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Nov 04 2019
Naferg323
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 Triplogs 63

47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Wall Loop - McDowell MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2019
Naferg323
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,667 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.04 mph
1,667 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Had a rare weekday off so I headed to Tom's Thumb Trailhead. I have hiked to Tom's Thumb many a time, but never from the North side. So that is what I did. 7:00 am parking lot not busy, I made my way up Tom's Thumb Trail a short distance until I reached the junction for the climber's trails. I continued West and made my way up the mountain; very scenic and quiet this way. Lots of cool rock formations and a cool ridgeline to walk on. You can see Tom's Thumb from a different perspective this way. I made a visit to the Ogre's Den (what's left of it) before visiting the Thumb. Finally, I visited The Lookout for a break and some views. Call me crazy, but I like The Lookout better than the Thumb. I finished the loop taking the regular trail back down. Much more crowded now. One day I will combine Lost Wall Loop and Hog Heaven to make the Ultimate Hog! :lol:
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Oct 27 2019
Naferg323
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 Routes 105
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Gavilan PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
Naferg323
Hiking0.81 Miles 787 AEG
Hiking0.81 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   0.44 mph
787 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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caragruey
Finally made it to Gavilan Peak, and another great hike North of town! :y:
I brought a few friends to join in on the fun and this mountain didn't disappoint!
The trail is pretty good to follow in most places and straight up the whole way. Once you get to the ridge, you have two options. Climb the class 3 and 4(mostly 4) rock in front of you, or go around the North scree slope. I chose the climb going up and the north slope going down. I think that was the smart way to go. There are scary spots with the climb; :scared: just take your time and you'll be fine. The rock is pretty solid. The views from the top were amazing and there is a summit register at the top. Someone please bring a pen or pencil as I broke the pen signing in ](*,) . Must've gotten brittle in the sun. This hike was short but sweet! :)
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Oct 27 2019
Naferg323
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 Routes 105
 Photos 765
 Triplogs 63

47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Indian Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
Naferg323
Hiking6.69 Miles 871 AEG
Hiking6.69 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   1.88 mph
871 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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caragruey
Beautiful ruins in the New River/Lake Pleasant area! Took the long way to the ruins which involved hiking through a wash and on some dirt roads. Nice scenery that definitely does not look like Phoenix! Saw plenty of donkeys, cows, cowboys, and other wildlife. Very much had a ranch-like feel to it. The surrounding mountains were pretty and the ruins at the end were something special. Very satisfying hike!
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Oct 19 2019
Naferg323
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 Routes 105
 Photos 765
 Triplogs 63

47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
Naferg323
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
1,874 ft AEG
 
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3H - Group
Fall foliage outing with a group of friends at See Canyon, Payson. Beautiful hike with a lot of fall colors throughout. Deep reds, oranges, and bright golden yellows abound. Crisp, cool morning, you can't ask for a better day than this! Loved it!
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Oct 09 2019
Naferg323
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 Routes 105
 Photos 765
 Triplogs 63

47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Woodson Mountain - West Approach TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2019
Naferg323
Hiking7.53 Miles 2,204 AEG
Hiking7.53 Miles
2,204 ft AEG
 
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Was out visiting family in SD and decided to check out Potato Chip Rock and Mt Woodson in Poway CA!
I went on a weekday because I heard it was very busy on weekends; takes up to 30 minutes to get a picture of yourself on "The Rock". Luckily, I didn't have to wait and a nice stranger took my picture! :)
The trail starts along a pretty lake and then goes uphill the rest of the way. Pretty views and you can even see the Pacific Ocean from the top! :)
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Sep 22 2019
Naferg323
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 Routes 105
 Photos 765
 Triplogs 63

47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2019
Naferg323
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
 
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Beautiful hike in Sedona! Still pretty warm; I'll come back another time and explore more. So much to see!
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Sep 14 2019
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 Routes 105
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
O'Leary PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
Naferg323
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,996 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   5 Hrs   33 Mns   2.09 mph
1,996 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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caragruey
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
First time hiking this trail today; I loved it! Trying to get in any last hikes in the Northern Country before it cools off and desert hiking picks back up. For a road hike, this one is not bad, just some parts were like walking on the beach. The crushed lava rock had a very sandy and slow consistency. The views were breathtaking, especially from the top! We were able to go inside the lookout tower with permission from Pam, the lookout stationed there. Was able to walk around the tower and get good photos in all directions. Very beautiful. Awesome views of Sunset Crater and the San Francisco Peaks! Very volcanic scenery was a wonderful change of pace! :)
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Aug 11 2019
Naferg323
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Marcus Landslide Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2019
Naferg323
Hiking4.45 Miles 663 AEG
Hiking4.45 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.54 mph
663 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Warm day so I opted for a bit easier hike to enjoy my Sunday. I had been to Tom's Thumb Trailhead numerous times but never did the Marcus Landslide Trail, so that is what I did. At a little over 4 miles and not much elevation, it was not too bad. I got to actually almost break out into a sprint in some sections. :sweat:
There were awesome looking rock formations the whole way as well as signs for your education of the landslide. This is a good trail for families to go on. I'm sure it gets busy in the Winter; I didn't see more than 2 people today. Most hikers go to The Thumb instead. By the time I finished, the temp was 91 degrees and 61 dew point. Little muggy. Fun trail, but this isn't the only place in the park for cool rocks! :)
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Jul 20 2019
Naferg323
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 Routes 105
 Photos 765
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
Naferg323
Hiking12.57 Miles 1,601 AEG
Hiking12.57 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   2.10 mph
1,601 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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Beautiful hike along the rim today with a group of friends. :) I had never hiked this loop before; thought I would get out of the heat down in Phoenix and hike in the Payson area. But it was pretty hot here as well with quite a bit of sun exposure on the last half of the hike. Pretty views from the top, however, made the trip worthwhile. Next time I think I'll wait until cooler weather to attempt this one again. All in all a great day, just too hot. :sweat:
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Jul 07 2019
Naferg323
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 Routes 105
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Scarlett CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2019
Naferg323
Hiking2.99 Miles 864 AEG
Hiking2.99 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   2.14 mph
864 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Nice little hike close to home. This is one of my go-to hikes when I don't have a lot of time. You could feel the humidity starting to increase this morning; Monsoon not too far away. The summit is a nice place to get views and watch planes come and go from Deer Valley Airport. Not many people today but some buzzards and a rodent or two. Luckily no snakes today. :)
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Jul 04 2019
Naferg323
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2019
Naferg323
Hiking6.35 Miles 1,405 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.78 mph
1,405 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Quick 4th of July morning hike for some exercise. Oddly enough, I have done Sunrise Peak many times but never from Lost Dog Wash. I went with a group today and I really enjoyed it. Happy Fourth of July everyone! :)
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Jun 30 2019
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2019
Naferg323
Hiking9.75 Miles 3,679 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles   8 Hrs   27 Mns   1.23 mph
3,679 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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My first trip up Humphrey's was a good one; beautiful weather helped. I guess the heat in the valley and perfect conditions up here explains why it was very busy on the mountain today. The crowds didn't deter from the fun, however. Everyone and every dog we ran into was very nice. I was worried the elevation would get to me but I was just fine. The snow had pretty much disappeared and the weather was perfect and no worry of thunderstorms. Just some snow on the other peaks and Eastern slopes remained. The views from the top were pretty good, if not a little hazy. Could it be smoke from the fires?
Fun day and I wouldn't mind checking out other hikes in the area.
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Parry's Primrose
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Jun 23 2019
Naferg323
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2019
Naferg323
Hiking3.41 Miles 1,376 AEG
Hiking3.41 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   1.91 mph
1,376 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Hit Squaw Peak this morning for some exercise; it wasn't too hot really for late June. I also wanted to see the progress on the parking lot improvements. Well, they closed the first lot now and the summit lot is in full renovation mode. I really like the new bridge and facilities; it will be great when they open! The second lot (Apache?) is mostly open and much nicer. Bigger too!
The Phoenix Mountains, along with South and North Mountain, are old parks and it's great to see some renovation and modernization! :) I'm not sure when it all will be completed. Maybe before all the tourists return next spring? :lol:
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Jun 15 2019
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
Naferg323
Hiking7.62 Miles 2,001 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   5 Hrs   24 Mns   1.57 mph
2,001 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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Great little adventure up North to get away from the heat for a day. There was still plenty of snow on the peaks and on the slopes of the Abineau Trail. Perfect weather and not very crowded at all. Only saw a few nice people and four-legged friends. We celebrated a friends birthday at the high-point of the trail, while taking in the views of Humphreys right above us. This was a great back-country hike with lots of pines and great views!
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May 27 2019
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 Routes 105
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 Triplogs 63

47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Hog Heaven Loop - McDowell MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
Naferg323
Hiking3.94 Miles 1,525 AEG
Hiking3.94 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   1.38 mph
1,525 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Hog Heaven. This one has been on my list for a while, and with the beautiful late-May weather, I did it. This was my first time doing this one so I took my time with it. I followed the track on my Route Scout and well-placed cairns and did just fine. Mind you, this was just the loop and nothing else, so maybe my mileage was a little short. Next time, I plan on adding Tom's Thumb and going back the North side down the climber access trails to make an ultimate Hog Heaven Loop!
The weather was good; very gusty though. It can be hard to climb along the ridge when the winds are gusting; there is some exposure. Also, the dried grass meant a lot of stickers in my shoes and socks. And cuts on my legs! :sweat:
The wildlife was great on this hike. A pair of cardinals (male and female) in a tree halfway up, and a Gila Monster on the trail too! The other wildlife were the Humans going up and down the trail to Tom's Thumb. Really good hike!
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May 12 2019
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mountain Connector #25Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2019
Naferg323
Hiking6.79 Miles 1,009 AEG
Hiking6.79 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.87 mph
1,009 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I hiked Trail #25 Lookout Mountain Connector in its entirety today! I've hiked Lookout for years and have known about this connector trail but have never done it. It's been here a long time, but probably doesn't see much traffic. In its entirety anyways. I'm guessing it was built to serve Pointe Resort guests a walking path to the mountain. Since then, golf courses and homes have been built. The trail can be hard to find in some places, so just stick to the cart path on the course. This is a nice trail, though, not too difficult, just a little route-finding is all. This is a good trail if you want to hike Lookout Mountain and add some distance to your hike! :)
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May 11 2019
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Trail 8A 200 and 202 Loop, AZ 
Trail 8A 200 and 202 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
Naferg323
Hiking2.87 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   1.98 mph
820 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Quick Saturday morning hike to get some exercise. Combined the Quartz Ridge, Mohave Connector, and Mohave Trails to make a loop. I like the little summit up there, not nearly as crowded as Squaw Peak. You can view all the people from here going up and down the summit trail. I dropped down to Mohave Trail #200A and up it's ridge to get a better look at the construction on the parking lots; coming along good! Then, I finished up my hike down Trail 202 Connector past the McMansions and tennis courts. Beautiful part of the trail that doesn't see as many people, but I like it. Even more beautiful in afternoon or evenings. Good alternative to the Hubbub over at Piestawa Summit Trail! :D
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Apr 28 2019
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2019
Naferg323
Hiking4.79 Miles 894 AEG
Hiking4.79 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.21 mph
894 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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First time hiking this one. Nice park, and you get the choice of not 1, but 2 mountains to hike as the park lies between both hills. I have hiked West Wing before, not a bad hike either. We were going to hike both mountains today but it was getting too hot, so just Sunrise today. Nice vistas at the top where you can see pretty much all of Peoria and watch the hot-air balloons. Nice to knock another West-Valley hike off the list! :)
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Desert Iguana
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Apr 14 2019
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 Routes 105
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
North Wilson Mountain Trail #123Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2019
Naferg323
Hiking7.11 Miles 2,387 AEG
Hiking7.11 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   1.56 mph
2,387 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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Yeah! Got out of the heat and did some hiking in Sedona today! A bit cooler and breezy the whole time! I really love getting up here and smelling the pines for a day. I have limited experience hiking in Sedona and this was the perfect hike to check out. We started out on North Wilson and hardly ran into anyone else all day. Just a few passersby now and again. We did run into a healthy-looking rattlesnake mid-way up! :o I also enjoyed the dizzying views of Sedona from the summit as well as the view of Humphrey's Peak still covered in snow. Great hike and I will definitely return! :D
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Apr 07 2019
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 Routes 105
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Daisy Mountain - AnthemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2019
Naferg323
Hiking6.73 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking6.73 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   1.97 mph
1,450 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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Quick Sunday hike to stretch the legs. Temps were starting to get warm and the once green desert floor has started to turn brown. I still managed to capture some cool wildflowers, especially on the Northern slopes of the mountain. Spotted some decent pieces of quartz and jasper as well. We did see a couple of snakes, including a baby rattler that was dead on the side of the path. :(
Nice to see someone added a permanent bench on the summit by the flag. Looking out around the valley, the views were great.
I see you Gavilan, someday... :lol:
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