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Nov 18 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2021
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Hiking14.50 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   2.66 mph
2,100 ft AEG      55 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
We weren't really interested in getting to the top of Black Top Mesa, there were some trails going around the mesa we hadn't done, so the goal was to hit these areas. This turned out being a figure-8 track where we Started on the Second Water Trail, jump onto the Black Mesa Trail, on to Dutchman Trail, followed by Bull Pass Trail, and finally picking up on Dutchman Trail to get back to the trailhead.

This was a good long hike
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J. Yoder
Nov 16 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2021
Yoder
Hiking8.90 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   2.83 mph
1,100 ft AEG      52 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A nice hike, Trails were very easy to follow. Did have to wonder around to find the ruins, and the scramble down to the stream in the valley wasn't so fun, but well worth it. the Petroglyphs on the two big boulders were pretty great. Glad we did this hike not nearly as hard as I was expecting.
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Nov 05 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Cornucopia via E. Fork Sycamore CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2021
Yoder
Hiking5.90 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.25 mph
2,100 ft AEG      21 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Well this hike is pretty much as described, it is a hike along old dirt roads. It is either going up or down hill. Not much level ground on this hike. Didn't really enjoy it that much although it did have a couple of nice views, but the other hikes in the area have the same views and are more pleasant to hike. We also didn't hike all the way down into the canyon and into the creek.

Rather than going down into the valley to go to the creek, at the 2.5 mile point we just continued to the end of the road and extra 500 ft for the scenic view (photo taken). We actually did go down about 1/2 way down the steep road to the river bed, but decided to turn back since the road was so steep, and there really didn't seem to be anything more to see.

Can't say I would recommend this hike, go do Mount Peeley Summit or Cornucopia - Thicket Spring Loop instead. Although the drive to this trailhead is scary the hikes are much more enjoyable.
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J. Yoder
Nov 01 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2021
Yoder
Hiking9.70 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   3 Hrs   24 Mns   3.23 mph
520 ft AEG      24 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Weather was cool, so we decided to check out this area. Combine sections of Granite Mountain and Cholla Mountain loop trails along with other trails to make a 9.7 loop.

Desert is doing well after the summer rains. Lots of birds on this hike. I think we need to check out other hikes in this area.
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J. Yoder
Oct 24 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset ArchPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2021
Yoder
Hiking1.60 Miles 715 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles      57 Mns   1.68 mph
715 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Weather conditions looked pretty good for a decent sunset so we decided to hop on over to check out Sunset Arch. Got there a little early, checked out the top of the Butte. A pretty decent sunset.
Flora
Flora [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Saguaro
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Sunset Arch - Goldfield Mtns
Meteorology
Meteorology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Sunset
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J. Yoder
Oct 22 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Gaddes Canyon #110Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2021
Yoder
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles      20 Mns   19.50 mph
1,400 ft AEG   2 Hrs   56 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Thought we would check this hike out since it was recently featured in AZ highways and we hadn't done it.
Road gate to trailhead parking/Tower was locked (Due to COVID-19), so we parked over in the camping/recreation area (Fee $5). Probably could have parked a little before the gate to cut down a little on the walk, and avoid the fee. Views on the hike it self was not great, but there was a nice scenic overview close to where we parked (Images are Geo tagged, so check out the locations on the pop-up map). Also as you are going down the road, just before you drop down into the second canyon, at the cairn, instead of turning left at the cairn, if you continue to the end of the road a mere 0.2 miles is a nice overlook. Actually, if we were to ever do this hike again, we might not bother with dropping down into the second canyon, really nothing but forest and the occasional deer to see there.

Nice enough forest hike, but views are lacking as is typically of a forest hike, what do you expect?
Fauna
Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Mule Deer
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J. Yoder
Oct 17 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
2881 Consensus Loop - Goldfield MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2021
Yoder
Hiking3.30 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   1.98 mph
950 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break10 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
We thought we would do the first section of this hike, it has great views, there is never anyone on it, and it is near by.
We decided to hike to the GI Joe overlook (someone placed a GI Joe on one of the rocks) to see if he was still there.

Trail was a bit overgrown with all the rain we received this late summer. We did locate GI Joe, he took a tumble off the rock he was on, so we built up his Cairn, and set him up.

We also decided to re-enforce and add more cairns on this segment (from start to GI Joe overlook). Should be easier to follow now. The goldfields have some really nice short hikes to what I think are the best views in the area all under 4 miles(there and back):
1. Sunset Arch (There and back)
2. Little 4 Peaks (Just to peaks and back)
3. Consensus Loop (To GI Joe overlook and back)

Photos are GeoCoded, so check out the pop-up map for image locations.
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J. Yoder
Oct 07 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Juan Bautista De Anza Trail Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2021
Yoder
Hiking8.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.67 mph
200 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This trail is suppose to run from Santa Gertudis Lane up to the Tubac Presdio State Historic Park, but we found that it crosses the Santa Cruz River in a couple of spots, and the signs say not to enter the river. I think maybe some bridges were washed out or something. We went from the bottom (Santa Gertudis Lane) up as far as we could, backtracked, then drove up to the State Park, and hiked down as far as we could and backtracked again making for about 8 miles total.

This is a great birding location, even though we were there on an off season we saw plenty of birds. It is also a bit of a cooler hike since it does roughly follow the river and has large trees throughout the hike.
Meteorology
Meteorology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Sunset
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Oct 06 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Cat Cave Loop - Sonoita Creek SNATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2021
Yoder
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,090 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.26 mph
1,090 ft AEG   2 Hrs   10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I can't say this was a hike I enjoyed. Hike was overgrown with grass from the start. At first this was no big deal, they weeds came up from shin to knee height, but as the hike progressed, this became a problem as we were in shorts, and eventually the grass cut into our legs. My wife said they hamburgerized them and was not a happy camper.

We did see some Coati in the river bed, and that was nice, but there weren't any super views, the trail was very difficult to follow (probably due to the rain we have received) and our legs were shredded by the time the hike was over, so I can't say I would recommend this hike.
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Oct 05 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Foothills Loop Trail - Kartchner CavernsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2021
Yoder
Hiking3.90 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   2.57 mph
450 ft AEG      18 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
We decided to stop off here and do a quick hike since it was in the area of our south-eastern AZ road trip. We got a early start as is usually the case, and only ran across 6 people on the hike, at the end of the hike.

Its a pretty flat hike, but you have some good views of the mountains in the distance.
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Oct 04 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Ladybug Trail #329Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2021
Yoder
Hiking12.20 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   2.17 mph
4,200 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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We decided we would take a few days and check out South East Arizona. First major stop was Safford, in the Mount Graham Study Area. After investigation, it looked like Ladybug Trail #329 would be a challenging but good hike. It came through on both accounts. Although I will say that the end of the hike really didn't have much to it as far as views are concerned, it's just an intersection of other hikes. I would recommend turning back at about 5.4 miles into the hike.

Its a lot of elevation gain, but I think the trail is engendered very well, it reminded me of the Barnhart trail in that the elevation gain doesn't seem to be nearly as much work as most hikes. Although it's still a 4,200' gain. so we were still exhausted by the time we were done.

In sections there were a lot of small flys, about 3x the size of knats and about 1/3 the size of a normal fly, they didn't bite but were constantly flying around your head.

If you are in the area, a good hike to get some good views.
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J. Yoder
Sep 29 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Incinerator Ridge Trail #18ATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2021
Yoder
Hiking1.60 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   0.52 mph
800 ft AEG      27 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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We decided to start out on the Green Mountain Trail, hop on the Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A, Then go onto the Green Mountain Peak.

Overall the trail was easy to follow, and it was an enjoyable hike.
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Sep 27 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Willow Springs Canyon to Bagley TankPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2021
Yoder
Hiking7.50 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.83 mph
820 ft AEG      9 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A cold snap, so we decided to hike locally. This is one we hadn't done in the Goldfields. Not very impressed. Follows a 4WD road to Bagley Tank. Surprisingly, the tank had no water, even with the moisture we have received in the last week. Weather was nice, and views were OK. Did run across many small Red-spotted toads. Cute!

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J. Yoder
Sep 10 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2021
Yoder
Hiking2.60 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   2.52 mph
800 ft AEG      57 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Thought I would hop up here and check out the view, maybe get some decent sunset pictures. Hike is very reasonable, and the view are quite nice.

A bit of rift-raft in the parking lot. Seems like this is a popular squatting area.
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Sep 03 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Groom Creek Loop Trail #307Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2021
Yoder
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.60 mph
1,700 ft AEG      23 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Arrived at dawn, and decided to do this hike in reverse order (Counter-clockwise). Hike was nice enough, and slopes were very reasonable. A bit disappointed that there were no scenic views all the way to the Spruce Mountain peak. Somehow I missed that close to the picnic tables you can go a little further to the Lookout. :( because there are only a few areas on this whole hike where you can see past any trees, and the ones I spotted were not that great. I think the Lookout was probably the best chance for a good view.

Did see a number of deer on the hike. Overall, a bit disappointed, but I usually don't expect to much for forested hikes because you generally can't see much past the trees anyway.
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[ checklist ] Granite Mountain
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Aug 27 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Meridian TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2021
Yoder
Hiking7.10 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   3.13 mph
600 ft AEG      31 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Decided to combine sections of the following trails for a 7.1 mile loop (of sorts)
1. Meridian Trail
2. Cats Peak Trail
3. Blevins Trail
4. Vista Trail
5. Merkle Memorial Trail

Temperatures are kicking back up, So decided to do an evening/night hike.
Clastic desert scenery, boy the desert is happy with the rain it has been getting lately, things are turning green out there.
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J. Yoder
Aug 20 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Woodchute Trail #102Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2021
Yoder
Hiking9.90 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   2.59 mph
1,450 ft AEG      33 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Got a nice early start here. The guide mentions two trailheads, we parked at the ones next to the outhouses, and walked up the dirt road 0.7 miles to the original trailhead. Road was fine, there is no reason why a car can't go to the original trailhead with no issues.

Lost of people camping next to the road we walked up to the original trailhead, we were concerned we may run into a lot of folks on the hike back, turned out they folks must not be here for the hike, we had the trail to ourselves the whole time except for a bow hunter at the very beginning, and he took a fork off the main route almost immediately after the real hike began.

Views in the first part of the hike are exceptional. middle part of the hike is fine, and near the end when on on Woodchute Mountain, their is a fork in the path at (N34.75487° W112.16288°) this leads to a nice overlook. Back on the main trail, we as you continue the decent down the other side of the mountain the trail becomes less distinct. There are suppose to be some great views a bit further. At about 4.8 miles into the hike wife was not enjoying going downhill knowing she would have to go back up and was not convinced that the views would justify the hike. I sent her back and made for a rock out-crop just off the trail on the ridge (N34.76282° W112.16805°). Glad I did, best views of the hike. I took photos and headed back to catch up with the wife.

Although its to early for a bloom, the rains have really helped the flowers, and we saw and photographed 28 different types of flowers (See images).

This hike is a gem. Elevation gain is reasonable, hike is reasonable at about 9 miles, the hike doesn't seem to be visited much, but most of the trail is easy to follow and the view are spectacular in a number of places.
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A wide variaity of flowers right now with the rains. We got pictures of 28 different flowers (see images) on this hike
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J. Yoder
Aug 13 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2021
Yoder
Hiking8.60 Miles 1,721 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.50 mph
1,721 ft AEG      29 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Cooler weather and clouds made us decide to go for this hike Friday morning. We got there about 30 minutes before sunrise and discovered that the access road is closed from sunset to dawn, so had to wait a little bit to get in.

Hike went well, some good views. No traffic on the way up, but on the way back we ran into 4 parties, so this place seems quite popular.
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Aug 05 2021
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56 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2021
Yoder
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   3.09 mph
1,000 ft AEG      38 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Decided to do another evening/night hike. A good hike.
Fauna
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[ checklist ] Tarantula
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Jul 30 2021
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Woods Canyon Lake Trail - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2021
Yoder
Hiking4.10 Miles 382 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   2.62 mph
382 ft AEG      7 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Thought we would check out the lake again. Last time we were there there was a wide variety of birds, this time not so much.
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[ checklist ] Osprey
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average hiking speed 2.33 mph
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