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Aug 25 2021
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Hungrey Mother State Park, VA 
Hungrey Mother State Park, VA
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2021
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Hiking8.35 Miles 1,612 AEG
Hiking8.35 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   2.71 mph
1,612 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Returned to one of my favorite state parks , stayed in one of the CCC built cabins,started hiking shortly after sunrise , already a little warm on the way to a hot day. Started the steep Molly’s Knob Trail up to the summit. Close to the top a Bear ambled off to my left apparently not appreciating my rendition of What Should We Do With a Drunken Sailor :lol: Much better view this time as I was fogged in on my last time up here. On the way down took the CCC Trail to connect with the Lake Trail. Nice solitude in the shaded forest as no others encountered today. Too early for any fall colors lots of rhododendron leaves dropping. Enjoyed some Yuengling on the porch watching water drip off the roof during the late afternoon thunderstorm.
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Aug 02 2021
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First Landing State ParkEastern, VA
Eastern, VA
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Hiking13.12 Miles 190 AEG
Hiking13.12 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   3.12 mph
190 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Weather changed to a nice NE wind which kept the humidity down and by starting at 0800 was well past 0430 high tide so no worries about wet feet. Parked by the Broad Bay narrows ,took Cape Henry Trail to Bald Cypress Trail then looped around the trail center only the first lot was full. Took Fox Run Trail to connect with Long Creek Trail and then back to Cape Henry via Kingfisher. Even without much elevation change was feeling tired about mile eleven ,seems right now 3mph for 4 hours is my limit :D Nice day with less bugs by avoiding White Hill Lake and less humidity . It was summertime busy today but not weekend crazy, most others I saw today were along the shore of Broad Bay getting in the water. Saw a few egrets, Osprey and one close by blue heron.
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Jul 22 2021
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Dam Neck to Sandbridge, VA 
Dam Neck to Sandbridge, VA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2021
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Hiking5.20 Miles 10 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.84 mph
10 ft AEG
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Decided to take my wife and dog to the beach so they could frolic in the waves while I took a walk, pleasant NE wind kept the temps in the mid 70’s :D Went to the beach within the Dam Neck training center and decided to walk along the shore to Sandbridge beach a distance of almost 3 miles. After less than a mile I came across an upset young lady , Amanda, with her dog Yankee Doodle she had dropped her jeep key somewhere in the sand along the way of jogging the same route. She had called her husband to meet her with a spare key. She asked for some search help so we followed her and the dog 🐕 tracks . No luck outbound but on the return I happen to spot the key stuck in the sand like an arrow , the fob sticking out :y: . She was quite thrilled with this, about the time we neared the dune breach to the parking lot her husband and two small children arrived. Turns out her husband just returned from deployment as an F 18 pilot aboard the Eisenhower , covering for the Afghanistan withdrawal. We were lucky to find a single key along a 3 mile stretch of sand. Pleasant outing with a nice ending, too bad there’s no casino to try today nearby.
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Jul 20 2021
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First Landing State ParkEastern, VA
Eastern, VA
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2021
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Hiking5.90 Miles 119 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   3.13 mph
119 ft AEG
 
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Started at the beginning of Cape Henry Trail by the “narrows “ of Broad Bay and stayed on this to the trail center and a little beyond to the Chesapeake Indian tribe burial ground. Hazy overcast prevented uncomfortable hiking but it was still warm and humid. About a dozen other hikers,joggers and bike riders along the way. Once at the trail center parking lot the trail is paved so I made this my turnaround point. This trail has insects but not the intensity of the other interior trails.There are views of the water , Broad Bay, at the beginning of this hard packed sandy trail as it goes through the interior of the park only water is in the marshy areas alongside it . Quiet except for the varied serenade of the amphibian residents.
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Jul 20 2021
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Long Creek Trail - First Landing SPEastern, VA
Eastern, VA
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2021
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Hiking5.57 Miles 206 AEG
Hiking5.57 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.96 mph
206 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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After taking Cape Henry Trail to the parks trail center returned to the narrows area via Fox Run Trail, Long Creek Trail ,Osprey Trail to finish up with a short stretch of Cape Henry. This route has an incredible number of flying insects particularly biting flies. I kept applying insect repellant every few minutes . Particularly bad is the stretch along White Hill Lake, convinced me to try this only in winter if I’m here that time of year. One other hiker I met was wearing a sweatshirt with a hood, good for bugs but bad for the heat. Nice views of the marshy environs but stopping was not fun, at least when your moving the gnats and mosquitoes aren’t swarming. Probably exceeded the amount of insect repellant you should apply in a week :D .
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Jul 06 2021
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Worthington Farm Monocacy Battlefield, MD 
Worthington Farm Monocacy Battlefield, MD
 
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2021
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Hiking3.45 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking3.45 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   3.00 mph
180 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Made a stop on the drive from NY, scenic River with some nice walks around the five battlefield stops. Only recorded route on the Worthington Farm River loop, other trails available online at monocacynbfoundation.com. Hiked near the site of the Calvary crossing the Monocacy in 1864 during the bold insurrection attempt to capture the Capitol. The Union Army delayed the attempt just long enough. Compared to other battlefield walks I’ve done in the summer it was nice to walk some paths that are well maintained with the grass not standing waist high!
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Jul 04 2021
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Mount BeaconEastern, NY
Eastern, NY
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2021
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.08 mph
1,400 ft AEG
 
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Having hiked this before I knew I was getting into a good workout hike, after not being able to see the fire tower due to fog decided to visit the DAR monument on the north summit. The trail to the casino ruins and fire tower is well marked but to reach the monument you have to choose the correct service road to reach the upper communication tower. I did a lot of meandering trying to remember this and actually circled the lower towers while looking for it so I only posted the route for the descent in case anyone should try for the monument instead of the the Beacon Mountain loop or the fire tower continuation of the casino route. Cool damp 62° at the start, made good progress up the stairways , yep steel stairs start at the base of the old railway, and then steep rocky trail which roughly parallels the old incline railway route except for switchbacks. Slightly damp and muddy but may have actually helped the trail to be less slick. Despite the holiday only ran into a handful of hikers until approaching the stairwell on the descent then ran into a couple of large groups working out together. Appears this is popular with the young adults trying to jog up and down. Fortunately views of the River were not impeded by the cloud cover, wandered around the remains of the incline railroad station ruins as well as the casino, didn’t see any progress toward restoring the railway. On July 4,2000 the monument plaque reads several hundred gathered for the rededication, this year I saw no one else was there.
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Jul 04 2021
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Popolopen Torne, NY 
Popolopen Torne, NY
 
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2021
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Hiking1.28 Miles 551 AEG
Hiking1.28 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   1.51 mph
551 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Feeling patriotic today after hiking to the DAR monument on Mount Beacon decided to drive a few miles south near West Point to do this hike. A short but steep hike to enjoy some panoramic views and to reflect over a cairn of remembrance. The information kiosk on Mine Road reads as this: Shortly after the twin towers had fallen an old soldier started carrying rocks to the top of the Torne. The Rocks were a tribute to Service members in harm’s way a tangible symbol of a wish for a safe return. Soon others brought stones to honor those that would never return, those that gave their lives so others have a chance to live free. The trail is also referred to by some as the trail of the fallen. Highly recommend this inspiring hike if your in the area.
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Jul 02 2021
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Bear Mountain LoopSouthern, NY
Southern, NY
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2021
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Hiking4.55 Miles 1,314 AEG
Hiking4.55 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   2.05 mph
1,314 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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With rain threatening ,foggy and a cool day I knew beforehand that the views wouldn’t be the best. Parked at the Bear Mountain Inn which has a $10 fee in the summer. I happened to get there early and not wanting to be a scofflaw I returned to the booth when it was manned and was told fuhgettaboutit :D . Started making my way around Hessian Lake after first looking at the model area for trail construction on the AT. After less than a mile of easy walking I turned up Major Welch Trail, it’s relentless steep rocky uphill reminded me of West Boulder Saddle trail. Someone had placed a chain to help with going up a particularly steep smooth rock. After 3/4 of the way up crossed over Perkins Memorial drive, yes you can drive up, then only a short bit of climbing remained. The memorial tower was closed and there were only 2 cars parked in its lot. Initially it appeared there would be no views but after a few minutes and about the time I started down the AT a break occurred in the northward view toward the River. No NYC skyline views today :( .The AT is clearly marked and constructed with many ,over a thousand hand hewn 4 to5 foot thousand pound steps, along this section. Usually not a fan of steps but found these positioned to make for an easy descent. Finally ran into the first other hikers about halfway down and then a couple of large groups near the bottom, didn’t encounter any thru hikers today.
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Jul 02 2021
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Bear Mountain Park: Hudson Boat Dock and Fort, NY 
Bear Mountain Park: Hudson Boat Dock and Fort, NY
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2021
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Hiking3.81 Miles 640 AEG
Hiking3.81 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.26 mph
640 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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First time in Bear Mountain State Park, tempted by several trails with interesting history that are accessible from this park. Being a Friday before a long weekend was expecting a large crowd but the clouds ,fog and rain threat may have reduced it as no problem parking at 0800.Enjoyed the drive from Fishkill through the small hamlets with their exuberant displays of red , white and blue. Anything not moving was flagged or bunting draped! Parked near the Bear Mountain Inn , built in 1915, first checked out the carousel with its carved and hand painted figures unfortunately only visible through the windows of the closed building. After completing the Bear Mountain Loop hike then started this hike beside Lake Hessian using this paved portion of the Appalachian Trail that skirts the lake and then drops down to reach its lowest elevation along it’s 2,100 miles near the Bear den. It continues crossing under Palisades Parkway and then crossing over the Bear Mountain Bridge. This section of the Appalachian Trail was the first one built going between here and the Delaware Water Gap. Before heading to the Bear den I made a side trip down to check out the historic path from the Hudson River Boat Dock ,which was restored in the 1980’s, at one time the restored Henry Hudson ship the “ Halve Maen” was docked there . This path which went by the Bear den on the way to the Inn welcomed thousands of tourists from NYC during the 1920’ and 1930’s via steamships for camping along the lake and stays at the Inn. After passing through the underpass for the train tracks, constructed when Arizona was a year old, , the dock was empty except for an offering, the water was choppy and there was a cool breeze blowing a few geese were swimming away , saw no one else there or after passing by the trail side zoo turn. The tourists would have encountered a steep climb to the Inn , on the way up noticed an Elk head statue that I missed on the way down due to vegetation , it was fenced off so was not able to get a good head on photo. After getting back up to the trail side zoo turn followed the paved path past the Bear den and on to a brief pause at the museum that’s actually on the prior site of Fort Clinton . Then followed the Popolopen trail to Fort Montgomery.Forts Montgomery and Clinton were built to impede British progress up the Hudson River in their effort to cut off New England from the other colonies. After these forts were captured work was started at West Point 5 miles further north . This trail descended to River level near where the Popolopen Creek meets the River and a pedestrian bridge was crossed. . Of course had to climb back up the other side to go around the Fort Montgomery Visitor Center. Continued a short distance down the 1777 , 1779 and Popolopen Torne combo trail towards the west redoubts. Saw one young doe along here ,no other hikers since leaving Fort Clinton. Retraced my way back to Hessian Lake , bypassing the boat dock. Very enjoyable and interesting area and managed to avoid the heavy rains that came later.
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Jun 25 2021
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First Landing State ParkEastern, VA
Eastern, VA
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Hiking0.74 Miles 29 AEG
Hiking0.74 Miles      15 Mns   3.17 mph
29 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Took Live Oak Trail to cross from the south side hiking trails to the beach and campground areas on the north side. Went up the boardwalk breaching the sand dune to take a couple of pictures. The trail itself is as the other trails hard packed sand with leaves and pine needles of varying thickness. The trail requires a crossing of US 60 , aka Shore Drive, at a crosswalk.Scouted out several trails in the vicinity of the trail center, this was last one for today.
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Jun 23 2021
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First Landing State ParkEastern, VA
Eastern, VA
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2021
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Hiking10.00 Miles 226 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   3.41 mph
226 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Beautiful weather chose to arrive this week , highs in mid70’s , low humidity and a steady breeze so had to try out the park today. If nothing else it diminished the insect horde around this swampy environment. Took. an extra loop by the ocean also where the red flags were posted , total white caps today. On entering the park headed up Cape Henry Trail then took the connector White Hill Lake Trail to Long Creek Trail then to make a loop of this portion cut back to Cape Henry via Kingfisher Trail . Not being the weekend there were few others out. Trails in good shape but a little muddy from yesterday’s rain.Able to improve my mph on these flatter trails :)
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White Hill Lake
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Jun 16 2021
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S. Branch Potomic River to Eagles Nest, WV 
S. Branch Potomic River to Eagles Nest, WV
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2021
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Hiking4.32 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking4.32 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.64 mph
850 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Decided I needed a break from weed whacking and ditch clearing so did this hike today from the area of the South Branch of the Potomac River known locally as “the swimming hole”. Able to park beside the wooden planked bridge having gotten permission from the property owner, the bridge is “guarded” by two large , I’m told 300yo , Sycamore trees. Nice and cool with temps in the mid 60’s, counting the out and back trip crossed from West Virginia to Virginia a number of times in this short hike, but the only official state signage is at the crossing of US route 220. Sounds like it should be a major thoroughfare but little traffic most local between Franklin WV and Monterey, Va. The River was running high so the swimming hole would be the drowning hole today with the swirling water, also the River was visible from further away than usual. Took one of the gravel roads up to the junction with Eagles Nest Rd. doubtful the name came from an actual Eagles nest though have seen them in the area. Unfortunately the ditch clearing fairy didn’t pass by while I was hiking today. :(
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Jun 12 2021
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Seneca Rocks Trail #563Eastern Panhandle, WV
Eastern Panhandle, WV
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2021
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Hiking4.37 Miles 1,075 AEG
Hiking4.37 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.65 mph
1,075 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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A must hike when I’m in this area, special treat to have my nephew meet me here from Michigan. My nephew ran the 2018 Boston Marathon after qualifying with 2h 20 min. time so I wasn’t sure if we would be actually hiking together :lol: Claims he is only running 30mi a week now. Surprised with all the rain we were able to cross the low bridge at the start of Rory Gap Rd. to work our way over to the Seneca Rocks Trail. A little less crowded than expected for a Saturday. His dog Roxy was able to power up non stop on her leash as she doesn’t like to be passed :D . Fortunate to have a partly sunny day after this rainy week. Trail as usual in good shape with no deadfall and little erosion. The visitors center is back open after being closed last year.Followed the hike with an hours drive back to our cabin for refreshments! Kind of late on this entry but just getting back to wi fi availability.
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Jun 08 2021
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Cascade Falls Main and Upper, VA 
Cascade Falls Main and Upper, VA
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2021
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Hiking6.91 Miles 1,106 AEG
Hiking6.91 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   3.07 mph
1,106 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Had an itch to return to this trail in order to hear and see some running water, decided to go further than the main falls again but this time to find the upper falls instead of the Barney’s Wall cliff , if you have time you could do both. Only one other car in the large parking lot , has been a rainy week and threatening today so the picnic, swimming and fishing activities that usually fill the lot were not appealing on this weekday.Nice and cool 66° at the beginning of the hike about 0900. Trail is easy to follow and only a moderate grade , only challenging issues were some muddy spots and slippery rocks from the wetness. Several sections along the way stone steps were placed to keep the lower trail out of the creek,which I took on the way up, the upper trail I used on the return is further from the creek and is actually an old road. Just as I started a Turkey appeared and posed on a rock , it didn’t take off then I noticed it had at least a couple of poults following. Substantial water flow in Little Stoney Creek the cascading water sound drowns out everything else not that I had to worry as there was no one else on the trail. After viewing the main 66 ft water fall proceeded up the stone stairway to the clearing to start the conservancy trail. Along the Conservancy trail the sound of the upper fall grew noticed a wide but unmarked path to the right near the left turn for Barney’s Wall. This led to a rocky “beach” above the upper fall. The creek was wider here and the slower flow didn’t seem to give any warning to any floaters of the impending drop off. On the return along the upper trail passed by a long,about 6 ft., black snake that I believe was a rat snake. Noticed a few more hikers on the lower trail as I descended the upper path and the parking lot now had a dozen or more vehicles. Nice to revisit here and didn’t need to break out the raincoat!
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Jun 06 2021
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Tucker Creek TrailCentral Little Rock, AR
Central Little Rock, AR
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Run/Jog4.80 Miles 50 AEG
Run/Jog4.80 Miles   1 Hour      4.80 mph
50 ft AEG
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Exercised for an hour early in am before packing up and getting back to driving to Tennessee, will be making a detour through Missouri due to I 40 bridge being closed due to structural problem. Cloudy and humid as storms moving up from the gulf. Pleasant paved neighborhood trail along a small creek, jogged for 30 minutes and turned around.
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May 28 2021
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Garden Valley - Hackberry LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.08 Miles 787 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.40 mph
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Decided not to drive far on the Friday before Memorial Day . Saw 1 other vehicle in the horse lot and 2 in first water trail head lot, no traffic on First Water road, met 2 other hikers on the trail. Already warm early today fortunately still some shade on this route early in the day , breeze was barely present but still not an uncomfortable day, 86° when I finished. Saw 2 deer on the way to the spring moving too quickly for a good picture. Saw my first Gila monster this year and then a second going up to Garden Valley they were slow enough to allow a picture :D . The pipe at Hackberry Spring had a trickle which was surprising. Surprised a few times also by rabbits jumping out next to the trail , saw about a dozen ,must be thriving on the new growth post burn in Garden Valley.
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Gila Monster

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May 25 2021
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking11.12 Miles 2,103 AEG
Hiking11.12 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   2.48 mph
2,103 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Enjoyed seeing running water in Christopher Creek last week so decided to come back and see Horton. Met 2 other hikers as I was going up the steady climb on Derrick, had the well maintained Highline to myself, surprisingly even had the Springs in privacy for awhile, spent some time scrambling around there, but finally a couple with their dog showed up as I was pushing off. The pine smell is enjoyable on Highline but not too fond of the little pine cones that roll under your feet, as you head down nice to hear the welcoming sound of the creek before you see it.
Enjoyable trip down Horton Creek trail, occasional visit to the creek to wet my neck scarf and to take pictures. Ended up meeting a couple of dozen other hikers on my way to the campground , the parking lot for Horton was full. Disappointed at not seeing the Columbine flowers I enjoyed last year. Another nice day to enjoy the variety Arizona has to offer. Temperature was 65° at the start :) and 78°at he finish , was 93° in Mesa on the way back.

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May 22 2021
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Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.58 Miles 1,509 AEG
Hiking5.58 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.03 mph
1,509 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Great temps today for a hike ,had to break my rule of no weekend hikes and also usually avoid consecutive day hiking. Few cars at Canyon Lake marina , on return was quite a mob all over Canyon Lake. Decided to go as far as La Barge but not the box, ended up scrambling up some rock formation overlooking the dry creek but soaked in some of the best views of the Superstition Wilderness. Appears this may be a weekend workout hike for some of the younger folks I saw , some even jogging up to the first viewpoint above the lake. Looked like a regatta going on in the lake and as mentioned parking lots were full with lots of roadside parking. Good workout with nice views but still a slog coming up from La Barge. Expect it might be the last cool day before October :(
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May 21 2021
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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.12 Miles 1,769 AEG
Hiking7.12 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   2.14 mph
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Cloudy day with slight drizzle beckoned me to get out for a hike without having to drive far so I picked an old standby. Arrived about 0700 to half dozen cars in the Peralta Trail head lot after passing only 2 parked at Carney Springs . Overcast at first with slight sprinkles not the best clouds at first for picture taking . The trail was not busy,passed 7 others on the way up and met two more who were heading down. I made it up in about an hour then strolled over to the needle overlook to the iconic saved pine tree. Took my time on the way down Peralta , was hoping to see a reasonable route to try to connect up to the cave trail below the slide and chute but I couldn’t find one. Still had a bit of energy left so I added the Don’s Loop as described by Carlson, nice views of Barkley Basin along here ,the trail is still discernible , always enjoy the view coming down to Peralta Trail Head from Dutchman. Nice getting out in this change of pace weather.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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