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Sep 13 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2021
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Hiking9.80 Miles 1,341 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   3.06 mph
1,341 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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I decided to hike close to home this morning. Starting from the Golden Eagle TH in Fountain Hills, I did an out-and-back hike on the Dixie Mine, Coachwhip, and Windmill Trails. Once the weather cools off some I think that I will continue on this route to Toms Thumb before turning around and heading back.

I did not see anyone else on the trail this morning.

There are still lots of butterflies out.
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Sep 10 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Horsethief Towers, AZ 
Horsethief Towers, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2021
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Hiking5.40 Miles 1,227 AEG
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Today I decided to head up to Crown King and check out a couple of more fire lookouts: Towers Mountain and the Horsethief Lookout

Towers Mountain
This one is about 5 miles from the Crown King General Store. I drove up the Towers Mountain Road for about 3 miles, parked, and then hiked up to the Lookout: I could have driven all the way to the tower, but I wanted to stretch my legs a bit and make a somewhat legitimate hike out of it. I think that you'd want a high clearance 4WD vehicle to go up past the General Store.

Nobody was home at the lookout, and there was no trap door in place, so I was able to climb up in the cab -- nice views!

Horsethief Lookout
This one is only 10 miles from Crown King, but it took about an hour to get there on the crappy road. I drove around to the service road for the tower, and made the short hike up to the tower. Someone was manning the tower today, and there were signs asking people not to climb up into the tower. Therefore, I only climbed up 3 of the 4 flights of stairs, and stopped at the landing for the last flight of stairs to check out the views and take some pics.

Synopsis
I enjoyed both lookouts, but it is a loooong drive to get to the Horsethief LO.

Mileage and elevation gain for the 2 hikes are below. Stats above are the sum of the two.

Towers Mountain: 4.2 miles with an AEG of 833 feet
Horsethief: 1.2 miles with an AEG of 394 feet
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There were a few wildflowers along the road up to Towers Mountain; however, I didn't see many flowers going up to the Horsethief LO.
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Sep 07 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Arizona Fire Lookouts IV, AZ 
Arizona Fire Lookouts IV, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2021
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Hiking13.00 Miles 1,519 AEG
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I was on my way up to Flagstaff and decided to hit 4 fire lookouts that I had not been to before: Moqui Lookout, Blue Ridge, Apache Maid Mountain, and the Mormon Lake LO.

Moqui Lookout and Blue Ridge Lookout
I drive up to the Moqui Lookout and parked next to the lookout tower. Unfortunately, in this COVID era they weren't allowing visitors up to the tower.

I then walked on a road to the site of the old Blue Ridge Lookout. All that is left are some concrete footings. There are lots of trees around, so there isn't much in the way of views there.

Apache Maid Mountain
This one is a neat tower, and there was some great scenery on the hike. I found the benchmark and one reference mark on the mountain, not too far from the tower.

I had intended to drive to the base of the mountain and hike up to the lookout -- that would have been about 4 miles. Actually you could drive almost all the way up, but it is a gentle upslope on the road with some nice scenery, so I'd recommend walking. Unfortunately, I took a bad route in on a crappy road, and got tired of the road so I decided to make a longer hike out of it.

Nobody was manning the tower, so I climbed up to the trap door, which was padlocked shut.

Mormon Lake Lookout
This tower no longer exists. I saw a pic of the tower in a triplog by @chumley from 2006, so the tower was dismantled sometime between then and now.

This was a short walk through the woods with almost no views along the way or at the top.

Synopsis
Apache Maid Mountain was the easy winner of these 4 lookouts. Most any vehicle could drive to a shut gate just below the summit, but there is nice scenery so it is worth walking on the gently-graded road to the summit. There is no longer a lookout at the Mormon Lake site or the Blue Ridge site, and there is really not much to see at either one. The Moqui Lookout would be worth stopping post-COVID, whenever that is.

Distance and elevation gain for the 3 hikes are below. Note that I took a circuitous route up to Apache Maid Mountain, otherwise the distance would have been quite a bit less.

Moqui/Blue Ridge: 1.6 miles with an ARG of 102 feet
Apache Maid Mountain: 10.1 miles with an AEG of 1,181 feet
Mormon Lake LO: 1.3 miles with an AEG of 236 feet

Stats above are sum of these.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
There were lots of wildflowers, especially on the hike to Apache Maid Mountain.
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Sep 04 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,975 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   2.10 mph
1,975 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
I decided to get out and do this hike again today -- it is one of my favorite short hikes.

We started early and did not see anyone until we got almost to the top, and 4 hikers were coming down from the summit. On the way back we were less than a mile from the TH and met 2 hikers coming up. So we mostly had the place to ourselves.

Once you climbed up to the saddle that is not far from the summit, there was lots of waist high grass to plow through. It wasn't too bad, but you couldn't see the trail. We managed to persevere though.

There were the usual nice views at the summit.

I like this hike and should do it more often.
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Sep 03 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2021
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Hiking15.60 Miles 3,958 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   6 Hrs   24 Mns   2.79 mph
3,958 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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I got up this morning, looked at the calendar, and noticed that it was the 3rd day of the month and I had hiked up Mount Ord yet; so I figured that I had best hike up there before the month got away from me!

FR 27 has taken a beating this monsoon season, and I bet that it has seen more erosion in the past 2 months than it had in the prior 20 years. FR 27 is no longer driveable from one end to the other: about midway between the Slate Creek TH and the FR 626 junction, there is a gully/ditch the full width of the road that is 4'-5' across, and about 5' deep. It is not easy to get across the ditch while hiking, and at some point it might get VERY difficult for a hiker to navigate across.

As bad as FR 27 is getting, the next time that I go out there I might hike up the full length of FR 626 and see what that route is like.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
There were a lot of field bindweed still blooming along FR 27, along with several other flowers here and there
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Aug 31 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2021
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Hiking9.30 Miles 1,644 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.86 mph
1,644 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
I decided to get out and stretch my legs this morning by doing this hike again.

There was a good bit of cloud cover, but the humidity was still up a bit.

The desert is looking really green and the saguaros are fat and happy.

There were lots of butterflies out and lots and lots of white-lined sphinx caterpillars on and along the trail.
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Aug 29 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Chevelon Butte - Ohaco LO, AZ 
Chevelon Butte - Ohaco LO, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2021
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Hiking10.20 Miles 1,221 AEG
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I decided to head up to the Mogollon Rim today and bag a couple of AZ Fire Lookout sites: Chevelon Butte and the O'Haco LO

Chevelon Butte
This one was a pretty cool little hike, and there was some interesting stuff to see.

To be legal, I followed the excellent instructions that @chumley provided and got a permit to access the area.

I could have driven up the road farther than I did, but I decided to make a more legitimate hike out of it.

Once up on the butte, I did a bit of minor rock scrambling and checked out the East Chevelon BM. I found the benchmark and one reference mark, and also checked out some rock wall ruins.

After descending the East Chevelon BM I headed toward the remnants of the old fire lookout, and stopped by the O'Haco gravesite and the benchmark along the way.

In doing my best @FLYING_FLIVER impersonation, I also checked out the Chevelon Butte azimuth mark and a height of light next to the azimuth mark.

O'Haco Lookout
After leaving Chevelon Butte, I made my way back to Rim Road 300, then to Limestone Road. I could have driven all the way to the O'Haco LO, but I decided to stop and hike a mile or so the LO. The LO was enclosed in a locked chain link fence with barbwire on top of it, so I could not get to the LO. The LO was in a pine forest, so there were no views when standing on the ground.

Summary
I enjoyed the hike to Chevelon Butte -- there was some interesting stuff to see, and there were some nice views.

The tower at the O'Haco LO looked cool, but since you couldn't climb up on the tower and since there were no views on the ground, it wasn't very exciting being there.

The distance and elevation gain for the 2 hikes are below. Stats above are the sum of the 2.

Chevelon Butte: 7.7 miles with an AEG of 991 feet
O'Haco LO: 2.5 miles with an AEG of 230 feet
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Aug 26 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Jacob Lake Fire LO, AZ 
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On my way back home from a peakbagging roadtrip, I stopped off at the Jacob Lake Fire LO Tower.

The tower is only a few hundred feet off of Highway 67, and I drove right to the base of the tower. I walked around a bit and then ascended the 100 foot tall tower up to the trap door. There are some nice views up there.

This is AZ fire lookout #50 for me.
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Aug 25 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount TimpanogosMountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2021
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Hiking15.10 Miles 4,663 AEG
Hiking15.10 Miles   7 Hrs   57 Mns   2.35 mph
4,663 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
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This was the 6th and last hike that I did over 8 days while on a roadtrip into Utah, Nevada, and Idaho.

I did this one as an out-and-back hike from the Timpooneke Campground/TH.

Most of the hike was a class 1 walk, but there was a bit of class 2 scrambling toward the end.

This is a great hike and I really enjoyed it. I usually don't feel that way about a hike that is fairly heavily traveled.

I did not see many people until I got to a saddle just past where the Aspen Grove Trail meets the Timpooneke Trail. So I guess most people were coming from the Aspen Grove side.

Scenery was great for the entire hike, and Mount Timp is an impressive and dramatic looking peak.

If I lived in the area I am sure that I would do this one at least a couple of times a year.

One thing that struck me was how clean the trail was; by that I mean there was virtually no trash, food waste, etc to be seen. There weren't even any cairns built. If only Arizona trails were so pristine.
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There were several wildflowers blooming along the way
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Aug 24 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Deseret Peak - Stansbury MountainsSalt Lake, UT
Salt Lake, UT
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2021
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Hiking9.00 Miles 3,913 AEG
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I was on my way back to the VOS after hiking Borah Peak in Idaho, and decided to stop off at Salt Lake City to do a couple of hikes.

First up was Deseret Peak, which is about a 1.5 hour drive west of Salt Lake City.

This turned out to be a great hike -- I liked the area, saw some wildlife, and enjoyed some great scenery. There was nobody else out hiking, which did not bother me.

If I lived in the area I imagine that I would do this hike a few times each summer.
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Aug 22 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Borah Peak - Idaho HighpointCentral Idaho, ID
Central Idaho, ID
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2021
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Hiking8.90 Miles 5,455 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   1.72 mph
5,455 ft AEG   3 Hrs   45 Mns Break
 
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This state highpoint has been on my radar screen for a while, so I decided that now was as good a time as any to do it.

I started at 5:00 AM and was hiking in the dark(with a headlamp) for about 1.5 hours. It was a good thing that I started in the dark, if I could have looked out ahead and seen how steep it was I might have gotten discouraged and turned around!

The first 3 miles were steep -- gaining about 4,000 feet in elevation -- but it was mostly class 1 hiking.

Chicken Out Ridge(COR) was a rush. I stayed a little too high once I got past the notch that takes you up to COR -- there was a bit of exposure along with a couple of awkward moves, but the rock was really solid. Once I got to the white gully and climbed up to where the 20 foot vertical downclimb is, I decided that I really didn't want to go down that. So I descended about 2/3 of the way from the top of the white gully down towards the trail, and traversed a bit to another gully and took that up to the saddle at the bottom of the 20 foot downclimb.

The last half mile or so to the summit was pretty steep over a lot of scree and talus, so the going for me was slow.

There were great views at the top, so I hung out at the top for a bit.

Once I got back to COR, I climbed up the near vertical 20 foot wall. The rock was solid and grippy, and handholds/footholds were plentiful and good. I think that I took a better route back going back to the notch that you off of COR.

The descent from COR was steep and tough on you quads and knees. I was sure glad that I had trekking poles on the descent.

This might be the toughest sub-10 mile hike that I have done. I would love to hike COR again as soon as tomorrow, but I am not eager to hike the 3 miles up and down from the TH to COR anytime soon.
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Aug 20 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
North Schell PeakElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2021
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Hiking6.20 Miles 2,852 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   1.95 mph
2,852 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
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This was my 3rd hike(out of 6) on an 8 day road trip to bag some peaks that had been on my radar screen. North Schell is an ultraprominent peak, which was why it was on my to-do list.

The first 1.75 miles or so was on a pretty decent trail that mostly went alongside a drainage/wash/gully/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I lost the trail for a bit coming out of the drainage, but then picked it back up. At this point I was on the west side of a ridgeline, and the route called for leaving the trail and heading east up to the ridgeline.

This was a steep ascent up a talus slope to the ridgeline -- I'd say it gained 800-900 feet in elevation over about 3/4 mile. I was mostly walking on loose, irregularly shaped rocks, which isn't exactly my cup of tea. The sun had come over the ridgeline and I was looking directly into the sun on the way up, so I was able to look very far ahead.

I plodded through it and managed to make the ridgeline. From there it was an easy, relatively flat walk to just below the summit, where there was a bit of class 2 rock scrambling to get to the summit. The views were nice, although it was hazy that day.

I went back to the TH the same way that I came up. The talus was a little better going down than going up,

I did not see anyone else out there -- I doubt if this one is hiked too often, so if you like solitude you'll most likely find it on this hike.

This is not among one of my favorite hikes, and while I am glad that I did it, I don't think that I will repeat this one.
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Aug 19 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Lehman CreekElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2021
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Hiking12.80 Miles 3,405 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.58 mph
3,405 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
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I was in the Great Basin National Park with the intention of hiking up to Wheeler Peak. The day before the hike I drove to the park to check out the trailhead; however, to my dismay the road to the TH was closed due to a paving project that week.

Instead of hiking from the Wheeler Peak TH, I went up the Lehman Creek Trail, which starts at the Upper Lehman Campground. Once I got up to the Wheeler Peak CG I continued on some campground roads and then the Bristlecone-Glacier Trail and the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail until I got to the Wheeler Peak Trail. I continued on the Wheeler Peak Trail up to about 11,000 feet; by that time it was 11:00 AM and there were some dark clouds forming overhead. The forecast was for a decent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, so I decided to abort the climb to Wheeler Peak and instead reversed course and went back to the TH. On the way back I stopped off at Stella Lake, which was an enjoyable diversion.

It was a bummer not to have hiked up to Wheeler, but I will get back up there again sometime. I liked the area, and the Lehman Creek Trail was an enjoyable hike.
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Aug 18 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Delano Peak - Tushar MountainsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2021
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Hiking3.10 Miles 1,650 AEG
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This peak has been on my radar screen and I decided to hike it as part of a road trip that I was taking.

It is a steep climb to the summit -- on the order of 1,100 feet of elevation gain per mile.

The weather was pretty lousy, which kept me from enjoying the hike as much as I otherwise would. It was really windy at the summit, and low clouds were moving past me, so I did not stay long at the summit. The views were great from the summit, but with the weather I was not able to enjoy the views.

I had intended to do a loop hike, but with a good chance of storms later in the morning, I decided to return the way that I came up.

I hope to do this one again sometime on a sunny, calm day!
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There were a good number of fleabane still in bloom, but they were well past their prime
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Aug 15 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Aug 15 2021
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Hiking9.30 Miles 1,678 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   2.95 mph
1,678 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
This is just another exercise hike that is close to home.

The temperature was about as pleasant as it gets here in mid August, and there was lots of cloud cover, but it was really, really humid. I was drenched with sweat by the time I got back.

I saw a few people on the trail, which shouldn't be too surprising for a Sunday.

The desert is really green right now!
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Aug 12 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Aug 12 2021
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Hiking9.30 Miles 1,677 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   3.00 mph
1,677 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
I decided to once again do this exercise hike close to home.

I waited until about 8:00 AM to start in order to give the rain a chance to stop. I had 1.7 inches at my house yesterday and another 0.25 inches last night and this morning, which isn't too bad.

I did not see any other hikers out -- the only person that I saw was driving a service truck going up Thompson Peak Road.

There was lots of cloud cover for most of the hike, but it sure was humid!
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There was a good bit of desert senna blooming along with a few poppies.
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Aug 09 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2021
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Hiking15.60 Miles 3,958 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.99 mph
3,958 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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I was sitting around late this morning looking at the cloudy skies and nice temperatures, and figured that it would be good day for a hike, although I really didn't know where to go. So I said, "why not Mount Ord". So off I went.

I got to the TH about noon. You couldn't ask for a better day to do this hike in early August: cloud cover, mild temperatures, and a bit of a breeze.

I saw one white-tailed deer, but no other hikers. That is about par for the course for a week day hike to Mount Ord.
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Wildflowers were moderate at the lower elevations -- lots of field bindweek and prickly poppy, along with a few others. At higher elevations the flowers were more isolated. So overall I will call it "light".
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Aug 08 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Aug 08 2021
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Hiking9.30 Miles 1,685 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   3.13 mph
1,685 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
This was another exercise hike close to home. There was a nice breeze throughout the hike, which was most welcome!
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There were some decent wildflowers in bloom along sections of the hike.
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Aug 05 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Greens Peak TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2021
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Hiking4.10 Miles 696 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   3.11 mph
696 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Greens Peak has been on my radar screen for a while so I decided to hike it. I just walked up the road that does up to the top. I parked along the forest road well before getting to the spur road that goes up to the peak, so I hiked a bit more than I had to, but it was a nice day and the views were nice so I didn't mind.

There were great views along the way and at the summit. I imagine that I will do this one again this fall when I get back to the area.

After hiking Greens Peak, I had intended to hike a couple of other fire lookouts on my way back home, but I had a flat tire in McNary. It took a while to get the tire changed, and then I found out that it could not be repaired, so I decided to just head back home and forego the other peaks. I will be getting a set of KO2's this week.
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Aug 04 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Humphreys - Deadman LO, AZ 
Humphreys - Deadman LO, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2021
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Hiking18.40 Miles 4,643 AEG
Hiking18.40 Miles
4,643 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I hiked up to Humphreys from the Inner Basin, and afterwards drove north of the San Francisco Peaks and hiked up to the Deadman Fire Lookout atop Peak 7143.

Humphreys
It was about a perfect day to hike up to Humphreys - mild temperatures with no threat of rain or storms. I only saw one person on the trail until I got to Agassiz Saddle; from the saddle to the summit there were a few people on the trail, but not very many.

The road into the Inner Basin (FR 553) is about as good as it gets right now -- most any car could easily make the drive. When I drove in there was a road grader parked at the turn to FR 553; when I came back in the afternoon the grader was gone. So I would guess that they graded the road a day or two prior to my hike.

Deadman LO
I have been wanting to hike to the Deadman LO, and this seemed like a good day.

I was a short hike on a forest road (FR 773A) to the summit. The vegetation on the way up to the summit was really green, and there were a few wildflowers blooming along the way. The summit has some really nice unobstructed 360 degree views. I enjoyed the views as much or more than from atop Humphreys.

All that is left of the lookout cabin at the summit is the foundation and floor joists. I do not know any details about the lookout, other than it was a 2 story cabin. Here is a link to a picture of it:


If you go to this LO, be leery of google maps directions, which will try and get you go FR418 to FR419. FR418 is a good road but FR419 is rocky and gnarly. I went in FR514 to FR773. I only drove a short distance on FR773A and decided to park and hike up to the summit. It is a pleasant stroll so I am glad that I hiked up the road.

Summary
These are 3 good hikes; I really enjoyed the short hike to the Deadman LO and I will probably do it again sometime.

The stats for the 2 hikes are below. The total above is the sum of the two.
Humphreys: 16.7 miles with an AEG of 4,400 feet
Deadman: 1.7 miles with an AEG of 243 feet
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average hiking speed 2.53 mph
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