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Mar 22 2021
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Wind Cave Lone Peak Combo, AZ 
Wind Cave Lone Peak Combo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2021
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Hiking13.18 Miles 2,508 AEG
Hiking13.18 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   2.41 mph
2,508 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Taking a few days off this week so decided to do two hikes today! Parked near the exercise equipment Ramada by the Merkle Trail, cool and breezy had a quick warmup by taking the Vista Trail and then over to the Wind Cave trailhead. Not too busy yet about average for a weekday but much busier with a full lot on my second pass, kept a steady pace all the way to the cave . There was about a dozen older kids and a couple of adults in the now noisy cave so I didn’t enter so no break here. Having the idea I was heading over to Lone Peak later decided not to head up to the south summit. Passed by a friendly young lady running :o up the trail and back down while I was descending. After the Merkle Trail had a snack break back at my vehicle and then headed back to the Wind Cave trailhead. Took Pass Mountain loop trail to the junction with Maricopa Trail. Starting down that I was passed by the only biker I saw today. Once I spied the route to go up Lone Peak I made a diagonal over to it vegetation was not that bad, helped by using some of the ATV tracks. Once heading up passed two young girls headed down having stopped to take pictures at the shade tree with the semicircle of rocks arranged for sitting. Once at the summit took a prolonged break ,even laid down on the bench. There was a young lady sitting off on her own enjoying the views , I guess she decided I didn’t look too scary and she came over to the summit area. Saw no one else until all the way back on pass mountain loop trail. Fortunately mostly downhill from here so was able to finish up quickly . What a nice day to be outside to enjoy the beautiful desert despite minimal wildflowers. Again only a few paltry poppies and lupine not photo worthy on these trails that are usually teeming with them, hope 2022 is better.
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Mexican poppies, lupine,chuparosa
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Mar 18 2021
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2021
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Hiking5.90 Miles 2,123 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   1.39 mph
2,123 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Decided it was time to pick up and deliver some mail today, you know that neither rain nor snow nor 2,000 foot climb will stop the mail delivery. Apparently a 13 mile hike the day before doesn’t slow down the mail either as Linda dragged the mailbag and myself in a respectable 1:35 to the summit. Unfortunately my stimulus check was not in box yet, mailed our letters and briefly enjoyed the views and then Linda being a good partner joined me in visiting the North end peak as I wanted to show her where I used to operate the heliograph site back in the day :D Headed off toward a lone Saguaro near the eastern drop off , I tried to find the least scratchy path, I’d like to say it was a nice walk through blooming wildflowers but I’m not able to say that. In fact there were tons of land mines of camoflaged pin cushion cactus to step around. Once there I enjoyed viewing the cliffs along the edge on this mountain always looked to me like someone stacked rocks to make the cliffs until they ran out. Came across a nice campsite with a fire pit and grill included. On reaching the north end had a twilight zone moment as there is a canister labelled as containing the cremains of someone , I had seen it before but the last time I was here it was missing so now it’s back :o .We took a snack break here well away from the restless spirit “urn” while overlooking the views of the Superstition Wilderness, old Pinal City, Arboretum , Queen Creek and Superior. Not sure why but I was allowed a longer than typical break, dished out a few dad jokes to make sure someone’s eye roll muscles got a workout too,at least I think their funny. Linda picked the descent slides to go down while dodging rocks I was kicking down at her ,at least I didn’t roll into her , I did manage one graceful slip up once down to the flat part :lol: . Afterwards I had the idea about going into Superior to get a Cuban sandwich luckily Linda had declined ,something about meeting the school bus , of course then I found out the sandwiches are only available on Saturdays :( . Decided to get gas too which wasn’t particularly cheap at $2.99 a gallon. At least it was a great hiking day with awesome company!
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Mar 16 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2021
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Hiking7.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles
800 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Decided it was a good day for a bushwhacking trip :D .Leaving home noticed a light dusting of snow on the Superstition ridgeline , low dark clouds and wind made for a chilly 46° at the trailhead in the State Park. Surprised at the large number of vehicles there for a weekday. Followed Discovery trail to the start of Siphon Draw trail then turned west on Jacob’s Crosscut, experienced a couple of brief graupel drizzles along the way, saw no one else after turning onto Jacob’s until I later returned to Siphon Draw Trail. Left Jacobs trail at a large boulder abreast of the east side of Spirit Canyon and went from Boulder to Boulder along an intermittently cairned route. Definitely vegetation along the way , only puddles of water no flow in the canyon, made it to the petroglyphs and around the dry waterfall and called it a day. Took a different route back that initially looked promising but then disappeared ended up coming out on Jacob’s Trail about . 5 miles west of where I first left it. Would like to go to 3845 next trip up here, enjoyed the different views and solitude, especially compared to Siphon Draw,disappointed in seeing no wildlife.
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Chuparosa and Brittlebrush
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Mar 12 2021
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San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2021
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Hiking12.23 Miles 1,438 AEG
Hiking12.23 Miles   5 Hrs      2.72 mph
1,438 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
I’ve been vexed since not getting to hike with the popular kids here last month, I’m sure my missing invitation was an oversight by an anonymous someone whose HAZ names starts with a T. Decided to do it today rain or shine, parked at the Goldmine Trail head , started up Goldmine Trail accompanied by my own misty ,cold, drizzly cloud up to the Goldmine Saddle where we parted ways. Invoked memories of hiking in Scotland except brown hillsides instead of green, clouds remained entertaining all day but no more rain encountered. Actually a fine day to hike in this shadeless park with the cloud cover, I think it was the cause of the scarcity of bikers and other hikers. Went from the saddle on San Tan trail all the way to the junction of Dynamite Trail seeing no others. Stopped by the new since December “repair and aid station “ at the Hedgehog junction , verified pickle juice was still there. Further along the trail stopped for a leisurely snack break on one of the benches at a viewpoint, felt like I had the park to myself. Coming down Dynamite Trail near the junction with Goldmine there was a stroller parked there. while looping around the graves contemplated a stroller jacking but alas by time I returned it was occupied by a 5 month old cherub. Returned to the trailhead feeling unvexed, noted a nasty looking storm cell to the west which I also avoided.
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Brittle brush with a few blooms.
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Mar 09 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2021
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Hiking9.40 Miles 3,350 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.63 mph
3,350 ft AEG      45 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
My hundreds of Instagram followers have been clamoring for some Daytripper selfies from a mountaintop so I decided to oblige today :D Due to ominous looking clouds decided to check my weather app on arrival at the State Park which gave a rain chance at 8%. Unfortunately by time I reached the basin it became 100%, add in some strong cool wind gusts and tiny hail I began to question the sanity of continuing. It only lasted about 15 to 20 minutes but did provide a nice slippery surface for the “few” rocky surfaces required to step on. I managed to pick up a small entourage after dropping into the wash from the saddle a young man from Georgia and two local ladies who were on this for the first time. They all traveled up with me as they were concerned about getting off track , we headed up at a steady if not fast pace. When we topped out of the wash initially they were interested in going to 5024 but decided not to continue after the strong winds became apparent. At that same time four youngsters leaving Flatiron had decided to go on to 5024 and initially were going to follow me but were too inpatient to follow an old guy so they went ahead. They made it to the top before me as I watched them take an unique route. Due to the winds only stayed long enough to take a couple of pictures and then dropped down trying to find a wind free snack spot. Next as I headed down to my wondering eyes appeared Flatiron with no one there. Of course I had to meander around a bit before heading back down the wash, could have done a Scottish selfie if I had my kilt on. Once back in the wash it was slow going to insure good foot placement among so many loose rock hazards. Just as I am getting to the bottom of the wash I noticed a young lady hiking up barefoot, followed by two guys doing the same :o Of course I had to make some comments about their foot wear and got back responses like good price and lifetime guarantee but wasn’t able to glean what the heck they were trying to prove. A little water had gathered at the bottom of the waterfall from the earlier rain but the basin itself was nice and dry. Ran into a couple at the waterfall thinking about retirement from San Fran that were staying in one of the park cabins but also visiting their daughter in Peoria. They followed me through the little maze at the bottom of the the basin to get back on trail and shortly after we started down the trail we were buzzed. The sound was behind me and in front of them , as I was curious about the source when I turned back I saw the snake sliding under a rock but then surprisingly I saw his head emerge from under it and proceeding on across the trail. This portion of the trail is a rocky shelf above a drop off to the wash and on the high side with a couple of boulders and a cliff . Unless your someone who’s willing to step over a snake because it’s not coiled , not me, this effectively blocked the trail. After the snake inched along a little the couple was able to skirt around just below the boulders, now they have a good story to share when back home. Felt pretty good still so I took the Palmer Mine Loop to Prospector then Treasure Loop , it felt good to walk a trail without watching every foot placement. Had a great day after all, was able to get my selfie pose done and finished in less than 12 hours and before dark :D
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Chuparosa

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Mar 05 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2021
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Hiking6.70 Miles 1,631 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles
1,631 ft AEG
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1st trip
Bees Knees is a catchy and interesting name for a hike ,the term went out of date when I was in high school though, now I’m very excited today about hiking with the popular kids :y: From the beginning I suggested this hike be called the rose between two thorns expedition , that garnered a mixed mostly negative reaction. However just to reassure everyone the delicate and fragrant rose was indeed safely escorted around this loop without losing a petal , thanks to the expert guide @LindaAnn thorn and the conductor @tibber thorn. After the ruins stop and workout of Lost Ranch Ruins Trail the view from peak 2197 was quite nice . Then up to National on a portion I had hiked before now realizing how oblivious to the mines I had been ,again thanks to Linda making the trail more interesting. Beginning to get the feel for the western end of South Mountain ,first time hitting bursera canyon trail. Nice to have Angela pointing out the names of various flowers and trees wish I could retain some of that. I did have some secret advice for her also, never hike the day before a Linda hike :D It was warming up as we finished the hike on the newly named Linda’s Trail , well that’s what Angela and I will be calling it, taking us back to the trailhead. My privilege to hike with these awesome and accomplished ladies.
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A few poppies and lupine,other stuff, check Angela’s report
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Mar 02 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Second Water to LaBarge Box, AZ 
Second Water to LaBarge Box, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2021
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Hiking11.63 Miles 1,740 AEG
Hiking11.63 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.86 mph
1,740 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Delivered on my promise to @LindaAnn to not get lost and that she would get see her children again :D Started at First Water which still had plenty of parking at 0800, first time visiting Garden Valley since last year, not great but not as depressing as expected. Linda spotted a coyote coming toward us until it was aware of us and then rocketed away. Came across a headless batting helmet and jacket at the Black Mesa junction :-k . Second water trail still has it’s ankle rolling rocks as you descend , it went by quickly with entertaining conversation. Headed south on Boulder Creek easy to negotiate the crossings since dry. The route up toward the stern of Battleship now has plentiful cairns. Dropped down into LaBarge Box with some pools of water but obviously lower than the high tide mark. Took a break where it looked boulderly painful to continue on, as we snacked we were circled by a couple of hikers whom we couldn’t help with directions to rainbow falls? After exiting the box came the slow going part of figuring out the route through the maze of boulders and catclaw . Once down lower with the sheer cliffs above us it was easier going until finally being made aware of the approaching Boulder Canyon Trail by the presence of horse riders. Up to the paint mine where there were two others there ,only others we saw today until back at the trailhead, Linda pointed out a couple of prospects she had dropped into before “just because they were there “, fortunately skipped that today. Back up second water trail seemed like the breeze had disappeared and the sun intensity increased. Failed on a couple of sun block stop requests but managed to score a shoelace tightening break , one of us doesn’t use iron shoelaces :D From there uneventful return to the trailhead capping off another great day in the Superstitions.
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Feb 27 2021
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 Gold Canyon
LOST Superior Town Center to Pinal City, AZ 
LOST Superior Town Center to Pinal City, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
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Hiking8.30 Miles 285 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles
285 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I was just here a week ago , tried to “hike” the town center portion of the LOST and missed the correct turn for the end of this section and had to jog across Rt. 60 near Main St. to the Circle K, fortunately on the way back through town I stopped at Felicia’s Ice Cream Shop and picked up a Cuban sandwich, best I’ve had since moving from Florida! Lured by this and unfinished business decided to return today. The LOST trail map was recently put online and substantial changes from the older and unfinished previous plan. Several times I tried to hike to Superior looking for the LOST to spur off the AZT near Hewitt Station Rd. to enter Superior, appears this plan had been abandoned before completion. I wasn’t aware until I arrived today , it was the day the Yavapai running club were holding their Copper Corridor runs, 12 to 50 km courses, it was soon evident by the finish line banner on Main St.. The LOST ,Legends of Superior Trail, is now divided into 5 segments west to east,Arnett Canyon, Pinal City Panther, Miners and Ranchers, Superior Town Center and Queen Creek Canyon, I parked at the Magma Avenue Trail Head which just since last week has had fill dirt placed eliminating the potholes and some widening done. Started by crossing the concrete bridge with element 29 immediately on the right heading uphill to the beginning of Main St. Quite an eclectic collection of buildings along here , I was distracted some by the plaques beside each one describing prior tenants , at least on Saturdays the town has a lively vibe,open cafes ,live music and a farmers market. After last week I verified that to remain on this unsigned town portion of the LOST turn left at Porters Saloon down the concrete steps which you then walk through the saloon ,to the sound of live music, and reach the pedestrian bridge across a dry Queen Creek. Once at the bottom of the bridge you have completed the town center segment and are beginning the miners and ranchers segment. Not sure about the decision to name it this in my opinion it’s the suburbs of Superior section, however evident on this section of the trail, really the whole trail to Picketpost Trail Head is testimony to the excellent work done by the American Conservation Experience who provided the muscle to create an obviously good enough trail to race on. The trail from here on was festooned with ribbons hanging on various vegetation for the racers to stay on course which made the trail quite colorful. With only 400 allowed in the race they were pretty spread out over the 30 miles ,never saw more than three at once, I was the only hiker on the trail today and made sure to give way even though these trails are double wide. This section of the trail goes under the Rt. 60 overpass for Queen Creek , after this some rooftops and barking dogs accompany you. Once I reached Panther Drive trail gate this section was complete. Turning right maybe 50 yards on Panther I could see the obvious trail on the left and here starts the Pinal City Panther segment. On this section a fair distance of walking is adjacent to the Superior Airport , no jet noise today. Despite the nice breeze it felt a bit warm through this shadeless stretch gradually bending southwest , now Picketpost Mountain is growing larger as you proceed down toward Queen Creek. A fording of the creek would have taken me toward Arnett Canyon but I ended the route by heading up to the Pinal City old mill ruin. After rummaging around a bit I did decide to head over to get a picture of the ore wagon tracks before turning back, that added another mile. Passed by a few runners still on the trail that I offered words of encouragement to, also kept a bottle of water in reserve in case I came across anyone in need. Of course I had to stop by and get another sandwich on the way back, FYI some of the establishments are cash only. This trail has potential to log a good number of miles if you start at Picket Post, include the Picketpost circumference and then finish at the Clayppol tunnel without a painful amount of AEG.
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Feb 25 2021
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Telegraph Lollipop, AZ 
Telegraph Lollipop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2021
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Hiking9.17 Miles 1,893 AEG
Hiking9.17 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   1.97 mph
1,893 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Met @LindaAnn at the Telegraph Pass Trailhead, I heard her car go growling by before I saw her. She was aware from previous hikes that my bucket list included hiking a 5 star trail plus visiting Piedras Grandes so she devised a route to accomplish this. Glad she posts her trip logs quickly as I had no idea how to title this hike. It was breezy and cool at the sparsely filled parking lot as we headed up Telegraph Pass into a stiff headwind. Learned how I missed the turn for National on a previous hike. I was able to cruise along like a zombie , nice not worrying about the route, occasionally getting verbal and non verbal directions. Continuing up to Goat Hill the friendly banter made the distance go quickly, made sure to provide more raw material for the book she may write some day. I don’t think my pace gave her much of a leg workout but I bet her eye roll muscles are sore today. Going down Ranger the mildly hazy view of downtown slowly set as we approached the junction of Los Lomitas . Finally a chance to hike a 5 star trail :y: ,soon notable were some large paved areas , parking lots and picnic areas, devoid of any vehicles or people as they were gated. Going by the largest one learned about the exact spot where a young girl tragically put a 🐝 in her mouth :scared: . A bit further on suggested Linda adorn her hair with wildflowers but she wouldn’t let me pluck the lone poppy we came across, something about not being a loser hippie. I thought we had stumbled upon a new trail as the sign posts changed to Los Lomitas loop anyway we used it as we approached the picnic Ramadas, where we snuck in without paying the 25 cents fee. I lounged around imagining its old glory days, thanks @joebartels for gathering that awesome historical info. Linda went above to explore the rocks, saying something about trying to get rid of a buzzing in her head. I nearly dozed off while imagining the Sun Bonnets dancing by ,hey has anyone frequented those legal pot shops ? Thought I heard a mini rockslide but just Linda landing from above so we are off to start Kiwanis Trail. Nice trail , Linda pointed out the dams and petroglyph rock and a squirrel on the way up the large stone steps. Crossing the summit road and onto Telegraph Pass Trail to finish while waving to a chuckwalla on the way down by now the wind had become a nice cooling breeze . I’ll be giving Linda’s hiking guide service a five star review for this one :D
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Feb 22 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2021
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Hiking15.60 Miles 3,936 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   2.08 mph
3,936 ft AEG
 
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Met with @ LindaAnn who is still operating her guide service for retirees that hike, in the yellow pages under the catchy name, the keep up or get lost inc., after paying my fee I advised her slower hikes are always more enjoyable. We crossed the barely flowing Slate Creek , water clearer than expected, and began going up . If any other hikers had been around they may have thought two tomatoes were on the trail as they would have heard ketchup, ketchup repeatedly :lol: I tried to look at the distant views instead of the close up charred areas, plus I could buy a couple of minutes by asking Linda what peak is that and what hikes are near it especially encouraging her to use her peak finder app, takes a minute to load. Shortly after reaching FR 626 a worker truck was descending and a little further on we started to see some snow. Someone tried to instigate a snowball fight and launch an investigation for Jaguar tracks in the snow, hey I’m just hanging on in survival mode now. Finally making the summit there was enough views and peaks to name to encourage a long break, even better was the good cell phone service so she could text her kids, financial advisors, friends ,car dealers etc., but I couldn’t convince Linda that breaks were more relaxing if you remove your hiking boots for awhile. Restlessness ensued and we started down , one of us spotted a Stellar Jay, they never pose, also saw 3 deer along the way. Commented to Linda we might get a @DixieFlyer spotting today also. Did have my old friend lumbago visit resulting in some sitting and stretching stops,first disguised as “I think you need more sun block on” , almost wish Linda would complain so I would feel less guilty about the slow downs . Anyway I felt better once the road flattened out a bit, made it to my vehicle first to claim the faster time today :D Enjoyable day with great weather and an awesome partner who fortunately for me didn’t write up an epic triplog sequel!
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Feb 18 2021
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3004- Pass Loop, AZ 
3004- Pass Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2021
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Hiking12.50 Miles 1,658 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles
1,658 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Parked in the cell phone lot for the AJ airport, met up with @LindaAnn there who was lured to come along with the promise of different scenery and corny jokes. We entered Usery Park , “sadly” the iron ranger was absent today hopefully not from COVID. Heard a little voice behind me saying something like on your mark ,get set, go ,which distracted me from engaging route scout. The desert vegetation whizzed by and without seeing another soul we reached Bulldog Saddle where there was a gathering with picture taking happening. Paused briefly so I could pontificate about the various landmarks visible, Bulldog this and that mostly, told Linda we needed to get going before this group left plus she was scaring me by looking at the path up to 3108 ridgeline like it was an ice cream sundae, didn’t want to chance adding that one.Some of the saddle group did follow us but only confirmed by looking back once on the Pass Mountain trail, quietest group of 6 ladies I never heard! . We took the lower route to Pass Mountain Loop saddle area and proceeded on the loop trail. Usual nice views on this very clear day, looking over of course Bulldog Canyon toward the Blue Point Bridge. Unfortunately the wildflowers didn’t show up today, I think we saw one Chuparosa with a couple of blooms. Have learned if I throw in a couple of hilarious comments I can keep Linda off balance enough to stay ahead :D Was granted a break at the junction of Maricopa Trail where we went up toward the descent route for the ridgeline trail, took a little while to find some decent boulders to sit on near 2525, we concluded Fountain Hills fountain wasn’t functioning today. Returning to the trail after the break the number of hikers increased as we approached Wind Cave trail head and from then on. Cut through Pass Mountain trail head to get on Blevins now seeing bikers and horses. After the “long steep ascent” up Cats Peak Pass we skipped the summit ,will catch it next time. Easy walking on Spillway and Ruidoso made it possible to admire the Saguaros ,but Linda kept pointing out the doomed ones :( also pointed out the snow visible on the Catalina’s. Observed some nice loops and rolls from the model airplanes as we were exiting. The weather was perfect today, as usual enjoyed Linda’s company , she promised to subject her kids to some humor later.
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Feb 15 2021
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La Barge Canyon ViewPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2021
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Hiking5.80 Miles 1,560 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
1,560 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
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Had forgotten it was a holiday since I’m off everyday , pulled in to the Canyon Lake Marina to see a group of 12 gearing up, while taking my time another group of 6 and then a couple all launched before me. While waiting a bit at the chilly windy trailhead met a friendly young man , Derrick, and his dog Ray or Rainer , he was going to wait for his girlfriend to run the trail. As more vehicles arrived decided to risk the gauntlet of passing a large number of hikers and went ahead , then decided to take the unofficial trail a little north of main Boulder Canyon Trail thought I might get ahead of the big group. I did get ahead of the smaller groups but ended up right behind the big one. Decided to hang back as the prime picture spot for the lake was a short ways ahead and correctly assumed they would stop there. Engaged with a lone straggler at the back of the group, found him to be a kindred spirit as far as hiking navigation, when asked where they were going he replied ,while pointing eastward , going to a canyon he did not know the name of ,said he was just following the group. When they stopped to rest and take pictures I approached the lead fellow and told him I was joining up and asked where we were going he seemed too startled to answer so then I said just kidding to which the crowd chuckled. Moving on the views improved and was nice to see some of the char free Wilderness . Nice to see Battleship, the Tugboat and Weavers Needle lining up. About the time I was going off trail Derrick with his dog and girlfriend Katy caught up , he greeted me joyfully like a long lost friend that owed him money. This bewildered Katy and she insisted on knowing where we met and how long we had known each other, wait for it, I replied we went way way back , or at least 2 miles anyway, she laughed and said that that was hilarious, no eye rolling detected. Sometimes you meet the nicest people when hiking.Went off the trail at a drainage but not on the official route,climbed through the fence opening next to where it is bolted to a rock , not sure why the fence is there but looks like some digging went on in the area saw the rusted baking pan they left behind. Vegetation was definitely present but not too difficult to avoid. Worked my way south and west along hill tops, route scout was working until I took so many pictures it blew its flux capacitor :) Decided to have a snack about where I turned around, brought binoculars along which was nice for the viewing, I could see 6 people coming down La Barge Canyon, could make out Thompson peak , Mount Ord and also the massacre falls with its now noticeable white flow tract all were too far to photograph well despite the clear air. No wildlife spotted though :( Noticed a large monument sized cairn so I went over to it , still not sure what it is for. Took a different track back , mostly a deer path that led to their bed down area. Saw about 8 to 10 others on the way down, hard to quantitate but I thought the unofficial trail had less loose rocks so I went back down that way also. Nice to find some solitude today despite the otherwise busy trails, plus Apache Trail was less busy on the way back than I anticipated.
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Feb 12 2021
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Lost Ranch Ruins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2021
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Hiking3.00 Miles 300 AEG
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Decided to head over to Chandler to pick up my son for a hike as he had the day off, my beautiful, glowing daughter in law decided to come along so had to do a pivot on the plan. She regards the word hike as a four letter word not to be repeated , as do some of my back east relatives, so I suggested the more acceptable term nature walk. Decided to see nature while traveling up to the Lost Ranch Ruins so I could show her where I used to sit and drink during the bad old prohibition days. Forecast was for clouds but full sun appeared and with no breeze so it was warmer than I hoped. My enthusiastic grand dog a Bernidoodle ran circles around us as we proceeded up. We spent several minutes of conjecture about the origin of the place until a group of mature hikers arrived which was our cue to skedaddle. Enjoyed the nature walk family time :D
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Feb 11 2021
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 Gold Canyon
North side Supes Meander, AZ 
North side Supes Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2021
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Hiking9.54 Miles 1,776 AEG
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1,776 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Had been hesitant to return to these areas because of last years fires but finally decided to try it today. Parked in Lost Dutchman Park and started on Treasure Loop then headed down the connector trail to Jacob’s, added a rock to the Tree corral. Along Jacob’s someone decided to decorate a tree limb with a doggie poop bag as if seeing it on the ground isn’t annoying enough, I’m sure they were retrieving it later. Once heading down toward Crosscut TH the burn area appears and persists on this half of the loop. Only 6 cars in the lot at this point, passed one couple at the fence by the old trailhead for Massacre Grounds, another couple carrying a tripod and a group of 4 with two doodle dogs all before the crossing the wash. At the high point of the massacre grounds the distant views are still outstanding as you can ignore the close up charred desert. Wasn’t planning to go over to the falls but the rock face under the falls looked unusual so I headed over that way. I grabbed a couple of photos, still scratching my head but the worst thought occurred first , had someone had dumped white paint down the waterfall, now wondering if soil changes from the fire and then recent water flow over it would discolor the rock face? Perhaps someone in my tiny triplog audience has a theory. Did see it was the same on one of the @DarthStiller photos from last month. I had photos from prior trips when water was flowing and it’s not evident so perhaps I’m not recalling how it looked when it’s dry before. Perhaps I need to get back with nurse Ratchet again because I’m hallucinating again🤪 Moving on couldn’t find any remains of the initial “route” over to Praying Hands but once coming down the big ravine memory kicked back in as well as cairns. Made a brief excursion up the origins of Weekes Wash ,aka Canyon of the Waterfalls, appeared the east side had less burn evidence while the west side look toasted. Saw two young fellas perched on top of Praying Hands then several hikers once back down to Treasure Loop . Passed two guys who feigned insult when I told them if they let me by I wouldn’t take the bench at the Treasure Loop highpoint :D Started down Prospector Trail and finished the day with Palmer Mine Loop and Discovery Trail. Despite the burn area I enjoyed this hike today, maybe I’ll get an invite to hike with the popular kids in San Tan someday : wink : As a history buff liked my final AEG for today too!
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Feb 08 2021
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Dome MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2021
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Hiking7.37 Miles 1,950 AEG
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Parked at the Wolverine Pass Gate across from the inhabitants of a mini school bus .Started the FR 10 road walk portion then FR 1356 until crossing the Bulldog Canyon Wash , next the ATV road to reach the “trailhead” ,if you have the gate code that is! First a little workout to the saddle noting a few red arrows on the way then the steep work out portion to the peak, all the while the energizer bunny was nipping at my heels and I could sense the eye rolls with suggestions to upgrade my Dad jokes :? . From previous trips had recalled seeing the broken up plastic register container so I brought up an ammo can to replace the now glass container took a couple of minutes to sign the register and then placed it in the summit cairn. We paused here for a snack and to admire the views and the @adenium geocache. About the time we were ready to leave 4 others arrived but they sequestered on the north end of the summit. Linda patiently admired ,from a safe distance behind , my slip , sliding and nimble descent down the ball bearing summit path. When back to the saddle we decided to burn a few more calories and head up to peak 3134. Easy to follow cairned path with much less little loose rock than we just encountered encouraged us to continue. A nice multi arm Saguaro greeted us on reaching the ridgeline but I forgot to get a picture on the way down, Linda looked in the glass jar register at the summit cairn but I don’t think she signed in. Calorie burn accomplished we headed back down , trip from the saddle back to the ATV road went quickly, for me anyway, as I regaled Linda with tales from my Navy days of yore since she was unable to nod off. Along the road walk back experienced only mild dust dispersion from an ATV, a dirt bike and dust devil that passed us by. One of us thought the temps were good today. Thanks @LindaAnn for another enjoyable hike, appreciate you :D
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Feb 06 2021
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Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2021
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Hiking4.10 Miles 390 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.08 mph
390 ft AEG
 
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Usually hide these little trips up and over Silly Mountain Park but wanted to post a picture of the “cemetery”. Went up Old Baldy first then took Jackrabbit to Superstition View, nice views with clear blue sky. It was as busy as I was afraid of being Saturday. Went off trail from Brittlebush to the “grave” to take a couple of pictures , several I’m guessing are pet markers eg. Duke. My thrifty wife suggested if Pinal County codes are this lax for burials she wants me to scout out a front yard site for myself, will need to get the underground lines marked :D Anyway makes me wonder ,despite the park map showing it marked grave , that these are just memorial stones, something to research anyway. Because of the crowd left the Park and went over to the Powerline access road which parallels 60 almost to Bashas and then took neighborhood trails back.
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Feb 04 2021
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Alta - Bajada LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2021
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Hiking10.95 Miles 2,082 AEG
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2,082 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Figured out I hadn’t driven south of Baseline Rd on Central since about 2004 my second year in Arizona, didn’t recall ever seeing Scorpion Gulch before! Came here to hike some more South Mountain Trails that were new to me with my trusty guide @LindaAnn. Arrived at the almost full “parking lot” about 0830 and started quickly after. Went up to the Max Delta Mine area right away since I had requested it. Not too many picture opportunities unless your into graffiti art. Kicked around a few rocks and then not finding any large gold nuggets headed down to the Bajada Trail. Linda kindly suggested we do this loop the easier clockwise direction instead of the CCW direction she takes her children on :? There were low expectations advised for the Bajada Trail so it didn’t seem too bad . I was surprised to see how close we were getting to the casino and 202 before turning back east. She avoided the neighborhood where reportedly resides a fellow curmudgeon, had hoped to pick up some tips on keeping kids off my lawn :D This is definitely the less busy side of the park, on taking a break at the San Juan Lookout shelter we encountered our first humans of the day , two bike riding ladies circled by. Observed this shelter to be a poor choice in rainy weather or for shade either since it’s lacking a roof. After snacking and solving the worlds problems the energizer bunny was getting restless so it’s on to the Alta Trail toward Maricopa Peak . Wearing glasses causes problems with depth perception ,so I don’t wear them to reduce falling potential , so when Linda pointed out Maricopa Peak I was concerned about not being able to observe a trail to the peak .Turns out instead of rock climbing there was a route to take to the top. Nice 360° views from the top of the Ma Ha Tauk ridgeline , air was clearer than expected for viewing Phoenix and Laveen and Petroleum tanks! Was hoping to hear there was a secret easy way to descend but we left the same way gotta love those steep loose rock descents. I had it in mind that the peak was the high point of the route , as we continued on Alta it sure seemed like we were still heading up, so I queried about this development , distracting tactics were then deployed such as pointing out landmarks and was finally told it was just a peculiar aspect of the Alta Trail in this section , kind of like an optical illusion ?? Anyway after a couple more breathless “optical illusions “ we were finally heading down off the ridgeline on a nice section of Alta Trail to complete the loop at Bajada. Linda pointed out several Busera Trees that were struggling to leaf out and a sort of crested or mutant saguaro. A little warm at times when the breeze disappeared but otherwise a pleasant day with pleasant company. Thanks Linda for recommending this route , Alta Trail and the peak were the highlight, nice to experience the western end of the park and National Trail , only have a couple more trails to do on South Mountain.
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Jan 28 2021
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2021
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Hiking10.23 Miles 2,906 AEG
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For the cliff note version of this hike see the triplog by @LindaAnn for the novelette continue reading. Decided to make my annual January trek to Bluff Spring Mountain Summit, delighted and lucky to have a strong hiker like Linda accompany me . Peralta Road washboarding had increased since my last trip out to Peralta Trailhead but some grading took place while we were hiking so on the way out the washes were smoothed out. Parking lot was not very full about 0800. There was a cool breeze at the start which was intermittent all day, later some sun appeared and temperatures moderated. Bluff Springs Trail provided for a quick warm up, while viewing the remains of snow in Peralta Canyon more so on the west side, surprised not to see running water in the creek. Lots of solitude today, I think we saw a total of 7 other hikers today. Encountered flowing water in Bark’s canyon , splashed some on the Peralta rock for contrast when passing by. After passing the Terrapin junction we went up the hill where the Williams Camp was located , didn’t find any remnants today, from near there the ascent up the west face of Bluff Spring Mountain began. This was part of the burn area , so there was less vegetation than usual to deal with, the ground being softened by rain actually improved the footing, noted the last person up this way left a paltry amount of cairns :D Always nice views from the summit with the usual suspects visible, weavers needle, terrapin trail, black top Mesa, Battleship, Canyon Lake etc. while at the summit we dropped down a bit to the north to be out of the wind. We observed a helicopter going in and out of East Boulder Canyon while dusting off a small amount of soot collected. I entered our names into the register, the nice pictures of Johnr1 left by @tibber are still there ,placed all back in the ammo can which I returned to the summit cairn. After enjoying the views and snacks we proceeded down and across the mountain to the beginning of the Ely Anderson trail. On the way we spotted the bushy white tails of two cous deers that didn’t want to stop and pose for us today. Passed by the low wall at the top of Ely Anderson and began to descend nicely down the well cairned route. The hike was going along normally until it wasn’t. Intermittently I have problems stemming from a herniated lumbar disc , then today without any inciting event I began to notice about a third of the way down a not particularly painful but disabling spasm in my lower back. This began to cause difficulty with walking and balance which slowed my pace until I had to make a couple of stops. Not funny at the time but was actually having trouble maintaining balance sitting on a rock. Took a break at the Dutchman , Bluff Spring junction to figure out the next step. I was concerned I was making Linda a bit nervous, after a few minutes we decided to head back on Bluff Spring Trail, so I rallied enough to get back to a decent pace , possibly due to now being on a slight uphill grade , strap adjustments made on the pack or just fear of losing my pack carrying privileges :oops: as we had been engaged in several minutes of friendly repetitive banter about one subject , Linda “let me carry your pack” me “no” . Fortunately by time we reached Bark’s saddle I was feeling almost normal. Then I suggested we head over to Dutchman Trail via Lower Barks Canyon, the weather was nice , wanted to take advantage of the limited time you can do this and enjoy the sound of running water. Apparently I had forgotten how time consuming this route can be when trying to keep your feet dry ,climbing over slick boulders and avoiding vegetation. A pleasant scene it was with the large pools of water and surrounding cliffs. Near one pool we passed by a sandy area with some scattered bones still identifiable as formerly an intact deer the biggest quantity concentrated by a large Boulder with a dug out area underneath, someone 🤪 decided to start crawling under it , all I heard was “lots of bones in here” and that was my cue to exit, fortunately we didn’t meet the bone collector. Once your shoes get wet the slick boulders and smooth rock provided ice like traction allowing us ,without practice ,to perform a synchronized slip and fall from different boulders. As the canyon opens up and becomes less steep on approaching the basin don’t fool yourself that your almost done as the vicious vegetation takes over without body armor you might consider the canyon choked off. One particular pool about 40 feet long and 2 feet deep had too much vegetation to circumvent the edges, so we decided not to wade through and entered the jungle of catclaw. Two lessons ,a hiking pole makes a poor machete and when you thrash through 50 feet of vegetation in 10 minutes route scout counts it as a break :( . Hope resurfaced as Linda now leading took us through game trails toward Barkley Basin and by now the water had disappeared, was now thinking the sound of running water may be over rated. In an additional stroke of luck the mine above the left side of the canyon wasn’t visible until looking back up the canyon now so no one was tempted to go visit it , at least I dodged that one :D . A high five celebration on reaching Dutchman Trail, now feeling like we were on an interstate we practically ran the mile back to Peralta TH. Great day to be in the wilderness with a great partner but those off trail adventures can be tiresome.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Barks Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

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Jan 24 2021
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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2021
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Hiking3.00 Miles 650 AEG
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This hike had it all, clouds,rain,lightning and hail. The future radar on my weather app mislead me into believing I had more time to complete this short hike. Fortunately I was prepared with rain gear, pools in the canyon are filling but not flowing yet. The lightning followed by less than a second later of thunder turned us all into trail runners :D Unofficial rain totals for Gold Canyon .35 inches thru Sunday am.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hieroglyphic Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Jan 22 2021
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Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2021
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Hiking9.47 Miles 1,380 AEG
Hiking9.47 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.42 mph
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Mid morning start from the end of Meridian Rd. , not too busy for a Friday, passed a couple on the way to Bulldog saddle, encountered two more coming down and after crossing the saddle a Navy vet with Vietnam service, said he prefers the clockwise direction , I’ve only done the loop ccw , saw no one else until arriving at pass mountain loop trail saddle. Pleasant weather cooler when clouds passed by with a breeze and warm otherwise, cloud formations altering the typical sunny day views . Coming down from pass mountain saddle the trail was busier but not bad , saw a man with his little white dog I see almost every time I’m on this trail beginning to think he hikes it every day! Back to the lot didn’t feel finished so strolled down meridian rd a short ways to meridian trail and made an additional loop using Meridian,Spillway ,Ruidoso and County Line trails. Most on this site would consider this loop ,meh. I gleaned from its soft but not deep sandy tread it’s lack of rocks and minimal elevation change that even I could ride a mountain bike on this about 3 mile loop, also a good “nature walk” for my daughter in law and would make a fine jogging trail . Did get passed by 3 mountain bikes and observed some model airplane flying from the airport nearby, no wildlife today.
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