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Jul 24 2021
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Car Camping4.00 Miles
Car Camping4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.60 mph
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Took the wife and dog and headed up for the night. Last visit up north was a week long trip at the end of may and beginning of June for me. Expecting to see a different forest after our strong start to the monsoon seemed in order. Rain was not going to scare me off although I had prepared for the worst.

Not really going up there with a hike in mind, still had to get some moving in. Being so close to some great off trail hikes I decided to do a little stroll down into barbershop. Lots of fungus and water in babershop (some of which was flowing) right now. Luckily my hike didn't have any bad weather but the humidity was a bit much. Saturday evening we heard thunder a few different times but nothing ever managed to hit the area. Early Sunday morning that changed around 1am with on/off rain showers, sometimes pretty heavy, hitting the tent. Haven't slept that good in a long time, wish I could have spent one more night out there.

Relaxing trip, very nice campsite which was very clean, minus one 20 gauge shell casing, the cap to a propane bottle, and a live round of 223 which appeared to be very old. Very nice to see people are respecting this area. Site 2 was occupied by a couple when we arrived and were leaving about the same time that we left Sunday morning.
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May 29 2021
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Ma Ha Tauk Lollipop, AZ 
Ma Ha Tauk Lollipop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 29 2021
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Hiking3.35 Miles 713 AEG
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Pretty warm, got started a little too late. Quite busy this morning too, busiest I've seen the trail in quite a few months.
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May 26 2021
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Ma Ha Tauk to National to Kiwanis AZ, AZ 
Ma Ha Tauk to National to Kiwanis AZ, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2021
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Hiking7.56 Miles 1,310 AEG
Hiking7.56 Miles   3 Hrs      2.67 mph
1,310 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Had a little extra time before work and wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge. Ranger Trail is always a good workout and offered some shade, the stroll down Kiwanis is always nice when it's not crowded...
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May 22 2021
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Backpack23.00 Miles
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The goal was to complete the circumference trail in one day but decided to find camp in Barbershop Canyon after being a little too cold and tired. A very quiet and breezy night and also very cold for late may. According to the thermodrop it dipped to a low of just above 22 degrees. Chilly for sure. Woke up pretty early and headed back to General Springs in the morning. Probably could have pushed this one a little harder but there is always next time. Didn't see any wildlife on this trip.
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May 20 2021
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Ma Ha Tauk Lollipop, AZ 
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Hiking3.35 Miles 713 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.09 mph
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Same morning workout as before, busy trail from the parking lot, warmer today but bad, only saw one person and their dog near the Max Delta/Derby junction.
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May 18 2021
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Ma Ha Tauk Lollipop, AZ 
Ma Ha Tauk Lollipop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 18 2021
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Hiking3.50 Miles 740 AEG
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Nice morning, busy trail.
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May 14 2021
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Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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I met the wife at the intersection of FR139A/B to complete a short backpacking trip down to Pinchot Cabin for the night. Her first time seeing the cabin(s) along the way and log dog (Charlie) was able to join us.

Started the hike where 171 crosses FR139A and made our way north to Pinchot Cabin. Shortly down the trail we came across a herd of four cow elk which appeared to be headed west toward 139A, a porcupine just before McFarland Spring, and lots of birds and squirrels.

Expected to see more people on the trail but surprisingly pretty quiet for a Friday afternoon. The hike to the cabin was a bit warm but not too bad. Cruisy single track forest paths which make for easy hiking, a perfect for a beginner backpack or something easy for a quick overnight get away. If you're doing the east or west loop this is the perfect time to slow down, take your time, and enjoy this section of trail. All of the campsites along the way were very clean with exception to some some of the areas around Pinchot Cabin but it wasn't too trashed as I suspected it to be.

Great night, very quiet, and chilly temperatures in the AM.
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Lots of dandelion, some large lush patches of pine pine thermopsis, and a few other types of flower I was not able to identify.

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Barely a trickle from what I observed.

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Light flow in the drainage from Apsen Spring down and past Pinchot Cabin.

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Like Aspen, there was not much going on here.
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Apr 28 2021
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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking11.38 Miles 2,033 AEG
Hiking11.38 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.38 mph
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Arrived at See Canyon Trailhead around 8:30am to an empty parking lot with low 40 degree temperatures. Soon after my arrival one other car and two hikers showed up. I began my hike just after 9am making my way north towards 300. The start of this hike is perfect, nice cruisey paths through wooded areas, the sounds of Christopher Creek, what more could you ask for? However, the last 1.5 miles up to the control road are a bit different. The trail begins to steepen and in spots gets a bit rockier. The weather had also shifted to a mix of high winds, rain, and graupel which then turned to a wet snow just before I made it to FR300. Once on the rim the temps had dropped to around 33/34 degrees but to be honest it was kind of relaxing and added to the adventure. Deciding not to head down into Bear Canyon due to the weather, I decided to cut through the forest from 300 over to 208 instead. While hiking on 208 it is noted that there are quite a few disbursed camping sites in the area with the presence of the filth wizard being strong. Yuck. I didn't expected anything less but it's not how I remember the area 15 years ago.
Once I got the the 208 TH I setup a temporary day camp, cleaned up the area I was camped in, relaxed for about an hour, and started my hike back to the car around 3:30pm.

Going back the the weather was a bit milder with temps warming to ~38 degrees and a light rain. The rain fizzled off around 4:30pm and the skies cleared up for the final two hours of the hike. I was a bit worried about a few sections of trail going back down See Canyon but it wasn't too bad. Some of the area got a little muddier than before but overall it was far easier going up than going down. A few slips/slides but no injuries. The evening light going into the canyon was nice end to the day and I should have grabbed a couple photos. First time up See Canyon and wont be the last, I will likely use this trail as a gateway to the rim for future hiking or backpacking trips.
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Apr 16 2021
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Ma Ha Tauk Loop (2x), AZ 
Ma Ha Tauk Loop (2x), AZ
 
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Hiking3.42 Miles 719 AEG
Hiking3.42 Miles      56 Mns   3.66 mph
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New PB for me which was rather unexpected. Normally if I am wearing the vest I am right around 2.85 to 3.25mph on my pace but for some reason I just felt good today. Probably a fluke, but I'll take it.

Hoping to get up north for some real hiking next week. 8)
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Apr 04 2021
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Ma Ha Tauk to Alta to T-Bone, AZ 
Ma Ha Tauk to Alta to T-Bone, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2021
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Hiking5.36 Miles 1,191 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   1.99 mph
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A quick hike in the morning with a colleague. New favorite loop of mine, I'll do this one again. The Alta going up from Bajada is a stellar trial. T-bone is probably easier going up than it is going down but I like this trail too. Temps were getting warm by 8ish, finished up right before 9am, didn't see very many people per the usual.
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Mar 05 2021
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Ma Ha Tauk Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 05 2021
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Hiking2.94 Miles 530 AEG
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Not something I would normally post, this is just a daily routine/workout/shakedown hike for me. It's a moderately to heavily trafficked trail and works for testing out new gear and is a decent cardio workout (for me).

However, Friday I had apparently lost my wallet while on the trail. Friday night we got a knock at the door from a nice gentleman who returned my wallet. Completely flabbergasted by this act of kindness. I did not get the chance to personally thank the person but if by chance you're a HAZer, thank you, you're a good person and I appreciate the return of the wallet.
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Feb 28 2021
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Ma Ha Tauk to National to Kiwanis, AZ 
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Hiking7.56 Miles 1,310 AEG
Hiking7.56 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.03 mph
1,310 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
 
This is just an old triplog of a nice short hike which I have used as part of my training routine for the summer months coming up. One of my favorite loops to complete that's close to my home.
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Nov 12 2020
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Comfort/Carr/Ramsey, AZ 
Comfort/Carr/Ramsey, AZ
 
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Hiking5.20 Miles
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Started out at Ramsey Vista Campground and hiked to the Ramsey Canyon Preserve where my ride awaited. The comfort springs trail is nice, few slick spots as you're hiking down the last leg of the trail into Ramsey Canyon, but overall a very nice and cruisy single track. Once down into the canyon I made a right heading northeast along the Hamburg trail. This pathway is also in great shape with excellent signage. Being ahead of schedule I slowed down quite a bit through the canyon to take in the smells and fall color of the canyon. You'll get about a mile of solid fall color until the trail begins it's short climb out and then back down to the Ramsey Canyon Preserve. Managed to scare a pretty big sow and her cub, twice (pretty sure it was the same bear/cub) on my hike. Other than the black bear, lots of Coues White Tail and squirrels and I think either a coyote or a fox.

For the most part my hike was enjoyed in solitude, saw one other person coming down into Ramsey Canyon as I was exiting, maybe 5-10 people doing the loop in the preserve, and probably 20+ congregating near the Conservancy Center and complaining about the 'freezing cold' 55 degree temps.

Good hike, wish it were about three to four miles longer and I had a bit more time to spare. There is always next year.
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At the higher elevations it's done. The maples are faded/brown or it went from green to drop (see photos). Down in Ramsey Canyon things are prime, good time to go.

dry Comfort Spring Dry Dry
The spring box was dry.
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Oct 17 2020
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Upper Buck Spring Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 470 AEG
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Wife and I took the pooch and the nephew along to catch some of the final show of color from the maples and oaks on the rim. Inspired by some of the recent trip logs, this hike appeared to be a good one. After some discussion, the wife felt comfortable doing this forest walk, and my nephew wanted to come along so the plan was made and off we went.

We arrived to our starting spot just after 9am and to start the the temps were very pleasant at 62º. We didn't see a single person while we were in the canyon or walking up the drainages and that was a pleasant surprise. I expected to see at least a dozen people, if not more, while I was out there.

This was a milestone hike our little dog and my nephew. Prior to this hike the longest our dog had hike was just a few miles and for my nephew just over four miles. While this is not a challenging hike I still commend him for pushing through the pain and suck of breaking in his new shoes and having a a great attitude about it the whole time. We finished the hike in a bit warmer temps (73º) but that beats this 100º crap in Phoenix. Good time had by all. :y:

Rim Road was a joke as always but with the aggregate it's made for a bit more a pleasant ride. Overall a very nice Saturday afternoon and glad we were able to find a spot to ourselves. This was my closeout hike for the rim this year. Looking forward to more fall colors in about a month in the southeastern end of the state in another month. :D
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>90% of the maples were past peak and shedding leaves. Some of the gambles are just turning or are already brown. Of the few Aspens we saw, they were just at or barely past peak.
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Princely Daisy and Dandelion.

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Oct 07 2020
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Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking6.87 Miles 1,580 AEG
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My wife and I arrived at Lockett Meadow just before 9:30am to a full parking lot and very little parking left near the inner basin trailhead and in/around Lockett Meadow. The temps were warm at just above 70º and close to +/- 50 people making their way up to see the colors. We expected the area to be be busy but nearly maxed out capacity on parking busy was not expected for a Wednesday.

Rather than following the hoard headed up 29 we started our hike on what I would call the north loop/side of the Inner Basin trail. Before reaching Waterline Road we saw two people booking it up the trail and five more people making their way down. Good decision for us for taking the north side of the trail. Upon reaching the junction of Waterline Road where we made a right following the road ~ one and one-half miles up before doubling back to a secluded area for a quick sit/break. After a spell, we continued back down Waterline to the proper inner basin trail and continued down the switchbacks. I would say in this area it's close to being split on what was in it's prime and what was still green or just beginning to change. The better show was the north side of the loop, in my opinion. My wife stopped counting at at over 100 people making their way up as we were headed down. Yep, it was time to go.

Overall the trip was kind of disappointing to me. Not because of the lack of colors or crowds but mostly because I felt I spoiled the experience by looking at others photosets. For future falls hikes this year and next I think I will avoid the sneak-peaks and just experience for myself. :)

If you're looking to catch the colors I wouldn't wait, my guess is maybe a week or two left before it's mostly done. Lots of trees losing their leaves already.
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Most of the aspens are fully changed and shedding, I would say over all 80% from what we saw above Lockett Meadow. There are spots in the switchbacks along Inner Basin Trail where the aspens are either just beginning or haven't changed yet. If the switchbacks are all you want to see, I estimate a 70/30 split of what's in it's prime and what's still green, respectively.
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Sep 19 2020
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East Verde RiverPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Decided to check out out the East Verde River as it has been over 10 years since I had been down Houston Mesa Road. I began my walk around 11am in and started my walk near the northern boundaries (fourth crossing?) of Whispering Pines and walked up to what I think was the community of Verde Glen. Crossed over the ridge and down into Dude Creek and back to where I had parked. Lots of people pulled off the road camping/picnicking up there. Far too many in my opinion. Water Wheel probably had 100+ cars near/around the parking lot. Most of the day use areas were in use and with large crowds of people. Saw about 50 people between Whispering Pines and Verde Glen and picked up far too much trash for my liking.

Despite the crowds and filth, it was a nice day up there. Low 80s and a little bit of a breeze every now and again. The doggo joined me for the walk and he did well. I wish there wasn't as many people but it is what it is.
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Aug 28 2020
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Willow Springs Lake to Willow Springs Canyon, AZ 
Willow Springs Lake to Willow Springs Canyon, AZ
 
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This was a really fun trip for me as I had the pleasure of introducing a good friend to backpacking. The focus was with fishing and hiking in mind down into a pretty cool area.

We started out the trip from the Horse Trap Trailhead and made our way to the southeastern finger of Willow Springs Lake. From here we continued north along the shore working out towards the dam. We encounered half a dozen people fishing this section and only two other shore fisherman. Our time spent fishing this side of the lake was roughly 3 hours and nothing to show for it.

Our tactics where primarily focused around laregmouth and we tried a variety of different techniques. Senkos, blades, various other plastics, and crankbaits. Didn't seem to matter what our cadence was the fish were just not biting. We saw quite a few cruisers near shore (trout and bass) but they weren't too interested in what we were throwing. Once we made it to the dam we switched it up and to inline spinners (rooster tails) which seemed to attract follower but no takers. The water was warm and very clear. I am not sure if Willow Springs develops a theromcline but I assume the fish are deep right now. Along the way we saw over a dozen males on beds, didn't realize they spawn this late up there? Sight fishing for bass is not my jam so we decided to leave them alone.

The weather was pretty nice considering how hot the valley was and the thunderstorms stayed to the east of us so that was nice. I would like to assume the time of day had a factor in the slow bite (11am) but my guess is poor technique and the wrong tackle were the likely cause of no fish. :oops:

We spoke to a few float tubers who were having luck on spoons fishing humps and drop offs mid lake . They're in there, just a matter of knowing what to use and when/how to use it. Probably need a boat to get to get to better fishing but that's quite boring to me. I can only assume the lake is also over pressured right now. Maybe hitting the water ultra early is the ticket? There is always next time.

The traffic and activity around the lake was as expected for a Friday. Busy. Probably 15 different types of watercraft out there that we saw on Friday and double that number on our hike out of WSC Saturday morning. Not really my jam to fish the rim lakes to be honest, but just being out there is still a good time.

After having enough of the slow fishing at the lake we decided to drop down into the canyon just to the right of the dam. Followed a game trail down, kinda steep and slippery but still very easy to do. At the bottom of the canyon the temps cooled a few degrees but the humidity increased. We continued north towards a desired campsite encountering only one other hiker/angler and his two dogs. The next morning my buddy hit the creek and manged to hook into a few brookies so that made up for the skunking at the lake. Our hike out of the canyon was met with a total of 10 people coming down of which two continued on towards the more trecherous parts of the canyon.

Overall a fun trip, my second time down into WSC, first time camping down there. Such a cool area and I am sure I will be back next summer.
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Aug 21 2020
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White Mountains Fishing & Hiking, AZ 
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Fishing, hiking, and a gear shakedown where the goal (thanks @ALMAL) for this trip out into the white mountains. I took off from Phoenix early Friday morning with the destination being Thompson Trail 629 then over to Wildcat Crossing on Saturday for more fishing hiking and camping. Along the way, plans were altered as my better half wanted to meet me up there to escape the valley heat.

We decided to meet at 95's parking lot with an ETA of 12:00pm. Not wanting to sit around and wait for 2 hours I decided to park at 94's parking lot and hike over to 95. The 94 and Crossover trails are nice and cruisey paths. The crossover being the my favorite of the badly loop. I also figured this would be a good way to get acclimated to the higher elevation. I started my hike at 10:30am where I passed two people on 94 headed east back to the parking lot, a group of eight people mid-way through the crossover headed north, and 2 more people headed north just before the crossover and 95 junction. I don't remember Baldy being this busy in August of 2019 which was the last time I hiked these trails. Not a whole bunch of people for a Friday but a bit more than expected.

My timing was nearly perfect to the arrival for my wife and our dog which worked out great as the storms were beginning to kick into high gear a few miles to the southwest. We wasted no time in getting the dog and her pack setup for the short trip into the meadows and the campsite I had in mind.

From 95's parking lot we set off towards a known campsite just off 95 were we passed two other people headed back to the parking lot. After our short two mile walk to our home for the night we wasted no time in getting camp squared away. From here we followed a game trail into the meadow. Wife and the doggo followed for a bit before the dog and her had gone as far as they wanted to go. This area is really pretty area and very easy hiking, many different paths to explore and the views are fantastic. Some of the best in the area in my opinion.

Before I had looped back around to camp (and against my better judgment) I decided to setup my phone/camera for a time lapse which I had planned to retrieve at dusk. I knew the phone would would get exposed to elements so I did my best to protect it. I left the phone/camera unattended for about two hours. During that time a pretty good storm hit the area and I was excited to see the results of the time lapse. It wasn't all that windy but it poured quite a big of rain and lots of lightning/thunder. Nothing beats a good gully warsher in the mountains. After the storm had passed I hiked back to the where I had left the phone only to findin it DOA. DANGIT!

Turns out the iPhone 11 is not as resistant to water was I thought. My makeshift hood/tarp setup didn't seem to protect it all that much. Oh well, lesson learned, an expensive one, and I should have known better. Despite that loss we still had a fun evening and a quiet night of rest.

Day 2

Next morning we were awakened by the many groups of loud hikers headed up 95. Wife and dog were not having the commotion so we packed up and headed back to the parking lot. We arrived to a parking lot just before 9am and it was packed. Almost as busy as what we had witnessed during the fourth of July weekend this year. If you're looking for isolation, this is not the area to find it. I ended up giving my phone to the wife, she gave me a lift back to my car over at 94, and we parted ways.

Even with the death of my camera/phone I still decided to head over to 629 to get some fishing in. Hiked down to the first crossing and continued past a ways with no luck. Got a little bit of rain but nothing bad and the picturesque scenery and beautiful meadows made the hike worth it. The area is super green and lush right now, wasn't quiet the case when I hiked the area in 2019. I am going to try to get back out to 629 before the end of September for some trout fishing. I'll bring the right tackle next trip and wont be so careless with a $1,500 smartphone. ](*,)

I wasn't really feeling up to another night of camping so I made my way back to the car. Spoke to a couple fisherman near the crossing on my way back who seemed to be having decent luck on flies. We also discussed fishing over at Wildcat which they indicated is very busy right now, no surprise there.

Despite the blunder with my phone all pictures less the time lapse were recovered and the apple protection paid for itself. Still had a good time and always beats the death heat of Phoenix.
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Jul 11 2020
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East Leonard CanyonPayson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jul 11 2020
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Hiking5.22 Miles 362 AEG
Hiking5.22 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   1.84 mph
362 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I had plans to get into the blue range this month for some solo adventuring. Nope, work killed that idea. So I needed a hike to blow off some steam. This was just ticket, easy walking and a lot of ferns. Left my phone in the car, no pics this trip. I will probably be back for another at the end of next month.
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We left Phoenix early Friday morning without a real plan of where we were going to go but someplace east of Payson. Somewhere along the 260 we decided to make the haul to an oldie but a favorite, Greens Peak. As expected it was busy, but not as awful as we expected it to be with Stage II conditions of most forests and the closure of the Tonto.

We pulled into our campsite shortly after 9am, setup our home away from home for the next two nights, and spent the rest of the day with a few cold ones and some cards. Our nearest neighbors were ~500 yards away and were not the typical ‘rim crowd’ with loud music and late night partying. There was a lot of UTV/ATV traffic but that seemed to die down shortly after sunset. I’ll take it!

Greens Peak Hike

The next morning I managed to hike up to Greens Peak. From out campsite I followed FR8603 which was mostly overgrown until it ended about one and one-half miles north from my campsite. Checking my maps I decided to backtrack ~30 yards and continued east towards the north slope of the Greens Peak. This is where the hike got a bit interesting for me as something was following me for a good bit of distance before I connected with the Greens Peak Trail. I’ve never really felt dread or fear while hiking before but those feelings were present on this trip. I never managed to see what was following me but I was glad to be out of the bush! Spent about 30 minutes on the peak taking in the views and having a Gatorade. Hiked the road back down to camp. According to Gaia I logged just under six and a half miles and just over a 1,000 feet of elevation from my campsite

East Baldy Trail No. 95

I was still feeling pretty good, minus my fright in the woods, after I got back to camp so I took the wife and the dog for a drive to the East Baldy Trail No. 95. I have ever seen the west or east trail-head parking lots of Baldy being that busy. Cars were parked all over the place and there were hoards of people. Yuck… Well, we made the drive so might as well try to get a hike in. We made it about two miles back before our little dog was over it. Oh well, surprised he made it that far! Short lived but still a pleasant drive. Headed into Greer for some ice and a snack, then back to camp.

After getting back to camp we decided to hike the road up to Greens Peak to catch in the fireworks from Show Low, Concho, and Spingerville-Eager. Kinda neat to have a 180 degree view of fireworks. There were a lot of folks with trucks and ATVs on the peak for the same reason. Didn’t manage to capture the eclipse due to cloud coverage but still pretty neat to watch the fireworks.

A very relaxing weekend overall, we enjoyed our time out there. I am anxiously waiting for some planned time-off from work during a less busier time with the trip being focused on a more remote trip into the back country. No monsoons on our trip, dangit! Love being in the mountains during a good thunderstorm. However, cool temperatures at night and mild days beat the 110s of the valley. Still wondering what was following me while I hiked up to Greens Peak. It kind of reminds of some of the stories form Craig Child's in his book Animal Dialogues. Could have been many things, I guess I’ll never know.
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