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Nov 27 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Geronimo HeadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2020
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Hiking6.40 Miles 2,320 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   1.86 mph
2,320 ft AEG   1 Hour   48 Mns Break
 
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I enjoy hiking to Geronimo Head so I opted to go outside on Black Friday and hike this one again.

We started and ended the hike at the Tortilla Flat TH.

There is a nice trail up to Fragile Arch Saddle, and a decent trail up to the 2750 Saddle. It is all off-trail past that point though.

On the way to Geronimo Head, we went up to a ridgeline that has some good views of Battleship Mountain. There is fairly large burn area from the fires this past summer. With all of the vegetation gone it made walking easier. As usual, there are great views of Battleship down below and of the surrounding area.

We hung out at Geronimo Head for awhile and also stopped for a few minutes at Peak 3509 on the way back.

We saw 3 big horn sheep in the burn area, and saw them again on the way back. They weren't at all skittish of us, and they were camera hogs -- one big ram got bored and laid down while he was staring at us.

It was a great day for a hike!
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I did not see any water down in Peters Canyon, or in the wash that we were in on the way back.
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Nov 24 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Robbers Roost - Loy Butte, AZ 
Robbers Roost - Loy Butte, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2020
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Hiking8.10 Miles 1,937 AEG
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I had never hiked to Robbers Roost in Sedona, so I decided that today was a good day to make it happen. I did not want to go up there just to do a short hike to Robbers Roost, so I also hiked up to Loy Butte and did a short hike to some ruins not too far from Robbers Roost.

Robbers Roost was worth checking out and it had some nice views. There were a couple of other people there and we did not stay too long. Once back at the truck I drove short distance, parked, and then we went and checked out some ruins atop a rock outcropping. There were some nice walls on top of the rock outcropping, and I am glad that we took the time to check them out.

Then we drove to the Loy Canyon TH and made our way up to Loy Butte, passing 3 sets of ruins along the way. The first set was some impressive cliff dwellings; the second set had some crumbled down walls along with a couple of pictoglyphs and some pottery shards; and the 3rd set, down below Loy Butte, was the foundation of a building that overlooked the Hancock Ranch down below.

We stopped for a lunch break atop a rock outcropping next to the 3rd set of ruins, and then made a short, but steep, climb up to Loy Butte. We were about the 7th or 8th entry in the summit register on Loy Butte, so it doesn't look like too many people go up there. It was a fun climb and had some nice views, so going up there is a worthy endeavor.

Mileage and elevation gain for the 3 hikes is:
1) Robbers Roost: 1.4 miles with 335 feet of elevation gain
2) Rock Outcropping Ruins: 1.1 miles with 379 feet of elevation gain
3) Loy Butte: 5.6 miles with 1,223 feet of elevation gain

Stats above are the sum of these 3
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Nov 21 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
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Hiking14.30 Miles 2,661 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.33 mph
2,661 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
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This is one of my favorite Phoenix area hikes, so I decided to do this one again.

There were quite a few people at the First Water TH when I got there at 6:45, but most of them were part of a group doing some trail maintenance on the Black Mesa Trail.

This was the first time that I have been in this area since the fire this summer, and there was quite a bit of burn damage along the Second Water Trail. Hopefully some regrowth will begin once we get some rain.

Boulder Canyon was bone dry, which took the fun out of the creek crossings.

The climb up on Battleship is always fun, and today was no exception. On the way back we dropped down into LaBarge Box and hung around there for a while. It was a bit warmer than I like on the way back -- in the low 80's.
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Nov 19 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain 6996, AZ 
Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain 6996, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2020
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Hiking9.60 Miles 2,724 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   7 Hrs   54 Mns   2.05 mph
2,724 ft AEG   3 Hrs   13 Mns Break
 
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I had done Mount Peeley before but had never done Sheep Mountain, so I decided to do this combo.

I guess that this is somewhat of a Memorial Hike for @gpsjoe. It was just over 10 years ago that he disappeared doing this hike. I was not living in Arizona at the time, so I never got to meet him...but he seems to have been well-liked by many HAZers, so I am sorry that I never had the pleasure to meet him.

I did the same route that several others have done: take the Mazzy Divide Trail to the northside of Peeley; go off-trail to Peeley; then go off-trail mostly following a ridgeline up to Sheep Mountain, passing Frustum #31 along the way. On the way back, near the frustum, we bypassed going back up Peeley and hit the Divide Trail and took it back to the TH. However, I did a crappy job of getting back to the Divide Trail, and we bushwhacked much more than we should have.

There wasn't as much vegetation to deal with as I thought there would be, but there was a good bit more rock scrambling than I envisioned...plus it seems like we went up and over about 10 false summits!

It was a fun hike, but it all of the rock scrambling was a bit strenuous. The views were great on both Peeley and Sheep!
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Nov 15 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Table Top TrailSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2020
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Hiking9.40 Miles 2,529 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.48 mph
2,529 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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I was on my way back from Tucson after hiking Mica Mountain the day before, and figured that I would do this one since it was another P2K peak, one of 73 such peaks in AZ. A P2K peak is one with 2,000 feet or more of topographic prominence.

The drive to the TH was dry and dusty, like most of the desert areas in AZ. The road to the TH is relatively flat, but there were a few ruts in the road in some places, and a few spots were a bit sandy. I think that a 2WD vehicle with decent clearance might be able to get to the TH, but a 4WD vehicle would be better.

It was a steep climb up to the top, but fortunately there were lots of tight switchbacks on the way up.

There are some great views on top, so we hung out there for a bit.

I found the benchmark and one reference mark that was not far away from the benchmark. I also stumbled upon another reference mark that was probably 200' from the benchmark. I am not sure why it would be so far away.

This was a good hike and I enjoyed it. I would not want to do this one in the summertime though -- there is no shade whatsoever. It was about 80 when we got back to the TH, which was warmer than I like. Fortunately, it was a breezy day which make the hike comfortable.
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Nov 14 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Mica Mountain - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
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Hiking17.00 Miles 4,599 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.46 mph
4,599 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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Mica Mountain had been on my radar screen for awhile, and the stars aligned just right so I decided to put the pedal to the metal.

I started and ended the hike at the Turkey Creek TH. You'll need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to travel the last couple of miles to the TH. As best as I can tell, this is the shortest way to hike up to Mica Mountain.

I hit the trail at 8:20, which was later than I intended. That kept me from going to Spud Rock because I did not want to chance driving back in the dark on the 4WD portion of the road. The road wasn't too bad, but there were a couple of iffy places.

This was a nice hike and I really enjoyed it. The first couple of miles were through a grassland and did not have much elevation gain, although there was a bit of up-and-down. After the first two miles or so, the going got a bit tougher, gaining 2,000 feet or so in elevation over not much more than 2 miles. The tread was a bit rocky, and for me this was the least enjoyable part of the hike. From there, once I got to about 7,000 feet of elevation, the grade diminished and I gained about 1,600 feet of elevation over a bit more than 4 miles. This portion of the hike was well shaded by ponderosa pines, and there were some rock outcroppings with nice views along the way. There were lots of switchbacks, which made for an enjoyable hike.

It took me about 4 hours and 20 minutes to hit the summit, so I decided that it would be best to pass on going to Spud Rock and I started making my way back to the TH. It took me a little over 3.5 hours to get back to the TH.

I saw a couple of deer near the summit. On the way back, about 1.5 miles from the TH I saw a buck, and shortly after that I saw 3 does.

It is hunting season out there, so I imagine that the hunters had the deer a bit spooked. I talked to a couple of hunters and they told me that it was a muzzleloader hunt -- I doubt if there were many deer killed out there with a muzzleloader. I never heard a shot fired all day.
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Nov 13 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Guthrie PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2020
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Hiking8.70 Miles 1,776 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   3.46 mph
1,776 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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I have been wanting to hike up to Guthrie Peak since it has the most prominence of any peak in Greenlee County. After bagging this one, I have now hiked up to the most prominent peak in 13 of AZ's 15 counties -- still to go are Black Mesa-Kayenta and Newman Peak.

We parked and started the hike in a parking area on Guthrie Peak Road on Highway 191. We could have driven to the top, but what is the fun in that?

It was easy to make good time on the road, and it turned out to be a quick and enjoyable hike.
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Guthrie Peak Mount Graham
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Nov 12 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Turtle Mountain 7004Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2020
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Hiking10.60 Miles 2,926 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.13 mph
2,926 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break
 
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This is a fun hike and I am glad that I did it. The views at the summit were awesome!

This is a remote hike...there is a register at the TH, and I was the 13th entry in the register in 2020...it is safe to say that you won't likely see anyone on the trail for this one
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Nov 09 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine to Adero Canyon, AZ 
Dixie Mine to Adero Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2020
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Hiking10.60 Miles 2,173 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.94 mph
2,173 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Today I was originally going to head north and hike Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain, but with unfavorable weather up there I decided to do this hike instead.

It was a great day to be out -- the temperature was around 60 with a bit of a breeze and some intermittent cloud cover.

I took Dixie Mine Trail and the Sonoran Trail into the Fountain Hills Preserve, and then continued on the Sonoran Trail to the Promenade Trail to the Western Loop Trail up to Peak 3098, aka the West View Overlook. Once I got up there I took a break to enjoy the views, and to my surprise I looked down at the Adero Canyon TH and it had finally reopened, after being closed for over a year and a half. The road into the TH had finally been paved to boot.

I then descended on the south side of the peak and made my way to the Adero Canyon TH. Someone drove up there and when they got out of their car I asked them how long the TH had been open and they told me that it reopened last Friday. I am glad that the TH is finally open as it will give me another option for a starting point for an intown hike.

I continued back to the Dixie Mine TH, although this time I took the Lower Sonoran Trail in getting back to the McDowell Mountain Regional Preserve.
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East End Fountain Lake Tom's Thumb
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Nov 07 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Weavers Needle Lasso Loop, AZ 
Weavers Needle Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2020
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Hiking14.40 Miles 3,585 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   2.57 mph
3,585 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
I had not been to the Peralta TH since COVID started, so I decided to head out there today. It turned out to be a nice day for a hike, the hazy skies around mid-day notwithstanding.

We did a CW lollipop loop: TH>Peralta>Dutchman>Terrapin>Weavers Crosscut>Peralta>TH

There was no burn evidence until we almost got to Peralta Saddle. Thereafter there were quite a few heavily burned areas, but other areas were untouched. There was not much vegetation at all on the Crosscut Trail -- the terrain in this section was very moon-like. You could smell the soot along the Crosscut.

It got really hazy by late morning -- it almost looked like smoke, but it wasn't.

I think that we saw 3 people total north of Fremont Saddle. We met lots of people as we descended on the Peralta Trail from Fremont Saddle though -- way more people that I have seen on a hiking trail since COVID.
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Palomino Mountain Weavers Needle
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Nov 05 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2020
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Hiking9.20 Miles 1,689 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs      3.23 mph
1,689 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
With the weather still hot I did not want to do a long hike in the Valley, so I did this hike again, which isn't all that exciting but it is close to home.

There was a decent breeze blowing, which was welcome. In fact, it was almost cool up on Bell Pass.

I did not see any other hikers until I got almost back to the TH, when I met 2 different groups of 2 people. I did see 2 mountain bike riders and one trail runner on the Bell Pass Trail.

This is actually a decent exercise hike, and is a good one to do in the COVID era.
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Nov 03 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Elephant Mountain Summit - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2020
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Hiking8.30 Miles 2,109 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   2.59 mph
2,109 ft AEG   1 Hour   31 Mns Break
 
I was looking for a hike to do, and since the scramble to the summit on this one is as slippery as a politician, I figured that this would be a good hike for election day!

We did a CCW lasso loop hike. It was a warmer day than I was hoping for, so I was glad that we started early. The off-trail scramble up to the summit was a bit steep in places, but wasn't too bad. There was a bit of class 3 climbing that also wasn't too bad, notwithstanding some cactus and cholla that sometimes got in the way.

The 360 degree views at the top are really nice, so we spent a bit of time up there.

Once we got back on the Elephant Mountain Trail, the hike back was quite enjoyable.

It is really dry out there. If it had been a little cooler, I would have gone back on the Dragonfly Trail to check out the riparian area in the Jewel of the Creek Preserve....I'll save that for next time
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Oct 31 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Pinal East, AZ 
Pinal East, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
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Hiking15.50 Miles 4,416 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   2.51 mph
4,416 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
I decided to go out and do this hike again that I had done a week or so ago.

We started at the Una del Oso TH, and walked down FR 112 about 1/2 mile to the Sixshooter Trail; then we took Sixshooter up to Pinal Peak; went over to Ladder Rock; took the Pioneer Trail down to Pioneer Pass; then took East Mountain Trail-Toll Road Trail-Una del Oso Trail back to the TH.

While on the East Mountain Trail a couple of us went off-trail to the East Mountain Summit. This time we went up and back on the west slopes of East Mountain. It was steep, but I think that this route up to East Mountain was preferable to what I did previously.

There were great views from Pinal Peak, Ladder Rock, and East Mountain, plus the weather was super; so this was a very enjoyable hike.

There was lots and lots of bear scat on the Toll Road Trail; in some places it looked like an Oso family reunion.

The trails are mostly in really good condition -- this is a nice hike that will give you a good workout.

We saw 3 white tailed deer on the Six Shooter Trail, and 2 tarantulas on the East Mountain Trail.
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There were a few maple trees still with some fall color on the Six Shooter Trail, but they were past their prime, and there weren't very many of them. There are lots of green leaves on oaks, sycamores, and others; perhaps there will be a bit more fall color from them in the coming days.
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Oct 29 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Grand Canyon - Horseshoe Mesa Loop, AZ 
Grand Canyon - Horseshoe Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2020
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Hiking13.20 Miles 4,067 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.14 mph
4,067 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break
 
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I had not been to the Grand Canyon since last winter, and I decided to do a hike that I had done before -- a loop hike around Horseshoe Mesa.

We started from the Grandview TH and descended down to Horseshoe Mesa. The descent was slower for me than it would have been on any of the corridor trails. I do like the Grandview Trail better than the corridor trails, even though I no doubt won't get as many social media "likes" for being outside the corridor.

Once on Horseshoe Mesa we took a break next to the old miner's stone dining hall. We then continued on the Grandview Trail to the west side of Horseshoe Mesa, and followed the trail down to the Tonto Trail. Along the way I missed a turn down toward the Tonto, and I went 1/4 mile, if not more, before finding my mistake. So that probably added 1/2 mile or so to the hike. It was a bit of slippery descent down to the Tonto, so we took our time.

It was a nice hike on the Tonto down below the north and east sides of Horseshoe Mesa. We saw 3 bighorn sheep along the Tonto, on the NE side of Horseshoe Mesa. We went back up to Horseshoe Mesa on the trail that goes past Page Spring. This was a fun climb, and I was glad to be going up instead of down. Once back on Horseshoe Mesa we stopped for a lunch break before making the steep climb back to the TH on the Grandview Trail.

This was a good hike and is one that I hope to do again!
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Horseshoe Mesa Last Chance Mine
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Oct 28 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Pining for Oak Spring, AZ 
Pining for Oak Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2020
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Hiking11.00 Miles 1,963 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   2.73 mph
1,963 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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I was driving through Pine on my way to the Grand Canyon, and decided to stop and do this hike since I was in the area. The Oak Spring Trail got on my radar screen after reading a trip log that @hikerdw posted the other day.

Starting from the Pine TH I took the Oak Spring Trail to Oak Spring. Then I went north to Hardscrabble Mesa Rd, aka FR 428. From there I reversed course and went back to the TH.

I really enjoyed the hike. I wish that I had more time and I would have done the loop around Hardscrabble Mesa that @hikerdw did on his hike.

There were quite a few big tooth maples with some showy fall color in the stretch between Oak Spring and Hardscrabble Mesa Rd. The maple trees weren't real big, but the color was quite nice.

I did not see any wildlife, but I did see some bear scat in the middle of the Oak Spring Trail.

I will have to add this hike to my fall foliage rotation. It might be a nice spring hike also if there was water in the creek, but the creek was as dry as a bone on this day.
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Bradshaw Tank
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There were some colorful big tooth maples from Oak Spring north toward Hardscrabble Rd

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It looks like cattle frequent this tank, so I don't think that I would want to drink out of it

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I did not see any water anywhere
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Oct 26 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Keystone - Placer - 6180, AZ 
Keystone - Placer - 6180, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2020
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Hiking9.50 Miles 2,151 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.91 mph
2,151 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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I decided to make a quick trip down to Tucson to hike up to Keystone Peak, which is one of Arizona's 73 P2K Peaks. A P2K peak is one with 2,000' or more of topographic prominence. With the addition of Keystone, I have now bagged 29 of the 73 P2K peaks.

I also went up to Placer Peak and Peak 6180, since both were only a short distance off of the road/trail to Keystone.

From the TH, the hike up to Keystone is on a wide, well graded, unpaved road that goes up to the towers atop Keystone Peak. There are no rocks or ruts in the road, which makes for easy hiking, except of course for the elevation gain. I imagine that trail runners would enjoy this hike.

I went about 2 3/4 miles and took what is essentially an ATV road up to Placer Peak. The ATV road goes off to the left of the main road. You go about .3 miles with an AEG of 200' to get up to the top of Placer Peak. The ATV contours around the NW side of the peak to get to the top. I then went back to the Keystone Peak road, and took it to the top of Keystone Peak. It was kinda cool and windy, and hanging around communication towers isn't really my thing, so I did not stay long at the top.

On the way back down I went off-trail on a jeep road to the top of Peak 6180. This peak is supposedly only 8 feet lower than Keystone Peak, but my GPS recorded it as being around 30' lower. I descended down on what it is more like an ATV road to get back on the main road, at a point that is right across from where I went up to Placer Peak earlier.

I then went back to the TH.

I liked this hike better than I thought I would, in spite of getting rained on for a bit in the early part of the hike. This is the first rain that I have seen in AZ in over 6 months.

There is a lot of sun exposure on the hike, so this is not one that I would want to do in hot weather.
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Oct 24 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Highline - Horton - Beaver - Babe, AZ 
Highline - Horton - Beaver - Babe, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
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Hiking14.20 Miles 2,857 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   2.62 mph
2,857 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to head up to the Rim to check out the fall foliage and Beaver Turkey Ridge did not disappoint.

We did a loop hike starting and ending at the Hatchery TH. We went east on Highline to Horton Spring; took the steep Horton Spring Trail up to the Rim; wandered around Beaver Turkey Ridge; and then came back to the TH on the Babe Haught Trail.

Foliage on Beaver Turkey Ridge was a bit past prime, but there were pockets of some really nice fall color. It was very enjoyable hiking through there.

There was no fall color yet around Horton Spring. I imagine that it will be a week, and possibly 2 weeks, before any fall color shows up around the spring.

We saw a small tarantula on the Highline Trail, and we saw a single elk in 2 different places on Beaver Turkey -- one cow and one bull.

It was definitely a great day to be hiking up on the Rim!
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The foliage on Beaver Turkey Ridge was a bit past its prime, but in many places it was really, really nice. There was lots of red, orange, and yellow.

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Oct 22 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
East Pinal Ladder, AZ 
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Hiking15.70 Miles 4,341 AEG
Hiking15.70 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.43 mph
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1st trip
I had never hiked up to East Peak before, so I decided to hike up there using a couple of tracks posted by @hikerdw as a guide. I managed to persuade Tracie the Intrepid to go along for the ride.

We started and ended the hike at the Una Del Oso TH, which is on FR 112. We walked down FR 112 for about 1/2 mile to where the Six Shooter Trail crosses FR 112. We then took the Six Shooter Trail up to the Ferndell Trail. This is a great forested trail, and we in shade the entire time that we were on the trail -- I was glad to be in the shade because this is mostly a fairly steep climb. We saw 3 white tailed deer and Tracie saw a tarantula on the trail. On the drive out on FR112, about a mile or so from the TH we saw a coatimundi on a rock outcropping on the side of the road. It was only about 10 feet away, and that was easily the closest that I have seen a coati. Unfortunately, my camera was in the backseat.

We then took the Ferndale Trail up to the summit area. We walked over to the Pinal Peak high point, and then went over to Ladder Rock and took a break. There were 3 service workers at a tower next to Ladder Rock; they were the only people that we saw all day. Views were hazy, and we could see smoke from the Habañero Fire off to the SW.

We descended on the Pioneer Trail, and then went on the East Mountain over to -- where else -- East Mountain. We went off-trail up to the summit from the SW and then descended to the NW. If I was to do it again, I'd probably go up and down from the NW.

Once back on the East Mountain Trail we continued to the Toll Road Trail and then the Una Del Oso Trail back to the TH.

As for foliage, there were some bigtooth maples with reddish leaves on the Six Shooter Trail, but they were past their prime. Oaks had not started changing for the most part, and some looked they might go straight from green to brown and skip yellow. Virtually all of the trees on the trek from Pinal Peak back to the trailhead were still green.

This was an enjoyable loop, and it would be even better in a less dry time of year when there would be some water in the creeks.
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There were a few maples along the Sixshooter Trail that had a bit of color, but they were past their prime. Most everything else still had green leaves, although there was a bit of color here and there.

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There was great waterflow and the spring box was full.
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Oct 20 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Thomas Baldy, AZ 
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Hiking17.70 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.67 mph
3,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had been wanting to hike up to Mount Thomas, and I was wondering how the aspens were in the Mount Baldy area, so I decided to head to the East Baldy Trial and find out.

There were quite a few yellow leaves to be seen along the East Baldy Trail, and I really enjoyed hiking on the trail. I stopped to take a break at the Hoodoo Overlook, and the scenery was exceptional from there.

I continued on the East Baldy Trail to about the 5.5 mile mark, and then went off-trail to the summit on Mount Thomas. From where I turned it was an easy off-trail to the summit. I wandered around on the flattish summit for a bit trying to locate the high point. I found a spot that looked like the highest point, but it is possible that another point might be a tad bit higher. From the highpoint I walked a short distance SW and found a cadastral survey marker that obviously marked the boundary between tribal land and the Baldy Wilderness. Instead of heading straight back to the East Baldy Trail I decided to wander off-trail for a bit as I made my way back to the East Baldy-West Baldy trail junction.

I then took the West Baldy Trail back to the Crossover Trail, and then took it back to the East Baldy Trail and the TH. The Crossover Trail was a bit of a slog on this day, and if I had it to do over again I would have returned on the East Baldy Trail back to the TH. The views of the aspens were much better on the East Baldy Trail than the West Baldy Trail.

There was a bit of deadfall to contend with on the East Baldy Trail, but not very much. Amazingly, there was essentially no deadfall on the West Baldy Trail -- usually there is more deadfall on West Baldy than East Baldy.

There was a good bit of water flowing alongside the lower part of the West Baldy Trail in the West Fork of the Little Colorado River.

It was a great day to hike in one of my favorite areas!
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I'd say that the aspen leaves were slightly past peak, but they were awesome nonetheless.
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Oct 17 2020
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The Munds Wagon-Cowpies-Hangover loop is one of my favorite Sedona hikes, and I figured that this would be a good time to go do this one again.

We added in a side-trip to Merry-Go-Round Rock, and to Elephant Arch and the other arches on the "Window". Merry-Go-Round Rock is an easy climb, although it is class 3 in a couple of places. Climbing up to the arches is a little more difficult, but isn't too bad. There are great views up there, along with some fun climbs depending on how adventurous you are.

It was a little warm, but we got an early start and it turned out to be a great day for a hike. I was a little concerned that there might be some smoke from the Horse Fire, but that turned out not to be an issue at all.
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