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Sep 08 2003
Tim
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Bob Bear Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2003
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Hiking8.60 Miles 1,391 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   4 Hrs      2.15 mph
1,391 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I started this day hike at high noon on Saturday under very threatening skies. We were certain that we'd get soaked but hit the trail regardless. Lucky for us, the storm blew around us and later slammed into Phoenix. It was a nice steady grade down to the creek and we only came across a few groups of people, (overnight campers mostly), on the way down. Once we got to the bottom however, the situation changed as the swimming holes were full of kids on the rope swing and down around the dam. It sure didn't look like they hiked down and we couldn't figure out how they got there until we came across a truck parked next to the dam. Apparently you can drive up the Flume Road from the Irving power plant which is how a lot of those people got there. There were plenty of nice camp sites all along the creek and most of them were taken. The water was real muddy from all of the monsoon rains. I'd recommend this trail earlier in the summer on a week day when a refreshing swim would be more inviting and less crowded. A very pleasant hike. Our GPS unit had it at 8.6 miles to the dam and back. Coming out wasn't difficult as the grade is very constant throughout. It took us 90 minutes to climb up from the creek bottom to the trailhead. All told, it was a nice 4 hour hike with side trips and a break at the bottom.
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Aug 31 2003
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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2003
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Hiking7.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.33 mph
200 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I were joined by Paul & Katie and their 11 month old baby for this little excursion up the creek. We were concerned about crowds as it was the Labor Day Sunday and there was a reggae festival in town, but traffic wasn't that bad- in the morning. We pulled out of the trailhead at 10:00 am. The temperature was 74 degrees and it was a beautiful day. At this hour, there was still plenty of room in the parking lot, but there were lots of people on the trail. The water level wasn't as high as we expected so we were able to stay "feet dry" most of the way. Paul was carrying the baby in a "baby back pack" and had a hiking pole so the creek crossings were very safe and we were able to maintain a good pace on this well traveled trail. The GPS unit was useless in this wonderfully tight canyon, but I estimate that we went about 3.5 miles before turning around. After the first mile, the crowds dropped of significantly. We got as far as the spot where the canyon snakes back to the east and closes in so as to create an impassable pool of water. The water was only knee deep so I trudged through it and around the next corner heading south where it was more of the same. This portion really "wetted" my appetite to hike the entire 14 mile distance. However, I am uncertain where one would exit the canyon and where to leave a 2nd car and how to get there. The devil is in the details. (smile) We completed our 7 mile out-and-back hike in 3 hours. The temperature had warmed up to 88 degrees when we returned to the parking lot at 1:00. The lot was full and the line was out to 89A to get in. We fought the crowds and grabbed a bite to eat at the Oak Creek Brewery before heading back to Phoenix. When we left town at 2:30, the traffic in the west bound lane into Sedona was bumper to bumper all the way back to the first stop light in Oak Creek Village!
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Aug 25 2003
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Hellsgate 37 ( North ) to Tonto CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Backpack14.20 Miles 3,720 AEG
Backpack14.20 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.18 mph
3,720 ft AEG
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I took a day off of work on Friday August 22nd intent on doing this as a solo overnighter. I found this trail to be very similar to the Superstitions hike to Reavis Falls in that it is about the same distance and elevation gain. I had some difficulty locating the trailhead as the Forest Service road is not signed off of 260. (How much does a flippin' sign cost anyway?) However, Decarlo's directions were good, (although I found it to be closer to 11.0 miles east of the McDonalds), and I found it after turning around once. (The turnoff is right after 260 turns into a 4 lane highway and there is a dedicated right turn lane for the "dirt" road that leads to the trailhead.)

I pushed off at 9:45 on a slightly overcast day. The clouds eventually broke and the temperature started to heat up. By the time I reached Tonto Creek, I'd estimate the temperature to be in the low 90s. I seriously recommend taking the trail over the "jeep trail" wherever possible as the trail tends to travel along the shoulder of the ridges and be the more direct route. Less than an hour into the hike and after just one picture, the battery on my camera died. (Memo to self, in addition to all of the safety gear you carry, add one ¼ oz. camera battery. sigh.) The trail affords some excellent views but doesn't begin to get really interesting until you drop down off of Apache Ridge onto Hells Gate Ridge, which is just short of the 4.50 mile mark. This is where you begin a 1,675 foot descent over the course of the next 2.7 miles. My GPS unit had the entire trip at 7.1 miles from the trailhead to Tonto Creek. Here I encountered a solo hiker on his way out around noon. He had hiked in the day before and got caught in a monsoon during his final descent. He reported that the water was flowing down the trail like a waterfall making it very slippery which resulted in several falls. Also, Tonto Creek was extremely muddy and he had to field clean his water filter after every liter. This news about the muddy water was very disheartening as I was going to need water at the bottom and my girlfriend had taken "our" water filter with her on vacation to Guatemala. (Who vacations in Guatemala anyway?) A little further down the ridge, the tail drops down next to El Grande Tank. This tank is a natural pond shaped like a triangle about 75 yards across its base. I thought that I could fill up and treat some water here. However, as I got closer, there was so much algae on the surface of this "cesspool" that it looked more like something out of the movie "Creature from the Black Lagoon". I decided to take my chances with the muddy creek water.

The final descent down into Tonto Creek was pretty spectacular. As the trail winds down the side of the canyon, you can peer over the edge and see into Hells Gate itself on your left. The Gate is made up of two shear walls about 250 feet high and maybe 50 feet across. It's pretty impressive. When I got down to Tonto Creek I found it to be just as muddy as I'd been warned. It took 3 ¼ hours to make it to Tonto Creek from the trailhead. I crossed the creek and headed down to the confluence of Tonto and Haigler Creek. This is a really beautiful area as tall canyon walls on all sides surround you. Haigler creek was much clearer than Tonto although somewhat cloudy so my potential water problem was taken care of. I spent the afternoon lounging in Haigler Creek and reading a book. I set up camp and was ready to hunker down before the monsoons rolled in but the best they could muster was just a 15-minute gentle shower. I got lucky. It turned out to be a real pleasant night under the stars. I got an early start the next morning so as to beat the heat. I got back to the trailhead a little quicker than it took me to hike down. Sometimes, with a particularly steep trail, I find it easier going up hill than down.
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Jul 26 2003
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Soldier Pass Trail #66 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2003
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Hiking6.00 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.67 mph
480 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I got a late start Saturday morning, (Friday nights will do that to ya'), and didn't hit the Soldier Pass Trailhead until 10:30 and it was already pretty warm. We were planing on doing this trail as a 5+ mile clockwise loop incorporating Brins Mesa Trail and the Jordan Trail. The sink hole shows up right away on your right and is very impressive. Shortly thereafter we came across the Seven Pools but had to share them with a jeep tour. Nice enough folks, just a little crowded. Being the middle of summer, the pools were unimpressive, but I'd like to come back in the spring when the water is running. Climbing up Soldiers Pass was a good workout as the temperature was in the low 90's, but nothing too taxing. The views from the top looking north to Secret Mountain were worth the climb, as were the views of the Sedona Valley coming back down Brins Mesa Trail. After leaving Brins Mesa Trail we had to walk down the road about a 1/2 mile to the Jordan Trail cut off which was no great thrill. If we had it to do over again, we'd cut across sooner on the Cibolo Trail which was just a few hundred yards south of the end of the Brins Mesa Trail. The Cibolo Trail is a more direct rout back to the Soldier Pass Trailhead and would have saved 3/4 of a mile and eliminated hiking the road and following telephone poles on the Jordan Trail. Hind sight is always 20/20. Overall, out GPS unit had it at 6.0 mile in a liesurely 2 1/4 hours. A lovely hike made even better by a visit to the Oak Creek Brewery for a late lunch afterward.
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Jun 30 2003
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Weatherford Trail #102Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2003
Tim
Hiking11.00 Miles 4,609 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   1.86 mph
4,609 ft AEG
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"WOW" was the word for this little venture. This June 28th hike was planned as point-to-point car shuttle but turned into a point-to-point hitchhike after my hiking partner bailed out on me. I left the Valley at 5:00 in the morning and got to the Shultz Tank parking lot at 8:00. The plan was to take the Weatherford Trail to the Humphreys Summit and down the other side to the Snow Bowl parking lot where I'd have to rely on the kindness of strangers to get a lift back to the other side. The trail starts off at 8,000 feet which makes for a 4,600 ft. gain which is akin to hiking out of the Grand Canyon at altitude. The temperature was in the low 70's. The pine trees and junipers give way to aspen trees as you work your way up to Aspen Spring. After than point, the climb begins in earnest. I only ran into a ½ dozen people or so until I got to the Agassiz Saddle. There must have been a couple of dozen people there and another 3 dozen at the Summit. The Humphreys Summit trail from Snow Bowl is very popular to say the least. Previous to this, I had never hiked at altitude. I consider myself to be in pretty decent shape as I run 20 to 25 miles per week- in the Valley. I was served a slice of humble pie on this trip as the altitude really kicked my butt. I began to feel it at 10,200 feet just before Doyle Saddle. By the time I got to Freemont Saddle at 11,300 I was really sucking wind. I wasn't nauseous or anything, just really fatigued and light headed at times and had to stop frequently for rest breaks. After 12,000 feet, I was getting down right dizzy. It took me 2 ¾ hours to get to Doyle Saddle, an hour to Freemont Saddle and another hour to get to Agassiz Saddle, (11,900 ft), but the last mile up to the Summit took an hour and 10 minutes and I was beat! But the views were well worth it! It was quite a bit cooler at the top and I put on a fleece on the way to the Summit. My GPS unit had the mileage at 10.25 miles from the Weatherford Trailhead to the Agassiz Saddle and another .75 miles to the Summit for a total of 11 miles. That took me just under 6 hours to get to the summit. It was another 2 ½ hours and 5.4 miles down to the Snow Bowl parking lot. I could really feel this downhill stretch in my knees and toes. Along the way, I met a friendly guy named PJ who was kind enough to give me a lift back to the intersection of Shultz Pass Road and Highway 180 at a Texaco Station. From there it was a $15 cab ride, (plus tip), back to my car at the Shultz Tank parking lot.
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Jun 30 2003
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2003
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Hiking5.40 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.23 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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I did this hike on Saturday, June 28th as part of a one way hike from Schultz Tank to Snow Bowl via the Weatherford Trail to Humphreys Summit. My GPS unit had the downhill trip from the summit at 5.4 miles, but the reception was bad in the trees so it could have been off. It was a beautiful day as evidenced by the crowds. I came across a couple of dozen people at the Agassiz Saddle and there were more than that at the summit at 2:00 in the afternoon. Being a Valley dweller and never having hiked above 7,000 feet, the altitude really kicked my butt. I never even considered hiking the 7 miles down the Kachina Trail back to Schultz Tank but hitched a ride with another hiker, (PJ), back to the other side.
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Jun 16 2003
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Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2003
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Hiking10.20 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.11 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I took this trip to Sedona thinking that with it being Father's Day, the trails may be somewhat empty. That and the 90 degree temperatures did a decent job of keeping traffic down. We encountered two individuals and one group of seven hikers on the top of the mountain. We did this as a one way North to South trek which ended up being 10.25 miles. We started at the Wilson Mountain North Trailhead which is at the Encinoso Picnic area 5.3 miles from the intersection of 89A & 179. You head north out of the picnic area, catch the trail, and begin your ascent. After a short walk through the pines you are on switchbacks and the thigh burn begins. We took a lot of rest stops and it took us about an hour to get to the top of First Bench. Awesome views! It's a nice flat walk across the Bench to the trail intersection with Wilson Mountain South. From there, its up more switchbacks to Wilson Mountain itself. It probably took us another hour to get from the Bench to the tool shed. From the tool shed, you can head 1/4 mile South to the Sedona overlook or go North 1.5 miles to the canyon overlook. We opted for the North route which took another 30 minutes. Along the way, we jumped two very large white tail deer. All told, it took us 2 hours and 40 minutes to get from the Encinoso Picnic area to to the North overlook, but what a reward! Looking North you can see 89A winding up Oak Creek Canyon and right below you is Sterling Pass which is the narrow route to take from 89A to the Vultee Arch. In the distance you can make out Vultee Arch as well. There is a small trail that heads a few hundred yards West to another overlook that grants views of all of the canyons on the back side. Great stuff! Coming back down was much quicker of course. We took the South route back which grants views of the red rocks surrounding Sedona the entire way down. This route has lots of loose scree on it so it is pretty easy to slip up if you're trying to hike and rubber neck at the same time. From the first Bench saddle, Midgley Bridge looks very small, but you get there eventually. It took us 2 hours and 10 minutes to get down. We than had to call a cab, ($11 plus tip), for the 3.3 mile ride from Midgley Bridge back to our car. After that, it was a stop at the A&W Root Beer stand before the 2 hour drive back to the Valley.
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May 06 2003
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Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Backpack8.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Backpack8.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.33 mph
3,800 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I took this trail as the return leg of our Boucher-Tonto- Hermit 3 day loop. What a kick! Being our first Grand Canyon experience, we were really concerned about the hike out. We overnighted at Hermit Falls which is just below the the Hermit Creek camp site. (I see that SunHiker was there the same day so she must have taken the last camp site. smile.) Expecting the worst, we had made plans to take 4 liters of water each with the intent to refill at Santa Maria Springs and take a long break from the noon day sun if necessary. We got an early start at 6:00 a.m. as we wanted to "assault" the first steep pitch, (ie: Cathedral Stairs), while it was still cool and in the shade. We lucked out on the weather as a cold front moved in overnight and the temperatures were in the lower 60's and it was very windy. We got to the top of Cathedral Stairs in 1 3/4 hours and were still feeling fresh and a little cocky. The next few hours was spent on the traverese along the red wall which was very enjoyable as it has a "gentle" pitch. We got off trail, (how you get off trail in the Grand Canyon is beyond me), at the first large rock slide after Cathedral Stairs but quickly saw the error of our ways. The entire trip up to Santa Maria Springs was in the shade and very comfortable. Water wasn't an issue. We took a short break at Santa Maria Springs to "jawbone" with some day hikers before heading out on that last steep pitch. All told, the 8 mile hike out took us 6 hours and was not nearly as rigorous as we had feared. We took it easy and had a nice steady pace. The hike into the Canyon down Boucher Trail was much more strenuous. However, we realize that we benefited from an unusually cool day. As we finished we observed rain falling on the north rim. (It was actually cold on the south rim and I almost turned on the heater in the car.)
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May 05 2003
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Tonto Trail: Hermit Trail to Boucher TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Backpack7.25 Miles 340 AEG
Backpack7.25 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.38 mph
340 ft AEG
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This was the second day of our Boucher & Hermit Grand Canyon hiking trip. This leg was from the Boucher Rapids to the falls in Hermit Creek.
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May 05 2003
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Boucher Rapids via BoucherNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Backpack11.80 Miles
Backpack11.80 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.39 mph
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Apr 23 2003
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Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack12.40 Miles 2,000 AEG
Backpack12.40 Miles   7 Hrs      1.77 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I hit this trail on a Friday morning, April 18th, so there was no trail traffic and we had the place pretty much to ourselves. We took Reavis Ranch from Rogers Trough as part of a loop hike to Circlestone, Reavis Ranch and back to Rogers Canyon via the Frog Tanks trail. (We overnighted at Reavis Ranch in the north apple orchard.) The weather was perfect as it was nice and cool in the upper 60's and low 70's. The first day to Circlestone and back down to Reavis Ranch was roughly 12.4 miles and took 7 hours with lunch and "rubber necking" stops. The only real steep part was from Reavis Grave up to Reavis Saddle. The climb up to Circlestone itself was very gradual and much easier since we dropped our backpacks off at the junction of the Reavis & Fireline Trails. It always amazes me that there can be such a large, flat, green meadow at the top of the Superstitions. A truly enjoyable day.
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Apr 22 2003
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CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,070 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.33 mph
1,070 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I took this side trip as part of an overnight loop from Rogers Trough Trailhead to Reavis Ranch and back via the Frog Tanks Trail to Rogers Canyon. From my readings, I was lead to believe that the trail up to Circlestone from the Fireline Trail was at the saddle atop Wiskey Springs but that wasn't the case. One has to follow the Fireline Trail down from the saddle to the southeast for slightly less than a 1/2 mile before coming to the cairns indicating the side trail up to Circlestone. The elevation gain is relatively gradual as you climb to darn near 6000 feet and the views are impressive.
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Apr 21 2003
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Frog Tanks Trail #112Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack6.80 Miles 1,300 AEG
Backpack6.80 Miles   4 Hrs      1.70 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I took this "connector" trail as part of an overnight loop to Reavis Ranch from the Rogers Trough Trailhead. We took this trail from the North to the South. We had expected this leg of the trip to be the easier portion as it appeared to be a nice gradual downhill trek along the creek beds. This was not the case! As one starts off down this trail from the Reavis Ranch Trail intersection you have this great view of the canyons that you will be hiking down into and you can make really good time. However, once you get down to the creek bed, the vegetation really becomes heavy and the trail criss crosses the creek bed numerous times. At the intersection of Rogers and Fish Creek Canyons it was like being in a jungle and nothing like the typical Superstitions experience. The greenery was unbelievable and the creeks were flowing. The canyon walls really close in on you in this area and the rock formations are gorgeous. Just north of this intersection near Frog Spring the trail takes a shrp westward turn up the side of the canyon. The trail than runs along a barb wire fence for a 1/4 mile or so before dropping back down into creek bed at Fish Creek Canyon. (Why this area was every fenced off is beyond me.) After this point the canyon walls are very close and the trail continues back and forth across the creek bed as it works you south to Angle Basin. All told, while beautiful, this leg proved to be a good work out and took every bit of 4 hours.
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Mar 30 2003
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking12.40 Miles 1,912 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.25 mph
1,912 ft AEG
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Wow! This was Carolyn and my first trip into the Mazatzals and was this trail ever a pleasant surprise. It had everything! We started off at 8:45 on a Sunday morning, (the trailhead was just 1 1/4 hours from South Scottsdale), so the temperature was nice and cool, (mid to upper 50s), for the initial uphill pull of 1,900 feet. It's a nice and gradual ascent with only a few steep spots so no big deal. And with all of the stunning views and sounds of rushing water, you're at the top before you know it. With the snow melt, the water was running and all of the numerous falls were flowing really fast. The sound echoed off of the canyon walls and provided a nice change of pace from the typical desert hiking experience. Water washed over the trail in several locations, but did not in sufficient quantity to cause any concerns or problems. There was still a small amount of snow higher up on the mountains so it appears that it may remain this way for a couple of weeks yet. (I wasn't paying close enough attention and Carolyn caught me in the back of the head with a snowball at one point. Some people's children.) After the initial climb, we found ourselves at roughly 6,000 feet in a pine forest with more water. This is where the trail levels out as it heads into the heart of the Mazatzals. It was awful windy and quite cool so we had to break out the fleeces at this point since we were no longer generating heat via climbing. After the junction with the Y-Bar trail we continued on to Chilson's Spring and the corral but turned around just before getting there as the trail was becoming muddy and the work/reward factor was shrinking. Going back was much quicker but there were many more people on the trail as most folks seemed to get a slightly later start. This is a popular place as there were over two dozen cars at the trailhead when we got back. All in all, it took about 3 hours to get in and 2 1/4 to get back out as one really makes good time on the downhill.
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Mar 04 2003
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Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking10.20 Miles 2,061 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.27 mph
2,061 ft AEG
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Feb 01 2003
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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack14.00 Miles 3,169 AEG
Backpack14.00 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.81 mph
3,169 ft AEG
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After missing the turnoff on our first attempt, Carolyn and I found it this time on our first backpacking trip. I was breaking in new hiking boots and got two nasty & bloody blisters on both heels. The falls were dry but our camp wasn't. We had a nice bottle of red wine with dinner and a camp fire. (On future trips we learned to hike in the wine and leave the glass bottle behind- smile.)
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Jan 11 2003
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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking10.00 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.67 mph
3,169 ft AEG
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This was Carolyn and my first attempt to make it to the falls. We missed the turnoff and ended up heading half way to Castle Dome before we turned east and bushwhacked across country in an attempt to find the trail and/or the correct drainage. (The green track) After a fruitless search and a lot of work, we aborted and headed due north until we actually stumbled across the trail to the falls. However, it was too late in the day to attempt to make it to the falls and back so we prudently decided to go to the trailhead.
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Nov 29 2002
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Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking8.80 Miles 1,766 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   4 Hrs      2.20 mph
1,766 ft AEG
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What a Thanksgiving Day hike this was! Carolyn and I did this as a two car shuttle hiking from the top to the bottom, (ie: downhill), which is the only way to go as far as I'm concerned. The road in was relatively easy to follow and in good condition. We had two passenger cars and made it with no problems. The hike itself was simply beautiful. We never saw a sole. It was a balmy 52 degree day, (per the thermometer at Tony's Cabin), which made for perfect hiking. The first 1.25 miles is 900 feet up the side of Government Hill which made for a good workout. Beautiful views of the surrounding canyons and mountains. After that we threw on the fleeces so as not to catch a chill and it was downhill the rest of the way! We took the side trail to Tony's Cabin and signed the register, (a new one with a first entry of 11/1/02 as I recall). Tony's Spring was running well and the trough was full, but water isn't really an issue at this time of year. After Tony's Cabin, fallen Sycamore leaves covered the canyon floor which was really pretty, but made it somewhat difficult to follow the trail, especially across the wash which is crossed numerous times. Loose rocks under a pile of leaves can make for precarious footing. My fear was stepping on an unseen snake under the leaves but that proved groundless. As the trail cuts back north towards its end, one climbs up a few hundred feet on the left bank before dropping back down into Pinto Creed for the remainder of the hike. The trail started following a fence line and eventually came to a halt at a corral which was right next to a dirt road. This was right at the 7.4 mile mark and 3.5 hours into the hike. There was a "hikers crossing" type sign on a post next to the gate as well as a hiking trail symbol on the gate itself, but no trail designation as this area, (as is most of Haunted Canyon), not on Forest Service land. The trail/road along the creek wasn't bad as it was still under a canopy of Sycamore trees. (The last ½ mile was rather unspectacular however.) A high clearance vehicle could easily make it down this road and make for a nice quick shuttle hike except for the fact that the road is gated just before it connects with the Forest Service Road. It made for an 8.8 mile hike, (per the GPS), in just over 4 hours.
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Nov 18 2002
Tim
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Rogers Canyon - JF Trail LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2002
Tim
Hiking10.20 Miles 1,705 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   6 Hrs      1.70 mph
1,705 ft AEG
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Quite simply put, this is a must do hike for anybody that likes "playing" in the Superstitions. Brad, Naomi, Diana and I got to the Rogers Trough Trailhead at 9:00 in the morning after first dropping off a vehicle at Woodbury Trailhead. The road in was in great shape and a car could make it to Woodbury. (The worst part of the road is the Hewit section prior to 172 as it is all washboards.) From Woodbury to Rogers only a high clearance is needed as there are quite a few ruts and rocks. It was a beautiful day with a high of 77 so water wasn't an issue. I think that we averaged less than 2 liters per person on this 10.2 mile loop, (per the GPS unit), which took 6 hours, including a 1 hour stop for lunch at the ruins. At the end of the day, the car thermometer noted approximately a 10 degree temperature difference between the two trailheads which differ in elevation by about 1,200 feet. When we got to Rogers Trough in the morning we were shocked to count 22 vehicles! It looked like a swap mart. Apparently a large group of 25 to 30 hikers had taken off for an overnighter to Reavis Ranch. We never saw them on the trail although we came across about a dozen people at the ruins. The trail is well wooded and unlike anything in the western Superstitions. The view from the top of the ruins looking east out over the canyon was gorgeous as some of the trees had just finished turning.

The route out past Angel Basin and up to the Tortilla Saddle was nice as well and provided an ample workout. (Brad was leading us on a Bataan Death March, but everybody held the pace quite well.) The trail wasn't badly overgrown at all and the views looking west over the Superstitions were well worth the work. It was the way down back to Woodbury that was less than enthralling. The trail down is all scree and provided poor footing which limited any rubber necking. There were a few disco flails and a bit of "falling on the bums", but nothing serious. After heading down to through the wash we made for the windmill at Woodbury Cabin, (the trail gets quite sketchy here as the ground is all hard and flat with cris- crossing foot paths that make it confusing). The trailhead is due south of the windmill and up a closed off dirt track which goes over the ridge. Naomi's husband and son, (Dan and Gavin), were waiting for us with some well deserved cold beers. Now that's a good husband!
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Nov 07 2002
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Terrapin Trail #234Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Tim
Hiking12.90 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   6 Hrs      2.15 mph
860 ft AEG
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