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Aug 28 2016
te_wa
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49 male
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Rae Lakes Loop TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2016
te_wa
Hiking51.90 Miles 7,200 AEG
Hiking51.90 Miles
7,200 ft AEG
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start @ onion valley, loop clockwise - night 1 at junction meadow, night 2 at lower paradise valley, night 3 at JMT junction, night 4 at rae lake middle and night 5 at kearsarge lake middle. out day six over kearsarge pass and back to onion valley. plenty of brookies hitting emergers and drys. saw 2 adult and one cub black bear. lots of other critters.
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May 15 2016
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Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 15 2016
te_wa
Backpack12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Backpack12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.19 mph
4,050 ft AEG
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took super trail to josephine, then baldy to summit, back to super and camp at josephine. baldy back to t/h. looks like 10.5 full pack miles day 1, a quick 2.3 miles day two. very fun hike, glad i crossed it off my list. madera canyon is nothing short of beautiful.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Baldy Spring Dripping Dripping
drum/trough was dry. pipe is dry. however, under the plate covering the spring is a few gallons of clear water.

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running clear. trough is 16x16x3" and it was full.
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Sep 28 2014
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Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2014
te_wa
Hiking14.40 Miles 2,455 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles
2,455 ft AEG
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man, what a ride. yes, we slipped, stumbled and got soaked. but trade it for comfort of a/c and recliners? NO WAY!

we hit the t/h at 11:30 on saturday with mostly clear skies. by the time we hit the saddle, the ominous clouds were lurking. trying to make speedy delivery to camp, which was to be at the first meadow after the fireline junction, the skywater let loose and i had to make an instant decision.. so we hurridly left the meadow full of Fakawee grass and crossed the creekbed where i pitched our home-made tarp tent with a fury. by now, we were both fairly soaked. not to mention, i had to get down to the creek and find stones that would hold tent stakes in what could be called no less than 4" of wet leaves. yeah.. about that "holding power".. lol.

after realizing this was the worst spot in the entire wilderness, i let the rain subside for a half hour and in the meantime did a quick recon of the area, saw an escape route and stuffed items back in the pack, trying to make a better campspot further up trail. so we gear up, hit the meadow of Fakawee grass trying to make our way north across knee high, wet, and lumpy grassland. then, out of nowhere, like a miniature mitsubishi Zero fighter plane, a yellow hornet attacks me with furious dive-bombs and lands a solid stinger in the right shoulder! oweeee! after running 20 yards and dang near tripping over all the lumps and falling tree limbs, we make the escape. pushing on, i see a nice elevated bald under a juniper and as the rain starts to pick up again.. im finally getting my boy into dry clothes and a mildly dry down bag. we stayed in the tent for about an hour watching the trail turn into a river. sammys for dinner, a quick Upslope Brown ale, and its time to organize all the gear so it can survive the Reavis Ranch deluge, part III. in bed by 7. tossed and turned with a danged old hornet sting. life is good. went to fetch some apples and saw only one other family. they were packing up as we left the orchard. the hike out was much better, ominous clouds under high wind gusts but no precip - and all the while my trooper of a death march hiking partner of 8 years old never complained. Good job, buddy! first real backpack trip for Wes and it was a doozy, finished the r/t of 13 miles with a fresh apple and a smile. btw.. somewhere near the grasslands about 1.5 miles from the Reavis area, i lost a paypal debit card and a driver license. if it happens to be spotted, that would be a needle in a haystack search party.

until next time.. why the *)%^# does it rain on EVERY trip i take? am i cursed?

on a wonderfully positive note, Reavis is as green as central Oregon and apples are everywhere. get some!
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Mar 29 2014
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Tanner TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2014
te_wa
Hiking7.70 Miles 4,597 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles
4,597 ft AEG
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good hike! always pleasant to get to the bottom of GC. this trail was a tough walk but the views were super and the company was great. 2 days at tanner rapids kept everything alive. a walk-up window treat!
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Nov 03 2013
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49 male
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Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 03 2013
te_wa
Backpack14.40 Miles 2,455 AEG
Backpack14.40 Miles
2,455 ft AEG
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Partners 9 partners
HAZ - Event
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the hippyfest MKII

it went too fast. if only i could have spent one more day out there. ;)
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Nov 12 2012
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Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2012
te_wa
Hiking18.60 Miles 2,824 AEG
Hiking18.60 Miles   3 Hrs      6.76 mph
2,824 ft AEG      15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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what just happened? i vaguely remember a bunch of empty beer cans and a cartwheel. the end. ;)
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May 27 2012
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Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar May 27 2012
te_wa
Backpack10.20 Miles 6,700 AEG
Backpack10.20 Miles
6,700 ft AEG
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ending up a solo hike, i decided to stay as close to town as possible but still getting away from the crowds. what a great choice! it may have been because the weather was so nice and cool, many opted for staying down low instead of following normal weather protocol and heading up into the mountains. for this trip, i ended up seeing only one car on top of the hill.
at the sixshooter trail which starts from the eastern side of the parking area, i was only 1/4 mile from my truck when i heard some odd huffing sounds and i just thought is was cattle.. when i came around a bend i saw one, then two bear cubs huffing and grunting their way into the brush. i instinctively reached for my camera, and then realized quickly that momma cant be too far behind.. sure enough, right as i ducked behind some brush, ol' momma bear stood up from her wallow, looked right at me and then darted off. first time seeing bears in AZ, after all the miles i've put in, in all the bear country this incident happened so close to 'civilization' i was quite surprised. all three were a golden, cinnamon color. as expected, you might say... i was a little nervous for the next several minutes hoping the bears wouldnt use the trail i was on, but i never saw them again. this trail is a workout, but like mentioned by others it has great scenery and it transitions from one climate zone to the next so quickly it keeps things interesting. after climbing the hillsides i came to the intersection of the unmarked spring, which fills the trough nicely. onward i went the next mile to the top of the trail where it crossed the road and into the area known as "upper pinal campsite". there was only 1 car here, and the folks were just getting out as i walked past. im not even sure they were there to camp. i decided to go back to the area where telephone and sixshooter intersect since ferndell didnt have any areas immediately nearby that looked good for camping. setting up, the mild breeze and high elevation dropped temps quickly as an owl make a roost 50 yards away to settle in for the night. this would be the only wildlife i would see out there. coming down the telephone trail was great too, plenty of nice shaded areas on the eastern slopes. ferns. grasses, oaks. life was good. made it down the hill in 2 hrs, 20 minutes and had a nice drive back to the valley, windows down, taking it all in and reminiscing the memory of those beautiful bearkind. one of the best memorial days in recent memory. 4 stars!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Ferndell Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
accessible, but must go down a steep short trail to the water. other drainages were flowing slowly as well.
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Mar 11 2012
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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2012
te_wa
Hiking11.50 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles
4,480 ft AEG
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after a 3 mo. haitus from hiking of any kind, the Ridgeline is tough.. ha!
started at Carney and finished at the Mining Camp. Stopped by the Handlebar Pub for a much deserved pint of Imperial Stout.
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Aug 17 2011
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Pine Canyon / Geronimo LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 17 2011
te_wa
Backpack20.20 Miles 4,519 AEG
Backpack20.20 Miles   11 Hrs      1.84 mph
4,519 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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Im giving this loop high marks. It's rugged, solitary, and changes personality about 5 times. Granted I hiked this loop on a Tues/Weds, but I only saw 2 hikers near the Pine TH and I'm guessing that the only ppl who have done this loop as described are likely Topohiker and a couple others. I saw no footprints, no tire marks, no litter save for a coors light can..

Topohiker's description was pretty close. I'll only add that when ascending the E. Rim trail you will need hands on scrambling and it may be a little too sketchy for those wary of heights.
I also found the path of least resistance thru the locust plants when I reached the top of Milk Ranch Point. I simply went due east, then took an old road south/southeast until I reached the well maintained forest road 9283L that would take me to fr 218. Go South here and keep an eye out for some great car camping spots looking off the Rim to the east as far as you can see. About a 1/2 mile along this road, turn east onto the Webber Trail. It's a steep one, and by the time I had gotten to the bottom my knees were barkin' at me after climbing up MRP, and then down again. A fairly tough first day..
After hiking to the bottom of the trail, you'll come upon Geronimo camp and signs urge you to head south, to the highline intersection. Water is in the creek, I suggest you gather it in the upper reaches of Webber since near the Highline area its all muddy from area rains. Come to think of it, Webber is usually muddy, unlike most of the creeks around here.. hmm..
Once you get on the Highline, no worries on navigation. It's clearly used and travelled. From Webber, your next water source is Pine Spring. Go down into the gulley past the stock animal trough and look for water pools in the vicinity. This may be your last water source for the next 4.5 miles since Red Rock spring always tasted like Rust to me. I choose not to drink it.
I suggest doing this loop clockwise, get the hard part over with. It is definately a BIG day if you choose to dayhike it. See my photoset for a pictorial of the trail and comments that may be helpful as a 'visual' map.
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dripping, clear water at source otherwise a muddy catch/puddle

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water in drainage about 30 yards downstream from trail

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
did not see any flow, but trough has water suitable for stock animals. 4" of clear water in August.
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Mar 13 2011
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Mazatzal Divide - AZT #23Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 13 2011
te_wa
Backpack56.20 Miles 6,000 AEG
Backpack56.20 Miles   22 Hrs      2.55 mph
6,000 ft AEG
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I'd a few days to burn so I think I'll go hiking! My plan was to see the upper reaches of the Matzatzals, an area that I had wanted to hike for a couple years now. Ive done all the sections along the divide trail from Sunflower to the North Fork of Deadman, so I set out to see Hopi Spring, and all of the stuff north of there like "the Park" and Red Hills.

The weekend started great with a trip to Pine where we rented a cabin from Steve and Tamara at the Rimside Grill. Nice folks, with a decent menu and some favored beer on tap. "No crap on Tap" is Steve's motto, and he has the right to say it since he has won Gold and Silver medals for best Home Brew from the Rim Country Brewer's Association. (100 members)

Sunday, I got a late start at the Pine t/h and started my hike about 10 am. A pleasant stroll thru the forest as it crosses over the Beeline and follows the new route south of the ranches. The highway traffic can be heard for a couple of miles at most but soon fades as you come over the mesa and make a decent into Oak Spring. Going into the canyon, I was pleased to see Rick and Bev, with their trail mascot "Rascal" doing some AZT work. Rick used a chainsaw to clear the trail of a large oak tree and Bev supervised. We chatted for a good 15 minutes and I thanked them for their efforts and moved on. Reliable water at Oak Spring and as I was filling, I saw a giant Mule deer trotting by.

Rick tells me the next water source is Rock Creek, so after a few cruising miles along the powerline road, I fill up here and head west towards Twin Buttes t/h. Not much to see, just a couple of old two track ranch roads and some old corrals. Heading down the hard to follow Saddle Ridge trail, I make my way down Whiterock Mesa and to the Polk Spring area for the nights camp, a good full day of 23 miles. The views off Polle's and Whiterock mesa's are decent. I set my sights on North Peak, and entertained the idea that I would be there tomorrow. It looks SO far away!

Monday morning Im off to cross the E. Verde and skirt around some ranching operations (LF Ranch) The sun is warming quickly and after a warm night of a 55 degree low Im expecting some heat on the exposed trails ahead. I come to Bullfrog Canyon quickly enough and decided to fill up the bottles for this giant climb ahead. Here I sit at 3,600 feet preparing mentally for carrying 4 days' food and 1.5 gallons of water up this hill to reach 5,600 feet in about two miles. Its pretty hot. :sweat:

After this climb over Bullfrog ridge I decend to Houston Creek, a pleasant campsite sits here and Brush Spring may be perennial, I dunno. I fill water for the next climb to Knob Mountain. The trail skirts clockwise around this "mountain" (more of a hill, really) and it strikes me as odd that someone would build the trail in this fashion since there is no real water source in any of the canyons I go in and out of, and looking at the map you'll see that if they went along the south side of Knob, it would surely waste little time reaching the Divide trail. The map shows a corral, but I did not see it.

After going in a huge semi circle around and over Knob, I start to decend down to this area known as The Park. It contains some mature Ponderosas, and a level little valley full of cougar and bear sign. I hear a couple coyotes and poke around, finally deciding that the Park is not much of a destination. Its not until a half mile later that the real fun starts..
Leaving the Park on the Divide trail and heading due South, you'll cross the head of Wet Bottom creek and get a chance to fill some snowmelt for the long trek down to Hopi Spring. Only this day I would not make that destination. Ok, though, Im still several miles and almost a full day ahead of schedule.

So let me tell you something: From the Park to Hopi Spring is about the toughest trail Ive hiked in the Mazatzals. This place looks like anything the Supes can throw at you just mere kindergarten stuff. The AZT website tells of this section to be "unmaintained". Ha! I'll say. I continue south for a bit, following cairns that seem to be getting smaller. First a 10-rock pile, then 4 rocks. Then ONE rock on a stump. Wow, this is getting ridiculous. I did see some flagging that goes on for a half-mile, then mysteriously disappears. I spent a good two hours scouring the map, backtracking, and cursing the AZT trail crew. :x
Daylight fades, I need to set up camp. All is good though, Ive got hanging trees and food, nearby water as well. Time for some sleep.

Wake up to a very calm and warm Tuesday, donning my new Western Mountaineering jacket for all of 10 minutes. Hey, I packed in that 9 ounces, Im going to get my money's worth! I was able to get a signal for Verizon and after looking at the terrain map my trail angel sent via Text, I realized that I am just a hundred yards west of the trail. Turns out, someone flagged this trail beyond the intersection and had me follow the old and now probably decommissioned trail 223, which I can imagine will never be used for recreation, and that's too bad since it eventually connects to the Sheep Bridge area.
Its 8 am and I try to make sense of my wilderness map, which only shows intervals of 80 feet and is not really detailed enough to make any obvious directional clues. Time to rely on navigation experience.. I snoop around for a few minutes and backtrack to the Park to make sure I didn't miss a faint trail. I see the canyon the Divide tr. Is supposed to enter, then I spot a very small (knocked over) cairn and an AZT badge nailed to a stump, literally a foot off the ground and hidden by a Manzanita. OH was I glad to see this, even if it took a few miles off my intended yesterday - 15.2 isn't a bad run, I guess.

And this is where the "fun" starts. Just a heads up, take a GPS route, if you use one, and Detailed maps if you choose them. Detailed as in "actual size" :lol: This intersection is hard to spot and the trail for the next 5 miles to Hopi Spring is pure hell. Unmaintained after a huge fire that caused hundreds of deadfall, overgrowth, and erosion that will test your route finding. I did ok, and it was a nice relief that someone flagged the last mile towards Hopi.
After passing the drainage coming down from Sandy Saddle, I see the only people in the area coming toward me. Turns out its 3 retired gentlemen who are section hiking the AZT, with gear that looks like it has seen some miles. We chat for a good 15 minutes and I warn them of the next 5 miles to the Park. They tell me they are going to camp there, and head out to the Doll Baby ranch to retrieve the shuttle vehicle. Have fun, guys!

I feel beat. Im feeling the effects of hiking 23 miles on Sunday, and another 15 through some very tough country, and now following this trail is making me consider a bail out option, since Sunflower seems so far away. A well deserved pizza and some craft beer is sounding quite nice right about now. So, I reach Hopi Spring area and have successfully completed what I'd set out to do. The upper end of the Mazzie Wilderness is under my belt. Should I continue to Bear Spring for the night, and then another 26 miles to Sunflower on Wednesday? I could, but I could also descend down Barnhardt canyon and end the trip here, for a total of 56.2 miles in three days. At this point, my feet feel the effects of stepping on approximately 48,764 sharp rocks and now Ive planted the "cold beer" idea inside my own head, which is starting to sound better with every step.

I reach Barnhardt saddle and call the girl, with a weak signal but it went through nonetheless. She agrees to pick me up at the t/h in one hour. I have one hour to go 5+ miles. Lets do this! I haul booty-butt down the trail and pass a few dayhikers, a group of four dudes on a backpack, and super cool flowing falls. Hawaiian Mist and Big Kahuna are flowing well and should be for some time judging by the snowmelt on the northern slopes. I reach the trailhead after an 18 mile day, and am awarded with a surprise Double Stack, 5 piece nuggets and fries. This was a great way to end a long weekend. I didn't get a large chocolate Frosty, but what the heck, close enough! Thanks Babe!

Next segment: Blue Ridge (rock crossing) to Flagstaff. Any takers?
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Mar 05 2011
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sunrise peak - via linda side, AZ 
sunrise peak - via linda side, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2011
te_wa
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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the via linda/145 street t/h is the closest to my house. hiked up with the girl, then jogged down. absolutely gorgeous day, as if i had to tell you :D
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Feb 12 2011
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Saddle Mountain to Plateau Overlook PtPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 12 2011
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Backpack15.10 Miles 3,600 AEG
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fun! great friends and a good campsite. we read 20* on the digi thermometer. water in mcfarland, no telling for how long. its in pools of quartsite about 1/8 mile west of the corral.
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Feb 02 2011
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Sunrise Peak from 136th Street SpurPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2011
te_wa
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,282 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
1,282 ft AEG
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needed a quick leg burner. although this "trail" follows a wash that winds thru residential streets with many homes in the area, its ok as a quick getaway and a speedy way to get up to Sunrise peak. I did not summit, but hiked from the dirt lot to the saddle just before the summit-spur. then, jogged most of the 2.2 miles back to the truck. time up was 1.5 hours, time back was 20 min. this is the first time ive jogged more than 10 feet since about april, my legs are gonna hate me. :wlift:
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Nov 15 2010
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w pinto/fireline/reavis, AZ 
w pinto/fireline/reavis, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 15 2010
te_wa
Backpack20.50 Miles 4,000 AEG
Backpack20.50 Miles   10 Hrs      2.05 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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omg the w. pinto trail is horrid right now. we took the trail to campaign, then on to the camp at fireline junction and did not find water in the creek so hiked in the dark to Reavis. this made for a hellish first day, but an easy day 2.
my hiking partners held up like true te-wa adventurettes, and we all had a good time hanging and sleeping solid the way only a hammock can provide.

next stop: trans supes! (part trois)
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May 31 2010
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KP Rim LoopAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar May 31 2010
te_wa
Backpack17.50 Miles 3,800 AEG
Backpack17.50 Miles3 Days         
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very hot out there!
i will give my best observations:

1)the steeple creek trail from the t/h all the way down to Mud Spring is in horrible condition. im talking log hurdling every 100 feet, and exposure to unusually hot temps (87 in the shade, what little there was) made for a slow, cursing, banged up first day.
I rate this trail 1 star.

2)the KP and KP north fork trails are nice. small trout in the creek, i caught 2 rainbows and 5 browns in the little time i fished. the issue is, the trout are very small with my largest being 5" long, and the area is nothing nice to the fly fisherman. simply too many treefalls and snags. i think this trail under most conditions is a stong 3.5, maybe a 4.

3)overall the trip was ok, nothing spectacular in the way of great views or special scenery, and i think there are many areas of interest that offer pine and spruce forests that offer more interesting scenery much closer to the valley. the steeple creek trail is in worse shape than many parts of the mazatzals, and it reminded me of the Y-bar trail's evil twin.
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Apr 29 2010
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Sunrise Peak from 128th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2010
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Hiking5.50 Miles 1,282 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.87 mph
1,282 ft AEG
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today was a day of firsts..
my first time hiking a trail in the McDowells, even though I've lived in Fountain Hills for almost 8 years now..
and, first time jogging/running a trail for more than 500 feet!

I started out around 9am and the spring weather was perfect, breezy and 70 degrees. I could tell this was going to be a great day - and I was not dissapointed.

After the first few minutes I stopped to repair a leaky water bladder, then I started to pick up the pace at this section of trail that remains relatively flat. Once I got onto the Sunrise trail proper, I saw only one biker and one hiker. I hiked up to the peak, and snapped a few photos just before decending to avoid more of the strong winds.

So, the second "first" was my trail run down the mountain. I havent run or jogged more than about 1/2 a mile in at least a decade. I was never much of a runner anyway, suffering slight asthma as a kid I would always feel the pain in P.E. and never placed well in races, despite my otherwise physical strength.

A couple of my friends have made comments in the past like "mike, you should enter some races, you have the stamina to be a runner" and "you can definately keep a fast pace, you squirrel"

So, today I felt the urge to just try it out for a while. It felt good. My lungs were happy. My legs and knees were in rythym. I got a nice pace going from the area where the horse tie pole sits and just kept going... no stops.

Now, Im no trail runner and I dunno if I could do this for 10 miles, but Im proud of myself for making it feel easy, and 2.25 miles aint bad for my fist time..

:y:
Named place
Named place
Fountain Lake
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Feb 25 2010
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Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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first time on Camelback. I would not so much call this a "trail" as it is like the scree chute on Browns, but longer!
had fun. perfect weather. lots of girls in shorts. who could ask for more? ;)
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Oct 25 2009
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Powers GardenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 25 2009
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Backpack20.75 Miles 4,600 AEG
Backpack20.75 Miles   8 Hrs      2.59 mph
4,600 ft AEG
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one of the best trips of the year!
powers spring is stagnant, i had to filter with a PUR hiker pro and -then- treat with micropur tablets to enhance the flavor

this loop was longer than standard and had plenty of leg-burning for all of us. we did Kennedy peak for a total of 21.75 miles and 4400 feet AEG.
ran into some kid at the trailhead who was from california and was going to attempt this trip in tennis shoes :sl:
good luck with that!
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Hammock
Named place
Named place
Galiuro Mountains
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Oct 11 2009
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goat canyon, AZ 
goat canyon, AZ
 
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Backpack   8 Hrs      0.00 mph
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took the un-interesting Goat Canyon from tortilla pass down to the interesting fish creek. just another exploratory loop in the supes, with some off trail and some bushwhacking. the first mile up roger's canyon from angel basin was a hellish bushwhack, from there up to tortilla pass not so bad. mainly in the creekbed(s).

our stay at the handsome campsite near rough canyon was a treat, enough trees for all 4 hangers to stay close and hang out. and in the back, room for 3 tents.

there we spotted all along goat canyon, and some in fish creek, the largest amount of bear scat ive seen outside of reavis during apple season. mostly containing manzanita bush and berries.

it was a tough hike for most of us, i liked it. nice workout. the pool that nonot photoed in november '08 is still there, reliable apparently, albeit slightly green.

high 80 low 44
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Sep 27 2009
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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 27 2009
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Backpack16.00 Miles 200 AEG
Backpack16.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.29 mph
200 ft AEG
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finally made the trip to Aravaipa to see what the fuss was about. another sucessful ABC trip led by our very own skilled and qualified Writelots.
temps were in mid 90's, a guesstimate of 10° above normal. Water flow was perfect.
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