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Jun 05 2022
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking4.24 Miles 1,051 AEG
Hiking4.24 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.05 mph
1,051 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Hiked Holbert trail (to Dobbins Lookout) with Victoria, Alyssa, and Juan.

This was a return to our normal fitness hikes with a bit of a handicap. Injuries, lack of cardio, and infrequent hiking were issues for various members of the party. Despite the handicaps we did pretty well time-wise.

We got an early start to beat the heat (at the trailhead at around 8:15) which helped a lot.

It was the 1st Sunday of the month so the road to the top was closed which made for a pretty uncrowded trail.

It was a good hike I was not the slowest despite some recent leg injuries, good cardio seems to be more critical lol.
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May 29 2022
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Tonto Natural BridgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking1.59 Miles 410 AEG
Hiking1.59 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.34 mph
410 ft AEG      4 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Tonto Natural bridge with Victoria on Memorial Day weekend.

We have driven past this spot at least a dozen times in the past on the way to other destinations but never found the time to stop. So this was the day, we deliberately picked Tonto for a day trip as our primary destination.

As expected for a holiday weekend, it was crowded. When we arrived just before noon the park was completely full. We ended up sitting in our car for ~30 minutes outside the gate waiting to get in. The rangers did a decent job of maintain capacity though; once inside there was parking available and it wasn't so crowded to ruin the experience. The entry fee was $7 per person (not vehicle, they will do a headcount of the people in the car).

The trail is basically a loop that descends to the creek level, goes through/under the bridge, and then follows the creek for a bit before ascending to the ridge. There are also a few overlooks but the best views are from underneath the bridge. The descent is a well maintained trail with steps and handrails in places. The initial portion has bridges/platforms going over the creek with seating and photo areas (coming from the south side which is probably best). From the viewing platform the rout continues but gets more interesting. Going through the bridge, the surfaces are largely slickrock and they are mostly wet making the terrain pretty technical.

The route is wet for 2 reasons; one because it crosses the creek twice and two because there is often water seeping through the limestone of the bridge and dripping down. While we were there it was effectively "raining" underneath the bridge which was really cool.

Cool environment aside it was definitely possible to slip and fall on the slick rock and/or slide into the creek after falling. So crossing under the bridge must be undertaken with some care.

It was really cool underneath the bridge. The rain, turquoise blow water of the creek, and cool air made it much like a cavern. Although I don't imagine many bats roost there due to the number of people present.

Upon exiting from the north side of the bridge, the trail continues along the creek for some distance. There is a bit of rock hopping across the creek again in spots but much of the trail here is shaded by trees so it is a pleasant hike out.

This was a great day trip. It is popular, as expected, but well worth the visit. It was challenging enough (on the technical basis) to be interesting (even though on paper the hike is not difficult). The views made it well worth the trip and with and early start it would make a good additional destination to a Pine-area water hole in the summer. I look forward to visiting again.

hike video:
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Apr 30 2022
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Rim to Rim - South Kaibab & Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking17.43 Miles 4,893 AEG
Hiking17.43 Miles   8 Hrs   16 Mns   2.39 mph
4,893 ft AEG      59 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked the Grand Canyon as a day hike with Victoria, Kristine, and Sally. Like last year, the plan was to start early in the morning down South Kaibab, cross the Colorado river to pass through Phantom Ranch, cross back and then hike back up Bright Angel at the end of the day.

This time our companions were in better shape, but we were in worse shape. We had been training for the hike but I had been traveling for work extensively and was not able to train as well as I would have liked (and certainly not as as much as we trained last time). We were determined to go for it again and everyone got a good night's sleep and were ready to face the challenge.

With everyone having slept properly, there was less of a rush to get finished and we were all able to stick together and "stop and smell the roses" (or rather take lots of pictures) on the way down. The views were fantastic as usual and we passed a mule train on the way up. The water level at the river was surprisingly low, lower than I have ever seen it. There were sand bars in several places and lots of shallow places to swim. The water was clear and blue, not muddy as it sometimes is after upstream precipitation.

We stopped at the last resthouse (the one at the river at the end of Bright Angel trail) to put our feet in the water and have lunch. We brought the usual jerky, trailmix, bars, dried fruit and other trail snacks for lunch as we did last time but Kristine and Sally brought Chipotle they had gotten to-go from flagstaff on the way up. Their lunch looked much more appetizing and we decided to bring real food for lunch the next time we do this hike.

Hiking out Bright Angel we did spread out a bit. Victoria and I got done eating first and given that Sally was the faster hiker, we got a head start. Kristine and Sally quickly caught up with us and Sally carried on ahead while we stuck with Kristine. Sally was not as acclimated to the heat as the rest of us and was trying to get ahead of the sun. At Indian Gardens we ran into other members of the party that were camping with us (but opted out of the rim to rim hike). They hiked bright angel to Plateau Point and like us were on the way back up when we met at Indian Gardens. We largely stuck together for the hike out.

At the rim we checked the time and we shaved a full hour off our previous time on this route (which was pretty impressive). Dinner that night was well deserved! I hope we can continue to maintain this annual tradition.

Hike Video:
[ youtube video ]

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running under the bridge at phantom ranch

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Indian Garden had flow

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creek had flow, rock hopped across
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Apr 24 2022
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking4.27 Miles 2,332 AEG
Hiking4.27 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   1.58 mph
2,332 ft AEG      10 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Piestawa Peak with Victoria.

Last training hike before doing another Grand Canyon Rim to River hike.
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Apr 16 2022
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Natural Bridge Trail - Chiricahua N.M.Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking4.82 Miles 1,124 AEG
Hiking4.82 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.37 mph
1,124 ft AEG      2 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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The last hike of our Chiricahua National Monument trip and the last of the major trails in the the park that we hadn't already hiked.

There are only a couple parking spots at the trailhead (like ~5) but we were able to get a spot. Needless to say, the trail was not very crowded. We were there in the late morning having done Sugarloaf Mountain as our first hike of the day.

This was a solid hike to the natural bridge (in terms of difficulty). The initial portion follows a canyon for some distance then ascends one side. The remainder of the trail is downhill until shortly before the bridge giving this hike an up-down-up-down topography going there and back.

The early portions of the trail offered views of the hoodoos to the south across the road. However, upon ascending the side of the canon and going down the other side the view of these hoodoos becomes obstructed and the scenery for the remainder is less impressive.

The natural bridge itself was pretty underwhelming. The trail ends some distance away from it rather than going right up to/underneath it. It is possible to scramble up to the bridge but it would be a decent scramble. Given it was our 2nd hike of the day we opted to observe from the end of the trail and leave it at that. The bridge was not as high or dramatic as devil's bridge in Sedona or Tonto Natural Bridge (for example), having seen the aforementioned (and a few others besides) it was a little underwhelming.

This wasn't a bad hike but it was probably my least favorite in Chiricahua. Nevertheless we checked it off our list and went to lunch and wine tasting in Wilcox afterwards.
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Sugarloaf Mountain 7310 - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking1.94 Miles 586 AEG
Hiking1.94 Miles      52 Mns   2.33 mph
586 ft AEG      2 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Surgarloaf Mountain on our 2nd day in Chiricahua.

On Day 2 of our Wilcox trip we planned to do Sugarloaf mountain and Natural Bridge trail, we did Sugarloaf first.

This was a nice quick summit hike. It was fairly popular (for Chiricahua) but we were able to get a parking spot without having to wait.

There were some views of the hoodos on the way up but the vantage from the summit was much better. There is a fire watch station at the top. It was not occupied while we were there but looks like it still sees occasional usage.

This was a good little warmup hike, well worth doing if you are in the area.
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Apr 15 2022
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Heart of Rocks and Inspiration Point LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking8.62 Miles 1,715 AEG
Hiking8.62 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.30 mph
1,715 ft AEG      10 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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On our 2nd trip to Chiricahua National Monument we wanted to explore two of the more popular sites; Inspiration Point and Heart of Rocks Loop, in a single-day hike so we came up with this route.

Navigation
The route starts from Massai Point and follows the following trails in succession: Massai Point trail to Ed Riggs, Ed Riggs to Mushroom Rock, Mushroom rock to Inspiration Point (and back), Big Balanced Rock to Heart of Rocks, and then the reverse/return after completing Heart of Rocks Loop in a clockwise direction. The result is a long but doable day hike. Navigating this route is pretty straightforward; each of the trail junctions is marked with a sign and the trails are easy to follow. The route was somewhat difficult to discern in portions of the Heart of Rocks loop but there are painted footprints on the rocks in areas where the trail is less obvious. It is possible to do the Heart of Rocks Loop in either the clockwise or counterclockwise direction. We did it clockwise and recommend that approach as many of the named hoodoos will appear in front of you as you go along. Going in the opposite direction you will likely have to stop and look back at the landmarks frequently and may miss some if you don't see all the signs.

Trail conditions
well maintained trails throughout for the most part. A few rockier sections exist and the Heart of Rocks Loop has some good steps up on rock rather than dirt trails. There was a tree down over the trail while we were there, but it was not a problem to step over.

Fees
This is in the Chiricahua National Monument so National Park Service fees normally apply. Both times we were there no one was in the ranger station and it was free to enter. It is not a very crowded park.

Weather
We went in early April and it was warm but not uncomfortably so, we also had the advantage of a partially cloudy day. Spring and Fall are probably the best times for this hike unless you like the heat. Wind can be significant at higher elevations.

General Comments and Musings
Inspiration Point and the Heart of Rocks Loop are probably the best locations in Chiricahua National Monument to see the unique hoodoos and geological features of the area (I speak from experience having hiked pretty much all the trails in the Monument over 2 trips). The Heart of Rocks Loop is particularly entertaining as it has many of the "named" hoodoos that the Monument is famous for. The Loop also puts you very close or even in-between to the Hoodoos in a similar fashion to nearby Echo Canyon Trail. Inspiration point was also a worthwhile addition as it gives a good view of Hailstone trail and Sara Deming Canyon. There was also a logbook in an ammo can at Inspiration point.

As a route, this combination of trails is moderately difficult. No one section is terribly hard, but the overall mileage and elevation gain does add up. Understandably, mule tours were the historical method for getting to the Heart of Rocks Loop. While we were there we saw a few other groups on the trails but only two were hoofing it to Heart of Rocks.

This was a good route and probably the easiest way to see these two sites short of a mule tour. We had a lot of fun doing it. Make sure you bring a camera for funny Hoodoo pictures!

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Apr 09 2022
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Patagonia Lake State Park CampgroundTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking0.50 Miles 228 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      54 Mns   1.20 mph
228 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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A sort little route from campsite 112 to the top of a nearby hill. Hiked up from the campsite to get a view of the lake as the sun set.

No official trail just bushwhacked to the highest nearby point. Was not too overgrown but had to pick our way around some cactus and loose rock.

Great views for pictures, and easy to get to while holding a beer.
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Apr 03 2022
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Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking4.05 Miles 1,042 AEG
Hiking4.05 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.29 mph
1,042 ft AEG      2 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Hidden Valley Mormon trail as a weekly fitness hike. backlogged triplog so no details to report as it was too long ago to recall
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Mar 20 2022
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Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking5.88 Miles 2,572 AEG
Hiking5.88 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   1.69 mph
2,572 ft AEG      34 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Quartz Peak with Victoria and Juan (Alyssa didn't make it on account of studying).

It was our first time hiking this trail.

As noted in the guide there is a bit of dirt road driving to get to the trailhead. You go past a landfill, an airfield, and quite a few cows on the way in. The dirt road dive does go a significant distance. The driving wasn't bad though there were very few rocky sections to worry about and the terrain was mostly sand. The Colorado had not trouble with it although next time I will remove the air dam before going as it did scrape the sand in a few places. Did not need 4x4 at all, we did cross many washes though so it might not be the best spot after a big rain.

The trail itself was easier than expected. The stats make it appear to be as difficult as Siphon Draw but unlike Siphon Draw the considerable elevation gain is spread out and fairly consistent throughout. This makes it a challenging hike but not the parabolic experience of Flatiron.

The terrain resembles Piestewa with large rocks and dirt steps upwards. The trail is easy to see and follow until the last ~1/2 mile. At this point to the summit there is no maintained trail and it is a scramble to the finish. Navigation isn't really difficult though, at this point you can clearly see the peak with white quartz on it and the path of least resistance generally takes you along the top of the ridge you have been following the whole way up, so you won't get lost.

The summit is a real treat. There is quite a quantity of a highly reflective mineral (possibly Pyrite) in large quantities around the summit. One such specimen has a flat face the size of a hand mirror and when the sun is right you can see it flashing from quite a distance! Also at and around the summit are quantities of white quartz, which stand in stark contrast to the darker colored stone of the range. It remains cool or even cold to the touch even when sitting in the direct sunlight.

The views from the summit are excellent, you can see all the way to Phoenix if the weather is clear and have a nearly 360 degree view of the surrounding desert and farms.

There is also an ammo can at the summit with a log book inside. Some people left other "interesting" items in the ammo can lol.

This trail was very secluded we met only 4 other groups the entire day. The drive and the need for a high clearance vehicle likely deter a lot of prospective hikers. That said, this was an excellent Sunday hike the summit was well worth the trip and we will definitely do this one again.
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Mar 06 2022
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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking4.76 Miles 1,515 AEG
Hiking4.76 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.36 mph
1,515 ft AEG      19 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Tom's Thumb Trail with Victoria, Jacey, Juan, and Alyssa.

It was Jacey's first time joining our regular hiking group so we had to stop for breathers a few times. given a half dozen or so similar hikes she will be up to speed with the rest of the group.

They have changed the entrance road signifigantly since I was last here and there is a whole new neighborhood on the other side now, I almost didn't recognize the place. They did have more of the entrance road fixed so that was nice.

The trail was popular but not crowded, there were quite a few dogs.

Other than that, a pretty typical day at Tom's Thumb.
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Feb 21 2022
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Fortynine Palms TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2022
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking3.41 Miles 728 AEG
Hiking3.41 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.38 mph
728 ft AEG      4 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked 49 Palms trail with Victoria as the last hike in our Joshua Tree National Park trip.

This was a pretty good hike. It was enough to wake us up and had a rewarding destination without taking too long and keeping us from the long drive home. It was the perfect finish to the trip.

The trail itself was not terribly remarkable. Neither navigation nor terrain were terribly difficult although there were enough uphill runs to get your heart rate up.

As you approach the end, the oasis becomes really apparent as it is a splash of green that stands out in the desert. I imagine when it was named there were 49 palms, there seem to be many more now with several smaller ones having started growing. Some of the older trees have scorched trunks where a campfire got out of control a few years back but they seem to have survived the mishap. The pools were full and there were many of them but there was little flow and the water was pretty stagnant. It is a short hike so I don't think anyone is needing to purify the water.

We didn't see any mountain goats while we were there but although we were fairly early, we were far from the first group to reach the oasis that morning. Upon our return to the trailhead the parking lot was completely full so I imagine this is a popular hike for the locals.

This was a good hike and I will do it again the next time I am in the area visiting Joshua Tree.

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Stagnant pools
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Jan 30 2022
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Marcos De Niza - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2022
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Hiking3.77 Miles 875 AEG
Hiking3.77 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.06 mph
875 ft AEG      1 Min Break6 LBS Pack
 
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A typical south mountain fitness hike; hiked Marcos de Niza with Victoria, Juan, and Alyssa.

People were pretty tired so we didn't go too far in and we took the Pima Canyon Route back.

Trail was pretty busy but we were able to park in the overflow section
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Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking3.99 Miles 917 AEG
Hiking3.99 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   2.37 mph
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Hiked Hidden Valley Via Mormon trail with a friend.

One last fitness hike before our trip to Colombia.

Trailhead was pretty crowded this morning with a meetup group assembling for a hike. Parking was a challenge as usual with the lot completely full and the street parking very crowded. The trail itself wasn't too bad especially father in.

Had excellent weather, nice and cool but no unusual/interesting animal sightings.

Good fitness hike
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2021
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Hiking7.76 Miles 1,454 AEG
Hiking7.76 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.68 mph
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Hiked Horton Creek trail with Victoria.

This was our annual "see the leaves change color" hike. We timed it pretty well this time and there were quite a few deciduous trees (Maples?) with red leaves. It was a pleasant walk in the woods with several other couples and families enjoying the fall weather.

Horton creek and the East Fork were running strong as usual. The first crossing was a little muddy but other than that there were no access challenges.

A great fall hike, we will have to continue the tradition
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Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2021
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Hiking1.73 Miles 706 AEG
Hiking1.73 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   1.96 mph
706 ft AEG      29 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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This one was a bit of a mess. Victoria and I joined a social meetup group for a hike as participants. From the beginning I suspected things would not go well. For one the trail chosen had an unusual (read non-standard name) the event organizers were using all trails (1st mistake there) and the route was actually a combination of several trails combined into a loop. The statistics (length, elevation gain, etc.) didn't seem right (seemed way too low) but because it wasn't a standard route I didn't have a quick reference to confirm. I had done most of the route previously and suspected that a portion of it that they planned to do was a pretty technical (i.e. sketchy) steep downhill route that is very slippery. I had done this section before and would do it again but I definitely wouldn't bring a bunch of amateurs along. I hade hiked with the organizer before and was familiar with their hiking skill level so I suspected it might be a bit of an "interesting" trip.

Arriving that morning it was fairly warm and crowded. There were a lot of people late (on account of having to park far away) and by the time everyone was at the trailhead it was clear we were going to have a late and even warmer start. The icing on the cake was that there were quite a few people (the organizer included) that had been partying it up the previous night and were quite hungover. It did not go well for them.

It was immediately apparent that they had underestimated the hike. The route was moderately steep but nothing crazy for the area. Within a few hundred feet of the trailhead the pace slowed to a craw as the entire group had to stop every 100' or so to let the organizer and a few other hungover folks catch up and catch their breath. It was pretty comical. Victoria got impatient with this right away (as this was supposed to be our weekly fitness hike) and started hiking laps up and down the trail. Eventually when we reached the paved and steep section of the trail the group split into 2 sections with the more fit and less hungover half going ahead at a faster (but still pretty leisurely pace) with the hangover club bringing up the rear. The comedy came to a head when we reached the top and it became clear that the rout selected was the steep and sketchy one Victoria and I had done previously. I recommended against continuing on (someone might have gotten injured and several of the participants may not have made it for other reasons) and so we all called it a hike early and went to brunch

Comedy gold that one was!
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2021
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Hiking4.35 Miles 1,175 AEG
Hiking4.35 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.21 mph
1,175 ft AEG      13 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Holbert trail with Victoria as a weekend fitness hike.

It was pretty warm so very few people were on the trail.

There was lots of greenery and wildflowers (specifically daisies) from all the monsoon rains and quite a few butterflies as well. We saw several red tailed lizards, some quite large, and what looked like a baby rattlesnake (although he went down a hole in a hurry before we could get a picture).

We did the Dobbins extension instead of the normal route, it was a good weekly fitness hike.
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Sep 06 2021
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Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2021
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking1.29 Miles 356 AEG
Hiking1.29 Miles      38 Mns   2.67 mph
356 ft AEG      9 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Horseshoe Bend Overlook with Victoria and YSP as part of our Glen Canyon trip.

On the way back from Glen Canyon we stopped at Horseshoe bend for pictures. It looks like they have finally finished the trailhead renovations and are now charging $10 per vehicle to park (which is a pretty steep price given how short the hike is). On the plus side, it does seem to have reduced the crowds somewhat compared to the last time I was here (although covid could be contributing to that as well).

We got lots of pictures and enjoyed the view for a while. We did not stay long as it was pretty hot and most people were tired from the trip.

Given the new steep price, I probably wouldn't go back unless I was bringing someone new who had never been there before (which was also the case with most of the YSP people on the trip this time)
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Aug 29 2021
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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking4.57 Miles 1,393 AEG
Hiking4.57 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.36 mph
1,393 ft AEG      5 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Tom's Thumb with Victoria and some friends as our regular weekend fitness hike.

The monsoon rains prompted a 2nd spring of wildflowers and the trail was unusually green.

otherwise not much to report
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Aug 22 2021
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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2021
KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,424 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.27 mph
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Hiked Massacre Falls with Victoria and a few friends.

I thought that with us having had a strong monsoon season this year and having had a major storm in the week prior, that the falls would be running. As usual the Superstitions proved me wrong and the falls were dry.

lack of water notwithstanding the trail was very green and we had a good time.

At the falls there was a tomatillo growing where the water normally runs (with fruit on it no less). This was curious (no idea how it came to be there, possibly from somebody's snack?) but I don't expect it will survive there long.

It was a good weekend hike as usual
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