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Oct 10 2021
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Phx Mts Park Loop, AZ 
Phx Mts Park Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2021
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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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Sep 11 2021
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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2021
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Hiking10.45 Miles 2,476 AEG
Hiking10.45 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.53 mph
2,476 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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It occurred to me that I had never climbed to the top of the rim from the bottom on any trail. so I set out today to fix that.

I arrived at the TH at about 10:30 AM To a bustling parking lot. Aravaipa Runners Club was (and still is) running the 100 mile, Mogollon Monster today and tonight. See Canyon Trail is a small part of the course and there was a station set up that was slowly being taken down at the trailhead.

I started up only knowing I had to be in Gilbert no later than 5 to meet a friend for dinner. At the last minute I detoured to check out See Spring which was a good idea. The entire area around the spring is super green and lush. The first two people I saw of the day were two women drinking champagne at the rock table close to the spring. It really looked like they were waiting on a five course meal.

See Canyon was perfect with a mix of shade and sun under first the pines then the firs as I went further up in altitude. About a mile (or less) past the turnoff for the spring, the creek dried out.

The entire route was flagged by the running club and the trail was very easy to follow despite grass and maples crowding things in spots.

I saw 4 people on the way up and probably 15-20 on the way down all within a mile of the trailhead. Rim Road was dusty and my walk along General Crook Trail had me walking close to trucks and campsites.

My only issue with the trail was the lack of views. I thought climbing to the top of
the Promontory Fire Lookout would solve that, but that spot is locked down with razor wire, digital night vision surveillance and laser beams.

Fun and very beautiful area that I will return to and maybe find another way to reach the rim.
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Aug 21 2021
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Red CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2021
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Hiking9.45 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking9.45 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   2.64 mph
710 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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Picked this one out after remembering reading about this creek to the Verde River a few months ago. I figured after out rains this would be suitable for a hike with Luna. The good news is that there was steady, light flow throughout the entire hike except a short section. That bad news is that the roads sucked.

I got a late start and left downtown Phoenix at 9:30. This a long drive so I didn't make it to the trailhead until noon. FR 24 is ok up to 51 Ranch, but after that not so great. FR 269 and FR 18 are much worse. High clearance is a necessity and 4WD probably makes sense to be safe.

The temperature was 90 degrees at the start. I walked in the creek most of the day as did Luna. First in my trail runners, then barefoot and finally in my water shoes most of the day. Luna had fun splashing around in the water and kept cool even though things were on the hot side out of the shade.

Things are really green out here. Much of the hike is downright beautiful under the Sycamores and Cottonwoods. The grand finale is the Verde River which is really flowing. Red Creek Rapids were solid class 3 with a lot of water moving downstream.

I saw 4 UTV's and no hikers all day. Finishing up the temperature was 92 degrees which surprised me as it felt warmer. Although I didn't drive to the creek on FR 18, I think it is doable if you made it the rest of the way.
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Aug 17 2021
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.55 Miles 1,185 AEG
Hiking2.55 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   2.10 mph
1,185 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Quick hike after work. 100 degrees to start at 2:30 and pretty much the same temps at the finish. Lots of little puddles up and down the trail.

Ran into about 10 or so people along the way, but still was lucky enough to have the summit to myself for about 5 minutes.
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Jul 25 2021
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View Point-North Mingus LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2021
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Hiking4.66 Miles 1,253 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.04 mph
1,253 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Looking at the weather radar this morning was slightly discouraging as the plan was to visit Chiricahua NM. Nonetheless, things looked mighty wet down there so we headed north to where it looked clear.

The road to the Mingus Recreational Area day use area was very smooth. There was one truck that was parked and the passengers were looking at the view from the overlook which was quite misty. The temps were probably in the upper 60's to start the day.

We went CCW and the trail switchbacks down immediately. All of the tread today was cleared of deadfall and clean of brush. The views were obscured by fog and mist, but this added some mystery and beauty to the hike. The switchbacks are steep at first but very well constructed.

Rounding the mountain takes you back up through more firs and pines while the start has more oaks. Once at the top of the mountain, the ridgeline flattens out and the trail got a little mushy right up to the hang-glider ramp.

At the top of the mountain there is selective logging that is occurring. This is similar to what I have seen throughout the Prescott National Forest. The operations are well-run and rather unobtrusive. The thinning seems to be improving the health of the forest rather than diminishing it.

We got back to my truck just as thunder could be heard in the distance. We didn't see anyone all day and stayed perfectly dry. There were a few more cars at the trailhead, but it seems like it was people at the overlook.

We finished the day in Jerome and got some food at Haunted Burgers which was ok.
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Jul 15 2021
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Purgatory Trail #511Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2021
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Hiking8.93 Miles 2,011 AEG
Hiking8.93 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   2.13 mph
2,011 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
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Last hike for our week up in Colorado. The Trailhead for this hike is in the middle of a neighborhood down the hill from Purgatory/Durango Mountain Resort which is where we have been staying.

This trail is one of the closer trails to Durango. The parking lot has been pretty close to full each time we have driven by. Today there were maybe 2 or 3 spots available.

Things start by going through a pretty Aspen forest with some moderate switchbacks for about a mile. The bottom of this section opens up to a wide meadow area with Cascade Creek running through on one side. This meadow section is called Purgatory Flat and goes for about a mile.

The trail then climbs 300' up above Cascade Creek and winds through a mixed forest of Ponderosa Pine, Fir and Aspen. After two miles the Animas River and railroad tracks come into view. After some somewhat steep switchbacks the trail meets the Animas River. A bridge crosses the river at this point with some great camp sites on both sides of the river.

We hung out by the river for about an hour and met some backpackers that were stuck in the rain in Chicago Basin for the past two days.

We saw 10 or 12 backpackers and a few hikers throughout the day. We took some very light rain on the way back to the car, but altogether the temperature was super comfortable in the low 70's all day.
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Jul 12 2021
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West Lime Creek Trail #679Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Hiking5.50 Miles 1,355 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   1.83 mph
1,355 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Really easy and enjoyable trail with the trailhead found right on Hwy 550. There are no signs, but Google maps brought us right to the trailhead.

This hike follows West Lime Creek for over 2-1/2 miles with a few crossings and mostly a couple hundred feet above the creek. The trail goes through the forest with some nice stretches through pretty meadows.

There are a few really pretty waterfalls and the forest is really healthy here. We saw 8 other hikers and everyone was extremely friendly. Temps were in the mid-70's all day.
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Jul 11 2021
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Highland Mary Lakes Loop, CO 
Highland Mary Lakes Loop, CO
 
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2021
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Hiking9.24 Miles 2,547 AEG
Hiking9.24 Miles   6 Hrs   43 Mns   1.72 mph
2,547 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break
 
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Staying up in Purgatory north of Durango for the week with Elizabeth and this seemed like a good hike from all descriptions. My expectations were blown away by one of the most diverse and beautiful explorations I have ever taken.

It had been since the late 90's that I had been to Southwestern Colorado. When looking for a place to escape for a week it surprised me that Durango was closer to the valley than Moab, Santa Fe and Taos. I had previously spent time in Telluride and Crested Butte, but had never been to Durango and the San Juan's. The 7-1/2 hour drive was easy, if not a little dusty and boring.

The hike begins Southeast of Silverton down County Road 4 which continues way up to the Highland Mary Mine past the Trailhead. The parking lot was pretty full, but right off the bat we met a number of backpackers coming off the trail that gave us their opinion that clockwise was the best way to run the loop. We took that advice and I think it was for the best.

The clockwise loop starts on the Continental Divide Trail (#813) which I couldn't find a way to link to this triplog. The trail is steep and we stopped a lot to take in perhaps the most abundant and diverse display of wildflowers that I have ever seen. This side of the loop starts a little above 10,000' and rises to above the treeline to about 12,500'. Once above the treeline the wildflowers calm down a bit, but the scenery of the surrounding San Juan's open up with each new rise.

The Continental Divide trail splits off and stays high while the Whitehead Trail starts down a deep gorge for a little over a mile with the best mountain views of the day. Highland Mary Lakes takes off at Verde Lakes, which begins the high alpine lakes that are the namesake of the final stretch of the trail.

Once moving down through the various lakes, the Highland Mary Lakes Trail drops down into Cunningham Creek. The creek features waterfalls and some rocky tread, but once the trail enters the trees for the final couple of miles things are purely magical.

There were a moderate number of people using these trails. We saw more backpackers than day hikers. We did run into a trail running couple from Anthem that basically ripped through the loop that took us 6 hours in under 2 hours. The woman had run a race up Kendell Mountain that morning. We found out she runs sub-3 hour marathons pretty regularly. Everyone we ran into through the loop was so happy to be in this amazing area.

Temps were probably in the mid-60's at the highest sub-alpine stretches of the trail and in the upper 70's at the end of the day at the trailhead.

The San Juan's and the Wenimuche Wilderness present such an stunning and diverse landscape. So excited to explore further!!
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Jul 02 2021
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Sarett Nature Center, MI 
Sarett Nature Center, MI
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2021
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Hiking4.70 Miles 590 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   3.03 mph
590 ft AEG
 
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My buddy and former neighbor Sherm has been working on a Ford Model A, Montgomery Ward tractor conversion for about the past 10 years. He finished it over the past year so I had to see it prior to leaving Michigan.

His wife Mindy worked at Sarett Nature Center for over 30 years and handed me a trail map while I was over visiting.

Sarett is the largest hiking area in Berrian County (to my knowledge). I had some extra time prior to my flight back to the valley so I drove out I-196 to check out some of the trails.

The area is a mix of native prairie, upland forest and swampier creek bed bottom land. Much of the forest is quite mature and there are some very large oaks and maples. I walked the longest trails to the edges of the park to the east and then the west. The beauty of these hardwood forests and open meadows is pretty astounding.

This territory is a prime birding area and while I didn't see too many birds. I did see a massive amount of Cow Veatch and a few beautiful Michigan Lilly's.

I saw almost no one all day and the trails even featured a few switchbacks!!

This hike capped of a busy week of mainly business, but I am glad I was able to revisit some fascinating areas of my former home.
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Jul 01 2021
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Grand Mere State Park, MI 
Grand Mere State Park, MI
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2021
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Hiking3.03 Miles 193 AEG
Hiking3.03 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   2.71 mph
193 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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This is a hike that I did with my kids throughout their childhood. As time went on through the years and as I explored Western Michigan, it became clear that this is one of the few hiking trails that leads to Lake Michigan.

The hike itself is short but traverses an interesting mix of areas including a marsh/lake, broadleaf forest, and dunes. My favorite part of the hike is through the forest that has hard maple as the primary species. Everything is so darn green and the birds are really loud!

This hike is a somewhat hidden gem even though the park borders I-94. Most people park and take a much shorter route to the Northern end of the park and beach.

Southwest Michigan is a real wonderland with a bunch of high quality wineries. breweries, good food, great beaches and some decent Midwestern hikes (read flat). This region also has the second most diverse agricultural region of the US with hundreds of different fruits, vegetables and animal products being grown and raised.

There were 6 cars in the parking lot at 4 PM and the temps were in the mid 70's. I saw about 6 people on the hike and 4 people on the beach. This park rarely feels crowded even during a holiday weekend if you are willing to walk south a little on the beach.
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Jun 16 2021
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Lava River Cave TubeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Caving1.50 Miles
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Fun trip to the refrigerator of Arizona hikes. This was Elizabeth's idea, but as soon as she told me about her idea I was in.

Bonus was the rain that started a few miles from the trailhead and continued for 45 minutes or so.

The trip into the cave was both uneventful and interesting. There were at least 10 families we ran into along the way. Altogether a cool, dark and wet little adventure which was well needed given our current circumstances.
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Jun 09 2021
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Point Trail - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Canyoneering1.87 Miles 1,342 AEG
Canyoneering1.87 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   0.84 mph
1,342 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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Nice day out in the WCC. Luna enjoyed swimming around and sprinting up and down the creekside. Elizabeth and I enjoyed finding wild rose that had strong but different scents between different bushes. Lots of blooming wildflowers today.

The trail down to the creek was pretty steep but relatively short. The road in was in pretty good shape. I think a sedan would be ok driving slowly. Only one car at the trailhead and one family that was upstream from where the trail drops into the creek. We went downstream.

Temps were super pleasant in the 80's. I need to find the time to get out here more often. Very special place.
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May 31 2021
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Boyce ThompsonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2021
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Hiking2.19 Miles 352 AEG
Hiking2.19 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   1.55 mph
352 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Fun little trip through this amazing place that has been on my radar for a long time. My friend Elizabeth and her 2 kids joined me and it was probably a great beginning desert exploration for a 10 and 2 year old but a bit hot in the lower 90's.

The irrigation and man made pond turn what is an otherwise dry, dry desert into a bit of an oasis. There was a pretty full parking lot but the trails didn't feel busy. Just one annoying dog who wouldn't stop barking at a very well behaved Luna. We ran into 3 wildland firefighters from Cloudcroft, NM who reported that the AZ-87 fire was under control.

Definitely worth a trip back in a cooler time of year.
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May 25 2021
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LA Off Trail, CA 
LA Off Trail, CA
 
Hiking avatar May 25 2021
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Hiking0.79 Miles 297 AEG
Hiking0.79 Miles      30 Mns   1.98 mph
297 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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In LA for my first business trip since March of 2020. Short little exploration into Griffith Park behind my brothers house. Some interesting wildlife and non-wildlife sights. I don't love LA but this side of Griffith Park is reasonably interesting for an urban hike into what is the equivalent of LA's Camelback, South Mountain and Piestewa rolled into one. Yes Phoenix has better open spaces relative to our population and in absolute terms.

We didn't run into anyone and only saw a few people from afar. Temps were in the 80's.
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May 21 2021
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Sunrise Peak from 145th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2021
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Hiking4.11 Miles 1,256 AEG
Hiking4.11 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   2.97 mph
1,256 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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I woke up to RAIN in Scottsdale this morning. It was a 2% chance or something, but not 0%. I was off of Shea so I went out to my favorite valley hike.

Temps were 70 at 7:30 and there were a couple of parking spots. Altogether, the views and sky were amazing.

The trail was full on insta-fabulous on the way down including a couple from Iowa who are killing it on MySpace. The beautiful Scottsdale crowd love to pet dogs so Luna was the big winner today. Only up to 77 degrees at the finish!!!!
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May 17 2021
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.42 Miles 1,201 AEG
Hiking2.42 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   1.41 mph
1,201 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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The weather report had this as the coolest day of the week for the valley. We took our time going up and down the mountain given that it still felt pretty hot. Our start time was around noon so there weren't too many people out. Even the parking lot had many empty spaces. As usual, nice people up on Piestewa.
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Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking9.49 Miles 1,331 AEG
Hiking9.49 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   2.86 mph
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I went up Gold Ridge for a short distance by mistake and then crossed a couple of washes off-trail to get to Deer Creek. Coming back with the very well marked trail junction I still don't know how I did this.

Plenty of water in the creek, but smoke from a fire to the west made going further up the canyon unpleasant.

3 other cars at the TH, but I didn't see anyone all day. A little warm in the upper 80's.
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Dixie-Twobit from 35th St., AZ 
Dixie-Twobit from 35th St., AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 02 2021
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Hiking7.75 Miles 2,047 AEG
Hiking7.75 Miles   3 Hrs      2.78 mph
2,047 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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To start, it doesn't really matter to me the name of the peak. I did the one I did today plus the peak/ridgeline across from Dixie/Two-bit in my pre-HAZ life a couple of years ago and came back today to get a little elevation gain with Luna who is banned from Piestewa and Camelback.

Got to the TH at 5 AM and there were 3 or 4 cars already there. Only saw one hiker until I reached the Dixie climb. There was one hiker already on the peak. Came down the way I went up, but took the 36th St. route that turns to blacktop briefly before joining back up with Ruth Hamilton.

Nice and cool to start. The heat was tolerable for Luna on the way back but at her upper limit for comfort.

Once Ruth Hamilton met up with Quartz Ridge the number of hikers and mountain bikers made the hike unpleasant on the mile or so back to my truck. I actually sang the 'ants go marching' song to myself looking down from the saddle. Really nice hike and trail system that I will probably leave to weekdays.
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Apr 27 2021
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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.42 Miles 1,424 AEG
Hiking4.42 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.71 mph
1,424 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Fun hike with my buddy Adam. Great day with really clear skies and air. This may have been the first hike i did in Arizona upon moving here 3 years ago but haven't been back since. Not a ton of hikers, but the ones that were out were friendly. Adam was huffing and puffing on the way up so we stopped quite a bit which I didn't mind. Great conversation and a nice day for this hike!
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Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2021
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Hiking7.33 Miles 1,534 AEG
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The end of FR 574 approximately 15 miles south of Camp Verde leads to a very, very cool area. Multiple access points lead into the Cedar Bench Wilderness and also to one of the key access points down to the Verde River.

I was in Camp Verde for my second COVID shot and decided to make a day of it. We arrived at the River Trail Trailhead at Double T Ranch at around noon. The property owner came down to ask if we had any questions and was incredibly friendly. 3 of his horses came ambling up the trail as we were starting out. I have been around horses most of my life and these horses were of an extremely high pedigree.

River Trail leads down to the river in about 2/3 of a mile. We crossed just up from some very light class 2 rapids. The water reached my midriff and was not unbearably cold. I crossed too far downstream from Towel Creek and we had to bushwack up about a quarter of a mile.

Towel Creek from the river to the ruins has views of the Verde Rim front and center. Cedar Bench, Pine Mountain, and Mazatzal's are all seen in clear view. The line cabin area was another highlight. It looks more like a storage shed, but the cabin and the surrounding areas are all clearly still actively used. The trail also features massive cairns and lots if them.

Ultimately the trail to the ruins is far more worn than Towel Creek Trail continuing on towards FR 708 in the Coconino NF. The ruins are interesting and the Towel Creek riparian zones were quite beautiful with the shaded canopy.

FR 574 is a 4WD and high clearance road. Maybe not the way in but definitely on the way out. It isn't over the top, but there are some steep sections coming out that the 4WD helped with.

There is so much to explore in this area. Chasm Creek, Oxbow, and Cold Water Trails (leading into the Cedar Bench Wilderness) all start off this road. The Verde River is itself a miracle and worth the drive to experience and swim if you are two or four pawed! We saw one group of 4 hikers close to the ruins which was a suprise and a single truck parked at the trailhead.

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Amazing how much water was coming from this area!

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Some pools deep enough for Luna to splash in.
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