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Oct 03 2021
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Humphreys Loop, AZ 
Humphreys Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2021
LJW
Hiking23.54 Miles 6,120 AEG
Hiking23.54 Miles   10 Hrs   8 Mns   2.65 mph
6,120 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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I did this loop last fall without the summit, and it ended up being a nice early fall route connecting some of the earlier changing aspen patches in Inner Basin and along the northern part of Waterline Trail. Added the summit because I'd never heard of anyone going up, down, and around Humphreys, and it seemed like a neat idea. Fall's late on the mountain, and I was a few days early. Just about everywhere on the mountain is 2-5 days off trend.

Started at 5am and hiked for an hour by headlamp. Passed two groups coming down above the saddle. Nobody else until Fremont Saddle, and the day got very busy. Passed maybe 50 groups total. Lots of very friendly people out and about. Not too many aspens have turned yet around the mountain, but I stayed on the north side of Inner Basin using a couple roads and found enough color to satisfy. Waterline a mix. Lots of people out on Abineau - Bear Jaw. That loop is turning unusually late as well.

From the Waterline/Abineau junction I went over the ridge west of Abineau Canyon. It was cloudy and cold this time around, so I used the clearing that ends at the patch of rock fall. Maneuvered below as much as I could before going up. Had a much easier time avoiding bushwhacking, couldn't find a solution to how steep it is. Down White Horse Canyon, the upper parts of which are awesome. Views from Kendrick to Kayenta. Open forest and loose footing turns into a deadfall nightmare lower down. It isn't so bad in the canyon, but once circling around SW toward the AZT it is, well, super irritating. Eventually dumped into a long meadow that has a trail running from it's eastern end to Lew Tank and the AZT. Took that back around to the Snowbowl connector and back up to the TH.
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Snowbowl still green, Inner Basin just turning higher up, a week away lower down, Bear Jaw nearing peak, Abineau still mostly green, Waterline a mix
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Oct 01 2021
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Kendrick - Newman Loop, AZ 
Kendrick - Newman Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2021
LJW
Hiking17.27 Miles 4,812 AEG
Hiking17.27 Miles   7 Hrs   41 Mns   2.55 mph
4,812 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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Kendrick's east slopes looked yellow a few days before, so I redid this hike from the summer hoping for a yellow tunnel of aspens in Bull Basin. Mountain's 5-7 days away but there was still something. Started at the th instead this time around 6am.

Road walk to the pass between Kendrick and Newman. Should have driven, not as bad as I remembered. Dozen elk and deer in the hills working up to the trail.

Good day for visibility on top. Looks like SF Peaks are just changing on the north side, not much by snowbowl. Quick break and down Bull Basin. Still a few trees down on the upper stretch. Aspen tunnels still largely green. Just turning lower down. That side of the mountain a smattering of reds, yellows, and mostly greens best appreciated from a distance, the trail passed through mostly green.

From BB TH past the tank to 8289, then through the meadows and along the edge of the woods. Peaceful walk, more and more wildlife. Up Pumpkin until it enters the forest and found a better route down this time. Straight down to the roads to Newman.

Started Newman the same but took a detour to avoid the deadfall lattice on the climb up. Enjoyed the meadowy rim views toward Kendrick and The Peaks. More elk and deer, they were pretty much everywhere.

High 20s to low 60s. Didn't see anyone. Snowy, cold forecast this week, hope the leaves hang on for a bit.
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Kendrick trail a week away, Bull Basin/Pumpkin few days
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Sep 23 2021
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Northern La Sal Traverse, UT 
Northern La Sal Traverse, UT
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2021
LJW
Hiking17.69 Miles 6,540 AEG
Hiking17.69 Miles   9 Hrs   59 Mns   2.09 mph
6,540 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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Last year I reached the summits of five of the ten highest peaks in the La Sal Mountains over the course of a mountaineering route called the Middle La Sal Traverse. I didn't end up spending much time in the northern La Sal Mountains, so I drew up a loop for the other five peaks, plus three of the lakes round that way, and made plans to come back this fall. The plan was to climb up to the crest of the northern La Sals and ride it from Waas to Tomasaki before circling back below Haystack Mountain. I started at Warner Lake with Miner's Basin Trail around 8:30am and headed clockwise.

After fifteen minutes of Miner's Basin Trail, I came within twenty yards of a small black bear cub drinking water from the flowing creek in Schuman Gulch. Miner's Basin trail starts in a mix of dense spruce and fir and ascends via lazy switchbacks below beautiful aspen groves. Climbed the trail to the saddle and decided against a summit of Gold Knob. Did it last year, it's a nice fall hike and low summit with good views toward the Middle La Sals.

Left the trail and made my way up the ridgeline which starts in an open forest of spruce. It is a mix of meadows, open and closed forests as it winds its way up to Pilot Mountain. Eventually the route leaves the trees, grass, and moss behind and it's straight up Pilot's talus slopes. The rocky ridge was remarkably stable and not too bad of a thousand foot climb to the summit.

The ridgeline from Pilot Mountain to Green Mountain is easy and awesome. High in the mountains walking the stable rock on old double tracks twelve thousand feet up with panoramic views within the range and of the distant canyonlands. Pilot and Green are the eighth and ninth highest La Sal mountains respectively. Green's summit is only as good as the ridgeline, so I dropped down to the saddle quick and made my way up Waas.

Waas, the fourth highest peak in the range, was one of the steepest climbs of the day, but there's a use trail that shakes up the mountain. Waas summit was probably my favorite part of the day. From the top looking south, the crest of the northern La Sals spreads out in front of the high middle range. All of the highest peaks are on full display with the exception of Mount Laurel. Could have stayed forever, but with a long day planned contented myself with a half hour. It's never enough.

Manns Peak trail is in good shape and contours the mountain through the talus on its way to the fifth highest summit. Good views of fall color south of Pilot in Mill Creek's Dry Fork. It is the busiest summit in the northern range, and I saw a man on top who descended before I got there. Views of the middle La Sals from the summit are as good as it gets. For me the best part was the Tomasaki ridgeline. Clouds were building over that summit, and my second favorite part of the day overall was traversing that ridgeline as well as my time on the summit proper.

The ridgeline is grassy and rocky and very fun. Saw the second person of the day on the ridgeline near the base of Tomasaki, but we only got close enough to wave. Clouds were building as I started the climb. The best route stays on the ridgeline, but no matter which way up, it is the steepest and loosest climb of the day. It is the seventh highest peak in the range. Stayed for a long while enjoying the weather and the views south to the best of the fall color so far in the range in the area around Geyser Creek.

Getting down Tomasaki was the hardest part of the day. The scree is so loose everything I stepped on or put my hands on tumbled down. It was utterly torturous. Seventeen hundred feet down contorting to find any half way decent footing or somewhere to put my hands. First part of the day that seemed dangerous, as loosening the wrong rock is easy and could be disastrous. Eventually though the mountaineering was over and I reached the hiking portion of the loop.

To fully traverse the northern La Sals, I had to see the meadows as well as Clarks, Oowah, and Warner Lakes. Used a combination of Geyser to Burro Trail, Moonlight Meadows Trail, Clark Lake Trail, Oowah Lake Trail, and the Trans Mountain Trail to swing back south of Haystack. Fall color was good on the trip to Geyser Pass. After that the Trails enter the Pack Creek burn area. The damage to the alpine meadows south of Haystack Mountain is astonishing. There were some yellow Aspens, but for the most part from Geyser Pass until after Oowah Lake there is little color and plenty of scorched earth. Trails have been rehabbed and are clear and in good shape, but the ground they travel through, even with the light flow of water through Mill Creek, is hard to enjoy. An unattended campfire burned up from the lowlands into the high mountains and took with it much of the beauty of Gold Basin and the Haystack Mountain area. Ended up back at Warner Lake after ten hours with just enough time to drive a little down the road and set up camp.
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Moderate in the Eastern mountains, hadn't really started west or by the lakes
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Aug 24 2021
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Groom Creek - Bradshaw Four, AZ 
Groom Creek - Bradshaw Four, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2021
LJW
Hiking22.97 Miles 4,931 AEG
Hiking22.97 Miles   8 Hrs   11 Mns   3.09 mph
4,931 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to clean up a loop from last year with better approaches to and from Davis and Tritle. Started at sunrise and went toward Spruce Mountain.

First time I've ever done the whole Groom Creek Loop and not seen anyone. Watched the sunrise from Spruce Mountain and enjoyed its shine through the trees. Got to Isabella TH just as a man was pulling up. Had a nice conversation before we parted ways, and he began a loop with Groom Creek and the Crosscut trail.

Up Davis with a northern ridge and played it just about perfect. Almost no bushwhacking until the end, lots of beautiful pine forest lower down. Almost got skunked, but I was making a lot of noise, and it heard me coming. Stayed at the summit for a while and enjoyed being in the wind and out of the heat.

Never noticed just how pretty that southern ridge is. After a couple times the route is real easy. Crosses one barbed wire fence. Yankee to Union didn't hang around with folks out and about maintaining the joint. Down the roads and crossed a pickup the driver of which asked if I needed help and if I knew where I was going. "Just hiking through."

Up to Tritle that was it for people on the trip until just as I dipped down the ridge a somebody on a dirt bike showed up. Down the Tritle ridge on that weirdly manicured single track. Suppose people bike it. The prettiest part is at the gravesite for the man who died in 2010. Turns into a road that seems like it gets some commercial use. After that a bushwhack down from the ridge to the road any which way.

Isabella seems steeper than you'd think after the upper loop, but it's out of the way soon. Groom Creek's pretty uneventful, but it is a pretty open pine forest, and I happened to not see anyone in the early afternoon.
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Aug 11 2021
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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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LJW
Canyoneering15.27 Miles 2,736 AEG
Canyoneering15.27 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   2.42 mph
2,736 ft AEG   2 Hrs   15 Mns Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
 
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Stormy morning but my brother was only in town for a few days and the forecast was only getting worse. Decided to have a go figuring we could make the garden before the rain and bail out via the east ridge of Meadow Canyon if needed. Ended up doing exactly that. Started from just off 260 at 5:30.

Road walked as far as possible since I knew I wouldn't get far and why spoil a road like that by driving it? Awesome morning for clouds if inauspicious. Muddy roads down to Cash Tank. The trail from there is wide, clear, well cairned. A little sketchy toward the bottom being so slippery from the rain.

Made the canyon bottom and got to work destroying an old pair of boots and lounging on the water. Water was just right and at a decent level. It's been well covered but damn what a stretch of canyon. Sun came out from White Box and lasted until Hanging Garden as the clouds built.

Had a break and the rain started to fall. Lasted about a half hour but was enough to drop the air temp and make the cold spring water extra crisp. Ultimately decided not to chance the storms in or above the canyon and to not head back upstream. Any other day it's a no-brainer, we were happy to have gotten one run at it before the rain.

Kept down stream through another pool until a faint trail appeared on the left. To start it was incredibly steep. Had to climb through some brush in the cliff bands, but once a few hundred feet up it was clear and not much of a bushwack. Toward the top found the use trail and some cairns.

Pretty soon walking the roads first thunder of the day. Sky was pretty dark. Made it to the car and hung out for a few minutes before a downpour started that went on and on. Ended up good timing and we were happy we hadn't taken the extra time to head back up the canyon. Didn't see anyone all day, but there were some tire grooves on the roads to Cash Tank when we walked back.
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Aug 06 2021
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Woods Loop, AZ 
Woods Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2021
LJW
Hiking20.53 Miles 2,297 AEG
Hiking20.53 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   3.26 mph
2,297 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Originally planned on looping Woods Lake and Willow Springs Lake through the canyons. Started at Two Sixty TH, and because of the water and mosquitoes contented myself with just most of Woods Canyon. Went clockwise around 5:30am.

Highline's best portion passed by a half dozen or more mountain bikers. Nice warm up to get going. Saw them again at their break spot, the Drew junction. Headed up somehow first time, easy climb that sorts out the rim elevation quickly without ever feeling steep.

First stop Hole-In-Ground. Had a break and ate breakfast at the bottom of the southern meadow. Up Gen Crook to Woods Canyon and down to the lake. More overgrown than in April but far from a bushwhack. Around the lake to the north with a mouthy osprey for company. Passed a family on the lake trail as I descended below the dam.

Woods Canyon east of the lake was a little more difficult but never too choked up. Moderate trickle in the spillway, good water all the way down. Some boulders to climb over to stay dry and avoid the corn lilly and brush. Overall not too bad. Turned a corner checking the GPS, and my hands were covered in mosquitoes. Between that and the views up canyon where it slims, decided to climb the ridge up the rim toward road/trail 235. It's a nice walk through the open pine from where I joined it albeit swarming with mosquitoes.

Rim Vista lots of folks. Many cars parked at that first th off the 260. A crew was working the trail on the east side before it turns to cement. Felt busy until Sinkhole and from then on just me and the woods. Ever easy descent back to the trailhead.
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Jul 26 2021
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Gaddes - Burnt Loop, AZ 
Gaddes - Burnt Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2021
LJW
Hiking22.29 Miles 4,090 AEG
Hiking22.29 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   2.98 mph
4,090 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Attempted to loop Gaddes Canyon with the entirety of Burnt Canyon since I'd never seen either running with water. Ended up cutting it short and skipped the roughest portions of Burnt Canyon. Probably started too far away, but I hadn't stretched my legs in a while, and I was curious to try descending off the mountain from West Rim to Powerline without a trail. Started from around Mescal Tank and went clockwise at 5am.

Soaking wet on North Mingus and View Point. Little overgrown on both, got started and stayed wet through Gaddes. Only a little mud round the east side of the mountain. Sweet sunrise views over a sea of clouds settled in the Verde Valley. Clouds were sliding up Mingus behind me by the time I topped out on View Point.

The short stretch of Gaddes Canyon I did was the muddiest part of the day. Water running down the trail in parts. Got into Gaddes Canyon and onto Gaddes Two with the unfamiliar roar of water. Never paid attention to how many creek crossings there are before. There are many, and they were rather wide and difficult. Longest trip down Gaddes before and one of the most delightful.

Had planned on taking Black Canyon Trail down to Black Canyon and following Burnt Canyon back up. It was already looking pretty stormy on the Mingustop, and clouds were pushing their way up Black Canyon and over the ridge. Decided the views were better on the road despite the water in the canyon, plus I was worried how rough it would be in spots along the lower end of Burnt Canyon with the water running high. Wanted to avoid that frustration and was trying not to descend off the mountain in a late morning storm. So I cut the corner and took the road past upper Black Canyon and climbed down into Burnt Canyon from a campsite. It's definitely beautiful any time of year but with the brown stream of water flowing down in the wide draw through the open pines, and especially on a stormy day, it was real special. Easy travel from there up, successfully cut out the bushwhacking.

Roads and woods to Yaeger Cabin Trail. First time on that one and was impressed. Runs through the forest below the road. Nice connector. Best not on a weekend with Mingus' car traffic. Took that to Yaeger Canyon and up the road to Butterfly. Cut the thirty feet up from the road and followed it along the harvest boundary. Thinning going on east by the hang-gliding area. In retrospect, I think Butterfly, Middle, and West Rim are closed, as well as the hang-gliding area. Took Middle for a couple minutes then up through the woods to West Rim. West Rim is not marked for thinning. Nice to see the forest thinned, but's also nice to know at least one corner will be left alone.

Got to the edge of Mingus and it was all clouds and fog. Could not see a thing. Walked the edge until I thought I found a wide enough game trail to descend. It was steep, wet, muddy, disorienting, and totally rad. Bounced around the mountainside and was lucky not to cliff out. Trails here and there. Moderate bushwhack. Only 600 feet down, will try a ridge next time. Made it to Powerline/Bug Hollow and had an uneventful and wonderfully cloudy walk back to the car. Didn't see anyone all day besides some logging trucks. Many deer. 60s-70s. Lots and lots of mushrooms. Imagine the mountain will dry up quick.
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Jul 07 2021
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Humphreys - Fremont Loop, AZ 
Humphreys - Fremont Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2021
LJW
Hiking19.02 Miles 5,144 AEG
Hiking19.02 Miles   7 Hrs   48 Mns   2.80 mph
5,144 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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Couple weeks off, couple weeks behind on this one. Tried just picking up where I left off. Started at 5:15am at the Kachina TH. No one at the Kachina or 151 TH when I started. Sign on the 17 North said the forests were still closed, suppose the word hadn't quite gotten out yet.

Humphreys Trail to the summit first time ever passing no one. Humphreys spur from Snowbowl is still closed off. Not sure if it's still closed because of related construction or if they are doing away with it. Shady and cool to the summit. After that it felt warm early on and high up the mountain. Switched onto Weatherford, had a break at Agassiz Saddle. Descending is as blissful as ever.

Hit Fremont Saddle passed my first hiker of the day. Turns out it wasn't a hiker so much as a Dixieflyer. From the saddle up the ridge to Fremont. Buggy on top, but the weather was perfect. Down the SE ridge cutting switchbacks to Kachina.

Maybe it's just because it's been a while, but it was my favorite trip down Kachina that wasn't a part of an autumn hike. Some cloud cover amassed on the way, the first shade since the morning. Appreciated the smooth tread and the mix of trees. Ferns have fleshed out. Find the East side the better half, but the West was (is) the one with the crowds. Almost everyone I saw on the day was hiking Kachina.
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Jun 16 2021
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Kendrick - Newman Loop, AZ 
Kendrick - Newman Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2021
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Hiking15.88 Miles 4,527 AEG
Hiking15.88 Miles   5 Hrs   33 Mns   3.14 mph
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Third time to Kendrick, third iteration of the loop. This one was my favorite. Goals were to add E Newman, 8289, and Newman Hills, as well as to avoid Crossover and instead walk in the much prettier forests and clearings to the north. Started about a mile and a half up 190 from the Kendrick TH. Parked at the pass between Newman and East Newman. Car passable to the TH, after that high clearance necessary. I think you can circle around on 190 behind Newman with a car, the road was much nicer.

Off trail over really nice terrain 400ft up to E Newman. 400 more feet to meet Kendrick Trail. Took that up the switchbacks to the saddle before going out and back to the summit. Super hazy morning, struggled for breath pushing up Kendrick. The Slate Fire was inactive, but the ghost of the Pinals lingered across the whole state.

Down Bull Basin. Some deadfall in the upper 3rd of a mile. Nice descent, wasn't too warm once out of the shady 8-10ft aspens. Took the trail all the way to the TH. Left the trail and skirted Bull Basin Tank through the woods and up 8289. Smokey air dimished the best views of the day. Left the hill and cut through the forests and clearings north of Crossover. Two dozen white tail deer along the way. Walked the edge of the forest until it more or less bumps into Pumpkin.

Pumpkin was the warmest part of the day, but really not bad. Mid 80s. Not too many wildflowers yet. Ascended until the trail entered the forest and descended off the trail toward Newman Hill. Mostly open pine forest with good footing, though there were some rocky sections.

From 190 near Newman Tank used a couple doubletracks until the second disappeared on the slopes of Newman Hill. Steep climb through a clearing to the meadowy rim of Newman. After that a leisurely walk to the summit. Watched the clouds starting to form over Humphreys and Kendrick and made my way down. Ten minutes down to the car, wouldn't be a bad way up. Nobody all day, but I started at 5:15am.
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Jun 10 2021
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Willow ValleyPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Canyoneering12.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles   12 Hrs      1.66 mph
2,000 ft AEG   4 Hrs   45 Mns Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Had never been here or to WCC proper, started with Willow Valley for an intro to the area. Brought a couple friends along and we did the conventional loop from Maxwell Tank. FR81 is solid but 81E to the trailhead requires some clearance, good tires lend peace of mind. Started out a little late, around 7:30 and went clockwise. Willow Valley and this route sort of defy language; it's like a photographer saying pictures don't do a place justice, well it's hard to explain the magic down there and I'm not sure it's possible with ordinary words.

Down from the tank along the drainage bottom is rocky but only a light bushwhack. Some poison ivy that is not worth the effort to avoid. Eventually the drainage falls away and someone has anchored a rope to a tree to help with the climb. Went down and had to come back up to get down farther north. Canyon started dry and we worked around the first pool to the west. There were three unavoidable pools where we had to get in. First two were take-your-breath-away cold. Both combine for maybe 60 yards of swimming. Brought a float to ferry packs and boots across. So damn fun but took a lot of time, especially the pre-swim beers we needed to work up the excitement to get in with the cool morning air.

After the pools the canyon dries up a little before getting wetter and wetter. No more swimming, but our feet stayed wet the whole time. More and more fish and marshy areas where the grass grows over the flowing water. Absolutely sublime. Lots of wildlife, including a black rattlesnake I didn't notice until I'd stepped over it and it got to rattling. Nothing for noise but the whisper of wind and clicking of insects in the firs. Amazing mixed forest of old, huge conifers and deciduous trees that escape my taxonomic knowledge. Some use trails, some creek. It's quite slippery on the bottom and slow going. More numerous and bigger fish closer to Clover Canyon and WCC. Good campsites in the many bends. Diverse scenery along the way and around every corner.

Maxwell trail is flagged with orange tape in the trees and some cairns. It's in great shape and by then we were happy to have a trail. Cut between the roads through the hordes of cows back to the car and made it just as the sun set. Didn't see anyone on the hike, register indicated no one for three days. One car parked by Maxwell trailhead was the only sign of human life. Going back I'd backpack so as to be in no rush. No fewer than twelve hours will do, even if it could be done faster.
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Jun 02 2021
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Snowshed - Paint Rock Loop, AZ 
Snowshed - Paint Rock Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2021
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Hiking20.77 Miles 5,317 AEG
Hiking20.77 Miles   7 Hrs   9 Mns   3.12 mph
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A friend and I needed to get away. Hadn't made a trip down to the Chiricahuas this spring yet, so off we went. Wanted to repeat a loop from last year from Turkey Creek, but with lightning in the forecast around 11am, and since I've never been East of the Crest, we drove down through Portal with dive-bombing birds and neurotic jackrabbits flashing through the high beams trying to make sunrise. Figured this loop would be shorter, but I'm not sure it was. My friend lounged around Herb Martyr CG where she enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells of the wilderness while I disappeared for 7 hours and offered my body to it as a sacrifice. Went clockwise.

Herb Martyr Trail in superb shape. Sunrise views of Sanders Peak that nearly dropped me dead. A mile from the top took a break to catch my breath and heard footsteps out in the brush north of the trail. Bid hello from below, half dozen more slow steps and silence. Kept going, and didn't see anything. Trail climbs into a patch of old growth conifers near the jct and Pine Park. Really pretty area, and the last trees until Snowshed Peak.

Snowshed trail to saddle and up. Went straight up and bumped into a decent trail that climbs the ridge. Followed it most of the way down. It's often overgrown or covered over with deadfall, but it beats wading through the aspen. Summit views okay, but the forest of fir and pine on the summit/ridge is worth the diversion. Back to snowshed and took that around Aspen Peak. My favorite views in the range are probably looking across Rucker Canyon to Paint Rock, Raspberry Peak, and Monte Vista. Long time to admire from the Snowshed/Crest jct to Chiricahua Saddle. Trails in good condition to that point, although the end of Snowshed near Crest is soon to disappear in the ferns.

Short out and back under stormy clouds up Paint Rock. Probably my favorite summit in the range I've been on and the worst place to be with a chance of lightning. Fun climb up to the summit, but the views were a little hazy. Back to Chiricahua Saddle with a short break under the trees. Brilliant forest around Chiricahua peak. In the burn areas where the fir and pines are gone aspens are growing in. Decent trade off. Around the peak with huge views north toward Graham, Dos Cabezas, etc.

Got to Cima Park and headed down Greenhouse. Wanted to be there before 11, got there at 10:30. 10:50 heard the first thunder and was happy to be off the crest of the mountains. Greenhouse was my favorite new trail of the day, old growth forest and big views toward Silver Peak and Portal lower down. Wound back around with Basin Trail. Good road walk between the trails. Basin had unexpectedly good views. Cut down to the TH with Ash Spring Trail through some of the tallest junipers and sycamores I've ever seen. Didn't see anyone on the hike, 60s just about the whole time.
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May 26 2021
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Granite Mountain Loop, AZ 
Granite Mountain Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking26.53 Miles 4,047 AEG
Hiking26.53 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   3.16 mph
4,047 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Granite Mountain up, down, and around. Not sure how I settled on this one, I guess the no-fee Wednesdays help. Cloudy weather, 80 in Prescott, with a short-ish drive. Started at the Granite Basin Rec Area a little after 6am and went clockwise.

Granite Mountain Trail probably the best trail of the day. Not for the sparse pines lower down but for the climb through the granite up the mountain. Went to 7185 first. Nice lookout over Granite Basin. Not something I'd climb, and I'd skip it for the high point coming back. The most beautiful part of the mountain was probably the 7626 spur jct. Maybe the campsite down the trail. Not many pines left, whole lot of rocks. Light bushwhack and scramble up to the summit. Lots of spur trails add confusion. Final climb was super fun, the views top tier for the area.

Back down to White Rock Spring. Nice views toward the mountain. Cedar Springs is a single track to Red Hill Tank. After that a decent road covered in blue wildflowers. West side of the mountain no traffic, but not as scenic as the East side. Lonely forest of juniper and brush. North Granite is also a double track that leads up and around the mountain. Not much of interest besides some mines at the Almosta jct.

Tin Trough was a breath of fresh air. Well maintained single track with good views and forest higher up. Second favorite trail of the day. Some folks out for a walk below the Baby Granite Trail jct. Mint Wash another trail in great shape. Up on the hillside to the North with good views toward Granite Mountain, down into the beautiful wash to the South. Back to the lake and through the open pine forest around the Rec Area via West Lake and Metate Connector.
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May 19 2021
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Fremont - Doyle - Schultz Loop, AZ 
Fremont - Doyle - Schultz Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 19 2021
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Hiking16.04 Miles 4,987 AEG
Hiking16.04 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   2.23 mph
4,987 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
 
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A friend and I grew impatient and decided not to wait until June to head back to the SF Peaks. Figured there'd be too much snow to want to loop around from the west, so we started at Schultz Tank and stuck to the south side of the mountain. Started around 6am and went clockwise.

Nobody at the TH at 6, didn't cross any hikers all day. Started on Weatherford and took that to the last switchback before it crosses around Fremont to Doyle Saddle. About a dozen trees down on Weathford to that point. Left the trail and crossed into the meadow on the SE ridge. Went up that way knowing there'd be no snow. Tend to head down that ridge instead of up because it's so steep, but it's mostly grassy, open terrain with good footing. Enormous bristlecones/conifers and southern views distract. Made it up in about 3.5 hours and hung out at the summit for 2. The skyline shed its haze and pillowy clouds rolled in.

Descended west knowing our path would cross a decent amount of snow. Hoping for just the right amount, pretty much got it. So damn fun. The ridge was clear on top and to the south, but to the north there were 3-8ft drifts. Descending to Fremont Saddle no choice but to slide. Fell more times than I can remember but the weather was perfect for playing in the snow. Weatherford still deep snow most of the way from Doyle Saddle to, well I'd guess Humphreys Saddle. There's still a good amount of snow higher up where the trail crosses Snowslide Canyon. Weatherford to Doyle Saddle was more tiresome than the ridge as the snow was pretty soft, and we couldn't help but kick through 2-3ft every ten steps or so.

Straight up Doyle, no snow, and followed a better course this time. Had a break at the summit and watched the clouds and their shadows roll over the mountain. Could see two people descending Humphreys. I would think that it's currently not too bad with spikes if you start early. East side of Doyle has a good amount of snow still, though it wasn't so bad as Weatherford. Once the snow was gone deadfall took its place. So many downed trees to navigate around on the Schultz ridgeline. Got back down to a few cars at the trailhead. Hung out at Schultz Tank afterward, and it seemed like everyone at the trailhead was headed to Elden.
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May 14 2021
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Spruce - Davis - Union - Tritle, AZ 
Spruce - Davis - Union - Tritle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2021
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Hiking18.84 Miles 4,328 AEG
Hiking18.84 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   3.10 mph
4,328 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Shortened a hike from last year by ~6 Miles. Abridged Isabella Loop with the Crosscut Trail plus Davis, Union, and Tritle in a loop. Only did a portion of the Groom Creek Loop this time and took shorter approaches to and from Davis and Tritle. Started around 6am in Potato Patch with Spruce Mountain.

Warm up with less than half of the Isabella Loop. Went east on Groom Creek to Crosscut and then down. Crosscut is easy to find if you're looking for it on the upper end, good shape if a little rocky. Really nice forest of giant firs. Up Groom Creek Loop to Spruce Mountain then back down Spruce Ridge to the trailhead.

Feeling tired, considered just heading home. Had a break, ate lunch for breakfast, and took all the weight out of my pack that wasn't water, food, or first aid. Decided to have a go. Wanted to skip Dandrea this time round, finally went up the northern ridge instead. Beautiful pine forest, especially lower down. Decent bushwhack, but I got caught out too far off the ridgeline.

Took in the wind at the summit then made my way to Union. Tower was occupied by somebody with CA plates. Down the road and didn't see anyone, surprisingly. Poland road through the really nice forest and down/up the unshaded 52b to Tritle Summit.

North of the summit there is a distinct trail that heads down the ridge. It is in suprisingly good shape. Pine needle tread, easy to follow. Turns into a road at some point. Beautiful forest on that side of the mountain. Got down to Senator using game trails, but from the ridge to the summit there's a trail/road the whole way.

Roads back down, only saw people in and around Potato Patch. No hikers. Forest thinning seemingly everywhere. Cool day despite no clouds.
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May 07 2021
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East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ 
East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking21.17 Miles 4,968 AEG
Hiking21.17 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   3.08 mph
4,968 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Another favorite hike of last year I had another go at. Changed it slightly, figured why go all the way up the mountain only to walk the road instead of upper Six Shooter, Middle, and Pipeline Trails. Started around sunrise and went clockwise.

Six Shooter to Una Del Oso water in the one creek, nothing on Oso. Overall drier than June last year. Tread is good, cold in the drainages and warm in the sunrise.

Toll Road through East Mountain Trail the scenery picks up. Into the forest, good wilflowers along the way. East Mountain ridgeline fun as ever. Too early for ladybugs. Up the north ridge and down the west through the pines like last year. Not much of a bushwhack but it's steep.

Pioneer up to Pinal Peak and the climbing was out of the way. Relaxing cruise for Ferndell - 6 Shooter - Middle - Pipeline. Leaves higher up yet to regrow, lower down the oaks, maples, etc are fleshing out. Made for less shade on Ferndell than in June. Still a lovely trail and network between the cabins and campgrounds. Middle Trail a particular favorite. Lost Pipeline on the north side but found the end at the road. It's there just got impatient and climbed up to the campsite.

Signal Peak fire watch season is already underway. Tower was occupied, loud phone conversations and radio static the first signs of human life on the day.

Down the roads to Kellner. Passed a sedan that had driven up, only person I passed all day. Kellner trail starts in the canyon of fir and oak. Oaks are still bald and the canyon largely unshaded. Once out of the canyon the trail winds around to Icehouse through shady pines.

Icehouse slog back. First hike in new boots. Hadn't broke them in. Last few miles were painful. Got back to a few cars at the Icehouse CCC TH, but I didn't see any hikers all day.
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Good purples and golds on Toll Road, East Mountain Trail, East Mountain ridgeline, lower Kellner Trail.
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Apr 29 2021
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East Cabin Loop, AZ 
East Cabin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2021
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Hiking21.70 Miles 2,961 AEG
Hiking21.70 Miles   7 Hrs   36 Mns   3.17 mph
2,961 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Looking for a day in the cold as the temperature climbs into the 90s in Phoenix, settled on this one. Started from a campsite on the edge of The Rim near the Houston Bros TH and went clockwise.

Rim classic that took me a while to get to. Coming back I'd do the same deal only in reverse. Houston Bros through the nice forest up on the ridges and down in the canyons and draws. Little snow, no mud. Wind in the trees, high 30s. Some deadfall, nothing bad. Watershed exclosures make the canyon feel not so far away. Aspen Spring area probably my favorite bit along the way.

Pinchot Cabin in that heavenly corner of The Rim. Fred Haught is washed out, signage urges hikers to use U - Bar and Houston for looping the time being. U - Bar my favorite trail of the day. Out of the predominant fir and into the open pine. Diverse scenery along the way, ridgetop forests, Dane + Barbershop Canyons.

Barbershop back round. Interesting trail that stitches together a track between the many roads. More diverse forest and great weather. Barbershop Canyon back up. Use trail pretty much the whole way, not that it's needed. That portion was basically a long, long meadow with water trickling down. Really scenic way to end the day. Up to a road and through the forest back to 300. Didn't see anyone, even cars on the hike. Temps high 30s-60s.

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Apr 23 2021
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Carr - Miller - Ramsey Loop, AZ 
Carr - Miller - Ramsey Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2021
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Hiking22.79 Miles 5,900 AEG
Hiking22.79 Miles   8 Hrs   57 Mns   2.96 mph
5,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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Second time in the Huachucas. Threw together a loop that'd see more Crest and get me on top of Ramsey and the brothers Pat Scott. Had a go from the Sawmill TH around 6am. Road is probably doable in low clearance, but I wouldn't if it were my investment.

Sawmill Trail up to Carr Peak Trail. Really just a connector for those of us looking to save a few minutes driving time. Most reliable spring en route was putting out a decent flow and should be for a couple months more.

Carr Peak trail swings up the mountain quickly. Good tread, least tree cover on the day. Carr Peak views hazy in the early morning. Offers the best angle on Miller and time to wonder about the ubiquitous zeppelin down in the foothills.

Down Carr to Crest then out and back to Miller. More good tread this time through the surviving forest of fir and pine. Up the ridge steeper and steeper as it nears the Miller Peak Trail. Passes through a huge, young grove of aspen. There is a lot to see along this loop come autumn, expanding my search for this year outside of Ramsey Canyon. Half the elevation gain is out of the way by the time Miller summit comes. Best views of day, apart from maybe Ramsey.

Crest all the way back to the Carr jct. Clouds started to coalesce over the mountains. Kept going to the Hamburg jct and the track became unfamiliar. Perfect weather for the money stretch of Crest Trail. From Granite Mountain to the end of Crest at the Fort Huachuca border, I'm not sure there's better hiking in the state. It is as good as anywhere. Shady in the fir, cold breeze, and warm intermittent sunlight. Will never take Wisconsin Canyon down again, it is so worth it to loop around to Pat Scott Canyon.

Got Pat Scott #1 on the way to Ramsey and #2 on the way back. #1 is several times better than #2, which is marked as Pat Scott Peak on most maps. Weather increasingly dramatic as I started the climb up Ramsey.

The topos I looked through differed on the whether or not there is a trail to Ramsey, and it turned out there isn't one. Ascending Ramsey was probably the hardest part of the loop. It is easiest to summit if you stay north of the ridgeline, otherwise it is a good bushwhack. Unfortunately, this involves trespassing onto military property. If stepping 50ft into the seldom traveled upper reaches of military land is a deal breaker, I would say the peak cannot be summited using the ridge I did. The only person I met all day was on the summit tinkering with a ham radio when I got there. He came straight up the ridgeline from the preserve, a shorter, more difficult, and legal route. I asked what he made of the military border, and he shrugged. There are no signs marking it, no signs forbidding passage, only a fence line that is broken where the deer cross and somebody has marked the route by hanging reflective yellow flags from tree limbs.

Pat Scott Canyon back down. Just as good as Wisconsin Canyon. Firs, pines, oaks, maples. Really might make a good fall loop if the timing is right. The canyons in the Huachucas steep as anything, but Pat Scott makes easy work of the quick descent.

After that Hamburg for about 5 minutes before Comfort Springs. Beautiful woods on the backside of Carr. Second hardest part of the day was ascending Comfort springs and getting back out of the canyon. Once down around the Hamburg Mine, there was still ~1200 feet to gain. Pushed through that last section looping back around. Only saw the one hiker, not too busy up there. Temps from 40s-70s.
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Some on Carr Peak, some near Miller Peak. Nothing good.

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Apr 18 2021
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Kendall Peak Loop, AZ 
Kendall Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2021
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Hiking19.25 Miles 3,671 AEG
Hiking19.25 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   3.18 mph
3,671 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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One of my favorite hikes of last year, went round again this time without the lake, lookout, or cabin. Started near the upper Little Yeager TH and went clockwise around 7am. Road to Mingus Lake gate is now paved.

Wanted to get my least favorite sections out of the way first. Little Yeager is a smooth mountain biking trail. Have never passed any bikers on the trail, but I'd be curious to see some of the jumps in action. Took that to Yeager Canyon near 89a and headed back up Mingus.

Road walk past a thousand campers to Butterfly. Highlight stretch begins and goes on for miles. Next up was Middle Trail before turning onto West Rim. Took the first spur to the double track that leads out toward the hang gliding pad. At some point cut through the woods over to that area. Forest thinning hasn't started yet around there.

Roads to Gaddes and then Gaddes 2. Favorite trail of the hike, makes for a nice descent. Black Canyon trail then off trail to Ash Canyon. Was hoping for run off and found a trickle.

Up Kendall and then down and around the ridge back to the car. Only saw one hiker on Little Yeager and a group of mountain bikers on Gaddes. Absolutely beautiful weather. Gate to the lake isn't open yet.
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Apr 15 2021
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Bear - Woods Loop, AZ 
Bear - Woods Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking29.43 Miles 3,208 AEG
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It's a fun challenge in April timing a rim lakes hike between the melting of the snow and the opening of FR300. Went as work permitted, and ended up going on the day 300 opened. Had The Rim to myself for most of the day. Wanted to loop Bear Canyon Lake and Woods Canyon Lake together and came up with this. Started at the Two Sixty TH around 8am and went clockwise.

Would have started at See Canyon, but I always save Highline for the end and wanted to give it a fair shake for it's best and most piney stretch. Mountain bike highway between the trailheads that winds between a brilliant forest of pine, fir, maple, and others.

See Canyon Trail had a little deadfall but wasn't as bad as last year. Water from Nappa Spring down and in the upper ~mile. some snow left in the canyon higher up but none on the trail. Decided to skip See Spring since it's familiar and there was so much else to see.

Topped out at FR300 and worked my way down Bear Canyon. Still a good amount of snow but nothing bad. Good flow of water. Just love it in that canyon, dense forest of huge conifers with interspersed meadows. Always a fun feeling seeing the lake at the bottom where the canyon opens up. Lake is full as I've seen it. Had it to myself and was going to walk round but decided to savor the south shore solitude instead. Left via the southeast drainage, which had less snow but a strong flow of water. Didn't hang around the bottom and worked up to the road SE and then up to FR84. Nobody on the road as I walked it.

Got down to Carr Loop which is not so much a trail but a road. Nice walk through the pines. Stopped at Carr Lake which was a nice stop, though won't draw crowds. Aspen Trail is similar but better somehow. Denser forest, the road is older or less maintained, so it feels less like walking on 300. Quite liked Aspen Trail but wasn't on it long before cutting over on Boulder Hop Trail to Gen Crook and the Hole-in-Ground area. Really beautiful area and probably my favorite part of the day. Beautiful weather for a break in the meadow and then off to Woods Canyon.

Woods Canyon is wider and easier than getting down Bear Canyon. Less snow, and there's a use trail the whole way down. Really scenic stretch of canyon from the road to the west of the lake. Planning on coming back and exploring east of the lake where there's a lot more to see. The trail around Woods Canyon Lake is in great shape with chevrons every so often. Really nice walk a couple hours before sunset. People were filing into the lake area, and I realized the road was opened. Rest of the trip was busy with car traffic.

Was going to continue through Woods past the dam and head to Sinkhole that way, but my feet were killing me. It's no shorter to use Meadow and Rim Vista, but those are less trails and more sidewalks, and I figured my feet would thank me. It's a really pretty section of open pine forest, but it was busy with car traffic.

Sinkhole was a nice way to end. Made for bikers, the tread is smooth and it's all downhill. It descends through the shade of pine trees. Got back down to the trailhead only having seen people in cars on the rimtop.

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Apr 01 2021
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Hyde Mountain Loop, AZ 
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Hiking23.21 Miles 3,063 AEG
Hiking23.21 Miles   7 Hrs   49 Mns   3.17 mph
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Original plan was to do a shuttle from Hyde Mountain through the full length of Apache Creek Trail with a stop at Granite Knob. Ended up solo, so I tried to come up with a loop and decided to forgo Granite Knob on account of the added miles. Came up with this one that starts at Stringtown Wash near the Camp Wood area and circles back using roads from the Graver Wash TH. Went clockwise around 8:15am.

FS maps show a road on the east side of the wash and the trail only going about half way through from the west. Figured it wouldn't be too much to work up the wash and connect them. Cows roam Stringtown, so there's all sorts of trails, almost to the point that the FS could just stick plastic cairns in the ground, update their maps, and call it a day. Ended up unexpectedly one of my favorite parts of the trip. There was water trickling through the wash, a few small cascades and a tiny waterfall. Nice forest of pine that gets nicer farther west. It is a little tricky to find where the trail picks up to the west, but if it comes down to it following the wash the whole way makes it to the road.

Brief road walk to Hyde Mountain Trail. Quickly works its way up to the summit. Rocky and loose in parts. Really nice views of Northern and Western AZ from the top.

Down the west side of the mountain the trail conditions are deteriorated but not too bad and it's easy to follow. Made it down to 95B and walked that to the upper Apache Creek TH. Really nice stretch of road through the pines. Goes along Hyde Creek, which had a light flow of water. Most every creek and drainage was flowing, and there was some snow left on the north side of Hyde Mountain.

Apache Creek Trail starts on the north end in a beautiful clearing in the pines. Not much in the way of parking or signage. There's a small wilderness sign that leads across the creek to the trail. Upper end is steep and the views are big and bouldery. Personal favorite stretch was everything after linking up with Apache Creek. Trail's in good shape, creek had a good flow of water. For a while it's all meadows and pines. The oaks have yet to regrow their leaves.

Graver Wash trail to swing back round. It had the only FS signage and register box by the TH of the trails I saw. It's in good shape and is a nice trail especially for the looping options it affords, but after Apache Creek it won't stop anybody in their tracks. 95A and 95B between the TH and Camp Wood are mighty rough. Road walk was frankly too long but gets good closer to Camp Wood where it enters the forest. Day ended up partly cloudy, low 40s to low 70s. Didn't see anyone on the hike.

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