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Sep 15 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.60 Miles 2,107 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   3.08 mph
2,107 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
I wanted to do an exercise hike not far from home, so I chose this one, even though it is not my favorite hike.

There was some cloud cover and nice breezes early in the hike, both of which were quite welcome.

I almost stepped on a rattlesnake that was curled up in a ball on the right side of the trail. I saw the snake just as my foot was about 6" away from stepping on him -- but the snake never moved, and I was able to lengthen my stride just in time to avoid stepping on the snake.

It was nice to do a low elevation hike for a change -- I could actually breathe on this hike!
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Sep 10 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking16.20 Miles 4,616 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   9 Hrs      2.17 mph
4,616 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
 
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I have been eyeing Wheeler Peak for a while, and after hiking in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado for a few days, on my way back to the VOS I decided to swing by Taos Ski Valley and bag the New Mexico High Point.

I did an out-and-back hike starting at the Bull of the Woods Trail #90. The first part of the hike was through forests that were nice but didn't have any views. Once I got near 12,000' I was above the treeline and hiked a few miles in alpine meadows, which had some really nice views. There were 3-4 false summits, and I didn't actually see Wheeler Peak until I was almost there. The trail took me right over Mount Walter, which is only about 25 feet lower than Wheeler Peak.

This was a nice but strenuous hike -- the distance and elevation gain are similar to hiking Humphreys Peak from the Inner Basin.
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Sep 08 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Wetterhorn PeakWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.20 Miles 3,214 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.15 mph
3,214 ft AEG   2 Hrs   32 Mns Break
 
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What a fun hike this one was! In fact, it was one of the most enjoyable and satisfying hikes that I have ever done.

The scenery was not quite as good as hiking Uncompahgre, but it was pretty darn close. There was great scenery all the way to near the summit, and then that is where the fun began. There was some route finding and rock scrambling, and the final climb to the summit was a definite class 3 climb -- but there was no exposure however.

I would definitely hike this one again...and for strong hikers you could also bag Matterhorn Peak on your way back.
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Sep 07 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Redcloud & Sunshine PeaksWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.90 Miles 4,708 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   2.17 mph
4,708 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break
 
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This hike gives you 2 peaks for the price of one.

We hiked from the Silver Creek TH, which is right across the road from the Grizzly Gulch TH, which goes up to Handies Peak.

There was a bit of avalanche debris on the early part of the trail, and there was a decent amount of snow left in places along the trail -- we had to walk through some snow a couple of times, but it wasn't bad.

A mile or so into the hike a rainstorm started, and we got pretty wet. There was no ligntning or thunder though, and the storm passed by us, with clear skies behind it.

This was a nice hike, but it was my least favorite of the 4 hikes that I did in the San Juans. We got up to Redcloud, and then had to descend to a saddle between Redcloud and Sunshine, and then regain the lost elevation by hiking up to Sunshine. Then we had to descend Sunshine, and hike back up to Redcloud from the saddle between the two. From there it was mostly downhill back to the TH.

There were more people on the trail than there were on the other hikes that I did this week -- presumably because it was a Saturday and the TH was relatively easy to get to.
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Sep 06 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Uncompahgre PeakWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.10 Miles 2,903 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   2.23 mph
2,903 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
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This was perhaps the most scenic hike that I have ever been on. The views as we approached the summit were almost surreal, and pictures don't the views justice.

There was a bit of rock scrambling near the summit, but nothing too difficult.

You definitely need a 4WD vehicle to get to the TH. My buddy drove us to the TH in his Wrangler Unlimited. The only other vehicles at the TH were a Rubicon and a stock 4Runner Trail. The folks in the 4Runner were from Phoenix, oddly enough.

One nice thing about hiking in the San Juans is that there weren't many other people on the trails. I guess that the remoteness of the area and the rough roads keeps the riff-raff away!
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Sep 05 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Handies PeakWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.60 Miles 3,673 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   2.00 mph
3,673 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
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This was the first of five 14ers that I hiked in four days in the amazingly beautiful San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado.

This one was the "alternate" route up to Handies via the Grizzly Gulch Trail.

The drive to the TH wasn't bad -- we were in a Wrangler and we parked next to an Outback; so a 4WD vehicle wasn't needed, but the drive is better with some decent clearance.

We saw 3 deer in the early part of the hike, but other than pikas and marmots, they were the only animals that I saw in the San Juans.

This was a gorgeous hike all the way to the summit, and at the summit the 360 degree views were awesome!
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Sep 01 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Humphreys Super Loop con Fremont Peak, AZ 
Humphreys Super Loop con Fremont Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking19.70 Miles 4,484 AEG
Hiking19.70 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   2.36 mph
4,484 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
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I have been wanting to do the Humphreys Super Loop and I have also been wanting to hike up to Fremont Peak, so I decided to both yesterday. I did not hike up to Humphreys though.

This was a true loop that I did clockwise. The hike began at the Humphreys Trailhead, and I took the Humphreys Summit Trail up to Agassiz Saddle. From there I took the Weatherford Trail to Fremont Saddle, and then went off-trail up to Fremont Peak, following the excellent route that @LindaAnn posted a week or so ago. From there I descended to the east, down to Doyle Saddle, and then picked up the Weatherford Trail again, taking it to the Kachina Trail, and finally followed the Kachina Trail back to the Kachina TH. Then I walked through a couple of parking lots back to the Humphreys TH.

The climb up to Fremont was not too difficult -- the terrain was good for the most part and the climb just under 600' in about 0.9 miles. The descent down the east side of Fremont was much more difficult than the climb up. You'll descend almost 1,000' in the first 0.6 miles. Part of this is very slippery, and there is a boulder field with large rocks and boulders to deal with. It would have been easier to go down the way that I came up, but then it would not have been a loop hike.

This was my first time on the Kachina Trail -- it was a diverse trail with some ups and downs; but after a long hike, there were more ups than I was really looking for.
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Aug 24 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Lemmon / Lemmon Rock LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
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Hiking10.60 Miles 2,833 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.75 mph
2,833 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
I was looking for a cooler place to hike than the VOS, and decided that Mount Lemmon was a good choice.

We did this loop CCW, and the climb back up to Mount Lemmon on the Lemmon Rock LO Trail was a butt-kicker.

On the way down from Mount Lemmon, while on Mount Lemmon Trail #5 we went past the WOR Trail for about .2 mile to a really cool view point -- it is well worth checking out. On the way to the view point we came across a green mohave rattlerblack-tailed rattlesnake alongside the trail. This snake was not very happy to see us.

We made a side trip to Lemmon Pool -- the water was clear but it was down 10-12 inches from being full, and the waterfall was not running.

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Aug 18 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Woodall Mountain - Mississippi HighpointDelta, MS
Delta, MS
Scenic Drive avatar Aug 18 2019
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Scenic Drive1.00 Miles
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This was a literal drive-up to the Mississippi high point atop Woodall Mountain. The drive up is about 1 mile on a well-graded unpaved road that any vehicle could drive on.

This is the 'bloodiest" state highpoint, as there was a brutal battle near here in 1862 in the Civil WarWar Between the States. It is said that 1/3 of the combatants were killed in the battle.

At the summit, there are 3 communications towers and lots of trees, so there are no views at all.

Woodall Mountain is only 806' in elevation, making it the 4th lowest state highpoint(only Florida, Louisiana, and Delaware are lower).

I now have 7 state pointers: CA, CO, AZ, TN, OK, AR, and MS
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Aug 10 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
Bear Canyon Lake, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.80 Miles 2,556 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.83 mph
2,556 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
 
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I was looking for a nice hike in some cooler weather, and decided to head up to Bear Canyon Lake. We started and ended the hike at the See Canyon TH. Once at the Rim Road, we took an off trail shortcut to get to FR 208, and took that to the Bear Canyon Lake Trail, which leads down to the lake.

There was a healthy volume of water in the lake, and there were very few people there. This is a very pretty lake imho, and it is something of an undiscovered gem.

On the way back we took a short trip up to See Spring.

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Aug 04 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Flatiron and Peak 5024, AZ 
Flatiron and Peak 5024, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2019
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Hiking7.60 Miles 2,990 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.33 mph
2,990 ft AEG   1 Hour   59 Mns Break
 
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With the fire closure no longer in effect for part of the Superstitions, I decided to take a trip to Flatiron and Peak 5024. We started early so we were in shade all the way up and on the way down until we got back to Siphon Draw.

This was an enjoyable hike -- there was no trash on the trail and there were hardly any other hikers. I guess that word hasn't gotten out that this trail has reopened.
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Aug 02 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Badwater TrailDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Scenic Drive avatar Aug 02 2019
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Scenic Drive34.00 Miles
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Having hiked Mount Whitney(the highest point in the continental US) the day before, on the way back to the VOS I figured that I'd stop off at Badwater Basin, the low point in the US. Actually, Badwater Basin is also the lowest point on land in the Western Hemisphere.

The trip involved a 34 mile RT detour off of Highway 190. At the parking lot there was a boardwalk that was all of about 50 yards long, so we walked to the end of the boardwalk, and continued a short distance on the salt flats. It was 110 degrees at 11:00 AM, and having done a strenuous hike the day before, we decided not to go exploring out on the salt flats on this trip.
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Aug 01 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Whitney 14,505Sierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2019
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Hiking23.50 Miles 6,634 AEG
Hiking23.50 Miles   15 Hrs   25 Mns   2.10 mph
6,634 ft AEG   4 Hrs   13 Mns Break
 
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Being how Mount Whitney is the highest point in the continental US, hiking it had been on my radar screen for a while. I was able to get some permits, so 4 of us got a 1:00 AM start from the trailhead at the Whitney Portal.

It took us 4 hours to get to trail camp, and we stopped there for a break and to filter some water. We got off trail in the dark a couple of times, but we got back on course without too much trouble. By the time we finished our break, the sun was coming up, so headlamps were not needed the rest of the way.

I started slowing down a bit going up the 97 switchbacks from Trail Camp up to Trail Crest. By that time we were at about 13,700' of elevation. The section from Trail Crest to the summit was a fairly rocky, and I was slowing down both due to the terrain and the elevation -- but I persevered and made it to the summit.

There was a snow field not too far below the summit -- I did not use microspikes on the way up, but I did put my microspikes on for the descent. I would guess that the snowfield was about 100 yards long, and most people seemed not to be using any traction devices.

The weather was near perfect for the hike -- it was a sunny, cloudless day. It was a bit breezy at times, and I put on a jacket and gloves for a while....but at the summit I had on a couple of shirt layers, but no jacket or gloves.

On the way back I made a short detour to go to Lone Pine Lake.

This was probably the most strenuous dayhike that I have done, but it was definitely worthwhile to do. The views along the way and at the summit were awesome!
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Jul 30 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Lone Pine Lake TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2019
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Hiking6.30 Miles 1,816 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.44 mph
1,816 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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This hike was from the TH at the Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake and back. Actually we went a short distance past Lone Pine Lake to the boundary of the Whitney Zone, beyond which a permit is required.

We did this hike 2 days before hiking up to Mount Whitney -- we wanted to do this hike to acclimate a bit to the altitude and to check out at least a portion of the trail that we would be hiking on up to Whitney.

There were about 3 creek crossings, one of which was a bit of a challenge to keep your feet dry.

Lone Pine Lake was nice -- there was still some snow on one side of the lake.
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Jul 22 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2019
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Hiking10.90 Miles 3,326 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   5 Hrs   59 Mns   2.12 mph
3,326 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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I made another trip up to Flagstaff to once again hike up to Humphreys Peak -- this was my 7th time up to the summit in the last 6 weeks. I don't really enjoy the Humphreys Summit Trail all that much, but I have a high elevation hike coming up on August 1 and Humphreys is the best option in AZ for some altitude training.

There was a bit of smoke from the Museum Fire, but it wasn't too bad. When I got to the TH I could smell the smoke a bit, but it wasn't noticeable from the TH up to Agassiz Saddle. From the Saddle to the summit you could see and smell the smoke a bit though.

I had originally intended to hike over to Fremont Saddle on my way back from the summit, but with the smoke I decided just to head back to the TH once I got to Agassiz Saddle.
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Jul 20 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.10 Miles 1,531 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   4 Hrs   51 Mns   3.16 mph
1,531 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
I was looking for a hike that wasn't too far away from the VOS and that was in a cooler area, and this one fit the bill!

The hike begins and ends at the 260 TH, which is right off of Highway 260 and is easy to get to.

This is a fairly easy hike -- the elevation gain is modest for the distance. You get most of the elevation gain out of the way in the first 2 miles of the hike, which goes from the 260 TH up to the Rim on the Military Sinkhole Trail.

I enjoy the portion of the hike that is along the Rim -- there are several lookouts that have really nice views to the south. A couple of miles or so are some easy off-trail hiking.

I saw a deer on the off-trail portion of the hike up on the Rim, and saw an Arizona Black while coming down from the Rim on the Drew Trail. The snake was about 4-5 feet off the trail and was shaking his rattle and was coiled up to strike, as if he was some sort of bada$$. I laughed at him and he eventually slithered away.
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Jul 15 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Aspen-Marshall with a hint of Mint, AZ 
Aspen-Marshall with a hint of Mint, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2019
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Hiking14.50 Miles 3,685 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.48 mph
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I had never been to the Marshall Gulch TH, and had never hiked on the Aspen, Marshall, or Mint Springs Trail, so I decided to rectify that situation. I talked Tracie into heading down to Mount Lemmon with me.

We started and ended the hike at the Marshall Gulch TH. Note that Google Maps refers to this as the "Marshall Gulch Picnic Area".

This hike was a figure-8 loop with a sidetrip to Lemmon Pool.

We began the hike by taking the Aspen Trail to Marshall Saddle; from there we took the Mint Springs Trail to the Mint Springs TH; then we walked a very short distance on Carter Canyon Rd and then hiked on County Road 18 up to the ski lift and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness high point. Then we continued east to Mount Lemmon Trail #5 and took it to the Lemmon Rock LO Trail, which we took down to the Wilderness of Rocks Trail. Once at the Wilderness of Rocks Trail we went west for a half mile or so and then went off-trail to Lemmon Pool. Then we went back to the Lemmon Rock LO Trail-WOR trail junction, and took the WOR trail to Marshall Saddle. From there, we took the Marshall Gulch Trail back to the TH.

I got the idea for this hike from a hike that Joe and the_Eagle recently did in which they utilized the Mint Springs Trail and CR-18.

The trails were nice on the hike -- I particularly enjoyed the Aspen Trail, the Marshall Gulch Trail, and the Mint Springs Trail. There were lots of ferns, butterflies, and wildflowers on the Aspen and Mint Springs trails, and the Marshall Gulch trail had some water running in the creek.

Lemmon Pool had a decent amount of water, but it will benefit from being refreshed by some monsoon rains.
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Jul 11 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
San Gorgonio Mountain, CA 
San Gorgonio Mountain, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2019
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Hiking19.00 Miles 5,513 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles   9 Hrs   7 Mns   2.51 mph
5,513 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
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San Gorgonio Mtn has been on my radar screen since last month when I hiked up to nearby Mt. San Jacinto, and with the weather still being good for the hike, Tracie and I decided to check this hike out.

This was an out-and-back hike on the Vivian Creek Trail in Forest Falls, CA. It was pretty much uphill all the way to the summit, and then downhill all the way back. The trail was easy to follow for the most part, although I occasionally referred to the default GPS track on HAZ for the Vivian Creek Trail. The GPS track was very accurate!

The hike was pretty tough (as the distance and elevation gain would suggest), but it was not as strenuous as I thought that it was going to be. The hike went through 2-3 ecosystems, and I enjoyed the scenery. However, I think that I liked the Mt. San Jacinto hike via the Deer Springs Trail better than this one.

This hike would be of interest to any peakbaggers: San Gorgonio Mtn. is the highest peak in Southern California, and in terms of topographic prominence it is the 7th most prominent peak in the continental US. Trivia buffs might recall that San Gorgonio Mtn.has been the scene of several notable plane crashes, including separate plane crashes that killed Frank Sinatra's mother and Dean Martin's son.
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Jun 28 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2019
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Hiking16.50 Miles 3,633 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   2.81 mph
3,633 ft AEG   1 Hour   37 Mns Break
 
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I have been wanting to hike up to Doyle Peak, and I convinced Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, to go with me.

I was hoping to take Freidlein Prairie Rd (FR 522) to the Kachina Spur TH to start the hike, but FR 522 is still closed for timber cutting operations. Thus, we wound up taking Elden Springs Rd (FR 556) to Schultz Pass Rd and began the hike there. There is a temporary parking area and TH at the Elden Springs-Schultz Pass Jct. due to the Schultz Pass road closure. I figure that this added 3 miles and 600' of elevation gain to the hike as compared to starting on the Kachina Spur.

This was the first time that I had hiked on this portion of the Weatherford Trail, and it was a nice hike. There are quite a few aspen trees along the trail and I imagine that this would be a nice hike in early October.

We made our way to Doyle Saddle, and then went up the west side of Doyle to the summit. I followed a GPS track that Chumley posted and it was a good route to the summit. We descended back down to Doyle Saddle the same way that we came up.

There was still a bit of snow atop Doyle, but it was easy to walk around.

I thought about also going up to Fremont Peak, but figured that this was a long enough hike for one day.

Once Freidline Prarie Road reopens, I plan to start at the Kachina spur and hike back up to Doyle Saddle and head up to Fremont from there.
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Jun 22 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Loop Hike to Mount San Jacinto, CA 
Loop Hike to Mount San Jacinto, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
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Hiking19.60 Miles 5,404 AEG
Hiking19.60 Miles   9 Hrs   49 Mns   2.62 mph
5,404 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break
 
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What a great and amazing hike that this one turned out to be!

This is a clockwise lollipop loop hike that starts and ends at the Deer Springs TH, which is about 1 mile from the center of the neat little town of Idyllwild, CA.

The hike goes up the west side of Mount San Jacinto, which is nice since you avoid the crowds coming up the mountain from the Tram on the east side. Mount San Jacinto has just over 8,300' of topographic prominence, making it the 6rh most prominent peak in the continental US.

The hike began by taking the Deer Springs Trail. After about 4 miles we came to Strawberry Junction, and began the loop part of the hike. After 9 miles or so we came to a junction of the Deer Springs Trail with the Peak Trail-Mount San Jacinto. This junction is 0.3 miles below the summit, and from there we took the Peak Trail up to the summit. It is a fairly easy hike on the Peak Trail up to the summit, and just below the summit you pass an emergency shelter that was built by the CCC in 1933. There is a bit of easy class 3 rock scrambling just below the summit, but there is no exposure.

On the way back, we took the Peak Trail to the east to Wellman Divide. The Peak Trail is fairly busy because it is the route up the summit for hikers that take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to the Mountain Tram Station. From the tram station it is an 11 mile round trip hike to the Mount San Jacinto Summit.

Once at Wellman Divide we took the Wellman Cienega Trail to Saddle Junction, and then from there we took the Strawberry Cienega Trail back to Strawberry Divide, thus completing the loop.

The Deer Springs Trail was the champion of this hike, and it is one of the nicest trails that I have ever hiked on. There are lots of wildflowers, interesting rock outcroppings, huge boulder, and lots of huge trees in the dense forest-- black oak, white fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, and sugar pine, among others.

This hike is a keeper for me -- it was nice avoiding the crowds by going up the west side of the peak. Coming down the east side had some awesome views, although the trail was a bit crowded until we got past Wellman Divide.
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