed and they are not afraid to show it! Lesson learned: take in views from the ground or don't climb over branches shaped like swords. :doh:
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Oct 19 2019
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El Capitan CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering2.01 Miles 1,035 AEG
Canyoneering2.01 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   0.51 mph
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Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Great beginner canyon (me being the beginner)! The rappels are all pretty short and even the 50' rappel is over such a mild slope that some of our group walked down. Beautiful rock the whole way and super cool formations within the canyon to explore and play around on. Apparently the beta mentions wasps...I probably read over this and didn't think too much of it until I was there. The beginning of the canyon is just hiking for a bit and bees were covering the bushes throughout the hike. Once the canyon narrows, and gets really pretty, wasps were everywhere. There were a couple standing pools of water at the bottom of rappels that we choose to bypass (instead of rappelling) because we could see the extraordinary number of wasps flying around the water. The last rappel has a nest of bees in the sand but it is set down-canyon about 10 ft from the rappel and easy to see. None of the bees or wasps bothered us but this would definitely be a bad canyon for someone who is allergic or afraid of getting stung.
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Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking25.57 Miles 6,547 AEG
Hiking25.57 Miles   14 Hrs   42 Mns   1.89 mph
6,547 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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We completely fell in love with Passage 9 (Sections 16, 17, 18 for AZT in a Day) yesterday! Were dropped at X-9 Ranch Road by a Lyft driver and started hiking at 5:23 am. X-9 Ranch Road to Grass Shack is shockingly beautiful. The sun rose exactly over the peak of what may have been Rincon Mtn and spread light over the giant Saguaros and Ocotillos. We met a sleepy rattlesnake who did not want to be disturbed, some very large green, orange, and black grasshoppers, and two separate backpackers (one was the AZT Passage 9 trail steward)! Grass Shack had water and would have been a pretty place to break but there were a ton of mosquitoes so we snapped a pic and ran. The elevation gain was relentless from here to Manning Camp. But the bear poo along the trail was very cool to see so that kept us moving! Filtered water at Manning Spring and cooled down by the clear lovely pond formed in the rocks. Finally the last push up to Mica Peak and we were beat. Down sure felt good after all that up. The north side of the mountain was a completely different experience from the south. We scurried through tall pine trees, alligator juniper, manzanita, ferns up to our chest at times, and tall grasses. The view looking north was gorgeous and felt like such a reward at that point in the hike. We finally got to the Saguaro NP boundary around 5 pm with 7 miles to go. If this event was planned to fall on the full moon, we sure appreciate the planning. Wow what a moon and what a beautiful night hike. We were definitely hurting the last few miles but were loving the quiet peaceful night. Until a large deer jumped across the trail just feet in front of my friend! We made it to Redington Rd by 8 pm and our super kind new trail angel friend was already there waiting. What a perfect end to a perfect day. I'm so happy we took the chance to contact a trail angel and made an awesome new hiking friend in the process!
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Sep 22 2019
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Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking2.92 Miles 2,435 AEG
Hiking2.92 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   0.80 mph
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Elden was the first of our double header peaks last Sunday (Kendrick to follow). The weather was perfect and the trail was much more interesting than I imagined. Rocks rocks big beautiful rocks everywhere! And banana yucca fruits galore. And twisting slithering alligator juniper around each corner. The hike is short and fun and we reached the summit in about 1 hr 40 min (after a few picture stops & typical hike ridiculousness). Rested for a minute and enjoyed the views. Unfortunately we also witnessed what looked like a chopper rescue of two separate individuals from the Humphrey's area. Sad but good reminder that, though these mountains are well traveled and in the middle of town, they are no joke. Back at the car by 11:30 am and on our way to our 2nd mountain!
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Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking8.41 Miles 2,787 AEG
Hiking8.41 Miles   5 Hrs   24 Mns   1.68 mph
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Oh Kendrick! This was our 2nd time hiking Kendrick and WOW were we surprised. Last summer we had a great 4th of July hike on Kendrick and it was pretty but nothing spectacular. Now for this particular double header of peaks hike ol' Kendrick decided to put on a big show and let us know how very wrong we had been. First, we are shown fields and fields of bright blooming neon mullein contrasted with the dark brown of burned tree trunks. Then giant clusters of fern, all different golden shades of fall. Mixed with all those colors were these beautiful bright pink stems and leaves - don't know this plant but I would like all these colors in my life always please. The switchbacks are fun and keep getting more fun. It's slightly defeating but also really cool to see the lookout from the very bottom and realize we will soon be way up there. Made it to the cabin and were pretty much surrounded by Pinon pine cones galore. Deliciousness. There were a bunch of tents set up but no one around. Also a bunch of water jugs. Maybe people doing work on the cabin? Made the final trek to the peak and whew...the incredible 360 views. Kendrick def has the coolest hang out pad of the SF Peaks. We had a #letskeepitwild bag to pick up litter and decided it would be happy to be used to collect a couple Pinon pinecones instead. Can't wait for our delayed treats once they open. :DANCE:
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking7.35 Miles 1,483 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   1.67 mph
1,483 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Nice easy little trail. Went with a friend and her pup for a relaxing hike. Lots of dogs on the trail & their people all seemed to be responsible keeping pups on leash for this busy trail. I usually don't say this but it was really cool seeing large groups of people of all ages and ability levels getting out (cool + large groups is the part I don't usually say). There were a bunch of little areas to pull off and enjoy the creek. The springs is beautiful. You can look in the opening and see the water flowing from inside the rock. The spring water exits and cascades over moss covered rocks. This is a good hike for beginners, little ones, or anyone wanting something that has very little elevation gain but has lovely scenery.
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2019
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Hiking11.00 Miles 2,241 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.90 mph
2,241 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Any geologists out there looking for hiking partners? There are many hikes I would love to have a geology expert on and this was certainly one of them. The crazy shapes and brilliant rainbow of colors of rocks were such a treat! Waterfall area was cool. The falls were not flowing and someone had left a rope. It looked like an easy climb up using the rope but we didn't try. We had the trail to ourselves until partway through our return. Beautiful day. It hit 84 deg as we were leaving and were surprised to see so many people/dogs just starting as we were leaving. Great hike with spectacular scenery :app:

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Small pools leftover assuming from the rain the previous day
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Aug 23 2019
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Grand Canyon - Inner Gorge - AZT #38Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2019
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Hiking20.50 Miles 6,688 AEG
Hiking20.50 Miles2 Days   13 Hrs   48 Mns   
6,688 ft AEG
 
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Day 1: First in line for the hikers' express shuttle at the Bright Angel Lodge by 3:45 am! One other person ended up showing at that stop. :lol: Different experience from the past (maybe because it's August). On SK trail by 4:40 am. Sunrise, around an hour later, was indescribable. Got to Phantom Ranch around 9 am and took a quick snack break. First time up North Kaibab and we were immediately blown away with the extreme beauty when we entered "the box". It was warm but actually a pretty perfect temperature at that time. We took another break at one of the creek crossings to filter cold creek water and cool down. Met the 2nd park ranger of the day who was giving hikers heat-hiking advice. Those rangers must deal with a lot. :-k We continued on and hit the Ribbon Falls creek trail sign around 11:30 am. It was getting pretty darn hot at that point and Ribbon Falls was the PERFECT oasis to cool down at. The hike to the falls took us about a half-hour. The distance is super short but there are many trails and some are more reasonable than others to follow. Ribbon Falls is out of this world beautiful! We had the place completely to ourselves for two hours while we played in the little cave and relaxed behind the falls. With our water bladders filled and our body temps cooled, we decided to head out and break at each of the (approximately) mile and a half spaced campgrounds ahead. There were a couple other waterfalls we stopped at to make use of the cold water and one with a great freezing cold pool close to the Manzanita Ranger Station. Waived hello to Roaring Springs falls around 5 pm and kept plugging away up the ever increasing grade. From here the side canyon we were heading up, paralleling the rock outcropping the north rim lodge sits on, kept getting prettier and prettier. As the sun went down the colors reflected in the canyon seemed to continuously change. The final few miles of N Kaibab are RELENTLESS! :sweat: Holy moly! Darkness was lovely and I had little bat friends flitting around to keep me company as the vegetation turned to forest forest. I made it to the top around 8:30 pm thinking my two friends were close behind. It was freeeeezing at the top and I immediately put on every piece of clothing I had. My friends arrived about a half hour later and one was feeling pretty bad & ended up throwing up. Unfortunately she had stopped consuming electrolytes once the sun went behind the canyon walls and didn't think about how much she was still sweating. I convinced her to eat some of my saltstick chewables and we made it to the lodge. :y:

Day 2: Woke up in our adorable little cabin feeling surprisingly good! We spent the day leisurely walking around the north rim and of course hitting up the lodge for food food and more food. Loved all the delicious vegan options offered for all three meals at the lodge! :DANCE: Our one friend who experienced heat exhaustion the previous evening ended up securing a spot on the shuttle for the return trip the next day instead of hiking back with us. We were grateful she had that option at the last minute and happy she was feeling better.

Day 3: We got to the N Kaibab TH at 4 am and started our decent. It was cool but more pleasant than the evening of our arrival. We got to the bridge around 5:30 am and light was starting to really expose the canyon colors. Stopped briefly to appreciate the colors in the caves area but no breaks this time around. I'm not going to lie...my calves were tight and my knees were screaming pretty loudly during the entire decent. Up is definitely my preference! We entered "the box" around 10 am (an hour later than our way in) and felt the heavy humid air sucking the energy out of me fo sho. Got to Phantom Ranch around 11:30 am and bought some cups of ice to add to our bladders and took our first break. Stayed for about a half hour and headed out with the intention of stopping at each resthouse area to cool down. Next stop was the beautiful little beach near the Colorado River Resthouse. We met a large family who hiked down just for the day to cook out & hang. They had multiple grills, leftover onions, potatoes, etc. They had packed it in and they were packing it all out (as we all should but unfortunately people don't always). Impressive! Now for the final stretch. We stopped at Indian Gardens around 3 pm and filtered cold water for the last time and cooled down. Heading up Bright Angel...I will never get over that view with the light streaming in and illuminating the angel. No words. The Bright Angel switchbacks feel like cake compared to the North Kaibab switchbacks. Still, our bodies were pretty exhausted at this point and we were moving pretty slowly. It's fun encountering tourists who have only hiked down a mile and a half and don't seem to understand they are blocking the entire trail for exhausted hikers who can't deal with navigating them right now. :lol: My friend made it to the top just before me and was treated to the sight of two mountain goats standing on a rock with a ray of light shinning on them! I saw the picture but missed the goats. Still, I was extremely happy for her to have had such a special treat!
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Aug 10 2019
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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2019
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Hiking18.31 Miles 4,229 AEG
Hiking18.31 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   1.74 mph
4,229 ft AEG
 
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We decided to take the looong route up Humphreys because it's not hard enough on its own (ha haha). First, the road up to the Inner Basin Trail is extremely narrow and sketchy for a couple miles. It's fine for any vehicle but I would recommend going up the road at a less busy time of day so you're not stuck on the outside edge for the narrow steep passes. The Inner Basin Trail is absolutely gorgeous. The hike gradually climbs through a thick aspen forest with moss canopies covering rocks and bright orange fungus along the trail. Totally something straight out of a forest fairyland story. The trail continues up to a large meadow with yellow wildflowers galore. This is the first place you can get a good view of Humphreys and the elevation you're about to take on. The hike continues up a very rocky old road and then through forest again for a few more miles. We met the Weatherford Trail junction and kept cruising along. It is pretty much a continuous climb with some stretches requiring more exertion than others. Starting at the Inner Basin Trail actually adds about an additional 1,000 ft of elevation gain (and many more miles of beautiful scenery). Once we got to the saddle we were really feeling the altitude sickness and it continued the whole time we hiked the East side of Agassiz Peak. It's a weird feeling. We sat to rest and acclimate and my eyelids were actually closing even though I hadn't previously felt tired. My friend and I both felt woosey like we had been drugged or something. After resting a while we felt well enough to continue. We did stop a couple more times and continued on once the extreme feeling passed. Finally we met up with the more popular Humphreys Summit Trail and had way more company all of the sudden. Surprisingly, there were much fewer people on this beautiful weather day than on our previous ascent which was on a rainy foggy day. Go figure. Also, our altitude sickness magically disappeared! The last stretch to the summit is a unique experience with the alpine tundra landscape and views and is also just a monster to hike up. There is scrambling and rocky steep trail and seems to never end. Finally…the summit!! Yippee! We were lucky enough to enjoy one of those beautiful Arizona days with big clouds hovering and creating cool shadows but remaining high enough to allow for views for miles. It's incredible to look out towards Navajo/Hopi land and see where the landscape abruptly changes from green to pinks and oranges. Our total trip time was around 10 1/2 hours (including breaks) and mileage was recorded at 18.5 miles. The aeg was around 4,400 ft so great training hike for our R2R2R next week!
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