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Nov 24 2020
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San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2020
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Hiking11.80 Miles 1,390 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   3.01 mph
1,390 ft AEG      20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Decided to get out and do a preemptive strike against the expected calorie onslaught later this week, perfect weather day for hiking so decided to take the longest loop in the park unless you include the Malpais wash. The trails were not too busy but at the San Tan and Hedgehog junction there was a large group of about 25 , majority women , half children , maskless , in plain people dress in contrast to the usual spandex and tank tops I see out here. I wasn’t bold enough to ask but since the young men were beardless so guessing not Amish , the little girls looked cute in their bonnets. Decided to take a time out here to change socks and let them move ahead , when I stood up my back decided to go into a spasm which joined me the rest of the way. Despite that this was an extremely nice day to be outdoors.
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Nov 20 2020
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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2020
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Hiking5.40 Miles 2,029 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.41 mph
2,029 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Decided on a short hike to finish before the afternoon heat kicked in , it’s short but mighty. Fortunately the western approach is shaded in the am , I’ve hiked this in varying weather even light snow before but this is the warmest day I’ve been here. It was a hike of solitude today, two cars and no people in the lot when I arrived about 0800 , saw no one else all morning until on the way back coming down the last steep portion ,with the trailhead in sight, a group of four youths on their way up. There appears to be a new black mailbox,for those keeping track it was bright red earlier this year, before that burnt orange and before that dull red , now not attached to any post or rock and no bench around, peeked in to verify no ballots were dropped there, didn’t sign in today. There was a breeze on the summit but also full sun without much shade. As usual great views all around , Four Peaks,Superstition Mt,Weavers Needle, the Catalinas,Picacho Peak ,Apache leap among those I recognized, a bit hazy but even could make out downtown Phoenix and Camelback to the west. Managed to make it up in a bit less than 2 hours but cautiously slower on the way down more so with no other hikers around typically find this trail frequently pulls the rug out from under me :D Noted the addition of a red arrow painted route, it does lead up imho the preferred way up the left bank of the wash instead of dropping into it. After leaving the summit I didn’t take a lap around the top but headed near the northeast edge before heading down, had been told the helograph site had been located there, only could see what looks like the collapsed remains of an old radio transmitter. Too hot to attempt any of the circumference today,presume Arnett Creek is pretty dry, prefer to check it after we get some rain.
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Nov 17 2020
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Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2020
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Hiking5.90 Miles 1,590 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.97 mph
1,590 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Decided to try a short hike I could finish before things heated up by midday. Left from Meridian trailhead and headed up to Bulldog Saddle, passed one other hiker going the same way. On arriving to the saddle decided to head up to peak 3125, on the way up kept thinking this is not gonna be fun going down , it wasn’t. Steep, loose rocks and plenty of cholla , one section of about 15 to 20 feet had cholla carpeting requiring careful foot placement, pleased to only collect two jumpers along here. Of course a bee had to start buzzing around my head and ears thankfully didn’t bring any friends. Must have finally decided the stinky red flower was no good. I had forgotten I was wearing a red bandanna :D .Good views from 3125 but not sure I’ll do a repeat.Back at the saddle continued on the the loop over to connect to Pass Mountain Trail. Passed by and chatted with a nice couple from Green Bay visiting since a week ago. Uneventful trip back to the lot after a snack break at the saddle. It was warming up by time I returned .
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Nov 13 2020
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Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2020
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Hiking3.70 Miles 490 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.96 mph
490 ft AEG
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Started from the neighborhood at sun up , I guess too chilly as I saw no other hikers on the eastern side of the trail system. Did see the 3 amigos,my term for the coyotes I’ve been seeing this past month , they stare at me for a moment and then trot off. On the way home I did find a Toyota key fob in the middle of the Crest trail,fortunately I came by a young lady with an Australian shepherd heading toward the parking lot. She agreed to take the key back saving me an extra trip around :D
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Nov 12 2020
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Lost Goldmine Trail - Cloudview to LG THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2020
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Hiking13.00 Miles 1,670 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.40 mph
1,670 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Decided to take the lower level of the Superstition ridgeline today, aka the Lost Goldmine Trail from Cloudview to Carney Springs. Figured it would be perfect day with cloud cover most of the day. Encountered one returning hiker in the first mile and saw no one else until Carney Springs. I realize most don’t consider the rolling trail over the waves of ridges from the south side of the mountain very exciting but the views of the mountain are quite nice. There is also nice Sagauro scenery from about the 4 mile mark to Carney Springs. I was using route scout to clock miles but with my device whenever I leave the app to go to another usually for a picture it comes back to loading , fortunately no route finding necessary on this trail. Anyway ran into several others at Carney Springs along with a multitude of white arrows painted on the rock to make sure you can find the wave cave. After crossing the drainage on the last steep area there was enough racket coming from the cave it deterred me from proceeding to the entrance. Some may prefer this as a shuttle hike I didn’t mind the retracing of the nicely maintained trail. No wildlife was spotted , some cow pies near the base of Turks Head and some mooing but never spotted the cattle. Apparently there was enough rain this past Sunday to leave a little water in the bedrock mortars at the halfway point , useful for wetting a hat anyway. Nice alternative to try to stay out of the burn areas.
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Nov 10 2020
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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2020
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Hiking7.30 Miles 1,840 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   4 Hrs      1.95 mph
1,840 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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With some trepidation decided to approach this year’s Superstition wilderness burn area. It wasn’t great but I’ll say it wasn’t as depressing as I feared as much of the hike was in untouched areas, I was surprised however by the acrid smell of the moonscape I hiked through. First , Peralta Road is in great condition, the pit toilets are open and according to the sign cleaned twice a week there was no register at the start at least today. Left the 10 assorted vehicles in the lot and started up passed two hikers on the way up and two more went by on the way down on this nice cool sunny morning. The burn area was first noted between the unnamed cave and the eye on the trail continuing to on the saddle and into East Boulder Canyon. From the saddle decided to visit the lone pine tree and needle overlook, the burned area goes right up to the tree. The upper Barks route looks toasted. On the way to start the Cave Trail a larger group of about 8 hikers passed by me as they headed toward the tree. They shadowed me on the way back to the trailhead.Once approaching Geronimo Cave the burn area was left behind. Forget about visiting the cairn crop created in the alcove near Geronimo’s Cave its been razed. I decided to take the defunct Don’s Trail over to Dutchman Trail to return from there. From viewing into Barkley Basin it appeared the burn area paralleled the lower Barks route into or out of Barkley Basin, also appeared to get to the turn for the route to quarter circle u ranch off Lost Dutchman would require entering the burn area.So remember BBB, if the route name includes Barks or Barkley then it’s Burnt.
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Nov 06 2020
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Peak 3845 - Superstition MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2020
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Hiking7.40 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.85 mph
2,250 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Parked in the Saguaro lot at Lost Dutchman just as the sun was rising , the clouds made for some nice colors, also they helped keep in yesterday’s heat as it was already 80°. Took the Discovery Trail over to Siphon Draw and started up only seeing 3 other hikers ahead of me encountered no one coming down at that time. The cloud cover and breeze kept the temperature reasonable but my t shirt attested to the humidity. The basin was empty of people and water. The trail to 3845 was better cairned than my last trip, lots of deer evidence along the way but no wildlife spotted. The “summit “ register jar was resting in it’s cairn, didn’t feel like pulling the register out of the narrow neck jar. Siphon Draw Trail was busier on the way down easily encountering more than a dozen, about the time I spotted two young men perched on top of the Gateway I met a couple from Show Low area who started shouting up to have them drop a rope down :D Decided to make a loop on the way back using Prospector Trail, Treasue Loop and Crosscut to return to the trailhead, was definitely getting warm by time I finished.
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Oct 28 2020
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San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2020
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Hiking10.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.93 mph
1,300 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Weather remains ideal for this shadeless hike, unexpectedly found the parking lot at Dynamite trailhead was not full. There was a group of about 10 that arrived at the same time, took my time gearing up so they could go ahead, I went by them on Goldmine Trail when they went up to the prominence above the saddle. Not too busy with hikers otherwise and only a few bikes and trail runners. Took Hedgehog Trail to rejoin San Tan and then Dynamite Trail to return, nice solitude on this section. Action picked up on the lower portion of Dynamite Trail with people starting late with the cooler weather. To make this a 10 mile hike I needed to do a loop around the hermit graves. A bale of hay and plastic pumpkin were placed outside the fence in the spirit of Halloween. A couple of mellow young men were also stationed outside the fence smoking, apparently thinking prop 207 has already passed :D .
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Oct 27 2020
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Turks Head - Peak 2822Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2020
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Hiking5.20 Miles 964 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs      1.73 mph
964 ft AEG
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Decided to head up to Turks Head today on this brisk, 47° blustery morning, even decided to wear gloves. Figured this would be a good hike today as Lost Goldmine trail is south facing and shadeless so a winter like day was perfect. Did I mention it was windy, was surprised by the strength of some of the gusts. The cairned route up Turks Head favors the north side and with the canyon between it and the south face of Superstition Mountain it created a wind tunnel effect. First I was concerned about keeping a hat on then I became concerned about staying upright :scared: .Needless to say I didn’t stand up on the top. Noticed the ammo can I left earlier this year at the summit was still there, between wind gusts did a little cairn restoration. Added a little extra by hiking Lost Goldmine a bit further east to the rock formation with the bedrock mortars before returning.Only saw 6 others on Lost Goldmine and as usual no one else on Turks Head. Disappointingly no wildlife or cattle out, a couple of ATV’s came up the Jeep road at the summit base.
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Oct 26 2020
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2020
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Hiking9.25 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.75 mph
1,194 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Couldn’t let the break in temperature go by without getting out. Decided to do my usual loop route going CCW and cutting through Pass Mountain trailhead to Blevins Trail, from there around Cats Peak to the Meridian Trail. Having started at the Meridian Trailhead had to finish with the .5 mile road walk back , I really dislike the tread on the southwest portion of the standard loop. Left the parking lot with three jabber jays right behind me which was motivation to quickly get up to the saddle. After that very little traffic until the junction with Maricopa Trail. Nice cloud formations and refreshing temps made for a desire to saunter along and not finish too quickly. Already thinking about a hike tomorrow.
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Oct 15 2020
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Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2020
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Hiking5.90 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   3 Hrs      2.08 mph
1,600 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Trying out a new pair of Solomon’s X Low GTX shoes ,I liked the old one’s but were due for replacement, so planned on a short hike, started early enough to have shade on the way up. Only saw 3 other hikers by time I reached the basin, of course the waterfall was bone dry. On the way down ran across Ray Houston and his former Marine Corps buddy on their way up. Since I didn’t make it up to Flat Iron and the shoes were performing well decided to use Crosscut trail and Prospector trail to get some extra mileage. Saw about a half dozen hikers on Treasure Loop on the way back to the parking lot.
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Oct 12 2020
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Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2020
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Hiking4.40 Miles 961 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.40 mph
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Enjoy this little loop hike when staying in Chandler, started about 0830 after my jog ,with the dog I’m watching ,on Paseo canal first. Sun was getting intense but the morning coolness was still lingering. Started on Pyramid Trail and while zoning out started up Busera right away but only a short ways, oops wanted to go to the Lost Ranch Ruins first and take Gila up to Busera. As I am heading back down to do this started thinking I should reverse this route sometime. Anyway repeated the same hike I did earlier this month. Surprised only saw a handful of hikers out and only about 10 cars in the lot, expected it to be busier being a holiday. Still not cool enough for me to extend hikes much past 1000. No fall foliage :lol: or wildlife to report.
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Oct 02 2020
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Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2020
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Hiking3.80 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.53 mph
330 ft AEG
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Thought about taking some of the loop hikes out of the park today before realizing,after I was there, that the fire closure had been extended to 10/31😡 Started from the Saguaro lot down the discovery trail past the campground to the start of Siphon Draw trail where it enters Tonto. The gate was chained up with the signs warning about fines and imprisonment, decided not to cross over and claim to be protesting, did see a couple of people further up Siphon Draw near the Wilderness boundary. There’s a “trail” or at least beaten down vegetation along the fence line which didn’t look exciting but decided to follow to follow this around the park boundary. A couple of short steep entry and exit from washes later reach the treasure loop junction, thought this was the end but noticed a bike path sign so proceeded on it. It continued to follow the fence line to the county line about 3 to 400 feet from the First Water road turnoff at 88. As the path turned back west there was an old concrete foundation about 40 by 90 feet , nice view of the mountain and the gold mines from here. Wandered around a bit seeing only old rusted cans,nails and concrete roof tiles.After leaving this the path crossed by the entrance station to the park and on to the campground. Not inclined to do this again but turned out to be a longer hike than initially expected and can now say I checked out the park boundary!
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Oct 01 2020
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Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2020
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Hiking4.60 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.46 mph
820 ft AEG
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Arrived a bit late to start this considering how warm it is still at this sun exposed trailhead. After taking my son’s 1 yo dog on a run on the Paseo trail arrived at the Chandler and 19th street trailhead around 0800. Started off on Pyramid Trail and the headed up to the Lost Ranch Ruins on the lower portion of the Lost Ranch Ruins trail. Full sun and no breeze made this the hottest portion of the hike. After noticing nothing new at the ruins backtracked to the Gila Trail and took it up to the use scramble connecting to the Busera Trail. Once some elevation was gained it cooled off from the breeze , other than around the trailhead seemed to be a quiet day on this side of South Mountain. Tried to spot a Busera tree on the way down but most likely candidate appeared dead. A nice loop if not looking for a difficult hike, saw a couple of runners doing this in the reverse direction.
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Sep 18 2020
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Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2020
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Hiking3.20 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.56 mph
650 ft AEG
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Finally back in Arizona, trying to reacclimatize and get used to walking trails with lots of rocks. Decided to leave the neighborhood and traverse the Silly Mountain area going west to the trailhead parking lot using the north side of the trail system and returning east on the south side. Started on Superstition View Trail, very hazy right now. Only saw a half dozen other hikers though 9 cars in the parking lot. Had the summit to myself for the brief moment I spent there. Other than rabbits no other wildlife seen but was concentrating on keeping the ankles from turning on the rolling rocks :D .
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Sep 11 2020
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Tinker Cliffs, VA 
Tinker Cliffs, VA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2020
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Hiking7.70 Miles 1,945 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   4 Hrs      2.10 mph
1,945 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Despite the foggy morning and narrow country roads managed to make it to the parking lot for the Andy Layne Trail to start a hike to the cliffs overlooking Catawba Valley on Tinker Mountain. Only two cars in the lot when I arrived but as I was gearing up a van and a couple of cars arrived. Noticed the arrivals appeared young , fit and uniformly dressed and correctly assumed they would pass me on the trail but not feeling like waiting I went ahead. The yellow blazed Andy Layne Trail is well maintained with little vegetation but today a bit muddier than I expected , initially it loses elevation as the trail heads toward Little Catawba Creek. Crossed a small pasture leading to the foot bridge across the creek, it was heavily guarded by cattle, about this time the group of about 12 that started after me had caught up and I gladly let them pass so they could clear a path through the small herd :D Turns out they were recruits and instructors from the Roanoke Police Academy , they soon distanced themselves from me . After passing through another pasture I crossed the second foot bridge for the larger Catawba Creek . After this the trail starts ascending ,at first gradual until leaving the creek side, then steeply a couple of steep sections had steps fashioned from logs, one section with about a 100 and another half that. On the way I was introduced to the yellow jacket family , a mean bunch, but they managed to inflict only 3 stings before being brushed aside. Continuing up the switchbacks now the forest remains well leafed out so view visibility is limited. Heard one warning rattle on the way up but never saw the snake. Was on the lookout for bears which are frequently seen here but saw none probably due to the large group now in front of me. This trail is on private property owned by a cement company that allows use of the trail for hiking only no camping. Finally reaching the junction with the Appalachian Trail in an area known as Scorched Earth Gap. The story behind the name Is in 1982 a guide led a group of hikers here off trail on Tinker Mountain and during the bushwhacking an increasingly unhappy female hiker launched into a profanity laced tirade increasing in crescendo that by time the gap was reached the ground was smoking :o . At this junction a right turn to the south on the AT continues a moderately steep climb that brings you to the first areas where some views begin now you are about at 3.6 miles from the parking lot, to get the best views continue on for another .3 miles. Several flat rocky areas invite a lunch or snack break while still taking in the views. Returned the same way this time managing to avoid the yellow jacket clan. A popular shuttle hike is to continue on south from Tinker Cliffs to Mcafee Knob to make it a 12.8 mile one way trip.
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Jul 16 2020
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First Landing State ParkEastern, VA
Eastern, VA
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2020
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Hiking10.05 Miles 240 AEG
Hiking10.05 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   3.09 mph
240 ft AEG
 
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Returned to hiking in this state park which contains marshy areas and swampland located between the Atlantic Ocean and Broad Bay portion of the Lynnhaven Bay near the Cape Henry Landing site. Checked the Lynnhaven Bay tide charts and planned for low tide, with that and no rain for a couple of weeks meant no walking in mud or water. Arrived before the gate was opened so instead of waiting there ended up starting at the ocean front then crossed the highway ,which added some extra distance ,entered the now open back entrance to the park onto Cape Henry Trail, it’s a fishhook shaped trail so I’m on the shank headed toward the eye where the hiking trailhead is located. Before arriving there however I take the connector Kingfisher trail to meet up with the Long Creek and Osprey Trail. The Osprey trail is part hard packed and part soft sand , traveling beside the bay it can be overwhelmed in high tide this will take me toward the barbed end of Cape Henry Trail . Very few hikers but a couple of dozen bikers and joggers ,more on Cape Henry Trail, encountered. Used quite a bit of “Off” to keep away the mosquitoes and biting flies, must have worked pretty well as they resorted to landing on the lens of my glasses. Temperatures were warm,low 80’s , humid of course but the heavy shade kept it tolerable. The lack of significant elevation and trying to limit insect landings resulted in a good pace for this hike :D Needed a better camera for wildlife as the Osprey, Egrets and Herons were too far away for decent pictures. Definitely a change of pace from AZ hiking.
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Jun 30 2020
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Seneca Rocks Trail #563Eastern Panhandle, WV
Eastern Panhandle, WV
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2020
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Hiking5.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.65 mph
1,300 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Another trip to this gem of a workout hike, plus exploring other areas around the trail. The Discovery Center was closed but first federal park since COVID-19 I’ve been to with open pit toilets😁 Ideal temperatures, 70’s , the entire time. Parked and started by crossing the Potomac River on the low bridge going up Roy Gap Road it appeared it was recently breached , the river was running a little high but not flooding. On the drive in I saw a small deer herd standing in the river saw none while hiking. Tried to maintain a good pace for workout purposes 30 minutes from the river to the observation deck. Extended the hike on the old road coming up from Yokum stables then hopped on the ridge above it for some limited views of the pastoral sites below. Finished with a loop by the old Sites homestead and Discovery Center, didn’t get the best pictures of Seneca Rocks due to am sun position.
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Jun 26 2020
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Cascades and Barney's Wall, VA 
Cascades and Barney's Wall, VA
 
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2020
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Hiking11.20 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs      2.36 mph
2,200 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Arrived at the Cascades National Recreation Trail at 0800, after using the self pay $3 envelope only 4 other cars in the lot, a pair were gearing up for trout fishing. I learned the crowds show up after the temp warms up enough for swimming. Restroom facilities present but closed due to COVID-19. Only one trail leaves the parking lot and in a short distance there is a bridge to cross Little Stoney Creek at which point you can continue on straight referred to as the upper trail or as I did go across and take the lower trail. The lower trail follows along the creek never more than a few yards from it , very scenic requiring frequent picture taking stops, was able to enjoy this trail in unusual solitude on the way up. Little Stoney Creek was carrying a large volume of water right now making its way toward the northward flowing New River , which is considered the oldest river in North America. Only sound you hear is the deafening noise from the water flowing around the many boulders in the stream and you can enjoy the cool air coming off the creek. Trail is somewhat rocky and hiking boots or shoes are in order it was only mildly muddy today but would be more treacherous after a rain. The lower trail ends at the next bridge to recross the creek unless you want to balance across one of the many fallen trees :D . Shortly after crossing the trail becomes increasingly wet and slippery from side streams flowing toward the creek , at 2.5 miles started viewing the large volume cascade falls , 66 feet tall with a large pool, only 2 others there before me. Went up the wooden steps to an observation site. From there decided to continue on to reach Barney’s Wall a 700 ft cliff . After a few steps down from the observation area a right turn to more wooden railing rock steps up to a large open area from there another right turn and began walking up a two track road labeled conservancy trail. A slightly muddy route which after just under half mile I reached an official looking sign indicating to me to continue straight and across from it a post in the ground with hand written Barney’s Wall with an arrow , unfortunately decided to follow the first sign which ended up taking me over a mile to Laurel Creek before I decided it could not be right so did an about face back to the post sign, by the way I saw no one else after leaving falls until I returned. Anyway after going back to the aforementioned post I followed an initially not well maintained single track but then became more defined and was orange blazed. This trail was steep at times with one creek crossing but otherwise a pleasant tree canopied walk in a heavy forest. After 1.5 miles a junction with a sign indicating the way to Barney’s Wall appeared and followed this track for .35 miles to the end. The walk was nice and the views superb from here but didn’t want to venture to close to the edge. Took a snack break here and retraced my steps back to the cascades , the sound of water increasing as I went along. The Cascades was now crowded , lots of young folks cavorting in the pool below it, plus the trail to the bridge crossing also required some waiting to let others pass. Once past the bridge took the upper trail back, smoother faster and less crowded, also less scenic but providing some birds eye views of the creek.Definitely worth a visit at least to the waterfall but go early and avoid the weekend, will post a photo of the correct sign to Barney’s Wall.
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Cascades
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Dragons Tooth TrailWestern, VA
Western, VA
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2020
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Hiking5.87 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking5.87 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.96 mph
1,500 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Located in Jefferson National Forest atop Cove Mountain just west of Catawba,Va, this Tuscarora quartzite monolith is a popular hiking destination. Planned to take the blue blazed Dragon’s Tooth trail to the junction of the AT and then head south to the short spur trail leading to the Dragon’s Tooth. On the return make a short loop using Boy Scout Connector which connects the AT with Dragons Tooth trail near the trailhead. Arrived at the trailhead about 0800 to only 4 other cars in the large lot, there are pit toilets but now closed due to COVID. The Dragons Tooth trail is not very rocky, not very steep, there were several maybe 8 stream crossings that were easy. Nicely shaded but not a worry today as temp was 59° at the trailhead when I started, 69° at the finish. The trail condition allows hiking at a good pace, after the junction with the AT the story changes for the next .7 miles. Steep and rocky, several “stairways” , metal rung footholds and directional arrows pointing straight up, so slowed the pace and put the gloves on being very glad I wasn’t backpacking . Some rate this section the toughest section of the AT this side of Maine. Continued following the white blazes until arriving at the Dragons Tooth spur trail turned left and descended .3 miles to the rock formation which I had to myself , first thought is no way would I climb up that . After moving to the south side of the tooth it looked possible, decided to try crawling under a wedged boulder and found some reasonable footholds . Then after some class 3 scrambling found myself looking up at only about 20 feet of narrow smooth rock to crawl up to the top which is about 3 foot square , not enough room for me to comfortably stand up though :scared: Nice views of the mountains and Valleys of this portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Retraced my steps back to the Dragons Tooth trail junction but this time continued down the still rocky AT to the clearly marked junction with the yellow blazed Boy Scout Connector trail. From there smooth sailing to the parking lot. Used route scout until reaching the tooth and then needed to save phone battery.On the way down the crowd was steadily building now passing by a score of young adults and teens. To reach the trailhead on route 311 I drove on Mount Tabor Rd. from the Mountain Lake Lodge . Along this road one passes by the Audie Murphy plane crash site on Brush Mountain. As far as Mountain Lake Lodge it was called Kellermans resort when it was the location for filming of “Dirty Dancing “ , sadly due probably to a fissure Mountain Lake is now a pond, not known if it will ever refill.
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Stone Dwelling
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