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Nov 03 2022
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41 female
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 Pine, AZ
Snow Pine, AZ 
Snow Pine, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
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1st snow of the season up in Pine! I took a scenic drive around the roads leading up to Twin Buttes/ Strawberry Mountain.
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Oct 30 2022
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Toroweap, AZ 
Toroweap, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
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Our final destination of our road trip was Toroweap! We purchased backcountry permits way in advance for an overnight. There are 10 campsites; they aren’t on top of each other and have picnic tables and composting toilets. Twas luxury camping (with beautiful views) for sure!

We stayed in site 3 and loved it. Site 1 was pretty nice as well. After setting up and claiming our camp, we headed over to the Toroweap overlook in the late afternoon. Let me rewind to the ranger station where they do look at the capability of your vehicle and your tires before letting you in. The last 5ish miles got progressively worse as you get closer to the overlook. The road has lots of sharp rocks and also several shelves / drops that need to be navigated and require great clearance. It reminded me of Schnebly for the last couple of miles. We took it slow on the sketchy areas and were able to make it all the way to the end of the road with using the rock crawler in one tricky spot! (Go Tessa!)

We scoped our all the different viewpoints looking down into the canyon. It’s quite a beautiful location, and is worth the 70 mile off road drive in. We took some photos of the views and headed back to camp to finish setting up right before it got dark. Alarms were set for 5:30am to drive head back over to catch the sunrise. We had the whole thing to ourselves and watched the sunset wrapped in blankets. Totally worth the early wake up call and highly recommend the sunrise views vs sunset.

Such a pretty spot that I’m glad we got to enjoy! Actually quite happy with their permit system as it was never crowded at the overlook or the campground.
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Oct 29 2022
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 Pine, AZ
Nanpaweap Petroglyphs and Sawmill Ruins, AZ 
Nanpaweap Petroglyphs and Sawmill Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2022
jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking2.20 Miles 350 AEG
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This petroglyph site was just a small detour from our final destination so we decided to go do the short hike on our way. It’s a very wide, extremely maintained trail that heads down to several different rocky areas you can climb up/around to check out various petroglyphs.

Although there was some graffiti which was saddening, there were also some really detailed and unique petroglyphs. We found the best ones near the end of the trail by climbing across the boulders and additionally some in the middle of the path, up a faint trail heading up. We had the whole place to ourselves and the temps were awesome. Definitely worth a stop here when in the area.

We drove over to the historical site with the sawmill ruins next. Was interesting to quickly check it out, but wouldn’t recommend going out of your way for this stop.
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Oct 28 2022
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Ridge Trail - Pipe SpringsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking1.20 Miles 150 AEG
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Popped by Pipe Springs National monument on the way to our main destination. We hiked the ridge trail, which was short/easy and didn’t have great views..nice to stretch the legs though. Next we toured the Windsor Castle and saw the spring. We checked out some cabin ruins and even learned that they had a 38 year old cow there! Also stopped by the museum on the way out.

I enjoyed the history and think it’s worth a quick stop on your way to another destination.
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Oct 22 2022
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Anchas Fall Meandering, AZ 
Anchas Fall Meandering, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking3.45 Miles 1,160 AEG
Hiking3.45 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.76 mph
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Nice overnight in the Anchas to check out fall colors and check a few new things off our lists!

First we stopped by Workman creek to see the waterfall and check out the views of the fall colors. This viewpoint had nice views of lots of reds, orange and yellows although it wasn’t at peak yet! Flow on waterfall was minimal.

Next we drove up to Aztec Peak and walked over to check out the ruins. The “flinstones style” table and chairs were fun and unique (and comfy!) and there is an additional traditional dwelling there that’s not in great condition.

Next up was the orchard, which had been on both of our lists for a while. Sadly, the apple trees didn’t produce this year due to an early freeze. The trees were bare :( We walked around the whole area enjoying the solitude.

Lastly we went to Reynolds creek and relaxed (off trail) while listening to the water flowing and peeping the fall colors (plus enjoying a couple of beverages). Minimal foliage over here at this point.

Weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday and it was a fun muddy drive back to Pine. The 4Runner was covered including the roof :D
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Apr 16 2022
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 Pine, AZ
Sedona glyph hunt, AZ 
Sedona glyph hunt, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking5.02 Miles 955 AEG
Hiking5.02 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.81 mph
955 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
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This is one of my favorite petroglyph hunts to date. I didn’t find it because of a book, someone else’s triplog or some blog post… I had a hunch this area would be a great spot for glyphs. I researched on a map and pinpointed my target spot based on an educated guess. Oh, so satisfying. The triplog doesn’t need to be long because the photos tell the story. Enjoy.

And yes you need at least high clearance {if not 4x4} to get here.
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Apr 13 2022
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Perry Tank Canyon RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking3.22 Miles 365 AEG
Hiking3.22 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   1.07 mph
365 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
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Checking off my 12th site from the hiking seldom seen ruins book! Man, that book really gets the parking locations so wrong and/or assumes everyone is driving a sedan, lol. Based on HAZ info, I was planning on parking near the perry windmill and hiking approx 6 miles. However, when I was approaching that pin, there was a TON of cattle (cows, bulls, the cutest baby cows) all hanging out there. I was solo hiking, so honestly didn’t want to walk through them all and kinda felt bad disturbing them too. I drove a bit further to give them space and consulted my maps. I determined that if I continued driving, I’d get to a spot where the route actually intersected with the road. I figured it was worth a shot, but wasn’t sure if I’d be missing any petroglyphs by not hiking that first section. It was the best option for me to be able to hike comfortably solo, so that’s what I did.

After parking off the side of the road in a little pull off area I found, I had to backtrack a bit on the road to meet up with the route. The beginning was pretty boring, walking in a grassy meadow with a bunch of baseball sized rocks to avoid. Then I started approaching the edge of the Perry tank canyon. I actually had no pins for any petroglyphs this time. My last trip to Perry Mesa was filled with petroglyphs so I was kind of expecting the same here. In hindsight, that was definitely a mistake as they seemed way more spread out at this site.

The route I was following stayed up on the Mesa but I know that the petroglyphs are always down a bit, so I decided to climb down and navigate across while looking up at the rock faces. I figured this would give me the best chance to see the most. The terrain down there was a pain in the butt, lol! It was constant navigating around various forms of cacti, climbing over/around large rocks and hiking on top of mini Boulder fields. It was a whole process of navigate a small section, stop and look up for glyphs and repeat. :sweat:

I was really only seeing faded glyphs and was starting to question my decisions, but I continued on, slowly making my way towards the other end of the canyon. I hiked to where the HAZ track ended and finally saw some clusters of petroglyphs. I was really looking forward to seeing the duck and the large feet in particular, but I just wasn’t spotting them! I went to a screenshot that I had of info on the site and verified that I was in what I thought was the correct place. I did see a duck and other interesting types of glyphs but they still looked faded compared to pics I saw on here. I still had daylight left to look around a bit more, but then it got crazy windy to the point where I almost lost my favorite hat… :cry: The wind was so bad, I could barely stand up straight! I decided I needed to get to higher ground because the wind was really no joke and I don’t mess around with AZ weather; my allergies also went nuts.

I tried to wait it out a bit on the Mesa area so I could resume my hunt, but it wasn’t dying down. I quickly checked out some of the crumbling rock walls of the dwellings but didn’t really take any pics because they were in pretty bad shape. I ultimately made the call to just hike back to my vehicle and come back a different day. I’m not quite sure if I just missed the less faded petroglyphs or if I didn’t actually hike by them due to altering my route in the beginning. It’s definitely going to take a bit more research and exploring to see everything this particular site has to offer.

I only saw one male + dog copilot on an ATV and a big herd of antelope (pranghorn) the entire day! :D
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Apr 10 2022
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Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
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A few key details seem to be missing from the official guide and follow up triplogs so I’ll go ahead and share to help others looking to attempt this route.

- Crossing the river is precarious. We checked the gauge prior to choosing this hike, but it doesn’t accurately portray enough information about this particular area. It would be wise to bring a floatie, dry bag and prepare for water up to chest deep and/or trekking poles to assist in more shallow (waist deep), yet turbulent water. The water level may also change during the duration of your hike as well. It rose for us. (Note: if you do cross in the shallower location, you reach an island and then need to cross a SECOND time to get to the other side)

-Pants strongly advised unless you don’t care about cuts & bleeding all over your body. There is ample catclaw and other prickly pokey bushes to navigate through.

-Expect to hike through TALL grass that camouflages rattlesnakes. And given it’s remoteness, make it pissed off rattlesnakes. Speaking of wildlife, you may see a giant pack of javelina or a swimming bear on this hike.

-The official route ascends a grassy hill to a mesa, which is also covered in grass… possibly filled with snakes that are camouflaged by said grass.

If you’ve safely endured all of that with the sun beating down on you, continue on to find the ruins. OR decide it’s not worth it and go to your backup plan. Up to you.
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Apr 07 2022
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Cline Creek RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking4.02 Miles 690 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   1.26 mph
690 ft AEG   1 Hour   26 Mns Break
 
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Decided to check out another one from the ruins seldom seen book since I enjoyed my last one so much. Spoiler alert: This one was definitely not as exciting as the last… :sweat:

I’ve finally been officially cleared for any type of hiking (my sprain is healed :D ) so I really just wanted to do a peak, knowing it would be tough given I’m out of shape from all the resting & light hiking. A ruin at the top was an incentive I could get on board with, so it looked like a decent choice.

Last hike I drove too far and made my hike too short, so this one I parked where the book & HAZ tells you to park. It was odd because you are hiking on an old road for the beginning of the trail. There were visible tire tracks on the road, but the topo did not show it being an official road at all… :? Anyway, you’re hiking this flat-ish bumpy road for a couple of miles until your ascent starts. Apparently they saved all of the AEG for the last section at the end…

Getting up to the peak was STEEP! The overall AEG for the hike is not bad at all, but it’s the grade of the steepness that was challenging for me, especially with it being 90 degrees today. I was very slow getting to the top, but what matters is that I didn’t quit. I saw a baby desert tortoise on the way up; I was faster than him!

The ruin site was not as impressive as others I’ve seen, but it was overall large and contained several different “rooms.” I particularly enjoyed the window built into in one of the rooms. They did have nice views for sure! There were also some pottery shards scattered around throughout the whole site. One wall was larger than the rest and had some petroglyphs on the rocks below. I did see other glyphs that more looked like scratches and I didn’t photograph them as I wasn’t sure if they were even original. The summit of the butte had a lot of biting flies so I didn’t get to stay & look around as long as I’d like, but I did enjoy a nice break up there.

I had both the loop and the out and back mapped out, and decided to opt for the latter. I felt like I’d seen enough and it was really hot out there with no clouds. In fact, on the return I felt pretty overheated and took a few breaks in the shade of random bushes to cool down. Definitely should have started a tad earlier but good lesson to help me remember that the heat is now on in AZ. It’s time for canyons versus peaks in the valley. Overall, glad I saw a new place but would not return.
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Apr 03 2022
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Perry Mesa Glyphs, AZ 
Perry Mesa Glyphs, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking1.53 Miles 156 AEG
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I was reading my seldom seen ruins book and came across a destination that really intrigued me! I haven’t done too much exploring in this overall area other than badger springs, so I figured I’d give it a shot. My hope was to find the elusive red deer petroglyph!

I honestly didn’t know how long my hike was going to end up being as the book described the road getting really bad at a point. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to find the red deer and wasn’t in the mood for a timeline, so I did this one solo.

Turns out the road was way easier than anticipated. I drove way past the suggested parking in the book and started getting way too close to the pin, so I finally just parked. It did get bumpy and rocky towards the end, but it was nothing too technical at all.

I walked the road for a bit then arrived at a mesa type area with a bunch of smaller rock walls surrounding the site. The petroglyphs are on the walls below the Mesa, so there was a bit of climbing/scrambling involved to be able to see them. I heard a rattle coming from one of the rock clusters early on, so I was moving around slowly and carefully when viewing the different petroglyphs.

There were so many unique petroglyphs everywhere and I enjoyed seeing all of them! Tons of deer and bighorn sheep all around plus a good amount of pottery scattered around. I hadn’t seen the red deer yet, so I consulted my pin and got myself over to the general area of that particular glyph. I was looking around for a while and finally saw one solo faded red deer, but it wasn’t the exact one I was hoping to see. It was getting really hot out so I took a break in the shade to have a snack. I told myself that I’d just need to call it and come back a different time. I’m sitting there eating my apple feeling a tad defeated and I look up and there it was! Just a tad higher than my spot, but over in a precarious area that looked tough to get to. I took a couple of photos from my snack spot and then aimed to get a tad closer. I tried a couple of different approaches but there was either really nothing to grab on to, or there were cacti bombs directly in the path. It was so bright in person, and just super unique of a color! I’m actually glad it’s located there, as I’m sure it helps protect the vibrant color.

It was very satisfying to find those unique petroglyphs; something about the thrill of the research then the hunt that really makes it fun! On the way out, I checked out the Mesa a bit more and spotted what I think were some additional dwellings across the way. There was also a ton of pottery shards on one particular rock that caught my eye. My hike ended up being a lot shorter than anticipated since I drove further, but I wasn’t able to tack on any of the additional places in the area as it was just too hot by that time and I’d forgotten sunscreen…oops! There’s definitely a lot more in this area that I’d like to explore! I didn’t see a soul the entire day after I drove past the agua fria boundary and prior to that it was only a few ATV’s and people camping. Great day to be outside exploring a new to me area!
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Mar 31 2022
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Horseshoe lake wildflower hunt, AZ 
Horseshoe lake wildflower hunt, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking1.00 Miles 100 AEG
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Took a drive down horseshoe lake road to see some wildflowers. There were small pockets of flowers in the beginning of the road, then medium sized groups as you got further down the road. I just parked whenever I saw an area I wanted to explore and got out and walked around. If you venture into the little washes, you’ll have the best luck. I didn’t record and have no idea my miles… it was just random meandering. I did “hike” up a hill to a crested saguaro that was cool to see up close too!

Road turns dirt after 2 miles and then it’s a little bumpy here and here but nothing any vehicle with some clearance can’t handle. The only issue is anywhere you’re pulling off to park is sand, so don’t get stuck!
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Isolated patches of decent amounts of poppies, lupine and a couple of others.
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Mar 24 2022
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Sycamore Falls, AZ 
Sycamore Falls, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking0.49 Miles 120 AEG
Hiking0.49 Miles      41 Mns   1.73 mph
120 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Apparently I’m behind on triplogs, oops! While I’m not typically one for tourist destinations, I’d really wanted to see these falls flowing one time. No time like the present!

I came, I saw, they have been checked off the list. It was a Thursday and there were a fair amount of people there. The road was in excellent shape and seemed to have been recently graded. Appreciated Becky joining me!
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Keyhole Sink TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking1.81 Miles 154 AEG
Hiking1.81 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   2.01 mph
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Drove up north for sycamore falls but wanted to add something else to make the drive worth it. I figured these would be flowing if sycamore was. Spoiler alert: I was wrong! :?

It was a mud pile with a tiny tiny trickle. There are some cool petroglyphs on the wall though! Also was a cool cave with icicles hanging inside!

Becky and I climbed up and sat at the top of the falls for a LONG time enjoying some wine I brought and some girl chat.

Lovely day despite the small disappointment of no flow!
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Mar 19 2022
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King of wings, NM 
King of wings, NM
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking3.12 Miles 260 AEG
Hiking3.12 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   1.45 mph
260 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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Next up to start off day 2 in the badlands, we set out to hike to the King of Wings aka Momo’s Wing. One thing to note on this one is that the parking/start of the “trail” was a bit of a challenge to find. There are no trailhead signs in the majority of the Bisti wilderness so we had everything pinned and downloaded offline. It initially said we’d arrived at the start when we were in the middle of the road with no place to park, so we kept going. The next parking opportunity according to the map was a bit far from the start as well, so we kept driving and finally found a decent start place. It was confusing as there was a fence you needed to climb under to get to the start.

The maps we had indicated you could make a loop to see the green lichen valley on the way to the king of wings, so we opted to try that option out. It really looks like you’re in the middle of nowhere as there are no rock formations at all in sight for the beginning portion of the hike. We just chose the paths of least resistance and made our way toward our targets. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you spend too much time looking at the map so best to just check from time to time to make sure you don’t get too far off track. Although there wasn’t a lot of AEG in this hike, the terrain was more unstable than other areas we had hiked in. There were frequent small rolling hills/valleys to navigate over/around.

Soon we arrived in green lichen valley and that was cool to see. There were so many colorful rocks scattered around the lichen which was unique as well! At this point, you’re still only seeing desert terrain but once we climbed up and over a hill, we finally saw something more promising! We continued on and reached an area with a bunch of interesting hoodoos and rock formations and soon could see our destination a short ways ahead.

King of wings was such a cool rock formation unlike anything I’ve ever seen! We took a long break here for snacks and photos and just admiring the geology of the area. There was a cool alien face rock just around the corner that I really enjoyed as well.

It was time to start hiking back to the vehicles and there was a “trail” marked on our maps, but we really only caught small sections of things more like a rough path. The type of sand out in this area turns into a sticky muck when damp so highly advisable to avoid that when possible. Charity went ahead and scoped out the most healing ankle friendly path, which was much appreciated! We finally saw the vehicles and were pretty happy about that.

Although it’s not a long hike, there is a lot of completely exposed sandy/mucky terrain to get to the main event, so it’s a bit of a slog with a nice reward. We had a refuel break at the vehicles before heading to our next hike that afternoon. I’d say this one is worth it if you have the time and energy and to maybe skip the loop and go right to the main event if you are short on either.
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Mar 19 2022
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Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness, NM 
Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness, NM
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking3.62 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking3.62 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   1.51 mph
270 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
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Next up in our New Mexico girls trip, we ventured into the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah wilderness area to explore some unique rock formations. Like the others nearby, there are no trails in this wilderness region; just how I like it!

This starts off with standard desert terrain and follows a wash for a bit before coming to the first grouping of hoodoos and rock formations. We explored around a bit over here and found a brain shaped rock that Dr. Brain definitely had to pose with!

Next we made our way to the area where we had a ton of pins and it was such crazy geology over here. :rollH: Your eyes almost didn’t know where to look because there were so many unique formations. I definitely felt like I was on another planet! We found the alien throne and a bonus throne that was very intergalactic too. There were a lot of 🍆 and ⚽️ shaped rocks all over this area too. Needless to say, we had lots of laughs on this hike!

The best part about the area was that you never had anyone else near you! The formations are spread out enough that you rarely saw anyone else which was so awesome. We headed back towards camp after the hike and some bonus driving & were treated with some stunning pink skies to end an amazing day.

This trip was exactly what I needed and we had such a blast! :y:
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Mar 18 2022
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Bisti / De-Na-Zin WildernessNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
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Hiking6.81 Miles 233 AEG
Hiking6.81 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   1.88 mph
233 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
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The first of our hikes from our girls trip to New Mexico! Originally we were planning to leave on Thursday morning, but due to 45-55 mph winds (ouch, sand facial), we ended up changing it up and departed from Scottsdale at ~6am Friday. We found a nice campsite then got right to hiking.

We had a ton of pins of different rock formations we wanted to see so just kinda wandered around with a loose plan. There are interesting things to see pretty much everywhere so you really can’t go wrong.

The highlight for me was all the petrified wood, especially the giant log sitting on top of some hoodoos! The cracked eggs were super unique as well and we saw a handful of photographers at that section waiting for the perfect lighting to capture the eggs.

We wandered until we had our fill then headed back to finish getting camp set up before it was dark. Great preview of what was to come on our next hikes!
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Feb 26 2022
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 Pine, AZ
Valley of Fire tour, NV 
Valley of Fire tour, NV
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking3.00 Miles 249 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   1.27 mph
249 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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We only had a half of a day in this park which was not nearly enough. Also it was crazy busy! There was a lot of beauty that I’d love to explore…. On a random weekday in non prime season.
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Feb 25 2022
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 Pine, AZ
Lower Darwin FallsSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking4.06 Miles 818 AEG
Hiking4.06 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   1.44 mph
818 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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My favorite hike from our Death Valley trip! The lower falls were stunning and easy to get to. However, Kirstin had seen some info on the upper falls on a blog and we were very intrigued. There wasn’t any type or clear path to get up there so we scrambled up lots of sketchy stuff and came into our first glimpse. It looked beautiful, but we wanted a better look! We saw a scree pile and scrambled up that and finally reached our destination. Wow, what a stunner! Totally worth the effort and highly recommend finding a way up there if you go! I think it’s a pick your poison type thing, so just find something that looks reasonable that gets you up!
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[ checklist ]  Darwin Canyon  Darwin Falls
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Feb 25 2022
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Golden Canyon Interpretive TrailDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking1.52 Miles 256 AEG
Hiking1.52 Miles      53 Mns   1.86 mph
256 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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Death Valley is such a huge park that it’s hard to squeeze in a ton in a limited amount of time! We ended up doing a lot of shorter hikes/walks to see as much of a variety as possible.

Golden Canyon was really beautiful at Golden hour. There were so many little side canyons that I’d have loved to explore more. Definitely got a nice sampling of this beautiful place. Including some of our other stops I didn’t record in my photoset.
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Feb 19 2022
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Delicate Arch of the West, AZ 
Delicate Arch of the West, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventureTriplogs 187
Hiking1.07 Miles 325 AEG
Hiking1.07 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   0.71 mph
325 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
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I’d seen some pics of this arch posted by some hiking acquaintances and it tickled my curiosity. Something about the hunt for completely random locations is intriguing to me. The arch looked similar to the shape of delicate arch, yet was surrounded by desert terrain. Where oh where could it be?! :?

I put my detective hat on and searched for clues on the interwebs. Once I narrowed down the general location, I scoured the terrain on google earth to see if I could nail it down. It took me a while to figure it out, but finally nailed down where I thought it was. I sent my pin to someone who’d been just to make sure I wasn’t way off, and turns out I was super close to the correct spot, woohoo!

Now to find friends willing to make the trip out there to hopefully find it. Want to drive over 2 hours to a random area of the desert on a really bad road to bushwhack for unknown mileage through boulders and cacti to potentially find a cool rock formation? Somehow, I got 3 people to join me! :y:

We knew from my research that the road got really bad, so we weren’t sure how far we’d be able to drive. Patrick is an expert at off roading and he was in the lead, so we actually made it way further than I’d expected. There were some aggressive ruts and I had Tessa on 2 wheels, which was super fun!

Anyway, we had no route so we’re just planning on winging it. We started hiking and pretty quickly were able to spot the arch in the distance. We navigated through a Boulder field with some fun route finding challenges. I’m pretty sure everyone got zapped by some form of cacti and Kara ripped her leggings butt scooting. :lol:

We all made it to the arch! It was such a cool thing to find in the middle of nowhere. There was a box there that had a log book, so we all signed; it does not get a ton of visitors but the small book had about maybe 10 full pages. We took a super long break in the gorgeous weather and soaked in our surroundings.

We found an alternate route back up that was a bit more friendly terrain than the boulders and it created a little loop. The hike ended up being super short mileage wise given that we drove further than anticipated so we added a second stop for the afternoon.

Doing lots of research and then actually finding it is just so satisfying!
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[ checklist ]  Natural Arch
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