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Feb 23 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
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Hiking15.60 Miles 3,990 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   3.07 mph
3,990 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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I figured that today was a good day to make my second trip up to Mount Ord in 2020. This hike isn't all that exciting, especially if you have done it a few times, but it fits the bill for a good exercise hike that has some distance and elevation gain.

There was probably 8"-10" of water running through the wash on the trail a short distance from the TH, which made for an interesting crossing.

The trail was a bit muddy in a few places, but not too bad. It was a bit chilly at the summit, so we did not linger up there too long.

On the way back 6 jeeps took FR 27 all the way down to the Beeline Highway -- with the road being wet they added a few more ruts to the road.

There is a little bit of snow on the trail up near the summit, but it was easy to deal with.

Here are a couple of videos that show the water flow in the wash:
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO ... 9qVHhSUk1n

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO ... 9qVHhSUk1n
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HAZ - Hike HAZard
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Rime Ice Snow
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Wildflowers Observation None
There are no wildflowers blooming along the trail at this time.
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Feb 20 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Rice Peak - Pinal Co Hi Point - Silly Mtn, AZ 
Rice Peak - Pinal Co Hi Point - Silly Mtn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2020
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Hiking10.60 Miles 3,415 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles
3,415 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I have had the Pinal County High Point on my Radar screen for a while, so I decided to head towards Tucson and add Pinal County to my AZ County High Point list. I have now done 10 of the 15 AZ county high pointers, and hope to get at least 4 of the 5 done in the coming months. I still have to figure out what to do about Mount Graham.

I drove down and took FR 29 from Peppersauce Campground for about 1.5 miles and parked. As it turned out I could have driven another 3/4 mile or so and parked at the junction with 29-4472-4475. I was fine with parking where I was to make a more legitimate hike out of it. I think that a 2WD vehicle with decent clearance could go about a mile from the campground, but if you went much further than that it would be better in a 4WD vehicle.

My route on the way up went from FR 29 to FR 4472 to FR 4483, which led up to Rice Peak. Then I did an easy off-trail descent down the north slopes of Rice to the Pinal County High Point. I then retraced my steps back up to Rice Peak and then back to FR 4483. This time, when I got the 4483-4475 junction, I took FR 4475 just to take a different route back. I believe that @chumley drove up this road when he bagged the Pinal Hi Point, and there were some steep, steep sections of the road, which would for sure make for an adventurous drive.

On my way back into town I was driving through Gold Canyon and decided to stop off and bag Silly Mountain, since I had never done it. There is actually a decent trail system through there with lots of trails -- where else can you do a 1.8 mile hike and be on 7 trails? I did a short loop and bagged Silly Mountain, and there were a number of other trails that I did not go on.

The mileage and AEG for the 2 hikes are as follows:
Rice Peak/Pinal Co High Point: 8.8 miles with an AEG of 2,949'
Silly Mountain: 1.8 miles with an AEG of 466'

The stats above are the sum of these two.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
There were a few wildflowers in bloom on Silly Mountain -- quite a few brittlebush and globemallow, and a few creosote bush and blue dicks.
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Feb 18 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2020
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Hiking8.60 Miles 3,406 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   1.70 mph
3,406 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
 
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This is a fun hike and I wanted to do it again before the weather got hot, and today seemed like a good day to do it. It was a perfect morning for a hike, although it got a tad warm on the way back.

There weren't too many people out on the trail today, which was a bit surprising even for a Tuesday.

I always enjoy being up on the Superstition Ridgeline, and today was no exception!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There were a few flowers blooming along the Hieroglyphic Trail, but not much blooming past the glyphs. It is still a bit early to see too many flowers in bloom.
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Feb 15 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking13.80 Miles 2,818 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles
2,818 ft AEG
 
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Battleship in the Supes is one of my favorite hiking destinations, and I decided to do this one again before the weather gets hot.

A small group of us did the hike from the First Water Trailhead, and after going up and down Battleship, we dropped down into La Barge Box. There is still a decent amount of water in the box, and as usual it was nice to be down there exploring a bit.

There was not nearly as much water in Boulder Canyon as there was in early December, when I was last there. We had to step on stones in a couple of the creek crossings to keep our feet dry, but it was easy to do. There was no water at all at most of the creek crossings.

When we got back to the TH somebody came walking up with a jar of marijuana that he had found on the trail. The ranger at the trailhead said that it probably belonged to a group from California that was camping out there somewhere. It is never a dull day in the Supes!

I accidentally left my GPS at home, so the stats above are from the last time that I did this exact hike.
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Feb 12 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Bright Angel - Tonto - South KaibabNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2020
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Hiking14.90 Miles 3,806 AEG
Hiking14.90 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   2.44 mph
3,806 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
 
I was originally going to do Rim2River2Rim, but opted to go down the South Kaibab Trail from the South Rim, take the Tonto Trail over to the Bright Angel Trail, and then take the Bright Angel Trail back up to the Rim. I enjoy this section of the Tonto Trail, which is why I opted to do this instead.

On the way down I stopped off at Skeleton Point, which is the first place to see the Colorado River. On the way up the Bright Angel Trail I stopped for a bit to look at 3 bighorn sheep who were hanging out off of the trail. At about the 2 mile mark on the way up I went off-trail for a bit to check out a portion of the hike over to The Battleship.

I put on micropikes at the last rest stop on the BA Trail, and wore them all the way back up to the Rim. The trail was pretty icy so I was glad to have the traction.

This is a good time of year to be up at the Canyon. It was 18 degrees when I started the hike at 8:30 AM, but by 10:00 I was down to shirt sleeves, and I stayed that way through the rest of the hike. There weren't many people out hiking, even on the BA Trail. Not surprisingly, I did not see anyone on the Tonto Trail.
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Feb 08 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Skull Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
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Hiking15.90 Miles 3,812 AEG
Hiking15.90 Miles   7 Hrs   49 Mns   2.50 mph
3,812 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break
 
I decided to make my annual trek to the Skull Mesa Ruins today. We went up to the Mesa via the "conventional" route -- Spur Cross Trail to Cave Creek Trail #4 to Cottonwood Trail #247 to Skull Mesa Trail #248. Then we went off-trail across the mesa to the ruins. We returned the same way except this time we took Trail 247A (or is it 247B?) off of the Cottonwood Trail and connected to the Mariposa Hill Trail in the Spur Cross Park. This shortcut saved almost 1.5 miles on the way back.

This is a fun hike that is a good workout. Up on the mesa we found some petroglyphs that I have been trying to find for a couple of years -- some say that the glyphs are X-rated, but I am not so sure about that.

Walking up on the mesa did not seem as bad as it has in the past, maybe because I managed to avoid the prickly pear this time. Going down Trail #248 reminded me why it is one of my least favorite trails.
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Feb 06 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Peak 3076 - Goldfield MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2020
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Hiking6.70 Miles 2,976 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   1.42 mph
2,976 ft AEG   2 Hrs   19 Mns Break
 
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I was looking at a topographic map for the Goldfields and noticed an elevation mark for "3076", and decided to go see about climbing the peak at this location. I managed to persuade Tracie the Intrepid to accompany me on this journey.

I drove to the Blue Point Bulldog Canyon OHV gate, and from there we went about 1.5 miles to the "trailhead". As an aside, you better have really good vision to be able to open the padlock at the gate. There is no way that I could have read the 4-digit tumblers on the padlock, but fortunately Tracie's vision is better than mine. Even with that, she had to use the flashlight on her camera in order to select the gate code.

This wound up being one of the slowest hikes that I have done. For about a half-mile or so from the TH, we walked either through a wash or a 4-wheeler road; beyond that we rarely walked on any flat ground, and most of the trek was either a steep uphill or downhill.

We made our way to a saddle, and from there we could see Peak 3076. We could have taken a more direct route than we did, but I wanted to explore a little bit. We eventually made our way up to the summit, and we enjoyed the nice unobstructed 360 degree views. I looked down at Rhyodacite Canyon, and we decided to make our descent in that direction because we wanted to go see Secret Arch which is on the west side of Rhyodacite Canyon. Unfortunately we got cliffed out, and decided to make our way back up to Peak 3076 and head back to the TH from there. This added about a mile and 500' of elevation gain to the hike.

On the way back we went to another, unnamed peak, that I my GPS indicated was about the same elevation as Peak 3076.

As we got close to the saddle, we discovered 3 arches near the saddle, and decided to check them out. It is always nice to see arches.

I was glad to hike up to this peak and enjoy the views, but it is not a hike that I will do again and again and again.

The only wildlife that we saw were some hummingbirds that liked the blooming chuparosa that we saw; now I know why chuparosa is called a "hummingbird bush".

From the TH to the saddle, I followed the GPS track that @CannondaleKid posted for his hike to Panorama Peak, which starts and ends at the same "trailhead" as this hike.
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Feb 05 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Hog - Thumb - Windgate - East Loop, AZ 
Hog - Thumb - Windgate - East Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2020
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Hiking12.00 Miles 4,137 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   2.28 mph
4,137 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was looking for a hike close to home, and was wanting something different than going to the Lost Dog Wash TH; so I decided to head out to the Tom's Thumb TH. It has been a little over a year since I had been there, so I was overdue. I decided to do a Figure-8 loop that was a combination of the Hog Heaven Loop and a loop that utilized the Tom's Thumb/Windgate Pass/East End Trails. For good measure, I added an out-and-back hike to the Tom's Thumb Lookout.

I began the hike by doing the Hog Heaven Loop CW. This was my favorite part of the hike -- it was a steep and sometimes slippery climb up to the HangnailThumbnail Rock Formation. There was a fair amount of rock climbing and scrambling on this portion of the hike -- more than I remembered from previous times doing it. I then went over to East End -- the high point in the McDowells -- and hung out for a while. Then I descended down to the Tom's Thumb Trail, and did the Tom's Thumb-Windgate Pass-East End Loop CCW. The descent from the Tom's Thumb Trail down to the Windgate Pass Trail was my least favorite part of the hike -- it was fairly rocky and a bit steep, and did not offer much redeeming value imho. The trek up the East End Trail was as tough as ever!

The weather was good for this hike -- it was a tad cloudy in the morning but sunny in the afternoon. It was 38 degrees when I started a little after 9:00 AM, and was 49 when I got back to the TH.
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Feb 01 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Goldfields: Pedestal Razorback Triple Play, AZ 
Goldfields: Pedestal Razorback Triple Play, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
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Hiking12.60 Miles 2,766 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   7 Hrs   19 Mns   2.14 mph
2,766 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
 
This is a repeat of a hike that I did back in November. I took a few people with me who had limited experience in the Goldfields -- not surprisingly, they loved it!

Starting at the Willow Springs TH, we did a CW lollipop loop, with the highlights being Pedestal Arch, the Razorback, and Triple Arch in Black Glass Canyon. Both arches are neat to see, as is climbing on the Pedestal that is next to Pedestal Arch. I enjoy the climb up to Razorback -- at the widest place up on Razorback it is probably 5' wide, and other places up on the spine of the Razorback are less wide than that. There are great views up there also. Looking at Razorback you'd think that it would be a difficult climb, but I used the route up there that @hikerdw posted, and it is a surprisingly easy climb.

This hike is a keeper in my book!
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Jan 29 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Big Horn Peak and Saddle Mountain, AZ 
Big Horn Peak and Saddle Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2020
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Hiking11.00 Miles 3,809 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
3,809 ft AEG
 
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Saddle Mountain-Tonopah has been on my radar screen for a while but I didn't want to drive all the way out there just to hike 3 miles. I managed to convince Tracie the Intrepid, my favorite hiking partner, to go along. Tracie had never done Big Horn Peak, and I have only done it once so we decided to also do it while we were out there. Our friend Elizabeth was off work so we got her to come along as well.

We did Big Horn Peak first, which was a good idea I think. We got there just as it was getting light enough to see. I did this hike earlier this month with @trekkin_gecko and @johnlp, and the route was still somewhat fresh on my mind. Even so, I looked at my GPS a number of times to make sure that we were on track. It was a fun scramble up to the summit, notwithstanding all of the cholla that we had to navigate around and through.

After getting back to our vehicle, we drove about 30 minutes to get to the TH for Saddle Mountain. Even though the Saddle Mountain hike is only 3 miles, it is not your grandma's garden variety 3 mile hike -- it is very steep and slippery, especially the section leading up to the saddle. Route finding was much easier than I thought it would be -- there is an easy-to-follow trail up to the saddle, and even past the saddle the route is mostly easy to follow. I downloaded the track that @LindaAnn posted about 10 days ago, and I looked at it a couple of times to make sure that I was not off track. I did manage to avoid the scenic detour that @LindaAnn and @trekkin_gecko took!...lol...I also used the track for the drive-in ato the TH that @chumley posted; the turn off of Courthouse Rd isn't completely obvious, so this track was helpful.

The views on both peaks are great, although we liked the view on Saddle Mountain better.

After the hike we had some post-hike grub at Hodori Korean Restaurant in Mesa -- the pork belly that I had was excellent!

Stats for the 2 summits are:
Big Horn Peak: 7.9 miles and an AEG of 2,205'
Saddle Mountain: 3.1 miles and an AEG of 1,604'

The distance and elevation gain above are the sum of the two.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
On the hike to Big Horn, we saw one poppy blooming and a few brittlebush blooming; on the hike to Saddle Mountain, there were a few lupine and brittlebush blooming.
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Jan 27 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2020
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Hiking12.70 Miles 2,871 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.82 mph
2,871 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
I decided to go out and get in another exercise hike in the McDowells. There is nothing remarkable about this hike, especially since I have done it numerous times. It was a nice day out, although I may have to start earlier next time -- the temperatures were good but there was lots of sun exposure. Thankfully there was a nice breeze blowing to keep me semi-cool.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
I saw a few poppies and brittlebush blooms. A few other plants seemed like they were getting ready to bloom -- I think that we may have an early wildflower season this year.
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Jan 26 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Bike Ride, AZ 
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Road Biking20.00 Miles 817 AEG
Road Biking20.00 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   14.12 mph
817 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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I went on a bike ride today from Fountain Hills to Rio Verde and back. I have been dealing with some sciatic nerve issues over the last 3 months, and this was the first time that I have been on a bicycle in a while. It was a nice afternoon to be out, but I was going against the wind on the last half of the ride, so it was a bit of a grind.

This route is not too bad: there is a wide shoulder on the road, and the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation is on the east side of the road, and the McDowell Mountain Regional Park is on the west side of the road. However, I like hiking a lot better than bicycle riding!
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Jan 25 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Atascosa Lookout and Peak, AZ 
Atascosa Lookout and Peak, AZ
 
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Hiking7.40 Miles 2,598 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.98 mph
2,598 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
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The Atascosa Lookout and Atascosa Peak have been on my radar screen for a while, so I decided to head south and hike up to both of them today.

We took the Atascosa Lookout Trail up to the old Lookout, which was destroyed by the Murphy Fire in 2011. We gained about 1,500 feet in elevation over 2.5 miles in getting to the lookout, and you will get a good workout on the climb. There were great views on top of the lookout, and it was fun being up there.

There is no trail going from the Lookout to the Peak, and we headed off to the NE to descend down from the Lookout. This was a bit steep and slippery in the early going, but it wasn't long until the terrain leveled off a bit. It was pretty finding a route over to the peak, although we had to do some rock scrambling along the way. There was a bit of easy class 3 climbing to get up to the Peak -- just enough to make for a fun climb! There were more awesome 360 degree views on top of the Peak.

We mostly went back toward the Lookout the way we came, but this time when we skirted the west side of the Lookout and hit the Lookout Trail not too far below the top of the Lookout. If I do this hike again, I'll take this route on the west side of the Lookout in heading over toward the Peak.

This hike was a lot of fun, and it is one that I would enjoy doing again someday.

The dirt road that the TH is one is pretty well graded(the Border Patrol keeps it in decent shape), and most any car can make it; however, you'll enjoy having a bit of clearance.
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Atascosa Fire Lookout Atascosa Peak
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Jan 23 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Ord from Slate Creek THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2020
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Hiking15.50 Miles 3,986 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   3.15 mph
3,986 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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I decided to take advantage of a nice day and do a hike that had some distance and elevation gain, and Mount Ord comes through on both counts!

It was a near perfect day to hike, and I was quite comfortable in shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt.

There was a little bit of snow on the trail, which I wasn't expecting. There was a small section of snow on FR 27 at about 5,500 feet; and there were several sections of snow on FR 626 on north facing, shady sections of the road. I probably would have put microspikes on a couple of times except that I left them at home. The snow wasn't bad to walk on though, although I got careless on the way down and slipped on some ice in one section and fell and bruised my pride! I think that I will survive though!
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Four Peaks Mount Ord Lookout Tower
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Jan 20 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Charlebois from Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 20 2020
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Hiking15.10 Miles 2,680 AEG
Hiking15.10 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   2.74 mph
2,680 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
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This is a pretty hike so I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and do this one again. There was a small group of us, and nobody else in the group had ever done this hike before. The riparian areas at La Barge Spring, Music Canyon Spring, and Charlebois Spring were awesome as always.

I was surprised how few people were on the trail for a holiday.

We passed by one burn area from the Woodbury Fire, and the grass is really green in the burn area.
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Music Canyon Spring Weavers Needle
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Jan 18 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Malapais Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking10.10 Miles 3,885 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   7 Hrs   48 Mns   1.66 mph
3,885 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break
 
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I had been wanting to do Malapais again, so a small group of us headed up there today.

We did an out-and-back hike, and it was a great day to be outside.

We took a good use trail up to Fragile Arch Saddle, then went to the 2750 Saddle, then went through a ravine, before dropping into a wash. We took the wash aways, and then went off-trail up to the saddle below Peak 3509. Then we followed the standard route up to the top of Malapais.

I did not realize it beforehand, but the Woodbury Fire burned a lot of the vegetation on top of Malapais, which made hiking on top of Malapais much easier than it was before. There were a couple of places that were like the old Malapais, i.e. they were choked with bristly vegetation. Fortunately the views atop Malapais are as good as ever!
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Jan 15 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Goldfields Dual Trifecta, AZ 
Goldfields Dual Trifecta, AZ
 
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Hiking10.70 Miles 2,657 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   7 Hrs   1 Min   1.98 mph
2,657 ft AEG   1 Hour   37 Mns Break
 
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I somehow managed to convince Tracie the Intrepid to join me on a hike in the Goldfields where we bagged 3 peaks and went to 3 arches -- the dual trifecta! We went to the summit of 3 of the "lesser" peaks in the Goldfields -- Peak 3134, Peak 3089, and Peak 3047; and we also went to 3 arches -- Elliptical Arch, Overlook Arch, and Kissing Turtles Arch. Credit goes to @hikerdw for coming up for the name for Kissing Turtles Arch, and for providing a GPS track that leads to Overlook Arch and Kissing Turtles Arch.

I have counted 22 peaks in the Goldfields that are 3,000' or more in elevation, and with today's hike I have now been on top of 19 of the 22. Still remaining are Tuff Dome(3,145'), North Peak 3195, and Peak 3076.

We drove in through the North Bulldog Canyon Wolverine Pass Gate (I have a pass) to the Dome Mountain TH and parked. This saved about 4 miles RT of walking on FR 1356. The hike was an inverted lollipop loop hike. We first went to Elliptical Arch. Actually we went past it as I was wanting to get to a waypoint that I had saved on my GPS, but the waypoint was bogus. So we backtracked a bit and found the arch -- actually Tracie and her sharp eyes found it, as I am not sure that I would have seen it. We did not get up in the arch -- to do so I think that we would have had to go down a couple of hundred feet and come up through a slick rock drainage to get into the arch -- we'll save that for next time.

Then we went off-trail up to Peak 3134, then Peak 3089, then Peak 3047. We saw 4 javelina at the summit of Peak 3047, but that was all of the wildlike that we saw on the hike.

We continued the off-trail by descending NE from Peak 3047 to a nice use trail; from there we made our way over to Overlook Arch and Kissing Turtles Arch. We then reversed course and took the use trail back to Orohai Wash. From there we took the wash back toward Top Hat Hill until we hit FR 1356, and then took the forest road back to where we parked.

It was a great day to be out in the beautiful, rugged, seductive, and underrated Goldfields, and it was nice to bag 3 peaks that I had not been to before. Plus it is always nice to see some arches, and there are several of them in the Goldfields!
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I saw a few wildflowers that were in the early stages of blooming -- I have a feeling that this year will be a good wildflower season, and I would think that the wildflowers will be blooming in late February to early January in the low desert.
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
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Hiking12.80 Miles 2,799 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.93 mph
2,799 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
I was looking for an exercise hike close to home, and decided on this one once again. It was a great day to be outside, and there weren't many people on the trail. In fact, once I got on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail I did not see any hikers or mountain bikers.

I started the hike from the Lost Dog Wash TH; went up to Sunrise Peak; took the A-K Trail into the Fountain Hills Preserve; then went up to Peak 3098; dropped down to the Promenade Trail; then took the A-K Trail back to the Scottsdale Preserve, where I retraced my route back to the TH.
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Fountain Lake
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 Fountain Hills,
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.90 Miles 2,657 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   2.60 mph
2,657 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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A small group of us went out and did this hike today. We did the Walkin' Jim Loop CCW, and along the way went up to Peak 3465 on the Big Jim Trail.

In the first mile or so of the hike we saw a group of about 15 wild burros -- that was the largest group of burros that I have seen while hiking in this area.

This area is underrated imho, and I enjoy hiking out there!

After the hike we stopped off at the Scorpion Bay Grill, right on Lake Pleasant -- the food and beverages are good, and the ambiance is great!
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 Fountain Hills,
Black Mesa and New River Mesa, AZ 
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Hiking13.40 Miles 3,766 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   7 Hrs   35 Mns   2.18 mph
3,766 ft AEG   1 Hour   26 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had been out to Spur Cross in almost a year, and I got Tracie the Intrepid to join me on a hike to Black Mesa and New River Mesa. We had never been to either one, and we were looking for a couple of summits to bag, so off we went.

From the Spur Cross TH, in sequence we went on the Spur Cross Trail, then the Tortuga Trail, and then the Elephant Mountain Trail. After about 3 miles we got into the Tonto National Forest and followed a use trail most of the way to Black Mesa. We then went off-trail up to the top of the mesa, and made our way to the high point where we saw a benchmark disc and a reference marker. We then headed north across Black Mesa and made our way to New River Mesa, where we hit the New River Mesa highpoint.

There was a burned area between the 2 mesa that must have burned in the not-to-distant past: we could still see some ashes and smell the charred wood.

On top of New River Mesa we came across a few petroglyphs.

We then basically returned the same way that we came. There was a lot of lava rock to deal with on the hike, which made the descent much slower than it otherwise would have been. On the plus side, hiking atop the 2 mesas wasn't too bad, and was much easier than being on top of Skull Mesa.

We saw a white-tailed deer as we got near Black Mesa; other than a few birds, that was the extent of the wildlife that we saw.

It was a good day to be outside, but his hike is probably one-and-done for me: I didn't enjoy the tread all that much.
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