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Mar 26 2018
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2018
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,890 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.41 mph
2,890 ft AEG      45 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Got a nice early start as usual. We didn't know that there was a kiosk here, so we purchased a pass from the ranger station. Didn't see anyone until shortly after we had started back. We decided to cover both the North and South views. North is the best, but the walk to the south is only .4 miles, so well worth the walk. Once on top of the mountain, saw a wide variety of birds on the way to the North view. Interesting, on the way back we didn't see nearly as many birds. Timing is everything I guess.

Birds identified included:
-Acorn Woodpeckers (tons of them)
-Western Bluebirds
-Northern Flicker
-Stellar Jay
-Spotted Towhee
-White-breasted Nuthatch
-Dark-Eyed Junco
Saw a few other birds, but unable to identify or photograph

Overall, a great hike.
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J. Yoder
Mar 18 2018
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Tortuga Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2018
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.61 mph
1,440 ft AEG      40 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
We decided to combing parts of Tortuga(TR), Elephant Mountain(EM) Spur Cross (SC) and Dragonfly(DF) to create a 7.6 mile loop.

Weather was great
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J. Yoder
Mar 14 2018
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 Routes 63
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 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
White Tanks Radio Summit via Goat CampPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2018
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,772 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.27 mph
2,772 ft AEG      31 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
In addition to going to the summit we continued on the trail to the next saddle, adding an extra 1.6 miles. It was a nice view. We were in the White tanks the same time last year, and the Brittle Bush turned most of the hillsides yellow. Not so this year, only spotted one flower on a creosote bush the whole hike. Looks like it's gonna be a really bad desert bloom year.
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One lonely flower on a creosote bush.
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J. Yoder
Mar 11 2018
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 Routes 63
 Photos 2,686
 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Vineyard Trail #131Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2018
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking12.30 Miles 2,799 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.92 mph
2,799 ft AEG      27 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Rainy day, quite enjoyable hiking up in the clouds. Sprinkled most of the hike.. great stuff, got some good photographs.
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J. Yoder
Feb 25 2018
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 Guides 8
 Routes 63
 Photos 2,686
 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2018
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking15.00 Miles 3,284 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   2.54 mph
3,284 ft AEG      41 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
We got a nice early start. We had cool weather this week, and was surprised that it was cool for most of the hike (till about noon). Last thing I expect to see in Superstitions was Pine trees and meadows. Certainly a different hike from most of the Sups.

That Juniper was HUDGE!
Overall a nice full day hike
 Fauna
 Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Skunk
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Jan 13 2018
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 Guides 8
 Routes 63
 Photos 2,686
 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking10.80 Miles 4,715 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   1.70 mph
4,715 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This hike is about my limit in difficulty.
We also weren't paying attention on the way back down, and got off route some, adding an additional 1.5 miles to the hike and an extra 360 feet. :(
It's true, the view at the top is Spectacular. The start of the hike is quite scenic also. It's an awful lot of work for that great view at the top.
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Jan 07 2018
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 Routes 63
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 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2018
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,189 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.30 mph
1,189 ft AEG      17 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A nice short hike. I think i prefer this one over the Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282. It covers the best part (the Saddle), and hits another nice saddle. The other nice thing is that it avoids the park area where all the crowds are (I do like avoiding the crowds). I also have to take issue with the difficulty rating of a 3 when Pass Mountain Loop has only a 2.5 as difficulty. This one is shorter by 3 miles and much easier.

Route finding rating is completely off. 99 percent of the trail is really easy to follow, we did get off route in one area, shortly after the ridge because a good size rock was in the middle, and a trail headed west. The trail thins out, but eventually will meet with the main trail. So I would rate the route finding as a 2 on this trail.

I think this is trail is a hidden gem in this area.
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J. Yoder
Dec 25 2017
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking15.30 Miles 2,943 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   7 Hrs   34 Mns   2.19 mph
2,943 ft AEG      34 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Classic Superstition scenery. Hike is long, but well worth the effort.
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J. Yoder
Dec 18 2017
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 Photos 2,686
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Ironwood Ridgeline 3108 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,634 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   1.85 mph
1,634 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Well, I think the description of this hike is quite accurate, Trails at start and end nothing in the middle as far as trail is concerned. Unfortunatly, We ended up bailing at the saddle just before the final peak, Wife was having issues with all the rock hopping, and the fact that their wasn't really a trail to follow here. We ended up following one of the ridges down from the final saddle - A bit of a scramble.

Got to say views were GREAT on this, but prepare for lots of rock hopping. this is they type of hiking I use to do in my college days, but a bit too unstructured for the wife. (Got to please the wife!)
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J. Yoder
Nov 12 2017
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking6.00 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   3.08 mph
978 ft AEG      24 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Nov 10 2017
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking12.60 Miles 2,303 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.51 mph
2,303 ft AEG      39 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Easiest 12 mile hike ever taken. 2300 feet of gain was a joy, whoever designed the trail did a great job, the slope was never very difficult. Views were great. Highly recommended.
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Nov 05 2017
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   2.50 mph
1,194 ft AEG      49 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Did this hike the day after a full moon. Hike started at about 10pm and finished about 1:45 AM. Used tripod for photos with about 3second exposure at 6400 ISO. look closely at photos and you might see some stars in some of the associated pictures.
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J. Yoder
Oct 29 2017
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Cornucopia - Thicket Spring LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,991 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.31 mph
1,991 ft AEG      33 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Good hike with some nice views
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J. Yoder
Oct 25 2017
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 Routes 63
 Photos 2,686
 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
 Hiking avatar Oct 25 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
 Hiking6.20 Miles 2,126 AEG
 Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.55 mph
2,126 ft AEG      26 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Decided to throw the peak in there also for the good workout. The trail around the mountain was OK, but the peak had just to many people for my liking. Also parking was horrible, they were doing construction. Good to know I won't have to do this hike again... City hiking really not my thing.
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J. Yoder
Oct 21 2017
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 Routes 63
 Photos 2,686
 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking6.20 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.64 mph
650 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Love hikes in this area (First water trailhead). A short great flat hike.
 Fauna
 Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Red Spotted Toad
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J. Yoder
Oct 18 2017
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 Routes 63
 Photos 2,686
 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Woods Canyon Lake Trail - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking3.90 Miles 358 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.39 mph
358 ft AEG      31 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
At first there are folks around the parking area, but after about 1/2 mile the drop off. Nice lake
 Fauna
 Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Great Blue Heron
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J. Yoder
Oct 08 2017
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 Routes 63
 Photos 2,686
 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking10.40 Miles 2,247 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.59 mph
2,247 ft AEG      15 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 no routes
Partners none no partners
Glad I did the loop rather than just going to the spring and back. Derrick trail section of the hike had quite different scenery than then the first part to the hike. A few REALLY large Manzanita plants :o . One must have been 15-20 foot. Usually these are only about 1.5 - 5 foot.
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J. Yoder
Oct 01 2017
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 Routes 63
 Photos 2,686
 Triplogs 224

57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,380 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.52 mph
1,380 ft AEG      38 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 no routes
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Nice hike with good granite rocks to view. Went a bit farther on the bolder flat area.
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May 07 2017
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
Hiking5.90 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   2.62 mph
600 ft AEG      31 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Good views of lake. Best to do during weekdays to avoid crowds.
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J. Yoder
Apr 29 2017
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 Routes 63
 Photos 2,686
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57 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
 Hiking avatar Apr 29 2017
YoderTriplogs 224
 Hiking7.90 Miles 2,900 AEG
 Hiking7.90 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.78 mph
2,900 ft AEG      48 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Nice hike, but way to many people. Need to do on a weekday
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average hiking speed 2.38 mph
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