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Oct 11 2021
jillyonanadventure
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40 female
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 Scottsdale
Hart Prairie Area, AZ 
Hart Prairie Area, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking3.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   3 Hrs      3.00 mph
300 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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I drove up Schnebly Hill road (starting in Sedona) late Sunday afternoon to snag a campsite so I could have a shorter drive to Flagstaff this morning. Holy crap that road was no joke and I enjoyed all the looks I received from the men driving their lifted trucks and Jeeps. No flat tires or injuries to Tessa and my campsite was insane!

Anyway I got up and got going relatively early; thankfully the rest of the drive to the 17 was a breeze! I had a couple of different tracks for Flag downloaded and was going to go based on my mood. It was barely 40 degrees and very windy this morning so I decided I’d start out with a drive on Hart Prairie road and see what that area was all about.

First off, that road was like a dream and easily sedan friendly in my opinion. I saw some patches of aspens off on a side road on the right and went to check that out. Okay, this road was looking promising! Next off I spotted a muddy side road on the left. This area was magical and had aspens at peak and no people. I made a mental note to come back and hammock there later but continued on the main road. I reached the turnoff that seems to be the main event for this road and again beautiful aspens at peak there too.

People started showing up, so I continued on and found a road that was a wildlife preserve area and closed to motorized traffic after the parking lot. I decided to hike this road to get a nice view of all the aspens at snowbowl. I wasn’t recording but it was a little over a mile each way and so beautiful!

I finished that little walk and just kept exploring other side roads and walking into the woods where I saw color. It was such a peaceful day and I was super relaxed so I decided to go back to the original side road I loved to eat my salad in my hammock. I hung out for a while, did some more exploring and then decided it was time to head back to reality. Not a big hiking weekend, but it was peaceful and beautiful so I’ll take it!
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
It was extremely windy in flagstaff today so I don’t know how much longer the aspens have…
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Oct 08 2021
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Fall colors - Mogollon Rim, AZ 
Fall colors - Mogollon Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2021
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Hiking0.54 Miles 66 AEG
Hiking0.54 Miles      15 Mns   2.16 mph
66 ft AEG
 
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Camped Thursday night and set out to find fall colors today. It was mostly just driving and parking when I saw areas I wanted to explore, so I apologize in advance for the lack of detail.

I saw a lot of yellows and oranges and then finally hit the jackpot! I didn’t start recording until I had already dropped down into this canyon so I could figure out later on where I actually was… oops! I still am not quite sure what canyon it is but it’s near crackerbox I believe! Definitely worth further exploring. The lighting was awful and the pics didn’t come out as great as the videos sadly!
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Sep 25 2021
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40 female
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 Scottsdale
General Springs Canyon, AZ 
General Springs Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2021
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Hiking11.01 Miles 1,306 AEG
Hiking11.01 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   2.54 mph
1,306 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Fred Haught/ General Springs Canyon is an area that had really intrigued me on a prior hike. There weren’t any routes that I could find but I had some ideas based on the map and also reached out to @grasshopper for some assistance with the route. (Thank you so much for helping us!)

I recruited two friends that were up for any type of adventure and off we went. We took rim road to FR 95 then parked off of FR719 at a small trailhead that would fit a couple of vehicles. (Note: there is a sign saying the road is closed 6 miles ahead at the beginning of the road, but there are no issues/closures in reaching this parking spot). The route is a loop that takes you through a large chunk of the canyon. You can either start or end with a road walk. If you end with the road walk you are also choosing to exit the canyon on the steep uphill. We opted to do the loop this way to get right into the canyon quicker.

We followed the Fred Haught trail heading downhill to drop into the canyon. This approach was quite simple and peaceful and here was where we saw the only other two people we’d see all day! Once dropping down into the canyon, you’ll head to your right to get into the Fred Haught/ General Springs Canyon.

Throughout the canyon you should choose the path that feels most comfortable to you. You can walk in the water or follow some faint game trails on either side of the water. You will need to cross the water several times to get a better path choice and avoid thick vegetation. If you are careful in your foot placement and rock hopping skills, you could keep your feet dry at the current water levels.

The canyon is one of the most stunning rim canyons I’ve visited! Around every corner we were in awe. The water was perfectly clear and had beautiful blue and green hues from the algae. It was so serene and peaceful in this canyon. There are pockets where you’ll have a bit of bushwhacking and navigating over deadfall, but in my opinion it was very mild bushwhacking compared to some others. The geology throughout the canyon was incredible and there were a lot of little nooks, caves and other places for animals to hide. We didn’t see any wildlife, but I could definitely feel the presence of some throughout the canyon.

You don’t really even need to keep an eye on your GPS for a good stretch of it as you just continue to follow the canyon at whatever paths you choose. You should definitely take note of where you are in relation to the exit point, but aside from that, navigation is not challenging. Since we opted to drop in on the Fred Haught trail, our exit led us out of the canyon and climbed up until it reached the road.

There were two hills that were a bit steep before you reach the road, but this exit was mild compared to many others I’ve done. There were faint game trails and paths and the bushwhacking/deadfall was very mild. We reached the road and had a couple of miles of walking until we got back to the vehicle. The section of the road we were walking on was closed to motor vehicles and there were a couple of fallen trees across the road. There is a slight incline on the road walk and I could definitely feel it with tired legs! Again, you can choose to do the loop starting with the road walk if you’d prefer!

I believe route scout recorded the mileage a bit high and that it’s closer to 8-9 miles. This was a stunning canyon and we really enjoyed ourselves! Thank you again to hank for assistance on the route planning.

A few extra details:
- Road conditions in my opinion would be high clearance preferred but possibly doable in a sedan if the road is dry. My friend with a sedan opted to park a couple of miles in and hop in with me in my 4Runner. The road can get muddy and has some ruts and larger rocks, but nothing that’s too technical or challenging. 4x4 is not required, clearance is definitely helpful. If the road is muddy, I would take caution in a sedan.

- Route finding is easy if you have some knowledge of off trail hiking.
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Princely Daisy
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Ghost?
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Sep 20 2021
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 Scottsdale
McDowell sunset stroll, AZ 
McDowell sunset stroll, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking3.00 Miles 344 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour      3.00 mph
344 ft AEG
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Quick sunset loop hike in the McDowells. Took Levee trail to gateway then looped back to the 104th street trail. Stunning sunset tonight!
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Sep 19 2021
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Fred Haught Trail #141Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking9.98 Miles 1,153 AEG
Hiking9.98 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.54 mph
1,153 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Another episode of Jill wanders into the woods solo to get away from the madness of life and get her personality back… This time I did actually download one trail option. Didn’t read the description or any triplogs or anything else to prepare, lol.

Drove up Saturday afternoon and drove around my desired area for a while before electing to go with the same campsite from a couple of weeks prior. Just after I got set up the mosquitoes came out in full force before the sky erupted in thunder and lightning. I was inside Tessa at like 7pm and I actually slept well!

I couldn’t actually figure out the directions from camp to my trailhead so I gave it my best guess and found myself at a sign saying fred haught. I parked Tessa there and set out on my way and actually went 1/4 mile the wrong way before realizing that and correcting my mistake. Across the street from the parking area… oops!

I set out on the correct path and it was a foresty trail under the tree lines. They have a weird makeshift trail that goes around the huge area where the road crumbled. It went up and down a lot and was not particularly scenic for a while. I had myself continue on and as I’m walking along this side trail I see all the drainages we’re typically dropping down. I was tempted to explore some but didn’t see anything too exciting. Alas I continued and I passed the first spring on the map. I didn’t see any water there at all so unless I’m blind, it’s dry. Then you finally drop down into a cool meadowy area and have nice {wide} canyon walls. There was a glorious flat stretch for a while.

It’s nice, it’s quiet, nobody in sight and kinda felt like I was in the middle of nowhere! I look at the map and see I don’t have too much further to go to get to the next spring. I decide I’ll make that my turnaround point so I didn’t go over 10 miles. It drops down quite a bit & then you are treated with this gorgeous canyon area. There were a sign that said Fred Haught cabin going to the left and I decided to head to the right. It was so stunning!!!! There was an area where the two canyons met that was just so beautiful. An epic campsite sits right atop this area as well.

The official route continued down the main canyon. The other canyon on the right is what really caught my eye. A look on the map said it was the fred haught canyon and there was no route available for navigating it. I continued on down the canyon and was just continuously wowed. It had the typical Mogollon rim canyon vibe but didn’t look nearby as bushwhacky as the others. The water was flowing and crystal clear surrounded my flowers growing along the steam. It was serenity there; however, I was faced with a predicament. The sky was dark in several areas and I felt a chill in the air. The canyon was narrowing and I had no clue what it would be like around the corner if the water were deeper. I was also already 4.5 miles in and I was solo; there also was no possible options to loop back if I continued on. So unfortunately I couldn’t continue in that canyon today, but I’ll be back.

I’d like to research ways to drop into that canyon more directly and then explore the whole thing! Would probably not want to do it solo so maybe it could be a group thing! Another great solo weekend in the woods!
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Sep 13 2021
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Tonto creek, AZ 
Tonto creek, AZ
 
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Hiking3.46 Miles 649 AEG
Hiking3.46 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   1.11 mph
649 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
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Daniela finally had a day off so we set out to play in the water! The road getting down to the creek was totally washed out badly from flood damage. It was much more difficult to navigate than any of the other previous times I’ve visited. 4Low got us through some soft muddy sections but it was pretty sketchy.

The water was actually quite warm anywhere it was shallow but felt nice in the swimmer sections. We headed in a little under 2 “canyon miles” before deciding to break. We enjoyed some snacks and beverages and just chilled in the water for a while. After we had our fill, we headed back taking a few more breaks enjoying some swimming.

Beautiful as always in there but you could definitely tell a flood had come through. There was also quicksand type mud that would go up to your knees in some sections! I was happy to see that the zipline had been removed. One of my previous visits, I’d seen a family using it but it was gone, so that was nice!

The “road” where there is a water crossing is hard to follow in its current state. I ended up driving a bit too far to the left and missing the correct way to link up with the regular road. It got really hairy…. :scared: I was convinced Tessa was going to get stuck but thanks to some very helpful spotting by Patrick and Becky, we got back on track. I had every single button and extra 4x4 feature in use, and Tessa handled it like a champ. Another fun day in the creek!
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WBHG girls day, AZ 
WBHG girls day, AZ
 
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Hiking5.69 Miles 2,988 AEG
Hiking5.69 Miles   8 Hrs   21 Mns   0.97 mph
2,988 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
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It had been two years so time for a trip back to Hanging Gardens to end the “summer” with a bang! I had been hesitant to go here on a weekend because of crowds, but I’m extremely pleased to report that we had the whole place to ourselves all day!

I decided I thought it would be fun and different to do this as a point to point hike instead of an out and back. I researched a bunch of different ways to exit the canyon downstream of the falls and had several route options loaded & ready to go! Thankfully the girls were all on board with my potentially sketchy plan. :D

We met at the 260 turn off at 7:45am and set about the task of shuttling the vehicles first. We had two badass women driving their lifted jeeps and I dropped my 4Runner off a couple of miles in just in case anything happened, so we’d have an extra vehicle ready to assist. The last time we did this hike, the road was awful so we spent extra time figuring out the best way to get in. The powerline road was the way to go; it was still really rough but manageable in the right vehicle. Exactly where to drop off the shuttle vehicle was going to based on an educated guess and luck, since we had a few exit route options.

Once the shuttle was set up, we headed over to the TH and started the descent into the canyon. It’s still a very steep slippery, rocky path but we all made it down with no bad falls! The water felt nice and refreshing, a little chilly but not too bad. We opted to inflate floaties on the second swim. One thing I will say is that the water was not as clear as the first time we did it, so there was a lot of banging into unseen underwater rocks. The murky water slowed us down a bit for sure, but we finally made it to the falls and they were as glorious as always!

We took a long break enjoying the beautiful falls and floating around. The swimming was a bit chilly there as it was shaded, but easy to warm up sitting in the sun! After we had our fill, we continued downstream past the falls past another large pool and found a faint path that we’d be using for our exit.

We’d seen the map and knew it was going to be pretty tough at the beginning but damnnn it was hard! The vegetation was really thick so you’re just fighting through really scratchy trees and stuff trying to make your way up. There was some pretty sketchy scrambling involved and a lot of holding onto trees for dear life. At certain points we would spot a faint path but there was really no good way to avoid getting scratched up. We worked really well as a team navigating this exit and finally reached a meadowy area that wasn’t as steep. That was super nice for a while, but then things got really steep again. Every time we’d think we were close to the top, we’d reach another layer to negotiate. Thankfully everyone was willing to just keep pushing through and we did finally get up to the top! When we got to the top, Amber’s jeep was right there! :rollH: I was pretty impressed with our educated guess on where to park it! Maybe I’ve learned a little more about route planning than I’ve given myself credit for!

Anyway, we couldn’t celebrate for too long because it was getting late and we still had to get back to the other shuttle vehicle. Man that was a rough ride with 5 of us crammed in that jeep after an exhausting day! It felt way bumpier this time and I almost got out and walked, lol! Alas, we got back to Ashley’s jeep and navigated our way out of that crazy road as the sun was setting. We got back to where we left Tessa when it was already dark as well, but the bonus was that the 17 had no traffic on the way home at that hour!

Such a great day in a beautiful place with my girls and I love that we did this one a bit different than most. It was really cool seeing down into that canyon from above. I’d love to see a photo of what we climbed up sometime, because that was intense! I’m pretty sore today but still pumped from such a great day!
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Houston Bros Trail #171 / McFarland Spr LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2021
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Hiking8.74 Miles 949 AEG
Hiking8.74 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.66 mph
949 ft AEG
 
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This was a continuation of my hike from the previous day of glorious non peopley forest. I dropped in from my new campsite and linked up to around where I’d left off the prior day. I saw on the map it looked like about 4 miles to a trail junction, so that was my “plan” for somewhere around 8 miles round trip. I believe I was walking along Houston brothers trail for most of the hike.

The drop down was a piece of cake compared to other times I’ve dropped to places from camp, lol. (Likely bc I wasn’t following any of my crazy hiker friends :lol: ) The trail was glorious… it was an actual trail, and that felt nice! I saw one solo hiker and exchanged a friendly hi then saw a couple breaking camp just up a bit further. I’m thinking they were maybe doing cabin loop. Anyway I’m just walking along and there are thigh high ferns on either side of me and it was just really pretty and peaceful. Then I came across a fenced in area that was a conservation area or something - Houston Draw riparian area was what the sign said. It was a pretty large area they had fenced in with cameras, so I waved and winked of course ha!

So all of a sudden my nice flat trail is going uphill. Ummm, well I guess I can do a little of that. Well, let’s just say the trail was not flat for a long time. I came to a road where I had to cross to continue the trail so I did. It went downhill for a bit then boom lots of uphill. I honestly thought about turning around but I’d told myself that I was going to the trail junction I saw on the map so I pressed on. I’m admittedly out of shape but it actually felt good to kick my butt a little bit! I ran into one more solo female backpacker with a beautiful husky and also one other backpacking couple. We stopped for a brief chat and I asked them if they were doing the cabin loop and they said they’d attempted it but weren’t finishing. I noted that the trail had a lot of ups and downs in this area and they agreed it was more of a struggle than anticipated. We said our goodbyes and I continued on.

I hiked all the way to the trail junction goal I’d set for myself. My garmin had said 1200 AEG by that point and I was a little more than 4 miles in. I honestly felt great and wanted to keep going but there wasn’t any loop options that weren’t going to add on way too many miles so I headed back the way I came. I didn’t take a ton of pics because I was just enjoying my surroundings and lost in thought but it was very green, lots of mossy areas, lots of mushrooms and sporadic flowers. On way back it was a lot of downhill or flat areas so I was much faster. I navigated myself back to camp successfully and then took seat in the shade & had a nice lunch break before heading back to the valley.

I was amazed at how few people I saw for Labor Day weekend. Anyone who I passed on the trail today exactly the type of people I want to say hi to on trail! As I made my way back down the forest roads closer to the main trails I was shocked at the amount of people out there. ATV’s, massive campsites with several trailers, etc. It was PACKED…. I’m just shocked that people find that enjoyable instead of simply driving another 10-15 miles into the forest to get quiet bliss. Hey, to each their own and I definitely got exactly what I wanted!
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Houston Brothers Trail - Aspen Spring AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking6.15 Miles 670 AEG
Hiking6.15 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   2.69 mph
670 ft AEG
 
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I was in the mood for a solo trip up to some {hopefully} less populated areas with nice temps. I didn’t have a specific destination in mind, just a general area and no plan plan. As expected, the main areas near kinder & horse crossing were pretty busy, so I just kept driving and driving until there was not a soul in sight. I initially picked a campsite at the end of a dead end road, but it seems that was close by a trail as I saw a whopping 4 backpackers.

I settled in for camp for night one, then got up semi early to go see about some hiking nearby. I hadn’t pre downloaded anything but I was able to see based on the map that I was nearby a trail with access to a spring, yay! While I was getting ready to leave camp, a group of 6 ATVs drove right up to my camp. (There was a downed tree blocking further access of the road and apparently there’s a cabin down there). They park literally in a way that is completely blocking me from leaving {by driving} my camp. I ask them if they are parking there bc it’s blocking me. They say yeah well you’re just camping there so no big deal, right? There is a child with remote car driving it right next to my truck. So I say no I’m actually just leaving, so you’ll have to move. They move right next to my truck and I just took any of my remaining stuff and threw it in the back and got out of there. So rude! Anyway, sorry I digressed but explaining below my game time change of plan… lol

I was going to walk from camp to add some mileage but I got to park right at a nice access point along my loop instead. I dropped down into a nice quiet foresty area and it was so beautiful! No people around, nice trail, gorgeous weather. There was remains of a cabin down there near the spring and a really cool ancient oven thing. It had a smell like someone had even recently used it! The spring was a little trickle but looked nice and clear. The hike was so peaceful and I was loving it. The loop I was following was going up to the left and it was a tad bushwhacky (or maybe I missed the path lol). It was dropping me off onto a road walk, but I was more interested in walking in the woods so I forged my own path. Apparently the reason it wanted you to road walk was so you didn’t have to cross any canyons, but they were super easy to navigate. I successfully looped back to Tessa without much road walking.

There was a second spring I passed somewhere along the way as well. My maps weren’t even fully loaded due to no service so I was kinda just following a line. Successful create your own loop, no people, cool stuff to see. Loved every second of it! Found a new campsite for the next night nearby so I could continue hiking in this area the next day!
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Aspen Spring
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A decent amount of wildflowers! Springs trickling!

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Trickling. Some clear pools tho!
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Little Hawaii, CO 
Little Hawaii, CO
 
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Hiking6.04 Miles 945 AEG
Hiking6.04 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   2.21 mph
945 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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Our next stop in the Colorado tour was to try to find the elusive Little Hawaii falls. We had already attempted to park for this one the day prior, but hadn’t realized that you literally have to park right in town and there are little to no spots typically available. Thus, we got up early and headed there first thing Sunday morning and were able to snag a spot immediately. The parking is free on Sundays as well, so that was a bonus.

This is truly a hidden gem of telluride so I won’t be sharing my route, but I’ll give some details of the adventure we had trying to get there! The only info we had was a vague screenshot from a blog. There was no pin anywhere that we could find on this one so we were definitely winging it.

The hike starts with a long uphill on a wide hiking path. I wasn’t feeling great this morning as the altitude had gotten to me a bit and I’d had a freezing cold, windy, sleepless night. I was very pleased once we finally found what we thought was our turnoff to head off trail. The blog had no mileage info, so it was just a guess.

We headed through a lush forest area and had to get creative crossing the creek twice. One was a sketchy log bridge and the other was rock hopping over a mossy wet area. Then we walked through some tall ferns to try to find a social path leading to the falls. Our first choice wasn’t right so we tried another and were able to get a nice view of the falls from the top. We took a few different paths but couldn’t find one that was heading down to the base of the falls.

We opted to backtrack a bit and did finally find a path that looked promising to lead us to the base of the falls. This path was extremely steep with loose dirt and just overall pretty sketchy. We did finally get to the bottom of the creek though. The path had led us downstream from the falls so we were looking for a solution to get us further up the canyon. Directly in front of us was too sloped to continue, and there looked to be a faint path across the creek that I thought was promising. The main problem was that it was cold out and the canyon area was shaded, which meant freezing cold water. I started to cross the creek but stopped in the middle to assess the girls’ willingness to continue, as I couldn’t see any possibility of staying dry during this crossing.

It looked like we were right around the corner from the base of the falls, but we could not see if we’d cliff out or not if we did get across. After lots of discussion, the girls weren’t willing to cross there and I wasn’t going to go alone, as it looked too dangerous to attempt solo. No one had brought extra shoes and we had other hikes planned for that day, so I understood. We had to make a decision of trying to backtrack up to the top and attempt a different social trail that could perhaps lead us closer to the base, or just calling it quits and heading to our next destination. Given that we’d been out there for hours already and there was no way to predict if we could get there without getting totally soaked, we did collectively decide to bail on this one.

I was extremely disappointed as this was my top choice for the whole trip. However, the views just from along the creek and from the top of the falls were stunning so I’m glad we at least got to see those. I’ll be returning to these falls to get to the base when it’s warmer and/or with extra footwear for sure!

None of the blogs we’d read had said anything about needing to walk in the {ice cold} water to reach the base of the falls. After we finished I did some additional inquiring from people who have been and did confirm there is no way to get there without walking in the water. One even mentioned almost getting hypothermia from the cold water! 8-[ I feel satisfied with the extra knowledge I have that I’d be able to get back there and fully succeed at seeing the falls from the bottom. Sometimes hikes are a learning experience and that’s okay too!
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40 female
 Joined Jan 21 2019
 Scottsdale
Keystone Gorge Loop, CO 
Keystone Gorge Loop, CO
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking5.36 Miles 709 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.35 mph
709 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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After a couple mile walk around town with a stop for lunch, we headed to Keystone Gorge for an afternoon delight! The stats on this one didn’t seem too difficult, so we were all excited for something a bit easier in terms of AEG and navigation. We’d already done a lot over the past couple of days so my energy was low.

This one was way more stunning in person than the pics we saw online so that was a treat! The trail crosses some cute bridges and mostly follows along the creek the whole way around. We turned off the trail at various spots to get better creekside views and it was gushing in a few areas! I particularly enjoyed the sections of rapids with the views of mountains in the background.

It was a lot of up and down throughout the hike and it ended up with a longer, steep stretch to complete the loop. Definitely a beautiful hike and one I’d recommend checking out; it wasn’t even very busy for a Sunday afternoon! Post hike, we headed back to camp and enjoyed a much deserved beverage after a long day of adventure. I’d call it a successful first trip to Colorado for sure!
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Aug 21 2021
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 Joined Jan 21 2019
 Scottsdale
Mystic Falls, CO 
Mystic Falls, CO
 
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking2.75 Miles 620 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   1.36 mph
620 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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Day 1 of our Colorado road trip we set off to find Mystic Falls. There are no routes available for this one, so we had to find our own way; exactly how I like it! We’d been told by a friend that there was 1 parking spot by an abandoned cabin and that way avoided a rutted road and made the hike a bit longer. The spot was open so we opted to try it that way instead of driving further as I’d had some tire issues recently.

We saw a faint path and started following it through the woods and then heard flowing water shortly after. We took an offshoot path and stumbled upon a bonus waterfall! After the excitement wore off, we’d realized that we were pretty off track for the actual intended destination and didn’t really see any clear paths around us. We knew we had to go up, so decided to just try and wing it up a super steep slippery slope. It was super sketchy with terrible footing and muddy areas up there. We did reach the top of this slope and realized we’d need to scramble up a cliff to get any higher. We searched for alternate paths for a while, but the group was pretty sketched out about climbing because the rock was very crumbly and unreliable.

I’m a little crazy and there was no way I was going back down that sketchy hill, so I pushed my body forward, leaning into the cliff and holding on for dear life as I inched sideways towards a spot that looked like it was safe to scramble up. I had a few scary slips but somehow got my mind calm and continued on until I was able to reach the top. Once I got myself to a safe place, I urged the group to continue and go the way I came but they did not feel comfortable and opted to head back down to find a safer way up (probably smart lol).

I could see mystic falls from the point I’d reached and I also found a trail once I was up there so I was able to head down a steep trail and yell for the girls to find my voice and then everyone was finally up at the top, woohoo!

We had it to ourselves for a while and it was really beautiful! Soon after, a couple of groups arrived - no one else had hiked there; they had all driven. We got some pics then headed back down the trail and linked up with our original path back to the vehicle. This one was quite the adventure and it’s always so much more satisfying to me to find a place when I don’t have a route! It was a great start to the trip and probably my favorite of them all!
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 Scottsdale
Bridal Veil Falls - TellurideWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking4.11 Miles 907 AEG
Hiking4.11 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   1.45 mph
907 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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After a morning of chasing a lesser known waterfall, we headed off to a more well known place for our afternoon destination. Upon arrival at the trailhead for Bridal Veil Falls, it was crowded and it had started raining pretty hard. (Zero rain in the forecast, gotta love the mountains!) We waited it out for a parking space, then for it to clear up a bit before starting.

Right from the start it’s uphill and it does not stop. I was already out of breath given the thin air on the first section of the trail. Kristin in our group started chatting with a soaked hiker coming down, who informed us that you can drive right up to the main falls with a high clearance vehicle. This awesome hiker also let us know that there was a pretty sweet waterfall that was only about a 1/2 mile from our current location. The skies still looked questionable, and I really despise crowds, so I strongly considered bailing to drive to the top. However, the allure of the mystery bonus waterfall kept me hiking up.

There are about 4 “bonus” waterfalls on the way up to the main event. The trail signs are extremely clear as to when you should exit the trail to get to viewpoints of each of the falls. I’m not going to lie, I’m not in the best shape right now so all that steep, rocky, muddy uphill in the high altitude was totally kicking my butt. :sweat: However, with each bonus waterfall we saw, it gave me a little rejuvenation and made me keep going.

The main event waterfall was beautiful of course, but I preferred the bonus falls throughout the hike even more. We hiked the road back down which created a perfect loop and provided additional Mountain View’s. It felt great to accomplish the hike the “hard” way instead of just driving to the top like many others do. I’m glad I saw this one, but I wouldn’t return. I just prefer more solitude on my hikes!
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Aug 15 2021
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 Scottsdale
Middlesex Fells, MA 
Middlesex Fells, MA
 
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking7.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.43 mph
800 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I was in Massachusetts staying in Wakefield (just north of Boston) visiting family & was determined to find an actual “hike” in close proximity. I found the Middlesex Fells reservation trail system and within the system there was a possibility for what looked like could be a decent hike.

I actually convinced two of my college friends to come with me, woohoo! From what I’d read, there was a decent amount of elevation gain (for MA anyway), a couple of bodies of water, a pretty foresty setting with cute bridges, a water tower with views and even a waterfall. It was supposed to be 6.5 miles and the weather was gorgeous so we started mid morning.

We arrived to a full parking lot and a pretty packed area; alas I told the girls not to worry because I doubted many were heading the on the same longer loop I’d chosen. We mostly followed what was labeled the bike loop & reservation trail on the map, but took a few offshoots that would provide some additional scenery.

The loop was partially paved, but mostly a dirt rocky path with lots of tree roots to avoid. There were some decent inclines in parts of the loop too. We went to the tower, but it was locked so didn’t get to see the views. The lake & reservoir views were serene and we took a break about halfway through. The waterfall was more like a creek cascade but still pretty! I was caught up in conversation at one point and we missed a turn so I navigated us back but added on an extra mile, oops lol. I wasn’t mad.. :lol:

The loop ended up being 8 miles from one GPS and 7.3 miles according my garmin (which is always low) so I’m going to average it around 7.5. It was a chill pace with lots of catching up and very nice to be walking outside midday without overheating. No one died and we earned some post hike treats so I’d say it was a win given the limited options nearby.
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 Scottsdale
Sunflower flat, AZ 
Sunflower flat, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking2.74 Miles 73 AEG
Hiking2.74 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.77 mph
73 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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I was on the struggle bus Sunday morning due to a bit too much camp wine the night before so it was a slow start for me, lol. The rest of the group took off and as I was reading in my camp chair I got some fomo so I decided to suck it up. I have zero shame in admitting that I drove up to the end of the road to avoid having to hike extra. :lol:

I was maybe 30 mins behind the group so wasn’t sure if I’d catch up with them or not. Either way, when I got up there, I was SO happy with my decision to go. There was a stunning meadow and some water tanks surrounded by tons of beautiful flowers. As I stood there taking in the views, my hangover vanished…gotta love the powers of fresh air! I sent a quick text to the group saying I was in fact up in the meadow, but was totally happy just doing my own thing.

Soon after, Daniela called me and told me they were just on the other side of the meadow and I should cross wherever possible to join them. I attempted to get across the marshy meadow in several places only to be met with impassable areas unless I wanted to go for a little swim (no thx!). The group was highly entertained by my dramatic efforts to get across, but I did finally get over there lol. I spinned around and had a Julie Andrews moment in the middle of the field. I mean, how could you not when it was that pretty?!

I met the group while they were taking a break and we hung out a little bit longer before looping back. The whole meadow was full of gorgeous sunflowers & awesome views of the San Francisco peaks.

I’m so glad I got out for a quick stroll in this beautiful area before heading back to the valley!
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Sunflowers galore!
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Aug 07 2021
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40 female
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 Scottsdale
Sycamore rim meander, AZ 
Sycamore rim meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking3.78 Miles 345 AEG
Hiking3.78 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   1.56 mph
345 ft AEG
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Took a stroll from our campsite over to the Sycamore rim area. We knew the falls were likely dry, but went to go check it out quickly anyway. There was a small trickle and a pool but mostly was dry as expected.

The views into the canyon are gorgeous so we meandered around checking out some different viewpoints. We opted to stroll around a meadowy area to do a bit of shed hunting instead of sticking to any designated trails.

The mosquitoes were out in full force so we ended up cutting our adventure a bit short and looped back to camp.

Definitely would like to see the area again in better conditions!
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 Scottsdale
Pine Canyon Trail #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking2.55 Miles 254 AEG
Hiking2.55 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   1.80 mph
254 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Daniela and I were looking for a quick stroll in the pines before heading back to the heat of the valley. We wanted to keep it simple so headed over to the pine trailhead which was on the way home. It rained the whole way from our campsite to just before reaching the trailhead, then just suddenly stopped!

We did a quick casual loop that we basically formed on the fly by going wherever the other hikers were not. The weather was beautiful so we took some nice breaks just chatting and enjoying the temps. We both had to get back to responsibly (ugh) so headed back to the trailhead. I don’t typically care for common/popular trailheads but this one was perfect for what we wanted that day. I’d definitely return for a weekday stroll sometime too!
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 Scottsdale
Pivot Rock CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking9.67 Miles 885 AEG
Hiking9.67 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   1.91 mph
885 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
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Got a small group of fun girls together for a day hike up north! We wanted a decent amount of mileage, but nothing too crazy so I picked pivot rock canyon. I’m the only one who had been before so I did the route planning. Last summer @chumley took us on some psycho bushwhacking shenanigans so my route definitely avoided that part of the hike. :lol: I prefer to not scare away people who have never hiked with me before; at least not on the first trip! : wink :

We started from the official trailhead and headed directly to the spring. With all the rain we’ve been getting, I was actually quite surprised there wasn’t more flow; it was a bit more than trickle but definitely less than last year. Given less water flow, we were able to head deeper into the cave this time. Some of us went all the way to the back and around the corner and it was super interesting. I saw a cluster of bats on the ceiling but they didn’t move & we gave them their space. After we had our fill in there, we took a quick group shot them continued on.

Next up we arrived at pivot rock, which the girls really liked! Last year someone in our group found an ammo box and I recalled signing it. We searched hard and could NOT find it! Erica is actually a rock climber so she even got up to the top and it wasn’t there either. I’m super curious if it was removed or just really well hidden! :?

We continued on towards Tom’s canyon area and checked out the old cabin. Soon we encountered a lost dog and based on the collar buzzing, we knew the owner was nearby. Daniela & I continued on to the cabin to get Roshi away from the other dog while the other girls tried to calm down the dog and call for the owner. Soon we saw a man on horseback looking for his dog; we pointed him in the right direction and all ended well. With the group back together, we took a nice lunch break at the cabin before heading back to the trailhead.

The climb out was a tad tiring and we got a bit off track, but we figured it out and all made it back in one piece before the rain started. It was a really fun hike with a great group of gals and we had the whole place to ourselves with the exception of the one man on horseback. Gotta love that for a Saturday!

Erica, Daniela & I camped nearby to keep enjoying the beautiful temps a bit longer. All around great girls day up north!

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Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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jillyonanadventure
Hiking2.42 Miles 787 AEG
Hiking2.42 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   1.34 mph
787 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Needed to escape the heat so drove up to the rim Tuesday afternoon and was able to work right from my campsite. Ohh, technology :)

I’ve always wanted to do the RR Tunnel trail and it seemed like the perfect choice for a quick solo hike before returning to the valley. I arrived at the TH and there were no other vehicles there so I was psyched!

The descent is fairly steep with some loose rocks so I took it slow. There was a little bit of flowing water to the immediate left of the trail towards the beginning section. You keep going down until there is a fork. I actually found this trail sign a tad confusing since there were 3 different paths. You’ll want to start heading UP to get to the tunnel. The trail is fairly non existent in this portion and you’ll have to climb over some deadfall. There were some helpful cairns to lead the way. The climb was short, but it definitely got my heart rate up a bit!

Upon arriving at the tunnel you’ll see a large dwelling/ ruin to your right… it appears to not be original but it’s in decent shape. The tunnel itself doesn’t go back too far but the view looking out from the tunnel is stunning! It was nice and cool in there too which was great.

I walked around to get a better look at the dwellings from the top and noticed a faint path heading up to exit. It looked doable and like it would dump me on the road, but I opted to head back the way I came so I could enjoy the quiet trail a bit longer.

I noticed there was a stream on the map so I took a detour down to check it out before my climb out. It was completely dry, even after all the rain we’ve had. I turned around and headed back up the steep hill. The skies were starting to look questionable so I thought I made the right call. In fact it had just started raining just as I was finishing. Overall, a super cool short hike a unique destination. Really enjoyed my solo time on this trail!
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Jul 24 2021
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West not so clear creek, AZ 
West not so clear creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking1.58 Miles 534 AEG
Hiking1.58 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   1.08 mph
534 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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Had a super long crazy week and come Friday I thought it was still Thursday… :? The weather was going to be messy wherever in AZ, but I was craving some forest temps so I opted to join some friends camping near WCC. I got up there Saturday morning and told the group I had an idea that was probably crazy, and possibly a horrible idea. Obviously, everyone was in. :)

My crazy idea was to do a quick off trail hike in the woods above WCC and check out some unique views down into the canyon. I had no idea if any trail existed but I had us heading towards a pin that was above Sundance canyon. I figured there could be some cool views there! We didn’t have too much time before the skies were going to downpour on us, so this was at least safer than going into the canyon… maybe : wink :

Getting down to the viewpoints wasn’t too bad. There was some bushwhacking and climbing over/around downed trees but definitely not anything too aggressive. When we first saw the views, everyone was pretty happy! I’ve seen into WCC before, but never from this angle so it was cool! The weather was amazing the whole hike; humid, but we stayed dry!

Looking down into WCC you could see that the water levels were high. There were some cascades that looked like they’d be tough to try to wade through. It was also fully muddy - the water looked like Yoo-hoo! We stopped at many different viewpoints along the edge of the canyon and took a nice break to enjoy the views. The skies started looking a bit sketchy so we headed back up. There was a good amount of scrambling involved to get back up from our break spot and the uphill was steep for the exit.

It was a nice quick workout with gorgeous views, timed perfectly to keep us dry! No one died or complained about the off trail stuff and/or my strange ideas so I’ll call it a win! Bonus that there was ZERO other vehicles at the TH and we had the whole area to ourselves. Woohoo!
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