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16 triplogs
Dec 21 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2017
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Hiking6.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   5.71 mph
300 ft AEG      8 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Went on a run on the Rim Trail along the South Rim after work one day while I was there. Started off hiking fast/jogging but I soon started to focus on running more on the first half of my trip. I started from Mather Point and ended up at the Lookout Studio where I took a short break. Lookout Studio is one of my favorite spots at the South Rim and I thought it was cool my run just ended there naturally without planning. I had a 38 minute split the first half and a 25 minute split my second half of the run. I could not believe the number of tourists taking selfies so close to the edge of the canyon. When I was running a small man from Asia made a mad dash toward the canyon and ran right into me. He did not even look where he was going he was just so mesmerized by the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Getting around was tricky sometimes, the number of tourists at times was overwhelming. A few days after Christmas the entrance line was out past the airport in Tusayan and we broke some kind of record for sales within one hour at the Deli.
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Dec 19 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
890 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Went to Red Butte on a rare off day from Delaware North Deli at Grand Canyon during my 17 day stint. A couple friends I made at Trailer Village, twin brothers Chris and Casey also accompanied me on my trip, it has been a while since I went hiking with other people and I usually do prefer solo hikes but it was a fun time. The road into Red Butte was a little rough for my Nissan Versa but not too bad. We started our ascent and I could feel the elevation of the area effecting me immediately. There is a few really nice areas to view the surrounding geography of Northern Arizona that we all enjoyed. There was some kind of fire lookout on top of the mountain that was pretty cool, wasn't sure if someone was in there but we didn't want to bother them if they were. Finding the right trail back down was a little tricky at first but after that the downhill to my car was pretty smooth sailing.
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Dec 16 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Spencer Trail - Marble CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
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Hiking4.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.96 mph
1,700 ft AEG      5 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Maybe the most scenic trail I have ever done. I thought it was challenging but not too bad of a hike, although in some areas it is rough and you have to jump or climb up in sections. Some parts near the top of the trail were sandy which I thought was pretty cool, water was clearly present here at some point all the way up there which is pretty fascinating. When I first arrived their was a large gathering of FLDS members which kind of gave me a culture shock within Arizona. Given the history though of Lee's Ferry it makes sense though. I think the drive in on the 89A to Lee's Ferry Road is one of the most scenic drives in the state of Arizona. I realized I was driving 35 in a 65 at some point along the 89A and usually I tend to speed.
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Nov 22 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Vulture PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 22 2017
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Run/Jog4.20 Miles 1,340 AEG
Run/Jog4.20 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   4.13 mph
1,340 ft AEG      30 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
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At first I took the wrong way and wasn't sure where the trail was so I went back to the parking lot and found the trailhead. I suppose I should have actually read the decription. Once I found the trail I discovered it was very easy to run besides the washes which had deep sand that made your feet sink into it. When I got near the top a family was close to the saddle and I talked to them for a second then I went up the summit of Vulture Peak. Wow that climb is scary as can be. One of the sons from the family I met wizzed past me climbing up the mountain but hurt his hand so he had to turn back. The views at the top were amazing it was a very clear day and you could see for miles and miles. I was amazed when the younger son from the family I met climbed to the summit (I would say he was 11 maybe 12). I guess he wanted to show up his older brother or something. It was much scarier going down,the kid and I went down at the same time so I couldn't be more scared than the kid (although I probably was). When I got down from the scramble I talked for a minute again with the family and I jogged just about the whole way back to the car.
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Nov 19 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Mesquite Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2017
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,394 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   3.50 mph
1,394 ft AEG      2 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
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I went in the late afternoon so the sun was setting which provided shade almost the entire hike from the mountains since the trail is on the Eastern slope of the White Tanks. My favorite part of this trail was the last 2.4 miles on the Mesquite trail I did not see one person or on the way back until the last 1.8 miles. I thought I heard a rattlesnake on my way down but I can't confirm this.
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Aug 02 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2017
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Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.56 mph
3,313 ft AEG      25 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
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Tough challenging hike all the way to the summit. It was my first time doing this hike and I almost gave up a couple of times. 2:25 on the way up. Feels good to reach the highest point in the state of Arizona. The weather was perfect but you can still get pretty sunburnt above the tree line, as I did. Probably 50 people on the trail, with numbered dwindling slightly past the saddle. I might have stayed longer but a few dark clouds were forming around the summit.
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Jul 31 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Red Mountain Trail #159Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2017
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Hiking3.15 Miles 578 AEG
Hiking3.15 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.44 mph
578 ft AEG      35 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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If you would like to see some very cool geological features come here. The hike into the rocks features pinyon pine and juniper pine and transitions as you get higher in elevation, which I always enjoy on a hike. As you get closer to the rocks you notice ash and more volcanic type rock. Climb a ladder clearly marked as the trail and you will be transported into a different world, reminiscent to me of Chiricahua National Monument and it's stone soldiers. I was looking to explore more and I saw a nice slot canyon but I decided it was a no go. I saw a rock that looked like the one from 127 hours with my name on it. Only one group of 4 people were here, very isolated location between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.
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Jun 14 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Elbert Creek Trail #512Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2017
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Hiking5.60 Miles 1,641 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   3.61 mph
1,641 ft AEG      20 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Took Elbert Creek Trail to Castle Rock summit in the Hermosa Cliffs just outside of Durango. Plenty of people on the trail today. Watch out for western poison ivy near Elbert Creek. Was the highest elevation I ever hiked to (10,441 feet). Air was very thin for me past 9,000. The hike up is a challenge but the view at the end is worth it. Coming back down you will probably do half the time you did coming up. Still some snow patches around 9800 and up. If you do this trail before May you will need snow shoes.
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May 21 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2017
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   3.63 mph
1,800 ft AEG      25 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Warm day in town so I figured to go a little north. Got up on the trail at 12:21, the parking lot was nearly full but not many people actually hiking, mostly just at the trailhead. This trail is actually pretty challenging and should not be attempted by those not prepared. I saw one man carrying his water in a plastic yellow phone book bag. I guess at least he had some. The trail immediately climbs from the parking lot and it is steep and straight up the mountain. Along the way as you read the 19 plaques it is very emotional, but each plaque and each monument will keep you wanting to get to the next one on this hard hike. Once you get to the Observation Deck it could be a turn around for some, the main trail is hard enough. The journey trail is worth the effort however if you have the energy to make it all the way back down and back up. You really get a perspective just as to how the tragedy occurred after doing the reading at the observation deck. The hike from the bottom of the journey trail back up is tough, but most of the way back is downhill. It's really a great tribute and a trail I will continue to do when I get the chance.
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May 14 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Lake View Trail #132Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2017
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Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   4.14 mph
200 ft AEG      15 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Good little trail with great views of Mormon Lake. More exposure near the vista at the top, but shade mostly the entire trail in the tall stands of ponderosa. The first part of the trail you will pass over the Double Springs for which the campground derives its name from. The water was crystal clear in the springs. The Lake View trail connects with the Arizona Trail so you may see some hikers as I did along this portion of the hike, but after about a half mile or so you stay on the Lake View trail and you will hardly see anyone. Great weather, about 30 degrees colder than PHX.
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May 05 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2017
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Hiking7.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   4.08 mph
520 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
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Bell Trail has to be one of my favorite hikes in the state. I love the transformation the trail takes on as you go further north and higher up in elevation the last 1.5 miles of the trail. Not many people at all on the trail, only two people were back at the swimming hole aka the crack. The swimming hole has to be one of the best in North America, certainly one of the most scenic. The water was refreshing after the hike through the high desert. If you haven't jumped off the Beaver's Tongue I would highly recommend it. The entire area around the swimming hole is a paradise.
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Apr 14 2017
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 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Palo Verde Trail #512Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2017
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Hiking8.20 Miles
Hiking8.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   4.10 mph
      30 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Very nice hike along the lake though at times the switch backing can be a bit frustrating. Tougher trail than I had expected overall. Flowers were out in bloom and I saw what I thought were a couple of cranes but just turkey vulture I believe. Lots of ducks in the water as well. Went swimming a couple times just dipped in really but the water felt great. A few really nice beach spots along this hike. Only saw 2 other people besides boaters, it was getting kind of warm when I started. LOOSE GRAVEL BUDDIES be careful please. Not the most maintained in some areas either but not too difficult to find the trail, it kind of goes naturally with the landscape. Overall a nice hike in the high Sonoran desert.
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Mar 27 2017
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31 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Apache Peak - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2017
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,691 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.52 mph
1,691 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Got a little lost originally looking for the faint trail. After you come into the first part of the saddle keep going right. So you'll start from the New River Rd trailhead and head east then south, then east again at the abrupt turn. The sign is on the left about 100 feet or more after the turn left. From here when I did find my way the overgrowth from the spring made this already hard trail to follow extremely difficult. I got off once but a good note is to try and not get too far away from where the runoff dry bed is between the big mountain and the little mountain. Unfortunately I could not make it all the way to the summit, overgrowth from the beautiful wildflower made this tough, not only did they get in the way but were covered with bees and I didn't want to disturb them in the height of bee season. Overall not really a tough hike but challenging because the trail really isn't that developed.
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Mar 24 2017
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 Glendale, Arizon
Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2017
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Hiking3.86 Miles 840 AEG
Hiking3.86 Miles      43 Mns   5.39 mph
840 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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My goal was to try and do this in 1.5 hours. Ended up way faster mostly thanks to the trucks I was racing up the access road. I decided to be John Henry and go man vs. machine. I beat the trucks up the mountain, 19 minutes to summit. I ran most of the way down, toward the end was fading some for sure. I feel great about this one.
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Mar 06 2017
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 Glendale, Arizon
Goat Camp Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2017
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Hiking12.80 Miles 2,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.95 mph
2,050 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break7 LBS Pack
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Very intense trail, in particular the first 3 miles, which you will find separates the crowds pretty fast. After the 3 mile mark I only saw one other person. The last 3 miles are fairly level with some inclines. Not a hike I would want to do much later in March or April, as there is very minimal shade and the sun beats down on you pretty hard so be sure and wear sunscreen with a long sleeve and a good hat. I wore shorts with some long socks and I could feel my legs getting a burn from the sun.
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Nov 08 2016
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Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2016
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Hiking8.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.89 mph
1,700 ft AEG      30 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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This trail was awesome, hiked it last week on Election Day. The scenery was breathtaking, starts out in the forest and leads to a high chaparral area where the real climb begins. The area was burnt by a fire a few years back so it's pretty barren on the main ascent up the switchbacks but the weather was nice so it wasn't a problem. The top of the trail you can't get to safely so I decided not to attempt a free climb. But the views from just a few feet from the top are stunning, including g the Prescott National Forest and the Granite Lake that sits below. On the way up you also get a great view of the Verde Valley and the San Francisco Peaks. I ran most of the way down. The drive in may get confusing but don't stop at the first picnic area, keep going all the way to the end where it says "Metate" trailhead.
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