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May 15 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Mohon Peak Drive, AZ 
Mohon Peak Drive, AZ
 
Scenic Drive avatar May 15 2021
DixieFlyer
Scenic Drive38.80 Miles 4,835 AEG
Scenic Drive38.80 Miles
4,835 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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I was on the way back to Phoenix from hiking a couple of days in the Las Vegas area, and we decided to stop and check out the drive to the Mohon Peak TH. Mohon Peak is on my to-do list, and since we had never been to the area we figured that it was worth the drive out there.

We followed the excellent driving directions that @chumley has provided, and we went as far as my buddy's CRV would take us, which was about 3.5 miles from the TH.

Most of the drive was on one of the most well-graded dirt roads that I have driven on. Along the way you'll pass a kiosk where you sign in by giving your name, vehicle license number, and State Land Trust permit number. Access to the roads seems quite good these days.

This is definitely a remote area that is cut off from the rest of Arizona due to some sprawling private land holdings. Then there is the black helicopter thing: I have read about strange lights, unusual noises, paramilitary swat teams, etc in the area. I am skeptical that these claims are true, but who knows.

I like the looks of the area, and it doesn't look like most of Arizona, and it wasn't anything like what I expected.

I plan to go back out there and hike up to Mohon Peak and explore the area a bit. Due to hot weather soon to be upon us, I may have to wait until fall to get out there though.

The GPS track that I posted is from our turn around point back to the highway.
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May 08 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bull Pumpkin Loop, AZ 
Bull Pumpkin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 08 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.20 Miles 3,176 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.54 mph
3,176 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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I have been wanting to hike the Bull Basin-Pumpkin loop up to Kendrick Peak, and decided to finally go for it. I have hiked up to Kendrick several times, but always on the "standard" out-and-back route from the Kendrick TH.

We started from the Pumpkin TH and did the loop clockwise. FR 171 was in good shape, and a sedan could drive on it. However, I think that you would at least need an SUV to drive the last mile on the road that goes to the TH.

I enjoyed this hike much more than going out-and-back on the Kendrick Peak Trail. There were probably half a dozen downed trees going up on the Bull Basin Trail, but it wasn't too bad. There were a few stretches of snow on the Bull Basin Trail, but I never put my microspikes on. There were also a few downed trees on the descent on the Pumpkin Trail, but it wasn't too deal with them. We saw 3-4 elk on the descent, but that was it for wildlife.

There was lots of sun exposure on the hike, and I was glad that we had cloud cover for most of the hike. I don't think that I would want to do this hike on a hot, sunny day.

This hike is a keeper in my book, and I would definitely do it again.
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May 06 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.60 Miles 3,958 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   6 Hrs   3 Mns   2.97 mph
3,958 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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I decided to do another Mount Ord hike today.

With the weather warming up I hit the trail at 5:30. The temperatures were comfortable on the hike until the last couple of miles before getting back to the TH -- I was glad to be going downhill in that stretch.

I imagine that I will try and do Ord a couple of more times before summer weather gets here -- it is a good training hike for some peakbagging that I have planned over the summer months.

On the way back home there was a car fully engulfed in flames on the side of the southbound lanes of 87, about 4-5 miles north of Bush Highway. The police were on the scene and it did not look like the fire would spread into the surrounding desert. I should have stopped and taken a picture of it but I didn't.
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Saddle Mountain 6,535
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
There are still some nice flowers to see at the lower elevations.
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May 04 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.30 Miles 2,925 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.61 mph
2,925 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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I decided to make my obligatory spring hike in Sedona, and chose this old favorite for the hike.

We started at Midgley Bridge, and took the Wilson Mountain Trail to the First Bench. Then we ascended up to the saddle, and went to the Sedona Overlook on the south end of the mountain. Then we went all the way across the mountain to the North Overlook. Both overlooks have great views and they are worth checking out, especially since it is a nice stroll once on the mountain. We started to go to the summit, but I decided to save that for next time when I'll do a guide to the summit for this site.

This hike will give you a decent workout and it has some great views to make the effort worthwhile.
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Natural Bridge
Meteorology
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Smoke
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Wildflowers Observation Light
There are some decent wildflowers to look at the higher up you go.
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May 03 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 03 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,684 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   3.19 mph
1,684 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
I decided to stay close to home and do an exercise hike this morning.

I did not see anyone until I was coming back on the Dixie Mine Trail -- there I met 2 bicycle riders and 7 hikers.

I saw a small D-back in the middle of the trail on the way back.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested
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Wildflowers Observation None
Other than some ocotillo flowers, there was no floral color in this portion of the desert.
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May 01 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
See Bear, AZ 
See Bear, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 01 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.40 Miles 2,881 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   2.53 mph
2,881 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
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I have not been up on the Rim in over 6 months, so I decided to head up there today and hike up to Bear Canyon Lake from the See Canyon TH.

It was a great day to be up on the Rim -- temperatures were nice and there were some clouds in the sky so we weren't in full sun very much.

The See Canyon Trail was in good shape except for around a half dozen downed trees that we had to navigate around. Once on the Rim, we crossed the Rim Road and went offtrail to FR208, which we took to the lake. There were several people camping along FR208, and there were a few people at the lake, but it wasn't terribly crowded. There were a few patches of snow in some shady spots around the lake, but the snow probably won't last too much longer.

We hung out at the lake for a while and then reversed course back to the TH. On the way back we went up to See Spring.

The water level was fairly low in Christopher Creek, so it was no problem keeping your feet dry on the 2 creek crossings.

This was a nice hike to do on a warm spring day.
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Intrepid Back Shot
Meteorology
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Snow
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Wildflowers Observation Light
There were several wildflowers that were nice to look at along the See Canyon Trail
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Apr 29 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.60 Miles 3,933 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   6 Hrs   7 Mns   2.88 mph
3,933 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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I figured that today was as good a day as any to do my 10th hike up to Mount Ord in 2021.

I got started around 7AM, and the weather was great for the hike, although it started to get a tad warm on the last couple of miles.

There are still some nice wildflowers to see below about 4,500 feet, but other than that there was nothing remarkable about the hike.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Apr 26 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2021
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Hiking12.40 Miles 2,635 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.66 mph
2,635 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
It was a cool day so I decided to do a hike close to home. Starting from the Adero Canyon TH I went up to Sunrise Peak. Then when I got back to the hitching post I figured that I would go to the Lost Dog Wash TH to get some extra miles and elevation gain. However, when I got to the junction for the 136th street spur trail, I decided to take it since I had never been on it.

The 136th street spur was a steep trail for about 1/4 mile, at which point it leads to a wash. The was was a fun rock scramble and it was a lot different from what I was expecting. It was more like a canyon in a wilderness area. But after a bit the rock scrambling ended and I was walking in a sandy wash with houses in view. I walked a bit through the sandy wash and decided to retrace my steps back to the Sunrise Trail. The rock scrambling was fun on the way back also.

When I got back into the Fountain Hills preserve, I took a detour up and over the West View Overlook, aka Peak 3098. On the descent back down to the Promenade Trail I heard a snake rattling in some grass not far from the trail, but I never saw the snake.

There were not many people out on the trails, and with the cool weather and overcast skies it was a nice hike. I enjoyed the 136th Street Spur much more than I thought that I would.
Flora
Flora
Desert Ironwood
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There were a few ocotillo flowers to be seen, and in the 136th street wash I saw some ironwood trees starting to bloom. I think that the ironwood trees will be pretty in the coming days.
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Apr 24 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Horsing Around in the Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Horsing Around in the Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.20 Miles 2,897 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles
2,897 ft AEG
 
I decided to go horsing around in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness yesterday, and what better place to horse around than McFadden Horse Mountain!

I first did an out-and-back hike by taking the McFadden Horse Mountain Trail all the way to its end at a scenic overlook. Along the way I went off trail for a short distance to the McFadden Horse Mountain Highpoint.

There had been some trail maintenance done since I was out there a year ago -- there is no more deadfall on the trail from the TH to the McFadden Horse Trail-Cienega Spring Trail Junction. There were 3-4 downed trees on the trail as I headed up the mountain, but the fallen trees were small ones that were very easy to step over. The trail is easy to follow and there are lots of large cairns along the trail.

Once on the top of the mountain, the trail is very delightful to hike on as there are hardly any rocks and you are walking on soft pine needles for the most part. Views at the summit are obstructed so there is not much to see. I do not believe that there is a benchmark disk at the summit.

The best part of the hike is from the summit to the overlook. There is some nice geology and great views at the overlook. I thought about trying to go from the overlook to Elephant Rock Arch, but decided against it as I wasn't sure how far I would have to descend to make my way over to the arch. I may go to the Arch from the other direction on a future hike, and explore getting from the arch to the overlook.

The descent down the mountain was nice because there were nice views of the Mazzies in front of you all the way down.

I enjoyed this hike and I will have to do it again.

On the way back to Phoenix we turned on FR 487 and hiked up to Aztec Peak. I started to drive all the way to the top, but decided to park a half mile or so before getting to the summit, and at least make a little bit of a hike out of it. It was a nice day and we enjoyed the views at the summit.

Mileage and elevation gain for the 2 hikes is below.
McFadden Horse Mountain: 8.7 miles; AEG of 2,602 feet
Aztec Peak: 1.5 miles; AEG of 295 feet

Stats above are the sum of the two
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Fire Lookout Structures
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Apr 22 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.60 Miles 3,933 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   3.03 mph
3,933 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
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I was looking for an exercise hike today and decided to once again hit this one -- it was the 9th time this year for me to do Mount Ord.

It was cool and breezy -- I had a windbreaker on for the hike up. It warmed up enough on the way down to take the jacket off though.

This is not the most exciting hike, but it is a good workout hike without crowds of people.
Fauna
Fauna
Honey Bee
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Wildflowers Observation Light
There were a few wildflowers on the lower parts of the trail...mojave prickly poppy and field bindweed were the stars of the show today
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Apr 20 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,739 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.98 mph
1,739 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
I decided to do a hike close to home today and opted for this one again.

I didn't see anyone on the way to Bell Pass, but passed about 8-9 people on the Dixie Mine Trail on the way back.

It was nice weather for an early morning hike -- we'll see how long it lasts.
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Wildflowers Observation None
There were no wildflowers whatsover, unless you want to count some velvet mesquite that are in the early stages of flowering.
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Apr 18 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.10 Miles 4,049 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   2.48 mph
4,049 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
 
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I like hiking up to Mount Wrightson a time or 2 each year, and today was the day for my first time to hike it in 2021.

From the TH, we took the Old Baldy Trail up to the summit. Coming back, we took the Old Baldy Trail to Josephine Saddle, and then took the Super Trail back to the TH. Taking the Super Trail from Josephine Saddle to the TH instead of staying on the Old Baldy Trail probably added about a mile to the hike. However, the tread on the Super Trail is much, much better than the Old Baldy Trail, so it was a much more enjoyable hike back and it didn't add too much time.

There were a few people out on the trail, but not TOO many.

The weather was near perfect. Snow is long gone from the trail.

We saw several Mexican Jays on the Super Trail less than a mile from the TH. The jays weren't camera shy, so we felt obligated to take a few pics.
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Mexican Jay
Named place
Named place
Bellows Spring Mount Wrightson

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the spring box was full

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the spring box was full
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Apr 16 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Hellsgate 37 ( North ) to Tonto CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.50 Miles 3,524 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   7 Hrs   6 Mns   2.38 mph
3,524 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
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It had been 6 months that I have hiked in the Payson area, so I decided to change that today.

It turned out to be a nice day for a hike -- it was barely cool enough for me to enjoy this hike.

There was no water in the creek crossings today, so there was no issue to keep my feet dry.

There was a decent amount of water at the Tonto Creek confluence, but not as much water as normal.

There were 2 people fishing at the confluence, but they were the only people that I saw all day long.

This is a fun hike, but it is a tough one -- 70% of the elevation gain is on the way back.

The trail was generally rocky and slippery, so I did not go any faster downhill than I went uphill.
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Cow
Named place
Named place
El Grande Tank Tonto Creek
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There weren't many wildflowers to see -- a few strawberry hedgehog and a few western wildflowers was about it.

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Apr 14 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.60 Miles 3,930 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   6 Hrs   3 Mns   2.91 mph
3,930 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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I was looking for an exercise hike today and opted for Ord again

It was a nice day for the hike -- with a nice breeze blowing it was kinda cool at the top

There are still a few wildflowers below 4,500 feet

I saw a couple of small deer not far below the summit
Fauna
Fauna
Honey Bee
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Wildflowers Observation Light
There are a few wildflowers blooming -- gooding's verbena, western wallflower, poppies, globemallow, and New Mexico Thistle stood out
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Apr 11 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Tipton - Cerbat MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2021
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Hiking8.80 Miles 3,593 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   7 Hrs   41 Mns   1.69 mph
3,593 ft AEG   2 Hrs   28 Mns Break
 
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This hike has been on my radar screen for a while so I decided to do the hike before the weather got too hot.

The road to the TH was a bit rough over the last mile, although a high clearance SUV with good tires could probably get within a half mile of the TH.

The hike started out easy enough -- we were on a jeep road for about a mile. We were heading east and the early morning sun was low, so I was looking down at my feet while on the road. After that the adventure began. We mostly followed a wash for about 1.75 miles up to a saddle. We got out of the wash a few times, but brush compelled us to get back in the wash.

Once at the saddle, it was pretty brushy for the last 1.5 miles to the summit. Actually, route finding was probably more difficult than the brush, because you find gaps or corridors to get around the worst of the brush. It was a steep climb, and you really couldn't see very far ahead with the trees and vegetation; so we were constantly looking at a GPS to make sure that we were on track. It was as much a mental grind as a physical one.

We made it to the summit and took a well deserved break. The views were good, but not really outstanding.

I located the benchmark and both reference marks; oddly, the arrows on the reference marks did not point to the benchmark. In fact, one of them pointed in the opposite direction.

The summit register log had entries going back to 1974. Mount Tipton is one of 9 Arizona peaks on the Sierra Club Desert Peak Section(DPS) peak list, and many of the logbook entries were from DPS members.

This is a challenging hike and you'll have to make a sacrifice to the hiking gods to bag this peak!
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Claret Cup Cactus
Named place
Named place
Lower Indian Spring Mount Tipton
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Apr 10 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Crossman Peak - Mohave MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2021
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Hiking4.80 Miles 1,939 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   2.10 mph
1,939 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Crossman Peak is one of AZ's 73 P2K peaks (i.e., a peak with 2,000 or more feet of prominence) so I decided to hike up to this one as part of a 2 day hiking trip to west AZ.

The unpaved road to the TH was a bit rough, but an SUV with good tires could probably get to the TH; however, a 4WD vehicle would be a safer choice.

The hike up on the service road wasn't too exciting -- it was steep and the desert was kind of drab, so there wasn't much to look at. Things picked up once I got to the communication towers -- from there you take an easy-to-follow use trail along a ridgeline to the summit. There is a joshua tree forest along the way, which is neat to look at, and the views of Lake Havasu are cool. There are some nice 360 degree views at the summit, so we hung out there for a bit. The hike up was a bit warm, but it was much cooler at the summit -- I probably would have put on a windbreaker if I had brought one.

The descent was better because you had views of Lake Havasu all the way down. The road was steep and with loose dirt on the road it was a bit slippery when hiking down.

I liked this hike and I'd do it again if I was in the Lake Havasu area. However, I imagine that non-peakbaggers would not justify driving a long way to get there for such a short hike.
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Culture
Memorial Mine Shaft
Named place
Named place
Crossman Peak Lake Havasu
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Apr 07 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Sierra Ancha A to Z, AZ 
Sierra Ancha A to Z, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2021
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Hiking9.60 Miles 2,841 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.10 mph
2,841 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
 
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I decided to head out to the fringes of @grasshopper and @Oregon_Hiker territory today and do this fun hike.

I parked at the first pullout on the left, just a short distance from 288. I could have easily driven another mile before the road got gnarly, but I figured that I'd add a little distance and elevation gain by parking where I did.

There was some water flowing in Pocket Creek, but not as much as the last time that I did this hike one year ago.

I went up FR 489 to a saddle, and then went to Zimmerman Point first. It wasn't a bad bushwhack to the summit, but I didn't set any speed records. The last time that I was there I located the benchmark and reference mark #2, but I did not locate RM #1. @Flying_Fliver informed me that RM #1 was 47.59 Feet from the benchmark, on a true course of 18 degrees and 18 minutes. Armed with that information, finding reference mark #1 this time was as easy as taking candy from a baby!

After getting back to the saddle, I went up to Asbestos Point. The ascent was much shorter and easier than going up to Zimmerman Point. I was on a forest road for a bit heading up toward Asbestos Point, but rather than following the road around to the north side of the summit, I went off the road and ascended up the east side of Asbestos Point. This is by far the easier way to get up to the summit. There are nice views of Roosevelt Lake and Four Peaks from the summit.

There are two benchmarks on Asbestos Point: one from 1934 that is labeled "Asbestos" and one from 1947 that is labeled "JDB" and has the elevation of 6651 on it. I wonder what "JDB" means?

After descemding down from Asbestos Point, I walked around and looked at some of the mine adits. There is some interesting stuff to see, so this was worth taking a look at.

It was a great day in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness, although it was a bit warmer than I would have preferred.
Geology
Geology
Asbestos
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Wildflowers Observation None
There are virtually no wildflowers at this point, but I think that there will be some in the coming weeks -- I would not expect many flowers yet at the relatively high elevation of this hike.

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Apr 06 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2021
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Hiking15.60 Miles 3,947 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.82 mph
3,947 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
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I woke up and decided to hike Mount Ord once again -- the 7th time for me in 2021. This turned out to be the first time this year with no snow or slush on the trail -- in fact, the road is in summertime condition.

The terrain is getting a little more green, so there has been some regrowth after the Bush fire in 2020. There is a long way to go though.

On my way back down, just before getting back to FR 27 I met 4 hikers coming up FR 626. When I got back to the TH, the fenced gate was laying on the ground. Is it that hard to shut a gate? I of course shut it (since there was a sign saying to keep the gate shut), and hopefully the other group will do the same on their way back, but I wouldn't count on it.
Meteorology
Meteorology
Fire Burn Area & Recovery
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There were probably more wildflowers than I have seen so far this year, but that isn't saying much. There were quite a few western wallflowers between 4,000-4,400 feet, along with some other flowers at lower elevations. Western wallflowers easily won the wildflower derby today.
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Apr 03 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2021
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Hiking13.50 Miles 3,406 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   6 Hrs   26 Mns   2.58 mph
3,406 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
I enjoy this hike in late winter or early spring, so I decided to do it today. The hike was not as enjoyable as normal due to high temperatures, lower than normal water flow in the south fork of deer creek, and almost no wildflowers.

On the plus side, the South Fork Trail was in pretty good shape, and was much easier to follow than on my prior hikes on the trail.

I went up the Gold Ridge Trail, stopped at Camp Grasshopper for a break, and then came on the South Fork Trail.

This hike is a good workout, and I enjoyed the hike even though the conditions weren't as good as normal.
Culture
Culture
Campsite Holiday Spirit
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There were a few wildflowers here and there, but there was nothing to get excited about.

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The spring wasn't dry but it may as well have been: There was some stagnant water in it that was totally unsuitable for human consumption.

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The creek was much drier than normal, but there was decent water flow in some places.
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Apr 02 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2021
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Hiking7.70 Miles 1,693 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   2.66 mph
1,693 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
I decided to stretch my legs this morning with a hike close to home.

I went up to Sunrise Peak from the Adero Canyon TH, and on the way back I went up to Peak 3098, aka the West View Overlook.

There were a few people going up and down both peaks, but I didn't see many hikers on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail, which I was on for most of the hike.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Wildflower season continues to be a dud. I saw a few ocotillo flowers; one chuparosa with some flowers on it; one globemallow that had all of 3 flowers on it; and 5-6 strawberry hedgehogs with some blooms.
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