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Dec 27 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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65 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
Trail 1533 Loop TNF, AZ 
Trail 1533 Loop TNF, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2020
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Hiking7.60 Miles 993 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles
993 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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Well, Mrs. SloFolks is still in the hospital fighting off the dreaded "C" word's third attempt at her. She has won the first two battles and we are certain she will be victorious again. This one is even tougher due to Covid restrictions, meaning no visitation from anyone. Luckily, a section of the Maricopa Trail runs right outside her hospital room window so I'm able to get to right below her window to wave and make funny faces at least. :)

I needed to get out of the house for the sake of my own mental well being and Angela, aka "tibber", was nice enough to join me on an excursion into the Tonto National Forest north of Spur Cross Ranch. I've done this loop before several times and reported on it here so no need to go into much detail again. Suffice to say, this area never disappoints. Lovely vistas in all directions. There was no water in the creek two weeks ago but now there was. It sure doesn't take much rain to get things going.

Lot's of cars, (and people) in the lot when we finished. Angela commented that the new Covid crowds along with the addition of holiday hikers made it seem like an airport terminal near the trailhead....how true. :lol: Many screaming kids and lot's of white socks and Birkenstocks. Shoes, hats, and water are not necessary for hiking BTW. Who knew?

We both had some gas left in the tank so we did a quick lap around the Fairyduster Loop before opening our parking lot libations. Thanks for the company and conversation Angela. Retirement suits you well. :D
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Lot's of yellow and some dark orange on the sycamores.
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Dec 26 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2020
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Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles      55 Mns   3.58 mph
575 ft AEG
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Dec 12 2020
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65 male
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles      56 Mns   3.51 mph
575 ft AEG
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Solo. Humid :-(
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Dec 08 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Trail 1533 Loop TNF, AZ 
Trail 1533 Loop TNF, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.49 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking7.49 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   2.52 mph
890 ft AEG      20 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Solo hike today, and I wasn't wanting another trek in the CCRP so I went north through Spur Cross into the Tonto National Forest. I knew the creek would be dry so I wasn't expecting much but I was mistaken. This area never disappoints me. Things were greener than I was expecting and all the Cottonwood and Sycamore bosque areas were golden with fall color. Hard to believe this is just 10 minutes from my home. :)

There were only a handful of cars in the lot at 9am and I didn't see a another soul until the very end of the hike as I neared the TH. More on that later. Everyone else must have headed west towards Elephant Mountain. North is way better...but don't tell anyone. :-$

I've done this lollipop loop a couple of other times but this time I went CW for a change of pace. Route shown in photoset. [ photo ] I went a little farther north than shown to take my break and turn around near Chalk Canyon. There's about a 3/4 mile section of ankle busters on the north end of FR 1533. I'm undecided if going up was any improvement over coming down through this area. Gotta watch your step for sure.

After the 400' climb the views were the payoff. Easy goings on the way back with a short section of Trail 4 on the return route. There was a cool view and photo of the Cottonwood Trail 247 on the way back. That trail is a workout from east to west but from west to east I consider it a real a$$ripper. I suggest east to west for anyone doing the Maricopa Trail @PhxRiles. :)

As I neared the parking lot on the return a solo woman hiker approached me and I yielded 15' well off of the trail as she was coming uphill. She promptly pulled up her mask and then lowered a plastic full face and head shield. She looked at me as if I was Quasimodo and scowled. I said "hello" and she said nothing but might as well of made the sign of the cross at me. ](*,) If you are that nervous about the virus I suggest maybe staying home.

On a positive note, I had a great hike on a beautiful day. Now...if only the rain would come. :pray:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Lots of yellow and gold with touches of orange.
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Dec 06 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   3.12 mph
575 ft AEG
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Mrs. SloFolks joined me for the first climb then skipped ahead and went half way up the third and waited for me so we could hike home together. Great to have her hiking a little bit again. :)
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Dec 02 2020
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Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles      55 Mns   3.58 mph
575 ft AEG
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Solo workout. New PB time.
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Nov 27 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP Super Loop, AZ 
CCRP Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking11.81 Miles 1,248 AEG
Hiking11.81 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   2.31 mph
1,248 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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I've always wanted to do a loop around the entire perimeter of Cave Creek Regional Park. Mrs. SloFolks is still not able to hike so I had to find a surrogate to do this loop with me. Angela the "tibbernator" was nice enough to join me so we could both work the remaining L-Tryptophan out of our system from our Thanksgiving dinners yesterday. :)

We did a CCW loop starting from the P.A. Seitts Trailhead using the Military, Flat Rock, Quartz, Go John, Overton, Slate, and Flume trails. Route shown in photoset. 8am start and the weather was beautiful for the duration of the trek.

Things looked nice considering the lack of rain until we reached the northern section of the loop and encountered the burn area from the East Desert Fire from last May. I only took one photo of the burn as it was just too depressing. The loss of all the saguaros and flora is very disheartening. :(

We stopped at a ramada near the Nature Center and had some lunch then continued east on the Slate trail. Once on the Flume trail we did some detective work and ascertained how the namesake flumes were being used to direct water for sluicing pay dirt for gold back in the day. Those miners were not lazy!

Great hike with great company. Thanks for joining me Angela. You are handling retirement very well. :lol:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Cottonwood trees are starting to turn on Cave Creek.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Some Desert Senna and an unidentified yellow bloomer.
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Nov 22 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles      58 Mns   3.39 mph
575 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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Solo.
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Nov 18 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP 4 Trail Loop, AZ 
CCRP 4 Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.37 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking5.37 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.98 mph
570 ft AEG      5 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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CW lasso loop from the P.A. Seitts trailhead using the Slate, Quartz, Flat Rock, and Military trails. [ photo ] Ran into HAZ members Brian (SunRay), wife Judy, and good dog Kai on the Slate trail. :) They were hiking the same loop but CCW. I would end up seeing them again on the old Military Trail. They entered the trail system from the west whereas I came in through State Trust land from the southeast so the tails of our lassos were opposing.

When will it ever rain?

P.S. I got passed by a middle aged couple on the Quartz trail and the woman had on SO MUCH PERFUME it hung in the air for a quarter mile along the trail and it was STINKY! Please don't do that...and oh yeah, the boyfriend/husband called me "Chief". [-( ](*,)
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Nov 15 2020
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Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles      56 Mns   3.51 mph
575 ft AEG
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Solo workout. :(
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Nov 11 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP 6 Trail Loop, AZ 
CCRP 6 Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.01 Miles 827 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.94 mph
827 ft AEG      12 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Same solo loop as 3 days ago [ photo ] but I retraced my steps and went CW instead. The gain seemed more difficult for me going this direction but my overall time was much faster. Maybe because I didn't bring a camera... :-k .

I'm trying to work on quickening my pace as I have a 12 miler coming up soon with a stronger HAZ hiker and I don't want to slow them down too badly. 8-[

I took my first break at the 4.5 mile mark near the high point of the Flat Rock Trail. I pulled out my Gatorade and when I looked back up a dear old friend was coming up the trail towards me. I had not seen him since we last hiked together to the 6L Ranch back in March. Since then he has undergone major surgery on his leg. Great to see him hiking again like nothing ever happened. :y: I had no camera with me so here he is back in March... [ photo ] .

That's right, it's Kai! He had his two pet humans with him, @Sun_Ray (Brian) and his wife Judy whom I had not yet met. Nice to meet you Judy, Kai has said nothing but nice things about you :) .

We spent a few minutes catching up then hiked down the Flat Rock where I turned off on the Military Trail to head back to the creek. Even when terribly dry, the desert up here is extremely beautiful.
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Nov 08 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP 6 Trail loop, AZ 
CCRP 6 Trail loop, AZ
 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.01 Miles 827 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.55 mph
827 ft AEG      10 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Mrs. SloFolks is on a hiatus from hiking, so since I was alone I kept this one close to home. Nice little lasso loop starting at the P.A. Seitts trailhead using the Military, Flat Rock, Quartz, Go John, Jasper, and Slate Trails. Route shown in photoset. So nice to have cool temps at the start and throughout the hike.

Near the head of Go John Canyon I heard the sound of rattling antlers and 5 seconds later two mule deer bucks bound across the trail about 20 yards in front of me and continued to head butt and clank their antlers together. [ photo ] This is too early for the rut so I think these two were probably young buck siblings just practicing their machismo for next spring. They would stop and nibble then fight a little then stop and nibble. This went on until they finally smelled or saw me and then they took off like the wind.

Saw a few bikers and once on the Go John and Slate I had a "Dear Diary" moment...I actually passed other hikers. :o
This doesn't happen much and hasn't in some time, (I refer you to my HAZ name). I became very confused and disoriented at this prospect. For those of you that have hiked with me I swear this is the truth. The different groups I passed weren't even disabled or anything. :D The creek was dry on both crossings. I sure hope we get some rain tonight as projected. :pray:
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Nov 06 2020
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Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles      56 Mns   3.51 mph
575 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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No Mrs. SloFolks this morning :(, so I tried for a PB time and got it. Paid the price though...way too much work for 3 minutes saved. :)
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Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   3.08 mph
575 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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Early start under a "micro-full-blue-harvest-hunters" moon. Not kidding, Google them. :-) Warm and humid...summer is right around the corner.
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Oct 27 2020
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Tom's Mesquite Hog, AZ 
Tom's Mesquite Hog, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2020
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Hiking2.40 Miles 632 AEG
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632 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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Our objective was to do a small loop and add in the exploration of Mesquite Canyon and the high point which the rock climbing community calls "Hog Heaven". We took the Tom's Thumb summit trail up and then cut over on the Feldspar to Mesquite Canyon. An un-named use trail follows the sandy wash entering the canyon then breaks off and the climb begins in earnest. Route shown in photoset.

Great views abound in Mesquite Canyon. And great big rocks live here to. We were the only hikers in the area but we could hear climbers commands echoing off the walls. We finally saw the group of 4 doing climbs and rappels off of a large rock across the way. They even waved. :) Definitely more friendly than the masked up fashionistas going up Tom's Thumb.

As we neared the summit the hike turned into 3 points of contact climbing which Cathy put up with for a while then told me in no uncertain terms that she was stopping and for me to go on and finish. I made it almost to the top...within 50 yards, but it turned into a very steep two hands and two feet crawl up and over boulders nearly straight up. Lots of catclaw too. With some leather gloves and a larger pair of stones it would have been no problem at all. : wink :

I made my way back down to Cathy and only slipped and fell twice. :( I'm going to be sore tomorrow I think. Great hike though in a beautiful section of desert.
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Oct 25 2020
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Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.12 mph
575 ft AEG      2 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
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6:15 start. Cloudy and humid but the rain has been removed from the forecast. :( Slowed down by a large squadron of javalinas. The babies were just too cute but the alpha male was being a jerk by not letting us go by. The more I clapped the more he snorted. Counted about 15 in all.
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Oct 23 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Flume Connector-Hohokam Acequia, AZ 
Flume Connector-Hohokam Acequia, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2020
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Hiking5.09 Miles 275 AEG
Hiking5.09 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.46 mph
275 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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We've been meaning to do this little hike for for over 6 months but have put it off for an assortment of reasons. The purpose was twofold...the first being to check out a new trail we had read about in our local paper. The new addition becomes a connector trail which links the Flume Trail in the Cave Creek Regional Park to the Esplanade and Cliff Walk Trail in the City of Phoenix Sonoran Preserve North trail system.

The southern terminus is directly under the Cave Creek bridge on the Carefree Highway. The northern terminus is at the intersection of the Flume Trail and Old New River Road. We started our hike west of this at the CCRP boundary gate. One could also enter from the east at the Desert Enclave parking area just east of the creek.

For long distance trail runners or bikers you can now travel unimpeded all the way from Spur Cross south through the CCRP and then on to the Apache Wash Trailhead on Sonoran Desert Drive. That would make for a great shuttle hike or ride!

The second objective on this hike was to find the remnants of a Hohokam irrigation ditch we were told about by the Desert Foothills chapter of the Az. Archaeological Society. While at one of their talks on crop production in the 12th-14th centuries the speaker talked about the irrigation system branching off of lower Cave Creek to grow crops. We found it even though it was very faint and filled up in many areas. Straight as an arrow though...those guys were good! :)
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Oct 20 2020
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Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   3.23 mph
575 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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6 am start. "Smazy"...copyright A.Romain
Scratch that...copyright @rayhuston :)
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Oct 18 2020
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Sidewinder-Vista-Ridgeback-Ocotillo, AZ 
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Hiking5.89 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking5.89 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.33 mph
820 ft AEG      15 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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A loop we have done before in the Sonoran Preserve North trail system. This time we went CW on the recommendation of @tibber to add a little steepness to the first climb of the two high points. Thanks, I think. :D

We arrived to the trailhead at zero dark thirty and we were maybe the 30th car in the lot with a stream of car headlights behind us. I had forgotten how busy City of Phoenix trails can get on weekends. After the summit on Ridgeback the crowds thinned out quite a bit. A lot of folks use that first climb as their workout I'm guessing. Near the end it got very busy again with hikers and bikers coming around from the other direction.

All the bikers we encountered were very courteous and only about half the hikers were what I would call friendly. :-( There were several folks hiking with darn near full-on hazmat masks on. I don't get it, but to each their own. The smoke from the Horse fire was pretty thick and smelly. It made for a pretty sunrise however.
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Oct 15 2020
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Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
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Great temps and no smoke...just kinda slow today. :(
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