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Sep 04 2017
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Trolltunga, WW 
Trolltunga, WW
 
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2017
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Hiking14.20 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.91 mph
4,000 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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This hike is increasing in popularity. The Norwegians report in 2010 about 800 hikers attempting this and in 2016 about 80,000! I noticed they include pictures of it with their tourism ads. I don't care for heights or exposure and never intended to "pose" on the rock formation but the challenge and picture opportunities intrigued me and a challenge it was. I may have been in better condition for it but had 2 weeks of full Irish and or full Scottish breakfasts prior to arriving in Norway. The parking lot in Skjeggedal was about 20 minutes from my hotel in Odda,the signage in Tyssedahl where you turn is adequate to find the parking lot after a 4 km drive on mostly a one lane road. I left the hotel at 0530 had a cup of coffee at the Shell station and after parking and paying the 150 nok about $20 I was hiking by 0620, everything I had read suggested getting an early start. FYI there is a new road leading to an additional parking lot about 2 km further up signs indicate it opens at 7am but it cost 500nok or $63 ,note Norway is expensive, it would save 4km RT of hiking. By the way there are no toilets on this hike so best to use one on the way to parking. There are guided hikes available for about $100 they provide a guide and trekking poles but would not recommended unless hiking after September 15. I was blessed with a day of no rain and would recommend not doing this hike on a rainy day as less safe and less photo ops. It was 8 degree Celsius when I started this hike at 0620, of course I was warm enough on the heart pounding way up with 2 t shirts and gloves but the wind was about 25 to 30 mph and on portions of the trail and at the top it was difficult to stand still and I was cold despite adding a jacket and knit cap. Unlike Arizona, one nice aspect is you can keep your pack weight down as there is plenty of running water that's drinkable. As long as you pay attention route finding was easy particularly with other hikers going up never seemed to be more than a quarter mile from anyone and campers coming down plus no significant foliage to block visibility and a distance marker every km, I had no garmin or functioning phone app for navigation and did not need it on this clear day. A rainy or foggy day would be a problem however. The wait line for photo ops was not as long as I had imagined decided to not participate plus the wind did not encourage lingering there. There are 2 survival cabins on the route which fortunately I did not need but I understand there are blankets available there. Be careful on the way down fall risk is high I was surprised at how weak my legs were feeling going down the rock steps. Working out on a stairmaster may be good prep for this hike. I did do most of my picture taking on the way down to save time on the way up though the large crowd I anticipated never materialized. Bottom line advice enjoy the gorgeous scenery on this hike if adequately conditioned between June 15 to September 15 on a non rainy day.
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Sep 01 2017
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Arthur's Seat, WW 
Arthur's Seat, WW
 
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2017
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Hiking5.00 Miles 840 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.61 mph
840 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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First do not use this triplog as prep for climbing Arthurs Seat, check the excellent triplog and routes on HAZ already provided or check Walk the Highlands for their description, neither of which I read beforehand! The mileage and elevation gain are estimates. Took the tram from the airport and exited at St. Andrews Square from which I started and returned to Waverley train station afterward to take the Airlink bus back to the airport, believe each of those were about 1.5 miles from the car park trailhead so added those distances in. I zigzagged to Holyrood palace and stumbled along to the car park on Queens Drive, locals try to be helpful but are not always accurate. When I arrived I saw hikers ascending up what I assumed was the only path but when I returned I came down another way which they signed as the Main Path. The trail I ascended followed the base of the Salsbury Crags,after gaining maybe 300 feet it leveled off but it would take climbing equipment to ascend the crags from here. I spotted other hikers ascending a steep "stone staircase" path about a third of a mile from there , unfortunately I had to lose about 75% of the elevation already gained before ascending again. This path was steep but not particularly long. Once reaching the top the summit was easily visible a short distance away, lots of other hikers there as it was an unusually clear day.Excellent views of Edinburgh,the castle.the Firth of Forth from the top,nice prominent summit marker. Followed the crowd down the main path to return,the trip up and down back to the car park took 1 hour 20 minutes, ice cream truck doing great business at the bottom.
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Aug 30 2017
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An Steall Ban, WW 
An Steall Ban, WW
 
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2017
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Hiking2.75 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.75 mph
660 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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A short popular hike to view Scotland's 3rd highest waterfall at 315 feet classified as a bridal veil fall. To reach An Steall Ban, Gaelic for the white spout, leave Ft. William on A82 toward Inverness at the 1st roundabout take glen nevis road that follows the nevis waterway. Nice drive up the glen past the glen nevis visitor centre ,where hikes up Ben Nevis start, past the location of filming for Braveheart in Glen Nevis, though no trace remains except a car park by that name, with free range sheep along the shoulder of the road. Parking area could contain 30 cars so suggest an early start to get one though there are lower car parks to use which would add distance. The hike starts at the edge of the parking area with warnings of deaths along the path due to falls! You enter woodlands for a short distance.Afterwards the path is rocky and alongside the roaring gorge with nice views of flowing water. Once the top of the gorge is reached a wide open meadow gives views of the waterfall. As you approach the waterfall if you desire to go to the base you will need to decide whether to walk across the river, shallow at this time, or take the obvious path to the right to access the wire bridge to the other side, views are nice enough without being under the waterfall. Rising above the waterfall is An Gearanach and other Munro's, back at the carpark there is a waterslide coming off Ben Nevis. There have been deaths on this hike but it never seemed dangerous I wonder perhaps boulder hopping in the gorge when the water flow is heavier,would be best however to have hiking boots or shoes with good traction. Of course being in Scotland it began to rain when I reached the river crossing for the falls fortunately I had all my rain gear with me. This hike is crowded but with nice scenery and the right amount of time if you leave your wife in Ft.William to shop to prevent serious financial damage.
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Aug 29 2017
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John Miur Way-section 8, WW 
John Miur Way-section 8, WW
 
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2017
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Hiking8.70 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   4.54 mph
250 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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John Muir Way in Scotland is a coast to coast path of about 130 miles opening on the 100th anniversary of his death in 2014.Of note John Muir 1838 - 1914 was born in Dunbar Scotland near the eastern end of this path, the John Muir Trail in California is 210 miles. Typical Scottish weather cool and rainy day when I did this hike /jog of only a portion of section 8. This section begins in the city at the Meadows a park south of town if starting there it could include a detour up to Arthur's Seat, which I did but on another day. From there it follows a cycle route,the innocent cycle path, toward the Brunstane train station which is where I started, from the car park nearby there. Take footbridge over the railway follow the Niddrie Burn via Brunstane Burn Walk you descend until you reach a main road between Musselburgh and Portobello , turn right and follow the shoreline to fisherrow harbor where signage indicates you are on the John Muir Way. From there just follow the seaside promenade through fisherrow links park and take a footbridge over the river Esk ,turn left and continue to follow the path of many puddles past some buildings , a concrete directional arrow arrow provided for WW2 bombers is encountered,continue past the most isolated part of this section the bird preserve of levenhall links, as I approached the outskirts of prestonpans,site of a 1745 Jacobite victory, I reversed course. Lots of birds to observe where the Esk dumps into the Firth of Forth , seals may be observed here as well, nice views of Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat and the Firth of Forth. Despite starting in the suburbs of Edinburgh never felt far from populated areas on this section of the John Muir Way.
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Aug 06 2017
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Mount BeaconEastern, NY
Eastern, NY
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2017
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Hiking5.62 Miles 1,662 AEG
Hiking5.62 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.37 mph
1,662 ft AEG      12 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Background, Beacon Mountain is located adjacent to the city of Beacon, in the town of Fishkill,NY ,it has 2 summits rising above the Hudson River. The northern peak at 1,531 feet contains remains of the Mount Beacon incline railway and ruins of a casino and hotel, also the site of a monument commemorating the location of signal fires used by the militia during the Revolutionary War and a southern peak at 1610 feet with a fire tower offering views of much of the mid Hudson area. The Mount Beacon incline railway when built in 1902 was the steepest in existence at 74% grade, an estimated 3.5 million passengers rode it mostly tourists from New York City, before it closed in the 70's , then burned down 1983. Some ruins of the Beaconcrest hotel that burned down in 1927 remain. In regards to the signal fires or beacon location the local DAR arranged construction of a commemorative monument in 1901 to mark the Revolutionary War site.
The steep but short hike up the mountain and to the fire tower begins at a parking lot across from Bob's corner market at the intersection of Rt.9D and Howland Ave. This was a nice day temp in upper 60's and partly cloudy so it was a big crowd walking up beside the old incline railway.There is a portable toilet and information kiosk in the parking lot.A short time along the gravel path after leaving the parking lot you come across the ruins of the base of the incline railway. After checking this out a little further along is a staircase of a couple hundred steps to reach the steep rocky trail with switchbacks that continues for about a mile to reach the upper ruins of the incline railway and previous site of the hotel. From here you can take in some views of the town of Beacon below ,the Hudson river and the Beacon Newburgh bridge. To continue to the fire tower walk across the ruin site of the hotel casino and start hiking down the dirt road, start looking for red blazed markers to take you to the fire tower on the southern peak. The number of hikers thins out after leaving the hotel ruins but is still popular.An additional elevation gain of 500 feet and about 1.1 miles brings you to the fire tower. Well worth the climb up though there are good views from the base. On this day I was able to see the outline of the Manhatten skyline about 50 miles in the distance. To the north the Catskills,and the Beacon reservoir. Decided to hike to the signal fire monument, this turned out to be a challenge due to the lack of signage. Fortunately there was a friendly driver of a jeep tour going that way and directed me on where to find it.It was located behind an abandoned broadcast station and tower ,I had previously walked by it but there is so little visitation that there was no obvious path. By the way there are three groups of radio towers on the north peak the correct one which is the highest elevation site ,will post a picture of the abandoned building to walk behind. All in all an enjoyable morning with great views and a chance to see a historical area.
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Jul 27 2017
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First Landing State ParkEastern, VA
Eastern, VA
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2017
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Hiking8.05 Miles 324 AEG
Hiking8.05 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.91 mph
324 ft AEG      5 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Fairly scenic hike with a good portion along Broad Bay, from the trail center in First Landing State Park there are many options for routes and distance. Decided a rough figure 8 this time,trails were either soft sand or packed dirt. Most of the distance traveled was on Long Creek trail and Osprey trail. Osprey trail is close to the water and signs warn about it being flooded during high tide. These trails are heavily shaded so an early start preferred but not necessary ,the only water and restrooms are located at the trail center. Insects were not too bad just a couple of bothersome flies , a good breeze that day may have been helpful.Some egrets and blue heron were seen also eagles have been reported, cypress trees and spanish moss are prevalent as in Georgia or north Florida. Some benches and one platform are placed at view points a few other casual hikers were on the trails also seems to be used by local high schools for cross country training,the aeg was surprising for being so close to the coast.The trail center opens at 8am and there is a $5 weekday and $7 weekend fee to bring in your vehicle,however there is no charge to walk in, some people park outside the 64th street entrance in the neighborhood or on Shore Drive at the Food Lion, in that case you could get an earlier start.There's about 20 miles of trails in the park , maps are available at the trail center making it easy to design your own route.
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Jun 09 2017
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Cape Henry Trail, VA 
Cape Henry Trail, VA
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2017
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Hiking13.00 Miles 254 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   3.15 mph
254 ft AEG      25 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Background: The HAZ site lists a hike in First Landing State Park as 6.2 miles which I believe is the mileage for the Cape Henry trail loop , I only did the 3.5 miles from the 64th street entrance to the trail center. I decided to loop outside the park to hit some points of interest so this route included some street walking and ocean walking before returning to the park. Nice day with temps in low 80's and low humidity. Initially followed a portion of the Cape Henry trail and exit road to cross Rt.60 to enter the campground and beach access areas of the park. To complete my plan I needed to enter Ft. Story and it turned out a good deal of the beach there was off limits due to ongoing explosive ordinance disposal training. So instead of the beach I proceeded down a short stretch of the Shore drive bike lane and used my DOD id to enter gate 6 at Fort Story. Walked past training areas along Atlantic Avenue to reach the Cape Henry lighthouses, the original 1792 and 2nd one 1881,went by the first landing cross denoting the 1607 landing of the first English colonists ,took some pictures and continued on. After going by base housing I was able to access the beach and continued into north Virginia Beach. Left the public beach after 2 miles at 70th street and went to the end of 64th street to reenter the park. Cape Henry trail ,located right by this entrance is a multiuse trail , hikers, bikers, runners, birders. Its an elevated track or road a few feet above the surrounding cypress swamp. Heavily shaded easy walking with little incline, only a little mud and tree roots to slow you ,some stretches of solitude too though it was a weekday . The area was thought to be a hideout for Blackbeard the pirate and you could imagine some ghostly cannon fire as the detonations were occurring at Ft. Story. The trail center which has free maps advertises 20 miles of hiking trails so by combining loops you may be able to get significant mileage here. If anyone is visiting Virginia Beach and gets tired of laying on the beach you could find a good workout here, $4 weekday and $5 weekend park entry fee.
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May 30 2017
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Seneca Rocks Trail #563Eastern Panhandle, WV
Eastern Panhandle, WV
Hiking avatar May 30 2017
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Hiking3.21 Miles
Hiking3.21 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   3.01 mph
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Located within the Monongahela National Forest and overlooking the junction of the Seneca and Shawnee trail or Warriors path Seneca Rocks is composed of Tuscarora sandstone and rises about 900 feet above the North Fork of the Potomac River. During World War II this was used as training by the U.S.Army in preparation for mountain assaults, due to that practice the rocks were also known as the face of a thousand pitons. The unit portrayed in the recent movie Hacksaw Ridge spent time training here. The hike is easy to moderate on a well maintained and signed trail with switchbacks. It's a lovely heavily shaded trail with Oak, Poplar, Ash and other hardwoods trees. You can begin by visiting the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center maintained by the Park Service. There are artifacts from archeological digs concerning Native Americans, info on fauna and flora, topo maps, souvenirs . Or you can skip it and park behind the visitors center at the Sites homestead a restored 1840's farmhouse. Either way the hike begins by crossing the north flowing Potomac River which at this time of year is flowing heavily . The hike is popular, if you want to avoid crowds try to start early ,on the day I went about 9am with temperature at 68, I passed one other hiker and 3 volunteers at the top but on the way down about 15 to 20 .This also makes the chances of seeing any wildlife better on the drive there , as deer graze next to the road, rather than on the hike. Once you get to the viewing platform you can see the river below and the mountains of the Spruce Knob recreation area. If you try to go above the viewing platform there is signage to discourage it , to continue will require short scrambling along a narrow rock ledge which enables you reach the top of the southern section of the rocks. After the hike you can check out Harpers General Store for some interesting shopping or sign up for horseback riding trips up to the viewing platform. Its a little off the beaten path but if your in the area its worth the time to hike it and check out the views.
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May 26 2017
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Molly's Knob TrailWestern, VA
Western, VA
Hiking avatar May 26 2017
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Hiking4.00 Miles 951 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.89 mph
951 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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A little background for the oddly named park, all the daughter could say when searcher's found her was "hungry mother", as the story goes Molly Marley's settlement on the New River had been raided by marauding Indians. Her and her daughter escaped but were lost,after some time searchers found Molly's body at the base of the mountain named for her and her daughter alive a short distance away. This hike is within the borders of Hungry Mother State Park a gem of a woodland park a short distance ,about 5 miles, from I-81. For day use the parking fee is $3, but there are campsites, cabins, a lodge ,yurts , a restaurant , also boat and canoe rentals for use on Hungry Mother Lake. There is a loop trail over 5 miles around the lake and Molly's Knob trail branches off of this. You can park at this trail junction. The view from the top is reported to be superb, unfortunately on this day it was a cloud magnet. The trail is wide and straightforward with abundant rhododendron blooming and a lush hardwood forest. You gain a 1000 feet over the 2 mile ascent by taking Molly's Knob trail and then the Molly's knob vista trail. It is a wide track with some switchbacks, though short you can get a good workout in with a steady pace. I added a little distance by walking alongside the lake and Hungry Mother creek. We stayed at lucky cabin #13 , but if you ever driving on I-81 and need a break you could do this and shortly be back on your way, it would be even better on a clear day.
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May 25 2017
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Mount Rogers - Virginia HighpointWestern, VA
Western, VA
Hiking avatar May 25 2017
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Hiking9.27 Miles 1,627 AEG
Hiking9.27 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   2.24 mph
1,627 ft AEG      24 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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First a little Mt. Rogers background, noted as the highest peak in the state of Virginia,4th highest state highpoint east of the Mississippi and the highest eastern summit with no paved roads leading to it. Originally named Balsalm Mountain was renamed for William Barton Rogers the first state geologist and founder of MIT. The summit is not a viewpoint as it is located in a thick spruce- fraser fir forest one of the few in the southern Appalachians. The summit can be approached from the Elk Garden trailhead however I chose to enter via Grayson Highlands Park at Massie Gap. This portion of the park is populated by wild ponies maintained at a total of about 120 ,with auctions in September, by the Wilburn Ridge Pony Association. The ponies seem to be more of a enticement for locals to visit this area than hiking to the summit. They are useful in keeping down unwanted vegetation. There were a series of rainstorms crossing the Appalachians when I did this hike so there were very few other day hikers but a fair number of Appalachian trail hikers encountered doing passages or attempting the whole route. Massie Gap has no facilities except pit toilets, you begin by walking across a pasture to a visible gate, along the way a sign warns of extreme weather changes. Yikes,it was already 43 degrees with 15 to 20 mph winds blowing mist and low clouds did give some pause but I did not encounter any actual rain until the last mile and a half on the return. Once through the gate your traveling on the Rhododendron trail, the actual rhododendron were only beginning to bloom, after a little less than a mile you intersect the Appalachian trail(AT) turn left or south and follow the white blazes until reaching the Mt. Rogers spur trail blue blazed for the last half mile. In a little more detail shortly after first turning onto the AT you walk through an area heavy with rhododendron and then enter another open pasture and on the other side of this is a second gate exiting Grayson Highlands State Park and entering Mt.Rogers recreation area, this pasture and gate area is one place I encountered the feral ponies Continuing after this 2nd gate another 1.5 miles, for a total of 2.5 miles, you reach a junction of trails called Rhododendron Gap at an elevation of 5525, the Pine trail and a horse trail junction here but stay with the white blazed AT. After another 1.5 miles , this open stretch probably would have the best views on a clear day, you encounter gate,#3 and quickly reach the 2 floor Thomas Knob shelter. This shelter is recommend for use only by thru AT hikers but there are nice campsites below or north of the shelter and within the gated area. Leaving the shelter, perhaps after a snack break, continue south on the AT where a sign notes entering Lewis Fork wilderness area is encountered and shortly after the sign for the Mt Rogers spur trail which is marked with blue blazes. As I climbed the last 300 feet the spruce and fir forest began and it appeared dark and mossy and with the mist and low clouds gave a rainforest look to the area. At the summit the geologic marker is not easily visible so a little searching is required. If you look at the route I posted the hike is actually a little less than 9 miles round trip if you ignore my side trip further south on the AT. On this day all the trails had areas where some sections became running streams particularly the summit spur trail. Otherwise there was plenty of suck your boots off mud to slow you down. Despite this I enjoyed this hike as the mist made the Grayson Highlands seem like their namesake in Scotland, I'm sure the views and photographs would be better on a sunny day. Tried to get in a few photos when the clouds lifted rather than being at a certain highpoint. Did note a few longhorn or highland cattle among the ponies , feeding the ponies is discouraged though from the way some will approach you they have learned to expect a hand out.
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Apr 17 2017
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Brown's Trail #133Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.18 Miles 1,086 AEG
Hiking4.18 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.79 mph
1,086 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Took El Oso road off 188 and arrived at Lone Pine trailhead about noon ,temp was 71 degrees, no other hikers there but met a group of 4 on the way down. A lot of lupine and manzanita blooming ,lots of bees but not aggressive. Hazy views of the superstition wilderness and the valley, cool and windy at the saddle. Took a short walk on AZT #20 but could not find pigeon springs water though someone left a couple gallon containers of water at the trailhead. Was going to backpack a ways but due to the wind decided to head back down to Roosevelt Lake and car camp at Windy Hill. Little activity there and enjoyed a quiet night and nice sunrise over the Lake. Walked up to the Cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument and stopped briefly at the J Bar B cattle company before heading home.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lupine and Manzanita
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Apr 10 2017
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Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.17 Miles 2,630 AEG
Hiking7.17 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   1.46 mph
2,630 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Gorgeous weather for a hike couldn't pass up getting out , decided to visit Flat iron had not been since last year as prefer to go to 5024 and skip flat iron and plus decided to take a less popular route which tops out a little west of the official route and closer to flat iron. Maybe yesterdays 8 mile run and injured arm didn't help the pace but this way takes some time. From the mini saddle above siphon draw head southwest , once on the ridgeline below flat iron the views of monument canyon , Gold Canyon and eastward begin usually not seen until you are on Flat iron. No one else on this route today, trail starts off distinct but once on the ridgeline and heading east toward the flat iron access the trails are faint or nonexistent, a few cairns are occasionally present. Took the traditional way back with almost always someone just in front or behind me on the way down , German speaking hikers were well represented. If you are looking for a non crowded leisurely pace to Flat iron consider checking this out. Another enjoyable hiking day.
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Apr 07 2017
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Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking13.90 Miles 1,977 AEG
Hiking13.90 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   2.55 mph
1,977 ft AEG      25 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Solitude hiking available here today, went to plow saddle ,decided not to do the lasso loop , on return met a solitary backpacker about 3 miles from the trailhead. Was a good day for wildlife sightings. Along the way a javelina, 2 horned lizards, 3 mule deer, a rattlesnakes , a hawk, and very bright yellow goldfinch. However the highlight was one of those you don't see this everyday sights,a grey fox capturing a gila monster. Not too far below windy pass I saw an animal crouching beside the trail at first I thought a bobcat but as I approached realized it was a fox. Surprised that it hadn't run off was first wondering if it was injured or rabid ? Now I was about 10 feet away I noticed a gila monster at its feet. Neither one wanted to yield the trail , waited until the fox decided to pick up the gila monster and continue their interaction off the trail. No trace of either on the return but I presume the fox had the advantage of the encounter, did get a couple of pictures. Variety of wildflowers still blooming. Temperature was 64 at the start and 84 at the finish, forest road 212 remains in good condition, apache trail with significant washboarding ,came in from Canyon lake and left by Roosevelt.
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Lupine, mexican poppies, penstemon, hedgehog cactus, thistle,?thimbleberry
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Apr 03 2017
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.56 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking7.56 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   3.11 mph
1,194 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
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Nice breeze made for a pleasant am hike. Started at the Meridian parking lot at 9 am which was full. Went CCW , was able to pass by 4 hikers and was passed by 1 biker in that direction. About a dozen folks coming along the stretch from the wind cave parking area to the Fountain Hills overlook. Isolated poppies remain on the northeast side of the loop.Nice views toward Salt River Valley and Superstitions, only took a couple of photos today.
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Mar 27 2017
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Weaver's Needle Loop from Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2017
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Hiking12.79 Miles 2,761 AEG
Hiking12.79 Miles   6 Hrs   41 Mns   2.14 mph
2,761 ft AEG      43 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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A little warm for this hike today but wanted to get it done before the real heat returns . Carried 3 liters of water with me and used almost all. Arrived Peralta trailhead about 0830 with about a dozen vehicles in the lot. Saw 6 hikers on bluff spring trail doing miners needle loop. Ran into 5 backpackers on terrapin trail but no other hikers were seen until Fremont saddle. Pools of water in Barks canyon and some slight flow in East Boulder Creek which was helpful for cooling off. Near terrapin pass caught a glimpse of 2 coyotes darker in color than typical almost black, saw one silent rattlesnake. Took in all the excellent views this route offers.
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Mar 21 2017
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Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2017
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Hiking5.10 Miles 468 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   3.12 mph
468 ft AEG      3 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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3 persons and 2 kayaks so I opted to take the trail to view the lake. Warm day , disappointed with lack of wildlife,no wild horses, sheep, eagles not even a rattlesnake. Steady troop of tourists with a full parking lot by noon. Great hike if your in need of water views.
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Mar 15 2017
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Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2017
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Hiking5.18 Miles 2,119 AEG
Hiking5.18 Miles   3 Hrs   47 Mns   1.47 mph
2,119 ft AEG      16 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Nice day but a little warm, had to be dropped off at trailhead as no parking. Had some trouble staying on trail in the manzanita area which had not been a problem before. Still a great hike with beautiful views. About 20 other hikers coming and going on the trail today. Nice to see the snow covered San Francisco peaks from the summit.
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Mar 13 2017
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Goldmine Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2017
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Hiking7.33 Miles 899 AEG
Hiking7.33 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   3.21 mph
899 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
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Started a loop hike from Goldmine TH ,tried to beat the spring breakers and heat but still only a 0900 start. Lucky day ! Free parking at the trailhead as the container for the self pay envelopes was removed? Easy loop to keep a good pace, one rattlesnake off the San Tan trail, a few bikes, 1 horse and a number of hikers. Some lupine and poppies but not as plentiful as Usery Mountain Park.
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Mar 06 2017
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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2017
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Hiking11.69 Miles 1,128 AEG
Hiking11.69 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   2.18 mph
1,128 ft AEG      25 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Appreciating the good weather for hiking, the temperature was 63 degrees when I returned to the trailhead about 1600.Intended to do the circumference and add picket mill and the perlite mine aka apache tears cave as side trips. I added a couple of extra miles on the AZT but the mill or well eluded me, since back I read there is an old passage #17 that comes closer to it in Alamo Canyon. Met 2 thru hikers on the AZT and 4 others just doing out and back to the trailhead, otherwise no others except a couple of "miners" at the cave and a couple of atv's in telegraph canyon .Arnett Creek is very nice and flowing mildly. The break time is per route scout but should be much longer, probably spent 25 minutes picking up small pieces of obsidian and numerous photo stops. Some small patches of poppies on the way up to the perlite mine, heavy lupine on the drive from peralta road to Gonzales pass.
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Mar 04 2017
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Gold Canyon area trails, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
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Hiking5.36 Miles 147 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.87 mph
147 ft AEG      2 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Did not want to fight the traffic on route 60 with the Renaissance festival so opted to stay within the Gold Canyon area. Previously had accessed some of the bike trails between Kings Ranch Road and Peralta Road by parking at the old Apacheland studio. This private land is now fenced off with barbed wire and additional threatening private property signage. Reportedly vehicles have been ticketed and towed from the shoulder on Kings Ranch Road, apparently the ATV traffic became tiresome for the property owners. Moving on decided to park at the Cloudview east end trailhead for Hieroglyphic Canyon. Headed off to the south outside but along the parking lot fence on a trail with signage that says unauthorized trail not county maintained, since I have a state trust land permit I continued on. Wanted to get to the gate for the state trust land I had previously used leaving from Apacheland. After a little more than a mile arrived there. The gate is not padlocked but there is a guard bear and additional private property signage, will try to post pictures. From there started north east to intersect the Goldmine trail near the base of peak 2822,it reminds me of a ship that's sinking stern first , too much time in the Navy maybe. The bike trails do not have a lot of signage but believe I was on the Gold Canyon DT bike trail. This trail passes a cement trough and a metal pole with a small boulder perched on top? In the wash below the rock flag is some smooth rock with some small water pools. Before arriving at the Goldmine trail intersection had a relatively close encounter with an angry diamondback started walking closer to the center of the trail/road after this. Proceeded a little past the base of 2822 to get a better look at the caves and rock formations on that part of the mountain. Had previously been up to the 2822 peak and there is lots of cholla cactus to avoid and there were bee issues even at the end of December the view is good however. Once on Goldmine trail it was smooth sailing to the trailhead saw 3 bikers and 2 hikers so not very busy. Small patches of Mexican poppies along Goldmine trail. The parking lot was so busy would assume most everyone was going to the petroglyphs. This was a good hike to avoid the crowds.
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