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Apr 11 2008
Tim
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 Scottsdale
Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2008
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Hiking8.20 Miles 1,118 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.19 mph
1,118 ft AEG
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I took Friday off and went with Dan and his out-of-town buddy, Rob, out to the Cliff Dwellings at Rogers Canyon. The road in was in rough shape and we scraped bottom several times on the way to Woodbury. (A high clearance vehcile is still all that is required.) After Woodbury, the road was worse with much deeper ruts, but I was being more careful there. There were some horse trailers shortly after the Woodbury turnoff. We talked to the riders at the trailhead and they confirmed that the road was currently too difficult to pull a horse trailer up. From the signed turnoff for the Woodbury/Rogers Trough Trailheads it took us a full hour to get to Rogers Trough whereas it nomrally is just a 45 minute ride. Interestingly, on the way out, we saw a grader operating just below Woodbury so the road should be much more improved in the very near future.

We pushed off at 9:15 with temperatures in the mid 50s. It took us 2 hours to reach the ruins and about 1.75 hours to get back after spending 45 minutes exploring. The temperature was in the upper 60s when we returned to our vehicle. A perfect day with lots of yellow wild flowers.
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Mar 02 2008
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Campaign Trail to Pinto DivideGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 02 2008
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Backpack14.70 Miles 3,200 AEG
Backpack14.70 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.90 mph
3,200 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I did this hike over the weekend of March 1st as a two day backpack. However, unlike Fritzski's description which starts from the Upper Horrell Trailhead at the north end, we started from the Campaign's intersection with the West Pinto Trail at Oak Flat on the south end. The plan was to go to the Fire Line Trail and back which looked to be about 9 miles with quite a bit of climbing.

We left the Valley late Saturday afternoon and pushed off from the Miles Trailhead at 4:30. (The Forest Service Road in to the Kennedy Ranch is much more rutted than I've seen it in the past.) The hike up Pinto Creek was entertaining as it was still flowing with water from the recent rains. Judging from the level of the debris field, this trail was probably impassable at the height of the rains two weeks ago. We got to the Oak Flats camping area and fire ring next to the corral just a little after 5:30. We set up camp and enjoyed a roaring bonfire with a couple bottles of wine before hitting the hay. It was a beautifully clear night and the stars were out in abundance.

The next morning we awoke at 6:30 to ice and frost on everything as the temperature must have dipped below freezing during the night. It was cold, but the wind wasn't blowing so it was very bearable once one had a hot cup of coffee. We packed up our campsite, hid our back packs, broke out our day packs, and headed out up the Campaign Trail at 8:30. While starting at an elevation of 3,700 feet, this trail is steep and keeps climbing so we really appreciated the cooler temperatures in the lower 50's. We climbed up to the first 4,800 foot mark on the topo before the tail drops down 100+ feet as it wandered around a drainage which had a small waterfall flowing through it. After the waterfall, the trail climbs back to 4,800 feet where we came across the first gate. After this gate the trail became really overgrown as it climbed up through dense manzanita. At the 5,00 foot mark on the topo we came across a cairn and what looked to be a spur trail heading off to the northeast. Perhaps this trail is the route up to Pinto Peak? (We wanted nothing to do with that!) At the 5,300 foot crest we came to the 2nd gate. This was 2.8 miles from our camp site and had taken us a full 2 hours. While the net elevation gain was 1,600 feet the accumulated elevation gain was slightly over 1,700 feet.

Carolyn was pretty beat at this point and wasn't looking forward to the prospects of tracking all the way down to the Fire Line Trail only to turn around and climb the 800 feet back up again. So she decided to hang out at the saddle while I went along my merry way. (I left her an extra set of car keys and a map in case I got into trouble and she had to bail.) The trail down was steep and overgrown in spots before it intersected the Campaign creek bed. This creek too was flowing with water, but not as much as was in Pinto Creek. I was able to stay "feet dry". About 2/3's of the way down I lost the trail on one of its many creek crossings and ended up following the creek itself for a ¼ mile or so before "relocating" the proper trail. All told, it was 2.0 miles from the saddle to the Fire Line Trail intersection and took 55 minutes with the creek delay. On the way back out it took just a little over an hour.

I got back to the saddle and enjoyed a quick 15 minute lunch before we headed back down to Oak Flat. It took us just 1 hour and 10 minutes to return to our back packs as it is virtually all down hill. From there it was about another hour+ to get back to the Miles Trailhead. This entire day's segment came in at 12.2 miles in 6 ¾ hours. The accumulated elevation was 3,200 feet so I was pretty beat. The entire weekend was 14.7 miles in 7 ¾ hours.
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Jan 19 2008
Tim
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 Scottsdale
Dripping Springs Super LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2008
Tim
Hiking21.00 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.21 mph
2,900 ft AEG
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Originally there was to have been a group of 6 of us tackling this loop but everybody else had last minute obligations so I ended up doing this hike solo on Saturday morning, January 19th. The weather was a perfect 44 degrees when I started with clear skies. I got a later start than I originally intended and pushed off from the Peralta Trailhead at 9:30. (This was to cost me later.) I figured that if I maintained a 2.5 mph average I'd finish by 5:30 which was sunset and left little margin for error. I figured that if I wasn't at the halfway point in 4 hours I'd simply turn around and come back.

I did this loop in a clockwise fashion and made good time up to the saddle at Miners Needle as I was averaging closer to 3.0 mph. But once the Whiskey Springs Trail got down into the drainage my pace began to slow down as the creeks were flowing with lots of water. Based upon the location and height of the debris, these drainages must have received flash floods from those storms several weeks ago. I was to discover throughout the day that these "floods" wiped out most of the trails in spots and made creek crossings more difficult to locate as most of the cairns were knocked down as well. Just inside the Upper La Barge Box I lost the trail and spent about 15 minutes climbing up the creek bed looking for the ever elusive cairns. The water was really flowing down over the boulders and made for lots of spectacular water falls. This was at about the 3 hour mark and I had actually decided to abort and was heading back down the Box when I spotted some cairns high up on a boulder across the creek on the north side. A downed tree had blocked a sharp turn in the trail which I had missed. I decided to stick with it a little longer. From this point the trail climbs up the side of the canyon and remains 50 to 100 feet above the creek bed throughout the rest of the Box. The trail was faint, but not too difficult to follow as it climbed past Herman's cave on the way to the distant saddle.

I got to the intersection of the Red Tanks and Hoolie Bacon Trail just short of the 4 hour mark so I was running behind schedule but I didn't want to turn back. I was loop committed at this point. (smile) Shortly after this intersection, I lost the trail completely as it came across several creek beds just south of Brad's Water. There was a cairn trial heading north towards Brad's Water but I knew that wasn't where I wanted to be going. I'd resigned myself to bush whacking my way to the next way point in hopes of picking up the trail when I spotted some pink tape in the cat claw next to the creek. I pushed through the cat claw and spied an opening on the other side of the creek, but no cairns. I crossed over through the water anyway and pushed through the cat claw on the other side to find a faint trail continuing. It was like this for the rest of the Red Tanks Trail. No more creek crossings, but no well defined trail either. Just cairn to cairn. And a lot of the cairns were hidden under the grasses that had been fed by recent rains. It made for slow going. Every once in a while I'd come across a small pool of water with ice on the top which served as a reminder that I didn't want to be spending the night. I got to the Red Tanks Divide, (my halfway point), at the 4 ¾ hour mark so I was well behind schedule. And given the condition of the drainages and creek beds, I didn't expect to be able to make up much time once I got down to Randolph Canyon and the Coffee Flat Trail. I wasn't overly concerned that I was going to be overdue as I knew that the trail across Barkley Basin at the end of the hike was well defined and shouldn't be too difficult to negotiate in the dark.

Coming down from the Red Tanks Divide the trail was very steep and scree filled. I took a nice tumble and really scraped up my arm. My arms were already pretty well thrashed from all the cat claw as I didn't wear a long sleeved shirt which I was regretting. The Red Tanks Trail all the way down to Randolph Canyon was very faint and over grown with cat claw. I got down to Randolph Canyon at the 6 hour mark and filled up my Camelback from its flowing stream and tossed in a ½ dozen iodine tablets for good measure. With all of the water, it was slow going all the way to Reeds Water which I hit at the 7 ¼ hour mark. From Reeds Water the trail was very well defined and I maintained a decent pace. When I got back to the intersection of the Dutchman and Coffee Flat Trails it was 6:00 and darkness had settled in. I broke out my fleece and head lamp and finished the last hour in the dark. The trail is a boulevard at this point so it wasn't difficult to follow at all. The desert is really pretty at night, especially when I came over that last rise above the Peralta Trailhead and could see the city lights in the distance. I got back to my car at 7:00. All told, my GPS unit had the hike at 21.0 miles in 9 ½ hours. The GPS unit had the total elevation gain at 3,800 feet but when I printed out the map later on with the profile it only reported AEG of 2,900 which I don't fully understand. All in all, a great day in the Supes.
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Dec 22 2007
Tim
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 Scottsdale
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2007
Tim
Hiking9.25 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.64 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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This is an old favorite and a good opportunity to introduce a buddy, Dan, to the Superstitions. This trail has great views and is a quick & easy drive to get to. We took off at 10:15 this past Saturday. Temperatures were in the mid 50's and it was nice and sunny. Lots of water was flowing in the creek beds but it was pretty easy to stay feet dry. We did this loop in a clockwise fashion. As we were coming down from the top of Black Mesa on the east side, I lost the trial for a bit as it followed the wash north and east. The recent reains had obliterated any signs of the trail and I ended up following a game trail along the side of the hill before realizing the errors of my way. We ended up completing the 9.25 mile loop in 3 1/2 hours.
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Dec 09 2007
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Ely-Anderson TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2007
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Hiking10.40 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   1.66 mph
2,300 ft AEG
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I've been wanting to do this hike for some time and this past weekend finally afforded me the opportunity. Carolyn and I headed out up the Bluff Springs Trail at 10:00 on a Sunday morning with the temperatures in the low 50's. It was cloudy and rain threatened most of the day, but all we got were a few sprinkles up on the top of Bluff Spring Mountain. After the recent heavy rains, the trail was pretty obscured in Barks Canyon and the creek was flowing. We tried our best to remain feet dry. Having made most of the wrong turns on numerous previous occasions, we carefully avoided mistakes this time and got to the base of the Ely-Anderson Trail in a little less than 2 hours. The Ely-Anderson Trail starts off just north of a couple of camp fire rings in an open area as previously described. There are a few small cairns initially but once you start heading up the trail there are cairns about every 10 yards, or so it seemed. This trail was surprisingly well cairned and easy to follow. It took us 45 minutes to get to the top. Then the fun started.

The soil was throughly soaked on the top of the mountain and our boots sank several inches with each step that wasn't placed on a rock. We followed cairns too far north before deciding to bear west towards the western peaks and our exit. Instead of climbing up to the eastern peak under the "B" in Bluff on the topo map, we traversed across the south face which was a little dicey. Pretty views though. We then climbed up to the saddle between the two peaks. We should have begun descending down the north side of the saddle at this point but instead headed up to the west peak which is where we cliffed out. We back tracked off of the peak, (I never saw the register), and then began descending down the face which was really dicey for the first couple hundred yards. After this down climb, we began a westward traverse towards the peak, (#3910,) that overlooks the Terrapin Trail. We cut down below this peak on its north side and scrambled down the drainage mostly on the left side which was also to the left of Joe and Irv's GPS track. There were no cairns or trail to follow and this was largely a controlled slide down the soggy slope. There was lots of cat claw. When safe to do so, we traversed west and downwards until we intersected the Terrapin Trail. As the Terrapin Trail is somewhat overgrown, finding it amongst the cat claw was no picnic either. All told, the trip covered 10.4 miles in 6 1/4 hours. The accumulated elevation gain was just about 3,200 feet and my quads were feeling it.
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Nov 03 2007
Tim
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Cornucopia - Thicket Spring LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2007
Tim
Hiking7.10 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.13 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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Due to a "late night" Friday night, I didn't get started on this loop until 10:45 Saturday morning. I wasn't at my best and it would later prove costly. It was roughly an 1 ½ drive from south Scottsdale to the trailhead. FS Road 201 was in very good condition. The temperature was 61 degrees. The trail is a gradual downhill with good footing all the way to the creek bed shortly after Thicket Springs. It took about 35 minutes to get to the intersection of Cornucopia Trail #86 and Thicket Springs Trail #95. I decided to go in a clockwise direction and climb up the steeper Thicket Springs Trail rather than descend it. This would also prolong my uphill pull as the Cornucopia is a nice gradual downhill all the way to the West Fork Trail #260. I jumped a few deer along the way which startled me.

It was about 3.2 miles and 1 ¼ hours to the Cornucopia & West Fork Intersection. This is where the climb started. I'd been up the West Fork trail once before last winter but didn't remember it being this steep. It was slightly overgrown in spots but no big deal. I struggled on both this 450 foot climb and the following 500 foot climb up the Thicket Springs Trail. Usually I can get into a good "grinding" groove but not this day. My heart was a racing. (Too little sleep and too many beers the night before I'm guessing- sigh.) The high point is about ½ way up the Thicket Springs Trail and the surrounding views were very nice indeed. (If I could have gotten a cell signal I'd been tempted to call a helicopter though- smile.) Following the creek back down to the Cornucopia intersection is pretty easy going but there is one spot at a creek crossing where I could see it would be very easy to continue up the creek, and off the trail for quite a ways, rather than taking the sharp right up and out of the creek bed. It took me a very long 1 ¼ hours to get from the Cornucopia & West Fork intersection back to the Thicket Springs & Cornucopia intersection. The 500 foot climb out wasn't as bad as it was much more gradual. My feet had blistered so even this gradual climb was a bit of a struggle. Just not a good day, although that had little to do with the trail. All told it was 7.1 miles in just over 3 ¼ hours with 1,900 feet of accumulated elevation gain.
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Oct 27 2007
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Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2007
Tim
Hiking6.60 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.03 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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This was an extremely pleasing and rewarding hike. The only draw back was it was a longer drive from the Valley than I expected. From south Scottsdale to the trailhead at the top of Six Shooter/Ferndell trail was a good 2 ½ hours. (It didn't help that the Superstition Freeway was closed for a stretch.) Driving up the mountain on FS 651 was fun however and the views were stunning. I pushed off at 9:15 planning on making a loop of the Six Shooter, Telephone and Icehouse Trails. It was a beautiful clear day and 60 degrees when I started and just 67 when I finished at 12:30. (The high in the Valley that day was a record setting 96 degrees.)

The Six Shooter trail is very steep at the beginning until one gets to the former sawmill at the junction of the Telephone Trail. The trees had turned but there was not as much color, (red especially), as I would later encounter on the Icehouse Trail. It may have been that my head was down more on this section concentrating on my footing so I didn't notice the color. (smile) About this point I noticed that my camelback was leaking. Sure enough, there was a small hole in the bottom 1/3 of it and I had lost quite a bit of water. I flipped it upside down which reduced the rate of loss, but I was somewhat concerned because I knew I would be burning through water on the climb out, especially if it was an exposed climb. Telephone Trail was a much more gradual downward traverse through trees. This trail opened up more and I was able to get some good views looking out over the city before plunging into the tunnels of manzanita that cover the lower slopes of this ridge. The intersection with the unofficial trail heading directly up the ridge back to FS 651 was well marked with a pile of branches most likely designed to deter straying hikers. Out at the point, just before the Telephone Trail cuts back and down to join the Icehouse Trail, one is afforded excellent views in all directions. Heading down this ridge to the trail intersection at Dog Springs I could clearly make out the Icehouse Trail snaking up the opposite ridge. At Dog Springs I encountered 3 hikers that had come up from the lower CC trailhead. They reported to have hiked all four of these trails, (they were doing a top to bottom Icehouse & Six Shooter loop), and stated that the top half of all four trails were the highlight. Dog Springs was at the 3.75 mile mark and took about 1.5 hours to reach. This is where the aerobic workout was to begin. The next hour plus was spent on a 1,600 foot stair climber heading up the Icehouse Canyon.

At the beginning, there were a lot of downed trees which made losing the trail easy, but I found that if I just stayed to the left of the drainage I inevitably ended up back on the trail. As the path climbed the colors began to change dramatically and fallen leaves littered the trail making footing more difficult. Lots of yellow and red maples. It was really something to see. This climb was completely in the shade of thick trees and the temperatures were low so my reduced water supply was not an issue. Towards the top, I encountered golden aspen as I hit the switchbacks at the head of the canyon. This 2 mile climb to the top took just over an hour before breaking out on FS 651. The combined trails covered 5.8 miles with another .8 on FS 651 back to the car. All told it was 6.6 miles in 3 ¼ hours. The total elevation gain was 2,100 fet. I drove around the mountain quite a bit on the way down and there are a lot of good loop hiking opportunities in the Pinal Recreation area complex.
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Oct 20 2007
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Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2007
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Hiking5.30 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.51 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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I roped a buddy of mine, Jim, into heading up to Sedona with me Saturday morning. We got to the Bear Mountain Trailhead and pushed off at 9:30 on a beautiful sunny day. When we started the temperatures were in the up 60s and it got as warm as the low 80's by the time we finished. I've gotta agree with Joe, this is quite simply one of the best trails in the Sedona area. It has everything! Great views, challenging terrain, variety of terrain and did I mention the great views? This hike basically consists of 3 climbs. The first 450 foot climb smacked us in the lungs right out of the parking lot as we climbed pretty much straight up the first bench. After this, our lungs got a short rest while we traversed around the corner to our left and stared into a box canyon which didn't appear to have any exit. I mean it looked to be a 250 foot shear wall of red rock. As we got closer, we could make out some people climbing from right to left across its face. This 2nd climb was very similar to the last chute going up Camelback Mountain from the Echo Canyon side. Once on top of this 2nd bench the trail "levels out" a bit as we headed north to the summit which loomed in front of us. This last climb was roughly another 700 feet up over white limestone to mesa above.

The views from up top were spectacular. The best was looking down into Red Canyon and the Red Canyon Ranch off to the west. We tried to get around to look into Boynton Canyon to the northeast but the ground cover was pretty thick and the "hassle factor" was starting to exceed the "fun factor". We also couldn't get a clear view due to the trees so we decided to head down. On the way down we came across a group of a ½ dozen senior citizens that must have ranged in age fro 65 to 85. (I'm not kidding!) I only hope I'm in that kind of shape at that age. It took us 1:40 to get to cover the 2.5 miles to the top and 1:25 to get down. All told, the entire hike was 5.3 miles in 3 ½ hours including a short lunch break. While the end of the trail is 1,900 feet above the trailhead, My GPS recorded and overall elevation gain of 2,300 feet.
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Oct 20 2007
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Fay Canyon Trail #53Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2007
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Hiking1.60 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles      30 Mns   3.20 mph
500 ft AEG
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We just went in as far as the arch. The trail itself is very wide and sandy. The side trail up to the arch is well cairned and involves a bit of scrambling but nothing major. It's about a 400 foot climb up to the arch from the trail intersection.
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Oct 13 2007
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Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2007
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Hiking9.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.70 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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This was a combination of trails that formed a very nice 8 mile loop. I parked my Jeep at the Vultee Arch Trailhead and pushed off at 1:00 having gotten a late start out of the valley due to the preceding night's D-Backs game. The loop started off going up the Dry Creek Trail before turning onto the Bear Sign Trail. I followed the Bear Sign Trail to its end before returning and taking the David Miller Trail up and over to the Secret Canyon Trail and back to the road. It was a beautiful yet partly cloudy day with temperatures in the low 70's. The trails themselves encompassed 8 miles in just over 3 hours and then it was another mile and 20 minutes back down Dry Creek Road to my Jeep.

Trekking up Bear Sign was very pretty and I was looking to take it as far as I could to determine if it would provide an exit up to the rim and Forest Service Road 231. Right after the trail turned northeast up the narrowing canyon the going got tougher. Downed trees, no discernable trail, and an increasing elevation gain made for slow going. There was an occasional cairn to tease me into continuing, but the "hassle factor" was quickly exceeding the "fun factor". At one point I stopped and heard noises about 50 yards ahead of me. It was the sound of branches breaking and I thought it was another hiker at first. It was obviously big and making quite the racket. The sound was moving in a perpendicular direction to the trail so I concluded it wasn't a fellow hiker. The ground cover was simply to thick to see through. I was laying low, being very still and had my camera out and ready should a bear or elk, (I doubt an elk could maneuver down this canyon's walls, but who knows), suddenly appear. After a bit, I didn't hear any more noises. Then my mind started doing some mental gymnastics and I decided the last thing I wanted was to lose track of this "critter" and have it suddenly appear behind me. I quickly did an about face and quietly high tailed it out of there and back down the trail.

The high point of the rip was cresting out at the top of the David Miller Trail which gave some great views down into the entrance to Secret Canyon. Once I hooked up with Secret Canyon I encountered several groups of hikers. Prior to that I had the trail to myself which makes this route even more appealing. As a side note, I used a new Garmin 60CSX GPS unit with one of those sensitive antennas. Unlike my Garmin Legends GPS, this new unit never once lost the signal despite the steep canyons and heavy tree cover.
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Oct 13 2007
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Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2007
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Hiking1.80 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles      40 Mns   2.70 mph
320 ft AEG
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The trail, being mostly and old jeep road covered with lots of people, wasn't too inspiring. The bridge at the end was pretty impressive however. If I had more time it would hve been fun to find a way up on top of it.
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Sep 15 2007
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A.B. Young Trail #100Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2007
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Hiking7.00 Miles 2,025 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.75 mph
2,025 ft AEG
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This hike ended up being a bit more rigorous than originally intended as my plans got changed. Originally, I had intended to hike up and down this trail in the morning and then drive around on Forest Service roads up top to the back side through Barney Pasture and just do a little 4x4 exploring. When I got to the Bootlegger Trailhead at 9:00 in the morning, it was full and there was no parking. Rather than park along the side of 89A, I elected to drive around to the top and do the hike in reverse order, (ie: hike down from the tower to the creek and then back up again.) The drive around took a good 90 minutes but was entertaining nevertheless. There were lots of hunters out for the opening of elk season. FS 231 was gated .6 miles west of the lookout tower so I parked there and started up the road around 10:40.

The top of this trail is well forested and there are lots of fallen trees which can make the trail confusing at spots. Especially given all of the "side" trails that go off to various overlooks and the such. I was following the trail as depicted on the Topo and Beartooth maps which were not entirely accurate. They clearly show the trail circling around the north side of a predominate point at the top of the ridge on the Topo map. I must have spent 20 minutes bushwhacking around this area trying to find the main trail down. What made it especially aggravating was that I could see a "highway" sized trail several hundred feet down below me to the south. I just couldn't get to the darn thing and I was this close to saving this hike for another day when I finally found the switchback heading down. The actual trail is several hundred yard southwest of this predominate point in a saddle and was partially obscured by a large fallen tree. This feature wouldn't have presented a problem coming "up" the trail, but it was all too easy to hike right past when heading "down" the trail.

Once one heads down the trial from the upper ledge, an endless series of switchbacks are encountered, (31 switchbacks to be exact). All I was thinking about was the climb back up and how I was going to be doing this at the wrong time of day. Compounding the difficulty was the fact that I had wasted time and water while searching for the trial along with the fact that the temperatures were in the upper 80's. Finally, there is no tree cover from the upper ledge to the creek at the bottom which was going to make the climb out really hot.

From my car to Oak Creek was 4.4 miles and took every bit of 2 hours. I filled up my camelback in the creek and threw in a ½ dozen water purification tablets just to be safe. I began my climb out at 1:00 in the afternoon and forced myself to take it slow and steady and just kept counting switchbacks. Once I got into a groove it wasn't too difficult to keep grinding out. I made the 1.5 miles back to the upper ledge in about an hour and 20 minutes. The entire trail with its 2,000 foot climb from the creek to the lookout tower was dead on 2.0 miles and took me 1 ¾ hours with another 15 minutes back to the car. The entire day was 7.0 miles in 4 hours, not including a 15 minute lunch break at the bottom.

On the drive out I wanted to visit the Secret Mountain Trailhead for future reference. Rather than take my pre-plotted GPS track, I decided to "short cut" across FS 231A. Bad idea. First of all, very few of the FS roads are labeled and in varying conditions. And there are a lot more FS roads than what appear on the maps. It's a virtual maze. With preloaded waypoints it would have been much easier, but it was a fun adventure to the other trailhead regardless.
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Upper Grant Creek Trail #65 - Blue RangeAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiking11.30 Miles 2,500 AEG
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This hike was actually an 11.3 mile loop hike incorporating five trails and originated from the Hannagan Meadows trailhead. It took us 5 ½ hours including a short 10 minute stop for lunch and was one of the prettiest hikes I've ever been on. The trails in order were Steeple Mesa (#73) to Upper Grant Creek (#65) to Grant Cabin Shortcut (#306), to Grant Creek (#75) to the Foote Creek (#76). The highlight of the trip was the Upper Grant Creek Trail and one covers most of its distance so that's what I went with as far as a hike name.

We got a late start at 12:20 pm which had me somewhat concerned due to the likelihood of afternoon showers and an earlier sunset at around 6:30. (We decided to claim a campsite and pitch a tent at the Hannagan Campgrounds before hiking which added to the delay.) I was planning for a 6 hour hike and cutting it kind of close. The weather was a beautiful, sunny 66 degrees when we pushed off.

The trailhead itself is at 9,200 feet. After 1.4 miles on the Steeple Mesa Trail (#73) we came to the turnoff for Upper Grant Creek (#65). The intersection is well signed in the middle of a meadow. We headed east down the meadow through the long grass following no discernable trail. This worried me as I feared the entire trail would be a similar bushwhack which would really slow us down and have us on the trail after dark. However, once we got to the trees at the end of the meadow, there was a well defined trail that traveled along the creek. Route finding was never an issue, (it's a drainage for crying out loud!), and the trail was well traveled. In a few spots there was some confusion as the trail crisscrossed the creek, but it was no big deal and we were able to maintain a good pace. This trail was simply gorgeous! The further we descended the greater the volume of water in the creek which made for a boat load of fun and wet feet on several of the numerous creek crossings. However, we were giving up quite a bit of elevation and I knew we'd eventually have to pay the piper for that. There we a couple of spots where the trail climbed up the steep sides of the drainage to avoid water pour offs in the creek. This was merely a harbinger of things to come and we felt like we were hiking into a lobster trap with all of the elevation we were giving up. Just before the intersection with Grant Creek Cabin Shortcut Trail (#306), we came across said cabin. Only its 4 walls are left and it sits next to a small corral. Apparently ranchers used this along with some moonshiners at some point. My GPS had this intersection at the 5.5 mile mark and it had taken us 2 ¼ hours to get to the turnaround point at 7,300 feet. Originally, we had wanted to hike further down to Moonshine Park but decided to pass on that short side trip since we were pressed for time.

We climbed out of the drainage on the Grant Creek Cabin Shortcut Trail (#306) which was fairly steep with lots of switchbacks. It was probably only ¾ of a mile to the intersection with the Grant Creek Trail (#75), but it took us a while. As we climbed out of the drainage on the bear slopes we were treated to awesome views of the entire Blue Range. The climb up continued on the Grant Creek Trail (#75) for approximately another two miles until the intersection with the Foote Creek Trail (#76) on the top of the rim at the 8,900 foot mark. All told, this 2 hour stretch on a stair master covered roughly 1,600 feet in 2 ¾ miles.

From this point it's a relatively flat 3+ miles back to the trailhead through a thick forest with lots of Aspen. Along the way we jumped a group of turkeys and 3 large elk and got back to the trailhead at 5:50 with plenty of light remaining. Fortunately, the weather held and we never had to don our rain gear.
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Aug 04 2007
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Escudilla TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,315 AEG
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I got a wild hair last Saturday and decided to get out of the heat for the day and take my chances in the Alpine area. I left Scottsdale at 6:15 and was at the trailhead by 10:45. The weather looked threatening but I pushed off at 11:00 in 68 degree temperatures for the 3 mile hike to the top. This is a really pleasant hike along a well established trail. Lots of Aspens at the bottom, (I should come back in the fall when they turn), and thicker pines towards the top. A good workout but nothing to severe and/or hard on the knees. There are two meadows that one passes through along the way that are really pretty and the views are excellent, even on an overcast day. 20 minutes short of the top the skies opened up and it rained hard. Very hard. I quickly got into my rain gear and continued on. I figured once I got to the lookout tower, I could wait out the storm in the chemical toliet that would undoubtedly be there for the Rangers to use. The water was simply running down the trail like a river. I got to the top and headed to the "privy" only to find it was already occupied by a young lady and no, it wasn't a two seater either. I found some refuge under a stand of pines but they didn't offer much protection in this down pour. While standing there starting to catch a chill, (it was no down in the 50s I imagine), before I noticed a second privy behind the tower. Once there I was able to shed my rain gear and dry out some. The storm passed after 40 minutes or so. The views from the tower were nice but I'd bet that they're exceptional on a clear day. It took me 1.25 hours to get to the top and an hour down.

The rain continued for the rest of the day in a steady manner but with no wind. Rather than camp out in Terry Flats, (a really pretty area just south of the trailhead. One overlook spot on the southeast end of the loop affords a really good view of New Mexico.), I headed back into Alpine for a beer and some local advice. I ended up purchasing some firewood and a large tarp and decided to head over to the East Fork of the Black River for a car camp. It was a 30 to 40 minute drive and I ended up virtually by myself at the Polecat section of the Horse Spring Campground. I lucked out as I was right next to the river, (ie: that's local marketing as it's more of a stream), which was running very strong and fast. The rain was still coming down but I quickly tied up the tarp between some trees and my Jeep and pitched my tent. I cooked dinner quite comfortably under the tarp as the rain continued to come down. After spending 3 days in Yosemite a few weeks ago, this "car camping" was like staying at the Ritz. Fresh meat, eggs and vegetables with wine from a bottle, (okay, two bottles), and an unlimited supply of non-pumped water. After dinner, the weather cleared at about 8:00 and I was able to enjoy a very nice camp fire next to the river. The camp host, Norman, stopped by and we had an interesting conversation while smoking a couple of his cigars around the camp fire. The next day was spent driving up the West Fork of the Black River up to Big Lake. Simply gorgeous country.
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Jul 19 2007
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Yosemite 2007 Hike, CA 
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Backpack30.00 Miles 6,400 AEG
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3 Day backpacking trip in Yosemite.
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Apr 28 2007
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking5.30 Miles 1,757 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.12 mph
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This originally started out as an overnight backpack. We got a late start and it was 101 degrees in the Valley on Saturday afternoon. By the time we got to the trailhead, (a great drive by the way), a dust storm had rolled in and the elevation gain had dropped the temperature to 69 degrees. This trail is well defined and steep. Great views of the Mazatzals especially when one comes around the north side of Mt. Peeley. This area was just on the edge of the 2004 Willow Fire so there is quite a bit of damage yet. It took us about an hour to get to the well signed turn off to scramble up to the peak. This was at 6,500 feet with another 500 feet to go. There isn't a trail at this point and the slope was covered in burned and downed trees. It looked to be a difficult scramble with backpacks. The "hassle" factor was going to exceed the "fun" factor. A little further down the trail another set of cairns marked another potential way up, but it was no better. We elected to continue west until we could find a flat place to camp. Seeing how we were hiking around a "mountain" this proved futile. We ended up turning around and heading back to the trailhead and into town. The hike back out was really pretty as the sun was setting and casting shadows on the surrounding peaks.
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Apr 21 2007
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Cuff Button Trail #276Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2007
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   4 Hrs      2.10 mph
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This Cuff Button Trail I took over the weekend on a solo jaunt is not the "official" US Forest Service trail which begins at the end of Forest Service Road #305 and intersects the West Pinto Trail #212 near Oak Flat. This unofficial portion of the Cuff Button Trail heads north out of the Kennedy Ranch and intersects the official Cuff Button Trail near Burro Springs. This trail clearly appears on the US Topo maps. For detailed information and pictures, I'd recommend checking out Irv's web site at Superstitionmtnhikes.com which provides excellent details of the entire Cuff Button "system" of trails. I found Irv's information to be invaluable.

I decided to take this hike when the weather forecast called for cooler temperatures as I incorrectly thought it to be largely a bush whack and I didn't want to mess with snakes. It was 45 degrees and raining when I started at 10:00 am. The key on this trail is finding the flippin' thing. Irv's directions were dead on as the trail is due north of the iron fire ring that sits in the middle of the corral. Just 100 feet north and across the wash will get you there. Just start heading up the drainage and you will run into a series of cairns. The trail is pretty well defined as it appears a lot of horse back riders utilize it. The trail heads up the crest of the ridge which is just to the west of the trail line that appears on the topo map. After a while, the carins become few and far between, but it isn't that tough to figure out where the trail is and goes. Just keep heading up towards the saddle. This was not near the bush whack I was expecting as the ground cover is somewhat sparse. The area was burned in a fire in the last couple of years so the hills are covered with black "stumps" so to speak. The ground cover has come back however, but not enough so to present a problem. I was burning up in my rain gear which I was thankfully able to discard upon reaching the saddle which took 25 minutes. The trail from the saddle down to the creek bed was even less defined, but it was only a short distance and no big deal if one wanders off. At the end of the day, the objective is the creek bed at the bottom which is impossible to miss.

Once you reach the creek bed, the remainder of the hike is a walk down a sandy wash with no obstructions whatsoever. At one point, there is a short, (ie: 6 foot), dry waterfall which would be easy to climb down. I elected to take the cairned trail heading up and over the hill to the east. This was a 100 foot unobstructed climb to the top so as to avoid the water fall. The 220 foot climb down the other side was a bush whack which left me soaked. This part of the trail was poorly defined and over grown. I'd recommend staying int he creek bed which I did on my return. I came upon the well cairned, (ie: one of those 3 foot wire basket variety cairns), intersection at the official Cuff Button Trail after 90 minutes. It was another 1/2 hour to the trailhead at FS road #305. On the way back I stayed in the creek bed and encountered one smaller 5 foot dry waterfall prior to the one I mentioned earlier. Neither was a problem to negotiate but would be impassable for a horse.

I returned to the Kennedy Ranch covering the 8.4 miles in 4 hours. It was a sunny 63 degerees when I finished. This route would be a great way to make a loop out of the Cuff Button Trail returning on the West Pinto Trail. According to Irv, that is a 11.4 mile loop which will have to wait for another day.
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Saddle Mountain Trail to Squaw FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.91 mph
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I did this as a solo out and back on a Saturday morning at 9:45. The temperature was in the high 50's when I started off and the upper 60's when I returned. FS #25 to the trailhead is in good shape and a car could handle it. The trail itself is an old mining road for the most part and nothing special. However, the views from this trail are exceptionally good. Despite the barriers at the trail head, I saw evidence that an ATV had recently been down the trail all the the way to the Story Mine. It was 3.15 miles to the intersection of the Sheep Creek Trail which took 1.25 hours. I tried to check out the side trails above the Story Mine just a little ways down from this intersection, but they quickly degraded into game trails with a lot of bush whacking. On the way back I took a short side trail to the Potato Patch. This side trail emerges from the trees into a wide open grassy area at the base of Saddle Mountain. On the western side of the "Patch" one is afforded some excellent views of Bartlett Lake and the dam. All in all, with the side trips it was a very enjoyable 8 mile hike in 2.75 hours. Afterwards, I drove up FS #201 to the Mt. Peeley trail head. This road is also in great shape and it only took 35 minutes from the intersection of FS #25 to reach it.
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Apr 01 2007
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Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking8.20 Miles 1,118 AEG
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My grade school buddy, (also college roommate), Jim was in town with his wife, Lynn, and their 13 year old daughter, Hayden, so we headed out to the clif dwellings for the day. It was 70 degrees when we left the trail head at 10:30 and clear & sunny. We had a couple of stops along the way so it took us 2 1/4 hours to get to the ruins. Met a lot of hikers along the way and a couple of hunters looking for Mountain Lions. They claimed to have found where a large cat bedded down and spent the night just above and right of the ruins in a cave, but they never saw it. We spent about 45 minutes at the ruins before heading back. We didn't climb up to the upper ruin although we could see where it was located. Another climber was working his way up and around the main ruins to the west so I wasn't sure where he was heading. Lynn and Hayden led us out at a good pace despit the heat and we made it back to the Jeep in slightly less than 2 hours. It was 83 degrees when we got back and we had worked up quite the thirst.
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Jan 28 2007
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Saddle Mountain Mine TourPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.20 Miles 1,892 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.94 mph
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Carolyn and I took this counterclockwise loop on a beautiful Sunday morning on January 28th. The temperature on the hike was perfect as it was in the upper 40's to mid 50's. No wind and sunny. We hiked most of the way in T-shirts but put on the fleeces when we were down in the shady ravines.

The drive out to the trailhead was roughly 1 ¼ hours from south Scottsdale. Actually, we parked my Jeep Grand Cherokee about .9 miles short of the "trailhead" as FS 25A is nasty. No steep elevation, just rocky with lots of boulders to maneuver around in the creek bed. Not knowing what was ahead and discretion being the better part of valor, we elected to pull over at a spot where we could turn the vehicle around and walk the rest of the way in since we were close. There were two more nasty spots before the bridge, but we could have made it although it would have been slow going. We started off on our adventure at 10:30 and it took us 15 minutes to hike up to the turnoff for the Sunflower Mine and it probably would have taken a good 10 minutes to drive. Along the way we were passed by 4 ATVs which appears to be the most popular way to travel in this area.

Just north of the turnoff was a boarded up mine. One of many such mines we were to see on this hike. We followed FS 25A up to the Cornucopia Mine. The official road ends but an enterprising four wheeler could probably make it all the way to the blue truck carcass that marks the mine. We couldn't fine the mine itself as the entire eastern slope has long since caved it in. North of the mine, the former road bed degenerates back into a conventional trail which intersects with the West Fork Trail. Before this intersection we came across a Forest Service Road with 4-digits, (I can't recall the numbers), that headed up a steep hill to the northeast. This thing looked hideous and I don't think a dirt bike could handle it much less a vehicle.

As we headed up the steep 400 foot incline of the West Fork Trail we began to encounter snow. While only ankle deep, it made the trail slippery and very precarious in the steep spots. The snow disappeared once we got to the well maintained Thicket Spring Trail. (This section is part of the Arizona Trail.) However, once this trail headed west through a deeper ravine, the snow was present in abundance and made it difficult to follow the trail. The trail stays on the north side of the creek bed. We came across some bobcat tracks that were on the trail and followed those as the critter seemed to know where it was going. At one point, I thought I made out a more defined trail higher up the slope on the south side of the creek so I scrambled up to it. It was merely a game trail and too steep for a conventional hiking trail. I turned back and promptly fell on my butt and slid down the steep slope all the way to creek bed. Silly of me to doubt a bobcat. We continued to follow its tracks until it intersected the signed Sheep Creek Trail. We headed south on this snow filled trail and up the 300 foot hill to the saddle. We were fortunate in that a horseback rider had been by recently which made the trail much easier to follow. This trail had quite a few switchbacks which didn't make it seem as steep as the earlier climb.

Shortly after topping out on the saddle we came across the intersection with the Saddle Mountain Trail and followed it. Not far after this signed intersection we got lucky when we correctly took the unsigned Story Mine turnoff to the left rather than continuing up hill to the right on the Saddleback Mountain Trail. (I'm really glad we had a GPS unit on this trip.) This route winds around and leads one past the ore shoot below the mine. Along the way, I kept looking with a little dismay to the east into the steep drainage which was going to be our exit. After the ore shoot, this route continues south and rapidly deteriorates into a bushwhack down the ravine heading east. After we passed the old miners shack, we stayed in the creek bed the rest of the way and climbed around boulders, down waterfalls, and through some thick brush. The nasty sections and down climbs were marked with pink construction tape tied to the leafless branches. (These would be tough to spot in the summer I would think.) While the correct down climbs around the waterfalls were not difficult to negotiate, the tape gave some assurances that we would eventually exit the drainage, but it was slow going. The snow made the down climbs very slippery but it helped having gravity working for you. If we would have done this route in a clockwise direction and started off with this segment, I probably would have turned back as the hassle factor would have exceeded the fun factor. This last segment of less than a mile took darn near an hour to get down before it opened up at the Sunflower Mine workings. There were several shafts going deep into the walls on the south side. Further on, a road appeared which quickly led us to the mining operation itself. These dilapidated buildings were fun to explore.

All told, we hiked roughly 9.2 miles, (7.4 miles of that was on the actual loop itself which included exploring the mining operation), in 4 ¾ hours. This time also included about a ½ hour looking around the mining operation. The cumulative elevation gain was 2,000 feet, but a good bit of that was a gradual climb up FS 25A. There were really only two small climbs along the way.
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