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Feb 26 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Toms Thumb Super Duper Loop, AZ 
Toms Thumb Super Duper Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2021
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Hiking12.00 Miles 3,730 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   39 Mns   2.35 mph
3,730 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to make my once-a-year appearance at the Toms Thumb TH and do this figure 8 loop, which is a combination of the Hog Heaven Loop and the Toms Thumb-Wingate-East End Loop.

I started out by heading up to the HangnailThumbnail, which is on the ridgeline south of East End Peak. This is steep and a bit slippery climb, with some class 2 and class 3 climbing that is ever-so-slightly exposed in a couple of places. I got a good workout on this portion of the hike, and then did some class 2 hiking over to East End Peak. It's always nice to be on the highpoint of the McDowells.

The descent from East End down to the Tom's Thumb Trail is steep and slippery on loose dirt and pea gravel, but I took my time and made it down with no problem.

I did not go to Toms Thumb, but I did make a sidetrip to The Lookout, which has some nice views of the McDowells.

Once I got back on the Toms Thumb Trail, I made the steep descent on mostly rocky terrain to the Windgate Pass Trail. This was my least favorite part of the hike, due to the rocky terrain. Going up to Windgate Pass was uneventful, then it was on to the steep uphill climb on the East End Trail back to the Toms Thumb Trail. You'll get a good workout on this portion of the hike.

Once back on the Toms Thumb Trail, it was uphill for a bit, and then downhill back to the TH.

Not surprisingly, there were quite a few people out in the afternoon going back down to the TH once I got back on the Toms Thumb Trail. I did not see anyone on the hike until I descended from East End and got to the Toms Thumb Trail.

It was a nice day for a hike, although the full sun was not too welcome on the climb up on the East End Trail. Thankfully the temperature was not too hot and there was a bit of a breeze.
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There are no wildflowers yet...hopefully there will be some in the coming weeks
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Feb 23 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2021
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Hiking15.40 Miles 3,926 AEG
Hiking15.40 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.97 mph
3,926 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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I decided to head out and do another hike up to Mount Ord.

It was a nice day to hike out there -- I did not need a jacket, even at the summit.

I saw one other hiker on the trail -- he was coming down FR 27 when I was about 4 miles into the hike.

There was a bit of snow and mud in about 3 places on the trail, but I never put my microspikes on. It was easier to walk in the snow than in the mud. There was much less snow than the last time I did the hike. Last time, a Century Link truck was parked about 1/2 below the summit, as the snow was too deep to go further. Today I saw a Century Link truck at the top.

This isn't the most exciting hike in the world, especially if you have done it as many times as I have. But it's a good workout on a nice day. In prior years, there have been some wildflowers to look at when doing this hike in the springtime. Sadly, due to the Bush fire I don't think that there will be any wildflowers blooming this spring.
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Feb 20 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Pinyon Mountain - Supes, AZ 
Pinyon Mountain - Supes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2021
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Hiking14.20 Miles 3,618 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   7 Hrs   8 Mns   2.73 mph
3,618 ft AEG   1 Hour   56 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was wanting to bag a peak today, and this had been on my radar screen for a while, so off I went.

I followed the route that @hikerdw did on this one, except that we went a bit off-trail up to the summit of Pinyon Peak.

We did a clockwise loop starting from the Tule TH: we went first on the Tule Canyon Trail, then the Two Bar Ridge Trail, and then some forest roads almost all the way back, then an easy off-trail to get back to the TH.

On the way up to the summit I channeled my inner @FLYING_FLIVER and located the elusive azimuth mark. At the summit we located the triangulation station, aka benchmark, and located 2 reference marks. But wait, there's more: we found some wires that appeared to have been used for a height of light.

I thought that the views at the summit were among the best in the Supes, and we hung around there for a while.

Most any vehicle could make the easy drive to the TH. I thought that the trails were all in really good shape and were easy to follow.

It was near perfect weather for a hike, and we did not encounter any other hikers on the trails.

I did not see water anywhere out there, so make sure you bring enough if you are hiking or backpacking in this area.
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Feb 18 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2021
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Hiking8.40 Miles 3,451 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.92 mph
3,451 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break
 
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I had not been on the Superstition Ridgeline this winter, so I decided to do this hike, which is a favorite of mine.

I did not get to the TH until about 8:15, and to my surprise there were only 3 vehicles there. I passed one hiker on the way to the petroglyphs, and did not see anyone else on the way up to Peak 5057. On the way back down I saw a couple of people sitting on a rock on the ridgeline at the top of Hieroglyphic Canyon, and did not see anyone else until I was almost back to the petroglyphs. Naturally there were a number of people on the trail from the petroglyphs back to the TH.

It was really windy in the morning, and I was wishing that I had another layer on. By the time I got up to the ridgeline the wind had subsided a bit, and it was pleasant on the hike over to Peak 5057. On the way back, I shed a layer in Hieroglyphic Canyon not far below the ridgeline.

I enjoy the section of the ridgeline between Hiero Canyon and Peak 5057, and it was nice to do it both ways.

There were a few small, stagnant, yucky-looking pools of water in Hieroglyphic Canyon, but there was no water running at all.

This is a fun hike, and it was nice to do it during the week without all the people that seem to be up on the ridgeline on the weekends.
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Four Peaks Malapais Mountain

dry Hieroglyphic Canyon Dry Dry
There were a few small pools of stagnant, yucky looking water in the canyon, but no running water at all. For all intents and purposes, the canyon is dry.
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Feb 15 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mound Mountain PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2021
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Hiking20.60 Miles 5,029 AEG
Hiking20.60 Miles   11 Hrs   5 Mns   2.36 mph
5,029 ft AEG   2 Hrs   21 Mns Break
 
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Mound Mountain has been on my radar screen for a while so I decided that there was no time like the present to hike it.

We started from the Campaign TH and went from the Campaign Trail to the Reavis Gap Trail. We continued through Reavis Gap, and just past Pine Creek we went off-trail on a Pine Creek route that @wallyfrack told me about. This route took us to the Fireline Trail about 1/2 mile east of the turn to Circlestone and Mound Mountain.

This off-trail route saved right at 2 miles getting to the summit. However, the going for me was a bit slow, so I am not sure if we saved much, if any, time. Parts of the route were in open areas that were well cairned, and these sections were about like being on a trail. However, in other parts of the route we were bushwhacking through some fairly thick brush at times. Going through these areas slowed us down a good bit, although perhaps with a better job of route finding I could have avoided some of these areas. There was LOTS and LOTS of bear scat along this off-trail section. We eventually made it to the Fireline Trail, and I was glad to be back on a trail.

The route up to Circlestone was easy to follow, and we stopped at Circlestone for a bit. The ascent up to Mound Mountain was through a burned area, so the bushwhacking was much easier than it otherwise would have been.

We were almost to the summit when I looked above me and there was a large rock with something brown on it, about 30 feet or so away. The "brown something" turned out to be a bear laying on the rock. The bear got up and ambled away to our right. Then I could hear a bear cub going "wah, wah, wah", crying out for it's mama. If we had continued up we would have been between the mama bear and the baby bear, which didn't seem like a good idea. So we retreated a bit and then looped around away from the bears on our way to the summit.

The views at the summit were nice, and were better than I thought that they might be. The descent down was a bit steep at the top, but it went smoothly and before we knew it we were back at Circlestone.

Once we got back to the Fireline Trail, we decided to go west of the Fireline Trail and go back on the Reavis Ranch-Reavis Gap-Campaign Trails. It would have been shorter to go east on Fireline to the Campaign Trail, but I had never been to Reavis Ranch so we decided to go that way. I really enjoyed the Reavis Ranch trail, but I wasn't all that thrilled about having to make the second climb of the day up to Reavis Gap. I did enjoy hiking through the gap though.

Along the Campaign Trail and on the Reavis Gap Trail up to Reavis Gap someone had placed a number of pink flags in the ground. I am thinking that it might have boy scouts or some other organized group that was doing a backpack. Hopefully they will pick the flags up when they are finished.

We saw a deer at Circlestone, and on the way back we saw 4 deer in Reavis Gap.

This turned out to be the 5th longest day hike that I have done.

Before the hike I was thinking that it might be a good training hike for someone who was going to do Rim-to-Rim. As it turned out, I think that Rim-to-Rim would be a good training hike for a day hike to Mound Mountain!
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Feb 13 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
The Sound of Music, AZ 
The Sound of Music, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
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Hiking14.20 Miles 2,590 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   2.69 mph
2,590 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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I was looking to do a hike in the Supes that wouldn't have masses of people, so I decided to do this one again -- I did it the first time a few weeks ago, between Christmas and New Years.

It was a really nice day to be hiking -- there was some cloud cover early, and it got sunny and breezy toward the end.

When I was there before Tortilla Creek was bone dry. This time there was some water flowing through it, which made the hike more fun, although it was a bit of a challenge in a few places to keep your feet dry.

I got into catclaw a bit more this time than last, mostly on the off-trail segment of the hike up to Music Mountain.

We did not see anyone on the hike until we got within a couple of miles of the TH on the way back.
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There were a few Gooding's Verbena blooming near Tortilla Creek.
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Feb 11 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2021
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Hiking15.50 Miles 3,980 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   6 Hrs   24 Mns   2.85 mph
3,980 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
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Another day, another hike up to Mount Ord

This one was a struggle, probably more mentally than physically, but I managed to make it up and down

It was a near perfect day for a hike -- it was sunny, not very windy, and I never needed to put a jacket on

There was much less snow than when I did the hike last week, but I did put on microspikes about 1/2 mile from the summit
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Feb 10 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2021
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Hiking12.20 Miles 2,540 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   29 Mns   2.83 mph
2,540 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to do a hike close to home today and this one fit the bill.

We hiked up to Sunrise Peak from the Adero Canyon TH, and on the way back we took the Western Loop Trail up to Peak 3098, aka Westview Overlook. After descending down the northside of 3098, to get some extra miles we did the Lower Sonoran-Sonoran Trail Loop.

It was a nice day to be out -- there was a bit of cloud cover that filtered the sun a bit, and the temperatures were nice. There were a few people out on the trail, but not as many as in other parts of the McDowells.

We saw a gopher snake on the Sonoran Trail, but that was it for wildlife.
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Ocotillo
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Fountain Lake
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It was nice to see some leaves and flowers on some ocotillo, and the brittlebush are finally getting some leaves. This makes me hopeful that the upcoming wildflower season won't be a total bust.
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Feb 07 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Four Goldfield Peaks, AZ 
Four Goldfield Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
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Hiking7.80 Miles 2,240 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles
2,240 ft AEG
 
1st trip
It had been almost 2 years since I had been on the Ironwood Ridgeline, so I decided that Super Bowl Sunday morning would be a good time to go once again.

Starting from the Meridian TH, we went a short distance on the Bulldog Saddle Trail, and then went east on the Meridian Mystery Trail. After going a ways we went on what is now a decent social trail up to a saddle below the Ironwood Ridgeline. For whatever reason there were a few painted arrows on the social trail, providing a reminder of how close to Phoenix we were.

Once on the ridgeline, we went to the summits of Peak 3108, Temptation Peak, and Peak 3125. Peak 3108 is an easy walkup, but there was a bit of climbing on the other 2 peaks. We descended Peak 3125 to the north and then climbed up to Peak 3163, which is a fun climb.

Then we went off-trail to the west side of Peak 3125, and followed a social trail down to Bulldog Saddle. Instead of going directly back to the TH, we followed the Peak 3004 Loop to the north of Peak 3004 and then up to Pass Mountain Saddle. From there we went back to the TH.

We didn't see anyone on the hike until we got down to Bulldog Saddle. From Pass Mountain Saddle back to the TH we encountered a number of people, which is to be expected on a weekend. A couple of them had boom boxes, but at least there were no painted arrows.
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Feb 05 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2021
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Hiking15.60 Miles 3,984 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   6 Hrs   39 Mns   2.69 mph
3,984 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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With the Bush Fire Closure Order being rescinded as of this morning, I decided to hike up to Mount Ord and check out some of the fire damage on the trail. I was the only person at the TH, so I guess that I was the first person to legally hike up to Mount Ord since mid-June of last year.

The fire damage was severe almost all the way up on FR 27. It looked like FR 626 was the firefighters line in the sand, as I did see any fire damage north and east of FR 626. There was a bit of damage on the west side of FR 626 for a short distance past FR 27.

There is still some snow in FR 626, and it was almost all snow once I got past the gate that is about 3/4 mile from the summit. I put my microspikes in the truck, but forgot to put them in my backpack...go figure...I would liked to have had them for the stretch past the gate.

It was a nice day to be out hiking. I banged up my ribs on a hike last weekend, so I was going slower than normal. It was nice to back on the trails though!
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Jan 31 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Sheep Mountain - Gila MtnsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
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Hiking5.90 Miles 2,782 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   7 Hrs   23 Mns   1.73 mph
2,782 ft AEG   3 Hrs   58 Mns Break
 
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I did this hike on the second of two days hiking in the Yuma area. This one was my 40th AZ P2K peak, and it is definitely the toughest of the bunch -- in fact, Sheep Mountain is in an entirely different league from the others.

I followed the directions in the guide to get to where I parked. I could have driven another 1,000 feet or so and parked next to an old mine shaft, but I was at a good place to pullout and park, so that is what I did. Here is a link to a driving track from the Naked Dates farm and store to my parking spot: [ Route Editor ] I drove in 2WD so a 4WD drive vehicle is not necessary, but you'd want some decent clearance and some decent tires.

The first 2+ miles of the hike are mostly rock hopping and boulder hopping through a wash that climbs until you reach a saddle after gaining about 1,500 feet. Along the way we saw some military ordnance laying on the ground and some wildlife watering tanks. There was water in the tank, so the water system is working.

Once at the saddle the climbing begins in earnest. We first went mostly east until we got to a false summit. Then we made a near 90 degree turn and headed mostly south to the Sheep Mountain summit. There are no cairns or anything along the climb, so you'll need some good route finding skills. A GPS track is helpful, but you'll still be relying on your eyes. You could get into some dangerous climbs if you aren't careful; but if you choose your route wisely there isn't anything worse than class 3 climbing. If you have a fear of heights don't even think of doing this one.

At the summit I saw the benchmark, one reference mark, and a height of light. That is the 3rd height of light that I saw in January -- the other 2 were at Apache Peaks and at Klothos Temple.

I thought that this was a tough rock hop, boulder hop, and rock scramble/climb. It is a very nice summit to bag though.
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There were a few chuparosa with some blooms in the wash -- a couple of hummingbirds seemed to like the chuparosa.
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Jan 30 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Klothos Temple, AZ 
Klothos Temple, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2021
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Hiking5.70 Miles 2,113 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   1.85 mph
2,113 ft AEG   1 Hour   58 Mns Break
 
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I was going down to Yuma to hike Sheep Mountain, and wanted to do another hike while I was there so I did some research and decided on Klothos Temple. The summit is at an elevation of 1,666', so it is modest by Arizona standards, and it is about the same elevation as my house. However, the trailhead elevation is not much over 300 feet, and with some ups-and-downs you get some decent elevation gain on the hike. In addition, Klothos Temple is the highpoint of the Muggins Mountain Wilderness, so I figured that bagging a wilderness highpoint beats getting a sharp stick in the eye!

I drove in past the information kiosk and parked just before descending into Muggins wash. There was no need in driving any farther than I did. A sign just past the information kiosk said something to the effect that high clearance vehicles only are recommended. I believe that a decent sized sedan could make it, and a small SUV should be able to get there also. In any event, you sure don't need 4WD.

We descended a short distance into the wash, and then scaled a wall that was 8-10 feet high and got on a good use trail. The use trail crossed a wash, and the best thing to do would be to take the wash; however, we followed the use trail, which went to a monolith. From there we descended back into the wash.

We followed the wash around to a drainage that took us up to a saddle that is near Long Mountain. At the saddle we turned a bit to the right and traversed around Long Mountain and a couple of false summits before getting down below Klothos Temple. There is an obvious ramp that we followed almost up to the summit, and from there you can either make a short class 2 or class 3 climb. The summit is flattish, and you go to the eastern end to hit the high point. We returned the way that we came.

I saw a height of light and a register log at the summit. However, I was not able to locate a benchmark or a reference mark.

There are several cairns along the way on the hike that are helpful in route finding. Thankfully Klothos Temple is far enough away from Phoenix that there are no spray painted arrows or dots.

This was a fun hike with some nice views, and it is a hike that I would do again.
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Jan 28 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Pedestal - Razorback - Black Glass, AZ 
Pedestal - Razorback - Black Glass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2021
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Hiking11.40 Miles 2,602 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.21 mph
2,602 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had not been to the Willow Springs TH in the Goldfields for a while, so I decided to take advantage of a nice day and once again hike to Pedestal Arch, the Razorback, and Black Glass Canyon.

From the TH I took a series of trails until coming to the junction with the Packsaddle Trail and the trail going to Rough and Ready Canyon. I went left on the Packsaddle Trail for a ways, and took a somewhat messy bushwhack to get to Pedestal Arch. I would have been a lot better off to take a direct route to Razorback and the Camo Tanks, and then take a relatively easy off-trail to get to Pedestal Arch. I have been that way before, and the off-trail is much easier than what I did on this hike.

Pedestal Arch is cool, and Razorback is fun to climb.

Both Black Glass Canyon and Rough and Ready Canyon were almost completely dry.

Unfortunately it looks like some a$$hats have discovered this area of the Goldfields: I saw more trash than I have ever seen and there were a few red spraypainted arrows in 3-4 places.
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I saw some chuparosa blooming in a few places, so perhaps there is some hope for the 2021 wildflower season.
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Jan 27 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Peak 3515 from Golden Eagle TH, AZ 
Peak 3515 from Golden Eagle TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2021
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Hiking9.70 Miles 2,129 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.91 mph
2,129 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to hike up the back way to Bell Pass from Fountain Hills, which is a hike that I have done many times. This time I also decided to hike up to Peak 3515, which is SSE of Bell Pass.

It was a great day to be out hiking -- it was a sunny day with temperatures in the upper 50's. It was windy when I got up to Bell Pass, so I added a layer before heading up to Peak 3515. There is a very well defined social trail from Bell Pass up to Peak 3515, so I followed it as I ascended. The social trail made a sharp turn to the right at one point, and I followed it even though it looked like the best way to go was to continue straight uphill. In retrospect, I should have continued straight uphill.

I followed the social trail for a bit, and then decided to head up toward the summit -- doing so was a bit steep, but I made it up to a ridgeline that was northeast of the summit. To get to the summit required a bit of boulder hopping, a section of which was a bit of a knife edge. It wasn't too bad and was kind of fun, although the wind was blowing like crazy. There were nice views at the summit, but with the cold wind blowing I didn't hang around too long.

I enjoyed the hike, and going up to Peak 3515 was a nice twist to the hike!
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Jan 22 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Caught in a Trap (Canyon) III, AZ 
Caught in a Trap (Canyon) III, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2021
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Hiking18.60 Miles 2,838 AEG
Hiking18.60 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   2.46 mph
2,838 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
It was a nice day so I decided to make another trip out to Trap Canyon. Like the last time, I did the Whiskey West-Red Tanks loop CW with an in-and-out side trip into Trap Canyon.

From the Red Tanks Trail, I went 2 miles into Trap Canyon. I would have liked to continue, but I got a late start to the hike and it was 1:15 when I decided to turn around, since I had almost 10 miles to turn around and hike back to the TH. Trap Canyon is pretty cool, and I am hoping to start earlier and go all the way through the canyon next time.

It was a good day to be out -- there was some cloud cover part of the day which was welcome with the mid 60's temperatures. I only saw 3 people all day -- one hiker on the Bluff Springs Trail and two backpackers on the Whiskey Spring Trail.
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Jan 20 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Adero Super Loop, AZ 
Adero Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2021
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Hiking19.40 Miles 3,819 AEG
Hiking19.40 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   2.92 mph
3,819 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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I was wanting a workout out close to home so I decided to do this one from the Adero Canyon TH. I copied this hike from one that @hikerdw did recently. I followed his route with one exception: when I got to the end of the Promenade Trail I took the Lower Sonoran Trail, whereas @hikerdw took the Sonoran Trail. After about 2 miles the two trails converge at the boundary of the Fountain Hills Preserve and the Maricopa County Preserve. The Lower Sonoran Trail is the easier of the two.

I did a big CCW loop through 3 preserves: the Fountain Hills Preserve; the McDowell Mountain Maricopa County Preserve; and the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve. I never saw anyone in the Fountain Hills or the McDowell Mountain Preserves, but I did see a few folks on the trails in the Scottsdale Preserve, but not too many.

This isn't the most exciting hike in the world, and there was a lot more sun that what I was hoping for -- 19 miles of full sun is a bit much for me. If I do this one again I will pick a cloudy day. The desert is a bit drab now, but hopefully we'll get some rain over the next few days.
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Jan 18 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Apache Peaks - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2021
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Hiking3.60 Miles 1,886 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   1.67 mph
1,886 ft AEG   2 Hrs   8 Mns Break
 
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With the unseasonably warm temperatures I decided to head up to Globe where the temps were more moderate, and to bag a peak that I have been looking at for a while -- Apache Peaks 6940, which is the highest of the peaks.

The drive to the TH was good -- there was a little sand in a couple of places, but I do not think that 4WD is necessary if the road is dry, but you might want some decent tires.

I wore body armor in expectation of lots of heavy brush and bushwhacking, but as it turned out shorts and a t-shirt would have been fine. Most of the vegetation up to the plateau/saddle down below the summit (probably 400 feet or so below the summit) was all burned up in a fire this summer -- so there were no bushes left to whack through. I imagine that heavy rains will cause some erosion, but that hasn't happened yet.

It was a steep climb up to just past the cliff bands, but we made it up there without too much trouble. We found a nice gap to the right of the cliff band to go through. There was still vegetation on the summit, but it was fairly easy to go around it as we made our way to the highpoint.

The benchmark was covered up with a rock, so it took a few minutes to find it. I never did see either reference mark or the azimuth mark, but we did see the remnants of the height of light.

I enjoyed the summit so we hung out there for a while.

I was a little apprehensive about the descent, thinking that it would be steep and slippery. I thought about trying a different route down, but then I figured that the devil you know is better than the devil that you don't know, so we went back the same way that we came up. The descent was much better than I thought that it would be -- it was steep but didn't seem all THAT slippery. I was thinking that I'd be sliding down on my butt in places, but I stayed on my feet the whole way down.

The weather was great -- sunny with very little wind. It was 34 when we started the hike and it was 65 when we got back, which was a tad warm for my liking.

I enjoyed this hike -- it was way more fun that what I expected that it would be.
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Jan 16 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Two Heads are better than One, AZ 
Two Heads are better than One, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
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Hiking8.60 Miles 3,491 AEG
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You have one head for thinking,
One head for having fun.
I believe in that old saying,
Two heads are better than one.


I hiked up to Elephant Head last month, but did not hike to Little Elephant Head. I decided to go back down there and do both Heads this time!

We started from the TH is Agua Caliente Canyon, which is the south approach to Elephant Head. We did Elephant Head first, and then on the way back we hiked up to Little Elephant Head.

It was a fun scramble up to Elephant Head, and the views at the summit were great.

The hike up to Little Elephant Head was tougher than I thought that it would be, although part of that was just having done Elephant Head, and it was a sunny day that was much warmer than normal. There were 3-4 false summits on the way up to Little Elephant Head, so we'd have to gain some elevation, only to give some of it back. The views on Little Elephant Head were just as good as those on Elephant Head, so we enjoyed being at the summit. The air in Tucson seems much cleaner than in Phoenix, and the only place where we saw haze/smog was when looking down to Nogales.

I enjoyed this hike, although it was tougher than I thought that it would be.
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Jan 14 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mound Mountain Recon, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 14 2021
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Hiking12.20 Miles 2,224 AEG
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2,224 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
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I am not running for political office but I decided to hit the campaign trail today...Campaign Trail #256 that is!

I had never been on this trail before and I have been eyeing a hike to Mound Mountain, and wanted to check out the area.

The road to the TH had been recently graded and it was in much better shape than I thought it would be. An AWD SUV was parked at the TH, demonstrating that a 4WD vehicle is not necessary to get to the TH.

I did not get to the TH until 9:00 AM, so I knew that I would not have time to go to Mound Mountain. Instead, I planned to hike on the Campaign Trail to the Fireline Trail, and then take the Fireline Trail to where you'd turn to head up to Mound Mountain, and then reverse course back to the TH.

It was a lot slower going on the Campaign Trail than I thought that it would be. Much of the hike was through a wash or a creek bed, and there were several creek crossings. I had to slow down and stop a lot to do some route finding, as the trail -- such as it is -- is hard to follow in lots of places. Plus, on the way out the sun was right in my eyes so I couldn't look very far out in front of me to see where the trail might be. It actually would have been a nice hike through that canyon if you were taking your time without any real destination in mind.

I finally made it to the Fireline Trail, but I was behind schedule and decided just to go a short ways on the Fireline Trail before turning around. The Fireline Trail was overgrown on the section that I went on, and I don't know how it would have been had I continued further.

I think that I will go out there again before long and take the Reavis Gap Trail around towards Mound Mountain. I think that this will be a bit longer way to get to Mound Mountain as compared to going Campaign-Fireline, but perhaps the trail will be better. I think that I will need to wait until later in the winter when the days are longer before doing a dayhike to Mound Mountain from the Campaign TH.

I saw a white-tailed deer while walking in the wash. Later I was sitting on a rock in a creekbed eating lunch when I heard a loud ruckus and commotion behind me. I turned and it was a deer -- a doe -- running full speed in the creekbed right toward me. I stood up and made some noise, and the deer stopped dead in its tracks about 75 feet from me. The deer looked at me for a few seconds and then took off running out of the creekbed. I was glad that whatever spooked the deer decided not to chase me!
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Jan 11 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Skull Mesa HighpointPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2021
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Hiking14.10 Miles 3,396 AEG
Hiking14.10 Miles   8 Hrs   8 Mns   2.24 mph
3,396 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
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After hiking Sugarloaf Mountain on New Years Day, I decided to head back out to Spur Cross and hike up to Skull Mesa this time. U have been up on the Mesa several times before, and I like to do it at least once every winter.

I took Trail 247A both inbound and outbound, which shaved some distance and elevation gain off of the hike. Once on the mesa, I took a break at the overlook, and then went off-trail over to the highpoint of the mesa. It was a fairly easy off-trail, and I was careful to dodge the plethora of low-growing prickly pear cactus that is lurking underneath the knee high grass on the mesa.

I took another break at the high point, and then traversed to the middle of the mesa to check out some metates and petroglyphs that I had seen on previous Skull Mesa hikes. At least one of the petroglyphs was x-rated, providing a glimpse into 13th century ****.

I thought about continuing to the fort ruins on the north end of the mesa, but I have been there several times and decided that the hike would be as long as I wanted without going to the fort ruins.

It was a good day to be out on a hike. I did not see anyone all day until I got within a mile or so back to the TH. It was breezy in the morning, and with the wind it was a bit chilly. It was a sunny day, and it was too warm for me on the way back even though the temperature was in the mid 60's.
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