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Aug 08 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Geronimo Turkey Milk, AZ 
Geronimo Turkey Milk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2020
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Hiking11.00 Miles 2,559 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.43 mph
2,559 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
I was once again looking to escape the heat of the valley, and decided to head back to the Rim Country. This time, I did a lollipop loop hike starting from the Geronimo TH and going up to Milk Ranch Point.

We did the loop CCW by going up on the Turkey Trail and coming back down on the West Webber Trail.

You'll get a good workout on the ascent up the Turkey Trail -- about 2/3 of the way up we stopped and climbed up on a cool rock outcropping that has some great views.

The trails were generally in good shape, although the West Webber Trail is getting a little overgrown in places, mainly with some small maple trees and some sumac.

The drive in on the Control Road and the forest road leading to the Boy Scout Camp were both in good shape -- most any vehicle could easily drive it. I wish that the western part of Rim Road 300 was in similar condition!
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Aug 04 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Fred Haught Trail #141Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2020
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Hiking15.30 Miles 1,480 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   6 Hrs   8 Mns   2.75 mph
1,480 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Having car camped the night before, I decided to hike on part of the cabin loop on the Fred Haught Trail, which I had never hiked on before. From my campsite, I took the Rim Road to just past the turnoff to FR 95, and went on a forest raod to the left (I think it is FR 194, but I can't remember). I parked farther off of the Rim Road than I needed to, but I was at a nice shady spot -- which was a good place for a well-deserved post-hike cold adult beverage!

I took part of the General Crook Trail over to the Fred Haught Trail. After about a half mile on the Fred Haught Trail I stopped at the nicely restored General Springs Cabin. From there, I continued hiking and eventually came to the spur trail for the Fred Haught Cabin. I went to this cabin, but all that is left of it is the chimney.

From there I went back to the Fred Haught Trail and decided to head toward the Pinchot Cabin. Trail signage indicated that the Pinchot Cabin was only about 2.5 miles away; however, it was quite a bit farther than that. I continued on the Fred Haught Trail to the point where the trail continued on FR 95 through a hairpin turn. By this time I had already gone 8.5 miles, and in looking at my GPS I figured that the Pinchot Cabin was a good mile away. That would have given me more mileage than I was looking for on this day, so I decided to turn around and head back. Rather than completely retracing my steps, once I got to a trail crossing on FR 95, I took 95 back to the Rim Road and my vehicle. FR 95 seemed to stay on a ridge between Fred Haught Canyon and Bear Canyon. I hiked part of the time on the road(which was in the mid-day sun) and part of the time 100-200 feet off the road to enjoy a mix of sun and shade.

I really enjoyed hiking on the Fred Haught Trail -- the trail was very well maintained and it was nice to hike on. The trail went through a forest that had been well-maintained: trees had been thinned out and most of the underbrush was gone, and the trees were very healthy looking!

I saw a good bit of bear scat on the trail, but no bears. The only wildlife that I saw was an elk that I caught a glimpse of while hiking on FR 95.

I have never driven on the western section of the Rim Road before, and it was in much worse shape than I thought it would be. 4WD was not needed, but the road was a bit rough in a number of places.

This was a nice couple of days up on the Rim. I hiked for 2 days and car camped for one night, and I never saw another human the entire time.
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General Springs
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Aug 03 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Merritt Draw Meander, AZ 
Merritt Draw Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking7.10 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.21 mph
814 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to escape the heat of the VOS, so I headed up to the Mogollon Rim to hike and car camp in an area that I had not been to before.

I drove up to Camp Grasshopper Site #2, and got my tent set up. Then I decided to hike north on FR 139C, following the Merritt Draw Lower Loop, and for a short ways the Merritt Draw Middle Loop and Maverick Canyon Loop. After a couple of miles or so I got to the end of 139C, and descended off-trail down to Merritt Draw. After the descent I was across from the Ubar Trail at a nice spring, with a pool of water deep enough to swim in had I been so inclined.

Then I followed the Merritt Draw Lower GPS track up Merritt Draw. The track went uphill after a ways, but it was really overgrown with some thorn bushes. I was wearing a short sleeve shirt with no gloves, and since I really wasn't looking to donate a pint of blood, I backtracked a bit and found a route up between cliffs. It was a bit steep in a couple of places, but it wasn't TOO bad. I then went south, in between FR 139C and @grasshopper's GPS track. I had intended to make my way back to @grasshopper's route, but there was some deadfall in front of me, and I decided to take the easy way, so I went uphill a bit back to FR 139C.

On the way back to the campsite I stopped to check out campsite #3 and campsite #2.5. Campsite #3 was almost, but not quite, as nice as campsite #2. Campsite #2.5 was also nice, but it did not have all the amenities of Campsite #2. Which is why @grasshopper charges less for site 2.5, so it has some appeal to more budget minded campers. otoh, @grasshopper charges an arm and leg for site #2, so you'd better have some deep pockets to stay there!...lol...I am just kidding of course!

Once I got back to Campsite #2, I walked up the hill on the other side of FR 139C, just to check it out. However, I decided to save any further exploration for another day.

This is a nice area, and I plan to come back and explore some more of Merritt Draw, and also hike on some of the Cabin Loop to check out the Pinchot Cabin and Buck Springs Fire Guard Station.
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Aug 01 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Babe Knoll, AZ 
Babe Knoll, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,395 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   2.10 mph
2,395 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to escape the heat of the Valley and head up to the Rim Country and take advantage of the recently reopened Tonto National Forest.

We started and ended the hike at the Hatchery TH on FR 289, just below the Tonto Fish Hatchery. We went up the Babe Haught Trail all the way to Knoll Lake, and then did a loop around the lake before coming back to the TH on the Babe Haught Trail

It is a steep climb on the Babe Haught Trail up to the Rim. The trail is fairly rocky, but it looks like some trail maintenance had been done in the recent past, so there was no issue with overgrowth on the trail. Once you get up on the Rim, the trail is very, very nice to hike on, especially the section from the Rim Road to the lake. You need to watch your footing on some portions of the loop around the lake, lest you twist an ankle or something.

There was quite a bit of water in the lake, unlike my previous trip up there in 2018, when the lake was really low.

The temperature was very pleasant up on the Rim, and there was a good bit of cloud cover in the morning. This is a very nice hike!
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Knoll Lake
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Jul 29 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2020
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Hiking11.00 Miles 3,321 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   1.84 mph
3,321 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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I decided to escape some of the heat from the Valley and head up to Flag and hike up to Humphreys again -- this was ascent #19 for me. I have a ways to go to catch @Jim_H though!

I don't mind going up the Humphreys Summit Trail, but I hate going down it. Hopefully I will come to my senses and do future Humphreys hikes from the Inner Basin.

It looks like the lower end of the gene pool has decided to make Humphreys Peak their mecca -- it looked like a pig sty at the summit: food wrappers, cigarette butts, food waste, sunflower seeds, painted rocks, and all manner of garbage littered the summit. I guess that is par for the course in 2020!
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Mule Deer
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Jul 27 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,362 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   2.98 mph
1,362 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
In spite of the hot weather I decided to get out and stretch my legs for a bit. It was a bit humid out, but we were in shade all the way up to the hitching post. There were a few people out on the trails, but not many.
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Jul 24 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,778 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   3.18 mph
1,778 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
I decided to take advantage of an ever-so-slight break in the hot weather to do this hike. We got an early start, and it was actually nice out -- there was cloud cover for all but about the last 1.5 miles of the hike.

I came across a gila monster on the Prospector Trail, but he seemed camera shy and he went off the trail into some grass and bushes before I got a chance to take his pic.

I went the usual route on this hike: From the parking lot at the Golden Eagle TH in Fountain Hills, we went 0.6 miles on the subdivision sidewalks to the Dixie Mine Trail; the we followed the Dixie Mine Trail to Thompson Peak Rd; then we went to the Prospector Trail and took it to the Bell Pass Trail; then we took the Bell Pass Trail up to Bell Pass. We then retraced the route back to the TH, except that we took a short detour to the Dixie Mine and the petroglyphs near the mine.

We only saw 4 other hikers on the trail.
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Jul 18 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Panorama Point - Nebraska HighpointSoutheast, NE
Southeast, NE
Scenic Drive avatar Jul 18 2020
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Scenic Drive0.01 Miles 1 AEG
Scenic Drive0.01 Miles
1 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I spent the night in Colorado Springs after hiking up to Pikes Peak the previous day, and I decided to do a long drive and bag a couple of state high points: Panorama Point(NE) and Mount Sunflower(KS). These were state highpoints #9 and #10 for me. Neither "peak" involved a hike; instead you just drove your car right to each highpoint.

I began the trek by heading NE from Colorado Springs to Panorama Point, which is only about 1 mile into Nebraska from Colorado. This was the first time that I had ever been to Nebraska.

The highpoint is on a working bison ranch, and just before getting to the highpoint was a herd of about 50 buffalo right next to the unpaved road. Thankfully there was a fence between me and the buffalo. I took a few pictures at the summit and looked around for a bit, then I left and headed off to Kansas.
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Panorama Point
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Jul 18 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Sunflower - Kansas High PointNorthwest, KS
Northwest, KS
Scenic Drive avatar Jul 18 2020
DixieFlyer
Scenic Drive253.00 Miles 4,682 AEG
Scenic Drive253.00 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   59.30 mph
4,682 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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After leaving Panorama Point (the Nebraska highpoint) I headed to Mount Sunflower. Mileage and elevation gain shown above is for the drive between the 2 high points. Interestingly, the elevation gain is only 200' more than that on my hike up to Pike's Peak the previous day.

I was going to post a GPS track of the drive, but this site apparently does not allow posting a track to the destination if the starting point is in a different state.

A good bit of the drive was on well-graded unpaved roads that I had no problem driving 50-55 mph on. I was also on paved county roads or state roads a lot of the time, where the speed limit was 65 mph, but you basically could drive whatever speed you wanted to -- I drove miles and miles and miles without seeing another vehicle. Driving on these roads was WAY better than driving on an interstate.

Mount Sunflower is only about a mile from the Colorado state line. As was the case with Panorama Point, bagging this "peak" does not involve a hike; instead you drive right to the highpoint, which is in the middle of a field.

I took a few pictures at the highpoint, and then continued on my merry way.
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Mount Sunflower
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Jul 17 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Pikes Peak from Crags CG THSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2020
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Hiking14.60 Miles 4,459 AEG
Hiking14.60 Miles   8 Hrs   28 Mns   2.10 mph
4,459 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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On the second day of hiking in CO, I decided to hike up to Pike's Peak. I started and ended the hike at the Crag's TH, which is at about 10,000 feet in elevation. The last 3.5 miles or so to the TH is on a well-graded unpaved road that most any car could drive on (at least on the day that I did the hike).

You start off going uphill right off the bat, so there is no warmup on this one. The grade for the first couple of miles is not too steep though. After 2 miles, the trail steepens quite a bit for about 1.4 miles -- you gain about 1,700 feet in elevation during that stretch. It gets really steep for about the last half mile of this segment once above the treeline -- you climb about 700 feet over that 1/2 mile; in addition to the steepness of this section of trail, the terrain is pretty tough: lots of rock and small boulders to negotiate. Once past this section, you are on a ridgeline at about 12,700 feet, and for about the next 2.5 miles you are hiking in an alpine meadow that only gains about 400 feet in elevation. The views are nice, but you do cross a paved road that goes up to the top of Pikes Peak, and the trail parallels the road for a while. The views are still nice, but the wilderness feel of the hike is gone by that point.

The trail steepens over the last mile to the summit as you gain about 1,000 feet in elevation. The last half mile is basically rock hopping across a boulder field. At the summit, there are buildings, cars, construction cranes, and a fair number of people; so the summit was anti-climatic for me. I thought that the journey was nice, the destination not so much.

On the way back I came across 15-20 bighorn sheep about 700 feet below the summit, and it was cool seeing them. Hat tip to @tibber for the identification!
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Pike's Peak Granite
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Pikes Peak
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Jul 16 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Yale Summit TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2020
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Hiking10.40 Miles 4,272 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.64 mph
4,272 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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This was the first hike of a road trip in which I bagged 2 14ers in CO; added 2 state high points (NE and KS); and then on my way back to the Valley I bagged the Greenlee County high point, which is undoubtedly the pinnacle of my hiking career!

Mount Yale is about 10 miles west of Buena Vista; the road to the TH is paved, and the parking lot is even paved. Given the ease of getting to the TH I thought that finding parking might be an issue, but the lot was barely half full. I went on a Thursday, so it might be more crowded on the weekend.

The trail was good and easy to follow. For the first 3 miles of the hike you are in a forest, so views are limited in that stretch. Once you get above the treeline, the views get much better. The hike was tougher than I thought it would be: in the last 2 miles to the summit you gain about 2,200' in altitude. The trail is fairly rocky, and in you are basically doing some stair steps on rock in a few places. The last 1/4 mile to the summit involves some boulder hopping, but it isn't too bad. There are some 360 degree views at the summit, which is nice.

I enjoyed the hike, but it is not among my favorite 14ers in CO, so I doubt if I will do it again.
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Jul 10 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.30 Miles 1,706 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.90 mph
1,706 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
I don't really care much for urban hiking trails, but with the hot weather I decided that I wanted an early hike that wasn't too far from home, so I did this one again. There was some cloud cover, so after descending Sunrise Peak I decided to take the Andrews-Kinsey Trail out to an overlook, and then go back to the TH. The Andrews-Kinsey Trail is a nice one, and the riff-raff usually stays away from it. The only person that I saw on the A-K Trail was a girl who was trail-running.
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Jul 06 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2020
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Hiking17.00 Miles 4,813 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   2.46 mph
4,813 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
For my 18th ascent of Humphreys I decided to do the hike the fun way -- from the Inner Basin. I enjoy this route -- compared to doing the hike from Snowbowl the tread and the scenery are much, much better.

We did not see anybody on the trail until we got to Agassiz Saddle. There was a short section of snow still on the trail on the upper portion of the Weatherford Trail below Agassiz Peak; however, it was no problem to deal with.

It was a little windy up on the ridgeline going up to Humphreys, but there was very little wind at the peak, which was nice. In fact the wind was mostly calm at the summit with an occasional light gust.
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Named place
Humphreys Peak
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Jul 04 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2020
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,368 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.90 mph
1,368 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
A few of us got an early start and went up to Sunrise Peak from the Lost Dog Wash TH. There were a few people out but the trail was not very crowded.

This was the 3rd year in a row that I have done this hike on the 4th of July.
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Jul 01 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2020
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Hiking9.20 Miles 1,768 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   3.03 mph
1,768 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
I was looking for an exercise hike close to home, so I decided to go back to this old standby. The last time that I did this hike -- in mid-May -- there were still some wildflowers blooming. That was not the case today -- the desert is not very colorful at the moment. There was lots of dead foxgrass that would be good fuel for a fire -- hopefully we'll get some monsoon rains before long.

There was no respite from the sun on this hike, although the temperatures were a bit below normal and there was a bit of breeze blowing, so the hike was tolerable.
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Jun 27 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Fremont Peak from the Inner Basin, AZ 
Fremont Peak from the Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2020
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,494 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   2.22 mph
3,494 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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I did this hike last September and decided that it would be a good one to do again.

We started from the Inner Basin, went up the Inner Basin Trail to the Weatherford Trail, and then took a right on the Weatherford Trail up to the saddle-with-the-controversial-name that is between Agassiz Peak and Fremont Peak. From there we went off-trail up to Fremont. Along the way we hit the summit of Peak 11673, which some say was once known as Doyle Peak.

There was very little wind, so this was a good day to be up on top of Fremont. For me, the views on Fremont are as good or better as those up on Humphreys.

I hiked up to Humphreys yesterday, so it was cool to hike up to the 1st and 3rd highest peaks on AZ on back-to-back days.

The best thing about the hike was that I got to meet @te_wa and @Pickles, who were hiking from the Inner Basin up to Humphreys. It is always nice to meet some HAZers on a hike. I think that it would be hard for @te_wa to go undercover though: [ image ]
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Quaking Aspen
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Jun 26 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2020
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Hiking11.00 Miles 3,396 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   1.76 mph
3,396 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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I was going up to Flag to hike on Saturday, and decided to go up a day early and hike Humphreys again -- for the 3rd time this year and 17th time overall.

It turned out to be a great day for the hike, and there was virtually no wind whatsoever at either Agassiz Saddle or at the summit. That almost never happens.

Now that the snow has melted off of the upper portions of the Weatherford Trail, I think that I will do the hike from the Inner Basin the next time that I hike Humphreys -- the trail is much better and it is much more scenic.
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There was a bit of yellow columbine blooming along the trail.
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Jun 22 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Combo Loop Hike - Pass Mountain and Peak 3004, AZ 
Combo Loop Hike - Pass Mountain and Peak 3004, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2020
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,475 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.97 mph
1,475 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had not been to the Meridian TH at the north end of Meridian Rd in almost a year, so I decided this would be good little exercise hike to do in hot weather.

This was a hike that was a combination of two loop hikes: The Peak 3004 Loop and the Pass Mountain Loop.

From the TH, we went north on the Bulldog Saddle Trail up to Bulldog Saddle, between the Peak 3004 Ridgeline and the Peak 3108 Ridgeline. Then we took the good use trail down into the valley north of Peak 3004, and looped around back up to Pass Mountain Saddle. Once at the Pass Mountain Saddle, we took the Pass Mountain Trail and did a CCW loop around Pass Mountain. Once at the Pass Mountain TH, we continued on the Pass Mountain Loop Trail, and then about 1/4 mile from the TH we took a use trail into and out of ravine and continued on to the TH.

The view of 4 Peaks was crystal clear today...a week ago you would not have been able to see 4 Peaks at all for all of the smoke.

On the way up to Bulldog Saddle we saw a couple of deer who were not camera shy at all.
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Saguaro
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Medicine Wheel
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Four Peaks
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Jun 17 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Chiricahuas - South Flys and Snowshed, AZ 
Chiricahuas - South Flys and Snowshed, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2020
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Hiking15.90 Miles 3,563 AEG
Hiking15.90 Miles   8 Hrs      2.35 mph
3,563 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Snowshed Peak has been on my radar screen for a while -- it is one of the Arizona 20-20 challenge peaks, which is an arbitrary list of the 20 highest "hikeable" peaks in AZ. Snowshed is the 19th out of the 20 that I have done -- still outstanding is Blue Peak, which is south of Alpine.

Since I was hiking to Snowshed, I figured that I would also hike up to South Flys Peak, which was along the way.

I started and ended the hike from Rustler Park, on FR 42D. After going about 2.5 miles, I stopped to take a quick break and step off the trail in order to do my part to keep Arizona green. I restarted the hike and looked down the trail and about 50 feet away was a bear in the trail. I stopped and slowly took a step back while staring at the bear. The bear saw me, and it took a u-turn and scampered back down the trail away from me, which is what bears should instinctively do. I was of course happy with the bear's reaction. I waited a couple of minutes for the bear to get out of Dodge, and then I continued hiking.

I continued on the Crest Trail until I go to Round Park, at which point I went off-trail up to South Flys Peak. There was a fair amount of vegetation to go through, mostly small aspen trees that were growing close together. In addition, there was a bit of deadfall to negotiate, and the closer to the summit that I got, the more the deadfall. I wanted to head toward Snowshed Peak, so instead of going back the way that I came I descended from the summit to the south and once again hit the Crest Trail going toward Chiricahua Peak.

I continued on Crest Trail 270B and then Crest Trail 270C until I got to a junction with Snowshed Trail #246. I took Trail #246 to Snowshed Saddle, which is about 1/2 mile below Snowshed Peak. From there the plan was to take Snowshed Peak Trail #364 up to the summit. However, there was one problem: Trail #364 does not really exist anymore. So instead of hiking on a trail, it was a bushwhack up the summit through some thick vegetation (mostly very thick small aspen trees), lots of deadfall, and some rock/boulder fields. It wasn't the easiest off-trail that I have done, but it wasn't the hardest either; however, I managed to make it up to the summit. As is typical of many peaks in the Chiricahuas, the views at the summit weren't the greatest. In the Chiricahuas, it is often more about the journey than the destination.

I went back the same way that I came until I got to Fly Saddle, below Flys Peak. Instead of continuing on the Crest Trail back to the TH, I took Long Peak Trail #42D for about 0.7 miles to FR 42D, and then took FR 42D for about 2 miles back to where I parked.

If I had it to do over again, I would have started the hike from the Long Peak TH, which would have saved about 4 miles of hiking. However, you'd want a high clearance 4WD vehicle to get from Rustler Park to the Long Peak TH.
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Charleston Peak - Las Vegas, NV 
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Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
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Hiking19.30 Miles 5,374 AEG
Hiking19.30 Miles   9 Hrs   49 Mns   2.37 mph
5,374 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Charleston Peak has been on my radar screen for a while, and I finally got to hike it yesterday!

We started the hike bright and early at the Trail Canyon TH, which is where we also finished the hike. We began by hiking down the paved road for 1/4 mile or so to the Echo TH. Then we took the Echo Trail to the South Loop Trail at the Cathedral Rock Trailhead.

We then took the South Loop Trail all the way up to the summit of Charleston Peak. The trail was pretty steep until we got to a saddle down below Griffith Peak. There are lots of switchbacks on the trail, so the ascent was not bad. We hung out at the saddle for a bit and I contemplated going up to Griffith, but my compadres did not like the idea, so I'll save Griffith for another time. The saddle was at about 10,800' and the going was relatively flat for a couple of miles or more. Along the way we passed some airplane wreckage that supposedly had some connection to Area 51. There had been a fire on this side of the mountain at some point, so there are sections of the trail that go through burned out trees. Eventually we got to a point where the trail climbed 800-900 feet up to the summit. Most of this is above the treeline, and there are some nice views.

We hung around at the summit for a while and enjoyed the awesome views. It was a near perfect day weatherwise -- sunny with almost no wind -- and I did not even have a jacket on.

We then descended down the North Loop. We dropped about 1,000 feet in the first mile, and then the trail was relatively level for probably 3 miles. Eventually we started going downhill, and a couple of miles from the TH we took the Trail Canyon Trail back to the TH (this was at a well-marked trail junction).

I really enjoyed going down the north side, and that was the highlight of the hike for me. The views were outstanding, and once down below the treeline we went through an ancient bristlecone pine forest, which was cool to hike through.

The north trail was great to hike on, and we were able to pick up the pace on the descent.

There was one patch of snow on the north loop trail that we went through, but it was not in a sketchy part of the trail and it was no problem to get through without traction devices.

This hike is a winner in my book, and I would put it in my list of top ten hikes!
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