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Aug 31 2020
Yoder
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55 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2020
Yoder
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   2.35 mph
2,150 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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We did this hike in 2017. It is one of the betterhikes in Payson. Saw bear tracks. Also spotted a huge Elk with a great rack.
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Mogollon Rim
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Jul 06 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2020
Yoder
Hiking15.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   7 Hrs   41 Mns   2.34 mph
2,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Decided to finally do this one. I opted for a night hike since I'm not real big on city hiking, and its to hot to hike in the day in Phoenix.

Started 7:20pm and finished up at 3:00am. Figured I could avoid crowds, and did. Only saw two others in the first mile of the trail, then it was free of people. :y:

Wife said it was to hot, even at night to do this hike, so I did it by myself. Took a little extra water just in case...
Unfortunately, my wife was right, it was to hot. Just about at the towers, I was feeling tired, and started to meter my water usage since I could tell I did not have enough for this trip. Turns out 20 degrees hotter, day or night makes a big difference on water consumption.. I barely dragged my wimpy self through the hike.

Sometimes I surprise myself, I've hiked quite a bit now, but still capable of making some real bone-headed mistakes. Anyhow, did get through it and got some decent night photos.
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Jun 08 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Drew from See Canyon THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2020
Yoder
Hiking11.10 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   2.42 mph
2,200 ft AEG      17 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Break in the hot weather, so we made a quick run up to Payson. Saw the Alternate Route posted by JuanJaimeii (10.82 miles) and decided to go for it. It combines the Drew from See Canyon TH (3.6 miles) along with a walk on the rim (4.0 miles) followed by See Spring Trail #185 (3.5 miles)

The Drew trail is less traveled and a bit overgrown, but markers on the trees and the worn trail made for pretty easy following 2/5?.

Hike on the Rim was straight forward also, started with trail again following the tree markers. Eventually this gets on a road with various campsites for a while before intersecting with the Drew hike.

The Drew hike is well defined, and has a couple more nice scenic views.

Started at about 4:45 and finished up at about 9:30. Great morning hike!
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J. Yoder
Apr 20 2020
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 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2020
Yoder
Hiking8.80 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   2.39 mph
1,300 ft AEG      52 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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We thought we would check this one out. Didn't want to do the whole thing, so just went up about 4.2 miles and came back. The actual scenery was just OK, but it was really nice hiking within earshot of the stream for most of the hike. There were alot of different flowers(See photo) in bloom, and we saw a whole range of birds(See photo) that we usually don't see while hiking in the desert. So overall the hike was very nice!

This about wraps it up for the spring hiking season for us. Wife not real big on hiking in temperatures over about 85 degrees. I think I will be able to get her to go on some night hikes here and there, but the bulk of our hiking is done until fall :(

Still, now the skys are clearing, so that means we are entering prime Astronomy time, so I'll be doing a lot more astrophotogrpahy during the days off. If you are interested, you can check out the pictures here:
https://www.artcentrics.com/Best_PhotoG ... graphy.htm
Scan down to the lower section of the page for the Deep-Sky images, that's mostly what I am doing these days. Feel free to email me at jtyrep2020@ArtCentrics.com if you would like to be added to my email distribution list to see the latest photos. :)
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J. Yoder
Apr 13 2020
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 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Pine Canyon Trail #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2020
Yoder
Hiking3.20 Miles 690 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   1.68 mph
690 ft AEG      18 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Going for the cooler locations now. Won't be to long and the wife will declare a moratorium on hiking for the summer. We decided to to a short hike at the Pine Trailhead and the Pine Loop Trail going at 3.2 seemed fine. We would then check out the Tonoto Natural Bridge State Park. Turns out most of the state park is closed.

Anyway, the hike was quite nice, but the wife was not happy with the mud, and kept on stopping to clean the mud off her shoes, that would cake back up ten steps later. She reminded me of a cat with wet paws... :lol:

A hike worth doing, but at 3.2 miles you will want to do some other things if you are diving all the way up there.

I have added the gps track if you are interested. The trail is also clearly marked on the trailhead sign.

Also a note that this parking lot is now paved, so no dirt road.
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Apr 06 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Bearfoot TrailPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2020
Yoder
Hiking11.80 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   2.74 mph
1,700 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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We decided to check this out for cooler temperatures. Started about 6:15am and finished up about 11am.
Generally the hike was OK. Unfortunately the first four miles you are either close enough to the road to hear the traffic, or close enough housing to make you feel like you are hiking in someones back yard.

The last two miles of the hike were quite nice, pretty good scenic views. Was able to do this hike without having to worry about getting the feet wet at the few stream crossings we had.
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Very few flowers.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pine Creek @ Bearfoot Trail Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing well
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Mar 29 2020
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 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2020
Yoder
Hiking12.40 Miles 4,100 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   6 Hrs   41 Mns   2.16 mph
4,100 ft AEG      56 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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We decided to combine sections of the SuperTrail and Old Baldy Trail to get to Mount Wrightson. Started on the Super Trail up to Josephine Saddle, then got on Old Baldy Trail to the peak. Same track coming back.

Views were fantastic on the peak. Light traffic until on or way down. By the time we got to the parking lot the lot was full. A pretty hike, long and exhausting, but worth the effort. Weather was perfect.
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Yellow-eyed Junco
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Mar 22 2020
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 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Palo Verde Trail #512Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
Yoder
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   2.41 mph
1,200 ft AEG      35 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Decided to check out the wildflowers, this area tends to be one of the better locations this time of year. Not as much action as last year. But did come up on quite a few buzzards. They tend to hang out at the same location (N33.86206° W111.60785°) in the morning. Usually we spot one or two, but this time there must have been about a dozen in the area. It was quite impressive, but had my telephoto lens, so couldn't get a picture of them all at the same time.

We made a loop of it by going up the wash back to the road. Last year there were quite a bit of flowers in the road area, not so much this year.
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Lupine, Poppies, Owl Clover in patches
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Mar 21 2020
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 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Needle Vista to Hackberry SpringPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
Yoder
Hiking3.90 Miles 547 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.39 mph
547 ft AEG      14 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Did a variation of this hike, kept more to the north after getting to the loop part of the described hike. Short hike, so we decided to do a bit of birding over at the Lost Ducthmans State Park at the Quail loop.
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Mar 15 2020
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 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Goat Camp / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
Yoder
Hiking13.70 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.72 mph
2,400 ft AEG      19 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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We thought the time would be good for wildflowers, but there wasn't alot going on yet. It does appear the brittle bush are going, so I expect the Ford canyon may be good now. We did find some patches of flowers here and there. Hike overall was good. Once you get over the initial push up Goat canyon its pretty level walking, with great scenic views, almost alpine like, without the pines :) .

Loop included the following hikes for a 13.7 mile loop
1. Goat Camp
2. Mesquite Canyon
3. Mule Deer
4. Bajada

We got a nice early start, so didn't really run into anyone until well into the Mesquite section of the hike.
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Mar 07 2020
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 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
Yoder
Hiking12.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   2.94 mph
1,500 ft AEG      36 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Night Hike!
Combine sections of three trails for a 12.4 mile Balloon hike:
1. Dixie Mine
2. Pemberton
3. Coachwhip

Started off at dusk (6:30pm) and almost immediately ran into a rattlesnake. :o
Wife wasn't to happy about that... We should have probably started a couple hours later, this time of year, and this time of day is prime time for snakes. We sidestepped the snake, and continued on. No other snakes the rest of the night. Moon was full, but there were quite a bit of clouds in the sky, so it was still relatively dark.
We were keeping a pretty good paste, so finished up at 11:30pm
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Feb 29 2020
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 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
Yoder
Hiking5.70 Miles 1,090 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.33 mph
1,090 ft AEG      23 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Started from the park and did a 6 mile loop. I think this is one of my favorite hikes. Good morning views of the Superstitions, and in the lower regions there was a wide varieties of birds.
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Feb 26 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Cavalry Trail #239Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2020
Yoder
Hiking15.28 Miles 1,909 AEG
Hiking15.28 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.10 mph
1,909 ft AEG      16 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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We wanted to do a bit of a longer hike so decided to link up parts of:
1. Dutchmans Trail
2. Cavalry Trail
3. Boulder Canyon
4. Second Water

for a 15 mile loop.

Most of the hike was easy to follow with the exception of the Cavalry trail where the trail weaved along the riverbed with multiple crossings, it was fairly easy to loose the trail at one of the crossings. Water was flowing good and there were multiple crossing on this leg, and on the Boulder Canyon trail. At first we tried to keep our feet dry, but after the 3rd crossing we gave that up, and glad we did, there were probably a couple dozen crossing on this hike.

Weather was good and only saw a few people on the hike. We were also lucky enough not to have hit any of the area that got burned.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 White Rock Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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J. Yoder
Feb 23 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 145th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
Yoder
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.24 mph
1,300 ft AEG      11 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Tried getting to this hike a couple of weeks earlier via the Adero Canyon Trailhead, but access was closed for construction of a new division (Got picture of it on the hike). Hike was about what was expected for in-city hiking, a few spots were you could avoid the city views.
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Feb 16 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Barks Lower Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2020
Yoder
Hiking4.30 Miles 1,040 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   1.69 mph
1,040 ft AEG      32 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Hike was what was expected. Not really big on rock hopping. Water was flowing, and some nice sections.
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Feb 08 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Turnbuckle Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
Yoder
Hiking4.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.47 mph
980 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Decided to do a night hike. Was planing on combining Turbuckle, Lost Creek and Quartz Mine for a 8 mile hike, but accidentally went down Mountain wash instead making this a 4.4 mile hike. Not as long as hoped, but still a nice little hike in the evening. Started at 7:15 and finished up at 10pm.

While driving out of the park, the exit gate was closed. Strangely enough the entrance was open, so we just drove out the Entrance. Don't understand why they would have the entrance open, but the exit closed. They have camping, so I figured they would have to have the exit open. :?
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Feb 07 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Needle Vista to Hackberry SpringPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2020
Yoder
Hiking5.70 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.76 mph
900 ft AEG      14 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Decided to combine segments of Hackberry Spring Loop with Garden Valley loop for a 5.7 mile hike. Pleasant hike. I particularity liked the fact that we didn't see a single person on the trail until the VERY last part of the hike. We started at 7am and wrapped up about 9:20.

This trail seems to be heavy used by horse folks, but we didn't see any on our hike.

It was also nice that the parking is in a paved parking lot just off the road.
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Feb 02 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Lost Dog Jeep Trail Loop, AZ 
Lost Dog Jeep Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2020
Yoder
Hiking5.48 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking5.48 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.72 mph
710 ft AEG      2 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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This is typical in-city hiking. Nothing special to write about. I will say that at least this goes up into a valley that is between two mountain ranges, so the city is not quite so much in your face. It appears to be a popular hiking area, lots of parking for cars. There were also quite a few people on the trails when we were there, we started at 7:10 and finished about 9:25.

Combined sections of 4 hikes to make a 5.5 mile Loop:
1. Lost Dog Wash Trail
2. Old Jeep Trail
3. Ringtail Trail
4. Sunrise Trial
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Jan 29 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2020
Yoder
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.52 mph
2,150 ft AEG      29 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Wanted to get back to the Superstitions. This hike looked like the perfect length, and I had never actually been on top of Black Mesa, so we decided on this hike.

Trail is easily followed, and quite pleasant. Views on the mesa top are fantastic. Got a little rain on the way back but all was good. Surprised at how many folks were out hiking on a weekday. Ran into about a dozen folks.

Started at about 7:10 and finished at 12:15.
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Black Top Mesa
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Jan 20 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Marcus Landslide Loop (JTY), AZ 
Marcus Landslide Loop (JTY), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2020
Yoder
Hiking6.64 Miles 807 AEG
Hiking6.64 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.91 mph
807 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Hiking in McDowell Sonoran Preserve on the weekend? Risky. Might run into lots of folks.
Decided to take a chance, figured we may be able to avoid crowds by doing a hike that doesn't go up the mountains, and the fact that we start break of dawn. For the most part this worked out pretty well, we didn't run into anyone on the trail until we were well on our way back.

We had hiked the Romero Canyon a couple of days prior going up to Romero pass, this was a grueling hike, so I thought a relatively flat short hike would be in order. Combined [Marcus Landslide] along with a section of [Pemberton] and section of [Rock Knob] and [Boulder] to make a 6.7 mile loop trail. GPS route has been uploaded if you want to check it out.

This was actually a really nice hike. A nice casual hike with some really good views. Great sunrise, this time of year is great for that with the common clouds (Terrible for Astronomy). I don't think I would do this hike in the summer, it's completely exposed.
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