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Apr 29 2004
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2004
pierad
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.38 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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We went up on April 15th our time up was 40 minutes. We took some extra time to take pictures of some big lizards. My time on the way down was slow. I'm much better up hill. We keep trying to get faster every time we go up. I wish I had a mountain like this in my town.
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Apr 22 2004
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2004
pierad
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,374 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   3 Hrs      2.07 mph
1,374 ft AEG
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We chose to take the back way around the mountain using the sunset view trail. It was longer and quiet (no traffic noise). We enjoyed the spring blooms of the cholla cactus and ocotillo. It was our first time visitng AZ in the spring so we stopped to take lots of photos on the way up. We waited for two men to come down the cables and one of them gave me his gloves. I suggest you bring some, the cables could be rough on your hands. Going up the cables could be a little hairy if you are afraid of heights. I was determined to conquer my fear. It actually wasn't bad. As we were coming down a family of three were going up the cables(a mother, father, and a girl about 12 years old). The girl was crying and the mother kept coaxing her up. I think they made it all the way up. I suggest you make sure your children are not afraid of heights. This is a fantastic hike and spring is the perfect time of the year to do it.
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Aug 27 2003
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2003
pierad
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.31 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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7/30/03 This is the third time I've visited Phoenix and the third time I climbed this trail. I love climbing up with the banister. I feel like batwoman climbing up the side of a building. The altitude is tough to get used to. I found myself gasping for air a few times after the fence. It took about 40 minutes to get up and an hour to get down; I'm not very good at steep down hill. (Short Legs?). even though there is a great view at the top I couldn't stay up there for long. Why are there so many flying ants? They stick to you when your all sweaty and trying to rest at the top. I plan to go faster next time I'm in the area. :sweat:
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Aug 27 2003
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
White House Ruin Trail - Canyon de ChellyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2003
pierad
Hiking2.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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I liked this trail because of the serene pasture and the huge canyon walls that make you feel very small. When ever I see ruins or rock art in a quite place I feel as though the spirits of the Anasazi are around me. I brought my Native American flute and played it at the bottom. The sound resonated beautifully off the canyon walls. It was a very spiritual experience. We saw a few elderly Navajo women walking up and down the trail carrying umbrellas for shade. They must be in great shape. There were some tables left folded at the bottom and a sign that said no soliciting so no one was selling their wares. 7/28/03
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Aug 27 2003
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2003
pierad
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,366 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
1,366 ft AEG
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You are right. This is the best view of the needle. We hiked this for the second time on 7/31. The last time we hiked this trail I was so inspired I painted Weaver's Needle.It now hangs in my dining room in NJ. as a reminder one of the beautiful places I've been. I feel very lucky to have seen so many wonders and I often think about returning to AZ. Especially when it's 20 degrees and gloomy over here.
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Aug 19 2003
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Howard's Walk TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2003
pierad
Hiking3.00 Miles 220 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
220 ft AEG
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We met Howard at Spider Rock campground. He was playing Carlos Nakai in his little office. Although he didn't ask, we gave him some money and requested to use his trail. There is no way you can get lost on this trail. Every few feet there are redorange, spray painted arrows on rocks and trees. Most of the time you will be walking near the rim. If you get to close to the edge there are arrows and the words "turn around " or "dangerous". This is a very easy walk. About a mile in you can see ruins across the canyon. When we returned to the camp Howard was gone. We must have been lucky to see him. Someone wrote messages on the office walls asking where he was and he was never around. If you just feel like taking a stroll this is the hike for you. You don't need a permit, just ask Howard for permission. If you want a more strenuous hike, do the White House Ruins trail.
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Aug 06 2003
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Hidden Valley from Buena VistaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2003
pierad
Hiking4.60 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles
850 ft AEG
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This is a fun, easy trail. After hiking across AZ for 2 weeks straight it was good just to relax and enjoy the Sonoran desert. The ocotillos and palo verde trees frame the trail as you walk between them. Although I enjoyed hiking in Flagstaff, I missed the southern landscape; especially the saquaros. Joe's directions are good. If you think you've lost the trail continue to follow the wash and slide down the boulders into the valley. There are signs that tell you which way Hidden Valley is when the National trail intersects with it. It was my second time on this trail since I was in the area 2 years ago. Fat Man's Pass is fun to squeeze through. I was expecting the same kind of tight squeeze through Fat Man's Loop in Flagstaff. My husband and I were both disappointed at finding no real narrow passages on that trail.
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Aug 06 2003
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2003
pierad
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles
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We did this hike on 7/24 at 3:00 in the afternoon. Normally we would be worried about the monsoon season and flash floods, but the ranger at the Glen Canyon Dam said it wasn't going to rain. It is a nice, flat, easy hike with a little rock scrambling. There is a section that you have to slide down. on the way back look for cairns on your right. Follow them to climb up. At a mile in, according to our pedometer, we saw the first natural bridge. We continued into the canyon but after 3.5 miles we did not find the second one. Because of a 4 year drought, Lake Powell is so low that you can not see it at 3 miles in anymore. We had to turn around because a wind storm began. The ranger was right, it didn't rain but we got sand blasted. I had to keep my eyes partially shut so dirt wouldn't get stuck to my contacts. I could hardly see but we ran most of the way back to the car. If you do get stuck in the rain you will probably have to wait it out even if you make it back to your car. The road floods. Even though it doesn't sound like a good experience, the trail was beautiful. There are lots of balancing rocks and cool formations. You could see where water once filled the canyon by the color changes in the walls. There are a few side canyons which might be worth exploring. Just make sure someone knows where you are going.
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Aug 06 2003
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2003
pierad
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.64 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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We did this trail on 7/22 in the morning to beat the monsoon.The beginning of the trail is fairly easy. After the meadow (We saw some bugs that looked like humming birds. Does anyone know what they are?) there are some mildly inclining switchbacks. We wondered why Joe rated this a 5 in difficulty. We found out after 3.5 miles up. The incline becomes steep and since we are from back east we were out of breath most of the way up after that. When you reach the saddle just look for the signs so you won't lose the trail. Once we reached the top we were surrounded by ladybugs without spots and flys. Even so, it's worth the climb to see the view. There was one other person up there besides us. When you get to the top don't forget to sign the book. About six people were going up as we were coming back down. I did not think this wise since there were ominous clouds and thunder in the distance. On return to Flagstaff, I would like to make a side trip to see the crash site. :)
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Aug 05 2003
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56 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2003
pierad
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
2,400 ft AEG
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We hiked up the Eldon Lookout Trail on 7/20. Many locals say this trail is more difficult than Mt. Humphrey's Peak. I think it's about the same in difficulty. We saw 3 horned lizards eating termites; a big deal for a couple of New Jersey folks. We met a French Canadian who was also impressed with the lizards and hiked the rest of the trail with him. We climbed the tower and met fire watcher Ray. He was very nice. He pointed out where there were a few fires and suggested we do a loop going down Sunset Trail to Heart to Sandy Seep to Christmas tree and finally back to Fat Man's loop. Even though it's 3 miles longer than going back down Eldon, but It's easier on the knees because it's not as steep. When we got on the Christmas tree trail it began to thunderstorm. Good thing we were prepared with our rain gear. Make sure to check the local forecast especially during monsoon season. Early morning is usually best. I loved the trail and would definately hike it again if I'm in the area. :D
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average hiking speed 1.6 mph

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