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Feb 10 2020
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
 Triplogs 15

70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Willow Springs Easy Loop, AZ 
Willow Springs Easy Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2020
Sonoranbob
Hiking6.27 Miles 904 AEG
Hiking6.27 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.14 mph
904 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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Jan 09 2020
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
 Triplogs 15

70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Arnett Creek Picket Post Plateau Loop, AZ 
Arnett Creek Picket Post Plateau Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2020
Sonoranbob
Hiking10.20 Miles 1,354 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   1.89 mph
1,354 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Excellent hike today that started out at the Picket Post trailhead and followed Arnett Creek to about one quarter mile before the turn where I would normally follow Telegraph Canyon south on the loop around Picket Post Mountain. Looking across the creek at this point you can see trail that slopes upward from left to right. We crossed the creek and went up this trail. It is a good use trail and is easy to follow. About 2/3 the way up to the plateau you will see a peculiar wire fence which we crossed where it meets the rocks on the left. The trail thins out at this point is little more than a game trail and is more difficult to follow but it was easy going. We saw evidence that deer were following this trail. As the trail became less clear someone had hung orange-pink survey tape from various cactae and bushes. We decided to follow these and were soon on a beautiful plateau with elegant views picket post mountain, Superior and surrounding mountains and canyons in various directions. The survey tapes led us in a generally southern direction and it was beautiful hiking basically off-trail but no real bushwhacking. We got pretty confused for a while as we reached the area where we thought we should hike down. There were also quite a few cairns marking the route. Eventually we found a nice path down to Telegraph where we ate a nice snack next to the water pools. I will try to attach some cell phone pictures of this area so you can see where the trail comes down. After that it was smooth hiking the rest of the way around Picket Post Mountain on the standard loop trail.
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Dec 31 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
 Triplogs 15

70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Golden Dome, AZ 
Golden Dome, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking11.87 Miles 3,123 AEG
Hiking11.87 Miles
3,123 ft AEG
 
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We planned this hike from milepost 204 on Highway 88 to the Golden Dome based Ted Tenny's book "Golden Mountain Hikes" maps 9 and 10 and some of the description he provided. The first 3.4 miles was very easy following well maintained and easy to follow trails to the Wishbone Junction. We turned to the left and found a small wash in the right hand side of the creek bed and made our way up. From here it was all uphill bushwacking and our pace slowed down considerably. Once we gained altitude it was much easier going although still basically offtrail with a lot of loose gravel and rock to contend with. It was beautiful! The mountains and valleys are spectacular. Unfortunately 0.8 miles from our planned destination, one of our hikers twisted his ankle and we needed to stop, rest and make our way back. We will definetly try this again in a few weeks when everyone is healed up.
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Dec 29 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
 Triplogs 15

70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Trans Goldfield Mountains, AZ 
Trans Goldfield Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking14.20 Miles 2,525 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles
2,525 ft AEG
 
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We pieced this trans-Goldfield Mountain Hike together based on map 7 and notes in Ted Tenny’s book “Goldfield Mountain Hikes”. The hike starts at the Bulldog Canyon Gate that can be accessed from North Cactus Rd in Apache Junction. We took Meridian to McKellips and drove east then turned north on N. Wolverine Pass Rd to Tonto then east to N. Cactus where there is a small parking area. Earlier in the day we parked a second car at the Blue Point Trailhead just before the bridge on Bush highway.
The first part of the trail is 2 miles of Jeep roads then look for the trail path off to the right which winds between cholla up around some rock formations. The day use trail up to Dome Mountain is in good shape and is easy to follow. Some well-meaning hiker has marked sections of the trail with white spray paint to help hikers stay on track.
After enjoying the views from Dome Mountain we found our way down the left side and continued north where you will find a gap to follow on the right and a water-storage shed on the left. The rest of the hike is a relatively easy bushwack until you reach Gateway Canyon. We stayed high and followed ridgelines wherever it was practical and found many sections of game trail and tuff that make the hike easier. There are no trail markers so it is highly recommended that you use a gps and bring a compass & maps in case you head in the wrong direction. There are quite a few opportunities! Since there is so much off-trail hiking we decided to start early on a colder day to minimize snake encounters and were prepared with head lamps, first aid supplies and extra food.
This trail offers an amazing number of views to mountains and canyons in the Goldfields. Take the time to enjoy the views from Panorama Peak and Peak 3097. We stopped at the saddle just before Peak 3097 to enjoy a nice lunch on the tuff.
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Dec 02 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
 Triplogs 15

70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Hackberry, AZ 
Hackberry, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking6.12 Miles 994 AEG
Hiking6.12 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   1.79 mph
994 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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This is one of my favorite trails to hike when I need a tune up after a long hot summer in Arizona. I like how the landscape changes as you go around the trail. It never fails to please and I have been hiking this trail a few times a year for the past 20 years. The pictures I will attach are from various Hackberry hikes in the last few years. The spring area can be quite wet after a heavy rain. We have been fortunate enough to see Gila Monsters and Rattlesnakes here so it is wise to stay attentive. This is a great trail to take visitors who are looking for a relatively easy hike and want to experience the Sonoran Desert landscape. Several times I have taken hikers well into their 80s and they have managed well. There are several options to shorten or lengthen this hike depending on needs.
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Apr 11 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
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70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,140 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles
3,140 ft AEG
 
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Spent a glorious day hiking the Big Loop. This trail is amazing well designed and maintained and easy to follow. There were so many amazing rock formations that it made the loop seem short even though we were quite tired by the end of the day.
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Feb 15 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
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70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles
2,700 ft AEG
 
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Stenuous hike up the Carney Trail was rewarded by spectacular views over the Three Sisters
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Jan 31 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
 Triplogs 15

70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Picket Post Loop, AZ 
Picket Post Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking8.90 Miles 979 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.24 mph
979 ft AEG
 
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Nice easy walk on well mainatained trails around Picket Post Mountain and returning through Arnett Canyon
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Jan 18 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
 Triplogs 15

70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Geromino Head, AZ 
Geromino Head, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking6.36 Miles 2,341 AEG
Hiking6.36 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.15 mph
2,341 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
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This is a beautiful hike that is well marked and reasonably maintained until you reach the saddle. After that you need to be a bit careful as you traverse to the left and make your way up further. Once we got to the wash we made our way upward bushwhacking until we reached the ridgeline and were rewarded with spectacular views. We loved this part of the hike and decided to loop our way around and then to bushwhack back down to the wash. The last part of this descent was a really uncomfortable and we were pleased to have long sleeves and pants. Still we managed a bit of blood donation as we made our way through the catclaw and other thorny plants blocking our way near the wash. Next time I think we will explore further because it really is lovely up there.
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Jan 14 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
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70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Peters Cave and Canyon, AZ 
Peters Cave and Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking6.93 Miles 2,270 AEG
Hiking6.93 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   1.31 mph
2,270 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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This is a great hike up a beautiful canyon. The first part of the trail is well maintained and easy to follow. You can park at the trailhead behind the buildings just before the bridge at Tortilla Flat. Once you reach the wash it is basically off-trail up the wash. It is very stony so be careful where you step as you make your way along the wash. The canyon walls are very impressive and there are some very cool rock formations along the way to the cave. We did a bit of bushwhacking along the way to make it easier on our ankles but most of the hike was relatively easy.
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Jan 09 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
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70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Dome Mountain, AZ 
Dome Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking7.03 Miles 1,488 AEG
Hiking7.03 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.74 mph
1,488 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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We have enjoyed several hikes up to Dome Mountain Summit. The first 2 miles follow jeep trails but after that the trail is a very nice day use trail up to the summit. Lovely views of the valley and surrounding mountains along the way and spectacular 360 views from the summit.
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Dome Mountain
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Jan 07 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
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70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Milepost 208 to First Water Canyon, AZ 
Milepost 208 to First Water Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking2.94 Miles 848 AEG
Hiking2.94 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   1.00 mph
848 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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There is a good trail down from the parking area to the canyon. The wash has large rocks but is easy to explore with beautiful canyon walls both upstream and down.
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Jan 02 2019
Sonoranbob
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70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Lower LeBarge Canyon, AZ 
Lower LeBarge Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking12.30 Miles 4,369 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   1.85 mph
4,369 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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This is a fairly strenuous hike and I have found it difficult to complete when the weather is getting too hot or when my waistline is getting too big. The trail is very well maintained coming up the hill from Canyon Lake and down into the valley below. We got into serious problems one hot trip trying to come out via the LeBarge Creek when the Catclaw was out in force and the water was too high to make passing practical. Once you reach the Y at the wash take the left wash and it is boulder-hopping time for a long way but the scenery is excellent all the way up until the Lower LeBarge. The canyon is spectacular with vertical walls of dark brown rock. This is a great place to have lunch on the smooth rocks. We have been there several times when people were wading in the water. There is almost always water here. On the way out of the canyon there is a small campsite on the left hand side where you can find a trail to take you up over a saddle and down into Boulder Canyon for the hike back. This is a much easier way back and it has it's own beauty. The pictures I am posting are from two hikes one in 2017 and another in 2019. We love this place and try to hike here at least once a year.
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Dec 13 2018
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
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70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Black Mesa Loop, AZ 
Black Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2018
Sonoranbob
Hiking9.28 Miles 1,110 AEG
Hiking9.28 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.13 mph
1,110 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Mar 04 2018
Sonoranbob
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 Routes 13
 Photos 621
 Triplogs 15

70 male
 Joined Jan 10 2018
 Gilbert
Milepost 207 Hwy 88 First Water to Hackberry, AZ 
Milepost 207 Hwy 88 First Water to Hackberry, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2018
Sonoranbob
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,099 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   1.51 mph
1,099 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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There is a fairly good trail going down into the First Water Canyon and then depending on the level of water it is an easy albeit stony walk down towards the First Water trailhead. The canyon is quite beautiful and well worth the effort.
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average hiking speed 1.71 mph

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