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Oct 22 2022
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking14.63 Miles 2,449 AEG
Hiking14.63 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.63 mph
2,449 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
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Barnhardt to Chilson Spring. Really nice and cool all day with a ton of shade up until the divide. Two canyoneers in the parking lot headed to Shaketree, four hunters coming down the switchbacks below the falls and a couple of ASU geology students within a mile from the trailhead were all I saw.

There were a surprising amount of turning leaves that was a bonus for todays outing. There a couple of slightly brushy spots on the trail and very high grass especially up on the divide but no impediments to forward progress. The falls were dry but there are some pools of water here and there below the falls.

The spring box at Chilson was full and appears to be very well maintained. The hunters I met spent 2 days at Malpie Spring and said there was good water.

Altogether a really wonderful day back in the Mazatzal Mountains.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Chilson Spring Dripping Dripping
Full spring box
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Oct 09 2022
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Secret Canyon Trail #121Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2022
AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking6.89 Miles 807 AEG
Hiking6.89 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   1.88 mph
807 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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Fun out and back on a rare trip to Sedona. The road keeps out the riff raff, but is certainly worth driving and I would consider HC and 4x4, but not the worst. Most of the pools have water, but the only people we ran into had poor reviews of the “muddy” terroir.

The canyon is really a special spot and my friend Jen who lives and hikes in Sedona gave it two thumbs up which is good enough for me to make my way back down FR 152 to explore Brins Mesa, Vultee Arch and David Miller sometime in the near future.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Secret Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Oct 02 2022
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Granite Mountain Peak 7626Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking10.60 Miles 2,329 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.24 mph
2,329 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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Great summit and really unique trail. Luna wins the day for making it within 10’ of the summit. The first steep chute up she wasn’t having it, but I moved around to the East and found a way up that she could handle.

It’s a little brushy but nothing poking really. No one best way up or down but I think it would be hard to cliff out. I only found a single choke point that required just a little backtracking. I did get rained on for my final 2 miles in the trees. Plenty of afternoon lightening and thunder that was close to me after 11:30.

I was buzzed by a chopper for most of the final summit ascent. I found out on the way down that they are looking for someone who has been missing for 4 days.
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Aug 21 2022
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Mount Baldy LoopAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2022
AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking14.44 Miles 2,329 AEG
Hiking14.44 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   3.16 mph
2,329 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
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Incredible day on Baldy that had me thinking at one point on West Baldy, 'Why not just sell everything and live at the trailhead in a van?'

I stayed with my son and his girlfriend at an AirBnB in Eager the night before. I woke up at about 5:30 and made it to the West Baldy Trailhead at sunrise. There was one other truck in the parking lot. The day started misty and cold at 45 degrees. A common theme for the day was really mushy, wet trails.

As I made my way up towards the overlook, I couldn't help to notice the most gigantic firs I have seen since leaving Oregon. This for me was one of the highlights of the day. At the lookout, I caught up to the truck owner who was the only other person I ran into on West Baldy.

Heading down East Baldy I started running into a couple of people here and there. I think I saw 4 people total in the forested section. By the time we reached the meadows there were twice that, up to within a couple of miles from the trailhead.

The plan was for my son and his girlfriend to get a later start and meet me somewhere on lower East Baldy. Hiking with then slowed me down some, but I so rarely get a chance to hike with my boy so I really treasured the slower steps.

Tyler shuttled me back to my truck in time to get back to the house and pack up. We stopped in Show Low at The House which has great burgers and homemade potato chips!!

I am probably not going van life anytime soon, but I will definitely be back in the White's soon!
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Aug 20 2022
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Turkey Peak #7063Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking1.13 Miles 283 AEG
Hiking1.13 Miles      32 Mns   2.34 mph
283 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Luna and I cruised up to the peak here after hiking to Gordon Creek Falls and on our way out to Eager.

Oaks have grown too tall to really see anything. Not too much to see out here except some turkeys close to the top that Luna chased of before I could snap a picture.
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Aug 20 2022
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Gordon Creek FallsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking5.27 Miles 851 AEG
Hiking5.27 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.53 mph
851 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Such a great canyon and destination. Creek is full and everything is green!

Started out on Colcord road at the telephone lines. Dropped straight down to the fence line. From there I followed the road to the end. The road walk was really pleasant and totally unnecessary. The road can easily be driven with 2 somewhat easy fords with a little higher clearance than a normal sedan.

I followed the creek down to the falls. The creek walk was pretty easy and I really didn't need to get my feet wet. Once at the falls I went higher up on the right than I probably needed to. This was the only scratchy part of the hike. The pool at the bottom had a lot of debris and deadfall but I still found a spot to sit and relax.

The falls themselves are raging. So much water in the pool also. The water is milk chocolate brown and cold, but it was still fun to swim around.

On the way out I met the rancher who has the allotment along the road on the way in. He was wondering about the final fence before the falls. The fence was probably the hardest fence to cross I have found in a very long time. Despite the remote nature of the fence it had new wire and was in incredible shape. The rancher was really cool and seems to be really committed to keeping cows out of the creek and falls area. I bragged to him about his fence because he had his entire family in his UTV with him.

Other than the rancher and family, I only saw one other UTV. The rim is a magical place right now and I really lucked out with perfectly sunny weather!

dry Gordon Creek Falls Dry Dry
Soooo much water
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Aug 06 2022
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Barbershop Ramble from ECC, AZ 
Barbershop Ramble from ECC, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2022
AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking5.70 Miles 1,659 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   1.81 mph
1,659 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
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Started out at the parking lot at the bridge where Barbershop meets East Clear Creek which is also the intersection of FR 95 and FR 96.

Tons of water in the flowing creek. Things are brushy and the use trails are pretty much a choose your own adventure affair, but not too much scratchy stuff and deadfall. The only real noticeable fire damage along the rim is way up high at my turnaround point.

Didn't have to swim, but did so anyways.

No people parked at 8:30 AM, no people in the canyon except some hard working tik tok teenagers(?) 100 feet from the bridge at the end of my hike. Parking spots were mostly taken at 2 PM, but most of the action was down in East Clear Creek.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Barbershop Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
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Jul 23 2022
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Calloway Trail #33Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking2.77 Miles 1,253 AEG
Hiking2.77 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   1.12 mph
1,253 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Calloway Trail is a trip. Literally and figuratively. This triplog deals mainly with Tom's Creek Rd (FR# 142). This is a bad road. If you want a laugh read the trail description on All Trails. I would never recommend that site other than for the entertainment value and the follies of stupid humankind (sorry not sorry). Nonetheless the 'reviews' also deal with the road as primary subject matter.

At the end of the day I may be the stupid one because I made it to the trailhead.

The bad starts right off the pavement at Hwy 260. If the first 200 feet feel 'rough', please turn around. Ironically, at 142B things actually chill out some. Previous triplogs have noted that this is where the road gets bad. 142B is tight and a bit muddy in spots, but nothing like it's big brother 142.

I think the highlight of the road is the area where the road crosses Meadow Canyon. This is a pretty technical stretch with 2' rock ledges and fairly challenging boulders. I scraped my frame twice going down and once (barely) coming back up and out. My recommendation is to stop and spot a route, if possible having a passenger offer some out of truck spotting help. I didn't have that luxury today. There are a few stretches of this road that demand this treatment.

The trail itself is the easiest route into and out of WCC other than from Bullpen, that I have experienced. I went upstream for poos and giggles. Pretty rough with the swims the only real respite from slip sliding away in the creek. I made the mistake of trying overland travel closer to the canyon walls a few times. Ouch!! Really tight NM Locust, Raspberry and Poison Ivy with willow in the less painful spots.

I doubt there are 20 people that see this upstream from Calloway portion of the canyon in a year. I may be wrong, but I saw zero evidence of humans past the fire ring at the bottom of the trail.

I didn't make it to Wilbur like I had hoped but there was a nasty cell that started rumbling in just past my turn around time. The rain caught me for the entirety of my trip back up Calloway, ending about 100' from my truck. Drive out was worse than in with the little bit of mud the rain added.

I saw one jeep on FR 142. We each flashed a Cheshire grin as we passed. No one else all day.

I broke a sideview mirror on my way out and my legs and arms are shredded, but I will be back soon to explore on a day when afternoon storms aren't in the forecast.
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Jul 16 2022
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Mount DavisPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,465 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.64 mph
1,465 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
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Fun day out in the Bradshaw's. First off, I can't understand the hemming and hawing about Dandrea. That is a pretty trail and the tread didn't seem too bad to me.

As many have said, Davis is the crown jewel here. The route finding up Davis is super easy and really enjoyable. Views from the top are like butter. Just one or two brushy spots.

Prescott NF gets my props for their little tee-pee burn piles which I found throughout this hike. IMHO no national forest in AZ is doing more to preserve the remaining forests on our public lands. The intensity of labor involved to create these burn piles is pretty incredible.

Back down on Yankee Doodle, Luna was overheating. We stopped for water and took a 15 minute break. She is 6-1/2 years old and has worried me this summer away from the perennial water hikes we have been mainly doing. I think it was about 80 degrees at the most exposed and that seems to be too much for her.

After our rest and water break we trudged over to Mt. Union and went up to but not into the fire lookout. There were a couple of Ham radio operators up there. They were the only people I saw all morning. Because of their role as telecommunicators in emergency operations, they have keys to the FR 261A gate leading to the tower.

We took a short detour to the Family Picnic Area which is now totally burned. The forest beyond and below the picnic area is partially burned, but I couldn't tell how much along the ridgeline.

Parking at the Dandrea TH was a lot easier than over the winter of 21'when I last tried this. I could turn my truck around and I think there is room for at least a total of 3 vehicles there (maybe 4).

Nice week up here. I'll be transitioning my life to Prescott over the next 6 months which is long overdue. I can't wait to explore these mountains further once it is a little cooler for Luna!
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Jun 08 2022
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Professor Creek-Mary Jane Canyon, UT 
Professor Creek-Mary Jane Canyon, UT
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2022
AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking8.64 Miles 1,234 AEG
Hiking8.64 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   2.93 mph
1,234 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Professor Creek is accessed by traveling Northeast of Moab on UT-128. This route follows the Colorado River through an amazing red rock canyon that would be enough beauty for one day. BLM- 98 is a right turn 18 miles from the 191/128 junction just north of Moab. BLM- 98 goes 2.2 miles and dead-ends at the trailhead for Sylvester Trail and where I dropped into Mary Jane Canyon.

Things start out for the first mile a little scrubby without the shade of canyon walls or trees. There are use trails on both sides of the creek, but in many places it is just as easy to hike in the creek. After the first mile the canyon begins a gradual process of narrowing with the canyon walls growing closer, but also higher up. The color of the rock is similar to the Papago area.

The creek runs steady, ankle deep and surprisingly warm most of the way. There was no scrambling to speak of and it didn't really seem to matter (to me at least) whether or not I walked on one of the trails or in the creek.

After about 4.25 miles there is a pretty amazing waterfall that is about 30 feet high and running very strong. The canyon is fully closed in at this point and is cool and dark.

This is one of the most enjoyable hikes I have done in a long time. I saw 11 people, but 7 of them were within a quarter mile of the trailhead. The temps were in the 90's all day and Luna never seemed hot. I hate overselling an experience but if you are in the area don't miss this hike.
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Jun 07 2022
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Chesler Park via Elephant CanyonSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking8.98 Miles 1,328 AEG
Hiking8.98 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   2.85 mph
1,328 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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Started out at Elephant Hill at about 11 AM. The backcountry office at The Needles Visitor Center was doing everything possible to keep people off the trails. I explained my experience hiking and all the ranger seemed to take from my comments was strangely associating Arizona with sitting in air conditioning 🤷‍♂️

There was another much more chill and kinda cute ranger who was moving the smaller trail border rocks and replacing them with larger rocks. She joked about only needing to work the first quarter mile of trail because that is about how far 90% of people make it. We talked for about 45 minutes and gained some intel for The Maze.

The trail to Chesler Park includes incredible geological features and some surprisingly fun sections that border very light scrambling. Cairns are omnipresent virtually everywhere in the park as are signs with mileage to the next junction or feature. I only was turned around once and it was because I wasn't paying attention.

Chesler Park proper opened up into a valley that could lead to The Joint and Devils Kitchen (one way) or Elephants Canyon and Druids Arch the other way. I chose to take Elephants Canyon back to Elephant Hill.

Elephant Canyon walks like White Canyon and the red rocks and spires are an indescribable joy to walk through. This was my favorite part of the hike.

I think I saw around 30 people all day but not a single person in Chesler Park or Elephant Canyon. There are larger groups and families that dominate the tourist mix out here.

It was hot and dry. There just isn't a drop of water to be found out here right now (short of the Coloado), but it wasn't that uncomfortable compared to some of the stupid stuff I have done in AZ.

Definitely worth the $30 admission and despite my aversion to National Parks, I would come back here any time.

80's to start at 11 and 102 at my car just before 3.
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Jun 06 2022
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Manns PeakSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking5.14 Miles 1,903 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   2.37 mph
1,903 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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Great after work hike. Started out at the Burro Pass Trailhead. Roads were decent except the final couple of 100 feet of FR 240. Lots of snow still up in the high country buy I only trudged through a little bit. Views are amazing from the peak. Didn't see anyone all day on the trails.
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May 14 2022
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Lake Fork Trail #82North Central, NM
North Central, NM
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking10.90 Miles 2,569 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   2.61 mph
2,569 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
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Too early in the season to make it to the alpine peaks in the Latir Peak Wilderness, but this hike was worth every minute.

The trailhead for the hike starts at Cabresto Lake. The last 2 miles on 134A are high-clearance recommended and this would be 4x4 in the mud season. Cabresto Lake would be a great place to camp.

Lake Fork Trail skirts Cabresto Lake for about 1/2 a mile. After that the trail hugs the creek for the next 1-1/2 miles. At approximately 2 miles Bull Creek Trail takes off to the left. Bull Creek makes up the second half of a lollipop loop that incorporates Latir Mesa and short jaunts to Latir Peak and a longer connection to Pinabete Peak.

I continued on Lake Fork Trail another 2-1/2 miles to Heart Lake. The entire route is in a canyon dominated by fir trees with some patches of Aspen mixed in. There was one patch of deadfall along the way that required some serious rerouting.

At about 11,000' the patches of snow which had been an afterthought up until then started to get serious. The biggest issue for me was not having a GPS route downloaded to my phone. A couple of snow areas with deadfall had me turned around.

At .2 miles from Heart Lake a trail takes off to the right and heads to Baldy Cabin and ultimately Baldy Mountain. I continued left to Heart Lake and once at the Lake tried to travel the left (South) side of the lake which had too much snow to go anywhere. This is also where the trail continues to Latir Mesa and to Bull Creek Trail allowing for the completion of the loop.

I went around the other side of the lake which had much less snow and had lunch at the far end of the lake which was a large, wet meadow with amazing views of the peaks.

I thought about my options over lunch. I couldn't see the switchbacks that head up the steepest side of the mountain as the trail heads up Latir Mesa as the trail was almost definitely covered in snow. Baldy seemed like another option and faces south, but when I tried the two trails that make up the mini-loop that pass by Baldy Cabin on the way to Baldy Mountain, there was 2'-3' drifts which was too much snow on both of these paths for me.

This was a light snow year for the Sangre de Cristo, but the lesson for me is that early to mid-June is the bare minimum to reach the high peaks of this mountain range.

There is so much to see here and the beauty at least equals my explorations of the Wenimuche Wilderness in Colorado and the hikes I have done around Telluride. Probably the best part of this area relative to what I have done in Colorado is the lighter use of this pristine area.

I saw 2 backpackers about a mile from the trailhead that had just scared a bear off. They also tried and couldn't make it any higher up than Heart Lake, where they ultimately camped for the night. Otherwise I had the wilderness all to myself. Based on the footprints in the snow, the backpackers were probably the first people in the wilderness for the season.

If you can get away from the fact that there are no 14'ers here, this is a prime wilderness playground. I am already planning a trip back in August 😃
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May 13 2022
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Columbine Canyon Trail #71North Central, NM
North Central, NM
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking6.89 Miles 1,178 AEG
Hiking6.89 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.97 mph
1,178 ft AEG
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My last work week hike. Just a beautiful hike through a mix of fir and aspen forest by a live creek full of springs snow melt. No great views despite the trail opening up to a few meadow areas along the way.

This trail is the North entry to the Columbine-Hondo high country including Lobo, Flag and Gold Hill. I'll have to hit those next trip as I am heading to Latir Mesa and Heart Lake tomorrow which every local I have spoken to has indicated as the prettiest part of the Sangre De Cristo.

Nobody on the trails. Had to walk through the campground due to a locked gate at the road. Probably started in the low 70's at 5 pm and finished in the low 60' at around 7 pm.
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May 11 2022
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Devisadero LoopNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking5.79 Miles 1,437 AEG
Hiking5.79 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.90 mph
1,437 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
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Quick after work hike with Luna. Cool views of the mountains and of Taos. Probably the closest hike to the Plaza as the Carson NF starts just a little west from the trailhead.

Super pleasant temps and a nice breeze. I saw 3 adults, 2 babies and a dog. If I lived here I would be out here frequently as the views are great.

Calf Canyon and Herman's Peak fire was visible and seems to be getting close to Taos, but the air quality so far has been fine.
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May 09 2022
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Guadalupe Mountain Trail, NM 
Guadalupe Mountain Trail, NM
 
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AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking4.78 Miles 1,033 AEG
Hiking4.78 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.87 mph
1,033 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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Fun and easy climb up to the ridgeline that overlooks Questa. Lots of trees and amazing views in all directions. Part of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, but on the other side of NM 378 from Wild Rivers.

Didn't see anybody, but saw some old mountain bike tracks. Most of the trail is a retired logging road until you get up to the ridgeline. It was cool and windy, especially up top on the ridgeline. Great views of the Sangre De Cristo across the valley.
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May 09 2022
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Maynard Hot Springs from Joe Dunn Bridge, NM 
Maynard Hot Springs from Joe Dunn Bridge, NM
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2022
AugustWestTriplogs 140
Hiking4.81 Miles 365 AEG
Hiking4.81 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   2.41 mph
365 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
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Second hike of the day and second hike of the trip along the Rio Grande Del Norte. Private landowners closed down access the easy way to the hot springs so I walked along the riparian zone from Joe Dunn Bridge.

There are a couple of areas that require some minor scrambling, but Luna handled it pretty well so if a dog can do it 😁

Along the way Black Rock Hot Spring is passed which is on the other side of the river and only 0.3 miles from the bridge. I could see numerous people over there, but no one was present at Maynard for about an hour. As I was getting ready to leave a Taos local showed up, who admitted to going the old way through private land. He indicated that things were getting bad with parties and fast drivers down the dirt roads prior to the old access being gated.

Maynard is the remnants of an old resort like Verde, but very little is left of the old Maynard Resort. The springs were lukewarm, but the river was cold so everything seemed to equal out. Altogether a fine trip down this special river to a pretty cool spot!
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May 08 2022
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Big Arsenic Springs TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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Hiking6.90 Miles 1,329 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.57 mph
1,329 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
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First hike of the week while I stay in Questa. Started out from Big Arsenic Springs Campground which leads down to the river on really steep switchbacks that are really well constructed.

Followed the river for a few miles past multiple highly developed camping areas, that include solidly built lean-to's and outhouses. My goal was to get to the Red River confluence which I did. There is a bridge that crosses the Red River and goes another mile to the Cebolla Mesa Campground and trailhead. I ate my lunch and did a photoshoot for Luna below the LA Junta Campground along the river.

Turned around and passed La Junta trail which is closed because someone died on the trail last year according to the BLM. Climbed out of the canyon by traveling up Little Arsenic Springs Trail which was as well built as Big Arsenic Springs. Took the Loop Trail back to my truck.

There is a ton of construction on the roads in the national monument. There is at least one LEO on duty (on Sunday!) as well who left a day-use payment envelope on my truck on which they wrote 'thanks'.

Really windy, but pleasant weather in the mid-70's. Saw 3 backpackers on the way down and 2 hikers on my way up plus a camper walking his dog on the Loop Trail. Pretty fantastic area to explore!
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Jan 08 2022
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Dugas Rd. Walk to Verde Hot Springs, AZ 
Dugas Rd. Walk to Verde Hot Springs, AZ
 
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Hiking21.62 Miles 4,498 AEG
Hiking21.62 Miles   8 Hrs   16 Mns   2.95 mph
4,498 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
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The plan was to drive as far along Dugas Rd. as possible and hike the rest of the way to Verde Hot Springs.

This road has captivated me since my trip up to Pine Mountain last year. How exactly do you build a road down the Verde Rim? It turns out it's not real easy to do well. Check out the photoset for visual representation of the folly. Incidentally, I think I would drive this if it were dry and I knew there were no impassable obstacles. No your, Subaru will be crunched into a Bud Light can likeness of a car. Your stock truck will never return. 4-lo and this better not be your first rodeo.

If I were the boss of everything and everyone, I would convert this trail to wilderness. Very conveniently taking Pine Mountain and Cedar Bench and putting them together. This is a great trail! The road kinda has the vibe of Bob Bear's older tweaker brother who is losing his teeth to meth.

Hot Springs were empty except for me and Luna. Ranch has seen better days.
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Oct 10 2021
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Phx Mts Park Loop, AZ 
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Hiking5.06 Miles 1,146 AEG
Hiking5.06 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.86 mph
1,146 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Quick loop trying to get into a more regular schedule of hiking as I am running out of excuses :?

It was really cool to start. Probably in the low 70's. Luna started hard out of the gate, but faded as we continued through the preserve. I am going to have bring her more water as she was flush out at the end of our trip together. I guess we are both getting our trail legs back. There were surprisingly few people on the trails except for Quartz Ridge which was packed, but just up to the ridge. We finished at around noon and it was in the low 80's.
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