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Nov 24 2012
davidmurphy
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56 male
 Joined Sep 20 2003
 Maricopa, AZ
Boyce ThompsonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2012
davidmurphy
Hiking2.25 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles   1 Hour      2.45 mph
100 ft AEG      5 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
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I drove past this place for years and finally dropped in on a whim. It's a very easy stroll and a beautiful setting. Great photo opps for a diversity of flora and fauna from Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts. Pleasant fall foliage among the Magma Ridge in late November. Once is probably enough for me unless I was looking for an easy walk for kids or elderly visitors.
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Sep 05 2009
davidmurphy
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 Guides 1
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 Triplogs 5

56 male
 Joined Sep 20 2003
 Maricopa, AZ
Willowdale MillMetro, MA
Metro, MA
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2009
davidmurphy
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles
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Thickly wooded single track, pleasant for biking and hiking in three seasons while snowshoeing in winter
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Apr 03 2005
davidmurphy
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56 male
 Joined Sep 20 2003
 Maricopa, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2005
davidmurphy
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,275 ft AEG
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Unlike others, I did not want to park my car on Invergordon and walk the mile or so uphill just to get to this trailhead. Instead, I rode my bike to the Cholla trailhead and locked it at the city-provided bike rack. I had a heavy backpack, which included about three liters of water. I wanted to see how much water I would need or want on this hike, so I brought a bunch. As it turned out, I drank about two liters during the whole trip, as it was about 82 degrees on this April Saturday. Many other hikers I saw only had 16 adn 20 oz. bottles, which I thought was too little for the moderately strenuous hike on a warm day.

Anyway, it took me an hour and fifteen minutes to reach the summit, with a few rest stops to take wildflower photos along the way. After resting for ten minutes at the summit, I started down on my 40-minute descent (no rests).

I took my GPS, but it kept losing the signal as the trail runs below the ridge of the mountain.

I saw quite a bit of wildlife, including, gambel quails, rabbits, lizards, hummingbirds, monarch butterflies, sparrows, inchworms, and spiders. The most annoying of which were the thousands of bees that were buzzing around the omnipresent wildflowers. I kept remembering the story in the news last year about the 30-something year-old man who died when hiking Camelback. He was apparently being stung or harrassed by a swarm of bees and was seen jumping off the mountain trying to elude the bees. Not that either way would be a good way to die. With this thought, I just walked by, through, and around the bees at at steady pace, pretending that they weren't there. They allegedly don't sting you if they aren't aggrevated. On this hike, I saw a young woman who was waving a bee away from her face, flailing her arms, screaming, and running. That would seem to me to be an aggrevation. Don't let the bees deter you from this great hike. It has got to be one of the greatest, most accessible, most beautiful summit hikes within any major city in the US.
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Mar 12 2004
davidmurphy
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 Guides 1
 Photos 25
 Triplogs 5

56 male
 Joined Sep 20 2003
 Maricopa, AZ
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2004
davidmurphy
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles   2 Hrs      0.50 mph
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This is an interesting and educational hike if you have never seen the Petrified Forest before. You might only be disappointed if you are hoping to see a forest, as all of trees have fallen! This is more of a "drive a while - get out and hike a while" hike. You can drive through the park and get out and hike a few feet or hike a mile or two at a time if you. All trails are either paved or clearly marked.

Every geologist, history nut, or Arizona enthusiast should visit this park.

Driving non-stop, through the park, takes 45 minutes. The average length of stay is 2 hours but you could stay all day and not get bored.

Don't take any wood as souvenirs, though. It is against the law - plus, letters from those who did are posted in the visitor center with tales of all the bad luck they had afterward!

Got to http://www.nps.gov/pefo/pphtml/activities.html for more info.

The park is open year round except Christmas - December 25. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during the summer.
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Mar 11 2004
davidmurphy
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56 male
 Joined Sep 20 2003
 Maricopa, AZ
Tonto National Monument - Upper DwellingsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2004
davidmurphy
Hiking3.50 Miles 603 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
603 ft AEG
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This is a great hike that few people get to experience. The upper dwelling of the Tonto National Monument is only available through the NPS with a ranger-guided tour. Fee is $4 per carload. These tours are only offered from November through April, are offered only four times per week for groups of up to 15 people. The tour requires advance reservations and often fills up weeks in advance. Our guide was a brilliant and extremely knowledgeable anthropologist who provided a wealth of info about the history and culture of the Salado people. You can walk through this 32-room dwelling and see artifacts that are 700 years old.


Great views of Roosevelt Lake and the Mazatzal Mountains are provided with a nearly 360-degree vista. You will love this easy half-day hike if you like beautiful AZ scenery and the study of ancient Indian ruins.
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average hiking speed 1.48 mph

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